Few cities in the world can match the rich culinary tradition of New Orleans. French, Spanish, Italian, African, Creole, Cajun, and Southern influences all blend together into a perfect storm of delicious foodie heaven. You can spend your entire life exploring all the different facades of New Orleans’ culinary world. Of course, we know you don’t have that kind of time, so we put together a short list of our favorite places to eat in the Big Easy. Consider this the crib notes; by no means complete, but enough to get you started. We’d also love to hear what some of your favorites are, so don’t be shy!
K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen: Chef Paul Prudhomme is the godfather of Cajun cuisine and his French Quarter restaurant is practically a New Orleans institution. His recipe for blackened redfish almost single handedly put the species on the “endangered” list. In a city with such a rich culinary tradition, K-Paul’s ranks right at the top. Must Try: Blackened Drum and Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce
Red Fish Grill: Part of the Brennan family restaurant dynasty, Red Fish Grill offers a respite from the chaos of Bourbon Street. as well as some of the best seafood in New Orleans, which is to say, some of the best seafood anywhere. The BBQ oysters are world-famous (although they’re more buffalo wing-style than true BBQ). Must Try: Alligator Sausage & Seafood Gumbo
The Ruby Slipper: This bustling diner serves a plethora of breakfast and lunch options, from traditional fare to dishes imbued with that New Orleans fare. They have several locations close to downtown and are regularly voted “Best Breakfast” in the city. Must Try: Bananas Foster Pain Perdu (French Toast)
Cochon Butcher: New Orleans is a big-time sandwich town, from muffalettas to po’ boys of every type, which makes Cochon Butcher’s place as one of the best shops in town all the more impressive. They cure their own meats in-house and also feature a great wine and beer selection. Must Try: The Gambino
- Clover Grill: It’s not the fanciest place to get a greasy burger and chili fries in the town, but it’s open 24 hours and offers some great people watching. Probably best to save this one until after you’ve been partying all night in the French Quarter, and leave the attitude at the door. Must Try: A few Hurricanes before you get here.
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