All good recommendations above. A lot depends on the kind of price range and experience you’re looking for. I’d add Bourbon House, Redfish Grille, and GW Fins to the list of nicer seafood focused places in the Quarter. As far as more casual, Acme is a bit touristy but it’s in a good location. Deanie’s is good too. All those are in the Quater and good. If you venture out there are so many other incredible restaurants. Attached is the recently released list of the top 10 restaurants prepared by the local paper. It’s a good place to start for some of the nicer places to eat in town.
And if you're out late, watch for them creole babies, that strut and sway from dusk 'til dawn. From Bourbon street to Esplanade. They're thin and brown, and down right lazy. But they sashay by......they sashay by......
Well Kyle, I think you’re a little too old to remember. And you where into The Beach Boys and Lawrence Welk type music. And bigeasy may be a little too young, but for those of us who listened to AM rock and remember Louisiana’s LeRoux know exactly how I know. :-)
I've never been to New Orleans, and the closest I've ever come to Cajun cooking is a restaurant chain here in Illinois called Papa Deux's, or when I attempt to make venison etouffee or red beans and rice with andouille sausage.....and CORNBREAD!!!
I new a couple of Cajuns in college. When I went home with them there would be a big party every Sunday with Zydeco music, dancing, drinking, eating, and card playing starting at 7 am and all day and into the night. It was BIG fun and I know where the song comes from now I'll tell you that.
Eater New Orleans is also a great resource for what’s hot on the food scene in NOLA. They update a list of the Essential New Orleans restaurants fairly frequently. I would trust their rankings a little bit more than TripAdvisor, personally speaking.