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Hello Chow Friends! I have not been to New orleans in 5 years, but have spent a lot of time there prior to that. I am coming back for just 2 nights (leaving for a cruise from there Dec. 17) with my boyfriend and 7 other family members ranging in age from 15 to 73. I have raved to them about New Orleans for years and want them to really enjoy their short time there, so am hoping for some recommendations from you all. The first day will be just 4 of us but on December 16th we will all be together and are hoping for a good Reivillion dinner that won't blow our budget. I have found the website with the list of participating restaurants and their menus, but its been too many years and I am out of touch with where to go in New Orleans. We are not looking for fancy-we'll have a few formal dinners on our cruise, but just looking for a nice atmosphere to enjoy a good family dinner, New orleans style.
Any help or suggestions would be very appreciated--we are staying near Bourbon/Iberville and do not have a vehicle. Also looking for a good food store place to by some traditional New Orleans olive salad, spices etc to take back home with us!
Many thanks!

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  1. For groceries, Rouses in the FQ. There is a wider, but more expensive choice, in some of the French Market shops.

    Moderate price dinners not too far from where you are: Lunch at Mr. B's, or some of the other FQ dining places, or Johnny's Po-Boys or Camillia Grill. Dinner: Bon Ton, Grand Isle, Dominica for pizza, Gumbo Shop (it's Ok by me but others here don't give it high marks)

    Littlemans list in the previous old thread on economical dining in the FQ gives some other ideas,

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    Bon Ton Cafe
    401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Johnny's Po-Boys
    511 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Grand Isle Restaurant
    575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. Adolpho's is casual reasonable Creole Italian above the Apple Barrel bar.
      Adolpho's @ 611 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 948 - 3800.
      Apple Barrel Bar @ 609 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 949- 9399.

      Have a po boy at Johnny's in the FQ and eat on a bench in Jackson Square. Napoleon House in the FQ is nice for drinks and lunch also. Stanley's is outstanding for breakfast/lunch. Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast and lunch. They serve 25/30 different po boys. Johnny's Po Boy's is in the FQ on St. Louis and has outstanding po boys. Felipe's has great Mexican food using local ingredients. Clover Grill is open 24/7 for breakfast and good burgers and it's inexpensive. Rampart Food Store has good po boys. They are all in the FQ.
      Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
      http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/
      Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.
      http://www.napoleonhouse.com/
      Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.
      http://stanleyrestaurant.com/
      Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
      http://www.menaspalace.com/
      Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
      http://www.felipesneworleans.com/inde...
      Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.
      http://www.clovergrill.com/
      Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777.
      There are numerous lunch and dinner special's in NOLA. Mr. B's has a 2 course prix fixe lunch for $20.00. Domenica is a casual John Besh Italian restaurant in the Roosevelot Hotel a block from Canal Street. They have happy hour specials from 3/6 half price pizza and drinks. Dining at the bar at Domenica is fun. Luke is another John Besh restaurant in the Hilton on St. Charles. They have a 2 course express lunch for $15.00 and 3/6 Happy Hour half price drinks and 50 cent oysters. Dining at the bar at Luke is fun also. Antoine's is in the FQ and they have a prix fixe 3 course lunch for $20.00.
      Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.
      http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/
      Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.
      http://www.lukeneworleans.com/
      Mimi's in the Marigny and Port O Call are fine places for inexpensive dining. The burgers at Port O Call are outstanding. Buffa's Lounge has good tamales.

      Mimi's in the Marigny @ 2601 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 872 - 9868.
      Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.
      http://www.portofcallneworleans.com/
      Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.
      http://www.buffaslounge.com/

      1. Muriel's is fantastic. I don't know what your budget is but I'd go there. Anything you order is the best thing on the menu. You can't beat the location, either. Edited to add - you don't have to get all dressed up, it's all about the food at Muriel's.