10 Best New Orleans Restaurants

Kristopher Neild

By , Local Expert, New Orleans
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When Hurricane Katrina spun through New Orleans in 2005, it shook up a food scene that is known internationally as being one of the most unique and diverse. Many restaurants left, but the cream rose to the top and what we are left with is an incredible local dining scene led by food innovators and traditional creole craftsmen. 

Crescent City fare options such as etouffee, jambalya, beignets and po'boys may sound foreign, but once their savory tastes meet the buds of your palette, you will yearn to include them in your weekly meal plan. French inspired, creole seasoned dishes are common as are the sweeter remedies to a fiery...  Read more »

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    Local Expert Tip: "Come here for lunch. The dedication of the service staff and quality of food you get for a mid day meal can not be matched. "


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    Emeril's New Orleans

    Local Expert Tip: "If you feel overwhelmed with the offerings, ask the staff for help with food and wine choices. If you want to sound like you know what you're talking about, order the homemade andouille to start and the banana cream pie to finish. "


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    Local Expert Tip: "If you are planning a group event or banquet, reserving the wine room at Bayona is a must. "


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    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure you are someone who appreciates testing the border of your palette if you plan to dine at Stella!"


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    Local Expert Tip: "If you are looking to make a good impression on a date, this is your spot. "


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    Restaurant August

    Local Expert Tip: "If you don't want the pressure of picking the perfect meal, try the Chef Tasting Menu with wine pairings. You won't be disappointed. "


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    Commander's Palace

    Local Expert Tip: "25 cent martinis at lunch. That's all there is to say. "

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    Jacques-Imo's Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "Try to arrange your evening so you can eat at Jacques-Imo's, then head next door to the famous Maple Leaf Cafe for some jamming local music. "

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    Local Expert Tip: "Get a po'boy. If you're really hungry get two, and couple it with some turtle soup. "

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    Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Every meal at Superior Seafood needs to be prefaced by a sampling of the the char-grilled oysters. They are loaded with butter and parmesan/romano cheeses and are absolutely to die for."



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