Lots of people will tell you-when in New Orleans, chow down on crawfish, beignets, and oysters. So instead of telling you the same old thing, I wanted to pass on my favorite spots for delicious dishes.
Many of these restaurants are located uptown (what can I say? I grew up here). Bike if you plan to work off some extra calories; drive if you aren’t a masochist. Here we go.
Start your day with a po’ boy at Domilise’s on Annunciation Street. This neighborhood spot is tricky to find in the midst of a residential area, but the sandwiches are worth a bit of navigational trouble. The roast beef po’ boy is Domilise’s most famous, but if you’re looking for seafood and you’re not much of a decider, grab the Half-and-Half (half fried shrimp, half fried oysters, 100% devourable). A Domilise’s po’ boy can easily put you in a food coma. You may never wake up.
If you wake up and find yourself looking for a more exotic dinner, head to Riverbend for authentic Thai food at Bangkok Thai. Sandwiched between a tattoo shop and a bar, Bangkok isn’t visually impressive. Give it a chance, because its extensive menu contradicts the odd location. Specialities like basil catfish and fried rice with pineapples, raisins, cabbage and carrots are delicious and healthy for both you and your wallet.
Once you’re ready for some more Southern-fried cooking, Camellia Grill is just across the street from Bangkok. This local institution used to be open 24 hours-now, hopeful diners queue outside during peak times (read: every morning). They’re waiting on slices of the diner’s famous pecan pie, thick burgers, Reubens and enormous omelets. Instead of water here, drink down a Chocolate Freeze, Camellia’s cross between a rich milkshake and an icy slushie. The grill is also known for its charismatic waiters, some of whom have worked here for decades.
For dessert, grab a cone or sundae at Creole Creamery, an ice cream shop that makes all of its own flavors in-house, rotating them weekly so there’s always something new to try. A few favorites, like mine-the delicious Black and Gold Crunch (vanilla, caramel, Oreos and chicory)-have been popular enough to stay on the menu. Though you probably won’t have room, consider taking the Tchoupitoulas Challenge: eight scoops of ice cream with eight toppings, whipped cream, and cherries. If you can finish it in one sitting (without it coming back up), you don’t have to pay $18 for it!
It was almost impossible to pick this list, but the worst part of picking is that I’m starving now! I’ll meet you at Camellia tonight.
Lianna Patch writes and edits as the English Maven.