New Orleans in Louisiana state differs a lot in terms of its character, artistic blend and known for its creole culture (the word creole comes from the Spanish word ‘criollo’ which means one from the colony) with a vibrant history. This city has its own charm & of course attracts a lot of youngsters. Louisiana is the neighbouring state of Texas and it takes 5 & half hours to reach New Orleans from Houston.
Our’s was an impromptu plan & our weekend was well spent amidst some good unique seafood joints with finger licking charred oysters and jazz music to spice it up at the Bourbon & Frenchman’s street !!
Things to do in New Orleans
On the way to this charming city, we decided to stop over for a swamp tour. We enjoyed this tour by knowing more about the history of this state, how they survived the Hurricane Katrina etc.
My husband & I are great foodies. We go to various restaurants may it be big or small to try out new cuisines and variety food. Hence, I decided that this blog will predominantly cover major food joints that I visited in NOLA.
Major Food Joints in NOLA – Must Try!
We reached Bourbon street in the afternoon around 1.30pm right on time for lunch. We wanted to visit a restaurant named Acme Oysters but due to the huge queue outside, we decided to change our mind and visit the next best oyster bar in the city named Felix’s Restaurant. No regrets though! because the food was amazing. We tried the following items at Felix.
1) The red beans and rice : this traditional meal will leave you wish that every day is a monday.
2) Jambalaya & Gumbo rice : A mix of seafood and veggies in a rice soup with a tingling taste of cajun sauce.
3) Crawfish Etouffee: Tastiest dish ever in the city. Fix a date!! Take a bite !!
4) Gator meat / fried or blackened : Also one of the best things to try out in this peppy place is the the gator meat, Yes you read it right! ALLIGATOR meat.. First time gator snacking? Then, try fried ones and not the blackened.
Lastly, we also tried some charred oysters which was a treat to our tastebuds. NOLA trip is incomplete without Oysters & Gator meat. And yes, we tried them all.
The life starts in New Orleans at night. Bourbon street was crowded; especially as it was a game night – the Bayou Classic. We took a stroll through the streets & found a famous seafood joint called Oceana Grill. The name says it all. This time we decided to try some raw oysters or oysters served on a bed of ice. This was altogether a different experience for us.
The night ended with lots of fun & excitement; more so since some guy thought it was prime time to fire a gun on Bourbon Street. We were holed up at the dinner joint for couple hours than we had planned.
The next day we headed over to Cafe Du Monde for breakfast. Cafe Du Monde is famous for its mouthwatering Beignets. The sugar coated mini sized doughnuts surely shouldn’t be missed. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I couldn’t resist myself from ordering another plate of Beignets as it was surely addictive.
After the sumptuous breakfast at Cafe Du Monde, we decided to take a walk around the St. Louis Cathedral to burn some extra calories. The walk through those colorful streets with arts, craft displays & unique architecture took us back to the good old French Era.
The clock ticks 2 pm & it was time for lunch.This time we wanted to try something different . So we opted for Thai; a small joint tucked away in the corner of Magazine street or Royal Street.Without a doubt the food was out of the world. We ended our tour tasting some awesome mussels served with herbal sauce in the authentic Thai restaurant.
Here is a small gist of my travel to New Orleans, Louisiana State, Texas.
Major attractions: French quarters ( jackson square, french farmer’s market,swamp tour, bourbon street, an upcoming trendy place for party called frenchman’s street), Mercedez dome, Cafe Du Monde etc.
Seafood joints must visit : Acme Oyster house, Felix’s restaurant on Iberville street,Sukhothai at Magazine street or Royal Street, Oceana grill at Conti St for an awesome laidback dinner
A word of caution: Avoid Bourbon street during Game night, New Years’ Eve & Mardi Gras if travelling with family; crowd can get crazier than usual.
So when are you planning your trip to NOLA?