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Jan 5, 2010 06:47 PM

Good cajun and/or creole restaurants near the Superdome

My wife and I are flying in to see the Saints divisional playoff game. Are there any good places to eat within walking distance of the Superdome? A good cajun buffet would be perfect.

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  1. I don't know of any cajun buffets - much less a good one. Luke on St. Charles is great, and within walking distance. Don't limit yourself to walking distance though - eat great food and take a taxi to the Dome. Are you looking for po-boys, red beans, jambalya, fried seafood???

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    1. re: mississippigirl

      Not even sure what we are looking for, which is why I was hoping for a buffet. Po-boys, muffuletta sandwichs, jambalaya, etouffee, you name it. We'll only be down for three days, so I'm sure we won't get a chance to try everything that looks good.

      1. re: aints_05

        Allegro Bistro on Poydras opens for Saints games with a buffet. It's not my bag, so I've never been, but it's always busy.

    2. Lil Dizzy's on Poydras is a long walk but it's a straight shot to the dome.

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      1. re: mrsfury

        A long walk is a relative thing depending on where the OP is from. When I lived in NOLA, a long walk to me was about 3 blocks. Now that I live in the NYC area, I walk everywhere, so the 9 block or so walk from there to the Dome would be nothing.

        1. re: roro1831

          We'd be okay with walking a mile or so, I'd think. But that does bring up a question. How pedestrian friendly is this area? I don't imagine there are huge hills or anything. But do any of the streets lack crosswalks? Any areas I shouldn't be walking around after dark, that kind of thing.

          And thanks all for the suggestions so far.

          1. re: aints_05

            That area is very pedestrian friendly, never more so than before and after Saints games. You'll have no trouble. Of course, keep your wits about you as you would anyplace.

            I wouldn't really think of Lil Dizzy's as a long walk from the dome either. It's about a half mile so should be fine for your group. It wouldn't necessarily be my choice for pregame food, but if you're heart is set on Creole it's probably one of your better options. It's not Cajun.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              Great, thanks.

              So what are your favorite places for pregame, or post-game, food?

              1. re: aints_05

                That game starts at 3:00, so you've got more options and time than if it was at noon, which is nice. You could have lunch at any of the several good hotel restaurants in the area: MiLa, Domenica, Rambla, Luke, etc. Or you could do something in the Quarter - you could put together a nice meal of shared brunch-y plates at Green Goddess, where they have several dishes on the lunch/brunch menu with touches of South Louisiana, like boudin, oysters, gulf shrimp, etc.

                Several places I might otherwise recommend for lunch aren't open early on Saturday, such as Cochon and Herbsaint, but you might try giving them a call to check if they're planning to be open for this very special occasion.

                And, if you could stand to hop in a cab (or on the streetcar) for a travel-worthy brunch, you could head uptown to Dante's Kitchen, which opens at 10:30 on Saturdays (and Sundays) for brunch, or up Esplanade (cab or bus) to the original Lil' Dizzys (open 7:00) or Cafe Degas (open 11:00).