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Where to Find 21 Iconic New Orleans Dishes

A guide to the city’s famous destinations for bananas Foster, po’boys, turtle soup, and more

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Perhaps more than anywhere else, New Orleans is a city filled with iconic dishes. Po’boys, jambalaya, red beans and rice, sno-balls — these dishes define the city’s cuisine and culture to the outside world. Many also serve as part of a restaurant’s identity and history, like the gumbo z’herbes at Dooky Chase or turtle soup at Commander’s.

While not all of New Orleans’s most iconic dishes are currently available due to the ongoing health crisis (or, in the case of king cake, the season), the below guide outlines where to find the city’s most iconic dishes right now. For a list of favorite destinations devoted to just one iconic dish, see Eater’s maps of essential po-boys, red beans, sno-ball stands, and gumbo.

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NOTE: A number of New Orleans restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Louisiana Department of Health website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Roast Beef Po' Boy at R & O's

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216 Metairie Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 831-1248
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Widely regarded as the best roast beef po-boy in all of New Orleans, R & O’s is actually in Bucktown near the lake. Open since the early 80s, it’s a family-friendly, no-frills Italian Creole spot that has longtime, loyal customers. It has reopened for dine-in and remains available for delivery via local third-party service Waitr.

2. Charbroiled Oysters at Drago's

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3232 N Arnoult Rd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 888-9254
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Drago’s is the original home of chargrilled oysters, when the family-owned restaurant introduced the future staple in 1993. Tommy Cvitanovich’s mixture of garlic, butter, and herbs is brushed onto freshly shucked Gulf oysters, topped with Parmesan and Romano cheese, and fired on a hot grill until they bubble — a perfect bite (or slurp) of food. The dish has since spread throughout the city and is now on most bar and restaurant menus, but the original Metairie location remains open for dine-in, has added a large patio for outdoor dining, and offers takeout.

A plate of chargrilled oyster served with lemon wedges and sprigs of parsley.
Drago’s chargrilled oysters

3. Garlic Oyster Po’ Boy at Liuzza's by the Track

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1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-7888
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The po’ boy goes back to 1920s New Orleans, when striking streetcar drivers seeking affordable sandwiches from a local bakery gained the nickname. Airy, New Orleans-specific French bread gets stuffed with everything from roast beef to fried seafood to french fries and debris. Roast beef is an R&O’s specialty and Domilise’s is often associated with a shrimp po’boy, but the garlic oyster po’boy from Liuzza’s by the Track is one of the city’s all-time favorites. Best served with a frosty goblet of Abita. Here’s a list of some of the city’s best po-boys.

Garlic oyster po’boy at Liuzza’s
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4. Boiled Crawfish at Bevi Seafood Co.

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236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-7503
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Bevi Seafood’s location on Carrollton Avenue is typically bustling, a top locals destination for boiled crawfish during the season. are currently available daily. Order by the pound to have on the patio or to take home, along with the Peacemaker po’ boy, another specialty. Bevi also makes excellent frozen drinks that change daily — another must-try.

5. Fried Chicken at Willie Mae's Scotch House

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2401 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-9503
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Considered by many to be one of the best fried chicken offerings in the country, this Treme landmark’s wet-batter recipe sets it apart from nearly every other fried chicken in town. Order through Willie Mae’s website for pickup or catering, also available from the Pythian Market location.

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6. Gumbo z’Herbes at Dooky Chase Restaurant

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2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-0600
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Though the Treme landmark lost its matriarch when founder and food world icon Leah Chase died in 2019, the new generation is innovating and keeping up her legacy, even amid a pandemic. Mrs. Chase’s grandson Edgar Chase is serving up the restaurant’s famous gumbo z’herbes on occasion, but some type of gumbo is always on the menu, via daily family meals and special occasion packages, announced on Dooky Chase’s Facebook and Instagram.

