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Late Night in the Crescent City: Eating After Midnight in New Orleans

Whether you're a travel nurse on a placement in New Orleans or a local who knows their way around town, it always pays to know what's open late—especially with Mardi Gras around the corner. Here are a few of our favorite night owl spots!

With its 24-hour bars and late night music spots, New Orleans is famous for providing round-the-clock fun. But what about dining options for night owls? We know that nurses often find themselves eating at odd hours. And so, whether you’re wrapping up the late shift or just having too much fun on the town, there are plenty of delicious options in the Crescent City. Here are a few of our favorite places to fuel up when the going gets late.

Cafe Du Monde

Open: 24 hours.
Neighborhood: French Quarter.
Menu Highlight: Beignets, of course.
Sometimes the touristy place is also the right place. Established in 1862, Cafe du Monde is world-renowned for its fresh beignets, topped with an absurd helping of powdered sugar. The French Quarter mainstay is also a great place to sip a cafe au lait and do some serious people-watching. Be sure to bring cash and avoid wearing black. You’re bound to leave wearing some of that powdered sugar.

Photo by Doogie Roux

Gene’s Po Boys

Open: 24 hours.
Neighborhood: Marigny.
Menu Highlight: Hot sausage po boy, dressed.
While Gene’s isn’t the fanciest spot in the city, it does boast one very important seal of approval: Beyonce’s been there. The pink building in the Marigny is famous for its po boys, its frozen daiquiris, and its lively atmosphere. Whether you’ve been getting down on Frenchmen or are just getting up for an odd-hours shift, Gene’s has you covered with po boys at all hours. They’ve got breakfast po boys too!

Photo by Shawn Fink

Camellia Grill

Open: Until 2AM.
Neighborhood: Uptown.
Menu Highlight: Pecan waffle.
Located Uptown, the Camellia Grill is equal parts diner and time machine. A longtime local favorite, Camellia serves breakfast all day, a mean griddled pecan pie, and classic diner fare in an atmosphere that feels unchanged from its 1940’s opening. Grab a seat at the counter and a uniform-clad waiter will ensure you feel right at home.

Photo by Trev's Bistro

Avenue Pub

Open: Bar is 24 hours. Food until 4AM.
Neighborhood: Lower Garden District.
Menu Highlight: Dump Truck Fries.
As one of America’s rare cities without a “last call,” New Orleans boasts some bars whose doors never close. Perhaps the classiest of these is the Avenue Pub, a two-story beer bar with the city’s most extensive draft list. But it also boasts a hidden gem of a kitchen with some unexpected delicacies. From tempura fried mushrooms to chicken confit, this is not your average bar fare. Don’t miss the dump truck fries, which are piled high with pulled pork and rich béchamel.

Photo by Nola Vie

Dat Dog

Open: Until 3AM.
Neighborhood: Marigny.
Menu Highlight: Crawfish Étouffée Dog.
A hot dog joint unlike any other, Dat Dog has quickly grown from a single stand to legendary regional chain in just a few short years. Take your pick from nearly a dozen different sausages and then go crazy with the extensive list of toppings, which has everything from chili to guacamole to grilled onions. The colorful, bustling Frenchmen location is open until 3AM. Just keep the Pepto handy.

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