HELP NYC/France hound on cheap eats
hi. i am a NYC-adopted french guy who will visit NO for the first time. I'm on a very tight budget right now but unfortunately i love good food. i'll be 3 days in the city...in your opinion: what would be the nicest 4-5 places to eat on a budget and have a taste of the big easy? i'll appreciate the help. i'll have a car so area does not matter. i already read the thread about non touristy places and the Magazine St. bus but i would really appreciate your opinion on specific places to eat.
Bonjour, M'sieur Jacques...we might be long lost cousins. My grandmother was a Gaudet. Several recent cheap eats threads address this very question....for "nice" eating at a reasonable price, consider upscale lunches. White-tablecloth places with lunch service offer a great way to try fine dining at a reasonable rate. Try Herbsaint, Lilette, La Petite Grocerie, Cochon, Commander's Palace, Palace Cafe, etc.....
Also, New Orleans has a whole category of neighborhood places that are full of local color (on the menu and in the seats, too). They don't qualify as fine dining (or as really "nice"), but they do represent a particular slice of NOLA food culture. Try Mandina's, Ye Old College Inn, Casamento's, Lil Dizzy's on Esplanade, Cafe Reconcile, Elizabeth's....
Be sure to have a poboy or two while you're in town, too. Parkway Bakery, Domilese, Jazzy Poboys on Earhart, Crabby Jack's, Parasol's (roast beef)...
For a taste of creole food and the freshest of seafood, I would go to Casamento's on Magazine St. near the corner of Magazine and Napoleon Ave. Prices are very reasonable. Tons of character but very NON-fancy.
For a bit more of an upscale dinner, I would try Cochon for authentic Louisiana food.
For a fancy meal, I agree that lunch is the best bargain. Herbsaint serves excellent gumbo and you will not be dissapointed at Lillete either
Parkway has best roast beef, try gravy fries also. Domilise has best shrimp by far!!!! Special sauce distinguishes it!!! Crabby Jacks for the duck poboy for sure!!! but that parasols is dirty and the food is terrible!!! Dont believe the hype about parasols!! Waste of time and doesnt represent the best of NOLA!!!! Do not miss Domilises shrimp before you go home! and Im a chef!
I completely agree with HC's rec. to hit nice restaurants at lunch. Peristyle (on Firday), Bayona, Commanders, Mr. B's and Herbsaint, to name a few, are much less expensive at lunch.
I too like Crabby Jack's, mostly for the entree specials which are a cheap version of the fare at Jacque-Imos. Otherwise, I think the cochon de lais poorboy at Walkers BBQ on Hayne is the best in town (they serve it at jazzfest), and the fried seafood plate lunches at the castnet next door are excellent and terribly cheap. For soul food, try Two Sisters and Willie Mae's Scotch House for lunch (neither is open for dinner). In the Quarter, there is a good varierty plate lunches at Mena's Palace
For dinner, I would consider Coop's, Fiorelli's, Mandina's, Eat N.O. (byob), Jacque-Imos (perhaps eat at the bar), Liuzza's by the Track, Mona Lisa (good jambalaya pasta), and Acme.