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5 Alexandria Restaurants for Healthy Dining

Alexandria Restaurants

If healthy eating is one of your New Year's resolutions, adjusting your daily eating habits can be the hardest part. However, when you live in a great place like Alexandria, it's actually very easy to dine out and eat healthy at the same time. There are many local health-focused restaurants where you can find delicious food that's in line with your goals. Here are some of our Realtors® favorite healthy dining destinations.

  1. Salad Station - 3220 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71301
    Looking for the best salad bar in Alexandria? You'll find it at Salad Station. With dozens of ingredients, including proteins, veggies, fruits, legumes, and dairy, you can create the perfect salad that matches your diet. Plus, all ingredients are fresh and high-quality. Living near Salad Station makes healthy eating easy! 

  2. The Main Dish - 5821 Provine Pl, Suite C, Alexandria, LA 71303
    The menu at The Main Dish features several health-focused entrees. We recommend Helena's Chicken, which consists of seasoned grilled chicken breast topped with grilled onions, white cheese, and a side of veggies. There are also several healthy and delicious salad and soup options, as well as a seasonal menu. After your meal, be sure to swing by one of these Alexandria open houses, which are just a short drive away.

  3. Alibaba Mediterranean Grill - 3613 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71303
    If you're in the mood for some high-quality, fresh, and authentic Mediterranean cuisine, Alibaba Mediterranean Grill has got you covered. Traditional Mediterranean entrees, wraps, salads, soups, and more -- you can eat healthy without sacrificing flavor. They also have some of the best gyros in town!

  4. Word Of Mouth Cafe - 918 Foisy St, Alexandria, LA 71301
    With fresh, healthy food, homestyle cooking, and a charming atmosphere, Word Of Mouth Cafe is one of Alexandria's best-kept secrets. With some of the most delicious hot-pressed sandwiches in town, a wide selection of wraps, and great soups, it's one of our favorite places for lunch. This restaurant can strike the right balance between health, taste, and freshness. Also, you can expect friendly service at this neighborhood restaurant.

  5. Pho U - 4722 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71303
    Pho is not only delicious, but it's also very healthy, and Pho U is an excellent place to order it. With 16 different varieties of pho, plus vegetarian, rice platters, and noodle dishes, there is a lot to choose from on this menu. Our favorite is the Pho Tai, which is a broth with round-eye steak, rice noodles, onions, scallions, basil, bean sprouts, lime, and jalapenos. 

With so many healthy restaurants around Alexandria homes for sale, you can stick to your goals without forgoing the wonderful dining scene Louisiana is known for! Contact us today for information on the local area and on life in the Alexandria area.


National Gumbo Day: Where to Order Around NOLA

Gumbo in NOLA

National Gumbo Day is officially celebrated on Wednesday, October 12. But around New Orleans homes for sale, any time is right for this flavorful stew. Treat yourself to some of the finest gumbo around at these great NOLA restaurants.

  • Gumbo Shop - 630 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    When you name a restaurant after the main attraction, you better deliver, and Gumbo Shop has been bringing the goods since 1948. The dish has won the "Best Gumbo" award in the Best of New Orleans poll for more than 20 consecutive years. Choose from seafood okra, chicken andouille, and vegetarian gumbo z'herbes. For variety, don't miss the full Creole dinner, with your choice of gumbo, main dish, side, and dessert for $29.99. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 11 p.m.

  • Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    When Mr. B's Bistro opened in 1979, it came with an impressive pedigree. The restaurant is one of several locations owned and operated by members of the Brennan family, whose other iconic properties include Brennan's and Commander's Palace. Mr. B's was one of the forerunners offering upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. Their dark and smoky Gumbo YaYa quickly became one of the more highly-regarded versions of the dish. Lunch and dinner are served Wednesday through Saturday, while brunch and dinner are served on Sunday. Visit the website for hours.

  • Olde NOLA Cookery - 205 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    With large windows and balcony seating that provide views of Bourbon Street, Olde NOLA Cookery offers people-watching to go with its delicious food. Customers give high praise to the cheerful, attentive staff and family-friendly setting. Order gumbo a la carte or as part of the Taste of New Orleans platter, which also comes with crawfish etouffee, red beans, and rice with smoked sausage. Save room for some bread pudding topped with their signature praline and rum sauce. Olde NOLA Cookery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

  • Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar - 509 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    In a city bursting with incredible architecture, Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar is located in the oldest existing building on Canal Street. While the surroundings are historic, the interior has been updated for relaxed, comfortable dining. A bowl of their chicken and andouille gumbo is big enough to share. Pair it with a Cajun Bloody Mary, mixed with Creole House's homemade spice blend for extra zip. Hours are 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Cajun Seafood - 1479 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Don't feel bad if your first visit to Cajun Seafood is intimidating. It takes a while to absorb the sheer variety of options, ranging from boiled and fried seafood to po' boys, chicken, and Asian-inspired yak-ka-mein soup. Food is served cafeteria-style, which keeps the frequent lines moving swiftly, but there is also a selection of made-to-order entrees. Want to whip up your own feast? Fresh raw fish and seafood are sold by the pound. The largest location is in NOLA's Tremé neighborhood, but there are three other spots that make Cajun Seafood a convenient lunch spot when visiting New Orleans open houses. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at 11 a.m. 

Our Realtors® have the inside scoop on all the best dining and entertainment places around NOLA. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Oyster Season in New Orleans

Oyster Season

When it comes to iconic Cajun and Creole cuisine, oysters stand out as one of the most important components. They can be an ingredient or stand alone as a main course. Our Realtors® know that when you browse New Orleans homes for sale or New Orleans open houses, oysters can make for a great meal.

Let's drop in on some of the most memorable places to get oysters in New Orleans:

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant – 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Drago's Seafood Restaurant may well be the biggest name in oysters in New Orleans and one of the first brands to build a durable franchise around this beloved food. In fact, you can even order a charbroiled oyster kit for delivery. There are three locations and a catering service to choose from.

  • Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Coming to you from the heart of the French Quarter, Acme Oyster House is perhaps best known for the oyster po'boy, which can also be made with shrimp and a variety of other seafood. Acme claims to shuck more than one million oysters every year and offers them cooked in all the classic ways as well as raw.

  • Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House – 144 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House is a legendary oyster house. Open daily on historic Bourbon Street, it hosts live music and other events regularly. In addition to having some of the best oysters around, it is the home of the New Orleans Bourbon Society, a free membership organization for appreciating spirits.

  • The Blue Crab – 7900 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
    The Blue Crab is the newest addition to the thriving dining scene in New Orleans' Lakefront District. Overlooking the iconic Lake Pontchartrain, it is owned by locals and serves seafood sourced from coastal waters. Craft cocktails and quality outdoor catering await you in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar – 739 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With multiple locations throughout New Orleans, you're never far from Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The original French Quarter location will thrill you with its delicious oysters as well as live music and a highly sought-after wedding venue. You can even get off-site catering for your next big event.

  • Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar – 4338 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar is one of the leading names in authentic Louisiana seafood, found in the trendy and happening Uptown area of New Orleans. With a convenient location on the historic St. Charles streetcar line (as stop #24), it's easy to work it into any tour of the city.

