Last month, Southern Living released their 100 Places to Eat list, and as can be expected, New Orleans had eight restaurants on the list. This just goes to show that NOLA’s food isn’t only revered by its locals and tourists but by people and food critics the world over. Here is the list of eight selected restaurants.
1. Cochon. Cochon is a delicious upscale restaurant in the Warehouse District with a wood-burning oven and a penchant for fantastic meats. And of course, with a name like Cochon (French for pig), they feature some fabulous pork dishes, including (on their current menu) smoked pork ribs, pork cheeks, smothered pork loin and Louisiana cochon with cracklins.
2. Commander’s Palace. Arguably one of the best and most famous restaurants in the city, Commander’s Palace is a Garden District delicacy, and their chef Tory McPhail recently won the 2013 James Beard Best Chef: South award. He has an obsession with Creole and Louisiana cuisine, and his menu ultimately reflects that.
3. Coquette. Coquette takes a localized approach to their menu of innovative southern cuisine. Its menu changes daily, but a sample menu includes everything from yellownfin tuna crudo to chicken fried sweetbreads and classics like pork loin, duck, softshell crab and baby eggplant.
4. Domenica. Domenica, which means Sunday in Italian, is one of renowned chef John Besh’s restaurant, located downtown in the Roosevelt Hotel. It is especially known for its selection of gourmet pizzas, and it has a more casual, homey feel to it than other restaurants on this list. They serve custom-brewed beers and an Italian-focused wine list to complement their rustic Italian country fare.
5. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet opened in 1941, Dooky Chase’s evolved into a bar and then a quintessential restaurant on the lineup of the best. Located in the Treme, the restaurant is still family-owned and operated to this day. Besides its lunch buffet, restaurant classics include Creole gumbo, stuffed bell peppers and shrimp, shrimp Clemenceau and fried chicken.
6. Gautreau’s. This restaurant (and its chef) have earned countless Best Restaurant titles over the years. This lush, Uptown garden spot is especially for developing young talent in the area, and it serves such elegant food as foie gras torchon, duck confit with blueberry balsamic, sautéed grouoer with green harissa and ricotta and spinach gnudi with truffle nage.
7. Peche Seafood Grill. Located in the arts sector of the Warehouse District, Peche specializes in preparing coastal seafood that takes a contemporary approach to old world cooking methods. The restaurant uses an open hearth over hardwood coals to prepare their rustic dishes that features the best in Gulf seafood and the cooking techniques used to make it shine.
8. Toups Meatery. This Mid-City gem has deep roots steeped in Louisiana cuisine. Their menu features a charcuterie menu with several fresh and cured meats and condiments as well as a cheese board and pickle plate of homemade pickles. Their large plates include roasted pork shoulder grillade, confit chicken legs, short ribs and tri tip steak.