Louisiana’s Northshore has so many amazing things to see and do, and what makes it even better is its proximity to New Orleans. I thought it was about time to experience more of what the Crescent City has to offer. And of course, the best place to start is with food!

French Quarter New Orleans

While this photo shows the French Quarter somewhat quiet, we all know the area is bustling with excitement!

Part I – French Quarter Food

The French Quarter has been the backdrop for movies such as The Pelican Brief and Girls Trip, and it has been in the forefront for events including Mardi Gras and the Sugar Bowl.  However, nothing makes the Quarter stand out more than the endless food options. While there are too many to list, I offer some suggestions for each meal of the day:

Breakfast – If you want a meal to start your day off on the right note, I suggest Maison Soule. The Bananas Foster Waffle will bring a smile to your face and plenty of calories to keep you going for several hours (as in until lunchtime).

Lunch – Although it is considered a tourist destination, I still think NOLA is a great place for lunch. The menu lives up to the name, with offerings including gumbo, frog legs and alligator sausage. I wasn’t feeling that adventurous at the time, so I ordered the basic shrimp and grits. It really doesn’t matter what you order, as it will likely be one of the most delicious meals you’ve had recently.

Dinner – Face it, you are going to overindulge, as New Orleans’ food is so incredible. So what is my favorite restaurant for dinner? That is impossible to answer, because New Orleans knows how to serve up a great end-of-day meal. However, here are three in definite contention: 1. Luke (I just love the name as it reminds me of my favorite movie, Cool Hand Luke – Fantastic Cajun and Creole fare. 2. Restaurant R’evolution – Delicious Creole menu and extensive wine list. 3. GW Fins – Incredible seafood menu options that the locals love.

beignets in the French Quarter

Make it a point to enjoy New Orleans’ signature dessert, beignets!

My final recommendation is this—do not forget to order some beignets. These doughy masterpieces must be had during your trip!