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.
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.
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
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…
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.
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!
- 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 $6, broiled seafood, liquor all at affordable prices. I would recommend this place over most of the places in the French Quarter. In fact if you want to eat good avoid the French Quarter altogether all the good places were around it! Come into our neighborhoods!
People are sure what to expect from a gas station/ convenience store , but this place isall that and a bag, well a plate of some good ole southern food. You can get a meat and two sides for lunch , and finish it for dinner. And it isn’t more than 8$, plus you get a drink to go with it!
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.
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.