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Discover the Top Women-Led Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
There’s no better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by paying a visit to one of these great restaurants — all helmed by women as chefs, managers, or owners. From running kitchens to managing multiple venues, these exceptional women are leaving their mark on the hospitality industry.
14 restaurants vital to New Orleans
Together, these old and new restaurants offer a snapshot of the best of New Orleans dining right now.
Where to Drink in New Orleans Right Now
A cold, dark bar is practically a birthright for New Orleanians—especially in the summer. As a respite from the swampy heat, a stellar watering hole is a soothing cave of possibility. Here, amidst old and new friends, is a place for conversation and tall tales, all fueled by a favorite elixir. Whether it features craft cocktails, whiskey neat or a frosty glass of beer, the experience at each of these Crescent City bars is superb.
New Orleans’s Best Outdoor Dining Spots
Outdoor dining spaces have become increasingly popular over the past few years, but New Orleans’s restaurant scene already boasted plenty of al fresco options—in courtyards, patios, and sidewalk spaces. Some restaurants took the opportunity to expand or add to their space, adapting it for a longer season with shade coverings, misters, and heaters. Thankfully, there are more options than ever to enjoy a meal under New Orleans’s sunny or moonlit skies. Here are 12 possibilities, some casual, a few fancy, but each one offering the chance to take a delicious break from the ordinary.
Celebrate your special occasions at these top 13 New Orleans restaurants
New Orleanians tend to mark time by food seasons rather than the standard calendar flip. The hottest months belong to frozen daiquiris and technicolor snoballs. Spring brings families and friends together over spicy spreads of boiled crawfish. In a city that puts food and drink at the center of its life and not just the center of the table, eating and drinking is always a special occasion. When it comes to celebrating a birthday, graduation, or just feeling alive in the Big Easy, the stage is set with buckets of seafood, cocktails shaken and stirred in James Beard Award-winning bars, and grand dining rooms that have hosted generations of milestone events and special occasions. These are the 15 best restaurants to book across the Crescent City for many different celebrations.
4 Must-Book Restaurants in New Orleans
New Orleans’s restaurants are the beating heart of this festive city, and to say they’ve had a tough few years would be putting it mildly. The good news is that hospitality is calling again, and nobody does it better than the restaurateurs, chefs, servers, and bartenders that call the Big Easy home. Superior service continues to set New Orleans’s restaurant scene apart. Among the standouts, there’s a brand-new izakaya helmed by a meticulous executive chef who spent time in Japan and a Mid-City tapas bar that churns out a one-of-its-kind, afterhours brunch for the midnight munchies. Book one, book all, and be warmly welcomed at these four new restaurants, representing the best of New Orleans right now.
9 romantic restaurants for date night in New Orleans
New Orleans’s restaurants have hosted lovers and trysts for more than 300 years. Couples looking for romance are sure to find it in the Big Easy, whether it’s in the embrace of a velvet-clad hotel lounge or an intimate, family-owned neighborhood joint. Butter up your beau with a steak and martini at an iconic Mid-City steakhouse. Tuck into a tasting menu fit for royalty at a Japanese jewel box in the Central Business District. There’s a table for every kind of date across this festive city. Read on for a guide to 9 New Orleans restaurants ready to host your next romantic occasion.
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The Lower Garden District is a tiny part of the greater Garden District of New Orleans, located adjacent to Tulane University. It is home to many college graduate students and a prime location for quick contemporary and unique entree eateries and international cuisine. New Orleans is historically synonymous with Cajun food of all types, especially seafood gumbos served at iconic local establishments. International food, other than Spanish and French combination restaurants, includes Vietnamese, Caribbean, Italian, and Thai. There are also several American sandwich shops and cafes interspersed in this historic district catering to both the locals and the many visitors to the New Orleans area.