Best Bites in Town: A New Orleans Food Trip with Cristina Quackenbush

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Friday, Apr 01, 2016 03:13 PM

Put on your eating pants because this is one food trip you’re never going to forget. New Orleans does everything big—big bands, big, colorful costumes, big parades on Mardi Gras and of course, a food scene so big we’re basically writing them a love letter here. For this food trip, we talk about places recommended by this week’s Spice To Life Chef Cristina Quackenbush of Milkfish, and add some places on the list too good not to miss. Make sure you check out their signature dishes. Have fun, cherie!


Milkfish chef Cristina Quackenbush chose these places as her go-to places in New Orleans. We’ve been looking for tickets to New Orleans ever since. 

Beignet and Cafe au Lait

A beignet and coffee is a New Orleans staple, and there’s no better way to start your day with Morning Coffee Stand’s Beignet and Cafe au Lait combination. The fried dough is puffed and warmed to perfection, and the powdered sugar just wins the day. Dipping this into a cup of milky chicory coffee is a great way to start your food trip. 

One of the best beignets in town

Morning Call Coffee Stand

56 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans

LA 70124

Open 24/7

Braised Pork Cheeks, Smoked Pork Butt and Dumplings in Carbonara

Carnivores and omnivores alike will be unable to resist the lure of Primitivo’s Pork Cheek and Dumplings. As with all the items in their menu, the meat has been wood-fired and cured. Chef Nick Martin describes the dish as ‘real rustic, real happy, smoky, tongue-in-cheek.’ This twist on a Southern classic comes with generous amounts of cheese and black pepper in the sauce.

Tongue-in-cheek Southern goodness!


1800 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

(corner of Felicity Street)

New Orleans

LA 70113

Open for Lunch Monday to Friday 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Open for Dinner Monday to Saturday 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Closed on Sundays


Seared Gulf Shrimp Poboy

Po-boys are seemingly simple sandwiches from the Louisiana area. Basically a submarine sandwich packed with meat, seafood or whatever it is your heart desires, everyone in New Orleans loves this classic. In Killer Poboys though, the sandwich is taken to a whole new level. The Seared Gulf Shrimp Poboy puts the fresh Louisiana shrimp in the spotlight, seasoned with coriander-lime salt and seared before lightly tossed with sriracha sauce and alioli. Plus, the dried Louisiana shrimp powder just makes this sandwich even more amazing!

Watch out for this Poboy - it's a killer!

Killer Poboys

Erin Rose Bar

811 Conti

French Quarter, New Orleans

Open Wednesday to Monday from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM


Experts and NOLA residents alike swear by these classics in southern comfort food. 

Charbroiled Oysters

Who doesn’t love oysters? These delicious aphrodisiacs come charbroiled and served fresh at Drago’s in Fat City, where the bivalves are char broiled until they make us drool. No wonder it’s in all of the must-eat lists. 

On top of every NOLA resident's food list!

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant

3232 N Arnoult Road 

Metairie, LA 70002

Open Mondays to Saturdays 11:00 AM-9:00 PM


Ask any local where they go for dessert, and eventually you’ll find yourself wandering in to Southern Candymakers for their delicious pralines. Handmade in their kitchens, Southern Candymakers has perfected the art of pouring caramel and chocolate over nuts into bite-sized pieces of heaven. 

Southern Candymakers

334 Decatur Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Open daily from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Gumbo is probably one of the most popular dishes in Cajun cooking. The dish is a stew or soup thickened by rice and okra. At the Royal House Restaurant, they make it with Chicken and Andouille, a kind of French pork sausage. 

Royal House Oyster Bar

441 Royal Street

New Orleans , LA 70130

Open Monday to Thrusday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Fridays 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Sunday 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

NEXT: Cook like Cristina and whip up a New Orleans favorite with a Filipino twist!

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!


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