In a city that thrives on tourism, both locals and visitors are commonly lured by businesses and entertainment that thrive on gimmicks. Authenticity does abound, though, and when you succeed at locating it, the reward is immense. Located in the French Quarter, just off of Jackson Square, is New Orleans Creole Cookery, a classic Creole restaurant housed in an early 19th Century townhouse at 508 Toulouse Street. Named Top Creole restaurant in New Orleans Magazine’s 2019 Tops of the Town, the New Orleans Creole Cookery offers the authentic New Orleans dining experience craved by visitors and locals looking for genuinely good food and an atmosphere that combines modern comforts with historic charm.
Open every day through Mardi Gras, including Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, New Orleans Creole Cookery will soon be debuting its new and improved courtyard experience. In addition to its main dining room and popular oyster bar, Creole Cookery’s courtyard offers its own charm with romantic lighting around the old fountain, a brand new impressive three-story mural, and the addition of an outdoor bar for patrons looking for a quality courtyard cocktail. As the weather heats up for spring, the bar’s new Frosé and frozen Creole coffee offer the perfect cool down. The signature Poppy’s Voodoo Juice continues to conjure everyone’s good spirits, including the mischievous, well-documented three ghosts that haunt the restaurant and courtyard.
Meanwhile, the indoor oyster bar is always hopping, as New Orleans Creole Cookery oyster shuckers keep up with the demand for the Gulf delicacy, serving them on the half-shell, chargrilled, or as baked Oysters Rockefeller or Oysters Bienville.
In the main dining room, distinguished by its red bricks, white tables, and flickering lights, restaurant guests enjoy a number of Creole classics such as Redfish Courtbouillion, Shrimp & Grits, Crawfish Etouffee, and a top restaurant favorite, the Redfish Pontchartrain, which features pan-seared redfish topped with sautéed jumbo lump crab meat and herb hollandaise and served with Creole green beans and heirloom potatoes. Mouthwatering appetizers like the decadent stacked Crab Cake Napoleon and a subtly spicy take on calamari join more traditional starters such as gumbo and red beans and rice. Boiled and fried seafood platters round out the menu’s definitively New Orleans offerings.
Craft cocktails and an extensive wine list pair well with the restaurant’s menu, and a daily happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. offers half off oysters and changing drinking specials (excluding Mardi Gras day). On Wednesdays, the restaurant offers half off bottles of wine, giving enthusiasts an opportunity to indulge in coveted bottles at affordable prices.
Part of the New Orleans Tusa restaurant family, New Orleans Creole Cookery won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2019, another testament to its delicious food and relaxed yet fashionable atmosphere. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Whether you’re looking for a quick drink, a dozen oysters, or a flavorful, multi-course meal, stop in this season for authentic New Orleans cuisine delivered with a local’s touch.
In The French Quarter
508 Toulouse Street