New Orleans is not just about swamps and architecture. We have some of the best food and restaurants in the world. Everyone learns to cook the classic creole and Cajun dishes at an early age in New Orleans and South Louisiana. Every home chef has their own version of Gumbo and Jambalaya, the way their “Momma and Dem” made it. So it stands to reason that restaurants here have to be good to survive with so many harsh critics that are going to compare the food to the way their mother, grandpa, or the way great uncle Boudreaux use to make it.
Make sure you get a Po-Boy sandwich, Boiled Seafood (whatever is in season), Gumbo, Turtle Soup, and Bread Pudding during your visit, and don’t be afraid to ask a local where to go for the best food. They will be more than happy to share their favorites with you.
A few of my favorites are: Café Maspero, Galatoire’s, Muriel’s on Jackson Square, and Commanders Palace. If you make it to Metairie, try out Drago’s for chargrilled oysters, and World Deli for a Sloppy Roast Beef Po Boy