The Faubourg St. John/Mid-City area is home to some of the top culinary destinations in the city of New Orleans. This list is organized by proximity to the Doctor Gumbo Guesthouse.
Less than 0.5 miles
This has been one of our favorite restaurants in the city prior to ever moving into the neighborhood! Since 1994 Lola's has been serving authentic Spanish food with a New Orleans twist in a lively, small space with an open kitchen. Get ready for garlic overload: the fresh bread and aioli are just the beginning. I crave the gazpacho soup and seafood paellas. Wine, beer and homemade sangria round out the adult beverage menu.
Open daily beginning at 5:30pm
3312 Esplanade Ave
Café Degas (French)
Truly one of the most romantic spots in the city, they've been serving New Orleanians and visitors alike since 1986. Named after the 19th-century French Impressionist Edgar Degas, who lived just down the same oak-lined avenue from 1872-1873, Café Degas is a consistent culinary award winner. Offering classic French cuisine with a creative touch of Creole, and a regularly handpicked selection of the best wines. You might think such an establishment would be better suited for the French Quarter, but think again, this is casual dining for families, friends, and lovers.
Open Wednesday through Sunday
3127 Esplanade Ave
Parkway Bakery and Tavern (Classic New Orleans)
Locals describe Parkway as the “BEST PO-BOY IN TOWN”! Serving up their famous “poor boys” for over 100 years, this fun and festive tavern and restaurant has an amazing story, and is a MUST for any visitor. Learn the history of our famous New Orleans sandwich and the story behind this classic icon of New Orleans history by visiting their website. No reservations and very casual. Indoor and outdoor seating.
538 Hagan Avenue
Liuzza's by the Track (Classic New Orleans)
If you're craving classic New Orleans flavors like gumbo and po-boys, this is your place. Adored by locals and visitors alike, Liuzza's by the Track is considered a local institution. No fuss, no frills...just delicious, local dishes like their own BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy, Garlic Oyster Po-Boy, Creole Gumbo and Turtle Soup! Full bar and kid-friendly.
Open Monday through Saturday
1518 N. Lopez St
1000 Figs (Mediterranean)
Despite being the new kid on the block, 1000 Figs fits right in with the older venues on the scene. With a focus on Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean flavors, the small menu and venue pack in a lot of amazing flavors and personality! Expect a young, hip crowd. Expect deliciously seasoned meats but also a great array of vegetarian and vegan options. Beer, wine and cocktails offered.
Open Monday through Saturday
3141 Ponce De Leon St
Santa Fe (Mexican)
Sure, you can get more authentic, less expensive, "street food" style Mexican elsewhere in the city, but Santa Fe has a lovely outdoor eating area great for people watching, and their menu is delicious. One of my personal favorites is their seafood nachos app, which I order as an entrée. My wife loves their hand-crafted margaritas...no store-bought mixers here: just fresh lime juice, 100% agave tequila and orange liqueur. A great spot for lunch or dinner...or just a pitcher of margaritas to pass the evening.
Open Tuesday through Sunday
3201 Esplanade Ave
Nonna Mia (Italian)
Nonna Mia (Italian for "my grandmother"), is the perfect name for this restaurant: there's nothing fancy and modern here, just delicious, soul-soothing Italian food. Beyond a full bar and traditional Italian menu, they have one of the cutest outdoor dining patios in the city. They also offer take-out and delivery. Our kids are addicted to their pizzas!
3125 Esplanade Ave
Don Villavaso on the Bayou (Casual American/Cigar bar)
An extension of another Don Villavaso's in a separate neighborhood of New Orleans, the Bayou outpost is the newest restaurant to this area. The menu is a mix of high-end steakhouse fare and casual "pub-grub" items like wings. They also boast a cigar bar to compliment their full bar. They have a large outdoor patio out in front for the cigar enthusiasts, and a modern vibe indoors.
3111 Grande Route St John
Less than 1 mile
Café du Monde
That’s right! The famous beignets from the original New Orleans coffee stand that began in 1862 in the French Quarter has a second location in City Park! Wait lines are significantly less at this location, and there is inside and outside seating. This is in City Park, next to a fantastic playground for kids with ducks, swans, and turtles galore! This is a great place to bring that duck food from your welcome basket. City Park has so many things to do…..visit our Attractions tab to learn more about City Park. Café du Monde beignets are a MUST for all visitors!
56 Dreyfous Drive
Toups Meatery (Cajun)
Look no further: this place is the real deal. Chef Isaac Toups represents the new guard of Cajun chefs for his updated sophisticated approach to a cuisine that’s best known for deep rustic flavors. His culinary style is the direct result of his New Orleans fine dining experience and growing up Cajun (Rayne, La, in the heart of Cajun country). Since opening Toups’ Meatery with his wife Amanda in 2012, Chef Isaac Toups has three times been named a James Beard Best Chef of the South Semi-finalist & finalist, and won the Fan Favorite Award during his stint as a finalist on Bravo TV's Top Chef Season 13. You're going to discover deep flavors here: from fried cracklings to hearty salads, incredible meat boards and top-notch Cajun classics. Full bar.
Closed on Mondays
845 N. Carrollton Ave
Crescent City Steakhouse (Steakhouse)
New Orleans’ oldest family-owned steakhouse that started in 1934. This upscale steak house is revered by locals as the “Best Steak in NOLA”. It is still in its original location on N Broad Street, where 6 generations of New Orleanians have gathered, celebrated, played cards in the back, and had secret meetings in the booths…..if those walls could talk! This Croatian family invented the “New Orleans style” of cooking steaks which is cooked in butter, which has been imitated quite a bit since 1934 (ever heard of Ruth’s Chris?). It can get very busy so reservations for the weekend is recommended.
1001 N Broad Street
Ralph's on the Park (Contemporary Creole)
Set in an 1860's house, this elegant, eclectic eatery features a bar, wine list & Sunday brunch. Easily one of the most beautiful and romantic restaurants in the city, Ralph's on the Park sits directly across the street from the lush City Park. Reservations are highly recommended as this is a very popular spot for locals, especially for the boozy Sunday brunch.
900 City Park Ave
Blue Oak BBQ (Barbecue)
Award-winning Southern barbecue joint with a down-home vibe serving specialty sandwiches, classic plates & sides. My whole family loves this place. They also have a great outdoor area with fans and misters. Full bar with local craft draft beers.
900 N. Carrollton Ave