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CAFE DEGAS
3127 Esplanade Ave. 945-5635
www.cafedegas.com
For exquisite French cuisine in a romantic setting, locals flock to the Cafe Degas. Start off with a salad of warm goat cheese, apples and toasted walnuts drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, then move on to the beef tenderloin with blue cheese butter or the poached shrimp with roasted garlic flan. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CC'S COFFEE
2800 Esplanade Ave. 482-9865
www.ccscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ESPLANADE RESTAURANT
3443 Esplanade Ave. (Park Esplanade Apartments) 821-8939
This restaurant is an obvious favorite of the residents of the apartment dwellers above, but plenty of other folks come by for the light lunches such as the grilled shrimp salad and pea soup. Come by Friday evenings for the fresh fish special, crabcakes or crispy fried shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

GABRIELLE RESTAURANT
3201 Esplanade Ave. 948-6233
Chefs Greg and Mary Sonnier invite you to their elegant and intimate restaurant in the historic Faubourg St. John neighborhood, near the Fair Grounds race track. The Sonniers recommend the poppy seed-crusted halibut, with white beans, spinach and roast pecan meuniere. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, lunch Friday. Lunch served every Thursday in December. Credit cards. $$$

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK
1518 N. Lopez St. 943-8667
www.nola.com/sites/liuzzas
It's a safe bet you'll be pleased with your meal every time at this quintessential New Orleans neighborhood dining spot near the Fair Grounds. Local classics such as Creole gumbo keep regulars coming back. It's made with sausage, chicken and lots of seasonings as well as fresh sauteed shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, lunch Saturday. Credit cards. $

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave. 488-6946
A popular place for those looking for upscale Mediterranean food in a casual, comfy setting, Lola's offers a variety of menu choices. A rack of lamb is rubbed with romescu (almonds and tomato paste) sauce and grilled, then served with gorgonzola cheese sauce as well as basmati rice and grilled vegetables. No reservations. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

RESTAURANT INDIGO
2285 Bayou Road 947-0123
www.restaurantindigo.com

With its view of greenery and gardens, Restaurant Indigo is one of the prettiest spots in town. For appetizers, Chef Jared Katz has created the crab and lobster Brie gratin, topped with Parmesan and served with pesto crostini. Entrees include roasted lamb ribeye and rabbit Oscar -- paneed rabbit with jumbo lump crabmeat, zucchini and bearnaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

WHOLE FOODS MARKET
3135 Esplanade Ave. 943-1626
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

The first New Orleans location of Whole Foods is popular with the neighbors for its organic produce, specialty goods and prepared foods. The prepared food counters include salad bars, sandwiches, deli meats and cheeses, and gourmet-to-go items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $



BUCKTOWN


II TONY'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND SEAFOOD
105 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 831-0999
www.two-tonys.com
This father/son operation serves up the finest from land and sea, with specialty dishes such as the pecan-crusted speckled trout, topped with a meuniere sauce. Light lunchers can pick from a variety of soups, salads and pastas, such as the pasta Mediterranean with grilled gulf shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
1713 Lake Ave., Metairie 831-4141
www.deanies.com
Deanie's flagship restaurant in Bucktown raised boiling seafood to an art form, then exported that knowledge to the newer French Quarter location. The crawfish quartet bowls customers over with crawfish etouffee, crawfish au gratin, fried crawfish tails and crawfish-dressing balls, and the crab quartet runs along similar lines. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MELIUS BAR & CAFE
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie 828-9446

Melius could be called a haven for weekend working warriors, with coffee and donuts served all day starting at 6 a.m. Melius stays open 24 hours on Fridays and serves a rotating list of daily specials such as the standard red beans on Mondays. Sample the BLTs, burgers, salads, patty melts and a large appetizer list. The nightcrawlers stay until 3 a.m. when the grill's still open. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, 24 hours Friday, late-night Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD & SPIRITS
210 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 828-2220
New Orleans Food & Spirits serves up tasty appetizers and down-home comfort seafood platters in lower Bucktown. Consider the softshell Lafayette, a fried softshell crab garnished with shrimp sauce. Reservations accepted on Monday through Friday. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

R&O PIZZA PLACE
216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 831-1248

For years, Bucktown residents have relied on R&O's for quality seafood and pizzas. Roast beef, shrimp, and catfish po-boys are also in high demand, but not to be overlooked is the seafood stew with crawfish, shrimp and crab claws slow-cooked in a red sauce, served over fresh angel hair pasta or whole wheat pasta. All that seafood sometimes obscures the Place's namesake: delicious pizza. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Credit cards. $

SID-MAR'S OF BUCKTOWN
1824 Orpheum Ave., Metairie 831-9541
www.sidmarsofbucktown.com
With the change of seasons, there are few better places to enjoy fresh, daily-made soups and broiled softshell crabs than the pride of Bucktown, Sid-Mar's. Other specialties of this restaurant that overlooks Lake Pontchartrain include the grilled tuna salad, fresh charbroiled amberjack and the seafood platter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$



BYWATER

ADAM'S BARBECUE PLUS
1246 Franklin Ave. 942-1100
At Adam's, meat is served smoked and grilled -- and slathered with barbecue sauce. You do have a choice of meat, with pork ribs, beef ribs and chicken all on the menu, served with your choice of baked beans, baked macaroni, jambalaya, potato salad or candied yams. Lunch delivery available for orders of $30 or more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

BYWATER BBQ
3162 Dauphine St. 944-4445
Bywater BBQ feeds patrons all day with crepes, omelettes and fritatas for breakfast; soups, pasta and po-boys for lunch; and ribs, chicken and pork for dinner. Barbecue lovers can take sweet, tangy and smoky meals out on the patio and enjoy the great neighborhood feel. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, brunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $

COUNTRY CLUB
634 Louisa St. 945-0742
www.countryclubneworleans.com
All the renovations and changes in scheduled events have transformed the Country Club, including the food service. Two favorites are the Snacka De Mama, a hot-pressed Italian sandwich made with cappicola and smoked provolone, and the various types of quiche all made with farm-fresh eggs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ELIZABETH'S RESTAURANT
601 Gallier St. 944-9272
www.elizabeths-restaurant.com
For Saturday brunch at this Bywater gem, open your eyes to the eggs Elizabeth -- buttered French bread, grilled and topped with ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. The affordable daily lunch specials change often due to the imagination of proprietress Heidi Trull, but keep your eyes open for the oyster and spinach salad with Herbsaint dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

JACK DEMPSEY'S
738 Poland Ave. 943-9914

There's some good eatin' down in the Bywater -- especially at this old-time neighborhood seafood spot. The steak and lobster special for $17.95 is a real meal deal. So is the J.D. Platter, heaped with two stuffed crabs, two crawfish pies, two cups of gumbo, and loads of fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and redfish. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MANDICH RESTAURANT
3200 St. Claude Ave. 947-9553

Come to Mandich for your fix of fine Louisiana cooking. The roasted pork loin hits the spot when paired with local sweet potatoes and soaked in onion gravy. Another house specialty is the grilled yellowfin tuna with lemon sauce and Cajun popcorn, aka fried crawfish tails. The turtle soup is a family recipe. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$



CARROLLTON

BANGKOK THAI
513 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-3932
Try the pad Thai and pick your favorite ingredients from juicy shrimp to thin sliced chicken or even vegetarian or choose the coconut milk and red curry with fresh Asian herbs and pick your own meat. If you need even more options try the buffet or lunch specials Monday through Friday. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit Cards. $

BARROW'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
2714 Mistletoe St. 482-9427
Go for the catfish and stay for more catfish, order for two or your table. Enjoy a cup of lemonade or sweet tea, but don't expect beer or wine. This bar has no alcohol, although you may not need any after staring too long into the classic neon light that illuminates the Earhart Expressway -- "you just can't miss it." No reservations. Lunch Thursday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Cash only. $$

BASIL LEAF
1438 S. Carrollton Ave. 862-9001
Sample the seasonal fish; for the more adventurous, try the lightly fried half duck with gingered vegetables and a five spice Cabernet sauce. Thursday wine tastings pair vintages with nouveau Thai fare. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S
723 Dante St. 861-7610
www.brigtsens.com
This romantic Riverbend restaurant is the product of culinary star Frank Brigtsen. New Orleans diners owe a debt of gratitude to Brigtsen, who changes his menu weekly and woos us with his personalized form of Creole/Cajun cooking. Among the main courses is Brigtsen's seafood platter: grilled drum, sauteed shrimp with basil shrimp sauce and a choice of several delectable baked oysters. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE VOLAGE
720 Dublin St. 861-4227
Cafe Volage offers a cozy retreat in the Riverbend area. The popular osso buco features a braised veal shank in a demi-glace of scallion, mushroom and red wine, served with fettuccine Alfredo. The Sunday brunch menu boasts 10 entree choices, dessert and all-you-can-drink champagne for $17.95. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL
626 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9573
No trip to New Orleans is complete without a meal at this landmark diner. Omelettes the size of a dinner plate, crisp skinny French fries, thick ice cream shakes -- it's all plentiful and good. The staff is entertaining, and listen for the diner banter. Watch them cook your burger, then watch them heat up your apple pie on the same grill, and don't forget the a la mode. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

CC'S COFFEE
630 S. Carrollton Ave. 865-0027
www.ccscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CHINA ORCHID
704 S. Carrollton Ave. 865-1428
Fresh, healthy Chinese cooking in the Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan style is the hallmark of this establishment. For two decades, diners at China Orchid have been diving into favorites like General Tsao's Chicken and the extremely popular Emperor's Chow Mein: pan-fried noodles with chicken, beef, shrimp, pork and vegetables in a brown sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CIRO'S COTE SUD
7918 Maple St. 866-9551
Haute-cuisine menu items include a roasted duck breast with a peach, apricot and bourbon sauce on a bed of pureed potatoes. Another house favorite is the steamed mussels with a blue cheese and cream reduction sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

DANTE'S KITCHEN
736 Dante St. 861-3121
www.danteskitchen.com
This charming restaurant is tucked away in a Creole cottage near the riverbend, and has outdoor tables for balmy nights. Watch for exciting seasonal specials like the wild boar cookout from Chef Emanuel Loubier, who also makes a killer crabmeat and brie French toast. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

DOSON'S NOODLE HOUSE
8128 Oak St. 861-9724
Doson's offers two restaurants in one, combing the flavors of Vietnam and China with everything from spring rolls to the specialty beef noodle pho. Seafood and meat are ably represented by such dishes as black pepper shrimp and mu shu pork, and vegetarians will love the Chinese eggplant in a hot garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FIGARO'S PIZZERIA
7900 Maple St. 866-0100

Long a favorite of the university crowd, Figaro's appeals to all with an inviting patio and first-rate pizza in the thin-crust Neopolitan tradition, with toppings such as artichokes, feta cheese, Roma tomatoes and spinach. Italian specialties fill out the menu with offerings such as paneed veal, mussels Figaro and the original seafood canola. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FIVE HAPPINESS
3605 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-3935

www.fivehappiness.com

This dependable Chinese restaurant has brought good cheer to families for more than 20 years. The shrimp with honey-roasted pecans is a specialty, and classics include General Tsao's chicken and Mongolian beef. The Double Feature Szechuan Style combines shrimp and diced chicken with dried hot peppers and cashews. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

G.B.'S PATIO BAR AND GRILL
8117 Maple St. 861-0067
Fall means football, and GB's offers a wide range of appetizers for Monday Night Football viewing. Servings of potato skins and chili dogs are $2. An extra buck will get you chicken quesadillas, nachos, buffalo wings, chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks. Menu faves include the tenderloin and ribeye steaks, and juicy burgers with either crispy seasoned fries or a loaded baked potato. No reservations. Lunch Friday through Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS
8108 Hampson St. 861-1005
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
8116 Hampson St. 865-1634
Located near the riverbend, this sushi house is a perfect respite after a few hours of shopping. The chef is creative with his sushi rolls, with offerings such as the oyster roll: breaded, fried oysters wrapped in a roll with cucumber and green onion. A long menu of teriyaki, tempura and noodle dishes should please everyone. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$

IL PIATTO
7708 Maple St. 861-0002
Opening in late November, this Carrollton restaurant (housed in the former Nautical location) will feature Italian dishes for less than $15. Enjoy dining on the patio, and watch fresh pasta being prepared daily in the glass-encased side room. Try the pancetta-wrapped trout with grilled polenta and wild mushrooms. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE
8324 Oak St. 861-0886

While you wait for your table, grab a cocktail and savor the smells coming from the kitchen -- they'll stoke your appetite for dishes such as the pork chop stuffed with ground beef and shrimp. Another popular fall dish is the roasted acorn squash with mixed seafood in a curry coconut cream sauce (non-dairy!). The long regular and specials menus can be overwhelming, but don't overlook the shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake or steamed mussels in tomato basil broth. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

JAMILA'S CAFE
7808 Maple St. 866-4366
Treat yourself to a taste of Mediterranean and Tunisian cuisine at this cozy Uptown cafe, where flamenco guitarists play for your pleasure on Friday nights. Unusual concoctions include the Tajine of lamb, where a boneless leg of lamb is cooked in a terra cotta dish and served with marinated garlic and saffron rice. The grilled red snapper and the fish chowder are also popular choices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-8662
www.lamadeleine.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


LEBANON'S CAFE
1506 S. Carrollton Ave. 862-6200

Vegetarians will delight in the Mediterranean handling of the Sauteed Plate, which includes a garden's bounty of sauteed onions, green beans, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, yellow squash, zucchini and red, green and yellow peppers placed atop basmati rice, crowned with feta cheese and baked. Carnivores may prefer the 16-oz. lamb chop seasoned with rosemary and cooked on the grill. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANGO HOUSE
8115 Jeannette St. 862-5848
Chef-owner Anne Lloyd treats us to a taste of the Caribbean with her restaurant, still in its first year of operation. Among the offerings are jerk chicken, a grilled half-chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, thyme and habanero peppers, and the Shrimp Rundown, a half-pound of jumbo shrimp served in a coconut cream sauce. No reservations. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MAPLE STREET CAFE
7623 Maple St. 314-9003
The neighborhood cafe offers filet mignon topped with portobello mushrooms and a balsamic demi-glace. Also available are rotating daily specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MAT & NADDIE'S
937 Leonidas St. 861-9600
In the Riverbend sits a cottage with Civil War history and food to match. The neighborhood feel extends from its outdoor dining to its welcoming service. Mat & Naddie's takes pride in its steamed cane syrup with tomatoes and rosemary, acorn and butternut squash puree, Swiss charred smoked Gouda egg rolls, and foie gras with a Creole mustard demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES
1114-A S. Carrollton Ave. 866-7052
Chef-owner Jean-Luc Albin supplies desserts and custom-ordered cakes while offering wedding creations year round. The current menu includes fresh fruit cakes and the Kugelhoph, a sour cream pound cake offered in flavors such as almond, blueberry, white chocolate, raspberry, lemon, currant, chocolate chip and the limited-edition pumpkin. No reservations. Open daily. Credit cards. $

MIKIMOTO
3301 S. Carrollton Ave. 488-1881
The 99-cent sushi piece is a daily special that keeps them coming. Mikimoto's caters to thrifty, but the sushi rolls hold their own in interesting combinations. The Crunchy Dynamite Roll is a favorite, with tuna, salmon, chile sauce and tempura crunchies. Lunchtime customers can enjoy the chicken Katsu with a soup, salad or rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sunday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NICK'S ON CARROLLTON
1120 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-1414
Nick's dinner plates serve up new twists on old standard comfort foods, such as the popular Carrollton Special, a fried chicken sandwich on an onion roll with cheddar cheese and grilled onions, dressed with chips. The full-service bar can whip up a mimosa for brunch or a specialty shot for celebrating. No reservations. Lunch Monday and Tuesday, dinner Monday through Friday, brunch weekends. Credit cards and checks. $

NINJA
8433 Oak St. 866-1119
Newcomers to Japanese cuisine will love Ninja's dinner for two, a special that introduces an array of Japanese favorites, tempura, beef and chicken teriyaki, gyzoa, edamame, hiviki and seaweed salad, and choice of two rolls. Ideal for dates. Also on the menu is an extensive list of sushi rolls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
634 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9741
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


PADRINO'S
8132 Hampson St. 314-9088
Padrino's regulars can breathe with relief now that the Riverbend restaurant has been renovated from fire damage and is reopening its doors. Consider the house specialty: chicken Padrino is stuffed with ham, fontina cheese and spinach, and topped with a white wine mushroom cream sauce. An authentic Italian dessert, panna cotta, has been added -- cream custard with seasonal fresh fruit sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
3800 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-0775
www.piccadilly.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
7624 Maple St. 866-7031
www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

RED STAR CHINESE
8330 Earhart Blvd. 861-1933

At the end of the Earhart Expressway is Red Star Chinese, where you can start your meal with the crab Rangoon, a fried treat filled with crabmeat and cream cheese. Shrimp fried rice and an egg roll can be added to the entree of your choice or fill up on a combination plate. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE
7801 Panola St. 314-1810
Stretch out at this classic cafe with the newspaper, breakfast and a strong cup of coffee. Frequent customers walk in the door craving the huevos rancheros -- two corn tortillas, black beans, two eggs, salsa, cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream -- or the eggs Pontchartrain, a Louisiana twist on eggs Benedict with crawfish saute in place of Canadian bacon. If you prefer sweet to savory, try the Belgian waffles and pancakes -- plain, strawberry, blueberry or banana nut. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
1140 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-4343
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


SARA'S
724 Dublin St. 861-0565
www.sarasrestaurant.com

Sara's takes a global view of cuisine, offering Thai, Indian, Caribbean and Creole fusion dishes. The honey-ginger scallops are pan-seared and served over sesame angel hair pasta. Other inventions include the Louisiana crawfish egg roll and the shrimp satay: pan-seared prawns served in a spicy peanut sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
7700 Maple St. 864-0411
www.starbucks.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN
3016 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-3683
Rock 'n' Bowl owner John Blancher has taken over and left most of the menu the same. Oyster omelettes, avocado and shrimp salad, and fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp remoulade are some of the highlights at this homey Uptown diner. The grilled amberjack works well with jumbo boiled shrimp, mashed potatoes, fried tortilla strips and a lobster sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ZACHARY'S
8400 Oak St. 865-1559
Ask your server about the daily specials, investigate the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, or go for the tried-and-true staples such as the seafood gumbo, fried chicken and bread pudding. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$




CBD


ALLEGRO BISTRO
1100 Poydras St. 582-2350
This downtown bistro is continuing its extended lunch hours for the upcoming NBA season in honor of the New Orleans Hornets. Lunch diners will never go wrong with house specialties such as prime filets, barbecue shrimp and grilled Gulf fish. The roasted garlic soup and seafood gumbo will keep you coming back. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $$

ANTHONY'S SEAFOOD & LOBSTER HOUSE
#1 Poydras St., Suite 113 (Riverwalk Marketplace) 524-1243
One of the most pleasing and refined seafood restaurants in town is Anthony's Seafood. Chef Chad Bonnet prepares several lobster dishes for your dining enjoyment, the specialty being the zesty blackened lobster. The varied menu offers more seafood and regional fare. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BAYOU BAGELRY
830 Gravier St. 524-5001
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

BENJARONG
228 Camp St. (Omni Crescent Hotel) 571-7500
The fusion cooking empire that brought you Bangkok Cuisine, La Thai Cuisine and Panasia expands to the CBD with this restaurant blending Creole and Thai approaches. We like the sound of the Naked Shrimp Salad featuring jumbo butterfly shrimp, and the grilled chicken Benjarong: Thai-spiced grilled chicken with stir-fried glass noodles and fresh vegetables. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ARABESQUE
211 LaSalle St. 524-6455
www.cafearabesque.com
This popular downtown lunch spot provides a perfect introduction to Middle Eastern food with dishes such as the Mezze Platter: a sampling of hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves. The innovative sandwich menu includes the heat-pressed Buena Vista Club Sandwich, with ham, turkey, tomatoes, avocado and Muenster cheese on focaccia bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DU MONDE
1400 Poydras St. (New Orleans Centre) 587-0842
1 Poydras St. (Riverwalk Marketplace) 587-0841
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB 'N' GRUB
116 Baronne St. 566-0055
Inside the CBD, office workers escape their cubicles for bubbling bowls of seafood gumbo, crispy oyster po-boys and smoky red beans and rice with spicy sausage. Ask for Maria's Cubanito and get a taste of something different, with a hot Cuban sandwich filled with pulled pork, pickles, mustard and ham. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CC'S COFFEE
2 Poydras St. (New Orleans Hilton Riverside) 525-0024

650 Poydras St
. (Poydras Center) 586-0278
www.ccscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


COBALT
333 St. Charles Ave. 565-5595
www.cobaltrestaurant.com

Lunchers feast on the likes of hickory-smoked pork tenderloin with white cheddar mashed potatoes, and the dinner menu features crispy corn cakes smothered in wild mushrooms and sage-truffle pecorino. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

COFFEE & COMPANY
1515 Poydras St. 522-3335
This Poydras Street coffee shop bustles with lunching businesspeople who come in for the bagels, hot meals, salads and sweets. A favorite item for a midday bite is the Cobb salad, with turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato topped with avocado and rich blue cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COUVILLONI'S RESTAURANT AND CATERING
2036 Poydras St. 522-0441
Couvilloni's offers an array of gourmet pizzas, sandwiches and salads with a focus on fresh ingredients that keeps the CBD lunch crowd happy. Two popular salads are the chicken Caesar salad and the Mediterranean salad with sun-dried tomato dressing. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM
833 Poydras St. (Le Pavillon Hotel) 581-3111
www.lepavillon.com

The grandiose Crystal Room takes its name from the tinkling chandelier, and offers an elegant dining experience. For lunch, sample the gourmet pasta and salad bar. Dinner features a full gourmet menu with house specialties such as beef burgundy for two, flame-broiled beef tenderloin tips served over a bed of buttered noodles. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DIXIE GYROS
110 Carondelet St. 523-6614.
The name signals the cultural fusion at this popular lunch spot. The trademark beef, lamb, and chicken gyros are served either on pita bread or a baguette depending on your mood, and beignets are available in the morning. Tasty vegetarian items include Greek salad and falafel sandwiches. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOC SMITH'S
1009 Poydras St. 561-0528
This annex of Smith & Wollensky's is a popular evening hangout, especially for sports fans who want to watch the game with a group of friends. The menu runs to snacks, like muffalettas, mini-burgers and pigs-in-blankets filled with andouille sausage. There's beer on tap and cocktails including the hurricane, mojito and mint julep. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

GENGHIS KHAN
201 Baronne St. (Baronne Plaza Hotel) 299-9009
Genghis Khan is locally renowned for Korean cooking and live music, ranging from violin serenades to Broadway musical renditions by solo vocalists. Owner Henry Lee entreats diners to try the whole fish, a black drum marinated in white wine and other ingredients and tempura-fried and served with a light ginger garlic sauce. Vocal and instrumental performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations recommended for dinner. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA
920 Poydras St. 561-8914
For a working lunch or leisurely dinner, Horinoya is an Asian oasis in the CBD. Sushi rolls cover the gamut from the tried-and-true (California roll, rainbow roll, crunchy roll) to the more experimental -- such as the soybean pepper roll, or the dragon roll with eel, avocado and crabmeat. Combo dishes are popular, too, including the sushi and chicken teriyaki plate. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HUEY'S 24/7 DINER
200 Magazine St., 598-4839
www.hueys247diner.com
From recent "40 Under 40" honoree and Wine Loft owner Jason Doyle comes this 3-month-old, round-the-clock diner that puts a decidedly sophisticated spin on the traditional retro-diner vibe. Vintage diner gear contrasts with oak-and-brass furniture here, though you can still get a burger for less than $8. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
417 S. Rampart St. 522-7552
www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

THE JAMBALAYA SHOPPE
701 Poydras St. (One Shell Square) 522-0138

It's possible to find down-home country cooking right in the heart of New Orleans' bustling downtown area. During lunchtime on the weekdays, business types sit down to classic comfort food including chicken stew with bacon gravy, pork roast, shrimp stew and fettuccine, and, naturally, the namesake dish. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

JOHNNIE'S PO-BOYS
827 Perdido St. 523-9883
The name of the game is po-boys (with fried seafood varieties a favorite), but the daily plate lunches shouldn't be overlooked. Specials include spaghetti and meatballs on Tuesday, hamburger steak on Wednesday, and fried chicken with butter beans on Thursday. Breakfast options include egg dishes such as the Western omelette with sausage, bacon, ham and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

KABBY'S ON THE RIVER
2 Poydras St. (Hilton Hotel) 584-3880
While Kabby's recently underwent renovations, much of the popular menu and meals remain, including the Sunday champagne jazz brunch, which, for $32 a person, you can have unlimited trips to the omelette, beef-carving and seafood stations. For dinner, try the filet of grouper, which comes with crawfish mashed potatoes (seasoned and spiced with the mud bugs mixed in). Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

KABBY'S SPORTS EDITION GRILLE
2 Poydras St. (Hilton Hotel) 584-3880
While Kabby's Sports Edition Grille has much of the same menu as the adjoining Kabby's on the River, it does offer a plush setting with 52 televisions to watch any and all games. Off the menu, try the spinach salad with goat cheese, or the Thai pork ribs, which are prepared with a spicy glaze sauce and served with fried rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEMON GRASS RESTAURANT
217 Camp St. (International House Hotel) 523-1200
www.lemongrassrest.com
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Chef Minh Bui's sophisticated blend of Vietnamese, Louisiana and French tastes have garnered accolades from diners for years. This season's offerings include chicken Roti, seared lemon grass-marinated cubes of chicken breast served with steamed vegetables and two kinds of rice; pan-roasted filet mignon with wild mushroom sauce, haricot vert and a trio of mashed potatoes; and wok-smoked salmon steak with grilled stack vegetables and balsamic reduction. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT
321 Magazine St. 581-9680
If your taste buds demand the tastes of Cuba, you'll find a wide selection of choices at this Uptown restaurant. Try the Ropa Vieja, a beef brisket stewed with onions, olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and onion and then served with black beans and rice. Another popular choice is the seafood paella, which comes with lobster, shrimp, fish and chicken in saffron rice with sweet plantains. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MAW MAW'S KITCHEN
3674 Derbigny St. (behind Whitey's Pool Hall) 833-6297
Just a block and a half off of Airline Drive, Maw Maw's offers up cooking with love -- the way your mama used to do it. With special chicken wings Tuesdays and steak night Wednesdays, Maw Maw's always serves good food at good prices. Also popular are the hot plates and muffalettas. Lunch and dinner daily Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

MIDI
614 Canal St. (JW Marriott Hotel) 527-6712

www.midirestaurant.com

This Canal Street destination combines an interesting twist on French food with Mediterranean accents. Midi offers signature dishes such as the Crab Cake Lafitte and the honey lavender smoked Muscovy duck with sweet potato and wild rice. Midi's specialties combine sweetly with its live jazz performances. Lunch specials are offered six days a week, with a champagne-jazz brunch on Sundays. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily, champagne jazz brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MIKE ANDERSON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
1 Poydras St. (Riverwalk Marketplace) 522-7727
www.mikeandersons.com
Mike Anderson's furthers its mission of bringing quality seafood to the masses with this Riverwalk location. Try the Quails and Tails, for which two quails are stuffed with crabmeat dressing and served with crawfish etouffee. Mike's Special broils jumbo shrimp in lemon and Worcestershire sauce, and there's boiled and fried seafood of all types. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIKE SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave. 523-2668
Mike Serio's specialties are its namesake po-boys, with more than 50 different varieties to choose from. Shrimp, catfish, smoked turkey and roast beef make up some of the more standard po-boys, but Serio's challenges the standard with Reuben, alligator sausage and Cuban sandwich-style po-boys. Lunch specials vary with grilled chicken, crawfish etouffee and stuffed bell peppers. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MOTHER CLUCKER'S
132 Carondelet St. 558-0099
Mother Clucker's cheeky name is reflected in the laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff of this CBD eatery. Chicken is king here, and hungry business professionals choose from wings, chicken tenders, fried and grilled chicken sandwiches, and, just added to the menu, chicken wraps. Try the chicken Caesar or Buffalo chicken wrap, or just ask and almost anything can be rolled into a wrap. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

MOTHER'S
401 Poydras St. 523-9656
www.mothersrestaurant.com
When locals think of Mother's, they think of roast beef po-boys, dripping and delicious. Two items made famous through word-of-mouth are the Famous Ferdi Special, made with Mother's baked black ham with a crisp caramelized crust, roast beef, debris (the beef that falls in the gravy while roasting) and gravy, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayo, and yellow and Creole mustards. The house specialty is Mother's debris roast beef po-boy -- make sure you get at least two handfuls of napkins. Limited delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
721 Common St. 558-0830
This funky Mexican spot has carved such a niche in the CBD that the owners (who also run Mother Clucker's) have opened up a second location in Uptown. Diners have tough choices among the burritos, nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Friday's happy hour features two-for-one tequila shots. Also consider the garlic-sauteed shrimp or the beer-battered catfish served over Spanish rice. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Thursday and Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

NEW CITY DINER
1340 Poydras St. 561-0061

The New City Diner helps many folks downtown start their day with gourmet coffees, fresh-baked muffins and breakfast burritos. Hot plate lunches range from cornbread and pecan-stuffed pork chops, fried catfish with crawfish sauce, and slow-roasted honey mustard chicken. A favorite of the house is the hot apple crisp for dessert. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

THE NEW ORLEANS GRILL
300 Gravier St. (Windsor Court Hotel) 522-1992

www.windsorcourthotel.com

The New Orleans Grill, formerly known as The Grill Room, offers newly renovated, luxurious environs for award-winning dining. For dinner, Executive Chef Jonathan Wright suggests the shoulder of rabbit, stuffed and braised in red wine with roasted filet and rib, served with smoked sweet potato, Louisiana peaches and jasmine scented sauce. Vegetarian selections offered. Reservations required. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch and dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
301 Baronne St. 522-5242
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


THE PEARL RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR
119 St. Charles Ave. 525-2901
The triple-decker turkey sandwich is a favorite gobbled up by patrons of this CBD spot, where the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Co-workers meet for cocktails and oysters on the half-shell, or dine on grilled shrimp salad, turtle soup, gumbo or etouffee. The turtle cheesecake and the bread pudding are recommended for soothing a dessert craving. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

PETE'S PUB
444 St. Charles Ave. (Hotel Inter-Continental) 585-5401
www.new-orleans.intercontinental.com

Pete's can hook you up with a quick sandwich or wrap if you're late for a meeting, but if you have time to linger, settle down with the grilled tuna steak with black beans and pico de gallo, or the grilled chicken and avocado salad. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the cheesecake or cobbler du jour. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PHO TAU BAY
1565 Tulane Ave. 524-4669
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PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
143 Elk Place 585-1775
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

POYDRAS DINER
1555 Poydras St. (Exxon Building) 568-0733
With its claim to "home cooked foods," Poydras Diner grills up 100-percent round chuck burgers and lunch specials, but you can also start your day with classic breakfasts. Eggs, bacon, hotcakes and the like are made to order, and the traditional Monday red beans and rice and Friday seafood platters are popular choices. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

PURPLE ROSES
1116 Tulane Ave. 566-0950
Central Business District patrons ask for the Vietnamese traditional lunch at Purple Roses, which includes the vermicelli curry bowl with a drink for only $5.45. Also available is the chicken wing special, an order of chicken wings with rice or noodles, the General Tsao Chicken, crawfish fried rice, and chow mein. No reservations. Delivery available in CBD only. Lunch Monday through Friday. Cash only. $

RENE BISTROT
817 Common St. (Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel) 412-2580
www.renebistrot.com
Chef René Bajeux's newest venture serves his signature French cuisine with the elegance it deserves. The braised rabbit on the bone with basil cream and lemon ricotta gnocchi is not to be missed, and the sauteed sweetbreads with morel mushrooms pack a flavorful punch. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT AUGUST
301 Tchoupitoulas St. 299-9777
Chef John Besh updates his menu often, and the new dishes this fall at Restaurant August are evidence of his creative combos. The gnocchi crab and truffles appetizer is a new addition, one of many available in a "three-courses for $22 special." One of Besh's mainstays, the Moroccan-spiced duck with a sweet-corn polenta, duck foie gras and tempura-fried dates, is always a good bet. Smoke your favorite cigar in the bar after 9:30 p.m. Reservations required. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

