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Let Gambit's fall restaurant guide whet your appetite with menu descriptions of dining destinations throughout the New Orleans area. Whether you are looking for something across the street, across town or across the lake, let Gambit be your guide. Listings are arranged by neighborhood and include information on reservation policies, hours of operation and prices.

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Fall 2009 Restaurant Guide

BYWATER

BYWATER RESTAURANT, DELI & BBQ
3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445 Barbecue platters remain the house specialty here, but also look for Southern classics like chicken-fried steak with gravy or shrimp Creole, all served with sides like potato salad and macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THE COUNTRY CLUB
634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com The kitchen at this Bywater pool and lounge serves dishes like tasso-stuffed pork loin with thyme beurre blanc and green beans amandine. Try the chipotle-lime marinated chicken sandwich with cheddar and bacon. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

ELIZABETH'S
601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.com Elizabeth's is a neighborhood joint boasting a wide-ranging menu. Options include blue cheese oysters and fried green tomatoes. Main dishes range from burgers and po-boys to entrees such as seared duck breast with port cherry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JACK DEMPSEY'S
738 Poland Ave., 943-9914 Jack Dempsey's is a heavyweight when it comes to seafood. The namesake seafood platter is a training-table feast of gumbo, shrimp, oysters, catfish, redfish and crawfish pies, plus two side items. Dinners come with a choice of fries, potato salad or baked macaroni and cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Oscar's (2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540) proprietor Vic - Pizzolato bites into a big burger - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Oscar's (2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540) proprietor Vic Pizzolato bites into a big burger

THE JOINT
801 Poland Ave., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com Take your pick of the savory meats barbecued at the Joint. Options include pulled pork, ribs, beef brisket, sausage and chicken. Side items include peppery mac and cheese and crisp, vinegary coleslaw. Lemon pie tops a list of homemade desserts. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MARDI GRAS ZONE
2700 Royal St., 947-8787; www.mardigraszone.com Mardi Gras Zone stocks its shelves with groceries and fresh produce, and there also are deli sandwiches, po-boys and hot items like lasagna, brisket and baked or fried chicken. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SOUND CAFE
2700 Chartres St., 947-4477 This Faubourg Marigny coffeeshop offers creative sandwiches such as roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts and chevre on ciabatta bread. Bagels are served with sliced lox, capers, red onions, tomatoes and cream cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

 

 

CBD

ALLEGRO BISTRO
1100 Poydras St., 582-2350 Allegro proves an ace in the hole for upscale weekday lunches, with a menu of pastas, steaks and dishes like barbecued shrimp over garlic mashed potatoes. Allegro opens on Sundays during Saints home games with a buffet and a busy bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

THE APPLE SEED SHOPPE
201 St. Charles Ave., 529-3442 The calorie-conscious find haven from heavy lunches at this standby in the Place St. Charles food court. Sandwiches feature grilled turkey and chunky chicken salad. Try a salad topped with cheese, egg and avocado and wash it down with a fresh fruit smoothie. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

BAMBU AT HARRAH'S CASINO
4 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahs.com Bambu makes creative Asian-inspired cooking a good bet at Harrah's. There are dishes such as Hunan-style grouper and honey-wasabi-glazed shrimp. A full sushi bar and large selection of vegetarian dishes stack the deck with more options. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S
4 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahs.com John Besh's steakhouse deals diners big cuts of beef like the 38-oz. bone-in rib-eye steak and 30-day-aged New York strip. There also are dishes with local seafood, Abita Amber onion rings and produce from Louisiana farms. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE
401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebonton .com The Bon Ton was one of the first places where New Orleanians could find a convincing taste of Cajun cooking. The crawfish dinner combines four different crawfish preparations. Broiled redfish Bon Ton is served with lemon-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com Buffet lovers may think they've hit the jackpot when they see the wealth of serving stations at Harrah's. In addition to pastas, seafood dishes and roasts, guests can add Dungeness crab, steaks and oysters Rockefeller. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB 'N' GRUB
116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.com Bar snacks abound at Cajun Mike's, from chicken wings to local favorites like mini muffulettas. The tavern serves po-boys and pressed versions of chicken Parmesan and Cuban sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CARLOS MENCIA'S SUAVE NUEVO LATINO GRILL
200 Magazine St., 595-3211 His comedy may be politically incorrect, but Carlos Mencia's restaurant offers popular Mexican and Latin American dishes. Texas-style beef fajitas come with homemade tortillas and the usual accompaniments. Paella marinara is seafood cooked with saffron rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COVENANT CAFE
1515 Poydras St., 522-3335; www.covenanthouseno.org Try dishes like panino-style ya ya chicken topped with Swiss and cheddar cheeses and honey-mustard dressing. On Thursday, the special is Lafayette crab cakes served over crawfish tails in penne pasta with grated Parmesan cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON
833 Poydras St., 581-3111; www.lepavillon.com With its grand chandelier and classical decor, Le Pavillon's dining room epitomizes elegance. At breakfast, order eggs Benedict or a bananas Foster waffle. Weekday lunches feature salad, soup and pasta bars. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CUVEE
322 Magazine St., 587-9001; www.restaurantcuvee.com Chef Bob Iacovone's seasonal menu balances elegant New Orleans and Southern cooking. Appetizers include a spiced shrimp Napoleon with crisp mirliton, shrimp remoulade, frisee and citrus beurre blanc. The Steen's-cured, smoked duck and confit leg is served with walnut and blue cheese risotto, Hudson Valley fois gras and pear glace. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DIXIE GYRO
110 Carondelet St., 523-6614 Dixie Gyro serves Middle Eastern lunch classics like falafel, hummus and lamb or chicken gyros. Breakfast features items like grits, eggs, bacon and beignets. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

DOMENICA
123 Baronne St., 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com Located in the Roosevelt Hotel, chef John Besh's newest restaurant focuses on rustic Italian-style dishes using local ingredients, such as pigs raised on the Northshore for Besh's restaurants. Many pastas are made in house. Dishes include grilled pompano over salsa verde, fennel and Anson Mills polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ESPRESSO EXPRESS One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115 CBD workers appreciate the breakfast burritos, pastries and daily lunch specials served by Espresso Express. Quick lunch options include salads, wraps and paninis. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE GRILL ROOM AT THE WINDSOR COURT
300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com Chef Drew Dzejak prepares dishes like seared diver scallops with homemade pappardelle, caviar and lemon cream. Lunch is served buffet style in the Grill Room. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR
218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377; www.handsomewillys.com The bar and kitchen at his former site of a house of ill repute offer simple pleasures like hot dogs and beer. Daily specials include tacos and barbecue. Dirty red beans are a Monday night fixture. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAFITTE'S CAFE
300 Canal St., 212-3230; www.lafittesneworleans.com Lafitte's serves creative as well as classic New Orleans dishes. There are favorites like gumbo and jambalaya. The Mardi Gras Mambo salad is topped with kalamata olives, blue cheese and Creole pecans in cane syrup vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT
321 Magazine St., 581-9680; www.liboriocuban.com Old Havana beckons from the CBD with classic Cuban dishes. Caldereta is oven-stewed lamb in brown gravy seasoned with red wine, garlic, black pepper and onions and served with rice and sweet plantains. The Medianoche is a variation of the Cuban sandwich on sweet bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LÜKE RESTAURANT
333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com Lüke combines old world French and German cuisines. Sample one of the restaurant's daily specials or enjoy the ravioli made with local crabmeat, garlic, cream, Meyer lemon and herbs. The moules et frites feature Prince Edward Island mussels steamed with garlic and thyme and served with crunchy house-made fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

P & G RESTAURANT
345 Baronne St., 525-9678 This busy CBD lunch spot has a large menu of po-boys stuffed with fried seafood, and lunch plates of fried shrimp or catfish. A hot plate of spaghetti and meatballs is served with salad. Red beans and rice is served with a choice of hot or smoked sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MCALISTER'S DELI
4 Canal Street, Harrah's Casino, 598-1930; www.mcalistersdeli.com McAlister's offers a wide selection of soups, salads and sandwiches. Signature sandwiches include the Big Nasty, roast beef served open face on a toasted hoagie with McAlister's Come Back gravy and cheddar-jack cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MILA
817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.com MiLa contracts Mississippi and Louisiana in its name and serves reinvented Southern and Creole dishes. Entrees include pan-roasted grouper with poached heirloom tomatoes, baby squash and basil broth. For starters, sample the pan-roasted sweetbreads with creamy black truffle grits and sherry-bacon jus. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net Patrons have to wait in line to get to the service counter, but once there, they can feast on Creole soul food specials such as Mae's file gumbo and Jerry's Jambalaya. The Famous Ferdi Special is a po-boy with baked ham, roast beef debris and gravy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RAMBLA
217 Camp St., 587-7720; www.dceventsnola.com Chef Scott Maki's traditional Spanish tapas and French-inspired small plates include patatas bravas with crispy Yukon gold potatoes seasoned with alioli. Medjool dates are stuffed with almonds and blue cheese, wrapped in bacon and roasted. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT AUGUST
301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.rest-august.com Chef John Besh's flagship restaurant offers signature dishes like gnocchi tossed with blue crab and truffle oil. Whole roasted rabbit is served with white beans and Jacobs andouille in a reinvented cassoulet. There are daily tasting menus available with wine pairings. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., 561-9800; www.rolypoly.com Roly Poly's rotating soups and sandwiches make no two lunches the same. Current temptations include harvest mushroom, Westport smoked turkey club and roasted garlic tomato. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

ROOSEVELT HOTEL — BLUE ROOM
123 Baronne St., 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com Brunch features dishes like chilled asparagus soup, crawfish empanadas and Kurobuta pork tenderloin with peppers and pickled onions. Abita Amber-marinated chicken breast is served atop oyster-andouille dressing and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIA
514 S. Rampart St., 528-2556; www.rotolos.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description. Lunch and dinner Sun.-Fri.

