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Eloping in New Orleans...please help with budget friendly recommendations

My long term SO and I are eloping in New Orleans early November (11th-14th) the ceremony is on the 12th. We have never been to NOLA before and are eagerly anticipating all this city has to offer. We are looking to the Chowhounds members expertise to help us make this a trip we will remember, not only for our wedding vows, but for our gastronomical experience as well. We are definitely on a low budget (about $100 per day for two for breakfast, lunch and dinner...you read that right, not each, but $100 for both). We are staying at a hotel in the heart of the FQ, but we will have a car. We are calling on you all to help us find the jewels in the rough that would match our finances and still experience NOLA at its budget culinary best.

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  1. What hotel are you staying at? That helps. There are some great places for cheap eats in the FQ.

    Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They serve 25/30 different po boys. Johnny's Po Boy's is in the FQ on St. Louis and has outstanding po boys. Felipe's has great Mexican food using local ingredients. Clover Grill is open 24/7 for breakfast and good burgers and it's inexpensive. Rampart Food Store has good po boys. Antoine's has 25 cent martini's at lunch. Commerce Restaurant is a couple of blocks W of Canal in walking distance of FQ and has good inexpensive lunch. Buffa's Lounge has good tamales. Daisy Dukes serves good breakfast, lunch and dinner open 24/7. Here's a link to NOLA specials.

    http://www.nomenu.com/summer/

    Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
    http://www.menaspalace.com/
    Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
    http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/
    Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
    http://www.felipesneworleans.com/inde...
    Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.
    http://www.clovergrill.com/
    Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777.
    Commerce Restaurant @ 300 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 9239.
    Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.
    http://www.buffaslounge.com/
    Daisy Duke's @ 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 5171.
    http://www.daisydukesrestaurant.com/

    Here's a link to cheap drinks in NOLA.

    http://www.neworleansdrinkspecials.co...

    Go to Lucy's Bar on Tchoupitoulas for a good 4 to 7 happy hour and $2.50 beer. You can walk there. Tell your wife to wear comfortable shoes.

    Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.
    http://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/ne...

    Go to Port O Call in the Marigny for good burgers and Praline Connection.

    Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.
    http://www.portofcallneworleans.com/

    Praline Connection @ 542 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 943 - 3934.
    http://www.pralineconnection.com/

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    1. re: Littleman

      Thank you for the reply Littleman. Those will definitely be on our list. We are staying at the Prince Conti. Please, please keep the recommendations coming. This is our first trip in many years and our first ever to New Orleans and we really want to make it special.

      1. re: Euphrosyne

        Verti Mart may be open by then. keep an eye out. Central Grocery of course, just split a whole muffeletta, about ten bucks. Rampart food store is an excellent suggestion, a whole po-boy feeds two easily. Also, Moon Wok, just of Jackson Square on St. Ann has delicious banh mi for about $3. They also do Pho for not much more. Also Yo Mama's has gigantic burgers, feeds two easy. You can even get a bowl of gumbo at Mr. B's for under 10 if I am not mistaken, it comes with all the bread and butter you can eat. I actually think the Clover grill is overpriced. Check to see what the special is at Que Sera, they always have something going for service people and locals. Since you have a car, the possibilities are almost endless. McHardy's for fried chicken, rotisserie chicken at almost all the groceries, do some picnicking. Hit the taco truck on on Jefferson Ave. Happy hour at Domenica may be your best bet, 1/2 price pizza. Easy to do dinner for under twenty there. Have fun.

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        Moon Wok
        800 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Domenica
        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. re: Euphrosyne

          Congratulations!

          The Prince Conti is our hotel of choice, also. Enjoy.

          My only two cents, so far, are to save a couple of bucks for cocktails at the end of the day.

          We love to wander into the Bombay Club (back of the carriageway from the Conti's lobby entrance) for a nightcap, in a nice laidback atmosphere, and chat about the events of the day. They have wonderful cocktail concoctions. "Chocolatini" for my wife and a nice dry Hendrick's for me.

          Unfortunately, there are no free breakfasts at Conti.

