The 25 Classic Restaurants Every New Orleanian Must Try

By Gwendolyn Knapp | New Orleans Eater

As Eater's first ever Classics Week kicks off, here now we present the 25 Classic restaurants every New Orleanian must try once. Yes, the Crescent City is a town full of classics, and it's nearly impossible to capture the true essence of its dining landscape and heritage in a scant 25 places alone. So let this be a starting point, the places most locals will agree are essential to the storied history of New Orleans' dining.

Please keep in mind, these are restaurants in Orleans Parish. Because the Greater New Orleans area has so many classics, check back for the best of Jefferson Parish and elsewhere later this week (including Drago's, Mosca's, Andrea's and many more).

Also, just to give everyone a taste of the classics that still abound, here are twenty more imperative classics to try. An honor roll, if you will: Liuzza's By The Track, Liuzza's, Mr. B's Bistro, Venezia, Morning Call, Bon Ton Cafe, Ye Olde College Inn, Upperline, Court of Two Sisters, Rib Room, Emeril's Delmonico, Johnny's Po Boys, Brigtsen's, Ruth's Chris, Charlie's Steakhouse, Crescent City Steakhouse, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Dong Phuong, Mother's, Bud's Broiler. [...]


This grande dame with a stunning courtyard got a huge multi-million dollar revamp in 2013, including the Empire Bar manned by legendary bartender Paul Gustings. The kitchen was recently taken over by chef Neil Swidler, who will likely add more innovative new twists on the traditional French and Creole cuisine.

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