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Good but Reasonable?

I'm volunteering with my daughter for several days in New Orleans beginning this Wednesday. We both love great food but my pocketbook doesn't always go along for the ride! Many of the dinner suggestions here sound wonderful - but really expensive. Any suggestions for good lunches/dinners that top out at the $20 -30.00 range? Not expecting that to include alcohol, of course. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Napoleon House and Pierre Maspero's in the French Quarter are great for classics and decaying charm.

    1. Try Adolfo's on Frenchman St. It is above a bar, sort of divey, but great food. In the French Quarter, Coop's Place is good, and I've heard good things about Eat. Uptown try Casamento's and Crepe Nanou. Jacque-Imo's would be in that price range if you refrain from a bunch of appetizers, you get a very large amount of food with the entree, so they are not really necessary.

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      1. re: JGrey

        Eat has a GREAT menu on Sat and Sun, shrimp and grits and grits and grillades are my fav's
        also try the Praline Connection

        1. re: deuceisboss

          Where is Eat? Our extended family has a trip planned in June to the French Quarter and I have been reading and gathering all the info about the best places to eat. Have not been able to google any info on Eat.

          1. re: zetcat

            Dauphine and Dumaine if I am correct...it good for both breakfat and lunch/dinner, and pretty reasonable especially when you consider its BYO.

            The Eggs Dauphine are great.

            1. re: bbares81

              Thank you...makes me hungry now! Can't wait. Certainly will check it out! Where do you suggest for the best seafood gumbo ..and having grown up in Gulf Shores I have not found many places that live up to my expectations of GOOD seafood gumbo.

      2. Juan's Flying Burrito is a fun Magazine St. hangout, and I really like the middle eastern food at Mona's (Carrollton near Claiborne, and Magazine St. also). Jacques Imo's is outstanding, one of the best at any price range. Only open for dinner, and can get crowded- and they don't take reservations, so showing up around 5:00 makes it work. That's on Oak St.off Carrollton.

        I just went to Coyocan last night and had some great Mexican fare in a REALLY authentic place. The dining room is pretty upscale, and they have expensive dishes and drinks to complement that, but they also have $4 burritos and the like. It's right on St. charles at Martin Luther King Dr.

        In the quarter, Acme Oyster house does great friend seafood and the Gumbo Shop does nice traditional New Orleans food, if a tad overpriced due to it's location.

        2 nights ago, my wife, 7 month old and I all went for dinner at Liuzza's by the Track on Lopez St. off Esplanade. It's a unique neighborhood bar/restaurant. Really small, only like 10 tables. Really friendly staff, and most of the patrons seemed to all live in the neighborhood and were really friendly. They have a small menu of po-boys, red beans and rice, etc. I had a good fried seafood platter for $15. They have music on Thursdays, and we saw a little blues band around 7:30 PM. Our baby's first!

        1. Do you know what part of the area you'll be working/staying in?

          We've been in Slidell at least ten times and the traffic is much worse than before K and the restaurants still close early and have limited menus.
          Uptown, the small restaurants near Tulane are open and reasonable.

          Parking in the French Quarter is the nightmare it always has been (and for over a decade we owned a place there and could search for a legal parking place.)

          IF you are going to Plaquemines Parish, ask locally if Rocky and Carlos or if Favolare's Italian Food Store Restaurant have reopened.

          Do the foodstores in Metairie still have entrees made in the store packed for take out?

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          1. re: shallots

            Thanks for all of these suggestions - you're wonderful. We've had to cobble together places in different locations because there's a huge cardiology convention this weekend. We're staying two nights in the French Quarter, 1 night in the garden district, we still don't have anything for Saturday night, and Sunday night we'll have to stay near the airport! Thanks again for all of the help. I love this site!!!

          2. Make sure you grab a lunch at Mother's (love that place) and you can't go home without a famous Muffelatta Sandwich at Central Grocer in the french quarter. The best roast beef po-boys are at Parasols - little irish pub in the garden district (fun trolley ride in a nice area of New Orleans).

            1. In the Quarter, Croissant d'Ore (pronounced cressent door) on Ursulines between Chartres and Royal was our morning place. You need to taste Cafe au Lait ( cafe ole) and decide if you want to become addicted to coffee with chicory (which you will take home with you from Community Coffee either as regular or dark roast).
              Gumbo Shack upriver from Jackson Square was also always reasonable.

              Re: directions. forget north south east and west. Up river versus down river. Toward the lake or away from the lake.

              1. Good and reasonable also includes Cafe Reconcile, on Oretha Castle Haley. It's only open for lunch, Monday through Friday, so that may be an obstacle for you. I always liked the white beans and shrimp (available Thursday only!) and my husband loved the fried catfish. I don't know if they are offering "table service" yet; it was cafeteria style the last few times I was there. $8 for your entree, sides, desert and drink isn't bad, and it's a good cause. The webiste is http://www.cafereconcile.com/index.asp - click on Cafe Reconcile on the right and you can view the menu from the drop-down. Take a cab if you go - it's in a strange place (I guess the Warehouse District????


                I second Parasols - mmmmmmmmmmm - and I really like Adolfos, too.