7. Muffulettas at Central Grocery and Deli

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923 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-1620
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Central Grocery is the original home of the muffuletta, invented in New Orleans in the late 1800s when Sicilian workers stopped by for bread, olives, cold cuts, and cheese for lunch. The owner subsequently created the famous sandwich, layering olive salad, genoa salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss cheese. The Central Grocery muffuletta is served room temp rather than hot. For another version, head to Cochon Butcher and compare — it’s a different, and excellent favorite.

A sandwich layered with olive salad, genoa salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss cheese
Muffuletta from Central Grocery and Deli
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8. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

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800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4544
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One of New Orleans’ most famous treats, Cafe du Monde’s version of the cloud-like, square doughnuts piled high with powdered sugar is worth the visit to the original in the Quarter. While it’s famous for being 24/7, hours are still currently limited to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Mid City opening of Morning Call, another longtime purveyor that is the preferred beignet destination for some New Orleanians.

A platter of Cafe du Monde’s beignets, three to an order
Cafe du Monde’s beignets
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9. Eggs Sardou at Antoine's Restaurant

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713 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-4422
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First created at 175-year old Antoine’s restaurant, eggs Sardou is a tower of poached eggs, artichoke bottoms, creamed spinach, and hollandaise. It is named for the French playwright Victorien Sardou (1831-1908), who is best known as the author of ‘’La Tosca,’’ the play on which Puccini’s opera was based. — SC

10. Bananas Foster at Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9711
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Bananas Foster was born in 1951, when Owen Brennan asked his sister Ella to come up with a dessert for a dinner in honor of Richard Foster, who had been named chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission. Spying bananas in the kitchen, Ella Brennan brought in the restaurant’s chef and headwaiter to experiment, a collaboration that resulted in the now-famous dessert of bananas sliced lengthwise and flambéed in dark rum, banana liqueur, sugar, and cinnamon, before being spooned hot over vanilla ice cream. The tableside show at Brennan’s is nearly as iconic as the resulting dish — but the dessert also does not disappoint.

A bowl of bananas sliced lengthwise and flambéed in dark rum, banana liqueur, sugar, and cinnamon, served hot over vanilla ice cream
Bananas Foster from Brennan’s
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11. Souffle Potatoes at Arnaud's

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813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-5433
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Crispy razor thin potatoes puffed up with air, soufflé potatoes are probably more addictive than any other potato and salt combo. Plus, they are served with a bowl of béarnaise sauce, softly fragrant with tarragon. Either have them to start a full meal at Arnaud’s or to compliment cocktails or Champagne at the handsome French 75 bar next door. — SC

A plate of potatoes fried to look like tiny pillows, puffed up and hollow in the center; served with a green dipping sauce.
Soufflé Potatoes from Arnaud’s
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12. Boiled Brisket at Tujague's

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429 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-8676
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This legendary New Orleans restaurant is 164 years old, and though it’s now in a new Decatur Street location six blocks upriver, it’s managed to maintain its iconic status in the city. It’s been serving a hearty, tender boiled brisket since the start on its table d’hote menu — a daily menu with changing soups and entrees but always featuring the boiled brisket and shrimp remoulade as appetizers (the menu was a butcher’s favorite thanks to the brisket). That brisket remains a customer favorite and a childhood memory for many, particularly around the holidays.

A plate with shredded boiled beef brisket served with a red sauce and baguette bread
Tujague’s brisket
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13. Oysters Rockefeller at Galatoire's

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209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-2021
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In 1889, Antoine’s (known as the second-oldest restaurant in America) created oysters Rockefeller when the escargot supply was low, naming it for the richest man in the world because of its green color. Restaurants take an oyster on the half shell and top it with a pureed blend of parsley and other herbs before baking it. Though Antoine’s version is great, Galatoire’s bright green version is a favorite.

