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80 Great Restaurants in New Orleans

100_9422100_8779No metropolis in America boasts a cuisine and dining tradition so outrageously indulgent and so deeply intertwined with the daily life of its residents as that of the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana. From December 2014 until May of 2015 we here at I♥DM enjoyed the gluttonous privilege of living 100_4571100_5093and working in the heart of downtown New Orleans, only a single block from the world-famous French Quarter, where one faces nothing less than a full-scale daily onslaught of countless aromatic enticements on nearly every stroll down its legendary streets. Our gastronomic explorations within the 100_4735100_5543Crescent City went far beyond the limits of the French Quarter, however, as we took in extravagant dining experiences in nearly 20 different neighborhoods. We scarfed down hot dogs in Marigny, devoured hamburgers in Jefferson, inhaled pizza in West Riverside, and paradoxically, gorged on Mexican 100_4997100_8477in Irish Channel. In fine cafes and bistros throughout the city, we feasted upon nearly every fruit of the Gulf of Mexico, including redfish, catfish, crawfish, flounder, crab, shrimp, scallops, mussels and calimari; but we also made a point, in the spirit of adventure, to occasionally eschew New Orleans’ firmly established seafood traditions, delighting in a number of decadent pork preparations, a combined dozen unique cuts of ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon, a variety of pastas, a few servings of lamb, duck, escargot and foie gras here and there, and on one of our most daring outings, an exotic roasted beef bone marrow dish. All in all we managed to experience over 90 different restaurants during our time in the Big Easy, an incredible 80 of which we considered worthy of sharing here with you, our readers. Enjoy! ~I♥DM

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1. Lüke

Central Business District

333 St. Charles Avenue

Recommended: “Jumbo Louisiana Shrimp en Cocotte

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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2. Café Adelaide

Central Business District

300 Poydras Street

Recommended: “Black Skillet Roasted Redfish”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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3. Pere Antoine

French Quarter

741 Royal Street

Recommended: “Angels On Horseback”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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4. MiLa

Central Business District

817 Common Street

Recommended: “Breakfast Potatoes”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★

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5. Emeril’s Delmonico

Lower Garden District

1300 St. Charles Avenue

Recommended: “Crispy Pork Cheek”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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6. Taqueria Corona

West Riverside

5932 Magazine Street

Recommended: “Numero Dos”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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7. Café At The Square

Central Business District

500 St. Charles Avenue

Recommended: “Crab Cakes”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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8. Angeletto’s

Central Business District

220 S. Robertson Street

Recommended: “Angeletto’s Special”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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9. Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak

French Quarter

215 Bourbon Street

Recommended: “Gouté 33”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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10. Star Steak & Lobster House

French Quarter

237 Decatur Street

Recommended: “Red Fish Amer

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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11. Palace Café

French Quarter

605 Canal Street

Recommended: “Housemade Frozen Desserts”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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12. Antoine’s

French Quarter

713 St. Louis Street

Recommended: “Gombo Creole”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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13. Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House

French Quarter

144 Bourbon Street

Recommended: “12 Ounce Rib-Eye”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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14. Rib Room Bar

French Quarter

621 St. Louis Street

Recommended: “Prime Rib Debris Stuffed Potato Skins”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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15. Napoleon House

French Quarter

500 Chartres Street

Recommended: “Chocolate, Vanilla & Pistachio Cannoli”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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16. Chophouse New Orleans

Central Business District

322 Magazine Street

Recommended: “New York Style Thick Cut Sizzling Bacon”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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17. Adolfo’s

Marigny

611 Frenchmen Street

Recommended: “Steak LaBarca”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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18. Brother’s Food Mart

Central Business District

148 Carondelet Street

Recommended: “Fried Chicken”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★

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19. Chef Duke’s Cafe Giovanni

French Quarter

117 Decatur Street

Recommended: “Fettuccine Alfredo with Veal”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★

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20. Emeril’s NOLA

French Quarter

534 St. Louis Street

Recommended: “Grilled Creekstone Farms Rib-Eye”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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21. Felipe’s Taqueria

French Quarter

301 N. Peters Street

Recommended: “Steak Nachos”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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22. Rib Room

French Quarter

621 St. Louis Street

Recommended: “Bone-In Short Rib of Beef”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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23. Red Gravy

Central Business District

125 Camp Street

Recommended: “Roe’s Breakfast”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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24. Domenica

Central Business District

123 Baronne Street

Recommended: “Roasted Cauliflower”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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25. Gautreau’s

Uptown

1728 Soniat Street

Recommended: “Crispy Pork Belly with Sweet Potato Ravioli”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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26. The Court Of Two Sisters

French Quarter

613 Royal Street

Recommended: “Jazz Brunch”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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27. Retrouvaille

French Quarter

700 Bourbon Street

Recommended: “Golden Fried Catfish”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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28. Muriel’s

French Quarter

801 Chartres Street

Recommended: “Escargots Orleans”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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29. The Sazerac Bar

Central Business District

130 Roosevelt Way

Recommended: “Ramos Gin Fizz”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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30. Johnny Sánchez

Central Business District

930 Poydras Street

Recommended: “Pork Carnitas Tacos”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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31. Rivershack Tavern

Jefferson

3449 River Road

Recommended: “Classic ½ Pounder”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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32. Arnaud’s

French Quarter

813 Bienville Street

Recommended: “Shrimp Arnaud”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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33. The Blue Crab

Lake Shore – Lake Vista

7900 Lakeshore Drive

Recommended: “Jalapeño Hush Puppies”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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34. Petite Amelie

French Quarter

900 Royal Street

Recommended: “Chilled Roast Beef & Horseradish Cream Sandwich”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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35. Restaurant August

