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9 Spots Serving Food 24 Hours in New Orleans

Sometimes the midnight meal is the most important of the day

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Even kitchens that stay open late eventually close. That’s when it’s critical to know where the 24/7 eateries lurk, the places that can satisfy hunger at even the most inopportune times. This list is essential for industry shift workers and anybody looking for a place to soak up a long evening of cocktailing.

Is this the best food in New Orleans? Unlikely, as these anti-trend dive bars don’t promise fancy. But they do dish rib-sticking eats to satisfy hungry customers around the clock, and that’s a beautiful thing.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Tic-Toc Café

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This brightly-painted, 24-hour Metairie diner has long been known for a range of affordable, solid breakfasts under $10 or so, like biscuits and sausage gravy for around $5. There are also burgers, sandwiches, and a few classic diner plates, like a Cajun-smothered pork chop, if you’re looking for a meal other than breakfast. Bring a sense of humor, and check the ever-changing sign out front.

Tic-Toc Cafe

Melba's Poboys

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“Eat Pray Love” proclaims a sign outside of this neighborhood staple on busy Claiborne Avenue. As in “Eat at Melba’s, Pray before meals, and Love New Orleans.” If that’s not enough to get you in the door, consider the long list of frozen daiquiris, every possible kind of over-stuffed po’ boy, and the shrimp and grits, all perfect any time of day. There just happens to be a laundromat next door that offers free dryers after midnight, in case you need to do a few loads while you munch.

Verti Marte

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This cash-only, round-the-clock deli and convenience store really does have something for everybody. The menu goes on and on, beyond po-boys to grilled chicken salad and a handful of vegetarian items. Then there’s the meat and two sides, comfort fare including Grandma’s boarding house meatloaf and shrimp Creole. One can get breakfast whenever, best enjoyed standing at one of the tall tables that are sometimes by the door or on the stoop across the street, where stray picnickers always congregate.

All tha jazz poboy from Verti Marte
Yelp/Michelle N

Turtle Bay

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Open 24 hours —daily — Turtle Bay is well known for its 20-ounce rib eye served with potato skins and garlic bread, big enough for two to share and still under $20. Thin crust pizza is the cheesiest, hot wings are good, there is boiled crawfish when it’s in season, and the bartender pours a strong drink.

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Clover Grill

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So they make their burgers under a grease splattered hub cap and yes, they are good. The staff is a hoot, always talking some kind of smack, i.e. “We may not be pretty, but we think we are.” It doesn't get any more local than this. Great place for a snack after a night in the bars. Sit at the counter for best view of the shenanigans and order breakfast anytime at this old-school divey diner.

Pork chop at the Clover Grill
Yelp/Jillian C

Déjà Vu Restaurant & Bar

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This quirky 24-hour dive bar is the spot for a burger at 5 a.m., breakfast after midnight, and grilled chicken salad any time at all. Prices won’t break the bank — get biscuits and gravy for under $5 and an eight-ounce New York strip for less than $15, including a baked potato. There’s a full bar, local beer on tap, and a regular cast of characters that make for fine people-watching.

Red beans and rice with sausage
Yelp/Jennifer D

Mediterranean food 24 hours a day in the CBD gives night owls a downright healthy option. Enjoy the likes of hummus, falafel, labneh, shawarma, lamb, and grilled pita at Cleo’s on the edge of the French Quarter. There’s a vast and quirky soda selection, too. The second, French Quarter location, also open 24 hours, is temporarily closed.

Daisy Dukes Cafe & Delivery 24/7

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This accommodating hole-in-the-wall is home to the bottomless Cajun Mary, a killer version of a bloody that comes with a boiled crawfish perched on the rim of the cup. Get breakfast any time, sausage gravy and biscuits, over-stuffed po’ boys, burgers and the like, dished in a busy diner atmosphere within walking distance to Bourbon Street bars.

Igor’s Bar & Grill

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Igor’s is the St. Charles Avenue barroom and pool lounge with a laundromat in the back, the oldest and possibly most iconic of the 24/7 watering holes founded by proprietor Igor Margan, who died a few years ago. A now short menu sticks to what it’s always done best — burgers — and rounds it out with a fried chicken sandwich, hot sausage sandwich, and even a vegetarian sandwich option.

