New England Katrina Workers need cheap eats in New Orleans!
17 College Faculty, Staff, and Students from North Shore Community College, north of Boston, will be in NO for about 9 days in January to do demolition work in the 9th Ward. They will have transportation. Where do you recommend to eat for true local flavor?
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Pete, I think it's great that you're doing this. I am active in Boston Cares and Hands on America. We've had a number of teams go down and pitch in.
To keep this chowcentric, Acme Oyster House was fun when I went. Hopefully the locals can provide more (better) choices for your group.
Here are some local places (and classics) that are super cheap & all Very Good (Have fun while you're here!):
The Gumbo Shop - 630 St. Peters - http://www.gumboshop.com/
Central Grocery (muffaletta sandwich) - 923 Decatur St
Napoleon House - 500 Chartres St. - www.napoleonhouse.com
Port O'Call - 838 Esplanade - www.portofcallneworleans.com
Cafe Reconcile - 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Bl.
Voo Doo BBQ - 1501 Saint Charles Ave.
Lebanon Cafe - 1506 S Carrollton Ave.
Cafe Du Monde - 1039 Decatur St. - www.cafedumonde.com
Crabby Jacks - 428 Jefferson Hwy
The portions at Gulfstream on St. Charles or at Zea's are HUGE, so you can slit and still be full. Although the food is perfectly good, these are not local flair places so it would be rather anywhere USA in terms of cuisine. Also, for a great po-boy during the day, try Parkway Bakery. For local cuisine at medium prices, College Inn is very good.
Out a little beyond where you'll be, in New Orleans East, there are a lot of Vietnamese places and a few seafood places, including Deanies, along Haynes Blvd and Chef Menteur Hwy. Also Vuconovich's, a neighborhood cafe, on Michoud.
Go see the OTHER levee breach area at Bucktown in Lakeview. R&O in Bucktown has good seafood as does Deanies. There are only 2 sandwich shops open (on Harrison Avenue) in all of Lakeview which was completely destroyed and none of its commercial areas have been rebuilt.
In Mid-City, you can find some fun at the Rock N Bowl at Tulane and Carrollton, great live entertainment in about the only place reopened in that area. A lttle further up Carrollton, just after you cross Canal, are fabulous Italian desserts at Brocatto's.
Juan's Flying Burrito is always good for cheap eats and I think they have veggie stuff.
Liuzza's at 3636 Bienville is an old family-owned neighborhood place that flooded out completely but is open again.
No, that's another one, a neighborhood place on Haynes out near Little Farms that is not related to Deanie's Seafood. There's been another one too, on Annunciation, that's not related.
Deanie's Seafood has 2 - Bucktown and Iberville St.
Just like 2 Liuzza's - the regular Liuzza's and Liuzza's by the Track - no relation.