New Orleans is an amazing city rich in history and diverse activities. It truly warrants more than a weekend’s visit to fully appreciate it. However, if a weekend’s all you got – it’s important to make it count! This travel guide will help you to make the most of your time and keep your appetite for unique cuisine happily satisfied!
Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory, New Orleans has got you covered!
You’ll find this gem at the heart of New Orleans within the French Quarter. If you’re staying anywhere near the Quarter, Stanley is within walking distance right off the historic Jackson Square park. You’ll brush elbows with artists, street performers, tourists, and locals in this alive and bustling part of the city.
Growing up, I had two loves: ice cream and sugary breakfasts. You can then imagine my elation when I read the menu and learned that both of the sweet options came with ice cream as a topping! I sampled both the pancakes and the bananas foster french toast – they were incredible!
New Orleans is known for it’s seafood, and Stanley delivered on all of our seafood expectations!
I can’t think of this place without salivating. If you’re not already a doughnut fan, The District will quickly win you over the the dough-side (you see what I did there)! They have shelves full of “fancy” and “extra fancy” gourmet doughnuts.
Another love of mine is chocolate and peanut butter. If I were stranded on a deserted island, I’d have a jar of each and live quite happily. I gobbled up that Peanut Butter Cup beauty in record time!
Still not a doughnut fan? The fried chicken slider or Monte Cristo croquenut is to die for!
There are so many great places to dine for dinner, but if you must choose one and are willing to pay for a great experience, then you need to head over to Kingfish!
We entered Kingfish as a party of 7. We wanted to make the most of our dining experience so everyone ordered something different. Every single thing, from the appetizers to the specialty drinks, were great! What took home the cake, though, was the barbacoa platter!
Depending on your “hangry” level, you may want to share this meal with 3 to 7 of your closest friends. The large platter includes cornbread, coleslaw, fire-roasted green tomatoes, homemade chips, and a pigs head. Yes – I said pig’s head! Maybe you’re like me, and you had no idea that barbacoa meat came from cow and pig cheek! Once we got over our shock, we all cut off a piece and agreed that it was the best barbacoa we had ever tasted!
Other very noteworthy menu items include the artichoke and collard green gratin, seared gulf fish, molasses cured duck breast and black drum tacos!
If you’re looking for good jazz and a low key alternative to the madness that is Bourbon Street, then make your way to Frenchman Street. The entire street is lined with concert venues and jazz clubs. We wandered into D.B.A., following the rhythmic tunes that were birthed in the heart of New Orleans.
During peak times, this club is standing room only, but well worth cuddling up next to a stranger with a choice beverage.
New Orleans ranks up there with New York as “a city that never sleeps”. So if you’re up that late, why not get a snack? Good thing the historic Cafe Du Monde is open 24/7! What began as a coffee stand in 1862 has now become one of the most famous landmarks in the city! Situated right off of Jackson Square, donning classic green and white striped awnings, you can’t miss it!
You will order beignets – since that’s all that they serve – and you will love them!
I hope that some of these foodie tips have inspired you to take a journey down south – even if it’s just for a weekend. Bon appétit, adventurers!