New Orleans has long been known as a city that welcomes all revelers, including LGBT travelers. In 2018, New Orleans LGBT Hospitality Alliance (NOLHA) launched an all-important ‘Everyone’s Welcome Here’ sticker for businesses to showcase in their window fronts. This sticker program, coupled with our accolade as second most welcoming city in the world for the second year in a row, affirms that New Orleans should be on top of all LGBT traveler’s minds. We rounded up some restaurants that were early adopters of the sticker program and are leading the charge on LGBT hospitality.
This trendy but casual food hall downtown is open from breakfast until dinner. It boasts 13 vendors, including cuisine ranging from Asian food, to Cajun food, Jamaican, and Mediterranean. The bar in the center of the hall offers a fantastic happy hour, too.
Eat is a gay-owned, French Quarter restaurant specializing in dishes native to – or inspired by – South Louisiana. You’ll be amazed not only by the food but also by the charm of stepping into history by having a meal inside this old French Quarter building.
The story of the Ruby Slipper started back in 2008, as the city was recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Founders Erich and Jennifer Weishaupt were working hard to restore their neighborhood and thought what better way than to open a restaurant and feed the people living in it. They were right. Today, there are several locations in the New Orleans area and Ruby Slipper remains a popular brunch spot among locals.
The ideal hangout for food lovers and sports fanatics, Manning’s is the spot to kick back with a few beers and watch your favorite teams play. Manning’s is filled with large screens throughout the space and is perfect for those who want the option to watch multiple games at once.
Galliano Restaurant is a truly spectacular dining experience that takes casual Cajun dining to the next level. Open for both lunch and dinner, the venue has items on the menu to suit everyone’s tastes. You can’t go wrong with the raw oysters or the Southern fried chicken.
This fantastic local restaurant offers contemporary Southern cuisine. Coquette is located in a historic Garden District building which only adds to its New Orleans charm. Both the dinner and brunch menus offer unique flavors of culinary excellence and certainly live up to all the hype. Coquette is housed on Magazine Street and is also walking distance from one of the city’s most well-known cemeteries, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
The quick, casual cousin of Café Amelie, Petite Amelie is a French Quarter staple serving up healthy options for breakfast and lunch (and even an early dinner). They specialize in sandwiches, soups, and salads, but have plenty of other delicious options.
The always fun Hard Rock Café has its New Orleans location in the heart of the French Quarter. Just like other locations around the world, this Hard Rock has tons of interesting memorabilia from famous faces hanging on its walls.
Hands down, one of our favorite BBQ joints in the city, Blue Oak is the ideal spot for a fast-casual meal and great for catering too. Some of their specialties for are brisket, pork, and chicken, while their Brussels sprouts and mac & cheese are the perfect side dishes.
Everybody loves a NYC sandwich, and Empire State Delicatessen brings that NYC feel to the Crescent City. Located just a couple of blocks from Lafayette Square in the Central Business District, take your lunch to eat in the park. If your taste buds are up for something different, we highly recommend the New York Ranger – a sandwich with sautéed prosciutto smothered in Italian dressing and mozzarella cheese.
*Editor’s Note: For more information on the NOLHA program, or to learn how to become a NOLHA member and get a sticker for your business, visit NewOrleans.com.