Oysters are sauteed with green onions, garlic and olive oil and served over angel hair pasta. House-made cannelloni are stuffed with ground veal, spinach and Parmesan, baked in Alfredo sauce and topped with house-made tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$
There are more than 80 types of tequila shots at this busy Mexican restaurant that brings in a robust happy hour crowd. Margaritas, frozen or on the rocks, are the drinks of choice. Beer and mojitos, pina coladas, bloody marys and daiquiris also are available. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
The steak house's lounge offers plenty of seating at the bar or tables for guests having drinks before dinner or gathering to watch sports on the bar's TV. The house specialty is a frozen brandy Alexander. The Steak Knife, which specializes in steak and seafood dishes, celebrates 44 years on Dec. 27. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu.
Red curry jumbo shrimp are served with coconut mango rice. Chopped jerk chicken is served on a salad with avocado, papaya, mixed greens and guava vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
The breakfast fare at Ruby Slipper includes shrimp and grits combining Gulf shrimp, Abita Amber rosemary reduction, creamy stone-ground grits and a biscuit. The cochon po-boy features pork debris, arugula and balsamic grilled red onions. No reservations. South Cortez Street: Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Magazine Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $
The bar at Ralph Brennan's colorful seafood house is called the "Oyster Bar," and it has plenty of seats and high cocktail tables. Happy hours include 50-cent oysters, two-for-one draft beer, glasses of wine and well drinks. The Red Fish lemonade combines Cruzan Citrus rum, raspberry liqueur and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Ralph Brennan's elegant restaurant has a spacious barroom and a balcony overlooking New Orleans City Park. Happy hour specials include $6 cocktails, half-priced glasses of wine, $4 craft beer and more. Apricot sangria is a combination of apricot brandy, elderflower liqueur, macerated cherries and red or sparkling wine. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
The roast beef po-boy is served on a toasted sesame loaf with cheese and brown or red gravy. Seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crawfish, crabs and oysters. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
The full-service bar is separated from the kitchen and dining area at this classic po-boy restaurant, and beer is the favored adult beverage. The cocktail menu features interesting takes on classic cocktails, including the honey mint "jullep," made with Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey mixed with mint, sugar, lime and Sprite. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Old Coffee Pot is known for calas — Creole fried rice cakes sprinkled with sugar. The menus offers classics like gumbo, crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole. The Fleur-de-Lis chicken is paired with grilled Gulf shrimp, and comes topped with crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish dressing on a bed of asparagus. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
There's an outside patio where you can sip wine, craft cocktails or martinis. Inside is a more sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere with seasonal small plates. There's live music Thursday through Saturday and free wine tastings on Thursdays. Wednesdays feature half-priced bottles of wine. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu.
Pan-roasted trout is served with corn puree, house-made tasso, boiled garlic, crispy artichoke, fingerling potatoes and oyster mushrooms. Miss Hay’s stuffed chicken wings are deboned and filled with ground pork and chopped shrimp and served with garlic-hoisin sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
The bar is a purple and gold oasis where LSU fans can catch the game while sipping signature drinks like the Zydeco Tornado. The live music lineup features local Cajun acts like La Touche, Lee Benoit and Bayou Deville every night beginning 7 p.m. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Beignets are made with the same recipe Morning Call has used since the original coffee stand opened in the French Market in 1870. The short menu of Creole dishes includes red beans and rice. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $
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.