Best Friend and I spent about a week in NOLA in July 2015 (as well as time in December 2014 and June 2013). Per usual after this last trip, we got a deluge of requests for recommendations. So, here ya go! Keep in mind we’re flip-flops and jeans folks who hate shopping, would rather wander neighborhoods than museums, think riding public transit is a fun adventure, and usually choose street-cart food over Michelin restaurants. And we like 2pm naps, followed by an HGTV reno show.
- Cochon Butcher
- Verti Marte
- The Company Burger
- Coquette – go to nearby NOLA Brewing for pre/post meal drinks
- Juan’s Flying Burrito – go to the original location
- The Joint – go to nearby Bacchanal for pre/post meal drinks
- Little Bird – popup restaurant
- Ruby Slipper
- Krewe du Brew
- District Donuts
- Corner Muse
- Cafe Luna
I have a Coffeehouse List on Yelp, which has details on many of these (as well as Portland, Maine, Nashville, and Savannah listings).
- Barrel Proof
- NOLA Brewing
- Courtyard Brewery
- Sazerac Bar in Roosevelt Hotel – get the white chocolate bread pudding
- Avenue Pub
- bike tour of the Lower 9th Ward
- walk around the Garden District and Uptown
- WWII Museum
- Metairie cemetery
While we usually stay in awesome places, and usually find Airbnb gems, most of our NOLAness has been in conference hotels. So not many lodging tips. The Hotel Pelham was fine; small and no extra amenities but did the job, especially location-wise (close to the Quarter but not in it, walkable to much). Though after staying downtown on all our trips, I think I’d like to stay in a neighborhood next time, like the Garden District or Uptown.
Best burger I’ve ever had! The Company Burger
Mojo Coffeehouse is awesome. Except for the bathroom.
My ‘I’m sitting next to Aisha Tyler!’ face, at Herbsaint
Fats Dominoe’s house
Lower Ninth bike tour
A friend and his partner wrote this lovely write up after their NOLA trip.