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Where to Eat and Drink in New Orleans’s Bywater Neighborhood

From po’boys to tinned seafood and lots of tacos, here are the spots to visit in the Bywater

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Cabbage salad from Bywater American Bistro
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This historic Bywater neighborhood abuts the Marigny, stretching from the railroad tracks at Homer Plessy Way (formerly Press) to the Industrial Canal about a mile and change downriver from the French Quarter. With a mix of residential and commercial space along the Mississippi, it used to be considered gritty. Back in the day, tourists cabbed in to hear Kermit Ruffins play a weekly gig at Vaughan’s on a Thursday night, but there wasn’t much else to recommend.

Fast forward a dozen years and Bywater is a red hot address, with a smattering of funky eateries ranging from budget to highbrow. St. Claude Avenue in particular is alive with activity, with options ranging from a wine bar to Mexican restaurants. There’s been a lot of movement during the pandemic, including openings just on the other side of St. Claude.

Without further delay, here are the best of the area.

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1. Bywater American Bistro

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2900 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 605-3827
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Bywater American Bistro, Nina Compton’s casual but elegant bistro, brings rabbit curry, roasted octopus, bresaolo-style tuna toasts, fresh pasta, and classic cocktails to a former rice mill in the Bywater. Reserve a seat on one of the bar stools surrounding the bright-blue tiled exhibition kitchen for a view of Compton in action, or at one of the new sidewalk tables. P.S.: This April, Compton will appear as one of the all-star judges on Bravo’s “Top Chef.”  

The kitchen view at Bywater American Bistro
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2. Bywater Brew Pub

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3000 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 766-8118
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Bywater Brew Pub is an airy, light filled brewery featuring chef Anh Luu’s creative Viet-Cajun specialties. Try her yak-a-mein made with rice noodles, pho broth, braised brisket, and topped with a soft-boiled egg marinated in tamari and mirin. Her phoritto is all the goodness floating in a bowl of her pho — beef, noodles, onions, scallions, Thai basil, sprouts, and cilantro — wrapped in a flour tortilla, a bowl of pho broth served on the side for dipping. Crawfish Anh Luu is another specialty, a crawfish cream sauce over grits. Burgers including a banh mi version, wings, and porkbelly lettuce wraps are a few other options. Yes, the beer is great. 

Yak-a-mein and a phoritto from Bywater Brew Pub
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1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

You can reserve up to 30 days in advance for a table at N7, the hidden gem of a French restaurant in the Upper 9th Ward, but do it by emailing them — the restaurant doesn’t have a phone. (Resy also works). Nor does it offer live music, Creole cuisine, or New Orleans-inspired décor. What awaits at this unassuming bistro tucked in a former tire shop behind a wooden fence just off of St. Claude is a gorgeous, candlelit courtyard, French pop music, bistro fare like steak au poivre and mussels along with mostly imported seafood in a can (think smoked sardines and spiced calamari). The wine list is good, to boot.

Tres romantic is the scene at N7
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4. Junction Bar & Grill

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3021 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 272-0205
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Burgers and beer. That’s the grand sum of it at this friendly neighborhood pub, which features 40 brews on tap and serves darn good 100 percent grass-fed, hormone-free ground beef on a soft brioche bun. Add fries for a buck until 11 on the weekends and 8 p.m. during the week. Carnivores will love Junction’s specialty burgers like the Vermonter, with applewood smoked bacon, white cheddar, grilled apple, and a creamy maple sauce; or the City of New Orleans, which tops the beef with fried green tomatoes and remoulade sauce.

Grass fed beef is the word at Junction.
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5. Red's Chinese

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3048 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 304-6030
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If there was any doubt that Red’s would fill the clogs of founding chef Tobias Womack when he left town, one slurp of spicy ma po tofu settles the matter. Inspired by Womack’s time in San Francisco’s Mission Chinese, the menu riffs off of traditional Chinese recipes like Kung pao pastrami made with Louisiana's holy trinity of onions, bell peppers, and celery. Bold flavors of garlic, chili, and ginger inform a menu that is as unorthodox as it is habit-forming. There’s a nice courtyard out back for distanced outdoor dining.

Crawfish rangoon
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6. The Domino

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3044 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 354-8737
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T. Cole Newton, the drinkmaster behind 12 Mile Limit in Mid-City, is behind the Domino, a casual “wine dive” next to Red’s Chinese. Stocked with games, yes including dominoes, this chill spot serves a list of 17 wines under the sparkling, rose, white, red, and fortified categories. All of the wines offered are on draft, canned, boxed or from corkless bottles, which they plan on repurposing. Hours are limited for now, mostly weekends with a changing menu of food pop-ups.

7. Saint-Germain

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3054 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 218-8729
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Saint-Germain, a French bistro and wine bar next door to Red’s, offers swank eats Wednesday through Sunday. The chef/partners, formerly together at MoPho, are inspired by modern Parisian bistros, particularly in the neighborhood for which the restaurant is named. One side of the double shotgun is a 16-seat bistro with a $109 chef’s menu, the other is devoted to the wine bar, along with a lush backyard patio and herb garden. Look for a menu of small plates like pate with housemade bread, and crudités dusted with toasted wild rice powder with a charred pepper rouille at the wine bar or out back.

8. Galaxie

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3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 827-1443

Opened in a restored gas station originally designed by Walter Teague, considered the father of American industrial design, Galaxie offers a cool setting for a taqueria inspired by Mexico City street fare. The Mezcal-forward bar makes a slew of fresh squeezed margaritas, and tortillas made from corn imported from Oaxaca adds extra flavor and texture that raises the bar for Galaxie’s tacos and quesadillas. The al pastor roasted with pineapple on a vertical rotisserie (called a trompo) is tasty. Lots of outdoor seating, some of it covered.

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9. The Country Club

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634 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 945-0742
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Located in a stunning circa-1884 Italianate manse, The Country Club is a neighborhood gem worth discovering. Try the likes of crab beignets, truffled mac-n-cheese, griddled redfish, and debris and eggs. Dining rooms are bright with eye-popping murals by local artist Cindy Mathis and artwork from Louis St. Lewis. There is plenty of lovely outdoor seating in the back patio/pool area and on the front veranda.

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10. Alma Cafe

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800 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 381-5877
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Chef Melissa Araujo offers sweet and savory modern traditional Honduran food at Alma, a charming neighborhood spot for breakfast and lunch. There’s a Honduran coffee bar and fresh juices (and now booze) along with breakfast from 7 a.m. that includes traditional American and Honduran breakfasts, the latter of which comes with eggs, refried beans, plantains, avocado, homemade crema, and queso fresco. Try the chicharrones, pastelitos (meat pies), mushroom toast, and salsa verde ceviche with local shrimp. Honduran burgers, cooked to medium, are ground there, with mix-ins like fresh herbs, onions and bell pepper and a secret sauce.

Fried chicken sandwich and meat pies from Alma 
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11. Satsuma Cafe

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3218 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 304-5962
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Satsuma is proof positive that New Orleanians eat their vegetables. This positively Brooklynesque hangout doesn’t pick favorites — the kitchen caters to vegetarians, vegans, and the avowed carnivores in the crowd. Open for breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday, this is the spot for avocado toast, tofu scrambles, organic juices, raw salads and sandwiches from Cuban to black bean burgers. There’s usually a wait on the weekends. Snag a table in the outdoor courtyard if the weather is fine.

Vegan curry scramble from Satsuma
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12. Pizza Delicious

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617 Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 676-8482
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Crispy of crust, New York of style, Pizza Delicious is a no-frills pizza joint that delivers the goods. The menu is concise, with daily pie and fresh pasta specials along with traditional faves including pepperoni and Margherita topped with fresh mozzarella and basil. Slices are available and the 18” pie is plenty to share. If it’s featured, try the blue crab and butternut squash risotto. Oh, and the garlic knots are crusty, doughy bites of bliss. There’s beer on tap, a few wine choices, and limited cocktails poured.

