Flash-fried oysters are served over celeriac remoulade, baby arugula and cherry tomatoes with spicy paprika aioli. The seared rack of veal features chops topped with portobello mushroom and madeira wine cream sauce served with truffle potato souffle and sauteed butternut squash, cherry tomatoes and zucchini. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Creole pepper shrimp features jumbo shrimp sauteed with sweet and spicy peppers in butter sauce and served with French bread. Char-grilled redfish is served with white wine cream sauce, spinach, crawfish and sauteed red onions. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Bar snacks are complimentary at this upscale restaurant bar, which offers craft cocktails along with a menu of seafood, gourmet burgers and more. Popular drinks include the elderflower cosmo lavender mint martini and the Jack-O-Drop, made with Pinnacle pumpkin pie vodka, citrus vodka, fresh sour mix and orange juice. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Seared rare ahi tuna is served over wilted greens with honey sesame, soy and ginger sauce. The oven-roasted, bone-in pork chop is served with creamy grits and corn and andouille maque choux. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
The roasted turkey sandwich is completed with tomato, arugula, fontina cheese and basil pesto on seven-grain bread. The Cubano features pressed roasted pork, Swiss cheese, ham, pickles and mustard on a roll. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $
On Esplanade Avenue just across from the French Quarter, Buffa's has live music Wednesday through Sunday, including acts such as Aurora Nealand and Tom McDermott on Thursday, the Royal Rounders on Saturday and a traditional jazz brunch with Some Like It Hot! on Sunday. Open daily. Smoking allowed in front bar. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 a.m.-6 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily
The Empire Bar at this historic French restaurant is an elegant place to sip a milk punch. Nods to Napoleon dot the cocktail menu, while an adjoining courtyard provides a view of the French Quarter rarely seen from the street. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Chef Frank Brigtsen offers contemporary Creole dishes. Paneed veal Parmesan is served with mozzarella and marinara over spaghetti bordelaise. Braised Two Run Farm free-range lamb shank is served with a lentil cake, rosemary mint jus, Asiago cheese grits and ratatouille. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
This Creole dining institution serves classic New Orleans turtle soup topped with sherry, Eggs Hussard, a spin-off of traditional eggs Benedict, feature marchand de vin instead of hollandaise. Redfish Perez features a sauteed fillet topped with lump crabmeat, shrimp and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
The bar at this seafood restaurant specializes in small-batch and single-barrel bourbons and uses them in cocktails including a frozen bourbon milk punch. There's a full oyster bar that serves Black and Gold oysters during New Orleans Saints football games. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
The peanut butter and habanero pepper jelly burger is topped with bacon and a fried egg. The barbecue brisket burger is topped with Swiss cheese and Boo Koo sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $
The blackened shrimp and grit cake is served with warm house-made bacon vinaigrette. Applewood-smoked scallops come with roasted baby squash, tarragon-roasted potatoes and sauce gribiche (cold egg sauce). Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$
Fish in a Bag is the Gulf fish of the day cooked en papillote with caramelized fennel, spinach, tomatoes, tarragon and crab fat. Duck poppers are Chappapeela duck- and bacon-wrapped pickled jalapenos filled with herbed cream cheese and served with cane syrup gastrique. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Redfish Bon Ton is a seared drum fillet topped with lump crabmeat and lemon butter. Oysters Alvin features lightly breaded bivalves over seasoned rice pilaf with a sauce of lemon, beef broth and fresh mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$
There are more than 100 martinis and other craft cocktails at the Bombay Club, with some as creative as the Meat and Potato martini, which is Chopin potato vodka and an andouille sausage garnish. The bar offers live music nightly. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.