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Jul 17, 2011 08:27 PM

NOLA on a budget

My husband and I are coming to New Orleans next weekend (July 22-24) for our anniversary. Things have happened recently that have forced us to make this more of a budget minded trip. We have been to New Orleans before and done all of the tourist attractions, so we will not be spending money on those things. We do want to eat some really good food though. I have done tons of research, but I need some help planning. Here are some of the things we like and dislike:

We don't have to have a ton of seafood. We are from South Louisiana, so we get all of the good seafood we want all the time. We will eat seafood, but it's not a priority.

We both absolutely adore lamb.

We are pretty adventurist when it comes to menus.

We are staying in a hotel on Canal. We will have a car but would prefer to walk if possible. We currently have reservations for Emeril's on Saturday evening, but aren't sure if we will keep them or not.

Thanks for your suggestions!

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

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  1. Hmm, adventurous NOLA on a budget: that will require a car, I'm afraid. If I were pinching pennies, I'd scrap Emeril's in a heartbeat and have an anniversary dinner of "bo 7 mon" (beef seven ways) at Kim Son. No, it's not a swanky atmosphere, but it's about the food, right? See the seven different courses on page 4 of KS menu: Just $34.95 for two....

    Hmmm...lamb: hit Domenica's pizza happy hour (1/2 price from 3-6 pm) for the minted lamb meatball pizza w/ricotta.

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

    Kim Son Restaurant
    349 Whitney Ave, Gretna, LA 70056

    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

    1. For lamb, try Courtyard Grill for lunch or dinner. You can't tell from the name but it's a great Mediterranean restaurant on Magazine Street. Menu: The platters are big enough to share, or take leftovers for later.

      Take the Magazine St. bus to Napoleon Avenue, and it's 1/2 block ahead on your left.

      1. I love the lamb oxford at Sara's in the Riverbend, the lamb stew at Lola's, and the lamb chops at both Ciro's Core Sud and Adolpho's.

        You could eat well on a budget at Katie's on Iberville, Boucherie, Cowbell, and Crescent Pie.

        And, I also adore Kim Son.

        Kim Son Restaurant
        349 Whitney Ave, Gretna, LA 70056

        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

        1. I assumet that it's probably not one of their "signature" dishes, but I had the best lamb chops in my life last year at Galatoire's. Compared to other fine dining places in NOLA, I find Galatoire's to be one of the more reasonably priced.

          Bellying up to an oyster bar is always an enjoyable, delicious, and relatively inexpensive experience.

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

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          1. re: Ross B

            Lamb is also a great excuse to have their bearnaise