2. Bananas Foster Sno-Ball – Hansen’s Sno-Bliz (Uptown)
Snowballs are similar to snow cones, but SO MUCH BETTER, with velvety smooth ice that leaves a burst of flavor on your tongue. As a bonus, this one is topped with a timeless in-town original treat: bananas foster. 75 years of tradition just melllllting through your tastebuds = totally delicious.
3. Sweet Potato Beignets with Foie Gras – SoBou (French Quarter)
A decadent and unexpected savory twist on New Orleans’s traditional French doughnut! It’s fried dough garnished with foie gras fondue and chicory coffee ganache. So many standards rolled into one crazy plate.
5. Breakfast in a Go Cup – EnVie Espresso Bar & Cafe (French Quarter)
While the “go cup” is usually reserved for taking your alcoholic beverage onto the streets, this one combines two scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, sausage, and gravy. PORTABLE, ALL-ENCOMPASSING RECOVERY.
8. Shio Crab & Pork Bowl – Noodle & Pie (Uptown)
Ramen noodles in a salt-based blue crab broth with braised pork belly, butter, chili, charred corn, greens, and soft egg… but make sure to leave room for a fresh slice of pie for dessert, including new flavors ranging from chocolate cream to pink lemonade, baked daily!
9. Blue Crab Risotto – Borgne (Central Business District)
Blue crab and burrata risotto stuffed into crab shells. In addition to being delicious, this crab is local and fresh from the Gulf! Flavors and presentation courtesy of local culinary geniuses Brian Landry and John Besh.
16. Fried Frog Legs – Bayou Hot Wings (Uptown)
This “Man vs. Food”-approved bar snack cornerstone serves buffalo wings, chicken tenders, “the best wings in the world” according to Adam Richman… and fried frog legs with Crystal Hot Sauce baked right in. Because think about where you are! Why not?
18. Oyster Absinthe Dome – Commander’s Palace (Garden District)
A classic New Orleans dish from one of its most renowned restaurants, with the town’s boozy touch intact! It’s a medley of Gulf oysters poached with bacon, artichokes, tarragon, absinthe, and cream under a pastry shell.
19. Roasted Sweet Potato Po’ Boy – Killer Po’ Boys (French Quarter)
Made with roasted sweet potato and local greens, this healthy po’ boy is the unicorn of po’ boys, except it exists! Find it in a pop-up shop in the back of Erin Rose bar in the French Quarter.
22. Oyster & Bacon Sandwich – Cochon (Warehouse District)
Consistently noted by diners as the hottest and most satisfying new spot in NOLA’s culinary scene, this is Chef Donald Link’s tribute to traditional Cajun boucherie (family pig parties), conveniently placed between two toast slices for easy tasting.
23. Red Hot Velvet Elvis Do-Bite – Debbie Does Doberge (Mid-City)
This bakery specializes in insanely rich and delicious multilayered cakes originating from Hungary — some toppling over a foot tall! — but turned fluffier with French-inspired ingredients to honor New Orleans. In addition to these indulgent investments, there are bite-sized treats like this one: red velvet cake, peanut-butter-banana pudding, peanut-butter-bacon fondant icing, and cayenne pepper. POW.