10 Best New Orleans Lunch Joints for the Starved and Hungry

Kristopher Neild

By , Local Expert, New Orleans
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In the hierarchy of New Orleans meals, lunch is holding hands with brunch at the top spot. A person needs energy to handle a full day of this vivacious city, and a plate full of fried chicken and red beans and rice can be that necessary fuel. 

The tradition of enjoying a good mid-day meal can be traced back to the early New Orleanians; they lived to  enjoy a bowl of gumbo and a glass of tea (or mint julep) on their sprawling Victorian front porches. Fast forward to today, where you can enjoy the same food in similar atmospheres at the likes of Commander's Palace or Antoine's

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    Commander's Palace

    Commander's Palace is a New Orleans mecca; the turtle soup and bread pudding are slam dunks.

    Local Expert Tip: "25 cent martinis at lunch. That's all there is to say. "

  • 2

    Crabby Jack's

    Crabby Jack's has some of the best shrimp po-boys in town, perfect for quelling even the worst lunch cravings.

    Local Expert Tip: "Crabby Jack's takes an annual summer break, so check their website before stopping by."

  • 3

    Dooky Chase's Restaurant

    Dooky Chase's is a primo power lunch spot serving up unbeatable soul food.

    Local Expert Tip: "If it's one of those "I could eat a horse" days, go for the lunch buffet."

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    Mother's may be the most talked about New Orleans restaurant outside of city. Go see why.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you are asked whether you want "debris" on your po-boy and aren't sure what they are, just say yes. "

  • 5

    Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

    A "don't judge a book by its cover" hole-in-the-wall, Li'l Dizzy's sure can cook up a mean pot of gumbo.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pass on KFC and head here for fried chicken."

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    Palace Cafe

    Palace Cafe has perfected the art of piling loads of seafood on top of mixed greens, making for delicious lunches.

    Local Expert Tip: "Great place to combine eating lunch and avoiding tourist crowds."

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    Cafe Reconcile

    Cafe Reconcile combines delicious food with a city trying desperately to help advance their youth.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pair the fried cat fish with any of the sides and you'll be good to go."

  • 8

    Antoine's Restaurant

    Antoine's rivals any other joint on this list in terms of traditional ambiance, decor and class.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out the three-course lunch special"

  • 9

    Red Gravy

    Red Gravy is an authentic Italian restaurant known for lunch, a rarity in this city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't leave without trying the meatballs."

  • 10

    El Gato Negro

    Some people like to get a little loose at lunch. El Gato Negro's margaritas will help achieve that goal.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is where to go for an authentic Mexican lunch."



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