A Foodie’s Guide to New Orleans

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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!


a Foodie's Guide to New Orleans

Café du Monde

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.


a Foodie's Guide to New Orleans


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!


a Foodie's Guide to New Orleans


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!


a Foodie's Guide to New Orleans

Willa Jean

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!


a Foodie's Guide to New Orleans

District Donuts 

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.


a Foodie's Guide to New Orleans

St. Roch Market 

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.


a Foodie's Guide to New Orleans


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!

  • Jess

    Hey Molly! I am from the South and have visited New Orleans a few times. It’s the first place I tried shrimp & grits and that was the start of trying many new foods in that fun city :)) Loved your post!

  • Caroline

    Love it Molly! So happy you were able to try so many yummy spots around the city. Cowbell Mac and cheese is so heavenly! My roommate works at Willa Jean and always brings back leftover goodies at the end of the day and the pop tarts and espresso chocolate cookies are definitely some of my faves. You and your sis picked some amazing spots- come back soon though there’s still so much to try! ❤️

  • Robert Raymond

    Next time you should try Lapalco seFood for the best boiled crawfish In the city. It is on the West Bank near Gretna.
    Also Acme Oyster House or Drago’s for roasted oysters on the half shell. The original Drago’s in Metairie is my Favorite.
    Last for the best pork. Hop you have ever had go to Adolpho’s in the Maraginy.
    Robert Raymond

  • Mary DeWald

    These places all look great but you didn’t mention any of the traditional and amazing foods of New Orleans. Oyster Po Boys, crawfish served lots of different ways and bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Somehow french friess, mac & cheese or pop tarts don’t scream New Orleans to me.

    • Molly On The Move

      Thanks for reading, Mary! I actually can’t eat sea food and couldn’t ever find a single post that didn’t highlight sea food, so I wanted to do a post different from everything out there.

  • Leslie

    Yeah… idk how much of a “foodie” guide this is when all it mentions is french fries, donuts, and ice cream. New Orleans has so much incredible food to offer, even if you can’t eat seafood.

    • Molly On The Move

      Exactly the kind of guide I was seeking and couldn’t find – so I wrote it. All depends on your taste, can’t please everyone! Thanks for taking the time to give me feedback! 😉

  • Savannah

    This was a great guide. Something different from all the rest! I’m a huge foodie and love me some fries, donuts, and ice cream! I’ve one suggestion. Check out Creole Creamery for ice cream. Inventive flavors to be had there!

    • Molly On The Move

      Thank you so much, Savannah! I appreciate hearing that 🙂 And thank you for the suggestion!!! It had been on my list and we didn’t have time to make it over there!

  • Aimee

    I’m also not a fan of seafood and am visiting NOLA in a week, so really pleased to find your guide! 🙂 If I eat nothing but donuts, pop tarts, fries and cocktails while there, I’ll be happy!

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