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 Non-Profit

Tops of the Town


The Louisiana SPCA has been dedicated to saving the lives of animals across the New Orleans metro area for more than 130 years. Headquartered on the West Bank at the organization’s 21,600 square foot campus, the LA SPCA cares for more than 300 animals at one time, with an annual count of more than 70,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, birds and reptiles. In addition to adoption services, the organization provides advocacy and leadership in legislation, clinic services, disaster preparedness, workshops and more. 



Top Antiques Store

1. M.S. Rau Antiques


Top Art Gallery 

1. Terrance Osborne Gallery

2. Ashley Longshore 


Top Bakery

1. Gracious Bakery

2. Haydel’s Bakery

3. Maple Street Patisserie 


Top Bed-and-Breakfast 

1. Degas House 


Top Bookstore

1. Garden District Bookstore 

2. Octavia Books


Top Carnival Parade

1. Muses

2. Endymion 


Top Chef

1. Nina Compton 


Top Children’s Boutique

1. Auraluz 

2. Pickleberry 


Top Coffee House

1. PJ’s 

2. Starbucks


Top Coffee House for Food 

1. Caffe Caffe 

2. PJ’s

3. HiVolt


Top Craft Brewery 

1. Abita Brewing Company

2. Port Orleans Brewing Co.

3. Urban South Brewery

Top Craft Cocktail Bar

1. Cure 


Top Day Spa 

1. Earthsavers Spa & Store

2. Woodhouse Day Spa


Top Dive Bar 

1. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant


Top Dry Cleaner 

1. Young’s Dry Cleaning

2. Russell’s Dry Cleaning Services


Top Food Truck

1. Taceaux Loceaux 


Top French Bread

1. Leidenheimer 


Top Furniture Store 

1. Textures Warehouse

2. Doerr Furniture

3. Hurwitz Mintz Furniture


Top Golf Course

1. Bayou Oaks at City Park

2. Audubon Park Golf Course


Top Gulf Coast Getaway

1. Destin, Florida 


Top Gulf Coast Hotel

1. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 

2. The Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort


Top Gym

1. Orangetheory Fitness

1. Franco’s Athletic Club (tie)


Top Hotel

1. Windsor Court Hotel

2. The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

3. The Roosevelt New Orleans


Top Hotel Bar

1. Carousel Bar & Lounge

2. Hot Tin 


Top ice cream/gelato

1. Angelo Brocato 

2. Piccola Gelateria

2. The Creole Creamery 


Top Jazz Club

1. Snug Harbor

2. The Jazz Playhouse at Royal Sonesta 


Top lawn/garden supply

1. Perino’s Garden Center


Top Live Theater Company

1. Le Petit Theatre 

2. Southern Rep Theatre


Top Hotel Bar

Tops of the Town

Carousel Bar

Tucked away in the Hotel Monteleone, the Carousel Bar & Lounge has been transporting patrons on a merry-go-round of top-notch cocktails and bar bites for the past 70 years. A favorite destination for locals and visitors alike, the historied bar has seen countless colorful stories told in its history. The circus-themed rotating bar comes full circle every 15 minutes. Live music provides a jazzy backdrop to the libation and festivities. 



