An American classic. Home of the most famous brunch for over 50 years, Brennan's knows how to cook up a tasty Creole breakfast, but actually dinner is more festive. Boasting the best wine cellar in the city, Brennan's is a grand slam in New Orleans dining. Address: 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-525-9711 or go to www.brennansneworleans.com for more information.
Owned by Food Network's most cherished chef, Emeril Lagasse, Delmonico's features classic New Orleans Creole cuisine reinvented with a contemporary twist. Try the duck Bigrarade. Address: 1300 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-525-4937 for more information.
The two-story maze of rooms, laden with fading memorabilia, takes on the aspect of a musty museum -- save for the lovely front dining room, enveloped in gauzy, whirring ceiling fans and drugstore-tile floors. When you eat at Antoine's, you eat original New Orleans cuisine. A must-have is Antoine's original oysters Rockefeller with its renowned sauce. Address: 713 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-581-4422 for more information.
Court of Two Sisters
An authentic blend of New Orleans' heart and soul, Two Sisters features over 60 simply delicious dishes, as well as the most famous jazz brunch in town. Although lavishness is never a bad thing, if you don't have the cash for this one, you might want to reconsider. Address: 631 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Call 504-522-7261 or go to www.courtoftwosisters.com for more information.
Here, tuxedoed waiters scurry along the patterned ceramic floor tiles while the flames from cafe brlot reflect against a huge expanse of etched, leaded glass. The vast menu has its pitfalls, but the old standbys save the day. Address: 813 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70112. Call 504-523-5433 for more information.
A stylish palace of Louisiana cooking splashed with Eastern accents. The food is great, but the check might not always be as great. Address: 312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-523-1504 for more information.
Has an elegant atmosphere that compliments its innovative menu. This century-old restaurant features barbecued shrimp and bayou crab cakes. Don't miss the Sunday jazz brunch. Address: 1011 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Call 504-522-5565 for more information.
Owned by the famous Chef Emeril Lagasse, the menu is full of the chef's New Orleans creative cooking style with favorites like the barbecued shrimp, double-cut pork chops, or the sinful banana cream pie. While it's a rare occurrence if you'll be lucky enough to hear a "Bam" uttered by the man himself, this restaurant is still a great eatery to dine at, also featuring an extensive and well-known wine list. Address: 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-528-9393 or go to www.emerils.com for more information.
The menu for this eclectic restaurant features dishes from the Caribbean, Southwest and Central America. Agave has a sophisticated, after-dark atmosphere that will serve up premium tequilas and margaritas that are nothing short of sweet and potent. Address: 3242 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-895-5525 for more information.
Offers spectacular food and dramatic views of the Mississippi River. The menu is a mix of continental elegance and Creole charisma. Address: 914 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Call 504-529-1583 for more information.
Joe's Crab Shack
Joe's is a chain seafood restaurant that is almost always packed. The menu is huge and includes anything from sandwiches, to seafood, to even steaks. The staff is always very happy and is usually dancing around the tables when not serving food. Address: 8000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124. Call 504-283-1010 for more information.
This combination restaurant and sushi bar features a vast selection of Yakitori, tempura and wok dishes. Tokyo Bistro is a truly unique experience in the New Orleans dining circuit, and will fulfill almost any customer's taste. Address: 1612 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-581-4449 for more information.
Mike Anderson's Seafood and Oyster Bar
This nautically themed Bourbon Street restaurant known for its heaping portions features an extensive menu of the freshest seafood from South Louisiana. The atmosphere is casual and pleasant with very reasonable prices. Address: 215 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-524-3894 or go to www.mikeandersons.com for more information.
See for yourself what all the fuss is about. The menu terminology and the soothingly elegant decor are indisputably Italian, but the kitchen's loyalties often lean toward New Orleans. The tiramisu is mouth savoring. This a great place to bring a date with intimidating food and scenery at a great price. Address: 310 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70310. Call 504-522-2426 or go to www.bacco.com for more information.
Bubba Gump Shrimp
Fashioned after the film "Forrest Gump," this restaurant is wallpapered with memorabilia from the movie and features great seafood at affordable prices. The eatery also serves burgers alike and the atmosphere fits surprisingly well into the French Quarter. Address: 429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70112. Call 504-522-5800 for more information.
Red Fish Grill
New Orleans' definitive seafood restaurant, Red Fish is a jazzy haven great to bring any date to. With an atmosphere surrounded by a sea-colored etched floor, hand painted tables and a sea of metal fish swimming overhead, Red Fish Grill serves several kinds of Gulf fish nightly. Ask about the catch of the day. Address: 115 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Visit www.redfishgrill.com or call 504-598-1200 for more information.
Landry's Seafood House
Landry's has a flavor its own in each and every mouth-watering dish. Favorites include the seafood gumbo, king-sized seafood platters and shrimp plates. The ambiance is colorful and relaxed with fresh fish and mellow jazz. Address: 400 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-558-0038 for more information.
Mulate's Cajun Restaurant
Experience the soul of the bayou in the heart of the city. Located in the Warehouse District, Mulate's is the real deal in Cajun cuisine. Locals enjoy the catfish fillet grilled and topped with crawfish etouffee. You can even attempt a lesson at Cajun dancing if you'd like, but skip dessert. Address: 201 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-522-1492 for more information.
This restaurant is a great place to bring a date, offering meals with invigorating flavor combinations. Desserts can range from homey and hearty fruit tarts to the irresistible dessert called Theobrama, a pat of super-rich dark-chocolate cake submerged under a milk chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream. Also recommended is their signature dish: herb-crusted lamb chops with pear chili chutney. Address: 500 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-592-0201 for more information.
Dickie Berman's Steakhouse
You will strike gold with this steakhouse located in the French Quarter. Dickie's gives you a comfortable, masculine atmosphere while offering you perfectly done steaks with a touch of swank ambience. Top it all off with the Foster bread pudding with homemade vanilla ice cream and rum-raisin crme anglaise, or perhaps a sweet stogie from their great cigar joint. Address: 716 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-522- CHOP or go to www.dbrennanssteakhouse.com for more information.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
A New Orleans original that grew into a nationwide steakhouse chain, Ruth's Chris is a carnivore's paradise. Specializing in sizzling USDA prime steaks, Ruth's Chris also offers excellent chops, fresh seafood and a superb wine list. Coined "The home of serious steaks," Ruth's Chris will do the trick. Address: 711 N. Broad St., New Orleans, LA 70119. Call 504-486-0810 or go to www.ruthschris.com for more information.