But, that doesn't keep me from both remembering and savoring my past experiences, as well as planning some new travels. So, this post is dedicated to the foods I tried and enjoyed last winter as I was exploring the Gulf Coast, February-March 2012.
|I ordered Cap'n Roy's grilled shrimp just after sunset, South Padre Island, TX|
I did take-out and enjoyed it at the marina at the south end of the island.
Probably the best shrimp I've ever had!
|Andoulle (Cajun/French sausage) in Louisiana ...|
purchased in town and enjoyed at a state park near Abbeville.
|Boiled crawfish ... near New Orleans, LA|
|To eat crawfish: break off the tail, peal off the shell, eat the tail|
... tastes a bit like shrimp ...
for a spicy taste, also twist of the head and suck out the juices.
|Watching beignets (French donuts) being made at Cafe Du Monde in the |
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.
These are deep fried and served with powdered sugar in sets of 3.
I sat in the open-air dining area and enjoyed ...
along with a cup of their famous coffee.
|Crawfish is a big deal in Mississippi too|
I recommend Clawzilla's in Bay St. Louis
|Lambert's Cafe in Foley, Alabama serves traditional southern cooking.|
Side dishes are offered from large bowls by the waiters as they visit table to table
... and they throw their rolls to you!
|Miccosukee Restaurant, a Native American owned and operated business|
within the Everglades NP in Florida, offers local and traditional fare
... just down the road from where I took the picture of this snoozing gator ...
I ordered a variety plate of alligator tail bites, frog legs, hush puppies and fry bread.
|Mario's offers traditional Cuban food in Homestead|
(on the Atlantic side of south Florida vs. the Gulf side)
|Mario's Vaca Frita (shredded beef with onion)|
|Mario's Maduro (sweet fried plantain) & Yuca|
Great trip, good food.
Note: I used yelp.com, both via my laptop and a smart phone app, to find local restaurants with good ratings and cheap local/traditional foods.