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Tops of the Town

Reader and editor choices of the best around New Orleans

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Favorite Local Event Open to the Public
1) French Quarter Festival
2) Mardi Gras
3) New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (tie), The Young Leadership Council’s Wednesday at the Square Concerts (tie)

Favorite Sound in
New Orleans
1) Streetcars
2) Jazz music
3) Steamboats on the River

Least Favorite Sound in New Orleans
1) Gunshots
2) Sirens

New Orleans Song
1) “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?”
2) “Mardi Gras Mambo” (tie), “When the Saints Go Marching In” (tie)

Favorite Local
Radio Station
1) WWL

Favorite Local TV Station

Favorite Festival
1) French Quarter Festival
2) New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Favorite Carnival Parade
1) Muses
2) Endymion
3) Bacchus

Favorite Local
Theater Company
1) Le Petit Théâtre du
Vieux Carré
2) Southern Rep Theatre

Favorite “Treme” Character
1) Davis McAlary, played by Steve Zahn

Favorite Charter School
1) Lusher Charter School

Favorite Private Elementary School
1) Isidore Newman School (tie), St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (tie)

Favorite Private Secondary High School
1) Mount Carmel Academy
2) Isidore Newman School
3) Jesuit High School


Favorite Place to Buy King Cakes
1) Manny Randazzo
King Cakes
2) Haydel’s Bakery
3) Rouses Supermarket

Favorite Takeout
1) Five Happiness

Favorite Fried Chicken
1) Popeyes
2) Mr. Ed’s

Favorite Tacos
1) El Gato Negro
2) Juan’s Flying Burrito

Favorite Sushi
1) Sake Café
2) Shogun
3) Ninja

Favorite Wings
1) WOW Café & Wingery

Favorite Snowballs
1) Plum Street Snoballs
2) Hansen’s Sno-Bliz
3) Casey’s Snowballs
4) Sal’s Snowballs

Native Cuisine

Favorite Place for Cajun Food
1) Cochon
2) K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

Favorite Place for
Creole Food
1) The Creole Grille & Bar
2) Commander’s Palace


Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurant
1) Byblos
2) Mona’s Café & Deli
3) Lebanon’s Café

Favorite Italian Restaurant
1) Vincent’s Italian Cuisine
2) Andrea’s Restaurant

Favorite Asian Restaurant
1) Five Happiness

Favorite Indian Restaurant
1) Nirvana

Favorite Mexican/Southwest Restaurant
1) Superior Grill
2) Casa Garcia


Favorite Seafood Restaurant
1) Deanie’s Seafood
2) R & O’s
3) Drago’s Seafood Restaurant (tie), GW Fins (tie)

Favorite Place to Get
Raw Oysters
1) Acme Oyster House
2) Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
3) Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Favorite Pizza Restaurant
1) Reginelli’s
2) Mark Twain’s Pizza
3) Louisiana Pizza Kitchen

Favorite Pizza Topping
1) Pepperoni
2) Sausage


Favorite Restaurant
for Steaks
1) Ruth’s Chris
Steak House
2) Austin’s Restaurant
3) Crescent City Steak House

Favorite Burger
1) Port of Call
2) Lakeview Harbor
3) Swamp Room


Favorite Place for Gumbo
1) Gumbo Shop

Favorite Place for
Turtle Soup
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Mandina’s Restaurant


Favorite Coffeehouse
1) PJ’s Coffee
2) CC’s Community Coffee House
3) Starbucks
4) Café du Monde

Favorite Coffeehouse
for Food
1) Caffe! Caffe!

Favorite Dessert Menu
1) Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro
2) Commander’s Palace

Favorite Bakery
1) Haydel’s Bakery
2) Swiss Confectionery
3) Gambino’s Bakery
4) La Boulangerie

Favorite Sweets Shop
1) Sucré

Favorite Gelato Flavor
and From Where
1) Spumoni; Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream Parlor


Favorite Restaurant for Fine Dining
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Ralph’s on the Park
3) Galatoire’s Restaurant

Favorite Casual Restaurant
1) The Creole Grille & Bar

Favorite Outdoor Dining
1) The Court of Two Sisters
2) Bayona

Favorite Restaurant for a Power Lunch
1) Galatoire’s Restaurant


Favorite House
Specialty Drink
1) Sazerac; Sazerac Bar

Favorite Place for a Margarita
1) Superior Grill

Favorite Wine List
1) Wine Institute New Orleans

Favorite Sports Bar
1) Walk-On’s
2) The Bulldog

Favorite Dive Bar
1) Swamp Room

Favorite Hotel Bar
1) The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone

Favorite Local Beer
1) Abita Amber


Favorite French Bread
1) Leidenheimer Baking Company

Favorite Place for a Salad
1) Houston’s Restaurant

Favorite Place for Breakfast or Brunch
1) The Ruby Slipper
2) The Camellia Grill
3) Brennan’s Restaurant


Favorite Chef
1) John Besh
2) Jeff Smith
3) Susan Spicer

Favorite Restaurant
1) The Creole Grille & Bar
2) Galatoire’s Restaurant

Favorite Restaurant
Worth the Drive
1) Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant


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