So, over the past 5 to 10 years, my buddy Kent and I have been to New Orleans and Southern Louisiana several times to partake in their food and fun. When some friends of friends were going to New Orleans for the weekend and asked my advice on where to go, I chose to consult said buddy Kent. Together we came up with the following. Now to our knowledge no one has attempted all of this in a single weekend, but some day I hope to mark this off my things to do list... So with out further adieu I give you....


John & Kent’s Southern Louisiana whirlwind Culinary & Cultural excursion 



I-49 North (about 3 exits North of I-10)

Crawfish Enchiladas

Game Sampler (Elk, Venison & Buffalo)

Good place to pick up a Cajun Cook book 

Crawfish Town USA

Crawfish Town USA Exit 115 (Rt. 686), one mile north of 1-10. For a place that was built with tourists in mind, seats 400, You will be surprised by how good the crawfish are here, even more surprised by some of the other seafood preparations. This is a huge place that does large-volume business, but the gumbo and jambalaya are as good as those served at many of the small mom-and-pop places off the beaten path. The restaurant has become a gathering spot for state politicos from Baton Rouge who are allowed to put up a poster on the wall if they stop for dinner.
Crawfish and crabs are the main attraction. They are clean and perfectly seasoned. Crawfish Town USA is a perfectly noisy place to go with a gang of pals, or a big family group that likes to whoop it up and make a mess. After gorging on boiled seafood, you can wash at sinks located right in the dining room. Check out the jukebox packed with Cajun, Swamp-Pop, and Zydeco obscurities.
Call ahead to see if Crawfish Town is running one of their weeknight "all you can eat" specials. They are open seven days a week from 11 AM to 10 PM (318)667-6148.

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(The Gang @ Crawfish town) 

Baton Rouge

Louie’s (Little hole in the wall diner on LSU campus)

(I-10 while crossing Mississippi exit Highland Road, turn right; go to State Street turn right; Half a block up on the left)

Must have greasy breakfast with Louie’s Cheese Hash browns

New Orleans

Royal Sonesta

awesome hotel right on Bourbon and Royal St. Great pool bring swim suit. 

K-Pauls Louisiana Kitchen

(short walk from Hotel - see concierge)

World famous “Chef Paul” Prudhomme’s restaurant

Must do lunch or dinner here Family style seating down stairs reserved seating upstairs

Get matches for proof of attendance. 

Cafe Mespero

(Decatur street across the street from Jax Brewery)

Must have Muffulata

$1.00 frozen drinks

Crescent City Brew House

(Decatur street across the street from Jax Brewery)

Red Stallion beer

Black Forest beer (if you like dark)

Great beer all around in a cup to go (get a beer here and walk next door to Café Mespero. Brewhouse also has awesome seafood Gumbo and spicy Bloody Mary’s. Did we mention Red Stallion?

A running tradition is you must call and rub in the fact that you are drinking a Red Stallion at the Brew House…

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(Kent, Tim and John) 

House of Blues

(Decatur street)

Must stop off for at least a drink or check the schedule of what bands are in town 

Café Du Monde

(Decatur street across Street from Jackson Square kind of next to Jax Brewery)

They only serve Beignets, but it is an age old New Orleans tradition to eat some. 


(Bourbon street)

Check out Mamou (live band) for some good Cajun music

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Zydeco Joe 

The Landing At Algiers Point

(It’s across the river take the free ferry and walk left)

Call to see if they are re opened first… Great food, cool Porch swing

Landry’s Sea food

Bourbon street

Best Shrimp in town 

St Charles Street Car

Good tour, takes you out to the zoo (like $1 each way) Good trip to Uptown N.O. and some nice houses to view. Straya’s restaurant is a good stop for a quick bite to eat. Also Camelia’s Grill near the campus is a student classic.

Natchez River boat tour

Boat & Booze. Need we say more? 

River Walk Mall (where the worlds Fair was)

Best food court in a mall and they serve alcohol hence the award.

Aquarium of the Americas

Very cool aquarium 

Check out the Art Galleries on Royal Street

Home of the famous Blue Dog (Rodriguez) art gallery and many more. 

So I expect a full report on how you enjoyed Southern Louisiana….