Cofounded by two NOLA natives and life-long friends, Blue Oak serves authentic Texas/Alabama style BBQ. The meat is smoked over oak wood, which is how the name came along. In addition to the classic BBQ options, the menu has chicken, homemade smoked sausage, sandwiches, fish tacos and shrimp grilled cheese. Try the Dobbin Lubin, a chopped brisket, house smoked sausage, slaw, picked and BBQ on Brioche.Plus, Chickie Wah Wah has live music almost every night.
Part of the Ralph Brennan empire, this upscale seafood spot in the French Quarter offers terrific happy hour deals on both drinks and oysters, as well as a full, regularly priced menu featuring seafood and Creole favorites.
Dramatic iron sculptures of underwater scenes and dining room curtains that nod to fish nets prepare diners for a culinary seafood experience at GW Fins, where a knowledgeable staff runs a tight, elegant ship (no tanks or shorts are allowed). Chef Michael Nelson crafts eccentric dishes like tacos whose shells are made entirely out of fish skin, but before you dive into your fish fin-ornamented main dish, start with an order of biscuits.