Dat Dog in Frenchman Street New Orleans: Best Po Boys in New Orleans
I can't believe that this place is not on VT's pick list?!
I had my first Po Boy at the Corner Oyster House. Not bad. But..... now this place, Dat Dog knows how to make dem dogs! :o)
We decided to get takeaway one evening and walked up Frenchmen Street to the next corner and found Dat Dog.
We grabbed some beers from the corner convenience store across and road and it was better than any restaurant meal that we had so far! Sometimes a cheap simple meal just rounds the day off superbly.
Totally recommendable! :o)Related to:
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Izzo's - Riverwalk Shops New Orleans: Illegal Burrito - Roll Your Own
Yes it was the sign that caught my eye :o)
Illegal Burritos?..... Roll Your Own.... lol.
No we didn't have one, but I gather that this is a chain store similar to our Zambreros in Australia where you choose what fillings you will have on the Burritos.
Well seems like no one wanted to roll their own here?........Related to:
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RUBY SLIPPER: NO PLACE LIKE HOME
There are three Ruby Slippers and we ate at the one on Magazine Street. It is close to some very large hotels and you get lines, so come early! Probably tough during the week with all the businesses around. They do breakfast and lunch and do it well. A Cajun touch. There is no place like home!
Favorite Dish: Eggs Couchon for me and the catfish for the wife. There is definitely a reason for the lines here!Related to:
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Windsor Court Hotel Breakfast Room: If You're In a Hurry, Don't Go Here for Breakfast
This restaurant located inside the Windsor Court Hotel had a beautiful decor in yellow & cream and the setting overlooked the courtyard below. We expected the service and food to match the excellence of the setting & the rest of the hotel itself. Unfortunately it was quite the opposite!! I hope it was just an off day, but our waiter was terrible. To begin with, we really had to wait a very long time for our waiter to take our order. We finanlly got some coffee from an asst. waiter, and our cups were refilled only once by another waiter who was not ours. After waiting such a long time to order, and an even longer time to receive our food, you can imagine how hungry we were. When the food finally arrived, it was barely warm!!
Favorite Dish: I can't say I had a favorite dish here, because the proportions were small, the temperature was luke warm, and the waiter was missing in action. We either had 3/4 very smallish pancakes or eggs & toast, juice, coffee or tea. All this for $20 per plate! ****Upon check out, the kind front desk gentleman deducted the price of this meal from our bill which was very much appreciated.
The hotel also offers the very exclusive New Orleans Grill for dinner ($51 +); and a lovely Royal Tea afternoons daily at 2 - 4:30pm in Le Salon off the lobby.
Fast Food New Orleans Style: Food Court at the River Walk Market Place
While you're shopping for those "can't do without" souvenirs, or watching the cruise ships & paddlewheeler ply the Mississippi River, try some fast food "New Orleans' style" here at the River Walk Market Place. The food displays are a feast for the eyes at such places as Messinas Cajun Creole Country Cookery, Garden Fresh Grill, etc. You'll also find Chinese, New Orleans Gourmet Burgers & Dogs, Paradise Island Bar, Anthony's Seafood House and too many others to mention. Most of these, but not all, are on the upper level of the River Walk.
New Orleans without a doubt has some of the best restaurants anywhere, however, if you are trying to stretch your food budget while in New Orleans, you will probably do pretty well here! Also, if you have children in tow, there are good choices for them as well. Definitely try some of the Cajun and Creole food. It may be a mall food court but the food isn't bad!!
Favorite Dish: %cCafe du Monde has counter service on the lower level and we couldn't resist having breakfast here one day. Great cafe au lait and beignets (french doughnuts) are inexpensive & delicious. The Garden Fresh Grill is fabulous as is the Gellato Pazzo Cafe for gelato lovers! Don't forget to try the "bar" which has several beers on tap. Hours for this concession seem to be more limited then the rest of the food court.
French Market Café: Music while you dine
This is a busy place, but service still managed to be prompt and efficient. The food is very good, and the servings are large. You won’t go hungry here--2 women in our group shared one meal. Dining is inside or out on the patio. We chose to sit outside because that is where the live band was playing.
Favorite Dish: I had chicken ($16) and my friend had a $12 burger.Related to:
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Cafe du Monde: A New Orleans Institution
I wouldn't consider a trip to New Orleans complete without a visit to the Cafe du Monde. It's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, closed only on Christmas and during hurricanes, so it's a great place to get a late night snack.
I've heard that they sell sandwiches here, but I've never seen anyone order one! Everyone comes for the beignets and the cafe au lait, which is made with chicory coffee.
It's a great place to sit outside and people-watch at any time of the day.
Only two caveats:
1) Don't go on Sunday morning -- there's always a huge line,
2) Be prepared to leave with powdered sugar all over your clothes! The best way to avoid "leaving white" is by eating the beignets over the brick floor.
Related story: A young man I know, who grew up in a suburb of New Orleans, said that he and his buddies used to sneak out at night and go into the city to hang out. His mother, however, noticed the powdered sugar on his clothes the next day, and he was grounded. :) The moral of the story, as he told it: When you're sneaking out to go to the Cafe du Monde, don't wear dark clothing.
