Thai ribs are St. Louis-style ribs coated in sweet and spicy Thai sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds and Asian herbs. Half a rotisserie chicken is served with garlic-herb sauce, smoky barbecue or sweet-and-spicy chili glaze and sides like Thai snap beans or roasted potatoes. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$
House-made tagliatelle pasta is topped with Louisiana shrimp, grilled artichokes and light cream sauce. The double-cut pork chop is stuffed with seafood dressing and served with pineapple demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$
With a Creole Italian restaurant of the same name next door, this wine bar serves white wines from a Cruvinet temperature-controlled cellar to ensure they're chilled just right. Plates line the walls of the elegant dining room, adding some color to the space, and the bar has live music on weekends. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Tommy’s combines Italian and Creole cuisines. Pollo di Parma is a sauteed chicken breast deglazed with red wine and topped with prosciutto, eggplant, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh basil. The fillet of fish maison is topped with meuniere sauce and jumbo lump crab and comes with brabant potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Theo’s cooks pizzas in a stone hearth oven and also serves sandwiches and salads. The Jammer’s “O”riginal pie is topped with Canadian bacon, banana peppers, goat cheese, mozzarella, mushrooms and onions. The West Bank special includes crumbled bacon, chicken, roasted red peppers, jalapenos, pineapple and mozzarella. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
The menu includes California-style burritos, soft tacos, flautas, Mexican pizzas and more. Avocado salad features sliced avocado, lettuce and tomatoes in tangy dressing. The shrimp quesadilla is filled with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and served with guacamole and salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
Shrimp and grits features sauteed Louisiana Gulf shrimp in New Orleans-style barbecue sauce over grits. Bananas Foster French toast is stuffed with banana cream cheese and topped with brown sugar-butter sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $
There are more than 80 types of tequila shots at this Mexican restaurant, and margaritas, frozen or on the rocks, draw patrons to the bar. Beer and mojitos, pina coladas, bloody marys and daiquiris also are available. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Duck Five Ways includes a duck breast spiced with Sichuan pepper, a lacquered leg and thigh, duck miso broth and foie gras wontons. Prix fixe multi-course meals include appetizer choices such as foie gras torchon with scuppernongs, muscadines, oats, almonds and red-veined sorrel and a deviled egg topped with North Star caviar, black truffles and Champagne gelee. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Il Mostro is a cold cut sandwich with rosemary ham, salami rosa, capicola, provolone, pickled red onion, greens, tomato and herb mayonnaise on ciabatta. Cheesemonger’s mac and cheese features chef’s choice of cheese with baked macaroni. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $
he city's largest smoothie chain has a blend for everybody, from calorie-conscious dieters to beach-ready bodybuilders. Fine-tune your favorite smoothie by adding enhancers like Immune, Energy, Female Balance or Muscle Builder. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $
The Guatemalan breakfast combo includes eggs, black beans, plantains and warm tortillas. The one-eyed bacon cheeseburger is topped with a fried egg, lettuce, tomato and pickles. The diner also serves house-made chai tea and espresso drinks. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Fri. Checks. $
Bacon, basil and chicken ravioli are served with pesto cream sauce, red gravy and mozzarella and pecorino cheeses. A top pizza choice is the PGA, a pie topped with prosciutto, Gorgonzola and organic arugula. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
Prince Edward Island mussels are steamed in tomato, chorizo, cilantro and fennel and white wine broth and served with crostini. Carne asada Alexander is an 8-ounce sirloin drizzled with Creole sauce and served with rice, beans, mixed vegetables and guacamole. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
The coffeeshop offers a selection of bagels (plain, sesame, everything, honey whole wheat or cinnamon-raisin) from Artz Bagelz. The Downtown sandwich includes turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce, sprouts and mayonnaise on a choice of bagel and comes with chips, potato salad or coleslaw. The Lakeview features chicken or tuna salad dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on a bagel and comes with a side. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $