Food & Drink

New Orleans’ 15 Best Meals Under $5

Published On 08/06/2015 Published On 08/06/2015
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1. Wakin' Bakin' 4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

Mid-City is basically *the* go-to place for breakfast in New Orleans, and Wakin’ Bakin’ was one of the first spots to contribute to this wonderful phenomenon. The cheddar sliders with eggs and bacon are awesome, as are the “Pancrepes & Pork.” That’s right: Pancrepes! But wait! There's more! It delivers beginning at 7am. But beware: if you miss the doorbell, you'll be put on the "Wall of Shame."

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2. Bud's Broiler 500 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

Though Bud's has a number of locations around the New Orleans area, the shabby Mid-City joint is the only one that doles out the classic burgers, fries, and shakes that fans have come to adore 24/7. The burgers are a cut above what you're used to -- the meat is broiled on an open-flame charcoal grill -- and their prices are a cut below. Along with the standard fixings like lettuce, tomato, and pickle, be sure to top yours with Bud's original hickory smoke sauce. There are a handful of hot dogs and specialty sandwiches, too. Finish off your meal with something sweet, particularly Bud's fried hand pies that come in apple, peach, and cherry.

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3. DISTRICT: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. 2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

As the name implies, DISTRICT excels at coffee, sliders, and donuts, all while making innovative changes to each. In lieu of your average breakfast sandwich, expect "croquenuts" (a hybrid of a croque madame and a donut) or bacon & egg on a miso-praline biscuit. Donuts, meanwhile, range from the simple glazed and cinnamon sugar to the more unconventional Sriracha-maple, candied thyme, and cereal & milk. While you could pair your sugary goodies with a basic brew, we suggest you opt for house staples like Vietnamese cold brew or the "Sproca-Cola," a winning combination of cola, espresso, and chocolate milk.

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4. Hank's Seafood and Supermarket 2634 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

Yes, the sign says supermarket and it looks pretty shady. But the food is excellent -- especially the fried chicken. Plus, we dare you to find a better deal for this sort of quality.

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5. Pizza Delicious 617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

Located on Bywater's Piety Street, this New York-style slice shop was started by two Long Island guys who, surprisingly, had never made pizza before. The menu incorporates local produce and features daily pizza specials like an Italian sausage pie with caramelized onions and peppers.

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6. Samuel’s Blind Pelican 1628 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

With a full bar, an extensive menu of tasty fare from the sea, and a kickin' oyster happy hour, this Garden District spot is a go-to seven days a week.

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7. Morning Call 56 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

As NOLA's self-dubbed "most famous coffee drinking place," Morning Call has been brewing its prized French drip coffee since 1870, which has a rich chicory taste that goes all too well with the cafe's sugar-dusted beignets. Morning Call tends to be cheaper and less tourist-packed than some of the city's other coffee shops (ahem, Cafe du Monde), which means you don't have to wait as long to get your hands on the signature pastries. A short line-up of local cuisine (jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish bread) is worth a taste, too.

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8. Brother's Food Mart 148 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Something about Nola grocery marts gives them an uncanny ability to make really good, cheap, fried foods. Brother's advertises its fried chicken, but we recommend giving their meat pies a try instead. Or get both. Actually, definitely get both.

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9. The Buttermilk Drop 1781 N Dorgenois St, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

The Buttermilk Drop offers Southern breakfast done right. For those craving something savory, the Treme spot makes a mean croissant sandwich and a wholly satisfying plate of grits, eggs, and bacon and the sugary options don't disappoint either: whether sprinkle-coated or glazed, it's impossible to go wrong with any of the freshly baked donuts (pro tip: try the glazed red velvet). We recommend you opt for the eponymous house specialty, an addictive dough ball made with buttermilk and doused with cinnamon sugar.

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10. Sammy's Food Service & Deli 3000 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122 (Mid City)

Sammy's is located in St. Roch, along Elysian Fields Avenue and Abundance Street. The deli lives up to those names -- the po-boys are considered some of the best in the city. Depending on which you order, it will only run you somewhere under $12.

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11. Hong Kong Food Market 925 Behrman Hwy, Gretna, LA 70056

A banh mi is really just a po-boy gone Vietnamese, and this spot is doing them right. Less than $5 will get you a sandwich at their stand and butcher in the back.

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12. Stein's Market & Deli 2207 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This deli & market in NOLA's Lower Garden District offers traditional and specialty sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches (on Davidovich bagels straight from NYC) all day. Stein's also sells a huge selection of cured meats and salamis, over 50 cheeses from around the world, and a massive selection of domestic & international craft beers.

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13. Felipe's Taqueria 301 N Peters St (at Bienville), New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Serving authentic Mexican fare and Latin American craft cocktails, Felipe's Taqueria is a favorite spot amongst tourists and locals alike. This unassuming eatery serves amazing fresh burritos and tacos made from scratch, plus vegetarian options. The cocktail list is always expanding; from the Mezcal Flight to the El Presidente, all the drinks are hand-crafted with house-made liquors, bitters, and fresh fruit.

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14. St. James Cheese Company 5004 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This Uptown eatery is oh-so-more than just a cheese shop. It also sports fantastic sandos that qualify as some of the best in the city, such as its Hooks Cheddar sandwich that's made with Wisconsin Hooks cheddar, smoked turkey, basil, tomato, mayo, and avocado.

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15. Mister Gregory's French Casual Cafe 806 Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

This French Quarter cafe is a prime spot for breakfast and coffee, but don't forget its wide variety of sandwiches, which garner plenty of attention themselves.

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