You know you're in a special place when you walk into this legendary spot on St. Louis Street in the French Quarter. Fifteen dining rooms hold more than 700 people, yet the atmosphere feels intimate, friendly, and welcoming.
Begin with the Oysters Rockefeller ($12); the recipe is a closely guarded secret. The souffléed potatoes ($6.25) are another true treat. Try the Pompano Pontchartrain ($33.75) as an entrée. Smothered in crabmeat, the dish gets a kick from green onions. Don't forget to order the baked Alaska ahead of time (it feeds two for $16.50) , and they'll emblazon your name in meringue on the delectable creation. Even if you're not royalty, you'll feel like a king or queen when you leave. 713 St. Louis Street; www.antoines.com or (504) 581-4422.