Tic-Toc Café

Tic-Toc Cafe

This brightly-painted, 24-hour Metairie diner has long been known for a range of affordable, solid breakfasts under $10 or so, like biscuits and sausage gravy for around $5. There are also burgers, sandwiches, and a few classic diner plates, like a Cajun-smothered pork chop, if you’re looking for a meal other than breakfast. Bring a sense of humor, and check the ever-changing sign out front.

Tic-Toc Cafe

Melba's Poboys

“Eat Pray Love” proclaims a sign outside of this neighborhood staple on busy Claiborne Avenue. As in “Eat at Melba’s, Pray before meals, and Love New Orleans.” If that’s not enough to get you in the door, consider the long list of frozen daiquiris, every possible kind of over-stuffed po’ boy, and the shrimp and grits, all perfect any time of day. There just happens to be a laundromat next door that offers free dryers after midnight, in case you need to do a few loads while you munch.

Verti Marte

All tha jazz poboy from Verti Marte
Yelp/Michelle N

This cash-only, round-the-clock deli and convenience store really does have something for everybody. The menu goes on and on, beyond po-boys to grilled chicken salad and a handful of vegetarian items. Then there’s the meat and two sides, comfort fare including Grandma’s boarding house meatloaf and shrimp Creole. One can get breakfast whenever, best enjoyed standing at one of the tall tables that are sometimes by the door or on the stoop across the street, where stray picnickers always congregate.

All tha jazz poboy from Verti Marte
Yelp/Michelle N

Turtle Bay

Yelp/Mitch P

Open 24 hours —daily — Turtle Bay is well known for its 20-ounce rib eye served with potato skins and garlic bread, big enough for two to share and still under $20. Thin crust pizza is the cheesiest, hot wings are good, there is boiled crawfish when it’s in season, and the bartender pours a strong drink.

Yelp/Mitch P

Clover Grill

Pork chop at the Clover Grill
Yelp/Jillian C

So they make their burgers under a grease splattered hub cap and yes, they are good. The staff is a hoot, always talking some kind of smack, i.e. “We may not be pretty, but we think we are.” It doesn't get any more local than this. Great place for a snack after a night in the bars. Sit at the counter for best view of the shenanigans and order breakfast anytime at this old-school divey diner.

Pork chop at the Clover Grill
Yelp/Jillian C

Déjà Vu Restaurant & Bar

Red beans and rice with sausage
Yelp/Jennifer D

This quirky 24-hour dive bar is the spot for a burger at 5 a.m., breakfast after midnight, and grilled chicken salad any time at all. Prices won’t break the bank — get biscuits and gravy for under $5 and an eight-ounce New York strip for less than $15, including a baked potato. There’s a full bar, local beer on tap, and a regular cast of characters that make for fine people-watching.

Red beans and rice with sausage
Yelp/Jennifer D

Cleo's

Mediterranean food 24 hours a day in the CBD gives night owls a downright healthy option. Enjoy the likes of hummus, falafel, labneh, shawarma, lamb, and grilled pita at Cleo’s on the edge of the French Quarter. There’s a vast and quirky soda selection, too. The second, French Quarter location, also open 24 hours, is temporarily closed.

Daisy Dukes Cafe & Delivery 24/7

This accommodating hole-in-the-wall is home to the bottomless Cajun Mary, a killer version of a bloody that comes with a boiled crawfish perched on the rim of the cup. Get breakfast any time, sausage gravy and biscuits, over-stuffed po’ boys, burgers and the like, dished in a busy diner atmosphere within walking distance to Bourbon Street bars.

Igor’s Bar & Grill

Igor’s is the St. Charles Avenue barroom and pool lounge with a laundromat in the back, the oldest and possibly most iconic of the 24/7 watering holes founded by proprietor Igor Margan, who died a few years ago. A now short menu sticks to what it’s always done best — burgers — and rounds it out with a fried chicken sandwich, hot sausage sandwich, and even a vegetarian sandwich option.

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