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May 25, 2010 07:18 AM

inexpensive, rowdy, local food, casual/dive, delicious dinner spot for Saturday June 5th?

Hi All, I will be in New Orleans with 5 friends (so six people total) from June 4 to June 6th. We are staying in the French Quarter and won’t have a rental car, but I think we plan to rent bikes Saturday during the day. I’ve read a lot on this site and I don’t want to have a strict itinerary mapped out because we prefer to just explore, that said I like to have a list of places with addresses to have as a backup should we all be scratching our heads and wondering where to go for brunch/dinner etc.

We want to get off the airplane (arrive 11am Friday) and go first to that place near the airport that is delicious but not fancy (can someone help me out with the name?) – Recommendations for must order at this place?

Then we have dinner reservations at Boucherie because we are celebrating one of the members of our group. Any recommendations for a good spot for happy hour pre-Boucherie? Is the walk from the FQ to Boucherie a nice walk? We don’t mind if it takes an hour to walk there, but is it a scenic walk? Is there a good spot near Boucherie for post-dinner?

From there on out, we have Saturday brunch, Saturday late afternoon snack, Saturday dinner, Sunday brunch, and Sunday pre-flight snack. These are the places I have down as possibilities:

Brunch: Elizabeth’s, Lukes, and Heuvos

Afternoon snacks: Napoleon House, Parkway Bakery

Dinner: This is really where I could use some help - we'd like an inexpensive, rowdy, casual, local food spot for dinner on Saturday. I’d love some recommendations.

Also – I’d prefer to avoid tourist trap bars and touristy jazz/blues spots – can someone recommend some good places for post-dinner music and drinks? We are all late-20s early 30s, and while we prefer to avoid the tourist traps, we’ll likely stay out all night.

Thank you for your time and comments/recommendations I can’t wait to see your city.

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. I think the walk to Boucherie could be closer to 2 hrs. Take the Streetcar at least part of the way, and yes, it's a nice walk. Cure isn't too far from Boucherie for post dinner. For music nearby there is Maple Leaf on Oak and Carrolton Station on Willow. For late night, Frenchmen Street is non touristy, lots going on in that area, also, Markey's Bar, Rbar, Vaughn's Lounge, Saturnbar, Bud Rips, in the Quarter there is Bar Tonique on Rampart for a little more upscale but still local. Not sure what to tell you for Saturday dinner, I hate to say it but you need to be more specific, what do you mean by cheap, $12 entrees, if so then maybe one of the two Liuzza's, if you can spend more, Crescent City Steak house is very authentic, and you can let your hair down in there. Jacqueimos's (sic) might be what you are looking for. Maybe Mimi's in the Marigny, you should go there anyway at some point. Have fun. Sounds like that won't be hard for your crowd.

    Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
    3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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    1. re: CharlieH

      By casual and inexpensive on Saturday night, I mean apps under $8.00 and entrees under $15.00. I keep picturing an outdoor spot - feels like a backyard bbq, maybe just something with great food (not fancy food) and pitchers of beer...?

      As for post-dinner night spots - we don't want upscale anything, but we also don't want touristy - does that help or am I being unrealistic?

        1. re: katesalter

          Port of Call maybe?

          Port of Call
          838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

          1. re: katesalter

            Thinking more about it, Parkway Bakery might just be your plan, they have tables outside, and the food is real good. Its not as hectic at night. Or maybe Frankie and Johnie s Uptown for boiled or fried seafood, but I haven't been in ages so I couldn't recommend on way or the other. Or you could scout out a place in the Frenchmen street area, there are a number of options. Bacchanal isn't always open, so check first to have if they have something going on. They do a lot guest chefs.

        2. Are you talking about Brick Oven near the Airport.

          Brick Oven Cafe @ 2805 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, LA 504 - 466 - 2097.

          Brick Oven Cafe
          2805 Williams Blvd Ste A, Kenner, LA 70062

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            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              For the airport place I was thinking of Harbor Seafood - any idea how it is doing in light of the spill?

          1. What about The Bulldog for your Saturday night rowdy loud outdoor joint. Check out the picture on the front page of their website. Looks perfect to me. What else could you ask for. Take the St. Charles steetcar down to Toledano just past 8th street jump off and walk 5 blocks. You can stay out to about 2/3 AM here.

            The Bulldog @ 3236 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 1516.


            1. Wow, a lot to cover.

              I'm guessing you are speaking of Harbor Seafood in Kenner.

              If you are getting in round lunch, have to check in and such, and then have reservations at Boucherie, you are definitely going to want to take the streetcar, probably the entire way (it is getting REALLY hot out, and the walk to the streetcar will suffice. Get off at the Carrolton and Jeanette stop, i believe. I reccomend you get yourselves nice "go-cups" for the walk and ride, the best way to enjoy NOLA summers outdoors. After, as you are all the way uptown in the Riverbend area, you will either want to streetcar or cab it back to any number of spots in the Quarter/Marigny/Bywater, or walk over to something like Carrolton Station or Maple Leaf (check and see what's playing that night at both). Cure is a little far, and a little fancy, (expensive drinks) and I get the sense that ya'll aren't into cabbing it too much.

              I think if ya'll are thinking outdoor patio local, rowdy-prone dining, you really want to consider Bacchanal in the bywater. It's 100% new orleans, funky, fun, outside, with a menu of cheeses, small plates and music every night. Mostly wine, a few beers, so if you need cocktails, either go before or after, or find something else. Sunday night they have guest chefs, but get their early, it gets really crowded. You will either need to bike, or preferably take a cab, as it's deep in the bywater. After, you have a plethora of local dive bars in the area, including Mimi's, Vaugn's, and the newly opened Lost Love Lounge, just down from Mimi's. Of course, caution will have to be used in this neighborhood if you are staying out late, and cabbing it back to the hotel advised. Frenchman street is the music club street for locals, so that's always a good option too.

              Just a general observation, you are listing places (especially Huevos and Parkway) that are not in normal summer walking distance, and we do not have the most extensive and easily understood public transportation, bar the streetcar. You can access most places, especially Parkway easily, by the correct streetcar line and a few blocks walk, but you want to be aware before you leave that you are in for a journey.

              That said, with your obvious energy and enthusiasm, I'm sure you'll have a (sweaty) great time!
              Good luck, and thanks for coming!

              4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

              8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118