Restaurants in Louisiana

The roots of the Old Absinthe House date back to 1807, when the small building served as an importing business and, subsequently, a grocery store.

After a long night out on the town, coffee—and, naturally, a couple of hangover-busting beignets—is in order. And there’s no better place to end your evening (or start your morning) than this famous French Quarter café.

Legendary local bartender Kimberly Patton-Bragg serves some of the city’s most delicious cocktails at this hip Marigny bar and restaurant. Stop in for a few libations (like The Muse—a blend of Hendrick’s gin, blueberry syrup, St.

Heralded as “the Tom Petty of restaurants” Sylvain takes it to the next level when they do brunch on Sundays.  Make sure to try the Crispy Blackeyed Pea Cakes or the Brioche French Toast.  And if that wasn’t already great enough, the Bloody Marys at Sylvain are made with what can only

A favorite among celebrities, locals, and travelers alike, Sylvain is the benchmark all other restaurants are measured against.  The staff quietly delivers excellent service so the dynamic and sometimes rock and roll atmosphere can take the stage.  Try the Loose & Conversational co

Known for its brilliant and delicious obsession with pork-based food, Cochon is a staple in the local’s dining circuit.  Great for lunch or dinner, the menu features items like Rabbit and Dumplings, an amazing Boucherie plate, and the always faithful Louisiana Cochon with turnips, cabbage,

Make sure to sit at the bar for this one.  Native New Yorker Abigail Gullo runs the cocktail program here and she does a fantastic job of creating innovative cocktails that pair perfectly with the food.  Try the Taylor Bird Sazerac with the delicious Smashed Red Beans and Pork Belly.

The flagship of the John Besh restaurants, August is one of the nicest dining experiences in the city.  Come for dinner and get the degustation menu with wine pairings.  It does a brilliant job of taking the sometimes stressful decision-making process away and turns the evening into mo

This swanky cocktail lounge is famous for its namesake cocktail the French 75, which is made with Cognac, lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne.  Low antique settees line the walls and are perfect for getting close to that special someone.  Make sure to ask the bartender to see the Mardi G

Meaning Old Square in French, the Vieux Carre is a potent mix of rye, sweet vermouth, cognac, Benedictine, and bitters.  It was invented by Walter Bergeron at the Monteleone Hotel in 1938, and for history’s sake, that is exactly where you should try one.

Regarded as the father of the Sidecar by many, the Brandy Crusta has been a New Orleans staple for about as long as the Sazerac.  It is a refreshing and deceptively strong cocktail made with Cognac, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, Cointreau, and Angostura bitters.   Bellocq on Le

The Ramos Gin Fizz was invented by Henry Ramos in 1888 at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans.  It’s made with cream, gin, egg whites, citrus juice, orange flower water, simple syrup, and soda.  Famously a brunch cocktail, the Ramos Gin Fizz was once the favorite of Governor Hue

The Pimm’s Cup is a refreshing combination of Pimm’s No. 1 (a low-alcohol citrus infused gin) lemonade, soda, and a cucumber.  Brought from London by a bartender at the famous Napoleon House, this summertime imbibe quickly became one of New Orleans’ most beloved warm weather drinks.

Invented in the 1850’s by pharmacist Antoine Peychaud, this New Orleans classic remains virtually unchanged by time.  It started as a Cognac drink mixed with Peychaud’s bitters and over time became the brilliant cocktail it is today.  Now it is prepared with rye whiskey, Herbsaint, Pey