ROUX BISTRO
500 Canal St., 595-5506; www.sheratonneworleans.com Contemporary Louisiana cooking is the focus at this Sheraton hotel eatery. Continental breakfasts serve as an eye-opener. Dinner entrees include a meaty cassoulet made with red beans, duck confit and duck sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668; www.seriosdeli.com Mike Serio's LSU shrine is known for two-fisted po-boys and muffulettas. New Orleans classics make an enticing alternative to the sandwich standards. Try the spicy jambalaya for a nose-tingling change of pace. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE
614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.com This clubby eatery continues Hall of Fame coach Don Shula's winning legacy. His steakhouse's standards position only premium Black Angus beef on plates. Martinis, shrimp cocktail and lobster round out the roster of steakhouse favorites. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SINGHA THAI
413 Carondelet St., 581-2205 Speedy midday lunches give way to leisurely dinners at this bustling CBD eatery. Spicy tom yum soup laden with shrimp and lemon grass is a zesty prelude to peanut-dusted pad Thai. The menu includes a bevy of curry options prepared with beef, chicken or shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

STEVE'S DINER
201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198; www.steves-diner.com There's nothing in the city quite like Steve's Breakfast-In-A-Cup: scrambled eggs, grits, crumbled sausage and grated cheddar, all in a convenient handheld container. Daily lunch specials include Thursday's slow-roasted beef brisket. Fried catfish is popular and there are salads and sandwiches as well. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE STORE
814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.com This cozy CBD Cafe serves creative dishes such as crawfish risotto topped with asparagus and Parmesan. Sandwiches include a barbecue shrimp po-boy and a Rueben-like concoction of pulled beef, caramelized onions and Gruyere on rye bread. There also are soups and salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

TERRAZU
201 St. Charles Ave., 287-0877 Located in Place St. Charles, Terrazu serves coffee drinks and a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. The Terrazu shrimp salad is topped with boiled shrimp, hearts of palm and avocado. The fontina press features smoked turkey, Brie, spinach, tomatoes and pesto mayo on multi-grain bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

VERANDA AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL
444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383 Veranda's Sunday brunch draws a crowd for live jazz, flowing bubbly, carving stations, made-to-order omelets and desserts like Miss Dorothy's famous bread pudding. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

WELTY'S DELI
336 Camp St., 592-0223; www.weltysdeli.com Welty's assembles classic deli sandwiches and some of its own creations. The New Orleans AK is a one-and-a-half-pound sandwich with a choice of four meats, cheddar, Swiss, provolone and pepper Jack cheese on a warm muffuletta bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and company checks. $

click to enlarge Nonna Mia (3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; www.nonnamia.net) serves pizza and - Italian dishes including Caprese salad - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

WHOLE HOG CAFE
639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.com This barbecue spot offers slow-cooked smoky meats and a choice of six sauces. Entrees include pulled pork, brisket, full and half slabs of ribs, pulled chicken and half chickens. The Whole Hog platter rounds up pork, brisket, three beef ribs, baked beans, coleslaw and rolls. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

ZOË RESTAURANT W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018; www.starhotels.com The elegant Zoë Restaurant maintains the contemporary-chic vibe of its W Hotel location. Seared scallops are served over Tuscan corn grits with mushroom ragout. Braised Kobe beef short ribs sit atop a potato pancake with morel, trumpet and chanterelle mushrooms with black truffle essence. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

CARROLLTON/UNIVERSITY

ANTONIO'S RESTAURANT
7708 Maple St., 218-5457; www.antoniosrestaurantnola.com This eatery transplanted from the West Bank serves Creole Italian dishes. Crawfish bowtie pasta is tossed in Parmesan cream sauce. Lobster and crabmeat take a dip in creamy garlic sauce served over pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BABYLON CAFE
7724 Maple St., 314-0010 Hot Najah bread sets Babylon Cafe apart and makes a nice alternative to pita bread for this traditional Middle Eastern restaurant's many dips and sandwiches. For entrees, try kebabs, gyros, shawarma or vegetarian dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BASIL LEAF
1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001 Traditional Thai fare like pad Thai and curry meet creative house specialties at this Carrollton eatery. The whole-coconut curry is served in a coconut shell overflowing with sea scallops and shrimp sauteed with coconut meat and eggplant in red curry. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOUCHERIE
8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherie-nola.com Boucherie updates Southern comfort cooking classics with fresh doses of panache and some global influences. Steamed mussels basque in heady broth with collard greens. Smoked beef brisket is served with garlic butter and Parmesan french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT
723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.com A cozy Riverbend cottage is the showcase for chef Frank Brigsten's interpretation of contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Blackened tuna is served with smoked corn sauce and red bean salsa. Pork tenderloin with pork debris sauce is a perennial favorite. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN
7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com Bruno's is a university-area hangout with large-screen TVs and a lively bar. Buffalo Bruno is a fried chicken breast in Buffalo sauce topped with blue cheese and lettuce. The Firecracker salad combines fried shrimp, blue cheese and peppers in pepper jelly vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE GRANADA
1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612 Castilian and Mediterranean flavors inspire the menu at Cafe Grenada, where a wide range of hot and cold tapas encourage sampling and sharing. The classic paella is made with fish, shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, chicken and peas. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE NINO
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-9200 Cafe Nino prepares both thick or thin crust pizzas, but that's not all. The menu features Italian favorites like chicken or veal Marsala, eggplant parmigiana, sandwiches and pasta with meatballs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL
626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679; www.camelliagrill.net When the streetcar stops outside, you can be sure more patrons are headed toward this diner landmark for omelets, chili and cheese fries, cheeseburgers and pecan pie heated through on the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHILL OUT CAFE
729 Burdette St., 872-9628 This cozy cafe serves Thai dishes but offers American breakfast plates such as eggs, sausage and toast in the morning. There are curries, rice and noodle dishes and lemon grass flavored soups. Fried tilapia is topped with basil sauce. Shumai dumplings are made with minced pork and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. $

CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT
704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428; www.chinaorchidneworleans.com Affordable American-Chinese favorites have made fans of area students and neighbors. Empress chow mein features crispy thin noodles topped with scallops, shrimp, chicken, beef and vegetables in brown sauce. Spicy General Tso's chicken is a menu mainstay. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CIRO'S CÔTE SUD
7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com Nestled in the Carrollton area, this cafe offers a small taste of France. Mussels are served in garlic, parsley and butter sauce. Crevettes et Courgette a la Provençal features sauteed shrimp with zucchini, onions and roasted garlic over fettuccine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Checks. $$

COLD STONE CREAMERY
624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; www.coldstonecreamery.com Ice cream is made in house and mix-in items include an extensive list of nuts, fruit and candy. There also are milk shakes, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, cupcakes and ice cream cakes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com Stop in for a dozen raw oysters, a sandwich or Cooter's hot dog, or just to watch sports and socialize. The Tavern has hundreds of beers in bottles and on tap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CREPES A LA CART
1039 Broadway St., 866-2362; www.crepesalacarts.com College students flock to this casual eatery for sweet and savory crepes. The s'mores crepe is filled with melted chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallow. The Italian is stuffed with mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, basil and tomato sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CURRY CORNER
1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-9033 A sister restaurant to nearby Sara's, Curry Corner serves meals cafeteria style with numerous selections of curried vegetables and Indian specialties. The Thai curry chicken combines chicken and vegetables in red curry sauce with coconut milk. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DANTE'S KITCHEN
736 Dante St., 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com The menu at Dante's includes mainstays like redfish on the half shell, topped with crabmeat and herbs. The trois mignons features three petit beef tenderloin filets served on caramelized onion mashed potatoes and topped with pork debris, Stilton cheese sauce and marchands du vin. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING Loyola University, Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 861-5451 Loyola students aren't the only ones able to enjoy Dunbar's post-Katrina location. Head to campus for a menu of fried chicken, red beans and rice, smothered chicken and other Crescent City soul-food favorites. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA
6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipesneworleans.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

