FROM TREME TO THE GARDEN DISTRICT, THE BEST OF THE BIG EASY IS SHIPPING NATIONWIDE
In our opinion, there might just be no better food city in America than New Orleans. There’s simply nowhere else quite like it: seriously, which other city has not one but two entire styles of cuisine all to its own (Cajun and Creole), a signature sandwich (the po’boy), a signature cocktail (the Hurricane), and countless legendary establishments to try them, some well over 100 years old?
There’s nothing like taking a stroll through the French Quarter, sipping a deceptively boozy frozen daiquiri and stopping into bars and restaurants on an epic food crawl. But we can’t all just hop on a plane at a moment’s notice. Thankfully, just in time for Mardi Gras, the Big Easy’s greatest foods can hop on a plane to you! Thanks to Goldbelly, all of these New Orleans icons are shipping straight to your door.
NOLA’s most famous restaurant, Commander’s Palace has been going strong since 1893. A fine dining destination in the Garden District, it has seven James Beard Awards and gave chefs including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse their start. Be sure to try its three-course dinner: your choice of turtle soup or seafood gumbo to start, shrimp with Creole cream cheese grits as the main course, and pecan pie for dessert, with garlic bread on the side!
A Decatur Street must-visit since 1906 just across from the French Market, Central Grocery is the birthplace of the legendary muffuletta, and still the best place in the city to try it. Each muffuletta sandwich is made on a 10-inch round Sicilian sesame loaf that stays crusty despite all its fillings. It’s piled with ham, salami, mortadella, Swiss, Provolone, and a signature briny marinated olive salad made with olives and other tasty pickled veggies.
A New Orleans landmark since 1941 helmed by legendary chef Leah Chase, Dooky Chase is famous for its Creole classics including crawfish etouffee, chicken Creole, jambalaya, and gumbo. It’s also a civil rights landmark, an iconic meeting place for musicians, civil rights organizers, and African American culture.
Founded by James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon Butcher is renowned for its house-cured charcuterie, gumbo, and its signature “Le Pig Mac” burger, with two pork-based patties, lettuce, onions, American cheese, and a spicy and tangy special sauce on a housemade sesame seed bun.
Dong Phuong Bakery
Founded by Vietnamese immigrants in 1982, Dong Phuong Bakery was named a James Beard American Classic for its legendary bánh mì sandwiches. They start with soft, crackly-crusted fresh-baked French bread, and are filled with your choice of meats along with tangy garlic aioli, crisp pickled carrots & daikon, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeño. Dong Phuong is also famous this time of year for its super-popular king cakes.
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Willie Mae’s Scotch House
Crowds line up around the block for a taste of Willie Mae’s Scotch House’s world-famous fried chicken, which earned the Treme restaurant a James Beard America’s Classic Award. Founder Willie Mae Seaton’s downright magical fried chicken is dunked in a spicy, secret-recipe wet batter before being deep fried to juicy perfection with a flawless, shatteringly-crisp crust.
Serving up a true taste of the Big Easy since 1938, Mother’s Restaurant is renowned for its NOLA staples including po’boys, jambalaya, red beans & rice, and its iconic baked ham.
Bourbon Street’s most famous bar, Pat O’Brien’s is a sprawling complex that’s home to a piano bar and a huge courtyard that’s one of the best places to drink in the whole city. And its signature drink is the Hurricane, a sweet & potent rum-based concoction that’s the city’s most famous cocktail.
Acme Oyster House
A French Quarter icon since 1910, Acme Oyster House is renowned for its fresh-shucked Gulf oysters served in a variety of styles from raw to fried to charcoal-grilled, along with expertly-prepared Cajun classics like gumbo, shrimp etouffee, jambalaya, and po’boys.
And for dessert, Sucré started on Magazine Street and is most famous for its fresh-made French macarons in a variety of flavors. They also make a mean king cake!
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