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For Those of you Travelling to New Orleans

kdbroussa | Oct 4, 2006 06:08 AM

New Orleans has many restaurants. After all, it is one of the culinary destinations of the world. However, if you want traditional French Creole cuisine that dates back 100 years or more, then there are two restaurants that are still operated by the descendants of the French founders: Antoine's (1840) and Galatoire's (1905). Brennan's is also still run by the descendants of the original proprietor, but it is slightly younger-1915-and the founder and his descendants (who still operate the restaurant) are Irish. No ethnic slur intended; Brennan opened the restaurant on a dare from the French culinary experts of New Orleans at the time that an Irishman could never be as successful in New Orleans as the French restaurateurs. BOY, DID HE PROVE THEM WRONG!!!! Additional restaurants that continue the old-school French Creole cuisine are Tujague's and Arnaud's, although they are no longer operated by the founding family. The cuisine is, however, still authentic French Creole. Broussard's and Sbisa may also by considered among the traditional restaurants of the Big Easy, but they have ventured somewhat from traditional French Creole cuisine. There are many newer restaurants, including Emeril's establishments, but the ones mentioned above are the old-line, or "Grandes Dames" French Creole restaurants in the Vieux Carre (French Quarter for those of you who are not from Louisiana). Commander's Palace is also a dining icon in New Orleans; however, it is in the Garden District and not in the Quarter. The food is great; but, again, it has tended to venture somewhat away from the 100+ year-old French Creole style.

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