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Where to Eat and Drink in the Marigny

St. Claude Avenue bars, Frenchmen Street music clubs, breakfast cafes, and eclectic restaurants make up this neighborhood stretching from Esplanade Avenue to Homer Plessy Way

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Faubourg Marigny, on the downriver border of the French Quarter, is an original Creole neighborhood named for 19th century aristocrat Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville. In 1800, when his father died, Marigny became the richest 15-year-old in America, inheriting a vast fortune and the plantation which once defined the neighborhood.

In typical Big Easy style, Marigny lost the family homestead to gambling (he’s credited with creating the game of craps), but his loss was the city’s gain because the Marigny, with its Creole cottages, Frenchmen Street music clubs, St. Claude Avenue bars, and eclectic restaurants, is a neighborhood not be missed.

A bountiful breakfast and brunch destination, this neighborhood also offers Creole Italian and New York bagels; Thai, Mediterranean, and Southern American cuisine — here is a sampling of the best bars, restaurants, and live music spots to check out from Esplanade to Homer Plessy.

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1. Budsi’s Authentic Thai

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1760 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 381-4636
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Budsi’s Authentic Thai started as a pop-up kitchen, most frequently found outside Pal’s in Mid City. The couple that runs it opened their much-anticipated restaurant of the same name a few years back, with chef Budsaba Mason serving a menu of familiar Thai food like drunken noodles and pad thai as well as Issan specialties like waterfall pork, beef and chicken larb, fermented fish, crab som tam, and mango sticky rice.

2. The Orange Store

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1700 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 944-7777

The Orange Store is also known as the Rampart Street store; a hidden gem housed in a muted orange building on the corner of N. Rampart and Kerlerec Street. Anyone in the know loves it for yak-a-mein and po’ boys, especially the shrimp and hot sausage. An affordable spot to stop for wings, fried rice, combo platters, and daily specials, and an essential part of N. Rampart.

3. Three Muses

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536 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 252-4801
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Three Muses was closed for more than a year, and fans missed the menu of Asian inspired tapas as much as the intimate venue’s swell music offerings. Although it’s slightly abbreviated, there’s still Ms. Moon’s bulgogi rice bowl with house-made kimchi, and a host of vegetarian options at this Frenchman Street standard. Book a table in advance to be assured of a seat. Mix in live music by acts like Gal Holiday and Bart Ramsey a you’ve got the perfect place to eat, drink, and catch some live music.

4. Adolfo's

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611 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-3800
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A recent closed until further notice scared the pants off of Adolfo’s regulars. Turns out the chef has some health issues but is on the mend. The restaurant is open with an abbreviated menu of Creole Italian cuisine, which is its own thing in New Orleans, a blend of traditional cookery with French techniques and local ingredients. This popular spot on Frenchmen Street delivers, with huge portions, rich seafood sauces (usually including or topped with cheese), and house specialties including crabmeat and corn cannelloni. For dessert, try the rum espresso-soaked tiramisu.

5. New Orleans Art Bar

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2128 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 708-4804
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Head to the back courtyard or hang in one of the pretty rooms at the classy New Orleans Art Bar, where an extensive list of cocktails — there are individual menus each for vodka, gin, whiskey and bourbon, cognac, tequila, and rum drinks — and tasty bar bites are served in a lively setting. There’s even bottle service.

6. Sukho Thai

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2200 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9309
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This busy Thai spot pivoted beautifully during the pandemic, opening a permanent walk-up window for takeout and adding sidewalk seating. The drunken noodles with beef are popular, as is the Thai green chicken curry (with options running from mild to “Thai hot”). Super lunch specials run around $10 to $12 and wok-fired hot basil with crispy pork belly and steamed whiskey ginger fish are two fine choices for dinner. Sukho Thai, on the corner of Royal and Elysian Fields, delivers throughout the Marigny, too.

7. Nola Mia Gelato Cafe

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2230 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 226-7686
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This family-owned cafe on St. Claude Avenue opened two years ago, homemade gelato, Italian ice, paninis, pizza, and NY bagels to the neighborhood. Nola Mia is a great spot to grab an affordable sandwich and get an Italian treat to take home. The two-slice special for $5 is a steal — plain or pepperoni.

