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.
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.
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 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.
Raise your glasses to a toast at Mimi's in the Marigny. If the mention of calamari with chorizo, garlic and cream, mushroom manchego toast with sherry cream mushrooms or grilled pork tenderloin makes your mouth water, don't think twice about coming here. Walk into Mimi's, who's chefs are culinary magicians. Try the cold tapas menu; Spanish cheeses with roasted red peppers, or Jamon Iberico con Pimiento (ham and red peppers on toast) are always delicious. Follow it up with dessert while enjoying the melody of live local music.
Palace Cafe was once the Werlein's music store, and is now home to the flavor of New Orleans. Making its debut in 1991, Palace Cafe has been under the direction of Chef Gus Martin, directing yet another Brennan family culinary creation. The restaurant is filled with beautiful iron work, vaulted archways and lively artwork. The menu is classic Louisiana cooking with an innovative flair. Two of the many signature dishes are Crab Meat Cheesecake and Oysters Pan Roast.
Since its establishment in 2011, Jimmy J's Cafe has quickly come to be a popular choice amongst locals and tourists alike, who are drawn in by its laid-back ambiance and signature breakfast plates. With some unique breakfast options like the Tuscan style fried eggs with creamy polenta, vegetable ratatoille, spicy greens and olive oil, alongside staples like pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict and french toast, the popularity of this cafe should come as no surprise. Add on their selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, cocktails, coffees and teas, and the cafe becomes a great choice for all day dining or a drink with friends.
Ralph Brennan, of the city's well-known restaurant clan, owns this casual, high-energy grill. This festive atmosphere holds true to the city it inhabits. A large central dining room is surrounded on three sides by banquettes, and a huge oyster bar is covered with images of the seafood that is also the focus of the menu. The kitchen produces a delicious barbecue shrimp po'boy, seafood gumbo with nuggets of alligator sausage and baked oysters on the half shell. The signature dessert is a variation of bananas foster.
Bourbon House is a many-leveled restaurant renowned for its fresh seafood delicacies cooked in a delectable cross between colonial French and southern American styles. The main dining room and the private dining rooms are done in beautiful wrought iron, reminiscent of the European architectural legacy left behind. When you are at Bourbons you could always let the Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch tingle your insides with fresh sea fare for company.
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.