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

Restaurant Cuvee provides a peaceful and intimate setting very popular with romantic couples. Executive Chef Bob Iacovone recommends the mustard- and herb-crusted salmon filet served over lump crabmeat and Brie orzo with lemon confit. To mention all the highlights would take all day, but the butter-poached lobster refuses to be left out. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

RICCA'S SANDWICH SHOP
1440 Canal St. (Tidewater Building) 524-2143

This CBD gem has been family-owned and run for more than two decades. Regulars stop in here for some respite from the rat race and a quick traditional breakfast, a hot lunch special, or one of Ricca's special po-boys, most of them named for employees and customers. Try the Dr. Nice po-boy, named for a longtime regular, a radiologist who liked his French bread topped with fried boneless chicken breast, ham and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
222 Carondelet St. 529-2005
www.royalblendcoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

RUE DE LA COURSE
401 Carondelet St. 586-0401
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SAZERAC BAR & GRILL
123 Baronne St. (Fairmont Hotel) 529-4733
The Sazerac Bar and Grill is a lovely place to have the famous drink over an elegant dinner. Signature dishes include the oyster-artichoke soup, the grilled mahi-mahi, and the succulent bouillabaisse. For dinner, the kitchen offers a chef's special. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch seasonally. Credit cards. $$$

SMITH & WOLLENSKY
1009 Poydras St. 561-0770
www.smithandwollensky.com
All of S&W's beef steaks are dry-aged in-house for 28 days before being cooked to order. Now available is a special Cajun ribeye, which is spiced with garlic, cayenne pepper and olive oil and then marinated in Cajun oil for 72 hours before it is cooked. Another special dish is the shellfish bouquet, which includes lobster cocktail, a whole lobster cut in half, oysters on the half-shell, jumbo lump crabmeat, shrimp cocktail and seasonal items. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner, late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

SPORTING HOUSE CAFE
916 Lafayette St. 561-0605
www.sportinghousecafe.com

The Sporting House Cafe is housed in one of Storyville's famous old bordellos, and obviously enjoys playing up its heritage. Each lunch features a daily special. There's an expansive menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. They are also open during Saints home games. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Delivery available. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
300 Canal St. (Canal Place) 566-1223
www.starbucks.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

STEVE'S DINER
828 Gravier St. 522-8198
Formerly the New City Diner, this refurbished eatery attracts plenty of customers with its slogan, "Good food -- nice price." For lunch, sit down to a generous helping of roasted pork loin with homemade chutney and vegetables, or try the grilled chicken spinach salad accented with pecans and blue cheese. No reservations. Delivery available. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

TANDOORI CHICKEN
115 University Place 299-1926
Happy hour at Tandoori Chicken offers an array of tasty treats and libations. To sample the offerings of this Indian restaurant you may want to stop by for the lunch buffet for $8.99. The 16-plus items available encompass a wide range of chicken dishes and vegetables, with the namesake tandoori chicken always available. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOP OF THE DOME STEAKHOUSE
500 Poydras Plaza (Hyatt Regency New Orleans) 599-4826

The rotating restaurant at the top of the Hyatt Regency hotel offers head-spinning entrees such as the Surf 'N' Turf: two lobster tails and an 8-oz. petit filet mignon served with fresh steamed vegetables. One appetizer option is shrimp grilled with barbecue sauce and served with onion rings. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

TUCKER'S TAVERN
635 S. Roman St. 522-0440
www.tuckers-tavern.com
Tucker's bills itself as "Home of the Stuffed Deep-Fried Burger" and features specialties including the Big Tuck: ground beef stuffed with pepper Jack and American cheeses and bacon, then topped with barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. They also offer both a regular and a Cajun Reuben, as well as a Cuban sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, lunch and early dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $

VERANDA RESTAURANT
444 St. Charles Ave. (InterContinental New Orleans) 585-4383
www.new-orleans.intercontinental.com
Help yourself to the lunch buffet or order something more elaborate from the menu, like the braised lamb shanks or the wiener schnitzel, a traditional breaded veal cutlet reflecting Chef Willy Coln's German roots. Tuesday's special, seafood crepes laced with a lobster sherry sauce, is a downtown favorite. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Monday through Friday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

ZOE BISTROT
333 Poydras St. (W Hotel) 207-5018
www.zoebistrot.com.
A meal at Zoe is an occasion worth dressing up for, if only to match the beauty on your plate. Try the warm onion tart with seven layers of phyllo topped with caramelized onions and leeks while enjoying the $1 martini that comes with lunch. In the evening, sample the trout amandine, sauteed in brown butter and finished with lump crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$



CENTRAL CITY


CAFE RECONCILE
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 568-1157
www.cafereconcile.com
This St. Regis Hospitality Program runs this cafe to give teenagers and neighbors job training and experience in the service industry. The very affordable daily lunch specials include white beans and shrimp on Thursday and smothered chicken with vegetable rice pilaf on Tuesday. The restaurant's tagline sums it up: "Like eatin' by your mom's." No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

UGLESICH'S
1238 Baronne St. 523-8571
Start off with fried oysters with blue cheese dressing or the creamy oyster brie soup. The shrimp veggie is a popular entree, with shrimp marinated and sauteed with crushed red peppers, hot sauce, onions and bell pepper. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday and some Saturdays. Cash only. $$




CHALMETTE


BARRISTER'S PATIO BAR AND GRILL
2120 Pakenham Drive, Chalmette 271-2500
Crack the crisp layer surrounding the catfish McInnis and below the fragrant steam awaits sweet crabmeat and flaky Louisiana catfish, sauced with a crab bordelaise. The McInnis is served with colorful seasonal vegetables and a dinner salad. The patio and large lunch spreads have been attracting locals who enjoy the family-style service. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROMA
3358 Paris Road, Chalmette 270-0999
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ESPRESSO YOURSELF CUSTOM COFFEE
3604 Delaronde Drive, Chalmette 271-0380
www.espressoyourself.net
This coffeehouse has become a popular local hangout by keeping its patrons entertained with live music, video poker, Internet access and a book swap. The frozen cappuccino is a top choice from the coffee bar, and the menu features tasty quiches, soups, salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday; pastries and coffees only on Sunday. Credit cards. $

FLOUR POWER CONFECTIONERY & TEA ROOM
2101 Paris Road, Chalmette 276-9095
The main focus here is on European pastries and specialty cakes -- there are 28 cake varieties listed, and custom requests are welcome. There's also a light lunch menu of wraps, salads and sandwiches. Call in advance if you'd like high tea, a real treat with finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. Reservations required for high tea. Continental breakfast Tuesday through Saturday, lunch Tuesday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

ITALIAN PIE
1914 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette 278-0001
www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

LUTHER'S
8740 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette 277-8167
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA

3200 Paris Road, Chalmette 271-6860
www.piccadilly.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

STIXX RESTAURANT
535 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette 276-2742
Contemporary Creole dishes include the chicken Louisiane, a paneed chicken breast served over angel hair pasta with crawfish cream sauce; the menu surprises with sushi rolls and sashimi. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$



CITYWIDE


ACME OYSTER HOUSE
French Quarter, Lakefront, Northshore
www.acmeoyster.com
Shucking oysters since 1910, Acme continues to please its local and tourist clientele. Other New Orleans staples include the Red Beans Poopa (red beans and rice served in a bread bowl), a killer oyster loaf, po-boys, and sumptuous seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

APPLEBEE'S
Harahan, Kenner, Metairie, Northshore, Slidell, West Bank
www.applebees.com
Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill kicks off fall with its Take Two promotion, offering your choice of two favorites to create one entree. There are always the much-loved Buffalo chicken wings and delicious sizzling apple pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYOU BAGELRY
CBD, Metairie, Uptown
One bite into the hearty yet healthy Rhythm and Blues Roast Beef will have you hooked on the taste of New York-style bagels. The Executive Club is a full-flavored bagel packed with all your favorite ultra-lean cuts of meat and fresh garnishes. With five locations to close from, you are never too far from a fresh bagel with lox and cream cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday at the Gravier Street location, breakfast and lunch daily at all other locations. Credit cards. $

BENNIGAN'S GRILL AND TAVERN
Kenner, Metairie, West Bank
www.bennigans.com
Start any meal between 4 p.m. and closing time with two-for-one drinks at any one the three locations of this popular restaurant. Look for traditional onion rings, beef burgers, baby back ribs and chicken wings. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUD'S BROILER
Gentilly, Harahan, Jefferson, Kenner, Metairie, Mid-City, River Ridge, Uptown, West Bank
Bud's does fast food with flair. Broiler Puppies are hot dogs topped with cheddar, chili or hickory-smoked sauce, and the Broiler Burgers come with a similar range of toppings. The smoked sausage sandwich is worth a trip of its own. Finish things off with a milkshake or a fried fruit pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

BYBLOS
Metairie, Old Metairie, Uptown
Warm pita bread, rich creamy chick pea hummus and salty olives invoke a touch of the Middle East. The menu showcases regional specialties such as tabbouleh, chicken shawarma and lamb kebabs in each one of their three locations. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DU MONDE
CBD, French Quarter, Kenner, Metairie, West Bank
www.cafedumonde.com
The menu is short and sweet, like the mountains of powdered sugar piled high atop each golden beignet. Each cafe au lait is surrounded with a perfume-like fog that can only be the heavenly scent of fluffy sweet batter frying. Customers wipe their faces clean of sugar moustaches and sip chicory coffee, orange juice, milk and cafe au lait (served hot or cold). No reservations. Hours vary by location. Decatur Street location open 24 hours. Cash only. $

CAFE ROMA
Chalmette, French Quarter, Metairie, Mid-City, Uptown, West Bank
The ovens burn hot at every Cafe Roma and bring steaming pizzas, pastas and Italian appetizers to your table or doorstep. The menu offers specialty pies for vegetarians and omnivores alike. The shrimp pasta combines sauteed shrimp and angel hair pasta with a creamy Italian sauce. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

CC'S COFFEE
Bayou St. John, Carrollton, CBD, French Quarter, Kenner, Metairie, Northshore, Old Metairie, Uptown
www.ccscoffee.com

Whether you're looking for a morning perk or a leisurely cup in the afternoon, CC's has a wide selection of specialty coffees and teas. Assuage your hunger pangs with a bagel, muffin, croissant or other pastry. The Poydras Center location offers a light lunch menu. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CHATEAU COFFEE CAFE
Kenner, Lakeview, Metairie
This cafe goes beyond the expected fare of coffee drinks and pastries, with fresh salads and daily hot lunch specials like grilled fish, burgers, soups, and red beans and rice. Chateau Coffee features a Southwestern chicken salad, prepared with salsa, corn, black beans, tortilla chips and ranch dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
Kenner, Metairie, West Bank
www.chevysfreshmex.com
Chevy's has become a family favorite for its fresh ideas, like salsa mixed hourly to keep the flavors at their peak. The fish tacos get their authentic tang from the flame-grilled fish, sweet corn tomalito, rice, and beans inside. The fajitas and margaritas are two more reasons to get happy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S
Jefferson, Metairie, Northshore, Uptown, West Bank
This chain offers Creole dishes for the adults, a kids' menu for youngsters, and fried chicken for everyone. Try the eggplant pirogue, where fried eggplant slices are served au gratin with shrimp and crab claws over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

CUCO'S
Metairie, Northshore, Uptown, West Bank
While the menu varies slightly by location, you can always count on Cuco's for Mexican and Southwestern favorites such as the sizzling fajita plates and the Mexi-Cali combo: a chicken breast stuffed with spinach served over rice with two enchiladas and special spicy sauce. Fresh seafood dishes and margaritas round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DANNY AND CLYDE'S
Jefferson, Metairie, Northshore, West Bank
www.dannyandclydes.com
Diner food on demand is the order of business at Danny and Clyde's many locations. They're open early and late so you won't be deprived of your favorite morning sandwiches, egg breakfasts, po-boys, chicken tenders and hamburgers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily; some locations open 24 hours. $

DOT'S DINER
Harahan, Jefferson, Metairie, River Ridge
Dot's is as pleasant at 7 a.m., when you might stop in for a 6-oz. breakfast ham steak, as it is at midnight, when night owls come by for a burger or slice of pie. Dieters should try the Heart Healthy Omelet with six egg whites, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner until 10 p.m. daily at the 4150 Jefferson Hwy. location, open 24 hours at other locations. Cash only. $

GROUND PAT'I
Kenner, Metairie, Northshore, West Bank
www.groundpati.com
The hamburgers are the signature dish, but seafood, steak, chicken, salads and barbecue round out the rich field of choices. Among the fried or grilled seafood dishes is the grilled shrimp entree, a half-pound of shrimp marinated, skewered and grilled, with a salad and choice of side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HAAGEN-DAZS
Carrollton, CBD, French Quarter
This fall, Haagen-Dazs invites you to try its special bananas Foster, an original New Orleans dessert. Try the Mint Dazzler, three layers of mint chip ice cream with hot fudge, Oreo cookies and whipped cream with sprinkles. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only at St. Peter Street locations, checks accepted at Hampson Street location, and credit cards accepted at Riverwalk. $

HOOTERS
French Quarter, Metairie, West Bank
www.hooters.com
Now that football season's here, area Hooters will be filling with fans who flock to the sports-bar chain for "nearly famous" chicken wings and other popular munchies, after-work happy hours on the weekdays, and, of course, Hooters girls. Reservations for large parties only. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
CBD, Chalmette, Eastern New Orleans, Jefferson, Kenner, Lakefront, Metairie, Mid-City, Northshore, Uptown, West Bank
www.italianpierestaurants.com
There's more to Italian Pie than just Italian pies -- even though the pizzas here are among the most popular choices (order a gourmet pie or create your own). Other items such as fresh salads, hearty appetizers, new lavash wraps, calzones, pasta dishes and sandwiches round out a menu that aims to please everybody. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

LA MADELEINE
Carrollton, French Quarter, Harahan, Northshore, Metairie, Uptown
www.lamadeleine.com
Discover the tastes of the French countryside at La Madeleine, whose baked goods range from the straightforward baguette to pastries such as tiramisu, raspberry creme brulee and coconut flan. Soups include the ever-popular French onion, and there are plentiful salads, sandwiches, pastas and pizzas as well. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEE'S HAMBURGERS
Kenner, Metairie, West Bank
Lee's is a New Orleans institution and a burger lover's dream. But the burgers are not all that people rave about; Lee's also has hot dogs, chili cheese fries, shakes and onion rings. The Schuef Drive and Airline Drive locations serve plate lunch specials such as grilled chicken, fried shrimp and hamburger steak. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Methods of payment vary by location. $

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE
Kenner, Metairie, Northshore
www.lonestarsteakhouse.com
The name is pure Texas, but the menu at Lone Star is all American. Try one of the Lone Star combo meals, a 6-oz. filet served with ribs, chicken, shrimp or salmon. Each comes with a salad and side dish. Then cap it all off with one of Lone Star's new dessert offerings: New York cheesecake or three-layer chocolate cake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
Carrollton, French Quarter, West Bank
The reputation of this local franchise is based as much on its changing menu of daily specials as it is on its selection of 20 wood-fired pizzas, which includes roasted garlic and barbecue chicken versions. Case in point: crawfish Florentine made with shiitake and portobello mushrooms, tasso, and fresh spinach in a spicy cream sauce served over fettuccine. The French Market location has a wine bar that offers many of its wines by the half glass, and the Carrollton location serves its own fresh-baked breads daily. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LUTHER'S
Chalmette, Metairie, West Bank
www.luthers.com
The surroundings at Luther's are simple and straightforward and so is the menu, which sticks to tried-and-true, finger lickin' favorites. Slow-smoked, tender ribs are the main attraction for customers who are well advised to bring their appetite and roll up their sleeves when digging in. Indigenous seafood like catfish and shrimp round out the menu. On-site catering also is offered. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MONA'S CAFE
Faubourg Marigny, Mid-City, Uptown
Mona's is synonymous to most locals with tasty, affordable Middle Eastern food. The classic cuisine includes gyros with lamb, beef or chicken; tabbouleh, a parsley salad popular with vegetarians; hummus; baba ghanoush; falafel; and stuffed grape leaves. To finish it all off, try a mint tea with the burma, a honey-sweetened shredded wheat dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD CO.
Jefferson, Metairie

www.nohsc.com
Where else it is possible to get fried seafood, po-boys and loaded baked potatoes via a drive-through window except in New Orleans? New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood has provided affordable hamburgers and platters of softshell crabs hot to order on the go for years. Favorites include the fried shrimp, oyster or catfish platters with fries or potato, dressed the way you like it. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
Carrollton, CBD, Metairie, Northshore, West Bank
Specials include potato skins and quesadillas for appetizers and a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, pasta and steak entrees. Local flavors are represented by the crawfish Monica pasta, penne pasta with crawfish and "Monica" Alfredo sauce, and the gigantic 64-oz. Mardi Gras Mambo drink, big enough to share with two straws. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
Metairie, Northshore, West Bank
www.outback.com
The menu is designed to give hungry diners a G'day, with beef offerings that include the Outback Special, a 12-oz. center-cut seasoned sirloin seared to taste and served with either Walkabout soup or a salad and a choice of steamed fresh vegetables or a potato dish. Hard to turn down is the Chocolate Thunder, a large brownie topped with ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PHO TAU BAY
CBD, Metairie, West Bank
Mid-City residents let out whoops of delight upon the news that Pho Tau Bay is planning to bring its affordable and tasty Vietnamese cuisine to North Carrollton Avenue starting in December. Staples include the bun thit nuong, charcoal-broiled sliced pork served over a bed of vermicelli with cucumbers, spearmint, bean sprouts, crispy lettuce and peanuts. No reservations. The West Bank location serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; the Tulane Avenue location serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday; and the Metairie location serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
Carrollton, Chalmette, Eastern New Orleans, Jefferson, Metairie, Northshore, West Bank
www.piccadilly.com
Piccadilly simplifies lunch by offering everything: vegetables, meats, seafood, pastas, breads, soups, salads. Try the $5 lunch special weekdays where you can choose from a variety of entrees. Get your meals and dessert to go, and check out seasonal, holiday fare like turkey with all the trimmings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards, checks. $

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
Carrollton, CBD, Kenner, Lakeview, Metairie, Mid-City, Northshore, Old Metairie, River Ridge, Uptown, Warehouse District, West Bank
www.pjscoffee.com
The large number of PJ's franchises scattered across the area speak to the popularity of its coffee, tea and food offerings. Some locations offer a variety of salads and sandwiches. Muffins, pastries, bagels and cakes are available at all. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
Jefferson, Lakeview, Uptown
www.reginellis.com
Reginelli's serves up a wide range of pizzas with different international flavors, as well as salads and appetizers. The house recommends the Brie calzone with sun-dried pear chutney in a puff pastry. The sunny-flavored Mediterranean pizza comes loaded with garlic herb sauce, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh spinach and roasted red peppers. No reservations. Free delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
CBD, French Quarter, Old Metairie
www.royalblendcoffee.com
The Royal Blend cafes are a destination any time of the day for coffee, tea, pastries and quick snacks. But at lunchtime, the fast-moving lines are perfect for people on the go. Order soups, salads, and sandwiches. Or try one of the wraps that Royal Blend offers as daily specials -- the two top sellers are toasted-almond chicken and the chicken with portobello mushrooms. Delivery available until 3 p.m. from the Carondelet Street location only. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday, brunch Sunday at the Metairie location only. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
Carrollton, CBD, French Quarter, Uptown

The Rue has all the espresso drinks you need, whether you're cramming for a test or gathering energy for a long day. The frozen granita and a chai shake with vanilla ice cream are sweet concoctions, and fresh-made sandwiches and pastries are available at most locations. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily (CBD location open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 2 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays). Cash only. $

SEMOLINA
Kenner, Lakeview, Metairie, Northshore, Uptown, West Bank
www.semolina.com
Semolina is so much more than just pasta, with dishes from the Louisiana bayou to Latin America, from the Southwest to Italy and more. Thai curry shrimp, pad Thai and pasta jambalaya are perennial favorites, and the daily specials include a double-cheeseburger pasta on Wednesdays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
Carrollton, CBD, Jefferson, Kenner, Metairie, Northshore, Uptown
www.starbucks.com
The many choices offered at area Starbucks transcend those of a simple coffee shop. There are plenty of snacks, both healthy and sweet, to go with your java. New winter drinks include Frappuccinos, some coffee-based, some "creams" (i.e., caffeine free). Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

SUN RAY GRILL
Metairie, Warehouse District, West Bank
www.sunraygrill.com
Chefs at each location are encouraged to explore their own style by the Sun Ray owner, so you never know what you'll find in the "chalkboard specials" from the kitchen. Some examples: Chinese spiced duck, sesame-crusted Tokyo tuna, and Baja skillets (warm tortillas and grilled peppers and onions with chicken, steak, tuna, crawfish, shrimp or a combination of any or all). Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA
Harahan, Metairie, Uptown, Warehouse District
Of course you know about Taqueria Corona's renowned combo platters, Numero Uno, Dos and Tres. The Tres boasts portions of tacos, flauta, burrito and a house salad practically big enough to feed the whole family. But now you can also try Taqueria's grilled mahi-mahi fillet, served on a bed of baby spring lettuce with vinaigrette and accompanied by corn salsa, aioli and yellow rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily; no lunch on Sundays except Magazine Street location. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S
Metairie, Northshore, Uptown
Vincent's Old World tastes are found in signature dishes such as veal Roberto, which features baby white veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, all under a sherry beurre blanc. Other favorites include a corn and crab bisque served in a bread bowl, and crab cakes combining jumbo lump crabmeat under two sauces, a portobello mushroom beurre blanc and roasted red pepper aioli. Reservations accepted; recommended for large parties and on weekends in Mandeville. Lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner daily Uptown; lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday in Metairie; lunch Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday in Mandeville. Credit cards. $$

VOODOO BBQ
Lakefront, Metairie, Uptown
Get your mojo working with classic barbecue staples, all seasoned with a dry rub. There's pulled pork, beef brisket and pork ribs, to name a few favorites, plus savory sides such as baked beans or corn pudding. On Monday, stop by the bar for the 25-cent hot-wing special. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WOW CAFE & EATERY
Metairie, Northshore
www.wingery.com
Yeah, a "World of Wings" would make us say, "Wow!" too. Wings rule here, needless to say, but what's impressive is the size and the myriad array of sauces available for dipping, both American and international: Buffalo, Key West (citrus salsa), Santa Fe (chipotle) and Jamaican (jerk), Polynesian (sweet and sour) and Asian (teriyaki), are but a few options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $



EASTERN NEW ORLEANS


CAUSEY'S COUNTRY KITCHEN
7245 Chef Menteur Hwy. 242-2604
If it's soul food you require, stop by Causey's for all your old favorites: mustard greens, fried catfish, potato salad, barbecued ribs, and chitterlings and rice. For dessert, try the sweet potato pie or the bread pudding. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday, dinner Thursday and Friday. Credit cards. $

FOUCHA'S FOOD & SPIRITS
3716 Downman Road 240-1991
Formerly known as Pampy's Express, Foucha's Food & Spirits offers many of the same signature Creole dishes as its predecessor. Try the gumbo, seafood pasta, platters and po-boys, or make a trip to the bar. Get there early and try the new breakfast menu. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, early dinner Monday through Wednesday, dinner Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

GABBY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
6600-A Morrison Road 242-9829
Come to Gabby's any time of day or night to satisfy your hunger pangs, where the kitchen serves everything from old fashioned po-boys to gourmet entrees. Try the pasta loaded with crawfish and cream sauce, the spaghetti tossed with garlic shrimp, or the eggplant boat stuffed with seafood and topped with Parmesan. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
7070 Read Blvd. 244-7200
www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

LAMA'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

7007 Read Lane 242-5656
Lama's gets creative with its po-boys, with both breaded veal and grilled tuna added to the list of classics. Oysters on the half-shell are available for $5.50 a dozen, and the seafood platters and grilled catch of the day are also quite reasonably priced. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
4403 Chef Menteur Hwy. 282-7198
5700 Read Blvd. 246-0412
www.piccadilly.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.



FAUBOURG MARIGNY


ADOLFO'S
611 Frenchmen St. 948-3800
Chef Adolfo cooks up Italian and Creole delights right in front of the patrons crowding into the tiny nook above the Apple Barrel Bar. Before jumping into the bowls of pastas, plates of steaks, loaves of garlic bread and a variety of seafood, remind yourself to bring your own wine; Adolfo's is BYOB. Reservations required for parties of four or more. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$


AQUARIAN'S MARKETPLACE
2801 Dauphine St. 943-8884
Recently opened right near the border between Faubourg Marigny and Bywater, this cafe features a healthy array of sandwiches, soups, salads, juices, pastries, wheat grass and smoothies. Order sandwiches by your zodiac sign, including the Taurus (ham, Swiss cheese, red leaf lettuce, roma tomatoes and red onion) or the Libra (roma tomatoes, cucumber, sprouts and red onion). Organic products also available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday, breakfast and lunch Sunday. Credit cards. $

CAFE NEGRIL
606 Frenchmen St. 523-6250
Now under new ownership, Cafe Negril brings diners into Faubourg Marigny to sample Creole and American cuisine with a twist. Chef Wendy Smith's new menu features sandwiches, salads, pastas and daily specials. An example of the cafe's new feel is the Ahi tuna gently marinated in Asian flavors and served with fettuccine and a tequila lime butter. No reservations. Lunch Wednesday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Sunday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

FEELINGS CAFE
2600 Chartres St. 945-2222
www.feelingscafe.com
If the piano bar, courtyard lounge and dining area on the balcony aren't enough to convince you to stop by this romantic haunt, let the food do the talking. The salmon mousse appetizer is spiced with pepper and served with caviar, and the seafood baked eggplant consists of shrimp, crab and crawfish blended with a spicy casserole of dirty rice, served on fried eggplant. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

LA PENICHE
1940 Dauphine St. 943-1460
No matter when you get a hankering for breakfast, you can find it here, including omelette specials throughout the week, steak and eggs or eggs with a pork chop, or La Peniche's special eggs Benedict made with grilled tomatoes. For lunch or dinner, dig into the Seafood Boat, which starts with a grilled loaf of bread that's hollowed out to become a vessel for mounds of fried shrimp, oysters and fish. Bring a friend, though; it's made for two people and is served with French fries and coleslaw. No reservations. Open 24 hours, except from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Thursday. Credit cards. $

LA SPIGA BAKERY
2440 Chartres St. 949-2253
It's only open for dining on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the bakery's sandwiches are regularly featured at the Crescent City Farmers Markets, where you can chow on creations such as the Count Basil sandwich, which has turkey, fontina cheese, Dijon pesto spread and red bell pepper spread on ciabatta bread. During the week, you can pre-order pies and cakes to be picked up at the store. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Saturday. Checks. $

THE MARIGNY BRASSERIE

640 Frenchmen St. 945-4472
www.cafemarigny.com
A favorite among both residents and tourists, this Faubourg Marigny stop offers meals throughout the day. However, what truly shine are its dinner selections. There is the mole braised free-range chicken, half of a braised chicken served with jicama slaw and Spanish yellow rice, and the Serrano fig salad, an endive and aged Manchego goat cheese wrapped in Serrano ham atop mixed greens and pecans tossed in a fig vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily and late-night Friday and Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MARISOL RESTAURANT
437 Esplanade Ave. 943-1912
www.marisolrestaurant.com
A lively restaurant with enticing meals to match, Marisol offers Sunday jazz brunches, New Orleans festival-inspired dinners and an innovative menu. Recent dinner specials included the Roast Rack O' Venison with truffled potato ravioli, blue-foot mushrooms and Swiss chard. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

MONA'S CAFE
504 Frenchmen St. 949-4115
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


OLD DOG NEW TRICK CAFE
517 Frenchmen St. 943-6368
www.olddognewtrick.com
This vegetarian hangout boasts a variety of healthful foods, including new oxygen waters for kidney and liver health. Favorites include the rancheros for vegans and vegetarians with tofu or eggs, a chile tortilla, black beans, grilled vegetables, cheddar cheese and tomatillo salsa. Brunch specials include the sweet potatoes, basil and goat cheese baked over mixed greens or spinach salad. Perfect for fall, the pumpkin brownies are recommended as a midnight snack. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily Sunday through Thursday, lunch and late-night Friday and Saturday, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $

THE PRALINE CONNECTION
542 Frenchmen St. 943-3934
www.pralineconnection.com
Get real food to feed your soul at The Praline Connection, now with two outposts in the airport to nourish hungry travelers. The small Connection Platter serves four, the large serves eight; both feature fried catfish, crawfish, chicken livers, wings, okra, dill pickles and softshell crab. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE
801 Frenchmen St. 944-6854
Santa Fe boasts plenty of combination dishes encompassing the Southwestern cooking spectrum, but their signature dishes are also hard to resist. Some patrons favor the pork tenderloin with apples, while other fans swear by the chicken Maximilian, a chicken breast rolled around an Anaheim pepper and stuffed with chorizo sausage and cheese. No reservations. Dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SCHIRO'S COMMUNITY CAFE AND BAR

2483 Royal St. 944-6666
Only at Schiro's can you do your laundry, pick up some groceries, hang out at the bar and have a lovely meal all in one place. With the recent addition of a guest house, some people might never leave. Entrees include salmon, steak, wraps, burgers and sandwiches, and the daily specials include a baked catfish with a seafood stuffing on Fridays. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Credit cards. $

SIAM CAFE
435 Esplanade Ave. 949-1750
Siam Cafe is a Thai restaurant with a bohemian vibe nestled below the Dragon's Den. Try the classic pad Thai, a generous portion of traditional noodles served with sizzling shrimp, chicken breast, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts and seasoned with spicy chiles. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St. 949-0696
www.snugjazz.com
If you're in the mood for a classic New Orleans meal to accompany the classic New Orleans and modern jazz that plays here nightly, order standards such as shrimp remoulade and shrimp Creole. Meat choices include a filet mignon and New York strip, and chicken fans can get theirs Southern-fried or charbroiled. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WASABI
900 Frenchmen St. 943-9433
www.wasabirestaurant.com
Chef Phat Nguy's sushi and Asian-grill creations offer diverse options, from soups to salad to entrees. From the sushi list, try the popular Summer Roll, which has a cucumber wrapped outside, with crabmeat, avacado, asparagus and smelt roe inside. From the grill, a top choice is the Beef Asparagus Maki, which consists of thin-sliced beef rolled with asparagus, grilled and served with teriyaki sauce. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. $$



FRENCH QUARTER

201 RESTAURANT AND BAR

201 Decatur St. 561-0007
www.201restaurantandbar.com
201 Restaurant and Bar has the feel of a casual but elegant bistro with an innovative menu to match. The delicious cream cheese crabcakes are served atop a crispy onion nest accompanied by a spicy but sweet sauce. The alluring red walls will make you want to linger and feast on the seared duck breast and leg confit. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER HOUSE
724 Iberville St. 522-5973
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

AFT DECK OYSTER BAR
214 Royal St. (Hotel Monteleone) 523-3341
www.hotelmonteleone.com

Housed in the historic landmark Hotel Monteleone, the Aft Deck Oyster Bar offers up some great local cuisine and seafood. For hungry diners, management has added some new items to the menu and enlarged the already sumptuous portions. They've added a stuffed crab shell to accompany the jumbo shrimp, crawfish and catfish in the sauteed seafood combination. Don't forget a trip to the namesake oyster bar for a succulent dozen raw oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALEX PATOUT'S LOUISIANA RESTAURANT
720 St. Louis St. 525-7788
www.patout.com
The flagship location of Alex Patout's serves Cajun roast duck on a bed of oyster dressing, accompanied by a sweet potato praline casserole and macque choux. The fried eggplant pirogue is stuffed with eggplant, shrimp and crabmeat dressing and topped with Parmesan cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE ALPINE
620 Chartres St. 523-3005
www.thealpinebistro.com
Just off Jackson Square, the Alpine provides a genteel setting for everything from a romantic tete a tete to a boisterous New Year's Eve party. The signature dish at this Cajun-style bistro is the barbecue Gulf shrimp, served with a butter-pepper sauce and French bread to soak up the last drop. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and brunch Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ANGELI ON DECATUR
1141 Decatur St. 566-0077
Angeli's is a favorite place for locals and tourists alike in the French Quarter. The solid and generous menu offers vegetarian fare along with some great pizzas, pasta and sandwiches. Selections include Mediterranean pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, pesto sauce, artichokes, capers, kalamata olives, feta and fresh basil. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily; open 24 hours Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

