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A Guide to Dining in the Irish Channel

The NOLA neighborhood boasts an elegant bakery, locals favorite for red beans and rice, date night destination, and classic seafood market

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At one point, New Orleans had the largest Irish population in the South and many of those immigrants settled in the area of New Orleans called the Irish Channel. Generally, the borders of the neighborhood are accepted to be Magazine Street to the north, Jackson Avenue to the east, the Mississippi River to the south, and Toledano Street or Louisiana Avenue to the west.

Today, the area is dotted with top-notch restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, from a fine-dining standout to an innovative breakfast joint to a classic po’ boy destination. Here are Eater’s picks for where to dine in the Irish Channel, arranged geographically as always.

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1. District Donuts Sliders Brew

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2209 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 570-6945
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District elevated New Orleans’ doughnut game when it opened in 2013, but ignore its sliders (burger, fried chicken, tofu, and more) and full coffee program at your peril. They now have over a hundred different doughnut variations, including rum caramel blondie, ginger mint julep, and limoncello poppyseed (as well as daily staples glazed, chocolate glazed, and cinnamon sugar). Try breakfast tacos, miso praline bacon biscuit sandwich, or the croque monsieur prepared on a grilled doughnut.

2. Stein's Market & Deli

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2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 527-0771
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New Orleans’ only Philly-style Jewish deli with bagels, overstuffed sandwiches, and third wave coffee magic. Also, one of the best off-premise beer selections in the state. Part of the magic is owner Dan Stein’s Yankee gruffness, and the other part is the daily specials, including a meatball sub on Sundays and a slow roasted pork and broccoli rabe sandwich on Thursdays.

3. Molly's Rise and Shine

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2368 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 302-1896
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This follow-up to the nationally buzzed-about Turkey and the Wolf (in the LGD), opened in the the former Magazine Street Po-Boy Shop in December, with a similarly mildly confusing and surprisingly pleasing menu. Molly’s is oriented to breakfast and lunch and open every day except Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dishes ranging from a straightforward mcmuffin breakfast sandwich to the less expected whirled peas on toast and sweet potato burrito.

4. Parasol's

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2533 Constance St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 302-1543
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The menu of this fabled po’ boy spot has a little something for everyone. Firecracker shrimp along with as traditional fried catfish and roast beef po’ boys are solid go-tos, but for the adventurous, try the Irish sundae — potato salad topped with roast beef gravy — or the homemade onion rings. It also has a surprisingly good muffuletta. 21+ only in the bar area but the back room is family friendly.

5. Coquette

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2800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 265-0421
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Coquette is one of the best, most consistent restaurants in New Orleans, and it’s the Irish Channel neighborhood bistro. It’s got it all: a high-concept Southern-inspired, playful dinner menu, a brunch menu with comfort/hangover food, great cocktails, wine, and beer, and amazing fried chicken.

6. Joey K's

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3001 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-0997
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Head into Joey K’s on Magazine, a homey favorite among locals and tourists alike, for red beans and rice, fried seafood, and a soft shell platter or sandwich year-round. The daily specials are also always a big hit, especially the lamb shank.

7. Jung's Golden Dragon II

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3009 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 887-6081
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Jung’s is the neighborhood place for traditional Chinese-American fare (delivery available). For more authentic food items, order from the Chinese menu, which includes a variety of whole fish preparations and dishes like braised beef hot pot or jellyfish with fresh garlic and cucumber. The pan fried dumplings and steamed pork buns are great.

8. The Vintage

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3121 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 324-7144
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The Vintage opened a few years back on one of the busiest stretches of Magazine Street, offering a stylish, tourist-friendly all-day cafe that also serves great drinks in the afternoon and early evening hours. The morning menu focuses on coffee, pastries, and beignets in fun flavors like matcha, and the evening small plates menu includes everything from alligator poppers and boudin balls to spiked milk and cookies. It gets pretty busy, especially on weekends, but in the afternoon it’s a great place to catch up with a friend or stop in while strolling down Magazine Street.

9. Levee Baking Co.

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3138 Magazine St ste d
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 354-8708
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Levee is from local baker Christina Balzebre, a former Link restaurant group breadmaster who gained a following for at farmer’s markets and then popping-up for Saturday brunch at Mosquito Supper Club. In addition to Balzebre’s stunning tarts, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and crusty loaves of bread, Levee offers a few breakfast and lunch items, like a garlic croissant bun with prosciutto and asiago cheese), quiche, and hand pies, with weekly specials.

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10. Cho Thai

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3218 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 381-4264
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Cho Thai, a collaboration between Benny Cho and BRG Restaurants, offers elevated cuisine in a swank Uptown setting. Starters include roti, a Malaysian puffy bread, spicy clams, and crispy calamari with serrano chili. Signature dishes include grilled shrimp pad Thai and traditional ka pao gai, a stir fry of basil, ground chicken and green beans with rice. A section of the menu called Night Market highlights Thai street food like fried chicken swabbed with garlic-chili fish sauce. 

