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Prince Meals at Pauper Prices in New Orleans

With all the (due) credit that New Orleans’ fine dining establishments get, it is pretty easy to forget that New Orleans is also home to tons of great places to eat and drink on the cheap. Here are just a few of our favorite spots for delicious bites at affordable prices by neighborhood. Your wallet and your stomach will thank us.

Chefs Cam and April are the brains and muscle behind Killer Poboys (Photo courtesy of Killer Poboys)

French Quarter

Killer Po-Boys: They serve up the most innovative po-boys in the city. These widely acclaimed po-boys are probably the best bang for your buck in the French Quarter.

Napoleon House: For a more traditional New Orleans sandwich, head here and get a muffuletta. And while you’re at it, be sure to pick up a Pimm’s Cup, because you deserve it.


The Joint: The Joint smokes some mean pulled pork. And for just a few bucks, they’ll pile it up on a bun (and top it with slaw if you ask nice) and give you a side of your choosing. Don’t worry, there is plenty more BBQ to choose from, too.

New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery: This neighborhood staple is a great place to grab a delicious breakfast, lunch or dessert. Cake Cafe is well known for their boozy cupcakes with flavors ranging from mimosa to sazerac. If you’re in town during the Mardi Gras season, be sure to try their fantastic king cakes.


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Twelve Mile Limit’s deliciously affordable barbecue (Photo by Kevin O’Mara)

12 Mile Limit: Want top-shelf cocktails at well prices? Then this is the place for you. Add to that the BBQ and the cupcakes and I’m not real sure you’ve got to go any place else.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern: If you’re looking for more traditional po-boys, this is as good a spot as any. The large po-boys can feed you for a few meals and almost all are under $10. Now that’s stretching your dollar.


Kermit Ruffin’s Speakeasy: This is a killer place that not even many locals know about. The menu changes daily and is written up on chalk boards. The food comes in large portions and some dishes seen with some regularity are barbecue shrimp, fried chicken, hot tamales and stewed rabbit. If you head in on Sundays and Mondays just before 6:00 p.m., you’ll be able to catch Kermit perform while eating dinner with no cover charge!

Buttermilk Bakery and Cafe: Another quality score for the cheap eats breakfast. Unbelievably cheap breakfast platters (none more than $5.50) and breakfast sandwiches ($2.75). Top that off with a dozen donuts for only $6.00 and you’ll have enough money left over to be able to splurge a little on lunch or dinner!

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The entrance to Ms. Maes, your cheap drink oasis in New Orleans

Uptown/Garden District

Taceaux Loceaux: So this is cheating a little bit, as it is a food truck, but you’ll most often find it Uptown by the King Pin or Dos Jefes. Fresh ingredients and great flavors make this a meal worth tracking down. That you could order up dinner for two for about $20 earns Taceaux Loceaux a spot on this list.

Slim Goodies: This diner is your key to an Uptown/Garden District cheap eats breakfast. Try a breakfast combo to really stretch your breakfast dollar.

Ms. Mae’s: I’m not sure if there is a place to get a cheaper drink in town on a regular basis. While the prices have risen in recent years (from $1 to $2!), you still aren’t going to find a better 24 hour bar to satisfy your cheap drinking needs. Plus, there’s air hockey and foosball. Enough said.

Of course these aren’t all the places you can eat and drink on the cheap in New Orleans. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter if we missed your favorites!