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May 30, 2010 08:40 PM

Best restaurants and dishes that won't break the bank...

I am going to New Orleans in a week and will be thre for 7 days. I wanted some advice on places to eat and dishes to order that will not cost a fortune. 3 meals a day for 7 days can get expensive if you are spending $20/$30 a meal.


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  1. I find N.O. expensive, but I sort of expect it due to the recovery and the tourist market. There are some good places with reasonable prices. Wood fired pizza at Domenica, burgers at Yo Mamas, small plates at Cochon. Others on the board will probably tell you to plan your big meals around lunch for best value. In all my travels to N.O. I haven't been able to do that yet. I'm usually dropping $40 - $60 with tax and tip.

    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

    1. New Orleans is far less expensive (particularly our fine dining restaurants) than you will find in most major cities

      Try skipping breakfast and having an early (11:30) lunch at : Emeril's, August, MiLa, Coquette, Commander's where you can get 3 courses for around $20.

      Domenica has an afternoon happy hour offering 1/2 price pizzas and drinks.

      Tapas at Rambla or Rio Mar.

      Muff at Central Grocery can easily feed 2. If it's just you, get a 1/2.

      Split a large po boy at Parkway. (or get a small).

      Huge, delicious burger and baked potato at POC, around $12. You'll be full all day. Get there at 11 when they open or around 3pm to avoid a wait.

      Rio Mar Restaurant
      800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

      217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. In case you want more casual but still very tasty for a meal here and there, not a 3+ course breakfast/lunch/dinner (which isn't a bad thing at all)
        Cafe du Monde, beignets and cafe au lait is around 5.00, Croissant D'Or is another option.

        Napoleon House

        Maspero's on Decatur
        Johnny's Poboys
        IMO alcohol always runs up a bill obviously which makes a difference. re 20-30 per meal w or w/o alcohol, tip/tax etc? (Not sure what you meant) You may find yourself more full from one meal to another and not be as hungry as you thought. Current Zagat and Frommer's also have some good info. I'm sure you'll have a great time, culinary and otherwise.

        Mandina's in midcity

        20-30 bracket: Bon Ton (can't really go wrong with any of the dishes

        Mandina's Restaurant
        3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

        Croissant D'Or Patisserie
        617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

        Cafe Maspero
        601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. Crabby Jack's

          Crabby Jacks
          428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

          1. Are you looking for places in the Quarter, downtown? Breakdfast and lunch can be had almost anywhere for $15 and below. Dinner, is slightly more challenging, but most people could still name 40 or 50 places to go when the whole City is in the mix. ch

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            1. re: CharlieH

              I am open to either the Quarter or downtown, I am staying in the Quarter so suggestions there are great, but I also would love suggestion outside the Quarter.