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Fall Restaurant Guide 2013: French Quarter 

click to enlarge Bayona offers specials such as tabbouleh-stuffed quail topped with date molasses and pistachios and served with kale and carrot-ginger salad.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Bayona offers specials such as tabbouleh-stuffed quail topped with date molasses and pistachios and served with kale and carrot-ginger salad.

5 Fifty 5
New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., (504) 553-5638; www.555nola.com
Chicken confit bisque is made with herb-roasted mushrooms and celery root. The marinated skirt steak comes with brown butter kale, smashed bliss potatoes and juniper berry veal demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; www.acmeoyster.com
The New Orleans medley includes samples of gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and grilled smoked sausage. The Peacemaker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters dressed with Tabasco-infused mayonnaise. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Alibi Bar and Grill
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com
Alibi Killer fries top a pound of fries with chili, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, jalapenos, onions, salsa and sour cream. The shrimp plate includes fried jumbo shrimp, fries and toast points. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

Angeli On Decatur
1141 Decatur St., (504) 566-0077; www.angelirestaurant.webs.com
The gyro sandwich consists of roasted lamb served in a warm pita with lettuce, onions, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce. Chicken diavolo pizza is topped with grilled chicken, mozzarella, spicy red pepper sauce, roasted garlic, roasted red peppers and red onions and jalapeno peppers on request. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

Antoine's Annex
513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045; www.antoines.com
The breakfast platter combines scrambled eggs, grits, hickory-smoked bacon and a biscuit or toast. The Caprese sandwich features thick-sliced mozzarella, Creole tomato, basil pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a pistolette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Antoine's Restaurant
713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www.antoines.com
Oysters Rockefeller, created here in 1899, are oysters covered with a thick puree of greens (but not spinach) with seasoned bread crumbs and baked on the half shell. Alaska Antoine is the restaurant's signature baked Alaska dessert for two: ice cream wrapped in pound cake and crowned with a toasted meringue shell and hot fudge. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Arnaud's Restaurant
813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com
Roasted Louisiana quail Elzey is partially deboned quail filled with foie gras mousse and mushroom duxelle, wrapped in country-smoked bacon and served on truffle-infused bordelaise. Escargots en casserole are baked with garlic-herb butter and a dash of Pernod and capped with flaky pastry. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Attiki Bar & Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com
The grilled shrimp kebab is a skewer of jumbo shrimp marinated for 24 hours in olive oil and herbs. Shish kebab features ground meat seasoned with savory herbs and olive oil. Both come with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Backspace Bar & Kitchen
139 Chartres St., (504) 322-2245; www.backspace- nola.com
The Whitman combines beef tenderloin tips, fried oysters, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and gravy on ciabatta. The Backspace burger is an American Kobe beef patty with brie, bacon and grilled onion on a brioche bun. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

