New Orleans is a city known for its food and drink scene; with hundreds of restaurants to choose from, it can be tough to find hidden gems. If you’re looking for the hole-in-the-wall, off-the-beaten-path, unassuming type of restaurant or bar, then this list is for you. 

Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants and Bars in the French Quarter/Downtown 

Zhang Bistro

Enjoy delicious Asian cuisine at Zhang Bistro, including egg drop soup, spicy Thai fried rice, and Peking duck. 

Justen Williams


Cuban sandwiches and fresh daiquiris are the name of the game at Manolito.

Double Dealer

This secret bar is certainly off the beaten path—and in the basement of the Orpheum Theater.  

Black Penny

Located at the edge of the French Quarter, enjoy craft beer at the refurbished wooden bar. 

Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants and Bars in Uptown New Orleans 


Gumbo, fried catfish, and other New Orleans eats are served at Brigtsen’s, a favorite for fine dining. Finish the meal off with a slice of pecan pie. 

Justen Williams
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding - Boucherie


Tucked away off the streetcar line on South Carrollton Avenue lies Boucherie, a quaint restaurant serving contemporary Southern cuisine (like Krispy Kreme bread pudding). In the mood for something more casual? Their sister restaurant Bourree is just around the corner and offers up wings, craft daiquiris, and Cajun specialties like boudin and meat pies.  

Empanola (Freret Street)

The lesser known of the two Empanola locations, this one lies on the quiet part of Freret Street near Tulane University. 

Jamila’s Café

Enjoy Tunisian and Mediterranean cuisine at Jamila’s Café with menu items like the crawfish, zucchini and spinach bisque, or tajine of lamb.  

Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants and Bars in Central City

Maïs Arepas

Enjoy over-stuffed arepas and Colombian cuisine at Maïs Arepas. 

Rebecca Todd
Café Reconcile

Café Reconcile

Café Reconcile trains youth to work in the hospitality industry. This lunch spot serves delicious Southern food like po-boys and catfish at reasonable prices. 

Café Porche

Offering a simple menu with a cozy atmosphere, this nook serves omelets, soups, salads, and other light, healthy bites. The outdoor sno bar serves sno-balls made with soft, shaved ice doused in a flavor of your choice. 

Off the Beaten Path Restaurants in Mid-City/Tremé

Flour Moon Bagels

Grab a plain rosemary salt or poppy seed bagel or order a tartine with lox, roasted carrot spread, or heirloom tomatos at this bagel shop located on the Lafitte Greenway. 

Pal’s Lounge

Find pop-up bites, cold beer, and gingeritas at this beloved neighborhood bar.

Paul Broussard


Peppadew shooters, pimento cheese sandwiches, and BBQ shrimp are a few items on the menu at Rosedale.

Andy Kutcher
Queen Trini Lisa

Queen Trini Lisa

Queen Trini Lisa brings her Trinbagonian Island Soul Food to the Northernmost Caribbean City: New Orleans. The Coco bread fish sandwich and doubles are both favorites. 

Aroma Indian Cuisine

Though its location may be unassuming, this restaurant is a hidden gem. Aroma serves traditional Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, curry, and dhal. 

Pagoda Cafe

Off the beaten path but in the running for cutest breakfast spot in New Orleans, Pagoda Café is known for their breakfast tacos. 

Rebecca Todd

Off the Beaten Path Restaurants in the Marigny/Bywater


This romantic French restaurant and wine bar is the perfect spot for a cozy date. 


Enjoy wood-fired sourdough pizza, Italian cocktails, and natural wine at Margot’s. 

Budsi’s Authentic Thai

Budsi’s has Thai street food like pork dumplings and drunken noodles as well as classic soups and curries. 

Bar Brine

It’s Sneaky Pickle by day, and Bar Brine by night. Enjoy craft cocktails and small bites with great vegan and vegetarian options. 

Off the Beaten Path Restaurants in Algiers

Barracuda - Algiers

Broccoli tacos, frozen margaritas, and deluxe nacho hour have us returning to Barracuda again and again. 

Justen Williams
Tavolino Pizza & Lounge

Tavolino Pizza & Lounge

Just steps away from the Algiers ferry terminal, Tavolino specializes in thin crust pizza and signature cocktails.

Photo courtesy of Plume Algiers
Chef William Thompson’s Keralan Fried Chicken

Plume Algiers

Authentic Indian cuisine and colorful outdoor seating makes Plume a must-try for many.