Last month, I took my annual trip to my favorite city, New Orleans for Essence Festival. Since I’m sure a lot of you will be attending the festival next year, especially after watching Girls Trip, I’m confident that this list will come in handy at some point in the next year. (lol)

While I always find amazing dishes to try in NOLA, this time around I definitely found some true gems.

Check out my list of the five dishes you must try during your next visit to the “Big Easy.”

“Death By Gumbo”

Restaurant R’evolution

The description: Quail stuffed with rice, andouille sausage and oysters in an authentic thick roux

The verdict: this dish was absolutely amazing. Once you take out the four bones from the quail, you can mix everything together, which makes for a rich and flavorful gumbo.

“Barbecued Shrimp”

Mr. B’s.

The verdict: it’s a messy dish but the broth is so good, you’ll be dipping countless pieces of French bread in it. Don’t worry about the mess, the restaurant will give a bib so that you can get as messy as you want.

“”Gulf Shrimp & Cornmeal Dumplings”


The description: mustard greens, roasted sweet potato, ham reduction

The verdict: a very nice change from the usual “Shrimp & Grits” combo. The broth in this dish is absolutely amazing especially with the crunchy mustard greens.

“Beer Battered Crab Beignets”

Restaurant R’evolution

The verdict: the beignets are an amazing treat and definitely something different from the usual dessert orientated beignets. The four different roumalade sauces are very tasty.

“Rabbit Rushing”


The description: fried Mississippi rabbit, creamed collards, eggs over easy, pickled pork jus

The verdict: I’ve never had rabbit before but this combination is so tasty that I didn’t even squirm at the idea of eating rabbit. I finished every bite because it was simply delicious