Creole Cuisine: New Orleans' Top-Rated Specialty Restaurants

When choosing from New Orleans restaurants, a traditional Creole meal comes to mind. After all, you're in the birth place of this melting pot cuisine. Spanish and Canarian influences brought heat, rice and beans, while Italians inspired the use of tomatoes. Blends of French, British, Caribbean, Irish, German, Greek, Mediterranean, Indian and African flavors all come together to create the most gratifying and distinctive creole dishes. No wonder Creole comes to mind. While staying at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, try BBOnline's recommendations for delicious New Orleans Creole restaurants.

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
(504) 861-0886
www.jacquesimoscafe.com

Jacques-Imo's Cafe is an offbeat restaurant that is among the top-rated creole cuisine in New Orleans, and for good reason. The creative mixtures of Creole, Cajun and Southern spices makes it a delicious stop for visitors while staying at a New Orleans Inn. Yet the colorful walls, chaotic bar and funky atmosphere is unique enough to keep locals coming back for more. Situated in Uptown, guests stroll through the kitchen before reaching the dining room, getting a glance at mouth watering plates waiting to be gobbled by rumbling bellies. However, before guests get to try these delicious entrees themselves, they have the opportunity to indulge in corn bread so good, they will already be satisfied with their visit. However, Chef Jacques Leonardi would be disappointed if visitor's did not try the Fried Chicken, Shrimp Creole, or Crab Meat Stuffed Catfish. Plenty of game is also sprinkled throughout the menu with flavored Creole flare. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations are only made for parties of 5 or more. Dinner is served at 5:30pm Monday through Saturday. Recommended to attend early, the wait can get extremely long. However, certainly among the best of New Orleans restaurants.

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
(504) 891-9822
www.upperline.com

Located in Uptown and within an 1877 New Orleans townhouse, Upperline Restaurant takes great pleasure in their innovative Creole menu. Begin your fine dining experience with starters like Fried Green Tomato with Shrimp Remoulade, Duck and Andouille Etouffée and Corn Cakes, or Crispy Sweetbreads over Polenta, and although it's easy to do, don't fill up. Guests still have entrees, including Roast Duck with Ginger Peach Sauce, Rack of New Zealand Lamb with Mint Madeira Reduction, and New Orleans Style Veal Grillades with Mushrooms and Cheddar Grits awaiting their indulgence. Upperline is one of New Orleans' most notable Creole restaurants. Eyes will not only be engulfed by visions of food, but by the antiques, jazz posters, photographs and paintings that decorate the walls. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 5:30pm. Reservations are recommended.

Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-7273
www.courtoftwosisters.com

Court of Two Sisters truly demonstrates traditional creole cooking at its best. Although the menu is slightly limited, it is still enticing with Corn Fried Des Allemands Catfish with Crab Meat Nappa Slaw, Seared Duck Breast a l'Orange with Confit Dirty Rice and Louisiana Shrimp and Grits. Besides their delicious entrees, the restaurant is by far one of the most beautiful in New Orleans. Foliage covers Court of Two Sisters' patio courtyard, making it one of the most appealing and romantic restaurants in the French Quarter as well. The only Jazz Brunch Buffet in New Orleans is available 9am to 3pm daily, while a la carte dining is open 5:30pm to 10:30pm nightly. When it comes to New Orleans restaurants, Court of Two Sisters hits the creole spot.