Bayona
430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455; www.bayona.com
Chef Susan Spicer's menu includes many Mediterranean- and Creole-inspired dishes. Wild Alaskan salmon is served with choucroute and gewurtzraminer sauce. Peppered lamb loin is served with goat cheese and Zinfandel sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Bayou Burger
503 Bourbon St., (504) 529-4256; www.bayouburger.com
The Gator is a house-made alligator burger topped with coleslaw, pickled onions and Tabasco mayonnaise on a brioche bun. Seafood-stuffed mirlitons are filled with shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish dressing, topped with crawfish Creole sauce and served with a side item. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Bennachin
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-1230; www.bennachinrestaurant.com
This casual restaurant offers an array of West African dishes. Copeni cone features chicken and broccoli seasoned with ginger and garlic served with fried plantains, coconut rice and sauteed spinach. The makondo yogurt dessert features fried plantains in sweet yogurt sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bistreaux
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., (504) 586-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/dining
Blackened fish tacos are blackened strips of seasonal fish topped with guacamole and fresh corn salsa. Steak frites feature New York strip steak with blue cheese butter and herb-truffle fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Bombay Club
830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com
Louisiana crab and roasted Creole tomato fondue is served with crostini. The Cajun seared drum is served with sweet potato, corn and bacon hash and Creole tomato beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com
Bourbon House has a raw bar stocked with oysters and chilled seafood salads. Redfish on the half shell is served with new potatoes, glazed red onions and lemon butter. Alligator boudin is served with remoulade, chipotle aioli and Crystal butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Broussard's Restaurant
819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866; www.broussards.com
Louisiana shrimp and corn bisque is topped with crispy sweet potatoes, lime and chive creme fraiche. Redfish Broussard features a cornmeal-dusted fillet topped with shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish and oyster-mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
429 Decatur St., (504) 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com
Inspired by the movie Forrest Gump, this chain restaurant focuses on Gulf seafood. Bubba Gump serves spicy boiled crawfish and Shrimp New Orleans, which features shrimp broiled in butter, garlic and spices and served over jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St., (504) 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com
Seared rare ahi tuna is served over wilted greens with honey sesame, soy and ginger sauce. The oven-roasted, bone-in pork chop is served with creamy grits and corn and andouille maque choux. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Beignet
311 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2611; 334 B Royal St., (504) 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com
The crawfish omelet is made with bell peppers, tomatoes and Swiss cheese and served with grits and French bread. The Bourbon croissant features tuna, bacon, white cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on a toasted croissant. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Cafe Fleur-De-Lis
307 Chartres St., (504) 529-9641Eggs Benedict features a large biscuit topped with sliced ham, poached eggs and hollandaise and comes with hash browns. The Fleur-de-lis omelet combines crawfish tails, pepper Jack cheese, bell peppers and onions topped with Cajun crawfish sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
The Southern-style Louisiana voodoo shrimp features jumbo shrimp in sweet and spicy sauce and is served with grits, a marinated portobello mushroom and a fried green tomato. Oysters Giovanni are fried Louisiana oysters served on a bed of six sauces. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Maspero
601 Decatur St., (504) 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.com
The grilled alligator sausage po-boy comes with a side of fries. The seafood platter includes fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and calamari and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Opera
541 Bourbon St., (504) 648-2331; www.fourpointsfrenchquarter.com
Seafood pasta combines penne pasta, tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, olives, shrimp, crawfish and oysters in white wine cream sauce. The filet mignon and lobster combination is served with bearnaise and garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Pontalba
546 St. Peter St., (504) 522-1180The crawfish combination includes crawfish pie, crawfish Caesar salad and crawfish etouffee. The Cajun combination features red beans and rice with smoked sausage, jambalaya and a cup of gumbo. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Soule
720 St. Louis St., (504) 304-4636; www.cafesoule.com
The Soule Trio appetizer is crab ravigote on a Creole tomato, a jumbo lump crab cake atop mixed greens, and Gulf shrimp drizzled with Soule sauce atop a fried green tomato. Sweet and savory crepes also are available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Camellia Grill
540 Chartres St., (504) 522-1800See Carrollton/University section for restaurant description.

Carousel Bar and Lounge
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com
The Yardbird pistolette features chicken with Buffalo sauce on French bread. Carousel's Cuban Sammy is a tapas-size dish of braised pork, shaved ham, dill pickles and brown mustard. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Central Grocery
923 Decatur St., (504) 523-1620; www.centralgroceryneworleans.com
This Italian grocery is known for its muffuletta, available in whole or half rounds. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Chartres House
601 Chartres St., (504) 586-8383; www.chartreshouse.com
A Louisiana catfish fillet is stuffed with crawfish dressing, topped with lemon butter and served with steamed vegetables and Cajun potatoes. The Chartres burger is a grilled half-pound Angus beef patty topped with a hot sausage patty, provolone cheese and garlic mayonnaise on a jalapeno-cheddar bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Checkered Parrot
132 Royal St., (504) 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com
Steak or chicken fajitas come with sauteed onions and green peppers, tomato, lettuce and flour tortillas. The shrimp po-boy is dressed with lettuce, tomato and pickles and served with a side. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Clover Grill
900 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com
This retro-styled diner serves burgers and breakfast items around the clock. Chicken-fried steak comes with two eggs, toast and hash browns or grits. Biscuits and gravy features country gravy on an open-face biscuit. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St., (504) 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net
Rabbit and sausage jambalaya is kicked up to "supreme" with the addition of shrimp, tasso and crawfish tails. Smoked duck quesadillas are topped with orange sauce and salsa. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Copper Monkey Bar & Grill
725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869
The peanut butter burger is a half-pound sirloin patty served with french fries. The filet mignon comes with mashed potatoes or fries and house or Caesar salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

