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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - S 

SAFFRON NOLA
505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 363-2174; www.saffronnola.com
The extension of a catering business, Saffron is open on Friday night only. Its innovative approach to Indian cuisine sometimes features reinvented local dishes, such as barbecue shrimp with a tamarind tang served over crab cakes made with lentil batter. Traditional Indian dishes include chicken tikka, curries and goat marinated in yogurt. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

ST. CHARLES TAVERN
1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823; www.stcharlestavern.com
The pork boudin sausage po-boy gets a kick from Cajun spices and is served with fries. The chicken-fried steak comes with baked potatoes. For dessert try white chocolate bread pudding with rum sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. COFFEE
2709 St. Claude Ave., 872-9798
This coffeeshop has a cool interior of repurposed woodwork, strong brew and food from a host of downtown suppliers, including pastries from Shake Sugary, donuts from Alois J. Binder Bakery and empanadas from the Empanada Intifada food truck. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Cash only. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY
5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com
This gourmet cheese monger offers more than 100 varieties of cheese from around the globe. The Korean-inspired Kim Jong Mmmm sandwich features pork shoulder, kimchi, Sriracha mayonnaise and cilantro on a baguette. The La Provencal includes Portuguese sardines, celery, olive tapenade, mesclun greens and pickled shallot on a baguette. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

STE. MARIE
930 Poydras St., Suite 101, 304-6988; www.stemarie-nola.com
This modern bistro offers French-inspired fare and a long list of Champagnes. Handmade gnocchi are served with pancetta, cauliflower and butternut squash. The crawfish mac and cheese is tossed with crawfish meat, snow peas in a Gruyere, Fontina and Parmesan cheese sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner and late-night nightly, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN
2830 Magazine St., 894-0033; www.sake-cafeuptown.us
The tuna cake features sushi rice, snow crab and chopped tuna with ginger dressing. The rice paper roll includes fresh salmon, tuna, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, smelt roe and crabstick in rice paper and is topped with three sauces. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT
27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443; www.sal-andjudysrestaurant.com
Seafood cannelloni features house-made pasta topped with crawfish and crabmeat cream sauce. Veal panne is served with house-made pasta in Mr. Sal's tomato gravy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALSAS POR EL LAGO
124 Lake Marina Drive, 286-3057
This casual cantina offers a dozen different salsas to top its Mexican dishes. Options include tacos, burritos, tamales, enchiladas, fried fish and fajita platters. Traditional menudo is a spicy soup made with beef tripe. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALT 'N' PEPPER
400 Iberville St., 561-6070Pakistani and Indian fare are featured here and there are several vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. The samosas are served with chickpeas, salad and raita. Pepperoni, sausage and cheese pizzas are available by the slice or whole pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALTWATER GRILL
710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.com
The Louisiana crab cake Napoleon features lump crab cakes layered with grilled eggplant rounds and drizzled with light cream sauce. Pasta Adeline combines crawfish, shrimp, tasso and penne pasta in Creole mustard cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALU
3226 Magazine St., 371-5809; www.salurestaurant.com
Lobster macaroni features Gruyere cheese and tempura-fried green onions. The pork Wellington is wrapped in phyllo dough and served with wilted spinach and Burgundy-peppercorn cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALVO'S SEAFOOD
7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.com
Grilled tuna comes with sauteed potatoes and corn on the cob. The butterfly shrimp plate features a dozen jumbo shrimp and potatoes. The restaurant also offers po-boys and boiled seafood. 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 Ray Ray po-boy is a combination of fried chicken breast, Chisesi ham and Swiss cheese. House-made, garlic-stuffed roast beef goes on po-boys, and there are salads and fried seafood. A kid's menu is available. 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
Roast beef debris fills a po-boy dripping with gravy. The Greek feta salad features romaine lettuce, feta, candied walnuts, kalamata olives and purple onion tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S SEAFOOD RESTAURAN
T627 Bourbon St., 525-8442; www.sammysseafoodrestaurant.com
Sammy's serves local seafood in Cajun and Creole dishes, as well as offering Maine lobster and steaks. Blackened redfish is topped with crawfish cream sauce and served with garlic-roasted potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com
Sandro's serves a large menu of Italian dishes including seafood, steaks, pasta and salads. Pork osso buco is cooked in a cacciatori (a broth of vegetables and mushrooms) and served over angel hair pasta. Shrimp confit features sauteed shrimp, peppers and onions tossed in cream sauce and served over fried eggplant with sauteed spinach and fettuccine. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE
3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077; www.santafenola.com
Chicken Maximillian is a roulade of roasted Anaheim pepper, cheese and chorizo that is flash-fried and served with black beans and rice. Chile rellenos are battered and fried and served with poblano sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE TAPAS
1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915; www.santa-fetapas.com
One tapas option features caramelized diver scallops served with mango and green tomato pico de gallo. Paella Valenciana, prepared for two people, is a traditional seafood paella from Valencia, Spain. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SARA'S RESTAURANT
724 Dublin St., 861-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.com
Lamb Oxford features a leg of lamb braised in korma sauce served with basmati cumin rice. The sesame-crusted salmon consists of pan-seared Atlantic salmon with wasabi beurre blanc and jasmine rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SASSAFRAS CREOLE & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
2501 Leon C. Simon Drive, 288-3939; www.sassafrasnola.com
This cafe offers Creole comfort food. Flash-fried crab cakes are topped with Parmesan cheese and the restaurant's "jazz" sauce. Jumbo shrimp are stuffed with crab dressing, breaded, fried and served with sweet potato fries, fiesta corn and salad. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

