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Whether you’re a gourmand who keeps up with James Beard awards or a fan of fried chicken, fresh shrimp, tasty gumbo and beignets, if you have an interest in good food, you’ll want to eat at the New Orleans restaurants.
But where to dine? Maybe you’re looking to bang out a bunch of quick visits, checking several of the city’s most iconic dishes off your culinary checklist, but if you have the time and budget, we recommend you dine at the city’s top eateries, from the famous names in formal fine dining to quirky, casual joints that can only be found in the Crescent City.
It’s worth keeping an eye on the newest spots and latest trends, many of which are driven by out-of-towners and restaurant groups, but locals choose to support and celebrate the places that have put the city’s dining scene on the global map, many of which serve the specific dishes that remain endemic to the local culture.