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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 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 Angelo Brocato Ice Cream

#1 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 5.0 out of 1062 (1062) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Italian

214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-5109

214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-5109

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#2 Loretta's Authentic Pralines

#2 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 5.0 out of 164 (164) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | American

1100 N Peters St Ste 9, New Orleans, LA 70116-2628

1100 N Peters St Ste 9, New Orleans, LA 70116-2628

Ranked 5.0 out of 164 (164)
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#3 GW Fins

#3 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 4.5 out of 7078 (7078) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | American, Seafood, Soups

808 Bienville St Between Bourbon and Dauphine Streets, New Orleans, LA 70112-3122

808 Bienville St Between Bourbon and Dauphine Streets, New Orleans, LA 70112-3122

Ranked 4.5 out of 7078 (7078)
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#4 Creole Creamery

#4 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 4.5 out of 534 (534) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | American

4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115-4018

4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115-4018

Ranked 4.5 out of 534 (534)
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#5 Southern Candymakers

#5 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 4.5 out of 920 (920) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | American

334 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1024

334 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1024

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#6 Mais Arepas

#6 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 4.5 out of 160 (160) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Latin, Spanish, Colombian, Central American

1200 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130-4320

1200 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130-4320

Ranked 4.5 out of 160 (160)
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#7 Shaya

#7 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 4.5 out of 1174 (1174) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli

4213 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2734

4213 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2734

Ranked 4.5 out of 1174 (1174)
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#8 French Truck Coffee

#8 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 4.5 out of 130 (130) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | American, Cafe

1200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130-4220

1200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130-4220

Ranked 4.5 out of 130 (130)
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#9 Toast

#9 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 4.5 out of 170 (170) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | French, American, Cafe

5433 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2043

5433 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2043

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#10 Cake Cafe

#10 of 2,171 Places to Eat in New Orleans

Ranked 4.5 out of 593 (593) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | American, Cafe

2440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117-8607

2440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117-8607

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