Enjoying The Great Food of Louisiana, Day 146

Enjoying The Great Food of Louisiana, Day 146
01 Feb

One thing that we are going to miss as we continue our trip across the country is the great food of Louisiana!

In every state that we visit, we always try a food item that is most popular in that state.

For instance, in Nebraska we ate a Runza sandwich. And in North Dakota, we ate a bowl, or two, of Knoephla soup.

knoephla soup
As much as we loved Knoephla soup, we also enjoyed all the food in Louisiana!

Lucky for us, before we left on this adventure, Jim’s family gave us a Reader’s Digest magazine that listed all 50 states and the food that is popular and/or unique to that area.

And as part of our challenge of what to do in each state, we partake in that specific food item.

The Great Food of Louisiana

However, during our week here in Louisiana, we have indulged ourselves a little more than normal in the local cuisine.


The Reader’s Digest article listed gumbo as the great food in Louisiana. And I have to admit, both of us have been looking forward to having a bowl for a few weeks now.

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Seafood Gumbo – one of our must have meals!

So within the first 24 hours of stepping foot across the border from Arkansas, I had a bowl of seafood gumbo and Jim had grilled catfish at Soileua’s Dinner Club! And it was incredible!

However, that was just the beginning of an incredible foodie week.


mini beignets
Mini Beignets – powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar. And yes, maybe a Bloody Mary to go with it!

Since that time we have had two helpings of Beignets. While we were in the Garden District of New Orleans, we indulged in mini beignet’s. We split our order to included both the traditional powdered sugar variety and cinnamon sugar beignets.

I loved that they were so easy to eat, and less messy than the standard size pastry. However, whenever you are in New Orleans, it is an unspoken, mandatory rule that you must have a beignet and coffee at Cafe du Monde.

So when we headed to the Big Easy, we ate breakfast at the famous cafe. We split an order of beignets and drank a cup of their famous chicory coffee.

cafe de monde
Beignets and Chicory coffee at the famous Cafe de Monde.

And lucky for us, we were entertained by Jazz performers the entire time.

Crawfish Étouffée

After spending a little time walking around, we were ready for lunch. This time, Crawfish Étouffée was on the menu.

Fortunately, it is the beginning of crawfish season here in the Bayou. And that means that many of the great food dishes in Louisiana include fresh crawfish.

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Crawfish Étouffée – with fresh crawfish!

And because étouffée dishes focus on one single meat, the crawfish flavor was outstanding!


However, when you talk about the great food of Louisiana, one of the most popular dishes is Jambalaya!

Whether you like it with Creole or Cajun seasoning, this popular rice casserole dish is most often served with andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp.

great food of Louisiana
Sausage, Shrimp and Chicken Jambalaya

And if you like it extra spicy, be sure to add a few splashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce on top!

The Other Great Foods of Louisiana

There are definitely a lot of great food choices found here in Louisiana. Many of which we don’t get to experience back in the Midwest.

For instance, in the grocery stores you can buy boudin, crawfish, fresh gulf shrimp with the heads still attached, and every item to make a crawfish or shrimp boil.

king cake
King cake is only available during Carnival season.

And don’t forget the ever popular King Cake! Every store in the area has boxes upon boxes of this famous sweet roll available for purchase.

However, you can only buy it during Carnival Season, which ends on Fat Tuesday. And yes, we tried some of that too!

As our streetcar driver said, “If you don’t have high blood pressure, you will when you leave Louisiana!”

Happy Traveling! Jim and Mary


  • Day 146 of 365
  • States : 18/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 20
  • Stayed In : Livingston, Louisiana
  • Miles Driven : 32
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 16,200.4
  • Total Gallons Used : 1,165.50
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 158.4
  • Hiking Miles : 2.2
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 331.8

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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