Favorite Dish: Cafe du Monde is famous for its beignets -- BEN-yays -- which are small rectangular pieces of fried dough, served warm and dusted with powdered sugar. They come three to a plate. Even those who are not fond of doughnuts like beignets.Related to:
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Galaroire's Restaurant: New Orleans' Oldest Restaurant
If you're looking for the ultimate Southern formal dining experience, you'll find it here. A jacket is required, and the waiters are tuxedoed. Generally, the "old money" families are seated upstairs, and the tourists are seated downstairs. Some of the dishes we had were the asparagus salad (fresh), crabmeat maison (very good), filet mignon (perfect), green salad with garlic (quite a kick!), crabmeat St. Pierre (a bit peppery). After both of us had 3 courses, a bottle of wine, 2 glasses of champagne, and a cognac, the bill was a mere $155. Not bad!
Favorite Dish: Banana bread pudding and the shrimp remoulade, not necessarily in that order! The horseradish in the shrimp remoulade should easily open your sinuses up! The bread pudding is to die for!Related to:
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Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville: It's 5 o'clock somewhere....
This restaurant is a tourist trap, hands down, but one that's worth visiting every once in a while. It's pricey, but what you're paying for is ambiance. There are TVs everywhere featuring the one and only Jimmy Buffett, the tables and chairs are all colorful and different, and appear to be handpainted. The biggest thing in the restaurant is an airplane coming out of the wall. It's huge. The food is good, of course, but it's certainly not a place to go in New Orleans if you're looking for local flavor.
Favorite Dish: The coconut shrimp are just absolutely divine, and the hurricanes are not to be missed. If you're feeling PARTICULARLY touristy, you can have it in a plastic parrot-shaped cup for an extra charge (my husband's is purple--I wasn't feeling THAT touristy...)
Margaritaville: Paradise for Parrotheads
Most people have put this under "nightlife" but it IS a restaurant and IS open (and busy!) during the day so I'm sticking it here. We wandered in one afternoon just to get out of the heat and have a drink but ended up grabbing a sandwich too. Had one hell'uvan alligator poboy - really good. The only experience I'd had with gater before this was sort of like chewing on a bicycle tire - rubbery and tasteless. These nuggets were golden, tender and came with fries and a great sauce. Yum. The drinks weren't bad either but not cheap (none of them are in the Quarter). We stopped by again for appetizers with a friend of Caribbean ancestry who thought the conch fritters were excellent - and he's eaten a few! While the menu is heavy on Cajun/Creole and Caribbean flavors, you'll find the famous cheeseburger of song here too. Waitstaff was friendly, fun and attentive.
Big, colorful, noisy place with a bar and dining rooms downstairs, Storyville music bar in the back (local talent), and the Tire Swing bar upstairs (have to take an elevator). Yes, they really do have tire swings! There's also a big balcony off the upstairs bar that overlooks the street. Good place to lunch with kids as they'll love the activity and fun decor, and it's not full of inebriated people early in the day (but that's probably not true later at night). TV screens here and there play Jimmy Buffet videos at a level we could still talk over - try THAT anywhere on Bourbon street! For devoted Parrotheads, a store selling shirts, hats, CDs, glassware and other themed items is right next door.
Is it touristy? Absolutely. Do the locals go there? Probably never. Does that make it a bad place? Nope.
Favorite Dish: Loved the gator (appetizer or poboy) and conch fiitters.
Central Grocery: Best Muffuletta In New Orleans
The muffuletta sandwich is one of the great sandwiches
of the world, and it's criminal that it can hardly be found
anywhere outside the city of New Orleans
According to the tale I've heard, the muffuletta sandwich
was invented by Signor Lupo Salvadore, who opened the
now-famous little Italian market called Central Grocery on
Decatur Street in the French Quarter in 1906 and created
the muffuletta sandwich
Favorite Dish: The Muffuletta Sandwich - Best in New Orleans
(a whole one for me plus half of Mary's)
Sometimes when it is really nice outside, we get our
muffuletta lunch take-a-way, and we go find a bench
in Jackson Square or on the Moonwalk ....
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
Great Food - Great Staff - Great Times
Favorite Dish: Best Shrimp Po' Boy's in New Orleans
just to name one of our favorites ....
Don't forget to stop into their store out front.
Alot of merchandise you can only get there.
City Park: Timken Center
Our city tour stopped here at City Park for us to use the bathrooms and get refreshment. This place has sandwiches, chicken tenders, popcorn, pretzels, pastries, ice cream, various soft drinks, coffee and apparently also beer.
We didn't get anything to eat, but it would have been better if we had, because I had to gulp down a burger from McDonalds before our afternoon tourRelated to:
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Bubba Gump's Shrimp: Good seafood
The food is great. It has the ability to fill you up. The resturant really seems like your in Bubba Gump's Resturant. The drinks are great. The staff are friendly also. I love to take my teen here.
Favorite Dish: Fried Shrimp the batter makes it great.
Central Grocery: Muffaletta Central
If you've done any research on what to eat while in NOLA you've come across the Muffuletta. (pronounced by locals as moo-foo-LET-ta). The Muffuletta is basically mixed Italian meats and cheeses, served on round Italian bread, topped with its signature olive spread. The birthplace of this delight is the Central Grocery. Little more than a neighborhood groceria, they do boast a few tables inside, but the best way to enjoy your sandwich by far is along the banks of the nearby Mississippi. ..or like us, get them for your plane ride home. (Although you run the risk of eliciting highly envious stares from your fellow passengers.) Note: the sandwiches are quite large -if you are not extremely hungry, ordering a "half muff "is the way to go.
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