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Bourbon Street - Best Upscale Restaurants

Bourbon Street signUndoubtedly, Bourbon Street is the most famous and infamous street in all of New Orleans. Touting a long and storied past, Bourbon Street transformed from a primarily residential space to the commercial behemoth it is today in the early 1900's. Both French and Spanish architectural influences are evident in the many historic buildings remaining today.

While there's always a party happening on Bourbon Street, many respites exist for a good meal and a quick break. This week we're featuring the our favorite upscale restaurants on Bourbon Street.

The Embers Steakhouse resides in the space of the original Bourbon House. Steeped in history, the Embers proudly carries on the tradition of sizzling steaks and succulent seafood. While visiting, treat yourself to the Embers Bourbon House Special, an eight ounce beef filet with jumbo shrimp, demi-glace, garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Opening in 2007, Le Bayou is a relative newcomer to the Bourbon Street scene. The menu is inspired by the rural fare of Louisiana, seeking to conjure a "home away from home" feeling. Le Bayou serves up Cajun specialities with a gourmet flare. One interesting dish is the Blackened Shrimp & Cajun Jambalaya, which features gulf shrimp, juicy chicken and spicy andouille.

Pier 424 offers a wide variety of fresh seafood. Boasting an extensive seafood menu, Pier 424's offerings include oysters, lobster, boiled seafood, and fresh fish prepared to order. Delectable seafood is served daily in a unique market-style setting. Take a break from Bourbon Street on their covered balcony and enjoy a few boiled crabs and a boat load of boiled crawfish.

Located in the historical first block of Bourbon Street, the Red Fish Grill has been pleasing diners since the late 1990's. The modern, stylish interior is the perfect setting for its fantastic seafood-based menu. For a special treat, try the Pecan Crusted Gulf Fish, featuring bacon braised greens, turnips and butternut squash puree.

Tony Moran's is a restaurant like no other on Bourbon Street. Nestled in the space that once was the Old Absinthe House, it specializes in Northern Italian cuisine with local influences. A good bet on this menu is the Fresh Fish New Orleans-style, featuring a daily fresh catch topped with crabmeat and lemon butter sauce.

As you can see, Bourbon Street offers a wide variety of experiences, including fine dining. Join us next week as we explore the more casual side of the Bourbon Street dining scene.

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