A dish of six oysters covered in a green baked sauce
Galatoire’s oysters Rockefeller
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14. Fried Chicken at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

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621 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 569-1005
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Yes, Popeyes is a chain and its fried chicken is available in lots of cities. The Popeyes outlets in Louisiana, where it originated, are different. The menus are more robust, including seafood and seasonal items (fried crawfish during crawfish season and whole fried turkeys around Thanksgiving). The chicken is as much about where you eat it and the most iconic way to enjoy it is on the parade route during Mardi Gras. — SC

A Popeyes box filled with fried chicken, coleslaw, and a biscuit is set against a swamp-like backdrop
Popeyes fried chicken
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15. Ms. Linda’s Yakamein

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2304 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

Known as “old sober,” this noodle soup is a New Orleans original, once primarily sold at second lines and in the back of Black-owned bars. Dark, salty broth is packed full with beef brisket, shrimp, or crawfish (or a combination of all three), and topped with a hard-boiled egg, curing all that ails. The version from Ms. Linda, aka the “Yakamein Lady” is famous for a reason. She’s currently dishing the good stuff occasionally on Washington Ave. and at other pop-ups — follow her Instagram for hours, and visit her website for catering options.

Ms. Linda’s shrimp yakamein in a cup; broth with shrimp and noodles topped with half a soft-boiled egg and green onion
Ms. Linda’s shrimp yakamein 
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16. Barbecue Shrimp at Pascal's Manale

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1838 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-4877
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Found in restaurants throughout the city, New Orleans’s iconic dish of barbecue shrimp is not, actually, barbecued shrimp. Rather, it’s made by sauteing Gulf shrimp in butter, garlic, white wine, and Worcestershire on the stove — no smoke or pits involved. The original is from the 100-year old Pascal’s Manale, and it still tops the list.

17. Bread Pudding Souffle at Commander's Palace

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1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-8221
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An exercise in frugality, dessert pudding is made from stale bread soaked in a mixture of eggs, cream, and sugar before being baked and laced with whiskey sauce. Heavy traditional versions abound, but the ethereal bread pudding soufflé at Commander’s Palace is legendary. It’s probably big enough to share, but you’ll want it all for yourself. — SC

Caramel sauce is spooned on top of bread pudding soufflé served in a white ramakin on a white plate
Bread pudding soufflé from Commander’s
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18. Turtle Soup at Commander's Palace

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1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-8221
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Turtle soup is a must-try when in New Orleans, a silky soup rich with savory flavor and often topped with a pour of sherry. Commander’s Palace is probably the restaurant most closely associated with turtle soup au sherry given its long history serving the decadent dish. Other spots known for their versions are Brennan’s, Mandina’s, and for a grab-and-go option, Mr. Ed’s and Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar. The Commander’s soup is currently available for takeout through its new to-go operation, nationwide shipping via Goldbelly, and of course for dining in.

A white bowl filled with turtle soup served on a white tablecloth with silverware on each side is shot from above
Turtle soup with sherry at Commander’s
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19. Red Beans and Rice at Joey K's

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3001 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-0997
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This economical tradition is the ultimate Louisiana comfort food, made with slow cooked red beans and spiked with ham hock and spicy sausage. Mondays at Joey K’s are all about the restaurant’s red beans, a consistent favorite of locals, and so good that they’re on the menu and all week long. The filling $10 plate is available for takeout, dine-in, or patio dining, and for delivery via D’livery Nola.

A plate of red beans served with rice and sausage, topped with parsley and green onion
Red beans and rice from Joey K’s
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20. Raw Oysters at Casamento's Restaurant

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4330 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-9761
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This family-run, 1920s-era oyster house decked in white and green tile has reopened its tiny dining room after many months, to the delight of its many oyster bar fans. That bar is a destination for conversation with the restaurant’s longtime shuckers in addition to a dozen of the raw delicacies accompanied by a bottle of Dixie. While Casamento’s typically closes for a time during summer (a tradition leftover from when there was limited refrigeration to keep the oysters cold), this year could be different, given that restaurants are only now getting back on track.

