We live to eat when in New Orleans, and so we don’t often think to eat on our feet. Indeed, most of us try to have as many superlative gustatory experiences as we can while here. Reservations are made months in advance. Dresses are purchased and suits pressed, for when in New Orleans, we dress for dinner. We spend hours at the table, indulging our appetites, savoring each bite. When eating in New Orleans, life is good.
Yet to truly experience in New Orleans, visitors should step out of the restaurants and onto the street. Eat on your feet once during your stay. There may not be many places to grab a quick bite in New Orleans, but a few are worthy of note.
Verti Marte is always open (literally), and you’ll always find over-stuffed po-boys with spicy mayo.
Some of the finest Muffulettas are found at Central Grocery on Decatur Street. Start with one and share it; you can always go back for seconds.
Instead of a second Muffuletta, try a creamy gelato from the Sucré Gelato Truck that is usually parked somewhere around Frenchman Street in the Marigny, or Audubon Park.
The standard cooling treat in New Orleans, of course, is a snobliz from Hansen’s. They’ve been in business for more than 70 years, and it’s still run by a Hansen. The sno-bliz is fluffy, it’s flavorful, it’s amazing. Hansen’s opens in March, just in time for the really warm weather. Is it too early to get in line?
The innkeepers of your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast may know other great spots to grab a quick bite in the city. It’s worth investigating.