50 in 50: The Best Chicken And Waffles In Each State

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Chicken and Waffles has become such a staple in American cuisine that you can find restaurants from all over the world who have become inspired by this Southern comfort food.  Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, here’s where you can find the best chicken and waffles in every state:


Yo Mama’s Restaurant in Birmingham allows you to enjoy both this dish and live music at the same time.


If you don’t think there is a want for chicken and waffles in Alaska, think again.  Served with gravy and French Fries, Waffle Rush in Anchorage is where people go. 

Photo courtesy of Waffle Rush


Located in Phoenix, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles has a recipe made from scratch. 


CeCe’s Chicken N Waffles located in Conway offers a casual sit down restaurant for people who want to enjoy their sweet version of chicken n waffles. 


Keith’s Chicken and Waffles in Dale City is inspired by African American southern roots, according to its website.  Comfort food is what they are all about.


Bacon Social House located in Denver has won the diner’s choice award for three years in a row from Open Table.  With that, it’s pretty self explanatory why you should try them for your Chicken and Waffles.

Photo courtesy of Bacon Social House


Cheeks Chicken & Waffles in Manchester is an East Coast food chain that prides itself on “fresh and never frozen” chicken and waffles.


8th and Union in Wilmington puts a twist on chicken and waffles up by adding a sunny side up egg, ham and Béarnaise sauce to the dish.


What customers love the most about Tony’s Chicken and Waffles in Bartow is the quality of both food and service.


Atlanta Breakfast Club in Mid-Town is known to bring good service and even better chicken and waffles to the table in Atlanta.


Have you ever tried a popular American dish with island flair? If not, look no further.  The Nook Neighborhood Bistro, located in Honolulu, pairs an American classic with island ingredients.

Photo courtesy of The Nook Neighborhood Bistro


At Abracadabras in Idaho Falls, you get a nice size proportion for a great price that will allow you to share (or not) your chicken and waffles.


No matter how many times you hear or see it, Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles never gets old–and for good reason. Their chicken and waffles are the creme of the crop!


Located at 30th and Shadeland Avenue on the east side of Indianapolis, His Place Eatery is a unique experience in Soul Food.  Their chicken and waffles are made standard or with red velvet batter.


SUGAPEACH in Cedar Rapids will put a smile on the face of passionate fried chicken and waffle connoisseurs!


The Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita pours sausage gravy over its chicken and serves the waffle with a side of chocolate-coated bacon. Unconventional, but it consistently receives rave reviews. A must-try.

Photo courtesy of Doo Dah Diner


Louisville’s Silver Dollar Diner is known for bourbon and its chicken ‘n’ waffles that are considered a staple in the community.


With a name like Ma Momma’s House, it’s pretty self explanatory why this should be one of your first stops in New Orleans for chicken and waffles.


Hot Suppa’s menu features all made from scratch items and quality ingredients.  Local goods are used whenever possible, including in the chicken and waffles. You will taste the difference.


Ida B’s Table in Charm City serves Chicken and Waffles with a sweet potato waffle and rosemary maple syrup on the side.


Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, known as DCBK, serves up great southern comfort food and signature cocktails with a side of some of the best jazz in Boston.

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Voted the number 1 soul food in metro Detroit, Beans and Cornbread’s award-winning soul food restaurant fuses southern roots with an epicurean influence in traditional favorites and low country cuisine.


Midwesterners love their gravy so it comes to no surprise that  The Lowry in Minneapolis adds syrup and gravy to this dish.


Velma Jeans in Tylertown is one of few places that has 5 out of 5 stars for reviews so be sure to bring your appetite for the restaurants famous red velvet chicken and waffles. 


Beer Kitchen in Kansas City dresses chicken in cornflake-crust with maple-mustard marinade, cheddar-bacon-chive waffle, chicken pan gravy and maple syrup.


Located in Bozeman, Roost’s chicken and waffles come with maple pecan butter and juicy chicken tenders.  

Photo courtesy of Roost Fried Chicken


The Chicken and Waffles at Overeasy in Omaha are dipped in buttermilk , fried, with savory egg waffle and seasonal fruit.  You can also try it spicy!


What began as an idea for a recipe that offered a not-so-sweet waffle has now become what Bruxie is widely known for: A Chicken & Waffle Sandwich.

New Hampshire

Don’t knock it until you try it: the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth is where you will find chicken and waffles paired with mashed chipotle sweet potatoes, layers of waffle wedges, bacon & southern fried chicken thighs topped with hot honey, zesty maple sour cream & scallions.

New Jersey

Fresh and never frozen with a touch of Southern flare is what you will get at Cheeks’ Chicken & Waffles.

New Mexico 

Frank’s Famous Chicken & Waffles in Albuquerque is known for its chicken and waffles. 

New York

Sweet Chick in New York City is known for its chicken and waffles! They offer so many options from classic waffles to bacon-cheddar, dried cherry, rosemary-mushroom, apple cinnamon or spiced-pecan.

Photo courtesy of Sweet Chick

North Carolina

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles in Greensboro offers someone for everyone, including a vegan, sweet potato, and ginger bread option.  

North Dakota

The Boiler Room in Fargo serves its chicken and waffles with gravy and a side of fruit.


Zanzibar in Shaker Heights is an elegant eatery with a classy ambiance to re-invent soul food. Lucky for you, that reinvention doesn’t involve getting rid of staples like Chicken and Waffles.


Mama E’s started over a decade ago with only wings and waffles.  Even though the restaurant has expanded to offer more options, you want to try their original dish.


It’s the sweet potato waffle that keeps those in Portland craving Screen Door!


In the middle of Reading Terminal Market in Center City Philadelphia is the Keven Parker Soul Food Cafe.  You can catch a vibe while lounging in the café while enjoying their mini chicken and waffles.

Photo courtesy of Ms. Tootsies

Rhode Island

Considered a “match made in heaven,” Bucktown in Providence keeps this classic dish traditional served with maple syrup.

South Carolina

If you weren’t sure about your love for Kiki before, just wait until you try her version of chicken and waffles. Located in Colombia, Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles’ slogan is “Hands Down The Best Soul Food In Town!”

South Dakota

The Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls is served with pecan butter: that a lot makes it the best.


Because you can’t go to Tennessee and not experience hot chicken, make sure you’re pairing it with a waffle at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken in Nashville.


It’s often hard to get a spot at the Breakfast Klub in Houston without a long wait but it is definitely worth it for its Wings and Waffles.

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The best part about the fluffy waffle and juicy tenders at Pig & A Jelly Jar in Salt Lake City is that there’s a “cluckin’ good deal” on Thursdays from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. where you get this popular dish for $5.


Chefs at !Duino! (Duende) in Burlington create dishes inspired by cultures from all over the world.  One dish that remains popular is its sausage gravy-covered chicken and waffles. Thank us later.


J & K Style Grille is a food truck in Virginia Beach.  You have options here including its popular waffleburger or chicken and waffles.


What’s interesting about Sisters and Brothers Bar in Seattle is that they allow you to pick your heat level for chicken from insane, hot, mild and naked while pairing it with a buttermilk waffle, whiskey honey butter and maple syrup.

Instagram | @sistersandbrothersbar

West Virginia

Don’t let the Appalachia state fool you.  Voted as one of the most unique places to dine in West Virginia, Christopher Eats in Barboursville has a special recipe that will have you wanting more.


Located in Appleton, Cozzy Corner is a family owned and operated restaurant that is known for its juicy chicken tenders and fluffy waffles.


 Located near Town Square in Jackson Hole is Cafe Genevieve where you will find  inspired home cooked classics,” including chicken and waffles inside a historic log cabin. 

Rapper Curren$y Invests In Hometown, Opens Burger Spot In New Orleans

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New Orleans-born rapper Curren$y recently purchased a burger spot that he spent much time in while growing up. What used to be Bud’s Broiler, a 24-hour burger spot, is now going to be Life Burger in the City Park neighborhood.

The 37-year-old rapper had his hand and foot in every aspect of the remodeling process. This project was more than just an investment for Curren$y, who has also invested in another restaurant in the city called We Dats. “My mom used to chaperone our field trips when I was small—and then we’d go to Bud’s Broiler,” the rapper told Vice. “That spot’s always been near and dear to me. They made the burgers right there; the burger wasn’t sitting under a heat lamp made hours ago.”

There has been a switch in the hip-hop genre. In an industry where artists were regularly seen putting their money in flashy cars, jewelry, and women, rappers are seen investing in businesses and building their own. Rapper Chamillionaire, known for his early 2000s hit ‘Dirty,’ made millions by investing in venture firms as well as starting his own modeling company. Killer Mike has also been extremely vocal on the importance of investing, something Curren$y took note of.

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“I had actually just started watching “Trigger Warning” and the first episode resonated with me when it came to what I was going to do,” Curren$y said. ” It’s not like I didn’t already have a Rolls Royce. Another one was just going to look stupid outside the house. If there are two Rolls Royces, it has to be a different house. This burger spot is going to afford me great wealth—enough to pick up another Rolls Royce at another time.” Another important reason he wanted to invest had a lot to do with Hurrican Katrina. Many black-owned businesses didn’t survive the 2005 Category Five storm, putting a lot of business owners in debt.

Curren$y says New Orleans is showing him and his ventures lots of love. In a city known for its unique culture but extreme poverty, it makes the rapper feel good to give back in a way that makes everyone happy. “A lot of little homies have come by our office just to tell me, “Good looking out for getting the burger spot,” and telling me that they can’t wait to come over there,” the Jet Life rapper said.  “They’re not talking to me about a mixtape or a low rider. And good news travels fast.”

Life Burger is going to give off that diner type vibe. Curren$y says there will be charcoal burgers, root beer floats, Coca-Cola floats, and pineapple sherbet floats with Sprite. The menu also has veggie burgers for those living that kind of lifestyle. With something for everyone, there will be a separate dining area upstairs with a balcony, arcade, and images of some of our favorite characters on the wall. The “Cruise Meal” is the name of their kid’s meal, named after the rapper’s son, Cruise.

Overall, Curren$y wants Life Burger to be a place that people don’t want to leave. “I really got my faith in humanity restored a bit because of how fast the news about me buying the spot traveled. It was almost as fast as if I’d have gotten arrested.”

It looks like we have a new spot to visit when we hit the 504.

11 Unconventional Locations For A Destination Wedding

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One of the best days of your life just happened: the love of your life has asked you to marry them. After sending a picture of the ring to your family group chat, facetiming your BFFs, and updating that relationship status to ‘engaged’ — it is time to start planning your wedding day. Some might opt for a courthouse wedding, while others might opt for an over-the-top hometown soiree, but you and your honey want to seal the deal with a destination wedding — since it can be more cost-effective and stress-free. Here are a few destination locations we think would make your wedding both joyous and memorable.


If you or your partner has ever wanted to come face-to-face with a glacier, here is your chance. On this one-of-a-kind experience, you fly in a helicopter to elevations of 1,800 to 3,500 feet and will have ice up to 2,500 feet deep below your feet, with mountain peaks surrounding you. Alaska Weddings offers packages starting at $2,380, that include a helicopter to the Mendenhall Glacier and thirty minutes on the glacier. Since there will be helicopter travel, there will only be room for the two guests of honor, the wedding officiant, the photographer, with a possibility of two additional guests depending on their weight. Their packages also includes special boots with metal cleats to wear on the glacier, a six-passenger chauffeured Limousine and a wedding planning assistance.

Bali, Indonesia

The Tirtha Luhur offers many options for couples that want to say their ‘I do’s’ in Bali. With panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the calm that Bali provides, this destination is one that everyone will enjoy. The Tirtha will help couples plan everything in-house including accommodations, food and beverage, decor, styling, and anything else the wedding party desires.

