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2011 Summer Restaurant Guide 

We asked local restaurateurs and chefs to name their dishes they think you just can't miss

If there's one thing New Orleanians can count on, it's local restaurants. There's always an old favorite or appetizing new creation waiting for hungry patrons. Gambit canvassed area restaurants for their signature items, most popular dishes and chef's recommendations. We collected 1,442 dishes to add to your summer "to dine" list. Along with dishes not to miss, restaurant listings include information on hours of operation, forms of payment and prices.

 

Prices
Dollar signs indicate the average price of a dinner entree.

$ = $1-$10
$$ = $11-$20
$$$ = $21-up

 

7 ON FULTON
Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans Hotel, 701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555;
www.7onfulton.com
The battered and fried green beans are served with remoulade. The barbecue shrimp appetizer features four grilled shrimp sitting on a grit cake, smothered with barbecue sauce made with Abita beer. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

13
517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345;
www.13monaghan.com
The sesame chicken salad sandwich on multigrain bread is dressed with spring mix and smoked almonds. The Italian deli sandwich is layered with Genoa salami, mortadella, capicola ham, provolone cheese and pickled vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

5FIFTY5
Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638
A fillet of wild Louisiana redfish is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and served over spinach salad with lemon thyme vinaigrette. The seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab, andouille sausage, okra and file powder and served with a scoop of white rice, crabmeat and chopped herbs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Stephanie Verdigets serves a basket of boiled crawfish at Sid-Mar’s Restaurant & Bar. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Stephanie Verdigets serves a basket of boiled crawfish at Sid-Mar’s Restaurant & Bar.

A MANO
870 Tchoupitoulas St., 208-9280;
www.amanonola.com
Gnundi are ricotta dumplings served with shiitake mushrooms, brown butter and sage. The squid-ink cavatelli is tossed with crawfish, lemon, scallions, garlic and chiles. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ABITA BAR-B-Q
69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205The pulled pork is slow cooked and served on a sandwich or a platter. The combo plate rounds up two ribs, sausage, brisket, two side items and bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837;
www.abitabrewpub.com
The blackened shrimp and avocado salad combines tomatoes, red onions, black olives, eggs and sprouts and is dressed with Abita Turbodog remoulade. The chicken Abitafeller features grilled chicken on a bed of creamed spinach topped with fried oysters and shrimp and herb cream sauce, served with mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
724 Iberville St., 522-5973;
1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155;
3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056;
www.acmeoysterhouse.com
The oyster Rockefeller soup combines oysters, spinach, Parmesan and a touch of Herbsaint. Crawfish etouffee is made with a buttery roux and served over rice. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ACQUISTAPACE'S COVINGTON SUPERMARKET
125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-7554;
www.acquistapace.com
The overstuffed roast beef po-boy fills a French loaf and drips with gravy. St. Louis-style barbecue ribs are smoked in house daily. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ACROPOLIS CUISINE
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046
Chicken Acropolis features sauteed chicken breasts topped with spinach, feta, eggplant and mozzarella, served over angel hair pasta with marinara sauce. The six onion soup is capped by a puff pastry crouton. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ADOBE CANTINA & SALSA
1905 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 419-0027;
www.carretarestaurant.com
Order combination fajitas with steak, grilled chicken and shrimp. The chimichanga is a large flour tortilla filled with meat, deep-fried and served smothered in cheese sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ADOLFO'S
611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800
Flounder is covered in creamy Ocean sauce with crabmeat and capers. Veal is also served topped with Ocean sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT
1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292;
www.albashabr.com
The chicken shawarma plate features garlic- and olive oil-marinated chicken served with rice and hummus. The gyro plate has thinly cut beef and lamb and is served with hummus and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILL
811 Iberville St., 522-9187;
www.alibineworleans.com
The barbecue shrimp salad combines sauteed shrimp, romaine, mushrooms, red onions and your choice of dressing. The Alibi killer fries serve up a pound of fries topped with chili, cheddar, mozzarella, jalapenos and onions. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ALLEGRO BISTRO
1100 Poydras St., 582-2350;
www.allegrobistro.com
The tenderloin and Brie sandwich is layered with sliced tenderloin, caramelized onions and aioli. Paneed veal is topped with crawfish and Creole mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

ALLIGATOR PEAR
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 281-4472;
www.alligatorpearcafe.com
Royal Palm salad combines shrimp remoulade, Creole tomatoes, crabmeat and spring greens tossed in a Champagne vinaigrette and served with flatbread crostini. The Build Your Own Bowl combines vegetables, a choice of rice or noodles and one of 10 Chinese sauces. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE ALPINE
620 Chartres St., 523-3005;
www.thealpinebistro.com
Redfish "Amer" is a sauteed fillet of redfish topped with Cajun crawfish cream sauce. Twin fried crab cakes and sauteed shrimp are served over fettuccine pasta and Alfredo sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

AMERICAN PIE DINER
2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 468-2187
The Mediterranean omelet is a three-egg omelet served with chicken, creamed spinach, artichoke, black olives, tomatoes and feta cheese. The meatloaf is simmered in brown gravy and served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE AMERICAN SECTOR
The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1940;
www.nationalww2museum.org
Order the classic combo of tomato soup and a ham and cheese sandwich. Fried buster soft-shell crabs are served on jalapeno cheese grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA' S RESTAURANT
3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583;
www.andreasrestaurant.com
House-made ravioli filled with porcini mushrooms are flamed in brandy and served with fresh sage. Sauteed snapper "crazie water" is served with garlic, herbs, tomatoes and white wine. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANGELI ON DECATUR
1141 Decatur St., 566-0077;
www.angelirestaurant.webs.com
Lucifer's special pizza has mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, red onions and roasted red peppers. The chicken Diavolo pizza is topped with spicy red pepper sauce, mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, red onions and roasted garlic. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANGELO BROCATO
214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465;
www.angelobrocatoicecream.com
Sfogliatelle is an Italian pastry filled with ricotta and orange zest. Beat the summer heat with watermelon ice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION
71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669;
www.annadeles.com
Fried green tomatoes Tchefuncte are topped with sauteed crawfish and lemon beurre blanc. The veal Serena is paneed veal topped with crabmeat and served over angel hair with grilled asparagus drizzled with bearnaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

ANTOINE'S ANNEX
513 Royal St., 581-4422;
www.antoines.com
The ham and Brie sandwich on toasted sourdough is dressed with green apple, Creole mustard and herbed cream cheese spread. The chef salad offers mixed greens topped with ham, turkey, boiled eggs, colby Jack cheese, cucumber and red onions. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT
713 St. Louis St., 581-4422;
www.antoines.com
Lamb Alciatore features lamb medallions wrapped in bacon, topped with a bearnaise mushroom crown and served over Alciatore sauce, which is a sweet wine sauce. The oysters Foch features fried oysters on toast buttered with pate, served with Colbert sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT
813 Bienville St., 523-5433;
www.arnaudsrestaurant.com
The shrimp Arnaud has Gulf shrimp marinated in tangy remoulade. The oysters Kathryn tops oysters with artichoke hearts, garlic, Parmesan and extra virgin olive oil. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
2631 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768;
www.assuntas.com
Assunta's Osso buco features veal smothered with onions and tomatoes and is served with bowtie pasta. Seafood cannelloni combines crawfish, shrimp and tomato basil sauce with melted mozzarella on top. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ATCHAFALAYA
901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626;
www.cafeatchafalaya.com
Boudin-stuffed quail are wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon and served with collard greens, mashed potatoes and natural reduction. Veal cheek meat pies are served with balsamic braised cabbage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL
230 Decatur St., 587-3756;
www.attikineworleans.com
The tomato buffala features baked tomato slices topped with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. The paella features shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, crawfish, sausage and chicken simmered in saffron broth and served over rive pilaf. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

AUDUBON CLUBHOUSE CAFE
6500 Magazine St., 212-5282;
www.auduboninstitute.org
The Oak Grove fried green tomato BLT has crisp bacon, lettuce and fried green tomatoes on toasted white or wheat bread. The Lowerline chicken sandwich combines thinly sliced chicken breast with Swiss, avocado and bacon on a croissant. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

AUGUST MOON
3635 Prytania St., 899-5129;
www.augustmoonneworleans.com
The combination lo mein comes with Chinese egg noodles. The yang chow fried rice combines shrimp, roast pork and lettuce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE AVENUE PUB
1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243;
www.theavenuepub.com
Red beans and rice wontons are traditional creamy red beans stuffed into a wonton wrapper and served with sriracha honey dipping sauce. The grilled cheese club has cheddar, bacon, tomatoes, sage, feta and goat cheeses and pesto butter spread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

AVENUE RESTAURANT AND CATERING
450 Laroussini St., Westwego, 371-7850;
www.avenuerestaurantandcatering.com
The Willie Mae burger is an oversized patty dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles. Get a stuffed hamburger filled with jalapenos, cheese and onions. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

BABYLON CAFE
7724 Maple St., 314-0010;
www.babyloncafe.biz
Chicken shawarma is boneless, skinless marinated chicken breast cooked on a rotisserie. Beef shawarma features roasted, thinly sliced beef marinated with garlic and Mediterranean spices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BACK TO THE GARDEN
833 Howard Ave., 299-8792
The vegetable stir fry combines cauliflower, cabbage, onions, carrots, mushrooms and garlic and is served over brown rice with tamari sauce and Swiss cheese is optional. The char-broiled chicken salad features a grilled breast over lettuce with avocado, tomato, shredded carrot, cucumber and a choice of dressing. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BALCONY BAR & CAFE
3201 Magazine St., 894-8888
The Balcony burger tops a half-pound patty with sauteed mushrooms, tomato, grilled onions, green peppers, bacon and jalapenos. Frank's turkey pizza is topped with mozzarella and cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530;
www.eatbananablossom.com
Clams come in spicy coconut sauce with basil, served with grilled bread. The Chiang Mai noodles feature egg noodles with yellow curry, a choice of meat and crunchy noodles on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BARCELONA TAPAS
720 Dublin St., 861-9696
Ceviche combines fish and shrimp in citrus marinade. The chorizo casserole is topped with sherry sauce. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $$$

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS
3700 Magazine St., 895-2225
The Pato en guayabao is guava-glazed duck breast served with roasted garlic mofongo, grilled asparagus and dark rum reduction. The ostras fritas is a dish of deep-fried Louisiana oysters served with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BASIL LEAF
1434 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001;
www.basilleafthai.com
The mussaman curry has chicken, potatoes, pineapple and peanuts served with jasmine rice. The pad thai tops rice noodles with sauteed chicken and shrimp, sprouts, eggs and crushed peanuts. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYONA
430 Dauphine St., 525-4455;
www.bayona.com
Order a sandwich of smoked duck, cashew-peanut butter and pepper jelly on multi-grain bread. Veal sweetbreads are served with sherry mustard or lemon caper butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE BEACH HOUSE
2401 N. Woodlawn St., Metairie, 456-7470
Jumbo lump crab cakes are served with creamy crawfish sauce. The barbecue shrimp are peeled Louisiana shrimp sauteed in butter and served with French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL
4905 Canal St., 488-7357;
www.beachcornerbarandgrill.yolasite.com
The hickory cheddar burger is dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions and homemade hickory sauce. The spicy burger is drenched in hot sauce and covered in jalapeno peppers and pepper Jack cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEAN GALLERY
637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176;
www.thebeangallery.net
The smoked turkey sandwich comes with red onion, roasted red peppers, spinach and roasted turkey on a sesame roll. The vegetarian panino fills tomato-rosemary bread with portobello mushrooms, asparagus and goat cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

BEAR' S GRILL & SPIRITS
550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905;
1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090;
3206 Metairie Road, 833-9226;
www.bearsgrillandspirits.com
The Ferdie is a roast beef, ham and Swiss po-boy dressed with mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and pickle. The New Orleans burger is covered in roast beef debris and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEAR'S RESTAURANT
128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373
The New Orleans-style roast beef po-boy is made with home cooked roast beef. The barbecue beef po-boy features roast beef smothered in barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE
534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390
The Cindy special sandwich combines grilled chicken, sauteed mushrooms, pepper Jack cheese and Creole mustard on a six-grain bun. The Cuban sandwich fills a honey wheat loaf with roasted pork, ham, Swiss, pickles and Creole mayonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEEF CONNECTION
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275
Angus beef filets mignon are grilled to order and served on a hot plate with drawn butter. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp are peeled, cooked in butter and spices and served with hot bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BEIJING
2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 885-8881
The Beijing crispy chicken features white meat chicken sauteed in sweet brown sauce. The Beijing duck is served with pancakes, hoisin sauce, scallion and cucumber. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BELLA BREW
2701 Airline Drive, Suite L, Metairie, 846-9930
The Creole shrimp salad is served on a bed of spring mix with cucumber, avocado and feta cheese. The summer chicken pesto panino comes with pesto sauce, grilled chicken and mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BENNACHIN
1212 Royal St., 522-1230
The black-eyed pea fritter features black-eyed peas ground into a paste and fried like hush puppies, served with tomato and onion dipping sauce. The spinach jama jama is spinach sauteed with ginger and garlic. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Crabmeat salad, crab legs and chilled shrimp are popular during summer months at Calypso Patio Bar & Grill. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Crabmeat salad, crab legs and chilled shrimp are popular during summer months at Calypso Patio Bar & Grill.

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., 533-6111;
www.harrahsneworleans.com
Steak tartare is topped with a fried quail egg and served with mache salad. A 38-oz. bone-in cowboy steak is served with roasted potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE
2542 Canal St., 822-0213
Pecan pancakes are buttermilk pancakes stuffed with pecans. The blueberry pancakes are served with whipped cream. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BIG MOMMA'S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
5741 Crowder Blvd., 241-2548;
www.bigmommaschickenandwaffles.com
Golden wings are lemon-pepper seasoned chicken wings fried without batter. Get waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BIG SHIRLEY'S
5222 Elysian Fields Ave., 252-4835
"Baby I'm Back" ribs feature a full rack of messy ribs drenched in barbecue sauce. Blackened catfish is cooked on the grill or in a cast-iron skillet and served with two sides. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BISTREAUX
1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000;
www.bistreauxneworleans.com
The cochon de lait sandwich features pulled pork, pickles and provolone cheese on ciabatta bread with basil aioli and hot mustard. The jumbo lump crab cake is topped with sliced avocado and served with sauce and micro citrus salad. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO 38
New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway, 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-3838
Braised rabbit is slow-cooked and served over garlic linguine. The rack of lamb is crusted with mustard and thyme and served with lamb jus, scalloped potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BISTRO BYRONZ
1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595;
www.bistrobyronz.com
Creole pot roast is slow cooked and served with garlic mashed potatoes with Creole gravy, green beans and salad. The Creole shrimp pasta is sauteed with shrimp, spinach, tomatoes and Cajun cream sauce. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Crdit cards. $$

BISTRO DAISY
5831 Magazine St., 899-6987;
www.bistrodaisy.com
The Daisy salad combines fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula, pumpkin seeds and white balsamic vinaigrette. Handmade ravioli are filled with crawfish, roasted garlic and mascarpone and served with wilted leeks and brandy, herb and oven-dried-tomato cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS
5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780;
www.bittersweetconfections.com
Salted caramels are homemade caramels dipped in dark chocolate and garnished with fleur de sel. Made famous at D.H. Holmes, the Hulk is a bar layered with Louisiana pecans, handmade marshmallow, caramel and a layer of dark chocolate. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BLACK ORCHID BISTRO
3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444
Eve's Garden is a sandwich of garlic-herb cream cheese, alfalfa sprouts, cucumbers, avocado and tomato on toasted whole wheat bread. The grilled chicken sandwich features marinated chicken breast, mozzarella and honey mustard. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

BLUE DOT DONUTS
4301 Canal St., 218-4866
The maple bacon donut is a maple-glazed long John with bacon sprinkled on top. The red velvet cake donut is covered in cream cheesed icing and red velvet crumbs. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

BOMBAY CLUB
830 Conti St., 586-0972;
www.thebombayclub.com
The "Pork porter house 64" features a 16-oz. pork porterhouse topped with fried shallot rings and served with bacon, smothered green beans and brabant potatoes. Blackened Maine sea scallops are served with crushed corn sauce, brabant potatoes, tasso and crawfish hash. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE
401 Magazine St., 524-3386;
www.thebontoncafe.com
Fried crawfish tails comes with Alzina's special sauce. The grilled 14-oz. veal chop is served with mushrooms in Cabernet sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

BONEFISH GRILL
200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-0662;
www.bonefishgrill.com
Singapore calamari is calamari fried with peppers and sweet and spicy Asian sauce. The "ahi tuna sashimi" is sesame-seared tataki style and served with wasabi and pickled ginger. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOO KOO BBQ
3701 Banks St., 202-4741;
www.bookoobbq.com
The Boo Koo burger is a ground brisket patty topped with pepper Jack cheese, boudin and sweet chile aioli. The Cajun banh mi fills a Vietnamese roll with hogshead cheese, smoked pulled pork, boudin, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber, carrots, pickled radish and sriracha sweet chile aioli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $

BOSCO'S ITALIAN CAFE
2040 Hwy. 59, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066;
www.boscositalian.com
The spaghetti and meatballs is a home-style dish of pasta topped with tomato sauce and Romano cheese. The pastrami sandwich features thin pastrami covered in melted Swiss, served on rye with Creole mustard. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL
3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600
The Ital plate comes with callaloo, rice and peas, plantains, salad and bread. Jerk chicken features slowly cooked chicken and is served with two sides. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOUCHE
840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485;
www.bouchenola.com
Rabbit and andouille gumbo is served with a touch of creamed grits. Pan-roasted Mississippi quail is served with creamed grits, red wine onion jam and a vegetable. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BOUCHERIE
8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514;
www.boucherie-nola.com
The New Orleans barbecue shrimp po-boy is dressed with New Orleans-style barbecue sauce and green onions and served on Vietnamese bread. Mussels are cooked with the pot likker from collard greens over the greens along with crackers made from fried grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BOULIGNY TAVERN
3641 Magazine St., 891-1810;
www.boulignytavern.com
Gouda beignets are airy fried cheese and dough puffs. Fried gnocchi are served with truffle oil and Parmesan. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOURBON HOUSE
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111;
www.bourbonhouse.com
Bourbon barbecue shrimp features jumbo shrimp sauteed in New Orleans-style barbecue sauce with rosemary, garlic and bourbon. Redfish on the half shell is served with new potatoes and balsamic glazed red onion and topped with lemon butter and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT
3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666;
www.bozosrestaurant.com
The seafood platter combines fried oysters, shrimp and catfish, a stuffed crab and a choice of side item. Bozo's also serves hearty chicken and andouille gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828;
www.bravoitalian.com
Romano-crusted chicken breasts are served over a salad of chopped greens, eggs, bacon, cucumber and tomato with creamy Parmesan dressing. The pork chops are glazed with herb-butter sauce and served with green beans and mashed potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRAXTON'S RESTAURANT
636 Franklin Ave., Gretna, 301-3166;
www.braxtonsnola.com
The house gumbo is a spicy seafood gumbo loaded with shrimp, crab, sausage and turkey necks. The grilled eggplant is topped with a Mediterranean sauce made from bell peppers, onions, garlic, white wine, tomatoes, olive oil and saffron, and served over fettuccine with feta cheese and kalamata olives. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE BREAKROOM CAFE
3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607;
www.breakroomofmetairie.com
The breakfast burrito is a warm tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, bell peppers and onions, served with a side of salsa. The East Jefferson club has layers of turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheese, served hot. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT
417 Royal St., 525-9711;
www.brennansneworleans.com
Classic New Orleans turtle soup is topped with sherry. The signature bananas Foster features bananas sauteed in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon flamed in banana liquor and rum and served over vanilla ice cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRICK OVEN CAFE
2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097
Brick Oven chicken is a grilled chicken breast topped with green onions, mushrooms and artichoke hearts sauteed in white wine lemon butter sauce, served with angel hair pasta. The Brick Oven filet is a grilled 10-oz. prime filet brushed with garlic and Italian herbs and served with spaghetti aglio e olio. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT
723 Dante St., 861-7610;
www.brigtsens.com
Sauteed veal sweetbreads come with roasted-garlic lemon sauce, potato-leek cake, capers and crimini mushrooms. The roast duck is served with cornbread dressing and tart dried cherry sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BROCATO'S EAT DAT
8480 Morrison Road, 309-3465
Get fried green tomatoes with shrimp and remoulade. The blackened redfish is topped with Creole shrimp and sausage sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BROOKLYN PIZZERIA
1809 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-1030;
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288;
www.eatbrooklyn.net
The Boss pizza has pepperoni, Canadian bacon, mushroom, garlic and extra cheese. The muffuletta pizza is made with garlic or red sauce and topped with mozzarella, salami, ham and olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON
1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217The fried chicken sandwich is dressed with lettuce, onions and pickles. The house burger features an 8-oz. patty cooked to order. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE
1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073
The Who Dat burger is a half-pound patty topped with bacon and cheddar. The hot dog and chili po-boy loads French bread with three fried hot dogs and house-made chili. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT
819 Conti St., 581-3866;
www.broussards.com
Oysters Rockefeller features fried oysters on garlic, cream and Herbsaint spinach with Herbsaint beurre blanc. New Orleans bouillabaisse combines fish, shrimp, mussels and scallops in saffron tomato broth finished with crabmeat and rouille croutons. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN
7538 Maple St., 861-7615;
www.brunostavern.com
The Ponchatoula salad features grilled chicken over a bed of spring mix, tossed in poppy seed dressing with blue cheese, sugared and spiced pecans, sliced red onions and sliced strawberries. The one-eyed Jack burger is an 8-oz. patty topped with bacon, onion rings, pepper Jack cheese and a fried egg. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.
429 Decatur St., 522-5800;
www.bubbagump.com
Hush pups are cakes made with shrimp, mahi-mahi, rice and corn, deep fried and served with remoulade. The Shrimper's Heaven rounds up four styles of shrimp: tempura shrimp, chile shrimp, coconut shrimp and fried shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER
Citywide;
www.budsbroiler.com
Get a char-broiled hamburger topped with signature hickory smoked sauce. French fries can be topped with chili or cheese or both. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Some locations accept credit cards. $

