So I’m back and doing what I do best, well second best after eating food, thats talking about food! It has been a minute since my last post and I’ve been looking forward to this one. Why Uptown I hear you ask, why not the whole of New Orleans? Well two reasons. Firstly Uptown is out favourite area in NOLA. It’s so much more chilled than the more touristy area of the French Quarter, and there is loads to see. Check out our post, Walking Tour of Uptown New Orleans for more on the area. There are also has many amazing places to eat out, especially along Magazine Street. After you have tried all the go to’s in the French Quarter you will likely be happy for something a little different. So heres our top 5 places to eat in Uptown New Orleans.
Number 1 on our top 5 places to eat in Uptown New Orleans, is of course dessert! Why not. On a hot day in NOLA there is nothing better than an ice cold treat. This place is awesome, Creole Creamery has 3 locations in New Orleans, Bay St Louis, Lakeview and Uptown. The Uptown location is a tradition ice cream parlour in style, with a large counter and booths. They also have a window at the far end of the shop where you can see them making the ice cream. Unfortunately the day we where there they weren’t making any.
Now let’s talk flavours. There where so many to choose from, they have a core offering of 18 different flavours. This is extensive enough, but then they also have a rotating seasonal selection too. You can buy by the scoop or choose one of their Sundae options from the menu, they also have milkshakes and floats as you might expect. We went for choose your own scoops, because we wanted to try as many flavours as possible. We had; Cafe au Lait, Cookie Monster, Butter Pecan, Mango Unchained, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Champagne Violet and Strawberry Jalapeño Cheesecake, yes thats right, it was real good too!
Craft Beer Cellar
Number 2 on our top 5 places to eat in Uptown New Orleans, is Craft Beer Cellar. Ok so technically this isn’t a place to eat, but we felt it’s a must to try whilst in Uptown, not a far walk from the Creole Creamery either so an obvious next choice.
You’ll find Craft Beer Cellar on Magazine Street, which is a six mile stretch of eclectic shops, cafes, restaurants, and more running from the Central Business District and the Warehouse Arts District through the Garden District and Uptown. They have a massive selection of craft beer to choose from. So if you are into craft beer, then you’ll love this place. Local Louisiana and other States beers, as well as a number of international ones, they even have some ciders for Sarah. Being New Orleans, you can drink on the streets, their only stipulation was that the glass bottle for the cider needed to be poured into a plastic to go cup.
Number 3 on our top 5 places to eat in Uptown New Orleans, is Dat Dog, another Magazine Street eatery. Dat Dog also have 3 locations in NOLA and also 2 others elsewhere in the US. This is possibly one of the most funky and cool places to eat in Uptown. The artwork which covers the walls is simply amazing and hilarious.
As the name suggests these guys specialise in hot dogs, although they do offer some burgers and sides. The sides are generally some kind of topping to either fries or tater tots. So how it works is they have a limited number of set combos with funky names you can chose from, but the best thing to do is build your own. You get to choose, bun or no bun, the type of sausage which they have loads to choose from and finally choose your toppings – again from a huge selection.
Number 4 on our top 5 places to eat in Uptown New Orleans, is Saffron NOLA. This is probably my favourite. Why? well it is an Indian restaurant and being British, Indian food is definitely a part of our culinary identity. But you wont find any Anglo-Indian dishes here such as chicken tikka masala. These are all authentic dishes, something you might not have tried before and everything was delicious.
The menu isn’t massive and it’s the most pricy in our list, but the quality of the food was fantastic, and the atmosphere was brilliant, definitely worth getting dressed up for. We went for my birthday meal and they where so good with us. Even gave me a free desert.
I love Indian food, especially the more authentic Indian food. So I wanted to try as much as I could. Luckily they have a selection of small plates called Roti Sathi (Bread Companions) which we had six of between us and a couple of the Choti plates, which are small plates. This was plenty for the two of us.
The Big Cheezy
Number 5 is The Big Cheezy. The Big Cheezy has actually closed its Uptown location since our visit which is such a shame as it was amazing. Fortunately they still have 3 other locations for you to try.
I love it for the name alone, but if you are a fan of the good old American grilled cheese, then this is the place for you. Expect epic variations on the traditional though, and huge portions.
The 3 locations in Louisiana include one in Kenner, where New Orleans airport is and they also have locations in Lafayette and Baton Rouge.
The menu has the usual you might expect from a grilled cheese spot. They also have loads of variations with a southern twist “Southern Meltz” as they call them, including the fantastically name Killer Crawfish & Crazy Old Goat. I’ll let you guess what might be on them. Needless to say they are packed with all the lip smacking flavours you might expect from New Orleans.
We opted for just one grilled cheese and one side between us. It didn’t disappoint. The grilled cheese was a double decker, and although great wasn’t the main event. The waffle fries which were smothered in chillies, pulled pork and mac & cheese, where amazing. We left very full and very satisfied, a must.
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