Square Root

Food: cheese plate: 9/10** Drinks: 10/10  Vibes: 7/10 Midwest Foodie: Only had the cheese plate here so I will withhold my full rating. The cheese plate was top notch though. Lots of tasty options with all the necessary jams and nuts on the side. Will have to come here for a proper meal soon and…

Mimi’s in the Marigny

Food: 7/10 Drinks: 6/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest Foodie: Tapas. I’m really not crazy about tapas. They never seem to really fill me up and end up being on the pricey side for a decent sized meal. The food options here are decent but nothing to write home about. I do give them credit for their…

Paladar 511

Food: 9.5/10 Drinks: 9/10 Vibes: 20/10 Midwest Foodie: Italian food done right! We had some arancini to start that was very tasty. I never turn down a chance to get my hands on some homemade pasta, and their pappardelle really hit the spot. Noodles were fresh and sauce had just the right blend of spices….

La Petit Grocery

Food: 9.5/10 Drinks: 9/10 Vibes: 9/10  Midwest Foodie: Wow wow wow. Great meal from start to finish! La Petite is a little pricey for a med student’s budget, but hey, my aunt was treating us tonight (thanks Juju!). We started with the best grilled octopus we’d ever tasted and some blue crab beignets. Yum! As…

Pizza Domenica

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 8/10 Vibes: 6.5/10 Midwest Foodie: The price is right at this happy hour gem. Half price pizzas and drinks? Sign me up. We had a summer squash and zucchini pizza that shattered my expectations. I mean, no meat and I’m not complaining! The crust is nice and bubbly and you can tell…

Balise

  Food: 10/10 Drinks: ? Vibes: 9/10 Midwest Foodie: This is the best brunch I’ve ever had…in any city. I know that’s a high mark but let me tell you, when you combine pork tenderloin, homemade biscuits, mushrooms, and fried eggs, you have my heart. The blue crab omelet was to die for as well….

Arnaud’s

Food: 9/10 Drinks: 9.5/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest Foodie: Old school New Orleans done right. We went here for a special occasion; this isn’t the usual level of restaurant that we frequent. The food was tasty and very well done. Only reason it doesn’t get a 10 is because I got tricked! Not really, just ordered…

El Gato Negro

Food: 9/10 Drinks: 8/10 Vibes: 4/10 Midwest Foodie: Yikes the price tag on this one! I was pretty blown away when I saw that the average entrée price was between $20 and $25. For Mexican food? Give me a break. We decided to split the steak fajitas and I understood the pricing scheme the second…

Chiba

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 4/10 Vibes: 6.5/10 Midwest Foodie: Had a really great time here and ate some tasty sushi. First off, one of the best happy hours in the city. About $6 a roll and we got a complimentary octopus ceviche for sitting at the sushi bar. Our favorite was the fish taco roll with…

Creole Creamery

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 10/10 Vibes: 9/10 Midwest Foodie: This is definitely the best ice cream shop in town. You might ask why I gave it only an 8/10? The answer is simply that New Orleans ice cream in general is good, not great. The Midwest is the home to truly great ice cream and I…

Shaya

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 10/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest foodie: Let me be clear from the beginning about Shaya. This is not “my type” of restaurant: it has small plates with large price tags. That said, the food is really really tasty. We shared shipka peppers, lutenitsa, and labneh. We also split lamb ragu hummus which came…

Bacchanal

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 9/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest foodie: The best cheese plate in the city. You pick out cheeses from the fridge and Bacchanal puts them on a legit cheese board with bread, olives, jam, and nuts. Classy with lots of flavor. If you’re looking for something a little heartier than cheese and bread they…