5 Tasty Eats near the New Orleans Cruise Terminal
| Written by: Dana Hornor
New Orleans is a city known for many things- Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter and of course, food. The birthplace of Cajun cooking and such favorites as the Po’ boy and jambalaya, New Orleans is a city steeped in culinary heritage. The city’s seasons are even centered around its downhome, flavorsome creations with the month of January ushering in Mardi Gras and the famed king cake, Spring bringing the crawfish boil and Fall, alligator sausages in the Superdome. New Orleans was recently named the Best Food City in America and with well-known offerings like zesty red beans and rice, spicy, blackened fish and hot and fresh beignets generously dusted with powdered sugar, it’s difficult to argue. Therefore, if you’re cruising out of the the New Orleans Cruise Terminal, you must check out the city’s restaurants. Here are 5 of the best located near the New Orleans Cruise Terminal.
1. Antoine’s Restaurant
713 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Touting its heritage as the oldest French-Creole fine dining restaurant in the city, Antoine’s Restaurant is a timeless New Orleans establishment that looks pretty good for 175 years old. Bathed in warm, amber lighting, the restaurant has an upper crust, antique French look with tables covered in crisp, white linens and decorated with elegant silverware. Antoine’s is the inventor of rich oysters Rockefeller (the recipe for which has never been revealed) and also serves upscale mainstays like escargots a la Bordelaise, ecrevisses cardinal and cotelettes d’agneau.
2. Peche Seafood Grill
800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Just 7 minutes from the New Orleans Cruise Terminal stands Peche Seafood Grill, winner of Best New Restaurant and Best Chef in the South by the James Beard Foundation Awards. Peche is all about fresh, coastal seafood and farm-to-table cooking. Small plates like smoked fish with jalapeno capellini and spicy ground shrimp and noodles please customers at this natural eatery daily.
3. Domenica Restaurant
123 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112
When you think of New Orleans cuisine, you probably don’t think of pizza, but Domenica is an Italian eatery a little less than 15 minutes from the New Orleans Cruise Terminal serving up piping hot, delicious pies. New Orleans, though overwhelmingly French-influenced, has a sizeable amount of restaurants that cater to other tastes, including Vietnamese, Creole and yes, Italian. Try the rich and salty Calabrese pie with tomato, spicy salami, mozzarella, capers and olives or antipasti like blue crap polenta and fried Tuscan kale.
4. Square Root
1800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Just a 5 minute car ride from the New Orleans Cruise Terminal is Square Root, a unique and pricey kitchen which offers 12-15 course dining experiences. Guests sit around a pentagonal stainless steel bar that encircles the kitchen where the chef(s) prepare their meals. Dishes are whimsical and sometimes downright strange, including such creations as the “magical muffuletta,” where the bread loaves are meringues, the “Southern picnic” which is fried chicken cotton candy and the “passion fruit pisco” comprised of cardamom apple, fennel and liquid nitrogen passion fruit.
930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
New Orleans is the birthplace of Cajun food, so you knew this had to be on the list. It would be nearly impossible to pick the best Cajun restaurant in this city chock full of them but Cochon is certainly a top contender. Renowned Chef Link serves up Bayou favorites using local ingredients at very reasonable prices. Regional plates like fried alligator with chili garlic mayonnaise and turkey, black-eyed pea and kale gumbo will knock your taste buds out.
New Orleans is one of America’s cultural treasures and its authentic, unique food has much to do with it. So explore the deliciousness that this city has to offer next time you cruise into the New Orleans Cruise Terminal.