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New sessions, new lounge, New Orleans

Welcome to AAO 2017, where the Academy has mixed learning about old with learning about new.

Special AAO Preview
New Orleans
Nov 11-14, 2017

The AAO returns to New Orleans for AAO 2017, a city that the convention has descended upon numerous times in the past.

This year’s theme is NEW, and “emphasizes the novel, late-breaking, cutting-edge courses, events and ideas” that meeting attendees will find, says Maria M. Aaron, MD, secretary for the Academy’s annual meeting.

New highlights this year include more Saturday programming, 111 new sessions, a new poster theater and the “EyePlay Experience.” According to the AAO, this lounge features: displays on the latest virtual and augmented reality uses for ophthalmology; a beer garden; a station to learn how to make New Orleans-style pralines, and a booth to help make toiletry bags for the homeless.

Highlights from opening session, on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 a.m. include the following:

  • Laureate Award recipient, Irene H. Maumenee, MD
    Dr. Maumenee, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, helped introduce formal genetic concepts to eye care, creating the ophthalmic genetics subspecialty in the United States. She also helped found and lead the Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Diseases, and cofounded the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma. Among her other accomplishments: diagnosis and management of ocular complications of Marfan syndrome; helping identify the gene for achromatopsia type 3 in the Pingelapese people of Micronesia, and gene identification for congenital cataracts and early onset retinal diseases.
  • Jackson Memorial Lecture, Daniel F. Martin, MD
    Dr. Martin is chair, Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, chair of the Barbara and A. Malachi Mixon III Institute in ophthalmology. He also serves as study chair for the Comparison of AMD Treatments Trials (CATT) and the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR). His lecture is titled “Intravitreal Therapy for Retinal Diseases: From CMV to CNV.”
  • Keynote – Michael F. Marmor Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts, Henry Butler
    Mr. Butler, a musician and New Orleans native, has been blind since birth due to glaucoma. He has been playing the piano since age six, and has been composing and performing since age 12. Mr. Butler has performed and taught throughout the country, and his style draws from jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B music. His lecture is titled “One Man’s Vision.”

Also scheduled are the following lectures and associated symposium:

SUNDAY, NOV. 12

  • William F. Hoyt Lecture
    11:35 a.m. (10:30 symposium)
    Kathleen B. Digre, MD
    “More Than Meets the Eye: What an Ophthalmologist Needs to Know About Migraine and the Eye”
  • Zimmerman Lecture
    11:35 a.m. (10:30 symposium)
    Seymour Brownstein, MD
    “Electron Microscopy: An Invaluable Diagnostic Adjunct in an Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory”
  • Whitney G. Sampson Lecture
    3:00 p.m. (2:00 symposium)
    Sheraz M. Daya, MD
    “Corneal Crescents and Patches”
  • Ruedemann Lecture
    4:59 p.m. (3:45 symposium)
    James J. Augsburger, MD
    “Enucleation in the Management of Primary Choroidal Melanoma”

MONDAY, NOV. 13

  • Charles D. Kelman Lecture
    11:45 a.m. (8:15 symposium)
    Alan S. Crandall, MD
  • Marshall M. Parks Lecture
    9:38 a.m.(8:30 symposium)
    Edwin M. Stone, MD, PhD
    “Curing Heritable Blindness”
  • Arnall Patz Lecture
    8:35 a.m. (8:30 symposium)
    Neil M. Bressler, MD
    “DRCR Network: Accomplishments and Vision for the Future”
  • Wendell L. Hughes Lecture
    11:17 a.m. (10:15 symposium)
    John W. Shore, MD
    “The Forces That Affect Upper Eyelid Movement, Position, And Contour During Ptosis Surgery”
  • Castroviejo Lecture
    11:55 a.m. (10:15 symposium)
    Jonathan H. Lass, MD
    “Advances with Randomized Clinical Trials in Corneal Transplantation”
  • C. Stephen & Frances Foster Lecture on Uveitis and Immunology
    12:50 p.m. (12:45 symposium)
    Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD
    “Idiopathic Ocular Inflammatory Disease: Lessons From Deep DNA Sequencing”
  • Dr. Allan Jensen & Claire Jensen Lecture in Professionalism and Ethics
    2:35 p.m. (2:30 symposium)
    Thomas S. Harbin, MD
    “Practical Ethics in Ophthalmology”
  • Jones/Smolin Lecture
    4:49 p.m. (3:45 symposium)
    Herbert E. Kaufman, MD
    “Converting Concepts Into Cures”

