Best of New Orleans #9

One look at SoBou's menu tells you all you need to know that this place is all about having a great time
SoBou
Credit: SoBou

The restaurant's name is an abbreviation of "South of Bourbon."

Every day during the month of August, we’re highlighting one restaurant from our recent ranking of the 31 Best Restaurants in New Orleans. Today’s restaurant, SoBou, is #9 on our list. 

Short for South of Bourbon, SoBou is the Commander’s Family’s “saloon”-style restaurant, focused on elevated bar food and great cocktails. One look at the menu tells you all you need to know that this place is all about having a great time: crispy boudin balls, “The Fries” with pickled okra mayo, sweet potato beignets, flash-fried chicken drumettes, a surf and turf with smoked cochon de lait and fried oysters, and a burger topped with a fried egg, duck bacon, and a “foie gras ice cream float.” And oh, yeah — between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, martinis are 25 cents. Did we mention it’s just about impossible to leave this place without having a great time?

Here's our complete ranking:
#31. Maurepas Fine Foods
#30. Boucherie
#29. Mother’s
#28. Luke
#27. The Joint
#26. Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
#25. Mahony’s
#24. MiLa
#23. La Petite Grocery
#22. Gautreau’s
#21. Coquette
#20. Parkway Bakery
#19. Clancy’s
#18. Dooky Chase
#17. Drago’s
#16. Emeril’s
#15. Redfish Grill
#14. Jacques-Imo’s
#13. Bayona
#12. Camellia Grill
#11. Domilese’s
#10. Willie Mae’s Scotch House
#9. SoBou
#8. Root
#7. Herbsaint
#6. Domenica
#5. Cochon
#4. Peche
#3. August
#2. Galatoire’s
#1. Commander’s Palace

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New Orleans’ 31 Best Restaurants