Where To Eat When You Visit New Orleans

There are over 1300 restaurants in New Orleans.  We have eaten at over 600 of them.  It is almost impossible to have a bad meal in New Orleans.  Anywhere you have heard of, so have another million other people heard of it, too.  Where to eat when you visit New Orleans should be off the usual tourist radar.  Don’t wait in a line of people from out of town.  Get off the typical tourist treadmill and be a New Orleanian when you are here.  Ask someone who lives here where to eat when you visit New Orleans.  We know.  We eat here every day.

Get yourself some real New Orleans culture.  Get yourself some real New Orleans cuisine.  Get personalized recommendations from people who live here.


Your New Orleans goodwill ambassador is waiting to meet you.


Nobody loses weight when they visit New Orleans.  There is just too much good food to go around everywhere you go.  You will walk a lot, though, to burn off those extra calories.  New Orleans is flat and there is plenty to look at along the way.  You can walk from lunch to dinner and have good adventures between Point A and Destination Unknown.  Good memories are made in  every New Orleans neighborhood, especially ours.

Contrary to what you think, we don’t eat gumbo and jambalaya for breakfast, lunch, and supper every day in New Orleans.  We do eat these things, but we also enjoy the rest of what this cornucopia of a city has to offer.  New Orleans is a city of award-winning chefs and hungry gourmets.  Taste real New Orleans for yourself.

La Belle Esplanade
Your New Orleans headquarters can be a colorful historic mansion.

There are good reasons that New Orleans is famous for its cuisine.  There are excellent restaurants in every neighborhood.  Where to eat when you visit New Orleans should be a decision not a question.

Talk to a New Orleans goodwill ambassador and he’ll tell you what to look for in any and every neighborhood.  New Orleans is a city full of good surprises.  You only have to know where to look.  That’s what La Belle Esplanade is here for.  We are a small personalized craft hotel.  Hello.

Your New Orleans Goodwill Ambassador
Your humble narrator, the most interesting and best-dressed man in New Orleans. You have a friend on Esplanade Avenue.

The most important meal of the day is breakfast.  Where to eat breakfast when you visit New Orleans is a no-brainer.  You should stay at La Belle Esplande.  There are good reasons La Belle has been ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans since April 2014 (and #2 in the U.S., and #16 in the world).  At La Belle Esplande we serve a curated breakfast differently every day, purchased fresh from local small businesses: bakeries, cheesemongers, patisseries, restaurants, caterers, farmer’s markets, butchers, gellaterie, and coffee roasters.  Every day is a different delight for the senses served up from our neighborhood and accompanied by conversation about whatever New Orleans topics you want to talk about.

No one goes hungry in New Orleans.  Where to eat when you visit New Orleans, like what to do in New Orleans, is a question that answers itself.  Wherever you find yourself in New Orleans, enjoy yourself.  Good memories are made in New Orleans every day.  The best New Orleans memories begin at La Belle Esplanade.  I know.  I live here.  I see it.  Ask me about it over breakfast.

A sample of what awaits at breakfast at La Belle Esplanade.

La Belle Esplanade is a tiny, five-suite hotel in a city with 36,000 hotel rooms and 8,000 AirBnB houses.  At La Belle Esplanade, we practice professional, personalized, craft hospitality at a micro level.  Because our B&B hotel is so tiny, we have to be good at what we do.  That’s why we’ve been ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans every month since April 2014.  We’re here to help you make good New Orleans memories off the tourist grid in authentic New Orleans.  Visit like you belong here and you’ll fit right in at La Belle Esplanade.  Real New Orleans is calling.

Start the day off right with some real New Orleans hospitality.  We’ll talk with you, learn what you are interested in, and make recommendations based on what interests you about New Orleans, not what the guidebooks say.  Nothing is off-the-rack at La Belle Esplanade.  Personalized hospitality is what we do.  We are here for you.  Being New Orleans goodwill ambassadors is our profession.  We are happy to share our part of New Orleans with you.

New Orleans-style breakfast
A sample of breakfast, New Orleans-style, at La Belle Esplanade

With only five suites, La Belle Esplanade tends to fill up early during busy seasons.  Here is a link to our calendar.  Plan ahead and make a reservation early.  We only have five suites.  Only ten people on any given day can experience authentic New Orleans the La Belle Esplanade way.  Be one of the lucky few.

You should definitely follow the blog on this website.  There are good reasons it is called The Best-Written Blog in New Orleans.  La Belle Esplanade also sponsors a sister blog.  It’s called A New Orleans State of Mind You should read that one and follow it, too.  It’s a hoot.

You should follow La Belle Esplanade on Facebook and on Instagram if you want to to.  We post 2,3,4,5 times a day to keep people in a New Orleans state of mind.  La Belle Esplanade also has a YouTube channel.

When you are ready to visit New Orleans like you mean it, La Belle Esplanade is here for you.  Make a reservation today.  Get off the typical tourist treadmill.  You belong in the real New Orleans.  You belong at La Belle Esplanade.  We know where to eat when you visit New Orleans.  Stay at La Belle Esplanade and you’ll know where to eat in New Orleans, too.

Breakfast is served.
Every day in New Orleans starts with a delicious buffet.