The Tony’s Play pie is topped with pepperoni, pancetta, prosciutto, mushrooms, onions, peppers, capers, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. Avocado and asparagus salad is tossed with feta, artichoke, Roma tomatoes, croutons and honey-Dijon vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $
The Pacifico sandwich features Italian tuna salad, lemon, fresh thyme, tomato, red onion and extra-virgin olive oil on multi-grain bread. The Milano panino is made with sopressata, fontina tomatoes and balsamic vinegar on pressed ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
Where Decatur Street meets Esplanade Avenue is where the music starts. Before the Frenchmen Street main course, this music hall houses everything from brass bands to salsa ensembles to rock 'n' roll on its main stage and patio every night of the week. Opens 6 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 504 Esplanade Ave., 522-2940
West Coast surfer-inspired drinks and food are the trademarks, and the attitude is casual and fun-loving. Da Killer Blue Whale combines Stolichnaya blueberry and Cruzan coconut rum, curacao and lemonade, and The Big Kahuna is served in a 64-ounce fishbowl. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Grab a seat inside or on the patio and enjoy the selection of coffees, teas, juices and baked goods, such as the maple bacon sweet potato biscuit. Honey ham, Brie and thinly sliced pears comprise one of the sandwich options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $
This Mid-City landmark is known for its roast beef po-boy, but such a sandwich never stands alone without proper libation. The Parkway Pimm's Cup and the Mid-City Streetcar are popular mixed drinks, while buckets of beer are as little as $9 during NFL games. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Toss back a cold one and commune with the tiled alligators in the back bar of this neighborhood tavern, play a game of pool or just visit with the bartenders and regular patrons. The Soul Rebels play every Thursday; a variety of other musical acts perform on other nights. Friday features free oysters. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
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.
Housed in the oldest building on Frenchmen Street, the music club features Kermit Ruffins every Friday. There are 20 beers on tap and a host of local brews. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thu.
It began as a neighborhood juke joint in the 1970s and as a place for New Orleans music legend Professor Longhair to perform. Over the years, however, it became an institution where local musicians and traveling music stars took the stage — sometimes together. There often are food trucks outside during music shows. Open weekends and when music is scheduled. No smoking. No food.