BUFFA'S LOUNGE
1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038;
www.buffaslounge.com
The Buffa burger is a half-pound patty topped with cheddar cheese and served with fries. The grilled Reuben combines corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on grilled rye bread and is served with fries. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., 533-6000;
www.harrahsneworleans.com
Head to the buffet for endless boiled Dungeness crab legs on Thursday. The pasta station offers a variety of pastas, meats and red and white sauces. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE BULLDOG
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516;
5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191;
www.draftfreak.com
The crawfish banditos feature two flour tortillas filled with crawfish etouffee, cheese, roasted green chiles, fried and served with house-made salsa, sour cream and avocado. The Turbodog chicken is a marinated chicken breast topped with Jack cheese, barbecue sauce, sliced apples and smoked bacon, served on a jalapeno cheddar bun. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S PLACE
519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880;
www.bustersplaceonline.com
The grilled mahi-mahi sandwich is served on a sweet mesquite bun and dressed with lettuce, tomatoes and mango-pineapple dressing. The seafood platter features catfish, shrimp and oysters, french fries, corn fritters and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

BUTCHER
930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675;
www.cochonbutcher.com
The Cochon muffuletta is layered with house-made meats, provolone, pickled peppers and olives. The Gambino features salami cotto, sopressata, coppa and herb vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773;
3218 Magazine St., 894-1233;
www.byblorestaurants.com
The gyro nachos are fried pita chips topped with gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, black olives, feta cheese, tomatoes and onions. The chicken shawarma offers thin slices of chicken cooked with garlic. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777;
www.byblorestaurants.com
A chicken kebab comes with hummus, salad, pita bread, grilled onions, tomatoes and red pepper. The chicken shawarma plate has chicken breast marinated overnight, grilled and served with hummus, salad and pita bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BYWATER RESTAURANT & BBQ
3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445
The Chateaubriand is a center-cut filet weighing 20 to 22 ounces, served with roasted red potatoes, broccoli, bearnaise and red wine reduction sauce. The arugula salad combines strawberries, grapes, candied pecans and goat cheese with house-made vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CADDYSHACK
3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799
Order red beans and rice with sausage, ham, a pork chop or chicken. The oversized burgers are cooked to order. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR
300 Poydras St., 595-3305;
www.cafeadelaide.com
Flounder paneed with herbs is served with flageolet beans, crispy serrano ham and sweet garlic and shellfish bagna cauda. "Shrimp on shrimp in grits" features dried-shrimp-crusted shrimp over oregano red grits with absinthe-basil butter. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE AMELIE
912 Royal St., 412-8965
The roasted turkey sandwich features cranberry mayonnaise and mixed greens on sourdough bread. The blackened rack of lamb comes with mango Scotch bonnet pepper jelly, creamy mashed potatoes and haricots vert. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AT THE SQUARE
500 St. Charles Ave., 304-7831;
www.cafeatthesquare.com
The breakfast melt combines eggs over easy, bacon, cheddar cheese and organic spinach on sourdough bread, served with grits or hash browns. The chicken Lafayette features skinless chicken breast, mushrooms, peppers and onions in light cream sauce topped with soft mozzarella, served with smashed potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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CAFE B
2700 Metairie Road, 934-4700;
www.cafeb.com
Chicken pot pie is a puff pastry filled with chicken, Louisiana yams, bacon and sweet peas with creamy sage sauce. Green eggs and ham features jumbo asparagus, a poached egg, crisp prosciutto, bacon hollandaise and cracklings. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE BEIGNET
311 Bourbon St., 525-2611;
334B Royal St., 524-5530;
www.cafebeignet.com
The western omelet is a French-style omelet with ham, bell peppers, red onion and white cheddar, served with grits and French bread. The Cajun hash browns are made with andouille sausage, potatoes, bell peppers and red onions and served with a scrambled egg and French bread. No reservations. Bourbon Street: Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO
4041 Williams Blvd., Suite B8, Kenner, 443-2299
The barbecue shrimp combine three-quarters of a pound of shrimp topped with barbecue sauce, served with rice and bread. The gourmet hamburger is made with Angus beef and topped with house-made special sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DEGAS
3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635;
www.cafedegas.com
Flash-fried Louisiana oysters are served with roasted leek fondue. Pepper-crusted tuna carpaccio is served with Roma tomatoes and cilantro vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DIBLASI
1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 4, Terrytown, 361-3106;
www.cafediblasi.com
Chicken Florentine features sauteed chicken breast topped with prosciutto, creamed spinach and mozzarella cheese. The blackened catfish is topped with shrimp and herbed butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DITALI'S
2104 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, 361-0058
The pasta Ditali features chicken breast sauteed with onions, fresh mushroom and broccoli, served with penne pasta, white wine sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan. The Mediterranean pizza is a crust brushed with garlic butter sauce and topped with grilled chicken breast, Roma tomatoes, black olives, marinated artichoke hearts, red onions, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and feta cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE EAST
4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078;
www.cafeeastnola.com
The wok-seared ginger duck combines marinated boneless duck and vegetables in soy-ginger glaze. Pan-roasted red snapper is served with green curry, artichokes and potatoes. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ENVIE
1241 Decatur St., 524-3689;
www.cafeenvienola.com
The eggs Envie is a breakfast sandwich with a two-egg omelet, melted Brie and ham on a croissant. Breakfast in a go-cup combines two scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, sausage and gravy in a cup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EQUATOR
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772;
www.cafeequator.com
The ginger tori is a sauteed chicken breast with onions, carrots, yellow squash and shiitake mushrooms in ginger sauce. Shrimp Equator features shrimp sauteed with carrots and onions with Thai spices. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ETIENNE
423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072;
www.cafeetienne.com
Barbecue oysters are tossed in New Orleans-style barbecue sauce, fried and served with French bread. The rosemary chicken is chicken breasts slow cooked in a reduction of red wine, garlic and rosemary, served over rice and fresh vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FLEUR-DE-LIS
307 Chartres St., 529-9641;
www.cafefleurdelis.com
The fleur de lis omelet combines crawfish tails, pepper Jack cheese, bell peppers and onions and is topped with Cajun crawfish sauce. The fleur de lis salad is a mix of field greens, bacon, ham, turkey, tomatoes, red onions, cucumber and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET
7329 Freret St., 861-7890;
www.cafefreret.com
The black and blue voodoo burger is a half-pound patty topped with blue cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and Creole mayonnaise on a ciabatta bun. The muffuletta features layers of mortadella, ham, provolone cheese, genoa salami and olive salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FRESCA
4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010Order Maine lobster stuffed with crawfish dressing. The Fresca salad combines char-grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, onions and croutons. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE GIOVANNI
117 Decatur St., 529-2154;
www.cafegiovanni.com
Southern-style voodoo shrimp are served in sweet-and-spicy sauce with portobello mushrooms, fried green tomatoes and cheese grits. Duck classico is a garlic-glazed roasted half duck served with sweet Marsala sauce and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE GRANADA1
506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612;
www.cafegranadanola.com
The sea scallops brochetta features flame-grilled scallops, cherry tomatoes, onions and bell peppers on a rosemary skewer. Fried goat cheese puffs are served over mango-ginger sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE HOPE
1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 756-4673;
www.cafehope.org
Blackened shrimp quesadillas are filled with cheese and Louisiana shrimp. The pecan-crusted catfish is served with praline meuniere sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE LYNN
3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007;
www.cafelynn.com
Eggplant Gabriel features fried eggplant medallions topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, shrimp and oysters and cream sauce. The filet mignon au poivre is an 8-oz. filet served with brandy and green peppercorn sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE MASPERO
601 Decatur St., 523-6250;
www.cafemaspero.com
The veggie muffuletta combines olive salad and melted Swiss on an Italian seeded roll. The regular muffuletta features layers of ham, salami, pastrami, Swiss and olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE MINH
4139 Canal St., 482-6266;
www.cafeminh.com
Pan-seared scallops are drizzled with sweet chile-soy sauce and served with grilled Japanese eggplant. Sauteed shrimp and mirliton is served over jasmine rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE NAVARRE
800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828
Dijon pork panino is filled with roasted pork, Swiss and Dijon mustard. The house hamburger is an 8-oz. patty cooked to order. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

CAFE PONTALBA
546 St. Peter St., 522-1180The Cajun combination features red beans and rice with smoked sausage, jambalaya and a cup of gumbo. The pasta jambalaya has smoked andouille sausage and Gulf shrimp stewed with ripe tomatoes and Creole spices, served with fettuccine. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RANI
2917 Magazine St., 895-2500;
www.caferanimagazine.com
Jerk chicken breast is served over baby spinach, Granny Smith apples, toasted walnuts, grapes, raisins, blue cheese and pepper jelly vinaigrette. The Mediterranean garden sandwich piles cucumber, roasted red peppers, tomato, spinach, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, onion, feta, Swiss, provolone and pesto yogurt on ciabatta bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157;
www.reconcileneworleans.org
Baked chicken is served with a choice of two sides such as mashed sweet potatoes, collard greens or sauteed vegetanbles. The roast beef debris po-boy is served with potato salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA
1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419;
www.caferomauptown.com
The Roma Special sandwich is an Italian loaf filled with pepperoni, salami, ham, cheese, black olives and mushrooms. Chicken Caesar salad is served with house-made Caesar dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD
632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300;
www.caferosenicaud.com
The huevos rancheros feature salsa a la Mexicana, scrambled eggs and cheese between two tortillas, topped with cheddar cheese and salsa. The lox and bagel plate comes with red onion, capers, tomato and cream cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROYALE
3343 Metairie Road, Suite 1, Metairie, 304-8438
The Hawaiian chicken Royale panino features grilled chicken, pineapple, bell peppers, onions, provolone cheese and spinach dressing. The Philly Gentilly panino combines ham, roast beef, Swiss, onions, mushrooms, gravy and optional mayo, honey mustard or Creole mustard. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE ANGELINA
5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770
The muffuletta is served with a cup of soup. The avocado salad is topped with grilled shrimp and Mandarin orange-ginger dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE!
3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 267-9190;
4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845;
www.caffecaffe.com
The avocado salad combines romaine lettuce, sliced avocado, Gorgonzola, walnuts, red onion and mango vinaigrette, and grilled chicken, chicken or shrimp salad are optional additions. The Greek chicken wrap bundles chicken, feta, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, olives and Greek dressing in a wheat tortilla. No reservations. Clearview Parkway: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. North Hullen Street: Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0051;
www.caffelatteda.com
The Cajun crawfish scramble combines crawfish, green pepper, onion and cheddar cheese and is served with grits or hash browns and toast or a biscuit. The spinach salad is tossed with mushrooms, almonds, eggs, bacon, tomato and croutons in house dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAJUN GRILL & BAR
2325 N. Hullen St., Suite 100, 831-0095
The N'awlins sampler rounds up jambalaya, shrimp Creole, red beans, fried catfish and a cup of gumbo. The appetizer tray includes chicken wings, cheese sticks and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB AND GRUB
116 Baronne St., 566-0055;
www.cajunmikes.com
.Fried boudin balls are served with remoulade. Seafood gumbo brims with shrimp and okra. Lunch delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL
326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-9676;
www.calypsopatio.com
Jumbo lump crabmeat and avocado slices top a salad with sauteed asparagus, red onions, shredded carrots and a choice of dressing. The seared tuna tostada is served with black bean salad, pico de gallo, avocado-wasabi sauce and raspberry-chipotle glaze. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFE
525 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 649-6211;
69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313;
www.thecamelliacafe.com
The breakfast sandwich comes with two eggs, meat and cheese on a croissant, toast or biscuit and is served with hash browns, country potatoes or grits. The Camellia sampler includes onion rings, Southwestern egg rolls, chicken wings and fried mushrooms with blue cheese, honey mustard or zesty ranch dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL
540 Chartres St., 522-1800;
626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679;
www.camelliagrill.net
The chili cheese omelet is a popular breakfast item. Order a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA
516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992;
www.campbellscoffee.com
The creme brulee latte with vanilla and caramel is available hot, iced or frozen. Banana-nut muffins are baked in house. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CANSECO' S MARKET
1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979;
3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2594;
5217 Elysian Fields Ave., 218-7048
The Cuban sandwich is loaded with roasted pork and ham and pressed crisp. Pick up a whole roasted chicken to go. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAPDEVILLE
520 Capdeville St., 371-5161;
www.capdevillenola.com
Truffled mac and cheese is made with black truffle oil and pancetta. The duck confit club comes with roasted duck and duck cracklings on brioche. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CARMO
527 Julia St., 875-4132;
www.cafecarmo.com
The Carmo salad combines avocado, pineapple, smoked ham (or vegan "ham"), raisins, cucumbers and nuts tossed with citrus mango vinaigrette. The Rico is a grilled plantain patty topped with melted panella cheese, spicy passion fruit pork, salsa fresca, avocado and tangy sweet Rico sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CASAMENTO'S RESTAURANT
4330 Magazine St., 895-9761;
www.casamentosrestaurant.com
The oyster loaf features fried oysters between thick slices of buttered Texas toast. The soft-shell crab dinner features a fried soft-shell crab, french fries and toast. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

CAYOUDLE'S
10367 Airline Hwy., St. Rose, 466-8813
The Venice Beach sandwich features prosciutto, turkey, provolone, cucumber, spinach, tomato, guacamole and Italian dressing. The Cayoudle Dawg is a beef frank topped with bacon, cheddar, avocado, lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE
1801 Dickory Ave., River Ridge, 734-8455;
www.cellarsrr.com
The signature Remoulade salad combines boiled Gulf shrimp boiled tossed in remoulade over fried green tomatoes, crisp romaine lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CENTRAL GROCERY
923 Decatur St., 523-1620
The muffuletta is available by the half or whole round loaf. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935;
www.chadsbistro.com
The fried catfish platter is served with potato salad and toast. The lump crabmeat salad features smoked Gouda, dried cranberries and roasted pecans on Boston lettuce with citrus vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD
8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700;
www.charliesseafoodrestaurant.com
The catfish and grits are mustard and cornmeal coated fried fillets topped with cheddar cheese and Creole sauce and served with stone-ground grits. The unfried seafood platter combines grilled fish, shrimp and crab bordelaise, baked oysters and shrimp cornbread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE
4510 Dryades St., 895-9323;
www.charliessteakhousenola.com
"The Charlie" is a 32-oz. thick cut T-bone with a strip on one side and tender filet on the other served on a sizzling hot platter. The classic iceberg wedge salad is served with Charlie's house-made blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHATEAU DU LAC WINE BISTRO
2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-3773;
www.chateaudulacbistro.com
The salad Nicoise features seared ahi tuna, olives, egg, haricots vert, fingerling potatoes and vinaigrette. The red wine-braised beef short ribs come with pearl onions and Cabernet jus. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHECKERED PARROT
133 Royal St., 592-1270;
www.checkeredparrot.com
Jalapeno poppers are deep fried jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and served with ranch and marinara sauce. The Buffalo chicken sandwich is a fried chicken breast tossed in hot, medium or mild sauce and served with a choice of salad, fries, yellow rice or chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE
501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847
Off the grill, the chicken breast sandwich on a bun is popular. Or order a burger seasoned with Cajun spices. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO
528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793;
www.thecheesesteakbistro.com
The cheese steak deluxe piles grilled sirloin, onions, peppers, mushrooms and provolone on a seeded French loaf. Bistro eggs Benedict rest poached eggs atop grilled English muffins or French bread with ham and hollandaise and grits or a hash brown casserole on the side. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHERRYBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SHAVED ICE
1901 N. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 231-7606;
1950 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 110, Harvey, 267-4764;
3348 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 322-2118;
www.cherryberryyogurt.com
Snow Ice is finely shaved ice stacked with any fruit combination, topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled condensed milk. Guava is one of the exotic frozen yogurt flavors. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHICKIE WAH WAH
2828 Canal St., 304-4714;
www.chickiewahwah.com
Get gourmet tacos are filled with Korean-style barbecue pork and pickled red onions. Roasted pork shoulder with pineapple is an occasional special. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash only. $

CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT
704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428;
www.chinaorchidneworleans.com
The mango shrimp features Gulf shrimp and mango sauteed with broccoli, bell peppers and onion in a spicy brown sauce. Empress chow mein tops crispy thin noodles with scallops, shrimp, chicken, beef and vegetables in brown sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ROSE
3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 887-3295
Combo plates features sweet-and-sour pork and Szechuan beef. The China Rose special is a marinated half duck sauteed with bell peppers and served with brown sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA
429 Wall Blvd., Suite 8, Gretna, 392-3939
Emperor's lo mein combines chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHURROS CAFE
3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie, 885-6516
The namesake churro is a sweet, fried dough stick, Cuba's version of a beignet. The ropa viejo is served with congri and yuca. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CIRO'S COTE SUD
7918 Maple St., 866-9551;
www.cotesudrestaurant.com
Blanquette de veau is braised veal simmered with carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms in broth and served with wild rice. Moules Provencale is a large bowl of steamed mussels served with pommes frites. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

CITY DINER
3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 831-1030;
www.citydiner.biz
The "bottom of the bowl" features a French bread bowl filled with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, cheese, green onions and Cajun cream sauce. The hickory burger comes with ham, barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese on jalapeno-cheddar, sourdough or wheat bun and is served with fries, sweet potato fries or onion rings. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CLANCY'S
6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111
A smoked and fried soft-shell crab is topped with sauteed crabmeat and meuniere sauce. New Orleans stuffed shrimp features fried jumbo shrimp stuffed with crabmeat and served with Crystal hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT
2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995;
www.bistrogallerie.com
The seared yellowfin tuna steak is served with green peppercorn sauce and Belgian fries. The broiled oysters are topped with Brie and served with leek fondue. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (866) 840-3013;
www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com
The chef's vegetarian plate includes soup, tabbouleh, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, hummus and falafel. A kebab trio comes with chicken, kafta and beef tenderloin. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL
900 Bourbon St., 598-1010;
www.clovergrill.com
The biscuit and gravy is an open-faced large Southern style biscuit smothered in country gravy. Battered chicken-fried steak comes with two eggs, hash browns or grits, and toast. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

COCHON
930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123;
www.cochonrestaurant.com
The Louisiana cochon is served with turnips, cabbage and cracklings. The braised country-style ribs are served with brown rice, pickled mushrooms and beets. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COFFEE RANI
234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158;
3517 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560;
www.coffeerani.com
The spinach and artichoke dip is topped with Parmesan and tomatoes and served with warm pita chips. The summer fruit salad is a mix of apples, raisins, grapes, walnuts, blue cheese and orange slices topped with chicken salad and poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COFFEE'S BOILIN' POT
305 Covington St., Madisonville, 985-845-2348;
www.coffeesboilinpot.com
Fried or grilled catfish Madisonville comes with crawfish, mushroom and green onion cream sauce. Boiled seafood platters feature crawfish, crab and shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COLD STONE CREAMERY
624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900;
1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 736-5037;
www.coldstonecreamery.com
The Strawberry Blonde sundae is strawberry ice cream in a graham cracker pie crust with strawberries, caramel and whipped topping. A Cheesecake Named Desire combines yellow cake, cheesecake ice cream and raspberry filling. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAP ROOM & GRILL
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899;
www.columbiastreettaproom.com
The seared pepper tuna is served over mixed greens, almonds, goat cheese and strawberry vinaigrette. Burgers are dressed with mayo, lettuce and tomato and served with a choice of fries, onion rings, salad or sauteed vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM
3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308;
www.thecolumns.com
.Soft-shell crab is served with applewood-smoked bacon, Roma tomatoes, baby lettuce and brioche toast with tartar sauce and balsamic-cane molasses. Lemon-blueberry crepes are topped with spicy peach drizzle and chantilly cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE
1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221;
www.commanderspalace.com
The chicory coffee lacquered Texas quail is served with Louisiana blue crab and cornbread dressing, smoky boudin, sweet onions, green apples, pepper jelly and chicory coffee sauce. The Parmesan-dusted oyster salad combines fried P&J oysters over herb marinated olives, roasted red peppers, romaine hearts, house-made bacon, eggs and white anchovy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Chef Shane Pritchett slow-cooks barbecued ribs at Fat Hen Grill. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

COMMON GROUNDS
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200
The Common breakfast features two eggs, toast, grits or hash browns, and ham, bacon or sausage. Artichoke Amelia is a dish of Italian-seasoned artichoke hearts topped with Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE
1109 Decatur St., 525-9053;
www.coopsplace.net
Hearty rabbit and sausage jambalaya is made with tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and Cajun seasonings. Fried crawfish are served with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104;
www.cooterbrowns.com
The Radiators special sandwich includes shrimp, oysters and a combination of cheeses on French bread. Breaded mozzarella sticks are served with marinara sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955;
4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620;
www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com
Crawfish egg rolls are filled with tasso, crawfish, black beans, Chinese vegetables and ginger-honey sauce and served with spicy pepper jelly dipping sauce. The white chocolate bread pudding is a French bread custard pudding with shaved white chocolate and Frangelico cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COQUETTE
2800 Magazine St., 265-0421;
www.coquette-nola.com
The hanger steak is served with a potato risotto, candied cipollini onions and black trumpet mushrooms. Roast Gulf oysters are served with fennel and bacon ragout and horseradish cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CORKY' S RIBS & BAR-B-Q
4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000;
www.corkysbarbq.com
Hickory-smoked Memphis-style racks of ribs are served with beans, coleslaw or fries. Get a barbecued pork sandwich with fries or sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008
The seafood platter includes gumbo, salad, an appetizer sampler, stuffed shrimp and fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. No reservations. Breakfast and dinner Tue.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Sat., breakfast Sun. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER HOUSE BAR AND GRILL
500 St. Peter St., 522-2999;
www.corneroysterhouse.com
The seafood sampler includes boiled shrimp, crawfish and oysters on the half-shell. The New Orleans sampler rounds up gumbo, shrimp Creole, red beans and jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984;
www.coscinospizza.com
Spaghetti and meatballs come with homemade hand-rolled meats and red gravy over angel hair pasta. The Boyer special pizza has garlic herb sauce, pepperoni, sausage, feta and jalapenos. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COTTON CLUB
1104 Canal St., 525-4445;
www.cottonclubnola.com
The pan-seared cod is served with black beans and pineapple-habanero salsa. Louisiana crawfish cakes are served with Jack Daniel's corn sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COULIS
3625 Prytania St., 304-4265
Huevos rancheros feature eggs and tortillas topped with melted pepper Jack cheese, house-made salsa and Creole sauce. Coulis' eggs Benedict are assembled with poached eggs over corn cakes and pulled pork. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. Checks. $

THE COUNTRY CLUB
634 Louisa St., 945-0742;
www.thecountryclubneworleans.com
The andouille cornbread-stuffed pork loin is glazed with Steen's cane syrup and Creole mustard and served with potatoes. The grilled fennel and beet salad is tossed with arugula, spiced pecans, Stilton and warm tasso vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME
620 Iberville St., 522-1138
The ropa viejo is a traditional Cuban version of shredded beef over rice. The classic Cuban sandwich comes pressed with ham, roasted pork and cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS
613 Royal St., 522-7261;
www.courtoftwosisters.com
Trout meuniere or amandine is a pan-fried fillet of trout served with rosemary roasted new potatoes and steamed asparagus. Crabmeat au gratin features lump crabmeat in Mornay sauce topped with Parmesan and is served with asparagus drizzled with hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

