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Inspired by authentic Argentinian flavors, La Boca offers scrumptious, unusual cuts of beef prepared to perfection, accompanied by an array of homemade sauces and fabulous sides. The Entrana Fina, Empanadas Criollas, Noqui La Boca and La Boca Frites are highly recommended! The interior consists of red-painted and brick walls, with a beautiful semi-circular bar, and somewhat unfussy seating options. The restaurant often bustles with an after-work crowd of young adults. One of the coolest things about this place is that, prior to receiving your entrée, the waiter will arrive at your table with a divided wooden box filled with an assortment of knives with which to cut your steak.  They range from sleek to quite interesting options, one of which resembles a Keyhole Saw!

Address 870 Tchoupitoulas St New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 525-8205
Website http://www.labocasteaks.com

 

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Opened by the Ace Hotel, in conjunction with the team at Grand Banks, Seaworthy touts a distinct maritime theme within a 19th century creole cottage. It’s known for its wide selection of oysters from around the country and unique craft cocktails. Great choice for late night dining-open until 2am (I believe food is served until 1am), offering a late-night happy hour from 11pm-1am every day. Favorite “Seaworthy Classic” cocktail is Holy Water (delivered on fire!!)—very cool presentation!!

Address 630 Carondelet St New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 930-3071
Website http://www.seaworthynola.com

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Owned and operated by Chef Donald Link, with Rebecca Wilcomb as Chef de Cuisine, Herbsaint serves French-Southern cuisine in a lively, festive and casually elegant atmosphere. When speaking with fellow foodies regarding their favorite New Orleans restaurants, Herbsaint will more than likely be a part of the conversation. It’s well-known for its consistency in providing high-quality food, utilizing locally-grown ingredients through their partnership with regional farmers and fishermen. During our last visit, we dined on Baked Asiago with Oregano and Lemon with a lagniappe serving of Gnocchi with Pancetta, Preserved Lemon and Parmesan (server mistakenly delivered our neighbor’s appetizer to our table), followed by a Grilled Tuna Sandwich on Olive Bread with Lemon Pickle Aioli and Grilled Zubaton Steak with Sea Salt, Olive Oil and French Fries. Due to the appetizer mishap and close proximity of the tables, we struck up a wonderful conversation with a delightful couple sitting at the table next to us, who were visiting the city from Olive Branch, Mississippi.  By the end of the conversation, contact info had been exchanged! The laid-back atmosphere of New Orleans often lends itself to encounters such as this!

Address 701 St Charles Ave New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 524-4114
Website http://herbsaint.com

 

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maypoprestaurant

This is often one of my and Judge’s “go to” dining establishments in the CBD. They are consistent in providing quality food, combining a myriad of flavors throughout all their dishes.  I often see reviews stating that it’s difficult to give an adequate description of the food (I tend to agree!) because of its uniqueness. And, I say “uniqueness” in the most flattering way!! I feel it’s best characterized as Asian Fusion cuisine.  The atmosphere would be described as a casual, upscale gastropub with sleek, contemporary, industrial seating options. Beautiful, suspended hanging plants separate the bar area from the actual dining room. Each guest is served a pre-dinner treat of a donut-hole sized beignet atop a dollop of whipped wasabi cream.  Some of our favorite menu items include the Beet Cured Lemonfish with Horseradish Roasted Beets and Crispy Sweet Potato, Roasted Bone Marrow and Louisiana Oysters in Creole Bordelaise, Crispy Skinned Redfish with Coconut Brown Butter and Blue Crab and Slow Roast Duckling in Red Curry with Warm Roti Bread. To satisfy your sweet tooth, an array of unique desserts is offered. Dim Sum Brunch is available from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Address 611 O’Keefe Ave. New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone (504) 518-6345
Website http://www.maypoprestaurant.com

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comperelapin1

Compere Lapin (French for “brother rabbit”), located within the Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery, is owned and operated by St Lucia-born Chef Nina Compton, the recipient of numerous culinary awards and accolades. It opened its doors in 2015, serving a wonderfully crafted infusion of Caribbean, French, Italian and American cuisine.  The restaurant is housed in a beautifully designed industrial space, garnering lots of natural lighting, with brick walls and an array of eclectic seating options. Attention to detail is a staple. Presentation, flavors, and service have always been impeccable during our visits to this unique CBD/Warehouse District establishment. The Biscuits are to die for, Spiced Pig Ears/Smoked Aioli are a must try, and the Curried Goat/Sweet Potato Gnocchi/Cashews is a combination of unique deliciousness!

Address 535 Tchoupitoulas St New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 599-2119
Website http://comperelapin.com

 

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bayona1

Chef Susan Spicer never ceases to amaze with her unique culinary creations, combining tastes from Italy, France, Spain, North Africa, and various areas around the United States. The restaurant is situated in the heart of the French Quarter, housed in a charming 200-year-old creole cottage with a beautiful courtyard.  My husband, Judge, often says that the best meal he’s ever had was at Bayona. The menu changes regularly, providing diners with a unique culinary experience during each visit. Cozy, romantic, beautifully decorated dining rooms await you. Favorite dishes include Veal sweetbreads, Duck Liver Pate, Cream of Garlic soup, Crispy Smoked Quail Salad, Sautéed Pompano, Fennel Pepper-crusted Lamb Loin, Seared Scallops, Hazelnut and Almond Dacquoise (dessert cake).

