Life Fest 2020 4x3Life Fest has a roster of great GIST educational programming, but there’s also time at the day’s end to indulge in some fantastic local cuisine. Here’s a list of some of the top culinary experiences in NOLA (below). These are staff favorites and local legends!

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Culinary Delights of New Orleans

August Restaurant - Life Fest 2022 Recommendations


August – 301 Tchoupitoulas Street- Features contemporary Creole – Amazing food. Expensive but worth the treat. 504-299-9777

Desire Oyster Bar – 300 Bourbon Street, located in the Royal Sonesta- Good place for a drink and appetizers. Most photographed corner in New Orleans. 504-553-2281

Antoine’s – 713 Saint Louis Street. One of NOLAs oldest and formal restaurants. Expensive. 504-581-4422

Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville Street. 504-522-5973

Brennan’s – 417 Royal Street. Going strong since 1946. Famous for its Bananas Foster. 504-525-9711

The Court of Two Sisters – 613 Royal Street. Fabulous brunch at this beautiful restaurant with outdoor seating in the courtyard. 504- 522-7261

Emeril’s – 800 Tchoupitoulas Street. His more formal restaurant 504-528-9393

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant – 2301 Orleans Avenue. Take a cab to this out of the way place for great traditional Creole staples. Great Fried Chicken. A NOLA legend. 504- 821-0600

Gumbo Shop – 630 St. Peter Street. Best gumbo. Great for lunch. 504-525-1486

Brennan's Restaurant - Life Fest 2022 Recommendations


Pat O’Brien’s – 718 St. Peter Street & Bourbon – Home of the Hurricane. Watch out! They pack a punch. See if you can get onto the balconies to throw beads. 504-525-4823

Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar – 739 Iberville St. Everyone will tell you to go to Acme for oysters, but Felix is older, the food is less expensive. Amazing oysters, po’boys and shrimp. 504-522-4440

Mother’s Restaurant – 401 Poydras St.- Great southern cooking. Known for their baked ham. Great breakfasts. Always a line to get in. Reasonably priced. 504-523-9656

Oysters by Acme - Life Fest 2022 Recommendations

Oysters by Acme

Café du Monde – 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans – Beignets and great coffee! 800- 772- 2927

Brigsten’s – 723 Dante Street – Known for their shrimp and grits. 501-861-7610

Saba – 5757 Magazine Street – Israeli cuisine. 501-324-7770

Heard Dat Kitchen – 2520 Felicity Street. Creole 504-510-4248

Commander’s Palace – 1403 Washington Avenue -Grande Dame of formal restaurants. Home of great Bananas Foster. 504-899-8221

Willie Mae’s Scotch House – 2401 St. Ann Street. Best fried chicken ever! 504-822-9503 G W Fins – 808 Bienville Street. Seafood 504-581-3467

Mulates – 201 Julia Street. Cajun with Zydeco music. 504-522-1492

Court of the 2 Sisters- Life Fest 2022 Recommendations

Court of the Two Sisters

Pêche Seafood Grill – 800 Magazine Street. Seafood inspired by recipes from Spain, South America and the Gulf Coast, consistently recognized in the top ten. Upscale Dining. 504-522- 1722

Desire - Life Fest 2022 Recommendations


Carmo – 527 Julia Street. Tropical Restaurant and Bar with many vegan and vegetarian choices. 504-875-4132

Compère Lapin – 525 Tchoupitoulas Street. Caribbean and Creole. 504-599-2119

Dominica – 123 Baronne Street. Upscale Italian, Pricey. 504-648-6020 Josephine Estelle – 600 Carondolet Street. Italian Osteria. 504-930-3070


Rimon – 912 Broadway Street. 504-232-0758

Café du Monde has certification.

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