There is something uniquely wonderful about New Orleans. It can be seen through its people, its food, its music, and so much more.

One well-known part of this city is its food. Perhaps you can find other gastro tourism locations in the world on par with New Orleans but you’re not going to find many that are better. And, you definitely won't be finding any locations that will make you happier.

Lunch is often the most rushed past meal of the day. The point in between other important must-dos. But, if you find yourself in the city of New Orleans, take this moment to truly enjoy what’s available around you. Here is a collection of some of the best lunch options available in New Orleans.


Domilise's Po-Boys

Dating back to 1918, this is the classic New Orleans po'boy experience. It offers a hole-in-a-wall dining experience with delicious food at great prices. Their oyster and shrimp po'boy are always great choices, but they also offer delicious options such as roast beef and gravy, as well as a creative surf & turf po’boy option. Check out their menu.

  • Address -5240 Annunciation Street New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Contact - (504)-899-9126
  • Hours - Mon-Fri 10 am to 6 pm, Sat-Sun 10:30 am to 7 pm
  • Reservations - No
  • Price - $-$$
  • What To Try - fried shrimp or oyster po’boy, dressed

Pascal's Manale

If you want to try a BBQ shrimp po’boy then why not go to the place that invented it. Opened in 1913, this is not only a po’boy destination but a delicious lunchtime stop for oysters. This restaurant has a great old-school feel. The price might be a little higher but you will be hard-pressed to find someone upset about the food they got back in return. Check out their lunch menu.

  • Address - 1838 Napoleon Ave. New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Contact - (504) 895-4877
  • Hours - Tuesday and Saturday 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday and Monday: Closed
  • Price - $$-$$$
  • What To Try - BBQ Shrimp

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Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

Want some delicious southern fried chicken, or maybe some delicious fried catfish? Then you want to stop at Dizzy’s Cafe. Step into its busy dining hall and take a seat. The food here is comfort incarnate, delicious local treats with generous sides. Other delicious options are their gumbo and red beans, and po’boys. You’ll get a lot of delicious for your dollar as long as you’re okay with an active atmosphere. Check out their menu.

  • Address - 1500 Esplanade Avenue New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Contact - (504)-766-8687,
  • Hours - Mon to Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Sun closed
  • Reservations - No
  • Price - $-$$
  • What To Try - Fried Chicken and Catfish

Casamento's Restaurant

Opening way back in 1919, this family-owned oyster classic has been serving the city of New Orleans for over a hundred years. They are more than just a raw oyster spot. Casamento is also known for its oyster loaf which is similar to a fried oyster po'boy but on toasted, thick, white sandwich bread. Its Creole-style gumbo is unique, lighter in color and flavor, and filled with tomatoes and okra. Take a look at their menu.

  • Address -4330 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
  • Contact - (504)-895-9761
  • Hours - Mon to Sat 11 am - 2 pm for lunch and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner, Sun just dinner 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Reservations - No
  • Price - $$
  • What To Try - Raw Oysters and Oyster Loaf

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Willie Mae's Scotch House

This is another southern fried chicken shop. Known as perhaps the best fried-chicken restaurants in the city. Established in 1957 as a bar in New Orleans’ Historic Treme neighborhood, Willie Mae’s Scotch House has been a major part of the city for years. The atmosphere here is casual but do be prepared for a line. Just wait your turn and eventually they will help you out. Take a look at their menu.

  • Address -2401 St. Ann Street New Orleans, LA 70119
  • Contact - (504)-822-9503
  • Hours - Monday to Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday Closed
  • Reservations - No
  • Price - $
  • What To Try - Fried Chicken and Fried Catfish

Neyow's Creole Café

Run by Chef/proprietor Tanya Dubucletm, Neyow’s Creole Café is one of the best stops for great Creole-style cooking. With a relaxed atmosphere, this is a perfect lunch stop. One of the more famous locations in the city, Neyow’s Creole Café is often visited by celebrities or by travel shows. Take a look at their menu.

  • Address - 3332 Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70119
  • Contact - (504)-827-5474
  • Hours - Mon to Thurs 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fri and Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sun 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Reservations - Call and Check
  • Price - $$-$$$

What To Try - Gumbo, Grilled Oysters, and Bow Wow Punch

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