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25 Great Spots For Food and Drink Along The Parade Routes

As parades approach, consult this handy guide of the best places to eat, drink, and catch some throws. Updated on Monday 2/9 with four new locations.

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For some, eating and drinking while watching parades is a DIY affair. Some enjoy fast food (you've got Popeye's, Cane's and Wendy's on St. Charles in the LGD) and others will turn to one of the awesome food trucks dotting the Uptown route. However, area restaurants are happy to sell their wares and perhaps offer shelter, a seat, and most importantly, a bathroom to those who stop by and partake.

The below options are mostly on (or just off) St. Charles, but there are a few on Magazine between Jefferson and Napoleon, which is where several of the parades kick off. Also included are a couple of options for Endymion in Midcity.

UPDATE: Freshly updated on February 12, with new restaurants added from Ian McNulty's parade coverage.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mais Arepas

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1200 Carondelet
New Orleans, LA 70113
Mais Arepas is only a block off of St. Charles Avenue, which means arepas-break whenever the parades break down. Totally worth it.

2. Emeril's Delmonico

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1300 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4937
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Emeril's LGD spot is open regular hours for the most part, but only open from 5-9 on Sunday 2/15 and Monday 2/16 (closed on Tuesday, of course.) Delmonico will also be offering a King Cake Doughnut dessert and three festive cocktails - Classic Hurricane, King Cake Horchata, and a barrel-aged Vieux Carre.

3. Toups Meatery

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845 North Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 252-4999
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On Endymian Saturday, the restaurant, which is a block away from the beginning of the parade (Orleans and Carrollton) will serve cocktails, sodas and food to go from their patio, from 11am-4pm.

4. Columns Hotel

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3811 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-9308
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The beautiful hotel with a sweeping veranda offers reserved seating with food on Bacchus Sunday at $100/adult and $65/child and on Mardi Gras at $125/adult, $75/child. Pre-paid reservations required. On 2/12-17, you can also get a $10 pass that allows you to hang out buying drinks and food.

5. Slice Pizzeria

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1513 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-7437
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Slice, home of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and more, Get your food to go or sit for full service. Great drinks too.

6. The Delachaise

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3442 Saint Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-0858
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Besides offering the adult beverages that make most parade-goers happy, The Delachaise will be serving up a simplified menu to folks who want to enjoy the spectacle from the patio or from inside.

7. The Grocery

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2854 St Charles
New Orleans, LA
(504) 895-9524
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The Grocery at 6th St. and; St Charles is THE place to get beer, cold drinks and parade food like nachos, burgers, and hotdogs.

8. Avenue Pub

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1732 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 586-9243
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The beer mecca of New Orleans, conveniently located right on the parade route will offer a high end (but low-ABV) selection of craft beer served in plastic to-go cups along with a limited menu of easy to eat stuff (think Frito pie with homemade chili and Cajun bangers & mash) and, of course, bathroom access. It is also the only time of the the Pub has Bud Lite on draft.

9. Tivoli & Lee

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2 Lee Cir
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 962-0909
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From February 12-17, Tivoli & Lee, along with Belloq, will be hosting a food stand right on the corner of St. Charles Ave. and Lee Circle, with red beans & rice, jambalaya, and BBQ chicken po’boys - along with specialty cocktails and select beers.

10. Aline Street Beer Garden

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1517 Aline St.
New Orleans, LA 70113
Just one block off the parade route, catch your bearings and a liter of beer at Aline Street Beer Garden. There's outdoor seating and enormous go cups so you can run back up to St. Charles and not miss any parade moments.

11. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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4338 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 293-3474
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Superior Seafood has balcony and table reservations available, and if you miss out on that (or don't want to spend the cash) they'll also have crawfish and cocktails to go.

12. Twelve Mile Limit

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500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-8114
Hit up Twelve Mile Limit for the Endymion party it's throwing with live music from Sweet Crude and Dirty Bourbon River Show and the La Cocinita and Burgers Ya Heard food trucks. Plus all the awesome potables coming from 12ml's bar staff, so, yeah, it'll be epic.

