New Orleans is deeply tied to its French roots, whether you're looking at architecture, culture or food. Since this is a city all about food, mining its French roots is something many a chef explores. The Creole cuisine that is such a New Orleans hallmark traces its evolution in part to the European settlers who landed here back in the 17th and 18th centuries, many coming equipped with their own personal chefs.
The French kitchen flourished in New Orleans, influenced by other cooking styles as well as infromed by the bounty of fresh seafood and produce that abounded. Today's array of French restaurants, most with a Creole accent, satisfy the Francophile's cravings.
Visitors hungry for le petit déjeuner (breakfast) can check out La Boulangerie for excellent cafe au lait and chocolate croissants. Around lunch time, Lilette can be great for a cocktail and a steak frites. When the sun sets and the stars rise over the Mississippi, it's time for le dîner, with Luke one place for traditional bistro fare.
Wine is as important as what's on the menu, so you can expect hefty lists and informed wine service at most of these spots. Service in general will be excellent, whether you're just nibbling or in for a gourmet affair.