It’s time for lunch, so let’s talk food. Gumbo.300

New Orleans is famous for its restaurants. Yesterday, I enjoyed an yummy and affordable meal at Lil Dizzy’s. It’s in the Treme neighborhood, a culturally rich area — one of the seedbeds of the African American community.

Hurricane Katrina brought water to the restaurant’s doorstep, but never ventured inside. The Treme neighborhood is adjacent to the French Quarter, the high traffic tourist area that was largely spared in the storm.

Lil Dizzy’s serves gumbo by the cup or bowl. You can order off a menu or from the buffet line. And you can get plenty to eat for under $10. The restaurant is owned by Wayne Baquet, from one of the celebrated families in New Orleans cuisine.

A popular stopoff for Lutherans is Cafe du Monde in the Riverwalk — not far from the convention center. The cafe specializes in four-square doughnuts known as beignets. Pure decadence.