When you think of New Orleans, what comes to mind? Mardi Gras? Jazz? French Quarter? Voodoo? All of the above of course! Now, after being there and experience it first hand, the first word that comes to mind for me is food!
New Orleans is teeming with different cultures, and each of those cultures brings their own traditional meals. There are some must-haves well known meals, and plenty of new places with new culinary ventures. We tried to get a taste of both worlds while we there!
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Some of the dishes that come to mind when you think of New Orleans and the south are gumbo, jambalaya, seafood in all shapes and sizes, red beans and rice and unique fried meats.
Pat O’Briens, located right near Bourbon Street, is a great spot to try a handful of the local dishes. Shrimp Creole, seafood cakes, and crawfish were our meals of choice! Down the street from there, you’ll find Crescent City Brewhouse, another great spot for Louisiana staples! We all split a plate of delicious fried alligator there! When in Rome right?!
Another can’t miss is the world famous Cafe Du Monde and their beignets! If you go to the location near Jackson Square, prepare to wait in a line, but take them to go and pick a nice scenic spot to enjoy the treat! (And completely cover yourself in powered sugar!)
I had the pleasure of meeting up with a fellow blogger friend who’s a Nola local while we were in town! In typical millenial, I suggested meeting up for a drink somewhere and she responded, Nah let’s meet up for a snoball instead!
What is a snoball you ask? The most glorious version of shaved ice you’ll ever taste! We made it to Hansen’s Sno-Bliz on their opening day and waited in line amongst the other excited locals! They have flavors ranging from typical fruit flavors to exotic options like Cream of Nectar, Cream of Birthday Cake and Honey Lavender. And don’t forget to add lactose to make the flavor even creamier!
Check out my friend Mallory’s blog Plaid Shirt, Yoga Pants for all the best New Orleans spots, festivals, and food envy! She has amazing tips since she’s lived in the city her whole life!
We stumbled upon a cafe whilst looking for a nice hangover breakfast and found the PERFECT thing. Cafe Envie has something called the Breakfast Go-Cup, which intrigued me. It’s a cup filled with grits, scrambled eggs, hash browns, gravy, sausage crumbles and then bacon on the side. It was the perfect hangover meal, and portable none-the-less!
New Orleans is also home to several different food hall style dining options. We caught an uber over to St. Roch Market for some food tasting and craft cocktails. We decided to divide and conquer, choosing one meal from 3 different vendors, to get the best variety. We opted for lobster mac N cheese, shrimp poboy (another Nola classic) and bao buns for a change of pace! All three were delicious and unique in their own ways.
Places like St. Roch market are often filled with “food truck” style vendors. Where they have a limited but specialized menu. Most of them actually advertised having food trucks as well so you can catch your favorite food out and about as well!
If you’re into a more hipster neighborhood vibe, venture down to the Garden District on Magazine Street for a whole slew of new food spots. We met up with another local friend here for some lunch and gourmet donuts at District Donuts! They had several different option for sliders and some bomb waffle fries. And you can order as much or as little as you want!
The sliders were great, but the donuts were next level. They post their offerings every morning on social media and when they sell out, they sell out! With everything from standard flavors to out of the box offerings, you can’t go wrong.
I know we only skimmed the surface of all of the amazing food offerings of New Orleans and it makes me want to go back and try even more! From spicy creole dishes to french sweets, Nola has it all.
Do you have a favorite go-to meal in New Orleans? Comment below with your foodie recommendations! Until next time…