It's hard to get a bad meal in New Orleans. Here even the neighborhood restaurants are as good as the world class restaurants for which the French Quarter is famous. They're just different. One of those neighborhoods is Uptown. It's easy to get to by cab or streetcar and it's worth the trip. So, if you're ready to try some restaurants outside of the French Quarter, consider one of the restaurants Uptown.
Upscale and Dressy:
The premier restaurant in the Garden District is Commander's Palace. It's been around since 1880 and only gets better. This is a place to dress up and enjoy a festive meal (jackets are required for men at dinner). Not only is the food great but the service is impeccable. Another dressy place is Emeril's Delmonico at 1300 St. Charles Avenue.
There are some great places that are less formal in dress, but still upscale in menus. One of those is a cozy little French Cafe called La Crepe Nanou at 1410 Robert Street. Another is Bistro Italia Restaurant at 3226 Magazine Street. In my neighborhood, I like Pascal's Manale for great oysters and Italian food using fresh Louisiana seafood. It's at 1838 Napoleon Avenue. If you like Indian food try, Nirvana Indian Cuisine at 4308 Magazine Street. It's on one of the good blocks for affordable antiques if you want to go early and shop.
In the next block is La Petit Grocery. That's a good restaurant to try also. Further uptown at 5908 Magazine is Martinique Bistro, a small French Bistro with outdoor patio dining. Nearby is Bistro Daisy is a quaint family run bistro.The Flaming Torch is at 737 Octavia, just off Magazine, is a great French restaurant.
Matt & Naddie's Cafe at 937 Leonidas Street, and Dick and Jenny's at 5401 Tchoupitoulas St. are two more good ones. After a day of shopping on Magazine St. try Restaurant Lilette at 3637 Magazine St. for a relaxing meal. Also on Magazine Street look for a new restaurant, Vizard's.
Gautreau's Restaurant at 1728 Soniat Street is housed in an old pharmacy built in 1911. Gautreau's is primarily a local's hangout so there's no sign in front. If you go, be sure to take the address with you in case the cab driver isn't familiar with it. I love Clancy's at 6100 Annunciation Street, and Upperline at 1413 Upperline Street. Both offer a wonderful menu of classic Creole food. About a block away from Clancy's at 6076 Laural Street, you'll find Patois, a small classic French restaurant. Further Uptown is another great Creole restaurant, Brightsen's. The food and the ambiance are both great here.
The Very Casual and The Downright Funky:Jacques-imo Cafe at 8324 Oak St. with wonderful Creole comfort food, and Domilise's Po-boys at 5240 Annunciation St, a family-run operation for over 70 years that makes some of the best Po-boys in town, top the list here. Other restaurants in this category are Frankie and Johnny's at 321 Arabella St., which has some great fried seafood, and Casemento's, at 4330 Magazine, a very casual restaurant serving great oysters.
Whatever your dress code, occasion, or taste in food, there's something for you Uptown.