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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. Fried chicken at Coop's. And Daisy Duke's is inexpensive.

    Coops Place @ 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9053.
    Daisy Duke's @ 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 5171.

    Daisy Dukes Restaurant
    121 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: Littleman

      I visit New Orleans once a year in August. Pierre Masperos at corner of St. Louis and Chartres is my very favorite place for lunch. Awesome gumbo, great portions, good prices.

      601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. Vietnamese is the best cheap food we have. Depending what restaurant you're at, banh mi range in price from $2.75 to $5 and pho, bun etc. usually go for between $5.50 and $8. This would be at the casual spots like Pho Bang, Pho Tau Bay, Pho Hoa etc. rather than the fancier places like 9 Roses.

      1. Jambalaya at Crescent City Pie & Sausage; pretty much anything at Felipe's, bahn mi (or a bunch of other stuff) at Eat Well, french fry poboy at Parkway.

        Oh! And the red beans & rice on Monday and chicken fried steak on Wednesday at J'anita's at the Rendon Inn (in Broadmoor)

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        1. re: noradeirdre

          I don't consider the Rendon Inn dirt cheap lunch at about $10 a sandwich, but certainly do consider it worth it at that price.

          I've eaten in mom-n-pops in the burbs around Philidelphia, including scenic Camden, and couldn't eat for $4. N.O. cheap eats places at $6-10 for lunch are similar to most other places I've encountered when blindly picking a local lunch place in various suburbs around the country. But mostly the range is $10-15 for a plate lunch and drink.

          Rendon Inn
          4501 Eve St, New Orleans, LA 70125

          1. re: collardman

            Yeah, it's the specials that are the bargains at J"Anita's at the Rendon.

            1. re: collardman

              I also found the prices at J'Anita's a little high. the deep fried apps were up there yet pretty small. we used a coupon but hate to say we likely won't head that way in a hurry. if I lived next door it would be cool, tho.

              J'Anita's Restaurant
              1906 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA