Much like its nickname would suggest, it’s not too difficult to find great meals at low prices in the Big Easy. Dig into the dishes–instead of your wallet–at one of these great spots in this charming southern city.
Cafe Du Monde
This place is one of the most popular places in New Orleans for a good reason: it serves up delicious, authentic beignets and chicory-infused coffee at extremely reasonable prices. While there’s a long line full of tourists much of the time, don’t fret; Cafe Du Monde is open 24 hours a day, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the time to get your powdered sugar fix.
Char-grilled burgers and milkshakes are the highlights at this local chain, where you can get a whole lot of food for not a lot of cash. You can’t go wrong with any of the burgers, but the Hickory Barbeque sauce is a house-made Bud’s exclusive, and patrons swear by it. Like Cafe Du Monde, Bud’s grills up burgers all day and all night.
Don’t miss the sliders at this trendy and unique donut and slider shop in the Magazine District. Yes, you read that correctly–District specializes in both of these delightful treats, as well as coffee. Sliders come in beef, fried chicken, salmon, BLT, and an avocado option for vegetarians. Don’t miss out on the Croquenuts, or griddled donut sandwiches, which are served all day. This cozy, rustic spot is a favorite among locals of all ages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Both super-hip AND super-cheap, Cochon is your go-to spot for Cajun cuisine that won’t break the bank. Pork and cured meats of all kinds are all over the menu at this combination deli, bar, and butcher shop. From the charcuterie platter to the muffuletta sandwich, there’s a whole lot to love. Dinner entree specials vary by day and include meatloaf, ribs, fried chicken, and catfish.
True to its name, Kebab specializes in grilled meats and falafel in an artsy space full of creations from local talent. Scrumptious side dishes like hummus, marinated olives, and Belgian fries round out any sandwich, and a menu of beer, wine, cider, and house cocktails are all available as well.