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Lasyone's Meat Pie Kitchen
No trip to central Louisiana is complete without a stop at Lasyone's Meat Pie Kitchen.

Po' boy: Louisiana sub sandwich made with crusty French bread. Try Darrell’s Special with jalapeno mayo at Darrell’s in Lake Charles.

Soft-shell crab: Molted blue crab. At Juban’s in Baton Rouge, order the Hallelujah Crab – flash-fried and stuffed with seafood.

Catfish: A Sportsman’s Paradise specialty. In Monroe, sample the Catfish DeSiard at Waterfront Grill.

Meat pie: Fried pie filled with seasoned beef and pork. Lasyone’s Meat Pie Kitchen in Natchitoches has served them for more than 40 years.

Cracklins: A Cajun snack of deep-fried pork fat with skin. Breaux Bridge locals get theirs from Goulas Grocery.

Barbecued shrimp: Nothing barbecue about it, just delicious shrimp sautéed in butter and seasonings. Try it in New Orleans at Pascal’s Manale, where the dish was invented.

Sazerac: A mix of rye whiskey, bitters and absinthe, this is New Orleans’ official cocktail. Sip it at the Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans hotel.