COURTYARD GRILL
4430 Magazine St., 875-4164;
www.courtyardgrillnola.com
The Courtyard Mediterranean baba ghanoush comes with layers of sliced eggplant and Baba ghanoush topped with sauteed onions, fresh garlic, chopped tomatoes, mint and kalamata olives. The Iskandar kebab is a platter of lamb and beef skewers with buttery tomato gravy. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

COWBELL
8801 Oak St., 298-8689;
www.cowbell-nola.com
Grilled skirt steak is served with black bean sauce, roasted plantains and Fidel's mango salsa. The crispy Louisiana oyster salad is served with grilled corn, smoked bacon, crumbled egg and spicy blue cheese vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

CRABBY JACK'S
428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722
Remoulade tops the fried green tomato po-boy served on Gendusa's French bread. Fish tacos come in blue corn tortillas with salsa and a choice of sides. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE
3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641;
www.crazyjohnnies.net
One of Johnnie's popular specials is the 8 1/2-oz. prime-cut filet mignon. Crawfish Johnnie serves crawfish, onions and mushrooms in cream reduction over rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE CREAMERY
4924 Prytania St., 894-8680;
6260 Vicksburg St., 482-2924;
www.creolecreamery.com
Original ice cream flavors include Hot Tin Roof, vanilla ice cream with a hot fudge swirl and spicy Spanish pralines. Get a root beer float or the summer version — a scoop of sherbet in Sprite. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE CREOLE GRILLE & BAR
5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992;
www.thecreolegrille.com
Crabmeat au gratin is jumbo lump crabmeat in cheese sauce served with a vegetable on the side. Bourbon glazed pork chops feature two 7-oz. char-broiled pork chops brushed with bourbon sauce and served with Creole blue potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREPES A LA CART
1039 Broadway St., 866-2362;
www.crepecaterer.com
The Crescent City crepe is filled with roast beef, mushrooms, onions, Swiss cheese and spicy horseradish sauce. The turtle sundae crepe is filled with vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, pecans and caramel and topped with whipped cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE
527 Decatur St., 522-0571;
www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
The Mediterranean fried calamari is flash fried, tossed with pepperoncini peppers, kalamata olives and roasted garlic, and served with red pepper aioli. The "fork and knife" hot beef sandwich features slices of choice roast beef and provolone cheese topped with peppers, onions and sun-dried tomatoes au jus, served with Parmesan fries. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY GRILL
101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272
Crescent City Grill's 1-2-3 special features one egg, two strips of bacon and three pancakes for less than $5. The fisherman's platter combines fried fish, oysters and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY STEAK HOUSE
1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271;
www.crescentcitysteaks.com
Head to this Mid-City steakhouse for porterhouse steaks large enough for two or three to share. The bread pudding with raisins and peaches is topped with brandy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT PIE AND SAUSAGE COMPANY
4400 Banks St., 482-2426;
www.crescentpieandsausage.com
The pecan-smoked turkey breast sandwich is served with fig spread, lettuce, tomato and spicy mustard on ciabatta bread. Bart's black jambalaya includes braised pork, chicken, sausage and black-eyed peas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR
617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663
Order flaky, buttery croissants with different fruit fillings. Okra gumbo is a frequent soup of the day special. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON
833 Poydras St., 620-8899;
www.lepavillon.com
Herbsaint oysters are fried oysters served over grilled tomatoes with tasso and spinach cream. Paneed veal coated with Italian seasonings and breadcrumbs is topped with crabmeat and lemon butter and served with a vegetable and bread. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 393-7766;
5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005;
www.cucosmex.com
The nacho mountain is a pile of chips covered with black beans, ground beef, chili con queso, chili con carne, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos. The El Presidente combines beef and cheese enchiladas, a beef taco, two chimipoquitos, rice, beans and ranchero sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CURE
4905 Freret St., 302-2357;
www.curenola.com
The spicy Jamaican meat pie is made with a turmeric crust, chicken, coconut curry and house-made orange coconut soda. The Seberg salad combines arugula, fennel, roasted artichokes, goat milk feta from Ryal's Dairy and citrus vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CURRY CORNER
1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-9033
Thai green curry with vegetables is prepared with coconut cream. Chicken masala features breast meat cooked with ginger, garlic, tomato, cumin, turmeric and coriander. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CYRUS RESTAURANT
612 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-2477
The sheeshleek features marinated and grilled lamb with vegetables and basmati rice. The soltani is a combination of char-grilled tenderloin and seasoned ground beef served with vegetables and basmati rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DAISY DUKES
121 Chartres St., 561-5171;
www.daisydukesrestaurant.com
The Cajun omelet combines cheese, hot sausage, tomatoes, onion, parsley, paprika and cracked pepper and is served with hash browns or grits and toast or a biscuit. Blackened alligator sausage is served over jambalaya with a cup of gumbo, fried green tomatoes and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Proprietor Earl Mackie serves fried chicken wings and waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream at Big Momma's Chicken and Waffles. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Proprietor Earl Mackie serves fried chicken wings and waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream at Big Momma's Chicken and Waffles.

DAKOTA
629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712;
www.restaurantcuvee.com/dakota
Fried soft-shell crabs are served with shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish and Creole sauce over roasted pecan rice. Parmesan-crusted tilapia is topped with lump crabmeat, wild mushrooms and caper dill butter and served with flash-fried smoked artichoke hearts and smoked-tomato hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DANTE'S KITCHEN
736 Dante St., 861-3121;
www.danteskitchen.com
Seared diver scallops are served with beluga lentils, preserved lemon and sherry vinaigrette, grapefruit supremes and shaved fennel. Chicken roasted under a brick is maple glazed, served with a potato and bacon hash cake and topped with a fried farm egg. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DAT DOG
5031 Freret St., 899-6883;
www.datdognola.com
Order a Polish kielbasa topped with your choice of grated cheddar, diced onions, wasabi, sauerkraut or homemade chili. Dat Dog also offers crawfish sausage links. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

DE-NO SEAFOOD
505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 15, Gretna, 362-4608
The fried redfish De-No is topped with crabmeat dressing and cream sauce. Char-broiled oysters on the half-shell are topped with garlic, Parmesan and butter, and crabmeat is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR
7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700
Seafood platters overflow with fried oysters, catfish and shrimp. Barbecue shrimp are served over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
841 Iberville St., 581-1316;
1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141;
www.deanies.com
The Creole spinach salad is topped with fried oysters, bacon, egg, red onion and Creole honey mustard dressing. The stuffed flounder has crabmeat dressing sandwiched between two broiled fillets and is served with salad and a baked potato. No reservations. Iberville Street: Lunch and dinner daily. Lake Avenue: Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR
400 Dauphine St., 523-1931;
www.dejavunola.com
Fried chicken tenders are served with a choice of dipping sauce and mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad or fries. Fried mozzarella sticks are served with marinara sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE DELACHAISE
3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858;
www.thedelachaise.com
Pommes frites are fried in goose fat and served with malt vinegar aioli and spicy satay sauce. Cheese plates include manchego with quince paste, honey goat chevre and Red Dragon, a spicy cheddar made with mustard seeds and Welsh brown ale. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR
300 Bourbon St., 586-0300;
www.sonesta.com
Get fried oysters with house-made barbecue sauce and blue cheese dressing. Shrimp and grits are made with tasso and topped with cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DESPERADOS PIZZA
801 Frenchmen St., 943-9900
The oyster artichoke sandwich comes with grilled artichoke bottoms, fried oysters and spinach with basil aioli. The margherita pizza is topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, Roma tomatoes and tomato sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Mon., late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880;
www.dickandjennys.com
Bronzed Louisiana flounder is topped with crawfish dynamite and served with lyonnaise potatoes, sauteed spinach and lemon aioli. Corn-fried Louisiana oysters are served with Southern coleslaw and New Orleans remoulade. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE
716 Iberville St., 522-2467;
www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com
Escargot Orleans features escargot sauteed in butter with smoked bacon, fennel, mushrooms and roasted garlic and served in puff pastry cups. Aged USDA prime rib is rubbed with Creole seasonings, slow roasted and served with horseradish cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DICRISTINA'S
810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160;
www.dicristinas.com
The seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp and catfish, salad, garlic bread and a choice of fries, macaroni or potato salad. Eggplant Parmesan is served with spaghetti or macaroni. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS
1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589;
3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 367-0227;
6641 Westbank Expwy., Suite A, Marrero, 341-4096;
www.dimartinos.com
The muffuletta includes house-made olive salad. Seafood gumbo brims with crab legs, shrimp and okra. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DINO'S BAR & GRILL
1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900
Get a Dino's burger topped with bacon and cheddar. The chicken Caesar wrap bundles chicken, Romaine and Parmesan with Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DISH ON HAYNE
9734 Hayne Blvd., 301-0356;
www.dishonhayne.com
Grilled shrimp pasta is served with mushrooms and green onions tossed in spicy cream sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. Filet mignon is topped with Gorgonzola cream sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DITALI'S PIZZA 
Northshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-5657;
8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160
 Ditali's specializes in thin-crust pies. Spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce is a hearty homestyle dish from the cousin Cafe Ditali. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR
1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666
Order a fried soft-shell crab with bacon and remoulade. The seafood extravaganza includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters, stuffed crabs, hush puppies, fries, onion rings and garlic bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOMENICA
123 Baronne St., 648-6020;
www.domenicarestaurant.com
Octopus carpaccio is served with fennel and citrus. The Mangalitsa pork shoulder is served with borlotti beans, basil and honey. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS
5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126The special fried shrimp po-boy is topped with Swiss cheese and gravy. The hot sausage po-boy also is a popular choice. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DOMINIQUE'S ON MAGAZINE
4729 Magazine St., 894-8881;
www.dominiquesonmag.com
The Morgan Ranch Wagyu beef is served with Creole cream cheese stuffing, vegetable gratin, watercress salad and red wine jus. The duck leg confit with poached pear is served over frisee lettuce with cane syrup-apple cider vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DON' S SEAFOOD HUT
4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550;
www.donsseafoodmetairie.com
The seafood salad combines fresh boiled shrimp, crawfish and lump crabmeat over garden greens. The seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters and catfish, stuffed shrimp and crab, shrimp etouffee and Cajun fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0296
The No. 5 Viet grilled pork banh mi is stuffed with carrots, jalapenos, cilantro and cucumbers on the bakery's French bread. The restaurant's banh xeo, or Vietnamese crepe, is a crisp shell of egg and rice flour stuffed with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT
2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535
Dooky Chase's famous gumbo is a staple of New Orleans Creole comfort food. The equally beloved fried chicken is crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

DOORS UPTOWN PIZZA
7537 Maple St., 861-0040;
www.doorsuptownpizza.com
The Carnivore pizza is topped with pepperoni, bacon, alligator sausage, ham and Italian sausage. Baked chicken wings are smothered in spicy barbecue sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DORIGNAC' S
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216;
www.dorignacs.com
Seafood gumbo is packed with okra, shrimp and crabmeat. The stuffed mirliton is filled with a mixtures of shrimp, crabmeat and breadcrumbs. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE
135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283
The lemongrass tofu is grilled and served over a mixture of onions, carrots, celery and bean sprouts with rice or noodles. The sauteed eggplant and shrimp combination is served with garlic sauce and rice or noodles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOT'S DINER
Citywide;
www.dotsdiner.com
The Dotwich is a breakfast sandwich of scrambled egg, a sausage patty and cheese on a grilled buttermilk biscuit. The meatloaf is served with brown gravy and a side of french fries, hash browns or mashed potatoes. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

THE DOUGH BOWL
1039 Broadway St., 861-2200
The Greek Freak pizza is topped with white garlic sauce, spinach, tomatoes, Greek olives and feta. The People's burger smothers a half-pound of Angus beef beneath provolone and Swiss cheese, bacon and sauteed mushrooms and onions. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DOWN THE HATCH
1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909;
www.downthehatchnola.com
The Texas burger features an Angus beef patty topped with caramelized onions, smoked bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. The St. Louis-style baby back ribs are served with barbecue beans and potato salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911;
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254;
www.dragosrestaurant.com
Drago's char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. The shrimp and grits gets extra flavor from tasso and rosemary. No reservations. Arnoult Road: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Hilton: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Karen Bolar and Jim Rivas serve fried chicken and seafood gumbo at Braxton's Restaurant.
  • Karen Bolar and Jim Rivas serve fried chicken and seafood gumbo at Braxton's Restaurant.

DRESS IT
535 Gravier St., 527-0006
The burger at Dress It comes with your choice of unusual and creative toppings like peanut butter, chili, guacamole or a fried egg. The seafood gumbo brims with crabmeat, oysters, shrimp and crawfish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DRY DOCK CAFE
133 Delaronde St., 361-8240;
www.thedrydockcafe.com
Barbecue shrimp is cooked New Orleans-style and served with French bread for dipping. The Best Bank burger is an 8-oz. patty topped with cheese, bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING
Loyola University, Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 861-5451
Order fried chicken with sides like smothered greens, red beans, corn bread or potato salad. The dark-roux gumbo is loaded with sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

EAT NEW ORLEANS
900 Dumaine St., 522-7222;
www.eatnola.com
Savory cheesecake is made with Creole cream cheese, andouille, red peppers and green onions in a pecan crust. Eggs de Provence is baked in an iron skillet with cream and herbs and served with applewood-smoked bacon and a biscuit. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

EIFFEL SOCIETY LOUNGE
2040 St. Charles Ave.,525-2951;
www.eiffelsociety.com
Eiffel's signature chicken and waffles combo is topped with house-made maple butter. Also popular are lumpias, Filipino fried spring rolls filled with pork and fresh vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

EL GATO NEGRO
81 French Market Place, 525-9752;
www.elgatonegronola.com
Guacamole is mixed tableside with avocados, pico de gallo, jalapenos, lime juice and sea salt. Chicken enchiladas feature chicken breast, Chihuahua cheese and sauteed onion and come with corn tortillas, sour cream, orange-oregano salsa and rice and beans. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ELEVEN 79
1179 Annunciation St.,299-1179;
www.eleven79.com
Osso buco is a veal shank served Milanese style with pappardelle pasta. Paneed oysters are served with white remoulade and caviar. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ELIZABETH'S
601 Gallier St., 944-9272;
www.elizabeths-restaurant.com
The seared duck breast is served with cherry port sauce and a choice of two sides. The "dream burger" is topped with blue cheese and the restaurant's signature praline bacon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE
700 Bourbon St., 595-3172;
www.emberssteakhouse.com
The Embers Bourbon House special is an
8-oz. filet mignon topped with jumbo Louisiana shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The lasagna is stuffed with ground beef, Italian sausage, ricotta cheese and tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO
1300 St. Charles Ave.,525-4937;
www.emerils.com
The lavish charcuterie board features house-cured meats like capocollo, lomo, chorizo, lamb prosciutto and a daily terrine. The Eden Farms Berkshire pork chop comes with a sunny-side-up egg, pancetta, Swiss chard and polenta. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S RESTAURANT
800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393;
www.emerils.com
Emeril's New Orleans barbecue shrimp comes with rosemary biscuits and fresh chives. The etouffee of daily market Gulf fish is served with Carolina rice grits, maritime mussels, Covey Rise tomatoes and scallions. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM
734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988;
www.englishtearoom.com
The Coronation chicken salad combines shredded chicken in mild, curry-based dressing, grapes, chopped apples and walnuts and is served on a salad or sandwich. The Windsor high tea includes a pot of tea, selection of finger sandwiches, assorted mini-quiches, two mini-cakes, a chocolate-dipped strawberry and fresh baked scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ERNST CAFE
600 S. Peters St., 525-8544;
www.ernstcafe.net
The Ernster po-boy features fried oysters on a layer of roast beef debris topped with gravy and a roast beef-infused mayonnaise. The steak tacos are flour tortillas filled with marinated beef and a zesty slaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ESPRESSO EXPRESS
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115

The club panino fills your choice of bread, roll or croissant with ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss, tomato and honey-mustard dressing. The Thai chicken wrap is filled with roasted chicken, carrots, cucumber, Monterey Jack cheese and sweet Thai chile sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

F&M PATIO BAR
4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784;
www.fandmpatiobar.com
F&M's cheese fries are seasoned waffle fries smothered with a blend of three cheeses and green onions. The burger is a quarter-pound patty topped with your choice of shredded cheese, bacon, mushrooms, chili, jalapenos or grilled onions and peppers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE
3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9072;
www.fairgrinds.com
Strawberry vegan cupcakes are made with fresh strawberries. The chocolate mint cookies are studded with pieces of chopped Andes mints. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $

FAT HARRY'S
4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582;
www.fatharrysneworleans.com
Buffalo wings and drumettes are fried and dipped in Fat Harry's house-made wing sauce. The tavern also makes its own potato chips using thinly sliced Idaho potatoes, frying them until crisp and serving them lightly seasoned. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT HEN GRILL
1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 287-4581;
www.fathengrill.com
Pit-smoked prime rib is served with Gulf oysters and caramelized onion bread pudding. Fried soft-shell crabs are served with smoked-tomato balsamic sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAT MOLLY'S PIZZA & BEER
2400 21st St., Kenner, 305-1017;
www.fatmollyspizza.com
The "Original Cajun Pizza" is topped with olive oil and garlic sauce, boudin, green peppers, jalapenos and mozzarella. The grilled chicken and andouille pie features marinara, mozzarella, bell peppers, onions and jalapenos. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAUSTO'S BISTRO
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121;
www.faustosbistro.com
Fried soft-shell crab is served with seafood ravioli in white wine-garlic sauce. The Parmesan-crusted Gulf fish is topped with crabmeat, tomato and white wine butter sauce and served with wilted spinach. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FAZZIO'S RESTAURANT
1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985)624-9704;
www.fazziosrestaurant.com
The Jimbob features shrimp stuffed with crabmeat and served over pasta with crabmeat cream sauce. The 16-oz. rib-eye "Good Lovin'" is topped with fried oysters and bordelaise sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge At Le Meritage, chef Michael Farrell's tuna tartare napoleon features raw tuna stacked with corn and guacamole on a tortilla. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • At Le Meritage, chef Michael Farrell's tuna tartare napoleon features raw tuna stacked with corn and guacamole on a tortilla.

FEAST NEW ORLEANS
200 Julia St., 304-6318;
www.feastneworleans.com
Scallops St. Jacques feature sea scallops served with mushroom brandy cream sauce and cheese. Crispy roasted pork belly is served with a potato cake and red cabbage with apples. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

FEELINGS CAFE
2600 Chartres St., 945-2222;
www.feelingscafe.com
Gulf fish Nicholas is a grilled fillet brushed with Dijon mustard served with grilled shrimp, creamed spinach and new potatoes. A blend of shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish and spicy dirty rice with sausage is served over fried eggplant and topped with hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA
301 N. Peters St., 267-4406;
6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776;
www.felipesneworleans.com
The super burrito is a 12-inch tortilla filled with melted Monterrey Jack cheese, rice, beans and a choice of meat or grilled vegetables. The flautas are fried corn tortillas filled with chicken or pork and served with pico de gallo and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
739 Iberville St., 522-4440;
www.felixs.com
Belly up to the oyster bar and order a raw dozen directly from the shuckers. The Louisiana alligator is blackened or fried and served with remoulade. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE
900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155;
www.fellinisneworleans.com
Spinach lasagna has layers of sauteed spinach and bechamel and is served with salad and Italian bread. The Italian feast calzone is stuffed with pepperoni, ham and salami and topped with cheese and red sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT
1924 Airline Drive, Kenner, 468-2384;
www.fiestalatinarestaurant.com
The huevos rancheros feature two eggs between two tostadas covered with ranchero sauce. The grilled carne asada is served with refried beans, salad, rice and fried sweet plantains. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FIVE HAPPINESS
3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935;
www.fivehappiness.com
The po-po platter is a sampler with egg rolls, barbecue ribs, crab Rangoon, shrimp toast and beef teriyaki. Kung pao chicken is stir fried with chiles, peanuts and brown sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT
737 Octavia St., 895-0900;
www.flamingtorchnola.com
The coq au vin features free-range chicken braised in red wine. Sauteed veal liver is served with vegetables and a starch. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP
2600 Royal St., 947-8358
The vegetarian burrito is filled with black beans, rice, melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onions and jalapenos and comes with chips and salsa. The lamb and beef gyro sandwich fills a pita with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

