I wish I could eat 10 meals a day while in New Orleans.
Everyone always says the food from New Orleans is amazing, but dang… I was not prepared for just how out of this world eating in New Orleans is. It’s almost like a sport (and one that you 100% need stretchy pants to wear while doing so!!)
The grits, the gumbo, the fresh oysters, the fried food that’s perfectly fried so it’s not too greasy…. don’t mind me low-key drooling over here just thinking about all the best food of New Orleans…We spent much of our time in NOLA hunting down the top must eat New Orleans restaurants so we could share them with you! Keep reading for my ultimate guide on what to eat in New Orleans!
Where Should A First Time Visitor Eat In New Orleans
My husband and I went to New Orleans for the first time a couple of years ago and when we left the city, it almost felt like we had to roll ourselves out of there. As travel bloggers, when traveling work we always hustle to find the best of the best for our readers.
In New Orleans, that meant eating a LOT. There are so many fantastic new Orleans eats. Normally while traveling we don’t go all out for 3 large meals a day (plus snacks) but I was set on visiting the famous best places to eat in New Orleans, along with trying out hidden gems.
We also had to settle the debate for ourselves on who does beignets better: Cafe DuMonde or Cafe Beignet (a rivalry that tore apart my Instagram Story polls since people are very passionate about who they think served the better beignet!!)
While I think the hub of restaurants is in the French Quarter, you can find out of this world food all over the city (from the Garden District to the Ninth Ward.) I put on a comfy dress and set out with Robin to track down the best food in New Orleans. Let’s get this New Orleans eating guide started!!
Looking for ideas on what to do in New Orleans? Check out my New Orleans travel guide featuring fun things to do in The Big Easy, the best hotels, what to pack and more travel tips.
I hope this helps you find the best food to eat in New Orleans!! Robin and I had a blast running around this historic city eating our hearts out but we did leave the city wishing we stayed longer than 3 days… literally just so we could eat more! Ha!
Next time we visit, we’ll be staying a few days longer so we can find even more fun places to eat in New Orleans (and visit some of our favorites from this list!) Each time we visit New Orleans in the future, we’ll be updating this list! So check back.
We tried our best to test out everyone’s recommendations from Instagram, but again – there is only so much food one can eat each day! When planning your trip, add on an extra day or two just to eat more. I’m serious.
If your favorite restaurant isn’t mentioned on here, please leave a comment below so everyone can see. If you have any questions about eating New Orleans, or general travel advice, please leave a comment or DM me on Instagram @thewhimsysoul and I’ll be happy to help!