October 10, 2014

Where to get your fix in the Big Easy, whether your tastes run toward the classic or the trendy.

Breakfast

Classic: Head to the frescoed Grill Room (300 Gravier St.; $$), at the recently revamped Windsor Court Hotel, for andouille-andcrayfish omelettes and some of the city’s best beignets.

Trendy: In the emerging Bywater neighborhood, Elizabeth’s (601 Gallier St.; $) is a down-home place to indulge. Signature dishes: candied praline bacon and bananas Foster–stuffed French toast.

Lunch

Classic: Chef John Besh’s venerable August (301 Tchoupitoulas St.; $$$) focuses on French-Creole flavors: think chili-spiked soft-shell crab and pecan-smoked beef. Go on Fridays, the only day lunch is served, for one of the city’s most memorable dining experiences.

Trendy: London-trained fromager Richard Sutton crafts cheese-and-charcuterie boards at his buzzy restaurant and deli, St. James Cheese Co. (5004 Prytania St.; $), where a merry crowd snacks in the shaded courtyard.

Dinner

Classic: At Uptown mainstay Gautreau’s (1728 Soniat St.; $$$), Sue Zemanick—a 2014 James Beard Award winner—is the subtle genius behind dishes such as pork cheeks with Korean chili glaze.

Trendy: In-the-know locals are raving about the $20-and-under Italian menu (lardo pizza; green tagliatelle with guanciale) at Mariza (2900 Chartres St.; $$), another Bywater favorite.

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

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