I’m back with another “eating my way through *insert city here*” post. Part 1 of this post is for fast, finger food while Part 2 will be about stuff you don’t typically eat with your hands. Hold on to your snacks, or proceed snack-less at your own risk!
At the top of my list of things to do in New Orleans [read: N’awlins] was EAT. Let me take a moment to congratulate myself on achieving this goal. *wipes tear*.
When I travel to a new place, I have to eat whatever cuisine is local or popular in the area. I’m that person that takes notes of good food spots while watching the travel channel. Although for the most part, I like to stick to what’s new, there are some dishes + ingredients that are common in most places + sometimes I find that the cities I visit have a fresh new take on food that I’m used to.
I binged on – I use that term loosely, more like devoured – several yummy treats while in NOLA, and I’m here to make you wish you were there. Mostly because I wish I was too.
1. Beignets @ Cafe du Monde
Café du Monde is probably one of the most popular spots in Louisiana. I had heard so much about the beignets (French for doughnut) that I couldn’t wait to try them. A few minutes after we dropped our bags at our Airbnb for the weekend, we stepped out to explore the French Quarter and scarf down some powdered sugar treats. We loved these so much we came back every day.
Tip: Usually, there are lines that stretch out the door; one for take-out and one to sit inside. It’s not worth it to wait to sit inside so I’d say wait for take-out. If you’d like to avoid the lines altogether, stop by early (11am-ish) on a weekday.
2. Po’boys @ NOLA Po’boys
While walking down Bourbon Street, we ducked into this hole-in-the-wall for a mid-afternoon snack.
We ate this one before I could grab a photo of ours. So here’s an accurate image from google.
3. Ice-cream @ Laura’s Candies
We didn’t try the candy, but one word describes the ice-cream from here; exquisite. I do not think I have had better ice-cream. We came back here at least two more times, then stopped by Café du Monde because – ice-cream + beignets = magic.
4. Hotdogs @ Dat Dog
How can one place make me crave hotdogs so much? My boyfriend & I could not get enough of the delicious hot dogs from this popular spot. (Number of times visited: 3). You can make your own custom hot dog, or just go with what they have on the menu.
If you have a hankering for a hot dog or doughnut right about now, I don’t blame you. I do too and I still regret that I didn’t buy a box of beignet mix. I can’t wait to go back to NOLA just to eat more food. Perhaps more Cajun/Creole cuisine? Have any of you been to New Orleans? Let me know in the comments what foods you tried and liked!
Until next time, thank you for reading.
All photos shot and edited on iPhone 6S+
Postscript: I’m grateful for the ability to eat and not worry about where my next meal will come from. However, there are people that do not have that luxury. Find out how you can help feed a child through the U.N’s World Food Programme here.
same footprints, different sands