Ali Coleman
Ali Coleman
26 October 2017

7 interesting traditional foods from New Orleans


New Orleans has an amazing culinary tradition featuring the best of Cajun and Creole cuisine. From alligator meat to bread puddings (yes seriously!) and the classic gumbos to jambalaya and beignet, New Orleans really does have it all.

Here’s our bucket list of New Orleans foods to try next time you are there:

1. Chargrilled Oysters

Although the whole of the Deep South is renowned for raw oysters served on the shell, chargrilled oysters are a particular delicacy of New Orleans. Made with layers of breadcrumbs, herbs and cheese these seafood treats take oysters to another level.

2. Alligator

Around New Orleans, the swamps are teeming with alligators. In the city, you’ll find alligator meat on a lot of menus. Often served with traditional local sauces, fried or even within sausages, alligator tastes like chicken with a hint of fish. While Alligator definitely won't interest everyone, if you're brave it might be something to try at least once!

3. Gumbo

This hearty thick stew is one the New Orleans’ most famous dishes. Made with okra, meat or seafood and served with rice, its’ rich flavours are always satisfying.

4. Jambalaya

Made with rice, this dish can trace its’ origins back to Africa and Spain. Kind of like a New Orleans paella, jambalaya is typically very spicy and can contain seafood, chicken or sausage with onions, tomatoes and peppers. Delish.

5. Po'Boy

Po’Boy (or ‘poor boy’) was originally made in the late 1920’s as a way to feed streetcar conductors during their strike for better conditions. These baguette style sandwiches originally contained roast beef gravy and potatoes but these days contain roast beef or seafood.

6. Bread Pudding

You might think bread puddings are just a European thing, but in New Orleans, it’s a popular dessert that they have made their own. Souffle-like and served with cream, it’s the perfect comfort food.

7. Beignets

Simple and tasty, beignets are fried squares of dough covered in icing sugar. Originally from France, they remain a firm favourite amongst New Orleans’ many eateries.

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