Louisiana

Restaurants in Louisiana

This modest restaurant—interiors have wood paneled walls, checkered floors and cushion-topped stools—is locally loved for its fried shrimp and hot crab gumbo. Don’t miss the crawfish when they’re in season (March to May).

This restaurant, named for one of the region’s first European settlers, is known for traditional Cajun cuisine such as crispy alligator bites, oyster Po-boys, and fried frog legs.

James Beard–nominated chef Justin Girouard is behind this local foods-focused restaurant, located in an airy space that contrasts the building’s raw edges—exposed framing and rough concrete—with leather-cushioned chairs and white tablecloths.

Owner Duc Duong is a former shrimp boat captain, so he’s passionate about only serving seafood that’s wild caught from Louisiana waters.

Snag a table here for the city’s best chicken and waffles. Start with a cocktail to dress up the dish; the restaurant is located on the second floor of the Robinson Film Center so drinks like From Russia With Love are named after movies.

Located in the Freret neighborhood, Gautreau’s serves contemporary Louisiana and French cuisine prepared by chef Sue Zemanick. Named James Beard Award "Rising Star" Finalist in 2011, Zemanick is known for her signature duck confit with German potato salad.

This is a local’s hangout first and tourist stop second, despite its close proximity to the convention center. For no-nonsense barbecue, Ugly Dog Saloon excels with a barebones menu: beef brisket, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, smoked sausage, and burgers. All sandwiches wallop 1/4lb.

A cozy lunch spot in Bywater.