Top 10 Places To Eat Healthy in New Orleans

<p style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Y'all, it's been a while. I wanted to first say thanks so much for coming back to the website and all of your continued support throughout the years. Earlier this summer, I had my first health scare of my life, and that forced me to slow down and re-consider priorities.</p>

Paloma Cafe

<p style="white-space: pre-wrap;">800 Louisa Street, in the Bywater, has experienced a lot in the last few years. Within a few years after Katrina, Booty's was the first to inhabit the space with some marginal success. After struggling to connect with locals and visitors alike, Booty's gave way to the ambitious locally founded outpost Henri Cafe.</p>

Mardi Gras King Cakes 2018

<p style="white-space: pre-wrap;">With Mardi Gras Day a week away, I'm back at it with the King Cakes I'll be bringing along with me all Mardi Gras Long. Whether it's bringing them to Mardi Gras parties, birthday parties, or work events, or to the parade route, these are my favorite Mardi Gras King Cakes this year.</p>

Favorite New Nola Coffee Shops

<p style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Make no bones about it, and I've said this before, if I could walk around with a coffee drip running through my veins I would. The act of fetching/having/going out for coffee is a huge part of my process as a photographer, or for that matter a creative. I've featured lots of coffee shops over the years, and these are a few I'm currently obsessing over. Follow them and show them some love when your own craving kicks in.</p>

Bywater Bakery

<p style="white-space: pre-wrap;">I'm not sure why, but I haven't been in and around the Bywater in a few months. So weird since it's absolutely one of my favorite neighborhoods for all things food, music, and of course the photographic opportunities. With that said, I've been seeing a ton of great images rolling through my feed for <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>The Bywater Bakery</strong></a> and I stopped in recently to check it out.</p>

Cafe Envie

<p style="white-space: pre-wrap;">I've been spending a lot of time in the French Quarter as of late. Being a person built on the idea of routine, coffee (specifically iced coffee) is my morning godsend. </p>

Belle’s Diner

I can’t imagine a more accessible and delectable place to grab brunch in the French Quarter. Belle’s Diner, located steps away and literally directly...

Compère Lapin

Absolutely one of my all-time favorite meals this year, Compère Lapin certainly lived up to it’s expectations and then some. Located within the Old...

La Riviere Confiserie

<p>Nestled smack dab in the middle of Magazine Street, the recently opened La Riviere Confiserie (sweet shop), is a modern day oasis for sweets tooths from around the city. </p>

Church Alley Coffee

<p>New Orleans has been "up and coming" for quite some time. Neighborhoods all over the city are being revitalized and renewed. One of those neighborhoods is Central City and specifically, one of it's main thoroughfares, Oretha Castle Haley.</p>

Boudin, Bourbon, Beer 2015

<p>This year marks the second year in a row <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Emeril Lagasse Foundation</a> event <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer</a> has been held at Champion Square. The event brings together some of the best chefs from around world as well as chefs from our own Nola backyard in support of the foundation and the young people it benefits</p>

Willa Jean is not my lover, but I’m in love.

<p>In plain view, the words "<span style="font-size:15px">Uneeda Biscuit" are emblazoned across the wall as you walk into the John Besh Group's newest eatery, <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">Willa Jean</a>.</span></p>

Revelator Coffee

<p>It's been a long time home-coming for the Nola bred coffee outpost <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">Revelator Coffee</a>. A few months ago, Revelator Nola opened in a super cosy spot on Tchoupitoulas in the heart of the Warehouse District, to a ton of well deserved fanfare. Each neighborhood around the city has it's own distinct coffee shop and it was time for the Warehouse District to get its own.</p>

Gracious Bakery

<p>'m grateful for carbs. Let's just get that out of the way. What better way to flick off Dr. Atkins than devouring copious amounts of baked goods. There are a few things I can't resist and usually they're baked, fried, or distilled, just to name a few. <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gracious Bakery</a>, is located in the bottom floor of the brand new Woodward Design building in the Xavier University area of Uptown. It's a corridor that has seen a ton of growth lately especially with the recent opening of the CostCo and the launch of the Blue Plate Art Lofts.</p>

Johnny Sanchez

<p>The word "authentic" gets thrown around like tortillas all too often. More often than not, Mexican eateries take the brunt of the over-usage of the word. To me it's so ironic. In my own experiences with Mexican restaurants, the food offered is all the same and could not be any further from "authentic". Don't get me wrong, there are some exceptions to the rule here in Nola, and you know who you are, but for the most part most my experiences are subpar to say the least.</p>


It’s official, Sylvain (625 Chartres St. New Orleans LA 70130 / 504.265.8123) and I are now going steady. I’ve found THE restaurant in which...

