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Help Us Enjoy NOLA on a Budget (Long)

TerryG | Mar 13, 201512:26 AM

So, my DH and I will be visiting for a luxurious 9 days --trying hard to do manage it on the cheap. We will be spending 2 days in an airbnb in Bywater and then another week in an airbnb on Freret. We have a car, which can be an asset or a major headache, but might offer some opportunities to explore more widely. Will have to skip fine dining for the most part. Right now we have a few reservations and trying to have an authentic New Orleans experience on stretched finances. So, please critique this itinerary for affordability, ability to avoid long lines, and deliciousness. Too many good options so help me narrow the choices.

About us: we are seniors and generally like hole-in-wall ethnic but can splurge occasionally for more refined fare. The plan is to mostly go light on breakfast (though not always). Not into beer at all but I enjoy an occasional cocktail for $10 or under. Prefer spaces that aren’t too noisy w/ NO TVs blasting. Hope to avoid places with people that make that “whooooo” sound. Service is not that important. In fact, Grumpy and colorful wait staff can enhance the experience. Of course, we’d like New Orleans traditional fare, but enjoy a variety of food – especially something a bit quirky and different we can’t get at home (Raleigh NC). We are late starters so tend to hit places after the rush. Brownie points for available parking.

Sunday, March 15.
Arrive late (we’ll be driving from Atlanta).
Dinner: Bacchanal

Monday , Match 16,
Breakfast: Maybe Elizabeth’s
Doing an afternoon “free tours on foot” of Marigny.
Lunch: Kebab or Red’s Chinese
Dinner: Maurepas, Mariza, or Arabella’s on Claude. Plan to take in some clubs on Frenchman, so might Three Muses be a possibility?

Tuesday, March 17
Breakfast: Cake Café
Visit the Ninth Ward and neighborhoods
Lunch: Dooky Chase or Willie Mae’s Scotch House
Trying to catch the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade before we move to Freret
Dinner in Freret: High Hat or Wayfare

Wednesday, March 18
Morning Culinary Tour of the French Quarter. I think it starts at the Beignet Café which gets no love here on CH.
Lunch: Coop’s, EAT New Orleans, or even Verti Marte
Dinner with a friend at the new Shaya. He knows people who work there.

Thursday, March 19
Breakfast: La Boulangerie
Tour of the Garden District and cemetery
Lunch: Commander’s Palace (have reservations)
Explore Magazine St
Dinner: Casamento’s
Tix for Zydeco night at Rock ‘n Bowl.

Friday, March 20
Breakfast: Morning Call at City Park
Lunch: August (have reservations)
Dinner: Friday evening dinner with friends of our friend

Saturday, March 21
Brunch: Maybe Wakin’ Bakin’
Going to Congo New World Rhythms Festival – may pick up some food there or Po’ Boys at Parkway.
Dinner: Boucherie (have reservations) and know the mother of the chef

Sunday, March 22
Breakfast: light, Maybe District Donut
Italian- Irish Parade in Metairie.
Lunch: a seafood place in Metairie – maybe a crawfish boil. Bevi or Harbor Seafood
Dinner: time for something ethnic – perhaps some authentic Vietnamese. I know that Pho Tau Bay just closed but what about Tan Dinh on the West Bank? What else would you suggest?

Monday: My husband’s day to do whatever – serendipitous. Maybe a swamp tour.
Maybe MIddendorfs. Possible options for lunch and dinner: Mandina’s, Mopho, Toups Meatery, Bon Ton, or Cochon Butcher

Tuesday, March 23
Maybe breakfast at Surrey’s. If we didn’t do Cochon Butcher, will pick up a muffeletta for the road,
Depart NOLA

So what “must do” or good value are we missing? What would be good to order? Tips on cutting costs? -- maybe like a late lunch at Domenica's or great Happy Hour deal.

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits,
Three Muses,
Dooky Chase Restaurant,
The High Hat Cafe,
Eat New Orleans,
Verti Marte,
La Boulangerie,
Zydeco's Cajun Restaurant,
Morning Call,
Bevi Seafood Company,
Bevi Seafood Co.,
Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar,
Pho Tau Bay Restaurant,
Tan Dinh,
Toups Meatery,
Bon Ton Café,
Cochon Butcher,
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