Best Food in New Orleans

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1. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2006 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

CNN just put out a list of the places they consider the best to eat at in New Orleans.

Eight of the best according to them:

1. Dooky Chase's--also known as one of the places where the civil right's movement started (go see US Presidents here)
2. Emeril's New Orleans--one of the three of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants on this list. You'll find Cajun and Creole here.
3. Herbsaint--Donald Link has already won two James Beard awards as one to the top chefs in the country. He used to cook with Paul Prudhomme at K-Paul's.
4. Compere Lapin--with chef Nina Compton, the former winner of one of the "Top Chef" contests put on by Bravo TV--the show is now in its ninth season--chef is
5. Cochon--another restaurant owed by Donald Link (see above)
6. Emeril's Delmonico--this is Emeril's steak place in New Orleans.
7. Peche Seafood--the 3rd of Donald Link's places on the list--obviously, seafood is the star here.
8. Meril-named after Emeril's daughter. This place features a mixture of food from both New Orleans and the Caribbean and even some Mexican influence.


2. Posted by cjohnv (Budding Member 8 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

I lived in New Orleans in college and, while I'm sure these places are great, part of me had to resist this list, as I'm offended at any list that doesn't include Galatoire's. This list seems to assume New Orleans cuisine didn't exist until Emeril and Donald Link showed up. I'd imagine it was put out by a publicist who happens to represent a group of food celebrities.

In the experience I had, the two best meals I've ever had in my entire life were both at Galatoire's, and the third best in my life was at Commander's Palace.

The rest of my top restaurants were Antoine's, Gautreau's, The Rum House on Magazine, the pecan pie at the Joint, the softshell crab at Clancy's, Willie's Scotch House's chicken, and the Vietnamese poboy places on the west bank, and the best hangover food was at Camillia Grill.

Again, not saying your list is wrong, there are plenty of great places to eat in New Orleans, it's just that in my experience, I've found that the world of prestige food is often over hyped.