Wolwedans, Namibia

Getting married in Africa is a dream for many newly engaged couples and the NamibRand Nature Reserve is a offers a unique way to do it. The Wolwedans can accommodate wedding parties as small as two to as large as forty at their Dunes Lodge or Dune Camp. Before booking this as your wedding venue, you’ll want to be sure those on the guest list know what they’re signing up for as the reserve is set in a remote environment. The reserve also requires the couple to have specific paperwork on hand like a valid passport and screening documents from immigration — and you’ll also need to visit the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek upon your arrival

Tuscany, Italy

Ready to eat, pray, love it with your forever bae and your loved ones? Add Villa Il Borro to your list, because their stunning accommodations, lush grounds, and exceptional service will make your special day one to remember. You will work with a dedicated wedding planning team that will coordinate every detail of your wedding, from decorations to food.

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Whether you want to have a one-on-one wedding experience or invite a small group of guests along, the Mara Explorer Camp offers a chance to have a unique wedding experience along with tailor-made excursions for you and your guests. From air balloon rides to see the sunrise, guided safari tours, and unique dining experiences — having your wedding here will be an unforgettable adventure.

San Luis Obispo, California

Barn weddings are relatively popular, but who says you can’t have a destination barn wedding? No one! Santa Margarita Ranch, located in California’s Central Coast region (just between Los Angeles and San Francisco), offers picturesque views and tons of space to bring your big day to life. The wedding package includes chairs, tables, parking space, on-site restrooms, security and parking staff, a private dressing area, along with a representative that will be there throughout the day should any hiccups occur.

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Are you and your lifelong partner adrenaline junkies? If you answered yes, we think an underwater wedding in Monte-Carlo is for you. You will not only be underwater in your Sunday’s best, but there will also be an altar set up for you underwater to make sure you get the perfect wedding photos. After your dive, you’ll be met by your family and friends with cocktails and lunch on the beach. 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Solange and her hubby Alan Ferguson showed us how beautiful a NOLA wedding could be, with the help of the historic buildings and cultural experience the city provides. The Marigny Opera House, where Solange was married, is ideal for both the ceremony and the reception. Take it the NOLA experience one step further and have your guests picked up in a streetcar. Charting a streetcar starts at $1,000 per trip with the price varying depending on the wedding parties request.

Paris, France

Some Disney lovers might be dreaming of a wedding surrounded by the magic of “Happiest Place On Earth” in one of the most romantic cities in the world. Of course, Disneyland Paris can help you make it happen offering tailormade packages to bring the Disney magic to your wedding day.

New York, New York

If you and your partner share a love of all things, science, a wedding at the American Museum of Natural History would likely merge the best of both worlds. You could dance the night away under the dinosaurs, and after the night ends to continue the party on the streets of New York that never sleep.

Marfa, Texas

Marfa is known as a place where creatives (including Beyonce and Solange) go to get away and take amazing pictures — so why not plan a wedding there. Since this area is pretty remote, you’d probably want to make plans to host your wedding at Marfa Saint George since they have venues on-site where you can host everything from your rehearsal dinner to a late-night post-ceremony celebration.

The Results Are In: Black Travelers Say This City Has The Best Food In The U.S.

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One of the greatest parts about traveling stateside is experiencing the best food from across the U.S. Of course, travelers may find the same fast food no matter where you go, but besides that, there are so many unique options to choose from. So TN wanted to know which American city has food that is worth booking a flight? Twitter had a good time answering this one.

We got responses from all over the United States, but one city was the clear winner: New Orleans.

Home of everyone’s favorite chicken chain, Popeyes Chicken, NOLA is known for their unique cuisine that gives the word flavor a new meaning. The city is famous for spicy seafood, gumbo, po’boys and so much more. Travelers might even be able to get a particular New Orleans delicacy called alligator. That’s probably only for the brave.

So many cities made the cut, but the Big Apple took second place.

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One follower got it right by calling New York City “a melting pot.” As a city with a food truck on just about every corner, New York has a variety of food options that travelers possibly can’t get anywhere else. From $1 pizza, mouthwatering subs, juicy hot dogs and don’t forget about the halal food with the white sauce. You’ll definitely have some calories to burn off by walking those long city blocks.

There were definitely some honorable mentions on the list. Like Houston, Texas. Home of shiny grills and Queen Bey, travelers say your taste buds will be satisfied.

Miami also made an appearance. Eating some Cuban food or tasty fish tacos on the South Beach sounds like the perfect vacation.

Of course, food doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think of certain cities. But we are sure some spots will make you want to visit.

It’s clear that travelers can get food no matter where they go in the country, but one follower wrapped it up with one tweet. Wherever the culture is, that’s where the good food is.

Simply said.

5 Drinks To Order In New Orleans Besides The Hurricane

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As America’s favorite place to party, New Orleans is a go-to destination for anyone that wants to enjoy high-quality cocktails while enjoying a night out on the town, but if you think the classic Hurricane is the only drink of choice in “The Big Easy,” you’re in for a delicious surprise.


The spirit of New Orleans has led to the creation of some of the best food and music you’ll find in America, but the city is also the birthplace of several cocktails that are simply better when sipped in New Orleans. The next time you’re in NOLA, skip the Hurricane and opt for one of these drinks instead.



Hurricane’s are the #1 drink in New Orleans, but the Sazerac is a close second. A New Orleans take on a cognac or whiskey cocktail, the Sazerac originated in the city and is made with Absinthe, sugar, water, Peychaud’s bitters, and Rye whiskey or Cognac. The Sazerac is so popular that the city itself uses the drink to share the heritage of the city in their #OneTimeinNOLA campaign, and you’ll find variations of the cocktail all over town.


Where to drink it: The Sazerac Bar


Brandy Milk Punch

If you’re in town around the holidays, be sure to order the Brandy Milk Punch, which is made up of brandy, whole milk, simple syrup, and vanilla extract. The drink is perfect for you if you like eggnog, and you’ll find it at nearly every restaurant that serves brunch.


