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.
At NOLA, owned by famed chef Emeril Lagasse is all about creating the best patron experience possible. This means that the service, decor and most importantly, the food, most all work off of each other. NOLA accomplishes this and more, with a beautifully decorated dining area complemented by impeccable service and a diverse offering of seafood dishes. NOLA is short for New Orleans, and is an appropriate moniker as this restaurant nicely captures the essence of the Big Easy.
Step into Muriel's for a taste of New Orleans. Barbecued shrimp, gumbo, grilled drums, oysters and a list of appetizers keep you company as the entrees are prepared. In addition to the delectable dinners, Muriel's also hosts a Sunday jazz brunch. Spaced out tables keep the conversations private. Events like dinner theaters happen seasonally.
Inspired after the age-old Cajun tradition of sharing the food among the participants of the feast, Bourrée at Boucherie translates to butcher shop. It is the most popular place that locals flock to, when in need for a dose of rich Southern-style dishes. The menu is influenced by Chef Zimet's personal experiences as he explored the many food options in North Carolina before beginning this venture. The prices are affordable and adds to the happy smiles that can be seen on the faces of diners relishing their meals here.
Located in The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, Compère Lapin brings the palatable taste of the Caribbean cuisine to American shores. Run by Nina Compton, the chef works tirelessly to conjure up magical delicacies that incorporate a touch of contemporary flavor without altering the original essence of the meal. The diverse menu includes items like cold smoked tuna tartare, zucchini fritters, curried goat and ricotta pancake. Expect each dish to be an absolute delight with a multitude of flavors that seem to go together effortlessly. You can complement the sumptuous meals with a portion vanilla bruléed grapefruit or granola with fresh berries. They also have a full bar menu to go with the dishes. If you are tired of the usual dining experiences, head to Compère Lapin for a tasteful surprise.
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.
Since 1990, Fausto's Bistro has been serving Sicilian and Northern Italian cuisine to hungry diners on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. This intimate bistro boasts menus of classic Italian dishes. Their dinner menu features veal saltimbocca and chicken sorrentino. Their lunch menu offers daily specials such as meatball or roast beef po-boys. Operated by two Sicilian brothers, Fausto's Bistro makes every customer feel like family with friendly service and hearty meals. -Bethany Culp
The friendly staff at Pho Nola strives to make customers feel at home at this Metairie Vietnamese café. The lengthy menu features carefully prepared Vietnamese dishes ready for family-style meals like Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Bahn Hoi and noodle entrees. Pho Nola’s Pho (a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup of clear broth rice noodles) is fully flavored with a plethora of condiments like jalapeño, cilantro, basil and hot chili sauce. Pho Nola’s beverage menu includes a selection of boba teas, a Vietnamese soybean drink and Pho Nola specialty fruit drinks. -Bethany Culp
This contemporary bistro located Uptown offers upscale yet comfortable dining. The decor is minimal with neutral colored walls and ceiling fans above the bentwood chairs and white linen tablecloths. The easy, sophisticated charm is a favorite with professional and business types from nearby uptown neighborhoods. Dishes are imaginative twists on New Orleans favorites. Specialties include the fresh sautéed fish in cream sauce flavored with craw fish stock and fried oysters matched with Brie. The cozy bar is known for its single-malt scotch selection.
You can always hear the jukebox and lively voices pouring from Fat Harry's doors. This laid back bar is a hangout for college students and young professionals alike. Harry's also boasts great bar fare, such as Buffalo wings and po-boys, and the best cheese fries in the Big Easy. Weekly lunch specials make this a popular stop for the local business crowd. If you cannot get there for lunch, it also serves dinner and offers late night hours.