inexpensive but GOOD Restuarants???
My husband and I are going to New Orleans the last week of July for our 5 year anniversary. We both have been to New Orleans right around the time we were married for Mardi Gras, so needless to say we drank our dinners.....hahaha. We are just looking for some restaurants that are good yet NOT TOO expensive. We are working with a budget of around $40 plus tip for dinner nightly. Any idea's will be very helpful.
You could do the Baisl Leaf on Carrolton (if you like Thai) for around that much. The portions ar ebig enough to split as well, so you do apps and I recommend their soups too.
In the French Quarter grab a Muffalata (great Italian sandwich) at Central Grocery on Decatur St & picnic on the Moonwalk by the river. Use the $ you save to lunch the next day at Commander's Palace --$.25 martinis and a 3 course dinner for $29.
Palace Cafe- good, the most reasonably priced of the upscale restaurants in the Quarter
Coop's Place & Napoleon House- if you're just looking for jambalaya or red beans at very reasonable prices; Napoleon for a great evening drinks atmosphere (stop serving food at 5:30), Coop's for a great dingy basement atmosphere
Johnny's- po boys
Cochon- a 10 minute streetcar ride on the #2 to the warehouse district, pork paradise
Jacques-Imo's- In the $20's, about 5 dishes that are truly fantastic, huge portions, huge lines if u don't get there early
Also I like to just hit the nice places at lunch for a much better bargain:
I agree. It's a pretty rare occasion when the wife and I get out of dinner for 40 bucks or less - even at most of the places that are named in this thread. Most of the places listed above you can get out cheap only if you drink water and get no apps or dessert. That's true for about any place in the city, however.
We eat cheap - and get full - at Tacqueria Corona, Jasmine Vietnamese, Babylon, Franky & Johnny's, Ignatius, Crepe Nanou, Storyville, Byblos, El Gato Negro, and whatever poboy shop you want to name. Most of the cheap places are ethnic eateries.
Bennachin, in the FQ, is a really great gem. African cuisine that allows you to experience some of the origins of our cuisine, and it's BYOB and affordable. Slow service. Also, Coops (bar on Decatur with an extensive menu, though it can be hit and miss at times) and the Praline Connection on Frenchman St. in the Marigny would come in under your price point.