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Apr 25, 2010 05:14 AM

moving to New Orleans!

You guys! My husband went and got himself a job in New Orleans and, 2 weeks from tomorrow, we are setting out from Boston to your fair city! SO EXCITED! I hope maybe we can do a CH meetup at some point, I've enjoyed reading all the posts by the regulars over the last year or so.

So, this is a bit of a different kind of Hound question. We will be moving, Tom starts his job soon thereafter, and we will be exhausted, overwhelmed, and on the poorer side of things (I don't have a job there yet). We love to cook, but I think our kitchen will take a little time to set up, so I have 3 questions:

1) where are good, cheap, non-Quarter places to get breakfast, lunch, dinner? Either sit in or good takeout. I am not sure where exactly we are living yet (eeee! coming down on the weekend of May 7-8 to hopefully take care of that) but odds are it will be Lower Garden, Irish Channel, or Marigny/Treme.

2) My husband is going to be working in the CBD (Archon building)- any rec's for lunch in that 'hood?

3) where/what are the good grocery stores in the area? Also, any recommendations for farmers markets/CSAs/farm stands?


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  1. If you end up in the Lower Garden District here are a couple.

    The Bluebird Cafe @ 3625 Prytania, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 7166.
    Mahoney's Po Boy Shop @ 3454 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 3374.
    Camelia Grill @ 626 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 309 - 2679. *

    If Treme then...........

    Lil' Dizzy's @ 1500 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 569 -8997.

    In CBD........

    Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386

    Mila @ 817 Common St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 595 - 6774.

    Bon Ton Cafe
    401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: Littleman

      Luke is near CBD and has great Happy Hour prices on drinks and raw oysters.

      Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840. *

      Mandina's is in Mid City but not far from Treme. Old time favorite.

      Mandina's Restaurant @ 3800 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 482 - 9179.

      1. re: Littleman

        The bluebird (sadly) closed awhile back; a breakfast place named Coulis is in it's place. Reasonably priced and though it's no bluebird, I enjoyed their breakfasts the two times I've eaten there. (I also enjoyed the ease of seating as it wasn't quite yet discovered; I believe that period may have passed, I saw the bluebird-familiar line outside last weekend).

        Good Cheap- Besides poboys and fried seafood (and no one knows how that's going to change soon, a topic too sad and overwhelming to even touch here) you might turn towards things like Juan's Flying Burrito or Lebanons on Carrolton Uptown. Also, do a search on lunch-specials, as that's when some of the pricier restaurants offer great 2 and 3 course deals. The Marigny/Quarter has a lot of bar/restaurants with good, inexpensive foods.

        As I'm sure you know Marigny/Treme and LGD/Irish Channel are two geographically different parts of town (both great areas), so it will be a lot easier to get good reccs once you get down here, especially on things like grocery stores. And never forget to talk to everyone, your neighbors, the corner store folks, anyone with a belly and ask them what's the best food around. There are a few great farmer's markets too, I believe this topic has also been covered pretty well if you search it.

        Huge congratulations, New Orleans will be glad to have you!

        Juan's Flying Burrito
        2018 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. These are in the Uptown area but close to LG Dist.

        Boucherie at 8115 Jeannette St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 862 - 5514.

        Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 9626. *

        Casamento's Restaurant @ 4330 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 9761.

        Coquette Bistro & Wine Bar @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421.

        Dante's Kitchen @ 736 Dante St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 861 - 3121. *

        Lilette @ 3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 1636.

        Pacal's Manale Restaurant @ 1838 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA.

        Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 9441.

        There's a Whole Foods Store in the Uptown Dist. @ 5600 Magazine St, New Orleans - (504) 899-9119.

        Casamento's Restaurant
        4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

        Dante's Kitchen
        736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

        Cafe Atchafalaya
        901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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        1. re: Littleman

          What's that po boy shop on St Charles maybe a few blocks past the streetcar stop for Commander's (my reference point for everything.) It's on a corner and might be called The Kitchen. I've never had the chance to eat there but I stopped in once just too look (on the way to a CP lunch) and it looked and smelled awesome.

            1. re: figndate

              Yeah, that's it. It was VERY inviting. Anyone been?

              1. re: kukubura

                I go there often at lunchtime for their pressed sandwiches. The guys who work there are super nice, and they thoughtfully prepare their creations so that ratios are spot on. For some reason, I think of it as being a little on the expensive side. Maybe because I am always getting vegetarian sandwiches, and it seems like too much money to pay for what I am getting. But now that I think of it, $8 for a Reuben is certainly not outrageous. In any case, they also carry grown up soda, which I adore, and they make a pretty good cupcake as well. All in all it's definitely a friendly, quality neighborhood place.

                1. re: figndate

                  Good. My instincts were right. Will definitely head there next time.

                  btw, what's grown up soda? Does it have booze in it?

                  1. re: kukubura

                    Nah but I think that it would make a pretty good mixer! It's very, very lightly sweetened carbonated water flavored with cane sugar and fruit juice. So refreshing and delicious. Especially the grapefruit.

                    1. re: figndate

                      That does sound nice, booze or no booze. That place is definitely going on the not-to-be-missed list for next trip.

        2. Here's a couple more Uptown.

          Squeal BBQ @ 8400 Oak St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 302 - 7370. BBQ.

          Ye Old College Inn @ 3000 S. Carrollton, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 866 - 3683.

          Martinique Bistro @ 5908 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 8495.

          Mat and Naddies @ 937 Leonidas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 861 - 9600.

          I think this one is in the LG Dist.

          Down the Hatch @ 1921 Sophie Wright Place, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 0909.

          In the Treme area I think.

          Willie Mae's Scotch House @ 2401 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 822 - 9503.

          Willie Mae's Scotch House
          2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119

          1. Here's a list of the locations/days of the various farmers markets:

            and the one they left off that list, Hollygrove Market & Farm:

            1. Good breakfast can be found at Panola Street Cafe located in the Carrollton area