by Sal Mannino
There are many reasons visitors keep coming back to New Orleans but our fabulous food is always at the top of every list. For tourism and conventions to return to our great city post Hurricane Katrina, restaurants will be the driving force that brings our city back. Since New Orleans restaurants employ thousands of local workers, we celebrate each time one of our precious jewels re-opens.
While Mardi Gras 2006 is the date industry officials have targeted for the world to know that New Orleans is back in business, restaurants have been opening since early October! By carnival season, we will be very close to full force...at least in the downtown tourism districts.
It is impossible to think of New Orleans without talking about its food. Visitors and locals alike can dine at the finest restaurants in the world, many located in the historic French Quarter and most in walking distance from our great downtown hotels or just a streetcar or buggy ride away.
Festivals are big in New Orleans and they use local restaurants as the hook to lure their patrons. The annual French Quarter Festival is known for the World's Largest Jazz Brunch and it's hard to choose which one of the over 200 items you will want to enjoy at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's Food Fair. At the Tomato Festival, Crawfish Festival, Shrimp Festival, Strawberry Festival...and the list of hundreds goes on an on...great food is the key.
Plain and simple, or extra spicy and hot, our restaurants are paramount to bringing New Orleans back!
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