The Grinders Report: Harrah's New Orleans

New Orleans With Less Money and Less Meat

Posted by Richie Raviolis

This didn't last long, and soon the band went back out into the fray and I went back to losing. I checked in with Miss Melody who was still having bad luck at Hexbreaker. It was at this point we decided to take a break and get something to eat.

Vegetarian Eats

As you may already know, Miss Melody is vegetarian, which pretty much makes me a vegetarian. And with that in mind, I present to you some of the cheap eating options at Harrah's New Orleans, with a focus on the vegetarian choices.

We had a quick bite in the small fast-food court on the Canal Street side of the Casino. Fuddrucker's offers a garden burger, which we combined with fries topped with nacho cheese sauce. And much like the old Roy Rogers restaurants, Fuddrucker's offers a Toppings bar, so you can dress up a plain garden burger with all the lettuce, onions, and pickles you want.

Also in the food court is a Starbucks, (of course), and a joint called, Mcalister's Deli - which offers a yummy looking cheese sandwich, or a bowl of veggie chili.

For a cheap, fast meal, (but not much vegetarian), there is The Buffet at Harrah's, with the all-you can eat specials. Breakfast: $9.99; Lunch (Mon-Sat): $12.99; Dinner: $27.99-$29.99; and Sunday Brunch: $27.99.

We didn't look real close at the other joints, but they didn't necessarily look cheap or vegetarian-friendly. But here's the list:
Bambu - fancy sushi place.
Cafés on Canal - coffee, deli sandwiches, and burgers.
Gordon Biersch - San Francisco/bay area based brewery with good beer and bar food.
Riche By Todd English - fancy French food by award winning chef Todd English
The Besh Steakhouse at Harrah's - traditional steakhouse

But with the French Quarter so close by, your food options are certainly not limited to what Harrah's has to offer. For example, a short stroll past the French Market Place, along the edge of the French Quarter, will get you to the funky dive called Fiorella's. We ate lunch there one afternoon and feasted on cheese and "veggie delight" Po-Boy sandwiches. The menu includes an array of other vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices, like: spaghetti, fried seafood, fried pickle Po-Boy, and Fiorella's "world famous" fried chicken, (which everyone else in the joint was gobbling up).

Also close by, and pretty good for vegetarian, is Coop's Place (1109 Decatur St). This well-worn eatery and bar features a veggie burger which is very good. And remember to order an Abita beer, a locally brewed delight we discovered early and often. And if you make it to Frenchman Street, (which you should, if you like live music), be sure to check out 13 Monaghan's (517 Frenchman St). A nice bar and restaurant with many vegetarian selections, including a BBQ tofu sandwich!

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