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Fall Restaurant Guide 2012: CBD 

8 BLOCK KITCHEN & BAR
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 613-3850; www.neworleans.hyatt.com
The smoked pork andouille sandwich is served on ciabatta and dressed with organic zucchini slaw and cranberry dressing. The cured salmon and egg white frittata features cage-free eggs, organic baby spinach and organic tomato tartare. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

ALLEGRO BISTRO
1100 Poydras St., (504) 582-2350; www.allegrobistro.com
Grilled filet mignon, caramelized onions and roasted garlic-and-Brie aioli come together in the tenderloin and Brie sandwich. Southwestern chicken pasta features blackened chicken, penne pasta and creamy chili and corn salsa. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

ANGELETTO'S PIZZA
220 S. Robertson St., (504) 581-3500; www.angelettospizzeria.com
Barbecue chicken pizza is topped with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, grilled chicken, sweet corn, red onion and a mix of green, red and yellow bell peppers. Mediterranean pasta consists of portobello mushrooms, artichokes, basil and fettuccine tossed in creamy garlic-tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., (504) 533-6111; www.harrahsneworleans.com
Besh Steak serves big steaks and local seafood. The 20-ounce bone-in Kansas City strip is served with blue cheese butter and Abita Amber onion rings. The Louisiana seafood three ways appetizer includes shrimp remoulade, fried oysters with blue cheese dressing and crab maison with caviar. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE
401 Magazine St., (504) 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com
The red fish Bon Ton is a seared fillet of seasoned drum topped with lump crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Oysters Alvin features lightly breaded bivalves served over seasoned rice pilaf and topped with a sauce made with lemon, beef broth and fresh mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

BORGNE
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 613-3860; www.borgnerestaurant.com
The fried Des Allemands catfish po-boy is dressed with tartar sauce and green tomato chow-chow. Black drum a la plancha is topped with pecans and jumbo lump crab in a brown butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., (504) 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com
The Buffet offers a large selection of local seafood, Southern favorites like fried chicken, Asian dishes and a 40-item dessert bar. Friday nights feature seafood specials. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB AND GRUB
 116 Baronne St., (504) 566-0055; www.Cajunmikes.com
The Cuban sandwich features pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles pressed on French bread. The fried catfish po-boy can come with fries or onion rings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CHOPHOUSE NEW ORLEANS
 322 Magazine St., (504) 522-7902; www.chophousenola.com
The marbled 22-ounce bone-in rib-eye is cooked to order. Cold-water lobsters are broiled and served with drawn butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON
 833 Poydras St., (504) 620-8899; www.lepavillon.com
 Herbsaint oysters are fried and served atop grilled tomatoes with tasso and spinach cream. Baby rack of lamb is served with almond-mint pesto, a vegetable and a starch. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DOMENICA
 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com
 The thin-crust margarita pizza is topped with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil. Whole roasted cauliflower is cooked in a wood oven and served with whipped feta cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DRESS IT
Omni Royal Crescent Hotel, 535 Gravier St., (504) 527-0006; www.omnihotels.com
The Dress It burger is topped with garlic aioli, bacon, Brie and balsamic-glazed onion. Handmade crab cakes are lightly buttered and sauteed. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ESPRESSO EXPRESS
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, (504) 524-5115 On Tuesdays, taco plates are served with refried beans, guacamole, fresh salsa, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Shrimp remoulade salad is served over hearts of palm, with Monterey Jack cheese, tomatoes, green onions, boiled shrimp and remoulade dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

THE GRILL ROOM
Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., (504) 522-1994; www.grillroomneworleans.com
Hudson Valley foie gras is served with a buttered date, a bacon beignet, pickled apple, brown butter pecans and fried sage. Niman Ranch dry-aged tenderloin comes with potato butter, baby vegetables, autumn mushroom ravioli and black garlic jus. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR
218 S. Robertson St., (504) 460-7365; www.handsomewillys.com
Ginger beer pulled pork is available in tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Tacos are topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce and Mexican slaw. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HONEY LOAF
1441 Canal St., (504) 309-1477; www.thehoneyloaf.com
The Crescent City scramble combines eggs, peppers, onion and mushrooms in a croissant bowl and tops it with tomato and avocado. Mango Avenue features bourbon-peppercorn chicken topped with bacon, arugula, tomato, Swiss cheese and mango-habanero chutney on multigrain wheat bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LE FORET
129 Camp St., (504) 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.com
Luciana shrimp are served with Abita Amber barbecue sauce. Soft-shell crab is cornmeal-crusted and laid over corn maque choux, wild arugula, mirlitons, Roma tomatoes, Higgins crabmeat and Creole mustard emulsion. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LUKE
333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
The Luke burger is topped with Allan Benton's bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes and Emmentaler cheese and is served with house-made fries. Jumbo Louisiana shrimp "en cocotte" combines McEwen & Sons' creamy white-corn grits and Poche's andouille. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MERCHANT
800 Common St., (504) 571-9850; www.merchantneworleans.com
The pancetta crepe is filled with roasted tomato, basil and mozzarella. The prosciutto croque baton is a sandwich dressed with Italian cheeses and red onion. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MIKE SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-2668The baked chicken is served with salad and macaroni and cheese. The roast beef po-boy features house cooked roast beef that is rubbed with special seasonings and stuffed with garlic. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MILA
817 Common St., (504) 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.com
The barbecue lobster appetizer includes a claw and a half tail and is served with a toasted garlic-butter baguette. The crispy baby French chicken entree features a whole chicken and is served with fingerling potatoes. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
401 Poydras St., (504) 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net
The Famous Ferdi po-boy is filled with roast beef debris, baked ham, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayo and yellow and Creole mustards. Mother's jambalaya is studded with sausage and chicken. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

P & G RESTAURANT
345 Baronne St., (504) 525-9678Fried shrimp can be ordered in a po-boy or on a platter with side choices including potato salad, french fries or macaroni and cheese. For breakfast, house-made biscuits, omelets and hash browns are popular. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Pinkberry serves yogurt with fruit in a waffle cone.
  • Pinkberry serves yogurt with fruit in a waffle cone.

