New Orleans Cheap Eats: Where the Budget Conscious Traveler Dines

Kristopher Neild

By , Local Expert, New Orleans
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Whether you come to New Orleans with dollars, euros, yuan or bahts, you want to get the best value for every purchase you make. Since you could potentially make 3-5 food purchases per day during your Big Easy stay, overspending on meals can really put a dent in your vacation funds. 

The city has a vast number of restaurants to choose from. The list below will help you find places that give the best bang for your buck. A place like Port of Call will give you a steak and loaded baked potato that your body could feed off of for a week. Felipe's Taqueria isn't joking about the "super" in their super burritos. 

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    Port of Call

    Port of Call will more than suffice as your steak/potato/beer fix for those on a budget.

    Local Expert Tip: "This will be the best loaded baked potato you ever have."

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    Crabby Jack's

    Once you finish your Po-Boy from Crabby Jack's, the spilled remnants on your plate equate to another meal.

    Local Expert Tip: "Crabby Jack's takes an annual summer break, so check their website before stopping by."

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    Felipe's Taqueria

    Felipe's knows how to do made-to-order Mexican food. It comes at you quick while sparing damage to the wallet.

    Local Expert Tip: "A super burrito and a 40 oz. Tecate is the meal of champions. "

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    The Milk Bar

    The Milk Bar makes monster sandwiches at unmatched prices. They even give free lollipops with every order!

    Local Expert Tip: "You can never go wrong with a Milk Bar milk shake hand crafted by the "Moo Krewe". "

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    The Camellia Grill

    • Cuisine: Diner
    • Average Main Course Price: $6
    • Neighborhood: Uptown

    The Camellia Grill is modeled after an old school diner with prices to match.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't feel bad chasing a bacon omelette with a chocolate cherry milkshake. "

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    Reginelli's Pizzeria

    You can have a crisp Reginelli's hand-tossed pizza for $11.25. Pile on the toppings for added mouth pleasure.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try to time your visit around their beer pitcher/large pizza deal. "

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    Central Grocery

    Central Grocery will have you begging for a nap after taking down one of their super sized sandwiches.

    Local Expert Tip: "Eating a muffuletta anywhere but Central Grocery is blasphemous. "

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    Lebanon's Cafe

    Lebanon's Cafe is a great spot for cheap eats with no skimping on quality.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pita sandwiches are the rage here and can be yours for $5."

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    Liuzza's by the Track

    Liuzza's isn't in operation for margins, they live to see people smile after each and every gumbo slurp.

    Local Expert Tip: "Fill up on the gumbo before heading out to Jazz fest or to catch an exotic animal race at the Fairgrounds. "

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    After eating a Soul Food meal, you want to feel good and full. Mother's portions are mind boggling.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you are asked whether you want "debris" on your po-boy and aren't sure what they are, just say yes."



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