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Don't-Miss Dishes in New Orleans

Don't-Miss Dishes in New Orleans

Every Southern city takes prides in its food and New Orleans is no different; the city is a culinary melting pot that blends French, Italian, Caribbean, and Native American influences. From flavorsome Creole and Cajun cuisines to street food classics and delicious candies, here are some of New Orleans’ must-try dishes. 

**Jambalaya:**NOLA’s most famous export is a paella-inspired dish of sausage, rice, and vegetables typically topped with meat or seafood; each restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter seems to have its own version ofjambalaya (which loosely translates as ‘mish-mash’)—challenge yourself to sample as many varieties as possible. 

**Po’Boy Sandwiches:**The grab-and-go lunch of choice for locals, a po-boy is a simple French bread sandwich with a not-so-simple filling. Anything goes in a po’Boy, from fried shrimp or crawfish, to roast beef with gravy, or catfish with lashings of fresh coleslaw. 

**Muffuletta:**Another beloved sandwich is the muffuletta, which has Italian origins and comes served on a large round loaf. The traditional filling is ham, mortadella, salami, Emmental cheese, and provolone, topped with a marinated olive salad. Central Grocery, where the firstmuffulettas were created back in 1906, is the best place to sample this sandwich; a whole one will easily feed two. 

**Gumbo:**Nothing tastes as quintessentially Louisianan as a steaming pot of gumbo, a hearty stew that blends different flavors. Opt for a chicken gumbo with andouille sausage or a seafood gumbo, packed with oysters, shrimp, and crab. 

**Red beans and Rice:**Simple yet satisfying, the Caribbean-inspired dish of red beans and rice is a Creole classic that’s traditionally served on a Monday night. The best recipes inject flavor with some smoked sausage. 

**Beignet:**The French version of a donut,beignets are fried dough parcels dusted with sugar; they make the perfect accompaniment to a coffee break in a New Orleans’ cafés. Enjoy them for breakfast or grab a bag to go at any time of the day. 

**Pralines:**Those with a sweet tooth won’t be able to resist New Orleans’ version of the classic praline. Pronounced ‘praw-leen’ down in the south, the local specialty is made with crushed pecans, caramelized sugar, and cream, and there’s no way you’ll be able to stop at one. 

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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

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The Steamboat Natchez is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic experience of New Orleans at night on this romantic riverboat cruise! Journey through time on a paddle-wheel boat ride along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, cozy up with family and friends, and delight in the sparkle of the urban shoreline at dusk. This excursion includes a Creole‐inspired dinner and live jazz music.
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$50.00
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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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Go for the gastronomic gusto on a food‐filled walking tour of New Orleans! Journey with a savvy local guide to popular Creole eateries, markets, and artisanal shops to sample diverse foods that define Louisiana’s culinary landscape. Stopping at several locations, savor such classic bites as seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, po'boys, and pralines. Along the way, meet local chefs and learn about New Orleans’ rich culinary history.
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New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

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Get the best of Louisiana with this historical tour that combines all the flavors of New Orleans with a trip into the past. You'll follow your expert guide to eight different locations throughout the city that include Creole restaurants, cocktail lounges, sandwich shops and pre-Civil War bars. This tour includes samples of up to ten different dishes, plus four full-sized drinks that showcase the best of Louisiana's culinary and cocktail heritage. This is the perfect tour for foodies and allows travelers to sample the best in a single afternoon!
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans Cooking Class

New Orleans Cooking Class

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Get the full Louisiana dining experience during a fun and educational New Orleans cooking demonstration class. Take a seat amongst other foodies in a converted 19th century molasses warehouse and get ready to learn and eat! Meet a lively local chef and learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Then dig into delicious samples complemented by local beer or a sweet ice tea.
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French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

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Perfect for food and culture enthusiasts, this tasting tour in New Orleans' French Quarter allows you to visit two of the oldest restaurants in the city. Learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine and taste both as you walk through the lively neighborhood. All food tastings included.
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Hidden Gems Food and Cocktail Tour

New Orleans Hidden Gems Food and Cocktail Tour

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Take a big bite out of the Big Easy on this culinary walking tour of the Freret neighborhood in New Orleans. This charming uptown neighborhood packs all the charm and flavor of the French Quarter without any of the crowds and offers you an authentic taste of New Orleans food and culture.
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New Orleans Food Tour

New Orleans Food Tour

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From grits to gumbo, food in New Orleans is packed with flavor. This food walking tour of the French Quarter takes you to time-tested, hole-in-the-wall establishments that you’re likely to overlook on your own. Try authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, and learn about New Orleans history and culture between bites.
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Dinner at Tujague's Restaurant in New Orleans

Dinner at Tujague's Restaurant in New Orleans

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A long-standing New Orleans establishment, reservations at Tujague’s Restaurant are booked up fast. Guarantee an authentic Creole dinner at this New Orleans landmark by booking in advance. This fixed-price menu includes four choices with options like gumbo, shrimp and grits, and bread pudding so you have a chance to try the classics done right.
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Lower Garden District Food Tour

Lower Garden District Food Tour

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Take your taste buds beyond the French Quarter with a food tour of New Orleans’ historic Garden District. Stop at five hand-picked eateries nested near lively Magazine Street in this neighborhood that’s often overlooked by tourists. A mix of international and southern dishes offer a palate-pleasing sampler of diverse New Orleans flavor, from fresh Mexican tacos and Koran BBQ to artisan donuts and an award-winning deli sandwich.
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New Orleans Weekend Garden District Food & History Tour

New Orleans Weekend Garden District Food & History Tour

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Leave the tourist crowds of the French Quarter behind and discover the flavors of New Orleans like a local on a 2.5- to 3-hour food tour. Offered in either the Garden District or Bywater Neighborhood, you have the flexibility to choose the itinerary that most appeals to your palate. Whichever you pick, enjoy food and drinks at three local joints that you won’t find in a typical guidebook.
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