Planning an adventure in the Big Easy? Well New Orleans is all about good food and we’ve got the best of the best restaurants lined up for your trip. Of course there is more to do than eat, but you are going to need sustenance for bayou tours, French Quarter frolics, City Park strolls and much more. This superb assortment of New Orleans classics are all a half-mile or less from the centrally-located JW Marriott New Orleans and will give you a great taste of all of NOLA’s most famous cuisines.
Café Du Monde
Cuisine: Coffee Shop
A New Orleans staple, it is unheard of to travel to the city and not make a stop at Café Du Monde. The original café was established in 1862 and is now open 24-hours a day, the perfect place for a quick bite any time, day or night. Café Du Monde’s simple, yet classic, menu includes chicory coffee, chocolate milk, café au lait and of course, everyone’s favorite: beignets, which are square French-style doughnuts covered in powdered sugar. A short half mile walk from the JW down Decatur Street will land you right on the Mississippi’s banks and dining outside on beignets and café au lait at the famous Café Du Monde.
Royal House Oyster Bar
If you like oysters and other traditional creole food, Royal House Oyster Bar is the place to be. A short .3 mile walk from the hotel, get there early for lunch and secure a seat on the coveted upstairs balcony looking out over renowned Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Royal House offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and hosts 10 different ways of serving oysters from on-the-half-shell to oyster tacos to oysters Rockefeller. Other creole classics on the menu include crawfish etouffee, shrimp ‘n’ grits, crawfish cakes, shrimp creole and fried alligator.
Mr. B’s Bistro
If you’re looking for a little more of an upscale dining experience in the French Quarter, Mr. B’s Bistro would be a good place to check out, conveniently located only .1 miles from the hotel. Owned by Cindy Brennan, a member of the legendary New Orleans’ Brennan family of restaurateurs, Mr. B’s offers creole classics with a little bit of a twist. Be sure to try Mr. B’s Barbequed Shrimp or the Trout Amandine & Crabmeat for a meal you will never forget. And also be sure to save room for dessert as the list is extensive and enticing!
Meat lovers must try Doris Metropolitan. There is no place better for a nice tender steak in the state of Louisiana. Offering 10 different cuts and an assortment of gourmet sides and appetizers, Doris Metropolitan is the perfect place for a nice piece of red meat and a nice glass of red wine. Fairly new to the French Quarter and only open for dinner, make sure if the weather is nice you get a seat on the outdoor terrace. The restaurant is centrally located right next to Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral and is a short .4 mile walk from the hotel.
Paying homage to New Orleans French roots, Luke offers diners “broad-shouldered dishes that satisfy more than just an appetite.” Chef John Besh’s menu hosts an assortment of European inspired dishes from ragout of wild boar to croque-monsieur to Louisiana shrimp cavatelli, but of course also includes classics like gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish bisque. Located right on St. Charles Ave, .2 miles from the hotel, Luke is a must-visit for foodies looking for an exciting, new dining experience, inspired by tradition.