My Top 10 Must-Eats in New Orleans

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!

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Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

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Mike Anderson’s Seafood at Riverwalk Outlet (food court): Red Beans and Rice

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Muriel’s Jackson Square: Wood Grilled Pork Chop with New Orleans Red Beans and Louisiana Popcorn Rice 


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. 🙂

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Eaten at Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant


3. Jambalaya

This popular Louisiana Creole rice, meat and vegetable dish is also a must-eat; it’s simply delicious!!

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I made this with my friend F.Y. at Crescent City Cooks, a really good culinary school! If you have time, I highly recommend signing up for a hands-on culinary class here where you not only learn about making several dishes but also get to eat them at the end of class. It was so fun!


4. Muffuletta

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.

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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.

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I bought half of the muffuletta and ate one quarter for lunch, and then saved the other quarter for dinner. Each quarter is huge!


5. Bread Pudding

New Orleans is known for this scrumptious dessert!

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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!!

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These mini pecan pies were made at Crescent City Cooks too. 🙂


7. Pralines

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.

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These original flavoured pralines are from Southern Candymakers.



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.

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9. Boudin Balls in Creole Mustard Sauce

These flavourful Cajun style deep fried pork and rice sausage balls are to die for!

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I had them at Elizabeth’s too. They were sooooooooooo good!

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.

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Beignets are served in a plate of three; they are quite huge so can be shared.

4 thoughts on “My Top 10 Must-Eats in New Orleans

    • Hi Sophie! Thanks for your lovely comment as always. 🙂 I haven’t been here for a while..I’ve been busy trip planning for next year as I realize the year is almost coming to an end. I hope to blog soon and check out your new blog posts! In the meantime, if I don’t chat with you till then, Merry Christmas and a very happy healthy New Year to you! XO, Violet

    • Dearest Charlotte, Happy to hear from you! 🙂 I think the meals have a bit of spice but it just adds flavour! ^^ I’m very well, thank you for asking, and am currently enjoying my time in Taiwan, I’ll be off travelling to other countries soon, so been busy planning for that, so no time to come on here to update blog posts and check out your blog yet. Will soon! Thank you for thinking of me, and I also wish you a fun-filled, joyful Christmas and an amazing happy New Year ahead! 😀 XO, Violet

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