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Dec 29, 2010 09:19 AM

Call for Suggestions: Dive Food and Drink Tour of New Orleans

Coming to New Orleans for New Year's weekend and my traveling companion and I want to do a crawl of the city hitting the best dive bars and hole-in-the-wall food joints the city has to offer. We're not going to have a car, but are willing to travel off the beaten path by taxi if something is highly recommended. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

(For a few more specifics, looking for old style lounges and hip dingy bars with good jukeboxes or interesting live music...With respect to food, anyplace where you can get a decent and hearty meal for under $12 bucks pp is fair game. Cheers!)

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  1. Some of my favorite dives in the quarter are:
    Coops (great jambalaya, seafood gumbo, fried chicken, pasta dishes), Molly's by the Market (great bloody's, food in the back), Yo Mama's Bar & Grill (the best burgers), Johnny White's on St. Peter, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, Chart Room

    Chart Room
    300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: GDPhalp

      I love Yo Mama's and Johnny White's...will definitely try Coop's based on your rec and others on CH. I can't get decent fried chicken in the DC area, so I'll probably live on it during my stay in NO. Any other good places for fried chicken?

    2. Spend half a day in By Water. Walking is not bad in NOLA if you can stop and rest every so often. Walk to Lost Love Lounge for a few bloody mary's and then walk to The Joint or JD's for lunch about 1PM or so. Then walk to Markey's and hang out for a few hours. After a few there walk to Bacchanal and have a few drinks outdoors and then dinner. They might even feel like going by Vaughn's. Pretty good plan.

      Lost Love Lounge @ 2529 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 400 - 6145.
      The Joint @ 801 Poland Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 3232.
      Bacchanal Fine Wine and Spirits @ 600 Poland Ave., New Orelans, LA 504 - 948 - 9111.
      Jack Dempsey's @ 738 Poland Avenue, New Orleans, LA 504 - 943 - 9914.
      Markey's Bar @ 640 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 943 - 0785.
      Vaughn's Lounge @ 800 Lesseps St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 947 - 5562.

      Adolpho's is casual reasonable Creole Italian above the Apple Barrel bar.

      Adolpho's @ 611 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 948 - 3800.
      Apple Barrel Bar @ 609 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 949- 9399.

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      1. re: Littleman

        All great suggestions...never been to the By Water area. We'll definitely check it out...thanks!

        1. re: tjoswick

          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. 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. 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.

          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.

          Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.

          Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.

          Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777.

          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.

          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.

          1. re: Littleman

            1) The name of the neighborhood referenced is the Bywater, not the By Water. Anyone who spells it as two words aint from here. And Poland Ave is not an area to waslk around, particularly after dark. Bacchanal, Markey's, and The Joint are awesome, but cab it home from there.

            2) Mena's and Trolly Stop are both on par with a Perkins or Waffle House. Go to Croissant D'Or, Cake Cafe, Satsuma, Clover Grill, or Elizabeth's for breakfast instead.

            1. re: paz5559

              I don't think Littleman is from New Orleans, Mississippi if I recall so I'll cut him some slack. It's Trolley Stop with an "e" since we are being sticklers. :)

              I agree that the food there is not what the others are and I would throw Surrey's into the breakfast mix.

              Trolley Stop
              1923 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. Alibi on Iberville between 4am and 7am is the best dive bar experience in Nola...hilarious. Other must stop on true dive New Orleans tours is the Brothers Three on Magazine, but that's not near the quarter. I suggest taking a cab to Le Bon Temps Roule, then walking down to Brothers Three after they close around 4ish. Then grab a cab from the "new" Ms Mae's on the corner of Mag and Napoleon around 10am...the $1.50 gin and pineapple is a highly recommended morning eye-opener. Bring credit at the Brother's Three. Also limited plumbing.

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        1. re: thursby

          Snake and Jakes is by far the best dive bar in the city, hands down. Alibi used to be great as it was where the strippers went when they got off, not sure if it's the same now, plus Alibi had decent late night food.

          1. re: roro1831

            There are so many dive bars in New Orleans, it's hard to name just a few. But some of the more interesting ones are King Pin, the Saint, the Dungeon, Snake and Jakes, F&Ms (if you're under 22), and Saturn Bar. For good, cheap eats, there were several great ones mentioned, but my fovorites are Crabby Jack's, Coop's and Port of Call. Coop's has particularly great fried chicken and Port of Call is known for their burgers.

            Crabby Jacks
            428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

            Port of Call
            838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

            1. re: shanefink

              Does The Dungeon have food? I'm just curious.