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NASP 2016 Convention News

NOLA Dining and Restaurant Guide

By Katie Simon

Volume 44 Issue 2

By Katie Simon

Welcome to NOLA, a food lover's paradise! As you plan your visit to the Crescent City for the 2016 NASP Convention, you will certainly want to start thinking about how to make the most of the city's diverse culinary offerings. In a city famous for its Cajun and Creole cuisine and fresh seafood, there are many options to explore.

Near the Conv Ention

The Marriott and Sheraton hotels are conveniently located in the heart of the city's central business district and steps away from the historic French Quarter. These restaurants are located within walking distance of the convention.

Café du Monde is home to classic New Orleans beignet (pronounced ben-yay). These fluffy squares of fried dough are served beneath a mountain of powdered sugar and are available 24/7. http://www.cafedumonde.com

Capdeville offers a gourmet spin on classic bar food and cocktails in an elegantly designed space. This restaurant is the perfect spot for both a weekend brunch and a late night snack. http://capdevillenola.com

Cochon and its more casual appendage, Cochon Butcher, offer traditional Cajun Southern dishes using locally sourced pork, fresh produce, and seafood prepared by award-winning chefs, Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski. http://www.cochonrestaurant.com

Coop's Place offers all the best of New Orleans's Cajun and Creole options in a casual, cozy, atmosphere and at affordable prices. http://www.coopsplace.net

Gumbo Shop is a New Orleans institution that has been awarded “the best gumbo in the city” by local diners every year since 1999. http://www.gumboshop.com

Mother's is the spot for sampling a classic New Orleans po'boy! Sandwiches here come piled high with fried seafood, tender roast beef, or baked ham. http://www.mothersrestaurant.net

Mr. B's Bistro is considered the original New Orleans gourmet bistro, famous for its Creole cuisine with a focus on fresh regional products. http://www.mrbsbistro.com

Palace Café is operated by the locally celebrated Brennan family and serves contemporary Creole food in an upbeat and lively French café atmosphere. House specialties include savory crabmeat cheesecake, pecan crusted fish, and Bananas Foster prepared tableside. http://www.palacecafe.com

Pêche has been the recipient of two James Beard awards: Best New Restaurant and Best Chef in the South. Reservations are recommended for this seafood grill offering specialty cocktails, a raw bar, and delicious seafood entrees. http://www.pecherestaurant.com

The Ruby Slipper Café on Canal is local favorite for breakfast, lunch, and brunch offering New Orleans flair to classic breakfast dishes and sandwiches. http://www.therubyslippercafe.net/wordpress/home

For the Explorers

If you're willing to travel a bit beyond the vicinity of the convention, there are plenty of neighborhoods to explore. Each offers its own unique combination of dining options.

THE MARIGNY and BYWATER are two neighborhoods that border the French Quarter. For a short cab ride (10 to 15 minutes from the convention's location) these restaurants are well worth the journey.

Bacchanal has been called NOLA's backyard party, and the name is fitting. This small wine shop opens up into a lively yard space offering ample outdoor seating, live music, and delicious food and cocktail options with a Mediterranean flair. http://www.bacchanalwine.com/#about-marquee

At Dat Dog on Frenchman you can gaze from the balcony on Frenchman Street over crowds of revelers and live music as you enjoy some NOLA style sausages. http://datdognola.com

Maurepas Foods is a farm to table style restaurant that focuses on showcasing high quality simple ingredients. Ample vegetarian options exist, but there is plenty to keep the meat eaters and pescatarians happy as well! http://maurepasfoods.com

Mimi's in the Marigny Tapas Bar has repeatedly won the popular vote for best neighborhood bar. The casual laid back atmosphere and delicious food offerings make Mimi's a great spot to kick back, let loose, and mingle with the local crowd. http://mimismarigny.com

The Joint, if it is barbecue you're craving, is the place for you. The menu features an array of slowsmoked Southern barbecue, with St. Louis-style pork ribs, Carolina pulled pork, Texas brisket, and Louisianamade Chaurice sausage. http://alwayssmokin.com

MIDCITY is home to New Orleans City Park as well as the picturesque Bayou Saint John. These restaurants are a 10 to 15-minute cab ride from the convention's location.

1000 Figs is a quaint Mediterranean dining spot with delicious options for vegetarian, vegan, glutenfree, and carnivorous diners alike! http://www.1000figs.com

Katie's Restaurant and Bar is a quirky neighborhood restaurant known for serving top-notch local cuisine, including a seafood sandwich so large it's known as The Barge, and the handmade Brooklyn-style pizza with locally inspired toppings such as Cajun pork, crawfish, crab cake, and grilled shrimp. http://www.katiesinmidcity.com

Milkfish is the home to Philippine cuisine in New Orleans, where chef Cristina Quackenbush refers to her cooking as “South East Asian Soul Food.” The traditional Philippine menu at Milkfish brings dishes from every corner of the diverse and vibrant country to the table. http://milkfishnola.com

Parkway bakery is a local family dining tradition with more than 100 years of history in New Orleans! Enjoy a fried seafood or roast beef po'boy in this nostalgic setting. http://www.parkwaypoorboys.com

Willie Mae's Scotch House is a local institution that offers some of the city's best fried chicken and soul food. http://www.nola.com/diningguide/index.ssf/2008/10/willie_maes_scotch_house.html

UPTOWN is famous for the picturesque oak tree-lined Saint Charles Avenue with its historic homes, the hustle and bustle of Magazine Street with its lively restaurants and shops, and the University area where Tulane University, Loyola University, and historic Audubon Park are located. These restaurants are a 20 to 25-minute cab ride from the convention's location.

Boucherie presents an elevated dining experience while bringing the best of southern classic cuisine to life. This locally celebrated treasure offers a menu with items such as Krispy Kreme bread pudding, fried boudin balls, and wagyu beef brisket. http://boucherie-nola.com

Jacques-Imos offers creative creole dishes in a space with a casual vibe that is both funky and fun. http://jacques-imos.com

Magasin Vietnamese Café is a popular local spot for pho, bun, and other Vietnamese specialties in the city. http://www.magasincafe.com

Pascale's Manale's is home to the original New Orleans Barbeque Shrimp, serving whole shrimp in a rich buttery broth. When you order this specialty dish, a server will kindly tie a bib around your neck to help you stay neat and tidy as you dive into the experience. http://pascalsmanale.com

Pizza Domenica is a member of celebrated Chef John Besh's restaurant group, offering local ingredients, traditional Italian appetizers and, of course, wood-fired pizzas paired with a stylish, vibrant atmosphere. http://www.pizzadomenica.com/#welcome

For more information visit www.nasponline.org/conventions and http://www.neworleanscvb.com.


Katie Simon is a school psychology doctoral student at Tulane University and a local arrangements student cochair of the convention committee