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Welcome to New Orleans! New Orleans is considered to be one of the most popular cities in the Southern States due to its rich history. What makes it even more fascinating is its heritage embedded in their cuisine. The New Orleans Cuisine is distinctive and is heavily influenced by both the Creole and Cajun cuisines.
French Quarter has many historic and well-known landmarks and attractions. The neighborhood contains many restaurants ranging from formal to casual, patronized by both visitors and locals. These include Antoine’s and Tujague’s (which have been in the business since the 19th century) as well as Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, Broussard’s and Brennan’s. These are some of the most notable New Orleans French Quarter Restaurants.
The Famous Cajun Dishes and Seafood
Boudin, Gumbo and Jambalaya are the most popular meals in general in New Orleans. These foods are served at nearly every restaurant which are too many to count. Boudin is a type of sausage made from pork, pork liver, rice, garlic, green onions and other spices.
The classic Jambalaya contains rice, meat (such as chicken or beef), seafood (shrimp or crawfish) and almost anything else. In addition, you will find green peppers, onions, celery, tomatoes and hot chili peppers in the meal.
Gumbos usually come in variations but the one that stands out the most is the original gumbo which is made of chicken and Andouille, a smoked, Cajun sausage made using pork, garlic, pepper, onions, wine and seasonings. The ingredients vary according to what is available including the dried, sassafras leaves which are used to thicken the gumbo after the stew has been cooked.
The Original Pierre Maspero’s
Located at the corner of St. Louis and Chartres, The Original Pierre Maspero’s is a favorite local cajun restaurant offering authentic Cajun cuisine in a comfortable, New Orleans landmark property. You can try the Blackened Jambalaya meal topped with blackened chicken or shrimp of your choice.
K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
If you want to have the best gumbo, look no further than Chef Paul’s famous Kitchen and Courtyard. K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, located in Chartres Street, is a legendary restaurant that serves upscale dishes which feature open kitchens, a beautiful courtyard, event rooms with a balcony overlooking one of the French Quarter’s most traveled streets.
They have a special appetizer called Chicken and Andoulle Gumbo in a cup made of pan-braised chicken which is then cooked in a chicken stock and dark roux and fresh vegetables with Chef Paul’s own Andoullile sausage.
Located at Royal Street, Brennan’s is another restaurant that not only provides Creole meals but Cajun cuisine as well. Under their breakfast and lunch menu, they provide a special dish called Eggs Cardinal which is made of crispy shrimp boudin, spinach, lobster cardinal and Black Truffle Hollandaise.
They also hold special events and private parties so you can make reservations early to dine at the fine restaurant.
If you want to experience the best in seafood, try going to Landry’s House which is located in Decatur Street. The restaurant has 17 other locations with the majority being in Texas and other parts of Louisiana.
There are various types of seafood dishes under their menu including Oysters Rockefeller, a baked traditional meal of New Orleans. New Orleans Crawfish Bread is another meal that contains mozzarella cheese, Louisiana spices, tomatoes and garlic. Lastly, you can get the Two-Handed Po-Boys which is a traditional sandwich made of french fries, onion strings and a choice of having shrimp, fish or oyster.
Trying The Creole Meal
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud’s is the largest restaurant and one of the few that serves classic Creole cuisine. Creole is an ethnic food of the New Orleans, derived from French cuisine with lots of butter, pepper, salt, and herbs. Their popular dish is Oysters Bienville, a traditional meal made of shrimp, mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry, a roux with butter, Parmesan cheese and other lighter cheese and bread crumbs. The oysters are baked in the shell and can be made in a small casserole dish or au gratin dish with shrimp sauce.
Arnaud’s has many menus which include the A La Carte Dinner Menu, Sunday Brunch, Jazz Menu, French 75, Table d’Hote Menu, Dessert Menu and more.
Thanksgiving Day is a special time for everybody in America which is usually held in November every year. Choosing the Thanksgiving Table D’hôte menu would be the best one for this grand occasion. It’s with this menu that you will get the Traditional Roasted Turkey served with cornbread or oyster dressing, cranberry sauce, candied yams and snap beans.
Their other entree meal called the Stuffed Gulf Black Drum which is slowly baked and stuffed with shrimp and crab meat, savory breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and lemon butter. Their other meal is the delicious Seared Pork Tenderloin served with pancetta and sage jus, potato cakes and braised, brussel sprouts.
For the appetizer, they have a signature dish called Shrimp Arnaud made of Fresh Gulf shrimp marinated in their famous tangy Creole Remoulade Sauce.
If you are a fan of dessert, you can try their tasty Apple Spice Cake served with salted caramel and apple chip as well as Pecan Pie which is topped with Praline ice cream and chocolate sauce (which I think is very great). Last but not least is the Little Gem Salad which is made of fennel, apple, chicory, roasted pecans, Stilton cheese and Sherry Vinaigrette.
If you want to experience fine dining or listen to live music, you can make reservations for both the main dining room and jazz bistro.
Traditional Beverages and Treats
The majority of the restaurants in the French Quarter usually offer desserts along with their meals as part of the tradition of the New Orleans especially at Antoine’s.
Many of these include Banana Foster (dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream), a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur), bread pudding (a sweet dessert made from bread), milk, eggs and sugar which is served warm and topped with whiskey, rum or caramel sauce.
King Cake is another dessert made of braided brioche (pastry) dough with cinnamon, purple, green and gold frosting with a small, plastic baby hidden inside which is eaten during Mardi Gras season. Diverge is another cake with many thin layers, separated with dessert pudding or custard (often half chocolate and half lemon) and with a glazed outer frosting which I think is very delicious.
Milk punch is a beverage that is common in New Orleans and traditional on holidays throughout the Deep South. It is made of brandy or bourbon, milk, sugar and vanilla extract sprinkled with nutmeg.
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At Cafe Monde, they provide beignets which are square-shaped pastries made with deep-fried choux dough and topped with powdered sugar. You can have Cafe at lair, a popular coffee mixed with roasted chicory root and scalded milk.
Doris Metropolitan, located in Chartre Street also have a dessert menu including Tahini Mousse made of Hazelnut biscuit, vanilla yogurt sauce, sugared hazelnuts, grapefruit Campari ice cream and pistachio snow. For those of you who have a sweet tooth, you can enjoy the wide variety of desserts along with the beverages that these have to offer.
Overall, these are restaurants that not only have a history in the French Quarter but have cuisines that are diverse in every way which I believe is the reason you should pay a visit. What more can you ask for? What do you think? Let me know by putting your comments and questions below.
Updated: 28 January 2019