When parades start rolling in New Orleans, people flood onto the streets to experience the Mardi Gras magic. But as good as the floats, bands, and marching groups are, the food is just on another level. Many parades follow along the St. Charles Avenue parade route from Napoleon Avenue Uptown to Canal Street downtown. That’s three miles of parade all on one street! We’ve rounded up a few places for you to visit right on the parade route when you get a hankering for seafood, king cake, and that good ole’ Popeye’s chicken.

Several businesses also offer ticketed events with premium viewing stands, food service, and access to bathrooms - we’ve got that covered too. Check out our Mardi Gras parade schedule here and see our page on hotels located on St. Charles Avenue here.

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Where to Eat on the Parade Route

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

Superior is your go-to for frozen drinks and raw oysters on the parade route.

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company

With a menu full of fried fish, shrimp, and chicken tenders, New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company on St. Charles Avenue and Milan Street is the perfect stop for a quick meal.

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King Cake - Gracious Bakery

Gracious Bakery

Gracious Bakery is the place to go for lunch sandwiches and baked goods, like king cake, right on the St. Charles Avenue parade route.

Credit @thebigbookofkingcake and @randypschmidt

Jack Rose

Featuring a mix of Italian, French, and Spanish dishes, indulge in dinner or brunch at Jack Rose - just make sure to save room for the Mile High Pie, which gets its own king cake treatment come Carnival season.

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The Avenue Pub

Burgers, beer, and other pub grub are within reach at St. Charles and Polymnia.

Avenue Café

Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Avenue Café is the perfect spot for early parade-goers to grab breakfast.

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Tito's Ceviche and Pisco

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco

Enjoy ceviche, fried yuca, picarones, and other traditional Latin American food at Tito’s.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Whether you grab the Caniac Combo or get the fingers à la carte, Raising Cane’s is right here on the parade route for you.

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

Fill up to the brim with grilled, fried, and raw seafood at Mr. Ed’s.

Photo courtesy of Popeyes


Locals know that if you’re not eating Popeye’s chicken on the parade route, you’re not doing Mardi Gras right. Luckily, there are several locations in the area including this one on St. Charles and Erato. If you find yourself a little further downtown, stop into the Popeye’s on Canal Street instead.

Randy Schmidt, Courtesy of Pluck Wine Bar

Pluck Wine Bar

Visit for wine and cheese at this chic bar just off St. Charles Avenue downtown.


Dive into contemporary Cajun cuisine at Trenasse.


The name says it all LUFU (Let Us Feed U) is all about delicious Indian cuisine.

Photo credit: Paul Costello

Ticketed Events on the Parade Route

The Chloe

Enjoy unparalleled views, comfort, and seamless service right on St. Charles Avenue at The Chloe. One ticket is a reservation for a table of four on their patio which includes a full-service menu and access to bathrooms, etc. Book here. Also check out their other ticketing option, a Mardi Gras All-Access Pass here.


Perfectly positioned along the parade route, purchase a pass for $25 a day for full property access. Reserved tables for up to either six or eight guests are also available for purchase, otherwise seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Book here.

Paul Broussard

Lula Restaurant Distillery

The “Lula Gras” tickets vary by price, but all include balcony views, an all-you-can-eat buffet, access to bathrooms and the barrel room, and a cash bar. Book here.


With prime views of the parades downtown, Lüke has wristbands for purchase on each parade day, with food and drink to be purchased separately. Book here. You can also book a reservation to dine here.

Thirsty? See our guide to Where to Drink Along the Parade Route here.

Where to Eat Along the Parade Route

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Where to Eat Along the Parade Route