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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    City: Jefferson
    4037 Jefferson Hwy. Jefferson, LA 70121
    A full-line bakery. Specialties are King Cakes, Cajun Kringles, Doberge, wedding cake and birthday cakes. Convention work and mail order year-round. We ship overnight air to your door.
    City: New Orleans
    3146 Calhoun St. New Orleans, LA 70125
    City: New Orleans
    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...
    City: New Orleans
    700 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 70130
    City: New Orleans
    440 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 70130
    This historically significant 1700's building, played a role in New Orleans history and today is doing the same with their wonderful contemporary infusion of Cajun-Creole Cuisine with wonderful...
    City: New Orleans
    500 Port of New Orleans Place New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Crazy Lobster - "Home of the Steamed Seafood Bucket" live entertainment nightly, Riverside dining, Char-grilled oysters, cajun food located on Spanish Plaza across from Harrah's casino. Full...
    City: New Orleans
    301 Tchoupitoulas St New Orleans, LA 70130
    Some of August's popular specialties include wild pheasant and rabbit with sage and morel mushrooms, seared bass and shrimp- and lobster-stuffed piquillo peppers. The foie gras appetizer is the...
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    1618 Oretha Castle Haley New Orleans, LA 70113
    Church Alley Coffee Bar serves up freshly roasted, freshly brewed French Truck Coffee every Thursday to Tuesday 8am - 3pm. Drop by for a yoga class as Divine Yoga upstairs and stay for a made just...
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    4338 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70115
    Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar is a Parisian-inspired bistro located in historic Uptown New Orleans, on the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles Avenues. Situated directly on the St. Charles streetcar...
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