  • Neyow's Creole Cafe – 3332 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Neyow's Creole Cafe offers a lavish menu in which oysters and other shellfish are just one of the mouth-watering attractions. With a seasonal menu featuring seafood gumbo, crab claws, jazzy wings, southern fried chicken, ribs, pasta, and salads, you can truly have a "surf and turf" experience.

  • The Half Shell on the Bayou – 2517 Bayou Road, New Orleans, LA 70119
    The Half Shell on the Bayou combines comfort food favorites with Louisiana seafood in new and exciting ways. In addition to the oyster platter, you could try the New Orleans red beans and rice, heaping catfish platter, grilled chicken, spaghetti with grilled mackerel, and other chef-led selections.

There's always something new to see and do here in The Big Easy. Contact us to find out more about New Orleans real estate today.


About the EatLafayette Passport

EatLafayette Passport

If you haven't spent much time in Lafayette, you might find the city's incredible wealth of restaurants and eateries a bit overwhelming. How do you pick just a few places to eat at during your time in the city?

Our Realtors® are excited to see a program drawing more attention to Lafayette's excellent restaurant scene. Here are a few more details about this passport program showcasing Lafayette's local restaurants and the benefits you get from using it when you dine out. 

What is the EatLafayette Passport? 

The EatLafayette passport is your access key to the EatLafayette program and is available through the city's official website. To sign up, simply enter your name, email address, phone number, and a few other personal details. You will then receive a link to your passport via email or text message.

Tap the link to download it, then save it to your home screen. You can then use it to check which restaurants are participating in the EatLafayette program and check in to each when you arrive there for a meal. 

Participating eateries offer all kinds of different dishes, including seafood, burgers, pizza, fine dining, and even macarons. You'll find many of Lafayette's best restaurants on the passport list, including Judice Inn and Charley G's Seafood Grill. It's an excellent resource for tourists and newcomers to the area near our Lafayette homes for sale, and its additional benefits only make it more worthwhile. Be sure to check their website for the full official list of participating restaurants.

Save On Your Restaurant Bill

In addition to gaining prize drawing entries, the EatLafayette passport also offers a more immediate benefit: discounts. Some of the restaurants involved in the program are offering special perks to people who participate, including reduced prices on specific menu items, discounts you can apply to your whole order, or freebies you can enjoy with a purchase. 

Not all of the eateries participating in the passport program are also offering these perks. Be sure to check your passport to find out what you can expect at each restaurant you plan to visit. You'll find the relevant details included under each restaurant's listing. You'll also need to check in before you can get access to the offer, so remember to do that right away when you arrive. 

Get a Taste of Louisiana's Best

So many great restaurants are just waiting to be tried in the Lafayette area! Lafayette's world-class food is worth savoring, and the EatLafayette passport gives you a great excuse to sample more of it. If you move into a home in the area, it will all be right outside your front door. Contact us today to learn more about any of our Lafayette open houses and find out just how easy it can be to settle down near your favorite Lafayette restaurants.


Where to Order Sushi in Lafayette

Lafayette Sushi

Louisiana is known for Cajun and Creole cooking, but the local restaurant scene includes a number of international cuisines. Our real estate agents get their sushi fix at these incredible restaurants near Lafayette homes for sale

  • Tsunami Sushi - 421 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Get ready for a wave of fresh flavor when you visit Tsunami Sushi. This funky yet fancy restaurant honors Japanese cuisine while adding a touch of Southern flair. The house specialties are as much a treat for the eyes as for the taste buds. Try box-style sushi, pressed in a mold for a unique shape, or sashimi tuna in ponzu sauce arranged in a sunflower pattern. Side dishes include fusions such as collard greens with kimchee and sweet potato hash with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, and noon - 11 p.m. Saturday.

  • Rock-n-Sake - 107 Stonemont Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Looking for a party? Head over to Rock-n-Sake, where the tunes are pumping, the sake is delicious, and the fresh sushi "swims to your plate." Supplement your sashimi and rolls with creative small plates such as sushi deviled eggs, topped with tuna tartare and black tobiko, or beef tataki, thinly-sliced flat iron steak with five-spice seasoning. Save room for some tempura cheesecake, a customer favorite. Rock-n-Sake is open for lunch Thursday and Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Kirin Sushi Steak House - 3366 Verot School Rd. #102, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Dining with friends or family members who aren't adventurous eaters? Keep everyone happy at Kirin Sushi Steak House. In addition to a fabulous selection of nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, the menu features hibachi-prepared seafood, steak, and chicken. Those with bigger appetites go for the combo dinners, such as chicken & filet mignon or shrimp & scallops. Customers give Kirin high marks for cleanliness and friendly service. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 10:30 p.m. 

  • Tokyo House - 1505 Bonin Rd., Suite 200, Broussard, LA 70518
    You've been viewing some great Broussard homes for sale, and you're ready for a break. Tokyo House has a fantastic lunch special that can't be beaten. Choose two from a list of nearly three dozen sushi rolls for only $8. Add a third roll for just $3 more. Dinner is equally budget-friendly, with combos that serve one to four people for approximately $15 per person. Don't be surprised to find the owner among the cheerful staff offering a gracious welcome. Tokyo House is open Monday through Saturday. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and dinner hours are 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Osaka - 2809 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    The beautiful sushi dishes, considered some of the best presentations in town, are certainly enough reason to visit Osaka. But if you need more, Osaka is also the only restaurant in Lafayette serving authentic Korean food. The menu features japchae, a beloved dish of stir-fried sweet potato noodles, veggies, and your choice of protein, and bibimbap, the classic rice bowl topped with chili sauce and a fried egg. Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday hours are noon - 10 p.m., and Sunday hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Ready to work up an appetite touring Lafayette open houses? Get up-to-the-minute info when you contact us at Latter & Blum.


One-of-a-Kind Restaurants in Houma

Houma Restaurants

No matter what your reason for visiting Houma might be, one thing is for certain: you won't be leaving hungry. Houma is known for having some of the best and most unique restaurants in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are eager to share some of their favorites!

  • A-Bear's Cafe - 809 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    Founded in 1963, A-Bear's Cafe is a long-running mom-and-pop eatery that has more than earned its place among Houma's best Cajun restaurants. They're known for live music, all-you-can-eat catfish, and a relaxed dining room that makes you feel like you're eating at a friend's house. A-Bear's Cafe is located just minutes from many Houma homes for sale.

  • 1921 Seafood - 1522 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    Houma offers no shortage of amazing seafood restaurants, but 1921 Seafood stands out. This local, owner-operated seafood joint has been going strong for more than 30 years, offering up fresh-caught seafood that's always prepared to order. From shrimp and crabs to oysters and crawfish, 1921 seafood serves some of the best seafood baskets, platters, boils, and po-boys in town. 

  • Lumiere Jazz & Blues Bistro - 7913 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    A local favorite for a tasty meal and excellent live music, Lumiere Jazz & Blues Bistro was established in 2021, making it one of the newest restaurants to make a splash in Houma's culinary scene. Enjoy some classic Southern cuisine while talented local and regional musicians grace the stage. The bartenders at Lumiere make some killer cocktails too, and they have a great outdoor patio overlooking the bayou. 

  • Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' - 5602 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' offers a seafood-focused menu that includes all the classics—char-broiled oysters, seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya—and their unpretentious, no-frills space will make you want to come back again as soon as possible. They also serve some truly unique Cajun delicacies, like frog legs and alligator bites. 

  • 531 Liberty Cafe - 531 Liberty St, Houma, LA 70360
    531 Liberty Cafe offers elevated pub grub with a Southern twist. Their menu includes some very tempting small plates (duck bacon and sweet corn empanadas, lemon-basil brussels sprouts) as well as salads and sandwiches. But what really makes this place special is the craft cocktails, which range from the traditional to the adventurous. The orange vanilla rum old-fashioned is a particularly unique twist on an all-time favorite. 

  • Big Mike's BBQ Smokehouse - 3034 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    With all the great Cajun seafood restaurants around, it's easy to forget that Houma offers some next-level barbecue as well. For a friendly reminder of that fact, look no farther than Big Mike's BBQ Smokehouse. This family-owned restaurant smokes their brisket, pulled pork, and sausage over hickory wood and tops it off with their house-made sauce. 

  • Papi Cheo - 863 Verret St, Houma, LA 70360
    Everything at Papi Cheo is made fresh and from scratch using fresh ingredients and recipes that have been passed down through generations. The restaurant is owned and operated by the Manzano family, who bring home-cooked authenticity to every meal. You'd be hard-pressed to find better tacos, burrito bowls, and steak fajitas this side of the border!

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Great food is just one of the many things you can expect in the Houma area, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Louisiana's Bayou Country.


Cool Off With Snowballs in Houma

Houma Snowballs

In Louisiana, people around Houma homes for sale cool off year-round with frosty treats known as snowballs, which are available in a variety of flavors. Our real estate agents beat the heat with cool snowballs from these great local restaurants.

  • Bee Cool Snowballs - 124 New Orleans Blvd., Houma, LA 70364
    Cake made from ice? That's just one of the creative treats you'll find at Bee Cool Snowballs. Their top-selling flavor is the wedding cake snowball, stuffed with Bride's Cake ice cream and topped with creamy condensed milk. Choose from one of more than 50 additional flavors or mix and match to create your own combo. "Cool" stands for "confident, outgoing, open, and loyal," which describes the "Bee Team" led by the Babin family. Hours are 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and weekends.

  • Brooke's Sno-World - 6493 W. Main St., Houma, LA 70360
    The colorful creations at Brooke's Sno-World are almost too pretty to eat, with the emphasis on "almost." Kids love flavors such as Batman, Hannah Montana, and Powerpuff Girls, while Mom and Dad go for the Daiquiri Corner, including Bahama Mama, Fuzzy Navel, and Hurricane. If you just want dessert, they won't judge, but Brooke's also serves a full menu of fried catfish, oyster po'boys, and other appetizers and entrees. They have a second location in East Houma at 808 Grand Caillou Rd. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when doors close at 9:30 p.m.

  • The Cajun Freeze - 1863 Bayou Blue Rd., Houma, LA 70364
    The Cajun Freeze boasts the best snowballs on the bayou, and their appreciative customers agree. More than 80 different flavors come in seven sizes, ranging from small to supersize, to satisfy any size craving. Try one of the specialty cream flavors, such as Reese's. Dress your snowball up with nuts, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, and other tasty add-ons. The Cajun Freeze opens for the season in April, with hours from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Thursday, when closing time is 6 p.m.

  • Nikki's Snowballs - 4234 County Dr., Bourg, LA 70343
    Nikki's Snowballs are sold out of a charming stand that resembles a mini-version of Bourg homes for sale. The snowballs are so full of luscious juice that one regular customer tells people to "grab some napkins." As if the snowballs, ice cream, and freshly-baked brownies weren't enough of a draw, Nikki's also features a petting zoo that kids (and their parents) just can't resist. Follow Nikki's on Facebook for information about the opening date. Hours are 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Central Sno - 5606 N. Hwy. One, Lockport, LA 70374
    Do you consider yourself to be an adventurous eater? Head to Central Sno for one of their Pickle Surprise snowballs, which includes dill pickle flavor, sour spray, sour candy, a frozen pickle shot, and a pickle spear. If your taste runs to more traditional flavors, Central Sno has you covered there as well. For another refreshing treat, add your choice of snowball flavors to their fresh-squeezed lemonade. Use the convenient drive-thru window to pick up your snowballs during a day of viewing Lockport homes for sale. Central Sno is open 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Contact us at Latter & Blum and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents.


Lake Charles Food Trucks to Visit

Lake Charles Food TrucksLake Charles sure doesn't have a shortage of tasty places to eat. In addition to loads of more traditional restaurants, the city also has some amazing food trucks. These are great places to grab a quick lunch or even enjoy a casual dinner with friends while walking through a park. Here are some top food trucks our real estate agents recommend ordering from this summer.

  • Cajun Girls Cookin': 5616 Common St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Serving Cajun and Creole cuisine, Cajun Girls Cookin' will make you feel like you've gone to New Orleans. They're often at their Common Street location, but sometimes they set up at Memorial Hospital or at various local events in the city.

    Some of the favorite menu items here are the fried pork chops, shrimp on a stick, and chicken on a stick. Finish your meal with a beignet stick for a sweet treat.

  • Danny's Place: 1707 Broad St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Danny's Place serves a variety of American and Cajun cuisine. They have different menu items every day of the week, so there's always something new to try.

    On Friday, they serve a classic fish fry with French fries. On Tuesdays, chicken wings with pork 'n beans are the go-to. Another favorite at Danny's Place is the Frito pie, which you can add to any dish. It's one of those classic southern side dishes that can't be beaten.

  • Ailene's Asian Grill: 2203 US-171, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    If you're looking at Lake Charles homes for sale and you find yourself in the mood for some Asian cuisine, this is the place to stop. Ailene's Asian Grill serves authentic Filipino food and other Asian dishes, and they've built quite a following over the past few months.

    One favorite at Ailene's Asian Grill is the fish balls, which are traditional street food in the Philipines. The Tonkatsu ramen is also incredible, as is the wonton soup. If you're craving something on the sweeter side, try the sesame chicken or the sweet and sour chicken.

  • Cowboy Cones: Lake Charles, LA 70609
    You won't get a whole meal at Cowboy Cones, but you will get one of the best snow cones you've ever had. This food truck rolls up to local Lake Charles parks, soccer fields, and neighborhood pools during the summer. If you come across them, you have to stop for a sweet treat.

    One of the coolest things about Cowboy Cones is their long list of flavors. Options like Bahama Mama, King Cake, Sour Apple, and Peach are favorites. There are also a few wild cards like Pickle, which is more enjoyable than you might think.

  • Taqueria Los Sanchez Food Truck: 5402 Common St., Lake Charles, LA 70607
    What could be better than a taco on a hot summer day? Taqueria Los Sanchez Food Truck is a great place to get them. The service is always friendly, and the truck is open for lunch and dinner.

