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Aug 16, 2009 07:00 AM

Cheap Ass New Orleans food

Heres some suggestions for those who dont have much money coming to new orleans or want to spend their cash mostly on booze. Cafe Du Monde cafe au lait and beignets for breakfast under five bucks. Clover grill for a hamburger and a glass of water way under ten bucks on bourbon street. Split a muffuletta at central grocery. you get the idea heres a few others coops place on decatur fiorella also on decatur Johnnys poboys on st. louis remember keep it miserly.

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  1. Lunch at Mr. B's: Sit at the bar, and split the BBQ Shrimp, plus order $1.50 cocktails.

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    1. re: kukubura

      LOL....did you try anything else in NOLA, Kukubura? You're killing me.

      1. re: FoodChic

        Haha, sometimes it doesn't feel like it.

        1. re: kukubura

          Did you buy the cookbook at Mr. B's? Or would you like me to send you the recipe?

          1. re: FoodChic

            They actually have it on their website. Does this look right?

            I'm actually making it next week as a birthday surprise for my wife (she's banned from Chowhound until after her bday, so I can say that here...) Luckily she's a food blogger so I'll document the dish for her site.

            Three sticks of butter!!!

            (and for the record, we've enjoyed MANY great restaurants in NOLA. It just took us until our most recent visit to try this dish in particular and we're very... enthusiastic about it. I think you posted in my trip report thread but for anyone else looking for tips I wrote most places up in a lot of detail: )

            1. re: kukubura

              I'm very familiar with your post - it was outstanding. It's just humorous to read your undying loyalty and affection to Mr. B's BBQ shrimp with each and every recommendation.

              BTW..the recipe is exactly what is in the book.

              1. re: FoodChic

                Well up here in Baltimore we don't have anything that tastes that bold so I need to send as many people there as possible so my taste buds can live vicariously!

                1. re: kukubura

                  Trust me, I know exactly what you're saying. Here in Texas, we have Tex-Mex and BBQ. Other than those two items, Texas is a huge culinary wasteland! That is the very reason I got to NOLA as often as I possilby can.

                  1. re: FoodChic

                    Tex Mex and bbq only here in Texas FoodChic I politely beg to differ on that opinion. Texas best seafood houses can rival most New Orleans restaurants and BBQ crab is a Texas invention an awesome delicacy. The hamburger was invented in Athens texas, chicken fried steak, barbacoa, Czech Polish and German foods with a texas twist that you can get no where else the list is pretty big. I suspect that you have no blood ties to the state or that comment would have never been spoken. A true texan like myself will always stand up for our great state. What New Orleans has going for it is a fantastic culture cuisine and architecture unlike anyplace on earth so let that be known from me.. New Orleans is the most fun place to dine on earth in my opinion. But Texas is no culinary wasteland not by a longshot. Ok Ill get down from the pulpit lol.

                    1. re: joedontexan

                      the best TX seafood rivals most of New Orleans? mighty tall order...

                    2. re: FoodChic

                      Hey FoodChic, did you see this? I gave it a shot and it came out AWESOME!

                      1. re: kukubura

                        Fantastic! That looks so delicous!! So, was it as good as the restaurant?

                        I'm making Gumbo Ya Ya this weekend for the NFL opener. I'll send you a pic.

                        BTW, I was perusing through your website yesterday. I'm going to have to purchase your Moteleone print on canvas. Absolutely love it!!!

                        1. re: FoodChic

                          I can't say it was exactly as good, I think mostly because the shrimp I got were most likely frozen-and-thawed. But damn if it wasn't close! There were times when dipping the French bread in the sauce was a complete sensory flashback.

                          If you want to read my full thoughts on it Google the complete phrase "Fit for a Queen: Tomato Salad, New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp, and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream Sauce"

                          Yeah, definitely post the Gumbo Ya Ya. I'd love to see it.

                          As for the print, glad you like it. But email me off-board if you want to talk about it some more. I'm not sure how big of a print you were looking at but the painting is pretty small and I worry about how it'll scale up past the smaller sizes.

      2. We ate in Harrah's a couple of times. Was not the best in the world, but it is 9.99 and that included a drink.

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        1. re: blake1138

          Yikes, I wouldn't go recommending that. I mean, there's a Subway on the edge of the Quarter that probably has $5 footlongs, but it's probably not worth bringing up!

          1. re: blake1138

            I have done the "midnight buffet" at Harrah's at about 4 a.m., and at that time of the night, it really hit the spot. Not to say it was great, but budget friendly and plentiful, most definetly. I say head to Parkway and split a po boy, gumbo at Napoleon House is around 6 bucks for a plentiful bowl, and you can add a half of a muffaletta, Camellia Grill, Cooters, Coops, Magazine Street Po Boys,........

            1. re: ScarlettNola

              Ditto on the Napoleon House suggestions. Great food and very affordable!
              Port of Call is another decent and cheap option...good burgers.

              I ate a bowl of gumbo at Coops last week and wasn't terribly impressed. Are there better things on their menu?

              1. re: FoodChic

                Coops: paneed chicken with alfredo, duck quesadillas, and, of all things, wonderful veggie burger offering. And anything covered in their homemade blue cheese dressing.

          2. Nola Grocery is great for poboys, boudin & salads. Ernst Cafe has wraps, gumbo & sandwiches as well as a steak night. I think it's about $12 for the steak and potato.

              1. re: roro1831

                Oh yes. I ate there twice at the old location and will never forget it. Haven't been to the new location yet but I did hit their booth at the Louisiana Seafood Festival the last two years. That's a place that cooks with a lot of love.

              2. Ditcharo's has a good and decent-sized burger with regular or sweet potato fries and drink for about $8.