The Culinary Destinations of New Orleans
Posted by: 4realAdmin on March 18th, 2014
New Orleans is a town full of colorful people, grand history and amazing food. Food is more than just sustenance in New Orleans; it is the expression of hundreds of years of cultural mingling and tradition. Food becomes the center of almost every celebration in New Orleans because it is just that good. It’s rich and spicy, it’s sweet and decadent but most importantly, it’s the kind of food that is accessible to everyone that visits. Below is a list of just a small fraction of the places you should visit when you come to New Orleans.
1. Cafe du Monde
It is hardly a restaurant but it is without a doubt, a culinary destination in the Crescent City. Cafe du Monde, literally translated into Cafe of the World, garners visitors from all over the world. What is amazing is that this cafe doesn’t have lattes, or espresso, or scones or muffins. They have the following: beignets, cafe au laits, and hot chocolate. Those three things have made Cafe du Monde the most recognizable cafe in the United States. For those that don’t know, beignets are, in essence, just French doughnuts without the hole. They’re just deep fried, doughy squares with mountains of powdered sugar adorning them. It is such a perfect recipe that the beignet became the official state doughnut. A cafe au lait, translated to “coffee with milk,” is chicory (a dark bean indigenous to the region) coffee with warm milk. The coffee must be chicory and the milk must be warmed, or you don’t have an au lait. Even the most cynical foodie will be converted once they eat at Cafe du Monde. What’s even better than your average doughnuts and coffee, Cafe du Monde is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
2. Parkway Bakery and Tavern
When you ask a New Orleans native where the best place to get po-boys is, there could be uproar. Locals and tourists alike get into this argument all of the time. Everyone has their preferred place and whenever anyone tries to call theirs the best, there is a general backlash. Parkway is the suggestion for this article because they’re menu is primarily po-boys and they have been around for ages as well. For those unaware, a po-boy is a corruption of “poor boy,” these sandwiches were made with deli scraps, thrown on French bread and given to the poor men and boys that were a part of the streetcar strike in the early 20th century. Since then, Louisiana has been making hundreds, if not thousands of po-boys every day. The classic po-boy is a roast beef debris po-boy, add swiss, dressed up. Melting in your mouth with shredded roast beef, huge pieces of swiss, soft French bread, with mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickle, wrapped up in paper and dripping gravy down your arms. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Pronounced “ko-shawn” and translated to English as “pig,” it shouldn’t be too hard to guess what’s on the menu at this restaurant. If you guessed chicken, find somewhere else to eat. Donald Link, one of New Orleans’ premier chefs, opened Cochon in 2006 and it’s been doing amazingly well since then. The menu does contain more than just pork products but that is where the genius really shines. Located in the trending Warehouse District, when you go, try the paneed pork cheeks with cauliflower puree and beet relish. For the ultimate New Orleans dish, try the Louisiana cochon with turnips, cabbage and cracklins. After this fine dining experience, get yourself a glass of wine from a New Orleans wine store. If you don’t have the cash or time to spend at the restaurant, there is also the Cochon Butcher Shop where they make amazing small plates and sandwiches.
Overall, there’s way too many fine dining and hole-in-the-wall establishments in this fine city to list. You’ll just have to make the trek and try it yourself. You owe it to your taste buds.
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