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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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.