This is classic New Orleans, either inside or outside along the wrought iron lace-work balcony overlooking Royal St. Unless it's hot or wet, sit outside on the balcony; it adds to the flavor and ambiance of everything.
Favorite Dish: You name it- the shrimp etouffe is great, so are the gumbos, jambalayas and desserts.
The Royal Cafe is situated in the heart of the French Quarter and is well-renowned for its dining on Royal Street's most photographed balcony. It's quite an experience.
The food is superb. You can choose between Cajun, Creole, seafood and American cuisine.
Favorite Dish: The house speciality: Pasta Jambalaya. It's linguine tossed with fresh shrimp, artichoke hearts, smoked tomatoes, basil and garlic and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
The Royal Cafe is one of the most photographed buildings in the French Quarter (it's the first picture in my introduction). I really only visited so that I could get a seat in the balcony and watch the people passing by below, but I was pleasantly surprised by the food. They specialize in Cajun and Creole cuisine.
Favorite Dish: I had a Crescent City Potato Boulette, which is like a potato croquette that had crawfish meat inside. I also had a bowl of oyster and artichoke heart soup. Both were excellent. I think I paid around $14, but expect to pay more for an entree.
The dishes were reasonably priced. The ambience was breathtaking. You can request balcony dining. I was there at dusk both times, and it was very romantic--the sultry violet sky, the musicians in the street below, the lush plants on the balconies...Another great thing about this place is that even though we turned up one night with no reservations and soaked to the bone from one of those New Orleans afternoon rainstorms, they never blinked an eye, just served us graciously.
Favorite Dish: The shrimp creole here was hands down the best I have ever had. Even in a city with so much good food to choose from, I just had to come back here a second night just for the creole.