Bon Ton Cafe

Cuisine: American, Cajun, Crawfish

Price: $$$

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Crawfish: Crawfish is a staple in The Big Easy's culinary traditions, from crawfish etouffee to jambalaya, and no place has mastered traditions like Bon Ton Cafe. Housed in a charming 1840s building, Bon Ton exudes an old-city ambiance that perfectly complements authentic Cajun cuisine like red fish smothered in mouthwatering crawfish etouffee and creamy crawfish bisque with parsley buttered rice. The famed Rum Ramsey cocktail and decadent whiskey bread pudding are menu musts, as well. Bon Ton is located on historic Magazine Street, with its flickering gas lamps beckoning the romantic couple to stroll in for a delicious New Orleans meal.

Cajun: Located in a historic 19th century building, this restaurant's interior – exposed brick walls, checkered tablecloths, wrought iron fixtures – is the epitome of old New Orleans. Feeding New Orleanians for more than a century, the Bon Ton specializes in traditional Cajun cooking, highlighted by specialties such as chicken fried steak, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, catfish, turtle soup and soft-shell crab. Any food goes well with their refreshing house drink, the Rum Ramsey. The service hearkens back to a warmer, softer time when dining was unhurried and gracious. Lunch is a fine idea, but you'll need to reserve in advance for dinner.

Homestyle: Located in a historic 19th century building, this restaurant's interior – exposed brick walls, checkered tablecloths, wrought iron fixtures – is the epitome of old New Orleans. Feeding New Orleanians for more than a century, the Bon Ton specializes in traditional Cajun cooking, highlighted by specialties such as chicken fried steak, crawfish etouffe, jambalaya, catfish, turtle soup and soft-shell crab. Any food goes well with their refreshing house drink, the Rum Ramsey. The service hearkens back to a warmer, softer time when dining was unhurried and gracious. Lunch is a fine idea, but you'll need to reserve in advance for dinner.


Address

401 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Map / Directions
504-524-3386


Hours

Expert Tips by Beth D'Addono

New Orleans Local Expert

Crawfish: "While the place always seems packed, the waits are never absurdly long (and are often shorter than what you're told by the host)."

Cajun, Homestyle: "This isn't a place to pick for a quick lunch. You get to ordering, then drinking, then eating, then yapping, then drinking..."

Best for Crawfish Because: Bon Ton Cafe is on this list for their crawfish etouffee. The dish is massive, succulent and will turn you into a bona fide crawfish addict.

Best for Cajun Because: Bon Ton Cafe does Cajun right. The ambiance and historic setting is icing on the cake.

Best for Homestyle Because: This classic spot dishes food you wished your mama would make.

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