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.
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.
Since its establishment in 1971, Starbucks has come to be one of the country's best known group of cafes. As a brand that is reputed globally for its exacting standards of service and quality, the Starbucks at 700 Canal Street is no exception. With friendly staff, prompt service and delicious coffee, the cafe is well deserving of repute. Alongside a selection of signature brews, frappachinos, iced and hot teas, and an ever expanding list of beverages, the cafe also offers some delicious light snacks, pastries and desserts. Keep an eye out for the special seasonal menus and latest additions. At the cafe you may even purchase packaged coffee, ready mixes, collectibles, chocolates and other knick kacks.
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!
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.
Located at the Royal Street, Ole Saint is a haunt for the young and young at heart. The pub and restaurant has an impressive selection of craft as well as bottled beers and is equipped with HD television sets, which makes it a perfect spot if you wish to catch a game. Classic pub fare like burgers, steaks, fries, wedges, sandwiches, salads and more are also served here in massive portions. They have great happy hours which see college students and young professionals. The place has WiFi service too.
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.
Those who enjoy taking advantage of New Orleans' lack of last call generally agree on the importance of late night eats. Lucky for them, Daisy Dukes provides late night options steps from the buzz and bustle of Bourbon Street. This 24-hour diner serves up breakfast, sandwiches, po boys, and New Orleans Style entrees from its Chartres Street location. In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Daisy Dukes features a full-service bar with an occasional drink special. -Bethany Culp