In the kitchen at Pizza Delicious.
In the kitchen at Pizza Delicious.
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13. Bratz Y'all Bistro Bakery Biergarten

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617-B Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 301-3222
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Every day (but Monday and Tuesday for now) is Oktoberfest at Bratz Y’all, the kid-and-dog-friendly Bywater biergarten that specializes in all things German, from beer to brats to freshly baked soft pretzels, and beer cheese dip. The Nola Schnitzel is a perfectly fried pork or chicken cutlet topped with crawfish remoulade, a beauty also available as a platter with warm potato salad. Sides are a wonder, including spaetzle with gravy and red cabbage slaw spiked with apples.

14. Frady's One Stop Food Store

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3231 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 949-9688

What’s not to like about the longtime, affordable lunch haven on the corner of Piety and Dauphine? Frady’s is a hole in the wall for sure, but the po’ boys are made to order and the sides are pure comfort — mac and cheese, deviled eggs, fries with gravy. Plate lunch options change daily and the service is real deal New Orleans friendly. Settle in at one of the sidewalk tables and you’re sure to meet a character or two.

15. Rosalita’s

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3304 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 355-9345

What started as a thrice-a-week alley taqueria has a new home seven days a week where Shake Sugary used to be on St. Claude Avenue. Owners Laurie Casebonne and her husband Ian Schnoebelen offer California-style tacos filled with the likes of house smoked pork, homemade chorizo, fried fish, and chicken adobo. Ask for gringa style if you want cheese and flour instead of corn for the base. Add rice and beans to make the order a plate, and seasonal margaritas are another welcome option. Prices are mindfully reasonable and geared to keeping neighbors and regular customers coming back.

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16. Elizabeth's

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601 Gallier St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 944-9272
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Currently open for breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday, there’s often a wait for brunch at Elizabeth’s, the longtime neighborhood favorite famed for its strong bloody marys and praline bacon (yes, it’s good.) Meat and three stick-to-your-rib daily specials include the likes of meatloaf and chicken fried steak. Decor is mostly by Dr. Bob, the cantankerous artist whose studio is just up the road.

17. Stuph’d

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3325 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 459-4571

Everything at Stuph’d is well stuffed — from fried to order beignets filled with the likes of Creole crawfish, grilled chicken, fried shrimp and barbecue. Two beignets to an order, one popular special is a Philly cheese steak beignet oozing grilled steak, cheese, and fried onions.

Burgers are filled with mushrooms, Swiss cheese, jalapenos, and bacon. Yes, there are sweet beignets filled with sweet potato pie and cheesecake.

18. Bywater Bakery

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3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 336-3336
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Open for outdoor dining and takeout only, Bywater Bakery is a sweet spot for breakfast and lunch on Dauphine that (sometimes) offers live music on weekend afternoons. Owner and baker Chaya Conrad, who started baking at Arnaud's and Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse before overseeing operations at Whole Foods and Rouse’s, makes a splash with her king cakes during Carnival season (the Bywater berry chantilly is a big seller). Order a breakfast "go" cup filled with the boudin hash and eggs, grits and grillades, or shrimp and grits, then choose from sweet and savory pastries and a case full of cakes by the slice. Get the coconut.

Bywater Bakery
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19. The Joint

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701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 949-3232
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Expect a line at the Joint, the popular barbecue spot where the wait is accompanied by whiffs of smoky, porky goodness. Dig into platters of burnt brisket ends, ribs slathered in vinegar-based sauce made at the restaurant, decadent mac and cheese — heck, why not top that dinner salad with more meat? Copious portions, friendly service, daily drink specials: what’s not to love? For a city that was slow to embrace barbecue, the Joint is a tastemaker. Takeout only, for now.

20. Sneaky Pickle

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4017 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 218-5651
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Sneaky Pickle is much adored for its vegetable-forward menu, fresh drinks, and sweet patio setting. Call in food orders to go or eat on the patio, first come first served. Smoked tempeh reuben, tofu chili tacos with cashew cheese and Buffalo cauliflower salad are just a few options. The menu is all from scratch and changes daily.

21. Bacchanal Wine

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600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9111
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Grab a bottle of wine on the way into Bacchanal Wine and choose some cheeses and meats for the charcuterie board at this eclectic shop/wine bar/music venue on the bend of Poland, a popular spot for outdoor live music. The menu is global in accent, with tapas including bacon-wrapped dates with chorizo and patatas bravas with chimichurri aioli for dipping. Since the pandemic, it takes reservations.

