Hi. My daughter and her boyfriend are driving down from Chicago next week to spend a few days on a very tight (college student) budget. They're trying to find a cheap room in the Quarter or they will stay outside of town and drive in each day. They basically just want to wander around and take in the place (my daughter has been once, on a school trip).
Can anyone suggest some cheap eats in the Quarter and/or Garden District? I have been to NOLA many times but the last was just before Katrina and I'm sure many of the places I found (often by looking for cop cars...they know cheap and good) are no longer in business.
Also, where can they park cheaply and securely, assuming they don't find a cheap hotel?
Just to narrow it down, my daughter mainly eats fish and shellfish and loves Cajun food. They are not going to have much money and will probably stick to poboys and the like, maybe a dinner at Mother's. Any suggestions for good food they can afford?
Also, any festivals next weekend? I remember the French Quarter festival is in the summer, got to see Allen Toussaint twice in one weekend one year, but I think it's in August, IIRC.)
(Just to add: I sort of encouraged them to go to NOLA. They just want a road trip to somewhere fun, and they both want to support NOLA with what little they have. My daughter's school used several of my suggestions when they brought 100 kids down there to work on housing and other volunteer stuff. Thanks for any help. Pete)