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Mar 20, 2012 05:21 PM

New Orleans on a Budget

So, there are a bunch of different threads about what places to go in NoLa, but I didn't see anything really for a low budget meals. I'm going there for the first time with my girlfriend and staying with two friends. Since we're in college...we're broke and we need to keep that in mind. I plan to have one nice dinner or lunch, which will probably be at Cochon; one of my professors recommended it and raved about it. Would you guys agree?

Where are some good places for a cheap lunch or dinner? Breakfast will probably be taken care of in the mornings, so I'm just looking for meals that will be $10 or so that will also be great....what have you guys got for me?

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  1. Dunbar's on the Loyola Campus, just about any poboy place with the exception of Mahoney's is cheap.

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    1. re: roro1831

      This remark kind of crystallizes why I'm not a huge Mahony's fan.

      1. 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.



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        1. re: Littleman

          I don't think Buffa's has tamales on the menu since it changed hands earlier in the year. Still not a bad choice for other grub (but the menu has expanded and the prices have been bumped up a little). It's worth noting that the back room at Buffa's has music Th-Sun (and open night mic on Wed but then you often have to put music in quotes...) and doesn't require 21+.

          1. re: Littleman

            Really, Mena's is a local's favorite? Maybe if you live in the fq or stay in a quarter hotel. Littleman, are you a local?

            1. re: JazzyB

              I made the mistake of going to Mena's exactly once and would never, ever go back. I assumed I had an unusual experience. Pretty much anywhere beats it.

          2. If you go to Cochon, the way to go is to share small dishes. The entrees are fine, but the real strength is in the appetizers. Sit at the back foodbar, and usually the chefs will send you an extra dish which will help keep your costs down.

            1. My advice would be to swap out some of the lovely twenty-dollar lunch specials instead of the indulgent dinner. I would recommend Coquette and/or Restaurant August for their twenty-dollar lunches (see their sites for sample menus). Reasonable lunch/dinner options would include the half-priced pizza happy hour at Domenica, Cochon Butcher (given your budget I would do this instead of Cochon), Carmo Café for great fusion food, Magasin Vietnamese Café, and some of the menu items at High Hat Café.