The 8 Best New Restaurants in New Orleans
By Scott Gold | thrillist.com
Mardi Gras may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to have fat Tuesdays (and Wednesdays, and Thursdays... you see where this is going), thanks to the slew of awesome new openings New Orleans has seen over the last few months -- so we took the liberty of lining up the best ones right here. [...]
Another Big Easy legend reborn from its own ashes, the legendary Grande Dame restaurant sports not only a million-dollar restoration -- that’s seven figures to bring this baby back -- you’ll also find the always delightfully grumpy master mixologist Paul Gustings behind the bar. To eat? Oh, only a crab-stuffed rack of lamb, or perhaps a mushroom-dusted ostrich fillet. Pro-tip: hit the astonishing courtyard between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, when the weather’s good and most of the tourists are still in Cleveland or wherever.
If you don’t recognize Chef Sue Zemanick from heading up the kitchen at the ever-popular Gautreau’s, it might be from her stints on Top Chef Masters and other TV spots. But there’s no diva to this cook; it’s all about the food (crab claws in truffle butter, steak & tuna tartates, etc.). Ivy, Zemanick’s second venture, couldn’t be a more perfect little spot for wine, cocktails, and nicely executed small plates. Basically, it’s romantic as hell.
Noodle & Pie
Pho is the reigning Asian noodle soup in NOLA and has been for years, but that didn’t stop Eman Loubier and his Dante’s Kitchen crew from opening up this bastion of hand-pulled noodles, masterful shio, miso, and pork bone broths, and other traditional Japanese fare with a playful twist. Also, pies made from scratch with hog lard. Don’t ask. Just eat it.
A resoundingly popular steakhouse comes to NOLA from... Israel? That’s right. Doris started in 2003 in The Holy Land, then expanded interestingly to Santa Ana, CA, Costa Rica, and now the Crescent City. Doris may be literally all over the map, but her attention to good meat isn’t. Steaks and chops here are a cut above many other meat shops in town, particularly with their dry-aging. It’s hard to get a reservation, and it’s expensive, but it’s worth it.
Fire House Burgers
Wait a second, are you telling me that Drago’s, home of the original charbroiled oyster swimming in garlic butter and topped with glorious melted cheese, has opened ahamburger joint? What, do they put butter-garlic sauce on their patties or something? Actually... yes. Yes, they do. And you know you friggin' want it in your face, so just do it already.
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