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If there is one aspect of life held most dear to the hearts of those from the bayou state, it must be food. In New Orleans, the Cajun and Creole flavors dominate the palates of locals and visitors. New Orleans has for many years been known for its good eats and its tornado of cultural diversity; never has that been more true than today. New and exciting restaurants are revolutionizing the traditional tastes of the city, here are our top picks.
Enjoy a taste of south Louisiana as you are introduced to the dishes that make New Orleans great. Order the blackened redfish or slow-roasted duck to get a true sense of the legendary southern cuisine. After dinner, enjoy a romantic stroll through the historic Jackson Square Park, take a horse-drawn carriage for a tour of the French Quarter, or stop by Café de Monde for an order of beignets and coffee. It’s all about location, and Muriel’s Jackson Square is second to none.
Address & telephone: 801 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-568-1885
Eating at Galatoire’s is like getting a slice of pizza when you go to New York; you just have to do it. Located on the world-famous Bourbon Street, this French Quarter relic has been serving up some of the best New Orleans classics since it opened in 1905. Try the scrumptious shrimp remoulade, or one of their many delicious seasonal fish entrees. You should definitely make a reservation first – this is a favorite among the locals as well as tourists.
Address & telephone:209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021
If you are lost in the French Quarter looking for a casual joint – just somewhere serving up all of the best dishes that have come to define southern Louisiana – look no further than the Acme Oyster House. Be prepared to wait your turn for a seat in this place, as the line is usually stretched down the road. They’ve got the oysters, gumbo, etouffee, red beans and rice, jambalaya, the fried seafood and the po-boys – everything you could ever need to help absorb the alcohol from hours of New Orleans shenanigans.
Address & telephone: 724 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-5973