                Perhaps a less expensive way to eat in a nice place - IF it's being offered right now - are the 3 appetizers/glass of wine for $25 at Bacco (in the Quarter) or Ralphs (by City Park). I don't know if it's a summer only thing, but I do know that the wine choices were pretty good and the three appetizers did just fine for filling me up. I went to their websites, but neither mentioned the special, so it may be a summer only thing; it might be worth a phone call to find out. I second Jacques Imos and Casamentos as reasonable and tasty!

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                1. re: deeta

                  What sushi restaurants are great? Pre_K we tried a sushi restaurant out on Oak very near Jacques Imo's (mainly because we couldn't get in to JM's and we were starving...as we always are in that wonderful city). Don't remember the name of it but it was not good. In subsequent years' visits we've stuck with the local cuisine....but it'd be great to know where an excellent sushi restaurant might be. We'll be there again for Jazz Fest, staying in the Garden District. A quick bite of maguro would be a nice option. Thanks.

                  1. re: deltagirl

                    Horinoya, on Poydras, between O'Keefe & Baronne, is really good. Not quite as good, but passable, is Sushi Brothers on St. Charles near Melpomene/MLK.

                    Also try Bon Ton Cafe, downtown on Magazine St. Casamento's won't set you back a whole bunch, nor will a poboy at Domilese, Parasol's, Parkway Bakery, or a meal at Liuzza's on Bienville or Liuzza's by the Track on N. Lopez.

                    1. re: deltagirl

                      Sounds like you went to Ninja. I've mostly had decent experiences there (it's close to my house, so we end up there a lot), but, like Celeste, I MUCH prefer Horinoya. It's pristine. My second choice is Kyoto, on Prytania. I haven't been to Wasabi, another one people seem to like.

                      1. re: JGrey

                        I've heard great things about Horinoya, and have enjoyed Kyoto, Wasabi and Sake Cafe myself.

                  2. Hmn, some of these suggestions still sound a little pricey to me. I'm a student so I'm always eating on a budget, but I'm a foodie so I won't eat just anywhere... and as evidenced by my posts on this board, I do splurge sometimes :)

                    I don't know what kind of transportation you'll have available, that might affect where you decide to go...but here are some places I think are great that are on my regular rotation.

                    I saw someone suggested Juan's Flying Burritos and I second that.

                    Someone also suggested Acme oysterhouse - I prefer Felix's, but I agree with that suggestion.

                    Cafe Rani, uptown, is salads and sandwiches and very reasonable and good food.

                    Ignatius is delicious and rather inexpensive, also uptown.

                    If you like middle eastern/mediterranean food, there are a whole bunch of inexpensive places -- Nile, Byblos, Mona's, Lebanon, Pyramid... each slightly different in style and location but pretty much equivalent in my opinion, possibly depending on what you order.

                    There are also a dozen good sushi places -- fish here in general is pretty high quality, and if you like Sushi I recommend taking advantage.

                    Superior Grill is texmex, not especially authentic but definitely tasty and cheap.

                    In the quarter, Bennachin is very reasonable - it's African food but isn't super-esoteric in terms of the flavor profiles they offer - and the menu is huge.

                    Good luck!

                    1. Those are great suggestions and I love this thread because I am a student on somewhat of a budget as well...I would add Commander's Palace (for lunch only), Fire (for lunch) and Joey K's in the Garden District. The first two have cheaper lunch prices, and are a good way to do a nicer restaurant cheaper.

                      1. While there are plenty of inexpensive places that don't serve new Orleans cuisine, I'll stick to those that do:

                        Two Sisters Restaurant -- great soul food with parking across the side street (lunch only)

                        In the Quarter, Mena's Palace, Coop's, Fiorella's, Napoleon House

                        Bywater -- Elizabeth's

                        In the Marigny (I think), Lil Dizzy's

                        In mid-city, Mandina's and Liuzza's by the Track

                        Jefferson Hwy -- Crabby Jacks (lunch)

                        1. good for you for volunteering...i'll also be there next week. used to live there.

                          ok. please go to Domilise's Po-boys at 5240 Annunciation St for fabulous, cheap poboys. it's uptown.

                          here's a link to a page written by a native. great suggestions divided by price (lots of good cheap ones):

                          don't forget Domilise's! the poboys are the best!!!!!

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                          1. re: la_vena

                            Now, don't go saying that Domilese's has the best. In my family that always starts not only a fight, but a round of po'boy eating all over town. We have to start trying them all just to compare one more time to see if anything has changed. Liuzza's on Bienville, Parkway, Bozo's, Parasol's, a few neighborhood joints, an Oyster Load at Casamonto's. Then somebody starts getting misty about Sid-Mar's or Brunning's or wondering if Meme's will ever open again.
                            Not the worst thing that can happen, come to think of it. So many po'boys, so little time. My favorite is usually the one I'm eating.

                            1. re: MakingSense

                              well i will second domileses for oyster or shrimp...parkway for roast beef....shortstop for hot sausage....radostas for veal parm...galley for softshell crab obviously

                          2. Just got back from there, so missed the OP. If you haven't tried it, I would highly recommend Cochon for great reasonably priced eats. Haven't been for lunch, but at dinner the most expensive entree on the menu is $19. The original poster had asked about meals in the $20-$30 dollar range, and that could easily be done at Cochon for dinner and most certainly for lunch.