A Nominee's Guide to the Best NOLA Bites
Outstanding Chef Contender Donald Link's Top SpotsElena North-Kelly
April 26, 2018
Between magazines, websites, and your friend of a friend who knows everything about the latest restaurant you just have try, it can be hard to distinguish a first-rate recommendation from the bottom of the barrel. That’s why we went straight to the source: this year’s nominees for the James Beard Outstanding Chef Award, a group of celebrated tastemakers you know you can trust. Read on to hear from Donald Link, of NOLA's Herbsaint, for his favorite local haunts for the best duck confit, po' boy, brunch spot, and beyond.
I'd have to go with Lilette restaurant. Order the Wagyu beef, duck confit, Italian wedding soup, and whatever the fish is of the night. I can always count on a great meal here and the place has a romantic, classic bistro feel.
My favorite is Guy's Po' Boys, especially for the catfish and shrimp. Great local vibe.
Bonus Round: Favorite U.S. Food City to Visit
My favorite food city is New Orleans, but other than that, it's a toss up between New York and Chicago. In New York, Blue Ribbon and Gramercy Tavern are my go-tos. In Chicago, it's anything by Paul Kahan (Avec and Nico Osteria are my favorites) and Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill.