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Best Of The Rest: French Quarter Restaurants

French Quarter RestaurantsThe major thoroughfares aren’t the only streets with great restaurants in the French Quarter. Tucked into the side streets are a number of not to be missed dinning opportunities.

On these side streets you can find everything from award winning fine dining restaurants like GW Finns to more laid back places like Café Pontalba that will be sure to satisfy your craving for Cajun or Creole cuisine.

Café Pontalba

Diners at Café Pontabla can look out at Jackson Square as they enjoy their Creole or Cajun dishes. Keep an eye out for their crawfish etouffee or order one of their po-boys.

Deanie’s Seafood

In a town known for seafood, Deanie’s stands out. Locals love their crawfish and people drive hundreds of miles to dine there. Put Deanie’s on your list of restaurants to visit while you’re in town or you may regret it.

GW Finns

GW Finns has earned the Zagat Rating for Best Seafood Restaurant in New Orleans and continues to wow diners and critics with their consistently wonderful seafood dishes and expansive wine list. It’s within walking distance from most major downtown hotels.

Hard Rock Café

This rock & roll themed restaurant has a distinct New Orleans twist at their French Quarter location. Indulge in a Hurricane mixed drink while dining on their American classic dishes.

Le Meritage

The chefs at Le Meritage are as passionate about food Southern food as they are their wine list. They work hard to prepare to the perfect meal to be accompanied by an exquisite wine.

New Orleans School Of Cooking

It’s obviously not your average sit down restaurant. Learn how to cook New Orleans style and enjoy samples of the dishes that are cooked in front of you.  Each day there’s a different meal prepared! By the time you go back home, you’ll know how to cook like a local.

Oceana Grill

At the corner of Bourbon and Conti Streets you can find Oceana Grill. In a casual setting, including a large New Orleans style courtyard, you can dine on local Louisiana Seafood, genuine New Orleans dishes and lots of Southern hospitality.

Pelican Club

Hidden in Exchange Alley is the Pelican Club, a destination for French Creole inspired food. They feature a four course prix fixe menu with entrees like Louisiana Cioppino, which is Gulf Fish, Shrimp, Scallops and Mussels with a side of Linguini in a Tomato Basil Sauce.

Ralph & Kacoo’s

Located in the heart of the French Quarter at 519 Toulouse, Ralph & Kacoo’s has a laid back atmosphere and mouthwatering Louisiana seafood. Must try’s on their menu include Blackened Gator and Shrimp Beignets.

Steamboat Natchez

Okay, so this one technically isn’t in the French Quarter. However, it does dock where the French Quarter meets the Mississippi. The Steamboat Natchez cruises up and down the beautiful Mississippi, along with enjoying the view, you can enjoy great music and traditional Creole food.

Stay tuned, next week we look at other restaurants that are near the French Quarter in the Central Business District (CBD).

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