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Grand Isle Restaurant
Cuisine: American, Creole, Seafood
Price Range: $$
Grand Isle is the strip of land off mainland Louisiana known for its amazing fishing. Grand Isle Restaurant, with its menu of fresh local seafood and vintage photos channeling the same gulf goodness... Read More
Grand Isle is the strip of land off mainland Louisiana known for its amazing fishing. Grand Isle Restaurant, with its menu of fresh local seafood and vintage photos channeling the same gulf goodness as its namesake. Situated on busy Fulton Street, Grand Isle spotlights the talent of chef Ryan Haigler, a South Carolina native who's come light years from his Waffle House beginnings. With a resume that includes working with Sean Brock in Charleston, Tom Colicchio in New York and Emeril in New Orleans, Haigler lassos a lot of flavor in gulf specialties like smoked fried oysters with garlic aioli and a version of grilled oysters with Havarti and tasso that is completely off the hook. The smoked drum chowder with roasted corn is another treat, and you can't miss with anything seafood. But Haigler handled the butcher program for Delmonico for two years, so don't overlook steak specials or the winning combo of confit pork cheek and baby clams served with crunchy popcorn rice pilaf. This is a relaxed yet surprisingly sophisticated option just steps from Canal Street and the Convention Center.
- Best for Seafood Because: Fresh seafood and Creole specialties in a central location bring locally sourced freshness to the CBD.
- Best for Crawfish Because: Executive Chef Ryan Haigler brings finesse and polish to Grand Isle's fetching fish camp cuisine. R
- Best for Family Friendly Because: Fresh seafood and New Orleans specialties in a central location brings top of the catch freshness to the CBD.