New Orleans was just ranked in Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Best Cities for Foodies,” so I figured now was the perfect time to give you a foodie’s guide to New Orleans. As a big foodie I always envision LA and New York City as top cities for foodies. BUT, after my trip to Portland in the fall and my recent trip to New Orleans, I’m starting to think differently. Why didn’t anyone tell me New Orleans is such a hub for fantastic food?!
I was nervous about heading to NOLA since I don’t eat seafood, so I am going to warn you now: if you are looking for my take on typical NOLA foods, look to other guides. I wanted to put out a foodie guide for people looking to enjoy the amazing food here who don’t eat any type of fish.
If I’m being flat out honest with ya (which I mean, I always am), my sister and I saw cheap flights here and immediately started doing research to see if we should go. And by research I mean looking into the food situation. Because that’s obvi all a trip should be based on 😉
We liked what we saw (duh), bought the tickets and started hatching our plan. Our extremely long list of food was reduced heavily as other NOLA activities found their way into our itinerary. Once in New Orleans, we did quite a bit of walking and sightseeing, so we ate as much food as our stomachs time possibly allowed in between activities.
Practically every meal we ate was a standout and I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that. The one place I would say we could do without (if I had to pick one) was Willa Jean, but the wayyyyy delicious pop tart advises me otherwise. Keep reading for a foodie’s guide to New Orleans!
There’s a reason you hear this place on every list. Get your own serving of 3 with a hot chocolate and you’ll feel like you’re in heaven as you eat these little pillows of fried dough and powdered sugar.
Andddd Cowbell is now home to the best mac and cheese I have ever had. And I’ve eaten a lot of pretty freakin’ good mac and cheese in my life. Make sure to order a cocktail as well, we loved our Molly Ringwald’s!
We passed this bakery on Magazine Street and somehow managed to keep walking (due to the weight of donuts still sitting in our stomach), but when we passed it in the French Quarter, we took that as our cue to go in. I sure am glad we did because this birthday cake ice cream was unreal. What I would do to go back and get a giant scoop again!
With red bricks and a case full of fresh pastries and desserts, this place is adorable. The avocado toast was tasty, but did not blow me out of the water. However, the homemade pop tart was DIVINE. Who’d have thought I’d fall in love with something key lime flavored?! I’d recommend coming here for a sweet treat!
ALL HAIL DISTRICT DONUTS. Because these giant donuts the size of your face will make you want to cry, do a dance, live on donuts, hug every person in sight, etc. Can this place ship donuts?? I need more in my life ASAP.
The way this place was described to us was “like a bunch of food trucks indoors.” If you need a place with a lot of options, this one is for you. We devoured phenomenal sandwiches and topped off our last meal in NOLA with a slice of king’s cake! Simply divine, y’all.
CHAMPAGNE AND FRIES. Need I say more? Quite frankly, I have never even had other fries that compared to these. I am salivating just thinking about them. This combo was a tad on the pricey side, so be ready to splurge or find a reason to celebrate! (Ummmm how about you being in NOLA following my foodie guide?! 😉 )
If anyone needs a buddy to go to NOLA with, count me in! I’ve fallen so in love with this colorful city and its food.
Have you been to New Orleans before? Were you surprised by how amazing all the food was like me?
P.S. If you’re into cities with amazing eats, make sure to look at my Austin, TX city guide!