The Best Places to Eat in New Orleans:

Brian M. Williams, JD
6 min readMar 23

A Neighborhood by Neighborhood Guide

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My wife and I recently got married right here in New Orleans. While I know our friends and family would have come no matter where we got hitched, having the wedding in New Orleans, a city famous for its food, music, and nightlife was an extra bonus for many of them. To help our guests out, we combined our 20 years of experience living here to put together a list of some of our favorite places to eat ranging from high-end restaurants to gas stations, from French bakeries to convenience stores. So without further ado, here are some of the best places to eat in New Orleans.

Bon appetit’!

Food Suggestions by Neighborhood

Marigny/Bywater neighborhoods:

The Joint — Texas-style pit BBQ (closed Sundays for some damn reason)

Marie’s Slap Burger — This started as a pop-up and has quickly become a huge favorite that sometimes sells out

St Roch Market — Has a food court with an international selection of food stands including laksa from SE Asia.

Silk Road — Creol/Indian Fusion creative and delicious

Who Dat Cafe — Great brunch

Galaxy — There’s a lot of taco places on St Claude these days but this one is exceptionally good

DO NOT Eat at Junction — I won’t go into it, but I’ve given this place more chances than it deserves and it always disappoints

Bywater Bistro — Nina Compton’s restaurant. She was a Top Chef contestant. Likely will need a reservation for this high-end spot.

Captain Sal’s — The place looks sketchy, but it has the BEST seafood gumbo in the city. It also has Po Boys and Yaka Mein, an Asian/creole noodle dish that is hard to find but well-worth the search

Nola Po Boys — It’s on the main drag of Frenchmen St and is one of the better po’boy spots in town.

Dat Dog — Local Chain with Gourmet Hot Dogs

Brian M. Williams, JD

Writer, Traveler, Educator, Mardi Gras DJ with a JD. Author of “Stranger in a Stranger Land: My Six Years in Korea” and “When a Stolen Child Returns.”