Tops of the Town
Our readers’ picks of the area’s best
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Best place to buy King Cake: Randazzo’s Camellia City Bakery. A Carnival tradition, these sweet treats vary by bakery and personal taste but are always welcome.
2) Haydel’s Bakery
Best fried chicken: Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits. Like beads and plushies, Popeyes chicken and biscuits are a Carnival tradition.
Best poor boys: Parkway Bakery & Tavern. Parkway may be at the foot of Bayou St. John, but it’s in the hearts of our readers.
2) Domilise’s Po-Boys
Best tacos: Taqueria Corona. The gold-standard of tacos in New Orleans, make sure to visit all three of their locations to sample the myriad delicious fare.
Best sushi: Kyoto. Though they’re winners for their sushi, on a chilly night Kyoto’s udon might even beat out chicken soup.
Best wings: Hooters. If you can tear your eyes away from the waitresses, the wings are even more mouthwatering.
Best snow balls:
2) William’s Plum Street Snoballs
New Orleans institutions, these two have been trading the title back and forth since they began (Hansen’s 1939; William’s 1945).
Best place for Cajun food: Mulate’s. Go for the music and the moonshine as well as the multiple wins in this category – or just for the food.
2) K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
Best place for Creole food:
Dooky Chase Restaurant.
When Disney dedicates a movie to a chef, as it did The Princess and the Frog to Leah Chase, you know the cuisine is more than memorable; it’s epic.
Best Middle Eastern restaurant:
Byblos Restaurant. Winners two years in a row; go for the lamb, stay for the belly dancers.
2) Mona’s Cafe
Best Italian restaurant: Andrea’s Restaurant & Catering. His eponymous restaurant turns customers into family; try the new Capri Blu piano bar.
2) Impastato’s Restaurant
Best Asian restaurant: Kim Son Restaurant. Also known for its Vietnamese, try the salt-baked crab at this Gretna restaurant.
2) Five Happiness Restaurant
Best Indian restaurant: Nirvana Indian Cuisine. The tasty breads hooked us and the lunch buffet keeps us coming back.
2) Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine
Best Mexican/southwest restaurant: Superior Grill.
It is known as much for its Carnival crowds as its margaritas.
Best seafood restaurant:
2) Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Fried or charbroiled, we love our seafood.
Best place to get raw oysters:
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. As good as the charbroiled oysters are, the simple taste of a perfect oyster is hard to match.
2) Acme Oyster House
3) Casamento’s Restaurant
Best place to get boiled crawfish:
Franky and Johnny’s. This Uptown favorite cooks comfort food as well as great crawfish – ahh, bell pepper rings.
Best pizza restaurant: Reginelli’s.
This perennial favorite has pizzas for every taste.
Best pizza topping: Pepperoni.
2) Italian sausage
No surprise, in New Orleans we take meat seriously.
Best restaurant for steak:
Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Ruth may have left Broad Street, but New Orleans sticks with her no matter where she goes.
Best burger: Port of Call.
How better to complete a meal of a giant burger and loaded baked potato than with a Monsoon?
Best place for gumbo: Gumbo Shop. This restaurant is named after gumbo for a reason: it’s just that good.
Best place for turtle soup:
Commander’s Palace. You can’t help but smile at the sight of sherry hitting the perfect turtle soup.
2) Mandina’s Restaurant
Best coffeehouse: CC’s Community Coffee House. We take our coffee very seriously, and we like it local.
3) PJ’s Coffee House
4) Café Du Monde
Best dessert menu: Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro. The “cheesecake” in the title might give it away, but the ones here always leave you with a little left over.
2) Commander’s Palace
Best bakery: La Boulangerie. The new, larger location on Magazine Street cements this bakery as a local favorite.
2) Haydel’s Bakery, Maurice French Pastries (tie)
Best sweet shop: Sucré. Dessert competition award winner Tariq Hanna helps make the sweets here just a little sweeter.
Best restaurant for fine dining: Commander’s Palace.
2) Galatoire’s Restaurant
Consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the U. S., these grande dames continue to whet our appetites.
Best casual restaurant: Mandina’s Restaurant/Copeland’s of New Orleans (tie). We love our Italian – New Orleans-style.
Best outdoor dining: Café Rani.
2) Court of Two Sisters
The canopy of trees that shade these dining areas keep us cool in the summer.
Best restaurant for a power lunch:
2) Commander’s Palace
When you want to impress, these restaurants will make sure you’re seen when you want to be.
Best house specialty drink: Sazerac; Sazerac Bar, Roosevelt New Orleans. New Orleans’ official drink, in its eponymous bar – we’re glad to have you back.
2) Hurricane; Pat O’Briens
Best place for a margarita: Superior Grill. The superior deals on these tasty drinks during happy hour, plus the extra shots available, might be the reason this corner is always packed.
Best hotel bar: Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone. Have you ever sat on a stool placed before a circular bar decorated as a carousel that rotates with shooting stars fly across the ceiling overhead? No? Then get to there now!
2) Sazerac Bar, Roosevelt New Orleans
Best local beer: Abita Amber.
This isn’t really a contest, but with seven flagship brews, five seasonal brews, three harvest brews, two big brews, a root beer and a select draft (with nine flavors currently) there are so many reasons to love our Abita.
Best French bread: Leidenheimer.
The ultimate poor boy bread, with a crisp crust and a light “crumb.”
Best place for a salad: Café Rani. The huge salads made from fresh ingredients and its fantastic location keeps Café Rani our readers’ favorite.
2) Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro
Best place for breakfast or brunch: Court of Two Sisters.
Rising from its second place win last year, readers love the Court of Two Sister’s location, large high-end buffet and pitchers of mimosas.
Best chef: John Besh.
2) Susan Spicer
Two years in a row Besh has won this category (2007 was Spicer’s year).
2) Galatoire’s Restaurant
Year after year, these two restaurants are chosen by our readers as the best in the city – cheers and see you soon!
Best restaurant worth the drive:
Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant.
Horst and Karen Pfeffier celebrated their restaurant’s 75th anniversary in 2009, “… through thick and thin;” we prefer thin – as in the amazing thin-fried catfish.