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?
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.
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
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.
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
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.
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
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.
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
re Grocery stores The following are very good (they also have prepared foods) I'm a regular shopper at all of them, the first few have some harder to find items local and non local:
Langenstein's Uptown and Metairie
Robert's various locations
Rouse's various locations
Whole Foods Uptown and Metairie
CBD, Warhouse District and the Marigny have no real grocery stores which is the biggest thing those areas are missing. There are only a few options in the Garden District too. Uptown has the best options with Langenstein's, Whole Foods, Rouses, Winn Dixie. There is a farmer's market on Saturday in the Warehouse District. There are plenty of inexpensive options for restaurants, especially along Magazine Street. We are lacking good options for takeout- like prepared meals made for popping in the oven or microwave. Whole Foods does it, but I find most of their meals to be flavorless and expensive. Their salad bar is great though, but also expensive. Make sure you hit a Sox game before you come because the only thing we're missing down here is MLB. You are also moving here in the dead of summer, which takes some getting used to, but 9months out of the year, there is no better place to be.
These are great suggestions, all- thanks!
Shane, while I will miss the Sox I will *not* miss Sox fans. Also, everyone up here frets constantly on our behalf about the heat, which is kind of funny- I mean lots of people live there and they don't go around bursting into flame! That said, I think we will have quite an adjustment for the first few months.
OK, I will stop being off topic now, Chowhound Powers That Be!
Still a little off-topic, if you do get the urge for a Sox game, head over to 45 Tchoup. Co-owner Debbie loves her BoSox and makes sure they are always on. (4500 block of Tchoupitoulas across from Rouse's supermarket) I'm a Boston transplant myself (2 yrs in) and feel right at home there.