FRESCO CAFE AND PIZZERIA
7625 Maple St., 862-6363; www.frescocafe.us True to its name, Fresco features fresh salads, sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and pasta entrees. The spinach and artichoke roll consists of baby spinach, feta, artichokes, sun-dried tomato and caramelized onion sauteed with garlic butter. Delivery and catering available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIAR TUCK'S BAR & GRILL
5130 Freret St., 891-4080; www.friartucksbar.com Enjoy happy hour prices and free hot dogs and wings during Saints games. Appetizers at this Uptown staple include chicken tenders, nachos and french fries. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GELATO PAZZO CAFÉ
8115 Oak St., 304-6908; www.gelatopazzo.com The cafe's ever-shifting menu features pizza, sandwiches and approximately 20 flavors of gelati made fresh daily. The Caprese sandwich consists of basil pesto, roma tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
8116 Hampson St., 865-1634 Hana offers a variety of Japanese dishes including a large selection of sushi. Tuna tataki features seared tuna with vinaigrette, caviar and vegetables. The white tuna roll is a medley of crawfish, white tuna, scallions and hot sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE
8324 Oak St., 861-0886 Jacques-Imo's combines a bustling atmosphere, colorful decor and bold flavors. Savory alligator cheesecake is a signature appetizer. The Carpet Bagger Steak is stuffed with poached oysters, caramelized onions and blue cheese and topped with tasso hollandaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE
7808 Maple St., 866-4366 Jamila's dishes up authentic French-Tunisian cuisine. Menu choices range from merguez lamb sausage to zucchini bisque with crawfish. A steaming clay pot of lamb tagine (Moroccan stew) or mustard-crusted salmon fillet make for hearty and exotic meals. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAZMINE CAFE
614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301 Warm up with one of Jazmine's hot noodle soups or enjoy a vermicelli salad bowl with your choice of meat on a bed of noodles, lettuce, cilantro, shredded cucumber and pickled carrots. Rice dishes include the steak sesame plate, pan-fried tilapia and seared tuna. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
7712 Maple St., 861-4114; www.ladivinagelateria.com See Uptown section for restaurant description. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA & LATIN CAFE
8120 Hampson St., 862-5252 La Macarena serves El Salvadoran pupusas — stuffed thick cornmeal patties — and a range of Latin American dishes. Options include fresh soups, salads, ceviche, combination platters and seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; www.lamadeleine.com La Madeleine offers a wide array of breakfast options, soups, sandwiches and salads. The chicken Parisian loads marinated chicken breast, bacon, melted cheddar, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato onto a sourdough roll. Soups include creamy tomato basil and French onion. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEBANON'S CAFE
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com Lebanon's offers classic Mediterranean fare amidst the romantic atmosphere of hand-painted murals. The chef's special appetizer includes hummus, baba ghanoush, vegetarian grape leaves, tabbouleh, falafel and lebna. The beef shawarma is marinated in red vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and spices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN
615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900; www.lpkuptown.com Louisiana Pizza Kitchen offers wood-oven pizzas, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and more. Barbecued chicken pizza is loaded with chicken, corn, scallions and mozzarella cheese. The smoked salmon pizza is piled with Roma tomatoes, capers, caviar, red onions, mozzarella and cream cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE
7623 Maple St., 314-9003 Maple Street Cafe mixes New Orleans, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. Try the eggplant and lump crab cake appetizer or the chicken Alfredo. Mediterranean dishes include shrimp in phyllo with lemon beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MAT & NADDIE'S
937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.com Take a table in one of the Riverbend shotgun's intimate dining rooms or on the deck overlooking the levee. Try dishes like artichoke, sun-dried tomato and roasted-garlic cheesecake with basil-spinach tapanade or grilled jerk pork tenderloin with 7th Ward braised greens and mango crema. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MONA'S CAFE
1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175 Its original location on Banks Street is one the city's oldest Middle Eastern restaurants. The menu features an array of traditional dishes including chicken, lamb and beef kebabs, lentil soup, falafel and gyro sandwiches, and baklava for dessert. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

NAKED PIZZA
6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; www.nakedpizza.biz It's the crust — a probiotic-and-prebiotic-rich, multi-grain dough — that makes this a nutritious option for those wanting a healthy pizza. The restaurant offers a variety of toppings, and customers can purchase bake at home "Take and Bake" pizzas. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NINJA SUSHI
8433 Oak St., 866-1119; www.ninjasushineworleans.com This sushi restaurant features an extensive list of sushi, sashimi, rolls, soba and udon noodles, soups, salads and other Japanese dishes. The Smokey Bear roll bundles baked smoked salmon, green onions, cucumber, smelt roe and egg sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; www.ohenrys.com With peanut shells littering the floor, O'Henry's is the most casual of restaurants. Stop in for sandwiches, ribs, steaks, burgers, seafood platters, ravioli and other pasta dishes. A kids' menu is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFE
8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.com This all-day breakfast joint serves classic diner fare. Start your day with the two-egg special including grits, a biscuit and bacon, ham or sausage. Late-risers should try the General Lee breakfast po-boy: fried eggs, pork sausage, cheese and white gravy on a 10-inch bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com This Riverbend cafe features an open kitchen. Appetizers include crab cakes on basil and cabbage salad and chargrilled oysters with Roquefort cheese. Beer-braised rabbit is served over stone-ground grits and fava beans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PAT FANNIE'S
7537 Maple St., 302-2547 A little Irish flair inspires the menu at this tavern. Irish nachos are potato skins loaded with corned beef and chili. The Blarney Stone burger is topped with Swiss cheese, bacon, corned beef hash and a fried egg. Fannie Bites are a trio of mini-cheeseburgers. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PEPPERONI'S CAFE
8123 Hampson St., 865-0336 Pepperoni's offers specialty pies like the Masterpiece, including a whopping 12 toppings (with six meats) for the price of a six-topping pie. The shrimp pasta tosses Gulf shrimp with basil in Alfredo sauce and is served over fettuccine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PYRAMIDS CAFE
3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602 Middle Eastern cuisine is the attraction at this university neighborhood eatery. Chicken shawarma is marinated in a house blend of spices, roasted on a spit and sliced onto warm pita or a platter with hummus and salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT
8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933; www.redstarchineserestaurant.com Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine star on this menu. Popular items include Peking duck and calamari in spicy sauce. There is a menu of lighter dishes prepared with no added salt, sugar or cornstarch. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Cafe Navarre (800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828) owner Heather Riccobono - serves diners. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Cafe Navarre (800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828) owner Heather Riccobono serves diners.

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH
8124 Hampson St., 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.com This casual cafe offers counter service for a quick cup of coffee and the kitchen turns out innovative options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Huevos rancheros is a popular breakfast option. For lunch, try smoked pulled-pork over grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RENDON INN BAR & GRILL
4501 Eve St., 826-5605 Try appetizers such as spinach and artichoke dip, hot wings or fried pickles. Off the grill there are burgers, chicken sandwiches and cheese quesadillas. Other options include salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE
7801 Panola St., 314-1810 Neighbors and students fill this sunny Uptown cafe offering everything from simple stacks of pancakes to specials like crawfish omelets, crab cakes Benedict, huevos rancheros and Belgian waffles. At lunch, choose from burgers, hamburger steaks and fried catfish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

ROBERT FRESH MARKET
8115 S. Claiborne Ave, 488-0536; www.robertfreshmarket.com Whether you're grabbing dinner or making groceries, Robert can help. Rotisserie chickens, an extensive salad bar and fresh deli options offer quick meal options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROMAN PIZZA
7329 Cohn St., 866-1166; www.eatromanpizza.com For 15 years, this pizzeria has sated late-night pizza cravings with offerings like the Juan and Deen's: pepperoni, jalapenos and extra cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343 Rue serves a range of hot and cold specialty coffee drinks, teas and baked goods like fresh cupcakes, croissants, muffins and biscotti. Sandwiches are prepared on a choice bread with either roast beef, turkey or chicken salad, Swiss or American cheese and served with chips or potato salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

SALTWATER GRILL
710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.com A wide range of New Orleans seafood favorites rule at Saltwater Grill. Po-boys are filled with everything from fried oysters to cochon de lait. Shrimp are accompanied by cheddar cheese grits or andouille pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S
724 Dublin St., 861-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.com Creole-Italian food is common in New Orleans. Creole-Indian, however, is the sole of Sara's. Gulf shrimp is simmered in coconut cream with red and green curries. Grilled Muscovy duck breast is served with port plum reduction and jasmine rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q
8400 Oak St., 302-7370 At New Orleans' newest barbecue joint, pork, brisket and ribs are slow-cooked in-house. Order them on platters with side dishes like roasted corn and cheddar grits. There also are salad options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STATION 8801
8801 Oak St., 861-9293 This friendly pit stop gets its name from the gas station that used to occupy its building. Today, the spouts serve inexpensive draft beer, and the menu is pumped full of homespun staples: steaks, burgers, chicken sandwiches and sides like onion rings and sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TED'S FROSTOP
3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615 Burgers and milkshakes are the type of hearty simple fare that have kept this university neighborhood eatery hopping. Plate lunches include dishes like baked chicken, fried seafood and pork chops with red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE
7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.com This long-time favorite is known for seafood po-boys, burgers and veal dishes. The fried green tomato po-boy is topped with shrimp remoulade. Daily specials include broiled redfish topped with lump crabmeat amandine. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE
8210 Oak St., 861-2224 Z'otz offers bohemian ambience, fair-trade coffees, super-sized cookies, vegan items and exotic beverages like bubble tea and yerba mate. A changing menu features quiches, bagels, pastries and vegan sandwiches and soups such as miso. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

 

 

