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Cooter Brown's

slave_to_the_passions Aug 20, 2008 09:28 AM

I'm new to the area and I am still reeling at the exorbitant prices for restaurant food around here. I'm not talking about fancy places in the quarter, either. How about just a sandwich? I went to Cooter Brown's to get a sandwich and was shocked to find they are typically over $8. Worse: that doesn't include fries or any kind of side. If you got fries too you'd be paying more like $12. I got a sandwich anyway because I was hungry and didn't have many options: the 'streetcar', a grilled chicken sandwich with mushrooms, peppers, and cheese. It was a good size, but almost completely flavorless. Those grill cooks need to get acquainted with salt and pepper.

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    JazzyB RE: slave_to_the_passions Aug 21, 2008 08:34 AM

    That's pretty typical pricing for lunch. The bargain in NOLA dining is in our better restaurants. The price points are much lower than in fine dining restos. in other major citities.

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      swampsue RE: slave_to_the_passions Aug 21, 2008 05:18 PM

      I've been roundly dissapointed with Cooter's myself, sadly. They seem to have quadrupled the menu since the last time I was there (years ago) but lost alot of the flavor. Better to try Liuzza's by the Track in MidCity, or Coops in the Quarter, neither super-cheap, but better value for the money. There's a new poyboy shop on Magazine that everyone's raving about, close to Louisiana Ave. but the name escapes. For the cheapest sandwich (for the size) around, best to try the "corner groceries," If your Uptown, Addams St. Grocery. is very generous and very tasty...Otherwise, go for Felipes or Slice or Mona's. I too wish we had more affordable lunch spots; Unfortunately New Orleans is not strong on this suite.

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        JazzyB RE: swampsue Aug 22, 2008 04:57 AM

        It's Mahoney's.

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          N.O.Food RE: JazzyB Aug 22, 2008 03:54 PM

          Mahoney's is good, but it's no cheaper than Cooter's. OP better not go to Stein's. They're high even by nola sandwich standards. 11 bucks for a Reuben on regular sandwich sized rye bread - no chips or drink included. Their Reuben is very good though. All in all, Nola aint a cheap place to live - especially post-k.

      2. edible complex RE: slave_to_the_passions Aug 21, 2008 07:45 PM

        head west on River Road to RiverShack! great lunch specials, burgers, salads, sandwiches, po boys, and sweet fries. and the buffalo oysters are killer!

        1. rootytootyfreshnfrooty RE: slave_to_the_passions Aug 21, 2008 08:17 PM

          Larry BareAss Titsky still over there? Vince? Gretchen?

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            jshushan RE: rootytootyfreshnfrooty Aug 25, 2008 09:39 AM

            Larry still ovns it. Vince is still at his post at the Oyster bar. As for Gretchen, go in and ask Larry or Vince. I won't tell that story here.


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            kibbles RE: slave_to_the_passions Aug 22, 2008 05:23 AM

            eh, depends where you go. if i hit my neighborhood seafood & poboy shop, Hank's, i can find great deals -- i usually settle for a 12" hot sausauge poboy for $4.99. if i go to the one near my workplace, a shrimp poboy that size is only $5.99.

            have not eaten at cooter browns, but id guess its the clientele that set its prices.

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              Tonto RE: slave_to_the_passions Aug 22, 2008 01:46 PM

              There is a little store near Camp on Julia Louisiana Grocery or something like that that has good inexpensive sandwiches and specials. It is always packed at lunchtime and not open on weekends.

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                Troika RE: Tonto Aug 22, 2008 08:44 PM

                Honestly, besides for cheap beer, Cooter Brown's is not on my top list like it used to be. Most other bar/ burger places like Le Bon Temps or Balcony have burgers roughly at 7-9 but they include fries too. That's what i didn't get about Cooter's either.

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                mcegielski RE: slave_to_the_passions Aug 22, 2008 09:27 PM

                cooter's buffalo wings are the best in the city and the "looter" philly is great.

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                  mikek RE: slave_to_the_passions Aug 26, 2008 07:04 AM

                  Though it is about the same price, the lunch plate specials at Crabby Jack's are A LOT of food and really, really good. Domilise's poboys are delicious and filling and not terribly expensive from what I remember. Juan's Flying Burritto can fill ya up too.

                  1. QueenDawn RE: slave_to_the_passions Jan 3, 2009 05:52 PM

                    Are you crazy? That is the best place to visit while in NOLA. I love that place.... it reminds me of my Dad and my girlfriend that passed away. She jumped behind the raw bar and started shucking oysters... it was hilarious. Anyways... I will always have a place in my heart for that place. Sorry you didnt enjoy it.

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