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Best Local Cuisine in New Orleans

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

With the growth of New Orleans, Mississippi River Bottom has become a cool spot and is frequented by people belonging to all walks of life. As with other bars in the neighborhood, friendliness and a simple decor set the scene. Head here for drinks and bar snacks, and to pass your time, you can try your hand at a game of pool. An outdoor patio overlooking the river is a good setting to end your day with cool glass of beer, while the locals cheer on their victory shuffling weights over the board.

Take a short bus ride down Esplanade Avenue and discover this cafe near the racetrack. Locals have been keeping this favorite haunt a secret for far too long. The no frills appearance at Liuzza's By The Track offers a Mardi Gras decor, with memorabilia that is never taken down. The kitchen here quite possibly serves the best gumbo in town. You may follow that with fried shrimp, catfish or a platter of oysters. The homemade salad dressings are also delicious.

Toups' Meatery is an ideal place for all meat lovers, the menu includes a variety of meat. That list has everything from lamb, pork and steak to goat and quail. The restaurant is headed by the award-winning Chef Isaac Toups who is well known for his innovations in Cajun delicacies and his impressive stretch on Top Chef. They have a small menu, but a diverse wine list which perfectly blends with the food. The place has limited seating hence making reservations is advisable.

Jacques-Imo's Cafe is a vibrant and charming dining establishment in the heart of uptown NoLa. This place specializes in Cajun and Creole flavors, featuring signature classics such as shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake, shrimp etoufee, as well as fried green tomatoes. The whole family will love the soulful food and colorful, vibrant environment.

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.

Willie Mae Seaton inspires and satisfies hungry customers with her famous fried chicken that she has been serving in her neighborhood restaurant for decades. With the assistance of her great-granddaughter, Kerry Seaton-Blackmon, Willie Mae's Scotch House continues to serve up homemade southern food like pork chops and red beans (alongside the restaurant's famous fried chicken) to customers looking for an award-winning lunch. Go to Willie Mae's Scotch House for a plate of unforgettable fried chicken, but don't expect to leave with the recipe — Willie Mae closely guards the famous formula that has kept customers coming back for years.

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