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10 Amazing NOLA Foods that Aren’t Poboys or Gumbo

The New Orleans food scene is known for classic Louisiana cuisine: jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, bread pudding, and the like. While those dishes are certainly delicious, they’re far from all the city has to offer. Next time you’re in town, check out these 10 slightly-less-traditional New Orleans foods and where to find them!

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1. Fried Soft Shell Crab at Antoine’s

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The Crabes Mous Frits might be the main reason that Antoine’s has stayed in business since 1840 (aside from the 14 unique dining rooms and the invention of Oysters Rockefeller). The juicy, flavorful crabmeat is wrapped in a light, crispy shell and brightened by the accompanying lemon creating the ultimate upscale fried seafood experience.

2. Quesadilla at Felipe’s

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What’s better than a flat, boring quesadilla? A stuffed-to-the-gills, grilled-burrito quesadilla from Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria! Start with local fried shrimp, tender carnitas, or spicy Chicken Tinga, then add salsas to your heart’s content. It’s so tasty, you won’t even be cranky that guacamole costs extra.

3. Fried Chicken at Willie Mae’s


This isn’t just any fried chicken. This is the best fried chicken in America (according to the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and also anyone who has ever eaten here). Willie Mae’s Scotch House has been serving up mouth-watering comfort food since 1957, so there’s really no excuse not to have eaten here already.

4. Steak at La Boca


If you’re craving Bife De Lomo con Chimichurri but can’t catch a plane to Buenos Aires, La Boca is here to help. Although “steak” might be more of a category than a particular dish, this Argentine restaurant offers many delectable options. Try the Bife De Chorizo for a classic Argentine cut, or order the Mollejas if you’re feeling adventurous.

5. Curewich at Cure


If you don’t go to Cure for the cocktails, go for the Curewich—possibly the best fried egg sandwich ever made. It’s served in a cast iron skillet topped with bacon, green onions, and piles of sharp, white cheddar cheese. As a wise Yelp reviewer said, “I wanted to order 2 more of them but I had dinner reservations made already.”

6. Roasted Cauliflower at Domenica (or Pizza Domenica)


Indulge in nutrient-rich roasted cauliflower topped with a decadent whipped goat cheese spread. This appetizer is bound to be the star of your meal—an impressive feat, considering that both Domenica and Pizza Domenica have won the James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence.

7. Crawfish Beignet at Katie’s


Not all beignets are topped with powdered sugar like Cafe du Monde’s beignets. Katie’s savory beignet is stuffed with crawfish, jalapeno peppers, onions, and three kinds of cheese, and it’s topped with a jalapeno aioli. It’s technically an appetizer, but it’s way too tasty to consider sharing with your brunch buddies.

8. Stuffed Catfish at Jacques Imo’s


As the saying goes, we heard you like seafood, so we put seafood in your seafood. Jacques Imo’s catfish is pan seared, stuffed with crabmeat dressing, and topped with hollandaise. The picture doesn’t do this tantalizing plate justice, but only because people are too busy chowing down to waste time on photography!

9. Praline Bacon at Elizabeth's


Imagine the sugary pecan goodness of pralines paired with the salty crunch of perfectly cooked bacon. At Elizabeth’s Restaurant, this dream comes true for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. This sweet and salty appetizer pairs perfectly with Elizabeth’s signature cocktails, including the house made Bloody Mary and the make your own Mimosa.

10. Carnicera Arepa at Maïs Arepas


For anyone unfamiliar with Colombian cuisine, arepas are cornmeal cakes stuffed with meat and veggies. At Maïs Arepas, they are also unbelievably delicious! Try the Carnicera with a side of plantain chips and aji, Colombian salsa. ¡Buen Provecho!

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