ANTOINE'S
713 St. Louis St. 581-4422
www.antoines.com
New Orleans is a city of historic delights and Antoine's is one of the city's most delightful, enchanting diners since 1840 with its famous oysters Rockefeller. The extensive menu is still written in French, with translations. Huitres Thermidor is a specialty with fresh oysters baked on the half-shell with bacon and tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT
813 Bienville St. 523-5433
www.arnauds.com
Since 1918, this French Quarter classic has been serving up traditional Creole cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere right off the corner of Bourbon Street. Shrimp Arnaud is a culinary dejà vu of earlier times, with fresh marinated shrimp in a Creole remoulade sauce. The veal Chantal brings to your table tender cuts of veal, aromatic risotto and a wild mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

BACCO
310 Chartres St. 522-2426
www.bacco.com
Ralph Brennan's Tuscan-style trattoria celebrates fall with the return of the Truffle Festival. Chef Haley Gabel offers a four-course truffle-tasting menu every night. Enjoy the seasonal white truffle from Alba under a Venentian chandelier in the neoclassic dining room. The $10 two-course lunch specials pair perfectly with the ever-popular 10-cent martinis. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BARRACKS STREET CAFE
430 Barracks St. 525-0330
Stop by this French Quarter eatery "almost anytime" for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start the day with fresh fruit smoothies, French toast, huevos rancheros and pancakes. At lunch, the house favorite is a jerk chicken wrap with grilled sweet potatoes, cabbage, honey-lime jerk sauce and plenty of other goodies. Delivery available up to Louisa Street. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BAYONA

430 Dauphine St. 525-4455
www.bayona.com
Still going strong after 13 years, this landmark restaurant in centuries-old French Quarter housing has left diners and critics speechless, as the cuisine raises the bar on excellence time and time again. Acclaimed chef Susan Spicer tempts and challenges oenophiles with her 400-plus wine list. This fall, the ever-changing menu brings nightly vegetarian courses, crispy sweetbreads, and a roasted lamb loin served with herbed goat cheese and a Zinfandel sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

BEGUE'S
300 Bourbon St. (Royal Sonesta Hotel) 553-2278
www.royalsonestano.com
When the seasons are right, take advantage by tasting Louisiana's finest at the oyster bar. Entrees include lamb with wilted spinach, goat cheese, pine nuts, rosemary-scented potatoes and a shiraz black pepper jus. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

BELLA LUNA
914 N. Peters St. 529-1583
www.bellalunarestaurant.com
When you combine a magnificent view, elegant surroundings, a modern sense of romance and innovative fare you get Bella Luna. Chef Horst Pfeifer offers a visual dining experience along with award-winning cuisine. This fall features paneed baby white veal, topped with fresh steamed asparagus, served with a jumbo lump crabmeat sauce. To keep in line with the season, Bella Luna will offer up wild game specials as well. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BENNACHIN
1212 Royal St. 522-1230
Tucked away in the shadows of Royal Street, this West African eatery brings big flavors to the table. Vegetarians will be delighted to find an array of dishes to their liking including black-eyed pea stew with sauteed tomato, ginger and garlic. Specialties of Cameroon, Gambia and Senegal spice up dinner with plenty of coconut, plantains and jama jama. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE BOMBAY CLUB RESTAURANT & MARTINI BISTRO
830 Conti St. 586-0972
www.thebombayclub.com

This posh bistro is bound to impress both dates and clients with its elegant dishes, nightly piano music and menu of 115 martinis. The Duck Duet dazzles with a leg of duck confit and a pepper-seared boneless breast of duck served with mashed potatoes and a blackberry reduction. The Bombay Filet offers an 8-oz. center-cut filet with melted Stilton cheese, mashed potatoes and bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

BOURBON HOUSE
144 Bourbon St. 522-0111
Celebrating its first year, this jumping New Orleans fish house turns out seasonal local seafood with a Creole flare under the ever-watchful eyes of executive chef Jared Tees. Sample a taste of the Gulf with Plateaux de Fruits de Mer and try the chilled oysters, shrimp, mussels and more. Sit down and fill up at the raw bar with a full view of the ever-eventful Bourbon Street. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT
417 Royal St. 525-9713
Brennan's Restaurant needs no introduction, already known worldwide for its first-class Creole cuisine. The last 48 years Chef Michaul Roussel has been the body behind the burners. Chef Roussel shows his savvy clientele how he has mastered the heat and perfected his craft with trout Nancy: a sauteed fillet of trout finished with lump crabmeat, capers and lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, brunch and dinner daily, lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $$$

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT
819 Conti St. 581-3866
www.broussards.com
This fall, taste the season in Chef Gunter Preuss' wild game grill complete with tender quail breast, venison chop and boar sausage served with apple cabbage slaw and a peppercorn sauce. The bouillabaisse offers tasty tidbits of Louisiana shrimps, oysters, crabs and fish swimming in a saffron-scented tomato broth. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.
429 Decatur St. 522-5800
www.bubbagump.com
Tourists can't get enough of the sweet little Gulf crustacean. With that in mind, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. aims to please with an almost endless list of seafood and shrimp options. Shrimp lovers can be found up to their elbows in beer-steamed shrimp in the famed "Forrest's Shrimp Net Catch." No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AU LAIT
307 Chartres St. 528-9933
Breakfast all day is the chief lure to this cheerful cafe, which boasts specialty omelettes such as the Cajun, with andouille sausage, sauteed onions and Swiss cheese. Grits, eggs any style, burgers and sandwiches -- such as the French Quarter Club -- round out the menu. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DU MONDE
800 Decatur St. 587-0833
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE GIOVANNI
117 Decatur St. 529-2154
www.cafegiovanni.com
Chef Duke LoCicero delicately balances his kitchen, dining room and weekly radio show with style, while keeping crowds flocking back to this edge-of-the-Quarter location. Opera singers perform Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Try the Marsala and honey-glazed duck with rosemary mashed potatoes and Tuscan-style vegetables in the roasted duck classico. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE GUMBOLAYA
1000 N. Peters St. 523-7418
Okra, red beans, shrimp, eggplant, garlic, green tomatoes and spinach share the plates and the dishes at Cafe Gumbolaya. Gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp Creole and vegetarian platters show visitors what Louisiana is all about. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MASPERO
601 Decatur St. 523-6250
Inside this French Quarter eatery, massive tables are dwarfed by the portions of jambalaya, red beans and rice. The muffalettas are piled mile-high with homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE PONTALBA
546 St. Peter St. 522-1180
Charming bartenders greet customers with icy mint juleps, bathing in fresh mint and caramel brown bourbon inside the historic Jackson Square location. Feast in the open air upon Softshell Crab Pontalba in lemon butter served with garlic mashed potatoes or French fries. Blackened alligator and gumbo keep locals and tourists coming back for more. No reservations. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROMA
1119 Decatur St. 566-1800
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE SBISA
1011 Decatur St. 522-5565
www.cafesbisa.com
Familia Sbisa has been crafting Cajun and Creole fare since the late 1800s, showcasing their talent at Cafe Sbisa, which is housed in a 1820s French Quarter fixture. Dine in style with live jazz every night. House favorites are the turtle soup and cochon du lait. Crab fingers, crawfish and shrimp top tender fillets of trout with steamed rice and bright green asparagus in the trout Eugene. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CAJUN BISTRO
501 Bourbon St. 529-4256
Although it's dropped the "Patout" from its moniker, this restaurant still serves Cajun and Creole food alongside live Cajun music. Dine indoors or out on the balcony on such house recommendations as the Paw Paw Cajun Sampler Feast, a smorgasbord of seafood gumbo, alligator boudin, jambalaya and fried shrimp. Try the new Cajun margarita, a twist on the original with a generous helping of hot sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CAJUN CABIN
503 Bourbon St. 529-4256
On the largest Bourbon Street balcony, diners escape the madness and feast on true Cajun classics with plates of boudin, crawfish, po-boys and more. Casual crowds share the menu of the Patout's Cajun Bistro and sample "Shucks" oyster bar as the staff brings "Cajun country to the French Quarter." Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CC'S COFFEE
941 Royal St. 581-6996
www.ccscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


CENTRAL GROCERY
923 Decatur St. 523-1620
The mighty muffaletta sandwich reputedly originated almost a century ago at Central Grocery, where hungry laborers demanded a sandwich that could fill them up. Central Grocery still serves up its classic combo of meat, mortadella cheese and olive salad between enormous round slices of bread, but you can also request variations on the theme. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CLOVER GRILL
900 Bourbon St. 598-1010
www.clovergrill.com
All sorts of people have staggered into this sister diner to Poppy's Grill over the years, some seeking an energy-boosting meal before they hit the streets again, and some looking to finish a long night with a comforting plate of eggs. Breakfast is served all day and night, and the mushroom-bacon cheeseburgers are grilled under American-made hubcaps for dramatic effect. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

COFFEE POT
714 St. Peters St. 524-3500
The Coffee Pot serves legendary hot breakfasts that leave patrons loosening their belts as they amble contentedly out the door. The classic Cajun and Creole meals include jambalaya, shrimp Creole, blackened redfish and the seafood platter with fried oysters, shrimp, trout, softshell crab and fries. Don't miss the fluffy biscuits and creamy grits. Reservations required for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE
1109 Decatur St. 525-9053
Coop's has endeared itself to locals for 20 years by adding an innovative touch to Creole classics, with offerings such as alligator nuggets and jambalaya with either sausage or rabbit meat. The Taste Plate is a bargain lover's dream, easily feeding two with a sampling of seafood gumbo, both kinds of jambalaya, shrimp Creole, red beans and rice, smoked sausage, and fried chicken -- all for $10.95. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER BAR AND GRILL
500 St. Peter St. 522-2999
www.thecorneroysterbarandgrill.com
There's always a party at The Corner, where original cocktails, local specialties and, of course, oysters on the half-shell keep things festive. The European waffles are a hot breakfast favorite, and the blackened catfish is served over linguine with a white wine sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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

This elegant, historic French Quarter house offers the works with daily jazz brunches and fixed-price four-course dinners. Elaborate specialty entrees include the chicken Michelle, in which the chef stuffs a boneless breast of chicken with a seafood dressing and wraps it in phyllo dough before popping it in the oven, to be topped later with a Creole mustard hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Jazz brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

COUNTRY FLAME
620 Iberville St. 522-1138
This little cantina doesn't bother with frills, focusing instead on providing great Mexican, Spanish and Cuban dishes at affordable prices. A lunch crowd favorite is the Spanish empanada, a pastry stuffed with spicy ground beef. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE
527 Decatur St. 522-0571
www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
This brewhouse offers far more than bar snacks to go with the homemade beer. The softshell crab packs a wallop, stuffed with crawfish and fontina cheese and served with angel hair pasta and eggplant toast. The red fish Tchoupitoulas is pan seared, then topped with fried oysters and a spicy barbecue sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR PATISSERIE
617 Ursulines Ave. 524-4663
This peaceful spot in the French Quarter -- a kissin' cousin to La Marquise -- is equally suited for romantic breakfasts in the courtyard and quick stops for lunch in the midst of a busy day. Hot and cold sandwiches served on croissants add a buttery complexion to everything, and the health conscious can feast on veggie salads, fruit salad, and two soups du jour. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
841 Iberville St. 581-1316
www.deanies.com
The first Deanie's in Bucktown raised boiling seafood to an art form, then exported that knowledge to the newer French Quarter location. The crawfish quartet bowls customers over with crawfish etouffee, crawfish au gratin, fried crawfish tails and crawfish-dressing balls, and the crab quartet runs along similar lines. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT AND BAR
400 Dauphine St. 523-1936
www.dejavurestaurant-bar.com

Located in a building that was allegedly once an opium den, Deja Vu continues the mind-bending tradition with the Explosion, its heavy-duty cocktail. There's breakfast served all day and night, half-pound char-grilled burgers for serious carnivores, and turkey and veggie burgers for everyone else. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR
300 Bourbon St. (Royal Sonesta Hotel) 586-0300
www.royalsonestano.com
This street-front bistro offers a prime chance to people-watch on Bourbon Street. Order the oysters Desire, baked with Parmesan cheese, Creole seasonings and garlic butter and judge for yourself whether the mollusks have an aphrodisiacal quality. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE
716 Iberville St. 522-CHOP (2467)
www.dbrennanssteakhouse.com
If you fancy a martini with your 14-oz. ribeye and like the cozy feel of wood-paneled walls, this is the place for you. Beef rules the menu, but grilled gulf fish and seasonal steamed lobster represent the sea very well. Try the house filet topped with flash-fried oysters for a little bit of everything. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DOMINIQUE'S
1001 Toulouse St. (Maison Dupuy Hotel) 522-8800
www.dominiquesrestaurant.com
Chef Dominique Macquet serves an intoxicating blend of French and Louisiana cuisine in this romantic and elegant restaurant. Take advantage of the lovely fall weather to dine in the courtyard on the "study of lamb," a grilled demi-rack of lamb, lamb confit and three-potato chevre terrine and sausage in rosemary merlot jus. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DONNA'S BAR & GRILL
800 N. Rampart St. 596-6914
Charlie Simms fed travelers for years working on the Amtrak system, but now he's dedicated to keeping New Orleanians (and their guests) well fed with his tasty barbecue. Then there are the musical regulars, like Bob French and friends on Monday, Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott on Wednesday and the Treme Brass Band on Friday. No reservations. Dinner Thursday through Monday. Credit cards. $

THE EMBERS ORIGINAL BOURBON HOUSE
700 Bourbon St. 523-1485
www.emberssteakhouse.com
For an entertaining meal, you can sup on steak on the balcony overlooking the wildness of Bourbon Street. All the requisite seafood and Cajun classics are represented, including trout amandine, crawfish etouffee, and fried seafood platters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

FELIX'S RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR
739 Iberville St.; 210 Bourbon St. 522-4440
www.felixs.com
The oysters Rockefeller (baked oysters with spinach and cream sauce) are justly famous here, with other seafood items coming broiled, boiled, fried, sauteed and stuffed into a po-boy. Reservations recommended for eight or more. Late breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night Monday through Saturday, late breakfast, lunch and dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$

FIORELLA'S CAFE
45 French Market Place; 1136 Decatur St. 528-9566
The po-boys, gumbo, pizza and fried chicken are among the dependable items on Fiorella's menu. After a pleasant meal on Thursday night, wander into the funky back room where the band Bingo! plays weekly -- play to win on the vintage bingo cards in between the band's sonic experiments and the short films projected on the wall. No reservations. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

FRENCH QUARTER BAR (FQB)
921 Canal St. (The Ritz-Carlton Hotel) 524-1331
www.ritzcarlton.com
Dining at the French Quarter Bar is often a lively experience, with jazz brunch on Sunday and live music Thursday through Saturday night to keep you tapping your toes while you munch on barbecue shrimp. Creative items on the menu include the filet Gulfport, a filet mignon topped with lump crabmeat and a bearnaise sauce and served with asparagus. Reservations recommended Thursday through Saturday. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thursday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. $$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT
922 Decatur St. 525-1602
You'll feel right at home when you dine at this cozy restaurant, operated for nearly four decades by the same Sicilian-American family. Try the Snapper Jack, a deep-fried fillet smothered in shrimp, crawfish and softshell crab topping over pasta. The 1-lb. ribeye is not for the faint of heart. (Tip: Some think Frank's muffaletta is as good as you'll find in the Quarter.) No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT AND BAR
1001 Decatur St. 525-7879
This lively restaurant is the perfect stop after an hour's perusal of the French Market. Admire your purchases while you dine on blackened redfish or lobster etouffee served over rice with shrimp and crawfish. The Bayou Platter gives you a sampling of Louisiana flavors with red beans, jambalaya and assorted seafood. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FUNKY BUTT
714 N. Rampart St. 558-0872
www.funkybutt.com
With two to three sets of live music nightly and the tucked-away feel of a speakeasy, there are already plenty of reasons to come by the Funky Butt. The food adds the final touch: check out the shrimp remoulade or insalada appetizers, then dig into Crawfish Naylet or Big Butt Special, a combo platter featuring gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and smoked sausage. For dessert, try bread pudding or the Creole brownie sundae. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

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

Steeped in old New Orleans tradition, Galatoire's name is synonymous with fine Old World dining. The shrimp remoulade is always a favorite. And the management invites you to try the poisson meuniere almandine for an entree, followed by the bread pudding for dessert. Jackets required for men after 5 p.m. and on Sundays; shorts are prohibited. Reservations available upstairs. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

GAMAY BISTRO AND BAR
320 Decatur St. (Bienville House Hotel) 299-8800
www.bienvillehouse.com
Chef-owner Matt Caldwell serves up mouth-watering appetizers such as homemade chicken, andouille and boudin sausages, delivered with three salsas. For a light starter, try the spinach salad topped with a warm Brie dressing. For an entree, Gamay recommends the pan-seared sweet corn-encrusted mahi mahi. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

GIROD'S BISTRO
500 Chartres St. 524-9752
Girod's Bistro, located in the center of the historic Napoleon House, kicks up the elegance a notch with its classy menu. Chef Robert A. Simms dazzles with the smoked rabbit and tasso jambalaya, served with orzo pasta. Come in soon for the special Louisiana Purchase plat du jour menu, with such delicacies as scallops wrapped in bacon with sauce meuniere and Louisiana caviar; the dish comes with a commemorative plate. No reservations. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

GUMBO SHOP
630 St. Peter St. 525-1486
www.gumboshop.com.
The locally renowned Gumbo Shop recently opened a restaurant in Biloxi, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You don't have to go that far. The home shop near Jackson Square offers a picturesque courtyard for enjoying a good cup of gumbo: chicken andouille, seafood okra or z'herbes. A popular entree is the chicken Espagnole, braised in a dark gravy with mushrooms, shallots, garlic and wine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS
808 Bienville St. 581-3467
www.gwfins.com
GW Fins, a locally owned seafood lover's haven, urges diners to start with an appetizer of lobster dumplings, with fennel and fresh tomato. Then, try the wood-grilled sea scallops with mushroom risotto and mushroom butter. Delectable alternatives include the Chilean sea bass, braised in a hot and sour shrimp stock with sesame spinach; the horseradish-crusted drum served on truffled potato sauce with crispy parsnips; and the wood-grilled redfish with shiitake oysters and tasso. Gift certificates available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS
1 Poydras St. (Riverwalk Marketplace) 523-3566
621 St. Peter St. 523-4001
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

HARD ROCK CAFE
418 N. Peters St. 529-5617
www.hardrock.com
This restaurant is a temple to America's rock 'n' roll idols, with relics such as instruments, clothes and hand-written lyric sheets tacked on the walls for fans to admire. Snack on the grilled beef, chicken, shrimp or vegetarian fajitas while you look around, served with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream and hot tortillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HELL'S KITCHEN
1201 Burgundy St. (inside Cosimo's Bar) 525-HELL (4355)
Hell's Kitchen's grilled hamburgers sizzle from the "flaming pit," and the restaurant with the unforgettable phone number tempts the taste buds with three gourmet pizzas. A big favorite is the All That pizza, featuring three kinds of meat, vegetables and more. The South of the Border is a Mexican-style pizza. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

HILLERY'S ON TOULOUSE
827 Toulouse St. (Hotel St. Marie) 571-2888
www.hillerysontoulouse.com
Chef Ed Moise welcomes diners this fall with two special recommendations. Try his pan-seared hanger steak, an 8-oz. cut pan-seared with Southwest seasoning, served with roasted garlic and mashed potatoes. Seafood lovers may order the shrimp Luis, a barbecue shrimp served with jambalaya. For dessert, the Louisiana pecan-pecan pie is highly recommended. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, bar dining only Sunday and Monday evenings. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS
301 N. Peters St. 522-9222
www.hooters.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

HOUSE OF BLUES
225 Decatur St. 529-BLUE (2583)
www.hob.com
House of Blues is known for both its live music acts and its Southern cooking, and brings both facets together on Sunday for the gospel brunch. On the appetizer menu, try the Voodoo shrimp sauteed in a Dixie beer reduction and served with rosemary cornbread. For desert, indulge in the white chocolate banana bread pudding. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

HOWL AT THE MOON
135 Bourbon St. 410-9000
www.howlatthemoon.com

Boisterous sing-alongs with two dueling pianos are Howl at the Moon's trademark, but there's also a slew of bar food to keep you howling well after dark. Jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, crawfish quesadillas, nachos and more -- it's all here. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HUNT ROOM GRILL
214 Royal St. (Hotel Monteleone) 523-3341
www.hotelmonteleone.com

The Hunt Room Grill's new fall menu is out. Chef Randy Buck features classic Creole dishes, steaks and local seafood in a romantic atmosphere. Choices include the double-cut pork chop stuffed with roasted peppers, shrimp and mirliton, and the grilled black Angus sirloin with forest mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

IGOR'S CHECK POINT CHARLIE
501 Esplanade Ave. 949-7012
Live music is what separates this Igor's bar from the pack -- watch a mixed bag of up-and-coming rockers onstage as you enjoy the half-pound Charlie Burger, jalapeno poppers, mini-pizzas, chicken nuggets or cheese fries. Check Point Charlie has all the Igor's bar staples: washers and dryers, video and table games, a good jukebox and free red beans and rice on Mondays. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

IRENE'S CUISINE
539 St. Philip St. 529-8811
Autumn is the best time to check into this inviting eatery and check out the weekend special: filet mignon, marinated and grilled with Parmesan goat cheese potatoes au gratin, served au jus. Afterwards, try the apple Normandy: fresh Granny Smith apples braised in Calvados and cinnamon and served with cinnamon ice cream in phyllo pastry. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE JIMANI
141 Chartres St. 524-0493
From cold beers and cocktails to bar munchies and meals, The Jimani is a recommended stop in the Quarter. There are pizzas and burgers, and favored sandwiches include the 8-oz. filet mignon, meatball, chicken club and Italian roast beef. Delivery available at night. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE
1104 Decatur St. 592-2565
www.margaritavillecafe.com

At this colorful cafe, they've got fins to the left, fins to the right -- in seafood dishes such as the Coconut Telegraph Shrimp. That's shrimp dipped in coconut batter and fried, and served with Caribbean steamed veggies, diced sweet potatoes and orange marmalade horseradish sauce. Or try the new spicy onion rings, battered and dunked in Crystal hot sauce and served with a ranch dip to cool things off. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JOHNNY'S PO-BOY RESTAURANT
511 St. Louis St. 524-8129
While Johnny's is well-known as a po-boy mainstay, its non-French bread offerings are far from ordinary. Choices of roast beef and shrimp remain popular, but adventurous newcomers such as the fried boudin (served with red gravy) and fried calamari po-boys are also a top draw. Other options include muffalettas, crabcakes, seafood platters and a full complement of fresh salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash or traveler's checks only. $

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

Celebrated Chef Paul Prudhomme's signature restaurant constantly changes its menu offerings to reflect what seafood is in season -- and the day's best catches. But you'll always find mainstays such as the spicy Cajun jambalaya, featuring onions, bell peppers, celery, tasso, sausage, chicken, tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic and sauce piquante. For dessert, treat yourself to a sweet potato pecan pie. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

KRYSTAL'S
116 Bourbon St. 523-4030
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this French Quarter installment of the national chain features hamburgers, chili cheese dogs and chicken sandwiches. Start your morning (or end your night) with the $2.99 three-egg breakfast, three eggs cooked how you like 'em, with your choice of hash browns or grits, biscuit or toast, and sausage or bacon. Delivery available from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $

LA CHATELAINE
800 Iberville St. (Chateau Sonesta Hotel) 586-0800
www.chateausonesta.com
Start off your day in this corner of the Chateau Sonesta with Joe-Joe's Stuffed French Toast, a brioche loaf stuffed with strawberries or apples, deep-fried and topped with powdered sugar. There's also the African-Western Banana Fritters topped with honey and powdered sugar. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily. Credit cards. $

LA MADELEINE
547 St. Ann St. 568-0073
www.lamadeleine.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

LA MARQUISE PASTRY SHOP
625 Chartres St. 524-0420
A sister to another Quarter fave, Croissant D'Or, La Marquise offers all the pastry-shop regulars, with a large selection of croissants and pastries and a variety of coffees and teas. This spot also offers local cuisine such as chicken gumbo, along with healthy fare such as salads, including popular choices of Caesar and chef -- both of which come with meats, cheeses and eggs. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $

LE CAFE
214 Royal St. (Hotel Monteleone) 523-3341
www.hotelmonteleone.com

Weekend brunches at this classic New Orleans hotel restaurant feature omelette stations, but diners also can choose from a breakfast buffet. For lunch, there's a soup and salad bar, or the a la carte menu offers such New Orleans favorites as gumbo, crabcakes, pasta dishes and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUNGE LIZARDS
200 Decatur St. 598-1500
For a totally happening and groovy time, check out Lounge Lizards, where the menu features crawfish tail spring rolls accompanied by a sweet-hot chili dipping sauce and stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat and a Parmesan cheese topping. And don't forget the dinner and late-night favorite, tuna steak sandwich with wasabi and ginger. Local musicians are featured nightly. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LOUIS XVI RESTAURANT FRANCAIS
730 Bienville St. (St. Louis Hotel) 581-7000
www.louisxvi.com
The cuisine is as sumptuous as the ruler for which this 30-year-old restaurant is named, combining French and Creole tastes. The Filet De Poisson Du Gour Meuniere Ou Amandine is a fillet of fresh fish sauteed in butter with lemon and parsley then topped with either bananas or almonds. The Filet De Bouef Wellington features classic beef Wellington cooked in perigourdine sauce and served in a puff pastry. For dessert, overindulge with chocolate hazelnut cake with vanilla, caramel and chocolate sauce at the bottom. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LUIGI'S
915 Decatur St. 529-4975
Luigi's offers an Old World selection of Italian dishes for those who crave a little New Orleans authenticity. A recently renovated grocery of imported international foods includes myriad fine wines and cheeses. The lively lunch stop also boasts a tempting selection of choices, including muffalettas, lasagna and po-boys, which are prepared in countless different ways. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

LULU'S
307 Exchange Alley 525-2600
www.eatlulus.net
It's refined dining in a very casual atmosphere and a BYOB policy. Consider entrees such as seared dry-packed scallops with pea tendrils, terrizo and grapefruit butter; seafood stew with fresh tomatoes, English peas and mint; or seared salmon with butternut squash, amaranth and burro con panne (Italian bread with butter). Dinner entrees come with antipasto and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Thursday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MAHLEANANI PACIFIC RIM CUISINE
811 Conti St. 299-8496
Located in the former Uncle Buck's Cajun & Creole Grill location, this noodle house offers light and affordable Pacific Rim dishes, starting with the Goig Ga (cold chicken and cabbage salad marinated with sweet spicy vinegar and herbs served with shrimp chips and Nuoc Cham). Also sample the wide variety of "bun" noodle dishes served with fresh herbs, pickled vegetables, Nuoc Cham and roasted peanuts. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

MAXIMOS ITALIAN GRILL
1117 Decatur St. 586-8883
This 17-year-old restaurant offers a taste of Italy with a wide selection of truly European dishes, such as the ravioli, but also offers new selections, including a fire-roasted veal chop. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MIKE ANDERSON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

215 Bourbon St. 524-3884
www.mikeandersons.com
Mike Anderson's satisfies the hungry throngs on Bourbon Street with dishes such as the Quails and Tails, in which two quails are stuffed with crabmeat dressing and served with crawfish etouffee. Mike's Special broils jumbo shrimp in lemon and Worcestershire sauce, and there's boiled and fried seafood of all types. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT
1212 Royal St. 522-6746
Fans of this eatery often focus on the pizza, but there's a whole lot more on the menu. The veal, chicken and eggplant Parmesan are all served over linguine, and the seafood pasta piles clams, pieces of redfish and shrimp over linguine tossed with a garlic lemon sauce. Delivery available in the French Quarter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MORTON'S OF CHICAGO
365 Canal St. (The Shops at Canal Place) 566-0221
www.mortons.com
During happy hour Monday through Friday, complimentary filet sandwiches are served at the bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The filet Oskar is a perennial favorite, topped with lump crabmeat, asparagus and bearnaise sauce. Other favorites are the steak au poivre with five peppercorn and the Godiva chocolate cake with a warm chocolate center and Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO
201 Royal St. 523-2078
www.mrbsbistro.com
Mr. B's Barbecued Shrimp, Gulf shrimp served New Orleans-style with a peppery butter sauce and French bread for dipping, is a favorite. Chef Michelle McRaney's signature creations include a fresh fillet grilled over a wood fire and served over creamy mashed potatoes with lemon-butter sauce and fresh vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, jazz brunch and dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE
801 Chartres St. 568-1885
www.muriels.com
The new menu at Muriel's showcases seasonal ingredients. Goat cheese crepes with locally caught shrimp are a popular item, as is the pecan-crusted puppy drum. The dessert menu speaks for itself: Peanut Butter Bomb, apple tart, bread pudding, cafe au lait chocolate cake and old-fashioned creme brulee. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner daily late lunch Friday and Saturday courtyard menu available. Credit cards. $$

NAPOLEON HOUSE CAFE
500 Chartres St. 524-9752
The Napoleon House is popular partially because of its peeling paint and old-fashioned charm; you can get a feel for New Orleans' glory days by sipping a Pimms Cup in the quiet courtyard. The kitchen serves its muffalettas hot from the oven, and the appropriately named Corsican salad is topped with kalamata olives, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

NELLIE'S
91 French Market Place 568-1777
Nellie's showcases the local standards of Creole cuisine and other not-so-standard dishes for the hungry shopper cruising the French Market neighborhood. While sipping a cocktail and enjoying the Quarter ambience, Nellie serves up seafood, red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo and eggplant with crawfish sauce for those who crave a variation on an original. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NOLA
534 St. Louis St. 522-6652
www.emerils.com
At his second restaurant, NOLA, Emeril Lagasse caters to a young crowd with adventurous tastes in a raucous, hip atmosphere. Appetizers include the almond-crusted Plaquemine Parish oysters. Other menu highlights include the bamboo skewered teriyaki filet mignon tips and, for dessert, the chicory coffee creme brulee or the NOLA Buzz Bomb. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OCEANA SEAFOOD ROOM & OYSTER BAR
739 Conti St. 525-6002
www.oceanagrill.com

Formerly called Oceanaire, Oceana Seafood is the sister restaurant of the Alpine Bistro. The signature house dish is the redfish Amer -- a sauteed fillet topped with crawfish tails and creamy mushroom and white wine sauce. Also consider the ever-popular barbecue shrimp, or order oysters on the half-shell with hot sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

O'FLAHERTY'S IRISH CHANNEL PUB
514 Toulouse St. 529-1891
O'Flaherty's brings you all things Irish, including food, music, sports and beer. Beef stew and shepherd's pie round out the experience, and a secluded courtyard in back offers a space for a respite. There's also a gift shop with souvenirs and paraphernalia for those who want to show off their Irish pride. Regular performers include Beth Patterson, Murphy & Phillips and Danny O'Flaherty. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

OLDE N'AWLINS COOKERY
729 Conti St. 529-3663
www.oldenawlinscookery.com
This restaurant lives up to its name with such local favorites as the eggs Atchafalaya: poached eggs atop alligator sausage on an English muffin and topped with a homemade hollandaise sauce, choice of hash browns or grits. (Goes perfect with a Cajun Bloody Mary or a mimosa.) And then there's the tried-and-true (and slightly decadent) barbecue shrimp. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $$.

