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Nov 8, 2010 11:30 AM

lunch at August

Does August still have the $20 lunch? Is it just Fridays, or Monday-Friday? I've seen both referred to. Spending a week in New Orleans at the end of November for music and food, so any other suggestions also welcome. We'll do a couple of splurges, but also looking for some more moderately priced places -- local food especially, but we'll try anything. Thanks.

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  1. Yep, the 3 course $20.10 lunch is served M-F.

    1. For some really delicious small plate-y things as well as large sandwiches (lunch, dinner, and all points in-between), Cochon Butcher (Warehouse District) will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

      Boucherie (Uptown) is another place with wonderful food, lunch or dinner, w/small and larger plate options. Very reasonable prices. I'm not exaggerating when I say I could make a (very high-carb!) meal on their $4 garlic-parmesan fries, which are thin, crisp, and perfect.

      Susan Spicer's new place, Mondo (Lakeview), is moderately-priced, but always crowded.

      And if you get tired of NO food and want a real bargain, head for Domenica (CBD) and the pizza happy hour (1/2 price fabulous pizzas, 1/2 off wine, beer, specialty cocktails). Either before or after, you can take a look at the grand old Roosevelt and maybe have a drink in the famous Sazerac Bar.

      The bargain-priced three-course lunch at Coquette is always exquisite.

      Lots of high-end places, including Commanders, Emeril's, MiLa, etc., have special-priced lunches.

      Lots of folks on these boards swear by Liuzza's by the Track (a typical NO corner bar, Mid-city) for their gumbo and sandwiches. It's pretty good, it's budget-friendly, and it's a real NO experience. I've only ever been for lunch, but I'm pretty sure they serve the same menu for dinner.

      Po-boys, if you're into them, are terrific at Parkway Bakery (mid-city).

      Oh, and two more mid-city gems, next-door to each other, same guys, very inexpensive--Huevos (breakfast) and Crescent Pie and Sausage Company, an eclectic place that makes its own sausage and serves very good sandwiches and plates (w/a German spin), tasty Cajun fare like jambalaya and boudin, and decent pizza--everything homemade, fresh, etc. Good beer selection. Good bargain, lunch or dinner.

      Good Luck. Have Fun. Eat Well.

      4 Replies
      1. re: nomadchowwoman

        Sadly, Liuzza's by the track (LBTT) is not what it once was.

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

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          I haven't been in a couple of years, probably, but I recommend it often to people for looking for a NO food joint--so I should get updated. How has it changed, HC? Different folks cooking? Or they just stopped caring?
          While I never went gaga over it the way some people did, the things I ate were tasty enough,
          I've always thought it better than, say, the other Liuzza's and even--gasp--Mandina's, but I'd appreciate your thoughts. Seems the neighborhood bar + good food options are dwindling.

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

          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            I went to the other Luizza's on Bienville with a friend from New Orleans last year, and he was very dissapointed that I wasn't at all impressed with the food.

            1. re: FoodChic

              Lots of folks love that place (my dad was one), but I never did.

      2. Are you staying in the FQ. Will you have a car. Some of the best dining is in the FQ and the CBD across Canal Street. There's also great restaurants in the Garden District and Uptown. If you are staying in the FQ you will have to take a cab or the streetcar 15 minutes or so Uptown if you don't have a car which is not bad. Some people that stay in the FQ prefer to dine there so they can walk to all the restaurants. Are you interested in fine dining or casual restaurants. If you prefer to stay in the FQ I like Galatoire's, Bayona, Stella, Irene's, Brennan's, Mr. B's and NOLA. Don't miss lunch at Galatoire's. On Friday there is a party all afternoon so choose your day as you please. Go to The Davenport Lounge at The Ritz Carlton Hotel and listen to Jeremy Davenport's jazz on Friday and Saturday at 9 PM.

        Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021.
        Bayona @ 430 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 4455.
        Stella Restaurant @ 1032 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 587 - 0091.
        Irene's Cuisine @ 539 St. Phillip St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 529 - 8811.
        Brennan's Restaurant @ Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9711.
        Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.
        Nola Restaurant @ 534 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 6652.

        Have a po boy at Johnny's in the FQ and eat on a bench in Jackson Square. Napoleon House in the FQ is nice for drinks and lunch also. Stanley's is outstanding for breakfast/lunch. Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast and lunch. 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. They are all in the FQ. There are numerous prix fixe lunch specials at various NOLA restaurants such as Antoine's, Mr. B's, Bayona and August.

        Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
        Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.
        Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.
        Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
        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.

        Mimi's in the Marigny and Port O Call are fine places for inexpensive dining. The burgers at Port O Call are outstanding. Buffa's Lounge has good tamales.

        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.
        Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.

        There's Sunday Brunch at Antoine's, Arnaud's and Mr. B's in the FQ as well as Commander's, Cafe Atchafalaya and Dante's in GD and Uptown. Ralph's on the Park and Lil Dizzy's has Sunday Brunch.

        You can walk to the CBD just across Canal easily for lunch/dinner at Bon Ton. They close on the weekends. Go to Luke for happy hour/cheap oysters and Domenica for happy hour and half price pizza.

        Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.
        Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840. *
        Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.

        Emeril's is my favorite restaurant in NOLA. They have a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $19.50 Monday/Friday. Dinner is outstanding. Feast is a new restaurant that just opened. Herbsaint and Iris are great fine dining restaurants in the CBD. Le Foret is a romantic fine dining choice for dinner.

        Emeril's @ 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 528 - 9393.
        Feast Restaurant @ 200 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 304 - 6318.
        Herbsaint @ 701 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 4114.
        Iris @ 321 North Peters St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 299 - 3944.
        Le Foret @ 129 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 553 - 6738.

