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Lunches to-go near convention ctr?

Hi hounders!!

I am incredibly excited to be going to New Orleans (my first time) at the end of the month. I'm a huge foodie and I spent every childhood summer in NC, so I have a real appreciation for bbq & collard greens. I spent the rest of the year in MD, so I love every kind of seafood. Now I live in NYC, which is one of the foodie capitals of the world. Sorry that turned so biographical!! Just wanted to let you know that I want real food, not tourist traps.

I will be in NO during the APA convention (5/21-5/26). I've heard the best dinner spots fill up, so I'm going to make dinner rez shortly. These are on my list to try: Cochon, Willa Mae's, Mother's, Stella or Stanley's (which one?), Acme, maybe Cafe du Monde...

My real question is regarding lunch. I don't want to waste precious meals getting boxed lunches or chain meals while I'm stuck in the Ernest Morial convention ctr during the day. Maybe I'm asking the impossible, but are there any good to-go places within a 10-15 min walk of the convention ctr? Thanks for any guidance!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Cochon Butcher, right nearby, is perfect for what you want, the sandwiches and bar snacks are fantastic. But get a head start if you can, because it is always full of conventioneers. There is also a small grocery store next door to CB that sells po-boys that many on this board like a lot. I've never had one b/c I would have to walk past CB (the sirensong of sandwich shops) to get there.

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    Cochon Butcher
    930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: nomadchowwoman

      Oh wow! Nice. We just might go here every day then. Just googled Cochon Butcher and it seems like everyone's fav.

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      Cochon Butcher
      930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: nomadchowwoman

        The small grocery shop is NOLA Grocery. Great place for po-boys.

        http://www.nolagrocery.com

        351 Andrew Higgins Dr. (St. Peters-Tchoupitoulas Sts.), New Orleans
        504-302-9928

      2. Mother's is probably not really worth your time, especially since there is usually a line out the door. I am truly mystified by this line, as it truly is NOT all that. nomadchow is right on about Butcher. It's the BEST in the area for sandwiches. Stanley in the quarter is a cute little modern diner with quality sandwiches as well, but its counterpart Stella! is only open for dinner, and is at least a 3 hour committment, though worth every nano second. Cochon is good, but not great. For dinner, you would be much better off at Emeril's or Meson 923, a new spot that just opened on the corner of South Diamond and South Peters (very near conv center).

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Emeril's Restaurant
        800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: figndate

          Thx for the tip re Mother's. Definitely don't want to wait that long for mediocrity! Am making my rez for Stella! as we speak. Going to rack up my Open Table points. :)

        2. Mulates is a half block away. They are open for lunch but I don't know if they serve take out orders. I'm sure they do. It's 100% Cajun open 7 days/week for lunch/dinner.

          Mulate's @ 201 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 1492. *

          http://www.mulates.com/

          Wolfe's in the Warehuse @ The Marriott Convention Center is across the street. Call and see if they have take out orders. If they do room service I am sure they would box a lunch.

          Wolfe's in the Warehouse @ 859 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 504 - 613 - 2882.

          http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-...

          The Creole Skillet is open for lunch and it's across the street from the Convention Center but again I don't know if they have take out orders. You can call and see.

          The Creole Skillet @ 200 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 304 - 6318. *

          http://www.thecreoleskillet.com/

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          1. re: Littleman

            Thanks!! I like the music on their site, too. Ha.

            1. re: Littleman

              Littleman--Have you eaten at Mulate's? I ask b/c the only time I was there, w/out-of-towners who really wanted the experience, the food was awful. (Now, at the original Mulate's in Breaux Bridge, the food was much better the few times I was there--as was the show).

              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                I have not been to Mulate's in a long time. I think the last time I went I was more interested in the bar and music than the food. I was looking for take out lunch food close to convention center more than good chow. IMO take out is what you get but I admit Cochon Butcher should be the best choice but it's just a little further. Here's a recent review on Trip Advisor which rates Mulates 288 out of 877 restaurants in NOLA which is not good but better than average. After this good review the next 4 are bad so you never know. Sure looks good.

                From TA.Com..........

