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Nov 16, 2011 10:05 AM

Breakfast and Lunch OUTSIDE the French Quarter

We're four days in NOLA early DEC and would like to do most of our eating adventure at breakfast and lunch...also looking for places outside the French Quarter. Any suggestions???

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  1. Check indicidual websites for lunch options..some of these have Wed-Sat or Thurs/Fri lunches...COquette, Patois, Clancy's, Upperline....Dante, Brigsten's..that gets the ball rolling. I am a big fan of Clancy's but I was Present At The Creation so there is that bias.

    1. Mila is close and has a $20 prix-fixe. Cafe Adelaide and Commander's Palace have 25 cent martinis at lunch. Elizabeth's or Satsuma in Bywater are good choices for breakfast. West from the FQ is Ruby Slipper for breakfast. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking there are too many places to mention. Dante's Kitchen for brunch, Mat and Naddie's new Meat + 3 lunches, Dick and Jenny's lunch, Parkway's po boys, or Mahoney's, or Tracey's. Casamento's is open for lunch some days. I'm dizzy already. I think everyone on the board would agree that there's more fantastic food outside the FQ than there is in it.

      Good luck.

      Casamento's Restaurant
      4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

      Commander's Palace Restaurant
      1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Dante's Kitchen
      736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

      Cafe Adelaide
      300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Ruby Slipper Cafe
      139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

      3 Replies
      1. re: hamsoda

        Hamsoda, we do not use the words north, south east or west here. In fact, just west of the French Quarter is the Treme and the Iberville Housing Projects. Ruby Slipper would be upriver from the FQ. Great suggestions, by the way!

        Ruby Slipper Cafe
        139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

        1. re: rouxdauphine

          Ooooooooops. Definitely not a local. I just visit a couple times a year.

        2. re: hamsoda

          I would agree that there is better food outside the FQ. Check all of the good spots to see if they are open for lunch--a lot of them are not, or only on certain days. And many have good lunch deals like MiLa. Domenica is good for lunch, and breakfast is great at Coulis, Gott Gourmet, Slim Goodies and definately Ruby Slipper (2 locations). A lot of places do a wonderful brunch like Patois.

          Ruby Slipper Cafe
          139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

          123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        3. For breakfast I would suggest Surreys or Refuel. I did have a nice break
          fast at cafe freret a couple of weeks ago. For lunch I would say parkway or R&O's. But if you happen to being town on a Thursday I would suggest new orleans food and spirits for the white bean and rabbit special

          1. Thanks for the great advice...will share my experiences! Cheers

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            1. re: wrgii

              Lots of new restaurants and bars opening up on Freret St. and of course, Magazine Street( all 6 miles) has tons of bars, restaurants and shops. Don't miss my favorite dive bar on the corner of Magazine and Napoleon- Ms. Mae's Club House.

            2. For breakfast, the Cake Cafe in the Faubourg Marigny is great. You didn't indicate why you want places outside the FQ, but if it is because you are staying inside the FQ and want to see other neighborhoods, Cake Cafe is a good choice because you can walk there.

              For lunch, there are a ton of choices. I highly recommend Parkway for poorboys. It beats Mahoney's by far in my book. I haven't tried Tracy's yet. Oh, and grab a muffuletta at Central Grocery to go and eat it on the plane ride home.