Every time I touch down in the Big Easy, I breathe in the bayou air and count down the minutes until I am eating chargrilled oysters and sippin’ on Nola classic cocktails.
Pour me somethin’ tall and strong:
Did you know New Orleans has an Open Container Law? A.K.A you can legally sip your drink while walking the streets of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is lined with bars and it is the go-to spot to grab a beverage!
- The famous Hand Grenade and Shark Attack are exclusively at Tropical Isle – I also highly recommend the Pirate’s Passion, a coconut rum punch served in a plastic mason jar.
- It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere!! Channel your inner Jimmy Buffet with a Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s.
- Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar was built in the 1700’s and is said to be the oldest structure in the United States. Lafitte’s is an indoor/outdoor bar and is well-known for the Voodoo Blend Daiquiri – a purple frozen drink made with everclear.
The World is Your Oyster:
- Conveniently located right off Bourbon Street, Acme Oyster House is always poppin’, but the inevitable line to enter moves rapidly! The menu is reasonably priced and filled with Louisiana favorites – Oysters, Gumbo, Jambalaya and an assortment of Po-Boy options! The oysters come in many forms at Acme: 1) Raw 2) Chargrilled (topped with the perfect blend of cheese, butter and herbs) or 3) in a shot glass with vodka and cocktail sauce! Anything on the menu will leave you satisfied and ready to take on Bourbon Street.
- Royal House is another great option for the New Orleans cuisine fix. This restaurant has oysters, as well as gumbo, jambalaya and more!
- Who knew you could find a 4.5 star sit down restaurant inside a convenience store?! Cleo’s Mediterranean restaurant definitely lives up to its Yelp rating and provides a one of a kind experience! This hidden gem has amazing Greek food and is run by the friendliest staff!
- Auction House Market is a mini food hall that offers an array of options such as Thai street food, poke/sushi, empanadas, and dessert! The center of the food hall is a bar, so everything you need for a great dining experience is in one place!
Beignet there, done that!
It is not a trip to New Orleans without beignets! Cafe Du Monde is a world famous cafe located in the French Quarter. The fried dough covered in powered sugar pairs perfectly with a cup of strong coffee. Dine in or take it to go and explore the French Quarter! Note: Cafe Du Monde is cash only.
Spitfire Coffee on St. Peter Street is another great coffee option in New Orleans! Lets be real, you will need as much coffee as you can get after staying up late on Bourbon Street the night before.
Enjoy the culture, history and most of all, the food options New Orleans has to offer!