5 Transformational Places to Eat in New Orleans
New Orleans is the city that never sleeps (hungry) and the place where magic is real. Influenced by gastronomic fusions of Cajun, Creole, French, Italian, and soul food, this city’s tastes interact in almost infinite ways. Whether you’re a gourmand who keeps up with James Beard awards or a fan of fried chicken, fresh shrimp, tasty gumbo, and beignets, if you have an interest in good food on your transformational travels, you’ll want to eat at these sustainable New Orleans restaurants. To make it easy we have taken our time to curate some of our must eat experiences in New Orleans anytime you visit on your next intentional trip.
A New Orleans legend, Acme Oyster House has shucked millions of delicious oysters to the delight of locals and visitors from all over the world. Acme’s easy ambiance invites you in, offering icy beer, fresh oysters, and a chance to get to know the restaurant’s personable lightning-fast shuckers.
For over one hundred years, Acme has offered fresh Louisiana seafood in a fun, casual location on Royal and Bourbon Streets. A long line at lunch may dismay some diners, but don’t be deterred; the line moves quickly, and Acme’s oyster dishes are worth it. Acme Oyster House is available for private events with guests numbering from 25-350.
One block from Canal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter, Acme Oyster House offers a taste of the freshest Louisiana seafood and Gulf oysters. In a location between Bourbon and Royal Streets, lunch or dinner at Acme places diners at a prime spot to explore the Quarter.
Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar is located in historic Uptown New Orleans and is known for its authentic Louisiana seafood and Creole-inspired dishes at an affordable price. Situated directly on the St. Charles streetcar line (stop number 24), on the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues, the restaurant offers a front-row seat to all the beautiful sights and sounds New Orleans has to offer. The menu offers something for every taste, with items from po-boys to seared scallops and many in between. With a combination of the freshest ingredients at affordable prices, Superior Seafood is a desirable destination for locals and tourists alike. The restaurant, complete with a zinc bar, full-service oyster bar, climate-controlled patio for outdoor dining, and private dining space, provides for a truly New Orleans experience perfect for any palette
Our full-service oyster bar is the only oyster bar on St. Charles Avenue. The exquisite marble bar provides a front-row view of fresh oysters being shucked and served to your liking. The always fresh oyster selection from various local regions and the full bar, make the oyster bar a highlight of the restaurant. Whether craving oysters, a full meal, or just a drink, the oyster bar provides guests with a memorable, entertaining experience.
The mission is to make everything from scratch. This means bringing in a great product and treating it with the most care and creativity that it deserves. From their burgers to their finest seafood dishes and hand-crafted cocktails, they strive for excellent techniques and great personal service.
Chef Bryon Peck Grew up in Southern California and began working in “Roach Coaches” (those funky food trucks at construction sites) at the age of 13. Although a California native, his roots are firmly grounded in Louisiana food and culture. Bryon was introduced to the cooking of the region by a Louisiana Native (and dear friend of the family) at an early age. It was then that Bryon developed a taste for Louisiana seafood, Game and all of it’s other amazing resources. A graduate of The California Culinary Institute, Bryon employs classic French techniques to refine traditional fare at Elizabeth’s.
The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.
The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh-squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French-style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. In 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to the cafe. Soft drinks also made their debut that year.
Opened in August 2015, Willa Jean celebrates Southern sensibilities with fresh, local ingredients. Named after Chef Partner Kelly Fields’ grandmother, who inspired her to pursue her passions, the restaurant and bakery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week, and offers Saturday and Sunday brunch.
The modern elegance of the dining room lends its charm to Fields’ haven of Southern-inspired dishes and sets the stage for the playful, nostalgic nature of the ever-evolving menu. Willa Jean’s menus are categorized by “snacks,” “the biscuit situation,” “sandwiches,” “hot plates,” and “desserts” and showcase everything from fluffy biscuits topped with fried chicken and tabasco honey to cookies + milk served with an eggbeater of fresh cookie dough. Heartier favorites include artichoke and cheese business, New Orleans style BBQ shrimp toast, fried chicken + spicy slaw sandwich on a house-made Hawaiian roll, as well as a seasonal-driven skillet pot pie.
The front bakery counter serves up daily selections of bakery treats and house-made bread, pulling from Kelly’s passion for all things pastry, coupled with the immeasurable talents of the entire Willa Jean team. Kelly has placed a strong emphasis on the coffee program and is delighted to bring Intelligentsia Coffee back to New Orleans with a signature Willa Jean blend.