When it comes to New Orleans' restaurants, one place has been setting the standard for 175 years. That restaurant would be none other than Antoine's. This home of French-Creole cuisine is not only an institution locally, but it is also the oldest family run restaurant in the country.
There are many things that stand out about Antoine's. But the two I would like to mention are their iconic dishes and their strong ties to carnival in the city. From naming their bar after the Krewe of Hermes to the Proteus Room to the Rex Room, this establishment pays great homage to the city's rich Mardi Gras history. The Rex Room holds 20 to 50 guests and is quite possibly the most well-known room in the restaurant.
Now lets talk food. Antoine's menu is Creole cuisine that is based heavily on a classic French approach. There are two dishes that you must mention when discussing Antoine's. Those dishes would be Oysters Rockefeller and Baked Alaska. Oysters Rockefeller is an appetizer that was created by Antoine's in 1889 and is still being served today. Baked Alaska is at the other end of the menu. This decadent dessert is spectacular both visually and to the taste buds. This dessert is composed of vanilla ice cream and pound cake with a meringue topping flambayed on the outside. Many times the Baked Alaska has "Antoine's" written on it in whipped cream. However it could also be customized to say almost anything. The dish is prepared to serve two and needs to be ordered in advance.
Antoine's has been doing a year-themed lunch special for the past few years. This year's special will cost you $20.15 (get it, 2015?) it is a three-course lunch that has really created a buzz at the restaurant. So, whether you are looking for a great historic spot for lunch in the Quarter or you want to add dinner at this landmark restaurant to your bucket-list, Antoine's is ready for you.