Mariza Tavern – 2900 Chartres Street
Bywater – 504 598 5700
Modern Italian-inspired fare dished out in an airy loft building with an industrial-chic vibe, a “small” wine list that’s full of “outstanding values”.
La Petite Grocery – 4238 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District – 504 891 3377
Uptown stylish bistro perfect for weekend brunch. Delicious Contemporary Louisiana fare modern, but still very New Orleans. Gracious and fun staff, the crab beignets are “to-die-for”.
Patois – 6078 Laurel Street
Uptown – 504 895 9441
Paris bistro feel with trendy bar in the front room. Great for Sunday brunch.
Bouligny Tavern – 3641 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District – 504 891 1810
Spectacular Happy Hour ($2.50 Kronenbourg 1664, $5 wine, Crostini & Bruschette and 1/2 off all fried snacks, the Tempura Green Beans are a must). Stop in here for drinks and a snack before going to sister restaurant Lillete (next door)
Lilette – 3637 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District – 504 895 1636
Some of the best food in NOLA. French and Italian fare at this stylish hip Uptown bistro. Be sure to grab a cocktail at Bouligny Tavern before or after.
Coquette – 2800 Magazine Street
Lower Garden District – 504 265 0421
Cool Garden District bistro, fabulous ever-changing farm-to-table menu. Beautiful, vintage-looking space.
The District – 2209 Magazine St
Lower Garden District – 504 570 6945
Donuts, sliders and cappucinos. Great for a quick breakfast or lunch.
Melrose Mansion | 937 Esplanade Avenue
Edge of French Quarter – 504 944 2255
Perfect mix of modern luxury and history in this beautifully renovated 14 suite Victorian Mansion. A few minute walk to the French Quarter, enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast poolside or in the breakfast room.
Tipitinas – 501 Napoleon Ave
Uptown – 504 895 8477
A NOLA institution (established in 1977), one of the best places in the city to catch a show. Small intimate venue with a food truck out front!
Delachaise -|3442 Saint Charles
Garden District | 504 895 0858
Great cozy afternoon wine bar or late night outside hangout. Magical white light draped front patio, outstanding by the glass wine list, fabulous cheese plates and delicious pommel frites. Stays open very late!
Bacchanal | 600 Poland Avenue
Bywater | 504 948 9111
Bohemian Bywater Eclectic bistro that serves cheap delectable small plates and doubles as a wine shop. Trees with strings of lights overhang a courtyard with mismatched tables and chairs and nightly live music.
Cane and Table – 1113 Decatur Street
French Quarter – 504 581 1112
Rum based cocktails, young hip staff, charming interior and courtyard where the ambiance feels like Old Havana.
Snake and Jakes | 7612 Oak Street
Uptown | 504 861 2802
Legendary dive bar set in a shacklike setting with late hours (open to wee hours in the morning) and year-round retro holiday decor.
F & M Patio Bar | 4841 Tchoupitoulas Street
Uptown (a few blocks from Tipitana’s) | 504 895 6784
The diveiest of bars, mandatory late night cheese fries while watching Tulane students dance on the pool table.