          1. re: Euphrosyne

            Right across from the Prince Conit the Jager Haus has excellent and inexpesive breakfast nine bucks for veggie crepes and nice house champane.

            DC

            We almost eloped in New Orleans have fun...

              1. re: JazzyB

                Well, maybe it's time for them to renew their vows! ;)

                1. re: kukubura

                  That sounds like a good plan!

                  However, though the "event" has happened, some years ago, I think that others, finding this thread, might be helped with similar requests.

                  That is why I will answer "zombie" threads - they do come back to life, and can be helpful - to others, and later on.

                  Hunt

                2. re: JazzyB

                  How can one plan ahead to elope? Doesn't that negate the elopement factor?

                  Edited to add: Hoping the marriage is going well and you are both well and happy. Congratulations!

                  1. re: Leepa

                    Nah, my wedding was a planned elopement. It was more about focusing on the two of us and not wedding shenanigans. We planned the heck out of it! Just didn't tell anyone else until we sent the announcements (that we designed and printed ahead of time.) It was AWESOME.

                    1. re: Leepa

                      Well, the couple (or at least one part of it), CAN plan a bit. The elopement aspect just sort of precludes, or excludes, others.

                      Hunt

              2. re: Littleman

                Does that $100 include drinks? There's not going to be much wiggle room in that budget, but it's certainly doable.

                You should think about doing super cheap breakfasts and dinners, and using lunch time for your splurges. Many higher end places have great lunch specials in the $20 range, usually for 3 courses.

                Mena's Palace isn't open for dinner, but it is good for cheap lunch with huge portions. On your limited budget, especially if you're including drinks in that amount, you will probably want to take advantage of the fridge in your room. Something like Mena's red beans can easily stretch for two meals, and you can ask for extra rice to make it go even further. Nothing wrong with left over red beans for breakfast!

                Does your hotel have free breakfast? If so, just do that. Breakfast is a rip off most places, there's nowhere in the Quarter that does a decent breakfast for under $8/person plus tip. If you're willing to leave the Quarter you can find some good breakfast deals, for example the Trolley Stop diner on St. Charles has an early bird special for $2.99, and the $5 breakfast burrito plus coffee deal at Huevos is excellent.

                +1 on the recs for Moon Wok and Felipe's, both are cheap and good.

                1. re: uptownlibrarian

                  Uptown. What time does Mena's close. I thought it was 6 PM but it may be 5 PM. If the OP had a nice breakfast and skipped lunch they could have dinner at Mena's at closing time.

                    1. re: uptownlibrarian

                      5 PM and deliver to 6;45 PM.................

                      1. re: Littleman

                        I eat there several times a month. I work two blocks away. I walk by every day on my way home. I assure you that they are not open until 5:00 PM. Lights off, door locked, chairs on tables. Please feel free go by and check yourself.

                2. re: Littleman

                  We love Port of Call (it was our first meal ever in New Orleans), but right across the street on Esplanade is Buffa's open 24/7. Their food is excellent, plentiful and inexpensive. It's a dive, but well worth checking out. Hubby went out one morning while I was recuperating from the night before and reported that it was the best breakfast to be found in the Quarter!

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

                3. Skip breakfast. Combine breakfast/lunch funds for an early (11-11:30) lunch at one of our finer restaurants. Emeril's, August, MiLa, Coquette (Wed.-Sat.), Commander's offer 3 courses around $20. Commander's has 25 cent martinis as well. For dinner: Domenica has a daily happy hour 3-6, half price pizzas/drinks/beer. Rambla and Rio Mar for tapas (lunch or dinner). Pick up a muff at Central Grocery to keep in your mini frig. for a cheap dinner or snacking. Burgers at POC are huge and come with a large baked potato. They run about $11 but will keep you full all day. Best to get there when they open (11am) or late afternoon (4ish) to avoid a wait. Luke has a daily happy hour 3-6, 50 cent oysters, 1/2 price drinks/beer. Their burgers ($16) can easily feed 2 and come with plenty of delicious housemade fries. Mat and Naddies (Riverbend) has a $10 weekday lunch buffet. http://matandnaddies.com/web/menus.as...
                  Congratulations!