    Tacos are the star of the show here, and you can order carne asada, chicken, al pastor, or carnitas pork. 

Eating at a food truck is such a lighthearted and delicious experience. We hope you get a chance to stop by one of these Lake Charles food trucks this summer. Should you be moving to the area and looking for a real estate agent, don't hesitate to contact us.


Lafayette Restaurants Perfect for Your Valentine's Day Plans

Valentine's Day Restaurants Lafayette

No matter if you plan to dine in or carry out, our real estate agents know Lafayette restaurants will delight with memorable dishes.

Through a rough 2020, the community has banded together to support the restaurants that give Lafayette and the surrounding area so much character. Many of the most iconic restaurants are making their dining rooms available for limited guest parties. 

Let's look at some of the most popular Valentine's date spots all around beautiful Lafayette:

  1. The Cajun Table – 4510 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Suite D, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Cajun Table delights with the best dishes from the heart of Cajun country. Its story started in 2015 with a food truck promising good food and a good time. Embraced by the people of Lafayette, it is now a local culinary institution in its own right. You'll enjoy zydeco tunes and the invigorating scents of authentic Cajun cuisine as you chow down on entrees such as boiled crawfish, Cajun nachos, fried pickles, and fried crab claws.

  2. Blu Basil Wine & Grill – 5451 Johnson Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Blu Basil Wine & Grill blends Vietnamese roots with culinary ideas from around the world in a healthy and flavorful fusion that suits every taste. The menu runs the gamut from signature rice entrees and noodle soups to salads, stir fry, and the inimitable hot pot. There's even a dessert selection featuring fresh cheesecake and a kid's menu with rice, kimchee, lo mein, and chicken nuggets. Everyone will feel welcome at Blu Basil.

  3. Veronica's Cafe – 302 Hector Connoly Road, Carencro, LA 70520
    Veronica's Cafe bills itself as the place for comfort food in Carencro. Familiar American dishes meet home-cooked Creole and Cajun specialties here. Be on the lookout for such taste sensations as the grilled shrimp salad, barbecue pork steaks, and the crawfish etouffee. You can finish off your meal with a specialty cake baked fresh right on the premises. It's all just a few minutes from some of the most desirable Carencro homes for sale.

  4. Yoka Japanese Sushi Bar & Steak House – 930 Rees Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Yoka Japanese Sushi Bar & Steak House draws sushi aficionados from all over Louisiana to Breaux Bridge. The chefs at Yoka have made it easy to order your favorites for dine-in and pickup. The all-day menu is packed with sushi bar classics, but there's also a full suite of hibachi entrees including chicken, salmon, shrimp, New York strip steak, and much more. It's one more fantastic reason to look at Breaux Bridge homes for sale.

  5. Pamplona Tapas Bar – 631 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Pamplona Tapas Bar is open for dinner on Tuesday through Saturday, with lunch available on Friday afternoon. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's love for Pamplona, Spain, the bistro-style surroundings offer small plates of the most succulent seasonal products, as well as fresh seafood and meats. Popular entrees include the grilled Gulf fish, duck breast, paella, and wagyu steak. Flan, churros, and truffles are some of the top dessert offerings.

This is just a sample of the many amazing restaurants that await in Lafayette. To find out more or get started with your home search, contact us at Latter & Blum.


Chocolate Gifts from these Shops Near Baton Rouge

Chocolate Gifts Baton Rouge

Chocolate may not be able to solve all your problems, but it certainly makes life more enjoyable. Chocolate is a gift for any occasion. And besides, sometimes you just need to treat yourself. 

So whether you're looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift or maybe just a little pick-me-up after a hard year, be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite Baton Rouge sweet shops. 

  1. Delícia Gourmet Brigadeiro - Baton Rouge, LA
    Brigadeiro is a unique South American treat, a perfect blend of buttery, milky, chocolaty goodness topped with nuts, sprinkles, or candy. The folks at Delícia Gourmet Brigadeiro were inspired to start creating them after discovering these traditional sweets on a trip to Brazil. There are few places in the U.S. where you can get these bite-size delicacies, but Delícia Gourmet Brigadeiro is one of those places. They offer a stunning variety of flavors and will ship them to all 50 states. 

  2. Baum's Fine Pastries - 8046 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Baum's Fine Pastries creates sweet delights in all sizes, shapes, and flavors. This Baton Rouge staple offers everything from cookies and other bite-size morsels to wedding cakes and traditional New Orleans-style king cake. When you need something tasty for a special occasion, you simply can't go wrong here. They ship nationwide and are open for takeout near these Baton Rouge homes for sale.

  3. Lolli and Pops - 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70836
    You want candy? You've come to the right place. Lolli and Pops is your destination in Baton Rouge for all things sweet. Chocolates, macaroons, gummies, jelly beans—they've got it all. Plus, there's always something new and tasty in stock for any occasion. That includes an incredible selection of Valentine's Day specialties that make the perfect romantic gift for a special someone. 

  4. Chef Schonberg's Sweets - Baton Rouge, LA
    With a focus on gourmet cakes and cupcakes, Chef Schonberg's Sweets is one of the best places in Louisiana to satisfy your sweet tooth. In addition to elevated Southern-inspired baking, they also create decadent specialties like chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate covered Madelines. The team at Chef Schonberg's bakes daily and delivers your custom-ordered creation right to your door in Baton Rouge. 

  5. Zocalisa Fine Chocolates - Ponchatoula, LA
    An incredible artisan chocolatier in Ponchatoula, LA, Zocalisa Fine Chocolates creates some of the most decadent, mouth-watering treats you're ever likely to try. Check out their Louisiana Collection to get a wide-ranging sampler of all their best flavors. Zocalisa Fine Chocolates is less than an hour from Baton Rouge and a stone's throw from these Ponchatoula homes for sale.

  6. King Tremaine's Premium Candies - Baton Rouge, LA
    The delicious gourmet confections from King Tremaine's Premium Candies are truly on another level, and they make the perfect gift for any occasion. They make a wide variety of tasty treats, but Sweethearts—heart-shaped, authentic Louisiana pecan candies—are without a doubt their number one specialty. Order King Tremaine's Premium Candies online, have them shipped to your door, or look for them locally at the MidCity Makers Market in Baton Rouge. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge, LA. From finding the perfect gift to finding your dream home, our team is here to help every step of the way. 


National Pizza Day: Where to Order a Pie Near Lafayette

Louisiana Pizza

National Pizza Day is on February 9th, so spend part of your day enjoying a slice at a restaurant around Lafayette. Whether you're looking for traditional toppings and crust or variations like a gluten-free crust or upscale toppings, you'll be able to find what you love at the local shops and pizzerias.

