Who says you have to pack your bags and head to New Orleans for amazing Creole cuisine? These local restaurants bring the rich flavors of Louisiana to your neighborhood with delicious dishes that recall their Southern roots.
Chef Emeril Lagasse puts a twist on New Orleans cooking at this contemporary eatery in MGM Grand that will instantly transport you from the strip to the coast. The seafood-centric menu, which includes standout options like jumbo lump crab cake and crab stuffed shrimp, pairs perfectly with the ocean-inspired interior. 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-891-7374
For good wine and brag-worthy Cajun and French-Creole bites, retreat to this casual kitchen that pays homage to traditional Louisiana cuisine. Seafood fanatics can rejoice over offerings like their New Orleans fried oysters and Cajun fried crawfish. 6435 S. Decatur Blvd., 702-767-8438
Put your calorie counting aside and indulge in comfort food bliss. Inspired by the century-old New Orleans institution, Delmonico Restaurant and Bar, this luxe Vegas steakhouse does right by traditional Louisiana cuisine with addictive dishes like Creole boiled Gulf shrimp cocktail, traditional New Orleans gumbo, and fried chicken with waffles. The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-414-3737
In the mood for music and Southern-styled fare? Cure your winter blues with a fresh bowl of Jambalaya (chicken, rice, andouille sausage, veggies, and spices): a dish that will put backstage passes to shame. 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-632-7600
Dive deep into Southern dining at this barbecue retreat that knows a thing or two about how to smoke meat. Whether you opt for a sandwich or wish to snack on fried chicken, don’t forget to try a side of their homemade potato chips with Creole seasoning and smoked coarse salt. The LINQ Promenade, 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-389-7400