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New Orleans Magazine

Tops of the Town


A couple of notes: to make the list, a choice had to have a significant number of votes; places without enough votes were eliminated. Categories without enough voters were also removed. Where there was evidence of ballot stuffing (and there wasn’t much) the votes were adjusted accordingly. We know that there are some significant places that didn’t make the list, nevertheless we’re confident that those that are listed are all worthy and are among the tops in their field.

Top Bloody Mary


Ruby Slipper Café

The Ruby Slipper Café’s selection of award winning Bloody Mary’s gives new meaning to the term “rise and shine.” Diners can choose between vodka, house made bacon-infused vodka, or tequila based bloody’s. Pair with the restaurant’s classic breakfast and brunch favorites at any of the city’s five locations (or three locations when in Baton Rouge, Pensacola or Orange Beach.)



King Cake

1. Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery

2. Manny Randazzo

3. Haydel’s Bakery


Fried Chicken

1. Popeye’s

2. Willie Mae’s Scotch House


Poor Boys

1. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

2. Parran’s Po-Boys

3. Domillise’s Po-Boy & Bar



1. Superior Grill

2. Taqueria Corona

3. Juan’s Flying Burrito



1. Tsunami

2. Sake Café

3. Rock N Sake



1. Hooters


Onion Rings

1. Mr. Ed’s Oyster House

2. Hooter’s



1. Midway

1. Pi

3. Katie’s Restaurant



1. Sal’s Sno-Ball Stand

2. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

3. Plum Street Snowballs


Local Grocery Store

1. Rouses

2. Dorignac’s

3. Langenstein’s

3. Zuppardo’s


Local Sandwich Shop

1. Stein’s Deli

2. World Deli

3. Francesca’s


Food Truck

1. Bona Fried


Places for Cajun

1. Mulate’s

2. Cajun Cookery


Places for Creole

1. Creole Cookery


Middle Eastern

1. Saba

1. Byblos

2. Lebanon Cafe


Top Sushi



Tsunami Sushi, located in the CBD, has quickly become one of New Orleans’ favorite places for creative sushi rolls, traditional sashimi and grilled items, along with daily specials, hot sake and desserts.




1. Vincent’s

2. Red Gravy

3. Venezia



1. Hoshun

1. Mikimoto



1. Five Happiness

2. Little China Town



1. Pho NOLA

2. Hoshun



1. La Thai

2. Banana Blossom



1. Little Korea BBQ



1. Saffron NOLA

2. Taj Mahal



1. Superior Grill

2. El Gato Negro

2. Taqueria Corona



1. Saba

2. Avo

2. Baru



1. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

2. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

2. Mr. John’s Steakhouse



1. Company Burger


Hot Dogs

1. Dat Dog

2. Lucky Dog



1. Mulate’s

2. Commander’s Palace

2. Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop


Turtle Soup

1. Commander’s Palace


Coffee House

1. PJ’s


Coffee House For Food

1. PJ’s

2. District Donuts


Dessert Menu

1. Commander’s Palace Sweet Shop

1. Sucre

2. Angelo Brocato

3. Maple Street Patisserie


Ice Cream/Gelato Shop

1. Angelo Brocato

2. Creole Creamery


Place for Seafood

1. Mr. Ed’s Seafood


Place for Raw Oysters

1. Acme Oyster House

2. Drago’s


Barbecue Shrimp

1. Pascal’s Manale


Top Restaurant

1. Commander’s Palace


Top Restaurant in 2018

1. Saba


Restaurant Worth the Drive

1. Middendorf’s

2. Zydeco’s


Top Local Sandwich Shop



Stein’s Deli

Imagine bringing together the best New York bagel shop, Jewish deli and Italian eatery and sprinkle liberally with New Orleans laissez faire attitude and you have Stein’s Market And Deli. Steins serves up customers with cured meats, cheeses, and fully loaded sandwich creations in the lower garden district, as well as attracting a dedicated following of those who drive across town specifically for their loaded specialty sandwiches.



