Updated 06:42 AM EDT, Sat, Oct 23, 2021

Latina-Approved Restaurants & Bars in New Orleans

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When you're in New Orleans, one thing that'll never run out on you is a good Latin restaurant to dine in. There are quite a lot to choose from, but to make the food trip down at the Big Easy trouble-free, here is a list of the places that should be on your itinerary.

1. Johnny Sanchez 

Everyone's got the hots for Johnny Sanchez, a restaurant put up by famous chefs Aaron Sanchez and John Besh. Their specialty, according to Latina.com, has to be the Pescado, a dish that contains beer-battered mahi mahi, chipotle, avocado, shaved cabbage and jalapeño vinaigrette.

The publication also recommends the blue crab tostada with corn elote and the crispy brussels sprouts with roasted pumpkin and cotija, but the ultimate must-try is definitely their mouth-watering tacos. Johnny Sanchez should be a great host for a Sunday brunch.

Address: 930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

2. Compere Lapin

Owned by Chef Nina Compton, Compere Lapin is synonymous with conch croquettes heaven. This is the go-to place for anyone craving the golden, crispy bite of lip-smacking goodness. Compton's traditional Caribbean and Creole cuisine puts this restaurant on the food map.

Visitors should make sure to try the crispy dirty rice Arancini with a sour orange mojo, along with the cold smoked tuna tartare mingled with avocado and crispy bananas. The grouper with Beurre Blanc, potato pearls and caviar is also a must-try.

Address: The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Bombay Club

Apart from the treat of the best live jazz entertainment around, Chef Nathan Richard's Bombay Club also throws a party in your mouth with its Boudin Scotch Eggs. Latina.com says that travellers yearning for food that's "quasi-British with a Cajun twist" can't afford to miss this place.

The star of the menu might be the braised collard greens-garnished eggs, but another must-try is "The Cheeseburger," with b&b pickles, onions, not-so-secret sauce and fried potato wedges.

Address: 830 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

4. Borgne

If you're looking for some seafood to sink your teeth into, Borgne is the place to be. Chef Besh (from Compere Lapin) could easily whip you up some nice duck poppers and garlic clove Louisiana shrimp. Their oyster spaghetti is luscious, and so is the grilled octopus with Berber hummus and garlic caper confit.

Address: 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

5. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

One does not simply walk in and out of New Orleans without paying a visit to the oldest bar in America.

Your craving for a drink should be satiated by nothing else but "the Voodoo daiquiri," the frozen purple parrot drink the bar is best known for. Plus, the piano and the vibe of this place are literally asking you to enter.

Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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