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N'tini's
2891 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.com
The Mediterranean features pan-seared fish of the day topped with house-made olive salad and served with feta and green onion orzo and a sweet balsamic reduction. The Pontchartrain strip steak is topped with barbecue shrimp and comes with a loaded baked potato. Reservations recommended. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Nacho Mama's Mexican Grill
Elmwood Shopping Center, 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1016, Harahan, (504) 736-1188; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.com
Mamachitas is a fiery, deep-fried blend of roasted jalapenos, serranos and habaneros mixed with cilantro, tomatoes and cheese and served with red pepper aioli. The Green Monster burrito is a spinach tortilla filled with squash, zucchini, bell peppers, red onions, corn, spinach and black beans and topped with Chihuahua cheese and red pepper aioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Naked Pizza
701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A105, Metairie, (504) 835-0066; 6307 S. Miro St., (504) 865-0244; www.nakedpizza.biz
The Sonoran pie tops a probiotic crust with chicken, mushrooms, red onion and roasted red peppers. The Superbiotic pizza is made with artichoke, spinach, bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic, red onion and cilantro. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Namese
4077 Tulane Ave., (504) 483-8899; www.namese.net
The menu includes traditional and creative Vietnamese dishes. The combination vermicelli bowl features rice noodles topped with shrimp balls, grilled pork and chicken, an egg roll, lettuce, sprouts, basil, mint and crushed peanuts. The ducky Cuban is a pressed sandwich filled with braised duck, bacon, pickled green beans and hoisin aioli. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com
The house specialty is a warm muffuletta filled with ham, Genoa salami, pastrami, olive salad and provolone and Swiss cheeses. Spicy jambalaya is studded with chicken and sausage. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Nathan's Restaurant
36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; www.nathansrestaurant.net
Char-broiled oysters are offered by the half or full dozen. Blackened tuna comes with Creole honey-butter and sweet potato and tasso hash. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery
2440 Chartres St., (504) 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com
The crab sandwich features local crabmeat, bacon, melted brie and sauteed spinach on a choice of bread. There's also a selection of baked goods, including chocolate cupcakes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co.
3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4130; 4141 St. Charles Ave., (504) 247-9755; www.nocbc.com
The cafe offers coffee and espresso drinks, frozen cafe au lait and blended Frostbite drinks. There also are chocolate beignets, cinnamon rolls, pretzel croissants, cookies and muffins. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge New Orleans Creole Cookery serves Cajun and Creole seafood dishes in the French Quarter. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • New Orleans Creole Cookery serves Cajun and Creole seafood dishes in the French Quarter.

New Orleans Creole Cookery
508 Toulouse St., (504) 524-9632; www.facebook.com/neworleanscreolecookery
Sauteed snapper Pontchartrain is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and hollandaise and served with green beans and garlic roasted potatoes. Duck Lafitte is a duck breast served with raspberry compote, Creole risotto and grilled asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.
Citywide; www.nohsc.com
The catfish plate includes fried thin-cut catfish, coleslaw, hushpuppies and garlic-herb fries. The Shrimpzilla is a shrimp po-boy topped with Swiss cheese, roast beef debris gravy, shredded cabbage and Creole mustard sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

New York Pizza
4418 Magazine St., (504) 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.com
The Big Apple pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, olives, onions, green bell peppers and Italian sausage. Garlic, anchovies and jalapenos are optional additions. The Queens pizza features an olive oil-brushed crust topped with artichokes, spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella and feta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Neyow's Creole Cafe
3340 Bienville St., (504) 827-5474
The menu includes fried seafood dishes, Creole favorites and po-boys. Char-grilled oysters are topped with butter and cheese sauce. The seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters, fish, a stuffed crab and two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
2130 Magazine St., (504) 309-1872; www.nileneworleans.com
Doro wot, the national dish of Ethiopia, features chicken stewed in red pepper sauce. Lamb tibs is made with marinated lamb, jalapeno peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, rosemary and spices. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner. Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

Nirvana Indian Cuisine
4308 Magazine St., (504) 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com
Vegetarian paneer is served with baby corn and mushrooms. The Nirvana special features buttered chicken, a lamb kebab and Manchurian shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NOLA Beans
762 Harrison Ave., (504) 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com
The triple-decker Magic club sandwich includes ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and house-made spread on a choice of bread. The Spanish Fort salad combines grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, avocado, pico de gallo, corn, black beans and avocado ranch dressing. The breakfast menu is available all day Sunday. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

NOLA Grind
2633 Napoleon Ave., (504) 628-7719; www.facebook.com/nolagrind
For breakfast, the Melvin features scrambled eggs, sausage, sauteed bell peppers and onions and cheese in a choice of tortilla served with salsa and grits. The Paisano muffuletta includes ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone and olive salad on an Italian roll and comes with a pickle and Zapp's chips, salad or soup. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

NOLA Restaurant
534 St. Louis St., (504) 522-6652; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/nola-restaurant
Hickory-roasted duck is served with whiskey-caramel glaze, buttermilk cornbread pudding, fire-roasted corn and haricots vert salad, candied pecans and natural jus. Garlic-crusted drum is roasted in a wood-burning oven and served with brabant potatoes, crimini mushrooms, bacon and beurre rouge. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NOLA Smokehouse
739 Jackson Ave., (504) 418-2591; www.nolasmokehouse.com
The menu includes brisket, pulled pork and smoked boudin. Beef brisket "burnt" ends are available in half-pound and pound servings. Sides include sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and hoe cakes. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sat.. Credit cards. $$

Nonna Mia Cafe & Pizzeria
3125 Esplanade Ave., (504) 948-1717; www.nonnamia.net
Seared Atlantic salmon is served with lemon-butter caper sauce, spinach and sauteed vegetables. Shrimp Diablo features pan-seared shrimp, house-made fettuccine and spicy arrabbiata sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Nonna Randazzo's
925 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 684-0090; 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite F5, Covington, (985) 893-1488; 22022 Marshall Road, Mandeville, (985) 898-2444; www.nonnarandazzo.com
King cakes are available year round at this dessert shop and bakery. Specialty items include Italian pastries, such as Italian fig cookies. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Noodle & Pie
741 State St., (504) 252-9431; www.noodleandpie.com
The House ramen bowl features shoyu chicken broth, slow-cooked barbecued pork shoulder, a soft egg, greens, scallions, mushrooms, shredded nori and house-made alkaline noodles. Korean fried chicken is served with fermented black bean chili glaze and house-made kimchi. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Nor-Joe Importing Company
505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-9240; www.norjoe.com
The muffuletta features Italian meats, cheeses and olive salad on Sicilian sesame bread. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

The Nutrition Company
4350 Hwy. 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.facebook.com/thenutritioncompany
All juices and smoothies are made with organic ingredients. Fire-roasted vegetarian chili is meatless, beanless chili made with roasted tomatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Nuvolari's
246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com
Paneed veal is served over mushroom pasta Alfredo and topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon beurre blanc. Seafood pasta combines Gulf shrimp and crabmeat over pasta with marinara or sherry cream. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$



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