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Locals Corner Store Verdi Mart

Where the locals eat, NOLA Corner Stores

If you’re a native of New Orleans, have $3 to your name you can get a breakfast plate of hot creamy grits, eggs and a choice of meat, I always select hot sausage, oh and a cold drink too… On average a cold po-boy cost is $2.99+ and a hot po-boy $4.99+ depending on the choice of meat or seafood… I’m wondering if I need to explain the difference between a hot and cold po-by…??? The lunch and dinner plate will averages about $7.00, it’s not the prices that should have you leaving the tourist trap, but the flavors of a NOLA Auntie or Mama cooking her butt off, because she loves it and the corner store allows her to feel as if she has her own kitchen.

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Another plus to going where the locals go is you can get the best and when I say best I mean it, but the best “Boiled Seafood” is actually done in our neighborhoods. You can walk up on a seafood boil and eat and drink without worry of a bill. Everyone eats who stops by, but the next best is the corner stores such as Cajun’s. If you’re not a New Orleanian, you may not care about the price of crawfish, but we care!! Crawfish hit $7.99/lb and we damn near went into withdrawal, because of our refusal to spend $20 on 2 1/2lb of crawfish, that’s not enough to satisfy the taste buds of a 5yr old…But the prices went back to normal, well not the normal of back in the day of $1.99/lb, but a good medium. To get the best boiled seafood it’s an absolute must to leave the tourist area. You can eat all the raw oysters you want in the Quarter’s, I recommend Felix’s and Acme, but for “boiled seafood” take you a nice walk or ride and eat the good stuff.

Outside of food and pricey household item you can pay phone and utility bill, buy a phone, a fresh white t-shirt, cigarettes, knock off sun glasses, fake jewelry and the list goes on. Most have ATMs and check cashing service. Let’s not forget about gas, you can fill up your tank and belly all in one stop.

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But the reason the wineo’s hangout is to be close to the liquor. If you haven’t noticed there are no liquor stores in New Orleans, therefore with the exception of a few Walgreen’s all corner stores, convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, well all the stores sell liquor, beer and wine. There are specials too, you can get two 16oz Bud Light Beers for $3, 2 for $5 Absolute half pints and you can get a personal bottle of Moet. The stores in New Orleans will have what my Papa would call a “taste.” I loved to eat even as a little girl and I overheard my Papa tell my Mama “pour me a lil taste” and I came running into the kitchen saying I want a taste too. lol But in my defense he used to make the best alcohol, I wish I could have a big ol taste right now and I would add a lil taste to it to. lmbo

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It’s a good thing to off Canal, go past the French Quarters to get not only a deal, but you can get to spend your money within our communities. Plus You will be able to experience New Orleans!

I highly recommend coming into the community, stop in a corner store or gas station order a po-boy, a few pounds of crawfish and grab a couple of beers, go back to the Quarters, go on the levee and enjoy your good eats and beautiful scenery. Don’t forget some newspaper and napkins…

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This is a bucket list activity, it’s a must and I’ll even ask you to do it for me, please. I know you have money is endless and you’re good with not only buying, but eating a $15 poboy that you can get for $5, because you’re like in the French Quarter’s, on Bourbon St and the backdrop of it all is intoxicating itself, but I guarantee you will not regret it.

 

As I mention the locals and the owners of the corner stores, well small businesses in New Orleans have a relationship and depend on each other for their livelihood and your support can assist in making those ends of lack meet.

If you’re worried about the wineo or homeless people hanging on the corner, please know they will not rob. They may ask for a lil change, but don’t worry you are safe. My suggestion for handling NOLA panhandlers is to 1st acknowledge them, always speak to everyone in New Orleans and give eye contact, this shows respect for human life and that you aren’t to high on your pedestal to say “Hey, Hello” but a good reply would be “Man, I’m sorry I just spent my last, I’m sorry I don’t have it or I was about to ask you for a $1.) Both of you will walk of laughing and the panhandler will be grateful for the acknowledgment.

Here are a few of the New Orleans Corner Stores or Gas Stations that recommend. I have a few that are actually in walking distance from the French Quarters.

Cajun Soup
Stuffed Bell Pepper, Baked Macaroni & Cheese and Gumbo

 

Brother’s Fried Chicken 222 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA If you want to really dig in to the culture and taste what the locals like, this place can’t be missed. You get it to go and you’re good, dining isn’t an option.·Brothers chicken in New Orleans has some of the best chicken I ever tasted. I can’t believe it’s cooked at corner store or gas station . Where else can you go and get a 2 piece fries and a drink for $4.93 and a 40 piece for $16.99 wow gotta love it! 30441302_1818609078159751_5716008524970983424_o.jpg

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  • Basin St. Supermarket 237 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112                  Cornerstore with excellent food that served the families of the Iberville Housing Projects before Hurricane Katrina. I think this place is better then a lot of the tourist traps in the area. The food is delicious, 12in Po-Boys for $6, broiled seafood, liquor all at affordable prices. I would recommend this place over most of the places in the French Quarter. In fact if you want to eat good avoid the French Quarter altogether all the good places were around it! Come into our neighborhoods!
    (504) 522-7947

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Brown Derby 3402 Tulane Ave, new Orleans, LA 70119 Phone number(504) 484-0900

People are sure what to expect from a gas station/ convenience store , but this place isall that and a bag, well a plate of some good ole southern food. You can get a meat and two sides for lunch , and finish it for dinner. And it isn’t more than 8$, plus you get a drink to go with it!

 

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Verdi Mart 1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This longtime market & deli is known for Creole-inspired sandwiches, entrees & sides. The All that Jazz PoBoy is a local and tourist favorite.

Note: Open 24hrs, take out and cash only. Service can be slow when crowded.

Mardi Gras Zone 2706 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
Bywater
 Phone number(504) 947-8787
Mardi Gras Zone this is a great little Neighborhood Market that has a variety of goods including hot fresh food and cold deli food as well as some Mardi Gras supplies.

 

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Jack’s Meat Market 2279 N Derbigny St, New Orleans, LA 70117 St.Roch

Jack’s Meat Market  Late-night neighborhood convenience store selling fresh meat, groceries, hot plates, breakfast, lunch and dinner. My neighborhood spot. Ms. Vernadine is a great cook with a beautiful spirit.

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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