Casual and Very Casual Dining in New Orleans

With 1400 world class restaurants in the City That Care Forgot, one can build a huge list of eateries to visit during your stay at Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast. We usually give arriving guests some suggestions based on what they want to spend, where they will be at the end of the day, and other personal factors that they mention to us during the check-in process. But if someone prefers an advanced list BEFORE they arrive, we’d like to share places we have sent our guests with good feedback from them, along with places we enjoy ourselves.

Because there is a long list of options in several categories, we’ll break this up into several blog posts: Casual/Very Casual, Upscale or Foodie, and Steaks/Breakfast/Brunch. We hope these lists (and our custom Google Map below built just for you) help you pre-plan your visit, and give you great ideas of what you can look forward to eating while you’re here!

Without further ado, here is our list of recommended casual dining options in our neighborhood in the Garden District (and sometimes outside if it).

Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar – only two blocks from Avenue Inn. Awesome for BBQ shrimp, char grilled oysters and lots of great local fish dishes. Save room for dessert, because they have the best carrot cake in the world! We highly suggest this eatery for one night of your stay. Expect an average check of $35 check per person.
See our blog post about Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar

Gumbo Shop – This is a great first-day-in-the-French-Quarter lunch joint which serves delicious Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, Blackened Catfish Fingers and about 25 more local favorites. You’ll find a real casual atmosphere (what ever you have on, you are overdressed for this place) with an average check of $20 per person.
See our blog post about the Gumbo Shop

Joey-K’s – Real local eating on Magazine Street, not too far from the mansion.  This is a very popular place for both locals and those in-the-know. Joey K’s was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives recently!

Mahoney’s Po Boys – Also located on Magazine Street, Mahoney’s offers more than 25 varieties of po-boy sandwiches. There are lots of other po-boy shops also around, and NOLA natives will defend their favorite places with a passion – this is our favorite place for po-boys!  Mahoney’s was also featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives!

Central Grocery – The creators of the Muffaletta Sandwich in the 1920’s – theirs is rated in the top four best sandwiches in the USA!

Cafe Du Monde – Open 24-hours a day, Cafe Du Monde has best Beignets in the world; these are a must-have during your visit!
See our blog post about Cafe Du Monde

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