SATSUMA CAFE
3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962; www.satsumacafe.com
The green breakfast sandwich stacks eggs, arugula, tomato, avocado and Swiss cheese on a bagel, croissant or toast. For dinner, roasted chicken breast comes with goat cheese potato cakes and poblano pepper with herb butter. Fresh-squeezed juices and exotic limeades and lemonades are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAUCY'S BBQ GRILL
3244 Severn Ave., Metairie, 322-2544; www.saucys-bbqgrill.com
Saucy's serves slow-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage and grilled chicken. Other dishes feature barbecue styles from Memphis and the Carolinas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE SAZERAC RESTAURANT
Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-1200; www.therooseveltnew-orleans.com
The crisp sweetbreads and waffles tasting plate includes a quail egg, Smithfield ham and maple demi-glace. Shrimp and foie gras dumplings are served with braised greens. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD
279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116Appetizers include fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp remoulade. The Asian seared tuna is thinly sliced and topped with sesame seeds, Asian herbs and spices. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI
239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.com
The Vegetarian's Choice features fried tofu and teriyaki sauce on top of sauteed zucchini, yellow squash and carrots. The seaweed udon is a bowl of noodles in fish-based broth sprinkled with dried seaweed. 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 spicy sauce over shell pasta. Chicken Parmesan features two Parmesan-crusted chicken breasts sandwiched around provolone cheese, served over linguine in Alfredo sauce and topped with marinara. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668LSU colors and paraphernalia adorn this CBD eatery. The Big Mitch features grilled ham and Swiss cheese with grilled onions on crusty French bread. Popular sandwiches include the muffuletta and the roast beef po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANY
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.-serranossalsacompany.com
Serranos serves Mexican and Latin favorites and has a specialty margarita menu. Fajita platters offer a choice of chicken, shrimp, beef or portobello mushroom and several different combinations of peppers, cheeses and toppings. Brazilian fried calamari takes the traditional appetizer and adds cilantro, Serrano peppers and garlic. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SEYMOUR'S RESTAURANT
2216 Hickory Ave., River Ridge, 737-3148 Crab cakes are served with crabmeat cream sauce over fettuccine. The Chill Down plate includes shrimp salad, shrimp cocktail, shrimp remoulade and potato salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SHAKE SUGARY
3600 St. Claude Ave., 355-9345; www.shake-sugary.com
On weekends, this bakery has regulars lining up for fresh cinnamon rolls, muffins, house-made soups and coffee from a local roaster. There's also focaccia, quiche and bacon-and-sweet potato biscuits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