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT
204 Decatur St. 525-7734
Executive Chef Armand Olivier III and working Chef Damian Banks give you a guided tour of the Creole culinary landscape at this French Quarter restaurant. The gumbo sampler serves three demitasse cups filled with okra, Creole and file gumbos. The braised rabbit, served with a rich oyster dressing seasoned with sage, is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS CAFE

137 Decatur. St. 581-1136
Orleans Cafe believes that everything tastes better when it's charbroiled. Consider the red snapper (charbroiled) with garlic potatoes and vegetables. Other recommendations include the charbroiled tuna, the steak Diane (a 14-oz. black Angus strip with bacon, garlic, potatoes and vegetables), and the lamb chop Tchoupitoulas with papas. A blues guitarist entertains during dinner. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE
720 Orleans Ave. 523-1930
Although most diners frequent Orleans Grapevine for the wine selection, there is also a full menu available. For an appetizer, sample the house-cured and smoked salmon served with potato pancakes and creme fraiche and salmon caviar. Other specials include steamed mussels with tasso, tomato and sherry broth. Try pairing the apple-walnut-and-mascarpone turnover with homemade cinnamon ice cream and a glass of wine. If you don't prefer a full meal, sample some cheeses or pates that complement the wines. Sharing among diners is encouraged. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PALACE CAFE
605 Canal St. 523-1661
www.palacecafe.com
Executive Chef Darin Nesbit creates new dishes for the fall with local flavors. New items include the ravioli appetizer on butternut squash with praline sauce. The duck cassoulet platter features dry-aged duck breast with classic white bean cassoulet, homemade green onion and garlic sausage, truffled jus, and parsnip crisps. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE
1204 Decatur St. 525-0200
www.palmcourtcafe.com
Every night is a jazz-and-dinner date at Palm Court Jazz Cafe. Diners come for the traditional jazz and authentic local food such as the crawfish Nantua, which features crawfish tails in brandy cream sauce over rice. An interesting diversion is the ginger and sesame shrimp, sauteed in sherry, ginger and sesame seed sauce and a dash of soy sauce. Call ahead for performance schedule. Reservations required. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

THE PELICAN CLUB RESTAURANT & BAR
615 Bienville St./312 Exchange Alley 523-1504
www.pelicanclub.com
Specials range from the Pelican Club baked oysters -- served on the half-shell with apple-smoked bacon, roasted red peppers, Parmesan cheese and garlic herb butter -- to Kobe beef roasted with rosemary au jus lamb, and truffle mashed potatoes. Relax in the piano bar on weekends and sip from one of 350 vintages. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PERE ANTOINE
741 Royal St. 581-4478
Dishes that show off local flavors such as the snapper Nona reflect Pere Antoine's connection to New Orleans food. Pere Antoine's signature fish is broiled and smothered in mushrooms, crab and herbs in a buttery Mornay sauce. Ask about the breakfast menu and grab a Bloody Mary to wash it down. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PERISTYLE
1041 Dumaine St. 593-9535
Peristyle Chef Anne Kearney has made a name for herself with her light touch on haute cuisine. The fresh heart of palm and crab salad is tossed with watercress and walnuts, and the pan-seared fois gras is served with a huckleberry-zinfandel reduction over almond griddlecakes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

PETUNIA'S RESTAURANT
817 St. Louis St. 522-6440
www.petuniasrestaurant.com
Get a true Parisian-style breakfast and head to Petunia's for crepes. They claim to have the "The World's Largest Crepes," served warm and full of sinful sweet goodness. Choose from a selection of crepes such as the St. Louis dessert flambe: golden vanilla ice cream with bananas, cherries and pecans presented flaming at the table. Reservations recommended for dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIERRE MASPERO'S FOOD & SPIRITS
440 Chartres St. 524-8990
After strolling through Jackson Square, many locals stop for their mid-day pick-me-up of red beans and rice at Maspero's. Others start early and opt for the French Quarter Breakfast: three eggs any style, a 12-oz. strip steak, eggs Lafitte, and crawfish bread with mushrooms and hollandaise sauce. After wrapping up the day, stop in for daiquiris, and keep an eye open for a new fall menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

POPPY'S GRILL
717 St. Peter St. 524-3287
www.poppysgrill.com
The sister diner to the Clover Grill, Poppy's offers courtyard dining. Sip on an ice-cold Budweiser and try the burger special for only $5.49, served beneath an American-made hubcap from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Breakfast specials are available from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. Limited delivery in French Quarter. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

PORT OF CALL
838 Esplanade Ave. 523-0120
Folks find comfort in the low-lit dining and slightly worn decor and in Port of Call's popular burgers that are ground on site. The baked potatoes can be stuffed with butter, sour cream, bacon bits, scallions, mushroom, or all of the above. Other items include salads, pizzas and steaks, served alongside a full bar. Kids welcome. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

QUARTER SCENE RESTAURANT
900 Dumaine St. 522-6533
www.quarterscene.com
The exposed-brick walls, dim lighting and affordable Creole fare make this a favorite French Quarter spot. The shrimp bordelaise served with white rice and gumbo is a permanent fixture on the menu, as well as other daily lunch specials. Dinner choices include the yellowfin tuna in raspberry vinaigrette with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S THE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
519 Toulouse St. 522-5226
Everyone knows by now what Ralph & Kacoo's means: massive amounts of seafood. The seafood platter includes thin-cut catfish, Gulf shrimp, oysters, softshell crab, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab and seafood gumbo, all served with your choice of side dish and a side salad or coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL
115 Bourbon St. 598-1200
Red Fish Grill takes its role seriously as one of the purveyors of the freshest seafood in town, where the oyster bar stays open all day. Try the sweet-potato catfish: fresh farm-raised fish topped with sweet potato crust, with sweet greens and andouille cream drizzle. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REMOULADE
309 Bourbon St. 523-0377
www.remoulade.com
Creole and American cooking tastes are covered at Remoulade. The menu acknowledges traditional New Orleans dishes such as jambalaya, savory spiced meat pies (a Jazz Fest mainstay), crawfish bisque, barbecue shrimp and, of course, red beans and rice. For those who want traditional American fare, try one the house burgers or pizza. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE RIB ROOM
621 St. Louis St. (Omni Royal Orleans Hotel) 529-7046
www.omniroyalorleans.com

This year's Zagat Survey rated the Rib Room "award-winning." That's no surprise to those who come here to order the house favorite -- the signature slow-roasted prime rib that's served with a spicy horseradish sauce, a baked potato and salad with freshly made croutons and blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, jazz brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE CARMELO
541 Decatur St. 586-1414
www.ristorantecarmelo.com
The balcony at Carmelo is a prime spot for viewing the Mississippi and its riverboats. Consider the signature Lobster Fra Diavolo -- a whole Maine lobster in a spicy marinara over linguine garnished with seafood. The extensive Italian wine list, more than 350 wines long, has earned Wine Spectator's award of excellence. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RIVER 127´
100 Iberville St. (on the 11th floor of the Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place) 553-5082
www.wyndham.com
For his dining room with its breathtaking views of the Mississippi, Executive Chef Raymond Toups buys the best in seafood and creates appetizers such as Pan-Fried Caminada Bay Oysters, served atop a spicy andouille cornbread cake. The Barataria Bay Crabcakes, named for Lafitte's hangout, rest on a celebrated New Orleans trio: seafood, spice and lots of butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

RIVER'S EDGE
801 Decatur St. 525-4478
You can get breakfast all day at River's Edge, located right across the street from Cafe du Monde. The menu is textbook New Orleans -- pain perdu (lost bread), gumbo, red beans and rice, seafood jambalaya, crawfish etoufee, po-boys, and fried seafood dinners. Top off your meal with their famous bread pudding or some praline pecan pie. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
621 Royal St. 523-2716
www.royalblendcoffee.com
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ROYAL CAFE
700 Royal St. 528-9086
www.royalcafe.com
You'll have a wonderful view of the Quarter from the Royal Cafe's distinctive balcony, with its cast iron forming oak leaves and acorns. Try the fresh catch of the day or the rack of baby back ribs, slowly smoked over applewood and served with blackstrap (molasses) barbecue sauce, black bean chili, and pepper-jelly coleslaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RUE DE LA COURSE
217 N. Peters St. 523-0206
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SAMMY'S STEAK & LOBSTER
627 Bourbon St. 525-8442
This restaurant offers a safe haven on Bourbon Street, and a chance to replenish your energy with a hearty meal. You might guess from the name that Sammy's does surf and turf, pairing a juicy steak with either lobster or shrimp. The broiled seafood platter offers variety with a combination of seasonal seafood. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMURAI SUSHI
239 Decatur St. 525-9595
In a quaint and elegant setting, Samurai Sushi offers an exotic assortment of Japanese fare. Try sashimi appetizers of tuna, salmon, white fish and other fish, coming garnished with daikon radish and shiso leaf. The salmon roll also sports snow crab and is topped with Samurai's special sauce. Samurai Sushi also features salmon marinated with dill and Japanese spices. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SILKY O'SULLIVAN'S
311 Decatur St. 525-1011
Silky O'Sullivan's Memphis-style barbecue ribs are dry-rubbed and apple-and-hickory smoked. The brisket po-boy and pulled pork po-boys both feature meats that have been smoked for 13 hours. Get there early and wash down your meal with drinks from the weekday happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Or wake up with a Cajun Bloody Mary, made with Inferno vodka. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER
237 Decatur St. 525-6151
The star attraction for regular diners year-round is a special lobster feast for two that features a pair of lobsters and double orders of soup, salad, baked potatoes or French fries and bread pudding, all for $39.95. For an adventurous dining experience, order up the Cajun filet mignon, a succulent filet filled with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and lobster stuffing and topped with red wine mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STATIONHOUSE GRILLE
329 Decatur St. 587-0079
This French Quarter bar and grill boasts live funk-jazz music or a local DJ spinning every Thursday through Sunday. As you listen, enjoy a hamburger (made with their special sirloin-chuck mixture) in the romantic, hidden courtyard. Also recommended: the Shrimp Dip, a sandwich made with garlicky, New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE STEAK PIT
609 Bourbon St. 525-3406
Everything you might expect from a steakhouse located on the wildest stretch of Bourbon Street can be found at The Steak Pit. The New York strip dinner, served with a salad, baked potato and onion soup, promises to satisfy the most ravenous appetite. The Steak Pit also offers a variety of po-boys and a Jumbo Combo with piles of shrimp, catfish and oysters. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STELLA!
1032 Chartres St. 587-0091
www.restaurantstella.com
As chef-owner of the intimate Stella!, Louisiana native Scott Boswell is constantly changing a menu designed to reflect what's fresh and what's in season. A new entree is the pan-crisped, farm-raised redfish and jumbo lump crabcakes served with cranberry beans, heirloom tomatoes, and spicy tarragon butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, except Tuesday. Credit cards. $$$

TORTORICI'S
441 Royal St. 522-4295, 595-3172
www.tortoricis.com
Located in the French Quarter, Tortorici's offers specials including the stuffed redfish -- lightly breaded, pan-sauteed redfish topped with shrimp and mushrooms in a light cream sauce. The Tortorici's Trio features beef tenderloin with mushroom sauce, chicken breast with Creole crawfish sauce, and shrimp scampi with pasta. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TRICOU HOUSE
711 Bourbon St. 525-8379
www.711bourbon.com
There's all-you-can-eat boiled shrimp daily and barbecue ribs on Wednesdays and Sundays. On Mondays and Thursdays, go for the all-you-can-eat fish for $8.95. Zydeco, jazz and Cajun music from the 711 Bar complement the dining experience. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT
823 Decatur St. 525-8676
www.tujaguesrestaurant.com

New Orleans' second-oldest restaurant, Tujague's Restaurant was founded in 1856 by French immigrants Guillaume and Marie Abadie Tujague. The prix-fixe menu includes the time-tested shrimp remoulade, Tujague's own traditional beef brisket with Creole sauce, soup, dessert and coffee. The bread pudding and pecan pie are among the desserts offered. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

VERTI MART
1201 Royal St. 525-4767
Quell those hunger pangs in the wee hours with barbecue chicken or ribs, a chili cheese steak, the "Mighty Muffuletta" or specialty sandwiches. These include the All That Jazz: grilled shrimp, ham, turkey, tomatoes, mushrooms, Swiss and American cheese and the house WOW sauce (a spicy, creamy blend) on French bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards for in-store purchases. $

VICTOR'S GRILL
921 Canal St. (Ritz-Carlton Hotel) 524-1331
Formerly known simply as Victor's and located on the third floor of the Ritz-Carlton, the menu is suitably ritzy to match the elegant decor. Specialties include the baked lobster with crab and artichoke stuffing and a Chardonnay sauce, and the 12-oz. filet piled with lump crabmeat and bearnaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

YO MAMA'S BAR AND GRILL
727 St. Peter St. 522-1125
Don't ever complain you can't find an interesting hamburger again: Among the 15 gourmet varieties here is the Peanut Butter and Bacon Burger -- a burger with the namesake items plus mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and red onions -- the management swears it's awesome. There's also more than 50 varieties of tequila to keep things interesting. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


GENTILLY

BUD'S BROILER
6325 Elysian Fields Ave. 282-6696
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CAFE ROMA
6600 Franklin Ave. 284-1220
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CRUSTACEAN'S & MORE
3827 Frenchmen St. 943-8727
When life's got you down, stop in at this eatery for the uplifting experience of Crustacean's stuffed crabs or the crawfish pasta, where crawfish tails, peppers, onions and garlic are tossed with seafood Alfredo sauce and fettuccine. Soul food favorites add yet another high note. Limited delivery available. No reservations. Credit cards and checks. $$

FLYING COW
5219 Elysian Fields Ave. 288-8979
Many a UNO student has studied for finals here over a homemade veggie burger and onion rings, and many romances have blossomed over a Purple Cow: a milkshake made with French vanilla ice cream and root beer. The hot sausage is also made from scratch, and sandwiches, salads and seafood platters round out the menu nicely. Delivery available for orders of $7 or more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
5217 Elysian Fields Ave. 288-0888
www.italianpierestaurants.com
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MALONEY'S RESTAURANT
5000 Old Gentilly Road 942-2400
If seafood is what you're craving, then this is the place for you. A new all-you-can-eat seafood buffet is now open and ready for business Fridays and Saturdays. The extensive buffet features lemon-herb fish and crab claws as well as pots for every possible way to prepare seafood: boiled, fried, marinated -- you name it, they've got it. No reservations. Open 24 hours Friday and Saturday, dinner Sunday through Thursday. Credit cards. $

PAMPY'S
2005 N. Broad St. 949-7970
Pampy's new "Creole Cookin'" menu boasts its award-winning seafood-stuffed bell pepper with crawfish, crabmeat and shrimp. Stan Barre's barbecue shrimp are prepared with butter and a beer seasoning to enhance their flavor. Speaking of beer, check out the oyster bar, including martinis, wine and cold brews. If you're lucky, you might spot a few local celebrities and politicos as well. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SEAHORSE SALOON
1648 Gentilly Blvd. 948-7050
This newly opened bar and grill serves up a wide range of pub grub including veggie burgers, all-beef burgers, catfish sandwiches, jalapeno poppers, spring rolls and deep-fried, Asagio cheese-stuffed olives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

TEDDY'S GRILL
5325 Franklin Ave. 288-9370
Teddy's is all about grilling home-style cooking, as evidenced by the marinated slow-cooked roast beef and a full slate of po-boys; there are also plate lunches, such as pepper steak on Tuesdays and stewed chicken on Wednesdays. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $



HARAHAN

APPLEBEE'S
1220 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan 734-0042
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CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD
8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 737-9190
John Fulco and Pat and Ruthie Hall have been keeping this intimate seafood restaurant in the family ever since Charlie himself opened it in 1951. The popular Charlie's Famous Seafood Platter includes shrimp, oysters, catfish and stuffed crab, and you can substitute softshell crab for a fee. Also recommended is the bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp. Daily specials are also offered. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DAMON'S GRILL
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan 734-7428
www.damons.com
"The grill is on" at this local outpost of the national chain of casual American dining. Join the crowd around the TVs cheering on the Saints whenever the game's on. Lunch specials include the chicken quesadilla. The menu also features spicy grilled shrimp and a classic meatloaf served with potatoes au gratin. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

KYOTO II
5608 Citrus Blvd., Harahan 818-0228
Like its sister restaurant Uptown, Kyoto II accents the expected sushi rolls with specialties like the softshell crab roll. The chicken and beef teriyaki are both popular with the lunch crowd, and vegetarian options include tofu steak and Japanese-style fried eggplant. Don't miss the banana tempura with ice cream for dessert. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

PLANC COFFEE AND TEA
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan 738-2220
www.planc.com
Planc's prides itself on its Orange Julius and frozen hot chocolate drinks, but you can also get standard cafe fare here, ranging from salads to soups, sandwiches to pastries. On Wednesday try the thick and creamy chunky chicken tortilla soup. On Friday keep the seafood-only tradition with the crawfish and corn soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT
5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 733-3000
Smilie's is a popular Harahan spot featuring a variety of steaks and other dishes. Smilie's draws in diners during the week with its seafood specials including the stuffed shrimp plaunche. They have also added 10 Italian entrees that are all less than $10. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SOPHISTICATED SALADS
6387 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 737-1860
The fruit salad features romaine lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, walnuts, raisins and Monterey Jack Cheese, kissed with poppy seed dressing. Another popular choice is a baby spinach salad that's covered with bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, eggs, walnuts and raisins, then finished with Jezebel dressing made with pineapple preserves, apple jelly and horseradish. Delivery available. Lunch and early dinner Monday-Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

TAQUERIA CORONA
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan 738-6722
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ZEA ROTISSERIE CAFE
1655 Hickory Ave., Harahan 738-0799
Now that the chilly air is setting in, stop into Zea for the rotisserie platter: a hearty 8-oz. serving of the meat of the day with two side dishes, or a half chicken and 6-oz. serving of meat with side dishes. Meats of the day feature such treats as the sliced pork with rosemary and sliced beef with mushroom-burgundy glaze. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ZUE ZEE ZAM ASIAN CAFE
1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1016, Harahan, 734-2714
This delightful pan-Asian restaurant lets you sample the cuisine of Thailand, China and Japan all in one meal. From the sushi menu, try the rainbow roll with tuna, salmon and avocado wrapped up together. If you're still hungry, try the pan-fried salmon or the Chinese orange chicken. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


JEFFERSON

ALONSO'S GRAPPA RESTAURANT & BAR
587 Central Ave., Jefferson 733-2796
Still fresh to the New Orleans restaurant scene, this newcomer offers an array of regional dishes and local seafood. Entrees include smoked pork chops wrapped in bacon and stuffed with crawfish dressing, bordelaise sauce and caramelized sweet potatoes. Boiled seafood platters abound with crawfish, crabs and shrimp. If that wasn't enough, they've added an oyster bar. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BILLY'S PLACE
1025 Dealers Ave., Jefferson 818-2121
Restaurateur Billy Kraus serves soul and Cajun food, including Billy's Combo Special, a heaping plate of creamy red or white beans and sausage served over rice with two pieces of fried chicken and a salad. Regulars come for the weekday lunch specials, such as boiled beef brisket on Tuesdays and stuffed bell peppers on Thursdays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

BLUE TOMATO
4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 734-3000
The funky food is only part of the package at this wildly colored Jefferson location. The stone oven is the center of the kitchen. Look for food from Italy, Mexico and the good ol' USA. The burgers are big, weighing in at 12 ounces. In addition to burgers, there are pizzas, chimichangas and quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $

BUD'S BROILER
4101 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 837-9419
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CAJUN CATFISH HOUSE
521 Central Ave., Jefferson 733-9538
Create your own catfish experience with veteran catfish cooks filleting fresh pieces to order. For 25 years this freshwater bottom-feeder has taken center stage at this Italian and Cajun eatery. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

COFFEE COTTAGE
5860 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 818-0051
www.coffeecottage.com
It's not too early to start thinking wistfully of Coffee Cottage's king cakes, available in a few months. More sensible folks may focus on the hot breakfasts, such as the crawfish omelette served with cheese grits, and the healthy salads, such as the pesto chicken Caesar or the veggie pasta salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COPELAND'S
1001 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson 733-7843
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CRABBY JACK'S
428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 833-2722
Jack Leonardi, owner of Jacques-Imo's, is often on the prowl at the restaurant making sure everybody's happy. There aren't any frowns with a menu that includes both old favorites -- such as duck and andouille gumbo, turtle soup, crab chowder, and po-boys -- as well as changing specials. The seafood market lets you bring the flavors home with you. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

DANNY AND CLYDE'S
5861 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 734-0060
www.dannyandclydes.com
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DOT'S DINER
2317 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 831-3681
4150 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 833-9349
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FOX & HOUND ENGLISH PUB & GRILLE

1200 S. Clearview Pkwy. (Elmwood Village Shopping Center), Jefferson 731-6000
This sports bar offers a convivial atmosphere, pleasing pints and a smokehouse menu with smoked brisket, pork and chicken platters. The platters are served with Texas toast and a choice of two sides: coleslaw, barbecue beans, potato salad, French fries or corn on the cob. There's conventional pub food, too, with burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and ribs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GRAND CENTRAL STATION PO-BOYS
4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 733-4545
The Grand Central po-boy has roast beef and ham, dressed and with your choice of cheese, and the Box Car Special fills the toasted bread with barbecue beef and ham. The hot lunch specials include meatless dishes on Fridays: shrimp Creole, catfish and Creole gumbo. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

ITALIAN PIE
5650 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 734-3333
www.italianpierestaurants.com

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LA MADELEINE
5171 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 818-2450
www.lamadeleine.com
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MR. ED'S DELI AND CHICKEN CAFE
3531 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 837-6300
Country-style fried chicken is the house specialty, but you can ask for your chicken any way you like it at Mr. Ed's. Poultry-free items include red beans and rice, meatloaf, lasagna, dinner salads, veal parmigiana, grilled tuna, and new daily specials. Mr. Ed's now offers a breakfast menu with all the classics -- grits, eggs and pancakes -- and a small children's menu. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD CO.
1005 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson 734-1122
www.nohsc.com
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PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
2609 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 834-2695
www.piccadilly.com
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REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
5608 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 818-0111
www.reginellis.com
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RIVERSHACK TAVERN
3449 River Road, Jefferson 837-7118 or 834-4938
One recent catch of mahi mahi was grilled and topped with crawfish and a roasted-corn cream sauce over a bed of saffron rice and veggies. Other frequent specials include a fried-green-tomato salad with crabmeat and a crab-and-wonton salad with sesame-peanut dressing and sweet peppers. Dinner is a straight-up bar menu -- hamburgers and such -- that can be washed down by one of the many beers on tap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS
720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson 835-3035
It's all about the roast beef po-boy, say the regulars at this popular lunch spot. If you can stifle your craving for those layers of juicy roast beef smothered in gravy, then turn your attention to the wide range of seafood po-boy classics such as oyster, shrimp and catfish. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, early dinner Monday through Friday. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
5161 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 818-0633
www.starbucks.com
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YOUR DAILY BREAD
2716 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 831-4000
www.mardigrasbakery.com

You don't have to wait until Mardi Gras and king cake season to try the fresh baked goods at Your Daily Bread. Made fresh daily are bread varieties including spinach-cheese (made with provolone), olive and sun-dried tomato options. An assortment of sandwiches, pastries and cakes, as well as the house chicken salad, is also available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


KENNER

ANDY MESSINA'S RESTAURANT
2717 Williams Blvd., Kenner 469-7373
www.messinas-restaurant.com
Diners in search of a classic Italian meal should reserve a table at Andy Messina's in Kenner. The traditional menu consists of veal parmigiana, spaghetti with meatballs, Italian chicken, paneed veal with panicini and lasagna. They offer a special four-course lunch on Sundays. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

APPLEBEE'S
1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 469-6500
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BENNIGAN'S GRILL & TAVERN
2701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner 468-0172
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BRICK OVEN CAFE
2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner 466-2097
The secret may be in the wood the chefs use to power the brick oven. The thin crust pizza Florentina is topped with roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet onions and feta cheese. The menu also serves an array of pastas and salads as well. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner 466-0026
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CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO
4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-2299
Start your day at the Cafe D'Cappuccino with coffee and pastries, or opt for a hot meal like Eddie's Breakfast, which gives you three eggs, three pieces of bacon, grits and two biscuits. Later in the day, try the grilled chicken salad, which tosses together chicken, lettuce, tomato, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, sprouts and croutons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

CAFE DU MONDE
Esplanade Mall, 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 468-3588
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CASA TEQUILA
3229 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-5423
Casa Tequila showcases its extensive margarita list during weekday happy hours, when you'll find a two-for-one special. Traditional Mexican fare includes tacos with your choice of shredded chicken or beef cooked with onions and cilantro, served in a soft tortilla. Fajitas come in beef, chicken or shrimp -- all with guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and your choice of three types of tortillas (flour, corn or wheat). Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CC'S COFFEE
910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 465-0527
www.ccscoffee.com
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CHATEAU COFFEE CAFE
3501 Chateau Blvd., Kenner 465-9444
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CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
1325 Esplanade Ave., Kenner 469-5657
www.chevysfreshmex.com

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COME BACK INN II
3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-1623
It's not just locals who have caught on to this affordable Creole eatery; airport-bound visitors have also taken to stopping in to grab a muffaletta for the road. Also consider the pizza, po-boys and specials such as the chicken Pierre, a fried boneless breast topped with a shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat cream sauce and served with spicy garlic mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DIA ROMA CAFE
3712 Williams Blvd., Suite O, Kenner 443-6663
The artichoke pizza gives a Greek flavor to the Italian dish with artichoke quarters, feta cheese, mushrooms, onions and Dia's secret garlic sauce. The foot-long sub is made with homemade bread and stacked with salami, ham, pepperoni, onions and mozzarella cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards and checks. $

EL PATIO
3244 Georgia Ave., Kenner 443-1188
The spicy menu at El Patio will warm you up on cool nights with offerings such as the Cuban pork, which is roasted for more than six hours before it's spiced and shredded. The Maximilian gives you a flour tortilla stuffed with beef, chicken and shrimp, deep-fried and topped with shrimp, avocado puree and Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT
2440 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner 468-2384
It's a celebration of Mexican cuisine featuring such dishes as huevos rancheros, a breakfast favorite, especially when paired with fresh pineapple. For lunch or dinner, try the chicken and beef fajitas or the pupusas, in which tortillas are stuffed with a blend of cheese and meat and then fried crispy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $

FONG'S CHINESE & CANTONESE RESTAURANT
2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner 467-9928
You can bring the family along to Fong's, where all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets offer an affordable meal. The a la carte menu includes the popular lemon chicken and Fong's Triple Treat: stir-fried chicken, shrimp and roast pork mixed with snow peas and other vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

GIOVANNI'S PO-BOYS
2506 Airline Drive, Kenner 469-1594
The menus at the locations in Kenner and Metairie vary, but both specialize in dense, tasty po-boys. The muffalettas are another traditional fave. The Kenner kitchen boasts a meatball po-boy with sweet red sauce, chunky meatballs and tender Italian sausage, and a crawfish sausage po-boy packed with house-made pork sausage with crawfish tails. Lunch Monday through Friday, muffalettas only for lunch Saturdays. Checks. $

GROUND PAT'I
1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 466-8060
www.groundpati.com
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HARBOR SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR
3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-6454
A seafood hot spot, the Harbor offers boiled crawfish and crabs in season, and boiled shrimp year round. Standard favorites include the turtle soup, seafood po-boys and raw oysters. The Fisherman's Cove seafood market is next door. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN PIE
3600 Williams Blvd., Kenner 469-4999
www.italianpierestaurants.com

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JAZZ SEAFOOD & STEAK HOUSE
2722 Williams Blvd., Kenner 468-3237
The bestseller here is the shrimp Mindy, in which jumbo shrimp are sauteed in butter, garlic, and wine, then served over angel hair pasta. Daily lunch specials are available, and -- due to customer demand -- the menu offers red beans and rice five days a week. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JUKEBOX CAJUN DINER
2560 Williams Blvd., Kenner 469-1112
www.jukeboxcajndiner.com
This Al Copeland creation oozes '50s-era nostalgia, and the menu covers essential diner offerings, from burgers to breakfast plates to onion rings. All this, of course, with a New Orleans twist. One house specialty is the "all-the-way" hash browns, which comes loaded with onions, green peppers, ham, chili, cheese and tomatoes. The roast beef po-boy is another favorite. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

KENNER SEAFOOD INC.
3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner 466-4701
The freshest catches of Louisiana's ocean bounty are all served at this popular spot. For starters, try the crawfish and corn chowder soup. Top entree choices include the shrimp Marie, which consists of fried shrimp on a bed of angel hair pasta with crabmeat sauce. The oyster bar is in full swing this fall. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LA CUISINE
225 W. Harrison Ave. 486-7664
Kick-start your day at La Cuisine with house specialties such as Mae's Lost Bread, a version of French toast with thick slices of French bread dipped in egg batter and cream and topped with cinnamon and vanilla. Lunch and dinner both offer the combination platter, which includes paneed baby white veal and trout meuniere topped with eggplant dressing. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

LE PARVENU
509 Williams Blvd., Kenner 471-0534
This Cajun-Creole restaurant's menu is as elegant as the 50-year-old house where it is located. For a Louisiana taste indulgence, start with the mirliton, shrimp and crab bisque, paired with an entree of Colorado rack of lamb roasted and kissed with apple mint jelly and ultimate mint sauce. That's served with scalloped potatoes and fresh vegetables. For dessert, there's the new Meltaway Chocolate Brownie served with marinated strawberries and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

LEE'S HAMBURGERS
2100 Airline Drive, Kenner 472-0966
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LITTLE TOKYO RESTAURANT PART II
3225 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-7660
No longer owned by the same people who operate Little Tokyo in Metairie, this Japanese restaurant features a buffet with offerings that change daily. Enjoy seafood and traditional Japanese food, sushi and shabu shabu, in which a chef comes to your table to fry tempura. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE
1319 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 469-0404
www.lonestarsteakhouse.com
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MR. GYROS
3232 Williams Blvd., Kenner 466-6833
Though Mr. Gyros moved to Kenner only a year ago, the Greek restaurant has quickly carved out a place for itself. Specialties include the roast lamb, egg-lemon soup, souvlaki (marinated pork) and baklava for dessert. The Moussaka is a layered casserole of eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, ground beef, rice and cream cheese sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

OLIVE GARDEN
1315 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 464-4612
www.olivegarden.com
This chain restaurant prides itself on Italian-style hospitality. The dishes range from pastas to steaks to fish with a mix of traditional and inventive preparations. The very popular Tour of Italy gives a taste of all the classics with lasagna, chicken Parmesan and fettuccine Alfredo. For dessert, try the white chocolate or black tie cheesecake filled with chocolate morsels, ribbons and Oreo crust, and a glass of vino from the extensive wine list. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PEACOCK INDIAN RESTAURANT
3410 Williams Blvd., Kenner 469-0553
The Peacock brought Indian cuisine to Kenner only a few years ago and loves to add new dishes. Consider the butter chicken -- chicken cooked in tomato and butter sauce and rice pudding. Another favorite is the Peacock Sizzler, where you can try an assortment of popular Indian dishes: tandoori chicken, chicken tikka and lamb cubes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
New Orleans International Airport (West Terminal and Terminal B), Kenner 466-2103
www.pjscoffee.com
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POTATO KING
3729 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-5464

Potato King proves spuds are one of nature's most versatile foods. You can get yours in any fashion: baked, mashed, fried and everything in between. Two of the most popular are the grilled chicken potato and the broccoli potato. Get red beans and rice Monday and Tuesday or try a number of hot plate entrees including hamburger steak, veal or grilled chicken served with -- you guessed it -- a baked potato. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $ PRIMO PIZZA & PASTA
2401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner 464-4547
Primo gives Italian food lovers a wide spread to savor. Try a little of everything from pizza to spaghetti and meatballs. The trip to the buffet bar includes a salad bar and vegetables, with unlimited return trips. The fettuccini dishes are also popular, and a choice of apple crunch or "fruity pizza" make nice dessert options. Non-buffet offerings include calzones, pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

RISTORANTE DA PIERO
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner 469-8585
Piero was so successful in his original Northshore location that he decided to bring his fresh pastas and classic Italian cooking to Kenner. In Piero's kitchen, the homemade gnocchi are served either with creamy Gorgonzola or with fresh Roma tomatoes, onion, pancetta and basil. Try the fresh sea bass or the Filetto al Pepe Verde, medallions of beef tenderloin served with cream sauce flavored with fresh green peppercorns. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