TUESDAY, NOV. 14

  • Robert N. Shaffer Lecture
    9:32 a.m. (8:30 symposium)
    Janey Lee Wiggs, MD, PhD
    “Glaucoma Genes and New Opportunities for Therapy”
  • Barraquer Lecture
    11:31 a.m. (10:15 symposium)
    Scott M. MacRae, MD
    “Refractive Indexing: A Revolutionary Approach to Refractive Surgery”

For more information, visit https://www.aao.org/annual-meeting

A glimpse of the show floor

We are pleased to highlight some of the leading industry products and services that you’ll find on the AAO Exhibit Hall floor. We asked vendors to submit a brief company intro, their booth number and web address. We trust that these previews will help you, not only for your AAO planning purposes, but also as a resource to help you investigate technologies and offerings that can be of value to you, for your clinical and practice management needs.

—Larry Patterson, MD,
Chief Medical Editor

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE COMPANIES

Alcon

Alcon assists in providing care for eyes across the globe, helping to enhance sight so practices can focus on what matters. Learn more at www.alcon.com .

Booth #417
www.alcon.com

Akorn

Akorn is dedicated to supporting ophthalmology through a growing line of quality branded prescription therapies. Visit Akorn’s booth to learn more about AzaSite, Zioptan, Cosopt PF and Betimol. Also available will be TheraTears for dry eyes.

Booth #4014
www.akorn.com

AMO

See Johnson & Johnson Vision

Allergan

Allergan, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in the “growth pharma” industry model. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Booth #1324
www.allergan.com

Avedro

Avedro is a privately held pharmaceutical and medical device company advancing the science and technology of corneal crosslinking and refractive correction. For more information, please visit Avedro’s website.

Booth #2947
www.avedro.com

Bausch + Lomb

Bausch + Lomb invites surgeons to test-drive its latest technologies, including next-generation phacoemulsification platform Stellaris Elite, and learn about future innovations. Visitors can also experience the challenges of AMD from a patient’s perspective through a virtual reality platform.

Booth #2323
www.bausch.com

Beaver-Visitec International

BVI is a global manufacturer of innovative ophthalmic products. BVI brands include Beaver knives, Visitec I-Ring & cannulas, Malosa Medical single-use instruments, Vitreq vitreoretinal products, Merocel and Weck-Cel absorbents, Parasol punctal occluders, and Endo Optiks laser microendoscopy.

Booth #830
www.beaver-visitec.com

Besse Medical

Besse Medical, an AmerisourceBergen Company, helps physicians access the products, technology and insights needed to enhance practice performance. Its advanced inventory management systems — CubixxMD and PODIS Plus — integrate with current workflows to give greater control over inventory and billing.

Booth #57
www.besse.com

Bio-Tissue

Bio-Tissue specializes in regenerative medicine, with a focus on advancing standards of care in ocular surface therapy. We recognize and respect the sophistication of the ocular surface, which is why we remain dedicated to understanding its biology.

Booth #5040
www.biotissue.com

Capital One

Capital One’s Spark Cash card allows unlimited 2% cash back. Applicants earn a one-time $500 bonus when $4,500 is spent, within three months of approval. Applications can be filled out at booth 4750.

Booth #4750
www.capitalone.com/tradeshows

Ceatus

Ceatus designs integrated digital strategies for premier ophthalmic practices across the world. Ceatus provides practices with enhanced visibility and increased patient volume, using tools such as the reputation and reviews management system to social media, SEO and website design.

Booth #949
www.ceatus.com

CenterVue

CenterVue’s EIDON is the world’s first color confocal retinal imaging system, providing high-quality images through ocular opacities. The COMPASS fundus tracking perimeter correlates structure and function with 30-2, 24-2, or 10-2 patterns.

