A beautiful main dining room greets you at this elegant Creole restaurant on Bienville Street located between Bourbon and Dauphine. Crystal chandeliers cast a glow on the tiled floor, while fluted columns and small vases of flowers on the tables add to the ambience of the 1918 mainstay. Large black pots hold lacy ferns, and original light fixtures reflect off the tall leaded-glass windows.
In the midst of this lovely setting, begin with a house favorite. Order the Shrimp Arnaud ($8.95), which is shrimp marinated in a tangy rémoulade made with Creole mustard. Now move on to Trout Meunière--deep fried and served with Creole Meunière Sauce and Brabant potatoes ($25.95). For dessert, ask for the Strawberries Arnaud ($6.95), fresh berries marinated in a port wine sauce and served over ice cream.
813 Bienville Street; www.arnauds.com or (504) 522-8767.
above, left: Every meal at Arnaud's is a cause to celebrate.