Restaurants in New Orleans, LA

America’s most extraordinary food city, New Orleans offers a vast range of dishes, some of which are fundamentally Creole (red beans & rice, muffulettas, beignets & cafe au lait, calas cakes, jambalaya), others more widely familiar but unique or at their best in the city (roast beef po boys, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, shave ice, pasta bordelaise, oysters in every way, shape, and form). One of the best things about eating around New Orleans is its wide range of dining styles, for here are virtual palaces of fine food serving customers in a manner all but disappeared everywhere else as well as plenty of holes-in-the-wall that look bad but taste good.

New Orleans’s Most Famous Dishes

Two tubes of delicate French bread sandwich gravy-sopped roast beef and garnishes

Po Boys

A dozen raw oysters on the half-shell

Oysters

Bowl of shrimp and sausage gumbo ... multicultural meal

Gumbo

Dense square of bread pudding is awash in creamy, sweet whiskey sauce

Bread Pudding

New Orleans’s Best Restaurants

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz - Ginger Sno Bliz
Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Tujague’s - Chicken Bonne Femme
Tujague’s

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Cafe du Monde

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Cafe Reconcile

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Galatoire’s

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Gumbo Shop

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Que Crawl

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Upperline

NEW ORLEANS, LA

The Joint

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Company Burger - Burger
Company Burger

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Pascal’s Manale

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Muffaletta cross-section shows thick, chewy bread holding cheese, cold cuts, and oily olive salad
Central Grocery

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Old Coffee Pot

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Willa Jean

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Bacchanal

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Paloma

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Humble Bagel

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

NEW ORLEANS, LA

District Donuts Sliders Brew

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Barrow’s Catfish

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Liuzza’s By the Track

NEW ORLEANS, LA

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