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Jul 18, 2011 09:24 AM

Cheap lunch?

I came across a five-year-old thread on the same topic, but I'm sure prices have changed quite a bit since then. Coming from out-of-state, I've always been blown away at how relatively (in comparison) expensive food is when dining out here in New Orleans. Sure, all cities have expensive places, but it seems hard to find something here for under about $12.95 here, when I used to eat lunch for about 4 bucks at so many different places in Philadelphia (as much as I dislike that city and region of the country). Where can I get a good, dirt-cheap lunch here in New Orleans? I'm talking definitely under ten dollars, and preferably under seven. I'm open to any kind of food.


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  1. What part of town? Cheap is relative, depending on the 'hood.

    Most of my lunches are in the University area, where a pepperoni slice from the Dough Bowl will set you back around $2.75, a sandwich from Tartine big enough to share costs ~$9, and a crepe from Crepes a la Cart is $6 or less, depending on fillings. On Tuesdays, lunch at the Farmers' Market is generally less than a 10-spot, the red beans & rice & 2 pieces of fried chicken from Dunbar's is around $8, and tacos from the little truck/trailer at Eagle St. & Claiborne Ave are $1.50/ea. Robert's supermarket on Claiborne has a hot lunch line w/fried chicken and catfish; a plate lunch w/a couple of sides will set you back about $6. The Frostop on Claiborne @ Calhoun, Tru Burger on Oak....

    Dough Bowl
    1039 Broadway St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    Frostop Restaurant
    3001 Ormond Blvd Ste H, Destrehan, LA 70047

    2 Replies
    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      I live Uptown (Claiborne and Carrollton), so anything around there is convenient for me right now. When I start work next month, I'll be right near Poydras and Galvez, so that area will begin my new search next month. Thanks for the tips.

      Galvez Restaurant
      914 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116

      1. re: nowigotworry

        Felipe's Taqueria is pretty cheap:
        It's hard to beat the bean & cheese burrito for $2.50 from Panchita's on Carrollton.
        Naked pIzza (though I'm not a fan) is in the same area...

        Felipe's Taqueria
        6215 S Miro St, New Orleans, LA 70125

    2. Once you're working downtown, you should try the hot lunches and poboys at P&G on Baronne. Not a bad walk from Poydras & Galvez. Commerce on Camp Street is another option, though a farther walk. You might also want to check out the restaurants of the various CBD office buildings - Catty Car Corner in the Amoco building is solid. And Whole Hog Cafe in the Entergy Building does some very respectable BBQ. Sub-$10 lunches are everywhere in the CBD. Sub-$7 is pretty common, too, if a bit harder to find. It seems that CBD lunch prices rise as you approach the river, so you're working in the right area. Good luck!

      Catty Car Corner
      1340 Poydras St Ste 103, New Orleans, LA 70112

      Whole Hog Cafe
      639 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

      1. i dont think lunch is too expensive here. from giant poboys to split, to gourmet salads, to tacos, to vietnamese, all under $10.

        check out The Store in the CBD, good salads and now great tacos.

        1. Also, once you start working and the weather is a bit cooler, Two Sisters is a few blocks from you on Derbigny just downriver from Canal. If you have a fridge at work, you'll have enough inexpensive, good food left over to take home for dinner.