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22. Jack Dempsey's Restaurant

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738 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 943-9914
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The down-home spot on Poland Ave. in the Ninth Ward is all about fried seafood, and its soft shell po-boy is a favorite. With friendly staff and on the more affordable side, Jack Dempsey’s is also a nice throwback experience, away from the hub of downtown.

Soft shell crab po’ boy from Jack Dempsey’s
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1. Bywater American Bistro

2900 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The kitchen view at Bywater American Bistro
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Bywater American Bistro, Nina Compton’s casual but elegant bistro, brings rabbit curry, roasted octopus, bresaolo-style tuna toasts, fresh pasta, and classic cocktails to a former rice mill in the Bywater. Reserve a seat on one of the bar stools surrounding the bright-blue tiled exhibition kitchen for a view of Compton in action, or at one of the new sidewalk tables. P.S.: This April, Compton will appear as one of the all-star judges on Bravo’s “Top Chef.”  

2900 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

2. Bywater Brew Pub

3000 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Yak-a-mein and a phoritto from Bywater Brew Pub
Bywater Brew Pub/Facebook

Bywater Brew Pub is an airy, light filled brewery featuring chef Anh Luu’s creative Viet-Cajun specialties. Try her yak-a-mein made with rice noodles, pho broth, braised brisket, and topped with a soft-boiled egg marinated in tamari and mirin. Her phoritto is all the goodness floating in a bowl of her pho — beef, noodles, onions, scallions, Thai basil, sprouts, and cilantro — wrapped in a flour tortilla, a bowl of pho broth served on the side for dipping. Crawfish Anh Luu is another specialty, a crawfish cream sauce over grits. Burgers including a banh mi version, wings, and porkbelly lettuce wraps are a few other options. Yes, the beer is great. 

3000 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

3. N7

1117 Montegut St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Tres romantic is the scene at N7
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

You can reserve up to 30 days in advance for a table at N7, the hidden gem of a French restaurant in the Upper 9th Ward, but do it by emailing them — the restaurant doesn’t have a phone. (Resy also works). Nor does it offer live music, Creole cuisine, or New Orleans-inspired décor. What awaits at this unassuming bistro tucked in a former tire shop behind a wooden fence just off of St. Claude is a gorgeous, candlelit courtyard, French pop music, bistro fare like steak au poivre and mussels along with mostly imported seafood in a can (think smoked sardines and spiced calamari). The wine list is good, to boot.

1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

4. Junction Bar & Grill

3021 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Grass fed beef is the word at Junction.
Gwendolyn Knapp/Eater NOLA

Burgers and beer. That’s the grand sum of it at this friendly neighborhood pub, which features 40 brews on tap and serves darn good 100 percent grass-fed, hormone-free ground beef on a soft brioche bun. Add fries for a buck until 11 on the weekends and 8 p.m. during the week. Carnivores will love Junction’s specialty burgers like the Vermonter, with applewood smoked bacon, white cheddar, grilled apple, and a creamy maple sauce; or the City of New Orleans, which tops the beef with fried green tomatoes and remoulade sauce.

3021 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Red's Chinese

3048 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Crawfish rangoon
Red’s Chinese/Facebook

If there was any doubt that Red’s would fill the clogs of founding chef Tobias Womack when he left town, one slurp of spicy ma po tofu settles the matter. Inspired by Womack’s time in San Francisco’s Mission Chinese, the menu riffs off of traditional Chinese recipes like Kung pao pastrami made with Louisiana's holy trinity of onions, bell peppers, and celery. Bold flavors of garlic, chili, and ginger inform a menu that is as unorthodox as it is habit-forming. There’s a nice courtyard out back for distanced outdoor dining.

3048 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

6. The Domino

3044 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

T. Cole Newton, the drinkmaster behind 12 Mile Limit in Mid-City, is behind the Domino, a casual “wine dive” next to Red’s Chinese. Stocked with games, yes including dominoes, this chill spot serves a list of 17 wines under the sparkling, rose, white, red, and fortified categories. All of the wines offered are on draft, canned, boxed or from corkless bottles, which they plan on repurposing. Hours are limited for now, mostly weekends with a changing menu of food pop-ups.

