An Ex-Local's Guide to NOLA

An Ex-Local’s Guide to NOLA

Tara Iagulli, University of Texas at Austin

Tara, Director of Career Services at UT-Austin, graciously shared her comprehensive guides to NOLA to the BAS. Here are some of her recommendations:

It's always good to know what area of town you are talking about.  It should be easy to get a cab, but put the number for United Cab in your phone: 504-522-9771.

I suggest you get a map and familiarize yourself with the city.  Recommended areas to visit are:

1. Marigny (directly behind the quarter past Esplanade)—Frenchman Street is in this area

2. The French Quarter (obviously)—Bourbon, Decatur, Royal St—need I say more

3. Uptown—tons of mansions, Loyola and Tulane Universities, Audubon Park, Garden District, Irish Channel

4. Mid City—(funky, cool restaurants, totally flooded coming back strong)

5. Algiers on the Westbank (quick ferry ride over—little town feel—good view of city from across the river)




Things to do:

*Go to Frenchmen St. at night to check out the bars and music clubs — there is something good every night

*Catch a show at Snug Harbor—this is a very cool jazz club—you must do this!!

*I also like DBA (don't bother asking) for a domestic beer.  DBA usually has live music and is a cool local hangout bar.

*Marigny Brassiere is a fantastic upscale restaurant


*Marigny Brasserie (fine dining—very good—close to Snug Harbor)
640 Frenchmen

*Snug Harbor **for Jazz shows
626 Frenchmen

 *Mimi’s in the Marigny (awesome Spanish Tapas—cheap) (don’t walk here – area is a little dangerous)
2601 Royal St.



French Quarter:

Things to do:

*Walk through the French Quarter, perhaps all the way down Royal or Decatur from Canal towards Esplanade

*Have beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde on Decatur (open early and late for breakfast or dessert)

*Jackson Square and cathedral is right by Cafe du Monde—bring your camera—the architecture in the quarter is pretty cool.

*Royal Street is full of galleries and artsy shops—great for gifts or just looking

*Bourbon at night--check out piano bar in Pat O'Brien's, LaFitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar (oldest still-running bar in the US)

*There are lots of places to eat in the quarter but they tend to be touristy and overpriced.  Stellas is a very nice upscale restaurant.  Stanley’s has good gumbo.  Frank’s has a good mufaletta on Decatur—next to Central Grocery, which is also famous for this sandwich.


*Cafe du Monde. (Best for beignets and coffee—open late at night)
800 Decatur.

*Luke Restaurant  (moderate to high end—has reasonable lunch and nightly specials)
333 Saint Charles Ave

*HerbSaint (high end and worth it)
701 Saint Charles Ave

*Stella (super high end – haven’t tried – been recommended by foodie friend)
1032 Chartres St

*Bayona (good Saturday lunch—high end place)
430 Dauphine St

*Irene’s (awesome Italian food—little pricey but so yummy!)
539 Saint Philip St

*Napoleon House (get a pims cup—special drink)
500 Chartres

*Fiorella's (Neighborhood Cafe. Breakfast. Supposed to have great fried chicken)
1136 Decatur

*Stanley (for gumbo)
547 St. Ann Street

*Felix’s (has good gumbo)
739 Iberville




Things to do:

*Take the Street Car on St. Charles from Canal St. to Carrollton (it reopened)

*Check out one of the old cemeteries—there are many all over town—one of them, The Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 (1400 Washington Avenue - Garden District), is very close to Commander’s Palace. They are pretty cool because the graves are above ground.

*Go to Audubon Park while you are up town with the Street Car

*Check out Tulane and Loyola campuses

*Magazine Street is 6 miles of shops and restaurants—very cool place.


*Lilette  (my all-time favorite place—you must eat here!  Open for lunch)
3637 Magazine St
504–895 -1636
Between Louisiana and Napoleon on Magazine

*Ignatius   (really great etoufee, gumbo, jambalaya & OK po'boys) (open Sun)
4200 Magazine St.

*Slim Goodies Diner  (awesome for breakfast)
3322 Magazine Street

*Dante’s Kitchen (open Sun)
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, corner of Dante and River Road,

*The Creole Creamery (fantastic ice cream shop)
4924 Prytania Street

*Boucherie (cute, small café with delicious moderate priced food)
8115 Jeanette St
Jeanette & Carrolton

*Patois (Cajun food with a new vibe—Great Chef)
6078 Laurel St.

*Gautreau’s (when you need to go a step up)
1728 Soniat Street 

*Commander’s Palace (super high end—traditional NOLA)

*Surreys Juice Bar  (great breakfast & lunch joint – very hippy)
1418 Magazine St

*Domilisies **great po’boy dive  (cheap dive)
5240 Annunciation St.

*Mahony’s (for po’boys)
3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

*Jacquemos is a great fine creole food restaurant on Oak St.

*Bars-“Columns” on St. Charles that looks like a mansion and has an awesome porch.

*The Delachaise right across from Columns and has awesome fries and good drinks.



Central Business District/Warehouse District:

Things to do:

*Museums, the D-Day Museum in the CBD is supposed to be great, also an art museum in this area.

*Tons of good restaurants—I recommend Cochon, it is very unique to NOLA, August is also exceptional for fancy flair.  Luke's is good and owned by same chef as August—a little more moderate and German food options.


*Restaurant August (high end—I liked Cuvee and Luke better—think this place is hyped)
301 Tchoupitoulas St.

*Domenica (John Besh does Italian—pizza was nothing special, pasta and vegetables were amazing—order cauliflower appetizer)
123 Baronne St

*Cochon  (high end—it’s good if you like pork—not for vegetarians)
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
Corner of Andrew Higgins Dr.
Phone: 504.588.2123

*Cuvee (high end and worth it—I loved this place)
322 Magazine

*Borgne (because you need seafood by John Besh)
601 Loyola Avenue 



Mid City:

Things to do:

*You can ride the Canal Street Line out to Mid-City or the Esplanade street car line.
*City Park is a huge and beautiful park. The park is also surrounded by very interesting cemeteries
*New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) off of Esplanade in City Park—this museum is quite exceptional and the Sculpture garden is awesome


*Parkway Tavern (supposedly best roast beef po’boy ever—with gravy)
538 Hagan Ave

*Angelo Brocato (amazing gelato and cannoli and other Italian pastries and espresso)



Music Scene

Get your hands on a weekly print paper called the Gambit  and Offbeat which will give you all the schedule and locations.

Some of my favorite bands:

  • Soul Rebels Brass Band Brass
  • Ellis Marsalis Jazz
  • Rebirth Brass Band
  • Walter Wolfman Washington
  • Young Pinstripe Brass Band

Favorite Venues:

  • Snug Harbor
  • d.b.a
  • The Spotted Cat
  • Le Bon Temps Roule
  • The Maple Leaf
  • Howlin’ Wolf
  • Tipitinas
  • Preservation Hall


*We also have one more restaurant recommendation from Valerie Komor, AP Corporate Archives:

Liuzza's by the Track (for Shrimp Po'Boys)
1518 N. Lopez St.
New Orleans, LA 70119 (near the Fairgrounds)
Take a taxi!



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