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2002 Fall Restaurant Guide by Neighborhood 

Bayou St. John


CAFE DEGAS
3127 Esplanade Ave. 945-5635
www.cafedegas.com
The casual, French attitude attracts patrons to this charming cafe along picturesque Esplanade Avenue. Pleasing to the eye and palate is the parmesan crusted veal medallion with lemon caper butter sauce. For a delicate and simple dish try the half-pound of steamed Prince Edward Island mussels with white wine and herbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

ESPLANADE RESTAURANT
3443 Esplanade Ave. (Park Esplanade Apartments) 821-8939
This restaurant on the bayou offers down-home New Orleans food like eggplant Vincent: deep-fried eggplant with fresh shrimp, oysters, crawfish and mushrooms cooked in an herb-butter cream sauce. An extensive menu including panne catfish with pasta jambalaya and the lunch specials add to the restaurant's appeal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

GABRIELLE RESTAURANT
3201 Esplanade Ave. 948-6233
A favorite with locals, Gabrielle boasts an impressive, award-winning wine selection to accompany internationally flavored cuisine from Chef-owner Greg Sonnier. Begin with the warm goat cheese salad with marinated sun-dried tomatoes, capers, roasted garlic, olives and homemade wheat bread. Regulars marvel over the marinated rib chop with stuffed Anaheim pepper and root beer glazed apples. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

LE PRINTEMPS
3125 Esplanade Ave. 945-1919
Chef Osaka, the official chef of the Japanese consul, serves up a nice variety of French Asian cuisine inside the intimate little house that used to host Japon a while back. Chef Osaka recommends the sample appetizer, which includes scallops and fried shrimp. For the main dish, try a crepe wrap salmon in a white gratin cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK
1518 N. Lopez St. 943-8667
The menu of down-home Louisiana fare, satisfying sandwiches from the grill and changing specials keeps the local clientele coming back for more at Liuzza's. Seafood gumbo, garlic butter barbecue shrimp, po-boys, and homemade burgers are among the favorites, as are Bloody Marys and draft beers served in frosty mugs. Patrons regularly give rave reviews to the Saturday special: a grilled portobello salad with mixed greens, fresh strawberries and blue cheese tossed in a roasted almond vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner weekdays, lunch Saturday. Credit cards. $

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave. 488-6946
BYOB to this cozy dining spot on Esplanade Avenue across from Whole Foods and make it something that pairs well with distinctive Spanish fare. The menu offers three types of paella -- seafood, meat, and vegetarian -- all brimming with fresh local ingredients, as well as grilled tuna, grilled pork loin, and rack of lamb. Garlic lovers take note: don't miss the garlic butter served with bread, and the potent garlic soup. No reservations. Dinner daily. Checks and cash. $$

RESTAURANT INDIGO
2285 Bayou Road 947-0123
www.indigonola.com
In a renovated space next to The House on Bayou Road bed and breakfast, Indigo serves a complex American cuisine. This fall, Chef Kevin Vizard offers Creole tomato soup with Nicoise olives and melted chevre, as well as a venison chop with baby spring vegetables, spinach, Yukon gold potato galette and juniper-scented jus. You might squeeze in a pleasant evening of covered patio dining overlooking the gardens which are open year round. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday brunch. Credit cards. $$$


Bucktown


II TONY'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND SEAFOOD

105 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 831-0999
www.Two-Tonys.com
Tonys Jr. and Sr. work together to provide the Italian cuisine that the regular clientele has come to expect. A recent addition to the menu is the steak and grilled shrimp with a roasted pepper demi-glace. Also recommended is the tried-and-true favorite grilled shrimp pasta Mediterranean: fresh roma tomatoes, basil, garlic, calamata olives and herbs tossed with capellini pasta and topped with grilled Gulf shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BULL'S CORNER LAKEFRONT
316 Hammond Hwy., Metairie 832-0017
This casual restaurant features serious steaks, seafood and New Orleans-inspired dishes. New menu items include fried alligator tenderloin with Creole remoulade; Parmesan-crusted snapper with sauteed shrimp and tomato pesto sauce; and a filet mignon pot pie. Enjoy a wine tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday at the Lakefront location: four wines for only $5. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S

1713 Lake Ave. Metairie 831-4141
www.deanies.com
Deanie's is so nice they opened twice, adding a second location in the French Quarter as a complement to this Bucktown mainstay. Both locations offer the Bucktown Boil pizza, a white pizza loaded with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat, mozzarella and spices. The seafood platter is always delightfully overwhelming: shrimp, oysters, softshell crab, catfish and crawfish balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MELIUS BAR & CAFE
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie 828-9446
Regular patrons of this Metairie pub are drawn to its neighborhood vibe and to the filling fare served hot off the grill. From burgers and cheese fries to grilled chicken and BLTs, the menu here is comprised of straightforward favorites and rounded out by local traditions like Monday red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch, dinner Monday through Saturday, dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD & SPIRITS
210 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 828-2220
The tastes of New Orleans and Louisiana are proudly displayed at both of these warm and friendly restaurants. Cuisine style cannot be mistaken with an appetizer such as the Voodoo Rolls, their version of an egg roll with a creamy crawfish filling, and dishes like the Soft Shell Lafayette, a fried softshell crab garnished with a shrimp sauce. Po-boys, gumbo and fried seafood platters are some of the top choices. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

R&O PIZZA PLACE
216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 831-1248
R & O features vintage New Orleans cuisine where Italy meets the bayou. Stuffed artichokes make top-selling appetizers; pizzas, including the famed meatball, are always in season. A range of po-boys is available, including roast beef and shrimp, and homemade beef tamales are popular. Popular seafood dishes include the seafood platter with fresh fish, shrimp, oysters, softshell or stuffed crab, and french fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Credit cards. $

RICO'S BUCKTOWN
200 Hammond Hwy., Metairie 219-0770
A relatively recent addition to the Bucktown restaurant scene, Rico's is named for George Rico, who made a brave career change after 40 years as the front man at Commander's Palace. The lengthy menu includes turtle soup, fried seafood platters, Gulf fish meuniere, filet mignon, crawfish etouffee and bread pudding. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Cards and checks. $$

SID-MAR'S OF BUCKTOWN
1824 Orpheum Ave., Metairie 831-9541
www.sidmarsofbucktown.com
Fresh seafood and a beautiful view of Lake Ponchatrain make this vintage Bucktown restaurant a favorite amongst locals. Daily fish specials often include fresh amberjack or trout, prepared sauteed, charbroiled or fried. If you prefer a large platter over a plate, try the seafood platter with heaping portions of shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed crab and softshell crab served with French fries and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


Bywater


ADAM'S BARBECUE PLUS

1246 Franklin Ave. 942-1100
This family-owned and operated joint prides itself on offering true, down-home barbecue. Slow-smoked on an open-pit barbecue, Adam's serves up the essentials: chicken, turkey drumsticks, smoked sausage, pork and beef ribs. Don't forget the trimmings: baked beans, potato salad, baked macaroni, jambalaya and yams. Catering available. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Cash only. $

BYWATER BBQ

3162 Dauphine St. 944-4445
What's in a name? In the case of Bywater BBQ, the name only represents a fraction of the menu. Along with ribs, chicken and pork slathered in housemade barbecue sauce, this neighborhood spot serves fresh fish daily, sandwiches, pastas, soups and a variety of vegetarian dishes. The weekday egg-centric breakfast menu expands in quantity and creativity for weekend brunches. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner weekdays, brunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $

ELIZABETH'S
601 Gallier St. 944-9272
Elizabeth's has maintained its faithful following by offering hearty portions of simple breakfast items (eggs, grits and sausage) as well as more gourmet and unique items. The eggs Elizabeth features two poached eggs with country ham atop a slice of grilled French bread, smothered hollandaise sauce and served with a side of hash browns. For a twist on a sweet treat, try the stuffed French toast filled with cream cheese and fresh berries or strawberries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Checks and cash. $

JACK DEMPSEY'S

738 Poland Ave. 943-9914, 962-4329
You can score a knock-out punch for two at this venerable seafood restaurant with the J.D. Platter, which includes two cups of gumbo, two stuffed crabs, two crawfish pies, a large catch of fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, redfish, plus a choice of fries or baked macaroni. For those who need some turf with their surf, there's a steak-and-lobster special for $15.95. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LORENZO'S PIZZERIA

3162 Dauphine St. 944-4445
Located inside Bywater BBQ, gourmet pizzas are the mainstay at Lorenzo's where the menu features such favorites as barbecue pizza topped with shredded pork or chicken, red onions, jalapeno peppers and mozzarella. Popular non-pizza dishes include a choice of meat or veggie lasagna; or meat or veggie manicotti. Limited delivery. Breakfast Monday through Friday, lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch. $

RESTAURANT MANDICH

3200 St. Claude Ave. 947-9553
With more than half a century in the restaurant business, this Bywater establishment has earned its reputation serving up house specialties like the Crabmeat Delight, a fried softshell crab served with lump crabmeat baked and topped with shrimp and oyster dressing, and trout Mandich, which is broiled to form a crisp crust and served with a light lemon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Visa/MC. $$


Carrollton


BANGKOK THAI

513 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-3932
Bangkok Thai has been nestled in the Riverbend nook next to Cooter Brown's for 12 years. Try the pad Thai made with either tofu or shrimp; the several curry dishes, including the herbaceous green variety; or puff pie noodles with curry-smothered chicken. The Happiness Tray, popular with the college crowd, is an assortment of appetizers. Order mango with sticky rice when in season. Reservations accepted. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BARROW'S RESTAURANT AND BAR

2714 Mistletoe St. 482-9427
You can get catfish one way at this hidden, family-friendly restaurant: fried. The plates come in three sizes, the largest being truly monstrous, and the standard accompaniment is potato salad. Be sure to try the sweet tea and housemade lemonade (mixing is allowed), and ask about sweet potato pie or pralines for dessert. No reservations. Lunch Thursday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Cash only. $$

BRIGTSEN'S

723 Dante St. 861-7610
Brigtsen's early evening menu is an inexpensive way to avoid the bustle of the dinner rush. The three-course specials are just $16.95 when you order between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Otherwise, try Frank Brigtsen's way with seafood and game ­ perhaps in his rabbit tenderloin appetizer or in a shrimp and butternut squash bisque. There's housemade ice cream for dessert, plus a not-too-sweet pecan pie. Reservations required. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE VOLAGE
720 Dublin St. 861-4227
Try hitting Cafe Volage early in the evening, when the early bird special offers four courses and a glass of wine for $16.95. The cafe's covered veranda makes for a nice fall spot to find Creole specialties and Sunday brunches of veal grillades, omelettes and chicken schnitzel. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL

626 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9573
Camellia Grill's signature white columns welcome you into a diner that's always alive with the bustling sounds of customers and an outgoing waitstaff. Omelettes are a popular choice (try the chili-cheese variety), but don't miss the mouth-watering pecan waffles. The hot roast beef sandwich and turkey club come highly recommended. Treat yourself to one of the homemade desserts: a huge slice of chocolate-pecan pie, cream pies or New York-style cheesecake. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

CAVALLINO
1500 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9866
This friendly neighborhood restaurant offers a variety of authentic Italian dishes. Traditional favorites include the penne con broccoli pollo with chicken tenderloins sauteed with fresh broccoli, basil, garlic and white wine; and the fettuccine scampi. For a tender beef dish try the piccatine de vicello: tender veal sauteed wiht artichoke hearts, capers, mushrooms, lemon and white wine. A favorite with regulars is the spaghetti con le Gamberetti, which features sauteed shrimp and basil in a light tomato sauce. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CHINESE'S CHINESE
8128 Oak St. 861-9724
A gourmet Asian restaurant, Chinese's Chinese emphasizes innovative techniques and fresh ingredients. With tastes of China and Vietnam, the menu includes a long list of hot soups along with spring rolls and the popular crab Rangoon. Try the popular black pepper shrimp, or an assortment of entrees with fresh seafood and steak as the main ingredients, with tilapia and filet mignon among the favorites. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CUCO'S
1340 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-3322
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

DANTE'S KITCHEN
736 Dante St. 861-3121
www.danteskitchen.com
In a 1860s-era Creole cottage, veteran Chef Emanuel Loubier serves up a healthy version of "contemporary Louisiana comfort food." For a unique version of a popular dish, try the Trois mignon: three petit filets served with Roquefort sauce, pork debris and marchands de vin on a bed of caramelized onions and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

FIVE HAPPINESS

3605 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-3935
www.fivehappiness.com
This popular Chinese mainstay packs them in for lunch specials, and the dinner crowd often stays late to savor traditional dishes like General Tso chicken and Mongolian beef. Other specialties include the sizzling go-ba, in which shrimp, chicken, beef and vegetables are served on a sizzling plate with crispy rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRESCO'S
7625 Maple St. 862-6363
The owners of Fresco's, taking a page from the popular menu at Fellini's Cafe in Mid-City, hope to open this Friday in the building that previously housed Maple Gardens Chinese Restaurant. The revamped space will feature outside dining for 50 people, and a menu with lavash rolls: Armenium bread with a crispy outer edge and everything from roasted lamb to veggie filling inside. Toe-tapping diners can get an early nibble with the hummus or roasted eggplant dips. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
8116 Hampson St. 865-1634
Hana's known for its wide variety of sushi, best sampled on its Sushi Special, which featuring a sampler of your favorite raw fish served up artfully. Teriyaki is also a big draw at Hana, and if you're looking for a tempting entree, the grilled and pan-fried salmon always goes over swimmingly. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE

8324 Oak St. 861-0886
You may have to wait in line for a table at this popular locals' hangout, but Chef-owner Jack Leonardi makes sure it's worth the investment with garlic-buttered muffins that warm diners up for intriguing entrees such as blackened redfish with crabmeat-chile hollandaise and Belgian-style mussels. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-8662
www.lamadeleine.com.
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

LEBANON'S CAFE
1506 S. Carrollton Ave. 862-6200
Cozy in Carrollton, Lebanon's spot offers a huge variety of Middle Eastern cuisine. There is much for both vegan and meat lovers as well as the homemade garlic hummus and pita served with every entree. The chicken shawarma is the Middle Eastern version of the gyro, which takes thinly sliced slow-roasted chicken from the vertical, rotating spit, wraps it in pita and covers it with humus, tahini and shredded vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
615 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-5900
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES
1114-A S. Carrollton Ave. 866-7052
Owner-chef Jean-Luc Albin purveys authentic French specialty cakes like Gateau St. Honore, Napoleons and chocolate tortes, time-honored favorites like carrot cake and doberge, and more than 80 types of pastries along with his own specialties which include strawberry Grand Marnier cake and Chambord Cake, as pretty to look at as they are heavenly to eat. Albin also makes custom order cakes, including wedding cakes year round. Credit cards. $

MIKIMOTO
3301 S. Carrollton Ave. 488-1881
Sushi lovers on a budget delight in Mikimoto's long standing offer of sushi for $1. Lunch specials like chicken Katsu include a choice of soup, salad or rice. Favorite rolls include the Crunchy Dynamite, featuring tuna, salmon, chile sauce and tempura. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Sunday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $

MO'S RIVERBEND CAFE
614 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9301

The kitchen at Mo's is open around the clock serving up diner-style meals with a New Orleans twist and specials galore. Start the day with a stack of pancakes, steak and eggs, or the French toast special, a hungry-man combo of eggs, French toast, and bacon, along with a choice of ham, country sausage or link sausage and grits. For lunch, choose from a list of burgers, grilled sandwiches and po-boys or try one of the plate lunches, like Southern fried chicken and wash it down with a homemade milk shake. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $


NICK'S ON CARROLLTON

S. Carrollton Ave. 866-1414
With fall setting in, diners can enjoy cool breezy afternoons while eating lunch in Nick's patio. Specials are rotated daily, from meatloaf dishes to Italian Wednesdays offering chicken cacciatora. Brunch is a mainstay for Nick's regulars, with eggs and grits, to chocolate chip pancakes. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Friday, brunch weekends. Credit cards and checks. $

NINJA
8433 Oak St. 866-1119
Newcomers to Japanese cuisine will love Ninja's dinner for two, a special that introduces an array of Japanese favorites, tempura, beef and chicken teriyaki, gyzoa, edamame, hiviki and seaweed salad, and choice of two rolls. Also on the menu is an extensive list of sushi rolls. No reservations Lunch and dinner Tuesday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S

634 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9741
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


PADRINO'S CAFE

8132 Hampson St. 314-9088
The menu of Continental and Italian cuisine in this homey Riverbend establishment in Carrollton is heavy on pasta dishes along with specialties like chicken Padrino, stuffed with ham, fontina cheese and spinach, and topped with a white wine mushroom cream sauce. Desserts are loaded with variety, including the chef's chocolate sin cake. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
3800 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-0775

www.piccadilly.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA

7624 Maple St. 866-7031
www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

RED STAR CHINESE

8330 Earhart Blvd. 861-1933
For Chinese-on-the-go, Red Star's menu is accessible and fast. The crab Rangoon serves as snack or appetizer. General Tso Chicken is deep-fried, smothered with orange sauce and served with steamed rice, while the almond chicken noodle is another favorite entree. Create a mixed platter, adding shrimp fried rice and an egg roll to the mix. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE

7801 Panola St. 314-1810
Breakfast at this bright and cheery neighborhood eatery is a perfect way to start your day. Go for the eggs Pontchartrain, a version of eggs Benedict dressed to the nines with crawfish, sauteed mushrooms and green onions. Also look for pollo rancheros and a variety of omelettes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE

1140 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-4343
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

SARA'S

724 Dublin St. 861-0565
www.sarasrestaurant.com
Uptown foodies love Sara's straightforward yet elegant menu, which features favorites such as sesame-crusted salmon and teriyaki steak. One of Sara's signature dishes is the Jamaican-spice coated lamb chops, which are pan-seared and finished in the oven. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.

7700 Maple. St. 864-0411
www.starbucks.com.
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN

3016 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-3683
In business for more than 68 years, Ye Olde College Inn keeps regulars coming back for more by serving up favorites like the oyster loaf. The Inn's retro surroundings make loyal customers forget about the problems of the day and instead chat over dishes like the pork chop po-boy, chicken fried steak, corned beef and cabbage, or red beans and rice. You'll also find avocados stuffed with shrimp salad, seafood omelettes, breaded veal cutlet and hot sausage po-boys. No reservations. Credit cards. Lunch and dinner daily.

ZACHARY'S
8400 Oak St. 865-1559
The buffet tables at Zachary's hold dishes that have been prepared in Louisiana kitchens for generations. The items rotate, but seafood gumbo, fried chicken and bread pudding are always available. Sunday brunch offers grillades and grits, an omelette station, eggs, bacon and more. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$


CBD


56 DEGREES

610 Poydras St. (Wyndham Hotel) 212-5658
Start your weekend at midday on Friday with a complimentary glass of wine chosen especially to complement your lunch. Speaking of, the express lunch offered weekdays includes an appetizer, an entree, parking and a guarantee that you'll be in and out in an hour. For dinner, order Chef Minh Bui's ever-changing five-course tasting menu for $56, or try the five-spice roasted duck from the a la carte menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALLEGRO BISTRO

1100 Poydras St. 582-2350
While Allegro Bistro generally serves weekday lunches only, keep a heads-up for unusual dinner hours around special events like the Cher concert and sporting events. When the Saints play at home, for example, Allegro offers a buffet (either brunch or dinner, depending upon game time). The regular menu emphasizes seafood and Italian flavors. Jumbo barbecue shrimp, a popular entree, are served with mashed potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch weekdays. Credit cards. $$

THE APPLE SEED SHOPPE INC.
336 Camp St. 529-3442

The owner of Apple Seed believes he serves the most bountiful fruit salad in the city. Made with apples, bananas, pears, peaches (in season), grapes, kiwi, oranges, melon, pineapples and strawberries, it just might be. You may add raisins, coconut or granola to the fruit fiesta. Don't forget the cheddar cheese soup, along with smoothies, sandwiches and green salads. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch weekdays. Checks and cash. $

ASAHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

709 St. Charles St. 528-9008
Fans of Japanese cuisine will applaud the traditional favorites and innovative dishes at this CBD restaurant. Tasting better than it sounds, the Swamp Roll consists of tuna, asparagus and a red chili sauce wrapped in rice with fresh red snapper layered on top and a seaweed salad garnish. Tuna lovers brace yourselves, the Ultimate Tuna roll combines snow crab, avocado, tempura batter and chili sauce wrapped in rice with huge slices of fresh tuna layered on top. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BACK TO THE GARDEN
833 Howard Ave. 299-8792
On a sliver of land in the CBD, Back to the Garden serves both basic and gourmet breakfasts, as well as a varied lunch menu of soups, salads and daily plate lunch specials. Monday's, of course, is red beans and rice with turkey sausage. Smoothies are blends of honey, ice and fresh fruits like strawberry, papaya, pineapple and banana. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

BAYOU BAGELRY

830 Gravier St. 524-5001
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


BON TON CAFE

401 Magazine St. 524-3386/ (888) 524-5611
Located in the heart of the Central Business District -- an especially short walk for conventioneers -- Bon Ton Cafe prides itself on being the oldest Cajun restaurant in New Orleans. You may have heard about the fried crawfish served with a secret-recipe sauce, or the shrimp and crawfish Bayou Etouffee. The redfish Bon Ton, always a hit, is a pan-broiled fillet with lemon butter, lump crabmeat and fried onion rings. Reservations recommended for dinner only. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ARABESQUE
211 LaSalle St. 524-6455
Feeding the downtown health care community, Cafe Arabesque specializes in Middle Eastern and Latin American-inspired foods. The Jericho Wrap is made with sumac-seasoned chicken and caramelized onions; the Fatoosh Salad is a mix of romaine lettuce, vegetables, mint, parsley, pita chips, chicken and lemon dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE BUON GIORNO
4 Canal St. (Harrah's Casino) 533-6000, ext. 4140
Located at the food court inside Harrah's Casino, Cafe Buon Giorno is the place to eat your winnings (or to take a break from a losing streak). You'll find lasagna, muffalettas, pizza, salads, hamburgers and meatball or Italian sausage on a submarine sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB N' GRUB
116 Baronne St. 566-0055
The menu at Cajun Mike's is full of surprises, such as the popular Maria's Cubanito, a Cuban with roasted pulled pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and ham on a buttered roll then pressed on the grill. Full of New Orleans cuisine, their red beans and rice are steeped in secret spices and served with sausage and French bread. No reservations. Lunch weekdays, dinner and late-night nightly. Credit cards. $

COBALT
333 St. Charles Ave. 565-5595
www.cobaltrestaurant.com
Located in the heart of the CBD, Cobalt is another place to savor the unique dishes inspired by consulting chef, Susan Spicer. The fall menu features Cobalt lump crab with barbecue mushrooms and scallion aioli; salmon tartare with field greens; muffalettas with housemade olive salad; and preserved lemon chicken on Vidalia onion and sweet tomato panzanella. Among the different lunch specials daily (always $10), Thursday's fried chicken and waffles blue plate is sure to become a guilty pleasure for many. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Monday through Saturday, lunch Monday through Friday and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COFFEE & COMPANY
1515 Poydras St. 522-3335
While both Coffee & Company locations offer a varied selection of specialty coffees to jump-start your system, the food is also a strong attraction. Breakfast items, homemade soups and bagels straight from New York are popular. The Southwest salad combines lettuce, black beans and corn marinated in lemon, lime and cilantro and can be ordered with or without chicken. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COUVILLONI'S RESTAURANT AND CATERING
2036 Poydras St. 522-0441
Located on the site of a former art supply store near University Hospital, Couvilloni's specializes in gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, salads made with fresh ingredients and full-service catering. Owner Keith Couvillion highly recommends the chicken Caesar salad with homemade Caesar dressing, or the Mediterranean salad with sun-dried tomato dressing. The spinach pizza with garlic, mushrooms, onions and feta cheese remains a popular item. Lunch Monday through Friday. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM
833 Poydras St. (Le Pavillon Hotel) 581-3111
www.lepavillon.com
All meals are a special treat in the dining room adorned with antique oil paintings and Victorian-style decorations. For lunch go a la carte or try the expansive pasta and salad bar. Every morning can be a special occasion with a breakfast buffet available daily. Waffles and omelettes with a large selection of fillings are made to order as is Chef Pat's special bananas foster waffles. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FORTUNA'S DIXIE GYROS
110 Carondelet St. 523-6614.
Though sporting a menu dominated by traditional Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine, Fortuna's boasts the New Orleans treat of beignets. This bustling spot also offers gyros, souvlaki, kebabs, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush and hummus. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GENGHIS KHAN
201 Baronne St. (Baronne Plaza Hotel) 299-9009
Genghis Khan is now firmly settled in upscale CBD digs after decades in Mid-City. Their best-selling menu item is the whole tempura fried fish, but other entrees also carry a spicy Korean wallop. Another attraction comes with a serenade by owner Henry Lee's violin or his staff's opera tunes. Reservations recommended for dinner. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

THE GRILL ROOM
300 Gravier St. (Windsor Court Hotel) 522-1992
www.windsorcourthotel.com
One of New Orleans' perennial five-star restaurants, the Grill Room's creativity shines in dishes like lemon-crusted Chilean sea bass, served with heirloom tomatoes, braised baby fennel, black-eyed peas and a truffle avocado puree. Meat lovers swoon over the roasted rack of lamb, accompanied by minted fava beans, baby carrots, cornbread, and mushroom ragout. Reservations required. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

HALF SHELL RESTAURANT
111/113 University Place 525-4083
Seafood lovers will want to go full steam ahead on Half Shell's seafood platter, which is stacked high with catfish, shrimp, oysters, and calamari. It's also available in a serving for two, which also includes stuffed mushrooms. After starting the night with a barbecue shrimp appetizer, Half Shell guarantees you'll have a full stomach. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA
920 Poydras St. 561-8914
Horinoya is a prime destination for sushi in the CBD, satisfying cravings for execs and bohemians alike with a wide variety of a la carte sushi and rolls. Tempura and noodle dishes round out the menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

HUNT ROOM GRILL
214 Royal St. (Hotel Monteleone) 523-3341

ITALIAN PIE
417 S. Rampart St. 522-7552
www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

JAMBALAYA SHOPPE
701 Poydras St. 522-0138
As one might guess, this eatery is best known for jambalaya, but it also offers red and white beans every day as well as lunch specials. Its gumbo, made fresh in-house daily, is made the classic way with a rich roux made special with either chicken and andouille or shrimp, crab and okra. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS
827 Perdido St. 523-9883
Not affiliated with the Johnny's Po-Boys location in the French Quarter, this Johnny's offers seafood, roast beef, ham and turkey po-boys as well as daily hot lunch specials. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. No reservations. Credit cards. $

KABBY'S ON THE RIVER
2 Poydras St. (Hilton Hotel) 584-3880.
If you're nursing some carnivorous cravings, stop into Kabby's for a roast prime rib of black Angus beef on the bone. Or go for the veal Porterhouse: Midwest milk-fed veal char-grilled and served with zucchini spears and fried sweet potatoes. The popular Sunday champagne jazz brunch features an omelette station, a beef carving station and a seafood station. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

KABBY'S SPORTS EDITION & GRILLE
2 Poydras St. (Hilton Hotel) 584-3880
More than 50 TVs and an extensive menu of casual fare make this laid-back corner of Kabby's a great place to catch the game (or games). Order a beer to go with your crawfish pie, chicken wings or alligator brochette. If you've brought a big appetite, a variety of po-boys, fried seafood platters or the Bayou Combo of red beans and sausage over jambalaya should do the trick. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEMON GRASS RESTAURANT
217 Camp St. (International House Hotel) 523-1200
www.lemongrassrest.com.
Having won many recent accolades from gourmets, Chef Minh Bui has put Lemongrass in the upper echelon of New Orleans restaurants. Combining Vietnamese styles with New Orleans ingredients, Chef Bui has created a unique dining experience. The Viet Bird Nest is sauteed scallops and shrimps with fresh oriental vegetables on crispy noodle "nest." The Laque Duck is roasted five-spice duck breast with sweet rice, baby bok choy and natural duck sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch weekdays, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT
321 Magazine St. 581-9680
Open since 1969, this restaurant serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The pork loin is stuffed with ham and cheese and all dishes come with beans and rice. Liborio also offers their special stuffed Cuban steak as well as a variety of sandwiches and side dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

MIKE ANDERSON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
1 Poydras St. (Riverwalk Mall food court) 522-7727
www.mikeandersons.com
Started in Baton Rouge in 1975, Mike Anderson's brings more and more seafood to our fair city. Try oysters Bienville, made with shrimp and crabmeat dressing and Parmesan cheese, followed by the Guitreau: grilled fish fillets topped with crawfish and mushrooms sauteed in white wine, butter and spices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIKE SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI

133 St. Charles Ave. 523-2668
Po-boys and plate lunches are the specialties at Mike's, a downtown fixture for more than 40 years. Breakfast selections like pancakes, omelettes and French toast start the mornings here, and lunch brings specials like shrimp etouffee and red beans and rice. Highlights from the 50-plus sandwich list include the Cuban, shrimp po-boys, muffalettas, and the 8-foot "Super Boy" party sandwich. Free delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MOTHER'S
401 Poydras St. 523-9656
www.mothersrestaurant.com
Tourists and locals line up for a diner-style meal at Mother's, a fixture on the New Orleans restaurant scene for more than 60 years. The roast beef po-boys and debris (the extra pieces and juices that fall from the beef during cooking) are legendary and Mother's serves from its lengthy breakfast menu -- which includes red bean or shrimp Creole omelettes -- all day long. A private room with a bar is available for parties. No reservations. Limited delivery available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MOTHER CLUCKER'S
132 Carondelet St., 558-0099
Brought to you by the folks at Nacho Mama's, Mother Clucker's offers chicken wings, chicken tenders and fried and grilled chicken sandwiches along with a host of salads and sides including macaroni and cheese, waffle fries, sweet potato fries and jambalaya. For dessert, Mother's offers Tee-Eva's sweet potato and pecan pies. Free delivery. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
721 Common St. 558-0830
Lunchtime favorites at this Mexican eatery include burritos, nachos and quesadillas. At night, you'll find enchiladas, chimichangas and Mexican pizzas as well. New to the menu are brown rice, hard-shell tacos, shrimp tacos and shrimp burritos. Thursday happy hours means two-for-one margaritas. Lunch delivery only. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

NEW CITY DINER
828 Gravier St. 522-8198
1340 Poydras St. 561-0061

The simple taste of an old-school diner blended with new gourmet trends can be found at both locations of New City Diner. Some of the breakfast offerings range from basic eggs and grits to upscale javas and breakfast burritos. Lunch brings deli-style sandwiches, soups and salads, along with daily plate specials like pecan-fried catfish, stewed chicken over rice and grilled tomato-basil tuna. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch weekdays. Credit cards. $


NEW CITY GRILL
1555 Poydras St. (in the Exxo

n Building) 568-0733
Inside the Exxon building, you can find New City's impressive chicken sandwiches and burgers. The menu is similar to both locations of New City Diner and offers one hot plate special daily. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch weekdays. Credit cards. $


O'HENRY'S
301 Baronne St. 522-5242
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

PANASIA

500 St. Charles Ave., 299-8004

It would figure that a restaurateur named Alfredo Diaz who specializes in Asian fusion would be fearless enough to try, get this, Asian-Cuban fusion. Diaz, who also owns La Thai in Old Metairie (combining Asian and local influences), has grabbed former Garces owner "El Gordo" for his venture set to open in November. The restaurant is housed in the old Gerard's Downtown space next to the Best Western Parc St. Charles. Think ropa vieja with shredded duck instead of beef, with jasmine rice and black beans. Then there's roasted duck, marinated in Cuban mojo. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


THE PEARL RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR

119 St. Charles Ave. 525-2901

Stroll by The Pearl and you'll be seduced by the enticing smells and the landmark's signature baked turkey and hams being carved right before your eyes. Oysters shucked to order, hearty gumbo and etouffee are favorites of the house. The triple-decker club is stacked high with turkey, bacon and full dressings and can also be served with ham, corned beef, roast beef or turkey. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$


PETE'S

444 St. Charles Ave. (Hotel Inter-Continental) 585-5401

Pete's list of bar-food selections and New Orleans dishes runs the gamut from wrap sandwiches, burgers and pizzas, to the chicken fajita salad, crawfish Monica and jambalaya pasta -- all of which can be topped off with a brownie for dessert. Happy hour daily. No reservations. Lunch weekdays. Credit cards. $


PHO TAU BAY RESTAURANT

1565 Tulane Ave. 524-4669

See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


PJ'S COFFEE & TEA

644 Camp St. 529-3658

www.pjscoffee.com

See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


PRESTO! ESPRESSO

1542 Tulane Ave. 581-9555

Located in the LSU medical school building, Presto! offers a full range of Seattle-inspired gourmet drip-brewed and espresso coffee drinks as well as an assortment of deli-style sandwiches and grilled panini sandwiches on focaccia bread. Vegetarian versions include the Greco Roman featuring roma tomatos, eggplant caponata, feta cheese, basil pesto, red onions and mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch weekdays. AmEx and checks. $


PURPLE ROSES

1116 Tulane Ave. 566-0950

Purple Roses has made few changes to its menu of traditional Vietnamese cuisine over the years. A mere $5.45 buys a traditional vermicelli bowl, which comes with fresh vegetable in the house sauce plus a choice of meat, seafood or egg roll. It also buys two entrees such as Kung Pao chicken or shrimp with broccoli, plus rice, chow mein and a drink. No reservations. Delivery available. Lunch Monday through Friday. Cash only. $


RASCAL'S DELI

1400 Poydras St. 522-1787

Rascal's offers busy CBD workers breakfast and lunch. Eggs, grits and sausage and the mandatory coffee are all regulars in the morning. Lunch features daily specials like red beans and rice and platters of pork chops, sausage and seafood. Delivery available for large orders. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $


