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Fall Neighborhood Restaurant Guide 

There's plenty of good news for fans of neighborhood restaurants. Many local favorites have recently reopened, like Mandina's in Mid-City, Willie Mae's Scotch House and Dooky Chase in Treme, Rocky & Carlo's in Chalmette and a cluster of restaurants in Lakeview.

Fans of fine dining also have plenty to explore in familiar spots because the deck has been reshuffled. French master chef Rene Bajeux moved to the Northshore and La Provence; chef Jarad Tees went from the French Quarter to LÜke in the CBD; after several years at La Petit Grocery, chef Anton Schulte opened his own Daisy Bistro Uptown; and after a long hiatus, chef Greg Sonnier is cooking for locals again, but downtown at the New Orleans Grill.

Gambit Weekly's Fall Restaurant Guide helps diners dig into the latest in food news around the city.

BYWATER

BYWATER BAR-B-QUE
3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445

Smoking for years now, Bywater Bar-B-Que combines down-home flavors with a colorful New Orleans atmosphere in its dining room and lush patio. Choose ribs, chicken, pulled pork or beef brisket, or a combo plate if you can't decide, and pick from sides like jalapeno cornbread. The restaurant also serves sandwiches, salads, soups and the pizza menu formerly offered by Lorenzo's Pizza. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Cash only. $

CAFÉ UNIQUE
2529 Dauphine St., 948-8884

This neighborhood joint offers a rotating roster of inexpensive soul-food favorites. Red beans start off the week on Monday, and choices like spaghetti with meat sauce, stewed or fried chicken, pork chops and candied yams and gumbo round out the daily line-up. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

COFFEA COFFEEHOUSE GALLERY
3218 Dauphine St., 342-2484

This hip Bywater coffee shop is as much a treat for the eyes and ears as it is for the palate. The beautiful brick building is decorated with all sorts of funky art, memorabilia and knick-knacks and features local jazz bands on the weekends. House specialties are sandwiches and sides such as cheese grits, along with homemade biscuits, bagels and pastries and other breakfast items. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

The Country Club
634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com

Even when it's too cold to swim, there is still a good reason to head to the Country Club. The restaurant serves creative dishes like duck and wild mushroom ravioli with boursin cheese in the mix on the inside and duck stock reduction for a sauce. Pork tenderloin is roasted and served with a tangy sweet Mandarin orange glaze and Vidalia onion soufflé. Lunch specials include soups, salads, wraps and flatbread pizzas. Delivery available. No reservations. Credit cards. $$

ELIZABETH'S
601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.com

This café along the river levee turns out a wide variety of New Orleans favorites and Southern classics. Try calas rice cakes or a breakfast po-boy in the morning or come later in the day for fried chicken livers, seared duck breast or seafood po-boys. Check out the second-floor bar for cocktails before or after the meal. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

HENRY'S BAKERY & DELI
2313 St. Claude Ave., 944-2622; 3400 S. Claiborne Ave., 894-8894

Miss Henry will tell you that she tries to give her guests everything they could want. That means plenty of pastries, including king cake and birthday cake. If it's not sweets you're after, there's a full breakfast menu and lunch plates such as smothered chicken and pork chops with sides of baked macaroni, butter beans and stuffed peppers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards $

JACK DEMPSEY'S
738 Poland Ave., 943-9914

Portions of fried and boiled seafood are served in such abundance at this Bywater institution that a take-out box for leftovers is practically a foregone conclusion. You might even need more than one if you order the gargantuan seafood platter, which makes a mountain out of the kitchen's arsenal of fried seafood and throws in a bowl of gumbo for good measure. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

JAZZY PO-BOYS
1700 Port St., 943-0689

Jazzy offers a familiar lineup of po-boy options from slow-cooked roast beef and hot sausage to fish, shrimp and oysters. Fish and shrimp salads are also available. For dessert, try cinnamon bread pudding with rum sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Checks. $

THE JOINT
801 Poland Ave., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com

"Always smoking" is the motto of this homegrown barbecue operation. The "W" special has a little bit of everything including pulled pork, beef brisket and two ribs accompanied by a choice of side items. The Smoked Bowl starts with a bed of tangy slaw and tops it with pulled pork and pickles and adds a side of creamy macaroni and cheese. The rack of ribs comes out of the smoker savory and delicious with juicy, well-seasoned meat falling off the bone. Catering is available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SOUND CAFÉ
2700 Chartres St., 947-4477

This arty Marigny coffee shop and bookstore features plenty of local art and live music, plus sidewalk seating that provides a perfect vantage point for neighborhood people-watching while you snack on brownies, cookies, cakes or bagels. There are also sandwiches like grilled cheese with vegetables or a choice of meats, made to order on freshly baked bread. Also check out the daily specials like quiche or lasagna. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUGAR PARK TAVERN
800 France St., 940-6226; www.sugarpark.com

This mellow bar and pizza joint has attracted a loyal following with its New York-style thin crust pizza and wide variety of toppings and sauces. Popular pies are the Bronx Bomber topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, black olives and green peppers, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which is loaded with garlic, spinach and mushrooms. Hearty pub grub includes fries with curry or garlic mayo, chili-cheese fries and nachos. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

CBD

BAMBU AT HARRAH'S CASINO
4 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahs.com

Bambu features the fusion cooking of chef Richard Toy, who combines elements of Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine. Toy offers many of the classics like barbecue duck, but also creates his own original dishes such as the honey wasabi shrimp. For dessert, try the créme brulee. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BESH STEAKHOUSE AT HARRAH'S
4 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahs.com

Walking into chef John Besh's steakhouse, the din of slot machines fades and the focus turns to serious steak and other high-end culinary trappings. If your wallet and your appetite are equally big after a trip through the gambling hall, maybe it's time to take on Besh's 38-oz. rib-eye cowboy steak. No matter how the card tables treat you, the molten dark chocolate cake is always a winner for dessert. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFÉ
401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com

Authentic Cajun cooking finds a downtown home at this refined café. The crawfish etouffée is a study of Louisiana crawfish tails smothered down in traditional Cajun seasonings over parsley rice. The namesake redfish Bon Ton is seasoned, seared on the grill and finished in the broiler with a lemon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal Street, at the River, 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com

The odds are good that there's something for everyone here, with buffet items running from New Orleans to Asian favorites. Hungry gamblers can fuel up for a round at the tables with Southern favorites, Chinese dishes and pizza. There's even tur-duck-hen. Unlucky players can drown their sorrows in the flow of the chocolate fountain. Many breakfast items are cooked to order. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ MADEA'S
731 Common St., 558-3998

Café Madea's is a casual spot for down-home cooking tucked away in the CBD. Stop in for dishes like red beans, jambalaya, gumbo, pork chops in gravy, chicken pot pie, fried catfish and others. For sides there are choices like corn bread and creamy potato salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., early dinner Fri. Cash only. $

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB 'N' GRUB
116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.com

CBD bargain seekers will love Welfare Wednesdays, which feature $1 well drinks, domestic beers and orders of appetizers for just a buck. Cajun Mike's is also a spot to grab some bar food or sandwiches. Patrons can graze on wings, Texas toothpicks (onions and jalapenos fried in onion ring batter), poppers, seafood gumbo and quesadilla rolls. The sandwich options include a Cuban sandwich, cochon de lait, shrimp and oyster po-boys. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Open Sundays for Saints games. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON
833 Poydras St., 581-3111; www.lepavillonhotel.com

The dining room at the stately Le Pavillon is an elegant setting for any meal. The extensive breakfast menu offers everything from a healthy selection of fruits and grains to omelets made to order, eggs Benedict and French toast. The dinner menu has a wide selection as well including rib-eye steaks, chicken Le Pavillon and paneed veal. Desserts include such standards as pecan pie, créme brulee and cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DIXIE GYRO
110 Carondelet St., 523-6614

There are Middle Eastern accents aplenty at this CBD mainstay. Sandwich options include gyros, souvlaki, falafel, koufta kebabs and hot sausage (stuffed into a pita and topped with diced salad and tahini sauce). The gyro sandwich is a traditional blend of pressed lamb and beef wrapped in grilled pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce. Or try the Mediterranean marinated and grilled chicken plate with a choice of rice or fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

ESPRESSO EXPRESS
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115

Don't be misled, there's a lot offered here besides espresso. Breakfast includes breakfast tacos, freshly baked muffins and cinnamon rolls. At lunch, the café becomes a sandwich shop with a variety of panini sandwiches like the Buffalo chicken, Philly panini and the club sandwich. Daily hot specials include dishes like veal pot roast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LIBORIO'S CUBAN RESTAURANT
321 Magazine St., 581-9680

Pass through Liborio's Central Business District doorway and into Creole version of a Havana café. It's easy to conjure the scene with the Cuban décor and the aromas emanating from the kitchen. A popular dish is the traditional ropa viejo, or beef brisket stewed with onions, olive oil, tomatoes and garlic served with black beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LÜKE RESTAURANT
333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com

The French- and German-inspired food of Alsace may not bring raw oysters to mind, but John Besh's LÜke brings them all together. Chef Jared Tees presides over a kitchen employing everything from Gulf fish and shrimp to German-style sausages, sauerkraut, veal and spaetzle. To complement the cuisine, there is a German-style beer crafted for LÜke by HeinerBrau and wine is offered by the glass, carafe and bottle. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MCALISTER'S DELI
4 Canal Street (Harrah's Casino), 598-1930; www.mcalistersdeli.com

This popular chain is well-known not just for sandwiches but also for whopping, fully loaded baked potatoes. Signature sandwiches include the Patriot (turkey and Swiss on wheatberry bread with orange/cranberry sauce), the classic Reuben and the Big Nasty (open-face roast beef with gravy and melted cheddar and Swiss cheeses). The Spud Max is stuffed with ham, bacon, turkey, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, green peppers and black olives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MIKE SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668

Plenty of places claim to offer "world-famous muffulettas." but Serio's can back it up. The downtown eatery was a recent champion in a cook-off on Food Network's Throwdown with Bobbie Flay. Not in the mood for a muffuletta? Check out the seafood or one of the daily plate lunch specials like jambalaya, spaghetti and meatballs or crawfish etouffée. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net

The star of Mother's menu is the debris po-boy. All of the po-boys are served with shredded cabbage instead of lettuce, Creole or yellow mustard and pickles. Special po-boys include the Ferdi with baked ham and roast beef, and the Ralph, which is a Ferdi with cheese. Mother's also serves breakfast all day as well as Creole dishes including crawfish etouffée, shrimp Creole, Jerry's Jambalaya and seafood gumbo. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE NEW ORLEANS GRILL AT THE WINDSOR COURT
300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com

Like everything else at the Windsor Court Hotel, The New Orleans Grill is known for its exacting standards and world-class presentations. With the addition of local favorite chef Greg Sonnier, a taste of New Orleans has truly come home to the restaurant. The Louisiana crab cake "chops," complemented with a Haas avocado and mango salsa, are a perfect beginning. The chef's signature slow-roasted duck with sautéed wild mushrooms, roasted red peppers, duck drippings and an orange sherry sauce, is not to be missed. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OBEE'S SOUP, SALAD AND SUBS
920 Gravier St., 589-0077; www.nolaobees.com

Quick meals on the go are the specialty at Obee's, though you might have to take your time with the Gut Buster sub made with ham, smoked turkey, roast beef and provolone, dressed and stuffed into a submarine roll. At breakfast time, grab a wheat croissant sandwich with eggs, cheese and a choice of meat. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

P & G RESTAURANT
345 Baronne St., 525-9678

This busy downtown eatery has been in business for more than 25 years. Regulars come by for breakfasts of pancakes, omelets and other morning favorites. For lunch, feast on a po-boy or one of the daily specials like red beans and rice, fried shrimp or catfish. There's also seafood gumbo, shrimp Creole and spicy chili dip. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT AUGUST
301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.rest-august.com

Chef John Besh is certainly one of the Crescent City's most renowned culinary stars and a visit to his CBD flagship shows why. The refined restaurant serves Besh's signature dishes like crabmeat truffle gnocchi, speckled trout Grenobloise and rabbit cooked two ways with muscadine reduction. For an extra-special indulgence, try Restaurant August's five-course tasting menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT CUVEE
322 Magazine St., 587-9001; www.restaurantcuvee.com

Soft brick walls and dark tones lend an Old World feel to a restaurant that features the contemporary creations of chef Robert Iacovone. Start with preludes like Kobe meatloaf sliders or try the spicy shrimp Napoleon. For entrées, the smoked duck breast and confit leg or the upscale version of chicken and waffles are memorable choices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., 561-9800; www.rolypolyusa.com

See Uptown listing for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

ROSEY'S DINER
444 Common St., 598-4839

Rosey's offers breakfast all day and daily lunch and dinner specials. Thick Belgian waffles are always popular. Try the burgers and red beans for lunch or dinner. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROUX BISTRO
500 Canal St., 595-5506; www.sheratonneworleans.com

Enjoy the view of bustling Canal Street from this raised gallery restaurant while you savor house favorites like the crawfish beignets in remoulade sauce or Roux's fancy variation on classic red beans and rice: red bean cassoulet with duck confit and duck sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE
614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.com

NFL hall-of-famer Don Shula is no longer prowling the sidelines. He's heading up a steakhouse franchise that has the kind of ingredients that make for a Super Bowl of a meal. Each of Shula's steaks is certified Angus beef. Those looking for something other than red meat can sink their teeth into lobster, barbecue shrimp and succulent desserts like the chocolate soufflé for two or the Mountain Lava chocolate cake. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SINGHA THAI
413 Carondelet St., 581-2205

Singha Thai offers a little oasis of Thai cuisine in the middle of the CBD bustle. The menu includes popular dishes like spicy coconut milk soups with chicken or tom yum koong with shrimp and lemongrass. Entrées include pad Thai and many rice and noodle dishes with beef, chicken or shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

STEVE'S DINER
828 Gravier St., 522-8198; www.steves-diner.com

This old-school diner offers new-school free Wi-Fi, a full-service coffee bar and serves plate lunches and classic American breakfasts of eggs, grits, hash browns and biscuits. Try Steve's specialty salads or forget your diet and try the fried catfish pecan, served with pecan-brown-butter sauce and two home-style side dishes. The bacon and cheddar burger is a hefty half-pound of Angus beef grilled to order and topped with a mountainous pile of grated cheddar. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

STREETCAR BISTRO
201 Baronne St., 565-5455

Weekday lunches at the Streetcar Bistro are highlighted by an overflowing buffet, and it's quite a challenge for even a local to finish one of the many large house po-boys. Choose from meatball, shrimp, oysters or bronzed chicken. Specialty plates include the crab cake and shrimp salad with wasabi soy and Asian shrimp curry. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THAT INDIAN PLACE
201 St Charles Ave, Second Floor, 975-5664; www.thatindianplace.com

Whether the name is memorable or not, this downtown eatery offers south Indian cuisine with influences from as far as Malaysia. The chicken curry, chutney shrimp, vegetable korma, garlic naan and mango lassi are popular items. There are many options for vegetarians and health-conscious diners. Fresh fruit smoothies are made to order. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

VERANDA AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL
444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383

Local flavors light up the menu at the flagship restaurant of downtown's Hotel Intercontinental. Sunday morning brings a champagne jazz brunch with music, bubbly, carving stations and made-to-order omelets and desserts. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

WELTY'S DELI
336 Camp St., 592-0224

Welty's is a popular lunch spot for deli sandwiches, gourmet salads, daily panini and soup specials. Bite into a big Reuben with layers of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on rye bread or try the veggie sandwich with roasted portobello mushrooms, artichoke hearts, red peppers and eggplant on a bun. Salad choices include everything from spinach to chef, shrimp remoulade to chicken curry. For drinks, there are coffee drinks, Italian sodas and teas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

ZÖE BISTRO
333 Poydras St., 207-5018

Located on the second floor of the sleek, stylish downtown W Hotel, Zöe Restaurant features innovative New Orleans cuisine set in an elegant European-style bistro. Though the menu changes frequently, chef Roberto Bustillo blends Old-World French techniques with Louisiana ingredients in dishes like Gulf Coast Crustacean Shooters, which pair crabmeat, shrimp and oysters with flavored vodkas. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CARROLLTON / UNIVERSITY

BABYLON'S CAFÉ
7724 Maple St., 314-0010

Babylon's menu selections of kebabs, falafel, dips and vegetarian dishes are all available with fresh pita bread, but this Uptown café has earned distinction for its special homemade bread. Served hot and crusty, it provides a different approach to the familiar Middle Eastern standards and is perfect with a plate of hummus or baba ghanoush. Patrons can bring their own wine; there's no corking fee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BASIL LEAF
1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001

Basil Leaf is a favorite destination for fans of Thai cuisine. Try the grilled chicken coconut soup or a traditional Massaman curry with potatoes, peanuts and jasmine rice. Take advantage of half-price wine specials on Tuesday and two-for-one sake on Thursday. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT
723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.com

Located in a converted Riverbend home with several small, separated dining rooms, Brigtsen's is perfect for a romantic dinner or an intimate gathering. Dishes change daily, but one familiar entrée is the slow-roasted half duck served with cornbread dressing and honey-pecan gravy. Brigtsen's seafood platter, referred to as the "Shell Beach Diet," is a regular special that rounds up seasonally fresh seafood and offers it grilled, broiled or sautéed but never fried. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN
7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com

A popular hang-out for both college students and those who shelved their textbooks long ago, Bruno's has been slinging drinks and helping students blow off steam since 1934. The tavern's ever-expanding menu is available throughout the day and includes such temptations as Boudreaux cheese fries: sweet potato fries smothered with roast beef debris, gravy and blue cheese, then broiled with golden raisins and spiced pecans. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ NINO
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-9200

Though most of the pizza at Café Nino is thin crusted, call ahead to preorder the thick-crust Sicilian. The twice-proofed dough takes an hour to cook, but it's well worth the wait. Entrées include chicken or veal Marsala and cacciatore, eggplant parmigiana and calzones. If you're in the mood for a sandwich, try the Philly cheese steak, meatball sub or Italian sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL
626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679

This Riverbend gem serves up cheap and tasty omelets, sandwiches and pie off the grill to onlookers sitting around the restaurant's counter. The legendary Chef Special Omelet is stuffed with bacon and cheese and topped with chili and French fries. Also good are Camellia's milkshakes, called freezes, which come in a variety of flavors like strawberry and chocolate cherry. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CARROLLTON STATION
8140 Willow St., 865-9190

You don't have to leave this Uptown live music club just because you are hungry. The grill offers a stick-to-your-ribs menu that extends beyond burgers and cheese fries to include an assortment of Tex-Mex fare from tacos to burritos to quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

C'EST SI BON
7457 St. Charles Ave., 866-4679

Part grocery store, part gourmet deli, C'est Si Bon offers hot lunch specials, sandwiches, salads and more, all available to go or for eating at a cluster of tables with views of St. Charles Avenue. Hot lunches from homemade meatloaf to red beans to lasagna vary by the day and include two sides and bread. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CHEF'S CORNER
710 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-0900

Chef's Corner is the new kid on the block in the Riverbend. The menu is a surf and turf affair with both big steaks and a variety of seafood dishes. Its version of barbecue shrimp serves shrimp sautéed with herbs and white vermouth. Lunch specials include red beans, blackened chicken or tilapia and beef tips with peppers and onions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHERRYONTOP
7712 Maple St., 861-4490; www.cherryontop.mobi

Part of the surge of new local purveyors of frozen desserts, Cherryontop stands out by serving low-calorie frozen yogurt. The stacké layers yogurt with nectar snowball and big bulging blueberries on top. The blendé blends blueberries, strawberries and bananas with frozen yogurt, shaved ice and juice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT
702 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428

A favorite with families and budget-minded college students alike, China Orchid's large menu includes familiar dishes and house specials. The empress chow mein has crispy thin noodles topped with scallops, shrimp, chicken, beef and vegetables in brown sauce. The vegetarian-friendly sesame tofu is studded with broccoli, red and green peppers and sesame seeds in a semi-sweet sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CIRO'S COTÉ SUD
7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com

The door of this Maple Street storefront opens to reveal a charming French bistro with such classics as hanger steak served au jus with frites and green beans. Another house favorite is the bowl of steamed mussels in white wine and blue cheese sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., late-night Fri. and Sat. Credit cards. $$

COLD STONE CREAMERY
624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; www.coldstonecreamery.com

Cold Stone makes ice cream in-house every day. Orders are blended on a cool granite slab with items of your choice such as candy, nuts and fruit. The Founder's Favorite is sweet cream mixed with brownies, pecans, fudge and caramel. The Cheesecake Named Desire is a graham cracker-crusted cheesecake layered with ice cream and topped with raspberry sauce and a whipped raspberry frosting. Shakes and smoothies are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com

Sports are always in season at this college hangout. Cooter's is home not only to countless television screens on which to watch the big game, but also a menu known for surprisingly good pub grub, including a host of creative variations on Philly sandwiches. Fried seafood, burgers, wings, grilled alligator sausage, sandwiches and oysters on the half shell are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CREPES Á LA CART
1039 Broadway St., 866-2362; www.crepesalacarts.com

This casual Uptown creperie just off Tulane's campus offers dozens of varieties of sweet or savory crepes, or you can design your own. The signature á la Cart crepe wraps up grilled chicken, honey ham, baby spinach, broccoli, red onions, mushrooms and choice of cheese with a drizzle of honey mustard. The Trifle Crepe is a sweet mix of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, chocolate chips and angel food cake sprinkled with brown sugar and cream. Breakfast, coffee and frozen drinks are available all day long. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DANTE'S KICTHEN
736 Dante St., 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com

The blackboard by the front door lets you know just how many locally grown or produced ingredients the kitchen is using each day. One mainstay is always the redfish on the half shell prepared skin-on with crabmeat and soft herbs, while the Trois Mignons delivers a trio of tournedos topped with portions of pork debris, stilton cheese sauce and marchand du vin. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING
Loyola University Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 861-5451

Renowned soul-food chef Celestine Dunbar's famously filling meals of fried chicken, red beans, gumbo and breakfast pork chops are still available, even though her former Freret Street location was inundated after Katrina. She serves meals at the activities center at Loyola University, which is open to the public. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA
6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipesneworleans.com

Belly up to the counter and call the shots as the cooks assemble fresh Mexican specialties like tacos, burritos and quesadillas to order. The al pastor tacos are filled with pork marinated in spices and roasted with pineapple and onions and have two per order. Tackle a super burrito for a foot-long tortilla wrap with your choice of meat and fillings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FIESTA BISTRO
1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612

A name change is in the works for Fiesta Bistro — in a couple months, the restaurant will become Café Granada. But the menu will remain largely the same, with an emphasis on Spanish cuisine. The paella features slow-cooked saffron rice studded with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, chunks of chicken and peas. Vegetarian versions of the paella are also available. Another specialty is the twice-braised lamb shank, which uses both white and red wines. There are tapas dishes as well. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRESCO'S CAFÉ AND PIZZERIA
7625 Maple St., 862-6363; www.frescocafe.us

Pizza is the hallmark here, but don't forget about Fresco's Middle Eastern specialties such as the Greek salad or the spinach and feta triangles. Try the chicken portobello stromboli with mozzarella, portobello mushrooms and a spicy red pepper sauce, or the popular Italian stromboli with meat sauce and cheese. Delivery available. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIAR TUCK'S
5130 Freret St., 891-4080; www.friartucksbar.com

This is a convenient place for both scholar and slacker to grab beers, eat some food and watch a game or two. The kitchen offers the usual suspects of cheese fries, fried poppers, nachos and quesadillas. The Western burger is a pound of beef with pepperjack cheese and all the fixings. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GELATO PAZZO CAFÉ
8115 Oak St., 304-6908; www.gelatopazzo.com

Italian flavors fill the menu at Gelato Pazzo, from the homemade gelatos to the panini sandwiches. The café always offers new gelato flavors, but mainstays include chocolate chip, vanilla, blood orange and Fruits of the Forest, a blend of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Panini sandwiches are served on grilled ciabatta bread and include the Caprese with tomato, mozzarella and basil and the portobello with gorgonzola. Salads and daily lunch specials round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
8116 Hampson St., 865-1634

This neighborhood sushi bar offers a refreshing respite for shoppers from the many nearby boutiques or an energizing meal before a night out on the town. Hana is known for extra-large special rolls using combinations of salmon, tuna, snow crab, cucumber, avocado, egg and shrimp tempura. You can always challenge the sushi chef to surprise you with his own creations. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IRIS
8115 Jeannette St., 862-5848; www.irisneworleans.com

The intimate dining room at Iris is a cozy setting for the classical French dishes and occasional Asian accents of Chef Ian Schnoebelen. The baby octopus salad mixes grilled octopus with tatsoi rabe, radishes, shaved fennel and pea shoots in a citrus vinaigrette. Roasted duck breast is served with Napa cabbage, Spanish chorizo, picholine olive jus and rosemary honey. Vegetarians can indulge in the chef's daily selections, and the bar turns out innovative cocktail recipes using fresh fruit. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE
8324 Oak St., 861-0886; www.jacquesimoScafe.com

Utterly casual and immensely popular, Jacques-Imo's continues to draw crowds for decadent, highly seasoned takes on contemporary Creole cuisine. The shrimp and alligator cheesecake is a slab of savory Creole cream cheese studded with peppers and further enriched with smoked gouda. The carpetbagger steak is stuffed with poached oysters and topped with red onions, bleu cheese, and oyster and tasso hollandaise. Reservations for five or more. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE
7808 Maple St., 866-4366

Mediterranean and Tunisian specialties abound at this intimate café in the university area. The merguez lamb sausage and refreshing zucchini and crawfish bisque are house specialties. The steamed mussels are worthy of note, and the couscous dishes (chicken, sausage, lamb and vegetarian) are a Moroccan treat. On Saturday nights, a belly dancer adds more excitement to the already lively scene, and occasionally even chef Jamila joins the dancing in the dining room. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAZMINE CAFÉ
614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301

Asian accents inspire this Riverbend restaurant's menu. The mushroom glass noodle soup combines mushrooms, tofu and cilantro in a warm broth. The tamarind shrimp soup hits sweet and spicy notes with pineapple, shrimp, okra and jasmine rice. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; www.lamadeleine.com

Two types of coffee — strong French roast and milder American blend — start the day right at this popular French-style café. La Madeleine offers an enticing selection of breads and pastries, plus a cafeteria-like service of specialty breakfast plates, salads and sandwiches like the croque monsieur. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

LEBANON'S CAFÉ
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200

With its big picture windows and corner location on Carrollton Avenue, Lebanon's offers enticing glimpses of garlic-laden, olive oil-drizzled delights that draw passersby inside for a meal. Vegetarians appreciate the comprehensive sautéed plate, which includes onions, green beans, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, yellow squash, zucchini and a spectrum of peppers over basmati rice with feta cheese and baked almonds. There are also generous plates of grilled meat with hummus and pita bread. 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 Four Seasons, a pie with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, snow peas, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. The chicken roulade is a chicken breast stuffed with andouille and crawfish dressing served over fettuccine and topped with a tomato-basil cream sauce. There is also a large menu of salads, pita wraps, calzones and pasta dishes. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFÉ
7623 Maple St., 314-9003

Maple Street Café has been a staple for Uptown diners for many years and deservedly so. The menu presents guests with a nice variety of choices. Try the oysters amandine with white wine and lemon butter as an appetizer For the main course, the Jameel duck is a boneless breast served with blueberry Cognac sauce. Fresh fish daily. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$

MAT & NADDIE'S
937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.com

A beautifully renovated cottage and a perch by the river levee set the scene for contemporary Creole cooking. In addition to meat and seafood choices, the kitchen has many vegetarian options. The roulade is stuffed with porcini marinara puree, Gruyere and truffle oil. Smoked shiitake mushrooms come with brown jasmine/black sesame rice cakes in Thai red curry stew. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.com

Though it's home to a unique drive-through lane for phone-in orders, Mikimoto regulars also like to settle in at the petite sushi bar for house specialties like the Crescent City roll made with snow crab, spicy crawfish, shrimp and avocado. The Super Niku Maki is also a popular undertaking, prepared with thin-sliced beef rolled with crab, asparagus, green onion and shrimp all baked and topped with teriyaki sauce. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NINJA SUSHI
8433 Oak St., 866-1119

Ninja's army of devoted disciples makes it one of the busiest sushi restaurants in town. Favorite dishes range from exquisite cuts of maguro, salmon and snapper to steaming bowls of noodles and beautifully presented appetizers. Try the neck of yellowtail for a distinctively Japanese treat. Specialty rolls like the namesake Ninja roll with salmon, shrimp, eel, tuna and smelt roe are a single-serving feast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFÉ
8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.com

This lively little café always seems to play host to a wide array of neighbors enjoying specialties like the Creole Spinach Egg Nest, a dish of poached eggs resting on a spinach and cream cheese blend over English muffin halves with hollandaise sauce. The eggs Beauregard is a Southern twist on eggs Benedict with eggs on sausage patties over open-face country biscuits smothered in white gravy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com

There isn't a bad seat in the house at this intimate Riverbend café, but a special treat for couples or solo diners is to sit at the tiny food bar looking directly into the open kitchen. From there, you can watch as chef Scott Snodgrass prepares seasonal dishes such as the popular country rib with potato croquettes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PEPPERONI'S CAFÉ
8123 Hampson St., 865-0336

Pepperoni's has moved across the street to a larger location, but this Riverbend mainstay retains its popular menu. In addition to chicken, turkey, shrimp or veggie wraps served on tomato basil or spinach tortillas, the café offers pizzas and seafood pasta dishes. For dessert, choose from homemade chocolate cake, tiramisu or turtle cheesecake. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHILIP CHAN'S ASIAN-CAJUN BISTRO
8400 Oak St., 522-4964; www.asiancajunbistro.com

Philip Chan cooks a range of inspired Chinese and fusion dishes. A native of Hong Kong, Chan presents regional Chinese cooking that ranges from the fancier presentations of Hong Kong to the spicier Szechuan dishes. The pan-seared ahi tuna is sushi grade tuna served over coconut black rice with four tempura shrimp and topped with paprika, crawfish and crabmeat béarnaise sauce. Or try wok-sautéed chicken in a light brown sauce with honey-glazed pine nuts and crispy spinach. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$

PYRAMIDS CAFÉ
3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602

For a meal fit for a pharaoh, start with the Pyramid platter, which has enough hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, grape leaves, falafel, kibby and lebna for two. A more modest appetizer, the musabaha is a spicy blend of hummus with whole chick peas, garlic and hot pepper. The kafka kebab entrée features ground lamb mixed with parsley and onion. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT
8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933; www.redstarchineserestaurant.com

Mandarin and Szechuan-style food is what's cooking at Red Star. The extensive menu includes egg foo young, lo mein, soups and entrées made with seafood, chicken, beef, pork or vegetables. Try the house special Happy Star, which includes assorted vegetables sautéed with chicken, beef, shrimp and scallops. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH
8124 Hampson St., 872-0187

Refuel Coffee and Nosh ventures well beyond the world of pastries. Popular brunch items include corned beef hash with eggs, huevos rancheros and belgian waffles with Nutella or peanut butter and bananas. During the week, enjoy early riser breakfast specials from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and sandwiches and salads for lunch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat-Sun. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFÉ
7801 Panola St., 314-1810

You can always get a hearty standard breakfast at Riccobono's, but unique options include the crawfish omelet or the crab cakes Benedict. Lunch options include burgers, salads, red beans and rice and daily specials like hamburger steaks and fried catfish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

ROMAN PIZZA
7329 Cohn St., 866-1166; www.eatromanpizza.com

You can create your own version of the ultimate pizza or go with one of the kitchen's inspirations such as the Roman Special Pizza with pepperoni, salami, ham, black olives and onions. Dinner entrées include lasagna, chicken with Alfredo sauce over pasta and a variety salads. Or try the $4.99 lunch-special sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343

See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

SALTWATER GRILL
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640

There's a special every night at Saltwater Grill and Mondays are always a good option with 25-cent oysters on the half shell. Lunch offers a selection of fried seafood po-boys, red beans and rice, hamburgers and grilled chicken. Specials include grilled fish with roasted-corn tomato salsa, chicken etouffée and blackened redfish. The restaurant's market features fresh, boiled seafood by the pound. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S
724 Dublin St., 861-0565

Among the Riverbend's cluster of restaurants, Sara's features an ambitious menu of blended Creole and Asian flavors. Start with crawfish egg rolls and samosas, and then tempt your palate with pressed Muscovy duck, grilled and served with a port-plum wine reduction sauce. Other dishes include pepper-crusted pork chops, honey-ginger scallops or Malaysian steamed mussels in savory garlic-white wine broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

STATION 8801
8801 Oak St., 861-9293

People looking to fill up at Station 8801 are coming for onion rings, burgers, steak sandwiches and other hearty fare. The 8-oz. Angus beef burger comes with chips or a substitute of fries, sweet potato fries or onion rings. The 10-oz. filet is served with spicy potatoes. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TED'S FROSTOP
3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615

You can still come by for a frosty cold mug of root beer at this vintage collegiate drive-in, but there's more to the place than memories. Service is quick, so you won't have to wait too long for a hot plate of red beans and rice. Lunch and dinner offerings include dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and Salisbury steak. There's drive-through service for pick-up orders. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VERA CRUZ
7537 Maple St., 866-1736

Vera Cruz strives to bridge the best of Latin flavors, specializing in both Mexican and Latin American dishes. The fajitas offer a choice of grilled chicken, steak or shrimp served on a sizzling platter with the house special fajita sauce. Customary accompaniments include sautéed peppers, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, two types of cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, tortillas, beans and rice. The Burrito Loco is stuffed with shrimp, steak, bacon, pepperjack cheese, refried beans and rice and covered with cilantro sour cream or queso crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE
7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com

See Metairie location for restaurant description. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WORLD'S HEALTHIEST PIZZA
6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; www.worldshealthiestpizza.com

The special fiber-rich crust is this delivery and takeout-only pizza joint's claim to fame. The crust's health factor notwithstanding, everything on top still looks perfectly decadent. The Creole-Cajun Throwdown piles on the andouille sausage, alligator sausage, shrimp and chicken. The Mediterranean pizza is also popular. Sides include breadsticks and salads. Delivery available in the Uptown university area. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.com

A New Orleans tradition since 1933, the College Inn is now operated by the Blancher family of Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl fame and is in a new location right next door to its original building. The kitchen turns out po-boys, barbecue shrimp and other specials nightly. Reservations accepted for six or more. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YOU-GURT7
638 Maple St., 304-8432

This self-serve yogurt café takes its name from the DIY presentation of the frozen treat, but the place offers a lot more than soft-serve. A rotating soup menu, salads such as the Almond Chicken and the Avocado and Mango, and a variety of wraps and sandwiches give the new university-area restaurant options beyond dessert cravings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE
8210 Oak St., 861-2224

See Faubourg Marigny listing for restaurant description.