Booth #3302
www.Centervue.com

Compulink

Compulink has more than 32 years of experience in EHR, practice management, ASC and RCM solutions for ophthalmology. Its MACRA-ready, all-in-one solution includes the essential tools ophthalmic practices need to deliver value-based care and financial results.

Booth #1527
www.compulinkadvantage.com/onetab

DGH Technology

DGH Technology will display the new Scanmate Flex, with choice of UBM, A-Scan and B-Scan probes. DGH has been designing reliable, easy-to-use instruments — pachymeters, A-Scans, B-Scans, and UBMs — for over 30 years.

Booth #1301
www.dghtechnology.com

Diopsys

Learn how Diopsys modern visual electrophysiology benefits your patients and practice from several ophthalmology leaders. Mark Latina, MD, Mitchell Jackson, MD, Brian Francis, MD and others will present during exhibit hours. Diopsys is also offering personal demonstrations. For more information, visit Diopsys.com/AAOph .

Booth #3322
www.Diopsys.com/AAOph

Ellex

On display at AAO will be Ellex’s latest laser and ultrasound products. Ellex will host a series of in-booth presentations, addressing laser floater removal and ABiC with iTrack — these daily 10-minute presentations will also feature insight from industry experts.

Booth #4040
www.ellex.com

Enhanced Medical Services

Enhanced Medical Services (EMS) provides a comprehensive selection of eye care equipment including new and pre-owned diagnostic and lane equipment. Additionally, EMS is a full diagnostic national repair center offering single item repairs/maintenance, extended warranties and comprehensive umbrella service contracts.

Booth #2102
www.emseye.com

Eye Care Leaders

Eye Care Leaders helps customers discover the best-known brands in eye care software and services. ECL’s myCare Suite, an integrated platform of EHR, PM, Optical, ASC and portal, complements services like RCM, MIPS Assurance, Analytics and more.

Booth #3714
www.eyecareleaders.com

The Eye Group

The Eye Group is the largest ophthalmic search firm in the country. It specializes in the recruitment of ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic administrators, technicians, opticians, ophthalmic nurses and PAs.

Booth #1813
www.theeyegroup.com

Focus Vision Supplements

Focus Vision Supplements believes what’s best for patients is what’s best for practices. Our ocular health formulations are developed with the help of more than 400 ophthalmologists, and support the patient-physician relationship while creating added value for practices.

Booth #1708
www.focusvitamins.com

Genentech

Genentech, now a member of the Roche Group, has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for over 40 years. Genentech discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions.

Booth #3422
www.gene.com

Haag-Streit

For over 150 years, Haag-Streit has been manufacturing creative technology for ophthalmologists. Its slit lamps, surgical microscopes and medical equipment are known for their precision, efficiency and accuracy, giving physicians the tools to provide quality patient care.

Booth #1045
www.haag-streit.com

Heine

HEINE is specialized in the development and production of ophthalmological diagnostic instruments. From head-worn or hand-held, Heine’s products provide early and precise diagnoses. Heine’s instruments are used worldwide by ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists.

Booth #3330
www.heine.com

Icare

Icare USA is an advanced medical technology company that manufactures tonometers. Using rebound technology makes it a quick and painless IOP measurement without anesthetic or air. New to the market is the Icare HOME tonometer, designed for patients to use anywhere, anytime.

Booth #3648
www.icare-usa.com

iMedicWare

iMedicWare is a total practice solution delivering comprehensive physician-approved EMR/PM, ASC and optical software solutions for ophthalmology practices and surgery centers of all sizes and subspecialties. iMedicWare’s products can be adapted to a practice’s unique workflow. Demonstrations available for scheduling.

Booth #4939
www.imedicware.com

Insight Instruments

Insight Instruments Inc. specializes in the development, production and sale of instruments to ophthalmic surgeons specializing in vitreoretinal viewing during surgery. Its products include the Super View viewing system, Super View Pivot lens system and Super View HTC contact lens.

