Dining Around New Orleans
Café du Monde
Known for its coffee, and signature New Orleans beignets (powdered sugar-dusted fried “donuts”) Café du Monde’s creations are airy and set the bar for all others. But, be prepared. As a tourist hotspot the place can be packed. But this is a New Orleans "must" for first time visitors.
1039 Decatur St.; 800-772-2927
Commander's refers to its menu as haute Creole. But, this grandpappy of New Orleans dining can call itself whatever it likes. The palace of Commanders Palace is in fact a stately Victorian mansion in the Garden District. The setting is gorgeous, and the food appropriately sublime.
1403 Washington Ave.; 504-899-8221
Mr. B's Bistro
"Bistro" seems a bit of an understatement for the beautifully presented Creole fare, white tablecloth, and Sunday Jazz brunch offerings from this NOLA favorite.
Fair Warning: Their signature barbequed shrimp is a sauce-splattering mess, but oh so worth it.
201 Royal St.; 504-523-2078
Muriel's Jackson Square
The rambling exposed brick interior of this historic building very nearly overshadows the quality of the food. But the lore of ghosts and ownership lost in smoky backroom poker games sets the stage for a night that is equal parts jaw-dropping ambiance and ambrosial cuisine.
801 Chartres St.; 504-568-1885
Located in the landmark Werlein Building, this upscale café serves up all of the classic Cajun & Creole flavors of New Orleans in either its understated but classy dining room, or at one of its sidewalk tables.
605 Canal St.; 504- 523-1661
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