Restaurant and Foodie Experiences in New Orleans
Believe the hype: New Orleans’ reputation for being one of America’s top food cities is well-deserved and stronger than ever.
New Orleans' culinary scene is a mix of tradition — found in the numerous Creole restaurants of the French Quarter — and innovation, with flavors of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and beyond complementing the city’s already exotic palate. From culinary tours to farmers markets, New Orleans will have your taste buds singing. New Orleans is the epicenter of the Creole Crescent Culinary Trail.
Top Foodie and Dining Experiences in New Orleans
Longway Tavern opened, with rave reviews soon following, in early 2018. The vibe here mixes classic, romantic French Quarter charm with innovative, progressive cosmopolitan cuisine. Longway Tavern comes from the same team behind Cavan, Sylvain, Meauxbar and Barrel Proof — all thriving restaurants and bars that are at the forefront of New Orleans’ contemporary dining scene — and the food at Longway lives up to the standards of its sister businesses.
Walking into Dooky Chase's Restaurant for a legendary bowl of gumbo means not only epic flavors, but a loving dose of history to go with it. Starting in 1941, the Chase family's simple sandwich shop and bar quickly became a popular meeting spot for musicians, civil rights activists and cultural happenings in New Orleans. Leah Chase transformed the shop into a sit-down restaurant in the mid-40s making it the location for African-American art and Creole cooking in the city. From there the restaurant only became more popular and she became known as the legendary Creole chef Leah Chase serving her signature food until she passed away on June 1, 2019 at 96 years old. The restaurant continues her legacy serving her down-home Creole staples in a vibrant, art-filled space.
Mosquito Supper Club is an experimental restaurant located at 3824 Dryades St. in New Orleans. A culinary glimpse into the cuisine of the Louisiana bayou, their flagship supper club was created to celebrate the bounty of shrimpers, oyster fishermen, crabbers and farmers that define our cuisine. Reservations are required and they are open on Thursday and Friday, September through May.
This is one of New Orleans' favorite new culinary tours ... introducing Confederacy of Cruisers! They are the city's first neighborhood culinary tours. These tours are all on bikes and should be considered more like “eating” tours, rather than tastings. They take guests via a good ol' fashioned bike ride to eateries that are cheap, make ridiculously delicious food, and are well off the average tourist beat…visitors won't forget this unique experience.
The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is a living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. SoFAB also hosts special exhibits, demonstrations, lectures and tastings that showcase the food and drink of the South.
Since 1980, the New Orleans School of Cooking has introduced countless visitors from around the world to the wonderful food and rich culture of Louisiana and New Orleans. Classes are held seven days a week in our beautifully renovated 1830s molasses warehouse, located at 524 St. Louis Street in New Orleans. We teach the basics of Louisiana cooking in a way you'll never forget. Fun is the primary ingredient in our kitchen! Our Cajun/Creole experts teach New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines and season them with history and humor!
As America’s oldest continuously operated open-air market, the French Market is truly a hip and historic culinary landmark. This historic and vibrant market has full-service eateries serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and a variety of fresh produce and seafood, local specialty foods, cheese and wine, sandwiches and salads, and sweets. The French Market is also home to two weekly fresh food farmers markets: Wednesday Crescent City Farmers Market (weekly 1-5pm, October-June) and French Market’s Artisan Saturday Market, full of local food, art and crafts, as well as daily farmers market vendors with fresh local foods.
Enjoy a round trip excursion to Avery Island from New Orleans and back! The trip to Avery Island will include transportation to and from New Orleans, the TABASCO® Factory & Museum tour, the Jungle Gardens tour, and lunch at TABASCO® 1868 Restaurant! Tours will depart from Basin Street Station at 8:30 a.m.
Gumbo is a rich stew made with roux (a mix of flour and oil or butter), meats, veggies and spices, served over rice. This is perhaps the single must-try dish in New Orleans — though it’s only one of many — and if you happen to be in town during the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, you should absolutely order a bowl. This two-day festival celebrates gumbo in its many forms (there’s no single way to make it), and it’s served up alongside some of the hottest brass band performances in New Orleans. What’s a brass band, you ask? It’s a group of musicians using traditional brass and marching band instruments, playing a style of jazz that you won’t likely find anywhere else on Earth.
New Orleans is not all Creole food, though the city’s renowned for it. Just look no further than Shaya, a modern Israeli restaurant known for awesome dishes that won the prestigious James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in 2016.
Emeril Lagasse is culinary royalty in New Orleans, thanks to his numerous cooking shows and books that have brought what’s become known as “new New Orleans” cuisine to the masses. Get a taste of Emeril’s signature style in the city where it all began. His empire includes numerous New Orleans restaurants located in the city’s French Quarter, Garden District and Warehouse District, including Emeril’s Delmonico, NOLA Restaurant and the newest addition, Meril.
Discover so many more culinary must-dos and delectable restaurants in New Orleans and the Creole Crescent Culinary Trail.