We know you're freezing out there! That's why we curated this yummy list of comfort food perfect for getting you through the plummeting temperatures. Stay warm with this list of mouth-watering local staples are guaranteed to heat things up. Hang in there folks!
Regardless of how you like your gumbo, the dish is a typical go-to in local kitchens when craving something warm and satisfying. However, there are both rules and secrets to crafting the perfect gumbo. We talked to some local cooks who spill their best gumbo-making secrets. You might even get inspired by something new to add to your gumbo pot. Don’t feel like standing over a pot all day? Check out local gumbo hot spots like Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, Herbsaint and Restaurant R’evolution, where Chef John Folse makes a killer “Death by Gumbo.” Here are also Chef Folse’s tips for flavorful gumbo.
The old school hangover cure will warm your insides and give your body a steamy, soulful recovery. For this one, we went straight to the source — Miss Linda “The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady” Green — to learn more about “Old Sober” and its cultural impact. “It’s all about that flavor,” Green said. Aside from Miss Linda, try out Manchu Food Store or Bywater Bakery for a hot, steamy bowl of Yakamein.
Mardi Gras Pasta
This mouth-watering pasta is a special, off-menu item created by Chef Mario Girad at Oceana Grill. Mardi Gras Pasta is made with crawfish tails, shrimp, alfredo sauce and seasonings. The Carnival-inspired dish gives you a festive comfort food option.
New Orleans is home to a vibrant Vietnamese community which makes a good bowl of pho pretty easy to find. Wrap up in a cozy blanket while sipping some of the warm broth. A couple of popular places for a bowl of the authentic Vietnamese soup include Tan Dinh on the Westbank, Pho Orchid with locations in Metairie and MoPho in the City Park area. Photo courtesy: Pho Orchid Restaurant via Facebook
Café au Lait and Beignets
Thanks to the French settlers who left behind Café au lait — coffee and chicory with steamed milk — and beignets, we can warm up a little during the winter months. While Cafe du Monde is the most iconic location known serving up this treat, if you want to stay away from the quarter hit up Morning Call and New Orleans Coffee and Beignet Company.
Shrimp and Grits
Whether it’s for brunch or later, a delicious bowl of shrimp and grits might just be what you need to kick off your day. If you want to try whipping up your own version at home, this Southern chef offers tips to help you succeed. If not, you can’t go wrong with options like Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar, Atchafalaya and Mr. B’s Bistro.