Baby, you're so classic.

When you are only in a city with a rich food history like New Orleans for a short weekend, it is hard to eat your way through the classics.

It's a good thing I like a challenge.

Nibbling off a friends plate, I got my jambalaya fix. A New Orleans staple that truly can't be passed up. We had lunch at Napoleon House, which I would recommend to ANYONE. It was delicious.

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Jambalaya is seriously a one pot wonder. The dish at Napoleon House is made with chicken and sausage. What makes this stuff so special? It's the way the rice is added to the spicy stock as a final touch so that all the flavor is soaked up.

That's one heck of a sandwich.

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I had to have my first muffuletta in the place where it was born.

It certainly won't be my last.

We shared this monster between three and everyone was satisfied. Also from Napoleon House, this sandwich is filled with ham, genoa salami, pastrami, swiss, provolone, and homemade Italian olive salad.

Olive salad you ask?

Don't knock it till you try it.

I DON"T visit the coast without having oysters.

I adore them.

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In NOLA, you can find them charbroiled in several places, but only one place does them like Drago's. Home of the original charbroiled oyster, these bad boys are covered in a sauce of garlic, butter and herbs then cooked to perfection and dusted in a mix of Parmesan and Romano cheese.

Shut up. 

You don't even need a cracker.

Need I saw more?

Clearly, these little guys didn't make it on the plate long enough for a before photo, so enjoy the carnage of the after shot.

What's missing from this list of classics?

In my opinion, beignets.

I can't believe I left the city without having some. More specifically, without having some from Cafe Du Monde. These sinful sweets are fried pieces of dough coated in powered sugar. Sound plain Jane? Think again buddy. They will make you bite your tongue off.

Why didn't I have a few (or three hundred)?

The lines. This place is popular, so if you plan on hitting it during rush hour be prepared to wait.

A tip I got post-trip? This place is open 24/7. So stop by after you are finished bopping down Bourbon Street (or Frenchman, if you are more like me).

Until we eat again - Jodi

"The Fashionable Foodie"

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