New Orleans: Bananas Foster
Nowadays, when people think of going bananas in New Orleans, it rarely involves actual bananas – but we recommend just that. Because no trip to NOLA is complete without a savory, sweet, set-on-fire (literally) bite of must-visit dish: Bananas Foster.
But first, some history. Like most things in New Orleans, this decadent dessert comes with a homegrown story; this one dating back to 1940, when New Orleans was the lead importer of bananas.
The Brennan Family opened the still-fully-operational Brennan's restaurant in the French Quarter. This dish, made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur, was added to the menu with the name, Bananas Foster. The banana part is easy to understand but the “foster” is a tribute to Brennan’s regular; Dick Foster. (Remember this name. You’ll want to acknowledge him in thanks as you take your first bite).