Staff Restaurant Picks

Our Staff’s Top Restaurant Picks

Our conference is one of many treasures New Orleans has to offer! We don’t want you to miss the chance to enjoy our incomparable cuisine — so we’ve compiled our staff’s favorite dining venues in one place.

Take a look at our favorites….

Brien Lundin — President/CEO

Brigtsen’s — reservation recommended

723 Dante St., New Orleans, LA

Come hungry! Frank Brigtsen learned from famed chef Paul Prudhomme, and he carries on the tradition of Creole/Acadian cooking in generous portions.

Upperline — reservation recommended

1413 Upperline St., New Orleans LA

A hidden gem in the Uptown/Carrollton area. Try the Fried Green Tomato with Shrimp Remoulade!

GW Fins — reservation recommended

808 Bienville St., the French Quarter

THE place for fresh seafood prepared in spectacular fashion. Try the Spearfished Cobia.

Emily Coia — Conference Director

Peche – reservations suggested

800 Magazine St.

Contemporary seafood – the whole grilled fish is a big, but delicious, commitment.

Coquette – reservations suggested

2800 Magazine St.

A cab ride uptown brings you to this contemporary Southern gem whose menu changes often.

Meril – reservations suggested

424 Girod St.

Newest (and most casual) restaurant from Chef Emeril Lagasse just steps away from the conference.

Killer Poboy – no reservations

219 Dauphine St.

French Quarter non-traditional, unique po-boys in a very casual setting (the original counter location is also still open in the back of the Erin Rose bar…which is a total dive!)

Jordan Falciani — Exhibitor Coordinator:


823 Fulton St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Relaxed Asian fusion. Good for sushi, small plates. Great shishito peppers and pork belly lettuce wraps.

Compère Lapin – reservation recommended

535 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(inside Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery)

Cool blend of Caribbean, Italian, and classical French menu themes. I like the Dirty Rice Arancini as a nice small dish. Solid cocktails too.

Lobby Bar – Three Keys

600 Carondelet St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(inside Ace Hotel)

Great cocktails, lots of new twists on old classic cocktails. Three Keys venue is host to mostly free events in an intimate space.

Carol Conran — Attendee Coordinator

Commander’s Palace – reservations required

1403 Washington Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Turtle Soup is a must!

Johnny Sanchez – reservations recommended

930 Poydras St.
NOLA 70112

Great Margaritas!

St. James Cheese Company – no reservations

641 Tchoupitoulas St.

Looking for a close place outside of the hotel — this is five blocks from the Hilton.

Alex Goldfinger — Speaker Coordinator

Casamentos – no reservations

4330 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

Don’t miss the charbroiled oysters and if you’re with a group try the seafood platter (oysters, shrimp, crabclaws, trout or catfish, French fries, texas toast).

Cochon Butcher – no reservations

930 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

A meat-eaters paradise not far from the Hilton — try the charcuterie plate or ‘Le Pig Mac’ sandwich.

Mother’s Restaurant – no reservations

401 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

This classic po’ boy spot usually has a line, but trust me it moves fast. Their Debris Po’ boy is out of this world.


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