The savage arises at night when we just have to have something wonderful to eat, but most of us poor miscreants are relegated to zips through fast food drive throughs. This is not the case if you're in New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival, however, which will ruin you forever when the late-night munch monster visits your belly. These are but a few of the best eateries to find great grub that hits the spot deep into the night.
Related: Read more on the all-AXS Jazz Fest Guide
The Three Muses
The word is out on Three Muses, so it can get crowded (no reservations and first come, first served), but you can't beat its chill ambiance, fantastic live music sets, sturdy cocktails and out-of-this-world late-night eating. Enjoy lamb sliders, famous feta fries, juicy fried oysters sitting atop creamy grits, salty 'n' sweet bacon-wrapped dates and Nutella ice cream. Lord, have mercy.
Port of Call
When you're in the Quarter and only a huge, juicy disk o' meat will do, Port of Call is well...your port of call. Voted time and again for turning out the best half-pound, ground-fresh-daily burger in New Orleans, Port of Call's other claims to fame are the Neptune's Monsoons (an adult beverage that pirates supposedly requested before walking the plank) and the ginormous baked potato that accompanies your burger. Top it with butter, cheddar, mushrooms, chives and bacon. Consider this tourist favorite for a hangover destination, too.
St. Charles Tavern
"Seven-day-a-week, 24-hour restaurant and bar" are precious words to hungry visitors to NOLA, and St. Charles Tavern has been dishing it out since 1917. Pizzas go from spicy Cajun chicken to roasted eggplant with onions, Parmesan, garlic sauce and feta cheese. Burgers, po' boys, muffulettas, spaghetti and meatballs and chicken fried steak gratify the evening kind of hunger. Those ravenous for breakfast can get biscuits and gravy, egg dishes, French toast, pancakes and something called Famous Tavern Hash Breakfast - corned beef hash or the deeply satisfying chicken and Andouille hash.
The Warehouse District Ernst Café, locally owned and operated since 1902, is open seven days a week until there's no one left to feed boudin balls, fried green tomatoes with shrimp, well-executed po' boys and steamy bowls of red beans and rice. A Sazerac, Dark & Stormy or a NOLA Hopitoulas brew are prefect accompaniments. Get the low down on the historic floor before you get all PC on the waitstaff.