New Orleans Travel Guide

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What to Eat in New Orleans

New Orleans is the place to forget about your diet and enjoy the rich trifecta of butter, cream and oil. While traditional southern flavors abound here, New Orleans is most famous for its unique Creole and Cajun cuisines, which feature a combination of French, Spanish, Italian and African cooking elements. Restaurants featuring traditional New Orleans dishes, such as red beans and rice and po'boys – a sub usually filled with meat or fried seafood – can be found throughout the city. Both Cajun and Creole jambalaya (a rice dish made with meat, vegetables and Creole spices) and gumbo (a hearty stew consisting of meat or seafood and vegetables) are also staple entrees on many New Orleans menus. When you're craving something sweet, you'll find that the Big Easy has you covered there, too. Beignets – square pieces of fried dough smothered in powdered sugar – can be found at the one of the city's most famous coffee shops (and a tourist attraction in its own right), Cafe du Monde

Many famous chefs – including Emeril Lagasse, Leah Chase and Susan Spicer – own and operate restaurants in the city. The French Quarter is home to numerous Creole restaurants, as well as several authentic (but somewhat pricey) French restaurants. According to recent travelers, Commander's PalaceBayona, Galatoire's and August are all eateries worth splurging on. Other popular eateries are clustered in the Central Business and Warehouse districts. If you want to mingle with New Orleans residents, dine at the budget-friendly restaurants in Mid-city or Uptown. For a comprehensive sampling of all of the city's mouth-watering cuisine, consider booking a food tour or visiting during one of the Big Easy's food festivals, like the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival or COOLinary New Orleans.

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  • #1
    GW Fins
    #1 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7937 reviewsTripAdvisor (7937)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    808 Bienville St Between Bourbon and Dauphine Streets, New Orleans, LA 70112-3122
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  • #2
    Angelo Brocato Ice Cream
    #2 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1152 reviewsTripAdvisor (1152)
    $ | Italian
    214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-5109
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  • #3
    Loretta's Authentic Pralines
    #3 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 253 reviewsTripAdvisor (253)
    $ | American
    1100 N Peters St Ste 9, New Orleans, LA 70116-2628
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  • #4
    Creole Creamery
    #4 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 599 reviewsTripAdvisor (599)
    $ | American
    4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115-4018
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  • #5
    Olde Nola Cookery
    #5 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2107 reviewsTripAdvisor (2107)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Cajun & Creole
    205 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2204
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  • #6
    Mambo's
    #6 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 569 reviewsTripAdvisor (569)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Bar
    411 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2230
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  • #7
    Southern Candymakers
    #7 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 965 reviewsTripAdvisor (965)
    $ - $$ | American
    334 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1024
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  • #8
    Hansen's Sno-Bliz
    #8 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ | American
    4801 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115-1663
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  • #9
    Kilwins New Orleans
    #9 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 100 reviewsTripAdvisor (100)
    $ |
    600 Decatur St. Suite 106, New Orleans, LA 70130
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  • #10
    Shaya
    #10 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1326 reviewsTripAdvisor (1326)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    4213 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2734
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  • #11
    Toast
    #11 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 252 reviewsTripAdvisor (252)
    $ | French, American, Cafe
    5433 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2043
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  • #12
    Mais Arepas
    #12 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 214 reviewsTripAdvisor (214)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Colombian, Central American
    1200 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130-4320
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  • #13
    Paladar 511
    #13 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ - $$ | American, Pizza
    511 Marigny St, New Orleans, LA 70117-8647
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  • #14
    The Rum House
    #14 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1417 reviewsTripAdvisor (1417)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Latin
    3128 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2305
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  • #15
    Red Dog Diner
    #15 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 433 reviewsTripAdvisor (433)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    3122 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2305
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  • #16
    Who Dat Coffee Cafe
    #16 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | Cajun & Creole, Cafe
    2401 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117-7829
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  • #17
    Laura's Candies
    #17 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 361 reviewsTripAdvisor (361)
    $ - $$ |
    331 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2216
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  • #18
    Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro
    #18 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1924 reviewsTripAdvisor (1924)
    $ - $$ | American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
    720 Orleans Ave The French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116-3111
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  • #19
    Cake Cafe
    #19 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 635 reviewsTripAdvisor (635)
    $ | American, Cafe
    2440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117-8607
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  • #20
    St James Cheese Company
    #20 of 1,900 Places to Eat in New Orleans
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 264 reviewsTripAdvisor (264)
    $ - $$ | European, American, Deli
    5004 Prytania St Uptown, New Orleans, LA 70115-4028
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