Our real estate agents suggest paying a visit to one of the following restaurants on National Pizza Day and keeping the rest in mind for another time: 

  1. La Pizzeria Lafayette – 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503  
    La Pizzeria Lafayette has served the area delicious handmade pizzas for 25 years. In addition to a 10 or 14-inch pie made with a traditional crust, you can also choose a gluten-free low-carb cauliflower crust. Choose your own toppings, or order from a creative specialty pizza that's listed on the menu, such as Crab Amore, with lump crab meat in a white wine sauce with mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese topped with fresh diced green onion. 
  2. Alesi Pizza House – 4110 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Alesi Pizza House
    has kept ownership in the family since its opening in 1957, and their tradition of homemade sauces has continued over the years. Order a 12 or 14-inch pie with your choice of toppings, or try a specialty pizza like Pizza Alesi, which is topped with cheese, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, and bacon. If you'd like to nosh on something other than pizza, the restaurant serves a long list of Italian favorites, including several types of fettuccine and veal dishes. 
  3. Pizza Village – 2340 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508 and 1935 Moss St., Lafayette, LA 70501   
    Pizza Village
    has served up pizza to the Lafayette area for nearly 50 years, specializing in a thin crust that's very crispy. They make their own sauce daily and are committed to using high-quality ingredients, such as cheese made to the restaurant's specifications in Wisconsin and delivered to them directly from the dairy. Order an 8, 11, 13, or 16-inch pizza, or try one off the menu like the Dupe Special, topped with hamburger, shrimp, and crispy pepperoni.
  4. Bread & Circus Provisions – 258 Bendel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503 
    If you'd like to try wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with uniquely upscale ingredients, Bread & Circus Provisions is definitely worth visiting. You'll find ingredients that are a step up from what you'll usually see, such as grated Reggiano, chopped clams, spicy German-style smoked ham, and burnt garlic oil. The restaurant also has a nice selection of sharables to start your meal with, including chicken skins and eggplant hummus.
  5. Pizzaville USA – 1540 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503 and A Derek Plaza Dr., Carencro, LA 70520   
    Pizzaville USA
    has been a popular family-friendly destination near Lafayette and Carencro homes for sale for 40 years. Their pizzas are baked with a crispy crust and come in themed pies like Uncle Sam's Special, which is topped with shrimp, Canadian bacon, jalapenos, extra mozzarella, and pineapple (upon request). And if the crust isn't your favorite part of the pizza, order a crustless version of a pizza in which sauce, cheese, toppings, and more cheese are layered in a souffle dish and then baked.

Contact us to find out more places to visit in Lafayette or to see Lafayette homes for sale. We'd love to help you make the area your home!


Grab Dinner at These Restaurants in the Warehouse District

Warehouse District Restaurants

Who's hungry for some delicious NOLA cooking? One of the reasons our real estate agents love living in the Big Easy is that we're mere footsteps away from some of the country's best dishes. From classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to innovative takes on international fare, New Orleans always has something good cooking. Next time you're headed out for dinner, check out these restaurants in the Warehouse District.

  1. NOLA Caye — 898 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Get a taste of the Caribbean without even crossing the expressway at NOLA Caye. Coconut shrimp, red beans and yellow rice, jerk chicken, and crispy plantains are among the menu items that showcase the Caribbean's diverse flavors. Many of these cultures influenced New Orleans' identity, and NOLA Caye honors the city's history by serving up authentic representations.

  2. Meril — 424 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    You haven't truly dined out in New Orleans unless you've eaten at one of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants. His fourth establishment in the city, Meril is a casual spot where you can enjoy cocktails and creative dishes. Order up or take home plates signed-off on by Emeril himself, including French onion dip, smoked Gulf fish dip, and turkey and sausage gumbo with steamed rice.

  3. Compère Lapin — 535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Every New Orleans restaurant serves something special, but when you step into the James Beard Award-winning Compere Lapin, you can expect an unforgettable experience. Savor small bites like conch croquettes and spiced pig ears before slurping down some cow heel soup. Devour curried goat or scialatielli, then finish the night off with soursop cheesecake or roasted banana zeppoles.

  4. Briquette — 701 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    The old Rodd Brothers Molasses Refinery from two centuries ago is now home to Briquette, a casual, contemporary restaurant featuring coastal cuisine. Seafood lovers will have trouble deciding between caramelized sea scallops, oysters Bienville en casserole, lump crabcake Napoleon, and steamed Prince Edward mussels. Bring a few friends so you can try as many as possible…and have a little fun drinking your way through their extensive wine list.

  5. Herbsaint — 701 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Head over to historic St. Charles Avenue and treat your taste buds to the upscale dining at Herbsaint. Consistently voted one of the top ten restaurants in the city, you'll never regret making reservations at Herbsaint. Cornmeal fried oysters, Muscovy duck leg confit, and Louisiana shrimp and fish ceviche are waiting for you. For dessert, choose between flourless chocolate cake, vanilla pot de crème, and banana brown butter tarts that will send you home with a full stomach and a wide grin.

  6. Peche Seafood Grill — 800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Rustic ambiance, local craft beers, and a stacked raw bar make Peche Seafood Grill a can't-miss restaurant in the Warehouse District. The chefs create their menus using ingredients from local farmers and fishers. Order up a seafood platter from the raw bar to share or snack on hushpuppies and smoked tuna dip as you wait for a plate of jumbo shrimp to swim onto your table.   

Would you love to live within walking distance of the best restaurants in the Warehouse District? We can help. Contact us today to see a full menu of the latest New Orleans homes for sale that have just hit the market.


5 Places that Opened this Year in New Orleans

New Orleans New Restaurants

When you think of New Orleans, you probably think of classic Creole cuisine.

While nothing says New Orleans like soulful Creole comfort food, our real estate agents want you to know there's even more to try. The Big Easy is a city with a remarkable food culture. 

The city sees the introduction of more than a dozen new restaurants each year. While a lot of these are headed by newcomers, world-famous chefs have also made New Orleans home. From hearty home cooking to fusion cuisine and even the most experimental eateries, this place truly has it all.

Here's a selection of just a few of the latest restaurants to open their doors in New Orleans:

  1. Peewee's Crabcakes On-The-Go – 4500 Old Gentilly Road, New Orleans, LA 70126
    Peewee's Crabcakes On-The-Go is the work of chef and owner Charles Armstrong, whose culinary career has dotted New Orleans with pop-up restaurants and other successful ventures. This new space represents a more permanent home for Peewee's. Satisfying signature crab cakes come along with seafood platters and a variety of Creole mainstays. Everything has that special touch local foodies have come to expect!
  2. Alma Cafe – 800 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Alma Cafe features authentic Honduran cuisine by chef Melissa Araujo. Now settled into the spot formerly held by Paloma Cafe, she is best known for rich, robust breakfast and lunch menus featuring all the flavors of her ancestral home. Visitors love to pair the dark, flavorful coffee with a variety of meals and small plates. Shrimp dip, ceviche, and mushroom toast spice up a full list of bowls and sandwiches.
  3. Mr. Potato – 2800 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Not to be confused with a certain beloved children's toy, Mr. Potato is a new restaurant descended from one of the city's most popular food trucks. Now, it's a specialty joint known all around Louisiana for its generously stuffed baked potatoes and loaded fries. Don't underestimate the concept, as you can choose from seafood, steak, cheese, vegetables, and much more. It's a delightful (and filling) time.
  4. Union Ramen Bar – 1837 Magazine Street Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Union Ramen Bar brings one of the most iconic Japanese dishes to New Orleans as executive chef Nate Nguyen returns to the ramen game after more than five years. In addition to the lip-smacking ramen bowls, most of them based on chicken broth, you can sample poke and Vietnamese small plates. Confit oyster mushrooms, watermelon belly salad, and barbecue stuffed shrimp await your discerning palate.
  5. Cho Thai – 3218 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Cho Thai is descended from a family-owned West Bank Thai restaurant with a storied past and strong local following. In its new Magazine Street location, it serves up delectable Thai delicacies in a comfortable and modern space. Some of the top offerings include spicy clams, pork rolls, and chili basil crab claws. Looking for a new twist on the familiar? Don't miss out on the Louisiana crab fried rice.

