Traditional Foods That New Orleans Does Best!

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New Orleans is the melting pot of cultures in the United States. This is clearly evident in the local cuisine. Their local cuisine attracts visitors from all over. The hearty food the city has to offer is second to none.  

Here is our list of foods you must try from the area:

Beignets of Café Du Monde

Beignets are delectable, fried dough balls coated in powdered sugar. The signature pastry of the city – Bignets were brought here by the French. This sweet treat is now a quintessential New Orleans snack. Tourists visit the café on a daily basis, where they munch on these pastries and sip on a cup of the best café-au-lait.

Shrimp and Alligator cheesecake

New Orleans also introduces you to a special delicacy, alligator meat. Jacques-Imo is a well-known restaurant in New Orleans for their shrimp and alligator cheesecake. A bit like a quiche, the shell is stuffed with alligator sausage and shrimp, followed by a cream-based sauce. Though some are appalled by the idea, it’s one you have to taste!

Banana Foster

Brennan’s is a popular restaurant located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The restaurant is popular for the spectacular breakfast spread but mostly for their Banana Foster. This dessert is made of flambéed bananas on vanilla ice-cream, paired with a sticky, boozy sauce.

Grilled Cauliflower Steak

A Vegetable roast is every vegetarian’s dream! We understand that cauliflower is probably not what you are thinking when we talk about steaks. The whole grilled cauliflower at Domenica is unlike any roasted cauliflower you have ever tasted! The dish is served with a sizeable portion of whipped feta.

Fried Chicken

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Southern fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food of the nation! You have to try the fried chicken in New Orleans to know what we’re talking about. Willie Mae’s Scotch House is a family-run restaurant that offers the best comfort food. Their fried chicken is quite the sensation as they nail the crispy coating and the juicy center.

Shrimp and Grits

New Orleans is known for its love for seafood like shrimp. Shrimp and grits can be found in many restaurants across the city but according to professional chefs, no one does it better than the restaurant Luke.  is the mastermind behind the dish; he combines fresh shrimp, grits and mascarpone cheese with a Creole seasoning to give it that iconic flavor.

Maiz De La Rueda

Mais Arepas is known for their Maiz De La Rueda, you guessed it right, it’s their corn on the cob. Coated in spicy butter and topped with salsa and cheese, this Mexican dish will leave you craving more.

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