Road Trip Day Around New Orleans

52 MILES | 1 hr 49 min | by Michael Stern

While it is possible to eat well for days (weeks, months!) just walking around New Orleans, a car provides access to some of NOLA’s more far-flung culinary highlights. This around-the-city tour starts with the best beignets and cafe au lait at Morning Call in Metarie and ends with a legendary Italian feast at Mosca’s.


Morning Call Coffee Stand

Morning Call serves what may be the best beignets on earth. Expertly made cafe au lait and an on-the-ball uniformed staff make it a NOLA essential.


Rocky and Carlo’s

A great Italian-Cajun eating hall out in St. Bernard Parish, Rocky and Carlo's serves hearty meals cafeteria style. Not to be missed is macaroni and cheese.


The Joint

A NOLA Bywater BBQ, the Joint is a carnivore’s delight for superb ribs, brisket, pulled pork & Cajun sausage. Baked beans are some of the best anywhere.


Angelo Brocato

A longtime New Orleans favorite, Angelo Brocato is an ice cream parlor that also has great Italian pastries. Freshly-made cannoli are not to be missed.


Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

Hansen's invented the shaved ice machine and continues to serve the best version of the ultra-refreshing sweet slurpy. A New Orleans must!



A New Orleans best bet for oysters every which way, Casamento's is known for its oyster loaf: like an oversize po boy loaded with crackle-crusted fried oysters.

Must Eats


Mosca's is a vintage roadhouse restaurant outside New Orleans, Louisiana, that serves Italian fare with a south-Louisiana twist.