Take a visit to New Orleans, and it can be tough to hit all the best restaurants. In a city where the decades-old restaurants mingle with the new kids on the block of lists of suggestions that sound more like required eating, you wouldn’t be hard-pressed to spend a weekend here feeling like you’ve rarely looked up from a menu. Not that this is a bad thing.
But hungry visitors to the city for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game will have one option to sample some of New Orleans’ best without having to navigate traffic or making reservations: The Eckrich Taste of the Championship sponsored by Thrillist -- so you know it's going to be damn good. (Snag your tickets here.)
Before you catch Clemson taking on the LSU Tigers, explore Mardi Gras World with its gorgeous view of the Mississippi River and historic Carnival relics. Then, tuck into tastes and treats from dozens of the city’s best chefs and bartenders the city has to offer. Here’s just a sampling of what to expect from the participating restaurants.
Chef Justin Devillier is fresh off a busy 2019, which saw him launching his debut cookbook, The New Orleans Kitchen, and opening the French Quarter brasserie Justine with his wife and business partner Mia Freiberger-Devillier. Still, there’s no love lost for his Magazine Street home, La Petite Grocery, where he started as a line cook in 2004 before quickly rising to executive chef and taking ownership of the restaurant.
While Mason Hereford’s neighborhood sandwich shop seemed to surprise some for its selection as Bon Appetit’s best new restaurant in 2017 -- including, notably, Hereford himself -- it’s incredibly hard not to love the whimsical, imminently Instagrammable concoctions that come out of its kitchen. From the fried bologna sandwiches to the American cheese-draped tacos inautenticos, edible delights abound.