RENE BISTROT

817 Common St. 412-2580

Chef Rene Bajeux takes pride in artful French cooking, both in classic dishes and contemporary creations. Try the sage-roasted pork loin with mashed, julienned and souffled potatoes on the side. If you're feeling adventurous, don't miss the sauteed skate with an artichoke and green bean salad, plus caper emulsion. The extensive wine list includes many low-budget, high-quality selections. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


RESTAURANT CUVEE

322 Magazine St. 587-9001

Restaurant Cuvee blends innovative Louisiana and Continental cooking with easy elegance. As an appetizer, sample the crispy mirliton and spicy shrimp Napoleon with tomato remoulade complemented by cayenne butter and frisee. And don't miss the impressive wine list. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$


RICCA'S SANDWICH SHOP

1440 Canal St. (Tidewater Building) 524-2143

It will take some looking to find this little restaurant in the Tidewater Building, but students of the Tulane School of Public Health will testify that you'll be happy you did. Po-boys are the overwhelming favorites, although an array of plate lunches and homey desserts also are available. Ask the sweet women behind the line for suggestions. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Cash only. $


ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE

222 Carondelet St. 529-2005.

See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


RUE DE LA COURSE

401 Carondelet St. 586-0401
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


SAZERAC

123 Baronne St. (Fairmont Hotel) 529-4733

Even if you're not a tourist in town for a convention, you can still check into the Fairmont Hotel's Sazerac restaurant for a classy surf-and-turf combo, featuring a grilled tenderloin and a stuffed jumbo lobster. Speaking of stuffed, the Sazerac Stuffed Fish is the fish of the day stuffed with blue crab and crawfish stuffing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


SMITH & WOLLENSKY

1009 Poydras St. 561-0770

This national steakhouse chain has some local flair on its local menu, evidenced by the New Orleans spicy filet ­ a 12- or 16-oz. filet crusted with cayenne and black pepper, topped with herb butter and served over spinach. For dessert, the chocolate créme brulee is a sweet delight. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner, late night daily. Credit cards. $$$


SPORTING HOUSE CAFE

916 Lafayette St. 561-0605

www.sportinghousecafe.com

With its clever bordello-style names for its dishes, Sporting House Cafe gets points for style, and the food's quality matches the menu's wit. The Lulu White salad is grilled vegetables (including eggplant and zucchini) and a tomato vinaigrette over mixed greens, while the Naughty Senorita boasts marinated and grilled chicken, served with tortillas, guacamole, olives, onions and bacon with cilantro vinaigrette, over greens. Reservations for parties of six or more. Delivery available. Lunch Monday through Friday, happy hour Wednesday through Friday. Bar open for Saints' home games. Credit cards. $


TANDOORI CHICKEN

115 University Place 299-1926

As the name suggests, Tandoori Chicken prides itself on the classic Indian dish, featuring oven-baked white-meat chicken with Indian spices and yogurt, and Tandoori offers a red or brown sauce as accompaniment. The butter chicken never disappoints, either. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


TOP OF THE DOME STEAKHOUSE

500 Poydras Plaza (Hyatt Regency New Orleans) 599-4826

Enjoy the rotating, fantastic view from this steakhouse's 32nd floor windows while dining on one of the many steaks and classic Louisiana dishes. Top of the Dome also has a new private lounge area, complete with its own menu and specialty martinis. The Cajun Surf 'n' Turf is a lobster tail decadently stuffed with crabmeat dressing and set atop a blackened filet mignon. Traditional New Orleans barbecue shrimp also takes its place at the top. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$


TUCKER'S TAVERN

635 S. Roman St. 522-0440

Though this bar offers a daily lunch special including red beans with rice and seafood dishes, most beef lovers know Tucker's as the spot for a stuffed burger. The half-pound patties are prepared and stuffed in a number of ways, but one favorite is The Tuck: ground beef stuffed with pepper Jack and American cheeses and bacon, then topped with barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. Alongside the burgers, you'll also find po-boys, cheese fries, jalapeno poppers and buffalo wings. No reservations. Lunch and diner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $


TWO SISTERS RESTAURANT

223 N. Derbigny St. 524-0056

Start your day off with a $5 breakfast special that includes two eggs, grits, your choice of meat and toast or a biscuit. The lunch specials are recommended: on Wednesdays its chitterlings, on Thursdays it's rabbit, and on Fridays it's seafood gumbo containing shrimp, crab and chicken, and bread pudding for dessert. Any day of the week you can get shrimp and okra stew or Two Sisters' famed fried chicken. Special prices on children's plates are also available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $


VERANDA RESTAURANT

444 St. Charles Ave. (Hotel Inter-Continental) 585-4383

www.new-orleans.interconti.com

Chef Willy Coln has created a menu blending his native German cuisine with Louisiana influences in a heart-healthy menu known as cuisine de vie. Stop in for lunches from the light and healthy buffet, stocked with cold salads, hot soups and desserts; the Sunday champagne brunch buffet carries a variety of Cajun and Creole items. Dinner is heartier, with specialties like filet mignon Jean Lafitte, and veal and shrimp Barataria. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$


WADADLI CARIBBEAN & AMERICAN RESTAURANT

1933 Tulane Ave. 525-3727

Jamaican Chef Noel Brown brings Caribbean and American food to the downtown area near the Tulane, Charity and LSU medical communities. Look for jerk chicken and pork, escoveitch chicken, roti and mango salad, curry goat and the Jamaican national dish, ackee and salt fish. A Caribbean lunch buffet is served daily until 6 p.m. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$


ZOE BISTROT

333 Poydras St. (W Hotel) 207-5018

www.whotels.com.

Served in the posh W Hotel, Zoe's cuisine is a study of stylish reserve. The braised seabass is served in a basil champagne with sea beans and a horseradish potato pancake. The pan-seared veal chop is crusted with herbed de provence and served with haricot vert potatoes and wild mushroom ragout. For seafood, try the grilled jumbo prawns with a sweet red bell pepper and shiitake risotto cake. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$




Central City

CAFE RECONCILE
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 568-1157

This friendly Central City restaurant is home to good, cheap eats and the St. Regis Hospitality School, which provides job training for at-risk youth. Come down and enjoy red beans and rice on Mondays and smothered chicken with rice pilaf on Tuesdays. The special seasonings that coat half of a pan-roasted chicken change weekly. For breakfast try the eggs Reconcile (the house's interpretation of eggs Benedict). No reservations. Breakfast and lunch weekdays. Checks and cash. $


UGLESICH'S

1238 Baronne St. 523-8571

It may not look like much on the outside, but one whiff of the cooking will lure you inside this legendary spot. Uglesich's focus is on fresh seafood, as seen in the crabmeat and potato patty plate served with a choice of side items. Try the crawfish bowl with Asian dipping sauce; or a dish featuring sherry-marinated shrimp served over mixed greens with blue cheese dip on the side. Few customers pass up the fried green tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday and some Saturdays. Cash only. $$

Chalmette


BARRISTER'S PATIO BAR & GRILL

2120 Pakenham Drive, Chalmette 271-2500

Chalmette citizens seem to appreciate having this family-friendly restaurant in the neighborhood for its Creole specialties and all-American standards. Try an appetizer of crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish and cream sauce tucked inside a puff pastry shell. One management-recommended entree features baby white veal medallions topped with brown butter and crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$


CAFE ROMA

3358 Paris Rd., Chalmette 270-0999
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


ESPRESSO YOURSELF COFFEEHOUSE

3604 Delaronde St., Chalmette 271-0380

www.yourself.net

Mornings bring fresh-baked pastries with a selection of coffees, cappuccinos and teas. Lunch and dinner menus include a daily variety of quiche or soup, salads (try the housemade hot-bacon dressing), and sandwiches prepared on croissants, onion rolls, wheat bread or pitas. Early morning pastries and coffees daily, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Pastries and coffees only on Sunday Credit cards. $

LUTHER'S
8740 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette 277-8167

www.luthers.com

See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


PICCADILLY CAFETERIA

3200 Paris Road, Chalmette 271-6860
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

www.piccadilly.com


Citywide


ACME OYSTER HOUSE

7306 Lakeshore Drive 282-9200

www.acmeoyster.com

French Quarter, Lakefront, Northshore

Open since 1910, Acme is one of the city's oldest oyster houses. You can get them raw on the half-shell, fried on a po-boy or entree plate, in oyster-artichoke soup or as "Cajun sushi," a Louisiana-Japanese hybrid. There's plenty of other fresh seafood, as well as gumbo, red beans and jambalaya. The Lakefront and Covington menus may differ slightly. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


APPLEBEE'S

Harahan, Kenner, Metairie, Northshore, Slidell, West Bank

www.applebees.com

It should come as no surprise that Applebee's Bourbon Street steak is a big hit in New Orleans: the 10-oz. sirloin is marinated in Cajun spices and served with sauteed onions, mushrooms and country potatoes. The rest of the menu is as all-American as apple crisp a la mode (which they serve), offering chicken fingers, riblets, fried chicken salads, club sandwiches and drink specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


BAYOU BAGELRY

CBD, Metairie, Uptown

Along with developing a new store in Old Metairie, Bayou Bagelry has expanded its sandwich menu to include a Rhythm and Blues Roast Beef and an Executive Club. Both are made with ultra-lean meats. They also now offer 99-percent fat-free chicken breast meat, and all sandwiches can be made with either bagels or sliced breads. Try the Chicken Cordon Bleu and Caesar salads, like many other happy customers do. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch weekdays at the Gravier Street location. Breakfast and lunch daily at all other locations. Credit cards. $


BENNIGAN'S GRILL & TAVERN

Kenner, Metairie, West Bank

www.bennigans.com

Bennigan's sells itself on Irish hospitality and good all-American fun. Monte Cristo sandwiches, baby-back ribs and hamburgers are standard menu items; new additions include chicken and shrimp skewers, spinach and chicken quesadillas, crabcakes seasoned with Jamaican jerk sauce and an ahi tuna steak salad. All three locations offer a decent selection of California wines. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


BUD'S BROILER

Gentilly, Jefferson, Kenner, Mid-City, Uptown, West Bank

Serving up charcoal grilled burgers cheap, quickly, with all the trimmings has given Bud's the much-deserved reputation as one of the places to go for a burger. The No. 4 burger oozes with warm chili, cheese, hickory sauce and sauteed onions. Other options include chicken nuggets, chili hot dogs, chicken, broiled fish sandwiches and fruit pies for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $


BYBLOS

Metairie, Old Metairie, Uptown

Byblos specializes in Middle Eastern classics including baba ghanoush, hummus and tabbouleh. For a real treat, try the lamb platter with a generous portion of rack of lamb, center-cut lamb chop, and a skewer of lamb strip loin, all marinated overnight and served with basmati rice pilaf and hummus dip. The Veterans location houses a supermarket and the Magazine Street restaurant sports an expanded menu, impressive wine list and seats more than 100 guests. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROMA
Chalmette, French Quarter, Mid-City, Old Metairie, Uptown, West Bank

Cafe Roma's six locations offer Italian fare in a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you're in the mood for gourmet pizzas, salads or pasta, Roma is sure to satisfy. They offer a number of vegetarian specialties like the spinach pizza, topped with sauteed greens, garlic, feta cheese, onions and mushrooms. The Roma Special sandwich is loaded high with ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, black olives and onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CC'S COFFEE
Bayou St. John, CBD, French Quarter, Metairie, Old Metairie, Slidell, Uptown, Carrollton

www.ccscofee.com

Each store offers more than 40 coffee varieties harvested from around the world, as well as signature drinks and blends like the popular frozen Mochassippi. Croissants, pastries, muffins and tons of desserts add to the java-infused menu. For a light lunch, the CBD location has choices for both vegetarians and carnivores. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $


COME BACK INN II
Kenner, Metairie

All three locations offer an extensive menu that's sure to have something to please everyone: pastas, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, housemade sausages, children's dinners and fried chicken meals. One favorite is the artichoke-stuffed chicken breast served over angel hair pasta in artichoke cream sauce. Daily specials are great deals and fries are sized by the "barrel" and the "tub." No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COPELAND'S
Jefferson, Metairie, Northshore, Slidell, Uptown, West Bank
Start your meal with the new Eye of the Storm margarita with Grand Marnier, Midori, gold tequila and chambord. The eggplant pirogue is highly recommended: fried eggplant slices stacked high and smothered in an au gratin sauce with shrimp and crab claws, served over angel hair pasta. Also try the eggplant and chicken parmesan and seafood platters. Finish with a large portion of Mike's chocolate cake. Reservations recommended. Hours vary by location. $$

CUCO'S
Carrollton, Metairie, Northshore, Slidell, West Bank
Affordable Mexican fare, a family-friendly atmosphere and great drink specials (their margaritas are well-known) characterize all Cuco's locations. Lunch specials like chiles rellenos and sizzling fajitas are popular; shop bargain dinner combination platters like the Mexi-Cali: a rolled chicken breast with spinach filling over rice, two cheese enchiladas, special sauce and sauteed vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DANNY AND CLYDE'S
Jefferson, Metairie, West Bank
Known for its top-selling po-boys, Danny and Clyde's dishes are prepared only with Louisiana products. The Gulf shrimp and roast beef with gravy po-boys are favorites. "Lite" eaters will appreciate the "Lite Line" menu, which includes salads and sandwiches made with whole wheat bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. $

DOT'S DINER
Harahan, Jefferson, Metairie
In a late-night town it helps to have four diner locations open at all hours, every day. Grand salads include the all-popular chef: lettuce, tomato, cheddar, ham, bacon, croutons and a choice of grilled chicken, chicken strips or fried popcorn shrimp. The Super Chef packs on additional roast beef, turkey, Swiss and American cheeses. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner until 10 p.m. daily at the 4150 Jefferson location; open 24 hours at all other locations. Cash only. $

GROUND PAT'I
Kenner, Metairie, Northshore, West Bank It's known for a wide variety of 6-oz. hamburgers cooked to your liking, with a wide variety of toppings to choose from, but there's more to Ground Pat'I than its name implies. Seafood lovers get their fill with the grilled shrimp platter, served with cole slaw, baked beans, and choice of French fries or baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HAAGEN-DAZS
Carrollton, CBD, French Quarter
You scream, I scream, we all scream for Haagen-Dazs' Bailey's Shaker, featuring Bailey's Irish Cream-flavored ice cream with whipped cream and cookie crumbs. If you're feeling extra decadent, grab a pint of dulce de leche, caramel ice cream with caramel swirls. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash and checks at Hampson and St. Peters; credit cards accepted at Riverwalk location. $

HOOTERS
French Quarter, Metairie, West Bank
www.hooters.com

You might think you know what to you expect when you walk into any area Hooters, but you might not know their Nearly World Famous Chicken Wings come either breaded or unbreaded. The wings are shaken in sauces that escalate in temperature from mild all the way up to Three Mile Island kind of heat. The half-pound burgers are cooked to order, with a choice of either cole slaw, baked beans or potato salad as a side. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
Eastern New Orleans, French Quarter, Jefferson, Metairie, Northshore, Uptown, West Bank
www.italianpierestaurants.com
No matter where you are in the metro area, you're fairly close to one of the dozen Italian Pie locations, where grilled chicken is added to kalamata olives, mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese and sun-dried tomato dressing in the Greek sandwich. Seafood lovers can experience the popular shrimp Florentine calzone with seasoned shrimp, spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese and garlic sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

LA MADELEINE
Carrollton, French Quarter, Harahan, Northshore, Metairie, Uptown
www.lamadeleine.com
Discover the tastes of the French countryside at La Madeleine, whose baked goods range from the straightforward baguette to pastries such as tiramisu, raspberry créme brulee and coconut flan. Soups include the ever-popular French onion, and there are plentiful salads, sandwiches, pastas and pizzas as well. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEE'S HAMBURGERS
Kenner, Metairie, West Bank
Lee's is a New Orleans institution and a burger lover's dream. But the burgers are not all that people rave about; Lee's also has hot dogs, chili cheese fries, shakes and onion rings. The Schuef Drive and Airline Drive locations also serve plate lunch specials like grilled chicken, fried shrimp, and hamburger steak. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Methods of payment vary by location. $

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE
Kenner, Metairie, Northshore
www.lonestarsteakhouse.com
The name is pure Texas, but the menu at Lone Star is all American. Try one of the Lone Star combo meals, a 6-oz. filet served with ribs, chicken, shrimp or salmon. Each comes with a salad and side dish. Then cap it all off with one of Lone Star's new dessert offerings -- New York cheesecake or three-layer chocolate cake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
Carrollton, French Quarter, West Bank
The reputation of this local franchise is based as much on its changing menu of daily specials as it is on its selection of 20 wood-fired pizzas, which includes roasted garlic and barbecue chicken versions. Case in point: crawfish Florentine made with shiitake and portobello mushrooms, tasso, and fresh spinach in a spicy cream sauce served over fettuccine. The French Market location has a wine bar which offers many of its wines by the half glass, and the Carrollton location serves its own fresh-baked breads daily. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LUTHER'S
Chalmette, Metairie, West Bank
www.luthers.com
The surroundings at Luther's are simple and straight forward and so is the menu, which sticks to tried and true, finger lickin' favorites. Slow-smoked, tender ribs are the main attraction for customers who are well advised to bring their appetite and roll up their sleeves when digging in. Indigenous seafood like catfish and shrimp round out the menu. On-site catering also offered. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MONA'S CAFE
Faubourg Marigny, Mid-City, Uptown
With the original Banks Street location up and running again, Mona's continues to spread a healthy Middle-Eastern alternative to traditional New Orleans cuisine. Staple dishes include: stuffed grape leaves, shrimp kebabs, hummus and tabbouleh with garden-fresh vegetables. You'll also find international grocery items like Jordan almonds, olives, pomegranate molasses and orange blossom water at both the Frenchmen and Magazine Street stores. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD CO.
Jefferson, Metairie
www.nohsc.com

Personalize your burgers and sandwiches by dressing them with several of the many selections of toppings from the Lagniappe Bar. A variety of po-boys offered as well as homemade seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and fried seafood. Seafood specials change regularly. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S
Carrollton, CBD, Metairie, Northshore, West Bank
Casual and laid back, O'Henry's serves up a wide range of American classics from burgers to pasta dishes. Snack on some peanuts while waiting for the steak plate or Crawfish Monica to arrive, and don't worry about making a mess; O'Henry's virtually expects customers to toss peanut shells on the floor. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
Metairie, Northshore, West Bank
www.outback.com
There's no confusion on Outback's theme, with menu sections titled Aussie-tizers, Bonzer Salad, Land Rovers, and Grilled on the Barbie. Coconut shrimp and barbecued chicken are also offered, as well as the Jackeroo Chops: pork chops with cinnamon apples. Call-in curbside takeout service available. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PHO TAU BAY RESTAURANT
Metairie, CBD, West Bank
The CBD will soon be introduced to Pho Tau Bay's authentic Vietnamese cuisine with the October opening of a new location at 1565 Tulane Ave. Until then, make the trip to one of the other locations for the cha gio (Vietnamese spring rolls): shrimp and pork tenderloin wrapped in rice paper, stuffed with fresh herbs, vermicelli and bean sprouts, served with a special hoisin and peanut sauce. The bun thit noung features char-broiled sliced pork on a bed of vermicelli, lettuce and fresh vegetables, garnished with crushed peanuts, onion and the house dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
Carrollton, Chalmette, Eastern New Orleans, Jefferson, Metairie, Northshore, West Bank
www.piccadilly.com
Cafeteria aficionados know to pace themselves going down the line -- the selection of dishes can be dizzying. Piccadilly prepares hundreds of dishes from fried chicken and shrimp Creole to red beans and housemade desserts. They also prepare traditional holiday meals to go -- complete with whole turkey or ham, all the fixings plus a choice of apple or pumpkin pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
Carrollton, CBD, Faubourg Marigny, Harahan, Kenner, Lakefront, Metairie, Mid-City, Northshore, Old Metairie, Uptown, Warehouse District, West Bank
www.pjscoffee.com
With more than 20 locations in the metro New Orleans area, PJ's purveys coffees and pastries in just about every neighborhood -- and then some. PJ's franchises were first on the scene when coffee houses began to proliferate over a decade ago, and today, they're still among the favorite coffee houses serving up coffees, teas, muffins, cakes and more. Some stores offer salads and sandwiches as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
Harahan, Lakeview, Uptown
www.reginellis.com Over the years, Reginelli's has established itself as one of the more reliable local chains for pizza, pasta and sandwiches. (We're still cracking up over the April Fool's joke/ad trumpeting their conversion to soul food.) You can still get the baked polenta and pancetta cream sauce appetizer, and the Mediterranean Pizza. The Uptowner focaccia sandwich features smoked turkey breast, melted provolone, avocado, roma tomatoes, sprouts and hot pepper relish. Free delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
CBD, French Quarter, Old Metairie

Coffees and teas account for just a fraction of the menu at Royal Blend's three hangout-friendly locations. Sandwiches, salads, hot daily specials and pastries account for the rest. The Uptowner salad is a toss of baby greens, green apples, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, golden raisins, blue cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. Delivery available from the Carondelet Street location. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late night Friday and Saturday, brunch at the Metairie location only. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
CBD, French Quarter, Mid-City, Uptown
For a late-night pick-me-up, morning starter or snack break, locals rely on a cappuccino, caffe late or caffe mocha from Rue. The wide selection of drinks is surpassed only by their many fresh desserts including currant scone, apricot pocket and cheese Danish. A variety of fresh-made sandwiches are available at most locations. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily (Carondelet Street location open until 6:30 p.m. weekdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays). Cash only. $

SEMOLINA
Lakeview, Metairie, Northshore, Uptown, West Bank
Pasta, pasta and more pasta is the name of the game at Semolina, in all forms, prepared numerous ways. A favorite is the shrimp Roban, shell pasta topped with a cream sauce, shrimp and green onions. Italian mainstays are also always in season at Semolina, with classic versions of chicken Parmesan and chicken marsala perennial favorites. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
Carrollton, French Quarter, Jefferson, Metairie, Northshore, Uptown, West Bank

www.starbucks.com
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Unless you've been living in a crawfish hole for the last decade, you know that Starbucks barristas are available to make your beverage of choice at a wide range of area locations. Regulars might want to try Starbucks' new vanilla cream hot steamed coffee, while neophytes will have plenty to choose from in Starbucks' lattes. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

SUN RAY GRILL
Old Metairie, Uptown, West Bank
www.sunraygrill.com
Sun Ray Grill offers effortless fusion cuisine, in dishes like Thai chicken served with coco rice and cucumbers, and also boasts more straightforward presentations such as seared tuna. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA Harahan, Metairie, Uptown, Warehouse District For Mexican food made from scratch and cooked on a grill before your eyes, Taqueria's still tough to beat. Chicken, shrimp, beef or fish tacos make great appetizers or an entree, and Taqueria's legendary combo plates -- Numero Uno, Dos, Tres -- feature whopping portions at friendly prices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner; Sunday dinner only. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S Metairie, Northshore, Uptown Standout entrees at Vincent's include the sauteed redfish topped with crabmeat cream, and the homemade cannelloni stuffed with baby ground veal, pureed spinach and parmesan cheese. The bleu cheese vinaigrette dressing is a favorite too. Reservations recommended for large parties and on weekends in Mandeville. Lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner daily at the Uptown location; lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday in Metairie; lunch Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, and dinner Tuesday through Sunday in Mandeville. Credit cards. $$

VOODOO BBQ Lakefront, Metairie, Uptown This rapidly expanding dine-in/take-out barbecue eatery caters to the business crowd with pulled pork, beef brisket and highly seasoned side dishes. The barbecue sauces -- a mojo sauce and one made with cane vinegar -- are served on the side. Also look for Rattlesnake Beans, corn pudding and gris gris greens with pork. Corporate deliveries for $100 minimum. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


Eastern New Orleans

CAUSEY'S COUNTRY KITCHEN
7245 Chef Menteur Hwy. 244-1209
Right off I-10 you'll find Causey's, a family-owned soul food joint that keeps busy serving loyal customers down-home, soul food standards. Daily specials include crowder peas and a smothered pork chop, chitterlings and barbecue ribs. Po-boys of all kinds are available every day, as are seafood platters, fried chicken and housemade cornbread. For dessert try the homemade sweet potato pie and bread pudding. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and diner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

ITALIAN PIE
7770 Read Blvd. 244-7200
www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.
LAMA'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 7007 Read Lane 242-5656 This inexpensive neighborhood eatery offers much for the seafood lover. With all the classic seafood standards as well as some specials Lama's is sure to please. The overstuffed seafood po-boy dressed anyway you want it is enough to make anyone's mouth water. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
4403 Chef Menteur Hwy. 282-7198
5700 Read Blvd. 246-0412
www.piccadilly.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY
9851 I-10 Service Road 245-4402

Both locations offer classic barbecue dishes prepared in the traditional Texas way. Hickory-smoked chicken, ribs, beef, pork and smoked sausage are all available individually or in a three-meat platter. The platter comes with beans, cole slaw and bread. Other side items include potato salad and corn on the cob. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $


Faubourg Marigny

ADOLFO'S
611 Frenchmen St. 948-3800
Adolfo will prepare your dinner himself until 11 p.m., a late hour that befits happening Frenchmen Street. He serves about five different fish specials every day and is happy to create a dish on the spot if you have a particular craving. His rack of lamb is prepared with fresh rosemary and mint, garlic and butter; all entrees are preceded by a salad and a side of pasta with red gravy. Reservations required for parties of four or more. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

AQUARIANS
2601 Royal St. 944-7770
While there are also steaks and pastas, fresh fish is Aquarians' claim to fame. In the words of one manager, "it's usually swimming the day before we serve it," and "the selection varies due to Mother Nature." Aquarians' chef also likes to dabble in unusual produce. Hungry for white asparagus? Craving starfruit? Make your way to this quirky neighborhood spot deep in Faubourg Marigny. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

BELLE FORCHE
1407 Decatur St. 940-0722

www.belleforche.com

On the corner of Decatur and Frenchmen streets, Belle Forche rounds out the dining options in the very hip Faubourg Marigny. Chef Matt Yohalem's newest menu additions include turtle soup; ceviche with conch, calamari, pineapple, pecans and roasted corn mojo; quail with pumpkin puree, braised cabbage and ancho chile-almond coulis; and filet Oscar with crabmeat, artichoke hearts, Creole mustard hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday, late-night Thursday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MARIGNY
1913 Royal St. 945-2716
Back in January, Cafe Marigny returned to its roots as a coffeehouse after its owners opened Marigny Brasserie. The cafe features an array of coffees and juices, as well as pastries (most made in-house), quiches, salads and sandwiches. Try the No. 1, with turkey, havarti cheese, sprouts and cucumbers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE NEGRIL
606 Frenchmen St. 944-4744

Cafe Negril sets the mood with reggae and dancehall music, enormous murals of Bob Marley, exotic island drinks and the smells of spices wafting in from the kitchen. Chef Cecil Palmer brings the West Indies to New Orleans with chicken, fish and goat dishes prepared with jerk seasonings, curries and slow-cooking methods. The Jamaican Jerked Fish is marinated for 24 hours with hot chiles and lime juice, then sauteed and served in a sauce of tomato, onion and Jamaican spices. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Thursday and late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

CRUSTACEAN'S & MORE
3827 Frenchmen St., 943-8727

Crustacean's has been up and running since July, serving up seafood and soul food to Gentilly. Weekday specials include red beans and rice, mustard greens and cabbage, while dinner favorites from Chef Ronald Honore (RJ to everyone) include the stuffed bell pepper and the $14.95 seafood platter: oysters, shrimp, catfish, trout and stuffed crab. Delivery for five orders or more. No reservations. Credit cards and checks. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. $$

FEELINGS CAFE
2600 Chartres St. 945-2222
www.feelingscafe.com
Long hailed as one of New Orleans' ultimate romantic dining spots, the picturesque courtyard at Feelings sets the stage for some Creole-inspired cooking. The Blue Cheese Steak is served with new potatoes and a vegetable, while the duck Bigarade is roasted and glazed with a sweet orange sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner nightly, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

KING ROGER'S SEAFOOD
1700 McShane St. (at N. Rampart St.) 944-6150
For more than 30 years King Roger's has satisfied the neighborhood's cravings for raw and freshly boiled seafood, especially shrimp, oysters and crab. You'll also find pizzas, po-boys and down-home pot cooking such as etouffee, gumbo and shrimp Creole. With about 132 menu items for sale at low prices, it's always worth a stop. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

LA PENICHE

1940 Dauphine St. 943-1460
Offering breakfast at any hour of the day, La Peniche offers much for everyone from the late-night muncher to the all-day bruncher. Tucked away in the Marigny triangle, La Peniche features waffles with peanut butter, sliced bananas, and pecans. Or try one of their huge burgers: the Katherine Burger is smothered with ham, Swiss and grilled onions. No reservations. Open 24 hours, except from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Thursday. Credit cards. $

LA SPIGA BAKERY

2440 Chartres St. 949-2253
While La Spiga has reduced its hours to concentrate on baking for area restaurants, fresh baked specialties are still offered on Saturdays. This bakery specializes in homemade brioches, sticky buns and a variety of fresh pies. Stop in for their grilled focaccia sandwiches or their variety of homemade soups. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Saturday. Checks and cash. $

THE MARIGNY BRASSERIE
640 Frenchmen St. 945-4491
www.cafemarigny.com

Restaurateurs Roland Adams and Jed Gisclair have partnered with Chef Steve Zucker (formerly of John Folse's Lafitte's Landing) to create a menu of contemporary Louisiana cuisine. The tuna Napoleon layered with mashed potatoes and Rockefeller sauce is already a signature entree, and a Bloody Mary bar during Sunday brunch allows you to garnish yours as you like it. Reservations recommended. Dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MARISOL
437 Esplanade Ave. 943-1912
Marisol's eclectic take on internationally inspired bistro cuisine draws on classic French, Asian and Mediterranean influences and the sheer variety here is sure to pique the interest of any who navigate the choices. The cheese menu offers more than 70 listings including goat cheeses from around the world and English Stiltons, while the tapas happy hour (Tuesday through Friday) features carafes of house-made sangria. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

MONA'S CAFE
504 Frenchmen St. 949-4115
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

OLD DOG NEW TRICK
517 Frenchmen St. 943-6368
www.olddognewtrick.com
A true delight for vegetarians and vegans, Old Dog New Trick is now situated along the Frenchmen Street row of newer restaurants. Several inventive tofu dishes are on the menu, and salads and burgers are also on the list, including the Big Ben, a veggie burger made of brown rice, millet, lentils, and toasted sunflower seeds (all organic). No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch weekends. Credit cards. $

THE PRALINE CONNECTION
542 Frenchmen St. 943-3934
www.pralineconnection.com

With all the hoopla surrounding the Frenchmen Street restaurant renaissance, The Connection remains the same: The waiters still wear black-and-white uniforms, colorful ties and fedora hats while serving up Southern-style soul foods like fried chicken, gumbo and crowder peas with okra and rice. The Connection Platter holds softshell crawfish, catfish, chicken livers, spicy chicken wings, dill pickles and okra. There's also a praline and gift shop. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE

801 Frenchmen St. 944-6854
When a Southwestern restaurant serves up its steak tacos with filet mignon, you know there's not a drive-thru window in sight. Long before the Frenchmen Street restaurant blitz of 2002, Santa Fe has kept Faubourg Marigny happy with its sophisticated take on Southwestern dishes. Another popular dish is the duck, which is sauteed, roasted, covered in grilled vegetables and served with wild rice. And then, of course, there are the margaritas. No reservations. Dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SCHIRO'S COMMUNITY CAFE & BAR
2483 Royal St. 944-6666
This casual Faubourg Marigny hangout recently reinstated its breakfast service to its grocery operation, much to the delight of the neighborhood. Specials include catfish amandine and a grilled ribeye. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, grocery/laundry only on Sunday. Credit cards. $

SIAM CAFE
435 Esplanade Ave. 949-1750
Siam Cafe is one of New Orleans' longest-running Thai restaurants, for good reason. The pad thai is a superb version of the classic dish, with sizzling spice and a tasty peanut sauce. It's complemented by Siam's wide range of soups and noodle and vegetable dishes. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St. 949-0696
www.snugjazz.com

Snug Harbor is known for its live jazz, but its culinary offerings shouldn't be overlooked. Snug's grilled tuna keeps seafood aficionados tapping their feet, while the grilled prime filet gives carnivores plenty of fuel before Snug's late-night 11 p.m. set of music. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WASABI

900 Frenchmen St. 943-9433
Joining the many new restaurants along the expanding Frenchmen Street restaurant row, the former chef at Rock-N-Sake has opened Wasabi across from The John. Chef Phat Nguy is serving noodle bowls, soups and sushi until 2 a.m. on the weekends at his new 50-seater digs. Fried shrimp stir-fried in honey-wasabi sauce is proving to be a signature dish, as is the mango scallop sushi appetizer. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly, late-night Friday and Saturday. $



French Quarter

201 RESTAURANT AND BAR

201 Decatur St. 561-0007
www.201restaurantandbar.com
Before or after a show at the House of Blues -- or any French Quarter entertainment for that matter -- 201 Restaurant is a no-brainer for its late hours (it's open until 11 p.m. weekdays) and Chef Thaddeus Palmese's creative, regionally inspired menu. He makes cream cheese crabcakes, carpaccio salad and a Caribbean bouillabaisse that features mussels, clams, scallops and shrimp. For dessert, try sweet potato pound cake. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

827 1/2 TOULOUSE

827 Toulouse St. (Hotel St. Marie) 571-2888
In the fine-dining quarters of the Hotel St. Marie (Bistro Moise is its more casual restaurant), desserts such as caramel custard, chocolate flan and pecan pie are all made in-house. Enjoy a Continental-Creole menu -- either in the dining room or in the courtyard -- and a wine list that pulls mostly from French, Californian and Chilean vintages. Inquire about private facilities. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER HOUSE
724 Iberville St. 522-5973
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

