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Nov 13, 2008 08:53 AM

College Student visiting New Orleans during Christmas/New Years

I am planning on coming to visit New Orleans the day after Christmas until New Years. I am still a student, so I do not have tons of money to spend on food. I would prefer something that costs around $20/person or less. I have family that lives in the New Orleans area, but I have not been able to visit for a long period of time since I was very young. I am going to spend a few days with family in Metarie, and a few days at a hotel in the French Quarter area. I want to try good NOLA food. No Mexican, Chinese, or anything like that. Southern food, burgers, pizza, cajun, po boys--things like that. Also, I would be willing to spend more for a nice dinner at least once during my stay. Thank you for any suggestions!!

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  1. Try The Praline Connection on Frenchmen's Street. Funky, in-expensive and Black owned business. Mothers' for their Ferdie's Special po-boy (roast beef and Debris...mmmm!) Or Jonny's Po Boys is decent, too. Must go to Cafe du Monde for beignets and coffee (cheap!). Fleur de Lis has great breakfasts. Fiorellos for fried chicken. Port of Call for yummy burgers.
    Mahoney's on Magazine St. (garden district, sort-of) has killer po-boys of every stripe (try the suckling pig if they have it...) OOh... I'm jonesing for NO right about now... Adam

    1. As far as your splurge....maybe The Court of the two Sisters for their jazz brunch. The grits and grillades are superb there. Or Gallatoire's for a nice lunch,(just not on's impossible to get a table downstairs and there are tons of (slightly inebriated) locals celebrating Birthdays, too! Luke Restaurant does a different prix-fixe menu every nite for like $22.00 (go on cassoulet night....) Hope these help...Bon Temps Roulez! Adam

      1. Give Jaques-imos a hang out in uptown NO on Oak Street and the Maple Leaf is next door with live music most nights. Take the street car there and a cab home. In the Quarter, try EAT on Dumaine. It's BYOL. For your splurging dinner out, try Irene's on At. Philip In Metairie, there is Radostas for poboys and NorJoes for muffulettas. Have fun and bring a mumu :-) for the trip home.

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        1. re: TaTee

          How about Joey K's on Magazine St. Fun and funky and not too expensive. The wall art gives you plenty to look and talk about while dining. Also, there are many shops, great architecture and fun things to look at in the area.

        2. Back when I was your age, in the 1960's, it was Geno's pizza-rolls from some kiosk in the FQ. Man, those were the days! Cheap food, cheaper wines and a lot of fun.

          OK, enough of my trip down "memory lane." Way out in Metarie (just down-River from William's Blvd. on West Metaire Blvd.) there is a great little "family-style" place called "Come Back Inn." The food is quite good, and the prices are not "resort-level."

          In the FQ, I am a fan of Felix's and find them to offer a lot for the $. They have the oyster-bar, and also some very good seafood po-boys.

          Many of the great bargains, re: food, that I once knew are now long gone, so they are moot. Back then, Ruby Red's and Audubon Tavern II's burgers were the best. Even Bud's on City Park, was a distant third. Alas, they are history and accessible only in my mind.

          For "local food" in a nice setting, and not at too high a price-point, I also like Bon Ton.

          Enjoy, and let us know what you dined on and enjoyed.


          1. I can't wait to try all of these great places in a few weeks!! I have one more question. What would be a nice place for New Years Eve? My parents and boyfriend will be joining me in New Orleans and we were wanting to have a nice dinner for about $50/person. Let me know if you have any suggestions!! Thank y'all!

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            1. re: xLaurenAshleyx

              Go to these web sites and start calling. Many restaurants are already booked, but you won't know until you call.

              If you will be in the FQ New Year's Eve, try this

              If you are still going to be in Metairie, try this

              more restaurants in NO

              1. re: TaTee

                This is a list of the restaurants that have Reveillon Dinners and it tells you if the restaurant is open on New Year's Eve (NYE) and the price of the dinner.