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Hi, I'm a student going to NO from Pennsylvania for the 1st time with 3 friends. We all eat everything, and want to try some good cajun or creole places. We're staying at the French Quarter, and don't have a tonne of money, so we can't afford places like Commander's (which seems to be on all the "best of NO" lists...

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  1. Look into going to Commander's for Lunch. .75 martinis!! The food's great and it's a great NO experience (and much more inexpensive during the daylight). Hungry Celeste will have far more suggestions than I, but when I was there Acme's was very good and reasonable. Of course going to NO without once going to Cafe du Monde would be like going to Chicago and not looking up even once at one of the 30-40 800 foot tall skyscrapers.

    1. What about Casamento's on Magazine? Very NOLA.Great Oyster Loaf (on Texas toast) and Oyster Stew. Yum! Don't know if they are open right now, so check (I don't live in NOLA anymore...). Praline Connection (Frenchmen St.) has some good stuff, too, and is not expensive. Love the fried chicken livers with red pepper jelly.

      1. Casamento's is open. It's worth it. Also check out Coop's Place. Verti Marte (po boys) and Central Grocery (muffuletta) both have takeout sandwiches. Up Esplanade, you could get to Liuzza's by the Track. Shrimp stew on Fridays.

        1. Port of call for a good inexpensive burger, gumbo shop for reasonably good gumbo and a bargain, Charte room for cheap drinks and great local color, Frenchman street has good inexpensive food and lots of bars with music, just outside theFQ. That should help and I am a Pa. transplant. Don't try the pizza, they don't seem to know what good pizza is here, but there is lots of good places that are not high end. Look into Fiorello's and Eat for breakfast.

          1. Along the same lines, are there "must eat" foods besides beignets, gumbo, po (poor?) boys, jambalaya, and oysters in all forms?

            1. Poor boys is the correct name as they were fed to the poor laborers, bust most people say po-boy.
              Crawfish of course, muffeletta's, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, good grits, chikory coffee, local fish any way, remoulade with shrimp. And if you get to Magazine St. there are tons of fun places to eat that don't cost fortunes.

              Have Fun

              1. Just came back. Went to Nola, Felix's, Petunia's, and Cafe du Monde....had an awesome time.

                4 Replies
                1. re: sueyee

                  Felix's was open- the one near Acme?

                  1. re: Spencer

                    There's one uptown on Prytania, near Crepe Nanou. I'm pretty sure the one in the quarter is still not open.

                    1. re: JGrey

                      According to Tom Fitzmorris, the French Quarter location opened in the last few days. I haven't been by to check.

                      1. re: Frolic

                        I'll take his word for it! That's good news.

                2. Gald you enjoyed it sueyee - we are glad you came, and hope that you will come back!

                  1. Make sure you have:

                    A muffelatta at the Central Grocer (right there in French quarter - just ask, I think it's on Tchopotulis)
                    Oysters at Acme Oyster House
                    Roast Beef Po Boy at Irish pub in the garden distict (fun ride on teh trolley) @ Parasol's
                    Red Beans and Rice (or anything) at Mother's (right on Poydras) all the locals know
                    French Donuts & coffee at Cafe du Monde