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The Best Thing I Ever Ate
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Great Food is Everywhere in New Orleans and Louisiana!

Was it the crabmet au gratin at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District, a fried softshell crab poboy at Frankie and Johnny’s Restaurant in Uptown New Orleans, the eggplant parmesan or was it the meatballs and spaghetti at Manale’s Restaurant in MidCity? Or maybe it was a muffuletta at the Come Back Inn or a seafood pizza at Mark Twain’s Pizza in Metairie.

It could have been the andouille and chicken gumbo or the crawfish bisque from just about any Cajun restaurant from New Orleans to the Texas border. Or it could have just been the hot crawfish boudin from Stump’s Shell Station on the Airline Highway in Gramercy on the way back.

Or was it the barbecued shrimp Louisiana Crawfishat home using Pascal Manale’s recipe with fresh Leidenheimer french bread? Or just about any sack of crawfish boiled or sack of oysters opened.

There may be just too many choices to name just one. But one thing is for sure, you can spend a lifetime in New Orleans and Louisiana amidst the rich culture of food there and the best thing you ever ate may be your next meal.

Louisiana Chefs - SEE ALL

New Orleans and Louisiana ChefsLouisiana Chefs are Cooking!
For help from our more notable culinary experts, visit the websites of Louisiana's most respected chefs from the television stars like Emeril LaGasse and John Besh to the Cajun country chefs of Acadiana like Paul Prudhomme and John Folse.

Louisiana chefs often learn their craft not necessary from the finest culinary schools abroad but at home in Louisiana. Many Louisiana chefs have traveled the world learning from the world’s greatest chefs, kitchens and schools but many chefs will tell you their best teacher was cooking family recipes passed down from generations of Louisiana cooks.

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Justin Wilson Louisiana Chef and HumoristJustin Wilson (1914-2001)
Comic, Chef, Cultural Icon. Justin Wilson's passing makes us reflect on how far the image of Cajun food and culture has changed during his half century career. Justin's recipes are on the website. You can hear Justin’s favorite Cajun phrases on the site as well as purchase Justin Wilson brand Louisiana foods and cookbooks and classic videos. Real Louisiana nostalgia. I garooontee!
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New Orleans and Louisiana Recipes

Louisiana RecipesBeaucoup Recipes!
Looking for a recipe for alligator piquante or the perfect roux? We've collected Louisiana websites featuring local recipes from Cajun gumbo, jambalaya and shrimp Creole to New Orleans style red beans and rice and grilled oysters and even recipes for New Orleans famous poboy sandwiches and Italian muffalettas.

New Orleans Cookbooks have their own section at the local Bookstore. There are so many New Orleans, Cajun and Louisiana recipes that cookbooks are the most published book in Louisiana. Start with Gulf Coast recipes that describe endless ways to prepare fresh Gulf seafood. Then move to Cajun recipes with more recipes for gumbos, bisques and etouffes than you can ever cook! Finally move to New Orleans recipes for everything from french bread and beignets to oysters Rockefeller.

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New Orleans Artist, Dianne Parks has captured what we New Orleanians love about our ‘Dining Experience’ here in New Orleans. Click on her link or picture for more scrumptious works of art! Her art is also available as prints, cards, throw pillows and phone cases.

Louisiana Seafood - SEE ALL

Fresh Louisiana Seafood Seafood is at the Heart of Cajun and New Orleans Cuisine.
Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etoufee, Oysters Rockerfeller, Alligator Sauce Piquant and Seafood Gumbo are just a few of the great Louisiana dishes made with the abundant local seafood.

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New Orleans Restaurants - SEE ALL

New Orleans is about food. Nothing glues New Orleans together more than food. The New Orleans New Orleans RestaurantsSaints winning the Super Bowl, maybe, but the thrill of discovering another really great new restaurant or the pure bliss of once again eating your favorite dish on the planet at the same neighborhood restaurant that your grandparents ate at is something every New Orleanean can relate too.

In New Orleans great food served at great restaurants is not just a privilege of the upper classes. Incredibly delicious dishes are born and served at restaurants in every neighborhood across New Orleans and beyond.

From the kitchens of legendary New Orleans chefs New Orleans Seafood Gumbolike Dookie Chase’s soul food restaurant in Treme to Paul Prudhomme’s Cajun food restaurant, K-Paul’s, in the French Quarter and from legendary restaurants like Liuzza’s Restaurant in MidCity to Commander’s Palace in the Garden District flow the very essence of New Orleans cuisine and the soul of the city.

Great new dishes keep coming like deep fried bell peppers from Frankie and Johnny’s in Uptown New Orleans and grilled oysters from Drago’s Restaurant in Metairie. While New Orleans restaurants will always continue to serve old favorites like gumbo and bananas foster and red beans and rice, new restaurants with new flavors brought by new chefs from all over the world will continue to add to the great variety of New Orleans restaurants.

