New Orleans’ obsession with food is well documented and well justified. As the slogan goes, we live to eat … and the living is easy. From fine-dining restaurants to festival food booths, culinary tours to kitchen collectibles, the city serves up a smorgasbord of appetizing options for foodies.
Fortify (and pace) yourself for the food-filled day ahead at Croissant d’Or, which has been providing locals with perfect pastries a taste of morning in Paris for three decades. Don’t linger too long, though; Creole and Cajun cooking demos start promptly at 10 am at the New Orleans School of Cooking and Crescent City Cooks. Gumbo, jambalaya, bananas Foster, pralines—who wants to lick the spoon?!
After nabbing a few tricks of the trade, head off to a late brunch at Atchafalaya, where the giant cast-iron skillet outside hints at chef Chris Lynch’s kicked-up Southern-style fare within. Or go Italian at Red Gravy, where meatballs meet eggs on the daily brunch menu.
Work off those fried green tomatoes and hollandaise with some strenuous shopping at celebrated chef Emeril Lagasse’s Homebase, Lucullus, the nation’s first culinary antiques shop, and Roux Royale, home to dozens of cookbooks by more leading local chefs. Have hunger for vintage recipes? Feed it at Kitchen Witch, where grandma’s cookbooks are given new life.
Hungry for adventure? Set off on Confederacy of Cruisers’ two-wheel culinary tours of the city, which combine eating with exercise. Or set off on foot with New Orleans Culinary Tours’ French Quarter History & Tasting excursion.
Edible education is offered at Langlois Culinary Crossroads and the New Orleans Cooking Experience, where hands-on how-tos result in magnificent multicourse meals. Or book a table in the Market Room at Restaurant R’evolution and pick up pointers while watching the pros in action in the open-air kitchen.
Wind down and digest the overstuffed day at Three Muses over after-dinner drinks … and a few of chef Daniel Esse’s hard-to-pass-up lamb sliders for good measure.