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My Southern Comfort’s Top 5 Local Restaurant Favorites

Few places in the country are as diverse in their food offerings as New Orleans. The sheer number of casual and fine dining options is a good indication that the city takes its restaurant scene very seriously. Regardless of the type of cuisine, you’re craving, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find it served up somewhere in the area. The biggest problem you’ll have when it comes time to eat is deciding where to go. Read on for some suggestions on which New Orleans restaurants you should consider giving a try during your stay.

Desi Steaks

Desi Steaks the widespread rumor (started some ten years ago in this newsletter) that Mr. John’s is the city’s best steakhouse made tables there irritatingly difficult to find. The solution to this problem was to open a second steakhouse with equally alluring food, close enough to get the overflow from the original but far enough away to have its own clientele, too. The concept is simple: the entire steak repertoire is USDA Prime grade (more of a rarity than is widely believed), and the steaks come out with New Orleans-style sizzling butter

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Shaya restaurant marries Israeli staples with Southern flavors and modern techniques, striking a balance between innovation and tradition. Shaya approaches Israeli cuisine as a grand mosaic, drawing influence and inspiration from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. The contemporary menu reflects the ongoing evolution of Israeli food and celebrates the abundance of Louisiana. Shaya highlights seasonal, responsibly- and locally-sourced ingredients.

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Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House specializes in oysters; grilled, fried, & raw. They serve daily lunch and dinner specials at our Metairie and St. Charles locations. They also offer fresh seafood options, traditional classic favorites, and mouth-watering dishes for the whole family! Open for Lunch & Dinner, Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar has something for everyone.

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Toast is a neighborhood bakery where you can sit at the breakfast bar while sipping a cafe au lait and enjoying omelets or you can grab a coffee and cinnamon roll on your way to work. All breads, jams, custards, and curds are made in house daily.

TOUP’s Meatery

TOUP’s Meatery When you eat with the Toups family, it’s an experience. They’ve been in Louisiana for over 300 years, so they’ve developed an incredible relationship with the food and the land. Inspired by these deep-rooted Louisiana family traditions, Isaac and Amanda opened Toups’ Meatery restaurant in the Spring of 2012 to share that unique eating experience with the food-loving people of New Orleans. At Toups’ Meatery, you’ll find authentic cracklins’ on the menu, which have been called “equal to Christendom’s finest”, cocktails by the pitcher, and the Meatery Board, a wonderful selection of house-cured meats and accompaniments. Slow-cooked, meltingly tender Lamb Neck, Confit Chicken Thighs with chicken liver and cornbread dressing, and other substantive dishes that reflect Chef Isaac’s sophisticated approach to Cajun cuisine.