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Oct 12, 2009 03:36 PM

Looking for budget dining in blue jeans

The girlfriend and myself will be in NO on Nov 8 for 3 or 4 days. We will most likely be staying in the French Quarter. We usually eat a late breakfast and an early dinner, looking for suggestions for both. I wear slacks and a tie every day at work, I do not while I am on vacation. My budget for breakfast is about $30 - $35 for two and about $55 to $65 for dinner. Any recs will be appreciated. I will wear a pair of dockers and a dress shirt if I have to!


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  1. Will this budget include alcohol or will that be a separate tab?

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    1. re: ScarlettNola

      Not much of a drinker, maybe a glass of wine with dinner. Please exclude the alchohol bill from consideration. I have not been to NO in about 35 years and I was too young to remember a whole lot about the trip. We are looking for a NO food experience. The girlfriend does not eat seafood so that is somewhat limiting. Thanks !!

    2. Breakfast: Coffee Pot, Stanley, Luke, Eat, Cafe du Monde (for beignets)

      Dinner: Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Domenica, Gumbo Shop, Liuzza's by the Track, Eat, Cafe Amelie, Meauxbar Bistro, Boucherie, Jacques-Imo, Bacco
      Gumbo Ya-Ya and salad at Mr. B's

      (If your dinner budget is just for food, and not drinks or wine, there are a lot more places you could both eat an app and entree or entree and dessert on that budget.) Most places won't turn you away if you're dressed neatly in jeans, probably none in your price range. But if you really want to experience some of New Orleans's finest food on your budget, you might consider re-thinking your schedule, donning your dockers, and making your main meal lunch, which you can get at bargain prices in the best restaurants: August, Bayona, and Bacco all have specials as does Coquette on Magazine. And you can eat very well at many others at the regular lunch prices on your dinner budget .

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      1. re: nomadchowwoman

        Breakfast, my favorites are Betsy's Pancakes 2542 Canal and the New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery 2440 Chartres St (be sure to try the red velvet cupcake).
        Dinner, Coop's for jambalaya (I think it is on Decateur). I agree Boucherie. Praline Connection.

      2. I'm a big fan of Joey K's on Magazine. Great local hang, top-notch grub and service.

        1. Thanks for all of the replies and reccomendations. Looking forward to this trip. We will try as many places as possible in our short time.

          1. just typed this up last night for a friend visiting in a few weeks; some of it may apply to your budget.
            even though you're not a big drinker, the bars are still fun for a non-alcoholic bevvie. most are institutions worth a visit.

            My favorite restaurants in the French Quarter are:

            Galatoire's (jacket required for men at dinner): oysters rockefeller, oysters en brochette, seafood stuffed eggplant, lamb chops béarnaise, crabmeat au gratin, fried soft shell crabs w/crabmeat, godchaux salad, soufflé potatoes.

            Mr.. B's: great gumbo Ya-Ya, BBQ shrimp, any fish of the day plank grilled, and profiteroles for dessert.

            Irene's: the duck is amazing, and the chicken rosemarino is a classic Creole Italian dish.

            Muriel's at Jackson Square: good gumbo, goat cheese and crawfish crepes, puppy drum, and double cut pork chops.

            Iris in the Bienville House for veal cheek ravioli, mussels, foie gras, duck confit, sunchoke and cauliflower soup, scallops and skate wing.

            Go to Cafe du Monde (riverside of Jackson Square) for beignets and coffee any time of day.

            Check out Stanley on Jackson Square for breakfast or lunch. Scott Boswell also has Stella!, but this is his casual restaurant that cranks out some good food too:

            For raw oysters: Desire Bar in the Royal Sonesta, Bourbon House, Acme or Felix's in the Qtr., Luke in the CBD on St. Charles Ave., Pascal's Manale and Casamento's Uptown.

            For good drinks: Carrousel Bar at the Monteleone (a must visit), French 75 Bar at Arnaud's, Lafitte's Blacksmith, Absinthe House, Napoleon House, Hermes Bar at Antoine's, Chart Room on Chartres, Sazerac Bar at (recently reopened) The Roosevelt.

            Central Grocery for muffalettas. These are great for the plane ride home. Be sure to check their hours, as they may be closed when you fly home. They pack well, so you can buy a day before flying. If you like your muffalettas warmed (which I do), then eat at Napoleon House or heat up the CG when you get home. I find it opens up the flavors of the meats, cheese and olive salad.

            Green Goddess is the newest in the Qtr. and getting lots of good reports.
            Menu looks amazing:

            If you have a car or will take the streetcar, head Uptown for J'Anita's, Martinique, Clancy's and Patois.

            J'Anita's in the Avenue Pub on St. Charles Ave. for great BBQ for lunch. They also have the best fish sammich ever!

            Martinique Bistro on Magazine has great food and a beautiful courtyard.

            Clancy's on Annunciation is terrific; get the oysters w/brie, sweetbreads, the smoked soft shell crab and the veal chops. and their frozen Brandy Alexander's are good for dessert.

            Patois on Laurel for rabbit, moules frites, and pork belly. This has become one of the best new restaurants and well worth trying. Open also for Friday lunch and Sunday brunch, if that fits in your schedule.

            Or, head to Mid-City for Mandina's on Canal St. for turtle soup, oyster po boys, and trout or Parkway Bakery and Tavern for the best roast beef po boys.
            (Mandina's is cash only.

            In the CBD, across Canal St from Fr. Qtr., try Rambla in the International House Hotel for great tapas, Luke on St. Charles for oysters at the bar, duck and rabbit pate, choucroûte maison, and moules and frites, Domenica in The Roosevelt for goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms, grilled radicchio, and any of the pastas and pizzas. If you are in town for lunch Friday, Restaurant August has a 3 course for $20.09 that is stellar. Other places: Herbsaint and Cochon (both Donald Link restaurants), Rio Mar and La Boca (both Adolpho's restaurants).

            Have a great trip!

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            1. re: edible complex

              Wow, great list! I'll have to bookmark this one.

              How do you prefer to heat your CG muffs? Broiler or oven? Covered or uncovered? I haven't hit on a good technique yet.

              1. re: midcity

                I just nuke mine for a few minutes. And I do prefer mine warmed up as opposed to cold. It's just jucier that way, at least to me. LOL all they really have to do to please me is put some of that marvelous olive salad in a bowl and give me some chips :)

                1. re: midcity

                  this is my way.
                  Take meat & cheese off of bread. Olive salad follows.
                  Pre heat a toaster oven that has a pizza stone inside for about 20 min.
                  By this time, the meat & cheese has time to de chill a bit.
                  Place bread in oven - directly on pizza stone - inside of bread up.
                  Heat for 2 minutes to slightly crispy & warmed thru.
                  Place olive salad, meat & cheese back on the bread & cover.
                  Press down slightly with your hand (don't smash it) & then enjoy!
                  A muffaletta should never be nuked under any circumstances.

                2. re: edible complex

                  That's a tip sheet to super(b) chowing. Well done, EC

                  1. re: edible complex

                    That's a wonderful list--great reference; I'll keep it for visitors. Thanks.