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The parish seat of the growing Bossier Parish, Benton offers small-town charms with the conveniences of Shreveport and Bossier City nearby. The city is home to several historic buildings and Cypress Black Bayou Park & Recreation Area.
Try Creole Crab Cakes ©Jay D. Ducote
Try the Muscovy Duck Wraps at Restaurant Cotton in Monroe.
French Onion Soup from Cafe Degas in New Orleans.
Phil's Marina Cafe in Slidell serves up fish tacos fresh from the Gulf and served with a stellar view. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Shrimp and Grits recipe by chef Justin Devillier. Photo: Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Matthew Noel. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Matthew Noel
Pecan Pie made wtih Louisiana-grown pecans. ©Flickr/MuseintheCity
Creole Filé Gumbo by Lil' Dizzy's Cafe in New Orleans ©Jeffery David Ehrenreich for Louisiana Kitchen and Culture
Visit Landry Vineyards for wine tasting and concerts in Monroe, Louisiana
"Muffy" sandwich at Fertitta's in Shreveport.
Try a Louisiana brewery like Flying Tiger Brewery in Monroe, LA
Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs is perfect for beer tasting. It's one of Louisiana's oldest breweries. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Enjoy this crab dip recipe from chef Chris Montero at Ralph Brennan's restaurants. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
Shrimp Remoulade from Donald Link's Down South Cookbook. ©Chris Granger for Clarkson Potter New York
Tour Landry Vineyards in Monroe to experience some of Louisiana's wine country.
Roasted Vegetable Bruschetta recipe from the Bourbon House in New Orleans.
Enjoy a bowl of Louisiana seafood gumbo.
Regulars order the Bluesiana Salad at Charlie G's in Lafayette.
Golden Potato Soup with Crispy Gulf Oysters Recipe. Photo: Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Matthew Noel ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Matthew Noel
Crab Royale from Harlequin Steaks & Seafood ©Harlequin Steaks & Seafood
Muffuletta recipe from Nor-Joe's in Metairie. ©David Gallent Louisiana Kitchen and Culture
Gulf Pig Underground Dinner Club offers contemporary-Southern cuisine. ©Gulf Pig Underground Dinner Club
Bacon Gumbo with Louisiana Oysters recipe from Patois restaurant in New Orleans. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
Boudin links on the grill.
Try the many flavors of gumbo like this bowl of chicken and sausage gumbo. ©Jay D. Ducote
Fried frog legs is a common dish in Louisiana. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Susan Ford
Oysters Rockefeller Recipe by Galatoire's in New Orleans. Photo: Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine ©Photo: Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine
Tabasco hot sauce is made and bottled in Avery Island, Louisiana.
King Cake from cookbook author Holly Clegg.
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the world's best food festivals.
King Cake Ice Cream Recipe
Sip craft brews at Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, Louisiana
Enjoy delicious Louisiana cuisine such as gumbo and fried shrimp at the Chimes in Baton Rouge.
Pies at Lea's Lunchroom in Alexandria
Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans.
Visit Crying Eagle Brewery in Lake Charles. ©Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
Pick your own blueberries at farms near Franklinton, Louisiana
Shrimp and Grits Pointe Coupee
Oysters Weemo from Waterfront Grill in Monroe. photo: Richard Lupo ©Richard Lupo
Creole Stuffed Shrimp from Wine Country Bistro. Photo: Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine, Joe Noetzel. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine, Joe Noetzel
Strawn's Eat Shop ice box strawberry pies
Andouille Sausage from LaPlace, LA
Brigtsen's Oysters Bienville. Photo: Saveur Magazine ©Saveur Magazine
Meribo's chef Gavin Jobe is a Food Network Chopped Champion. Head to Covington for his outstanding pizza. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Crawfish Creola recipe from Creola Cafe in Grand Coteau. ©David Gallent Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
Try this sweet Louisiana treat — pralines.
The Chimes restaurant's large decks overlooking the Bogue Falaya River offer a great spot for happy hour - in Covington Louisiana ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Enjoy a Louisiana crafted beverage at the tasting room at Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux, Louisiana
Enjoy a traditional sazerac cocktail at the Cypress Bar in the Southern Hotel in Covington, Louisiana
Mirlitons are a tasty Louisiana vegetable used in many dishes.
Morton's Seafood Restaurant on the Tchefuncte River is known for it's delicious Seafood Boat dish. Located in Madisonville, Louisiana. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Your taste buds will sing at the Sweet Dough Pie Festival in Grand Coteau, Louisiana
Dig into tender and juicy smoked chicken from Smoke BBQ in Covington, Louisiana. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Muffuletta from Nor-Joe's in Metairie, La. ©David Gallent, Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
Redfish with Sage Brown Butter from Cotton in Monroe, LA. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
Catfish with crawfish étouffée
Mikes Seafood and Steakhouse Gumbo in Jennings, Louisiana
Try this delicious recipe for Hand Peach Pies by chef Corey Bahr ©David Gallent, Louisiana Kitchen and Culture