With the Mardi Gras season just beginning, I’d like to dedicate a post to the beauty of New Orleans. It is a melting pot of manifold cultures, which makes for a delicious & unique cuisine. With influence from the Caribbean, Southern France, Africa, Spanish, Creole, and Cajun, there’s no doubt that New Orleans is incredibly unique. Here are a few of my favorite food spots in NOLA.
Slim Goodies Diner
This funky diner is located right on Magazine Street, perfect for stopping in before/after a day of shopping and walking around. They have breakfast and lunch items, anything from beans & scrambled eggs to a burger and fries. The service is welcoming & friendly; this location is a must-go when you find yourself in New Orleans. 🙂
Ah, this place is amazing. I ordered their Butternut Squash pizza, which has mascarpone, dates, and pecan pesto. Yes, these toppings may sound odd, but trust me, you will be utterly & incredibly pleased. I would also recommend their Fried Tuscan Kale small plate (with pine nuts, tomato, and parmesan), as well as the Rigatoni pasta (spicy sauce, basil, and parmesan). The environment of Domenica is modern, bubbly, and upscale. It is a great location for a dinner for two!
Rum House has the best tacos. They are unique and, of course, wonderfully tasty. I sat outside (soaking up the NOLA sun) and ordered the Eggplant Vindaloo and Curried Tempura Cauliflower tacos. Their quesadillas & salads are also recommended! This spot is great for lunch.
French Truck Coffee
I would describe French Truck as a “gem” because, quite frankly, that’s what it is! It is small—limited seating—but it is also beautifully unique. Their walls are bright yellow, and they have four locations around Louisiana. Their cappuccinos & lattes are wonderful, of course, as well as their chocolate chip cookies. In their back is a “Coffee Lab” where you can see their machinery used to roast the coffee beans.
Other Places I Love –
“A part of New Orleans’ beauty is that she is a place where many people, stifled elsewhere, feel safe to be themselves: just safe to be. Whether or not we agree with their politics, life choices, or diets… Of course, being the nosy door-poppers we are, we talk about those choices, just a little, just sometimes.”
– Quo Vadis Gex Breaux, New Orleans What Can’t Be Lost, 2010
“Through pestilence, hurricanes, and conflagrations the people continued to sing. They sang through the long oppressive years of conquering the swampland and fortifying the town against the ever threatening Mississippi. They are singing today. An irrepressible joie de vivre maintains the unbroken thread of music through the air. Yet, on occasion, if you ask an overburdened citizen why he is singing so gaily, he will give the time-honored reason, “Why to keep from crying, of course!”
– Lura Robinson, It’s An Old New Orleans Custom, 1948