Don't Miss Dishes - Creole Crescent Trail

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Looking for recommendations of what to eat on the Creole Crescent trail? Here are some New Orleans area dishes that you definitely won't want to miss.
By Jay D. Ducote
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Central Grocery Muffaletta
If you're in search of the best muffaletta in Louisiana, stop at Central Grocery, the home of the original.

Add these must-eat items to your Creole Crescent trail itinerary.

Drago’sMetairie and New Orleans

In 1993 Tommy Cvitanovich, a restaurant manager at Drago’s, first came up with the charbroiled oyster, and people haven’t stopped waiting in lines to get some since. Tommy brushed a sauce of butter, garlic, and herbs on top of freshly shucked Louisiana oysters, then sprinkled them with a blend of cheeses and charbroiled them on the half shell. These special oysters have a place in everyone’s stomach!

MoPhoMid-City New Orleans

Pho with duck sausage is the dish to try in this Vietnamese-inspired eatery.

BacchanalNew Orleans – Bywater

What started as a small wine shop in the Bywater area of New Orleans is now a place for people to escape from the French Quarter life and enjoy some amazing wine while listening to live jazz music. Bacchanal prides itself on “old world wines” and avoids the traditional wine tasting experience, which customers love. Also, the unique gourmet food served on a paper plate is unforgettable.  

BoucherieUptown New Orleans

A winner of Food Network’s “Chopped” and chef at Boucherie’s in Uptown New Orleans, Nathanial Zimit creates a phenomenal combination of flavors with his blackened shrimp and grit cake appetizer. Finish things off with Krispy Kreme bread pudding.  Need we say more?

WayfareUptown New Orleans

Father and son combo Ray and Vincent Arnona opened Wayfare with the intention to take sandwich making to a new level. Their menu is filled with amazing salads and multiple gourmet sandwich creations that customers rave about. You definitely do not want to miss out on trying their mouth-watering porchetta sandwich, which includes succulent Kurobuta pork belly, caramelized onions, and salsa verde on a toasted hoagie roll.

PecheWarehouse District New Orleans

With New Orleans' proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and constant supply of fresh Louisiana seafood, this is one stop you won't want to miss.  Enjoy a literal taste of the Gulf coast in a whole grilled fish with chimichurri

Rocky & Carlo’sChalmette

Rocky & Carlo’s in Chalmette recently reopened with a line of patiently waiting patrons to finally get a taste of the remarkable food that comes out of the cozy kitchen. You’ll find macaroni and cheese the way it is meant to be. With just one bite of the delicately creamy baked macaroni and cheese you enter food paradise, and you do not want to leave. 

Arabi Food StoreArabi

Years ago Elliot Gaspard realized that selling groceries is less than what the people of Arabi, Louisiana deserved. He began serving delicious po' boys at his food store and never looked back. Po' boys are a regular sandwich choice for the New Orleans area, but the signature sandwiches served at the Arabi Food Store are more than traditional fare. With a large selection of po' boys, customers travel from all over the world to chow down on the best sandwiches in town.

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Café du Monde, French Quarter

No trip to the Crescent City is complete without a plate of beignets and cup of cafe au lait. Try them at the world renowned Café du Monde on the banks of the Mississippi River in the French Quarter.  Or, stop in Morning Call at NOLA's City Park to enjoys beignets in a beautiful setting, 24-7. The fried pastry is a perfect snack in the morning or late night.

Central Grocery, French Quarter

Whether you fall on the po' boy or muffaletta side of the best Louisiana sandwich argument, you'll want to try a muffaletta at the home of the original.  Have one to share... or not.