10 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in New Orleans.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Toups Meatery in Mid-City is the best place in New Orleans to ear your body weight in charcuterie, and drink a pitcher of cocktails along the way.
Paloma Cafe is a newer all-day spot in the Bywater that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or really anytime you want a snack and a cocktail.
Bacchanal in the Bywater is a wine-fueled utopia, with nightly live music, a huge backyard, and an atmosphere that could never be duplicated.
No trip to New Orleans is complete without a trip to Willie Mae’s Scotch House in the Treme for fried chicken.
Just around the corner from Bacchanal, The Joint serves all of the BBQ greatest hits and is a great spot to start a night out in the Bywater.
Feelings Cafe in the Marigny has a big courtyard patio, an Elvis-themed bar, and is a great option for afternoon cocktails and snacks.
Gene’s is where to go in the Marigny when you need a po’boy and a daiquiri, regardless if it’s noon or midnight.
Toups South is a great group spot just west of downtown that serves large format Southern and Cajun dishes, along with craft cocktails.
Marjie’s Grill in Mid-City serves a mix of Southeast Asian and Southern food, and has a great patio to have a glass of wine on.