New Orleans Seafood Restaurants are the best. Period. You can travel from coast to coast and not New Orleans Seafood Restaurantsfind more great seafood restaurants all in one area. The confluence of the nutrient rich Mississippi River with the vast Gulf of Mexico creates one of the world’s greatest fishing grounds. Fishermen, shrimpers, oystermen, crabbers and crawfish trappers continue to supply New Orleans restaurants with an abundant supply of fresh seafood. The talented chefs in New Orleans restaurants continue to create new seafood dishes and delight us with every recreation of the old.
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French, Cajun and Creole Restaurants
Restaurants in New Orleans will take you on an epicurean voyage through time. Within New Orleans French family of restaurants you’ll experience the rich flavors of traditional Provencial cooking from old France, Cajun and Creole dishes from colonial Louisiana to the present and today’s haute cuisine in New Orleans finest French restaurants.

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Italian Restaurants
Italian Artichokes
Italian restaurants have greatly influenced New Orleans cuisine and have added muffulettas, stuffed artichokes, canolis and crawfish fetuccini to New Orleans menus. Latin restaurants with talented chefs from Mexican, Cuban and Spain bolster New Orleans reputation as home to bold food and outstanding restaurants.

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Cafés and Poboy Shops
Beignets with café au lait, a dressed roast beef poboy New Orleans Cafes and Coffee Shopswith a Barq’s root beer or a muffuletta with a cold Abita beer are all you need in a New Orleans restaurant to taste the soul of New Orleans. Some of the greatest food in New Orleans can be found in New Orleans sandwich shops. Italian muffuletta sandwiches and french bread poboys make a simple lunch in New Orleans a meal to remember.
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New Orleans has a great café tradition.
Enjoy the view from the world famous Café du Monde in the French Quarter, enjoy the live music at Café Brazil in the Faubourg Marigny or just sit back and enjoy great coffee and quiet reading time at First Cup Café in Carrolton. There are unique cafés all over New Orleans for everyone’s coffee tastes.
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The people, the ingredients, the recipes and the times that shape the menus of New Orleans restaurants and the daily meals of New Orleaneans change and evolve while the love of good food, the deep culture of food here in New Orleans, remains.

With over 200 restaurants websites in 12 categories, New Orleans restaurants are the best represented local industry on the web.
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New Orleans Caterers, Reception Halls and Wedding Venues - SEE ALL

Planning a big party, wedding or private function? New Orleans Caterers, Wedding VenuesFrom french quarter patios to plantation gardens from hot Cajun sausage to crab meat beignets, New Orleans caterers offer a variety of venues and menus featuring New Orleans favorite foods and places.

New Orleans caterers and reception halls offer ideal venues for private parties, weddings, Caterers in New Orleansreceptions and corporate events. New Orleans caterers cater to a variety of events with New Orleans cuisine embodied in every menu. Hors d’oeuvres and main dishes from caterers in New Orleans often include any number of local seafoods from blue crabs to crawfish. Catered crawfish boils have become a sure way to please a crowd of friends or coworkers.

Find out what New Orleans caterers are serving. You can view local party and wedding venues and reception halls on their websites with photo galleries and even virtual video tours.
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Louisiana Hot Sauces, Cajun Seasonings
The best known Louisiana food products are Louisiana Louisiana Cayenne Peppershot sauces, spices and seasonings. The granddaddy of them all is Tobasco Sauce made since 1868 on Avery Island, a rise of ground above a natural salt dome in the middle of the South Louisiana marshes. You can smell the cayenne peppers from a mile away!

Many Louisiana chefs have since gotten into the Louisiana and Cajun seasonings market including Louisiana Chefs John Folse, Paul Prudhomme and Tony Chachere. Many other Louisiana companies have made Louisiana hot sauces and seasonings for a long time including New Orleans own Baumer Foods since 1923 and Zatarain since 1889.
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New Orleans area Coffees and Liquors
New Orleans Coffee and Chicory
You can smell the aroma of roasting coffee as you pass over the I-10 High Rise Bridge coming into New Orleans from the East. The Port of New Orleans has always brought coffee from around the world to the city for processing and shipping.

Besides many local coffee brands like CDM, Community and Orleans Coffee Exchange, New Orleans even has it’s own taste in coffee. New Orleaneans typically prefer a blend of coffee and chicory over straight coffee beans. The chicory root was a coffee substitute in early days but New Orleaneans have grown to like the strong bite it adds to their favorite coffee.
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No trip to New Orleans is complete without coffee and beignets at the Cafe du Monde at the New Orleans Cafe  Du Monde in the French Quarterfoot of the old French Market in the French Quarter. In New Orleans, they’ve been drinking cafe au lait with their beignets for 200 years before anyone heard of a latte. So if you want to have what the locals have, make it a cafe au lait with coffee and chicory with your beignets. That’ll wake you up!