Amarena cherry gelato from Nola Mia
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8. Paladar 511

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511 Marigny St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 509-6782
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This inventive California Italian neighborhood spot puts forward a menu of fresh pasta and thin crust pizza, creative small plates, and a handful of top notch entrees. Set in a soaring, exposed bricks and beams former warehouse space — which means it’s loud when tables are full — Paladar 511 is consistently excellent. The squid ink spaghetti is highly recommended, and the same goes for the homemade pappardelle with spicy sausage ragu and ribbons of basil. Don’t miss the Sicilian arancini, the fried baseball-sized risotto balls oozing short rib ragu brightened with lemon.

9. The Elysian Bar

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2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 356-6769
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This gem inside Hotel Peter and Paul comes from the people behind wine favorite Bacchanal. The Elysian Bar’s Mediterranean-rooted menu from chef Jonathan Klaskala is fetching indeed, with the likes of crab and ricotto gnocchi with Calabrian chile peppers, grilled pompano with cilantro and short ribs with celery root and onion soubise. Have a drink in the rectory bar with its Gothic vibe and dine inside or in the lovely courtyard. Walk ins are welcome but reservations are suggested.

The Elysian Bar’s courtyard
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10. Who Dat Coffee Cafe

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2401 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 872-0360
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Down the block from Hotel Peter and Paul, Who Dat is a fine locals joint for breakfast and lunch. Along with a friendly atmosphere and funky interior, eggs are perfectly cooked, and omelets sport names like Da Mandeville and Da Cajun. Chicken fried steak is always an option and sandwiches come with a side salad and fries. Get the burger, a Reuben, or Da Marigny (shrimp and crabmeat tossed in a crystal-laced sauce and dished into a toasted ciabatta roll with salad on the side).

11. Little Horn

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2440 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 609-3745
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It’s the newest cafe to hit the neighborhood, but it’s from a Marigny longtimer — Kappa Horn, who also runs nearby breakfast and lunch spot Horn’s. Little Horn breathes fresh life into the former Cake Cafe, but follows a similar blueprint — fresh, satisfying, and sometimes healthy, breakfast and lunch staples — scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, BLTs, burgers, and soup and salad. We love the sidewalk seating here.

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12. Pepp's Pub

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706 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(985) 326-1975
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Sam and Kait Wurth bought Cutter’s a few years back, but the good news is that the dog-friendly Pepp’s Pub is as neighborhood driven as its predecessor. While the bar itself doesn’t serve food, it plays host to some great pop-ups, which set up outside by the nice parklet — Lufu Nola, Nola Crawfish King, Burger Nerds, Kusina, and more.

13. Anna's

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2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 766-8376
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Anna’s is the new incarnation of longtime neighborhood favorite Mimi’s in the Marigny, a classic two-story dive that consistently shocked customers with its upstairs food menu. Wisely, the new owners haven’t changed a whole lot when it comes to vibe, atmosphere, and food — a Mediterranean-leaning menu includes highlights like crispy octopus, crispy sunchokes, incredible papas bravas, and a stellar filet served with salsa verde.

14. Morrow's

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2438 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 827-1519
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Ever since Larry Morrow and his mother, Lenora Chong opened the doors to Morrow’s, it’s been a go-to hotspot. With a menu of New Orleans classics like gumbo, sautéed crab claws, jambalaya, and chargrilled oysters along with some Korean dishes like bibimbap and lettuce wraps, the menu satisfies as much as the chic space. The restaurant invites with beautiful cypress wood banquettes, great local art, and a green wall of grass behind the bar.

15. The Franklin

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2600 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-0640
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The Marigny’s chic corner bistro The Franklin consistently offers an elegant and intimate atmosphere, reliable bar program, and a French and Italian-inspired menu. The menu’s highlights include the excellent meatballs and gravy, crab pasta and seared gulf fish piccata. There’s a super happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.

Duck liver mousse at The Franklin 
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16. Small Mart

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2700 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 766-8740
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This busy breakfast, lunch, and coffee spot on the edge of the Marigny combines the owner’s love of Indian and vegetarian food and New York bagels — he imports them from a top secret location. Small Mart offers a global curry bowl fueled by the chef’s own spice blends and plenty of vegetables, an excellent Bombay sandwich stuffed with tofu, tomato, avocado, cucumber, spinach, mint chutney, and vegan aioli. Baked off NYC bagels topped with smoked salmon (the only non-veg item on the menu), a variety of schmear, and ingredients like pickles jalapeno, veggie hummus, and avocado are famous here.  