Corner Oyster House
500 St. Peter St., (504) 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.com
Alligator sauce piquante features alligator stewed in Creole-seasoned tomato sauce and served with rice. The crawfish and chicken "Homerun" is a marinated grilled chicken breast topped with a thick sauce of crawfish, peppers and mushrooms. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Country Flame
620 Iberville St., (504) 522-1138
Ropa vieja is a traditional Cuban version of stewed shredded beef served over rice. The Cuban pressed sandwich is filled with ham, roasted pork and cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Court Of Two Sisters
613 Royal St., (504) 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com
Veal Oscar comes with asparagus, sauteed lump crabmeat, tasso hollandaise and mashed new potatoes. Fried oysters Rockefeller feature cornmeal-breaded Louisiana oysters over baked Herbsaint creamed spinach with bacon and bearnaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and brunch daily. Credit cards. $$$

Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
Redfish Pontchartrain is topped with a fried soft-shell crab and roasted red pepper crabmeat aioli and served with asparagus. Broiled crabmeat-stuffed shrimp is served with asparagus, fingerling potatoes and beurre blanc sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Criollo Restaurant & Lounge
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 681-4444; www.criollonola.com
Chilled shrimp and blue crab are served over guacamole and drizzled with spicy tomato coulis. Perdido Pass snapper is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, drizzled with ancho-lime butter and served with orange and fennel slaw and roasted sweet peppers. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Croissant D'or
617 Ursulines Ave., (504) 524-4663; www.croissantdornola.com
Chicken or cream of spinach pochettes are flaky pastries filled with bechamel and chicken, spinach or other fillings. Almond croissants are filled with almond paste and topped with almond slices. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Daisy Dukes
121 Chartres St., (504) 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com
The New Orleans sampler includes red beans and rice, etouffee, a cup of gumbo, fried green tomatoes and a biscuit. The Cajun omelet is made with cheese, hot sausage, tomatoes, onion, parsley and paprika and served with hash browns or grits and toast or a biscuit. The breakfast menu is available all day. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Deja Vu Bar & Grill
400 Dauphine St., (504) 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com
Creamy sweet potato soup gets spicy heat from chunks of andouille sausage and is served with French bread. Marinated barbecued pork is served on a bun or French bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar
300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0300; www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans
Shrimp and grits are served with tasso and spicy cream sauce. Oysters Desire are char-broiled and topped with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com
The 12-ounce rib-eye is topped with Abita beer barbecue shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes. The house filet is a 6-ounce filet mignon topped with flash-fried P&J oysters and bearnaise and served with creamed spinach and Pontalba potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Dis Taco
Inside Molly's at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., (504) 717-7070; www.eatdistaco.com
Chorizo tacos feature house-made sausage, pickled onions, salsa, Cotija and cilantro. A dessert taco with grilled banana and Nutella is seasoned with cayenne, cinnamon and nuts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Sun. Cash only. $

Eat New Orleans
900 Dumaine St., (504) 522-7222; www.eatnola.com
Braised short ribs are served over garlic smashed potatoes. Spicy deviled eggs are available as an appetizer and there are versions with bacon and smoked salmon. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

El Gato Negro
81 French Market Place, (504) 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.com
Guacamole, made tableside, combines avocados, pico de gallo, lime and sea salt and jalapenos on request. Oaxaca eggplant features seared eggplant topped with Mexican panela cheese, shrimp, chicken, sauteed garlic, mushrooms, pico de gallo and mezcal cream salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Felipe's Taqueria
301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; www.felipestaqueria.com
See Carrollton/University section for restaurant description.