CITYWIDE

APPLEBEE'S NIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR
Citywide; www.applebees.com
Applebee's goes for a something-for-everyone approach, which means items ranging from nachos to burgers, steaks to salads, as well as a kid's menu and Weight Watchers' items. Entrées include roasted chicken, baby back ribs, fajitas, fried shrimp, pasta dishes and more. Menu combos and specials keep tantalizing options affordable. Several flavored cheesecakes, decadent chocolate brownies, cake and apple pie offer sweet conclusions to a meal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER
Citywide

Bud's is the place for no-nonsense charcoal-broiled burgers. Even the toppings keep it simple: hickory-smoked sauce, grated cheese or another burger patty. The few nonburger options are hot dogs, a chicken breast sandwich on a bun and a broiled fish fillet. Sides include onion rings and French fries, which can be spiced up with chili and cheese. Desserts include apple, peach or cherry pies. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CC'S COFFEEHOUSE
Citywide; www.communitycoffee.com

CC's brews a full range of specialty coffee drinks and has all the extras to wake up in the morning or settle in for an afternoon of studying. Sweet options include pastries, muffins and cookies, and many locations also have wireless Internet. A locally founded chain, Community Coffee serves its own special blends. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ DU MONDE
Citywide; www.cafédumonde.com

If you're going to do one thing and do it well, this is the model to follow. Café du Monde has offered café au lait with chicory and airy beignets loaded with powdered sugar for more than a century. Beyond the relatively recent addition of orange juice and a soda fountain, that has what's made the original 24-hour French Market location at Jackson Square world famous. Now locations throughout the New Orleans area offer the signature coffee and beignet combo. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CAFÉ ROMA
Citywide

Several independent Café Romas offer gourmet pizza. Delivery is available from locations in the Lower Garden District, North Causeway Boulevard, Gretna and in the French Quarter. There is a wide variety of toppings. Other menu items vary by location. The Lower Garden Café Roma offers pasta dishes. Turtle Bay offers salads, sandwiches and some appetizers. No reservations. Delivery available from some locations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DANNY & CLYDE'S
Citywide; www.dannyandclydes.com

Danny & Clyde's made its name with big po-boys and sandwiches but the menu has plenty of options and even catering platters at some locations. Fried seafood, muffulettas and roast beef are the mainstays. Dinner plates are available, accompanied by a choice of sides like fries, slaw and potato salad. Breakfast sandwiches can be served on as small a platform as a biscuit or on a large po-boy roll. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DOT'S DINER
Citywide

Breakfast and bottomless cups of coffee come to mind when one sees Dot's, but the diner also serves lunch and hearty dinner specials like pork chops or bone-in ham steaks. Stop in any time of day for excellent deals on breakfast plates such as the B1 (two eggs, grits and toast). For lunch, there is a variety of popular diner classics, burgers and sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
Citywide; www.italianpierestaurants.com

Gourmet pizzas are the calling card of Italian Pie, but it features many of the same Mediterranean ingredients in calzones, salads, pastas and sandwiches. Specialty pies include the Combination, which has pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onions, peppers and black olives. The Roasted Garlic pie comes with chicken or shrimp. The Florentine calzone is stuffed with spinach and artichoke, a mix of cheeses, and chicken or shrimp. Italian Pie also offers a small selection of wrap sandwiches. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LEE'S HAMBURGERS
Citywide

Chopped onions set Lee's burgers apart. It's fast food but still homemade. The drive-through is convenient for days when you can't stand in line but must have your fix of the Works, a big cheeseburger dressed and served with onion rings or fries on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MONA'S CAFÉ
Citywide

Once an unassuming combination grocery/restaurant in Mid-City, Mona's now has cafés throughout the city and on the Northshore. The menu of affordable Middle Eastern food includes gyro pita sandwiches and platters, falafel, and kebabs of chicken, lamb and beef. Soups and salads include a hearty lentil soup, tabbouleh and a yogurt and cucumber salad. Some of the small plates include safeiha, essentially a small pizza of pita bread topped with ground beef and lamb, tomatoes, onions, parsley and spices. Dips include hummus and baba ganouj. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
Citywide; www.ohenrys.com

The casual, collegiate vibe of this popular chain is emphasized by the coating of peanut shells crunched on the floor, plus the all-important free birthday steak for those in the know. The menu strikes a local note with its version of crawfish Monica, made with crawfish tails in a spicy cream sauce over pasta. Besides steaks there are a few spicy and exotic accents, like the Thai shrimp wrap and Cajun Chicken Melt. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS
Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com

Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than a fresh pastry or one of the other baked goods at area PJ's. Some of the choices include blueberry muffins, cranberry muffins and croissants in the morning. Carrot cake, bourbon pecan pie and lemon squares are a good afternoon treat. Many locations offer wireless Internet connections. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA
Citywide; www.papajohns.com

Papa John's offers all sorts of specialty pies and meal deals for takeout or delivery. Specialty pies include an Italian meat trio, barbecued chicken and bacon, Hawaiian barbecue, spinach Alfredo and the Works. Sides include garlic Parmesan breadsticks, cheese sticks, wings in a spicy Buffalo or mild barbecue sauce, and chicken strips. Online ordering and delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PICCADILLY
Citywide; www.piccadilly.com

Hearty, affordable, Southern fare is the rule at Piccadilly, but the restaurant chain has a contemporary gourmet-to-go sensibility and entire meals are available for take out. The buffet features local, Southern and American staples including crawfish etouffée, meatloaf, fried chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, and a colorful, sugary array of pies, cakes and Jell-O. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA HUT
Citywide; www.pizzahut.com

The familiar pizza chain offers a variety of crusts from thick and soft to thin and crispy. Topping selections range from classics like pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms and olives to bacon, pineapple, banana peppers, anchovies, jalapenos and chicken. The Meat Lovers pie is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon and ground beef. The Shrimp Supreme is studded with seasoned shrimp, fresh mushrooms, onion and green peppers. Extras include breadsticks, cheese sticks and cinnamon sticks for dessert. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

POPEYES
Citywide; www.popeyes.com

Originally founded in New Orleans, Popeyes offers boldly seasoned chicken and sides like smoky red beans and rice. Fried chicken is available in both mild and spicy versions for combo meals with several pieces, in baskets of chicken strips and on sandwiches. Sides include mashed potatoes and gravy, Cajun rice, spicy battered fries, and mac and cheese. Some locations serve fried shrimp as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

QUIZNOS
Citywide; www.quiznos.com

The relative newcomer on the national-franchise block, Quiznos offers a full range of Italian-style subs as well as popular new twists like mesquite-accented meats, smoky barbecue sauces, and guacamole on the turkey and bacon sub. There is everything from BLTs to honey-mustard chicken and bacon sandwiches to cheese melts. Getting away from the bread, Quiznos offers many items in salad versions as well as Cobb and chicken Caesar salads. Breakfast items are available at some locations. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS
Citywide; www.raisingcanes.com

Chicken has gone to the dog at Raising Cane's — the founder's namesake golden Labrador retriever, Cane, that is. But specials like the Caniac Combo are all about chicken fingers, with a six-piece order complemented by slaw, fries, two sauces, Texas toast and a drink. Boxed meals are available in many sizes and there are tailgate packs and party platters of 100 chicken fingers as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

SMOOTHIE KING
Citywide; www.smoothieking.com

The city's largest smoothie chain has a blend for everybody from spring-break dieters to beach-ready body builders and everyone in between. Fine-tune your favorite smoothie by adding enhancers like Immune, Energy, Female Balance, or Muscle Builder. Supplement your liquid intake with snacks like lean jerky, high-protein cookies or a wide assortment of protein bars. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

SUBWAY
Citywide; www.subway.com

The nation's largest chain of sandwich shops has plenty to offer in the land of the po-boy, with a menu boasting cold and hot subs, salads and wraps, and toasted sandwiches like the chicken and bacon ranch sandwich. The Veggie Delite is a crunchy combination of lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, olives and pickles, or skip the bread and have a salad. The meatball marinara swings in the other direction with Italian-style meatballs packed into a loaf with cheese and tomato sauce. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WOW CAFÉ & WINGERY
Citywide; www.wingery.com

The only thing more plentiful than wings at WOW Café is the selection of sauces. Whether you pick up an eight-piece box or the party-friendly 1,000-piece spread, WOW wings come with a choice of sauces like Key West citrus, honey barbecue, Thai peanut, various heat levels of Buffalo, coconut curry, sweet and sour, teriyaki and many others. The Wingery also serves wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas, chicken tenders and fajitas. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

FAUBOURG MARIGNY

13
517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com

You can almost always find a friendly crowd at the bar and something to satisfy your cravings at this Frenchmen Street stop. A wide variety of menu items that include everything from pulled pork and chicken pesto pasta to curry tofu wraps ensures there's something for carnivores and vegetarians alike. No reservations. Delivery available. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ADOLFO'S
611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800

A romantic, peaceful getaway just above the bustling Frenchmen crowd, Adolfo's offers hearty Italian classics, seafood and local flavors. Appetizers like the soft-shell crab stuffed with shrimp and crawfish in a garlic and wine butter sauce hint at even better entrées to come. Choices include veal (Parmesan, piccata or shrimp and artichoke), steak scampi with shrimp, and daily fish selections like redfish, grouper, amberjack and salmon. Reservations for four or more. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

BUFFA'S LOUNGE
1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038

Buffa's is a causal corner bar with a small but lively kitchen menu. The Border of the Quarter salad mixes spring greens with seasonal fruits, nuts and a creamy vidalia vinaigrette. The Top Butt steak is a 10-oz. cut seasoned with a Cajun rub, grilled to order and served with a Maker's Mark chipotle sauce. The Buffa burger weighs in at a hefty half-pound and is slow grilled. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFÉ NEGRIL
606 Frenchmen St., 944-4744

This Marigny music hall features a mix of roots music and reggae on the improvised stage in front. The grill in the back is open during club hours and serves a limited menu of burgers, barbecue and ribs. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ ROSE NICAUD
634 Frenchmen St., 949-3300

This Marigny café serves a variety of international coffees and teas, baked muffins, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast plates with eggs and bacon, bagels and lox or homemade flavored cream cheeses like jalapeno-tomato or garlic-herb blends. Later in the day, there are salads, sandwiches and daily specials including paninis with tuna salad and brie, roasted eggplant with hummus or pastrami with pepperjack cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHECK POINT CHARLIE
501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847

One of the few 24-hour grills around town, Checkpoint Charlie's includes a menu that's satisfying 'round the clock, whether it's bar food like French fries, cheese sticks, chicken nuggets and cheese fries that accompany the live music, or a spicy half-pound Cajun burger. Grab a bite while doing laundry or playing a game of pool. Other sandwich options include chicken and fish. No reservations. Open 24-hours daily. Credit cards. $

DEL FORNO
801 Frenchmen St., 944-6854

New on Frenchmen Street, Del Forno took over the former location of Sante Fe and now fires up a wood-burning oven to prepare its menu of pizzas. Try a pizza topped with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roma tomatoes with herbed olive oil or a classic Margherita with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. The menu also includes sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FEELING'S CAFÉ
2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com

Nestled in a historic home in the Marigny, Feeling's Café offers a menu that will warm the heart and the stomach. Dinner features Veal d'Aunay, sliced veal grilled and topped with hollandaise and mushrooms and served over creamed spinach with potatoes. The Gulf fish Nicholas places grilled shrimp over a fillet of Gulf fish brushed with Dijon mustard and served with creamed spinach. Brunch offers eggs Benedict or Florentine, steak and eggs. Feeling's signature dessert, the peanut butter pie, serves as a delightful conclusion to a meal. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP
2600 Royal St., 947-8358

Locals know this funky Marigny coffee shop as a place to pick up a quick coffee and a bite, or hang out a while playing chess, reading or surfing the Web. In addition to coffees, teas and pastries, the menu includes lunch and dinner items that range from Middle Eastern to Tex-Mex dishes. Take your pick from falafel and roast beef or chicken and bean burritos. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

HOOKAH CAFÉ
500 Frenchmen St., 943-1101; www.hookah-café.com

Situated at the entrance to Frenchmen Street, Hookah Café lures passersby with its namesake water pipes for aromatic tobacco. The kitchen produces dishes like a Napoleon of fried green tomatoes, seafood and butter cream sauce all stacked together. The New Orleans barbecue duck is the café's own rendition of New Orleans barbecue sauce with bronzed duck breast. Reservations recommended. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT
1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460

Classic diner fare, late-night hours and plenty of neighborhood color make this corner café a standby for locals. Its version of eggs Benedict assembles a generous portion of poached eggs, Canadian bacon, grilled tomatoes and hollandaise sauce on top of an English muffin. The seafood platter combines fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and softshell crab with potato and salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

LORETTA'S TOO/HE-BREW
2101 N. Rampart St., 944-7068; www.lorettaspralines.com

This Marigny café specializes in breakfast pastries. The sunrise muffin, carrot cake in muffin form with raisins and cinnamon, is a popular choice. Or try the lemon-poppy seed muffin, basic blueberry version or the apple crown, an upside-down turnover. Loretta's also serves lunch on Fridays with standard plates like red beans with smoked sausage or meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY PERKS
2401 Burgundy St., 948-7401; www.marignyperks.com

This neighborhood coffeehouse offers many perks to its Marigny regulars. With free Wi-Fi and a dog-friendly atmosphere, patrons feel right at home as they sip coffee, surf the Web and enjoy one of the shop's signature desserts like red velvet or Cookies & Cream cupcakes, or the banana nut bread. Spinach quiche, sandwiches, salads and soup also appear on the menu, making this café a great place to stop off any time of day. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY
2601 Royal St., 872-9868

Mimi's is the perfect place for Spanish and Latin American tapas dishes no matter how hungry you are. Hot and cold plates make for a variety of options to suit. Warm options include beef empanadas, mushroom toast and seared scallops in a white wine saffron créme. Cooler choices include herbed goat cheese-stuffed peppers, manchego cheese, calamari and ceviche with a chill glass of white wine. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PRALINE CONNECTION
542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com

Praline Connection serves as a local supplier of down-home, southern and New Orleans comfort food — fried, fresh and filling. Dishes like red beans and rice, file gumbo, jambalaya, stuffed bell peppers and savory stewed chicken satisfy the soul and the belly. Home-style meatloaf, stuffed crab, crawfish and shrimp etouffée, fried chicken, fried okra and fried pickles also make hearty meals. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SCHIRO'S CAFÉ & BAR
2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schrioscafe.com

Groceries, a bar, laundry machines and a guesthouse make Schiro's more than just a café. As a Marigny outpost, a menu with inexpensive dishes specials like stewed chicken, Indian curry with lamb, chicken or shrimp, lasagna or cheeseburgers and a small selection of pantry staples make this corner shop a good place to stop on a weekend while running errands or relaxing over a meal with friends. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com

Snug Harbor's musical lineup draws both locals and out-of-towners alike with its contemporary jazz scene and its kitchen strives to do the same. The menu offers local dishes like barbecued shrimp sautéed in butter, garlic, cayenne, rosemary and white wine, and yellowfin tuna steaks grilled with lemon butter or blackened in a cast iron skillet. Other favorites include Black Angus rib-eyes, filets and New York strips. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUKHOTHAI
1913 Royal St., 948-9309

This Marigny triangle Thai eatery tempts diners with its large selection of authentic dishes in a range of spice levels. The Panang duck curry is recommended as a mildly spicy curry made with coconut milk and kaffir lime in a bowl filled with strips of pan-fried duck, carrots, peas and sweet basil. The three-flavored whole fish is the fish of the day fried till it's crispy on the outside and served over vegetables in a sauce made from three different chiles. Vegetarians and pescatarians have many options from which to choose as well, including several noodle and seafood dishes. Dessert specials change daily. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SWEET LORRAINE'S JAZZ CLUB
1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654; www.sweetlorrainesjazzclub.com

One of the city's top venues for contemporary jazz also has something cooking in the kitchen. The gumbo Zaire blends collard, mustard and turnip greens as a hearty base for Afro-Caribbean seasonings and a choice of chicken or pork loin stuffed with seafood. Blackened catfish is topped with mushrooms and served over spinach. Reservations recommended. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TOMATILLO'S
437 Esplanade Ave., 945-9997

This Mexican joint draws a fun and funky crowd that enjoys the colorful interior of the cantina as well as the lush foliage and garden décor of its courtyard. Warm New Orleans weather keeps the outdoor dining pleasant. Try Tex-Mex specialties like chipotle-rubbed baby back ribs or avocado relleno, stuffed with cheese and deep fried.. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WASABI
900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; www.wasabirestaurant.com

The extensive menu at this Marigny mainstay offers a variety of fresh, colorful sushi creations and many cooked Japanese favorites. Appetizers like the barbecued tuna, pan-fried gyoza dumplings, shitake mushrooms stuffed with shrimp and sautéed in sake and soy sauce make good precursors to the large array of noodle dishes, soups, rolls, sashimi and lunch and dinner entrées like the Wasabi honey shrimp in a velvety cream sauce. Plum, ginger, green tea or red bean ice creams and tempura cheesecake serve as a sweet final touch. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE
435 Esplanade, 944-2897; 8210 Oak St., 861-2224

Yerba mate and bubble tea are among the offerings that draw bohemes to Z'otz at all hours of the day. All-organic, fair-trade shade grown coffee and a large selection of teas also appeal to all types. Bagels, breads, extra-large cookies offer something to munch on while studying, working or socializing. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $

FRENCH QUARTER

5FIFTY5
Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638

Even with the urbane name, 5Fifty5 hits both sophisticated and homey notes. The meatloaf is a completely carnivorous blend of ground pork, veal and beef mixed with fresh herbs and served with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. Seared wild salmon takes on Asian accents as it is finished in the oven with a miso glaze and served atop steamed baby bok choy with lemongrass broth. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
724 Iberville St., 522-5973; www.acmeoyster.com

Acme has been in the oyster business for generations and slurping fresh-shucked bivalves at its French Quarter counter remains a ritual for many. But as the restaurant's locations have expanded so too have its menu options. In addition to raw, fried and grilled oysters, diners can sample oysters remoulade and oysters Rockefeller soup or land-based fare like red beans served in a bread bowl. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILLE
811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com

Slide into this side street tavern for big portions of popular pub grub and cold beers. Nachos and burgers are mainstays while one of the house specialties is a barbecue shrimp po-boy dripping with butter and spicy seasoning. The scene kicks up late at night as service industry workers drop in for post-shift meals and drinks. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE ALPINE
620 Chartres St., 523-3005; www.thealpinebistro.com

Though its name might conjure mountain scenes, the Alpine has been serving a mix of Creole and Cajun cuisine for many years. Some of its distinctly local dishes include New Orleans barbecue shrimp, smoked duck served with garlic mashed potatoes, gumbo, fresh Gulf fish and crawfish omelets for brunch. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch and late-night Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ANGELI ON DECATUR
1141 Decatur St., 566-0077

Late-night hours and a hip but comfortable vibe make this Decatur Street eatery a perennial favorite. There is often an old movie projected on the wall above the bar while locals and tourists tuck into pizzas, sandwiches and pasta dishes. The Mediterranean burger is dressed with feta cheese while the Mystical Pizza piles on roasted garlic, goat cheese, onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT
713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com

New Orleans's oldest restaurant helps keep the city's French-Creole traditions alive. The shrimp remoulade is laced with horseradish, Creole mustard, green onion and Tabasco while the pompano Pontchartrain is prepared simply with a seasoning of salt and pepper and topped with crabmeat, butter, green onion and lemon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., Dinner Thu.-Sat. and Mon., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S
813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnauds.com

Continuing a fine-dining tradition that dates back more than 80 years, Arnaud's serves classics from the French-Creole canon including spicy shrimp remoulade, frog legs and trout meuniere prepared with a veal stock-based sauce. Gulf fish and steaks like filet mignon Charlemond are popular entrées. The signature dessert has strawberries marinated in a port wine sauce served with ice cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL
230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikibarandgrill.com

In some Middle Eastern areas, tobacco is served as a course with dessert after a dinner with friends. Attiki follows that tradition by offering a selection of flavored tobaccos to smoke in imported hookah pipes. For more familiar fare, Attiki kebabs feature marinated tenderloin tips or seafood. Check out the belly dancers performing Saturday nights after 11 p.m. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

BACCO
310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.com

Bacco combines Creole and Italian flavors in spacious restaurant in the chic W Hotel French Quarter. Popular dishes include the lobster ravioli, which fills housemade ravioli with lobster and Gulf shrimp and bathes them in a champagne butter sauce. Bacco shrimp is a version of the New Orleans barbecue classic with a peppery garlic, rosemary and Abita Amber beer sauce. Infamous 10-cent martinis are available with purchase of an entrée at lunch during the week. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BAYONA
430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com

Chef Susan Spicer presents a global approach to contemporary Creole cuisine at her acclaimed restaurant. Guests dine on specials or perennial favorites like grilled shrimp with black bean cake, crispy smoked quail salad or the sautéed Pacific salmon with choucroute and a Gerwurztraminer sauce. The goat cheese crouton with mushrooms in Madeira cream is a savory blend of shiitake, chanterelle and oyster mushrooms over a crust of toasted multi-grain bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BEGUE'S RESTAURANT AT THE ROYAL SONESTA
300 Bourbon St., 553-2278: www.beguesrestaurant.com

Named for Madame Begue, a New Orleans culinary icon from the 19th century, this opulently-appointed hotel restaurant features modern interpretations of Creole cooking. Try dishes like lightly fried, garlic-crusted oysters served over creamy leek confit or tilapia served with a truffle corn pancake. Sunday brunch and Friday's seafood lunch buffet are popular weekly meals. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BENNACHIN
1212 Royal St., 522-1230

For an edible lesson in how West African cooking influenced the development of Creole culinary traditions, just visit Bennachin and sample dishes like the "African jambalaya" and its okra-based stews. Other representative dishes here include a stew of beef and ground nuts served with rice and black-eyed pea fritters. Vegetarian options abound and the BYOB policy keeps tabs low. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

BISTRO AT THE MAISON DE VILLE
727 Toulouse St., 528-9206; www.maisondeville.com

Chef Greg Picolo is a familiar face at the Bistro, and he's now both running the kitchen and a part owner. His innovative menu features dishes like rack of lamb with roasted pineapple sauce and haute mac and cheese. Grilled scallops are complimented by locally made Italian sausage. The duck sampler rounds up duck breast, confit and seared foie gras. One of the more creative options is the duck, peanut butter, pepperjelly and fontina cheese sandwich. The Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BOMBAY CLUB
830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com

Expect contemporary renditions of classic dishes at this upscale restaurant and lounge known for its imperial British décor and extensive menu of martini-style cocktails. For instance, the calamari is tossed with a sweet chili sauce and served with sambal-lime sour cream. Grilled pork chops are rubbed with orange and sage and sauced with a brandy apple reduction. Reservations. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BOURBON HOUSE
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com

With large picture windows separating Bourbon Street from the tables at Bourbon House, there's a touch of excitement along with the taste of Creole cooking inside. Redfish on the half shell is grilled skin-on and served with a side of lemon-butter sauce. Diners can sweeten the deal by adding optional crabmeat with a Chardonnay broth. From the raw bar, a platter of fruits of the sea include fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell, boiled Gulf shrimp, marinated crab fingers, roasted calamari and marinated seasonal seafood salads. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT
417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com

The famous breakfast at Brennan's remains a signature New Orleans dining experience, beginning with a decadent eye-opener cocktail like bourbon milk punch and moving on to traditional dishes like poached eggs topped with crabmeat and hollandaise sauce. In the evening, entrées like trout Nancy with jumbo lump crabmeat take center stage while the bananas Foster dessert makes a dramatic tableside presentation. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BROUSSARD'S
819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com

This French Quarter institution is known for both it's pretty courtyard and elegant dining rooms. Pompano Broussard's combines grilled pompano, scallops and shrimp in a phyllo pastry shell complemented by a mustard-caper sauce. The Louisiana bouillabaisse simmers shrimp, scallops, mussels, fish and oysters in a savory saffron-tomato broth and is garnished with crabmeat-rouille croutons. The veal chop and the wild game grill are popular meat selections. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY
429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com

Drawing on the fame of 1994 hit film Forest Gump, this whimsical seafood restaurant is decked with film memorabilia. The references even continue on the menu, where customers find the Run Forrest Run smoothie and the Mama Blue's Southern Charmed Fried Shrimp. A gift shop and music from the film's soundtrack playing in the dining room complete the Gump groupie experience. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ AMELIE
912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.princessofmonaco.com

A gorgeous courtyard and a historic Creole carriage house are the singularly beautiful accommodations at this hidden gem in the heart of the Vieux Carre. Start a meal here with the crab cake dense with local jumbo lump crabmeat and topped with a citrus drizzle before digging into an entrée of roasted salmon with sharp horseradish cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Sat., lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFÉ BEIGNET
311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; 819 Decatur St., 522-9929; www.cafébeignet.com

Andouille hash browns studded with spicy sausage and light fluffy beignets dusted with powdered sugar are the way to start the day at this trio of picturesque cafés. At the Royal Street location, take a seat outside in the adjoining shaded patio for a cup of café au lait or a light lunch. At the Bourbon Street location, patrons share a large courtyard with statues of New Orleans music legends. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ ENVIE
1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.myspace.com/envienolaCafé

Envie is both a locals' hangout and a refreshing stop for folks hitting the nearby shops and French Market vendors. Whether they come to crack open laptops for a coffee-and-work session or unfold a French Quarter map to get their bearings, patrons find gourmet coffee and tea, pastries, ready-made sandwiches and desserts. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ FLEUR DE LIS
307 Chartres St., 529-9641

Breakfast and lunch menus at this Quarter café offer an array of omelets and sandwiches with Louisiana flavor. The Fleur de Lis omelet is made with crawfish tails, pepperjack cheese, peppers, onions and crawfish sauce while a panini-style muffuletta is an updated take on the classic New Orleans sandwich. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ GIOVANNI
117 Decatur St., 527-2154; www.cafégiovanni.com

As opera singers fill the dining room of this upscale café with arias, chef Duke LoCicero fills patrons' plates with the flavors of his Creole-infused Italian cuisine. The menu includes dishes like Tuscany asparagus wrapped with prosciutto and mozzarella and served over mixed greens with sun-dried tomato, pumpkin seed and basil pesto. The roasted duck classico is served with a sweet Marsala-roasted garlic glaze and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit Cards. $$$

CAFÉ MASPERO
601 Decatur St., 523-6250
Fans of this casual, inexpensive café line up for seats in the huge, airy dining room for New Orleans classics like fried catfish and muffulettas. Other sandwich options include deli specialties like pastrami and all are served on large, crusty rolls. Side dishes like Cajun jambalaya and calamari appetizers round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFÉ PONTALBA
546 St. Peter St., 522-1180
Café Pontalba offers a menu tour of New Orleans favorites from its perch right on the corner of Jackson Square. Dishes like etouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and po-boys are mainstays. Fried seafood options like shrimp, oysters and catfish are also popular choices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CARMELO RISTORANTE
541 Decatur St., 586-1414; www.ristorantecarmelo.com

Balcony seats with views overlooking the Mississippi River and its maritime traffic are among the special features of this upscale Italian restaurant. For dinner, try one of the kitchen's array of veal preparations or lobster with spicy marinara. Classic Italian dishes like antipasto plates, minestrone soup, fried calamari and pasta dishes provide plenty of familiar favorites. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CENTRAL GROCERY
925 Decatur St., 523-1620

For generations, Central Grocery has been the go-to destination for the classic rendition of a New Orleans muffuletta, made, as always, with a thick stack of imported Italian meats, cheese and a luscious olive salad mixed in house and served on a seeded round loaf. The grocery shelves are stocked with all kinds of other goods to take home as well. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFÉ
601 Chartres St., 586-8383; www.chartreshousecafe.com

When the weather is nice, pull up a chair framed in the large, open doors of this corner café to peruse a menu of duck quesadillas, Tabasco wings and seafood combination plates. Try the Creole crawfish platter for a sampling of fried crawfish tails, crawfish etouffée and crawfish cakes served with French fries and hush puppies. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL
900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com

Cooks slap a hubcap over burgers sizzling on the griddle to ensure moistness while the banter between the staff and the customers at this all-night diner is guaranteed to entertain. The Clover Grill's huge, fluffy omelets fill bellies as well as plates and the large Southern-style biscuits are smothered in country gravy. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Sun., breakfast, lunch and late-night Mon.-Wed. Credit cards. $

CLUB 300 JAZZ RESTAURANT & LISTENING ROOM
300 Decatur St., 581-2534; www.neworleansjazzbistro.com

Live jazz, swing, Latin music and other performances fill the entertainment calendar at this two-story townhouse. The kitchen specializes in dishes like filet mignon, lobster, pork loin and grilled trout stuffed with shrimp. Try the bronzed redfish with lobster cream sauce or the 14-oz. pork chop served over sweet potato gnocchi. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

CLUB DECATUR
240 Decatur St., 581-6969

The pizza oven keeps the big slices coming to satisfy late-night hunger pangs, though Club Decatur also offers a menu of substantial sandwiches. One house favorite is called the Fiesta Delight, a foot-long sub with layers of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, salami, ham, black olives and onions all baked in the oven and dressed to order. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE
1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.com

A raffish tavern atmosphere belies the serious eats coming from Coop's always busy kitchen. House-smoked tasso goes into the jambalaya and pasta dishes, which are also loaded with local seafood, crisp green onions and cream sauce. The chicken salad po-boy is made with chopped fried chicken, the redfish is blackened and served with green beans in bacon sauce and hardly anyone can resist the duck quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL
725 Conti St., 527-0869

Swing on in any time, the Copper Monkey is open 24 hours serving up cold drinks and hot food to a mix of Quarter locals and adventurous tourists. Quesadillas, salads, burgers and steaks are menu mainstays and some specials include the penne á la Tina tossed with sautéed mushrooms and sliced chicken breast in a creamy red sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER BAR
500 St. Peter St., 522-2999

The restaurant overlooks historic Jackson Square but many patrons here start off a visit by looking straight into a dozen or so freshly shucked oysters. Regional dishes like pasta with sautéed crawfish, peppers and onions in a spicy cream sauce or blackened catfish over a bed of linguine mix it up with gumbo, sandwiches and fried seafood. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COUNTRY FLAME
620 Iberville St., 522-1138

The Country Flame's large menu of Spanish, Mexican and Cuban dishes offers a pan-Latin range of choices for fast, inexpensive meals. House specialties include shredded beef over rice with black beans, pressed Cuban sandwiches, tamales, several types of fajitas, tacos and carne guisada, which is a Spanish version of beef bourguignonne. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS
613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com

Jazz brunch is a daily affair at the Court of Two Sisters. The seafood omelet is a mix of crawfish, crabmeat, shrimp, onions, red and green peppers and garlic with cream sauce on top. Buffet dishes range from boiled shrimp, pasta salads, and hot entrées like grits and grillades to pies, cakes and ice cream. The á la carte dinner menu favors classic dishes like veal Oscar, cutlets of baby white veal crowned with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise. Traditional dishes include turtle soup, baked oysters and many others. Reservations recommended. Lunch and brunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE
527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com

German-style beers are brewed on the premises while the kitchen cooks up contemporary Louisiana cuisine like redfish St. Louis, which is pan-seared and topped with fried oysters and smothered in a barbecue sauce made with butter, black pepper and Worcestershire sauce. The popular crab cakes Decatur are made with lump crabmeat and topped with remoulade sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR
617 Ursulines St., 524-4663

A picturesque café on a quiet French Quarter side street, Croissant d'Or has long been treasured by locals as a neighborhood bakery, coffee shop and meeting place. Get a café au lait while you nibble on a croissant, quiche or dessert pastry. Patrons can make a lunch out of the daily soup and a croissant sandwich topped with béchamel sauce. Check out the small interior patio for an al fresco oasis. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DAISY DUKE'S
121 Chartres St., 556-9662

Stop by Daisy Duke's any time of the day or night when you need a healthy dose of Southern hospitality and regional cooking. One popular special is the rib-eye steak with roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables and special sauce for $14.99 or a dozen freshly shucked oysters for $5.99. Traditional breakfast plates and egg dishes are available anytime. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
841 Iberville, 581-1360; www.deanies.com

See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR
400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com

This 24-hour restaurant is an ace in the hole when you want to satisfy a comfort food craving any time of the day. The Déjá Vu omelet is made with three eggs and stuffed with bacon, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese both inside and melted on top, while the namesake Déjá Vu burger is a charbroiled half-pound patty topped with cheese, mushrooms, bacon or chili. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR
300 Bourbon St., 553-2281

A lust for seafood can be sated at this eatery whose brightly-lit "Desire" sign over the door is practically a Bourbon Street landmark. In addition to oysters, this casual café serves shrimp, crab and Gulf fish and a wide variety of other local preparations from gumbos to New Orleans-style jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DICKIE BRENNAN"S STEAKHOUSE
716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com

Diners have a variety of cuts to choose from at this French Quarter steakhouse. The house filet is an 8-oz. cut served with creamed spinach and Pontalba potatoes. The steak is also topped with flash-fried oysters and finished with a béarnaise sauce. The barbecue rib-eye is a prime 14-oz. steak grilled over an open flame and topped with Abita beer barbecue shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Stand-out sides include onion rings with a Creole dipping sauce and a roasted sweet potato topped with warm pecan butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DOMINIQUE'S RESTAURANT
1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000 ext. 8800; www.dominiquesrestaurant.com

Dominique Macquet, a classically trained chef and native of Mauritius, combines fresh local ingredients with exotic influences from around the globe for a distinctive cuisine at his namesake restaurant in the Maison Dupuy hotel. Seared Moulard duck breast and duck leg confit are served with parsnips en crepinette, a masala pear fondant and duck-fig jus. For an even more exotic twist, try the sautéed Turks and Caicos cracked baby conch served on yucca, corn and andouille risotto with roasted garlic and scotch bonnet pepper mojo. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DONNA'S BAR AND GRILL
800 N. Rampart St., 596-6914; www.donnasbarandgrill.com

