While you're shopping for those "can't do without" souvenirs, or watching the cruise ships & paddlewheeler ply the Mississippi River, try some fast food "New Orleans' style" here at the River Walk Market Place. The food displays are a feast for the eyes at such places as Messinas Cajun Creole Country Cookery, Garden Fresh Grill, etc. You'll also find Chinese, New Orleans Gourmet Burgers & Dogs, Paradise Island Bar, Anthony's Seafood House and too many others to mention. Most of these, but not all, are on the upper level of the River Walk.
New Orleans without a doubt has some of the best restaurants anywhere, however, if you are trying to stretch your food budget while in New Orleans, you will probably do pretty well here! Also, if you have children in tow, there are good choices for them as well. Definitely try some of the Cajun and Creole food. It may be a mall food court but the food isn't bad!!
Favorite Dish: Cafe du Monde has counter service on the lower level and we couldn't resist having breakfast here one day. Great cafe au lait and beignets (french doughnuts) are inexpensive & delicious. The Garden Fresh Grill is fabulous as is the Gellato Pazzo Cafe for gellato lovers! Don't forget to try the "bar" which has several beers on tap. Hours for this concession seem to be more limited then the rest of the food court.
If you can't make it to the original , there is a Cafe du Monde store in the Riverside Shops. Doesn't have the ambiance of the original, but the beignets and java are still tops.
Favorite Dish: Definately eat them while they are warm.