Where to drink it: Brennan’s Restaurant, Bourbon House


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Ramos Gin Fizz

Another cocktail with New Orleans roots, the Ramos Gin Fizz was created by Henry C. Ramos in 1888 and consists of gin, lemon juice, lime juice, egg white, sugar, cream, orange flower water, and soda water. Go easy on these because they’re so tasty you’ll want more before you know it!


Where to drink it: The Carousel Bar & Lounge


Absinthe Frappe

Absinthe isn’t for the timid drinker, but this refreshing blend of the licorice-flavored liqueur, soda water, and mint is a great alternative to the Hurricane if you’re on the hunt for a cocktail that will help you beat the New Orleans heat. The cocktail dates back more than a century and it’s simple ingredients have helped it to have staying power.


Where to drink it: Old Absinthe House, where the drink was invented.



Hurricanes may be the most well-known drink in New Orleans, but it’s the fruity and sweet frozen daiquiris that you’ll find everywhere you turn. The daiquiri didn’t originate in New Orleans and rum can easily be replaced with another spirit when making the drink, but when you want to start your night off right without breaking the bank, this is what you’ll probably be drinking.


Where to drink it: Kingfish, Queenie’s on St. Claude, Big Easy Daiquiris, and New Orleans Original Daiquiris

Disney Cruise Line Has Expanded To This Culturally-Rich City

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Disney Cruise Line just made a major announcement: It’s heading to New Orleans, Louisiana! 


Commencing in 2020, the Disney Wonder cruise will venture to the Caribbean, as well as the Bahamas from the southern hotspot filled with great culture and great food. This will be the first time in the company’s history that it will kick off some of its cruises in New Orleans. If you ask us, it sounds like a super fun and exciting move.


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“The Disney Wonder will embark on six cruises during this limited-time season from New Orleans, including four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamian cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage, departing Feb. 7 through March 6,” a press release for Disney reads. For those of you who would like to learn even more about the new cruise route, check out more info about it on the official site here


Though we know that this new journey will begin in 2020, we’re not sure of the exact date yet. We just know that it will happen sometime early in the year. But, that’s not the only surprise that Disney Cruise Line has in store for its loyal customers around the country and world. The cruise will also be heading back to the beautiful U.S. state of Hawaii, which it hasn’t gone to in five long years, with two amazing nine-night cruises. On top of that, Disney Cruise Line will also be taking two seven-night cruises to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. That journey will kick off in San Juan.


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Do these trips sound interesting to you? Well, you’ll be able to buy tickets for the cruises beginning Thursday (Oct. 4). Have fun and remember to take lots of pics for Instagram!

Flight Deal: Fly To New Orleans Nonstop For As Low As $39 Round-Trip

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Many airlines are dropping fares to ‘The Big Easy.’ You can find low-priced flights for as low as $39 round-trip leaving out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina on Frontier.



Other departure cities include Charlotte, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Other airline carriers with lower fares to check out are American Airlines and Spirit. Use Google Flights to find dates and pricing.


New Orleans is a perfect domestic vacation spot. It is a city filled with food, fun, and culture.


Related: Most Instagrammable Locations In New Orleans.


You can visit the infamous Café Du Monde to try their world-renowned beignets and coffee. Make sure to get there early to beat the crowd. They currently have 8 locations throughout the city so it is a convenient trip no matter where you’re staying. The main location is open 24 hours. Be sure to try a fried shrimp Po’ Boy and some seafood gumbo while in the city.


While you’re in NOLA, take a ride on the St. Charles line railway cars. These old-school trolley cars are one of the primary modes of public transportation.


For my art lovers, NOLA is your perfect destination. This city is filled with some of the most unique galleries. Check out Studio Be located in the Bywater. This warehouse-turned-gallery displays artwork that represents the black experience like no other. While you are in the Bywater neighborhood, snap the perfect Instagram photo in front of the colorful homes and murals.


Another unique spot to check out is the Ashley Longshore Gallery. The artist and owner uses bright colors and quirky expressions to draw in customers.


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When the sun goes down, make your way to Frenchmen Street to catch one of the live street bands. Browse the Frenchmen Street Art Market for souvenirs to commemorate your time.


No trip to New Orleans is complete without taking a stroll down Bourbon Street at night. You will find some of New Orleans’ most famous cocktails along this legendary avenue.


Act fast, as these fares won’t be around very long.

Inside NOLA’s National Fried Chicken Festival

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Fried chicken, champagne, and live music? Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend?


The National Fried Chicken Festival was held this past weekend in New Orleans at the Woldenburg Riverfront Park. Presented by Raising Canes, this two-day festival didn’t hold back on ensuring that guests had a great time. With an estimated 200,000 attendees, this is one festival that you just have to experience for yourself. Now in its third year, this festival has proven that it definitely has some staying power.


fried chicken fest

All photos courtesy of DeAnna Taylor.


What else do you need to know? Well, if you’re thinking about grabbing tickets for next year’s fest, here are a few things to keep in mind:


RELATED: How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned New Orleans.  


The creator of the festival is young and black.

Creator and founder, Cleveland Spears III is a native of New Orleans. He is the President and CEO of The Spears Group, which is a marketing public relations and engagement firm. He brought the festival to life back in 2016. It has only gotten bigger and better since.


It’s a festival dedicated to fried chicken.

Need we say more? An entire festival aimed at paying homage to the South’s (or maybe the world’s) favorite fried dish. This year the festival featured 35 vendors. The majority of the vendors were award winning restaurants or food trucks from different states, who are known for their fried chicken dishes. Some standout dishes were fried chicken and beignets with a maple slaw, stuffed bacon waffles with chicken and watermelon, green tea chicken, and donut chicken burgers. If you aren’t a fried chicken fan there were also vegan food vendors, dessert only vendors, and tons of drink vendors. The prices were pretty reasonable and most vendors were equipped to take credit and debit cards.




