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.
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!
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.
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.
Located in NoLa’s French Quarter, Green Goddess is a great respite from the neighborhood’s bustle. Its evolving and inventive menu features a mix of local and contemporary dishes. Their signature fruit juice cocktails deserve a special mention. Try the Salty Mango-Banana Lassi for one.
This unassuming cantina, with its authentic, weather-beaten look, has joined dishes from Mexico and Cuba in ways that make up for whatever it lacks in atmosphere. The food is the priority at Country Flame, and promises a hearty meal on all occassions. The wait staff is friendly and serve your order in half the time. The selection of food is not only good but also inexpensive. The house specialties include fajitas with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp. To wash it all down opt for a cold Corona.
Olde N'awlins Cookery is a casual, local restaurant that prides itself is offering its guests a dining experience that is authentic. With specialities like BBQ shrimp, blackened Redfish, crawfish etoufee, Alligator bites and seafood gumbo alongside cajun pastas, steaks, salads and much more, the restaurant serves up a delicious selection of local dishes, prepared using authentic recipes and all the spices that distinguished this cuisine from all others. To keep you cool as you savour your delicious meal, the bar offers a variety of beers, wines and colorful cocktails. Located in the heart of the city's French Quarter, the restaurant has come to be popular amongst locals and tourists alike.
Savor local delights like Calamari, Bucktown Boil Pizza and fried chicken at Deanie's Seafood Restaurant. This petite eatery is a favorite with people who want to have a hearty and filling meal without burning a hole in their pockets. Enjoy the freshness of seafood in the sumptuous meal of bacon or shrimp served here. The extensive wine list adds to the delightful experience. Dine here once and you'll surely be looking forward to visit this place again.
Founded in 1992 by Hard Rock Cafe creator Issac B. Tigrett, House Of Blues has grown into a multi-dimensional entertainment company featuring top-name blues, jazz, and contemporary acts. Try the slow smoked baby back ribs, the Pacific Rim Tuna Steak or the cedar pan roasted salmon and finish off with the White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding.
If you are looking for a great tasting inexpensive lunch or breakfast, Cafe Beignet is the place for you. Staying true to their name, this restaurant serves the famous New Orleans beignets—fried squares of dough dusted with powdered sugar—as well as Belgian waffles, omelets, bagels and brioche French toast. Lunch is a mix of classic Creole dishes and traditional soup or sandwich midday fare. You may order wine by the glass or bottle from the exclusive Robert Mondavi Wine Bar.