If there’s ever been a place where the atmosphere gets hotter as the sun goes down it’s New Orleans, LA. Yet, finding a good place to satisfy that light night food craving can be a bit challenging, particularly if you don’t know the area. The good news is we’ve done all the tasty research for you and put together a list of the best spots to grab some late night grub so you’ll know just where to head whenever the hankering hits.
Bud’s Broiler – When your late night craving is something only an authentic, juicy burger will fulfill, head on down to Bud’s Broiler. There are multiple locations throughout the NOLA area, but the Mid-City locale definitely tops the list. Their burgers are cooked on an open-flame charcoal grill and come with just about every topping your heart desires. Best of all, they’re open 24/7, so you can get your fill whenever the urge strikes.
The Camellia Grill - There’s just nothing like good comfort food to top off a late night of partying in New Orleans. The Camellia Grill has been a staple in the area since 1946, offering a basic menu of traditional diner options, including hot and cold sandwiches as well as a variety of popular breakfast items. Wash it all down with one of their famous freezes (milk shakes) or a slice of homemade pie. And since they’re open until midnight during the week and 2am on the weekends, you don’t have to rush around.
Dat Dog – Looking for a late night eatery that’s immersed in the heart of the vibrant NOLA night life? Dat Dog brings hot dogs to a whole new level, offering everything from traditional Polish sausage to locally sourced menu items that include crawfish, alligator and duck. Choose from more than 30 available toppings to really make your experience unique. And don’t forget the loaded fries! Beer, wine and cocktails are also available and they’re open until 3am on weekends, so relax, eat, drink and enjoy!
Bar Redux – If you prefer live entertainment while you enjoy some late night grub, Bar Redux is the place to be. The menu offers plenty of local fare, including traditional creole cuisine options as well as a number of Caribbean-inspired dishes. Open until 2am on weeknights and 3am on the weekends, and serving up everything from live bands to film screenings, you’ll never be bored with this joint. Enjoy some frosty drinks on the patio and take in the authentic vibe that makes NOLA so unique.
Verti Marte – Perhaps no other eatery embodies the laid back, home-town appeal of New Orleans more than this 24-hour sandwich shop, located in the back of a small, unassuming grocery store in the French Quarter. This local gem has become a staple for authentic NOLA cuisine, particularly the infamous po’ boy sandwich, something the deli specializes in. Daily specials are always available and if you can’t make it in to pick up your food, you’re in luck because Verti Marte delivers as well.
Of course, these are just a handful of the countless eateries, restaurants, diners and bars where you can stop in, enjoy a few frosty beverages and savor the taste of New Orleans no matter the time, day or night. For more delicious NOLA recommendations, check out our book collection, including Eat Dat, New Orleans Underground Guide or The Bucket List Pocket Guide. And whatever you do, don’t forget your appetite – you’re going to need it!