Having your family feed you can be cost-effective, but can also suck: because you never know what mom threw in the meatloaf, you can't effectively express exactly what you hate about it. Get good, cheap grub from someone else's family, at City Limit Cafe.
Owned by a 4th Ward family of first-time professional cooks, Limit's a cozy, worryingly cheap burger, BBQ, fish, & wings shack in the former Lamplighter Cafe space, with a maroon interior, finished concrete flooring, a wood fence-enclosed front patio seating eight, and three separate murals on the exterior brick walls by local artist Jay Mason, who makes a living artistically defacing his family's heritage. Grub starts with hand-pressed, never-frozen, secret-family-recipe-seasoned beef or turkey burgers like the $3.49 "Panther" (double meat & cheddar w/ bacon & fixins), then moves to BLTs and Hot Link Sausage sandos for $2.50, and the $2.59 "Dirty Bird" featuring chicken as boneless as Jamal Anderson's knee. Other chews include five flavors o' wings including braised, honey BBQ, & lemon pepper, fried fish platters (tilapia or whiting, w/ homemade coleslaw, hush puppies, medium drink), or specials like the two beef chili dog "Da Twin" -- the most common nickname for men blessed with Diphallia (warning: do not Google, just laugh).
They've also got weekend-only barbecue plates, like a pulled pork sandwich, a four fried-winged Chicken Dinner, and a Rib Dinner w/ potato salad & baked beans or slaw; until they get their license, they're BYOB -- an opportunity for recklessness that'll let your new family express exactly what they hate about you.