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Top 10 budget restaurants, cafes and diners in New Orleans

Eating on a budget in New Orleans isn’t all about the famous po’ boys, though they can be great. Check out fast-food restaurants serving Vietnamese and soul food delights

Chef Donald Link has won a James Beard Award and has a cluster of impeccable restaurants. For those on a budget, a meal at Cochon Butcher, the annex of his fabulous Cochon restaurant is a great way to sample porky Cajun specialities such as hot boudin or head cheese with chow-chow for just $6 a small plate. There’s also a selection of take-home cuts and charcuterie in the butcher’s case. Cochon Butcher also does one of the best muffulettas in town, at $12: it’s a toasted sesame bun oozing oil and stuffed with a slab of house-cured Italian meats topped with olive salad. Add in a bag of potato chips and a beer or cocktail from the “swine bar” for good measure, and make sure to take a bacon praline for dessert.
930 Tchoupitoulas Street, +1 504 588 7675, cochonbutcher.com. Open Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-4pm, sandwiches from $8

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Top 10 hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in New Orleans

Whether you want 19th-century grandeur, jazz-age chic or a more modern boutique hotel, New Orleans has a great selection of places to stay. We pick 10 of the best

Despite its ascendance beyond being “up and coming”, the Marigny neighbourhood is still short of accommodation options. Seven blocks away from the French Quarter puts you in a tranquil, residential idyll, and the colourful, Creole-style rooms of this guest house ooze authenticity. Below you is a century-old institution, in the form of former grocery store (and now local diner), Schiro’s Cafe. Book the Deluxe 1 room, and you can enjoy balcony views of locals easing into their day as you have your morning coffee. You’re close to two of the Marigny’s highlights: the bar at Lost Love Lounge and the brunches of Cake Café & Bakery.
2483 Royal Street, +1 504 945 4425, balconyguesthouse.com> Double rooms from $118 a night, B&B

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