The Daily Meal's Ali Rosen gets the inside scoop from chef John Besh, author of the cookbook My New Orleans on where to Eat in New Orleans.
From high-end to low-end Besh, says there are plenty of options for travelers, even those traveling with children. Trying a po'boy at Parkway Bakery is a must, but for a sit-down meal, Creole in king in New Orleans. Besh recommends Dooky Chase, an institution in New Orleans, and Commander's Palace.
For "the best fried chicken," Besh recommends Willie Mae's. For the ultimate Friday feast, Besh recommends Galatoire's where he says not to order off the menu but instead ask your waiter to "just feed me."
No trip to New Orleans is complete without strolling through Magazine Street's shops, and, if you're in town at the right time, attending New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest (the next one is April 26, 2013 to May 5, 2013) and the French Quarter Fest, according to Besh.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.