13. McClure's Barbecue

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4800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Get your meat on at McClure's which will see the krewes of Cleopatra, Pontchartrain, Pygmalion, Carrollton, King Arthur and Merlin, Alla, Femme Fatale, Druids, Nyx, Muses, Okeanos, Mid-City, and Toth all pass by that stretch of Magazine from Jefferson to Napoleon. They'll be serving up a reduced menu of sandwiches, sides, gumbo, burger specials, hot dogs for the kids, and for the cooler nights, hot chocolate.

14. Ole Saint

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132 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 309-4797
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Just on the other side of Canal, the Ole Saint offers great southern food and local beer, the latter of which you can get to go in either a 16 or 32 oz. size.

15. The Irish House

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1432 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 595-6755
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The restaurant has tickets to a private grandstand which includes a buffet dinner, booze, and bathrooms. Call the Irish House to find out more.

16. PIZZA Domenica

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4933 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 301-4978
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For the krewes that head down Magazine before turning up Napoleon to hit St. Charles, Pizza Domenica is looking to take care of the parade-goers on that stretch. with $10 pepperoni or cheese pizzas and a couple craft drafts for $5, to go.

17. Vitascope Hall at Hyatt Regency New Orleans

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The Hyatt Regency
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 613-3740
This is a great place to wait for the end of Endymion. Celebrate with the king cake burger, (available only through Feb 13-17) or other Mardi Gras specials like Gulf shrimp and okra hush puppies, BBQ shrimp & grits, and king cakes with Cajun milk punch cocktail for dessert.

18. Fat Harry's

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4330 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-9582
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No longer just where the frat bros go, Fat Harry's has settled into great neighborhood bar, according to one neighbor and Eater tipster, who is also a pretty discerning beer geek: "Fat’s has pretty killer food these days, since they renovated after the fire, and their beer selection is actually one of the best on the parade route, and really pretty strong in the greater context of the city. Nothing crazy, but a solid cross-section of locals and national brands."

19. Mosquito Supper Club at Cleaver & Co.

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3917 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Cleaver & Co. is taking a much deserved break for Carnival, and in its place is the Mosquito Supper Club popup, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Through Sunday, 2/15, they'll be serving breakfast from 9-11 and plate lunches between 11am-6pm. The dinners require reservation (looks like the only available reservation is on 2/15 at the time of this writing), check their website for more details.

20. ManhattanJack

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4930 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-5551
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Need a hearty, homemade breakfast before hitting St. Charles? Hit up Manhattanjack on Prytania to get breakfast sammiches, fried chicken on a biscuit, a variety of coffee drinks, and perhaps some baked goods to take with you for later.

21. Blue Oak BBQ

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2828 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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Check this place (located in Chickie Wah Wah) out for Endymion nourishment with BBQ menu items like pork sandwiches, smoked wings, and brisket chili frito pie.

22. Zara's Little Giant Supermarket

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4838 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-0581
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The tiny supermarket fires up the grill outside with grab-and-go burgers, ribs, chicken and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 14-15.

23. The Kingpin

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1307 Lyons St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Food truck Saigon Slims will be parked out front during Muses, and the bar hosts more trucks on the regular during Mardi Gras.

24. Coulis

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3625 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 304-4265
Carry out red beans, gumbo, meat pies, pulled pork po-boys & nachos abound.

25. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
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Chef Michael Gulotta and team will deliver chicken wings to folks camped along the Endymian route on Friday night. They also have 50 packs of wings available before 4 p.m. When the parade actually rolls on Saturday, you can also head over to MoPho for a taste of their roasted whole hog.

1. Mais Arepas

1200 Carondelet, New Orleans, LA 70113
Mais Arepas is only a block off of St. Charles Avenue, which means arepas-break whenever the parades break down. Totally worth it.
1200 Carondelet
New Orleans, LA 70113

2. Emeril's Delmonico

1300 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
Emeril's LGD spot is open regular hours for the most part, but only open from 5-9 on Sunday 2/15 and Monday 2/16 (closed on Tuesday, of course.) Delmonico will also be offering a King Cake Doughnut dessert and three festive cocktails - Classic Hurricane, King Cake Horchata, and a barrel-aged Vieux Carre.
1300 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Toups Meatery

