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Oct 15, 2010 10:38 AM

Need lunch recommendations

My parents will be in NO next week on group tour (bus)
They have about 2 hours during the day for lunch.
They will be dropped off at corner of Front Street & Bienville Street which looks like it is near the waterfront.
Need recommendations of local flavor restaurants in the very near vicinity as they have only two hours to eat & get back for bus pickup.

Front Street Cafe
2582 Front St, Slidell, LA 70458

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  1. What day of the week will your parents be in NOLA Ms. Cindy. There are some good lunch specials during the weekdays. Are they interested in fine dining if there's a special or just reasonable NOLA cuisine.

    There are several big parking lots in the area by Bienville and Front St. Decatur is one block NE of where they will exit the bus. Have them walk NE on Decatur.

    If they like Po Boy's they could walk NE on Decatur two blocks and then to the left on St. Louis to Johnny''s Po Boys. They could take it to go and eat in Jackson Square which is 3 blocks NE on Decatur. If they want to dine in and have traditional cajun creole cuisine they could walk NE on Decatur 3 blocks to Cafe Maspero. Gumbo shop also has traditional NOLA cuisine. It's 5 blocks NE on Decatur then a left on St. Peter 2 blocks. Another recommendation is Napoleon House which is 2 blocks NE on Decatur then a left on St. Peter to Chartres. Napoleon House would be my choice because of the history and ambiance. The food is casual and there's outdoor dining. If they want white table cloth fine dining they could go to NOLA which is owned by Emeril Lagasse two blocks NE on Decatur then a left on St. Louis. Another fine dining choice that has lunch specials is Mr. B's. Go for the BBQ shrimp. They could split an order and split an appetizer. Go two blocks NE of Decatur on Bienville and take a left. Go one block to Mr. B's. They have some drink specials as well as 2 course lunch specials for $19/$22. I forgot about Green Goddess, Pelican Club and Acme Oyster Bar. All are excellent and about 2/3 blocks from the parking lot. Best wishes. Have a safe trip.

    Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
    Cafe Maspero @ 601 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 504 - 523 - 6250.
    Gumbo Shop @ 630 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 2081.
    Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.
    Nola Restaurant @ 534 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 6652.
    Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.

    11 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      Pelican Club is not open for lunch.

      Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
      312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: JazzyB

        Sorry about that. I just remembered it was in the neighborhood. I had lunch there once but it must have been quite some time ago. I'm sure it's still just as good.

        1. re: Littleman

          Thanks for the great recommendations!

      2. re: Littleman

        NOLA's not open for lunch during the week. But I like your other choices.

        1. re: collardman

          NOLA is open for Friday lunch because we dined there on a Friday. You might check out their website and see what it says for sure. Great food and service.

          1. re: Christine

            There is nothing "local flovor"-ish about NOLA - it is Emeril's attempt at a contemporary upscale bistro. It is by far my least favorite of his places.

            The Gumbo Shop is a tourist trap, IMHO.

            Johnny's serves an overpriced, adequate po' boy, but pales in comparison to Parkway.

            In addition to Mr. B's, they could go to Galatoire's or K-Paul's for traditional, Iris or Bayona for contemporary, or Central Grocery for a muffaletta (and then go to either Cafe du Monde or La Divina Gelateria for desert!)

            1. re: paz5559

              Since this site is for opinions...

              I agree that Parkway has the better poboy but I'm not sure that, on a cost basis, it is better. While not always true, a more expensive meal may be better because of quality but a $20 meal may not be twice as good as a $10 meal. That decision is up to the diner. I also don't think Johnny's are over priced and they are about the same price as Guy's, which I also think are good.

              I go to the Gumbo Shop for Gumbo Z'herbe's as it's not worth making at home as I'm the only one that eats it. I thinki the food there is decent, tourists or not.

              I also like NOLA. NOLA will never be better than Emeril's for political and economic reasons. Now whether Delmonico's is better, that goes back to my earlier argument. You can get some really good food there and Chef Spencer is good, but I'm not convinced that $80 spent there gets you a meal twice as good as $40 at NOLA.

              This is, as it often is, a matter of personal preferences. That is why two parties sitting at adjacent tables and eating the same dishes walk out with different opinions on a restaurant

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

              1. re: paz5559

                yeah im not in agreement about Johnny's, either. i dont like their Roast Beef Poboy, at all...Parkway's roasted style is much much better. but Johnny's is perfect for shrimp, chicken parm, crawfish, chicken fried steak, and about 30 other things not found at Parkway. in fact the other friday i ordered a shrimp at johnny's that was so overstuffed i actually said to myself, "This is too much shrimp!!" good sized shrimp, too. and freshly dipped. the "Johnny's Special" (rb & ham w/ american & swiss) is a great hangover helper.

                i think by & large the prices are reasonable. before the spill an oyster was under or around 10 bucks, IIRC. my shrimp was about 10 and big enough for two.

                not good for a RB-only poboy, but a solid poboy joint to be sure. and in da quarters.

                1. re: kibbles

                  Have either of you tried the cold roast beef with horseradish and onions sandwich at Cochon Butcher? The quality of meat is so superior to any poboy in town. Unless.... you guys know something I don't know.

                  Cochon Butcher
                  930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: shanefink

                    ive tried Butcher a couple times, but always left hungry. 10 bucks for a sammy and still hungry doesnt cut it with me... quality meat to be sure tho, and we buy duck lard there.

                2. re: paz5559

                  Boy, having grown up in New Orleans, and having dined there for many decades, I would beg to differ with you, concerning NOLA. Though I have just dined there for the first time, I had three New Orleans natives, and all really enjoyed the fare, and had many traditional New Orleans dishes. None of us found anything amiss with any.