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ocjen Dec 3, 2007 11:50 AM

We are traveling down to NOLA for our 10th anniversary, and would like recs for authentic and affordable romantic eats. Our plan is to do traditional fare/nothing fancy for lunches, and something a bit more romantic for dinners. We'd like to keep our food budget under $100 a day if possible. We're staying in CBD, but are willing to explore. Ideas? Also, would particularly love places with NO kids' menu. :) Thanks!

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    mikek Dec 6, 2007 06:43 AM

    For lunch:
    Central Grocery
    SURREY'S - AMAZING and could walk from the CBD.
    Parkway
    Port o Call
    Bluebird

    Dinners:
    Martinuqie Bistro
    Jacques Imos
    Brigtsens (for a splurge but not too much of one)
    Cochon
    Herbsaint
    Rio Mar

    I would skip: Arnauds, Antoines, Emerils (great banana cream pie though)

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      pilaf Dec 4, 2007 07:41 AM

      $100/day will be difficult, but not impossible with some effort. If you want to try any truly romantic/nice places, I would find those that serve lunch, and hit the more modest/inexpensive places at dinner. For example, Rio Mar (mentioned below) has a very well priced lunch/tapas menu. I find the seafood stew alone ($8) to be enough for one. Commanders has lunch and cocktail specials that worthwhile. Bayona also has a very modestly priced lunch menu and you can sti in the courtyard if the weather is warm enough.

      For dinner, I would try Adolfo’s on Frenchmen. I find it a very quaint/romantic place (but not fancy by any means) and the cannelloni and escargot appetizers are not only delicious but the size of entrees. I’d also include Mona Lisa on Chartres in the same catagory, although a bit more eclectic in a uniquely New Orleans way. While not romantic, Eat New Orleans on Dauphine is delicious and you can bring your own wine or champagne so it seems like a splurge.

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        indiwaiter Dec 3, 2007 11:44 PM

        If your budget it $50 per person for the day ($100/2=$50) you can eat well but you will have to sacrifice atmosphere and creativity. With that being said here are my recommendations:

        Lunches; Very Casual (in no particluar order)
        Johnny's Po-boys
        Central Grocery
        Coops Place
        Deanies on Annunciation

        Nicer lunches still casual
        Rio Mar
        Mr. B's
        palace cafe

        Dinners casual
        Dick & Jenny's
        Jaques Imos
        Coops Place (very casual)

        Dinner dressy casual
        Rio Mar
        Murial's
        Bon Ton Cafe

        Dinner
        Arnaud's
        Galatoires
        Brigtsens

        The dinner places I mentioned can fall into your budget but you would have to have a very modest lunch and of course no alcohol.

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          JazzyB Dec 4, 2007 08:53 AM

          For $10pp, Mat and Naddies has a nice lunch buffet (not your typical fare). Port of Call for burgers. Redfish Grill is also reasonable for lunch. Lols on Esplanade for inexpensive Spanish cuisine.

          1. re: indiwaiter
            Bill Hunt Dec 5, 2007 07:14 PM

            As you will soon see, I am NOT a CFP (Certified Financial Planner), but life is about the memories. None of us checks out with one dime. That said, I'd call Restaurant August and tell them the occasion. I highly recommend the "chef's tasting," as Chef Besh does a great job. As stated on other threads (I will not bore you with details), I'd look to the half-bottle wine list, if you enjoy wine with your meal.

            For #2, I'd next look to Commander's Palace, as much for the total experience, as for the food, though it is very good. Not as close to you, but not THAT far away.

            Hunt

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            Restaurant August
            301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Commander's Palace Restaurant
            1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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