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I'll be in NO for a week in mid july. I'm looking for places with really good food at reasonable prices ($15-25 range). What is a must in NO. I'll be staying in the French Quarter but don't mind traveling if the food is worth it. I'm pretty open to food type. I've already made reservations at Nola and just would like a few more suggestions. What is a must eat at place. (not too touristy) Thanks

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  1. Mona Lisa restaurant at 1212 Royal St. has excellent Italian food in your price range. They have lots of yummy pasta dishes, terrific gourmet pizza, paneed veal, etc. plus a rustic and homey atmosphere and friendly service all in the French Quarter.

    1. Eleven79 can be slightly more expensive, but not too much more. Its an incredible italian place hidden in the warehouse district. Its certainly not touristy.

      1. Mother's on Poydras is a great breakfast or lunch choice if you want to keep it cheap. It is a cafeteria style place and there is always a line but it moves quickly. Ferdi Special and crawfish etouffee can't be beat.

        Clover Grill and Port of Call are great burgers down in the quarter (again VERY casual).

        Napoleon House is a good place to stop and grab a bite in the quarter and Muriel's is fabulous too although maybe a bit pricey.

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        1. re: NK623

          I second the recommendation for etouffee at Mother's. Had some last summer and I still drool at the thought.

          1. re: creativeusername

            If you want a po-boy, and dont want to be as touristy as Mother's, try Domilise's. Except it is like 15 minutes from the qtr.

        2. A few years ago, our family of eight spent a week in 2 timeshare trades on Decatur and found this little place to be just right for breakfasts and an occasional lunch. Great prices, good food, and convenient.
          http://www.menaspalace.com/

          1. OH--and Croissant D'Or on Ursuline for breakfast pastries...ridiculously good

            1. I would not got to NOLA if I were you. Our experience there in October was horrible. They ruined my birthday dinner. The appetizers were bad. We wound up canceling our entrees and walked up the street to Bacco and had additional appetizers at the bar.

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              1. re: dcata25

                I agree about Nola...wasn't goign to say anything since you already have reservations but now that it is out there...

                If you are going to spend that amount of money you can definitely go to better places. Also, bear in mind that Emeril's food is VERY rich. Last time I went what I ordered was good but I could barely have more than two or three bites and I am not a shy eater. Go to Irene's on Ursuline or Antoine's and eat some Oyster's Rockafeller. Both are in the quarter...

                1. re: NK623

                  Ok, If I'm not going to Nola. where should I go? Also, my husband doesn't eat any seafood... so no Oysters. :-) What is a must have for a pretty nice affordable dinner.

                  1. re: arizonagirl

                    I agree - I wouldn't go to NOLA. Not what you're going to expect from an Emeril restaurant.

                    Adolfo's on Frenchmen St (right outside the qtr) is really good, atmospheric Italian. Its on top of the Apple Barrel club, which is a jazz club.

                    Elizabeth's in Bywater has GREAT New Orleansy food for reasonable prices as well.

              2. These are all in the Quarter:

                Try Palace Cafe on Canal Street for their eary bird dinner special. I think you have to be seated by 6:30 PM. Food is quite good. www.palacecafe.com to check it out.

                Try Bacco's for their 3 appetizers and 1 glass of wine for $25. www.bacco.com

                K-Paul's is wonderful, however I think they are out of your price range. www.kpauls.com

                Muriel's is good and they have a pre-fixe menu which I think is in your price range. www.muriels.com

                I second Irene's - food is very very good. Make reservations, the earlier the better otherwise you will wait even with reservations. Irene's does not have a website.

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                1. re: dcata25

                  I like the Palace of those mentioned. It's owned by one of the folks in the Brennan family (Commander's Palace).

                  Also try Carmelo's on Decatur. Across the street is Maspero's that is great for lunch.
                  Haven't been to Masperos in a while, but they used to serve red beans and rice on Monday. That's a NO staple.

                  1. re: marchperson

                    I guess it is all a matter of opinion. We went to Carmelo's and were not impressed at all. How about Cafe Giovanni? He has that "feed me" menu.

                  2. re: dcata25

                    I don't think Irene's will take a reservation unless you have a really big party but they have a waiting area with cocktail OR you can walk around the neighborhood a bit. Ursuline Convent is always cool to go and check out.

                    1. re: dcata25

                      Thanks for the links!!

                    2. Irene's does take reservations now. We have made them the last 3 times we have been there.