SHAMROCK
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938; www.shamrockparty.com
Shamrock bills itself as the biggest neighborhood bar in town, and its cavernous space holds plenty of pool tables and games. For the hungry, the 12-ounce rib-eye comes with salad and a choice of side. The half-pound Turbo burger comes with fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SHANE'S RIB SHACK
1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.com
The half-rack of ribs is served with a choice of two sides including mac and cheese, coleslaw, fried okra and collard greens. White meat chicken tenders are available grilled or fried. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK
1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442; www.theshimmyshack.net
Crisp-fried Louisiana oysters and Brie are served atop wilted spinach with applewood-smoked bacon bites. Flats are pita bread sandwiches with a variety of fillings, like the Philly round steak flat dressed with mozzarella and sauteed onions and peppers. Burgers and po-boys also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE
2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.com
The lobster roll features lobster, smelt roe and avocado in soy paper topped with sweet sauce. The lunchtime bento box includes shrimp tempura, sashimi, a snow crab roll, buckwheat noodle soup and a choice of chicken or beef teriyaki. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572; www.shortstoppoboys.com
A popular po-boy features roast beef cooked in-house with garlic, onions and Worcestershire sauce. The oyster po-boy is packed with oysters lightly breaded with corn flour and breadcrumbs. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE
JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.com
Hall of Fame coach Don Shula's restaurant is a throwback steakhouse focusing on big cuts of beef and martinis. Barbecue shrimp come wrapped in bacon, stuffed with fresh basil and are cooked in horseradish barbecue sauce. Filet Oscar is a petit filet mignon with lump crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise served with potatos. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SIBERIA
2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855
This rock club has a kitchen offering Slavic soul food, including pierogies, blini and more.No reservations. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 831-9541; www.sidmarsrestaurant.com
Sid-Mar's serves a wide array of fried and grilled seafood in po-boys and on platters. Seafood gumbo brims with crabmeat. The Fisherman's platter features oysters, shrimp, catfish and two different crab preparations. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002
The Porky Pig features pulled pork in barbecue sauce topped with coleslaw and is served on a brioche bun with a side of fries. Sliders are topped with caramelized onions, Creole mayo, shredded cheddar cheese and pickles. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SINGHA THAI CAF
E413 Carondelet St., 581-2205
Head to Singha for staples like pad Thai, a spicy mix of pan-fried noodles, chicken, shrimp, eggs and onions. Ginger fish is a tilapia fillet served 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
Slice is known for thin crusts made from 100 percent wheat flour. Shrimp Portofino is a pasta dish with garlic cream sauce, shrimp and broccoli. The barbecue shrimp po-boy features sauce made with Abita Amber. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER
3322 Magazine St., 891-3447 The Jewish Coonass features two potato latkes topped with grilled spinach, crawfish etouffee and eggs. The Greek omelet combines spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, olives and feta cheese in a four-egg omelet and comes with toast or a biscuit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT
5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.com
Stuffed eggplant "Courtenay" is filled with crabmeat and shrimp and topped with creamy lump crabmeat sauce. Louisiana crab cakes are topped with crawfish Lafitte sauce and served with potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD
2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647
This seafood market serves platters of hot boiled or fried seafood with pasta. The seafood boat is brimming with fried shrimp, fish, oysters and soft-shell crab. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
The restaurant attached to the jazz club offers a menu of steaks, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. The fish Marigny is a fried drum fillet topped with Gulf shrimp and Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp features shrimp sauteed in their shells in a spicy sauce of butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne pepper. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOMETHIN' ELSE CAFE
620 Conti St., 373-6439; www.somethinelsecafe.com
Combining Cajun flavors and comfort food, Somthin' Else offers noshing items including shrimp baskets, boudin balls and alligator corn dogs. Boiled crawfish are served with a special sauce. Fried crawfish fill a po-boy dressed with lettuce, tomato and special sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SOUND CAFE
2700 Chartres St., 947-4477
The Brie sandwich features thick slabs of Brie on focaccia bread from Laurel Street Bakery. The hummus and vegetable sandwich on focaccia is served with Zapp's potato chips or fruit. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE
1714 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 646-6085
Shrimp lo mein is a mixture of stir-fried shrimp, noodles and vegetables. The Spartan roll bundles shrimp tempura, cream cheese, snow crab, tuna and avocado and is topped with eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO
2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090; www.-specialtyitalianbistro.com
Shrimp scampi features jumbo Gulf shrimp over linguine with a light scampi sauce. The fried catfish and shrimp combo platter is served with seasoned waffle fries. Both entrees come with salad and garlic cheese bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPITALE'S DELI
2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912; www.spitalesdeli.com
Spitale's heart healthy menu features grilled shrimp, chicken and tuna. The stuffed tomato is filled with olives, pickles, red onion and chicken or tuna salad. Grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese top the "dirty" turkey sandwich. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS
2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudlys.com
Spudly's menu includes soups, salads, po-boys filled with seafood, and baked potatoes topped with a wide array of meats, cheeses, vegetables and sauces. The chicken delight features fried chicken breasts topped with mozzarella and chives or barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q
8400 Oak St., 302-7370; www.squeal-nola.com
The St. Louis ribs are dry rubbed and hickory smoked for more than eight hours before being glazed with Squeal's signature barbecue sauce. The Squeal pie features layers of pulled pork, corn maque choux and andouille mashed potatoes topped with cheddar cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STANLEY
547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.com
Chef Scott Boswell adds gourmet twists to classic diner fare and ice cream sundaes. The Breaux Bridge Benedict features two toasted French bread rounds topped with boudin from Breaux Bridge, cheese, poached eggs and hollandaise. A trio of sliders includes chicken club, oyster po-boy and barbecue beef po-boy. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE
237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.com
Cajun seasonings accent the surf-and-turf options at this restaurant. The Cajun filet mignon is an 8-ounce filet stuffed with crabmeat, lobster, shrimp and crawfish tails and topped with red wine mushroom sauce. A whole Maine lobster is served with drawn butter and a choice of potato, baked or whipped, steamed broccoli, sauteed mushrooms or creamed spinach. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR
888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steak-kniferestaurant.com
Start a meal at this traditional steakhouse with crabmeat au gratin, featuring Louisiana lump crab baked in cheese sauce. The steak selection ranges from a 6-ounce filet mignon to a 24-ounce porterhouse. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ
Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.com
The Natchez serves Creole cuisine while cruising the Mississippi River. At dinner, the Paddlewheel pork loin is served with Creole mustard sauce or spiced Caribbean butter sweetened with Steen's cane syrup. Bread pudding is topped with candied pecans and bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