CITYWIDE

APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR
Citywide; www.applebees.com Applebee's aims to please with a catch-all approach, serving everything from steaks and burgers to fried seafood to fajitas and Italian-accented pasta bowls. There also are menus of drinks, desserts and kids' items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BREAUX MART
Citywide; www.breauxmart.com Breaux Mart offers a variety of sandwiches and hot plates at the deli counter. Changing daily specials include crispy fried or lemon-baked catfish. Other popular dishes include ribs, savory beef brisket and seafood gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUD'S BROILER
Citywide Bud's built its reputation on flame-broiled burgers. Toppings include grated cheddar, hickory sauce, chili or a second beef patty. The menu also offers grilled chicken sandwiches and hot dogs. For dessert there are apple, peach and cherry pies. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CC'S COFFEEHOUSE
Citywide; www.communitycoffee.com This local chain of coffeehouses uses its own roasted blends in both hot and iced specialty drinks. Baked goods include muffins, pastries and bagels. Many locations have wireless Internet. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CAFE DU MONDE
Citywide; www.cafedumonde.com Cafe Du Monde serves signature cafe au lait and trios of hot beignets topped with snow drifts of powdered sugar. While the original Decatur Street location remains a French Quarter landmark, satellite shops can be found scattered throughout the metro area. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT
Citywide; www.alcopeland.com The late Al Copeland's signature take on Cajun and Creole dishes fills the menu at his namesake chain. Traditional offerings include shrimp Creole and etouffee as well as seafood combinations like crab-stuffed catfish bordelaise. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DANNY & CLYDE'S
Citywide; www.dannyandclydes.com This local chain of convenience marts offers much more than chips and soda. Grab a super-sized po-boy or other deli sandwich when filling up. Homemade meat pies and breakfast sandwiches are popular as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DOT'S DINER
Citywide Nothing says diner fare like bottomless cups of coffee and breakfast served anytime, but Dot's offers much more. Dinner specials include pork chops or bone-in ham steaks. For lunch, there are burgers, sandwiches and entrees. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
Citywide; www.italianpierestaurants.com Italian Pie offers gourmet pies as well as calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. Specialty pies range from an all meat pie with bacon, sausage and pepperoni to garlic-shrimp to a Hawaiian pie with pineapple and Canadian bacon. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LEE'S HAMBURGERS
Citywide Lee's burgers incorporate chopped onions for a little extra flavor. The drive-through is convenient for days when you can't stand in line but must have the Works, a big cheeseburger dressed and served with onion rings or fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD COMPANY
Citywide; www.nohsc.com The menu features 10 signature half-pound burgers, including the Ragin' Cajun, which is covered with wing sauce, jalapenos, grilled onions, banana peppers and pepper Jack cheese. The crabmeat and eggplant stack has layered eggplant, crabmeat stuffing and fried green tomatoes with crawfish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
Citywide; www.outback.com This Aussie-inspired chain takes a Down Under approach to steaks. Many dishes are familiar even if the names aren't, like the Bloomin' Onion and the Kookaburra chicken wings bathed in hot sauce. Entrees include T-bones and rib-eyes, rack of New Zealand lamb and roast pork. No reservations. Dinner daily, lunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS
Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com At numerous locations throughout the metro area, PJ's coffeeshops serve a full selection of coffees, from dark roast to flavored blends, iced concoctions, bagels and a variety of baked goods. Some locations offer sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA
Citywide; www.papajohns.com Papa John's does it up with pies such as the Works and the Tuscan six-cheese pie. Specialty pizzas include a barbecued chicken and bacon, Hawaiian barbecue and spinach Alfredo. Sides include garlic Parmesan breadsticks, wings and chicken strips. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PICCADILLY
Citywide; www.piccadilly.com Piccadilly's buffet is stocked with everything from sliced roast beef and Southern-style fried chicken to local favorites like crawfish etouffee. There are many salads and vegetable dishes to choose from and desserts range from pecan pie to red velvet cake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA HUT
Citywide; www.pizzahut.com Pizza Hut has reconfigured pizza by size, shape and crust (thick, thin, stuffed), and the menu also includes a calzone-like P'zone. Some locations serve pasta dishes and chicken wings. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

POPEYES
Citywide; www.popeyes.com Popeyes' is synonymous with spicy fried chicken, which is served in combo meals, baskets and sandwiches. Popular sides include red beans and rice, mashed potatoes and gravy, Cajun rice, spicy battered fries and biscuits. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

QUIZNOS
Citywide; www.quiznos.com Quiznos offers a range of toasted subs and salad bowls. Specialty items include mesquite-grilled meats, smoky barbecue sauce and a Philly cheese steak. Green options include Cobb salads and chicken Caesar salads. Some locations serve breakfast. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS
Citywide; www.raisingcanes.com Chicken fingers point in every direction on Raising Cane's menu. Three-piece combos come in a box or as a sandwich. The Caniac Combo includes six fingers, french fries, coleslaw, Texas toast, a fountain drink and two dipping sauces. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ROUSES
Citywide; www.rouses.com The hot line at Rouses features baked items, fried and rotisserie chicken and daily specials such as red beans and rice. There also are sandwiches and sushi, soup and salad bars. The coffee bar serves smoothies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUBWAY
Citywide; www.subway.com Subway serves classic subs filled with turkey, Italian cold cuts or tuna fish as well as a Philly cheese steak and chicken bacon ranch sandwiches. The Veggie Delight with cheese is dressed to order. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WING ZONE
Citywide; www.wingzone.com The Zone menu offers a blitz of chicken wings, fingers and spicy options such as Buffalo shrimp. Sauces vary in levels of heat, and options include sweet and tangy barbecue varieties, several hot garlic selections and cool ranch. Salads and burgers also are available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WOW CAFE & WINGERY
Citywide; www.wingery.com Wow offers a gaggle of dipping sauces to go with its wings, including Key West citrus, honey barbecue, Thai peanut, various heat levels of Buffalo, coconut curry, sweet and sour, teriyaki and many others. The chain also serves wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas and fajitas. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
Citywide; www.zearestaurants.com Zea offers slow-roasted meats from the rotisserie and creative takes on American and Asian favorites. The twice-cooked crispy duck is slow roasted then crisped, seasoned with Asian herbs and served with honey soy sauce. Reservation policies vary by location. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

 

 

FAUBOURG MARIGNY

13 MONAGHAN
517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com For those starting or finishing a long night, 13 Monaghan serves a menu that's both wallet- and vegetarian-friendly. Sesame chicken salad and portobello mushroom sandwiches are served on multi-grain bread with Tater Tots or potato chips. Veggie burgers, pita pizza and soup specials abound. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ADOLFO'S
611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800 Those in the know about this offbeat Marigny fixture head upstairs to dine on zesty Italian fare above Frenchmen Street. Cannelloni stuffed with spinach is a popular special, and the ever-changing array of fish can be ordered with the house Ocean sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

BIG SHIRLEY'S OF NEW ORLEANS
508 Frenchmen St., 947-4040 Recently relocated from the Carrolton area, Big Shirley's is a new option on the Frenchmen Street scene. Try fried catfish or chicken wings. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BUFFA'S LOUNGE
1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038; www.buffaslounge.com Dubbed "the border of the Quarter cafe," Buffa's straddles the line between barroom and restaurant, pouring drinks and a serving biscuits and gravy and build-your-own omelets for breakfast. The tavern serves salads, Cajun-seasoned steaks, burgers and sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

CAFE BAMBOO
435 Esplanade Ave., 940-5546; www.cafebamboo.com Cafe Bamboo takes its inspiration from Caribbean cooking and soul food, but reinterprets these dishes for the vegetarian palate. Marinated soy and gluten products replace chicken, pork and beef on a completely meatless menu that includes rice bowls and pasta dishes. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD
632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300 Rose Nicaud regulars can keep tabs on the Frenchmen Street scene from sidewalk tables with coffee drinks, tea and exotic sodas. Quiches are made fresh daily and the cafe serves cookies, muffins and other pastries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CHECK POINT CHARLIE
501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847 Only in New Orleans can you do laundry while listening to a band at a bar. While your clothes dry, try Check Point's spicy Cajun burger, grilled chicken sandwich or bar food standards like cheese fries. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

FEELINGS CAFE
2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com Extending throughout an old plantation house, Feelings' dining rooms exude warmth and charm. The Gulf fish Nicholas is served with grilled shrimp and creamed spinach. The filet is stuffed with blue cheese and topped with mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP
2600 Royal St., 947-8358 This cozy, eclectic coffeehouse offers French, Colombian and Kenyon coffee. Persian kebabs are made with ground beef and fresh basil and served with pita bread. There also are black bean burritos and chicken quesadillas. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFE & BAR
2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schiros .com The Little Kitchen in Shiro's grocery serves up big Indian flavors like chicken tikka masala and a vegetarian aloo mutter paneer, Indian cheese with potato and peas sauteed with onions, garlic and masala spice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT
1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460 Burgers, fried seafood and chicken, po-boys and breakfast any time are available to midnight revelers and morning brunch crowds alike. Specials include bronzed pork and desserts such as chocolate layer cake and peanut butter chocolate chip pie. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