Fiorella's Cafe
1136 Decatur St., (504) 553-2155
This casual restaurant serves diner favorites and items like fried chicken, which is cooked to order. Liver and onions are cooked in Abita beer gravy and come with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Frank's Restaurant
933 Decatur St., (504) 525-1602
Veal Marsala sauteed with mushrooms and wine and served with pasta. New Orleans style barbecue jumbo Gulf shrimp is served with hot bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GW Fins
808 Bienville St., (504) 581-3467; www.gwfins.com
Chef Tenney Flynn offers a mix of local and cold-water fish and shellfish. Lobster dumplings are poached and served with lobster butter, fennel and tomato concasse. Scalibut features scallops and halibut and is served with Maine lobster risotto and pea shoot butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Galatoire's
33 Bar and Steak215 Bourbon St., (504) 335-3932; www.galatoires33barandsteak.com
This traditional steak house offers a la carte steaks (7-ounce filet, 16-ounce New York Strip, 23-ounce T-bone) and sauces (bearnaise, au poivre, marchand de vin). Appetizers include the same oysters Rockefeller served at the original Galatoire's. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2021; www.galatoires.com
Poisson meuniere amandine is a fried Gulf fish fillet topped with toasted almonds and meuniere sauce. The Galatoire goute is a cold seafood sampler including items such as shrimp remoulade, crabmeat maison and oysters en brochette. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Galvez Restaurant
914 N. Peters St., (504) 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.com
Bouillabaisse de mariscos Espanola includes crabs, mussels, calamari, shrimp, scallops and seasonal fish in tomato broth. The paella de mariscos features saffron arborio rice cooked with mussels, shrimp, fish, clams, scallops, calamari and vegetables and jalapeno sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

The Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, (504) 301-3347
The Mediterranean meatloaf sandwich features Two Run Farm lamb meatloaf, mint, parsley, pine nuts, spices and halloumi cheese on a Dong Phuong Bakery pistolette. There's always a vegetarian entree highlighting produce from local suppliers such as Good Food Farm in the Lower 9th Ward. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Gumbo Shop
630 St. Peter St., (504) 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com
Chicken espagnole features a half chicken simmered in brown sauce with mushrooms, shallots, wine and garlic and served over rice with vegetables. Fresh fish Florentine is served on a bed of seasoned spinach with hollandaise. Reservations accepted Mon-Thurs. for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Haagen-Dazs
Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., (504) 378-2624; www.haagendazs.com
Sorbet Sippers are frozen fruit drinks made with sorbet, fruit juice and a splash of seltzer, and come in raspberry, strawberry and orange flavors. The Dulce Split Dazzler features three scoops of dulce de leche ice cream, warm caramel sauce, sliced banana, whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Hard Rock Cafe
125 Bourbon St., (504) 529-5617; www.hardrock.com/neworleans
The Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese combines cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta, grilled chicken breast, three-cheese sauce, garlic, roasted red peppers and Romano-parsley breadcrumbs. The full rack of hickory-smoked barbecue ribs is west Tennessee-style barbecue featuring dry rubbed meat that's basted with hickory barbecue sauce and slow cooked. Reservations accepted online. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

House Of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com
Fried chicken features chicken marinated in buttermilk and adobo spice, fried and served with coleslaw and garlic Red Rose mashed potatoes. The Heat Seeker burger is topped with pulled pork, pickled jalapeno peppers, Buffalo sauce and pepper Jack cheese on a brioche bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Paneed oysters and grilled shrimp are served in raspberry sauce over tossed fresh spinach. Oysters beaucoup is served over saffron risotto Milanese with Parmesan cheese. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Iris
321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com
The lamb arancini appetizer features braised lamb leg and risotto croquettes topped with San Marzano tomato sauce and mozzarella. Veal sweetbreads are served with risotto, baby shiitake mushrooms and sage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Italian Barrel
430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com
The pumpkin ravioli features house-made pasta filled with pumpkin sauteed in butter and sage. The grilled 12-ounce center-cut filet mignon is served with sauteed golden butter potatoes and a choice of creamy green peppercorn sauce or dolce Gorgonzola sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Jager Haus German Restaurant & Bar
833 Conti St., (504) 525-9200; www.jager-haus.com
The Oktoberfest menu includes schweineshaxe, a slow-roasted, skin-on ham hock served with potato dumplings, bread dumplings, sauerkraut and red cabbage. Beef rouladen is a slow-braised beef roll filled with sausage, egg, bacon, pickles and onions and served with spaetzle and red cabbage. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge At Jimmy J’s Cafe, diners order from a menu of po-boys, deli sandwiches, salads and breakfast items available all day. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • At Jimmy J’s Cafe, diners order from a menu of po-boys, deli sandwiches, salads and breakfast items available all day.

