“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin,” said Mark Twain. Our cuisine is built on a tradition that stretches from Paris to Port au Prince and from Cadiz to the Congo. It’s one of the reasons we live here and why you come to visit. Every day, the city’s more than 1,000 eateries ready themselves to welcome their guests with a gusto. They spoon the gumbo, blacken the redfish, smoke the pork and plate the dishes with a respect for the old flavors and a warm welcome to new trends.
Here, you can peruse where to dine outdoors, learn the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisine and find the best spots to eat with kids that adults can appreciate as well. New Orleanians worship weekend brunch, a meal designed for leisurely excess. In a city where dinner conversation easily flows into pillow talk, our romantic restaurants will be sure to set the mood for love. You can dine healthy, eat fried seafood, devour po-boys and find out where they get their name. Hungry after the show? There are late night cafes and bars that will feed your body as well as your soul. Take a class at one of the city’s cooking schools, explore ethnic cuisine at Vietnamese pho houses and Salvadoran pupuserias. Looking for vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free options? Yes, yes, and yes. The New Orleans dining scene is a brilliant reflection of the city’s diverse history, culture and neighborhoods. Come hungry. Leave happy.