New Orleans Homestyle Eats: Food like Yamomanem' Makes

Homestyle food is the type that yamomanem' make, as they say in these parts.  This kind of comfort food is not necessarily fancy, although the flavors are deep and layered.  Instead, New Orleans homestyle cuisine is simply delicious, infusing even basic ingredients, like okra and bell peppers, chicken and local seafood, with careful attention to detail, from the making of the roux to the last bite of bread pudding at the end of the meal.

In New Orleans, homestyle cooking is commonplace. Many places have secret recipes and methods they use for creating just about everything on their menu.  Portions are heaping, and family style ordering is often recommended, all the better to try more of the dishes that make New Orleans a food lover's paradise. A few bowls of gumbo, shrimp appetizer, and a couple plates of fried food can easy feed a party of four.

Comfort food can include soulful southern dishes like Willie Mae's fried chicken, or a more New Orleans specific  speciality like the many derivations of gumbo served at the Gumbo Shop. 

When you are looking for authentic New Orleans taste, complete with the loving hard work that goes into cooking, check out these top New Orleans homestyle restaurants. 

Bon Ton Cafe


Located in a historic 19th century building, this restaurant's interior " exposed brick walls, checkered tablecloths, wrought iron fixtures " is the epitome of old New Orleans. Feeding New Orleanians for more than a century, the Bon Ton...  Read More



Mother's is the well-known Creole staple of the New Orleans foodie scene. Lines can be seen funneling into the door of this Poydras Street hot spot, as patrons lean in to catch a whiff of the tasty cuisine offered inside. The Gumbo and crawfish...  Read More



In a city that's po'boy proud, Liuzza's at the Track stands out from the crowd, thanks to the house specialty, a buttery, Worcestershire-fueled gi-normous portion of gulf shrimp slathered between a hot and crusty roll. It's called barbecue...  Read More

Historic Bywater


With tasty Southern cuisine at reasonable prices, this Bywater neighborhood standby is popular with locals and visitors alike. Weekend brunch earns a wild fan base for its copious portions of grillades and grits - think smothered steak and red...  Read More

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
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A down-home setting and authentic gumbo make Li'l Dizzy's a must for anyone seeking a genuine New Orleans dining experience. The cafe is family owned and the welcome is genuine and warm. The gumbo is family recipe that includes fresh, local...  Read More



The Gumbo Shop is the perfect place for a fun, casual lunch served in a small, cozy, characteristically New Orleans setting. Visit this local favorite often and sample a variety of savory gumbos, including chicken andouille gumbo, seafood okra...  Read More



Tujague's is a Southern-Creole restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans that is stretching its boundaries, adding some new dishes to the menu while still maintaining its longtime favorites. The second oldest eatery in town, Tujaque's has...  Read More



Fried chicken is like gumbo in New Orleans - everybody has an opinion about who dishes the best, and discussions pro and con can be as heated as a political debate. Willie Mae's Scotch House in the Treme is a hole in the wall joint that always...  Read More



Known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," Leah Chase has fed Quincy Jones, Jesse Jackson, Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and countless others. Ray Charles was such a fan that he wrote Early in the...  Read More

K - Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
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Before there was Emeril, there was Paul Prudhomme, who is credited with introducing the world to Louisiana's Cajun flavors in the 1980s. His 200-seat restaurant (named for his wife, K) has three kitchens and a bakery that serves as testament to...  Read More


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.

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