I've read through a lot of the threads on this board, and have gleaned a lot of useful information, but I have formulated a new question of my own:
Imagine you have two days in New Orleans, and a budget of $120. Where would you go to eat, and what would you order? Assume that tips and beverages are excluded from this budget.
For my trip specifically, I will be staying in the Central Business District, but have a reasonably large walking radius, plus that which can be reached quickly via NORTA -- I am thinking mainly Garden District, Central City, CBD, Warehouse District, and the French Quarter.
Thanks so much for your help; I really look forward to your answers.
Day 1: Breakfast at Surry’s or Old Coffee Pot ($10-$12)
Happy Hour Pizza from Domenica ($7)**
Late night bite to eat at Coop’s ($8-$10)
Day 2: Breakfast at Cafe Du Monde ($5)
$20 3-course lunch at Coquette ($20)
Splurge a little on dinner at Herbsaint ($30)
**The happy hour at Domenica could easilly be substituted for a po boy at Parkway
Hmm, if the budget really was $120, I'd start by skipping breakfast...pack some granola bars, drink the hotel's free lobby (or in room) coffee. Save your $$ for lunch/dinner....I'd do the $20.12 prix fixe lunch at Restaurant August one day, followed by dinner at Cochon Butcher...do lunch #2 at Lily's Cafe for inexpensive vietnamese food (1813 Magazine St) and then have pizza happy hour at Domenica (half price pizzas and wines by the glass). You'll have $$ left over for pralines or turtles from Southern Candymakers...
When are you going? If you are going before the end of August, you are at the right time for the Coolinary Menus. Below is assuming you are going before September 1st.
Breakfast: Surrey's ($10)
Lunch: Galatoire’s (Coolinary Menu $20)
Dinner: The Pelican Club (Coolinary Menu $35)
Day 2: (Thursday)
Breakfast: Stella ($10)
Lunch: Joey K's ($15)
Dinner: The Bombay Club (Coolinary Menu Lobster Dinner $25)
We experienced all of these very recently and all were the highlights of our trip.
Thanks so much for the helpful replies! My visit was cancelled on account of the weather, but I will certainly use these recommendations when I am next in New Orleans.
Try and order of beignets from Cafe Beignet. Won't break the bank and they are awesome! I went to the one on Bourbon Street. I have them all the time at Cafe Du Monde but this new find will have me getting them at Cafe Beignet from now on.
Have an order of Mr. B's bbq shrimp for lunch, and a delicious grapefruit margarita. So delicious!
Casamento's should be open again in September if it's oysters you are looking for.