Jimmy J's Cafe
115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360; www.jimmyjscafe.com
White beans and rice come with tasso ham and pork shank and are served with grilled French bread. The cochon de lait po-boy features slow-braised pork, jalapenos, Creole coleslaw and pork jus on French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Johnny's Po-Boys
511 St. Louis St., (504) 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboys.com
The roast beef po-boy features beef slow-cooked in house-made gravy with onions and lots of garlic. The muffuletta combines house-made olive salad, imported salami, ham and mozzarella on an Italian bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
416 Chartres St., (504) 596-2530; www.kpauls.com
Blackened Louisiana drum is served with chipotle compound butter, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Blackened twin beef tenderloins are served with debris sauce, a potato and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Killer Po-Boys
Erin Rose Bar, 811 Conti St., (504) 252-6745; www.killerpoboys.com
Five-spice meatloaf is made with grass-fed beef, garlic-ginger pickles and Sriracha-Creole mustard sauce. The Jameson grilled cheese features Hook's two-year cheddar infused with Jameson whiskey on WildFlour multigrain bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon., Wed.-Sun. and dinner Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $

Kingfish
337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005; www.kingfishneworleans.com
Chef Greg Sonnier's idea of "Every Man a King" is salt brick-seared pompano with roasted lemon-pecan butter and hot ginger-mustard dipping sauce. Duck a la Saulnier is honey- and crab boil-poached boneless duck served over ramen noodles with roasted peppers, mushrooms and preserved lemon sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

La Divina Gelateria
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com
See Uptown section for restaurant description.

Landry's
400 N. Peters St., (504) 558-0038; www.landrysseafood.com
Fried Acadiana green tomatoes are topped with crawfish and andouille cream sauce. Crab and crawfish cakes are served with tasso, cream sauce, pimiento cheese grits and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Le Bayou Restaurant
208 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4755; www.lebayourestaurant.com
Baked chicken is glazed in sweet bourbon sauce and served with caramelized onions and jambalaya. Shrimp Creole features sauteed Gulf shrimp in a tomato based stew served over chicken and andouille jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Bistro
337 Dauphine St., (504) 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
Creole surf and turf features pan-roasted filet mignon and crawfish scampi. Drum Pontchartrain is roasted puppy drum topped with crabmeat and lemon-caper beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com
Crawfish fettuccine features sauteed crawfish in cream sauce over pasta. Fried oyster pizza is topped with fried oysters, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, artichokes and eggplant. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Magnolia Grill
1122 Decatur St., (504) 566-6003; www.magnoliagrillofnola.com
Seafood pasta features sauteed shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat cream sauce over penne pasta topped with Parmesan and served with grilled French bread. The blackened catfish po-boy is dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise and served with fries. Reservations for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Market Cafe
1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.com
The muffuletta combines ham, salami, mortadella, provolone cheese and olive salad and is served warm. The Taste of New Orleans platter includes gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Maximo's Italian Grill
1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com
Veal Marsala is a milk-fed veal chop with Marsala sauce and comes with Brussels sprouts. Maximo's meatballs are made with spicy lamb, veal and pork and served over lemon bay leaf fettuccine. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Meals From The Heart Cafe
1100 N. Peters St., Suite 13, (504) 525-1953; www.mealsfromtheheartcafe.com
Vegan and gluten-free lentil and black bean soups are staples. A gluten-free, low-sodium gumbo combines okra, shrimp, turkey sausage and chicken in organic broth with fresh tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, garlic and celery. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