This year’s headline performer was Mannie Fresh.

Yes, Mr. “go DJ that’s my DJ” himself came out to perform in front of his hometown crowd. While his set more so highlighted his DJing skills, Mannie Fresh definitely gave the crowd a solid hour of hits. From New Orleans bounce all the way to old school jams like ‘Before I Let Go.’ The crowd was moving from start to finish. Last year’s headline performer was Big Freedia, so you can tell that each year it will only get better.



If the National Fried Chicken Festival continues in this direction, it will definitely be a festival that will be talked about for years to come. It’s authentic New Orleans.


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Here’s A List Of Some Of The Best Vegan And Vegetarian Eats In New Orleans

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The Big Easy is known for its long love affair with butter, decadent meat dishes, and of course, crawfish. Though New Orleans doesn’t tout it, the city is also home to some amazing vegetarian and vegan fare! Whether you’re traveling for career pursuits or personal debauchery, check out some of the best vegan and vegetarian food options this unique city has to offer!


Sweet Soulfood

1016 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

Sweet Potatoes, BBQ Cauliflower, & Loaded Potatoes
@sweetvegansoulfood | Instagram


Notable Dishes:  Okra Gumbo, Jambalaya, BBQ Cauliflower, Mushroom Ragu with Creamy Grits, Sweet Heat Cauliflower, Veggie Boil


Killer Po Boys

219 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Sweet Potato Po Boy
@killerpoboys | Instagram


Notable Dishes:  Sweet Potato Po Boy, Cheddar Omelette Po Boy, Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich, Whiskey Grilled Cheese


Max Well

6101 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

BYO Salad Bowl
@maxwellneworleans | Instagram


Notable Dishes:  Carrot, Ginger, & Turmeric Soup, Hippie Salad, Bahn Mi Bowl, NOLA Bowl

Rolls & Rock

Inside Circle Food Store

1522 St. Bernard Ave

Rich Girl Po Boys
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Notable Dishes:  The Buffy, The Marilyn, The Queen Elizabeth, all of the tacos, The Marie Laveau

Pro Tip:  Everything at Rolls & Rock is vegan! Try their plush (plant-sushi) options as well.


Dat Dog

5030 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

Selections from Dat Dog
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Notable Dishes:  Spicy Chipotle Dog, Seasoned Fries, Smoked Apple Sage Dog, Field Roast Italian Dog

Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza

4024 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

The Hippie
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Notable Dishes:  Hippie, Arti-Garlic, The Mayor, Vegan-ator, The Location Pro, Doc’s Margarita

Sneaky Pickle

4017 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

Spinach Cavatelli Primavera
@yousneakypickle | Instagram


Notable Dishes:  Buffalo Tofu Salad, Mac & Cheese, Pickle Plate, Tempeh Reuben

Pro Tip:  Get the special! The Sneaky Pickle has an ever changing menu as all of their ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced.

Breads On Oak Cafe & Bakery

8640 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

@breadsonoak | Instagram


Notable Dishes:  Muffanada, Friendly Pig, Big Daddy Burger, Adult King Cakes, Filled Brioche Buns

Pro Tip:  This kitchen is completely plant-based and also serves a killer breakfast! Don’t be afraid to show up early.

Meals From The Heart Cafe

1100 N Peters St
Ste 13
Farmers Market Food Court Facing French Market Pl
New Orleans, LA 70116

Maxi Black Bean Burger
@meals_from_the_heart_cafe | Instagram


Notable Dishes:  Maxi Black Bean Po Boy, Vegan Okra Gumbo, Vegan Crab Cake Po Boy, Vegan Philly Cheesesteak

Bearcat Cafe

2521 Jena St
New Orleans, LA 70115

Vegan Queso
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Notable Dishes:  Vegan Bearcat, Mushroom Scramble, Trumpet Scallops, Black Bean Mushroom Burger, Portobello Philly, Vegan Queso

The Foodhall @ Auction House Market

801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Flash Roast Salad
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Notable Dishes:  
SOLA Deli: The Beet Goes On, Superfood Salad
Empanola: Spinach & Artichoke , Onion, Pecan, & Bleu Cheese, Ratatouille
Aloha Lei:  Green Bowl
Alpha:  Baba Ganoush, Spicy Red Pepper Hummus, Tabouli Salad, Veggie & Hummus Wrap
Happy Jax:  Jackfruit BBQ Toast, Flash Roast Salad, Avocado Now Toast, Chocolate Oatley Smoothie





The Best Brunch Spots In New Orleans

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Creole cuisine, jazz, hurricanes, and beignets are all high ranking in the reasons that many of us love The Big Easy! No matter the time of year, New Orleans offers the best in entertainment and nightlife. By day, the city is filled with history, art, culture, and some unexpected takes on brunch that can only be found here! Whether you spend your time near the water, partying on Bourbon, or catching the local vibes on Frenchmen St., make sure you catch the best brunches in New Orleans before your departure.


Cafe Sbisa

1011 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Notable Dishes:  Eggs Sbisa, Grillades and Grits, Pain Perdu


Katie’s Restaurant & Bar

3701 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

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Notable Dishes:  Eggs Cochon, Crawfish Beignet, Oyster Benedict


Lil’ Dizzy’s Cafe

1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Notable Dishes:  Jambalaya Omelette, French Toast, The Brunch Buffet


Maison Soule

720 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Notable Dishes:  Bananas Foster Waffle, Eggs Lafitte, Monté Cristo

Atchafalaya Restaurant

901 Louisiana Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

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Notable Dishes:  Hot House Ham & Cheese, Low Country Benedict, Seafood Stuffed Mirliton


Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken, and Waffles

5741 Crowder Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

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Notable Dishes:  The Cornbread, Southern Fried Shrimp & Grits, Fried Chicken Wings & Waffles


Sassafras Restaurant

2501 Leon C Simon Dr
New Orleans, LA 70122

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Notable Dishes:  Praline Waffle, Grilled Pork Chop, Hot Sausage Omelette