21. Sno-Ball at Hansen's Sno-Bliz

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4801 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-9788
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It’s sno-ball season again in New Orleans, designated by the gradual reopening of the many beloved stands devoted to the local specialty. Easily confused with snow cones but different entirely in texture, the New Orleans version uses finely shaved, fluffy ice made from a specific machine. No trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the James Beard Award-winning Hansen’s.

1. Roast Beef Po' Boy at R & O's

216 Metairie Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005

Widely regarded as the best roast beef po-boy in all of New Orleans, R & O’s is actually in Bucktown near the lake. Open since the early 80s, it’s a family-friendly, no-frills Italian Creole spot that has longtime, loyal customers. It has reopened for dine-in and remains available for delivery via local third-party service Waitr.

216 Metairie Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

2. Charbroiled Oysters at Drago's

3232 N Arnoult Rd, Metairie, LA 70002
A plate of chargrilled oyster served with lemon wedges and sprigs of parsley.
Drago’s chargrilled oysters

Drago’s is the original home of chargrilled oysters, when the family-owned restaurant introduced the future staple in 1993. Tommy Cvitanovich’s mixture of garlic, butter, and herbs is brushed onto freshly shucked Gulf oysters, topped with Parmesan and Romano cheese, and fired on a hot grill until they bubble — a perfect bite (or slurp) of food. The dish has since spread throughout the city and is now on most bar and restaurant menus, but the original Metairie location remains open for dine-in, has added a large patio for outdoor dining, and offers takeout.

3232 N Arnoult Rd
Metairie, LA 70002

3. Garlic Oyster Po’ Boy at Liuzza's by the Track

1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Garlic oyster po’boy at Liuzza’s
Liuzza’a by the Track/Facebook

The po’ boy goes back to 1920s New Orleans, when striking streetcar drivers seeking affordable sandwiches from a local bakery gained the nickname. Airy, New Orleans-specific French bread gets stuffed with everything from roast beef to fried seafood to french fries and debris. Roast beef is an R&O’s specialty and Domilise’s is often associated with a shrimp po’boy, but the garlic oyster po’boy from Liuzza’s by the Track is one of the city’s all-time favorites. Best served with a frosty goblet of Abita. Here’s a list of some of the city’s best po-boys.

1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Boiled Crawfish at Bevi Seafood Co.

236 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Bevi Seafood’s location on Carrollton Avenue is typically bustling, a top locals destination for boiled crawfish during the season. are currently available daily. Order by the pound to have on the patio or to take home, along with the Peacemaker po’ boy, another specialty. Bevi also makes excellent frozen drinks that change daily — another must-try.

236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Fried Chicken at Willie Mae's Scotch House

2401 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119
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Considered by many to be one of the best fried chicken offerings in the country, this Treme landmark’s wet-batter recipe sets it apart from nearly every other fried chicken in town. Order through Willie Mae’s website for pickup or catering, also available from the Pythian Market location.

2401 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Gumbo z’Herbes at Dooky Chase Restaurant

2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Though the Treme landmark lost its matriarch when founder and food world icon Leah Chase died in 2019, the new generation is innovating and keeping up her legacy, even amid a pandemic. Mrs. Chase’s grandson Edgar Chase is serving up the restaurant’s famous gumbo z’herbes on occasion, but some type of gumbo is always on the menu, via daily family meals and special occasion packages, announced on Dooky Chase’s Facebook and Instagram.

2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Muffulettas at Central Grocery and Deli

923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
A sandwich layered with olive salad, genoa salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss cheese
Muffuletta from Central Grocery and Deli
Central Grocery and Deli/Facebook

Central Grocery is the original home of the muffuletta, invented in New Orleans in the late 1800s when Sicilian workers stopped by for bread, olives, cold cuts, and cheese for lunch. The owner subsequently created the famous sandwich, layering olive salad, genoa salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss cheese. The Central Grocery muffuletta is served room temp rather than hot. For another version, head to Cochon Butcher and compare — it’s a different, and excellent favorite.

