In New Orleans, a Saints game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is an event not to be missed. Locals, as well as visitors, are also aware that you've got to get in the mood to enjoy this exciting sporting event to its full potential and thus make it even more enjoyable. How better to do this than to have a wonderful brunch or if it is an afternoon or evening game, a grand dinner at one of the nearby eating establishments that are easy walking distance to the Dome. So whether it is mimosas or martinis that float your boat, here are a few favorite haunts for you to sample.
Le Pavillon Hotel, at 833 Poydras Street, welcomes Saints fans to its Crystal Room restaurant, named for its gorgeous chandeliers, with a grand breakfast menu that includes your choice of several omelets, crawfish or eggs Benedict, biscuits, and country gravy, Belgian waffles, pain perdu, and continental breakfast. Add a mimosa or bloody mary and you have a breakfast worthy of game day. Or choose the lunch buffet, with your choice of a soup and salad bar or a pasta bar. You get bread pudding with rum sauce for dessert with either one. All of this and only a five-minute walk to the game.
Walk-On's is on the other side of the coin as far as ambiance is concerned, and you can really get your juices flowing here. This place is loud and fun with lots of good bar food to tempt you. It’s a big, brash sports bar with music blaring and giant flat-screen TVs covering the walls. And there are booths that have their own beer taps, but of course, these dispensers keep a tab on your imbibing. The menu is huge, and it includes burgers and fries, salads, Cajun specialties like gumbo and red beans and rice, and a large range of seafood. All of this and only four blocks from the Superdome.
Allegro Bistro, at 1100 Poydras Street, is on the ground floor of the Entergy Building. It's a Creole bistro that has a big party for every Saints game. There's a pre-game buffet (two hours before kickoff) and a pre- and post-game "Semi Almost Famous" Tailgate Party. There's food, adult beverages, and some great music at this rockin' party.
For some great pizza, try Reginelli's at 920 Poydras. Reginelli's serves the usual fare with some good pasta, salads, calzones, and sandwiches. Where Y'At Magazine named it the best pizza in NOLA, so you can't go wrong here, and "I don't want pizza on game day" said no one, ever.
If you're looking for a breakfast buffet before you head to the Superdome, check out Pete's at the Intercontinental. It looks like an English pub, but its breakfast buffet is all-American, with sweets, omelets, and fruit. Or order a lunch of sausage gumbo, shrimp and grits, or wood-fired pizza. Trenasse, also in the Intercontinental, opens for lunch and serves up Cajun/Creole dishes in a sophisticated environment if that's more your taste.
Archie Manning's restaurant and bar in Harrah's Casino is a little further out on Poydras Street, but it's well worth the walk. It's a great place for anyone who loves food and sports. Or you can watch the game right there at Manning's courtyard tailgate. It has a grill, smoker, and a 13-inch mega-screen TV. Your seats: leather recliners. So grab a bite to eat before or after watching the game live at the Superdome or join the Manning's tailgate if you don't have tickets.