Chicory coffee-lacquered quail is served with fire-roasted chili, cochon de lait boudin, smoky bacon wilted greens with Tabasco pepper jelly and espresso pecan crust. Signature shrimp and tasso Henican features Louisiana white shrimp, tasso, pickled okra, sweet onions, five-pepper jelly and Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Two crab cakes are topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce and served over angel hair pasta. The eggplant pirogue features fried eggplant slices with shrimp and crab claws in au gratin sauce served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
With 20 TVs and 400 beers, 82 of which are on tap, Cooter Brown's may seem like just a sports bar, but the walls are decorated with more than 30 sculptured celebrity caricatures, each imbibing from an oversized beer bottle. The Snooty Cooter bar in the back offers craft beers. Outdoor seating is available, and the food menu features oysters, po-boys, burgers and daily specials. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
The old-style bar is located in the historic Court of Two Sisters restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter and offers signature drinks such as the chilled Two Sisters Toddy and the Bayou Bash, which mixes Southern Comfort, fruit juices and red wine (the cocktail won an award from Culinary Concierge Magazine). A menu of small plates is available beginning at 5 p.m. Open daily. Food available.
Spicy basil eggplant is sauteed Asian eggplant served with onions, basil, bell pepper and pork, beef, chicken or shrimp. Fried tilapia with ginger features a fried fillet with sauteed young ginger, onion, carrots, squash and shiitake mushrooms in ginger sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
General Tso’s chicken is chopped chicken breast served with spicy sauce. Honey-walnut shrimp are tossed with bell peppers in ginger-honey-soy glaze. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
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 restaurant and sports bar features a game room with pool tables and walls lined with flat-screen and projection TVs. UFC fight screenings and football games draw crowds. The restaurant menu includes burgers, pizza, sandwiches and comfort food. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.
The menu doesn't include much more than thick burgers, steaks and baked potatoes, but they draw a regular crowd to this casual, nautical-themed tavern. The bar is known for its Monsoon, a big rum and fruit juice cocktail. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.