Everybody knows that New Orleans is a food city, but with the plethora of choices in the Big Easy, knowing where to go can be a difficult task. The Manual ate its way through the city just so we can tell you where to go. We may have gained five pounds, but we certainly enjoyed every moment of it of eating savory po-boys, mouthwatering oysters and melt-in-your-mouth sandwiches.
Gentlemen, make sure you put your jackets on, this restaurant is steeped in New Orleans tradition. It’s also where Emeril Lagasse got his start. Also, did we mention there are 25-cent martinis during lunch? You can’t go wrong with this place.
1403 Washington Avenue
If it’s a po-boy sandwich that you want, head to Verti Marte. It may look like a small hole-in-the-wall corner deli, but they make some of the best po-boys in the city. Even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie think so! Just make sure to allow enough waiting time, the sandwich makers in the back may take awhile, but trust us, it’s worth it! Also, if you’re not ravenous, one sandwich is more than enough for two people.
1201 Royal Street
Head over to the Bywater to Bacchanal Wine. It’s the perfect place for outdoor dining, good wine, and amazing dishes like thecrispy pork shoulder with Mexican oregano, iceberg lettuce, hominy and pickled radish, or the roasted pork belly with green apple, sultana raisins and capers.
600 Poland Avenue
This establishment may be new, but they certainly know what they’re doing. The menu consists of innovative small plates like steak à la mode with foie gras ice cream and escargot eclair with bleu cheese mousse and persillade and entrées like grilled sweetbreads with braised oxtail, chard stems and grilled bread. Make sure to try the fried oysters with white remoulade they’re so good that they melt in your mouth!
2600 Dauphine Street
We had a few of the best sandwiches we’ve ever had at this butcher shop and restaurant. The muffaletta was a pure joy to eat and the Gambino had bread so soft and fluffy, a perfect compliment to the meats and arugula inside it.
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
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