10 Quintessential New Orleans Dishes

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So many well-liked American dishes owe their existence to the ingenuity of New Orleans chefs, and oysters Rockefeller are no exception. Antoine's, one of the nation’s oldest family-run restaurants, is credited with serving up the first helping of the dish in the late 1800s. The food, which consists of oysters on the half shell topped with a rich sauce of butter, herbs, and bread crumbs and then baked, has become a staple on so many restaurant menus in the more than a century since it was first whipped up.