If you’re looking for an incredibly affordable way to enjoy a deliciously memorable lunch in the Lower French Quarter, it doesn’t get much more affordable…or more pleasant…than strolling along the famous “Moon Walk” (Named for the former Mayor Moon Landrieu who created it) overlooking the mighty Mississippi River that runs parallel to Decatur Street.
But before you start your scenic stroll, be sure and stop and grab a poboy from one of the dozens of restaurants and to-go dining spots that line Decatur Street, Royal Street in the Quarter or Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny. Almost all are good to exceptional but some are much more expensive than others.
Here’s one suggestion that you just can’t beat, that’s actually one of the best-kept secret take-out spots in the Marigny: the totally unpretentious Frenchmen Deli & Grocery tucked away at 602 Frenchmen Street. It’s a tiny little deli/convenience store packed to the ceilings with groceries and notions with a deli running along one side. At lunchtime, it’s going to be absolutely packed with locals and regulars spilling out onto the sidewalk, so it’s absolutely mandatory to call ahead at 504-944-6800 and place your order to go. Stick to the basic poboys and you can’t go wrong: Hot Sausage, Smoked Sausage, Roast Beef, Meatball, Oyster, Shrimp, Philly Cheese Steak poboys and the like. There’s no website but google it and a menu may pop up for you. But if it doesn’t, just order a standard poboy (and be sure to say “dressed” meaning with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise) with cheese if you’d like. You’ll get an overstuffed 10” poboy for less than $10…with seafood poboys going for a bit more…but just be sure and grab a six-pack of cold beer as you walk out the door and you’re ready to hit the Moon Walk like a local.
To get to the Moonwalk, continue walking up Frenchmen and cross Esplanade Avenue to Decatur Street where you’ll see the Old U.S. Mint on your left. Take a left on either Barracks Street or Governor Nichols Street and walk one block through the Flea Market and you’ll see openings in the levee wall that will you lead over the railroad tracks to the Mississippi River and the Moon Walk.
Once you get on the Moon Walk, grab a seat on one of the benches or just sit in the grass and take in one of the most amazing views of America’s largest waterway with huge ships, cruise ships, freighters and more passing by bound for ports up the Mississippi or heading south to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy your poboy and a bottle of beer or two and a totally-affordable and wonderfully-memorable view and afternoon lunch dining “al fresco” in the French Quarter!