New Orleans
New Orleans’ already renowned restaurant scene has only gotten better in the post-Katrina world. Not only are there more restaurants—nearly 1,400 compared to 800 pre-storm—but they’re helmed by innovative young chefs who are shaking up the old guard, jazzing up Cajun classics, and bringing new flavors to the forefront. Lunching at Commander’s Palace (when martinis are a quarter apiece) or queuing for fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House are essential—but so are whole grilled fish at Donald Link’s Peche, globally-inspired street food at Booty’s, and cocktails at Cure.