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Le Parisien from La Boulangerie.
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Where to Eat and Drink Along Magazine Street

18 excellent restaurants lining the major shopping thoroughfare from Louisiana Avenue to Audubon Park

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Le Parisien from La Boulangerie.
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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 to Uptown and 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 restaurant along the street, 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.

For dining guides to the Lower Garden District and Irish Channel, see here and here.

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Bouligny Tavern

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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.

Inside Bouligny Tavern
Inside Bouligny Tavern.
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Baru Bistro & Tapas

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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.

Saffron

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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.

Oysters with naan at Saffron NOLA
Chargrilled oysters with naan at Saffron NOLA
Josh Brasted

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.

La Petite Grocery

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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.

La Petite, a T-Fitz French Favorite
La Petite Grocery.
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Casamento's Restaurant

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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.

 Casamento's
Casamento’s
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Piccola Gelateria

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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.

La Boulangerie

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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.

Ham, salted butter, Comté cheese, cornichons on a baguette sitting on a plate. Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Apolline

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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 Wednesday through Sunday.

Tal's Hummus

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A great option for fresh fare on the go in Uptown, Tal’s Hummus on Magazine dishes 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.

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco

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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.

Guy's Po-Boys

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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).

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.

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Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

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Walk by Wishing Town at the corner of Nashville and Magazine and find a charming outdoor setting to enjoy an array of dim sum. The soup, cold noodle salad, and dumpling options are never-ending, like scallop and shrimp; crawfish; onion and beef; crispy fried chicken; and char siu tofu pockets, but don’t forget to load up on cakes and pastries, gift-worthy in their own right. There’s a fruit-adorned Wishing Cake, Japanese cheesecake, pink strawberry Chantilly cake, rainbow crepe cake, puff pastries, and much more. Now serving wine, beer, and sake.

Bistro Daisy

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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?

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 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.

Taqueria Corona

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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.

Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

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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.

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Bouligny Tavern

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.

Inside Bouligny Tavern
Inside Bouligny Tavern.
Brasted/Eater NOLA

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.

Saffron

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.

Oysters with naan at Saffron NOLA
Chargrilled oysters with naan at Saffron NOLA
Josh Brasted

Nomiya

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.

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.

La Petite, a T-Fitz French Favorite
La Petite Grocery.
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Casamento's Restaurant

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.

 Casamento's
Casamento’s
Nikki Mayeux/Eater NOLA

Piccola Gelateria

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.

La Boulangerie

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.

Ham, salted butter, Comté cheese, cornichons on a baguette sitting on a plate. Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Apolline

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 Wednesday through Sunday.

Tal's Hummus

A great option for fresh fare on the go in Uptown, Tal’s Hummus on Magazine dishes 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.

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.

Guy's Po-Boys

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).

Saba

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.

Katherine Kimball/Eater NOLA

Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

Walk by Wishing Town at the corner of Nashville and Magazine and find a charming outdoor setting to enjoy an array of dim sum. The soup, cold noodle salad, and dumpling options are never-ending, like scallop and shrimp; crawfish; onion and beef; crispy fried chicken; and char siu tofu pockets, but don’t forget to load up on cakes and pastries, gift-worthy in their own right. There’s a fruit-adorned Wishing Cake, Japanese cheesecake, pink strawberry Chantilly cake, rainbow crepe cake, puff pastries, and much more. Now serving wine, beer, and sake.

Bistro Daisy

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?

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Avo

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 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.

Taqueria Corona

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.

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.

Picnic Provisions & Whiskey/Official

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