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A Breakdown of Traditional New Orleans Cuisine


All eyes are on New Orleans this month, starting yesterday with Superbowl XLVII and, more importantly, the Beyonce concert that took place during it. And, as you know, attention will remain on the southern city through the end of February thanks to Mardi Gras. Despite an unfortunate reminder of dark post-Katrina days in the form of a televised blackout in the Superdome, it seems like NOLA is prepped to shine on during its second major event of the year and throughout the rest of 2013.

As we were stuffing our faces with heaping plates of chicken wings and nachos yesterday, we came to the realization that both of New Orleans’ February spectacles revolve strongly around gluttonous consumption of food that will more likely than not clog your arteries and kill you in your sleep – the Superbowl’s aforementioned wing platter and the last-indulgence-before-Lent meal associated with Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday). Seeing as the city is one of a few culinary capitals in the United States, we have no doubt that February 2013 will turn out to be one of the fattest months in Louisiana history.

Thanks to the French Creole history of Louisiana, New Orleans boasts a full menu of region-specific dishes ranging from hearty stews to giant sandwiches. Check out the infographic below to find out all about traditional New Orleans cuisine, and consider adding more crawfish into your diet.

Sidenote: we wonder if Beyonce indulged in a post-performance celebratory muffuletta…

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  1. Awesome post and infographic! Going to New Orleans soon for the first time so I’ll have to give these a try.

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