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Top eats to indulge in around the state of Louisiana
Gumbo: One of Louisiana’s most iconic dishes, gumbo consists of a thick, strongly flavored stock with meat, sausage, or shellfish, all poured over rice. To try a few variations on Cajun gumbo in Lafayette, visit Prejean’s restaurant.
Beignets: A beignet is a square piece of dough that is fried and covered with powdered sugar. The most famous place to indulge in these delightful sweets is Café Du Monde in New Orleans, which has been around since 1862.
Barbeque Shrimp: This Louisiana staple involves baking the shrimp in their shells in a blend of oil or butter and herbs and spices.
Po’ Boy: Louisiana’s most famous (and hefty) sandwich, the Po’ Boy is made with local French bread and can be stuffed with a variety of fillings such as roast beef, fried shrimp, oysters, ham, and meatballs.
Jambalaya: This spicy rice dish draws on Spanish and French cuisine and comes in different variations around Louisiana. The rice is flavored with different meat and vegetables, and usually includes some combination of chicken, sausage, shrimp, onions, celery, and bell pepper.
Oysters: A few Louisiana dishes include oysters Bienville, in which oysters are lightly baked in their shells and topped with a seasoned cream sauce, and oysters en brochette, in which they are seasoned, floured, and deep-fried. Be sure to try them at New Orleans’ Acme Oyster House, where lengthy lines are worth the wait for the food.