March 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM ET
Hoda surprised her best friend Karen last weekend with a birthday visit to New Orleans. But she wasn't without ulterior motives.
Specifically: BBQ shrimp motives. Hoda reported being bewitched by the dish at Mr. B's Bistro. It's not traditional "barbecue," reports Hoda (Mr. B's is a legendary Creole joint), and involves dipping bread in delicious shrimp butter. Hoda and Karen also enjoyed Italian at Irene's and strolling around the legendary French quarter.
But, in a town as famous for ghosts and vampires as it is for its snacks, it was the shrimp that haunted her the most. Fear not, Hoda: Mr. B's has the recipe on their website.
What's your favorite dish from New Orleans? Have you ever been unable to forget about a dish after eating it? Tell us in the comments below.
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor. She is routinely visited by the restless spirit of a bread pudding she ate in New Orleans.