With a laid-back atmosphere, professional but unpretentious bartenders and an overall no-frills approach, the Chart Room has long been a locals' oasis in the middle of a touristy section of the Quarter. Having one of the city's best jukeboxes — featuring local favorites from James Booker to Honey Island Swamp Band — doesn't hurt. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
The menu includes sand- wiches, pasta dishes, fried seafood and Creole favorites. Jambalaya features rabbit and smoked pork sausage, and the "supreme" version adds shrimp, tasso and crawfish tails. Smoked duck quesadillas are served with orange sauce, salsa and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
Fish Marigny features a fried fillet topped with Gulf shrimp in Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style shell-on barbecue shrimp are sauteed with butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
The Divine Portobello appetizer features portobello mushrooms, grilled chicken and spinach in roasted red pepper cream sauce. The Lucifer's Special pizza features red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, red onions and roasted red peppers. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
The menu includes seafood and Italian dishes. Roasted eggplant is topped with crabmeat and capers. Veal Ocean features a seafood sauce of shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and capers served with pasta or salad. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$