The 10 Sizzling Hot Restaurants in New Orleans

Thinking about Louisiana more popularly known as Cajun Country conjures up images of the good world inhabited by Cajuns-shanties peppered with sawdust, bayou stretching over miles, pidgin French, and of course, generous dollops of gumbo, jambalaya or tuna tacos. Louisiana has come a long way since the time Cajuns started settling here from 1755 after they were expelled by the British. New Orleans, the largest urban agglomeration in Louisiana is also the nerve-centre of this southeastern state that has a vibrant arts and cultural scene. And yes, the city is also a gastronome’s delight as it has buttressed its position as a traditional culinary centre in the US. Two years ago, the Washington Post placed New Orleans ahead of Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago in its list of ‘10 best food cities’. Even Hurricane Katrina that lashed the city 12 years age has not been able to dent the epicurean passions of the locals and the tourists. Despite the population being much less than what it was when Katrina struck, the number of eateries in the city has increased to 1,400 from 800 in 2005. Footfalls in the following ten restaurants have burgeoned tremendously which overwhelmingly corroborates the thriving eating-out culture of New Orleans.
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  • Toups South
    Location
    1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Categories
    American (New),Southern,Cocktail Bars
    Business Hours
    Sun:10:00AM - 3:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tue:
    Wed:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 11:00PM
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    Toups South is the joint venture of local chef Isaac Toups and Amanda, his wife. The restaurateur couple opened a 2nd Toups South restaurant in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, situated on the junction of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. This restaurant which opened on 5th Oct is bang opposite to the New Orleans Jazz Market. The dishes listed on the Toups South’s menu are inspired by traditional Cajun cuisine that essentially comprised of soulful food like rice, chicken, pork, oysters, crawfish, and shrimps. No wonder then that Isaac includes these ingredients in his new restaurant.
    Toups South specializes in rustling a variety of dishes for lunch, dinner, brunch, and happy hours offerings that include wines and cocktails along with side dishes. No matter whatever fare you order, starting from ‘smoked lamb leg’ to ‘heritage pork boudin’ and from smoked ‘foie gras terrine’, sampling any of these preparations will leave you pining for more.

  • Heads & Tails
    Location
    1820 Dickory Ave, Harahan, LA 70123
    Categories
    Cajun/Creole,Seafood,Bars
    Business Hours
    Sun:10:00AM - 3:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:00PM
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    Heads & Tails tucked away is a quaint restaurant in an equally laidback Dickory Avenue. So, chances are that like most diners, you’re not familiar with Heads & Tails Seafood and Oyster Bar. This restaurant which began cooking commercially from November (2016) stirs up magic in its seafood preparations and mixologists excel in blending immaculate cocktails and drinks. Shelley Flick, one of the owners has a penchant for rustling up smoky roast beef and carries the genes of the founders of R&O’s. So, that is one good reason why you should be visiting this newly opened joint.
    Step into the restaurant for sampling regular or special dishes for dinner, lunch, and brunch. Don’t miss tucking into a Cajun or Creole cuisine that comprises of a range of savory appetizers and dishes including but not limited to Italian salad, the seafood salad, crawfish beignets, crabcake, shrimp and tasso pasta. And yes, before you take your leave, don’t forget to sample the cheesecake.

  • Meril
    Location
    424 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Categories
    American (New)
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Tue:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:30AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:11:30AM - 11:00PM
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    The Meril is the fourth neighborhood bistro that celebrated chef Emeril Lagasse opened in New Orleans. This new restaurant of Emeril which shares the same name as his daughter is strategically located at 424 Girod St. in Warehouse District. The décor of Meril is laidback and casual characterized by an open-faced kitchen, spacious bar area, and a large dining area where sets of highly polished tables and chairs are laid out in an orderly manner. The menu comprises of a revamped lineup of offerings starting from Spanish croquettes to Vietnamese spring rolls to turkey necks done in a sofrito and offered in a bathing of mojo.
    Food connoisseurs and seasoned epicures step should step into the restaurant to sample some of Lagasse’s favorites including but not limited to oysters, rocky road pecan pie, special flatbread, candied pork ribs, lasagna Bolognese-the list are endless. After having your fill of shrimp & grilled pork, and shaved iberico ham, don’t forget to order the lemon box pie or salted caramel ice cream.

