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We are returning to New Orleans for the first time since Katrina. We will be without a car and are planning to take the Canal streetcar to the art museum for the Ansel Adams show. I have eaten at Mandina's and had ice cream from Brocatto's and loved both but I understand neither is presently open. (We will arrive Thursday.) I am looking for a restaurant for lunch (something akin to Mandina's would be nice) that I could walk to from the streetcar (We both like to walk.) and then walk on to the museum. Someone suggested Liuzza's. Any comments about the restaurant or other restaurant suggestions would be welcome. Also, would there be any kind of safety factor in that area?

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  1. There aren't too many places open in mid-city for lunch. Luizza's by the track is very good, as is Cafe Degas (Wed. - Sat. lunch). Ralphs on the Park is far more upscale, but very good and reasonably priced at lunch.

    1. Cafe Degas is right down Esplanade from the end of the street car line. The food is between Mandina's and Ralph's. Itis a quaint place and the food is real good.

      1. Actually, there are several lunch options in Mid city, as well as those mentioned above. From the Museum, Ralphs and Fellinis are closest:

        The Sun Ray Grill in the American Can Company on Orleans
        Fellini's on Carrollton for pizza/sandwiches
        Parkway Bakery on Hagan for excellent po-boys
        Mandinas on Canal has reopened
        Brocato's reopens this Saturday

        1. Oops - above where I said Mandinas had reopened, I was actually thinking of Luizza's on Bienville (different from Luizza's by the Track). I'm not sure if Mandinas has reopened.

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          1. re: Envie

            Mandina's in NOLA hasn't reopened, but a branch run by the same folks is open in Baton Rouge.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              I drive past Mandina's on my way to work, and it is very heartening to see the progress they are making on the building. Hopefully, it will reopen soon.

          2. Thanks to everyone. A ton of great information!