Top local actor/actress

1. Bryan Batt 


Top Local Charity

1. Louisina SPCA 

2. The Al Copeland Foundation 


Top Local Jeweler

1. Aucoin Hart Jewelers

2. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry

3. Boudreaux’s Jewelers

3. Adler’s Jewelry


Top Local Radio Station

1. WWOZ 

2. WWL 


Top Men’s Clothing Store

1. Perlis 

2. Rubensteins 


Top Museum

1. National WWII Museum

2. New Orleans Museum of Art 

3. Louisiana Children’s Museum 

3. Ogden Museum of Southern Art (tie) 


Top Neighborhood Restaurant 

1. Clancy’s Restaurant 

2. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 

3. Katie’s Restaurant and Bar


Top New Orleans Festival

1. French Quarter Fest 

2. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

3. NOLA on Tap 


Top Outdoor Dining

1. Bacchanal Fine Wine and Spirits 

2. Café Degas 


Top Place for a Bloody Mary

1. Atchafalaya Restaurant


Top Place for a Margarita

1. El Gato Negro 

1. Juan’s Flying Burrito (tie)


Top Place for a Power Lunch

1. Commander’s Palace 

2. Galatoire’s


Top Place for a Salad

1. The Daily Beet 


Top Place for Asian

1. Five Happiness 


Top Place for Barbecue Shrimp

1. Mr. B’s Bistro 

2. Pascal’s Manale


Top Place for Boiled Crawfish

1. The Galley Seafood


Top Place for Breakfast 

1. The Ruby Slipper Cafe

2. Daily Beet 


Top Place for Brunch

1. Commander’s Palace 


Top Place for Burgers

1. The Company Burger  

2. Port of Call 


Top Place for Cajun

1. Fete Au Fete Streatery

2. Mulate’s New Orleans Cajun Restaurant

3. K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen


Top Place for Chinese

1. Five Happiness 


Top Place for Creole

1. New Orleans Creole Cookery 


Top Place for Fine Dining

1. Commander’s Palace 

2. Brennan’s Restaurant

Top Place for Fried Chicken

1. Popeye’s Fried Chicken 

2. Willie Mae’s Scotch House

3. Fiorella’s Cafe


Top Grocery Store

1. Rouses

2. Dorignac’s 

3. Langenstein’s 


Top Place for Gumbo

1. Gumbo Shop 


Top Place for Hot Dogs

1. Dat Dog


Top Place for Indian

1. Saffron NOLA 

2. Nirvana Indian Cuisine


Top Place for Italian

1. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine

2. Red Gravy Cafe


Top Place for Japanese

1. Tsunami 

2. Shogun 

2. Little Tokyo 



Top Bakery

Tops of the Town

Gracious Bakery 

With four locations across the city, Gracious Bakery has quickly become the way many New Orleans start their day, enjoy brunch and lunch or celebrate special occasions. The menus include coffee, fresh baked breads, sandwiches, pies and cakes, sweet and savory waffles and more. This time of year, we’re ready to pick up one of the bakery’s unique King Cake creations, both traditional and with a twist.



Top Place for King Cakes 

1. Manny Randazzo King Cakes

2. Dong Phuong Bakeshop


Top Place for Korean 

1. Little Korea BBQ


Top Place for Late Night Dining

1. Hoshun


Best Local Sandwich Shop

1. Stein’s Market and Deli


Top Place for Mexican/Southwest

1. Zocalo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina

2. The Velvet Cactus


Top Place for Middle Eastern

1. Saba

2. Byblos

3. Lebanon’s Café 

3. Mona’s Café (tie)


Top Place for Onion Rings

1. Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant


Top Place for Pizza

1. Pizza Domencia

2. Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza 

3. Reginelli’s Pizzeria


Top Place for Poor Boys

1. Parkway Bakery and Tavern


Top Place for Raw Oysters

1. Peche 


Top Place for Seafood

1. GW Fins 


Top Place for Snoballs

1. Sal’s Sno-Ball Stand

2. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz 

3. Plum Street Sno-Ball

Top Place for Steaks

1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

2. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

2. Desi Vega’s Steakhouse (tie)


Top Place for Sushi

1. Rock N Sake Bar & Sushi

2. Sake Café 


Top Place for Tacos

1. Juan’s Flying Burrito 

2. Taceaux Loceaux 

2. The Velvet Cactus (tie) 


Top Place for Tapas

1. Baru Bistor & Tapas


Top Place for Thai

1. SukhoThai 

2. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant

3. Café Equator 


Top Place for Turtle Soup

1. Commander’s Palace 

2. Mandina’s Restaurant


Top Place for Vegetarian Dishes

1. The Daily Beet 


Top Place for Vietnamese

1. Mopho

2. Pho NOLA

2. Mint Modern Vietnamese (tie)


Top Place to Buy a Wedding Dress

1. Town & Country 

2. Wedding Belles 


Top Place to Buy Liquor and Wine

1. Martin’s Wine Cellar

1. Dorignac’s (tie)


Top Place to Gamble

1. Harrah’s Casino


Top Place to Hear Live Music

1. House of Blues

2. Tipitina’s

2. d.b.a. (tie)


Top Restaurant

1. Commander’s Palace 

2. GW Fins 


Top Restaurant Worth the Drive

1. Middendorf’s Restaurant

1. Mosca’s (tie)


Top Sports Bar

1. Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill

2. Walk-On’s Bistreux & Bar


Top Sweet Shop

1. Angelo Brocato 


Top Yoga/Pilates Studio

1. Romney Studios 


Top Bank

1. Hancock Whitney

2. Capital One

3. Iberia Bank


Top Women’s Boutique

1. Chatta Box Boutique

2. Hemline