While you're enjoying the concerts and seminars at the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans July 4th weekend, take time to indulge in the delicious food the city has to offer. Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite New Orleans restaurants.
Atchafalaya restaurant is the perfect choice for those wanting a memorable meal in a historic and enchanting setting. Locals and tourists alike return often for our contemporary Creole cuisine, attentive service, warm hospitality, and expertly crafted cocktails. It features live music and a Bloody Mary bar during weekend brunches. Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday and dinner is available seven days a week.
The breakfast special features two eggs, bacon, grits and pancakes. The lunch specials include soup or salad, dessert and iced tea or coffee with an entree. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch, Sunday - Friday. Credit cards.
Visit: 2542 Canal Street; 504-822-0214
Booty's carries street food from around the world, globally-inspired cocktails, Stumptown coffee and WiFi. Oh, and a hidden art gallery.
At Cochon, Chef Link has reconnected with his culinary roots, serving the traditional Cajun Southern dishes he grew up with. Chef Link and Chef/Co-owner Stephen Stryjewski are working with locally sourced pork, fresh produce and seafood, focusing on traditional methods, creating authentic flavors of Cajun country. The restaurant is set in a rustic, yet contemporary interior of a renovated New Orleans warehouse.
In the olden times, ranchers adorned their cows with custom bells to identify them as they ate their way through the open range. The mellifluous ring of the cowbell reminds the rancher to bring those delicious meats to consumers. Cowbell in New Orleans is where you can find food that's simply delicious.
In a town that celebrates almost anything, no greater celebration is held than the tribute to Creole/Soul food and warm Southern Hospitality that Jacques Leonardi and the staff at Jacques-Imo’s Cafe provides on a daily basis.
The walls here are festooned with enough snapshots and crockery for at least two more restaurants, but it all just adds to the charm of this cozy Italian-Creole eatery. From Irene DiPietro's kitchen come succulent roasted chicken brushed with olive oil, rosemary, and garlic; delicious, velvety soups; and fresh shrimp, aggressively seasoned and grilled before they join linguine glistening with herbed olive oil. Waits here can stretch to the 60-minute mark during peak dinner hours, which is just enough time for a bottle of wine in the convivial little piano bar. The service is easily the friendliest in the French Quarter.
Visit: 539 St. Phillip Street; 504-529-8811
Mimi’s in the Marigny
The vibe at Mimi's in the Marigny is more house party than hotspot and the reasons the bar rates No. 1 in the city are as diverse as the regulars who make it so. Our kitchen is open seven days week serving the best Tapas around, and we have live music and DJs every night.
The Praline Connection serves "down-home" Cajun-Creole-style soul food at affordable prices and features three generations of "Pure-D-Goodness." Its New Orleans pralines are handmade daily in the old fashioned, spoon-dripped method, using only the finest ingredients.
Visit: 542 Frenchman Street, 504-943-7903
The name Domenica means "Sunday" in Italian, and partners John Besh and Alon Shaya have created a restaurant in the renovated historic Roosevelt Hotel that is as warm and inviting as a traditional Sunday supper in a rural Italian village, where each bountiful dish is lovingly prepared with the purest ingredients according to ages-old technique. Domenica's warm and welcoming dining room is anchored by a number of refectory tables for just such lively meals, and none of the restaurant's handsome wooden tables is covered with a formal cloth: instead, in keeping with the homey tone, each place is marked with a paper placemat printed with the menu. Custom-brewed beers and an Italian-focused wine list perfectly complement the rustic country fare.