Must eat in New Orleans?
I am taking a 3 day trip to New Orleans in the middle of October and I'm looking for suggestions on things I must eat, or restaurants I should try while I am there. (I have no restrictions on what I'm willing to eat, however for restaurants I'd prefer main courses $20 or less.)
I had lunch last week, with five others, at Bayona, and it was better than ever. Lunch here provides a opportunity to eat fabulous food on a budget. Everyone raved--and it is very reasonable. Our entrees ranged between $14 and $17. I had a wonderful salad and a delicious rabbit/chanterelle pasta ($19 total). I think they're even open on Saturday for lunch.
Some of my stock answers:
Lunch at Commander's Palace for sure. soup + entree + 2 martinis can be had for under $20 (it's cheap but you still need to dress up; you'll be glad you did)
BBQ Shrimp at Mr. B's Bistro. Have it for lunch or split a dinner portion at the bar. Also, at lunch there's a nice $1.50 cocktail menu
Central Grocery for a muffaletta (and since you're driving, take a big jar of their olive salad or Boscoli olive salad from Rouse's home with you)
Cheap, local, rockin' brunch: The Lil Dizzy's in Treme. I believe the brunch was $15 and was fantastic. It's BYOB so get a couple of cheap bottles of champagne and have them mix you up some mimosas.
I would really suggest going to some quality bargain/dives for lunch one or two days to save up for a nice (read: just over $20) dinner or two.
Where are you staying and will you have a rental car or a local guide? I am good at working with budgets as I am frequently poor, so let's talk about your mobility and then work on some suggestions for restaurants.
Also, where are you coming from? This will help determine what you must have...