Author: Steven Wells Hicks
How can food-loving visitors to New Orleans find “real deal” cuisine in a city that offers them the choice of several thousand restaurants? Before becoming a full-time “local” in 2014, food critic and novelist Steven Wells Hicks spent forty years as an increasingly frequent visitor in search of the stories, people and dishes that make New Orleans one of America’s legendary culinary playgrounds.
Here he tells you about twenty-five of the more memorable places he’s uncovered, from white tablecloth temples of cuisine to a lunchroom where boiled crawfish are served on yesterday’s newspaper from a paper bag. You’ll discover an old Mafia roadhouse in the boondocks, a fried chicken joint in an iffy part of town and even a greasy spoon where the main course is attitude. And that’s just for starters.
Plus, because Man cannot live by French bread alone, Hicks point you toward a dozen of the city’s both famous and infamous watering holes.
Unlike most conventional guidebooks featuring single-paragraph hype pieces singing the praises of every restaurant in the city, Hicks takes a novelist’s approach to reviewing restaurants, opting instead for write leisurely pieces that not only tell you what’s on a restaurant’s plate, but also in a city’s culinary heartbeat.
Says Hicks in the book’s preface, “Ultimately this book is a valentine, sometimes left-handed but hopefully right-minded, to a city and the people of an industry that have simultaneously provided me with a lifetime of sensuous fulfillment while wreaking untold havoc with my waistline and the balance on my American Express card.”
Pulling no punches and pouring on the literary hot sauce when called for, Hicks has written a book that has become required reading for serious food fanciers planning their first or fifty-first pilgrimage to the undisputed “Food Mecca on the Mighty Mississippi.”
The writer uses tantalizing ways to tell his story of the best and most captivating restaurants located through the crescent city also know as New Orleans. The city legendary itself even before the tides of Hurricane Katrina scattered it across the news channels. It’s a city I’ve always wanted a chance to visit. This book will delightfully be my guide when visiting. If your taking a trip there soon this is a must have!
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