FONG'S CHINESE AND CANTONESE RESTAURANT
2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216
Four happiness is a stir-fry of shrimp, roast pork, chicken, beef and Chinese vegetables. Fong cho chicken is battered and fried white meat served with brown sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FOX AND HOUND
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000;
www.foxandhound.com
The fresh-baked Bavarian pretzels are a great way to whet your appetite at this sports bar and restaurant. The Black &
Blue peppercorn-seasoned burger is topped with melted blue cheese and applewood-smoked bacon. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT
933 Decatur St., 525-1602;
www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com
Shrimp and crawfish Gagliano is served with garlic, green onions and fresh basil over angel hair pasta. The veal Marsala is sauteed with mushrooms and Marsala wine and served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S
321 Arabella St., 899-9146;
www.frankyandjohnnys.com
Spaghetti and meatballs are served with salad and garlic bread. The fried bell pepper rings are coated with Italian breadcrumbs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT
1001 Decatur St., 525-7879;
www.frenchmarketrestaurant.com
The boiled seafood is a seasonal mix of crawfish, shrimp and crabs boiled with a house-made seasoning blend. The lobster "etouffee" features a white wine-poached lobster served over rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH PRESS COFFEEHOUSE
3236 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 305-0276;
www.frenchpresscoffeehouse.com
The club sandwich is layered with ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheeses, honey mustard, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. The French press salad combines spinach, chicken, pecans, golden raisins, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRENCH QUARTER PIZZERIA & BAR
201 Decatur St., 671-3987 The Big Easy five-pound pizza is topped with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, bacon, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, bell peppers, purple onions, black olives and cheddar cheese. The roast beef po-boy pizza is topped with roast beef, baby spinach, Roma tomatoes and mozzarella with jus on the side. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FRESCO CAFE AND PIZZERIA
7625 Maple St., 862-6363;
www.frescocafe.us
The crawfish etouffee pie is topped with Louisiana crawfish, green peppers and green onions. The white pizza has an Alfredo sauce base with ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, garlic, mushrooms and red onions. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT
407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985)845-7303;
www.friendscoastal.com
The Jack-leg chicken features fried breasts, melted pepper Jack cheese and jambalaya topped with a ladle of seafood gumbo. Blackened catfish is topped with bronzed shrimp and crabmeat in a Key lime beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS
808 Bienville St., 581-3467;
www.gwfins.com
The "scalibut" consists of sauteed halibut topped with thinly sliced sea scallops, served with lobster risotto and pea shoots. The wood-grilled pompano is served with mango-melon slaw and blue crab fritters. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT
209 Bourbon St., 525-2021;
www.galatoires.com
The Galatoire Goute is a changing combination of seafood items like shrimp remoulade, crabmeat maison and oysters en brochette. The redfish meuniere is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. Jackets required at dinner and on Sunday. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955
The blackened redfish is served with crawfish sauce or shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce and a side of vegetables and new potatoes. Galley's popular soft-shell crab po-boy is the same one served at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT
914 N. Peters St., 595-3400;
www.galvezrestaurant.com
Spanish meatballs are a mixture of pork and beef cooked in tomato sauce and topped with manchego cheese. Seafood paella is Spanish arborio rice seasoned with saffron and loaded with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, calamari and seasonal fish. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GAMBINO' S BAKERY
300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600;
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500;
www.gambinos.com
The popular doberge cake features layers of custard in flavors like chocolate, lemon and caramel. The Metairie location serves a muffuletta made on homemade bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114;
www.gattusosdeli.com
The sloppy roast beef po-boy is made with slow-cooked beef and brown gravy and dressed to order. Grandma's spaghetti and meatballs include hand-rolled meatballs, red sauce, pasta, French bread and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAUTREAU'S RESTAURANT
1728 Soniat St., 899-7397;
www.gautreaurestaurant.com
The duck confit is served with a salad of arugula, peaches, candied pecans and sherry vinaigrette. Roasted chicken comes with garlic mashed potatoes, wild mushrooms and haricots vert. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GAZEBO CAFE
1018 Decatur St., 525-8899;
www.gazebocafenola.com
The appetizer sampler includes popcorn shrimp, popcorn crawfish and gator bites served with spicy cocktail sauce. The ice cream daiquiris come in flavors like mudslide, strawberry banana and pina colada. Reservations accepted. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342;
www.georgesmexicanrestaurant.com
The chicken fajitas feature broiled chicken brought sizzling to the table with guacamole, pico de gallo and flour tortillas. The tacos a la Mexicana are cuts of char-broiled meat topped with avocado and crisp onions, served with Mexican rice and refried beans. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S VILLA VANCHERI
2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985)624-2597;
www.giosvillavancheri.com
The popular orecchio di elefante is a veal chop pounded thin in the shape of an elephant ear and served with pasta and salad. The osso buco Milanese is veal shank braised in red sauce and served with rice or pasta and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT
741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593;
www.giorlandos.com
Mama G's eggplant features lightly fried eggplant slices over angel hair pasta with shrimp au gratin sauce. Grilled chicken is served with a side of tomato-basil pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE
821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985)
674-4329;
www.goodearthmarket.net
The Ferdi po-boy is packed with grilled ham, turkey, roast beef and Swiss cheese. The shrimp remoulade wrap bundles grilled shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and remoulade sauce in a whole wheat wrap. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GORDON BIERSCH
200 Poydras St., 552-2739;
www.gordonbiersch.com
The barbecued salmon is brushed with Asian barbecue sauce and served with grilled balsamic-brushed red onion, spinach and sweet ginger rice. Teriyaki flatiron steak is served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE
3100 Magazine St., 373-6579;
www.gottgourmetcafe.com
Order a three-egg crabmeat and Brie omelet filled with St. Andrew triple-cream Brie, lump crabmeat and asparagus, topped with lobster cognac cream. The Gott salad rests panko-crusted fried Brie over organic baby greens with candied pecans, berries, grape tomatoes and raspberry vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT
575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530;
www.grandislerestaurant.com
The shrimp caminada po-boy features shrimp sauteed in spicy citrus chile butter topped with Asian slaw and fresh herbs. The baked escolar is topped with compound chile butter and served with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE GREEN GODDESS
307 Exchange Alley, 301-3347;
www.greengoddessnola.com
The mofongo de camarones is a grilled mashed plantain cake with sauteed honey-lime shrimp, topped with bacon and tequila crema. The Louisiana bangers and mash has Marciante's duck sausage, mashed sweet potatoes, orange and roasted garlic, and is finished with Steen's cane syrup. No reservations. Lunch and brunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Jodee Pierce dresses a po-boy at Short Stop Po-Boys. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

GREEN TEA
1116 Louisiana Ave., 899-8005;
www.greenteano.com
The garlic chicken is sauteed with mixed vegetables in spicy garlic sauce. The General Tso's chicken is breaded and fried and served with a sweet and spicy glaze. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE GRILL ROOM AT THE WINDSOR COURT
300 Gravier St., 522-1994;
www.grillroomneworleans.com
The basil-fed snails are served with Parmesan gnocchi in garlic herb butter. The butter-poached Maine lobster comes with fried jasmine rice, wilted romaine and coconut vanilla reduction. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY
2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524;
www.thegroceryneworleans.com
The Cuban is a pressed sandwich on French bread with ham, Swiss cheese, Creole mustard and roasted pork. The pressed muffuletta is ham, salami, provolone and Swiss cheese topped with house-made olive salad and heated on French bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I RESTAURANT
11 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 367-9512;
1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060;
3124 David Drive, Metairie, 887-9449;
www.groundpati.com
The Ground Pat'i burger is a half-pound char-broiled patty topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions and served with fries. The full rack of ribs comes with Texas toast, coleslaw, baked beans, salad and a choice of sweet potatoes, a vegetable or a loaded baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY'S GROCERY
3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390
The hot tamale sandwich is served on French bread and topped with chili and cheese. The hamburgers are made with two fresh patties and a choice of cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GUMBO SHOP
630 St. Peter St., 525-1486;
www.gumboshop.com
Chicken Espagnole features a half chicken simmered in brown sauce with mushrooms, shallots, wine and garlic, served over rice. Spicy crawfish etouffee is served over rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUSTO
The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, 581-5400;
www.thetheatres.com
The chef's platter comes with zucchini agrodolce, marinated olives, hummus, tzatziki and herbed feta. The Spanish muffuletta is made with serrano ham, chorizo and manchego cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS
Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566;
Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., 378-2624;
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., phone n.a.;
www.haagen-dazs.com
Dazzler frozen desserts layer three scoops of ice cream and three toppings. The brownies a la mode sundae is topped with hot fudge and caramel. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
8116 Hampson St., 865-1634
The tuna tataki presents seared rare tuna with vinaigrette, tobiko and vegetables. The escolar special roll is crawfish wrapped with seared white tuna, green onions and fish roe, topped with eel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR
218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377;
www.handsomewillys.com
Thursday's $1 tacos come with toppings like pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce and Mexican slaw. Wednesday's steak night offers a 12-oz. rib-eye with a loaded baked potato. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL
3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111
The Harbor burger is a 12-oz. patty topped with shredded cheddar. The blackened tuna steak is served with French-style green beans and red new potatoes. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARBOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR
3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454;
www.fishermanscoveseafood.com
The eggplant pirogue is a fried half eggplant stuffed with eggplant-crabmeat dressing and topped with crawfish cream sauce. The blackened redfish is served with Cajun potatoes, corn on the cob, bread and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFE
418 N. Peters St., 529-5617;
www.hardrock.com
The Legendary burger is a 10-oz. patty topped with bacon, cheddar, an onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles. The "twisted mac, chicken and cheese" features a grilled chicken breast over corkscrew pasta tossed in three-cheese sauce with garlic, roasted red peppers and Romano-parsley breadcrumbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT
701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114;
www.herbsaint.com
The house-made spaghetti is served with guanciale and a poached farm egg. The grilled top-cut rib-eye is sprinkled with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil and served with french fries. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HERITAGE GRILL BY RALPH BRENNAN
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 934-4900;
www.heritagegrillmetairie.com
"Not your mom's chicken and dumplings" combines roasted chicken, onions, carrots, wild mushrooms, herbed sauce and house-made parsley dumplings. Blackened redfish is served with chilled corn and Anaheim pepper salad, grilled asparagus and lemon-shallot vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

HEY! CAFE
4332 Magazine St., 891-8682;
www.heycafe.biz
Order a bagel with lox, dill and cream cheese. Homemade hummus is a tasty vegan option. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL
1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033;
www.hickorycafe.com
The focaccia burger is a patty topped with pepper Jack cheese, bacon, baby spinach, roasted peppers and basil mayo on focaccia bread. The Cuban sandwich combines garlic and peppercorn pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Creole mayonnaise. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q
208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508;
www.hillbillybbq.com
The smoked chicken salad is slow-smoked chicken blended with green onions and Cajun seasonings and served with crackers. The thick pork chops are marinated overnight, slow-smoked and served with green beans and mac and cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HOA HONG/9 ROSES
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665 The hot-and-sour fish is catfish served with tomatoes, pineapple and okra in a tangy broth. The marinated sliced beef is grilled at your table and served with fresh lettuce, herbs, pickled carrots, and rice papers for wrapping. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOBNOBBER CAFE
5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448;
www.hobnobbercafe.com
The crawfish and corn bisque is a popular starter. The catfish fillet is topped with creamy crawfish sauce and served over pasta with salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

HORINOYA
920 Poydras St., 561-8914
The seafood salad combines seared tuna, salmon, white fish and crawfish with cucumber, avocado and baby radish in house dressing. The bluefin toro, or fatty tuna, is a Japanese delicacy served as sashimi or in sushi. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOSHUN RESTAURANT
1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716;
www.hoshunrestaurant.com
Crispy duck is sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and topped with plum sauce. Cajun egg rolls are filled with crawfish, shrimp and oysters. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSE OF BLUES
225 Decatur St., 310-4999;
www.houseofblues.com
The voodoo shrimp features peeled shrimp in Abita beer reduction with cornbread and rosemary. The Elwood blackened chickened sandwich is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and jalapeno sour cream dressing and is served with french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT
1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578;
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301;
www.hillstone.com
The grilled chicken salad features mixed greens, honey-lime vinaigrette and Thai peanut sauce. The prime rib is slow-roasted on the bone and served au jus with a choice of vegetable. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

HUEVOS COFFEE & BREAKFAST
4408 Banks St., 482-6264;
www.crescentpieandsausage.com
Pulled pork tamales are topped with poached eggs, ancho chile and salsa verde. The daily special omelet features produce from Hollygrove Market and Farm. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

HUEY P'S PIZZERIA
139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 366-1818
The Who Dat pie is homemade dough topped with ground beef, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoncini, cheddar and mozzarella. The bruschetta is topped with diced tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IHOP
151 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177;
833 Canal St., 593-0440;
3400 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 212-3280;
12150 I-10 Service Road, 244-0013;
www.ihop.com
The Breakfast Sampler includes two eggs, two bacon strips, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. The grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open
24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IGNATIUS EATERY
4200 Magazine St., 896-2225Shrimp Creole features Gulf shrimp stewed in Creole red gravy and fresh vegetables served with rice. The muffuletta salad features baby greens topped with julienne prosciutto, mortadella, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and homemade croutons, crowned with olive salad and Parmesan cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR
4437 Magazine St., 891-6105
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and hot sauce and served with fries or onion rings. The jalapeno poppers are cheese-stuffed peppers battered and fried. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM
2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty mixed with a special blend of spices and topped with hot sauce. Get shoestring cheese fries topped with American cheese. No reservations. Open
24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE
4607 Dryades St., 895-2620;
www.ilpostocafe-nola.com
The prosciutto panino features house-made basil pesto, creamy mozzarella and prosciutto on ciabatta. The Adventure grilled cheese sandwich combines Gorgonzola, honey and walnuts on multi-grain bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT
3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545;
www.impastatos.com
The soft shell Marcello features two large crabs topped with crabmeat and crawfish in lemon butter sauce. The fettuccine Alfredo tops house-made noodles with Parmesan, cream, butter and cracked black pepper. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IMPERIAL GARDEN
3331 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-5691
The Four Seasons combines shrimp, roasted pork, chicken, beef and Chinese vegetables. The "aromatic" shrimp are sauteed with sweet peppers, mushrooms and broccoli in the chef's special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

INDIA 4 U
1703 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-5657;
www.indiafood4u.com
Goat korma is simmered with yogurt and cream and served with cashew paste. The tandoori chicken features breasts and legs marinated overnight in yogurt and cooked with spices in a clay oven. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

IRENE'S CUISINE
539 St. Philip St., 529-8811
Signature baked oysters Irene are topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta. The lamb a la Provence features seared chops with rosemary-wine demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS
321 N. Peters St., 299-3944;
www.irisneworleans.com
The Buratta mozzarella crostini comes with hothouse tomato, baby greens and aged balsamic. Flounder is served with fava beans, red potato, snow peas, kohlrabi salad and shiitake mushroom vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA
1331 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985)809-1900;
2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985)674-5700;
70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985)875-7620;
www.isabellaspizzeria.net
Isabella's Four Seasons pizza is divided into quarters, each topped with different sauces and ingredients. The Mediterranean shrimp pasta features shrimp, onion, garlic, parsley, Parmesan and feta cheeses over spaghetti with a dash of lemon and olive oil on top. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

ITALIAN BARREL
430 Barracks St., 569-0198;
www.italianbarrel.com
The porcini and truffle ravioli are served with creamy white wine sauce and a drizzle of truffled olive oil. The Italian-style osso buco features a 16-oz. veal shank oven-baked with red sauce and served over polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ITALIAN PIE
Citywide;
www.italianpie.com
Spinach and artichoke pizza is topped with fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, mozzarella and garlic sauce. The Mediterranean pie features artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

IZZO'S ILLEGAL BURRITO
4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-5505;
70488 Hwy. 21, Suite. 100, Covington, (985)327-5114;
www.izzos.com
The "illegal burrito" is made with two 13-inch flour tortillas packed with rice, beans and toppings. The grilled tacos are two corn tortillas melted together with cheese, then topped with more cheese and a choice of toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

J'ANITA'S AT THE RENDON INN
4501 Eve St., 826-5605
The St. Chuck duck sandwich combines Cabernet-simmered duck, cheddar and blue cheeses, Granny Smith apples and currant tapenade. The over-the-top "quintuple bypass nachos" are topped with your choice of proteins: pork, brisket, bacon, chicken, crawfish or duck. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

JACK DEMPSEY'S
738 Poland Ave., 943-9914;
www.jackdempseysllc.com
The broiled redfish is topped with your choice of crawfish Monica or crabmeat. The hefty J.D. seafood platter for two includes fried shrimp, oysters, gumbo, catfish and redfish, crab balls and crawfish pies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JACKSON RESTAURANT
1910 Magazine St., 522-5766;
www.jacksonnola.net
The Gorgonzola cheesecake is baked in a cheese cracker crust and topped with toasted walnuts. The baked oysters Jackson are served on the half shell, topped with sauteed shrimp and finished with Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco butter and Parmesan shavings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JACMEL INN
903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985)542-0043;
www.jacmelinn.com
The Angels on Horseback appetizer features oysters wrapped in smoked bacon with sweet anise. The house-cured pork entree is served with sweet corn polenta and smoked andouille-pork glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE
8324 Oak St., 861-0886;
www.jacquesimoscafe.com
Godzilla is a fried soft-shell crab mounted on top of fried green tomatoes and eggplant, served with remoulade. The carpetbagger steak is a 10-oz. filet topped with poached oysters and tasso hollandaise. Reservations required for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAEGER' S SEAFOOD AND BEER GARDEN
901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 818-2200;
www.jaegersseafood.com
Raw oysters are a favorite at Jaeger's. The King's platter features Dungeness crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp, potatoes, corn, butter sauce and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP
833 Conti St., 525-9200;
www.jager-haus.com
The Jager schnitzel is a veal cutlet sauteed in mushroom cream sauce and served with spaetzle. The Munich plate is a sampler of sausages, German meatloaf, veal schnitzel and traditional German side dishes like potato salad and sauerkraut. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING
612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882
Jam's popular roast beef po-boy is made with slow-cooked beef. The all-you-can-eat catfish special is offered from
2 p.m. to closing. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Wed.-Sun., lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE
7808 Maple St., 866-4366
Tagine of lamb is baked in terra cotta dishes and served with saffron basmati rice. The whole red snapper with garlic and onion chutney is served over vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT
4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748
Jan's dark roux gumbo packs spicy heat. The hamburger steak is served with homemade gravy and mushrooms and onions are optional toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT
27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201 Crabmeat Ponchartrain is a crab in a casserole dish stuffed with lump crabmeat and shrimp. Catfish Michelle's is fried catfish in a creamy crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

JAZMINE CAFE
614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301;
www.jazminecafe.com
Vietnamese shrimp salad is served with a side of fish sauce vinaigrette. Baked Sesame plate features grilled sirloin steak cubes served with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, pickles and a side of rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

JIGGERS BAR & GRILL
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555
Choose the 8-oz. grilled hamburger, or hot and spicy buffalo fried chicken sandwich topped with blue cheese. Both come with choice of fries, onion rings or sweet potato fries. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Diners head to the Beachcorner Bar & Grill for burgers. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE
1104 Decatur St., 592-2565;
www.margaritavilleneworleans.com
Volcano nachos are topped with chili, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, tomatoes and scallions, and grilled chicken or beef are optional additions. Jimmy's Jammin' Jambalaya is loaded with shrimp, chicken, turkey and andouille sausage and served with French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner, and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

JOE SEPIE' S CAFE
4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613
Order classic crawfish etouffee. Veal Parmesan is served with salad. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Fri., early dinner Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOEY K'S
3001 Magazine St., 891-0997;
www.joeyksrestaurant.com
Joey K's fried catfish platter is all-you-can-eat. Shrimp Magazine features lightly floured, pan-fried shrimp sauteed with garlic, artichoke hearts, ham and green onion, served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JOHNNY & JOYCE'S SEAFOOD
1461 N. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985)727-7727The seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, fish and soft-shell crabs. Seafood gumbo is filled with shrimp, crab and okra. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS
511 St. Louis St., 524-8129;
www.johnnyspoboy.com
The fried chicken plate is served with baked macaroni, green beans, salad and bread. The seafood muffuletta includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

JOHNNY TRAUTH' S SEAFOOD BISTRO
2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808
Broiled crabmeat-stuffed catfish is served with potatoes and salad. Jumbo lump crabmeat au gratin comes with garlic rounds and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE JOINT
801 Poland Ave., 949-3232;
www.alwayssmokin.com
The pulled pork sandwich is topped with coleslaw and comes with one side. The W special rounds up pork, brisket, ribs and a side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
2018 Magazine St., 569-0000;
4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950;
www.juansflyingburrito.com
The Flying Burrito is loaded with steak, Gulf shrimp, chicken, cheese, black beans, yellow rice, salsa, guacamole and sour cream in a grilled tortilla. The vegetarian Super Green burrito combines grilled spinach, peppers, onions, broccoli and mushrooms with green chili, avocado, jalapeno and salsa in a warm spinach tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE JUJU BAG CAFE
5363 Franklin Ave., 872-0969;
wwwthejujubag.com
The grilled salmon salad is grilled wild Alaskan salmon topped with grilled mushrooms and onions served on a bed of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and avocado with raspberry walnut balsamic vinaigrette. The Ju Ju Burger is a grilled turkey burger dressed with shredded lettuce, onion, tomato, black olives, sauteed mushrooms, Dijon mustard and mayo. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Fri., late-night Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFE & BAR
2483 Royal St., 944-6666;
www.schiroscafe.com
Saag Paneer is sauteed spinach with paneer cheese and vindaloo sauce and comes with naan, basmati rice and papadam chips. The New Orleans-style seafood combo is filled with shrimp, catfish and oysters, topped with a scoop of potato salad, and served with hush puppies and bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON
3009 Magazine St., 891-8280;
www.jungsgoldendragon2.com
Pork and vegetables fill homemade dumplings served with vinegar or pepper sauce or hot chile oil. Hunan spicy crispy fish comes with rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNIPER RESTAURANT
301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330;
www.juniperrestaurant.net
The seafood bouillabaisse contains shrimp, scallops, clams and fresh Gulf fish simmered in saffron Creole sauce. Braised pork shank osso buco is served with oyster-andouille dressing and Jack Daniel's cane syrup. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN
416 Chartres St., 596-2530;
www.kpauls.com
Blackened drum comes with jalapeno and cheese muffins. Pork osso buco is served with rice and gravy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP
2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911;
www.kysoldetowne.com
The fried seafood platter combines shrimp, catfish and oysters with hush puppies and two sides. Order the grilled Gulf fish of the day, served with two sides. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. Checks. $

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR
3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730Sauteed calamari is served with portobello mushroom. Get a special roll filled with salmon, mango and cucumber. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KATIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR
3701 Iberville St., 488-6582;
www.katiesinmidcity.com
Katie's "barge" is a French loaf stuffed with oysters, shrimp and catfish. Boudreaux Pizza features cochon de lait, roasted garlic, fresh spinach, scallions and garlic-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE
165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985)n845-9940;
www.keithyoungs.net
Order two fried soft-shell crabs topped with shrimp bechamel sauce served with green beans and salad. The 14-oz. filet mignon is served with a baked potato and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

KENNER SEAFOOD
3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701;
www.kennerseafood.net
The soft-shell crab Marie features fried soft shells served over angel hair pasta with crabmeat cream sauce. Barbecue shrimp are served with corn grits. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KIM SON
349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489;
www.kimsonnola.com
Imperial Seven is a beef tasting menu with seven different beef preparations and enough food for two. Fresh Gulf fish comes with black bean sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KINGFISH GRILLE
500 Lafayette St., Gretna, 309-0680
The Kentucky hot brown is an open-face turkey sandwich with hot Mornay sauce. The Velvet Elvis burger patty comes between a pair of grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KJEAN SEAFOOD
236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503
Fried soft-shell crabs come on a plate or in a po-boy. Seafood gumbo is served with potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KOREA HOUSE
3547 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654The seafood pancake is garnished with green onions. Marinated beef is served with vegetables and rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY
3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010;
www.koshercajun.com
The J&N sandwich combines hot corned beef and pastrami on New York rye with mustard, horseradish, coleslaw and a pickle on the side. The jambalaya features kosher sausage and chicken. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards and checks. $

KOZ'S
515 Harrison Ave., 484-0841;
6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933;
www.kozcooks.com
Roast beef debris is served in a po-boy. Thursday's special is meatballs with pasta and red sauce. No reservations. Harrison Avenue: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Wilson Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

KRYSTAL
116 Bourbon St., 523-4030;
www.krystal.com
Krystal's grilled beef burger comes dressed with tomatoes, mustard and a dill pickle on a square bun. Hot dogs come smothered in chili and cheese. No reservations. Open
24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