Meauxbar Bistro
942 N. Rampart St., (504) 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com
Hand-chopped steak tartare is served with a quail egg. Rabbit gumbo includes porcini mushrooms, fennel and house-smoked andouille. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mena's Palace Restaurant
200 Chartres St., (504) 525-0217; www.menaspalace.com
Creamy red beans are served with two pieces of fried chicken. Shrimp and crab gumbo is topped with a scoop of rice. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St., (504) 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com
Mr. B's barbecued shrimp comes with French bread to dip in the peppery butter sauce. Gumbo Ya Ya is a dark-roux gumbo made with chicken and andouille sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Mister Gregory's
806 N. Rampart St., (504)-407-3780; www.mistergregorys.com
This coffeeshop serves French press coffee ground to order, quiches and a menu of hot and cold sandwiches. The Provencal features smoked bacon, Havarti, tomatoes and thyme. The saltimbocca tops a chicken breast with bacon, sage and goat cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mona Lisa Restaurant
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746Pasta alla nonna is penne mixed with Italian sausage, roasted red pepper and sweet and spicy sauce. Meatballs Parmesan is served over linguini. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Morton's The Steakhouse
365 Canal St., (504) 566-0221; www.mortons.com/
neworleansA 12-ounce bone-in filet is encrusted with porcini mushrooms and served with Madeira demi-glace and roasted garlic. Hickory-smoked pork belly steaks are served with cracked peppercorn maple syrup reduction. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Muriel's Jackson Square
801 Chartres St., (504) 568-1885; www.muriels.com
Pecan-crusted puppy drum is served with roasted pecan and jumbo lump crabmeat relish and lemon-butter sauce. Shrimp and goat cheese crepes are topped with a buttery sauce made with chardonnay, tomato, bell pepper and onion. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com
Shrimp remoulade salad features half an avocado filled with shrimp remoulade. The house specialty is the muffuletta made with ham, Genoa salami, pastrami, olive salad, Swiss and provolone cheeses and is served warm. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NOLA Restaurant
534 St. Louis St., (504) 522-6652; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/nola-restaurant
Chef Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter eatery's menu includes rustic and refined Louisiana dishes. Garlic-crusted drum is cooked in a wood-burning oven and served with brabant potatoes, crimini mushrooms, bacon and beurre rouge. Miss Hay's stuffed chicken wings come with house-made hoisin dipping sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Oceana Grill
739 Conti St., (504) 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.com
Jambalaya pasta features alligator sausage, shrimp, onions, bell peppers and Creole sauce over fettuccine and is served with French bread. Eggs Melanzana features fried eggplant rounds topped with ham, poached eggs, grilled tomato and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Olivier's Creole Restaurant
204 Decatur St., (504) 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.com
Braised Creole rabbit is served with sage-oyster dressing. Eggplant Olivier features crawfish tails and andouille in basil-garlic sauce over flash-fried eggplant slices. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Original Pierre Maspero's
440 Chartres St., (504) 524-8990; www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com
The grand gallette features crispy potato hash browns made with Parmesan cheese and herbs and topped with two fried eggs, grilled tomatoes and applewood-smoked bacon. The French Quarter duck is duck and sausage jambalaya topped with a lightly smoked duck breast glazed with a raspberry and orange sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro
720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com
The herb-crusted rack of lamb comes with baby vegetables, truffled mashed potatoes and brandy peppercorn demi-glace. Bacon-wrapped scallops are served on a bed of wild rice and come with Neuske's bacon and blackberry brandy reduction. Reservations suggested for large parties. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Palace Cafe
605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com
Shrimp Tchefuncte is served with green onions, roasted mushrooms and popcorn rice topped with Creole meuniere. Pecan-crusted catfish in Creole meuniere sauce is served with spiced pecans, popcorn rice and vegetable. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Palm Court Jazz Cafe
1204 Decatur St., (504) 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com
Creole beef Indienne is simmered with tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, onions and spices and served with mango chutney and rice. Chicken Ambrosia is a sauteed chicken breast served with fennel-Pernod cream sauce and spinach fettuccine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant
624 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4823; www.patobriens.com
The Pat O's shrimp and grits are pan-seared Gulf shrimp simmered in espagnole sauce and served with deep fried cheese-grit wedges. The Cajun shepherd's pie features beef debris, carrots, celery, garlic and onions topped with cheddar cheese and mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pere Antoine Restaurant
741 Royal St., (504) 581-4478; www.pereantoine.com
Crawfish and crab cake Pontchartrain features pasta topped with crawfish, crab cakes and lemon-butter sauce. The New Orleans sampler includes shrimp Creole, red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Petite Amelie
900 Royal St., (504) 412-8065; www.cafeamelie.com
Tuna nicoise pan bagnat (sandwich on baguette) features tuna, olives, cucumber, red onions, egg, red peppers, tomatoes and basil. Thin-sliced roasted lamb leg is topped with roasted peppers and harissa mayonnaise on toasted ciabatta bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Pier 424 Seafood Market
424 Bourbon St., (504) 309-1574; www.pier424seafoodmarket.com
Sweet and spicy Gulf shrimp skewers are glazed with chili cane syrup, served with pickled jalapenos and red onions and sprinkled with toasted coconut. Shrimp and maque choux grits are pan-seared Gulf shrimp served with a crispy grit cake, corn maque choux and tasso jus. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave., (504) 523-0120; www.portofcallnola.com
The 14-ounce rib-eye is served with a baked potato, salad and bread. Half-pound burgers are served with a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Quarter Master Deli
1100 Bourbon St., (504) 529-1416; www.quartermasterdeli.net
The deli counter offers sandwiches, entrees and side items. The grilled chicken sandwich is dressed with honey mustard, lettuce and tomato. Fresh fruit cobblers are made in-house with apple, cherry or peach fillings. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

