Eating in New Orleans can be overwhelming for first-timers. While that can be a great thing if you’re short on time/money you want to make sure you eating the responsibly while getting the most out of your New Orleans experience. Since this was my very first time visiting and I was traveling solo, I wanted to make sure I avoided tourist traps, while still being able to experience the best New Orleans had to offer. This guide to eating in New Orleans for those rookies and first-timers that just need a few recommendations and photos of some places before they go.
My flight arrived late, little did I know my hotel had several places I could order from, but being the tourist that I am, I decided to head out and explore at night. Yes, I know, it wasn’t the brightest idea, but I was excited to be in a new city.
willie’s chicken shack
At the risk of becoming a tourist, I came here. To be honest, I had gotten in so late that I needed a place to grab something quick. As expected the meal was overpriced and not worth what I paid, plus the chicken was dry. Rest assured I won’t be eating here again. But I included them on the list, because other may be wondering and want to experience it for themselves. The $12.99 I paid for the two piece and a biscuit was high. I should have gone to Popeye’s if that were the case.
This was the restaurant at my hotel. Their food was amazing, I had a crawfish, bacon and cheese omelet that ended up being the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted. I would go back solely for the omelets.
Our dinner was hosted at Calcasieu, a private dining space by chef Donald Link. The meal was one of a kind and definitely had all of the flavors of New Orleans.
Another great restaurant at the hotel, I highly recommend the salmon. I’ve never had spinach Madeline before, it was a treat. I’ve already begun scooping our recipes online to make a version for myself.
This was a great breakfast to have my first morning in New Orleans. I wanted to make sure I had a great breakfast, this is certainly a place I plan on returning too.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.