14 Parishes

1638 Clio St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Notable Dishes: Jerk Chicken & Waffles, Coconut Mojito, Hellshire Whole Escovitch


The French Market

Cafe Du Monde

800 Decatur St
French Market
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Notable Menu Items:  Beignets, Hot Chocolate, Cafe Au Lait


Meals From The Heart

1100 N Peters St
Ste 13
Farmers Market Food Court Facing French Market
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Notable Dishes:  Vegan Blueberry Pancakes, Oatmeal and Toppings, Gluten-Free Crab Cake Po Boy 

Saint Cecilia

91 French Market Pl
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Notable Dishes:  Roast Beef Debris Biscuit, Stuffed French Toast, Honey Nut Sweet Potato Fries


Who Dat Coffee Cafe

2401 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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Notable Dishes:  Not Yo Mama’s Corn Cakes, Da Marigny, Da Crabby Bené

Craft Cocktails Near Me: Most Creative Drink Menus In New Orleans

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One thing New Orleans does right is its drinks. Whether you are going for a weekend of partying on Bourbon Street or having more of a fine dining experience you are sure to see some must-have  craft cocktails during your stay.  Check out these NOLA classics and favorites that come highly recommended.


Hand Grenade

Let’s talk about a sneak attack. These seemingly harmless drinks pack a big punch (when made properly).  Tropical Isle is the stop for this drink, made with a melon liqueur to give it a sweet taste I’m not sure what else is packed into this delicious treat as it is only licensed to five nightclubs bars in the New Orleans French Quarter.




Of course, if you are in New Orleans you are bound to end up on the infamous Bourbon Street.  While the number of bars and drinks are plentiful, one stop you should add to your list is Pat O’Brien’s for a Hurricane.  O’Brien’s originated the hurricane after having an overstock of rum post-prohibition with the simple ingredients passionfruit syrup, lemon, and dark Jamaican Rum.  Today the hurricane is made with a few extra ingredients but still a classic when in New Orleans.




Known as the official cocktail of New Orleans if you are a whiskey drinker you are in luck.  Sazerac contains Herbsaint (or Absinthe), simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, and rye whiskey. What better place to try Sazerac than the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel in the Central Business District.


Brandy Milk Punch

Here’s an interesting cocktail to have with your Sunday brunch.  This indulgent frothy libation is made with Cognac, milk, simple syrup and nutmeg or vanilla extract.  Both sweet and strong a brandy milk punch will hold its own against any breakfast mimosa or bloody mary.  Head over to Brennan’s where they claim to have perfected the recipe for this.


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French 75

Sometimes your curiosity can lead you to something amazing.  That’s exactly what happened to me while browsing the cocktail menu at Luke in New Orleans.  Their menu infuses French and German flare into traditional Creole style dishes, but the eye-catching moment for me was when looking at the cocktail menu and I spotted the French 75.  Made with cognac, lemon and champagne this is a refreshing drink to have with breakfast/brunch or even with dinner.


Neptune’s Monsoon

The best way to describe this drink unanimously has been as a heavily spiked fruit punch.  You can get one of these at the famous Port of Call where they are known for their burgers but the drinks will also have you coming back for more.


Thai Iced Tea Daiquiri

The daiquiri served in New Orleans could be on a list all of their own.  From a traditional strawberry to pina colada to the call a cab, these drinks are staples in bars and restaurants all up and through the bayou.  Now, if you want to step up your daiquiri game you should swing by Gene’s on Elysian Fields and try a Thai Iced Tea daiquiri. These are served with a swirl of sweetened condensed milk to give it that extra special taste.  Sounds a little weird but its a favorite among locals.


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Ramos Gin Fizz

Here is a NOLA classic perfect for summer.  The Ramos Gin Fizz is made with gin, heavy cream, lemon, lime, simple syrup, egg white and orange flower water.  It takes a true mixologist to make this perfect concoction and for that, you should try one at Tujague’s in the Quarter.  Ramos Gin Fizz is a perfect drink when sitting out on a rooftop patio or poolside.


Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s is a British gin-based liqueur used to concoct this cocktail. Grab one at Napoleon House or get one made by one of NOLA’s famous bartenders, Chris McMillan, at Kingfish for the perfect mix.


Jean Deaux

A perfect blend of gin, orange, and candied ginger is in the makings of this craft cocktail also found at Kingfish by the one and only Chris McMillan.  This is a drink created by Chris himself so not a typical New Orleans classic but a great cocktail crafted by one of New Orleans own.


Mint Julep

Revel Cafe and Bar is said to have the perfect Mint Julep on the menu.  The most important thing to make this drink is the fresh mint. It also uses sugar or syrup and bourbon making it the perfect drink with the right about of southern charm.


What’s one of your favorite New Orleans craft cocktails?

How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned New Orleans

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There are few cities in the United States that celebrate the contributions of its black residents as much as New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the most famous cities in the world, it is the music, art, flavors, history, and soul that make New Orleans what it is today, and much of what makes the city great comes directly from the black people that call the Crescent City home.


If you’re thinking of planning a trip to this beloved city, we’ll tell you how to go a full day in New Orleans by supporting black-owned restaurants, shops, museums, and much more.


Check-in at The Moor, a Hausotel by Homage 

Owned by Howard University alums Damon Lawrence and Marcus Carey, The Moor is one of just a few black-owned hotels in New Orleans and blends southern charm with African-inspired décor.


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RELATED: A New Black-Owned Hotel Is Open For Business In New Orleans


Grab a coffee at Backatown Coffee Parlour

Located in New Orleans’ old Storyville neighborhood, the coffee at this chic shop is made from coffee beans that are sourced from a New Orleans company and then roasted by one of the country’s only black-owned roasters located in Mississippi. The café au lait is a favorite and be sure to try the vegan sweet potato scone.

