11 Things You Need to Eat and Drink in New Orleans

There is a huge variety of different things for you to eat and drink in New Orleans.

Normally when I travel, I pinch every penny I can by buying sandwich fixings and water by the gallon at the grocery store before heading off on whatever adventure I have planned. But this time in New Orleans I decided to do things differently and actually eat out.

The food in New Orleans in to die for delicious and so different in every way than anything I can find back home.

Red Beans and Rice

Did you know you can buy premixed boxes of red beans and rice? Not surprisingly, it doesn’t compare to having freshly made red beans and rice.

My Uber driver suggested I check out High Hat Cafe if I wanted a place that offered good and cheap food for lunch.

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Jambalaya

I’ve recently been on a cajun spiced food kick and just made my own version of jambalaya a week or so ago. You cannot go wrong with rice, spices, and meat. At Coop’s Place, a small bar and restaurant that has a very locals-only vibe, I tried their rabbit and sausage jambalaya and it was beyond delicious.

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Mac and Cheese

You can’t go to the south and not get mac and cheese. The mac & cheese down there is a whole nother level of deliciousness.

I got this cup at High Hat Cafe but you can also ask your Uber driver where their favorite place to get mac & cheese is in the city.

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Fried Chicken

Again, you can’t go to the south and not get fried chicken.

This was also at High Hat Cafe.

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Beignets are fried triangles of dough dredged in just enough powdered sugar to make a complete mess when you eat them. The best place to get this uniquely New Orleans treat is at Cafe du Monde.

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BBQ

While Memphis is without a doubt the best place to have barbeque, the stuff in New Orleans did not disappoint.

There are many little hole-in-the-wall style restaurants throughout the French Quarter, pick one and check them out!

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Chess Pie

Or chocolate chess pie in this case. I had a regular chess pie way back in June while I was in Memphis for BlogHouse. It was the first time I had it and it was delicious. You can’t find chess pie in the northern US, let alone in North Dakota.

You can find chocolate chess pie at the High Hat Cafe.

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Sorbet or Ice Cream

I’m going to go with sorbet. Ice cream is just too rich of a treat for a hot summer day. And I’m going to pretend that sorbet is a little healthier than ice cream.

Pop into Kilwins New Orleans in the French Quarter for a scoop or two.

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Absinthe

If you have never had absinthe before, you absolutely must try it. But only one glass, that stuff is strong!

Check out Pirate’s Alley Cafe for the best Absinthe choices in the French Quarter. If you don’t know which one to try, the bartender will help you pick your poison.

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King Cake

King cake was so different from what I was expecting. It was more of an iced sweet bread than a cake. I don’t think I would actively seek a place to get king cake, but you have to try it at least once.

If you do a tour at the Mardi Gras Museum, they offer a small piece for everyone to try.

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Pralines

Pralines are pure sugar and heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. Just don’t eat too many and go into a sugar coma.

Stop into Laura’s Candies and try the rum flavored one. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Have you been to New Orleans? What was your favorite food?

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