Germaine and I went to New Orleans in February and I must say it was one of the best foodie experiencing we’ve every had.
That’s saying a lot because we travel to eat and find all of the good food no matter where we are. However, we rank this trip pretty high because the uniqueness of the flavors in this part of the country.
We had never eaten authentic creole or cajun food before this and what we experienced at the restaurants in this guide was an exceptional introduction.
Where to Eat in New Orleans
Neyows Creole Cafe 3332 Bienville St.
This was our first stop after arriving in New Orleans. We actually took the trolly down Canal Street from our hotel and walked the rest of the way to get to Neyows. It was about a 6 minute walk from the trolly but I would not recommend if you’re uncomfortable walking through urban communities.— I personally was uncomfortable so I would call a ride next time.
The place was a must visit on Germaine’s list but not mine. When I asked him just now, he said he would visit Neyows again whenever we’re in NOLA. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great place it’s just not my dining style.
The menu didn’t offer enough of things I like to eat, but it was full of things Germaine loves like fried fish, shrimp and oysters.
Appetizer: Char-Grilled Oysters
What did Germaine order? Stuffed Shrimp with Crabmeat + 2 Sides (Potato Salad & Green beans)
What did Saidah order? Crab Claws Sautéed in a Butter Sauce
Cafe Beignet 334 Royal Street
We ate at two of the most famous beignet cafes in New Orleans and Cafe Beignet wins our vote hands down.
The quaint little cafe had the best beignets and coffee we experienced in New Orleans. We went to this cafe our second day in NOLA and the other famous location on our third day. We like the Mocha Cafes here and the hot powdery beignets better. The service and coffee selection was much more to our liking than at Cafe Dumonde.
What did we order? Fresh Hand Made Beignets (3 total)
Saidah: Caramel Cafe Au Lait
Germaine: Mocha Cafe Au Lai
Palace Cafe 605 Canal Street
If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience then Palace Cafe should be top of your list. The food here was so good that we had dinner here twice.
What did Germaine order? Andouille-Crusted Fish which is a pan-roasted Gulf fish covered in andouille breadcrumbs paired with southern style greens all in a Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc.
What did Saidah order? Pan Seared Scallops in a delicious sauce paired with sweet carrots, rice and edible dried flower petals.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House 2401 St. Ann Street
If you want to taste and feel what black NOLA is like Willie Mae’s Scotch House is the place to eat. The restaurant is located in a small house style building and just feeling like you’re dining in someone home back in the day.
Don’t let the outer exterior scare you away nor the interior decor make you think any less of this place. It’s located where it’s supposed to be and decorated to make you feel like you’re eating Sunday dinner at your grandmas house.
What did Germaine order? 2-Piece Fried Chicken and Steak Fries
What did Saidah order? 2-Piece Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries
Amorino Gelato Al Naturale 637 Canal St
The last recommendation is for a great dessert spot just a few doors down from the Palace Cafe. It’s a nice gelato spot that makes many extravagant desserts. The sell macrons, cones and more!
Both Germaine and I ordered the rose petal ice cream cones with two flavors of gelato.