French Quarter Fest 2019: New dishes to try this year

French Quarter Fest will spotlight some of the most famous, can’t-miss dishes in the city when it kicks off on April 11 to April 14. The culinary lineup includes decadent traditional options along with contemporary and fresh healthy choices.

This year, festival-goers can enjoy from more than 60 vendors offering delicious options. French Quarter Fest also welcomes seven culinary debuts.

Here's a list of the nine new food vendors heading the the fest this year, along with the new dishes to try.

Photo courtesy: Morrow's

Morrow's

Since local event promoter and entrepreneur Larry Morrow opened his namesake restaurant in 2018, Morrow’s has attracted local crowds and national celebrities like Drake, Michael B. Jordan and Mary J. Blige among others. Morrow teamed up with his mother, Lenora Chong, who infuses her Korean ancestry in the dishes.

Festival Location: Riverfront – Palm Lawn

Here’s what they’re serving:

Cajun Crawfish Pasta with Fried Fish – $10
Oysters Morrow: Crab Stuffed Oysters on Half Shell – $9

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Photo courtesy: Cafe Maspero via Facebook

Café Maspero

For more than 40 years, Cafe Maspero has been a French Quarter landmark serving up New Orleans Cajun cooking.

Festival Location: Riverfront – Canal Street

Here’s what they’re serving:

Cajun White Beans & Southern Fried Fish – $7
Creole Jambalaya with Gulf Shrimp, Chicken, and Sausage – $8
Beignet Fries with Chocolate & caramel Sauce – $5

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Photo courtesy: Rebecca Sell

Landry’s Seafood

Longtime seafood restaurant Landry’s is known for fresh Gulf Coast seafood and Louisiana-style cooking.

Festival Location: Jax Brewery

Here’s what they’re serving:

Crab Cakes topped w/lemon butter – $6
Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Bisque – $6 

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Photo courtesy: Messina's

Messina’s at the Terminal

Messina’s Runway Cafe serves up traditional New Orleans cuisine inside the historic Terminal building at the restored art-deco style New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

Festival Location: Jazz Museum at the Mint

Here’s what they’re serving:

Muffaletta small – $5 / large – $8
Italian Pork Debris Sandwich – $7
Fried Boudin Bites with a sugarcane mustard  – $7

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Photo courtesy: New Orleans School of Cooking

New Orleans School of Cooking

The New Orleans School of Cooking, known for its hands-on learning of Louisiana dishes, brings its cooking out of the classroom to French Quarter Fest for the first time.

Festival Location: Jax Brewery

Here’s what they’re serving:

Chicken Tender Waffle Sandwich & Slaw – $8
Nutella & Banana Cream Waffle sandwich – $8

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Photo courtesy: Sweet Handkraft via Facebook

Sweet Handkraft

This Metairie ice cream shop is the mecca of Instagrammable sweet treats. Owners Loc and Thuy Nguyen create unique cookies, ice cream and macaroons inspired by their Asian roots.

Festival Location: Riverfront – Palm Lawn

Here’s what they’re serving:

Ice Cream Macaroon Sandwiches – $7
Warmed Ice Cream Donut Sandwich: Cookie Monster Ice Cream, Butter Almond Brittle Ice Cream – $7

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Photo courtesy: We Dat's Chicken and Shrimp

We Dat’s Chicken and Shrimp

Homegrown entrepreneur Greg Tillery turned his food truck business into a booming brick-and-mortar wingery. Tillery recently opened his third We Dat’s location on the West Bank in Marrero.

Festival Location: Riverfront – Kohlmeyer Lawn

Here’s what they’re serving:

5 Wings with Fries –  $10
Flavor choices: Wuzzam, Parmesan, Sweet Heat, BBQ, Regular
5 Wings with Fully Loaded Fries – $12
Flavors: Bacon, Ranch, Jalapeno, BBQ Sauce

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Photo courtesy: Heather Twichell

Dorignac's Food Center

The longtime Metairie market brings some classic New Orleans dishes to the fest this year.

Festival Location: Jazz Museum at the Mint

Here’s what they’re serving:

Blackened Shrimp with Housemade Ceasar on Romaine Pirogue – $8
Dorignac’s Original Housemade Jambalaya with Andouille & Smoked Sausage – $7
King Cake Bread Pudding Topped with Royal Drizzle – $5
Combo Plate: Blackened Shrimp, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding – $14

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Photo courtesy: Rebecca Sell

Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House

The menu at Rizzutos’ showcases the family’s Sicilian roots with classic Italian entrees.

Festival Location: Jazz Museum at the Mint

Here’s what they’re serving:

Meatball Sliders (2) – $8
Shrimp Fra Diavolo – $9

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The complete culinary lineup is available at the French Quarter Fest website.