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

STELLA!
1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com
Chef Scott Boswell combines exotic ingredients with a refined and whimsical touch. White cheddar popcorn forms a crust for Louisiana black drum with crawfish, local sweet corn macque choux and wilted greens with sour cream and onion butter. Pan-seared scallops and shrimp are served with truffled andouille and caviar butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEP BROTHERS BAR & GRILL
4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856; www.stepsbarandgrill.com
The Step Ultimate burger tops a beef patty with cheddar, bacon, fried onion rings and barbecue sauce. The Timmy burger features a beef patty, hot sausage, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and secret sauce. 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 cobb salad wrap consists of smoked turkey, bacon, tomato, avocado, chopped greens and blue cheese dressing wrapped in a spinach tortilla and served with a side. The hamburger po-boy is made with a handmade patty and served dressed on French bread with a side item. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

STILL PERKIN'
The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 899-0335; www.stillperkinneworleans.com
The Greek wrap is filled with grilled chicken, hummus, baby spinach, black olives, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. The Caesar wrap contains grilled chicken breast, julienne carrots and lettuce with Thai peanut vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRIL
L 1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-404
0Stingray's seafood options include pecan-crusted catfish served with bread, crabmeat au gratin and two sides. Deep-fried stuffed crabs are served on a platter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE STORE
814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestore-neworleans.com
The cafe has a taco bar with 30 different items including chorizo, blackened shrimp, Cuban pounded chicken, pulled pork, coleslaw, radishes and hearts of palm. Burgers feature Nebraska Angus beef patties and are served with hand-cut fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STORYVILLE RESTAURANT
808 Iberville St., 565-5520
Alligator bites are lightly breaded, deep fried and served with two sauces. The soft-shell crab po-boy features a deep-fried crab on crusty French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

