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COFFEE & DESSERT 

CAFé DU MONDE
800 Decatur St. (French Market) 525-4544; 1401 W. Esplanade Ave. (Esplanade Mall), Kenner, 468-3588; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Lakeside Shopping Center), Metairie, 834-8694; 4700 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-9770; www.cafedumonde.com
A fixture in the French Market since 1862, Café du Monde has about as much in common with the modern type of coffeehouse as the French Quarter itself does with a suburban strip mall. Don't look for fancy espresso concoctions here; the standard order is still café au lait and beignets. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CC'S GOURMET COFFEE
2 Poydras St. (Hilton Riverside) 525-0024; 900 Jefferson Ave. 891-4969; 2917 Magazine St. 891-2115; 650 Poydras St. 586-0278; 941 Royal St. 581-6996; 1597 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 641-3177; 3647 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 454-1200; 4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 727-2522 www.ccscoffee.com
Founded in 1919 and based in Baton Rouge, Community is the largest family-owned retail coffee brand in America. The company serves an array of specialty coffee drinks, scones, bagels and sweets. For decadence in a cup, try on the Mochassippi, CC's own blend of espresso, skim milk, ice cream, flavored syrup and crushed ice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CREOLE CREAMERY
4924 Prytania St. 894-8680
Built in a former McKenzie's bakery storefront, Creole Creamery has a retro look but innovative flavors in its long, frosty coolers. Try local specialties like Creole cream cheese or bananas Foster ice cream or one of the myriad variations on chocolate. Heavy glass dishes just beg to be filled with sundaes here. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CRESCENT COFFEE CAFÉ
3001A Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Algiers 367-6013
Coffee is only the tip of the iceberg at this Algiers café , which offers omelets and pancakes as well as pastries for breakfast and a full lunch menu. The Crescent Burger, covered with hickory sauce and layered with Canadian bacon, is a house specialty, as is the gumbo. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

ESPRESSO EXPRESS
701 Poydas St. 524-5115
If you're in a hurry, read the sign and get your food and coffee on the run at Espresso Express, which offers salads, sandwiches, a breakfast burrito, pastries and, of course, espresso and coffee. The blackened shrimp and pasta salad features spicy blackened shrimp, spiral pasta mix (peas, celery, green onions and parsley), with a Parmesan dressing. No reservations. Call for hours. Credit cards. $

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE
3133 Ponce de Leon, 948-3222; www.fairginds.com
Look for a February reopening of this neighborhood favorite in the Faubourg St. John, where the benches on the sidewalk have remained a gathering place for regulars even while the coffeehouse has been closed for storm repairs. The dog-friendly side patio is complete with a water bowl for well-behaved pooches, while the coffee brewed inside is always from Fair Trade beans. No reservations. Call for hours. Cash only. $

FLORA'S GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP
2600 Royal St. 947-8358
Color isn't confined only to the many plants flourishing outside this Faubourg Marigny gathering place, which attracts an always-interesting crowd from the eclectic neighborhood. Hot and chilled coffee drinks are served, as are pastries, veggie burritos, bagels and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

HERSHEY'S ICE CREAM PARLOR
70456 Hwy. 21, Suite 400, Covington (985) 809-7445
From a humble start in a Pennsylvania farmhouse more than 100 years ago comes this local outpost of the fast-growing national chain of ice cream parlors, featuring cups, cones, shakes, sundaes and even banana splits. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

