Creole Crescent

Welcome to the land of stiff drinks, celebrity chefs and locals who lift dining to an art form.

New Orleans’ cuisine is like no other. Since the city’s founding three centuries ago, French, Spanish, Caribbean and African influences – and actually, many more – have had a hand in creating the iconic dishes associated with the Big Easy. There’s no such thing as too many cooks in this multicultural kitchen.

Start your journey in this cosmopolitan center, home of the Sazerac cocktail, Oysters Rockefeller, and Bananas Foster. There are so many icons of the New Orleans restaurant scene, including the 100-plus-year-old Commander's Palace, a beloved favorite of locals and out-of-towners because of chef Tory McPhail's Creole cooking and their 25-cent martinis. The city's location means delicious Gulf seafood is a menu staple. At Pascal's Manale, folks line up for the barbecued shrimp, while at Drago's the charbroiled oysters earn rave reviews. There are plenty of newcomers to the restaurant scene who are worthy of a visit as well, such as Dominique's on Magazine. Chef Dominique Macquet presents French cuisine with ingredients sourced within 100 miles of New Orleans. And you can't leave the city without sampling a signature sandwich. Two great choices are a po-boy from Mahony's Po-Boy Shop and a muffuletta from Central Grocery.

Next, make your way to Jefferson Parish for their brand-new Oyster Trail. Many of their local chefs are dishing up special oyster creations, including the scrumptious baked oysters Radosta at Andrea's Restaurant in Metairie. Take time to also explore nearby suburbs like the St. Bernard area nestled along the Gulf Coast where the Spanish culture of the Isleños is celebrated and fresh-caught seafood dishes are served up with Creole and Spanish flair. Seeking some made-from-scratch comfort food? Make a beeline for Rocky and Carlo's in Chalmette. Order their macaroni and cheese and you'll find yourself still talking about it weeks later.

As you explore this trail you’ll find more than good meals. Come and see for yourself why this region and its people have earned a place in the hearts of many.

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    3054 St. Claude Ave. New Orleans, LA 70117
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    1300 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located on the famed St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, Delmonico, the legendary, century-old institution, is an icon in the restaurant industry and as been a cornerstone of traditional Creole...
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    736 Dante St. New Orleans, LA 70118
    On the river, this small restaurant offers a varied menu of soup, salads seafood, and many other entrees with a New Orleans twist. Their Saturday and Sunday brunch menu adds something different to...
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    7808 Maple St. New Orleans, LA 70118
    New Orleans' only Tunisian restaurant often gains customers by offering samples of crawfish, zucchini and spinach bisque. Located along a strip of charming restaurants and shops near Tulane and...
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    519 Toulouse St. New Orleans, LA 70130
    Ralph & Kacoo's first opened their doors for business in 1969 on a marshy bend of the old Mississippi called False River. It instantly became a popular place for locals as well as visitors to the...
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    3121 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70115
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    3600 St Claude Ave New Orleans, LA 70117
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    5538 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70115
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    3322 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70115
    This diner offers breakfast all day. Eggs can be smothered with chili, bacon, hash browns and cheese, or for Vegans, tofu can be covered with veggie chili, hash browns and smoked tempeh. There's...
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