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CBD RESTAURANTS 

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahsneworleans.com
Besh Steak combines steakhouse largesse with local seafood dishes. A 38-oz. bone-in cowboy steak is served with roasted potatoes and vegetables. The Louisiana seafood three ways starter includes fried oysters, crab maison and shrimp remoulade. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE
401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com
Cajun flavors inspire the cuisine at this downtown restaurant. The gumbo brims with shrimp, crabmeat and okra. The grilled 14-oz. veal chop is served with mushrooms in Cabernet sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com
Head to the buffet for endless boiled Dungeness crab legs on Thursday. The pasta station offers a variety of pastas, meats and red and white sauces. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB AND GRUB
116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.com
Seafood gumbo brims with shrimp and okra. Crawfish kickers are fried tails served with remoulade for dipping. Lunch delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Chef Robert Bruce displays a selection of steaks available at Chophouse New Orleans, and operating partner Patrick James stands by with a wine recommendation. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chef Robert Bruce displays a selection of steaks available at Chophouse New Orleans, and operating partner Patrick James stands by with a wine recommendation.

CHOPHOUSE NEW ORLEANS
322 Magazine St., 522-7902; www.centraarchy.com
This traditional steakhouse serves USDA prime beef, and a section of super-sized cuts includes a 40-oz. Porterhouse for two. The menu also features seafood options and a la carte side items. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON
833 Poydras St., 620-8899; www.lepavillon.com
Herbsaint oysters are fried and served over grilled tomatoes with tasso and spinach cream. Paneed veal coated with Italian seasonings and breadcrumbs is topped with crabmeat and lemon butter and served with a vegetable and bread. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DOMENICA
123 Baronne St., 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com
Chef Alon Shaya creates rustic Italian dishes. The calabrese pizza is topped with tomatoes, spicy salami, mozzarella, capers and olives. Garganelli pasta features mangalitsa pork ragu, garlic and rapini. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DRESS IT
535 Gravier St., 527-0006
The Dress It burger is served with garlic aioli, bacon, Brie and balsamic-reduced onion. The cookie skillet features two mounds of chocolate chip cookie dough baked to order and topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ESPRESSO EXPRESS
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115
The club panino fills your choice of bread, roll or croissant with ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato and honey-mustard dressing. The Thai chicken wrap is a white or wheat tortilla filled with roasted chicken, carrots, cucumber, Monterey Jack cheese and sweet Thai chile sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

THE GRILL ROOM AT THE WINDSOR COURT
300 Gravier St., 522-1994; www.grillroomneworleans.com
Gulf yellowfin tuna is served with compressed pineapple, crispy shallots and kanzuri mignonette. Crispy-skinned American red snapper comes with mussels, pappardelle, chorizo and Creole tomato marinara. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR
218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377; www.handsomewillys.com
Thursday's $1 tacos come with toppings like pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce and Mexican slaw. Wednesday's steak night offers a 12-oz. rib-eye with a loaded baked potato. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LE FORET
129 Camp St., 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.com
Moulard duckling comes with potato gnocchi, baby radishes, squash and foie gras. Sauteed wild Alaskan halibut is served with crabmeat, roasted fingerling potatoes, kale and sultana lemon beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT
321 Magazine St., 581-9680; www.liboriocuban.com
Seafood paella combines fish, shrimp and chicken in saffron rice. Bistec Cubana is thinly cut steak seasoned with garlic, lime and herbs and served with onion, parsley, sweet plantains, black beans and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LUKE
333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
Chef John Besh focuses on local seafood and French and German influences at this brasserie. The etouffee of blue crab and brown shrimp is served with hand-made garganelli pasta. Seared duck breast comes with warm bacon vinaigrette on top. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MILA
817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.com
Deconstructed oysters Rockefeller are poached oysters served with spinach, bacon and licorice root. For dessert, the Abita root beer float features Abita root beer sorbet with vanilla bean bavarois and ginger snap tuiles. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net
 Step up to the counter to order sandwiches or Creole staples like jambalaya or crawfish etouffee. The Ferdi special po-boy combines the restaurant's house-cooked ham and roast beef. Grits also are topped with debris and savory drippings from meats cooked in-house. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and traveler's checks. $$

P & G RESTAURANT
345 Baronne St., 525-9678Homemade biscuits drenched with Southern-style brown gravy are a good way to start the day. Fried shrimp po-boys are popular at lunch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PINKBERRY
300 Canal St., phone N.A.; www.pinkberry.com
See Uptown section for restaurant description.

