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Apr 7, 2010 01:47 PM

This weekend in NOLA, lunches near Loyola, dinners in French Quarter

Bonjour à tous et toutes,

So I'll be in NOLA for a conference this weekend, and I don't want to waste even one meal on bad food. I'll be on Loyola campus for most of my lunches and in the French Quarter in the evenings for dinner. What suggestions do you have for good food? Here are some of my details:

- The past two cities I've lived in were Chicago and Paris—and I'm very much both a Chicago foodie and a Paris gourmet/gourmand.
- I'm really focused on finding the "best" of local specialties
- I'm a fan of the gastro-pub / neo-bistro stuff, especially localvore, tail-to-snout cooking, and in-house charcuterie.
- I'm also interested in checking out modest/cheap eats and family-run establishments.
- I have pretty much no dietary limits. I love fish, veggies, spices, meats, offal, marrow, and whatever else you can throw at me. As long as it's well-prepared, of course.
- I'm mostly looking for mid-level price ranges, but I also want to devote one night to a relatively high-end meal, so I'll also happily take some fine-dining suggestions.

OK, fire away! Thanks in advance to all of y'all. If anyone wants some suggestions on Chicago or Paris or Toronto restaurants, don't hesitate to drop me a line.

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  1. Dunbar's Creole Cooking
    4927 Freret Street
    New Orleans, LA 70115

    Highly reccomended for lunch and right near Loyola. Enjoy.

    Dunbar's Creole Cooking
    501 Pine St, New Orleans, LA

    4 Replies
    1. re: jnab121

      Is Dunbar's back at the old location on Freret Street? After Katrina they moved onto the Loyola campus. I believe it was in the law school.

      Bigray in Ok

      1. re: Bigrayok

        Last time I was home they still were not open, that was in Jan. As far as I know they are still on Loyola's campus, but someone else can verify that

        1. re: N.O.Food

          I go there often, but would never recommend it to a visitor. There are just too many other great places to check out. I would say Mandina's or Liuzza's by the Track for basic New Orleans red beans, gumbo and friend chicken.

          Mandina's Restaurant
          3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

      2. This weekend if FQ fest. Make dinner resv. NOW.

        1. I realize you will be in the French Quarter in the evenings, but if you can stay uptown (same area as Loyola's campus) you will have a better variety of options. In the Uptown area I would recommend Boucherie, Patois and Coquette. Boucherie's prices are very modest, but you will need a reservation. Patois and Coquette are pricier, but depending on what/how much you order, you can keep the prices down. These might also be lunch options since they are in the vicinity of Loyola's campus, but this will depend on how long your lunch break is. You can take a cab to Coquette and could probably take the streetcar to Boucherie from Loyola. Patois is open for lunch Fridays, but not on weekends. Dunbar's, mentioned above, is open in the Loyola Law School campus, which is not the same as the main campus - it's only about five blocks away though. Dunbar's is mostly southern comfort food - fried chicken, collard greens, white beans, etc. It would be good to try one day, but I wouldn't recommend eating there more than once. Its heavy food and not that spectacular IMO. Also, I'm not sure that Dunbar's is open on the weekends, so you should double check.

          For dinners, if you venture across Canal street from the French Quarter you will find MiLa, Herbsaint and Cochon. MiLa might be a good choice for your high-end night. Cochon will fit the bill for in-house charcuterie and the prices are more modest than Herbsaint or MiLa. Domenica also has good charcuterie. Also, as you will be here during French Quarter Fest, you can take advantage of the festival to sample some of the local fare in lieu of dinners - this will also keep prices very modest. See for schedules, locations and a listing of the different dishes that will be offered. Enjoy!

          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

          123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

          1 Reply
          1. re: latasche

            Dunbar's is not open on the weekends, just weekdays till 6 or 7 I think.

          2. Don't miss Cochon Butcher, Green Goddess, Mr. B's for barbecued shrimp, and hit up FQF. Meltdown popsicles for a quick frozen treat.

            Have fun! It's gonna be a gorgeous weekend. I hope to make it down to the FQ at some point.

            Cochon Butcher
            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Green Goddess
            307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1 Reply
            1. re: lawstudent

              Definitely hit Mr. B's for the BBQ shrimp specifically. If it's crowded just sit at the bar and enjoy with a cocktail. You probably haven't ever tasted anything like it elsewhere.

            2. +1 on Cochon Butcher, Green Goddess and Boucherie

              Add Lola to the list.

              Cochon Butcher
              930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Green Goddess
              307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

              8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118