These 9 Restaurants Are What Louisiana Cuisine Is All About

 
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June 23, 2015
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By Kezia Kamenetz at Only in Your State

From focused and perfected classics like meat pies and crawfish to the very best the top chefs in Louisiana have to offer, if you manage to eat at each of these restaurants, you’ll have had a true taste of our state.

1. Mosca’s, Avondale, LA

Classic Southern-Italian fare that has been serving Southern Louisiana families for over 60 years.

2. Galatoire’s, New Orleans, LA

The epitome of a New Orleans-style French Bistro, Galatoire's offers as much in ambience as it does in impeccable dishes.

3. Lasoynes, Nachitoches, LA

Offering classic Northern Louisiana meat pies, this down-home restaurant has the full range of Louisiana cuisine to offer.

4. Middendorf’s, Manchac, LA

This waterfront outpost offers has been serving its loyal customers for 75 years. Try the famous Original thin fried catfish.

5. Restaurant Cotton, Monroe, LA

Led by ambitious chef Cory Bahr, this restaurant is a favorite of families throughout the Northern Louisiana area.

6. Ruffino’s Baton Rouge, LARuffino’s on the River Lafayette, LA

This more recent addition to the Louisiana dining scene offers two dynamic locations as well as culinary classes and catering.

7. Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, LA

A cultural icon, this restaurant is known not only for its delicious food but also for its attentive and extravagant service.

8. Hawk’s Restaurant, Rayne, LA

Advertised as being "in the middle of nowhere" this restaurant has perfected the crawfish boil to an art.

9. La Provence, LaCombe, LA


John Besh's La Provence is nestled in many acres of gardens and offers a true farm to table experience.

What other restaurants should be included on this list?