Address 430 Dauphine St New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone (504)525-4455
Website http://www.bayona.com

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irenesnola

Housed in a new location on Bienville St, Irene’s remains one of the most desired dining spots in the city. The restaurant is owned by Irene DiPietro, with many of her family members assisting in its day-to-day operations. It offers an array of Sicilian-inspired dishes, ranging from Oysters Irene to Lasagna Bolognese, with many delectable options in-between!  Guests begin their culinary experience with a complimentary serving of bruschetta. The wait staff is extremely attentive and knowledgeable.  The atmosphere is typical Italian—loud and festive, with an array of mouth-watering aromas filling the air. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of wines, with a concentration on Italian fine wines. I can honestly say that we have had such great times and delicious food during each of our numerous visits. Take a minute to visit the website to read about Irene’s family story and history of the restaurant.  Being of Sicilian decent, it was quite interesting to me!

Address 529 Bienville Street New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 529-8811
Website http://irenesnola.com

 

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dsire1

Situated in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Desire Oyster Bar is located on the corner of Bourbon St and Bienville St. It offers its guests flavorful Creole and Cajun eats in a casual, relaxed setting in the heart of the French Quarter.  Take a seat at the raw bar for delicious shucked raw or chargrilled oysters or at one of the tables in their beautifully redesigned (2015) dining room.

Judge and I often pop into this establishment while strolling around the French Quarter. I am a self-proclaimed roast beef po’ boy addict!  This is one of my favorite roast beef po’boys in the city. The Hot Roast Beef and Gravy Po’boy is perfectly displayed on a plate, with the debris (morsels of beef that fall, as it’s roasting, to the bottom of the pan) gravy placed on the side in a ramekin. This allows for the diner to pour the gravy over the sandwich just prior to consuming it, which prevents the bread from becoming too soggy.  It’s traditionally a very messy sandwich, calling for the availability of numerous napkins!! In addition to the delicious roast beef po’ boy, they offer an array of other dishes. In particular, the cornmeal-battered shrimp and oysters (offered on a po’boy/platter/atop a salad) are generous in size and perfectly fried to a gentle crisp.

Address 300 Bourbon St New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 553-2281
Website http://www.sonesta.com/us/louisiana/new-orleans/royal-sonesta-new-orleans/desireoysterbar

 

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mrbistro

Judge and I often forget about this little gem in the French Quarter. The other day, we were walking around the city and decided on a whim to dine here.  We were able to grab a couple of seats at the bar.  Our evening started off with the Buster Crab and Crispy Fried Oysters, followed by the Baby Iceberg Lettuce and Beet Salad. We then shared an entrée portion of the Mr. B’s Barbequed Shrimp, which included our own personal aprons. The food was perfectly prepared and the atmosphere lively and festive!

Side note: Mr. B’s is famous for its Barbequed Shrimp.  The exact recipe can be found here: http://www.mrbsbistro.com/recipes_shrimp.php

Judge has prepared this recipe for our family several times and I will attest to its perfection!! Don’t forget lots of crispy French bread for dipping!! The amount of butter will probably set you back a bit in the weight/cardiac health department, but I promise it will be totally worth it!!

Address 201 Royal St. New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 523-2078
Website http://www.mrbsbistro.com/
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grisgris

1800 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504)272-0241
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Such a fitting name for this eating establishment! You are guaranteed to bring upon yourself a delicious dining experience! Opening its doors in August of 2018 under the direction of owner and Executive Chef Eric Cook (formerly of Commander’s Palace, Tommy’s Cuisine, American Sector and Bourbon House), Gris Gris has been wowing its guests with traditional New Orleans cuisine served in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at the “Chef’s Table” on the first floor, you’ll be fascinated watching Cook run the inner-workings of his fine-tuned kitchen operation. The staff appeared to be having fun under the direction of the respectful yet get-down-to-business executive chef. Cook is also quite engaging with his guests as he personally presents each dish along your culinary journey. You also have the added benefit of watching dishes being plated prior to deciding on your own personal menu selections. Other seating options include a second-floor dining room and large bar, as well as, beautiful patio seating.

Personal favorite dishes include the Oyster BLT (basically a deconstructed BLT accompanied by fried oysters—awesomeness!!), Pork Belly and Watermelon (a strange, but perfectly-suited combination), Cast Iron Seared Fish and Shrimp (served with fresh zucchini and squash-somewhat healthy alternative) and the Creole Redfish Court-Bouillon (a whole creole-fried redfish served with a deliciously rich tomato sauce, popcorn rice and a charred lemon half).  Complete your meal with one of the three dessert options: bread pudding, a creamy praline pecan pie or a slice of the chocolate cheesecake.

Serving lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are highly recommended. Private dining and event space is available in the Samedi Room, a two-floored area showcasing a private kitchen, private bathroom, private balconies and a beautiful wooden 12 seat capacity dining table. Check out the restaurant’s website for pics!

Get your Gris Gris on and mosey on down to this “popular with the locals” dining establishment!!