When planning to visit a city, my first order of business is ALWAYS where I am going to eat.I’ll spend weeks researching and trying to find the best restaurants by pouring over Yelp photos, Trip Advisor reviews, frequent Instagram check-in spots, asking friends on Facebook…you name it, I’ve done it.

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Enjoy your brunch al fresco in Cane & Table’s lush courtyard—it isn’t hard to imagine yourself in the middle of a Hemingway novel.

1113 Decatur St, New Orleans I love taking friends (especially out-of-towners) to Donald Link’s Cochon.

I thought the affordable falafel platters and homemade bread were everything I could want in a Mediterranean restaurant but I was wrong.

They introduced me to the magic this is toum, a whipped garlic sauce, that has me licking my plate clean.

723 Dante St, New Orleans Bacchanal is one of my favorite places on the planet, not just in New Orleans.

Part wine and liquor store and part music venue/restaurant with all the action happening in the middle of a backyard, it feels like a place that can only exist in New Orleans (or in your dreams).

The local people on the ground floor of food consumption who hear about restaurant openings long before the press and visit without rose colored vacation glasses to give an honest opinion.

You can tell the true vibe of a city not by where the tourists line up around the corner but where the locals spend their Sunday morning.

930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans It’s perfect date night spot by former Top Chef contestant, Chef Nina Compton.