AFT DECK OYSTER BAR

214 Royal St. (Hotel Monteleone) 523-3341
www.hotelmonteleone.com
Located in the hotel with the Carousel Bar, Aft Deck is a regular carnival of seafood. As you might expect, raw and fried oysters take the day. The seafood platter features grilled crawfish, fish and shrimp, and rice with brown gravy. There's mudslide pie and praline cheesecake for dessert and drinks next door at the Aft Deck Bar. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALEX PATOUT'S LOUISIANA RESTAURANT
720 St. Louis St. 525-7788
www.patout.com

Now that renovations are finished at Alex Patout's French Quarter location, restoration is in full swing at the Northshore restaurant, which tragically burned not long after it opened last winter. Look for its re-opening in January. In the meantime, hit St. Louis Street for the smoked and grilled pork loin served with a Southern Comfort-mushroom sauce. For dessert try pecan pie, bread pudding or sweet potato cheesecake. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

THE ALPINE

620 Chartres St. 523-3005
www.thealpinebistro.com
Romantic restaurants are in demand in the French Quarter -- with honeymooning tourists and local couples out for a special occasion -- and The Alpine is there to serve just such a need. Dig into barbecue shrimp in the candlelit dining room, or order a bottle of Sangiovese to drink alongside a blackened chicken platter or hickory-grilled yellowfin tuna. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Saturday, breakfast and brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

ANGELI ON DECATUR
1141 Decatur St. 566-0077
On the weekdays when Angeli closes early, it's still open until 4 a.m. So put this French Quarter cafe-diner on your list of places to hit for burgers, pizzas, shish kebabs and specialty martinis during the munchie hours. The Divine Portobello appetizer features the meaty mushroom with chicken, spinach and creamy red pepper sauce. No reservations. Delivery available. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily; open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

ANTOINE'S
713 St. Louis St. 581-4422
www.antoines.com
It would be impossible to enumerate how many New Orleans stories originated around the tables of Antoine's. The family-owned restaurant opened in 1840 and claims responsibility for the invention of oysters Rockefeller, avocado stuffed with shrimp ravigote, pompano en papillote and souffle potatoes. The venerable Poulet Rochambeau is a broiled half of boneless chicken with baked ham, a sweet brown Rochambeau sauce and a bernaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S
813 Bienville St. 523-5433
www.arnauds.com
Arnaud's remains true to its rich Creole heritage with signature dishes like the shrimp Arnaud and oysters Bienville. Throughout the menu you'll find classic as well as innovative interpretations of dishes such as shrimp Creole, Creole bouillabaisse and rock cornish game hen Whitecloud. Don't miss the speckled trout meuniere with Arnaud's famous Creole Meuniere sauce or the unforgettable creme brulee. There's live jazz nightly as well as a cigar bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

BACCO

310 Chartres St. 522-2426
www.bacco.com

It's Bacco's 10th anniversary. Celebrate until the end of the year by taking advantage of $10 two-course lunches, 10-cent martinis with the purchase of a lunch entree, and a selection of $10 dinner entrees. Not your typical red-sauce Italian, Bacco specializes in dishes like lobster and shrimp ravioli with champagne-butter sauce, and steamed mussels served with foie gras pizza. Free, easy-access parking. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BARRACKS STREET CAFE
430 Barracks St. 525-0330
It's the French Quarter standby for international wraps and smoothies (Quarterites get to indulge in fresh fruit and yogurt smoothies delivered to their doors). The Thai wrap comes with a housemade Thai peanut sauce slathered over the chicken, tofu or steak that are your choices in most wraps. Quesadillas come with sour cream and salsa, and you can always fall back on a burger. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BAYONA
430 Dauphine St. 525-4455
www.bayona.com
Pecan-crusted rabbit tenderloin with tasso cream sauce is back on the menu at Bayona. Chef Susan Spicer incorporates regional ingredients and classical French cooking techniques to form a cuisine that's all her own. To complete your meal, she offers a selection of domestic and European cheeses and a variety of sweets (ask about the housemade ice creams). Complement any order with a bottle from the 250-strong wine list. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BEGUE'S 300 Bourbon St. (Royal Sonesta Hotel) 553-2278 www.royalsonestano.com Begue's dining room offers a view to a secluded, jungle-like courtyard, convincing diners that the bustling French Quarter is worlds -- not steps -- away. In addition to the Sunday champagne brunch, there's a seafood buffet on Fridays featuring raw oysters and boiled shrimp among a variety of entrees. For dinner, try tilapia served with corn blini, sauteed vegetables and lemon-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

BELLA LUNA RESTAURANT
914 N. Peters St. 529-1583
The cuisine at Bella Luna is decidedly contemporary American, but German chef-owner Horst Pfeifer nods to his German roots during the autumn months. Try seasonal dishes like sauteed veal schnitzel with wild mushroom cream sauce and black pepper spaetzle; or Horst's slow schweinshaxe (pork hind shank) in Abita beer sauce with housemade sauerkraut. Ask about the catering facility that recently opened in the Warehouse District. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE BISTRO AT MAISON DE VILLE
733 Toulouse St. 528-9206
For a 36-seat restaurant, the Bistro has an exceptional wine list of 700 selections -- mostly from France and California. Still, the best beers are Belgian: Chimay, Hoegaarden and Duvel all make perfect sense alongside bowls of mussels served with French fries and mayonnaise. The menu also offers several tastes of New Orleans, like crawfish remoulade when in season, andouille vinaigrette on salads and fresh Gulf fish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BISTRO MOISE
827 Toulouse St. (Hotel St. Marie) 571-2888
The more casual sister restaurant to 827 1/2 Toulouse, Bistro Moise strives to be an authentic French eatery. Onion soup is made with housemade beer and topped with melted Gruyere cheese. You'll also find pate and cheese boards, beef a la bourguignonne, caramel custard and a food-friendly wine list. In the French bistro spirit, the restaurant remains open throughout the day. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

THE BOMBAY CLUB

830 Conti St. (Prince Conti Hotel) 586-0972
www.thebombayclub.com
Chef Nick Gile calls his food "Creole World Cuisine." To taste what he means, order the pork loin soaked with apples and Creole mustard and served over Creole-style white beans; or a salmon fillet coated with sesame, poppy and caraway seeds and served with orange-tarragon beurre blanc. You can eat in the quietly clubby restaurant until 1:30 a.m. on the weekends, sometimes while listening to live music. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BRENNAN'S
417 Royal St. 525-9713
www.brennansneworleans.com

Brennan's became a legend in its own time thanks to marathon breakfasts of turtle soup, eggs Sardou, bananas Foster and brandy milk punch. But don't forget the old-line restaurant for dinner dishes such as oyster soup, trout amandine and the filet Stanley, a filet mignon served with mushrooms in red wine sauce, sauteed bananas and horseradish. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BROUSSARD'S
819 Conti St. 581-3866
Broussard's is one of just a few French Quarter restaurants where you can dine in a secluded courtyard when the weather is fine. It's a regal environment for sampling chef-owner Gunter Preuss' pompano Napoleon, which is marinated in Creole spices, grilled and served with scallops, shrimp and a mustard-caper sauce. For Sunday brunch choose from the three-course table d'hote menu, or order from the a la carte selection. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.
429 Decatur St. 522-5800
www.bubbagump.com

Hollywood may have moved on to other heroes, but Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in the French Quarter still hosts a steady stream of (mostly) tourists who can't get enough of the movie-themed restaurant. The Shrimper's Net Catch appetizer is 3/4-lb. of peel-and-eat shrimp steamed in beer and served with either garlic spice or the "secret" Cajun spice. Jenny's Favorite smoothie is a blend of cranberry juice, strawberries and raspberry yogurt. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AU LAIT
307 1/2 Chartres St. 528-9933
Cafe au Lait's recent renovation brought a new grill that allows for full breakfast offerings (try the omelettes), specialty sandwiches and burgers. And, true to its name, coffee drinks and pastries are also available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DU MONDE

800 Decatur St. 587-0833
Located in historic Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde offers a taste of quintessential New Orleanian culture in a picturesque setting. Tourists from around the world flock to seats under the famed green awning to enjoy cafe au lait and beignets overflowing with powdered sugar. Inside seating and a to-go window are available around the clock. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $

CAFE GIOVANNI

117 Decatur St. 529-2154
www.cafegiovanni.com

Patrons enjoy opera performances Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings and piano music on Thursdays while sampling Chef Duke LoCicero's Italian creations. Try the veal LoCicero: sauteed veal with shrimp in a sauce comprised of asparagus, capers and artichokes served with eggplant caponata and agnilotti pasta. Pasta Gambino is a toss of sauteed rock shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes and herb peppers in a cheesy sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE GUMBOLAYA
1000 N. Peters St. 523-7418
Come to Cafe Gumbolaya and enjoy the view from their patio while enjoying a nice breakfast (served from 10 a.m. until closing daily) or one of the many Cajun specialties. The Cajun Sampler includes portions of blackened shrimp (made with a secret recipe), fried oysters and crawfish cakes, served with Florentine, remoulade and lemon-butter sauces. Also try the Southern Comfort barbecue pork tenderloin or the fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MASPERO
601 Decatur St. 523-6250
Lines that often flow out the door attest to Cafe Maspero's well-earned popularity with locals and tourists alike. Known for a variety of sandwiches, the hefty muffaletta with housemade olive salad is a customer favorite. Quickly making a name for itself is the jambalaya, a new item to the menu. Also try the house specialties: fried seafood platters, homemade meat chili, pastrami and steak sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE PICASSO
3401 Chartres St. 948-6881
Cafe Picasso's menu reads like a map, with Asian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern cuisine alongside New Orleans' finest. Travel to the Philippines with pansit: beef, carrots, string beans, cabbage and oyster sauce over rice noodles. Not content to just sate hunger, the owners aim to satisfy customers with a schedule of belly dancing classes and Creole language classes, with more added occasionally. The restaurant is available for special events. No reservations. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

CAFE PONTALBA

546 St. Peter St. 522-1180
Housed in America's oldest apartment building, Cafe Pontalba keeps its Creole roots alive with signature dishes like soft-shell crab Pontalba, which is served with a tangy lemon-butter sauce and jambalaya or French fries. The Ragin Cajun Pasta combines fresh Gulf shrimp, andouille sausage and crawfish tails simmered in a spicy, creamy tasso sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROMA

1119 Decatur St. 566-1800
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CENTRAL GROCERY
925 Decatur St. 523-1620 Open since 1906, Central Grocery remains a true European grocery and home of the original muffaletta. The sandwich is wrapped in white paper and packed with salami, ham, mortadella, Emmentaler cheese and olive salad with an extra touch of oregano. Shelves and aisles are packed with a variety of imported European goods like hazelnut oil, marinated octopus, sherry vinegar and amaretti. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CLOVER GRILL
900 Bourbon St. 598-1010
www.clovergrill.com
Clover Grill is known for a few things: its hilarious menu, a friendly, sassy staff known to sing as they bring out orders, and "All American" burgers cooked under a '59 Ford hubcap. This local hangout has good eats, great prices and unmatchable ambience. The fresh burgers (never frozen) are topped off with any combination of mushrooms, bacon, cheese, onions and a fried egg. For breakfast there are waffles studded with pecans and topped with bananas and light and fluffy omelettes. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

COFFEE POT
714 St. Peters St. 524-3500
Don't let the name fool you; Coffee Pot offers more than just a great cup of joe. Wake up with breakfasts that include overly generous omelettes and grits, in addition to a number of egg dishes. Post-breakfast, this reasonably priced local eatery cooks up Cajun and Creole favorites. Try the hearty gumbo and red beans and rice. Reservations required for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE

1109 Decatur St. 525-9053
This fall, celebrate 20 years of Coop's unique late-night cuisine. Choose smoked duck quesadillas or fried alligator nuggets. For the traditional minded, there's spicy seafood gumbo and the crispy fried chicken with a side of red beans and rice. Saturday night diners get a special treat when Coop steps up to the stove and personally creates one of house specials. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER BAR

500 St. Peter St. 522-2999
Monday Night Football fans will enjoy a dozen of Oyster Bar's freshly shucked oysters and a draft for only $5. The Taste of New Orleans platter offers just that, with samplings of gumbo, shrimp etouffee, jambalaya and red beans and rice. A popular favorite is the New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. For $12.95, your bread bowl is filled with a load of peeled shrimp, rice and all that buttery goodness. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and diner daily. Credit cards. $

COUNTRY FLAME
620 Iberville St. 522-1138
Country Flame is one of the few restaurants in the Quarter to offer Spanish, Cuban and Latin American-inspired cuisine. The varied menu offers taco, sandwiches, enchiladas and quesadillas filled with chicken, beef or vegetables. The Puerco Frito is marinated pork fried and served with yucca or tostones. The popular shrimp fajitas are served with onions, bell peppers, refried beans, yellow rice, guacamole and homemade salsa. Try flan for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE
527 Decatur St. 522-3901
www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
Crescent City's courtyard is the perfect place to savor one of Chef Mark Latino's specialties complemented by a fine homebrew. Louisiana lump crab salad has fresh red onions, vine ripe tomatoes with buttermilk blue cheese dressing on tender Bibb lettuce. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR PATISSERIE
617 Ursulines Ave. 524-4663
A charming, Francophile retreat in the lower French Quarter, Croissant D'Or exudes a classic coffeehouse feel. Enjoy an espresso or specialty croissant in the sunny, quaint courtyard; for lunch, try one of two soup selections, often including seafood gumbo or chicken noodle. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S
841 Iberville St. 581-1316
www.deanies.com

Deanie's is so nice they opened twice, adding this second location in the French Quarter as a complement to the Bucktown mainstay. Both locations offer the Bucktown Boil pizza, a white pizza loaded with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat, mozzarella and spices. The seafood platter is always delightfully overwhelming: shrimp, oysters, softshell crab, catfish and crawfish balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT AND BAR
400 Dauphine St. 523-1936
www.dejavurestaurant-bar.com
Change is in the air at DeJa Vu, as new manager Henry Green joins owner Herman Salzer. The dining room and bar, now stocked with a selection of quality liquors, have both been remodeled, and the menu is getting an overhaul of its own, as of Nov. 8. Twenty new items include everything from spicy chicken egg rolls and Cajun pork egg rolls to fresh seafood dishes and salads centered on oysters, shrimp and crawfish. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR
300 Bourbon St. (Royal Sonesta Hotel) 586-0300
www.royalsonestano.com

Just look for the classic neon sign at the corner of Bienville and Bourbon streets. Inside, start with the oyster and shrimp appetizer combination: 12 freshly shucked oysters and 12 boiled shrimp. Move on to a menu heavy on po-boys, salads and local favorites such as the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, sauteed in spices and Dixie beer and served with French bread for dipping. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE
716 Iberville St. 522-CHOP (2467)
www.dbrennanssteakhouse.com

The masculine elegance of this Brennan family restaurant matches the truckloads of USDA Prime beef served here. Try Chef Gus Martin's 12-oz. blackened prime rib, seared in a cast-iron skillet and topped with a smoked mushroom sauce, then served with creamed mashed potatoes and horseradish sour cream. The house filet, topped with oysters and finished with bearnaise sauce, is accompanied by creamed spinach and Pontalba potatoes. There's bananas Foster bread pudding and chocolate doberge cake for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

DOMINIQUE'S

1001 Toulouse St. (Maison Dupuy Hotel) 522-8800
www.dominiquesrestaurant.com

The pride and dedication Chef Dominique puts into each dish is apparent in his signature grilled demi-rack of lamb served with a three-potato lamb confit terrinne, baby vegetables and Merlot-rosemary jus. Equally eye-pleasing and delicious is the steamed whole Maine lobster with a spaghetti, squash, lobster and oven-dried tomato ravioli and served with vegetables. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

THE EMBERS
700 Bourbon St. 523-1485
www.emberssteakhouse.com
The only thing bigger than Embers self-proclaimed largest balcony on Bourbon Street are the 28-oz. prime-rib dinners cooked on an open grill. The chefs show their mastery of New Orleans cuisine with the Embers Bourbon House Special: an 8-oz. filet mignon with jumbo barbecue shrimp topped with a rich demi-glace and served with garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FELIX'S RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR
739 Iberville St. (another entrance at 210 Bourbon St.) 522-4440
This French Quarter landmark prepares its namesake bivalves any way you want, from baked oysters Rockefeller to oysters on the half-shell. Tables are available in the rear dining area, while those in the know flock to the antique bar and prepare to take down a dozen or two raw ones. No reservations. Late breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

FIORELLA'S CAFE
45 French Market Place 528-9566
If shopping for produce at the French Market has made your stomach growl, take refuge at Fiorella's with a po-boy or cup of gumbo. Better yet, indulge in some fried chicken partnered with mashed potatoes or baked macaroni. Daily specials include meatloaf, red beans and rice, and barbecue ribs; the breakfast menu hits all the classics, such as eggs, grits and sausage. Delivery available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRANK'S RESTAURANT

933 Decatur St. 525-1602
Steeped in Sicilian tradition as a family-owned and operated establishment for the past 37 years, Frank's offers a number of Italian favorites. Veal dishes are a favorite here, as are muffalettas. Po-boys, spaghetti with meatballs and fettuccine Alfredo are other popular choices. To cap it all off, try some housemade cannoli for desert or another Italian specialty, tiramisu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT AND BAR
1001 Decatur St. 525-7879
The French Market Restaurant and Bar offers a number of unique takes on New Orleans cuisine. One such entree is the lobster etouffee, served over fluffy rice with shrimp and crawfish. Can't decide? Go for a bit of everything with the Bayou Platter, a one-dish combo of red beans, jambalaya and seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FQB
921 Canal St. (The Ritz-Carlton Hotel) 524-1331
The French Quarter Bar boasts a regular menu of innovative takes on local cuisine along with a rotating list of daily specials. The specials include red beans and rice with molasses cornbread on Monday, blackened redfish with shrimp on Wednesday, seafood etouffee on Fridays and prime rib on the weekend. Live music comes courtesy of Ingrid Lucia (Tues.-Wed.) and Jeremy Davenport (Thurs.-Sun.). Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sunday. $$

FUNKY BUTT
714 N. Rampart St. 558-0872
Though long known as a great venue for local jazz and funk acts, the intimate setting of the Funky Butt also holds a kitchen capable of a variety of unique dishes. The beef short ribs are wood-grilled and rubbed with the "World Famous Barbecue Butt Sauce." For dessert, try the Banana Butt Burrito: fresh banana with Hershey's chocolate chips wrapped in a fried tortilla and topped with a housemade vanilla and praline sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT
209 Bourbon St. 525-2021
www.galatoires.com
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What more can you say about a dining institution with awards, ambience and food that made it world-famous decades ago? Kept in the family for generations, the classic Creole menu has undergone virtually no change in its nearly 100-year existence. And for good reason; time-tested favorites such as oysters en brochette, shrimp remoulade, trout amandine and grilled pompano will never go out of fashion. Reservations available upstairs. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

GAMAY BISTRO AND BAR
320 Decatur St. (Bienville House Hotel) 299-8800
Capturing the essence of a bistro, Gamay has garnered considerable acclaim with diners and reviewers for its compelling menu and alluring vibe. The popularity is evident in the menu with dishes like the appetizer of grilled Mahon cheese with crawfish bordelaise and caviar. The pan-roasted veal chop is complemented with fried Brie and wild mushroom bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

GUMBO SHOP
630 St. Peter St. 525-1486
www.gumboshop.com.
The Gumbo Shop lives up to its name, serving a variety of classic gumbos in appetizer or entree portions. The seafood gumbo remains a mainstay, stocked with gumbo, shrimp, crab and okra in a thick brown roux. The rest of the menu features a nice selection of classic New Orleans cuisine, including a creamy crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS
808 Bienville St. 581-3467
Fresh seafood of all stripes is never out of fashion at GW Fins, offering all things nautical in a hip French Quarter setting. The cuisine matches the sleek decor, as Chilean sea bass is braised in hot and sour shrimp stock, and wood-grilled sea scallops are served with a stout mushroom risotto. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS
1 Poydras St. (Riverwalk) 523-3566
621 S. Peters St. 523-4001 See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

HARD ROCK CAFE
418 N. Peters St. 529-5617
www.hardrock.com

New chef Kevin Hackett is putting his stamp on the Hard Rock menu, by honoring time-tested favorites like the pulled pork sandwich, and creating daily blue-plate specials featuring fresh seafood and po-boys. Of course, Hard Rock's well-known burgers are still music to your taste buds. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HELL'S KITCHEN
1201 Burgundy St. (Cosimo's) 525-4355
Sinners and saints alike find comfort at Hell's Kitchen, thanks to a no-nonsense menu that caters to hearty French Quarter appetites. The pizza menu is extensive, headed up by the All That combo boasting multiple meat and vegetable toppings. For lighter fare, the grilled chicken on a bun is a salvation for health-conscious diners. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

HOOTERS
301 N. Peters St. 522-9222
www.hooters.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description. HOUSE OF BLUES 225 Decatur St. 529-BLUE www.hob.com New chef Curt Hicken has made a few additions to the menu at House of Blues, including a grilled certified 8-oz. Angus filet with warm lentil salad and melted brie, served in a red wine reduction sauce. For dessert, it's tough to top white chocolate banana bread pudding, topped with créme anglaise and whipped cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

HOUSE OF BREWS

933 Royal St. 525-0333
House of Brews offers a wide variety of pastries to accompany your coffee or tea of choice, and there's plenty of cake -- including chocolate and red velvet -- to satisfy your sweet tooth, too. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HOWL AT THE MOON
135 Bourbon St. 410-9000
www.howlatthemoon.com
If you like dinner with a beat, there's live entertainment every night at this nightspot inside the former Storyville District building, which is half nightclub and half restaurant. Diners can choose from local favorites such as barbecue shrimp etouffee, red beans and rice or a selection of po-boys. No reservations. Lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner daily and late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

HUNT ROOM GRILL
214 Royal St. (Hotel Monteleone) 523-3341
Located inside the historic Monteleone, the Hunt Room Grill offers Louisiana classics and more in a formal (but not stuffy) setting. There is plenty of wild game to live up to the name. Also consider the veal tenderloin with eggplant a porcini mushrooms, and the grilled shrimp Bienville. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

IGOR'S CHECK POINT CHARLIE

501 Esplanade Ave. 949-7012
Making mealtime (or cocktail hour) fun seems to be a goal at Check Point Charlie, where diners can work up an appetite playing pool or other games, doing laundry or just listening to free live music. For the taste buds, the restaurant offers the Charlie Burger, a heaping half-pound of charbroiled sirloin steak served with a choice of sauces or cheese. Mondays feature free red beans and rice starting at 7 p.m. (until it's gone). No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

IRENE'S CUISINE
539 St. Philip St. 529-8811
Regulars to Irene's have made the chicken Rosemarino a top-selling item. Maybe it's because the fowl is first spiced with garlic, olive oil and rosemary then oven-roasted to seal in its natural juices. Other alternatives include garlicky escargots and varying housemade soups such as shrimp bisque and sweet potato-andouille. For dessert try the airy tiramisu. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE JIMANI
141 Chartres St. 524-0493
Celebrating its 30th year in business, The Jimani serves up 24 different kinds of sandwiches, two kinds of pizzas, and a fair share of 8-oz. burgers. Speaking of 8 ounces, the 8-oz. filet mignon is a popular sandwich to provide a foundation for any beverages consumed at the bar. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE
1104 Decatur St. 592-2565
www.margaritagrillecafe.com

The extravagant French Quarter is just the right place for Jimmy Buffett's island paradise-style Margaritaville Cafe. Blender drinks, a variety of margaritas and platters of fried frog legs, gator bites, crawfish tails and catfish strips are just the beginning. There's the alligator pasta with tender, blackened gator meat served atop a bed of angel hair pasta and marinara sauce, garnished with broiled zucchini and yellow squash. For a distinctive-tasting dish try the fried pickled oysters served with jalapeno-honey mustard dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS

511 St. Louis St. 524-8129
The roast beef po-boy is a favorite here, as are the daily hot lunches and the many seafood sandwiches available: shrimp, oyster and crabcake, to name a few. The muffuletta comes either in the traditional Italian style or seafood. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN
416 Chartres St. 524-7394
Celebrate the home of Paul Prudhomme's "blackening" technique with K-Paul's signature blackened Louisiana drum, or the juicy blackened twin beef tenders with debris sauce, or the tantalizing blackened pork chop stuffed with ricotta, asiago, mozzarella and caciocavello cheeses, served with a mushroom zinfadel sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

KRYSTAL'S

116 Bourbon St. 523-4030
Krystal's has been a sight for sore eyes for many a ravenous late-nighter wandering around the Quarter. No matter the hour, Krystal's old-fashioned recipes and fast service will satisfy hungry appetites. Burgers, chicken and hot dogs are popular selections, along with the breakfast menu for real late nights. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Delivery available. Cash only. $

LA CHATELAINE

800 Iberville St. (Chateau Sonesta Hotel) 586-0800
www.chateausonesta.com
Start off your day at this corner of the Chateau Sonesta with the latest addition to the breakfast menu: Joe-Joe's Stuffed French Toast, a brioche loaf stuffed with strawberries or apples, deep-fried and topped with powdered sugar. There's also the African-Western Banana Fritters topped with honey and powdered sugar. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily. Credit cards. $

LA MADELEINE
547 St. Ann St. 568-0073
www.lamadeleine.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description. LA MARQUISE PASTRY SHOP 625 Chartres St. 524-0420 Besides the long list of coffees available at La Marquise, there's the signature croissants and a host of other pastries, plus a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $

LE CAFE (HOTEL MONTELEONE)
214 Royal St. (Hotel Monteleone) 523-3341
www.hotelmonteleone.com
Located in one of New Orleans classic hotels, Le Cafe features daily chef's specials. The chef's unique dishes range from the very gourmet to the traditional. On Saturdays and Sundays, Le Cafe features an all-day brunch, including breakfast favorites as well as the chef's creations. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

LE ROUGE
533 Toulouse St. 566-0034
Le Rouge has been on the French Quarter restaurant scene for a year now with a French/Creole menu and a daily happy hour that has snagged its share of locals. Chef Richard Nelson's signature entrees are the pork Pontchartrain -- pork loin with Gorgonzola sauce -- and the Blacksmith Steak, which is a filet mignon allegedly tender enough for a butter knife and served with red wine mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUIS XVI RESTAURANT FRANCAIS

730 Bienville St., St. Louis Hotel 581-7000
www.louisxvi.com

For three decades, Louis XVI, located in the St. Louis Hotel, has been offering customers a combination of Creole and classic French entrees like fish Louisiane, sauteed in meuniere sauce and topped with bananas and red bell pepper, and filet mignon au poivre. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
95 French Market Place 522-9500
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

LOUNGE LIZARDS

200 Decatur St. 598-1500
Upper Decatur Street is turning into quite the little dining-and-music niche with the addition of this recently opened shotgun-shaped club with a bar and stage up front and intimate tables in the back. Sample the light fare that includes the suddenly popular crawfish spring rolls, yellowfin tuna steak and crabcake sandwich. Early performers have included Kermit Ruffins, Coco Robichaux, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and 007. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LUIGI'S
915 Decatur St. 529-4975
An affordable selection of New Orleans and Italian dishes, including po-boys, lasagna and muffalettas, makes up the bill of fare at Luigi's where a hefty half of a muffaletta goes for $4.50. Luigi's is also a grocery offering gourmet Italian imports like cheese, olive oil and pasta, and Cajun staples like Tabasco and Rex spices. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

LULU'S
307 Exchange Alley 525-2600
An alum of both Bayona and Gerard's Downtown, Chef-owner Corbin Evans has created an intimate, homey atmosphere at this French Quarter cafe. Try the grilled chicken with portobello mushrooms and feta on sourdough for lunch or a prix­fixe dinner, which includes an assortment of roasted vegetables, a seasonal salad, and choice of entree such as Corbin's signature baked "pizza" fish. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Friday and Saturday, Sunday brunch. Credit cards. $

MAGNOLIA CAFE
200 Chartres St. 524-4478
Feed your cravings for breakfast standards, seafood and standard New Orleans fare at this French Quarter cafe. Start the morning with the jambalaya omelette stuffed with a blend of spicy rice, sausage, shrimp, cheese and topped with their Creole sauce. Seafood specialties include seafood platters of popcorn shrimp, large shrimp, oysters or stuffed crab, all served with French fries, onion rings and cole slaw. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAMA ROSA'S SLICE OF ITALY
616 N. Rampart St. 523-5546
Mama's is a favorite downtown destination for pizzas and calzones. Try the Mama's Everything pizza topped with the works or customize a pie with your own topping combo. Other favorites include generously-sized muffalettas, spinach dip and spinach bread. Mama's all-American desserts (try the cheese cake or the carrot cake) are the perfect way to polish off your Italian meal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL
1117 Decatur St. 586-8883
One of the Quarter's more popular spots for Italian dining, Maximo's offers veal specialties like veal Cattoche, pan-roasted with garlic and fresh herbs, and Veal Noci, prepared with pine nuts, mushrooms, sherry and cream. But the chef's tender rack of lamb and the pasta made fresh with fillings like butternut squash, four cheeses, spinach and tomato ensure equal amounts of return business. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MIDI SOUTH OF FRANCE

614 Canal St. (Le Meridien Hotel) 527-6712
www.midirestaurant.com
Signature French country dishes at this downtown restaurant include bouillabaisse, crispy turtle meat ravioli, beef tenderloin with gratin Dauphinois and honey lavender creme brulee. Catch lunch specials six days a week and Friday's lunch buffet; Sunday champagne-jazz brunches offer more than six food stations. Midi can accommodate private parties of up to 50 people. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

MIKE ANDERSON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
215 Bourbon St. 524-3884
www.mikeandersons.com

Started in Baton Rouge in 1975, Mike Anderson's brings more and more seafood to our fair city. Try oysters Bienville, made with shrimp and crabmeat dressing and Parmesan cheese, followed by the Guitreau: grilled fish fillets topped with crawfish and mushrooms sauteed in white wine, butter and spices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. B'S BISTRO
201 Royal St. 523-2078
www.mrbsbistro.com

For more than 20 years, Mr. B's has garnered raves from locals and tourists alike by serving contemporary Creole cuisine with an emphasis on regional ingredients. The country-style Gumbo YaYa with chicken and sausage is a perfect comfort food for cool fall weather. Or try the barbecued pork chop grilled over a wood fire, slow smoked and glazed with a honey ginger sauce. Lunchtime crowds favor the boneless barbecue chicken salad served with chunky blue cheese dressing. Live piano music nightly. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, jazz brunch and dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT
1212 Royal St. 522-6746 Countless renderings of Da Vinci's smiling muse cover the walls in this French Quarter restaurant, where dishes like Mardi Gras pasta, shrimp and pasta in a red wine sauce served over linguine, keep the patrons smiling. You'll also find a slew of pizzas, salads, and sandwiches served on homemade baked bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S OF CHICAGO
365 Canal St. (Canal Place) 566-0221
www.mortons.com

Located in Canal Place, Morton's offers a selection of prime USDA steaks, fresh seafood and lobster. Specialties include steak au poivre with New York strip sirloin, filet Oskar with crabmeat and bearnaise, sliced strip sirloin with roasted garlic sauce, and filet Diane with mushrooms and demi-glace sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards.$$$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE
801 Chartres St. 568-1885
www.muriels.com

Located in the heart of the French Quarter overlooking historic Jackson Square, Muriel's offers indoor and outdoor dining and a menu of contemporary Creole favorites. Dine in the downstairs bistro on specialties like wood grilled barbecue shrimp in a spicy butter sauce or enjoy a cocktail and take in the scenery on the upstairs balcony overlooking the square. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wednesday through Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE AND GIROD'S BISTRO
500 Chartres St. 524-9752
As a tribute to the late Nicholas Girod, mayor of New Orleans, the proprietors of the Napoleon House have transformed the restaurant's center room into a European-style bistro offering Mediterranean and southern French cuisine. A Bistro specialty, Chef's Signature Louisiana Bounty Experience consists of fresh gulf shrimp, shellfish, andouille sausage and saffron rice with spicy Bouillabaisse essence. Always available in the main restaurant are Napoleon House's famous muffalettas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday (main restaurant). Dinner Tuesday through Saturday (bistro). Credit cards. $$

NELLIE'S

91 French Market 568-1777 For three years, Nellie's has been providing local and regional cooking for tourists and locals hop-scotching about the French Market looking for a bite to eat. Nellie's offers the gamut, from seafood to red beans and rice to jambalaya and gumbo. The also take pride in their Bloody Marys and margaritas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NOLA
534 St. Louis St. 522-6652
www.emerils.com
Emeril Lagasse freshens up Creole classics at NOLA, his more playful and hip restaurant. Vietnamese-influenced appetizers include Ms. Hay's stuffed chicken wings with hoisin sauce, and Rock Shrimp-Pepperjack Spring Rolls. Seafood offerings include grilled prosciutto wrapped salmon and a cedar plank roasted redfish. Signature desserts include banana pudding layer cake and a chicory coffee créme brulee. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

O'FLAHERTY'S

514 Toulouse St. 529-1891
With live Celtic music every night and soccer matches on the television screen, you can't help but feel that you have been transported to an Irish pub. Homemade Irish dishes include beef stew, shepherd's pie, and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

