Brett Anderson, lisbdnet.com | The Times-Picayune Published Nov 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Updated Jul 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm Published Nov 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Updated Jul 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm
By Brett Anderson, lisbdnet.com | The Times-Picayune
The Warehouse and Central Business districts are the parts of New Orleans that most resemble other cities – the sky-scraping downtown that holds the office jobs. The neighborhoods also happen to be among the most rapidly evolving, morphing into, among other things, destinations concentrated with great restaurants. The following 12 are drawn from Brett Anderson”s longer list of Critic”s Picks: Best New Orleans restaurants.
640 Carondelet St., New Orleans, 504.459.4449
Balise is a serious restaurant wrapped in a speakeasy façade. It is also compelling evidence that owners Justin and Mia Devillier – the couple behind Uptown’s terrific La Petite Grocery – know real estate as well as food. What was a desolate-looking corner of downtown when Balise opened in 2015 is now rubbing elbows with the bustling Ace Hotel New Orleans.
601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, 504.613.3860
This collaboration between chefs John Besh and Brian Landry in the Hyatt Regency is home to some of the most inventive and lyrical Louisiana seafood cookery in town.
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, 504.588.2123
Stephen Stryjewski and Donald Link’s Cajun-Southern hot spot is the most influential local restaurant to open in the post-Katrina era. An expansion earlier this year brought much-needed elbow room.
611 O”Keefe St., New Orleans, 504.309.9422
Company Burger is a burger joint informed by a modern chef’s values. Adam Biderman is that chef, and he makes New Orleans’ best hamburger. The South Market outpost is the second Company Burger location; the flagship is Uptown, on Freret Street.
535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, 504.599.2119
Compère Lapin”s food, while anchored loosely in chef Nina Compton”s native Caribbean, doesn”t follow a familiar narrative. It exists in the post-genre wilderness we live in, albeit an idealized version where the majority of the food is disorientingly excellent.
123 Baronne St., New Orleans, 504.648.6020
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Domenica is the restaurant where chef and co-owner Alon Shaya came to prominence before his second restaurant, Shaya, sent his profile into the clouds. It is also the most accomplished top-to-bottom Italian restaurant in New Orleans.
800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, 504.528.9393
The restaurant that put Emeril Lagasse on the map also invented the Warehouse District as a dining destination.
701 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, 504.524.4114
Donald Link’s New Orleans bistro-tratttoria is the only restaurant that has appeared on every one of critic Brett Anderson’s Top 10 restaurant lists.
870 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, 504.525.8205
The rich cuts of meat at this excellent Argentine-style steakhouse pair well with the kitchen”s housemade chimichurri sauces; the exemplary frites; the pepperoncini and avocado garnishes as well as the lush South American red wines.
Peche Seafood Grill
800 Magazine St., New Orleans, La., 504.522.1744
Pêche does for Louisiana seafood what its overseers at Link Restaurant Group did for pork at Cochon. Go with a group and order one of the evening”s whole roasted fish selections.
301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, 504.299.9777
The flagship of chef John Besh’s ever-expanding restaurant empire. Under chef de cuisine Todd Pulsinell, the kitchen continues to set a high standard for traditional fine dining in New Orleans.
611 O”Keefe Ave.
, New Orleans, 504.509.7334
The year-old restaurant and bakery brought definition to the South Market neighborhood and has managed to be many things to lots of people – at breakfast, lunch and dinner.