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Please: Help me find five great meals on a budget in NOLA

My son and a group of HS kids from Brooklyn are heading to NOLA to build houses in the 9th ward. They will want to head into town and have some delicious affordable meals. Thing Po Bo sandwiches, muffalata's, red beans and rice, gumbo ---- for under $10/$15 a person.

Any suggestions??


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  1. The Commerce, Nola Grocery, Johnny's PoBoys, P&G

    1. Maspero's on Decatur (NOT Chartres)...New Orleans food, genrous portions, and good.

      Mandina's mid-city (large portions that can be split between 2 people IMO)...

      Johnny's Po boys like Mrs Fury suggested...

      Two Sisters Kitchen
      223 N Derbigny St
      New Orleans, LA 70112

      Mena's in the F.Q.
      (504) 524-0056

      Verti Marte (to go) Wide variety, tasty as well....

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

      Verti Marte
      1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

      Mena's Palace
      200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Mandinas Restaurant
      4240 Highway 22 Ste 2, Mandeville, LA 70471

      601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. Buffa's Lounge and Clover Grill are inexpensive.

        Clover Grill
        900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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        1. re: Littleman

          Not sure about Buffa's if the group is highschool age....

        2. Cafe Reconcile would be a great fit with your group, both with the food and with your mission.

          Thank you and them for your caring work.

          Cafe Reconcile
          1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

          1. Poppa's Seafood is on Galvez in the 9th, Sammy's on Elysian Fields just lakeside of the 610 interchange is top-notch.

            Poppa's Seafood
            3311 N Galvez St, New Orleans, LA 70117

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            1. re: brucec

              THANK YOU ALL!!! These are great suggestions.

            2. I'd add Eco Cafe on Canal Street for lunch. Good selection and some Vegan offerings too.

              1. Liuzza's in mid city on Bienville. They have a huge menu and some of the best red beans & rice, gumbo, poboys, spaghetti & meatballs.....it's amazing. We always have a great meal there and it's very reasonably priced.

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

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                1. re: piglet3000

                  Blech! Not a fan of Liuzza's mid city.

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

                2. The Joint right by the Navy base is one of the best BBQ places I have been to and it is in the 9th Ward. The Joint has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. This meets the dive criteria. But the food is great. Gotta have the salad with the house dressing.
                  Peace Out!!