RAMBLA
217 Camp St., 587-7720; www.ramblanola.com
Barcelona's Rambla district inspires this tapas restaurant. A flatbread is topped with Valdeon blue cheese, Serrano ham and bitter greens. A small plate combines smoked lamb ribs with piquillo "hoisin" sauce and petite herbs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RED GRAVY
125 Camp St., 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.com
Miss B's fried chicken and waffles includes white and dark meat chicken and a Belgian waffle with maple syrup. The lasagna features layers of pasta, ricotta, mozzarella, meatballs, bolognese sauce and Romano cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT AUGUST
301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.restaurantaugust.com
Chef John Besh's flagship restaurant provides an elegant setting for his contemporary Louisiana cooking. Handmade potato gnocchi are tossed with blue crab and Perigord truffles. The breaded trout Pontchartrain is served with mushrooms, lump crabmeat and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROLY POLY
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 121, 561-9800; www.rolypoly.com
The basil-cashew spicy chicken salad wrap is served on a whole wheat or flour tortilla with spicy Thai sauce, avocado, lettuce, plum tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts. The spa salad features plum tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries and alfalfa sprouts on a bed of mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ROOSEVELT HOTEL BAR
116 University Place, 566-9444; www.roosevelthotelbar.com
The bar kitchen serves noshing items like chicken tenders and french fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE
200 Magazine St., 525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.net
See Mid-City section for restaurant description. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

THE SAZERAC RESTAURANT
Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-5486; www.therooseveltneworleans.com
Shrimp foie gras dumplings are served with Southern greens, garlic oil and cane vinegar dipping sauce. Garlic roasted jumbo prawns are served with saffron carnaroli rice and cognac shellfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668
LSU colors and paraphernalia adorn this CBD eatery. The Big Mitch features grilled ham and Swiss cheese with grilled onions on crusty French bread. The Italian salad is topped with salami, provolone and Romano cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE
614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.com
Hall of Fame coach Don Shula's restaurant is a throwback steakhouse focusing on big cuts of beef and martinis. Barbecue shrimp come wrapped in bacon, stuffed with fresh basil and cooked in horseradish barbecue sauce. Cowboy steak is a 22-oz. bone-in rib-eye served with fresh watercress and butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SINGHA THAI
413 Carondelet St., 581-2205
Downtown workers in search of Thai food can flock to Singha for staple dishes like pad thai, a spicy mix of pan-fried noodles, chicken, shrimp, eggs and onions. Ginger fish is a tilapia fillet served with steamed vegetables and ginger sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

STEVE'S DINER
Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198; www.steves-diner.com
The diner serves daily specials like Tuesday's Loco Moko, a char-grilled hamburger steak smothered with sauteed mushrooms, peppers, onions and house-made brown gravy, filled with fried onions and served with two sides. The Southwest wrap is a tomato-basil tortilla with spiced grilled chicken, tomatoes, beans, red onions, pepper Jack cheese and lettuce and served with tortilla chips and creamy salsa ranch dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

THE STORE
814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.com
A taco bar at this CBD cafe features 30 different items, including chorizo, blackened shrimp, Cuban pounded chicken and pulled pork. Coleslaw, radishes and hearts of palm are among the vegetarian-friendly toppings. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STREETCAR CAFE
110 Carondelet St., 523-6614
The Shoot 'em omelet is a three-egg omelet stuffed with alligator meat and sauteed onions and bell peppers. A grilled shrimp pita consists of shrimp sauteed with onion and bell pepper with Cajun sauce, lettuce and tomato. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TERRAZU
Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 129, 287-0877; www.terrazu.net
Try the Bistro sandwich with grilled chicken, mozzarella, tomatoes and mixed greens, dressed with pesto mayo and balsamic vinegar and served on wheat flatbread. The avocado bulgur salad is mixed with fennel and basil and drizzled with citrus vinaigrette on top of baby greens and tomatoes. The vegan-friendly salad also is available with chicken or shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE VERANDA AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL NEW ORLEAN
S
444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383; www.ihg.com
The Veranda serves Louisiana-inspired dishes such as gumbo ya ya, a medley of shrimp, crawfish, sausage and okra. Shrimp and grits feature shrimp sauteed in Abita Turbodog. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WALK-ON'S BISTREAUX & BAR
1009 Poydras St., 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com
Flat-screen TVs show sports from every angle inside this local expansion of a popular Baton Rouge-based bar and grill. Waffle-cut cheese fries and huge bouquets of shredded onions are popular starters. The menu includes fried seafood, entree salads and unique sandwiches like the alligator wrap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WELTY'S DELI AND CATERING
336 Camp St., 592-0223; www.weltysdeli.com
The deli serves gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and daily specials. Sandwiches are made on pumpernickel, rye, multi-grain or sourdough bread and come with kettle chips, coleslaw or fruit cocktail. The New Orleans AK combines a choice of four meats and cheddar, Swiss, pepper Jack and provolone on a warm muffuletta bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

ZOE RESTAURANT
W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 525-9444; www.starwoodhotels.com
Zoe's contemporary Louisiana cuisine includes dishes like barbecue shrimp and grits with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp served over a stone-ground grit cake. Blackened fish tacos fill flour tortillas with redfish, Creole coleslaw and remoulade and come with pickled vegetables and lime. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$




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