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The Big Easy is Easy on the Wallet!

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A February 2005 trip to New Orleans by Shetraveler

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: While you could spend a fortune eating and drinking at restaurants such as Antoine's and Commander's Palace, New Orleans is filled with dining gems frequented by the locals who prefer not to spend that kind of money. You CAN get a bad meal here, but not on my watch!

The Big Easy is Easy on the Wallet!

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Overview

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Don't miss the French Quarter or Garden District. There is lots to see that is historical. The best thing to do that's free is talking to locals who have lived their whole lives here. You're bound to come upon a colorful story of someone's family history, like the waiter at Antoine's whose stations are the same as his father's and grandfather's. Or the antique store shop owner who can tell you the origins of a silver pitcher (possibly used by a Civil War lieutenant!). Who knows if any of this is true, but it's the way they weave the tale!Quick Tips: There are a number of tour operators offering similar walking tours. The reputable Friends of the Cabildo offers 2-hour tours of the French Quart...Read More

Crabby Jack's

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Crabby Jack's is really a catering outlet for Jacques-Imo's, a popular New Orleans restaurant on Oak Street. The food is nearly identical in taste, but at Crabby's you get no atmosphere or any restaurant pretensions. What you will get is flavorful soul food, Creole style. Basically, it's deep-fried counter service. You can take the food to go or eat at a few communal tables or the long counter with bar stools. The overstuffed sandwiches are dangerously large. If you're in a sharing mood and both parties agree on the filling, splitting a king size is a better deal than two regulars that have the same filling. The shrimp is the heart-stopping traditional po'boy preparation, with nearly a pound of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Crabby Jack's
428 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70121
(504) 833-2722

Uglesich's Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "Uglesich's"

Uglesich's Restaurant & Bar Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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By the time you read this, Anthony Uglesich (pronounced YOO-gle-sitch) may have even closed down the restaurant, maintaining that his knees can't take it anymore. He's been saying that for the better part of 25 years, swearing each year this will be his last. But as soon as you meet him, you'll be relieved to see the glee in his eyes as he happily greets each guest or mixes you a Blackout Bloody Mary. Go as early as possible if you do not want to wait! Uglesich's is legendary, so all the foodies are willing to wait in line for the 12 odd tables (or to even share one!). The atmosphere is lively and casual. There are no pretensions here, as the line-waiting is quite democratic. Hours are from 10:3...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Uglesich's Restaurant & Bar
1238 Barrone St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
+1 504 523 8571

Jacques-lmo's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Jacques-Imo's"

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You walk up to the restaurant and think to yourself, "This crowd can't all be for this restaurant!" True, there is some intermingling between the clientele of the restaurant and the famous Maple Leaf Bar next door. In fact, you may find yourself running for a refill of your drink at the Maple Leaf rather than braving the group of scantily clad Tulane coeds and their dates. You may even have to wait an hour (or two), but the parade of humanity is fun to watch. You meet the nicest people in New Orleans. All will be revealed once your name is called (reservations are only for parties of five or more). You'll enter through the dimly lit bar straight through the kitchen (look for owner Jack in the shor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2005

Jacques-lmo's Cafe
8324 Oak St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
+1 504 861 0886

Fiorella's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Fiorella's"

Fiorella's Cafe Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Ask the locals where they go for fried chicken, and they’ll probably tell you, "Popeye’s." Not that there’s anything wrong with this New Orleans legend. But for those of us are looking all things fried at a higher level, look no further than the French Quarter at a small, dark watering hole and two-sided eatery called Fiorella’s. Ironically, it’s mostly frequented by locals (who probably want to keep the fried chicken a secret), who have two entrances to choose from (accessible from Chartres Street, as well as the French Market). Wonderful people-watching here. And what’s so great about THIS fried chicken? Subtly spicy, juicy interior, a faint hint of the fresh grease, and dark golden, crac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 4, 2005

Fiorella's Cafe
45 French Market Place
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 528-9566