Channel your inner Cajun and get a taste of New Orleans. From po'boys to muffuletta, we've picked out photos of some of Louisiana's most mouthwatering dishes.
A steaming bowl of seafood gumbo, a traditional stew that originated in southern Louisiana. Most varieties have onions, bell peppers and celery, and many contain also andouille sausage or ham. Creole gumbo often has tomatoes, while Cajun gumbo is made with a dark roux and is typically much spicier.
Beignets at Café du Monde, a New Orleans institution since 1862. The pastries are made of fried dough and covered with a pile of powdered sugar.
Shrimp étouffée, a Cajun dish that typically consists of shellfish and is served over rice. Étouffée is thicker than gumbo, and another common Cajun ingredient is crawfish.
Frozen daiquiris in ' 'to-go' cups, of course!
Similar to Spanish paella, jambalaya is a Creole dish made with rice, meat and vegetables.
Red beans and rice, an iconic New Orleans dish.
A bowl of yakamein, a beef noodle soup that is known as 'old sober' for it's supposed hangover-healing powers.
Okra, a common ingredient in many southern dishes. You might even find a piece in your morning bloody mary!
The spoilings of a crawfish boil, a Louisiana tradition.
Fried chicken from Willie Mae's Scotch House, a New Orleans establishment that has been dishing up these moist and crunchy wings for more than 50 years.
Don't forget to pick up a 'huge ass beer' for your walk down Bourbon Street.
Bananas Foster, a dessert made with vanilla ice cream, bananas and a dark-rum and sugar sauce. The dish is a N'awlins original, and was first served at Brennan's Restaurant in 1951.
A shrimp po'boy from Domilise's, an unassuming little sandwich shop and bar that serves up some of the best po'boys around.
A Mardi Gras King Cake, a cinnamon-roll-like cake decorated with sugary icing and Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles. The cake is often baked with a tiny plastic baby inside, and traditionally, whoever winds up with the baby is in charge of baking the next king cake.
Muffuletta, another New Orleans classic. The sandwich is made with a muffuletta loaf, covered with a marinated olive salad, and layers of capicola, salami, pepperoni, ham and provolone.
No slideshow of Southern cuisine is complete without a mouthwatering photo of shrimp and grits, an iconic Southern specialty.