Eating at this legendary Uptown spot is as much a party as it is an actual meal. The waits are long and it’s only open for dinner, but Jacques-Imo’s is an essential experience that you should have at least once in your life. By the time you get a table, you’ll be good and buzzed, and very ready to try out the alligator sausage cheesecake and some shrimp etouffee. If you’re only eating with one other person, ask for the table in the back of the pickup truck parked out front, because when else is that ever going to be an option?
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You should eat your weight in oysters while in New Orleans, and Casamento’s on Magazine Street is the number one spot to do just that.
Head to Wayfare in Uptown for some pre-dinner charcuterie and wine, or bail on your dinner plans and get a sandwich.
Tipitina’s is one of the best spots to see live music in New Orleans, and it regularly hosts some of the biggest brass shows in the city.
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Peche in the Warehouse District is a great spot for big groups, like when you and your 20 closest friends want to have a few drinks and eat seafood.
Compere Lapin in the Warehouse District is a great group dinner spot, with large tables, a diverse menu, and lots of interesting wine.
Next door to the restaurant is Cochon Butcher, which is way more casual than its neighbor, but still serves great sandwiches and drinks.
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The Carousel Bar & Lounge
The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone is indeed a bar on a moving carousel, and while it can feel a bit gimmicky, you should still grab a drink here.
Central Grocery Co.
You should have a muffuletta when you’re in New Orleans, and since the sandwich was invented here, get one from Central Grocery in the Quarter.
Mimi’s In The Marigny
Mimi’s in the Marigny serves tapas by day and stays open until 4am. Stop by to play some pool, and keep drinking until way later than you should.
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