Perhaps more than anywhere else, New Orleans is a city filled with iconic dishes. Po’boys, jambalaya, red beans and rice, sno-balls — these dishes define the city’s cuisine and culture to the outside world. Many also serve as part of a restaurant’s identity and history, like the gumbo z’herbes at Dooky Chase or turtle soup at Commander’s.
While not all of New Orleans’s most iconic dishes are currently available due to the ongoing health crisis (or, in the case of king cake, the season), the below guide outlines where to find the city’s most iconic dishes right now. For a list of favorite destinations devoted to just one iconic dish, see Eater’s maps of essential po-boys, red beans, sno-ball stands, and gumbo.
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NOTE: A number of New Orleans restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Louisiana Department of Health website.Read More