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 has a slew of must-try iconic foods, from beignets and po-boys to Bananas Foster and red beans. It’s no surprise that some of the best versions of these dishes were created at the most famous restaurants in New Orleans. The city’s unique culinary history is unquestionable, and the best way to explore it is through these classic restaurants.
Diners can enjoy the city’s hospitality alongside its Cajun, Creole, African, Italian, French and Caribbean influences in everything from high-end, white tablecloth restaurants to hole-in-the-wall neighborhood joints. You can fill years with unforgettable dining experiences at both top restaurants and bars around town, but for a sampling of the dining delights that have made their mark on the rich culinary landscape, these are the most famous New Orleans restaurants that are a must for locals and visitors alike.
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