Kid-Friendly Restaurants in New Orleans Satisfy Families on the Go

New Orleans, a city that dearly loves good eats, isn't just about fancy Creole cuisine. Downhome, kid-friendly restaurants abound, places that can deliver for even the most notoriously picky eaters. On the run, a bowl of gumbo or a po-boy gets dished up fast, important to know since a hungry child is also a cranky child. If everybody wants to try something different, head to the French Market, the souvenir Mecca that also has food stalls proffering everything from oysters on the half shell for dad to po-boys for the kids and a healthy salad for mom. Why not give the kids an allowance for lunch and turn them loose after making a meeting point at one of the market’s common dining areas? They’ll be able to choose from everything from jambalaya to fried seafood and organic smoothies, a fun experience for everybody. Or head to these kid-friendly joints around town in neighborhoods from the French Quarter and the Bywater to uptown and the Garden District. Kid tested, each of these restaurants offers menu options to please both kids and parents, and mom and dad can even have a cocktail while the kids are chowing. Now that's what we call family friendly.



Conveniently located on Poydras in the CBD, Garden District and Uptown, Reginelli's dishes more than just great pizza. Sure, you can get your hand-tossed pie topped with the likes of roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. And...  Read More



Liuzza's by The Track is a local gem famous around the city - the country, maybe even the world - for its gumbo. Made with a dark roux base, this gumbo is packed with freshly cooked seafood, homemade local sausage, 13 spices and a few secret...  Read More

Historic Bywater


With tasty Southern cuisine at reasonable prices, this Bywater neighborhood standby is always bustling with a mix of locals, business and tradesmen and out of towners. Lunch features po' boys, burgers, chicken salad, and homestyle daily platters...  Read More

Grand Isle Restaurant
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Grand Isle is the strip of land off mainland Louisiana known for its amazing fishing. Grand Isle Restaurant, with its menu of fresh local seafood and vintage photos channeling the same gulf goodness as its namesake. Situated on busy Fulton...  Read More

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
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Don't miss a meal at this Treme Creole gem on leafy Esplanade Avenue, where chef-owner Wayne Baquet and his friendly team serve belly-filling breakfasts and flavorful soul food in a down-home setting. Specializing in authentic cuisine made...  Read More



Adolfo's, on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans is a quirky, homey Italian eatery upstairs from the Apple Barrel Inn bar. Arrive when they open to avoid a wait - reservations aren't the norm unless you have a large party. Order garlic bread to...  Read More



Now with three locations, this colorful joint features indoor/outdoor dining, a full bar and sometimes live music. There are dogs of all breed, from polish sausage and brat to alligator, red hot and crawfish sausage. There's even the Sea Dog -...  Read More

Jamila's Cafe


Tucked away on lovely Maple Street in the Black Pearl section of uptown, this Tunisian eatery is an oasis of gracious service, authentic flavors and local ingredients. Try the crawfish, zucchini and spinach bisque, lamb chops or lamb tagine and...  Read More



Head uptown to the Camellia Grill on South Carrollton for outstanding breakfast, Dagwood-sized sandwiches and treats like milkshakes and homemade pie. You may have to line up for a table, so feed the young'uns pretzels while you wait - it will...  Read More



Shake Sugary is a locally owned creative bakery located on the buzzing St. Claude Avenue corridor that flanks the Marigny/Bywater neighborhoods. The love child of owner Dawn Snead, who earned her degree in Baking & Pastry Arts from Johnson...  Read More


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