New Orleans is a town full of people that love to party. We drink late, dance late, and, more often than not, we eat late. Depending on which neighborhood you’re in, there are plenty of local restaurants serving all kinds of great food way past dinnertime. So, next time you’re headed for the drive-thru, consider these options instead.
If you’re a meat and potatoes kind of person, then Port of Call should be your number one choice for a late night bite. Serving up their famous half pound burgers and baked potatoes piled high with toppings, this Esplanade establishment is family owned and locally loved. Open until midnight Sunday – Thursday and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Port of Call is located at 838 Esplanade Ave.
Spilling out of the bar after 2 a.m. and need food to soak up all the alcohol? Look no further than 13 Monaghan. Try their “Tater Tachos,” crispy tater tots covered in black beans, cheese, and jalapenos served with sides of sour cream and salsa. For the vegans, the baked tofu sandwich with fresh basil and Dijon mustard on multigrain is sure to hit the spot. Serving all kinds of folks from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily, 13 Monaghan is located at 517 Frenchmen St.
Who doesn’t love a hot dog? And no, I’m not talking about a Lucky Dog (even though they’re awesome) but rather, Dat Dog, a local hot dog joint with much more to offer than just an all beef weiner on a bun. Have your choice of everything from fried chicken to crawfish sausage to 4 different types of vegan dogs (on a pillow-soft hot dog bun, of course). And because this is New Orleans, go ahead and get the fries or tater tots smothered with crawfish étouffée. The 601 Frenchmen St. location serves until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 1 a.m. on Thursdays, and until midnight every other night of the week.
Known for great food and atmosphere, Mimi’s in the Marigny is one of the best late night spots outside of the French Quarter. Tapas are the focal point here, with vegetarian options like goat cheese croquettas, mushroom Manchego toast, and sweet potato leek empanadas that pair perfectly with the meat options of duck poutine, smoked lamb, and grilled steak. Food is served from 1 p.m. – till. Mimi’s is located at 2601 Royal St.
With one of the most extensive and locally sourced menus at a bar in the city, The Avenue Pub is way more than a beer and whiskey drinkers paradise, it’s a place that even non-drinkers seek out to enjoy some truly stellar food. I personally love the Fromage Grille (aka grilled cheese) with cheddar and goat cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, and caramelized onions on a brioche bun. The Dump Truck Fries with Béchamel and lemongrass pulled pork are also a winner. But prepare to order and enjoy this food on site, because the pub does not supply to-go orders or work with any food delivery services. The Avenue Pub is open 24/7, 365 days a year and is located at 1732 St. Charles Ave.
If craft cocktails and cozy environments are your jam, then consider grabbing a late night bite at Bouligny Tavern on Magazine Street. Honestly, everything here is great but you can’t go wrong with some raw oysters, bruschetta with burrata, truffle oil and fleur de sel, crab claws, sirloin burger, or Brussels sprouts with browned butter. Grab a comfy seat at the bar or an intimate table and make a *late night of it. You can find Bouligny Tavern at 3641 Magazine St.
Everyone’s favorite dog-friendly Uptown patio bar, Tchoup Yard (pronunciation hint: the ‘t’ is silent), is serving up delicious grub out of their Karibu Kitchen until 1:30 a.m. every weekend. One of the most popular items is their take on the Taco Bell classic “Crunchwrap Supreme” with your choice of pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, or Mexican chorizo, smothered with Valentina sauce. But don’t worry, there’s also tater tots, fish tacos, salads, burgers, and a killer fried chicken sandwich. Tchoup Yard is located off Tchoupitoulas Street at 405 Third St.
The French Quarter’s gay bars aren’t just the perfect place to shake your tush, they also serve some pretty stellar food. At 700 Club, menu items such as the Mother Clucker, a grilled chicken breast sandwich topped with hot sausage is exactly what you’ll need after a long night of dancing. The kitchen is open from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. (at least), and is also open for lunch during Southern Decadence. 700 Club is located at 1012 N Rampart St.
One of the best kept late night dining secrets in New Orleans has to be Verti Marte on Royal Street. The place is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and serves their full menu of to-die-for sandwiches, entree items, and veggie sides. Some stand outs are the red beans and rice, BBQ chicken, fried shrimp, and the Verti club sandwich. Be sure to check out their list of specialty sandwiches with unique names like “All That Jazz” and “Ernie’s Power House.” You can find Verti Marte at 1201 Royal St.
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Locally owned and operated for over 100 years, Ernst Café is much loved amongst locals. Stop in for a burger, chicken tenders, or nachos off of their late night bar menu and you’re guaranteed to go home happy. Ernst Café is located at 600 South Peters and is open until 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Late night pizza cravings? Fear not! Barcadia on Tchoupitoulas has a special late-night menu from 11pm till 2am that features five different pizzas, all for $10 and under. Options include margherita, cheese, pepperoni, bbq chicken, and shrimp scampi. Enjoy some arcade games and life-size JENGA while you’re getting your pizza on! Barcadia is located at 601 Tchoupitoulas St.
Just a short walk from the French Quarter and the Convention Center, Vic’s Kangaroo Café is the perfect place to end your night. With a jukebox full of great music and food like shepherd’s pie, spinach and artichoke dip, and baked brie with chutney, this place feels like the best kept secret in NOLA. They serve food until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and usually on the weeknights, too. Vic’s Kangaroo Café is located at 636 Tchoupitoulas St.
It would be unfair to discuss late night eating in New Orleans without mentioning the beloved Camellia Grill. Since opening in 1946, it’s still the only place where you can find fluffier-than-air omelets, chocolate freezes, and waffles served with a carafe of melted butter. And let’s not forget the pecan pie heated on the griddle and served á la mode. Open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Camellia Grill is located at 626 S. Carrollton Ave.
Steps from the Mississippi River levee in the Black Pearl is where you’ll find Cooter Brown’s, a bar where everyone gathers to watch the game. Grab yourself a craft beer, a couple dozen raw oysters, and maybe a muffaletta and some waffle fries and root for the home team. Cooter’s serves up their delicious grub until 1 a.m. and is open 365 days a year. They are located at 509 S. Carrollton Ave.
For the burger enthusiasts looking for a midnight bite, Beachcorner Bar & Grill has a menu to cure your cravings. Known as the “home of the 10 ounce Beach Burger,” this late night grill also offers all-time favorites like chicken wings, potato skins, and meat pies. After you grub, enjoy watching one of their many plasma TVs or play a game of pool or darts. The Beachcorner Bar & Grill is located at 4905 Canal Blvd., open daily from 11 a.m.
Another late night haven in Mid-City is the Bayou Beer Garden. Their diverse food menu offers tasty eats like disco fries, crabby bites, and THE BBGB: Bayou Beer Garden Burger. You can wash down your midnight grub with a drink from their extensive beer and liquor selection, and enjoy your cocktail on their outdoor patio. Make sure to bring a friend on your next visit. The Bayou Beer Garden is known for welcoming all friendly faces, including furry ones with their dog-friendly bar. Bayou Beer Garden is located at 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy, open daily until midnight.