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Oct 18, 2011 08:21 AM

Where to go in New Orleans???

I will be visiting New Orleans for the first time during Thanksgiving weekend and am so excited for the food and drink! I am staying in the French Quarter and don't want to venture out of that area. I have never had cajun or creole food, unless it came from a frozen pre-made meal! :( I would love it if anyone could suggest some great and inexpensive cajun & creole restraunts for my group to try out. I plan on stopping at Cafe Du Monde for those beigne(sp?) thingys :) What is a great place for po' boys and also gumbo?

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  1. OH! I'm thinking inexpensive is like $7-$10 for a quick lunch (if thats even possible) and $15-$20 for dinner. I really have no clue how expensive meals are in NO.

    1. There are some great places for cheap eats in the FQ.

      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. Antoine's has 25 cent martini's at lunch. Commerce Restaurant is a couple of blocks W of Canal in walking distance of FQ and has good inexpensive breakfast and lunch. Buffa's Lounge has good tamales. Daisy Dukes serves good breakfast, lunch and dinner open 24/7. Here's a link to NOLA specials.

      Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
      Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
      Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
      Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.
      Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777.
      Commerce Restaurant @ 300 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 9239.
      Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.
      Daisy Duke's @ 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 5171.



      Go to Port O Call in the Marigny for good burgers or Praline Connection. Buffa's has reasonable food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And tamales too.

      Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.

      Praline Connection @ 542 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 943 - 3934.

      Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.

       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.
      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.

      Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.

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      1. start by looking at the website, Tom Fitzmorris lists restaurants by neighborhood and by cuisine. in the cuisine part they are sorted by sections such as comtemporary creole, homestyle, traditional, etc.. his reviews also list the price ranges, and puts the restaurant websites so you can read more about the restaurants.

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        1. if you will consider at least one out of qtr place, take the Canal St. streetcar to Mandina's. my go to are turtle soup, oyster po boys, meatball po boys, trout meuniere almadine w/crabmeat on top.

          in the qtr, you could belly up to the bar at Mr. B's for gumbo ya ya and bbq shrimp. and I'd go to Napoleon House for a muffaletta.

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

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            1. re: capricornmissy

              i am a big fan of mandina's. visit it on every trip to N.O..

              1. re: capricornmissy

                Dying to taste turtle soup, the definitve version (imo) is Commander's. Mandina's contains zero turtle. Side by side, you'd think you were served two different soups.

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

                1. re: JazzyB

                  next trip i'll do a turtle tasting. i've done gumbos before. this time turtles will be my objective!

            2. Luke's has 50 cent oysters from 3-6:00 pm every day -- along with half priced cocktails. It is one of a series of restaurants owned by a James Beard winner.

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              1. re: ksladeny

                The OP was here for Thanksgiving....