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New Orleans' 'Try Before You Die' Restaurants, Mapped

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What, exactly, is a 'try before you die' restaurant? At its most basic, it's a restaurant that you feel you absolutely must try at least once in your lifetime. (Duh.) This means it's exceptional, going above and beyond favorite restaurant status such that?ugh!?one of these days you're going to have to get there.

A week and a half ago, Eater asked readers this question: What are those "try before you die" restaurants for New Orleans? The answers were all over the board, ranging from the old-line institutions to innovative new players to neighborhood joints. (One interesting note to come out of this: most of the biggest vote-getters were in the Quarter, which says something about something.) After parsing down the dozens of recommendations to find the 12 most iconic and most exceptionally exceptional restaurants, here is Eater NOLA's first reader-generated map, a guide to those restaurants that everyone must try at least once.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Galatoire's

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209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-2021
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2. Commander's Palace

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1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-8221
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3. Bayona

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430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-4455
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4. Antoine's

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513 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-8045
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5. Gautreau's

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1728 Soniat St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-7397
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6. Root

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200 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 252-9480
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7. Stella

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1032 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 587-0091
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8. Dooky Chase

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

9. Casamento's

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4330 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-9761
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10. Boucherie

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8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-5514
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11. Herbsaint

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701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-4114
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12. Willie Mae's Scotch House

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2401 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-9503

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1. Galatoire's

209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70112
209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70112

2. Commander's Palace

1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

3. Bayona

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112

4. Antoine's

513 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
513 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Gautreau's

1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115
1728 Soniat St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Root

200 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130
200 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Stella

1032 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116
1032 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Dooky Chase

2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Casamento's

4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
4330 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Boucherie

8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118

11. Herbsaint

701 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Willie Mae's Scotch House

2401 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119
2401 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119

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