The jazz and brass bands bop along on the stage at this quintessential New Orleans music club. The kitchen grill turns out home-cooked New Orleans-style dishes like red beans and rice, chicken and barbecue ribs. Daily lunch specials range from meatloaf to fried pork chops to stuffed Cornish hens. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

EAT NEW ORLEANS
900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.com

The space long known as the Quarter Scene was treated to a stylish makeover to become eat New Orleans. The menu is a combination of down-home standards and reasonably priced gourmet dishes. Start with a blue cheese and fig torte and a stuffed bell pepper with a side Caesar salad for dinner and don't miss the shrimp and grits at weekend brunches. The BYOB policy keeps tabs low. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

EL GATO NEGRO
81 French Market Pl., 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.com

For an authentic take on casual Mexican cuisine, try El Gato Negro's tacos filled with a choice of chicken, filet mignon, fish, pork loin, chorizo or vegetables wrapped in a handmade corn or flour tortilla with a variety of toppings. The pulled pork tamale is marinated in red mole, steamed in a corn husk and served with an orange, oregano and tomato salsa. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE
700 Bourbon St., 595-3172; www.emberssteakhouse.com

The scene outside its doors on Bourbon Street may be smoking, but the Embers kitchen is focused on grilling and frying. The menu of steaks, seafood and Italian dishes features T-bones, strips and filets, fried shrimp and oysters, crawfish fettuccine and veal Parmesan. The crowd-pleasing Cajun platter combines fried catfish, red beans and rice and jambalaya with andouille sausage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat.-Sun, dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FIORELLA'S CAFÉ
45 French Market Place; 1136 Decatur St., 528-9566

An appetizer of fried pickles puts diners on notice right away that the fryer gets heavy use at this French Quarter-take on the classic diner. The kitchen is known for its seasoned version of Southern fried chicken, with a choice of white or dark meat and sides like French fries, mashed potatoes, red beans or baked macaroni. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FIRE OF BRAZIL
725 Iberville St., 552-4446; www.fireofbrazil.com

At this distinctively South American breed of steakhouse, diners' choices are reduced to a simple yes or no. Waiters rove the dining room with huge skewers offering a dizzying array of various cuts of beef, chicken, turkey, pork and sausage, all of them sliced directly onto the plate. Meals include rice and beans and a large buffet of salads and side dishes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT
933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com

What started as a small, storefront deli has evolved over the years into a full service Italian restaurant with many traditional dishes and local favorites. The muffuletta is always popular, and more elaborate dishes include the crawfish Gagliano with garlic, green onions, fresh sweet basil and other seasonings over angel hair pasta. Snapper Jack is a deep-fried fillet smothered in shrimp, crawfish and crab over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT
1001 Decatur St., 525-7879

A bounty of boiled and fried seafood from the Gulf awaits visitors to the French Market Restaurant. The bayou platter is a popular option to get a taste of a range of local dishes, including red beans and jambalaya. Snag a table on the balcony for a view overlooking the French Market itself. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH QUARTER BISTRO AT THE MAISON DUPUY
1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/fqbistro.html

With
picture windows looking out on the Quarter, the Bistro is a bright place to enjoy Creole favorites. Gulf Fish Acadian is blackened Gulf fish topped with Louisiana blue crab and Acadian seafood sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes and garden vegetables. The Louisiana Crab and Crawfish Cake is a lightly breaded blend of crab and crawfish served with mirliton relish and shrimp sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS
808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com

The menu at this upscale seafood specialist changes frequently as chef Tenney Flynn keeps his kitchen stocked with a wide range of fresh fin fish and shellfish from around the world. The Chilean sea bass is braised in a hot and sour shrimp stock with Asian vegetables while the sea scallops travel from New Bedford to be grilled over hickory and oak and served with risotto and mushroom butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT
209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com

Though this landmark Creole restaurant seems impervious to change, the wine list has recently been completely overhauled to add many new choices to accompany the kitchen's shrimp remoulade, crabmeat maison, trout meuniere, oysters Rockefeller and lamb chops béarnaise. Chef Brian Landry has also added a few new menu items recently, including sweetbreads and roasted duck. Reservations accepted for the upstairs dining room. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GUMBO SHOP
640 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com

Soaring ceilings and a lush courtyard set the scene at this modern French Quarter classic. Most meals begin with one of the kitchen's namesake gumbos and while the jambalaya, etouffée and po-boys are popular options some lesser-known gems include the alligator sauce piquant and the chicken espagnole simmered in a brown sauce with mushrooms, shallots, wine and garlic. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFÉ
415 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com

Just like the rock 'n' roll that inspires the décor and theme of this international chain, some of the mainstays of the menu are also American classics. The Legendary Burger is made with 10 oz. of beef, plus bacon and cheddar. The Jumbo Combo delivers an array of popular starters including Santa Fe spring rolls, hickory-smoked chicken wings, onion rings, potato skins and Tupelo chicken tenders, all served with four different sauces. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards $$

HOUSE OF BLUES
225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com

Performers from around the world visit the House of Blues, but in the large entertainment complex's kitchen, the star attractions usually have a local Southern and New Orleans pedigree. The voodoo shrimp come with rosemary cornbread and Dixie beer reduction, the Creole jambalaya is plumped out with shrimp, chicken, tasso ham and andouille and the Tennessee-style slow-smoked baby back ribs are served with a Jim Beam barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRENE'S CUISINE
539 St. Philip St., 529-8811

The aromas of garlic and rosemary drift from the kitchen to the street to whet the appetite even before guests enter this romantic Italian restaurant. Once inside, settle in for a cioppino enhanced with local redfish and shrimp plus clams and mussels in spicy tomato and fennel broth on a bed of fresh pasta or cannelloni al forno stuffed with veal, pork, cheese and eggplant. Reservations for parties of five or more. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JAZZ TACOS
307 Exchange Alley, 872-0015

Familiar fare like tacos and tostadas are done Honduran-style at this tiny, family-run operation nestled along a quiet, stone-lined pedestrian alley in the heart of the French Quarter. Enchiladas are made with corn tortillas bulging with beef and topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Fajitas, pupusas, quesadillas and burritos are also popular choices. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

JEAN LAFITTE'S RENDEZVOUS
240 Bourbon St., 523-6820; www.jeanlafittesrendezvous.com

Named for a swashbuckler from New Orleans history, this bustling eatery serves up treasure troves of the seafood and other dishes that have made the city famous. Entrées range from zesty New Orleans barbecue shrimp served over garlic mashed potatoes to the Cajun rib-eye, which is seasoned with Cajun spices and blackened in a skillet. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFÉ
1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritaville.com

The lifestyle and legacy of Jimmy Buffett is the theme of this large, playful eatery, and the kitchen is devoted to Gulf Coast and Southern cooking. The Jamaican jerk chicken is a spicy island version of barbecue and the shrimp fried in coconut butter is sweet and savory all at once. The shrimp and lobster scampi is tossed with a zesty sauce, penne pasta and Parmesan cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS
511 St. Louis St., 524-8129

A neighborhood joint in the heart of the bustling Vieux Carré, Johnny's serves bargain breakfasts and hearty po-boys daily. Johnny's muffuletta is enhanced with a homemade olive salad and seeded bread from Leidenheimer Baking Co. Johnny's po-boy special combines ham with roast beef and gravy on a 12-inch French bread loaf. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN
416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.com

The restaurant that launched the culinary legend of chef Paul Prudhomme continues to be one of the most popular dining destinations in New Orleans. While Prudhomme remains in charge, daily kitchen supervision falls to his protégé, chef Paul Miller, whose blackened pork chops are stuffed with cheese and basil, then finished with mushrooms and Zinfandel. The turtle soup and gumbo plump with house-made andouille are classics. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

KRYSTAL
116 Bourbon St., 523-4030; www.krystal.com

Tiny Krystal burgers slide down easy and this quick-serve eatery serves them in boundless quantities every day. The menu also offers hot dogs, corn dogs and breakfast items around the clock for whenever the urge strikes. For a feast on the go, try a Scrambler with eggs, grits, sausage and cheese all layered together in a cup. No reservations. Open 24-hours. Credit cards. $

LA BOUCHERIE COFFEE HOUSE & CAFÉ
339 Chartres St., 581-6868; www.laboucheriecoffeehouse.com

A series of interconnecting rooms lures visitors through this casually elegant coffeehouse and lunch spot. The baristas serve a complete line of coffee drinks and an array of teas, plus pastries and sweets for breakfast or a midday nibble. The lunch crowd comes for daily specials, salads and sandwiches like the Conti club, which layers house-roasted turkey breast, smoked bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheese on wheat bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LANDRY'S
400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; www.landrysseafoodhouse.com

The menu at this popular national seafood chain bulges with seemingly endless choices, from local dishes like seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffée, shrimp remoulade and baked oysters Rockefeller to Maine lobsters and Alaskan king crabs. A range of fish dishes feature everything from salmon and halibut to mahi mahi, redfish, flounder and catfish. Steaks, pork chops and pasta dishes offer land-based options. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LAZY RIVER
600 Decatur St., Suite 101, Jax Brewery Millhouse, first floor, 588-2853; www.patobriens.com/lazyriverneworleans.html

Southern
food and hospitality invite even the most motivated Quarter visitor to sit for a lazy spell at this riverfront restaurant. Hang out on the terrace and watch the ships go by or grab a table inside to try the mango margarita, the muffuletta made on focaccia bread, spicy meat pies, crawfish bread or roast beef po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LOUISIANA BISTRO
337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.myspace.com/louisianabistroLouisiana

Bistro showcases contemporary Louisiana cuisine with a twist. Though the menu changes frequently, some popular dishes include the Creole surf and turf combining pan-seared filet mignon with crawfish tail scampi and the alligator tenderloin scallopini with a wine and caper veloute. Simply order the "feed me" dinner for a tour of the chef's current inspirations. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
95 French Market Place, 522-9500

Overlooking the French Market, the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen is a causal spot for gourmet pizza and pasta. The Four Seasons Pizza is a pie with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, snow peas, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. The chicken roulade is a chicken breast stuffed with andouille and crawfish dressing served over fettuccine and topped with a tomato and basil cream sauce. There is also a large menu of salads, pita wraps, calzones and pasta dishes. The menu is complemented by an extensive wine list. Reservations for large parties only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANGO MANGO
201 Bourbon St.; 236 Bourbon St.; 333 Bourbon St.; 400 Bourbon St.; 524-0114; www.mangodaiquiris.com

Belly up to the bar at Mango Mango for the double delight of a daiquiri and a slice of pizza to go. Some other options for anytime munchies at these Bourbon Street pit stops include hot soft pretzels. The drink menu runs from the namesake mango daiquiri to blue raspberry to the potent 190 Antifreeze. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MEAUXBAR BISTRO
942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979

This intimate corner café combines French bistro classics, Louisiana ingredients and some Asian touches for a creative and appealing cuisine all its own. First courses range from salad lyonnaise to yellowfin tuna carpaccio to ginger crawfish dumplings. The list of entrées could include a classic steak frites with sauce au poivre or poached mahi mahi in lemongrass nage. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MÉLANGE
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com

Begin a meal at this opulent hotel restaurant by tackling the trio of crab, which combines a serving of crabmeat imperial, a crab cake with remoulade sauce and a Napoleon of crabmeat, avocado with cilantro and hot sauce and diced tomato with red onion and basil. The redfish is blackened and served with a decadent saffron crab risotto and shrimp bisque sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO
201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com

Mr. B's combines traditional and creative Creole cooking and is known for its shell-on version of New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and its Gumbo Ya Ya with chicken and andouille in a smoky roux. Dinner entrées range from Gulf fish grilled on a wood-fire grill to filet mignon to duck risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT
1212 Royal St., 522-6746

A French Quarter favorite for more than 20 years, Mona Lisa serves pizza and pasta dishes in a cozy café setting. Specialty pizzas include barbecue chicken, the Mediterranean with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, black olives and garlic and the Hawaiian with pineapple and ham. The white pizza option is topped with garlic and Mona Lisa's also serves dishes like eggplant Parmesan. Reservations for six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE
One Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com

Morton's is known for generous portions of USDA prime beef. The Cajun rib-eye steak is a 16-oz. cut marinated for 60 hours in Cajun seasonings. Maine lobsters are flown in daily and are split down the middle of the tail, baked and served with drawn butter. Other steakhouse favorites range from iceberg salads with blue cheese dressing or Caesar salads to big porterhouses or New York strips. For dessert, plan early for a chocolate, lemon, raspberry or Grand Marnier souffle. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE
801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com

Freshly baked breads begin meals at this elegant and stately restaurant on the border of Jackson Square. Sautéed shrimp with a fennel Herbsaint cream or the salad Midi with champagne marinated tomatoes, basil, avocado and feta cheese are popular first courses. The cassoulet with duck confit and andouille sausage, the wood-grilled rib-eye steak or the seared tuna with wasabi vinaigrette are some of the entrée options. October features a special menu of oyster dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

NAPOLEON HOUSE
500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com

A famous landmark in a neighborhood full of historic buildings, Napoleon House stands out for its quintessential French Quarter atmosphere, specialty drinks like the singularly refreshing Pimm's Cup and menu of tavern fare for a meal or a snack. Sit in the lush courtyard or by one of the open French doors and sample the muffuletta, Greek salad or bruschetta topped with garlic, mozzarella, tomato and pesto. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Wed. Credit cards. $

N'AWLINS FLAVA CAFÉ
830 N. Rampart St., 324-6420; www.nawlinsflavacafe.com

Drop by this cozy joint in the mornings for spicy breakfast burritos, shrimp and grits or peanut butter and jelly pancakes. Lunch and dinner choices include the country soul food sampler with fried chicken, ham hock, chitlins, oxtail, rice, red beans, greens, yams and cornbread. Delivery available in the French Quarter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Cash only. $$

NOLA RESTAURANT
534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.com

Emeril Lagasse set the standard for modern day celebrity chefs and his French Quarter outpost demonstrates some of the kitchen chops that helped propel him to fame and fortune. Start a meal here with the roasted clams and apple-smoked bacon in beer broth with focaccia, caper aioli and crispy veal sweetbreads before tackling the grilled pork porterhouse with brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OCEANA GRILL
739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.com

Seafood is the specialty at this colorful café just off Bourbon Street. The redfish Amer is topped with a crawfish cream sauce and the chef's La Boheme special tops grilled ahi tuna with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. Fried seafood like catfish and oysters come in po-boys or on platters with jambalaya and a vegetable on the side. Try the smoked duck or garlic filet mignon for meatier meals. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

OLD COFFEE POT RESTAURANT
714 St. Peter St., 524-3500

The Old Coffee Pot is one of the few restaurants where diners can still find the traditional Creole rice cakes called calas, a breakfast treat sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with syrup. Breakfast also features eggs Jonathan, a variation on eggs Benedict that adds tomato and shrimp. Lunch and dinner deliver an array of local fried seafood and other crowd-pleasers like gumbo, crawfish etouffée, shrimp Creole, bread pudding and bourbon pecan pie. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT
204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.com

The Creole rabbit with oyster dressing is a perennial favorite at Olivier's. Starters include a gumbo sampler (three kinds) and new potatoes with caviar. Entrées include classic shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée and Creole rabbit. For dessert, try homemade bread pudding or fruit cobbler. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO
720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com

Duck into this urbane hideaway just behind St. Louis Cathedral for creative bistro cuisine and one of the city's largest selections of wine by the glass. Pick your favorite vintage and then dig into plates of calamari served with sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and green onions in a Dijon-vermouth beurre blanc, an entrée of pan-seared ahi tuna crusted with sesame or the double-cut pork chop with a sweet potato and wild boar sausage hash on the side. Reservations accepted. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

PAILLARD'S RESTAURANT
717 Orleans Ave., 523-2222 ext. 6001; www.bourbonorleans.com

The signature restaurant of the Bourbon Orleans hotel, Paillard's serves a combination of down-home Southern cooking and contemporary cuisine. Dishes range from the gumbo of the day to the Asian-accented seared ahi tuna with sesame glaze over cucumber salad. The popular steamed mussels are augmented with andouille in a fresh herb and wine broth and the braised lamb shank has rosemary jus, tabbouleh and grilled squash. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PALACE CAFE
605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com

Located in the beautiful Weirlein building, Palace Café is an elegant standout among the bustle on Canal Street. Sidewalk café seating offers a pleasant al fresco dining option in cool fall weather. Chef Darin Nesbit's menu features contemporary Creole cuisine including stuffed rabbit, crabmeat cheesecake and Gulf fish dishes. One of the café's signature dishes is the pepper-crusted duck breast fanned out over a citrus confit salad and topped with seared Hudson Valley foie gras. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFÉ
1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafé.com

The Palm Court offers the winning combination of traditional New Orleans jazz and Creole cooking. Starters include gumbo with chicken, andouille and okra. Equally traditional fare like shrimp Creole is popular at the supper club. Entrées include crawfish Nantua, in which crawfish tails are flamed in a brandy cream sauce and served over rice with a green vegetable. The grilled rib-eye steak is served with green peppercorn sauce and English-style roasted potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT
624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.com

World famous for its hurricane cocktail, its courtyard setting and its rollicking piano bar, Pat O'Brien's kitchen also does its part to maintain the legacy of this French Quarter landmark. Choices include traditional dishes like shrimp Creole and crawfish etouffée, snacks like fried alligator and fare such as grilled fish and penne pasta topped with Gulf shrimp. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PELICAN CLUB
312 Exchange Place, 523-1504; www.pelicanclub.com

Elegant dining rooms and a stately bar greet guests at this contemporary Creole restaurant. A popular starter is the seafood martini, a fresh mix of Maine lobster, jumbo lump crabmeat and Gulf shrimp with a jicama salad and eight-herb ravigote all served in a martini glass. The trio of duck entrée offers portions of duck confit, barbequed duck and duck breast with dirty rice and warm cranberry orange port sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PERISTYLE RESTAURANT
1041 Dumaine St., 593-9535; www.peristylerestaurant.com

This modern Vieux Carre classic is a destination for contemporary Creole cuisine in a beautiful and sophisticated ambience. Chef Tom Wolfe's crispy veal sweetbreads are lightly pan-fried and set on a confit leek fricassee with fennel and garlic reduction. The Gulf fish amandine comes piled with toasted almond, wilted leek-potato hash and garlic-sautéed Louisiana greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PETUNIA'S
817 St. Louis St., 522-6440; www.petuniasrestaurant.com

This cozy Quarter café specializes in enormous crepes named after saints (Marie, Michael, Peter and James), each offering a choice of meats, sauces, cheese and vegetables. The menu boasts many Cajun dishes from jambalaya to blackened steak, plus a few offbeat creations like the shrimp Barataria with a smothering curry and dill sauce over rice. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PORT OF CALL
838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.com

The reason people line up and wait for a table at Port of Call is its famously huge burger. Pick a few toppings, decide what you want on your baked potato and then ready yourself for the daunting dining challenge of actually clearing your plate. The kitchen also prepares steaks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S
519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.com

Ralph & Kacoo's original restaurant in the French Quarter serves local specialties such as shrimp remoulade, seafood gumbo and grilled redfish Atchafalaya topped with crawfish etouffée. Entrées include delicately grilled mahi mahi and certified Black Angus steaks. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL
115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com

Fresh Gulf fish and shellfish are the main attraction at this end of Bourbon Street. There's a raw oyster bar to enjoy a dozen on the half shell before settling in at a table. The hickory-grilled redfish is topped with blue crab meat and lemon butter sauce and complemented by tasso and mushroom lyonnaise potatoes. For dessert, the double chocolate bread pudding is a rich, dark semi-sweet chocolate bread pudding with a white and dark chocolate ganache and chocolate almond bark. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RIB ROOM
621 St. Louis St., 529-7045; www.omniroyalorleans.com

The Rib Room stands as a delicious tribute to the golden age of grand hotel dining, delivering high-end meals with all the elegant trimmings. Slow-roasted meats, including prime rib and rotisserie chicken, are house specialties. Roasted prime rib au jus is served with a baked potato and the sautéed seafood platter includes Gulf fish, crab cakes with a meuniere sauce and wilted spinach. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIA
201 Decatur St., 948-3287; www.frenchquarterpizza.com

All your favorite pizza options are on offer at this airy, colorful pizza parlor, plus pastas, sandwiches, salads and bar snacks. A nod to local food traditions is the muffuletta pizza, which includes pepperoni, salami, Canadian bacon, olive salad and mozzarella cheese. New to the menu are the roasted vegetable sandwich with melted provolone and the roasted turkey sandwich with house-made chipotle mayo. Delivery available in the French Quarter and limited areas. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL BLEND
621 Royal St., 523-2716

See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

SALT & PEPPER
400 Iberville St., 561-6070

Though it might look like many a quick-serve joint from the outside, this unassuming eatery cooks up aromatic dishes and halal meals from Pakistani and Indian cuisines with seasonings quite a bit more exotic than just salt and pepper. The biryani is made with long grain basmati rice cooked with saffron, Indian spices and your choice of chicken or goat while the samosas are thoroughly spiced and fried crispy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SEAFOOD & COMPANY
1005 Canal St., 566-1656

Take a stroll down Canal Street to check out the recently completed civic beautification projects along the wide, historic boulevard and stop into Seafood & Company for a classic New Orleans meal along the way. This casual, family-friendly eatery serves po-boys, seafood plates, big bowls of gumbo, burgers and steaks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

SEKISUI SAMURAI
239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.com

Some of the specials at this Vieux Carre sushi bar have more to do with Louisiana flavors than Japanese traditions. One delicious example is the Decatur roll with spicy crawfish, fresh garlic and cilantro rolled up with seared white tuna. The ocean pyramid special appetizer is an edible sculpture of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and green and orange tobiko, plus avocado and ponzu sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SIDEBAR CAFÉ
620 Conti St., 681-0911

Sidebar is a hip, colorfully decorated corner café with doors opening to Exchange Alley and a great selection of beers at the bar. The menu options range from fish tacos made with mahi mahi and topped with corn chutney to burgers and Creole white beans with andouille sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER
237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.com

Maine lobster and steaks are the bread and butter at this unpretentious Decatur Street eatery. A house special is the 16-oz. prime rib with baked potato, soup or salad for $16.95. Another sure bet is the filet mignon with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and lobster stuffing, all topped with red wine mushroom sauce. A wide range of local seafood dishes round out the menu. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ
Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.com

The delights of a river cruise on this authentic steamboat include panoramic views, tales from New Orleans history, live jazz music and on-board dining. Prime rib au jus is one specialty, as is the praline chicken marinated in Italian seasonings, white wine and olive oil, baked and topped with Southern pecan sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

STELLA!
1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com

The restaurant's name may be a New Orleans literary reference (think streetcars, desire, etc.), but local chef Scott Boswell's cuisine draws influences from around the globe, especially Asia. Some recent highlights from the ever-changing menu included crisp veal and shrimp gyoza dumplings with tempura shiso leaf and spicy peanut sauce and beer-battered Hawaiian sunfish with sweet potato purée, curried taro root chips and spicy red chili caramel. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

TONY MORAN'S RESTAURANT
240 Bourbon St., 523-4640; www.ruebourbon.com

Located in the historic Old Absinthe House, Tony Moran's combines classic Italian favorites and New Orleans seafood with unmistakable French Quarter ambiance. Oysters with pancetta marries local bivalves with Italian bacon for an irresistible appetizer. Popular entrées include pappardelle with mushrooms, peas, prosciutto and cream and Gulf fish topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT
823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.com

After 150 years in business down by the French Market, Tujague's remains one of the city's culinary Creole touchstones. The restaurant's famous five-course table d'hote dinner service starts with shrimp remoulade then moves on to soup, brisket of beef with horseradish sauce and a choice of entrées including steak, fish and local shellfish. Dessert and coffee follow. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

VERTI MARTE
1201 Royal St., 525-4767; www.vertimarte.com

Always open and always reliable for a filling, inexpensive meal, this corner deli has been keeping the French Quarter fed at all hours for many years. One of its signature sandwiches is called All That Jazz and includes a medley of grilled ham, turkey and shrimp with Swiss and American cheeses plus grilled mushrooms and tomatoes on grilled French bread with "Wow" sauce. Deli-case favorites include chicken Creole, Cajun red beans, barbecue brisket or ribs and lasagna. Limited delivery. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit Cards. $

ZYDECO BBQ AND ROADHOUSE
808 Iberville St., 565-5520; www.zydecobbq.com

Deep South barbecue traditions meet Louisiana Cajun cooking at this offbeat eatery. The St. Louis spare ribs offer pork ribs dry-rubbed with Cajun spices and slow-smoked with hickory and pecan wood. Cochon de lait is brined in marinade, treated to a dry rub of seasonings and smoked. The menu also includes jambalaya, gumbo and salads loaded with barbecued meat. Delivery available in CBD and French Quarter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HARAHAN / JEFFERSON / RIVER RIDGE

BAILEY'S CAFÉ
469 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-7677

While weekday lunch specials feature local favorites, Bailey's breakfasts greet patrons early on with offbeat selections like the breakfast muffeletta made with sausage, bacon, grilled ham, eggs and cheese. Bailey's version of eggs Benedict, called Eggs Benediction, pairs eggs over English muffins with ham and cheese sauce. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BLUE TOMATO
4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000

Favored for its eclectic mix of dishes and kitschy decor, this Jefferson Highway cantina-with-a-twist has recently added a new favorite to its menu — smoked ribs served with a side of pineapple baked beans and coleslaw. In addition to Mexican fajitas you can also find a good New Orleans muffuletta and a classic American burger as well as pizza and pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BREAUX MART
9647 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-8146; www.breauxmart.com

See Metairie listing for description.

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE
1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 734-8455; www.cellarsrr.com

A long list of sandwiches, salads and burgers, in addition to quesadillas and fajitas, comprise an extensive menu of items "made from the ground up" at the Cellars' deli. A traditional Reuben made with corned beef piled high, grilled sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and a side of Thousand Island dressing, a classic Philly cheesesteak, and shrimp remoulade on French bread are among the top items drawing diners to Cellars. Chicken salad is made with a special seasoning mix ground especially for Cellars' by Deep South Blenders. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHUN LEE RESTAURANT
1100 Elmwood Park Road, Jefferson, 733-8562

An American-style Chinese restaurant with 25 years under its belt, Chun Lee is still going strong with its newest addition to the menu, sesame chicken. Mandarin chicken is served with an egg roll and fried rice. More eclectic options area available such as the Chun Lee Special Platter: balamaki, fried shrimp, rumaki shrimp, an egg roll, paper-wrapped chicken, ribs, fried wonton and barbecue pork. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE COTTAGE
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052

Stop by this quaint café for a bite to eat any time of day. The menu offers breakfast items like bagels, muffins, and freshly-squeezed orange juice and lemonade as well as dishes perfect for a midday meal like crawfish pasta smothered in spicy pepper cream sauce with a side of fresh garlic bread. Dinner entrées include pan-fried catfish with a Creole pecan-butter sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
1001 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-7843; www.alcopeland.com

See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

CRABBY JACK'S
428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722

Chef Jack Leonardi's lunch spot is as creative with po-boys as his restaurant Jacques Imo's is with Cajun and Creole dishes. Crabby Jack's takes fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade and turns it into a po-boy on French bread dressed with lettuce, tomato and pickles. Other sandwiches include the sloppy duck po-boy which is bathed in a duck gravy. Side dishes include items like jambalaya, dirty rice and potato salad. Delivery available for orders of more than $100. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DECKBAR & GRILLE
1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 830-0104

Deckbar has a full menu of tasty bar food to snack on and entrées ranging from fried seafood platters to burgers. Its most popular items are brisket and homemade crab balls, which can also be ordered as a platter with a salad and fries. The Mississippi burger is served with grilled onion, mushrooms and cheese. Daily specials include chicken and dumplings, smothered pork chops, meatloaf and pepper steak. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR
1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666

Raw and charbroiled oysters reappear on Dockside's menu for fall in addition to rib-eyes, pork chops, fried chicken, seafood platters and daily specials. Shrimp, catfish and crab also are available in a variety of preparations from boiled and spicy to golden-fried. Sides include sweet potato fries, hush puppies and Dockside potatoes — deep-fried, boiled red potatoes. For dessert there's bread pudding, ice cream, pecan pie and cheesecake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FOX AND HOUND
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 731-6000

Sports fans flock to the Fox and Hound for everything an avid enthusiast could want. An array of international drafts with more than 30 brands on tap and good selection of bottled beers complement an extensive selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. The Black Forest sandwich is a Bavarian pretzel-bread piled high with grilled turkey, smoked bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, dressed and spiced with honey mustard. The provision of multiple big-screen TVs ensures you won't miss the game — no matter your vantage point. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards $

HICKORY CHICKORY CAFÉ
1827 Hickory Ave. Ste. E, Harahan, 738-2220; www.hickorychickorycafe.com

Sometimes the little things set a place apart — like the mini-doughnuts at Hickory. Dunk them in coffee or one of the many dipping sauce choices like chocolate, strawberry, caramel, banana, lemon or orange. Vegetarian red beans are available, or add on andouille sausage which is sautéed with onions, bell peppers and tomato. Hickory also serves panini sandwiches and salads. The roast beef is cooked in house and served on a platter with mashed potatoes or in po-boys. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q
208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508

Hickory wood provides a distinctive flavor at Hillbilly Bar-B-Q. Try brisket, pulled pork, smoked boudin sausage by the link or the huge hamburger known as the Belly Buster. Diners can order a baked potato on the side or make one a meal by topping it with any of the barbecued meats. There are also smoked chicken halves and a cool chicken salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KOZ'S
6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.com

A wide selection of po-boys, soups, salads and dinner specials with fried seafood adorn the menu at Koz's, with more than a few down-home favorites. Fried or grilled redfish, fried chicken plates and garlic-stuffed roast beef, cooked daily for po-boys served with gravy, are among the most popular options. Plates come with a choice of side dishes like baked macaroni and cheese, chili cheese fries, mashed potatoes, onion rings, coleslaw or potato salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE
5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com

See Carrollton listing for restaurant description.

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464

Hearty Creole and Italian dishes give diners plenty of options at Mimi's. There's crabmeat cheesecake with garlic crostini and veal Parmesan over angel hair pasta. Try balsamic and honey-glazed duck or the shrimp Victoria, which serves grilled shrimp over linguine with apple-smoked bacon, peas, roasted red peppers, mint and shaved Parmesan cheese. For dessert, try the Chambord Frangelico panna cotta made with both liqueurs in a silky eggless custard. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. POOR BOY
10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170

Obviously, po-boys are available here, but its daily hot plate specials are what Mr. Poor Boy regulars rave about. A heaping plate of whatever the cook serves up totals less than $10. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $.

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
1000 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan, 736-1188; www.nachomamasneworleans.com

See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD COMPANY
1005 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 734-1122; www.nohsc.com

See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

PJ'S COFFEE & WINEBAR
5359 Mounes St., Harahan, 731-2905; www.gourmet-ideas.com

PJ's to the max, this location has all of the specialty coffees of the chain, plus a selection of beers and wines from around the world. Bagels, muffins or other baked goods coupled with a fresh cup of hot coffee are a pleasant way to start your morning. Panini sandwiches, soups, salads and small tapas-style dishes pair nicely with a drink in the evening. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
5608 Citrus Blvd., Elmwood, 818-0111; www.reginellis.com

See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

RIVERSHACK TAVERN
3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com

Long known as a honky tonk with plenty of draft beer and road food, the Rivershack has a more ambitious kitchen now, and even the sandwiches are bigger productions. The Usual Suspects is a grilled deli-style lineup of corned beef, pastrami, debris and Swiss cheese. Weekday lunch specials range from traditional red beans to peanut-crusted soft-shell crab with basmati rice and tandoori cream to braised rabbit with spaetzle dumplings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SAKE CAFÉ
1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879

See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

SAM'S PO-BOYS
260 Brooklyn Ave., Jefferson, 835-0689

Sam's offers a huge array of sandwiches on a bun, toast or French bread. If the regular selection of po-boys, hot or Italian sausage, barbecue beef, liver cheese or hog head cheese isn't enough to choose from, stop in on any day (except Friday) for the breaded veal cutlet sandwich or on Wednesday for the chicken Parmesan sandwich. There are also daily lunch specials like Wednesday's homemade spaghetti with meat sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD
279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116; www.seitherseafood.com

Though Seither's adds a new menu item here and there, such as the pepaw salad with boiled shrimp and a remoulade dressing, po-boys and fried seafood platters remain the constant attraction at this casual eatery. Specialties offer a twist to classic Cajun cooking, and the eggplant Harahan tops the list as regulars' favorite, featuring eggplant medallions layered with crabmeat stuffing and topped with shrimp in cream sauce. The boiled seafood platter is a large platter of boiled crawfish, shrimp and six crabs plus corn and potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK
1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442

Shake it on over to the Shack for pub grub and more elaborate options like the fried oysters served on a bed of sautéed spinach and pita bread and topped with brie and bacon. The 20-Things Chili is said to be made with at least 20 ingredients, not counting the garnish of corn chips. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT
5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.com

Home-style Italian dishes and New Orleans seafood specialties make Smilie's the type of place the whole family can enjoy. Classic staples appear alongside fancier fare like the trout Lafitte, a fillet fried golden brown and topped with creamy crawfish sauce. Veal Augie is paneed baby veal covered with lump crabmeat, fresh mushrooms, shallots and a touch of hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS
720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, 835-3035

Southern Po-Boys makes sandwiches with everything from roast beef with gravy to fried shrimp or oysters to chicken-fried steak and veal. Hot plates include smothered pork chops with sautéed onions and brown gravy over stewed cabbage and rice, and stewed okra with shrimp over rice. Fried soft-shell crabs are served atop fettuccine with a white wine cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri. Cash only. $

T.L. STARKE'S SPORTS BAR & GRILLE
2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner 496-0187

See Metaire listing for restaurant description.

