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 newly renovated Bijoux restaurant, with a grand breakfast menu that includes your choice of several omelets, shrimp and grits 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 a place where over-the-top enthusiasm and culture is the daily norm. What sets them apart from all others though, is authentic, mouthwatering Louisiana cuisine prepared fresh in a from-scratch kitchen. That includes seafood, traditional Cajun cuisine, and burgers built for two hands. Like Louisiana, food is truly Walk-On's calling card and the reason you'll keep coming back for more. Drew Brees Co-owns this establishment which lies walking distance from the Superdome.
For some great pizza, try Reginelli's at 930 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.