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Large party on the cheap

pwallace Jan 11, 2011 07:58 PM

I have a large party and we a looking for dinner on the cheap. My ultimate goal would be:

Location. Frenchman street or nearby
Food. Preferably something creole or reflective of nola
Vibe. I would ideally like to not be at a tourist trap, casual, music etc etc.
Price. Cheap
Group. About 16-20
Any given sa turday night
Reservations if possible

I'm bringing all my friends to Nola for the first time but am not sure how to host that many people so any help would be appreciated.


  1. TaTee Jan 12, 2011 10:53 AM

    Need a dollar figure for your idea of "cheap." Are you hosting this or is it dutch treat?

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    1. re: TaTee
      CharlieH Jan 18, 2011 08:00 AM

      I guess the OP moved on.

    2. noradeirdre Jan 15, 2011 12:58 PM

      Maybe the Marigny Brasserie?

      Marigny Brasserie
      640 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

      1. edible complex Jan 16, 2011 08:26 AM

        Praline Connection?

        Praline Connection
        542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. Suzy Wong Jan 18, 2011 07:10 AM

          Maybe Maspero's on Decatur....ultra! casual, N.O. food, large portions etc don't think they take reservations.

          601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          4 Replies
          1. re: Suzy Wong
            expatorleanian Jan 18, 2011 08:35 AM

            We went there recently with a group of 10. It was surprisingly cheap, but alas not very good.

            1. re: expatorleanian
              collardman Jan 18, 2011 10:27 AM

              I think most agree Masperos by the court house is preferable to the Decatur one.

              We just had 22 at Mandina's and it worked quite well. But I don't know if that would fall in the "cheap" category.

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

              601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: collardman
                uptownlibrarian Jan 18, 2011 10:55 AM

                Neither is any good. The one on Decatur was once good for a few select dishes (French onion soup and Reubens) but the last time I went there, about two years ago, will with any luck be the last time I ever go.

                1. re: uptownlibrarian
                  hazelhurst Jan 18, 2011 11:00 AM

                  I agree..the Original Slave Exchange on (as you know, on the corner of Chartres and St. louis) was pretty damn good when reptiles were in decline--1970's and 1980's...and the new place did OK for awhile but the last time I tried either one I was sorely disappointed. Used to be good pastrami there..not NY quality but pretty good. I am still trying to think of something to satisfy the OP request. I once got a pretty decent quote for teh Palace Cafe for a group of about 50--and I know they can handle smaller---but we didn;t go there on that trip so I have no group experience there.

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