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Dooky Chase's Restaurant
2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 821-0535

Neighborhood: Treme
Attire: Business Casual
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food, Creole

Description: Led by world famous chef, Leah Chase this family restaurant serves up an incredible array of creole and soul food in a restaurant atmosphere full of local art.

*This is the restaurant of James Beard Award Winner, Leah Chase, who won 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Willie Mae's Scotch House
2401 St Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 822-9503

Neighborhood: Treme
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Soul Food

Description: Willie Mae's is a local and international favorite, known for its simple menu and famous fried chicken.

Willie Mae Seaton started serving her delicious chicken over 30 years ago. She continued to run her homie Treme restaurant as it grew in popularity and even made her way back to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to keep her secret recipe alive.

In 2005 Willie Mae won the "American Classics" James Beard Award for local restaurants that keep regional culinary traditions alive.

With international acclaim and the love of an entire city, Willie Mae Seaton passed away in the fall of 2015. Her great-granddaughter, Kerry Seaton, continues to run the restaurant and preserve this incredible local gem.

Tee-Eva's Old Fashioned Pies & Pralines
5201 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 899-8350
www.tee-evapralines.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food, Desserts, Creole, Local/Regional Fare, Snowballs

Description: Her heavenly concoctions are famous. But the woman who makes them is just as legendary. For decades Miss Tee-Eva, the unofficial Praline Queen of New Orleans, has welcomed celebrities, locals and travelers into her shop with open arms. Known for her signature pralines (creamy, pecan candies that melt in your mouth), her shop offers other sweet and savory Creole dishes. If you're looking for authentic Southern flavors and hospitality, Tee-Eva welcomes you to stop in for a visit.
Toups South
1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 267-7490
www.natfab.org

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Soul Food, Creole, Local/Regional Fare
Lil Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 569-8997

Neighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Soul Food

Description: Owned by Wayne Baquet of the Baquet family, one of the great Creole restaurateur families in New Orleans, this relaxed neighborhood joint serves up a popular lunch buffet.
Fiorella's
45 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 528-9566

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

Description: This restaurant has been around since 1906. Try the daily special, the crispy fried chicken, or a bowl of traditional gumbo. While eating play version of vintage bingo.
Cafe Reconcile
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70148 [Map It]
(504) 568-1157
www.cafereconcile.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food, Creole

Description: Cafe Reconcile is a non-profit project of Reconcile New Orleans and the St. John Francis Regis Hospitality School, a program of Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J., and Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church. The cafe provides at-risk teens and young adults with the skills they need to succeed in jobs in the restaurant business.
The Praline Connection
542 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 943-3934
www.pralineconnection.com

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Soul Food, Po-Boys

Description: The Praline Connection offers a variety of "soul food" recipes from three generations of great family chefs, including New Orleans gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice, smothered pork chops and famous pralines.
Hobnobber's
139 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-5428
www.neworleanshobnobber.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food, Delis & Sandwiches

Description: Hobnobber’s Variety Bar is regarded as one of the best local spots to eat original NOLA cuisine. The restaurant serves authentic dishes, including shrimp po-boys and gumbo, in addition to a specialty menu that changes daily. Special dishes include BBQ ribs, red beans and rice, southern fried chicken, and a fried catfish seafood plate. The menu at Hobnobber’s is lengthy and diverse, and guaranteed to surprise diners on any day of the week. The restaurant also serves indulgent, homemade deserts and sides that rotate daily, including baked macaroni, peach cobbler, and potato salad.
High Hat Cafe
4500 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 754-1336
www.highhatcafe.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood, Soul Food, Local/Regional Fare

