The city of New Orleans is known for a lot of things: its jazz music, its celebrations, and the lively and energetic residents tourists could encounter every day. It is also the setting for many movies and television series – including The Princess and the Frog and Treme. The city is also known for its many restaurants – serving the best in Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine. If you plan on visiting New Orleans for your next vacation (which you should!), then here are some restaurants you should visit along the way.
If you’re in need of some fine dining, look no further than the world famous Brennan’s Restaurant, located on Royal Street. Founded in 1946, the restaurant specializes in both French and Creole cuisine. Most notably, however, the restaurant is known as the birthplace of the dessert favorite “Banana Foster.” The Banana Foster is composed of bananas and vanilla ice cream with a special sauce made of brown sugar and cinnamon over it. It’s a hotter, more exciting version of the banana split. If the Banana Foster is a dessert you’ve enjoyed in the past, than you would probably in enjoy even more at the place where it was all started. Of course, if you’re looking for a real meal, the restaurant offers the best in shrimp, oysters, frog legs, gumbo, and fish among other things.
If you’re looking for something a little more casual, then maybe Café Amelie would be more your speed. The 150 year old restaurant is located on the French Quarter. With its lovely picturesque outdoor garden setting located in the courtyard, Café Amelie proves that just because a visitor decides to eat casually, doesn’t mean they can’t eat in style and luxury. With its fresh salads, fresh baked bread, homemade soups, and, of course (because it is New Orleans) its jumbo shrimp, this is a restaurant that offers great food and a beautiful atmosphere.
Lastly, no matter what, you cannot leave New Orleans without trying the New Orleans specialty: the beignet. These delicious pastries are hot fried dough with powdered sugar on top. These beignets can be filled with fruit or even meat. A nice place to try these treats would be Cafe Beignet, located on Bourbon Street. Along with beignets, they serve breakfast all day, and other Cajun specialties, including jambalaya, muffaletta (Italian sandwiches), and fried seafood.