With countless restaurants peppered around the city, it can be a challenge deciding on where to do. One thing that will quickly make an impression on you is the restaurant’s overall atmosphere. These 9 quirky restaurants have the entire package: a quirky and fun atmosphere and amazingly delicious food.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Biscuits & Buns on Banks
For a delicious breakfast, look no further than Biscuits & Buns on Banks. Their breakfast menu includes everything from stuffed French toast to hearty crab & brie omelettes, this is one place that will quickly become your new favorite restaurant. 4337 Banks St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
2. Dat Dog
From the vibrant colors to their unique hot dogs, Dat Dog is a quirky little joint that’s an absolute must for hot dog lovers. No matter which location you visit, you’re sure to be amazed by these unique hot dogs, which are almost like works of art. Locations: 5030 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 3336 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, and 601 Frenchman St., New Orleans, LA 70116.
This Bywater gem served breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, and it’s worth your while to pop in and stay a while. Their praline bacon will make you fall in love at first bite, we promise. 601 Gallier St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.
4. Jacques-Imo’s Cafe
You’ll find Jacques-Imo’s tucked away on vibrant Oak Street. This quirky joint has been a local favorite since 1996, and it’s time you pay them a visit. Colorful and vibrant describes the atmosphere here, and the food is just as pleasing. Their unique menu includes unique items like shrimp & alligator cheesecake and deep fried po’boys which are just too good to pass up. 8324 Oak St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118.
5. Mona Lisa Restaurant
From the moment you walk in to this Italian restaurant in the French Quarter, you’ll be overwhelmed with photos of Mona Lisa. This tiny restaurant has filled just about every square inch of space with hundreds of Mona Lisas from patrons that have visited during the restaurant’s 30+ years. For hearty Italian cuisine, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Mona Lisa’s. 1212 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116.
6. Rivershack Tavern
It may be a little bit of a drive, but we promise it’s worth the extra effort. This rustic neighborhood tavern nestled along historic River Road has some of the most amazing comfort food you’ve ever tasted. From alligator po’boys to BBQ shrimp, the menu is filled with hearty local cuisine you’re sure to love. 3449 River Rd, Jefferson, Louisiana 70121.
7. Suis Generis
Located in the Bywater Neighborhood, no two visits to Sui Generis are the same. Their menu changes every week depending on what’s in season and it makes for a one of a kind experience. Their talented chefs are constantly creating new dishes, combining flavors that’ll make your taste buds explode. 3219 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117.
8. Tout de Suite Cafe
Just a short ride on the ferry and you’ll find this Algiers Point hidden gem. This cheerful neighborhood eatery has some truly spectacular breakfast and lunch items, covering everything from traditional cuisine to New Orleans classics. They’re cash only, but they have an ATM on site just in case you need to use it. 347 Verret St., Algiers Point, LA 70114.
Located in a converted gas station over on Oak Street, you can’t go wrong with a meal at Cowbell. Their burgers are legendary, and whatever you do, don’t forget to get an order of their famous mac & cheese, it’ll blow you away! 8801 Oak St., New Orleans, LA 70118.
How many of these quirky restaurants have you dined at? Let us know in the comments below!