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Itinerary for budget-minded vacationer-Galatoire's vs. Commander's Palace

I will be in New Orleans for three days starting May 30. I am a single, budget-minded traveler. I plan on having one big meal each day, probably supplemented by snacking on beignets in between. My big meal will come at lunch. What do you think about these three places for my lunches? I plan on going to Mr. B's and Mandina's. On my third choice, I'm torn between Galatoire's and Commander's Palace. Would you replace either Mr. B's or Mandina's with Rocky and Carlo's if you were me? Thank you. I'm praying for your city and its people right now as the flood waters come closer.

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

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. With the criteria you have set out, I would choose Commander's for a weekday lunch. Ordering a lunch entree entitles you to $0.25 martinis and the lunch specials are delicious and fairly priced. My favorite dessert is the Praline Parfait, unless the strawberry shortcake is on the menu.

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    1. re: TaTee

      Commander's lunch is one of the best deals around. You can have a lovely soup and a terrific entree for as little as 16 plus the .25 martinis. Although we always end up with other drinks, since their bar is so creative. Commander's is such a great place!

    2. Mandina's food is pedestrian at best. I've never understood the popularity of a place that serves canned peas as a side. If you do go get the trout almondine (sic).

      Commander's would be by far your best value, particularly if you have a few drinks with lunch.

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

      1. Mandina's over R&C

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

        1. While I like Galatoire's over CP, for a brunch (depends on the day), then CP's might be the better deal.

          That does not address the food, but more the budget.

          Most of all, enjoy,

          Hunt

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

          1. do not waste a lunch meal on R&C's by any means. it's a good enough joint for people near it, but as a traveler w/ a limited ability i simply cant recommend it. if you want cheaper youd be better off going to Parkway Bakery or Tracy's or what not for a poboy.