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May 7, 2014 05:15 PM

Moderate prices for tourists in town for a conference

I will be in town for 5 nights for a conference. We are looking for moderate priced tasty New Orleans-esque food. We are staying at the Marriott but are happy to travel via public transportation or cab to other
neighborhoods. Seafood, creole, American Italian probably not Asian but with good wine and fun cocktails. Looking also for suggestions for breakfast and lunch near the Marriott.
Thanks in advance

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  1. I just had great, reasonably priced meals at Mellow Mushroom, a pizza place on Oak, and Cochon Butcher. The meatballs and potato pizza at MM were fantastic. It was $30 for the 2 of us. We also had the pulled pork and Cuban sandwiches at CB. Similar price. The pickles are utterly amazing there. Very tasty sandwiches.

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    1. re: Hobbert

      Egad. I just can't see traveling to NOLA to eat at a Mellow Mushroom. We have one less than 20 miles from our house and we've been once in 7 years.
      I always recommend Mena's Palace. It's in the Quarter, the food is good and reasonably priced.

      1. re: Hobbert

        Haha well I wouldn't travel anywhere to eat at a pizza place. But, we stumbled upon it when we were in the area and it was clean, tasty, and cheap. No harm in recommending it.

        1. re: Hobbert

          isn't Mellow Magic a national chain?

          1. re: kibbles

            I do believe Mellow Mushroom is a national pizza chain. Not sure about the depends on what kind of mushrooms they're using! :)

            1. re: kibbles

              No idea. If it is, we don't have one where I am.

              1. re: kibbles

                I don;t know if it is national but it is certainly a chain. there is one by L.S.U.

                I think the Mandina's idea is good (even though it has been decades since it was "discovered"), Liuzza's would probably work, Ye Olde College Inn is a good bet. Another less expensive option is Domenica at HH although I don't know how "esque" that is.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  Checked out MM's stats and looks like it now operates in 18 states (mostly in the South) with over 150 locations, originally founded in 1974 in Atlanta, GA.

                  I think both Liuzza's locations would fit the bill, although maybe the one by the Tracks doesn't stay open very late? Liuzza's on Bienville is also close to Katie's, which could be another good option for you. In a different direction, Boucherie might be a possible idea to throw in the mix as well. That's one of the great things about NOLa...lots of choices!

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    I guess I gave away my age by referencing the discovery of Mandina's. I'll have to be more careful in the future. :)

              2. Hop a streetcar to Mandina's. Not quite the bargain it was before it was "discovered" but still well worth a visit.

                1. You might want to have a gander at this thread: for some ideas.

                  1. Mother's. Can't go wrong there for lunch. Great Po Boys, downtown, near the convention places and big hotels (Marriott) and cheap. Have a debris sandwich.