KUPCAKE FACTORY
800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 267-4990;
819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-8884;
6233 S. Claiborne Ave., 267-3328;
www.thekupcakefactory.com
The Fat Elvis cupcake is a banana cake topped with peanut butter frosting. The Strawberry Fields tops strawberry cake with strawberry butter cream frosting. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

KYOTO
4920 Prytania St., 891-3644;
www.kyotonola.com
The poke salad combines raw tuna and avocado. The Sara roll bundles spicy shrimp and avocado with fried crunchies and chile sauce on top. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BAYOU RESTAURANT
208 Bourbon St., 525-4755;
www.labayourestaurant.com
Shrimp ya ya features sauteed Gulf shrimp in Cajun pesto cream sauce with garlic dipping toast. The shrimp and grits Napoleon is a tower of fried green tomatoes stacked on creamy grits with Gulf shrimp and cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LA BELLA'S
2118 Third St., Kenner, 466-4675;
www.labellascatering.com
The toasted muffuletta is loaded with Genoa salami, Chisesi ham, provolone, mozzarella and homemade olive salad. For its roast beef po-boy, large inside rounds of beef are slow cooked and served with brown gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA BOCA
857 Fulton St., 525-8205;
www.labocasteaks.com
The grilled 14-oz. outside skirt steak is one of the a la carte cuts offered by the Argentine steak house. Gnocchi La Boca features potato dumplings with pancetta, peas and cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOULANGERIE
4600 Magazine St., 269-3777
The jambon-beurre baguette sandwich combines ham, Swiss, butter and pickles. Flaky, buttery croissants are made with fruit, chocolate or almonds. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LA CARRETA
107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985)651-9991;
108 NW Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985)419-9990;
1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985)624-2990;
www.carretarestaurant.com
The fajita platter features a choice of grilled shrimp, steak or chicken with onions, peppers, tomatoes, beans, guacamole, sour cream and tortillas. Ceviche al oregano is lime-marinated mahi-mahi with avocado served on a crisp tostada. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA COTE BRASSERIE
700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350;
www.lacotebrasserie.com
Salmon is glazed with Tabasco and Steen's cane syrup and served with roasted mirliton and shrimp ragout. Alligator croquettes are tempura battered and served with a sweet and spicy glaze. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA CREPE NANOU
1410 Robert St., 899-2670;
www.lacrepenanou.com
Moules marinieres are steamed mussels served with white wine cream sauce and pommes frites. Whole grilled fish is topped with lemon beurre blanc and green onions. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
621 St. Peter St., 302-2692;
3005 Magazine St., 342-2634;
Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, 258-2115;
www.ladivinagelateria.com
A muffalino features muffuletta fillings on pressed ciabatta. Creme brulee is creamy custard topped with burnt sugar. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA DOLCE NOLA SNACKERY AND GELATERIA
200 Metairie Road, Metairie, Suite 100, 832-1122;
www.ladolcenola.com
The blueberry-basil sorbetto is made with fresh berries. The bread pudding gelati is infused with white chocolate. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA & LATIN CAFE
8120 Hampson St., 862-5252Guacamole is made with organic avocados and served with house-made tortilla chips. Carne asada is char-grilled beef tenderloin served with saffron rice, tropical salad, sweet fried plantains, refried black beans and garlic toast. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Checks. $$

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662;
5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite
2000, Harahan, 818-2450;
3300 Severn Ave., Suite
201, Metairie, 456-1624;
3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985)626-7004;
www.lamadeleine.com
The chicken Parisian sandwich combines bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and mayo and is served with chips, pasta or a Caesar salad. Chicken pesto bowtie pasta is topped with tomato, Parmesan cheese and pesto cream sauce and served with a breadstick. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT
1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460
The Kathryn burger is topped with grilled ham, Swiss and grilled onions and served with fries. The shrimp and oyster platter comes with catfish fillets, deviled crab, and a baked potato or french fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Open
24 hours Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY
4238 Magazine St., 891-3377;
www.lapetitegrocery.com
Blue crab beignets are drizzled with spicy remoulade. The market fish courtboullion is made with blue crab and served with Louisiana popcorn rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA PROVENCE
25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985)626-7662;
www.laprovencerestaurant.com
The ravioli are filled with slow-cooked rabbit and served with English peas, pecans and braised spring onions. Slow-cooked neck of Mangalitsa pork comes with house-made pasta and smoked tomatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN
4938 Prytania St., 899-8886;
www.lathaiuptown.com
The crab three-ways is a soft-shell crab perched on a crab cake with jumbo lump crabmeat, sweet chile soy glaze and steamed vegetables. Pecan-crusted redfish is also topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon-garlic sauce and served with spinach. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923;
www.draftfreak.com
The Southwestern wrap fills a tortilla with either chicken or chopped steak and cheddar, black beans, roasted red peppers, onions, rice, salsa and sour cream. The delirium mushroom Jack burger is topped with mushrooms and Jack cheese and comes with a side. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE LAKEHOUSE
2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985)626-3006;
www.lakehousecuisine.com
Barbecue shrimp are served over Parmesan polenta. Seared Gulf shrimp and crab ravioli are served with pine nuts, baby spinach and truffle jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE
5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001;
www.lakeviewbrew.com
The roasted vegetable sandwich combines peppers, zucchini, squash, baby spinach, red onions, mushrooms and feta and Romano cheeses. The avocado salad features organic spring mix topped with sliced avocado, Mandarin orange slices, walnuts, crumbled blue cheese and red onions tossed in house-made mango vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $ 

LAKEVIEW DELI & CATERING
872 Harrison Ave., 304-8501;
www.lakeviewdelicatessen.com
Roast beef is cooked in-house and drizzled with gravy when served in a po-boy. Fried chicken tenders star in a po-boy dressed with honey mustard and mayo. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW GROCERY
801 Harrison Ave., 293-1201;
www.lakeviewgrocery.com
Debris fries are covered in cheese, roast beef debris, sour cream and green onions. Fried chicken comes with two sides. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887;
www.lakeview-harbor.com
The bacon cheeseburger is served with a loaded baked potato. The steak sandwich is topped with mushrooms and cheese and served with a choice of side item. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S
400 N. Peters St., 558-0038;
8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010;
www.landrysseafood.com
Barbecue shrimp are sauteed in Cajun butter sauce and served on a toasted baguette. Fried green tomatoes are topped with crawfish, andouille and corn pico de gallo. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S
800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682;
1330 Arabella St., 899-9283;
www.langensteins.com
Gulf shrimp take a dip in creamy Brie soup. The "better cheddar" combines garlic, herbs and spices into double-stuffed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY
5433 Laurel St., 897-0576;
www.laurelstreetbakery.com
Start the day with scrambled eggs, cheese and ham or bacon on a croissant or house-made bagel. Homemade cinnamon rolls also are popular. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LAZARO'S PIZZA & POBOYS
4413 Banks St., 483-8609;
www.lazaropizza.com
Get wings with ranch, blue cheese or honey-mustard dipping sauce. The T-Bird pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, herb-roasted chicken, roasted red peppers and asparagus. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE CITRON BISTRO
1539 Religious St., 566-9051;
www.le-citronbistro.com
Soft-shell crab is drizzled with hollandaise and served with jambalaya. The fried green tomato frittata is topped with a poached egg. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE FORET
129 Camp St., 553-6738;
www.leforetneworleans.com
Moulard duckling comes with potato gnocchi, baby radishes, squash and foie gras. Sauteed wild Alaskan halibut is served with crabmeat, roasted fingerling potatoes, kale and sultana lemon beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Anthony Spizale is the new chef at Upperline Restaurant. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

LE MERITAGE
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800;
www.lemeritagerestaurant.com
The tuna tartare Napoleon features layers of rare tuna, guacamole and corn on top of a tortilla. Lobster ravioli is served with asparagus, peas, tomato and corn. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LEBANON'S CAFE
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200;
www.lebanonscafe.com
Grilled rosemary lamb chops are served with hummus and salad. Chicken shawarma comes with hummus and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA
709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986;
www.leonardonola.com
Fettuccine frutti di mare combines shrimp, mussels, calamari and the fish of the day, and comes with marinara sauce. Briante pizza is topped with mozzarella, sausage, ricotta and roasted red peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE
The Whitney Wyndham Hotel, 610 Poydras St., 212-5656;
1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997
Trout Baquet is topped with lump crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Shrimp grillades come over cheesy grits. Reservations accepted. Poydras Street: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Esplanade Avenue: Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN
422 1/2 S. Broad St., 822-4011;
www.libertyskitchen.org
The Cobb salad tops chopped romaine lettuce with blackened shrimp, smoked sausage, avocado, tomato, pickled onions, egg and blue cheese dressing. House-made black bean burgers are topped with white cheddar, guacamole, lettuce and tomato on a Kaiser roll. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT
321 Magazine St., 581-9680;
www.liboriocuban.com
Seafood paella combines fish, shrimp and chicken in saffron rice. Bistec Cubana is thinly cut steak seasoned with garlic, lime and herbs and served with onions, parsley, sweet plantains, black beans and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LILETTE RESTAURANT
3637 Magazine St., 895-1636;
www.liletterestaurant.com
Paneed black drum comes with Israeli couscous, leeks, tomatoes and verjuice mussel butter. Grilled hanger steak is served with fries and marrowed bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LITTLE TOKYO
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985)727-1532;
www.littletokyosushi.com
The Burning Man roll has spicy crunchy tuna inside and pepper tuna and avocado on the outside. The Mack Attack roll combines snow crab, eel, coconut shrimp and pepper tuna in rice paper. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658;
1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788;
www.littletokyonola.com
Spicy chopped tuna tartare is served with wonton chips. The Tunami roll combines spicy tuna, crawfish and snow crab on the inside, with tuna, salmon, yellowtail and avocado on top ($3 of each Tunami roll sold goes to Japanese disaster relief). Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-6088;
www.littletokyonola.com
The beef bowl combines thin-sliced beef and onions cooked in soy and served over rice. Cold ramen features egg noodles and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK
1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888;
www.liuzzabythetrack.com
"Breathtaking roast beef" dripping with gravy fills a po-boy. Barbecue shrimp also are served in po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
3636 Bienville St., 482-9120;
www.liuzzas.com
The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta served on French bread. The fried seafood platter combines catfish, oysters, shrimp and a couple of side items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR & GRILL
200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902;
www.livebaitnola.com
Fish and shrimp tacos are topped with house-made pico de gallo and Cajun mayonnaise and come with chips and salsa. The Bucktown seafood platter combines shrimp, oysters, catfish, soft-shell crabs, fries and Texas toast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOLA
517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985)892-4992;
www.lolacovington.com
Grilled hanger steak is served with creamed collards, house-cut fries and roasted garlic demi-glace. Risotto with black truffles and prosciutto is topped with a poached yard egg and served with smothered greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946;
www.lolasneworleans.com
Pisto is a portobello mushroom stuffed with eggplant, peppers and tomatoes, and served with black beans and asparagus. Roast duck breast comes with fig sauce, mashed potatoes and asparagus. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985)875-1100;
www.longhornsteakhouse.com
Grilled rainbow trout comes with shrimp, lobster meat, bacon and roasted corn. The bacon-wrapped, crab-stuffed filet is topped with spinach and creamy herb and cheese sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY
1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101;
www.louieandtheredheadlady.com
The grits and grillades features sauteed veal over grits and marchands de vin sauce. Oysters La Louisiane are flash fried and served on the half shell topped with garlic aioli. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash and checks. $

LOUISIANA BISTRO
337 Dauphine St., 525-3335;
www.louisianabistro.net
The Creole surf and turf features crawfish scampi over roasted prime filet mignon. Seafood court-bouillon is a traditional Creole stew with tomatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
 95 French Market Place, 522-9500;
www.louisianapizzakitchen.com
 Smoked salmon pizza comes with Roma tomatoes, capers, red onions, mozzarella, cream cheese and caviar. Bone-in center-cut pork chops are stuffed with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach, and served over pasta tossed with pine nut pesto. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN
615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900;
www.lpkuptown.com
For an appetizer, pesto gnocchi are sauteed with pesto, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes and topped with basil and Parmesan cheese. Rosemary chicken tortellini combines marinated chicken breast, portobello mushrooms and roasted red peppers in cream sauce and serves them over tortellini with Parmesan on top. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE LUCKY LADLE
1906 Magazine St., 304-6090
The "eggcellent" breakfast combines three eggs any style with bacon or sausage, home fries or grits and choice of toast. The Ponchatoula sandwich combines turkey, Swiss cheese, strawberries, avocado, spinach and mayo on sourdough bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995;
www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/neworleans
The Juicy Lucy hamburger comes with a choice of cheeses and fries or a salad. Serious nachos are topped with queso, chicken, steak, jalapenos, sour cream and avocado. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUKE RESTAURANT
333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840;
www.lukeneworleans.com
Louisiana jumbo shrimp "en cocotte" is served over creamy white corn grits with andouille sausage and peppers. Luke's signature burger stacks a fat patty with Allan Benton bacon, Emmentaler cheese and Creole tomatoes on an onion Kaiser roll. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

M BISTRO
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331;
www.ritzcarlton.com
Northshore mushroom gumbo is made with duck meat. Blackened redfish is served with saffron crab risotto, asparagus and blue corn bisque. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

M'S COFFEE CAFE
322 Lafayette St., 592-8244;
www.mcoffeecafe.com
The hot breakfast panino features sausage, eggs, bacon and provolone. The roast beef po-boy is served hot. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP
2368 Magazine St., 522-3107
The veal Parmesan po-boy tops fried veal cutlets with red sauce, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato and is served with fried okra. The fried oyster salad tops a bed of romaine lettuce and tomatoes with fried Louisiana oysters and remoulade sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAGNOLIA GRILL
1122 Decatur St., 566-6003
The seafood platter contains shrimp, calamari, catfish, oysters and a crab cake. Magnolia Grill Cajun pasta has crawfish, chicken and tasso sauteed with cream sauce and served over penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP
3454 Magazine St., 899-3374;
www.mahonyspoboys.com
The fried chicken liver po-boy is dressed with Creole coleslaw. Fried green tomatoes with grilled shrimp and remoulade fill another po-boy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT
3800 Canal St., 482-9179;
Azalea Shopping Center, 4240 Hwy. 22, Suite 1, Mandeville, (985)674-9883;
www.mandinasrestaurant.com
Traditional turtle soup is made with sherry. Fried trout meuniere is topped with brown butter-lemon sauce and comes with potatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MANO'S PO-BOYS
6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922
The Saints special is a breakfast sandwich with two eggs, cheese and ham, bacon or sausage on any type of bread or biscuit. Friday's seafood platter combines fried fish, shrimp, oysters, a crab burger and fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE
7623 Maple St., 314-9003;
www.maplestreetcafenola.com
Veal shank osso buco is served with angel hair pasta and vegetables. Pepper-crusted duck breast is topped with blueberry cognac sauce and served with potatoes and other vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MAPLE STREET PATISSERIE
7638 Maple St., 304-1526
The roasted turkey and Havarti sandwich comes on a choice of house-made breads. Chocolate covered eclairs are filled with custard. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite D, Metairie, 887-2167;
www.marbleslab.com
Caramel peanut butter crisp is vanilla ice cream with Butterfinger crumbles, chocolate chips and caramel. The cookie dough drizzle features Oreo crumbles and hot fudge. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARDI GRAS ZONE
2706 Royal St., 947-8787;
www.mardigraszone.com
Shrimp Creole comes over white rice with vegetables. Beef brisket is served with rice or mashed potatoes and vegetables. No reservations. Open
24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY BRASSERIE
640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472;
www.marignybrasserie.com
Garlic shrimp over crawfish pasta Parmesan is topped with cream sauce and served with garlic bread. Shrimp and crab au gratin is served with French bread and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032;
www.marktwainspizza.com
The Innocents Abroad pie is topped with Genoa salami, Italian sausage, tomatoes, artichokes and fresh basil. The Creole pizza has sauteed shrimp, Gulf crab claw meat, andouille and zucchini. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE MARKET CAFE
1000 Decatur St., 527-5000;
www.marketcafenola.com
Muffulettas are filled with ham, mortadella, salami, Swiss and provolone cheeses and olive salad. Crawfish etouffee is served over rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350;
www.martinwine.com
The Sena salad includes mixed greens, roasted chicken breast, golden raisins, toasted pecans and blue cheese tossed with pepper jelly vinaigrette. The Reuben features corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

MARTINIQUE BISTRO
5908 Magazine Street, 891-8495;
www.martiniquebistro.com
Oven-roasted cane syrup-cured duck breast is served with Ponchatoula strawberry port demi-glace and strawberry black peppercorn gastrique. Seared sea scallops feature Champagne-lemongrass beurre blanc, sunflower sprouts and wasabi tobiko. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. $$$

MAT & NADDIE'S
937 Leonidas St., 861-9600;
www.matandnaddies.com
Sockeye salmon choucroute is topped with blood orange beurre blanc, creme fraiche and Louisiana choupique caviar. The French beef stew, pot-au-feu, comes with a matzo ball, carrots, turnips, a crouton and mushroom-cornichon sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Steve Nguyen garnishes a dish at Wasabi at the Lakefront. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

MATTINA BELLA
421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985)892-0708
Lump crab cakes Benedict comes with potatoes or grits. Shrimp are served over mushroom cheese grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526;
4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830;
www.mauricefrenchpastries.com
Maurice's specialty is the kugelhopf, a pound cake made in different flavors. Fruit turnovers are filled with apple, cherry, blueberry or cream cheese. No reservations. Hessmer Avenue: breakfast Mon.-Sat. West Napoleon Avenue: breakfast Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL
1117 Decatur St., 586-8883;
www.maximosgrill.com
Braised veal shank osso buco is finished with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace and served with grilled asparagus and roasted red potatoes. As an appetizer, grilled or seared scallops are served with sweet and spicy chile glaze on a bed of sauteed baby spinach and green pear. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAYAS
2027 Magazine St., 309-3401
The crab, shrimp, avocado and mango stack features layers of jumbo lump crabmeat, chilled shrimp, avocados and jicama-mango salsa with spicy mango sauce, soy sauce, sriracha drizzle and plantain chips on the side. Grilled tuna salad features grilled tuna, avocado, red onion, green onion, toasted sesame seeds and organic mixed greens tossed with Asian dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MCALISTER'S DELI
Citywide;
www.mcalistersdeli.com
The club sandwich comprises layers of ham, turkey, cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss, lettuce, tomato and honey-mustard on toasted wheat bread. The Spud Max potato is loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses, olives, green onions and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MEAUXBAR BISTRO
942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979;
www.meauxbar.com
Crawfish dumplings get a zesty kiss of ginger and are served with sesame-soy dipping sauce. The nicoise salad is topped with seared tuna, tomato concasse, capers, anchovies, fingerling potatoes, haricots vert, a quail egg and basil oil. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR
1211 Village Walk, Covington, (985)893-0406;
4700 Hwy. 22, Suite 11, Mandeville, (985)845-1644;
www.megumirestaurant.net
The Tongue Burner roll has seared tuna, avocado and snow crab inside and spicy tuna, jalapeno, habanero-flavored caviar, white sauce and eel sauce on top. Firecracker shrimp are wrapped in potato strings and served with Japanese spicy mayonnaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MELIUS BAR & CAFE
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446;
www.meliusbarbucktown.com
The patty melt is an 8-oz. burger on Texas toast with melted Swiss and American cheeses and grilled onions. Melius fries are topped with melted Swiss and brown gravy. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri, lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MELLOW MUSHROOM
1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985)327-5407;
www.mellowmushroom.com
 The Cosmic Karma red sauce pizza is topped with spinach, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and pesto. The Bayou Blue features a blue cheese base with shrimp, andouille and garlic. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE MELTING POT
1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225;
www.meltingpot.com
The Queso Fundido is a fondue version of the classic Mexican dish which combines fontina, gruyere and grand queso cheeses, fresh jalapenos, chorizo crumbles and a hint of fresh lime. The Fondue Fusion includes a cold-water lobster tail, filet mignon, chimichurri sirloin, garlic shrimp, mole-marinated chicken breast, citrus-marinated tenderloin and fire-roasted corn and salsa ravioli. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MESON 923
923 S. Peters St., 523-9200;
www.meson923.com
Slow-roasted duck breast is served with fava bean and huitlacoche risotto, corn pudding and guajillo chile duck reduction. Crispy pork belly is served with crawfish, heirloom beans, horchata foam and pot likker. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MI PUEBLITA RESTAURANT
3803 Florida Ave., Kenner, 469-4246
Slow-roasted pork is served with rice, beans, cabbage salad and fried plantains or tortillas. A traditional Honduran dish features sweet plantains stuffed with ground beef, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and red sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MIA'S BALCONY
1622 St. Charles Ave., 301-9570
The alligator pear and crabmeat salad fills an avocado with jumbo lump crabmeat and serves it over spring greens, tomatoes and red onion with balsamic glaze. Veal Oscar features lightly breaded veal topped with crabmeat, served with grilled asparagus, hollandaise and garlic potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

