mkgallery Best New Chef alum Nina Compton shares her insider picks for New Orlean’s food scene, recently ranked one of America’s top food destinations in our sister publication Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards.
[MUSIC] I'm Nina Compton and welcome to New Orleans. It's so different with all the culture. 300 years old, that's amazing. You see it in people's houses, the food, the music. And when you're walking down the streets and taking everything in. Colorful and bright like in the Caribbean. It's the number one place to be. I wanted to move here because it was always on my way home. And so for me as a chef coming here, I was a little bit nervous. How can I, you know, land in New Orleans and take deep into the history and see the connection between the Caribbean In New Orleans, but also make it my own, which I did. I think my favorite place to go is Brigtsen's. And Frank Brigtsen's had this restaurant for 35 years. That home cooking feeling but in a restaurant style. Cafe du Monde is been around forever. The line is so long, it just never ends sometimes. But it's so worth it, cuz you sit down, and you get these beignets, and they're just so hot, and like, tons of powdered sugar. Don't ever wear black. The Joint is a little neighborhood , my husband and I will. Get barbecue and, like, a couple of sides and just sit outside. The other thing that is great about New Orleans is it's the cocktail capital of the world. There is so much history, and when you go out to eat you can have a great cocktail, which I think for me makes the happy marriage. That's why I always send people, I'm like, you've gotta come to New Orleans Go to France 75. I chose to stay and open a second restaurant here in New Orleans because I love it. This is my home now. The more people we have that are actually adding to the culture makes it just even more diverse and more beautiful. Leon's is, it's vibrant, it's deeper than culture and it's just It's life. [MUSIC]