Driving through tomorrow - casual late lunch near French Quarter?
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
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.
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.
3800 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119-6047
Here are the Friday specials:
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)
Coop,s place seems to be the darling of someof the more vocal hounds.The food is average but priced well. The Jambalayais pretty devent but everything else id done better in several places.
If you must eat in the Quarter Johnnies is a better bet. Otherwise go to Parkway Bakery for a great po-boy and no parking issues.