April 11, 2016
By: Scott Gold, Thrillist
Strap on an American flag motorcycle helmet a la Easy Rider and embark on a food-driven road trip through the highways and byways -- and swamps and bayous -- of Louisiana. There’s so much more to see and do (and eat) in this state than what we hold close to the vest in New Orleans, so get out there and explore this state with abandon. More often than not, you’ll find that the people are friendly, the scenery is resplendent, the hospitality is off the charts, and the cuisine... well, Louisiana food really speaks for itself, doesn't it? If you have a few hours and a full tank of gas, here’s where you need to be headed for the full-on Pelican State experience.
Just in case you haven’t gotten your fair share of chef John Besh on TV -- or at the helm of his restaurant empire in NOLA -- Besh’s La Provence in Lacombe is a worthy destination eatery, if ever there was one. Besh gets to trot out some real European style and charm with this stunner, which features extensive grounds and gardens (kind of handy when you’re running a restaurant -- those vegetables are fresh, seasonal, and local, ya heard?). As the name of the joint suggests, it’s a beautiful little slice of Provence right in the heart of the Pelican State.