By Anne Roderique-Jones, 417 Magazine
Tennessee Williams once said, “America has only three great cities: New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” While the Ozarks will always be my home—it was where I was born and raised—I believe Mr. Williams was on to something (although he likely wasn’t apprised of Cleveland’s burgeoning food scene). I’ve had the privilege of residing in all three of his worthy cities, and I’m lucky enough to call New Orleans home these days.
My husband and I are NOLA newbies, having fled to the steamy city that long ago captured our hearts. We came to volunteer after Hurricane Katrina and vowed to return and build a life here. For those who aren’t in the know, it’s less about the debauchery of Bourbon Street and more about rich culture, diverse cuisine and spirited locals—many of whom endured a great disaster—incapable of living anywhere else but New Orleans.
Southerners love their sweets, so save room for dessert. Here’s a grand go-to checklist for those with a serious sugar craving: the flaming bananas Foster at the newly re-opened and totally stunning Brennan’s (brennansneworleans.com), the bread pudding soufflé with warm whiskey cream from Commander’s Palace (commanderspalace.com), a piping-hot beignet at Café Du Monde (cafedumonde.com), Doberge cake from Toups’ Meatery(toupsmeatery.com) and finally, a warm chocolate pudding with coconut and pecans at Willa Jean (willajean.com).