Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: The New Orleans Tour

Guy Fieri couldn’t get enough of these 18 New Orleans-area eateries

Followers of Guy Fieri, the Food Network’s road-tripping rock star, know he has an appetite for, well…just about anything. His numerous stopovers in the Big Easy during the past decade have served up just that—everything from turtle soup and brisket sandwiches to headcheese tacos and pig knuckles.

The Rivershack Tavern

Season 3, Episode 11 (2008)

Po’boys (alligator sausage, cochon de lait) and burgers may seem the obvious order at this offbeat roadhouse (bring a tacky ashtray and you can swap it for a drink) on the outskirts of the city. But it was chef Mike Baskin’s daily specials—sherried turtle soup, rabbit with spaetzle—that really got Fieri fired up.

The Joint

Season 3, Episode 12 (2008)

New Orleans wasn’t really considered a BBQ town until Jenny and Pete Breen opened their “always smokin’” hot spot in 2004. Four years later Guy popped in for some perfectly smoked ribs, pork butt and brisket, calling the couple’s North Carolina-style sauce “an orchestra of flavor.” The lines have been out the door since.

Creole Creamery New Orleans

The Creole Creamery

Season 4, Episode 1 (2008)

Lavender-honey, sweet potato-sassafrass praline, pear-and-balsamic caramel, strawberry-jalapeño cheesecake: Ben & Jerry’s has nothing on this place. With more than 400 flavors to his credit, Fieri anointed head chef Bryan Gilmore the “wizard” of ice cream.


Season 4, Episode 10 (2008)

Over the past century, this no-frills, white-tiled “diamond in the rough” has established itself as a dining destination with its locally harvested oysters. They’re served fresh-shucked and stewed, but are best eaten deep-fried between lightly toasted slices of white bread. It’s easy to understand why Fieri named this “one of the best diners in the South.”

Surrey's New Orleans

Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar

Season 5, Episode 1 (2009)

With a loyal following for its fresh-squeezed juices, this popular breakfast spot also packs ’em in with Latin-flavored egg dishes and Crescent City classics (shrimp and grits, pain perdu). Guy got hands-on with the lox and bagels, which like the biscuits and buns, are made from scratch.

Parasol’s Bar & Restaurant

Season 5, Episode 4 (2009)

St. Patty’s Day party central, Parasol’s keeps the good times going year-round with a low-key vibe, a neighborhood bar and dozens of po’boys. Fieri called the roast beef version “capital–T tender,” but it was the muffuletta sandwich that topped his must-try list.

Joey K's New Orleans

Joey K’s

Season 5, Episode 11 (2009)

This family-owned, family friendly restaurant was Fieri’s pick “for a real taste of Louisiana soul food.” Red beans and rice, gumbo and jambalaya are among the Creole standards, or “go Guy” with the Shrimp Magazine—shrimp sautéed with white wine, artichoke hearts, ham and garlic over angel hair pasta.

Sammy’s Food Service & Deli

Season 10, Episode 10 (2010)

The overstuffed Ray Ray po’boy (fried chicken breast with grilled ham and Swiss) at this Gentilly neighborhood lunch spot is rightfully award winning. Fieri, however, was most thankful for the turkey with oyster stuffing and pumpkin bread pudding.


Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop

Season 11, Episode 2 (2011)

Getting the sense that Guy has a thing for po’boys? On this trip to town he landed at Mahony’s on Magazine Street, where they serve 20 different varieties, from eggplant Parmesan to chicken liver and slaw. Fieri opted for the Peacemaker (fried oysters with bacon and cheddar) and sweet potato crunch pie. A second location has since opened in the French Quarter.

LA Pines Café

Season 11, Episode 6 (2011)

Fieri then headed to this Slidell diner for yet another po’boy; this time a prime rib in au jus, amped with horseradish. “The angels were singing,” he said between mouthfuls, before diving into Cajun corn pudding.

Katie's Restaurant New Orleans

Katie’s Restaurant

Season 11, Episode 10

Breaking out of his po’boy rut, Guy next hit this popular Mid-City spot for…another sandwich. But The Barge is more than a mere sandwich: We’re talking a three-foot loaf slathered with Tabasco mayo and loaded with fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. Still, he made room for a cochon de lait pizza.

The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant

Season 11, Episode 12 (2011)

Fieri stopped in at this 125-year-old French Quarter icon for jambalaya, blackened red fish and green bean casserole. Gordon Ramsay followed in 2018 with his “24 Hours to Hell and Back,” and the place shuttered soon after. Thankfully, it recently reopened under new ownership, retaining original menu items such as calas (fried rice fritters dusted with powdered sugar).

Avery's on Tulane New Orleans

Avery’s on Tulane

Season 29, Episode 13 (2019)

“I am officially, 100% percent ripping that off,” Fieri told Avery’s owners Christy and Justin Pitard after devouring their kicked-up Fried Potato Salad. That’s just one of their twists on local classics. Another featured was the couple’s riff on Oysters Rockefeller in—you guessed it!—po’boy form.

Seither’s Seafood

Season 29, Episode 13 (2019)

Jason Siether’s Cajun country roots mean he knows his way around a crawfish pot, but Fieri found the chef/owner just as deft with his newfangled daily specials. Take The Volcano, an upside-down taco salad of ahi tuna, crab and shrimp, or Seither’s towering Totem Pole, built around crab stuffing, soft-shell crab, fried eggplant and a shrimp kabob.

Piece of Meat

Season 29, Episode 13 (2019)

In July 2019 Food & Wine named this butcher shop/eatery among the nation’s best new restaurants. But Guy got there first for owners Leighann Smith and Daniel Jackson’s house-made eggrolls stuffed with boudin sausage and pepper jack cheese. Before you leave, grab a pint of smoked chicken salad from the cooler near the counter.

Turkey and the Wolf New Orleans

Turkey and the Wolf

Season 30, Episode 1 (2019)

Piece of Meat’s Smith makes the bologna for this wildly popular sandwich shop, which nabbed Food & Wine’s 2017 award. There’s a lot to love here. Fieri fell for the Collard Green Melt and playful Tacos Inauthenticos, filled with headcheese, jalapeños, sour cream, American cheese and “shrettuce.”

Marjie’s Grill

Season 30, Episode 1 (2019)

The Southern meat-and-three concept gets a fresh spin at this homey restaurant, where Southeast Asian flavors meld with New Orleans influences and Gulf Coast ingredients. Guy tucked into the slow-grilled Honey Butter Yardbird and Crispy Pork Knuckles. You should too.

Marjie's Grill New Orleans

Editor’s Note: The show also visited Bourré, which has since closed.