Flash-fried Louisiana soft-shell crab salad is made with baby mizuna, quince vinaigrette, English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, spicy pickled watermelon rind and roasted corn. Savory cheesecake is made with crab, andouille, smoked Gouda, onions and peppers and served with local baby greens and roasted bell pepper coulis. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Fried bell peppers are stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp dressing. Lizardi rolls are egg rolls filled with cabbage, crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish and topped with sweet chili sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Ralph Brennan's cafe serves creative Creole dishes as well as raw oysters, which are 50 cents each during happy hour. The cocktail menu features house versions of many classic drinks, such as a blood orange margarita made with El Jimador tequila, Cointreau, blood orange puree and sour mix. Happy hour features half-price drinks. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Shrimp and grits comes with corn and andouille maque choux. Lamb meatloaf is served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
The Cochon muffaletta includes house-made mortadella, capicola, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and Giardiniera on a sesame seed bun. The Gambino features house-made salami cotto, soppressata, coppa, arugula, red onion and herb vinaigrette on ciabatta. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
Beyond its dog-friendly barroom lined with a delightful cast of local riff raff, Buffa's backroom (featuring recent acoustic enhancements) is home to live music six nights a week and hosts a rotation of local R&B/rock/jazz from the likes of Arsene DeLay with Antoine Diel Monday nights, along with one-off pairings such as a recent show with Camile Baudoin (Radiators) and Papa Mali. The 24-hour kitchen cooks Louisiana-inspired bar food and Sunday brunch. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 a.m.-6 a.m. & 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
The Empire Bar is an elegant place to enjoy classic Southern cock- tails and is known for its absinthe selection. You can order Creole-French cuisine from Broussard's Restaurant. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Shrimp remoulade is served with deviled egg, guacamole and mirliton corn relish. The Brigtsen’s seafood platter includes grilled fish, shrimp cornbread, baked oysters with crabmeat, shrimp and Napa cabbage slaw, and baked sea scallops with asparagus, spinach, bacon and leeks. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
The spacious Roost Bar at the center of the renovated Creole restaurant has an aviary theme with murals and bird cages. Happy hour specials are available in the bar and courtyard and include discounts on Champagne. The Rooster Royale features sparkling wine, citrus liqueur and cranberry juice. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu. and 8 a.m.-7p.m. Fri.
Customers can choose from more than 160 American whiskeys, as well as a menu of craft cocktails, wine on tap and craft beers. The signature frozen bourbon milk punch features house-made vanilla gelato and Old Forester bourbon. Noshing items include oysters, shrimp, crab and redfish. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
The bar specializes in craft cocktails at this contemporary Southern restaurant, such as the Sophia Loren made with Russian Standard vodka, Campari, prosecco, grapefruit juice and basil. The bar menu includes steamed mussels and boudin balls. Open Tue.-Sat. Full menu available.
Chefs John Besh and Brian Landy’s rustic-styled fish house serves oysters harvested from Caminado Bay. Gulf fish ceviche is made with pickled mirliton, sweet corn, chilies and tomatoes. Seared scallops are served with wild rice, lentil salad and “broken” romesco. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Crawfish etouffee features crawfish tails in garlic, butter and seasonings and is served with parsley buttered rice. Redfish Bon Ton is a sauteed black drum fillet served with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$
Formerly called Richard Fiske's Martini Bar and Restaurant, RF's has an old-school clubby ambience, with rich woods, intimate spaces and live music nightly. Martinis and craft cocktails are the specialties here, and native chef Jeremy Wells offers a menu of Creole dishes. Open daily. Full restaurant menu available. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. daily.
Jumbo lump crabmeat is served with chilled roasted beets, torn-bread croutons, horseradish aioli and chives. Pan-roasted, porcini-dusted chicken breast is served with spinach, roasted mushrooms, cauliflower and potato Parmesan gratin and thyme reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$