#FatSnacks Friday: New Orleans

Hey Cuties,

Friday is my favorite day of the week here at because I get to share my love of food with you. This week’s #FatSnacks Friday is about the eats I had while in New Orleans. This is part 3 of the New Orleans series. I didn’t get to eat nearly as much as I wanted to but I got in the basics for sure.

Part 1: Tramping  Around New Orleans  Part 2: Essence Festival Recap: Actors Edition 
Part 3: New Orleans #FatSnacks  Part 4: Essence Festival Recap: Music Edition  Part 5: New Orleans Music & Culture

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Day 1 we were so eager to hit the ground running that we didn’t eat much. It was after 9pm before we set out to find grub. The city is still popping at that time but everything isn’t open late. Enter Willie’s Chicken Shack. This place draws people in like a moth to a flame. The music is so good that people frequently stop and twerk something. See picture below.

New Orleans Eats Willie's Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Willie’s Chicken Shack

They have a ton of locations like the rest of the world has McDonald’s. The chicken was good and the party was live. I ate and people watched and ate some more. I was so nosy that I forgot to snap a picture of my food. There were some older ladies in there grooving right appropriately to some trap music and I was stuck trying not to watch. That is so going to be when I get old.

New Orleans Eats Breakfast

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center

Day 2 Babe slept in so I had to get breakfast on my own. I had no idea where to go so I just went to the lobby. I ordered from the menu and sat down with a cup of hot tea. My food arrived and it looked good although I was a bit unsure about the eggs I still ate them. The French toast was really good. The bacon looked good but it was salty as hell, were trying to clog my arteries? Why is the bacon so freaking salty? What did they do to it? I had to quit it and you don’t quit bacon, because it goes against the Food Gods. But I would need 12 gallons of water to handle all of that salt. With the New Orleans humidity I couldn’t take that chance. The egg texture was a bit interesting; it may be due to the lack of quality cheddar cheese that I asked for. Either way it was a fail, but not a total bust because I was filled and the French toast saved the day.

New Orleans Eats Acme Oyster House Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

In my search to find lunch I kept seeing Acme Oyster House. They have several locations.

New Orleans Eats Acme Oyster House 1 Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Acme Oyster House, Harrah’s

We decided to check out the one in Harrah’s Casino. The decor was really cool, they this bold and vibrant New Orleans style art with a ship behind the bar. The walls made you think you were sitting under the night’s sky.

New Orleans Eats Acme Shrimp Po Boy Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Shrimp Po-Boy

Po-Boys are a must in New Orleans; the most popular are the shrimp, oyster, or fish.  This thing was filled with fried shrimp; they were falling out every time I took a bite. It also has lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo.  Generally I don’t like pickles on my food, but I wanted it to be authentic so I let it ride. We got a side of fries to go with it.

New Orleans Eats Fried Gator Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

We pulled Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House up in a quick location search. The place was pretty full, so I figured the food had to be good. It was a cozy little two level spot. We started off with the friend gator appetizer.  It was fried to perfection. Trust, I know quality fried food.

New Orleans Eats Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

Babe and I decided to share our meal so we only ordered these two items. It was plenty of food for the both of us. This is the Fish House Seafood Platter, it came with 3 onion rings, fried shrimp, Louisiana fried oysters, Southern fried catfish, a crab cake and jambalaya. The crab cake was not good, it even looks sad on the plate but everything else was really good.

New Orleans Eats Original Popeyes 1 Best Places to Eat in New Orleans


Popeye’s started in the bayou so it was only right that we check it out. It was packed out like the club. They had two lines going on, it made me feel like I was in the HS cafeteria again.

New Orleans Eats Original Popeyes 2 Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

The setup is cafeteria style, you grab your tray, they put your food on it and you slide down to the register.  The sides are in the case; you can open the door and grab the one you want.

New Orleans Eats Original Popeyes 3 Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Bagging area

This part is all kinds of crazy. After you check out you have to move down to another counter area if you want your food to go. WHAT! The people at this counter ONLY bag up your food. Whatever happened to just bagging it up at the register? Not in this here establishment.

New Orleans Eats Barqs Red Creme Soda Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Barq’s Red Creme Soda

Let me tell you about this red crack. Backstory: I went to the World of Cola in Atlanta in 2012. While there I sampled most of the Coca Cola flavors from around the world. Note: Barq’s root beer is my favorite soda. There I discovered Barq’s Red Creme Soda, I didn’t even know that was a thing. I tried to buy it from the store and they didn’t sell it. I tried ordering it online and I couldn’t. I even called the headquarters and they pretty much told me to build a bridge and get over it. Then I go to New Orleans and find it, GLORY!!! I wish I could have taken a case home, seriously.

New Orleans Eats Cafe Du Monde Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Original Cafe Du Monde

What is a trip to New Orleans if you don’t experience beignets from Cafe Du Monde?

New Orleans Eats Cafe Du Monde beignets Best Places to Eat in New Orleans


Beignet: Is a French pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry that is magical. It is powered with sugar from the heavens and it melts in your mouth. In English it means “fritter”. Folks love to dip them in coffee but I don’t do the coffee so I just had them with bottled water.

