New Orleans is a round-the-clock city where the party doesn’t start until midnight and the bars don’t close until the last patron leaves. After a long night downing Hurricanes on Bourbon, sipping cocktails uptown, or getting funky at your neighborhood dive in the Marigny, what’s better than some late night grub? Lucky for you, New Orleans is known for its delicious southern cookin’, much of which is available post-2am. Check below for the five best NOLA late-night eats.
1. The Dough Bowl
If anyone knows late night food, it’s college students. Head to The Dough Bowl around 3am on any given weekend and you’ll be sure to find them swarming. The Dough Bowl, connected to Tulane’s infamous bar The Boot, is the epitome of a late-night restaurant. Known for their gigantic slices of pizza (that will only put you out about $3.50), they also serve burgers, wraps, and great munchies (cheese fries, garlic knots, mozz sticks, etc.). As far as drunk food goes, this place hits the spot — just make sure not to show up sober.
2. The Camellia Grill (Friday until 3 am; opens at 8 am)
A fabled New Orleans establishment, The Camellia Grill is a New Orleans sanctuary. With the look and feel of a 1950s diner, Camellia Grill has a laundry list of delicious late-night options. Gregarious waiters dressed in bow-ties serve up juicy burgers, huge waffles, chocolate and vanilla ‘freezes,’ and pecan pie heated on the grill. Camellia Grill is open until 3am on Fridays and 12 am on Saturdays. If you party hard enough, you could roll up for opening at 8am daily.
3. Ernst Cafe
If you find yourself in the Warehouse district around 1:30am, stop by Ernst Cafe. Built in 1851, the building was originally used for storage before being converted into a saloon in 1902. The building’s architecture has been preserved — so you can drunk munch surrounded by New Orleans’ history. Try the Fried Green Tomatoes, Lump Crab Cakes, Fried Oyster Po’ Boy, or Chicken Andouille Gumbo.
4. Backspace Bar & Kitchen
This bar and kitchen is open all night, but deserves honors for more than just their late night grub. Exposed brick sets the scene in this literary themed dive where the drink menu is inspired. Each cocktail comes complete with a literary lesson from the Vesper Martini (the first drink James Bond ever ordered) to the Mint Julep (a recipe from Faulkner himself). While you read over the drink menu, nosh on the Backspace BLT, Red Beans, or the Whitman Roast Beef, topped with fried oysters. Yum.
5. Deja Vu Bar & Grill
Not to be confused with the strip club, this bar and grill is located on the corner of Dauphine and Conti in the heart of the French Quarter. Once located in New Orleans’ Red Light District, the building has been a flower stand, barber shop, and even an opium den in the 1880s. The food is as tasty as the history is interesting, with biscuits and gravy, eggs, burgers, and po-boys being served 24 hours a day.
Camellia Grill’s Famous Waiters
One of Camellia Grill’s famous affable waiters serves up a smile while customers wait for the grill’s legendary diner fare. Patrons show up as much to chat with friendly waiters as they do for the greasy food.
The Camellia Grill
The white pillared building that houses the uptown Camellia Grill is a famous New Orleans institution that sits on the corner of St. Charles and Carrollton.
The Dough Bowl Menu
The front of the Dough Bowl’s menu shows a smiling face — much of what you will see at the shop around 3 am. Most famous for their pizza, they also serve other bar food such as burgers and fries.
Ernst Cafe lights up South Peters Street in the French Quarter at night. Sip on one of their specialty drinks while nibbling on fried green tomatoes, boudin balls, and fried oysters.