What's for lunch in New Orleans' Garden District

The Garden District in New Orleans is usually associated with shopping and mansion ogling, but there are plenty of dining options to fit any appetite and occasion.  Magazine Street is ground zero for both shopping and nibbling, with many a sidewalk cafe and po-boy joint there for the grazing.  

If an upscale experience is the ticket, Commander's Palace one of New Orleans's most beloved restaurants, is a great place to reserve a table for lunch. Before or after, just across Washington Avenue is the white-walled Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 , one of the most beautiful in the city and a frequent backdrop featured in Anne Rice novels.

If it's rib-sticking you need, Parasol's has a massive roast beef po-boy that deserves attention. For a break from Creole fare, Byblos has inventive, light Mediterranean dishes on the menu and Stein's dishes authentic Jewish deli. Simply let your hunger point you in the right direction and dig in.



A favorite with the locals, this eatery's the perfect spot to spend a leisurely morning. Beverage selections are of the non-alcoholic variety, including fruit and vegetable juices, Abita root beer and organic coffee. Menu favorites include the...  Read More



Chef Justin Devillier and his wife/partner Mia Freiberger-Devillier operate this refined lunch and dinner restaurant that turns any meal into a special occasion. With its Magazine Street setting, La Petite makes an ideal lunch break if you're...  Read More



Parasol's has been a New Orleans mainstay for years, tucked away in the Irish Channel portion of the Garden District. The bar/restaurant is known for a few things, one being their huge St. Patty's day blow outs. Parasol's is also known for...  Read More



Tracey's was the original bar in New Orleans' Irish Channel, opened in 1949, a sports bar known for hefty sandwiches, cold beer and great drink specials 11 am to 7 pm. Monday through Thursday. Sports fans gawk endlessly at the 20 flat screens...  Read More

Arana Taqueria Y Cantina
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Arana Taqueria y Cantina, home to local chef Richard Papier, is a popular Magazine Street specializing in flavorfuil Mexican cuisine. The name, which means spider in Spanish, is a nod to the chef's longtime nickname. Look for slow braised pork,...  Read More



Lunch is called brunch at Atchafalaya, a Thursday through Monday 10am - 2:30pm great idea thanks to chef Jacob Cureton's inventive take on contemporary creole cuisine. Touted as New Orleans' only "five A" restaurant, this funky neighborhood...  Read More

Commander's Palace
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Driving by the blue Victorian facade of Commander's Palace in the Garden District of New Orleans immediately invokes curiosity. What's in there? Just a five star upscale restaurant whose kitchen was tended to by a young pre-famed Emeril Legasse...  Read More

Joey K's
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Joey K's is a neighborhood treasure, a Garden District go-to for locals and visitors alike. Situated on busy Magazine, Joey K's serves soulful Creole specialties like overstuffed po-boys, red beans & rice and fried seafood. Come hungry,as...  Read More

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
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Superior Seafood, located on the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles delivers solid seafood options right on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. Housed in a building that was once a stable for the mules that pulled the street cars along before...  Read More



Delachaise is that mystery spot that you might cruise right by without noticing during a daylight trip on the St. Charles streetcar. But the frankly Francophone menu works perfectly for lunch and afternoon munch on the weekends. Come evening,...  Read More


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