If you're familiar with New Orleans cuisine, you've probably already heard about traditional foods like beignets or gumbo. While those are delicious, there are a few other tasty New Orleans dishes that are too good to pass up. Read on to see what you can't miss while you're at the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans July 4th weekend.
Trade in ordinary fried shrimp for a jazzed-up version that's prepared with tons of seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. The smoky flavor is so good.
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Oyster lovers, rejoice. Drago's Seafood Restaurant is known for its charbroiled oysters, which are grilled and seasoned to perfection with garlic, butter, herbs, as well as Parmesan and Romano cheese.
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Fried alligator is a must for any adventurous foodie traveling to New Orleans.
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These small pastries, filled to the max with meat, make for the perfect lunch treat.
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Shrimp and Grits
Whether it's enjoyed for breakfast or even dinner, shrimp and grits is probably the one dish most New Orleans natives love.
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Spumoni, Italian ice cream, is available in a slew of creamy flavors all around New Orleans. Brocato's is just one of the many places where you can find this dessert in New Orleans.