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Jul 28, 2010 09:12 AM

Ideas for cheap authentic street food in the Quarter?

Looking for some suggestions on where to find some awesome authentic NoLa cuisine to grab on the street while out and about in the quarter. Maybe an awesome jambalaya? This may not exist - but had to check :)

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  1. Good luck with that one. We dont really have alot of street food here in the city. what you can do is perhaps do a little crawling here and there and maybe order a small plate from local places in the quarter. Also try the french market on Decatur Street and sometimes they have things like gumbo and jamabaya that they sell hot and ready to eat. Honestly, the only street food I know of is the LUCKY dog and I certainly woulnt waste my appetite on that!
    Good luck

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    1. re: NOLA1447

      haha... no hot dogs on this trip! Thanks for the rec - that actually sounds like exactly what we're looking for!

      1. re: NOLA1447

        Ignatius and I are shocked at your insensitivity.

        It don't get no better authentic than Lucky Dogs! I don't know that it competes in age with the real old line Quarter eateries but they may go back to around Brennan's time and they have outlasted dozen of "name" restaurants.

        On that subject I recently found an old 1993 N.O. Zagat and was amazed at the number of restaurants "ain't dere no more".

        1. re: collardman

          My sincerest apologies... I had no idea. Per your reccomendation we will check it out.

          1. re: phillygourmet

            Lucky Dogs are, in a word, nasty. No amount of nostalgia, affection for JK Toole, or love for "Confederacy of Dunces" is gonna make those awful things taste good. Don't waste the calories. By law, Lucky Dogs are the ONLY street food in the quarter. It's too damn hot to eat on the street anyway (at least in late July/August). If you simply must eat while walking around, try a popsicle from Meltdown (Dumaine near Decatur), or a gelato or sorbet from La Divina (621 St. Peter, across from Le Petit Theatre, just a short walk from Jackson Square). Or eat a praline from Southern Candymakers.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Well, I like Lucky Dogs, but one per visit is sufficient, and if I miss it on a visit, it's not devastating. Different strokes, I guess.

                But keep an eye (and ear) out for Pearl the Pie Lady.

                1. re: Fydeaux

                  I like 'em too, but only in moderation (once a year seems about right- any more than that and I know I've been drinking too much)...

                2. re: Hungry Celeste

                  Lucky Dogs saved me once when I was really starving, but it was the evening of Mardi Gras and I [like everyone around me] had been celebrating all day. I still think Lucky Dogs are great late-night street food, and they are the only true "street food" in the Quarter.

                  Over on Frenchmen Street there are more options--I think a taco truck and sometimes a woman who sells tamales? I think I read that the taco truck moved inside one of the clubs, but I could be wrong.

                  1. re: midcity

                    Speaking of Frenchman: I've seen the restaurant Praline Connection set up food outside sometimes at night. There's a brass band that plays outside on that corner - at least they were a couple of months ago.

                    Praline Connection
                    542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                    1. re: lenwood

                      On my last trip we went to a club on Frenchman, can't remember which one, it was during Jazz Fest and this was one of the few places not charging a cover. It was across from the spotted cat. In back they were cooking Tex-Mex tacos, etc., I'm guessing this was what midcity was referring to. One of my friends got some stuff there and said it was pretty good.

              2. re: collardman

                authentic isnt the same as tasty, though

              3. re: NOLA1447

                lucky dogs have their place. a dog w/ chili & onions & mustard at the end of a busy (boozy) nite in the quarter can be just what the doctor ordered. sure its not nathan's, but theyre local, theyre legit, theyre unique. whats to complain about?

                but its true, we do not have much street food. in the quarter this is because the city council passed an ordinance to "preserve the charm" of the quarter by prohibiting all but Lucky and the ice cream people, they were grandfathered in.

                shame because many of the jazz fest hits like crawfish (or shrimp) bread would make for amazing street fare.

                best you can get is walking over to frenchmen street where you will find several taco trucks and other mini carts.

                1. re: kibbles

                  The taco truck that was on Frenchmen had some issues with the health department and they now run the counter in the back of Cafe Negril. This happened a few months ago. Not quite as good as eating them on the street but still tasty and cheap. The pork taco with pineapple salsa is yummy.

              4. A Central Grocery muffaletta while watching the pick-up Jazz in Jackson Square is a pretty nice lunch.

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                1. re: isitnews

                  This is the closest and best to street food in the FQ. I agree- Didn't think of it.

                  1. re: isitnews

                    Very true! Or take it up to the levee and watch the boats go by.

                    1. re: midcity

                      +3 for Central Grocery. You don't need to experience a Lucky Dog.