Every Southern city is proud of its food, and New Orleans is no different as the city is a melting pot of cuisine that combines French, Italian, Caribbean, and Native American influences. From delicious Creole and Cajun dishes to street food staples and delicious sweets, Here are a few words that are among New Orleans’ must-try dishes. Jambalaya

NOLA’s most famous export is a paella-inspired dish of sausage, rice, and vegetables typically topped with meat or seafood; each restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter seems to have its version of jambalaya (which loosely translates as ‘mish-mash’)–challenge yourself to sample as many varieties as possible. Po’Boy sandwiches

sandwich is a popular snack for New Orleans residents; a po-boy is a basic French bread sandwich that has an uncomplicated filling. It can be filled with anything, including fried shrimp, crab, roast beef with gravy, or catfish served with a splash of freshly made coleslaw. Muffuletta

Another popular snack is the muffuletta, which is a classic with Italian origins and is served on a huge round loaf. The typical filling is salami, mortadella, ham, Emmental cheese, and provolone. The sandwich is topped with an olive salad marinated. Central Grocery, where the first muffulettas were invented in 1906, is a great location to try this delicious sandwich. A full one can easily feed two. Gumbo Photo Credit: bonchan/ Shutterstock Nothing is as authentically Louisianan as the steaming pot of Gumbo, a rich stew that combines diverse flavors. Choose the chicken gumbo that is served with sausage andouille or seafood gumbo loaded with shrimp, oysters, and crab. Red beans and rice photo Credit: HG

Simple and satisfying, the Caribbean-inspired meal made of red beans and rice is an iconic Creole tradition that is typically eaten on Monday evening. The best recipes impart the flavor of smokey sausage.

Beignet The French version of the donut Beignets are baked doughy parcels dipped in sugar. They make the perfect addition for a coffee break at the New Orleans cafes. Take them for breakfast, or pack bags to take with you at any time. Pralines . Those who have a sweet tooth will be in a position to be enticed by New Orleans’ version of the traditional Praline. The word is pronounced “praw-leen” to the South; the regional specialty is made from broken pecans, sugar caramelized, and cream. There’s no way to stay away from one.