A few iconic eats in NOLA:
(1) The po'boy: not just a submarine or hero, but THE sandwich of Louisiana. You can get them from fine restaurants to corner stores to gas stations. Thought to originate in the 1920's when French bread was filled with potatoes and gravy to feed striking workers... I'd heard a lot about Johnny's Po-boy Restaurant in the French Quarter, so we got there for an early lunch.
We did wonder about the bread though - crispy on the outside, but processed bland air dough in the middle... Probably the only disappointment of the entire trip. Although we heard later of the "bread as vehicle" theory around po'boy bread...
(2) Beignets and chicory cafe au lait: The iconic spot is Cafe du Monde (first opened in 1862) on Decatur Street past Jackson Square. A super touristy place which I considered waiting in line for until I realized that they were filming Emeril Lagasse inside.... next time!
We came across Cafe Beignet, a little hole in the wall restaurant with a shaded terrasse that was pumping out these hot square doughnuts with a snowstorm of icing sugar on top. Maybe that layer of sugar is to keep from burning your upper lip, as you've got to inhale them while they are still warm... and remember NOT to wear black if you are going to indulge!
(3) Fried Chicken: Part of the Creole/soul food experience, which you can get even in a cafe called "Fiorella's" (which I found out later is one of the best places to get fried chicken in town)! And on St. Paddy's Day, I had to indulge in their special - a $2 green apple martini - before lunch!
(4) The Muffletta: But that will have to be a separate post....