3044 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. Saint-Germain

3054 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Saint-Germain, a French bistro and wine bar next door to Red’s, offers swank eats Wednesday through Sunday. The chef/partners, formerly together at MoPho, are inspired by modern Parisian bistros, particularly in the neighborhood for which the restaurant is named. One side of the double shotgun is a 16-seat bistro with a $109 chef’s menu, the other is devoted to the wine bar, along with a lush backyard patio and herb garden. Look for a menu of small plates like pate with housemade bread, and crudités dusted with toasted wild rice powder with a charred pepper rouille at the wine bar or out back.

3054 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Galaxie

3060 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Clair Lorell/Eater NOLA

Opened in a restored gas station originally designed by Walter Teague, considered the father of American industrial design, Galaxie offers a cool setting for a taqueria inspired by Mexico City street fare. The Mezcal-forward bar makes a slew of fresh squeezed margaritas, and tortillas made from corn imported from Oaxaca adds extra flavor and texture that raises the bar for Galaxie’s tacos and quesadillas. The al pastor roasted with pineapple on a vertical rotisserie (called a trompo) is tasty. Lots of outdoor seating, some of it covered.

3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. The Country Club

634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The Country Club/Official

Located in a stunning circa-1884 Italianate manse, The Country Club is a neighborhood gem worth discovering. Try the likes of crab beignets, truffled mac-n-cheese, griddled redfish, and debris and eggs. Dining rooms are bright with eye-popping murals by local artist Cindy Mathis and artwork from Louis St. Lewis. There is plenty of lovely outdoor seating in the back patio/pool area and on the front veranda.

634 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Alma Cafe

800 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Fried chicken sandwich and meat pies from Alma 
Clair Lorell/ENOLA

Chef Melissa Araujo offers sweet and savory modern traditional Honduran food at Alma, a charming neighborhood spot for breakfast and lunch. There’s a Honduran coffee bar and fresh juices (and now booze) along with breakfast from 7 a.m. that includes traditional American and Honduran breakfasts, the latter of which comes with eggs, refried beans, plantains, avocado, homemade crema, and queso fresco. Try the chicharrones, pastelitos (meat pies), mushroom toast, and salsa verde ceviche with local shrimp. Honduran burgers, cooked to medium, are ground there, with mix-ins like fresh herbs, onions and bell pepper and a secret sauce.

800 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

11. Satsuma Cafe

3218 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Vegan curry scramble from Satsuma
Satsuma/Facebook

Satsuma is proof positive that New Orleanians eat their vegetables. This positively Brooklynesque hangout doesn’t pick favorites — the kitchen caters to vegetarians, vegans, and the avowed carnivores in the crowd. Open for breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday, this is the spot for avocado toast, tofu scrambles, organic juices, raw salads and sandwiches from Cuban to black bean burgers. There’s usually a wait on the weekends. Snag a table in the outdoor courtyard if the weather is fine.

3218 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

12. Pizza Delicious

617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117
In the kitchen at Pizza Delicious.
In the kitchen at Pizza Delicious.
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Crispy of crust, New York of style, Pizza Delicious is a no-frills pizza joint that delivers the goods. The menu is concise, with daily pie and fresh pasta specials along with traditional faves including pepperoni and Margherita topped with fresh mozzarella and basil. Slices are available and the 18” pie is plenty to share. If it’s featured, try the blue crab and butternut squash risotto. Oh, and the garlic knots are crusty, doughy bites of bliss. There’s beer on tap, a few wine choices, and limited cocktails poured.

617 Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. Bratz Y'all Bistro Bakery Biergarten

617-B Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Every day (but Monday and Tuesday for now) is Oktoberfest at Bratz Y’all, the kid-and-dog-friendly Bywater biergarten that specializes in all things German, from beer to brats to freshly baked soft pretzels, and beer cheese dip. The Nola Schnitzel is a perfectly fried pork or chicken cutlet topped with crawfish remoulade, a beauty also available as a platter with warm potato salad. Sides are a wonder, including spaetzle with gravy and red cabbage slaw spiked with apples.

