By Lee Zurik, WVUE/FOX8

Brett Anderson has one of the “toughest” jobs in the Crescent City. He gets paid to eat. For more than fifteen years, he’s been the restaurant critic at the Times-Picayune and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with a better perspective of the New Orleans culinary landscape.

Anderson and I spent a recent afternoon at Herbsaint (on his list of recommendations), sharing Cornmeal Fried Oysters and Hot Sauce (incredibly delicious). In the true spirit of IRE, I took it upon myself to find out which restaurants he recommends for conference attendees.

Anderson’s list is a mix of high-end fine dining and neighborhood dives separated into three parts:

1. LUNCH – places you can get in and out in 90 minutes. All but one is near the hotel.

2. DINNER NEAR THE HOTEL – If you’re planning to eat with larger groups, make reservations now!!

3. DINNER CAB/UBER RIDE AWAY – Anderson is a big believer in exploring New Orleans food. “If you fly all the way to New Orleans, explore the whole city,” Anderson said. “It’s not that big. There are great places to eat in the French Quarter and Warehouse District, but if you never get uptown, you’re missing something.”

Enjoy the list and the food. And since we are all investigative reporters, I’ve included the link to the state’s restaurant inspection database.

 

LUNCH

IRE gives us about 90 minutes to eat lunch. Here are some of Anderson’s recommendations.
 

MR. B’s BISTRO – 201 Royal Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .2 mile

MENU: http://www.mrbsbistro.com/menus.php

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/mr_bs_bistro_1.html

QUOTABLE: “They represent traditional New Orleans cooking quite well. They serve two types of gumbo, which are quite excellent.”

 

BOURBON HOUSE – 144 Bourbon Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .2 mile

MENU: http://www.bourbonhouse.com/menus/bourbon_house_lunch_menu

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/bourbon_house_1.html

QUOTABLE: “New Orleans’ version of a French brasserie, with a large raw bar in the center of it.”

 

COCHON BUTCHER – 930 Tchoupitoulas Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .8 mile

MENU: http://www.cochonbutcher.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Butcher-Menu-TRIFOLD-FEBRUARY.pdf

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/cochon_butcher_1.html

QUOTABLE: “Sandwich dive spinoff of Cochon. Showcases some of the best charcuterie available in New Orleans.”

 

KILLER PO BOYS – 219 Dauphine Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .3 mile

MENU: http://www.killerpoboys.com/big-killer-menu

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2013/10/killer_po-boys.html

QUOTABLE: “It’s where young chefs are smartly reimagining New Orleans most famous sandwich.”

 

MIKE SERIO’S PO BOY – 133 St. Charles Avenue

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .2 mile

MENU: http://seriospoboys.com/menu/2685738

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2011/09/seven_new_orleans_restaurants.html

QUOTABLE: “Traditional po-boy restaurant featuring all of the classics – Roast Beef, Fried Shrimp, Fried Oyster.”

 

JOHNNY’S PO BOY – 511 St. Louis Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .3 mile

MENU: http://johnnyspoboys.com/menus/po-boys/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2011/12/johnnys_may_have_the_best_roas.html

QUOTABLE: “Similar to Mike Serio’s. They serve food on the correct bread in unpretentious settings.”

 

HERBSAINT – 701 St. Charles Avenue

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .5 mile

MENU: http://www.herbsaint.com/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/herbsaint_1.html

QUOTABLE: “Flagship restaurant of one of the city’s most important chef/restaurateurs. In my top 10.”

 

RESTAURANT AUGUST – 301 Tchoupitoulas Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .2 mile

MENU: http://www.restaurantaugust.com/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/restaurant_august_1.html

QUOTABLE: “Flagship restaurant of one of the city’s most important chef/restauranteurs. In my top 10.”

 

DOMENICA – 123 Baronne Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .3 mile

MENU: http://domenicarestaurant.com/menu.html

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2010/10/domenica.html

QUOTABLE: “New Orleans’ premier Italian restaurant. Very broad menu. All is available at lunch.”

 

CAFÉ CARMO – 527 Julia Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .6 mile

MENU: http://cafecarmo.com/index.php?page=menu

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2014/04/vegetarian-_and_vegan-friendly.html

QUOTABLE: “A vegetarian friendly lunch.”

 

PARKWAY BAKERY – 538 Hagan Avenue

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 2.3 miles

MENU: http://www.parkwaypoorboys.com/menu.html

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/parkway_bakery_tavern_1.html

QUOTABLE: “President Obama’s favorite New Orleans po-boy place. It’s a cab/uber trip from the hotel. Call ahead and order it take-out. Then eat at the bar. The line is normally long.”

 

DINNER NEAR THE HOTEL

COCHON – 930 Tchoupitoulas Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .8 mile

MENU: http://www.cochonrestaurant.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Cochon-Menu-2.22.16.pdf

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/cochon_1.html

QUOTABLE: “It opened in the spring following Hurricane Katrina. Cochon single handily reignited interest in Cajun cooking.”

 

PECHE – 800 Magazine Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .5 mile

MENU: http://www.pecherestaurant.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Peche-Dinner-2016.pdf

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2013/10/peche_seafood_grill.html

QUOTABLE: “The fish version of Cochon. Named best new restaurant in the country by the James Beard foundation.”

