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Top 10 New Orleans Restaurants

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New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin. - Mark Twain

If spending a week indulging in mouth-watering cuisine to the point of gluttony is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. Our time recently spent in New Orleans was not without the effort of continuously consuming the local fare, from fine dining to popular ma-and-pa eateries you can find throughout the entire city. Now that we can finally button our pants and sit down to type, here are our picks – in no order – of the top ten restaurants in New Orleans.

Maypop

We start off with the newest (opened in December 2016) restaurant by Chef Michael Gulotta, TravisMathew’s Life On Tour subject this month. Gulotta’s passion for flavor resides in Southeast Asia and it comes to life at Maypop with dishes like hand pulled noodles with blue crab and pork sausage and the crispy fried oysters with bourbon barrel soy aioli. We can’t recommend enough Maypop’s Bangkok Mule cocktail; it’s their take on the Moscow Mule, infused with lemongrass, ginger and lime.

Turkey and The Wolf

Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? At Turkey and The Wolf, you can expect GREAT sandwiches (and more) thanks to the mind of chef and owner Mason Hereford. Much like his tattoos, killer mustache and infectious spirit, the menu is fun and outrageous. The rotating options of inventive sandwiches lead to Turkey and The Wolf being named “America’s Best New Restaurant” in 2017.

Charlie’s Steakhouse

Opened in 1932, Charlie’s is the oldest steakhouse in New Orleans. In risk of closing post-Katrina, the restaurant has taken on a new life since it’s re-opening. The menu (which is not printed) is simple: filet, rib eye, t-bone or strip. Pick your amazing sides – we recommend the enormous pile of onion rings – and enjoy a bit of NOLA culinary history.

La Petite Grocery

Chef Justin Devillier may have been raised in Dana Point, CA, a mere 30 miles from TravisMathew headquarters, but he knows his New Orleans cuisine. Devillier is a modern chef, known for his gastronomic skills and starring in Food Network’s “Top Chef,” brings a creative spin to local classics. The blue crab beignets with turtle Bolognese is as ambitious as it is delicious.

MoPho

Chef Gulotta’s more casual eatery can be found in a neighborhood strip mall near City Park, but don’t let that fool you. Featuring the best wings we’ve ever had, MoPho provides what Gulotta calls “authentic and real” Southeastern Asian cuisine. From giant bowls of pho to regional take on the Som Tam salad, make sure you spend some time at MoPho on your next New Orleans trip.

Emeril’s New Orleans

When you think New Orleans cuisine, how can you not think of world-renown Chef Emeril Lagasse and his trademark “BAM!” flair? From its in-house boudin sausage to mouth-watering barbecue shrimp, Emeril’s provides some of the best classical regional flavors in all of Louisiana.

Arnaud’s

Celebrating it’s 100th year of operation, this fine dining establishment is a must for any foodie visiting the Crescent City. The largest restaurant in New Orleans, Arnaud’s has fourteen (!) private dining rooms and six different menus, including a Sunday Brunch and Jazz menu. Live music just as important to Arnaud’s as it is to the city itself, so if a classy joint providing jazz and Creole flavors is your think – and it should – then a trip to this institution is a must.

Freret Beer Room

We’re fans of really good food and really good beer and you can find both at Freret’s. Yes, there’s a bar boasting endless options, but there’s no greasy, boring bar food here. Options like grilled broccoli and smoked Gulf fish and a pork shank served with sweet red pepper relish make this fun spot one of the hidden gems in a city filled with amazing dining options.

Toups’ Meatery

The best of contemporary Cajun can be found at Chef Isaac Toups award-winning NOLA spot. The Toups family has been in Louisiana for over 300 years and Chef Isaac shows off centuries of Cajun knowledge with meat-laden plates like lamb neck, double-cut pork chop and wagyu beef. This spot is a can’t-miss but just make sure you go in with an empty stomach.

Commander’s Palace

Located in the Garden District since 1893, this is one of the most well-known and highly-regarded fine dining establishments in the entire country. You could credit Commander’s with inventing the “jazz brunch” and is an intuition for Creole cuisine. Full of charm and nameless culinary options, the Victorian-era mansion-turned-restaurant deserves your time the next time you make it out to New Orleans.

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