617-B Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117

14. Frady's One Stop Food Store

3231 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117

What’s not to like about the longtime, affordable lunch haven on the corner of Piety and Dauphine? Frady’s is a hole in the wall for sure, but the po’ boys are made to order and the sides are pure comfort — mac and cheese, deviled eggs, fries with gravy. Plate lunch options change daily and the service is real deal New Orleans friendly. Settle in at one of the sidewalk tables and you’re sure to meet a character or two.

3231 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

15. Rosalita’s

3304 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Clair Lorell/Eater NOLA

What started as a thrice-a-week alley taqueria has a new home seven days a week where Shake Sugary used to be on St. Claude Avenue. Owners Laurie Casebonne and her husband Ian Schnoebelen offer California-style tacos filled with the likes of house smoked pork, homemade chorizo, fried fish, and chicken adobo. Ask for gringa style if you want cheese and flour instead of corn for the base. Add rice and beans to make the order a plate, and seasonal margaritas are another welcome option. Prices are mindfully reasonable and geared to keeping neighbors and regular customers coming back.

3304 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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16. Elizabeth's

601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Currently open for breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday, there’s often a wait for brunch at Elizabeth’s, the longtime neighborhood favorite famed for its strong bloody marys and praline bacon (yes, it’s good.) Meat and three stick-to-your-rib daily specials include the likes of meatloaf and chicken fried steak. Decor is mostly by Dr. Bob, the cantankerous artist whose studio is just up the road.

601 Gallier St
New Orleans, LA 70117

17. Stuph’d

3325 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Everything at Stuph’d is well stuffed — from fried to order beignets filled with the likes of Creole crawfish, grilled chicken, fried shrimp and barbecue. Two beignets to an order, one popular special is a Philly cheese steak beignet oozing grilled steak, cheese, and fried onions.

Burgers are filled with mushrooms, Swiss cheese, jalapenos, and bacon. Yes, there are sweet beignets filled with sweet potato pie and cheesecake.

3325 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

18. Bywater Bakery

3624 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Bywater Bakery
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Open for outdoor dining and takeout only, Bywater Bakery is a sweet spot for breakfast and lunch on Dauphine that (sometimes) offers live music on weekend afternoons. Owner and baker Chaya Conrad, who started baking at Arnaud's and Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse before overseeing operations at Whole Foods and Rouse’s, makes a splash with her king cakes during Carnival season (the Bywater berry chantilly is a big seller). Order a breakfast "go" cup filled with the boudin hash and eggs, grits and grillades, or shrimp and grits, then choose from sweet and savory pastries and a case full of cakes by the slice. Get the coconut.

3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

19. The Joint

701 Mazant St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Expect a line at the Joint, the popular barbecue spot where the wait is accompanied by whiffs of smoky, porky goodness. Dig into platters of burnt brisket ends, ribs slathered in vinegar-based sauce made at the restaurant, decadent mac and cheese — heck, why not top that dinner salad with more meat? Copious portions, friendly service, daily drink specials: what’s not to love? For a city that was slow to embrace barbecue, the Joint is a tastemaker. Takeout only, for now.

701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117

20. Sneaky Pickle

4017 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Sneaky Pickle is much adored for its vegetable-forward menu, fresh drinks, and sweet patio setting. Call in food orders to go or eat on the patio, first come first served. Smoked tempeh reuben, tofu chili tacos with cashew cheese and Buffalo cauliflower salad are just a few options. The menu is all from scratch and changes daily.

4017 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

21. Bacchanal Wine

600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Grab a bottle of wine on the way into Bacchanal Wine and choose some cheeses and meats for the charcuterie board at this eclectic shop/wine bar/music venue on the bend of Poland, a popular spot for outdoor live music. The menu is global in accent, with tapas including bacon-wrapped dates with chorizo and patatas bravas with chimichurri aioli for dipping. Since the pandemic, it takes reservations.

600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

22. Jack Dempsey's Restaurant

738 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Soft shell crab po’ boy from Jack Dempsey’s
Jack Dempsey’s/Facebook

The down-home spot on Poland Ave. in the Ninth Ward is all about fried seafood, and its soft shell po-boy is a favorite. With friendly staff and on the more affordable side, Jack Dempsey’s is also a nice throwback experience, away from the hub of downtown.

738 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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