No one’s saying that the ‘Dome dog and an order of chili cheese fries don’t make for a filling snack during a game, but sometimes a fan needs more. For those times, here are some places within a mile or less of the Superdome. A few stay open late for celebrating (or drinking to forget) after the game. Some offer hearty pub grub, while others jump a step above the usual burgers and wings. Every spot is a winner.Read More
Where to Eat and Drink Near the Superdome
Banh mi tacos, double burgers, and roast beef debris-topped mac and cheese
1. Copper Vine
This gorgeous wine bar from the same folks who manage Walk-On’s sports bar up the street is a swell addition to the ‘Dome drinking and dining scene. With 30 wines and eight craft beers on tap, the options are many at Copper Vine, including everything from half glass pours to a bottle, in case you want to create your own flights. Chef Mike Brewer, who earned high marks for his former restaurant The Sammich, cooks up the likes of duck fat fries with garlic aioli, crab gnocchi, and Cajun bouillabaisse, as well as perfect pre-game snacks. Plus, there’s a foliage-rich outdoor patio.
2. Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar
Huge portions of rib sticking bar food await at Walk-Ons, a cousin to the fancier Copper Vine across the street. Although there are plentiful fried options - boom boom shrimp, catfish po-boys and the like, there are healthy-ish wraps (ahi tuna with edamame dude!) and entree salads to tide you over until kick off. Loud and extremely sporty, Walk-Ons also has a weekends only classic rock club next door called Vintage if you’re in the mood to celebrate.
3. Johnny Sánchez
Let’s start with the guac. So very good, and Johnny Sanchez (from Aaron Sanchez) is just 0.4 miles from the big game! With its Mexico City-centric art and interior and mash up of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine. Consider the revelatory crispy Brussels with cotija cheese and pickled jalapenos, the yellowtail ceviche, and all of the tacos.
4. Juan's Flying Burrito - CBD
Juan’s is a local fave for tacos and burritos with a New Orleans kick. The huge menu includes taco truck specialties, nachos every which way (try the Hawaii 5-0-4 with bacon, pulled pork and mango salsa), and thinking outside the taco box dishes like of Mardi Gras Indian tacos made with roasted corn and squash as well as banh mi tacos. The kitchen stays open until 10 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Chef Michael Gulotta does wonders at this airy CBD eatery, with its Southeast Asian-meets Louisiana soul menu of instant classics. Try the tempura fried softshells with spicy watermelon or give the red curry charred octopus over pasta a whirl. There’s a snappy dim sum brunch menu available on weekends, ideal for Sunday afternoon games. Maypop’s cocktail program is noteworthy.
This small plates and cocktail haven offers a discrete, underground vibe for when you need a break from game weekend madness. While the drinks are a primary focus, the global menu offers a good mix of light but satisfying snacks, pastas, salads, and more made with fresh, quality ingredients. Note: CellarDoor is only open on Sundays for home Saints games, but stop in for dinner or the weekday happy hour to indulge in craft cocktails in a lovely, lounge-y setting.
7. The Company Burger
Sometimes only a burger will do. Better yet, a single or double of house-ground Creekstone Farms Black Angus on a homemade bun, which is what Company Burger is all about. For variety, there’s also a lamb burger, turkey burger, chicken sammy, smoked dog, and a grilled cheese too. But order a double with American cheese and a side of homemade onion rings or hand cut fries, and have at it.
8. The Daily Beet
Farm-informed, vegetarian and vegan friendly, eye-poppingly colorful: That’s the story at this health-conscious eatery in the Warehouse District. Forego a bloody Mary for a skinny green smoothie, try a garlicky quinoa bowl with avocado and chickpeas and a plate of lox with herbed cream cheese and toast. Those chili fries await at the ‘Dome if hunger strikes during the game.
Saints fans can’t do better than a pre- or post-game nosh at this Manning family shrine lined with memorablila from Archie, Peyton, and Eli. A full menu of delicious food delivers a step above the average sports bar fare, from a 12-ounce ribeye with all the fixins’ to an Eli burger topped with chili and jalapeños. If your tickets got lost in the mail, there’s a courtyard with a screen the size of some living rooms for watching the game as well as cushy recliners inside.
10. Otra Vez
This stylish fresh Mex on Julia is right across the street from rom one of the Superdome parking lots, for starters. Otra Vez is gearing up for the season, offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday for $28- including an entree and ONE HOUR, yes ONE HOUR of drink refills (margaritas, mimosas, bloody mary’s and beer) - great for a pre-game or pre-tailgate meal.
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Emeril Lagasse’s casual-but-classy restaurant does a bang-up job with cocktails and flatbreads, just for starters. There’s only one menu for lunch and dinner, but it’s a winner with yellowfin tuna wraps, fried chicken salad, and wood oven fired shrimp with coconut and milk and cilantro. Oh, and the candied pork ribs, yes please.
12. Bonci Pizzeria
Bonci, the newish Nola location for the Roman take on pizza, offers pizza by the pound, cut with a scissors, all the better to preserve the crispy crust. A .7 mile ramble from the Dome, this spot dishes quick and good Italian pie with creative toppings from meatballs to mortadella and smoked salmon. There’s pasta too, along with beer and wine to prime the pump.