When coming to a new land, all travelers have an endless desire of trying the local food. America is not an exception. This country is considered a source of various specialties.
Specifically, New Orleans in Louisiana, a state in the south of America is a perfect place to discover your love – for your special, but also a love for the unique cuisines. Luckily, I had a chance to get to this heaven of food in the trip to Louisiana. Here is my advice of famous restaurants and cafes that you should visit.
If you want to save more money for your trip, a John Besh restaurant, where offer wonderful meal with fresh seafood, probably isn’t the first option that comes to your mind. However, here’s a little secret for you if you want to enjoy a meal here without worrying about your pocket: a few Besh restaurants have insanely good happy hours. From 3pm to 6pm on weekdays, raw oysters are shucked right behind the bar at Lüke for just ¢50 and all special cocktails are half price, including the large, frothy rendition of The French 75, making this business district bistro a favorite afternoon haunt for many an office worker and lady of leisure. Not a fan of bivalves? Another John Besh restaurant, Domenica, does half-price wood-fired pizzas for happy hour, too.
• 333 St Charles Avenue. +1 504 378 2840. website: lukeneworleans.com. Open daily 7am-11pm, two-course express lunch $15
Satsuma is one of the only cafes in New Orleans to specialize in non-heart-attack-inducing snacks and breakfasts that are actually still delicious. From its tiny island of a kitchen, the cooks and baristas turn out everything from tofu scrambles to roasted eggplant sandwiches on fresh baked ciabatta, lattes and green drinks in between. You can also enjoy daily plate-sized pancakes, always packed with fresh fruit and nuts – whatever is in season – and there are plenty of freshly-baked pastries lining the counter. The important thing is that the price for a breakfast here is not really expensive. Just from $6.50, you can enjoy any healthy snacks or pancakes with enough flavors.
- 3218 Dauphine Street, +1 504 304 5962, satsumacafe.com. Open daily 7am-5pm, breakfasts from $6.50
New Orleans is not only famous for its local food but also a destination of some unforgettable food in the world. No other culture has become so vibrantly linked with New Orleans’ own in recent history than that of the Vietnamese. Pho and bánh mi, two famous traditional foods are easy to find in this city. Enter Tan Dinh for enjoying the taste of Vietnamese food. It’s in an unassuming strip mall on the Westbank, a neighborhood next to a gas station, a gun range and a laser tag joint. You’ll find well-executed authentic fare, from chicken noodle soup (pho ga) to roast quail in lemon pepper sauce on the cheap. But there’s much more on offer. The goat curry, for instance, is highly regarded by local foodies and unlike any other dish you’ll try in New Orleans. The family who own it recently ventured Uptown near the universities with their trendy and terrific Ba Chi Canteen.
• 1705 Lafayette Street, + 1 504 361 8008, no website. Open daily 9am to 9pm (8pm Sundays), pho from $8
The special thing when you enjoy burger in New Orleans is that you won’t find lettuce or tomato on exceptional cheeseburgers. Biderman, a priest and the king of burger here, was the opening chef at Atlanta’s Holeman & Finch pub but returned home to open CoBu on Freret Street in 2011, an anchor for this now-booming restaurant row. This is beyond fast food, with a focus on in-house production of all meat, sauces, and pickles, and it has a surprising selection of local beers and American whiskeys. It is described as “a confluence of meat and cheese and grease and juice” with onions sweating in between the thin patties of local beef and a bun that’s grilled but remains soft. A fried egg or bacon can also be added and it’s wise to order some onion rings or pork rinds and wash it all down with a Mexican Coke. Things seem to be better when the price is affordable for everyone.
• 4600 Freret Street. +1 504 267 0320, thecompanyburger.com. Open 11am-10pm, closed Tues, burgers from $7