845 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
On Endymian Saturday, the restaurant, which is a block away from the beginning of the parade (Orleans and Carrollton) will serve cocktails, sodas and food to go from their patio, from 11am-4pm.
845 North Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Columns Hotel

3811 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
The beautiful hotel with a sweeping veranda offers reserved seating with food on Bacchus Sunday at $100/adult and $65/child and on Mardi Gras at $125/adult, $75/child. Pre-paid reservations required. On 2/12-17, you can also get a $10 pass that allows you to hang out buying drinks and food.
3811 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Slice Pizzeria

1513 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
Slice, home of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and more, Get your food to go or sit for full service. Great drinks too.
1513 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. The Delachaise

3442 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115
Besides offering the adult beverages that make most parade-goers happy, The Delachaise will be serving up a simplified menu to folks who want to enjoy the spectacle from the patio or from inside.
3442 Saint Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. The Grocery

2854 St Charles, New Orleans, LA
The Grocery at 6th St. and; St Charles is THE place to get beer, cold drinks and parade food like nachos, burgers, and hotdogs.
2854 St Charles
New Orleans, LA

8. Avenue Pub

1732 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
The beer mecca of New Orleans, conveniently located right on the parade route will offer a high end (but low-ABV) selection of craft beer served in plastic to-go cups along with a limited menu of easy to eat stuff (think Frito pie with homemade chili and Cajun bangers & mash) and, of course, bathroom access. It is also the only time of the the Pub has Bud Lite on draft.
1732 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Tivoli & Lee

2 Lee Cir, New Orleans, LA 70130
From February 12-17, Tivoli & Lee, along with Belloq, will be hosting a food stand right on the corner of St. Charles Ave. and Lee Circle, with red beans & rice, jambalaya, and BBQ chicken po’boys - along with specialty cocktails and select beers.
2 Lee Cir
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Aline Street Beer Garden

1517 Aline St., New Orleans, LA 70113
Just one block off the parade route, catch your bearings and a liter of beer at Aline Street Beer Garden. There's outdoor seating and enormous go cups so you can run back up to St. Charles and not miss any parade moments.
1517 Aline St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

11. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

4338 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Superior Seafood has balcony and table reservations available, and if you miss out on that (or don't want to spend the cash) they'll also have crawfish and cocktails to go.
4338 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Twelve Mile Limit

500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Hit up Twelve Mile Limit for the Endymion party it's throwing with live music from Sweet Crude and Dirty Bourbon River Show and the La Cocinita and Burgers Ya Heard food trucks. Plus all the awesome potables coming from 12ml's bar staff, so, yeah, it'll be epic.
500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119

13. McClure's Barbecue

4800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Get your meat on at McClure's which will see the krewes of Cleopatra, Pontchartrain, Pygmalion, Carrollton, King Arthur and Merlin, Alla, Femme Fatale, Druids, Nyx, Muses, Okeanos, Mid-City, and Toth all pass by that stretch of Magazine from Jefferson to Napoleon. They'll be serving up a reduced menu of sandwiches, sides, gumbo, burger specials, hot dogs for the kids, and for the cooler nights, hot chocolate.
4800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

14. Ole Saint

132 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Just on the other side of Canal, the Ole Saint offers great southern food and local beer, the latter of which you can get to go in either a 16 or 32 oz. size.
132 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. The Irish House

1432 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
The restaurant has tickets to a private grandstand which includes a buffet dinner, booze, and bathrooms. Call the Irish House to find out more.
1432 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. PIZZA Domenica

4933 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118
For the krewes that head down Magazine before turning up Napoleon to hit St. Charles, Pizza Domenica is looking to take care of the parade-goers on that stretch. with $10 pepperoni or cheese pizzas and a couple craft drafts for $5, to go.
4933 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

17. Vitascope Hall at Hyatt Regency New Orleans

The Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA 70113
This is a great place to wait for the end of Endymion. Celebrate with the king cake burger, (available only through Feb 13-17) or other Mardi Gras specials like Gulf shrimp and okra hush puppies, BBQ shrimp & grits, and king cakes with Cajun milk punch cocktail for dessert.
The Hyatt Regency
New Orleans, LA 70113

18. Fat Harry's

4330 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115