20 Iconic New Orleans Restaurants

We love New Orleans so much that it’s the city we’ll likely live in when and if we return to the United States for a long term stay.

This is a city were it’s possible to taste centuries of skillful sauce making and cooking precision, even at modern restaurants like Mopho.

We share our picks for the best restaurants in New Orleans for first-time visitors.

Commander's Palace


Open since 1893 and located in the Garden District, Commander’s Palace is the grande dame of the New Orleans dining scene and the jewel in the Brennan family crown.

Brennan’s Restaurant

Open since 1946 on Royal Street, they have a rich history that dates back to a bygone era before celebrity chefs, gastropubs, small plate menus and online reservation systems.


Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Willie Mae’s Scotch House is serving up the most famous fried chicken in New Orleans, if not the country.


Café du Monde

Frying beignets since 1862, Café Du Monde is a legend that lives up to its reputation as one of the best breakfasts in New Orleans.


Parkway Bakery and Tavern

Parkway Bakery & Tavern is located slightly off the beaten track. However, it’s worth the extra effort to travel to this Mid-City institution by cab, uber or streetcar.


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