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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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1. A Lucky Dog

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517 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-6010
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.

2. Willie Mae's Fried Chicken

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2401 Saint Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-9503
Widely regarded as the best fried chicken in the country. [Photo: Yelp/Susan H.]

3. Turtle Soup at Commander's Palace

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1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-8221
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The landmark Garden District restaurant practically wrote the book on turtle soup au sherry.

4. Tujague's Brisket

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823 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-8676
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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.

5. Praline Bacon at Elizabeth's

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601 Gallier St
New Orleans, LA 70117-6217
(504) 944-9272
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One part bacon. One part praline. 100% amazing. [Photo: Yelp/Alex G.]

6. Burger at Port of Call

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838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-0120
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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. ]

7. Foie Gras 3 Ways at August

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301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 299-9777
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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.

8. Dooky Chase's Chicken Creole

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2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119-5025
(504) 821-0600
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.]

9. Hot Tamale from Mamita's

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4846 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
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.

10. Filet at Mr. John's Steakhouse

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2111 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 679-7697
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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.

11. Gator Cheesecake at Jacques-Imo's

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8324 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-0886
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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.

12. Chicken Livers at Praline Connection

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542 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 943-3934
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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.

13. Muffuletta at Central Grocery

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923 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-1620
Italian meats at their finest, topped with olive salad and provolone. Best eaten on the river or French Market.

14. Coop's Taste Plate

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1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-9053
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This dish offers the best Coop's has to offer: fried chicken, meaty red beans and rabbit and sausage jambalaya.

15. Parasol's Roast Beef Po' Boy

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2533 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 302-1543
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Slow cooked roast beef in gravy. Best accompanied by a bottle of Amber.

16. Fried Rabbit/Grillades at Patois

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6078 Laurel St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 895-9441
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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.

17. Cochon Butcher's Charcuterie

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930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-7675
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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.

18. 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.

19. Pho Nam Bo Vien at Pho Tau Bay

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133C Westbank Expwy.
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 368-9846
Try this meat-dream for lunch: Brisket and meatball pho, pork and shrimp spring rolls and a pate and pork banh mi.

20. Gene's Hot Sausage Po' Boy

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2199 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 943-3861
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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1. A Lucky Dog

517 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
517 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Willie Mae's Fried Chicken

2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Widely regarded as the best fried chicken in the country. [Photo: Yelp/Susan H.]
2401 Saint Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Turtle Soup at Commander's Palace

1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
The landmark Garden District restaurant practically wrote the book on turtle soup au sherry.
1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Tujague's Brisket

823 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Also available in po' boy form, this French Quarter institution's delicious boiled brisket becomes icon level when the spicy remoulade is added.
823 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Praline Bacon at Elizabeth's

601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA 70117-6217
One part bacon. One part praline. 100% amazing. [Photo: Yelp/Alex G.]
601 Gallier St
New Orleans, LA 70117-6217

6. Burger at Port of Call

838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
The burger is gigantic, gooey, obviously bad for you and best when paired with a baked potato and a Monsoon. [Photo: Yelp/Stephanie E. ]
838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Foie Gras 3 Ways at August

301 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Dooky Chase's Chicken Creole

2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-5025
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.]
2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119-5025

9. Hot Tamale from Mamita's

4846 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
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.
4846 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Filet at Mr. John's Steakhouse

2111 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
2111 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Gator Cheesecake at Jacques-Imo's

8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
8324 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

12. Chicken Livers at Praline Connection

542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
This soul food haunt serves up the best of meaty wonders, from chicken livers to a hefty pork chop and collards.
542 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

13. Muffuletta at Central Grocery

923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Italian meats at their finest, topped with olive salad and provolone. Best eaten on the river or French Market.
923 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

14. Coop's Taste Plate

1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
This dish offers the best Coop's has to offer: fried chicken, meaty red beans and rabbit and sausage jambalaya.
1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

15. Parasol's Roast Beef Po' Boy

2533 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Slow cooked roast beef in gravy. Best accompanied by a bottle of Amber.
2533 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. Fried Rabbit/Grillades at Patois

6078 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
6078 Laurel St
New Orleans, LA 70118

17. Cochon Butcher's Charcuterie

930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. Barbecue at The Joint

New Orleans, LA
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.

19. Pho Nam Bo Vien at Pho Tau Bay

133C Westbank Expwy., Gretna, LA 70053
Try this meat-dream for lunch: Brisket and meatball pho, pork and shrimp spring rolls and a pate and pork banh mi.
133C Westbank Expwy.
Gretna, LA 70053

20. Gene's Hot Sausage Po' Boy

2199 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122
There can only be one hot sausage po' boy on the icons map, and due to its overwhelming popularity, that would be Gene's.
2199 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

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