17. Artisan Bar and Cafe

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2514 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 510-4340
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Artisan Bar on St. Claude Avenue is a Cheers-style neighborhood joint with a friendly crowd and good Southern bar food. Pimiento cheese, deviled eggs, fried chicken sandwich, and a flame-broiled burger on brioche are a few satisfying options. Breakfast is served Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.

1. Budsi’s Authentic Thai

1760 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Budsi’s Authentic Thai started as a pop-up kitchen, most frequently found outside Pal’s in Mid City. The couple that runs it opened their much-anticipated restaurant of the same name a few years back, with chef Budsaba Mason serving a menu of familiar Thai food like drunken noodles and pad thai as well as Issan specialties like waterfall pork, beef and chicken larb, fermented fish, crab som tam, and mango sticky rice.

1760 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

2. The Orange Store

1700 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The Orange Store is also known as the Rampart Street store; a hidden gem housed in a muted orange building on the corner of N. Rampart and Kerlerec Street. Anyone in the know loves it for yak-a-mein and po’ boys, especially the shrimp and hot sausage. An affordable spot to stop for wings, fried rice, combo platters, and daily specials, and an essential part of N. Rampart.

1700 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

3. Three Muses

536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Three Muses was closed for more than a year, and fans missed the menu of Asian inspired tapas as much as the intimate venue’s swell music offerings. Although it’s slightly abbreviated, there’s still Ms. Moon’s bulgogi rice bowl with house-made kimchi, and a host of vegetarian options at this Frenchman Street standard. Book a table in advance to be assured of a seat. Mix in live music by acts like Gal Holiday and Bart Ramsey a you’ve got the perfect place to eat, drink, and catch some live music.

536 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Adolfo's

611 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70117

A recent closed until further notice scared the pants off of Adolfo’s regulars. Turns out the chef has some health issues but is on the mend. The restaurant is open with an abbreviated menu of Creole Italian cuisine, which is its own thing in New Orleans, a blend of traditional cookery with French techniques and local ingredients. This popular spot on Frenchmen Street delivers, with huge portions, rich seafood sauces (usually including or topped with cheese), and house specialties including crabmeat and corn cannelloni. For dessert, try the rum espresso-soaked tiramisu.

611 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. New Orleans Art Bar

2128 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Head to the back courtyard or hang in one of the pretty rooms at the classy New Orleans Art Bar, where an extensive list of cocktails — there are individual menus each for vodka, gin, whiskey and bourbon, cognac, tequila, and rum drinks — and tasty bar bites are served in a lively setting. There’s even bottle service.

2128 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Sukho Thai

2200 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This busy Thai spot pivoted beautifully during the pandemic, opening a permanent walk-up window for takeout and adding sidewalk seating. The drunken noodles with beef are popular, as is the Thai green chicken curry (with options running from mild to “Thai hot”). Super lunch specials run around $10 to $12 and wok-fired hot basil with crispy pork belly and steamed whiskey ginger fish are two fine choices for dinner. Sukho Thai, on the corner of Royal and Elysian Fields, delivers throughout the Marigny, too.

2200 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. Nola Mia Gelato Cafe

2230 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Amarena cherry gelato from Nola Mia
Nola Mia Gelato Cafe/Facebook

This family-owned cafe on St. Claude Avenue opened two years ago, homemade gelato, Italian ice, paninis, pizza, and NY bagels to the neighborhood. Nola Mia is a great spot to grab an affordable sandwich and get an Italian treat to take home. The two-slice special for $5 is a steal — plain or pepperoni.

2230 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Paladar 511

511 Marigny St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This inventive California Italian neighborhood spot puts forward a menu of fresh pasta and thin crust pizza, creative small plates, and a handful of top notch entrees. Set in a soaring, exposed bricks and beams former warehouse space — which means it’s loud when tables are full — Paladar 511 is consistently excellent. The squid ink spaghetti is highly recommended, and the same goes for the homemade pappardelle with spicy sausage ragu and ribbons of basil. Don’t miss the Sicilian arancini, the fried baseball-sized risotto balls oozing short rib ragu brightened with lemon.

