Escargot are served with shiitake mushrooms, brandy cream and ciabatta. The porterhouse pork chop comes with mustard spaetzle, Brussels sprouts and apple sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Wednesday is karaoke night at this French Quarter spot, and there's a dance-all-night Trash Disco party on Sunday. Bloody marys are patrons' top choice, and the bar is a popular spot for service industry workers and the gay community. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 1 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Amelie oysters are topped with creamed spinach and artichokes and served on house-made crostini. Wild-caught Atlantic salmon is served with roasted fingerling potatoes, asparagus and horseradish cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
The menu includes pasta, deli sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings, salads and a few Creole favorites. Bratwurst jambalaya is made with beer-soaked bratwurst. Ham is injected with honey-praline sauce and deep-fried. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$
Where Decatur Street meets Esplanade Avenue is where the music starts. Before the Frenchmen Street main course, this music hall houses everything from brass bands to salsa ensembles to rock 'n' roll on its main stage and patio every night of the week. Opens 6 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 504 Esplanade Ave., 522-2940
The menu includes Central and West African dishes. Domoda is a beef and ground peanut stew served over rice. Vegetarian jama jama ni makondo features sauteed spinach with fried plantains and coconut rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Behind an unremarkable facade on the edge of the French Quarter is this lounge with a large U-shaped bar, some banquette seating and an extensive menu of classic and original cocktails. The bar uses house-made tonic water, juices and syrups in its drinks, and there is a wide selection of premium spirits and beers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The menu includes seafood and Italian dishes. Roasted eggplant is topped with crabmeat and capers. Veal Ocean features a seafood sauce of shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and capers served with pasta or salad. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$