When you’re on vacation, it can be hard to know what’s a tourist trap and what’s more in line with what the locals enjoy. New Orleans has so many amazing restaurants all over the city that you might have trouble knowing where to start. Take a look at a few places in the French Quarter that locals know and love. Use it to guide your eating itinerary — but don’t hesitate to try something else if you wander past a restaurant that piques your interest!

vegetable poke

The raw vegetable poke at Latitude 29 is a spring delight. (Photo courtesy Latitude 29 on Facebook)

5 Places Where Locals Eat in New Orleans’ French Quarter


Brennan’s Restaurant

When to Go: Breakfast/Brunch

What to Order: Bananas Foster

The Scoop: OK, so Bananas Foster isn’t exactly a healthy breakfast item, and Brennan’s is a fine-dining institution that is truly transcendent for any meal you choose. But locals know it’s an unforgettable way to kick off the day… even if you go take a nap afterward.

EAT New Orleans

When to Go: Breakfast/Brunch

What to Order: Eggs Cochon

The Scoop: This sunny spot is BYOB, meaning it’s easy to make breakfast as decadent or as buttoned-up as you choose. The Eggs Cochon is an incredibly hearty dish to keep you sated throughout the morning: pork cake over mustard greens, two poached eggs, Creole hollandaise, with grits and a homemade biscuit.

Felipe’s Taqueria

When to Go: Lunch

What to Order: Chimichanga

The Scoop: Felipe’s is a local chain with a location situated just steps from our hotel. Affordable and so delicious! (Pro tip: Head to Tiki Tolteca upstairs for a tropical-inspired drink)

Latitude 29

When to Go: Happy Hour

What to Order: Vegetable Poke

The Scoop: You don’t need to go far to enjoy this tiki paradise — it’s located right inside our hotel! Happy hour is from 3 – 6 p.m. select days and from 12 – 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Criollo/Carousel Bar & Lounge

When to Go: Breakfast/Late Night

What to Order: Eggs Benedict/Mini Po-Boys

The Scoop: Criollo and Carousel Bar & Lounge are located right next door to each other in our sister property, Hotel Monteleone. We like Criollo for breakfast — it features a rotating daily Eggs Benedict. In need of a late-night snack and some live jazz? Carousel Bar & Lounge has you covered.

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