I stumbled across chow hounds while researching a bakery in the Metairie area. I am a born and bred New Orleans native who has been a food and beverage director for several upscale hotel/restaurants. I am also a sommelier. So here are my favorite picks of the city!
Fine Dining: August Commanders Cuvee Bayona (also very affordable) Upperline***(Can go dressy casual) Bacco Brennan's (for brunch) Antoine's Galatoire's Andrea's The Pelican Club
Casual: Le Crepe Nanou (my absolute favorite restaurant in the city. Local favorite, don't take reservations. Worth the wait. Classic French-not creole cuisine) Cafe Minh Jaque Imo's (Kick ass local food, flavor and fun) Clancy's Camelia Grill Pascale's Manale (bbq shrimp)
Stay away from these overpriced/overrated spots: The New Orleans Grill @ Windsor Court Hotel Dickie Brennans Steak House Muriel's on Jackson Square (guaranteed to disapoint) Dominique's Bistro 38