Restaurants in New Orleans
Three meals a day may not seem like enough to cover the culinary landscape of New Orleans restaurants: its predominant Creole tradition reflects African, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Caribbean influences—but new restaurants still open every day, from tapas bars to gourmet burgers and more. Your to-do list in New Orleans should still include a bowl of gumbo, a po’ boy, and at least a few beignets and pralines. Tuck in at of the best restaurants in New Orleans.
The legendary New Orleans restaurant Antoine's specializes in traditional French-Creole fare and dates back to since 1840. Each of the 14 dining rooms is unique, from the green and gold Rex Room, adorned with Mardi Gras memorabilia, to the whimsical Escargot Room, where the outline of a large snail is rendered on wood-paneled walls. Signature dishes include the Oysters Rockefeller, invented here, and the crab cakes with Creole mustard sauce. The football-sized baked Alaska is also a must.
Opened in 2001 by James Beard Award-winner and New Orleans native John Besh, August has become a fine dining favorite in the Central Business District. Surrounded by huge flower arrangements and unusual crystal chandeliers, you can choose from the seasonal, French-influenced menu, which may include horseradish-encrusted fried oysters and rabbit cassoulet with andouille sausage. The French accent meets Southern twang at the Garden District restaurant Patois, where dishes include fennel-crusted rabbit, potato and crab gnocchi, and crispy pork belly with seared scallops. Even the house burger has its own secret sauce.
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