Live Like A Local: Underrated Food Joints in New Orleans

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It’s time to rediscover the food-scene in New Orleans. The well-versed foodie knows that Cafe Du Monde serves some delicious beignets and that Brennan’s is known for Bananas Foster, but there are some undiscovered food joints that are worth a visit or two in The Big Easy. Here are some of the top picks. 

Fresh food markets are a growing trend and New Orleans has two solid options, St. Roch Market and Dryads Public Market. Like many things in New Orleans, Dryads Public Market is full of history as it was founded in 1847. We like the idea of walking through here, snacking, shopping and talking to the locals.

While St. Roch was established in 1875 not long after Dryads, it recently reopened in 2015 with 13 food-service entrepreneurs serving up delicious eats. Once there, head to the Curious Oyster Company for some seafood. This food joint is run by the founder of Mosquito Supper Club’s famous zydeco brunches, so we know it will be tasty. At Curious pull up a seat at the bar and order a dozen oysters while people watching. Need a caffeine fix after a long flight? Order a rich, smooth cup of coffee at Coast Roast Coffee. This cup of joe is simple and totally satisfying. 


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Another fun food option in New Orleans is a brunch spot called Willa Jean -- this place will satisfy anyone's craving for southern cooking. During brunch, the dishes include a “build a biscuit” option. We suggest added sausage gravy or fried chicken to any biscuit for a rich meal. However, the best part about this place is you can also get lighter options like Progress Farm yogurt and avocado toast, so everyone you travel with is happy and fed. 

And we couldn’t talk about New Orleans’ food scene without mentioning The Company Burger. This place serves the classic American cheese burger, makes all of its own pickles and mayo, and serves natural, hormone- and antibiotic- free meat (let's rejoice). Keep it simple, order The Company Burger — the classic cheeseburger with two patties and the homemade pickles. 

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