Discover books by local black authors at Community Book Center

Vera Warren-Williams opened this hub for black literature and culture in 1983, and the store has been an instrumental part of the New Orleans literary scene ever since. Here you’ll find titles by mainstream and independent authors, and there are always events like film screenings and social gatherings.


Have lunch and treats at the Praline Connection

You might have to wait for a table at this Frenchman Street restaurant, but once you try a cup of crawfish étouffée and signature dishes like the fried chicken, stuffed crab, and seafood po’ boys, you’ll be glad you stuck around. After lunch, head to the attached praline shop to buy pralines and special spices and sauces for family, friends, and of course, yourself.


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Learn about the history of Treme at The Backstreet Cultural Museum

Sylvester Francis began documenting the jazz funerals, Mardis Gras costumes, carnivals, and second line parades in the 80s and opened this two-room museum to display his photographs as well as costumes, accessories, and memorabilia he collected over the years.


Take the New Orleans Black Heritage & Jazz City tour

From visiting Congo Square and Armstrong Park to unpacking slavery in Louisiana, Voodoo, music, and architecture, All Bout Dat Tours dives deep into how the black experience has built and continues to sustain New Orleans.


Take a tour of BMike’s Studio BE

Head to the Bywater neighborhood to view the vibrant, sweeping murals by acclaimed social justice artist Brandan “Bmike” Odums. Known for his beautiful large-scale murals celebrating the beauty of black men, women, and children as well as cultural icons like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, BMike’s work is re-shaping the New Orleans art scene in a major way.


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Make Hurricanes at the New Orleans Drink Lab 

Owned by Daniel Victory, one of the city’s best bartenders, shake things up by learning how to make classic New Orleans cocktails like the Sazerac, the Hurricane, and Ramos Gin Fizz during this interactive class.


Have dinner at Dooky Chase’s

There are countless restaurants you can visit to get an authentic taste of New Orleans, but until you’ve sat down for a bowl of gumbo at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, you haven’t really experienced New Orleans. This institution has been around since 1941 and the menu, which features signature dishes like Shrimp Clemenceau and Chicken Creole, is better than ever.


End the day with live music at Prime Example Jazz Blues Food

This Broad Street hot spot has music nearly every night, with both local and visiting acts hitting the stage throughout the week. Order a cocktail and dessert and wind down while listening to smooth jazz in the heart of 7th Ward.


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New Orleans Hotels: 11 Best Places To Stay

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It’s not hard to understand why the New York Times named New Orleans as the #1 place to visit in 2018. Between the endless options of soul, Cajun, and Creole food, the one-of-a-kind music scene and the heritage that was built on the backs of African slaves, New Orleans stands out as a unique destination that could only exist in America.


All great trips to New Orleans begin with accommodations, and when it comes to the “Crescent City,” where you stay is just as important as what you do. Whether you want to be in the middle of the action on Bourbon Street or prefer a quiet room in one of the local neighborhoods, we’ll tell you the best places to stay when you’re living it up in “The Big Easy.”


If You Want To Be In The Middle Of The Action…


Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans


When you want the energy of the French Quarter at your front door, the Royal Sonesta is the place to be. The hotel is elegant and stately, bringing French-meets-southern elegance to the 438 rooms, and even though the hotel is in the heart of it all, you’ll barely hear a thing in your gorgeous room.


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W New Orleans – French Quarter


Want to ball out in “The Big Easy?” Stay at this hot hotel if you want to experience NOLA like a star, and it’s the best hotel to go to if you want to run into a celebrity. The courtyard pool is the place to see and be seen and the rooms all have the W’s signature contemporary cool design.


Bourbon Orleans Hotel


Provence-meets-New Orleans at this luxury hotel, where rooms are decorated with a French flair that’s elegant and inviting. There are nearly 300 rooms and suites including 15 private balcony rooms and 19 two-floor balcony suites, and even though it’s a full-service luxury hotel, rooms can be found for less than $250 a night.


If You Want A Boutique Hotel Experience…


The Moor


For a city with plenty of successful black-owned businesses, black-owned hotels are surprisingly scarce. The Moor opened in summer 2018 and aims to provide the comforts of a hotel with the ease of simply being at home. One of the few black-owned hotels in the city, stay here to be a part of the culture while also investing your dollars back into the culture.


NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans


Operated by black-owned Salamander Hotel and Resorts, NOPSI is one of the city’s newest boutique hotels that is located in the Central Business District. Here guests are welcomed with a fruit and cheese tray and Mardi Gras beads, and the hotel’s lobby is a tribute to starlet-turned-princess Grace Kelly. The service is attentive-yet-relaxed and the rooftop pool and bar are an added bonus.


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1870 Banana Courtyard


This gem is owned and operated by a couple, and is great if you want to feel like you’re in a local neighborhood while still staying in a hotel. The owners make a light breakfast every morning and the main house is filled with thousands of antiques that you’ll want to buy but can’t.


Hubbard Mansion


Another one of the city’s few black-owned hotels, Hubbard Mansion a B&B that’s regal in a way only southern mansions can be. With just five suites and two executive apartments, this place will make you feel like you live in a mansion that’s all your own, and the daily breakfast, friendly staff, and spa services will make you want to come back again and again.


If You Want To Live Like A Local With Airbnb…


Frenchmen St GEM For Music Lovers & Foodies


Frenchmen Street is a mecca for music, so if you want to get swept up in the New Orleans sound, this 1-bedroom home has everything you need to enjoy the area like a local. The house is trendy and minimal and the high ceilings and beautiful architecture just might inspire you to get a Creole cottage of your own.


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Roman Street Retreat


Book this guesthouse in the Metairie neighborhood if you want to see what it’s really like to live in NOLA. The house can accommodate up to four guests, has a stunning sunroom and patio, and is just a 15-minute car ride for the French Quarter.


The Purple House By Tulane


On a tight budget? Depending on when you book, $30 a night could get you this adorable house near Tulane, which has its own kitchen, washer and dryer, and quaint patio that’s begging to be an Instagram backdrop. The house is covered in gorgeous green foliage and is perfect if you plan on being in New Orleans for an extended period.


