12 Great New Orleans Restaurants To Try This Year

January 25, 2021

The Louisiana city known as 'The Big Easy' is famous for its vibrant music scene, incredible nightlife and welcoming atmosphere. Located along the Mississippi River, New Orleans offers a melting pot of cultures with an eclectic mix of French, African and American influences decorating the city. This mixture of cultures blend to create the Creole cuisine which is unique to the area and New Orleans offers a phenomenal selection of restaurants and eateries.

GW Fins

GW Fins, New Orleans
Fried Snapper Breast with spicy green apple slaw and Vietnamese glaze at GW Fins, New Orleans

GW Fins sits in heart of the culinary capital of Louisiana and has a strong reputation as one of the country's foremost seafood restaurants. Since opening in 2001, co-owner and chef Tenney Flynn has been selecting the most pristine fish from across the globe to satisfy tastebuds and is known as the 'fishmonger czar of the South'. The philosophy of GW Fins is described as 'nature creates the menu' with the restaurant offering seasonal ingredients to complement flawless seafood at its prime. GW Fins print a new menu every afternoon so there is always a new texture to try and an exciting flavour to taste.

Brennan's

Brennans, New Orleans
Oysters J'aime with creole tomato gravy and cornbread crumble at Brennans, New Orleans

This French Quarter fine dining establishment offers an elegant service alongside an impeccable, seasonally-inspired Creole menu. Brennan's is a popular breakfast haunt for both locals and tourists but the menu is beautiful at all times of day. The restaurant is well-known for being the home of the world-famous 'Bananas Foster', a rich and creamy dessert which is flambeed tableside.

Poke Loa

Poke Loa
The New Orleans eatery serves up the freshest cuts of fish with daily deliveries and in-house preparation

The locally-owned family business Poke Loa was the very first poke restaurant in Louisiana. The New Orleans eatery serves up the freshest cuts of fish with daily deliveries and in-house preparation. All recipes, sauces and juices are original and created in-store with four signature options to select alongside fully customisable bowls on the menu. Poke Loa offer their super fresh bowls in five locations across New Orleans and serve deliciousness every time.

Napoleon House

Napoleon House, New Orleans
The sister restaurant to Brennan's, Napoleon House famously offers The Pimms Cup and Muffuletta

The home of Napoleon House is a 200-year-old landmark which was offered to Napoleon as a refuge during his exile. Whilst Napoleon never made it, the name stuck and over time, Napoleon House has become one of the most famous bars in America and is a popular haunt for artists and writers. The sister restaurant to Brennan's, Napoleon House famously offers The Pimms Cup and Muffuletta, the quintessential New Orleans sandwich.

Ted's Frostop

Ted's Frostop, New Orleans
Ted's Frostop is home to the famous Lot-O Burger which is served fresh and offers big flavour

Classic comfort food is served up a treat at Ted's Frostop with famous dishes scattered across the menu of American diner options. Ted's Frostop is home to the famous Lot-O Burger which is served fresh and offers big flavour as well as Ted's famous root beer floats. The retro diner features an iconic exterior which stays true to its sixties roots.

Picnic Provisions and Whiskey

Picnic Provisions, New Orleans
Picnic Provisions offers everything from fried chicken and crawfish to incredible desserts

Picnic is derived from the French word 'pique-nique' which means a meal together in an idyllic spot and with the city's French influences, Picnic Provisions and Whiskey is well located in New Orleans. Whilst the restaurant does offer table service, Picnic is most-famous for off-site dining, taking the restaurant's exquisite dishes to your own idyllic picnic spot, plus, they also provide a delivery option! Offering everything from fried chicken and crawfish to incredible desserts, Picnic Provisions and Whiskey offer a menu which will be the highlight of your picnic.

SoBou

Sobou, New Orleans
The amazing duck and sweet potato beignets From Sobou, New Orleans

Located South of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, SoBou is a modern Creole restaurant offering small plates inspired by the street food of the city and is listed within the top ten restaurants in New Orleans. The restaurant also offers a vibrant selection of cocktails and wine to complement their dishes describing their menu as 'the food is centre stage with cocktails stage left and wine stage right'.

Bourbon House

Bourbon House, New Orleans
Bourbon House is the premier oyster bar and seafood restaurant in the city

Bourbon House in New Orleans is all about local seafood and is the premier oyster bar and seafood restaurant in the city. The menu consists of authentic dishes that are completely fresh, local and seasonal so if it's not in season, it won't be on the menu. Alongside the seafood selections, Bourbon House also offers an incredible Creole menu and the restaurants famed bourbon milk punch.

Morrow's

Morrow's New Orleans
Morrow's is an exciting cosmopolitan restaurant located in the historic Faubourg Marigny neighbourhood of New Orleans

Opened in April 2018, Morrow's is an exciting cosmopolitan restaurant located in the historic Faubourg Marigny neighbourhood of New Orleans. The restaurant's mother-son duo serves classic New Orlean's cuisine alongside authentic Korean dishes and the restaurant has quickly become a local hotspot. Morrow's offers an abundance of seafood dishes, exquisite fried chicken and mouthwatering Korean BBQ.

Cafe Beignet

Beignets are a famous powdered sugar treat which are traditional and popular throughout New Orleans but Cafe Beignet serves up the best. Cafe Beignet offers four locations throughout the French Quarter and is most popular for serving up the official doughnut of Louisiana. Alongside their classic beignets, Cafe Beignet also serves up a brilliant menu of omelettes and sandwiches as well as the popular New Orlean's dish, gumbo.

Crepes a la Cart

Crepes a la Cart, New Orleans
Crepes a la Cart is a crepe kitchen which serves over 50 varieties of both sweet and savoury options

As the name suggests, Crepes a la Cart is a crepe kitchen which serves over 50 varieties of both sweet and savoury options. Crepe a la Cart is said to be New Orleans' favourite food truck and they pride themselves on filling their crepes more generously than any crepe on the streets of Paris. Crepes are prepared fresh in front of you and you get to watch their magnificent creation from start to finish.

Barcadia New Orleans

Arcadia, New Orleans
The broccoli & avocado bowl at Arcadia, New Orleans

If you're looking to find your inner child and dine at a fun restaurant, Barcadia is the spot for you. With a relaxed vibe, 80's arcade games and life-size Jenga, Barcadia offers a super cool environment as well as an award-winning menu. Full of gourmet burgers and tasty appetisers, Barcadia's menu is complemented with 44 craft beers on tap and the popular frose.

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