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    Galatoire's

    • $$$
    • French Quarter
    Galatoire's Restaurant
    Established in 1905, Bourbon Steet fixture Galatoire's is all about re-creating old-timey antebellum New Orleans ambiance through classic French Creole cuisine. Jackets are required dress code when dining at this high-end traditional establishment. However, you won't feel overdressed; the waiters are all suited in tuxedos. With more than 2,000 square feet of luxurious space, Galatoire's has three floors: the first being the main dining room, the second (able to accommodate over 250 people) meant for larger special events, and the third is home to a smaller private dining area.
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      Established in 1905, Bourbon Steet fixture Galatoire's is all about re-creating old-timey antebellum New Orleans ambiance through classic French Creole cuisine. Jackets are required dress code when dining at this high-end traditional establishment. However, you won't feel overdressed; the waiters are all suited in tuxedos. With more than 2,000 square feet of luxurious space, Galatoire's has three floors: the first being the main dining room, the second (able to accommodate over 250 people) meant for larger special events, and the third is home to a smaller private dining area.
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      • Wine
      • Lunch
  • 02
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    This notable New Orleans spot offers refined Creole fare in a historic setting. The Garden District landmark has been around since 1893 and has since won six James Beard Foundation awards, in part due to its seamless execution of its "dirt to plate within 100 miles" policy, which strives for 90% of ingredients to come from within 100 miles of the back door. Come in for inspired (and environmentally-friendly!) offerings like cypress smoked Muscovy duck and shrimp and pork belly carbonara.
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      This notable New Orleans spot offers refined Creole fare in a historic setting. The Garden District landmark has been around since 1893 and has since won six James Beard Foundation awards, in part due to its seamless execution of its "dirt to plate within 100 miles" policy, which strives for 90% of ingredients to come from within 100 miles of the back door. Come in for inspired (and environmentally-friendly!) offerings like cypress smoked Muscovy duck and shrimp and pork belly carbonara.
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  • 03
    Madina's Restaurants
    This Canal St destination for Italian fare and creole seafood is renowned for its pink building as much as it is for its turtle soup and fried trout. The brick- and wood-accented space enforces a family-friendly atmosphere, and on any given night, you'll see tables packed with multiple generations of cajun lovers indulging on signature oversize portions of fried fish.
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      This Canal St destination for Italian fare and creole seafood is renowned for its pink building as much as it is for its turtle soup and fried trout. The brick- and wood-accented space enforces a family-friendly atmosphere, and on any given night, you'll see tables packed with multiple generations of cajun lovers indulging on signature oversize portions of fried fish.
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    • Known For

      • Seafood
  • 04
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    The fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House is the best in the United States. No joke: it was dubbed such by the Travel Channel and Food Network, and also won the James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region.” Tucked away the Treme neighborhood, the cozy spot features all the accoutrements of a beloved local haunt -- memorabilia mounted throughout, news clippings chronicling the success of the family-owned business (which has been open since 1957), homey environs -- and it’s worth noting that there’s always a line out the door, regardless of weather. It’s a walk-ins only spot, so be prepared to wait -- but the soul food here is so satisfying, and it’s entirely worth it.
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      The fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House is the best in the United States. No joke: it was dubbed such by the Travel Channel and Food Network, and also won the James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region.” Tucked away the Treme neighborhood, the cozy spot features all the accoutrements of a beloved local haunt -- memorabilia mounted throughout, news clippings chronicling the success of the family-owned business (which has been open since 1957), homey environs -- and it’s worth noting that there’s always a line out the door, regardless of weather. It’s a walk-ins only spot, so be prepared to wait -- but the soul food here is so satisfying, and it’s entirely worth it.
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      • Brunch
      • Lunch
  • 05
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    This tavern's located inside a building that was originally constructed around 1772, making it one of the oldest structures in NOLA. The cocktail selection's not bad either.
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    Napoleon House
    As if the beautifully aged, faded walls of this space weren't a giveaway, this family-owned creole spot is a classic New Orleans standby, offering the best muffaletta and Pimm's Cup in the city. Other remarkable dishes include gumbo and jambalaya, which you can enjoy in either the interior courtyard, or the historical bar room, whose Neapolitan portraits and gilded frames add to the classic dining experience.
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      As if the beautifully aged, faded walls of this space weren't a giveaway, this family-owned creole spot is a classic New Orleans standby, offering the best muffaletta and Pimm's Cup in the city. Other remarkable dishes include gumbo and jambalaya, which you can enjoy in either the interior courtyard, or the historical bar room, whose Neapolitan portraits and gilded frames add to the classic dining experience.
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      • American
      • Sandwiches
  • 07

