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Feast Your Way Through NOLA: A Foodie’s Guide To New Orleans

Feast your way through-NOLA - Foodie's Guide

Hello fellow foodies! Welcome to the ultimate Foodie’s Guide to New Orleans, brought to you by your friends at Book NOLA. Whether you’re a first-timer in the Crescent City or a seasoned visitor, this guide will take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey through the best eateries this vibrant city has to offer. Ready to eat your way through NOLA? Let’s dig in!

Hidden Gems: The Local Secrets

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits 

Location: Bywater 

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits is a quirky wine shop turned backyard jazz haven that is the epitome of New Orleans charm. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine, choose a cheese plate, and head out to the lush courtyard where local musicians serenade you under the stars. 

Tip From A Local: Arrive early to snag a good spot, and don’t miss the grilled octopus – it’s to die for!

Justini’s NOLA

Location: Bywater 

Known for their delicious hot sausage tacos and cocktails, this tucked away gem is a locals must try spot. Between their great food, impeccable ambiance, and lively staff, Justini’s will keep you coming back for more. 

Tip From A Local: Visit during happy hour to enjoy $3 tacos and $7 cocktails!

Biscuits & Buns On Banks

Location: Mid-City 

Nestled in the heart of Mid-City, Biscuits & Buns On Banks is a brunch haven that combines Southern comfort with a modern twist. This cozy eatery is famed for its mouthwatering biscuits and inventive buns, making it a must-visit for anyone looking to indulge in a delicious brunch. 

Tip From A Local: Biscuits & Buns on Banks has a B.Y.O.B. Rule, so don’t forget the mimosas to pair with your brunch faves!

Hidden Gems: The Local Secrets

Justini’s NOLA

Iconic Eateries: The Must-Try Classics

Cafe du Monde 

Location: French Quarter 

A trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Cafe du Monde. Established in 1862, this iconic coffee stand is famous for its beignets. Pair them with a chicory coffee or a cafe au lait, and you’ve got yourself a classic NOLA breakfast. 

Tip From A Local: Go early in the morning or late at night to avoid the crowds and indulge in a bit of people-watching.

Lil’ Dizzy’s Cafe

Location: Treme

Lil’ Dizzy’s Café is a beloved local fave that embodies the rich culinary heritage of New Orleans. Family-owned and operated, this charming eatery is renowned for its authentic Creole soul food, hearty portions, and welcoming atmosphere.

Tip From A Local: Don’t skip the fried chicken and red beans, one of their renowned specialties!

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant 

Location: Treme 

A cornerstone of Creole cuisine, Dooky Chase’s has been a gathering place for locals and world-famous visitors since 1941. Known for its rich history and soul food, it’s a must-visit for anyone wanting an authentic taste of New Orleans. Fun Fact: Princess and The Frog was based on the life of the late-great owner, Leah Chase.

Tip From A Local: Their gumbo is legendary and will leave you speechless.

Sweet Treats and Late-Night Eats

Creole Creamery

Location: Garden District

Craving something sweet? Creole Creamery has you covered with their ever-changing menu of handcrafted ice cream. With its charming, retro vibe and a menu boasting an array of inventive flavors, this creamery is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Tip From A Local: Don’t miss their legendary ice cream challenge, which includes 8 scoops of your choice, topped with all the fixings! It’s a fun (and delicious) way to test your ice cream-eating skills.

Vieux Carre Pizza

Location: French Quarter 

When the midnight munchies strike, head to Vieux Carre Pizza. This 24-hour deli is famous for its massive pizza slices and garlic wings. 

Tip From A Local: Skip the line and order your food over the phone! 

B. Sweets Bistro & Bakery

Location: French Quarter

B. Sweets Bistro & Bakery is a haven for dessert lovers and food enthusiasts alike. This charming bakery offers a delectable array of handcrafted treats, from their signature praline cheesecake to melt-in-your-mouth beignets.

Tip From A Local: Ask about their seasonal specials. B. Sweets Bistro & Bakery offers a variety of specials per season.

Sweet Treats and Late-Night Eats

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits 

Reminders for Foodies Visiting New Orleans

Embrace the Spice: New Orleans cuisine is known for its bold flavors and spices. Don’t be afraid to try dishes with a kick, like jambalaya or crawfish étouffée.

Ask the Locals: Some of the best food spots are known only to those who live here. Don’t hesitate to ask your bartender, Lyft driver, or any other local for their favorite eats.

Pace Yourself: With so much good food, it’s easy to overdo it. Take your time, savor each bite, and remember, save room for dessert!

Ready to book your foodie adventure in New Orleans? Stay with Book NOLA for the perfect home base as you explore the culinary delights of this magical city. Bon appétit!

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