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Moderate prices for tourists in town for a conference

adi May 7, 2014 05:15 PM

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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    Hobbert RE: adi May 7, 2014 05:18 PM

    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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      grampart RE: Hobbert May 7, 2014 07:34 PM

      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.

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        shanefink RE: grampart May 22, 2014 02:57 PM

        Mena’s is not good anymore.

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          grampart RE: shanefink May 22, 2014 03:59 PM

          Sorry to hear that.

      2. re: Hobbert
        Hobbert RE: Hobbert May 8, 2014 10:19 AM

        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.

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          kibbles RE: Hobbert May 8, 2014 10:36 AM

          isn't Mellow Magic a national chain?

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            Christine RE: kibbles May 8, 2014 11:04 AM

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

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              Hobbert RE: kibbles May 8, 2014 11:06 AM

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

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                hazelhurst RE: kibbles May 8, 2014 11:17 AM

                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.

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                  Christine RE: hazelhurst May 8, 2014 11:39 AM

                  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!

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                    Big Easy RE: hazelhurst May 8, 2014 01:25 PM

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

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                Big Easy RE: adi May 7, 2014 10:45 PM

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

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                  montuori RE: adi May 8, 2014 03:25 AM

                  You might want to have a gander at this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973806 for some ideas.

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                    johnindabronx RE: adi May 22, 2014 10:27 AM

                    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.

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