LORETTA'S TOO
2101 N. Rampart St., 944-7068; www.lorettaspralines.com This Marigny corner cafe's long list of sweets include pralines with rum, coconut, peanut butter or chocolate. The chocolate pecan fudge and sweet potato cookies are popular. Stop by on Friday afternoon for the weekly fish fry. Lunch specials include fried and baked chicken and stuffed bell peppers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY BRASSERIE
640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472: www.marignybrasserie.com The Louisiana crawfish risotto with asparagus spring onion saute and smoked tomato cream sauce is just one of the many reasons to dine at Marigny Brasserie. The Abita beer battered fries are another. Brunch options include crab cakes and gumbo ya ya. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MARIGNY PERKS
2401 Burgundy St., 948-7401; www.marignyperks.com Signature desserts at Marigny Perks include red velvet and cookies-and-cream cupcakes and banana nut bread. Light lunch options include vegetarian spinach quiche. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY
2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.com This popular bar serves a tapas menu late into the night. There are a number of hot seafood dishes like calamari al ajillo, which is squid sauteed with garlic, parsley and white wine. The cold side of the menu includes ceviche and a selection of Spanish cheeses and cured meats. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE
504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115 See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY
2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com This laid back Marigny cafe specializes in customized cakes and a variety of fresh-baked goods including breads, bagels and biscuits. The breakfast menu offers omelets and bagel sandwiches. For lunch, try the crab sandwich: fresh crab, spinach, Brie and bacon, grilled with your choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ORANGE COUCH
2339 Royal St., 267-7327 This corner coffee spot is unassuming on the outside and modish on the inside. Choose from locally baked pastries to go with coffee. The cafe serves light Vietnamese dishes for Friday lunches. For a sweet treat, try one of the exotic Japanese ice creams like mango or tiramisu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PRALINE CONNECTION
542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com Stick-to-your-ribs Creole soul food is the draw at this Marigny spot. Look no further for home-style red beans and rice, file gumbo, stuffed bell peppers and sides like mac and cheese, fried okra and fried pickles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com Snug presents two show nightly, Creole dishes, a monster sized burger, hand-cut Angus steak and a fresh Gulf catch. Shrimp are either broiled, fried or barbecued in their shells. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, lunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUKHO THAI
1913 Royal St., 948-9309; www.sukhothai-nola.com Sukho Thai serves soup, noodles, curries, wok dishes and can adjust all to preferred levels of spice. Curry varieties range from red, green, yellow and Kaffir lime to pineapple. Seafood options include basil scallops and citrus steamed fish. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SWEET LORRAINE'S JAZZ CLUB
1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654; www.sweetlorrainesjazzclub.com Sweet Lorraine's cooks up hot jazz and Creole food. It serves a wide range of entrees including blackened catfish topped with sauteed mushrooms and served over spinach. There also are burgers, sandwiches and salads. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TOMATILLO'S MEXICAN JOINT
437 Esplanade Ave., 945-9997; www.tomatillosnola.com Mexican and Southwestern favorites fill the menu. The Tomatillo burrito is stuffed with ground beef, pulled chicken, pork, grilled shrimp, refried beans and rice and is topped with melted Jack cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole and ranchero sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WASABI
900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; www.wasabinola.com Wasabi offers a full range of Japanese cuisine, from creative rolls to tempura to rice and noodle dishes. The long list of appetizers includes gyoza dumplings, edemame, mussels and the namesake wasabi honey shrimp in cream sauce. Nabeyaki udon is a noodle soup with thick udon noodles, assorted seafood, vegetables, egg and shrimp tempura resting on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA
525 Frenchmen St., phone n.a.; www.myspace.com/yukiizakaya Nothing is lost in translation at this Japanese-style tavern. The ambience is urbane, but the food is authentically Japanese in its simplicity and focus. Appetizer-size dishes include grilled beef tongue, salmon roe with shredded radish, shumai dumplings, fried spring rolls, clams in sake butter and fries with wasabi sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

 

 

FRENCH QUARTER

5FIFTY5 Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638; www.555canal.com New Orleans classics like seafood gumbo meet upscale comfort food like lobster macaroni and cheese at 5Fifty5. A creative touch is evident in dishes like seared scallops with white bean salad and citrus gastrique. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
724 Iberville St., 522-5973; www.acmeoyster.com It's hard to resist the raw oysters at Acme, and most people start with a cold dozen before choosing from New Orleans classics including po-boys, gumbo and seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILLE
811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com Burgers and bar snacks keep Quarter revelers and service industry workers girded long into the wee hours. The barbecue shrimp salad is a lighter option, while those going all out order the cheesy Alibi killer fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE ALPINE
620 Chartres St., 523-3005; www.thealpinebistro.com Dine on Alpine's Creole and Cajun dishes in one of its dining rooms or in the courtyard. Specialties include redfish Amer and a daily smoked duck preparation. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANGELI ON DECATUR
1141 Decatur St., 566-0077 Bohemian ambience sets the scene for eclectic meals at Angeli, where the menu mixes Italian and Middle Eastern dishes. Choose from pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and dips or get the Mediterranean burger topped with feta. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT
713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com The French-Creole institution maintains a traditional menu and historic dining rooms. Signature items include oysters Rockefeller and baked Alaska. New dishes include an oysters Foch po-boy. Antoine's recently opened its Hermes Bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT
813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnauds.com The French Creole dining tradition dates back more than eight decades at Arnaud's, where enduring classics include trout meuniere and filet mignon Charlemond. The signature dessert features strawberries marinated in a port wine sauce with ice cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL
230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com Casual Middle Eastern fare including hummus and falafel sandwiches get some heartier company on the menu at Attiki. Rack of spring lamb is seasoned with garlic, and kebabs are marinated in herbs and olive oil for 24 hours before cooking. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Rock-n-Sake (823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com) serves a variety of - sushi and rolls. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

BACCO
310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.com Creole and Italian flavors are the complementary influences at Bacco, where grilled black drum is accented with caramelized fennel and the signature lobster ravioli is stuffed with lobster and shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BAYONA
430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com Ingredients and flavors from around the globe inform chef Susan Spicer's contemporary Creole cuisine. Look for liver- and onion-stuffed rabbit roulade with fig Marsala sauce or pork belly with bourbon peaches and grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BEGUE'S RESTAURANT AT THE ROYAL SONESTA
300 Bourbon St., 553-2278; www.beguesrestaurant.com Best known for its Sunday champagne brunch, Begue's also puts on formidable breakfasts and lunches during the week. The steak and eggs BLT with grilled rib-eye, two sunny-side-up eggs and bacon on ciabatta offers a hearty start in the morning. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BENNACHIN
1212 Royal St., 522-1230 Bennachin's traditional African cooking showcases a shared heritage with New Orleans cuisine. Explore the edible history lesson through okra-based stews and beans served over rice or the spicy namesake bennachin, described as an African jambalaya. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

BOMBAY CLUB
830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com Mull the menu at this French Quarter hideaway while sipping a well made martini. The duck duet pairs confit leg with pepper-seared breast with black currant reduction. Pan-seared diver scallops come with potato corn hash and piquant chimichurri sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BOURBON HOUSE
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com Bourbon House puts its own stamp on local seafood classics. Redfish is served "on the half shell" with new potatoes, balsamic-glazed red onion and lemon butter. Gulf shrimp come in their shells with a peppery butter bath and a loaf of French bread for sopping. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT
417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com The classics like trout amandine, crabs bearnaise and bananas Foster are right at home at this grand French Creole restaurant. For a decadent breakfast, there's no better way to start than with a eggs Sardou and an eye-opening bourbon milk punch. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT
819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com Broussard's dining rooms and courtyard exude Creole elegance. The menu showcases sophisticated Creole and continental dining. Veal scaloppini Broussard features pan-roasted veal stuffed with crabmeat and spinach mousse. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY
429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com It's been 15 years since Forrest Gump hit cinema screens, and the film continues to inspire the menu at this theme restaurant. Fried shrimp dishes and movie references abound, like Bubba's Far Out Dip with spinach and artichokes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AMELIE
912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.princessofmonaco.com The courtyard at Cafe Amelie is lovely during mild fall weather. The kitchen prepares roasted oysters, rack of lamb with Scotch bonnet peppers and crab cakes with citrus drizzle. At lunch, muffulettas and sandwiches are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE BEIGNET
311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com Cafe Beignet's locations in the heart of the French Quarter aim to please with New Orleans favorites including red beans and rice and shrimp po-boys. Get Cajun hash browns with andouille for breakfast or hot beignets anytime. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CAFE ENVIE
1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.myspace.com/envie Cafe Envie can provide a quick coffee, a picturesque study perch or a hearty meal. The menu includes Southern-style breakfast dishes, bagels and fresh pastries, sandwiches and vegetarian options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FLEUR DE LIS
307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com Visitors grab quick breakfast sandwiches or settle in for heartier fare like seafood omelets and steak and eggs at this casual cafe. Lunch brings a lineup of salads, panini and burgers, like the half-pound Cajun burger. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE GIOVANNI
117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com Chef Duke LoCicero's Italian-inspired French Quarter restaurant features Louisiana Voodoo shrimp with sweet and spicy shrimp, marinated portobello mushrooms, fried tomato, grits and arugala salad. Duck classico is a roasted half duck served with sweet Marsala-garlic glaze and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun.. Credit cards $$$

CAFE MASPERO
601 Decatur St., 523-6250 Known for overstuffed deli sandwiches with pastrami or corned beef, Cafe Maspero is a popular stop for people exploring the Quarter. Both conventional and vegetarian muffulettas are served, plus dishes like red beans and jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE PONTALBA
546 St. Peter St., 522-1180 For a meal with a view, grab a table looking out on Jackson Square. Order the Cajun combination with portions of jambalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice. Po-boys are stuffed with fried seafood or hot roast beef. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CENTRAL GROCERY
923 Decatur St., 523-1620 Central Grocery is a holdover from when the lower French Quarter was home to a large Italian population and was full of groceries and coffee shops along the riverfront. The muffuletta sandwich was invented here and is the only sandwich made. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE
601 Chartres St., 586-8383; www.chartreshousecafe.com Chartres House brings the heat with dishes like Tabasco hot wings, eggplant Napoleon topped with spicy crawfish sauce and platters of fried seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU MOANET VOILA
300 Decatur St., 581-2534; www.voilanola.com At Voila, diners will find everything from fried pickles and crab rangoon to fried crawfish balls and barbecued alligator sausage on a stick. French fries are served with a variety of toppings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CHECKERED PARROT
132 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com Checkered Parrot's specialty is Tex-Mex fare like quesadillas, fajitas and loaded nachos. It also offers sandwiches, wraps, burgers and a kids' menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL
900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com This sassy retro diner offers a stick-to-your-ribs menu of big omelets and burgers grilled under hubcaps. Get a three-egg omelet stuffed with the works or try the club sandwich piled high with ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