Move to Crescent City, and you can enjoy some of the South's most delicious food right in your own neighborhood. Contact us to learn more about Louisiana real estate.


As Seen on TV: NOLA Restaurants that Have Been Featured on TV

NOLA Restaurants

If you've set foot within New Orleans city limits even for a moment, it shouldn't shock you that The Big Easy is frequently featured on TV. Our culture is so unique and engaging that it's often emulated around the world. However, there's no place quite like NOLA and there's no food quite like ours either. From local broadcasts to global programming, our restaurants, bars, and cafes always receive great exposure on the tube. Next time you're hungry, our real estate agents invite you to check out these New Orleans eateries that have been featured on TV.

  • Red Fish Grill – 115 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    As Seen On: Food Paradise

    New Orleans is a food paradise, so it's no surprise that Food Paradise paid a visit to the Red Fish Grill. During the "Iconic Eats" episode, Food Paradise took a look at NOLA's iconic Cajun gumbo, as prepared by the chefs at Red Fish Grill. You've obviously got to try their gumbo, but honestly, you can't go wrong with any of their casual New Orleans seafood dishes.

  • Palace Café – 605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Delicious Destinations

    Although you're probably very familiar with the amazing meals at Palace Café, Delicious Destinations surely brought the spotlight to this Creole café on a larger scale. This restaurant has been winning awards since it opened in 1991 and continues to be among the top destinations for Creole food in the French Quarter. From smoked catfish dip and turtle soup to shrimp Tchefuncte and chicken and waffles, you're sure to find a great meal at the Palace Café.

  • Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Man v. Food

    Whenever Adam Richman comes to town with Man v. Food, a normal restaurant turns into a battle between The Eater and The Eaten. Adam took on Acme Oyster House's challenge to down 15 dozen oysters. Adam was successful and joined the "15 Dozen Club", but the question is, can you conquer the challenge as well? Head into Acme Oyster House and find out!

  • Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli – 133 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Throwdown with Bobby Flay

    Po-boys and muffulettas are staples of New Orleans cuisine, so much so that they brought renowned chef Bobby Flay to town. Throwdown with Bobby Flay placed the Food Network star again Mike and Jack Serio to see who could make the best muffuletta. Spoiler alert: the hometown heroes took the chef down! Come in and taste a muffuletta that even Bobby Flay can't beat at Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli.

  • The Sazerac Bar – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    As Seen On: The Layover

    If there's one person in the world you can trust to lead you to a great bar, it's Anthony Bourdain. The late-chef made it a point to stop at The Sazerac Bar during one of us quick trips to NOLA for The Layover. Located within The Roosevelt hotel, the Sazerac Restaurant is a landmark of the city named after what is considered to be the world's first mixed drink. 

Are you searching for a house within walking distance to the best restaurants NOLA has to offer? We can help! Contact us today to tour our New Orleans homes for sale.


Where to Get the Best Yakamein in New Orleans

Yaka Mein New Orleans

Yakamein, also known as "Old Sober" or simply "Yock," is a distinctly New Orleans dish featuring a mash-up of Asian and African-American flavors. While it originated as a street food served in a styrofoam cup, yakamein has found its way onto the menus of several local restaurants.

Discover the joys of yakamein at one of these locations near New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Meauxbar - 942 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Meauxbar is an elegant French bistro adding its own upscale twist to yakamein. Chef John Bel tweaks the classic recipe by using short ribs or rib-eye instead of stew beef and adding crispy bits of fried chicken skin for texture. Meauxbar opens for dinner at 5 p.m. daily, while brunch is served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends. Yaka-main is offered on both menus.

  • Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken - 3168 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    Traditional New Orleans seafood recipes handed down from family members form the foundation of the menu at Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken. But they have also incorporated some popular Chinese dishes, and as one Yelp user described it, the yakamein at Capt. Sal's is "a physically and spiritually curative experience." Veggies like bok choy, carrots and bell peppers make this yakamein a bit lighter than other versions. Capt. Sal's is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

  • Prime Example Jazz Club - 1909 N. Broad, New Orleans, LA 70119
    What's better than a hearty bowl of yakamein? How about enjoying your soup over the smooth sounds of live music at Prime Example Jazz Club? True to her New Orleans roots, chef Germaine Gains also prepares popular Creole dishes such as gumbo, red beans, and rice and fried or grilled catfish. Prime Example opens at 4 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Red Rooster - 2801-1/2 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Indulge your craving for two New Orleans originals at Red Rooster, which opened in 1977 as a stand selling snowballs. This sweet hot-weather treat is made with fine, fluffy shaved ice and a variety of flavored cane sugar syrup. As Red Rooster expanded from seasonal to year-round, they added a number of dishes including yakamein. Red Rooster is primarily a take-out window, but they have added some covered outdoor seating. Hours are 10:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  • Rampart Food Store - 1700 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Ask locals about "the orange place" and they'll direct you to Rampart Food Store, a citrus-colored convenience store with a take-out counter in the back. Rampart uses ramen noodles instead of the traditional spaghetti noodles in their yakamein and adds texture with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Rampart is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m daily except for Sunday, when they close at 7 p.m.

  • The Yaka-Mein Lady - Various locations
    No list of top yakamein purveyors in New Orleans would be complete without Linda Green, aka the Yaka-Mein Lady. Linda gained iconic status in the local culinary community on the strength of her near-perfect yakamein, which has been called "the gold standard." National publications and TV networks such as the New York Times, Food Network and Travel Channel have also sung Linda's praises. Linda's yakamein can be found at every major New Orleans festival and as a regular fixture at After Hours, the Wednesday night entertainment series at Ogden Museum. Planning a party or special event? The Yaka-Mein Lady also offers catering services.

New Orleans is a city full of literal and figurative flavor like no place else. Contact us and let our REALTORS® provide experienced help buying or selling your New Orleans home.


Hottest Food Trucks in New Orleans

New Orleans Food Truck

After a busy day of showing the best New Orleans homes for sale, you'll sometimes find our REALTORS® grabbing a bite to eat from some of the most iconic restaurants in the city.

But you won't find these famous eateries in a shopping center or tucked away in a fancy hotel. No, the best-kept secret in the New Orleans culinary world is our food trucks.

Over the last decade or so, food trucks have taken New Orleans by storm – and we're not the only ones. A thriving food truck scene is popping up in America's top cities from coast to coast.