SAKE CAFE
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 468-8829
For fresh sushi, customers can turn their cars toward this Japanese restaurant in Kenner or its sister restaurant in Metairie. Try the signature roll called the Chateau -- snow crab, crabstick, smelt roe, avocado and cream cheese, wrapped with white fish, breaded and fried. Happy hour runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily and includes two-for-one sake and beers. Reservations recommended for parties of five or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA
3501 W. Chateau Blvd., Kenner 468-1047
www.semolina.com
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SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL
4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner 466-4069
This month-old bar and grill (in the former Lucky Lee's location) keeps things sporting: pool and dart leagues, table-top video games, and a 60-inch TV for Monday Night Football viewing (hosted by former New Orleans Saint Buford Jordan and friends). If you're hungry, consider the Speakeasy Burger, a fresh, 10-oz. burger made to order; or try the popular pork tenderloin served on weekends during football season. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 472-6190
www.starbucks.com
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STINGRAY'S SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR
1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 443-4040
Sting Ray's offers treats from the sea and from the land. In the former category, try the crawfish Taylor, a tulip-shaped pastry shell filled with fried crawfish tails and topped with cream sauce. For the chicken Atchafalaya, a chicken breast is stuffed with crawfish dressing, then fried. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUEROS TAQUERIA-CANTINA
2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner 441-8888
Taqueros Taqueria-Cantina provides upscale Mexican food with offerings such as an appetizer of lobster crepe with chile cream sauce and grilled corn kernels. For an entree, try giant sea scallops in a poblano pepper cream sauce, served over rice and crowned spinach. Lunch Wednesday through Saturday, dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

TRAUTH'S LAKE HOUSE & STEAMERY
3700 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-6488
There's something for everyone with a full menu of steamed and boiled seafood, gumbo, and specials such as the all-you-can-eat catfish and chicken special served with potatoes, coleslaw and hush puppies. Finish things off with bread pudding or cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

ZEA ROTISSERIE CAFE
1401 W. Esplanade Ave. (The Esplanade Mall), Kenner 468-7733
Now that the chilly air is setting in, stop into Zea for the rotisserie platter: a hearty 8-oz. serving of the meat of the day with two side dishes, or a half chicken and 6-oz. serving of meat with side dishes. Meats of the day feature such treats as the sliced pork with rosemary and sliced beef with mushroom burgundy glaze. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $



LAKEFRONT


ACME OYSTER HOUSE
7306 Lakeshore Drive 282-9200
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BRUNING'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
1922 West End Pkwy. 288-4521
Bruning's has been run by the same family for five generations and is still going strong due to its reputation for fresh, scrumptious seafood. The whole flounder is served broiled, fried or stuffed with crabmeat dressing. The seafood platter gives you a full range of offerings from the deep: there's softshell crab, shrimp, oysters, catfish fingers and a crab chop. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

THE DOCK
1926 West End Park 284-3625
www.thedockno.com
There's a lot going on at The Dock, including live music on weekends, Monday Night Football viewing, and a casual restaurant atmosphere in the Galley. Cure your fried seafood craving in one dose with the seafood boat for two featuring fried catfish, shrimp, crawfish, crabcakes and oysters with sides of French fries and onion rings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JAEGER'S ON THE LAKE
1928 West End Park 283-7585
Take in the lake vista while you dig into the stuffed lobster dinner: a half stuffed lobster with corn, potatoes, garlic bread and coleslaw. For five bucks more, add the other half of the lobster, a steak, fried shrimp or fish. If there are five of you, get the Big A seafood platter: fried fish, oysters, shrimp, crawfish tails, softshell crab, crabcakes, oysters bordelaise and hush puppies. Reservations accepted. Lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

JOE'S CRAB SHACK
8000 Lakeshore Drive 283-1010
www.joescrabshack.com

Head over to this lakefront seafood joint for a hit of barbecued Dungeness crab or a blue crab dip appetizer. For variety, investigate the fried seafood platter featuring fish, crab fingers, oysters, shrimp, stuffed crab and hush puppies. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED STEER GRILL
124 Lake Marina Ave. 283-4582
The Tucson burger is topped with grilled onions, barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. Carnivores will crow over the beef brisket and the full rack of baby-back ribs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VOODOO BBQ
8550 Pontchartrain Blvd. 283-8301
www.voodoobarbecue.com

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WEST END CAFE
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd. 288-0711
Sink into some seafood here: softshell crabs, oysters, shrimp, catfish, and other daily catches are perennial favorites. At breakfast, go for the grillades and grits or omelettes. Nightly specials include Maine lobster on Mondays and prime rib on Wednesdays. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S OF NEW ORLEANS
7224 Pontchartrain Blvd. 284-6004
www.wolfesofneworleans.com
Regulars know to sample one of Chef Tom Wolfe's most popular dishes: potato-wrapped Maine lobster, where the lobster is parboiled, wrapped in shoestring potatoes and pan-seared to a crisp. It's served with a smoked mussel torte, sweet vermouth butter sauce, grilled asparagus and garlic chips. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$$



LAKEVIEW

BARATARIA
900 Harrison Ave. 488-7474
The new owners of this Lakeview dining destination bring fresh seafood, certified Angus beef and a Friday and Saturday Prime rib night to an already established menu. Regulars need not worry; the classics remain, such as the oysters Ralphie and veal Quatre Bayou. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S DELI & CATERERS
515 Harrison Ave. 486-1766
Charlie's caters to hearty eaters with overstuffed sandwiches and generous helpings. The Moon Special features ham, roast beef, provolone and Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing all piled on a muffaletta bun. The Nathan Special starts with two beef franks on two hot dog buns and heaps mustard, coleslaw and dill relish on top. Half-sandwiches are available for the faint of heart. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Thursday and Friday. Checks. $

CHATEAU COFFEE CAFE
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 286-1777
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CHINA ROSE
125 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 283-3333
This beloved neighborhood restaurant brings Szechuan, Cantonese and Weiyang cooking into the heart of Lakeview. The menu can be overwhelming at first, with more than 300 dishes, and many stick to their old favorites such as the Lucky Shrimp, boiled with green onions, ginger and soybean sauce, and the China Rose Special Duck, marinated in spices and stir-fried with bell peppers and bean sprouts. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COFFEE & COMPANY
800 Harrison Ave. 488-8946
This Lakeview coffee shop is a cozy neighborhood hangout that keeps customers happy with bagels, hot breakfasts, salads and sweets. A favorite item for a midday bite is the Cobb salad, with turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato topped with avocado and rich blue cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DINO'S LAKEVIEW
339 W. Harrison Ave. 484-6460
The pizza special features two medium pizzas for just $9.99, and you can buy your fried chicken by the box. The barbecue ribs are smothered in sauce and served with baked beans, coleslaw and a buttermilk biscuit. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

DIXIE CHICKEN & RIBS
6264 Argonne Blvd. 488-1377
As the name implies, chicken (fried, baked or barbecued) and ribs (by the pound) are given special attention. The menu also features daily specials, children's dinners, and a hearty selection of po-boys and seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

DOLLY'S DELI
5151 Canal Blvd. 486-8600
A lot of people decide to stop at Dolly's on their way to work because they can't get Dolly's bacon, egg and cheese sandwich out of their minds. Lunch brings hot plate specials and meatball, roast beef, shrimp and oyster po-boys. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KJ'S ON THE BOULEVARD
5243 Canal Blvd. 488-0100
New menu items include KJ's Special Sandwich, a barbecue chicken breast smothered with grilled ham, grilled onions and the cheese of your choice and a side item. The Buffalo Chicken platter is gaining fans with its chicken breast with Buffalo sauce and two sides. There's also a selection of new beers and a growing wine list. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave. 486-4887
This neighborhood hangout offers burgers, steaks, pizza and seafood dishes. Hearty appetites go for the seafood platter, which boasts bountiful servings of softshell crabs, crabcakes, catfish, shrimp and oysters and is served with a Super Salad slathered with house dressings (Roquefort is a favorite). No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S RESTAURANT
789 Harrison Ave. 488-6496, 488-9156
The seafood pasta will satisfy cravings with shrimp, crawfish and oysters in a cream sauce served over angel hair pasta, and the desserts -- like pecan pie, fudge brownie pie and peanut butter pie -- are sinfully delicious. No reservations. Breakfast Saturday, lunch Monday through Saturday; dinner Thursday through Saturday. Cash only. $

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
1532 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 283-6686
www.pjscoffee.com
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PLANTATION COFFEEHOUSE
5555 Canal Blvd. 482-3164
Over the years, Plantation's menu offerings have expanded to include a full-blown selection of lunch and dinner dishes and a limited selection of breakfast items: eggs and omelettes are served on weekend mornings; soups, sandwiches, grilled items, and vegetarian fare are served throughout the day. No reservations. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
874 Harrison Ave. 488-0133
www.reginellis.com
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RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd. 282-9999, or 9980
If you've got an appetite, there is an eight-egg-white omelette on Russell's menu. For lunch, look for daily specials and a wide selection of homemade soups and salads. The chicken Alexis is perfect for dinner -- it's cooked with olive oil, garlic, green onions, sun-dried tomatoes and cream and then served over penne noodles. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR
888 Harrison Ave. 488-8981
www.thesteakknife.com
This establishment is a favorite with Lakeview diners for its early bird special Sunday through Thursday and live jazz on Friday and Saturday. Looking beyond the steaks, there's osso buco, a braised veal shank in red wine reduction, as well as a grilled pork chop with caramelized onions. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TONY ANGELLO'S RISTORANTE
6262 Fleur de Lis Drive 488-0888
The menu at Tony Angello's includes lots of Italian mainstays and red sauces. The eggplant Trina is fried eggplant layered with marinara sauce and cheese, and the Feed Me dinner is a multiple-course feast of house favorites. Some regulars never even look at a menu; they know if Chef Tony's in the kitchen, they'll be taken care of. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

WEAVER'S PO-BOYS
800 Navarre Ave. 488-9267
This butcher-shop-turned-lunch-stop is now serving daily hot lunches including lasagna on Tuesdays and Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes on Thursdays. Po-boys include roast beef with thick-cut wedge French fries and the Weaver's Club: hot roast beef with gravy, hot turkey, ham and two choices of cheeses, served on French or white bread. Delivery for large orders. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $



METAIRIE

ACROPOLIS CUISINE
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-9046
Acropolis Cuisine is a veritable temple devoted to Mediterranean staples such as gyros, kebabs, moussaka, and spinach-feta pies. Daily specials are offered up in such forms as grilled mahi mahi and blackened amberjack. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA'S
3100 19th St., Metairie 834-8583
www.andreasrestaurant.com
The Apuzzo family's restaurant unites the freshest seafood with northern Italian cuisine. Among the many fresh pasta dishes is the ravioli Langostine Andrea, where homemade ravioli is stuffed with Louisiana crawfish and tossed with a bell pepper and crawfish sauce. The cannoli and bread pudding are also made in-house. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

ANSELMO'S
3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie 899-1212
Anselmo's popular salad Alyse is a mix of greens, sugared pecans, bacon, Gorgonzola and sweet balsamic vinaigrette. Main-course offerings include tender osso buco and the Italian-style shrimp with lemon-rosemary cream. Daytime delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

APPLEBEE'S
3701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-0755
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AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 888-5533
Mr. Ed does it again in this cozy Metairie location. The house favorite is the veal Austin with sweet morsels of tender crabmeat, earthy mushrooms and crisp green onions. No reservations. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BABY BOOMERS
4617 Sanford St., Metairie 457-0065
Ten-oz. burgers and 12-oz. ribeye steaks aren't the only excitement in this bar and grill. Pool tables, dart boards, poker machines and cold beer keep the crowd going, all great with a late-night menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BAGEL FACTORY
3113 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 837-8707
Sampe the Bagel Factory's authentic kosher bagels, lox and cream cheeses. The ovens at the bakery heat up every day in order to turn out fresh baked goods such as pillow-soft yellow challah bread, pita bread and biscotti. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Monday through Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday. Checks. $

BAYOU BAGELRY
3535 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-6400
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BAYOU CAFE
6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Four Points By Sheraton), Metairie 885-5700
www.fourpointsneworleans.com
Chef Danny Roybiskie serves up red beans and rice, jambalaya, and gumbo. Visitors can get a taste of Louisiana with Cajun-infused pastas or a reminder of home with a Philly cheese steak. The menu also has a wide selection of soups and salads. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BEACH HOUSE
2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie 885-1407
Check out the dinner specials, as well as boiled lobster, on Friday. Steaks are the feature on Tuesday and Saturday. Dine on fried catfish on Wednesday nights. The Beach House is now serving lunch. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit Cards. $

BENNIGAN'S GRILL & TAVERN
3434 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-0664
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BERACA RESTAURANT LATINO
3116 Arnoult Road, Metairie 889-0962
Stop in early at Beraca, where their busiest shift is for breakfast with regulars coming back again and again for house specialties such as El Campesino or their version of the breakfast burrito, the baleabas. For lunch or dinner, try the carne asada, which offers beef, rice, beans, a salad with avocado, sweet plantains and pico de gallo. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

BOZO'S
3117 21st St., Metairie 831-8666
For more than 75 years this family-owned seafood restaurant has been proffering broiled and fried seafood, stuffed crabs, shrimp, and piles of boiled crawfish. Bozo's also has an oyster and liquor bar that stays open when the kitchen closes between lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted for dinner except on Fridays. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO! ITALIAN KITCHEN
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 828-8828
www.bestitalianusa.com
Taste a bit of smoke in the wood-fired pizzas and a touch of fire in the shrimp Diablo. Diners feast on lasagna, pasta, fresh focaccia and seafood all week. Also consider the whole fried sea bass with lobster butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-9777
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BUD'S BROILER
2006 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 889-2837
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CADDYSHACK
3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie 833-1799
Caddyshack offers hearty pub fare and daily lunch specials. Mondays mean beans and rice in New Orleans, and here they put a spin on the tradition by offering both red and butter beans with your choice of pork chops, veal and a variety of sausages. No reservations. Lunch Daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE DU MONDE
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Lakeside Shopping Center), Metairie 834-8694
4600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-9770
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CAFE LATTE
2324 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-6343
Health-conscious coffee drinkers find sweet relief with sugar-free desserts and a plethora of crisp salads. Dive into a rainbow bowl of carrots, beets, feta, asparagus, artichoke hearts and shrimp in the shrimp Mediterranean. The croissant club layers ham, turkey and cheddar between flaky French pastry. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE ROMA
2026 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-7662
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CAFE SATORA
3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 832-1444
Cafe Satora takes command of the first two meals of the day by offering a bounty of salads, paninis and omelettes. Regulars return for the popular club panino and indulge in grilled chicken breast, tomatoes, bacon, red onions, avocado and mozzarella on fresh focaccia. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFFE! CAFFE!
4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 885-4845
One of the many creative salads here combines artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, crumbled bacon, egg wedges, cherry tomatoes and crumbled blue cheese on a bed of mixed greens. No reservations. Continental breakfast daily, lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Monday through Friday. Credit Cards. $

CARMINE'S ITALIAN
SEAFOOD & GRILL
4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-7904
Bright-red steamed lobsters grace the tables every Monday and Tuesday. Larger appetites can't seem to get enough of the massive 16-oz. ribeye, and newcomers should try the famous seafood-stuffed artichoke. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CARRETA'S GRILL
2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-6696
Louisiana mudbugs nestle below a blanket of hot cheese in the crawfish nachos. Mushroom lovers should try the quesadillas. The house keeps its special sauce a secret but generously ladles it over fresh red snapper and steamed vegetables. Live music available Wednesday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CASABLANCA RESTAURANT
3030 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-2209
www.kosherneworleans.com
Chef Linda Waknin specializes in serving the traditional cuisine of Morocco and Africa. The unique blend of spices and herbs raises lamb to a new level in Tanzia Fassi. Although centuries-old tilapia is the new "in" fish, Chef Waknin serves hers whole and fried in 100-percent peanut oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Friday and Sunday, dinner Sunday through Thursday (and soon Saturday). Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA
MEXICAN RESTAURANT
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 464-0354
Casa Garcia mixes the flavors of Mexico and the pride of Louisiana in its many seafood dishes, including the chile rellenos with crabmeat and shrimp. This fall, the chefs put a new twist on baby back ribs, beer-battered shrimp and the Cobb salad, while serving up authentic tacos and enchiladas. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CC'S COFFEE
3647 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 454-1200
www.ccscoffee.com
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CHATEAU COFFEE CAFE
4747 W. Napoleon Ave. (East Bank Regional Library), Metairie 888-0601
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CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-7788
www.chevysfreshmex.com

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CHINA TOWN GOURMET
3100 17th St., Metairie 834-9065
Residents of China Town are always in the mood to try something new, like the Ja-Jing Mein: shrimp, pork and cucumber with black bean sauce on soft noodles. Or stick to the classics like the General Tsao's chicken, Mongolian beef, and the Szechuan-style eggplant. Ask about the lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHURROS CAFE
3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie 885-6516
Churros offers an authentic taste of Cuba, with spicy dishes like the roast pork, served with black beans, rice and yucca, and Cuban sandwiches that earn rave reviews, served hot and pressed with ham, sliced pork and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Breakfast Monday through Friday, lunch Monday through Saturday. Delivery available. Credit cards and checks. $

COFFEE BEAN EUROPEAN CAFE
3244 Severn Ave., Metairie 456-9870
Get your java here, where the espresso drinks include a fudge brownie-flavored frozen cappuccino. There are light meals such as salads and sandwiches, along with a variety of soups made fresh daily and hot-plate specials. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COFFEE COTTAGE
2559 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-3513
www.coffeecottage.com
It's not too early to start thinking wistfully of Coffee Cottage's King Cakes, available in a few months. More sensible folks may focus on the hot breakfasts, like the crawfish omelette served with cheese grits, and the healthy salads, like the pesto chicken Caesar and the veggie pasta salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COFFEE COVE
3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie 780-9445
Coffee Cove shows off its breakfast abilities with hot morning meals daily and a champagne brunch on Sundays. The grits, veal grillades and biscuits with gravy are all highly recommended. The lunch menu features rotating chef's specials and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

COPELAND'S
701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 831-3437
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COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 454-7620
www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com

If you're feeling festive, start with an original cocktail like the Category 6 Cosmopolitan. The menu ranges from Cajun to American classics, and sometimes mixes things up with items such as the Cajun egg rolls stuffed with tasso and crawfish. More than 40 types of cheesecakes await you at the end of the meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CORKY'S BAR-B-Q
4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-5000
Corky's Metairie location spares you the trouble of driving to Memphis, Tenn., for some of the nation's best-known barbecue. Both the wet and dry pork ribs are classics, and there's a pulled pork sandwich for those intimidated by a plateful of bones. Corky's also offers a batter-fried onion loaf, hamburgers, chicken, hot tamales and seafood dishes for Lent. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie 454-1008
The kitchen staff at the Corner Cafe invite you to try the seafood platter for two, with its heaping piles of crab balls, hush puppies, shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed jalapenos, onion rings, stuffed shrimp, popcorn shrimp, baby softshell crabs and two servings of gumbo. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

COUSIN'S PO-BOYS
3808 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 780-7804
This cozy po-boy shop has a long family history behind it that bears telling, but we'll let you hear it straight from the owner's mouth. In the meantime, sample the traditional veal Sicilian po-boy, featuring a veal cutlet with Provolone cheese and red gravy. Lunch Saturday, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE
3520 18th St., Metairie 887-6641
www.crazyjohnnies.com
Crazy Johnnie keeps the menu simple with grilled steaks and seafood dishes such as the crawfish Johnnie. Zagat Survey has rated the restaurant one of "America's Best Meal Deals" because of offerings like half-priced wine bottles on Tuesdays and an early-bird filet mignon special Monday through Thursday for only $8.95. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CUCO'S
3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-1900
5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 454-5005
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DANNY AND CLYDE'S
2201 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 885-1332
4320 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 888-0129
www.dannyandclydes.com

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DON'S SEAFOOD HUT
4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-1550
Don's plays to its strengths with a wide selection of fish, oysters, crab, shrimp and crawfish dishes. There are dozens of choices worth mentioning, but the crabmeat au gratin and the flounder fillet stuffed with Don's famous shrimp and crabmeat dressing are two perennial favorites. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

DORIGNAC'S
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 834-8216
Most know Dorignac's as a grocery store boasting a wide variety of specialty foods and a daunting wine and liquor selection, but there's also a deli counter and a cafeteria worth exploring. Swing by the cafeteria for breakfast favorites including eggs with grits and Cajun sausage and lunch favorites such as po-boys and hamburgers. Or get a hot lunch plate at the deli counter for only $5. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

DOT'S DINER
6633 Airline Drive, Metairie 734-0301
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DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 888-9254
www.dragosrestaurant.com

The charbroiled oysters are credited with making Drago's an institution. Menu highlights include shrimp fondue, breaded and fried duck fingers, and lobster -- served boiled or stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp or oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL
3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie 780-2266
Grilled tuna over angel hair pasta, prime cuts of steak and baby back ribs are guaranteed to satisfy a man-sized appetite, and the rotating lunch specials keep things interesting. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAUSTO'S BISTRO
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-7121
This family-owned Italian restaurant features a variety of seafood, veal, chicken and pasta dishes. Fausto's frutti di mare piles the platter high with sauteed crab claws, oysters, mussels, fish, shrimp, calamari, and softshell crab. The veal Santimbocca is sauteed with mushrooms and crowned with prosciutto and mozzarella, then flamed with Marsala wine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

FOODIES KITCHEN
720 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-9695
www.foodieskitchen.com

Foodies Kitchen gives you instant gourmet with its extensive range of prepared meals ready for take-out or dine-in. The buttermilk pecan chicken and turtle soup are two of the most popular choices, and there's also a wide selection of freshly baked bread, appetizers and pizzas. Call the hotline to hear about dine-in and take-out options. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $

THE FRENCH TABLE
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 833-8108
www.frenchtableonline.com
It's "a little corner of France" in Metairie, says the staff, with Gallic classics such as coq au vin available, where chicken is simmered in red wine with pearl onions. Turning to seafood, the house specialty sole is served meuniere style. Finally, there's cafe brulee for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

FROSTY'S CAFFE
3400 Cleary Ave., Metairie 888-9600
The house specialty is bubble tea, a drink with floating pearls of tapioca served here in 80 flavors. Sample the cafe's Vietnamese cuisine, such as the pork chop marinated with lemon grass and five spices, served with white rice, a fried egg and an egg roll, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FURY'S
724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie 834-5646
Fury's has been serving Italian and seafood classics for years. The trout Carrie is a tender fillet either fried, broiled or grilled and topped with sauteed lump crabmeat, and the bread pudding in rum sauce is hard to resist. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GIOVANNI'S PO-BOYS
1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 835-4558
The menus at the Kenner and Metairie locations vary, but both specialize in dense, tasty po-boys. The muffalettas are another traditional fave. Lunch Monday through Friday. Checks. $

GOLDEN DRAGON
4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-6081
www.goldendragon.com
From the same ownership as China Orchid comes similar, healthy Chinese cooking in the Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan traditions. Golden Dragon features fresh, often-steamed vegetables and a wide array of sauces. Start with spring rolls or crab Rangoon, followed by an entree of sesame chicken, marinated with sesame seeds and fried, then sauteed with a semi-sweet dark brown sauce. Reservations required for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GOODY'S CAFE
3516 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-3848
Goody's has you covered from dawn to late-night with hot breakfast plates, sandwiches, wraps and burgers. The Black and Bleu Burger tops 8 ounces of Black Angus beef with melted blue cheese and bacon, and in the Southwestern chicken wrap the grilled chicken gets cozy with guacamole, salsa and sauteed onion. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and late-night daily. $

GROUND PAT'I
2740 Severn Ave., Metairie 887-2711
3124 David Drive, Metairie 887-9449
www.groundpati.com
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HEDGES BAR AND GRILL
4 Galleria Blvd. (Wyndham Hotel), Metairie 620-9412
Since opening in June 2002, this eatery inside the Wyndham has become known for its fresh salads, sandwiches and brick-oven pizzas. Chef Scott Hensley recommends dinner diners try the porterhouse pork chop, a 14-oz. cut grilled with pecan and praline butter. Seafood lovers should sample the stuffed shrimp, jumbo shrimp served with Creole spices and a crawfish and shrimp cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS
4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-0160
www.hooters.com
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HOUSTON'S
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-2301
www.houstons.com
This laidback restaurant is known for good service, high-octane drinks and popular fall specialties such as the grilled artichokes served with homemade remoulade or the Cajun grilled redfish topped with lump red crabmeat. Something for everyone. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IMPASTATO'S
3400 16th St., Metairie 455-1545
www.impastatos.com

Impastato's is known for its longevity -- Chef-owner Joe Impastato has been in the biz for more than 20 years -- and its classic Italian standouts, especially the fettuccine Alfredo. For a Louisiana take on Italian classics, try the crabmeat cannelloni, the baked oysters or the crawfish au gratin. Finish off with a dose of banana blueberry pie. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie 889-2436
www.indiapalacerestaurant.com
The chefs at India Palace achieve their intensely flavorful dishes by marinating meat and seafood overnight in spices imported directly from India. The result is crowd-pleasing dishes such as the tandoori prawns and chicken tikka masala. There's also a kiddie menu to ease children into the exotic flavors. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

ITALIAN PIE
901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 832-1121
5406 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-9977

www.italianpierestaurants.com
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JOHNNY & JOSIE'S RESTAURANT
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-7888
You can get plate dinners here -- seafood platters, fried chicken and pasta dishes are a few -- but don't miss the specialty po-boys. Hollowed-out French bread is stuffed with your choice of spicy shrimp jambalaya; crawfish, shrimp and eggplant; roast beef and Swiss; meatball mozzarella; or ham and cheese -- then breaded and deep fried. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

KANNO SUSHI
3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie 455-5730
Kanno has made few menu changes over the years, and its devoted clientele appreciates that. The "feed me special," listed as Kaiseki, loads your table with four appetizers followed by the chef's choice of entree and sushi rolls. Also popular is the lobster Dynamite, a baked lobster tail filled with snow crab and served with dynamite sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

KING BUFFET
601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-4383
King Buffet offers more than 250 items to choose from, encompassing Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian culinary styles. Customers have been drawn to the stir-fried hot and spicy shrimp, and the Thai-influenced peanut chicken, which is deep fried and garnished with peanut sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KOREA HOUSE
3547 18th St., Metairie 888-0654
With a menu filled with Korean classics as well as the chef's own interpretations, Korea House offers dishes such as the Fire Meat, beef marinated in an Oriental sauce. Try the bibimbob: presentations of assorted vegetables and an option of beef over rice, served in a sizzling hot stone pot. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily except closed Wednesdays. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY
3519 Severn Ave.; 3520 N. Hullen Road, Metairie 888-2010
www.koshercajun.com
With a recently enlarged dining room and an expanded menu to boot, more folks are finding their way to this kosher outpost. The J&N signature sandwich is a deli favorite, with hot corned beef and pastrami on rye bread, dressed with mustard, horseradish and slaw and served with the requisite New York Barrel pickles. Hot items from the kitchen include steak, hamburgers and fried fish. No reservations. Lunch Sunday through Friday, dinner Monday through Thursday. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE
3300 Severn Ave., Metairie 456-1624
www.lamadeleine.com
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LA RIVIERA
4506 Shores Drive, Metairie 888-6238
www.larivierarestaurant.com
Chef Christiano Rossi has taken over the cooking duties since the recent retirement of Chef Goffredo, but the top seller at this quaint but elegant restaurant still is the crabmeat ravioli, which starts with ravioli filled with lump crabmeat and topped with a delicate white cream sauce and Parmesan cheese. Finish with classic tiramisu or the Amaretto kiss, a custard made with Amaretto liquor and chocolate mousse. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LEE'S HAMBURGERS
904 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 836-6804
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 885-0110
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LITTLE TOKYO RESTAURANT
1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 831-6788
While observing the karaoke performances, chow down on the restaurant's signature Love Boat Tokyo for two, which includes tempura shrimp and vegetables, chicken and beef teriyaki, sashimi and sushi, a California roll and fresh fruit. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE
901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 736-0140
www.lonestarsteakhouse.com
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LOUISIANA PURCHASE KITCHEN
8847 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 468-3663
A classic trait of Louisiana is variety, an ideal that allows Louisiana Purchase Kitchen to live up to its name. This buffet restaurant features numerous stations as well as a daily rotating menu, but its one constant is the relaxed home-style atmosphere. Some buffet offerings include crab and shrimp bisque, smothered green beans, jambalaya and bread pudding with brandy sauce. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

LUTHER'S
2750 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-6370
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MAMMA'S CUCINA
3805 Hessmer Ave., Metairie 780-1700
Chef Duke LoCicero, of Cafe Giovanni, has come to Metairie to take over the kitchen of this Italian restaurant, formerly called Fazzio's. The menu brings you the spicy, rich flavors of Tuscany, and uses the new wood-burning grill to full advantage in creating delicacies such as grilled pork chops and tilapia. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie 896-7300
www.martinwine.com
For a taste of the high life, Martin Wine Cellar offers some ocean-hopping choices. For West Coast lovers, the Californian sandwich includes oven-roasted turkey, Havarti cheese, avocado, sprouts, cucumbers, tomato, Creole mustard and mayo on wheat or an oh-so-healthy-California-dreamin' pita. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sundays. Credit cards and checks. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie 885-1526
Chef-owner Jean-Luc Albin supplies dish after dish of tasty desserts and custom-ordered cakes while offering wedding creations year round. The current menu includes fresh fruit cakes and the Kugelhoph, a sour cream pound cake offered in many flavors such as almond, blueberry, white chocolate, raspberry, lemon, currant, chocolate chip and the limited-edition pumpkin. No reservations. Open daily. Credit cards. $

MCALISTER'S DELI
2701 Airline Drive, Suite T, Metairie 830-4030
McAlister's deli-and-diner style fare offers classic soups, sandwiches, salads, with an emphasis on baked potatoes done the way locals like their po-boys -- overstuffed. The house recommends the McAlister's Club sandwich piled high with the classics, and the Spud Max: two baked potatoes pushed into one stuffed like a club sandwich with ham, turkey, bacon and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MILANO PIZZERIA
3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie 780-7500
At this pizzeria, you don't have to limit yourself to a pie. Choose from other exotic creations such as seafood lasagna made with crawfish, shrimp, ricotta cheese and a seafood sauce made with celery, carrots, shrimp stock, garlic and milk. If your craving is for wings, be adventurous and try the Caribbean, Chinese or Thai sauces. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAK HOUSE
3837 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 779-6475
www.japanesebistro.com
Miyako also has a new location Uptown, with the same hibachi creations that are the signature of the Metairie location. Hibachi chefs grill swordfish, filet mignon, vegetables, and chicken. The Japanese menu also includes sushi with a large variety of rolls. The house recommends the Bento A with chicken teriyaki, shrimp tempura, pan fried dumpling and California roll. In true Asian dinner style, lunch and dinner combinations are encouraged to try a sample of many dishes. A dessert and tea menu is also available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORNING CALL COFFEE STAND
3325 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-4068
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Shopping Center), Metairie 779-5348
www.morningcallcoffeestand.com
When you've been in the coffee and beignet business for more than 134 years like Morning Call has, something like adding a frozen cafe au lait is big news. Many New Orleanians believe the day doesn't start until after their first au lait, chicory coffee laced with velvety steamed milk and perhaps topped off with a hand-rolled beignet. No reservations. Open 24 hours at the Severn Avenue location; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday through Sunday at the Clearview location. Cash only. $

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD & ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1001 Live Oak St., Metairie 838-0022
Seafood-stuffed mirliton is hard to find outside of New Orleans, but it's one of this neighborhood restaurant's specialties. Try the fried chicken or stewed chicken for some Southern comfort food, or consider a seafood-stuffed bell pepper. Bananas Foster pie and the chocolate mousse make for a decadent ending to a stick-to-your-ribs meal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-4010
A fried chicken club salad with bacon, cheddar and egg is a great lunch option at Mr. Roo's Deli, where you can choose from international items or local favorites. The veal or chicken Parmesan, fried seafood plates and overstuffed sandwiches are house favorites, and the shrimp Creole is a local cuisine specialty. Ask about daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD CO.
817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-8580
6920 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-1272

www.nohsc.com
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O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
3020 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-9383
8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 461-9840
O'Henry's is a casual spot to stop in for a draft beer complete with peanuts, whilst customers are encouraged to "throw 'em on the floor"! Specials include potato skins and quesadillas for appetizers and a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, pasta and steak entrees. Local flavors are represented by the crawfish Monica pasta, penne pasta with crawfish and "Monica" Alfredo sauce, and the gigantic 64-oz. Mardi Gras Mambo drink, big enough to share with two straws. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
2746 Severn Ave., Metairie 455-6850
www.outback.com
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PARADISE CAFE
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-4141
Tucked away next to the Barnes & Noble bookstore, Paradise Cafe serves no-fuss lunch specials and a variety of sugar-free pastries for the health conscious. Lunch specials include the grilled shrimp salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, black olives, cheddar cheese, eggs, broiled shrimp and homemade remoulade dressing. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

