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The restaurants of New Orleans are among the most famous in the world, for the Creole cuisine they developed. In New Orleans and Louisiana food is a way of life. Traditional foods and drink are enjoyed at restaurants founded over one hundred years to just several years ago.
We are listing only a few here with more to come in future issues.
The Original Cafe Du Monde   
Was established as a traditional coffee stand in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. Today, visitors enjoy dark roasted Chicory  Coffee and sugar-coated Beignets. Beignets were brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. They were fried fritters, some filled with fruit. Beignets are now a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. A delicious treat as you watch the world go by at one of the outdoor tables.
Brennan's            
Is considered one of the most glamorous of the New Orleans restaurants. Opened in 1946 by Owen Edward Brennan, the restaurant is famous for its dramatic and scrumptious dessert - Bananas Foster.   The dessert  was created in 1951 by Brennan's Chef Paul Blange and named for one of Brennan's favorite customer, Richard Foster.  It is the most requested item on the restaurant's menu.
Sazerac Cocktail      
Named the official cocktail of New Orleans in July 2008 at the Tales of the Cocktails culinary festival. Originated as a potent brandy cocktail in 1859 and created by John Schiller who served the "world's first cocktail" in his drinking establishment, The Sazerac Coffee House. In 1870, Tom Handy bought schiller's business and changed the bar's name to Sazerac House. He replaced the French brandy with American rye whiskey which appealed more to American tastes. Now, this cocktail is a true classic. 
Click on Recipes for directions on making Bananas Foster and Sazerac Cocktail. 
See Cookbooks  page for a list of the New Orleans' restaurants of Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme.