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Driving through tomorrow - casual late lunch near French Quarter?

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My girlfriend and I are driving through town for just a few hours on our road trip to the east coast and are looking for super authentic, but casual creole restaurants in or around the French Quarter. We'll probably be getting into town around 3pm or so and from what I can tell from other posts, many places are closed! As much as I would love to go to Commander's or another classic place, I don't think we're going to be dressed for the occasion!

Also, if there's a standout, down and dirty, local place outside the FQ, we're willing to make the trip! Gumbo, oysters, etc. Thanks in advance

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  1. Coop's Place, in the FQ, will fit your bill. It's down-and-dirty, has decent food (jambalaya, fried oysters, etc.), and they serve food from 11:00am to closing.

    1. What about Mandina's on Canal? Great New Orleans casual restaurant and open all day.
      And if you are coming on I-10 from the west you can get off on I-610 to by pass the downtown traffic and your first exit is Canal Blvd. Take a right, go up about 2 miles and you will have to sort of bear right then turn left onto Canal and Mandina's is on your right about 2 miles down.

      www.mandinasrestaurant.com
      3800 Canal St
      New Orleans, LA 70119-6047
      (504) 482-9179

      Here are the Friday specials:

      FRIDAY
      Stuffed Crab with Potato Salad
      Cajun Catfish, Roast Potatoes, and Peas
      Stuffed Shrimp with French Fried Potatoes or Potato Salad (4 shrimp
      )Creole Eggplant (with shrimp, crabmeat, ham, and seasoning) served with Pasta
      Shrimp Etouffee with Rice and Vegetables.
      Trout Bayou with Potatoes and Vegetables (Grilled Trout covered with Shrimp Etoufee)

      1. Crabby Jack's on Jefferson Hwy. Coop's is good if you want drinks too.

          1. Luke and Cochon are open all day. Herbsaint offers an "in between menu".