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O'Brien's Grille
2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, (504) 391-7229;
Fried green tomatoes are topped with Louisiana crawfish tails, remoulade, lemon oil and balsamic glaze. Crawfish boil risotto is creamy risotto topped with crawfish, potato, corn, onions, andouille sausage and garlic. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'Henry's Food & Spirits
634 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 461-9840;
The Cajun-seasoned 12-ounce rib-eye steak is served with two sides. Shrimp and grits feature grilled shrimp drizzled with etouffee sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485;
Hanger steak bruschetta is served with red onion marmalade, chimichurri and chili oil. A grilled flatbread is topped with burrata, roasted tomatoes, prosciutto and aged balsamic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Oceana Grill
739 Conti St., (504) 525-6002;
Redfish Oceana is topped with mushroom-crawfish cream sauce and served with vegetables and roasted garlic potatoes. Cajun jambalaya pasta features shrimp, alligator sausage and bell pepper in Creole sauce tossed with fettuccine. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Old Arabi Eats
7005 St. Claude Ave., (504) 563-0131;
Grilled pork chops are served with black-eyed peas, creamed spinach and sweet potato fritters. Pan-roasted fish is served with porcini gnocchi, sauteed corn and micro tatsoi greens. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Old Rail Brewing Company
639 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 612-1828;
The Old Rail burger includes two 4-ounce beef patties, lettuce, tomato, red onion and malt vinegar mayonnaise on a brioche bun. The pork belly BLT features beer-braised pork belly, mixed greens and smoky tomato aioli on a toasted brioche bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Olive Branch Cafe
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero; (504) 348-2008; 5145 General De Gaulle Drive, (504) 393-1107;
. Becky's pasta includes sauteed shrimp, red onions and mushrooms in cream sauce over angel hair pasta with breaded eggplant and Parmesan. The spicy Cajun trio features sauteed crawfish, smoked sausage and chicken with Cajun tomato cream sauce over penne pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Orange Couch
2339 Royal St., (504) 267-7327
Mocha masala latte is made with espresso, dark chocolate and house-ground masala spices. Affogato is a scoop of ice cream topped with a shot of espresso and chocolate, vanilla or caramel syrup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Original Pierre Maspero's
440 Chartres St., (504) 524-8990;
French onion soup features a dark broth with smothered onions and is topped with a Swiss and provolone cheese crouton. Three pan-fried crab cakes come on a bed of sauteed spinach, heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms and onions topped with tangy house made sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Organic Banana
French Market, Stall 27, (504) 587-7904;
The daiquiri and smoothie bar makes smoothies with fruit and nonfat yogurt, and choices include the Tropical with pineapple and coconut and Banana Royale, made with ice cream and chocolate syrup. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro
720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930;
Pan-seared duck breast is served on a salad of mixed baby greens, blueberries, Maytag blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. Gulf fish amandine comes with vegetables, jumbo lump crabmeat and brown butter almonds. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Oscar's Lounge & Restaurant
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540;
The house burger features a house-made, half-pound beef patty and comes with a stuffed baked potato. House-made meatballs are served on a choice of bread with red gravy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3162 Dauphine St., (504) 267-4776;
The Oxalis burger is garnished with Provencal aioli, pickled shallots, tomatoes and lettuce and can be served with bacon, marrow or fries. Bourbon-glazed lamb belly comes with black-eyed peas, local oyster mushrooms and sweet peppers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

9428 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 400-5663;
The menu focuses on Gulf Coast seafood and Southern cuisine. Flash-fried frog legs are served with hot sauce butter, pickled celery and buttermilk dressing. Crispy spear-caught pompano is served with Brussels sprouts, brabant potatoes, lemon and brown butter. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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