TAQUERIA CORONA
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722

See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

VENEZIA II
587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991

The big Italian menu at Venezia II boasts the same famous pizza pies and casual Italian cuisine that have kept customers coming back to the original location since 1957. The house special is a loaded pie with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onion and artichoke hearts. The restaurant also offers fried seafood and daily specials like the trout Cynthia topped with shrimp and crawfish in cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE
1915 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-1901; www.vitalityjuice.com

See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
1655 Hickory St., Harahan, 738-0799; www.zearestaurants.com

See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

KENNER

ASIAN SUPER BUFFET
3900 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 712-0899

The items change daily, but with seven buffet lines, you're bound to find one of your favorite Chinese dishes such as sweet and sour chicken or beef and broccoli. And they've got you covered if you want more American fare like pizza, garlic bread or apple pie. If you want your food cooked to order, try the Mongolian barbecue and choose your own selection of meats and vegetables. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BARU CAFÉ
3235 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 467-5404

Baru Café offers a flavorful tour of Caribbean-style Colombian cooking. A roasted corn salad with fried potato sticks and farmer's cheese is a popular appetizer, as is ceviche and mashed yucca stuffed with beef. Entrées include a 12-oz. rib-eye steak with chimichurri sauce and highly seasoned tilapia with coconut rice. Stop in at lunch for pressed Cuban sandwiches or wraps of grilled garlic shrimp with cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun, dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRICK OVEN CAFÉ
2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097

For more than 10 years, Brick Oven Café has offered an extensive menu of gourmet pizza, fish, beef, chicken and veal in classic New Orleans-Italian style. The Brick Oven fillet is a favorite with regulars and is a 10-oz. grilled fillet topped with garlic butter and cooked to order. The redfish piccata is a broiled fillet topped with grilled shrimp and crawfish lemon-butter sauce, all served over angel hair pasta in marinara sauce. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ D'CAPPUCCINO
4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2299

This busy little café offers many hearty options to start the day. The Eddie's breakfast plate delivers eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and your pick of toast or a biscuit. A Dolph's wrap is filled with egg and cheese plus bacon or sausage. The menu for lunch and dinner offers an array of wraps, burgers and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ PONTCHARTRAIN AT TREASURE CHEST CASINO
5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (800) 298-0711; www.treasurechest.com

Need a little something to tide you over between black jack hands? Stop by the buffet for hot daily specials like chicken-fried steak, hot tamales, red beans and rice or spaghetti and meatballs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CALAS BISTRO AND WINE CELLAR
910A W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 471-2200; www.calasbistro.com

Named for the sweet, deep-fried rice cakes that used to be a Creole staple, Calas features a tasting menu-style appetizer that combines shrimp, jambalaya or andouille versions of calas, all served with a green onion pepper jelly dipping sauce. Sweet dessert calas arrive with an orange caramel sauce. The grilled seafood platter includes Gulf fish with roasted tomato and caper buerre blanc, baked oysters Rockefeller, a barbecue shrimp spring roll and crabmeat ravigote. Other sweet dessert options include pina colada cheesecake and lemon ice box créme brulée. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFÉ
3501 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, 465-9444

The coffeehouse serves freshly baked pastries, hot and iced coffee as well a wide range of lunch and dinner items including specialty wraps, burgers, quesadillas, salads and signature sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

CHATEAU DU LAC WINE BISTRO
3901 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 467-0054; www.chateaudulacbistro.com

Unlike its French-Creole cousins, the bistro is exclusively French. The menu relies on continental classics like escargot bathing in garlic butter, seared foie gras with port, coq au vin and the timeless steak au poivre, an 8-oz. filet with a black pepper crust. Lighter fare includes a goat cheese papillotte with goat cheese, artichoke and tarragon. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHINA EXPRESS & SMOOTHIE HOUSE
2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 465-0788

Smoothies may be a refreshing treat on the go, but patrons at China House also settle in for lunches and dinners with choices from a large and varied menu. The 3 Cup Fish is prepared using a traditional Chinese sauce of soy and wine that is considered a house specialty. Baked spicy shrimp is a Cajun-Chinese creation served over steamed rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COME BACK INN
3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1623

Daily specials, big sandwiches and children's meals keep regulars coming back to this casual café. The shrimp or catfish Julia is one of the greatest hits, complete with crabmeat cream sauce over angel hair pasta. The muffuletta is a sturdy standby made with the kitchen's own olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE DELI AT TREASURE CHEST CASINO
5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (800) 298-0711; www.treasurechest.com

Treasure Chest offers several dining options and The Deli is where you come when you need a good sandwich. It takes on a New Orleans' flavor with fried shrimp po-boys, and hot sausage po-boys, besides offering hotdogs and hamburgers. There are also daily specials like red beans and rice, hot tamales and chicken-fried steak. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DIA ROMA CAFÉ
3712 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6663

With a menu filled with pizza and pasta choices, Dia Roma offers a funky, innovative take on Italian classics. Pizzas make use of hand-tossed dough that's baked in-house each day. The spinach-artichoke pizza is made with butter garlic sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts and feta crumbles. For entrées, try the shrimp, chicken and artichoke combination served over angel hair pasta with sautéed mushrooms. There are also salads and footlong sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT
2440 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 468-2384

Pupusas are the house specialty here. The thick corn disks are filled with cheese or crunchy pork and covered with a tart cabbage slaw. The fried tilapia with rice, beans, salad and plantains or tortillas will fill anyone, but don't miss out on a dessert like flan or rice pudding. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks and cash. $

FONG'S CHINESE RESTAURANT
2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 467-9928

The recipe for a pleasing meal at this long-established Chinese restaurant often starts by ordering the Four Happiness, which combines shrimp, pork, chicken and beef all stir-fried with an array of vegetables. For a quick and easy tour of the appetizers, try the pu-pu platter with its sampling of ribs, sliced pork, egg rolls, fried shrimp, shrimp toast, wontons and crab Rangoon. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I GRILLE AND BAR
1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060

Ground Pat'I is famous for its namesake burger — the Ground Pat'I — made with ground chuck and grilled to order over an open flame, but there's more to the restaurant than just burgers and fries. The menu offers its share of seafood entrées — fried catfish, tuna steaks, and grilled or fried shrimp — and there's a full selection from the grill including pork chops, rib-eyes, filets and T-bones. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARBOR SEAFOOD
3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454

Seafood draws customers to this busy Kenner restaurant and seafood market. Look for local favorites like the crabmeat-stuffed eggplant pirogues, seafood gumbo and fresh raw oysters. Wash them down with a beverage from the fully stocked bar. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HONEY DEE'S CAFÉ & CATERING
2001 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 464-1991

Buzz into Honey Dee's for daily specials like Tuesday's Cajun chicken injected with seasoning, baked and then deep-fried to order and served with a choice of sides. For a lighter bite, the stuffed tomato is filled with grilled tuna, mayo, celery and egg. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JAZZ SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE
2722 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 468-3237

From seafood gumbo to Italian dishes like chicken Parmesan and spaghetti and meatballs, Jazz Seafood and Steakhouse can satisfy more than just a craving for steak. If you're interested in something a little lighter, try the tuna salads or the Italian salad with romaine lettuce, olives and balsamic dressing. The fried seafood platter is loaded with catfish, shrimp, fried oysters and crawfish beignets. And, yes, there's always the 12-oz. rib-eye or filet mignon. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO
2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808

The seafood's always good at Johnny Trauth's, but it's extra enticing on specials nights. Every Tuesday, all-you-can-eat snow crab legs are just $17.99, and lobsters are $17.99 on Wednesdays. The broiled catfish stuffed with crabmeat is a popular choice all the time. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JUKEBOX CAJUN DINER
2560 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-1112

The restaurant brings back jukebox memories with its diner-inspired menu of big breakfasts and daily lunch and dinner specials. If you arrive before noon, try the made-to-order omelets, pancakes or waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Lunch specials include white beans and rice with pork chops. Wednesday steak night features a special of sirloin steak, mashed potatoes and a vegetable. Patty melts, BLTs and club sandwiches are also favorites. Plus, when the weather's conducive, the diner hosts "Cruise Night," a classic car show on the third Saturday of every month. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

KENNER SEAFOOD INC.
3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701

Customers come by to either pick up some fresh seafood from the market or to enjoy a meal. Prepared dishes include the Seafood Boat made from a hollowed-out bread loaf loaded with fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and crawfish and accompanied by French fries. Crawfish Marie is fried crawfish over angel hair pasta topped with a crabmeat cream sauce. Daily specials include raw oysters and fried shrimp plates. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LE PARVENU
509 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-0534

Chef/owner Dennis Hutley loves to prepare innovative Creole cuisine, so the menu often changes at this French cottage restaurant in suburban Kenner. One recent Hutley culinary invention is the oyster dubloon, which is a sautéed corn-crusted oyster flattened into a disk and topped with lump crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Another addition to the dessert menu is the warm lemon crepe topped with citrus sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MADRID RESTAURANTE
2723 Roosevelt St., Kenner, 469-5599

Spanish paella is a house specialty at Madrid, and there are several varieties with meat, seafood, a combination of the two and a vegetarian one to choose from. There's even an option with shrimp and calamari paella cooked with squid ink broth. Tapas dishes and appetizers include garlic shrimp cooked in sherry with dried cayenne peppers and pequillo peppers stuffed with shrimp and lobster. Meat entrées include traditional veal shank osso buco and rabbit simmered in broth with tomatoes, carrots, peppers, potatoes and Spanish manzanilla olives. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MCALISTER'S DELI
1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A13, Kenner 466-1500; www.mcalistersdeli.com

See CBD listing for restaurant description.

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-6868

See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

RISTORANTE DA PIERO
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585

Featuring northern Italian cuisine, this Kenner standout makes its own homemade pasta including ravioli, strozzapreti and tortelloni. Meals start with a basket of the distinctive Italian flatbread called piadina and lead to delicious menu specialties such as the veal chops with a demiglace made with shitake mushrooms and served with heirloom vegetables and potatoes. Opera singers perform in the evening. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

SAKE CAFÉ
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829

Sake Café offers sushi bar options and hot dishes from the kitchen. A good place to start is with the New Orleans roll, which wraps spicy crawfish, crunchy tempura bits, avocado, tuna and snow crab with tobiko caviar and is served with an avocado-eel sauce. The sweet chili crispy fillet is grouper served in a sweet chili sauce. Check out the daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL
4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069; www.speakeasysportsbar.com

Speakeasy's game plan is a straight-ahead rush of big 10-oz. burgers, sandwiches and bar food. Some of the bar munchies include French fries, jalapeno poppers, quesadillas, chicken wings, chicken tenders, egg rolls and meat pies. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

TECORO'S SEAFOOD & ITALIAN RESTAURANT
3525 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-5550; www.tecoro.com

If TeCoRo's may sound Italian, it's actually a combination of the names of the three owners: Terrie, Corliss and Rose. Italian classics and local favorites fill its large and varied menu. The Mobster Lobster used to swim with the fishes, but here the Maine émigré is outfitted with a crabmeat dressing, crawfish cream sauce and served with potatoes and corn. The eggplant napoleon layers fried eggplant medallions with mozzarella cheese and a creamy sauce with baby spinach, crawfish tails, andouille sausage and tasso. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-7733; www.zearestaurants.com

Zea is a casually elegant spot to enjoy American favorites spiced up with Asian flavors. Signature dishes include the Thai ribs and Asian almond shrimp. Many meats are slow-roasted on the rotisserie. The bar features micro-brewed beers specially made for Zea by a Northshore brewer. Reservations policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LAKEFRONT / EASTERN NEW ORLEANS

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0214

Dong Phuong is a centerpiece of the cohesive Vietnamese-American community in eastern New Orleans. It's the place where residents drop in throughout the week for fresh, Vietnamese-style French bread, savory pastries and colorful sweets. The banh mi sandwiches from the deli counter are fast, inexpensive and come stuffed with fresh vegetables and meats. In the restaurant area, customers linger over bowls of beef soup or noodle dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

LAFITTE'S CAFÉ
6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 284-7878; www.lafittescafe.com

Lafitte's serves wraps with a wide selection of fillings, burgers and patty melts, salads, sandwiches and baked potatoes. Dig into appetizers like fried pickles, tuna dip and chili cheese fries or baskets of fried seafood. There's also free wireless Internet. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFÉ
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Lakeview, 286-1777

See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

CHICKEN SUE'S
203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546

Helping Lakeview rebuild one mixed dinner basket at a time, Chicken Sue's specializes in chicken fried hot and fresh to order. The list of po-boys and sandwiches ranges from fried shrimp or hot roast beef with gravy to pulled pork or a pressed, buttered Cuban. Don't miss the eggplant fries for an offbeat side order. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeviewharborrestaurant.com

Most popular choices at Lakeview Harbor include large slabs of meat and meal-sized loaded baked potatoes. The rib-eye steaks and cheeseburgers here can satisfy any appetite. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S
8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafoodhouse.com

The menu at this popular national seafood chain bulges with seemingly endless choices, from local dishes like seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffée, shrimp remoulade and baked oysters Rockefeller to Maine lobsters and Alaskan king crabs. A range of fish dishes feature everything from salmon and halibut to mahi mahi, redfish, flounder and catfish. Steaks, pork chops and pasta dishes offer land-based options. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PONTCHARTRAIN POINT WEST END
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-4233

A traditional New Orleans seafood house situated near the lake, Pontchartrain Point is a family-oriented eatery serving big portions of local favorites. The Creole crab cakes are served over penne pasta in a spicy cream sauce. A lighter option is the Blackened Blue tuna salad, with a fish fillet on a bed of mixed greens with blue cheese crumbles, fresh vegetables and vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133; www.reginellis.com

See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9980

Russell's serves up a tasty, inexpensive menu of classics all day long, starting with dishes like eggs Benedict with a homemade hollandaise sauce as well as old standards like scrambled eggs, grits and ham. At lunchtime, try the seared ahi tuna entrée with a sweet-and-spicy plum sauce and a side of sweet potato fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR
8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com

Long a fixture on Harrison Avenue, the Roth family has its Steak Knife up and running again closer to the lake. As always, steaks like the 14-oz. rib-eye and sirloin strip, the filet mignon and the huge, 24-oz. porterhouse come with an array of steakhouse side dishes. For a lighter option, try the yellowfin tuna seared with pepper and served with a wasabi and soy reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S
6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888

Tony Angello's offers classic Italian dishes and is known for its homemade tomato sauce. The veal spiedini features medallions of veal round stuffed with eggplant and served with tomato sauce. The Eggplant Tina tops eggplant medallions with Romano cheese and tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

METAIRIE

II TONY'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
105 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-0999; www.two-tonys.com

Two Tony's is still cooking up its Italian Creole cuisine in Bucktown right by the lake, offering such house specialties as shrimp, eggplant and crabmeat au gratin layering seafood and fried eggplant with cheese sauce and bread crumbs. Another popular choice is the soft-shell crab amandine, which tops fried soft-shell crabs with brown butter sauce and toasted almonds, all served with a soup or salad and a side dish. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; www.acmeoyster.com

See French Quarter listing for restaurant description.

ACROPOLIS
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046

Acropolis offers Mediterranean food inspired by the cuisines of Greece and Italy, giving diners a choice of both regions' most popular dishes. The diverse menu offers pizzas, gyros, lasagna, moussaka, lamb chops and salads. The popular Acropolis salad is a medley of field greens, bacon, tomato, blue cheese, cucumbers, Bermuda onions, kalamata olives and sunflower seeds. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT
3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com

When it comes to American and Northern Italian cuisine, chef Andrea Apuzzo's artistic flair has made his namesake restaurant a citywide favorite. For a special taste of the Old World, try the Trota Bayou la Fourche, a fillet of speckled trout sautéed in olive oil and served with lump crabmeat in a lemon cream sauce. For dessert, there is an English-style trifle with layers of chocolate and vanilla sponge cake interspersed with cream, fresh strawberries, candied fruit and whipped cream and hints of Grand Marnier. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANSELMO'S
3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 889-1212

For classic Italian comfort food, Anselmo's has meatballs and red gravy served over angel hair pasta. For something a little more out of the ordinary, order the house special crawfish pasta Adrienne, which is penne pasta tossed with crawfish and mushroom cream sauce. There's something for every appetite at Anselmo's, which complements traditional Italian cuisine with several locally inspired seafood entrées. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ARDOISE
4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5566

The chefs at Ardoise offer exciting intercontinental versions of refined seafood and steak dishes. Try the sweet Thai chili calamari or the coffee-rubbed New York strip, served with roasted shallots. Daily lunch specials are now available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533; www.austinsno.com

The intimate dining room at Austin's offers charm that one might not expect to find when parking in front of the small strip mall where it is located. But once inside, the warmth and charm is very inviting. Try the pecan-crusted trout, which is served with a meuniere sauce and comes with potatoes and seasonal vegetables. If you're interested in steaks or chops, the veal Austin is panéed baby white veal topped with lump crabmeat, button mushrooms and green onions. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE BEACH HOUSE
2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470

The closest shoreline with ample surf and sand sits nearly 90 miles from New Orleans. If that's too far to go, head to the Beach House, kick back and enjoy the casual surfing vibe. The Beach Burger is a half-pound patty with beef ground in house and cooked to order. Other traditional favorites include boiled lobster, crawfish and shrimp. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BELLA BREW
2701 Airline Drive, Suite L, Metairie, 846-9930

This coffeehouse and lunch spot offers a mix of coffee drinks, juices, cakes, cookies, pastries, quiches and salads. The frozen coffee punch is an espresso drink of ice cream blended with chocolate and topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. The lightly spiced shrimp salad rests in half an avocado surrounded by greens, tomato and egg. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM
3500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5656; www.benjerry.com

Offbeat flavors from the famous New England ice cream maker are no longer limited to your grocer's freezer. Pay a visit to this suburban ice cream parlor for the Cookie Cookie sundae with your choice of ice cream surrounded by chocolate chip cookies, smothered in fudge or caramel and whipped cream. For a lighter treat, try the strawberry kiwi smoothie made with non-fat sorbet and fresh fruit. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BENNIGAN'S GRILL AND TAVERN
3010 Holiday Drive, Metairie, 394-2805

Offering a huge menu of American and pub favorites ranging from fish 'n'chips to shrimp tempura to Guinness-glazed chicken and shrimp, Bennigan's is a good choice for families and finicky eaters. Also good for adults is a large selection of bottled and draft beers, including seasonal specials on popular imported brews. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BIG DADDY'S SEAFOOD
1023 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 301-1907

While this Metairie market specializes in fresh seafood, it also carries prepared foods to go, like seafood gumbo and stuffed artichoke. There's seating for patrons to order boiled crab or lobster and dine in. Big Daddy's also caters crawfish boils in season. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BISTRO 38
3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 836-5253; www.bistro38restaurant.com

Chefs Dominique Macquet and Adrian Cordes have found a home for country French cooking. Bistro 38 features rustic dishes like braised rabbit and braised lamb shanks as well as sweetbreads, bouillabaisse and daily fish specials. For dessert, there are crepes, bananas foster and chocolate mousse. Lunch features more New Orleans-style fare of salads and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. Credit cards. $$$

BOZO'S
3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666

Don't let the funny name fool you. When it comes to seafood, Bozo's is no laughing matter. An entertaining meal starts with chicken and andouille gumbo with okra or raw oysters on the half shell. Entrées include a hearty platter of shrimp, oysters, catfish or stuffed crabs served with French fries or potato salad. Reservations accepted during the week. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bestitalianusa.com

There's more than just traditional Italian fare to applaud at Bravo. In addition to lasagna, pasta and pizza, this Metairie favorite also fires up unique creations like fried shrimp topped with a charred tomato and lemon-butter and hickory wood-grilled salmon with crispy potatoes, lemon-caper butter sauce and pesto bread crumbs. Reservations for three or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BREAUX MART
2904 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5565; www.breauxmart.com

The deli at Breaux Mart has a wide variety of dishes and changing daily specials. On Wednesdays and Fridays, baked or fried fish are regular specials. Other popular dishes include ribs and seafood gumbo. Side-dish options include macaroni and cheese, dirty rice and candied yams. For dessert, try the apple or peach cobblers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BROOKLYN PIZZA
4301 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, 833-1288

New York-style pies are the main attraction at Brooklyn Pizza. Assemble your own version with a selection of toppings including pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian ham, black olives, banana peppers, salami and ricotta cheese. Brooklyn offers hero-style sandwiches, all available hot, and also a hearty Philly cheesesteak. There are many Italian salads and pasta dishes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BYBLOS
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773

See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

BYBLOS MARKET
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777

Join the throng at the counter of this quick-serve Middle Eastern deli and market for affordable Middle-Eastern fare that is a welcome alternative to the area's fast food chains. Sandwiches and kabobs are prepared to order from meats roasting on spits. Fresh salads, stuffed dolmas and platters of meat with hummus and pita make more complete meals. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CADDYSHACK
3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799

For a casual lunch or a quick bite and a drink, head to Caddyshack for sandwiches, burgers, French fries and onion rings. Also available are daily specials from the kitchen such as red beans on Monday, fried seafood platters on Friday and other dishes like spaghetti and fried chicken on the days in between. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ CAFÉ
4301 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, 885-4845; www.cafecafe.com

There's a little bit of everything at Café Café. Start the day with one of many pastry options or fruit and yogurt. Lunch options include two daily soup specials, sandwiches, salads and quiche. The avocado salad on romaine lettuce with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, orange segments, red onions and mango vinaigrette is popular. There's also a full selection of coffee drinks and teas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. dinner Mon.-Fri., Credit cards. $

CAFÉ EAST
4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.com

Café East crafts an upscale and creative take on many traditional Chinese and southeast Asian dishes, complementing them with an extensive wine list. Entrées include sesame-seared tuna, honey-walnut shrimp, marinated and wok-seared duck served with ginger-soy glaze and Thai-style red snapper. The menu picks up cues from Japan, Mongolia and many Chinese regional cuisines. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, Credit Cards. $$

CAFÉ EQUATOR
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772

Café Equator proves that you don't have to sail to zero latitude in order to enjoy international cuisine. With house specialties of pad Thai and pad woon zen — clear noodles sautéed with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, shitake mushrooms, onions and zucchini — culinary paradise is never too far away. An extensive menu of Thai dishes is available. Reservations recommended for parties of five or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ FRESCA
4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010

Drop into Café Fresca for homemade soup, salads, sandwiches and regular specials such as fried chicken club salad with crumbled bacon, avocado, chopped egg, tomatoes and croutons over fresh greens. The Sante Fe pita offers a taste of the southwest, combining marinated and chargrilled chicken breast with mashed avocado, tomato and onion relish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFÉ LATTE I
I2324 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-6343

Stop by in the morning for a jolt of coffee and then come back for a wide range of lunch options. The shrimp pesto pasta salad puts pesto pasta made with sautéed shrimp over a Caesar salad and tops it with feta cheese. The roast beef po-boy is a pistolette filled with thin sliced beef slathered in gravy and dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Other options range from Cobb salad to chicken or tuna salad wraps to barbecue shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast Sat., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ ROYALE
3343 Metairie Road, Metairie, 304-8438

Fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner choices make Café Royale a great stop whether you dine in or grab a bite to go. The Thai chicken salad is flavored with almonds and spicy peanut and ginger dressings over romaine lettuce. Tuesday's special is a veal pot roast, cooked until tender and served with mashed potatoes, a salad and garlic bread. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ SATORA
3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444

Café Satora can speed up your morning commute or caffeinate your evening drive with specialty coffee drinks such as the always popular iced mocha. Or take your time and peruse the menu of sandwiches, salads and hot-pressed spinach and feta paninis. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFFE ANGELINA
5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770

The friendly wait staff at this casual, family-run Italian restaurant serves fresh, homemade foods, including a large selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and dinner entrées. Roast Beef Angelina is tender roast beef dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, sprouts, sweet peppers, avocado and creamy horseradish sauce on ciabatta bread. The muffuletta is a traditional sandwich of imported salami, mortadella, ham, Swiss cheese and olive salad on Italian bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE!
4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com

Coffee worth shouting over is just one of the things you'll find at Caffe! Caffe! Savory salad options abound — a highlight being the grilled chicken, avocado, gorgonzola cheese and walnuts tossed in a homemade mango vinaigrette. Sandwiches include the pita-wrapped chicken Caesar. Every day offers a different soup special, like Brazilian shrimp, seafood-okra gumbo, and corn and crab. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat, early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CARMINE'S ITALIAN SEAFOOD & GRILL
4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7904

Carmine's is a popular spot for Italian and Creole cooking. The seafood-stuffed artichoke is a steamed artichoke loaded with shrimp and catfish, then battered and fried. It's served with a creamy dill sauce and crawfish tails. The brocilone features veal stuffed with a mixture of genoa salami, provolone, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, black olives, hard-boiled egg and bread crumbs, all simmered in a homemade red sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CARRETA'S GRILL
2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6696

A salt-rimmed margarita and velvety queso are the starters of choice at this popular Mexican restaurant. Classics such as burritos, tacos, enchiladas and fajitas are available á la carte or as combo plates and the spicy shrimp will tantalize your tongue long after you head home. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354

Fans of this casual, family-friendly Tex-Mex cantina go straight for favorite dishes like tamales, tacos and enchiladas. Specialties include steak a la Tampiquena, a butterflied cut of tenderloin topped with caramelized onions and served with a cheese enchilada, rice, beans and choice of soup or salad. Shrimp Diabla spices up Gulf shrimp with ancho chile and cilantro in a white wine butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and diner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASABLANCA
3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209

Casablanca offers something a little different on the Middle Eastern culinary scene, blending traditional Middle Eastern fare with an array of flavorful Moroccan options. A favorite is the Tanzia Fassi, an order of baked lamb with sautéed onions, prunes and sliced almonds with Moroccan spices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.- Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com

Chad's Bistro has something for everyone, ranging from fried seafood to pasta dishes and steaks. Options include the chicken Parmesan, which features an 8-oz. boneless breast grilled or fried and served in an Italian herb sauce over angel hair pasta with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Big enough for two people, the super seafood platter includes golden-fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed crab, stuffed shrimp, a jumbo soft-shell crab, plus a potato, salad and Texas toast. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFÉ
East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-0601

See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788; www.chevys.com

Chevy's puts a premium on freshness that comes through with each bite of its homemade salsa, which is made fresh several times each day. Try it on the fish tacos, which feature two flour tortillas filled with grilled fish and served with rice and beans. Fajitas come with mesquite-grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHOPS BISTRO
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 218-8969

Located in the lobby of the Heritage Plaza building right on the Jefferson Parish border, Chops is a power lunch destination during the day and a place for strong cocktails, thick steaks and elegant ambiance at all hours. The kitchen creates daily lunch and dinner specials. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHURROS CAFÉ
3100 Kingman St., Metairie, 885-6516

Named for a sweet, fried dough stick sometimes called the Cuban beignet, this backstreet neighborhood joint also boasts a menu of home-style Cuban favorites. The Cuban sandwich of ham, pork, pickles, mustard and cheese is pressed into one hot, gooey filling. A popular lunch plate combines marinated roast pork, the rice-and-bean mixture known as congi and yucca with garlic sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE COVE
3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 780-9445

Whether you're looking for something hot or cool, slip into the Coffee Cove. Frozen drinks include regular iced coffee as well as frothy cappuccinos. Get a pastry or cookie for an added sweet treat. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COME BACK INN
8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316

Those who are in the know keep coming back to this neighborhood favorite for daily specials such as shrimp Creole, crawfish pasta or catfish. Come Back is also popular for its overstuffed muffulettas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.alcopeland.com

The Cheesecake Bistro is a good place to start with dessert and workyour way backwards. Specialty cheesecakes include bananas Foster, Oreo cookies and cream, white chocolate macadamia, strawberry and fudge brownie. The dining menu hits multiple flavor references with everything from lasagna to Cobb salads to chicken pot pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT
1319 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 617-9146; www.alcopeland.com

Al Copeland's flagship restaurant showcases his own take on many of the most common and popular Cajun and Creole dishes. There are traditional offerings like shrimp Creole and etouffée as well as seafood combinations like crab-stuffed catfish bordelaise. Pasta dishes include shrimp and tasso over bowtie pasta and chicken Alfredeaux. Lunch features many value-priced specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CORKY'S RIBS & BAR-B-Q
4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000

This pulled-pork palace features sandwiches topped with coleslaw, dry or wet ribs and a wide variety of entrées, burgers, salads, appetizers and sides. Even the most ferocious appetite will be sated by The Killer, a slab of ribs and choice of chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey, sausage or fried catfish. The mammoth special is also completed with barbecue beans, coleslaw and a homemade roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFÉ
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008

Meet up at the Corner Café for seafood specialties. If you are on a date and searching for something formal, cozy up to the seafood platter for two: a dish comprised of two cups of gumbo, two side salads, onion rings, stuffed jalapeños and a platter loaded with crab balls, hush puppies, shrimp, oysters, catfish, baby soft-shell crabs, stuffed shrimp and popcorn shrimp. Or try the seafood-stuffed artichokes with seafood sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE
3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.com

Whatever the state of Crazy Johnnie's mental health, it doesn't hinder the menu at this Metairie favorite. There are grilled steaks and seafood dishes such as the crawfish Johnnie and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. The filet mignon with garlic butter and seasoned Crazy potatoes is a house favorite. When you see just how affordable the steaks are priced, you'll understand why the place is always hopping. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.com

Hearty Deanie's visitors will dig the aptly named Giant Seafood Platter. The bounty of fresh shrimp, oysters, catfish, soft-shell crabs and crawfish balls feeds four. Only two of you? Get the half-order. Other menu options include stuffed flounder, barbecued shrimp done the traditional way with the heads on, and the Bucktown Boil pizza made with seafood, spices and mozzarella cheese. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT
4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550

Don's has everything under the sea, or at least everything that the locals crave. There are the pre-requisite fried seafood platters, seafood salad with boiled shrimp, crawfish tails and lump crabmeat, a featured grilled fish of the day and soft-shell crabs either broiled or fried. Start your meal with one of the savory gumbos or the crawfish bisque. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DORIGNAC'S
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com

Juicy rotisserie chickens offer a quick meal solution for lunch or dinner. Fresh daily soups, hot wings, sandwiches, quiche and lasagna provide quick meals to go. Don't pass up the landmark grocery's bakery. The cakes, pastries and breads have people crossing town again and again to satisfy a sweet tooth. The store also offers an excellent selection of wines. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com

The char-grilled oysters are famous, but the menu is packed with local seafood dishes and live lobsters shipped fresh from Maine. Lobsters of varying sizes are available boiled and lobster dishes include salads and entrées. The lobster Marco stuffs a whole lobster with sautéed shrimp and mushrooms and serves it over angel hair pasta with cream sauce. There are also a variety of crab dishes and carnivorous options like prime rib, blackened duck and portobello mushrooms with beef tips. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL
3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 780-2266

This down-home watering hole offers a full range of sandwiches, steaks and ribs, bar appetizers for grazing and changing daily lunch specials. Grilled tuna is served over angel hair pasta with sautéed mushrooms and onions. Other popular specials include fried chicken, stuffed peppers and old-fashioned butter beans, all served with a side of baked macaroni. Sandwiches on either French bread or a bun are stuffed with everything from hot sausage to fried oysters to meatballs to veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAUSTO'S BISTRO
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com

Fausto's has been serving Italian classics and local favorites since 1990. A house favorite is the veal saltimbocca with tender veal medallions topped with prosciutto, mozzarella and Marsala sauce with fresh mushrooms and herbs. Another popular option is Fausto's frutti di mare with crab claws, oysters, mussels, crawfish, shrimp, calamari and fish in a garlic and seafood reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FROSTY'S CAFFE
3400 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 888-9600

Frosty's signature bubble tea is a unique Asian drink. There are sweet and familiar flavors like strawberry and mango or try the jasmine green tea with jellied lychee or the avocado shake. For a fusion of French colonial cuisines, try the Vietnamese po-boy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FURY'S
724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646

This casual neighborhood restaurant features a familiar lineup of Italian and seafood staples such as boiled and fried shrimp, fish dishes, veal parmigiana and stuffed manicotti. There is also fried chicken, red beans on Monday and hot gumbo every day. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955

Boiled seafood is a favorite at Galley, but there's a wide range of other seafood preparations to choose from including fried and blackened items. Also offered are Creole dishes and the seafood-topped jumbo salads. The Louisiana soft-shell crab is topped with lump crabmeat. There's always seafood gumbo brimming with shrimp, oysters and okra. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500; http://gambinos.info

Known for its February infusions of heavenly cinnamon-laced King Cakes, this Crescent City institution also bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes year-round. The café offers muffulettas, sandwiches, panini, salads and many baked goods. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri.Credit cards. $

GENNARO'S3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226This 24-hour restaurant and bar serves New Orleans favorites like po-boys, fried seafood and plate lunches nonstop, day and night. Daily specials include pork roast with smothered green beans, corned beef and Tuesday's popular hamburger steak served with gravy and potatoes. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593Po-boys served on crusty French bread are among the highlights at Giorlando's. Entrées include shrimp fettuccine and other Creole and Italian-inspired favorites. There are fried seafood platters and pasta dishes like spaghetti with meatballs served with a homemade sauce. The muffuletta is popular, and Giorlando's cooks its own roast beef for po-boys. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S PIZZA & SPAGHETTI HOUSE4941 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 885-3515Italian classics and big pizza pies are the mainstays at this family-friendly eatery. Homemade meatballs plus ham, pepperoni and Italian sausage pile up on the meat combo pizza. The cannelloni mix it up with chicken, spinach and ground beef stuffed into pasta and covered in cheese. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GROUND PAT'I JR.3613 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 838-8311; www.groundpati.comThe "junior" Ground Pat'I offers drive-through and pick-up windows but also the same big flavors as other Ground Pat'I's. The cheeseburger combo includes a fresh ground-chuck patty grilled, dressed to order and served with a drink and choice of side. The grilled beef brisket combo includes slices of seasoned brisket topped with barbecue sauce, dressed and served with a side and soft drink. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GUILLORY'S GROCERY3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390Guillory's kitchen supplies a fully stocked deli, known as the home of the "krispy crunchy chicken." Guillory's also prepares a long list of po-boys, burgers and salads, plus homemade hot tamales, jambalaya and rotating daily specials such as fried pork chops and red beans and rice with smoked sausage. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111Of course, you'll find soft-shell crabs and fried seafood at Harbor Bar & Grill, but it's also known for big 12-oz. cheeseburgers. Some patrons make them even bigger by adding chili and bacon. The blackened tuna salad places tuna atop greens tossed with tomato, bacon and artichoke hearts and choice of dressing. The grill is open late into the night and some good bar-noshing options include meat pies or the Harbor fries topped with cheddar, diced onions and roast beef gravy. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HOBNOBBER'S CAFÉ5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 734-8448; www.hobnobbercafé.comThe creamy corn and crawfish bisque is a winner at this neighborhood eatery. Another signature dish is the catfish fillet with crawfish sauce. There is always red beans and rice on Mondays. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HOOTERS4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 393-7177; www.hooters.louisiana.comBest known for its wings, Hooter's restaurants are bright and lively places to graze on piles of crunchy fried chicken wings and other Hootersizers while gazing at sports. Televisions and orange Hooters logos and gear cover the walls. Dig into piles of nachos, quesadillas, Buffalo chicken strips or a combination platter. The chicken wings are served with mild, medium, Three Mile Island or 911 sauce. For main courses, there are burgers, a variety of sandwiches, salads and seafood. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, 889-2301Houston's is renowned for its spinach and artichoke dip, a menu of steaks, barbecue ribs, seafood and sandwiches. The teriyaki glaze on the Hawaiian-style rib-eye is genuinely luau worthy. The selection of seafood hails from the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific waters. Houston's also has a large wine list. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.comDiners at Impastato's can dig into traditional veal marinara, veal Parmesan, pecan-smoked filet mignon and veal chops topped with sautéed mushrooms, but they will also find some unexpected names on the menu. Salads are named for both former Saints head coach Bum Phillips (asparagus, artichokes, hearts of palm) and current team owner Tom Benson (asparagus, black olives, tomatoes, artichokes, hearts of palm and crabmeat). Seafood entrées include shrimp scampi, trout amandine, Maine lobster and soft-shell crabs when available. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JIGGER'S GRILL1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555A sports bar with ample space for dining and a kitchen, Jigger's offers burgers and bar favorites. The chicken breast sandwich gets its special flavor from the house marinade. Also try the spicy chicken wings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON RESTAURANT4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-6081Jung's offers generous luncheon specials combining fried or steamed rice plus an egg roll or fried wonton starting at $5. Jung's offers dishes like Empress chow mein, which includes shrimp, chicken, pork and beef sautéed with fresh Chinese vegetables in a brown sauce served over crispy pan-fried noodles. General Tso's chicken is cooked with a sweet and spicy sauce and served with steamed broccoli. Lighter options include grilled shrimp or fish served with steamed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUST ITALY DELI & MARKET 708 Aris Ave., Metairie, 832-9292Don't look for Polish sausage or French salads at this deli, which advertises its Italian allegiance right up there in its name. The Mangia Mangia panini invites you to eat up a portion of homemade sausage and meatballs on fresh bread. The deli takes particular pride in its muffuletta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730Creative sushi rolls set Kanno apart. Some of the house specials include the South Beach roll, which combines crab, tuna and avocado but no rice. On the extravagant side, the lobster dynamite roll wraps up spicy snow crab, lobster tail meat and wasabi cream sauce. There is also a range of sushi and sashimi pieces. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KING BUFFET601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383This bustling buffet restaurant offers many dishes from a wide variety of Asian cuisines. Chinese standards comprise the greatest number of dishes with regulars like beef with broccoli and sweet-and-sour chicken. There also are dishes from Thailand, some Japanese specialties and plenty of sweet desserts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KOREA HOUSE3540 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654The unique flavors and dishes of Korea are just a short drive away in central Metairie. The menu includes fried whole fish marinated in soy, garlic and onions, and many meals come with samplings of banchan, the traditional Korean dishes of various pickled and spiced vegetables and kimchee. There is plenty of beef and seafood and some items are cooked on grills embedded in the tables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Sat, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.comCheck out Kosher Cajun for New York-style corned beef, hot pastrami and chopped-liver delicatessen sandwiches. Match up matzoh ball soup and a Reuben or a Rachel, which serves turkey on toasted rye with sauerkraut and Russian dressing. The J&N special combines hot corned beef and pastrami on New York rye bread with deli mustard, horseradish and coleslaw and is served with a barrel pickle on the side. Deli side dishes include potato latkes and knishes of potato, sweet potato and broccoli. Entrées include grilled chicken breasts, lamb chops and steaks. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit Cards. $$

LA MADELEINE3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; www.lamadeleine.com See Carrollton listing for restaurant description.

