To be included on this list, the establishment must be in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, or on the North Shore. Also, the taps (if present) must be at least 75% craft beer. There may be mitigating factors along the way, but those are the main criteria.
Boucherie – a small but thoughtful beer list, and excellent and reasonably priced Southern food with global flavors. The beer community recently rallied to support the chef-owner of Boucherie, Nathanial Zimet, with the Beers Not Bullets fundraiser at NOLA Brewing.
Crescent Pie & Sausage – Pizza, Sandwiches, Jambalaya, House Smoked Sausages, a deep appreciation of the mighty pig, and a love of good beer. Good tap selection (around 5-6 taps) and variety of craft bottle/cans.
Root – New place (opened in December 2011) with a lengthy bottle list and extensive local beers. The list covers Germany, Belgium, England, and the U.S. Also, the management is very interested in bringing beer drinking to fine dining- in fact, was quoted as saying so.
Coquette – a bit of a dark horse, since their wine list and inventive cocktail program overshadowed their quietly excellent though small bottle list.
Capdeville – Upscale pub food and a good tap list. The owner is very involved with the beer community.
Luke (Besh Restaurant Group). John Besh commissioned Heiner Brau Brewery to provide his German bistro Luke with German style beers. Luke has a good selection of French, Belgian, and German beers as well. (Point of note: Two other exclusive Heiner Brau beers are at American Sector, Besh’s restaurant at the WWII Museum.)
Midway Pizza– If you want some New Orleans style deep dish pizza served with some amazing craft beer then this is the place to go. They even do a buffet during lunch!
High Hat Cafe – just down the street from Midway, the High Hat serves up comfort food from the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana. So if you want a hot plate of seafood or meat with two sides, a pimento cheese burger, or any one of their delicious specials, you can wash them down with several offerings from NOLA Brewing and other craft/local drafts.
Katie’s– Katie’s on Iberville quietly and consistently offers local and craft beer to go along with their Creole/New Orleans style food.
Feel free to suggest your favorite places that serve good beer with great food!