Ralph & Kacoo's
519 Toulouse St., (504) 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.com
Crawfish nachos are corn tortilla chips topped with pepper Jack cheese, poblano pepper-infused queso, sauteed crawfish tails, tomatoes, green onions and sour cream. Cedar plank salmon is an 8-ounce salmon fillet cooked on a cedar plank and served with lemon butter and a choice of sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com
Barbecue oysters are flash-fried and served with Crystal barbecue sauce and house-made blue cheese dressing. Hickory-grilled redfish is served with tasso and wild mushroom Pontalba potatoes, sauteed jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Remoulade
309 Bourbon St., (504) 523-0377; www.remoulade.com
N'awlins nachos are tortilla chips topped with red beans, smoked sausage, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, guacamole, jalapenos and sour cream. Oysters Arnaud is a sample platter of several baked oyster dishes from adjacent Arnaud's, including oysters Rockefeller, Bienville (topped with shrimp, mushrooms, green onions and herbs) and Suzette (bacon, pimiento, green onion and bell pepper). Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Restaurant R'evolution
777 Bienville St., (504) 553-2277; www.revolutionnola.com
Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto's extensive menu combines rustic Louisiana dishes and refined indulgences including caviar tasting selections. Death by Gumbo features andouille- and oyster-stuffed quail finished tableside with a ladle of gumbo on top. Crab beignets are beer-battered, stuffed with crab and topped with remoulade. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Rib Room
621 St. Louis St., (504) 529-7045; www.ribroomneworleans.com
Seared wild salmon is served with candied beet and rutabaga puree with parsnip crisps. Prime rib is seasoned with sea salt, roasted with herbs and served au jus with salad and a baked potato. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Roux On Orleans
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St., (504) 571-4604; www.bourbonorleans.com/roux-on-orleans
Redfish couvillion is a pan-fried fillet topped with spicy Creole sauce and comes with rice pilaf. Catfish shrimp and grits features a fried catfish fillet, blackened shrimp, white cheddar grits and spicy etouffee sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Royal Blend Coffee & Tea House
621 Royal St., (504) 523-2716The Marigny wrap combines smoked turkey, bacon, blue cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado in a spinach wrap. The Uptowner salad features baby greens, red onion, golden raisins, blue cheese, vine-ripened tomatoes and house-made honey-balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Royal House Oyster Bar
441 Royal St., (504) 528-2601; www.royalhouserestaurant.com
Oyster puff pastries are filled with creamed spinach dressing and topped with fried oysters and Crystal beurre blanc. Baked shrimp tortellini features Gulf shrimp in seafood cream sauce topped with breadcrumbs and baked to golden brown. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$$

