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 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...
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 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.