OLDE N'AWLINS COOKERY
729 Conti St. 529-3663
www.oldenawlinscookery.com

A dining experience with N'awlins style is located in this 160-year-old building, with a courtyard for dining. Old N'awlins serves Cajun and Creole classics, preserving traditional dishes such as jambalaya and crawfish meuniere. Alligator and turtle soup are also on the menu. Barbecue shrimp is a specialty, sauteed in a beer based sauce, seasoned with garlic and rosemary, and enriched with butter served over white rice. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT
204 Decatur St. 525-7734 Olivier's takes its patrons back in time with offerings of traditional Creole foods served in a warm old-time elegant atmosphere. The gumbo sampler gives you three demitasse cups filled with okra, Creole and file gumbos. Once a Creole staple, the fork-tender braised rabbit is served with a rich oyster dressing seasoned with sage. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS CAFE
137 Decatur. St. 581-1136 Daily specials include red snapper and trout. The menu offers an assortment of dishes like veal Marsala served with angel hair pasta and rotisserie lamb served with garlic potatoes, salad and crabmeat au gratin. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE
720 Orleans Ave. 523-1927 Grapevine has an eclectic menu of contemporary dishes. Guests are encouraged to try a variety of foods, offering small dishes to promote sharing. International cheeses, pates, petit filets and fresh fish all go wonderfully with a glass of wine from a selection that includes 60 varieties. No reservations. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

PALACE CAFE
605 Canal St. 523-1661 www.palacecafe.com Palace Cafe is best known for its white chocolate bread pudding, but it's home to a host of other innovative dishes as well -- among them: Andouille-crusted Gulf fish with cayenne butter sauce and pepper-crusted duck breast with seared Hudson Valley foie gras. Recipes for both are included in the cafe's 2002 cookbook available in the restaurant and bookstores. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE
1204 Decatur St. 525-0200 Whether you go for the live jazz or the Creole cuisine, you won't be disappointed. Try the sesame shrimp sauteed in a sherry ginger sauce with sesame seeds and a hint of Worcestershire sauce. For a more traditional Creole dish, there's the crawfish Nantua: crawfish tails flamed with brandy, simmered in a light mushroom cream sauce and served over a bed of rice. Reservations required. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday. $$

PASTA E VINO
240 Bourbon St. 524-0114
Italian fare hits the mark at Pasta E Vino with dishes like antipasto for two and seafood fettuccini. Reservations recommended. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PATOUT'S CAJUN BISTRO
501 Bourbon St. 529-4256
www.patoutscajunbistro.com
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Patout's offers indoor and balcony dining from a menu of Cajun and New Orleans dishes like alligator sausage, barbecue shrimp and alligator sauce piquante. Live Cajun music nightly. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PATOUT'S CAJUN CABIN
503 Bourbon St. 529-4256
www.patoutscajuncabin.com
The same Cajun dishes and Cajun music are offered in this next door counterpart to Patout's Cajun Bistro, but the atmosphere is made more casual with the addition of items like checked tablecloths and signature drinks like "swamp water," a sweet combination of vodka and coconut rum. The Cajun Cabin is also home to Shuck's Oyster Bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE PELICAN CLUB RESTAURANT & BAR
615 Bienville St./312 Exchange Alley 523-1504
www.pelicanclub.com
Pelican Club's eclectic menu offers a variety of sophisticated fare for fall diners. The seafood fricassee is served with saffron risotto, sauteed vegetables and a garlic black bean sauce, while the Pelican Club Baked Oysters are served on the half-shell with apple-smoked bacon, roasted red peppers, Parmesan cheese and garlic herb butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

PERE ANTOINE
741 Royal St. 581-4478
The classic and distinct flavor of New Orleans cuisine flows through the Pere Antoine menu. Start your morning off right with the Rajun Cajun Omelette with smoked sausage, ham, bell peppers and onion, topped with Creole sauce. The Snapper Nona features fresh broiled snapper on a bed of crispy eggplant medallions, topped with mushrooms, crab, pimento and herbs in a buttery Mornay sauce. Favorites like shrimp Creole, barbecue shrimp, blackened catfish and fried seafood platters round out the menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PERISTYLE RESTAURANT
1041 Dumaine St. 593-9535
Chef Anne Kearney's internationally-known cuisine continues to draw visitors and locals. Signature dishes include pastis poached Louisiana oysters appetizer with tender leeks gently poached in a vibrant pastis sauce and finished with a creme fraiche, chopped fines herbs and crisp croutons. The pan-seared veal ribeye entree is served with a fricassee of sweetbreads and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

PETUNIA'S RESTAURANT
817 St. Louis St. 522-6440
www.petuniasrestaurant.com Petunia's is the home of "The World's Largest Crepes," the selection including the St. Louis dessert flambe: golden vanilla ice cream with bananas, cherries and pecans presented flaming at the table. Reservations recommended for dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIERRE MASPERO'S FOOD & SPIRITS
440 Chartres St. 524-8990
You might have to join the line to enjoy Pierre Maspero's favorites: gumbo, turtle soup, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya and many sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

POPPY'S GRILL
717 St. Peter St. 524-EATS (3287)
www.poppysgrill.com

A sister location to fellow Quarterite the Clover Grill, Poppy's serves blue-plate specials like center-cut pork chops, hamburger steaks and chicken fried steak. All are served with vegetables, mashed potatoes and bread and priced at $5.49 for early birds (which at this 24-hour joint, is until 11 p.m.). Weeknights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., get a burger cooked under a hubcap with fries (like its sister spot, the Clover Grill) and 29-oz. beer or soft drink for the same price. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night daily. Credit cards. $

PORT OF CALL
838 Esplanade Ave. 523-0120
People from all over the world know this casual eatery. Their burgers are beef ground on-site, formed into patties two-hands thick and topped with mounds of grated cheddar encourages beef addiction. They come with baked potatoes stuffed with any combination of butter, sour cream, bacon bits, scallions and mushrooms. The Port also serves steaks, pizzas and salads. Kids welcome. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

QUARTER SCENE RESTAURANT
900 Dumaine St. 522-6533
www.quarterscene.com
This quiet, charming French Quarter spot with exposed-brick walls and a spunky wait staff boasts a selection of sandwiches, breakfast items, appetizers like crab cakes with remoulade sauce, and entrees like the popular pecan-encrusted fish topped with a crawfish cream sauce. Tell 'em Tennessee sent ya. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S
519 Toulouse St. 522-5226
Since the 1960s Ralph and Kacoo's has been serving up seafood like the seafood platter, which is packed with catfish, oysters, softshell crab, stuffed crab, frog legs, shrimp and gumbo. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RED FISH GRILL
115 Bourbon St. 598-1200
www.redfishgrill.com The Brennan family of restaurants are known for quality and delectable food -- Red Fish Grill is no exception. Red Fish offers affordable cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere, like the hickory-grilled redfish topped with Louisiana crabmeat and lemon butter sauce and served with tasso pontalba potatoes. Try the signature barbecue oysters served by the half-dozen and flash-fried and tossed with a Crystal barbecue sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

REMOULADE

309 Bourbon St. 523-0377
www.remoulade.com
Remoulade offers a selection of Creole and American foods, from hamburgers and gourmet pizzas to red beans with rice and barbecue shrimp served with French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE RIB ROOM

621 St. Louis St. (Omni Royal Orleans Hotel) 529-7046
www.omniroyalorleans.com
French Quarter dwellers appreciate The Rib Room for its elegant service and house specialty, slow-roasted prime rib. The latter is served with a baked potato and salad topped with housemade croutons and blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE CARMELO
541 Decatur St. 586-1414
www.ristorantecarmelo.com
Offering homemade pastas, Carmelo Ristorante proves itself as authentic Italian. The carpaccio is a thin cut of aged filet topped with Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil and capers. Carmelo Ristorante offers veal in a variety of ways, including the classic piccata with a lemon-butter sauce. The wine list is entirely Italian. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RIVER 127'
100 Rue Iberville (Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place)553-5082
www.wyndham.com
Enjoy a view of the Mississippi River as you dine on dishes like the shrimp Grand Isle and the Barataria Bay crabcakes. The latter involves jumbo lump crabmeat and fresh herbs pan fried in butter and served with a crab sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. Credit cards. $$$

RIVER'S EDGE RESTAURANT
801 Decatur St. 525-4478
Located in historic Jackson Square, family-owned River's Edge offers classic Cajun and Creole dishes. For breakfast choose from eggs Benedict topped with the Chef's hollandaise sauce, Belgian waffles with fresh fruit or an assortment of omelettes. The blackened catfish comes highly recommended and is served with Creole sauce-topped rice and sauteed vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
621 Royal St. 523-2716
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ROYAL CAFE
700 Royal St. 528-9086
www.royalcafe.com
Sipping a glass of wine on the balcony of the Royal Cafe almost seems like all you need, and then there is the food. The chef's specialty is the trout LaBranche, which takes speckled trout, lightly floured, seasoned and pan seared and tops it with crawfish tails, red peppers, garlic and parsley swimming in a light cream sauce and sprinkled with roasted pecans. A famous Royal dish to start with is the oyster and artichoke soup made with fresh Louisiana oysters, and artichoke hearts in a rich creamy base. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RUE BOURBON RESTAURANT
241 Bourbon St. 524-0114
www.ruebourbon.com
With a balcony overlooking the craziness below, Rue Bourbon offers a quaint spot to enjoy traditional Cajun food. The crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole are very true to their Cajun roots. The grilled snapper is topped with crawfish pesto. The varied menu also offers steaks, seafood, chicken, and a variety of lighter fare appetizers. Reservations recommended. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

RUE DE LA COURSE
219 N. Peters St. 523-0206
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER
627 Bourbon St., 525-8442
Deloris Lewis has been cranking out the gumbo and other traditional Louisiana fare for 30 years now. French Quarter visitors in the thick of things check out Sammy's Creole Combo: a cup of Deloris' gumbo, a heaping serving of jambalaya and crawfish pie for $13.95. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMURAI SUSHI
239 Decatur St. 525-9595
Residents of the French Quarter thank their lucky stars for Samurai Sushi, the Quarter's only sushi restaurant. The sashimi appetizer includes an assortment of exotic ocean fish, garnished with daikon radish and shiso leaf; the salmon roll also sports snow crab and is topped with Samurai's special sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

SILKY O'SULLIVAN'S
311 Decatur St. 525-1011
With a flagship restaurant in Memphis, Silky O'Sullivan's knows barbecue. Its ribs are dry-rubbed and apple-and-hickory smoked, while the brisket po-boy and pulled pork po-boys both benefit from their meat being smoked for 13 hours. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER
237 Decatur St. 525-6151
You know what this restaurant's specialties are from its name, so consider the preparations: filet mignon is filled with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and lobster stuffing, then topped with red wine mushroom sauce. For romantics, Star offers a lobster special for two for $49.95, which includes soup, salad and baked potato. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO
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500 Canal St. (Canal Place) 595-6258
See restaurant description under "Citywide" listing.

STATIONHOUSE GRILLE
329 Decatur St 587-0079
This relaxed hangout in the Quarter has a burgeoning jazz scene, and a menu that caters to hungry late-night appetites. Shrimp dip is a good way to start off the night, followed by a New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp sandwich. Grilled cheeseburgers also are a menu staple. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE STEAK PIT
609 Bourbon St. 525-3406
You may come for the selection of 20 beers, but you'll stay to for the Jim Bean Bourbon BBQ Baby Back Ribs. A variety of po-boys, sides (eggplant french fries, onion soup, onion rings or sweet potato fries) and a juicy 8-oz. New York strip steak with please any appetite. If seafood is more your style there's the Jumbo Combo with piles of shrimp, catfish, oysters served with fries. Delivery available in the French Quarter. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STELLA!
1032 Chartres St. 587-0091
There are only 16 tables at this intimate eatery, but snag one and the entrees will make you shout to the rooftops. Witness the pan-duck marinated in soy, ginger, garlic, honey, scallions and Szechwan peppercorns, then pan-seared and served with mu shu pancakes, vegetable stir-fry, foie gras wontons and a currant cassis reduction. Or try fresh market fish with jumbo lump crabmeat and shrimp over pasta, with heirloom vegetables and lemon-chive butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly except Tuesday. Credit cards. $$$

TEDDY'S GRILL
5325 Franklin Ave. 288-9370
Teddy's is best known for its succulent roast beef, which is marinated overnight and slow-cooked. The result shines in either po-boys or a full dinner. Teddy's has plenty of variety, however, with 22 different po-boys, and nine special hot lunches featured every day. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner weekdays. Credit cards. $

T.G.I. FRIDAY'S
132 Royal St. 523-4401
T.G.I. Friday's refreshes the menu every six months, but that doesn't keep diners from starting with the mainstay appetizers, the potato skins. Jack Daniel's steak, ribs and chicken are popular entrees. The Angus burger features an 8-oz., 100 percent natural Angus patty with all the fixings. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TONY MORAN'S
240 Bourbon St. 523-3181
Located on the second floor of the Old Absinthe House, Tony Moran's serves Northern Italian cuisine and locally influenced versions of old favorites. The pasta is prepared in-house and tossed tableside to your liking. The bistecca alla funghi is a prime-aged New York strip steak, which is broiled then flamed in a peppercorn cream grappa sauce. Try the stuffed prawns diavolo, filled with a crabmeat stuffing and served over a spicy tomato sauce and vegetables. Finish off your meal with the popular bananas Foster. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

TORTORICI'S
441 Royal St. 522-4295
www.tortoricis.com

For more than a century, Tortorici's has offered classic Italian cuisine with a dash of New Orleans influence. Stave off chilly fall nights with tender turtle soup and the house favorite Tortorici's Trio: a beef tenderloin medallion topped with mushroom sauce, a sauteed chicken breast with crawfish sauce and fresh Louisiana shrimp scampi all served with pasta and vegetables. Indulge in the veal Oscar with fresh crabmeat and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE TRICOU HOUSE
711 Bourbon St. 525-8379
www.711bourbon.com
Located in the heart of New Orleans' party district, Tricou offers all-you-can-eat boiled shrimp daily and barbecue ribs on Wednesdays and Sundays. Zydeco, jazz and Cajun music from the 711 Bar add to the dining experience. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TUJAGUE'S 823
Decatur St. 525-8676
Facing the historic French Market, equally historic Tujague's has been satisfying customers for more than 143 years with its traditional Creole cuisine. Try the prix fixe menu: choose between four entrees, each of which is served with shrimp remoulade, Tujague's own traditional beef brisket with Creole sauce, soup, dessert and coffee. The chicken Bonne Femme is served with cottage fries. The bread pudding and pecan pie are favorites for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

UNCLE BUCK'S CAJUN & CREOLE GRILL
811 Conti St. 299-8496
Located in the back bar of Monaghan's Erin Rose, this grill caters to locals and service industry workers. Monday and Friday special is $12.50 whole Maine lobster, "Cajun injected and boiled." Lunch Friday through Sunday, dinner and late-night daily. $

VERTI MART
1201 Royal St. 525-4767
This popular lower French Quarter corner market offers variety of ready-to-eat sandwiches, hot meals and side items. Among the favorites: roasted chicken, barbecue ribs and chicken brisket, while the macaroni and cheese is tough to beat. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards for in-store purchases. $

VICTOR'S
921 Canal St. (The Ritz-Carlton Hotel) 524-1331
Chef Frank Brunacci's tasting menus change regularly but visitors will always encounter elegant interpretations of inter-continental cuisine. Try the lobster wrapped in bacon with Chantrelle mushrooms and corn timbale or the veal trio with mushroom lasagna and fried artichokes. Diners choose from the three-course a la carte menu, the six-course degustation or a 10-course tasting of dishes selected by the chef. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

YO MAMA'S BAR AND GRILL
727 St. Peter St. 522-1125
Mama said there'd be days like this: night-crawling in the French Quarter, first in need of food, and then a way to work it off. Yo Mama's is ready for both, with dining and bars both upstairs and downstairs. You can choose from at least a dozen different half-pound burgers, as well as tuna filets and filet mignons. Wash it down with a tequila selection, with more than 50 available. Then it's time to head upstairs to the dance floor where the DJ provides the workout. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


Gentilly

BUD'S BROILER
6325 Elysian Fields Ave. 282-6696
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ENZO'S RISTORANTE

1648 Gentilly Blvd., 949-2284
www.enzosnola.com
Co-owners Nick Marzoni and Lyle Melancon and chefs Kevin and Keith Crimen bring lots of experience in light Italian fare from places like Italian Pie and Cafe Roma in opening up in the old Starting Gate bar near the Fairgrounds last month. The completely renovated space featured tried-and-true items like pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups and salads. Early favorites have already emerged: the shrimp and corn bisque served in a bread bowl; the feta rolls, and the Classico pizza with its fresh basil leaves, roma tomato slices and mozzarella cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast daily during horse-racing season. Credit cards. $

FLYIN' COW
5219 Elysian Fields Ave. 288-8979
When you want a quick meal but you also want variety and healthy offerings, fly over here. Onion rings and veggie burgers are both made from scratch, and the menu leans to sandwiches and salads, along with offerings like seafood platters, gyro wraps and Buffalo wings. For dessert, try the housemade bread pudding or opt for the holy trinity of milkshakes: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Free delivery available for orders of $7 or more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
5219 Elysian Fields Ave., 288-0888
www.italianpierestaurants.com
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MALONEY'S RESTAURANT
5000 Old Gentilly Road 942-2400
Big appetites on a budget give thumbs-up to the affordable offerings at Maloney's, where the daily all-you-can-eat buffet choices include lasagna, oven roasted turkey, and hand-carved beef brisket, plus dessert -- all for $6.99. There's also a Friday all-you-can-eat seafood buffet for $10.99 as well as individual selections like po-boys and sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

PAMPY'S
2005 N. Broad St. 949-7970
Local politicos don't just like to be seen here; they also love sampling the roll call of Creole and soul food specialties in this neighborhood restaurant. Check out the Creole file gumbo and barbecue shrimp. Pampy's also has an oyster bar, a selection of signature martinis, including a popular apple flavor, and a small private room for parties of up to 25. Fridays bring live piano sets. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$


Harahan

APPLEBEE'S
1220 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan 734-0042
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BUD'S BROILER
9327 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-2452
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE
1801 Dickory St., River Ridge 734-8455
Friday wine tastings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. showcase Cellars' impressive collection of more than 2,000 wines and is a perfect way to begin the weekend. Complementing the wines are housemade dishes like chicken tortilla soup and stuffed green peppers and a selection of hot and cold sandwiches and wraps. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

DAMON'S GRILL
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan 734-7428
Damon's boasts four large-screen televisions and speakers at tables that allow sports fans to tune into their favorite game. While the TVs may be enticing, most customers come for signature dishes like the St. Louis-style barbecue ribs, prime rib and grilled pork chop. Lunch specials are $6.99 and include the chicken salad sandwich and chicken quesadilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOT'S DINER
10701 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-9678
See "Citywide" location for restaurant description.

FOX & HOUND

1200 S. Clearview Pkwy. (Elmwood Village Shopping Center), Elmwood 731-6000
One of the area's more popular sports bars recently was voted "Best Place to Shoot Pool" in Gambit Weekly's recent "Best of New Orleans" issue. The Fox & Hound also recently added barbecue to its tradition sports-bar fare, including Georgia chopped pork, Texas beef brisket, and country roasted chicken. Along with the games available are some specialty nights including Working Women's Wednesdays: free buffet and pool, and $2 margaritas and Cosmopolitans for women from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KYOTO II
5608 Citrus Blvd., Harahan 818-0228
Longtime sushi chef Mitsuko Tanner brings her expertise to Kyoto II, an extension of the popular Uptown location where Japanese flavors go beyond standard sushi offerings. One is the Desiree Roll: crabstick, spicy shrimp, crawfish and spicy tuna, quickly deep-fried and served with wasabi sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LA MADELEINE
5171 Citrus Blvd., Elmwood 818-2450
www.lamadeleine.com

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PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
10158 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-7797
www.pjscoffee.com
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PLANC COFFEE AND TEA

1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan 738-2220
www.planc.com

Planc offers a wide selection of coffees and teas along with an assortment of pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches. New fall additions to the frozen drink list include the Orange Julius and the eggnog freeze. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA

874 Harrison Ave. 488-0133
www.reginellis.com

LITTLE TOKYO RESTAURANT PART II
3225 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-7660
Having expanded from the Metairie location, Part II continues the distinctive Japanese dining experience. If you choose the shabu shabu you are game to watching the chef fry tempura right at your table. Offering more than 30 different sushi rolls and sushi nigiri, there is much to choose from. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE
1319 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 469-0404
www.lonestarsteakhouse.com
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MR. GYROS GREEK FOOD INC.

3232 Williams Blvd., Kenner 466-6833
Recently relocated to Kenner, Mr. Gyros has a new casual style and a revamped menu. Traditional Greek dishes include moussaka, pistachio, souvlaki, gyros and pastries. But diners here will also find new additions like Mr. Gyro's burger -- each is made with Mr. Gyro's secret recipe and guaranteed by Mr. Gyro himself. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE GARDEN

1315 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 464-4612
www.olivegarden.com
The national chain boasts "when you're here, you're family," featuring Italian dishes from minestrone soup to lobster spaghetti. Complimentary breadsticks are served. Tortelloni di Fizzano is a favored specialty: tortellini stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach and topped with creamy beef and Bolognese sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
New Orleans International Airport (West Terminal), Kenner 466-2103
www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

POTATO KING
3729 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-5464
Spud's the word at this Kenner establishment. The Cajun crawfish potato, a local favorite, includes crawfish, cheese sauce, cheddar cheese, butter and chives. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

PRIMO PIZZA & PASTA
2401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner 464-4547
Primo's menu offers a variety of sandwiches, calzones, pizzas and pastas. Many diners opt for the buffet, however, which includes a salad bar, three vegetables, pizza slices, spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine pastas and apple crunch. The buffet runs $3.99 for lunch and $4.99 at dinner (Friday and Saturday seafood buffets run $6.99 and $7.99). No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

QUIZNO'S
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 466-9195
Called by some a slightly more upscale Subway, Quizno's came to town over the summer offering a mother lode of toasted subs -- at least 20 are available. The most popular one so far is the Bistro Beef (a recent addition): roast beef with au jus, herb mayonnaise, sauteed yellow onions, a Caesar cheese blend and served on your choice of onion, cheddar or ciabatta bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROADHOUSE GRILL
820 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 465-1349
Both Roadhouse Grill locations boast "real American food" as its cuisine style. Red meat abounds in choices such as The Roadie, a steak marinated in Jim Beam and served with sizzling onions and a side salad. For starters, try the cheese wraps, a egg roll-like snack stuffed with several cheeses and peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SAKE CAFE
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 468-8829
The folks who run the Sake Cafe in Metairie expanded to Kenner back in August, but don't expect the replication here. This version features two new sushi rolls in the Chateau (snowcrab, crabstick, avocado and cream cheese with whitefish wrapped on the outside, then breaded and fried) and the Kenner (snowcrab, avocado and whitefish fried with tempura batter). The Halloween-theme Evil Roll comes with jalapeno and yellowtail inside, and spicy tuna, spicy sauce and wasabi tobiko on the outside. Happy Hour runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Reservations for parties of five or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA
3501 W. Chateau Blvd., Kenner 460-1047
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

STINGRAY'S SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR

1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 443-4040
Ease into a night at Stingray's with its appetizer crawfish Taylor, a fried pastry shell stuffed with fried crawfish tails and cream crawfish sauce. Then you'll be ready for the sweet sting of a stuffed catfish entree, filled with a choice of crawfish or crabmeat stuffing, topped with shrimp pasta sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUEROS TAQUERIA CANTINA

2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner 441-8888
Taqueros is an outpost of authentic Mexican cooking in Kenner, with chunky fresh guacamole and a selection of homemade salsas always a welcome start to a hearty meal. Spicy rice and beans accompany artful entrees, and Taqueros' preparation of the fish of the day deserves attention. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wednesday through Saturday, dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

TRAUTH'S LAKE HOUSE & STEAMERY
3700 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-6488
Begin your meal with a hearty bowl of Trauth's gumbo or artichoke bisque. Then dive headfirst into the all-you-can-eat catfish and chicken special. This enormous feast is served with potatoes, hush puppies and cole slaw. If you manage to find room for dessert, order the homemade bread pudding. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$



Lakefront



ACME OYSTER HOUSE

7306 Lakeshore Drive 282-9200
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BRUNING'S
1922 West End Pkwy. 282-9395
As the cooler weather moves in and Bruning's famous softshell crab moves out of season, think about broiled flounder or fried trout instead. And after this fall's tropical storms and hurricane scares, the oysters are finally back. The most popular way to eat them at this lakefront institution is raw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE CAFE
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 286-1777
Both locations serve a number of fresh coffees, pastries and salads. While traditional coffeehouse items abound, Chateau Coffee Cafe takes it an extra step with items like the Southwestern chicken salads prepared with salsa, corn, black beans, tortilla chips and Southwestern ranch dressing. Regulars love the white chocolate almond shiver, a frozen vanilla ice cream treat with a secret ingredient. Daily hot lunch specials often include red beans and rice and grilled fresh fish. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CHINA ROSE
125 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 283-3333
China Rose's dedicated chefs have developed a huge selection of more than 300 authentic Chinese dishes. Customers love the Lucky Shrimp (shrimp boiled with green onions, ginger and soybean sauce) and the China Rose Special Duck (tender duck marinated in spices and stir-fried with bell peppers and bean sprouts). For a bright change of pace try the Rainbow Scallops with fresh, jumbo scallops stir-fried with an assortment of multi-colored vegetables and a white sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FLIGHT DECK RESTAURANT

6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd. (New Orleans Lakefront Airport) 241-2561
Popular with families, the Flight Deck offers a menu but really specializes in buffets: a weekend breakfast buffet, and a lunch buffet through the week, with a seafood buffet on Fridays. Lunch buffet selections include corned beef and cabbage (Wednesdays), stuffed crab (Fridays) and barbecue (Saturdays). As you dine, small aircraft take off and land outside the window. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

JAEGER'S ON THE LAKE
1928 West End Park 283-7585
Diners can absorb many of the tastes of New Orleans simultaneously at this restaurant, which commands a serene view of Lake Pontchartrain, offers live entertainment nightly and provides the fruits of the sea in dishes such as the Big A seafood platter feast for five adults, which includes ample supplies of fish, oysters, shrimp, crab, fried crawfish tails, fried shrimp, softshell crab, crabcakes, oysters bordelaise and hushpuppies for $54.95. Reservations accepted. Lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

JOE'S CRAB SHACK
8000 Lakeshore Drive 283-1010
www.landrysseafood.com
The name isn't Alice's, but diners can get anything they want here -- seafood-wise anyway. This family restaurant and locals' hangout serves up crab, shrimp, oysters and fish every way: boiled, fried, grilled or steamed. It also offers the popular barbecued Dungeness crab boiled in spices or steamed and all-you-can-eat seafood on Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
1532 Robert E. Lee Blvd. (UNO Lakefront) 283-6686
www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

RED STEER GRILL

124 Lake Marina Ave. 283-4582
Steaks, brisket and ribs are what you'd expect at a place called the Red Steer, where you can get your beef in a po-boy or on a platter. Poultry and fresh seafood dishes are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL

8555 Pontchartrain Blvd. 282-9999
At Russell's, start with the battered and fried onion mum appetizer, shaped like a flower. Follow up with the barbecued yellowfin tuna. Early risers love the chicken, spinach and onion egg-white omelette served with homemade salsa. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VOODOO BBQ
8550 Pontchartrain Blvd. 283-8301
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

WEST END CAFE
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd. 288-0711
If you're feeling crabby, don't pass up the Maryland-style, deep-fried crabcakes made with Louisiana crabmeat and served with crawfish-tomato-basil sauce on Fridays and with remoulade every other day. On Monday nights, West End features a live 1 1/4-lb. Maine lobster for $11.95. Breakfast includes eggs, omelettes, grillades and grits, and the tantalizing shrimp and tasso grits. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S OF NEW ORLEANS
7224 Pontchartrain Blvd. 284-6004
www.wolfesofneworleans.com.
Last year, Esquire magazine named Chef Tom Wolfe one of the country's top five chefs to watch. At his homey-chic restaurant near the lake, you'll find dishes like roasted duck with kiln-dried cherry and caramelized onion spaetzle. One of his favorite appetizers is the crispy sweetbreads with warm prosciutto and frisee salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner weekdays, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$$



Lakeview


BARATARIA
900 Harrison Ave. 488-7474
www.baratariafood.com
Owner Ralph Pausina and his family have cultivated oysters in Barataria Bay for more than 60 years -- try them in a variety of dishes. Other menu options include steaks, chicken and pork; a unique, light-handed paneed veal entree also features tomatoes, avocado, Romano cheese, basil and balsamic vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S DELI
515 Harrison Ave. 486-1766
For more than 30 years Charlie's Deli has been satisfying the lunch needs of its faithful clientele. This Lakeview sandwich haven is home to high-quality deli meats like corned beef and peppered beef, as well as New Orleans classics like fried seafood po-boys and platters. One popular item is the French fry po-boy, with or without roast beef debris and hot brown gravy. Stay for a dessert of pecan pie or carrot cake. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday. Checks and cash. $

COFFEE & COMPANY

800 Harrison Ave. 488-8946
While both Coffee & Company locations offer a varied selection of specialty coffees to jump-start your system, the food is also a strong attraction. Breakfast items, homemade soups and bagels straight from New York are popular. The Southwest salad combines lettuce, black beans and corn marinated in lemon, lime and cilantro and can be ordered with or without chicken. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner daily at the Harrison Avenue location only. Credit cards and checks. $

DINO'S LAKEVIEW

339 W. Harrison Ave. 484-6460
While probably best known for its pizzas, Dino's also whips up soups and entrees, like the creamy crawfish pasta. Fried catfish strips are another menu favorite, served with fries, toast and tartar sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

DOLLY'S DELI
5151 Canal Blvd. 486-8600
Fill up at Dolly's with just about any kind of po-boy you can crave: shrimp, catfish, oyster, roast beef and meatball are just half the available choices. Or pull up to the chicken platters, which feature fried, barbecue or rotisserie birds. Earlier in the day, go for a breakfast sandwich and grits. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CUISINE
225 W. Harrison Ave. 486-7664
The advent of fall at La Cuisine means softshell crabs, fried and topped with lump crabmeat and smothered in Orleans sauce. There's also the juicy grilled salmon, the osso bucco and an oysters Rockefeller appetizer that's to die for. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave. 486-4887
Lakeview Harbor's seafood platter includes a mountain of softshell crabs, catfish, shrimp, trout, crabcakes, oysters and fries with soup or salad. Beef eaters have plenty of steaks and burgers to choose from. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S
789 Harrison Ave. 488-6496, 488-9156
This inexpensive and casual, family-style restaurant offers a variety of sandwiches, salads and seafood dishes. The seafood salad comes with your choice of oysters, shrimp or crawfish (fried or broiled) over lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, cheese and dressing. If you just can't pick one, try the seafood pasta complete with shrimp, crawfish and oysters in a cream sauce over angel hair pasta served with one side order. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

PACIFIC CAFE
5243 Canal Blvd. 488-0100
This Lakeview bar and grill offers patio dining and a happening happy hour. Conventional menu items include crab dip and club sandwiches, seafood platters, po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

PLANTATION COFFEEHOUSE
5555 Canal Blvd. 482-3164
Over the years, Plantation's menu offerings have expanded to include a full-blown selection of lunch and dinner dishes and a limited selection of breakfast items: eggs and omelettes are served on weekend mornings, soups, sandwiches, grilled items, and vegetarian fare are served throughout the day. There are also tempting treats like cheesecake, muffins and more, including low-fat and sugar-free varieties. No reservations. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
874 Harrison Ave. 488-0133
www.reginellis.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

STEAK KNIFE
888 Harrison Ave. 488-8981
This upscale eatery prides itself on its beautiful cuts of meat, and it's easy to see why when you taste one of their broiled 6- or 9-oz. filets. Fish Robert is equally elegant on the seafood side, a pan-sauteed fish of the day topped with lump crabmeat, mushrooms and lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

TONY ANGELLO'S RISTORANTE
6262 Fleur de Lis Drive 488-0888
Tony Angello's offers a simple menu of classic Italian dishes. Regulars love the eggplant Trina: fried eggplant layered with marinara sauce and cheese. For those who can't decide, the Feed Me dinner is a multiple-course feast of house favorites in smaller portions. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

WEAVER'S PO-BOYS
800 Navarre Ave. 488-9267

Since 1945 Weaver's has specialized in offering a variety of New Orleans' unique brand of sandwiches. Pa Dee's Special is a grilled chicken breast smothered in barbecue sauce with Swiss, bell peppers and grilled ham and onions. Traditionalists may prefer the Old Fashioned roast beef po-boy in a flavorful brown gravy. Weaver's also serves sno-balls all year round. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Delivery available. Credit cards. $


Metairie


ACROPOLIS CUISINE
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-9046
No longer the new kid on the block, Acropolis has become a standard for Greek and other Mediterranean foods in Metairie. Along with kebabs, moussaka, gyros and spinach-feta pies, you'll also find daily fish specials. Salmon, trout, mahi mahi and amberjack (to name a few) might come grilled, blackened or pan-sauteed. Pay $9.95 for a fixed-price lunch, or around $14 for a four-course dinner. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA'S

3100 19th St., Metairie 834-8583
www.andreasrestaurant.com
Andrea makes all of his pastas in-house, and his pastry chef whips up tiramisu, English trifle and other desserts daily. The menu always depends upon what's seasonal and fresh, though some of Andrea's favorite ingredients include Dover sole, Maine lobster and salmon. The early bird special, at $15.95, runs from 3 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

ANDREW JAEGER'S RESTAURANT

2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 888-9011
Now that Andrew Jaeger is exclusively in Metairie, hit the suburb for his preparations of Gulf seafood and Louisiana classics. You'll find live entertainment in the Music Room, martinis at the cocktail bar, a quiet dining room and a special events facility to accommodate up to 500 guests. Try prime rib for $7.95 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturday night; steak and lobster Thursday and Friday for $9.95. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ANSELMO'S

3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie 889-1212
Anselmo's is known for serving classic New Orleans-Italian veal and seafood dishes in a tasteful fine dining atmosphere. The Italian Shrimp are served with a lemon-rosemary cream sauce, while Salad Alyse is a mix of greens, Gorgonzola, bacon and sugared pecans with sweet balsamic vinaigrette. Daytime delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

