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….

Camellia Grill

Food: 9/10 Drinks: 9/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest Foodie: Can I just start by recommending their house omelet with ham, bacon, three cheeses, and topped with chili!?! Holy cow what a gutbomb that has me sheepishly begging for more. Fair prices and 24-hour superb breakfast and lunch fare make Camellia Grill a common stop to clear…

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…

Kin

Food: 8/10 Drinks: N/A Vibes: 7.5/10 Midwest Foodie: We were going for something a little out of our comfort zone and took a classmate’s recommendation to check out Kin. We started out with some fried potstickers stuffed with crab that were quite tasty. We had an oxtail ramen with a fried egg and a vegan…

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…

Humble Bagel

Food: 9.5/10 Drinks: 10/10 Vibes: 9/10 Midwest Foodie: Exactly how the name sounds. Humble bagel found their niche and is the top spot for bagels in NOLA. Fresh baked bagels with a few options for spreads and add-ons, including eggs and lox. We had a cinnamon raisin bagel with lox and all the fixins along…

Bennachin

Food: 5/10 Drinks: N/A Vibes: 7/10 Midwest Foodie: I was so excited to eat here. Ethiopian food plus BYOB drew me in. I was really looking forward to eating injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, but was really disappointed when we were served a dinner roll instead. We started with Oleh-leh as an appetizer, which is…

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…

Dantes Kitchen

Food: 7/10 Drinks: 8/10 Vibes: 7/10 Midwest Foodie: Had some family in town and wanted to do a true New Orleans Sunday brunch so we went to Dantes. The menu was interesting and we started with a bacon cinnamon roll that was the highlight of the brunch. Don’t knock it til you try it. I had…

Ba Chi Canteen

Food: 10/10 Drinks: 8/10 Vibes: 7/10 Midwest Foodie: Ba Chi Canteen is the pork master of the crowded NOLA Vietnamese food scene. This place has pork belly spring rolls, bacos (Vietnamese tacos), and pork fecta vermicelli (that’s pork belly, BBQ pork, and chargrilled pork folks). By now you should know how much I love pork, so…