Best Spots to Eat Around the New Orleans Arena



The New Orleans Arena hosts concerts, shows, conventions and sporting events. These activities take place morning noon and night. During all three of those time periods, the human body needs nourishment. Fortunately, the New Orleans dining infrastructure is sound in this area. 

The area in question is generally considered the CBD or Central Business District. There are plentiful restaurants, bistros and cafes all within walking distance. What kind of food types you say? All.

Craving some sushi? Check out Horinoya. Trying to cross a famous New Orleans soul restaurant off your bucket list? Shuffle on down to Mother's and make sure to say yes to "debris" on your po-boy.

The newly minted Pelicans are playing hoops at the arena these days. After a great win, or good game/close loss, head on over to Walk-On's. There, you can commiserate with fellow fans while catching up on the remaining sports action and highlights on the literally hundreds of screens they have up. 

If you happen to be staying at the Hyatt Regency or Loews New Orleans, you could be in for an even more convenient treat. Your lodgings have excellent restaurants right inside of them that you could dine at before heading out for a night on the town. Read the list below to find out which those are (cliffhanger). 




Gordon Biersch is a large restaurant/sports bar on Poydras Street in the heart of New Orleans. The venue has outdoor seating allowing you to view the bustle of the downtown. Inside, their are a handful of plasma television screens as well as...  Read More




Eat - Drink - Cheer is the perfect description of Manning's, the upbeat sports bar and restaurant located in the lively Fulton Street corridor. This is one of the best places to cheer for the home team in New Orleans, a partnership between the...  Read More




The Original Italian Pie is a pizza parlor type restaurant located in the CBD of New Orleans. They have been around for a good long while, cooking up inventive pizza pies that locals have clamored about since 1992. Besides their delicious...  Read More




Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar is located on Poydras Street in the CBD of New Orleans. Close by to both the New Orleans Arena and the Superdome, this joint is the preeminent spot to be for pre- and post-game food and drinks. Walk-On's has...  Read More




Mother's has been a New Orleans tradition since the 1940's and it is still creating happy customers today. If you are looking for a hearty breakfast or a "meat and three" for supper and don't mind standing in line, this cafeteria-style eatery is...  Read More




Capdeville takes a British ale house and throws an American spin on it. Located in the CBD of New Orleans, and tucked away, this spot is truly one of a kind. The drinks are always flowing and the crowds friendly and usual. The burgers, fries and...  Read More




Reginelli's is a pizza joint with a few spots around town (one in the CBD and the other in Uptown). They offer more than just pies though, with specialty salads, pastas, sandwiches and calzones gracing the menu. They've been a staple college...  Read More




Borgne is a seafood restaurant located inside the Hyatt Regency in the CBD of New Orleans. Superstar chef John Besh overseas this restaurant, which he created along with the menu which features Coastal Louisianan cuisine. The restaurant serves...  Read More




Located in the fab Loews Hotel, the Brennan family-run Café Adelaide is named for colorful Ti Adelaide Martin, co-owner of big sister restaurant Commander's Palace. You'll be happy starting with the bacon and cornmeal crusted fried oysters, and...  Read More


Johnny Sánchez
Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono


The Mexican love child of local uber chef John Besh and Food Network wunderkind Aarón Sánchez, Johnny Sánchez is the best thing to happen to Poydras Street since Sculpture for New Orleans. A place that gives the option of roasted grasshoppers...  Read More


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Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

Beth writes about New Orleans and other destinations for outlets...  More About Beth

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