Sure you’ll want to feast on Cajun and Creole specialties while visiting New Orleans. But you’d be missing out on some tasty meals if you didn’t wander off that culinary trail to try some of the city’s other flavorful options. Here’s a starter list of a few faves.
From creamy, homemade hummus to savory rosemary-infused lamb chops, Lebanon’s Café turns out some of the best Middle Eastern food in the city. Vegetarians will love the options, including a 10-veggie masterpiece cooked in a skillet and topped with melty cheese.
1500 S. Carrollton Avenue
Monday-Thursday, 11a.m.-9:45p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11a.m.-10p.m.; Sunday, 12p.m.-9:30p.m.
Reggae music and island art set the mood for the Caribbean-inspired food at Coco Hut. Wash down jerk chicken or salmon with a pitcher of cane juice with ginger ale.
2515 Bayou Road
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If you’re like us at Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, some nights just call for pizza, so do what we do—head to Domenica on Magazine Street (nice and close to the Inn) or it’s main spot in the Roosevelt Hotel. You’ll find great standards like Margherita and Prosciutto, but also intriguing combos like roasted carrot with goat cheese, Brussels sprouts, beets and hazelnuts. Super deal: half-price pizzas during happy hour!
123 Baronne Street
Visit the Vietnamese Farmers Market in the Westbank neighborhood any Saturday and have fun checking out all the stands. Then head across the Mississippi river to a strip mall in Gretna and Pho Tau Bay restaurant for warming Vietnamese soup. Back in the Garden District, closer to Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast is Magasin, where the setting is chic and the food is elevated Vietnamese.
Vietnamese Farmers Market
14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd
Saturdays, 6 a.m.-9a.m.
Pho Tau Bay
113 Westbank Expwy Ste C, Gretna
Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9a.m.-8:30p.m.
Closed Wednesday and Sunday
4201 Magasin Street
Lunch: 11a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Dinner 6-9p.m.
And we can’t forget some of the tastiest barbecue in the South at The Joint. Fall-off-the-bone brisket, sausage made in the back of the shop, sides that would make a Southern grandma proud—all add up to one memorable experience.
Mmm. Must be time to eat.