APPLEBEE'S
3901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-0755
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

AUSTIN'S
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 888-5533
Affordable dishes are served in a fine dining atmosphere at this new Metairie restaurant opening in November. Selections from the menu of steaks, seafood, chops and pasta include a veal chop stuffed with mozzarella cheese and proscuitto and a pork chop stuffed with oyster dressing and served with fresh Louisiana yams. Chocolate mousse cake and spumoni cheesecake are among the dessert offerings. Reservations accepted. Call for dinner hours. Credit cards. $$

BABY BOOMERS CAFE AND PUB
4617 Sanford St., Metairie 457-0065
When the bar is open, the grill is hot at this laid-back Metairie bar and grill. Sandwiches, 10-oz. burgers and fried appetizers sum up the menu options. There's also an oldies juke box, poker machines, dart boards and -- just arrived -- a foosball table. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner nightly, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

BAGEL FACTORY
3113 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 837-8707
All Bagel Factory bagels are baked in Metairie, though the stores are separately owned and have individual personalities. The Metairie store, for example, is 100 percent kosher and sells Jewish sweets like hamantashen. At the Uptown store, you can get fresh cinnamon rolls, beignets fried to order and locally made Quintin's ice creams. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner weekdays, breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday at the Causeway Boulevard location. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday, breakfast and lunch Sunday at the St. Charles Avenue location. Credit cards. $

BAYOU BAGELRY
3535 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-6400
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BAYOU CAFE
Four Points By Sheraton, 6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 885-5700
www.fourpointsneworleans.com
Visitors who need a breather from traveling into the city stand by the Four Points restaurant, which specializes in regional and local favorites including the Cajun pasta, red beans and rice, and jambalaya. They also serve up a mean Philly cheese steak. No reservations. Credit cards. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $

BEACH HOUSE
2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie 885-1407
Sing your heart out evenings at Beach House's karaoke bar, where even children are encouraged to participate until 9 p.m. Friday is Cajun-boiled lobster night -- lobster dinners come with salad and a baked potato. There's also a recently expanded menu offering more seafood, poultry and pasta dishes; 8-oz. ground chuck burgers are still the standby. Check out the new lunch service, though you'll have to wait until 7 p.m. to sing. No reservations. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

BENNIGAN'S GRILL & TAVERN
3434 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-0664
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BLUE MOON TAVERN
115 Focis St., Metairie 831-6725
Blue Moon closes every day from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., although you can still get breakfast if you order just prior to daybreak. The regular menu includes burgers and grilled tuna Caesar salads. Daily plate lunch specials such as stuffed peppers, barbecued chicken, fried seafood, fried pork chops and spaghetti are available into the afternoon until the supply runs out. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BOZO'S
3117 21st St., Metairie 831-8666
Three quarters of a century and still counting ... Chef Bozo took the restaurant over from his parents and continues to put out some of the most talked-about fried seafood in the area. Squeeze into a space at the oyster bar before sitting down for stuffed shrimp, fried catfish and gumbo. Reservations accepted for dinner except on Fridays. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO! ITALIAN KITCHEN
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 828-8828
There's a new reason to lunch at Bravo! that reaches beyond the pastas and wood-fired pizzas: until the end of the year, if you eat five lunches at Bravo! you get the sixth one free. In addition, holiday shoppers will receive a $25 gift certificate with the purchase of a $100 gift certificate. And more news: specialty martinis are $3 for ladies on Thursday nights. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER
2008 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 889-2837
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BYBLOS
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-9777
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE LATTE
2324 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-6343
Cafe Latte's accommodating staff welcomes special-need orders and aims at catering to all tastes and dietary requirements. The favorite house salad is filled with chicken, provolone, egg, blue cheese, bacon and loads of vegetables. Also try the chicken fajitas rolled in flour or whole wheat flour tortillas, served with a side salad. A bounty of sugar-free desserts are available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE SATORA
3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 832-1444
Inspired by the tastes of Mediterranean, fresh salads and panini sandwiches are specialties of Cafe Satora. Panini sandwiches are made with fresh ingredients, held between a thick focaccia bread and pressed on a hot grill. Try the chicken-tomato basil, spinach and feta or the best-selling club panino with grilled chicken breast, tomatoes, bacon, red onions, avocado, mozzarella and a special dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFFE! CAFFE!
4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 885-4845
Caffe! Caffe!'s in-house bakery creates some of the freshest pastries to go along with the wide assortment of drinks offered. Try the popular avocado salad with crisp romaine lettuce, sliced fresh avocado, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, juicy orange slices, red onions and a tangy mango vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner weekdays. Credit cards. $

CAFFE FRESCA
4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 887-2010
True to its name, Caffe Fresca offers a variety of healthy sandwiches, daily soup specials and salads all made with fresh ingredients. The fresh avocado and chargrilled chicken salad is filled with avocado, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, red onions, carrots, cucumbers marinated in sun-dried tomatoes and sprouts tossed with crisp romaine lettuce with a toasted pita on the side. Also try the Greek grilled chicken sandwich in a pita: two grilled chicken breasts topped with mashed fresh avocado, olives, tomatoes and housemade dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CARMINE'S ITALIAN SEAFOOD & GRILL
4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-7904
Carmine's adds a Creole twist to its traditional Italian fare with dishes like the crawfish and shrimp ravioli. Steak lovers will delve right into the 16-oz. ribeye steak. For a great meal at a better price, Carmine's offers a steamed whole lobster on Mondays and Tuesdays for $9.95. If you've managed to save room for dessert be sure to try Carmine's white chocolate bread pudding. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays and Sunday, dinner nightly. Credit cards and checks. $$

CASA GARCIA MEXICAN RESTAURANT
8824 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 464-0354
The indoor garden setting and offerings of traditional Mexican food and innovative creations, keep regulars coming back to Casa Garcia. New this fall is the filet of fish: tilapia cooked in a sauce of wine, herbs and spices, served with your choice of two sides (Spanish rice, refried beans, sauteed vegetables or Mexican corn). Delivery available for orders of 15 or more entrees. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CASABLANCA
3030 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-2209
www.kosherneworleans.com
Casablanca's takes on Moroccan and Middle Eastern kosher food come in soups, salads, sandwiches and "exotic entrees," which come with a house salad, pita bread, and choice of French fries, mixed veggies or rice. The spicy eggplant salad consists of diced eggplant mixed in with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, fresh garlic, olive oil and herbs. The Mediterranean combo plate delivers the tastes of moussaka, spinach pie, grape leaves and tzatziki sauce. No reservations. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $

CENTROAMERICANA
3507 Hessmer Ave., Metairie 455-7722
Warm yourself this fall with authentic South and Central American food from Centroamericana. Latin music plays in the background while drinks made with tamarind, guanabana and other juices take you away to paradise. Regulars enjoy the charbroiled pork tenderloin served with cabbage salad and rice and beans, separated or mixed together in a dish called gallo-pinto. Dinners come with your choice of French fries, corn tortillas or fried plantains. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thursday through Tuesday. Credit cards and checks. $

CHARLEY G'S SEAFOOD GRILL
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-6408
www.charleygs.com
Begin with the merliton stuffed oysters and move on to the tuna Florentine: an 8-oz. yellowfin tuna steak served over fettuccine tossed with borsin cheese, tomato and basil. The grilled shrimp macque choux places jumbo shrimp on top of corn macque choux with flash-fried spinach in a red pepper coulis. Charley G's offers a seafood lunch buffet on Friday and live jazz Friday and Saturday. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CHINA TOWN GOURMET
3100 17th St., Metairie 834-9065
Forget it, Jake, it's China Town, which opened in January inside the old Dragon Garden but officially changed its name in May. Try Gourmet versions of a wide range of noodles, including the Singapore Chow Fun, the Hong Kong Fried Noodle and the Korean Noodles. Favorites include the Gen. Tsao's chicken, sesame chicken, and the Szechuan-style Chinese eggplant. Ask about the lunch and dinner specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHURROS CAFE
3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie 885-6516
Churros is one of the few restaurants in the area to offer authentic Cuban cuisine. Two prime choices are the roast pork served with black beans, rice and yucca marinated in a special dressing, and the Cuban sandwich with ham, sliced pork, Swiss cheese and pickles. Remember to try the namesake dessert and homemade flan as well as the traditional Nicaraguan tres leche cake (cake soaked in condensed, regular and evaporated milk and topped with a sweet meringue). Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast weekdays, lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

COFFEE BEAN EUROPEAN CAFE
3244 Severn Ave., Metairie 456-9870
In addition to the popular sugar-free iced blended mocha, Coffee Bean offers a full bevy of standard coffeehouse drinks. Diners can choose from rich chicken tortilla soup made fresh daily or a host of salads and sandwiches. Daily hot-plate specials often feature red beans and rice or spaghetti and meatballs. Even non-dieters love the guilt-free cinnamon rolls; a variety of sugar-free and vegetarian items are also available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COFFEE COTTAGE

2559 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-3513
www.coffeecottage.com
Coffee Cottage is known for providing light, healthy meals packed with fresh ingredients. Favorites include, foccacia club sandwiches and the California turkey wraps made with turkey, fresh avocado, cilantro, sour cream, pepper Jack cheese and juicy tomato. Top off any meal with the white chocolate bread pudding. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COFFEE COVE
3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie 780-9445
Coffee Cove's extensive breakfast menu goes beyond the typical pastries and coffee. Try the Morning Munchie with grits, eggs, toast, and spiced pecan waffles, with your choice of hash browns or bacon; or the Spring Fling omelet loaded with mushrooms, bell peppers, green and yellow onions. Daily Chef specials feature items like roasted portobello sandwiches. Other amenities include a catering service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COME BACK INN II
8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 467-9316
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

COPELAND'S
701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 831-3437
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CORKY'S BAR-B-Q
4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-5000
Corky's celebrates its 10th anniversary with new additions to its menu like the half-pound chargrilled hamburger, which comes fully loaded, or the hickory cheddar burger grilled with barbecue sauce. Don't forget to sink your teeth into Corky's special onion loaf: a big onion cut into rings, then battered and fried into the shape of a bread loaf (or the smaller half-loaf). The beef brisket and tender Memphis-style wet or dry barbecue pork ribs are classics. Corky's also offers take-out or full-service catering. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie 454-1008
This family-owned neighborhood restaurant offers a dish made for the truly hungry, or couples. The seafood platter for two features gumbo, salad, stuffed jalapenos, onion rings, crab balls, hush puppies, shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed shrimp, baby softshell crab and popcorn shrimp. Also noteworthy are the red beans and rice, seafood-stuffed artichokes and roast beef po-boys. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S CAFE & BAR
3520 18th St., Metairie 887-6641
www.crazyjohnnies.com
Come in for an early dinner (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday) and take advantage of Crazy Johnnie's $8.95 filet mignon early-bird special. Steaks and sandwiches come with the popular Crazy Potatoes, mashed with butter and signature spices. A favorite with regulars is the crawfish Johnny with sauteed crawfish, mushrooms and onions in a cream sauce, served over rice. On Tuesdays every bottle of wine on the list is half price. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $

CUCO'S
5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 454-5005
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

DANIEL'S ITALIAN & LATIN CUISINE

1023 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 831-8147
Daniel's diverse menu is made up of multinational cuisine that offers something to satisfy every taste. Daily lunch specials include chicken mushroom Marsala over pasta with marinara sauce. The seafood paella is loaded with shrimp, calamari and mussels. The shrimp Jasmine is the house's special rendering of shrimp scampi. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

DANNY AND CLYDE'S

2201 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 885-1332
4320 Clearview Pky., Metairie 888-0129
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT
4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-1550
Don's offers a selection of fish, oysters, crab, shrimp, and crawfish. Currently, the Metairie eatery offers Monday-Thursday dine-in specials, which include 25-cent oysters on Monday nights and its famous seafood platter on Tuesdays. To top it all off, finish with the house's bread pudding or a slice of creamy cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOT'S DINER
6633 Airline Drive, Metairie 734-0301
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR

3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 888-9254
Drago's is known for its lobster, and the menu here offers the crustacean several ways. Lobster Marco and Lobster Empire are two popular choices; both feature a stuffed lobster served with angel hair pasta and a cream sauce, with shrimp or oysters depending on your choice. Regulars also go for the charbroiled oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL
3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie 780-2266
The Edge Burger is 8 ounces of prime beef grilled and served on a toasted sesame bun, dressed or undressed -- whichever you prefer. On the lighter side, the Deli Delight is a boneless, skinless grilled chicken breast with sauteed mushrooms and onions, served over angel hair pasta with homemade tomato sauce and accompanied by a vegetable and salad. No reservations. Lunch weekdays, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAUSTO'S BISTRO

530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-7121
Fausto's cuisine is a testament to how well Italian and Creole flavors blend together. The veal saltimbocca is sauteed with fresh mushrooms, Italian herbs and crowned with prosciutto and mozzarella and finally flamed in a Marsala wine sauce. This fall try the frutti di mare: crab claws, oysters, mussels, fish, shrimp, calamari and softshell crab -- all sauteed with fresh herbs and set in a seafood sauce reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

FENG SHUI
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 883-9135

Making a name for itself since opening late last year, Feng Shui offers its own versions of favorites such as General Tso's chicken and honey-pecan shrimp. Lunch specials are served until 5 p.m. and include an entree, shrimp fried rice, spring roll and soup. Delivery available for orders of $30 or more. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Saturday and dinner daily. $$

FOODIES KITCHEN

720 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-9695
www.foodieskitchen.com
The Metairie location of Foodies Kitchen lets you make the call, whether you want an entree off their hot-line to dine in or you want to take a meal to go. Popular items off the hot-line include the panne chicken and any number of Gulf fish options, with the mahi mahi a regular favorite in the rotation. To go, you can try the buttermilk pecan chicken. Catering available. No reservations. Pastries at breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $

THE FRENCH TABLE
3216 W. Esplanade Ave. N., Suite A-1, Metairie 833-8108
www.frenchtableonline.com
Modeled after the classic French dining experience, The French Table's menu is filled with traditional items such as the French onion soup, served with the sharp, cheesy crust. Sweetbreads in lemon butter meuniere are a top appetizer. Servers filet Dover sole table-side after it's pan sauteed in the kitchen. The lemon mousse is another treat. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

FROSTY'S CAFFE

3400 Cleary Ave., Metairie 888-9600
The bubble tea craze has its home in town at Frosty's Caffe. Also known as tapioca pearl drink, Frosty's serves 80 different kinds (avocado is the most popular), from ones that are based in tea or milk. You can also get Vietnamese dishes like pho, banh mi (sandwiches), traditional spicy shrimp and chicken salad and Vietnamese crepes. Frosty's also offers American-inspired food, like Greek and Caesar salads. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, lunch and early dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $

FURY'S
724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie 834-5646.
Fury's is an old-school joint with a menu steeped in the New Orleans-Italian cuisine tradition. There are the seafood institutions like fried oyster platters, local classics like seafood-stuffed bell peppers and eggplant parmigiana with thick layers of mozzarella and red gravy. And, of course, mounds of golden-fried onion rings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GALLEY RESTAURANT

2535 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-0955
Though perhaps most famous for being the creators of Jazz Fest's softshell crab po-boy, Galley's menu has other signature items. Try white beans with fried catfish, Caesar salads with fried oyster and pecan-fried catfish dinners. Homemade roast beef is another bestseller, as is paneed veal with crabmeat and Alfredo pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

GOLDEN DRAGON
4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-6081
www.goldendragonrestaurant.com.
For 25 years, Golden Dragon has been serving up traditional Chinese fare like the ever-popular General Tsao's chicken, with fried chicken chunks sauteed in a sweet and spicy sauce. No oil is used in their dishes, making for a bevy of healthy low-calorie dishes, and imparting a clean taste on classics like kung pao chicken, served in a peanut sauce with peppers and vegetables. Delivery available. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie 887-2711
3124 David Drive, Metairie 887-9449
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HAMMERHEAD'S
1300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 834-6474
New ownership has brought an expanded menu and other potential changes to this Metairie bar and grill. Everything is made fresh, including the homemade salad dressings. Along with more variety (including more po-boys), diners have gravitated toward the shrimp-stuffed bell pepper. Daily specials add to the variety, while evenings offer everything from Monday Night Football specials (including a lingerie show), dart and pool nights, karaoke and open-mic nights. Delivery during the day. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Monday through Thursday. Credit cards and checks (delivery only). $

HEDGES BAR AND GRILL
4 Galleria Blvd. (Wyndham Hotel), Metairie 620-9412
Located inside the newly opened Wyndham Hotel, Hedges offers salads, sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas and specialty grill items. Try the 14-oz. porterhouse pork chop, charbroiled to perfection and topped with New Orleans praline butter, served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. The house also recommends the grilled chicken and goat cheese pizza with sundried tomatoes and the shrimp bisque. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS
4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-0160
www.hooters.com
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HOUSTON'S
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-2301
www.houstons.com
Hungry-man portions are the norm at the two Houston's locations, where the staff serves up appetite-satisfying baby back ribs, bountiful salads and thick steaks. They'll also satisfy your sweet tooth with a can't-miss brownie sundae. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IMPASTATO'S
3400 16th St., Metairie 455-1545
www.impastatos.com
Chef-owner Joe Impastato believes no one should leave a dinner table hungry, and he lures customers in with five-course dinners for less than $30. Start with crawfish au gratin, shrimp scampi or crab fingers, move on to pasta ascuitto and fettuccine Alfredo combination, have a salad du jour and choose an entree such as pecan-smoked filet mignon or trout Mora, breaded trout with mushrooms, artichokes, crabmeat and crawfish -- and any of a half-dozen other entrees -- before ending with dessert. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

INDIA PALACE
3322 N. Turnbull Ave., Metairie 889-2436
www.indiapalacerestaurant.com
There are almost two dozen items to choose from on the weekday lunch buffet, and the Indian-trained chefs cook up menu items in-house daily, such as Paneer Tikka, an oven-cooked, yogurt-marinated housemade cheese or Tandoor Prawns: jumbo shrimp marinated in spiced yogurt, drizzled in barbecue sauce and cooked on skewers. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

ITALIAN PIE
901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 832-1121
5406 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-9977
www.italianpierestaurants.com
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JAVA HOUSE
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 13, Metairie 457-0089
Beverages are what gave this coffeehouse its name, but it also serves up daily soup offerings such as chicken dumpling, vegetable beef, chicken noodle and vegetable rice, as well as a selection of salads and sandwiches. Bubble teas are made with real fruit and multi-colored tapioca pearls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JOHNNY & JOSIE'S RESTAURANT
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-7888
Owner Nick Rabalais has come up with an interesting addition to the range of po-boys on his menu: hollow out po-boy bread, stuff it with spicy shrimp jambalaya, add boudin, bread the whole thing and deep-fry it. A variety of plate lunches are available to those not in the mood for a sandwich. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

KANNO SUSHI

3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie 455-5730
Kanno's offers a variety of sushi and Japanese fare with a distinct California influence. Lobster Dynamite is a baked lobster tail packed with snowcrab and topped with Dynamite sauce. For something different -- in both name and tastes -- try the Sweet Thang roll: deep-fried eel, snow crab, cream cheese and mayonnaise. Standards like the barbecue eel, snow crab, tuna and salmon roll are also available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

KOREA HOUSE
3547 18th St., Metairie 888-0654
Korean House is known for its steamed whole fish, but the seafood casserole with fresh vegetables deserves a taste as well. For a real treat try the bibimbo: sauteed vegetables with beef over rice, served sizzling in a hot stone pot. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thursday through Saturday, Monday and Tuesday; dinner Thursday through Tuesday. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN DELI & GROCERY
3519 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-2010
www.koshercajun.com
After eating at this true kosher deli you'll be able to say you had an authentic New York diner experience -- complimentary pickle baskets and all. The J&N Special is a hot corned beef and pastrami sandwich on rye bread, dressed with mustard, horseradish and slaw and served with Batampte pickle slices on the side. Find specialty grocery items here, including cheeses, wine, gefilte fish, Nova salmon and rugelach. No reservations. Lunch Sunday through Friday, dinner Monday through Thursday. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE
3300 Severn Ave., Metairie 456-1624
www.lamadeleine.com
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LA RIVIERA
4506 Shores Drive, Metairie 888-6238
www.larivierarestaurant.com
Chef Goffredo infuses every dish with his rich Italian heritage. Regulars love the award-winning crabmeat ravioli sauteed with lump crabmeat, topped with a delicate white cream sauce and parmesan cheese. For meat-lovers, the osso buco features braised veal shank in a rich tomato and mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-9923
With 75 beers on tap and an extensive bottled menu, it's tempting to think that beer is the only thing this Metairie pub features. But Lager's sandwiches and burgers are very popular. Their signature Ale Burger with mushrooms and cheese is the perfect companion for a cold draft beer. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAGNIAPPE LUNCHEONETTE
3634 Airline Drive, Metairie 837-7109
This Metairie diner serves up classic New Orleans fare and features daily specials such as red beans and rice on Monday and a variety of seafood on Friday. Come also for your fill of proven staples like fried chicken, veal Parmesan and spaghetti with meatballs. No reservations. Breakfast Monday through Saturday, lunch Monday through Friday. Cash only. $

LEE'S HAMBURGERS
904 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 836-6804
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 885-0110
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LEGENDS BAR AND GRILL
2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie 887-3877
This Metairie bar serves a basic menu of po-boys, burgers and other standard bar food. Be sure to check out steak night on Wednesdays where $5 will get you an 8-oz. filet with corn and potatoes and $2 will buy a juicy burger. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesdays. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO RESTAURANT
1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 831-6788.
The Love Boat Tokyo, a feast for two afloat in tempura shrimp and vegetables, beef and chicken teriyaki, selected sashimi and sushi, a California roll and some fresh fruit does not leave much room for more. The extensive menu features all sorts of fresh sushi and sashimi as well as delights from the kitchen. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOGAN FARMS HONEY GLAZED HAMS
3770 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 456-7311
Logan Farms' tasty honey glazed hams and turkey breasts make perfect headliners for any meal. But entire meals are also on the menu here. Hot lunches and catered items -- including three types of rotisserie chicken, catfish, fried shrimp, ribs, soup, salad, and dessert are served daily with an all you can eat buffet for just $6.95. Limited delivery. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE
901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 736-0140
www.lonestarsteakhouse.com
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LOUISIANA PURCHASE KITCHEN
8847 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 468-3663
While the Louisiana Purchase occurred nearly 200 years ago, this Purchase has been filling Metairie appetites for 15. The Cajun buffet ($5.99 lunch and dinner except for the $10.99 seafood buffet Friday and Saturday) features a variety of gumbo, jambalaya, bisques and seafood pies. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

LUTHER'S

2750 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-6370
www.luthers.com
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MAMA'S TASTY FOODS
3901-A Airline Drive, Metairie 833-8030
Locals head to Mama's primarily for the poultry, which is fixed in a variety of ways. The Rona's Delight features nuggets of the fried, skinless chicken; or try a combo selection like the chicken tenders with mashed potatoes. Mama's even serves gizzards on a stick, the chicken lover's soul-food-to-go, while po-boy enthusiasts can choose from catfish, shrimp, and sausage varieties. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MARTIN WINE CELLAR
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie 896-7350
www.martinwine.com
A local lunch tradition, Martin's menu of salads, sandwiches, and hot meals offers something for everyone. Two new additions worth sampling are the grilled vegetable and portobello mushroom sandwich served on a chiabatta roll with arugula and kalamata olive pesto, and the Sena Salad, a mix of oven-roasted chicken, golden raisins and field greens in a pepper jelly. Martin's wine collection includes 2,500 labels, one of which is sure to pair well with a gourmet-to-go item from the deli. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sundays. Credit cards and checks. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526
Chef-owner Jean-Luc Albin purveys authentic French specialty cakes like Gateau St. Honore, Napoleons and chocolate tortes, time-honored favorites like carrot cake and doberge, and more than 80 types of pastries along with his own specialties including strawberry Grand Marnier cake and Chambord Cake, as pretty to look at as they are heavenly to eat. Albin also makes custom-order cakes, including wedding cakes year round. Credit cards. $

MILANO PIZZERIA
3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie 780-7500
Milano's pizzas are made with either traditional or wheat crust and toppings that range from pepperoni to kalamata olives. Chicken wings come with a choice of house-made sauces including Caribbean-style, Thai-style and lemon pepper. The management's pasta preference is the chicken Alfredo, made with fresh garlic, white and black peppers, and Parmesan cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MR. E'S PLACE
3555 18th St., Metairie 888-4940
Mr. E himself will see to it that you dig into proper roast beef and fried shrimp po-boys dressed to your pleasure. Plate lunches include the traditional red beans with rice. The seafood platters, featuring oysters, stuffed crab, fish and shrimp, come in one, two or three-way combos -- all served with French fries, tater tots and a salad. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD & ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1001 Live Oak St., Metairie 838-0022
The dizzying selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, seafood platters, Italian favorites, steaks and more on the menu at this Metairie eatery ensures that there's something for every mood and craving. One favorite is the bell pepper stuffed with seafood and served alongside mashed potatoes and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-4010
Mr. Roo's specializes in fried seafood and overstuffed sandwiches, and the deli-style restaurant has a seemingly endless selection of specials, salads and sides. Go Italian with plates of chicken or veal Parmesan or go local with a shrimp Creole. The fried chicken salad with bacon, cheddar and egg is a top seller. Daily plate specials include Thursday's veal cutlet with macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAK HOUSE
3837 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 779-6475
www.japanesebistro.com
Fine Japanese offerings are housed in this sleek, polished, 8,000-sq. ft. restaurant. Stick with sushi at the bar, or try the edible entertainment of hibachi chefs. Specialties like the hibachi filet mignon are served with Japanese soup and salad, a shrimp appetizer, hot green tea and ice cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORNING CALL COFFEE STAND
3325 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-4068
In business for more than 130 years, Morning Call is a tradition that locals rely on when a craving for coffee and beignets calls -- day or night. Each pillowy square of fried sourdough dusted with powdered sugar, and every steaming cup of chicory-laced cafe au lait served by waiters in traditional uniform looks and tastes as it always has -- like the real McCoy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night daily. Cash only. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD CO.
817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-8580
6920 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-1272
www.nohsc.com
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O'HENRY'S
3020 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-9383
8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 461-9840
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OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
2746 Severn Ave., Metairie 455-6850
www.outback.com
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PARADISE CAFE
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-4141
Located next to Barnes & Noble and with tables built from torn-up bowling lanes, Paradise Cafe is a unique, casual treat. Start the morning of with two eggs cooked to order, bacon, grits and toast for $3.25. For lunch the grilled turkey special is dressed with grilled onions and mushrooms, topped with Swiss cheese and served on an onion bun or toasted French bread. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

PARRAN'S PO-BOYS & DELI
3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 885-3416
This comfortable Metairie eatery serves a wealth of house specials like shrimp and crawfish Diane, a heaping plate of pasta covered in cream sauce, and your favorite crustaceans. Pick up something to cook for dinner from the full-service deli meat market. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

P.F. CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Lakeside Shopping Center) Metairie 828-5288
www.pfchangs.com
This franchise restaurant's extensive Chinese-inspired dishes include several vegetarian selections like spicy, wide rice noodles with slivered vegetables. Get started with the chicken lettuce wraps, then move on to popular entrees like the Mongolian beef made with sirloin strips, scallions and garlic. Select from more than 40 wines by the glass No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PHO TAU BAY RESTAURANT
3116 N. Arnoult St., Metairie 780-1063
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PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
8908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 467-4224
www.piccadilly.com
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PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Shopping Center), Metairie 885-4543
www.pjscoffee.com
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QUIZNO'S
3505 19th St., Metairie 454-9892
Called by some a slightly more upscale Subway, Quizno's came to town over the summer offering a mother lode of toasted subs -- at least 20 are available. The most popular one so far is the Bistro Beef (a recent addition): roast beef with au jus, herb mayonnaise, sauteed yellow onions, a Caesar cheese blend and served on your choice of onion, cheddar or ciabatta bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RAGUSA'S
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie 454-2723
The artichoke bread here is so special -- featuring artichoke hearts stuffed inside bread topped with three melted cheeses -- that the secret recipe is trademarked. Use it as a warm-up to the popular grilled chicken bordelaise (served over angel hair pasta) with salad and garlic bread. Or try one of the many po-boys. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Dinner Thursday and Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

RED STEER GRILL
3100 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-8575
Steaks, brisket and ribs are what you'd expect at a place called the Red Steer, where you can get your beef in a po-boy or on a platter. Poultry and seafood dishes are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie 455-2266
It's difficult to pigeonhole this restaurant, which is owned and run by a local, longtime restaurant family. Popular with the Metairie business crowd, Peppermill's breakfasts cover everything from scrambled eggs and grits to eggs Benedict. Like the breakfasts, lunches and dinners feature extensive menus of mostly Louisiana and Italian-inspired fare that won't break the bank, despite those white tablecloths. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, champagne brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO
1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie 835-4008
Chef-owner Filippo spent nearly six months renovating the former Napoli space to fit his tastes for an intimate restaurant where, in his words, "it always feels like you should be drinking red wine." Take that suggestion and peruse his Italian menu of veal, chicken, beef, pastas and seafood complemented by scampi, Marsala, Alfredo, marinara and white wine sauces. Private rooms available. Reservations accepted. Lunch weekdays, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S OLD NEW ORLEANS BAR & PIZZA JOINT
2701 Airline Drive, Metairie 833-1288
A new pan-style crust has joined forces with the traditional white and whole-wheat crusts at both Rocky's locations. On top of that, four new focaccia sandwiches (including a meatball and a vegetarian) and three new pastas (try spaghetti and meatballs) are gaining space on the already extensive menu of pizzas, salads and pastas. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
204 Metairie Road, Metairie 835-7779.
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ROYAL CHINA
600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 831-9633
Eat like a king with an ample platter that features the restaurant's specialties of barbecue crawfish, orange shrimp, garlic shrimp and salt-and-pepper softshell crab, staving off the hunger pangs first with an appetizer of authentic dim sum selections. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

RUSSELL'S SHORT STOP PO-BOYS
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie 885-4572
The famous favorite at this locals' spot is the old-fashioned sloppy roast beef sandwich, dressed to perfection, with all the fixings -- you definitely need a napkin with this creation. Russell's also offers homemade gumbo and jambalaya along with a huge po-boy menu that can be dressed any you way you like 'em. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-3600
www.ruthschris.com
Both Ruth's Chris locations offer the classic, cozy comfort of an old-school steakhouse atmosphere. Offering the highest grade beef, the steaks are hard to beat. However, the chef's creative entrees are worth exploring. The veal chop is marinated overnight in a blend of pepper vinegar, garlic and onions, then broiled and served sizzling with hot and sweet peppers. An appetizer of lump crab stuffed mushroom caps will curb the hunger until the steaks arrive. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday and Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SAIA'S BEEF ROOM
2645 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 835-8555
Grilled steaks -- of the corn-fed Prime Midwestern beef variety -- keep Saia's sizzling. A wide variety of seafood options (including fresh Maine lobster or crabmeat au gratin) is available for non-carnivores. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 779-7253
This Metairie sushi house offers the full complement of sushi and more, including grilled teriyaki chicken, beef, shrimp and salmon dinners. The teriyaki is accompanied by a tangy garden salad and a choice between miso and sumashi soups. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAL & SAM'S
4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 885-5566
It takes four hours to cook Sal & Sam's white veal for osso buco, which features the tender meat over angel hair pasta with marinara sauce, sauteed eggplant and mozzarella cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE
3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 455-2433
Salvatore's signature dish is a pan-fried speckled trout served with jumbo shrimp in a lump crabmeat cream sauce. Start off with the Italian shrimp appetizer served over foccacia with rosemary and garlic. The Bruccilone is baby veal stuffed with Italian stuffing served with penne marinara. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S LIVE OAK MARKET & DELI
801 Live Oak St., Metairie 835-0916
Offering a huge variety of sandwiches and po-boys, Sammy's also has plate lunch specials. On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy all-you-can-eat fried trout. Their roast beef po-boy, dressed how you like it, keeps the customers coming back. Sammy's also offers catering. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. $

SAPPORO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
3544 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 779-1818
Start your night at Sapporo with the tuna tataki appetizer, seared tuna thinly sliced and served with cucumbers and a special chef's sauce. For dinner, the steamed seafood platter includes whitefish, salmon, scallops, shrimp, and mixed vegetables. Of course sushi is a mainstay, and daily specials round out the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

SATORA COFFEE CAFE
3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 832-1444
For calories with your caffeine, Satora offers a number of healthy options to keep you on the move. The club panini features chicken, bacon, tomato, mozzarella, and Creole mustard on homemade bread, while the grilled shrimp and avocado salad makes greens-lovers happy. Delivery available. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner weekdays. Credit cards and checks. $

SERRANO'S SALSA COMPANY
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 780-2354
www.serranossalsacompany.com
A dizzying array of Mexican food and drink awaits you at Serrano's, beginning with nine different salsas made fresh daily. Entrees include Dos Cubanos, a grilled strip steak, and grilled pork medallions, served with your choice of side items. To wash down your meal, choose from 55 brands of tequila, or 42 spiced rums. Reservations accepted for parties of 10 or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN
2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-7477
The California rolls and snow crab rolls at Shogun are the most popular items on its extensive sushi menu, but sushi's just part of the cuisine at Shogun's. For variety, the Shogun Special is a tasting platter featuring a cooked lobster tail, chicken and beef on a skewer, and shrimp tempura. Salads are also available for vegetarians. Reservations recommended for 6 or more for the hibachi table. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINE
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 831-4002
The well-known 10-oz. burger will keep patrons from going hungry as they watch the game and sip on a cold one. Thursday night's special 12-oz. Sideline Ribeye Dinner satisfies even the heartiest eater. Among the 17 appetizer selections, you'll find black bean quesadilla rolls, fried mushrooms, sweet potato fries and fried spicy meat pies. Several salads with a variety of dressings provide lighter fare. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD
2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 468-1647
New Orleans seafood standards get nice treatment at Smitty's, with shrimp po-boys always a hit with the lunch crowd. Calorie counters head for the grilled shrimp salad, a cool treat served on a bed of iceberg lettuce. Lunch and dinner specials round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SPITALE'S