11. Big Fisherman Seafood

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3301 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-9907
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This little fish market is THE place for crawfish in season (both cooked and live), as well as all the bounty of the Gulf. Swing by for a couple pounds of boiled crab or shrimp and enjoy it at home or in the nearby park (there are no dining tables in the market). Or pick up fresh speckled trout or catfish filets to cook at home for dinner. It’s a neighborhood institution, but they’ll pack and ship to wherever you are.

12. Slim Goodies Diner

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3322 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 891-3447
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The big daddy of the Irish Channel’s breakfast and brunch scene, Slim Goodies is a diner that serves up huge helpings of breakfast dishes and comfort food. Get you one of the slammers, the enormous breakfast combos, crazy pancakes, or the dish with the name that discomforts new residents and tourists: the Jewish Coonass, with potato latkes topped with fresh grilled spinach, eggs, and homemade crawfish etouffee. They’ve also got a wide variety burgers and loaded fries.

13. Dat Dog

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3336 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 324-2226
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One of the first outposts of what is now a growing empire, Dat Dog has a great courtyard with an outdoor bar. During the weekends, passers-by can enjoy a signature dog and a draft beer while perusing the Magazine Street Art Market. Be sure to try the crawfish etouffee dog or the Irish Guinness dog special.

14. Boil Seafood House

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3340 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-4532
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Boil sits on the bustling corner of Magazine and Louisiana, beckoning all seafood lovers to its spacious, family-friendly dining room or lovely balcony overlooking Magazine. The sprawling menu covers crawfish, crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, and clams boiled with the option of Vietnamese, Cajun, garlic, or Caribbean flavors, plus diners get to choose how spicy they want their seafood. Boil also has fun frozen drinks, fried seafood platters, and po’boys, of course.

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15. Atchafalaya Restaurant

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901 Louisiana Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 891-9626
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Although Atchafalaya has a great dinner menu full of local ingredients and dishes and serves creative cocktails, the spot is best known for brunch. Locals and visitors come from all over town to partake in the make-your-own bloody Mary bar.

16. NOLA Pizza Co.

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Nola Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 301-2367
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NOLA Pizza has been up and running at NOLA Brewery since mid-pandemic, serving NY-style red, white, and square pies that start at $18. Culinary director Brandon Byrd says that he and his team have been able to mimic NY-style pizza crust through a complicated process with water, yeast, and fermentation — regardless, the pizza is good, really good, adding an option that rivals the NY-style pies at Bywater favorite Pizza Delicious.

1. District Donuts Sliders Brew

2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

District elevated New Orleans’ doughnut game when it opened in 2013, but ignore its sliders (burger, fried chicken, tofu, and more) and full coffee program at your peril. They now have over a hundred different doughnut variations, including rum caramel blondie, ginger mint julep, and limoncello poppyseed (as well as daily staples glazed, chocolate glazed, and cinnamon sugar). Try breakfast tacos, miso praline bacon biscuit sandwich, or the croque monsieur prepared on a grilled doughnut.

2209 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA

2. Stein's Market & Deli

2207 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans’ only Philly-style Jewish deli with bagels, overstuffed sandwiches, and third wave coffee magic. Also, one of the best off-premise beer selections in the state. Part of the magic is owner Dan Stein’s Yankee gruffness, and the other part is the daily specials, including a meatball sub on Sundays and a slow roasted pork and broccoli rabe sandwich on Thursdays.

2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA

3. Molly's Rise and Shine

2368 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This follow-up to the nationally buzzed-about Turkey and the Wolf (in the LGD), opened in the the former Magazine Street Po-Boy Shop in December, with a similarly mildly confusing and surprisingly pleasing menu. Molly’s is oriented to breakfast and lunch and open every day except Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dishes ranging from a straightforward mcmuffin breakfast sandwich to the less expected whirled peas on toast and sweet potato burrito.

2368 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Parasol's

2533 Constance St, New Orleans, LA

The menu of this fabled po’ boy spot has a little something for everyone. Firecracker shrimp along with as traditional fried catfish and roast beef po’ boys are solid go-tos, but for the adventurous, try the Irish sundae — potato salad topped with roast beef gravy — or the homemade onion rings. It also has a surprisingly good muffuletta. 21+ only in the bar area but the back room is family friendly.

2533 Constance St
New Orleans, LA

5. Coquette

2800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

Coquette is one of the best, most consistent restaurants in New Orleans, and it’s the Irish Channel neighborhood bistro. It’s got it all: a high-concept Southern-inspired, playful dinner menu, a brunch menu with comfort/hangover food, great cocktails, wine, and beer, and amazing fried chicken.

