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A Foodie's Guide to New Orleans

New Orleans is known for it’s amazing food, and it’s pretty hard to have a bad meal anywhere in the city. And with everything from Cajun to Creole, white table cloth to hole-in-the-wall, there’s something for everyone and every taste. But if you’re looking for some can’t-miss meals and culinary experiences to feast your way through, you’ve come to the right place.

  1. Po-Boys
    Traditional Vietnamese Food
    Fried Chicken at Willie Mae's
    Dat Dog
    Crawfish Bread at Jazz Fest
    Commander's Palace
    Beignets at Cafe du Monde: There’s a reason these fried pillows of dough are a classic. Pair them with a cup of cafe au lait, and you’ll be in heaven.
  2. Po-Boys: Fried Oyster, Shrimp, Catfish, Roast Beef...or all of them. Parkway and Domilise’s are two favorites for the classics, but in the world of po-boys, there’s really no wrong choice. Want to try them all (and then some?) – make a point to visit for the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival held each year in November.
  3. Friday Lunch at Galatoire’s: Patrons of this “Grand Dame” of Creole dining show up early (even waiting on line) to grab a table in Galatoire’s famous downstairs dining room. And, if they’re truly dedicated, they’ll stay all the way through dinner.
  4. Traditional Vietnamese Food: NOLA’s thriving Vietnamese community means that you can find seriously authentic (and crazy good) Vietnamese staples such as pho and báhn mì all across the city. And if you happen to be visiting over the Vietnamese New Year, make sure to check out Tet Fest, where you can try it all at once.
  5. The Lunch Buffet at Dooky Chase: Chef Leah Chase’s famous Tremé restaurant has been serving up decadent Creole staples since it opened as a sandwich shop in 1939. The buffet allows you to try a little of everything, but the major bucket list item is getting Chef Chase’s gumbo z’herbes, which is served only one day at year on the Thursday before Easter.
  6. Fried Chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House: Meanwhile, around the corner from Dooky Chase, you’ll find what the Travel Channel once called “America’s Best Fried Chicken.” Expect to wait in line, but we promise, it’s worth it.
  7. Snowballs: Perhaps one of the most delicious ways to cool off, the snowball is a favorite treat from early spring through late fall. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, which has been open since 1939, has almost a cult-like following, and for good reason (especially with their Bananas Foster Snowball, which they serve exclusively on Wednesdays).
  8. Crawfish: While it should be on every foodie’s list to try boiled crawfish, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy delectably spicy mudbugs all over the city... like, say, a hot dog made with crawfish sausage and topped with crawfish étoufée at Dat Dog, for one. Lucky enough to get invited to a boil (or stumble upon one at a bar)? Brush up on your peeling technique here.
  9. Breakfast at Brennan’s: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s especially true when it involves brandy milk punch, their signature Eggs Hussarde and Bananas Foster (which was invented by the Brennan family in the early 1950’s).
  10. Finding the “Next Big Thing”: In a city that celebrates food as much as New Orleans, it’s no surprise we have a strong scene of seriously talented up-and-coming chefs. Try them out at culinary incubators like St. Roch Market or Roux Carre, or check out the truly amazing talent behind NOLA’s ever-growing food truck scene.
  11. Feasting Your Way Through a Festival: There’s no shortage of festivals, and many are devoted to every type of NOLA’s food (and drink). But even the city’s non-food related festivals have seriously good cuisine: just ask anyone in line for famous dishes like crawfish monica, cochon de lait po-boys or crawfish crepes at both Jazz Fest and French Quarter Festival.
  12. Oysters Rockefeller at Antoine’s: Not only has Antoine’s been serving classic French-Creole cuisine since 1840, they also invented Oysters Rockefeller. Finishing off a meal with their famed Baked Alaska isn’t a bad idea either...
  13. Experience James Beard Award-Winning Cuisine: New Orleans has a ton of James Beard Winning chefs and restaurants, so it may be ambitious to say you want to try them all. But if you’re planning on working your way through the list, at least you know it’ll be a truly delicious journey.
  14. Get in the Holiday Spirit with Reveillon: Reveillon dinners were historically served as multi-course, extravagant meals served after Christmas Eve mass, but today, many of the city’s best restaurants celebrate the holiday season with special prix fixe menus all December long. You can find detailed menus and participating restaurants beginning in early October on
  15. Jazz Brunch at Commander’s Palace: This brightly-colored Garden District restaurant has been a destination for impressive (and decadent) New Orleans cuisine for decades. The multicourse brunch menu is offered on weekends, or you can try their equally delicious 25-cent martini lunch during the week.
  16. Gulf Oysters: Whether you like ‘em raw on the half shell, or if you prefer them drenched in a delicious garlic-butter sauced, then chargrilled a la Drago’s, New Orleans is an oyster-lover’s dream come true.
  17. Barbecue Shrimp at Pascal’s Manale: New Orleans-style Barbecue Shrimp is as messy as it is delicious, and that’s a good thing. You’ll want to use French Bread to sop up as much of the buttery, peppery sauce as possible. The dish originated at this unassuming Uptown gem, where you can also get your aforementioned raw oyster fix.
  18. Sazeracs at The Sazerac Bar: You should be able to find this historic cocktail at any good bar or restaurant across the city, but it’s namesake bar is a great place to start. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try out their Ramos Gin Fizz, a favorite of the infamous Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long.
  19. Muffalettas from Central Grocery: These gargantuan sandwiches are perfect for sharing...or not (we won’t judge). Grab one from Central Grocery and then take it up to Woldenberg Park for a picnic along the river.
  20. Learn The Tricks of the Trade: Looking to expand your own cooking skills and bring a little NOLA back with you? Try out cooking classes at one of our many fantastic cooking schools. Your friends and family will be forever grateful.
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