STREETCAR CAFE
110 Carondelet St., 523-6614
The Shoot 'Em omelet is a three-egg omelet stuffed with alligator meat, sauteed onions and bell peppers. Local favorites include shrimp and grits and shrimp Creole. 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
Sucre offers gelato, pastries and assorted sweets. Salted caramel macaroons are part of the New Orleans macaroon collection, which includes flavors like Southern pecan, cafe au lait and bananas Foster. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SUGAR HOUSE
Embassy Suites, 315 Julia St., 525-1993; www.embassyneworleans.com
Sugar House serves Cajun and Creole favorites. Popular dishes include creamy corn and crab bisque, gumbo and crawfish etouffee. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUGAR PARK
3054 St. Claude Ave., 942-2047; www.sugarparknola.com
New York-style pizzas include the All Up In There pie topped with ham, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. The pommes frites are crispy wedge-cut fries with a choice of garlic mayo, curry mayo, chipotle ranch or vegan brown gravy for dipping. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

SUIS GENERIS
3219 Burgundy St., 309-7850; www.suisgeneris.com
This spare but stylish cafe offers a small and constantly changing menu. Appetizer choices might include jerk chicken wings over Asian slaw. Seared scallops come over a root vegetable puree with white wine-lemon-butter and poblano-corn chutney. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Cash only. $$

SUKHO THAI
1913 Royal St., 948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., 373-6471; www.sukhothai-nola.com
Crisp duck is served in basil sauce with stir-fried vegetables and rice. Snapper is steamed with lemon grass and served in lime-chili-garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUNSHINE CAFE
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 834-6040; www.sunshinecafenola.com
The Southwestern chicken wrap fills a sun-dried tomato tortilla with chicken, black beans, corn, lettuce, tomato and Southwestern ranch dressing. The Sunshine salad features field greens tossed with mandarin orange, toasted pecans, dried cherries, red onion, blue cheese and house-made pepper jelly vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SUPERIOR GRILL
3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com
Sizzling shrimp brochetas are grilled jumbo shrimp stuffed with poblano pepper and cheese and wrapped in bacon. Enchiladas are available with smoked brisket or a number of other fillings and come with rice and beans. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUPERIOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR
4338 St. Charles Ave., 293-3474; www.superiorseafoodnola.com
This seafood house offers char-grilled oysters topped with garlic, herbs, butter and Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Pasta Vieux Carre features shrimp, crawfish and andouille served with smoked tomato cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR
1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757; www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com
Bananas Foster French toast is stuffed with banana cream cheese and topped with bananas Foster sauce. Shrimp and grits feature Gulf shrimp sauteed in New Orleans-style barbecue sauce made with Abita Amber. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS
1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushi- brothers.net
The Saints roll combines coconut shrimp and cream cheese and is topped with mango, smelt roe and avocado. The LSU roll features shrimp tempura and cream cheese topped with snow crab, tuna, avocado and eel sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., 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. $$

SWEET NOLA CUPCAKES
7901 Earhart Blvd., 309-7109This sweet shop offers a variety of cupcakes including cream cheese-iced red velvet and lemon cakes topped with lemon curd and Italian meringue buttercream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE SWEET PALATE
519 St. Louis St., 522-5150; www.thesweetpalate.com
This sweet shop offers croissants, desserts and Taste Gelato Artigianale in a variety of flavors. Mascletas are hazelnut pralines with Pop Rocks enclosed in a dark chocolate shell. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SYLVAIN
625 Chartres St., 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com
This gastro pub serves dishes like house-made pickled vegetables or a Southern antipasti of seasonal pickles, artisan cheese, pickled farmer's egg, country ham and house-made mustard. The pan-fried pork shoulder features Coosa Valley Milling grits, braised greens and mustard jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

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