Cafe Du Monde Credit davisseal
Sip cafe au lait and nibble on powdery beignets in the French Quarter's Cafe du Monde. Credit: davisseal.

By Maria Mora

New Orleans is famous for jazz, nightlife and a rich culture. At the heart of all this artistic energy is the unique food that gives the Big Easy its flavor. And great, other worldy food can be found everywhere in N’awlins from the city’s street vendors to some of the best restaurants in famous New Orleans hotels. If a New Orleans vacation is on your list, make sure to add these delectable dishes to your must eats:

1. Po-Boys
The New Orleans po-boy is all about simplicity. Served on French bread, these hearty sandwiches can be found stuffed with everything from fried oysters to dripping roast beef. Try Johnny’s Po-Boys in the French quarter for an authentic —  and huge — sandwich.

2. Beignets
On a busy day, the line stretches right out the door for classic beignets from Café du Monde. What’s all the fuss? One bite of the hot fried dough and sweet powdered sugar will tell you exactly why visitors and locals are willing to wait for the best.

3. Muffulettas
New Orleans locals will tell you to visit Central Grocery Co for the best Muffuletta sandwiches in New Orleans. These huge sandwiches contain Italian deli meats, Provolone cheese and a hearty smear of marinated olive salad.

4. Crawfish Etouffee
Don’t be put off by the way crawfish, or mudbugs, look. These small crustaceans make for some sweet tail meat — a cross between lobster and shrimp. Try them in an etouffee, a spicy thick stew served on seasoned rice. Try Café Adelaide inside the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

Where to Stay
Good food can be found within walking distance of most New Orleans hotels.

  • Royal Sonesta New Orleans puts guests right in the middle of the action, making it a great place to start out on your gastronomic tour.
  • The Iberville Suites are known for being quiet and comfortable despite being located in the heart of the French Quarter.
  • For fine dining right on the property, try Le Pavillon Hotel and make reservations at the Crystal Room.

Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.

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