2016-03-02 new orleans food

Foodies in New Orleans Unite for GMN2016

Laissez les bons temps rouler!  

New Orleans is a food town. It’s known for a few specialty items, like beignets from Café du Monde, a can’t-miss experience. Pick up some Zapp’s potato chips (mmmm Cajun Dill Gator-Tators), and put both Cajun and Creole cuisines on your eating agenda. If dessert is on your mind, think about stopping at Brennan’s, creators of the first Bananas Foster.

I haven’t been to New Orleans for several years, so I asked around about favorite restaurants. This list is not comprehensive, but inspired by the food passion of recent visitors.

Get your Cajun (and alligator) on at Cochon, where food is locally sourced. Cochon Butcher is good for a quick bite and some wine.

Commander’s Palace received several thumbs up from friends (as well as many awards in its over 100 years in business). Former chefs at this Creole-influenced restaurant include Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme. Be sure to check out the recipes on the site.

The French Quarter is home to the Court of Two Sisters, another NOLA institution. Jazz brunch in the courtyard, anyone?

I recall eating fried chicken at Jacques Imo’s, also recommended by a few friends, and it was delicious. The food is as colorful as the décor. Reservations (permitted for parties of 5 or more only), or an early arrival, are strongly suggested.

Other recommendations: Emeril’s DelmonicoDrago’s for charbroiled oysters, Irene’s Cuisine with its focus on Italian food, Mandina’s, and the Pelican ClubUpperline for fine dining, the Bon Ton Café for Cajun, a po’ boy “with debris” at Mother’s, and the Mississippi mud cheesecake at Mr. B’s Bistro looks terrific.

And if you want more suggestions, check out these lists from Thrillistthe Huffington PostComplex, and Epicurious.

Of course, a great way to experience food in New Orleans is during our Dine Arounds on Tuesday evening. Join a group of grants management colleagues for fun and great food.

See you in New Orleans for GMN 2016!

 

Carolyn Sosnowski

Carolyn J. Sosnowski, MLIS, is content manager for GMN. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealCarolynS.