Close Up: New Orleans Food

We already shared a selection of our favorite addresses in New Orleans, but there were simply too many to not do a follow-up.

I found the culinary culture of New Orleans to be wildly intriguing. It's an interesting mashup of tastes and styles - namely French, Cajun, Creole - yet somehow comes together for a notorious flavor. Here is a more comprehensive, do-it-justice list... and you can read more on La Petite Grocery, Acme Oyster House, Verti Marte, Three Muses, and Baccahanal Wine here.

  • Liuzza's By The Track: bomb, no-frills Cajun/Creole food.
  • Willie Mae's Scotch House: check out this James Beard Award Winner for fried chicken and po' boys.
  • Cajun Seafood: for, well, Cajun seafood.
  • Pêche: also a JB Award winner, come for the fresh and inventive seafood-focused dishes.
  • Tan Dinh: Vietnamese. Pho. Nuff said.
  • Elizabeth's: come for a filling brunch.
  • Three Muses: the cocktails at this spot are truly wonderful, but the food holds up too.
  • Gautreau's: and yet another JB Award winner, Chef Sue Zemanick formerly of Top Chef creates a seamless mix of New American-New French cuisine, served up in this former pharmacy space.
  • Taceaux Loceaux: active since 2010, food truck serving up creative tacos.
  • Cochon: JB Award winner and buzzy name in New Orleans.
  • Crawfish Boil: just find one and eat your little heart out. When there last year, my friends' and I just walked into a spot called Bayou Beer Garden that was having a boil in their backyard, and it was fabulous. 

Have a reliable recommendation or sweet spot to share? Go crazy in the comments section.