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Best of Guide: New Orleans Appetizers

Best of Guide: New Orleans Appetizers

Crab? Shrimp? Oyster? New Orleans has an app for that. While the French name for appetizers–hors d’oeuvres–literally means, “outside of the masterpiece,” here in New Orleans every course is a masterpiece. if you can pass up an appetizer from our world-famous chefs, than you’re better than we are. Here are some not to be missed.

Onion Rings from Hard Rock Café

Onion Rings from Hard Rock Café

Like Beyoncé says, “Put a ring on it.” The tower of onion rings at Hard Rock Café is a must. If you’re deciding between it and another appetizer, order both. Read our review.

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Alligator Sausage from Gumbo Shop

We confess - we usually like our alligator on swamp tours rather than on our plate - but this appetizer at the Gumbo Shop changed our minds. There's nothing gamey or fishy or slimy about it, and it's served with their yummy Fish Sauce, made with Creole mustard, orange marmalade, ketchup and horseradish. Get this gator now not later!

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Fried Cauliflower from Garrison Kitchen + Cocktails

The menu at Garrison Kitchen + Bar includes several appetizers, created to share. To pick just one doesn't seem fair but if you're a Fried Cauliflower lover, this is the place to go. Executive Chef John Sinclair's version with dried chili, lime and ranch has just the right amount of spicy. We ate every bite.

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Boudin Balls from Boudin Balls from Iberville Cuisine

Until now, you had to go to a Cajun Country convenience store to find boudin balls this good. Our congratulations to Chef Craig Nutton. These are fantastic.

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Drunken Halloumi from Byblos

Drunken Halloumi from Byblos thumb

We’ve tried to order another app at Byblos, but once you’ve had the Drunken Halloumi you can’t go back. How can something as simple as tomatoes, cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and garlic be so good? You’re just going to have to take our word for it: it is! Photo credit: Bybos Instagram

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Gator Tail Bites from Mambo's

Gator Tail Bites from Mambo's thumb

Don’t let anyone tell you gator tastes like chicken because it’s way better. This app from Mambo’s is marinated white meat gator tail served fried or blackened with delicious remoulade sauce. It’s best enjoyed on the rooftop.

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Tuna Poke at Pelican Club

Tuna Poke at Pelican Club thumb

Everything at the Pelican Club looks as good as it tastes and their Tuna Poke made with onions, avocado crema and mango and served with tortilla chips is no exception. Exchange Alley is one of the most picturesque spots in the French Quarter. Take a seat outside and enjoy a memorable evening.

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Hot Blue Crab Dip from Porter & Luke's

Hot Blue Crab Dip from Porter & Luke's thumb

We’ve never met a crab dip we didn’t like but this one we love! This Old Metairie restaurant is known for this app, featuring fresh Louisiana crabmeat baked in a decadent parmesan cream served with warm crostinis. Tell ‘em you heard about it on

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Fried Crawfish Pies from Felix's

Fried Crawfish Pies from Felix's thumb

Me, oh, my, we love our crawfish hand pies in New Orleans and the ones on the menu at Felix’s are good inside and out. They’re perfectly seasoned and the crust is just right. You can enjoy them at both the French Quarter and Lakefront restaurants.

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Oysters Rizzuto

Oysters Rizzuto thumb

The lovely Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans is home to Rizzuto’s Ristorante & Chop House. Our favorite app there is Oysters Rizzuto–and inspired combination of freshly shucked oysters, lemon, breadcrumbs, pecorino Romano and oregano. If you’re not from here, this is something to write home about.

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Shrimp and Tasso Corndogs from 3rd Block Depot Restaurant + Bar

Shrimp and Tasso Corndogs from 3rd Block Depot Restaurant + Bar thumb

This isn’t like any corndog you had at the parish fair, dawlin’! Made with a crispy cornmeal crust, hot sauce aioli, and sticky pepper jelly, the Shrimp and Tasso Corndogs at 3rd Block Depot Restaurant + Bar definitely belong in our Best of Guide: Appetizers. 

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