2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 837-9912
It sounds naughty, but the Dirty Turkey po-boy at Spitale's is sheer goodness: grilled turkey and grilled onions, served with provolone cheese and roast beef gravy. Spitale's daily specials are equally enticing, with the baked lasagna on Thursdays earning special notice. Lunch weekdays. Cards and checks. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS

2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie 455-SPUD (7783)
www.spudly.com
Spuds, taters, tubers, whatever you want to call them, Spudly's has baked potatoes galore. Simply put, the Shrimply Put potato features boiled shrimp, cheddar cheese and chives; the fajita packs grilled chicken, grilled onions, bell pepper, cheddar, mozzarella and chives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
2701 Airline Drive, Metairie 828-6700
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 828-5257
www.starbucks.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

STITCHES BAR & GRILL
3941 Houma Blvd., Metairie 454-6266
This Metairie bar and grill was called The Blue Flamingo until mid-June. The new Stitches management has composed a menu of both all-American and all-New Orleans standards. Try the corn and crab bisque, the stuffed bell peppers or the stuffed crab plate. Happy hour drink specials are available weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open Sundays during football season only. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Saturday. Credit cards. $

THE SWAMP ROOM
5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-5242
All-American classics rise up at the Swamp Room, led by the Swamp Burger, a big 10-oz. burger grilled the way you want it. The grill also gets ample use filling orders for grilled chicken, and Swamp Room's healthy grilled tuna sandwich. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SWEET'S "AGAIN" BAR & GRILL
3721 Hessmer Ave., Metairie 455-8681
Sweets has plenty of adult beverages to quench your thirst, and serves up appetizers all day long to fuel bar conversation. The appetizer tray includes chicken wings, meatballs, sausage, hot tamales and steak tidbits. There's also a free taco buffet on Tuesday nights, and a free fajita bar on Fridays. Credit cards. $

TAQUERIA CORONA

3535 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-5088
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

TEQUILA AND PEPPERS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-6696
Tequila and Peppers is known for its margaritas made with fresh lime juice and its sizzling fajitas, served with the standard accompaniments. The Mexican Caesar salad is served in a fried bowl with a choice of grilled chicken or shrimp and garnished with avocado slices. Steaks and seafood join the expected Mexican selections. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY
3220 Houma Blvd., Metairie 456-2832
Both locations offer classic barbecue dishes prepared in the traditional Texas way. Hickory-smoked chicken, ribs, beef, pork and smoked sausage are all available individually or in a three-meat platter. The platter comes with beans, cole slaw and bread. Other side items include potato salad and corn on the cob. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

T.G.I. FRIDAY'S
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 834-8443
T.G.I. Friday's keeps the menu refreshed every six months, but that doesn't keep diners from starting with the mainstay appetizers, the potato skins. Jack Daniel's steak, ribs and chicken are popular entrees. The Angus burger features an 8-oz., 100-percent natural Angus patty with all the fixings. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TIMPHONY'S

4644 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 457-0207
This popular Metairie restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional Italian dishes including the classic trout amandine, a tried-and-true favorite. The house highly recommends the veal Cindy, which is breaded and topped with lump crabmeat, shrimp and artichoke hearts in a creamy garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Delivery available. Credit cards and checks. $$

VESPERS' BAR & GRILL
1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-0050
Season your dining experience with salsa ... dancing lessons! (Call for times.) But don't forget the food. Vespers' menu has expanded. Joining the juicy burgers and cheese fries, made-to-order pizzas and sizzling steaks is the Cuban sandwich: piping hot ham and pork with melted Swiss cheese and pickles on French bread. Expanded happy hours (3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday) feature two-for-one well mixed drinks and beer. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Monday through Saturday. No delivery. Credit cards. $

VETERANS EXPRESS SUSHI BAR
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 466-1129
This is the place for fast, inexpensive sushi to go or inside the Express Sushi's dining room. All six-piece rolls are priced at $2.99, while a la carte sushi costs 99 cents per piece. The "Roll Call" includes Alligator Rolls, Caterpillar Rolls, Spider Rolls, Red Hot Summer Rolls and the Flying Dragon Roll, which sushi chefs create from shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado and smelt roe. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. No delivery. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S
4411 Chastant St., Metairie 885-2984
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

VOODOO BBQ
8853 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie 496-0005
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

WORLD DELI
4414 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 885-4888.
This family-owned business has been serving Metairie for 23 years. They're proud of their home-cooked roast beef and gravy that fills up their po-boys, and also serve 6- and 9-inch muffalettas. The menu also offers a world of choices in sandwiches and hot items, such as veal Parmesan and lasagna. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE & BREWERY
4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 780-9090.
A popular spot for all sorts of rotisserie favorites, Zea also has much for all other tastes. The Thai ribs are prepared with sesame seeds and cilantro and slow cooked to retain moisture and flavor. The rotisserie chicken is what keeps the guests coming back. Zea's also features a variety of salads and side dishes to accompany any meal. This sister restaurant to Zea Rotisserie Cafe in Harahan brews handcrafted beers on site; look for seasonal specials. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$



Mid-City


ANGELO BROCATO
214 N. Carrollton Ave. 486-0078
During the autumn months, this old-style ice creamery and cafe sells lemon and orange Italian ices almost faster than they can make them. Come Christmastime, you'll want to check out the selection of season-specific gift boxes of Italian sweets like panettone, panforte, torrone and marzipan. You'll find cannoli, tiramisu, bulk candies and espresso year-round. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BANGKOK CUISINE
4137 Carrollton Ave. 482-3606
Located in Mid-City alongside Rock-N-Bowl and Union Latin American supermarket, Bangkok Cuisine offers an authentic Thai menu and a friendly wine list. Pad Thai is a spicy-tangy dish made with flat rice noodles, chicken, shrimp, baby corn and mung bean sprouts; an all-seafood version replaces chicken with calamari and scallops. In another dish, lightly fried oysters are tossed with basil sauce and served with jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL
4905 Canal St. 488-7357
The list of Beachcorner's appetizers goes on and on, including the spinach-artichoke dip, the quesadilla rolls and the Buffalo wings with housemade sauce. All salad dressings are also made on-site, and hamburgers don't come from the freezer but are formed by hand from 100 percent ground beef. No reservations. Brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE
2542 Canal St. 822-0213
Early risers can eat Betsy's pancakes starting at 5 a.m. The rest of us can wander into the Mid-City diner until early afternoon for the cakes, eggs with grits, gumbo, jambalaya and plate lunches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch daily. Credit cards. $

BUD'S BROILER
500 City Park Ave. 486-2559
2338 Banks St. 821-3022
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE HOLA!
137 N. Carollton Ave. 486-4652
Start off with a choice of six salsas made daily with fresh ingredients. Puffy quesadillas are a popular choice, especially one involving chicken, cheese and vegetables inside a special puffy wrapper. The Honduran tamale is pulled pork wrapped in corn masa and served with sweet barbecue sauce. If you can't pick just one item, try the combination platter with two tacos, chicken taquitos, guacamole and pico de gallo. The crawfish enchilada is another favorite. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE INDO
216 N. Carrollton Ave. 486-0444
French and Asian influences permeate every dish on the menu at Cafe Indo. The autumn menu features wild mushroom dumplings with mixed peppercorn and cream sauce. The wild cherry stuffed pork tenderloin entree is served with truffle-infused mashed potatoes and pearl onions. Also try the Thai beef salad with chile-lime vinaigrette or the veal cheeks with Creole mustard and horseradish sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROMA
3340 Bienville St. 827-2300

See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CHATEAUBRIAND STEAKHOUSE
310 N. Carrollton Ave. 207-0016
www.chateaubriandsteakhouse.com
Chef Gerard Crozier's extensive knowledge of New Orleanian and French cuisine shows itself on the Chateaubriand's diverse menu. Start with the traditional French onion soup with melted Gruyere cheese. The generous sized Chateaubriand (cut from the tenderloin), is prepared for two and served with bearnaise sauce, vegetables and gratin of potatoes Savoyard. Complete your dining experience with lemon crepes with raspberry coulis or the decadent chocolate cheesecake with rum sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

CHRISTIAN'S
3835 Iberville St. 482-4924
www.neworleansrestaurants.com/christians
Though originally a Lutheran church, Christian's Creole cuisine appeals to all denominations. Try the steamed mussels appetizer with shallots and white wine. Filet Farci "Bayou La Loutre" is a fresh filet stuffed with an oyster and garnished with oysters in a demi-glace sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

CITY PERK
637 N. Carrollton Ave. 482-4847
City Perk brings a bit of City Park to New Orleans with a warm atmosphere where customers can grab a cup of their favorite coffee to go or cuddle up with a good book. For drinks, choose from a recently expanded selection of organic coffees or teas steeped from loose leaves and herbs. The winter menu features a Creole roast beef sandwich on foccacia bread and a variety of sweets (including sugar-free candies). No reservations. Breakfast and lunch until 7 p.m. daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CRESCENT CITY STEAKHOUSE
1001 N. Broad St. 821-3271
Crescent City prides itself on offering a simple yet satisfying menu with beef-lovers in mind. The USDA Prime beef ribeye, filet mignon, porterhouse and T-bone steaks aren't served with sauces, only their own flavorful juices. They do, however, offer some fancy side dishes like sauteed Lyonaine potatoes and spinach au gratin. For dessert check out the crushed Oreos with ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE
900 N. Carrollton Ave. 488-2155
This Mid-City cafe is known for its fresh ingredients and unique dishes. Start off with the appetizer sampler: hummus, tomato spread and eggplant dip with warm pita triangles. The peppery portobello mushroom pasta has baby spinach and mushrooms sauteed in their signature spicy red pepper cream sauce and served over pasta with your choice of chicken breast, shrimp or lamb. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ITALIAN PIE
4840 Bienville St. 483-9949
www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950
This new location means Mid-City denizens can conveniently take in Juan's funky vibe and tasty south-of-the-border offerings. The house special, the Flying Burrito, is a plateful of chicken, steak and shrimp with beans, rice, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and cheese, all packed into a spinach, flour or wheat tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KANPAI
4116 Canal St. 483-0880
Kanpai's extensive lunch buffet is a must if you're in Mid-City. Start with Cerviche, a Mexican-style Japanese seafood salad. Next, line up at the sushi bar and sample the wide array of sushi including shrimp, California and octopus rolls. For dinner try the braised whole fish: drum topped with vegetables and barbecue sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

KATIE'S
3701 Iberville St. 488-6582
When the weather gets chilly, tuck into Katie's fabulous chicken Marsala, a juicy chicken breast served over a bed of angel hair pasta and topped with a white wine cream sauce and sauteed mushrooms and onions. Don't overlook Katie's daily specials, such as all-you-can-eat catfish on Tuesdays or two-for-one Italian on Thursdays. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT & BAR
3636 Bienville St. 482-9120
A neighborhood favorite for more than 50 years, Liuzza's is known for its mix of New Orleans and Italian dishes and no-fuss, casual atmosphere. Try the grilled "Frenchaletta," a muffaletta on warm French bread, perfectly complimented with a frozen bulb of beer from the bar. Or dig into one of the other house specialties: beer battered onion rings piled high on the plate, softshell crab Florentine, or eggplant casserole. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

MANDINA'S
3800 Canal St. 482-9179
This classic neighborhood restaurant is still going strong after more than 70 years in the business, thanks to its steadfast menu of New Orleans favorites. The trout amandine, trout meuniere, turtle soup, and po-boys are the same as they've always been, served by burgundy-jacketed waiters. Top it off with a cold draft beer and an order of bread pudding for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MANUEL'S HOT TAMALES
4709 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-6616
Manuel's all-beef hot tamales, chili dogs, tacos, nachos and homemade chili are made with the same Mexican-with-a-New-Orleans-twist recipes handed down from Manuel Hernandez, who opened the take-out stand 70 years ago and made Manuel's one of the city's original fast foods. Manuel's is now owned by a third generation of the Hernandez family, which keeps the spicy sauce a guarded family recipe. Take-out only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MICHAEL'S MID-CITY GRILL
4139 Canal St. 486-8200
Locals who frequent this neighborhood eatery agree that Michael's cooks up a mean burger. Varieties include cheese, mushroom, hickory-smoked, chili and Swiss onion, and each is made to order. The most unique burger offering is the Big Bucks Burger -- it costs $150, but comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon. Grilled chicken, fish and steak dishes, fried seafood, sandwiches and homemade soups available daily are also big sellers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MID CITY LANES ROCK 'N' BOWL
4133 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-3133
www.rocknbowl.com
The tasty menu selections at this bowling alley/music club/eatery deliver lots of flavor and all the energy you need to dance or bowl the night away. Order the "super bowl of gumbo" -- it's chock full of turkey, andouille sausage, smoked sausage, shrimp and oysters. Or try the crawfish quesadilla, a blend of crawfish etouffee, cheese and optional jalapenos. The menu also includes pizza, jambalaya, Buffalo wings, chili cheese fries and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MR. ED'S DELI AND CATERING

4107 S. Carrollton Ave. 486-8889
Mr. Ed's prepares takeout orders, whether you need a single shrimp po-boy, 5 gallons of gumbo or 100 finger sandwiches. Tables are also available for dining in-house from a lengthy menu of seafood, sandwiches, salads, soups and hot plate lunches like jambalaya and red beans. Favorites include the Mr. Ed Special, a ham, turkey, roast beef and Swiss cheese combo, the seafood platter of fried shrimp, oysters and catfish with a choice of fries or potato salad, and the bread pudding with rum sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

MONA'S CAFE
3901 Banks St. 482-7743
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

NEW YORK PIZZA
208 N. Carrollton Ave. 482-2376
Once only found in the heart of New York, thin crusts and wide slices make their way the big easy. If choosing one-meat topping makes your head spin, try the Bronx pizza loaded with mozzarella, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage and meatballs. The oven-baked feta is served with marinara sauce with a slice of Italian bread brushed with garlic-butter sauce on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

PARKVIEW CAFE
1 Dreyfous Ave. 483-9476
Located in City Park's old casino building, Parkview cooks up traditional New Orleans favorites like red beans and rice, po-boys and sandwiches -- including some of their own invention: the seafood muffaletta is a feast of shrimp, catfish and oysters on a 6-inch muffaletta bun. The Cajun burger combines a hot sausage patty with grilled onions and peppers on a burger bun. No reservations. Lunch daily. Cash only. $

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
3700 Orleans Ave. (American Can Co.) 934-1192
www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ROBIN'S
2501 Canal St. 822-3840
Serving up a great start to the day, this restaurant offers more than just eggs. The Cottage Special features pancakes, eggs, choice of meat and grits. Along with their breakfast offerings Robin's also has a variety of lunch specials and sandwiches at very affordable prices. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
711 N. Broad St. 486-0810
www.ruthschris.com
Both Ruth's Chris locations offer the classic, cozy comfort of an old-school steakhouse atmosphere. Offering the highest grade beef, the steaks are hard to beat. However, the chef's creative entrees are worth exploring. The veal chop is marinated overnight in a blend of pepper vinegar, garlic and onions, then broiled and served sizzling with hot and sweet peppers. An appetizer of lump crab stuffed mushroom caps will curb the hunger until the steaks arrive. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday and Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TAVERN ON THE PARK

900 City Park Ave. 486-3333
www.tavernonthepark.com
This landmark facing City Park offers traditional New Orleans cuisine in dishes like eggplant St. Jacques, where crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish and fresh veggies are sauteed and finished with cream and sherry sauce, then served over fried eggplant medallions. The broiled 16-oz. veal chop (served with potato and vegetable) also gets star treatment. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$

TYLER'S BEER GARDEN
3841 Orleans Ave. 482-7207
As the name suggests, Tyler's offers about 20 draft beers -- including Guinness, Harp, Bass and Abita -- to help quench your thirst. Served until 6 a.m., the bar food consists of wings, quesadillas, spinach-artichoke dip and onion rings. You can also enjoy specialties like the chicken Parmesan dinner, a plate of raw oysters, hamburgers, an oyster or shrimp sandwich, or the grilled fish of the day. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Tuesday through Saturday. Cash only. $

VENEZIA
134 Carrollton Ave. 488-7991
This restaurant offers classic Italian dishes prepared with hearty eaters in mind. Try the eggplant Vatican, a hollowed-out, batter-fried eggplant stuffed with seafood and topped with creamy Alfredo sauce. At this family establishment you can also enjoy favorites including the traditional veal parmigiana and Venezia's pizza (big enough for the whole family). Reservations accepted. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

YVONNE'S RESTAURANT
2544 Gravier St. 821-9393
Come on in to Yvonne's when you miss your mama's cooking. Yvonne's specializes in home-cooked, made-to-order comfort foods. The restaurant features hot lunches as well as a variety of seafood and meats. The red beans and lima beans are popular favorites as well as the smothered chicken. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $



Northshore


124 RESTAURANT AND SPIRITS

124 Gerard St., Mandeville (985) 727-7995
Just four months into its run, 124 Restaurant already has a signature dish: pecan-crusted rabbit tenderloin served with Israeli couscous and banana-thyme beurre blanc. Guests also return for the tri-peppercorn crusted Atlantic salmon. The unique menu is a break from the regional Creole standard, and the wine list is a worldly composition. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ABITA BREW PUB
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs (985) 892-5837
Seasonal specialties and Abita standards rotate through the 14 taps at this Northshore brewhouse. This season's Fall Fest is a full-bodied red ale; there's also fruity Purple Haze, hearty Turbo Dog, the double-bock, non-carbonated Cast Condition and Andy Gator, which is a barley wine with a whopping 11 percent alcohol content. Most of the pub's foods also feature beer, like the babyback pork ribs made with Abita root beer and Purple Haze. Reservations accepted for parties of four or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER HOUSE
519 E. Boston St., Covington (985) 898-0667
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE
500 Theard St., Covington (985) 893-4412
www.anotherbrokenegg.com
The Floridian Omelette at this beloved breakfast joint is stuffed with cream cheese, covered with crabmeat and then smothered with Monterey Jack cheese. There are 127 more menu items, many equally intriguing. Try bananas Foster waffles, French toast, grilled sandwiches and burgers. Delivery available for parties of 10 or more. Reservations accepted weekdays. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

APPLEBEE'S
315 N. Hwy. 90, Covington (985) 898-0500
3142 Hwy. 190, Hammond (985) 419-2220
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ARTESIA MANOR
21516 Hwy. 36, Abita Springs (985) 892-1662
www.artesiarestaurant.com.
Artesia is still one of the most popular reasons for New Orleanians to cross the Causeway for dinner. The cuisine is contemporary American with French influences. This fall, consider a salad of spinach, endive, apples, bacon and Maytag blue cheese. Roasted duck is served with a ragout of Brussels sprouts, pumpkin and wild rice, and a satsuma bigarade sauce. A cottage on the grounds is now available for overnight rental. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

BACK PORCH GRILL
414 New Hampshire St., Covington (985) 892-5252
Creole meets American meets fast food in this bustling lunch stop known for its salads. The chicken salad is a customer favorite, and the shrimp salad is prepared with shrimp boiled in Creole spices. There's also soup every day, and roasted chicken with angel hair pasta, cheese sauce and green beans. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

BEAR'S RESTAURANT
128 W. 21st St., Covington (985) 892-2373
Many people on the Northshore would never think of going anyplace else for roast beef po-boys soaked with gravy, for fried shrimp po-boys, for meatball po-boys or for roast beef po-boys slathered in housemade barbecue sauce. You get the picture. The only items at Bear's that aren't po-boys are the chips, the soft cookies and the bottled sauces to take home. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Checks and cash. $

BILLY FARRELL'S
Highway 190 at 22nd Street, Lacombe (985) 882-3461
Next time you zip past this friendly, 17-year-old seafooder on Highway 190, flip a U-turn and try some of Billy's corn and crab bisque, or an entree of crabmeat au gratin. Stuffed soft-shell crabs sell well in autumn; the Marchand du Vin, a filet mignon wrapped in bacon and stuffed with a shrimp-crabmeat dressing, is a hearty dish for the colder months. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

BOULE PRIME HOUSE
1202 Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 809-0969
Chef Curtis keeps the Northshore fed with quality USDA Prime steaks. Cut into the grilled porterhouse or ribeye steaks, or try the almond-crusted shrimp appetizer with raspberry pepper jelly. Martinis dominate the drink menu ­ 33 of them. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner weekdays, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

BULL'S CORNER
1036 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 652-3544
This casual restaurant features serious steaks, seafood and New Orleans-inspired dishes. New menu items include fried alligator tenderloin with Creole remoulade; Parmesan-crusted snapper with sauteed shrimp and tomato pesto sauce; and a filet mignon pot pie. Enjoy a wine tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday at the Lakefront location: four wines for only $5. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFFE! CAFFE!
3900 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 727-4222
Caffe! Caffe!'s in-house bakery creates some of the freshest pastries to go along with the wide assortment of drinks offered. Try the popular avocado salad with crisp romaine lettuce, sliced fresh avocado, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, juicy orange slices, red onions and a tangy mango vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner weekdays. Credit cards. $

CARRETA'S GRILL
1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville (985) 727-7212
This Mexican restaurant is expanding and will soon open a location in Metairie at 2320 Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Until then, come to Mandeville and enjoy Carreta's lively atmosphere, live Thursday music performances and affordable Mexican food. Order the sizzling fajitas served with grilled shrimp, chicken, steak or mushrooms and sauteed with onions and peppers. The house recommends the red snapper fillet served in a special sauce with steamed vegetables. Also try the crawfish nachos and mushroom quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAPPITA! ITALIAN BISTRO
2891 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 626-5752
Cappita! offers authentic Italian fare with individual twists that make the dishes unique. This spring try one of the house's signature entrees: the Pasta Cappita has shrimp sauteed in the house special garlic poblano cream sauce and tossed with penne pasta; or the Trinity Eggplant with three breaded and fried eggplant medallions topped with a shrimp and lump crabmeat sherry sauce. The duck marinade is a special treat laced with a hot pepper jelly glaze. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

C'EST BON RESTAURANT
131 SW Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula (985) 386-4077
Located in the 102-year old Hotard & Good building, C'est Bon offers elegance with a casual attitude. The house highly recommends signature dishes like the bourbon-pecan chicken (fried chicken breast topped with a butter, brown sugar and pecan-honey sauce with rice and vegetables) and chicken roulades (fried chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and topped with sun dried tomato basil butter sauce). Also try the popular pan-seared soft shell crab. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

COFFEE RANI
234-A Lee Lane, Covington (985) 893-6158
3517 Hwy. 190 (Ponchatrain Square), Mandeville (985) 674-0560
With a complete selection of coffees and pastries, Coffee Rani covers the coffee basics. However, their extensive menu makes the food just as attractive an option. For breakfast there are sunrise quesadillas and Chunky Monkey Waffles with chocolate chips and bananas, topped with whipped cream. Touted as the "Godfather of Italian salads," the Sopranos Salad combines pesto-crusted chicken strips, olive salad, artichoke hearts, a variety of cheeses and a creamy parmesan sauce. The Jamaican jerk salad with pepper-jelly vinaigrette is another popular item. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

COLUMBIA STREET NATURAL FOODS
415 N. Columbia St., Covington (985) 893-0355

Cleanse your body of the po-boys, fried chicken and white chocolate bread pudding with a healthy treat from this organic grocery and specialty store. Choose from fresh egg salad sandwiches, tuna and chicken salads, and a variety of vegetarian selections including veggie and hummus wraps. The grocery features the products of local organic farmers; all the beef is nitrate- and hormone-free; and the chickens are free-range and organic-fed. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

COPELAND'S
680 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 809-9659
1337 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 643-0001
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CUCO'S
3038 W. Park Ave. (Southland Mall Shopping Center), Houma (985) 868-0800
2000 SW Railroad Ave., Hammond (985) 345-2634
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

DAKOTA'S RESTAURANT
629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 892-3712
This popular, stylish restaurant offers Creole-influenced dishes such as the Hallelujah softshell crab served with Louisiana seafood stuffing and sauce Creollaise. The veal sweetbread appetizer is topped with capers and lemon butter, served over sauteed leeks. The lamb osso bucco is lamb shank seared in its own juices, red wine and fresh herbs and served with fork-tender gnocchi (Italian potato dumplings). Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

DARRYL'S DELI
3141 Monroe St., Mandeville (985) 727-9757
You can't go wrong with the roast beef at this lunch spot on the Northshore -- thinner than paper and sopping in a thin au jus. Weekday lunch specials include red beans and fried seafood, or order a grilled chicken or shrimp salad. Darryl's also offers breakfast sandwiches for the early birds. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

ETOILE
407 N. Columbia St., Covington (985) 892-4578
This French-style bistro is noted for an extensive wine list to pair with dishes such as the grilled tilapia topped with an artichoke heart, caper and tomato relish. Other favorites include a filet with a wild mushroom marchand de vin sauce, served with haricots vert and chevre potatoes. Reservations for parties more than five. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

FRIENDS ON THE TCHEFUNCTE
407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville (985) 845-7303
City slickers will savor dining in this cottage nestled on the Tchefuncte river. New for fall are the shrimp and merliton cakes, deep fried and topped with a spicy remoulade sauce and the blackened pork medallions finished with pepper jelly sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

GALLAGHER'S
1630 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 892-1444
Gallagher's covers most of the bases in American-style cuisine, with enough diverse offerings to satisfy any of the appetites in your group. Start things off by splitting a platter of ribs slowly cooked over a hickory fire. Seafood lovers will want to sample the grilled ahi tuna, and diners seeking a good old-fashioned steak should order Pat's Special: a thick, pepper-crusted, sizzling filet. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

GROUND PAT'I
814 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 893-4208
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

HERO'S ALL-AMERICAN GRILL
4700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 845-1000
www.herosmenu.com
This Northshore eatery builds sandwiches for superhero appetites. The Archie po-boy is packed with ham, roast beef, turkey, cheddar and swiss, topped with gravy. The Duke is an 8-oz. burger, topped with bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

HUGH'S WINE CELLAR
4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-0066
Drop by Hugh's at lunch and to stock up on premium wines, then take home some ready-to-go appetizers to munch on at home later. Dine in on lunch offerings such as the shrimp and artichoke pesto pasta salad, seafood gumbo and muffalettas. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Delivery available for orders more than $35. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-5252
www.italianpierestaurants.com
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LA CARRETA
108 NW Railroad Ave., Hammond (985) 419-9990
www.carretarestaurant.com
Latin lovers who want a taste of old Mexico can start off with the tortilla soup, featuring tortillas fried with La Carreta's secret recipe and topped with cheese and avocado. If there are two of you, consider the Mezquite Grill for Two: shrimp, grilled steak, chorizo sausage, grilled chicken breast, cebollitas, rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and tortillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

LA MADELEINE
3434 Hwy. 190 (Del Champs Premier Shopping Center), Mandeville (985) 626-7004
www.lamadeleine.com
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LA PROVENCE
25020 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 626-7662
La Provence's true specialty is in its creations made with rich poultry and meat. The quail can be served whole, stuffed, or folded into a rich gumbo. The duck a l'orange is served with a fragrantly delicious orange Curacao sauce, while the rack of lamb is marinated and roasted in herbs, then served with salad, vegetable and potato. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE
1553 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 781-7827
www.lonestarsteakhouse.com
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LOUISIANA GRILL
2223 N. Causeway Approach, Mandeville (985)727-5585
www.louisianagrill.com
The grilled seafood covers all the bases here -- from softshell crab and shrimp to lobster and fish. The mixed grill platter features lobster, fresh Gulf fish of the day and jumbo shrimp all in one. For a change of pace, try one of the grill's non-seafood items like steak, duck or ribs. A private dining room can accommodate a sit-down dinner for 50. Catering available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

MAGNOLIA GRILL
315 N. Vermont St., Covington (985) 893-0402
In addition to offering staples like juicy rib-eye steaks (available on Thursdays for $9.95), Magnolia also serves Louisiana dishes like catfish amandine, Greek dishes like moussaka, and traditional fare like chicken pepper pasta. On Wednesdays, every child accompanied by an adult eats for free from the children's menu. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

MANDE'S RESTAURANT
340 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-9047
Hearty breakfasts and plate lunches have lured diners to this Northshore favorite for more than 30 years. Crawfish etouffee, served over rice or eggplant, is a menu staple, while the baked chicken served with gravy, mashed potatoes and vegetable is Southern bliss. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

MICHABELLE INN & RESTAURANT
1106 South Holly St., Hammond (985) 419-0550
For a real treat, turn your meal at Michabelle's into a romantic getaway by staying at the adjoining bed and breakfast -- an historic Greek Revival mansion with a three-diamond triple A rating. Or just enjoy an evening of gastronomic delight, supping on dishes like red snapper with crawfish and tomato in a beurre blanc; and grilled veal T-bone with wild mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

MIDDENDORF'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
I-55 North (Exit 15), Manchac (985) 386-6666
Broiled and boiled seafood, stuffed crabs, and hearty gumbo are Middendorf's mainstays, but there's no debating its main attraction: fried catfish. The house specialty is sliced thin, then fried to crunchy perfection and served with hush puppies or fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
702 Water St., Madisonville
(985) 845-4970
www.mortonsseafood.com
The entire family will enjoy dining at this seafood house on the picturesque Tchefuncte River. Morton's is known for seasonal seafood specials as well as mainstays like the shrimp and crabmeat bisque and oysters shucked to order. Heartier eaters will enjoy the option of having seafood served on a platter or in an overstuffed po-boy. Dine inside or out. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

NUVOLARI'S
246 Gerand St., Madisonville (985) 626-5619
www.nuvolaris.com
In a warm atmosphere, Nuvolari's offers traditional Italian cuisine like chicken marsala and veal picatta. Also look for Mediterranean shrimp pasta and canneloni stuffed with tender veal proscuitto, spinach and an assortment of cheeses, topped with marinara and alfredo sauces. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S
1375 Gause Blvd., Slidell 646-1600
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THE OLD ICEHOUSE
1398 Front St., Slidell (985) 643-7694
Formerly known as the Triple XXX Restaurant, The Old Icehouse has completely revamped its menu and changed the dining format. When you come here, make sure you're hungry because all-you-can-eat buffets await. Offered Monday through Saturday, the lunch buffet is $6.95 and features a 60-item seafood buffet with local specialties. Boiled shrimp and snow crab are added to the regular buffet at dinner time ($12.95). The dinner buffet is served all day Sunday for $12.95. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

OSAKA JAPANESE CUISINE AND SUSHI BAR
729 I-10 Service Road, Slidell (985) 643-9276
Eating at Osaka is dining in an atmosphere that captures authentic Japanese tradition. Barefoot dining is welcome. Intimacy and privacy can be found in tatami rooms, and a hibachi grill provides a unique style for grilling seafood. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
Park Place, Covington (985) 893-0505
830 E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell (985) 649-4329
www.outback.com
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PATTON'S RESTAURANT AT THE HISTORIC SALMEN-FRITCHIE HOUSE
127 Cleveland Ave., Slidell (985) 645-3600
Southern tradition factors into this Slidell establishment: the house is more than 100 years old, while the Patton family, which now operates the restaurant, has been catering to New Orleans-area eaters for 50 years. But old is tempered with new in dishes like the rock lobster tail poached in a saffron seafood broth and served with a wild mushroom risotto and the bread pudding topped with chantilly cream and lemon sauce. Sunday brunch includes $5 all-you-can-drink mimosas and champagne. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday, brunch Sunday. $$$

PAUL'S CAFE
100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula (985) 386-9581
A downtown Ponchatoula favorite for more than 25 years, Paul's serves up home-cooked breakfasts and lunches, with a large selection of sandwiches, po-boys and salads. Red or white beans are served daily, and on Fridays there's an expanded seafood menu. Since Ponchatoula is home to the strawberry festival, you won't want to miss the strawberry daiquiris made with Ponchatoula strawberries and New Orleans Rum. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
104 Hwy. 190 W, Slidell (985) 646-0566
1701 W. Thomas St., Hammond (985) 419-0556
69008 Hwy. 190 Service Road, Covington (985) 892-9994
www.piccadilly.com
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PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
1600 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 871-9326
2963 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 674 1565
4480 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 624-9015
4480 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 624-9015
www.pjscoffee.com
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RAG'S PO-BOYS
4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 845-3327
While Rag's is known for its po-boys (including top sellers roast beef and shrimp), a rotating list of lunch and dinner specials keeps the menu fresh. Monday follows tradition with red beans and rice, Tuesday offers pork chops, Wednesday spells country fried steak, Thursday means lasagna, and Friday features seafood. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

RISTORANTE DA PIERO
116 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula (985) 370-6221
Travel to Ponchatoula for a taste of authentic Romagna cuisine inspired by the region in Italy Chef Piero comes from. All the breads and pastas served inside this antique building are made on-site. Chef Piero particularly recommends the tortellini Ramaglioli and the sea bass in sea salt crust. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL
3410 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 727-1998
www.macaronigrill.com
You'll need elbow room for all the pasta and Italian selections at Romano's Macaroni Grill. The penne Rustica is a Romano family recipe, which covers shrimp, grilled chicken and smoked prosciutto in a creamy cheese sauce, which is then baked in a woodburning oven. Another favorite is the Sole Parmigiano, pan-fried sole with a Parmesan crust, lemon butter, capers and sun-dried tomato orzo pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SAIA'S BEEF ROOM
1306 S. Morrison Road, Hammond (985) 345-9998
Grilled steaks -- of the corn-fed Prime Midwestern beef variety -- keep Saia's sizzling. A wide variety of seafood options (including fresh Maine lobster or crabmeat au gratin) is available for non-carnivores. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA
100 Tyler Square, Covington (985) 898-0004
1503 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 641-3456
2999 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (986) 626-8923
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

SPAHR'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
3682 Hwy. 90 E., Des Allemands (985) 758-1602
Catfish gets a neat twist at Spahr's, fried into bite-size pieces dubbed "catfish chips." They're addictive, but if you can break away from your "chips," the seafood gumbo awaits, or there's a seafood salad made with shrimp, crabmeat, lettuce, tomato, eggs, green onions and artichoke hearts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
3601 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 626-5234
www.starbucks.com
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T-BOY'S COOKOUT
503 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula (985) 386-4363
Formally known as Robo's Cafe, T-Boys offers daily specials. On Mondays, check out the 25-cent oysters on the half-shell. Thursdays, you can gorge yourself on all-you-can eat boiled shrimp, and on Sundays, it is all-you-can-eat Delta fried catfish. All this food, plus great live bands on the weekends. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TIMES BAR & GRILL
1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335
1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161
The good times at both locations come from a lively atmosphere adding to a menu filled with bar food staples and inventive original dishes. The Colossal Jack Hamburger is a half-pound of meat cooked to order with sauteed onions and pepperjack cheese, served with fries or housemade potato salad. The crawfish fettuccini is a spicy dish with the crawfish tails cooked in a cream sauce and served over fettuccini. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA
600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-4476
2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond (985) 345-6789
Trey Yuen seamlessly incorporates classic Louisiana staples into Chinese cooking. Try the fried alligator with mushrooms and onions in an oyster sauce. The Presidential Chicken breast is sauteed in a spicy Szechwan sauce with imported straw mushrooms, bamboo shoots, roasted peanuts and onions in a light oyster sauce. Reservations recommended for parties of eight or more. Lunch Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, dinner nightly at Mandeville location; lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday at Hammond location. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S
4250 Hwy. 22 (Pine Tree Plaza Shopping Center), Mandeville, (985) 624-2300
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.



