New Orleans is a sinfully delicious place where one should over indulge and enjoy every last drop. After eating my way through the city for a week, I was in serious need of a detox, but it was well worth it my friends. There’s so much good food in this city that it can be a bit overwhelming about where to start. Allow me to be your guide and share my favorite food experiences I had when we were in the Big Easy.
1.Champagne and french fries at Sylvain: What a glorious thing! How come I have never seen this on a menu anywhere else? The french fry and bubbly special is a favorite on the menu and will run you $90. You’ll fall in love with this French Quarter restaurant that’s set in a carriage house built in the late 1700s.
2. Jazz Brunch at Commander’s Palace: This is such a classic New Orleans experience and one I absolutely insist you indulge in when you visit. Biscuits and gravy, creole gumbo, and goat cheese stoned ground grits are waiting for you while a live jazz band circulates and plays all your favorite tunes. Do not, I repeat do not, miss the creole bread pudding soufflé.
3. Drinks and small plates at The Elysian Bar: Recently named one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appetit, I fell head over heels for this stunning hotel restaurant and bar. The cocktails are incredible and the gulf shrimp are mind blowing. See my full blog on The Elysian Bar here.
4. Beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde: Perhaps the most famous food tradition of all in this iconic city are beignets and coffee at this New Orleans institution. Here’s a tip: go super early because it’s almost always crazy with tourists. Or go in the middle of the night; they’re open 24 hours so you know where to turn if you need a sweet and sugary midnight snack.
5. Wine and Cheese at Bacchanal Wine: This funky wine bar instantly stole my heart with it’s laid back feel and killer outdoor courtyard. They’ve got a fantastic wine selection (hundreds of different bottles) and you can build your own cheese board (which I love)! Bacchanal also features live music daily.
6. The Fried Bologna Sandwich at Turkey and the Wolf: Well actually, you should have as many things as possible here, because everything is amazing, but the fried bologna sandwich overflowing with potato chips was beyond impressive. This hot spot in New Orleans has racked up numerous accolades and awards since they opened their doors. Make sure not to miss the deviled eggs with fried chicken skins while you’re there!
7. Pho and a Po-Mi Sandwich at MoPho New Orleans: I had been drooling over MoPho on Instagram for weeks before we visited and it completely lived up to the hype. Slurp pho and sip delicious cocktails in this trendy space and do not leave here without ordering a Po-Mi sandwich (that’s a cross between a banh mi and a po’ boy and it’s even more magical than it sounds).