You won't find Budweiser on the global selection of premium, often-obscure beers, but you will find good vibes and music nightly by regularly booked local icons (Walter "Wolfman" Washington's in residence on Wednesdays) and touring acts in the blues/roots/rock vein. Open nightly. No smoking. No food.
The name of this small, late-night dive bar has crept into song lyrics and has become a staple of the New Orleans college vernacular. It was voted one of Playboy's top bars in America. Christmas lights stay on all year long. Happy hour includes $2.50 well drinks and $2 Budweiser and Miller. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
With a little of everything from Sunday brunch specials to Tuesday steak nights and specialty cocktails and wines by the bottle to wines by the glass and local beers, this nautical-themed Algiers icon has something for every taste. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The seafood omelet is made with shrimp, lump crabmeat, peppers, mushrooms and cheese. Creole file gumbo features ham, chicken, crab and house-made sausage. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
Bartender Lu Brow makes it a point to ensure customers like what they drink at this upscale bar at Cafe Adelaide. Classic New Orleans cocktails are popular as are eclectic specialty cocktails. A full menu of modern Creole cuisine is available at the bar. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Diners line up at the counter to order from a menu of po-boys and Creole staples such as etouffee and red beans and rice. The Ferdi po-boy is loaded with roast beef debris, baked ham, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayonnaise and yellow and Creole mustards. Jerry’s jambalaya is studded with chicken and sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Chef Tory McPhail crafts contemporary Creole dishes at this Brennan family flagship. Pecan- and sugarcane-lacquered quail is served with cornbread dressing, bacon-braised cabbage, Southern greens and spiced pepper jelly. Shrimp and tasso Henican features Louisiana shrimp, tasso, pickled okra, sweet onions, five-pepper jelly and Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjeski update Cajun cuisine, including boucherie and seafood dishes. The Louisiana cochon plate combines pork, turnips, cabbage and cracklings. Fried alligator is served with chili-garlic aioli. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
Char-broiled oysters are topped with garlic-butter sauce and Parmesan. The oyster loaf features fried oysters between two pieces of buttered thick Texas toast. The seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crabmeat and okra. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $
Cafe au lait and beignets made Cafe du Monde world famous. While the original Decatur Street location remains a French Quarter landmark, satellite shops can be found scattered throughout the metro area. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $
Seared rare ahi tuna is served over wilted greens with honey sesame, soy and ginger sauce. The oven-roasted, bone-in pork chop is served with creamy grits and corn and andouille maque choux. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
Chef Frank Brigtsen offers contemporary Creole dishes. Paneed veal Parmesan is served with mozzarella and marinara over spaghetti bordelaise. Braised Two Run Farm free-range lamb shank is served with a lentil cake, rosemary mint jus, Asiago cheese grits and ratatouille. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
Bar Description: Vintage World War II accents and a clean, roomy space make this a comfortable place to meet friends for a drink. From 3 p.m.-6 p.m. enjoy half off beer and 75-cent barbecue sliders and meat pies. John Besh's WWII-inspired American cuisine is available until 9 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Open daily. No smoking.