Booth #109
www.insightinstruments.com

Integra Lifesciences

Integra’s BioDOptix is a dehydrated, extracellular membrane allograft derived from human amniotic tissue. It is used as a scaffold for ocular tissue repair.

Booth #4724
www.biodoptix.com

Iridex

Iridex provides laser-based medical systems and delivery devices for the treatment of glaucoma and retinal diseases. Iridex products are sold in the United States through direct sales and internationally through direct sales and independent distributors in more than 100 countries.

Booth #2545
www.iridex.com

Johnson & Johnson Vision (formerly AMO)

Johnson & Johnson Vision has been helping patients see better since 1987, when it debuted Acuvue, the world’s first disposable soft contact lens. In 2017, Johnson & Johnson invested further in eye health by expanding into cataract surgery, LASIK and consumer eye health.

Booth #125
www.surgical.jnjvision.com

Katena Products, Inc.

Katena’s featured AAO products include surgical instruments for current and emerging ophthalmic techniques and procedures, amniotic membrane for in-office and surgical procedures, Tutoplast patch allografts, the Molteno3 glaucoma implant and EagleVision punctal plugs.

Booth #2747
www.katena.com

Lacrivera

Lacrivera’s new VeraPlug FlexFit Punctal Occluder’s nose technology is designed to collapse on insertion, allowing for easy sizing, retention and patient comfort. Show specials are available at Lacrivera’s AAO booth.

Booth #3744
www.lacrivera.com

LENSAR

LENSAR, manufacturer of next-generation femtosecond cataract laser technology, has focused on astigmatism with its latest Streamline III upgrade. Enhancements include wireless data transfer, which provides surgeons with advanced technology for confidently managing astigmatism and optimizing patient outcomes.

Booth #4229
www.lensar.com

LKC Technologies, Inc.

LKC Technologies has over 40 years of experience in visual electrophysiology and is dedicated to the preservation and treatment of sight. The show will feature the handheld RETeval device, now with normative data ranges, which integrates ERG testing into practices.

Booth #1036/1038
www.lkc.com

Lombart Instruments

Lombart Instruments is committed to partnerships with ophthalmologists in the United States. Instrument solutions are available for all needs and budgets, service and support is provided across the country. Lombart develops long-term relationships based on trust and value.

Booth #1645
www.lombartinstrument.com

MacuLogix

MacuLogix equips eye-care professionals with the technology, tools and education needed to effectively manage patients with AMD and eliminate preventable blindness caused by this chronic, progressive disease that impacts over 170 million people worldwide.

Booth #4823
www.maculogix.com

Marco

The latest Marco technology includes the OPD-Scan III Integrated Wavefront Aberrometer, TRS 5100/3100 digital refractors, autorefractors/keratometers and EPIC refraction workstation. New products include the TS-310 tabletop refractive workstation, LM-7 Series lensmeters and new Ultra M Series slit lamps with integrated Ion imaging system.

Booth #2730
www.marco.com

MedOne Surgical, Inc.

MedOne Surgical’s unique cannula products enable clinics to tackle a wide variety of retina cases using 23-, 25- and 27-gauge systems. Available at its booth is a range of back flush instruments, DualBore SideFlō, subretinal PolyTip cannulas, FlexTip cannulas and more.

Booth #929
www.medone.com

Modernizing Medicine

Modernizing Medicine and its affiliated companies empower physicians with a suite of mobile, specialty-specific solutions that enhance clinic efficiency and patient outcomes by improving how health care information is created, consumed and utilized.

Booth #4054
www.modmed.com

Mynosys

Mynosys’ Zepto is a novel, automated capsulotomy device with a disposable handpiece and tip that produces a round, strong and visually centered capsulotomy. Results are delivered in milliseconds.

Booth #2063
www.mynosys.com

New World Medical

Founded with the mission of benefiting humanity, New World Medical develops, manufactures, and markets cutting-edge medical devices intended to alleviate the blinding effects of glaucoma for patients worldwide. Flagship products include the Ahmed Glaucoma Valve and Kahook Dual Blade.