CLUB DECATUR
240 Decatur St., 581-6969 Late-night revelers and service industry workers find common ground near the pizza counter at this corner bar. Pizza is served by the slice or whole pie. Other options include po-boys, cheese steaks, salads and sides like french fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE
1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net Late-night hours and a menu of Cajun-influenced dishes have earned this tavern a loyal following. The jambalaya is loaded with rabbit, sausage, shrimp and smoky tasso. Redfish is blackened in an iron skillet. Duck quesadillas are topped with pepper jelly. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL
725 Conti St., 527-0869 Just off Bourbon Street, the Copper Monkey is popular with service industry workers for cold drinks and hot food. Pub grub includes burgers, quesadillas, salads, steaks and fried or grilled seafood. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER BAR AND GRILL
500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.com The gumbalaya is no typo. Corner Oyster Bar's signature dish is a Cajun-inspired combination of chicken and andouille gumbo and hearty jambalaya. Roux figures in its crawfish chicken entree, too, with a breast, tails, peppers and mushrooms commingling in a rich sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME
620 Iberville St., 522-1138 Latin American dishes from Mexico to Cuba fill the menu of this inexpensive cantina. There are fajita platters, Cuban sandwiches, pork chops, steaks and ribs. Classic Cuban dishes include traditional ropa viejo. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS
613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com The Court of Two Sisters offers jazz brunch and Creole favorites every day. Hot and cold buffet items are complemented by made-to-order omelets and eggs Benedict for brunch. For dinner, a la carte entrees including shrimp and grits with Creole meuniere reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE
527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com Crescent City brews German-style beers to complement its regional cooking. Pints of sudsy pale ale and spicy dishes like redfish St. Louis, topped with crispy oysters and Worcestershire-spiked butter, are a match made in heaven. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CROISSANT D'OR
617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663 The ambience of this coffee shop offers a virtual field trip to Paris. Sweet or savory pastries, baguette sandwiches with bechamel sauce, quiches, salads and homemade soups provide inexpensive breakfasts and lunches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DAISY DUKES
121 Chartres St., 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com "As Southern as sweet potato pie," Daisy Dukes serves breakfast all day, along with po-boys, wings, salads and more. The Cajun omelet is made with hot sausage, cheese, onion, parsley and tomato. The New Orleans sampler combines gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
841 Iberville St., 581-1316; www.deanies.com See Metairie section for restaurant description. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR
400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com No matter if it's day or night, Deja Vu is open to diners looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The pot roast plate is served with a choice of two sides. Chicken-fried steak is breaded Angus beef covered in country gravy. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR
300 Bourbon St., 553-2281 It's the bar named Desire, but kind strangers come in for the seafood. The menu includes Gulf seafood, raw and grilled oysters, turtle soup, gumbo and po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE
716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com Descend into Dickie's and a luxe, clubby atmosphere with cuts of to-die-for beef await. The 8-oz. house filet is dressed with creamed spinach, Pontalba potatoes, fried oysters and sauce bearnaise. A 14-oz. rib-eye is topped with barbecue shrimp and comes with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DONNA'S BAR AND GRILL
800 N. Rampart St., 596-6914; www.donnasbarandgrill.com Don't miss a meal when you're out listening to music. Donna's backs up its music schedule with a grill offering barbecued ribs, red beans and rice, fried fish on Fridays and other changing specials. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Mon. Cash only. $

EAT NEW ORLEANS
900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.com Bright colors and contemporary design reflect this Quarter cafe's approach to Southern standards. Chicken-fried steak and smoked beef brisket are served with salad and a side dish. The fried green tomatoes and eggs are a brunch favorite. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

EL GATO NEGRO
81 French Market Place, 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.com This cozy cantina offers Mexican dishes like enchiladas, burritos and fajitas and an array of top shelf tequilas in unique drinks like the carrot or pineapple margaritas. Guacamole is made tableside and dishes include chicken mole and pulled-pork tacos. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE
700 Bourbon St., 523-1485; www.emberssteakhouse.com The balcony at The Embers is a popular spot to people-watch while enjoying a full range of steaks, seafood and Creole dishes. The Bourbon House special is an 8-oz. filet served with barbecue shrimp and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA
301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; www.felipesneworleans.com Flavorful options abound at this taqueria. Tacos are filled with marinated pork, pulled pork, steak, grilled vegetables, grilled chicken or chorizo. Burritos, tostadas, quesadillas and chimichangas fill out the menu. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com Order your oysters on the half shell or chargrilled at this French Quarter landmark. Louisiana staples like fried alligator, jambalaya, turtle soup, red beans and rice and seafood platters are popular choices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIORELLA'S CAFÉ
1136 Decatur St., 553-2155 Fiorella's may be known for its fried chicken, but vegetarians, tourists and locals will find menu items to suit their palates. Choose from po-boys, seafood platters, salads and Italian dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thurs.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FRANK'S RESTAURANT
933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com A Decatur Street fixture since 1965, this onetime Italian deli serves up ravioli, blackened rib-eye steak and veal dishes. Muffulettas and seafood po-boys are popular menu items. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT
1001 Decatur St., 525-7879 The French Market Restaurant offers balcony dining and weekly specials, including baked salmon, lobster etouffee and chargrilled oysters. During happy hour (3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily), raw oysters are 50 cents each. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH QUARTER BISTRO AT THE MAISON DUPUY
1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/fqbistro.html Cajun and Creole dishes highlight the menu at this hotel bistro. Dip Granny Smith apples, fingerling potatoes and grilled bread into Stilton cheese fondue. Other items include shrimp remolaude, pizzas and salads. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH QUARTER PIZZERIA & BAR
201 Decatur St., 948-3287; www.frenchquarterpizza.com This pizzeria features a lunchtime all-you-can-eat buffet with pizzas, salads, pastas, soup, chicken wings, red beans, spinach dip and desserts. Specialty pizzas include primavera veggie and roast beef po-boy pizza. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GW FINS
808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com Chef Tenney Flynn updates his menu daily as fish like redfish and red snapper arrive from the Gulf. Specialties include smoked sizzling oyster on the half shell and sauteed black grouper with lobster butter and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT
209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com Shrimp remoulade and trout meuniere amandine are two classic at this century-old fine dining landmark. The airy bread pudding is flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar and praline liqueur. Jackets required. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT
914 N. Peters St., 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.com Enjoy Spanish cuisine in a romantic atmosphere with a view of the Mississippi. Tapas, empanadas, ceviche de Cameron and paella Valenciana are specialties. The sangria is made with peach brandy. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE GREEN GODDESS
307 Exchange Alley, 301-3347; www.greengoddessnola.com Chef Chris DeBarr's contemporary cooking combines classic techniques, exotic ingredients and culinary wit. At lunch, Big Cactus Chilaquiles feature poached eggs on homemade tortillas with salsa verde, queso fresca and nopalitos. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GUMBO SHOP
630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com Start with one of the renowned gumbos, and then move on to an entree such as alligator sauce piquant, which features pieces of alligator tenderloin stewed in spicy tomato sauce. Tourists and locals brush shoulders in the airy, pleasant courtyard. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFE
418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com The local Hard Rock is known for its hearty burgers: 10-oz. patties of certified Angus beef. The Red, White and Blue burger is basted in wing sauce and topped with bleu cheese and a fried onion ring. The restaurant also serves hickory-smoked ribs and sizzling fajita plates. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSE OF BLUES
225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com House of Blues serves Southern specials like seafood jambalaya, barbecued baby back ribs and fried chicken. At happy hour, appetizers such as calamari, buffalo wings and voodoo shrimp are half-off from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

IHOP
833 Canal St., 593-0440; www.ihop.com This diner-styled chain is known for breakfast platters of pancakes or waffles topped with fruit, French toast, eggs, omelets and steak and eggs. The lunch and dinner menus include sandwiches, chicken strips, soups, salads and entrees such as grilled tilapia topped with Hollandaise or balsamic-glazed chicken. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IRENE'S CUISINE
539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 Italian-French flavors enliven an array of seafood dishes and daily specials at Irene's. Fresh mussels are steamed in white wine and simmered with garlic, Roma tomatoes and basil. Praline bread pudding and chocolate hazelnut truffles are among the homemade desserts. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS
321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com Iris is a stage for well-crafted original cocktails and new American cooking. Poussin is a roasted young chicken served with squash, wild mushrooms, roasted garlic and sweet vermouth jus. Handmade pappardelle pasta is served with local chanterelle mushrooms, broccoli rabe, grape tomatoes and pecorino Toscana. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ITALIAN BARREL
430 Barracks St., 569-0198 This Northern Italian cafe serves dishes ranging from meatloaf to crab salad and rigatoni with sweet gorgonzola and walnuts. Start with a stuffed bell pepper bursting with Italian sausage, ham, Parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella and topped with red sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP
833 Conti St., 525-9200; www.jager-haus.com This Bavarian restaurant dishes up a hearty spate of wursts and schnitzels. The grilled pork knuckle has a crispy, cracklin-style crust and comes with red cabbage, sauerkraut, mustard and horseradish. Pick a hefeweizen for the perfect complement to any meal. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JEAN LAFITTE BISTRO
240 Bourbon St., 523-6820; www.jeanlafittesrendezvous.com The upscale Jean Lafitte Bistro offers Creole classics and Italian dishes. The Louisiana crab cakes are blended with Creole seasonings, pan-roasted and basted with a lemon butter sauce. For dessert, try the hot fudge pecan ball. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE
1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritaville.com Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and dishes from the Gulf Coast and Caribbean. Specialties include broiled shrimp with andouille sausage and jerk salmon. There's a large menu of frozen tropical drinks and top-shelf margaritas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS
511 St. Louis St., 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboy.com Johnny's is the place to go for lunch on the run. Po-boys come filled with alligator, hot sausage or calamari. Seafood dishes include fried shrimp, crawfish and catfish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN
416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.com Executive chef Paul Miller upholds the traditions of founder Paul Prudhomme with a menu that changes daily and features local seafood and seasonal produce. Louisiana drum is blackened in a cast-iron skillet and served with crabmeat and chipotle butter. Aged filet mignon is blackened and served with a three-day beef debris reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

