The Best Seafood Spots in New Orleans
When it comes to New Orleans food, jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo, and seafood are the first foods that come to mind. New Orleans is known for its large seafood boils featuring hot sausage, crawfish, crab legs, corn, and potatoes. Another seafood staple of New Orleans, also known as NOLA, is shrimp and grits. It’s good ol’ comfort food with a nice kick to it. When visiting New Orleans, especially if you’re a seafood lover like myself, you’re going to have so many restaurant choices that it’s going to blow your mind. Really, your only problem when it comes to seafood in New Orleans is what restaurant you’re going to try first. Here are some of the best seafood spots to try in NOLA.
Located Uptown with views of St. Charles, Superior Seafood is a favorite among locals and tourists. Superior Seafood serves up brunch, lunch, and dinner. They feature a full bar, live music and entertainment, outdoor seating, and several private rooms available. The restaurant offers wi-fi and is conveniently located near shops, the superdome, and even the airport. This restaurant is known for its signature Louisian seafood and creole-inspired cuisine at affordable prices. Their extensive menu has something to offer everyone from crawfish and oysters to fried green tomatoes and fried alligator. Their brunch menu features pancakes, salmon, and chicken and biscuits. They also offer delicious cocktails for every occasion. This authentic Louisiana seafood spot is not one you want to miss out on.
Old Nola Cookery
Located on Bourbon Street, Old Nola Cookery is famous for their cajun and creole cooking. The restaurant offers a full bar and boasts two gorgeous balconies overlooking Bourbon Street. Old Nola Cookery gives you a taste of everything NOLA, from seafood gumbo, crawfish, ribs, steak, cajun pasta, and even blackened redfish. Guests, whether local or from out of town, prefer their jambalaya. They offer wi-fi, as well as a full service bar with wine, beer, and several spritzers. They also offer happy hour everyday. You don’t want to visit New Orleans and not dine at this spot.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Oceana Grill, is home of the world’s most famous crab cakes. Oceana Grill serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day and they also offer delivery. They offer an outdoor seating area, beautiful balconies, wi-fi, and a full bar. Oceana Grill is famous for their traditional seafood, cajun and creole dishes, along with their blackened gator and barbecued shrimp. You won’t find anything like the flavor from their dishes anywhere else. People travel from all over the world to get a taste of their po-boys, topped with coleslaw, tomatoes, pickles, and onions. Oceana is a great place to visit and eat seafood until your heart’s content.
Frankie and Johnny’s
Frankie and Johnny’s is a New Orleans’ staple serving up delicious seafood, cajun, and Italian dishes. Located on Arabella Street, they’re known for their hot and spicy, award winning boiled crawfish. Frankie and Johnny’s offers daily specials and wi-fi to appease their guests. In addition to their delicious lunch and dinner menu, they also offer delightful desserts such as New York Style cheesecake, homemade bread pudding, and peanut butter pie. Food isn’t the only thing being served up here, as they provide you with a ton of fun with a jukebox that constantly plays jazz such as Frank Sinatra and Irma Thomas. If you can find any space in there, feel free to get up and dance. Not only is the food at this restaurant to die for, but they’ve really created a one of a kind experience.
Briquette is a nice contemporary seafood spot located on Peters Street. The restaurant is known for cooking whole fish on the briquette, hence its name. Not only does Briquette serve up some of the best seafood in NOLA, but they also offer steak, pork, and pasta dishes. Briquette offers wi-fi, organic and gluten free options. With a full service bar, you have beer, liquor, and over 800 bottles of wine in their wine cellar to choose from. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is relaxing. You don’t just get great seafood, you get the best that Louisiana has to offer.
When it comes to restaurants, I require a few things. I like amazing food, a full service bar, and wi-fi so that I can check emails and enjoy Skyvegas or PlayOK from my smartphone while waiting for my order. From looking at the list above, it seems that all of the restaurants mentioned meet my requests. I love good, fresh seafood and one of the best places to find that in the U.S. is New Orleans. So, if you’re anything like me, be sure to check out one of these spots to get your seafood fix.