- Kate Harrington
Bacchanal Wine is a scene in the Bywater area. With a lively yet casual crowd – and the occasional celebrity, Bacchanal Wine has perfected the wine shop/wine bar carry over. The menu is dedicated to simpler flavors, unlike the New Orleans cuisine, but the wine menu is extensive. Bacchanal Wine is a flawless infusion of casual backyard bar and simple, elegant place to eat.
Bacchanal Wine, 600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-948-9111
Occupying a vintage building, Elizabeth’s is dedicated to serving the Southern and Louisiana classics. Creating Southern favorites with the finest ingredients has allowed Elizabeth’s to gain the success it has. Whether it’s fried green tomato appetizers or the rabbit entrée, the masterminds behind Elizabeth’s are invested in the flavor and standard of every dish.
Elizabeth’s, 601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-944-9272
Following the trend in Bywater, Feelings Café occupies an old 18th-century building. Blending tradition with modernity, the cafe serves traditional Creole fare. However, the menu also offers Creole vegan options. Along with the beautiful building, there’s an intimate and beautiful courtyard dining option.
Feelings Café, 2600 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-945-2222
Operating as both coffeehouse and breakfast spot, Satsuma Café offers an ideal combination of fantastic coffee roasts and lavish breakfast and lunch menu. The fare comprises locally sourced ingredients, and it’s centered on traditional American and Southern breakfast.
Satsuma Café, 3218 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-304-5962
Sugar Park is one of the few pizza restaurants in the area. Among all the other New Orleans-Creole cuisine, Sugar Park’s New York-style pizza is a nice diversification to the area. Besides pizza, the restaurant and bar offer beer, liquor and American comfort food fare.
Sugar Park, 3054 Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-942-2047
With Italian and Creole fare, Adolfo’s is one of the more popular restaurants in Bywater. Mixing Creole-style seafood with Italian dishes, every item on the menu is delightfully Adolfo’s. With entrees like the shrimp and craw-fish pasta combo or baby clams with Alfredo, Adolfo’s serves comfort and creativity. However, it’s a small space and fills up quick.
ADOLFO’s, 611 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-948-3800
Starting out as a food delivery service for women with careers, Praline Connection developed into one of the best soul food restaurants in the Bywater district. The menu is simple but decked with Southern favorites. The exterior is bright red – hard to miss – and the interior is classic diner. It’s an ideal restaurant for casual soul food classics.
Praline Connection, 542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-943-3934
Mona Lisa Restaurant is a simple spot, and the decorations are strictly portraits of Mona Lisa all around the walls. Inspired by Italy, Mona Lisa serves traditional and simple Italian dishes. Some of the dishes include the local seafood and other seasonal ingredients. It’s a casual neighborhood restaurant that expresses the European influence manifested in New Orleans culture.
Three Muses blends a lot of things together: a lively bar, a delicious restaurant, and a stage for local jazz talent. Food-wise, the menu comprises many different cuisines with entrees ranging from bruschetta to mac and cheese. To complement, the drinks are craft cocktails or beer on tap. And the nightly live music ties all these together to make Three Muses a rowdy yet sophisticated restaurant.
Three Muses, 536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-252-4801
Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant
Buffa’s is the most dedicated bar lounge and restaurant in the area. The bar is open 24/7, but the bar food is served late. Although the menu mainly consists of pub grub, there is an obvious New Orleans inspiration with the inclusion of a jazz brunch every Sunday.