Taste of New Orleans

“You get a taste here in New Orleans that you don’t get anywhere else in the country” –Regis Philbin Live! With Regis and Kelly. New Orleans is a multicultural melting pot city where their food reflects their heritage. Not only is the taste different than the rest of the country, but also the names they call their Heros, Subs, Hoagies and Grinders–Po’boys, and Muffelettas. They also take advantage of their close proximity to the gulf of mexico,  as a result they have the best Crawfish Etouffee and Gumbo.

So when you are taking a trip to New Orleans, you should make sure you try the best of the best of the classic foods.

Here is a helpful guide:

Po’Boys

Also known as Poor Boy is the classic New Orleans sandwich that consist of meat (roast beef or fried seafood). But what makes a po-boy special, is the fresh New Orleans French bread. Here are the best places to try a Po’Boy:

   

 

Gumbo

This dish has been around Louisiana since the 18th Century, so when heading down there you have to stop and taste. It combines ingredients and culinary practices of several cultures, including French, Spanish, German, West African, and Choctaw. In New Orleans, gumbo is either Cajun or Creole and generally contains shellfish. Check out these restaurants for the best gumbo experience in New Orleans:

  

 

Crawfish Etouffee

In French, the word etouffee literally means “smothered,” which is a good way to describe this Cajun dish. Etouffee differs from Gumbo because it is made from a lighter, spicer roux. So if you tried Gumbo try Etouffee too and compare the two! Here’s the best places to try Crawfish Etouffee:

  

 

Jambalaya

Jambalaya is another 18th Century dish in New Orleans that you must try. Not only is it an old recipe but it is one of the most famous and emblematic dishes of Louisiana. Check out the best places to try the famous dish:

  

 

Red Beans and Rice

If you are in New Orleans on a Monday, be like the natives and order Red Beans and Rice. It is a dish that became a fixture in New Orleans, that is a Creole cuisine made with beans, vegetables, and spices. Here are the top places to get this dish:

  

 

Muffulettas 

This sandwich you can’t find anywhere outside of New Orleans. It is a taste of the Italian heritage of the city. Served on a large round sturdy bread that is layered with olive salad, capicola, mortadella, salami, pepperoni, ham, Swiss cheese and provolone. Head over to one of these restaurants to try a Muffulettas, it will fill you up for the rest of the day!

  

 

Beignets

This is a dessert dish or even a side to your cup of coffee, that you have to try.  It is fried yeast dough sprinkled with sugar or even topped with icing. The beignet is another dish that has been in New Orleans since the 18th Century, it is another classic you must try.  Here are the top places to get one:

  

 

Hope you have the time to try all these classic dishes of New Orleans. Don’t forget to rate and review the establishments!

Enjoy!

– barHappy Team

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