If you’ll be in town for this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, you’re likely looking for food options outside of the festival grounds. For a delicious meal of French and Creole cuisine in a charming, cozy spot near the Fairgrounds, Café Degas on Esplanade Ave is a sure bet. They serve up lunch Wednesday through Saturday, dinner Wednesday through Sunday and Sunday Brunch (just call ahead for hours), so you can enjoy their cuisine either before or after your Jazz Fest experience.
The restaurant is named after the 19th century French impressionist Edgar Degas who lived down the street in this quaint Creole neighborhood. The building itself houses tables both indoors and outdoors in a covered space that is pleasant even while it’s raining. You can enjoy the pleasing atmosphere of the restaurant against the lush, historic backdrop of Esplanade Ave while dining on splendid Creole-influenced French fare. The inside is small but cozy and intimate with the feel and appeal of a French bistro.