New Orleans has many original delicious dishes that make it the envy of the culinary world. Chef’s there turn out specialty dishes like no other, and a trip here is as much about eating as it is touring and/or partying.
So while you are in The Big Easy do not miss out on these classic New Orleans dishes, as follow:
Sugary and sweet, fluffy, warm, and powdered with sugar. That is how Cafe du Monde, world-famous beignet shop, does it. One of the most recognizable spots in the city, this restaurant is definitely a tourist hotspot but it handles the number of visitors with ease, employing a large kitchen that churns out piping hot pastries 24/7. Of course, other establishments have worked up their own versions of this dish, and you can find some great beignets at the aptly-named Café Beignet if du Monde is over crowded.
If you are not a fan of this delicious seafood that comes on a shell, you have not been to New Orleans.
There, they whip up extraordinary oysters in lots of ways: charbroiled, fried, Rockefeller, raw, you name it.
Let’s start with the classics.
Raw oysters can be found across the city but you willlove cracking into the $1 oysters at Bourbon House’s happy hour.
For charbroiled oysters, visit Royal House, a classic oyster bar whose fare comes topped with Parmesan butter cheese. For a classic Nola fried oyster, hit up Drago’s and get yours with creamed spinach, bacon, bordelaise sauce and extra cheese all topped on toasted French bread.
Finally, if you are recovering from a night on the town, try Acme Oyster House, which serves up Bloody Marys topped with oysters or oyster shooters complete with vodka and a drop of cocktail sauce.
Nothing beats a good Louisiana crawfish boil, and while these are usually enjoyed in a big backyard BBQ with friends and family, you can find great spots to try it in the city.
The Galley Seafood offers a big menu and outdoor seating so you can grab a beer and enjoy the open-air feeling of summer that a crawfish boil needs. Cajun Seafood also offers a classic experience, with four locations offering up flavorful crawfish at communal tables for you and all your friends.
Go to Galatoire’s for gumbo just like grandma made — that is, if your grandma’s gumbo was a flavorful concoction of shredded duck and andouille sausage. Galatoire’s has been around since the 1905, and and you will want to sample other items too, just make sure you leave room for this dish. For another classic, step into Dooky Chase’s, where the homemade gumbo is loaded with crab, shrimp, chicken, 2 kinds of sausage, ham, and veal brisket.
This classic New Orleans sandwich is easily enjoyed on the go for a tasty and inexpensive lunch. Every place will have its own spin, some toasting the bread more heavily, others stuffing the sandwich with toppings. All are worth trying, but a few spots stand above the rest.
Johnny’s Po Boys serves up a multitude of different sandwiches — everything from the classic fried shrimp to Veal Parmesan. For a truly local experience, stop into Adams Street Grocery, small spot that delivers the greatest sandwiches for under $10 on perfectly toasted bread. Parasol’s also offers delicious options if you’re near Magazine street and want something chill and easy.
Shrimp and Grits
Southern-raised folks will know that very little beats a plate of shrimp and grits. The classic comes with a creamy red sauce and silky-smooth grits. This simple dish has been elevated to an art form in New Orleans and most restaurants in the city will offer some version of the dish on their menu. Drago’s makes another appearance with their take on the dish, while Atchafalaya serves up a classic version with a creamy base you have to try.
This necessary drink will perk you up in the morning after a night of parties.
French Truck Coffee is a favorite, and you can find several locations throughout the city serving up specialty roasts.
For something more local, try Backatown Coffee Parlour, which is located conveniently to St. Louis Cemetery # 1.
HiVolt Coffee in the Garden District is also a prime roaster and the chic shop is a great spot to sit if you need to squeeze in some work during your trip.
Beignets may be the famous New Orleans pastry, but buttery biscuits are an everyday staple for locals. Whether you prefer them drenched in gravy, topped with fried chicken or plain with copious amounts of butter, this is 1 dish you can eat with every meal.
Biscuits & Buns will top your dish with everything from pot roast to andouille sausage and gravy. For a trendy and chic brunch spot, step into Willa Jean where fresh biscuits are barely visible under a mountain of fried chicken and gravy.
For sweet treats, you’ll never run out of options.
From the birthplace of Bananas Foster: Brennan’s to the famous bread pudding at Commander’s Palace, there are plentiful options. Or have a classic scoop of ice cream from one of Creole Creamery’s locations.
You cannot to New Orleans without indulging in some famous Bourbon Street libations. By far the most famous drink on Nola menus are Hurricanes. A sweet mixture of rum and juice served in a curvy glass this drink can be found in most hands on a weekend night.
Pat O’Brien’s is responsible for this creation and is still one of the preferred spots to to enjoy it.
I remember the 1st time I visited New Orleans and the last time with clarity,
Galatoire’s is my favorite spot, you must have a reservation,
New Orleans is a must for every food and fun lover.
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