New Orleans- Here we come

Soon over 2,400 people will be arriving in New Orleans for the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly. While the attendees will be traveling to The Big Easy for the inspiring and captivating education sessions it would be hard to deny that many attendees are excited to get to explore the amazing city and all that it has to offer. The city is probably best known for the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and the French Market (home of Café du Monde, famous for café au lait and beignets). The amazing architecture and many beautiful cemeteries are often attractions in themselves but most people equate New Orleans with food.

There are many dining options available so be sure to take advantage of the variety of restaurants to experience while in New Orleans. With recommendations ranging from casual cafes to fine dining, several AAHPM members who are locals have graciously shared their favorite restaurants and attractions in the area.

Below are the favorites from a few of our members. Are there other suggestions?


Anything by John Besch– especially Luke, Domenica and the American Sector

Acme Oyster House

Arnaud’s (jacket suggested)

Central Grocery– Eat a Muffalatta


Cochon and Cochon Butcher (for a sandwich or snack)

Commander’s Palace Restaurant

Deanie’s Restaurant– get the Seafood gumbo

Domilise’s Restaurant and Bar

Dooky Chase Restaurant

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant at Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Elizabeth’s Restaurant

Galatoire’s Restaurant (jacket required)

Gumbo Shop

Jacques-Imo’s Café

The Joint

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

Maurepas Foods

Mosca’s Restaurant


Mr. John’s Steakshouse

One Restaurant

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

Pascal’s Manale Restaurant

Redfish Grill

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Willie Mae’s Scotch House


Angelo Brocato– Ice Cream

Cafe Du Monde– café au lait and beignets

Praline Connection– Candy


Bombay Club

Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel– Lena Prima and her Band Friday and Saturday nights


Maple Leaf Bar– Rebirth Brass Band Thursday nights

Rock ‘N’ Bowl

Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel

Snug Harbor


Vaughn’s– don’t miss Kermit Ruffins on Thursdays (early show)


Artists to check out-

Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys

DJ Soul Sister- “The Queen of Vinyl,” Melissa Weber, is a double threat on Saturday nights, starting with her signature soul/funk/R&B show on WWOZ-FM. Then she loads her crates in the car and heads to Mimi’s in the Marigny, where she spins dance music upstairs into the wee hours. She’s back at Mimi’s on Sundays to put a chill-down exclamation point on the weekend.

Hot 8 Brass Band

Soul Rebels

Treme Brass Band

Dr. Michael White

Other attractions-

Le Monde Creole walking tour- offers unique views of many courtyards in the French Quarter that tourists generally do not get to see

Royal Street shops

World War II Museum

For more information on New Orleans, visit the CVB website.

3 thoughts on “New Orleans- Here we come

  1. I’ve traditionally found New Orleans to be a tough place to eat as a vegetarian. I’ve found myself before gravitating to restaurants that have breakfast 24 hours as these generally have vegetarian options. Any other vegetarians out there? Any suggestions?

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