P.F. CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Lakeside Shopping Center), Metairie 828-5288
www.pfchangs.com
This non-smoking national chain brings a light touch to Chinese food while offering a full bar and wine list. The house special is the Mongolian Trio, a spin-off of Mongolian Beef; it combines beef, shrimp, chicken, broccoli, white mushrooms and green onions in a dark sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night on weekends. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY
3116 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 780-1063
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PHOENECIA
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-9950
This cafe brings the spicy, rich flavors of the Middle East to your table with appetizers including hummus and baba ghanoush and entrees including lamb chops and spicy chicken and beef kebabs. The dessert menu offers a number of sweet concoctions wrapped in flaky phyllo dough. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
8908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 467-4224
www.piccadilly.com
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PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Shopping Center), Metairie 885-4543
www.pjscoffee.com
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PUCCINO'S
17th Street and Severn Avenue, Metairie, 835-3151
The round-the-clock kitchen at Puccino's always offers a variety of coffees -- all made from beans roasted in-house -- with specialties such as frozen cappuccinos and espressos. Their zeppole is an Italian version of the beignet and comes five to an order. Grilled panini sandwiches are offered as well, including a meatball version on muffaletta bread. No reservations. Open 24/7. Credit cards. $

QUARTER VIEW
613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 887-3456
Metairie families have taken quite a fancy to this friendly dining establishment, where seafood unquestionably rules the roost. Try the popular shrimp pardo, or the sauteed trout stuffed with crabmeat dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie 455-2266
This white-tablecloth restaurant has for 27 years served family recipes perfected in Sicily and New Orleans. Order the oysters Riccobono, baked in a casserole with mushrooms, green onions, Italian breadcrumbs, garlic, white wine, olive oil and Parmesan cheese and served with spaghetti bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO
1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie 835-4008
Chef-owner Philip Gagliano has created a classic Italian menu that offers inventive dishes of seafood, pasta, scampi and meat. The chef suggests chicken Spedini -- baked chicken breast coupled with prosciutto, topped with breadcrumbs, pine nuts and romano cheese and served with sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives over pasta with garlic oil. The lengthy wine list features selections from Italy and California. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ROCKY'S OLD NEW ORLEANS BAR & PIZZA JOINT
2701 Airline Drive, Metairie 833-1288
Rocky's offers Metairie pizza fans a wide range of toppings traditional white and whole-wheat crusts. Focaccia sandwiches use fresh herbed bread and top it with meatballs, vegetables or a few other options. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUSSELL'S SHORT STOP PO-BOYS
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie 885-4572
Customers here know that a po-boy is the true breakfast of champions. Russell's is open for three meals a day, but the menu never changes -- it's always po-boys and classics such as gumbo and jambalaya. Russell's roast-beef po-boy is popular, as is their meatball po-boy, since they make their own meatballs and red sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-3600
www.ruthschris.com
Ruth's Chris is known for steaks that arrive at your table sizzling in butter. The Metairie location, right next to the Lakeside Shopping Center, also fixes up dishes for non-beef lovers with its oysters Rockefeller and its seasonal sweet-potato pie -- fresh sweet potatoes whipped with butter and a hint of vanilla and then topped with a brown-sugar-and-pecan crust. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday and Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SAIA'S BEEF ROOM
2645 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 835-8555
Chef-owner Sal Saia is known for his grilled steaks and for his pork and lamb chops. The lamb -- a lamb rack sliced into chops -- is served with a fresh peach chutney. For those who aren't ready for a big slab of meat, Saia's menu includes seafood such as fresh Maine lobster and crabmeat au gratin. Reservations recommended on weekends. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE
4201 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 779-7253
The signature roll at Sake Cafe is called the Snow White, baked white fish wrapped with crunchies, tobiko (flying-fish caviar), and snow crab with a soybean wrap and eel sauce on the side. Happy hour runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily and includes two-for-one sake and beers. Reservations recommended for parties of five or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAL & SAM'S
4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 885-5566
It takes four hours to cook Sal & Sam's white veal for osso buco, which features the tender meat over angel hair pasta with marinara sauce, sauteed eggplant and mozzarella cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE
3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 455-2433
www.chefsfreerecipe.com

Another popular Italian eatery in Metairie, Salvatore takes New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and mixes it with garlic, rosemary, olive oil and Pinot Grigio and serves it up with some warm focaccia bread. Patrons also recommend the eggplant stuffed with a seafood dressing and topped with a lemon-butter sauce, accented with capers. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S LIVE OAK MARKET & DELI
801 Live Oak St., Metairie 835-0916
For seven years, this family-owned and operated business has been feeding customers as if they were their own family. The fresh Italian sausage is made in-house. You can get a roast beef po-boy here any time, but the daily specials include Monday's red beans and rice and all-you-can-eat trout and fresh softshell crabs on Friday and Saturday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. $

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-7784
When you think of Metairie you often think Italian, and Sandro's offers plenty of reasons why. Check out the 40-year-old family recipe (carried over from the Abruzzi region of Italy) that produces Aunt Vera's Lasagna: fresh, homemade pasta with a light pork and veal sauce with three types of imported cheeses. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SAPPORO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
3544 W. Esplanade Ave, Metairie 779-1818
You'll feel good about yourself after a light and healthy meal of Sapporo's soup, sushi, noodle or seafood dishes. If you're on a date and it's going well, share Sapporo's Love Boat, which comes loaded with sashimi, sushi rolls, shrimp and vegetable tempura, soup, and chicken and beef teriyaki. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

SEMOLINA
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Shopping Center) 454-7930
www.semolina.com
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SERRANO'S SALSA COMPANY
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 36, Metairie 780-2354
www.serranossalsacompany.com
This festive Latin American restaurant boasts more than 50 types of tequila. An order of ratones is the perfect way to start -- four marinated jalapenos stuffed with jumbo shrimp, white cheese and grilled onions, all lightly fried and served with jalapeno pepper jelly and cream cheese. For an entree, consider the camarones a la parilla, a grilled shrimp dish topped with a spicy blend of Serrano peppers, tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Reservations accepted for parties of 10 or more. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 831-4002
Come to Sidelines to watch the game, and stay for dinner and the party that often goes late into the night. The menu offers something for all appetites, from the Caesar salad with homemade dressing to the grilled tuna and hamburgers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS
2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie 455-SPUD (7783)
www.spudly.com
Spudly's motto is "a meal in a baked potato." The Pizza Spud is stuffed with spiced pepperoni and Italian sauce, and topped with mozzarella and chives. The Super Duper has shrimp, crab and crawfish in a baked potato garnished with cheddar cheese and cheese sauce. Soups, salads and burgers are also on the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
424 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-7874
2701 Airline Drive, Metairie 828-6700
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 828-5257
www.starbucks.com
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STITCHES BAR & GRILL
3941 Houma Blvd., Metairie 454-6266
Monday through Friday, happy hour features drink specials from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., while each Friday, Stitches loads it on with an all-you-can-eat seafood special with boiled seafood, crabs and shrimp. A popular sandwich is the Buffalo chicken, topped with ranch or blue cheese dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Saturday. Credit cards. $

SUN RAY GRILL
619 Pink St., Metairie 837-0055
www.sunraygrill.com
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TAQUERIA CORONA
3535 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-5088
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TEA GARDEN
1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-0668
All the classic Chinese menu items are represented here, with changing daily specials to boot. Two popular dishes are the honey-walnut shrimp and the seafood bird nest with scallops, crawfish, shrimp and crabmeat sauteed with baby corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and snow peas. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VESPERS' BAR & GRILL
1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-0050
Vespers' very affordable menu of sandwiches and snacks brings you South American treats such as pupusas, where flour tortillas are stuffed with refried beans, Salvadoran cheese and fried pork skins, then cooked on a griddle. Salsa lessons take place 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and cost $10 a week. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Thursday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

VETERANS EXPRESS SUSHI BAR
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 466-1129
A good sushi meal shouldn't break your bank: try out the six-piece rolls for $2.99 apiece, while a la carte sushi is 99 cents per piece. For some variety, order the Roll Call -- it includes Alligator Rolls, Caterpillar Rolls, Spider Rolls, Red Hot Summer Rolls and the Flying Dragon Roll, which sushi chefs create from shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado and smelt roe. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S
4411 Chastant St., Metairie 885-2984
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VOODOO BBQ
8853 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 496-0005
www.voodoobarbecue.com

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WOW CAFE & EATERY
3100 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-1322
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-WOW3
www.wingery.com
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ZEA ROTISSERIE & BREWERY
4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 780-9090
What better to go with a specialty beer brewed right on the premises than Thai ribs, slow-cooked with sesame seeds and cilantro? How about the Triple Trout, crusted with sesame, pesto and Zea's special bronze seasoning, or juicy rotisserie chicken. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$



MID-CITY

ANGELO BROCATO
214 Carrollton Ave. 486-0078
This family-run shop will lure you with its selection of ices, gelatos, pastries and sweets. Brocato's gears up for the fall with specialties such as Sicilian chestnut gelato, pear ice and hazelnut gelato. Fans rave about the fresh-filled cannolis. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL
4905 Canal St. 488-7357
Happy hour reigns from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there are plenty of bar snacks to go around. If you want to sink your teeth into something juicier, try the 8-oz. grilled tuna steak served in a sandwich or a salad, or the 10-oz. Beachburger with mushrooms, cheddar and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BREWHOUSE GRILL
201 N. Carrollton Ave. 484-0525
Patrons of the Brewhouse know that a cool pint of beer tastes best when paired with a heaping plate of barbecue ribs or overstuffed barbecue shrimp po-boy. If you're late to arrive and the dining room has already closed, never fear; the bar menu of nachos and other pub favorites will set you right. Reservation recommended. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BUD'S BROILER
500 City Park Ave. 486-2559
2338 Banks St. 821-3022
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CAFE HOLA!
137 N. Carrollton Ave. 486-HOLA (4652)
Say hello to pitchers of fruity margaritas and piles of nachos loaded with Mexican flavor. Cafe Hola! brings Mexico's usual suspects to the table with each meal. There are tacos, quesadillas, jumbo burritos and five different fresh-made salsas to choose from. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA
3340 Bienville St. 827-2300
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CHATEAUBRIAND STEAKHOUSE
310 N. Carrollton Ave. 207-0016
www.chateaubriandsteakhouse.com
This French steakhouse cultivates a classy atmosphere with murals on the walls and a sophisticated wine list. The petit filet au poivre vert, sauteed and topped with green peppercorns and a brandy cream sauce, is highly recommended. Get cozy with your tablemate over the Chateaubriand for two, a 20-oz. grilled filet bathed in butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

CHECK YOUR BUCKET CAFE
2107 Banks St. 581-5505
Legendary R&B/funk musician Eddie Bo and his sisters opened this "stress-free zone" back during Jazz Fest, offering healthy food and occasional live music (including Mr. Bo himself). Try Eddie Bo's Dilly Roast Beef Sandwich, with shaved roast beef, cream cheese, dill weed, tomato and alfalfa sprouts served on a multi-grain croissant or pita. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

CHRISTIAN'S RESTAURANT
3835 Iberville St. 482-4924
www.christiansrestaurantneworleans.com
Mid-City denizens flock to Christian's for the unique ambience -- it's located in a renovated Lutheran church -- as well as for the dexterous Creole cooking. For the veal Madeira, the chef serves pan-sauteed baby veal with mushrooms and a Madeira demi-glace. The eggplant stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat is another winner. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

CRESCENT CITY STEAKHOUSE
1001 N. Broad St. 821-3271
This steakhouse keeps the food simple and real, with T-bone, porterhouse and ribeye steaks and filet mignon cooked to order under a gas broiler and served in sizzling butter. Side dishes such as spinach au gratin and Lyonnaise potatoes sauteed with onions make for a well-rounded meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE
900 Carrollton Ave. 488-2155
This Mid-City charmer is located in a former service station, but now boasts an expansive patio and retro decor. Menu items include the chicken portabello roll: grilled chicken breast, portobello mushrooms and baby spinach all sauteed in Fellini's signature roasted red pepper cream sauce and rolled into Armenian lavash bread with mozzarella and feta cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
4840 Bienville St. 483-9949
www.italianpierestaurants.com
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JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
4724 S. Carrollton Ave. 486-9950
www.juansflyingburrito.com
Both Juan's locations sport a steady crowd during both lunch and dinner. The reasons are found in the diverse mix of quesadillas, burritos, tacos and more. Everything can be made "super" with the addition of sour cream and guacamole, while those watching their diets can order the Super Green, which rolls grilled veggies into a spinach tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KANPAI
4116 Canal St. 483-0880
The next time you have one of those insatiable hankerings for sushi, Kanpai can meet your cravings with one of the city's only all-you-can-eat sushi buffets. In addition to a wide variety of rolls, it offers soups such as the popular miso and cooked items. Sashimi offerings of tuna, salmon and white fish are popular, as is the celebrity roll, with tuna, salmon, snow crab and avocado rolled together and sprinkled with bonito seasoning. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

KATIE'S
3701 Iberville St. 488-6582
While few things change at this neighborhood institution, this fall enjoy Monday Night Football with a new special: half-priced chicken wings and half-priced pitchers of beer. Long-standing favorites such as the meatball po-boy remain, along with other specials such as Tuesday night's all-you-can-eat catfish and Thursday's two-for-one Italian deal. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT & BAR
3636 Bienville St. 482-9120
www.liuzzas.com
Italian and Creole cuisines meet in dishes such as the eggplant St. John, with eggplant medallions on vermicelli pasta and an artichoke shrimp cream sauce on top. Pasta, veal and seafood meals all receive loving care, and the original Frenchuletta sets homemade olive salad on warm French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MANDINA'S
3800 Canal St. 482-9179
As classic as it is beautiful in spirit, Mandina's gives the neighborhood a taste of what once was. Its specials change daily, but many enduring items remain throughout the season. One is the trout meuniere -- a favorite among residents. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MANUEL'S HOT TAMALES
4709 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-6616
Packed with spice and attitude, Manuel's is sure to pick anyone up. For a quick dose of New Orleans tradition, go to Manuel's pick-up window. Favorites include hot all-beef tamales, chili, cheesy nachos and tacos. Take-out only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MCNULTY'S BITTER END SPIRITS & FOOD
5129 Canal Blvd. 483-7930
Soon you'll be able to ride the Canal streetcar all the way to the Bitter End at the cemeteries. Weekday lunch service is coming in November, so you'll have more opportunities to try the bangers: grilled sausage served with a mustard sauce, best washed down with a pint o' Guinness. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday starting in November, dinner and late-night Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MICHAEL'S MID-CITY GRILL
4139 Canal St. 486-8200
Michael's has made its mark with the most expensive burger in town. The Big Bucks Burger is dressed with caviar and comes with a "complimentary" bottle of Dom Perignon for a mere $150. Favorites include variations on the classic burger, including cheese, mushroom, hickory-smoked, chili and Swiss onion. Homemade soups are available daily, and grilled fish, chicken, steaks and seafood platters are made to order. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MID-CITY DELI
4107 S. Carrollton Ave. 486-8889
The former Mr. Ed's Deli and Catering has had a change of moniker, but the same menu items are offered -- a gamut of soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as daily hot plate lunches. Consider the breaded pork chops for a hearty meal, or the Mid-City Special sandwich with ham, turkey, roast beef and Swiss cheese. Local favorites such as jambalaya and red beans are also available for take-out. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

MID CITY LANES ROCK 'N' BOWL
4133 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-3133
www.rocknbowl.com
In between your efforts on the bowling lanes or the dance floor, you'd be wise to stop for a bite to eat. Order the crawfish quesadilla, a blend of crawfish etouffee, cheese and jalapenos grilled between two tortillas. Or try the "super bowl of gumbo" -- it's chock full of turkey, andouille sausage, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner and late-night Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MONA'S CAFE
3901 Banks St. 482-7743
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

NEW YORK PIZZA
208 N. Carrollton Ave. 482-2376
New York Pizza lives up to its name with "The Big Apple" -- an amalgamation of pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and garlic. Other favorites are the sun-dried tomato pizza, and the Bronx pizza with all the meat you could possibly want: Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, salami and pepperoni. Delivery available after 5 p.m. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
3700 Orleans Ave. (American Can Co.) 934-1192
www.pjscoffee.com
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RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
711 N. Broad St. 486-0810
www.ruthschris.com
Ruth's Chris is known for steaks that arrive at your table sizzling in butter. This classic location -- the original Ruth's Chris -- also caters to non-beef tastes with its oysters Rockefeller and its seasonal sweet-potato pie -- fresh sweet potatoes whipped with butter and a hint of vanilla and then topped with a brown-sugar-and-pecan crust. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday and Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SEA LEVEL NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANT
133 N. Carrollton Ave. 482-5565
Seafood, steaks and po-boys rule at this recently opened, family-style restaurant specializing in New Orleans- and Creole-influenced fare. For lunch, try the trout meuniere; for dinner, there's the uniquely made pork chop with bananas Foster sauce. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd. 486-5581
www.semolina.com
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TWO SISTER'S RESTAURANT
223 N. Derbigny St. 524-0056
Two Sister's offers a breakfast deal, with two eggs, grits, your choice of meat, a cup of coffee and toast or a biscuit for $5. Daily specials include breaded pork chops with white beans and mustard greens on Tuesday and seafood gumbo on Friday. Try the cornbread, too. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

VENEZIA
134 N. Carrollton Ave. 488-7991
A slice of Venezia's pizza is worth navigating through the construction on Carrollton Avenue. This classic neighborhood eatery shows off its old-school Italian charm in dishes such as the eggplant Vatican (a hollowed-out, batter-fried eggplant stuffed with a seafood cream sauce) and veal parmigiana. Reservations for Monday through Friday only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



NORTHSHORE

124 RESTAURANT AND SPIRITS
124 Gerard St., Mandeville (985) 727-7995
www.124restaurantandspirits.com
Housed in a late 19th century home, 124 Restaurant features Chef-owner Kevin Foil's menu offering a contemporary spin on classics such as fried green tomatoes layered with mozzarella and topped with a smoked crawfish remoulade. The Indian-crusted wood-grilled tuna is not to be missed. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ABITA BREW PUB
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs (985) 892-5837
What better place to enjoy local favorite Abita beer than the Abita Brew Pub? To celebrate autumn, the seasonal Abita Fallfest is now available. Beer isn't the only thing on the menu though; in the old converted brewery you can feast on the Abita bucket of seafood, Abita blueberry quail, and homemade sausages. Reservations accepted for parties of four or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER HOUSE
519 E. Boston St., Covington (985) 898-0667
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ADOBE CANTINA & SALSA
1905 W. Thomas St., Hammond (985) 419-0027
www.adoberestaurant.com
Traditional Mexican dishes take the spotlight at the Adobe Cantina, with offerings such as the Ceviche Adobe Style where pieces of fresh fish are marinated with lime juice and served with pico de gallo and tostados. Live music is offered on Saturday night. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ALEX PATOUT'S LOUISIANA RESTAURANT
2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville (985) 626-8500
www.patout.com
The recently reopened Northshore location guarantees top-notch Cajun cuisine on both sides of the lake. The Cajun roast duck is served on a bed of oyster dressing, accompanied by a sweet potato praline casserole and macque choux. The fried eggplant pirogue is stuffed with eggplant, shrimp and crabmeat dressing and topped with Parmesan cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, Sunday brunch. Credit cards. $$

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE
500 N. Theard St., Covington (985) 893-4412
How many ways are there to eat breakfast? This Northshore cafe shows you with the Floridian omelette stuffed with cream cheese and smothered in crabmeat and cheese. Grab a seat for lunch and enjoy a croissant sandwich or fresh salad. Delivery available for parties or 10 or more. Reservations accepted Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

APPLEBEE'S
315 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 898-0500
3142 W. Hwy. 190, Hammond (985) 419-2220
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ARTESIA RESTAURANT & INN
21516 Hwy. 36, Abita Springs (985) 892-1662
www.artesiarestaurant.com
Fine dining and a romantic and secluded atmosphere are the hallmarks of this sophisticated restaurant, set in a 100-year-old Creole mansion. The entrees include seared venison chops over rosemary-infused mashed potatoes with a black current reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner Thursday through Sunday and brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

BACK PORCH GRILL
414 N. New Hampshire St., Covington (985) 892-5252
This lively lunch place offers chicken cacciatora over angel hair pasta or hearty chicken. The rest of this Creole American menu features salads, soups and daily specials. Bargains include the Creole stewed chicken over brown or white rice served with a salad. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

BEARS RESTAURANT
128 W. 21st Ave., Covington (985)892-2373
This successful sandwich shop has locals coming back for more with its stuffed shrimp po-boy and roast beef po-boy with gravy or barbecue sauce. The po-boys are sure to please any appetite without breaking the bank. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Checks. $

BOULE PRIME HOUSE
1202 Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 809-0969
This steakhouse grills USDA Prime steaks to order and finishes them with butters made in house. Crispy spinach bowls are filled with bacon, eggs, spinach, onions, tomatoes and Romano-flavored croutons with your choice of blackened catfish, fried oysters or grilled tuna. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

BROKEN EGG CAFE
200 Gerard St., Mandeville (985) 624-3388
How many ways are there to eat breakfast? This Northshore cafe shows you with the Floridian omelette stuffed with cream cheese and smothered in crabmeat and cheese. Grab a seat for lunch and enjoy a croissant sandwich or fresh salad. Delivery available for parties or 10 or more. Reservations accepted Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

BULL'S CORNER
1036 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace (985) 652-3544
Try the 6-oz. filet Norton smothered with portobello mushrooms and blue cheese sauce. On Nov. 8, wine and dine the night away at the fall game and wine dinner. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFFE! CAFFE!
3900 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 727-4222
One of the many creative salads here combines artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, crumbled bacon, egg wedges, cherry tomatoes and crumbled blue cheese on a bed of mixed greens. Another favorite is the avocado salad tossed with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, red onion and orange slices over romaine lettuce and topped with a mango vinaigrette. No reservations. Continental breakfast daily, lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Monday through Friday. Credit Cards. $

CAPPITA! ITALIAN BISTRO
2891 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 626-5752
www.cappita-italian-bistro.com
Chef Michael Cooper will tell you the name says it all; Cappita is an Italian word for "how amazing." He tempts diners with dishes like his seafood- and crab-stuffed creminis with butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CARRETA'S GRILL
1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville (985) 727-7212
Louisiana mud bugs nestle below a blanket of hot cheese in the crawfish nachos. Mushroom lovers should try the quesadillas. The house keeps its special sauce a secret but generously ladles it over fresh red snapper and steamed vegetables. Live music available on Thursday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CC'S COFFEE
1597 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 641-3177
www.ccscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for complete restaurant description.

C'EST BON RESTAURANT
131 SW Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula (985) 386-4077
C'est Bon, tucked into the historic Hotard & Good building, prides itself on its Cajun and Italian dishes. The pan-seared softshell crab is a favorite, served over angel hair pasta and topped with roasted garlic butter sauce. The fried chicken roulades, stuffed with spinach and andouille and topped with sun-dried tomato basil butter sauce, are also a crowd-pleaser. Reservations recommended. Lunch daily, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

COFFEE RANI
234-A Lee Lane, Covington (985) 893-6158
3510 Hwy. 190 (Pontchartrain Square), Mandeville (985) 674-0560
Come to Coffee Rani first thing in the morning for the Chunky Monkey Waffles with chocolate chips, bananas and whipped cream. The lunch menu boasts sandwiches such as the Tandoori Tuna, a pan-seared tuna steak served on a bun with chutney-mayo spread and garnished with shaved cucumber slices, tomato and red onion. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

COLUMBIA STREET NATURAL FOODS
415 N. Columbia St., Covington (985) 893-0355
You can get an energy boost here from the healthy, prepared foods like the sprout salad or pita sandwich with free-range chicken or fresh roasted veggies. The grocery store offers organic produce and a wide range of specialty cheeses and meats. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

COPELAND'S
680 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 809-9659
1337 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 643-0001
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.


CYPRESS BISTRO
115 Gerard St., Mandeville (985) 727-9909
This Northshore bistro's sister restaurant in Covington closed recently, but the Mandeville location is still going strong. Customers love lunch offerings like crabcakes over mixed greens and the prime ribeye salad. For dinner, try the potato-crusted salmon or the slow-roasted duck. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

CUCO'S
2000 SW Railroad Ave., Hammond (985) 345-2634
1300 Gausse Blvd., Slidell (985) 641-4706
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DAKOTA'S RESTAURANT
629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 892-3712
www.thedakotarestaurant.com
Run by the same inspired crew that brought Cuvée to New Orleanians, Dakota's has won accolades for Chef Kim Kringlie's mesmerizing touch with global and Louisiana flavors. The crabmeat and Brie soup, bacon-wrapped corn-fried oysters, and seafood beignets are tempting starter options. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

DANNY AND CLYDE'S
68083 Hwy. 59, Mandeville (985) 809-2133
www.dannyandclydes.com

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ETOILE
407 N. Columbia St., Covington (985) 892-4578
The chef recommends the grilled tilapia topped with an artichoke heart, caper and tomato relish, as well as the filet with a wild mushroom marchand de vin sauce, served with haricots verts and chevre potatoes. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

FRIENDS ON THE TCHEFUNCTE
407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville (985) 845-7303
For a cozy and relaxing meal, try this cottage restaurant where you can watch the river flowing by. Try the eggplant Tchefuncte, eggplant rounds topped with crabmeat and shrimp in a light cream sauce or the blackened pork medallions finished with pepper jelly sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

GROUND PAT'I
814 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 893-4208
www.groundpati.com
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HERO'S ALL-AMERICAN GRILL
4700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 845-1000
1211 Village Walk, Covington
1601 N. Morrison Ave., Hammond 345-9993
www.herosgrill.com

Owner Nick Binnings has opened a new Hero's in Hammond, about half a mile from the Southeastern Louisiana University campus, to add to his previous locations in Mandeville and Covington. A fourth Hero's is expected in Slidell early in the new year. Every Hero's offers seven types of charbroiled burgers, including The Duke, an 8-oz. burger topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HUGH'S WINE CELLAR
4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-0066
www.hughswinecellar.com

Hugh's offers dishes tailor-made for a good bottle of vino. One is the Veggie Max: grilled squash and portobello mushrooms, sprouts and Brie with roasted red pepper spread on seven-grain bread. Or go for the pork tenderloin and spinach salad with fresh asparagus and tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette with walnuts and goat cheese. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

ITALIAN PIE
4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-5252
www.italianpierestaurants.com

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LA CARRETA
108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond (985) 419-9990
www.carretarestaurant.com
Located in historic downtown Hammond, this Mexican eatery offers endless variations on enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas and chile rellenos. The chipotle shrimp brings down the house by combining jumbo shrimp with smoked jalapenos, avocados and the chef's secret sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LA MADELEINE
3434 Hwy. 190 (Albertson's Premier Shopping Center), Mandeville (985) 626-7004
www.lamadeleine.com
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LA PROVENCE
25020 Hwy. 190, Big Branch (985) 626-7662
www.laprovencerestaurant.com
For 30 years, Chef-owner Constantin Kerageorgiou has cooked up elegant French-regional meals at this Northshore outpost. Early diners (before 7 p.m.) can get a special three-course meal for only $14.95, with choices that include Hareng Marine: marinated herring served on a bed of potato salad garnish with a confetti of diced tomatoes, Moroccan olives, red onions and parsley. There's also a prix fixe offering for $29.95 after 7 p.m. or you can choose from an a la carte menu. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE
1553 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 781-7827
www.lonestarsteakhouse.com
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LOUISIANA GRILL
2223 N. Causeway Approach, Mandeville (985) 727-5585
www.louisianagrill.com
Started by brothers Cayman, Callan and Danny Sinclair in 1999, Louisiana Grill offers an extensive menu of choices that include seafood, beef, fowl and more, plus there's a specialty seafood market adjacent to the restaurant. Trout Myrtle features the fish fried, topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and crawfish sauce, and served with a salad and vegetable. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

MANDE'S RESTAURANT
340 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-9047
This Mandeville dive is a great place to start your day or get a midday refresher. It offers many breakfast plates, the most popular being its egg platters such as the eggs Sardou, Benedict and Florentine. For those who want a little more kick in the morning, there's the Cajun eggs Benedict with crawfish sausage. To revive your day at noon, Mande's dishes out hot plate lunches with combinations including crawfish etouffee with rice or eggplant, baked chicken, salad and seafood. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

MIDDENDORF'S RESTAURANT
Highway 51 North (exit 15 off of I-55 North), Manchac (985) 386-6666
It's well worth hopping off the highway to visit this seafood restaurant between LaPlace and Ponchatoula, where you'll swear the shrimp, catfish, oysters, softshell crab and frog legs came to your table straight from the bayou. Middendorf's whole Gulf flounder comes stuffed with crabmeat dressing in a lemon-butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
702 Water St., Madisonville (985) 845-4970
www.mortonsseafood.com
The soups aren't to be missed at this cozy bistro overlooking the Tchefuncte River, with the shrimp and crabmeat bisque and the oyster and artichoke soup being popular choices. The menu changes with the season, with boiled crawfish, crabs and shrimp all available when the time is right. You'll always get lucky with the charbroiled catch of the day. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Credit cards and checks. $$

NUVOLARI'S
246 Gerard St., Mandeville (985) 626-5619
www.nuvolaris.com
This Northshore restaurant is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with new Chef Thomas Smith cooking up a new menu. For an appetizer, crabmeat ravioli sauteed in herbed olive oil is a favorite. Also recommended is the veal Parmesan over fresh spinach with provolone and Romano cheese and the Mediterranean shrimp, which is sauteed with olive oil, garlic, plum tomatoes, black olives and fresh rosemary served over penne with feta. Finish off with the "flawless chocolate torte." Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
1375 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 646-1600
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OSAKA JAPANESE CUISINE AND SUSHI BAR
792 I-10 Service Road, Slidell (985) 643-9276
804 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 871-8199
Osaka dishes out hibachi creations with flair, offering your choice of shrimp, lobster or steak grilled fresh and juicy. A full sushi bar offers crunchy rolls, California rolls, eel, and combinations to satisfy the need for a protein buzz. The house recommends the salmon fillet, a favorite among patrons. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
830 E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell (985) 649-4329
60 Park Place Drive, Covington (985) 893-0505
www.outback.com
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PATTON'S RESTAURANT AT THE HISTORIC SALMEN-FRITCHIE HOUSE
127 Cleveland Ave., Slidell (985) 645-3600
Executive Chef Ryan Stone Ware changes the menu monthly to keep things fresh, although the Patton family has been serving the New Orleans area for more than half a century. Sample a certified Angus steak cut to order in house or duck crepes with figs, pecans and brandy sauce. Finish with creme brulee. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

PAUL'S CAFE
100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula (985) 386-9581
This self-described "mom-and-pop place" serves a full menu of breakfast in the morning and also keeps with the tradition of red beans and rice with sausage on Mondays. Any local will tell you that after you try one of Paul's famous overstuffed shrimp po-boys, you'll wash it down with an ice-cold Barq's -- no exceptions. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
104 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell (985) 646-0566
1701 W. Thomas St., Hammond (985) 419-0556
69008 Hwy. 190 Service Road, Covington (985) 892-9994
www.piccadilly.com
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PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
154 E. Hall Ave., Slidell (985) 643-9040
224 W. Thomas St., Hammond (225) 381-2495
1600 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 871-9326
2963 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 674 1565
4480 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 624-9015
70456 Hwy. 21, Covington (985) 875-7894
www.pjscoffee.com
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THE PORT HOLE RESTAURANT
4406 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell (985) 643-1419
Seafood rules here, including a huge seafood platter to which you can add softshell crab for an extra $6. Also try the redfish Pontchartrain: pan-seared redfish with a crabmeat, mushroom and sherry wine cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