Old Metairie



BARRECA'S
3100 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-4546
For a taste of Louisiana -- with a kick -- try Barreca's crabcakes, which are served with a tangy horseradish-mustard sauce. Another favorite at this Metairie outpost is roasted duck with Cajun rice. The $12.95 nightly four-course early bird dinners always hold some surprises. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday and Sunday, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

BAYOU BAGELRY
1507 Metairie Road, Metairie 219-0206
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BLUE MOON TAVERN
115 Focis St., Metairie 831-6725
With a full breakfast menu, daily lunch specials and a variety of burgers and sandwiches, the Blue Moon satisfies day and night. For hearty, late-night cravings try the Blue Moon burger: a half-pound burger loaded with cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, grilled onions and a special, warm hickory sauce. For a lighter option go for the Cosmic chicken sandwich with an 8-oz., tender grilled chicken breast topped with grilled mushrooms and your choice of cheddar, American or Swiss cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

BYBLOS
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie 834-9773
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE ROMA
2026 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-7662
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

DANIEL'S ITALIAN AND LATIN CUISINE
1023 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 831-8147
Twenty years of experience in Europe, South America and fine restaurants in the U.S. inspire Daniel Tobar's multinational cuisine. If you're in the mood for Italian try the shrimp Jacqueline with sauteed shrimp, roasted garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano and parsley, flamed in white wine served over linguini. For a taste of Spain there's the seafood paella with shrimp, mussels, calamari and rice simmered in a saffron broth. Bring your own wine or beer to complement your meal. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

GENNARO'S
3206 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-9226.
Built in 1938, this restaurant and bar serves New Orleans favorites like po-boys, seafood plates, and specialties like the seafood-stuffed peppers. Daily specials include red beans and rice on Mondays. Tuesday's hamburger steak is served with onion gravy and creamed potatoes; return the next day for pork roast with smothered green beans. Or try corned beef with smothered cabbage and buttered parsley potatoes. No reservations. Lunch weekdays. Credit cards. $

LA THAI CUISINE
933 Metairie Road, Metairie 828-3080
Chef-owner Alfredo Diaz's rich Thai fusion menu is quite the culinary bridge-builder. Consider the pecan-crusted Louisiana oysters with wasabi and artichoke confit, and you get the idea. They also serve a mean roasted duck, served with Thai fried rice, hoisin sauce and braised baby bok choy. Or stick with traditional Thai offerings like the chicken sautee, marinated in curry with lemon grass. Check out Diaz's new Thai-Cuban (that's right) fusion restaurant, Panasia, in the CBD coming in November. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MARK TWAINS PIZZA LANDING
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-8032
With pizzas and hearty dishes named after Twain characters and stories, this family-run restaurant is sure to please bookworms and food adventurers. The Mysterious Stranger pizza is topped with feta cheese, spinach, either Canadian bacon or charisse (hot sausage) and your choice of vegetable; the Pasta Gloria has fresh green peppers, onions, mushrooms and shrimp in a red sauce over a heaping serving of fettuccine. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. $

MR. TAI'S
701 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-8610
Meat and seafood dishes are popular at Mr. Tai's, where the Hunan Beef is prepared using fried strips of steak and a sauce of wine, sugar, hot chiles and orange zest and the Hunan Prawns are deep-fried, then tossed in a wok with fresh garlic, onion, ginger and Mr. Tai's sweet and sour sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

NOBLE ASIAN BISTRO
2700 Metairie Road, Suite A, Metairie, 828-8484
Chef Winson Chinupakit started experimenting with Asian fusion cooking this past June, and the result is daring offerings such as ceviche, carpaccio of ribeye steak and Chinese ravioli. The ambience is thoroughly postmodern fun, with a lacquered black bar, split Noren curtains and Japanese screen dividers -- and jazz piano for soft background music. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

OSCAR'S

2027 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-9540
For 18 years Oscar's has been serving burgers in surroundings similar to a pub. Signature items are the Oscar burger, served with a loaded baked potato, and Oscaletta, a muffaletta served on French bread. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
800 Metairie Road, Metairie 828-1460
www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

SEMOLINA
5085 Pontchartrain Blvd. 486-5581
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

SUN RAY GRILL
619 Pink St., Metairie 837-0055
www.sunraygrill.com
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TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE
923 Metairie Road, Metairie 836-6859
Taj Mahal is a favorite with Metairie business and shopping crowds. Its generous and affordable daily lunch buffet is perfect for a quick, yet filling lunch. Making up the diverse menu are favorites like the shrimp bhuna with marinated shrimp grilled and served with onions, peppers, tomatoes and fresh herbs and spices. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie 836-2007
Vega prides itself on being the only New Orleans restaurant serving tapas exclusively. Allison Vega especially recommends the following items: smoked duck breast with pistachios; the sun-dried cranberry cous cous; oyster brie; and empanada with spinach puff pastry. The spinach and goat cheese salad with sun-dried cranberries and pine nuts tossed in an apple-smoked bacon vinaigrette. Also try the wild mushroom risotto. Vega also offers an early evening menu from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

ZEKE'S
1517 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-1133
Zeke's serves New Orleans specialties, most made with seafood caught in local waters. Not to be missed are the charbroiled oysters grilled over an open flame in a garlic butter herb sauce. The gigantic menu also includes boiled seasonal seafood, corned beef and cabbage, salads with homemade dressings, seafood gumbo, and trout meuniere. If you manage to leave room, try one of the homemade desserts (bread pudding with rum sauce, pie of the day or cheesecake). No reservations. Breakfast Sunday, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday. Credit cards and checks. $$



Treme


DOOKY CHASE
2301 Orleans Ave. 821-0600
If it's soul you're looking for, you've come to the right place. Enjoy both a casual midday ambience and a more elegant dinner atmosphere at Dooky Chase and its legendary chef and art patron, Leah Chase. Try dishes like paneed veal, shrimp etouffee, fried chicken or gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



Uptown


ALL NATURAL FOODS AND DELI
5517 Magazine St. 891-2651
All Natural remains one of Uptown's few stops for fresh wheatgrass shots and carrot juice. A roasted portobello mushroom sandwich special with sun-dried tomato pesto and Havarti cheese was so popular that it's now offered everyday; the Sunday special is always fruit-and-nut pancakes. Browse the aisles for organic foods, vitamins and earth-friendly beauty products while they make your lunch. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

AUGUST MOON
3635 Prytania St. 899-5122
August Moon is an affordable, family-friendly Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant located near Touro Hospital. The Happy Family Special features beef, chicken, shrimp and roast pork cooked with broccoli, water chestnuts, baby corn, bok choy and bamboo shoots. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

AVENUE PUB
1732 St. Charles Ave. 586-9243.
Culinarily speaking, Avenue is known for its Buffalo wings, burgers and turkey club sandwiches -- all served at all hours of the day and night. Behind the bar, Avenue's employees are particularly busy from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, when happy hour means that domestic drafts are $1.50 and well drinks are $2. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

BABYLON CAFE
7724 Maple St. 314-0010
Located along the quaintest strip of Maple Street, Babylon is another one of the city's hotspots for Middle Eastern foods. Chef Najah makes his own focaccia-like bread, which he uses in place of pita for sandwiches stuffed with ingredients like roasted garlic, eggplant, feta cheese, gyro meat and chicken shawarma. Order thick, dark coffee or hot sage tea, or BYOB. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BAGEL FACTORY
7901 St. Charles Ave. 866-1521
All Bagel Factory bagels are baked in Metairie, though the stores are separately owned and have individual personalities. The Metairie store, for example, is 100-percent kosher and sells Jewish sweets like hamantashen. At the Uptown store, you can get fresh cinnamon rolls, beignets fried to order and locally made Quintin's ice creams. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner weekdays, breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday at the Causeway Boulevard location. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday, breakfast and lunch Sunday at the St. Charles Avenue location. Credit cards. $

BALCONY BAR & CAFE
3201 Magazine St. 895-1600
The culinary draws at Balcony Bar are several: cheese fries, chicken fingers, Buffalo wings, pizzas, designer burgers, gyros and salads. Happy hours, however, might present an even more tempting reason to wander down to Magazine Street. Red Stripe beer is $1.50 on Mondays; Rolling Rock is $1 on Wednesdays; margaritas are $1 on Fridays until 10 p.m.; and Bloody Marys are $1 all day and night on Sundays. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BAYOU BAGELRY
1907 St. Charles Ave. 525-9400
S. Claiborne Ave. opposite Tulane University 862-6800
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BAYOU BAR
2031 St. Charles Ave. (Pontchartrain Hotel) 212-8153
ww.pontchartrainhotel.com
Added on to the classic hotel in 1947, the Bayou Bar picks up in the evenings where the Pontchartrain Cafe (only open for breakfast and lunch) leaves off. Look for open-face prime rib po-boys, gumbo and shrimp and corn bisque. It's also a wine bar stocked with 30 to 40 selections, many of which are offered by the glass. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BLUEBIRD CAFE
3625 Prytania St. 895-7166
By now most everybody knows about Bluebird's huevos rancheros, banana-pecan pancakes and eggs with biscuits served during the beloved first-come first-serve breakfasts. Here's the news: kosher hot dogs, Philly cheese steaks and classic Reubens at lunch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks and cash. $

BRAVO! ITALIAN KITCHEN
1711 St. Charles Ave. 525-5515
There's a new reason to lunch at Bravo! that reaches beyond the pastas and wood-fired pizzas: until the end of the year, if you eat five lunches at Bravo! you get the sixth one free. In addition, holiday shoppers will receive a $25 gift certificate with the purchase of a $100 gift certificate. And more news: specialty martinis are $3 for ladies on Thursday nights. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER
3151 Calhoun St. 861-0906
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

THE BULLDOG
3236 Magazine St. 891-1516
www.ultimatebeer.com
The Bulldog's newest menu addition is a line of Monster Burritos. These join crawfish Banditos (crawfish, cheese and green chiles rolled in a tortilla and fried) and half-pound sirloin burgers. The 50 beers on tap are a good excuse for geeks to hang out in the bar and play the televised trivia game. No reservations. Lunch Friday and Saturday, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

BYBLOS
3218 Magazine St. 894-1233
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE ATCHAFALAYA
901 Louisiana Ave. 891-5271
Chef John Calon prepares both down-home and refined Southern eats in this little yellow neighborhood restaurant. Veal Oscar is pan-sauteed veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and hollandaise sauce, then served with brabant potatoes. This fall there's a new strawberry-peach cobbler for dessert, and the housemade ice creams and sorbets might feature ingredients like peppermint, figs, vanilla or berries. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, breakfast and brunch weekends. Credit cards. $$

CAFE BANQUETTE
3445 Prytania St. 891-5773
A change in ownership has brought a change in menu at Cafe Banquette, located directly across Prytania Street from Touro Hospital. Try the barbecue shrimp po-boy, corn and crab bisque, ribeye steak, fried oyster salad or seafood platter. There's a free buffet during Friday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and two-for-one longnecks on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Open Sundays during football season only. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE LUNA
802 Nashville St. 269-2444
With fall approaching, Cafe Luna's porch on the corner of Nashville and Magazine streets is the ideal place to welcome the arrival of cooler weather, while casually people-watching and sipping or munching a house specialty. Inside the coffeehouse, you'll find fresh French pastries, housemade soups and sandwiches served up with a variety of drinks and loose-leaf and herbal teas. No reservations. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE RANI
2917 Magazine St. 895-2500
This stylish cafe keeps up with the evolving tastes of its clientele with fresh additions to the menu. Alongside the salads and soups regulars love, you'll find four new burgers: Southwest (loaded with pepperjack cheese, chipotle mayonnaise and avocado), Blues (blue cheese sauce on the burger and laced on top of the bun), Cajun (with andouille sausage and remoulade sauce) and wild mushroom. Also new to the menu is a hearty portion of three smothered pork chops with mushroom, pepper and onion demi glace and two sides, all for $9.99. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast weekdays. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROMA
1901 Sophie Wright Place 524-2419
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CANNON'S
4141 St. Charles Ave. 891-3200
Once patrons try Cannon's they faithfully return for a taste of the restaurant's creative New Orleans cuisine. Start with a sampling of Cannon's three favorite appetizers with the Appetizer Trio: generous portions of eggplant sticks, spinach dip and Biscayne coconut shrimp. A new item is the Original Cajun Popcorn Shrimp sandwich with 10 ounces of plump shrimp. Finish off your meal with the rich fudge nut brownie. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE BEIRUT
3242 Magazine St. 269-2900
Sandwiched between Mystic Cafe and The Bulldog bar and grill, Cafe Beirut adds a Middle Eastern element to the growing restaurant row along Magazine Street. Beef, chicken, lamb and kafta kebabs are the specialties, along with moussaka, lentil soup, beef shawarma and kibbeh. The front display case is filled with housemade pastries such as baklava and ashta. Reservations accepted for parties of 10 or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE
4510 Dryades St. 895-9705
This 80-year-old steakhouse proves that a simple menu and good, quality steak are true keys to success. Order small, medium or large T-bones, or a 9-oz filet mignon. The sides are numerous: au gratin potatoes, mushrooms, bordelaise sauce and French-fried potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CHEF'S TABLE RESTAURANT
2100 St. Charles Ave. 525-2328
Home to the Culinary Institute of New Orleans, Chef's Table hosts banquets, private parties and cooking demonstrations by request. The innovative menu uses fresh ingredients and an array of spices to create memorable meals. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE
5701 Magazine St. 899-7303
Uptowners have come to rely on this yellow house on Magazine for their wine, gourmet-to-go and catering needs. Take the chill off with Chez Nous' homemade tomato basil soup and seafood gumbo. Sunday brunch features traditional New Orleans grillades and grits and a new item, South Carolina-style shrimp and grits: grits fortified with cream cheese, tasso ham, juicy Gulf shrimp, heavy cream and butter. Other amenities include a mailing list and catering menu. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

CIRO'S COTE SUD
7918 Maple St. 866-9551
Ciro's romantic French atmosphere is great for special occasions and date nights. Leaning towards the Provencal, Ciro's menu features steamed mussels in a creamy white wine sauce with bleu cheese, and a tart tatin served a la mode. The Oliver pizza, a holdover from previous ownership, is a vegetarian delight. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Checks and cash. $$

CLANCY'S
6100 Annunciation St. 895-1111
This neighborhood restaurant offers Creole-inspired cuisine complemented by true New Orleans hospitality. The menu includes house-smoked meats, smoked softshell crab in meuniere sauce, fried eggplant sticks, risotto with lobster and oysters with Brie. Rounding out the dessert menu are housemade desserts like lemon icebox pie and peppermint ice cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

THE COLUMNS HOTEL
3811 St. Charles Ave. 899-9308
www.thecolumns.com
A true New Orleans landmark, The Columns is a great place to savor antiques from the Victorian era while dining on New Orleans-style cuisine. The Columns' Sunday brunch features fried green tomatoes with crabmeat Napoleon and softshell crab with crawfish taragon sauce. The house highly recommends the chicken Roulade with crawfish and brie and the sausage-stuffed pancakes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Friday and Saturday's bistro menu includes homemade spinach and artichoke dip, crawfish pie and crabcakes. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE
1403 Washington Ave. 899-8221
www.commanderspalace.com
Commander's award-winning dishes helped put New Orleans-style cuisine on the world map. Alongside classics like turtle soup, lamb chops and the famous bread pudding souffle are new menu items, Creole-crusted lamb rack and oysters in champagne jelee. Also check out the bargain lunches and Sunday jazz brunches in the courtyard. Reservations required. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S
4338 St. Charles Ave. 897-2325
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
2001 St. Charles Ave. 593-9955
The Cheesecake Bistro's extensive and sometimes daunting menu offers something for everyone. For a twist on a classic try the barbecue shrimp linguine: jumbo shrimp sauteed with green onions, seasonings, lemon-butter sauce, tossed with linguine and served over their original cheese pizza bowl. The dessert menu features more than 40 types of cheesecake and a white chocolate bread pudding with Frangelico cream sauce and blanched almonds. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S
4501 Tchoupitoulas St. 894-9880
Firmly established as a favorite for quality food at affordable prices, Dick & Jenny's seasonal menu keeps the cozy restaurant packed almost nightly. This fall try the grilled portobello mushroom and filet mignon tips with melted brie au jus appetizer; for the main course there's seared sea scallops and Gulf shrimp with crab brie beggar's purse and lobster purse. No reservations. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS
5240 Annunciation St. 899-9126
Domilise's hasn't changed much over the past 75 years. Its biggest claim to fame would have to be the home-cooked roast beef po-boys, drenched in gravy and dressed with housemade yellow and Creole mustard sauces. But the oyster po-boys aren't far behind, dressed with mayonnaise, lettuce, pickles and the house "special sauce." No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

DOS JEFES UPTOWN CIGAR BAR
5535 Tchoupitoulas St. 891-8500
This Uptown lounge has a little bit of everything you need for a full evening out. Obviously, the premium cigars are a major ingredient. But there's also the upscale pub fare, which comes in a variety of appetizer choices and specialty sandwiches and can be enjoyed indoors or out on the patio. Finally, the after-dinner entertainment comes in the form of live music from regulars including Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris, John Fohl and Tom Hook. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING
4927 Freret St. 899-0734
The down-home offerings of Dunbar's are good for the soul -- and the stomach. The menu here includes fried chicken, meatloaf with potatoes, gumbo and smothered okra, and barbecued baby back ribs. Catch the daily specials, such as Thursday's smothered turkey necks with mustard greens for $5.99. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

ELEVEN 79
1179 Annunciation St. 299-1179

Located just on the Uptown side of I-10, this restaurant is packed nightly with regular customers who prefer its intimate atmosphere and New Orleans-Italian cuisine. Appetizer choices include the grilled calamari with pecorino polenta and lemon butter. Follow this with the signature paneed veal Eleven 79, served with roasted red peppers, asparagus, buffalo mozzarella and a lemon sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO RESTAURANT

1300 St. Charles Ave. 525-4937
www.emerils.com
In his St. Charles Avenue restaurant, Chef Emeril Lagasse kicks the elegance up a notch. High-end, contemporary Creole cuisine is showcased in a fine dining atmosphere complete with live piano music on Friday and Saturday evenings. The menu matches the innovation of Emeril's flagship restaurant. Veal Marcelle, a tribute to local food goddess Marcelle Bienvenu, involves veal medallions with hollandaise sauce and a saute of crabmeat and field mushrooms. Sunday jazz brunches offer interpretations of eggs Benedict and pain perdu. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly, jazz brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

F&M PATIO ZANZIBAR
4841 Tchoupitoulas St. 895-6784
When the other nightspots announce last call, F&M begins dishing out mounds of their famous cheese fries, loaded with cheese, chili, jalapenos and shallots. If you still need an energy boost try one of their burgers, sandwiches or fajitas: tortillas stuffed with Monterrey jack cheese, grilled onions, peppers, homemade salsa and your choice chicken breasts or alligator sausage marinated in a secret sauce. No reservations. Late-night daily. Cash only. $

FAT HARRY'S
4330 St. Charles Ave. 895-9582
Popular with the college crowd, Fat Harry's offers food selections to pair with that cold beer. The cheeseburgers -- and especially the spicy jazz burger -- are favorites. A relative newcomer to the menu is the steak sandwich, a 6-oz. tip on an onion roll with grilled onions and mushrooms. Happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FIGARO'S PIZZERIA
7900 Maple St. 866-0100
As the weather cools, thoughts turn to Figaro's patio dining. A wide array of pizzas includes toppings such as artichoke, fresh tomato, feta and spinach. Entree-size salads are another specialty, and menu items include mussels Figaro, seafood cannelloni, double-cut pork chops and paneed veal. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FOODIES KITCHEN
7457 St. Charles Ave., 865-8646
www.foodieskitchen.com
While the newer Uptown location of Foodies Kitchen doesn't have the hot-line dine-in option of the Metairie store, it does boast extensive offerings of entrees from the Express Case, as well as a number of sandwiches and salads made to order. A popular entree is the beef debris, with marinated beef and pork mixed with garlic and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Morning pastries, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

FORTISSIMO
3331 St. Charles Ave. 899-5313
Fortissimo's allows you the choice to enjoy their gourmet offerings at home or in one of two dining rooms overlooking the Avenue. A long list of salads is highlighted by a grilled salmon Caesar salad as well as a chicken club salad. The spinach, Maison and regular Caesar round out the salad specialties. Check out the Italian gelatos in the corner. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

FRANKY AND JOHNNY'S
321 Arabella St. 899-9146
www.frankyandjohnnys.com.
Franky and Johnny's long-standing menu is filled with the New Orleans classics, from fried oyster platters to alligator pie to shrimp po-boys. The bell pepper rings are a table-sharing way to start the meal; other popular appetizers include calamari and boiled shrimp. The daily specials include red beans and rice on Monday, coming with your choice of smoked or hot sausage. Any old time, order the pastrami with melted Swiss cheese on white, wheat or rye toast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

FRIAR TUCK'S
5130 Freret St. 891-4080.
Friar Tuck's specializes in that classic beer-and-burger combination. Try on for size the Tuck's Burger, a hand-packed half-pounder served with cheese if you want and a choice of fries made from either sweet or regular potatoes. Besides the choices of burgers, another popular choice is the Freret Street chicken salad, made with either grilled or fried chicken. No reservations. Lunch and dinner weekdays. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S
1728 Soniat St. 899-7397
Gautreau's offers food and atmosphere fit for both special occasions and spur-of-the moment nights out. This season Chef Mathias Wolf is featuring a sauteed grouper with a field pea, asparagus and braised fennel ragout as well as steamed mussels with pancetta and leeks in a cider cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

G.B.'S PATIO BAR AND GRILL
8117 Maple St. 861-0067
Enjoy the fall weather with some outdoor dining on the lively G.B.'s patio. Regulars here tend to stick with the familiar: large, juicy burgers that come with a choice of crispy seasoned fries or loaded baked potatoes. The market determines G.B.'s catch of the day, usually served hot off the grill. No reservations. Lunch Friday through Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE GROCERY
2854 St. Charles Ave. 895-9524
The Grocery has maintained its reputation as an Uptown mainstay with its Cuban sandwiches, pressed specialties and Southwestern clubs. It'd be unwise not to try the famous pressed muffalettas loaded with salami, provolone, ham, Swiss and homemade olive salad. Also, try the veggie melt with portobello mushrooms, avocado and tomatoes marinated in balsamic vinegar. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Checks and cash. $

GUY'S PO-BOYS
5259 Magazine St. 891-5025
This Uptown lunch spot is always hopping thanks to its wide variety of po-boys, with specialty po-boys like the grilled shrimp and grilled catfish combo keeping Guy's regulars and neophytes happy. Guy's also has a nice touch on blue-plate classics, and their BLTs are developing a devoted fan base. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

HEAVENLY HAM
5300 Tchoupitoulas St. 891-5100
www.heavenlyham.com
The other white meat gets good old-fashioned treatment here, as Heavenly Ham's signature baked ham is nestled in sandwiches served on your choice of bread. If you're abstaining from pork, the light baked-turkey salad is winning its share of converts. No reservations. Delivery available. Lunch daily, early dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

HOME FURNISHINGS STORE CAFE
1600 Prytania St., 566-1707
It's always Customer Appreciation Day at Home Furnishings Store Cafe, as this daily special is available every day, offering a cup of the soup du jour or Caesar salad served with a grilled sandwich on whole wheat. A popular choice is the Chicken Salad Supreme, with chunks of chicken breast served on lettuce with fruit and roasted almonds, coming with their housemade poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

HOUSTON'S
1755 St. Charles Ave. 524-1578
www.houstons.com
Hungry-man portions are the norm at the two Houston's locations, where the staff serves up appetite-satisfying baby back ribs, bountiful salads and thick steaks. They'll also satisfy your sweet tooth with a can't-miss brownie sundae. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S
2133 St. Charles Ave., 522-2145
It's OK to play with your food here. As a matter of fact, this 24/7 restaurant makes it difficult not to with video games, darts, foosball, pool tables and even laundry facilities. To sate the hunger pangs, wrap your teeth around an Igor Burger: a half-pound sirloin patty doused with either barbecue or Cajun-style sauce with steak fries included. On Mondays, the restaurant serves up free red beans and rice cooked with honey baked ham from 7 p.m. until they run out. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR
4437 Magazine St. 891-6105
If you arrive early enough, you can have free red beans and rice on Monday from 7 p.m. until they run out. Other times, go for the Buddha Belly's Break Away Steak sandwich, which features a half-pound of shaved steak topped with sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers and served with your choice of fries, baked potato or pasta salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S GARLIC CLOVE
2137 St. Charles Ave. 522-6602
A full-service Cajun restaurant that offers outdoor seating on St. Charles Avenue, Igor's Garlic Clove offers lots of delights for seafood lovers. The Super Fruit Di Mata is a boatload of sauteed mussels, clams, shrimp, crawfish and crab legs all marinated together and served on a bed of pasta. Shrimp Orleans is seasoned with crushed red peppers and served over pasta with marinara sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
5538 Magazine St. 894-0005
www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

JAMILA'S CAFE
7808 Maple St. 866-4366
There's more to Jamila's than the Mediterranean and Tunisian specialties on its menu, although the chef's specialty of lamb baked in tajine with lemon and garlic keeps regulars happy. In addition to the food, the restaurant features flamenco guitarists every Friday and belly dancers on Saturdays. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

JOEY K'S
3001 Magazine St. 891-0997
A true neighborhood restaurant with regulars who just happen to come from all over the city, Joey K's offers all-you-can-eat catfish specials every day. It also has lunch specials that start with corned beef and cabbage on Monday and change every day as well as other homestyle cuisine options. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Saturday, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
2018 Magazine St. 569-0000
This south-of-the-border Mecca attracts a savvy, artsy crowd by providing dishes packed with flavors from the Southwest. Enjoy the most recent menu addition: shrimp fajitas stuffed with bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, and salsa, served with beans, rice and flour tortillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KELSEY'S RESTAURANT
3923 Magazine St. 897-6722
www.kelseysrest.com
Now starring at Kelsey's: Chef Dione McPhail, an alumna of Mr. B's Bistro and Commander's Palace. McPhail has engineered a new menu at Kelsey's (but kept some old favorites, such as the seafood-laden eggplant Kelsey). For starters, try Danny's Grilled Oysters with Stilton cheese, the traditional New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp, or the romaine hearts and apple-smoked bacon salad. The main event can feature a filet mignon with port mushroom demi-glace, or the New Orleans bouillabaise. Eat inside or on the patio deck outside. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

KOKOPELLI'S
3150 Calhoun St. 861-3922
Here you'll get a monster burrito that will fill you up at dinner with enough left over for a late-night snack. Choose from four different salsas and main ingredients such as jerked chicken, barbecue shrimp and a host of veggies. For a Tex-Mex-meets-Asia offering, try the Thai Chicken burrito: grilled and marinated chicken, lime-cilantro rice, carrots, red onions and mung bean sprouts doused with a southwestern peanut sauce and wrapped in a spinach tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

KUNG'S DYNASTY

1912 St. Charles Ave. 525-6669
Kung's extensive menu of Chinese dishes includes the Imperial Beef: chunks of beef stir-fried until they're crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, accompanied by an orange sauce. Or investigate the honey pecan shrimp, stir-fried in a honey pecan sauce and topped with honey-roasted pecans. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

KYOTO
4920 Prytania St. 891-3644
Kyoto was one of the pioneer sushi restaurants in New Orleans. Today, start with whitefish carpaccio topped with a basil-infused olive oil, move on to the favorite California roll, and finish your meal with tempura veggies. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LA CREPE NANOU
1410 Robert St. 899-2670
This intimate little hideaway is the perfect place to bring your sweetie and your appetite for all things French in a bistro setting. That includes Les Cailles: two semi-boneless quail marinated in herbs, garlic and olive oil with a mushroom sauce. Le Gigat d'Agneau is a thinly sliced marinated and roasted leg of lamb served with cognac sauce, mixed veggies and pomme frite (French fries). No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA MADELEINE
St. Charles Ave. 410-8500
www.lamadeleine.com.
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

LAFITTE'S
2031 St. Charles Ave. (The Pontchartrain Hotel), 524-0581
At this historic hotel on the Avenue you'll find the famous Mile High Pie, Lafitte's signature mound of Neapolitan ice cream with vanilla meringue, topped with a chocolate fudge sauce. For breakfast, try the blueberry muffins, or for your dinner treat yourself to the King Rex Filet, 8 ounces topped with crumbled blue cheese and drizzled in a Creole butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Credit cards. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $$

LE BON TEMPS ROULE
4801 Magazine St. 897-3448, 895-8117
Le Bon Temps is a local favorite for music, but make sure to try their late-night cuisine the next time you catch one of the bar's free shows. The signature Bon Temps burger is a half-pound cheeseburger topped with mushrooms, bacon or chili. Quesadillas are filled with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, pico de gallo, fresh mushrooms, black olives and your choice of chicken, black beans or both. No reservations. Lunch and dinner late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LEE CIRCLE RESTAURANT
3 Lee Circle (Hotel Le Cirque) 962-0915
Clancy's co-owners Brad Hollingsworth and Johnny Vodanovich have partnered with Le Parvenu owner Dennis Hutley, who designed the menu for this "elegant Creole" spot. Scott Snodgrass moved over from Clancy's to serve as executive chef. The ambience blends classic and postmodern styles to mirror the menu; dig into the decadent Braised Veal Chop Mrs. P, served with foie gras, asparagus, artichokes and mushrooms, and truffle and bearnaise sauces. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

LILETTE
3637 Magazine St. 895-1636
Lilette Chef-owner, John Harris caters to the steady flow of Uptown regulars with delicate, gourmet cuisine. Just as good as it sounds is the white truffle parmigiana toast with wild mushrooms, marrow and veal glace appetizer: a crisp piece of ciabatta crusted with Parmigiano-Reggiano and white truffle oil, topped with sauteed crimini, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, Bordelaise sauce and marrow. For dinner try the sauteed shrimp with Vidalia onions, oven-roasted tomatoes, Lucques olives and vermouth basil butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LUCKY'S BAR AND GRILL
1625 St. Charles Ave. 523-6538
Laid-back lunchers and late-night munchers alike head to Lucky's for dishes like marinated chicken and thick, juicy burgers served hot off the grill. In the fall months, a meal on the front porch comes with cool breezes and views of the streetcar -- gratis. Karaoke 24 hours. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP
2368 Magazine St. 522-3107
Like most po-boy eateries of its kind, Magazine Po-boys is something of a neighborhood institution. You won't find linen tablecloths, but you will find a lengthy menu of down-home dishes like seafood gumbo, po-boys, muffalettas, fried chicken, white beans, fried okra, fried pickles and more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

MAMA'S TASTY FOODS
1641 Louisiana Ave. 899-6162
Locals head to Mama's primarily for the poultry, which is fixed in a variety of ways. The Rona's Delight features nuggets of the fried, skinless chicken; or try a combo selection like the chicken tenders with mashed potatoes. Mama's even serves gizzards on a stick, the chicken lover's soul-food-to-go, while po-boy enthusiasts can choose from catfish, shrimp, and sausage varieties. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE
7623 Maple St. 314-9003
The chef's creative melding of flavors at this cafe is billed as fine continental cuisine -- and both the regular menu and the rotating array of daily specials live up to the claim. Choose from dishes like pepper-crusted duck breast with blueberry cognac sauce or stuffed shrimp wrapped in phyllo dough and see for yourself. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MARCO POLO'S MARKET
1901 Audubon St. 862-7656
One of the few remaining corner grocery stores in old New Orleans neighborhoods, this 68-year-old market is a unique hybrid you won't want to miss. Its waffle bar serves up a list of waffles from blueberry to chocolate, and sno-balls are sold year round. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

