My honey and I are tango dancers. Yes darlings, there is tango dancing in New Orleans – a healthy underground scene exists here. You can dance every Friday at The Presbyterian Church Hall Uptown from 8 until midnight, and on the fourth Sunday of every month from 6 to 10 pm at the restaurant Galvez, on North Peters Street.
Dancers usually don’t eat much while out dancing, so after hours we are usually starving, and looking for a place to eat. Bars, of course are always open somewhere in New Orleans, but finding a place to eat is not that easy.
Late Night Food in the French Quarter
In the French Quarter, there is Angeli, which is open until 4 AM. They serve tasty Mediterranean style food – pretty healthy for late night dining choices – and they have a full bar.
Also in the Quarter is the 24 hour Clover Grill for diner style food on Bourbon Street. Daisy Dukes is another local late night favorite, offering hearty home style New Orleans food. And just like Clover Grill, it never closes.
Fiorellas – they serve the best fried chicken and they have a full bar – often stays open past midnight. Just call to make sure they are still serving.
Verti Marte is a great local deli to get some great take out food. You can it eat on the street, or duh, take it back to your room. They have beer and wine too. They’re open at least until midnight, sometimes later – call first to check.
Cafe Du Monde is always there and always open if sugar and coffee is your favorite late night combo. If you are hanging out on Frenchman Street and heading home after hours, you can go to La Peniche, also open 24 hours. They serve up great Eggs Benedict, and there’s a full bar for that night cap.
St. Charles Avenue After Hours
On St. Charles Avenue, you have the good old Trolley Stop for diner style eats. A little further up the Avenue is The Avenue Pub offering up good bar food and a great beer selection 24 hours a day. Toddle up a little further to Igor’s, for burgers and bar food (full bar, of course).
O’Henry’s stays open seven days until midnight Uptown on Carrollton Avenue. Peanut shells on the floor, free steak dinner if it’s your birthday, this local chain has been a fave in New Orleans since 1982. Full bar.
While none of these places offers gourmet and elegant dining, depending on how many cocktails you have had, the food in any of these joints will seem like the best meal you ever had in the wee small after hours in New Orleans.
What’s your favorite after hours spot to grab a bite to eat?