MIDDENDORF'S
30160 Hwy. 51 S., Akers, (985)386-6666;
www.middendorfsrestaurant.com
The catfish dinner includes fried thin catfish fillets, french fries, coleslaw and hush puppies. Whole flounder is broiled and topped with crabmeat and lemon butter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MIKE'S ON THE AVENUE
628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600;
www.mikesontheavenue.com
Sake-soy seared tuna presents ahi tuna over sushi rice with sauteed spinach, marinated cucumber and tomato. Grilled fish tacos are topped with cotija cheese, sesame guacamole, tomato-ginger salsa and chile aioli. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881;
www.mikimotosushi.com
Hawaiian-style poke tuna salad comes on two types of seaweed with squid and cucumber. The white fish carpaccio is complemented with red onions, olive oil, capers, basil, green onions and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MILA
817 Common St., 412-2580
Pan-roasted sweetbreads are served with creamy black truffle grits and sherry bacon jus. Sweet tea-brined rotisserie duck comes with wilted farm greens, roasted beets and date reduction. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MILANO'S PIZZERIA
3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500
Mardi Gras pasta combines Gulf shrimp, diced tomatoes and green onions in spicy bisque cream sauce over linguine. The muffuletta pizza tops a pie with ham, salami, olive salad, mozzarella and tomato sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MILK BAR
1514 Delachaise St., 891-9361
Clooney's Choice sandwich fills La Boulangerie ciabatta bread with grilled chicken, avocado, roasted red peppers, red onion, cilantro and mozzarella. The hand-dipped chocolate milkshake is made with real ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY
 2601 Royal St., 872-9868;
www.myspace.com/mimisinthemarigny
 Hot goat cheese croquettes are served with caramelized onions and drizzled with honey. Calamari with chorizo features sauteed squid with spicy chorizo, garlic, parsley, white wine and cream. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 
10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464;
www.mimisriverridge.com
 Escargot over pasta is served with house-made pappardelle, garlic-parsley butter and lemon zest. Seared veal hanger steak is served with onions and a soft-cooked egg over spaghetti. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO 
201 Royal St., 523-2078;
www.mrbsbistro.com
 Barbecue Gulf shrimp are served in New Orleans-style peppery butter sauce with French bread. The gumbo ya ya is a country-style gumbo made with chicken and andouille sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. GYROS GREEK RESTAURANT
3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-9228
 Order a pita sandwich filled with souvlaki. Mousaka is a lasagna-like dish of layered eggplant and ground beef. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE 
2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697;
www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com
Filetto di manzo is a 6-oz. filet mignon served atop roasted portobello mushrooms and topped with a reduction of Barolo wine and herbs. The Tuscan veal chop is marinated in olive oil, garlic and Tuscan herbs, broiled and served with roasted potatoes and sauteed greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. POOR BOY RESTAURANT
10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170
Grilled or fried catfish is served with Creole eggplant sauce, salad and potato salad or garlic potatoes. The roast beef po-boy features house-made slow-cooked roast beef served with all the fixings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010;
www.mrroosdeli.com
Mr. Roo's muffuletta is filled with Genoa salami, ham, Swiss and provolone cheeses and olive salad. Mr. Roo's special po-boy combines hot roast beef, ham, turkey, pickles, lettuce, tomato and mayo. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE 
1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997;
www.japanesebistro.com
 The scorpion roll features shrimp tempura, cream cheese, cucumbers and jalepeno peppers topped with crab stick and honey-wasabi sauce. The hibachi special combines lobster, filet mignon and shrimp, and comes with clear miso soup, salad, hibachi noodles, fried rice and mixed vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MO'S PIZZA
1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650;
www.mospizza.net
The muffuletta pizza tops an olive oil-brushed crust with Italian cold cuts, cheese and olive salad. The supreme pizza turnover is a calzone filled with sausage, ham, pepperoni, meat sauce, black olives, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOJITO's RUM BAR & GRILL
 437 Esplanade Ave., 252-4800;
www.mojitosnola.com
 Ropa viejo is braised beef flank served with Caribbean rice, black beans and sweet plantains. Caribbean macaroni and cheese pie features long-tube pasta with lobster meat, tomatoes, scallions, garlic and creamy cheese sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE 
1500 Magazine St., 525-2244;
www.myspace.com/mojocoffee
 The specialty sandwich called the Race (named for Race Street) combines ham, turkey and Swiss cheese. The Magazine sandwich layers ham, apple and Brie on a choice of seven-grain, tomato-basil or sourdough bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA LISA RESTAURANT
1212 Royal St., 522-6746 
Mardi Gras linguine features andouille sausage and shrimp in tomato cream sauce. The eggplant Parmesan is paneed eggplant topped with Creole red sauce, provolone, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, served over linguine. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE 
504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115;
1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175;
3901 Banks St., 482-7743;
4126 Magazine St., 894-9800;
www.monascafenola.com
 The shish kebab is a skewer of herb-marinated and grilled lamb and beef. Grape leaves are stuffed with ground beef, lamb, rice and parsley. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

MONDO
900 Harrison Ave., 224-2633;
www.mondoneworleans.com
Slow-roasted pork shoulder is served with black beans, plantains and pico de gallo. The lunch menu includes tacos filled with broiled fish, avocado, jicama slaw and cilantro-lime crema. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS
1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 626-9183
 Get house-cooked roast beef smothered with gravy over a bed of rice. Grilled shrimp are served over rotini with garlic-butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MONTREL'S BISTRO
1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747
Louisiana crab cakes are served with crawfish cream sauce. Bread pudding is topped with rum sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORNING CALL 3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068 The beignets are made from a 140-year-old sourdough recipe and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The limited menu also includes traditional jambalaya. No reservations. Open
24 hours daily. Cash only. $

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
702 Water St., Madisonville, (985)845-4970;
www.mortonsseafood.com
 The seafood platter combines fried Gulf shrimp, a stuffed crab, a soft-shell crab and a baked potato, french fries or salad. Order oysters on the half shell and top them with lemon juice and hot sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE 
1 Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221;
www.mortons.com/neworleans
 Mini crab cake BLT sandwiches are served Sunday through Friday during the "Power Hour" from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the bar. The prime rib cheeseburger is broiled and comes with blue cheese and steak fries. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MOSCA'S4137 Hwy.
90 W., Avondale, 436-9942;
www.moscasrestaurant.com
Oysters Mosca features whole oysters baked with Italian breadcrumbs and seasonings. Chicken a la Grande is chicken sauteed with rosemary, Italian seasonings, whole cloves of garlic and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT 
401 Poydras St., 523-9656;
www.mothersrestaurant.net
 Start the day with grits topped with debris and savory drippings from Mother's house-cooked meats. The seafood platter combines shrimp, oysters, catfish, etouffee and jambalaya. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT
 201 Julia St., 522-1492;
www.mulates.com
Catfish Mulate's tops a grilled catfish fillet with tangy crawfish etouffee and serves it with jambalaya, sauteed vegetables and a twice-baked potato. Catfish Cecilia is a grilled catfish fillet stuffed with crabmeat dressing and served with jambalaya, vegetables and a twice-baked potato. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE
801 Chartres St., 568-1885;
www.muriels.com
The pecan-crusted puppy drum features oven-roasted pecans, Louisiana crawfish relish and lemon-butter sauce. The wood-grilled double-cut pork chop is topped with sugarcane apple glaze and served with pecan sweet potatoes and Southern-style greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

N'TINI'S 
2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985)626-5566;
www.ntinis.com
Pan-roasted tilapia is served with a vegetable medley. The grilled mahi-mahi is topped with lump crabmeat and served with grilled asparagus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188;

3242 Magazine St., 899-0031;
6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 286-1805;
www.nachomamasmexicangrill.com
Mahi-mahi tacos are topped with fresh mango salsa and served with Spanish rice and black beans. The Mexicali wrap bundles spicy fajita shrimp, cucumber slices, red onions, cheese, ranch dressing, romaine lettuce and fresh avocado slices. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAKED PIZZA 
6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244;
701 Metairie Road, 835-0066;
www.nakedpizza.biz
The Super Biotic pizza features Naked Pizza's pro-biotic crust topped with artichoke, spinach, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, onion and cilantro. The Ragin' Cajun is loaded with chicken, sausage, garlic, peppers and onion. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE
500 Chartres St., 524-9752;
www.napoleonhouse.com
The seafood gumbo is filled with shrimp, crab and okra. The muffuletta is heated to melt the cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late night Fri. and Sat. Credit cards. $$

NATHAN'S RESTAURANT
36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985)643-0443;
www.nathansrestaurant.net
Tuesday's Italian night special includes Italian salad and small portions of spinach cannelloni, lasagna and chicken parmigiana. Wednesday's surf-and-turf special includes a
6-oz. steak, a lobster tail and potatoes with bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., Sun. brunch. Credit cards. $$$

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY 
2440 Chartres St., 943-0010;
www.nolacakes.com
The crab sandwich is dressed with spinach, Brie and bacon. Gourmet cupcakes include chocolate mousse, Sazerac and mimosa flavors. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD & SPIRITS
208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985)875-0432;
www.neworleansfoodandspirits.com
Blackened redfish Pontchartrain is topped with crawfish cream sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Voodoo egg rolls are stuffed with crawfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NEW YORK PIZZA
4416 Magazine St., 891-2376;
www.newyorkpizzanola.com
The Queens pizza features spinach, mushrooms, artichoke and feta, and is made with a white sauce. The Big Apple pie is loaded with everything, and anchovies and jalapenos are optional. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEYOW'S CREOLE CAFE
3340 Bienville St., 827-5474
Pasta on the Bayou combines sauteed shrimp and crawfish in cheesy butter cream sauce. Crispy Southern fried chicken is a signature dish. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Maria Delaune and chef Dean Terrebonne of Redemption. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

NINJA SUSHI 
8433 Oak St., 866-1119;
www.ninjasushineworleans.com
The Smokey Bear roll bundles smoked salmon, green onions, cucumber, smelt roe and egg sauce. Japanese mochi ice cream is available in red bean, green tea, cappuccino, mango and strawberry flavors. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE
 4308 Magazine St., 894-9797Murgh sonya is a chicken breast stuffed with nuts, raisins, herbs and farmers' cheese. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NOLA BEANS
762 Harrison Ave., 267-0783;
www.nolabeans.com
The Argonne sandwich fills toasted bread with roasted turkey, sprouts, Havarti cheese, avocado, tomato and a bean spread. The Marconi salad combines romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, Mandarin orange slices, sliced strawberries, toasted almonds and poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NOLA RESTAURANT
 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652;
www.emerils.com
The grilled pork chop is served with brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes, toasted pecans and caramelized onion reduction sauce. The hickory-roasted duck is coated with whiskey-caramel glaze and served with buttermilk cornbread pudding, haricots vert and fire-roasted corn salad, natural jus and candied pecans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NONNA MIA
3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717;
www.nonnamia.net
The Divine Portobello appetizer combines mushrooms, grilled chicken and spinach with creamy, spicy red pepper sauce. Lobster ravioli are served with tangy vodka cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

NONNA'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFFE
2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite 5, Covington, (985) 893-1488;
www.nonnarandazzo.com
This bakery makes its signature cinnamon flavored king cakes year round. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOR-JOE IMPORT COMPANY
505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 833-9240;
www.norjoe.com
Nor-Joe's muffuletta offers a host of imported meats, cheeses, olives and oil. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOSH
219 Dauphine St., 581-6674;
www.noshnola.com
The Reuben combines corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on griddled thick rye bread, served with chips and a pickle spear. The triple-decker club features layers of ham, turkey, roast beef, Swiss and American cheeses, bacon, lettuce, tomato and house-made mayo with chips and a pickle spear on the side. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NUVOLARI'S
246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985)626-5619;
www.nuvolaris.com
Get linguine topped with shrimp, crab and lobster and a choice of marinara or sherry cream sauce. Pork osso buco Milanese is served with wild mushrooms, braising jus, gremolata and creamy Parmesan risotto. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE
2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 391-7229;
www.obriensgrille.com
Seared skin-on snapper is served with brabant new potatoes, grilled asparagus, lump crabmeat and Creole beurre blanc. Marinated rabbit tenderloin is fried and served with sauteed baby spinach, caramelized onions and Creole mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT
131 S.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, (985)

386-4077The grilled double-cut pork chop is served with a crisp potato cake and sauteed spinach. Seared Wisconsin duck breast comes with braised collard greens, baby sweet potatoes and blackberry-cassis reduction. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS 
632 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741;
8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840;
www.ohenrys.com
The filet mignon steak burger features a patty made from ground filet and comes with a choice of three toppings. The Cajun burger is a patty of ground beef and sausage served on a jalapeno-cheddar bun with zydeco sauce and coleslaw. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK 
8118 Oak St., 302-1485;
www.oaknola.com
Gulf shrimp tacos are assembled in corn tortillas and topped with pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFE
8140 Oak St., 866-8710;
www.oakstreetcafe.com
The Florentine scramble mixes three eggs, spinach, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, mozzarella and feta cheeses and is served with grits or potatoes and a biscuit or toast. The crawfish Boudreau Benedict rests poached eggs atop a country biscuit with Roma tomatoes, grilled bell peppers and white onions with hollandaise sauce and Louisiana crawfish tails and is served with grits or smothered potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

OCEANA GRILL
739 Conti St., 525-6002;
www.oceanagrill.com
"Jazzy" crab cakes are topped with crawfish cream sauce. Eggs Melanzana features eggplant rounds topped with grilled ham and tomatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OKI NAGO JAPANESE SEAFOOD BUFFET
2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588;
www.okinago.com
The buffet at Oki Nago includes lightly fried shrimp tempura. Try sweet and tangy chicken teriyaki. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE OLD COFFEEPOT RESTAURANT
714 St. Peter St., 524-3500;
www.theoldcoffeepot.com
Calas — Creole rice cakes — arrive sprinkled with powdered sugar. The Fleur De Lis chicken is served with crabmeat and crawfish dressing. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE 
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008;

3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220;
5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107;
www.olivebranchcafe.com
 Chicken and artichoke pasta comes with sauteed red onions and mushrooms over penne tossed with garlic and olive oil. Shrimp Carnival features Gulf shrimp, smoked sausage, red onions and green peppers in garlic cream sauce over penne. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT 
204 Decatur St., 525-7734;
www.olivierscreole.com
Braised Creole rabbit is served with sage-seasoned oyster dressing. Crab ravioli are battered, flash fried with shrimp and crawfish, topped with spinach Alfredo and served with asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ON THE BAYOU RESTAURANT
3443 Esplanade Ave., Suite 155, 298-1755Pork shoulder is roasted for
24 hours and served in its own juices over rice with a baked sweet potato on the side. Sauteed calf's liver and onions is served with brown gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061;
www.one-sl.com
 Cochon de lait is roasted on the premises and served with stone-ground grits, sweet red cabbage and pork crackling. Starters include char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and red wine vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ORANGE COUCH
2339 Royal St., 267-7327;
www.theorangecouchcoffee.com
Light Vietnamese favorites include traditional shrimp spring rolls. Japanese mochi ice cream encased in rice flour dough come in flavors like lychee or chocolate coconut. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S
 440 Chartres St., 524-8990;
www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com
The "hot and blue" oyster po-boy is dressed with Tabasco mayonnaise and blue cheese. The cochon de lait gets spicy heat from garlic and jalapenos. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO
720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930;
www.orleansgrapevine.com
Flounder is stuffed with Pontchartrain blue crabmeat, topped with crawfish-tasso cream sauce and served with pecan popcorn rice and baby vegetables. Herb-scented rack of lamb is topped with brandy-peppercorn glaze and served with truffled mashed potatoes and baby vegetables. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540
The half-pound burger comes with an overstuffed baked potato. Home cooked roast beef is served on a po-boy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

P & G RESTAURANT
345 Baronne St., 525-9678
Homemade biscuits drenched with Southern-style brown gravy start the day. Fried shrimp po-boys are popular at lunch. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PALACE CAFE 
605 Canal St., 523-1661;
www.palacecafe.com
 Crabmeat cheesecake is baked in a pecan crust and topped with sauteed wild mushrooms and Creole meuniere sauce. Andouille-crusted fish is pan roasted and served with Crystal, chive aioli, rissole potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE
1204 Decatur St., 525-0200;
www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com
Shrimp Ambrosia features shrimp sauteed in fennel and Pernod cream sauce and served with spinach pasta. The pork chop is served with herbed white wine cream sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU
1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985)643-0050;
www.palmettosonthebayou.net
Blackened sirloin is served with Caesar salad with blue cheese. The fried soft-shell crab comes topped with a choice of creamy seafood sauce or amandine-meuniere sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

PARADISE CAFE
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141
The breakfast special features two eggs, bacon, grits and toast. A lunch favorite is the Paradise club, a double-decker sandwich layered with turkey and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN 
538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047;
www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola.com
The Reuben boasts corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. The jumbo hot dog is a Chicago-style Vienna sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

PARROT PETE'S
 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780;
www.parrotpetes.com
 The oversized pork chop is topped with bacon, candied sweet potatoes and sweet onion jam. The Royal One is a 22-oz. USDA certified Angus rib-eye served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT
1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877
Signature barbecue shrimp are served in peppery butter sauce with French bread for dipping. The combination pan roast features oysters, shrimp and crabmeat with a blend of shallots and parsley baked in a casserole dish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT
624 Bourbon St., 525-4823;
www.patobriens.com
Shrimp and grits features shrimp sauteed with peppers, garlic and onions, served with cheesy grit cakes. The spinach and strawberry salad combines strawberries, spiced pecans, red onion, blue cheese, bacon and baby spinach. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PATIO RESTAURANT
5540 Crowder Blvd., 240-6744
The seafood baked potato is stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish, green onions and cheese. Friday features a rib-eye steak special. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PATOIS 
6078 Laurel St., 895-9441;
www.patoisnola.com
 The crispy pork belly and seared scallop combination is served with Steen's cane syrup and spicy mustard drizzle. The porcini-crusted Berkshire pork chop comes with creamed collard greens, polenta and kumquat reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PAUL'S CAFE 
100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985)386-9581;
www.paulscafe.net
Open-faced roast beef comes with salad, french fries, toast and dessert. Get a fried catfish sandwich on a bun, toast or whole wheat bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PEPPERONI'S CAFE
8123 Hampson St., 865-0336;
www.pepperoniscafe.com
Eggs Sardou features poached eggs and organic spinach and artichoke hearts over English muffins, drizzled with signature hollandaise sauce. The Super Vegetarian pizza is loaded with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, green peppers, olives, peppers, jalapenos and onions. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PERE ANTOINE
741 Royal St., 581-4478;
www.pereantoine.com
The bayou bowl features scampy, barbecue or fried shrimp over Cajun shrimp rice. Catfish Antoine is a blackened catfish fillet served with crawfish sauce, rice and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PETUNIA'S PLACE
2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436;
www.petuniasplace.com
Redfish Julia features a grilled fillet topped with creamy crawfish sauce served over pasta in garlic butter. Pork tenderloin is drizzled with bourbon sauce and served with potato cakes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

PHIL'S GRILL
1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1705;
3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080;
www.phils-grill.com
The West We Go is a bison burger dressed with pickles, shredded lettuce, tomato, shredded cheddar and onion strings on a white bun. Big Kid shakes are milkshakes with a shot of Kahlua, Bailey's or Chambord. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT
1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094 
Order traditional pho with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Get char-grilled pork on top of a vermicelli bowl filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, bean sprouts and crispy egg rolls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO KING AT LOST LOVE LOUNGE
2529 Dauphine St., 944-0099;
www.lostlovelounge.com
Spring rolls are filled with shrimp, herbs and vermicelli and served with peanut dipping sauce. Curried beef arrives over vermicelli. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Get traditional pho with sliced beef at Pho NOLA. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

PHO NOLA
3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 941-7690;
www.pho-nola.com
Get a banh mi sandwich filled with minced barbecue pork, roasted pork, ham, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and aioli. NOLA rolls are crispy fried egg rolls stuffed inside rice paper spring rolls with vermicelli, pickled carrots and cilantro. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID
3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188;
www.phoorchid.com
The namesake Orchid Pho tops beef noodle soup with eye-round steak, brisket, tenderloin, tripe and a meatball. Seafood fried rice combines shrimp, crab and squid. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY
113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846
Pho ap chao is a combination of pan-fried noodles and stir-fried beef with vegetables and pineapple. The "P.T.B." wonton soup features house-made pork and shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950
Kafta shish kebab platters include hummus, rice and salad. Chicken shawarma also is available on a platter. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIE PIZZA & PASTAS
814 S. Peters St., 528-2743;
4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5566
Lobster ravioli are topped with both cheese sauce and marinara. The Greek pie is loaded with roasted garlic, artichokes, black olives, spinach, tomato and provolone, feta and mozzarella cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PINKBERRY5601 Magazine St.;
300 Canal St., 899-4260;
www.pinkberry.com
Enjoy the sweet and salty caramel — topped with a drizzle of caramel, toasted crepe flakes and a shake of sea salt. The watermelon is served with slices of cucumber and watermelon puree. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun., late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PITA PIT
5800 Magazine St., 899-4141;
www.pitapitnola.com
Prime rib and bacon are combined in a pita sandwich dressed with onions, mushrooms, American and Swiss cheeses, romaine lettuce and horseradish Dijon. The spicy black bean veggie burger is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, corn, roasted red peppers, pepper Jack cheese and ancho-chipotle dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA FLORENCE
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888;
www.pizzaflorence.net
The smoked turkey salad includes turkey, bacon bits, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, corn and mozzarella cheese over lettuce with honey mustard dressing. The gyro pita roll includes lamb and beef gyro, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and tzatziki sauce wrapped in pita bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON
1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985)

892-9874The Wow pizza features an olive-oil brushed hand-tossed crust topped with artichokes, crab, garlic and Romano cheese. The Pizza Palace is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, house-made meatballs and onions. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PIZZA NOLA
141 W. Harrison Ave., Suite A, 872-0731;
www.pizzanola.com
The fleur-de-lis pie features mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil, bacon and blue cheese. The Toledano wrap is filled with sweet basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, artichokes, garlic and melted mozzarella. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PORT OF CALL
838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120
Half-pound aged-Angus steak burger patties are ground fresh daily, cooked to order and served with a baked potato laden with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. Fried mushrooms are lightly battered and served with horseradish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE PRALINE CONNECTION
542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934;
www.pralineconnection.com
The signature soft-shell crab po-boy features buster crab on French bread. Alligator sausage comes in bite-size pieces with barbecue dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PRAVDA
1113 Decatur St., 581-1112;
www.pravdaofnola.com
The bar and coffeeshop serves house-made cupcakes modeled on cocktails, such as the IRA Carbomb made with Guinness-infused chocolate cake and Bailey's frosting. The gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is made with colby, bacon and avocado and served with sweet potato fries. No reservations. Food available for dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $

PUCCINO'S COFFEEHOUSE
Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Avenue, Metairie, 835-3151;

5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970;
www.lovepuccinos.com
For breakfast, the eggs Puccino sandwich features egg, ham and cheese on an English muffin. The create-your-own grits special includes your choice of five different cheeses, bacon, turkey, ham or Italian sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PURE YOGURT CULTURE
8108 Hampson St., 864-8108
Original Pure Tart is a custom blend of non-fat, all-natural, kosher-certified yogurts that tastes like Creole cream cheese. The Who Dat "Mystery" Flavor is a custom blend with freshly ground taro root. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PYRAMIDS CAFE
3149 Calhoun St., 861-9602
Chicken tikka is a marinated and grilled skinless half-chicken. Lamb is sauteed with olive oil and spices and served with hummus. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT
613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456
Crabmeat-stuffed trout is served with crawfish cream sauce. The seafood platter combines fried shrimp, fish and oysters, a stuffed crab and a side item. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

