The Best Restaurants To Try When Visiting New Orleans
New Orleans is legendary because of Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street and my favorite, the Cajun cuisine. Nothing tastes better than the combination of seafood and Cajun spices. When visiting the Big Easy, you must indulge in the many delectable restaurants that are at your fingertips. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Below are five of the best restaurants you have to try when you are in the New Orleans area.
Acme Oyster House
Original Location: 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, La 70130The well-known Acme Oyster House has been open since 1910. They have a few locations including Baton Rouge, Metairie, and Covington. However, the original restaurant is located in the French Quarter. Their menu is comprised of authentic Cajun cuisine like seafood gumbo, jambalaya and po-boys. They have everything from oysters, crawfish, crab, and shrimp. My favorite item on the menu is the soft-shell crab po-boy. Additionally, they are renowned for their delicious oysters. Because of their famous cooking, this restaurant often has a long line. Do not let the line scare you away because it moves swiftly. You will not have to wait for a seat for very long. Plus, it is worth the wait. If you are looking for the best place to try Cajun cooking in the French Quarter, head over to Acme Oyster House.
Location: 1330 Prytania St., New Orleans, La 70130An entirely plant-based restaurant is Seed. “Garden Based. Nola Taste.” is their motto. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you have to eat at this restaurant. The menu consists of traditional Cajun meals but with a vegan twist. Even if you are plant-based, you do not have to miss out on the delicious food New Orleans offers. Seed’s menu contains vegan gumbo, po-boys, and beignets. For those health enthusiasts who are looking for a hearty meal, try out Seed. Even though the food is nutritious, it is still incredibly tasty.
The Velvet Cactus
Location: 6300 Argonne Blvd., New Orleans, La 70124The Velvet Cactus is a self-described Mexican inspired eatery and funky art joint. For those who do not relate to the love of Cajun food, I want to include a restaurant that is not mainly comprised of seafood. The classic margarita is famous at Velvet Cactus, which is made with fresh lime juice and cane sugar. Other delicious and flavorful margaritas are available. Additionally, the restaurant includes an upbeat atmosphere that generates fun and positive vibes. Plus, they have patio seating that is decorated with fountains and twinkling lights, which is perfect on fall, Louisiana nights. It is an excellent place to hang out, have a few drinks and indulge in wonderful Mexican dishes. Their menu consists of classic tex-mex choices like quesadillas, nachos, and tacos. However, there are also a few options with a New Orleans’s touch: crawfish boil queso, crawfish banditos, and Deep South tacos.
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Original Location: 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, La 70002Since opening in 1969, Drago’s has produced some of the finest seafood cuisine. Drago’s offers delicious oysters and lobsters. Drago’s has two locations in the New Orleans area. The original restaurant is in Metairie, which is a suburb of New Orleans. Poydras Street at Hilton New Orleans Riverside is the other location. The menu consists of charbroiled oysters, Cajun caviar, lobster mac and cheese, fried gator bites, oyster chowder, gumbo, and many more seafood inspired dishes. If you are looking to indulge in premium seafood cuisine in the New Orleans area, check out Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Mulate’s, The Original Cajun Restaurant
Location: 201 Julia St., New Orleans, La 70130Mulate’s calls themselves “the king of Cajun dining and dance halls” for a reason. This Cajun geared restaurant prides itself on their tasty recipes, live Cajun music and dancing hall. Mulate’s is the perfect restaurant with enjoyable food and exciting entertainment. Plus, it was voted the best Cajun restaurant of 2016. Additionally, the menu consists of alligator dishes, crawfish étouffée, gumbo, po-boys, red beans and rice, and the best sweet tea you will ever taste. If you want to experience the food and culture of South Louisiana then, put on your dancing shoes, and head over to the fantastic and authentic Mulate’s.