The past few months have been busy, as festivals are finally started making a comeback after two years of lockdown. The good news is there will always be something going on over moving forward, so you will have something to celebrate no matter when you pay a visit. We ate, drank, and danced at French Quarter Fest. New Orleans is back with a vengeance and she’s not going anywhere.
However, we did have some festivals get canceled for 2023 (looking at you, BUKU). The horrible news had us make a beeline for the FQF website, where we found the dates for both 2023 and 2024. We are thrilled and cannot wait for next April. Look through our favorite 2022 food vendors and get your taste buds excited for French Quarter Festival 2023!
We are so happy about the return of French Quarter Fest and it was a blast! we can’t wait until fqf 2023.
French Quarter Fest is Back!
With festivals making a comeback, New Orleans’s best restaurants brought their special festival dishes to French Quarter Fest. We missed festival food, and we’re sharing our festival culinary “plan” with everyone. Here’s what we were excited about eating this French Quarter Fest. Helpful Tip: bringing a group is the ideal situation so you can sample all these dishes!
Open in 1920, this French-Creole restaurant has withstood the test of time. Once you try their cuisine, you’ll understand why. We loved their crab cake sliders at their French Quarter Fest Jackson Square booth. We wanted more than the limited menu at their French Quarter Fest booth so we visited their stunning brick-and-mortar location, less than a ten-minute walk away from Jackson Square, featuring a beautiful courtyard for us to sit down, dine, and enjoy the beautiful day.
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
This French Quarter fine dining staple made its way to Jackson Square for French Quarter Fest as well, with a small menu of offerings. Here, at Airboat Adventures, we were excited about their barbecue shrimp po’boy. There is nothing better than New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp that is contained in its own bread vessel (boat pun intended) since we all love dipping French bread into the sauce accompanying this famous shrimp plate. There’s nothing better than a New Orleans classic, contained in bread, from this critically acclaimed restaurant. When we find ourselves craving more Dickie Brennan’s, we like to visit their French Quarter brick-and-mortar location, which is just a ten-minute walk away.
This fine-dining Creole restaurant, known for its Friday lunch, also offers a select few dishes in Jackson Square for French Quarter Fest. We were most excited about their festival exclusive fried sweet potato pie. When we crave than their festival menu, we go on over to their brick-and-mortar location on Bourbon Street, where we can eat in their beautiful dining room, adorned with high ceilings and slow paddle fans. A word of warning: arrive early as there are no exceptions to their famed first-come-first-served policy for their first-floor dining area.
Plum Street Snoballs
This classic Uptown neighborhood stand went downtown for French Quarter Fest! One of the best snowball stands in the city, they showed up, bringing many flavors, to help us beat the New Orleans heat. With unforgivable heat, we definitely kept this stand on our weekend’s radar.
Known for their fried seafood po’boys, this off-the-beaten-path joint on Jefferson Highway has been offering no-frills Cajun fare since 2002. We were excited that they were bringing their offerings all the way to French Quarter Fest and were anticipating their shrimp and grits, which is one of the menu items they brought along Downtown. Their Jefferson Highway location closes during French Quarter Fest, so we know they’re serious about offering their best at the festival. Their other restaurant, the famous Jacques-Imo’s also offered their fare at Jackson Square; the slow-roasted duck po’boy was exquisite.
Crawfish season was in full swing, and Parish Seafood camped out at New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint with crawfish platters, including all the Fixin’s, with an option to add smoked sausage. We got our hands dirty and fed our crawfish craving at their US Mint tent.
The Court of Two Sisters
We went on over to the Jax Lot for a classy twist on creole classics from this spot known for its daily jazz brunch and whimsical courtyard. We were especially excited to try their berry glazed bacon & jalapeno duck poppers. We loved knowing that we could also head over to their nearby brick-and-mortar location and enjoy basking in their courtyard, adorned with wisteria vines.
This beloved, casual Bywater eatery brought its famed fare to Jax Lot! Known for their huge portions of seafood, they did not disappoint at French Quarter Fest, as they brought their baked macaroni, fried shrimp, stuffed crab, and soft-shell crab po’boys to the French Quarter. Tip: bring your friends and appetite as choosing is going to be tough at this booth, we’re glad that we did.
Ms. Linda’s Ya-Ka-Mein
Found at many corner stores, Ya-Ka-Mein is one of the best-kept secrets that New Orleans has to offer. This soup, a blend of many cultures, is classic New Orleans comfort food, and it features meat, noodles, scallions, hard-boiled eggs, and a unique broth. Ya-Ka-Mein is a result of the blending of cultures, something a lot of New Orleans food has in common. It was highly recommended that we find Ms. Linda, known around New Orleans as The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, and try out this classic. Luckily, it wasn’t hard to find her as she was at the Jax Lot all weekend.
This Mid-City eatery known for their Creole Comfort Cuisine served up some “dirty gumbo” and “voodoo mac” and we were very intrigued by this offering. Our curiosity peeked so we found ourselves lurking around their Kohlmeyer Lawn booth throughout the festival. It was delicious.
One of our personal favorites posted up at the Palm Lawn. Their jerk chicken and juices are to die for. Their sweet plantains are some of the best that we’ve tried (this includes someone that otherwise dislikes plantains).