This New Orleans dining guide is my appreciation for what it means to live in a great food city, a place with its own character, a strong sense of history and an evolving next chapter.

I hope these recommendations reveal to you some new finds (even if they’re only new to you) and reconnects you with restaurants that hold up our reputation for great food and good living.

For more on what went into this whittling down the list of possibilities to the 100 collected here, see my related story “Picking the Essential 100 New Orleans restaurants. And what makes one essential anyway?”

And for some quick picks from this guide, tailored to the situations this city can bring us, check out “The restaurant recommendations you need for real life in New Orleans.”

Below is the full list of 100 with contact information and hours for quick reference. Click on the neighborhood name to read my take on each restaurant.

BAKERIES/DESSERTS

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Angelo Brocato’s Ice Cream and Confectionery, 214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1465; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 

Bywater Bakery, 3624 Dauphine St., (504) 336-3336; breakfast and lunch daily. 

Gracious Bakery + Café, 1000 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 321-6233; 2854 St. Charles Ave., (504) 301-9949; 4930 Prytania St., (504) 300-8135; breakfast and lunch daily. 

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, 4801 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-9788; lunch and dinner (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Tue.-Sun. (seasonal) 


BARBECUE 

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Blue Oak BBQ, 900 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 822-2583; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 

Central City BBQ, 1201 N. Rampart St., (504) 558-4276; lunch and dinner daily. 

The Joint, 701 Mazant St., (504) 949-3232; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 


BREAKFAST

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Toast, 1845 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 351-3664; and 5433 Laurel St., (504) 267-3260; breakfast and lunch daily. 

Willa Jean, 611 O’Keefe Ave., (504) 509-7334; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 


BURGERS

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The Company Burger, 4600 Freret St., (504) 267-0320; 611 O’Keefe Ave., (504) 309-9422; lunch and dinner daily. 

Fharmacy NOLA Bar & Grill, 2540 Banks St., (504) 324-6090; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 


CAJUN

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Toups’ Meatery, 845 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 252-4999; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Très Bon Cajun Meats, 10316 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge, (504) 405-5355; breakfast (from 9 a.m.), lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 


CHINESE

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Bao & Noodle, 2700 Chartres St., (504) 272-0004; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Little Chinatown, 3800 Williams Blvd., (504) 305-0580; lunch and dinner daily. 


DELIS/MARKETS

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The Appetite Repair Shop, 400 Vallette St., (504) 602-9990; dinner Thu.-Sun. 

Matassa’s Market, 1001 Dauphine St., (504) 412-8700; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 

McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’, 1458 N. Broad St., (504) 949-0000; lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. 

St. James Cheese Co., 641 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 304-1485; also 5004 Prytania St., (504) 899-4737; lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. (downtown only). 


FRENCH

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Café Degas, 3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635; lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. 

Lilette, 3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636; lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. 

Meauxbar, 942 N. Rampart St., (504) 569-9979; dinner nightly, brunch Sun. 


GRAND CREOLE

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Arnaud’s Restaurant, 813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433; dinner daily, brunch Sun.

Brennan’s Restaurant, 417 Royal St., (504) 525-9711; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 

Commander’s Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., (504) 899-8221; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. 

Galatoire’s Restaurant, 205 Bourbon St., (504) 535-2021; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 

Restaurant August, 301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777; dinner daily, lunch Fri. 


INDIAN/PAKISTANI

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Saffron NOLA, 4128 Magazine St., (504) 323-2626; dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun.

Wah Kitchen, 2401 Veterans Blvd., Kenner, (504) 541-8612; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 


ITALIAN

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Avo, 5908 Magazine St., (504) 509-6550; dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat. and Sun.

Marcello's Wine Bar and Bistro
, 715 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-6333; dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. 

Mosca’s Restaurant, 4137 U.S. 90, Westwego, (504) 436-8950; dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Pascal’s Manale Restaurant, 1838 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-4877; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 


JAPANESE

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Megumi, 7400 La. 22, Mandeville, (985) 845-1644; 1211 Village Walk, Covington, (985) 893-0406; lunch and dinner daily.

Shogun, 2325 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-7477; lunch and dinner daily. 


KOREAN

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Little Korea BBQ, 2240 Magazine St., (504) 821-5006; dinner Wed.-Sun., lunch Wed.-Sat., Mon. 


LATIN AMERICAN

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Brasa Churrasqueria, 2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 570-6338; dinner Tue.-Sun. 

Carmo, 527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132; lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Norma’s Sweets Bakery, 2925 Bienville St., (504) 309-5401; and 3221 Georgia Ave., Kenner, (504) 467-4309; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 


MEXICAN

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El Pavo Real, 4401 S. Broad St., (504) 266-2022; breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. 

Taqueria Chilangos, 2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, (504) 469-5599; lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. 


MIDDLE EASTERN

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1000 Figs, 3141 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 301-0848; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Shawarma on the Go, 3720 Magazine St., (504) 269-6427; lunch and dinner daily. 

Shishkabob House, 3804 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 712-0765; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 


MODERN AMERICAN

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Angeline, 1032 Chartres St., (504) 308-3106; dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Fri.-Sun.

Bayona, 430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455; lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. 

Boucherie, 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-5514; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. 

Carrollton Market, 8132 Hampson St., (504) 252-9928; dinner Tue.-Sat., lunch Thu. and Fri., brunch Sat. and Sun. 

