4 Amazing New Orleans Restaurants That Aren't in the French Quarter
The French Quarter is that one tourist trap that everyone loves to gets stuck in. Visitors immediately fall in love with the blaring sounds of jazz bands, the vintage architecture and of course infamous Bourbon Street. The Quarter is always a guaranteed good time, but the city of New Orleans has much more to offer than the constraints of the French Quarter, especially when it comes to delicious fare. Next time you find your stomach growling while hanging out in The French Quarter, hail yourself an Über and take a field trip to a new neighborhood to try one of these foodie gems in the city.
District: Donuts Slider Brew
District is known for making the best sliders in town and innovative donuts that are the size of your head...well maybe a child's head. This industrial-chic cafe located on Magazine Street is a favorite haunt for locals that can't resist the juicy sliders and the revolving menu of donuts flavors like lemon ginger, coconut basil , sangria, and Nutella, to name a few. The menu also features a great selection of coffee, making it a cool hangout to rest your feet after hours of browsing the boutiques and shops on Magazine Street.
Address: 2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Ruby Slipper
Ideal for a no-frills brunch experience, this local chain serves up entrees that will make your stomach thank you. From a variety of signature benedicts like the Chicken St. Charles (pictured), to cajun-inspired breakfast entrees, The Ruby Slipper is sure to tame your inner brunch beast. Since this is a popular brunch spot, the wait can get a little lengthy depending on when you visit. Luckily, the restaurant uses the No Wait app which allows you to add your name to the list before leaving your hotel. Crowded lines can be avoided, and you will know your place and line and have...no wait!
Address: Multiple Locations
Since 1984, Katie's has been serving up boozy brunch, lunch and dinner goodness in a part of town known as MidCity. The ambiance is small and cozy, with a "where everybody knows your name" type of vibe. The diverse menu has something for all palettes like their chargrilled oysters (if you haven't had enough at Acme Oyster) to crawfish beignets, po' boys, burgers and even steak. On the weekends, they offer bottomless mimosas that you can slurp down while shootin' the breeze on the cozy patio. If you're staying in The Quarter, it's a scenic 15 minute taxi or Über ride that will give you a much-needed break from the touristy crowd.
Address: 3701 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
If you've ever wanted to try praline bacon, a deliciously sweet and savory breakfast delicacy with no health benefits whatsoever, then you need to make a pit stop in Elizabeth's for breakfast. Tucked away in Bywater away from the tourist areas, the restaurant serves large portions of down-home southern classics like shrimp and grits, fried catfish and biscuits and gravy. The building is artsy-fartsy and the neighborhood is artsy-fartsy which adds to the overall charm of the place. If you arrive early for brunch, or go on a weekday morning, there won't be much of a wait. Since it's a favorite among locals though, the wait may prove to be a bit longer on weekends.
Address: 601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA 70117