Spend a day dining like a local along this eclectic and historic street.
Written by Caitlin Watzke
For a variety of dining options in New Orleans, there’s no place quite like Magazine Street. Stretching from the city’s Central Business District all the way to the Uptown river bend, it’s a prime destination for dining, shopping, and entertainment. In particular, the bustling corridor between Jackson and Napoleon avenues offers the best cuisine New Orleans has to offer at restaurants all within a short walk of each other. On your next trip to the Big Easy, take a stroll along this beautiful street for a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a casual, neighborhood atmosphere.
Crescent City Classics
For classic New Orleans po’ boys and seafood platters, visit Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop. Located near Louisiana Avenue, the restaurant offers award-winning fare in a casual space. Mahony’s is best known for its traditional seafood po’ boys, especially the fried shrimp and fried oyster versions, but creative renditions like the Short Rib and the Peacemaker (with oysters, shrimp, Cheddar, and bacon) are equally delicious. Also not to be missed are Mahony’s thinly sliced onion rings and Crawfish Étouffée.
At the corner of Magazine and Seventh streets, Joey K’s has been serving up authentic New Orleans cuisine since 1989. Sam and Cindy Farnet’s neighborhood eatery is perhaps most famous for red beans and rice, but other favorites from Chef Darren “Smitty” Smith include Shrimp Magazine, Eggplant Napoleon, and a rotating selection of daily specials such as white beans with fried pork chops. For a little taste of everything, order a combination plate with a po’ boy, jambalaya, or gumbo.
Louisiana has access to some of the best seafood in the world. Taste it for yourself at Basin Seafood & Spirits, which showcases owner and Chef Edgar Caro’s love of fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood in simple yet spectacular preparations. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, serving up everything from traditional seafood gumbo and fried catfish to barbecue shrimp and grits and grilled yellowfin tuna. For a delicious start to your meal, order the Crab and Crawfish Beignets, Charbroiled Oysters, or Edgar’s personal favorite, boiled peel-and-eat Royal Red Shrimp.