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Diners in New Orleans
 

Diners in New Orleans

Diners in New Orleans

New Orleans has been a long-time contender for the food capital of the country. The city's food culture is unlike any other, with dining considered the most important activity of the day for many. Known for Cajun, Creole, and traditional southern dishes, it's no wonder the city is home to many classic, southern diners.

Although diners' rich history began in Providence, RI and not in the south, it comes as no surprise that diner culture fits in nicely with the all-night, deep-fried, coffee-loving food culture that the south also embodies. A typical diner patron conundrum is: should I have breakfast or lunch? Often times, you can have both, as common diner fare includes southern breakfast staples like grits and biscuits as well as classic American lunch items like burgers and fries.

If you're looking for a cafeteria-style diner, Mother's is arguably the city's most famous and has been serving New Orleanians and visitors since 1938. Boasting the world's best baked ham, you can get your meat-and-three fix here. Or if you're a pancake and eggs person, you'll be satisfied with breakfast menu items, served all day.

For New Orleanians and visitors up all night and looking for their late night (or early morning) meal, the city has many diner options for you. Whether you're in the mood for breakfast or lunch (or maybe a mix of both), you'll have no trouble finding a restaurant that satiates your appetite.

Diners in New Orleans
Anita's Grill
2122 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 523-1542

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Delis & Sandwiches, Breakfast, Po-Boys

Description: With a menu full of comfort food like creamy cheese grits, stacks of pancakes, and smoked bacon, this homey diner is perfect for breakfast.
Cafe Trinh Quyen
4664 Alcee Fortier Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70129 [Map It]
(504) 254-2642

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Diner

Description: This Vietnamese cafe is open late for delicious traditional cuisine. It also offers Chinese dishes.
Camellia Grill
626 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70094 [Map It]
(504) 866-9573

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Breakfast, Burgers

Description: Camellia Grill is an absolute must for anyone visiting New Orleans. The diner-style eatery opened in 1946 and is an old-fashioned, landmark restaurant in the city. The counter seating, happy servers, and vintage uniforms inspire a retro feeling among guests who dine on quality, southern diner food. Camellia Grill is famous for its chocolate pecan pie, double-scoop freezes, and enormous breakfast omelets (served all day and night). The grill is opened late night so be sure to stop in any time for a genuine New Orleans good time!
Clover Grill
900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 598-1010
www.clovergrill.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Burgers

Description: The Clover Grill, established in 1939, is a quirky New Orleans grill known for their delicious juicy burgers at very a cheap price.
Dolly's Deli
5151 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 486-8600

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Diner

Description: Dolly's helps you start your day with breakfast sandwiches and grits, a favorite combo for people rushing off to work with empty stomachs. Later in the day, try the specialty meatball po-boy or a chicken platter, where the chicken is either fried, barbecued or served rotisserie style.
Dress It
535 Gravier St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 527-0006
www.omnihotels.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Fast Food/Family Style, Vegetarian, Delis & Sandwiches, Burgers
The Grill
540 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-1800
www.camelliagrill.net

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Breakfast

Description: Camellia Grill is an absolute must for anyone visiting New Orleans. The diner-style eatery opened in 1946 and is an old-fashioned, landmark restaurant in the city. The counter seating, happy servers, and vintage uniforms inspire a retro feeling among guests who dine on quality, southern diner food. Camellia Grill is famous for its chocolate pecan pie, double-scoop freezes, and enormous breakfast omelets (served all day and night). The grill is opened late night so be sure to stop in any time for a genuine New Orleans good time!
Mena's Palace Restaurant & Bar
200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-0217
www.menaspalace.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner

Description: A small down-home New Orleans restaurant known for its red beans and rice and fried catfish.
Please U
1751 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-9131

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Breakfast
Russell's Marina Grill
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 282-9980

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Burgers

Description: Best known for the onion mumm, a huge presentation served with spicy, sort of addictive 'rosette' sauce this restaurant is one of the many along Lake Ponchartrain. It also offers crawfish beignets served with housemade remoulade sauce, Southern fried chicken with sweet cornbread muffins and Shrimp Sofia, sauteed in olive oil, mushrooms and oregano and served with whole wheat pasta. For dessert check out the white chocolate bread pudding.
Slim Goodies Diner
3322 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 891-3447

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Burgers

Description: This diner offers breakfast all day. Eggs can be smothered with chili, bacon, hash browns and cheese, or for Vegans, tofu can be covered with veggie chili, hash browns and smoked tempeh. There's also crawfish etouffee, meatloaf, burgers and many other non-breakfast offerings.
Smashburger
3300 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 342-2653
www.smashburger.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Fast Food/Family Style, Burgers

Description: Smashburger is a casual dine-in burger franchise that is a recent craze around the country. Known for its quick service, fresh ingredients and modern decor, Smashburger is serving up delicious burgers, sandwiches, and salads at very reasonable prices. In addition to its extensive menu of entrée options, the restaurant serves a delicious variety of fries and Haagen-Dazs milkshakes. Smashburger’s New Orleans location is on Magazine Street, conveniently located in the heart of uptown and a scenic walk from the St. Charles streetcar line.
 
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