The Best Chicken Wings in New Orleans • MOPHO

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One of my favorite parts of living in New Orleans is the ever-growing list of amazing places to eat, from cozy holes-in-the-wall to the most conceptual fine dining spots. And I love them all! But there’s one local haunt that totally has my heart. MOPHO (the name always makes me giggle) is a little joint in Mid-City that brilliantly combines Vietnamese cuisine with NOLA flair, like deep-fried anything and tons of seafood. 

With new, trendy restaurants opening (and closing) everywhere I look, MOPHO is a tried-and-true, reliably delicious comfort food spot that my heartmate and I know we can count on for a soul-satisfying meal. I kid you not when I say we eat there at least once a week, and a visit to MOPHO wouldn’t be complete for us without ordering the Crispy Chicken Wings. I know Louisiana is all about Southern-style wings but this version is more my speed — seasoned with nuoc mam caramel, lemongrass, and ginger, they’re savory, saucy, and yummy. We can’t get enough! It’s finger licking good!

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Their pho is great, too. I love that you can create your own bowl by choosing a broth (beef with marrow, fowl, or vegetarian) and then customize it with ingredients like marinated roasted tofu, tendon, or mushrooms. My personal go-to is the veggie broth with grilled greens and a poached egg. And the cocktails here are not to be missed! The Tamarind Sour is the perfect mix of Southeast Asian and Louisiana flavors; it’s made with Sazerac rye, tamarind and honey syrup, and citrus. 

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Every time I pay MOPHO a visit, I make sure to use my American Blue Cash Everyday Card, since I earn cash back on all my purchases. And right now Amex is offering even more rewards when enrolled cardholders spend at qualifying small businesses (like your go-to dining spot!) through the end of the year as part of their #ShopSmall for 2X Rewards initiative. My card will earn me additional cash back for every dollar I spend on crispy, saucy wings and the rest of the goodness on MOPHO’s menu — and on so many other gifts and goodies at my other favorite local businesses. If you don’t yet have one of the eligible cards yet, no need to worry. Sign up here and you can be a part of this awesome promotion. Then check out which qualifying small business you want to give some love to by using this super handy map. Happy spending!


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