New Orleans! Where do I even start? Simply put, it is a small city but with such a unique culture, architectural style, and history. Its personality is as distinct as that of New York’s, Paris’, or even Rome’s. While NOLA attracts tourists for so many different reasons, the delicious cuisine was what I was looking most forward to and it certainly did not disappoint.
It’s been a little over a month since my trip to Louisiana and I’m currently back in Europe still thinking about the food down south. Yes! I’m in Europe, thinking about American food. Well… Cajun-Creole food. I’m even sat here writing this article with a home-made bowl of red beans and rice by my side.
Travelling with my French boyfriend, the cuisine was a perfect mix of the two of us. We were both equally satisfied yet blown away. It had the good bread, seafood, and meat that he loves while serving up lots of rice and spice to fulfill my desires as well. In every bite, one can taste the African, French, Spanish, and even hints of Asian culinary traditions. Speak of a melting pot!
Our trip to NOLA was such a culinary adventure that I tasted everything from fire-grilled oysters in a hot chili butter sauce to alligator sausage. At times scary, it was always worth it. So here is a list of my favorite eats and drinks in NOLA. It highlights everything from classy establishments to (for lack of a better word) “dingy” restaurants:
- Jambalaya: The perfect hearty rice dish with flavor for days. My favorites were from Coop’s Place and Mother’s Restaurant.
- Red beans and rice: another yummy rice dish that will fill you up from head to toe. Try it from Père Antoine.
- Poboys: If you prefer sandwiches, go to NOLA Poboys for the most scrumptious and unique fillings.
Other places to check out:
Café du monde (for beignets)
Cochon Restaurant (for the oysters)
Market Café (for alligator)
Deanie’s Seafood (for étouffée)
… And don’t forget to have drinks at the swanky Bar Marilou. You won’t regret it!