Graduation. The G-word. Real life. It’s time to say goodbye to our days of living off Ramen noodles, being able to stomach Diesel drinks, and staying up all night dancing on pool tables while eating cheese fries.

Take advantage of having your parents in town and go to dinner at that one place you’ve always wanted to try. Can’t decide? We’ll help.

G.W. Fins


Photo courtesy of GW Fin’s

New Orleans specializes in seafood, and GW Fin’s will surely give you a top-of-the-line culinary and seafood experience.

Cuisine: Fresh seafood
Signature item: Scalibut: Alaskan halibut with scallops and a lobster risotto



Photo courtesy of Antoine’s

Having been in New Orleans since 1840, you can bet that Antoine’s has definitely perfected their culinary craft.

Cuisine: French-Creole
Signature item: Oysters Rockefeller



Photo courtesy of Brennan’s

This classic New Orleans restaurant just underwent a $20 million renovation, so make sure to stop by for jazz brunch or try their world famous banana’s foster.

Cuisine: Cajun, Creole
Signature item: Banana’s Foster

Mr. B’s


Photo courtesy of Mr. B’s

A sibling of Brennan’s, Mr. B’s will be one of the best Creole dining experiences you’ll have in the city.

Cuisine: Cajun bistro
Specialty item: BBQ shrimp (don’t forget to wear the bib!)



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Nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant and Best Chef: South, you’ll be making a mistake by not eating here.

Cuisine: Seafood
Signature item: Whole grilled fish



Photo courtesy of Galatoire’s

This local landmark was considered to be Tennessee Williams’ favorite restaurant. If he liked it, so should you.

Cuisine: French Creole
Signature item: Fried soft shell crab



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Two words: John Besh. Their executive chef Alon Shaya was also just nominated for a coveted James Beard Award.

Cuisine: Italian
Signature item: Roasted cauliflower with whipped feta



Photo courtesy of Emeril’s

Pay homage to one of your favorite Top Chef judges by eating here.

Cuisine: American, Creole
Signature item: Grilled pork chop with green mole sauce

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