The last time you tried to snack on a museum exhibit, security gruffly asked you to "please leave the Matisse painting alone". Thankfully, you won't ever hear those words at NOLA's Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which just opened its aromatic doors this week.
SoFAB, as fans know it, has existed as a stand-alone exhibit and mall shop, but finally found a permanent home in New Orleans' Central City. The place exhaustively catalogs every aspect of food culture below the Mason-Dixon line, only they don't just show you antique absinthe fountains -- they offer Sazeracs for you to sip as you walk around. You can also cruise for some snacks at the demo kitchen before continuing through the many exhibits on BBQ, gumbo, and boiled peanuts. Most of the artifacts were personally donated by insatiable Southerners, so you know you're getting the real deal, and you certainly won't be hungry by the time you reach the gift shop.