The 5th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival was held this past weekend at Lafayette Square. Many New Orleans restaurants participated in this event, including Saltwater Grill, Mr. B’s Bistro, and Remoulade. Everyone was invited to kick back and enjoy free live music while noshing their way from one food booth to the next. Folks are already anticipating next year’s festival.
It’s important to remember that outstanding seafood is available twelve months a year in New Orleans, not only during the New Orleans Seafood Festival. Once here, visitors may dine in some of the best restaurants in the country. If your mouth has started to water as you read this, book a room in one of our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, and get ready to eat.
A few favorite New Orleans restaurants:
- Cafe Minh. The best of Vietnamese and Creole cuisines. Try the bouillabaisse with Vietnamese vermicelli.
- Galatoire’s. You can’t call ahead for a reservation, but it’s worth standing in line to taste Crabmeat Sardou.
- Vizard’s. Eat here while you can, for executive chef Kevin Vizard has a tendency to open and close restaurants the way most of us open and close doors. Try the Oysters Mancuso – fried oysters, toast, claw crabmeat, green onion, and oyster deem. Mmmm.
- Commander’s Palace. A Garden District treasure, this restaurant has been a New Orleans favorite since 1880. These days, 90% of the ingredients come from within 100 miles of the restaurants. Try the Soft Shell Crab Bisque or Turtle Soup (technically not a seafood, but turtles do swim).
- Mr. B’s Bistro. Try the dark, flavorful gumbo and the famous barbecued shrimp. The menu changes with the seasons.
This is far from an exhaustive list, and guests should not hesitate to ask innkeepers of their New Orleans Bed and Breakfast for dining suggestions. Bon appetit!