PINKBERRY
300 Canal St., (504) 899-4260; www.pinkberry.com
See Uptown section for restau- rant description.

PRESS IT BISTROT & AUTOMAT
935 Gravier St., (800) 928-3960; www.pressitbistrot.com
The Creole cochon de lait panino combines pulled pork, Creole coleslaw, pickles and red onion on wheatberry bread. Get a pizza topped with herb-infused oil, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RED GRAVY
125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.com
Lasagna Bolognese features layers of pasta, house-made meat sauce and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Tuscan shrimp and sausage combines Gulf shrimp and Italian sausage in wine and cream sauce over polenta and is topped with truffle aioli. Breakfast and lunch Mon., Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT AUGUST
301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777; www.restaurantaugust.com
Chef John Besh's signature house-made gnocchi are tossed with blue crab and Perigord truffles. Breaded trout Pontchartrain is served with wild mushrooms, jumbo lump crabmeat and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROLY POLY
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 121, (504) 561-9800; www.rolypoly.com
The pressed Key West Cuban sandwich combines smoked pork, turkey, ham, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, pickles, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and honey-mustard. The Spa salad features plum tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries, alfalfa sprouts, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE
200 Magazine St., (504) 525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.net
See Mid-City section for restaurant description. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

THE SAZERAC RESTAURANT
Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-1200; www.the- rooseveltneworleans.com
Lobster BLT sliders feature Maine lobster salad, pancetta, Bibb lettuce and tomatoes on brioche bread. Garlic roasted giant prawns come with saffron carnaroli rice paella and cognac-shellfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Thu., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE
JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal St., (504) 586-7211; www.shulas.com
Blackened sea scallops are served with pineapple and mango salsa sweetened with agave nectar. The steak Marianne entree tops two 5-ounce filets with cognac-peppercorn sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SINGHA THAI CAFE
413 Carondelet St., (504) 581-2205 Carondelet Shrimp features stir-fried jumbo shrimp served over fried eggplant with vegetables and spicy basil sauce. Tom tum koong is a lemon grass soup brimming with shrimp, mushrooms and chilis. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

STEVE'S DINER
Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, (504) 522-8198; www.stevesdiner.com
The diner's signature dish is the baked chicken quarter with herbs. Daily catfish specials change from fried catfish with pecan butter to baked catfish topped with lemon butter or crawfish etouffee. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE STORE
814 Gravier St., (504) 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.com
The fried shrimp and greens po-boy features fried shrimp in New Orleans-style barbecue sauce dressed with collard greens. Asian shrimp and avocado salad features boiled Gulf shrimp, avocado, tomato, julienned carrots, wontons and black sesame seeds tossed in soy vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast Lunch and Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STREETCAR CAFE
110 Carondelet St., (504) 523-6614The Shoot 'Em alligator omelet features sauteed onions, peppers and alligator meat with Creole seasonings. The Streetcar po-boy includes roast beef, ham and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TERRAZU
Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 129, (504) 287-0877; www.terrazu.net
The BBLTA sandwich layers whole wheat toast with Brie, bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado and is dressed with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Grilled chicken tops a bed of baby spinach, cranberries, toasted pecans, avocado and blue cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

VERANDA RESTAURANT
Intercontinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Ave., (504) 585-4383; www.icneworleans.com
The lamb burger is topped with olive-pepper relish and tzatziki sauce. Gumbo ya ya includes shrimp, crawfish, sausage and okra. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

VITASCOPE HALL
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 613-3740; www.neworleans.hyatt.com
Sushi options include the Uptown Roll, featuring yellowtail, snow crab, avocado and white or brown rice. The Vitascope burger is an 8-ounce custom-ground grass-fed beef patty crusted in potato chips and topped with Brie and caramelized onions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. and Sun., lunch, dinner and late-night Sat. Credit cards. $$

WALK-ON'S BISTREAUX & BAR
1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com
Catfish Atchafalaya features blackened or fried fillets topped with crawfish etouffee and fried crawfish. Cajundillas are quesadillas filled with chicken, boudin, pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, andouille sausage and rice. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

WELTY'S DELI
336 Camp St., (504) 592-0223; www.weltysdeli.com
The Asian chicken salad tops baby greens with roasted chicken, carrots, Mandarin orange segments, fried rice noodles and toasted almonds tossed in ginger-soy dressing. The AK (After Katrina) sandwich is assembled with a choice of four deli meats, and cheddar, Swiss, pepper Jack and provolone cheeses on a warm muffuletta bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $


Bywater | CBD | Carrollton/University | Citywide

Eastern New Orleans/Chalmette | Faubourg Marigny | French Quarter

Gentilly/Lakefront | Harahan & Jefferson/River Ridge

Kenner & Beyond | Lakeview | Metairie | Mid-City/Treme

Uptown | Warehouse District

Northshore

Abita Springs/Covington | Madisonville | Mandeville | Outskirts | Slidell

West Bank

Algiers | Gretna/Terrytown | Harvey | Marrero | Other

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