New Orleans is one of the oldest dining cities in the country, and though it seems there’s always a shiny new restaurant opening (and plenty closing), the city has a deep reverence for the restaurants in and around it that earned it that designation.
Here are some of the greatest of New Orleans’ classic restaurants, all of them decades if not a centuries old. They range from legendary Creole stalwarts in the French Quarter to gritty po’ boy joints to hidden gems in quiet neighborhoods, all quintessentially New Orleans. It’s nearly impossible to cover all of the city’s classics, best restaurants, or to capture the extent of its dining landscape and heritage in one guide, so let this be a starting point. Here are 27 places essential to the storied history of New Orleans’s dining, from roadside po’ boy shops to white tablecloth fine-dining.
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