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Restaurants & bars on a budget

Visting NOLA for the first time at the end of this month, and got some great ideas on here of things to do and places to go. Got an awesome rate on Priceline for the Marriott ($70/night)! Now just need to figure out where to eat and drink that is not expensive since we are on a tighter budget this trip. Any ideas? We are in our early/mid theirties and enjoy pretty much everything, except I don't like seafood (hubby does though). Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Restaurants & bars on a budget

Kristin--Johnny's Po-Boys is good and cheap, so is Verti Mart. Those are two of my fav places and they both do good food!

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Enjoy your visit! For a meal on a budget, try Cafe Maspero's on Decatur Street--2 blocks from Jackson Square toward Canal Street. The food is reliably good, and cheap. It may be cash only though, so be prepared. They serve, meat and seafood dishes, and $1 Frozen Strawberry Margaritas or Daquiries (can't remember which.)

For cheap drinks, I recently went to Mannings for Happy Hour. It is located across Poydras St. from Harrah's Casino. Don't eat there--not good, but I ordered two Mojitos at the table and they were $10 each. Later I asked if they had Happy Hour and they said yes, but only at the bar. So I went to the bar and ordered two more Mojitos--under $7 for both of them, and they were a good size too! Try checking online to see when Happy Hour is.

The Marriott's Hotel Bar, and the Palace Cafe, right across Chartres St. from the Marriott, have specials on drinks and small plates at 5:00 pm. Good deals and worth taking advantage of. My cousin also told me the Marriott's Breakfast Buffet is the best breakfast she's ever had! I haven't tried it.

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The cheapest regularly priced quality (strong) mixed drinks in the French Quarter are served at Chart Room, at the corner of Chartres St and Bienville St, less than 2 blocks from the Marriott.

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You will be right across the street (Chartres) from Daisy Duke's....a 24/7 restaurant that I only mention due to price and convenience. Red Gravy will only be a half-block across Canal and its prices are very economical for the food (quality and quantity) that is served. It is open from 6-ish until 2-ish (you can check their website for specifics) everyday except Tuesday. It is our favorite place for early day dining. The Chart Room ( a few blocks down from The Marriott on Chartres...maybe @ the 300 block) serves inexpensive, cold drinks and it has a great jukebox plus prime real estate for people watching if you grab a table near the door. Have a wonderful time!

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Coupons are available at groupon.com, Living Social, and restaurant.com. I'm about to go get a Mélange groupon myself.

There are some fabulous lunches for about $20 available at some of the most elegant, traditional restaurants. Antoine's, for example. A fancy lunch and a Verti Mart dinner would be delicious and within budget.

Café Maspero is a great suggestion. There is a little grocery store in the Quarter--Rouse's--that might be good for a light lunch.

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Here's a link to cheap drinks in NOLA.


Commerce Restaurant is a couple of blocks W of Canal in walking distance of FQ and has good inexpensive lunch. Daisy Dukes serves good breakfast, lunch and dinner open 24/7. Yo Mama's Bar and Grill has good inexpensive food and great burgers. The Trolley Stop Cafe on St. Charles Avenue has outstanding breakfast and lunch that's inexpensive. Go for the early bird $2.99 special. Angeli on Decatur has cheap late night eats such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches and pasta with a Mediterranean flair. Cafe Maspero serves very good reasonable NOLA cuisine also. Coop's is a great NOLA dive joint that serves outstanding comfort food and cold drinks. You can also watch the game there on their many TV's.

Commerce Restaurant @ 300 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 9239.

Daisy Duke's @ 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 5171.


Yo Moma's Bar and Grill @ 727 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 1125.


Trolley Stop Cafe @ 1923 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 0090.

Angeli on Decatur @ 1141 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 566 - 0077.

Cafe Maspero @ 601 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 504 - 523 - 6250.


Coops Place @ 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9053.


Mimi's in the Marigny and Port O Call are fine places for inexpensive dining. The burgers at Port O Call are outstanding. Buffa's Lounge has good tamales.

Mimi's in the Marigny @ 2601 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 872 - 9868.

Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.


Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.


Edited: 16 July 2012, 15:20
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Half price wine and special drinks along with half price pizzas at 3 pm at Domenica. Great pizzas and drinks for the price at a very nice restaurant.

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Thank you for all the suggestions! Can't wait for our trip- only 9 days!

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wife fell in love with a watermelon mojito at jax. think it cost maybe 8 bucks.

great livve band, probably the 1st place we really felt that nola vibe when there last month

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Many of the bars/clubs on Bourbon have 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 drinks before 8:30 p.m. while the first bands play. There will be a sign hanging in the doorway or a barker out front to ask. They will give 2 shots or 3 shots in one drink and 2 or 3 beers at a time...they won't store the beer for you.

Antoine's, So Bou and Adelaide's (just out of the Quarter) have 25 cent martinis, M-F with purchase of lunch....lunch specials at these three places are @ $20, are full meals and are great. Same deal at Commander's Palace, but you would have to take the streetcar or a taxi....these are not generally shorts/tank top/ flip flop places though.