Updated on September 1, 2015
Time for Mardi Gras weekend!! Tonight, Endymion will be rolling and tomorrow night is my favorite parade, BACCHUS! Although I enjoy all the parades, this one is the one I look forward to each and every year. However, before the night parades, you need to grab something to eat and there is no time or need to sit down at a fancy restaurant. Next up are some great quick/cheap eats!
So there will be no straight Po-boy places in this post as they will get a post all to themselves but they could have fit in this category as well! In no particular order:
For those that read the Top 5 Dinner Places they may have seen my tip about going around the corner to this spot if Cochon is too crowded. Butcher is an absolute must if you are downtown or in the Warehouse district. Located In the back of the main restaurant with the door around the corner, this sandwich shop it OUTSTANDING. From the Pork Belly sandwich to the Mac-n-Cheese, you will not be disappointed. On top of their regular menu they also have daily specials and usually special Mardi Gras desserts. Finally, although this is a small sandwich shop with about 8 tables, there are plenty of adult beverages (as with most places in New Orleans).
Port of Call
If you want burgers and a strong fruity alcoholic drink, then this is your place! Located on Esplanade about mid way between Rampart and Decatur, this low lit bar and grill serves up awesome burgers, baked potatoes and a few other items. If I want a burger, then this is my place. Give me a burger, a baked potato and Neptune’s Monsoon and I am a very happy camper. Just keep heading down bourbon away from the Central Business District and hang a left when you hit Esplanade. Coat that stomach with some grease before heading back to Pat O’s!
This bar is not only a great place to eat but also has TONS of TVs and a huge beer selection both on tap and in the bottles! Located Uptown at the Riverbend this is a favorite spot for watching sporting events and having some awesome, unique bar food. Seafood, burgers, Po-boys, boudin, chili-cheese fries, it’s all here. Last time I was here I had an Alligator Po-boy, waffle fries, oysters on the half shell and a cold Abita beer to wash it down. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Juan’s Flying Burrito
Switching the food up a little bit we get to one of my favorite mexican places! They now have three locations at Mid-City, CBD and the Garden District. I have only been to the Garden District location but I’m sure they are all equally good. If you decide you aren’t in the mood for bar or creole food then this is a great options for some burritos, Tacos, Quesadillas, etc. All you need to know is that they have all the mexican favorite you would think of and they are all great!
Located on St. Charles avenue in Garden District, this BBQ joint is a place I seem to stop at every time I am in New Orleans. Great meats, great sauces and Abita beer. I really love it all but make sure to get Corn Pudding as one of your sides, that is definitely the best one.
There you have it. I’m sure there are several great places that I missed and we will delve into some Po-Boy joints tomorrow, but you will have a great meal at any of theses places. Enjoy, and Happy Mardi Gras!