Creole file gumbo features Gulf shrimp, crab, hot sausage, smoked sausage and smoked ham in spicy broth served with rice. Fried chicken is served with potato salad, french fries or red beans and rice. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
Round up some mates and drink like a (historically accurate) pirate at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, billed as one of the oldest bars in the country. Named after privateer Jean Lafitte, the bar draws locals and tourists to the quieter end of Bourbon Street for classic cocktails, "Frozen Voodoo Juice" and rustic ambience. Open daily. No food.
Barbecue options include brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and sausage. The brisket sandwich is served with a side such as baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese or stone-ground grits made from smoked corn. The pulled pork plate comes with a choice of two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
The roast beef po-boy features house-cooked beef dressed with lettuce, tomato and pickles on Leidenheimer bread. The muffuletta includes ham, imported salami, mozzarella and house-made olive salad on a seeded bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $
Fried green tomatoes are topped with grilled shrimp and served with remoulade. Fried eggplant Napoleon is layered with fried shrimp and crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
The namesake Jack Dempsey platter for two includes gumbo, shrimp, catfish, crab balls, redfish, crawfish pies and two sides. The menu also includes po-boys and an array of broiled or fried seafood items. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
Good Friends has balcony seating, four 42-inch flatscreens for watching sports, billiards and shuffleboard. There's also karaoke, piano singalongs 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday and more. The ice cream-based Separator is the signature cocktail. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.