(CNN) — New Orleans is a city that shares a storied multigenerational love of food, family and community that transcends spur-of-the-moment trends.
Blending Creole and Cajun traditions with contemporary French, Italian, Caribbean and soul food, the Crescent City is a true melting pot.
It’s also the birthplace of the muffaletta, the po’boy, gumbo, jambalaya and étouffée.
A place where tourists can be found waiting in lines for beignets at all hours. And where Mondays are reserved for red beans and rice, and the simple bell pepper, onion and celery are upheld as the Holy Trinity of all delicious things.
The come-as-you-are attitude is a rare, charming specialty of this coastal byway that…