The Best Beer in the South!
Across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans is the idyllic little town of Abita Springs, home of Abita Beer, the best beer in the South. Abita Beer makes brews with names like TurboDog, Jockamo and Purple Haze. This little Louisiana brewery even has seasonal beers like strawberry, pecan and satsuma.

The next time you’re in your favorite Louisiana restaurant, have an Abita Beer with your poboy sandwich. Afterwards, try some New Orleans made liquors such as New Orleans Rum or Sazerac liqueurs, a New Orleans brand since 1850.
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Louisiana Seafood is Still the Best!
Louisiana has so many baysLouisiana Gulf Shrimp, estuaries and seafood rich fishing waters that the seafood keeps coming in while the cleanup from the oils spill continues. All your favorite seafood sources from New Orleans seafood restaurants to the shrimpers’ fresh seafood stalls in Westwego just across the river from New Orleans have seafood available. The grocery stores have fresh jumbo shrimp ready for boiling, the blue crabs are fat and heavy and there’s even fresh Gulf of Mexico tuna for your sushi.
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New Orleans Pralines and Candies
New Orleans has a long history of candy making Louisiana Pecansbeginning with the Creoles, the original French, Spanish and African inhabitants of colonial New Orleans. Local sweet pecans and cane sugar were plentiful, as they still are, and pralines were born. Look for pecan candies, pies and even pecan toppings among the Southern style sweets and chocolates at New Orleans praline shops.
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New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cakes
Just days after New Year’s, Mardi Gras King Cakes start popping up in New New Orleans Mardi Gras King CakeOrleans bakeries and supermarkets. That round circle of a cake with purple, green and gold sugar on top and the little plastic baby inside. Twelve days after Christmas marks the beginning of Carnival Season in New Orleans. It’s a time to eat, drink and be merry before Lent and fasting begins. King Cakes are as old as Mardi Gras in New Orleans and only available during Carnival, early January to Mardi Gras Day.
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New Orleans, Cajun, Louisiana Gift Baskets
Gift baskets full of New Orleans and Louisiana and Cajun treats are a great way to give a taste of New Orleans as a gift. Gift Baskets from Louisiana may include anything from Cajun seasonings and hot sauces to packaged classic Louisiana dishes such as etouffees or red beans and rice. New Orleans coffees and sweets such as coffee and chicory, pralines and gourmet southern candies are popular New Orleans gift basket items.
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New Orleans Grocery Stores and Supermarkets - SEE ALL

Making Groceries New Orleans Style
A trip to a New Orleans supermarket is not your normal all American shopping experience. Since local family owned supermarket’s like Rouse’s, Dorignac’s, Langenstein’s and Zuppardo’s outnumber the corporate giants, New New Orleans French  Market - The original New Orleans Supermarket Orleans supermarkets are from another world. There’s all the national products like every other supermarket in America but then you have the local stuff. Fresh Shrimp, stuffed artichokes, andouille and boudin, Italian olive salad, muffaletta sandwiches, boiled crawfish, fresh fish, fresh french bread, pecan pies, mountains of locally grown merlitons, satsumas, strawberries and Creole tomatoes. The delis overflow with local specialty dishes and food selections from seafood to cheese are wide.

New Orleans and South Louisiana have a more libertarian acceptance of liquor than most of Beer, Wine and Spirits in New Orleans America. Hard liquor, beer and wine are in all in large supply at area supermarkets. The wine selections are vast, prices are good and the walk-in beer cooler at Rouse’s Supermarket on Airline is worth a trip!

Over 20 New Orleans area grocery stores and supermarkets are on line from specialty gourmet food stores to the big name supermarkets. You'll also find specialty food stores such as organic foods and honey hams.

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New Orleans Bakeries - SEE ALL

Where would traditional New Orleans and Louisiana cuisine be without fresh french bread?
New Orleans French BreadYou just can’t eat gumbo, poboys, crawfish bisque or barbecued shrimp without it. New Orleans bakeries like Leidenheimer have been making the real thing for over 100 years.

New classics have arrived from New Orleans area bakeries like Gambino’s doberge cakes or Haydel’s Cajun Kringle while old favorites like Hubig’s pies have been satisfying New Orleans appetites since 1923. Many New Orleans bakeries such as River Bend Bakery in Uptown New Orleans offer other classic New Orleans treats such as pralines, brittle and specialty candies in addition to fresh breads, cookies and cakes. Look to New Orleans bakeries for Mardi Gras King Cakes in the weeks leading to Mardi Gras.

We've listed New Orleans bakeries and other sources of New Orleans famous bakery products from King Cakes to beignets.

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