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New Orleans Culinary Tour

A meal-by-meal primer of the Big Easy.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Nothing, but nothing, has the power to spoil New Orleans’s appetite. The people of this city love to eat, and they eat it all—from... more »

Tips:  Take the historic St. Charles streetcar: it came to a standstill after Hurricane Katrina, but the trolley is once again winding over... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Café du Monde

The menu at Café du Monde in the French Market is simple, and almost everyone comes for the same combination: café au lait and beignets. New Orleans-style cafe au lait is made with scalded milk, coffee and ground chicory root, creating a slightly bitter flavor. It’s a perfect pair with sweet doughnut-like beignets, which are puffy,... More

2. Casamento’s

This 1919 landmark in the Garden District is acclaimed for its seafood gumbo, soft-shell crabs, signature "pan bread," voluble and friendly staff, and not least, its fresh-shucked Gulf oysters-just $8.50 for a dozen. It’s closed in the summer when local oysters aren’t in season.

Address:
4330 Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana
United... More

This new Warehouse District wine bar and meat market combo from the owners of Herbsaint and Cochon brings a loving Cajun inflection to the art of cured meat. Try the house-made boudin sausages or tasso ham, grab a muffuletta sandwich to go, or sample such irresistible $6 bar bites as andouille sausage pizzetta with a glass of Barbera d’Asti. Those... More

4. Coffea Café

The Bywater restaurant doubles as a gallery space for local artists and has a genuine bohemian charm. Try their café au lait (equal parts chicory coffee and steamed milk), sweet potato pancakes, or the savory “huevos crepe,” filled with eggs and black beans and served with a side of Southern hospitality: a half-dozen bottles of hot sauce,... More

It’s not edgy in the slightest, and it hasn’t been trendy since Huey Long was in office. Yet the Columns endures, and thank God for that. This 1883 Italianate mansion, rising among the moss-shrouded oaks on St. Charles Avenue, just happens to be a hotel. But really, it’s a bar: the Victorian Lounge, to be exact—all smoke-burnished mahogany and... More

Don’t leave the neighborhood without swinging by this homey corner restaurant for fried chicken livers with pepper jelly or lacquered praline bacon, baked in brown sugar with crumbled pecans and tasting—if you can imagine it—like pig candy. The hand-lettered sign, swaying when the breeze blows off the river, promises REAL FOOD DONE REAL GOOD. For ... More

Named for benevolent deities from the Voodoo tradition, this boutique bar and lounge channels the many moods of New Orleans by specializing in designer elixirs. Crystal chandeliers and pillar candles cultivate a sophisticated, Old World ambiance that’s well suited for after-work drinks and romantic outings. The heart and soul of Loa, though, is... More

8. Mother’s

Admiral Thad Allen, head of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort, was the restaurant’s first customer after its reopening. Regulars and tourists alike line up to order at the counter, cafeteria-style, but dishes such as grits and debris (roast-beef edges in gravy) or red-bean omelets with baked ham and biscuits are delivered to your... More