This casual cafe serves Spanish cuisine and specializes in paellas. Caldereta is a lamb stew made with paprika, hot peppers, onions, garlic, carrots and red wine. For an appetizer, jumbo shrimp are simmered in garlic, olive oil and spices. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$
This neighborhood restaurant and bar serves plenty of Abita Amber and bloody marys to diners seeking barbecue shrimp po-poys or just hanging out with friends. There are lots of longtime regulars because, as one manager says, "It's one of those little places that doesn't change." Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The Mediterranean meatloaf sandwich features Two Run Farm lamb meatloaf, mint, parsley, pine nuts, spices and halloumi cheese on a Dong Phuong Bakery pistolette. There’s always a vegetarian entree highlighting produce from local suppliers such as Good Food Farm in the Lower 9th Ward. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
This upscale lounge — and its romantic brick patio hideaway, accessed through a sliver along Chartres Street — is tucked away from French Quarter bustle and features handcrafted cocktails like the Dead Man's Wallet, with rye, port, cinnamon and lemon, paired with a menu of seasonal dishes. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Spicy seared Gulf fish is served with new potato-and-shrimp hash. Whole fried catfish comes with coleslaw, fries and hushpuppies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
The fish of the day is topped with lime-cilantro creme fraiche and served with a warm slaw of charred corn and cabbage slaw, purple potatoes and smoked jalapeno-tomato vinaigrette. Seared yellowfin tuna comes with rainbow quinoa, baby bok choy, grilled shiitake mushrooms and spicy crab broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Willie Mae’s is famous for its fried chicken. Bread pudding is a popular dessert. No reservations. Lunch daily Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $
Chef Leah Chase’s Creole gumbo features a medley of shrimp, crab, chicken, ham and sausage. Shrimp Clemenceau is a combination of shrimp with butter, garlic, peas and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$
Rabbit and sausage jambalaya is kicked up to “supreme” with the addition of shrimp, tasso and crawfish tails. Smoked duck quesadillas are topped with orange sauce and salsa. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$
Catfish Charles features two deep-fried 9-ounce catfish fillets and a panko-breaded potato cake topped with Cajun crawfish cream sauce and Parmesan, and served with roasted corn and peppers. Cajun chicken pasta features grilled chicken, mushrooms, green onions, roasted peppers and sun-dried tomatoes tossed in garlic Cajun cream or chardonnay sauce over fettuccine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Traditional American breakfast in the morning gives way to spicy Thai soups and basil-steeped coconut curries at lunch and dinner. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $
The first-floor barroom is a popular late-night hub for the hipster crowd to cluster around the long bar or play pool. The generally quieter upstairs lounge hosts jazz, blues and acoustic bands and DJs. Tapas are available in both bars. Open daily. Smoking allowed downstairs. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.