City Guide: Eat Through New Orleans Like A Local

The Modern Woman Guide Dining in New Orleans

The dining room at Cavan.  Image via Cavan.

The dining room at Cavan. Image via Cavan.

There is no denying New Orleans is city all of its own. With history at every turn, the NOLA is blend of Southern Charm and mysterious, edgy vibes. While most visitors flock to Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, there is so much more to do and see. After you get your Cafe Du Monde fix, check out some of these off the radar spots.

From Cajun to French-Creole, there is no shortage of incredible cuisine to be found in New Orleans. Dishes unique to the region, such as alligator and turtle, are worth a try, but don't fret if you have a less adventurous palate. NOLA is home to a ton of amazing places to dine with less daring options.

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Situated on trendy Magazine Street, Cavan is a popular spot for weekend brunch. Inside a “beautifully deteriorating” Victorian mansion, the atmosphere is authentically New Orleans. Seafood and southern small plates dominate the menu at this upbeat spot.


Coquette serves up quirky, international inspired Southern fare in a stylish, chandelier-filled space. This James Beard Award nominee offers dishes a la carte or with a fixed “Put Yourself in our Hands…” blind tasting menu.

Bar at Compère Lapin.  Image via Compère Lapin.

Bar at Compère Lapin. Image via Compère Lapin.


In NOLA’s Warehouse District, Cochon is a standout Cajun spot. Cochon stays true to its name with a pork focused menu. The stylish, converted-warehouse restaurant is adjacent to Cochon Butcher where they process their own meat in-house, and have a wine bar and sandwich counter for more casual bites.

Compère Lapin

Just up the road from Cochon, you'll find Compère Lapin, a French-Caribbean-Creole influenced restaurant and bar in the Old No. 77 Hotel. Stop by for cocktail and a bite; we recommend grabbing a Copper Bunny, a spicy, Jalapeno infused Absolut Elyx cocktail served in a copper cup, or an off-menu Espresso Martini, one of the best I’ve ever had.