                “A good lunch”
                Mulate's New Orleans
                rockstar89 40 contributions Pegram, TN
                Apr 11, 2010 Went there for lunch with friends and we thought it was great. We started with seafood gumbo and etoufee. Both were excellent. And then, that blackened catfish po-boy didn't have a chance with me! Nice, fresh bread, not too chewy as some places are. The catfish was prepared well...spicy and flavorful, but not too hot. My friends had the fried shrimp po-boy that was overstuffed with shrimp. Fries were average bar fare, but fine. All in all, a great lunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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                Cochon Butcher
                930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

            2. Just to follow up on my dinner mentions....

              Made a rez for Stella!, Cochon, and Dante's Kitchen. Do I need to make a rez for Acme? It appears to be a big enough place.

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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              1. re: middyboo

                Go to Acme for lunch if you have time. Go to Galatoire's across the street for outstanding NOLA cuisine. Bon Appetit.

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                Galatoire's Restaurant
                209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              2. Here's a good choice that honors take out orders for an extra 25 cents/item. Red Eye Grill is two (short) blocks west of the Convention Center.

                However of all my suggestion I believe Cochon Butcher is your best choice except it's 5/6 blocks away. I wonder if Emeril's does take out orders.

                Red Eye Grill @ 852 South Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 593 - 9393.

                http://www.redeyegrill.net/

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                Red Eye Grill
                852 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                1. re: Littleman

                  Thanks so much! YUM.

                  1. re: Littleman

                    I can say with absolute assurance that unless you are an XXP, Emeril's does NOT do takeout.

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                    Emeril's Restaurant
                    800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  2. P.S. - Is there much of a food truck scene in NOLA? I'd definitely be down for some red beans & rice from a good truck. Lately all the best cheap spots in Manhattan have been on four wheels.

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                    1. re: middyboo

                      Here's place that delivers that's two blocks west of the convention center. Walk would be easier. Nothing creole but pizza and pasta.

                      Pie Pizza and Pastas @ 814 South Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 2743. *

                      http://www.piepizzaandpastas.com/

                      1. re: middyboo

                        there's a purple que truck outside tipitinas some nights.

                        There used to be one on Frenchman that served tacos but they moved inside of one of the clubs.

                      2. Hi, I'm actually going to be in town during the same time for the same convention, but I'll be working and have extremely limited time. To add an additional layer of complication, I'm pregnant. I've never been to NOLA and want to make sure I get at least a few good things to eat. I'm considering pushing for a quick trip to Cafe du Monde for beignets, but we will do one nice dinner out with our group and would love some suggestions.

                        Are there po'boys without deli meats? I would love to try one, but can't have deli. Where is the best spot?

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                        1. re: caphill2320

                          yes lots. Most famous is probably the french fry poboy. It will come with gravy.

                          1. re: caphill2320

                            The roast beef poboy (at any good poboy place) is not made with typical deli meat, nor are any of the seafood poboys

                            1. re: caphill2320

                              Oyster poboy and shrimp poboys are fantastic!!! they also have soft shell crab poboy in season too.

                            2. last year did a conf. too and we enjoyed the poboys at Earnst Cafe:
                              http://ernstcafe.net/content/view/14/34/

                              have a blast - we loved Cochon!

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                              Cochon
                              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                              1. Anyone know what the little carryout place is at the corner of St Charles and St Joseph? I only know that a streetcar driver jumped out at a red light, ran in, picked up a carryout lunch, jump back in the drivers seat, and took us on our way. Could be a good local place for an inexpensive sandwich or something.

                                Looking it up (it's near Lee Circle) could it really be called Price Busters? That seems crazy.

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                                1. re: kukubura

                                  Are you talking about that little convenience store on the right hand side?

                                  1. re: roro1831

                                    When you're on the way to the circle, yeah, that's it.

                                  2. re: kukubura

                                    Yes, it's called Price Busters. It's a convenience store that has a takeout counter.

                                    1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                      Is it worth a lunch?

                                      You never know. There's a little corner store at the corner of St Phillip and Royal that has the most amazing smelling takeout counter. We haven't ever gotten their food but we've stopped in for water many times and been like "damn that smells good!!"

                                  3. Here's an excellent choice for takeout food from Grand Isle which is across the street from The Hilton on Convention Blvd. Great seafood menu. I forgot this place was there.

                                    http://www.grandislerestaurant.com/ho...

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                                    Grand Isle Restaurant
                                    575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130