Last Updated on October 21, 2020 by Stacy Averette

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.

Paul Prudhomme

We ate lots of good food on our recent trip to New Orleans and most of it did not require a fork or a spoon. Like most people who have a favorite city, we also have our favorite places to eat in our favorite city.

For the Love of New Orleans food and coffee

If you search for The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans Right Now, you’ll get an interesting mix of great places to eat. I haven’t eaten at any of those places but I’d love to on another trip.

The places we chose weren’t on the “hottest list” but they’re still great places to eat and at certain times you should be prepared to stand in line. Our choices had a lot to do with the memories connected to them, the atmosphere, and good food.

Coffee and Beignets

No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a stop at Cafe du Monde for coffee (cafe au lait) and beignets. This photo was taken mid-morning. Standing in line isn’t necessary if you’re willing to wait until the afternoon.

cafe du monde bw cafe du monde

We love Cafe du Monde. The atmosphere is great.

However, if you prefer something with a slower pace and a European feel you’ll love Cafe Beignet on Royal Street. The beignets are huge and the coffee is delicious. Plus there are other pastries, drinks and sandwiches available . We love Cafe Beignet.

cafe beignet2cafe beignet

This musician was playing while we enjoyed our coffee in the shade of the palm trees. He was REALLY good! You can see the entrance to the Cafe at the black urns.

saxophone and dog

If you’re Uptown or in Metairie and want coffee and beignets then I suggest New Orleans Coffee and Beignet Company. They also serve lots of items besides coffee and beignets. If you go, you must try the chocolate beignets! They’re delicious. We love the New Orleans Cofffee and Beignet Company!

We go to each of these places every time we visit New Orleans so we’re fully coffee-ed and beignet-ed by the time we leave.


There are lots of places in New Orleans to find a great poorboy. The Parkway Bakery and Tavern is definitely one of the best. If you go, you can’t go wrong with a friend shrimp, oyster, or roast beef poor boy. My personal favorite is fried shrimp and I prefer mine “dressed” (lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and pickles).parkway po boy

Another favorite of ours is Camille Grill. As poor students years ago, it was always a treat to  have a Chili Cheese Omelet and Pecan Pie and Ice Cream. We usually make one stop here on our visits just for old times’ sake.  There’s almost always a wait but it’s worth it and you’ll be entertained as you watch the waiters and cooks.

camillia grill

Cafe Maspero is another one of our favorites. It’s in the heart of the French Quarter and one those places we always enjoyed as students. You’ll always get delicious food and you can watch the world go by on Decatur Street.

Caleb and Eric @ Maspero's

eric and caleb at masperos

Maddie had a loaded Muffaletta.

Muffaletta at masperos

Eric had a Hot Sausage Poor Boy.

Hot Sausage poboy

Caleb and I shared the Seafood Platter. (This was my mom and dad’s favorite!)

seafood platter at masperos

We discovered a new place on our recent visit. Stanley is at the corner of St. Ann and Chartres with a view of Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. We went for breakfast and loved every bite. I think this place will make it into our restaurant rotation. (Sadly, I don’t have any pictures to share. I lost every photo I took that day on a corrupt SD card.)


You can’t go to New Orleans without having a snoball or three. And whatever you do, don’t call it a snow cone. They’re completely different and once you’ve tasted a New Orleans snoball, you’re hooked. I have two personal and sentimental favorite stands: New Orleans Snoballs near the corner of Elysian Fields and Gentilly Blvd. This stand was near our apartment so we made lots of stops back in the day; and, Sal’s on Metairie Road near our church. In case you’re wondering . . . raspberry with condensed milk—always.


If you missed my first post about our recent trip to New Orleans you can click here to read it. I’ll be posting again soon with more pictures. If you’d like to receive new posts in your email inbox sign up here.

Okay. Now it’s your turn. I know every New Orleans visitor or local has their favorite places to eat. I’d love to hear about yours because sooner or later I’ll make it back to New Orleans, and I’ll want some new places to try.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

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