 

EMERIL’S – 800 Tchoupitoulas Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .6 mile

MENU: http://emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans/menus

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/emerils_1.html

QUOTABLE: “The best of Emeril’s restaurants. I would particularly recommend it for serious wine drinkers.”

 

GALATOIRE’S – 209 Bourbon Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .3 mile

MENU: http://www.galatoires.com/home

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/galatoires_1.html

QUOTABLE: “The most singular restaurant in New Orleans. There isn’t a place like it anywhere else. A place to get classic French-Creole dishes.”

 

SYLVAIN – 625 Chartres Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .4 mile

MENU: http://www.sylvainnola.com/menu.html

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2012/09/sylvain_1.html

QUOTABLE: “If you’re interested in craft cocktails, this is the place to stop for some food and good drinks.”

 

ANGELINE – 1032 Chartres Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .7 mile

MENU: http://www.angelinenola.com/menus/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2015/10/angeline.html

QUOTABLE: “A modern southern restaurant opened by one of New Orleans’ most promising chefs.”

 

IRENE’S CUISINE – 539 St. Philip Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: .7 mile

MENU: https://www.facebook.com/Irenes-Cuisine-111614012208245/menu/?p_ref=pa

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/irenes_cuisine_1.html

QUOTABLE: “New Orleans has its’ own style of Italian cooking. We call it Creole Italian, and Irene’s is one of the best places to get it.”

 

MEAUXBAR – 942 North Rampart Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 1 mile

MENU: http://www.meauxbar.com/menu/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/meauxbar_bistro_1.html

QUOTABLE: “A modern spin on New Orleans’ style French bistro. When you eat at MeauxBar, the French Quarter feels more like a neighborhood, and less like a destination.”

 

DINNER – CAB/UBER RIDE AWAY

CLANCY’S – 6100 Annunciation St.

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 4.9 miles

MENU: http://www.clancysneworleans.com/menu.htm

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/clancys_1.html

QUOTABLE: “Uptown’s answer to Galatoires. Order the crab salad and Sazerac and from there, you are on your own.”

 

SHAYA – 4213 Magazine Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 3.3 miles

MENU: http://www.shayarestaurant.com/menu/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2015/09/shaya.html

QUOTABLE: “One of New Orleans’ most accomplished chefs serves up his interpretation of his native Israeli cuisine.”

 

LA PETITE GROCERY – 4238 Magazine Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 3.3 miles

MENU: http://www.lapetitegrocery.com/menus

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/la_petite_grocery_1.html

QUOTABLE: “The chef’s interpretation of southern food through a French lens.

 

UPPERLINE – 1413 Upperline Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 3.4 miles

MENU: http://www.upperline.com/index.php/special-dinners/reveillon2010/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/upperline_1.html

QUOTABLE: “A traditional New Orleans bistro presided over by one of the city’s most iconic chefs.”

 

GAUTREAU’S – 1728 Soniat Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 3.4 miles

MENU: http://www.gautreausrestaurant.com/pages/menu.php

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/gautreaus_1.html

QUOTABLE: “A restaurant that feels like a private club. The chef is nationally recognized for good reason.”

 

COMMANDER’S PALACE – 1403 Washington Avenue

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 2.1 miles

MENU: http://www.commanderspalace.com/uploads/files/March_dinner_CommandersPalace.pdf

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/commanders_palace_1.html

QUOTABLE: “The most influential restaurant in New Orleans and probably the entire south. It’s built inside an old plantation house in the Garden District. If you are leaving late Sunday, make a reservation for Sunday brunch.”

 

MANDINA’S – 3800 Canal Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 2.3 miles

MENU: http://mandinasrestaurant.com/nola/main-menu/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2009/10/mandinas_1.html

QUOTABLE: “It embodies what a New Orleans neighborhood restaurant is. In some cases, they put a blue collar twist on historically blue collar dishes.”

 

BOULIGNY TAVERN – 3641 Magazine Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 2.9 miles

MENU: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/232825251/Menu%20PDF%20Export/boulingy-food-and-cocktails-current.pdf

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2011/09/new_orleans_bouligny_taverns_s.html

QUOTABLE: “More tavern than restaurant, but the food is excellent.”

 

BACCHANAL – 600 Poland Avenue

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 2.5 miles

MENU: http://www.bacchanalwine.com/menu-marquee/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2012/09/bacchanal.html

QUOTABLE: “A permanent pop-up restaurant that exists almost entirely outside – on the back lawn of a Bywater wine store. They also have live music every night.”

 

PALADAR 511 – 511 Marigny Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 1.1 miles

MENU: http://www.paladar511.com/#!menu/c22j5

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2015/10/paladar_511.html

QUOTABLE: “In the “Faubourgh Marigny, Paladar 511 has fresh ingredients and reasonable prices. The restaurant is also a short walk to many music clubs on Frenchmen Street.”

 

HIGH HAT CAFÉ – 4500 Freret Street

DISTANCE FROM HOTEL: 3 miles

MENU: http://highhatcafe.com/menu/

ANDERSON’S REVIEW: http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2011/10/high_hat_cafe.html

QUOTABLE: “A modern spin on Mandinas, but with a menu that draws on cooking traditions of the Mississippi Delta as well.”

 

This is by no means a full list or the only tasty New Orleans restaurants. If you’ve already picked one not on this list, don’t worry. If you want to see even more choices, click here.