Our favorite eats in New Orleans

I was lucky to celebrate my 35th birthday in New Orleans with my husband and I had a blast. New Orleans, also lovingly referred to as 'The Big Easy', is a very charming and colorful place full of life, music and creativity and I absolutely loved it. With all its music and art scene, New Orleans is a treat to the eyes and the ears. But it doesn't stop there. It has excellent food to go with it, making it a sought-after destination. 

Here, I want to share with you some of our favorite eats in New Orleans.

The best way to start your day is with coffee and beignets from Cafe Du Monde at Jackson Square. The place is huge but they only serve coffee and beignets and have super long lines in the morning. But it is a lively place with enthusiastic tourists and powdered sugar from the beignets sprinkled all over, with street musicians playing at the front, and is worth the wait in the queue. Given that you will be spending most of your mornings at Jackson Square, this is a no-brainer.

We then followed it up with lunch at 'House of Blues'. We sat in their lovely courtyard and enjoyed the beautiful music the band played while we ate delicious food. Why do we have to choose between listening to a band and having food, when we can do both simultaneously ;) 

After taking a break in the afternoon, we went to Cafe Beignet in the evening to get ready for a long night on the electrifying Bourbon street. They served warm beignets and hot coffee with live music in a cozy setting. Sitting in that cafe and listening to that artist immersed in playing guitar, I wished to myself to spend more evenings in places like this, with a book in hand.

For dinner, we went to Coop's Palace and it was our favorite meal of the day. The food was so flavorful and was everything we had in mind when we thought of New Orleans/cajun cuisine. We returned the next day again for more etouffee and had excellent lamb ribs as well. We highly recommend it and look forward to our next visit.

For my birthday lunch, we went to the historic Commander's Palace in the Garden District (It is located next to a cemetery and funnily, I started my birthday walking through a cemetery)It is a fancy place and was the first restaurant we went to which had a formal dress code. Needless to say, I had to reserve much in advance. I wouldn't rave about the meal but the experience was good.

Hope you can make it to New Orleans soon and I wish you a wonderful culinary experience while you are there!


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