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.
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.
Headed by none other than Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cuisine herself, Dooky Chase's Restaurant is somewhat of a landmark in Mid-City. Rumor has it that the charming restaurant is more or less unchanged since its inception in 1941. Midst a cozy, homey dining area that has oodles of old-world charm and feel-good nostalgia, the restaurant serves a great range of Creole preparations along with a selection of soul food. Serving some of Louisiana's most-loved dishes like fried chicken, veal parmesan, mac 'n' cheese and such, Dooky Chase's is famous for its incredible lunch buffets that are offered between Tuesdays and Fridays. For fans of Creole cuisine, Dooky Chase's Restaurant is almost a pilgrimage; not to be missed, this one!
Situated in the French Quarter, Oceana Grill has a sterling reputation as one of New Orleans' best seafood restaurants. Open late, Oceana serves hungry locals and tourists alike a delicious array of seafood. Entrees like the Redfish Oceana or the Blackened Bayou Duck are always favorites, though it's hard to find a dish here that isn't tasty. Fresh seafood, a convenient location and a convivial atmosphere makes this French Quarter establishment a great choice for a meal.
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.
If fried chicken makes your world go round then Popeyes is a place for you. The Canal Street location of the famous restaurant chain sees a plethora of patrons waiting to gorge on their delicious chicken wings, tenders, plates of fried seafood, sandwiches and the gorgeous family meal platter. Their classic sides complement the order with ease and colas wash them down well. The chicken served at Popeyes is cooked so well, you would not want to spare even the bones!
If you're looking for a place that serves an excellent Muffaletta that is true to its roots, then Serio's Po-Boy & Deli is just right for you. Apart from this New Orleans' signature sandwich, the deli also offers a variety of other sandwiches and po-boys that are generously stuffed with delicious ingredients like roast beef, Italian salami, grilled chicken, oyster and catfish without being overwhelming. Most of the sandwiches are available in small or large servings so as to satisfy appetites of all sizes. There are a few vegetarian options as well, alongside signature salads, small plates and sides.
Since its establishment in 1932, the Krystal chain of fast food restaurants has come to be known for its square sliders and steamed-in onions. Apart from the classic Krystals, the restaurant at Bourbon Street also offers a selection of chicken sliders, breakfast items including biscuits, sandwiches and sliders, angus beef burgers, and sides like chill, fries, grits and salads. Open 24 hours day, Krystal is a popular and convenient choice for a quick meal after a night of partying at Bourbon Street.
Located inside the Hotel Monteleone, Criollo is a wonderful restaurant serving delicious American specials in a classy ambiance. The decor of the restaurant is mesmerizing, covered in the elegant hues of grey and golden and dimly lit with lights emanating from chandeliers, the place has a touch of sophistication. Criollo can be explored for breakfast; All Eggs Benedict, Criollo Omelet are must try specials, for lunch the Fried Soft Shell Crab should not be left out and the New Orleans Turtle Soup is the highlight of their dinner menu. Ideal for celebrating a special occasion, Criollo is perfect for formal as well as intimate events.
This family owned and operated establishment is nationally known for its version of oysters on the half shell. Louisiana seafood is served in a casual, friendly atmosphere at Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Oysters are not all that is tasty here. Fresh Louisiana seafood along with traditional New Orleans dishes with Cajun and Creole specialties are also served. Reservations are accepted for large parties.