Louisiana Food Lovers' Bucket List

This is just a small sampling of the many iconic foods you'll have to try as you explore Louisiana.


Catfish is a delicious southern treat.  It's often fried and smothered with étouffée in restaurants.


Beignets are the perfect complement to a Louisiana cup of coffee! Find them all around the state.

Po' boy: Louisiana sandwich made with crusty French bread. Try Darrell’s Special featuring turkey, roast beef, ham, topped with American, Swiss and provolone cheeses with jalapeno mayo at Darrell’s in Lake Charles or the fried oyster po' boy at Bevi Seafood Co. in Metairie.

Soft-shell crab: Molted blue crab. At Middendorf's in Manchac, order the soft-shell crab – lightly breaded and flash-fried.

Beignets: We can thank the Acadians for bringing these delightful pastries to Louisiana! Find them across the state at a few of our favorite spots including Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, The Coffee Depot in Scott, Marilynn's Place in Shreveport and Coffee Call in Baton Rouge.

Catfish: A north Louisiana 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. Lake Charles and Lafayette area locals meet in the middle in Scott for cracklins at The Best Stop.

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.