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The Food Lover's Drive-Through Guide To Louisiana

Ain't no place to satisfy your hunger (for great food and adventure alike) like the good ol' Bayou State. Come and experience a taste of Louisiana!

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1. Kick things off in Shreveport with fried goodness at Herby K's...

The super-famous Herby K's "shrimp buster" — a version of an open-faced po’boy sandwich — will make your taste buds explode! After sampling Herby K's good' ol fried dishes, walk it off with a trip to Bossier City’s Louisiana Boardwalk and enjoy pretty sights of the Red River.

2. ...and try some seriously exotic stuff at Ki' Mexico.

You might not associate the Bayou State with delicious Mexican fare, but, alas, perhaps everything is possible in Louisiana. Be sure to munch on authentic Mexican delicacies at Ki' Mexico like the poblano pepper stuffed with huitlacoches (basically Mexican truffles) served over a spicy zucchini blossom sauce or a tostada de tinga, which consists of shredded beef with a tomato chipotle brew. *salivates into infinity*

3. Make a pit stop in meat pie heaven, aka Natchitoches.

Courtesy of Lasyone's

If you want to feel #blessed, visit Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant and allow your palate to be changed forever — the meat pies are out of this world! Plus, Natchitoches is simply celestial. It'd be worth spending the night in one of its many charming and Instagram-ready bed-and-breakfast accommodations.

4. Save room for dessert and stop at Lea's Lunchroom in LeCompte.

LEA'S IS LIKE, WELL, HEAVEN. Their homemade merengue pies are what dreams are made of: chocolate, banana, coconut, lemon... They're surreal. Another divine dish? Their incredible pecan pie. Lea's closes at 4 p.m., so plan your day to stop by early.

5. Driving through Opelousas? Time to get some boudin.

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Prepare to experience spicy goodness in its full glory at Billy's and Ray's Boudin — it's simply mouthwatering. Try the traditional boudin sausage or go all out and get some fried boudin balls. Oh, and don't forget to ask for cracklins! Stop by Hebert's Boudin & Cracklins and grab some "How-U-Call-It" Cajun seasoning (yeah, that's the name of it) and take a taste of Louisiana back home.

6. Get a taste of crawfish and nature in Lake Charles.

It's crawfish season! Try the incredible crawfish bisque at the recently opened Blue Dog Café of Lake Charles or try the boiled crawfish at Steamboat Bill's — then go for a chill walk at Tuten Park and catch a glimpse of pretty local birds and flora.

7. Find beauty in food and sunsets in Lafayette.

Visit Prejean’s Restaurant for mind-blowing gumbo, but make sure you leave time to experience the sunset at Lake Fausse Pointe — it's also perfect for canoeing during the day.

8. Make a turn into Abbeville and try the oysters at Dupuy's Seafood & Steak.

​​The oysters are a must here, but crowd favorites include the crab cakes and the "eggplant Abbeville" — fried eggplant topped with a sauce consisting of jumbo lump crabmeat, white wine, capers, and tomato cream sauce (!!!). Dupuy's simply satisfies the Southern part of your soul.

9. Dig into a po'boy in Houma!

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There's no po'boy quite like a Houma po'boy. Bayou Blue Po-Boys has like a zillion different kinds, and, according to the locals, Mr. PoBoy is the place to be if you're in the mood for a roast beef wonder — you can visit the Air Base Park on Moffet Road near the Rodeo Arena and enjoy it all at a slow snail's pace.

10. Make a gumbo stop at Baton Rouge and visit the Old Louisiana State Capitol.

Hit up either of sister restaurants Parrain's Seafood Restaurant or The Chimes Highland to try authentic Southern delicacies like seafood gumbo or fried Louisiana alligator and wash it down with a local beer from one of Louisiana’s 16 craft breweries (AMAZING). While you're in the area, get your culture fix on at the castle-inspired Louisiana Old State Capitol. Cross the Mississippi River and find a to-die-for turtle soup at Ma Mama's Kitchen in New Roads.

11. Do yourself a favor and grab a muffuletta in the Big Easy.

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If you've never had the pleasure of biting into a sandwich that will blow you away with the most intriguing taste of marinated olive salad, then you must visit Central Grocery or Napoleon House in New Orleans and let this wonderfully tasty concoction of cheese, mortadella, salami, and ham make your day.

12. And you HAVE TO get the shrimp and alligator cheesecake at Jacques-Imo’s Cafe.

Not to mention the fried grits... Plus, Jacques-Imo’s is the coolest joint imaginable — you walk straight through the kitchen to get to its pleasantly eclectic dining area, where hand-painted, swamp-themed murals and strings of Christmas lights decorate the walls.

13. Finish your trip off on a sweet note and munch on some beignets as you experience pure bliss.

Get messy while enjoying a plate of fairy-dust-covered beignets (just kidding — it's powdered sugar) at Café Du Monde and sip on a café au lait with sights of Jackson Square in New Orleans.

From delicious fried shrimp to decadent bread pudding, Louisiana has got it all. Come. See. Eat.

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