It may seem as though New Orleans is all about crawfish boils and tailgating barbecues, but look in just about any local’s closet and you’ll likely spot shrimp boots and Saints jerseys sharing space with tuxedos and ball gowns. Sure, we dance in the mud at Jazzfest and crack crabs with bare hands; still, we count the nation’s first opera house and many of its oldest fine-dining establishments.
Here, we grab a po’boy or dive into a plate of red beans and rice with little thought to how lucky we are to be afforded such luxuries. But where can one truly indulge in champagne wishes and caviar dreams in the Crescent City? Prepare for some Southern swank.