What are the best local dishes in New Orleans?

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Karen Dalton Beninato

There are as many variations of gumbo as there are restaurants, but it's a true classic and you know at first bite when it's right.

Oyster po-boy is a classic not to be messed with, because you already have the two perfect ingredients: fresh fried oysters and crisp French bread. “Dressed” means garnished with lettuce, mayonnaise, pickles and tomato, so oyster po-Boy dressed keeps the lines moving at diners around the city.

New Orleaneans are traditionalists, with fish on Friday and red beans and rice on Monday. Legendary musician Louis Armstrong signed his correspondence “Red Beans and Ricely Yours,” that's how iconic the dish has become. Add pork chops or sausage and the meal is complete.

Bananas foster, first created at Brennan's Restaurant, is the perfect finish to a New Orleans dinner. The dish is now served at restaurants around the world, but New Orleans is the best place to sample its ice cream, butter, brown sugar, rum, banana liquor-flaming goodness.

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