923 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
A platter of Cafe du Monde’s beignets, three to an order
Cafe du Monde’s beignets
Ryan Theriot/Getty Images

One of New Orleans’ most famous treats, Cafe du Monde’s version of the cloud-like, square doughnuts piled high with powdered sugar is worth the visit to the original in the Quarter. While it’s famous for being 24/7, hours are still currently limited to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Mid City opening of Morning Call, another longtime purveyor that is the preferred beignet destination for some New Orleanians.

800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

9. Eggs Sardou at Antoine's Restaurant

713 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

First created at 175-year old Antoine’s restaurant, eggs Sardou is a tower of poached eggs, artichoke bottoms, creamed spinach, and hollandaise. It is named for the French playwright Victorien Sardou (1831-1908), who is best known as the author of ‘’La Tosca,’’ the play on which Puccini’s opera was based. — SC

713 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Bananas Foster at Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A bowl of bananas sliced lengthwise and flambéed in dark rum, banana liqueur, sugar, and cinnamon, served hot over vanilla ice cream
Bananas Foster from Brennan’s
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Bananas Foster was born in 1951, when Owen Brennan asked his sister Ella to come up with a dessert for a dinner in honor of Richard Foster, who had been named chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission. Spying bananas in the kitchen, Ella Brennan brought in the restaurant’s chef and headwaiter to experiment, a collaboration that resulted in the now-famous dessert of bananas sliced lengthwise and flambéed in dark rum, banana liqueur, sugar, and cinnamon, before being spooned hot over vanilla ice cream. The tableside show at Brennan’s is nearly as iconic as the resulting dish — but the dessert also does not disappoint.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Souffle Potatoes at Arnaud's

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112
A plate of potatoes fried to look like tiny pillows, puffed up and hollow in the center; served with a green dipping sauce.
Soufflé Potatoes from Arnaud’s
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Crispy razor thin potatoes puffed up with air, soufflé potatoes are probably more addictive than any other potato and salt combo. Plus, they are served with a bowl of béarnaise sauce, softly fragrant with tarragon. Either have them to start a full meal at Arnaud’s or to compliment cocktails or Champagne at the handsome French 75 bar next door. — SC

813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

12. Boiled Brisket at Tujague's

429 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A plate with shredded boiled beef brisket served with a red sauce and baguette bread
Tujague’s brisket
Tujague’s/Facebook

This legendary New Orleans restaurant is 164 years old, and though it’s now in a new Decatur Street location six blocks upriver, it’s managed to maintain its iconic status in the city. It’s been serving a hearty, tender boiled brisket since the start on its table d’hote menu — a daily menu with changing soups and entrees but always featuring the boiled brisket and shrimp remoulade as appetizers (the menu was a butcher’s favorite thanks to the brisket). That brisket remains a customer favorite and a childhood memory for many, particularly around the holidays.

429 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Oysters Rockefeller at Galatoire's

209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A dish of six oysters covered in a green baked sauce
Galatoire’s oysters Rockefeller
Galatoire’s/Facebook

In 1889, Antoine’s (known as the second-oldest restaurant in America) created oysters Rockefeller when the escargot supply was low, naming it for the richest man in the world because of its green color. Restaurants take an oyster on the half shell and top it with a pureed blend of parsley and other herbs before baking it. Though Antoine’s version is great, Galatoire’s bright green version is a favorite.