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

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

                  Rambla
                  217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  Domenica
                  123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                  1. re: JazzyB

                    Do Domenica's happy hour specials run on Saturday as well?

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                    Domenica
                    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                    1. re: Mytah

                      Seven days a week. Luke as well.

                  2. Mimi's in the Marigny and Port O Call are fine places for inexpensive dining. The burgers at Port O Call are outstanding. Angeli's on Decatur is a good bar with inexpensive pizza, burgers, pasta and sandwiches open late and served with a Mediterranean flair. Cafe Maspero has reasonable NOLA food also.

                    Mimi's in the Marigny @ 2601 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 872 - 9868.
                    Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.
                    http://www.portofcallneworleans.com/
                    Angeli on Decatur @ 1141 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 566 - 0077.
                    Cafe Maspero @ 601 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 504 - 523 - 6250.
                    http://www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com/

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

                    1. Euphrosyne,
                      You mentioned being on a budget as well as having a vehicle. Just a heads up, most FQ hotels charge an additional $30 per day parking. Should this be a concern, I have heard Hotel De La Monnaie ( end of Esplanade, near the French market) has no such fee.

                      1. You're getting a lot of good suggestions. But also check into Quartermaster (AKA Neli Deli) on Bourbon St. They have a pretty big carry-out menu, and everything I've had from there has been quite good.

                        Also, Molly's at the Market of Decatur has excellent gumbo and was around $8.00 a bowl the last time I was there (around 2 years ago).

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                        Quartermaster Store
                        1100 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                        1. Rob a bank and go to the Commanders table.

                          1. Definitely give Domenica a try. The pizza's will be about $6.50. You will be able to get glasses of wine for $4-6 or $4 bellini's. If you go between 5-6pm it might not be totally empty. I've been in the 3-4pm happy hour range and there aren't a lot of people there.

                            Sign up for Living Social and Groupon. They run lots of deals on restaurants. There is one this weekend for the Eiffel Society which is a new concept here. Between the two sights there are usually 2-3 restaurant deals per week, so between now and the time you visit you might be able to get some good deals.

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                            Domenica
                            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                            1. re: jenn2083

                              Speaking of coupons, go ahead and sign up for restaurant.com as well, they send 80% coupons all the time. I spent $3 for a $25 gift certificate to Cafe Degas. A cute little French restaurant in a really pretty neighborhood - if the weather is nice they open everything up and it is heavenly.

                              I always recommend Boucherie. Take the streetcar (it's a long ride, about an hour, but very scenic) if the weather is nice. Get a reservation.

                              These two are not typical New Orleans places but they would give you a great opportunity to eat really good food at a great price and see some of the prettiest neighborhoods outside of the FQ.

                              Have a great trip and congratulations!

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                              Cafe Degas
                              3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

                              Boucherie
                              8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                            2. As a NOLA eloper myself, I compliment you on your choice. Where are you getting married? Have you decided? If you're adventurous Priestess Miriam does a pretty wonderful voodoo wedding on Rampart...

                              Even with your budget I HIGHLY recommend that you get all dressed up one day and take the streetcar out to Commander's Palace for lunch. You can easily get away with $20-30 per person for apps, entrees and martinis and if you tell them the purpose of your trip I guarantee you that you'll have a lovely time and be made to feel very special. Even with a nice fat tip for your server you'll make your daily budget if you have something cheap for dinner. And you'll have an amazing time. Seriously: Do this!

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                              Commander's Palace Restaurant
                              1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                              1. Wow – the Chowhound gang definitely came through for us.

                                CharlieH – Moon Wok sounds great. I have always wanted to try a banh mi sandwich and Mr B's sounds like it will fit the bill for some authentic gumbo.

                                Uptownlibrarian – great suggestion for the red beans and rice for breakfast. That might actually stretch our budget for a more “gourmet” experience for lunch the next day.

