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. $
Smoked brisket is cooked overnight and served with barbecue sauce on the side. Boudin dressing is baked with smoked boudin, house-made smoked chicken stock and seasonings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $
Patrons 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 featured beers change weekly. The menu includes salads, burgers, pasta and Cajun cuisine. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu.
With its jukebox and 24-hour open doors, this dog-friendly ultra casual watering hole is a longtime locals' hangout on lower Decatur Street and serves free food on holidays. There is a $5 shot and a beer special every day and seating in the courtyard. Open 24 hours daily. No food.