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Restaurants in New Orleans

There is too much food in New Orleans, a city renowned for its famous chefs and fabulous fare, and too little time to try it all. All restaurants closed after Hurricane Katrina have reopened, along with notable new ones. The old institutions still rule the roost, but new waves of innovative places are also worth seeking out.

The New Orleans restaurants have been split into three price categories:
Expensive (over US$70)
Moderate (US$20 to US$70)
Cheap (up to US$20)

These New Orleans restaurant prices are for a three-course meal and the equivalent of a half-bottle of wine per person. The 10% sales tax is not included, nor is the customary 15-20% tip.



Cuisine: Modern New Orleans

One of New Orleans hottest chefs, John Besh, orchestrates the delicate dishes at the August, located in the Central Business District. Amid lavish brocades and crystal chandeliers, cuisine like Moroccan spiced duck with polenta, halibut with shrimp, citrus and fennel and seared fillet of prime beef with marrow-stuffed morels and oxtail jus are elegantly presented.

Address: Central Business District, 301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, 70130
Telephone: +1 504 299 9777.
Website: http://www.restaurantaugust.com

Commander's Palace

Cuisine: Louisiana Creole

For 125 years, Commander's Palace has been a New Orleans gastronomic favourite, and with such treats as shrimp Cognac with andouille grits, poached oysters in cream or spicy turtle soup, how can it not be? Dine in the blue and mahogany dining room or on the second floor Garden Room where huge windows reveal the patio's giant oak trees. The weekend jazz brunch is good value. A jacket is preferred at dinner.

Address: Garden District, 1403 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, 70130
Telephone: +1 504 899 8221.
Website: http://www.commanderspalace.com


Cuisine: French

Not much has changed here in the last 100 years. Even now, brass chandeliers and bentwood chairs fill the narrow downstairs dining room and it is still a joy to just chat with the waiters. Most have been here forever or are second generation. Let them recommend the specialities that have made this place famous – crab canapé Lorenzo, oysters en brochette and lamb chops with béarnaise sauce.

Address: French Quarter, 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, 70112
Telephone: +1 504 525 2021.
Website: http://www.galatoires.com



Cuisine: Louisiana

This restaurant, along with neighbouring sandwich shop Cochon Butcher, is the brainchild of star chef Donald Link and a mecca for, as the name implies, all things pork. Expect down home-style cooking with flair, such as Louisiana pork with cabbage, cracklins & pickled turnips, or, at the sandwich shop, pork belly with mint and cucumber.

Address: Warehouse District, 930 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, 70130
Telephone: +1 504 588 2123.
Website: http://www.cochonrestaurant.com


Cuisine: Italian

John Besh is a chef and TV personality with 12 acclaimed restaurants, most in New Orleans. Sitting at the front of the renovated Roosevelt Hotel, this elegant restaurant offers regional Italian cuisine, including wood-fired pizzas. Be sure to jump on anything involving shaved truffles. The late afternoon deals are incredibly good.

Address: Central Business District, 123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, 70130
Telephone: +1 504 648 6020.
Website: http://www.domenicarestaurant.com

Green Goddess

Cuisine: Modern international

Hidden away in one of the French Quarter's lesser-known alleyways is this compact eatery. Chef Chris de Barr works miracles in a modest space, fashioning esoteric international ingredients into local favourites with a twist or unusual small plates that will expand your horizons. You can't reserve, so arrive early to avoid a wait.

Address: French Quarter, 307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, 70130
Telephone: +1 504 301 3347.
Website: http://www.greengoddessrestaurant.com


Café du Monde

Cuisine: Café fare

A visit to the Big Easy is not complete without a stop for mouth-watering beignets and chicory coffee au lait. Since 1862, these square, deep-fried fritters doused in mounds of powder sugar have titillated the taste buds of its patrons. There is not much more on the menu except juice, tea and milk, but who would desire anything else? Located in the French Market across from Jackson Square. The Café du Monde shop is across the street.

Address: French Quarter, 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, 70116
Telephone: +1 504 525 4544.
Website: http://www.cafedumonde.com

Camellia Grill

Cuisine: American

The last of the classic New Orleans dining spots to reopen post-Katrina, this solid diner has regained its position among the tried-and-true spots in the city. Found in a Greek Revival-style building at the end of the St Charles streetcar route, it's a destination that almost always has a line of people waiting to be seated – even very late at night.

Address: Uptown, 626 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, 70118
Telephone: +1 504 309 2679.

The Joint

Cuisine: Barbecue

Locals will tell you that the best spot in town for New Orleans barbecue is this out of the way neighbourhood joint in the Bywater. Run by Jenny and Peter Breen, the restaurant's motto is 'always smokin' and indeed, their barbecue always is. The menu is simple but with intense flavour, and includes ribs, brisket, pulled pork and sausages.

Address: Bywater, 701 Mazant Street, New Orleans, 70117
Telephone: +1 504 949 3232.
Website: http://www.alwayssmokin.com
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Hampton Inn

Formerly a 1903 'skyscraper' office building, the Hampton Inn is just two blocks from the French Quarter. Every Monday to Thursday 1730-1900, the lavish lobby is the scene for the complimentary manager's reception. Rooms are large and comfortable with high-speed Internet and king-size or two double beds. The hotel also has a gym, concierge, coffee shop and parking for a fee, along with access to Spa Atlantis, directly across the street. The daily hot breakfast buffet is included.

La Quinta Inn and Suites Downtown

This hotel has great facilities for bargain prices, such as guestrooms with either king-size or two double beds and large bathrooms, and some have microwaves. In-room business facilities include data ports, oversized desks, free high-speed Internet access and local calls. Add to that, cocktail lounge, business centre, a heated pool, and fitness centre, plus a free breakfast. The location is convenient for the French Quarter, Superdome, downtown, and the convention center.

Hotel Monteleone

One of the classic New Orleans luxury hotels, the Monteleone has been wowing visitors since 1886. Rooms are decked out with plush curtains, high-thread-count sheets and large flat-screen TVs. The lobby is suitably grand, and the Carousel Bar is something of a local haunt for cocktails and people watching.

Melrose Mansion

A tasteful, small property on the edge of the French Quarter, this luxury Victorian-era mansion dates back to the late 19th century. The interiors are suitably plush, with antique furniture, original artwork and all the mod cons you'd expect (iPod dock, LCD TV, Wi-Fi and minifridge). There's also a fairly large outdoor swimming pool.

Soniat House

Old books, fine artwork, Oriental rugs, American and European antiques: it is the little touches like these that make this hotel unique. The two restored 1830s townhouses have spiral staircases, balconies and patios. Sweet olive, magnolia, guava and ginger grow in the courtyards. Each of the 19 rooms and 14 suites are furnished with antiques that are accompanied by Frette Egyptian cotton bed linen, Wi-Fi, data ports and two phones.

Dauphine Orleans Hotel

This unassuming building on a quiet stretch of the French Quarter is recorded back as far as 1775, almost to the city's own beginnings. A former bordello site, the hotel now has 111 modern rooms and a host of old, atmospheric cottages. The pool and courtyard are nicely secluded and the hotel bar, May Baily's Place, also harks back to those hedonistic times.