The catfish plate features fried thin-cut catfish, Mardi Gras slaw, hushpuppies and garlic-herb fries. The Shrimpzilla is a shrimp po-boy topped with Swiss cheese, roast beef debris gravy and shredded cabbage in Creole mustard sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
The Saints roll combines coconut shrimp and cream cheese and is topped with mango, smelt roe and avocado. The LSU roll features shrimp tempura and cream cheese topped with snow crab, tuna, avocado and eel sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
There's a reason Tipitina's is one of New Orleans' venerable music spots, and we think it has everything to do with the spirit of Professor Longhair, whose famed song gave the club its name. Rub the head of his statue for respect when you come in, and be prepared to catch (and dance to) local, regional, national, and international music acts. Open Thu.-Sun. No smoking. No food.
Char-broiled oysters Desire are topped with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese. The shrimp and grits feature tasso and spicy cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
The New Orleans medley includes samples of gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and grilled smoked sausage. The Peacemaker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters and is dressed with Tabasco-infused mayo. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056
Women can test their musical talents on a piano in the ladies room at this live jazz and blues music club, which charges no cover most nights. Local art decorates the walls, and you can sit at the bar or stake out a table. Abita beer is king here, but other drinks are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
No cover charge grants access to Frenchmen Street regulars, dance DJs and touring bands. Bar specialties include the Southern peach (peach and ginger-infused vodka, coconut Ciroc vodka and a splash of Sprite). Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.