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Cafe Maspero: Budget Friendly in the Big Easy!
I love this place! Whenever I have out-of-state company, I always take them here. The restaurant usually has a wait - out the door along the front. Don't let it deter you unless it is already to the corner - the line moves fairly fast. Once inside, you can see it is old-style New Orleans - beaten wooden tables and chairs, rough wood planks in the walls, etc. But you can't beat the ambiance! During the summer, the storm windows are open so you get a nice breeze. Most of the food is fried, but that's OK. And compared with other places in the Quarter, the prices are low.
Favorite Dish: I LOVE the fried shrimp po-boys - enough falls out to make another sandwich! I also like the French Onion Soup. The $1 daquiries are good - but small (hey, you get what you pay for!). The unsweetened iced tea is wonderful!
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Cafe Maspero: Great food, low prices, great location
This has a great location on Decatur St, a block from Jackson Square—but it doesn’t take advantage of that with inflated prices or mediocre food (like the place on Decatur and St Peter does—don’t go there!). I had a plate of red beans and rice, with a small salad and a soda—total bill $8.75. It has a nice big room with dark wooden chairs and tables. There’s a nice long bar and it has real good air conditioning too.
Cafe Maspero: Local fare in the middle of it all
Another New Orleans institution, Cafe Maspero provides a casual setting on Decatur to sample some of the local standards. Quite touristy and far from the best poboys and red beans around, the staff is less friendly and personal as its location lures in its fair share of tourists. The poboys aren't "over stuffed" and relatively speaking, the portions are meager. However, you do get what you paid for.
I go there for the convenience.
Favorite Dish: Try the catfish poboy and a cup of red beans knowing there are better versions out there.
Cafe Maspero: Arrive early for lunch!
I've gone here every time i go to N.O. My godmother lives in the French Quarter (40 years). The prices haven't seemed to change- it's very reasonable. Ignore the view of the kitchen- these biker-look guys are great cooks!
It's across the street from the Jackson Street Brewery on the same street as the Cafe Du Monde.
Favorite Dish: Fried Oyster Po-Boy (a type of sandwich served with either hard, crusty bread or soft, buttered toasty bread- this one is the soft, best kind) with the table condiment creole mustard!
Also, I get the French Onion soup. Good sweet iced tea , too.
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Cafe Mespero: Cheap, but that's about it
Cafe Mespero is relatively cheap, but you get what you pay for. I ordered the French Onion soup for lunch that arrive luke warm with the cheese pretty much a solid block. My wife ordered a hamburger, my son ordered the chicken sandwich. Both were dried out and cold - and this was at 12:30. My advice - pony up the extra money and go somewhere else. We've eaten here twice and the food is simply not good, regardless of the price.
Favorite Dish: We have yet to find a well prepared meal
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