ICE COMPUTER CAFÉ
5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 324-6130; www.icecomputercafe.com
Providing a safe environment where parents can bring their children to play the hottest computer and console games on the market is what ICE Computer Café is all about. While there, get a specialty coffee drink or suck down fruit smoothies or dessert-worthy chocolate beverages, such as the Funky Monkey, blending chocolate and creme de banana. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARIGNY PERKS
2401 Burgundy St. 948-7401
Neighborhood regulars stop in for a coffee and a chance to catch up with friends at this comfortable, new corner coffeehouse. Grab a pastry for a quick breakfast or enjoy sandwiches like ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, tuna salad and chicken salad at lunch. The free Wi-Fi access helps keep you connected. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MORNING CALL COFFEE STAND
3325 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-4068; 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Mall), Metairie 779-5348
Founded in 1871 in the French Market, the Morning Call Coffee Stand has long been the peer to Café du Monde. The Morning Call serves its square, fried beignets with copious powdered sugar and brews up café au lait with equal parts chicory coffee and steamed milk in large, stainless-steel kettles. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

NAWLINS FLAVA CAFÉ
830 N. Rampart St. 324-6420
Formerly Voobrew Coffee, Nawlins Flava Café still perks up rich brews in a storefront packed with voodoo items, including books, dolls and gris gris bags for sale. The kitchen turns out an extensive menu of food all day long, including smothered pork chops, salmon croquettes, fried okra and po-boys. The quarter-pound Joy burger is the bargain of the menu at just $2 (or three for $5). No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NOLA JAVA
5055 Canal St. 810-4170
After you browse through the incense and tobacco-water pipes at Herb Import Co., check out the full-service coffee bar next door. Serving quiche, pastries, loaded croissants, bagels, smoothies and other standard coffee fare, this new hangout is a bright spot in an enduring neighborhood. Nola Java will feature Wi-Fi as soon as it's available in the area. No reservations. Breakfast through early dinner daily. Cash only. $

PJ'S COFFEE AND TEA
644 Camp St. 529-3658; 3700 Orleans Ave. 934-1192; 800 Metairie Road, Metairie 828-1460; 1600 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 871-9326; 1808-B. W. Airline Drive, LaPlace (985) 359-7575; 2963 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 674-1565; 4100 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Algiers 392-4280; 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Shopping Center), Metairie 885-4543; 4480 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 624-9015; 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-2007; 10158 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-7797; 61103 Airport Road, Slidell (985) 847-9474; 70456 Hwy. 21, Covington (985) 875-7894; www.pjscoffee.com
Stop in for a coffee, a pastry and stylish coffeehouse atmosphere at any of the locations of this homegrown chain. Try PJ's new limited-edition Preservation Blend, as a portion of the proceeds go to hurricane-relief efforts. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PLANC COFFEE AND TEA
1827 Hickory Ave., River Ridge 738-2220; www.planc.com
Now Web-friendly with its Wi-Fi access, Planc's prides itself on its Orange Julius and frozen hot chocolate drinks, but you can also get standard cafe fare, ranging from salads to soups, sandwiches to pastries. No reservations. Call for hours. Credit cards. $

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
204 Metairie Road, Metairie 835-7779; 222 Carondelet St. 529-2005; 621 Royal St. 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.com
More than just a coffee shop, Royal Blend dishes up a rotating selection of soup and signature sandwiches along with its variety of caffeinated beverages. Savor a cup of joe with an Executive Club layered with turkey, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, mayo, Dijon mustard and homemade honey mustard between two slices of seven-grain bread. No reservations. Call for hours.. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
1140 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-4343; 3121 Magazine St. 899-0242
The de facto Uptown office for countless students, professionals and New Orleanians on the job hunt, provides expertly roasted and brewed coffee, Wi-Fi access and the classic coffeehouse atmosphere of mellow decor and colorful conversations. Pull up a high-backed seat or grab a sidewalk table for pastries, bagels, sweets or a sandwich of roast beef or turkey on freshly baked bread with all the fixings. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

STILL PERKIN'
2727 Prytania St. (The Rink) 899-0335
Fresh is the name of the game at Still Perkin', the Garden District coffee shop near historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Fresh coffee and iced mochas greet the morning crowd and provide an afternoon pick-me-up, while fresh breads, including zucchini or banana nut bread, are available daily. Try a sugar brioche for a sweet treat or a salad for a light lunch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

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