R & O'S RESTAURANT
216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248
The meatball pizza is made with house-made dough, red sauce and meatballs. The muffuletta featuring ham, salami, Swiss and mozzarella cheeses, and green olive salad is served warm on toasted bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RAGS SEAFOOD & SPIRITS
4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985)792-1744;
www.ragsmandeville.com
The seafood gumbo is made with crabmeat, shrimp and okra. Top a burger with sauteed onions and garlic sauce, served with a choice of potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RAJUN CAJUN CAFE
5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 883-5513;
www.rajuncajuncafe.com
Seafood platters include shrimp, oysters, trout, catfish, soft-shell crab, hushpuppies and french fries. Fried catfish comes with crawfish cream sauce, fries and hushpuppies. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S
519 Toulouse St., 522-5226;
www.ralphandkacoos.com
The 14-oz. rib-eye is topped with blackened crawfish and shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp with Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and garlic is served over French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RALPH'S ON THE PARK
900 City Park Ave., 488-1000;
www.ralphsonthepark.com
The crabmeat ravigote Napoleon features layers of Israeli couscous, roasted corn, jumbo lump crabmeat ravigote, tomatoes, cucumbers and salsa verde. The Disgruntled Shrimp feature tempura shrimp teriyaki with spicy chile-garlic creme fraiche. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RAMBLA
217 Camp St., 587-7720;
www.ramblanola.com
Pickled Louisiana shrimp are served with deviled eggs stuffed with shrimp salad and truffled egg yolk mousse. Steak tartare combines beef, capers, shallots, garlic and Dijon mustard, and is topped with a quail egg and served with mustard seed lavash. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RED EYE GRILL
852 S. Peters St., 593-9393;
www.redeyegrill.net
The grilled tuna burger is dressed with lettuce, tomato and onion and served with Cajun fries. The cheeseburger features a patty dressed with cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce served with Cajun fries or onion rings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

RED FISH GRILL
115 Bourbon St., 598-1200;
www.redfishgrill.com
Hickory-grilled redfish is served with lump crabmeat, lemon butter and tasso and wild mushrooms with Pontalba potatoes. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RED GRAVY
125 Camp St., 561-8844;
www.redgravycafe.com
The tomato and bread salad combines chopped tomatoes, warm pesto croutons, basil, fried mozzarella and balsamic glaze with garlic bread. The lasagna features layers of pasta, ricotta, mozzarella, meatballs, bolognese sauce and Romano cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

RED MANGO
1640 Hickory Ave., Suite B, Harahan, 575-3576;
www.redmangousa.com
The mixed berry parfait features strawberries, blueberries, bananas and mango mixed with Red Mango's original frozen yogurt. Try non-fat raspberry cheesecake frozen yogurt for a rich treat. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935;
www.theredmaple.com
Redfish Pontchartrain is a pan-seared fillet topped with lump crabmeat and mushroom-sherry cream. Fried mirliton comes with shrimp, andouille, lump crabmeat and fried oysters in bordelaise sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE RED PALACE
1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071
Fried soft-shell crabs are served with crawfish tails in spicy sauce. Shanghai chicken features a sesame-coated fried chicken breast served with spicy tung cho, a soy-based sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT
8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933;
www.redstarchineserestaurant.com
General Tso's chicken features fried chicken with sweet and spicy sauce. The spicy, crispy shrimp also is served with sweet and spicy sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REDEMPTION
3835 Iberville St., 309-3570;
www.redemption-nola.com
Chambord roasted duckling is served with pan-fried potatoes, dark cherry preserve and brown butter-cherry vinaigrette. Crabmeat-stuffed flounder is served atop fried green tomatoes with cocoa and roasted oak drizzle. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH
8124 Hampson St., 872-0187;
www.refuelcafe.com
The huevos rancheros feature tortillas, beans, eggs, cheese, pico de gallo and avocado. Eggs Florentine features poached eggs and spinach over English muffins with hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
Citywide;
www.reginellis.com
The saltimbocca pizza features prosciutto, marinated chicken breast and garlic herb sauce. The Parthenon pizza is loaded with feta, artichokes, Roma tomatoes and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT AUGUST
301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777;
www.restaurantaugust.com
Hand-made potato gnocchi is tossed with blue crab and Perigord truffles. Breaded speckled trout is served with Louisiana crab, white shrimp, toasted almonds and mousseline sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT CYPRESS
4426 Transcontinental Drive, 885-6885;
www.restaurantcypress.com
Crawfish and crabmeat Parma features Louisiana crawfish tails and lump crabmeat baked in a casserole with a Parmesan crust and served with white wine butter sauce. Sauteed veal is served with a portobello cap and crabmeat stuffing and is topped with sherry beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES
7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834;
www.restaurantdesfamilles.com
Barataria stuffed crab features crab shells filled with seasoned crabmeat and broiled until the top browns. Pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE
7801 Panola St., 314-1810
The Mediterranean omelet is made with sauteed onions, tomatoes, creamed spinach and artichoke hearts and topped with melted mozzarella and feta cheese. The eggs Benedict can be reworked with crab cakes or served Pontchartrain-style with crawfish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266;
www.riccobonos.com
Osyters Riccobono are baked with mushrooms, garlic, Parmesan, Italian breadcrumbs and olive oil and served with pasta. Veal parmigiana features paneed veal and fried eggplant medallions topped with mozzarella, Parmesan and house-made red sauce, served with spaghetti. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RIOMAR
800 S. Peters St., 525-3474;
www.riomarseafood.com
Grilled Gulf escolar is topped with peppers and capers and served with pan-roasted zucchini, garlic and squash. Five-hour roasted pork is served on a platter with fried plaintains, black beans, rice and avocado. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE DA PIERO
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585;
www.ristorantedapiero.net
Molasses-glazed maple leaf duck is served with sauteed mushrooms. Crabmeat ravioli are topped with sherry cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985)875-1006;
www.delportoristorante.com
House-made cavatelli pasta arrabbiata features Atlantic calamari, garlic, chiles and basil in roasted red pepper sauce. A red wine-braised Mississippi rabbit leg is served over fava bean risotto bianco. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO
1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008
Jumbo lump crabmeat salad features a crabmeat stuffed tomato on romaine lettuce with marinated artichoke hearts, capers, pepperoncini, and both balsamic vinaigrette and remoulade. Breaded veal is topped with marinara, Romano and mozzarella cheese and served with spaghettini pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RIVERBEND BISTRO
8001 St. Bernard Hwy., Suite B, Arabi, 277-6996
Soft-shell crab is served over seafood pasta. The angus filet is served with herbs, garlic and olive oil or with crabmeat and mushrooms. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RIVERSHACK TAVERN
3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938;
www.therivershacktavern.com
Island-style redfish is pan seared and topped with mango-habanero salsa. House smoked double cut pork chop is served with andouille studded collard greens. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROCK 'N' BOWL
3016 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700;
www.rockandbowl.com
Shrimp remoulade is served over fried green tomatoes. Order fried bread pudding served in a po-boy. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE ROCK 'N' ROLL CAFE
3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 301-1668
The Top Cat burger features an
8-oz. Angus beef patty with cheese, mushrooms and bacon served on an onion roll. Spicy flash-fried green beans are served with wasabi-cucumber dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS
823 Fulton St., 581-7253;
www.rocknsake.com
Shrimp- and cream cheese-filled wontons are served with shrimp and garlic sauce. The salmon zest roll bundles salmon and snow crab in soybean paper, topped with more salmon and lemon zest and served with spicy ponzu dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ROCKY & CARLO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 279-8323;
www.rockyandcarlos.com
The veal Parmesan features panned veal baked with red gravy and Parmesean cheese served with baked macaroni. The roast beef po-boy serves fresh seasoned roast beef on a baguette topped with house-made brown gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., 561-9800;

816 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985)892-2462;
3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 872-0957;
5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373;
www.rolypoly.com
The basil-cashew spicy chicken salad wrap is served on a whole wheat or flour tortilla with spicy Thai sauce, avocado, lettuce, plum tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts. The spa salad features plum tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries and alfalfa sprouts on a bed of mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ROMAN PIZZA
7329 Cohn St., 866-1166
The spinach pizza features a garlic-butter-brushed pie with mozzarella, feta, spinach and vegetables. The Roman is topped with pepperoni, salami, ham, black olives and onions. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROOSEVELT HOTEL BAR
116 University Place, 566-9444;
www.roosevelthotelbar.com
The fettuccine Montrel features Gulf shrimp and crawfish tossed in garlic cream and served over fettuccine. Red beans and rice features creamy Camellia beans and local Creole sausage. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIA
Citywide;
www.rotolos.com
The parma rosa pasta features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato sauce. The barbecue chicken pizza features barbecue sauce, grilled chicken and red onions on a hand-tossed crust. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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ROUX ON ORLEANS
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Ave., 571-4604;
www.bourbonorleans.com
The Louisiana crawfish crepe combines Louisiana crawfish and goat cheese and is topped with Creole chardonnay cream. The pasta jambalaya features Creole Country andouille, shrimp and chicken and is served over penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
244 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779;
621 Royal St., 523-2716;
www.royalblendcoffee.com
The Old Metairie sandwich features Royal Blend's signature chicken salad, thick-cut smoked bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato. Eggs Benedict feature poached eggs and Canadian bacon on English muffins drizzled with hollandaise and served with hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL PALM
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 644-4100;
www.royalpalmrestaurant.com
The 10-oz. prime filet mignon comes arrives sizzling with butter and is served with mashed potatoes or a baked potato and sauteed asparagus. The oversized pork chop is served with tempura fried bacon, candied sweet potatoes and sweet onion jam. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE
139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531;

200 Magazine St., 525-9355;
www.therubyslippercafe.net
Eggs Blackstone features poached eggs with grilled tomato, applewood-smoked bacon and hollandaise on a biscuit. The barbecue shrimp and grits are cooked in Abita Amber rosemary reduction. No reservations. Cortez Street: breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Magazine Street: breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUE 127
127 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-1571;
www.rue127.com
For an appetizer, try mushroom risotto with oven-roasted oyster mushrooms, grilled portobello and Parmesan. The char-grilled double-cut pork chop is served with roasted pepper jus, Jack Daniel's and roasted corn coush-coush and crispy shallots. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RUE DE LA COURSE
1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343;

3121 Magazine St., 899-0242The Mediterranean sandwich features tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and prosciutto with balsamic vinaigrette. The Sicilian salad combines baby greens, prosciutto, mortadella, Genoa salami, provolone cheese, croutons, olive salad, Parmesan and vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE RUM HOUSE
3128 Magazine St., 941-7560;
www.rumhousenola.com
The "duck duck goose" taco is filled with slow-roasted spiced duck, snow peas and carrot slaw and garnished with goose and duck cracklings. The calypso beef taco features marinated steak, guacamole, avocado, lime and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RUSSELL' S MARINA GRILL
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9999;
www.russellsmarinagrill.com
The salmon salad features pesto marinated salmon over arugula, spinach, parsley, tomatoes and red onions and is tossed in orange-ginger dressing. The grilled tuna is served with remoulade and sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

THE RUSTY NAIL
1100 Constance St., 525-5515;
www.therustynail.biz
The Piggly Wiggly is a pulled pork barbecue sandwich on a sesame bun topped with homemade coleslaw and pickle chips. The Wild Turkey is a turkey sandwich with thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, bacon, provolone cheese and garlic mayonnaise, served on multi-grain bread. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099;
3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600;
www.ruthschris.com
Get a 6-oz. filet mignon topped with grilled shrimp. The Mediterranean-style tuna is served with roasted tomatoes and fried jumbo shrimp. Reservations accepted. Fulton Street: Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ST. CHARLES TAVERN
1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823;
www.stcharlestavern.com
The Italian meatball po-boy features beef meatballs covered in marinara sauce and mozzarella and is served with fries. The chicken-fried steak is served with mashed potatoes and country gravy. Delivery available. No reservations. Open
24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY
5004 Prytania St., 899-4737;
www.stjamescheese.com
The Smokey Blue sandwich combines roast beef, house-smoked Mycella blue cheese, tomatoes and Worcestershire mayo on multigrain bread. Beecher's cheddar headlines a sandwich dressed with avocado, basil and mayo on ciabatta. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

STE. MARIE
930 Poydras St., Suite 101, 304-6988;
www.stemarienola.com
House-made gnocchi are tossed with pancetta and roasted vegetables and finished with cream. The braised pork belly is nestled on truffled grits and served with apple and frisee lettuce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAINTS AND SINNERS CAFE
91 French Market Place, 596-2022
Chicken Parmesan features Italian-seasoned chicken served over pasta. The chicken fettuccine Alfredo combines chicken, pasta and creamy cheese sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night Mon.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829;
1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879;
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253
The New Orleans roll features spicy crawfish, crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna, snow crab and avocado eel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN
2830 Magazine St., 894-0033;
www.sakecafecuptown.us
Never Bored tuna features slices of tuna topped with chile sauce and served with cucumber slices. Yellowtail sashimi comes with jalapeno salsa and ponzu sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT
27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443
The veal brucioloni features breaded veal stuffed with cheese, sausage and ground beef, topped with red sauce and served with pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALT 'N' PEPPER
403 Iberville St., 561-6070
Samosas are potato fritters served with chickpeas and raita. Goat masala is a curry made with pan-sauteed goat meat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALTWATER GRILL
710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640;
www.saltwatergrillnola.com
The crab cake and eggplant Napoleon layers Louisiana lump crab cakes and grilled eggplant rounds and tops the stack with cream sauce. Riverbend chicken features marinated and grilled chicken breast topped with sauteed portobello mushrooms, crawfish tails and green onions, with garlic-mashed potatoes on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALU
3226 Magazine St., 371-5809;
www.salurestaurant.com
Grilled lamb "lollipops" come with roasted red peppers, fava bean hummus and goat cheese. Crabmeat four cheese flatbread is topped with wild mushrooms, arugula and lemon. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE
3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433Asparagus is topped with sauteed crabmeat and lemon butter caper sauce. Trout Salvatore is a pan-sauteed fillet topped with crabmeat and shrimp sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALVO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT7742 Hwy.
23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303;
www.salvosseafood.com
Grilled tuna comes with sauteed potatoes and corn on the cob. The butterflied shrimp plate features a dozen jumbo shrimp and fries or potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SAMMY' S FOOD SERVICE & DELI
3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675;
www.sammysfood.com
The all-American hamburger is topped with bacon and cheddar cheese. The roast beef po-boy comes with cheese and is dressed to order. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S PO-BOYS AND CATERING
901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-0916;
www.sammyspoboys.com
The Flickaletta is a twist on the muffuletta featuring ham, salami, Swiss and olive salad served hot on French bread. Veal Parmesan includes two cutlets topped with red sauce and mozzarella cheese, served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER
627 Bourbon St., 525-8442;
www.sammysseafoodrestaurant.com
Blackened stuffed flounder features crabmeat stuffing sandwiched between two flounder fillets. Seafood pasta tosses shrimp, oysters and crawfish with pasta and creamy wine sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784
Meatless eggplant lasagna features thin slices of fried eggplant with sauteed spinach, Italian cheeses and salsa rossa. The pork shank osso buco is cooked with garlic, onions and mushrooms and served with angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE
3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077
Bolinos de bacalau are cod fish cakes made with dried salted cod, potatoes, onions, parsley, cilantro and eggs. Rueda de huevo feature crispy tortillas filled with sweet potato puree, braised chicken and poblano sauce and topped with a fried egg and melted cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE TAPAS
1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915;
www.santafetapas.com
Lamp lollipops feature lamb on sugar cane skewers with mint chimichurri and mango compote. Gambas al ajillo are jumbo shrimp prepared with garlic, shallots, habanero peppers and cognac. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S RESTAURANT
724 Dublin St., 861-0565
Seared scallops are coated with a honey-glaze. The grilled, pepper-crusted pork chop is served with crab and cream salsa. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SATSUMA CAFE
3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962;
www.satsumacafe.com
Satsuma's BLT adds avocado and feta to the classic sandwich. The green breakfast sandwich combines eggs, arugula, tomato, avocado and Swiss cheese on a bagel, croissant or toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE SAZERAC RESTAURANT
Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-5486;
www.therooseveltneworleans.com
The lobster BLT sliders feature Maine lobster salad, pancetta and tomato on warm brioche. Sweetbreads and waffles come with country ham, sunny side-up quail eggs and maple syrup. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD279
Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116
Peapaw salad features shrimp remoulade, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and Parmesan on romaine and iceberg lettuces. The eggplant Harahan consists of three fried eggplant medallions layered with crabmeat and topped with shrimp cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SEKISUI SAMURAI
239 Decatur St., 525-9595;
www.sekisuiusa.com
The ocean pyramid is molded from salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko. The eel "sundae" combines eel, crushed macadamia nuts, avocado and balsamic vinegar sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7930;
www.semolina.com
Shrimp Roban combines sauteed shrimp and shell pasta in zesty creme sauce topped with green onion and parsley. The chicken Parmesan features two Parmesan-breaded chicken breasts and provolone over linguine with marinara, Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668 The classic muffuletta is served on a sesame Italian bun with ham, genoa salami, mortadella and house-made olive salad. The seafood po-boy combines fried shrimp, oysters and catfish and is dressed to order. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANY
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354;
www.serranossalsacompany.com
The fish tacos top grilled or fried tilapia with avocado, cabbage, pico de gallo, cheese, Serramoulode and cilantro-avocado salsa. The Cuban steak is a tequila-lime marinated and grilled skirt steak topped with grilled onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEYMOUR' S RESTAURANT
2216 Hickory Ave., River Ridge, 737-3148 The fried soft-shell crab is served atop crabmeat fettuccine. The Chill Down plate combines shrimp salad, shrimp cocktail, shrimp remoulade and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SHAMROCK BAR 'N' GRILL
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938;
www.shamrockparty.com
The Turbo burger is topped with cheese, bacon, mushrooms, green peppers, lettuce, tomato and onions and served with a half pound of fries. Get cheese fries topped with cheddar and garlicky roast beef gravy. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SHANE'S RIB SHACK
1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226;
www.shanesribshack.com
The Shack sampler combines a quarter rack of ribs, chicken tenders or brisket, pulled pork or barbecue chomp chicken, two side items and Texas toast. The Big Daddy pork sandwich fills two slices of Texas toast with a half pound of pulled pork. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK
1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442;
www.theshimmyshack.net
The "soft-shell oyster" po-boy is a hollowed out piece of French bread filled with crispy fried oysters and New Orleans-style barbecue sauce. The banh mi wrap bundles pork loin, salami, pickled ginger, jalapenos, cucumber, cilantro, cream cheese and wasabi mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE
2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477;
www.shogunneworleans.com
The Utah roll bundles shrimp tempura, cream cheese, snow crab, tuna and avocado and is served with eel sauce. The lobster roll wraps lobster, avocado and egg sauce in soy paper and tops it with eel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572;
www.shortstoppoboys.com
The roast beef po-boy is made with debris cooked in house with garlic and onions. Friday's seafood gumbo brims with shrimp, crabmeat and okra. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE
614 Canal St., 586-7211;
www.shulas.com
Barbecue shrimp come wrapped in peppered bacon and fresh basil and are served with horseradish barbecue sauce. The cowboy steak is a 22-oz. cut served with fresh watercress and a pat of butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SIBERIA
2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855
The Bad M.F. is a bison burger topped with blue cheese, foie gras and a sunny-side-up egg, served on a pretzel roll. Fish and chips feature spicy battered catfish and fries served in a paper cone with malt vinegar. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 831-9541;
www.sidmarsrestaurant.com
Shrimp tops fettuccine tossed in Alfredo sauce. The Bucktown po-boy combines roast beef, ham, cheese and brown gravy. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002
The Philly cheese steak sandwich combines chopped sirloin, Swiss cheese, peppers, onions and Sidelines' spicy sauce on French bread. Pulled pork, ham, pickles, Swiss and spicy remoulade sauce fill the Cuban sandwich. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SINGHA THAI
413 Carondelet St., 581-2205
Traditional pad thai features pan fried noodles with chicken, shrimp, eggs, onions and spicy sauce. The ginger fish is a tilapia fillet topped with steamed vegetables and ginger sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SLICE
1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437;

5538 Magazine St., 897-4800;
www.slicepizzeria.com
Light tomato sauce, prosciutto, Gorgonzola, organic arugula and mozzarella top a special pie. The barbecue shrimp po-boy is served on warm garlic bread with house-made barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER
3322 Magazine St., 891-3447
The Guatemalan breakfast features two eggs, avocado, plantains, tortillas, black beans and homemade salsa. The Repopulation combo includes two eggs, grits or hash browns, bacon or sausage, toast or a biscuit and coffee. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

SMILIE' S RESTAURANT
5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000;
www.smiliesrestaurant.com
Veal Augie is pan fried, topped with sauteed crabmeat and shallots in light chardonnay sauce and served with potatoes and vegetables. Smilie's penne pasta combines shrimp, smoked sausage and crawfish in Alfredo sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD
2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-164
7Crawfish tops rotini pasta tossed with cream sauce. The fried shrimp po-boy is dressed to order. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696;
www.snugjazz.com
The fish Marigny is a fried drum fillet topped with Gulf shrimp and Creole cream sauce. Cheeseburgers are made with Angus beef ground in house. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUND CAFE
2700 Chartres St., 947-4477
The mozzarella and tomato sandwich with house-grown basil is served on Dong Phuong's French bread. Vegetable quiche is prepared daily with a different combination of vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE
1714 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 646-6085
The Spartan roll wraps shrimp tempura, cream cheese, snow crab, tuna and avocado and is topped with eel sauce. Honey-sesame glazed fried chicken is served over fried rice and comes with an egg roll. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL
4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069 Grilled tuna tops a salad of lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, croutons and cheese. The 10-oz. hamburger is dressed with cheddar, lettuce, tomato and pickles. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO
2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090
Shrimp and eggplant Cavalino features layers of breaded eggplant, shrimp and seafood sauce and is topped with parsley and Parmesan and served with salad and bread. Tiramisu combines layers of ladyfingers, mascarpone, espresso and coffee liqueur whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPITALE'S DELI
2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912;
www.spitalesdeli.com
Spitale's classics chicken Parmesan is served with garlic bread and salad. The "dirty" turkey sandwich is topped with grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS
2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250;
www.spudlys.com
The Super Duper spud is topped with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, cheddar cheese, cheese sauce and chives. The "beef it up" is loaded with roast beef, onion, mushrooms, bell peppers and cheese sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q
8400 Oak St., 302-7370;
www.squeal-nola.com
Get egg rolls filled with creamy black-eyed peas, bacon and andouille sausage. Barbecue pork fills corn tortilla tacos topped with Eastern Carolina-style barbecue sauce, horseradish coleslaw, chipotle sauce and cilantro. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STANLEY
547 St. Ann St., 587-0093;
www.stanleyrestaurant.com
Try the signature Korean barbecue beef po-boy dressed with kimchi. The eggs Benedict po-boy is a version of the classic dish substituting toasted French bread for an English muffin. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE
237 Decatur St., 525-6151;
www.starsteak.com
The stuffed Cajun filet mignon is an 8-oz. filet stuffed with crabmeat, lobster, shrimp and crawfish tails and is topped with red wine mushroom sauce. A half-pound of steamed Maine lobster is served with drawn butter and a side. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR
888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981;
www.steakkniferestaurant.com
Gulf fish Robert is a pan-sauteed fillet topped with lump crabmeat, mushrooms and beurre blanc. Crabmeat au gratin features Louisiana crabmeat baked in cheese sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Chef de cuisine Michael Nirenberg creates small plate specials at Oak. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ
Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777;
www.steamboatnatchez.com
Gulf fish Louisianne is topped with a dark-roux etouffee sauce. For dessert, the bread pudding is finished with candied pecans and Jim Beam bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI
2207 Magazine St., 527-0771;
www.steinsdeli.net
Thursday's special piles slow-roasted, Italian-seasoned pork, sauteed broccoli raab and aged provolone on ciabatta. The Rachel sandwich layers hot pastrami, Swiss, sauerkraut and house-made Russian dressing on Jewish rye bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STELLA!
1032 Chartres St., 587-0091;
www.restaurantstella.com
The duck five-ways is a signature dish including Szechuan seared duck breast, a lacquered leg and thigh, duck miso broth, foie gras wontons and cassis reduction. Try miso and sake-glazed Japanese Mero sea bass with udon, green tea and soba noodles, Canadian lobster, blue crab and shrimp broth. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEP BROTHERS BAR & GRILL
4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856;
www.stepsbarandgrill.com
Step Brothers' club sandwich piles ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato on thick Texas toast and is served with chips. The Timmy burger features a beef patty, hot sausage, cheese, lettuce and tomato and comes with chips. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STEVE'S DINER
Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198;
www.steves-diner.com
The diner's menu includes daily specials like Thursday's slow-roasted beef brisket served with a brown gravy made from its drippings. The Parmesan and herb-crusted baked chicken is served with two sides. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STILL PERKIN'
2727 Prytania St., 899-0335
Still Perkin's Greek wrap bundles grilled chicken, hummus, baby spinach, black olives, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. A mixed greens salad features chicken, broccoli, grape tomatoes and sweet and sour dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL
1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040;
www.stingraysseafood.com
A platter of deep-fried stuffed crab includes sides like mac and cheese and sweet potato fries. Crawfish Boudreaux combines crawfish tails, Parmesan, garlic and mushrooms in spicy cream sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE STORE
814 Gravier St., 322-2446;
www.thestoreneworleans.com
A taco bar at this CBD cafe features a pork and slaw version. Or try blackened shrimp tacos with black-eyed peas and pico de gallo. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STORYVILLE RESTAURANT
808 Iberville St., 565-5520
This French Quarter restaurant's Cajun egg rolls are stuffed with crawfish and rice. The smoked brisket "Irish nachos" feature thick-cut french fries topped with smoked brisket, cheese and pico de gallo. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night Tues-Sun. Credit cards. $$

