When you think New Orleans, food has to be one of the first things that pop into your mind. With a wealth of cultural influences shaping our cuisine, NOLA is the destination for a variety of food from across the world…with our own signature twist. Whether you are in town for a visit or looking to take a client out for lunch, the central business district is home to a variety of tastes and flavors to satisfy your hunger pangs.
Here are some of the area’s top rated spots according to diners on Yelp:
If you’re more in the mood for a traditional sit-down spot with NOLA flare, Creole House has to be in consideration. With Cajun/Creola recipes you know the seafood is going to pop with the signature Bayou flavor that can’t be replicated elsewhere. From gumbo and jambalaya to fried alligator, Creole House is a top pick for locals and tourists alike.
Acclaimed chef John Besh’s Lüke is known for its “disarmingly home-spun culinary touches and broad-shouldered dishes that satisfy something more than just an appetite.” With delicious food that’ll have you coming back for more at an affordable price (gotta love those happy hour oysters!), Lüke is likely to serve you up some of the best French and seafood cuisines in the area.
Out late or early riser? Lüke has you covered on that front as well with its breakfast and brunch menus that start serving at 7 am.
With a name like Acme Oyster House, you know where you need to start your food journey. But don’t stop there! While the oysters are the cream of the crop, so are Acme’s po’boys. Be sure to give one a try as well. A staple of NOLA for over 100 years now (est. 1910), Acme is a local favorite with franchises across the Gulf area.
If you’re thinking a chain might not have the same quality as other New Orleans spots, you haven’t tried Acme yet.
Topping the list is the Latin American food truck maestros at Rolling Fatties. A lunch staple for the area, RF is a Monday to Friday lunch operations (11am-2pm) that seems to specialize in just about everything they make. Diners rave about the bowls, burritos and nachos all the time, and so does the local news! Times Picayune readers made Rollin Fatties the #1 food truck in the city. If you haven’t yet, give it a try as soon as possible.
With amazing drinks and delicious Asian fusion and tapas, Victory is a must-visit. Visitors equally rave about the precision mixology at Victory as well as its Creola pizza, truffle popcorn and crab dip. Keep in mind Victory is less a traditional restaurant and more a bar. If you’re looking for an expansive menu you may want to choose elsewhere. With that in mind, definitely swing by for a drink and some food because, like Victory says, “YOU deserve it.”