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.
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.
Merchant greets potential customers with a sign that simply sums it up: “Coffee, Crepes, Grapes.” This CBD cafe serves up hot and cold coffee drinks made with Illy coffee, sweet and savory crepes, and wines by the glass. Additionally, the menu includes crostini topped with decadent ingredients like duck confit and goat cheese, croquet batons served with mixed greens, salads, sweet treats, and pastries. Additionally, on Sunday mornings, Merchant hosts the Hollygrove Farmer's Market.
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.
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.