Besides gourmet pies, Reginelli’s offers soups, salads, focaccia and pita pressed sandwiches and calzones. The hand-tossed pizzas include the Saltimbocca with prosciutto and marinated chicken breast and the Parthenon with feta, artichokes and mushrooms. Baked pasta dishes include pesto tortellini. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
Additional Locations: 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-6868; 874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133; 3244 Magazine St., 895-7272; 5608 Citrus Blvd., Elmwood, 818-0111
The pesce grilled cheese features tuna salad, avocado, red onions and fontina cheese on pressed multigrain bread. The classic prosciutto panino is made with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto 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
Surf the waves of beers and beer buckets available or hang 10 for specialty drinks like Da Killer Blue Whale: Stoli blueberry, coconut rum with lemonade and splash of 190 proof alcohol. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour starts at 7 p.m. daily.
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 well-known, deeply rooted po-boy joint offers diners and barflies beer, wine and specialty cocktails such as Parkway's Pimm's Cup, Mid-City Street Car and Pinky's Afternoon Delight. Open daily. 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.
Blue Nile was the first bar to offer live music on Frenchmen Street, and is a staple of the block. Grab a drink, relax and listen to the tunes of regular players Kermit Ruffins, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Micah McKee and Gravity A. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food.
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.