Welcome back to Feasting NOLA, where I talk about eating in and around New Orleans at some of the great unique and affordable restaurants peppered around our awesome city. I know what it’s like to be a poor college student (check out my Dining video), and that sometimes you just want a break from all the ramen noodles and cafeteria food, so I’m here to help!
Although New Orleans is known for a variety of spicy dishes like jambalaya, dozens of varieties of creole anything, and seafood concoctions, Asian cuisine hasn’t cooked up a huge slice of the restaurant pie in our world of crawfish and gumbo. However, it is with great pleasure, and in the spirit of fine, cheap, delicious cuisine scattered around UNO’s campus, that I bring you what many share a common love for – Asian Panda – some of the best around. The icing on the cake? It’s literally two blocks down from UNO.Asian Panda, a Vietnamese wonder, specializes in a variety of classic dishes like sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli, kung pao shrimp and much, much more. All of the food is freshly prepared with the best vegetables and meats Louisiana has to offer, and is cooked entirely with pure vegetable oil. Unlike a lot of cheap Chinese takeout or your typical buffet meals, it tastes clean and healthy, and not overloaded with MSG and salt. You can even request a number of their dishes as ‘vegetarian’ and they will customize your meal, sans meat. But you aren’t at Asian Panda for your health; you’re there because you want quality food and and you don’t feel like spending more than $10.00 for it. Well, you’re in luck friends! This is yet another area where Asian Panda does not disappoint. In fact, you most likely won’t even have to spend $10.00, depending on what you order. Your maximum expenditures might not even crack $7.00! Awesome, I know. Calm down.
Asian Panda opens up as a buffet for lunch with tons of options offered from $7.00 (two entrees) and rice (they have killer fried rice!) or noodles. For dinner, and generally throughout the day, they serve combos that consist of a LARGE container of your entree choice with rice, noodles, and an egg roll…for only $8.00. And this $8.00 mound of food will undoubtedly serve you for at least one additional meal, even after you’ve had your first fill. It’s amazing considering the quality of the food.
From personal experience, I eat at Asian Panda pretty frequently…at least once a week, sometimes more. Don’t judge. I love the shrimp with garlic sauce, and I believe this is arguably New Orleans’ best kept Asian food secret. Check it out for yourself and you’ll see why!
6600 Franklin Ave, #A-6, New Orleans, LA 70122