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Where to Find the Best 24-Hour Eats 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 a hunger at even the most inopportune times. This list is Mecca 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.

This map is arranged by neighborhood, not by ranking.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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.

The Alibi

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Just steps off Bourbon Street, this popular spot for late-night food offers 150 brands of beer and one of the best burgers in town. It draws a crowd of service industry regulars and tourists all about cheap eats and drinks, and generous pours. The scene is no-frills dive, the food is just fine and there when you need it most. Whatever that time might be.

Gumbo at the Alibi
Yelp/ Gloria H

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 $4.99 and an eight-ounce New York strip for $13.99 ($10.99 Tuesday and Thursdays) 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 French Quarter

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Prayers were answered when Cleo’s Mediterranean opened a second, also 24-hour location on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. Different from the Canal Street spot, it’s a full-blown restaurant with an expanded menu, lovely Middle Eastern decor, and its own in-house pita bakery, which makes it one of the more comfortable and atmospheric options for an 24-hour joint. Indeed, it’s also set apart by its vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, serving excellent hummus, tabouleh, grape leaves, falafel, baba ghanoush, and much more.

Vegetarian platter from Cleo’s French Quarter
Cleo’s Mediterranean/Facebook

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

Buffa's

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This much loved local bar is a dive with a capital D, complete with a rib-sticking menu, live music in the back bar every night of the week, and a dog friendly scene up front. Fried green beans, red beans and rice, burgers, deli sandwiches, all just fine, although getting fancy with Alfredo might be over-reaching.

Redfish poboy at Buffa’s
Yelp/ Betty W

Cafe Du Monde

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Why wait on those long daytime lines at Cafe du Monde when there are tables to spare at 3 a.m.? This iconic cafe is on everybody’s list for cafe au lait and fresh, fried, sugary beignets, three to an order. An all time favorite New Orleans experience is to order takeaway beignets from Cafe du Monde and commandeer a bench facing the Mississippi. Wander that way just about any time and find folks with the same idea, clouds of powdered sugar swirling in the air like gnats on an August eve.

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, all well under $10. 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 Thursday through Saturday (until 3 am the rest of the week), Turtle Bay is well known for its $16.95, 20-ounce rib eye served with potato skins and garlic bread, big enough for two to share. 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. What’s not to like?

Yelp/Mitch P

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 (there must be 30 shrimp in that thing!) and the shrimp and grits is 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.

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.

The Alibi

Gumbo at the Alibi
Yelp/ Gloria H

Just steps off Bourbon Street, this popular spot for late-night food offers 150 brands of beer and one of the best burgers in town. It draws a crowd of service industry regulars and tourists all about cheap eats and drinks, and generous pours. The scene is no-frills dive, the food is just fine and there when you need it most. Whatever that time might be.

Gumbo at the Alibi
Yelp/ Gloria H

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 $4.99 and an eight-ounce New York strip for $13.99 ($10.99 Tuesday and Thursdays) 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 French Quarter

Vegetarian platter from Cleo’s French Quarter
Cleo’s Mediterranean/Facebook

Prayers were answered when Cleo’s Mediterranean opened a second, also 24-hour location on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. Different from the Canal Street spot, it’s a full-blown restaurant with an expanded menu, lovely Middle Eastern decor, and its own in-house pita bakery, which makes it one of the more comfortable and atmospheric options for an 24-hour joint. Indeed, it’s also set apart by its vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, serving excellent hummus, tabouleh, grape leaves, falafel, baba ghanoush, and much more.

Vegetarian platter from Cleo’s French Quarter
Cleo’s Mediterranean/Facebook

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

Buffa's

Redfish poboy at Buffa’s
Yelp/ Betty W

This much loved local bar is a dive with a capital D, complete with a rib-sticking menu, live music in the back bar every night of the week, and a dog friendly scene up front. Fried green beans, red beans and rice, burgers, deli sandwiches, all just fine, although getting fancy with Alfredo might be over-reaching.

Redfish poboy at Buffa’s
Yelp/ Betty W

Cafe Du Monde

Why wait on those long daytime lines at Cafe du Monde when there are tables to spare at 3 a.m.? This iconic cafe is on everybody’s list for cafe au lait and fresh, fried, sugary beignets, three to an order. An all time favorite New Orleans experience is to order takeaway beignets from Cafe du Monde and commandeer a bench facing the Mississippi. Wander that way just about any time and find folks with the same idea, clouds of powdered sugar swirling in the air like gnats on an August eve.

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, all well under $10. 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 Thursday through Saturday (until 3 am the rest of the week), Turtle Bay is well known for its $16.95, 20-ounce rib eye served with potato skins and garlic bread, big enough for two to share. 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. What’s not to like?

Yelp/Mitch P

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 (there must be 30 shrimp in that thing!) and the shrimp and grits is 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.

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