511 Marigny St
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. The Elysian Bar

2317 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The Elysian Bar’s courtyard
Elysian Bar/Facebook

This gem inside Hotel Peter and Paul comes from the people behind wine favorite Bacchanal. The Elysian Bar’s Mediterranean-rooted menu from chef Jonathan Klaskala is fetching indeed, with the likes of crab and ricotto gnocchi with Calabrian chile peppers, grilled pompano with cilantro and short ribs with celery root and onion soubise. Have a drink in the rectory bar with its Gothic vibe and dine inside or in the lovely courtyard. Walk ins are welcome but reservations are suggested.

2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Who Dat Coffee Cafe

2401 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Down the block from Hotel Peter and Paul, Who Dat is a fine locals joint for breakfast and lunch. Along with a friendly atmosphere and funky interior, eggs are perfectly cooked, and omelets sport names like Da Mandeville and Da Cajun. Chicken fried steak is always an option and sandwiches come with a side salad and fries. Get the burger, a Reuben, or Da Marigny (shrimp and crabmeat tossed in a crystal-laced sauce and dished into a toasted ciabatta roll with salad on the side).

2401 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

11. Little Horn

2440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Veggies and grits
Little Horn

It’s the newest cafe to hit the neighborhood, but it’s from a Marigny longtimer — Kappa Horn, who also runs nearby breakfast and lunch spot Horn’s. Little Horn breathes fresh life into the former Cake Cafe, but follows a similar blueprint — fresh, satisfying, and sometimes healthy, breakfast and lunch staples — scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, BLTs, burgers, and soup and salad. We love the sidewalk seating here.

2440 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

12. Pepp's Pub

706 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Sam and Kait Wurth bought Cutter’s a few years back, but the good news is that the dog-friendly Pepp’s Pub is as neighborhood driven as its predecessor. While the bar itself doesn’t serve food, it plays host to some great pop-ups, which set up outside by the nice parklet — Lufu Nola, Nola Crawfish King, Burger Nerds, Kusina, and more.

706 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. Anna's

2601 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Anna’s is the new incarnation of longtime neighborhood favorite Mimi’s in the Marigny, a classic two-story dive that consistently shocked customers with its upstairs food menu. Wisely, the new owners haven’t changed a whole lot when it comes to vibe, atmosphere, and food — a Mediterranean-leaning menu includes highlights like crispy octopus, crispy sunchokes, incredible papas bravas, and a stellar filet served with salsa verde.

2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

14. Morrow's

2438 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Ever since Larry Morrow and his mother, Lenora Chong opened the doors to Morrow’s, it’s been a go-to hotspot. With a menu of New Orleans classics like gumbo, sautéed crab claws, jambalaya, and chargrilled oysters along with some Korean dishes like bibimbap and lettuce wraps, the menu satisfies as much as the chic space. The restaurant invites with beautiful cypress wood banquettes, great local art, and a green wall of grass behind the bar.

2438 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

15. The Franklin

2600 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Duck liver mousse at The Franklin 
Denny Culbert/Official Photo

The Marigny’s chic corner bistro The Franklin consistently offers an elegant and intimate atmosphere, reliable bar program, and a French and Italian-inspired menu. The menu’s highlights include the excellent meatballs and gravy, crab pasta and seared gulf fish piccata. There’s a super happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.

2600 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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16. Small Mart

2700 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This busy breakfast, lunch, and coffee spot on the edge of the Marigny combines the owner’s love of Indian and vegetarian food and New York bagels — he imports them from a top secret location. Small Mart offers a global curry bowl fueled by the chef’s own spice blends and plenty of vegetables, an excellent Bombay sandwich stuffed with tofu, tomato, avocado, cucumber, spinach, mint chutney, and vegan aioli. Baked off NYC bagels topped with smoked salmon (the only non-veg item on the menu), a variety of schmear, and ingredients like pickles jalapeno, veggie hummus, and avocado are famous here.  

2700 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

17. Artisan Bar and Cafe

2514 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Artisan Bar on St. Claude Avenue is a Cheers-style neighborhood joint with a friendly crowd and good Southern bar food. Pimiento cheese, deviled eggs, fried chicken sandwich, and a flame-broiled burger on brioche are a few satisfying options. Breakfast is served Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.

2514 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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