French Quarter Fest

April 18, 2022

The next few weeks, even months, are going to be busy, as festivals are finally making a comeback after two years of lockdown. The good news is there will always be something going on over the next few months, so you will have something to celebrate no matter when you pay a visit. Come eat, drink, and dance at French Quarter Fest. New Orleans is coming back with a vengeance and she’s not going anywhere.

We are so excited, especially for the return of French Quarter Fest.

Streetcar Downtown New Orleans

French Quarter Fest is Back!

With festivals making a comeback, New Orleans’s best restaurants bring their special festival dishes to French Quarter Fest. We miss festival food, and we’re sharing our festival culinary “plan” with you. Here’s what we’re looking forward to eating this French Quarter Fest. Helpful Tip: bring a group so you can sample all these dishes!

Broussard’s Restaurant

Open in 1920, this French-Creole restaurant has withstood the test of time. Once you try their cuisine, you’ll understand why. Try out their crab cake sliders at their French Quarter Fest Jackson Square booth. Want more than the limited menu at their French Quarter Fest booth? Their stunning brick-and-mortar location is less than a ten-minute walk away from Jackson Square, featuring a beautiful courtyard for you to sit down, dine, and enjoy a beautiful day.

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

This French Quarter fine dining staple is making its way to Jackson Square for French Quarter Fest as well, with a small menu of offerings. Here, at Airboat Adventures, we are 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. If you find yourself craving more Dicke Brennan’s, check out their French Quarter brick-and-mortar location, which is just a ten-minute walk away.

Galatoire’s

This fine-dining Creole restaurant, known for its Friday lunch, is also offering a select few dishes in Jackson Square for French Quarter Fest. We are most excited about their festival exclusive fried sweet potato pie. If you’re craving more than their festival menu, head on over to their brick-and-mortar location on Bourbon Street, where you 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 is coming downtown for French Quarter Fest! One of the best snowball stands in the city, they come, bringing many flavors, to help you beat the New Orleans heat. With unforgivable heat, you’re probably going to want to keep this stand on your weekend’s radar.

Crabby Jack’s

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 are excited that they’re bringing their offerings all the way to French Quarter Fest and cannot wait to try out their shrimp and grits, which is one of the menu items they’re bringing along Downtown. Their Jefferson Highway location will be closed from April 19th to April 23rd for French Quarter Fest, so you know they’re serious about offering their best at the festival. Their other restaurant, the famous Jacques-Imo’s will also be offering their fare at Jackson Square; we are excited about the slow-roasted duck po’boy.

Parish Seafood

Crawfish season is in full swing, and Parish Seafood is camping 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. Feed your crawfish craving over at the Parish Seafood booth, that is, if you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty.

The Court of Two Sisters

Head 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 are especially excited to try their berry glazed bacon & jalapeno duck poppers. You can also head over to their nearby brick-and-mortar location and enjoy basking in their courtyard, adorned with wisteria vines.

Jack Dempsey’s

This beloved, casual Bywater eatery is bringing its famed fare to Jax Lot! Known for their huge portions of seafood, they will not disappoint at French Quarter Fest, as they are bringing their baked macaroni, fried shrimp, stuffed crab, and soft-shell crab po’boys to the French Quarter. Bring your friends and appetite as choosing is going to be tough at this booth.

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’s highly recommended that you find Ms. Linda, known around New Orleans as The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, and try out this classic. Luckily, it won’t be hard to find her as she’ll be at the Jax Lot all weekend.

Beaucoup Eats

This Mid-City eatery known for their Creole Comfort Cuisine is serving up “dirty gumbo” and “voodoo mac” and we are very intrigued by this offering. Our curiosity is peeking so you will definitely find us lurking by their Kohlmeyer Lawn booth.

14 Parishes

One of our personal favorites will be 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).

Looking for something else to do? Check out our swamp tours! Looking for a place to stay? Look no further. We hope you enjoy french quarter fest.