You can find anything and everything in New Orleans, but most people come to
sample the local cuisine, both Cajun and Creole. "Tennessee," a local
taxi driver, explained the difference: "A Creole do take fo' chicken and
feed one guy, while a Cajun, he take one chicken and feed fo'." Here are
our ratings on the places we sampled:
Acme Oyster House: Our favorite for appetizers; one of the
liveliest eateries in town, a good show with friendly, humorous service.
Delicious oysters on the half shell at bargain prices. Cheap.
K-Paul's Kitchen: The best meal we had on our trip. Recently
expanded and renovated, the open kitchen on the second floor is atmospheric,
but overall, the decor is nothing special. Service is average; the maitre d',
Brennan's Redfish Grill: A new addition to the Brennan
restaurant group. The decor is casual, interesting, eclectic; the service was
okay; the food disappointing. Moderate.
Ralph & Cacoos: Indifferent service; forgettable food.
The Café du Monde: Once a great place to sip coffee and savor a
beignet, now just another overcrowded tourist hangout.
Lucky Cheng's: A theatrically fantastic and surrealistic trip into another
world of serviceif not food. Only for the open- minded:
servers/performers are all drag queens! The main attraction is the
showimpromptu, staged, and often interactive. The Asian-Creole fare and
its presentation are pretty good. Moderate.