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Happy Fat Tuesday

If you're visiting Mardi Gras next week — or really any time you find yourself in New Orleans — here are three great foodie guides to the Big Easy:

1. Food & Wine's New Orleans Travel Guide: Navigate the city using F&W's list of best new restaurants and bars, or take a tour informed by local chefs and their favorite places to eat and drink. Bonus: F&W's top chef's recipe section can help you cook all the delicious dishes you devoured during your stay.

2. Hungry Nomad's Insider's Guide to New Orleans: Tala Voosoghi is an Iranian-Canadian lawyer living in Lafayette, Louisiana. She's also a serious foodie who blogs at Hungry Nomad. She and her husband lived in New Orleans for a year and her thoroughly researched city guide is packed with insights only a local could offer. Bonus: Voosoghi is in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, so follow her on Twitter for an up-to-the-minute guide on where to eat. (Beignets at Cafe du Monde above).

3. Details Magazine's New Orleans Bar Guide: When you need a break from the relentless crowds in the French Quarter, this may be the perfect guide for you. Bonus: A handy map feature helps you navigate the Big Easy. —Cerentha Harris