I'm heading to Jazz Fest with some fellow food-minded folks, and we've already got reservations at Brigtsen's and August (with another friend wanting to go to K-Paul's on one of the other nights). So we've currently got at least one of our weekend nights open, and given that we'll be gorging ourselves during the day at the fest, and eating some pretty heavy-duty food otherwise, I'm on the lookout for someplace with great food that's reasonably priced, beloved by locals, that won't be impossible to get into -- but it doesn't necessarily have to have cuisine that's native to New Orleans. In fact, lighter fare would probably be welcome at that point.
Basically I'm thinking of someplace like Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas -- off the beaten path, inexpensive, incredible food, not a tourist trap. Any suggestions? I've searched the boards but haven't really found anything that seems to fit the bill. Oh, and we may rent a car, so though close by would be nice, it's not essential (we're staying in the Warehouse District). Thanks.
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118