Central Business District

301 Tchoupitoulas Street

Recommended: “Roast Onion & Garlic Soup with Brioche and Quail Egg”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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36. Pier 424 Seafood Market

French Quarter

424 Bourbon Street

Recommended: “Fried Catfish Dinner”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★

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37. 5 Happiness

Gert Town

3605 S. Carrollton Avenue

Recommended: “Western Special Chicken”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★

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38. Peche

Lower Garden District

800 Magazine Street

Recommended: “Shrimp & Fontina Croquettes”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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39. Horn’s

Marigny

1940 Dauphine Street

Recommended: “BLT”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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40. Orleans Grapevine

French Quarter

720 Orleans Avenue

Recommended: “Lump Crab Meat Cannelloni”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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41. Mariza

Bywater

2900 Chartres Street

Recommended: “Chocolate Terrine”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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42. Clancy’s

Audubon

6100 Annunciation Street

Recommended: “Seared Sea Scallops with Foie Gras”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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43. Daisy Duke’s Express

Central Business District

123 Carondelet Street

Recommended: “Catfish Po’ Boy”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★

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44. McClure’s Barbeque

West Riverside

4800 Magazine Street

Recommended: “Pulled Pork Sandwich with Beans & Slaw”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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45. Cochon

Central Business District

930 Tchoupitoulas Street

Recommended: “Fried Livers with Pepper Jelly & Toast”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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46. Le Foret

Central Business District

129 Camp Street

Recommended: “Strawberry Hand Pie”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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47. Pizza Delicious

Bywater

617 Piety Street

Recommended: “Seared Scallops & Linguini”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★

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48. Restaurant R’evolution

French Quarter

777 Bienville Street

Recommended: “White Chocolate Bread Pudding Crème Brûlée”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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49. Frank’s Restaurant

French Quarter

933 Decatur Street

Recommended: “Stuffed Mushrooms”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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50. Feelings Café

Marigny

2600 Chartres Street

Recommended: “Beef Short Ribs”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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51. Emeril’s New Orleans

Lower Garden District

800 Tchoupitoulas Street

Recommended: “Roasted Bone Marrow”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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52. Sylvain

French Quarter

625 Chartres Street

Recommended: “Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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53. Vincent’s

East Carrollton

7839 St. Charles Avenue

Recommended: “Corn & Crabmeat Bisque”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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54. Willie’s Chicken Shack

French Quarter

233 Bourbon Street

Recommended: “Fried Chicken Combo”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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55. Port Of Call

French Quarter

838 Esplanade Avenue

Recommended: “Cheeseburger & Loaded Baked Potato”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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56. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

French Quarter

716 Iberville Street

Recommended: “Large Filet”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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57. Juan’s Flying Burrito

Mid-City

4724 S. Carrollton Avenue

Recommended: “Beef Quesadilla”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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58. Mister B’s Bistro

French Quarter

201 Royal Street

Recommended: “Pan Seared Redfish with Crawfish”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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59. Faubourg Wines

St. Claude

2805 St. Claude Avenue

Recommended: “2012 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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60. Dreamy Weenies

French Quarter

740 N. Rampart Street

Recommended: “The Bien-Meal”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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61. Silk Road

Marigny

2483 Royal Street

Recommended: “Samosas”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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62. Red Fish Grill

French Quarter

115 Bourbon Street

Recommended: “Chopped Romaine Salad”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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63. Oceana Grill

French Quarter

739 Conti Street

Recommended: “Rib-Eye with Fried Shrimp & Crawfish Cream Sauce”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★

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64. Superior Seafood

Touro

4338 St. Charles Avenue

Recommended: “Bienville Stuffed Catfish”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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65. The Pelican Club

French Quarter

312 Exchange Place

Recommended: “Louisiana Cioppino – In Its Own Pot”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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66. New York Pizza

West Riverside

4416 Magazine Street

Recommended: “Pizza”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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67. Café Amelie

French Quarter

912 Royal Street

Recommended: “Organic Pork Chop with Andouille Maque Choux”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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68. Salú

Irish Channel

3226 Magazine Street

Recommended: “Leg of Lamb with Honey Roasted Butternut Squash”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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69. Dickie Brennan’s Tableau

French Quarter

616 St. Peter Street

Recommended: “Truffled Crab Fingers”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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70. Little Gem Saloon

Central Business District

445 S. Rampart Street

Recommended: “Smoked St. Louis Cut Ribs”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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71. Mother’s

Central Business District

401 Poydras Street

Recommended: “World’s Best Baked Ham Dinner”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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72. Irene’s

French Quarter

539 St. Phillip Street

Recommended: “Lasagna Bolognese”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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73. Araña

Irish Channel

3242 Magazine Street

Recommended: “Pibil & El Pastor Tacos”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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74. Roux On Orleans

French Quarter

717 Orleans Street

Recommended: “Crab Cakes with Fried Green Tomato”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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75. Doris Metropolitan

French Quarter

620 Chartres Street

Recommended: “21 Day Bone-In Ribeye”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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76. Dat Dog

Marigny

601 Frenchmen Street

Recommended: “Cheddar Bacon Ranch Fries”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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77. Paladar 511

Marigny

511 Marigny Street

Recommended: “Home Made Lamb Sausage with Couscous & Romesco”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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78. Sucre

French Quarter

622 Conti Street

Recommended: “Custom Eclair Sundae”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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79. Dirty Dishes @ St. Roch Market

St. Roch

2381 St. Claude Avenue

Recommended: “Dirty Florentine Crepe”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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80. The PDR NOLA @ St. Roch Market

St. Roch

2381 St. Claude Avenue

Recommended: “Grilled Pork Belly Sandwich”

Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.