My girlfriend and I are two not-wealthy-at-all college students coming to NOLA from the Seattle area for Spring Break 2010.
We recently looked through Lonely Planet New Orleans and really couldn't find any restaurants that offer food for the budget conscious. I mean, even most po-boys and fried chicken places are at least $10 per person. We are kinda looking to spend $10 between the two of us for a meal. We don't have massive appetites. We've heard that most portions are big so we'd definitely be comfortable splitting entrees. Just that we can't find any places that suit our budget.
Cuisine-wise we are really into Southern Food, Amazing Barbecue (we're suckers for good ribs), Caribbean and Soul Food. We'd love to find a cheap crab or crawfish boil too. We don't want to stick to eating in the fancy tourist areas at all though we don't want to venture into very dangerous territory.
We're also on the lookout for cheap accommodations for $50 or less/night? We do drink and we're also looking for some nice dives to drink away at. Please help out if you can with recommendations. We'll be eternally grateful and have lots of foodie info for the Olympia/Tacoma/Seattle area if you need any. Thanks in advance.