Top restaurants to dine at during Biophysics 2017
New Orleans is famous for several traditional foods that are considered “must try” dishes for most visitors to the city including Po’ Boys, Beignets and Charbroiled Oysters.
To help attendees of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society make the most of their trip to The Big Easy, we’ve scoped out some of the best eateries to get these NOLA favourites as well as a few different cuisines in case you feel like mixing things up.
1. Drago's Seafood Restaurant
2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 – (504) 584 3911 - Open Mon – Sun 11 AM – 10 PM
Drago’s is one of the places to go for the New Orleans classic, Charbroiled Oysters. Now with three locations, the most central is in the Hilton Riverside just north of the convention centre. Another option for excellent Charbroiled Oyster’s is the Acme Oyster House, in the French Quarter.
2. Killer Po’ Boys at Erin Rose
811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112 – (504) 252 6745 – Open Wed – Mon 10 AM – Midnight
Believed to have been a name given to the free sandwiches served to striking streetcar workers in 1929, Po’ Boys or “Poor Boys” are traditional Louisiana sandwiches made with a baguette like-bread.
The Killer Po’ Boys serves a selection of sandwiches from a small shop in the back of the Erin Rose bar. Alternatively, they have opened a much larger shop around the corner for their signature dish.
3. Mother’s Restaurant
401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 – (504) 523 9656 – Open Mon – Sun 7 AM – 10 PM
Mother’s Restaurant serves traditional Southern dishes, including the Cajun and Creole style food that New Orleans is famous for. The cafeteria-style eatery serves up Gumbo, Creole Shrimp, and Red Beans and Rice alongside Po’ Boys.
This restaurant is often busy with locals and visitors alike, and its popularity speaks volumes about the quality of the authentic food and great service.
4. Commander’s Palace
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 – (504) 899 8221 – Open Mon – Fri 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM & 6 PM – 10 PM, Sat 11 AM – 1 PM & 6 PM – 10 PM, Sun 10 AM – 1:30 PM & 6 PM – 10 PM
For a slightly more up-market affair in the Garden District, South-West of the convention centre, Commander’s Palace is an excellent spot for Creole cuisine and classy jazz. Commander’s Palace is one of the finest restaurants in New Orleans with excellent service, nostalgic décor and wholesome food.
5. Mr B’s Bistro
201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 – (504) 523 2078 – Open Mon – Thu 11:30 AM – 2 PM & 5:30 PM – 9 PM, Fri – Sat 11:30 AM – 2 PM & 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Sun 10:30 AM – 2 PM & 5:30 PM – 9 PM
Mr B’s is another famous French Quarter restaurant serving modern, seasonal Louisiana fare. They are famous for their BBQ shrimp (which are not actually cooked on an open flame, but get their name from the Creole spices used to flavour them).
6. Surrey's Café & Juice Bar
1418 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 – (504) 524 3828 – Open Mon – Sun 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This busy café, close to the convention centre, serves classic American/Latin breakfasts and lunches as well as a range of freshly squeezed fruit juices. Pop-in before the conference for a refreshing start to the day.
527 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130 – (504) 875 4132 – Open Mon 11 AM – 3 PM, Tue – Sat 11 AM – 10 PM
Carmo is an ecologically savvy café serving healthy tropical foods from around the world. They also have a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, all served by friendly staff.
8. The Rum House
3128 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 – (504) 941 7560 – Open Sun – Thu 11 AM – 10 PM, Fri – Sat 11 AM – 11 PM
Slightly further from the convention centre lives The Rum House Caribbean Taqueria. Visit in the evening for tropical cocktails and Caribbean/Latin American favourites including a range of Tacos.
9. The Ruby Slipper Café
200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 – (504) 525 9355 – Open Mon – Sun 7 AM – 2:00 PM
The Ruby Slipper Café is located right on the edge of the French Quarter, serving brunch and cocktails every day until two in the afternoon. If you’ve had a heavy night at one of the meeting’s social this is the place to come the morning after.
10. Two Chicks Café
901 Convention Center Blvd #109, New Orleans, LA 70130 – (504) 407 3078 – Tue – Sun 7 AM – 3 PM
Pick-up your breakfast and get ready for a hard day of Biophysics at the Two Chicks Café. Positioned right next to the convention centre this is also an excellent option for a light lunch during the day.
Make sure you don’t miss some of New Orleans’ other tasty treats including dessert from Leah’s Pralines, Muffalettas from their original source (Central Grocery and Deli), and Beignets from the 24-hour Café du Monde.
For more information about Biophysics 2017 read our top sessions at this year’s conference or visit the annual meeting’s website.