Marisol is an amazing new restaurant on Esplanade by the Mint. Had one of my best meals of all time there. It is I think one of the best places to eat, all things concidered, in the whole city. Not another creole or "New Orleans style " place with the same old dishes you see everywhere, but a creative and innovative kitchen emphasizing fresh local ingredients. It is not stuffy or overly formal, but the food is top notch. They do a splendid tapas style tasting menu that is relly fun. And once a week they have "wine amnesty night" byob for us cheapskates. Also try visiting just for desert- they are sublime. Oh- and if it is nice out, sit by the fountain in their romantic courtyard!