Two jump to mind:
1)Baton Rouge- Montreal, Quebec-right near where they hold the Jazz Festival...
Keeping in mind I've never been to N'awlins, I had the best BBQ ribs ever here. Yum! Also, the booze and beer is fairly cheap, and you can get Sleiman's (sp?) which is a delicious ale apparently only available in Canada.
2)Portofino's- Staatsburg, NY- A few miles from Hyde Park, NY, for frame of reference...
Best damned Italian food I've ever had. Bar None!!! Seafood, Meat, Pasta, Wine, all delicious!!!