New Orleans' iconic restaurants are one of the main draws for visitors to the Big Easy. Galatoire's, a classy counterpart to Bourbon's low-brow pleasures since 1905, is a good place to start your adventures in eating. Here, it's all about consistency, from the old-world decor to the classic Creole dishes. Go for lunch on Friday—and dress the part (that means jackets for gents). Around the corner, Antoine's has been run by the same family for 173 years and the establishment is known for its top-notch service. Waiters apprentice for up to a decade to make sure they can handle the rigors of 5-star service and its not uncommon for regulars to request a specific waiter when making a reservation. In Mid City, Willie Mae's is an institution of a different kind. The low-frills eatery is only open for lunch and the only menu item you really have to concern yourself with is the fried chicken (the secret is in the coca-cola brine). It's well worth the wait.
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Willie Mae's Scotch House
It was a hot day and the line was long, but the fried chicken (apparently, the secret is in the coca-cola marinade) was crispy, juicy, and just a little bit spicy. I ate all three pieces -- and probably could have had more. Don't even bother with sides.