With Jazz Fest starting this weekend I thought it would be a great time to tell you about some of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans. Of course this list is not all inclusive by any means and I would love to know where you’ve been that I need to add.
Last weekend I went on a girl’s trip to New Orleans. I was with friends that I have known literally my entire life. We laughed and laughed the entire weekend and created even more memories.
We love New Orleans. It is easy for most of our group to get to and the city allows us to let loose (Ask my family about the picture I sent of me riding a mechanical bull Friday afternoon. It went all down hill from there). But one of the main reasons we love it is the food. We had some fabulous meals. Usually when I’m in New Orleans I like to park my car at the hotel and not retrieve it until I leave on Sunday and this weekend was no exception. We stayed in the French Quarter for our meals so that is my focus but I’ve included two Uptown restaurants that I think need to be on the “must eat here” list.
Acme Oyster House has been around since 1910. Start with a cup of their gumbo. Probably some of the best gumbo I’ve ever had or if you are adventurous a dozen of raw oysters. Head next for a fried oyster po boy and you will be in seafood heaven.
Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar located in the heart of the French Quarter is right across the street from Acme. Some people are die hard Acme or die hard Felix. Honestly both are great. I tend to go to Acme more but if Acme has too long of a line, Felix’s works.
Sylvain is located in an old carriage house. This intimate space may be small in square footage but you need to bring a big appetite. Classic “gastropub”, you can start with Champagne and Fries, with your main item being pork milanese and end with a Slyvain float. And yes… you will be on the treadmill for extra time the next day.
Angeline New Orleans is where we ate at on Friday night. Chef Harvey actually opened Angeline’s after being the head chef at Sylvains for a long time. Ya’ll may have actually been to this restaurant when it was Stellas. Luckily a friend told me to order one of the specials which I did, shrimp and sword fish in a fish broth. I will say that one of us did not like her food and the staff handled it beautifully; they took the dish off our check and sent desserts and wine over as an apology. Great service and great food.
Tableau, a Dicky Brennan restaurant, has only been opened for a few years but already has a loyal following. Tableau is truly in the heart of The French Quarter. It actually serves all three meals and since I’ve talked about lunch and dinner already let me mention Tableau’s breakfast; BBQ Shrimp and grits with a side of bacon; yes! please! Tableau shares space with La Petite Theater and actually has a pre theater menu which I love, not too heavy so you fall asleep during a show but filling enough so your stomach doesn’t growl during an actor’s monologue.
Nine Roses Cafe is a Vietamese restaurant. In all candor I have not tried it but it was recommended by several people. Nine Roses has actually been opened on the West Bank for over twenty years but due to demand decided to open a restaurant in the French Quarter last year. The menu is a little more stripped down than its original location but still has shrimp spring rolls and pork belly in a steamed bun.
Cafe Amelie is a wonderful place to dine al fresco. A perfect place for a girls’ weekend, the menu includes fresh salads, small plates, sandwiches, and creative dishes like local satsuma pepper-glazed jumbo shrimp. Try the Amelie, a refreshing beverage of Absolut vodka, fresh lime juice, and muddled mint.
SoBou (South of Bourbon) was the restaurant of choice for Saturday night. Located not too far from Angeline on Chartres street, SoBou is known for its small plates and its mixologist. Plus another cool factor is that it actually has beer taps on the table so if you want a beer they simply turn it on, hand you a glass and you are charged by the ounce poured. Lucky for me, my side of the table wanted to be adventourous so we devoured yellow fin tuna in a cone; pork cracklin; tacos, and shrimp and tassos pinchos. We were full but happy.
Shaya is one of the hottest restaurants in New Orleans and Esquire magazine has called it one of the best new restaurants in the country. Alon Shaya, the owner/chef, actually worked at Domenica another hot restaurant and was honored as a James Beard winner. Israeli cuisine that you would not think would work in New Orleans but Chef Shaya has a magic touch. Make reservations as soon as you can or think about going for lunch. Seriously, put this one on the list.
Clancys on Annunciation street has been a long time staple. When you go you must start with the fried oyster and brie appetizer. It is to die for. I really can’t tell you what entree to order as they are all good. Truly creole cooking with a twist.
This week has been water and turkey sandwiches but looking forward to a trip back soon. Happy Friday everyone!