Tops of the Town

OUR READERS’ PICKS

A couple of notes: to make the list, a choice had to have a significant number of votes; places without enough votes were eliminated. Categories without enough voters were also removed. Where there was evidence of ballot stuffing (and there wasn’t much) the votes were adjusted accordingly. We know that there are some significant places that didn’t make the list, nevertheless we’re confident that those that are listed are all worthy and are among the tops in their field.


Top Bloody Mary

 

 

Ruby Slipper Café

The Ruby Slipper Café’s selection of award winning Bloody Mary’s gives new meaning to the term “rise and shine.” Diners can choose between vodka, house made bacon-infused vodka, or tequila based bloody’s. Pair with the restaurant’s classic breakfast and brunch favorites at any of the city’s five locations (or three locations when in Baton Rouge, Pensacola or Orange Beach.) Therubyslippercafe.net.

 


 

King Cake

1. Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery
2. Manny Randazzo
3. Haydel’s Bakery

 

Fried Chicken

1. Popeye’s
2. Willie Mae’s Scotch House

 

Poor Boys

1. Parkway Bakery & Tavern
2. Parran’s Po-Boys
3. Domillise’s Po-Boy & Bar

 

Tacos

1. Superior Grill
2. Taqueria Corona
3. Juan’s Flying Burrito

 

Sushi

1. Tsunami
2. Sake Café
3. Rock N Sake

 

Wings

1. Hooters

 

Onion Rings

1. Mr. Ed’s Oyster House
2. Hooter’s

 

Pizza

1. Midway
1. Pi
3. Katie’s Restaurant

 

Snowballs

1. Sal’s Sno-Ball Stand
2. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz
3. Plum Street Snowballs

 

Local Grocery Store

1. Rouses
2. Dorignac’s
3. Langenstein’s
3. Zuppardo’s

 

Local Sandwich Shop

1. Stein’s Deli
2. World Deli
3. Francesca’s

 

Food Truck

1. Bona Fried

 

Places for Cajun

1. Mulate’s
2. Cajun Cookery

 

Places for Creole

1. Creole Cookery

 

Middle Eastern

1. Saba
1. Byblos
2. Lebanon Cafe


 

Top Sushi

 

 

Tsunami

Tsunami Sushi, located in the CBD, has quickly become one of New Orleans’ favorite places for creative sushi rolls, traditional sashimi and grilled items, along with daily specials, hot sake and desserts. Servingsushi.com.

 


 

Italian

1. Vincent’s
2. Red Gravy
3. Venezia

 

Japanese

1. Hoshun
1. Mikimoto

 

Chinese

1. Five Happiness
2. Little China Town

 

Vietnamese

1. Pho NOLA
2. Hoshun

 

Thai

1. La Thai
2. Banana Blossom

 

Korean

1. Little Korea BBQ

 

Indian

1. Saffron NOLA
2. Taj Mahal

 

Mexican/Southwest

1. Superior Grill
2. El Gato Negro
2. Taqueria Corona

 

Tapas

1. Saba
2. Avo
2. Baru

 

Steakhouse

1. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
2. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
2. Mr. John’s Steakhouse

 

Burgers

1. Company Burger

 

Hot Dogs

1. Dat Dog
2. Lucky Dog

 

Gumbo

1. Mulate’s
2. Commander’s Palace
2. Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop

 

Turtle Soup

1. Commander’s Palace

 

Coffee House

1. PJ’s

 

Coffee House For Food

1. PJ’s
2. District Donuts

 

Dessert Menu

1. Commander’s Palace Sweet Shop
1. Sucre
2. Angelo Brocato
3. Maple Street Patisserie

 

Ice Cream/Gelato Shop

1. Angelo Brocato
2. Creole Creamery

 

Place for Seafood

1. Mr. Ed’s Seafood

 

Place for Raw Oysters

1. Acme Oyster House
2. Drago’s

 

Barbecue Shrimp

1. Pascal’s Manale

 

Top Restaurant

1. Commander’s Palace

 

Top Restaurant in 2018

1. Saba

 

Restaurant Worth the Drive

1. Middendorf’s
2. Zydeco’s

 


 

Top Local Sandwich Shop

 

 

Stein’s Deli

Imagine bringing together the best New York bagel shop, Jewish deli and Italian eatery and sprinkle liberally with New Orleans laissez faire attitude and you have Stein’s Market And Deli. Steins serves up customers with cured meats, cheeses, and fully loaded sandwich creations in the lower garden district, as well as attracting a dedicated following of those who drive across town specifically for their loaded specialty sandwiches. Steinsdeli.com.

