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…

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…

Lilly’s Cafe

Food: 10/10 Drinks: 7/10 Vibes: 6/10 Midwest foodie: Lilly’s is a local staple for Vietnamese food. Fair prices and great food that doesn’t leave you feeling lethargic. I love their vermicelli bowls, highly recommend the grilled pork. They also have great spring rolls, my favorite being their “Lilly’s Rolls” which come with shrimp, pork, avocado,…

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…

Toast

Food: 9/10 Drinks: 8/10 Vibes: 9/10 Midwest foodie: Name pretty much gives away what this place specializes in. Lots of scrumptious breakfast options, most involving toast (duhhhh). I got a Monte Cristo and it was the best I’ve ever had. Very important for a NOLA restaurant to capture the local taste profile, and a delicious…

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…

The Grocery

Food: 9/10 Drinks: 5/10 Vibes: 8/10 Midwest foodie: The menu is simple, the food is great, there aren’t any real surprises. These three things make The Grocery a local staple for lunch. I had a pressed Creole Corned Beef po boy, which takes everything great about a po boy but removes the air from the…

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,…

Willa Jean

Food: 9.5/10 Drinks: N/A Vibes: 9/10 Midwest Foodie: Fresh, southern, huge portions, what else could you ask for in this must-see breakfast/brunch spot? I had a salmon croissant with butter and tomatoes that I ate in fewer than two minutes it was so good. Our table also ordered the Willa Jean breakfast and the avocado…