Before I planned my last trip to New Orleans, I asked a few local friends for recommendations. One told me about Cake Cafe in the Bywater, so a friend and I stopped for lunch after exploring all afternoon. The humble bakery has some of the best sandwiches I've ever had, including my favorite, the crab sandwich, pictured above. It's challah bread with crab meat, brie, bacon and spinach. It seems like a steep price for a sandwich, but worth every bite.
Cake Cafe started as a bakery that sold all manners of sweets, but specialized in the beloved New Orleans king cake, a Mardi Gras tradition. They became so popular that the store expanded to include other food items. Whatever you order, be sure to finish it off with dessert.