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Casual, Budget Dinner Sat Night

megany09 May 18, 2009 08:48 AM

The title says it all. My husband and I will be in town Memorial Day weekend. We're doing a two parter lunch on Saturday. Early at Bayona to try their lunch special and a late one at Cochon. Since we're stuffing ourselves for lunch, dinner will probably be late. I need budget suggestions in or near the Quarter. It would be a big plus if the dinner place had excellent drinks as well.

Thank you!


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    NolaGirlie May 22, 2009 09:56 AM

    I'd head over to Rio Mar. The food is consistently excellent, but not at all heavy. Sometimes, my husband and I just order a few appetizers - ceviche tasting is a must, as are the mussels with chorizo. The bartenders there have a lot of fun mixing up cocktails like caipirinhas, and they've got a good wine list. The restaurant has a casual and fun atmosphere, and you can walk out of there delightfully satisfied without having spent too much money.

    1. edible complex May 18, 2009 04:28 PM

      Felipe's on Decatur. belly up to the bar for some killer margaritas and good Mexican food.
      open til 3 am on Sat's.

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        Blumie May 18, 2009 10:38 AM

        After Bayona and Cochon, I don't think you're gonna want a real sit down dinner. I'd saddle up to the bar at Coop's -- which usually serves food until at least midnight -- order your drinks, and nosh on whatever appeals to you from their extensive menu of tasty food.

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          megany09 May 18, 2009 10:59 AM

          Something like this would be perfect! Thank you.

          1. re: megany09
            JazzyB May 18, 2009 11:27 AM

            Tapas at Rambla.

            1. re: megany09
              amykragan May 18, 2009 11:43 AM

              COOP's is a great suggestion and very affordable. You can just order appetizers or split an entree if yall are hungry again

              1. re: amykragan
                skydogg May 19, 2009 11:01 AM

                We ate at Coops two Friday's ago. The Rabbit/Andouille Jambalaya should not be missed!!

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                  ScarlettNola May 19, 2009 02:39 PM

                  The jambalaya at Coops is the best in the city IMHO.

                  1. re: ScarlettNola
                    megany09 May 19, 2009 02:41 PM

                    Planning my trip is keeping me hungry round the clock...the train cannot get to Memphis early enough on Friday morning!

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            ScarlettNola May 18, 2009 10:09 AM

            Depending on the time, you could try EAT! on Dumaine. It is BYOB, but we always take in a nice bottle of wine and the food is great and budget friendly! Madina's on Canal is great as well.

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