LA THAI CUISINE933 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3080Louisiana treats with a Thai touch include sautéed shrimp with asparagus and mushrooms. Or try one of the curries like spicy panang with shrimp, chicken or crawfish. Some fusion dishes yield such exotica as the Red Hot Chili Pepper, which features crawfish, butterflied jumbo shrimp and spicy green beans accompanied by steamed jasmine rice. New menu items include pan-seared scallops with basil sauce served with jasmine rice and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.- Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.comOwned by the same folks behind Uptown's Bulldog pub, the main attraction at Lager's is the dizzying selection of beers from around the world. To soak up the suds, there's hearty pub grub including waffle fries, meat pies, wings, crawfish spring rolls, gumbo, and potato and bacon soup. There are salads, sandwiches and entrées including a 16-oz. rib-eye, pot roast, grilled tuna, Thai spare ribs and, of course, Guinness stew made with beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and celery. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANGENSTEIN'S800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; www.langensteins.comThis gourmet grocery store offers prepared foods, catering and all the necessary ingredients for the serious home cook. The deli has sandwiches and some of its specialties include muffulettas, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffée. The gourmet-to-go selections are available in family-size portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAURENTINO'S RESTAURANT4410 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 779-9393 The Spanish cuisine at Laurentino's offers a wide variety of choices. You'll find 30 tapas, 30 entrées, five soups and three salads. The paella Valencia includes rice cooked in a saffron broth with shrimp, mussels, calamari, chicken, andouille sausage and fresh vegetables. Among the many small plates of tapas is the garlic shrimp, which features Gulf shrimp sautéed in olive oil with roasted garlic, cayenne pepper, Spanish paprika and flamed with Spanish sherry. Spanish soups include gazpacho, lentil soup, garlic soup and fabada, made with white beans, sausage, ham and chorizo. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat, lunch and early dinner Sun. Credit cards. $$

LEGENDS PATIO BAR & GRILLE2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 887-3877Legends has a limited menu of burgers and chicken sandwiches along with cocktails and frosty beers. The chicken tenders are breaded in house and served with crispy French fries. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788There's nothing little about Little Tokyo's signature Love Boat for two, which includes tempura shrimp and vegetables, chicken and beef teriyaki, sashimi, sushi and fresh fruit. The large sushi bar features an extensive list of fish and rolls. Salads, noodle soups and cooked dishes fill out the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MADDIE'S PLACE3200 Severn Ave., Suite 108, Metairie, 456-7075Maddie's offers a cozy spot to relax with a cappuccino, cool off with an iced chai or grab a bite. The Swiss turkey salad on romaine and baby greens is tossed with smoked turkey, Swiss cheese, alfalfa sprouts, cranberries, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette. The chicken salad is made with eggs and mayo and is available in a sandwich or on top of a salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MANDARIN HOUSE3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888The buffet at Mandarin House offers roughly 300 items between Chinese dishes, sushi, the seafood bar and dessert bar. The seafood bar has boiled shrimp, crawfish, king crab and more. Meat dishes range from barbecued pork to teriyaki chicken. Desserts feature cakes, cookies and fresh fruit. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAPLE CAFÉ541 Oaklawn Drive, Metairie, 833-8877; www.maplecafe.netAn offshoot of the original Maple Street Café in Uptown, this café offers a brand-new, exclusively Italian menu including dishes such as bracioloni, which presents baby white veal with cheese and tomato sauce over pasta, and Italian classics like calamari, veal parmigiana and lasagna. A variety of salad offerings and appetizers round out the selections. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslabcreamery.comMarble Slab is named for the cool marble slab used to blend ingredients. The ice cream parlor offers a very large selection of flavors and "mixins" like bits of cookies, candy, nuts, fruit, marshmallows and more. One popular flavor is the cheesecake ice cream with fresh strawberries. Or try the sweet cream ice cream with crushed Oreos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING2035 Metairie Rd., Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.comIn keeping with its namesake, Mark Twain's features a special pizza named for one of the famous author's classics, Innocents Abroad, which starts with a crust brushed with garlic butter and piled with salami, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and sausage, plus a dash of basil. A newer menu addition is the barbecue pizza with chicken, peppers and onions all baked on a granite hearth. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR BISTRO, DELI & CATERING714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.comLike the depth of its wine selection, Martin's deli options go well beyond the ordinary. The sun-dried tomato-crusted salmon is pan-seared and covered with pesto and served over saffron couscous salad. Lump crab salad ravigote is enhanced with shallots, sweet peppers and fresh herbs and served on fresh artichoke leaves. No reservations. Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4951 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrenchpastries.comThere've been some address changes, but Maurice on Hessmer is back in the baking business. Sample the fresh tarts and traditional English trifles, which feature layers of mixed fruit, fresh cream, custard and cake. Don't miss the profiterole — a glazed pastry puff with chocolate ice cream and whipped cream on top. Old favorites also include red velvet cake, tiramisu and carrot cake. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MCALISTER'S DELI2701 Airline Hwy., Suite T, Metairie, 830-4030; www.mcalistersdeli.comSee CBD listing for restaurant description.

MELIUS CAFÉ1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446Straight-ahead breakfast items like omelets, eggs and toast start the day at Melius. Daily specials change from red beans and rice with smoked sausage on Mondays to taco plates with rice and beans on Thursday to shrimp po-boys on Friday. Regular sandwich options include cheese sandwiches on thick Texas toast, BLTs, patty melts with grilled onions and Swiss cheese, and the Melius burger. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., breakfast and dinner Sat. Credit cards. $

MILANO'S PIZZA3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500The Mardi Gras pizza, served with a bisque sauce, Gulf shrimp, mozzarella, green onions and fresh tomatoes, is one of the creative menu selections here. Also try chicken Alfredo pizza, Hawaiian pizza with Canadian bacon and pineapple or the artichoke pie with garlic sauce, feta, mushrooms, onions and artichokes. Macaroni and cheese is made with penne pasta and four cheeses. Milano's also makes specialty subs, calzones, chicken wings, tenders and many different salads. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022; www.mredsno.comMr. Ed's serves seafood, sandwiches, Italian dishes and fried chicken. Stuffed artichokes, bell peppers and eggplant are old favorites. New menu items include paneed trout topped with crabmeat and jumbo lump crabmeat au gratin. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

MR. GYROS3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-9228; www.mrgyrosnola.comGo Greek with Mr. Gyros as you indulge in house specialties such as spanakopita, Grecian pizza, calamari and mousaka, a dish of baked eggplant and ground lamb. Several types of gyros are served with steak fries on the side. Check out the daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010Mr. Roo's offers filling and offbeat seafood plates with catfish, shrimp and oysters, all grilled with garlic butter sauce and served over pasta. The homemade remoulade sauce is put to good use in a salad with boiled shrimp, greens, cheddar cheese, egg and tomato. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MORNING CALL3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068; www.morningcallcoffeestand.comAt least some things never change. Morning may have moved from its original spot on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, where it flourished for more than a century before moving to Jefferson Parish in 1974, but it's still serving the same rich chicory coffee and light, airy beignets. The doughnuts arrive fresh and hot with a liberal dose of powdered sugar. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $

MUFFULETTA'S DELI3244 Severn Ave., Metairie, 889-1112This deli's version of the New Orleans classic muffuletta sandwich includes portobello mushrooms along with traditional ingredients—ham, salami, provolone and olive salad. The club po-boy, dressed with ham, turkey, bacon, roast beef and American cheese, is also popular. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NEW CITY GRILLE2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 888-8484New City offers a mix of Creole favorites and contemporary takes on classic dishes. Appetizers include oysters en brochette, shrimp remoulade and jumbo lump crab cakes. Bronzed ahi tuna is accompanied by smoked corn salsa and Creole sweet potatoes. There are also burgers, steaks and seafood entrées like grilled redfish with lump crab and lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD COMPANY817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-3382; 6920 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-1272; www.nohsc.comWith a menu to satisfy everyone, half-pound burgers share the spotlight with entrée salads, one-handed po-boys and signature entrées. New menu items include soft-shell crab with crawfish Lafitte sauce and oyster Rockefeller pasta. Also try the oyster, artichoke, shrimp and corn soup and the chocolate peanut butter pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OKI NAGO2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588; www.okinago.comOki Nago offers everything from individual pieces to the all-you-can-eat buffet spread. The buffet has a wide variety of new and traditional Japanese dishes including cold noodle salads, pickle salads, shrimp dishes, breaded and fried meats prepared katsu-style, yakimeshi, which is a Japanese version of fried rice, and a host of other popular dishes. Domburimono dishes feature bowls of rice topped by meat or omelets. There is also a large selection of rolls and sushi from the sushi bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540Oscar's is best known for juicy burgers and over-stuffed baked potatoes. Also notable is the restaurant's version of a local favorite sandwich. In addition to olive salad, the Oscarletta features Italian salami, mortadella and ham, plus Swiss and Monterey jack cheeses. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE2746 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-6850; www.outback.comThe justly famous Bloomin' Onion is an ideal starter — even more so if you have a table full of friends to help polish off the crispy straws. Outback has many familiar dishes, even if you need a Downunder dictionary to know what you just ordered. For example, the Kookaburra wings, bathed in hot sauce, look suspiciously like our Buffalo variety. The portions are ample at the steakhouse chain, whether you order a slow-roasted sirloin or a fillet of fish crowned with lobster and crab. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PARADISE CAFÉ3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141One can get lost among the many soups, salads and sandwiches at Paradise Café, but don't miss the coup-de-grace finishing touches like adding bacon or tomato to your grilled cheese. Entrées of smoked sausage and pork chops are served with white beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PARRAN'S PO BOYS3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416The self-proclaimed home of the seafood muffuletta, Parran's has a huge range of sandwiches from the club to chuck burgers to traditional po-boys such as shrimp, oyster, and ham and cheese. But you'll find po-boys such as tuna steak, grilled Genoa salami and prime rib that are not available anywhere else. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat, dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

PHIL'S GRILL3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.phils-grill.comPhil's allows customers to build their own burgers from a long menu of options including 10 cheeses, six choices of bread and 18 toppings. Try Angus beef or hot sausage-blended patties or portobello burgers. Sides include fried pickles, fried onion strings, sweet potato fries and others. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PHOENICIA4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950Hummus, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh are the familiar staples at this Middle Eastern eatery. Items like salmon kebabs and falafel with halloumi cheese add some nice variety. Spicy shrimp, chicken or beef kebabs, lamb chops, grape leaves and several vegetarian options complete the menu. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIZZA FLORENCE 4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.netPizza gets a dose of pizzazz at Florence with house specialties like the barbecue chicken pizza with green peppers, onions, tomatoes and barbecue sauce. For a one-hand feast, try a chicken Caesar wrap made on crunchy lavash bread with romaine lettuce, marinated chicken and dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PUCCINO'SLakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Ave., Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.comWith several locations, it's easier and easier to drop by and grab the signature Frozen Puccino — a malted coffee and ice cream concoction—or any of the coffee and tea creations. Menus vary by location but there are sandwiches and breakfast items off the grill and some pastries as well. Free wireless Internet and bright lights make it a great study spot. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PUPUSERIA & RESTAURANTE LA MACARENA8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 464-4525Pupusas are to some Latin American cities what the hot dog is to New York, so you know a local restaurant that puts the term in its name will have a major specialty in these stuffed cornmeal treats. The new menu here also features a wide array of tacos such as jalapeno tacos, Argentinian chorizo tacos and filet mignon tacos. Plus, check out the two-for-one margarita specials mid-week. Reservations accepted. Lunch anddinner Tue.-Sun. Cash and checks. $$

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456Seafood is the specialty at the Quarter View, where the platter of fried seafood includes shrimp, oysters, fish, stuffed crab and soft-shell crab. Or opt for the grilled oysters with garlic butter sauce served with French bread for mopping the plate clean. The trout is stuffed with crabmeat dressing and topped with crawfish cream sauce. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

R & O'S PIZZA PLACE216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248R&O's offers everything from pizza (now in three sizes) and traditional Italian dishes to po-boys, fried seafood platters and the restaurant's famous hot tamales. Gravy fries are topped with brown gravy and roast beef debris. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RADOSTA'S FAMOUS PO-BOYS249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 831-1537 The full range of po-boys includes roast beef, fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and soft-shell crab. Burgers are made with homemade ground chuck. The Friday catfish special tops a fried fillet with creamy shrimp sauce and is served with rice, salad, vegetable and French bread. The cooler is stocked with 55 imported beers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RAGUSA'S SICILIAN DELI3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 454-2723Ragusa's is a deli and bar known for its artichoke soup and artichoke bread, and it offers a full pizza menu. Specialty pizzas include the Hellbelly, topped with hot sausage, jalapenos and pepperjack, and the Mangia, which comes with olive salad, salami, ham and provolone. Also offered are po-boys, sandwiches and daily lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards and checks. $

RESTAURANT CYPRESS4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885The atmosphere of this suburban restaurant is less formal than most venues for fine contemporary Louisiana cuisine, but the kitchen uses a careful hand and fine ingredients with its refined creations. The veal is stuffed with both crabmeat and portobello mushrooms. The duck confit spring rolls with a rich mixture of cream cheese and caramelized onions are a house favorite. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266Lunch is available, too, but breakfast is when Riccobono's really hops. Start the morning with an eye opener like a bloody Mary or Irish coffee. The crab cake Benedict includes two poached eggs nested on blue crab cakes topped with hollandaise. Reservations accepted for lunch and dinner. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008Louisiana seafood is treated to lusty Italian preparations at Ristorante Filippo. Oysters are lightly dusted with Italian bread crumbs and baked with Romano cheese, olive oil and fresh parsley. The crab salad has lumps of crabmeat paired with the flavors of olives, marinated artichokes and vinaigrette dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROBERT FRESH MARKET5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005; www.robertfreshmarket.comRobert offers many New Orleans favorites to go. Some of the daily dishes include red beans and rice with smoked sausage on Monday, Jamaican jerk pork chops, Creole Chicken Grand with lemon and roasted garlic over linguine, and spaghetti and beef daube with red gravy. Cornmeal-crusted catfish with jalapeno tartar sauce is available every day. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

THE ROCK RESTAURANT5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 885-3762The Rock offers a range of dishes from steak to seafood. On the beef side, a filet of tenderloin is grilled and served with a choice of side dish. The barbecue shrimp are spicy and served with the Rock's signature cream sauce and French bread for dipping. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL BLEND204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779In addition to your java fix, Royal Blend offers plenty of ways to sate your appetite. Highlights include the baked potato salad and the chicken salad sandwich with bacon and avocado. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.comSteaks at Ruth's Chris go from the petite filet up to the porterhouse for two, and in between there are New York strips, T-bones, rib-eyes and bone-in cowboy steaks. Side dishes include asparagus with hollandaise, steak fries and mashed potatoes. Appetizers include veal osso buco ravioli and blue crab cakes. For seafood, there are entrées of Maine lobster and ahi tuna. The créme brulee is topped with fresh berries and mint. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SAKE CAFÉ4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

SALVATORE RISTORANTE3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433; www.salvatoreristorante.comSalvatore has live music to accompany the food Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings. Order Sal's Delight for a monstrous feast of soft-shell crab with meuniere sauce, paneed veal, center-cut filet mignon, vegetables and potatoes. A relatively lighter but equally delicious option is the trout Salvatore, which douses a trout filet in sauce with shrimp, crabmeat and mussels. Reservations recommended. Brunch Sun., lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.comThis family-run spot is modeled after the neighborhood restaurants of Italy. Sandro's intimate dining room is filled with the aromas of freshly baked bread and roasted garlic. House specialties include mussels in tomato and garlic sauce over pasta and Aunt Vera's lasagna with handmade pasta. Panini and Italian-style po-boys with fried seafood on ciabatta make up a large sandwich menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAPPORO JAPANESE RESTAURANT5000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 779-9288Sapporo has moved but still features raw seafood and kitchen items including a popular fried rice dish. The extensive menu includes all the classic sushi specialties, plus some new creations like the Sapporo special roll with snow crab, salmon, tuna, vegetables and special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA'S4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.comThe word Semolina may be Italian, but the restaurant is inspired by pasta dishes from around the world. Classic pasta Alfredo with chicken or shrimp could share a table with pad Thai, the sweet and spicy combination of shrimp, mushrooms and tofu with rice noodles, peanuts and a distinctive sauce. The double cheeseburger pasta pays homage to the American classic but without the bun. Pasta jambalaya with andouille, tasso and Creole sauce should strike a familiar note with locals. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERRANO'S SALSA COMPANY4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.comWith regional specialties from across Central America and the Caribbean and a bar stocked with dozens of tequilas and rums, this local restaurant offers plenty of variety in a colorful, upbeat environment. For a refreshing start, try the Ecuadorian ceviche with fresh fish in a bath of lime juice and peppers. Entrées include grilled ribs, crabmeat quesadillas and Cuban-style pork marinated in citrus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAHOUSE2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477Many locals had their first sushi experience at Shogun, which has been rolling for years in Metairie. While there is a sushi bar and table seating, most regulars head straight for the hibachi tables where an array of steak, shrimp, chicken and vegetables are cooked with flair by chefs working a chopstick's length away. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572Long on flavor and tradition, Short Stop Po-boys does the New Orleans classics proud. The roast beef is prepared in house with rich gravy, and the po-boys are served dripping in the specially seasoned sauce. Fried crawfish tails provide a different spin on seafood po-boys. The four-meat special puts all the most popular cold cuts together on one sandwich. The seafood gumbo has a thick roux, okra, shrimp and crabmeat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002Burgers, appetizers and wraps take centerfield at Sidelines. Specialties include wraps like the chicken Caesar and chicken tender wraps on whole wheat pita served with fries. Other items include sandwiches such as the grilled tuna on a sesame bun. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-7783Who knew so much could be done with the humble potato? Spudly's own cheese sauce graces many of the terrific tubers served here. Toppings include everything from diced roast beef to shrimp and crabmeat to chili. Burgers, salads and soups are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STEP BROTHERS LOUNGE & RESTAURANT4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856Although Step Brother's is known for burgers and po-boys, it recently instituted a Sunday surf and turf special. A filet is matched with a grilled or fried lobster tail plus potatoes, vegetables and bread for $20. Steak night is Tuesday. Bar snacks include cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers, eggrolls, chicken tenders and wings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUN RAY GRILL619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055; www.sunraygrill.comStylish yet casual décor sets the mood at Sun Ray Grill, where an eclectic menu provides a melting pot of dishes from around the globe and close to home. Popular dishes include guacamole with chips, Thai curry barbecue ribs and Southwestern chicken quesadillas. Popular entrées also include ahi tuna steaks crusted with black and white sesame seeds and smoky bourbon barbecue ribs served with fries and roasted corn. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SWEET FIRE & ICE701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-3437; www.alcopeland.comAn eclectic menu, flavored oxygen available on tap and a serious dose of neon glamour are the hallmarks of this hard-to-miss attraction on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. The diverse menu ranges from crab Rangoon to Southwestern chicken salad to shrimp and tasso pasta. There are also many choices on the specialty drinks list at the bar and cheesecake selections for dessert. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

T.L. STARKE'S SPORTS BAR & GRILLE3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-5858Burgers fly out of the kitchen at this casual bar and grill, where the décor features a vintage aviation theme. Burgers are made with half-pound, hand-formed patties and served with a choice of loaded baked potato or baked sweet potato with cinnamon butter. Start off with the Acadiana pistolettes, a pair of loaves stuffed with crabmeat and served with remoulade sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 887-8879Taj Mahal is celebrating a quarter-century serving curry, naan and other subcontinental specialties. Try the tikka masala with pieces of chicken marinated and cooked in a tandoor oven, then finished with tomato gravy. Bhindi masala is made with Louisiana okra, onions, tomatoes and abundant Indian spices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

TEA GARDEN1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9455Whether you're looking to feed yourself or your whole family, Metairie's Tea Garden is a good choice. Many classic Chinese dishes can be found on the menu, from daily lunch specials such as moo goo gai pan to General Tso's chicken. Family dinners such as Kung Bo Shrimp and sweet-and-sour pork are a bargain at just over $10. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832As the name suggests, this Metairie eatery serves up ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Texas Bar-B-Que also cooks steaks, burgers and plenty of other vittles. Try a smoked potato stuffed with chopped barbecue beef and topped with sauce, cheese and chives. Many barbecue meats are available on a bun or as a po-boy. There's fried catfish for a change of pace. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VEGA TAPAS CAFÉ2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafé.comStarting with red or white sangria, Vega Tapas Café indulges diners with Spanish flavors and creative cooking. The wide selection of hot and cold dishes includes coriander-seared tuna, seafood paella and chilled eggplant Napoleon. Also try the assorted vegetables with either romesco or garlic aioli sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comAt the original Metairie location, Vincent's guests partake in hearty Italian cuisine. Golden-fried eggplant sticks with red sauce are a popular starter, as are fried oysters with roasted almonds, lemon cream sauce and fresh tarragon. Entrée specialties range from traditional lasagna to cannelloni stuffed with veal, spinach and cheese to sautéed Italian oysters over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE2309 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3488; www.vitalityjuice.comVitality specializes in organic coffees, smoothies, juices, teas and desserts. Fruit smoothies come with blends of everything from strawberry to pomegranate to green tea. The Palo Alto wrap combines shallot cream cheese, avocado, free-range turkey, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and sunflower seeds. The fajita panini is comprised of grilled chicken, grilled onions and peppers, cheddar cheese, guacamole and salsa. Healthy soups and salads round out the offerings. No reservations. Breakfast and early dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; www.wholefoods.com See Uptown listing for description.

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705Winston's Pub is a comfortable spot to grab a drink, a burger or any of the restaurant's platters. The Forrest Hills burger is a lean half-pound patty grilled over an open flame with a choice of Swiss, cheddar or Monterey cheese and a side of waffle fries, sweet potato fries or beer-battered onion rings. The 10-oz. New York strip is grilled to order and served with garlic mashed potatoes and a side salad, and on Monday only, it's available for just $8. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9090; www.zearestaurants.comSee Kenner listing for restaurant description.

ZEKE'S1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133Serving casual New Orleans classics in the heart of Old Metairie, Zeke's is well known for its raw oysters and boiled shrimp or crawfish. Start a memorable meal with fried crab claws or a fried oyster Caesar salad. For entrées, bite into hamburger steaks with grilled onions or mashed potatoes or country fried pork chops. New items include fried green tomatoes with shrimp and basil cream sauce and grilled tuna salad with peanut dressing. Finish a meal with the signature dessert, bananas Foster beignets. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner, Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MID-CITY / GENTILLY / TREME

ANGELO BROCATO'S 214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com Though one can find Angelo Brocato's ice creams and pastries in restaurants all across town, the Mid-City sweet shop is the place to go for the full selection. Brocato offers 24 homemade flavors made fresh with milk, cream, fruit, nuts and nut pastes. Pastries and baked goods include several types of Sicilian cannoli, which are crispy ricotta-filled pastry shells with semi-sweet chocolate chips or dipped in pistachio nuts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ASIAN PACIFIC CAFÉ 3125 Esplanade Ave., 945-1919This one-time Esplanade Avenue cottage is now a haven for sushi and plenty of cooked Asian dishes. Take a table on its beautiful deck or side garden for dishes like tuna tartar with a kick of spice and wonton chips or a special combination like the bayou delight, made with crawfish and snowcrab in a pineapple and mango mixture with special sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYOU COFFEE HOUSE & WINE BAR326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 484-7390; www.bayoucoffeehouse.comJust off Bayou St. John, this brightly adorned coffeehouse offers a full range of coffee drinks, pastries and desserts like cheesecake, deep-dish apple pie and tiramisu. A spacious deck offers outdoor seating in pleasant weather. The morning menu includes breakfast burritos, bagels, eggs and a $4 weekday breakfast special of two eggs, bacon, grits and toast. For lunch, there are chicken Caesar salads, shrimp and chicken pasta, sandwiches, wraps, pizzas and daily specials. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL4905 Canal St., 488-7357Tell the streetcar driver to drop you off at this tavern up by the Canal Street cemeteries and lay your hunger to rest with a 10-oz. burger grilled right behind the bar. A lighter option is the 8-oz. grilled tuna served as a sandwich or a salad with homemade tuna sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BEAN GALLERY637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176Near City Park, Bean Gallery offers espresso, iced coffee drinks and strong, thick Turkish coffee. There are bagels, muffins, croissants and items like carrot or chocolate cake. A small selection of gelato includes chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, strawberry and coffee. For something a little hardier, try the panini sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE2542 Canal St., 822-0213 Flapjacks are, of course, the specialty at this Canal Street diner, but don't forget the Belgian waffles with bananas, nuts and whipped cream. Sandwiches and po-boys make lunchtime appearances, but early risers usually head straight for the breakfast special of eggs, bacon, grits and pancakes for $4. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217Located just across from the Fair Grounds, Brooks is a bustling bar and serves burgers and sandwiches from lunch through late-night. The grilled chicken sandwich features a marinated chicken breast dressed and served with a choice of fries or potato salad. Brooks also cooks slow-roasted barbecue pork, available on a sandwich or as a platter. Take advantage of the new happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or the late-night grill. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BULLDOG5153 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.comSee Uptown listing for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ DEGAS 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafedegas.comPull up a seat in this warm and welcoming French bistro where lush gardens and Esplanade Avenue views frame the patio. Popular dishes include a salad of Brussels sprouts, stilton cheese, bacon and sherry vinaigrette and the Dijon-crusted rack of lamb, oven roasted and served with hush puppies, carrots and a rosemary demiglace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ MINH4139 Canal St., 482-6266Chef Minh Bui cooks his signature French-Vietnamese fusion dishes at Café Minh. Appetizers include a crabmeat and sweet corn soup, shrimp dumplings, coconut shrimp and summer rolls of shrimp, avocado, cucumber, cilantro and rice noodles wrapped in rice paper and served with a peanut-citrus dipping sauce. Medallions of pork tenderloin are prepared with a tamarind glaze and served with a ginger sweet potato mash. Or try the braised beef short ribs served with wasabi mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CARNAVAL GRILL & BAR & CHURRASCARIA2501 Canal St., 822-4639This Brazilian-style steakhouse offers a wide variety of meats cooked on skewers, and the service is buffet-style. Grilled items include beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausages. A bar of hot and cold salad items like rice and beans, shrimp stew and fried plantains is also available. For a refreshing drink, try a Brazilian fruit soda. No reservations. Credit cards. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

COCO HUT2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788Caribbean flavors give this Esplanade Ridge restaurant some sweet and spicy appeal. The jerk chicken is grilled dark meat chicken served with rice, peas and plantains. For seafood, try the grilled red snapper served with a salad, vegetables and fried plantains. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Checks. $$

CRESCENT CITY STEAKHOUSE1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.comNot even the upheaval from Hurricane Katrina was able to derail the Crescent City's connection with history and tradition. Founded in the 1930s, the place still exudes the uncluttered grace of its day and the menu has hardly changed over the decades. The enormous porterhouse for two is best enjoyed in the privacy of one of the dining room's discreet, curtained booths, while prime filets, T-bones and strip steaks are always enhanced with a bracing side order of garlic and parsley bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT 2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535; www.dookychaserestaurant.comIn business since 1941, this landmark of New Orleans Creole soul food has been thoroughly renovated since the flood and now has colorful dining rooms and a new bar. The same classic recipes live on, of course. Chef Leah Chase's Creole gumbo is rich and thick with seafood and sausage and her fried chicken comes out piping hot, crisp and well-seasoned. No reservations. Temporarily open for lunch Mon.-Fri. only. Call for permanent hours. Cash only. $$

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283Doson Noodle House offers a mix of popular Chinese dishes and Vietnamese options like big bowls of pho soup served with bean sprouts, herbs and lime wedges and stir-fried dishes of chicken or shrimp with rice or noodles. The seasonal whole fish, steamed or fried, is a popular specialty. Appetizers include spring rolls and soups. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9073; www.fairgrinds.com Neighbors line up for their morning cup while others are drawn from across the city for Fair Trade coffee beans and Fair Grinds' meticulous approach to brewing and preparing drinks like New Orleans-style café au lait with chicory. Caffeine cravings thus sated, patrons make light meals of the fresh, locally-prepared pastries, desserts, breads and ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $

FELLINI'S CAFÉ900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155 This spacious Mid-City haunt features pastas, sandwiches and pizzas with a heavy Mediterranean influence. The chicken portobello roll has a unique red pepper sauce. For an appetizer, try the spicy tomato dip. Enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio during nice weather. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FIVE HAPPINESS 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.comThe always-happening Five Happiness specializes in regional Chinese cuisine for dining in, pick-up or delivery. Daily lunch specials include a choice of soup, shrimp fried rice and a fried wonton. For dinner, try the Triple Dragon, a trio of chicken, beef and shrimp simmering in hot garlic sauce. All dishes can be altered for preferred spice level. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO4724 S. Carrollton Ave.,486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.comSee Uptown listing for restaurant description

LA FINCA542 Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 512-1993This Mid-City bar has a small menu from the kitchen. The most popular options include burgers and ham sandwiches, but there are also south-of-the-border options like tacos and fajitas. Hot specials include dishes like stewed pork. Or try shrimp etouffée, fried fish or New York strip steak. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

LA VITA3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077; www.lavitapizza.comThis casual Italian restaurant offers pizza, salads, calzones, panini and pasta dishes. Pasta dishes include manicotti, gnocchi and cheese tortelloni. Pie toppings range from the usual suspects of pepperoni and sausage to anchovies, portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, kalamata olives and prosciutto. Reservations for large parties only. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFÉ1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997The Creole soul-food legacy of the Baquet family continues to win new fans and delight old friends at Li'l Dizzy's. At breakfast, try the waffles topped with strawberries or bananas and served with a side of ham, bacon or sausage. Lunch brings options like po-boys, Creole gumbo with two types of sausage and plates such as trout Baquet gilded with butter and topped with crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

LITTLE TOKYO310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888Hot sausage po-boys and grilled snapper rub elbows with classic Creole gumbo at this popular neighborhood bar and eatery. Other sandwiches include garlic oyster, barbecue shrimp, fried catfish, roast beef po-boys and hamburgers. The bar is open on Sundays but the kitchen isn't. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com An ever-popular neighborhood institution, Liuzza's is the place for big blocks of home-cooked lasagna, its version of the muffuletta, the Frenchuletta, fried chicken and specials like the Crawfish Telemachus, which presents crawfish in cream sauce over pasta. Draft beer arrives in big frosted goblets and good appetizers for grazing include fried pickles and onion rings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $$

LOLA'S 3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946 Seafood, meat or combination paellas are the specialty at Lola's. Studded with chicken and sausage or shrimp, scallops and mussels, they are available for one or in sizes large enough for several people to share. Tuna, trout, roast duck and rack of lamb are staples here, too. The menu also includes starters like ceviche, sautéed mushrooms and garlic soup. Lola's offers wine, but diners are still welcome to bring their own bottles. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT3800 Canal St., 482-9179; www.mandinasrestaurant.com A Mid-City classic dating back to the 1930s, Mandina's is back and better than ever after a comprehensive renovation. Regulars still belly up to the bar to wait for their table and down a few cocktails. The house specialties remain dishes like the rich, meaty turtle soup with sherry and the trout meuniere in a thick gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