Top Vietnamese




Pho Nola puts a local twist on its traditional dishes; check out “NOLA Combination”  Banh Mi Po-Boy that will give any traditional roast beef poor boy a run for its money.




1. Joel Catering World Deli Pigeon Catering


Outdoor Dining

1. Avo

2. Broussard’s


Fine Dining

1. Commander’s Palace Power Lunch

1. Galatoire’s Commander’s Palace


Neighborhood Restaurant

1. Katie’s Restaurant



1. Superior Grill

1. El Gato Negro


Sports Bar

1. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant


Dive Bar

1. Snake & Jake’s

2. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant


Hotel Bar

1. Carousel Bar


Local Beer

1. Abita

2. Dixie


Happy Hour

1. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant


Craft Cocktail Bar

1. Cure


French Bread

1. Leidenheimer

2. Maple Street Patisserie


Vegetarian Dishes

1. Byblos

2. Sala



1. Ruby Slipper Café



1. Red Gravy



1. Court of Two Sisters


Late Night Dining

1. Hoshun


Live Music

1. House of Blues

2. Tipitina’s


Live Theater

1. Southern Rep

2. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre



1. WWL


3. Magic 101


Carnival Parade

1. Endymion


State Festival

1. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

2. Sugar Festival


New Orleans Festival

1. French Quarter Festival

2. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival



1. New Orleans Museum of Art

2. National WWII Museum


Art Gallery

1. Gallery Osborne

2. Newcomb Gallery



Top Hot Dogs


Dat Dog

The Hawaiian-shirt sporting Dat Dog team have been providing hot dogs with all, and we do mean ALL, the fixins’ since 2011. Since then, that first solo restaurant on Freret Street has grown to a doggone dynasty, with five locations across New Orleans, in Lafayette and College Station, Texas.




1. Barnes and Noble

2. French Library



1. M.S. Rau Antiques

2. Keil’s Antiques


Furniture Store

1. Compass Furniture Lawn/Garden Store

1. Perino’s

2. Jefferson Feed, Pet & Garden


Place to Gamble

1. Harrah’s Casino


Place to Buy Liquor and Wine

1. Martin Wine Cellar

2. Dorignac’s


Top Bank

1. Iberia Bank

2. Fidelity Bank

3. Regions Bank


Top Realtor

1. Robert Ripley

2. Steve Bean


Top Hotel

1. Royal Sonesta

2. Windsor Court

3. Ritz-Carlton


Bed And Breakfast

1. Degas House

2. Terell House


Golf Course

1. TPC

2. Bayou Oaks at City Park



1. Orange Theory


Yoga/Pilates Studio

1. NOLA Pilates


Fitness Studio

1. Orange Theory


Day Spa

1. Woodhouse Day Spa

2. EarthSavers Spa + Store

3. Chronos Body Health Wellness


Dry Cleaner

1. Young’s Dry Cleaning

1. One Cleaners


Men’s Clothing Store

1. Rubensteins

2. Perlis


Womens’ Boutique

1. Bra Genie

2. A. Renee Boutique


Children’s Boutique

1. Auraluz


Local Shoe Store

1. Good Feet Store


Local Jeweler

1. Aucoin Hart


Wedding Dress

1. Wedding Belles

2. Bliss Bridal


Gulf Coast Getaway

1. Beau Rivage


Gulf Coast Hotel

1. Beau Rivage

2. Scarlet Pearl


Local Charity


2. Real Men Wear Pink


Local Craft Brewery

1. Abita

2. Urban South


Top 2018 Restaurant

Top Middle Eastern

Top Tapas




Chef Alon Shaya’s restaurant Saba, the first launch for his own Pomegranate Hospitality Group, attracts guests who are looking to share a home-cooked, modern Israeli menu that is inspired-with a New Orleans twist. Warm and inviting, the menu, which recently grew to include lunch, dinner and a brunch menu is the perfect place for families, date night, and fun with friends Uptown.




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