Red Beans and Rice

Nearly every Creole kitchen without airs offers red beans and rice, but it’s not the type of dish restaurants get famous for (the late, great Buster Holmes cafe notwithstanding). Traditionally a Monday lunch made using Sunday’s leftover beans, it transcends its innate humility. When made right, each bean, saturated with the savor of pork, delivers silky richness that belies its leguminous virtue; the sausage that is de rigueur as a companion to rice and beans is deeply smoky and vividly spiced, its vibrancy balanced by the avoirdupois of rice. Red beans and rice is so soulfully satisfying that it has come to serve as an emblem of proletarian brio, virtue, and warmth in New Orleans. When musician Louis Armstrong wrote a letter, his complimentary close was “Red beans and ricely yours.”

Restaurants With This Dish

Un Bien


Heart-shaped serving or rice with roast pork ... taste of Puerto Rico
La Casa Latina | Taste of Puerto Rico in Augusta, GA


Wonder Seafood


Sweet P’s Downtown Dive


Thanh Son Tofu


Crisp-crusted fried chicken cutlet is blanketed with cheese and spicy red sauce
Mike’s Kitchen | Rhode Island Italian Seafood in the VFW Hall



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