Booth #101
www.newworldmedical.com

Nextech

Nextech offers ophthalmology-specific EMR and practice management solutions that allow ophthalmologists to increase charting speed, improve workflow and streamline practice productivity. Experience Nextech’s intuitive navigation, adaptive template technology and enhanced drawing capabilities.

Booth #4026
www.nextech.com

Nidek

Nidek offers a wide array of diagnostic and surgical equipment designed with simplicity, functionality and reliability to assist with anterior and posterior disorders or diseases, including glaucoma, AMD, visual function and other vision-impairing afflictions.

Booth #2344
usa.nidek.com

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals

Avenova, from NovaBay, is the only pure hypochlorous acid product currently on the market specifically targeting daily lid and lash hygiene. Avenova with Neutrox is designed for removal of microorganisms and debris that contribute to conditions such as dry eye, MGD, blepharitis, meibomitis and styes.

Booth #4429
www.avenova.com

Oasis

Oasis, maker of Oasis Tears Lubricant eye drops, invites attendees to learn more about the new Soft Plug Extended Duration 180, Oasis LID & LASH + Tea Tree Wipes, PE surgical knives, collagen shields and more.

Booth #800
www.oasismedical.com

Oculus

Oculus has been involved in the eye-care industry since 1895. Its range of products include the Pentacam, perimeters, topographers, pachymeters, autorefractors and keratometers. On display at its booth will be the new Pentacam AXL with axial length measurement and built-in IOL calculation formulas.

Booth #1728  
www.oculususa.com

OCuSOFT

OCuSOFT, most recognized for its doctor-recommended brand of eyelid cleansers, has served the ophthalmic community since 1986 with a unique selection of brands including OCuSOFT lid scrub eyelid cleansers, OCuSOFT HypoChlor (0.02% Hypochlorous Acid) and Retaine MGD preservative-free tears.

Booth #1718
www.ocusoft.com

Omeros

Omeros is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing small-molecule and protein therapeutics. Its first FDA-approved product is Omidria (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection) 1%/0.3% for use during lens replacement surgery. Omeros’ pipeline includes six clinical-stage programs, a diverse group of preclinical programs and two drug discovery platforms.

Booth # 1163
www.omeros.com

Optos

Optos Optomap’s ultra-widefield imaging is nonmydriatic and delivers high-resolution images in less than a second. More than 400 peer-reviewed studies show the value of Optomap imaging in diagnosis, treatment planning and patient engagement; its speed and field of view can also enhance clinic flow.

Booth #3726
www.optos.com

Optovue

Optovue’s mission is creating cutting-edge OCT innovation. At AAO 2017, it will unveil AngioVue Essential, affordable OCTA imaging in a streamlined feature set and epithelial thickness mapping, a whole new starting point for anterior segment exams.

Booth #3126
www.Optovue.com

Paragon BioTeck, Inc. 

Paragon BioTeck specializes in ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, devices and therapies. Its products include the Comfortear Lacrisolve 180 Absorbable Punctum Plug, Comfortear Punctum Plug and the first FDA-approved phenylephrine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, available in 2.5% and 10% solutions.

Booth #3413
www.paragonbioteck.com

Pine Pharmaceuticals

Pine Pharmaceuticals is an FDA-inspected, cGMP-compliant, 503B outsourcing facility specializing in the preparation of sterile compounds for ophthalmic use. Its products are available without prescriptions and meet the highest quality standards in the industry.

Booth #1823
www.pinepharmaceuticals.com

Prestige Brands (Clear Eyes Pure Relief)

Prestige Brands’ Clear Eyes Pure Relief for Dry Eyes is a preservative-free, OTC lubricant drop in a multidose bottle. More information and samples available at its booth.

Booth #4814/4816
www.prestigebrands.com

Quidel Corporation

Quidel’s Eye Health solutions, InflammaDry and AdenoPlus, are rapid, lateral-flow based, point-of-care, CLIA-waived, reimbursable products for the detection of infectious and inflammatory eye diseases. InflammaDry detects elevated levels of MMP-9 for dry eye. AdenoPlus diagnoses adenoviral acute conjunctivitis.

