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BABYLON CAFE
7724 Maple St., 314-0010
Middle Eastern restaurants are universally known for their pita bread, but Babylon Café offers another option with its special rolls that come out hot and fresh for dipping in hummus or stuffing with marinated grilled meats. Main courses include large platters of chicken, lamb, kebabs and gyros. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

BASIL LEAF
1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001
This Uptown restaurant is a favorite destination for those looking to spice things up with Thai cooking that is both contemporary and satisfying to the appetite. A sleek dining room and bar area welcomes all who enter. Once seated, try the grilled chicken coconut soup and then the basil chicken, a dish comprised of sauté ed chicken, onions, vegetables and mushrooms with jasmine rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S
723 Dante St., 861-7610
Located in a converted Riverbend home with dining rooms separated by pre-existing walls, Brigtsen's is tailored for the romantic dining experience. The roast duck with corn bread dressing and honey pecan gravy anchor a menu that changes daily. Try the special Rebuild New Orleans Seafood Platter, comprised of broiled, grilled, baked and sauté ed seafood, for a new way of imagining the traditionally fried dish. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN
7583 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com
A local hang-out for generations of college students and those who put their textbooks aside long ago, Bruno's has been slinging drinks since 1934. The tavern recently expanded its food options with a menu available throughout the day including such temptations as Boudreaux cheese fries made with sweet potato fries smothered with roast beef debris, gravy and blue cheese all broiled with golden raisins and spiced pecans. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BUD'S BROILER
3151 Calhoun St., 861-0906
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFÉ FRERET
7329 Freret St., 861-7890
A casual spot for a meal morning, noon or night, Café Freret puts a spell on its regulars with the chef's voodoo burger — a half pound of ground chuck with sauté ed onions and mushrooms smothered in the house "bomb" sauce and topped with bacon, provolone and your choice of fixings. For an even heartier serving, the "New Orleans steakbomb" delivers a portion of tender shaved steak with Swiss cheese, onions, mushrooms and bell peppers on toasted French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ NINO
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-9200
Though most of the pizza at Café Nino is thin crusted, order ahead for the thick crust Sicilian pie, which takes an hour to cook. Entrees include Italian dishes like baked ziti, spaghetti, various meat and pasta combinations and calzones. For sandwiches there are Philly cheesesteaks, meatball subs and chicken sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $

CAFÉ VOLAGE
720 Dublin St., 861-4227
Tucked away in the Riverbend, this romantic restaurant features hearty continental fare, including escargot to start and house specials like osso buco and lamb shank entrees. The menu rounds out with a variety of fish, fowl and meats. Try the red snapper, duck or rib-eye steak. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CARROLLTON STATION
8140 Willow St., 865-9190
You don't have to leave this Uptown live music hotspot just because you get hungry. The grill offers a stick-to-your-ribs menu of sandwiches, burgers and fried appetizers. Daily specials include shrimp etouffee, spaghetti and meatballs, and seafood platters. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

C'EST SI BON
7457 St. Charles Ave., 865-8636
Replacing a series of gourmet delis, C'est Si Bon is a full restaurant now, though catering is available. At lunch, the menu features grilled chicken breasts, towering bleu cheese and bacon burgers, a veggie sandwich with portobellos, red peppers and zucchini as well as gumbo, shrimp etouffee and salads. Dinner adds dishes like fried calamari or pasta primavera with penne and a garlic white wine sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CHINA ORCHID
704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428
All the perennial favorites make an appearance at China Orchid: pot stickers and pepper steak; egg drop soup and moo goo gai pan; Crab Rangoon and General Tso's Chicken, among a multitude of others. Luncheon specials are accompanied by an egg roll and fried rice, and — for another buck — some soup. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COLD STONE CREAMERY
624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900
Cold Stone makes their own ice cream in-store daily. Orders are blended with mixed-in items like candy or nuts on a granite stone to order. Shakes and smoothies are also available and Cold Stone makes ice cream cakes as well. No reservations. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104
With football and oyster season both in full swing, Cooter's is a favorite home for consuming both. Fried seafood, burgers, wings, grilled alligator sausage and sandwiches are all prepared by the kitchen. And the oyster bar serves them raw by the dozen. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CREPES A LA CART
1039 Broadway St., 866-2362
"Sweet or savory?" is only the first of many choices you'll need to make at this Uptown creperie. Located near the Tulane campus, Crepes a la Cart offers dozens and dozens of crepes perfect for any meal. Among the breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert crepes, there are also vegetarian options and seasonal varieties. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

DANTE'S KITCHEN
736 Dante St., 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com
House specialties at this cozy Riverbend cottage include the redfish "on the half shell" topped with crabmeat and herbs, and the trois mignon — three petite filets topped with pork debris, stilton cheese sauce and marchand du vin. To increase the romantic quotient in your evening, take a table in the lovely outdoor garden. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

DOSON'S NOODLE HOUSE
8128 Oak St., 861-9724
Chinese and Vietnamese classics stand side-by-side at Doson. Special lunch combos offer a choice among grilled chicken, pork or beef, served with noodle soup. The staff also recommends the duck soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, closed Tuesday. Credit cards and checks. $$

FIESTA BISTRO
1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612
Celebrate the alluring flavors of Spain at Fiesta Bistro, including the country's classic dish — paella. Here it's made with a base of slow-cooked saffron rice and loaded up with Gulf shrimp, sea scallops, mussels, calamari, chicken, clams and sweet peas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIVE HAPPINESS
3511 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935
The bustling Five Happiness restaurant offers dishes from various Chinese regional cuisines for dining in, take-out and delivery. The pecan shrimp with sesame seeds is a popular dish of honey-roasted pecans sprinkled over a bed of sauté ed shrimp. General Tso's chicken is another popular dish. All dishes can be adjusted for peppery heat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards $$

FRESCO'S CAFE AND PIZZERIA
7625 Maple St., 862-6363
Pizza is the hallmark here, but not to be ignored is the chicken portobello stromboli with chicken, mozzarella, portobello mushrooms and a spicy red pepper sauce. Have a seat on the cheerful deck and enjoy a veggie wrap filled with hummus, roasted eggplant, peppers, spinach, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, feta and kalamata olives. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIAR TUCK'S
5130 Freret St., 891-4080
For college students and alums alike, Friar Tuck's is a popular spot to grab a beer, catch up with the world of sports and nosh on bar food. The kitchen offers nachos, cheese sticks and other bar appetizers. Or grab a burger, corn dog or chicken sandwich. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
8116 Hampson St., 865-1634
In the Riverbend, Hana offers a full range of Japanese cuisine from sushi and sashimi to bento box specials with teriyaki, tempura and other dishes. There are also soups with thick udon noodles in broth or thinner soba noodles. For dessert, Hana has mochi, or chilled rice cakes. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IRIS
8115 Jeannette St., 862-5848; www.irisneworleans.com
Since opening last winter, Iris quickly made a name for itself as a neighborhood bistro serving a beautiful, carefully crafted cuisine in an intimate setting. Chef Ian Schnoebelen, formerly of Lilette, prepares dishes like steamed mussels in coconut curry broth with plantain chips, and seared wild salmon with chanterelle mushrooms, lentils, caramelized shallots and dill. Vegetarians can indulge in the chef's daily selections and the bar turns out innovative cocktail recipes using fresh fruit. Reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFÉ
8324 Oak St., 861-0886; www.jacquesimoscafe.com
Jacques Imo's Café lets it all hang out whether you're dining in the flatbed of the truck out front or on the covered back patio. The menu offers boldly flavored dishes like two roasted boneless quail stuffed with mushrooms and foie gras mousse and wrapped in Nimen Ranch bacon, served with a brown sauce of mushrooms and cranberries. Jacques Imo's is also known for its alligator and sausage cheesecake, and a range of dishes like the spicy Cajun bouillabaisse, their version of blackened redfish, paneed rabbit and fried chicken. Reservations for parties of five or more. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards $$$

JAMILA'S
7808 Maple St., 866-4366
It's another reason to stroll down Maple Street. The restaurant features Tunisian and Mediterranean cuisine not found in many other local restaurants. The crawfish, zucchini, spinach bisque is a great way to start a meal, and so are the briks, phyllo dough stuffed with potatoes, parsley, onions and shrimp or tuna. There are a number of couscous dishes for vegetarians and carnivores, and the lamb dishes are succulent and memorable. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JASMINE CAFÉ
614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-7301
The complex cuisine at Jasmine Cafe often defies description or simple labels. But why bother putting a label on original dishes that speak so well for themselves, such as the Sweet Heat Noodle, a spicy stir-fried rice noodle dish. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JAY'S BUBBLE TEA CAFÉ
7638 Maple St., 866-6022
Jay's is a cozy café in the university neighborhood. Drop in for pastries to go with coffee, a specialty tea or bubble tea made with fresh ingredients. No reservations. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Credit cards. $

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; www.lamadeleine.com
Start your day with strong French roast coffee or a milder American blend. La Madeleine offers a selection of breads and pastries plus cafeteria-style service of salads, sandwiches, like a variation on the croque monsieur, and meats and vegetable combinations cooked in puff pastries, like the chicken and mushroom Friand. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

