Best Eating Warehouse District
A lot of people come to New Orleans and just sprint for the French Quarter. While we love us some French Quarter, there are plenty of places right here in the Warehouse District that will satisfy your cravings for that Big Easy cuisine.
Which ones should you try first? We’re glad you asked.
Steeped in New Orleans history, Balise, or “seamark,” is bar and restaurant in the style of an old fishing cottage. The menu here celebrates the rich historical cuisine of New Orleans, with appetizers like the Chicken Liver Mousse & Biscuits. Make sure you pull up to the bar for some of the most delicious craft cocktails in the Warehouse District.
Watch the streetcar whiz by on Saint Charles while sitting outside at Herbsaint. They’re even making spaghetti in-house with a fried poached egg on top. Cutting into that egg … is a thing of beauty.
The Warehouse District is no stranger to a good old-fashioned burger craving, and The Company Burger has the antidote. The restaurant’s namesake creation is two patties, b&b pickles, red onions and good American cheese. Don’t even get us started on the milkshakes. (That’s the signal to order a milkshake.)
Emeril Lagasse changed the way we watch cooking shows forever with his high energy passion for food. He was among the first to see potential in the Warehouse District when he opened Emeril’s in 1990. This fine-dining restaurant will kick your trip up a notch — maybe two.
When we said you don’t have to go far to get great food in New Orleans, we meant it. Briquette is just down the sidewalk from The Mercantile Hotel. Executive Chef Hosie Bourgeois is taking presentation to the next level with his whole fish. If just drinking out of a glass is too boring for you, they even have an absinthe fountain. (We don’t judge.)
Cajun and Creole food is our specialty in the Big Easy, but sometimes you just need a taco and a shot of tequila. El Gato Negro is just a few skips away from The Mercantile Hotel. Whether you are on the prowl for tacos, burritos or traditional Mexican dishes, The Black Cat has it. The owner is even growing his own agave in Mexico to make his tequila.
Take the traditional dishes from the deepest swamps in Louisiana, and add a dash of sophistication. What comes out? Cochon. Chef Donald Link leaves no culinary stone unturned at this rustic reserve of traditions.
Wait … didn’t we just talk about Cochon? Yes, but just around the corner from Cochon sits Cochon Butcher. If you have a vision of a guy with a cleaver and an apron, you’re not entirely off, but Butcher also has a huge dining area for some of the best sandwiches and charcuterie in the city. Be sure to check out the craft cocktails at the bar, too.
We already know what you’re thinking. “Surfboards? Beach vibes? I didn’t come to New Orleans for a tropical getaway.” We hear you, but Lucy’s has a special place in the hearts of Warehouse District locals. The restaurant has some mouthwatering tacos and burgers, with drinks to match. If you’re looking for ground zero when the Saints are playing, Lucy’s is it.
We got all of the cheese puns out of our systems well before we wrote this one. We’ll go ahead and spoil things for you … St. James Cheese Company has a lot of cheese. But they aren’t just serving up cheese plates. St. James is the birthplace of the Croque Monster, a two-tiered titan of the sandwich world, with ham and cheese sauce broiled on Texas toast. Add an egg to complete the epic madness.