Booth #4558
www.quidel.com

Regeneron

Booth #4239
www.regeneron.com

ReVision Optics, Inc.

ReVision Optics received FDA approval for the Raindrop Near Vision inlay in June 2016. This unique, patented refractive solution reshapes the cornea to improve near vision, which transitions to intermediate and distance vision for a full range of sight in adult presbyopic patients.

Booth #361
www.raindropinlay.com

ScienceBased Health

Learn about SBH’s evidence-based nutraceuticals and practice-building programs at AAO. Products include HydroEye, clinically tested dry eye relief MacularProtect Complete AREDS2+ multinutrient formula and more. Receive a free 60-day supply of HydroEye and a smoothie at its booth.

Booth #3120
www.sciencebasedhealth.com

Shire

Shire is a global biotechnology company focused on rare diseases and specialized conditions. Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5%, a prescription eye drop, is approved in the U.S. to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in adults.

Booth #4426
www.shire.com

SightLife Surgical

SightLife Surgical provides comprehensive services for corneal surgeons, including corneal tissue, devices, reimbursement consulting and advocacy. SightLife Surgical helps enable innovation and access to corneal care. Its Geuder glass cannula for DMEK eases graft placement.

Booth #2401
www.sightlifesurgical.com

Sun Ophthalmics

Sun Ophthalmics is an American division of Sun Pharma, a global pharmaceutical corporation with operations in more than 150 countries. Its mission is to launch innovative ophthalmic products that integrate seamlessly into the office.

Booth #4740
www.SunIsOnTheRise.com

TearLab Corp.

TearLab elevates patient care by advancing tear film diagnostics. Using its first of a kind point-of-care ophthalmic in-vitro diagnostic platform, TearLab allows the addition of data to better guide the diagnosis and management of the ocular surface.

Booth #824
www.tearlab.com

Tomey

Tomey TMS-4N Corneal Topographer has over 9,000 data points, unique keratoconus screening/detection and map customization. Fourier analysis provides refractive information. Also included is spherical equivalent, regular astigmatism, asymmetry, higher-order irregularity and auto shot function for easy acquisition.

Booth #1519
www.tomeyusa.com

Topcon Medical Systems

Topcon will present an array of innovative ophthalmic instruments and software solutions, including the 3D OCT-1 Maestro, a fully automated, space-saving spectral domain OCT, the PASCAL Pattern Scanning Laser System and the DRI OCT TRITON Swept Source OCT.

Booth #2045
www.topconmedical.com

TTI Medical

TTI Medical manufactures camera adapters for operating microscopes and slit lamps. Featured technology at AAO includes a new photo slit lamp upgrade with an LED flash and a digital camera adapter with a Canon DSLR camera, and a universal smartphone adapter for slit lamps.

Booth #1401
www.ttimedical.com

Vmax Vision

Vmax Vision’s PSF refractors give accurate measures to 0.05 D. The new Lotus, Perfectus and VASR combine a wavefront autorefractor with a PSF refractor, allowing for faster training, shorter exam times and increased Rx accuracy.

Booth #2001
www.vmaxvision.com

Vitreq

Vitreq creates instruments for the ophthalmic society with a special focus on vitreoretinal surgery. Drawing on many years’ experience, along with collaborative efforts with world-class surgeons, Vitreq develops innovative, next-generation solutions to support advanced surgical techniques.

Booth #760
www.vitreq.com

Zeiss

ZEISS offers solutions to diagnose, manage and treat ophthalmic disease. The comprehensive ZEISS portfolio is designed to meet the demands of eye-care professionals in glaucoma, retina, comprehensive, cataract and refractive specialties, with additional solutions in data management.

Booth #1919
www.zeiss.com/med

Ziemer Ophthalmics 

Ziemer Ophthalmics offers multipurpose FEMTO LDV lasers for cataract and refractive surgery and the Galilei topographer/tomographer. The Swiss standard of quality used to design these products delivers precise and accurate results, with an emphasis on safety and efficiency.

