AB Road Eats: New Orleans

I will admit New Orleans is one of my favorite cities: to eat, walk around, explore, etc. I especially love the architecture of the buildings. On this trip to Nola, I had my very first shrimp poor boy from Parkway Bakery and Tavern. That sandwich has changed the way I view po’ boys.


Cafe Beignet: I know, I know. This name probably doesn’t ring a bell like another very popular beignet place (unless you’ve watched my Best Thing I Ever Ate on it). These beignets are lighter and fluffier, and of course covered in a heaping dose of powdered sugar. I always finish my meal with a café au lait — if it’s too warm outside for you, try their iced version. I approve.


Parkway Bakery and Tavern: This might be the king of po’ boys. In the past I’ve had their roast beef version — but that shrimp po’ boy is one of a kind. I’m counting down the days in my head until I can get my hands on one again.


Here’s the thing. When I reached out to my fans regarding the best muffuletta in town, it was almost an even 50-50 draw between these two options. So naturally I had to try both. I know. You want to know which one I liked better. But I won’t tell because I want you to try both and decide for yourselves.

Central Grocery: This establishment has been around since 1906 and is the home of the classic muffuletta. Get here early because the lines will wrap around the store quickly.

Cochon Butcher: Muffuletta aside, this is one of my favorite places in New Orleans period. They are doing sandwiches proud — not to mention great cocktails. Their version of a muffuletta is warmed and filled with salty house meats.


District Donuts: Donuts, sliders and brews: That’s the tagline to one of New Orleans’ newest doughnut shops. While you can order what they dub a “simple” doughnut, try one of their “fancy” flavors like Nola Cream, Pumpkin Cheesecake (seasonal), Peanut Butter Cup or Coconut Cream.

Images © Alton Brown, 2014


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  1. 1

    If you time your Saturday right you can get a taste of 2 New Orleans traditions that have 76 & 94 years respectively.
    Hansen’s Sno- Bliz @ 4801 Tchoupitoulas in Uptown New Orleans serves some of the best sno-balls in the city and they invite a food cart called Mamita’sHot Tamales to sell their New Orleans Style Hot Tamales on the corner to the long line of people waiting….Look them up for some #ICENSPICE

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    If you’re going back to Parkway get the Surf n Turf (fried shrimp on roast beef) best of both worlds. Drop in Coops Place on Decatur for some smoked duck jambalaya and fried chicken. Stop by Jacques IMO’s and try the shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake appetizer and some panned rabbit for dinner.

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    Go to Elizabeth’s for breakfast and eat anything but especially the praline bacon. Try The Joint for BBQ, recommend the brisket and the 1/2 chicken. Mr. B’s BBQ shrimp. Enjoy your visit!

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      Also, if you can make it to Terranova’s early on a Saturday, they have the best muffalatas. I take them home and toast them in the oven, but they’re good cold too. Terranova’s also makes the best hogshead cheese in the state. The best.

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    If you like poboys, toy should go to Katie’s and get their Cocoon de lait and BBQ shrimp poboy. So, so, good. I have dreams about that poboy.

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