Some folks want people to believe fine dining is dead. You couldn’t believe it when visiting Restaurant R’evolution. The collaborative vision between celebrated chefs John Folse and Rick Tromanto, the restaurant sprawls out over several rooms of the Royal Sonesta Hotel—each with its own personality—and pays intricate homage to classic Creole cuisine. From a triptych of quail which includes the bird southern-fried, boudin-stuffed and absinthe-glazed, to beer-battered crab beignets, each dish takes familiar Louisiana ingredients and presents them with stunning, white tablecloth elegance. An exhaustive 10,000-bottle wine cellar—and staff well-versed in it—is refreshing for those seeking out a new bottle or one for a special occasion.
Know Before You Go: If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, a $200 caviar staircase is a taste of ’90s-style, over-the-top luxury you won’t soon forget.