French Quar­ter

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Seafood. For lo­cals, the name Acme is syn­ony­mous with raw oys­ters. Since 1910, Acme’s sig­na­ture mar­ble-topped bar has served up count­less bi­valves on the half shell. Other re­gional spe­cial­ties in­clude fried oys­ter po’ boys, gumbo Poopa and jam­bal­aya. $$ L, D (daily). www.acmeoys­ 724 Iberville St., 504.522.5973. Map 3, E4; 3000 Veter­ans Blvd., Me­tairie, 504.309.4056. Map 1, C2; 8 Canal St. (in­side Har­rah’s Casino), 504.708.2409. Map 3, E6


South­ern. Chef Alex Har­rell’s Alabama up­bring­ing in­forms the menu at his ca­su­ally el­e­gant eatery. Con­sider the black-eyed pea and col­lard green soup, crispy smoked pork cheeks with corn­bread puree and the Gulf shrimp and coun­try ham with but­ter­beans and sweet pota­toes. $$$ D (nightly); brunch (F-Su).­ge­li­ 1032 Chartres St., 504.308.3106. Map 3, H4


Cre­ole. Es­tab­lished in 1840, An­toine’s is New Or­leans’ old­est restau­rant and a liv­ing trea­sure. The great-great-great-grand­chil­dren of founder An­toine Al­ci­a­tore run the place as he wanted, which means rich French-Cre­ole food, courtly wait­ers and an at­mos­phere of hos­pi­tal­ity and tra­di­tion. $$$ L, D (M-Sa); Su jazz brunch. An­toine’s An­nex (513 Royal St.) serves ice cream, pas­tries and light fare daily.­ 713 St. Louis St., 504.581.4422. Map 3, F4


Cre­ole. In this magic cas­tle of dining rooms, Ar­naud’s con­tin­ues a tra­di­tion be­gun in 1918. The restau­rant was as­sem­bled piece­meal over the decades, which is part of its charm. Shrimp Ar­naud, oys­ters Bienville and café bru­lot are three of the many fa­mous dishes. $$$ D (daily); Su jazz brunch.­ 813 Bienville St., 504.523.5433. Map 3, F4


Amer­i­can. Nes­tled in a 200-year-old Cre­ole cot­tage, Bay­ona con­tin­ues its reign as one of the city’s best restau­rants. Chef Su­san Spicer’s menu con­tin­u­ally sur­prises with fresh spe­cials, but still in­cludes her sig­na­tures: grilled shrimp with black-bean cakes and co­rian­der sauce, and that non­pareil gar­lic soup. $$ L (W-Sa), D (M-Sa). www.bay­ 430 Dauphine St., 504.525.4455. Map 3, F3


Seafood. A standout ad­di­tion to Dickie Bren­nan’s restau­rant em­pire. Stylish seafood dishes are com­ple­mented with out­stand­ing filets and sides—don’t miss the red­fish on the half shell with jumbo lump crab or the bour­bon-glazed shrimp, a unique twist on the clas­sic bar­be­cued ver­sion. $$ L, D (daily). www.bour­bon­ 144 Bour­bon St., 504.522.0111. Map 3, E4


Cre­ole. Break­fast at Bren­nan’s is back on the New Or­leans menu. Now un­der the helm of new owner Ralph Bren­nan and ex­ec­u­tive chef Slade Rush­ing, the le­gendary eatery con­tin­ues more than six decades of tra­di­tion with long-pop­u­lar clas­sics (tur­tle soup, eggs Hus­sarde, ba­nanas Fos­ter) cou­pled with fresh, con­tem­po­rary takes on Cre­ole cui­sine. $$$ B,L, D (Tu-Su). www.bren­nansnewor­ 417 Royal St., 504.525.9711. Map 3, F4