                                TheDewster – Although I would consider your itinerary, our plans only call for a trip to the courthouse for our wedding license not a felony charge.

                                JazzyB – between you and Uptown we might actually be able to have some change left to splurge a bit.

                                Jen2083- We knew about Groupon, thanks for the Living Social tip.

                                Lawstudent- restaurant.com looks like a valuable site, definitely going to drop some coin there.

                                Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions. If anyone would like to add more we would appreciate it.

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                                Moon Wok
                                800 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                                1. re: Euphrosyne

                                  Edit it is called Commander's Palace not Commander's table and I agree with Kukubura the area and food sums up NOLA leave it for the splurge meal, scratch and win rather than a hold up. Hee Hee I hear Galatoire's is also highly rated

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                                  Commander's Palace Restaurant
                                  1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                  1. re: TheDewster

                                    A great meal can be had (at lunch ) for a song at Commander's. Galatoire's doesn't offer the same cheap thrill. Plus, I think, it might be the rare restaurant that should come with an instruction manual. Given the parameters in the OP I don't think it's a good fit. But CP... YES!

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

                                2. Let us know how the meals were when you return. Best wishes from Toronto. It snowed here last week!

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                                  1. re: TheDewster

                                    I am definitely planning on sharing my experience.

                                    Thank you all for your recommendations.

                                  2. I was reading some of the other threads for my upcoming trip. Since I'm also on a budget I thought these might be worth passing on. Congratulations and have a fantastic trip! :)

                                    Croissant d' Or in FQ for light breakfast

                                    Restaurant August for a weekday $20 prix fixe 3 course lunch
                                    http://www.restaurantaugust.com/

                                    Meltdown Popsicles for a treat

                                    Bacchanal Wine (really no idea what the approx. price would be but it looks amazing and you might be able to make it work
                                    )http://www.bacchanalwine.com/

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                                    Restaurant August
                                    301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                    1. re: Rhi_3

                                      Thank you Rhi_3. It is nice to see I am not the only one traveling on a budget. I appreciate the recommendations. We plan on arriving around 2 or 3 on Thursday 11th so Restaurant August might fit the bill for budget and experience.

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                                      Restaurant August
                                      301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                    2. I just want to say a great big THANK YOU for all the recommendations that you 'hounds have given. We leave in a few days and couldn't be more excited if we were the proverbial "kids in a candy store". I have a little book with all your recommendations written down. I will definitely post our experience at the restaurants we visit here and let you all know how it all pans out. Again, thank you!

                                      Euphrosyne

                                      P.S. - our budget has increased by 150 so if anyone has any "splurge" ideas we would appreciate it.

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                                      1. re: Euphrosyne

                                        You have gotten some great recs. I could not really add anything more, so I will say, good luck and enjoy.

                                        Hunt

                                        1. re: Euphrosyne

                                          Looking forward to the report very much! GO see Priestess Miriam and have her bless your marriage! I'm telling you, you'll love her!

                                        2. I recently posted about a great breakfast my wife and I had at Huey's 24/7 Diner. Very good, inexpensive, and -as the name states - always open. We've been back since my original post and it was just as good the second time. Try the Lost Bread - basically French Toast made with French bread - or the Cajun Omelet. My wife swears the Cajun Omelet is the best in town. Haven't tried them for lunch, dinner, or late night, but the prices are good and the staff is friendly.

                                          Congrats on the impending nuptials!

                                          http://www.hueysneworleans.com/

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                                          Huey's 24/7 Diner
                                          620 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                          1. re: Diner4Life

                                            diner4life- nice reply, but maybe the next couple can use it when they elope (lol). 2010 question and response, but i'm sure others can use it and roadfd. is sponsoring an event in march so plenty of foodies will be there

                                            1. re: rich51

                                              rich51 - didn't even look at the post date. Hilarious! Still a good breakfast spot...

                                              1. re: Diner4Life

                                                diner4life- well maybe they want to renew their vows, or undo by now, hope it's a renewal though :)