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Recommendations for Mid-City and French Quarter

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We're coming in for JazzFest, and would love recommendations for places to eat.

We're staying near Rock 'n' Bowl; I've been told to eat at Mandina's. Anywhere else?

I'm sure we'll find ourselves at the Music Factory before and after the festival. Any suggestions of where to eat around there? I feel like there are so many tourist traps in and around the Quarter, and I don't want to get caught in one of those. What do you think about the Gumbo Shop? Coop's Place? Other suggestions?

The last 6 times I've been to JF, I was a student, so wa really limited in my choices. This year I have a job (albeit at a non-profit), so I have a bit more money to spend. Dinners around $15 would be OK.

We're looking for typical New Olreans food - food we can't get up here in New England. I'm sure there's great Mexican, Indian, Asian, etc. food in NO, but we want what we can't get elsewhere.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

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  1. for $15 - you're somewhat limited. i really like the gumbo shop - v. affordable and tasty. their etouffee is very good as well.

    also - be sure to get a muffaletta at central grocery (about $8-10 i think depending on 1/2 or wohle).

    ye olde college inn on claiborne/carrollton could be a nice dinner - it's v. good and nice local spot. without drinks and apps - you'll be near $15.

    there's also po'boy spots - like liuzza's (sp?) that are affordable and something you can't get in new england.

    1. Mid-city delights with local-centric food include Mandina's (though $15 might be pushing it), Angelo Brocato's for sweets/gelato, Liuzza's on Bienville, Parkway Bakery on Hagan, and Minnie's Catfish Corner.

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      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        is liuzza's right near the grounds of jazz fest or are there two liuzza's, liuzza's by the track and liuzza's on bienville? thanks.

        1. re: kevin

          Yes. L by the Track is right by the fairgrounds. There is another Liuzza's (not affiliated) in MidCity on Bienville.

      2. For $15, you could go to RIo Mar for lunch and order one or tapas apiece. That would be a nice way to eat fairly cheaply in one of the city's best restaurants.

        1. Jazz Tacos in the Exchange alley just a few blocks up from the Music Factory, is great and really reasonable. I'm suggesting it 'cause they have several Honduran items on the menu, and one doesn't find that too often...

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          1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

            i haven't had thier honduran items - but their tacos are awful! they're so dull, i don't even think they're worth eating.

            DF's tacos (on Claiborne/jefferson just a few blocks west of Lowe's) are amazing! i love their asada and both their red salsa and salsa verde are spicy and delicious! for $1.50/each - a perfect perfect cheap eat.

          2. You mentioned Coop's. In my opinion, the best place for New Orleans kind of food in the quarter in the affordable class. A little divey but not too much and also open late. The rabbit and andouille jambalaya is top notch and the seafood gumbo is some of the best gumbo I've ever had (get it with extra seafood for a few dollars more--served with bread it's a complete meal). My wife loves their fish dishes as well. And it meets your $15 goal.

            1. Admittedly, it's not mid-city or French Quarter, but if you're looking for inexpensive, authentic, New Orleans style food, you might try Dunbar's. It relocated to the Loyola Law School campus after the big K, corner of Pine and Dominican, just a block off Broadway and St. Charles, easily accessible by bus from your area. The ambience is not great, but the food is true N'awlins. And dirt cheap. Full breakfast for two bucks, no joke. Limited menu, but everything is really, really good. Not exactly low cal, but I hope that's not in your calculations!

              1. Adolfo's on Frenchmen St. for creole-italian.

                1. I can second the recommendation for Coop's. Ate there tonight and while it's not at all fancy the food was very tasty. I have the aforementioned rabbit/sausage jambalaya it is was delish...my wife went with the sampler platter, so we both got to taste around 5 dishes. Really good value. I also liked that they only charged 50 cents more for an Abita vs a Bud.

                  1. Thank you all so much for your recommendations. This will definitely save me from being stuck eating at a chain like Bubba Gump's! (Who knows, maybe their food is decent?)

                    I'm really looking forward to trying Coop's. Also I just remembered that last year we went to Johnny's for a po' boy and it was really good. I'll try to check out Liuzza's as well. Mandina's is still on my list, added ye olde college inn and Minnie's catfish corner.

                    Thanks again for all your recommendations!

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                    1. re: amees

                      I ate at Bubba Gump's the summer before K and it was surprisingly good. And I'm pretty picky about fresh seafood. But I was with a group and didn't want to venture on my own at that particular time. I also enjoyed the hard lemonade!