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May 6, 2010 07:28 AM

French Quarter Finds

I will be traveling to NO for a business conference in June, staying in a hotel at the edge of the French Quarter. I will only have time to visit restaurants that are within quick walking distance. I love small, fantastic, inexpensive (cheap) places, with any type of food. Do you have any suggestions for such places in the French Quarter (or am I hoping for too much, given the tourist focus)? Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. If you are on the Canal side of the quarter, finding good & inexpensive eats is relatively easy. Johnny's Po' Boys is on St. Louis, on that side of the quarter. While maybe not the BEST po' boys in the city, they have a great selection & are very servicable. Also, a nice place with lunch specials over there is Mena's Palace. They have tasty lunch specials and it's very affordable.

    Mena's Palace
    200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: GDPhalp

      I totally agree with the Mena's Palace suggestion. Our family stayed near by for a week in 2003 and ate many good meals at great prices. One night we ran into Chris Noth in there.

      Mena's Palace
      200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. Felipe's on Decatur is an inexpensive taqueria with very good tacos. Many on this board love Coop's (I'm not one), which is inexpensive and right in the Quarter. Lunch at Stanley may fit your criteria. If you can get by on a burger or a bowl of mussels or soup and salad for dinner, you can eat very reasonably (though it is by no means a "cheap" place) at Meauxbar Bistro, which serves excellent food, is small, friendly, frequented by locals. Bennachin is a pretty good African rest. in the Quarter. Cafe Amelie is a beautiful place, w/a lovely courtyard; I prefer it for brunch/lunch food. There are some less expensive places across Esplanade, in the Frenchmen St./Marigny area: Sukko Thai, Mimi's for tapas, others. Cross Canal St, and grab a fabulous $13 pizza or a small plate or two at Domenica. Cochon Butcher has unbelievably wonderful sandwiches and bar food; it's a bit of a walk from the Quarter (but perfectly do-able, esp. if your hotel is at the Canal edge of the Quarter; I make it often), and worth it, and it's open from late morning until 10 p.m. weeknights, 11 F & Sat.

      Cafe Amelie
      912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

      Cochon Butcher
      930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Bennachin Restaurant
      1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. What about Buffa's Lounge on Esplanade in the FQ open 24 and 7 for breakfast/lunch/dinner with live music.

        Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038. Tamales. *

        Or Clover Grill on Bourbon open 24/7 for breakfast/lunch/dinner.

        Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.

        Or Donna's Grill and Bar on St. Ann and N. Rampart. It's only open for dinner Thursday/Sunday but their food is respectable with creole, burgers and BBQ but their live music is well known.

        Donna's Bar and Grill @ 800 North Rampart St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 596 - 6914. **

        Clover Grill
        900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. This should be perfect for you. Good bar food, good music, good drinks, late hours.

          Molly's at the Market @ 1107 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 5169. *

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          1. re: Littleman

            EXCELLENT suggestion! I love Molly's. The food is superb, and it's also a great place to stike up a coversation with a perfect stranger that might turn out to be an NPR correspondent, a local chef, a touring musician, a well-known author, a tattoo artist...I've met them all there. And I love the gumbo!

            1. re: Fydeaux

              You know, I've been to Molly's about a million times, and didn't even know they had food! Guess I was too enamored with the beer and the lovely lady at the bar who has the most beautiful tattoos I have ever seen!

          2. Here's a tip: If you want to taste the BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's that everyone is always going on about (well, me anyway) the lunch portion is generous and much cheaper than the dinner portion. Plus you can get it at the bar with a $1.50 lunch cocktail. And it's on your side of the FQ.

            Also on your end of Bourbon street is Remoulade, the casual offshoot of Arnaud's which I've had a couple of meals at, one great, one so-so. You could take a peek and see if it's to your liking.

            The Gumbo Shop is also closer to your end of town and is a casual place to enjoy some solid creole cooking.

            Someone already mentioned Johnny's. That's a good pick, as is Clover Grill, although a little further into the Quarter. Although, honestly the whole FQ is so small, walking from one end to the other is no biggee.

            Clover Grill
            900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116