Don't let the bear outside scare you; this casual eatery is friendly and filling. The roast beef po-boy features house-roasted meat soaked in house-made gravy on French bread with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. French fries can be ordered plain or smothered in roast beef debris. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $
The tropical club is a triple-decker sandwich featuring turkey, ham, mozzarella, bacon and avocado. The Malibu panino combines grilled chicken, bacon, red onion, avocado, tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil on focaccia. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $
The brisket plate comes with two sides and freshly baked cornbread. The pulled pork is slow-cooked and served on a sandwich or a platter. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $
Northshore denizens enjoy sweeping views of the Tammany Trace, as well as a collection of exclusive beers at the Abita Brew Pub. Abita products are always available, and guest beers change weekly. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Get a beer and a shot for $5 before sidling up to video poker or listening to spontaneous live music. The grizzled open-all-hours dive is dog-friendly, and photos of patrons past and present line its walls. Hours. Smoking allowed. No food. Monthly specials.