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Recommendations for cheap seafood, cajun, comfort food in New Orleans?

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For her Christmas gift, I'm taking my girlfriend to New Orleans for the first time. We'll be visiting in late January 2011. I was wondering if you guys could give me some restaurant suggestions based on this info...

We'll be there 4 days, staying at the Sheraton in the French Quarter. We'll be spending most of our time in the French Quarter but will venture over to the Garden District/Magazine St. area at least one of those days. We won't have a car so we'd like to be able to walk (safely) or cab it to most places.

I'm looking for cheap-to-moderate eats... so anything up to $15 per person'ish would be a good price range. We like to eat food we can't get back at home, so we'd be looking for seafood/cajun/comfort food... that type of thing. I'm also looking for both lunch and/or dinner suggestions - I'm not much of a breakfast/brunch guy. Thanks very much for your help!

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  1. The one place you could try in that price range that has been around a long time, and has NOLA food is The Gumbo Shop. They are right there in the FG.

    1. Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast, lunch and an early 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.Get a po boy and have lunch on a bench in Jackson Square. 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. Daisy Dukes serves good breakfast, lunch and dinner open 24/7. Antoine's, Mr. B's and Luke both have a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $20.00 if you want to step up a notch. Antoine's has 25 cent martini's at lunch. Luke has 50 cent oysters and half price drinks each weekday from 3 PM to 6 PM. Dine at the bar if you like.

      Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
      Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
      Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
      Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.
      Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777.
      Daisy Duke's @ 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 5171.
      Antoine's @ 713 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 4422.
      Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.
      Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.

      Yo Mama's Bar and Grill has good inexpensive food and great burgers. Domenica in The Roosevelt Hotel has half price pizza and half price drinks between 3 PM and 6 PM every weekday. The Trolley Stop Cafe on St. Charles Avenue has outstanding breakfast and lunch that's inexpensive. Go for the early bird $2.99 special. Angeli on Decatur has cheap late night eats such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches and pasta with a Mediterranean flair. Cafe Maspero serves very good reasonable NOLA cuisine also.

      Yo Moma's Bar and Grill @ 727 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 1125.
      Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.
      Trolley Stop Cafe @ 1923 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 0090.
      Angeli on Decatur @ 1141 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 566 - 0077.
      Cafe Maspero @ 601 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 504 - 523 - 6250.

      Here's a link to cheap drinks in NOLA.


      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 girlfriend to wear comfortable shoes.

      Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.

      Go to Port O Call in the Marigny for good burgers or Praline Connection. Buffa's has reasonable food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And tamales too.

      Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.
      Praline Connection @ 542 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 943 - 3934.
      Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.

      1. You would be pleased with Cafe Maspero on Decatur (NOT Chartres). It's a very casual moderately priced place with typcial New Orleans cusine, seafood, salad and po boys... large portions cheap drinks. To clarify a link posted above, Pierre Maspero's and Cafe Maspero are two DIFFERENT restaurants.

        Stanley on Jackson Square is another choice that fits your criteria. It's like a diner with a NOLA twist/flavor. Gumbo, salads, po boys etc

        Mandina's in Mid City right down Canal St. A typical New Orleans old school neighborhood place, red beans and rice, Italian, seafood, plate lunch etc:

        La Peniche in in the Marigny. If you have Facebook, a link to their menu:

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

        Stanley Restaurant
        547 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA

        Cafe Maspero
        601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        2 Replies
        1. re: Suzy Wong

          Mandina's yes! The streetcar ride is nice too.

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

          1. re: Suzy Wong

            I prefer Pierre Masperos to Cafe Maspero myself. Cafe Maspero is just so generic to me.