MID CITY LANES ROCK 'N' BOWL 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133; www.rocknbowl.comFit some classic dinner fare in between bowling and dancing at Rock 'N' Bowl. There are burgers, cheese fries and classic late-night Americana to keep the good times rolling in Mid-City. Private, catered parties can also choose from a menu of Louisiana favorites like jambalaya and gumbo. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MUGGS Café3445 Esplanade Ave., 324-9482This small lunchtime joint makes a mean chicken salad with grapes, olives and a special secret ingredient. Muggs' slow-cooked garlic roast beef also can't be beat. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

PAMPY'S CREOLE KITCHEN2005 N. Broad St., 949-7970Former kitchen of the beloved and revered master of Creole cooking, the late Chef Austin Leslie, Pampy's is helmed by Chef Sellers Johnson, who has been at Pampy's since it opened. Some of Leslie's dishes are back, including his fried chicken with a seafood-stuffed bell pepper. Other Creole inspirations include the deep-fried Cornish hen and New Orleans barbecue shrimp, served with the heads and tails on. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047 A Mid-City Po-boy destination. Try the meatball, roast beef or new corned beef po-boy. Jambalaya is a new addition, and banana bread pudding is made fresh daily. There's a bar in front, but Parkway is family friendly and has a large patio for outdoor dining in nice weather. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

RALPH'S ON THE PARK 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.comThis historic and elegant building just across the street from City Park features a contemporary Creole menu by executive chef Gus Martin. Starters include Crystal oysters, which are andouille-crusted, flash fried, tossed in a Crystal butter sauce and presented with a slaw of mirliton, peppers and red onions. The cast iron-blackened redfish is a fillet blackened in a skillet and served with a peppery crab cake, blue crab butter sauce and red pepper salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

SHAGGY'S SEAFOOD AND SANDWICH SHOP4413 Banks St., 484-4440; myspace.com/shaggysseafoodThe New Orleans Home of the Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dog. Try the Dog of the Day special or a fried pork chop po-boy. Other po-boys include hot sausage and seafood varieties. Boiled seafood is also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

SUN RAY GRILL3700 Orleans Ave., 324-9663; www.sunraygrill.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959This low-frills Mid-City taqueria has attracted a neighborhood following for its standard but tasty lineup of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and big chimichangas. There's a big screen TV constantly screening Mexican soap operas or soccer, but diners tend to pay closer attention to chips and spicy dips during quick lunchbreaks. The menu has expanded recently and now includes fajitas and pupusas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VENEZIA 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991Venezia had to be completely rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina and reopened early in 2007. While the dining room and bar have been thoroughly remodeled, the restaurant's many fans have been discovering that the menu of home-style Italian dishes remains much the same. A generous antipasti plate starts many a meal here. Venezia pizza pies, pasta dishes, seafood dishes and veal specialties ensure contented customers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503For Willie Mae Seaton, a lifetime of devotion to her humble restaurant did not go unnoticed. She was recognized with a James Beard Foundation award and featured in Bon Appetite magazine and on the Food Network. Rebuilding after the storm was a slow and laborious process made possible by the support of many fans. Now Seaton's granddaughter presides over the establishment, preparing the eatery's legendary fried chicken as well as rotating daily specials like stewed chicken, smothered veal, fried catfish or trout, and red beans and butter beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

WIT'S INN 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; www.witsinn.comThis Mid-City bar expanded its kitchen when it reopened after Katrina and offers a full range of pizzas, calzones, muffulettas and salads. The shrimp calzone is a sort of pizza dough turnover stuffed with shrimp, roasted mushrooms, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, and is served with a marinara sauce on the side. The barbecue shrimp sandwich is made with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp served on toasted bread with either Creole potato salad or cold pesto pasta salad on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ZIMMER'S SEAFOOD 4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150 This family-run seafood market offers a lunchtime affirmation of the recovery of its Gentilly neighborhood as regulars and others pour in for fried and boiled seafood. The po-boys use bread from John Gendusa's Bakery next door, and the crabs, shrimp, crawfish and fish come fresh from local waters. Try a generously piled seafood combination platter with crinkle-cut fries or take home a pint of boiled crabs. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NORTHSHORE

ABITA SPRINGS

ABITA BAR-B-Q69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205Forget beer (for a minute), this Abita business is known for slow-cooked brisket and a menu of barbecued ribs, chicken and pork. Sandwiches are made with brisket, pulled pork, sausage and chicken breasts. Platter options offer slabs of ribs, turkey legs, half chickens and pork steaks. For side items, there is everything from macaroni and cheese, cornbread and potato salad to coleslaw, corn on the cob and baked beans. Abita now offers bottled beer as well. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abita.com Abita Brew Pub, the local brewery's culinary outpost, is a great place to grab lunch after a tour or a bike ride on the nearby Tammany Trace. Offering daily specials and pub-style favorites such as burgers and hot wings, the kitchen also boasts more elaborate dishes such as crawfish pasta, fried quail, pecan-crusted catfish and barbecue ribs. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAMELLIA CAFÉ 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, 985-809-6313; www.camelliacafe.netThis family friendly café offers something for everyone on its large menu of local fare. The corn and crab bisque is loaded with shrimp as well as crabmeat and corn and is a house favorite. The fried seafood platter combines shrimp, catfish, oysters and either stuffed crabs or stuffed fish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast and brunch Sat. and Sun. Credit cards. $$

COVINGTON

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; www.acmeoyster.comSee French Quarter listing for restaurant description.

ACQUISTAPACE'S SUPERMARKET 125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-7554; www.acquistapace.com In addition to market goods, Acquistapace offers signature deli sandwiches such as the hot roast beef. Bucking the lunchtime bread-and-meat routine, visitors also may pick from daily specials such as Friday's seafood, Monday's red beans and rice with sausage and cornbread, and Tuesday's meatloaf with sides. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.comAlbasha's excels at Greek and Lebanese standards like chicken shawarma, gyro plates of mixed beef or lamb, and lemon-laced salads topped with feta or tabbouleh. The vegetarian plate offers a smorgasbord of hummus, baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, tabbouleh and other selections. For dessert, there's honey-drizzled baklava and ashta, an airy phyllo pastry with luscious cream cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION71495 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.comThis gracious bed and breakfast offers a pastoral atmosphere, grand vistas of the Bogue Falaya River and a gourmet menu. In the dining rooms of the former plantation home, guests enjoy espresso-cured duck breast with toasted pecan and Brie risotto or a domestic four-bone lamb rack, sauced with a pink-peppercorn mango glaze and topped with a cilantro-red onion salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BACK PORCH GRILL414 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-5252 The Back Porch Grill makes some of the Northshore's finest po-boys: ham and cheese, grilled chicken, tuna salad and the standby club. Monster salads pile items like boiled shrimp, grilled chicken or tuna on top of mixed field greens, and the Caesar is highlighted by a rich, tangy dressing. Gourmet-to-go dinners stick to comfort foods like macaroni and cheese and spaghetti. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

BEAR'S RESTAURANT 128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373Po-boys big enough to satisfy a bear-size appetite are the calling card of this Northshore favorite, where po-boys are made with home-cooked roast beef covered in either gravy or barbecue sauce. Shrimp, chicken and cheeseburger po-boys are also heavy-hitters. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Checks. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFÉ 534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390 Traditional items get a twist at Beck-N-Call Café, where a turkey club comes layered with hickory-smoked turkey, crisp bacon, Swiss cheese, Romaine leaves, tomato and honey mustard on soft honey-wheat bread. Daily specials include crawfish etouffée and house-made lasagna. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BOULE PRIME STEAKHOUSE1202 N Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-0969; www.newbouleprimehouse.comBeef is the word at Boule. To start, sample the prime steak bites, an appetizer with mini tournedos atop pesto croutons finished with a Creole béarnaise. A grilled prime Cowboy Steak rib-eye and a blackened prime rib seared and served with horseradish root are house specialties, but the kitchen also prepares a wide range of game and seafood, from crispy duck with poached fig reduction to soft-shell crab St. Charles and seafood lover's penne. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-9676The cuisine at Calypso is a veritable passport to the islands. The Caribbean-spiced pork chop is a bone-in, center-cut that's dry-rubbed and then grilled. The 12-oz. rib-eye is brushed with garlic-infused oil and served with an Argentine chimichurri sauce, a salad and a choice of sides. Stop by on Wednesday nights, when a Dungeness crab special makes a celebrated appearance. Appetizers include beer-battered coconut shrimp and crab cakes with white remoulade. Reservations for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992Outsourcing is a foreign concept to Campbell's. The Covington café roasts the coffee beans for its house blend and home-bakes items like blueberry, carrot and banana-nut muffins, scones and cinnamon rolls. Hearty soup choices include broccoli and cheese, chicken enchilada, and shrimp and corn bisque. Paninis are another house specialty, with toppings like roast turkey, ham, artichoke and various cheeses. For refreshments, frozen coffee drinks, iced green tea and fresh fruit smoothies are available all day long. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793This Northshore hoagie haven serves up beefy sandwiches dripping with a wide range of dressings. Fans of authenticity will enjoy the Cheesesteak Deluxe, which comes dressed with mayo, onions and mushrooms. Accompaniments include salads and baked potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158 The food options at Coffee Rani exceed the typical biscotti-and-biscuits fare. The café's ambition is evident in dishes such as the shrimp curry, which features the tails grilled on a bed of mixed greens with raisins, apples and an aromatic curry dressing. For dieters, a low-carb menu is available, as are Rani Watchers selections, which are assigned a Weight Watchers-like point system. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAPROOM & GRILL434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.columbiastreettaproom.com Columbia Street's bountiful selections don't stop at its draft beers. The casual grill also offers a choice of café items and features live music Wednesday through Saturday. There's a variety of gourmet burgers, including the Poburger and the Black-n-Blue, which is blackened in a skillet and served with blue cheese. Lunch entrées include grilled fish, blackened Wahoo and fried trout. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT680 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-9659; www.alcopeland.comSee Kenner listing for restaurant description.

THE DAKOTA RESTAURANT629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com This acclaimed Covington dining destination is famous for its brie and crab soup, but the rest of the menu holds plenty of enticing options. For appetizers, there's the tomato tartine or the seafood beignets. Entrées include chorizo-crusted rack of lamb and sumptuous salmon poached in olive oil. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

ETOILE407 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 893-8873Etoile, a bustling and lavishly decorated bistro co-owned by the artist James Michalopoulos, serves modern takes on familiar Louisiana and French cuisine. The varied menu includes classics such as mussels steamed in white wine and dill and creative combinations like a pork chop topped with black eyed peas, fried okra and house Worcestershire. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HERSHEY'S ICE CREAM PARLOR 70456 Hwy. 21, Suite 400, Covington, (985) 809-7445 The name Hershey comes loaded with sweet-treat cachet. But other than sharing an unerring taste for dessert, this Covington ice-cream parlor is unrelated to the ubiquitous chocolatier. The local Hersheys draw on more than a century of experience, churning out contemporary flavors such as Cappuccino Crunch and Moose Tracks alongside pure, old-fashioned vanilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-7620Generous toppings steal the spotlight at this Northshore pizzeria. Spinach or artichoke with pesto or garlic-herb sauce are tasty green options. Heartier appetites can opt for the Isabella, a 16-inch pie with everything. If you can't make up your mind, the Four Seasons has a quarter-pizza each of four different gourmet options. Reservations accepted for large groups. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOLA RESTAURANT517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992Set inside a historic train depot building, Lola prepares informal but carefully made meals near the Covington courthouse. The Cobb salad or any one of the pressed focaccia sandwiches are superb lunchtime options. Come for dinner on Friday or Saturday and you'll be treated to specials like oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes and baked trout with seafood stuffing. Reservations recommended for dinner only. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.comAt Longhorn, the filet mignon doesn't come merely sizzling in butter; it's wrapped in hickory-smoked bacon or topped with pungent blue cheese. But these steaks — like the rib-eye, New York strip and prime rib — also can stand alone. In addition, the Longhorn offers a variety of fish, shrimp and chicken dishes as well as a children's menu. For dessert, the Caramel Apple Goldrush is a clutch of sliced sautéed apples coated in cinnamon and baked into a golden pastry shell. The Chocolate Stampede is a mountain of cake, mousse and icing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MATTINA BELLA421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 892-0708Rise and shine for a filling breakfast at Mattina Bella like the Florentine omelet made with three eggs and stuffed with cream spinach and artichokes and topped with melted mozzarella, all served with potatoes and grits. At lunch, dishes like the catfish Creole meuniere take care of business with a crust of pecans and a creamed meuniere sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MOCHACCINO'S1005 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 809-1111; www.mochaccinos.comThe Mocha Freeze, Mochaccino's summertime specialty, is an icy cappuccino-based beverage blended with chocolate and sweet cream. For those who don't consider dessert a food group, there are paninis like the Philly cheese or salads such as the Italian Pasta, which is piled high with rotini and strips of salami and provolone. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND SPIRITS 208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432 This seafood specialist serves up a boatload of exotic catches: Voodoo Rolls (stuffed with crawfish and cheese, flash-fried and served with Creole honey mustard), a crispy oceanic sampler and the ever-popular crab cakes Pontchartrain. For landlubbers, the smothered rabbit with white beans and rice is a choice lunch special. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE60 Park Place Drive, Covington, (985) 893-0505; www.outback.comSee Metaire listing for restaurant description.

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON1248 Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874Build your own pie with unusual toppings like prosciutto, andouille, crabmeat, eggplant and pesto or order one of the specialty pies. The Wow pizza combines crabmeat, artichoke hearts, spinach, fresh garlic and Romano cheese. The Our Special features pepperoni, housemade Italian sausage and lightly blanched green peppers. No reservations. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006Tucked away in the heart of Covington, Ristorante del Porto serves artisan Italian fare with a homemade touch. Its version of the Italian seafood stew brodetto includes Gulf fish, diver scallops, mussels and clams in a fennel-tomato broth. Prosciutto-wrapped Gulf fish is served with an orange vinaigrette and black olive potato hash. House-crafted pastas and cheeses augment rustic grilled-meat dishes like lamb Bolognese with ricotta over tagliatelle and seafood specialties such as seared diver scallops with wild mushroom risotto. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553; www.stjohnscoffeehouse.comWith free Wi-Fi access and inviting outdoor tables, St. John's caters to students, professionals and families alike. The varied crowd at the corner coffeehouse stays stimulated by an assortment of caffeinated drinks, lower-octane beverages and plenty of fine art on the walls. Gourmet sandwiches and wraps are served daily from noon to 4 p.m. Try the signature Sedona sandwich, perked up by a Southwest cream-cheese spread. Ice cream, milkshakes and an assortment of baked goods also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

SAKE CAFÉ126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 809-6689See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

SEAFOOD GALLEY AND DELI509 Tyler St., Covington, (985) 892-3287Seafood Galley and Deli's name is misleading, since this casual joint also serves everything from hamburgers and salads to steaks. Diverse seafood options include shrimp, oysters, catfish, crab and crawfish when in season. The traditional muffuletta, complete with homemade olive salad, is always a good choice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ420 Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166You don't rush this kind of flavor. Slow and steady is how it's done at Sweet Daddy's, where dry-rubbed baby-back ribs and herb-scented pulled pork are roasted and smoked for 12 hours or longer. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

VAZQUEZ RESTAURANT515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336With noontime specials that change on a daily basis (like red beans, pork chops, stuffed crabs or the killer Cuban sandwich), Vazquez is the perfect spot for frequent lunch visits. Other options include muffulettas, shrimp and oyster po-boys, and a mouth-defying club sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT323 N. New Hampshire Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-3840An assortment of Japanese specialties and sushi rolls beckon at Yujin. The Burning Man roll combines spicy tuna, tempura crunch, hot pepper and avocado. Cooler heads prevail with the snow crab salad, a creamy, crabmeat-stuffed avocado served over greens with carrots and asparagus. Desserts include pineapple sorbet and exotic ice-cream flavors like green tea, plum wine and red bean. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

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LA PROVENCE25020 Hwy. 190 E., Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.comChef John Besh made news when he took over La Provence from its founder (and his one-time mentor) Chris Kerageorgiou. Now another big name is attached to the Northshore restaurant. French master chef Rene Bajeux has brought his refined touch with French regional cooking and terroir, or cooking "of the earth," to its kitchens. Enjoy classic French versions of cassoulet, duck confit and housemade patés as well as dishes with local seafood. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

NEW ORLEANS BISTRO27431 Hwy. 190, LaCombe, (985) 882-7282There's definitely a flair for New Orleans' Creole cuisine in this La Combe bistro. There are house specialties like stuffed shrimp creolaise, which are Louisiana shrimp stuffed with white lump crabmeat and fried to golden perfection; and redfish Toulouse, a fried redfish fillet topped with artichokes, mushrooms and shrimp in a white wine cream sauce. Reservations recommended on weekends. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

MANDEVILLE

THE BROKEN EGG CAFÉ 200 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3388 Huge specialty omelets — stuffed with everything under the sun — are the toast of breakfast at the Broken Egg. But dessert fanatics can choose to start their day with the stuffed French toast: brioche bread laden with pastry cream, fresh berries and whipped cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAFÉ 591931 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, 727-1120; www.internationalrollsplus.comMorning breaks at Café 59 with big breakfast platters like the eggs Benedict Caribbean-style or the giant croissant omelet. Baja fish tacos go over swimmingly at dinner, where the menu globe-trots through Cajun gumbo, Asian tuna salad, Chinese-style lo mein with pork, peas and carrots, and Asian/Cajun shrimp fried rice. The café also offers larger family-sized meal packages for pick up with day-ahead ordering. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Fri.-Wed. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ LYNN3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 985-624-9007; www.cafelynn.comServing French-Creole cuisine in a romantic setting, Café Lynn is a contemporary restaurant with classic flavors. The redfish Provencal is pan-sautéed with pistou, fresh tomato concasse and olive oil. The crab cake Brani Lynn mixes lump crabmeat with homemade mayonnaise and shallots all rolled in panko crumbs with Creole remoulade sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFFE! CAFFE! 3900 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 727-4222; www.caffecaffe.com See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

CARRETA'S GRILL1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 727-7212See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

CASA GARCIA800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8226See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984 Pizza is only the start at this throwback red-gravy restaurant. Specialties of the house include chicken, eggplant or veal Parmigiana sauced with marinara and served over angel-hair pasta, as well as lasagna and spaghetti with meatballs. The pies, highlighted by a meat-lover's special, are served on New York-style thin crusts, but thick crusts are available as well. An assortment of subs and salads round out the menu. For dessert, try a smooth and crunchy cannoli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

D. LAMARQUE'S 4250 Hwy. 22, Suite B, Mandeville, (985) 624-2300; www.dlamarque.com Dinner and dancing go hand in hand on Saturday nights at D. Lamarque's, which offers familiar Italian cuisine with a few new moves. Before cutting a rug, choose something from the elegant, extensive menu: chicken cacciatore, lasagna or Fra Diavlo, a dish comprised of prawns, sausage, mushrooms and feta. Try the homemade tiramisu or molten chocolate cake for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DARRYL'S2625 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 727-9757; www.poboyman.comDarryl's specializes in po-boys. The roast beef po-boy features home-cooked beef sliced thin, piled high, drenched in gravy and dressed to order. Beef for the cheddar cheese burger is ground in-house and grilled to order. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

EMPIRE CAFE1633 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8686Empire Café's buffet lays out a variety of Chinese food with no wait. Best of all, it always costs less than $10. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FAZZIO'S 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704 Fazzio's fuses Italian and Creole traditions on dishes like fettuccini Alfredo with crawfish or the angel-hair pasta topped with crabmeat in cream sauce. Signature entrées include the chicken and veal prepared with your choice of piccata, Marsala or parmigiana. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342 The aromas wafting from George's door come from the famous fajitas, which are made with either beef or chicken and arrive at your table still sizzling, complemented by guacamole, pico de gallo and flour tortillas. The shrimp á la Mexicana features butterflied beauties sautéed in a spicy sauce made from tomatoes, onions and sweet peppers. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329Good Earth's many wraps on whole wheat tortillas are a healthy and popular lunch item in varieties like turkey, chicken and veggie. Tender cochon de lait is another top item, and it's made daily. There are also po-boys, fish specials on Fridays, extra-large salads and a changing selection of soups. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GRILLE 224700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 845-1000Grille 22 serves burgers, sandwiches and hearty diner classics. The St. Tamanard Burger fills a po-boy loaf with two 6-oz. Angus beef patties, sautéed onions, melted Swiss cheese and dresses it with lettuce, tomato and mayo. The brisket lunch special features slices of oven-roasted brisket served with Grille 22's signature potatoes, grilled zucchini, squash and a medley of peppers plus salad, toast and a fountain drink. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HUGH'S WINE CELLAR4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-0066; www.hughswinecellar.com The wines are divine at Hugh's. Even better, they're complemented by a menu that includes a large number of soups, salads and sandwiches. The latter are well-represented by the crab Brioche — lump crabmeat and dill Havarti topped with remoulade and grilled to perfection. The paté and cheese plate is a perfect match for any number of vintage bottles. Reservations accepted. Lunch and light early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-5700See Covington listing for restaurant description.

JUNIPER 301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.netServing contemporary Creole cuisine and priding itself on innovate dishes, Juniper provides an upscale, intimate dining environment just blocks from the lake. The eggplant pirogue combines shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish tails all simmered in garlic cream and laced with choron sauce in a fried eggplant "boat." The filet Juniper with a crab and crawfish cake and Creole hollandaise is also popular. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA CASA GOMEZ 643 Lotus Drive, Mandeville, (985) 624-8667Cuban sandwiches and fajita-style platters vie for supremacy at this eatery near the Causeway. The classic sandwich is made with tender roast pork and layers of ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on French bread. Dishes of grilled meats and onions are equally popular. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.com See Carrollton listing for restaurant description.

LITTLE TOKYO 590 Asbury Dr., Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletoykosushi.comThis Northshore sushi bar puts hometown pride on display with its Mandeville roll made with white fish, snowcrab, asparagus and roe wrapped up in seaweed and fried with sides of chef sauce and eel sauce. For a hot treat, try the Tamaguchi roll with spicy salmon and snowcrab wrapped in soy paper. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOOP PIZZA GRILL 1119 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-8099; www.looppizzagrill.com The menu at the Loop covers a lot of bases. First, it offers Chicago-thick or Brooklyn-thin crusts on an assortment of gourmet pies like the portobello (mushrooms, pesto, Roma tomatoes, smoked bacon, Asiago cheese, caramelized onions and herbs). There's also a variety of salads, sandwiches, wraps and a kids' menu. Desserts include hand-dipped shakes with enticing add-ons like Oreos and Butterfingers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOUIE & THE REDHEADED LADY1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101Louie reigns supreme for Italian classics and fried Southern comfort food. Veal and eggplant Parmesan dishes are served in the traditional fashion — battered, fried to a crisp, doused in marinara and mozzarella and served over angel hair pasta. For seafood lovers with an appetite, $10 buys an all-you-can-eat fried shrimp or catfish meal. No reservations. Breakfast Wed.- Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Fri., brunch Sun. Checks. $

MANDINA'S OF NEW ORLEANS 4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883Like an old New Orleans neighborhood restaurant transplanted to the Northshore, this Mandina's features the same menu as the Mid-City original. That means many meals begin here with onion rings or shrimp remoulade on a bed of lettuce and continue on to large filets of trout in a Creole meuniere sauce with blanched almonds. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR4700 Hwy. 22, Suite 11, Mandeville, (985) 845-1644; www.megumirestaurant.netYakimono cooking sets Megumi apart from the Northshore's other Japanese options. Using a special grill, the restaurant cooks skewers of meat, seafood or vegetables to an extra crispy exterior while maintaining a tender and juicy interior. Guests can sample the skewers á la carte or order a combination dinner. Megumi also boasts an extensive menu of sushi and other Japanese favorites. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183The sandwiches come in two sizes, but drawn in by a name like Monster, you can bet most po-boy patrons go for the bigger version. The roast beef, meatballs and barbecue are all made in-house while fresh seafood and daily lunch specials add more variety. The roast beef with rice and gravy, green beans, salad and bread is a favorite option. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $

N'TINI'S2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, 626-5566N'Tini's matches up a couple of American classics: martinis and steaks. The menu offers New Orleans-accented surf and turf. The crab cake Napoleon layers two crab cakes and eggplant medallions and tops them with lobster in a brandy cream sauce. As an entrée, the tornedos rest two 6-oz. filets atop fried eggplant medallions and complements them with different sauces from the chef's repertoire. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

NUVOLARI'S246 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.comNuvolari's was originally a country store in the '30s, but the cuisine served in its dining rooms today is Louisiana-influenced Italian cuisine. On the Creole side, there is char-grilled redfish served with wild rice, summer vegetables and a pecan, lumb crabmeat citrus meuniere sauce. The Mediterranean shrimp dish presents sautéed shrimp with fresh tomatoes, black olives, fresh rosemary, white wine and feta cheese over penne pasta. The restaurant's wine list provides plenty of options to match menu items. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PETUNIA'S PLACE2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436; www.petuniasplace.comPetunia's motto is "a family restaurant," and it's definitely kid-approved. Order your meal at the counter and send the little ones to the activity table, where they can make ornaments for the year-round "festivity tree" while your food is being prepared. Plates include barbecue pork ribs, slow-cooked with homemade potato salad, and the chicken and shrimp with white-wine cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $

RAG'S OLD FASHIONED PO-BOYS4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 792-1744Everything at Rag's has an old-fashioned touch. The shrimp and roast beef po-boys, dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo, are throwback classics. Even the daily specials follow a well-known regimen: red beans on Monday, pork chops on Tuesday and seafood on Friday. Some regularly available dishes include the seafood gumbo, spaghetti and meatballs, and stir-fried shrimp over rice or pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ROMA PIZZERIA3441 E. Causeway Approach., Mandeville, (985) 674-3300Roma Pizzeria prepares a crispy-crust pizza with its stone deck ovens. Popular pies include the classic pepperoni topped with melted mozzarella and the Supreme with pepperoni, crumbled Italian sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella. Pizza is available by the slice and Roma also offers subs, calzones, salads and pasta dishes like lasagna and spaghetti. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL3410 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 727-1998; www.macaronigrill.comItalian flavors fill the menu at Romano's Macaroni Grill, from Tuscan chicken soup to heavenly tiramisu. The crab-stuffed mushrooms are crimini caps filled with succulent crab and baked to a golden brown. Shrimp Portofino is paired with pine nuts and finished with a tangy lemon-butter sauce. Brick-oven pizzas sneak some American toppings like barbecue chicken into the mix. New and classic Italian dishes range from lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs to lobster ravioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA'S2999 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-8923; www.semolina.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

STAR Café2186 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-9920; www.starcafe.comThe creative menu at Star Café gives diners options such as the Paris Hilton salad, which sets blue cheese, pears and walnuts over spring mix greens with a vinaigrette dressing. Homemade breads make Star's sandwiches stand out. The bacon chicken sandwich on fresh foccacia piles tomato-garlic aioli, feta cheese and fresh vegetables on top of two chicken breasts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$.

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ2534 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-0208See Covington listing for restaurant description.

THE TIMES GRILL1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.comThe Times is best known for its burgers, but the grill also offers salads, sandwiches, wraps, fried seafood (in po-boys or baskets) and pasta-based entrées. At the heart of the menu, though, are some incredible two-fisted patties. The cheeseburger is topped with cheddar, Swiss and pepperjack, and the Buffalo burger is brushed with a mild version of the wing sauce, finished with provolone cheese and adorned with onion rings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; www.treyyuen.comLed by the Wong brothers, Trey Yuen brings a taste of elegant Far East dining to the Northshore. Past the fish ponds and gardens, inside a pagoda-style building, the kitchen focuses on regional Chinese dishes. The honey pecan shrimp features large Gulf shrimp in a sweet, creamy glaze served on top of roasted pecans and garnished with sesame seeds. For some local flavor, try the sliced alligator meat stir-fried with green onions and fresh mushrooms in a spicy oyster sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

VIANNE'S TEA SALON & CAFÉ544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.comHigh tea is a three-course affair at this charming Old Mandeville spot. The event consists of housemade scones served with lemon curd, cream and jam, tea sandwiches and canapés, and an assortment of mini-desserts. The café serves more than 100 loose-leaf teas either hot or iced. The lunch menu includes items like peanut chicken salad, which pairs Mandarin oranges and crushed nuts with a paneed chicken breast. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE322 Dalwill Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

MADISONVILLE

FRANK'S MARINA GRILLE 100 Marina del Ray Drive, Madisonville, (985) 792-4000; www.franksmarinagrille.comFrank's Mighty River Burger is a 9-oz. patty topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, bacon and Swiss or cheddar cheese. Specialty sandwiches stand out on the menu, including the oyster, bacon and Swiss po-boy. Shrimp and oysters are sautéed with butter, garlic and green onions and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. $$

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.comFriends Coastal lives up to its seafaring name. The Cajun lobster is actually a Maine lobster boiled to perfection with savory spices. The seafood lasagna layers sheets of pasta with spinach, Gulf fare and a béchamel sauce, and the blackened "katfish" is seared in a hot iron skillet and topped with bronzed shrimp, crabmeat and key-lime butter. If your sea legs abandon you, dig into Caribbean jerked chicken or quesadillas gigante. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940 In an elegant dining room, Keith Young's guests indulge in everything from chops to seafood, but extra-large slabs of beef remain the focus of the Northshore steakhouse. A 24-oz. strip and a towering filet mignon are just two stars on the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.comThe banks of the Tchefuncte River are the perfect setting for Morton's fresh seafood. Inside the rustic building, shrimp and crab bisque and seafood gumbo segue into shrimp remoulade and fried fish platters. "Seafood boats" — hollowed bread loaves stuffed with shrimp, oysters or catfish — are a specialty, as is the charbroiled fresh catch. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

WATER STREET BISTRO804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855With the waters of the Tchefuncte River running just outside, this cozy café invites guests to linger on its picturesque front porch. Mediterranean-inspired linguine with Gulf shrimp — spiked with the sharp, salty flavors of olive, caper and feta — is just one highlight. Homemade desserts are another. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

OUTSKIRTS

ADOBE CANTINA1905 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 419-0027; www.adoberestaurant.comThe kitchen at this Hammond hotspot creates a wide range of Mexican dishes following traditional recipes. Tacos, burritos, combination platters and big plates of nachos are popular choices, and many a meal ends with fried ice cream. The chimichangas, which can be filled with steak, beef or chicken, are a crowd pleaser and are served with rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. Delivery available. Reservations accepted Mon.-Thu. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BULL'S CORNER1036 W. Airline Hwy., Laplace, (985) 652-3544; www.bullscorner.comThe Filet Norton, a chargrilled filet mignon served on top of a marinated portobello mushroom and topped with Danish blue cheese and garlic butter, is still Bull's signature dish, but the fresh Maine lobster could be a good alternative. Daily lunch specials include baby-back ribs and save room for one of the special desserts such as bread pudding or chocolate overload, which is a hot brownie topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CATE STREET SEAFOOD STATION308 S. Cate Ave., Hammond, (985) 340-3891; www.catestreetseafoodstation.comCate Street presents a full range of seafood dishes from sushi to pasta. There is a full sushi menu, and creative rolls like the crunchy roll with snow crab and the Philadelphia roll with smoked salmon are popular. Or opt for a spicy tuna steak seasoned with crushed wasabi peas. Sticking with the seafood ingredients but moving toward the Gulf coast is the tilapia, which is pan-fried tilapia topped with gulf shrimp, diced onions and served in a garlic lime sauce over angel hair pasta. Beef options include a rib-eye and filet mignon. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS2000 S.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 345-2634; 5953 W. Park Ave., Houma, (985) 868-0800See Slidell listing for restaurant description.

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, 225-473-9380; www.houmashouse.comOnce known as the Sugar Palace for the opulence it reflects, Houmas House today is both an Ascension Parish destination for tours of its historic property and exquisite meals at Latil's Landing restaurant. House specialties include appetizers like crab cakes or as an entrée, plume de veal, which is a veal steak with blue cheese topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and served with asparagus and tasso potato pancakes. The plantation's Café Burnside serves casual lunches of soups, salads and local favorites like red beans and rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch daily at Café Burnside. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

JACMEL INN903 E. Morris St., Hammond, 985-542-0043; www.jacmelinn.comA fine-dining destination in Hammond, Jacmel Inn is known for its roast duckling served with sweet potatoes glazed in sugar cane syrup, duck cracklins and blueberry wine gastrique. For a marriage of land and sea, try the diver scallops wrapped in prosciutto and plated with mushrooms and risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA CARRETA107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; www.carretarestaurant.com People keep coming back to this friendly Mexican restaurant for the big margaritas, low prices and a large menu that includes popular Mexican dishes like queso dip, quesadillas, fajitas, carnitas, enchiladas, chiles rellenos and spicy shrimp. The La Carreta Dinner sounds delicious and formidable: a beef burrito, beef enchilada, bean chalupa and a beef taco. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MICHABELLE INN & RESTAURANT1106 Holly St., Hammond, (985) 419-0550; www.michabelle.comThe century-old Greek Revival home at Michabelle is a stately setting for a refined meal. The prix fixe menu features a seafood soup, salad of mixed greens and choice of entrées. Try duck breast with orange sauce, fillet of grouper topped with crawfish, salmon with tarragon-butter sauce or a filet mignon with portobello mushroom. Desserts like Grand Marnier cheesecake or fresh strawberries Romanoff are available for $5 extra. Reservations required. Dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$$

MIDDENDORF'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANTHwy. 55 (off Exit 15), Manchac, 985-386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.comThere may be a new owner of this landmark, waterfront seafood house but its many fans have been relieved to discover little else has changed. The Middendorf's special is still ultra-thin fried catfish with hush puppies and tartar sauce. Folks still call daily to check on the availability of the kitchen's famous boiled crabs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT 131 SW Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, 985-386-4077; www.odonnells-restaurant.comIn the warm setting of its historic building, O'Donnell's prides itself on a friendly, casual approach to fine dining. Start a meal here with the crispy jumbo lump crab cakes crusted with panko crumbs and served with roasted corn salsa and chipolte-lime butter. Then move on to an entrée like the grilled fish of the day with steamed mussels, creamy crab fume and a crab and spinach salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PAUL'S CAFÉ100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-9581One would expect to find strawberry daiquiris in Ponchatoula, home of the annual Strawberry Festival. Many locals also drop into this quaint café for breakfast and lunches of po-boys and blue plate specials. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PEAVINE SNACK SHACK105 Gary Road, Laplace, (985) 652-5099; www.peavinesnackshack.netFishermen can always get a bite of Peavine's changing lunch specials like red beans on Mondays or white beans on Thursdays. Fried seafood is available stuffed into po-boys, served on platters or topping salads. Soft-shell crabs are offered on platters with fries or onion rings. Soup options include seafood gumbo and shrimp, crab and corn bisque. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES7163 Barataria Blvd., Lafitte, 689-7834Alligators lurk in the bayou right outside the windows of this dining destination on the edge of the Jean Lafitte nature preserve, but it's usually the shrimp and crab on the plates that captivate diners' attention. The shrimp Diane is sautéed in garlic butter with mushrooms and green onions, all served over pasta. Soft-shell crab Foster is topped with artichoke hearts and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.comSee Northshore listing for restaurant description.

