House-made tagliatelle pasta is topped with Louisiana shrimp, grilled artichokes and light cream sauce. The double-cut pork chop is stuffed with seafood dressing and served with pineapple demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$
There are more than 80 types of tequila shots at this Mexican restaurant, and margaritas, frozen or on the rocks, draw patrons to the bar. Beer and mojitos, pina coladas, bloody marys and daiquiris also are available. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
A long-standing local institution serving Lakeview for 40-plus years, Steak Knife caters to its loyal base of lounge, steak and martini lovers. There's plenty of seating at the bar, where you can try a specialty cocktail such as the brandy Alexander freeze. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The Cuban sandwich is made with pulled pork, ham, tomatoes, pickles, Swiss cheese and Creole horseradish aioli. The red curry shrimp Rundown features jumbo Louisiana shrimp in creamy red curry sauce served with coconut-mango rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
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 playful art on the distressed walls and the warm wood furniture give the Red Fish Grill a casual, comfortable ambience where you can enjoy oysters and a poblano-spiced bloody mary or a Southern Jam: Southern Comfort combined with house-made peach jam, fresh mint leaves and sour mix and served in a jam jar. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Overlooking City Park, Ralph's is an inviting place for having drinks after work or while waiting for a table at the restaurant. Jazz pianist Joe Krown plays some nights, and happy hour specials extend beyond cocktails and wine to fried smoked oysters and truffle fries. Check out the murals in the dining room depicting the history of the building. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour Tue.-Thu., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
R&O’s serves its roast beef po-boy on a toasted sesame loaf with rich, dark gravy, or diners can get one dressed with red gravy and cheese. Seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crawfish, crabs and oysters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
This Mid-City landmark is known for its roast beef po-boy, but such a sandwich never stands alone without proper libation. The Parkway Pimm's Cup and the Mid-City Streetcar are popular mixed drinks, while buckets of beer are as little as $9 during NFL games. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Old Coffee Pot is known for calas — Creole fried rice cakes sprinkled with sugar. The menus offers classics like gumbo, crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole. The Fleur-de-Lis chicken is paired with grilled Gulf shrimp, and comes topped with crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish dressing on a bed of asparagus. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
This intimate bar features wines arranged by the flavors they invoke, from "Flirting with Oak" to "Floral Notes" and presents live music Thursday through Saturday. Small plates accompany an extensive wine, beer and craft cocktail menu. Open Tues.-Sat. No Smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Chef Emeril Lagasse’s French Quarter eatery’s menu includes rustic and refined Louisiana dishes. Garlic-crusted drum is cooked in a wood-burning oven and served with brabant potatoes, crimini mushrooms, bacon and beurre rouge. Miss Hay’s stuffed chicken wings come with house-made hoisin dipping sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Catfish Mulate’s is grilled, topped with crawfish etouffee and served with jambalaya, sauteed vegetables and a twice-baked potato. The blackened fish of the day is served with a skewer of grilled Gulf shrimp, sauteed vegetables and a twice-baked potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Beignets are made with same recipe as when Morning Call opened in the French Market in 1870. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $
West Coast surfer-inspired drinks and food are the trademarks, and the attitude is casual and fun-loving. Da Killer Blue Whale combines Stolichnaya blueberry and Cruzan coconut rum, curacao and lemonade, and The Big Kahuna is served in a 64-ounce fishbowl. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.