209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Fried Chicken at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

621 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A Popeyes box filled with fried chicken, coleslaw, and a biscuit is set against a swamp-like backdrop
Popeyes fried chicken
Popeyes/Facebook

Yes, Popeyes is a chain and its fried chicken is available in lots of cities. The Popeyes outlets in Louisiana, where it originated, are different. The menus are more robust, including seafood and seasonal items (fried crawfish during crawfish season and whole fried turkeys around Thanksgiving). The chicken is as much about where you eat it and the most iconic way to enjoy it is on the parade route during Mardi Gras. — SC

621 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Ms. Linda’s Yakamein

2304 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
Ms. Linda’s shrimp yakamein in a cup; broth with shrimp and noodles topped with half a soft-boiled egg and green onion
Ms. Linda’s shrimp yakamein 
Ms. Linda Green/Facebook

Known as “old sober,” this noodle soup is a New Orleans original, once primarily sold at second lines and in the back of Black-owned bars. Dark, salty broth is packed full with beef brisket, shrimp, or crawfish (or a combination of all three), and topped with a hard-boiled egg, curing all that ails. The version from Ms. Linda, aka the “Yakamein Lady” is famous for a reason. She’s currently dishing the good stuff occasionally on Washington Ave. and at other pop-ups — follow her Instagram for hours, and visit her website for catering options.

2304 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

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16. Barbecue Shrimp at Pascal's Manale

1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Found in restaurants throughout the city, New Orleans’s iconic dish of barbecue shrimp is not, actually, barbecued shrimp. Rather, it’s made by sauteing Gulf shrimp in butter, garlic, white wine, and Worcestershire on the stove — no smoke or pits involved. The original is from the 100-year old Pascal’s Manale, and it still tops the list.

1838 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

17. Bread Pudding Souffle at Commander's Palace

1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Caramel sauce is spooned on top of bread pudding soufflé served in a white ramakin on a white plate
Bread pudding soufflé from Commander’s
Commander’s Palace/Facebook

An exercise in frugality, dessert pudding is made from stale bread soaked in a mixture of eggs, cream, and sugar before being baked and laced with whiskey sauce. Heavy traditional versions abound, but the ethereal bread pudding soufflé at Commander’s Palace is legendary. It’s probably big enough to share, but you’ll want it all for yourself. — SC

1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. Turtle Soup at Commander's Palace

1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
A white bowl filled with turtle soup served on a white tablecloth with silverware on each side is shot from above
Turtle soup with sherry at Commander’s
Commander’s Palace/Facebook

Turtle soup is a must-try when in New Orleans, a silky soup rich with savory flavor and often topped with a pour of sherry. Commander’s Palace is probably the restaurant most closely associated with turtle soup au sherry given its long history serving the decadent dish. Other spots known for their versions are Brennan’s, Mandina’s, and for a grab-and-go option, Mr. Ed’s and Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar. The Commander’s soup is currently available for takeout through its new to-go operation, nationwide shipping via Goldbelly, and of course for dining in.

1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

19. Red Beans and Rice at Joey K's

3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
A plate of red beans served with rice and sausage, topped with parsley and green onion
Red beans and rice from Joey K’s
Joey K’s Restaurant & Bar/Facebook

This economical tradition is the ultimate Louisiana comfort food, made with slow cooked red beans and spiked with ham hock and spicy sausage. Mondays at Joey K’s are all about the restaurant’s red beans, a consistent favorite of locals, and so good that they’re on the menu and all week long. The filling $10 plate is available for takeout, dine-in, or patio dining, and for delivery via D’livery Nola.

3001 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

20. Raw Oysters at Casamento's Restaurant

4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

This family-run, 1920s-era oyster house decked in white and green tile has reopened its tiny dining room after many months, to the delight of its many oyster bar fans. That bar is a destination for conversation with the restaurant’s longtime shuckers in addition to a dozen of the raw delicacies accompanied by a bottle of Dixie. While Casamento’s typically closes for a time during summer (a tradition leftover from when there was limited refrigeration to keep the oysters cold), this year could be different, given that restaurants are only now getting back on track.

4330 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

21. Sno-Ball at Hansen's Sno-Bliz

4801 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

It’s sno-ball season again in New Orleans, designated by the gradual reopening of the many beloved stands devoted to the local specialty. Easily confused with snow cones but different entirely in texture, the New Orleans version uses finely shaved, fluffy ice made from a specific machine. No trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the James Beard Award-winning Hansen’s.

4801 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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