10Best spots for eating on the cheap in New Orleans

Getting a good meal deal in New Orleans doesn't have to mean you're doing without. If you’re a foodie, you want to pick one or two must-eat experiences at the fancier restaurants, and book lunch, not dinner.  A two-course lunch special at Commander’s Palace, for instance, runs in the $20 range, and might dish up Parmesan crusted oyster salad and a cup of turtle soup. Drink a $.25 martini – three is your limit – or a glass of $5.99 wine and you’ve dined well for not a lot of scratch in an iconic New Orleans restaurant.  Another great bargain is the daily 3-6 pm happy hour and half price pizza deal at the bar at Domenica in the Roosevelt Hotel.  Chef co-owner Alon Shaya rocks thin-crust pizzas topped with the likes of spicy salami, bufala mozzarella and arugula. You pay half price for the pizza, wines by the glass, well cocktails and beer. Best bet is to show up early – the place gets nuts by 5.

 For casual eats, bargains abound.  Po’boys, the city’s official sandwich, are usually big enough to share and almost always in the $10 range.  Bar food is not always a good idea, but in this town, don’t be afraid to order chow when you’re taking in live music at a place like  Siberia (rib-sticking Russian food), Lost Love Lounge (Vietnamese) or Snug Harbor (good burgers).

Photo courtesy of Besh Restaurant Group

Located in the swanky Roosevelt Hotel on Canal Street, on the edge of the French Quarter and the CBD, Domenica dazzles with chef, co-owner Alon Shaya's regional Italian cuisine and what may be the best thin crust pizza in town. Shaya gets...  Read More

French Quarter

If the muffuletta was the official sandwich of New Orleans, Central Grocery officially makes the best sandwiches in the city! For the uninitiated, a muffuletta is a loaf of bread layered with Italian meats and cheeses and crowned with a chopped...  Read More

In a city that's po'boy proud, Liuzza's at the Track stands out from the crowd, thanks to the house specialty, a buttery, Worcestershire-fueled gi-normous portion of gulf shrimp slathered between a hot and crusty roll. It's called barbecue...  Read More

The Camellia Grill on South Carrollton in Uptown New Orleans is the perfect place for a late night snack to cure the cravings natural or imbibing induced. One of the secrets of this grill/diner is their amazing milk shakes. Camellia fills cups...  Read More


The Milk Bar is a counter ordering joint featuring great sandwiches, salads and shakes, for which they are most known for. Portion-wise, The Milk Bar gives you crazy bang for your buck, especially in terms of the sandwiches. Depending on if you...  Read More

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French Quarter
9 Roses
Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono

New Orleans has long had a bounty of authentic Vietnamese restaurants, thanks to its vibrant population of Southeast Asian immigrants. But for a long time, you had to cross the river to the West Bank or head to New Orleans East for the good...  Read More

French Quarter

Situated on the edge of the Quarter on Esplanade at Dauphine, Port of Call is known for its huge, char-grilled burgers and loaded baked potatoes. There are other menu options, steak, and I think pizza, but that's not why you line up and wait for...  Read More

Historic Bywater

From the outside Sugar Park looks like somebody's house. his eclectic eatery reopened on St. Claude Avenue in a rambling shotgun done up like a pizza parlor in the living room. Sugar Park is still relatively undiscovered by visitors. Expect to...  Read More

Casa Borrega
Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono

Located in a green, historical renovation of an 1891 Greek Revival home on Oretha Castle Haley, the quickly changing arts corridor in Central City, Casa Borrega is a fantastic little taco bar. Besides a great selection of margaritas, the menu...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

After spending years flying in regularly to research stories,...  More About Beth

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