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The Best Casual Spots To Eat & Drink Near Jazz Fest

Let this be your guide to pre and post fest grub (and some booze)

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It's Jazz Fest and likely you'll be eating your heart out on the festival grounds. But maybe, just maybe, after a few beers and a little too much sunshine, you'll be in the mood for a good meal and some air conditioning when the festival is over.  Or maybe you just need a scone beforehand and a Bloody Mary to-go.

Look to these tried and true casual spots near the fest, which are all all open late enough (or early enough) to fit your feasting and boozing schedule.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Toups Meatery

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Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 252-4999
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Isaac Toups, fan favorite of the latest Top Chef season, cooks up incredible Cajun dishes, from the meatery board (cracklins, boudin and more Cajun charcuterie) to a killer pork chop and dirty rice. Bar program and doberge cake are on point too.

2. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
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Michael Gulotta's casual, chef-driven take on Louisiana-inspired Vietnamese food is right down the street from City Park with restorative pho, delicious noodle/rice bowls, and a slew of incredible specials (including weekend hog/lamb roasts).

3. Morning Call

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City Park - Casino Building
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 300-1157
Beignets and cafe au lait await fest-goers 24 hours a day, right in City Park. They also have a decent jambalaya. Cash only though.
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4. Bud's Broiler

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500 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-2559
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Open 24 hours, this is the place to satisfy every late night craving with burgers, milkshakes, and chili cheese fries.

5. Felipe's Taqueria

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411 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 288-8226
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For the most bang for your buck, stop by Felipes for a quick and hearty super burrito loaded with meat, cheese, beans, and rice. The frozen margs are lethal.

6. Liuzza's By The Track

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1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-7888
If you don't mind stopping for a Bloody Mary pre or post fest with a thousand of your closest friends, this is your spot.

7. Angelo Brocato's

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214 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-1465
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If you need a little something sweet after listening to music and general festing, Angelo Brocato's is the place for gelato, Italian ice, a huge amount of pastries, filled to order cannoli, and authentic espresso. Open till 10:30 on Friday and Saturday, and until 9pm on Sunday.

8. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119-4911
(504) 482-3047
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All poboys, all the time. Get a roast beef, shrimp or the surf & turf, which combines both. Two poboys that don't get a lot of press but are quite tasty are the corned beef and the french fry. Try the sweet potato fries as a side and wash it all down with a local beer. Open from 11am-10pm.

9. Bayou Beer Garden

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326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 302-9357
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This Mid City bar is a hoot with an awesome covered deck, great food, and the new Bayou Wine Garden (with about 30 wines on tap) connected to it.

10. 1000 Figs

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Ponce De Leon St
New Orleans, LA 70119
This small, awesome spot in Faubourg St. John is a beautiful walk from the fair grounds with killer falafel and fries, lamb heart kebab, and more fresh, seasonal eats. Open until 9 p.m. (but closed Sunday except for brunch).

11. Brown Butter

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231 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 609-3871
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This Southern eatery is great for any meal, with sandwiches and huge salads for lunch, tasty brunch specials, and dinner entrees that border on the fine dining side (without the fine dining bill). Full bar and great beer selection.

12. Revel Cafe and Bar

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133 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 309-6122
Exceptional cocktails from a New Orleans bar legend, Chris MacMillion, plus bar snacks, sandwiches and a casual neighborhood vibe.

13. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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This New Orleans' barbecue staple (formerly located in music club Chickie Wah Wah) debuts in its new restaurant space on Friday, April 22, with outdoor seating, a full bar, and loads of brisket, pulled pork and more specialties.

14. Pagoda Café

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1430 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 644-4178
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A great spot for breakfast pastries, sandwiches, and coffee within walking distance of the festival.

15. Seahorse Saloon

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1648 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-4217
This spot is a must for a pre-fest Bloody Mary or post-festing with the masses. It's possible some folks never even make it to Jazz Fest, but just hang out here.

16. Pirogues

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2565 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 948-6349
This newish bar on Bayou Road at Broad (a close walk to the fest) has plans for crawfish boils and more shenanigans when Jazz Fest lets out. But it's a good spot to pre-game too.

