Clover Grill This is the most partying breakfast place ever! It looks like an old-fashioned diner and is small, so plan to wait. Try the seats at the counter, which are more fun because you can better watch the antics of the staff. The food is good and cheap. Country-style breakfast, good coffee. The real reason to go here is Earl, the waiter. They play loud, jammin disco music all day long. Earl, who is a dark version of Bodie, dances and sings along as he works. People sing along with him. The most fun you can have that doesnt involve drinking in New Orleans.
Coops Coops is a dive bar/local hang-out on Decatur Street, near the French Market. The only drawback is the smoke. But they have the best gumbo in New Orleans and great Bloody Marys, if you like them spicy. Very reasonably priced.
Maximos What a fantastic restaurant! One of the best anywhere. The marinara is the best I ever ate. It could eat a bowl of it like soup. We had the sauteed calamari, which came in the divine marinara - awesome, and not too filling. The shrimp in a cognac sauce was very good, a good tasting sweet sauce. The pasta diablo was rich and good too. Desserts are not their forte, but still good. They recommended a wine called Tomassi Ripasso it was great.
Prices for an entrée between $14-23, but worth every cent.