  • Toast
    Location
    1845 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Categories
    Breakfast & Brunch
    Business Hours
    Sun:8:00AM - 2:00PM
    Mon:6:30AM - 2:00PM
    Tue:6:30AM - 2:00PM
    Wed:6:30AM - 2:00PM
    Thu:6:30AM - 2:00PM
    Fri:6:30AM - 2:00PM
    Sat:8:00AM - 2:00PM
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    Toast, literally speaking, is the toast of the town at least on Gentilly Boulevard and Laurel Street. The brainchild of Evan and Cara Benson, Toast started doing business from 2014 and has two addresses in New Orleans. Toast is your ideal neighborhood bakery where you settle down cozily into a chair and munch on muffins or cheddars biscuits with bacon, eggs, and cheese or omelet with bacon, spinach, and gruyere on a weekend morning. Or, you can grab a ‘toast with cream cheese, cured salmon & scrambled egg’ while sipping on piping hot cappuccino while heading to the office.
    The ‘Gentilly’ breakfast spot opened recently and already has become popular with the early morning crowd rushing to office. The menu offerings are divided into two distinct categories-‘Uptown’ and Fairgrounds’ with the former offering ‘baked goods’, ‘eggs (preparations)’, ‘Aebleskivers’, ‘savory crepes’, ‘sweet crepes’, ‘entrees’, ‘sides’, and ‘toast’. The ‘Fairgrounds’ category adds ‘waffles’ to the existing offerings of ‘Uptown’.

  • Amore Bakery and Cafe
    Location
    307 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053
    Categories
    Bakeries,Cafes,Gelato
    Business Hours
    Sun:
    Mon:
    Tue:7:30AM - 6:00PM
    Wed:7:30AM - 6:00PM
    Thu:7:30AM - 6:00PM
    Fri:7:30AM - 8:00PM
    Sat:8:00AM - 8:00PM
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    Pastry specialist and chef, Sage Spicuzza and her mother threw open the doors of Amore Bakery and Café on Nov 25th, 2016. Amore has been an instant hit right from day one as Spicuzza along with mom Bonnie Pecot and sister, Calli Boullosa is having a hard time coping with the crowds that never seems to fade. Pecot always wished to do something where the entire family could be involved and Amore Bakery and Café happened. The bakery serves the full repertoire of Angelo Brocato gelatos and has also started offering zeppoles and beignets.
    Gradually, the bakery-cum-café will graduate to serving breakfast, soups and sandwiches. Currently, Amore’s menu fare includes affogato (Espresso over gelato), almond Mac cookie, chocolate chip cookie, cheese Danishes, pastries, Chantilly cupcake, Frappe, croissants, tiramisu, white chocolate almond gelato, tarts, and much more. All the roads in New Orleans now seem to be leading towards downtown Gretna where Amore Bakery is doing brisk business.

  • Pho Michael
    Location
    3559 18th St, Metairie, LA 70002
    Categories
    Vietnamese,Soup,Bubble Tea
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:00PM
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    An overwhelming majority of diners and patrons who’ve stepped inside Pho Michael on 3559 18th Street in Metairie have given positive reviews not only about the sumptuous fare but also about the ambience and décor. Step into the restaurant and you’re sure to be impressed by the glossy granite bar, the elaborate floral paintings, and the scintillating light fixtures fashioned in the form of cylinders. The Oriental backdrop and the décor entice you to sample the eclectic Vietnamese fare starting from filet mignon beef to pho and from tantalizing spring rolls to banh mi.
    Whatever your taste buds test, you can take one thing for granted and that is each and every dish is prepared without even a speckle of MSG (monosodium glutamate) going into them. You’ll surely love the ambience of the place and any meal you order will whet your appetite leaving you with an aftertaste that’ll stay long after you’ve left.