ST. BERNARD

BREAUX MART315 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 262-0750; www.breauxmart.comSee Metairie listing for description.

FLOUR POWER CONFECTIONARY2101 Paris Road, Chalmette, 276-9095; www.flourpowernola.comFlour Power built a strong reputation for its cakes and baked goods, but it's also a place to grab lunch. The menu boasts shrimp salad, grilled chicken and other items that can be served as either a salad, sandwich or wrap. The California salad is topped with turkey, sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes and herbed cream cheese and a Green Goddess dressing. The Izzy is essentially a club sandwich with a honey-mustard aioli. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

ROCKY & CARLO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 279-8323Diners head to Rocky & Carlo's for casual and hearty Creole-Italian fare. Some opt for onion rings, burgers made from beef ground in house or po-boys of seafood or breaded veal cutlets. Italian standards include veal Parmesan and spaghetti and meatballs. Rocky & Carlos is also known for its macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue-Sat. Credit cards. $

SLIDELL

ASSUNTA'S2631 Hwy. 190, Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.comLocal seafood and Italian preparations prove a match made in heaven at Assunta's. Oysters aglio y olio are served scampi-style, sautéed in olive oil and garlic and served over spaghetti. The frutti di mare is an embarrassment of seafood riches including shrimp, crawfish, oysters, calamari, mussels, clams and bay scallops. The homemade cheesecake makes everything that comes before it seem like an appetizer. Reservations accepted for eight or more. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

CARRETA'S GRILL1340 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 847-0020See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT1337 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-0001; www.alcopeland.comSee Kenner listing for restaurant description.

CUCOS1300 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 641-4706The Cucos chain offers an extensive menu of Mexican selections and a long list of specialty cocktails. The sound of sizzling fajita plates is always welcome, and many customers double down with combination platters such as the Mexi-Cali, which pairs a spinach-stuffed chicken breast with enchiladas, special sauce and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DISH ON FIRST2142 First. St., Slidell, (985) 781-1440Dish takes a creative approach to contemporary cooking. The crab and crawfish beignets combine Louisiana crawfish tails and lump crabmeat, batter and fry them to golden brown and serve them with Creole mustard and mango chutney. The marinated and grilled duck breast is cooked to order and served either on top of a salad or with a warm mango sauce and a couple of side dishes as an entrée. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DOUG'S RESTAURANT348 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-1805Doug's still turns out the same French-Creole dishes that have been drawing regulars for years. Longtime favorites include appetizers like the corn and crab bisque and crabmeat au gratin. Entrées are dominated by thick-cut steaks and specialties like fried oysters with sautéed artichokes, mushrooms and lemon-pepper sauce. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and local checks. $$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911The roast beef po-boy is reason enough to head to K.Y.'s Old Towne Bicycle Shop. It's made with slow-roasted beef cooked in house, sliced thin and dressed to order. There's also fresh grilled seafood from the Gulf. Try amberjack, yellowfin tuna or mahi mahi served on sandwiches or platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE830 E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell, (985) 649-4329; www.outback.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosonthebayou.netShaded by cypress trees and located on the bayou, Palmettos offers scenic vistas, al fresco dining on the deck and a smattering of local seafood and steaks. Eggplant Palmettos starts with crispy eggplant and adds a shrimp- and crab-laden seafood sauce. Palmettos' shrimp pasta is flavored with roasted garlic, tomato and artichoke hearts. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SEASON'S STEAK AND SPIRITS1398 Front St., Slidell, (985) 649-7558; www.seasonssteakandspirits.comPeople come to Season's for the steaks, which are always Angus prime quality meat in plenty of cuts. The restaurant's fresh herb-basted barbeque shrimp are a popular choice for less-carnivorous guests. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$.

SOUTHSIDE CAFÉ3154 Pontchartrain Drive, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.netSome creative specials dot the menu at this casual café decked with the owner's own Marine Corps décor. The remoulade appetizer is made with a half-pound of tuna steak grilled, blackened or paneed while the Southside muffuletta salad is a deconstructed version of the famous sandwich with cold cuts, cheese and olive salad over greens. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TIMES GRILL1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; www.timesgrill.comSee Mandeville listing for restaurant description.

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331Young's cuts all its steaks in house by hand, from the petite filet and sirloin up to the 14-oz. rib-eye. Every beef entrée comes with a green salad and baked potato. Veal chops are another carnivorous delight. For the sake of variety, try the fresh seafood options like yellowfin tuna or a number of shrimp dishes. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

UPTOWN

Audubon Golf Clubhouse6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.orgBefore hitting the links, start with a breakfast of croissants, waffles, eggs or omelet and bacon or sausage on the side. The Clubhouse's lunch menu features onion rings with remoulade sauce, gumbo and fried bite-sized chicken fingers with honey-mustard sauce. For a main course, try the chunky chicken salad with red grapes and pecans or a burger or sandwich. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

AUGUST MOON3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www.augustmoonneworleans.comAugust Moon offers a wide variety of Chinese and Vietnamese selections from curry to moo shu pork, chicken or beef to Szechuan dishes and a couple of low-cholesterol options with steamed shrimp, chicken or vegetables. The crispy lemongrass shrimp features jumbo shrimp pan-seared with onions and minced lemongrass and served with vermicelli and nuac cham sauce. General Tsao's chicken is battered and fried dark meat glazed with a tangy sweet and sour sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE AVENUE PUB1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243The grill is always hot at the Avenue Pub. Stop in any time for big half-pound burgers, po-boys, chicken wings or a range of bar food options. Munchies include jalapeno poppers, mini-tacos, fried mushrooms and meat pies. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

BALCONY BAR & CAFÉ 3201 Magazine St., 894-8888The Balcony Bar is known for its huge selection of beers on draft and as a late-night draw for the Uptown party set. Belly up to the kitchen window to order tavern grub like the Balcony burger, a half-pound patty with sautéed onions, mushrooms and green peppers topped with bacon and jalapenos. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BARCIA'S GROCERY3633 Annunciation St., 899-9111The corner grocery is a fixture in New Orleans neighborhoods, and this one serves po-boys, club and roast beef sandwiches and more. Breakfast sandwiches are available to go in the morning. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.- Fri. Cash only. $

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS3700 Magazine St., 895-2225, www.barubistro.com Named for a vacation spot off the coast of the chef's native Cartagena, this cozy bistro bursts with Caribbean influences. The ample tapas selections include fresh tilapia ceviche and guacabello, a combination of avocado and grilled portobello. But the entrées hold their own, boasting flavorful concoctions such as the Patacon con Todo, which layers steak, chicken, chorizo and cheese over flattened plantains. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BLUE PLATE CAFÉ1330 Prytania St., 309-9500Blue ceramic-tiled tables and décorative plates make for a festive atmosphere at this recently reopened café, but the real eye-opener is the food. A full breakfast menu offers a little something for everyone, from fluffy, veggie-stuffed omelets to three varieties of pancakes to quiche and breakfast burritos. Lunch loads on even more choices, with an extensive salad menu, burgers and a variety of sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

BLUEBIRD CAFÉ3625 Prytania St., 895-7166Come early for such staples as buckwheat pancakes, waffles and eggs. At lunch time, burgers, fish sandwiches and salads take center stage. Don't miss the popular huevos rancheros, which pile up corn tortillas, black beans and fried eggs with ranchero sauce, cheese and salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $

THE BULLDOG3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; www.draftfreak.comThe packed coolers and rows of taps keep guests from forgetting that the Bulldog is all about the beer. There is an appetizing menu of bar food and hot plates. Some of the favorites among students and sports fans include burgers, mahi mahi and chicken sandwiches and variations on pub-grub standards like crawfish banditos, Tex-Mex egg rolls and hop wings. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S SOUL FOOD2135 St. Charles Ave., 522-6602Formerly Igor's Bar-B-Q Mama, Buster's Soul Food mixes up the menu with pork chops, smothered chicken, seafood and alligator sausage po-boys, jambalaya, gumbo and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS3218 Magazine St., 894-1233Upping the ante for local Middle Eastern restaurants, Byblos restaurant features popular items from chicken shawarma to falafel to a wide range of lamb dishes. The drunken halloumi appetizer — cypriot cheese lightly pan-fried with ouzo, served over tomato slices with garlic aoili — is reason alone for a visit. Belly dancers from the local Sisters of Salome dance troupe perform Thursday nights at the Uptown restaurant. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ ATCHAFALAYA901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626; www.cafeatchafalaya.comThe bright and spacious renovated interior of this edge-of-the-Garden District café is a pretty spot to enjoy creative Creole cooking. Redfish Barataria is a breaded and pan-seared fillet topped with shrimp, crab and smoked tomato cream, all resting on a bed of artichoke and fennel relish. Stuffed flounder actually wraps fillets around a Louisiana oyster dressing and is complemented with a spicy sriracha butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ BANQUETTE3445 Prytania St., 891-5773For a casual lunch or dinner, amble into this comfortably appointed tavern and try the namesake Banquette burger topped with bacon, grilled onion and cheddar cheese. For a sandwich with more local flavor, go for the Prytania po-boy with turkey, ham and roast beef with gravy or take a lighter route with a salad or wrap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ FRERET4329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.comCasual and comfortable with plenty of outdoor seating, Café Freret puts its own spin on familiar favorites. The voodoo burger is a half-pound patty with sautéed onions and mushrooms smothered in the house "Bomb" sauce and topped with bacon, provolone and Creole mayo. Another popular choice is the thick muffuletta with olive salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat. and Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ LUNA802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444A cozy coffeehouse with a grand porch overlooking Magazine Street, Café Luna is the perfect place to relax with a book, a cup of joe or a few friends. Pastries and panini sandwiches are served from the small coffee bar inside, where you'll also find a variety of drinks and loose-leaf and herbal teas. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ NILE3100 Magazine St., 897-0920Start with the excellent lentil soup to see what sets this Magazine Street Middle Eastern restaurant apart from its peers. Smooth, hearty and refreshing all at once, it is an appetizer that bodes well for the rest of the menu. A distinctive blend of seasonings enlivens the kebabs and the other grilled meat plates. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ RANI2917 Magazine St., 895-2500Café Rani spans the culinary globe, from Thai flavors to Jamaican jerk chicken, sashimi-style tuna to Southwestern-style burgers. New Orleans barbecue shrimp is a popular appetizer. Starters made to share include spinach and artichoke dip and a medley of hummus, black olive tapanade and feta cheese served with warm wheat pita. There's also a version of the classic New Orleans pasta dish Crawfish Monica. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ RECONCILE1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.caféreconcile.comThere are two missions at this nonprofit Central City café. One is to help young people gain experience for productive careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries. The other is to provide delicious home cooking in a caféteria format. The menu changes daily, but some of the regular dishes include smothered pork chops, fried catfish, shrimp etouffée, shrimp Creole and white beans and shrimp. For dessert, try the bananas Foster bread pudding. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CANNON'S RESTAURANT4141 St. Charles Ave., 891-3200; www.cannonsrestaurants.comFor nearly two decades, Cannon's has been a stately presence on St. Charles Avenue. Casual American classics such as steaks and large entrée salads are mainstays of the menu. House specials include chicken Reginald prepared with sautéed mushrooms and hollandaise sauce. Crab cakes Salvatore are served over linguine with crawfish sauce; blackened redfish is finished with bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.comIn business since 1919 in its iconic, tile-covered storefront location, Casamento's is one of the most beloved oyster purveyors in a city where bivalves are serious business. Try them raw on the half shell, in gumbo or fried and served on thick slabs of Texas toast. Shrimp, soft-shell crabs and fried crab claws share the spotlight. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE5701 Magazine St., 899-7303Chez Nous is the place to stop for a quart of this, a platter of that and a sampling of sauce and no one but you will know the secret when you serve it at your home. This one-stop shop offers wine and packaged gourmet-to-go food. The kitchen's ever-changing menu fills a complete calendar of tempting choices. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CLANCY'S6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111From a collection of dining rooms tucked away in a quiet Uptown neighborhood, Clancy's has emerged as a bastion of modern Creole cooking. Starters include fried oysters topped with brie and served on a bed of spinach. A popular entrée is the smoked pork loin served with green peppercorn demiglace. The entrées change frequently but stay focused on local seafood and high-quality steaks and chops. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.comYou don't need to be friends with millionaires to know the pleasures of a leisurely meal or cocktail in a lavish St. Charles Avenue mansion. The Columns and its Albertine's Tea Room is a Gilded Age treasure built in 1883 and now run as a hotel and restaurant. Drop in for a classic American breakfast or for brunch with Southern flair and live music. Bistro plates from the buttery escargot with toasted croutons to "retro burgers" — 3-by-3-inch mini-burgers with sautéed onions — are good companions for an after-work cocktail. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.comChef Tory McPhail's fall menu shines with dishes like escargot with acorn squash gnocchi complemented by brown butter toasted shallots, Creole cream cheese, autumn mushrooms and chervil. The dry-aged Muscovy duck holds court with parsnips, a celeriac and roasted pear pave, chanterelle mushrooms, cane-cured sour cherries, butter roasted pecans and a hard cider sauce. Classic Commander's dishes include the turtle soup and bread pudding soufflé. Reservations required. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CREOLE CREAMERY4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; www.creolecreamery.comThis popular Uptown ice cream parlor offers nostalgic décor but very modern tastes in the freezer cases. Beyond the large selection of chocolate variations, the menu boasts exotic flavors such as mascarpone with lemon zest and hibiscus with sweet cranberry. The black and gold crunch — French vanilla accented with chicory, Oreos and chocolate chips — is a favorite. Then there are extra toppings to consider. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

DAISY BISTRO5831 Magazine St., 899-6987 The bright exterior of this upscale, Uptown bistro is as cheery as, well, a daisy; but inside, deep purple walls make for an intimate atmosphere. Chef Anton Schulte creates daily specials in addition to regular menu items, which include the Daisy Salad, composed of fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, baby arugula, pine nuts and white balsamic vinaigrette. Entrées are equally elaborate, with Roquefort-topped grilled filet mignon and wild mushroom, pancetta and mascarpone ravioli. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE DELACHAISE3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.comInside its tiny, Art Nouveau-styled wedge of a building, the Delachaise pours distinctive wines, liquor and beer from around the world while the kitchen does some of its own globe-trotting. Chef Chris DeBarr started an online blog that details both his favorite menu items and the personality behind the plates. Try his heirloom tomato shrimp salad or the well-curated cheese selection. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.comThe waiting list that builds up in the quirky lounge area should be an indication that the food at Dick and Jenny's is as popular as ever. The fall menu includes signature dishes like the bronzed pork tenderloin stuffed with goat cheese, pine nuts and basil, alongside popular items such as the pecan-crusted redfish with Creole meuniere sauce. The menu also offers a vegetarian plate and children's entrées. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126Po-boys are a rich tradition at this backstreet monument to casual New Orleans cooking. Place your order at the counter and get ready for home-cooked roast beef po-boys with gravy and Creole mustard or shrimp and oysters breaded, fried and coated in hot sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Wed., Fri. and Sat. Cash only. $

ELEVEN791179 Annunciation St., 299-1179The namesake Veal Eleven79 speaks to the menu's sensibilities at this upscale Italian restaurant on the edge of the Warehouse District. Tender veal is the focal point of the dish, complemented with roasted peppers, asparagus and mozzarella. Classic pasta dishes include the simple puttanesca and pasta Acciuga with garlic, olive oil, basil, parsley, vermouth, anchovies and capers. There are always many traditional Italian veal dishes to choose from as well as a long list of daily specials. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.comClassic and contemporary merge in perfect harmony at this St. Charles Avenue institution where New Orleanians dined for a century before chef Emeril Lagasse took the helm. Delmonico still exudes the air of old-line tradition. Start a dinner with the sweet-and-sour calamari or a classic Caesar salad prepared tableside. Entrée choices include a bevy of prime steaks, a 14-oz. veal chop and pan-fried redfish meuniere or amandine. Desserts such as traditional bananas Foster and baked Alaska are also finished tableside. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

F&M PATIO BAR4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.comThe late-night bar scene at F&M's is legendary. It's a last stop for many whether they come to dance on top of the pool table in front or head to the grill in the back. The limited menu includes burgers, quesadillas and legendary cheese fries, which are waffle-cut fries baked with a blend of three cheeses and topped with green onions. The Gator Quesadilla is stuffed with alligator sausage, grilled onions, peppers, salsa and cheese. No reservations. Dinner and latenight daily. Cash only at the grill. $

FAT HARRY'S 4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582The tavern kitchen at this Uptown watering hole has been sustaining patrons long into the night for many years. The Cajun burger is an old standby for regulars with its patty blending beef and Italian sausage while the chicken club is a triple-decker available with the chicken either grilled or fried. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S UPTOWN 4938 Prytania St., 895-1330Felix's Uptown location retains the Quarter restaurant's focus on cold, fresh, salty oysters. The restaurant also offers an array of fresh seafood (including a catch-of-the-day), served blackened, cajun, grilled or fried, as well as pasta, etouffée and jambalaya dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT 737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com Flaming Torch takes the decision-making out of the surf and turf equation with its grilled filet mignon deux amours, pairing a beef filet enhanced by foie gras with a trio of jumbo shrimp tails in a cognac cream sauce. For a more old-school dish, try the daube with its fine slices of top-round beef braised in red wine for hours with vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.comA local legend for its boiled seafood and casual New Orleans classics, Franky & Johnny's has the vibe of the neighborhood joint down pat from the lively bar in front to the nostalgic jukebox in the corner. Start with the fried bell pepper rings before taking on a platter of spicy boiled crawfish, fried chicken or a fried seafood po-boy. Muffulettas are also back. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FUEL COFFEE HOUSE4807 Magazine St., 895-5757Fuel up for the day with coffee and a breakfast sandwich of scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese on a toasted English muffin. The coffeehouse also serves fresh vegetarian soups like split pea or black bean. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S RESTRAURANT 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397; www.gautreausrestaurant.comA fine dining enclave tucked away on an Uptown side street, Gautreau's has been enticing patrons to sample its contemporary Creole cuisine for years. The halibut is crusted with Parmesan and served with chanterelle mushrooms and tomato confit risotto. Grouper is sautéed and served with lobster, gnocchi, asparagus and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY 2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.comPressing decisions await at the counter of this Uptown corner deli, which specializes in hot, pressed sandwiches. The chicken pesto melt boasts sliced chicken breast, provolone, sun-dried tomato pesto, sautéed onions and Creole mayo on French bread. The Milan special features roast beef on wheat pressed with onions, garlic horseradish mayo and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GULFSTREAM RESTAURANT1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; www.hillstone.comThis stylishly designed St. Charles Avenue restaurant reels in the crowds with a seafood-focused menu, a lively bar scene and live music nightly. Try oysters St. Charles, a combination of fried oysters on a bed of creamed spinach with hot sauce and aioli or go for grilled snapper topped with shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

HEAVENLY HAM5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-5100; www.heavenlyham.comPigs may not have wings, but the ham sandwiches fly out of the Uptown branch of this popular deli and catering business. Smoked turkey, roast beef and ham salad, among other selections, are available on croissants, whole grain or French bread. Box lunches come complete with a drink and a cookie. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

IGNATIUS EATERY & GROCERY4200 Magazine St., 896-2225Ignatius is a fun eatery with old corner grocery charm. Cans and boxes of familiar local staple products line the walls of the dining room. The menu of Creole favorites includes seafood gumbo, roast beef po-boys, red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. The boudin-stuffed meatloaf is a weekly special that's served with mashed potatoes and spicy stewed corn. No reservations. Lunch and dinner. Wed.-Mon., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9786Sit and spin takes on a new meaning at this late-night option. There are suds on tap and spinning washing machines gurgling away in the mini-laundromat beyond the pool tables. While your delicates are soaking, ask the bartender to slap a fat burger on the grill and cook an order of cheese fries or jalapeno poppers. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR4437 Magazine St., 891-6105The cold beers and rocking jukebox are prime draws at this Magazine Street tavern, but the sizzling grill quickly advertises its presence to hungry patrons. The house Buddha burger is a specially-seasoned half-pound patty. The Cajun burger adds a kick of Tabasco, Creole seasonings and an optional dose of pepper-blended spice mix. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

JOEY K'S RESTAURANT3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.comCreole pot cooking, fried seafood and 18-oz. frozen schooners of beer or margaritas are some of the specialties at this popular Uptown restaurant, where neighbors and families gather for inexpensive meals. The all-you-can-eat fried catfish deal caters to appetites that respond to a challenge while the daily blackboard specials offer still more options. No reservations. Breakfast Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.comA penchant for rice and beans isn't the only common ground between Tex-Mex and New Orleans cooking on the menu at these popular local joints. Shrimp and bacon tacos have been causing a minor stir lately, melding surf and turf in one delicious tortilla in a way that would make any Creole cook proud. Veggie burritos on wheat tortillas are a meatless favorite as well. Try a blueberry mojito with one of the rotating daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KYOTO4920 Prytania St., 891-3644One of the area's longest-running Japanese restaurants, Kyoto keeps its regulars coming back for house specials like the funky Margarita roll, which starts with either spicy crawfish or spicy tuna and crunchy flakes wrapped with tuna and salmon and topped with avocado sauce. Another popular option is the Sara roll with spicy shrimp and avocado topped with a crunchy chili sauce. Reservations for six or more. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOULANGERIE4600 Magazine St., 269-3777 La Boulangerie has moved but is still one of the city's most popular bakeries for fresh baked breads and French pastries like flakey croissants. The menu has expanded and includes more panini sandwiches, small pizzas and salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Checks. $

LA CREPE NANOU1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.comWith dining rooms that seem to be pulled straight from a Parisian restaurant, La Crepe Nanou offers classic bistro cuisine for a complete Francophile experience. Steamed mussels and fondue are great starters to share. Classic mussels are steamed in white wine with garlic and fresh herbs and served in a big bowl. Entrées include savory crepes, steak, roasted chicken and whole fish off the grill with a sauce of capers and lemon butter. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA3005 Magazine St., 258-5313; www.ladivinagelateria.comAt La Divina, gelato and sorbets are made in-house every day from fresh ingredients like strawberries and citrus and imported items like Sicilian pistachios and French chocolate. Try the créme brulee gelato or the plum Beaujolais sorbet. For a meal, panini choices include prosciutto and chevre cheese with a spicy pepper sauce or the tuna with artichoke and purple olive tapanade, both on ciabatta bread. Espresso is made from La Divina's own specially roasted blend. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.comTaking its name from a former corner grocery at the same location, the restaurant offers a friendly but elegant ambience in which to enjoy dishes such as marinated lamb loin or grilled duck breast with parsnip puree and sun-dried cherry port reduction. Celery root salad with walnuts and apples is a good starter and the daily fish special is often a highlight. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.comSee Metairie listing for description.

LAUREL STREET BAKERY5433 Laurel St., 897-0576Home to the "hottest muffins in town," this patisserie serves a variety of classic bakery fare: bagels (boiled and fresh-baked daily), cinnamon rolls, quiche, scones and quick breads including zucchini and banana. Cakes are prepared for all occasions. Outdoor seating entices when the weather is nice. Lunch choices include sandwiches such as ham and swiss on a homemade croissant. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LE BON TEMPS ROULE4801 Magazine St., 895-2600The good times can roll late into the night at this Uptown music spot and corner bar, and to keep up, regulars know they can always refuel at the tavern kitchen in the back room. Burgers, po-boys and quesadillas are among the specialties. During the Friday happy hour, an oyster shucker dishes out raw bivalves from 7 p.m. until the sack is empty. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LE CITRON BISTRO1539 Religious St., 566-9051From the kitchen of a veritable Louisiana landmark — the building is one of the oldest in Uptown New Orleans — comes a combination of down-home and upscale cuisine. The menu changes often and ranges widely from pork chops served with mashed potatoes and brown gravy to jumbo lump crab cakes and pan-seared fish with lemon-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sat, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LILETTE RESTAURANT3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.comLilette features chef/proprietor John Harris' refined French cooking combined with Italian and Spanish influences. The Hawaiian hearts of palm salad features fresh, shaved hearts of palm layered with aged Parmigiano Reggiano and dressed with lemon and olive oil. An appetizer of Littleneck clams includes sweet onions, bacon-scented garlic white wine broth and is accompanied by ricotta bruschetta. Changing seafood dishes include fish such as cod, grouper and yellowfin tuna. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP2368 Magazine St., 522-3107On the border of the Garden District and Irish Channel, this eatery offers a long list of po-boys as well as seafood platters, salads and a daily hot plate special. Eggplant Parmesan is cluster of fried eggplant topped with Swiss cheese and red sauce that can either be served as a po-boy on French bread dressed with lettuce, tomato and pickles or over spaghetti with vegetables and a salad. The soft-shell crab platter is rounded out with fries, salad and French bread. Arrive early and start the day with a breakfast sandwich, burrito or omelet. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO5908 Magazine St., 891-8495While it's still warm, head to Martinique's pretty courtyard and savor its French and Caribbean flavors. Martinique's menu changes frequently but features dishes like jumbo lump crabmeat Cobb salad with Louisiana blue crab, diced avocado, egg, apple-smoked bacon, blue cheese, baby arugula and spinach and a housemade green goddess dressing. Or try the molasses-cured oven-roasted duck breast and confit leg quarter served with stone-ground cheese grits and apricot brandy demiglace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE MELTING POT1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.comThe new Mediterranean-themed menu at the Melting Pot features items such as garlic and herb chicken and balsamic sirloin. However, you can still dip into a traditional cheese fondue — a rich blend of Gruyere and Emmenthaler cheeses enhanced with white wine, minced garlic, lemon juice, herbs and brandy, served with three kinds of bread, apples and vegetables — or indulge in fruit dipped in chocolate fondue for dessert. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. JOHN'S RISTORANTE2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.comHalf of the menu at Mr. John's reads like that of a classic New Orleans steakhouse, while the other half offers a tour of northern Italian specialties. From shrimp scampi to crabmeat-stuffed ravioli to grilled seafood dishes, the kitchen satisfies a wide range of cravings. When it comes to steaks, Mr. John's broils its strips, filets, rib-eyes and other cuts to order and serves them sizzling with butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIYAKO SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro.comReserve a seat at the hibachi grill for a dramatic presentation and delivery of your meal. Chefs cook, flip food and spatulas as they work at the large grills. Surf-and-turf entrées include lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, filet mignon and chicken. There's also a full range of fish available from the sushi bar and other popular soups and noodle dishes from the kitchen. Special rolls include Miyako, a batter-fried roll with salmon, white fish, crab, avocado, cucumber and roe. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE1500 Magazine St., 525-2244Brewing good Mojo daily at the erstwhile original Rue de La Course in the Lower Garden District, this corner spot is keeping the neighborhood coffeeshop scene alive and well. Besides coffee and the expected assortment of fresh baked goods, Mojo offers bubble teas and — just in time for fall — fresh-squeezed ginger lemonade, pumpkin spice and eggnog lattes. Sidewalk tables make for fine social sipping. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MOONLIGHT CAFÉ1921 Sophie Wright Place, 561-1255Moonlight reopened to the same kind of night owl hours for which it has long been known, but a whole new menu now features more Louisiana and Southern fare. In addition to burgers and salads, look for meats cooked to aromatic goodness in the smoker. Breakfast on the weekends now features dishes like grillades and grits and biscuits smothered in gravy. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nachomamasneworleans.com Margaritas and Tex-Mex favorites keep the dining room busy at this Magazine Street cantina. Mixed-grill fajitas are a do-it-yourself assembly of chicken, skirt steak and jumbo shrimp on a sizzling platter along with onions and bell peppers, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, jalapenos, lettuce, cheese and wheat or flour tortillas. The combo appetizer rounds up a chicken flauta, a ground beef mini-chimichanga, a Mamachita and fried corn tortilla chips topped with cheddar and monterrey cheeses and pico de gallo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NEW YORK PIZZA5201 Magazine St., 891-2376Doing its namesake city proud, New York Pizza serves up thin-crust pies with a wide variety of toppings. The Super Big Apple Pizza piles on almost every ingredient in the kitchen. The Queen's Pizza pairs spinach, artichoke, mushrooms and feta with a white olive oil-based sauce. Straight-up pepperoni or onion and pepper combinations are classic. There is sidewalk seating in addition to a few seats inside the busy shop. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.comNirvana offers lessons in the intricacies of Indian cuisine, with a menu that includes tandoor dishes, biryani rice dishes, seafood, chicken and fresh-baked breads. Some of the specialties include the butter chicken, which is a roasted chicken breast in a tomato and butter sauce. The saag paneer is a dish of curried spinach made with housemade Indian cheese. Try the affordably priced buffet at lunch. Reservations recommended for five or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS SEAFOOD3301 S. Claiborne Ave., 821-5007Orleans Seafood might not be what one expects on first glance. Though the restaurant sort of resembles the taco chain that occupied the building pre-Katrina, the menu is now a mix of gumbo, po-boys, local seafood dishes and Chinese cuisine. Some of the Asian specialties include General Tsao's chicken, pepper steak and shrimp and broccoli and can be adjusted for preferred levels of spicy heat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR2533 Constance St., 899-2054; www.parasols.comThis classic Irish Channel pub is famous for its roast beef po-boys, emerging from the kitchen dripping with gravy and tender bits of meat. Crispy fried oysters and shrimp are served as plates or po-boys, as are some unexpected bar snacks like fried pickles and boudin balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877Although it is known for creating New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and having a popular oyster bar in the front, Pascal's Manale has always featured a mix of Creole and Italian dishes. The frutta del mare is a pasta dish topped with scallops, crabmeat, oysters and shrimp in a light marinara sauce. The classic barbecue shrimp are cooked head-on in a signature tangy, spicy sauce. The veal Gambero tops paneed veal with peeled barbecue shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PATOIS6078 Laurel St., 895-9441 Nestled Uptown at the corner of Laurel and Webster, Patois fuses the elegance of an upscale restaurant with the warmth and ease of a neighborhood bar. The airy, front-and-center bar is open seven nights a week for casual cocktails and, eventually, small-plate meals. The dinner menu abounds with distinctive flavors from paneed Mississippi rabbit to boudin-stuffed smoked pork chop and Portuguese seafood stew. Reservations required for Friday and Saturday dinner. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PUCCINO'S3128 Magazine St., 894-8898; www.lovepuccinos.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA741 State St., 899-1414; 3244 Magazine St., 895-7272; www.reginellis.comReginelli's serves a wide range of pizzas with international flavors as well as salads and appetizers. The hefty Mediterranean pizza is loaded with roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach and roasted red peppers with a garlic herb sauce. A popular salad features marinated chicken breast on a bed of mixed greens with green apples, gorgonzola, roma tomatoes and roasted pecans tossed in a balsamic citrus vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA3222 Magazine St., 891-5152Specialty pizzas like the Wild Tchoupitoulas pie with red sauce, pepperoni, sausage, red peppers and jalapenos make a bold impression at this casual pizzeria, but Rocky's also cooks up panini-style sandwiches on fresh bread. Try the grilled chicken breast with mozzarella, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized onions and garlic mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypolyusa.comA dizzying number of options greet you at this rolled-sandwich shop, complicating lunch with a suddenly difficult choice. Some of these include the Peachtree Melt with baked ham, Swiss, brie, peaches, pepper relish and side of fresh dill horseradish sauce. Vegetarians also can choose from a wide array of wraps stuffed with spinach, pineapple, cheese or hummus. Soups and salads are also served. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE3121 Magazine St., 899-0242Fresh cupcakes are the newest addition to the pastry selections at this comfortable coffee shop. They go with a full range of house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks, flavored iced coffees and specialty teas. The layered caffe latte is the house specialty. Sandwich options include a choice of bread, including the 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. $

ST. CHARLES TAVERN1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823The late-night/early-morning standards of eggs, po-boys and burgers are mainstays of the menu at this Uptown institution, but the menu offers some creative dishes as well. The chicken andouille hash is a mix of shredded deep-fried chicken, andouille, green peppers, onions and garlic tossed with red new potatoes boiled in crab boil, all topped with a couple of eggs. Catfish Lafayette ladles crawfish etouffée over grilled catfish and adds a loaded baked potato on the side. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.comSt. James offers more than 100 varieties of fine cheese from around the world. A small menu of sandwiches, salads, cheeseboards and charcuterie plates are available for take out or dining in. The Grafton cheddar sandwich pairs the cheese with smoked turkey, basil, tomato and avocado on ciabatta. The Ploughman's lunch includes portions of stilton, cheddar, goat's cheese, Yorkshire, chutney, paté, a green salad and hearty bread. For a $3 corking fee, customers can bring their own bottle of wine to accompany a meal (Tip: there's a wine shop next door). No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SAKE CAFÉ2830 Magazine St., 894-0033Occupying perhaps the city's most radically redesigned drug store, Sake Café turns out elegant sushi creations in a hip, upscale environment. For an appetizer, try a hot dish like pan-seared scallops. Stand back for the TNT sushi special, which pairs yellowtail and tuna mixed with a layer of tobiko and sushi rice, topped off with a quail egg. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAVVY GOURMET4519 Magazine St., 895-2665; www.savvygourmet.comSavvy is like a culinary community center with everything from lunch service to cooking classes to an emporium of culinary tools and supplies. The menu features daily specials and inventive standards such as the barbecue chicken salad with grilled Vidalia onions, celery hearts and blue cheese dressing. The seared salmon sandwich is topped with bacon, avocado, farmer's cheese and roasted tomatoes and served on sourdough bread. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

