Summer is here! New Orleans is undeniably known for good food, but sometimes you need a break from the gumbo, fried seafood, jambalaya, or barbecue shrimp. When it’s 90 degrees and 100 percent humidity, you’re looking for some lighter fare to beat the heat but don’t want to miss out on an authentic NOLA experience. Not to worry, we have some suggestions!

Sno-balls!

Standing in line for sno-balls in the heat of the summer is a tradition most New Orleanians participate in as regularly as Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest. Everyone has their favorite sno-ball stand, and of course, their favorite sno-ball flavor. If you’ve never had a sno-ball before, you must try a crowd favorite – Hansen’s Sno Bliz. After a hot stroll down Magazine St, this old Uptown establishment will have just the sweet treat to cool you off. Their famous “fluffy” ice is topped with your choice of flavored syrup and optional add-ons like ice cream or condensed milk make it extra delicious.

Tomato sandwich

One of the summer festivals we look forward to every year is the Creole Tomato Festival, which highlights a special type of tomato only grown in Louisiana.  The Creole tomato is grown in fertile soil along the Mississippi River. It can also withstand high heat and humidity, resulting in a meatier, rich tasting tomato. The flavor is so spectacular that many people eat this type of tomato just like an apple! However, a more popular use for the Creole Tomato is to cut thick slices and eat it on a sandwich. The tomato is so flavorful, you don’t need anything but some bread, mayo, salt and pepper. Simple and delicious.

Fresh, Gulf Seafood

The Gulf Coast, and Louisiana in particular produces some of the best seafood in the world. Fried seafood piled high inside a loaf of specialty ‘po’boy’ bread is an absolute must try on your New Orleans eating agenda. But for the next meal, (while you’re still digesting your po’boy) opt for boiled seafood or raw oysters instead. Boiled crawfish are more difficult to find in the summer as the crawfish season comes to an end, but shrimp and crabs are plentiful and tasty and our raw oysters are some of the best in the world!

Refreshing beverage

No meal is complete without a delicious beverage (or 2 or 3?). Our suggestion? Head over to Napoleon House for a Pimm’s cup! Pimm’s is a gin based liquor that has a unique flavor of citrus and spice. In the classic Napoleon House cocktail – the Pimm’s cup – it is mixed with fresh lemonade, sliced cucumber, and bubbly 7-up, creating quite the refreshing cocktail! You can even make it at home with the official Napoleon House recipe found on their website here.