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Eat Like a Local

 

One of the things I found most fascinating about my recent visit to New Orleans was how excited and eager the locals were to share their culture with out of town visitors, especially first-time visitors like me. Everywhere we went we received restaurant recommendations. There were so many that it became quite challenging to choose which ones to pay a visit to in our short three-night stay. 

We visited three places Thursday night. We sat at the bar at each and ordered small dishes such as mussels, shrimp , squash blossom and gnocchi. Friday, even with our cooking demonstration, we were still able to squeeze in two restaurants. At the first one, we feasted on wonderful pastries called beignets and at the second, I had a muffalata, the most ridiculously awesome sandwich I've ever eaten. Saturday, we had a simple breakfast followed by our biking and culinary tour and we closed out the weekend on a high note with fried green tomatoes, white fish and creme brûlée.

I'd like to share this list of highly recommended must-try restaurants. In no particular order, these are some restaurants you should consider trying during your next trip to Nola. For the ones I was able to squeeze in, I made a note of what I tried that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Orleans Grapevine: Order mussels with crab meat and bacon.

Coquette: Order gulf shrimp appetizer.

Lilette: Order fried squash blossom with polenta cake and gnocchi starters.

Parasols: Order char grilled oysters.

Central Grocery: Order a muffalata, barq's and craw tater chips. Go eat by the water.

Jacques-Imo's Cafe: Order fried green tomatoes.

Cafe Du Monde: Order Beignets and coffee.

Luke's, August and Sylvain: These are all restaurants I didn't get a chance to visit, but if you go, you have to tell me what you ordered!

Signing Off Eating Like a Local,

Renee

Renee Woodruff blogs about travel, food and living life to the fullest on Shape.com. Follow her on Twitter or see what she's up to on Facebook!

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