Yakamein features beef broth, wonton noodles, a soft-boiled egg and meat such as chicken thigh, house-cured bacon or shrimp, and sambal chili paste. Escargot are served with chanterelle mushrooms, brandy cream and ciabatta. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Wednesday is karaoke night at this French Quarter spot, and there's a dance-all-night Trash Disco party on Sunday. Bloody marys are patrons' top choice, and the bar is a popular spot for service industry workers and the gay community. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 1 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Slow-cooked spiced lamb shank comes with root vegetables, sauteed greens and grits. Jalapeno catfish cakes are served with jalapeno remoulade. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
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.
House-made crabmeat and corn cannelloni are served with spicy cream sauce. The bone-in veal chop comes with creamy brandy and mushroom sauce. All entrees come with pasta or salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$