Along the west bank of the Mississippi River, Chalmette is the perfect place to dine after a day visiting New Orleans. The city has cuisine for every palette and combines quick eats with fine dining, featuring traditional southern food.
Locally owned since 1985, Today’s Ketch is operated by husband and wife duo Jeff and Teri Pohlmann. Together, they helped the restaurant get back on its feet after Hurricane Katrina, and earned the number one spot in the Times Picayune “Top 100 restaurants in New Orleans.” The menu is made of seafood entrees served with traditional sides such as French fries or salads, but don’t miss their many po’ boy options or tasty dessert menu. Today’s Ketch offers another layer of intrigue for locals as they also serve as a fresh seafood market, and have their daily seafood displayed in their glass cases right in the restaurant.
MeMe’s Bar and Grill is the ultimate fine dining experience in Chalmette, their soft tablecloths and modern interior presents a fun, elegant atmosphere. The restaurant has been opened since 2011, and is the life’s dream of the husband and wife ownership team Chuck and Rae Ann Williams. MeMe’s Bar and Grill serves a lunch menu consisting of juicy burgers, soups, specialty oysters, crab cakes and salads. Their dinner menu is a stylish array of entrees, including roasted chicken, pasta Lafitte, and veal pasta among many others. MeMe’s is also a great place to bring your large party.
Quick eats with flavors from Sicily and a creole twist is what this restaurant is known for among residents of Chalmette. Come by and enjoy these massive portions of veal cutlets, baked chicken, seafood gumbo, crab cakes, and their famous soft-shell crab. The restaurant has been around for over 50 years and has survived some of the worst hurricanes in the area. They do what they can to stay open during Louisiana’s roughest days and serve as a reliable beacon for the residents of Chalmette.
Brewster’s Restaurant has been in Chalmette for over 25 years. This family-friendly spot offers dining experiences for all ages, as they are also equipped with a full bar and a full cocktail menu. Their goal is simple; to serve everyone in the parish the best food possible. The menu is traditional American, with filet mignon steaks, burger platters with fries and onion rings, fish sandwiches and chef salads. The portions are renowned for being the largest in the area, so come with the expectation of getting your money’s worth at Brewster’s.
Although this restaurant is advertised as a sports bar, don’t underestimate their outstanding menu that adheres to the outstanding cuisine standards of the New Orleans region. The dimly lit interior is brought to life by colorful accent lighting behind the bar and across the entire building, giving it an upscale advantage among other bars of its kind. Food favorites here include “The Boat,” which is fried eggplant filled with grilled shrimp, a customizable seafood-based mac and cheese, various oyster platters and a build-your-own burger menu.