A native offering guidance to visitors of my fine city.
I stumbled across chow hounds while researching a bakery in the Metairie area. I am a born and bred New Orleans native who has been a food and beverage director for several upscale hotel/restaurants. I am also a sommelier. So here are my favorite picks of the city!
Bayona (also very affordable)
Upperline***(Can go dressy casual)
Brennan's (for brunch)
The Pelican Club
Le Crepe Nanou (my absolute favorite restaurant in the city. Local favorite, don't take reservations. Worth the wait. Classic French-not creole cuisine)
Jaque Imo's (Kick ass local food, flavor and fun)
Pascale's Manale (bbq shrimp)
Stay away from these overpriced/overrated spots:
The New Orleans Grill @ Windsor Court Hotel
Dickie Brennans Steak House
Muriel's on Jackson Square (guaranteed to disapoint)
I tried it. Salad was OK, nothing special, though the Creole Mustard Dressing was good. Crab Au Gratin had too much sugar in it, and the sauce was watery, but the crab was fresh. And the Bread pudding was average. Too much whiskey in the sauce, which (combined with the crab au gratin) left me with heartburn after the meal. $80 for the two of us without wine.
In all, we had much better meals in NOLA for the same or less price. I don't think I'll be going back.