Each year I take graduate students to a professional conference (physical therapy students). I have tapped into the collective knowledge of chowhound groups in other cities in the past, with great results. On Saturday night I will be accompanying about 15 graduate students out to dinner as it will be out last night in New Orleans. They largely appreciate good food, but HIGH value (~$15/person) is the primary concern-plus a place that will accommodate that many people. We are staying near the Convention Center & would prefer to stay within walking distance (Quarter, Wharehouse District), but would certainly go outside of that area.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.