17. Pal's Lounge

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949 N Rendon St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-7257
An exceptional neighborhood watering hole in Bayou St. John with great cocktails and service. There's always some sort of delicious food pop-up happening, but make sure to bring an ID or you can't get in.

1. Toups Meatery

Carrollton, New Orleans, LA 70119
Isaac Toups, fan favorite of the latest Top Chef season, cooks up incredible Cajun dishes, from the meatery board (cracklins, boudin and more Cajun charcuterie) to a killer pork chop and dirty rice. Bar program and doberge cake are on point too.
Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. MoPho

514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Michael Gulotta's casual, chef-driven take on Louisiana-inspired Vietnamese food is right down the street from City Park with restorative pho, delicious noodle/rice bowls, and a slew of incredible specials (including weekend hog/lamb roasts).
514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Morning Call

City Park - Casino Building, New Orleans, LA 70124
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Beignets and cafe au lait await fest-goers 24 hours a day, right in City Park. They also have a decent jambalaya. Cash only though.
City Park - Casino Building
New Orleans, LA 70124

4. Bud's Broiler

500 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Open 24 hours, this is the place to satisfy every late night craving with burgers, milkshakes, and chili cheese fries.
500 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Felipe's Taqueria

411 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
For the most bang for your buck, stop by Felipes for a quick and hearty super burrito loaded with meat, cheese, beans, and rice. The frozen margs are lethal.
411 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Liuzza's By The Track

1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119
If you don't mind stopping for a Bloody Mary pre or post fest with a thousand of your closest friends, this is your spot.
1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Angelo Brocato's

214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
If you need a little something sweet after listening to music and general festing, Angelo Brocato's is the place for gelato, Italian ice, a huge amount of pastries, filled to order cannoli, and authentic espresso. Open till 10:30 on Friday and Saturday, and until 9pm on Sunday.
214 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-4911
All poboys, all the time. Get a roast beef, shrimp or the surf & turf, which combines both. Two poboys that don't get a lot of press but are quite tasty are the corned beef and the french fry. Try the sweet potato fries as a side and wash it all down with a local beer. Open from 11am-10pm.
538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119-4911

9. Bayou Beer Garden

326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70119
This Mid City bar is a hoot with an awesome covered deck, great food, and the new Bayou Wine Garden (with about 30 wines on tap) connected to it.
326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. 1000 Figs

Ponce De Leon St, New Orleans, LA 70119
This small, awesome spot in Faubourg St. John is a beautiful walk from the fair grounds with killer falafel and fries, lamb heart kebab, and more fresh, seasonal eats. Open until 9 p.m. (but closed Sunday except for brunch).
Ponce De Leon St
New Orleans, LA 70119

11. Brown Butter

231 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
This Southern eatery is great for any meal, with sandwiches and huge salads for lunch, tasty brunch specials, and dinner entrees that border on the fine dining side (without the fine dining bill). Full bar and great beer selection.
231 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

12. Revel Cafe and Bar

133 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Exceptional cocktails from a New Orleans bar legend, Chris MacMillion, plus bar snacks, sandwiches and a casual neighborhood vibe.
133 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

13. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
This New Orleans' barbecue staple (formerly located in music club Chickie Wah Wah) debuts in its new restaurant space on Friday, April 22, with outdoor seating, a full bar, and loads of brisket, pulled pork and more specialties.
900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

14. Pagoda Café

1430 N Dorgenois St, New Orleans, LA 70119
A great spot for breakfast pastries, sandwiches, and coffee within walking distance of the festival.
1430 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119

15. Seahorse Saloon

1648 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119
This spot is a must for a pre-fest Bloody Mary or post-festing with the masses. It's possible some folks never even make it to Jazz Fest, but just hang out here.
1648 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70119

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16. Pirogues

2565 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119
This newish bar on Bayou Road at Broad (a close walk to the fest) has plans for crawfish boils and more shenanigans when Jazz Fest lets out. But it's a good spot to pre-game too.
2565 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119

17. Pal's Lounge

949 N Rendon St, New Orleans, LA 70119
An exceptional neighborhood watering hole in Bayou St. John with great cocktails and service. There's always some sort of delicious food pop-up happening, but make sure to bring an ID or you can't get in.
949 N Rendon St
New Orleans, LA 70119

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