NEW ORLEANS New Orleans diners got more than good food last year, they also got a price break.
According to the latest Zagat Survey, the average cost of a meal in New Orleans has dropped for the first time in a decade, from $28.52 in the last survey to $28.36 this year.
Not a huge drop, but enough to rank the Crescent City as the nation's most affordable dining out locale, well below cities like New York at $42, Chicago at $37, and Los Angeles at $35.
New Orleans is also below the national average of $35.37.
Zagat surveys customers and rates restaurants on a 30-point scale, covering food, decor, service, and cost.