I am going to a conference next week held at the Doubletree 300 Canal Street. Unemployed, I don't have a bunch of money to spend, but I do want to have good food.
First, I will need to have a place near the hotel to get breakfast each morning (unless I go to the market the first day to stock up on something). Where else might I want to check out nearby for dinner and lunch? Any place good to go get a beer? Get a beer and eat? (I have found information about restaurants in the French Quarter, the Garden District etc) My main goal now is to locate food outside the hotel when I can't stray too far away.
(I tend to order searingly hot foods when possible, so recommendations that include spicy foods would be especially appreciated)