    Tujague's

    • French Quarter
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    Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Tujague's is the second oldest restaurant in NOLA, a fact evidenced by a timeless, extensive old-school menu that focuses around traditional Creole fare. The place also houses one of the most iconic bars in the country, and invented the minty post-dinner Grasshopper cocktail, which is delicious, and contains no actual grasshoppers.
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      Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Tujague's is the second oldest restaurant in NOLA, a fact evidenced by a timeless, extensive old-school menu that focuses around traditional Creole fare. The place also houses one of the most iconic bars in the country, and invented the minty post-dinner Grasshopper cocktail, which is delicious, and contains no actual grasshoppers.
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    • Known For

      • Seafood
  • 08
    SCOTT GOLD
    Dating back to 1806, it’s an old Bourbon St favorite. Famous patrons have included Oscar Wilde, P.T. Barnum, Mark Twain, General Robert E. Lee, Franklin Roosevelt, AND Liza Minnelli. The copper bar is a sight to see. And, yes, they have plenty of absinthe for you.
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      Dating back to 1806, it’s an old Bourbon St favorite. Famous patrons have included Oscar Wilde, P.T. Barnum, Mark Twain, General Robert E. Lee, Franklin Roosevelt, AND Liza Minnelli. The copper bar is a sight to see. And, yes, they have plenty of absinthe for you.
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  • 09
    The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel
    Renowned for teaching Northerners how to drink a gin fizz, The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel recreates old southern charm with elegant wood and pincushion furniture, and has a knack for hand-crafted cocktails. A favorite of Huey P Long, Sazerac still serves its former charismatic governor's old standby, the Ramos Gin Fizz, along with 20 other creative cocktails. The dim lighting and leather upholstery gives this cocktail bar a highly sophisticated atmosphere.
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      Renowned for teaching Northerners how to drink a gin fizz, The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel recreates old southern charm with elegant wood and pincushion furniture, and has a knack for hand-crafted cocktails. A favorite of Huey P Long, Sazerac still serves its former charismatic governor's old standby, the Ramos Gin Fizz, along with 20 other creative cocktails. The dim lighting and leather upholstery gives this cocktail bar a highly sophisticated atmosphere.
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  • 10
    Thrillist
    Latitude 29 in the French Quarter is a Tiki lover's paradise. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s shrine to all things Tiki has proven itself to be a refreshing and enlightened pillar of the NOLA drinks scene due to its large menu of deliciously concocted cocktails. Check out the bar's take on classics like Mai Tai and Zombies, and for something a bit more inventive, go for the Davy Jones' Lager, which is a mix of Antigua gold rum, Japanese beer Curacao, and spiced cane syrup.
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      Latitude 29 in the French Quarter is a Tiki lover's paradise. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s shrine to all things Tiki has proven itself to be a refreshing and enlightened pillar of the NOLA drinks scene due to its large menu of deliciously concocted cocktails. Check out the bar's take on classics like Mai Tai and Zombies, and for something a bit more inventive, go for the Davy Jones' Lager, which is a mix of Antigua gold rum, Japanese beer Curacao, and spiced cane syrup.
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  • 11

