New Orleans is more than just a city. She hosts an array of sights, sounds, flavors and spices for those with yearning taste buds. And she never disappoints. Some restaurants are better than others, but I’ve never heard of anyone complaining about the food.
Long associated with delectable food and drink, New Orleans is a place where millions return so they can get their crawfish etouffee fix, purchase hot sauces not available anywhere else, or enjoy beignets and café au lait.
While there are more fantastic restaurants than I can possibly list, below are some of my favorites. Each one is a different price range, so you can budget your trip and dining excursions accordingly.
Casual and Affordable:
Café du Monde – popular place for beignets and coffee in the French Quarter. This is a tourist must-see. Go early, there are often long lines. Tip: You can get your order to go and it’s quicker.
Morning Call – less crowded than Café du Monde with the same menu. This is where the locals go, whereas tourists go to Café du Monde. There are several locations around the city.
Zea’s Rotisserie & Grill – Great place for lunch or dinner, at less than $15 per person. Best Red Beans & Rice on the planet!! Be sure to order sides of Red Beans & Rice and the Corn Roasted Grits. Both are heavenly! Zea’s also serves gourmet salads, rotisserie dishes, and seafood. Anything you could possibly want, all for a reasonable price. There are locations throughout the city.
On the Pricier Side:
Crescent City Brewhouse – located right near Jackson Square. This is an ideal seafood, hamburger, salad, whatever you want restaurant that also serves homemade brews. It’s close proximity to many sightseeing things in the French Quarter, and the atmosphere is nice and laid back. Website is http://www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com/
Tujague’s – located near Jackson Square in the French Quarter. On the pricier side,but one of my favorite restaurants. Great for special occasion dinners, not to mention the place is the 2nd oldest restaurant in New Orleans. Seafood, cocktails, crawfish etouffee to die for. Website is http://www.tujaguesrestaurant.com/
Tujaque’s marquee Crawfish Etouffee
Elaine Calloway grew up in New Orleans and can still do a decent Cajun accent on request. She writes paranormal romance and fantasy, setting these stories in iconic cities such as New Orleans. Book One of her Elemental Series will be out on 2/1/2013. Visit her website, www.elainecalloway.com, for more information.