Studio in Historic Treme Neighborhood


Show the Historic Treme neighborhood some love by staying in this studio that’s a part of a century-old duplex. Enjoy neighborhood bars and eateries and take advantage of downtime by cozying up in this charming rental that has beautiful hardwood floors and a lush full-size bed.


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Flight Deal: Fly to New Orleans For As Low As $29 Round-Trip

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Frontier and Spirit Air have dropped prices on nonstop flights to New Orleans, Louisiana. Nonstop roundtrip fares can be found for as low as $29.


These low priced fares can be found from several U.S. cities including Raleigh, Atlanta, Columbus, Austin, Orlando, and even Fort Lauderdale. Dates run from late August into early December.  Use Google Flights to find your dates and departure city.


New Orleans aka NOLA aka ‘The Big Easy’ is a perfect domestic vacation spot. It is a city filled with food, fun, and culture.


You can visit the infamous Café Du Monde to try their world renowned beignets and coffee. They currently have 8 locations throughout the city so it’s convenient no matter where you may be staying. Be sure to try a Po boy and some gumbo while in the city.


RELATED: 11 New Orleans Food Experiences You Absolutely Must Try


Take a ride on the St. Charles line railway cars. These old-school trolley cars are one of the main modes of public transportation.


For my art lovers, NOLA is your perfect destination. This city is filled with some of the most unique galleries. Check out Studio Be located in the Bywater. This warehouse turned gallery displays artwork that represents the black experience like no other. While you are in the Bywater area, snap your perfect Instagram photo in front of the colorful homes and murals.


RELATED: Most Instagrammable Locations In New Orleans


Another unique gallery to check out is the Ashley Longshore Gallery. This artist and owner uses bright colors and quirky expressions to draw in customers.


When the sun goes down, make your way to Frenchmen street to catch one of the live street bands. Stroll the Frenchmen Street Art Market for souvenirs to commemorate your time.


If planning an itinerary isn’t your thing, you can let us do the heavy lifting for you on our TN experience New Orleans.

11 New Orleans Food Experiences You Absolutely Must Try

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What is great about the Big Easy is there are so many adventures you can go on while enjoying the food and culture of New Orleans. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure you can find an assortment of entrees and snacks to put a smile on your face.  


English Peas

King Cake for Mardi Gras

Usually falling in either February or March, the streets of New Orleans are completely covered by the parade and festival goers.  While collecting the most beads is one of the most exciting parts of Mardi Gras food is also a major part of the festival. A true Mardi Gras festival isn’t complete without a King Cake.  There is a baby hidden inside the cake (yes, it’s a small toy) and tradition says whoever gets it is responsible for next year’s cake or for hosting the next year’s party.


Swamp Tour

It’s only fitting to do a swamp tour if you are down in the bayou.  Get outside of the city see some gators, snakes, nutria etc on Jean Lafitte’s Swamp Tour.  Once finished grab an awesome creole style meal at Restaurant des Families located within walking distance of Jean Lafitte’s where you can apply your new knowledge of the swamps.



Chargrilled Oysters

These are an experience all on their own.  You can literally make a day of bouncing around the city trying them at multiple restaurants to find your favorite. While Drago’s is highly popular for tourist to try these, Neyow’s Creole Cafe is hands down my absolute favorite. Watch as they cook them in the front corner of the restaurant and smell the butter garlic sauce aroma steaming off of the oyster. A must, while you wait at Neyow’s, is to get a cup of their Bow Wow Punch, you’ll thank me when you can stand the next day!


Willie’s Chicken Shack on Bourbon Street

There’s no way you can come down to the bayou and not hit the infamous Bourbon Street strip while visiting New Orleans.  Now, while there are multiple locations the Willie’s Chicken Shack at 630 Bourbon Street gets it right everytime. Grab a frozen daiquiri and get your insta-storying on while you wait for your food because the people watching here is hilarious.


Crawfish Mambo: Cook-off & Festival

Typically in early May has grown into New Orleans largest cook-off competition.  You can sample dozens of crawfish boils cooked a variety of ways by teams competing for a cash prize.


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest was put into place by city leaders that wanted to build an event that was worthy of the legacy of New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz.  Held in the spring each year this festival only gets bigger and bigger. Enjoy a classic NOLA style praline from the Praline Queen, Loretta Harrison while you are there.

Essence Fest

The yearly music festival draws out thousands upon thousands of people each year to see amazing concerts, panel discussions, and city-wide events.  Of course, no New Orleans festival would be complete without food and Essence Fest does not disappoint. Inside of the convention center, they have over 30+ vendors in the Essence Eats area serving so much good food you will need a wheel barrel to roll you out.


Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing evening on the Mississippi River aboard this Steamboat for a jazz dinner cruise.  Steamboat Natchez give great views of the city, relaxing jazz music and avoid restaurant lines while you enjoy classic New Orleans style dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, etc.


Dat Dog

“Put a smile on your face” is the motto at Dat Dog and that’s exactly what happens when you bite into one of these creations.  With over 30 toppings, choice of dogs, sausages (with a choice of veggie, vegan and fish), burgers and chicken everyone can find something they will love.  


Luke New Orleans

Luke is a bit more upscale than the usual New Orleans restaurants but what is really cool about dining here is the German infusion into the Creole classics.  Be sure to get a French 75 cocktail with your meal here, it’s the best one in the city!


NOLA Christmas

Christmas New Orleans Style

End the year with unique and authentic New Orleans holiday culture and experiences.  Enjoy a cafe au lait and light airy beignets from Cafe du Monde and enjoy holiday traditions of the city. Bonfires on the Levees is an awesome Christmas event that happens every year where creatively built bonfires are lit on top of the Mississippi River Levees.  These bonfires are said to light the way for Santa Clause, or as they call him in the bayou Papa Noel.