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New Orleans Named South’s Best Food City By Southern Living


NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans continues to garner accolades, earning the designation of this year’s “South’s Best Food City” by the readers of Southern Living. The magazine describes New Orleans as “arguably the most fascinating food destination in the country” and links New Orleans’ 300-year history to influencing our indigenous and unparalleled cuisine. New Orleans’ placement was decided by the more than 32,000 Southern Living readers who voted on this year’s awards.

Other New Orleans favorites on the “South’s Best” list include The Joint for “Best BBQ,” Commander’s Palace for “Best Restaurant” and “Best Dessert,” Windsor Court for “Best Hotel,” nearby Houmas House Plantation for “Best Inn” and Abita Brewery for “Best Brewery.”

“For 300 years, New Orleans has provided dining experiences for food enthusiasts found no place else on earth,” said President and CEO of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, Stephen Perry. “We are honored to be recognized for our culinary culture and offerings, which ranges from creole classic favorites to contemporary dishes reflecting new influences. This is a testament to our chefs who strive to preserve the culture that makes the Crescent City unique.”

This designation is the most recent accomplishment in a string of accolades, including being named The New York Times No. 1 Destination in 52 Places to Go in 2018, AARP’s No. 1 "Top U.S. Destinations for 2018," one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “18 Best Places to Travel in 2018,” among others.

“Being named the best food city in 2018 from Southern Living is an incredible honor,” said President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), Mark Romig. “Thanks to our amazing restaurateurs and all the restaurant workers in our city, we continue to dish up the best cuisine found anywhere.”

The full list of Southern Living’s “South’s Best” can be found here, and a list of New Orleans’ accolades can be found here.

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