KRYSTAL
116 Bourbon St., 523-4030; www.krystal.com Satisfy late-night munchies with menu options ranging from mini burgers and chicken sandwiches to hot dogs, chicken bites and fries. The Breakfast Scrambler packs eggs, sausage patties, grits and pancakes into a take-out cup. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

LA BAYOU
208 Bourbon St., 655-1806; www.labayourestaurant.com La Bayou offers a wide variety of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes. Menu options include blackened redfish served with steamed vegetables and jambalaya. The crawfish pasta features sauteed crawfish tails coated in cream sauce and topped with crunchy fried crawfish. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com See Uptown section for restaurant description. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue.

LANDRY'S
400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; www.landrysseafoodhouse.com Landry's offers oysters, shrimp and fresh fish. Pasta selections include shrimp fettuccini and grilled seafood pasta. The salmon fillet is grilled and served with lemon butter. Platters feature fried or broiled seafood. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Diners share boiled seafood at Jaeger's Seafood and Beer Garden (901 - S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 818-2200; www.jaegersseafood.com). - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

LAZY RIVER
600 Decatur St., Suite 101, Jax Brewery Millhouse, 588-2853; www.patobriens.com/lazyriverneworleans.html Enjoy a breeze from the Mississippi River while dining at this Jax Brewery eatery. It's a sister establishment to Pat O'Brien's, so tall Hurricane cocktails can be expected. Menu highlights include roast beef po-boys, crawfish bread and a muffuletta on foccacia. No reservations. Lunch daily, early dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LE MERITAGE Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritage.com Chef Michael Ferrell's menu focuses on pairing wine with Louisiana flavors. The grilled, no-filler jumbo lump crab cake with capers pairs with a sparkling wine. Robust red wines go with braised short ribs with a parsnip puree and sorrel gremolata. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA BISTRO
337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net Louisiana Bistro features creative contemporary Creole cooking. The chicken Creole is sauteed with andouille sausage in a Creole-style tomato sauce and served over rice. Duck leg confit is seasoned with rosemary and served with tasso-mashed Idaho potatoes with spicy barbecue glaze. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com. Louisiana Pizza Kitchen offers a wide selection of pizzas. The Salsiccia marinara is loaded with Italian sausage, alligator sausage, smoked andouille sausage and mozzarella cheese. Lighter options include grilled eggplant with freshwater mozzarella, red sweet onions and fresh basil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANGO MANGO
201 Bourbon St.; 236 Bourbon St.; 333 Bourbon St.; 400 Bourbon St.; www.mangodaiquiris.com Bourbon Street revelers can refuel with two solid-food options at Mango Mango: hot pretzels and pizza slices with toppings like pepperoni, sausage or mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL
1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com Maximo's offers classic and contemporary Italian cooking with dishes like veal saltimbocca, topped with prosciutto, Parmesan and sage. The pork chop is served with cayenne-whipped sweet potatoes and bourbon apples. Sauteed calamari or homemade ravioli are popular starters. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MEAUXBAR BISTRO
942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com Meauxbar's bouillabaisse is a catch of mahi mahi, lump crabmeat, shrimp and mussels served with a rouille sauce. The warm goat cheese and caramelized onion tart with bacon is a tasty appetizer. Boudin blanc is served with cornichons and sugar cane Creole mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MELANGE
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com Melange offers original dishes and signature items culled from other restaurants. Blackened redfish is served with saffron crab risotto, asparagus and lobster cream. Vegetable tempura is accompanied by dried fruit cous cous and chili mango sauce. For dessert, there is sweet potato praline torte with brown butter ice cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO
201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com Mr. B's serves creative contemporary Creole dishes and classics like New Orleans-style barbecue shell-on shrimp in peppery sauce. The country-style gumbo ya ya (chicken and andouille in smoky roux) is a popular mainstay. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT
1212 Royal St., 522-6746 With many versions of the namesake painting spread throughout the restaurant, there's no mistaking where you are dining. The menu features a selection of specialty pizzas, calzones, pastas and salads. The Mardi Gras pasta combines andouille sausage and shrimp in a tomato cream sauce served over linguine. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S STEAKHOUSE
Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com Originally founded in Chicago, this steakhouse now has locations spread throughout the country. The restaurant features a number of different cuts including filet mignon, porterhouse, New York strip and Chicago-style bone-in rib-eye. It also offers seafood selections such as Alaskan king crab legs and jumbo lump crab cakes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE
801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com Enjoy contemporary Creole cooking in a historic building on the corner of Jackson Square. The menu features dishes such as wood-grilled Louisiana shrimp served in a spicy butter barbecue sauce over rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE
500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com Napoleon House is known for Old-World charm, specialty drinks like the Pimm's Cup and classical music. The muffuletta is heated to melt the cheese, and other menu items include seafood gumbo, jambalaya, soups, salads and po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NOLA RESTAURANT
534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.com Chef Emeril Lagasse puts chic accents on rustic Southern dishes at his French Quarter digs. Signature dishes include stuffed chicken wings served with homemade hoisin dipping sauce and pork porterhouse with brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OCEANA GRILL
739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.com This restaurant puts a twist on local seafood favorites. For breakfast, the savory St. James crepe is stuffed with bell peppers, crab, shrimp and cheese. The dinner menu features sauteed redfish Amer, topped with crawfish and mushroom cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OLD COFFEE POT RESTAURANT
714 St. Peter St., 524-3500 The French Quarter cafe is known for its calas cakes, Creole fried rice cakes sprinkled with sugar. Other options include poached eggs Jonathan with oysters, ham and hollandaise. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT
204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.com Olivier's offers a menu of classic Creole dishes such as fork-tender braised rabbit simmered in gravy and served with oyster dressing. The lunch menu features smothered okra and pork chops over rice with turnip greens and candied yams. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S
440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com Maspero's serves popular Louisiana dishes like blackened shrimp jambalaya, fried alligator and cochon de lait. Try the hot-and-blue oyster po-boy: fried oysters tossed in Tabasco mayo. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO
720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com Grapevine offers one of the city's largest selections of wine by the glass. Entrees include a surf-and-turf combo of petit black Angus filet and lobster tail. The 14-oz. double-cut pork chop is served with sweet potato and wild boar sausage hash. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PAILLARD'S RESTAURANT
717 Orleans St., 523-2222 ext. 6001; www.bourbonorleans.com The Bourbon Orleans hotel's restaurant is open for breakfast only and serves Southern favorites. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily. Credit cards. $$$

