Favorite cheap eats: Hughie's Tavern and Vietnamese Grille & Coltivare
“Hughie’s, good food, great beer selection & specials, close to work. Coltivare, great staff, close to home, food is always spot on.” Hughie’s Tavern is kind of like Cheers if Cheers were a craft beer bar with Vietnamese grub and a way cooler crowd. Head there for Vietnamese wings and spring rolls next to burgers and shaking beef. While some may not think of Coltivare as a “budget spot,” you can have a damn fine meal there without breaking the bank thanks to a handful of $11 to $14 pizzas and pastas.
Favorite splurge: Bernadine’s
“Food and service always stellar, great oysters, good wine list, craft cocktails, what else could you need.” With seasonal inspirations and Gulf Coast classics, the contemporary, Creole-smooched stunner certainly gives you everything you need. Since you’re down to spend some cash, start with the I-10 platter, a seafood bonanza featuring oysters, crab, shrimp, fish dip, country ham, pickles, and a show-stopping chunk of chicharrón.