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…

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…

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…

Port of Call

Food: 10/10 Drinks: 7.5/10 Vibes: 9/10 Midwest foodie: Best burger in New Orleans. Hands down. Huge patty that they cook to medium-rare perfection (you can get it any way you like, but c’mon, don’t ruin your burger by ordering it well-done). Burger comes with a baked potato that you can dress up with cheese, mushrooms, sour cream, chives,…