Magazine Street is a jewel of an avenue, a treasure trove of hotels, dining, and retail that stretches six miles from Canal Street in the CBD all the way from Uptown to Audubon Park. Dotted with independent and family-owned businesses, Magazine is perfect for cocktailing, munching inside or outside, and strolling in search of the perfect gift. It’s impossible to list every eatery along the street, restaurants which range from po’ boy joints to high-end fine dining. This taste of the major shopping thoroughfare starts around Louisiana Avenue and follows the river Uptown, but you can’t go wrong any way you turn.Read More
Where to Eat and Drink Along Magazine Street
18 excellent restaurants lining the major shopping thoroughfare from Louisiana Avenue to Audubon Park
Picnic Provisions & Whiskey
This casual family and canine-friendly comfort spot from the folks at Commander’s Palace is open from Tuesday through Sunday with seating inside and out. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey lives up to its name — any outdoor repast would benefit from the likes of hot fried chicken thighs, muffuletta pasta salad, and an especially satisfying pulled pork sandwich. Yes, the whiskey drinks are good too.
Taqueria Corona is a smart sit-down bet for families and anybody craving Mexican specialties like ribeye carne asada. That rib-eye shows up in the tasty Philly cheesesteak taco with other options including crispy baja-style fish, pulled pork, and traditional spicy beef tongue. The house margarita is a good deal, made with fresh lime juice.
Chef Nick Lama’s Avo shines with regional Italian goodness. Reserve a table in the window-lined renovated dining room Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Lama’s menu reflects his own Sicilian heritage, but he wanders the boot, offering the likes of veal Parmesan, charred Calabrian chile glazed octopus, and homemade gnocchi topped with pork ragu and gremolata. G
Give your inner francophile a treat with the French offerings at Bistro Daisy. Set in a sweet New Orleans cottage with a handsome side gallery, the restaurant showcases chef Anton Schulte’s elegant take on the likes of grilled filet with truffled demi glace and crispy leg of duck confit and roasted breast slices over roasted mushroom choucroute. Can you say date night?
Alon Shaya’s Saba is the chef’s flagship ode to the brilliant and varied Israeli culinary landscape. Get every single spread — they are all amazing, served with puffs of sourdough pita hot from the wood-burning oven. The vegetable dishes are equally stellar, especially the whole-roasted cauliflower with whipped feta, great with any kebab. Check out Saba’s lively dinner lounge series, built around topics like women in wine, for curated feasting.
Refuel from strolling and shopping at this 60+-year-old, petite Uptown lunch staple since 1992 Find well-seasoned fillings stuffed inside loaves slathered with mayo and topped with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup. Indeed, the fried shrimp po’ boy is one of the best the city has to offer (there’s also a very good grilled shrimp po’ boy).
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Tito's Ceviche & Pisco
This Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco is chef Juan Lock’s first location for Peruvian gastronomic goodness, including all manner of ceviche, the national dish of his home country. The charming original is scaled down in size, with a lovely dining room and leafy terrace. Try a frothy pisco sour, quite refreshing.
A great option for fresh fare on the go in Uptown, Tal’s Hummus on Magazine dishes Israeli inspired dishes including falafel, hummus, pita sandwiches, kebabs, and salads — all made fresh to order. Take a pint home — no not beer, but hummus, Moroccan carrots, and other tasty treats.
Misa sits on a tree-draped corner of Magazine Streets, offering pleasant outdoor dining on a menu Israeli and Lebanese specialties. The cozy patio, and even the small dining room, is well-positioned for people-watching, which pairs well with a nice list of cocktails.
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Set in a renovated double shotgun cottage, Apolline spotlights chef Michael Shelton’s creative use of local ingredients in modern Southern dishes like jambalaya dumplings with pepper jelly and chicken poutine with cheese curds and diver scallops with Gulf shrimp and corn maque choux. Open for brunch and dinner every day but Monday.
Chef Maggie Scales oversees the pastry program for the Link Restaurant Group and runs this wonderful French bakery, with its menu of toothsome breads, pastries and sandwiches. La Boulangerie offers a back courtyard and sidewalk tables for outdoor dining. Try the avocado toast, grilled cheese, or the L’Atlantique — toasted olive bread loaded with smoked salmon, lemon mayonnaise, avocado, and arugula — but save room for dessert.
The much-loved Piccola offers 18 different gelato, dairy-free gelato, sorbet, and dairy-free vegan sorbet flavors every day it’s open. Not to mention the stellar crepes, piadina (Italian flatbread), and coffee. Traditional flavors and others: sea salt caramel, tiramisu, licorice, blueberry, rose petal, king cake, biscotti, and stracciatella. Savory and sweet crepes are also a tasty, stroll-friendly option.
It doesn’t get more New Orleans than Casamento’s, a cash-only spot serving fresh oysters and other seafood in a compact, mosaic-tiled space since 1919. Casamento’s does a bang-up job with fried seafood, shrimp, oyster, and catfish loafs, half or whole, and of course raw and charbroiled oysters.
La Petite Grocery
La Petite Grocery, the former 19th-century neighborhood grocery, was transformed by owner-chefs Justin Devillier and his wife, Mia in 2010. Devillier, a Best Chef: South James Beard Award winner, puts his creative spin on traditional New Orleans cuisine with dishes like turtle Bolognese and blue crab beignets. The paneed rabbit with Parmesan rice grits, local greens, turnips, pancetta with classic mustard, and onion-driven sauce Robert is a house specialty.
This tiny, communal ramen joint on Magazine Street serves one ramen broth: the creamy, pork-based, traditional tonkotsu. Spice it up with the geki-kara version, or add charred garlic oil for the kuro variation. Besides the various permutations of tonkotsu ramen, the menu includes three other items: pork bun, edamame, and mochi for dessert.
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This James Beard-nominated restaurant and Eater New Orleans 2017 Restaurant of the Year deserves all the accolades. Against a stylish backdrop, diners can sample a complex cocktail program, informed by Indian spices and herbs, some of the best char-grilled oysters in town (maybe it’s the curry leaf?), and feast on sophisticated dishes that marry Indian gastronomy with local ingredients. And be sure to try the Saffron old-fashioned to see what it’s all about — it’s the top-selling menu item at the restaurant.
Baru Bistro & Tapas
There’s everything to like about the bold global flavors served at this bright Latin-Caribbean-inspired bistro. Crudos and ceviche are a specialty at Baru, along with chef Edgar Caro’s habit-forming tapas like cornmeal-crusted local oysters with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions and skewers of mojo marinated skirt steak slathered with chimichurri, absolutely bursting with flavor. Get the mojo marinated steak skewers. And the jerked chicken.
This longtime date night hub offers an inviting grown-up menu of bistro favorites. Gougères with Comté burrata; bruschetta topped with roasted tomato salad; duck confit with greens and house-cured charcuterie — try it all. Bouligny Tavern’s winning drinks menu is locally inspired — try a fig old-fashioned.