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Classic New Orleans Restaurant Making Waves with Turtle Soup

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | April 08, 2015

Classic New Orleans Restaurant Making Waves with Turtle Soup

New Orleans is one of the most culturally diverse places in the United States, and the food at the world-renowned Brennan's restaurant reflects the varying heritages of the residents that inhabit the city.

The wildest dish on the menu has to be Turtle Soup.

According to a report from Arthel Neville of Fox News, Brennan's restaurant reopened in late 2014 after falling into foreclosure in 2013. The restaurant has been a staple of the New Orleans since it opened in 1946, and new head chef Slade Rushing has helped restore its prestige.

Not only did the new owners revamp the building itself, but they also gave Rushing the chance to revamp the menu and he did so with several appetizing dishes, including a local delicacy called turtle soup.

At first, the idea of turtle soup is jarring for those who have never heard of the dish before, but the reptile-based meal dates back to the 1800s. Rushing has added his own spin to the Louisiana favorite, and visitors would be remiss to pass up the opportunity for a taste.

When asked about his turtle soup, Rushing told Neville, “Everyone in New York has an opinion on pizza. In New Orleans, they have an opinion about turtle soup, so it's something we have to be good at.”

Before anyone gets too angry — I own a red-eared slider myself — Rushing made sure during the interview that everyone was aware that Brennan's was using farm-raised turtles and not any kind of endangered species.

As an extra sign of the restaurant’s respect for turtles, Brennan's actually held a parade for the unique reptiles when the business reopened. Live turtles can now be found in the courtyard fountain.

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