French Quarter Dining Featured Stories

The Brennan Family: A Luscious Legacy

By: Ian McNulty Top to Bottom: Brennan's Restaurant; Bacco Restaurant; Palace Cafe; Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse; Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House New Orleans is famous for its Creole interpretation of French cuisine, but one of the most famous names in the New Orleans culinary scene...Read More

Cigars and the Good Life in New Orleans

By: Ian McNulty Cigars may not be native to Louisiana, but they have certainly taken firm root in the city's celebrated culture of indulgence. The traditional finale to a rich meal, the cigar is also used to mark an important event such as the birth of a child or the completion of a big...Read More

Crossing Esplanade: French Quarter’s Neighbor Is a Bustling Bohemian Scene

By: Ian McNulty Top to Bottom: Holy Smokes Cafe, Hand-rolled cigars from New Orleans Cigar Factory, Cigar Rolling Demonstration at Cigar Factory, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. Cigars may not be native to Louisiana, but they have certainly taken firm root in the city's celebrated...Read More

New Orleans Pralines, Sweet Southern Confections

By: Ian McNulty New Orleans Pralines, photo courtesy of Southern Candymakers on Facebook Mr. Clark - A New Orleans Praline Landmark When the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar comes to its rattling, end-of-the-line halt at the edge of the French Quarter, visitors step out of...Read More

Style, Flavor and History:  Exploring the “Grande Dames” of Creole Dining

By: Ian McNulty Top to Bottom: Galatoire's, Antoine's & Brennan's Restaurants Only in New Orleans - and perhaps only at Galatoire's Restaurant (209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021) - would people greet with apprehension the news that soon they would no longer need to stand in line on...Read More

Edible Homework: Cooking Schools Share the New Orleans Culinary Experience

By: Ian McNulty Visitors who think a clutch of plastic beads, a hurricane glass and an obscene T-shirt are the best they can bring back home from a trip to New Orleans clearly haven’t experienced one of the city’s distinctive cooking schools. Anne Gormly has, and after a lunchtime class...Read More

Seasoned with Celebrity – Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse and Susan Spicer

By: Ian McNulty Top to Bottom: K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen; Chef Paul Prudhomme; Chef Susan Spicer; Bayona Restaurant; Emeril Lagasse's NOLA Restaurant. For the past century, the musicians of New Orleans have used instruments, concert halls and recordings to tell the world about the...Read More

The Team Effort that Builds a Great New Orleans Meal

By: Ian McNulty Delicious Culinary Team Creations Food-lovers from casual tourists to cultural scholars have long been fascinated by the long and winding road that is New Orleans’ distinctive culinary heritage, with its rich traditions and polyglot influences. But when it comes to...Read More

Cajun, Creole or Somewhere In Between?

By: Ian McNulty Visitors can be forgiven for some confusion over the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisines. After all, many life-long New Orleanians have trouble articulating just what separates one from the other, while national chain restaurants have long obscured the distinction...Read More

New Orleans’ Po-Boy Is A Rich Food Tradition

By: Ian McNulty The name for New Orleans' most famous sandwich, the po-boy, harkens back to its humble, scrappy origins. That heritage must have given the po-boy some special resilience because, as New Orleans rebuilt from Hurricane Katrina, po-boys were one of the most prevalent of local...Read More

Best Kept Secrets for Eating Cheap and Eating Well in the Quarter

By: Renee Kientz New Orleans is known for its food and the French Quarter, in particular, has long been home to many of the city's finest and most high-end eateries. You can expect to experience quintessential New Orleans fare at places like Antoines, Brennan's, Galatoire's and others, and every...Read More

By: Staff Raising the Restored Presbytere Cupola Most people gaze upon the beautiful panorama of Jackson Square and observe the symmetrical layout of the buildings. The Presbytere and the Cabildo flank St. Louis Cathedral like mirror images. Yet, astute observers will...

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Photo courtesy of 13 Monaghan on Facebook Crawfish boils, alligator boudin balls, deep-fried frogs’ legs—if there’s a swamp creature that swims, flies or skitters, chances are a Louisianan has turned it into something delicious. That ingenuity put New Orleans on the culinary map—but...

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French Quarter Dining Alfresco

Photo Courtesy of Louisiana Pizza Kitchen on Facebook Despite its steamy reputation, the weather in New Orleans for most of the year is actually quite mild and pleasant. Winter days and summer nights and mornings often feel just as spring-like as an April afternoon. With this abundance of...

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Diet Another Day: New Orleans Must Eats in the French Quarter

New Orleans talks its own language when it comes to food, and it talks often. But it’s easy enough for visitors to join the conversation once they’ve tried a few of the classics. Below, we explain some of the “must eats” that are essential to the New Orleans food experience and...

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The French Quarter is truly a 24-hour neighborhood where “making a night of it” can easily mean greeting the daybreak in last night’s clothes. But even the most spirited reveler must eat, if only to keep up stamina. Fortunately, late-night Quarter restaurants offer a wide variety of...

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By: Ian McNulty When most bread goes stale it gets tossed in the trash or fed to the birds. But for some lucky loaves, going stale is just the beginning of a transformation into bread pudding-the ambrosial dessert that is a mainstay finale at Creole restaurants across New...

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The Best Barbecue in New Orleans

Photo courtesy of McClure's Barbecue on Facebook Barbecue is probably the most famous sub-genre of Southern cooking, and New Orleans is the best food city in the South (if not the country), but ironically, our city isn’t known as a traditional barbecue stronghold. Our cuisine has always...

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By: Ian McNulty Sazerac courtesy of The Bombay Club If a traditional French Quarter breakfast can end with a dessert, maybe it’s not so surprising that it can also begin with a cocktail. Indeed, at Brennan’s Restaurant (417 Royal St., 504-525-9711), the lavish and almost canonized...

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By: Ian McNulty Quintessential New Orleans Coffee Culture: The Café du Monde History-seekers can find a handful of monuments and memorials to the Civil War around New Orleans’ parks, museums and public spaces, but to experience one enduring local legacy of the conflict you need only...

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Where to Score the Best Crawfish in New Orleans

Spring means crawfish season in New Orleans, and that means picking the best spot to enjoy an old fashioned boil. This list far from exhaustive – in fact it’s more like a drop in the bucket, and that’s a good thing. We’re lucky enough to live in a place where boils happen in bars,...

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Reveillon Dinners: Awakening the Holiday Spirit One Feast at a Time

By: Ian McNulty Every Reveillon dinner is a feast to reawaken the senses and celebrate the joys of the season It's hard to picture a city that takes culinary tradition more seriously than New Orleans, where old Creole dining customs and iconic dishes contribute so much to the distinctive...

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