LEBANON CAFÉ
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200
The Middle Eastern cuisine at Lebanon is found in the simple starters like lentil soup and Greek salad, as well as more-involved entrees like the rosemary lamb chops, which features a pound of seasoned lamb grilled and served with a mixed salad, hummus and grilled onions and tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900
The Louisiana Pizza Kitchen offers gourmet pizzas like the Kitchen Sink, which piles on pepperoni, Italian sausage, bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, Kalamata olives and mozzarella cheese. There is also a large menu of salads, pita wraps, calzones and pasta dishes. The chicken Marsala features roasted chicken with Roma tomatoes, red onions and mushrooms in a wine and pesto cream sauce, served over fettuccine and topped with parmesan cheese. Reservations for large parties only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFÉ
7623 Maple St., 314-9003
Nestled in amongst the specialty stores and the other small neighborhood restaurants, Maple Street Café has been a staple restaurant for Uptown diners for many years. The menu presents guests with a nice variety of choices — appetizers like oysters almandine with a white wine lemon butter or fresh fish Florentine served over sauté ed spinach with a light herb sauce. It's satisfying for lunch or dinner. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$

MAT & NADDIE'S RESTAURANT
937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.com
With views of the green levee just outside and the possibility of freight trains rolling past to punctuate your meal, the colorful cottage setting of Mat & Naddie's can seem like a country retreat. The cuisine is as sophisticated as any urbane bistro, however, with mainstays like grilled salmon with pearl barley and Romano risotto or venison medallions with wild rice pancakes, braised red and white cabbage and apple demiglace. On Mon.-Fri., the restaurant features an offbeat lunch buffet featuring small batches of salads, pastas, meats, cheeses, soups and other daily inspirations. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri., Sat. and Mon. Credit cards. $$

MIKIMOTO
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881
Mikimoto wants to feed you its sushi and Japanese fare, whether you're dining in with sake, driving off with its 99-cent per roll lunch special, or having shrimp tempura delivered. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch daily, dinner Sun-Fri. $$

MONA'S CAFÉ
1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

OAK STREET CAFÉ
8140 Oak St., 866-8710
There's not too many restaurants, even in New Orleans, where live music accompanies the food service on a daily basis, but you can get plenty of both at Oak Street. Pianist, Charles Farmer, plays jazz standards and show tunes while wait staff serve up delectable donuts, thick pancakes with pecans, or Creole spinach egg nests for breakfast. Farmer keeps his fingers moving through lunch, which features specials like meatball po-boys and fish tacos. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
636 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; www.ohenrys.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com
Chef Scott Snodgrass changes the menu regularly to reflect seasonal ingredients, which pleases his many regular customers. Among the recurring items are the char-grilled oysters with Roquefort cheese and red wine vinaigrette. For dinner and a show, take a seat at the food bar and peer into the open kitchen. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA
3117 Calhoun St., 862-6020; www.papajohns.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

PHILIP CHAN'S ASIAN-CAJUN BISTRO
8400 Oak St., 522-4964; www.asiancajunbistro.com
The founder of Chopstix in Atlanta, Philip Chan brought his inspired Chinese cooking Uptown to the Riverbend. A native of Hong Kong, Chan presents regional Chinese cooking, from the fancier presentations of Hong Kong to the spicier Szechuan dishes. Some favorites include large prawns in a bird's nest of fried noodles, or an appetizer of wok-fried, Cajun spiced crawfish served with an Asian chili sauce. The menu includes salads, rice and noodle dishes, steak and seafood entrees and ice cream tempura for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$$

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS
7624 Maple St., 866-7031; www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

PYRAMIDS CAFÉ
3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602
Pyramids offers a range of Middle Eastern dishes from more familiar hummus dip, falafel, Greek salads and stuffed grape leaves to appetizers like musabaha, a blend of hummus with whole chick peas, garlic and hot pepper. Entrees include chicken and beef shawarma, beef or lamb shish kebabs, and kafta kebabs using a mix of ground lamb with parsley, garlic and onion. No reservations. Delivery after 5 p.m. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards, local checks. $

RED STAR CHINESE
8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933
At Red Star Chinese, shrimp fried rice and an egg roll can be added to the entree of your choice, such as General Tso's chicken, or fill up on a combination plate. Before your entree, try the crab Rangoon, the most popular appetizer. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH
8124 Hampson St., 872-0187
TSIA, as the compu-lingo goes. The name alone tells you what you need to know; the "title says it all." But Refuel Coffee and Nosh goes well beyond pastries. Brunch includes a prime rib and egg sandwich, served with a choice of hash browns or grits, as well as the California omelet, a three-egger folded with bacon, avocado and cheese. Salads and sandwiches are available for lunch and include vegetarian options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO PANOLA STREET CAFÉ
7801 Panola St., 314-1810
Standard breakfast fare is spiced up with the Sausalito omelet, packed with spinach, garlic, mushrooms, shallots and mozzarella cheese. Or go All-American with ham and cheese. House specialties include eggs Benedict and eggs Sardou. Lunch options include burgers, red beans and rice, and liver and onions served with grits and toast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

