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Quick Marigny Suggestions?

Have finally pushed the significant other out of her comfort zone and will be staying at a B&B in the Marigny this weekend.

I have 1 job, 2 mortgages and 3 kids, so does anybody have any suggestions for value food and drink on the cheap there? Suffice it to say that I don't care about pedigree or presentation, only good eats at a reasonable price. Kids will be staying at home...

We are willing to travel some as long as it's close to a streetcar (like Mandina's), but we really want to try places in and around the Marigny. $$$ and higher restaurants will be avoided.

BTW, we leave today!

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  1. Try the bar fare at the Marigny Brasserie (marignybrasserie.com), Mimi's for tapas, Praline Connection( fried chicken), Port of Call on Esplanade (Snug Harbor is "supposed" to be the same but isn't), El Gato Negro on Decator, Central Grocery muff. Do check the Summer menu topic. Many FQ rest. are offering specials, but make sure your choice is valid on the weekend. Thanks for coming and enjoy!

    1. Sukho Thai on Royal. Buffa's on Esplanade. Verti Mart on Royal in the Quarter. Fiorello's on Decatur in the Quarter. Parkway Bakery just off the Canal streetcar line at Jefferson Davis.

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      1. re: chanterelle

        Didnt someone report recently that Fiorella's is now closed?

      2. go to the cake cafe on the corner of charters and spain (towards the bywater) great lunch and breakfast and most items are under $10. it has nice atmosphere and a really cute $1.00 cupcake special with your meal. also, don't miss the verdi mart for po-boys. it's in the quarter, but pretty close to the marigny just over esplanade on royal. on the same block is my another one of my favorite, benechin, which serves tasty "homestyle" african cuisine. these folks have a great grasp on the art of the plantain. down in the bywater on dauphine and france i think is a little bar called sugarpark that has really great pizza including a shrimp and andouille one thats mighty tasty and if your feeling adventurous i hear the food at the "country club" on louisa and dauphine is really something, but i havn't been there yet to find out.

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        1. re: hottdish

          It's Sugarpark Tavern and the pizza is REALLY good (if you're from NY/NJ, don't bother),

          1. re: JazzyB

            At Sugarpark, the garlic mayo and fries are excellent also, and the veggie sandwich is popular with my vege friends. Warning: do not attempt to access Sugarpark Tavern on the web at work.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              Ya, you right Uptown.....

              That web address for Sugarpark had to be hijacked - nothing about Pizza, just porn....

              DO NOT try it it - I almost guarantee you will get a virus

              I had previously (two days ago) seconded Cake Cafe for a nice breakfast joint, and recommended Mona's on Frenchmen for cheap eats, but it did not post.

          2. re: hottdish

            The Country Club has been getting some buzz on their Sunday brunch. For full disclosure (no pun, really), know that in the rear of the restaurant (but in the same building) is a bar and clothing optional private club pool.

          3. Bacchanal is a wine shop that has guest chefs come cook in their courtyard on Friday and Sunday evenings. They also do wine tastings on Saturday afternoons.

            You might also try the Joint BBQ, recently shown on the FoodNetwork.

            and check out these sites for restaurant lists and contact info:

            also in the French Market, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, 95 French Market Place; good food and a great wine list.

            1. Adolfo's on Frenchmen is very reasonably priced and delicious. I usually get the escargot and one of the cannelloni appetizers, both at about $7, and have more than enough to eat. Mona's (also on Frenchmen) is downright inexpensive and you can bring your own wine. Favorites are the lentil soup, stuffed grape leaves and lula kabob platter.

              1. I do love Parkway Bakery, but there will be a little bit of a walk. Camilla Grill on Carrollton is always fun.

                1. Gotta disagree on the Adolfo's suggestion. I used to like it, I want to like it, but it's just not good. Mimi's in the rectangle is can't miss for great cheap tapas and wine. El Gato Negro is also good and cheap. Bring your own bottle to Sukho for great value and food as well. Marigny Brasserie is outstanding, but above your price-point. The same applies to the Country Club. I also agree the Bacchanal is without question the best way to spend Sunday evening. Also, there's a new place called the Italian Barrel around the corner from LA Pizza Kitchen on Barracks. The owner is from Verona, and they have a 22 bottle list of only Italian wines, if that gets your groove on. Coffea in the Bywater (I forget the street) is good for cheap breakfast and eclectic people watching. Chris, the owner, ran the Marigny Brasserie for a long time. You've picked a great neighborhood for cheap eats and drinks. Don't forget the cheap music. Just head to Frenchmen and soak it all in.

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                  1. re: jeffchow

                    Also disagee with Adolpho's. Marigny Brasserie BAR menu is reasonable.

                    1. re: JazzyB

                      And I disagree with Jeffchow & JazzyB about Adolfo's. It's is one of my favourite restaurants anywhere. I have never had anything remotely less than wonderful there. Different strokes.

                      If Nawlins Flava on rampart is still there, I had an excellent and very inexpensive meal there last year April.

                    2. re: jeffchow

                      i like adolfo's -- its dark and cozy, view of frenchmen, and the dishes served w/ their specialty ocean sauce are loaded w/ seafood, i cant never pass them up.

                      also, while mimi's is my favorite neighborhood bar, i would never classify their tapas as "cheap". many items are now $6+, and you need at least 3 to compare to an entree at a restaurant.

