Last year, we rounded up the best dishes to try in 2019. Well, a new year calls for new flavors. Below are some of the most outstanding dishes from some of the city’s buzziest restaurants to try in 2020. From Asian to Creole, meat to vegetables, and old favorites to newcomers, the creativity has been taken to a whole new (delicious) level. Have a foodie vacation and start tasting.
Located in the Treme, Gabrielle was a beloved pre-Katrina establishment that finally reopened in 2017, bringing with it many of their signature dishes as well as a few newcomers. One of our favorites? The roasted duck, which comes with crimini mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and shoestring potatoes, all covered in orange-sherry sauce.
Dian Xin has remained one of the most talked-about spots in town since its opening in January 2019. The casual Chinese restaurant has especially gained popularity with their soup dumplings, which are particularly welcoming during the chillier months.
As one of the city’s oldest restaurants, Arnaud’s exudes French Quarter ambiance and remains a classic dining destination. These puffed up, fancier versions of french fries are perfectly salted and served with béarnaise sauce. They make an excellent starter, but are an equally great bar snack if you’re grabbing a drink in Arnaud's French 75 Bar.
This small eatery is located off the beaten path in Central City, just two blocks from St. Charles Avenue. They offer some of the best Latin American cuisine in the city, and their maiz de la Rueda-grilled corn topped with spicy butter, salsa rosado and cotija-is spectacular.
Blue Oak is regularly praised in the local barbecue scene. This highly Instagrammable and much-beloved sandwich is only available on Tuesdays, making it even more desirable. Another stellar option is their spicy chicken biscuit, which is only offered on Sundays.
Neyow's has remained a popular spot over the years for creole flair, but their chargrilled oysters are always a crowd-pleaser. This classic dish features grilled oysters on the half shell with butter, cheese, garlic, and herbs.
Saltines get the high-brow treatment they've been waiting for on this delectable fish entree. It is one of the most ordered things on the menu for a reason. Served on top of a bed of sauteed greens and crawfish, it is absolutely delicious.
Galatoire's is a dining institution in New Orleans, especially for Friday lunch. No matter when you dine, you will see a goute platter at almost every table. It is the perfect starter for a group and includes shrimp remoulade, fried oysters and crab maison.
Bywater American Bistro is an award-winning neighborhood restaurant from Top Chef alum Nina Compton. Their menu features Caribbean-inspired Louisiana cuisine such as the jerk chicken rice with butter beans and crispy habanero.
The handcrafted pastries a Levee Baking Co. will cure your sugar cravings, and if it’s vegan, it has to be healthy, right? The salt on top of the cookies gives them the extra kick that we didn't know we needed.
Nestled in the French Quarter, Irene’s is a quaint Italian restaurant with a touch of New Orleans flavor. This appetizer consists of jumbo lump crabmeat baked in a casserole of swiss and brie cheeses.
When dining in New Orleans, Commander's Palace is always on everyone's bucket list. Their famous bread pudding is the perfect end to any meal. It is finished tableside with warm whiskey cream.
Bourbon Street Love is an original creation by Chef Jeffrey Heard of the Central City-based Heard Dat Kitchen. The signature dish includes freshly fried chicken over mac and cheese and topped with Crawdat Sauce and potato salad.
Thalia is the more casual little sister to Coquette, the highly acclaimed Garden District fine-dining destination. Here you'll find comforting dishes, nightly specials (like schnitzel on Tuesdays and steak night on Saturdays). One of the most talked-about dishes though is their housemade Gemelli, which is tossed with a bolognese and then dotted with creamy ricotta.