What is New Orleans’ restaurant scene like?

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Famous for its culinary scene, New Orleans has a spicy flavor of its own. With world-famous dishes such as jambalaya and gumbo hailing from the Crescent City, it’s no wonder that the restaurant scene is full of good old comfort food. While you won’t find a ton of your typical gourmand restaurants, the city is bursting at the seams with it’s own unique style of dining.

The New Orleans restaurant scene wouldn’t be complete without Emeril Lagasse. More famous for his love of everything Creole and his signature tagline — BAM! — this celebrity chef has also made a name for himself in New Orleans when with his multiple dining venues. A meal at any of his three restaurants — Emeril’s New Orleans, Emeril’s Delmonico and NOLA — is one that you won’t soon forget.

Though Emeril plays a big part in the New Orleans food movement, there’s more to the Big Easy than the celebrity chef. No matter where you go in the city, you’ll find comforting soul food, Cajun classics and Creole favorites. Suffice to say, no matter how many of these New Orleans foods you’ve tried elsewhere, there’s nothing like the real deal.

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The New Orleans restaurant scene is more cutting-edge than it has been in years. Classics high end establishments like Restaurant August, Commander's Palace, and Forbes Four Star Rated Bayona and The Grill Room anchor the local dining scene and are strong national ambassadors of the city's food chops.

But Root, Restaurant R'evolution, Crillo, SoBou and many, many other recent high-end additions to the restaurant scene abound.

In addition to the classic New Orleans seafood dishes in cream sauce the city is known for, you'll find gastronomic innovators developing feats of culinary daring with locally sourced ingredients, making the Crescent City more of an adventurous foodie's paradise than ever.

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