Good eats: Louisiana

So much to eat, so little time!

I really enjoy Southern food. What’s not to like? They don’t call it comfort/soul food for nothing! Yes, a number of items are fried, breaded, battered, but there’s also wonderfully fresh seafood, awesome spices, and delectable flavors at work here.

Seafood

  1. Shrimp Po’boys
    A crusty French baguette stuffed with big pieces of shrimp, lettuce and tomato. Yum! Olde Tyme Grocery in Lafayette can help curb your Po’boy craving. It’s located close to the University of Louisiana – Lafayette campus, and there’s parking across the street that will likely fit small to mid-size RVs.

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    Shrimp Po’boy – one bite will have you hooked
  2. Crawfish
    We tried the little crustaceans a few different ways:
    Crawfish boil with a side of corn
    Just thinking about this makes me want to head back to Louisiana! And at around $3.80/lb it was a good deal that was good on my wallet. You don’t even have to go to a fancy restaurant to enjoy some good crawfish. I picked this batch up from Perino’s Seafood, then enjoyed our meal in the RV.

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    Crawfish boil – I even love how colorful it looks! ❤

    Crawfish etouffe with blackened catfish on dirty rice
    This meal was all kinds of deliciousness and is a food memory I’ll look back on fondly.

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    Blackened catfish on dirty rice with crawfish etouffe at Papadeaux
  3. Oysters
    I knew at least one of my meals in LA would consist solely of oysters, and they didn’t disappoint. Unlike a variety of Pacific coast/ north east oysters, the Gulf Oysters were larger and briny, making them satisfying enough to serve as a meal onto themselves.

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    Gulf Coast Oysters

Sweets
No meal is complete without sweets and dessert, (at least in my book).

  1. Beignets
    We couldn’t visit New Orleans and not stop at Cafe Du Monde for their trademark treat! Soft, puffy pastry showered in powdered sugar? Um, yes! 🙋

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    Beignets at Cafe Du Monde – a New Orleans institution!
  2. Pecan pie
    Pecan treats abound, including candied pecans, roasted pecans and pecan pralines, but for me it was about the pecan pie.

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    Couldn’t resist this cute little bite-sized treat

RV/oversized vehicle parking:
In Baton Rouge, there’s an easily accessible open air parking lot, near the Hilton, at 304 River Road, for day parking. Cost was $5.
In New Orleans, we stayed at Bayou Segnette State Park, one of our favorite campsites so far. Our site, #99, was on a small road connecting two campground loops and was large, private and grassy. The dogs loved it! Plus with amenities like water & electric (and free laundry facilities) for $20/night, the value was hard to beat! It’s across the river – a 20 min drive – from the sights and sounds of New Orleans, and very peaceful. 

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