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Mar 6, 2011 08:19 AM

5 day conference at Sheraton on Canal St.

I will be in New Orleans for five days March 14-18 for a conference at the Sheraton on Canal Street, where I will also be staying at night. I will not have a car. I've been lurking for a while on the board and have gotten lots of ideas, but I'm concerned about wait times. What are some options for quick, inexpensive breakfasts ($10 or less) and lunches ($15 or less) near my conference( I have some guesses below)? How long will it take me to walk to the following?

Breakfasts - mostly interested in the coffee and pastry types of places, maybe some homemade granola:
Cafe Beignet
CC's Community Coffeehouse
Croissant d'Or

Central Grocery
Verti Mart

I also hope to have one leisurely lunch day, which I plan to spend at August. Will I need reservations for lunch?

For dinners, I am a little lost because so many of the recommendations are pretty expensive for my budget. For my "splurge" nights, I am planning on visiting Cochon and possibly Brightson's (although that would require a cab ride, I believe). Cheaper recommendations ($20 or less)?

Also, if I wanted to have a night out, the Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf Bar on Tuesday night has been recommended to me. Looks like this would also be a cab ride, yes? Dinner recommendations for that area? My other thought for this is whatever is playing at the Preservation Hall some night.

Thanks so much! I get the impression that it will hard for me to eat any bad food while visiting, and I'm looking forward to. I haven't made reservations yet, but I'm hoping you all will be too tuckered from Mardi Gras to go out much next week.

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Bennachin Restaurant
1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Preservation Hall
726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA

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  1. Daisy Dukes is a good inexpensive joint across Canal from the Sheraton for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Central Grocery and Coop's are a 10 minute walk not quite a mile from the Sheraton. Johnny's is 4 blocks from the Sheraton. Mena's Palace is a inexpensive joint a block from the Sheraton and they deliver for breakfast or lunch. I would splurge at Emeril's, Galatoire's or Mr. B's.

    Daisy Duke's @ 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 5171. BLD/24/7.
    Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
    Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217. DELIVERS.

    1. You need reservations for lunch. You may get in without reservations but it's best to have them. Camellia Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lil Dizzy's is close to the Sheraton and has good reasonable food. Get the fried chicken. Luke has 50 cent oysters and half price drinks each weekday from 3 PM to 6 PM. Dine at the bar if you like. Domenica in The Roosevelt Hotel has half price pizza and half price drinks between 3 PM and 6 PM every weekday. Evelyn's Place is a great dive bar a block off Canal on Chartres Street with good gumbo and muffaletta's.

      Camellia Grill @ 540 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 1800.
      Lil Dizzy's @ 610 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 212 - 5656.
      Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.
      Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.
      Evelyn's Place @ 139 Chartres, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 2216.

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