For brunch, butternut squash and corned beef hash is topped with two poached eggs and bearnaise sauce. Braised veal stew with carrots and pearl onions fill a puff pastry topped with wild mushroom and white wine bechamel. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Creole pepper shrimp are butterflied shrimp in a garlic butter sauce with sweet and jalapeno peppers and onion served with garlic mashed potatoes and garlic bread. Bell peppers are stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp dressing and then battered and deep fried. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
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.
Blackened Two Run Farm rack of lamb is served with mango Scotch Bonnet pepper jelly, creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus. Louisiana jumbo lump crab cake is topped with local Meyer lemon drizzle and baby greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
The charcuterie plate features house-cured meats including Genoa salami, spicy fennel salami, hog's head cheese and duck terrine, plus house-made crackers and accoutrements. The muffaletta is layered with Genoa salami, mortadella, capicola, provolone cheese and olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
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.
Cochon du lait is served on top of cornbread stuffing with cracklings, mashed sweet potatoes and pan gravy. The seafood platter comes with grilled drum amandine, shrimp cornbread with jalapeno smoked butter, baked oyster Leruth, shrimp and Napa cabbage slaw, artichoke baked oysters and sea scallops with roasted cauliflower. 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. $
Scottish salmon is marinated, pan seared medium rare and served with baby bok choy and grilled avocado. Duck breast medallions are presented with whipped lardo white bean hummus and charred beets in duck tasso sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$
Duck poppers are made with bacon and jalapenos. Fish in a Bag is a Gulf fish prepared with caramelized fennel, spinach, tomatoes and crab fat. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Redfish Bon Ton is a seared drum fillet topped with lump crabmeat and lemon butter. Crawfish etouffee is made with crawfish tails, green onions and garlic and served with parsley buttered rice. 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.