New Orleans is often referred to as the most European City of America – and that’s thanks to its French Quarter that also has roots in Spanish colonialism. Indeed, a walking tour through the French Quarter will shed light on this town’s myriad histories (as well as its delicious culinary roots).
With its wide expanses of swamps, marshes, bayous, beaches, and coastal bays, Louisiana has quite the wildlife habitat. In fact, Louisiana has such a wide diversity of wildlife amid all these natural resources that it’s earned the nickname of “Sportsman’s Paradise,” and, as you might expect, hunting, fishing, and exploring the wilderness is deeply rooted in Louisiana’s culture.
There are several things that New Orleans is famous for, but the culinary scene is the definitely the hottest–and tastiest. When in New Orleans, there are places that are so ingrained in the very essence of the city that to miss them is like not visiting at all. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of COOLinary New Orleans, an entire month celebrating the quintessential flavors of New Orleans. With more than 50 restaurants participating throughout the month of August, it may be hard to choose, so we created one glorious, food-filled day. As they say in New Orleans, “laissez le bon temps roulez!”
From our starting point on the corner of Royal and Conti streets, we headed to our first restaurant, taking a shortcut through the brick-walled Bevolo gallery and workshop, where gas and electric copper lights have been hand crafted by the Bevolo family since 1945. (For the rest of the tour, Julie pointed out Bevolo lights hanging on many streets of the Quarter, proving how treasured the company is in New Orleans.)
Galatoire’s, Delmonico’s, Commander’s Palace – if you haven’t heard of them, you’ve likely not been to New Orleans in search of a good meal before – they’re the names of some elite eateries in the Big Easy. And while in New Orleans you can certainly find plenty of good eats, sometimes you’ve got a hankering for your favorite dish at your favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, that restaurant is booked solid. Well, you’re in luck, my friends, because here’s how you can skip the lines and snag a table at the best restaurants in New Orleans.
Dominick Musso is a native New Orleanian and private guide who loves sharing his city with visitors. With a Master’s Degree in urban studies and a thorough understanding of the history and development of New Orleans, Dom is the perfect guide for those who want a greater understanding of the historic city of New Orleans.