MARTIN WINE CELLAR
3827 Baronne St. 896-7380
www.martinwine.com
A local lunch tradition, Martin's menu of salads, sandwiches, and hot meals offers something for everyone. Two new additions worth sampling are the grilled vegetable and portobello mushroom sandwich served on a chiabatta roll with arugula and kalamata olive pesto, and the Sena Salad, a mix of oven-roasted chicken, golden raisins and field greens in a pepper jelly. Martin's wine collection includes 2,500 labels, one of which is sure to pair well with a gourmet-to-go item from the deli. No reservations. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sundays. Credit cards and checks. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO
5908 Magazine St. 891-8495
Chef-owner Hubert Sandot has won a loyal following over the years at his intimate Uptown restaurant, which features a charming courtyard and a unique cuisine combining French and Caribbean influences. Regulars routinely ask for one of Sandot's several signature versions of steamed mussels, and there's a fresh fish in a beurre blanc sauce nightly. Sandot's considerable skill is equally evident in his creamy (yet cream-free) soups, tasty appetizers like blue cheese mussels, and meat dishes like braised lamb shank in a red wine sauce. The selection of wines sold by the half-bottle is perfect when dining a deux. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit Cards. $$

MAT & NADDIE'S
937 Leonidas St. 861-9600
Regulars at this Uptown restaurant find its menu as homey and inviting as its pre-Civil War cottage digs. Try a regular menu item like the organic, free range chicken breast with Belgian endive, apples, caramelized onions, roasted walnuts, stilton and sun-dried tomato butter, an artful layering of flavors. Or experience the three-course wine dinner in which each course is matched with a suitable wine. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MR. JOHN'S STEAK AND SEAFOOD HOUSE
2111 St. Charles Ave. (Avenue Plaza Hotel) 679-7697

Chef Bruce Rollins combines Asian, Caribbean and Southern influences in preparing USDA prime steaks and fresh Louisiana seafood. Specialties include filet Oscar, a center-cut filet topped with lump crabmeat and bearnaise sauce. Champagne brunch on Saturday and Sunday includes an a la carte menu and a $10 bottomless glass of Piper Sonoma champagne. Wine dinners change monthly. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

MONA'S CAFE

3151 Calhoun St. 861-2124
4126 Magazine St. 894-9800
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

MONJUNI'S ITALIAN CAFE AND GROCERY
3442 St. Charles Ave. 899-1570
www.monjunis.com
Located in a century-old, streetcar-shaped building originally inspired by its avenue locale, Monjuni offers tables for indoor and outdoor dining and a menu of Italian and local specialties. Start with the Cajun tomato shrimp cheese toast and move on to the Neapolitan stuffed pasta or the Italian Sampler, a quarter muffaletta, spaghetti, meatball and lasagna combo. For students, there's an all-you-can-eat spaghetti special for just $4.95. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MOONLIGHT CAFE
1921 Sophie Wright Place 522-7313
The late-night set likes to nosh at Moonlight where the menu offers a mix of Middle Eastern, American and local favorites from chicken wings and tabbouleh to gyros and po-boys until 3 a.m. Drink specials include $1 mixed drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and $1.50 draft beers daily. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MS. HYSTER'S BARBECUE
2000 S. Claiborne Ave. 522-3028
Texans know that good barbecue is an art -- and so does Ms. Hyster's, where slow-smoked barbecue ribs, hickory-flavored chicken and beef brisket are among the headliners. There's a slew of home-cooked sides from potato salad and cole slaw to mustard greens and candied yams, too -- and homemade cakes for dessert. Daily lunch specials include Monday red beans and rice and Friday okra and shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Cash only. $

MYSTIC CAFE

3244 Magazine St. 895-7272
The menu at Mystic is a combination of Middle Eastern and Italian fare. The Meze Plate appetizer for two brings together hummus, plaki, spinach and feta triangles, fava bean puree, sauteed carrots, roasted red peppers, and Mystic tomato spread. For a main course, try the wild mushroom chicken pesto pizza and for dessert the key lime raspberry cheesecake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NAUTICAL

7708 Maple St. 866-7504
This Maple street eatery offers a creative take on contemporary Louisiana cuisine with an emphasis on items fresh from the sea. Chef Dave Minuey is the force behind such specialties as grilled pepper-crusted sword fish, caramelized salmon, and seared diver scallops. Non-seafood choices include glazed duck breast and wild mushroom ravioli. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEW YORK PIZZA
5201 Magazine St. 891-2376
Once only found in the heart of New York, thin crusts and wide slices make their way the big easy. If choosing one meat topping makes your head spin, try the Bronx pizza loaded with mozzarella, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage and meatballs. The oven-baked feta is served with marinara sauce with a slice of Italian bread brushed with garlic-butter sauce on the side. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE
4308 Magazine St. 894-9797
Uptown's only Indian restaurant continues to please with its plentiful lunch buffet and aromatic and tasty cuisine. The Malai kebab is cashew and spice-crusted chicken breasts roasted over hot coals and served on a sizzling platter. Reservations recommended for parties of more than five. Lunch and dinner Sunday through Tuesday. Credit cards. $$

NORBY'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
6078 Laurel St. 895-9441
What would Uptown neighbors do without Norby's inexpensive daily lunch specials? Red beans, spaghetti with meatballs, cream potatoes and green beans, stuffed bell peppers, and catfish nuggets may be found at this eatery. Po-boys are also on the menu. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday. Cash only. $

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2533 Constance St. 899-2054
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, this Irish Channel institution is best known for its po-boys -- eaten in house or taken to go. But a sampling from the list of appetizers like Buffalo wings and gravy cheese fries is a tasty way to stave off the hungries as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT
1838 Napoleon Ave. 895-4877
Located in the same Uptown spot for the better part of a century, Manale's, as it's commonly known, is the original home to New Orleans' famous barbecue shrimp: a bowl full of unpeeled shrimp drowning in a piquant butter sauce that's meant for bread dipping. Manale's is also known for its oyster bar. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
5300 Tchoupitoulas St. 895-2007
5432 Magazine St. 895-0273
McAllister Pocket Park (Tulane University) 865-5705
www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

PODNER'S BBQ
2520 Felicity St. 525-5346
True to its name, Podner's specialty is barbecue: regulars favor the ribs, chicken and hamburgers prepared in Podner's special sauce. The ya cha mein, a Chinese-cooking-meets-Southern-barbecue blend of beef, gravy, eggs, green onions and soy sauce over linguine, is also popular. Sides include dirty rice, french fries, and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Tuesday through Sunday. Cash only. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
741 State St. 899-1414
www.reginellis.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

RENDON INN
4501 Eve St. 822-9858
Swing by the Rendon Inn for homestyle cooking and daily specials like Monday's red beans and Friday's gumbo. Support the home team with the Haslett sandwich, a double-decker featuring house-roasted beef, pastrami and Swiss cheese on rye. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily and dinner Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE
7801 Panola St. 314-1810
Breakfast at this bright and cheery neighborhood eatery is a perfect way to start your day. Go for the eggs Pontchartrain, a version of eggs Benedict dressed to the nines with crawfish, sauteed mushrooms and green onions. Also look for pollo rancheros and a variety of omelettes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

RIVERHOUSE CAFE
5961 Magazine St. 894-0046
The selection offered on Riverhouse Cafe's menu is almost as wide as the shopping selection you'll find on Magazine Street. There's everything from burgers and po-boys to pasta and happy hour specials. Customer favorites include the penne pasta with feta and garlic butter, as well as the shrimp and crab claw gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ROCKY'S OLD NEW ORLEANS BAR & PIZZA JOINT
3222 Magazine St. 891-5152
Pizza lovers will die at the chance to try Rocky's traditional white and whole wheat crusts and wide array of scrumptious toppings. On top of that, four new focaccia sandwiches (including a meatball and a vegetarian) and three new pastas (try spaghetti and meatballs) are gaining space on the already extensive menu of pizzas, salads and pastas. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
1500 Magazine St. 529-1455
3128 Magazine St. 899-0242
1140 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-4343
6501 Willow St. (Tulane University) 862-8063
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN
2830 Magazine St. 894-0033
One of Magazine Street's newer additions presents sushi in a variety of ways. Try the unique New Orleans Roll: spicy crawfish inside, tuna and snow crab outside. Among the most popular dishes are the yellowtail tartare with Russian caviar and the lobster tempura. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMUEL'S OYSTER BAR & GRILLE
1628 St. Charles Ave. 581-3777
The people-watching deck view is the same, but the name has changed at this popular spot formerly known as Samuel's Avenue Pub. A new pizza oven and a new oyster bar have added plenty to the new menu. Pizza lovers have gone local with the Atchafalaya, which features crawfish, shrimp and crabmeat. The traditional weekday happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), featuring two-for-one mixed drinks, cranks up to three-for-one on Wednesday. And while the burgers are gone, the po-boys remain the same. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SAUCY'S
7130 Freret St. 861-7890
The name's the tip-off at Saucy's, as this Uptown restaurant features more than 10 homemade sauces, with flavors such as Buffalo, Chinese, Caribbean, Lemon Pepper, and Honey Mustard. Spread your Saucy's bounty on their selection of burgers, salads, ribs, chicken tenders or chicken wings. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
2801 Magazine St. 879-4944
5800 Magazine St. 269-5113
7700 Maple. St. 864-0411
www.starbucks.com.
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

STILL PERKIN'
2727 Prytania St. 899-0335
Pastries and sweets make perfect pairings for Still Perkin's coffee selection, which includes ice coffee and ice mocha. For a rich treat, try the chocolate butter cream squares. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. $

SUGAR MAGNOLIA
1910 Magazine St. 529-1110
The food at Sugar Magnolia is as tasty as the Grateful Dead song of the same name. Sugar Magnolia serves up a hickory wood-grilled pork chop with andouille stuffing and root beer sauce, and seafood fans get fired up about the seared and wasabi-crusted tuna. Reservations accepted for six or more. Breakfast and brunch Saturday and Sunday, lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

SUPERIOR GRILL
3636 St. Charles Ave. 889-4200
www.superiorgrill.com
Daily lunch specials, an amazing tequila selection, year-round patio dining and must-have south-of-the-border specialties -- what more do you need? For lunch try one of the Mexican combination plates, taco salads and mesquite-grilled fish; for dinner choose from a variety of southwestern specialties, burgers or the Uptown enchilada patter with shrimp, crawfish and spinach and cheese enchiladas. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Saturday, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFE AND JUICE BAR
1418 Magazine St. 524-3828
Health-conscious eaters have flocked to Surrey's since its opening, swearing by breakfast items like homemade bagels and banana pancakes, while bigger appetites go for specialty sandwiches like smoked salmon on focaccia. Look for an expanded dinner menu at Surrey's soon. Breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday; dinner Friday through Saturday, Thursday dinner beginning in November. Cash only. $

TAQUERIA CORONA
5932 Magazine St. 897-3974
See "Citywide" for restaurant description.

TED'S FROSTOP
3100 Calhoun St. 861-3615
6303 S. Claiborne, 861-3615
Ted's is a New Orleans institution, beckoning diners with its milkshake sign visible from South Claiborne Avenue. Ted's is a throwback to diners of old, albeit with a New Orleans twist. Red beans and rice are a staple Monday through Friday. The burgers and fries will also take you back to yesteryear. Breakfast and lunch daily. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

UPPERLINE
1413 Upperline St. 891-9822
Recently reviewed in the New York Times Magazine and featured on the new fall menu is the hit Cane River County Shrimp with sauteed shrimp, tons of garlic, mushrooms, Tabasco and bacon finished with a shrimp stock and cream reduction sauce, served on top of fried grit cakes. First-timers can experience seven of Upperline's best dishes with the Taste of New Orleans. Roasted duck entrees come with garlic-port or peach-ginger sauces. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

VAQUEROS
4923 Prytania St. 891-6441
www.vaquerosrestaurant.com
With its unique interpretations of Southwestern cuisine, Vaqueros has remained an Uptown favorite. Sample the shrimp quesadillas and try one of their famous margaritas as you peruse the menu. Check out the tortilla-crusted soft shell crab and New York strip steak topped with chimichurri, served with grilled vegetables and sauteed skillet potatoes with leeks in a Montenebro goat cheese demi-glace. Reservations recommended for parties over six. Breakfast and brunch Sunday, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

VERA CRUZ
7537 Maple St. 866-1736.
Across the street from the locally renowned Bruno's bar, Vera Cruz offers south-of-the border fare with a wide selection of vegetarian items and health-conscious standards. The kitchen uses no lard and little oil. The tortillas are whole wheat, and the sour cream is non-fat. The Cuban portion of the menu features roasted pork with garlic and caramelized onion, Cuban steaks, Cuban sandwiches and ropa vieja (shredded beef). Pitchers are two-for-one Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit Cards. $

VINCENT'S
7839 St. Charles Ave. 866-9313
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

VOODOO BBQ
1501 St. Charles Ave. 522-4647
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Warehouse District


CYBER BAR & CAFE AT THE CAC
900 Camp St. (Contemporary Arts Center) 523-0900
The CAC's modern cafe is a great place to rest between exhibitions. Check your email using the free Internet access provided to customers. Cookies, cinnamon rolls and scones are imported from various bakeries around the city, as are a variety of salads, cold sandwiches and paninis. Bars offer wine, beer and drinks of the caffeineted variety. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner during CAC evening events. Credit cards and checks. $

DINO'S BAR AND GRILL
1128 Tchoupitoulas St. 558-0900
Dino's serves po-boys, salads and the half-pound Dino's Burger. But New Orleans' many martini lovers will want to pair their favorite cocktail with the Fried Martini: a martini glass filled with cheese-stuffed and deep-fried green olives. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

EMERIL'S
800 Tchoupitoulas St. 528-9393
www.emerils.com
A local landmark made famous by Chef Emeril Lagasse, Emeril's offers a nightly six-course degustation menu. Other options include appetizers such as homemade andouille and Creole boudin sausages, or Emeril's signature New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp appetizer served with a petite rosemary biscuit. A seasonal specialty is the citrus- and tea-glazed Maple Leaf Farms duck, served with savory caramelized onion bread pudding and haricots vert. Save room for the famous banana cream pie. Reservations required. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

ERNST CAFE
600 S. Peters St. 525-8544
www.ernstcafe.net
Established in 1902 in a former storage building that dates to 1851, Ernst Cafe is an architectural gem with its original pressed tin ceiling intact. Ernst is now a day-or-night affair with a late weeknight happy hour from midnight to 3 a.m. and a Saturday ladies' night. Favorites from the menu include the bayou cheeseburger and the boss chicken tenders Newly renovated private party facilities available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HERBSAINT
701 St. Charles Ave. 524-4114
www.herbsaint.com
Susan Spicer continues to dazzle at her esteemed restaurants, as Herbsaint's innovative menu stocked with culinary diversity attests. Spicer as executive chef pairs with head chef Donald Link here for contemporary French/American cuisine. One appetizer option is the short ribs served over a potato pancake, served with a Dijon horseradish dressing. For dinner, the duck leg confit with dirty rice has plenty of devotees. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFER'S BAR AND RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St. 523-8995
www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
The vibe at Lucy's comes from the beaches of California; the menu takes its cues from classic California, Mexican and American eats. The "Dinner with Elvis" combo includes a chicken enchilada in fajita sauce, a cheese enchilada with salsa verde and a hand-rolled beef burrito topped with salsa and sour cream. On Taco Tuesdays, $1 tacos are offered and on Wednesdays, $2.50 nachos. Happy hour drink specials are available Monday through Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch weekends. Credit cards. $

MICHAUL'S LIVE CAJUN MUSIC RESTAURANT
840 St. Charles Ave. 522-5517
www.michauls.com
The combination of free Cajun dance lessons, live Cajun music and authentic Cajun dishes at Michaul's has even tourists feeling like south Louisiana natives by the end of dinner. Menu highlights include Michaul's Shrimp and Crawfish, prepared in a cream sauce and served over pasta; alligator sauce piquant, and barbecue shrimp. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MULATE'S THE ORIGINAL CAJUN RESTAURANT
201 Julia St. 522-1492
www.mulates.com
The menu is made of hearty Cajun classics; the atmosphere is family-fun. Seafood dishes run the gamut from catfish Mulate's, topped with crawfish etouffee and served with a slew of sides; blackened redfish, and a seafood platter of fried shrimp, catfish, crawfish, stuffed crab and fried oysters. For dessert, try one of the traditional Louisiana favorites like Atchafalaya mud cake, bread pudding, or pecan pie. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
945 Magazine St. (National D-Day Museum) 525-0255
www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

POLYNESIAN JOE'S
869 Magazine St. 525-9301
www.polyjoes.com
Work up a lunch appetite with a round of beach volleyball in the sandpit, then satisfy your hunger with a selection from Joe's menu of local favorites like gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. For dinner, try the selection of new appetizers debuting soon or pair your beer with one of the many sandwiches, and platters heaped with pork chops or roast beef. And don't miss the $6 lunch buffet on Wednesdays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

THE PRALINE CONNECTION GOSPEL & BLUES HALL
907 S. Peters St., 523-3973
www.pralineconnection.com
The Warehouse District location of the Praline Connection offers weekday all-you-can-eat lunch buffets at $10.95 -- featuring the same soulful cooking that the Praline Connection is known for -- and a gospel brunch on the weekends. Don't forget to check out the gift shop. Reservations recommended for large parties and gospel brunch. Lunch weekdays, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

PROTOCOL
535 Tchoupitoulas St. (Ambassador Hotel) 527-5271

Protocol's Southern-tinged dishes include a seafood platter with shrimp, oysters, catfish and crawfish alongside French fries and hush puppies. Other local favorites include red beans and rice, jambalaya, shrimp Creole, and crawfish etouffee. In addition to hearty breakfasts, there are lunch specials and a seafood buffet on Friday. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED BIKE BAKERY & CAFE
746 Tchoupitoulas St. 529-2453
The Red Bike offers healthful cuisine in a light and airy Warehouse district setting. Try the popular curry turkey salad sandwich with chunks of slow-roasted turkey, spiced apples and honey in a savory curry or pot roast beef served with vegetables and potatoes. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Saturday, lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

THE RED EYE GRILL
852 S. Peters St. 593-9393
www.redeyegrill.com
Hailed as "The Last Place You Want To Be," the Red Eye is a watering hole for true die-hards. Burgers ground fresh on-site, however, pamper patrons a bit more than the grub at other late-night haunts. The tuna steak is another popular choice with regulars. A weekend DJ keeps the beats pumping well into the wee hours. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Monday through Saturday, dinner and late-night Sunday. Credit cards. $

ROCK-N-SAKE
823 Fulton St. 581-7253
Rock-n-Sake's traditional Japanese fare and unique creations are sure to please all tastes. Try the Hawaii 5-0 roll stuffed with crunchy coconut-tempura shrimp and cream cheese and rolled in fresh mango and avocado. For the daring, there's the rebel rice roll: barbecue eel and avocado inside, rice paper drizzled with eel sauce outside. No reservations. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly, Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

SUGAR HOUSE
315 Julia St. (Embassy Suites Hotel) 525-1993
www.embassysuites.com/es/neworleans
The in-house restaurant at the Embassy Suites welcomes visitors and locals alike with an appetizer of crabmeat-stuffed shrimp baked and topped with coconut sprinkles, which pave the way for hearty entrees like Sugar House Pork Medallions, which are grilled and served with an orange coulis. Lunch buffet Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SWEET OLIVE CAFE
610 Tchoupitoulas St. 299-8188
www.sweetolivecafe.com
Sweet Olive Cafe's signature sandwiches have style, as the Bandito proves: check out this concoction featuring smoked turkey breast and apple-smoked bacon, topped with avocado and jalapeno puree, Monterey Jack cheese and sprouts. Salads are equally dazzling, as the baby spinach salad is topped with roasted eggplant, feta cheese, roasted pecans, and a balsamic Parmesan vinaigrette. Breakfast and lunch weekdays. Credit cards and checks. $

TRUE BREW CAFE
200 Julia St. 524-8441
Whether you're looking to grab a bowl of etouffee before an in-house show or winding down with a slice of Bourbon St. Pecan Pie, True Brew's got you covered. Along with a full bar, all the coffeehouse regulars are available, as well as a full list of soups, salads, pastries and an assortment of healthy sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UGLY DOG SALOON & BBQ
401 Andrew Higgins 569-8459
While Ugly Dog is mostly known for its barbecue offerings -- ribs and pulled pork sandwiches are two favorites -- six all-vegetarian side dishes are perhaps the most unique (especially the sesame cole slaw). This fall features football weekend beer and shot specials. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, when domestic beers go for $1.25 and imports for $2.25. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE
636 Tchoupitoulas St. 524-4329
Surround yourself with Aussie paraphernalia in the Down Under Library while scarfing a Guinness-enhanced shepherd's pie. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $


West Bank



9 ROSES
1100 Stephens St., Gretna 366-7665
One of the West Bank's many Vietnamese restaurants, 9 Roses is perhaps also the West Bank's most polished Vietnamese restaurant. Try a "fondue" of squid, shrimp or beef, which you then roll up with damp rice papers, vegetables and herbs. Families like to share the whole steamed fish seasoned with soy sauce and topped with wok-fried scallions and ginger. There are also a number of Chinese dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thursday through Tuesday. Credit cards. $

ADAMS CATFISH HOUSE
8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse 392-0541
City folk have been known to make pilgrimages to Adams for catfish salad alone: a cold mix of fried catfish, mayonnaise and pickle relish served with crackers. Adams also serves one of the area's only whole fried catfish dinners. Along more conventional lines, the Large Fillet Dinner features six fried catfish strips, hush puppies the size of golf balls and cole slaw. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

ANTONIO'S WINE CELLAR
601 Terry Pkwy., Gretna 361-1332
Antonio's is a wine store and an Italian restaurant in one, which means that you can buy your vino at retail prices to drink with your meal. Try a Chardonnay with the grilled asparagus and shrimp salad tossed in a creamy balsamic vinaigrette; or a nice Syrah with the mushroom crepes in roasted garlic cream sauce. Antonio still hosts free wine tastings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Friday and Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

APPLEBEE'S
4005 Gen. DeGaulle Ave., Algiers 361-9700
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

AURORA SEAFOOD & STEAK HOUSE
4100 Gen. DeGaulle Drive (Aurora Village Shopping Center), Algiers 398-0470
Thursdays at this family owned business bring all-you-can-eat fried catfish dinners for $8.95 -- served with salad and French fries or garlic-buttered potatoes. The powerful Saints put the restaurant out of business for Sunday lunch; check back after the Super Bowl for an update on Aurora's Sunday plans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

BAYOU MARKET BUFFET
4132 Peters Road, Harvey (Boomtown Belle Casino) 366-7711
The menu of nightly specials is undergoing some major changes at this all-buffet casino restaurant, though at the very least there's always a salad and soup bar, a dessert bar and a carving station. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner nightly, Sunday brunch. Credit cards. $$

BEEF CONNECTION STEAKHOUSE
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna 366-3275
When you need a serious meal on the West Bank, head for Beef Connection's thick-cut steaks and fresh seafood -- all prepared to order. The most popular menu items include the grilled filet mignon and the barbecue shrimp platter. Top your feast off with a praline parfait for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sunday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BENNIGAN'S GRILL & TAVERN
3010 Holiday Drive 394-2805
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BUD'S BROILER
605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna 393-8160
5100 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero 348-0492
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE DIBLASI
1801-4 Stumpf Blvd., Gretna 361-3106
Cafe DiBlasi offers traditional Italian fare in a warm atmosphere with a friendly staff that makes you feel at home. Standard Italian cuisine is served alongside house specialties like the pan-fried veal DiBlasi, enhanced with a crabmeat and lemon-cream sauce. Management highly recommends the Braciola: round steak stuffed with proscuitto ham, mozzarella and meat dressing cooked in a tomato sauce and served with pasta and fried eggplant. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROMA
435 Wall Blvd., Gretna 392-2315
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE ZEN
2112 Belle Chase Hwy., Gretna 393-2293
Cafe Zen is a West Bank sushi house founded by the same owners of the popular Kanpai in Mid-City and Hana in the Carrollton-Riverbend area. Highly recommended from the grand menu of Japanese delicacies, is the lobster roll. The marble sashimi roll and hot or cold sake are also good choices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CANNON'S

197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna (Oakwood Mall)
Once patrons try Cannon's they faithfully return for a taste of the restaurant's creative New Orleans cuisine. Start with a sampling of Cannon's three favorite appetizers with the Appetizer Trio: generous portions of eggplant sticks, spinach dip and Biscayne coconut shrimp. A new item is the Original Cajun Popcorn Shrimp sandwich with 10 ounces of plump shrimp. Finish off your meal with the rich fudge nut brownie. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 368-2100
www.chevysfreshmex.com
Fulfilling its name's promise, Chevy's menu is filled with Mexican dishes prepared fresh daily. The Laredo plate includes a beef enchilada, a chicken enchilada, a chicken tamale and chicken taco. If seafood is what you crave, you won't be disappointed by the whole fish grilled over mesquite coals, served in a sizzling skillet with beans, rice and guacamole. Be sure to try one of Chevy's regular or oversized margaritas with your meal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHINA BLOSSOM
1801 Stumpf Blvd., #8, Gretna 361-4598
www.chinablossomrestaurant.com
China Blossom has been serving the West Bank for almost 14 years. Favorites include the Tong Cho oysters, fried whole trout, grilled shrimp and softshell crab topped with crawfish tails and smothered in a ginger-garlic sauce. Special combination plates are available on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

COMMON GROUNDS
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 227-2200
Start your day right with Common Grounds' specialty coffees, espressos, cappuccinos and pastries. Lunch and dinners include hearty burgers and specialty sandwiches, like the Hot Honey P. Long (named after the late Gov. Huey P. Long) which features honey-baked ham, Monterey Jack cheese and creamy vinaigrette on olive bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COPELAND'S
1700 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 364-1575
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

COTTAGE CAFE
423 10th St., Gretna 366-2233
Cottage Cafe's Creole cuisine is cooked to order and served by a friendly staff. Try the popular shrimp and eggplant medallions dressed with mirliton and a cream-based oyster sauce, or a plump grilled chicken breast covered with andouille cream and a mushroom-wine sauce. Both entrees come with salad and pasta bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

CUCO'S
2766 Belle Chase Hwy., Gretna 393-7766
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

DANNY AND CLYDE'S
801 Behrman Hwy., Terrytown 392-6783
1944 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 392-2242
3441 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 362-5637
3450 Kabel Drive, Algiers 394-0240
4101 Ames Blvd., Marrero 348-9650
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. 254-0214
As our temperatures begin to cool off a little bit, opt for the house's signature duck soup with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. Also a bakery, Dong Phuong sells French bread with a following of its own. Desserts include Chinese candies, tapioca cakes, and Newton-like cookies made with yellow bean paste. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S DELI
435 Huey P. Long St., Gretna, 368-1114
The folks at Gattuso's decided to cure their growing pains by moving a block down the street two months ago, and the bigger space has allowed them to add a bar to interior and pasta dishes to the menu. So while they're open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., if you're still cradling your drink they might remain open a few minutes longer. If you've had your fill of the Sloppy Roast Beef po-boy, check out the shrimp alfredo, crawfish alfredo or the spaghetti and meat balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

HOOTERS
2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 393-7177
www.hooters.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ITALIAN PIE
1530 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 362-3657
1914 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette 278-0001
www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

JOHNNY AND JACKIE'S PO-BOY RESTAURANT
326 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 362-8690
Formerly Johnny's Po-Boys, this newer version has expanded the menu of its predecessor to include daily seafood selections and fresh Caesar salads, available with grilled tuna and chicken or fried chicken, shrimp and oyster. The Johnny and Jackie's Special po-boy comes loaded with roast beef, grilled ham, Swiss and American cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

LEE'S HAMBURGERS
103 Schuef Drive, Belle Chasse 392-9922
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 433-5800
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

LUTHER'S
4950 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero 347-0624
www.luthers.com
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MOSCA'S
4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale 436-9942
When you set out for Mosca's, be sure there's a wad of bills in your pocket. Mosca's is the kind of place that puts its emphasis on food, not credit card machines or redecorating. The Italian specialties are served family-style (best to bring a wad of friends, too). Try the famous oysters bordelaise, the crabmeat salad and the chicken la Grande, which like the shrimp Mosca is prepared with olive oil, rosemary, oregano, garlic and dry white wine. Reservations recommended. No reservations on Saturday. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Cash only. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 368-8678
Mother's is a friendly neighborhood joint serving po-boys, plate lunches, sandwiches, and comfort food from Italian and Greek traditions. Italian dishes include veal Parmigiana and veal round steak breaded with Italian seasonings, while Greek standards include moussaka, chicken souvlaki, and gyros. Daily lunch specials come with a choice of three vegetables. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch weekdays. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD & SPIRITS
2330 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 362-0800
The tastes of New Orleans and Louisiana are proudly displayed at both of these warm and friendly restaurants. Cuisine style cannot be mistaken with an appetizer such as the Voodoo Rolls, their version of an egg roll with a creamy crawfish filling, and dishes like the Soft Shell Lafayette, a fried softshell crab garnished with a shrimp sauce. Po-boys, gumbo and fried seafood platters are some of the top choices. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

O'HENRY'S
710 Terry Pkwy., Gretna 433-4111
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OLIVE BRANCH CAFE
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 348-2008
Homemade bread and gourmet pizzas make this Italian restaurant a West Bank favorite. Sample the shrimp scampi, featuring jumbo shrimp tossed with mushrooms in a white wine garlic sauce and fettuccine. This fall, they have revamped a New Orleans classic, serving pasta jambalaya: chicken and sausage in a reduced garlic cream sauce. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
1601 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 341-5544
www.outback.com
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PHO TAU BAY RESTAURANT
113-C Westbank Expwy., Gretna 368-9846
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PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
533 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna 391-1063
4150 Gen. De Gaulle Drive 392-7030
www.piccadilly.com
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PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
1545 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 368-6600
www.pjscoffee.com
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PUPUSERIA DIVINO CORAZON
2300 Belle Chase Hwy., Gretna 368-5724
Named in part for the famous El Salvadorian pupusa, Pupuseria Divino Corazon serves fresh and healthy alternative to traditional New Orleans cuisine. The menu consists of diverse dishes influenced by the flavors of El Salvador and Mexico. Sample three different items with the Faro Del Pacifico: a pupusa (a mix between a corn tamale and a tortilla with morsels of pork, cheese, and onions inside); a corn meat pie filled with dirty rice; and a chicken tamale with potatoes and olives wrapped in a plantain leaf. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thursday through Monday. Credit cards. $

RED MAPLE
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna 367-0935
The Trauth family has been offering West Bank diners with reliable local dishes for nearly 40 years, yet still received a shot in the arm with the addition of Executive Chef Randy Barlow in July. That doesn't mean you can no longer enjoy the boiled beef brisket or grilled steaks, but get ready for fresh grilled fish and tuna. The menu isn't the only beneficiary of a makeover; the interior has been renovated with new light fixtures and more (the front bar is up next). Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

RED PALACE
1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna 366-7071
All the traditional Chinese favorites, and the occasional Louisiana specialty, abound at Gretna's Red Palace. House specials include the Hong Kong Chicken and the fried softshell crab platter, served with a sauteed crawfish sauce. Tuesday through Friday you'll find a businessman's lunch special. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES
7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point 689-7834
Out by all the swamp tours, where egrets fly over the highways, dinner on the bayou isn't a fantasy. Fresh, local seafood is on order, infusing gumbos, turtle soup, seafood platters and broiled fish entrees. Fried softshell crab Foster is topped in a saute of artichoke bottoms, green onions, mushrooms and white wine butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

ROADHOUSE GRILL
5131 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero 341-3636
Both Roadhouse Grill locations boast "real American food" as its cuisine style. Red meat abounds in choices such as The Roadie, a steak marinated in Jim Beam and served with sizzling onions and a side salad. For starters, try the cheese wraps, a egg roll-like snack stuffed with several cheeses and peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SEMOLINA
139B Westbank Expwy., Gretna 361-8293
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STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
1451 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 365-0208
www.starbucks.com.
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SUN RAY GRILL

2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 391-0053
www.sunraygrill.com
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TAN DINH
2005 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 361-8008
There are plenty of options to fill your Chinese cravings at Tan Dinh, but two classics are always best bets: a homemade chicken soup, or rice noodle soup to warm the soul. For a nice touch on a staple dish, try the vermicelli with egg rolls and grilled pork paste. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Cash only. $

THREE HAPPINESS
1900 Lafayette St., Gretna 368-1355
The barbecue quail at Three Happiness is marinated, roasted and served with a lettuce and tomato salad. For special occasions try the Dinner Grill, and on the weekends there's a Chinese breakfast served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended on weekends. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TONY MANDINA'S RESTAURANT
1915 Pratt St., Gretna 362-2010
www.tonymandinas.com
When the craving for Italian kicks in, Tony Mandina's covers all the basics and will have just what's needed to satiate your hunger. The Chicken Lindsay Grace showcases a breaded chicken breast topped with a cream sauce and served with pasta Alfredo. Management highly recommends the Strata del Mare with layers of seafood stuffing, pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

VISKO'S
516 Gretna Blvd., Gretna 366-1516
Located on the West Bank near the Gretna water tower and Mel Ott Park, Visko's beckons diners with a traditional seafood platter, and two adventurous items. The stuffed soft-shell supreme plate includes two fried soft-shell crabs pan-broiled in seafood stock, topped with shrimp and crabmeat stuffing and drizzles of a light hollandaise sauce. The seafood steam bowl features a whole Maine lobster, snow crab, king crab, blue crab, shrimp, a scallop kebab, crawfish, new potatoes and corn. Banquets and private parties are welcome. Reservations accepted. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. No delivery. Credit cards. $$

VOLEO'S STEAK & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Highway 45 and Nunez Street, Lafitte 689-2482.
Voleo's, a friendly place in bayou country near the Victorian Inn bed and breakfast, invites you to try the flounder Lafitte, which is filled with crawfish, crab and pecan stuffing, and then topped with Crawfish Paradise sauce. Or, order Voleo's 20-oz. porterhouse glazed with a shrimp and crawfish jalapeno sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch daily, dinner Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$
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