Louisiana. Lo­cated in a gor­geous French Quar­ter court­yard and car­riage house, this is the per­fect spot for a leisurely out­door lunch or

ro­man­tic din­ner. Try the crab cakes with cit­rus driz­zle, sat­suma-pep­per glazed shrimp or a sea­sonal cock­tail. $$ L (W-Sa), D (W-Su); Su brunch. A quick­ser­vice off­shoot, Pe­tite Amelie, of­fers take­out just next door (900 Royal St., 412-8065). 912 Royal St., 504.412.8965. Map 3, H4


Cof­fee. Light fare, café drinks, and de­li­cious beignets are the draw at these comfy French Quar­ter cof­fee­houses. Tra­di­tional jazz per­for­mances at the Bour­bon Street lo­ca­tion daily, be­gin­ning at 8 am. $ B,L, D (daily). 311 Bour­bon St., 504.525.2611. Map 3, F4; B, L,D (daily) 334-B Royal St., 504.524.5530. Map 3, F4


Cof­fee. No visit to the Cres­cent City is com­plete with­out a stop at Café Du Monde, in op­er­a­tion since 1862. On the menu: café au lait and beignets, the unofficial dough­nuts of New Or­leans. $ 24h (daily).­du­ 800 De­catur St., 504.525.4544. Map 3, G5


Cuban. This rum-cen­tric restau­rant pro­vides a taste of the trop­ics and the city’s Caribbean con­nec­tion. Clas­sic cock­tails are given clever con­tem­po­rary twists, while is­land fla­vors in­form the “sea­sonal smart” menu in dishes such as deep-fried ribs with pa­paya chut­ney. $$ L (W-F), D (nightly); brunch, Sa-Su. www.cane­ 1113 De­catur St., 504.581.1112. Map 3, I5


Deli. This Ital­ian deli-gro­cery is a shrine to old New Or­leans, and is the place to ac­quaint your­self with the clas­sic muf­fuletta sand­wich: lay­ers of pro­volone cheese, olive salad, pick­led veg­eta­bles, mor­tadella, salami and ham. $ L (Tu-Sa). 923 De­catur St., 504.523.1620. Map 3, H5


Cre­ole. No French Quar­ter visit would be com­plete with­out a meal at this ro­man­tic restau­rant, which fea­tures a daily jazz brunch and a nightly a la carte menu. Cre­ole and Ca­jun cui­sine, com­bined with south­ern hos­pi­tal­ity and a mag­i­cal pa­tio set­ting, make for a mem­o­rable dining experience. $$ L, D (daily). www.courtoft­wosis­ 613 Royal St., 504.522.7261. Map 3, G4


Bak­ery. This ven­er­a­ble pas­try shop pro­duces a stun­ning ar­ray of but­tery crois­sants, fresh fruit dan­ishes and any num­ber of dreamy cre­ations de­vised from store­houses of cho­co­late, cream and magic. $ B, L (W-M). 617 Ur­su­line Ave., 504.524.4663. Map 3, H4


Louisiana. In ad­di­tion to its trade­mark oys­ters on the half shell, this Bour­bon Street bistro serves up Bel­gian waf­fles, po’ boys, burg­ers and en­trées such as craw­fish etouf­feé and shrimp and grits. $ B,L, D (daily). www.son­ 300 Bour­bon St. (in the Royal Son­esta Ho­tel), 504.586.0300. Map 3, F4


Steaks. An up­scale steak­house serv­ing su­pe­rior USDA prime beef with lus­cious sauces (try the bar­be­cue rib­eye topped with Abita-beer shrimp or the filet with flash-fried oys­ters). Fea­tured by Maxim as one the na­tion’s 10 best steak­houses as well as in the

Wall Street Jour­nal. $$ L(F), D (nightly). www. dick­iebren­nanssteak­ 716 Iberville St., 504.522.2467. Map 3, E4


Steaks. A stun­ning steak­house and butcher shop fea­tur­ing su­pe­rior qual­ity dry-aged meats. The hunger-in­duc­ing menu im­presses with an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of spe­cialty cuts and an ex­ten­sive wine list. $$$ D (nightly). www.doris­metropoli­ 620 Chartres St., 504.267.3500. Map 3, G4

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