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Jul 5, 2010 06:34 PM

Again, more local recs for a weekend in NOLA?

I know this has been done again, and again on this site, but my requests are a little different... I am coming to NOLA for the first time in two weeks for Sat/Sun nights. I am looking for cheapish (food under $100 total-ish) and cheap local favorties. Mostly seafood, or local specialty type restaurants, but anything amazing is great too. 2 dinners, 2 lunches, and 2 b-fasts, where would you go? I am a foodie, but my friend is not, so nothing too extreme. Also any great jazz bars/clubs that we can't miss? Thanks.

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  1. Where are you staying. Are you staying in the FQ. If so you can dine well without a car. Will you have a car. This all helps. Thanks.

    1. Please don't call it NOLO, it's NOLA if you must. :)

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      1. re: roro1831

        Sorry. I am planning on staying in the FQ- not sure what hotel yet, with a car, but would rather not drive too much.

      2. Re: jazz bars/clubs .... if you're looking for traditional jazz, then hit Preservation Hall in the quarter. See also Irvin Mayfield's new place at the Royal Sonesta hotel. Snug Harbor is great for jazz too, moving toward the scale of more contemporary.

        Snug is right on the intersection of Esplanade and Frenchmen Street. Stroll down Frenchmen for a whole slew of great spots, all within a few blocks of eachother - it's the best concentration of live music anywhere around. Go to 's "live wire" to see who is playing where, or just head in and out of each place at your leisure.

        Preservation Hall
        726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA

        1. Just some thoughts:
          I agree with Frenchmen St re jazz/music etc Spotted Cat and d.b.a. Also Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton to see Jeremy Davenport, Fritzel's, The Polo Lounge in the WIndsor Court Hotel, John Autin on piano at the Carousel Lounge in the Monteleone....

          $100.00 for 2 people? Is that right? Alcohol is a factor thart can run up a bill. Leaving that out for a moment I'd think you could dine almost anywhwere...

          By bus/streetcar you could dine at Mandina's in mid-city a classic New Orleans neighborh place...

          ultra casual: Johnny's po boys or Maspero'sn Decatur casual lunch...

          Luke, a John Besh restaurant more cas than August:

          Scott Boswell's Stanley:

          Most restaurants have web sites so you could check out their menu/prices etc
          French pastry and coffee for breakfast at Croissant D'Or...

          Old school authentic New Orleans, Galatoire's:

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

          Johnny's Po-Boys
          511 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Luke Restaurant
          333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Stanley Restaurant
          547 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA

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

          Polo Lounge
          300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. Go hear Jeremy Davenport in the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton Hotel one block off Bourbon. I think he usually comes on around 9 PM. Coops is a cheapish joint in the Quarter. Napoleon House is a good bar with decent bar food. Acme Oyster Bar and Felix's across the street are casual and should fit your budget. Central Grocery on Decatur will sell you a good muffaletta. Rampart Food Store has good po boys. Yo Mama's Bar and Grill on St. Peter serves a good burger. Go to Galatoire's before you get out of town for a fine sample of great New Orleans cuisine.

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

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