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Jan 11, 2013 10:22 AM

Need rec for low-priced great food for dinner in NOLA

We will be in NOLA for a weekend and we have already planned to go to Felix for dinner one night and Commander's Palace for Sunday Brunch. I'm looking for another low-cost hole-in-the-wall restaurant for one more dinner that will knock our socks off. Any ideas?

(In the past we've been to NOLA, Brennans, K-Pauls, Central Grocery, and a few others.)

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  1. nothing really comes to mind that is both low cost and KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF - there is low cost and tasty, certainly! - Joey K's on Magazine has some very solid fare with good prices - Coops place is tasty and very reasonable as well

    1. I've posted this response to similar queries in the past, but the advice still stands. If you have a car, cross the river and go to Kim Son for beef seven ways. The parade of variously cooked beef dishes is priced for two, it works out to around $17 per person before tip. Vietnamese food is an overlooked part of local culture, and you will get a wide variety of tastes and textures. ETA restaurants website.

        1. Coops looks like it might be the ticket. Or maybe Parkway. Which place is better to sit down and relax?

          (I live in LA, so I've got fantastic Asian options on every block. I'm just looking for traditional Creole/Cajun ideas.)

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          1. re: bohemiana

            Boucherie. Maurepas.

            And I'd rethink Felix's for a dinner. Oysters at the oyster bar? Most definitely. Dinner? Uh-uh.

            1. re: BayouTeche

              I love both Boucherie and Maurepas, but I did not equate either of them as "hole in the wall" a la Felix. Both are great values.

              I agree with BT you may want to re-think Felix's for dinner -- although my husband loved his crawfish boil during the season. Personally, I am not a Coops fan; went there on my first visit and was very disappointed.

              Parkway is exclusively Po-boys, I think so it may not fit your bill:


              Will you have a car or are you planning on taxi? Of your/our choices only Coops is in the quarter.

          2. Okay, here ya go. Not New Orleans food and takes a little planniung, but ... how about you time a trip across the river (either on the way over or on the way back) on the Algiers ferry at sunset. Right at the ferry stop, to the left of the Dry Dock Cafe is Vine and Dine. From the outside it looks like a barber shop. When you walk inside it looks like a lower east side NYC bodega. Then you look to your left and it is a totally unpretentious space where they serve good food and you can buy wine by the glass or by the bottle to enjoy in the cafe. Not creole food, just good food and if you plan ahead and time it right you can get your serious postcard photos of the N.O. skyline, cathedral, Jackson Square, etc. Not el cheapo, but certainly reasonable.