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  • Frey Smoked Meat Co
    Location
    4141 Bienville StSte 110, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Categories
    Barbeque,Sandwiches,Salad
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:00PM
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    Chef Ray Gruezke recently raised the curtains for a barbeque joint at 4141 Bienville Street-the Frey Smoked Meat Co. The restaurant which threw its doors open on November 11, 2016, is an enterprise that is jointly administered and owned by Ray’s near and dear ones. The enterprising won a charity barbeque meet that served as the spur for opening the joint. The highlights of the menu include classic barbecue preparations like ‘beef ribs with sides’, ‘brisket platter with sides’, ‘pulled pork sandwich’, ‘brisket with cabbage and potato salad’, , brisket, baked beans, and Brussels sprouts’, and ‘beef rib, slaw, and Brussels sprouts’.
    You’ll also be able to tuck into items that are offbeat and struggle to find other joints serving these unusual preparations like shrimp remoulade salad, pork belly popper, and wedge salad. The décor and setting of the restaurant are in keeping with the barbeque delicacies that are served. Step inside the restaurant and you’ll bump into alcoves stacked with split woods.

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  • Cafe Sbisa
    Location
    1011 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Categories
    Cajun/Creole,Southern,Seafood
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Mon:
    Tue:
    Wed:5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Thu:5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Fri:5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM
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    Café Sbisa situated in 1011 Decatur St, has pedigree on its side as it started on the hospitality journey way back in 1899. The century-old restaurant which has been through many ups & downs has downed its shutters and reopened several times since 2005. Café Sbisa is undoubtedly one of the most upscale and finest dining restaurants in the French Quarter. The restaurant was refurbished and threw open its doors yet again on 5th October 2016. The restaurant is well-known throughout the city for dishing up traditional local cuisine including BBQ shrimp, Louisiana blue crab cakes, and turtle soups.
    All its fare is prepared from crustaceans and fish caught from the Mississippi River and ingredients that are sourced locally and kept fresh. The interior decorators have been hard at work ensuring that the classic décor is not disturbed. You’ll love taking an aperitif sitting on a stool in the bar chiseled out of mahogany.

  • Fire Food and Spirits
    Location
    5951 Bullard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70128
    Categories
    American (Traditional),Chicken Wings,Sandwiches
    Business Hours
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    The Fire Food and Spirits located at 5951 Bullard Avenue in the eastern section of the city and is an excellent eatery-cum-watering hole where you can step in for a bite and sip. You’ll love the laidback and casual atmosphere of the place and sure to be swept away by the cordiality extended by the owner. Almost all the patrons have reported that the owner along with the chef went from one table to another to check on the patrons. You’ll be in seventh heaven when you tuck into the appetizers for a start, for instance, the Crawfish Quesadillas which is hugely fulfilling.
    You can take your pick from ‘shrimp, chicken, and crawfish pasta’, ‘BBQ cognac wings’, ‘creamy crawfish pasta’, ‘shrimp pasta topped with grilled fish and sautéed spinach’. You’ll also love to tuck in mouthfuls of sweet potato fries and the Thai chicken wings. The menu is segregated into categories of ‘wings’, ‘sandwiches’, ‘pasta’, ‘salads’, ‘sides’ and ‘beverages’.

  • Petit Lion
    Location
    1111 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Categories
    American (New),French
    Business Hours
    Sun:7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Tue:7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Wed:7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Thu:7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Fri:7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:7:00AM - 11:00PM
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    Petit Lion’s situation in downtown New Orleans on 1111, Gravier Street means that office goers can sneak into the eatery for tucking into ‘smoked trout rillette’ or ‘petit lion burger’ with pickled shrimp and ‘chicken paillard salad’. Tourists and locals can unwind and relax after a backbreaking day by sampling ‘roasted sea bass’ or ‘scallop crudo’ (passion fruit, pink peppercorn dashi) with ‘steak au poivre’ in a cozy and soothing ambiance. The fares featuring in the menu largely comprise of specialties dished out in a bistro-fried chicken, pommes frites, moules, lion’s feast (two eggs poached or omelet, toast, sausage or bacon, potatoes), and much more.
    You’ll simply love the setting of Petit Lion that is unmistakably chic thanks to the navy-styled metallic chairs and wooden tables. Light bulbs encased in copper hued cauldrons add to the décor as much as the horseshoe shaped bar.

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