10Best places to eat when you're heading to the Smoothie King Center

The New Orleans Smoothie King Center is ground zero for concerts, shows, conventions and sporting events. It's a safe bet that if you're heading in that direction, you're going to need to graze.  Situated on the edge of the Central Business District, the arena is surrounded by restaurants of all stripes, from casual sports bars to French bistros, all within walking distance.

What are you craving? From tacos to po'boys, sushi to burgers and fries, it's game on at these area eateries.

The wildly popular 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 that circle the bar. 

If you happen to be staying at the Hyatt Regency or Loews New Orleans, satisfying your hunger is even easier at the excellent restaurants onsite.



Gordon Biersch is a large restaurant/sports bar on Poydras Street in the heart of the CBD, close to Harrah's and the Convention Center and an easy walk to the game. The venue has outdoor seating allowing you to view the bustle of the downtown....  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



Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar is located on Poydras Street in the CBD of New Orleans. Close by to both the Smoothie King Center 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

Copper Vine
Photo courtesy of Brandt Vicknair


Copper Vine is what would happen if a swank wine bar married a craft beer joint. Owned by Brechtel Hospitality Group (BHG), the same company behind Fulton Alley and the Walk Ons franchise up the block, Copper Vine is a gorgeous spot close to the...  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

Monkey Board
Photo courtesy of Marriana Massey for the Troubadour


Rooftop hotel bars are popping up all over New Orleans, popular at the Ace, Hotel Pontchartrain and longtime fave Hotel Monteleone. The new Troubadour Hotel, a slick CBD redo of a former office building, is leading the pack with Monkey Board, a...  Read More


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