This Irish Channel mainstay celebrated its 60th birthday last year. It draws locals and tourists for its signature po-boys and its selection of Irish brews, including Guinness, Harp, Beamish and Smithwick's. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
The Cajun omelet is filled with cheese, onions, parsley, hot sausage, tomato, paprika and cracked pepper. A blackened center-cut pork chop is served with gumbo, fried green tomatoes and a biscuit. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $
Diners can assemble a cheese plate from 20 varieties of soft, semi-soft, hard and blue cheeses. Baked brie is served with toasted walnuts and fig preserves. No reservations. Late lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $
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. $$
Barbecue Gulf shrimp are served shells-on with butter, Worcestershire sauce and French bread. Gumbo Ya-Ya is a country-style gumbo with chicken and sausage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Drago's signature char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. Lobster Empire is a Maine lobster stuffed with sauteed oysters and mushrooms in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
This Italian grocery is known for its muffulettas, available on whole or half loaves. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
The Hickman burger is topped with Swiss cheese, mushrooms and grilled onions. Rano’s omelet is an egg white omelet with spinach, Swiss cheese and onions. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner and late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $
Shrimp remoulade is served with deviled egg, guacamole and mirliton corn relish. The Brigtsen’s seafood platter includes grilled fish, shrimp cornbread, baked oysters with crabmeat, shrimp and Napa cabbage slaw, and baked sea scallops with asparagus, spinach, bacon and leeks. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
Blackened Gulf fish comes with andouille, crawfish and crab jambalaya, bearnaise and grilled lemon. Chicken and waffles features buttermilk-cayenne fried chicken on a waffle with maple-chipotle syrup and a sunny side up egg. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
On top of a kitchen offering a menu with Parisian flavors and a New Orleans-style Sunday jazz brunch (played by Treme trumpeter Kid Merv), Fulton bills itself as the city's only "gin-centric" bar, boasting classic cocktails like Ramos gin fizz, 17 artisan gins and select tonics. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. weekdays.
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. $$
P&J oysters are stuffed with Gulf shrimp and blue crab. Grilled swordfish is served with charred tomato, fried spring onions, eggplant puree and arugula. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Gazpacho is a chilled blend of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, olive oil and garlic. Seafood paella combines shrimp, fish, calamari, scallops, mussels, vegetables, garlic, saffron, herbs and arborio rice. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$
Veranda’s Sunday brunch draws a crowd for live jazz, flowing bubbly, carving stations, made-to-order omelets and desserts like Miss Dorothy’s famous bread pudding. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$