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If you could name your top three - Cheap Eats and Overall Eats - in New Orleans what would they be?


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  1. Welcome...here are my current, post-Katrina top three. I restricted my choices to very cheap and then price-is-no-object. This is a very subjective list, I could easily name others if you asked me tomorrow.
    cheap eats: Casamentos (opens on Sept 12), Parkway Bakery, Pho Tau Bay (westbank)
    high-end eats--Restaurant August, Bayona, Galatoire's

    1. cheap eats: Mona's, Port of call, Snug Harbor

      Cost is no object: Cuvee, Lilette, Upperline

      and all of the above

      1. Cheap: Casamento's, Coop's, Crabby Jack's

        high end: Stella!, K-Paul's, Clancy's

        And the above 2 posts have excellent picks as well.

        1. cheap: so hard to pick just three, although jgrey and hungry celeste have already nailed mine. I would also add Central Grocery and Liuzza's (on Bienville) to their lists.

          overall: Dick & Jenny's, Cochon, Upperline. My tastes sort of stray away from the super stuffy high end places.

          1. Cheap: Crabby Jacks or Domilises, Mothers, Central Grocery.

            Overall: Dick and Jenny's, Brigstens, Upperline.

            I disagree with Casamentos and Pho Tau Buy

            1. Cheap: Parkway, Domilise, Central Grocery

              High end: Galatoire's, Brigtsen's, K-Paul (coconut cake a must).

              Thanks (and don't forget Cafe Du Monde),


              1. When I was down there post hurricane, I loved both the po boys and the scene at Mother's and Fankie & Johnny's. Of course, I live in NY so I'm up for just about any po boy in a storm. Oh how I wish I could find a decent one in Brooklyn.

                1. cheap eats:

                  poboys at Parasol, Domilese, Casamentos, Parkway Tavern, Central Grocery or Napolean House

                  breakfast pastry at La Boulangerie or Croissant D'Or

                  beignets at Cafe Beignet or Cafe Du Monde

                  pricier but really not that bad
                  Dante's Kitchen, Cochon, Herbsaint, or Iris

                  Bayona, Brigstens, Lillette (lunch is a relative bargain), Table One (ditto on lunch), Upperline

                  1. Difficult to answer without knowing the tastes of OP, however, Lilette, have loved since the day they opened..K Pauls, let's face it, it is dining at an original and remains excellent, don't forget the lovely Stella! I am a fan of NOLA, an exciting modern environment with excellent food, recently ate at Lebanon's Cafe near Tulane and it was great (very casual) for lunch if in the area...I know the fabulous Commander's Palace will be opening soon, not exactly sure when, but I truly believe it is one of the great landmarks of NOLA cuisine. My son's fav Jacques Imo (never been myself, hummmmmm so many. Now, for a different thought...does Praline Connection still have their Gospel Brunch? A truly fun experience, not so much for the food, which seems more like a church social, but the whole deal is a wow!

                    1. cheap eats: surrey's for breakfast, mona's for lunch or dinner, crepe nanou (off of prytania) for dinner with atmosphere

                      best of the best: la boca (on fulton) and jacques-imos (uptown)

                      1. Parkway, Central, Crabby Jack's

                        Galatoire's, Brigtsen's, K-Paul's

                        The three high end places are all very New Orleans, but very different.