Take a seat at the table of one of these NOLA restaurants and you’ll get a taste of the Big Easy that you won’t soon forget.
Beloved by locals, Clancy’s is a neighborhood institution with white cloth laden tables, tuxedoed waiters, and a menu that
consistently surprises. Chef Brian Larson’s traditional New Orleans dishes may be tried and true, but there is something in
the flawless execution that strikes a new flavor note with each bite. Start with the shrimp rémoulade before diving into the
crawfish étouffée—it’s classic NOLA.
The pig is king at this shrine to Cajun cooking in the Warehouse District. At the helm: two James Beard Award winners, Executive
Chef Donald Link and Chef Stephen Stryjewski. The duo dream up rustic Cajun dishes featuring locally sourced and sustainably
raised animals in their renovated warehouse-turned-restaurant. What’s on the menu? Don’t miss the cooked-to-order pork cracklin’s
or the wood-fired oysters with chili-garlic butter.
With a history spanning 130-plus years, don’t worry about this NOLA institution being stuck in the past. Trite and trendy
need not apply, but interesting and relevant—Chef Tory McPhail has your number. This James Beard Best Chef: South winner dazzles
patrons with oysters in a puff pastry dome served with a rich absinthe sauce. And don’t pass on the bread pudding soufflé.
Midday meal revelers beware: Martinis are served for 25 cents each.
This Garden District gem features a daily-changing menu of locally sourced product that has put Executive Chef Michael Stoltzfus
on the culinary map. Michael’s inventive flavor pairings hit the mark. Try the fried oysters with pickled andouille, sweet
potato, and basil or the vegetables salad with cashew puree, satsumas, and olive praline.
Simple food, complex flavors—Chef Alon Shaya has been giving the people what they want since Domenica opened its doors in
2009. Not to be confused with a pizza parlor, the dining room is anchored by a glittering chandelier that serves as a shimmering
counterpoint to the salumi case where guests can take a peek at the imported and house-cured meats. While Alon’s dreamy pizzas
are a must, his roasted cauliflower with sea salt and whipped goat feta has developed a cult following. Early birds, check
out the daily pizza and cocktail hour. $10 for a pie and a drink—mamma mia.
With a grocery list of culinary honors under her belt, Chef Sue Zemanick has made a name for herself among the food-loving
masses for her relentlessly precise technique and pitch-perfect flavors. In this jewel box of a restaurant in Uptown, she
turns out dishes such as delicate spinach-and-ricotta gnudi and snapper in a fragrant basil broth. But we’re suckers for her
perfectly roasted chicken—for our money, that’s the mark of a chef who’s honed her craft.
Chef Justin Devillier is cooking his way to super chef status at this Crescent City mainstay. Justin has been churning out
creative riffs on traditional Louisiana cuisine since taking over ownership in 2010. Blue crab beignets with malt vinegar
aioli; turtle bolognaise with bucatini, sherry, and soft-boiled egg; and Gulf shrimp and grits with roasted mushrooms and
smoked bacon dazzle the palate.lapetitegocery.com
The newest member of Donald Link’s culinary empire lures diners hook, line, and sinker. Inspired by a trip to Uruguay, Donald
and Chef Ryan Prewitt developed a tasty concept that marries the open fire cooking tradition of the South American country
with bayou-hailing flavor. The whole grilled fish is a must.
White tablecloths and glittering chandeliers set the scene, but take a seat at Chef Scott Boswell’s table and the international
menu will steal the show. French, Italian, Asian, and Creole accents pepper the Louisiana native’s prix fixe menu offerings. A substantial wine list offers many choices, but opt for the prix fixe wine pairings for the perfect match.
Some people eat to live, while others live to eat. Chef Isaac Toups subscribes to the latter—much to the benefit of restaurant-goers
his side of the bayou. With a nod to old school butchery techniques evident with each meat board that rolls out of his kitchen,
the Louisiana native has created an eatery that proves to be a haven for discerning carnivores. Dishes such as duck served
with collards, sweet potato puree, and sage pecan gremolata round out the smart and satisfying menu.