New Orleans Travel Guide

In New Orleans, the town of excess, Tony indulges in fresh seafood, drinks Sazerac with Davis Rogan, hits The Kingpin and finishes off his bar crawl with tacos from one of the nation’s top 20 food trucks.

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Arnaud's Restaurant

It's hard to be both masculine and romantic, but this old bar pulls it off like Otis Redding. Dark wood, low little tables and a head bartender who takes the bar's namesake drink and turns it into a love potion.

813 Bienville Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112

 
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Atchafalaya

Consistency is a hallmark of their straightforward Creole menu, and the shrimp and grits are a standout. The brunch with live music draws the most customers, but this place has solid food all day, all the time.

901 Louisiana Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

 
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Big Fisherman Seafood

Big Fisherman is a great market, where you can buy boiled seafood and eat out front or on the levee or in a park. Take advantage of the lax drinking laws in NOLA and crack open a can of beer.

3301 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

 
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Borgne

There is a Spanish theme at chef John Besh’s latest eatery, but it is so deliciously caught up in local tradition that dining here feels much closer to Bucktown than Barcelona.

601 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

 
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Boucherie

Boucherie offers smartened-up versions of down-home cooking. They might be out of Krispy Kreme bread pudding by the time dessert rolls around, but you’ll be too full to eat it anyway.

8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118

 
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Clover Grill

Locals know you need to head east in the Quarter to get away from the tourists, and the Clover Grill sits past where the spring breakers stop walking. The Clover is a retro-styled diner that is open anytime of day.

900 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

 
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Cochon

Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski bring their love for Louisiana foods to every plate at Cochon. The food is focused and simple, and an emphasis on local microbrews offers a cool contrast to the sometimes-spicy cuisine.

930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

 
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Cochon Butcher

Butcher is Donald Link’s newest restaurant and takeout lunch joint with an extensive sandwich menu. Around the corner from the famed Cochon, Cochon Butcher is a beer/wine bar and meat market combination in the Warehouse District.

930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

 
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The Company Burger

Tony heads to Company Burger for some classic cheeseburger greatness. It doesn't hurt that chef/owner Adam Biderman opened the shop after serving as the opening chef de cuisine at famed Atlanta spot, Holeman & Finch.

4600 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

 
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Crab Trap

The Crab Trap is a series of camps and huts on the coast that serve up classic New Orleans-style seafood. The owner, Louis Lipps, stays busy tending boiling pots and vats of sauce for their New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp.

100 Peavine Rd
La Place, LA 70068

 
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Dat Dog

This place has all the hot dogs your heart could desire and occupies a totally refashioned former gas station. They offer steamed German wieners and a variety of sausages, all served on slightly sweet sourdough buns that are steamed and then toasted.

5030 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

 
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Dooky Chase Restaurant

This Cajun and Creole joint is famous for its classic soul food, gloriously influenced by the city's French and Italian traditions. Chef Leah and husband Dooky Chase have served prominent African-American politicians, musicians and businesspeople.

2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

 
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Herbsaint

Donald Link’s flagship restaurant has earned accolades since it opened its doors. The hype is understandable. Their gumbos and soups are standouts and the fresh salads come decorated with seasonal ingredients.

701 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

 
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The Kingpin

Tony, Donald and Steve head to The Kingpin for a few beers as they work up some late-night appetites. It’s a cool place to catch the Saints game, or a band. They have an extensive beer selection, and the bar owner loves Elvis.

1307 Lyons St
New Orleans, LA 70115

 
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Le Bon Temps Roule

Metal guitarist Pepper Keenan is part-owner of this pub, but the music schedule includes everything from the Soul Rebels' legendary Thursday night brass blowout to R. Scully's downtown rock outfit, The Rough 7.

4801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

 
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Maple Leaf Bar

This bar was the first live music venue to reopen, just weeks after Katrina, with a generator-powered performance by Walter "Wolfman" Washington. If the Rebirth Brass Band is playing, don’t miss it.

8316 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

 
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Pho Tau Bay Restaurant

Tony and native Louisiana chef John Besh head just outside of the city, over the Mississippi River Bridge to the Westbank, to Pho Tau Bay. Tony and John order classic Vietnamese food from this family-run restaurant.

113 Westbank Expressway Gretna, LA 70053

 
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R&O'S

Tony and Lolis Elie head to Bucktown for the best po’ boy in the city at R&O -- a family-run establishment serving up football-sized roast beef po’ boys.

216 Metairie Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

 
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Royal Street Inn & Bar

Lolis Elie has Tony meet him at this classic dive bar in the Marigny. Tony and Lolis throw back a few beers and discuss the landscape of New Orleans post-Katrina. The floors are warped, the windows are grimy and smoking is allowed inside.

1431 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

 
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Satsuma Cafe

Named after the sweet mystery fruit of the south, Satsuma Cafe has a wonderful list of site-squeezed juices and sandwiches stuffed full of freshness. The decor is totally New Orleans, and the vibe is about as local as you can get.

3218 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

 
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The Sazerac Bar

Tony and Davis Rogan enjoy a few signature cocktails and an ambience that harkens to an older time.. Named after what many consider to be the world’s first mixed drink, The Sazerac Bar carries with it as much history and lore as its namesake.

123 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112

 
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Snake & Jake's

Donald Link and Steve Stryjewski have Tony meet them at this legendary dive. Lit only by a few Christmas lights, all the locals agree that no one is ever here for a good reason. Official listed hours are 7 p.m. – 7 a.m., and they mean it.

7612 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

 
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Taceaux Loceaux

Tony, Donald and Steve stumble out to a fantastic late-night food spot, the Taceaux Loceaux truck. New Orleans is starting to see more food trucks pop up, and the latest has a menu of creative tacos with unforgettable names.

1307 Lyons St
New Orleans, LA 70115

 
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Three Muses

It could be the start of a joke: “A singer, bartender and a chef take over an abandoned building in the Marigny …” Such was the case when Sophie Lee, Christopher Starnes and Dan Esses partnered up to build this restaurant, bar and jazz club.

536 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

 
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Tipitinas Uptown

This classic is dedicated to the late piano master Professor Longhair. “Tip's" is a reliable place for top local and out-of-town roots, brass and rock bands. It's uptown and is definitely worth the cab ride on the right night.

501 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

 
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Walker's BBQ

Walker’s is the home of the Cochon de Lait Po’ Boy, which is 12-hour-hickory-roasted suckling pig, topped with creamy Cajun mustard slaw, and served on proper po’ boy bread.

10828 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

 

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