It's the rare visitor who doesn't come to New Orleans to eat. In this town, people are passionate about the details of a great meal, whether it's the hue of the roux, the size of the Gulf shrimp or the dark crawfish goodness emanating from a perfect etoufee. Here, chefs were rock stars way before The Food Network put locals like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse on the national map. Mecca for foodies, New Orleans is a bubbling feast of traditional Creole French fare and creative chefs using Gulf seafood and local ingredients in classic and innovative ways. Crackling with an effusive gumbo of culinary history and cocktail culture, New Orleans is arguably the best place to eat in America.
So, where to start? There are some seminal bites you can’t live without. Beignets and chicory-laced café au lait at Café DuMonde. Trout Amandine at Galatoire’s, the epitome of a Creole Palace, staffed by waiters who have tended the same families for generations. And of course oysters, best enjoyed from a seat at the scarred marble oyster bar at Acme Oyster House, where you can watch the pros in action and the fried oyster po'boys, dressed (with the works) are just about perfect. In a town where getting a bad meal is an anomaly, these 10 fantastic restaurants should be on everybody's bucket list.