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15 New Orleans Restaurants to Visit Before You Leave the City

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant

Amber McKynzie
Jun, 02, 2016 7:07 PM UTC

Since 1941, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant has served nothing but the best music, culture and entertainment. Oh, and the food is pretty good too. Just ask President Obama!

Authentic Caribbean food isn’t hard to find in the city of New Orleans, if you know where to look! The 7th Ward’s Coco Caribbean Hut knows is a must-eat if you’re looking for a restaurant that knows how to whip up some unforgettable Cane Juice and jerk fish.

Remember the post-Hurricane Katrina HBO series <em>Treme</em>? Well Kermit Ruffins and his band bring the NO to life and give patrons a true NOLA experience at Bullet's Sports Bar, just like you’ve seen him on TV. And if you haven’t seen him on the show before, you have a reason to now!

Although this NOLA staple is stashed away on a small road behind a mechanic shop, Bar B Q Kings is one of New Orleans’ go-to restaurants for the best barbeque in town.

New Orleans may not be your usual hot dog stop, but Dreamy Weenies may have you rethink where to purchase your next frankfurter. Specializing in gourmet “street meat,” this French Quarter venue is changing America’s definition of good hot dog.

If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal without dirtying up your kitchen then Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles is the place to be.

Food trucks are all the rage, and Rollin Fatties offers New Orleans’ natives and tourists the best Latin American they have in town.

Not to be confused with any food establishment Ne-Yo might have his hands in, Neyow’s Creole Café fills New Orlean’s Mid-City district with oysters and jambalaya that will keep you coming back for more.

With stuffed catfish on the menu everyday, the only thing you’ll be saying when you leave this NOLA restaurant is, “Oh yeah, it’s Sassafras season!”

With so many places to choose from, Bennachin Restaurant offers NO the best in African, soul food and vegetarian cuisine in the city’s French Quarter!

Snug Harbor is more than just another NOLA bistro. It’s creole and regional cooking mixed with a whole lot of live jazz music that plays well into the night.

Lil Dizzy’s Café is a 7th Ward namesake that prides itself on producing an untouchable fried chicken family recipe.

 

 

If you’re looking for some home-style fried chicken that’s finger-licking good, then Willy Mae’s Scotch House is the place to go. For more than 30 years, this venue has been a local and internationally acclaimed restaurant has been a Southern necessity.

The Juju Bag Café offers food lovers the best of all things delicious. From traditional American grub to Caribbean dishes and filling sandwiches, the Milneburg restaurant has you covered.

New Orleans isn’t just known for its creole cuisine and homemade Southern delicacies, it’s also known for its mouth-watering desserts. And Tee-Eva’s Pies and Pralines is the perfect place to indulge in old-fashioned pies with a pecan and praline twist.

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