This gastropub specializes in Irish fare (often with a local twist, such as the Irish gumbo) and offers an extensive bar menu with a variety of whiskeys. There's brunch on weekends, featuring generously sized omelets. The restaurant also hosts traditional Celtic musicians on Monday and has other special events periodically. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Presiding over Frenchmen Street like a cool uncle, Blue Nile (a decade-plus residing at the former Dream Palace) brings in top touring talent from all genres in addition to standing weekly gigs with local favorites such as Little Maker (Thursdays). Upstairs has a spacious balcony and music genres from emerging experimental acts to roots-reggae DJs booming deep into the night. Open Mon.-Sat. No food.
The Angry Pig pie features Italian sausage, bacon, jalapenos, cheddar cheese and spicy barbecue sauce. Muffuletta salad includes romaine lettuce, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, olive salad, croutons and balsamic vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
The house burger features two 4-ounce house-ground beef patties and cheddar on a Leidenheimer onion bun and comes with fries. Boudin balls are served with house-made sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $
The ground chuck cheeseburger is topped with grated cheddar and served with a baked potato. The 14-ounce rib-eye is served with a potato, salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
The Oak Street institution has live music every night and seafood boils on Sunday. Rebirth Brass Band plays at 10 p.m. every Tuesday, and the music calendar also features funk, rock, jazz, jam bands and touring acts. A weekly poetry reading at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons honors the late Everette C. Maddox, the Maple Leaf's poet laureate. Open daily. No food.
The bright surf shack atmosphere at Lucy's draws a lively crowd for international sports on TV and a menu of sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, salads and tacos. The bar features draft beers from around the world and original cocktails such as Lucy's classic margarita made with Sauza gold tequila, dressed with a mermaid. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Twisted macaroni chicken is grilled chicken over three-cheese cavatappi pasta with roasted red peppers and Parmesan-parsley breadcrumbs. Salmon is wrapped in cedar paper, grilled and drizzled with sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Separated from the crowds on Frenchmen Street, this destination offers intimate access to many of the city's best musicians. The Blue Oak menu features barbecue standards and experiments including house-wrapped barbecue egg rolls. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (Free sets during happy hour).