There’s no doubt that New Orleans is known for its big bold flavors. “It’s almost too salty, it’s almost too spicy,” says Tory McPhail, the renowned executive chef at Commander’s Palace, a culinary landmark of the city since the 1800s. “When you combine that together with everything you get out of the field, out of the bayous and out of the Gulf of Mexico, how can you not have a wonderful culture?”
Creole is the only indigenous food to all of North America.
The fast-talking Big Easy native McPhail dishes on that culture in an episode of Discover America’s mouthwatering web series “Flavors of America,” and discusses the New Orleans’ food scene as he remembers “smells of making jams in the kitchen and fresh apple pie” as he cooks up softshell crab.
“Every dish has a story,” says the celebrated chef who has been key in keeping traditional creole foodies coming back for dishes like turtle soup and pecan-crusted trout.
Where to Stay:
- MOXY New Orleans French Quarter
- Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans
- AC Hotel New Orleans
- Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel
- The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
- The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection
- Courtyard New Orleans Downtown
- SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown
- New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center