    The Avenue Pub

    • Garden District
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    Located in the Lower Garden District, this American craft beer pub is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The tap list is heavy on one-and-done offerings with enough rarities to keep the beer nerds at bay, while the bottle list is about as thick as a small-town phone book, offering up everything from Belgian farmhouses to all-American IPAs, all of which taste considerably better when paired with the famous bechamel and pork Dump Truck Fries.
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      Located in the Lower Garden District, this American craft beer pub is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The tap list is heavy on one-and-done offerings with enough rarities to keep the beer nerds at bay, while the bottle list is about as thick as a small-town phone book, offering up everything from Belgian farmhouses to all-American IPAs, all of which taste considerably better when paired with the famous bechamel and pork Dump Truck Fries.
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    • Known For

      • Whiskey
      • Burgers
      • Sandwiches
  • 12
    Parkway Bakery & Tavern
    No one does po’boys like Parkway, and it’s no surprise: the Mid-City spot has been open since 1911, and the po’boy has been a staple of the menu since 1929. Regardless of whether you’re a local, a passerby, or even President Obama (who makes a point to snag a golden fried shrimp po’boy here when business brings him to the Big Easy), you really can’t go wrong with any of these delicious bad boys, all of which are served on fresh, house-made bread. Pro tip: if you can’t handle the spice level, a booze-loving mint julep will help.
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      No one does po’boys like Parkway, and it’s no surprise: the Mid-City spot has been open since 1911, and the po’boy has been a staple of the menu since 1929. Regardless of whether you’re a local, a passerby, or even President Obama (who makes a point to snag a golden fried shrimp po’boy here when business brings him to the Big Easy), you really can’t go wrong with any of these delicious bad boys, all of which are served on fresh, house-made bread. Pro tip: if you can’t handle the spice level, a booze-loving mint julep will help.
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      • Seafood
  • 13

    Killer Poboys

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    • French Quarter
    Killer Poboys
    Killer Poboys serves high-quality, creative, yet faithful-to-the-core concept po-boys out of the tiny kitchen in the Erin Rose on Conti Street. Head towards the back of Erin's and order standouts such as the BBQ chicken confit, “Black Beer” beef debris, or a chorizo & egg breakfast po-boy at the small (cash only) counter.
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      Killer Poboys serves high-quality, creative, yet faithful-to-the-core concept po-boys out of the tiny kitchen in the Erin Rose on Conti Street. Head towards the back of Erin's and order standouts such as the BBQ chicken confit, “Black Beer” beef debris, or a chorizo & egg breakfast po-boy at the small (cash only) counter.
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    • Known For

      • Sandwiches
  • 14
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    Founded in 1961, PH has established itself as one of the hallmarks of the New Orleans' traditional jazz scene by holding nightly concerts enjoyed by folks of all ages.
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    Hi-Ho Lounge is one of the original venues on arts-centric St. Claude Avenue that regularly features a wide array of local and national jazz, funk, electronic, and indie rock acts. They also have burlesque shows and documentary screenings.
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    This music club features performances by local and regional acts every night of the week, and all tickets are first come, first serve. When you're not nodding your head to some tunes, you can partake in the killer selection of wine, cocktails and draft beers that's available. Or you can do both at the same time, whatever.
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      This music club features performances by local and regional acts every night of the week, and all tickets are first come, first serve. When you're not nodding your head to some tunes, you can partake in the killer selection of wine, cocktails and draft beers that's available. Or you can do both at the same time, whatever.
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    Credit: Snug Harbor
    Looking for some authentic regional grub and some outstanding live jazz tunes? Then look no further than Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro on Frenchman St.
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  1. Galatoire's
  2. Commander's Palace
  3. Mandina's Restaurant
  4. Willie Mae's Scotch House
  5. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
  6. Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
  7. Tujague's
  8. The Old Absinthe House
  9. Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel
  10. Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29
  11. The Avenue Pub
  12. Parkway Bakery & Tavern
  13. Killer Poboys
  14. Preservation Hall
  15. Hi-Ho Lounge
  16. d.b.a.
  17. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro