I like good food, I hate tourist traps, and I want people in town for conferences to experience the truly delicious foods my adopted hometown has to offer. Most of these are located within the CBD and Warehouse District (outside of the French Quarter) since if you want to eat in the Quarter you can just look in a tourist guide. Since this is NOLA, most places with good food will also likely have good drinks.
SUPER close to the Hyatt/Superdome/CBD
Willa Jean – Best breakfast you’ll ever had, make sure to get some cookies to go
Company Burger – One of the best burgers in the city
Borgne – John Besh in the Hyatt lobby
Herbsaint – Fancy NOLA cuisine, make sure to make a reservation
Not crazy pricey:
Cochon Butcher – my favorite restaurant in the city, order the mac and cheese
St. James Cheese – fabulously sourced sandwiches and salads
Carmo – environmentally conscious (mostly vegetarian) will make a meat eater re-consider their relationship with tofu. Good for the vegans in your life.
Rebellion – They know how to make a good cocktail here, food is lovely as well
Capdeville – Comfort food with a NOLA twist
Mother’s – Classic, cafeteria style, Beyonce eats here.
St. Roch Market – Like a mall food court, but amazing NOLA food options, ride the Loyola streetcar line to get here.
If someone else is buying:
Peche – Seafood like you’ve never had it before
Cochon – The fancy side of Cochon Butcher
Mr. John’s Steakhouse – Classic steaks cooked to perfection
Drinking that’s not on Bourbon Street:
Barrel Proof – A bourbon bar to beat all other bourbon bars
Circle Bar – quirky layout, local music
Barcadia – Play old school video games until your thumbs hurt
WINO – Taste wine by the ounce
Rusty Nail – Casual, full of locals, lots of outdoor seating
Coffee that isn’t Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts:
Dessert (they all serve coffee too)
Bakery Bar – doberge cake galore
Cafe Du Monde – the most Instagrammed place in NOLA
World War II Museum – Ranked in top 10 in country of all museums
Weekend Festivals (Festival food is the best food)
Nola Caribbean Fest – Saturday & Sunday from 5p-10p
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival – Put on by the same people that make Jazz Fest happen. Saturday & Sunday from 11:30a-6:30p
Have questions? Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).