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A bunch of friends and I will be heading down to New Orleans for the first time this coming June for a FULL WEEK! We'll hopefully be staying in The Quarter House http://www.quarterhouse.com/ or Bluegreen's Club la Pension, either way, they're right near each other and of course they're right near the French Quarter. The question is, what are your favorite local places to go for food in the area?

We won't have a car so if it's not do-able by foot or a short rail car ride then it's not an option, I want everything from the places to go for great drinks, places to go for great atmosphere, great music, great food, (any combination of the above is certainly good). As well as your favorite holes in the wall, favorite moderately priced fine dining (we're actually broke college students but we do appreciate quality fine dining), favorite party places, favorite late night drunken/hung over haunts, favorite places for a quiet breakfast/brunch, you name it. And of course we definitely want to know only local places, if it's a chain, tourist trap, or even just a place that locals don't approve of, we don't want to know about it. Since we've got months until the trip I hope to keep this going for a while so we have plenty of options, remember we'll be there for a full week and we LOVE to eat.

Thanks!.

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  1. Here is my "short list" of suggestions:

    Cafe du Monde - a must for any time of day!

    Camellia Grill - I've only been to their location in Riverbend which requires a ride on the streetcar. They apparently have added a location in the FQ. Great place for breakfast or lunch.

    Parkway Bakery / Mahony's - - po-boys!!!

    Napoleon House - nice spot for lunch or dinner

    Coop's Place

    Clover Grill

    Port of Call - great burgers!

    Bacchanal - this is on my list for my trip in june. located in the bywater section - it was recommended to me.

    The Joint - BBQ in bywater

    Elizabeth's - great breakfast

    Dante's Kitchen - for brunch or dinner (in Riverbend - streetcar)

    Cochon Butcher

    Boucherie - lunch or dinner, near Tulane (streetcar)

    Elizabeth's - brunch (in bywater)

    Stanley - brunch or lunch

    Chartres House Cafe

    Cafe Degas

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    Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
    500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Camellia Grill
    626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

    Coop's Place
    1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    Clover Grill
    900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    Mahony's
    3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

    Dante's Kitchen
    736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

    Cochon Butcher
    930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Chartres House Cafe
    601 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Cafe Degas
    3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

    Boucherie
    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    1. PS- I've been looking over other posts, and checked out the websites of the Commander's Palace and Galatoire's, while I love the menus these are definitely at the very very top of the "moderately priced fine dining" regarding our budget. Just wanted to give a more specific question when regarding price ranges. Thanks all as long as the places are walking distance/reasonable rail car ride from the intersection of Canal & Rue Chartres we're certainly interested assuming we can afford it.

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      Commander's Palace Restaurant
      1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Galatoire's Restaurant
      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: hungry_fox

        I would hardly consider Commander's Palace or Galatoire's moderately priced.....they are both EXPENSIVE. The restaurants I listed were budget conscious. If you want to enjoy some of the fine dining establishments at reasonable cost then have lunch instead of dinner. Lunch menus at places like Bayona and Mila are slightly more affordable. You might also look at John Besh's Domenica.....

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        Commander's Palace Restaurant
        1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

        Galatoire's Restaurant
        209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Domenica
        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. re: Pam in NJ

          @ Pam I'd hardly consider either of those moderately priced either, which is why I did a whole separate PS just to point out that they are very much on the high side of our price range, I just wanted to give people an idea and yea if anything I'd prefer people to stay a good bit less when it comes to price range.

          1. re: hungry_fox

            all of the restaurants i listed in my previous post are what i would consider moderately priced. they are either in the FQ, within walking distance of the FQ, or a ride on the street car. are you looking for a particular cuisine?

            1. re: hungry_fox

              Weekday lunch at Commanders, August, Emeril's, or any number of upscale places is much more reasonable (prix fixe menu, usually around $20) than dinner. You may want to plan around that.

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              Emeril's Restaurant
              800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

          2. re: hungry_fox

            "Moderately Priced" is a very relative term. It all depends on the arena where you are judging such things.

            In New Orleans, I would typify Galatoire's and Commander's Palace as being upper on the price scale, but definitely upper-moderate based on restaurants in major cities in the US, and certainly though out much of Europe.

            As an example, I do not think I have ever spent more than US$ 1200 for dinner for four and wine at Galatoire's. Just last month, I spent US $ 1000+ for a dinner for 2, with some of the same wines, in Sedona, AZ, and US$ 1300 for dinner for two at Restaurant Daniel in NYC. Again, most of the same types of wines.

            It's all relative. I also think that the food in NOLA is one of the better bargains in the US, and at all levels.

            Enjoy,

            Hunt

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            Commander's Palace Restaurant
            1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Galatoire's Restaurant
            209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          3. a good article came out in the january issue of new orleans magazine. it was called" best bars of new orleans". to get a copy of the article, go to myneworleans.com. click on dining and entertainment. go down to entertainment features. then go to page 5. and you will see the article. it separates bars by catagories. and they are a good selection in my opinion. there are tons of restaurants and bars on the french quarter, but for some local places, head over to the faubourg marigny and the bywater. frenchmen street has lots of music every night, and the bywater has some great locals bars- saturn bar, markeys, vaughn's.

            1. On the inexpensive front Ruby Slipper in CBD on magazine (2 blks off Canal). Had a very good pulled pork/poached egg/ bisquit. Cochon Butcher for lunch although may be too small for your group. Happy hour at American Sector if you are near WW2 Museum. Per my kids Clover Grill was great (and crowded at 3am) but our breakfast was good diner food with famously terrible service. The server didn't put the order in and blamed the cook. Our daughter likes 3 Muses on Frenchmen for dinner and music.

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              Clover Grill
              900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

              Cochon Butcher
              930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. in Mid-City and w/in walking distance of the streetcar, check out Mandina's, Rue 127, Katie's on Iberville, Liuzza's on Bienville, Crescent Pie and Sausage, and Brocato's Ice Cream.

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                Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
                3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

                1. Mena's is right around the corner at Iberville street. Great breakfast. Just don't go there with a child. They don't have highchairs or boosters and the waitresses don't have any time for children. They were pretty much outwardly hostile to our 2 yr old, but we took it just so we could have a great cheap breakfast nearby.