It should come as no surprise that New Orleans is brimming with fine French restaurants. The city was founded by the French Mississippi Company in 1718, and aspects of French culture abound, from the cast-iron balconies of French Quarter row homes, to the names on street signs, to the sounds of zydeco music lilting from bars. But for all the formality that accompanies fine French cooking, New Orleans's French chefs still manage to inject a little Bourbon Street magic into the mix, whether adding local ingredients to a ratatouille or serving a flaming baked alaska emblazoned with your name.
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