During my trip to New Orleans, I was able to appreciate the vibrant and diverse culture of New Orleans, the people and oh my goodness – the food!
So many things to appreciate about New Orleans. Not all will fit in one post, so since it’s almost dinner time for me, food is on my mind! Crawfish, oysters, bread putting, fried chicken, Creole etouffee, gumbo, and beignets! The list goes on and on.
When I travel, I like to experience the cuisine and eat what is unique to that area. The seafood in NOLA is a must! I had my first crawfish experience which took some getting used to because it was creepy looking to me. It requires breaking the head off from the body and peeling off the shell to get to the delicious tail of the crawfish. Once I got past my initial feelings of being grossed out, it was delicious!
Crawfish tastes similar to lobster, but less chewy and tough. The crawfish is boiled in creole seasonings. I ate at Kenner Seafood which is about 30 min from New Orleans. It was a recommendation from locals we met that day.
The crawfish is ordered by the pound. The above picture above is about two pounds. However, most the weight is shells so it’s not as much as it seems!
If you get out of French Quarter and the tourist areas, the food gets better too. We went to Kenner Seafood Co and loved it. The locals recommended it. Glad we listened!
I live in California so we have oysters, but they tend to be very salty and briney. I was told NOLA oysters which are taken from the Gulf of Mexico are much different and really good. I tried them and the rumor was true!
I had dozens of oysters during my trip. The oysters are fresh and less slimy and briney than the ones I have tried on the west coast.
I made it to a happy hour spot for .75 oysters. I highly recommend Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar which had the freshest oysters I had during my entire stay in New Orleans. They were also cleaned out very well.
This oyster was as big as my hand!
I will be posting more on this trip, and more about food and even some recommendations if you plan to visit.