Booth #4213
www.ziemerusa.com

The Big Easy restaurant guide: The town for big appetites

Listings compiled by Kent Woynowski, digital assets manager at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Talk about heterogeneity. With its growing populations of Hispanics and Asians mingling with the descendants of Spanish, French, African-American, German, Italian and Irish blood, it’s little wonder that New Orleans’ cuisine, whether served on paper or Limoges, is sublime.

CAJUN & CREOLE

Antoine’s
Antoine’s is an experience not to be missed. In operation for 176 years, Antoine’s invented Oyster’s Rockefeller and still serves some of the best traditional French creole cuisine in the city.
713 Saint Louis St.
www.antoines.com

Atchafalaya
Serving traditional creole dishes, Atchafalaya is tucked away on the edge of the Garden District. Brunch on Sunday features live music and build-your-own Bloody Marys.
901 Louisiana Ave.
www.atchafalayarestaurant.com

Cochon
A bit of Cajun country in the heart of the city, focusing on meat dishes. Vegetarians will find limited options.
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
www.cochonrestaurant.com

Commander’s Palace
Located in the heart of the Garden District, Commander’s Palace has been reinventing gourmet New Orleans cuisine since 1880. The restaurant has a dress code.
1403 Washington Ave.
www.commanderspalace.com

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant
Chef and owner Leah Chase is the standard bearer for traditional New Orleans creole food.
2301 Orleans Ave.
www.dookychaserestaurant.com

Galatoire’s
Known for its raucous, well-dressed crowd and lack of reservations. Don’t miss out on the fiery spectacle of the Café Brulôt!
209 Bourbon St.
www.galatoires.com

Jacques-Imo’s
An eclectic, energetic restaurant that truly reflects the neighborhood around it. Catch a brass band at the Maple Leaf next door after dinner. Expect a wait.
8324 Oak St.
www.jacques-imos.com

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
Chef Paul Prudhomme was a pioneer in bringing Cajun cooking to the mainstream. His restaurant epitomizes what the world thinks of New Orleans cuisine.
416 Chartres St.
www.kpauls.com

Muriel’s
Located on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, Muriel’s serves up contemporary creole cuisine.
801 Chartres St.
www.muriels.com

Palace Cafe
This large, elegant yet casual restaurant features classic New Orleans creole fare, right on Canal Street.
605 Canal St.
www.palacecafe.com

Tujague’s
Stepping into Tujage’s is like stepping back in time. This traditional New Orleans restaurant specializes in beef brisket with horseradish and shrimp remoulade.
823 Decatur St.
www.tujaguesrestaurant.com

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival traces its roots to 1970 when gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, in Congo Square for a fair, joined a marching band and began singing. https://tinyurl.com/ybqtbfg3

ITALIAN

Domenica
Located in the grand Roosevelt Hotel, John Besh’s Domenica specializes in adventurous pizzas and house-made cured meats.
123 Baronne St.
www.domenicarestaurant.com

Liuzza’s
Liuzza’s might be small, but it’s a wonderfully inviting neighborhood bar and restaurant serving traditional Italian red-sauce dishes.
3636 Bienville St.
www.liuzzas.com

Mandina’s
Take the streetcar up Canal Street to Mandina’s, a neighborhood restaurant for New Orleans’ brand of creole-Italian cuisine.
3800 Canal St.
www.mandinasrestaurant.com

Pascal’s Manale
Pascal’s Manale is best-known for its barbeque shrimp, but it also serves up delicious classic Italian fare. Don’t skip the oyster bar.
1838 Napoleon Ave.
www.pascalsmanale.com

Vincent’s
Vincent’s specializes in homestyle red-sauce dishes, with classic Italian bistro-style decor. It’s right on the famous St. Charles streetcar line.
7839 St. Charles Ave.
www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com

OTHER

Ba Chi Canteen
New Orleans’ large Vietnamese population has seduced the locals, who love the fresh flavors of pho, banh mi and bun.
7900 Maple St.
(504) 373-5623

Cafe Degas
An intimate, romantic traditional French restaurant, Cafe Degas is convenient to City Park, Bayou St. John and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
3127 Esplanade Ave.
www.cafedegas.com