RAG'S PO-BOYS AND SEAFOOD
4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 792-1744
103 W. 30th Ave., Covington (985) 892-7895

Rag's keeps the mom-and-pop tradition of serving the five basic meals on the same days every week. If there is one thing Rag's has going for it, it's consistency. The Mandeville location serves red beans and rice on Monday, pork chops on Tuesday, breaded veal on Wednesday, country-fried steak on Thursday and seafood on Friday. The Covington location offers a buffet as well. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

RISTORANTE DA PIERO
116 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula (985) 370-6221
This is the Ristorante da Piero's original location (the other is in Kenner), and it's a destination for classic Italian and freshly made pasta. In Piero's kitchen, the homemade gnocchi are served either with creamy Gorgonzola or with fresh Roma tomatoes, onion, pancetta, and basil. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL
3410 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 727-1998
www.macaronigrill.com

The menu reveals a long list of Italian classics, including the chicken parmigiana topped with red sauce, basil, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese and then baked in a wood-burning oven. One favored recipe, Penne Rustica, features shrimp, grilled chicken and smoked prosciutto smothered with a creamy cheese sauce and then baked in Romano's wood-burning oven. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SEMOLINA
100 Tyler Square, Covington (985) 898-0004
1503 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 641-3456
2999 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 626-8923
www.semolina.com
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STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
1290 Front St., Slidell (985) 641-6257
3601 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 626-5234
www.starbucks.com
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TIMES BAR & GRILL
1827 Front St., Slidell (985) 639-3335
1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-1161
Bar food and beyond is what you'll find at the Times. Check out the Colossal Jack Hamburger, a half-pound of meat cooked to order with sauteed onions and pepper Jack cheese, served with fries or homemade potato salad. Or try the Cajun Sunset burger, served with a sunny-side up egg and your choice of cheese (recommended: pepper Jack). No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA
600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-4476
2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond (985) 345-6789

If you investigate the inventive Chinese cooking at Trey Yuen, you'll find a surprising amount of local seafood and other local ingredients. Try, for example, the stir-fried alligator with mushrooms and onions in oyster sauce, or the softshell crab fried and served with their signature Tong-Cho sauce. Reservations recommended for parties of eight or more. Lunch Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, dinner daily at the Mandeville location; lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily at the Hammond location. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S
4250 Hwy. 22 (Pine Tree Plaza Shopping Center), Mandeville (985) 624-2300
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WOW CAFE & EATERY
1600 N. Hwy. 190, Suite No. 1, Covington (985) 898-4WOW
2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville (985) 674-2WOW
www.wingery.com
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OLD METAIRIE

BARRECA'S
3100 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-4546
The baked oysters are served steaming, wafting of the briny goodness that can be found below. Spicy horseradish and zippy mustard finish the crabmeat D' Italia. Come early and take part in the early bird four-course dinner. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday and Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYOU BAGELRY
1507 Metairie Road, Metairie 219-0206
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BLUE MOON TAVERN
115 Focis St., Metairie 831-6725
Bringing late-night drinkers a much-needed break, the Blue Moon whips up pub fare into the wee hours of the morning. Regulars go for the giant mozzarella sticks and burgers. If you stay late enough, you can even enjoy breakfast. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BYBLOS
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie 834-9773
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CAFE ROMA
1901 Sophie Wright Place 524-2419
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CC'S COFFEE
701 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-1449
www.ccscoffee.com
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GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
2535 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-0955
There's always something new and different at the Galley, the restaurant with the shady veranda on Metairie Road. This fall, the management recommends four new additions to the menu: the crawfish omelette with a crawfish sauce; the baked redfish, served with a seafood sauce; the Southern fried chicken; and a cornmeal-battered catfish, served with potato wedges and a vegetable. Reservations recommended for six or more. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

GENNARO'S RESTAURANT & BAR
3206 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-9226
You can play a few rounds of video poker while you wait for your po-boy, or just make friends with the staff. The daily lunch specials include hamburger steak, liver and onions or beef brisket on Tuesday, and Thursday brings seafood-stuffed bell peppers. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

LA THAI CUISINE
933 Metairie Road, Metairie 828-3089 or 828-3080
Louisiana treats with a Thai touch include such memorable dishes as sesame-crusted softshell crab served with a delicate green curry sauce, wasabi mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. The fusion also yields such exotica as the Red Hot Chili Pepper, which features butterflied jumbo shrimp and spicy green beans accompanied with jasmine steamed rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-8032
The menu is as long as the Mississippi River that Samuel Clemens loved so dearly, featuring truly original dishes such as the Creole pizza with shrimp, crabmeat, andouille sausage and zucchini. There's also a wide variety of salads for veggie-loving river folk. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

NOBLE ASIAN BISTRO
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie 828-8484
This Old Metairie eatery may seem on the posh side, but it is kid-friendly. New menu creations include the Duck Special, roasted duck with curry coconut, served with wasabi mashed potatoes. Consider also the teriyaki burger, a sirloin burger served with portobello mushrooms and parsley garlic fries. Kids eat free on Wednesdays. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$

OCEAN CITY
701 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-8610
The former Mr. Tai's restaurant has a new menu with more than 100 items of traditional Asian cuisine with a twist, and Mediterranean influences. Try the salt and pepper softshell crab, the seasonal steamed whole fish, or teriyaki chicken. A unique creation is the seafood bird's nest with jumbo shrimp, squid and scallops sauteed in rice sauce. You can still count on fried bananas in a sesame glaze and ice cream for dessert. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OSCAR'S
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-9540
Oscar's signature items are the burgers grilled into the wee hours to feed the hungry creatures of the night. The half-pound burgers are served with an overstuffed baked potato, and can be washed down with a large selection of import beers. A wine selection is also available. Another safe bet is Oscar's yellowfin tuna steak, served as a sandwich or as is. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner late-night daily. Credit cards. $

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
800 Metairie Road, Metairie 828-1460
www.pjscoffee.com
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ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
204 Metairie Road, Metairie 835-7779
www.royalblendcoffee.com
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TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE
923-C Metairie Road, Metairie 836-6859
Taj Mahal brings you an adventure in Indian cuisine, from the 10 kinds of bread to the curry dishes that can be ordered in degrees of spiciness (from mild to "crazy hot"). The bhindi masala is one of many vegetarian options, stewing okra and potatoes in a tomato-cilantro sauce, and tandoori options include chicken, mahi-mahi, shrimp and lamb. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie 836-2007
Besides being a sociable method of dining, tapas also allows you to sample several different dishes. Popular choices here include tomato Napoleon, with polenta-crusted tomatoes that are layered with goat cheese, baby spinach and basil pesto. Try the smoked duck breast with pistachios and sun-dried cranberry couscous. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

ZEKE'S
1517 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-1133
In softshell-crab season, people can't get enough of Zeke's, where the crabs are served up broiled, fried, or sauteed with garlic and mushrooms. Light lunchers prefer the spinach salad with apple-smoked bacon and hardboiled eggs, while hungrier lunchers top that salad with a piece of grilled fish. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sunday. Credit cards. $$



RIVER RIDGE

BUD'S BROILER
9327 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-2452
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CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE
1801 Dickory St., River Ridge 734-8455
The 2,000-plus wine collection may be daunting to neophytes, so wine tastings on Friday give newcomers helpful hints. To go with your wine, try the chicken tortilla soup or snack on green olives stuffed with your choice of blue cheese, feta cheese or anchovies. Gourmet cheeses, sandwiches and wraps are also available. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

DOT'S DINER
10701 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-9678
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HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q
208 Tullulah Ave., River Ridge 738-1508
Get the flavor of the Kentucky woods with pork shoulders, ribs and beef all slow smoked over Kentucky hickory. Platters include your choice of two fixin's: potato salad, barbecue beans, red-wine vinaigrette slaw, corn salad and baked taters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

MIMI'S ITALAN & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 737-6464
Mimi's keeps things fresh with six lunch specials every day, a 50-plus wine list, and a zesty mix of Italian and Cajun cuisine. For an appetizer, try the mixed grilled sausages -- shrimp, crawfish and alligator sausages served with Creole mustard and remoulade sauce. The double-cut pork chop is a favorite entree of the regulars. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
10158 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-7797
www.pjscoffee.com
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VERONA RESTAURANT
1821 Hickory Ave., River Ridge 739-9875
Get a taste of the sweet and balmy Mediterranean with Verona's salads, seafood and pastas. The portobello mushroom and angel hair pasta is a vegetarian's delight, and for meat lovers there's a double-cut pork chop grilled over apple wood. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$



UPTOWN


BABYLON CAFE
7724 Maple St. 314-0010
To start, try the stuffed grape leaves or move right on to an entree of spiced shrimp, lamb chops or maybe one of the many vegetarian options. Don't forget to sample the daily fresh-baked breads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BAYOU BAGELRY
6307 S. Miro St. 862-6800
1907 St. Charles Ave. 525-9400
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BAYOU BAR
2031 St. Charles Ave. (Pontchartrain Hotel) 524-0581
www.pontchartrainhotel.com
This hotel bar and lounge serves fare from Lafitte's restaurant (also in the hotel) in a vintage cypress-beamed lounge. Hearty prime rib po-boys and shrimp and corn bisque give visitors a great start to a weekend in the Garden District. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere with selections of international wines, cigars and aged cognacs. No reservations. Lunch Friday and Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BLUEBIRD CAFE
3625 Prytania St. 895-7166
For more than a decade, the Bluebird has been packing them in -- with a line out the door. Although it's now bigger, you probably still have to wait in order to try the banana pecan pancakes. Eggs are always on the menu, and check out the kosher hot dogs, Reubens and Philly cheese steaks. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Local checks. $

BRAVO! ITALIAN KITCHEN
1711 St. Charles Ave. 525-5515
www.bestitalianusa.com
Taste a bit of smoke in the wood-fired pizzas and a touch of fire in the shrimp Diablo. Diners feast on lasagna, pasta, fresh focaccia and seafood all week. Also consider the whole fried sea bass with lobster butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER
3151 Calhoun St. 861-0906
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THE BULLDOG
3236 Magazine St. 891-1516
www.draftfreak.com
This watering hole entertains crowds of thirsty beer drinkers with 50 different frosty brews on tap and an overall selection of 150 varieties. Between pitchers of suds, the kitchen serves juicy hamburgers, cheesy waffle fries, burritos and other Tex-Mex delights. No reservations. Lunch Friday through Sunday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BYBLOS
3218 Magazine St. 894-1233
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CAFE ATCHAFALAYA
901 Louisiana Ave. 891-5271
Bite into ample portions of flaky amberjack with crabmeat beurre blanc or spicy shrimp curry with chutneys made in house. Desserts, such as the lemon vanilla creme brulee, are homemade. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, breakfast and brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards $$

CAFE BANQUETTE
3445 Prytania St. 891-5773
One block away from the St. Charles streetcar, Cafe Banquette offers a menu highlighting New Orleans classics. Crisp fried oysters are served along with jumbo ribeye streaks and velvety crab bisque. For the house version of barbecue shrimp, fresh po-boy bread is filled with juicy shrimp dripping with pepper and butter. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE LUNA
802 Nashville Ave. 269-2444
Waste away the morning and the afternoon on the porch overlooking Magazine Street. Shoppers take a break from the hustle of the day by noshing fresh pastries, sandwiches, select teas and coffee. No reservations. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE RANI
2917 Magazine St. 895-2500
Try the crawfish and shrimp cakes, served with both remoulade sauce and a spicy chipotle aioli, or the bronzed tuna, an 8-oz. seared tuna steak served on a bed of spring greens and garnished with a Southwestern corn and tomato relish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CANNON'S
4141 St. Charles Ave. 891-3200
www.cannonsrestaurants.com
This fall, a seasonal menu is sure to please the many faithful customers who come to trust Cannon's. For more than 18 years, Cannon's has served up hot meals -- veal is a speciality -- in a fine-dining atmosphere looking out onto the scenic avenue. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S
4330 Magazine St. 895-9761
www.casamentosrestaurant.com
Eat 'em on the half-shell or tackle the oyster loaf, where a dozen or so golden fried oysters are stuffed between two thick slices of buttered pan bread and toasted over an open fire. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Checks. $$

CC'S COFFEE
1452 Louisiana Ave. 899-1866
900 Jefferson Ave. 891-4969
2917 Magazine St. 891-2115
www.ccscoffee.com
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CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE
4510 Dryades St. 895-9705
Most folks come for the T-bone steak, but there's also filet mignon for variety's sake. Pair your meat with a side dish such as potatoes au gratin or onion rings, and you've got a real meal. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

THE CHEF'S TABLE
2100 St. Charles Ave. 525-2433
www.ci-no.com/restaurant.html
Sample the creations of staff trained at the Culinary Institute of New Orleans, under the guidance of Chef Lonnie Varisco and owner Bob Koehl. Regional classics include the portobello Napoleon (featuring mushroom and eggplant medallions) barbecue shrimp, lobster Creole and Southern Duck. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE
5701 Magazine St. 899-7303
This gourmet-to-go outfit lets you bring the tastes of Provence to your dining table, and doesn't stint on the Creole classics, either. If you'd rather eat in, grab a bowl of seafood gumbo or homemade tomato basil soup. Sunday brunch features dishes, such as the traditional New Orleans grillades and grits. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch on Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $

CLANCY'S
6100 Annunciation St. 895-1111
Clancy's gets lively in the early evening as people gather by the bar for happy hour. Among the Creole-inspired dishes are risotto with lobster and oysters with Brie, house-smoked meats, and smoked softshell crab in meuniere sauce. Homemade ice cream and lemon icebox pie provide a happy ending. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE
1403 Washington Ave. 899-8221
www.commanderspalace.com
Revered Executive Chef Tory McPhail serves the traditional turtle soup as well as innovative dishes such as deep-dish rabbit, foie gras pie and chicory coffee-lacquered quail. There are bargain lunches for the budget conscious and jazz brunches on weekends. Reservations required. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, jazz brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

COPELAND'S
4338 St. Charles Ave. 897-2325
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COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
2001 St. Charles Ave. 593-9955
www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com
If you're feeling festive, start with an original cocktail like the Category 6 Cosmopolitan. The menu ranges from Cajun to American classics, and sometimes mixes things up with items such as the Cajun egg rolls stuffed with tasso and crawfish. More than 40 types of cheesecakes await you at the end of the meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$ CUCO'S
1340 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-3322
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DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS
5240 Annunciation St. 899-9126
Domilise's starts serving its signature po-boys at 10 a.m., so there's no excuse to go around hungry. The roast beef po-boy has been a particular favorite for 75 years with its two kinds of mustard and homemade gravy; the shrimp, oyster and catfish po-boys are also nothing to sneeze at. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

DICK AND JENNY'S
4501 Tchoupitoulas St. 894-9880
Dick and Jenny's provides a romantic atmosphere for French dining. Give your taste buds a thrill with the pecan-crusted Gulf fish, which comes with braised leeks, crabmeat meuniere and asparagus, or the grilled pork tenderloin stuffed with goat cheese, pine nuts and basil and topped with a smoked-tomato balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOS JEFES UPTOWN CIGAR BAR
5535 Tchoupitoulas St. 891-8500
This premium cigar bar caters to epicures by delighting all the senses: there's the aroma of the cigars, the taste of single malt scotch, and music by such favorite performers as Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris, Rebecca Barry, Tony Green and Rickie Castrillo. The menu includes vegetarian items such as the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich as well as appetizers and other snacks. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING
4927 Freret St. 899-0734
This is Creole soul food at its most traditional, with a special for every day, and the phrase "all you can eat" invariably applied. We love the red beans and rice with fried chicken combination, but for down-home soul try the mustard greens on Thursday, or the red or lima beans and black-eyed peas on Monday. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

EMERIL'S DELMONICO RESTAURANT
1300 St. Charles Ave. 525-4937
www.emerils.com

Chef Emeril Lagasse's menu at Delmonico sticks close to the restaurant's Creole roots while adding inventive touches along the way. At lunch, try the goat cheese- and mushroom-stuffed chicken breast. For dinner, the broiled dry-aged steaks and the hickory-smoked duck are excellent choices. Reservations recommended for lunch, required for dinner. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, jazz brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

F&M PATIO BAR
4841 Tchoupitoulas St. 895-6784
F&M is the last stop for many New Orleans revelers, with food and drink served till the wee hours of the morn. Cheese sticks are a favorite munchie, and those with a greater need can chomp down on a Greedy Dog, a hot dog on a bun topped with cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, chili, jalapenos, chopped onions and shallots. No reservations. Late-night Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

FOODIES KITCHEN
7457 St. Charles Ave. 865-8646
www.foodieskitchen.com
Foodies Kitchen gives you instant gourmet with its extensive range of prepared meals ready for take-out or dine-in. The buttermilk pecan chicken and turtle soup are two of the most popular choices, and there's also a wide selection of freshly baked bread, appetizers and pizzas. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $

FORTISSIMO DELI
3331 St. Charles Ave. 899-5313
This cheerful deli provides meals to go if you're in a hurry and a dining area if you have time to sit and watch the streetcars go by. The continental breakfast offerings include fresh fruit, bagels, cinnamon rolls, sour cream coffee cake, muffins and sausage-egg biscuits. For lunch or dinner, try the oven-roasted chicken salad or lamb shanks braised in red wine and served with pasta. No reservations. Breakfast Monday through Friday, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

FRANKY AND JOHNNY'S
321 Arabella St. 899-9146
www.frankyandjohnnys.com
Franky and Johnny's made a name for itself by sticking to the basics -- flavorful food and a homey atmosphere. Vegetarians should try the stuffed artichoke, where a Sicilian blend of olive oil and Parmesan is stuffed in each leaf. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

FRIAR TUCKS
5130 Freret St. 891-4080
The staff at Friar Tucks know why people come to visit -- it's the beef, baby! They give the crowd what they want with the Tuck's Burger, a hand-packed half-pounder served with cheese and fries made from either sweet or regular potatoes. No reservations. Dinner Monday through Friday, late-night Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $

FRESCO'S CAFE AND PIZZERIA
7625 Maple St. 862-6363
This pleasant Uptown eatery serves pizza and beyond in the dining room and on the sunny deck. Folks like the soup specials and the grilled chicken Caesar salad, and vegetarians dig into the veggie wrap, with hummus, roasted red peppers and eggplant, red onions, spinach, kalamata olives, feta, and sun-dried tomato mayo, all wrapped up in a pita. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S
1728 Soniat St. 899-7397
www.gautreaus.net
Chef Mathias Wolf has made a name for himself through his inspired handling of French cuisine and his delicate touch with fish. The sauteed black drum is served with spinach and gnocchi in a truffled beurre blanc, and the grilled lemonfish offers a lighter meal when paired with green beans, fingerling potatoes and a green peppercorn sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY
2854 St. Charles Ave. 895-9524
New owner Marcy McCall acquired this Garden District eatery in June. With counter and table dining inside and sidewalk tables outside, orders at The Grocery are now all housemade -- from the roux to the roasted chicken, McCall says. This fall, try two special sandwiches. TThe pressed chicken pesto melt features a grilled chicken breast, grilled onions, sun-dried tomato pesto and provolone cheese on French bread. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Checks. $

GUY'S PO-BOYS
5259 Magazine St. 891-5025
Get back to basics this fall with a grilled ham and cheese on French bread. Guy's traditional favorites remain roast beef, oyster, ham and cheese, catfish and shrimp po-boys. And don't forget the fried chicken club, a fried breast of chicken with bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Try the soup and salad on cooler days. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

HEAVENLY HAM
5300 Tchoupitoulas St. 891-5100
www.heavenlyham.com

This fall, why not "ham it up?" This Uptown establishment recommends two signature dishes. The Turkey Bistro promises "heavenly" smoked turkey on focaccia bread, with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayonnaise and a tangy bistro sauce. The Smokehouse offers Heavenly Ham on an onion roll, with cheddar cheese, peppered bacon, red onion, lettuce and tomato, covered with a smoky barbecue spread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily, early dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

HOME FURNISHINGS STORE CAFE
1600 Prytania St. 566-1707
For 26 years, cafe manager Gloria Allen has offered hungry shoppers a lunchtime respite at reasonable prices. This fall, she recommends the Creole gumbo, prepared with two kinds of sausages, shrimp, crabmeat and okra. For heartier fare, try the 8-oz. ribeye, served with buttered green beans and creamed potatoes for $9.75. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Checks. $

HOUSTON'S
1755 St. Charles Ave. 524-1578
www.houstons.com
This laid-back restaurant is known for good service, high-octane drinks and popular fall specialties such as the grilled artichokes served with homemade remoulade and the Cajun grilled redfish topped with lump red crabmeat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S
2133 St. Charles Ave. 522-2145
There's a lot to do at Igor's. If you're in a productive state of mind, you can spin a few loads of laundry. If you're in a more leisurely mood, there are video games, dart boards, foosball and pool tables. Pursue any activity with a cocktail and Igor's straight-ahead New Orleans bar food: a spicy Cajun Burger, a half-pound Igor Burger, a hot sausage sandwich, or those free red beans and rice (cooked with ham) on Monday nights. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR
4437 Magazine St. 891-6105
Like the other Igor's bars, Buddha Belly comes with laundry and game facilities. The signature dish here is the Buddha Burger, a half-pound patty seasoned with Igor's Creole spices and served with steak-cut fries. Buddha Belly also offers munchies including jalapeno poppers, cheese fries and chicken nuggets -- the better to go with your spin cycle or to accompany the game on TV. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Visa/MC. $

IGOR'S GARLIC CLOVE
2135 St. Charles Ave. 522-6602
Watch the streetcar rumble by as you enjoy local flavors such as the rabbit in Cajun picante sauce or the Cajun seafood pasta salad, served cold with calamari, shrimp, scallops and bow-tie pasta. There's also the frutti di mare with clams, shrimp, crawfish and crab legs over pasta, and homemade bread pudding with whiskey sauce for dessert. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
5538 Magazine St. 894-0005
www.italianpierestaurants.com
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JOEY K'S
3001 Magazine St. 891-0997
Locals swear by the po-boys at this well-known neighborhood eatery, and the daily all-you-can-eat catfish platter is a big draw, too, accompanied by fries and a salad. There are also daily plate lunch specials and dishes such as the trout Tchoupitoulas: a pan-fried filet topped with shrimp and served with zucchini and new potatoes. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Saturday, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
2018 Magazine St. 569-0000
www.juansflyingburrito.com

Both Juan's locations sport a steady crowd during both lunch and dinner. The reasons are found in the diverse mix of quesadillas, burritos, tacos and more. Everything can be made "super" with the addition of sour cream and guacamole, while those watching their diets can order the Super Green, which rolls grilled veggies into a spinach tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KELSEY'S RESTAURANT
3923 Magazine St. 897-6722
www.kelseysrest.com
Kelsey's Chef-owner Daniel Benn tempts with a menu that includes entrees such as the hoisin-glazed, slow-roasted half duckling, served with Asian slaw and garnished with wasabi. The green- and black-tea-soaked ahi tuna is pan seared with fresh mint and served with a mint-honey glaze. Daily menu selections also include fresh Gulf fish. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

KOKOPELLI'S
3150 Calhoun St. 861-3922
While it would be easy for the folks at Kokopelli's to rest on their laurels because of loyal fans who return for healthy and filling burritos, management continues to offer new items. In addition to a soup that changes daily, new attractions include the Bangkok burrito, which features shrimp, sprouts, orange sesame dressing, green onions, white rice, cucumbers and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

KYOTO
4920 Prytania St. 891-3644
A favorite sushi spot even before the Japanese cuisine style became all the rage, Kyoto is one of the pioneer sushi restaurants in New Orleans. Start with whitefish carpaccio topped with a basil-infused olive oil, then move on to the favorite California roll and finish with tempura veggies. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LA COCINITA ESCONDIDA
4520 Freret St., 891-9557
Better known as "the little hidden kitchen," this year-old restaurant is filling Uptown tummies with Central American fare -- primarily Honduran. The pupusas and carne asada are not to be missed. The Nicaraguan-style tacos are a bargain at $3.75. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

LA CREPE NANOU
1410 Robert St. 899-2670
The crepes are the crowning achievement of this chic bistro -- the crabmeat and spinach is a particular favorite -- but there are lots of other choices as well. Bring your friends in for a fondue, or sample the grilled Gulf fish that changes with the seasons -- redfish, speckled trout, snapper and pompano all make an appearance throughout the year. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA NOUVELLE CAFE
3650 Magazine St. 269-8130
Recently under new ownership, La Nouvelle Cafe still showcases the same French pastries, gourmet sandwiches and paninis it has featured before. But now the kitchen explores more exotic entrees, including a number of Ethiopian dishes, such as kitfo (fresh beef) and tibs, its version of shish kebabs made with tomatoes, onions and red peppers. Both dishes are served with a choice of French or Ethiopian bread. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAFITTE'S RESTAURANT
2031 St. Charles Ave. (Pontchartrain Hotel) 524-0581
www.pontchartrainhotel.com
With food as elegant as the surroundings at the historic Pontchartrain Hotel, there's lots to choose from. But start with the sampler platter, which comes with a crabcake, voodoo shrimp and babyback ribs, all served on a bed of lettuce. Beefeaters will enjoy the King Rex Filet, an 8-oz. grilled steak served with a Creole hunter sauce and crumbled blue cheese by request. Reservations recommended for four or more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LE BON TEMPS ROULE
4801 Magazine St. 897-3448, 895-8117
Daily specials combine with live music at this popular spot. Monday features chicken salad sandwiches with chips, Tuesday is chicken parmesan, Wednesday is a choice of shrimp quesadillas or shrimp tacos (favorites of regular customers), Thursday is meatloaf and Friday is fresh fried fish and macaroni. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LILETTE
3637 Magazine St. 895-1636
www.americascuisine.com/neworleans/lilettemenu.html
It's hip and groovy, and has been a hit since the first day it opened in a previously dilapidated laundromat. Now you can sit inside or on a patio in the back while you enjoy the eggplant crisps appetizer with skordalia, oven-dried tomatoes, basil and oil-cured olives, or the grilled hanger steak entree with French fries and marrowed bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LUCKY'S BAR & GRILL
1625 St. Charles Ave. 523-6538
This restaurant's open-all-night and up-for-anything atmosphere has made it a popular stop for burger lovers and karaoke addicts alike. The grill features the flavorsome Cajun burger, prepared with an assortment of blackening spices and Tabasco, as well many variations of the classic juicy hamburger. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFER'S RESTAURANT & BAR
5961 Magazine St., 895-0240
The popular Warehouse District restaurant decided to hang 10 Uptown and offers much of the same surf-themed fare. Happy hour-happy professionals and parents with kids all enjoy the friendly atmosphere while sampling dishes such as the Todos Santos: fish tacos with soft tortillas and grilled white fish with sweet tomato and red cabbage. No reservations. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $

LULU'S IN THE GARDEN
2203 St. Charles Ave., Garden District Hotel, 586-9956
www.lulusinthegarden.com
Lulu's Chef-owner Corbin Evans has invaded the Garden District with this new restaurant that plays on his passion for regional and seasonal cooking. And now he's got a liquor license, too, though outside wines are still welcome. Start off with roasted pear, goat's cheese and a Quinoa salad with sherry vinaigrette, then try the braised pork with garbanzo bean ragout and roasted cauliflower. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Monday through Saturday, lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards.

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP
2368 Magazine St. 522-3107
You can start your day on the right foot if you swing by for a breakfast po-boy of ham and egg or sausage and egg, served with homemade hash browns. For lunch there are all your old favorites, plus daily plate lunches: Tuesday is baked chicken or lasagna, Wednesday is spaghetti and meatballs, and Friday is crawfish stew. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

MAMA'S TASTY FOODS
1641 Louisiana Ave. 899-6162
Mama's has been around for more than 20 years, and it's still a New Orleans favorite. A popular stop for local celebrities (Mystikal and Juvenile are devotees) and fans alike, Mama's fried chicken always does the trick. The Rona's Delight, the restaurant's signature dish, offers marinated chicken with either shrimp fried rice or French fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MARCO POLO MARKET & DELI
1901 Audubon St. 862-7656
Worldly favorites include a delectable club sandwich and steamy hot roast beef po-boy. The Uptown spot truly caters to its customers, offering made-to-order waffles in the morning and sno-balls good enough to satisfy any weary world traveler. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

MARTIN WINE CELLAR
3827 Baronne St. 899-7411
www.martinwine.com
The Californian sandwich includes oven-roasted turkey, Havarti cheese, avocado, sprouts, cucumbers, tomato, Creole mustard and mayo on wheat or an oh-so-healthy-California-dreamin' pita. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sundays. Credit cards and checks. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO
5908 Magazine St. 891-8495
Inspired by French and Caribbean creations, Chef-owner Hubert Sandot keeps the bistro's menu in a constant state of renewal. Daily changes in fish ensure variety, while other classics remain for devotees. One of the latest dishes is the flat-iron steak prepared with exotic mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIYAKO JAPANESE SUSHI BAR & HIBACHI
1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997
www.japanesebistro.com
Hibachi chefs grill swordfish, filet mignon, vegetables and chicken. The Japanese menu also includes sushi with a large variety of rolls. The house recommends the Bento A with chicken teriyaki, shrimp tempura, pan-fried dumpling and California roll. A dessert and tea menu is also available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE
3149 Calhoun St. 861-2124
4126 Magazine St. 894-9800

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MOONLIGHT CAFE
1921 Sophie Wright Place 522-7313
Moonlight Cafe comes to the rescue of many insomniacs in the Garden District area, delivering ribs, burgers, cheese fries, po-boys, steaks and gyros. The spiced nachos prepared with chicken or beef are late-night favorites with a pitcher of cold beer, and the Turkish salad made with olives and green pepperoncini is a popular choice for the non-carnivores. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MR. JOHN'S STEAK AND SEAFOOD HOUSE
2111 St. Charles Ave. (Avenue Plaza Hotel) 679-7697
The center-cut filet Oscar topped with lump crabmeat and bearnaise sauce is a prime example of the top-of-the-line beef cuts prepared by Executive Chef Dwight Sherman. Another house recommendation is the black pepper-crusted Atlantic salmon. To finish off your meal, try a signature Mr. John's dessert, such as the chocolate creme brulee. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
3242 Magazine St. 899-0031
The folks behind CBD spots Nacho Mama's and Mother Cluckers set their sights on Uptown, with a new menu featuring sizzling steak fajitas, enchiladas, a salmon steak and desserts. The 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour includes two-for-one margaritas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $.

