Must-See New Orleans: Insider's Guide to the Big Easy

Must-See New Orleans: Insider's Guide to the Big Easy

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Enjoy our insider's guide to the city’s latest hot spots, from St. Roch Market to the newly restored Orpheum Theater.

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    This grande dame of the French Quarter just got a major face-lift with the help of AD100 designer Richard Keith Langham. The restaurant, always a brunch go-to, now features the celebrated cooking of noted chef Slade Rushing.
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    Not your average French Quarter joint—Cane & Table is a proto–tiki bar with fun snacks like pupu platters and fried cracklings. The space was lovingly restored, keeping peeling plaster walls and an enormous old wood bar intact. The courtyard is the perfect place for an afternoon snack and a glass of one of the daily specialty punches.
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    Bigger and better than ever, this Warehouse District restaurant and gourmet butcher shop recently expanded to fulfill the insane demand for its legendary muffuletta, Cubano, and Le Pig Mac sandwiches. The Cajun Pork Dogs take hot dogs to a whole new level; buy a pack of them and bring them home on the plane.
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    With two 2014 James Beard Foundation honors to its name—Best New Restaurant and Best Chef: South—Pêche may be a few years old, but it’s as exciting and delicious as ever. The seafood-driven menu showcases the best the Gulf of Mexico has to offer with flavors that highlight the ingenuity of Cajun culture. Whole fish are prepared over hardwood coals, and glorious platters of raw oysters, boiled shrimp, and smoked fish dip are what Instagram was made for.
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    This fabulous shop offers an exceptional selection of wines and specialty food. Its knowledgeable staff doles out expert advice on everything from Champagne to tequila and imported dry pasta to chocolate truffles. The walls are lined with library-style shelving stocked with independent wine producers, hard-to-find spirits, and top-notch gourmet goods. 
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    Designed by Curtis Herring, this inviting new restaurant and bakery downtown has a nostalgic vibe while still feeling completely current. Get there early before they run out of biscuits!
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    This whiskey-centric bar in a rustic space on the edge of uptown and down offers impressive snacks courtesy of the Little Bird pop-up from the chefs of Meauxbar and Coquette.
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    After staying empty for a decade after flooding, St. Roch Market, founded in 1875, reopened in April with 13 specialty food shops. Visitors can sample a wide array of local delicacies old and new, such as raw oysters, gumbo, and Korean fried chicken, while stocking up on gourmet groceries.
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    The 1,500-seat auditorium, which had been closed since Hurricane Katrina, reopened in April after a $13 million renovation. The 1918 building designed by architect Gustave Albert Lansburgh was restored by hand to reflect its original color palette and dazzling plasterwork with renovations by local architecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra now calls the space home.
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    Whiskey has always been a tipple of choice in the Big Easy, but New York restaurateurs Sean Josephs and his wife, Mani Dawes, recently brought the spirit to a whole new level with the opening of Kenton’s. The uptown hot spot designed by Bradley Horn and Maria Berman of Manhattan’s Berman Horn Studio—brings a New York polish to New Orleans cuisine, along with an extensive menu of over 150 domestic ryes, bourbons, and whiskeys.
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    New Orleans is known for its Creole and Cajun classics, but Alon Shaya launched his own delicious revolution in 2015 by opening an uptown restaurant celebrating modern Israeli cuisine. Critically acclaimed and a new local favorite, Shaya has people clamoring for more house-made pita, tabbouleh, and lamb.
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    The tallest building on the World War II Museum campus, the the US Freedom Pavilion has interactive exhibits that allow visitors to experience what America was like as it geared up for war. The impressive 30,000-square-foot space, designed by Voorsanger Architects with Mathes Brierre Architects, anchors the museum and features artifacts key to the Allied victory, including a restored Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress.
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