New Orleans is known for its food, and it did not disappoint. I didn’t have a single bad meal while I was there! I went to a variety of restaurants and everything I tried was delicious, and surprisingly, everything was cheaper than I expected. The most I paid was $20 for a three course meal! So here are the seven amazing restaurants in New Orleans you must try! 🙂
St. James Cheese Company
The St. James Cheese Company doesn’t serve typical New Orleans fare; it’s all about cheese! This was the first restaurant I went to in New Orleans when I was touring the Warehouse District, and our sandwiches were hot and so cheesy. Even the salads were cheesy! If you’re a cheese fan, this restaurant is for you.
Napoleon House has quite the interesting history. This building was going to be the apartments of Napoleon after he was rescued from his exile, but as soon as a team left to rescue him, he died. So Napoleon never actually lived here, but because of the its history, that’s where they got the name for the restaurant.
Napoleon House was my mom’s favorite place! She got the Shrimp Remoulade Stuffed Avocado and I got the Jambalaya, and both were absolutely delicious- and much cheaper than you would expect for a well-known restaurant in the French Quarter.
Antoine’s Restaurant is probably New Orleans’ most famous restaurant. It first started 176 years ago, making it the country’s oldest family-run restaurant. It was much bigger than I expected, and all the back rooms are beautiful!
While we were in New Orleans, they were running a lunch special for $20.17 for three courses, AND they had 25 cent martinis! It can’t get much better than that. Again, everything was delicious, and I highly recommend going to Antoine’s for their lunch special.
The Market Cafe
The Market Cafe was surprisingly good! My mom and I were starving and it was a little early for dinner so there weren’t many places open for dinner yet, so we just happened to find The Market Cafe. It looked like a sports bar and a little touristy so I didn’t have high hopes, but their gumbo was amazing! I definitely recommend The Market Cafe if you’re in the French Quarter!
After dinner, we explored some of the emptier parts of the French Quarter and found these pretty buildings!
The Old Ursuline Convent Museum is the oldest building in the city!
Cafe du Monde
You can’t go to New Orleans without getting beignets! Cafe du Monde is the most famous place to get beignets, and it’s actually open 24/7. It was pretty crowded when we stopped by (and it’s probably more crowded at other times of the day), but it only took a few minutes to get beignets and we left the crowds to eat them by the river. It only cost a few dollars to get three!
Cafe Beignet is another great spot to get beignets! I think I preferred Cafe Beignet to Cafe du Monde because it wasn’t as crowded and the cafe was so cute, but the prices were the same and the beignets were just as delicious both spots so you really can’t go wrong with either. I think my mom and I went to Cafe Beignet three times while we were there, it was that good!
The inspiration for the name of this post! And yes, I did get a mug!
I loved the cafe!
Sno-Balls at Imperial Woodpecker
Someone recommended I try sno-balls in New Orleans, and they were pretty similar to Philly’s water ice. I got strawberry and it was delicious! We got sno-balls at the Imperial Woodpecker stand in the Spanish Plaza and they have another location on Magazine Street. There are also lots of other sno-ball spots around New Orleans so you can find them wherever you go!
There are so many great restaurants you should try, but I hope these seven amazing restaurants in New Orleans gives you a place to start! 🙂
Julia, once I start traveling more I am going to use your blog as my travel guide!
I hope it helps!!
The beignets look delicious! Everything you ate seems so yummy haha, although I’d pass on the St James Cheese Company as I don’t like cheese at all. The Napoleon restaurant looks beautiful, I love restaurants with grand interiors. Thank you for sharing, you make me want to visit so much of the States now!
Thanks! I hope you get to visit NOLA soon!!
The food in Nola is so good. I don’t think I have ever had a bad meal there. All the food you tried looks delicious. It’s nice to have an alternative to Cafe DuMonde! Pinning for reference on my next trip.
I hope this helps! I also loved all the food in NOLA!
I’d really want to visit New Orleans. And after reading this post and all those restaurants… You are not making it any easier for me, haha =D
I hope you can go soon!
I’m planning a trip to NOLA soon. This guide will come in so handy since I love my belly! Can’t wait to taste the dishes you highlighted!
I hope you have a great time there!
We love New Orleans and visit several times a year. You have chosen amazing restaurants for your post. If you ever go back, check out Deanie’s Seafood. Deanie’s is a casual restaurant with amazing fried fish and HUGE portions, so be sure to share!
Thanks for the recommendation! I would love to go back soon!
Thank you so much for this post! I will be visiting New Orleans for the first time, later this year. I definitely want to hit Cafe Beignet!
I hope you have a great time there!
So much good food in New Orleans – thanks for sharing!
Yeah the food there was amazing!!
We may be headed to NO this summer, so I’m bookmarking this post! Thanks for the tips, Julia!
I hope you have a great time! 🙂
I’d never thought of visiting New Orleans before, but now it’s firmly on my list! The food looks delicious, the buildings are beautiful, and it seems like a place thriving with culture and history. I wish I could pull that shrimp gumbo right off the screen!
You should definitely visit! It’s such a fun and beautiful city!
Girl, you always find the most breathtaking, gorgeous and idolising buildings to photograph. Just look at them colours!
– The food looks delicious Hunnie, making my mouth water, just looking at it all!
Great post as usual 🙂 xoxo
Thank you! 🙂 The food is definitely worth the visit if you get the chance!
I remember eating at Antoine’s when I was young. It was sooo good! I can’t wait to go again and I’m sure my husband, who is a chef, will enjoy it. You’ve just added so many other mouth-watering ideas onto my itinerary.
Antoine’s was one of my favorite places! I hope you get to go back soon!
Mmmm this all sounds delicious, I reckon it’d be worth taking the trip for the food alone!
Yes I would definitely just visit for the food!!