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A part of the Brennan family, Mr. B's Bistro features Creole cuisine served in an upscale ambiance. It has earned many accolades for its authentic menu and tantalizing flavors. Try the panko crusted jumbo shrimp or the Gumbo Ya Ya, both of which are traditional favorites. The heartwarming score on the live piano provides a pleasant backdrop to the meal.
Situated in the French Quarter and a stone's throw from Bourbon Street is Arnaud's Restaurant, a classic Creole establishment boasting some of New Orleans' most famous dishes. Here, an elegant decor and classy setting add that extra ambiance that makes meals here something special. The menu is comprised of numerous Creole favorites, with an emphasis on seafood. There are live jazz performances, a separate bar and a romantic main dining room to ensure you can have whatever kind of evening you're looking for.
Built in 1834, Broussard's was once known as the Borello Mansion. In 1920, Joseph Broussard and his wife Rosalie Borello opened the lower level of this mansion to the public as a small restaurant. The subtle elegance and the imperial decor are reminiscent of Napoleonic days gone by. Broussard's Parisian culinary training, coupled with his demand for perfection, made this a five-star restaurant. Choose from such Creole classics as Pompano Evelyn or baked filet of redfish.
This building, which dates back to 1798, was acquired by the Brennan family in 1943, and transformed into a stunning restaurant with 12 elegantly decorated dining rooms called Brennan's. A beautiful courtyard of magnolia trees and picturesque fountains create the perfect dining atmosphere. Begin breakfast with a brandy milk punch, followed by any one of the exquisite entrees, such as Eggs Hussarde, a Brennan's original. Dinner also offers a delightful assortment of delectable options. For dessert, try the famous Bananas Foster, another creation of Brennan's epicureans. Jackets are required for dinner, and reservations are recommended.
Located in the heart of the business district, August is a major New Orleans culinary delight. This historic venue offers French dishes with a distinctive Louisiana flair. Chef John Besh has helped to create an elaborate menu including dishes such as "Salade August" (salad with candied pumpkin seeds and Point Reyes blue cheese), Parmesan-crusted blackfish with lobster, whipped potatoes and bouillabaisse jus, and pork belly and lobster "en barigoule." A wine room and private dining options are also available.
Situated in a quaint cottage, Bayona charms diners with its picturesque decor consisting of flower arrangements, murals and photographs. Serving Louisiana cuisine with a bit of a twist, Chef Susan Spicer puts together an inviting meal. Sit in the courtyard amid the plants or enjoy the ambiance of the romantic indoor dining hall. The desserts are a must try to finish off your meal.
The Peche Seafood Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in the city's dining scene. Its fine flavor and quality has caught the attention of locals who have made it their regular dining spot. Specializing in under-sea creatures, the most famous item is the roast whole fish made from daily catch. All food is cooked in an open-fire, tossed and sauteed with care. The desserts are also delectable and should not be avoided.
No list of New Orleans restaurants would be complete without Commander's Palace. Voted “Best Restaurant in the United States” in 1996, this fine southern establishment lives up to its reputation with exceptional cuisine and a dining experience you will not soon forget. One piece of the package here is the wait staff; the efficient servers are attentive rather than officious. Dining rooms vary in size from large to intimate in this modified 1880s Victorian house. Commander's Palace is particularly known for its turtle soup. Other standouts include the Mississippi Roasted Quail Stuffed with Creole Crawfish Sausage and for dessert, the Creole Bread Pudding Souffle. There is also an excellent wine list with suggestions for each entree.
Set in an 1877 townhouse, Upperline Restaurant is brought up-to-date by a collection of modern paintings. This oasis of Southern charm and Creole traditions creates a nostalgic ambiance. For starters, try Crispy Sweetbreads with Mushroom Ragout and Grilled Filet Mignon or the braised Lamb Shank. You may complete any meal with the sweet treats, including a yummy creme brulee with crushed pralines.