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Restaurants near Superdome/New Orleans Arena Advice Needed

Mar 10th, 2010, 02:22 PM
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Restaurants near Superdome/New Orleans Arena Advice Needed

We are headed to see the Men's NCAA Basketball games at the New Orleans Arena next week. On that Thursday, we have about a two hour break, maybe a little more, between the afternoon and evening games. Any recommedations on a good place to eat that we can walk to from the Arena/Superdome area? We are eating at Bayona the night before so something casual and relaxed would be great. Thanks in advance!
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Mar 10th, 2010, 07:12 PM
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Holiday Inn Superdome.
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Mar 10th, 2010, 07:20 PM
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Oh sorry, you wanted a restaurant instead of hotel... I was distracted...

Michael's is a pretty decent Cajun restaurant around 6 or so blocks from the dome/arena area. Herbsaint is another option. PJ's coffee is a cool place to sit, relax, and sip some coffee.
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Mar 11th, 2010, 06:05 AM
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Thanks bkluvsnola. Keep the suggestions coming!
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Mar 11th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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Actually, there may not be a lot more eating options especially close to the Superdome, if memory serves. bkluvsNola likely has given you the closest reasonable and walkable options.

You can walk notably further than the 6 blocks or so from the dome where these places are, but you'll likely want to keep time constraints in mind. Unfortunately, it's not like Boston's Fenway Park or New York's Yankee Stadium where there are plenty of food possibilities immediately surrounding or within a block of the stadium here.
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Mar 11th, 2010, 02:21 PM
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Very casual would be Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar - Bar and Grill that is lively, booth eating - quesadillas, burgers, seafood, etc. 0.8 mile walk straight down Girod Street toward the river, which is the street between the Superdome and the arena. About 0.6 miles down Girod is Herbsaint - more upscale with tablecloths - dinner entrees $26-$32. On Poydras Street - also 0.6 mile walk - Japanese restaurant Horinoya.
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Mar 11th, 2010, 04:14 PM
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Thanks rksh! We will be coming from the games so I a not sure tablecloths will work for us but the other places sound like good choices.
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Mar 12th, 2010, 08:00 AM
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In a few years, there will be a large park area with sports bars, restaurants, and year round events, similar to Gillette Stadium for the Patriots. Until then, the options are limited.
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Mar 13th, 2010, 07:03 AM
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First of all, you could hop in a cab and just about go anywhere and be back in plenty of time. If you choose to walk, then here are some suggestions.

There is a BBQ restaurant in the Entergy Building that is pretty decent and is about two blocks from the Arena. It is Arkansas based so not New Orleans. N.O. does not do BBQ, so this one is as good as BBQ gets in the area.

Walk a few more blocks and on Baronne on the Quarter side of Poydras is P&G that has very good po-boys. It is very popular with the business crowd. I like the oyster po-boys the best. Be forewarned it's little bit of a cross between "cheeseburger, cheeseburger, Pepsi" of Saturday Night Live and Seinfeld's soup Nazi. There appears to be no system in place to take orders. Take that back, there is no system. There are really two lines, not one, so don't be upset if it looks like someone butted ahead. They just went to the other line that only regulars know about. All that being said, it is very good (stick to the po-boys) and quick. You'll be back in time to see the next game.
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Mar 13th, 2010, 11:49 AM
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BDK. That is a great idea. We have friends that have never been to NOLA with us and they wanted to eat a good po-boy. That might be hitting two birds with one stone. Are cabs pretty prevalant on the streets or should we put the cab company numbers in our cell phones? I have just never noticed before.
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Mar 13th, 2010, 01:04 PM
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For places to get po-boys, I had good ones at Liuzza's by the Track (up near the racetrack and the art museum) and Johnny's (in the French Quarter, just don't look too hard at the dirty digs). Two places that get raves from Chowhounds that I didn't get to include the Parkway (again, not that far from the art museum) and the Parasol (in the Lower Garden District). None of these are close by the Superdome.

And if my experience is typical, avoid Mother's.
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Mar 13th, 2010, 06:20 PM
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I have been to Mother's and it was ok, but there are many other places that have as good or better food and not near the crowds. Will make note of the Po-boy places. Thanks!
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Mar 13th, 2010, 06:43 PM
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apseals, I would think cabs would be very plentiful at the arena during the tournament. P&G is within walking distance- 10 or 15 minutes max.

Bachslunch mentioned Parkway Bakery & Tavern, which is great, but that is definitely a cab ride. You probably can still get there and back in time, maybe.
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Mar 14th, 2010, 09:50 AM
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It looks like we will have no more than two hours between the rounds. Having cabs there will be a plus, that is good to know. Thanks to everyone for their information. I can always count on fodorites to come through!
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We are in the same predicament. Maybe head to Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar on Girod. Not worth going too far, and something relaxing is in order since we are going back for more hoop.
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Mar 22nd, 2010, 07:47 AM
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Just got back from NOLA. We ended up eating at Dominica in the restored Roosevelt Hotel. It is John Besh's new restaurant. It is open from 11am to 11pm and it is not a fancy place during the day. The food was really good with small/large plates and ultrathin pizzas like in Rome. We made reservations because we were a party of nine but at that time you could easily get a table without one. The restaurant entrance is on Baronne between Canal and Poydras. I highly recommend it. P&G right down the street but closed at 3pm so it was not doable for the time we needed. Lucy's was too far away to walk and get back. Thanks for all the help guys!
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