Eat like a local in New Orleans!

We asked 61st Annual Meeting attendees and Biophysical Society members who live in New Orleans for their favorite places to eat and the attractions you shouldn’t miss. See their recommendations below!


The Ruby Slipper Cafe
139 South Cortez Street
Monday-Friday 7am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday 7am – 3pm

Willa Jean
611 O’Keefe Avenue
Daily 7am – 9pm

Manhattan Jack
4930 Prytania Street
Daily 6:30am – 6pm

Mother’s Restaurant
401 Poydras Street
Daily 7am – 10pm
“Can be busy but they turn it around quickly. Good southern breakfast.”


Landry’s Seafood
8000 Lakeshore Drive
Sunday-Thursday 11am – 9:30pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 10:30pm

1330 Prytania Street
Monday-Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 10pm
“Vegan cuisine.”

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
Monday-Thursday 10am – 10pm
Friday-Saturday 10am – 11pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
“Everyone will recommend this place, but it is a MUST. Gets very busy, so be flexible.”

St. James Cheese Company
641 Tchoupitoulas Street
Monday-Thursday 11am – 7pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 9pm
Closed Sunday

Central Grocery & Deli
923 Decatur Street
Daily 9am – 5pm
“If you’ve got time, Central Grocery in the French Quarter for a muffaletta is a fixture.”


Doris Metropolitan
620 Chartres Street
Lunch: Friday-Sunday 12 noon – 2:30pm
Dinner: Daily 5:30pm – 10:30pm

Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
715 St. Charles Avenue
Monday-Friday 11:30am – 10pm
Saturday 5pm – 10pm
Closed Sunday

625 Chartres Street
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm – 11pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30pm – 12 midnight
Sunday 5:30pm – 10pm
Brunch: Friday-Sunday 10:30am – 2:30pm

Paladar 511
511 Marigny Street
Dinner: Wednesday-Monday 5:30pm – 10pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 2pm

Peche Seafood Grill
800 Magazine Street
Monday-Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 11pm
Closed Sunday

1330 Prytania Street
Monday-Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 10pm
“Vegan cuisine”

Emeril’s New Orleans
800 Tchoupitoulas Street
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am – 2pm
Dinner: Daily 6pm – 10pm
“A classic treat, and while pricey, less expensive than many high end NOLA restaurants.”

Palace Café
605 Canal Street
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 8am – 11am
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Daily 5:30pm – til
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 2:30pm
“The little brother of Commander’s Palace and is good at accommodating groups with notice.”

Budget Eats

Stein’s Market and Deli
2207 Magazine Street
Tuesday-Friday 7am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm
Closed Monday

Central Grocery & Deli
923 Decatur Street
Daily 9am – 5pm
“If you’ve got time, Central Grocery in the French Quarter for a muffaletta is a fixture.”

Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria
301 N. Peters Street
Sunday-Tuesday, Thursday 11am – 11pm
Wednesday 11am – 1am
Friday & Saturday 11am – 2am

The Company Burger
Girod Street at Rampart Street
Daily 11am – 10pm

Verti Marte
1201 Royal Street
Daily 24 hours

Dat Dog
601 Frenchmen Street
Sunday-Tuesday 11am – 12am
Friday & Saturday 11am – 3am

Mint Modern Vietnamese
5100 Freret Street
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 10pm
Closed Monday

Coop’s Place
1109 Decatur Street
Daily 11am – til
“Be ready to wait in a line, but there’s a line for a reason.”

Can’t Miss Attractions

City Park & Sculpture Garden
1 Palm Drive
Large urban park featuring botanical gardens, open-air sculpture garden, and antique wooden carousel.

Café du Monde
800 Decatur Street
Daily 24 hours
Famous coffee and beignets

Lake Pontchartrain

Frenchmen Street
The live music capital of New Orleans

Royal Street
Epicenter of local art

Magazine Street
Shopping, architecture, and museums

St. Louis Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Alley
Historic church

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Washington Avenue & Prytania Street
Monday-Friday 7am – 2:30pm
Saturday 7am – 12 noon
Historic cemetery with above ground crypts

Krewe de Vieux parade
French Quarter
Saturday, February 11, 6:30pm
“It is the kickoff of the Carnival season in NOLA and the only parade that gets to go through the French Quarter. Not for the faint of heart.”

NOLA Brewery
3001 Tchoupitoulas Street
Daily 8am – 5pm

Hot Tin Rooftop Bar
in the Pontchartrain Hotel
2031 St. Charles Avenue
Monday-Thursday 4pm – 12 midnight
Friday & Saturday 2pm – 2am
Sunday 2pm – 12 midnight
“The recently renovated Pontchartrain Hotel was a historical hangout for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway, and Tennessee Williams. The new rooftop bar offers one of the best views of the city.”


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