EAT Restaurant – Cajun Comfort Food Done Right in New Orleans

Nestled in the heart of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter is EAT, a simple and cozy restaurant serving “Cajun comfort food done right.” Born in south Louisiana, Jarred Zeringue was inspired to open the restaurant after Hurricane Katrina to preserve and celebrate the region’s unique cultural traditions through food. Today, the restaurant’s menu is a mix of local Cajun and creole favorite, some inspired by Jarred’s grandmother’s recipes, made with farm-fresh ingredients, local seafood and seasonal produce.

EAT has a homey environment and a welcoming staff who areenthusiastic about describing their local dishes. Every three to four months, the owner selects a new artist and displays their artwork throughout the restaurant. Diners can purchase or just enjoy the artwork on the walls, or sit by the window and watch passersby in the French Quarter.

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To begin your meal, try the spicy deviled eggs with bacon or smoked salmon, crawfish boullettes or the fried green tomato remoulade. Pictured below is a platter with all three appetizers, which is a delicious mix of Cajun spices. The crawfish boullettes are made with chunks of crawfish, celery, onion and Cajun spices.

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The blue cheese and fig torte is also a delicious choice. It’s made with corn syrup, cream cheese, blue cheese, caramelized onions cooked for two hours, and a balsamic reduction. The sweet, creamy dish pairs well with red wine.

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For dinner, try EAT’s chicken and dumplings. Made with peas, carrots, dumpling dough, and chicken gravy, this is a comforting meal that’s warm, hearty and filling.

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EAT’s chef prepares new specials every day, and the fresh seared tuna pictured below is just one example. Just ask the waiters about their daily specials and they’ll recommend a dish for you. Also, don’t forget to ask for their hot sauce – they make their own flavorful sauce with peppers, tomato, onion, garlic, vinegar, and salt.

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Despite how full you are, don’t leave EAT without trying dessert. The waiter recommended the bread pudding, which is made with French bread, brown sugar, pecan raisins, pineapple, cinnamon and whisky. Warm, indulgent and absolutely delicious, the bread pudding was the highlight of dinner, and it’s a dessert you’ll crave long after you leave New Orleans.

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EAT New Orleans 900 Dumaine Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 Tel: 504 522 7222 Website:

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