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Nov 30, 2010 07:59 AM

Best Dives

Hi! Hubby and I will be visiting New Orleans for four days in a few weeks. I've been having trouble identifying good dive/casual/sandwich spots. We've both been to New Orleans several times, so we don't need help with the usual spots (Central Grocery, Acme, Maspero's, Mother's, etc.). We'd like to try some classic places that are new to us, as well as find some real hole-in-the-wall gems.

I'd appreciate any additions to my list. I'm mainly looking for Cajun and Creole (While I'm sure New Orleans does great Vietnamese, with our short trip, we'd like to get our fill of southern food). I'd also appreciate recommendations for what we should eat at the spots already on the list, as they're all new to us. We will have a car and are willing to travel for great food.

The list so far:
Cochon Butcher
Clover Grill
Liuzza's By the Track
Parkway Bakery and Tavern
Chicken Sue’s
Willie Mae's Restaurant

Thanks in advance!

Liuzza's By the Track
1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Chicken Sue's
203 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Clover Grill
900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. I wouldn't call it a hole in the wall, but Jack Dempsey's doesn't get much tourist action. Get the seafood platter. Rampart food store makes good poboys. Check to see if Verti Mart is open.

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

    1. Don't see Coops on the list...It qualifies!

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      1. re: Monch

        Thanks for the quick responses. I'll check them all out. Info on what we should order at these recommended spots would be useful, too!

        Oh, and if there's anything you think I should remove from the list, that is also helpful.

        Thanks again.

        1. re: RChicago

          Coops: Rabbit jambalaya and fried chicken....really good stuff.

      2. Guy's Po-Boys on Magazine St uptown, though I cannot quarrel with Domilise's. For oysters, rather than Acme: Felix's on Iberville St in the Quarter. Btw, Cochon Butcher may be casual but it is no dive. And I would not refer to Willie Mae's as a dive either. Certainly not while on premises.

        Cochon Butcher
        930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Guy's Food Store
        5257 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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        1. re: erikschwarz

          Guy's really does fit the description of a dive. Its been a while, but as I recall the po'boys were pretty good. Don't they do a lot with pepper jack cheese, kinda like Weaver's (r.i.p.).

          1. re: CharlieH

            I have not ordered pepper jack cheese at Guy's, but they are very accommodating about customization. You could start with the fried shrimp - which is their signature - and then add pepper jack and ham or bacon for a TREYF-FECTA. God might strike you down on the spot, but you would die happy.

          2. re: erikschwarz

            I definitely second the Felix's rec, although we only get oysters there and have never tried the cooked food. Standing at the bar and overeating while chatting with the shuckers is one of my favorite New Orleans pastimes.

          3. LBTT has gone downhill. Chicken Sue's is nothing special. Try POC for great burgers and baked potato.

            Chicken Sue's
            203 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

            1. For soul food, go to Two Sisters (not the Court of! !!!) It's on North Derbigny two blocks off Canal and it's delicious, large portions and seriously inexpensive.

              Since you have a car, go get the best roast beef poor boy in New Orleans at Merlin's. 5325 Franklin Avenue and well worth the trek. Grab some homemade tamales while you are there to take with you.

              Also, not necessarily a "New Orleans" spot, but a cute hole in the wall in the Quarter with awesome casual food and pretty darn good win to go with it is Sean Kelly's Royal Street Deli on the corner on Royal and St. Ann.