Above: Tuna toast with garlic, tomato and avocado from Bywater American Bistro in New Orleans

New Orleanshas long been a city with strong culinary traditions. What might surprise visitors is the degree to which the breadth and vibrancy of dining options have expanded in recent years. Alongside the expected French-Creole classics are an array of newer restaurants that showcase Israeli, American Southern and Caribbean cooking, to name just a few. In short, there has never been a more rewarding time to dine out in the Crescent City.

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Above: Tuna toast with garlic, tomato and avocado from Bywater American Bistro in New Orleans

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