Spanish restaurants in Louisiana
- Sort by:
Wait outside in that warm Esplanade air with clouds of Mid-City locals who swear by Lola’s paellas and fideuas (an angel-hair pasta variation on the former). Once you get inside, it’s all elbows and crowds and buzz of conversation and, incidentally, some very good grub. This isn’t haute Barcelona cuisine; it’s the sort of Spanish peasant fare Hemingway wrote chapters about, all rabbit and meats and hams and fresh seafood and olive oil and lots of lots of delicious garlic – vampires need not apply.
New Orleans is a city that hasn’t embraced the tapas trend with the fervor of other American foodie towns, perhaps in part due to the excellence of homegrown cuisine. Rio Mar bucks this trend with a good selection of simply done but satisfying small plates; salt cod cakes, garlic oysters and white anchovies in vinegar top out a menu slanted toward but not limited to seafood. Lunch or dinner, we say opt for the tapas over the mains.