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New Orleans: A Foodie Paradise

The Creole-Cajan mix makes New Orleans a foodie's paradise.
New Orleans: A Foodie Paradise
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    Just out of the kitchen tantalizing aromas are what you will find walking down the streets of New Orleans. The food here is made with love and you will savor every last morsel when being loved tastes this good. Louisiana is well known for its Creole-Cajun mix of food that is a multicultural taste sensation in your mouth. Creole food mixes influences from European countries such as France, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Italy with African, Caribbean and Native American infusions. The combination of cultures creates exotic flavors in foods that are rich in spice and citrus. Creamy sauces compliment rice and bean dishes that usually have a base ingredient of tomatoes, butter, and/or flour.


    Cajun flavors, on the other hand, have roots in French-Canadian immigrants who were forced south by the British. These people, known as the Acadians, used bell pepper, celery, and onion bases for several of their foods, and instead of hot spices, they used complex mixes of herbs with garlic to create the unique Cajun flavors. The Creole-Cajun mix is one of the few cuisine types in America that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Although it borrows culinary tricks from several different countries, the combination falls into its own distinct food category that makes it one of the few original American foods. Here are a few New Orleans restaurant favorites where home cooking is done right.


    Located in the Garden District, Coquette may be on the expensive side, but their daily changing menus which are made with seasonal local ingredients will delight and surprise diners. The 3 Course Lunch is the best way to sample this menu. At $23, you can start off with a creamy lamb stew of red peas and fresh turnip greens flavored by perfectly combined herbs, followed by a traditional shrimp and grits main course, and finished with something sweet and chocolatey.


    Crabby Jack’s is a more affordable option with Southern food favorites like jambalaya, chicken andouille and sausage gumbo, and shrimp creole and rice. What this place is known for though is its po’boys with shrimp, roast beef, and oyster fillings. These are just a few of the options to fill in these popular French bread sandwiches. It is a hot spot for local regulars. The restaurant has a hang out and chat kind of atmosphere.


    Mother’s Kitchen has a menu that tastes like it was made with a mom’s love. All recipes are made from scratch, and they claim to be home of the “world’s best baked ham.” This cozy restaurant has been around since 1938 giving it a historical significance in the community. This hip place usually has lines, so be prepared to wait. Their sweet potato pie will have you wishing for an extra piece to dig into later when you are craving something sugary. Flaky soft buttered biscuits and fried chicken taste hot out of the oven, and every morsel melts in your mouth. 

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