Breaux Bridge Benedict features house-made boudin, smoked ham, American cheese, poached eggs and hollandaise on French bread. The fried oyster po-boy comes dressed with coleslaw, remoulade and cocktail sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
There's live music every night at this restaurant and club housed in a historic 19th-century space. Each of its three rooms features something different (a restaurant, a bar and a music room), and there's a full menu of regional fare, seafood and sandwiches. Branford Marsalis headlines four days in December. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
The full-service bar is separated from the kitchen and dining area at this classic po-boy restaurant, and beer is the favored adult beverage. The cocktail menu features interesting takes on classic cocktails, including the honey mint "jullep," made with Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey mixed with mint, sugar, lime and Sprite. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
An offshoot of tradition-steeped Galatoire's, this upscale bar offers a steak house menu, specialty cocktails (1840 Sazerac and French 33), and a 25-page wine list. Jackets are mandatory after 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.
The old-style bar is located in the historic Court of Two Sisters restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter and offers signature drinks such as the chilled Two Sisters Toddy and the Bayou Bash, which mixes Southern Comfort, fruit juices and red wine (the cocktail won an award from Culinary Concierge Magazine). A menu of small plates is available beginning at 5 p.m. Open daily. Food available.
Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski serve creative Cajun dishes and house-made charcuterie. Crawfish pie is stuffed with crawfish, rice, green onions, parsley, herbs and spices and served with poblano and red and green bell peppers, roasted garlic and red wine vinegar. Onion-braised pork cheeks are served with grits, radish and crushed herbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
This Italian grocery is known for its muffulettas, available on whole or half loaves. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
The bar specializes in craft cocktails at this contemporary Southern restaurant, such as the Sophia Loren made with Russian Standard vodka, Campari, prosecco, grapefruit juice and basil. The bar menu includes steamed mussels and boudin balls. Open Tue.-Sat. Full menu available.
The French-Creole grande dame is marking its 175th anniversary this year. Oysters Rockefeller are baked oysters covered with pureed greens (not spinach) and seasoned breadcrumbs. Alaska Antoine is baked Alaska — featuring ice cream wrapped in pound cake and crowned with a toasted meringue shell and hot fudge. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$
The beautifully polished interior bespeaks New Orleans' gilded age. There's seating at the bar or in intimate table groupings and a relaxed feel. The most popular drinks are the namesake French 75 — made with cognac instead of gin — and the Contessa, a mix of Boodles gin, Aperol, grapefruit juice, cranberry cordial and orange bitters. The bar menu includes some signature items from Arnaud's restaurant. Open Thu.-Tue. Food available.
Char-grilled oysters are topped with herb butter and a blend of cheeses and served with French bread. The Peacemaker po-boy includes fried shrimp and oysters and is dressed with Tabasco-infused mayonnaise. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$