If you consider yourself an oenophile, you can take wine classes here for fun — or for certification. Aficionados can sample wines by the ounce — there's more than 120 choices — before buying a bottle, or try one of the bar's cocktails. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
Pour your own beer from a tap at your table and catch a game on one of 40 televisions at this sports bar located blocks away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The bar is family-friendly, with a full menu of sandwiches, wraps and local fare. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Soft-shell Pontchartrain is a fried soft-shell crab served with lemon butter, lump crabmeat, artichokes, green onions and mushrooms. The 14-ounce veal T-bone is seared in a cast iron skillet, finished in the pizza oven and served with a choice of pasta or vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
Upperline’s “Taste of New Orleans” three-course dinner includes choices such as duck etouffee, spicy shrimp with cornbread and slow-roasted duck quarter. Roast duck with garlic-port or peach-ginger sauce is a signature item. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Tournedos of beef Marchand de Vin features twin beef tenderloin medallions with roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed spinach and Burgundy-thyme sauce. Duck Julia includes roasted duck breast and confit duck leg, wild rice, Swiss chard and raspberry fig sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Bartender Lu Brow makes it a point to ensure customers like what they drink at this upscale bar at Cafe Adelaide. Classic New Orleans cocktails are popular as are eclectic specialty cocktails. A full menu of modern Creole cuisine is available at the bar. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Sweet Lorraine’s cooks up hot jazz and Creole food. Entrees include blackened catfish topped with sauteed mushrooms served over spinach. There also are burgers, sandwiches and salads. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
The Guatemalan breakfast combo includes eggs, black beans, plantains and warm tortillas. The one-eyed bacon cheeseburger is topped with a fried egg, lettuce, tomato and pickles. The diner also serves house-made chai tea and espresso drinks. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Fri. Checks. $
Chef Chris DeBarr's new restaurant serves some of his familiar dishes, such as his "shrimp in a grass skirt," his version of New Orleans barbecue shrimp with phyllo strands. Grilled Ruston peaches are topped with blue cheese and Nueske's bacon and are served on Spanish quince paste. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Overlooking City Park, Ralph's is an inviting place for having drinks after work or while waiting for a table at the restaurant. Jazz pianist Joe Krown plays some nights, and happy hour specials extend beyond cocktails and wine to fried smoked oysters and truffle fries. Check out the murals in the dining room depicting the history of the building. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour Tue.-Thu., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
File gumbo is made with shrimp, crab and smoked sausage. Crawfish etouffee is crawfish tails smothered in a tomato based seasoned gravy and served with rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
Bloody marys are a specialty at the traditional bar. Stop in from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and get small plates and drinks for $5 each, including cocktails, house wines and coffee spiked with liqueurs. Small plates include duck and brie spring rolls, Buffalo oysters and crab claws remoulade. Sunday brunch includes a bloody mary and bubbles (Champagne) bar. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Eggplant Olivier features crawfish tails and andouille in basil-garlic sauce over flash-fried eggplant slices. Braised Creole rabbit comes with sage-oyster dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.- Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
The courtyard is a big draw to this bar in a historic building. Visitors can sip popular drinks such as the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup, and the front bar opens onto a French Quarter street for people-watching. The menu features appetizers, sandwiches, classic New Orleans dishes and desserts. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Catfish Mulate’s is grilled, topped with crawfish etouffee and served with jambalaya, sauteed vegetables and a twice-baked potato. The blackened fish of the day is served with a skewer of grilled Gulf shrimp, sauteed vegetables and a twice-baked potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$