Whether you are a foodie who loves to take in all the local favorites or a casual tourist looking for a good bite between adventures, New Orleans offers amazing food options at nearly every turn. In order to maximize your stay in the Big Easy, you might want to consider checking out this list of 5 great places to eat before booking your hotel. Not only will choosing your dining spots ahead of time help you plan out your trip, it will also make your life easier because you will not be overwhelmed by all of the options. Continue reading below to see if your taste buds are inspired before making your hotel reservations online for the Best Western Bayou Inn.

Guy’s Po Boy’s: Located just across the river from Westwego on Magazine Street, Guy’s offers up one of the best Louisiana classics around with their grilled shrimp po’boy. The sandwich here is classic and simple: lightly seasoned shrimp is cooked in butter on a griddle top then served on an absolutely perfect Ledienheimer loaf and topped with fresh, high quality produce along with some delicious dressing. As one of the best sandwich spots in New Orleans, be prepared for longer lines and lots of locals who also crave this mouth watering sandwiches.

Turkey and the Wolf: Situated in the Garden District, Turkey and the Wolf is a delightful casual eatery serving up killer sandwiches such as their smoked ham alongside some fascinating sides including deviled eggs with chicken skins. In addition to great food, Turkey and the Wolf also has some really great cocktails to boot. If you are in search of a lunch spot on your way into town from Westwego, this spot has tons of personality and should not be overlooked.

Cochon: New Orleans is full of talented chefs, but one of the best is Donald Link. While Link has a handful of restaurants throughout the city, Cochon offers some of the best in Southern and Cajun food. The entrees range in price from approximately $20 to $30 and feature some truly innovative takes on classic New Orleans dishes. Additionally, the “boucherie” menu presents some incredible meat choices, including fried boudin with pickled peppers and smoked pork ribs with watermelon pickle. In the warmer months, Cochon’s patio is a great spot for an evening dinner.

Parkway: Established over one hundred years ago, Parkway Bakery & Tavern is legendary for their po’boys, and it simply would not be a visit to NOLA without stopping in this historic eatery. In addition to great sandwiches, this delicious spot also has some truly remarkable alligator sausage and turkey gumbo that will surely perk up your taste buds. Parkway’s also a great place to get a cocktail or to try a local brew from Abita as well. No matter what you do, though, make sure you make it here for a meal!

Cafe Du Monde: When you come to New Orleans, you need to eat some seafood, some cajun food, and you definitely need to get a few beignets! Cafe Du Monde is an absolute legend of a coffee house, and their beignets are “I don’t care how long the line is” delicious. Established in the New Orleans French Market in 1862 and operating 24 hours a day, Cafe Du Monde should definitely be on your list of places to grab a bite while visiting New Orleans.

On your next trip to New Orleans, make sure you get your fill of all the good food around town and the best night’s stay around by contacting Best Western Bayou Inn online or call (504) 304-7980 to book a hotel room today!