Restaurants in Louisiana

Another West Bank staple, Pho Bang is as utilitarian as they get.  Here, don’t expect fancy glassware or cutlery because you won’t get it.  What you will get is a no-nonsense approach to excellent Vietnamese cooking.  Get the rare beef pho and they’ll serve it rare beside your bow

A relative newcomer to the Vietnamese scene, Magasin does not disappoint.  The space is clean, modern, and doesn’t carry the fish sauce aroma so many Vietnamese joints seem to have.  The fresh iced teas are great for hot summer days and juxtapose nicely against the steaming bowls of so

Unlike most Vietnamese restaurants, Pho Orchid is open until midnight, meaning once you are done drinking at legendary whiskey bar Barrel Proof, their delicious healing soup is only a short walk away.  Start with the Torpedo Shrimp.  Then order the classic beef pho.  This place is

This comfortable, zen-like spot is a local favorite.  If driving out to the West Bank seems like too much trouble, it’s hard to do much better than Lilly’s.  The pho is the highlight, but their spring rolls are also fantastic.  Afterwards, walk the block to HiVolt for some fantast

Well worth the trip to the West Bank, this Vietnamese joint is killer. Try their take on Korean short ribs and then order the combination pho. Nothing knocks out a hangover faster. Afterwards, grab an avocado bubble tea for the drive back.

One of the best kept secrets in the French Quarter, this Franco-Orleanian pastry shop is a perfect spot to grab a coffee and pastry.  I always get the Ham & Cheese Croissant with a cup of Cafe au Lait to-go.  That way as soon as I finish my food I can get a jump start on the day.&n

Nestled in the Carrolton neighborhood uptown, this local spot is perfect for having breakfast off the beaten path.  Early in the morning it’s filled with people that live in the area, and they often come every day.  Ask nicely and they may even make you an off-menu special, the bacon w

Use this place as a perfect excuse to start your day with a ride on the St. Charles Streetcar.  Get off at Carrolton and St.

For a less classic, more hip breakfast, look no further than this Magazine Street gem.  The atmosphere is fun and edgy, but the food is everything you need.  Make sure to get the Orleans Slammer which is the ultimate hangover cure.

Just a short hop away in the Bywater, Elizabeth’s is the gold standard when it comes to New Orleans breakfast. Try their breakfast poboy, or the Redneck eggs which are made atop fried green tomatoes. Think bacon couldn’t possibly get any better?

Scores of people know the magic and the horror of Bourbon Street pizza.  Get it right and it can be downright magical.  But get it wrong and it can quickly go from tasty pizza to tasty pizza on the sidewalk.  Vieux Carre Pizza wins the category of best Bourbon Street pizza hands d

Commonly referred to as Boot Pizza (after the club next door), this late night spot is a favorite among Tulane and Loyola students.  A disclaimer: it is not high end pizza.  But after a late night drinking at infamous dive, Snake & Jake’s, few things satisfy better than folding one

On the newly revived Freret Street uptown is Ancora, a casual pizza joint that easily rivals the best pizza places in New Orleans.  They use fresh, local ingredients to craft their pizza and it really shows.  At the bar ask for resident barman Bryn Thompson, who makes fantastic cocktai

Owner and Executive Chef Alon Shaya recently won a James Beard award for Best Chef in the South and for good reason.  His pizza is mind-blowing.  Domenica is also home to one of the most lucrative happy hours in the downtown area.  Between 2-5PM pizzas are half-off as well as beer

Fired on a hand-made oven from Italy, the pizzas here are nothing short of spectacular. The owner, Charlie is almost always around and gives a superb customer experience. They have a hefty local beer selection and even Mexican coke! Have kids with you?