South Louisiana residents already know that their local cuisine is top-notch.

Even so, it’s nice when our long tradition of great food attracts attention far beyond the state. That happened recently when both New Orleans and Baton Rouge were singled out for the quality of their restaurants.

Garden & Gun, an upscale magazine celebrating the best of life throughout the South, included New Orleans in its 10 best Food Towns in the publication’s latest issue. “New Orleans continues to weave together one of the most unique culinary scenes in the country,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Baton Rouge earned kudos from USA Today, which included it in its list of five underrated food cities in the South. “Baton Rouge is ground zero for some excellent Cajun and Creole food, but unbeknown to many, the city has so much more to offer,” the newspaper told readers. “There’s a healthy pop-up scene and new spots ... are garnering widespread praise.”

That praise is well-deserved, and a reminder of our good fortune to live in a place where the food is some of the best on the planet.