Where Chefs Eat: Nina Compton's New Orleans

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Denny Culbert
Nina Compton
French, Italian, and Caribbean flavors collide at Compère Lapin, Chef Nina Compton’s restaurant in New Orleans’ Warehouse District. Compton’s culinary influence is firmly rooted in her upbringing in St. Lucia. Previously based in Miami, Compton moved to New Orleans after starring in the season of “Top Chef” that filmed there and falling in love with the Crescent City. Here, she names her favorite dining spots for when she manages some rare free time.
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Emeril’s New Orleans
Emeril’s New Orleans

Emeril’s is a New Orleans classic. Everything here is delicious. From the barbecued shrimp to the andouille crusted drum, you just can’t go wrong with Emeril’s.

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Bacchanal Wine
Bacchanal Wine

Bacchanal is one of my favorite local spots. It has great wine, an amazing backyard, and live music. It’s the Mediterranean in New Orleans.

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Paladar 511
Paladar 511

For good pasta, pizza, and seasonal ingredients, I like to go to Paladar. The food is fresh, bright, and very flavorful. Those who know me know I love good Italian food.

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Sloane Kelly
Gene’s Po-Boys
A po’ boy from Gene’s Po-Boys is only $9 and they’re huge. Can’t go wrong with any of them, just depends on my mood.
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Marianna Massey
La Petite Grocery

La Petite Grocery never disappoints. Great food and great drinks. The blue crab beignets are a must.

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