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A Taste of Louisiana

Total mileage/Average drive time:
172 miles, 3 hours

From Cajun crawfish on the bayou to French fare in New Orleans, Louisiana's cuisine has gained worldwide fame. The following culinary trip will take you into the antebellum mansions, down-home diners and seafood markets that have made the state famous.

1. New Iberia- Starting Point
Do you keep a bottle of Tabasco within reach during mealtime? At the Tabasco Factory in New Iberia, visitors can learn how this magical elixir is produced. Get a sampling of the wide range of ingredients that go into making Tabasco sauce at its Avery Island location.

2. Lafayette - 24 miles, 30 minutes
Zydeco music pulsates in the dance halls and nightclubs in this center of Cajun and Creole culture. Some say Lafayette has more restaurants per capita than any other American city, and many of the eateries serve up seafood cooked in the Acadian style. For a legendary dining hotspot, try Dwyer's Café, which has been serving up crawfish fettuccine, rice jambalaya, sweet potato pancakes and other local dishes since 1927.

Recommended Stopovers:
Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission
Lafayette, (800) 346-1958

Poche's RV Park
Breaux Bridge, (337) 332-0326

3. Darrow - 87 miles, 1 hour, 30 minutes
Winding along the Mississippi, the historic River Road leads to opulent Civil War-era plantations. Located in Darrow, 30 miles south of Baton Rouge, the 184-year-old Houma House plantation serves hungry visitors in the Le Petit Houmas Restaurant. Savor eggs creole or bourbon shrimp.

4. New Orleans - 61 miles, 1 hour
New Orleans is a world capital for haute cuisine, but nothing beats the simple pleasure of the legendary po-boy sandwich. Made on a French roll, the first po-boys were served up to striking streetcar workers, and over the decades the simple sandwich has been reinvented in a number of styles, all on a warm baguette. Ralph Brennan's Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street serves BBQ shrimp and BBQ oyster po-boys on its lunch menu.

Recommended Stopover:
Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Houma, (800) 688-2732