The story of the food truck industry began overseas, where they can be glimpsed offering hot food 24 hours a day in many of Europe's bustling university cities. The last few years have seen a huge surge in quirky, creative food truck concepts by entrepreneurs right here in America.

Let's visit with seven of the top New Orleans food trucks you won't want to miss:

  1. Rollin' Fatties – 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Rollin' Fatties is the talk of New Orleans: With dozens of raving reviews, its fans call it the best burrito in NOLA. Stuff a big, affordable burrito with beef, pulled chicken, tofu, or fish and chow down! Tacos and nachos are also available.
  2. Food Drunk Food Truck – 1205 North Al Davis Road, New Orleans, LA 70123
    Food Drunk Food Truck is on a never-ending journey to provide hearty lunchtime fare to workers and visitors in the Central Business District. It's so popular, you can even phone in your order. The intrepid truck stocks ribs, burgers, chicken, and more.
  3. Crepes a La Cart – 1039 Broadway Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Crepes a La Carte is a snazzy New Orleans take on the classic French pastry. Sweet and savory crepes are available in abundance: There are more than 50 varieties. Major categories include vegetarian, smoked salmon, sweet, and savory specials like the Monte Cristo crepe.
  4. La Cocinita Food Truck –  1719 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113 
    La Cocinita brings contemporary Venezuelan-inspired street food to New Orleans. Chef Benoit Angulo has cooked up Venezuelan specialty dishes since childhood. Now, La Cocinita features arepas, tacos, and bowls with your choice of braised chicken, braised pork, or vegetables.
  5. Bonafried – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Southern fried chicken sandwiches are the specialty at Bonafried, a local success story that's a fixture at music festivals. The truck is out for lunch every day, so check Facebook for where to get your Classic, Special with "sweet heat" glaze, or Tennessee Hot chicken sandwich.
  6. Taceaux Loceaux – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Serving up lunch and dinner at rotating locations every day, Taceaux Loceaux may be the biggest name in food trucks in NOLA. The menu here is all about gourmet specialty tacos: You'll find everything from prawn to brisket to the vegetarian-friendly fried cauliflower.
  7. Mamita's Original Hot Tamales – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Mamita's is one of the longest-running food trucks in New Orleans, with a special recipe said to date back to 1923. Beef, corn, and chicken tamales are always in demand and wow, do they go fast! You can get as many as a dozen fresh or frozen. Check its Facebook for weekly locations.

Fantastic street food is just one of many pleasant surprises waiting for you here in the Big Easy. Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS® will help you find the perfect home so you can enjoy everything New Orleans has in store. Contact us to learn more.


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Top Spots for Ice Cream in New Orleans

Nola Ice Cream

Our REALTORS® know the lip-smacking tastes of Creole cooking is one of the most enjoyable things about living in New Orleans. Whether you're here to visit or stay, you'll have the chance to try out a sensational culinary tradition that leaves you full and satisfied.  But, wait: Some dishes transcend location, culture, and time.

One treat everybody loves is ice cream.

You might not expect it, but NOLA has some of the best ice creams you'll find anywhere in the United States. Come to tour New Orleans homes for sale, and you'll be right in the thick of it: Some of the best family-owned ice cream parlors are right here in the Big Easy.

Let's look at seven places to snag head-turning frozen treats in New Orleans:

  1. Drip Affogato Bar – 703 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Drip Affogato Bar is the place to sample the Italian treat whose name translates to drowned. It is made with a scoop of silky gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. There's a huge array of fancy flavors, from Vietnamese iced coffee to Bananas Foster. Don't miss it!
  2. Piccola Gelateria – 4525 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Piccola Gelateria has 18 flavors of homemade gelato and sorbet. Gelato-stuffed brioche sandwiches are the headlining lunch item. It's kid-friendly, too: Mascot Piccola, a teddy bear, welcomes visitors from the bench outside.
  3. Fat Boy Pantry – 1302 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Fat Boy Pantry makes every visit special with unique flavors that change daily. Yes, daily! The small batch ice cream will tempt your taste buds, but that's not all: It's also a full-fledged lunch and breakfast joint that serves up one of the best lobster po' boy sandwiches in town.
  4. Ice Cream 504 - 2511 Jena St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Michael Southall (aka the High Priest of Ice Cream) crafts his icy treats with fresh milk and sugar and fruits the same way his Aunt Ruby did in her back yard so many years ago. You'll savor the flavor of Southall's small-batch ice cream--made without gum or preservatives--at Ice Cream 504 located just off Freret Street.
  5. Mile High Pie at Jack Rose -- 2031 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Jack Rose Restaurant is on the grounds of the luxurious Pontchartrain Hotel. Once affiliated with the historic Caribbean Room, Jack Rose's mythic ice cream desserts live on with luscious homemade chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint ice cream covered in meringue flambé.
  6. Creole Creamery – 4924 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Creole Creamery is one of the best-known family-owned ice cream parlors. With a history dating back more than a decade, it's well on its way to "local legend" status. Original flavors like honey lavender add flair to the authentic malts, hot fudge sundaes, and classic banana splits.
  7. Angelo Brocato's – 214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Angelo Brocato's is a place you can't miss in any NOLA visit. With a century of expertise in ice cream, it's loved far and wide for its spumoni, pine nut cookies, and dessert tiramisu. Cannolis are filled fresh to order, so the outer shell remains crisp, a delightful textural experience.

Whether you're looking for something hot and spicy or cold and refreshing, New Orleans has unforgettable flavors to tempt every palate. Likewise, there's a New Orleans dream home just waiting for you. No matter what your tastes are, our real estate experts are ready to assist you.

Contact us to start your NOLA home search.


6 Spots for Boiled Crawfish in New Orleans

New Orleans Crawfish
Down in Louisiana, we love our crawfish.  Some folks love their crawfish baked.  Others prefer it prepared in an etouffee.  However, if you ask any native Louisianian, they may tell you there is no other way to eat this crunchy crustacean than from a good, old-fashioned crawfish boil.  There are too many crawfish spots in our city to name them all, so our real estate agents compiled this list of six eateries in the Crescent City to dine on this local delicacy.