STREETCAR CAFE
110 Carondelet St., 523-6614
The gyro fills toasted pita with lamb and beef gyro meat, lettuce, tomato and tzatziki. House-cooked roast beef fills a po-boy dripping with gravy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUCRE
3025 Magazine St., 520-8311;
Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-2277;
www.shopsucre.com
Strawberry shortcake gelato is a refreshing seasonal flavor. White chocolate lavender macaroons are a summer special. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUGAR HOUSE
Embassy Suites, 315 Julia St., 525-1993;
www.embassyneworleans.com
Sugar House's grouper Grand Isle is pan-seared and served with vegetables. Order baby back ribs by the half or full rack. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUGAR PARK
3054 St. Claude Ave., 942-2047;
www.sugarparknola.com
The "All Up In There" pizza is topped with ham, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. Order a blue cheese burger topped with bacon and served with fries or slaw. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

SUKHOTHAI
1913 Royal St., 948-9309;

4519 Magazine St., 373-6471;
www.sukhothai-nola.com
Wild herb flounder is prepared with fresh herbs and served with tamarind dipping sauce. Volcano soft-shell crabs are served on a sizzling hot plate with spicy chile, garlic and pineapple sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUNSHINE CAFE
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 834-6040;
www.sunshinecafenola.com
For lunch, try the sunshine salad of field greens, Mandarin oranges, dried cherries, red onions, toasted pecans, blue cheese and house-made pepper jelly vinaigrette. The grilled chicken sandwich is topped with bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and sundried tomato dressing and served on your choice of house-baked bread, croissant or in a wrap. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SUPERIOR GRILL
3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200;
www.superiorgrill.com
The combination fajita plate includes mesquite grilled chicken and beef. The shrimp brochetas feature bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with poblano pepper and Monterey Jack cheese, served with marinated green onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR
1418 Magazine St., 524-3828;
4807 Magazine St., 895-5757;
www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com
Caramelized apple French toast is made with Leidenheimer bread topped with caramelized apples, cream cheese and candied pecans. For lunch, try the jumbo lump crabmeat sandwich topped with remoulade. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SURREY'S LA PLAYA
1200 Carondelet St., 525-4300
This juiceteria serves sandwiches like a turkey club with apple, bacon and red pepper and goat cheese spread. Another sandwich special combines baked Brie with avocado, plantains and pineapple chutney. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS
1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449;
www.sushibrothers.net
The Brothers roll combines fresh salmon tempura and cream cheese and has layers of salmon and avocado on top. The St. Charles roll features shrimp, soft-shell crab, avocado and asparagus topped with eel sauce and smelt roe. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Thu., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ
420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985)898-2166;
www.sweetdaddysbarbq.com
The two-meat combo plate includes a choice of pulled pork, brisket, chicken, baby back ribs or smoked sausage and two sides. Try chocolate chip pecan pie for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SYLVAIN
625 Chartres St., 265-8123;
www.sylvainnola.com
Beef cheeks are braised with white wine and beef stock and served with rosemary potato puree, sweet onions, peas and spinach. A salad of thin-shaved Brussels sprouts and apples is topped with hazelnuts and pecorino cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch and late-nite Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

TAG'S MEAT MARKET & DELI
1207 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-6594
The namesake Tag's burger weighs in at a whopping pound and a half. The Butcher po-boy includes half a pound of ground beef and is dressed to order. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge At August Moon, proprietor Phong Nguyen presents a Vietnamese crepe filled with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts, served with nuoc cham dipping sauce. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • At August Moon, proprietor Phong Nguyen presents a Vietnamese crepe filled with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts, served with nuoc cham dipping sauce.

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE
923 Metairie Road, Suite C, Metairie, 836-6859
Masala dosa is a large rice and lentil crepe filled with a spicy blend of potatoes, onions and herbs. Kali mirch jinghi features shrimp cooked in cashew-almond sauce with fresh herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TAN DINH 
1705 Lafayette St., Suite A, Gretna, 361-8008
 This Vietnamese restaurant offers traditional pho with sliced beef, peppers, herbs and lime wedges. One house specialty combines seared goat meat and lemongrass-infused goat curry with crushed peanuts, cilantro and basil. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

TANDOORI CHICKEN RESTAURANT
2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880;
www.tandoorichickennola.com
Traditional chicken tikka masala is cooked in a clay oven and served with creamy gravy. Shrimp biryani is served with basmati rice with raisins and herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TARKA
3207 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-6141
Chicken makhni, or butter chicken, features boneless chicken cooked in the tandoor oven, then sauteed and served in tomato-butter cream sauce. Lamb biryani is marinated and steam-cooked lamb and basmati rice with herbs. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TARTINE
7217 Perrier St., 866-4860;
www.tartineneworleans.com
This quaint French neighborhood cafe serves pork rillette with a toasted baguette, onion marmalade and cornichons. Tuna nicoise salad is prepared with olives, potatoes, boiled eggs, hearts of palm, roasted tomatoes, anchovies and vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TED'S FROSTOP
3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615
Order the fried fish plate served with macaroni and salad. The red beans and rice are made with smoked sausage and served with salad and a vegetable. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TENNOU SUSHI BAR
1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, 366-3898;
www.tennousushi.com
The signature Tennou roll combines red snapper, snow crab, avocado, cream cheese and smelt roe and is topped with a drizzle of eel sauce and spicy mayo. Beef negimaki is thinly sliced rib-eye wrapped around asparagus and grilled. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TERRAZU
Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., 287-0877
The "BBLTA" sandwich combines bacon, Brie, lettuce, tomato and avocado. A heart-healthy choice is the Vita-blue salad with baby mixed greens, spinach, goat cheese, blueberries, sliced almonds, avocado and a side of balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH 
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678;
www.t2restaurant.com
 Start with the Asian grilled chicken salad, which combines baby spring mix and romaine lettuces with grilled chicken, cucumbers, pickled carrots, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, red onions and peanut vinaigrette on top of a bed of vermicelli. Mama's pad thai offers a choice of chicken or shrimp over flat rice noodles stir-fried with onions, garlic, bean sprouts, peanuts and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THAT'S A WRAP
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-0009;
www.thatsawrapnola.com
The Southwest chipotle chicken wrap is filled with pan-broiled chicken, bacon, sharp cheddar, romaine, organic spring greens, tomatoes and spicy chipotle mayo. The Tuscan turkey wrap features roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, romaine lettuce, organic spring mix, tomatoes and creamy pesto vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Sun.

THAT'S AMORE
4421 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5885;
www.thatsamorepizzaonline.com
That's Amore prepares a true Chicago-style deep-dish pie with pizza toppings amassed like a pie filling between thin layers of crust. The homemade roast beef po-boy is another popular choice. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Sun, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THEO'S PIZZA
4024 Canal St., 302-1133;
4218 Magazine St., 894-8554;
www.theospizza.com
The Expert includes olive oil, garlic, spinach, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, purple onions and bacon. Or try the Westbank special featuring tomato sauce, mozzarella, crumbled bacon, chicken, roasted red peppers, jalapenos and pineapple. Other menu items include sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THREE HAPPINESS
1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, 368-1355;
www.threehappiness.com
The refreshing bun cha gio thit nuon features fried spring rolls with fresh mint, lettuce and cucumber, char-broiled pork with vermicelli. For a salad, try the goi ngi sen tom thi, which includes Vietnamese lotus root with pork, shrimp and crispy shrimp chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THREE MUSES
536 Frenchmen St., 298-8746;
www.thethreemuses.com
The steak and cake combo includes grilled hanger steak and a crab cake with bearnaise. The tempura shrimp lettuce cups contain pickled red onion and pineapple-lime sauce. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

THE TIMES GRILL
1827 Front St., Slidell, (985)639-3335;
1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985)626-1161;
www.timesgrill.com
The Creole crawfish pasta contains sauteed crawfish tails tossed with Creole cream sauce and fettuccine and finished with Parmesan and scallions. The Gold burger features a patty brushed with barbecue sauce and topped with pepper Jack cheese and onion rings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.

TOMMY'S CUISINE
746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103;
www.tommysneworleans.com
The crabmeat canape features jumbo lump crabmeat baked in bechamel sauce with green onions, fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese on top. For an entree, duck Tchoupitoulas features a crispy roasted bird served with raspberry reduction, wild rice and wilted spinach. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ TONY ANGELLO'S RESTAURANT6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888 Eggplant Tina features eggplant medallions topped with house-made tomato sauce and Romano cheese. The lobster cup appetizer is a puree of oyster and shrimp blended with lobster cream sauce and baked. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MANDINA'S
1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 362-2010;
www.tonymandinas.com
Eggplant Dominic Jude has layers of fried eggplant medallions, shrimp and crabmeat topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce. Shrimp Mandina features jumbo Louisiana shrimp in spicy butter sauce served over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TOUT DE SUITE CAFE
347 Verret St., 362-2264The Atchafalaya features two crawfish cakes topped with poached eggs and sauce piquant, served with potatoes. For a sweet breakfast item, try French toast made with almond-crusted brioche topped with orange zest and served with fresh fruit and maple syrup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TRACEY'S
2604 Magazine St., 899-2054;
www.traceysnola.com
Tracey's signature dish is a roast beef po-boy dripping with gravy. The soft-shell crab po-boy fills Leidenheimer bread and is dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA
600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985)626-4476;
2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985)345-6789;
www.treyyuen.com
The honey-pecan shrimp features large Gulf shrimp in a sweet and creamy coating, served with honey-roasted pecans and sesame seeds. The Cantonese-inspired seafood and eggplant dish includes shrimp, scallops, crawfish and other seafood stir-fried with Chinese eggplant in brown bean sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

TUJAGUE' S RESTAURANT
823 Decatur St., 525-8676;
www.tujagues.com
The chicken bonne femme is a pan-fried chicken generously seasoned with garlic and parsley and served with potatoes. The seafood vol-au-vent features sauteed shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish tails in a Mornay sauce served over puff pastry. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TULLY'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD
587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991;
www.tullyspizza.com
Crabby ravioli is a four-cheese ravioli topped with lump crabmeat in cream sauce. Veal Parmesan features veal rolled in Italian breadcrumbs topped with house-made tomato sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT
4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, 371-5195;
www.tfyogurt.net
Try one of the self-serve frozen yogurt chain's 14 flavors, topped with fruit, nuts and candy toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TWO TONYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 831-0999;
www.two-tonys.com
Eggplant medallions are served with shrimp-and-crabmeat au gratin baked with sharp cheddar and Italian breadcrumbs. The blackened seafood platter includes catfish, crab cakes, shrimp and oysters coated with a special blend of seasonings and cooked in a cast-iron pan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON
401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459;
www.uglydogsaloon.net
Order the barbecued pork platter with a choice of two sides such as potato salad and coleslaw. The coleslaw features thick, crunchy ribbons of purple and green cabbage tossed in smoky and sweet sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT
1413 Upperline St., 891-9822;
www.upperline.com
The popular fish piquant with "hot and hot" shrimp is grilled baby drum accompanied by shrimp cooked with jalapeno peppers and served with a side of habanero sauce. For an appetizer, try the spicy shrimp with aioli and jalapeno cornbread. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT
515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985)893-9336
The chicken Parmesan features a chicken breast topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce and served with angel hair pasta. Try the Cuban specialty of roast pork with black beans, rice and fried plantains. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE
2051 Metairie Road, 836-2007;
www.vegatapascafe.com
Pollo en papel features chicken, wild mushrooms, leeks and feta in a crisp phyllo pastry. Carnes curados includes salt-cured beef bresaola, paprika pork loin and cured chorizo with croutons. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VENEZIA RESTAURANT
134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991;
www.venezianeworleans.com
The eggplant Vatican is a half of an eggplant filled with shrimp and crawfish in crabmeat cream sauce, served with fettuccine Alfredo. The veal T-bone steak comes with a choice of side item. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE VERANDA AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL NEW ORLEANS
444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383;
www.ichotelsgroup.com
Try a pressed sandwich with slow-roasted pork, cilantro and sweet onion and carrot slaw. The calamari and Gulf shrimp fritto misto is a mix of fried seafood served with caper remoulade. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

VIANNE'S TEA HOUSE
544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985)624-5683;
www.viannes.com
Vianne's big turkey salad features mixed greens topped with smoked turkey breast, blue cheese, pecans and a scoop of egg salad. The gourmet grilled cheese sandwich combines smoked Gouda, tomato and American cheese on wheat bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE
636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329
The shepherd's pie is stuffed with minced beef, green beans, corn and carrots. The meatball sub features house-made meatballs, mozzarella cheese and marinara. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VILLAGE INN
9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610
All-crab pasta includes a soft shell crab, crab fingers and crabmeat cream sauce over angel hair pasta. The muffuletta is filled with ham, salami, mozzarella cheese and olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984;
7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313;
www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com
Baked cannelloni is filled with veal and spinach and topped with Alfredo and marinara sauces. Osso buco is slow-cooked veal served with the marrow in the bone over angel hair pasta with a side of sweet carrots. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VINE AND DINE
141 Delaronde St., 361-1402;
www.vine-dine.com
Brie and crab au gratin features baked triple-cream Brie and lump crabmeat served with herbed crostini. Delaronde Street shrimp combines hickory-smoked bacon and shrimp in spicy cream sauce over rosemary biscuits with green beans amandine on the side. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE BAR
4350 Highway 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482;
www.vitalityjuice.com
The Blast sandwich includes smoked turkey bacon, lettuce, avocado and Swiss cheese grilled on artisan bread. Sugar-free, dairy-free organic soy yogurt is the foundation of a healthy banana split sundae topped with sugar-free caramel and chocolate. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

VIZARD'S
5015 Magazine St., 895-2246;
www.vizards.net
Soft-shell crab is lightly battered and served with bearnaise sauce. The half-Nelson is crispy eggplant, jumbo lump crabmeat, crimini mushrooms, green onions and bearnaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482
The seafood platter consists of fried fish, shrimp, oysters and a soft-shell crab, a stuffed crab, stuffed shrimp, frog legs and fried crawfish tails. Flounder Lafitte is flounder stuffed with provolone, crabmeat and pecans and topped with cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon., Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL
Citywide;
www.voodoobbqandgrill.com
Brisket is smoked for more than 14 hours and served on a platter with a choice of two sides. The Carnivale of Fries sprinkles fries with barbecue seasonings and tops them with melted cheddar, bacon and green onions. Credit cards. $

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BBQ
10828 Hayne Blvd., 241-8227;
www.cochondelaitpoboys.com
Walker's is known for its cochon de lait po-boy dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. The Family Feast includes a sampling of ribs, chicken, brisket, pork and side dishes like mustard greens, baked beans, candied yams and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sat. Cash only. $

WASABI
900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433;
8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263;
www.wasabinola.com
The yellow dragon roll is filled with avocado, cucumber, snow crabs and smelt roe, topped with fresh salmon, thinly sliced lemons and green onions. Get a soft-shell crab sauteed with bell peppers, onions and jalapeno peppers. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WASHINGTON AVENUE HOUSE OF CATFISH
4600 Washington Ave., 482-6565
Fried chicken is served with potato salad or french fries, along with green peas, a pickle and bread. Get catfish fried, blackened or grilled. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

WATER STREET BISTRO
804 Water St., Madisonville, (985)845-3855;
www.waterstreetbistro.com
Grilled shrimp are served on a bed of baby spinach with sauteed leeks, red onions, capers, artichokes, kalamata olives, feta cheese and pine nuts. The sauteed crab claws are served with white wine garlic butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT
769 W. Fifth Street, LaPlace, (985)652-9990
Wayne Jacob's signature Smokehouse sandwich features grilled andouille, smoked turkey, ham, bacon and American cheese on Texas toast. Plantation pasta combines shrimp, artichokes and mushroom cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

WELTY'S DELI AND CATERING
336 Camp St., 592-0223;
www.weltysdeli.com
Asian chicken salad is sliced roast chicken with Mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, carrots and mixed greens drizzled with ginger-soy dressing. The New Orleans A.K. (After Katrina) sandwich layers ham, turkey, roast beef, pastrami, Swiss, provolone, pepper Jack and cheddar on an Italian seeded bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WHO DAT COFFEE CAFE
2401 Burgundy St., 872-0360
Jalapeno cornbread is covered with creamy egg sauce, cheese, bacon bits and green onions. The Vieux Reuben combines corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and remoulade on rye bread. Reservations accepted. Open daily, food served breakfast, lunch and dinner Thu.-Sun. Cash only. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET
3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225;
5600 Magazine St., 899-9119;
www.wholefoods.com
The salad bar includes fresh greens and baby spinach with toppings ranging from soybeans and chopped vegetables to feta cheese and croutons. Pesto tofu is cold tofu covered with pesto made with pureed basil, spinach, pine nuts, Parmesan and olive oil. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE
2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503
Fried chicken is wet-battered and cooked according to a family recipe. Green beans come with rice and gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO
531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705
The hamburger is a grilled Angus beef patty topped with tomato and onions and served with onion rings or french fries. Fish and chips feature beer-battered cod served with fries and malt vinegar. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WIT'S INN
141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600;
www.witsinn.com
The Wit's Works pizza combines red sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, green peppers, artichoke hearts, red onions, mozzarella and black olives;
anchovies and jalapenos are optional. The shrimp calzone is filled with shrimp, mushrooms, roasted garlic, ricotta and mozzarella. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE
Marriott New Orleans, 859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2844;
www.wolfesinthewarehouse.com
Barbecue shrimp come in a house-made cream sauce made with sauteed scallions, teriyaki and white wine, and are served with grilled, truffle oil soaked French bread. Crab cakes are made with lump crabmeat and served with mango and black bean salsa. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683;
www.collegeinn1933.com
Crawfish Delacroix features grilled redfish topped with crawfish etouffee, served with rice. The oyster blue tops flash-fried oysters with shredded iceberg lettuce, purple onions and blue cheese oil. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT
850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985)643-9331;
www.youngssteakhouse.com
The petite filet is served with crabmeat and mushrooms in a garlic and green onion butter sauce. Steamed Maine lobster is served with drawn butter and lemon. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT
323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985)809-3840;
www.yujinjapaneserestaurant.com
The Blackjack roll is filled with tuna, salmon and avocado and topped with spicy tuna, snow crab and smelt roe. The baked salmon dinner includes baked snow crab. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUMMY YUMMY
220 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-9122
General Tso tofu is deep-fried tofu served with broccoli and steamed or fried rice. Crab Rangoon is a fried, crispy cream cheese wonton. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE
8210 Oak St., 861-2224;
www.zotzcafe.com
The spinach-feta croissants are baked in house. Order almond scones to go with coffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

ZACHARY'S BY THE LAKE
7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 872-9832;
www.zacharysbythelake.com
Sugarcane shrimp are jumbo shrimp marinated in cane syrup, wrapped in bacon, fried and served with pickled okra salad. Honey-pepper chicken salad combines panko-fried or grilled chicken with mixed greens, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, eggs, onions and honey-pepper dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ZARA'S MARKET
4838 Prytania St., 895-0581;
www.zarasmarket.com
The fried shrimp po-boy comes dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayonnaise and hot sauce. Seafood quiches are made with shrimp and crawfish fillings. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
Citywide;
www.zearestaurants.com
The tuna sashimi stack features layers of raw tuna, avocado and cucumber and is served with microgreens, sesame crackers and cucumber-wasabi aioli. Tortilla-crusted crab cakes are seasoned with Southwestern spices, fried and served with habanero sauce. Reservation policies vary by location. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

ZEKE'S RESTAURANT
1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133;
www.eatatzekes.com
Fried green bell pepper rings are battered and served with ranch dressing. Pecan-crusted catfish is served with remoulade, herb salad and a choice of two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ZIMMER' S SEAFOOD
4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150;
www.zimmersseafood.webs.com
Crawfish pie features crawfish, onion, celery, bell peppers and bread crumbs baked in a flaky crust. Order boiled seasonal seafood by the pound. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ZOE RESTAURANT
W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018;
www.starwoodhotels.com
The blackened redfish po-boy features a spicy pan-seared redfish fillet dressed with remoulade, lettuce and tomatoes. The fritatta is a crustless quiche made with eggs, andouille sausage, onions, shrimp, crabmeat, green and red peppers and pepper Jack cheese and drizzled with a light tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

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