At classic New Orleans diner, Camellia Grill, the waiters’ jackets are white, the cloth napkins are crisp, and everything from the service to the prices will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. There are no tables – just a long countertop – so grab a seat and wait to be charmed by the friendly staff.
If you only eat one thing: The chicken and sausage gumbo followed by the chocolate pecan pie.
Find it: 626 South Carrollton Ave, 70118
If culinary excellence were a crime, the chefs at Galatoire’s Bistro would certainly do time
New Orleans is overflowing with markets, but the new-ish Roux Carre market, with vendors serving ready-to-eat dishes, is a cultural standout. Head to Estralita’s Express for Nola staples, jambalaya and gumbo, or visit The Splendid Pig, whose chefs will be busy whipping up blue crab cakes and twisting pork into shredded (cochon de lait) po’boys. Meanwhile, Johnny’s Jamaican Grill is the place to go for jerk chicken and curried shrimp.
If you only eat one thing: Look out for The Papusa Lady, who fries up delicious Salvadorian cheese and meat patties, and also makes a mean ceviche.
Find it: 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, 70113