Description: Genuine southern cuisine from the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana may seem like the norm in New Orleans, but High Hat Café is truly dedicated to serving the best of the best southern eats. With classics such as BBQ shrimp, fried catfish platters, gumbo, and smoke roasted chicken plates, High Hat Café is as authentic as it gets. The restaurant is proud to serve only U.S. farm raised catfish, and shrimp and fish from the local region. High Hat is a must-go on your trip to NOLA – how could you pass up fried catfish paired with fries, slaw, and hush puppies?
Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar
231 North Carrollton Ave., Suite C, New Orleans, LA 70019 [Map It]
(504) 609-3871
www.brownbutterrestaurant.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Soul Food, Local/Regional Fare

Description: A New Orleans hotspot for Contemporary Southern American cuisine. Brown Butter is comfy, cozy, and a great place for a quick lunch, fine dinner, Sunday brunch, special event, or just a beer and small plates for the game.
Leni's Restaurant
741 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 523-0069

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Soul Food
The Pelican Bay Restaurant
1701 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 940-1111
www.pelicanbaynola.com

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Seafood, Soul Food, Vegetarian, Desserts, Local/Regional Fare

Description: The Pelican Bay Restaurant serves traditional American, New Orleans, and soul food made from the freshest ingredients. Also, features daiquiris, cocktails, and over 40 televisions for sports events. Family and vegan friendly.
Dunbar's Creole Cooking
7834 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70125 [Map It]
(504) 509-6287

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

Description: Closing after Hurricane Katrina, Dunbar's reopened in 2017 with their unlimited portions of neighborhood favorites. With a menu full of soul food, such as gumbo, pork chops and fried chicken, no customer leaves hungry.
Heard Dat Kitchen
2520 Felicity St., New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 510-4248

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Barbecue, Cajun, Seafood, Soul Food

Description:

Heard Dat Kitchen, a neighborhood restaurant off the beaten path in the CBD, is well worth the trip. From iconic dishes that have placed New Orleans on the culinary map to his signature dishes that Gambit Magazine described in their review as “dishes cooked with techniques that enhance flavors” you make one visit to Heard Dat Kitchen and it surely won’t be your last.

Audrey Mae’s Catering accommodations, amenities and menu options are available for private parties and functions of various sizes at his place or a venue of your choosing or stop by Heard Dat Kitchen for one of our signature dishes for dine in or to “geaux.”

Koz's
515 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 484-0522
www.kozcooks.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food, Delis & Sandwiches, Creole, Local/Regional Fare
Red Gravy Café
125 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 561-8844
www.redgravycafe.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Coffee Shops, Continental, Italian, Soul Food, Vegetarian, Delis & Sandwiches, Breakfast

Description: This home-style Italian restaurant is a true expression of New Orleans culture and the city’s passion for delicious food. Red Gravy Café is owned by Roseann Melisi Rosetoker, an original New Jersey resident and food enthusiast who fell in love with New Orleans after several vacation visits and decided to open her own restaurant in 2010. Red Gravy is a reflection of Roseann’s love for the city and her family. The Italian specialty dishes on the menu are named after important people in her life, including her husband, parents, siblings, and children. Roseann likes to say she “always makes too much” so diners will leave Red Gravy satisfied and full of great food made with love.
Wing Snack
759 North Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 943-1869

Neighborhood: Treme
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food
Honey Whip Donuts
4801 General Meyer Ave., New Orleans, LA 70131 [Map It]
(504) 398-0950

Neighborhood: Algiers/Westbank
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food, Bakery
JK Sandwich
1100 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70163 [Map It]
(504) 582-2433

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food
McHardy's Chicken & Fixin
1458 N. Broad St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 949-0000

Neighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Soul Food
Sammy's Food Service & Deli
3000 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122 [Map It]
(504) 947-0675
sammysfood.com

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

Description: Sammy’s Food Service & Deli, located in New Orleans’ historic Gentilly neighborhood, is regarded by regulars as a “can’t miss” lunch spot. With a line out the door everyday during lunch, Sammy’s prides itself on New Orleans home-cooked fare. Breakfast plates are hefty and the lunch menu consists of po-boy’s, burgers, and meat or seafood fried plates. The atmosphere is low key and family-style, filled with a diverse blend of locals on any day.
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