For the Love of “N’awlins”: My Blackfoodie Experience in New Orleans

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During my travels to New Orleans — or rather “N’awlins” — my Blackfoodie experience was nothing short of amazing. Known as the birthplace of traditional jazz, and for its thriving art scene and rich culture and history, New Orleans certainly spiced up my life and my food palate. From bangin’ beignets to gratifying gumbo and jammin’ jambalaya, New Orleans is certainly a place that every Black foodie should visit to get a taste of dirty rice and of course, the dirty South.

Here are a few restaurants and foods that you should try while in NOLA!


Parkway Bakery and Tavern

538 Hagan Avenue

catfish po boy

Catfish Po’Boy with cheese fries

Since 1911, Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been serving classic poor boys or rather “po’boys”, which is a traditional, New Orleans-styled sandwich. Coming in an assortment of flavors and varieties, including fried oyster, fried shrimp, fried catfish and more, when ordering make sure you tell the waiter that you want your po’boy “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) or you want “nuttin” on it.

District Donuts Sliders Brew

2209 Magazine Street


Sangria, 7 layer-cake and Black N’ Gold flavored donuts

Photo Credit: Daniel Butsko

Offering insanely delectable and delicious donuts, sweets, sliders and croquenuts (griddled donut sandwiches!), District Donuts Sliders Brew is most certainly a restaurant you need to frequent while in NOLA. My favorite? Their fancy and extra fancy donuts that they make hot off the press everyday and their Vietnamese iced coffee! Yum!


5433 Laurel Street

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Aebleskivers (puffed pancake w/ powdered sugar & choice of sauce) and mushroom, spinach, onion, peppers, and goat cheese crepe

Photo Credit: Daniel Butsko

New to the uptown New Orleans scene, Toast is a neighborhood bakery that offers an assortment of yummy baked goods, sweet and savory crepes, and classic breakfast bar entrees. Unsure of what to get? Try the croque madame with lyonnaise potatoes and salad!

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

4801 Tchoupitoulas Street

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Cream of coffee sno-ball

Operating since 1939, Hansen’s Sno Bliz knows a thing or two about making mouth-watering sno-balls. A household name in NOLA, Hansen’s offers an assortment of sno-balls with diverse toppings and flavors and with so many to try, it just keeps making you come back for more! All flavors are made fresh daily at the store from special recipes and include banana, root-beer, cream of almond, cream of strawberry, pineapple, orangeade, satsuma — the list goes on!

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