Crab cakes Benedict features two poached eggs atop crab cakes with hollandaise and sides such as brabant potatoes, grits or fruit. The Mediterranean omelet is filled with creamed spinach and artichokes, tomato and onion, topped with feta and mozzarella cheeses and served with potatoes or grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $
A sultry spot located at Lee Circle, Bellocq invokes the dark glamour of E.J. Bellocq's famous Storyville photography. While absinthe, fortified wines and refreshing port cobblers are available, patrons also can try the lounge's take on classic concoctions like Death in the Afternoon. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Signature dishes on chef Susan Spicer’s menu include smoked quail served atop a salad of greens, pears, spiced pecans and bourbon-molasses dressing. Peppered lamb loin is served with goat cheese and zinfandel sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
The historic Southern Railway Station on Basin Street offers free Travel Counseling, Local Museum Exhibits, Murals, Art, Music, Introductory New Orleans Film, free of charge. Gift Shop & Refreshments Available. The Mahogany Room venue is available for meetings & gatherings. Located next to St. Louis Cemetery No.1
Thai staples include cashew chicken featuring strips of chicken breast sauteed with cashews, onions, carrots, bell peppers, scallions and hot chilies. Catfish curry includes stir-fried vegetables, bamboo shoots and basil leaves cooked in red curry sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
Children can see (and sometimes touch) animals indigenous to Louisiana as well as exotic breeds from all over the world. The zoo has a miniature railroad that runs through the property, a splash park (admission is extra), innovative natural habitats for the animals, special education programs, the Monkey Hill play area, a dinosaur exhibit and more. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Jumbo lump blue crab cakes are served with sweet corn cream and jalapeno-corn tartar sauce. Shrimp and grits features Gulf shrimp, andouille, peppers, green onions and creamy white cheddar grits. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
Two Run Farm lamb Bolognese comes with potato gnocci, eggplant caponata and feta cheese. Cochon du L’Eggs features sunny side-up eggs, pulled pork, cornbread pudding, Creole coleslaw and blackberry cane syrup. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$
The beautifully polished interior bespeaks New Orleans' gilded age. There's seating at the bar or in intimate table groupings and a relaxed feel. The most popular drinks are the namesake French 75 — made with cognac instead of gin — and the Contessa, a mix of Boodles gin, Aperol, grapefruit juice, cranberry cordial and orange bitters. The bar menu includes some signature items from Arnaud's restaurant. Open Thu.-Tue. Food available.
The French-Creole grande dame is marking its 175th anniversary this year. Oysters Rockefeller are baked oysters covered with pureed greens (not spinach) and seasoned breadcrumbs. Alaska Antoine is baked Alaska — featuring ice cream wrapped in pound cake and crowned with a toasted meringue shell and hot fudge. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Sicilian cannoli are fried cinnamon pastry shells with ricotta filling, chocolate and pistachios. Gelato flavors include stracciatella, a Sicilian chocolate chip flavor. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $
The menu includes pizza, calzones, chicken wings and Mediterranean dishes. Chicken diavolo pizza is topped with red pepper sauce, chicken, garlic and onions. Jalapenos are an optional addition. The chicken Caesar pita roll features grilled chicken, lettuce and Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $