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New Orleans' Iconic Meat Dishes, With Reader Favorites

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Meat, glorious meat. One really can't dine in New Orleans without finding it prominently featured on the menu. From fried chicken to turtle soup, our city has so much in the way of iconic meat dishes, it is incredibly difficult to narrow down the icons to just twenty. Here now, Eater presents 20 iconic meat dishes in New Orleans that most everyone will agree are absolutely legendary and worth a try.

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A Lucky Dog

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According to their website, the most Lucky Dogs a person has ever eaten at one time: an "Unidentified French Quarter policeman ate 32, Mardi Gras 1998." Oh, the horror.

Willie Mae's Fried Chicken

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Widely regarded as the best fried chicken in the country. [Photo: Yelp/Susan H.]

Turtle Soup at Commander's Palace

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The landmark Garden District restaurant practically wrote the book on turtle soup au sherry.

Tujague's Brisket

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Also available in po' boy form, this French Quarter institution's delicious boiled brisket becomes icon level when the spicy remoulade is added.

Praline Bacon at Elizabeth's

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One part bacon. One part praline. 100% amazing. [Photo: Yelp/Alex G.]

Burger at Port of Call

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The burger is gigantic, gooey, obviously bad for you and best when paired with a baked potato and a Monsoon. [Photo: Yelp/Stephanie E. ]

Foie Gras 3 Ways at August

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If you're a fan of foie gras, the three way will get you everytime. Especially impressive: the Baumkuchen, a variation on a layered German cake with foie pumped in between the layers.

Dooky Chase's Chicken Creole

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Fried chicken. Chicken Creole. Pork chops. Gumbo. There's not a meat dish on the menu that isn't iconic at this Treme institution, actually. [Photo: Yelp/Nino M.]

Hot Tamale from Mamita's

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Hot tamales are the street food of Nola's iconic meat dishes, and Mamita's relies on a recipe from over 90 years ago, that goes generations back to one of the original tamale-makers in New Orleans. $12/dozen. Find their schedule on Facebook.

Filet at Mr. John's Steakhouse

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Considered by many to be New Orleans' finest steakhouse, here you'll find great cuts of meat, seasoned lightly and cooked to perfection in the restaurant's Montague broiler.

Gator Cheesecake at Jacques-Imo's

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It's rich, unique, and a New Orleans' favorite. But don't forget about the fried chicken and Chicken Pontalba too, a dish that originated at Brennan's, named for the Baroness Micaela Pontalba.

Chicken Livers at Praline Connection

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This soul food haunt serves up the best of meaty wonders, from chicken livers to a hefty pork chop and collards.

Muffuletta at Central Grocery

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Italian meats at their finest, topped with olive salad and provolone. Best eaten on the river or French Market.

Coop's Taste Plate

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This dish offers the best Coop's has to offer: fried chicken, meaty red beans and rabbit and sausage jambalaya.

Parasol's Roast Beef Po' Boy

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Slow cooked roast beef in gravy. Best accompanied by a bottle of Amber.

Fried Rabbit/Grillades at Patois

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When it comes to iconic meat dishes that encompass all that is amazing in Louisiana, chef Aaron Burgau and team do not disappoint. Brunch means Fried rabbits with biscuits and gravy and grillades and grits. Dinner is occupied with sweetbreads, pork chops, roasted duck, and more.

Cochon Butcher's Charcuterie

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Boudin. Tasso. Andouille. Duck Pastrami. Head Cheese. If you're looking for a taste of impeccable housemade meats, in the Cajun tradition, this is the place to go. Get a charcuterie board, and bring some meat home to cook with.

Barbecue at The Joint

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Open since 2004, The Joint helped make Bywater a dining destination with their amazing brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chaurice and a laid-back vibe. It's New Orleans' barbecue at its best.

Pho Nam Bo Vien at Pho Tau Bay

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Try this meat-dream for lunch: Brisket and meatball pho, pork and shrimp spring rolls and a pate and pork banh mi.

