This New Orleans institution has such a wide-reaching reputation that even President Obama has sampled its offerings. Come here to get your hands around a poor boy (or po'boy) sandwich, a Louisiana traditional submarine sandwich. The sandwiches come in all varieties, from barbecued beef and charbroiled hamburger to grilled shrimp and oven-cooked turkey. Whatever you try, it's sure to be uniquely delicious.
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.
This refurbished and expanded historic house, originally built in 1834, offers Cajun cuisine by Chef Paul Prudhomme. The main floor remains the first choice for the casual diner. The second floor is formal and requires reservations. You can also dine on the balcony or in an intimate al fresco courtyard. Chef Paul's cuisine combines Creole and Cajun into what he describes as "Louisiana cooking." Not only is his food authentic, but you would also be hard pressed to find anything fresher; K-Paul's “no freezers” rule applies to everything on the menu, so even the daily specials adhere to this high standard of culinary excellence. Fried catfish fingers and bronzed salmon are just two of the many tantalizing items on the menu.
This French-market coffee stand, established in 1862, offers a menu of dark coffee with chicory, beignets, white or chocolate milk and freshly-squeezed orange juice. Cafe Du Monde is one of the most popular and the oldest of its kind in New Orleans. You may have to wait for a table in the busy morning hours owing to its famous breakfast menu. While the coffee is certainly good, most people come for the famous, fresh-from-the-fryer beignets. They are brought to your table in such a hurry that they are still hot when you take that first melt-in-your-mouth bite. Hop in at any time of the day (or night) to dig into delicious southern munchies and relish some of the most popular coffee in Louisiana!
Acme Oyster House has been a mainstay in the NoLa dining scene since its inception in 1910. This iconic restaurant, with its vintage neon signboard, serves up a unique take on local flavors. Their signature raw oysters are a must have, followed by coastal specialties like Poopa, French bread canopy stuffed with sausage and shrimp gumbo.
Situated in Metairie, The Galley is famous for its sea-food preparations. Decor and seating being casual, the place is known for its warm hospitality. The friendly staff is well acquainted with the menu and are of great help if you are confused in choosing your dish. Oysters and Shrimp delicacies being some of the favorites, you get to choose from the variety of boiled and fried dishes. The delicacies are accompanied with a variety of beverages to choose from. In addition to this, The Galley serves a menu designed specially for children. Over all, this place is ideal for a quick meal with your friends and loved ones.
Mark Twain's Pizza has served as a friendly neighborhood pizza joint in Old Metairie since 1985. This casual eatery serves up a variety of salads, po-boys, sandwiches, and pizzas. Patrons looking for pizza can choose between a house specialty like the Huck Finn topped with fresh mushrooms, green peppers, red onion, and black olives; the Creole Pizza loaded with shrimp, andoullie sausage, crabmeat, and zucchini; or come up with a creation of their own from the long list of available toppings. - Bethany Culp