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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