Dining

Bowl Me Over... It's Gumbo Time!

December 15, 2022
Ask any New Orleans native “Who makes the best gumbo?” and most will reply, “My Mama,” or “My Maw-Maw.” And while that’s probably true, you don’t have to look very hard to find a tasty bowl of this distinctly Louisiana dish, which is proudly spooned up in casual and fine dining establishments all over town. The name gumbo is derived from the word “gombo,” which translates to “okra” in many West African languages. Generally, gumbo is a roux-based soup thickened with okra or filé, which is an herbal spice made from dried and ground sassafras leaves.

Shuck Yeah! Finding Your Oyster Pearl

September 06, 2022
Raw, fried, charbroiled, Rockefeller, swimming in soup, nestled in a po-boy or atop a bed of lettuce … New Orleans’ fall-time favorite seafood is a delicious delicacy no matter which way you shuck it. The official season for Louisiana Gulf oysters typically begins just after Labor Day and runs through the end of April (AKA the “R” months) when oyster aficionados believe that they are at their best. However, since the majority of oysters are farm-raised and harvested year-round, these meaty mollusks are spectacular any time of the year.

The Dynamic Duo of Effervescence

September 06, 2022
Since the opening of Effervescence in 2017, Executive Chefs Evan Ingram and Brenna Sanders have worked with great enthusiasm to bring their small plates menu from their travels to the charming sparkling wine lounge and restaurant in the French Quarter. A California native, Evan moved to New Orleans after culinary school in New York. He recently officiated his passion for wine with sommelier credentials. Brenna grew up in Alabama and began her professional cooking career after completing her education at Tulane University.

Chef Milton Prudence

September 06, 2022
Chef Milton Prudence has created a legacy in Southern and Creole cuisine cooking in the Crescent City. As Executive Chef of Annunciation Restaurant, Prudence brings his unique style and taste to every dish, giving diners a true New Orleans dining experience.

Well Seasoned - Culinary Classics Continue to Captivate

June 07, 2022
In the often-fickle restaurant industry, where one day you’re in and the next day you’re out, several iconic restaurants in the Crescent City continue to stand the test of time. Year after year of offering tried and true dishes, exceptional libations and top-notch service in a charming atmosphere, these historical dining institutions have garnered countless accolades and legions of fans. And due to our unwavering affinity for timeless traditions and classic cuisine, these legends remain as prominent and celebrated today as they were decades ago.

Antoine’s Restaurant

In A Pinch: Crazy About Crawfish

March 07, 2022
While folks in many parts of the country anticipate the springtime for its lovely weather, here in southern Louisiana we anxiously await the arrival of spring to usher in the peak of crawfish season. While these mouthwatering mudbugs (which by the way, are the official crustacean of the state of Louisiana) can be found on menus year-round, many restaurants choose to feature them only when they are at their best, typically between March and May.

New and Renewed Restaurants

December 07, 2021
In a city notorious for its food scene, the New Orleans culinary landscape continues to evolve. New restaurants continue to pop up—including several ethnic eateries—while other favorites have undergone a sort of renewal. Despite all of the openings, closings and reinventing that the restaurant industry has recently experienced, one thing holds true: you do not have to look very hard or far to find a delectable dining experience in the Crescent City. Bon Appétit!

Barrilleaux’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
2000 Burgundy St; neworleansburgundyhouse.com

Fall for Al Fresco Dining

September 30, 2021
As the heat and humidity give way to cool, crisp evenings, autumn is the perfect time to dine al fresco in New Orleans. Whether you’re seeking brunch, beignets or burgers, we’re bringing you the best places sip and dine outdoors. From tempting tailgate tidbits to nocturnal noshing, you’re sure to fall for these distinctly Big Easy eateries.

Café Beignet
Multiple Locations; cafebeignet.com

So New Orleans - Casual, Classic, Trendy & Fun!

January 29, 2020
Seductive whiffs of magnolia blooms fill the air, a gentle breeze keeps the humidity at bay, crawfish season is at its savory peak, and the city is abuzz with lively festivals. It’s springtime in the Crescent City and one of our favorite times of the year. As festival season kicks off, we turn our taste buds to more casual cuisine. From a beckoning bowl of richly flavored gumbo to an artfully crafted po-boy, tempting tidbits are boundless. We’ve honed in on a few scrumptious must-have’s that are well worth the indulgence.

Mahony’s Original Po-Boys & Seafood

New Orleans Restaurants Very Brightest Holiday Traditions

November 01, 2019
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the holiday season is all about traditions--something the 300-year old Crescent City has in spades. The dining rooms of century old restaurants get decked out in their holiday finest.

One of the most popular traditions during the month of December are the réveillon meals that emerge from restaurant kitchens. An old Creole tradition, originally réveillon (which comes from réveil, meaning waking) was a long meal hosted in a private home after midnight mass on Christmas Eve that lasted for hours and sometimes into the morning.

Indulge Yourself with a French Quarter Treat! Spotlight on Café Biegnet

November 01, 2019
Beignets (pronounced “BEN-yays”) are the official state doughnut of Louisiana, and for good reason! An iconic French Quarter breakfast or treat brought to Louisiana by the Acadians, locals and visitors love these French-inspired, perfectly-fried “fluffy little pillows” dusted with powdered sugar. Treat yourself special and order some with cafe au lait, which is equal parts strong coffee and warm milk.