        Elizabeth's in Marigny is good for breakfast but you will have to take a cab. They also have a great Sunday Brunch. Surrey's is another good spot for breakfast in Lower Garden District.

        Elizabeth's @ 601 Gallier St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 944 - 9272.
        Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar @ 1418 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3828.

        You can take the St. Charles Streetcar to Uptown/Garden District for lunch/dinner at some fine restaurants there. Commander's Palace would be a good one. You should have Friday lunch at Commander's in the GD for $25.00 and 25 cent Martini's. Coquette is another great restaurant a few blocks from Commander's on Magazine. You should plan an afternoon walking and visiting the fine shops and restaurants on Magazine Street in the 3,000 to 5,000 block area. Take the street car to Washington and walk 2 blocks to Commander's. After lunch walk 3 blocks to Magazine. I like Cafe Atchafalaya in the GD also. Have a few drinks at The Column's Hotel on their porch off St. Charles. Patois, Clancy, Dick and Jenny's and Brigtsen's are outstanding restaurants Uptown. Bistro Daisy is fun also. You will have a lot of decisions to make planning a week in NOLA. Bon Appetit.

        Commander's Palace @ 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 8221.
        Coquette @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421.
        Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 9626.
        The Columns Hotel @ 3811 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 899 - 9308.
        Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 9441.
        Clancy's Restaurant @ 6100 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 1111.
        Dick & Jenny's @ 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 894 - 9880.
        Brigtsen's Restaurant @ 723 Dante St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 861 - 7610.
        Bistro Daisy @ 5831 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 6987.

        13 Replies
        1. re: Littleman

          Just starting investigating - 6 of us are visiting in Feb/March for a 4 day visit - thanks to nomadchow's suggestion - I have arrived here to start my inquisitions! So Littleman ---- you mentioned Galatoires AND Commander's Palace for Friday lunch --- which one should win?

          1. re: smilingal

            I assume you won't have a car. Are you staying in the FQ. Galatoire's is on Bourbon Street in the FQ a block from The Ritz Carlton. I like to stay at the RC because it's a fine hotel, it's close to a lot of fine restaurants and my wife loves the spa. Galatoire's is one of my favorite NOLA restaurants. They have been serving authentic French Creole cuisine for over 100 years. There are two floors. Most prefer sitting downstairs because the room is so nice. But they don't take reservations downstairs. They do take reservations upstairs. A line forms outside the front door on Bourbon Street in the mornings before they open. I am one of the few but I have never had to wait in line and I have been many many times. If you decide on Galatoire's just check the line about 10:30 AM. You may want to leave one of your group to stand in line assuming there is one. I try to plan my visits to NOLA when nothing is going on so it will not be crowded in town. But you will be there during Mardi Gras. You will most likely find a line. Friday's at Galatoire's is always a party day. I think the business folks like to have lunch on Friday and then take off work for the weekend. A good thought is lunch during the middle of the afternoon or dinner during the week. You probably are coming on a weekend.

            I would go to Galatoire's for lunch but not on Friday in your case because of MG. Go to Commander's for their Friday lunch special and ask for a table in the Garden Room. You can take the St. Charles streetcar to Washington and walk two blocks to CP. Stroll down Magazine after lunch and visit the fine shops in the area. I would go to both. If you can only choose one in your case it would be CP simply because I think Galatoire's will have a line. You could get reservations for your group upstairs but it's not as much fun.

            Bon Appetit.

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

            1. re: Littleman

              omg - I am just reading your reply - not even thru - but hadn't realized it was mardi gras time! I am not sure that is a good thing!

              1. re: Littleman

                ok - so I just googled it - MG is 2/25 - 3/8 - so we will definitely plan on earlier February - also before the President's birthday craziness or else later in March.

                so that being said - I had already thought that we would do Galatoires on Friday lunch during our visit. I also have been reading that August is not to be missed.

                1. re: smilingal

                  You have a better chance of excellent weather in March--although it can be nice in February. Once MG is over, you'll be able to go whereever you want to, whenever as people will have settled down a bit, some will be recuperating. MG time is crazy.

                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                    k - then I will focus on mid-late March instead. Whew - so glad I cleared this up! need to let the rest of our group now know!

                    1. re: smilingal

                      Smilingal.........A good way to tell what's going on in NOLA is check room availability at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in NOLA for the dates you prefer. If something is going on they won't have availability or their room prices will be higher than usual. If it looks like they have plenty of availability then nothing is going on.

                      I think though that March is a big convention period in NOLA. Maybe April too but you can work around those. Convention folks use the RC quite a lot. Good luck.

                2. re: Littleman

                  Thanks for all the great responses so answer to question -- staying in FQ, no car (but don't mind streetcars/taxis to something good).

                  1. re: DJLewis

                    please come back and report to help me with my trip in March - (sorry I know - selfish!) - have a great time! August - for lunch - is on our itinerary as well.

                    1. re: smilingal

                      I'll be going to August next month...ill let you know how it was.

                      1. re: yanks26dmb

                        that will be great! What else is on your itinerary?

                        1. re: smilingal

                          ha...quite a few.

                          Commanders Palace, Emeril's, Atchafalaya, Central Grocery, Cajun Seafood, Acme Oyster House, Casamento's, Galatoire's, Mr. B's, Luke, Parkway Bakery, Domenica...

                          It's going to be 5 glorious days of pure gluttony...

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

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

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

                          Acme Oyster House
                          1202 N Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433

                          123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                          1. re: yanks26dmb

                            so cool - looking forward to your report back!