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A Fatter Tuesday
Posted by Charlie Harris

Happy Mardi Gras and laissez les bon temps rouler! The editors of LocalEats adore New Orleans. And though some of us may have been known to partake of the occasional hurricane, Huge Ass Beer (to go!) or frozen Irish coffee from Molly's on the Market - perhaps the most refreshing drink ever concocted - our primary indulgence is the sublime cuisine. It's an unparalleled food culture. We've compiled a list of the best New Orleans restaurants for all your Mardi Gras dining needs. And for the uninitiated, here's a list of a few must-try Crescent City dishes to make your Tuesday just a bit fatter. 

Debris-topped po'boy at Mother's ( the Famous Ferdi Special)

Barbecue shrimp at Pascal's Manale

Alligator cheesecake at Jacques-Imo's

The boucherie plate and fried boudin at Cochon (or anything else pigcentric from the restaurant or butcher shop)

Mussels and pommes frites at Luke

Beignets at Cafe du Monde

Oysters on the half shell at Felix's

Oyster loaf at Casamento's

Fried chicken at Willie Mae's Scotch House

Gumbo at the Gumbo Shop

Brunch at Commander's Palace

Oysters en Brouchette at Galatoire's

Fried Oysters at Dick and Jenny's (po-boys available at lunch)

Bananas Foster prepared tableside at Brennan's (a bit touristy, but worth it for the history lesson/atmosphere)

Blackened drum at K-Paul's Louisiana Cuisine

I'll stop there for now as pangs of hunger and jealousy will not allow me to continue. In the meantime, I'll be daydreaming of oyster po-boys, unbelievable coffee and a swine smorgasbord from Cochon. 


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