The South's Tastiest Towns: New Orleans

A masterful, provocative gumbo of oysters and innovators.
Story by Paula Disbrowe

Star Tastemaker 
Boudin ambassador Donald Link (with partners Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt) of Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher, and the new Pêche Seafood Grill, for celebrating and elevating traditional Louisiana foods like gumbo, crawfish pie, red drum, and muffalettas.

Best Bites 
Grilled beef heart ($10) with giardiniera, horseradish, and satsuma at Coquette; John Besh’s Oyster Spaghetti ($20) with creamy oyster broth, garlic, and bottarga from Borgne (borgnerestaurant .com); Cohiba-Smoked Scallops ($30) with caramelized cauliflower, chorizo dust, patatas bravas, and fennel choucroute at Root.

Nightcap
The Que Guapo ($11) with tequila, Aperol, grapefruit, spices, and cava at Maurepas Foods in edgy Marigny/Bywater.