American in Tremé-Lafitte

Also known as the 'purple shop' (when you see it, you'll know why), Manchu is a dingy little takeout that is most famous for its fried chicken wings. You can also pick up fried seafood, grilled pork chops and bowls of yakamein – a sort of black New Orleans version of pho, renowned for its hangover-curing powers.

This place is ostensibly Chinese – they sell fried rice and egg rolls – but the dishes that will draw you in are New Orleans soul food.