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30th Birthday dinner for 12 - grad student budget!

We do plan to hit either Antoines or Commander's prix fix lunch on Monday for sure. Sounds like a great way to eat at places we couldn't otherwise afford! Which of those would you recommend more? I hear great things about Commander's, but I read and loved Dinner at Antoines, which draws me towards there.

Oct 14, 2010
emski2 in New Orleans

30th Birthday dinner for 12 - grad student budget!

You folks are heroes! Thanks for all the advice. I will have to do some serious consideration, and I will report back with how our choice worked out.

Oct 14, 2010
emski2 in New Orleans

30th Birthday dinner for 12 - grad student budget!

Hello chowhounders!
Please advise, 12-14 friends from across the US are all are converging on New Orleans to celebrate my sister's 30th birthday in early November. We plan to mostly cook at the house we are staying in, but want to all go out on Saturday night for a celebratory dinner. We'll be staying in the Marigny, so walking distance would be nice, but we are willing to travel for something special. Lots of guests have never been to NoLa, so I figure crawfish etouffee and oysters are necessities (and I personally could live on only these things indefinitely), but I'm imagining around $40 a person (although some folks have real jobs there is a serious grad student contingent). Am I asking the impossible? I have been to Acme and enjoyed it, and that is where I was thinking of, but this board doesn't seem like big fans. I am more interested in copious quantities of local tasty food than tableclothes or swankiness.
As well, any added tips about key lunch locations would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

Oct 11, 2010
emski2 in New Orleans

Nigerian Food in Austin

There is a great ethiopian place at just off 35 near Dean Keaton. Laid back, inexpensive and delicious.

Jul 05, 2008
emski2 in Austin

Best Cuban in Austin

I checked out Cuba Libre in the warehouse district yesterday. Although their food was tasty, the service was absolutely wretched. I am very unimpressed.

Jul 05, 2008
emski2 in Austin