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Conference in New Orleans...great food near 2 hotels

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there's so many great places to eat in New Orleans, but I'm looking for places within 6 blocks of where the conference is being held.... Like all big conferences, we'll be mostly hotel-bound during the day (and into the evening) so I'm looking for recs. for cheap dinner places (entrees in the $10-15 range) and great bars that are easy to walk to when you're tired and hungry.

the catch:
they need to be within *close* walking distance of the 2 hotels (New Orleans Marriot on Decatur/Canal street AND the Sheraton which is across the street)....

-looking for both weeknights (wed/thursday) and weekends (fri/sat.)

open for all cajun/creole food...I'd love to find great gumbo, jambalaya, other seafood dishes...

thanks!

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  1. 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.

    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.

    Go to Coop's for outstanding creole.

    Coops Place @ 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9053.
    http://www.coopsplace.net/