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GoNOLA Tops: Cheap Eats for Under $15

You can build your own bowl for just $12 at Poke Loa. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Now that Mardi Gras is over and Lent is upon us, a few of you might be looking for ways to spend a little less and save a little more. Or is that just me? Either way, having a solid list of restaurants where you can get a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner for a good value is a useful thing to keep in your arsenal of food knowledge. Here are nine dishes that will satisfy the tum tum and the wallet, all at $15 or less.

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District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew (Photo: Paul Broussard)


District Donuts Breakfast Bowl – As of recent, our favorite donut and slider shop has added some new breakfast items to their menu, one of which is a delicious breakfast bowl of smoked gouda grits, roasted pork belly, roasted tomatoes and potatoes, arugula salad, and a fried egg for just $9.

Kolache Kitchen’s Breakfast Tacos – New to the Freret corridor housed in the old Freret Street Poboy and Donut Shop is the Kolache Kitchen, specializing in (you guessed it) kolaches, rancheros, empanadas, and breakfast tacos. Most of the menu is under $6, but it was the breakfast tacos at $2 to $3.25 per taco that had me sold. House-made salsa is great, too.

Humble Bagel (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Humble Bagel‘s Bagel + Coffee – If you’re an early riser and want breakfast on the go, then you’ll love the fact that from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., you can get a bagel with spread and 16 oz. coffee for only $4.30. This almost guarantees access to the coveted cinnamon raisin bagels which almost always sell out by 10 a.m. and at such a low cost, you can afford to carb-load and caffeinate a buddy without going over ten dollars.

Little Fig inside the Pythian Market (Photo: Justen Williams)


Little Fig at Pythian Market’s Falafel Platter – Indulge in a beautiful and colorful spread of healthy hummus, falafel, kale salad with roasted beets and feta, fennel slaw, and fresh baked bread at Little Fig within the Pythian Market. And for those on restrictive diets, the entire plate is gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free. It’s an energy-packed lunch that’ll help you tackle those afternoon meetings for only $11.

Shahrazad Café’s Fattouch Salad – This Mediterranean restaurant on Magazine is a bit under the radar but this salad of tomato, cucumber, romaine lettuce, radish, red onion, sumac, mint, and pita bread croutons with a lemon dressing is just about one of the yummiest things I can think of. A small is only $5 and a large is $7. If you want chicken shawarma on top (which I highly recommend), tack on an extra $4.

Parasol’s (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Parasol’s Firecracker Shrimp Po-boy – Okay, so maybe you’re hungover and you need some grease. Fried shrimp are tossed in a blend of butter, hot sauce, and garlic and loaded generously onto the bread of your choice. This po-boy will only cost you $10.50, but beware of subsequent naps.

Poke Loa (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Poke Loa – Sushi can be expensive, but I find that poke bowls satisfy the craving and are a better value overall. Build your own bowl with 2 scoops of protein (shrimp, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, spicy tuna, octopus, or tofu) for just $12, including as many toppings as you want. Keep in mind that avocado is $1.00 extra.

Red Dog Diner’s Veggie Chili – Who doesn’t love a good bowl of chili? This one is served in a generous cup for $4.50 or a bowl for $6.95 draped with a layer of cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and pico de gallo, and some really, really good cornbread for dipping. I promise you won’t miss the meat.

The General’s Chicken from Red’s Chinese (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Red’s Chinese General’s Chicken – Sure, you can go super cheap with Chinese food but when the flavors are elevated like this and still affordable, then it’s time to branch out. The General’s Chicken from Red’s Chinese on St. Claude features delicious fried chicken, ginger garlic sauce, and lots of crushed peanuts and fresh cilantro. White rice comes with for just $11.

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found checking out the newest restaurant or bar, taking long walks along Magazine Street, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Voted one of the Best New Orleans-based Instagrammers by Thrillist, Where Y'at Magazine, and Paste Magazine. Please follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola and ask for food advice!

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