New Orleans

Restaurants in New Orleans

Husband-and-wife team David and Torre Solazzo converted the boxy St. Tammany Parish court office into a Cal-Italian restaurant in 2002. The walls still retain their original brick, but chandelier lighting and blond-wood accents give the space a softer quality.

It looks innocuous enough—picture windows; green walls cluttered with framed artifacts and photographs; paintings—all askance, and each checked tablecloth adorned with salt and pepper and the ubiquitous and addictive Crystal hot sauce.

Serving up Cajun and Southern cuisine, Cochon on Tchoupitoulas Street is owned by James Beard award-winning chefs Donald Link and Stephen Strykewski. The spacious dining area boasts high ceilings, large windows, handmade modern wood-plank chairs and tables, and a bar made of etched steel.

From the homemade sangria to the vibrant, come-as-you-are atmosphere, Lola's is everything a Spanish joint seated in New Orleans should be.

A small round sign advertising warm beer, lousy food, and poor service marks the location of this lively uptown eatery.

This new eatery on Jackson Square in the French Quarter is local chef Scott Boswell's wake up call.

Parkway Bakery and Tavern’s signature sandwich, the po’boy, is available in more than 20 varieties, including fried catfish, hot corned beef, and alligator sausage links. The surf and turf version is one of the most popular dishes.

Port of Call represents the best of classic "divey" eating in New Orleans. Situated centrally in the French Quarter, this burger joint-steakhouse combo is the perfect place to refuel during a night of Bourbon Street bar-hopping.

The light-gray siding and sconce-lit green front door make Café Minh look more like a house than a Canal Street restauranteven the interior has the low-key comfort of white-clothed tables boasting fresh flowers, beneath soft lighting from the high ceilings.

Admiral Thad Allen, head of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort, was the restaurant's first customer after its reopening.

Harrah's flamboyant downtown casino plays host to this 150-seat steakhouse located just off the casino floor. Vacationing retirees dine alongside jetsetters and hipsters in a modern space favoring rich leathers and azure hues against the bold colors of George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog.

Hailed as one of the "Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America" by Esquire magazine and boasting a head chef (Tenney Flynn) who was named New Orleans magazine's 2004 "Chef of the Year," GW Fins certainly comes with a pedigree.

Resembling the streetcars that pass by outside on St. Charles Avenue, this long, narrow bistro is a popular choice for dates and late night dining. Behind a glass façade strung with miniature lights, the interior is adorned with a candlelit bar and plush red booths.