This is not by any means a definitive list. We aren’t rich enough to eat at all the restaurants near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where Wizard World New Orleans is held. Looking at the map, there are way more restaurants that we want to try and never have. Therefore these are just some restaurants within walking distance, which actually does cover almost the entire CBD.
Mulate’s New Orleans: To be honest, I haven’t been here in years. But it does have some decent cajun fare, and if it is a night with live music, that makes it worth it.
El Gato Negro: There mole chicken is fantastic, and everything else is pretty good, too. (Note: we have not tried this particular location).
Cochon Butcher: This is my number one recommendation. Everything I’ve had here has been great.
Cochon: The fancier big brother is right next door to Butcher. While I think Butcher is better, this is world class food.
Drago’s Seafood: Don’t look at the menu. Order oysters either raw or charbroiled…preferably both. If you are still hungry, order another dozen.
Mannings: We find Manning’s hit or miss, but everyone else we know seems to love it.
Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant: This is where we ended up on day one of Wizard World last year. The food was excellent, the company better, and the scorpion was weird.
Carmo: If you are craving something a little healthier, this is the place for you. They do have vegetarian and vegan options. I have yet to have a bad meal or drink there.
Gordon Biersch Brewery: If you are looking for a great pub atmosphere, this should be high on your list.
St. James Cheese Company: If you like cheese, these people are the best cheesemongers in the city. (Note: we have not tried this particular location).
Herbsaint: If you are dressed up (and I mean Sunday dressed), this is our favorite restaurant in the city.
The American Sector Restaurant: This restaurant is attached to the World War II museum. It’s also one of our favorites. The glazed lamb ribs are to die for.
Some of the other restaurants in the area that we haven’t tried but would love to:
- Galliano Restaurant
- Grand Isle
- La Boca
- Tommy’s Cuisine
- Peche Seafood Grill
- Compere Lapin
- Legacy Kitchen
- Mother’s (wait…what? We have never eaten at Mothers?)