NEW ORLEANS CUISINE WILL ALWAYS BE THE FLAVORS OF HOME
By Linda & George Meyers, Culinary Patrol
We grew up in New Orleans and while we’ve traveled the world, the reality is that whenever we think of the food of New Orleans, it reminds us of home.
On a recent visit back, we had the amazing opportunity to do some cooking with Ann Maloney, the Food Editor of the Times Picayune newspaper at The Southern Food & Beverage Museum. What did we make? Why pasta of course!
If you’ve never been to the Crescent City, no visit to New Orleans is complete without a stop at Café du Monde for beignets and chicory coffee. If you don’t have a little powdered sugar on you by the time you leave, you haven’t done it right!
We advise first-time travelers to New Orleans to just stroll through The French Quarter and soak up the ambiance. Stop in to a bar here and there and meet the locals, grab a to-go cup, and mosey on down to the next spot that strikes your fancy. Also, take some time to listen to the street musicians—they are fantastic. The smells emanating from the restaurants are amazing so you might let your nose be your guide as to where to stop and dine.
Our favorites? Heard Dat Kitchen where Chef Jeff works wonders with comfort food, a muffuletta at Central Grocery, and of course Salvos in Belle Chasse—our personal favorite for po-boys. Don’t forget to hang out in the French Market and sample the best pralines in New Orleans at Loretta's Authentic Pralines. The city is also well known for its Po Boys, crawfish, and of course…Red Beans and Rice!