July 30, 2012

New Orleans Foodie

Eating out in the Big Easy has never tasted so good — especially with three highly-anticipated restaurant openings, farmers' markets, cooking schools and a Brigtsen's Restaurant recipe for Trout Muniere that puts fresh ingredients and Southern cooking top of plate.

And don't forget that August is New Orleans Restaurant Month — local restaurants are offering stellar deals all month during COOLinary New Orleans.


3 New French Quarter Restaurants
As if New Orleans' already impressive lineup of restaurants turning out everything from succulent Oysters Rockefeller to buttery grits weren't mouthwatering enough (impossible!), these new-on-the-scene eateries are bringing upscale Louisiana flavors to the Vieux Carré.
1. Restaurant R'evolution: New Orleans has been buzzing about the June opening of Restaurant R'evolution. Located in the Royal Sonesta, this French Quarter restaurant takes Cajun and Creole cuisine to a new level, presenting jazzed-up New Orleans' classics like po-boys, gulf shrimp and grits, and gumbo. The menu was conceived by award-winning Louisiana chefs, John Folse and Rick Tramonto, and the ambiance is reminiscent of a Creole mansion.
2. Criollo: Can't get enough of those Louisiana flavors? Try Criollo Restaurant and Lounge, housed in the Hotel Monteleone right next to the Carousel Bar in the French Quarter. Pronounced kree-oh-loh, Criollo is Spanish for Creole, and the menu blends French, Spanish, Italian and African flavors to create what the chef calls Louisiana Fusion. Chef de Cuisine Joseph Maynard says: "We are working closely with local farmers for a farm-to-table approach using all fresh ingredients. Additionally, all food items purchased for the restaurant will be from the Gulf Coast region."
3. SoBou : This is what a "modern Creole saloon" should be: sleek, handcrafted cocktails; a beer garden; a locally sourced menu and a rich atmosphere. SoBou opens this summer in the newly revamped W Hotel French Quarter. Foodies will appreciate the small plates inspired by Louisiana street food — all brought to you by the folks behind the legendary Commander's Palace.
Farmers' Markets
The eat-local trend is hot all over the country, but no place dishes out the local goods quite like New Orleans. Heirloom tomatoes, ocean-fresh seafood, earthy mushrooms and fragrant herbs rule this season. The French Market Farmers' Market offers wandering epicureans all the lusciously fresh produce they could wish for, plus food vendors selling po-boys, cheeses, wines, pralines and more. Find out what's fresh this season in New Orleans.
 
Cooking Schools
Are you more of a DIY food extraordinaire? Learn to whip up New Orleans' most beloved dishes at a cooking school where you can discover the secrets to delicious jambalaya, bisque and more. Crescent City Cooks! offers small class sizes and views of the Mississippi River; New Orleans Cooking Experience classes are held in a luxurious 19th-century Victorian mansion; and the New Orleans School of Cooking focuses on traditional Creole and Cajun delicacies.
 
Culinary Tours
With French, Creole, Cajun and other cuisines mingling together, the Big Easy is a melting pot of culinary influences and regional ingredients. Choose a tour from Destination Kitchen/Food Tours New Orleans to indulge in fare from classic New Orleans restaurants while learning the history behind the cuisine. 
*This post is originally from neworleanscvb.com