If you know anything about me, you’ll know I LOVE food and exploring new places. So it’s no surprise that New Orleans has been on my list of places to visit for years. NOLA is a foodies paradise, from Shrimp Po’ Boys to Beignets, this city has everything your taste buds could want and more!
With my free weekends dwindling quickly before the end of the year (life of a wedding photographer, I tell ya), we jumped on a plane and headed to the south to fill our bellies with all the yummy food we could find. With this likely being the last trip we take before baby arrives, the NOLA Babymoon was born ((pun intended)).
New Orleans Babymoon
Thanks to the suggestions of family, friends, yelp, and of course Top Chef, here is a breakdown of everywhere we ate during our quick weekend getaway.
Compère Lapin – If your a Top Chef fan you know Nina Compton. I was beyond excited to hear she opened her own restaurant in New Orleans, and I would have been so disappointed if I didn’t get a chance to eat here. This was our first meal in NOLA, and I will be craving it for years. I’ll save you the copious amount of curse words I’d need to describe how fantastic everything was, so just do yourself a favor and eat there! This was BY FAR the best meal we had while in town, and I’ll have dreams about it for a long LONG time.
Café Du Monde – I think it may be illegal to come to New Orleans without stopping here for their famous beignets (half joking). The lines are long, but they are open 24 hours a day. We stopped by around 11pm after dinner, for some coffee and dessert. It was a great way to end the night!
Atchafalaya – The perfect brunch spot with live music, a Bloody Mary bar, and some of the friendliest people around. We loved this quaint spot in the middle of the Garden District. Highly recommend taking advantage of their specials!
Hansen’s Sno-Bliz – I randomly found this place on Yelp, and I’m so glad I did. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and so refreshing in the humidity.
Cochon Butcher – Several friends recommend grabbing a sandwich here, and it was my favorite lunch in NOLA! The cubano was amazing, which came with homemade pickles – I was one happy camper! This is a must if your ever in town!
Commander’s Palace – This place is an institution in NOLA, with many of the dishes being on the menu for 40+ years. Service was amazing, and our favorite dishes were the Shrimp & Tasso Henican appetizer and Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé for dessert. This is my #1 dinner spot vote! It was an experience for sure!
Cafe Conti – Cute little french restaurant, perfect for grabbing a cup of coffee and quick breakfast. Their crepes were awesome and they are conveniently located in the French Quarter.
Killer PoBoys – If your looking for internationally inspired New Orleans style Po’ Boys you won’t be disappointed if you stop here! They now have two locations, one inside Erin Rose Bar and a separate space a few blocks down. Yummy sandwiches, with some vegetarian options as well.
Whew! If that sounds like a lot of food… well it was! We came to NOLA to eat, and just a weekend barely let us scratch the surface of what this town has to offer a foodie like me! I am already planning our next trip (post baby), so we can explore even more of the city, eat, and drink our way through more delicious New Orleans cuisine.