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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Cocktail Bar
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“Cocktails? Don’t call the guys and gals working there bartenders; call them mixologists. Its probably a more accurate description, anyways. Tell them your mood and your palate, and they will whip you up a special cocktail. In the evenings, sometimes they can require long pants...lame. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Chef Adam has perfected the burger. This simple, yet delicious burger is polished off with a comprehensive mayo bar. Don’t miss it! Favorites: Company Burger, French Fries, Basil Mayo (a must!)”
  • 67 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
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“Locations on Freret, Magazine and Frenchman streets. Best hot dogs around! ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“OMG! Just the best. Casual atmosphere. Green beans with apple smoked bacon, sweet potato salad, greens... Even the side dishes are treated with love and respect by the chefs. The desserts are to die for. Forget your diet. You' in New Orleans, baby!”
  • 65 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Local coffeeshop with the best almond croissants (all their pastries are from a local bakery)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“ Ancora serves authentic Neapolitan pizzas and house-made salumi. They offer a great selection of wines entirely from the Campania region of Southern Italy, the birthplace of pizza. They also create hand-crafted cocktails and seasonal Italian sodas. A walk to Ancora for a Diablo pizza and a cocktail is one of our favorite ways to spend an evening.”
  • 39 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Also on Freret street. I love their fresh salads and laid back atmosphere. They also have great cocktails. Great to go to with a friend to catch up with. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“With indoor and outdoor seating, this is a favorite for sushi and more. We love their Chocolate City Roll! Three celebrated New Orleans sushi chefs have combined their talents to create the best Japanese restaurant in the city, Origami. This casual spot is set inside a renovated house and offers its costumers a fusion fare of sushi and Japanese. Based on the simple ideas of using the freshest and best ingredients, paying attention to the small details, and serving the finest contemporary Japanese food in the Big Easy, Origami is set to serve some of New Orleans’ most exquisite sushi dishes. Featuring a menu that includes everything from the po-boy roll made with shrimp tempura, to soft-shell crab and crawfish, this Freret restaurant strives to blend authentic Japanese flavors with the unique tastes of New Orleans.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The Midway has an excellent deep dish style pizza as well as really good salads, wings, etc. They deliver. The bar is also a friendly place to hang out.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“I bet you didn't know that New Orleans has AMAZING Vietnamese food, did you?! And ones with vegan options!! Mint Modern has the best vegan Pho on the east bank (if you want to make your way to the westbank, I'll give you recommendations). The broth is perfectly seasoned and you can get it with tofu or extra veggies. They also make a vegan tofu Bahn Mi, but make sure to tell them you need it vegan. Otherwise, it's vegetarian. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“ THE HUMBLE BAGEL STORY Humble Bagel was founded by Casey Mackintosh, from just outside of Washington D.C., and Tara Mikhail, a native of Long Island. Together, they envisioned an authentic, New York style bagel shop in the heart of Uptown New Orleans. Humble Bagel bakes authentic, hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels fresh daily. We designed the kitchen to be open so that everybody can see the process of boiling and baking fresh bagels. Our bagels are made of five ingredients: Flour, Water, Steen’s Cane Syrup, Salt, and Yeast. Be sure to ask about our daily special! Please check out our mason jar recycling program! We fresh squeeze our orange juice daily, you can keep the mason jar or receive $1 off your next juice purchase if you return it. Whenever possible, local ingredients are used. We believe in New Orleans and we want to support it, including the use of Steen’s Cane Syrup and New Orleans Roast coffee. We love dogs! We have outdoor seating so be sure to bring your furry friends to have bagels with you! Our darlings: Buffy the pug and Knuckles the pit mix. Knuckles was rescued from Canine Connection on Tchoupitoulas. Buffy is the boss, of course.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“The food is Amazing! We also molt soft shell crabs and BearCat buys our soft shells crabs for his great dishes. Try the soft shell biscuit, with andoullie sausage gravy..cauliflower grits with pork chop and pistachio paste. OOO my”
  • 20 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“For those looking for authentic Central American, Cuban, and Mexican cuisine, Sarita’s Grill is the ideal place to visit on Freret Street. Offering an affordable fusion menu with fresh ingredients, and serving everything from pupusas and homemade guacamole to fish tacos and fried yuca, this local haunt has become a neighborhood favorite for those looking to nosh on authentic Latin American food. Visiting costumers can enjoy a full service bar as well as margaritas on tap.”
  • 16 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Founded by two Tulane grads who committed to providing the best cheese steak in New Orleans. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“RESTAURANT & WINE BAR A modern bistro with seasonal eats, Bar Frances is a place to gather day or night for a wine-paired meal, or drinks and small plates. Featuring a large selection of natural wines and a daily happy hour, the bar and cocktail program by Craig Seaman is progressive yet classic.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Despite what the restaurant name is, they make GREAT food...and some Nola classics like shrimp and grits, gumbo, oyster poboys and boudin poboys. Also good hangover food. Good brunch.”
  • 5 locals recommend