Gene's Hot Sausage Po' Boy

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There can only be one hot sausage po' boy on the icons map, and due to its overwhelming popularity, that would be Gene's.

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A Lucky Dog

According to their website, the most Lucky Dogs a person has ever eaten at one time: an "Unidentified French Quarter policeman ate 32, Mardi Gras 1998." Oh, the horror.

Willie Mae's Fried Chicken

Widely regarded as the best fried chicken in the country. [Photo: Yelp/Susan H.]

Turtle Soup at Commander's Palace

The landmark Garden District restaurant practically wrote the book on turtle soup au sherry.

Tujague's Brisket

Also available in po' boy form, this French Quarter institution's delicious boiled brisket becomes icon level when the spicy remoulade is added.

Praline Bacon at Elizabeth's

One part bacon. One part praline. 100% amazing. [Photo: Yelp/Alex G.]

Burger at Port of Call

The burger is gigantic, gooey, obviously bad for you and best when paired with a baked potato and a Monsoon. [Photo: Yelp/Stephanie E. ]

Foie Gras 3 Ways at August

If you're a fan of foie gras, the three way will get you everytime. Especially impressive: the Baumkuchen, a variation on a layered German cake with foie pumped in between the layers.

Dooky Chase's Chicken Creole

Fried chicken. Chicken Creole. Pork chops. Gumbo. There's not a meat dish on the menu that isn't iconic at this Treme institution, actually. [Photo: Yelp/Nino M.]

Hot Tamale from Mamita's

Hot tamales are the street food of Nola's iconic meat dishes, and Mamita's relies on a recipe from over 90 years ago, that goes generations back to one of the original tamale-makers in New Orleans. $12/dozen. Find their schedule on Facebook.

Filet at Mr. John's Steakhouse

Considered by many to be New Orleans' finest steakhouse, here you'll find great cuts of meat, seasoned lightly and cooked to perfection in the restaurant's Montague broiler.

Gator Cheesecake at Jacques-Imo's

It's rich, unique, and a New Orleans' favorite. But don't forget about the fried chicken and Chicken Pontalba too, a dish that originated at Brennan's, named for the Baroness Micaela Pontalba.

Chicken Livers at Praline Connection

This soul food haunt serves up the best of meaty wonders, from chicken livers to a hefty pork chop and collards.

Muffuletta at Central Grocery

Italian meats at their finest, topped with olive salad and provolone. Best eaten on the river or French Market.

Coop's Taste Plate

This dish offers the best Coop's has to offer: fried chicken, meaty red beans and rabbit and sausage jambalaya.

Parasol's Roast Beef Po' Boy

Slow cooked roast beef in gravy. Best accompanied by a bottle of Amber.

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Fried Rabbit/Grillades at Patois

When it comes to iconic meat dishes that encompass all that is amazing in Louisiana, chef Aaron Burgau and team do not disappoint. Brunch means Fried rabbits with biscuits and gravy and grillades and grits. Dinner is occupied with sweetbreads, pork chops, roasted duck, and more.

Cochon Butcher's Charcuterie

Boudin. Tasso. Andouille. Duck Pastrami. Head Cheese. If you're looking for a taste of impeccable housemade meats, in the Cajun tradition, this is the place to go. Get a charcuterie board, and bring some meat home to cook with.

Barbecue at The Joint

Open since 2004, The Joint helped make Bywater a dining destination with their amazing brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chaurice and a laid-back vibe. It's New Orleans' barbecue at its best.

Pho Nam Bo Vien at Pho Tau Bay

Try this meat-dream for lunch: Brisket and meatball pho, pork and shrimp spring rolls and a pate and pork banh mi.

Gene's Hot Sausage Po' Boy

There can only be one hot sausage po' boy on the icons map, and due to its overwhelming popularity, that would be Gene's.

Related Maps