If all you know of Parasol's is its legendary St. Patrick's Day bash, you don't really know Parasol's. This beloved, longtime neighborhood joint has po-boys, draft and craft beers from all over the country and a popular daily happy hour. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
The New Orleans sampler includes etouffee, a cup of gumbo, red beans and rice, fried green tomatoes and a biscuit. The Cajun omelet combines cheese, hot sausage, tomatoes, onion, parsley, paprika and cracked pepper with hash browns or grits and toast or a biscuit. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $
Part wine bar and part wine shop, W.I.N.O. is built around innovative self-service devices that dispense portion-controlled pours. Customers can sample to their hearts’ content from 120 wines and try fine vintages rarely available by the glass elsewhere. Get a sandwich or cheese plate to round out things. Open daily. Smoking: no. Wine classes available.
Alligator bites are lightly breaded, deep fried and served with two sauces. The soft-shell crab po-boy features a deep-fried crab on crusty French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
Mr. B's blackened shrimp comes with French bread to dip in the peppery butter sauce. Gumbo ya ya is a dark roux gumbo filled with chicken and andouille sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Drago's is known for char-broiled oysters topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. The South of the Border chopped tuna salad is made with avocado, corn, tomatoes and lettuce with house-made aioli. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$
This Italian grocery is known for its muffuletta, which comes in whole or half rounds. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
Take a seat at the counter and enjoy diner food and service New Orleans-style. Muffulettas and fried catfish are two of the grill’s special sandwiches. Order a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $
Chef Frank Brigtsen serves contemporary Creole dishes. The cochon du lait entree comes with cornbread dressing, cracklings and pan gravy. File gumbo brims with rabbit and andouille. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
The Bombay Club is home to live music nightly, flash-fried Asian-style calamari and signature drinks like Breathless: 360 double chocolate vodka, Godiva chocolate liqeur, dark creme de cacao, sweet coconut rum and a chocolate stick. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
A popular cocktail at the restaurant serving contemporary New Orleans cuisine is the Saintsation, a mix of vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice and a Champagne floater. Daily drink specials and a menu of sandwiches, appetizers and some entrees also are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
This pan-Asian restaurant inside Harrah’s New Orleans features a full sushi bar and Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Specialties include Cantonese barbecued duck and wok-fried lobster tail with ginger. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Allan Benton's bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes and Emmentaler cheese top the Luke burger, which is served with house-made fries. Jumbo Louisiana shrimp "en cocotte" features McEwen & Sons creamy white-corn grits and Poche's andouille. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
Popular dishes at Lola's include the garlic shrimp and the seafood paella, made with saffron rice, scallops, calamari, mussels and shrimp. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$
Veranda’s Sunday brunch draws a crowd for live jazz, flowing bubbly, carving stations, made-to-order omelets and desserts like Miss Dorothy’s famous bread pudding. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$