SEMOLINA ITALIAN BISTRO3226 Magazine St., 895-4260; www.semolina.comThe folks who brought the popular chain into the market have taken a different tack with their latest creation, Semolina Italian Bistro. The Italian emphasis pays off with dishes like angel hair marinara, linguine Alfredo or penne pasta with mushrooms, garlic and basil. Off the rotisserie, try chicken Marsala with mushrooms in wine sauce over polenta. The scampi di carfucci torta is a pan-seared artichoke cake served with jumbo shrimp and a garlic lemon butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SLICE1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; www.slicepizzeria.comOrder one thin-crusted slice at a time or go for the whole pie at this dimly lit, stylishly designed café where the best pizzas are often the ones you invent from the long list of classic and offbeat toppings. A menu of panini, pasta dishes and salads includes new offerings such as the barbecue shrimp po-boy and the muffuletta panini. Tuesday's wine special offers all bottles for half off. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER3322 Magazine St., 891-3447; www.slimgoodies.comFollow the flying fried egg up Magazine Street to Slim Goodie's, where breakfast specialties like the Creole Slammer (hashed browns, veggie chili, cheddar cheese, eggs and smoked tempe) and the Jewish Coonass (potato latkes topped with spinach, eggs and crawfish etouffée) ensure this neo-retro diner is always packed. Ask for a seat on the relaxed backyard patio if there's no room up front. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

SOPHIE'S GELATO1912 Magazine St., 561-0291; www.sophiesgelato.comSophie's has the retro look of the all-American ice cream parlor and a selection of deliciously rich gelatos. Sundaes, floats and banana splits are popular; one standout option is the strawberry parfait made with Creole cream cheese gelato and strawberries topped with whipped cream. Sophie's also serves pastries, soups, hotdogs and sandwiches such as chicken, tuna and egg salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771New Orleans' newest deli offers specialties that would make any New Yorker proud, including a Reuben sandwich made with hot corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss and a house-made Russian dressing on rye bread. The Italian hoagie combines mortadella, salami, hot coppa, provolone and house-made garlic vinaigrette on a special hoagie roll. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

STILL PERKIN'2727 Prytania St., 899-0335Loyal locals love Still Perkin' for its iced coffees and granitas, and many make a stop here for coffee or tea part of their morning routine. It also offers a reviving stop after a stroll through the historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 just across the street. Try a sandwich or salad for lunch or a specialty coffee drink on a chilly afternoon. Free Wi-Fi and corner windows also make this a sunny study spot for students. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and local checks. $

SUCRE3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; www.shopsucre.comBilled as a "sweet boutique," Sucre has a pretty charm and is even perfumed with a bakery's inviting aromas. The front counters are filled with brightly colored sorbets and gelatos and finely crafted and primped pastries. A recently added lunch menu boasts changing gourmet sandwiches like chicken cashew salad with tarragon aioli on croissant, spice-rubbed pork tenderloin with apple-sweet onion chutney and Creole mustard sauce. There are also salads, quiches and soup and half-sandwich combos. Sweets and coffee offered in the evenings. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.comWith a basket of chips and a pitcher of margaritas, patrons at this always jumping cantina ponder menu choices like the Superior parillada mixta for two, a huge mixed-grill platter that includes beef and chicken fajitas, grilled shrimp, grilled ribs and shrimp stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon, plus an array of side dishes. For lighter fare, try the ceviche marinated in citrus and spices. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sat. and Sun. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFÉ & JUICE BAR1418 Magazine St., 524-3828Fresh-squeezed juice and vegetarian dishes are hallmarks of Surrey's, but not everyone necessarily seeks out the menu's lightest choices. After all, the French toast is stuffed with bananas, cream cheese and brown sugar, all pan fried and topped with classic bananas Foster sauce. The crab melt is layered with lump crabmeat, melted cheese and remoulade on sourdough bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449Pull up a seat at the sushi bar to watch the talented and fast-moving chefs craft their delicious creations at this low-key Japanese restaurant. Formerly known as Tokyo Bistro, the restaurant's fresh, inventive rolls and specials have kept its regulars loyal. Some house favorite rolls include hand rolls bulging with fish and vegetables and the Tiger's Eyes made with baked salmon and crabmeat. The restaurant prepares plenty of cooked Japanese dishes and noodles as well. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA5932 Magazine St., 897-3974Taqueria Corona's comfortable cantinas offer tart margaritas, Mexican and Latin American staple dishes and some exotic touches. Fried fish tacos with shredded cabbage and shrimp and cheese-filled flautas are specialties. Taco choices include rib-eye, tongue and chorizo. The grilled green onion appetizer known as cebollitas is a favorite. Also try the Mexican pizza or big California-style burritos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THEO'S PIZZA4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.com Theo's version of thin-crust pizza has a distinctive cracker-like base for its pies. From there, the toppings seem limited only by the imagination with the Eccentric specialty pizza packing garlic, chicken, spinach, peppers, feta, jalapenos, yellow squash, spicy tomatoes, pepperjack, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Beyond pizza, you'll find an array of toasted sandwiches and salads on the menu. Stop in Mondays or Tuesdays for $1 beers or Wednesdays for $10 bottles of wine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.comWith dining rooms that could double as cozy galleries of regional art, Upperline has been a colorful mainstay of the Uptown bistro scene for many years. The inventiveness is not limited to the artwork, however, as its kitchen has created some lasting contributions to New Orleans cuisine, such as fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade. Beloved dishes created by onetime Upperline chef Tom Cowman include roast duck with garlic port or ginger peach sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

URBAN CUP CAFÉ IN KUNFLAMA'S1920 Magazine St., 586-1606; www.urbancupcafe.comRelocated in Kunflama boutique and gallery, patrons can enjoy Urban Cup Café's fare while browsing art work and clothing. Sandwich options such as the chicken pesto and turkey club panini are still available along with a wide variety of vegetarian dishes and a new juice bar. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE1205 St. Charles Ave., 561-1148; www.vitalityjuice.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

VIZARD'S ON THE AVENUE 2203 St. Charles Ave., 529-9912; www.vizardsontheavenue.com The inventive, often playful cuisine of veteran New Orleans chef Kevin Vizard is on display at his Uptown restaurant. Mainstay dishes include filet mignon with Parisienne potato and a golden raisin and port wine demiglace, and a butcher plate including chicken galantine and house-made pheasant sausage. The distinctive Black and Blue dessert is a cake of dark chocolate and blue cheese with port wine reduction and chantilly cream. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647; www.voodoobbqandgrill.comA long, slow cooking time is part of the magic spell Voodoo casts over its brisket, pulled pork and ribs. A blend of seasoning adds another layer of mojo. Side dishes like rattlesnake beans, corn pudding and macaroni and cheese make for complete meals. Voodoo also cooks burgers and chicken sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoods.com The nation's largest natural foods grocer has a long history in New Orleans and its two locations in Uptown and Metairie offer a wide range of gourmet and organic products. The various food stations and deli cases offer dishes like Sonoma chicken salad with pecans, grapes and celery and citrus-marinated salmon served with peppers and olives for a Mediterranean accent. Prepared foods include soups, pizza, sandwiches and much more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ZARA'S MARKET4838 Prytania St., 895-0581Folks stop into Zara's to make groceries but also to visit the deli in the rear of the store for sensational sandwiches and hot meals to go. Monday's traditional special of red beans and rice with sausage is always popular as are Italian meatballs on a po-boy or over spaghetti. Other dishes include eggplant and veal Parmesan and muffulettas. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL1525 St. Charles Ave., 520-8100; www.zearestaurants.comSee Kenner listing for restaurant description.

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

7 ON FULTON701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.comLocated inside the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 7 on Fulton is a roomy restaurant in a converted historic warehouse space. The menu features dishes such as the sautéed duck breast with grilled peaches and fennel confit, and the Duo de Bouef, a serving of strip and oxtail with spiced red wine sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ALLEGRO BISTRO1100 Poydras St., 582-2350This upscale CBD lunch spot aims high with weekly specials like Louisiana-style barbecue shrimp, which features peeled shrimp, a spicy sauce and garlic mashed potatoes. The crawfish carbonara pasta mixes penne pasta with a hearty crawfish cream sauce and peas and apple-smoked bacon. Allegro is also a busy brunch and tailgating spot prior to Saints home games. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

ANATOLE600 St. Charles Ave., 274-0105This elegant restaurant is the work of chef Raymond Toups, who serves a menu of Louisiana seafood and chop-house classics. The aged rib-eye, the filet mignon flamed with cognac, the roast loin of lamb and center-cut pork chop comprise the turf side of the menu. The surf side includes sautéed Grand Isle shrimp and Atlantic salmon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CAFÉ ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.comChef Danny Trace offers inspired contemporary Creole cuisine at Café Adelaide, named for a member of the Brennan family. His barbecue duck and sweet potato "waffle" combines barbecued duck debris, caramelized apples, a sunny-side up quail egg and chicory coffee cane syrup. Shrimp and tasso corndogs are served with five-pepper jelly, pickled okra, chicory greens and Crystal hot sauce butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

COCHON930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.comChefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski put their stamp on traditional Cajun cooking in this fun, rustic-looking Warehouse District restaurant. The in-house boucherie features half a dozen pork preparations including fried boudin with pickled peppers and spicy grilled pork ribs with watermelon pickle. Entrées include oven-roasted fresh catch "fisherman style" and smoked beef brisket with horseradish potato salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DINO'S BAR & GRILL1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900This Warehouse District bar offers hearty food at affordable prices. Burgers, cheesesteaks, chicken Caesar wraps and an Italian chicken sandwich are some of the diverse offerings. There's also a martini menu with many choices. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE DIPLOMAT BAR AND GRILL535 Tchoupitoulas St., 571-2000; www.thediplomatbarandgrill.com One of the newest additions to the downtown dining scene, The Diplomat serves local favorites from the Creole cookbook. The Creole seafood gumbo is made from scratch with shrimp, crabmeat, oysters and tomatoes. Shrimp Creole is based on a mixture of peppers, yellow and green onions, garlic, tomatoes and herbs with plenty of shrimp served over rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., breakfast Sun. Credit cards. $$

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BARHilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St. 584-3911; www.dragosrestaurant.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

EMERIL'S800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.comA brush with fame is one draw to the flagship restaurant of New Orleans' best-known celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse, but the kitchen delivers on the superstar reputation. The menu showcases the eclectic and well-traveled tastes for which Lagasse is known. Entrée choices include andouille-crusted redfish with Creole meuniére sauce, grilled filet of beef with red onion marmalade, marrow butter and oxtail jus, and duck schnitzel with roasted shallots. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ERNST CAFÉ600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafé.netEstablished in 1902, Ernst Café has been feeding and watering downtowners for more than a century. Burgers, chicken and fried seafood are mainstays. Look for the gumbo du jour and changing specials like ribs. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GORDON BIERSCH200 Poydras St., 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.comThe beer garden of Gordon Biersch beckons with outdoor perches where you can enjoy a mug of beer. The brewery recently tapped its autumn brew, FestBier, in a nod to Oktoberfest. Inside, the kitchen cooks a menu ranging from pizza and salad to sandwiches, pastas and meatloaf to local dishes like red beans and rice and gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.comJoel Dondis' newest restaurant, Grand Isle, highlights seafood but also offers plenty of options for landlubbers. Seafood options range from blue crab claws to raw and baked oysters to Gulf fish. Potted crab serves jumbo lump crabmeat with a zesty hollandaise sauce. On the meat side, pork chops are breaded, sautéed and served with braised cabbage and hashbrown potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZSRiverwalk Mall, Poydras Street at the River, 861-2500The name Haagen-Dazs is, of course, synonymous with luscious ice creams, but this Riverwalk franchise also offers a variety of coffee drinks, including rich lattes and frothy cappuccinos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.comDonald Link cooks modern Creole cuisine infused with European influences at this casually elegant restaurant. Savor smothered kurabuta pork belly with hoppin' john and collard greens, or sautéed Louisiana jumbo shrimp with house-cured bacon risotto and salsa verde. The menu also features excellent small plates, including Dijon-horseradish beef short ribs and fried frog legs. There's fried apple and pear tart with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HIP STIX ASIAN FUSION RESTAURANT & BAR870 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-2858; www.hipstixasianfusion.comHip Stix serves Far East flavors with flair in the heart of the Warehouse District. The pad Thai is a house favorite, prepared with stir-fried rice noodles, peanuts, green onions and either shrimp, chicken or tofu. Grilled Slammin' Salmon Curry is enhanced with coconut-red curry sauce, baby bok choy and scallops. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA920 Poydras St., 561-8914Artistic presentations of sushi and hard-to-find sushi bar exotica like monkfish liver are the hallmarks of this chic downtown Japanese restaurant. Horinoya turns out lunch specials for quick midday meals, but it also features a menu of both raw and cooked cuisine that is worth extensive exploration in the evening. Reservations accepted for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KABBY'S SPORTS EDITION GRILLHilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 561-0500This breezy hotel sports bar delivers a wide array of bar food for snacking, plus burgers and sandwiches. The bar is fully prepped and ready to go with specialty cocktails. Signed jerseys and memorabilia line the walls, hanging between big-screen TVs broadcasting multiple sporting events at once. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA BOCA857 Fulton St., 525-8205Steaks speak with a South American accent at this Warehouse District hotspot inspired by the steakhouses of Buenos Aires. Whether you order the familiar filet or the short ribs, the meat here is accompanied by various piquant chimichurri sauces. Pasta dishes play a supporting role with specials changing nightly. Some of the outstanding sides include crisp fries and grilled provolone with herbs and olive oil. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA COTE BRASSERIE700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.comThe lobby of the Warehouse District Renaissance Arts Hotel flows gracefully into this seafood restaurant, where the contemporary art theme continues in the design of the exposed stainless-steel kitchen, dining area and bar. Chilled seafood tasting platters are a specialty. Appetizers include charbroiled oysters on Herbsaint spinach. For an entrée, try the glazed salmon or redfish served with corn succotash and sweet potato hay. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFÉ610 Poydras St., 212-5656The Creole soul food of the Baquet family now has a CBD location in the Whitney building. Hearty breakfasts of eggs, omelets, waffles, grits and hash browns start the day. Lunch brings Creole favorites like file gumbo, oyster-stuffing bread, fried oysters or shrimp, trout Baquet and po-boys. Brunch will be offered soon. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cars and checks. $

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.comThe surf may not be up around here, but spirits are still high at this lively downtown hangout. Spicy riptide chicken wings are served either wet with sauce or dry with a rub of seasoning. Specialties such as the Southwestern-style burgers and Baja rolls with chicken, avocado, black beans, cheese and salsa are bestsellers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.comThis whimsical Warehouse District destination offers a taste of the Cajun countryside paired with the unique sounds of the region. As Cajun bands perform for the dining room's evening crowd, the kitchen dishes out favorites like grilled catfish Mulate's topped with crawfish etouffée, chicken and sausage jambalaya, blackened fish, crabmeat au gratin and fried seafood platters. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PANASIA500 St. Charles Ave., 525-4555Panasia bridges the gap between Thai, Vietnamese and American cuisine. Thai favorites include pad Thai, Thai-style curries and spicy soups. Vietnamese vermicelli noodle dishes and rice plates are also available. A marinated and grilled pork chop is served with a horseradish sauce, sautéed mushrooms, onions, rice and salad. More Louisiana-inspired dishes are the seafood, shrimp or fish platters which offer fried seafood, plus French fries, hush puppies and steamed vegetables. The café has pretty views of St. Charles Avenue and Lafayette Square. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RED EYE GRILL852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.netThe Red Eye offers a green light to hungry folks out for a night on the town. Huge burgers, jalapeno poppers and popcorn shrimp call out for the Red Eye's other major specialty — cold beer. For the health-conscious, salads can be topped with grilled tuna, chicken or a turkey burger. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RICHE BY TODD ENGLISHFulton St. at Poydras St., 533-6117; www.toddenglish.comHoused in the ground floor of Harrah's hotel, Riche offers celebrity chef Todd English's refined and reinvented French cuisine. Some traditional dishes include a cassoulet of white beans with lardons, andouille, merguez sausage and pulled duck meat baked in the oven with breadcrumbs and served with a braised lamb shank. The bouillabaisse is a savory catch of Maine lobster, Littleneck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, scallops, Gulf shrimp and potatoes in a lobster-saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit Cards. $$$

RIOMAR800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.comNew Orleans knows a thing or two about seafood, but RioMar takes diners on a different sort of fishing trip with Latin-influenced preparations of fresh local catches. The appetizer menu starts with four varieties of ceviche, which can be ordered together as a sampler plate, and the entrées include a generous cut of tuna wrapped in Serrano ham and escabeche of Gulf fish. Come at lunchtime for the tapas menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS823 Fulton St., 589-7253; www.rocknsake.com Always ready to whip up a locally-inspired sushi creation, the chefs at Rock-n-Sake delight Tiger fans with the LSU roll made with tempura shrimp and cream cheese rolled inside rice and seaweed and topped with crab, avocado and tuna, plus a dash of eel sauce. A more traditional treat is the beef and asparagus maki with thin-sliced beef rolled around asparagus, grilled and topped with teriyaki sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SUGAR HOUSE315 Julia St., 378-4000This restaurant in the Embassy Suites hotel is named for the original hotel built on the site for the 1984 World's Fair. The restaurant pays homage to New Orleans with dishes such as sautéed trout with candied lemon, sides of jambalaya and red beans, and Bananas Foster cheesecake for dessert. The New York strip is served with Creole butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SUN RAY GRILL1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; www.sunraygrill.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

TOMMY'S CUISINE746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommyscuisine.comMarrying Italian and French Creole cuisines, Tommy's menu offers polished renditions of local favorites. The soft-shell crab is fried and served over linguini with fresh basil and Roma tomatoes in crawfish sauce. Duck Tchoupitoulas is as hard to resist as it is to spell, delivering a roasted duck deglazed with raspberry demiglace with wild rice and fresh spinach. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790An urbane atmosphere and an extensive wine list are the calling cards of Tommy's Wine Bar. Sharing management, a kitchen and a name with its neighbor Tommy's Cuisine means patrons can expect a lot more than bar snacks. Light bites at the wine bar could include mussels steamed in white wine with sautéed tomatoes and caramelized garlic, shrimp remoulade, duck salad over spinach or crabmeat maison. No reservations. Light dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TUCKER'S TAVERN869 Magazine St., 522-0440Tucker's is the undisputed home of the deep-fried burger. The Big Al is a half-pound burger stuffed with pepperjack cheese and mushrooms. The Big Tuck pours it on with bacon, pepperjack and American cheese on the inside and cheddar and barbecue sauce on top. Appetizers and grazing options include fried pickles, nachos, spicy Buffalo oysters and wings. The rest of the extensive menu ranges from homemade soups to salads, po-boys, sandwiches wraps, quesadillas and entrée platters of grilled fish and steak. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459Barbecue aficionados will appreciate Ugly Dog's ribs, pulled pork and sliced brisket, all served in a casual bar atmosphere with pool tables and murals of swamp scenes on the walls. There are sandwiches, burgers and generous platters of barbecue meat that come with sides such as chili beans with sour cream, onions and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFÉ636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329Reflecting the spirit of the owner's native Australia, this friendly pub serves a hearty menu of comfort food. Shepherd's pie with ground beef, vegetables and Guinness gravy topped with garlic mashed potatoes and cheese could fill an Outback-sized appetite. Jambalaya, pizzas and meatball subs offer flavors from closer to home. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT PIZZA1068 Magazine St., 529-1466Warehouse District Pizza serves 10- and 14-inch pies with traditional red sauce or the house specialty spicy sauce and all the fixings. Two types of salad are available to kick-start your meal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WHOLE HOG CAFÉ639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.comThe Whole Hog approach starts with the belief that everything goes better with barbecue meat. Start with the barbecue nachos or get barbecue on top of salads. For entrées, the selection includes pulled pork, brisket, full and half slabs of ribs, pulled chicken meat and half chickens. The Whole Hog Platter rounds up pork, brisket, three beef ribs, baked beans, coleslaw and dinner rolls. A choice of six different barbecue sauces ranging from sweet to tangy to spicy are already on the tables, or head to the counter and ask for the super-hot Volcano sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882This stylish Warehouse District space is a showcase for chef Tom Wolfe's big, bold-flavored contemporary Louisiana cooking. The signature Duck-Duck-Goose special combines a crispy leg of duck confit, slices of pastrami-cured duck breast over a warm bacon lardon-frisee salad, seared foie gras and a dried cherry and fresh tarragon duck demiglace. Scallop ceviche floats in a tomato gazpacho with a dollop of candied lemon-chive sour cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

WEST BANK

ADAM'S CATFISH HOUSE8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 392-0541Take a wild guess what the specialty is here. The catfish comes grilled, fried, or even served atop salad greens tuna salad-style. The Whole Fish Platter is a whole bone-in fish served with French fries, hush puppies and slaw. Adam's also offers a children's menu and appetizers such as the fried onion, fried vegetables and fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE BAR-B-Q PLACE4100 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 392-0001; ww.thebarbqplace.comA new barbecue specialist with an extensive menu and many specials, the Bar B Q Place also turns out the old stand-bys like barbecue pork or beef brisket rubbed with seasoning and smoked over hardwoods. Side dishes like baked cheddar macaroni, Creole mashed potatoes, country-style coleslaw, smoked and baked potatoes and marinated onion loaf add plenty of options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BEEF CONNECTION501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275West Bank carnivores know where to find the beef. The Beef Connection serves large cuts of New York strip, rib-eyes and T-bones. Lunch is a better bargain because steaks come with side dishes. The steakhouse also cooks seafood from grilled salmon or tuna to Maine lobster and even has catfish specials on Fridays. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

BREAUX MART605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 433-0333; www.breauxmart.comSee Metairie listing for description.

BROTHERS' NEW ORLEANS Café1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073Huge portions and reasonable prices keep customers coming back to Brothers', where for more than 32 years the kitchen has turned out signature fried food made with a special batter. Everything fried is good here, but hungry diners shouldn't overlook the hamburger steak, which is made in house and seasoned generously. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFÉ DI BLASI1801 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown, 361-3106Traditional Italian dishes served in a pleasant ambience is what Café DiBlasi is all about. Popular dishes include osso buco of baby veal shanks roasted in veal broth and served with red sauce. The bracioloni wraps Italian meat and cheeses into a round and simmers it in a tomato sauce. The dish is served with pasta and a garden salad. Italian favorites such as lasagna and spaghetti are also available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ DITALI 2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-0058Check out the pastas, pizzas and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Regulars love the chicken Pomodori served with onions, bell peppers and sun-dried tomatoes cooked in butter and covered in both Alfredo and marinara sauces. Calzones include meat-heavy options like a mix of pepperoni, ground beef, sausage and Canadian bacon with mozzarella and marinara. Reservations recommended for parties of 10 or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 368-2100; www.chevys.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

CHINA DOLL830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 366-8822Cantonese cuisine is the specialty of Harvey's China Doll. House specialties include the crab Rangoon, a fried wonton filled with crab, spices and cream cheese. Lunch combinations abound, complemented by shrimp fried rice and choice of egg roll or cho cho, another crispy wonton, this time made from pork and shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA429 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-3939; www.empressofchina.netElegance and comfort converge at Christina Tsang's restaurant. Chef's creations include the Empress Poached Salmon served atop fresh ginger and scallions. The Tangeri beef is flash-fried beef and orange peel served with a sweet, peppery sauce. Christina's also offers lunch specials of sweet-and-sour chicken (with sides of either fried or steamed rice, an egg roll and tea) and family-style suppers with dishes like moo shu pork with plum sauce. Reservations recommended for four or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CHRISTY'S PO-BOYS1102 Stumpf Blvd., Gretna, 368-6498Po-boys meet eclectic Spanish fare at this Westbank eatery. While there are pressed Cuban sandwiches of pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, specials include many Spanish dishes, like the Friday and Saturday special of stewed oxtails served over rice with plantains. Or try the traditional ropa viejo, an entrée of shredded beef in red gravy served with rice, black beans and plantains. Fresh shakes are made with mango and papaya. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995 Now open for lunch, Clementine's brings a touch of Belgium to the West Bank. Try the classic steamed mussels served with a white wine cream sauce and accompanied by crisp Belgian fries. Salads are light and tossed with restrained mixes of olive oil and vinegar. The Salad Legoise is both hot and cold, with warm potatoes and bacon topping cool greens. Among the crepes, a delicate version includes baby spinach with goat cheese and Parmesan. Try the apple crepe for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CLEOPATRA'S2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113 Cleopatra's serves hummus with garlic and the falafel is fried crispy. Entrées like the kebab barg offer an entire feast with charbroiled beef tenderloin, grilled tomato, hummus, rice and a salad. A vegetarian plate includes portions of couscous, hummus, falafel, vegetarian dolmeh and tabbouleh. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COMMON GROUNDS335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200Hungry folks will have a tough time choosing a quick bite from Common Grounds' bulky menu. There's everything from fried seafood and sandwiches to tuna fillets and steaks hand-cut in house. The spacious patio has plenty of room for a lazy lunch. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $.

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT1700 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 364-1575; www.alcopeland.comSee Kenner listing for restaurant description.

COTTAGE CAFÉ423 10th St., Gretna, 366-2233West Bank residents have long known about this aptly named café tucked into downtown Gretna in a historic Acadian cottage. The menu of Creole and Italian favorites includes specialties like corn, crab and shrimp bisque and trout Tchoupitoulas, pan-fried and served with paneed portobello mushrooms, lump crabmeat, gruyere cheese and a white wine reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks and cash only. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS1788 Carol Sue Ave., Gretna, 392-1150; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 392-1150Of course, the hallmark of DiMartino's is its muffuletta, piled thick with sopressetta salami, ham, Swiss and provolone cheeses, mortadella and housemade olive salad on a seeded loaf. A sleeper hit on the menu, however, might be the roast beef po-boy made with slow-cooked beef and served on a crusty French bread loaf. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DITALI'S PIZZA8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160; www.detalis.comDitali's specializes in New York-style thin-crust pizza, hearty pasta entrées and succulent sandwiches. Sink your teeth into a Philly-style cheesesteak dripping with peppers, cheese and onions. Or make your own pizza from the variety of toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

DOUBLE DRAGON8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 433-4333Seafood is the specialty here, especially the salt and pepper soft-shell crabs or the whole deep-fried red snapper, served with Hunan sauce. For fowl, General Tso's chicken is another popular choice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DRY DOCK CAFÉ133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.comHop off the Algiers Point ferry and into this neighborhood tavern, where the kitchen turns out sandwiches, seafood platters, big salads and tempting bar munchies like mini-tacos and potato skins. The half-pound Bestbank burger is loaded with cheese, bacon, mushrooms and sautéed onions. Entrées include crawfish pasta in a creamy sauce topped with Parmesan cheese as well as changing specials like blackened redfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$

EASY DOGS307 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 367-1001; www.neworleanseasydogs.comHot dogs get a New Orleans twist at this wiener café in downtown Gretna. The Katrina dog is made with the house special "easy sauce," homemade chili, shredded cheese, coleslaw, onions and a side of cheddar fish crackers, while the Lundi dog features red beans and rice in the bun plus a side of pickled corn relish. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FROSTY'S CAFFE2800 Manhattan Blvd., Suite B, Harvey, 361-9099Frosty's signature bubble tea is a unique Asian drink. There are sweet and familiar flavors like strawberry and mango, or try the jasmine green tea with jellied lychee or the avocado shake. For a fusion of West Bank standards, try the Vietnamese po-boy. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

GAMBINO'S BAKERY300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; http://gambinos.infoKnown for its February infusions of heavenly cinnamon-laced king cakes, this Crescent City institution also bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes year-round. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S DELI435 Huey P. Long Drive, Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.comGattuso's offers burgers with additions like blue cheese and portobello mushrooms. There's an extensive sandwich and wrap menu. Appetizers include calamari, fried pickles, and crab and corn bisque. Entrées feature choices like baby back ribs served with a watermelon barbecue sauce, spaghetti and meatballs and fried seafood. Side dishes include loaded baked potatoes and sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GO-GO GOURMET MARKET & CAFÉ838 Derbigny St., Gretna, 374-9620Go-Go offers burgers and creative dishes. Try the Bayou Burger, a combination of andouille sausage and ground beef topped with Creole mustard sauce. For something a little richer, the Big Blue Burger is made with Maytag blue cheese crumbles. On the seafood side, go with grilled yellowfin tuna on organic greens tossed with wasabi vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOA HONG NINE ROSES1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665With its voluminous menu of authentic Vietnamese dishes, Nine Roses invites diners to be adventurous. There are spring rolls and soups beyond basic pho like hot and sour soups with okra and pineapple, but there are also many adventurous options. Some items are cooked at the table like strips of beef which are then wrapped in rice paper with herbs vegetables and sauces. There are many rice and vermicelli dishes, and seafood is plentiful. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 889-0160; www.hooters.louisiana.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

KIM SON349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489Kim Son offers a long list of Vietnamese dishes and Cantonese- and Szechuan-style Chinese dishes. For meat lovers, the Bo 7 Mon is a seven-course feast of Vietnamese-style beef dishes. The meat comes cooked and served a variety of ways with flavors of basil, cilantro, lemon, onion and fish sauce adding extra flavors. Other popular Vietnamese fare includes rice and noodle soups and vermicelli dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MO'S PIZZA 1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.netMo's name is about the only small thing you'll find at this neighborhood pizzeria. The pizzas measure almost 21 inches across and are available in many different combinations from the meat pizza with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs and ham to the supreme, which adds olives and vegetables. The lasagna is a five-layer tower of meat, ricotta and sauce and is accompanied by garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOSCA'S4137 Hwy. 90 W, Avondale, 436-9942Home of Oysters Mosca, now a classic dish widely copied around town, this is the place people make pilgrimages to just to get them at the source. Many of Mosca's signature dishes, like the chicken cacciatore, are served family style — so bring some friends. Just be sure to bring cash — the only tender accepted at this thoroughly old school and beloved Italian restaurant on the edge of the swamps in Avondale. Reservations accepted except on Saturday. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

MOTHER'S131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678The regular menu's Greek dishes like chicken shish kebabs or gyro plates are a good reason to head to Mother's for lunch, but changing daily specials also draw attention. Some popular weekly dishes include breaded pork chops, catfish amandine, Italian specials like veal or chicken Parmesan on Thursday and Friday seafood specials. There are always plenty of vegetable side dishes to choose from. Red beans, beet salad, eggplant casserole and cabbage are rotating options. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

OLIVE BRANCH CAFÉ1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 5163 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.comThis duo of casual eateries serves up gourmet pizzas and more on the West Bank. For a new twist on a classic, try the muffuletta sub. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE1601 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 341-5544; www.outback.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

PHO TAU BAY113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846Pho Tau Bay may be the area's reigning king of pho, offering more than 20 different beef broth soups with different accompaniments ranging from sliced beef or pork to more exotic cuts. Seafood can also be added to soups. The huge menu lists everything from fresh spring rolls made with rice paper and served with peanut sauce to vermicelli salads topped with your choice of shrimp, pork, tofu or egg rolls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE RESTAURANT1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.comRed Maple has been a West Bank dining destination since 1963, serving steaks and Louisiana seafood in the heart of Gretna. Be sure to clear the schedule for prime rib night on Thursdays. Check out the crab cakes for a warm-up and save room for Red Maple's bread pudding. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RENDEZ-VOUS CAFÉ3001 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 367-6013 Aromatic hookah pipes, coffee drinks and beer and wine are some of the preludes at this wide-ranging eatery. At breakfast time, try the Western omelet with bacon, sausage, ham and cheese with pancakes or toast on the side. Dinner specialties include classic chicken Parmesan covered with sauce and served over pasta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SEMOLINA'S1121 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-8293; www.semolina.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090This Italian Bistro offers all sorts of classic Italian dishes and gives Roman accents to some local favorites. For example, the Italian roast beef po-boy is topped with Parmesan cheese and marinara sauce. Try specials like the shrimp scampi or entrées of spinach lasagna, chicken or eggplant Parmesan, shrimp Florentine calzones, Caprese or artichoke salads and pizza. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL2600 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna, 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.comSee Metairie listing for restaurant description.

TAN DINH1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 361-8008The chicken and beef rice noodle soup, or pho, at Tan Dinh is a refreshing mix of meat, noodles, lemongrass and broth with a side of sprouts, jalapenos, basil and lime for diners to add to their liking. Marinated roast duck with sticky rice is also popular. The restaurant now serves a selection of wine. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$.

TENNOU SUSHI BAR1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-3898Fans of this West Bank sushi bar often opt for combinations of sushi, cooked meats and soups with bargain-priced bento box dinners. In addition to large sushi rolls and sashimi, dishes like baked green mussels and fried dumplings are popular choices. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THANH THANH4024 Behrman Hwy., 368-5694Among the Vietnamese specialties at Thanh Thanh, you'll find five different varieties of spring rolls offering everything from shrimp to beef to pork to vegetables. Pho Ga is a rice noodle soup with chicken in a rich aromatic broth that arrives at the table with a basket of fresh basil, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices and limes. The Vietnamese-style crepes are made from rice flour with a hint of coconut. They are stuffed with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and onions and are served with lettuce, fresh herbs, pickled carrots, cucumbers and fish sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TODARO'S RESTAURANT2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-8522; www.todarosrestaurant.comOffering fine dining in a comfortable setting, Todaro's serves some unique takes on Italian cooking. The osso buco combines three petit veal shanks with rich pecan and jalapeno gravy over buttered fettuccine. Ahi tuna is peppered and served with sherry mushroom risotto and balsamic vinegar reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TOUT DE SUITE347 Verret St., 362-2264; www.toutdesuitecafe.comWith a wireless Internet connection, this coffee shop serves as a home office away from home for some of its patrons. Breakfast offerings include egg dishes and rotating weekend specials like huevos rancheros and buttermilk biscuits with gravy. For lunch, try a chicken panini with apple smoked bacon and Swiss cheese. Fresh salads combine greens with items like fruit, nuts, chicken or seared salmon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WEGO INN CAFÉ450 Laroussini St., Westwego, 347-9187; www.westwegoswampadventures.comOperated by a swamp-tour company, this family-friendly West Bank café offers cooked versions of the fauna visitors might witness on a wildlife outing. Alligator sausage and fried frog legs start off the appetizer menu. Mainstays like blackened fish and shrimp come in generous portions. Mardi Gras pasta mixes shrimp and crawfish tails in a spicy sauce. The Swamp Spider is a soft-shell crab fried golden brown. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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