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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. http://www.kimsonnola.com/menus.html

        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:

              http://www.parkwaypoorboys.com/menu.html

              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.

            1. How about Mandina's? I like it.

              1. We won't have a car and I don't want to take a taxi. I would be willing to take a cable car to someplace though.

                I think Boucherie and Maurepas are too far away. Mandina's seems close enough and I think there's public transportation on Canal, right?

                Someone in our party suggested Felix for dinner. I agree, it seems more like a place to go before dinner but I don't want to rock the boat. Besides, I would eat char-grill oysters all night and be very happy.

                The idea of taking the ferry across the river is a possibility--I would have never thought of that. Maybe good for a pre-dinner drink with cheese and then go back over the river to Mandina's.

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                1. re: bohemiana

                  There is no cable car to Mandina's but there is a streetcar. Going across tjhe river and back is quite a time-consumer, though.

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    Getting to Algiers Point doesn't take much time at all. The ferry (which runs for free every half hour) only takes a few minutes.

                    1. re: CampStreet

                      The trip over isn't the problem. Getting there: waiting for your half-hour departure, crossing over, spending time, coming back and maybe not hitting the right departure moment, THEN waiting for the streetcar to Mandina's and, depending on Canal traffic, eeking your way out to Claiborne...that adds up in a hurry.

                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        Yeah, I didn't focus on that they were thinking on going to Mandina's and Algier's Pointbon the same evening. That would eat up a lot of time but, presuming they're starting from the French Quarter it's the trip to Mandina's that takes up the most time. The ferry station is conveniently located and, as the ferry runs on schedule, it's easy to arrange so that you don't spend much time hanging around the station.

                        If they do end out going to Mandina's (where the food is, I think, good enough, given the atmosphere, but not incredible), it might make more sense to combine it with riding the streetcar all the way to City Park and visiting the sculpture garden and/or having oysters and beer while watching the races at the Fairgrounds Racetrack. The trip will be more enjoyable if the streetcar is no longer being replaced by a bus for part of the way, but will still take a good while.

                        Much more convenient to the Quarter is Kermit Ruffins's Speakeasy on Basin. I have yet to go there but hear it' a really fun place to eat and listen to music and would come closer to meeting the original request.

                        Finally, staying in the Quarter, while Green Goddess is not a hole in the wall (neither is Mandina's or probably Kermit's), I ate there last month and it was still tasty, reasonably priced, and (providing the weather permits sitting outside) very pleasant.