Cane and Table
A craft tiki bar with a great Caribbean menu, Cane and Table is a wonderful mix of great food and spirits.
1134 Decatur St.
www.caneandtablenola.com

Dante’s Kitchen
Nestled right by the levee in the river bend, Dante’s eclectic menu focuses on local seasonal ingredients while its unique cocktails are always a hit with tourists and locals alike.
736 Dante St.
www.danteskitchen.com

Green Goddess
In a city with very few vegetarian options, the Green Goddess shines in the French Quarter.
307 Exchange Pl.
www.greengoddessrestaurant.com

Herbsaint
In the Warehouse District near the Convention Center, Herbsaint serves up contemporary French and American cuisine in a bistro setting with outdoor seating.
701 St. Charles Ave.
www.herbsaint.com

La Petite Grocery
La Petite Grocery focuses on modern twists on classic French fare, with a dessert menu that’s hard to beat.
4238 Magazine St.
www.lapetitegrocery.com

Lüke
Lüke is New Orleans‘ favorite son John Besh‘s French-German brasserie, serving delicious burgers, pommes frites, etouffe, cochon de lait, and flammekueche.
333 St. Charles Ave.
www.lukeneworleans.com

Patois
Patois focuses on classic French cuisine with a New Orleans twist made with locally-grown, seasonal ingredients. Their brunch is superb.
6078 Laurel St.
www.patoisnola.com

Ralph’s on the Park
Ralph’s on the Park’s balconies offer a fantastic view of the park’s vast expanse of live oaks and bayous.
900 City Park Ave.
www.ralphsonthepark.com

Restaurant August
The upscale and inventive Restaurant August specializes in fine new French cuisine with an outstanding wine list.
301 Tchoupitoulas St.
www.restaurantaugust.com

Shaya
New Orleans’ newest rising star in fine dining, Shaya serves a modern spin on Israeli classic dishes. Making reservations can be difficult.
4213 Magazine St.
www.shayarestaurant.com

Square Root
For a truly unique experience, try Square Root, with its 7-15 course chef’s tasting menus. Reservations by pre-paid tickets. Upstairs is Root, with an a la carte menu.
1800 Magazine St.
www.squarerootnola.com

Turkey and the Wolf
Bon Appétit named this sandwich shop the 2017 best new restaurant in America. It’s weird, wacky and absolutely delicious. Open until 5 p.m.
739 Jackson Ave.
http://www.turkeyandthewolf.com

Willie Mae’s Scotch House
Some say that Willie Mae’s fried chicken is the best in existence. They’re right.
2401 Saint Ann St.
www.williemaesnola.com

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SEAFOOD

Bourbon House
With a classic marble raw bar and delicious bourbon cocktails, the Bourbon House brings a touch of class to the often raucous Bourbon Street scene.
144 Bourbon St.
www.bourbonhouse.com

Drago’s
Drago’s is famous in the Big Easy for its charbroiled oysters. Located at the foot of Canal Street, Drago’s is within walking distance of the Riverwalk Outlet Mall.
2 Poydras St.
www.dragosrestaurant.com

GW Fins
The eclectic and modern menu of GW Fins is experimental without the pretension of haute cuisine.
808 Bienville St.
www.gwfins.com

Pêche Seafood Grill
Pêche provides Chef Donald Link the opportunity to experiment with fresh Louisiana seafood with a modern twist.
800 Magazine St.
www.pechrestaurant.com

SELLING PRALINES, 1930s

STEAK

Charlie’s Steak House
At Charlie’s, there’s no menu and not much decor — just exquisite service and steaks.
4510 Dryades St.
www.charliessteakhousenola.com

Crescent City Steaks
Crescent City Steaks has been dry-aging their own steaks on Broad Street in Mid-City for nearly 70 years.
1001 North Broad St.
www.crescentcitysteaks.com

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
In the French Quarter, you’ll find Dickie Brennan’s, which has been serving up steaks for almost 60 years.
716 Iberville St.
www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com

Mr. John’s Steakhouse
Mr. John’s classic tile floor and wood-paneled walls make for an elegant dining experience.
2111 St. Charles Ave.
www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com