New Orleans Eats Ma Momma's House of Cornbread Chicken & Waffles Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles

Another dope place on the Google list of places to eat was Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles. That is a helluva name but they totally live up to it.  The next time I come back I will go to the actual restaurant because I need the full on experience. Essence Festival had an Essence Food area within the festival and they were putting it down back there. The seasoning on that chicken was everything and that cornbread waffle melted in your mouth. A CORNBREAD WAFFLE Y’ALL.

The next time I go back, it will be all food all the time.

#FatSnacks Friday- New Orleans Edition

If you have a favorite spot to eat in New Orleans let me know so I can check it out the next time around. Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


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Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  2. Jeanette

    Oh my gosh is that food looks so good. It’s only 7 AM here and if that restaurant was here I would be going there right now LOL.

  3. Paula Schuck

    Holy moly! That breakfast… Yum. Who could say no to a breakfast of scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, and all the rest. Yummo.

  4. Pam

    New Orleans has so much great food. I love Acme Oyster House and so many of the other places that you ate at. Cafe Du Monde is everyone’s favorite.

  5. Jeanine

    Wow! Look at all that food. It all looks great. I’ve always heard amazing things about New Orleans and the food there. this just shows me its all true!

  6. Chrishelle

    That does it I am hanging out with you. My mouth is watering. I don’t know which one to rave about more, but I have to say I am a Popeye’s chick. Best fast food chicken ever.

  7. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Wow, this post is full of delicious-looking food! Yum! Those onion rings are calling my name. And those beignets look absolutely divine.

  8. Bonnie @wemake7

    Oh man! All that food is got me wanting to go there now and try all of these. Would love to try that Strawberry cream soda too.

  9. Liz Mays

    Oh man, you had some awesome meals. I’d be so pumped to eat at Willie’s Chicken Shack. I might go on another New Orleans trip with my daughter.

  10. Jenn

    Yum! I love your photos. This food looks and sounds amazing. I would love to try it some day.

  11. Sarah

    Looks like some delicious fat snacks for sure. Love all that fried food, think I need to taste a bit of New Orleans sometime!

  12. Bella

    Oh my, this looks so delicious! I have never eaten there but I need to check it out.

  13. Crystal Wachoski

    Ugh, yummy! My mouth is officially watering and I just had breakfast.

  14. Emily

    WOW! looks so delicious. I dont care if i become curvy as long as i’m always full. lol.

  15. MJ

    I’ll take one of everything please! OMG. I have always wanted to visit New Orleans. Between the culture and the food, I would probably need two weeks to take it all in.

  16. Heather Pfingsten

    Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely delicious. I have NEVER been to New Orleans but I hear the food is absolutely amazing. It is on my Bucket List and I hope to travel there one day. You just made my tummy grumble. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  17. CourtneyLynne

    Omg!!! So many yummy meals!!!!! New Orleans definitely has some of the best food that’s for sure!

  18. Jaclyn Anne

    I don’t think that I have ever seen so many yummy things all wrapped up into one post. Amazingness!

  19. rika

    OMG! I want to try those meals! I have never been to New Orleans, it’s actually on my travel bucket list!

  20. Christina Aliperti

    Everything looks amazing, my mouth is watering! Except for those eggs, lol, I wouldn’t eat them either.

  21. foodfashionandflow

    That shrimp po boy looks really good and the red creme soda….I have loved it since I was a kid. Everything looks tasty. I love love love beignets and these look so good.

  22. Kemkem

    The food looks incredible, especially the french toast. I have never been a big fan of waffles and chicken. It seems such a horrible mixture of breakfast and lunch.. 🙂 . The shrimp though..pass it down to me . Great food post!

  23. jamila

    All that food looks so good, now I have a taste for french toast and waffles.

  24. Donna Seay

    I wanted to lick the screen! That food looks amazing!

  25. Joyce Brewer

    Acme Oyster House is our fav place to eat in New Orleans. There are so many fab restaurants there!

  26. Tia @ FinanciallyFitandFab

    I hope you saved me a Beignet from Cafe Du Monde! Those are my absolute fave when visiting NOLA. 🙂 I am allergic to selfish though so I can never truly indulge in all the good food that the city as to offer.

  27. Latonya

    I’ve never been to New Orleans, but your restaurant compilation has given me something to think about. Their Popeye’s is different from the ones I have been to in other states.

  28. LaVonndra Johnson

    OMG, breakfast is my favorite meal. I just decided on what I’m eating this morning. Everything in plate #1!

  29. Tia | Pennies In My Pocket

    New Orleans is a great place to have lots of fat snacks. I love traveling to NOLA specifically because I love to eat. Cafe DuMonde is always a must whenever I am in the city. I also really enjoy Ruby Slipper for brunch, Willie Mae’s for a late night meal and Commanders Palace when I am being fancy. As many times as I have been to New Orleans, I have never had Popeyes but it is always packed so I am sure it is good.

  30. Patranila

    I love your fat snacks posts! All the deep fried goodness is mouthwatering. Yummers!

  31. Holly

    I love the food in New Orleans. You just made me hungry all over again. Thinking of all the goodness I would eat there.

  32. jaye gipson

    Haha…fat snaks..

    I am vegan now but in my previous life, New Orleans was heaven for me.

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