Choosing where to eat in New Orleans is kind of like skimming through Spotify: it’s easy to stick with your most listened to, but sometimes it’s worth checking out the new releases. Places like Commander’s Palace and Cochon aren’t going anywhere, so while the classics keep doing their thing, there are plenty of interesting new restaurants around New Orleans that you should make a point to eat at. Some of these places have been open for a few years and others a few months, but each of them is worth checking out the next time you’re here. From a Mid-City spot that serves Southern-meets-Southeast Asian food, to a wild new sandwich shop in the Lower Garden District, here are 10 new-ish places to eat in New Orleans.
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Eating at N7 feels like you’re in on a secret. It’s located on a random side street in the Bywater, has almost no signage, and unless you knew otherwise, you’d think it was just a swanky house that hosted a lot of outdoor dinner parties. They serve a mix of French and Japanese dishes, along with a variety of canned seafood, and have an extensive wine and cocktail menu. But it’s the combination of great food, the Christmas light-covered garden patio, and the sense that you stumbled upon something undiscovered that makes N7 such a special spot. If you’re making reservations for your next visit, this place should be at the top of your list.
When it comes to sandwiches, New Orleans is a po’boy town first and foremost, but Turkey and the Wolf is working to change that. Each of the sandwiches at this spot in the Lower Garden District is unique, ranging from the fried bologna topped with potato chips to the lamb neck roti. They also serve great salads, cocktails, and soft serve, but it’s the sandwiches that cause a line on the patio each morning before they open at 11am. Bring some friends so you can try most of the menu, but if you end up coming solo, order the collard green melt above all else. Even if you only have one day in New Orleans, Turkey and the Wolf is where you should go for lunch.
It’s hard to tell if Cane & Table is a restaurant with great drinks, or a fancy cocktail bar that serves surprisingly good food. Either way, it’s one of our favorite spots in the French Quarter and their big back courtyard is the perfect place to escape the chaos of nearby Bourbon Street. They have one of the most diverse cocktail menus in the city and serve a mix of great small plates and entrees, like green gumbo and a whole roasted fish. Whether you need a place for a big group or somewhere for a date, Cane & Table has you covered.
Paloma Cafe is an all-day spot in the Bywater destined to become part of your morning routine. There’s no real theme to the menu, but you’ll find everything from yogurt and granola and shakshuka at breakfast to a great lunchtime roast pork torta, along with high quality coffee. It’s easy to spend a lot of time here, because of the comfortable space and nice staff, but also because you can quickly transition from coffee to cocktails and not think twice. After you stop by for breakfast or an early lunch, walk to Crescent Park on the river or grab a drink by the pool at The Country Club.
Much like Toups Meatery in Mid-City, Toups South specializes in meat and cocktails, and does both of them very well. This Central City spot is great for big groups, with big tables, a wrap-around counter that lets you look into the open kitchen, and large plates like fried chicken and seared red fish that are easy to share. Toups South is also open for lunch and Sunday brunch, in case goat tamales or a boudin burrito are enough to get you out of bed.
You wouldn’t expect to find a Southeast Asian-meets-Southern restaurant on a random side street in Mid-City, but that’s what’s happening at Marjie’s Grill and we like it a lot. At dinner, things like fried chicken and hushpuppies are served alongside som tum salad and a whole grilled fish with lettuce wraps, while lunch is done meat-and-three style. No matter when you come, make sure to grab a spot on their patio and a glass of one of their natural wines while you wait for your food.
Compere Lapin serves a mix of French, Italian, and Creole dishes inside the Old 77 boutique hotel. Between their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, this place in the Warehouse District covers a lot of ground, with dishes like dirty rice arancini and curried goat with sweet potato gnocchi, along with one of the largest wine selections in the city. It’s a bit more upscale, but it’s one of our favorites for celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or just being on vacation. In case you’re in need of a snack or caffeine boost instead, stop at Tout La, their cafe next door, for coffee and pastries.
One thing New Orleans does better than just about anywhere is oysters. Well, that and parades. But for the former, go to Seaworthy next to the Ace Hotel, where you can try great bivalves from around the country and decently priced cocktails. There’s no wrong time to go here, but they have one of the best late night menus in town, with oysters, burgers, and caviar available until 1am each night. Also, if you’re looking for somewhere to go after dinner or prior to your late night seafood session, check out some live music at 3 Keys at The Ace.
Nomiya is a small noodle bar in Uptown that serves a few types of ramen, along with pork buns and edamame in case you need something extra. This place has minimal seating and the line can get long, but it’s BYO and the ramen’s really good, so it’s worth the wait as long as you don’t have a ghost tour to get to afterward. As a heads up, Nomiya is only open 4pm-10pm and is closed Mondays, so plan accordingly.
A food hall located inside a restored building from the 1800s, St. Roch Market brings together a wide range of local vendors that serve everything from oysters to Vietnamese food, charcuterie, fresh pastries, and cocktails. It’s a great place to check out for brunch or lunch before exploring the nearby Marigny neighborhood, or if you’re with a group and everyone just happens to be in the mood for something different.