2800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA

6. Joey K's

3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Head into Joey K’s on Magazine, a homey favorite among locals and tourists alike, for red beans and rice, fried seafood, and a soft shell platter or sandwich year-round. The daily specials are also always a big hit, especially the lamb shank.

3001 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Jung's Golden Dragon II

3009 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

Jung’s is the neighborhood place for traditional Chinese-American fare (delivery available). For more authentic food items, order from the Chinese menu, which includes a variety of whole fish preparations and dishes like braised beef hot pot or jellyfish with fresh garlic and cucumber. The pan fried dumplings and steamed pork buns are great.

3009 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA

8. The Vintage

3121 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The Vintage opened a few years back on one of the busiest stretches of Magazine Street, offering a stylish, tourist-friendly all-day cafe that also serves great drinks in the afternoon and early evening hours. The morning menu focuses on coffee, pastries, and beignets in fun flavors like matcha, and the evening small plates menu includes everything from alligator poppers and boudin balls to spiked milk and cookies. It gets pretty busy, especially on weekends, but in the afternoon it’s a great place to catch up with a friend or stop in while strolling down Magazine Street.

3121 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. Levee Baking Co.

3138 Magazine St ste d, New Orleans, LA 70115
Seasonal galette
Levee Baking Co./Official

Levee is from local baker Christina Balzebre, a former Link restaurant group breadmaster who gained a following for at farmer’s markets and then popping-up for Saturday brunch at Mosquito Supper Club. In addition to Balzebre’s stunning tarts, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and crusty loaves of bread, Levee offers a few breakfast and lunch items, like a garlic croissant bun with prosciutto and asiago cheese), quiche, and hand pies, with weekly specials.

3138 Magazine St ste d
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Cho Thai

3218 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Cho Thai, a collaboration between Benny Cho and BRG Restaurants, offers elevated cuisine in a swank Uptown setting. Starters include roti, a Malaysian puffy bread, spicy clams, and crispy calamari with serrano chili. Signature dishes include grilled shrimp pad Thai and traditional ka pao gai, a stir fry of basil, ground chicken and green beans with rice. A section of the menu called Night Market highlights Thai street food like fried chicken swabbed with garlic-chili fish sauce. 

3218 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

11. Big Fisherman Seafood

3301 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

This little fish market is THE place for crawfish in season (both cooked and live), as well as all the bounty of the Gulf. Swing by for a couple pounds of boiled crab or shrimp and enjoy it at home or in the nearby park (there are no dining tables in the market). Or pick up fresh speckled trout or catfish filets to cook at home for dinner. It’s a neighborhood institution, but they’ll pack and ship to wherever you are.

3301 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Slim Goodies Diner

3322 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

The big daddy of the Irish Channel’s breakfast and brunch scene, Slim Goodies is a diner that serves up huge helpings of breakfast dishes and comfort food. Get you one of the slammers, the enormous breakfast combos, crazy pancakes, or the dish with the name that discomforts new residents and tourists: the Jewish Coonass, with potato latkes topped with fresh grilled spinach, eggs, and homemade crawfish etouffee. They’ve also got a wide variety burgers and loaded fries.

3322 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA

13. Dat Dog

3336 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

One of the first outposts of what is now a growing empire, Dat Dog has a great courtyard with an outdoor bar. During the weekends, passers-by can enjoy a signature dog and a draft beer while perusing the Magazine Street Art Market. Be sure to try the crawfish etouffee dog or the Irish Guinness dog special.

3336 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA

14. Boil Seafood House

3340 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Crawfish at BOIL
Josh Brasted

Boil sits on the bustling corner of Magazine and Louisiana, beckoning all seafood lovers to its spacious, family-friendly dining room or lovely balcony overlooking Magazine. The sprawling menu covers crawfish, crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, and clams boiled with the option of Vietnamese, Cajun, garlic, or Caribbean flavors, plus diners get to choose how spicy they want their seafood. Boil also has fun frozen drinks, fried seafood platters, and po’boys, of course.

3340 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

15. Atchafalaya Restaurant

901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA

Although Atchafalaya has a great dinner menu full of local ingredients and dishes and serves creative cocktails, the spot is best known for brunch. Locals and visitors come from all over town to partake in the make-your-own bloody Mary bar.

901 Louisiana Ave
New Orleans, LA

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16. NOLA Pizza Co.

Nola Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA

NOLA Pizza has been up and running at NOLA Brewery since mid-pandemic, serving NY-style red, white, and square pies that start at $18. Culinary director Brandon Byrd says that he and his team have been able to mimic NY-style pizza crust through a complicated process with water, yeast, and fermentation — regardless, the pizza is good, really good, adding an option that rivals the NY-style pies at Bywater favorite Pizza Delicious.

Nola Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA

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