A local favorite since 1983, Coop’s Place is a Cajun grub located in the heart of the historic French Quarter. The 21-and-over restaurant, which prides itself on creating affordable, mouthwatering seafood and cocktails inside a laid-back atmosphere, serves up one of New Orleans’ best friend chicken entrees, seasoned to perfection with the joint’s original Bayou Blend and accompanied by rabbit, sausage jambalaya and coleslaw. Be sure to arrive early, because this Decatur Street gem, opened everyday of the week from 11a.m. to 12:00a.m., does not take reservations.
1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, +1 (504) 525 9053
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
Willie Mae’s Scotch House is a family owned restaurant famous for serving some of the city’s best fried chicken and soul food. This lauded spot, which opened in 1956 as a bar, barbershop and beauty salon, has made an institution out of itself by providing its customers with affordable, cooked-to-perfection friend chicken and southern-inspired sides such as red beans, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato fries, cornbread muffins and seasoned green beans, all inside a humble setting. Except for Sundays, Willie Mae’s, whose been honored with the prestigious James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region,” opens everyday of the week from 10a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Uptown location: 7457 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, +1 (504) 417 5424
Treme location: 401 St. Ann St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119, +1 (504) 417 5424
Founded by Jean Galatoire in 1905, Galatoire’s is a fine-dining restaurant located on New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street. The century-old institution, whose upscale cuisine is inspired by French-Creole fare, offers visitors the good-old American classic: perfectly crisped fried chicken paired with seasoned red beans and rice. Galatoire’s, honored as one of the “Top 10 World’s Greatest Restaurants” by the New York Times, opens everyday of the week, except for Mondays, beginning noon.
PRO TIP: bring a jacket, it’s required!
209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, +1 (504) 525 2021
Frankie and Johnny’s
Driven by the simple goal of ‘being the best neighborhood restaurant in New Orleans, Frankie and Johnny’s is a cozy, family owned bistro located in the Uptown neighborhood of the city. Even though this 1942 eatery, which thrived by feeding river workers Cajun-Creole-inspired fare, features a menu filled with incredible seafood dishes, po’boys and pastas, the made-to-order fried chicken served with sweet potatoes cheese fries takes the trophy – no question. Guests can visit the dimly lit joint everyday but Sunday, beginning 11:00a.m.
321 Arabella St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115, +1 (504) 243 1234
Inspired by both French and Italian cuisines, Jacques-Imo’s is a New Orleans dinning hotspot located in the heart of Uptown’s Oak Street. The Creole-soul-food restaurant, established in 1996 by two city residents, houses the popular “Austin Leslie’s Fried Chicken”, a plate featuring irresistible dark, mix or white chicken meat, a house salsa and a choice of two side dishes, which includes everything from mashed sweet potatoes and butter beans and rice to smothered cabbage and corn macque chow. Even though guests can expect a wait due to the joint’s popularity and no reservations policy, Jacque-Imo’s fosters an easygoing atmosphere and live music neighboring bars, allowing visitor’s to pre-game (drink before going to a party) while waiting to be seated. The local eatery opens everyday of the week, except for Sundays, starting 5:00p.m.
8324 Oak St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118, +1 (504) 861-0886
By Rebeca Trejo