May 1, 2018

Louisiana! (I See An Awesome Road Trip to Our Neighboring State in Your Future)






















Some of the best day trips and two day trips out of Houston are to Louisiana. Boasting over 400 festivals a year, Lousiana is so much more than New Orleans. I love excursions to the Cajun country. Here are links to several parishes with information on events, dining, et. al. for you courtesy of the Lousiana Office of Tourism. Lake Charles, for example, is not that far away. Most of these parishes are within 4-5 hours drive time, which for us Texans, is nuthin'.

Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Ascension Parish, Lousiana
Contact: Tracy Browning at tracy@tourascension.com

Lafayette Hotels and Things To Do - Lafayette Vacations
Contact: Kelly Strenge at kstrenge@lafayettetravel.com

Lake Charles
Contact: William Precht at wprecht@visitlakecharles.org

Houma, Lousiana
Contact: Joni Duet at joni.duet@houmatravel.com

St. Tammany Parish (aka - Louisiana North Shore)
Contact: Tanya Leader at Tanya@LouisianNorthshore.com

Cajun Country - Lafourche and More

Abbeville - And Shucks Restaurant

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Contact: Christy Chachere Lohman at christy@visitbatonrouge.com

Now... We can't forget New Orleans. French Market Coffee has been in business in New Orleans for more than 120 years, starting in 1890 as a small business between two families that sold their coffee in the French market. They have created a walking tour that brings you to a few historic spots in the French Quarter that have a history of serving French Market Coffee.

French Market Coffee Walking Tour


My fellow Houston blogger friend, Mila, writes about her road trip to New Orleans here:
Mila's Road Trip to New Orleans



New Orleans Restaurant Recommendations -
Recently, a member of the Facebook Group, Houston Foodie Friends, requested recommendations for New Orleans. Here follows a short list of the responses. Further information can be found by doing your web search.

Elizabeth’s Restaurant – Breakfast and Brunch (Praline Bacon)
GW Fins Seafood Restaurant – 808 Bienville Street
Palace Café Cajun and Creole Restaurant– 605 Canal Street
Mother’s Cajun and Creole Restaurant – Cafeteria Style (Baked Ham)
Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville Street
Arnaud’s and the French 75 Bar – 813 Bienville Street
Crawfish Monica – 698 Saint George Avenue
Daisy Duke’s Restaurant – 121 Chartres (Late Night Meals)
Mr. B’s Bistro – Royal Street (BBQ Shrimp)
Bistro Daisy – 5831 Magazine Street
Angelo Brocato – (Gelato)
Coquette New Orleans – 2800 Magazine Street
Manchu Food Store – 1413 N Claiborne Street (Fried Chicken Wings)
Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Bevi Seafood – 236 N Carrollton Avenue
Herbsaint Restaurant – 701 St. Charles Avenue
Deanies Restaurant
Cane and Table Restaurant
The Original Pierre Maspero’s Cajun and Creole Restaurant
Jacques-Imo’s Cajun and Creole Restaurant – 8328 Oak Street
August Restaurant – 301 Tchoupitoulas Street (Tasting Menu)
Restaurant R’evolution – 777 Bienville Street
Cochon Butcher – 930 Tchoupitoulas Street
Luke Restaurant – 333 St. Charles Avenue
Crawfish King – 2106 Idaho Avenue in Kenner, Louisiana


New Orleans - Recommendations for the 11 "best" restaurants for fried chicken in New Orleans
by Brett Anderson at nola.com for The Times-Picayune

Cafe 615 Home of Da Wabbit, 615 Kepler Street
Come Back Inn, 8016 W. Metairie Avenue (in Metairie)
Crabby Jack's, 428 Jefferson Highway
Dooky Chase's, 2301 Orleans Avenue
High Hat Cafe, 4500 Freret Street
Li'l Dizzy's, 1500 Esplanade Avenue
Marjie's Grill, 320 S. Broad Street,
Neyow's Creole Cafe, 3332 Bienville Street
The Original Fiorella's Cafe, 5325 Franklin Avenue
Rosedale, 801 Rosedale Drive
Willie Mae's Scotch House, 2401 St. Ann Street











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