                      1. re: kibbles

                        To each his own, but I'll disagree on both counts. There's a not-so-fine line between funky and filthy, and Adolfo's stepped across with both feet. When I combine that with generally incompetant service and the very worst wine list I've seen in a place north of Burger King in a long time, I can't justify a return. I've been going there since it was Alberto's, if anyone else remembers that, but Adolfos has become for me a classic example of getting the reputation of an early riser and sleeping 'till noon. Regarding Mimi's, my wife and I generally share about 5 plates and get a bottle of wine. After tax and tip, we generally get out for about $60-$70 total, which we consider cheap for very tasty dinner and a bottle of wine.

                        1. re: jeffchow

                          It is indeed filthty. Another such example is the "dirty" Mart. (Verti Mart).

                          1. re: jeffchow

                            the mimi's figure is hard to figure. even if you only eat 2.5 each, at an average of $6/ea (most items are $5.5-6.5) thats $30. how much are their bottles? glasses are $7/ea, so id guess at least $30 for a bottle. thats 60, plus tax is 66. plus tip is $78.

                            near 80 bucks, conservatively. thats $40 a person for a mere 2.5 tapas items and two glasses of wine. not my definition of cheap, but YMMV.

                            compare this w/ the $30 COOLinary menus, or even the permanent 3-course specials -- even Commander's Palace usually has one for ~$30, which includes an app, an entree, and a dessert. No wine, but much more food.

                            dont get me wrong, i love Mimi's and pimp it all the time. but it isnt cheap.

                            1. re: kibbles

                              Very true, about more food, but the no wine would make me very sad! We did the earlybird menu at Flaming Torch a few weeks ago and we were still over $100 after the wine. I also can't figure out how to get out of Vega for less than $100, so I still like the tapas deal at Mimi's (in a relative kind of way).

                              1. re: jeffchow

                                every time I go to Vega, it ends up $75pp.
                                their Med menus looks good; with wine, tax and tip should run $55pp

                            2. re: jeffchow

                              UPDATE: mimi's has raised their prices, *again* (3rd time in two years). dishes are now $6-7. most are $7 or $6.50.

                              at 3/person, thats $21 for about as much food as one would get from an entree at a restaurant.


                        2. Foodcurious, I'd be curious what reasonably priced b&b you're staying at. My husband and I have tried 5 differents ones over our 7 trips and haven't found the perfect one yet. Our tastes run along the "$$$ and higher [amenities] will be avoided" lines....so i'm b&b curious.

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                          1. re: deltagirl


                            try the melrose mansion on esplanade. during the summer the rates are really good. also, the place is gorgeous.

                            1. re: deltagirl

                              in the past ve stayed at the Arts, during margi gras is was only $150:


                              ...low-frills, but pleasant.

                            2. Cake Cafe on the corner of Spain and Chartres. Breakfast, Lunch and a full Bakery. www.nolacakes.com

                              1. Thanks for the suggestions, everybody!

                                We ended up WITH the kids after all so we had to stick to the beaten track, but we we're able to squeeze in El Gato Negro, Adolpho's and Mandina's, both of which were very conveniently located to our hotel. (Not a B&B as earlier planned...)

                                El Gato Negro certainly had some good food - and the Margarita's were very tasty. Our two entrees hit the spot for a quick lunch for us and our 2 youngest kids (ages 5 & 8 - not big eaters.). Shouldn't a quality Mexican joint make their own chips, though?

                                Adolpho's was hit and miss. The crabmeat and corn cannelloni appetizer was nice, the spinach stuffed chicken was very good, and the shrimp and crawfish spaghetti would have been great but for the crawfish - too tough. Our server was really good, by the way. I've got to say, though, that bathroom was nastier than the hookers I saw trying to sweet talk their way past the doorman at the Hookah Bar.

                                Mandina's was great, as always. I just love that place.

                                If anybody wants to know anything about the Frenchmen Hotel, let me know.

                                1. Whoops. Mandina's was nowhere close to where we stayed, but the other 2 were.

                                    1. re: bronwen

                                      I've wanted to love it, been many times. I think that they try to do too much. Pasta and pizza and breakfast and barbeque and I'm sure I'm forgetting others, don't they offer fried chicken too...the result is definitely mediocre in my experience, and from what I have observed when dining with multiple other underwhelmed friends. Edible and inexpensive, but not much more. Unless something has changed in the last year or so. Very cute patio, though.

                                    2. Cafe' Peniche? ~~in the Triangle at the corner of Dauphine and Turo? Used to be all-night, full menu (B,L,D), excellent service, great price. Great location a couple of blocks from Frenchman. You'd better ask directions since the Triangle can be confusing directionally especially at night. Here a pretty good link:

                                      Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

                                      1. i had a great cheap meal at yuki's, the japanese spot right on frenchmen. this is NOT new orleans food but they did a lot of different things(octopus, beef tongue, fantastic french fries w/wasabi mayo!)& had an amazing list of good cheap shochu & sakes. this was a very pleasant surprize & helped launch a terrific night of good music & drinks there in the marigny.