Best of Louisiana
Collected by Michelle M. Winner , AFAR Local Expert
From Cajun to Creole all the best of Louisiana celebrated here!
105 S Poydras St, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, USA
These beautiful puffs of little pink cookie sandwich have a sweet almond flavor. Perfect for your coffee break when you get back home. But they may not make it to the plane! During the famous Breaux Bridge Crawfish festival time, usually the first...
3015 Main Hwy # A, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, USA
St. Martin's Parish boasts some really great food. Acadian, Cajun and creole influences are certainly evident in their sweets and condiments in addition to their sublime Etouffee, fried okra and cornbread. Poche's Praline made right in their...
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, USA
Sun, smiles, beer, craft vendors, carnival rides, top-notch Zydeco bands, swamp boogie, a parade, dancing, a queen, king and princesses, local celebs, food of all kinds including crawfish boil and Etouffee- all converge at Park Hardy to celebrate...
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA, USA
You don't need to work hard to explore New Orleans' diverse architecture. Take a walk around the French Quarter and you'll see Creole cottages and pre-Civil War townhouses with wrought-iron balconies. Hop on a street car and take in the antebellum...
921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Occupying what were the Maison Blanche department store and the S.H. Kress & Co. five-and-dime, this stately hotel first opened its doors in 2000 after a $250 million overhaul of the then-shuttered Beaux-Arts buildings. After Katrina, the...
Lake Charles, LA, USA
In Southern Louisiana, spicy flavors and savory dishes are part of the culinary history and everyday life. I love to bring home special seasonings particular to a destination so that I can enjoy an approximation of the flavors back at home. Some...
777 Ave L'Auberge, Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA
When you hear the name Jack Daniels’ Bar & Grill, you think of a chain restaurant, right ? Well you (and me), we are wrong. So wrong. The only one of its kind is in Lake Charles, Louisiana in the L’Auberge Casino Resort. So then you might ask...
1004 N Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA
Steamboat Bill's is a local icon with three locations in Louisiana. We visited the Lakeshore drive establishment in Lake Charles. Lunch here can be busy because of the quality seafood offered. Businessmen, farmers, ranchers, office folks, locals...
1500 Siebarth Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70615, USA
Pat’s of Henderson in Lake Charles Louisiana has been the go-to place for authentic Cajun cuisine at a reasonable price for more than 50 years. Locals come here for office parties, business lunches, ladies who lunch gatherings, parties and anyone...
3011 E Burton St, Sulphur, LA 70663, USA
The Benoit family is widely known in South Louisiana for their Boudin (a type of sausage) and fresh cracklins. The secret to their popularity? They simply won't skimp on the product ;everything is fresh and all is handmade. When we visited their...
20909 Frontage Rd, Lacassine, LA 70650, USA
Bayou Rum is a find along the I-10 Frontage in Lacassine, Louisiana. What's more this spirits distillery is reviving sugar cane as a farm product in these parts and creating a niche-market fine rum. One of the owners, Trey Litel, gets positively...
2218 Enterprise Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA
Want to dine like a local? Sure you do. Seafood Palace in Lake Charles is the kind of place that the local Cajun people like to keep a secret. For me it's about Blue Crabs. The Blue Crabs here are fantastic; heavy, sweet and seasoned to...
1400 Market St, Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA
Restaurant Calla, a relative newcomer to the Lake Charles restaurant scene, has already earned high ratings from locals and visitors alike filling the inviting open style dining area to capacity on weekends. And here is why: heading up the kitchen...
3823 N University Ave, Carencro, LA 70520, USA
Love a good seafood bisque? If it’s on the Fricassee (pronounced here " Fri-ka- say") Café & Bakery menu, you have to try the Corn and Crab Bisque; one of best I have ever had. Thick, not starchy, with sweet fresh corn and loads of crab, it tasted...
344 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
A few short blocks off Canal Street, the Q & C Hotel and Bar attracts those-in-the-know to smooth hand-crafted drinks, tasty bites and a comfortable sleep. Rooms are spacious with exposed brick walls and French touches (chandeliers, wallpapers,...
500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Looking for an experience of a lifetime? Here is my favorite bucket list item package for Mardi Gras offered only by the Sheraton New Orleans hotel. There are flashy costumes, partying, fun, music, celebrities and a lovely hotel stay in to...
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