ROMAN PIZZA
7329 Cohn St., 866-1166; www.eatromanpizza.com
Roman will prepare your pizza to order. But it could be wise to follow the kitchen's inspirations to such original pizzas as the barbecue chicken pizza, which features barbecue sauce, chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, onion and mushrooms. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343
The coffee shop offers a full range of house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks, layered lattes and specialty teas. There is also a selection of pastries, croissants, cakes, biscotti and cookies. Sandwiches start with a choice of breads, including dark black forest and seven grain bread, meats like roast beef, turkey or chicken salad and a range of toppings like peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and sprouts and a choice of cheeses. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

SARA'S
724 Dublin St., 861-0565
Though located in a quaint little row of shops in the Riverbend, Sara's has an ambitious menu of fused Creole and Asian flavors. Look for dishes like pepper-crusted pork chops, honey-ginger scallops or Malaysian steamed mussels in savory garlic-white-wine broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALTWATER GRILL
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640
Oysters served raw on the half shell or charbroiled are major specialties at this casual seafood eatery. Come for dinner and specialties like the blackened redfish with lemon butter, potatoes and vegetables or the grilled rib-eye steak. Lunch brings a selection of po-boys, including fried seafood varieties, hamburgers and grilled chicken. Reservations for five or more. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SMOOTHIE KING
6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 866-3555
See "Citywide" listing for description.

STATION 8801
8801 Oak St., 861-9293
Located in an unassuming building meant to resemble the site's former filling station, this is a casual spot offering a menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads. But there are also entrees like steak or tuna. On Fridays, drop by for charbroiled oysters. And it's also a good place to check the drink specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SUBWAY
1332 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-7860; www.subway.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

TED'S FROSTOP
3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615Since 1956, people have been dropping by the Frostop for a cold root beer in a frozen mug. The parking lot is usually full, but the service is quick, so you won't have to wait too long for hot plate of red beans and rice, or any of their other breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPTOWN CAJUN
7708 Maple St., 304-7256; www.uptowncajun.com
A newcomer to the Maple Street dining scene, Uptown Cajun lives up to its name by serving a menu rife with Cajun classics, po-boys and plenty of seafood. The large bar keeps the good times rolling with drink specials through the week, and a late-night menu of burgers and bar munchies is served until 2 a.m. on weekends. Come earlier for seafood bisque with a spicy blend of crab, crawfish and shrimp or the jambalaya with roast pork, smoked sausage and ground pork. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VERA CRUZ
7537 Maple St., 866-1736
Vera Cruz strives to bridge the best of Latin flavors, specializing in both Mexican and Cuban cuisine. Before you launch into entrees such as Guadalajara enchiladas and ropa vieja, start off with the housemade chips and margaritas. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE
7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com
Guests are greeted at Vincent's with the welcoming scent of roasting garlic, fresh herbs and simmering sauce. Golden-fried eggplant sticks with red sauce are a popular starter, as are fried oysters with roasted almonds, lemon cream sauce and fresh tarragon. Entr — e specialties range from traditional lasagna and eggplant parmagiana to cannelloni stuffed with veal, spinach and cheese, or sauté ed Italian oysters over angel hair pasta. Reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WOW CAFÉ & WINGERY
231 N. Carrollton Ave., 304-9247; www.winger.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683
A New Orleans favorite since the 1930s, the College Inn is now operated by the Blancher family of Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl fame and in a new location right next door to its original building. And that's not all that's changed. While the menu still features po-boys and its popular fried veal cutlet, the kitchen now turns out dishes like fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade and grilled mahi mahi served on a bed of mashed potatoes and sauté ed spinach with a lobster beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE
8210 Oak St., 861-2224
Like many a coffeehouse, Z'otz displays art on its walls, but it doesn't stop there. The walls at this Carrollton area caffeine haven are art molded with textured materials in the front room where a bank of computers stand ready for customers' use. A series of back rooms and a secluded patio offer different settings for study, work and relaxing with compatriots. Behind the counter, baristas serve potent coffee, teas, iced mochas and snacks including bran muffins, brownies and other baked goods. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Chef/proprietor Philip Chan serves shrimp hot out of the - wok at the Asian Cajun Bistro. - TRACIE MORRIS SCHAEFER
  • Tracie Morris Schaefer
  • Chef/proprietor Philip Chan serves shrimp hot out of the wok at the Asian Cajun Bistro.
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