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New Orleans' Best Cheap Eats, as Decided by Readers

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In Friday's Open Thread, Eater asked readers to recommend their favorite dirt cheap eats in New Orleans. Here are 15 of the best low budget dining recommendations from Eater readers, in map form.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dong Phuong

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14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 254-0214
"Bahn Mi for under $3.50," gushes an Eater reader. "Lunch specials for all under $10.00. Don't mind the $10 in gas you need to get there from uptown or mid city. The good food and the lack of any hipsters within 3 miles makes the trip well worth it."

2. Juan's Flying Burrito

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4724 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-9950
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Says a fan of the Mid City/Uptown staple, "under $10 and a lot of protein and rice...Juan's "Flying Burrito" is like 2 meals, or one if you scarf it down, but it will haunt your swollen belly if you eat it too quickly." The Flying Burrito comes with shrimp, chicken, and steak plus all the normal burrito filler for $8.25.

3. Boswell's Jamacian Grill

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3521 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, La 70119
(504) 482-6600
You eat their chicken and meat patties at all the festivals, but the lunch buffet at their no frills restaurant on Tulane is the jam for midday money saving. Plus the artwork and regulars are something to behold.

4. Russell's Marina Grill

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8555 Pontchartrain Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70124-2451
(504) 282-9980
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"Good homemade food," and dinner entrees that hover around $11/plate, though they also serve breakfast for dinner here, or as one reader attests, "Best omlettes in town. My grandkids love eating breakfast items for dinner, especially the chocolate chip waffles."

5. Cajun Seafood

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1479 N. Claiborne Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 948-6000
Most people go here for the boiled crawfish and a dose of sketchiness. But "$12 gets you a HUGE shrimp po'boy. You'll want to split it with at least 1 if not 2 people," says a devoted fan.

6. Maurepas Foods

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3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-0072
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You don't need to spend a fortune to experience quality local and seasonal food, especially at Maurepas Foods in the Bywater. The goat tacos make a swell lunch at $8, plus a big ass bowl of the best grits in town for another $3.

7. Felipe's Taqueria

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6215 South Miro Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 309-2776
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Diners can build their own cheap meals at Felipe's in the Quarter and Uptown. A meaty burrito combo with a drink, chips and dip, will set your back about $10.

8. Killer Po-boys

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811 Conti
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 252-6745
The name doesn't lie. Cam Boudreaux serves up po' boys ranging from $8-12 bucks at his kitchen in back of Erin Rose, but they aren't your average lunch fare. The Morrocan Spiced Lamb Sausage with Tzaziki sauce sumac carrots, and torn mint for $10 reveals the po' boy renaissance is happening in the Quarter.

9. Magasin Vietnamese Cafe

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4201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 896-7611
At the Vietnames hot spot Uptown, Banh Mi will set you back less than $5, Pho less around $8, and special plates of meat, rice, and veggies all around $7.50, but the real deal is the filet mignon special plate at just $10.50.

10. Domenica (Happy Hour)

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123 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-6020
Domenica really is king of New Orleans Happy Hour. All of those amazing woodfire pizzas are half off (along with beer, wine and well cocktails) from 3-6p.m. everyday of the week. A lardo pizza for $6.50? Yes, please.

11. Pizza Delicious

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617 Piety St
New Orleans, La 70117
(504) 676-8482
A reader on the newest cheap good eats: "Slices from Pizza Delicious ($2-2.50), combined with a cauliflower or spinach roll (2/$5)... I think all of their pastas top out at $9 or $10 for a generous portion."

12. Eat Well Food Mart

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2700 Canal St, Ste A
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-7730
It's in a strange location on Canal and Broad near a very busy bus stop and the courthouse, but at this mini mart with a killer food counter "$6 gets you a huge and great Banh Mi with a can of soft drink."

13. Taceaux Loceaux Truck

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From Dos Jefes to The Kingpin, the roving taco craziness sells hungry Uptown boozers 2/$6 pork tacos that are amazing, and lots of specials usually under $8.

14. Norma's Sweets Bakery

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"Empanadas and all the savory and sweet pastries at Norma's" are all on the crazy cheap, like less than a buck. "Actually anything from Norma's" including great Cubans won't set you back more than $10, and it's also a beloved hidden gem.

15. Eat Mah Taco at Pal's Lounge

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949 N. Rendon St
New Orleans, LA
More cheap taco craziness, this time for the boozers in Bayou St. John. Every Tuesday, this Pal's pop up serves duos of fish, pork, and beef tacos (about 2/$7), and they always have smoked sausage tacos that are 2/$2.

