“He who tastes of Mississippi water, he'll be back. He who tastes of Mardi Gras, he will also return. It's the maddest, fastest, giddiest, most absurd, most magnificent thing in New Orleans. Yes, you'll be back.”
- Harnett T. Kane
You've returned from New Orleans. Your suitcase is flooded with strings of rum punch-soaked beads. The soiled evening-wear wadded beneath your souvenirs is branded with curious yet identifiable stains - Rorschach-shaped dribblings of cafe au lait and smeared clods of powdered sugar, recklessly acquired during heavenly 2am breakfasts by the river. Your bags emit the pungent scents of flat beer, muddy water, and mule-drawn carriages...odors of a city that is like no other.
Fat Tuesday marked the last day of the month-long celebration in New Orleans. If you're looking to squeeze in a little bit more Louisiana flavor, these Los Angeles-area restaurants may stir some muddled memories of the Big Easy.