From the Editor

In New Orleans, we have a special relationship with food and dining (and, of course, imbibing). This year, due to COVID-19, our love affair with food took on especially new meaning, as many of us turned to comfort food, take-out and special deliveries of meals, kits, mixers and more.

New Orleanians watched closely as restaurants, bars and marketplaces transformed their businesses to incorporate a new way to bring their best to hungry and thirsty customers. We celebrated each re-opening, each new take-out and delivery menu and every opportunity to support our favorite local places.

This is perhaps New Orleans Magazine’s biggest food issue to date. From our regular food and drink columns to our big Best of Dining feature, we pay tribute to more than 50 of the best people, places and hospitality purveyors that have kept us eating and drinking our way through the pandemic.

As 2020 comes to a close, we are excited to see more of our favorites returning to business (somewhat) as usual, as well as plenty of new places to try and flavors to sample. It is important to remember that there is still a lot of work to do, as we safely move from the darkness of the quarantine days through each phase of re-opening. We thank all of the hardworking restaurateurs, waitstaff, delivery drivers, chefs, bartenders and everyone else behind the scenes.

Support your local favorites. Order take-out when you can. Try something new.

We will get through this together. And we will be well fed along the way.


Ashley McLellan

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