New Orleans is all about flavor. The people, the music, the parades, and the history in NOLA are anything but bland -- and neither is the food. Here are seven of the best restaurants in New Orleans, and the dishes you have to taste to believe.
French-Creole classics and a nearly religious devotion to local seafood powers the menu at Clancy's.
Food delight: Veal chop with roasted tomato and herb demiglaze
Cochon's chefs focus on the most important characteristics of Cajun food: seasonality, terroir and powerhouse flavor.
Food delight: Cane syrup glazed pork cheeks with mushrooms and roasted corn grits
3. Commander's Place
Dubbed "Haute Creole" by critics and fans, Commander's Place has a much friendlier atmosphere than you'd guess from its title.
Food delight: Cochon de Lait Po Boy with forever braised shoulder of pork with crispy onions, autumn mushrooms, pecan pesto grilled French bread and sticky pig trotter
Blending flavors from Memphis and Saigon to Napa Valley and Tel Aviv, the dining at Coquette has the feel of multiple restaurants all in one.
Food delight: Black mission figs with raw cheddar, Marconi's, honeycomb
If you thought Italian food had no place in NOLA, think again. Domenica's traditional style pizza is enough to blow the socks off Julia Child.
Food delight: Pizza Margherita
This American-style upscale restaurant will make you proud to come from the land of burgers and hot dogs (though you won't find any of those on this exquisite menu).
Food delight: Citrus poached shrimp with heirloom tomatoes and horseradish creme fraiche
The renowned chefs at Herbsaint effortlessly splice Louisiana ingredients and dishes with the French bistro and Italian trattoria canons.
Food delight: Lamb and mushroom lasagna