New Orleans is a city famous for letting the good times roll, and the culinary scene is one that must not be missed! Recently voted the top City for Food in the U.S., The Big Easy, birthplace of the cocktail, is also where historic cafés feature the best Cajun and Creole cuisine.
With so many can’t-miss dishes and drinks, we’ve rounded up our favorites to get you started.
It should come as no surprise that the city that's known for its parties is the creator of America's first cocktail, the Sazerac. Created in 1838 and named for a French brandy, Sazerac-de-Forge, today's Sazerac is made from rye whiskey (or bourbon), Herbsaint, bitters, sugar and a lemon peel. Ask for the official cocktail of New Orleans wherever drinks are served!
Try this traditional English cocktail with a satisfying twist - the bartenders at Napoleon House add lemonade, lemon-lime soda and a cucumber to serve up the perfect refresher for hot summer nights.
Ramos Gin Fizz
Developed in 1888 by famed bartender Henry C. Ramos, this New Orleans classic actually pre-dates jazz music. Don't be afraid of the egg white in the Ramos Gin Fizz. This frothy, sweet cocktail will quickly become one of your new favorites.
This isn't your regular snow cone, as it’s made with shaved ice that creates a fluffy consistency. Virgin or spiked, the New Orleans snowball is the best way to beat the heat in New Orleans.
Founded 30 years ago, the Abita Brewing Company is famous for using only the finest ingredients and creative flavors - local favorites are Purple Haze and Strawberry beer.
Turtle soup, usually made with snapping or alligator turtle, is a specialty of many classic Creole restaurants. Try it at Commander's Palace, where it's their most popular dish.
The history of the Po-Boy dates back nearly 100 years. Each neighborhood has its own version, but the idea is the same. The Po-Boy sandwich is served on locally-made French bread, overstuffed with fried shrimp, oysters, beef, or any kind of fish, and topped with any or all of the traditional sandwich fixings.
While primarily known for its French history, New Orleans also has a large Italian influence. Bring your appetite for this must-try Italian sandwich. The giant Muffuletta is served on an entire round loaf of Italian bread and piled with Provolone cheese, salami, ham, and olive salad.
Bananas Foster is a savory, sweet, set-on-fire dessert. Try it at SoBou at W French Quarter, where they use homemade spiced pecan Foster sauce.
The beignet is unlike any donut you've had before. Fluffy dough is fried and covered in powdered sugar and served best alongside a chicory coffee or chocolate milk. Find them at the famous Café Du Monde, overlooking the Mississippi River.