I believe one of the greatest pleasures in travelling is trying and eating foods from places I’m visiting. In my opinion, New Orleans is definitely a foodie’s paradise. Its rich history and diversity of cultures makes its food unique and mouth-watering whether it’s Cajun, Creole, Southern or a mix with other ethnic cuisines.
Before going to New Orleans (NOLA), I asked friends and family members who have been to New Orleans what are the must-dos there. Everyone’s response was this: “You have to EAT A LOT while there.” By the time I finished talking to everyone, I had a long list of food I had to try in NOLA.
Below, I would like to share with you my favourite top 10 picks of New Orleans food that I tried this July. You cannot leave the city without eating them at least once! 😉
1.Red Beans and Rice
I’ve always loved eating red beans and rice and when I was in NOLA, where it was invented, I could not stop myself from gorging on it almost every single day! From fast food shops to pubs to fancy restaurants, I ordered it off the menu and no matter how each place made it, whether eaten on its own or paired with some kind of meat, I loved it!
2. Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Because I’m allergic to certain seafood, I could not try the seafood gumbo. Instead, I ate the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. Since I really like sausages especially chorizo, I ate this flavourful dish a few times. This stew tastes amazing especially with white rice in it. 🙂
This popular Louisiana Creole rice, meat and vegetable dish is also a must-eat; it’s simply delicious!!
Trying this ginormous classic sandwich is a must, and you have to get it from its’ original place, Central Grocery Co. on 923 Decatur Street.
This round type of Sesame bread is layered with Italian salami, olive salad, Italian ham and freshly minced garlic. At this deli, they cut the big round bread into 4 quarters, and sell them either in half or whole. A whole muffuletta can feed 4 people.
5. Bread Pudding
New Orleans is known for this scrumptious dessert!
6. Pecan Pie
When I think of New Orleans, I also think of pecan pie and honestly, almost every local I spoke to while here knows how to make it or has someone in their family who knows how. Pecan pies are so delicious!!
If you have a serious sweet tooth, these sugary and creamy candies filled with pecans are for you! I highly recommend trying the original flavour.
8. Praline Bacon from Elizabeth’s
Elizabeth’s is located in the Bywater district in New Orleans, and it claims to have invented the Praline Bacon in 1998. Since it’s famous, I had to give it a try here, even though I rarely eat bacon anymore. I had my first bite and I was hooked. It’s sinfully delicious…a perfect combination of salty and sweet.
9. Boudin Balls in Creole Mustard Sauce
These flavourful Cajun style deep fried pork and rice sausage balls are to die for!
Thanks so much to the best bike tour I did in the city, the Confederacy of Cruisers, I learned about Elizabeth’s! 🙂
10. Beignets and Cafe au Lait at Cafe du Monde
I think a true authentic New Orleans culinary experience cannot be complete without visiting Cafe du Monde and treating oneself to its famous French style beignets (square size donuts dusted with powdered sugar) and cafe au lait. 🙂
The Cafe du Monde on 800 Decatur Street (French Market location) is open 24 hours a day and only closes on Christmas.