By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
October 12, 2021
When it comes to New Orleans restaurants, deciding where to eat during your vacation can be overwhelming. After all, it’s a city known for its cuisine and home to more than 1,000 restaurants.
What makes New Orleans food so special? Three words: location, location, location. New Orleans is surrounded by water—fresh, saltwater and brackish—offering an abundance of fresh fish and shellfish. Founded at the site of a longstanding Native American trading post, its position where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico results in a cultural melting pot of flavors, with French, German, Spanish, Italian, Native American, West African, Croatian and Chinese ingredients coming together to create Cajun and Creole flavors.
If this is your first trip to the city, look for places to eat where you can sample iconic New Orleans foods such as beignets, pralines, classic French Creole cuisine, po’boys, muffulettas and oysters—freshly shucked on the half shell or in classic dishes such as Oysters Bienville or Oysters Rockefeller. While you’ll find these at many local restaurants, these well-known establishments won’t disappoint.