New Orleans is considered one of the world’s foodie hotspots and not just for the city’s Creole classics. As well as plates of crawfish and bowls of gumbo, the Big Easy is cooking up a storm in the world of cuisine. There’s everything from top sandwich shops to unforgettable fine dining in this Louisiana city.
Whether you’re looking for the top spots in the French Quarter or the city’s yummiest cheap eats, dig into our guide to New Orleans’ best restaurants.
In this list, you’ll find some of the best places to eat in New Orleans including:
- Dooky Chase’s Restaurant
- Turkey and The Wolf
- GW Fins
- Commander’s Palace
- And more!
Image courtesy of Commander’s Palace
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your buck on a lavish meal then book in at Commander’s Palace, a New Orleans landmark since 1893. The Garden District restaurant sets the scene for fine dining in the city with an upmarket Creole menu. Enjoy turtle soup, crispy speckled trout and bread pudding soufflé in this Victorian mansion.
Turkey and The Wolf
It might surprise you that a sandwich joint takes a spot on our best restaurant list. But then, you haven’t tried one of Turkey & The Wolf’s creations. The griddle-fried bologna sandwich crowned Turkey & Wolf ‘America’s Best Restaurant 2017’ and it’s since become a national favorite. If meat isn’t your bag then get your hands on the collard green melt, a veggie must-eat.
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If you fancy fresh fish then this is the spot for you. GW Fins is the gem of the French Quarter where lobster dumplings are a classic and menus are seasonal, featuring seafood from across the world. The high ceiling warehouse is an atmospheric backdrop for a delightful evening in this premier restaurant.
Image courtesy of Cochon
If you’re an avid meat-eater than head to Cochon to pig out on all things pork. Classic Cajun dishes are taken up a notch with the likes of the oyster bacon sandwich, Cochon with crackling and smoked short rib. If you don’t fancy pig then look for the seafood specials or other meaty delights such as rabbit and dumplings.
Blue Oak BBQ
Take yourself for the best barbecue in the city at Blue Oak BBQ, where the meat is smoking and the bar is well stocked. What was formerly a pop-up inside a rocking live music venue is now a permanent local favorite serving up juicy pulled pork, big portions of brisket and plenty for sharing.
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant
A meal at Dooky Chase’s is a must. Whether you’re a newbie or a local, this beloved Big Easy eaterie warms both the belly and soul. The family-owned restaurant was most recently run by Chef Leah Chase, an advocate for not only award-winning culinary contributions but also her fight for equality and love of the community. Don’t miss a hearty bowl of gumbo, crispy fried chicken or warming red beans.
Blending Asian flavors into Creole cooking, Maypop is a creative concept that is completely unique within New Orleans’ restaurant scene. Unusual ingredients blend to make striking dishes such as the crispy oysters with manchego cheese, or lamb in coconut jus. Set in the vibrant South Market neighborhood, this top spot is perfect for those looking for something bigger and bolder than the norm.
If you’re looking for a slice of New York City during your New Orleans vacation, head to the city’s #1 pizza restaurant. Aptly named Pizza Delicious, this Brooklyn-style jaunt serves 18-inch pizza pies and slices to its drooling customers. You can also order pasta and salad from the menu if you dare.
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