Ted’s Frostop

Lot-O burger’s, chili-cheese fries, thin fried catfish and more. Ted’s Frostop (with two locations) serves up ambiance and old-fashioned goodness, just like it has since 1955. • 3100 Calhoun St, New Orleans, LA 70125


Go for: Classic burgers, classic Americana, and friendly service, in a cozy setting

Many New Orleanians are familiar with the the giant root beer mug out front of the Claiborne Ave. location of Ted’s Frostop.  This familiar (and cheerful) beacon perched on the top of the popular hamburger eatery for decades.

Hurricane Katrina toppled the signature mug which then sat upside down outside the shuttered restaurant for many years.

It reopened in 2012, and serves up hearty burgers, plate lunches, hot dogs & chili, and many other favorites in this Uptown neighborhood (just across from Turchin Stadium on Tulane’s campus).

There used to be four or five Frostop’s around town, now there are two in operation (Claiborne Ave. in Orleans), and Clearview Parkway (in Metairie).

The original Frostop chain first opened in the 1950s. It’s success, longevity, and charm rest on the sure-fired approach of serving good food, made-to-order, at fair prices, in a casual setting. You can sit indoors or out at the Claiborne location, inside only on Clearview.

Ted’s Frostop diner serves tender, juicy burgers on po’ boy bread. The burgers are topped with mayonnaise, mustard, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. Cheese isn’t added unless it is requested. Other than being a popular burger spot, the restaurant is famous for its root beer. The root beer is served in a chilled mug and can be enjoyed while playing the free games on offer. In addition, there are root beer floats for children. The diner also serves shakes and fries. Ted’s wants visitors to feel comfortable — this is why it is more than a burger shop, it is a place for the whole family.

Saints game days inspire sandwiches in honor of the team’s opponent for the week, and every day at Ted’s is a charming walk back into the 1960s (Note: that’s WTIX radio you’re heading over the speakers).

In a city that celebrates “old time” things, Ted’s Frostop fits that term … good, old-fashioned food and fun. – Scott McCrossen