Cavan, 3607 Magazine St., (504) 509-7655; dinner daily, brunch Fri-Sun. 

Compère Lapin, 535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119; dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. and Sun. 

Coquette, 2800 Magazine St., (504) 324-2150; dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. 

Herbsaint, 701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 

Meril, 424 Girod St., (504) 526-3745; lunch and dinner daily. 

Paladar 511, 511 Marigny St., New Orleans, (504) 509-6782; dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat. and Sun. 

Sylvain, 625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123; lunch Fri. and Sat., dinner nightly, brunch Sun. 


MODERN FUSION

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Kin, 4600 Washington Ave., (504) 304-8557; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Marjie’s Grill, 320 S. Broad St., (504) 603-2234; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 

Maypop, 611 O’Keefe Ave., (504) 518-6345; dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. and Sun. 

MoPho, 514 City Park Ave., (504) 482-6845; lunch and dinner daily. 


MUSIC ON THE MENU

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Bacchanal, 600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; lunch and dinner daily (21+ only). 

The Three Muses, 536 Frenchmen St., (504) 252-4801; dinner nightly. 


NEIGHBORHOOD JOINTS, MODERN

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Frey Smoked Meat Co., 4141 Bienville St., (504) 488-7427; lunch and dinner daily. 

High Hat Café, 4500 Freret St., (504) 754-1336; lunch and dinner daily. 

The Munch Factory, 1901 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 324-5372; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. 

Rosedale, 801 Rosedale Drive, (504) 309-9595; lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat. and Sun. 

Station 6, 105 Old Hammond Highway, Bucktown, (504) 345-2936; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. 


NEIGHBORHOOD JOINTS, TRADITIONAL

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Chef D’z Café, 424 S. Broad St., (504) 265-8091; breakfast and lunch (till 5 p.m.) Mon.-Fri., lunch Sat. 

Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine, 7834 Earhart Blvd., (504) 509-6287; breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. 

The Original Fiorellas’ Café, 5325 Franklin Ave., (504) 309-0352; lunch and early dinner (til 7 p.m.) Mon.-Sat.

Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar, 3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120; lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Mandina’s Restaurant, 3800 Canal St., (504) 481-9179; lunch and dinner daily. 

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House, 3117 21st St., Metairie, (504) 831-8666; also 1327 St. Charles Ave., 512 Bienville St., 301 N. Carrollton Ave.; lunch and dinner daily. 


NEW ORLEANS MODERN, UPSCALE

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Atchafalaya, 901 Louisiana Ave., (504) 891-9626; dinner nightly, brunch Thu.-Mon. 

DTB, 8201 Oak St., (504) 518-6889; dinner daily, brunch Fri.-Sun. 

Emeril’s Restaurant, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. 

La Petite Grocery, 4238 Magazine St., (504) 891-3377; lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. 

Patois, 6078 Laurel St., (504) 895-9441; lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. 


NEW ORLEANS ROOTS, UPSCALE

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Brigtsen’s Restaurant, 723 Dante St., (504) 861-7610; dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Clancy’s Restaurant, 6100 Annunciation St., (504) 895-1111; lunch Thu. and Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, 2301 Orleans Ave., (504) 821-0535; lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.

Gabrielle, 2441 Orleans Ave., (504) 603-2244; dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Gallagher’s Grill & Courtyard, 509 Tyler St., Covington, (985) 892-9992; lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. 

Tujague’s Restaurant, 823 Decatur St., (504) 525-8676; lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. 

Upperline Restaurant, 1413 Upperline St., (504) 891-9822; dinner Wed.-Sun. 


PIZZA 

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Ancora, 4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636; lunch and dinner daily. 

Mid-City Pizza, 4400 Banks St., (504) 483-8609; 6307 S. Miro St., (504) 509-6224; lunch and dinner daily. 


PO-BOYS

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Avery’s on Tulane, 2510 Tulane Ave., (504) 821-4110; lunch Mon.-Sat. 

Parkway Bakery & Tavern, 538 N. Hagan St., (504) 482-3047; lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 

Parran’s Po-Boys, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-3416; and 2321 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 305-6422; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 


SEAFOOD, CASUAL (AND BOILED)

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Bevi Seafood Co., 4701 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 885-5003; and 236 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7503; hours vary by location. 

Big EZ Seafood, 1632 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 272-0711; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 

Seither’s Seafood, 279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-1116; lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. 


SEAFOOD, UPSCALE

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GW Fins, 808 Bienville St., (504) 581-3467; dinner nightly. 

Pêche Seafood Grill, 800 Magazine St., (504) 522-1744; lunch and dinner daily. 


STEAKHOUSES

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Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, 716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467; dinner daily, lunch Fri. 

La Boca, 870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205; late hours (‘til midnight) Thursday to Saturday. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 

Mr. John’s Steakhouse, 2111 St. Charles Ave., (504) 679-7697; lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. 


VIETNAMESE

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Dong Phuong, 14207 Chef Menteur Highway, (504) 254-0296; breakfast and lunch (until 5 p.m.) Wed.-Mon. 

Lilly’s Café, 1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 

Nine Roses, 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, (504) 366-7665; 620 Conti St., (504) 324-9450; lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. (Gretna); lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. (French Quarter) 


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