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1. Dong Phuong

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
"Bahn Mi for under $3.50," gushes an Eater reader. "Lunch specials for all under $10.00. Don't mind the $10 in gas you need to get there from uptown or mid city. The good food and the lack of any hipsters within 3 miles makes the trip well worth it."
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

2. Juan's Flying Burrito

4724 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
Says a fan of the Mid City/Uptown staple, "under $10 and a lot of protein and rice...Juan's "Flying Burrito" is like 2 meals, or one if you scarf it down, but it will haunt your swollen belly if you eat it too quickly." The Flying Burrito comes with shrimp, chicken, and steak plus all the normal burrito filler for $8.25.
4724 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Boswell's Jamacian Grill

3521 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, La 70119
You eat their chicken and meat patties at all the festivals, but the lunch buffet at their no frills restaurant on Tulane is the jam for midday money saving. Plus the artwork and regulars are something to behold.
3521 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, La 70119

4. Russell's Marina Grill

8555 Pontchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124-2451
"Good homemade food," and dinner entrees that hover around $11/plate, though they also serve breakfast for dinner here, or as one reader attests, "Best omlettes in town. My grandkids love eating breakfast items for dinner, especially the chocolate chip waffles."
8555 Pontchartrain Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70124-2451

5. Cajun Seafood

1479 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
Most people go here for the boiled crawfish and a dose of sketchiness. But "$12 gets you a HUGE shrimp po'boy. You'll want to split it with at least 1 if not 2 people," says a devoted fan.
1479 N. Claiborne Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Maurepas Foods

3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
You don't need to spend a fortune to experience quality local and seasonal food, especially at Maurepas Foods in the Bywater. The goat tacos make a swell lunch at $8, plus a big ass bowl of the best grits in town for another $3.
3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. Felipe's Taqueria

6215 South Miro Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
Diners can build their own cheap meals at Felipe's in the Quarter and Uptown. A meaty burrito combo with a drink, chips and dip, will set your back about $10.
6215 South Miro Street
New Orleans, LA 70125

8. Killer Po-boys

811 Conti, New Orleans, LA 70112
The name doesn't lie. Cam Boudreaux serves up po' boys ranging from $8-12 bucks at his kitchen in back of Erin Rose, but they aren't your average lunch fare. The Morrocan Spiced Lamb Sausage with Tzaziki sauce sumac carrots, and torn mint for $10 reveals the po' boy renaissance is happening in the Quarter.
811 Conti
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. Magasin Vietnamese Cafe

4201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
At the Vietnames hot spot Uptown, Banh Mi will set you back less than $5, Pho less around $8, and special plates of meat, rice, and veggies all around $7.50, but the real deal is the filet mignon special plate at just $10.50.
4201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Domenica (Happy Hour)

123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112
Domenica really is king of New Orleans Happy Hour. All of those amazing woodfire pizzas are half off (along with beer, wine and well cocktails) from 3-6p.m. everyday of the week. A lardo pizza for $6.50? Yes, please.
123 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. Pizza Delicious

617 Piety St, New Orleans, La 70117
A reader on the newest cheap good eats: "Slices from Pizza Delicious ($2-2.50), combined with a cauliflower or spinach roll (2/$5)... I think all of their pastas top out at $9 or $10 for a generous portion."
617 Piety St
New Orleans, La 70117

12. Eat Well Food Mart

2700 Canal St, Ste A, New Orleans, LA 70119
It's in a strange location on Canal and Broad near a very busy bus stop and the courthouse, but at this mini mart with a killer food counter "$6 gets you a huge and great Banh Mi with a can of soft drink."
2700 Canal St, Ste A
New Orleans, LA 70119

13. Taceaux Loceaux Truck

New Orleans, LA 70114
From Dos Jefes to The Kingpin, the roving taco craziness sells hungry Uptown boozers 2/$6 pork tacos that are amazing, and lots of specials usually under $8.

14. Norma's Sweets Bakery

New Orleans, LA 70119
"Empanadas and all the savory and sweet pastries at Norma's" are all on the crazy cheap, like less than a buck. "Actually anything from Norma's" including great Cubans won't set you back more than $10, and it's also a beloved hidden gem.

15. Eat Mah Taco at Pal's Lounge

949 N. Rendon St, New Orleans, LA
More cheap taco craziness, this time for the boozers in Bayou St. John. Every Tuesday, this Pal's pop up serves duos of fish, pork, and beef tacos (about 2/$7), and they always have smoked sausage tacos that are 2/$2.
949 N. Rendon St
New Orleans, LA

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