Take a seat at the counter and enjoy diner food and service New Orleans-style. Muffulettas and fried catfish are two of the grill’s special sandwiches. Order a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $
Some serious jams are staged in the pressed-tin confines of the self-described "oldest music club outside the French Quarter," where you'll find the Rebirth Brass Band on Tuesday and a menu of cocktails including the Southern Whuppin'. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-til daily.
There's a reason Tipitina's is one of New Orleans' venerable music spots, and we think it has everything to do with the spirit of Professor Longhair, whose famed song gave the club its name. Rub the head of his statue for respect when you come in, and be prepared to catch (and dance to) local, regional, national, and international music acts. Open Thu.-Sun. No smoking. No food.
This retro-styled diner serves a lively crowd late into the night. The open-face biscuit comes smothered in country gravy. Battered chicken-fried steak comes with two eggs, toast and hash browns or grits. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $
Cafe au lait and beignets made Cafe du Monde world famous. While the original Decatur Street location remains a French Quarter landmark, satellite shops can be found scattered throughout the metro area. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $
This casual cafe serves refined French cuisine. Les moules au fenouil feature Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in white wine, fennel and fresh herbs and served with pomme frites and roasted garlic aioli. The roasted semi-boneless Texas quail is served over baby mizuna with smoked Vidalia onions, English cucumbers, berries, kumquats, goat cheese and toasted almonds in Champagne vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$