 


 

Top Vietnamese

 

 

Pho NOLA

Pho Nola puts a local twist on its traditional dishes; check out “NOLA Combination”  Banh Mi Po-Boy that will give any traditional roast beef poor boy a run for its money. Pho-nola.com.

 


 

Caterer

1. Joel Catering World Deli Pigeon Catering

 

Outdoor Dining

1. Avo
2. Broussard’s

 

Fine Dining

1. Commander’s Palace Power Lunch
1. Galatoire’s Commander’s Palace

 

Neighborhood Restaurant

1. Katie’s Restaurant

 

Margarita

1. Superior Grill
1. El Gato Negro

 

Sports Bar

1. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

 

Dive Bar

1. Snake & Jake’s
2. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

 

Hotel Bar

1. Carousel Bar

 

Local Beer

1. Abita
2. Dixie

 

Happy Hour

1. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

 

Craft Cocktail Bar

1. Cure

 

French Bread

1. Leidenheimer
2. Maple Street Patisserie

 

Vegetarian Dishes

1. Byblos
2. Sala

 

Breakfast

1. Ruby Slipper Café

 

Brunch

1. Red Gravy

 

Buffet

1. Court of Two Sisters

 

Late Night Dining

1. Hoshun

 

Live Music

1. House of Blues
2. Tipitina’s

 

Live Theater

1. Southern Rep
2. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

 

Radio

1. WWL
2. WWOZ
3. Magic 101

 

Carnival Parade

1. Endymion

 

State Festival

1. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2. Sugar Festival

 

New Orleans Festival

1. French Quarter Festival
2. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

 

Museum

1. New Orleans Museum of Art
2. National WWII Museum

 

Art Gallery

1. Gallery Osborne
2. Newcomb Gallery

 


 

Top Hot Dogs

 

 

Dat Dog

The Hawaiian-shirt sporting Dat Dog team have been providing hot dogs with all, and we do mean ALL, the fixins’ since 2011. Since then, that first solo restaurant on Freret Street has grown to a doggone dynasty, with five locations across New Orleans, in Lafayette and College Station, Texas. Datdog.com.

 


 

Bookstore

1. Barnes and Noble
2. French Library

 

Antiques

1. M.S. Rau Antiques
2. Keil’s Antiques

 

Furniture Store

1. Compass Furniture Lawn/Garden Store
1. Perino’s
2. Jefferson Feed, Pet & Garden

 

Place to Gamble

1. Harrah’s Casino

 

Place to Buy Liquor and Wine

1. Martin Wine Cellar
2. Dorignac’s

 

Top Bank

1. Iberia Bank
2. Fidelity Bank
3. Regions Bank

 

Top Realtor

1. Robert Ripley
2. Steve Bean

 

Top Hotel

1. Royal Sonesta
2. Windsor Court
3. Ritz-Carlton

 

Bed And Breakfast

1. Degas House
2. Terell House

 

Golf Course

1. TPC
2. Bayou Oaks at City Park

 

Gym

1. Orange Theory

 

Yoga/Pilates Studio

1. NOLA Pilates

 

Fitness Studio

1. Orange Theory

 

Day Spa

1. Woodhouse Day Spa
2. EarthSavers Spa + Store
3. Chronos Body Health Wellness

 

Dry Cleaner

1. Young’s Dry Cleaning
1. One Cleaners

 

Men’s Clothing Store

1. Rubensteins
2. Perlis

 

Womens’ Boutique

1. Bra Genie
2. A. Renee Boutique

 

Children’s Boutique

1. Auraluz

 

Local Shoe Store

1. Good Feet Store

 

Local Jeweler

1. Aucoin Hart

 

Wedding Dress

1. Wedding Belles
2. Bliss Bridal

 

Gulf Coast Getaway

1. Beau Rivage

 

Gulf Coast Hotel

1. Beau Rivage
2. Scarlet Pearl

 

Local Charity

1. LA SPCA
2. Real Men Wear Pink

 

Local Craft Brewery

1. Abita
2. Urban South

 


 

Top 2018 Restaurant
Top Middle Eastern
Top Tapas

 

 

Saba

Chef Alon Shaya’s restaurant Saba, the first launch for his own Pomegranate Hospitality Group, attracts guests who are looking to share a home-cooked, modern Israeli menu that is inspired-with a New Orleans twist. Warm and inviting, the menu, which recently grew to include lunch, dinner and a brunch menu is the perfect place for families, date night, and fun with friends Uptown. Eatwithsaba.com.

 


 

 

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