Take Out



Café du Monde is a pilgrimage for some and a true "N'Awlins" experience for others. A French Market landmark, the café is renowned for its beignets, which are fried dough covered with powdered sugar. Since opening in 1862, Café du Monde has been the spot locals and tourists flock to for savory chicory coffee, café au lait and light pastry desserts. All can be enjoyed while soaking in the foot traffic of Jackson Square while sitting at the café.



Louisiana cuisine rules here at this more casual Arnaud's-owned restaurant. Po'boys, boiled seafood and the best raw oysters in town. Try the homemade pepper vodka while sucking down raw oysters at the oyster bar. Then enjoy a great meal in the dining area.

Casamento's Restaurant


This unpretentious neighborhood restaurant is a classic. Casamento's best and favorite entrees are those that center on anything oyster-related! In business for nearly 50 years, the food is good and the prices affordable. The restaurant also serves sandwiches and seafood entrees like crab and calamari. The decor features white tiles and mirrors and the staff is friendly. Open for dinner too.

Lebanon's Cafe


Try the stuffed grape leaves or the kabobs at Lebanon's Café and you will be transported to the Middle East! The falafel and hummus are also not to be missed. Visit Lebanon's on a nice day and you might be rewarded with a street-side table, where you can watch the pedestrians running to catch the trolley. If you are a hearty soul, indulge in the Turkish coffee after your meal.

Royal Blend Coffee & Tea Company


With medium and dark roast coffees, and herbal teas on tap, this is a popular French Quarter shop. The Royal Blend is quite aristocratic. The menu features a variety of drink options and includes dessert coffees ranging from flavored choices like Bananas Foster to creamy apricot. Drinkers can buy by the cup or order a few pounds to carry home. There is also a food menu that includes breakfast quiches and a selection of sandwiches for lunch. But it's the java and tea leaves that keep patrons coming back to the Royal Blend. The decor is cozy and features an enclosed courtyard with ponds and fountains.

French Quarter


This restaurant occupies a 19th century Creole townhouse. Peach walls, white molding, antique ceiling fans and an original, coal-burning fire place adorn the adjoining dining rooms. The menu offers seven varieties of main course crêpes, such as the St. Francis, with shrimp, crabmeat and ratatouille cheese sauce, and the St. Peter with asparagus, cheddar, ham or chicken, and hollandaise. Other options include Cajun pasta with shrimp and andouille or seafood platters with fried okra or fries. An appealing breakfast destination as well, Petunia's offers a variety of interesting egg dishes, coffee drinks and other morning favs.

Veranda Restaurant


Within the InterContinental New Orleans is one of the city's most spacious and airy dining rooms. White linens, abundant greenery, and high ceilings provide the backdrop for a menu of Cajun and Creole fare. Breakfast and brunch buffets are popular during the week, and Sunday's jazz brunch is a well-attended event, courtesy of great food, incredible music, and a nip or two of champagne.

Shula's Steak House


Photos from the Miami Dolphins' "perfect season" line the walls at this steakhouse, and don't be surprised when your server passes you a pigskin – it's the menu, after all! The 48-oz Porterhouse headlines buts shares the fanfare with Maine lobster and several selections of fish. For dessert, gratify your cravings with a deadly concoction such as the chocolate soufflé, or opt for a classic like créme brulee or apple cobbler.

Taqueria Corona


Mexican food in a local favorite spot – not much to look at, but great food, especially for a quick and inexpensive lunch! Serves the town's best tacos, and to top it off, try the margarita or sangria. The interior is spacious and sunny. Also open for dinner.



A tiny room bustling with hungry diners, this neighborhood joint has been serving irresistible po-boys since the 1920s. A collection of vintage décor ranging from old Tabasco bottles filled with toothpicks, beer cans, newspapers and photos hints at the establishment's age. Nonetheless, few get tired of the tried and true menu, which offers scrumptious fillings such as pepper wiener and chili, fried shrimp, catfish, turkey, and sweet barbecue, all served on a hearty French bread, and hopefully, complemented by a cold beer.