Among the many classic New Orleans love stories, there’s one that unfolds between a chef and his ingredients. Just ask John Folse, who fell head-over-heels for the local flavors of andouille sausage, persimmons, shrimp, and sassafras. Oh, and frog. These funky flavors make up what Folse affectionately refers to as “Louisiana’s swamp floor pantry.” He rummages through it regularly, crafting dishes such as crabmeat-stuffed frog legs niçoise at Restaurant R’evolution. Star in your own New Orleans love story at one of the following candlelit eateries.Read More
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Though it’s called the French Quarter, New Orleans’s signature neighborhood is actually the product of French, Spanish, American, and Creole influences. With its eclectic scenery, it should come as no surprise that the popular tourist destination is also home to a culturally diverse mix of cuisines. Italian food takes the spotlight at neighborhood staples such as Irene’s Cuisine, The Italian Barrel, and Café Giovanni. Whereas some of these restaurants adhere steadfastly to tradition, others embrace Creole influences to create dishes you won’t easily find in Italy.Read More
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.Read More