St. Lawrence
219 N. Peters St., (504) 525-4111; www.saintlawrencenola.com
Confit chicken wings come with house-made pepper-jelly glaze and goat cheese dressing. Steak frites features hanger steak, a seasonal sauce and house-cut french fries. Reservations for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Saints & Sinners
627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; www.saintsandsinnersnola.com
Cajun barbecue shrimp and grits comes with shrimp cooked to order, creamy grits and crostini. The spring salad features either chicken or shrimp, seasonal fruit, candied walnuts and feta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Salt 'n' Pepper
403 Iberville St., (504) 561-6070Paneer tikka masala mixes Indian cottage cheese, sauteed spinach, tomato and spicy gravy. Chicken tikka masala is spiced chicken in creamy tomato sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sekisui Samurai
239 Decatur St., (504) 525-9595; www.samuraineworleans.com
The Ocean Pyramid features layers of avocado, tuna, salmon, yellowtail and fish roe molded into a pyramid. The Decatur roll is filled with crawfish, crunchy bits and cilantro and topped with seared white tuna and garlic. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SoBou
310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095; www.sobounola.com
Shrimp and tasso pinchos are served with grilled pineapple, pickled ghost pepper jelly, chimichurri and Crystal hot sauce aioli. The foie gras burger comes with a small Abita root beer and foie gras ice cream float and features seared Hudson Valley foie gras, a sunny side-up yard egg, duck bacon and foie gras mayonnaise on a caramelized onion brioche bun. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Somethin' Else Cafe
620 Conti St., (504) 373-6439; www.somethinelsecafe.com
The Vice po-boy features four fried boudin balls dressed with lettuce, tomato and spicy mayonnaise-based house sauce. The shrimp burger is a patty of ground Gulf shrimp topped with pepper Jack cheese, avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato and house sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Stanley
547 St. Ann St., (504) 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.com
Breaux Bridge Benedict features house-made boudin, smoked ham, American cheese, poached eggs and hollandaise on French bread. The fried oyster po-boy comes dressed with coleslaw, remoulade and cocktail sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Star Steak and Lobster House
237 Decatur St., (504)-525-6151; www.starsteak.com
The stuffed Cajun filet mignon is an 8-ounce steak stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish and served with red wine-mushroom sauce. Redfish Amer is a sauteed redfish fillet topped with crawfish-mushroom cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and brunch Sat.-Sun., lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. $$$

Steamboat Natchez
Toulouse Street Wharf, 400 Toulouse St., (504) 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.com
Blackened Paddlewheel pork loin is served with Creole mustard sauce and four-cheese penne pasta. Frittata del giorno is a crustless quiche made with eggs, vegetables, cheeses, herbs and spices and served with cured ham. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Stella!
1032 Chartres St., (504) 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com
Duck Five Ways includes a duck breast spiced with Sichuan pepper, a lacquered leg and thigh, duck miso broth and foie gras wontons. Prix fixe multi-course meals include appetizer choices such as foie gras torchon with scuppernongs, muscadines, oats, almonds and red-veined sorrel and a deviled egg topped with North Star caviar, black truffles and Champagne gelee. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

The Sweet Palate
519 St. Louis St., (504) 522-5150; www.thesweetpalate.com
House-made gelato flavors change each week and are served in handmade cones. Hazelnut pralines studded with Pop Rocks are coated in dark chocolate. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Sylvain
625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com
Pan-fried pork shoulder is served with creamy grits, braised greens and mustard jus. The Chick-Syl-vain sandwich features chicken breast seasoned with a house brine, battered, fried and served on a brioche bun with house-made pickles and fries. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Tableau
616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463; www.tableaufrenchquarter.com
The chicken Tableau features an herb-roasted chicken breast and a crispy boneless thigh served with potatoes Tableau, bearnaise and chicken demi-glace. Grilled rack of local lamb is topped with New Orleans-style barbecue sauce made with Abita beer. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Tony Moran's Italian Restaurant
240 Bourbon St., (504) 524-0113; www.tonymorans.com
Lasagna quarantadue fresca features layers of Bolognese, cheese and marinara. The brasato agnello tibia is a braised lamb hind shank served with braising jus. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Tujague's Restaurant
823 Decatur St., (504) 525-8676; www.tujagues.com
Prix fixe five-course dinners include a choice of entrees such as the bone-in pork chop with peppercorn cognac sauce. Tuna maque choux combines seared ahi tuna, sweet corn chow-chow and lemon vinaigrette. At lunch, the soft-shell crab po-boy is dressed with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Vacherie
Hotel Ste. Marie, 827 Toulouse St., (504) 207-4532; www.vacherierestaurant.com
Vacherie offers a mix of casual and refined Louisiana and Southern dishes. At brunch, boudin Benedict features smothered greens, two poached eggs and Creole hollandaise. The daily fish special features Gulf fish such as redfish or black drum. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Verti Marte
1201 Royal St., (504) 525-4767
The deli counter offers a wide variety of po-boys, salads and entree specials. The Skillet is a breakfast sandwich featuring ham, eggs, bell peppers, tomatoes, fried potatoes, cheese and house "wow" sauce. The Royal Feast includes roast beef, ham and turkey with hot pepper cheese, grilled onions, black olives and "wow" sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $


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