A New Orleans culinary stalwart since 1840, the shadow that Antoine’s casts in the Crescent City can’t be overestimated. As the oldest continuously operating restaurant in America, Antoine’s is still run by its founding family. Antoine Alciatore, the restaurant’s namesake, is considered the father of Creole cooking, and his restaurant was where oysters Rockefeller first sizzled. At the restaurant or at its Hermes bar, don’t miss the salty crunch of its trademark souffle potatoes.
Dining at the restaurant: Lunch and dinner are served from Thursday through Monday, with jazz brunch on Sundays.
Experiences: Besides its popular jazz branch, Antoine’s offers a three-course lunch for $22 from Thursday through Monday.