Local music clubs fill their concert calendars during the weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, sometimes with early, late and even early-morning shows. It's easy to get out of a show at odd hours and wonder what restaurants are still open. Here are some of the wee hours options near busy music clubs.
There are many late-night eating places in the French Quarter and Marigny. Revelers on Frenchmen Street don't need to go far at all and can probably still hear music from the balcony of Dat Dog (601 Frenchmen St., 504-309-3362; www.datdognola.com), which is open until 3 a.m. on weekend nights. The menu features a range of sausages including bratwurst, smoked sausage, crawfish sausage and a veggie dog, all of which diners can customize with their choice of toppings and wash down with one of the regional craft beers on tap. 13 Monaghan (517 Frenchmen St., 504-942-1345; www.13monaghan.com) is open as late as 4 a.m. It serves breakfast all day, and the menu includes vegetarian items and tachos, or potato tots topped with everything from chili to roast beef debris, cheese and marinara.
Not far off the Frenchmen strip are a few 24-hour establishments. Buffa's Lounge (1001 Esplanade Ave., 504-949-0038; www.buffasrestaurant.com) offers a far ranging menu which includes bar noshing items (chicken wings, boudin balls, fried green beans), burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes and Creole favorites including its version of jambalaya made with bratwurst. For those out super late, breakfast begins at 6 a.m. Verti Marte (1201 Royal St., 504-525-4767) is a bastion of late-night eating in the French Quarter. There's no seating, but the deli counter serves po-boys, entrees and sides such as macaroni and cheese and jambalaya. The mini-grocery also is equipped with drinks and snacks, and delivery is available.
Coop's Place (1109 Decatur St., 504-525-9053; www.coopsplace.net) is more of a bar with a kitchen and limited seating, but it serves until late (hours vary). It's known for rabbit and sausage jambalaya and casual Cajun- and Creole-inspired dishes as well as pastas.
Near the House of Blues and One Eyed Jacks, St. Lawrence (219 N. Peters St., 504-0525-4111; www.saintlawrencenola.com) serves elevated bar fare ranging from the familiar (chicken wings) to local seafood, produce and locally sourced meats from places such as Two Run Farm. The bar features a selection of original daiquiris and craft cocktails. Daisy Duke's (121 Chartres St., 504-561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com) is a 24-hour diner, and its catch-all menu includes breakfast at all hours, chicken wings, oysters, fried chicken fingers and seafood baskets, sandwiches, po-boys and a handful of entrees. Daisy Duke's CBD location (123 Carondelet St., 504-522-2233) also is open 24 hours.
Chef Phillip Lopez's Root (200 Julia St., 504-252-9480; www.rootnola.com) is the fanciest place to get a late meal in the Warehouse District. It's open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Lopez is known for beautiful presentations and tricky techniques, as in his signature chorizo-dusted, Cohiba-smoked scallops, which are presented in a cigar box, but the kitchen also creates a hearty "Sausage Fest" board with a selection of house-made sausages and condiments. Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse (404 Andrew Higgins Drive, 504-281-4893; www.woodpizzaneworleans.com) takes a more straightforward approach, focusing on wood-fired classic pies such as margarita, bianco and tutti carne, which is topped with sausage and Italian cured meats. There also are some salads and Italian appetizers. Wood Pizza is open until 2 a.m. and has abundant outdoor seating.
Music fans departing the Maple Leaf Bar can head to the Riverbend's late-night beacon, The Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-309-2679). Diners can take a seat at the counter and order diner fare including omelets, pancakes, burgers, sandwiches and pie heated on the grill.