The Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

///The Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

The Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

Want to eat like a local in NOLA?  Here are the best New Orleans Eats!

I’d like to thank my friends at Cambria Hotels for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting companies who support Running in a Skirt.


Hello! Hello!

I’m so excited to share more of my recent New Orleans trip today.  I shared highlights from my trip Tuesday, but the food was so good that it deserved its own post!

My trip was all part of that pretty spectacular Cambria Hotels Blogger Shuffle I did earlier this month.  The hotel just opened a brand new location in New Orleans, and is about to open one in Asheville. To celebrate the openings, they sent the Hubs and I to New Orleans to explore. As part of the swap, they’re also sending New Orleans bloggers, Babes and Beignets (who created this amazing itinerary for my trip!) to Asheville this upcoming weekend.

We loved staying in the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District.  It was in the perfect location to see all the sites, try the fun bars and eat the New Orleans best eats!  One of the best parts about the hotel was it had its own local vibe that was true to NOLA.

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The rooms were upscale, cozy and so pretty.  Make sure to check out my first post to learn more about the rooms in the hotel and why we enjoyed it so much.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Other than staying in the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District, one of my favorite parts of my New Orleans trip was all of the incredible food and drinks we had.  The Hubs and I have talked about wanting to go back just to try more restaurants because they were so good.  Because of that and the fact that I took way too many pictures of just my food… I thought I’d share my Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks today.

Happy eating!

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

I spent a lovely 48 hours in New Orleans and these were my favorite eats and drinks while I was there….

Best Drinks

Cambria Hotel & Suites Bar

The bar at Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District is really pretty.  It just opened with the hotel and is so new they are still working on a name but I’m sure whatever they come up with will be charming and fun.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

They are offering handcrafted cocktails that rival any in town.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

I loved my tasty mixed drink and enjoyed having such a lovely place to relax in the hotel.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

They also offer whisky flights and beer flights as well.

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

Victorian Lounge

The Victorian Lounge has a local vibe that feels like you are walking back in town.  The bar is cozy and this mojito was fresh and delicious.

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Hot Tin

The Hot Tin bar has tasty drinks and even better views.  We happened to go to this rooftop bar on a foggy evening, but you can only imagine how much better the views would be on a clear day.

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Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street is crazy, dirty and everything you think it might be.  But since I’d never been to New Orleans before I wanted just one drink on the strip.  This crazy daiquiri did NOT disappoint.  It may not have been as classy as the other drinks, but it will be one to remember.

Check that off the bucket list!

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

Best Eats

Cafe Du Monde

One of the most famous places to eat in New Orleans is Cafe Du Monde and it lived up the hype.  The short menu makes you realize that they have faith in their classics.

There was a really long line out the door on Sunday but when we went back Monday morning we walked right in.  The small tables are crammed together and waitresses rush by to bring the goodies.  It’s super casual and hectic but somehow still pleasant.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

The beignets were little pillows of sweet heaven.  I’m not much of a donut or pastry fan, but these were incredible.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

See how light they are?  So amazing.  I’d put Beignets and Coffee at Cafe Du Monde has one of the more unique food experiences in the city.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

Willa Jean

For a more modern breakfast or brunch we also tried Willa Jean and it was also really good.  To start I ordered some homemade banana bread.  It was just sweet enough and really tasty.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

The main event was the Huevos Rancheros which were very tasty.  This is one of my all time favorite dishes and I loved their version.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

The menu was also filled with biscuit sandwiches and fun versions of avocado toast making it a perfectly hip brunch spot

Royal House

For a quick lunch and oyster break we stopped at the Royal House, which was a pretty touristy place right on Royal Street.  While it was slightly cheesy, the best part was sitting on their tiny wrought iron lined balcony and people watching.

They oysters were also no joke!  I loved both the raw ones…

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

… as well as the chargrilled ones!  I wish I could recreate these at home because they were nothing short of incredible.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

Napoleon House

Napoleon House is another touristy find in the French Quarter.  Despite it’s location this restaurant still gave us one of more memorable meals on the city.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

The Hubs started with a craft beer that he really liked.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

We also shared a classic shrimp po’boy which was even more delightful than I imagined.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

I’d had things before that I thought were po’boys but this one was SO much better.  Leave it to New Orleans to do food right.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

The Hubs also got a Muffaletta.  I didn’t try it because of the meat, of course…. but we heard it was another classic New Orleans dish he needed to try before we left.  He loved it.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

We also tried the Shrimp Gumbo which was so tasty.  I want to try to make a version of this at home!

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks



We were in the city two nights, which meant two lovely New Orleans dinners.  Our first night we went to a classic New Orleans restaurant, Brennan’s.  Brennan’s has been around since the 40’s and still totally impressed us.

Once again the chargrilled oysters were a hit.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

We splurged and also had their lobster appetizer, which was really good.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

For my main dish I had a delicious tuna with black eyed peas.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

For dessert we shared a chocolate dish with savory sweet potato chips.  The classic New Orleans setting, impeccable service, charming people and even better food made this such a memorable meal for us.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks


GW Fins

Our second and last night in town we dined at GW Fins.  This meal was another delightful splurge that was worth every bite!

It started with Lobster Dumplings… which were basically pillows of heaven.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

Next we shared a poached pear and beet salad.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

For our dinners we shared two fish dishes, which were equally incredible.

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

I’d honestly come back to New Orleans just to eat here again.  The food was so delicious!

Best New Orleans Eats & Drinks

These best New Orleans eats were some of the most memorable meals I’ve had!  This city knows how to do food right.


Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District

I hope that if you decide to visit New Orleans you’ll consider staying in the Cambria Hotel New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District.

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I know you’ll love this hotel as much as we did!  If you go, don’t forget to tell them I sent ya!

48 Hours in New Orleans What to See and Do / Running in a Skirt

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Your turn!

What would you HAVE to have?

By | 2020-06-02T17:06:19-04:00 December 18th, 2017|Southeast Travel, Travel|37 Comments


  1. Evan Kristine January 9, 2018 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing these nice eats and drinks from New Orleans! I am seriously drooling as I read this all the way down. Really makes me crave for some chargrilled oysters, classic shrimp po’boy, and for beignets. Thanks for sharing! These foods are incredible!

  2. Andrea on Vacation December 21, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

    All the food looks so good- especially all your chargrilled oysters! yum!

  3. Kristy from Southern In Law December 20, 2017 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Woah, that dacquiri is definitely a bucket list item, haha!

    I totally need to find out if I can get GF beignets anywhere because that’s what I really want to try in NOLA!

  4. CourtneyLynne December 19, 2017 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Oooo so many yummy eats!!! I would love to visit new oleans one day!!! Definitely on my travel bucket list

  5. Tami December 19, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Hubby and I have discussed visiting New Orleans, but have never made the plans. I am glad to have a list of places to dine when we do go.

  6. Annmarie December 19, 2017 at 5:59 am - Reply

    I have ALWAYS wanted to go to New Orleans! Looks amazing…now I want to go even more 🙂

  7. Kelly December 18, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    New Orleans is the best. What a great city. Looks like you had a blast!

  8. Nicole @ Fitful Focus December 18, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    That hotel looks awesome!! I’ll have to look into that the next time I go. And all those restaurants and bars… I’m DROOLING!!!

  9. Christine December 18, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I’m literally drooling as I read through this post!! So many amazing things to eat + drink!

  10. Scott December 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been to NO. We ate at a couple places, but none looked as nice as these!

  11. Sarah December 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Looks and sounds like an amazing trip! I was all about the Beignets!

  12. Whitney E, R.D. December 18, 2017 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love NOLA + food is one of it’s best aspects! Looks like you had such a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing in on all of your fun 🙂

  13. Emily December 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Saving this post for when I visit my brother in Spring! All looks sooo yummy!

  14. Alisa Fleming December 18, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! I’ve never been to NOLA but it’s on my bucket list. It never really occurred to me how great the cuisine would be.

  15. Jessica Levinson December 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had an amazing time checking out all the food and drinks during your trip to New Orleans! Loved seeing the pictures too! Definitely a great experience!

  16. Anna December 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Great, I’m hungry and just reading and seeing all of your photos just made me even more hungry! All of that food just looks absolutely delicious….. even the mussels!

  17. Rachel December 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    One of my favorite things about traveling is trying new restaurants. I bet all this food tasted amazing!

  18. Abbey Sharp December 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Wow looks like it was a lovely time! Those beignets look INCREDIBLE

  19. Heather Johnson December 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    The Lobster Dumplings sound absolutely divine! I need to go to New Orleans with my family again!

  20. [email protected] December 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    So much great food in New Orleans. I always say one of these times I go I need to run a race while I am there. That way I will not feel guilty about all the food I eat.

  21. Liz Mays December 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    How fun! I’ve really enjoyed my trips to New Orleans. The food is definitely a good reason to take a trip down there.

  22. Susie @ Suzlyfe December 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    New Orleans is so delicious. I found a little side street that became my mecca–Green Goddess and Nine Roses was there, and Kingfish was a block away, and those were my favorite eats!

  23. Joline December 18, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

    That’s a lot of great food! I’d love to visit NOLA, if only for those beignets 🙂

  24. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers December 18, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Holy moly, those Beignets look amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had one before, even when I went to New Orleans, which is crazy. I need to change that!

  25. Erinn December 18, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Wow what an incredible trip! I’ve never been to New Orleans, but the food might be a great excuse to go! Mojitos are my favorite mixed drink 😉

  26. Laura December 18, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

    I would love to go there sometime and eat that Huevos Rancheros 🙂

  27. Nellwyn December 18, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

    I’d love to go to New Orleans one day so I’ll have to keep this post in mind. Those beignets look incredible!

  28. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups December 18, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    The food in New Orleans is so amazing!!!! I am so hungry now lol.

  29. Lorie December 18, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    You clearly ate and drank like a queen! And of course I scrolled right to the beignets to start! Ha!

  30. Neely Moldovan December 18, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Hard to believe ive never been to NO but I can’t wait to go someday. I always hear how grea the food is!

  31. Wendy December 18, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

    The last time I was in NOLA was pre-kids! We need to go back. How far is the Cambria from the French Quarter?

  32. Deborah Brooks December 18, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

    You sure packed in a lot of yummy eats into one weekend!

  33. Lisa Ballantyne December 18, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    All of the food looks amazing! I would never be able to choose just one dish! And those drinks–WOW!

  34. [email protected] December 18, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Hopefully will get to NOLA at some point. Did you get to enjoy music while there? I know that is what my husband and I would be interested in if we visit there.

  35. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real December 18, 2017 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Savory sweet potato chips sounds like the perfect addition to a dessert dish! Everything looks so delicious Julie! seems like you had no problems with food on the trip.

  36. Beth Ann Chiles December 18, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Now I feel like I need to drop everything and go to New Orleans. It is on my bucket list–one of the few places I have not visited but I will one day!

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