Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Turtle soup, a classic French Creole dish, lines a tray atTed Brennan's Decatur. The restaurant opened Aug. 27 in the French Quarter.

In town for some big-time college football? Or maybe some New Year's revelry? 

Either way, New Orleans' dining scene has you covered. As you prepare for Alabama vs. Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, check out our list of the essential 100 New Orleans restaurants.

Our New Orleans dining guide is arranged by neighborhood, though each restaurant here is recommended for reasons that go beyond location.

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