NOLA – especially with as much as I LOVE food. I am happy to report that I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. The only disappointment I do have? That I didn’t have enough time to try the exhaustive list of restaurants that caught my eye. Which means I’ll just have to make another trip back down to knock a few more off my list. Who’s with me?

But in the meantime I’ve got y’all covered. Today I’m breaking down the restaurants that I did get a chance to enjoy, savor, and photograph. Stay tuned though! As I have a feeling this will be updated rather shortly as I’m already dying for another visit. In the meantime, here’s a great starting point on where to eat in New Orleans.

Compère Lapin: I stumbled on this spot mostly by accident, and by accident I mean I just looked for Instagram worthy restaurants on Yelp! until I stumbled on this one. It didn’t disappoint. In fact, I ordered so much food that a server asked me multiple times when someone was joining me. The Biscuits and Gravy are OUT OF THIS WORLD. Also, I could easily eat their Avo Toast every day and never complain. Not even once.

Brennan’s: An absolute staple of the French Quarter and for good reason. Easily some of the best food I had on the trip. Not to mention it was served by a staff that made me feel like I was right at home. Even after 5+ hours spent on the road. PLUS, it’s the home of Bananas Foster, which means you have finish every meal with at least one serving of it.

The Italian Barrel: This cute, hole in the wall spot came highly recommended by a member of the family I spent time with up in Monroe, Louisiana before heading to NOLA. And now I know why, some of the best Italian food I’ve had the pleasure of noshing on. If you love Ravioli, then look no further than The Italian Barrel.

Atchafalaya: This was the perfect spot to refuel after a graveyard and neighborhood tour – more on that shortly! I started off with a Beet Salad and rounded out my brunch fit for champions with a Low Country Benedict. I’ll never look at normal Eggs Benedict the same way again.

French 75: When my Louisville bar friends recommend a place I know that I’m in for a treat, and boy was I right. Fell in love with the interior of the bar and restaurant. Stayed for the drinks, and explored the museum upstairs afterwards. Truly a can’t miss stop when visiting the area! Love that history is so deeply a part of everything in New Orleans – heaven for this nerd.

Loa: Ok, y’all. I don’t say this lightly, but this place 110% gets my seal of approval. If I were a local you’d easily find me here at least once (probably twice) a week. The interior is straight out of an interior design magazine, and the bar program is one to remember. Not to mention, I chatted with my bartender for a good hour about all the best places to eat, drink, and be merry. She knew it all, and she knew how to make a mean drink. Definitely a must hit spot.

The Bombay Club: Another recommendation by a local that happened to be a few doors down from my hotel making it the perfect watering hole after a long day. Also a spot that just so happens to serve up some seriously delicious bar food.

Avenue Pub: While we all know I love a good craft cocktail bar as much as the next guy I also love me a good neighborhood bar like this guy. A spot where locals and visitors alike come together to rub elbows, clink a few beer steins, and celebrate a good day. What’s not to love?

Drip Affogato Bar: If you visit any place in all of NOLA it better be this. Not only is the most Instagram-worthy spot I visited It also happens to be a dang cute concept. Ice cream and coffee? What could be better? Well, when the two of them are combined in perfect harmony in a space that’s bright, white, and airy.

District Donuts: Is it a donut shop or a burger place? Well, maybe it’s a bit of both, and for that I love it. Whether you’re craving sweet or savory there’s seriously something for you here.

Stumptown Coffee: Located in the newly opened Ace Hotel this is hands down one of my favorite coffee shops to hit up whenever I visit New York, and I was so excited to stumble upon on here as well.

Café Du Monde: And of course, a visit here isn’t complete without at least one stop here for beignets and coffee. Pro tip: get up before everyone else does because there’s almost always a line.

social to let me know! In the meantime, check out my other travel guides and let me know where I should go next!

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