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Feb 7, 2009 06:31 PM

N.O. on Foot

I'm in town once a month from Thursday to Sunday for school, and I stay near Carondelet and Canal with no car. Any ideas for dinner on a student budget within easy walking distance?

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  1. I haven't eaten there, but I've heard good things about Hobnobber's Cafe/Variety Bar and Restaurant at 139 Carondolet, also a search turns up Dixie Gyro at 110 Carondolet, but I'm not sure if either place is open for dinner. Deanie's seafood at 841 Iberville is reasonably priced, as is Acme. Subway 112 Royal, Mother Clucker's 132 Carondolet, Popeye's 621 Canal, Cajun Mike's Pub and Grub 116 Baronne St, and Mena's Palace (they deliver, but they close at 6:45pm.

    Also found Mike Serio's Po Boys and Deli 133 St. Charles, Welty's Deli 336 Camp St, Quiznos 339 Baronne.

    I'd also recommend Johnny's Po-Boys 511 St Louis, a longer walk but great, reasonably priced sandwiches.

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    1. re: Soulcat

      Is Mena's really open that late? I'd be surprised. When I walk by there on my way home from work at 5, the chairs are stacked on the tables. I think they close around 3 nowadays. Maybe the website hasn't been updated post-K.

      1. re: uptownlibrarian

        I can officially report that at 6 PM tonight, Mena;s chairs were upside down on the tables.

      2. re: Soulcat

        OK- so far I'm liking this. Tonight, I went to Cajun Mike's - a whole in the wall bar with lots of personality. Had the Cochon De Lait - roast pork with pickles, gravy, and french fries!!! The pork was delicious. Sandwich, fries, and two Bud Lites - $11.50. Very nice.

      3. Liborio's located at 321 Magazine St has good Cuban food, as does Country Flame (Cuban also) at 620 Iberville - both are very reasonable.

        You are so close to the St. Charles street car line, that hopping on the trolley opens up many other options for you uptown - on St. Charles, 2 block off along Prytania, and 7 blocks off along Magazine, not to mention the Riverbend area.

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        1. re: mimadeli

          Thanks both. Been to Johnny's - thought it closed about 3 PM.

          1. re: lglenn5858

            yes it does, and I believe Country Flame is a breakfast-lunch place as well

            Liborio's is open for dinner

            1. re: mimadeli

              How is Country Flame? I've walked by many times, but I've been a little wary to go in.

              Another idea, lglenn5858, Verti Mart which is on the other side of the quarter, 1201 Royal, but they have delivery Open 24/7. Get the All that Jazz sandwich, yummy!

              1. re: Soulcat

                Oops, according to a new source, Verti Marte's hours are now 8AM-Midnight 7 days a week.

                1. re: Soulcat

                  That info is out of date. According to the paper, it's open again 24/7:


                2. re: Soulcat

                  Its fine - mostly a local lunchtime, feed the hungry men kinda place - typical Cuban menu - black beans, rice, ropa vieja, tostones, etc.

                  1. re: Soulcat

                    Tonight I tried Country Flame, and I'm undecided. Chips are bagged, and as they were loading supplies in, I saw #10 cans of Rico's cheese sauce. I was steered toward the chicken fajita's, abut I chose pork. The pork itself was well marinated and very tasty. The condiments were skimpy except for the mountain of lettuce. The rice and refried beans were nothing special. HOWEVER, CF did meet my requirements of good food on a budget. It was good - not bad. Total tab with a Bud Lite draft was 11.45 plus tip.

                    1. re: lglenn5858

                      Glad you found the place met your budget - if you try it a second time, the ropa vieja (shredded flank steak) with tostones (savory fried plantains) stood out for me as pretty good eats.

            2. I really like Liborio, but I think it is much too expensive for the amount of food that you get. It may have been a good place for a student on a budget 5 years ago, but not now.

              For a lower priced dinner, your options in the CBD are pretty limited. Your best bet is probably to walk across Canal and find something over there. Mena's is a good one as is Country Flame. Personally, I think that a dozen raw oysters from Felix's (cheaper than Acme) is a great dinner on the cheap.

              1. Mr. B's has the most wonderful bbq shrimp.

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                1. re: texasredtop

                  They are good, but they are VERY messy and a bit difficult to eat.

                  1. re: FoodChic

                    They're BBQ shrimp! Of course they're messy. Difficult---only if you don't practice. Do you avoid crawfish because they're difficult & messy? I got a good laugh out of this one, thinking of all the LA foods that could be labeled "messy & difficult to eat".

                    1. re: Hungry Celeste

                      Hey, Celeste, this is just a fair warned to anyone who might not expect BBQ shrimp Louisiana style to be sitting in a rather large bowl of beautiful sauce, and unpeeled. They're fabulous, but not exactly practical if in pretty clothes.

                      What does LA have to do with anything?

                      1. re: FoodChic

                        Nevermind, I posted much to early and before coffee. i can only assume by LA, you me Louisiana.

                    2. re: FoodChic

                      I am an uber girly-girl and a bbq shrimp addict. Yes, those two attributes can coexist in harmony. I have never found the dish to be particularly messy. I do not have a section of my wardrobe dedicated to "bbq shrimp" consumption. OK, you use your hands to peel them...I find nothing highlights a manicure like a peppery butter sauce. And, to complete the look, I am told I stick my pinkies out when I peel and de-head; yes, etiquette is alive and well.

                      Personal trick: I peel ALL the shrimp first and let them soak in the warm butter bath naked. I make a valiant effort to wipe off my hands (enter wet-nap of your choosing) and then make this a traditional knife & fork endeavor. The brilliance is you seem so polite; however, the bottomline is that you have an even more flavorful excursion.

                      1. re: powderhound

                        That is exactly how I peel them too. I thnk there is a certain something gained from the additional bath after peeling.

                        But I will not order them if I'm wearing silk or something new. I'm notoriosly known for having spots find my clothes. And clearly I'm not the only one, as I've seen many a person leave a restaurant with bbq sauce on their shirts and/or pants.

                        1. re: FoodChic

                          It is not as messy if you take head off (and suck insides of head for great taste), then bite off on the shell of open shrimp until part of meat comes right into your mouth. you can use your teeth to take off the empty shell, and then continue (bite to squeeze piece of meat, take off shell, etc.). This way you get the shrimp juices and sauce in the shell where they belong- in your mouth. Brought to you by years of practice.

                      2. re: FoodChic

                        That's why they give you a bib! BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's is my favorite; my BBQ shrimp etiquette - always wipe you hands before grabbing the Abita Amber.

                    3. Rambla in the International House Hotel. Open till 10, 12 or so on weekends.