Late night dining in New Orleans adds another layer of excess to the already indulgent air that permeates the Big Easy.
You might not dream of tucking into an order of wings or a juicy burger or shrimp swabbed with hot sauce and butter after 9 pm at home. But here, where cocktailing goes on around the clock and musicians don't tune up for their late set until well after midnight, the usual rules don't apply. Now we aren't recommending that you throw all rules of dietary caution to the wind forever. But if you're visiting New Orleans to soak in the music, food and culture, that laize en temps vibe isn't dictated by the clock.
You'll generally find more casual fare and bar food available after mainstream dining hours, but there are some exceptions. Nola is one on this list, Emeril's funky eclectic restaurant in the French Quarter seats its last customers for 10, and the kitchen won't rush your feasting. The other rollicking spots tend to be on the loud side, with an emphasis on rib-sticking fare that is more about big flavors than keeping an eye on your weight or salt intake.
But again, you didn't come here to diet, now did you?