WE ARE HEADING TO NOLA FOR OUR DAUGHTER'S WEDDING IN MAY. NEED ECONOMICAL PLACES TO EAT BUT THAT ARE GOOD QUALITY FOR THE PRICE. PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING HAVE NEVER BEEN TO NEW ORLEANS SO WE'D LIKE TO SHOW THEM GOOD AFFORDABLE PLACES. THEY LIKE "MEAT AND POTATOES" AND SOME ARE NOT IN TO FANCY THINGS. SOME OF US LOVE TO TRY EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING....
MY HUSBAND AND I HOPE TO ARRIVE AHEAD OF THE REST SO THE MOM AND POP PLACES ARE OUR KIND OF FAVORITES. WE WILL ALL BE STAYING IN THE FRENCH QUARTER AS THE OTHER PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS WANT TO BE ABLE TO "WALK" WERE WE NEED TO GO.
NEED WEDDING MEAL RESTAURANT IDEAS THAT HAVE STEAK, SEAFOOD, ITALIAN...AS EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT TASTES. I THINK WE HAVE DEANIES NARROWED DOWN FOR THE "WELCOMING MEAL" SO THEY CAN HAVE THE SAMPLER PLATTERS.
HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING ABOUT EMBERS POSTED. PLEASE ADVISE ON THIS PLACE AS ACCORDING TO THE MENU THEY HAVE WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR!
Tommy's has steak, seafood and Italian but it's not economical. It's in the Warehouse district which is a very short cab ride, or a nice long walk. They are only open for dinner.
Napoleon House in the Quarter is not expensive and has a good variety. You can sit inside or if it's a nice day, sit in the courtyard. I would recommend Fiorella's but it's been so long since I've been that I don't know if it's still good. They used to have a very nice menu & not expensive at all.
There was a discussion thread on the nola.com dining forum a while back regarding the embers. The consensus was that it is terrible.
Hmm...steak, seafood, and italian? That's a tough one. I suppose you need to find an italian restaurant who happens to have some seafood dishes and serves a steak. Because a steak joint isn't going to have italian food.
Anyway, the only recommendations I have are Mandina's and Bon Ton Cafe. Hit Irene's, galatoire's, commander's palace as well.
I wholeheartedly agree with the other posters: these are not good places.
For crying out loud, you'll be in New Orleans, one of the best food cities in the country, if not the entire world! You can find great food at other places and it will likely be less expensive than at the places you mentioned.
Some ideas for you in the FQ/Faubourg Marigny:
Praline Connection (soul food)
Bayona (good lunch specials)
Central Grocery (home of the muffaletta)
If you're willing to drive/take a cab:
Juan's Flying Burrito
Dick and Jenny's
La Crepe Nanou
I have to agree with the Deanie's review. Not great. Very few things on the menu are not fried. This is a problem for many folks. Particularly older folks with acid reflux ( and some young ones too).
My future in-laws love it and want to go there all the time. So obviously some people like it. Since they want to take us there for each and every ocassion I can leave it.
I agree with Bill Hunt. We need more info in order to comment properly for this group.
The Embers is part of the Karno french quarter empire. I honestly didn't know of anyone who'd actually eaten at the Embers (first bad sign), until my coworker's daughter went to work for one of the Karno concerns and got some coupons (second bad sign). He said it was fine (tho he's not exactly a chowhound) but "kinda empty".
re: Hungry Celeste
I remember the Embers, but do not know anyone, who has ever dined there - myself included. Might be good, but...
To the OP, where in NOLA, will you, and the guests be staying. Also, please let the board know what you mean by "economical." To me, Cochon is very economical, and so is GW Fins - two very different restaurants. However, based on what I spend for dinner in most places, everything in NOLA is economical, or a great value. Take your pick. Since prices can differ so greatly, around the globe, what I might consider as economical, might well be obscene to you.
I'm sure that you'll get great recs. for dining spots, and hope that all can fit into your criteria.
If you are in the French Quarter, I cannot help with a "steak and potatos" place. We had a really bad experience at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, but it was some time back. Family member was a sous-chef there, and promised me that things had changed. Did not ever have time to test his theory. However, Mister B's (same basic family) has always come through. Same for Palace Cafe, on the edge of the FQ. Very good food, for a very fair price. Innovative, it was not, just good and a good value.
We'll be there in March, so I plan on doing some new spots (like Stella!), and will be doing a review of each location. However, many evening will be catered events, so we will miss some real dining, while in the City.
More details will definitely help,