The very best places to sample the city's one-of-a-kind food scene.
Sara Essex Bradley
Alongside Charleston, New Orleans is the most exciting culinary city in the South right now. With its abundant Gulf seafood and fertile Delta farmland it was perhaps inevitable New Orleans’s Spanish, French, and African cultures would produce a unique cuisine. But while the city is famous for venerable Creole institutions such as Galatoire’s and Commander’s Palace, there’s now so much more local fare to be had. Star chefs John Besh, Donald Link, Susan Spicer, and others brought modern flair and techniques to all the storied traditions, while tasting menus, small plates dishes, and Middle Eastern, Latin, and Caribbean flavors have been introduced at new hot spots, such as Shaya and Square Root uptown. All this plus beignets, muffulettas, and po’ boys means you’ll likely be going home a few pounds heavier, at best.