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Apr 5, 2011 06:36 PM

Casual, delish eats in FQ for first-timer visiting later this month

Hello! My second visit and my boyfriend's first is planned for later this month. We are so excited! Looking for casual, cheap, delish eats in the French Quarter. Suggestions of romantic, casual places to grab a drink or app and enjoy a beautiful courtyard will be appreciated as well! We need to watch budget but also want to enjoy amazing food! Many thanks in advance!

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  1. Much of the "delish" eats are not in FQ. Skip breakfast,have an early lunch and fine dining restaurants may be within your budget. Many offer lunch specials: August, Emeril's, MiLa: M-F, 3 courses, $20. Comannder's has a prix fixe, plus 25 cent marinis M-F. Coquette W-F, 3 coures around $23, $5 specialty cocktails Th.

    Try the Happy hours at Domenica, daily 3-6, 1/2 price specialty cocktails, wine, beer, pizza. Luke offers (same hours) $.50 oysters, 1/2 off libations. Lucy's (warehouse district) has happy hr/food specials. Crawfish on Fr. Take the streetcar to the Columns for happy hour. More info, check the happy hour app for nola.

    Coops for fried chicken, POC burgers, CG for a muff, Johnny's poboys, Verti Marte, all in FQ.

    Pick up "Gambit" weekly local paper for lots of food/bar/ music info.

    Go to:

    If you are here on a Wed:

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

    Verti Marte
    1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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    1. re: JazzyB

      Actually Coquette serves lunch W-Sat., sorry.
      Antoine's Hermes bar has good cocktails, bar menu and is wide open to the street.

    2. Napoleon House has nice outdoor dining. Actually sitting inside with the doors open is fun too.

      Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.

      Muriel's has a two course lunch special for $16.50. Cafe Amelie has a nice outdoor courtyard.

      Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.
      Cafe Amelie @ 912 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 412 - 8965.

      1. New Orleans is a great place to get high end food at a reasonable price during lunch hours:

        Definitely take a look at Bayona for lunch as it has wonderful food and the best courtyard in the Quarter. The lunch option allows you to eat well and keep it in budget.

        Another great lunch option is at August. The price is $20.11 for a three course lunch. The food is amazing and it's a bargain for the quality.

        Commander's also has a very reasonable lunch with 25ยข martinis.

        For something a little more laid-back try taking the street car to Napolean St.and walk down to Magazine for lunch at Casamentos. Out of this world oysters, oyster loaf and fried seafood. Stoll down magazine to the Bulldog (just past Louisiana) for a great beer and a wonderful beer garden.

        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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        1. re: FoodChic

          Just to chime in on August, I really think the lunch there is the best deal in town. The food is sooo good and the price at lunch is even better! Bayona offers a similar lunch deal, but it was nowhere near August in quality.

          Even thought it's not New Orleans-style food, I still really like El Gato Negro. The margaritas there are fresh and amazing, along with the nachos and tableside guac. Yum!

          Also, don't forget Acme for laid back. Raw & grilled oysters + a pitcher of Abita is an awesome meal!

          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

          1. re: princsoreo

            The char grilled oysters at Acme are fantastic!!

            1. re: FoodChic

              Thank you all for your thoughtful responses! Researching New Orleans restaurants gets a bit overwhelming, in the best possible way of course!