Fodor's Expert Review Borgne
It's a mystery why New Orleans doesn't have more restaurants like Borgne. Overseen by celebrity-chef John Besh and former Galatoire's chef Brian Landry, it takes rustic Louisiana seafood dishes and adds a touch of city sophistication. In a spacious dining room accented by nautical touches, floor-to-ceiling chalkboard panels, and local artwork, you'll find dishes like a seafood-stuffed flounder, a Gulf fish in a bag accompanied by onions, fennel, and crab fat, and blackened swordfish with charred creamed corn. Named after Lake Borgne in eastern Louisiana, the restaurant honors that area's many Spanish settlers with paella, empanadas, and goat cheese a la plancha. Diners on a budget should note the $10 plate lunches and $5 tapas at happy hour, 3–6 pm daily.
601 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113, USA