Overall, the combination of fresh seafood, bold flavors, and traditional Southern ingredients make BBQ shrimp and grits a beloved dish in New Orleans.
For native New Orleanians, eating gumbo is a way of life. When I was growing up, the only gumbo we had was seafood gumbo. Then, in the 1970s, a Cajun chef named Paul Prudhomme came to town. Cajun food took the city by storm from that point on.