The menu features classic Creole Italian dishes and pizza. Veal Pontchartrain is breaded and topped with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Steak choices include an 8-ounce center-cut filet. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
Bucktown Fresh Catch is the fish of the day served grilled, broiled, blackened or fried. Barbecued shrimp are available in three portion sizes and include a baguette and salad. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$
Lobster Empire is a whole Maine lobster stuffed with oysters and mushrooms in onion cream sauce and served with pasta. Drago’s signature char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$$
Popular drinks include the Hand Grenade, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
This Italian grocery is known for its muffulettas, available on whole or half loaves. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
This 18th-century hangout was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Named for famed privateer Jean Lafitte, the bar is a popular place for both locals and tourists. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop offers its patrons a dimly lit, historic atmosphere and classic cocktails. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.