Tivoli & Lee

<p>The Hotel Modern's self described moniker <em>"New Orleans' Urban Boutique Hotel"</em> couldn't be any more apropos. Nestled along one of Nola's most scenic vistas in Lee Circle, The Hotel Modern is certainly within majesty. Besides the 135 rooms, the hotel is also home to the ever popular bar Bellocq, as well as our latest feature, the restaurant Tivoli & Lee.</p>

Jamielyn Arcega & Cellardoor

<p>Smack dab in the middle of the New Orleans Central Business District resides a magical and mystical place, restaurant and bar, <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">CellarDoor</a>. Open a few short months ago, Cellardoor is located off of Lafayette St. in a seemingly out of place structure that has actually been standing for over 150 years. As I turned the corner directly off of Poydras street to Lafayette, my eyes grew the size of golf balls as I noticed the distinct character and style of the former Swoop-Duggins House that houses Cellardoor. The exterior of the building is as lush as the inside.</p>


<p>The Bywater, in my opinion exists in rarefied air. Each and every time I walk around one of Nola's most promising neighborhoods, it occurs to me that there's something special going on down there. Artists and artisans, musicians, and numerous entrepreneurs are truly making the area into something very unique. One of the coolest spots to open in the Bywater is the coffee shop <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">Solo Espresso</a>.</p>

GG’s Dine-O-Rama

<p style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px">Macaroni, tossed in seven cheese sauce, bacon, panko crusted fried chicken, jalapeños, and topped with shaved parmesan couldn't be any more alluring of a description.</p><p>Chef David Gotter, recently re-opened in his previous Gott Gourmet spot, <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">GG's Dine-O-Rama</a> to much deserved fanfare. GG's, which is a shortened version of Gott Gourmet, prides themselves on offering “refined comfort food”. Furthermore, as stated on their website "A neighborhood dining spot for food lovers who can expect fine dining detail and standards in even the most casual of dishes."</p>


<p><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">Capdeville</a> has always been one of my favorite haunts to catch a Saints game downtown, grab a drink after a meeting in the CBD or just to pre-game it before a show. Until recently, my experience with the Mayor’s food had been limited to a post Mumford & Sons burger and a few lunches here and there. This perturbed me for sure.</p>


<p>I'm still trying to figure out why donuts are not an official food group. Seriously, they are a universal food in which I cannot get enough of. Since their opening a little over a month ago, <a href="">District Donuts/Sliders/Brew</a> have been infiltrating the hearts and stomachs of anyone coming anywhere near Magazine and Jackson avenue in the Lower Garden District.</p>

Atomic Burger

<p>Veterans Memorial Blvd. from end to end runs nearly 10 miles and has always been the main thoroughfare in Metairie. Still to this day I can hear my parents arguing over where we were going to eat while we drove down Vets. Things have changed dramatically all over the city since Katrina and Metairie is constantly keeping pace with the rest of the metro area. Except for food.</p>

Manhattan Jack

<p>One of the jewels of Uptown New Orleans is Prytania Street. Whether it's catching a flick at The Prytania Theatre, being romantic at Le Crepe Nanou, or getting your hair did at Paris Parker, there's not much you can't get on Prytania. <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">Manhattan Jack</a> is one of our favorite places on Prytania, and is slap dab in the middle of all the action.</p>

Dinner Lab

<p style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px">"This dinner will never happen again" is the one statement that sticks with me from the video below explaining the true purpose behind Dinner Lab. Less than 3 years ago, founder and Nola stalwart Brian Bordainick, set out to create a unique dining experience based in and around New Orleans. His culinary epiphany has seen a meteoric rise and expansion to other foodie towns like Nashville, Chicago, San Fran, New York City, and Atlanta in which I'm sure they don't serve Dirty Bird. Below is their mission statement in motion...</p>