Dooky Chase's—and chef Leah Chase—are New Orleans icons. The Treme restaurant is known for its role in the Civil Rights movement, when many leaders used it as a meeting spot for shared meals. The walls are adorned with an impressive collection of African-American art and, of course, the food contributes to the fame: some of the best fried chicken in town, a menu of Creole classics and an impressive lunch buffet are must-tries.
New Orleans is known for its amazing restaurants, many of which have been around for more than 100 years, and its famous foods. While the list of the best restaurants in New Orleans is constantly changing, with impressive new ones opening regularly, the most famous restaurants in New Orleans are reliable classics — serving Creole cuisine, Southern fare, Cajun classics and more — that everyone should try at least once. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, these restaurants are a must.
With a rich culinary history that goes back generations, New Orleans is a can’t-miss dining destination. The city’s food traditions are a key element of its cultural history. Cajun, Creole, African, Italian, French and other influences remain prominent in the local cuisine. Here you can try iconic dishes (like the beignet) at the kitchens from which they originated, or just check out notable restaurants that have gained fame, or achieved cult status, for more than just their food. Some spots also house the best bars in New Orleans, and serve up excellent versions of classic cocktails like the sazerac.
While this list is a great start for exploring the culinary history of New Orleans, it’s just a drop in the bucket. There are countless neighborhood joints and hole-in-the-wall spots in and around the city that tell the story of the city's cuisine. So next time you visit, while you’re exploring the best things to do in New Orleans, be sure to check out some lesser known spots after you eat at these famous restaurants.
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