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As March Madness Rolls, New Orleans Tracks Its Own Red Beans Brackets

The humble dish doesn't normally turn heads, but now red beans have inspired their own craze, thanks to a month-long citywide food competition styled after the college basketball tournament.
For the Bean Madness competition, decisions on this classic dish can turn on preferences set long ago by family tradition, house style and even generational differences. Source: sandoclr

Gumbo is the most famous New Orleans dish. Po-boys get plenty of press and king cake is now a seasonal sensation, splayed across social media for all the hungry world to crave around Mardi Gras time in The Big Easy.

But red beans and rice? That gets into a homier appeal in New Orleans.

The dish doesn't normally turn heads, but it has worked its way into the city's rhythms

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