New Orleans culinary tours | USA TODAY

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New Orleans and eating go together like feathers and Mardi Gras. It's impossible to experience one without the other. In a town with more than 1,300 restaurants, most independent and locally owned, the moveable feast never ends.

Locals are passionate about iconic dishes that reflect this port city's historic gumbo of cultures, from African, French and Spanish to Italian, Irish and Southeast Asian. Typical Creole fare is on the rich side -- simmered seafood bisques, local trout swabbed in buttery Meunière sauce and garlicky étouffée larded with crawfish and sausage.

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