You’ll enjoy a wide range of memorable vacation experiences with Bluegreen Resorts, from attending a luau in Hawaii to relaxing on a beach in the Florida Keys. But for a truly unique adventure, try a stay at Bluegreen Club La Pension™ in New Orleans. You can discover New Orleans’ history, culture, and energy while touring plantations along River Road, wandering through the French Quarter, and enjoying the party on Bourbon Street.
While New Orleans is famous for its whimsical charm, it might be even more renowned for its internationally-recognized culinary scene. Exceptional cuisine has been at the core of New Orleans for more than a century, and the city continues to attract many of the best chefs in the world. From Southern soul food to French-Creole creations, New Orleans is a paradise that will please even the most fastidious foodie. Here are just seven of the many celebrated restaurants in New Orleans:
1. Commander’s Palace
A culinary landmark in New Orleans since 1880, Commander’s Palace serves up award-winning haute Creole cuisine at a historic home nestled in the Garden District. Over the years, the restaurant has hosted renowned guests such as Mark Twain, and has featured famous chefs including Emeril Lagasse and Jamie Shannon.
Currently under the leadership of Executive Chef Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace offers innovative dishes like Jamaican jerk cabrito empanadas and classic Creole favorites like Louisiana Gulf shrimp. Well-known food critics and magazines have recognized Commander’s Palace as one of the best restaurants both in New Orleans and the United States. The restaurant has also earned awards from the prestigious James Beard Foundation and the Culinary Institute of America.
2. Domilise’s Po-Boys and Bar
A family-owned and operated eatery founded in 1918, Domilise’s is the quintessential po-boy venue in New Orleans. The shop has stuck with its signature recipes over the years and still serves shrimp, sausage, roast beef, and oysters on fresh Leidenheimer bread.
Located in a small yellow house on the corner of Annunciation and Bellecastle Streets, Domilise’s often boasts lines out the door, but critics agree that the food is worth the wait. The restaurant has been featured in Southern Living and on the Food Network.
The epitome of fine dining on Bourbon Street, Galatoire’s was founded by Jean Galatoire, who emigrated from a village in France to establish the restaurant in New Orleans in 1905. Several Galatoire descendants still partially own and operate the famous restaurant, which serves a variety of French-Creole classics, such as trout amandine and crabmeat ravigote.
Galatoire’s delicious cuisine and Parisian atmosphere have been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and a number of top publications, including Saveur magazine and The New York Times.
4. GW Fins
Featuring a menu that is “simple yet sophisticated,” GW Fins serves high quality seafood from around the world, and its menu changes frequently, based on the season. The restaurant focuses on enhancing rather than masking seafood flavors, so sauces are minimal and heavy sauces are a rarity.
Centrally located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, GW Fins is known for serving dishes like New Bedford sea scallops, Gulf flounder, and red grouper. The seafood is often complemented by local produce, such as long grain rice and sweet potatoes. Zagat describes the restaurant’s biscuits as “addictive.”
Specializing in classic Cajun Southern cuisine, Cochon uses fresh produce, locally sourced pork, Louisiana-caught seafood, and traditional methods to create authentic Cajun flavors. Pork hock served in a cast-iron skillet is one of Cochon’s most popular dishes, but the restaurant also serves distinctive creations like catfish court bouillon and fried alligator with chili garlic mayonnaise.
Located in a renovated New Orleans warehouse, Cochon is under the direction of Executive Chef Donald Link and Chef and Co-owner Stephen Stryjewski. The restaurant has earned numerous accolades since it opened in 2006, including a James Beard Foundation award. Bon Appétit also included Cochon on its list of the “20 Most Important Restaurants in America.”
Established by a French wine dealer named Arnaud Cazenave, Arnaud’s has been dedicated to serving Creole cuisine for nearly a century. The menu features both classic and creative dishes, with the option to dine from the three-course prix fixe Table D’Hôte Menu, or select dishes à la carté. Serving a wide range of meats and seafood, Arnaud’s was deemed one of the best New Orleans restaurants by Southern Living magazine. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include speckled trout meunière, frog legs provencale, and veal wohl.
Located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Arnaud’s allows guests to choose between the energetic Jazz Bistro dining room and the intimate main dining room.
7. Café du Monde
Café du Monde is a traditional coffee shop that originally started as a coffee stand in 1862. A staple of the French Quarter for more than 150 years, Café du Monde is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year except Christmas, so it’s the perfect place to stop for a late night treat. The shop is known for its café au lait and mouth-watering beignets, which are French-style doughnuts topped with powdered sugar.