NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Zagat Survey is releasing the results of its 2009 New Orleans travel survey today. The guide in its 20th edition covers 704 of the city's finest restaurants, nightspots, attractions and hotels, based on the input from 3,877 local consumers.
New restaurants such as the following show the resurgent strength of the city's dining scene:
* Creole Skillet
* Il Posto Cafe
* West Indies Cafe
Winners: Since 28% of surveyors in New Orleans named Creole and Cajun as their favorite cuisines, it is no surprise that Brigtsen's (Contemp. Louisiana) won Top Food and Top Service; while Commander's Palace (Creole) was voted Most Popular restaurant (as it has been every time it's surveyed) and Top Decor to boot. Best Bets for a bite at top value are at Hansen's Sno-Bliz, Angelo Brocato and Morning Call. Other food and popularity winners are:
* Cafe Du Monde
Back In Business: In the three years since Hurricane Katrina, 97% of surveyors report their favorite restaurants are back in business. The French Quarter's arty Cafe Sbisa and Uptown's iconic Charlie's Steak House finally reopened this year to the delight of loyal locals, and Ruth's Chris Steak House returned to the city proper in fancy new digs at Harrah's.
(it was reported in T/P last week that Cafe Sbisa has closed, but waiting on news of possible ownership changes and reopening again).
Diversity: Showing the wide variety of cuisines available in New Orleans, here are the wealth of winners by food category:
* American (New) - Stella!
* American (Trad.) - Surrey's Juice
* Barbecue - The Joint
* Burgers - Port of Call
* Cajun - K-Paul's
* Chinese - Royal China
* Coffee Shops/Diners - Elizabeth's
* Coffeehouses - Morning Call
* Contemp. Louisiana - Brigtsen's
* Creole - Clancy's
* Dessert - Hansen's Sno-Bliz
* French - Gautreau's
* French (Bistro) - Lilette
* Italian - Ristorante del Porto
* Japanese - Sushi Brothers
* Mediterranean - Acropolis
* Mexican - Juan's Flying Burrito
* Pizza - Theo's
* Po' Boys - Crabby Jack's
* Sandwiches - St. James Cheese Co.
* Seafood - GW Fins
* Soul Food/Southern - Jacques-Imo's
* Thai - La Thai
* Vietnamese - Cafe Minh