  1. Bevi Seafood, Mid City, New Orleans, 236 N. Carrollton Ave.
    Some of the best places to get a good crawfish boil are seafood companies like Bevi. They know good crawfish and start with that as the base of their boil. Bevi adds crabs, oysters, and shrimp to their boils, so you get extra ocean goodness.  Along with seriously good crawfish, you can also get authentic Po-boys, softshell crabs, and fried green tomatoes.  
  2. Grand Isle Restaurant, Warehouse District, 575 Convention Ctr Blvd.
    Calling itself a "fancy fishing camp," Grand Isle Restaurant offers fresh out of the Gulf seafood in its boils, oyster specials, and redfish on the half shell. Grab a chair on the patio, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy half-price drink specials and 75 cent oysters on the half shell.  
  3. Deanie's Seafood, French Quarter, 841 Iberville Street
    Casual in the atmosphere, but elite in taste, Deanies has been recognized as one of NOLA's top seafood restaurants. Here their crawfish also comes in an etouffee', on a pizza, or in a silky, smooth bisque. This is a wonderful place to sit outside in their traditional Vieux Carre courtyard, enjoy a warm night, and hot seafood.  
  4. Mid City Yacht Club, Mid City, 440 S. St Patrick Street
    Since seafood and beer go together like shrimp and grits, a classic bar with great food can be just the right way to suck the heads and pinch the tail. Mid City Yacht Club got its start as a bar in the back of a grocery store and gained its current personality and owners just after Hurricane Katrina. Its owners bought the flooded establishment just after the hurricane and used wood from their own damaged house to rebuild. Now, it's a great place to gather some friends, order a pitcher, and dig into plates of steaming, oh so fresh seafood.  
  5. Captain Sal's Seafood and Chicken, Bywater District - 3168 St. Claude Avenue
    Just like good barbeque, some of the best seafood comes from less than fancy buildings. Captain Sals won't bust your budget, but we can't promise it won't burst your belly. Serving up rich, buttery crawfish with spicy corn and potatoes, this place makes sure the Creole and Cajun heritage shines through. You can also get gumbo, jambalaya, fried seafood, and in a twist, Chinese food. 
  6. BOIL Seafood House, Garden District - 3340 Magazine Street
    Started by a family of Louisana fishermen, BOIL Seafood House offers buckets, literal buckets, of seafood in a variety of flavors and spice levels. Like your crawfish Cajun style with a medium heat level? No problem; BOIL has you covered. In addition, they step away from traditional seafood house fare with their Asian inspired chargrilled oysters, Tuna Tataki, and Vietnamese Shrimp Cake.  

If you are looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't forget to investigate the neighborhood seafood options. Contact us to help you find a home that fits you as well as crawfish fits a boil.


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NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019 - a Tasty New Orleans Treat

NOLA Crawfish
Delicious seafood and live music are ample all year long in New Orleans, but they come together in a very big way every spring. At Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS®, our real estate agents know that moving to a new city is much easier when you have events to look forward to, and the NOLA Crawfish Festival is definitely worth the anticipation. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale this spring, mark your calendars and stop by Central City BBQ to experience this fun tradition too.  

So, what's in store for you at this year's festival? From Monday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 1, do all these things and more at the NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019.

Taste Crawfish Boiled by the Crawfish King

Ready for a brush with New Orleans royalty? The Crawfish King himself, also known as Chris "Shaggy" Davis, will be on site boiling thousands of pounds of fresh crawfish throughout the festival. This South Louisiana legend brings his authentic NOLA tastes to festivals throughout the country, but you get him in his own backyard.

Of course, the King only boils fresh catches, and crawfish are only in season through early summer. The Festival is your chance to celebrate crawfish season and indulge in the bounty of spring.

Enjoy Three Days of Live New Orleans Music

Want to live in a musical city? It's no surprise that the birthplace of jazz is still teeming with talented local musicians, and this spring is a great season to discover some new favorites. This year, the NOLA Crawfish Festival will feature a three-day lineup of local musical acts, including the lively Soul Brass Brand, the creative Samantha Fish, and "swamp funk" four-piece The Iceman Special.

If you love keeping up with local bands and trying new live music venues, get your groove on at Central City BBQ. A surprising mix of genres and sounds, this lineup makes it easy to get to know New Orleans and its music scene.

Compete to Cook the Tastiest (or Eat the Most) Crawfish

Of course, the Crawfish Festival isn't a spectator-only tradition. If you want to immerse yourself in the crawfish theme, try cooking or eating it competitively. Two big competitions – the Crawfish Cookoff and the Crawfish Eating Contest – are the main attractions at this festival, and you'll get a trophy and bragging rights if you take top honors.

Ready to show off your cooking skills? Find a partner, and compete with 19 other two-person teams for the title of Badass Boiler Champs. Prefer to indulge as much crawfish as possible? Apply to enter the eating competition, and try to eat the most crawfish in ten minutes. Everyone who enters gets free admission to the festival.

Are you ready to buy a house in New Orleans? The NOLA Crawfish Festival is one of many fun, tasty traditions you could start observing as a resident of our beautiful city. Contact us to find a real estate agent who can help you get started.


NOLA Dining: 8 James Beard Award Winners in Your Neighborhood

NOLA Dining
The James Beard Foundation is an organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the best chefs in the world, so it's no surprise that New Orleans is home to quite a few James Beard Award winners. Dining culture in New Orleans is second to none, with many of the city's most popular chefs and restaurants earning distinctions from the James Beard Foundation. If great food is one of your passions, you won't find a better place than New Orleans to call home. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight James Beard Award winners in New Orleans where you can enjoy a world-class meal.

NOLA Dining: Eight James Beard Award Winners in Your Neighborhood

  1. Arnaud's Restaurant – 813 Bienville St., New Orleans
    Located just off Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, Arnaud's Restaurant celebrates classic Creole cuisine in an elegant setting. Arnaud's has been delighting diners since it opened its doors in 1918 and is also home to the popular, award-winning French 75 Bar.

  2. Commander's Palace Restaurant – 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans
    New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy fantastic dining spots like the Commander's Palace Restaurant. With a menu full of Creole cuisine and unique spins on modern New Orleans dining, Commander's Palace Restaurant is a great place to sample the flavors of the city.

  3. Compère Lapin – Old No. 77 Hotel 535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans
    With a focus on simplicity and pure flavors, this popular dining spot delivers an experience unlike anything else in the city. Stop by for lunch or dinner, enjoy a delightful Sunday brunch, and try new spins on your favorite classic meals.

  4. Cure – 4905 Freret St., New Orleans
    Cure is a New Orleans restaurant with an excellent dining experience and an even better bar. With a James Beard Award for its creative cocktail program, Cure is one of the best spots in the city for both dining and drinks, with a craft cocktail to suit every taste.

  5. Dong Phuong – 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans
    Searching for something sweet, or itching to try some of the best bread in New Orleans? Dong Phuong Bakery is a Vietnamese bakeshop with worldwide influences, and you'll understand why the bakery is a James Beard Award winner as soon as you bite into Dong Phuong's signature French bread.

  6. Dooky Chase's Restaurant – 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans
    Looking to settle in with some classic Creole cuisine, or satisfying soul food? Operated by renowned chef Leah Chase, Dooky Chase's Restaurant regularly ranks among the best in New Orleans. Enjoy delicious dining in a cozy setting packed with local art. 

  7. Galatoire's – 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans
    If you're searching for an elegant spot with a full bar and excellent atmosphere, look no further than Galatoire's on Bourbon Street. Galatoire's has been serving up French cuisine since 1908, with traditional cooking brought straight from France to New Orleans. While the restaurant has been in business for more than a century, you can still enjoy all of the items from the original menu.

  8. Shaya – 4213 Magazine St., New Orleans
    Serving modern Israeli cuisine and some of the best baked goods in the city, Shaya has more than earned its status as a James Beard Award winner. Stop by for a meal, or pick up one of Shaya's legendary King Cakes.

Still searching for the right home close to all of the delicious dining in the city? Our REALTORS® have you covered. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

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