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Fat man heading to the Big Easy next week.

Hey there!

I'm running out to New Orleans next week (Tuesday-Friday) and looking for some good eats. Basically looking for very authentic, unpretentious, quality cheap eats. Something along the lines of Fuel City Tacos in Dallas, which is amazing if you have the chance.



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  1. Our comparables would be poboys, not so much in the trendy area, Parkway Bakery is a good place to start. Or try the seafood platter at Jack Dempsey's. Lots of good Vietnamese food around town. Casamento's is very authentic, and you could one of the two Liuzza's. And the pizza at Domenica's during happy hour is awesome and half price. Lots of options.

    Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
    3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

    Casamento's Restaurant
    4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
    738 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

    1. Where will you be staying. I assume you will have a car. Do you want to dine in the FQ/CBD area downtown or in places near the Garden District and Uptown area. Do you want seafood, po boys, soul food or country food. There are some good taco joints in NOLA. Felipe's is good Mexican in the FQ, Johnny's po boys are outstanding, Mena's is a local joint for good breakfast or lunch, Coop's is a famous NOLA joint with good cajun cuisine and Port O Call has good burgers.

      Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
      Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
      Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
      Coops Place @ 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9053.
      Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.

      1. I should probably clarify. I'm coming from NYC, so pizza will not be my first choice-- but if the urge overwhelms me (as it can with the intensity of heroin to a junkie) I will certainly find Domenica's as quickly as my swollen feet will allow.

        That said, when in Rome, eat pasta. When in No'lins I seek the essence of that which is The Big Easy. Whether that is seafood gumbo, jambalaya, crawdaddys or nutria, I'm not all that concerned. I simply need to experience the collision of cuisine that is cajun. French and African, Native American and Spanish, Portuguese and Asian, all blended together to create an explosive array of dishes that leave the diner weak with ecstasy.

        Got anything?

        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. Lunch at Commander's Palace. Not at all pretentious, but definitely something to dress up for. 25c martinis plus fantastic creole seafood.

          BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's Bistro. You can have it at the bar at lunch with a $1.50 cocktail. Also their gumbo yaya gets raves.

          Central Grocery of course, for a mufaletta.

          Also, go to Napoleon House for their version of the muffaletta and a pimm's cup.

          Coop's Place for jambalaya

          Thursday night: Go to Vaughn's to see Kermit Ruffins play and hopefully to eat his bbq

          Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
          500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Coop's Place
          1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

          5 Replies
          1. re: kukubura

            Vaughn's has become too crowded on Thursday nights for a fat man. Heeehee!

            1. re: shanefink

              I live in a big city that has a number of rough areas, but when I do a Google streetview of the area around Vaughn's, I have to say I am more than a little hesitant to venture here as a tourist...is this area safe at night?

              1. re: nasdaddy

                Probably not. But don't let that stop you from going!

                Just remember: don't get excited. Call United.

                1. re: nasdaddy

                  Go to The Davenport Lounge at The Ritz Carlton and list to Jeremy Davenport's jazz. Nice surroundings close to FQ and no worries.

                  1. re: nasdaddy

                    Yeah, call a cab, you'll be fine. It's not so rough.

              2. I would add a trip to Pascals Manale just for the BBQ Shrimp...

                For a traditional New Orleans Neighborhood Restaurant, I like Mandinas too!

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

                1. J'Anita's at the Avenue Pub
                  Lil Dizzy's


                  Lil Dizzy's Cafe
                  1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

                  Avenue Pub
                  1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: edible complex

                    Be warned, J'Anita's is working to be more a food service for The Avenue bar patrons than just a place to go and eat. They've become somewhat a victim of their own success and the waits for food have subsequently been painfully long- so they are really focusing on serving the folks that are there for the beer (or whatever you drink) than for folks who just come out for the food.

                    J'Anita's Restaurant
                    1906 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

                    1. re: noradeirdre

                      Note, as of very recent, J'anita's is now at the Rendon Inn.

                      Rendon Inn
                      4501 Eve St, New Orleans, LA 70125

                      1. re: Isabella

                        Indeed they are! I think I wrote the above mere days before that move was announced, On that note I will say I've had a couple meals at J'Anitas at the Rendon Inn and have been very pleased. Wednesday- Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes, smothered green beans= $7.50. Monday- red beans & rice with sausage= $6.50. Delicious and cheap! I am going again on Thursday to try Kimmie's carne asada.

                        J'Anita's Restaurant
                        1906 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

                        Rendon Inn
                        4501 Eve St, New Orleans, LA 70125