We lived in New Orleans for many years while working on a number of Tulane degrees, then moved to Washington DC. At that time, our favorites were LeRuth's, Mosca's, Ralph&Kackoo's, Mandina's, and Casimento's.
Coming back for a visit - I am sure so much has changed.
Don't need to do the touristy things, we did all of them and more.
Not packing any fancy clothes, either.
After reading the board, I think we were soliciting advice not from fellow tourists, please. When we left, nobody actually from New Orleans would touch blackened anything. Has that changed?