New Orleans, Louisiana, is known the world over for its food and drinks. Even if you’ve never been to New Orleans, you can probably name at least one of the city’s iconic fine dining establishments like Emeril’s, Commander’s Palace, or Antoine’s. What sits under the radar for most Big Easy newbies is the late night dining scene. Where do you eat after you’ve indulged in a few too many Hurricanes? Where should you go to get some late night food when you realize it’s 4 a.m. and you have a flight back home in a few hours? These are the top late night dining establishments in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Ali Baba – 732 St. Peter Street – New Orleans, LA 70116
Located just steps from world famous Pat O’Briens, Ali Baba is one of the prime spots for those with a case of alcohol-induced munchies. Gyros, pita bread, hummus, wraps, and shawarma of all varieties can be found on this establishment’s well-rounded Mediterranean menu. The food is served quickly but they only accept cash so make sure that you don’t drop all your dollars on Bourbon Street.
Lucky Dog – Mobile Carts – New Orleans, LA
Lucky Dog carts are iconic in New Orleans, especially since they were immortalized in John Kennedy Toole’s “Confederacy of Dunces.” Don’t order a Lucky Dog expecting a world-class brat, but accept it for what it is, a Bourbon Street institution that will help you absorb all those delicious drinks. The options are pretty simple, fitting for the state of mind you will likely be in when you order one. Ketchup? Mustard? Relish? Sweet. These carts line the French Quarter’s most famous street as long as people are roaming, or stumbling, down it.
Booty’s Street Food – 800 Louisa Street – New Orleans, LA 70117
Feel like venturing out of the French Quarter and taking in a bit more sophisticated late night dining? Catch a cab down to the Bywater and enjoy the worldly, yet affordable, plates of Booty’s Street Food. Nearly everything on their menu is under $10 and you have an option of dishes representing French, Mexican, Korean, Greek, and Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant generally closes around midnight but that’s not much earlier than closing time for your local hometown bars, now is it?
Yo Mama’s Bar & Grill – 727 St. Peter Street – New Orleans, LA 70116
You know what sounds good when you’ve over-indulged in the French Quarter’s cocktails? A good ole fashioned hamburger. Port Of Call on Esplanade Avenue is good but they generally close around midnight. Check out Yo Mama’s for a burger that is every bit as good and served until around 2 a.m. The Texas BBQ burger with cheese is solid, as is the blue cheese and avocado burger, but the peanut butter burger is the choicest option at this late-night French Quarter bar and grill.
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