New Orleans Culinary Crawl

New Orleans Culinary Crawl

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Tasting your way through a destination is not only one of the most enjoyable aspects of travel, it’s also a great window into the culture, the history, and the spirit of a place. New Orleans is no exception to this.

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    The official treat of Mardi Gras — King Cake — is made with cinnamon-filled dough shaped into a hollow circle topped with glazed frosting and colored sprinkles. Tradition holds that whoever finds the hidden plastic baby Jesus within the cake is not only blessed with good luck, but also must host the next King Cake party. While one can find delectable variations of this treat throughout the city, Tartine’s, filled with brown sugar and cream cheese is irresistible.
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    If you walk into District in search of a killer hand pie, but can’t resist the glistening cinnamon roll staring at you, don’t feel guilty. It’s inevitable. Pair it with a Vietnamese iced coffee (on tap) and you’ve got a killer breakfast duo.
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    Even if you’re not a hot dog person, you can certainly be a Dat Dog person. At this gourmet hot dog shop, the usually rubbery and mystery dog is replaced by a gourmet sausage, with options ranging from Italian, to kielbasa, to German, and so much more. Can’t decide what toppings you want? Opt for the Chef’s Special, which changes daily and never disappoints.
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    Your order at this famous Mid-City po-boy joint (which also happens to have Obama’s stamp of approval) is a no-brainer — the Surf & Turf Po-Boy, which brings you the best of both worlds, with slow-cooked roast beef AND golden fried shrimp.
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    While technically any flavor you order at this beloved NOLA establishment will be amazing, the Nectar flavor is one of the most popular, and if you don’t order it with condensed milk on top, you’re just plain silly.
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    Fear not - the taste of their Lavender Honey Ice Cream is not reminiscent of hand soap. Instead it has a light, floral taste will keep you coming back for more.
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    NOLA’s classic Italian sandwich was invented at this French Quarter speciality market over 100 years ago. Layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami, ham, and provolone make up this sandwich. Given the monstrous side, you may want to enlist help in conquering this beast.
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    This James Beard Award-winning restaurant serves up elegant French and New Orleans style dishes with a twist. Their savory seafood take on the classic sweet beignet is something you absolutely won’t want to miss.
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    Move aside Big Mac - meet the Pig Mac. This double pork patty topped with cheese, lettuce, pickles, and “special sauce” is almost too much to handle. Key word: Almost.
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    This seafood restaurant’s claim to fame? Mouthwatering oysters grilled in their shells over an open fire and topped with melted butter, garlic, cheese, and seasoning. There’s simply no better way to consume oysters.
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    Have you ever wondered what it feels like to bite into a cloud? Maybe you haven’t, but by tasting this exquisitely fluffy pita bread you’ll never have to wonder. Pair it with one of his exotic hummuses, like curry fried cauliflower, and you’ve got quite the tag team. The avocado toast with smoked whitefish is also an absolute must.
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    You may have had a beignet before, or sampled the sugary crunch of a praline, but the fusion of these two treats is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. The experience of biting into this warm, fluffy, gooey goodness is 100% worth the sugar coma that follows.
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