Here Are 10 New Orleans Restaurants Where You Can Grab a Great Lunch
There are many places where you can spend your lunchtime, but we've listed 10 New Orleans restaurants where you can grab an especially great lunch.
You could be forgiven for thinking that brunch and dinner are the specialties of New Orleans eating. However, when it comes to enjoying a good mid-day meal, few cities can provide a more fulfilling lunching experience than NOLA. Whether you're hankering for sandwiches or soul food, beignets or beans, each neighborhood of this vibrant Louisiana city on the Mississippi River has something delectable to offer you. Of course, there are hundreds of average places where you can spend your lunchtime, but we've put together a list of the 10 New Orleans restaurants where you can grab a great lunch.
1. Galatoire's Restaurant
Opened by French immigrant Jean Galatoire in 1905, this century-old Bourbon Street institution offers an award-winning fine-dining experience centered around seafood and French-Creole fare. Remember to dress up as no shorts or T-shirts are allowed in this upscale space.
Recommended: Duck crepes, crabmeat sardou, crabmeat maison
Address: 209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Offering an incredibly inventive menu, executive chef/co-owner Phillip Lopez, who studied molecular gastronomy in Spain, serves cutting-edge eclectic and modern American cuisine at his trendy 70-seat Warehouse District space, Root. Using local ingredients, Lopez prepares food that is artistically presented, daring and experimental.
Recommended: Daily ménage a foie, smoked veal pastrami on rye, burger served on a brioche bun
Address: 200 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130
3. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
This family owned Seventh Ward eatery offers a genuine down-home setting, traditional gumbo, and exclusively regional ingredients in an authentically Creole-soul food buffet style dining experience. The home-cooked cuisine at this no-frills joint located in Treme is extremely popular with locals, so be sure to arrive early and bring a hearty appetite.
Recommended: Trout buffet, gumbo, po'boy
Address: 1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
4. NOLA Restaurant
An addition to chef Emeril Lagasse's signature eateries, this vibrant hotspot, located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, offers a casual contemporary Louisianan eating experience in a funky renovated warehouse setting. Consider dining at the brassy food bar to see the chefs in action.
Recommended: Louisiana crab cakes with Creole tartar sauce, cedar plank roasted red fish, gourmet veggie pizza
Address: 534 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
5. Liuzza's by the Track
A hole in the wall joint, Liuzza's by the Track has made a name for itself thanks to their signature pistolette style barbecue shrimp po'boy. The full bar and friendly neighborhood people make this casual Creole tavern a frequented haunt for locals as well as tourists, especially during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival.
Recommended: Barbecue shrimp po'boy, seafood and sausage gumbo, slow-simmered corned beef
Address: 1518 North Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: (504 218-7888)
Sporting a elegant Franco-German brasserie setting with an emphasis on locally sourced seafood and Southern hospitality, chef John Besh's Lüke offers a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere, quality service and an extensive selection of house brews. Come during happy hour between 3 and 5 in the afternoon for 50 cent raw oysters.
Recommended: Lüke burger, Tabasco honey fried chicken, cochon de lait jambalaya
Address: 333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
7. Cochon Butcher
For a relatively inexpensive and thoroughly casual lunch experience, executive chef/co-owner Donald Link’s buzzing Warehouse District Cajun sandwich shop and wine bar is a must. This fantastic sandwich counter, which doubles as a butcher and a deli, offers creative options made with house-cut meats as well as amazing sides.
Recommended: House muffaletta, boudin sausage, housemade charcuterie
Address: 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Drawing inspiration from the ever popular trend of traditional Middle Eastern food being eaten as European drunk food, Kebab offers spit style doner and gyro sandwiches on fresh baked bread as well as a selection of made-from-scratch sauces. The inclusion of wine, beer, ciders, cocktails and a vintage Flash Gordon pinball machine make this counter spot a fantastically fast and friendly place to grab lunch.
Recommended: Doner kebab, felafel, hummus plate
Address: 2315 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
9. Dong Phuong Bakery
For over 30 years, a local bakery situated within the Vietnamese community of eastern New Orleans has been crafting traditional French pastries and sweet/savory Vietnamese eats. The culinary style as well as freshness of the breads and pastries makes this oriental bakery well worth the trip east.
Recommended: Banh Mi, pate chaud, traditional moon cake
Address: 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
10. Green Goddess
With plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available, chef Paul Artigues' tiny eclectic restaurant offers a unique Creole take on global-inspired dishes as well as a creative cocktail program. Expect a wait though, as the romantic outdoor seating in charming Exchange Place is highly coveted.
Recommended: The Cuban Luau, pork sugarcane lollipops with coconut slaw, South Indian uttapam
Address: 307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130
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