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Discover the 'New' New Orleans

Go beyond the big names to find great restaurants, bars and music clubs

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Discover the 'New' New Orleans

PHOTO: Elizabeth’s is one of Nola’s most talked about brunch spots these days. (Photo by James Shillinglaw)

Many visitors don’t realize how big New Orleans is and fall into the trap of staying in the French Quarter around Bourbon Street. But there are great restaurants, bars and music clubs to visit throughout the city. Only in New Orleans can you find so many options to eat, drink and listen to live music. Check out these restaurants and bars to truly experience the “new” New Orleans.

On the dining front, Elizabeth’s is one of Nola’s most talked about brunch spots these days, and with its candied praline bacon it’s not hard to understand why. Located in the Bywater district, the place gets crowded on the weekends, but grab a mimosa at the bar and you won’t mind waiting quite as much. You can walk off your meal at Crescent City Park right across the street and experience amazing views of the city. Call 504-944-9272 or visit

For a delicious breakfast and lunch, check out New Orleans Cake Café and Bakery, also in the Bywater. You can add a cupcake to your meal for only a dollar. What could be better? Call 504-943-0010 or visit

SHAYA looks like the new golden child of New Orleans with Chef Alon Shaya, who recently earned the James Beard Award. The restaurant acts as a refreshing break from New Orleans heavy food, but watch out for the delicious pita, which will have you full before the meal even arrives (and make sure to reserve a table a few weeks in advance). Call 504-891-4213 or visit

Cochon Butcher is the less fancy relative of the better-known Cochon by Chef Stephen Stryjewski. Don’t skip dessert at this place, since it has some of the best cakes and cookies in the city. Your main course needs will certainly be met as well by such dishes as Moroccan spiced lamb or Carolina pulled pork. Call 504-588-7675 or visit

Johnny Sanchez, a Mexican restaurant developed by New Orleans’ own famed Chef John Besh and Aaron Sanchez, emanates coolness, with its tattoo mural wall, flavored margaritas and unique tacos. Take advantage of the happy hour specials, which make this place a little more budget friendly. Call 504-304-6615 or visit

Dante’s Kitchen may be the best-kept secret in all of Uptown. Its location allows for a leisurely meal feasting on redfish, pork chops, gulf fish, roasted chicken and seared duck breast. Call 504-861-3121 or visit

Bistro Daisy may look small on the outside, but it has some of the tastiest food in town. Before the meal visit Magazine Street, which is lined with small boutiques. Call 504-899-6987 or visit

For bars and music clubs, visit Bacchanal, which features live music every night and an extensive wine menu. Located in the Bywater, it’s great place to go any night because it always has something going on, plus it’s not part of the tourist scene. Call 504-948-9111 or visit

These days Frenchmen Street, not Bourbon Street, is where you can find the best live music in New Orleans. The Spotted Cat Music Club is the place for real New Orleans jazz. The music starts at 4 p.m. and sometimes earlier on weekends. Check out www.spottedcatmusicclub.comw.

The Rusty Nail has one of the largest outdoor areas of any bar in the city, including a beautiful patio. They have great drink specials, trivia nights and food trucks. Call 504-525-5525 or visit

Every Sunday night at The Howlin Wolf Den, the Hot 8 Brass Band plays their latest tunes. It’s one of the few places in New Orleans that keeps the party going all weekend long. Also check out The Howlin Wolf for more shows and big music names that come to town. Call 504-529-5844 or visit

If you find yourself on Bourbon Street, walk far down to Fritzel’s. Every night this bar features a different jazz band and it’s not your usual Bourbon Street crowd. Call 504-586-4800 or visit

For a craft cocktail head Uptown to Cure on Freret Street. This bar’s swanky seating, mood lighting and excellent drinks provide the setup for a good night. Try the punch of the day or some traditional New Orleans cocktails — and there’s food too! Call 504-302-2357 or visit

For beer lovers The Bulldog, which has two locations in the city (Uptown on Magazine Street and in Mid City), has been around for over 20 years and knows how to serve a cold brew. Over 50 beers are on tap at any time. For the Uptown location, call 504-891-1516. For Mid City, call 504-488-4191. Also visit

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A version of this article appears in print in the June 2015 issue of Agent@Home Magazine.