NEW YORK PIZZA
5201 Magazine St. 891-2376
New York Pizza lives up to its name with "The Big Apple" -- an amalgamation of pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and garlic. Other favorites are the sun-dried tomato pizza, and the Bronx pizza with all the meat you could possibly want: Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, salami and pepperoni. Delivery available after 5 p.m. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE
4308 Magazine St. 894-9797
This Uptown spot can deliver staple favorites and introduce the newbie to Indian cuisine with its lunch buffet. Start with the samosas, traditional stuffed pastries filled with potatoes and peas, or the Malai kebab, chicken breasts crusted with cashews and spices and then roasted over hot coals. Finish with the white chocolate chai creme brulee. Reservations recommended for parties of more than five. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2533 Constance St. 899-2054
A popular place to throw back a pint on St. Paddy's Day, this Irish Channel landmark also serves roast beef po-boy, filled to the point of spillage and dressed the way you like it. Favorite appetizers include Buffalo wings and the gravy cheese fries. You can also choose from a variety of seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT
1838 Napoleon Ave. 895-4877
The Frutta del Mare tosses pasta with scallops, crabmeat, oysters and shrimp in a light marinara sauce. The combination pan roast comes with oysters, shrimp and crabmeat in a blend of shallots and parsley seasoning. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
106 Reily Center, McAlister Pocket Park (Tulane University) 865-5705
5300 Tchoupitoulas St. 895-2007
5432 Magazine St. 895-0273
www.pjscoffee.com
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REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
741 State St. 895-7272
www.reginellis.com
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RENDON INN
4501 Eve St. 822-9858
Rendon Inn's daily lunch specials start on Monday, as they should with red beans and rice, and end in happy tradition with gumbo. Saints fans can sink their teeth into the Haslett sandwich -- a double layer of roast beef, pastrami and Swiss on rye. The namesake roast beef po-boy doused in gravy is also popular. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S OLD NEW ORLEANS BAR & PIZZA JOINT
3222 Magazine St. 891-5152
Rocky's offers pizza fans a wide range of toppings and homemade, traditional white and whole-wheat crusts. The focaccia sandwiches top fresh herbed bread with meatballs, vegetables, or other options. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
1500 Magazine St. 529-1455
3128 Magazine St. 899-0242
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SAKE CAFE UPTOWN
2830 Magazine St. 894-0033
Sake Cafe Uptown caters to its local audience with the New Orleans Roll, which features spicy crawfish wrapped in tuna and snow crab. Diners can sip from a nice-sized list of sake options and an extensive wine list. Go with a classic starter such as seaweed salad and miso soup and then head right to the sushi menu, with its rolls named for the Spice Girls, jazz, and Uptown. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA
3226 Magazine St. 895-4260
www.semolina.com
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ST. CHARLES TAVERN
1433 St. Charles Ave. 523-9823
The St. Charles Tavern is like a friend you can always call when you're feeling low -- it's open 24 hours to give you the comfort food you need. Breakfast is served any time, while beers and burgers cover the basics. Specialties include grilled redfish and crawfish cakes topped with remoulade sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
740 Nashville Ave. 269-0604
2801 Magazine St. 897-4944
5800 Magazine St. 269-5113
www.starbucks.com
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STILL PERKIN'
2727 Prytania St. 899-0335
Warm yourself up during the brisk fall weather with a cappuccino or mocha latte from Still Perkin'. For those avoiding caffeine, bottled juices are an excellent choice. Hungry? Enjoy fresh fruit and a La Spiga sandwich for lunch, with a rich chocolate buttercream square to finish. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUGAR MAGNOLIA
1910 Magazine St. 529-1110
www.sugarmagnoliarestaurant.com
Sugar Magnolia serves New Orleans in a renovated 1820 farmhouse. Signature dishes here include oven-baked flounder with Maine lobster and jumbo lump crabmeat stuffing topped with crawfish bordelaise. Reservations accepted for six or more. Lunch Monday through Sunday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

SUPERIOR GRILL
3636 St. Charles Ave. 899-4200
www.superiorgrill.com
With fall here, Superior Grill's outdoor dining tables should be hopping. Regulars feast on taco salads, mesquite-grilled fish, fajitas, enchilada platters and more. One recent addition to the menu is shrimp brochetas, featuring grilled jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon, stuffed with cheese and poblano peppers. Reservations recommended for parties of eight or more. Brunch Saturday-Sunday, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFE AND JUICE BAR
1418 Magazine St. 524-3828
Freshly squeezed organic juices attract the health-conscious to this cafe, and bagel sandwiches, po-boys and lots of breakfast offerings bring in everyone else. The Migas are a favorite: eggs scrambled with peppers, onions and tomatoes, with tortilla chips and cheddar cheese folded in and served with fresh salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

TAQUERIA CORONA
5932 Magazine St. 897-3974
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TED'S FROSTOP
6303 S. Claiborne Ave. 861-3615
The giant root beer mug sign outside Ted's Frostop has beckoned to hungry Uptowners for generations -- since 1955, to be exact. There are hearty breakfasts for under $3, daily blue-plate specials such as Salisbury steak and roast beef, and thick milkshakes and floats in nectar, banana, chocolate and vanilla. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

UPPERLINE
1413 Upperline St. 891-9822
www.upperline.com
Owner JoAnn Clevenger and Executive Chef Ken Smith are a dynamic duo, serving starters such as crispy sweetbreads over polenta with mushroom ragout. For an entree, try the rack of New Zealand lamb with mint Madeira reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

VAQUEROS
4938 Prytania St. 891-6441
www.vaqueros-restaurant.com
Vaqueros' menu ranges through the Southwest and Mexico with dishes such as the New Mexico blackened tuna, coated in red chile and seared rare, and the double-cut pork chop stuffed with asedero cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers and green chile. Try all five homemade salsas for a taste sensation. Reservations recommended. Brunch Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VERA CRUZ
7537 Maple St. 866-1736
Plenty of vegetarian options are also featured. The Guadalajara features two chicken enchiladas cooked with salsa verde, smothered in white cheese and topped with guacamole. The Pechuga Gratinada is grilled chicken breast broiled with spinach and smothered in Monterey Jack cheese and salsa verde. Reservations accepted. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S
7839 St. Charles Ave. 866-9313
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VOODOO BBQ
1501 St. Charles Ave. 522-4647
www.voodoobarbecue.com

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WHOLE FOODS MARKET
5600 Magazine St. 899-9119
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

If you haven't been to the Magazine Street mega-store yet, you'll find enormous array of fresh organic produce, specialty goods and prepared foods. The prepared food counters include salad bars, sandwiches, deli meats and cheeses, and gourmet-to-go items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $



WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

ASAHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
709 St. Charles Ave. 528-9008
Asahi's menu includes such a wide range of sushi, sashimi, tempura and noodle dishes that you'll be thankful for the combination platters that give you a taste of everything. Devotees of sushi rolls should try the exuberant jazz roll, with tuna tataki, avocado and spicy sauce inside, wasabi roe and snow crab on top. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BACK TO THE GARDEN
833 Howard Ave. 299-8792
Back to the Garden boasts fresh and simple ingredients to get you started in this CBD location. If a "tasteful" and "healthy" breakfast won't get you out of bed, then go for lunch and try the charbroiled chicken salad with avocados and green lettuce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

CYBER BAR & CAFE AT THE CAC
900 Camp St. (Contemporary Arts Center) 523-0990
www.cacno.org
Coffee, free Internet access and contemporary art exhibits on the other side of the wall -- who could ask for more? The sandwich menu contains plenty of vegetarian options, and the array of sweets includes a rotating selection of cookies, cake, cinnamon rolls, muffins, bagels, chips, candy bars and scones. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, snacks during some CAC evening events. Credit cards and checks. $

DINO'S BAR AND GRILL
1128 Tchoupitoulas St. 558-0900
On a hopping stretch of Tchoupitoulas Street, Dino's offers fortification before a night out with classics such as Philly cheese steak and veal Parmesan. The Fried Martini makes an excellent happy hour snack; it's a martini glass filled with cheese-stuffed and deep-fried green olives. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ELEVEN 79
1179 Annunciation St. 299-1179
The deluxe Italian dishes at this classy bistro will transport your taste buds across the Atlantic for a taste of the Old World. For an appetizer, try the grilled calamari with pecorino polenta and lemon butter. Then dig in to the signature paneed veal Eleven 79, served with roasted red peppers, asparagus, buffalo mozzarella and a lemon sauce. Reservations required. Dinner Monday through Saturday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S
800 Tchoupitoulas St. 528-9393
www.emerils.com

He may be the rock star of the chef world, but Emeril Lagasse's namesake restaurant is still committed to fresh ingredients and fresher thinking, which keeps the menu au courant. Start with the smoked wild mushrooms in tasso cream sauce served over angel hair pasta. Then move to the andouille-crusted redfish in a Creole meuniere sauce with shoe-string potatoes. Reservations required. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

ERNST CAFE
600 S. Peters St. 525-8544
www.ernstcafe.net
You'll get in touch with New Orleans history when you dine at the Ernst Cafe, located in a 150-year-old building with unspoiled architectural features such as the pressed tin ceiling. Two menu favorites are the bayou cheeseburger, served on a homemade Kaiser roll, and the pecan-fried catfish. The two daily happy hours also bring in the crowds from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from midnight to 3 a.m. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT
701 St. Charles Ave. 524-4114
Chef Donald Link (a recent "40 Under 40" honoree) and business partner Susan Spicer invite you to an imaginative realm of French-American bistro dining, characterized by elegant presentation and exquisite flavor. This fall, start with the beef short rib on potato cake with Dijon horseradish dressing. For an entree, try the Muscovy duck leg confit with dirty rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LA COTE BRASSERIE
700 Tchoupitoulas St. 613-2350
For elegant French fusion cuisine in an intimate setting, there's La Cote Brasserie. The Prince Edward Island mussels are steamed in a red curry coconut sauce and served with a basmati rice bread pudding, and the crispy shrimp are tempura fried on bamboo skewers and completed with Creole remoulade sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LEE CIRCLE RESTAURANT
3 Lee Circle (Hotel Le Cirque) 962-0915
The lunch menu changes fairly often at this Creole hotspot, which has chic postmodern decor and a classy ambience. For dinner, check out the braised veal cheeks with papparaldale pasta and broccoli raab with Marsala cream sauce. Consider the Kentucky limestone bib salad with a black pepper vinaigrette, grilled peaches, prosciutto de parma and Bulgarian cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, breakfast and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFER'S BAR AND RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St. 523-8995
www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
Had a gnarly week and in urgent need of some major chill points? Then come hang 10 at Lucy's, which dishes up a West Coast quesadilla special that lets you build your own plate from grilled or shredded beef and chicken, portobello mushrooms, and grilled veggies. Reservations for large parties only. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $

MICHAUL'S LIVE CAJUN MUSIC RESTAURANT
840 St. Charles Ave. 522-5517
www. michauls.com
Michaul's Cajun and Creole cuisine and its nightly live Cajun music make for a reliable good time for many locals. Groove to the music and work up an appetite for Michaul's newest menu, with the catfish pecan laced with lemon-butter sauce. Another favorite is the chicken Michele, seafood dressing on a boneless chicken breast with Swiss cheese baked over the top. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MULATE'S THE ORIGINAL CAJUN RESTAURANT
201 Julia St. 522-1492
www.mulates.com
Mulate's is a great place to bring the whole clan for a night of local cuisine and live Cajun music and dancing. There is plenty to sate your appetite, from appetizers to seafood platters of fried shrimp, catfish, crawfish, stuffed crab and fried oysters. Try the Zydeco Gumbo with shrimp, sausage, chicken and okra, or the catfish Mulate's. A favorite dessert is the homemade bread pudding with butter rum sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PANASIA THAI RESTAURANT
500 St. Charles Ave., 299-8004
This Warehouse District bistro offers a taste of Thailand in New Orleans. Panasia showcases classic Thai dishes such as the chicken coconut soup, a cream-based soup with lime, lemon grass, galangal and mushroom. The house also recommends a dish with as much presentation as fresh taste -- the fresh pineapple stuffed with fried rice, jumbo Gulf shrimp, ham, raisins and bell pepper. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
644 Camp St. 529-3658
945 Magazine St. (National D-Day Museum) 525-0255
www.pjscoffee.com
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POLYNESIAN JOE'S
869 Magazine St. 525-9301
www.polyjoes.com

Known to some as "party central," Polynesian Joe's is a popular, fun spot. With its sand court for volleyball and ladies lingerie shows, P-Joe's invites patrons to pay a tawdry dollar on Wednesdays for lunch or dinner on Dollar Burger Night. The "Big Wong" Burger comes with everything, while jambalaya, chicken wings, red beans and rice and fettuccine pasta are also available. The night is completed with dollar drinks and shots. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

THE PRALINE CONNECTION GOSPEL & BLUES HALL
907 S. Peters St., 523-3973
www.pralineconnection.com
This spin-off restaurant in the Warehouse District serves all-you-can-eat lunch buffets with the soulful cooking that has made the Praline Connection famous. The gospel brunch on Sundays is guaranteed to get the hall swaying. Reservations are recommended for large parties and brunch. Lunch Monday through Friday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

PROTOCOL
535 Tchoupitoulas St. (Ambassador Hotel) 527-5271
The shrimp Creole crawfish continues to win fans at Protocol, as well as other Creole dishes such as crawfish etouffee, gumbo and jambalaya. A weekend breakfast buffet covers a wide range of fare to satisfy the Sunday brunch crowd, and a seafood buffet on Friday continues the local custom. Closed between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE RED EYE GRILL
852 S. Peters St. 593-9393
www.redeyegrill.net
The Red Eye rocks many nights with live music, and all that dancing can work up an appetite. The grill cooks up late-night burgers, tuna steak and plenty of bar snacks. A DJ spins on the weekends and the tables are removed. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

RIOMAR
800 S. Peters St. 525-FISH (3474)
www.riomarseafood.com
With mouthwatering dishes and a beautiful dining space, Chef Adolfo Garcia will transport you to South America. He creates a Peruvian-style fish with a tomato-cilantro sauce and jalapenos, Ecuadorian-style shrimp tossed with citrus and tomatoes, and Panamanian-style fish with onions and habanero chiles. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE BAR & SUSHI
823 Fulton St. 581-7253
www.rocknsake.com

This place combines the flip attitude of America with the precision of Japanese sushi. The Hawaii 5-0 roll is stuffed with crunchy coconut-tempura shrimp and cream cheese and rolled in fresh peach and avocado. Or try the rebel rice roll -- barbecue eel and avocado wrapped in rice paper and drizzled with eel sauce. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

SAMUEL'S OYSTER BAR & GRILLE
1628 St. Charles Ave. 581-3777
Samuel's continues to be a popular eating spot after its renovation over a year ago with a pizza oven, an oyster bar and new menu items. Overstuffed po-boys and frozen daiquiris on the outdoor deck are a perfect complement for people-watching on St. Charles Avenue. Two-for-one mixed drinks are served at the weekday happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), three-for-one on Wednesday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUGAR HOUSE
315 Julia St. (Embassy Suites Hotel) 525-1993
www.embassysuites.com/es/neworleans
For a varied take on local cuisine, the Embassy Suites' in-house restaurant serves up a number of innovative dishes. Such spins are evident in the popular crabmeat-stuffed shrimp baked and topped with coconut sprinkles. For another entree, the Sugar House Pork Medallions are grilled and served with an orange brown sugar sauce. Lunch buffet Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL
1051 Annunciation St. 566-0021
www.sunraygrill.com
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TAQUERIA CORONA
857 Fulton St. 524-9805
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TOMMY'S CUISINE
746 Tchoupitoulas St. 581-1103
Irene's co-founder Tommy Andrade has struck out on his own in the former Red Bike location, taking with him one of Irene's chefs, J.C. Gonzalez, while also bringing over Galatoire's vet Milton Prudence. The result? "Country French and Italian," Andrade responds. Consider one of the chef's specials, the crabmeat Sardou: fresh steamed artichoke layered with spinach, crabmeat and hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TRUE BREW CAFE
200 Julia St. 524-8441
Whether before, during intermission, or after theater, comedy or open-mic performances, True Brew has an array of light fare for audience members or coffeehouse mavens. Try the grilled chicken ranchero wrap or the popular turkey avocado sandwich. Dessert options include caramel pecan cheesecake and other pastries. Other than the soups, salads and sandwiches (and tons of coffee options), the bar is fully stocked. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UGLY DOG SALOON & BBQ
401 Andrew Higgins Drive 569-8459
The Ugly Dog is sitting pretty with its barbecue offerings, such as ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches. The menu rounds out with six all-vegetarian side dishes, including the tangy coleslaw. During happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday), domestic beers go for $1.25 and imports for $2.25. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE
636 Tchoupitoulas St. 524-4329
This Warehouse District outpost for all things Australian is home to a hearty Guinness shepherd's pie and other bar foods, including pizzas, sandwiches and munchies. And just because it's a pub doesn't mean it's not refined; ask for Vic's list of Australian wines. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

THE WINE LOFT
752 Tchoupitoulas St. 561-0116
www.thewineloft.net

A great wine list deserves a great menu of accompanying foods, and that's what you'll find here from recent Gambit Weekly "40 Under 40" honoree Jason Doyle. The gourmet delicacies include escargot bourguignonne, wrapped in a pastry shell and drizzled with Herbsaint cream, and the baked brie en croute, served with grilled seasonal fruit and a black walnut vinaigrette. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$


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9 ROSES
1100 Stephens St., Gretna 366-7665
The Vietnamese menu here offers an array of seafood and other concoctions made with fresh ingredients. Start with a fresh spring roll appetizer packed with steamed rice wrapped up with fresh shrimp, pork, crispy lettuce, mint and vermicelli and dipped in peanut sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thursday through Tuesday. Credit cards. $

ADAMS CATFISH HOUSE
8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse 392-0541
What else but catfish would be the name of the game at this popular West Bank restaurant? The catfish salad consists of fried catfish, mayonnaise and pickle relish served with crackers. A popular entree is the grilled catfish fillet, served with a special Creole seasoning. Adams proudly serves up a whole fried catfish dinner. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

ANTONIO'S WINE CELLAR
601 Terry Pkwy., Gretna 361-1332
Many shoppers come to Antonio's to buy wine, then get lured into the Italian restaurant within the store by the wafting aromas. Seafood and pasta specialties include the homemade ravioli stuffed with lobster and shrimp and served with the chef's Parmesan cream sauce. Drop by for free wine tastings every Friday and Saturday evening. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

APPLEBEE'S
4005 Gen. DeGaulle Drive 361-9700
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AURORA SEAFOOD & STEAK HOUSE
4100 Gen. De Gaulle Drive 398-0470
You'll get plenty of bang for your buck at Aurora, where the menu boasts 13 lunch specials -- including steaks, po-boys and seafood platters -- all for only $6.95. Located just minutes from the Crescent City Connection, this restaurant pleases the whole family with everything from prime rib to kids' meals. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BEEF CONNECTION STEAK HOUSE
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna 366-3275
It's hard to turn your attention away from the succulent, thick-cut steaks at Beef Connection, but there's plenty more to choose from, including red snapper, barbecue shrimp, lobster and pork chops. The praline parfait is a delightful way to end a meal. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sunday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BENNIGAN'S GRILL & TAVERN
3010 Holiday Drive 394-2805
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BUD'S BROILER
605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna 393-8160
5100 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero 348-0492
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CAFE DIBLASI
1801-4 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown 361-3106
Expect Italian food and spirits at this family-friendly restaurant. The crabcakes with shrimp and spicy cream sauce are a popular way to start off a meal. The Braccioloni is a tour de force: a round steak filled with prosciutto, mozzarella cheese and seasoned meat stuffing, rolled and simmered in tomato gravy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DU MONDE
197 Westbank Expwy. (Oakwood Mall), Gretna 587-0849
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CAFE ZEN
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 393-2293
This spot aims to maintain the strict traditions of sushi with expertly cut maki and sashimi for hungry diners. You can count on Cafe Zen for blood-red tuna, almost-orange salmon and fiery wasabi to complete any sushi experience along with plenty of hot or cold sake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CANNON'S
197 Westbank Expwy. (Oakwood Shopping Center), Gretna 364-1047
www.cannonsrestaurants.com
This fall, a seasonal menu is sure to please the many faithful customers who have come to trust Cannon's. For more than 18 years Cannon's has served up hot meals -- veal is a specialty -- in a fine-dining atmosphere. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 368-2100
www.chevysfreshmex.com
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CHINA BLOSSOM
1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 8, Gretna 361-4598
The China Blossom helps your taste buds become tourists by serving Cantonese, Szechuan and Hong Kong-style dishes. The fried whole trout and crawfish in spicy lobster sauce brings the impeccably fresh seafood to the forefront, and a full complement of chicken, beef and vegetable dishes round out the menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday, lunch and dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$

COMMON GROUNDS
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 227-2200
Common Grounds brings people together over hot espresso and frozen cappuccino. Lunch and dinner offerings include hearty burgers and specialty sandwiches, such as the Hot Honey P. Long, which features honey-baked ham, Monterey Jack cheese and creamy vinaigrette on olive bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Limited delivery available. Credit cards and checks. $

COPELAND'S
1700 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 364-1575
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COTTAGE CAFE
423 10th St., Gretna 366-2233
This cafe keeps its customers happy by welcoming kids and offering a varied menu of Creole and Italian dishes, with a few Sugar Busters selections to help out dieters. The velvety corn, crab and shrimp bisque tops the list of favorites, and the veal and oyster Marsala features veal medallions, a mushroom and Marsala sauce and lightly battered fried oysters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Thursday though Saturday. Credit cards. $$

CUCO'S
2766 Belle Chase Hwy., Gretna 393-7766
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DANNY AND CLYDE'S
801 Behrman Hwy., Terrytown 392-6783
1944 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 392-2242
3441 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 362-5637
3450 Kabel Drive 394-0240
4101 E. Ames Blvd., Marrero 348-9650
www.dannyandclydes.com
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DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. 254-0214, 254-0296
Dong Phuong's is a surprising hybrid, offering a full palette of Vietnamese dishes -- such as duck soup with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms -- as well as a fully stocked French bakery. The fresh baguettes, croissants, cream puffs and pastries make for a great pit stop. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Credit cards. $

FROSTY'S CAFFE
2800 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 361-9099
Many have grown fond of the house specialty, bubble tea, a drink with floating pearls of tapioca served here in 80 flavors. Now it's time to sample the cafe's fine Vietnamese cuisine. Try the pork chop marinated with lemon grass and five spices, served with white rice, a fried egg and an egg roll, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S COFFEE HOUSE AND PIZZERIA
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 368-1114 G
830 3rd St., Gretna 368-4545
Both locations of Gattuso's can be counted on for toasty muffalettas, which come 9 inches long and stuffed with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone and homemade olive salad. The house burger is a half-pounder, garnished with sauteed onions, mushrooms and pepperjack cheese. The 3rd Street location has an expanded kitchen that includes a pizzeria. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

GOODY'S CAFE
2650 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 394-4456
Goody's has you covered from dawn to late-night with hot breakfast plates, sandwiches, wraps and burgers. The Black and Bleu Burger tops 8 ounces of Black Angus beef with melted bleu cheese and bacon, and in the Southwestern chicken wrap, the grilled chicken gets cozy with guacamole, salsa and sauteed onion. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and late-night daily. $

GROUND PAT'I

11 Westbank Expwy., Gretna 367-9512
www.groundpati.com
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HOOTERS
2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 393-7177
www.hooters.com
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ITALIAN PIE
1530 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 362-3657
www.italianpierestaurants.com

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JOHNNY AND JACKIE'S PO-BOY RESTAURANT
326 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 362-8690
Even devoted Johnny and Jackie's regulars can count on something new and exciting for lunch each day, as four daily specials are featured one day of the week. Top choices include Thursday's stuffed bell peppers, hamburger steak on Wednesday and Tuesday's eggplant Parmesan. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Visa/MC. $

KIM SON RESTAURANT
349 Whitney Ave., Gretna 366-2489
Kim Son has won the hearts of West Bank residents through its dependable menu of Vietnamese and Chinese specialties. Favorite light dishes include the chicken with lemon grass, the soft-baked crab and the noodle soups, while heartier diners opt for the Vietnamese steak in a spicy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LEE'S HAMBURGERS

103 Schlief Drive, Belle Chasse 392-9922
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LUTHER'S
4950 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero 347-0624
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MOSCA'S
4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale 436-9942
Locals get a kick out of taking visitors over the pencil-thin Huey P. Long Bridge and to Avondale for this family-style Italian restaurant that has more mystique than most area restaurants. The bare-bones house is home to the delicious oysters bordelaise, the crabmeat salad and the chicken la Grande, which like the shrimp Mosca is prepared with olive oil, rosemary, oregano, garlic and dry white wine. Reservations recommended; no reservations on Saturday. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Cash only. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 368-8678
Mother's serves a wide spread of everything from its po-boys to Mediterranean fare, home-style cooking and everything in between. Ask for daily plate specials and get a choice of three sides. The house recommends the veal Parmigiana and veal round steak breaded with Italian seasonings. Other favorites are moussaka, the classic lasagna-style Greek dish with eggplant and lamb. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Visa/MC. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD & SPIRITS
2330 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 362-0800
New Orleans Food & Spirits serves up tasty appetizers and down-home comfort seafood platters in lower Bucktown. The house puts a local twist on an Asian staple with the Voodoo Rolls: egg rolls filled with a creamy crawfish filling. Another favorite is the softshell Lafayette, a fried softshell crab garnished with shrimp sauce. Reservations accepted on Monday through Friday. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
710 Terry Pkwy., Gretna 433-4111
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OLIVE BRANCH CAFE
5163 Gen DeGaulle Drive 393-1107
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 348-2008
Pasta is the specialty at this West Bank eatery. Italian food lovers enjoy the homemade bread and gourmet pizzas, as well as the shrimp scampi over fettuccine with jumbo shrimp, mushrooms and white wine garlic sauce. Italian food devotees seeking local flavor, the folks at Olive Branch offer the pasta jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
1601 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 341-5544
www.outback.com
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PHO TAU BAY
113C Westbank Expwy., Gretna 368-9846
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PICCADILLY CAFETERIA
533 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna 391-1063
4150 Gen. De Gaulle Drive, Algiers 392-7030
www.piccadilly.com
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PJ'S COFFEE & TEA
1545 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 368-6600
4100 Gen. DeGaulle Drive 392-4280
www.pjscoffee.com
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PUPUSERIA DIVINO CORAZON
2300 Belle Chase Hwy., Gretna 368-5724
Genuine Central American fare is found here, with a mingling of flavors and tastes that has spawned a following. Staples include the Faro Del Pacifico's three dishes: a pupusa (a mix between a corn tamale and a tortilla with morsels of pork, cheese and onions inside), a corn meat pie filled with dirty rice, and a chicken tamale with potatoes and olives wrapped in a plantain leaf. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

RED MAPLE
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna 367-0935
The newly renovated dining area and the new daily lunch and dinner specials are two of the perks to this West Bank destination. Red Maple's Executive Chef Randy Barlow serves up savory creations like the crabmeat au gratin (lump crabmeat in a mushroom cream sauce smothered in smoked Gouda cheese) and the eggplant Maple (eggplant topped with sauteed shrimp and black pepper sauce). Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES
7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point 689-7834
Dining at this Creole bistro is a unique experience, with a view of the bayou and the occasional alligator on the shore. Try the softshell crab Foster, lightly battered and fried and then topped with green onions, artichoke bottoms and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

ROADHOUSE GRILL

5131 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero 341-3636
The Roadhouse says that it serves "real American food and proud of it." Sink your teeth into their 16-oz. porterhouse or order the Roadie, a no-nonsense 13-oz. sirloin marinated in Jim Beam whiskey and served with sizzling onions and a side salad. For an appetizer, try the new crabcakes -- Maryland crabcakes served with chipotle ranch dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SEMOLINA
137-139B Westbank Expwy (Oakwood Shopping Center), Gretna 361-8293
www.semolina.com
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STARBUCKS COFFEE CO.
1451 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 365-0208
www.starbucks.com
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SUN RAY GRILL
2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Suite A, Gretna 391-0053
www.sunraygrill.com
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TAN DINH
2005 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 361-8008
Tan Dinh serves up Chinese classics and more to diners on the West Bank. Stand-out dishes include a homemade chicken rice noodle soup; the rice with chicken; half a rotisseried Cornish hen with pickled carrots, daikon, cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and lettuce; and the vermicelli with egg rolls and grilled pork paste. Tapioca pearl drinks in various flavors including strawberry, mango, avocado and passion fruit are a new addition. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Cash only. $

THREE HAPPINESS
1900 Lafayette St., Gretna 368-1355
Three Happiness specializes in Chinese favorites, such as the black pepper shrimp; barbecue quail, marinated, roasted and served with a salad; and the West Bank duck, roasted and served with tender steamed vegetables. Special occasions call for the Dinner Grill, and on weekends there's a Chinese breakfast served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended on weekends. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TONY MANDINA'S
1915 Pratt St., Gretna 362-2010
www.tonymandinas.com
If you've got Italian roots, this family-owned restaurant will make you feel right at home. The veal Marsala is simmered in Marsala wine sauce with mushrooms, and served over fettuccine. A trademark dish is the shrimp Julia Grace: fried jumbo shrimp over angel hair pasta topped with marinara sauce and baked mozzarella. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

VISKO'S
516 Gretna Blvd., Gretna 366-1516
Seafood is the main staple here: whatever's fresh and in season is cooked how you like it, whether it's steamed, fried, boiled, broiled and grilled. The Seafood Saint Vincent is a house favorite: fish sauteed in a buttery seafood stock, topped with shrimp and crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge SEA LEVEL owner Andrew Martinez does double - duty in the kitchen of the S. Carrollton Avenue - restaurant. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • SEA LEVEL owner Andrew Martinez does double duty in the kitchen of the S. Carrollton Avenue restaurant.
click to enlarge It's hard to resist DOMINIQUE'S passion-fruit - dessert. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • It's hard to resist DOMINIQUE'S passion-fruit dessert.
click to enlarge Under the watchful gaze of Thailand's King Rama V, - Chef Andrew Davis welcomes diners to BENJARONG. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Under the watchful gaze of Thailand's King Rama V, Chef Andrew Davis welcomes diners to BENJARONG.
click to enlarge Brad Gattuso serves up hearty meals at GATTUSO'S - in Gretna. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Brad Gattuso serves up hearty meals at GATTUSO'S in Gretna.
click to enlarge Get a taste of Cajun country at MULATE'S. - CHERYL GERBER
click to enlarge Start your morning off in the bright, cheerful - environs of RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • Start your morning off in the bright, cheerful environs of RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE.
click to enlarge Stuff yourself with VAQUERO'S stuffed pork chop. - CHERYL GERBER
click to enlarge PHOENICIA RESTAURANT specializes in - Mediterranean cuisine and atmosphere. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • PHOENICIA RESTAURANT specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and atmosphere.
click to enlarge Owner Linda Waknin invites you to take a trip to - CASABLANCA. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • Owner Linda Waknin invites you to take a trip to CASABLANCA.
click to enlarge "Lola," Sean Comas, Tia Lamb, Danny Benn and Paul - Bourg offer artful dining at KELSEY'S RESTAURANT. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • "Lola," Sean Comas, Tia Lamb, Danny Benn and Paul Bourg offer artful dining at KELSEY'S RESTAURANT.
click to enlarge Patrons like Mindy Moran and Elisha Diamond stop - by for the coffee, but CAFE SATORA also offers up - sandwiches, salads, soups and pastries. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • Patrons like Mindy Moran and Elisha Diamond stop by for the coffee, but CAFE SATORA also offers up sandwiches, salads, soups and pastries.
click to enlarge LUCY'S RETIRED SURFER'S RESTAURANT & BAR's - recently opened Magazine Street outpost builds on - the fun-loving reputation of the original. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • LUCY'S RETIRED SURFER'S RESTAURANT & BAR's recently opened Magazine Street outpost builds on the fun-loving reputation of the original.
click to enlarge MAMMA'S CUCINA in Metairie, brought to you by - Chef Duke LoCicero, specializes in the tastes of - Tuscany. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • MAMMA'S CUCINA in Metairie, brought to you by Chef Duke LoCicero, specializes in the tastes of Tuscany.
click to enlarge Owners Beverly and Brad Daigle and Estelle Metier - (standing) serve up SOUTHERN PO-BOYS. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • Owners Beverly and Brad Daigle and Estelle Metier (standing) serve up SOUTHERN PO-BOYS.
click to enlarge A toast to TAQUERIA CORONA: Luis Mendez - shows off popular items from the Mexican - restaurant's multiple locations. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • A toast to TAQUERIA CORONA: Luis Mendez shows off popular items from the Mexican restaurant's multiple locations.
click to enlarge Satisfy your appetite with LA RIVIERA'S eggplant - parmigiana then pucker up for an Amaretto kiss. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • Satisfy your appetite with LA RIVIERA'S eggplant parmigiana then pucker up for an Amaretto kiss.
click to enlarge Brothers Marvin and Brent Trauth make the West - Bank's RED MAPLE RESTAURANT a family affair. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Brothers Marvin and Brent Trauth make the West Bank's RED MAPLE RESTAURANT a family affair.
click to enlarge BREWHOUSE GRILL is a welcome addition to the - Mid-City dining scene. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • BREWHOUSE GRILL is a welcome addition to the Mid-City dining scene.
click to enlarge Half a dozen reasons to nosh around the clock at - HUEY'S 24/7. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Half a dozen reasons to nosh around the clock at HUEY'S 24/7.
click to enlarge Join the club at Northshore eatery ANOTHER - BROKEN EGG CAFE. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Join the club at Northshore eatery ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE.
click to enlarge The Windsor Court unveils its revamped restaurant, - THE NEW ORLEANS GRILL. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • The Windsor Court unveils its revamped restaurant, THE NEW ORLEANS GRILL.
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