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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Brennans

Recommended by: Marc Forgione (Chef/Owner, Khe-Yo)

Brennan’s takes Creole fare and gives it a sophisticated, upscale flare. While the fine-dining restaurant is famous for its bubblegum-pink façade, its opulent breakfasts and bananas Foster flambéed tableside are what truly keep both tourists and locals coming back for more.  Make a Reservation. www.brennansneworleans.com  

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Johnny’s Po’ Boys

Recommended by: Rutina Wesley (Actress)

Smoked sausage, hot roast beef topped with fried shrimp, veal parmesan, French fries – these are just a few of the things you’ll find stuffed in a po’boy at Johnny’s, the oldest family-owned po’boy restaurant in the world. Leave your expectations for trendy, comfortable dining at home, and be prepared for a crammed lunch counter [...]

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K Pauls

Recommended by: Alex Guarnaschelli (Top Chef)

Paul Prudhomme is considered to be one of the original kings of Creole cooking, so you can trust that you will be taken care of at K Pauls, his upscale but laid back restaurant in the French Quarter. Open kitchens occupy both floors of the 19th century townhouse, giving diners a show to enjoy alongside [...]

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Mona’s Cafe

Recommended by: Kim Dickens (Actress)

Mona’s Cafe offers a retreat for those who wish to take a break from the rich and heavy cuisine of New Orleans. Moderately priced Middle Eastern food is served in a laid-back, no frills environment. Kebabs are grilled to perfection, pitas are warm and pillowy and the hummus is the perfect amount of creamy. The [...]

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Nola

Recommended by: Jennifer Beals (Actress)

This upscale casual restaurant right in the heart of the French Quarter boasts a truly eclectic menu. Prime seating location here is hands-down the chef’s bar in front of the wood-fire oven. Try the warm Ooey Gooey Cake: moist chocolate cake with marshmallows and coffee ice cream. And of course, the Shrimp and Grits are [...]

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Sylvain

Recommended by: Gillian Jacobs (Actress), Kim Dickens (Actress)

This trendy gastropub is uncharacteristic of the restaurants found in the French Quarter. A tree-covered courtyard, combined with elegantly restored 18th-century interiors create a post-modern ambiance that matches an unpretentious, New American menu. Added bonus: Sylvain is known to have a killer cocktail menu, as well as an extensive list of American whiskeys. Make a [...]