People in New Orleans are so fascinated with food that even while having lunch, they probably will be talking about dinner. Just ask locals where you might get the finest gumbo, and you probably will witness a quite dramatic debate among the city’s natives about the best place to order gumbo. Well, you might also say that food brings New Orleans together.
The various menus of New Orleans’s quality restaurants reveal the historical past and all the great cultures that have led to this fantastic culinary melting pot over the past three hundred years.
You won’t have any trouble in discovering French, African, Spanish, German, Italian, and Caribbean influences in the city’s signature dishes, and the last few years we have seen an increased influence from Asia and Latin America.
While walking through the Garden District these days may feel like wandering through times gone by, the neighborhood, and particularly Magazine Street, is also a thriving commercial community.
Here are the most affordable restaurants in the Garden District:
1514 Delachaise Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-891-9361
Innovative and original offerings of super tasty sandwiches. Milkshakes are famous, and the place offers a decent environment, though nothing fancy.
1381 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-1050
Great place for sandwiches, coffee, and snowballs. Good service.
2854 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-895-9524
Great sandwiches. Probably the best and tastiest Creole Corned Beef in town.
1813 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-599-9999
Really good Vietnamese food. One of the best Pho.
1513 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-7437
One of New Orleans most affordable but good Italian pizza restaurants.
Los Paisanos Bar and Grill
3336 S Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-301-3523
There is nowhere in New Orleans with more authentic Mexican food, and cheap. Great prices for great food.
Ms. Hysters Barbecue
2000 S Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125, 504-522-3028
Here you feel like you’re in your grandmother’s living room, a great little old school place. Ribs are pretty good, BBQ chicken is great.
1751 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-9131
Please-U is an OLD fashion hole-in-the-wall diner with great comfort food. If you want down-to-earth real and tasty food, this is your place.
3336 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-324-2226
Great dogs and great service. The selection is fantastic, and the beef and duck dogs are by far my favorites. Great bar and patio.
2045 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-324-5633
Great sandwiches, good.music, and they know how to make a real chai tea and good breakfast tacos.
Half Moon Bar & Restaurant
1125 St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-593-0011
Traditional American sandwiches. The bar has a great Jukebox, beautiful pool tables and the place is dog friendly.
4226 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-371-5558
A local’s favorite. It’s a bakery-coffee shop that also has a great lunch menu. The food is expertly prepared and extremely creative.
4200 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-301-2755
Saucy BBQ’s brisket rivals the old time places as it is juicy, tender and, most importantly, delicious. The ribs and BBQ chicken are great.
3328 Lasalle Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504- 894-8788
Famous for their wings. Some may question the location, but the place is super clean, the prices are good and they have a large selection of sauces.
2520 Felicity Street, New Orleans, LA 70113, 504-525-5346
This place has some of the sloppiest and tastiest BBQ available, and it’s definitely worth going to, just make sure you do it during daytime or when the sun is setting, don’t push your luck.
2816 S Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125, 504-896-2228
Great cheesesteaks and other sandwiches, convenience store caliber drink selection, and cheap prices.
Mona’s Cafe & Deli
4126 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-894-9800
A solid choice for middle eastern food. The food is quick and always tasty. The space is light and airy which makes eating in comfortable.
3138 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-309-7557
Great lunch place, and if you go there you really should try their potato salad, as well as the blueberry cream cheese.
1501 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-4647
Try Carolina sandwich – pork with coleslaw topping, and the corn pudding as a side. It is sort of a fast food type place that’s good for an affordable lunch,
1907 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-301-2097
Friendly restaurant with great service. The food is fresh, healthy and mostly local. They have a great selection of (not-so-healthy) pastries.
1418 S Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113, 504-524-3663
Catfish & Soul Food. Recently re-opened. Good quality, and portion sizes are huge at very reasonable prices.
Pho Noi Viet
2005 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-3399
Nice place with very reasonable prices. The spring rolls are delish, just as the Shakin Beef Steak.
1719 Toledano Street, New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-897-0327
Established in 2013, this restaurant offers delicious food with a French touch including salads, panini sandwiches, crepes, and pastries.