PALACE CAFE
605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com Cheesecake to start? It's par for the course at Palace Cafe, where crabmeat, wild mushrooms and Creole meuniere fill a savory pecan crust. The pepper-crusted duck is enriched with seared foie gras, parsnip mashed potatoes, citrus confit salad and sauce au poivre. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE
1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com Creole cooking takes the spotlight at this supper club. Crawfish Nantua is flamed in a brandy cream sauce . Creole beef Indianne is served with mango chutney. Other options include chicken Clemenceau and crawfish jambalaya pie. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT
624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.com Pat O'Brien's is best known for its bar, but don't drink on an empty stomach. Gulf shrimp are tossed with tomato concasse, capers, basil and penne pasta with lemon-vodka sauce. Local favorites include muffulettas, red beans and rice, jambalaya and more. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PELICAN CLUB
312 Exchange Place, 523-1504; www.pelicanclub.com Located in a 19th century French Quarter townhouse, the restaurant consists of three dining rooms and a large bar. Chef/owner Richard Hughes presents a variety of modern Creole dishes including an Australian roasted rack of lamb with a rosemary pesto crust served with truffle-mashed potatoes, a port-mint demi-glace and baby vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PERE ANTOINE
741 Royal St., 581-4478; www.pereantoine.com Mudbugs and mushrooms do several dances at Pere Antoine's. The Crawfish Pasta Bayou serves peeled tails in mushroom gravy over linguine. Fisherman Gaige is a paneed fillet topped with crawfish and mushroom sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PORT OF CALL
838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.com Burger lovers, form a line: This popular bar and grill serves its signature thick burgers and Monsoon cocktails. The menu also includes steaks, and entrees come with a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RALPH & KACOO'S
519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.com This family-friendly restaurant offers plenty of local seafood and a kids' menu. Redfish Amandine is sauteed and topped with almonds and lemon-chardonnay butter. Other specials include eggplant Napoleon and seared tuna. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL
115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com Red Fish Grill serves oysters on the half shell, and seafood specialties including several redfish entrees. Hickory-grilled Gulf fish is served with Pontalba potatoes and crabmeat. Barbecued oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RIB ROOM
621 St. Louis St., 529-7045; www.omniroyalorleans.com The stately Rib Room, with its large French-style rotisserie, is an old favorite for everything from power lunches to leisurely brunches. Entrees include slow-roasted prime rib, rotisserie chicken and veal. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE CARMELO
541 Decatur St., 586-1414; www.ristorantecarmelo.com Carmelo's classic Italian dishes feature homemade pasta, veal and seafood. The prosciutto di Parma appetizer marries cured ham with sweet melon. Tender veal cuts come alla Sorrentina (with eggplant, prosciutto, mozzarella and tomato) or piccata (lemon, butter, artichokes and capers). Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIA
339 Chartres St., 587-0990; www.rotolos.com Rotolo's pizzas steal the spotlight, but offerings like the eggplant stacker (layered with red gravy and cheese) and Sweep the Floor cheese stix (piled with pepperoni, bacon and cheddar) ensure a variety of options. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL BLEND
621 Royal St., 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.com The namesake java brings people in, but it's Royal Blend's menu of baked goods (scones, croissants and muffins) that keeps them coming back for more. Sandwiches like the Executive Club, with layers of turkey, ham and bacon, make a filling lunch. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL HOUSE OYSTER BAR
441 Royal St., 528-2601; www.royalhouserestaurant.com Steamed seafood, New Orleans staples (gumbo, jambalaya and etouffee) and an oyster bar are the draws at Royal House. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALT & PEPPER
400 Iberville St., 561-6070 Salt & Pepper's menu includes pizzas, sandwiches and Pakistani-style curries and kebabs made with halal meats. Moist samosas and steaming flatbreads are popular starters. Entrees include chicken and chickpeas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER
627 Bourbon St., 525-8442 Sammy's offers al fresco dining on a patio overlooking Bourbon Street. Fried alligator is served with cocktail sauce, and stuffed shrimp come with spicy potatoes. For those who can't decide, a trio of gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish pie makes a perfect sampler. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI
239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.com Fresh seafood goes over swimmingly at this Japanese chain — in sashimi, sushi or original rolls like the Hornet (crab and crunchies with shrimp and jalapeno sauce) or the New Orleans (blackened soft-shell crab atop a log of crawfish). Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SI SENOR AT COSIMO'S
1201 Burgundy St., 522-9715 A Tex-Mex counter tucked away in the back corner of a neighborhood bar, Si Senor offers the perfect padding after that next-to-last nightcap. Nachos are piled high with cheese, beans, jalapenos and choice of meat, and the deluxe burritos look like they might burst. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night dining daily. Credit cards. $

STANLEY
547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.com They say an egg is the true measure of a chef. At Stanley, diner companion to Stella!, Scott Boswell aces the test by turning the classic Benedict into a po-boy. Order the bananas Foster French toast with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream and you can skip dinner altogether. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE
237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.com For three decades, this upper-Quarter stalwart has tempted passersby with the smell of sizzling steaks and seafood. Popular items include a pound of slow-roasted prime rib and whole Maine lobster served with drawn butter. The Cajun filet is stuffed with seafood and topped with white wine sauce and mushrooms. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ
Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.com There's no better restaurant view than the constantly changing one from the Steamboat Natchez. As you cruise down the Mississippi, enjoy catfish Louisiane broiled with white wine or Gulf shrimp sauteed and served with Southern-style grits. Reservations recommended. Hours vary with cruise schedule. Credit cards. $$$

STELLA!
1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com Dining at Scott Boswell's fine-dining landmark is like a culinary tour around the world without ever leaving the French Quarter. Exquisite preparations include Canadian lobster served inside a farm egg with French summer truffles and a miso-sake glazed fillet of Japanese Mero sea bass. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY MORAN'S RESTAURANT
240 Bourbon St., 523-4640; www.ruebourbon.com Tony Moran's combines classic Italian dishes and New Orleans seafood with French Quarter ambience. Appetizers range from a shrimp and eggplant Napoleon with tomatoes and mozzarella to an antipasto sampler for two. The pork chop Valdostana is stuffed with bacon, spinach and mozzarella. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT
823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.com Tujague's maintains a Creole dining tradition, offering a prix fixe menu featuring its signature beef brisket with horseradish sauce, shrimp remoulade and a choice of entree. Garlic roasted chicken bonne femme is always an option even if it's not on the menu. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

VERTI MARTE
1201 Royal St., 525-4767; www.vertimarte.com Sandwiches and meals to go are offered until midnight at this French Quarter hub. Order entree platters of barbecued brisket or Creole chicken topped with spicy cheese sauce. Sides include jambalaya, macaroni and cheese and vegetables. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S RESTAURANT
1041 Dumaine St., 593-9535; www.wolfesrestaurant.com Chef Tom Wolfe's contemporary Louisiana cooking highlights bold flavors in busy arrangements. Seared Maine scallops with smoked bacon are accented by Marsala-shiitake cream sauce. The grilled lamb T-bone is served with herb and tasso lentils, portobello mushrooms and rosemary and lavender demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

GENTILLY/LAKEFRONT

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON
1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217 Horse racing fans and Jazz Fest revelers alike swear by this tavern near the gates of the Fair Grounds. Swing by anytime for bar snacks like stuffed olives and egg rolls or burgers, chicken sandwiches and Brooks' fish sandwich. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LAFITTE'S CAFE
6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 284-7878; www.lafittescafe.com Lafitte's features wraps, burgers, salads, sandwiches and baskets of fried seafood The Milneburg features corned beef, pastrami, roast beef and melted Swiss cheese on rye bread. The Bali Hai sandwich tops teriyaki-marinated chicken breast with grilled pineapple. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

JUJU BAG CAFE AND BARBER SALON
5363 Franklin Ave., 872-0969 In a city filled with fried food, Juju Bag offers some healthy options with sandwiches on whole wheat bread. Omelets and waffles are served in the morning. The lunch menu includes Caribbean shrimp, chicken salad and a chicken-and-French onion soup. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

PIZZA MILANO
5226 Elysian Fields Ave., 250-9290; www.bigpiepizza.com Milano serves pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, salads, lavash wraps and toasted sandwiches. Specialty pies are dedicated to just vegetables, just meat, eggplant, and garlic and shrimp. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S FOOD SERVICE & DELI
3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675; www.sammysfoods.com Sammy's serves big burgers and a host of Creole dishes including gumbo, shrimp-and-mirliton soup, and seafood-stuffed flounder. The former butcher shop cuts its own steaks and makes its Italian and hot sausage. The Ray Ray is a big pile of fried chicken cutlets, ham and Swiss cheese on French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZIMMER'S SEAFOOD
4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150 Boiled and fried seafood are the specialties at this take-out market. Side dishes include potatoes, marinated crab salad and stuffed artichokes. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards, checks. $

 

 

HARAHAN/JEFFERSON/RIVER RIDGE

BLUE TOMATO
4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000 Tex-Mex favorites like gooey quesadillas and large nacho plates are popular at this kitschy cantina. The menu offers everything from tuna steaks and smoked ribs to lasagna and shrimp Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052; www.caffelatteda.com Breakfast at this cafe includes waffles, pancakes and egg dishes like the Cajun crawfish scramble. At lunch, choose from salads, sandwiches or specialties like Taylor's chicken tenders with honey mustard sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE
1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 734-8455; www.cellarsrr.com The deli at this wine shop offers soups, salads, specialty sandwiches and half-pound burgers. The Mexican wrap is filled with blackened shrimp or chicken with sauteed onions and peppers, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD
8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700 Chef Frank Brigtsen is the new proprietor of Charlie's, but some things remain the same like the supply of local seafood and roast beef cooked for eight hours in gravy. Weekday specials include red beans with a smoked ham shank and andouille sausage on Monday and shrimp etouffee over popcorn rice on Friday. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CHUN LEE RESTAURANT
1100 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 733-8562 Chun Lee serves Chinese favorites and some dishes with Vietnamese accents. There are vermicelli dishes and beef, chicken and shrimp soups. The Chun Lee special platter includes balamaki, fried shrimp, rumaki shrimp, egg rolls, chicken, ribs, fried wontons and barbecued pork. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRABBY JACK'S
428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722 Chef/owner Jack Leonardi's lunch counter serves po-boys, hot plates and sides like Cajun dirty rice and jambalaya. There is a fried green tomato po-boy topped with remoulade and the seafood platter includes shrimp, oysters, catfish, salad, bread and choice of side. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DECKBAR & GRILLE
1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 830-0104 This tavern offers snacking items like fried pickles and french fries and entrees ranging from burgers and fried seafood to the fried vegetable platter. Popular items include brisket and homemade crab balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR
1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666 Dockside serves oysters raw, grilled or fried. Other seafood options include a variety of shrimp, catfish and crab dishes, most of which are served with signature boiled and fried red potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAT HEN GRILL
5708 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 305-1980; www.fathengrill.com Breakfast is served all day long at the Fat Hen Grill. Chef Shane Pritchett whips up blueberry and pecan buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, tofu scrambles and Cajun omelets, along with sandwiches and burgers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FOX AND HOUND
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 731-6000 Fox and Hound's menu includes baby back ribs, pot roast, stuffed jalapeno peppers and an array of soups, salads and sandwiches. The spinach melt is a popular melange of chicken, spinach and cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL
1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033; www.hickorycafe.com Hickory's half-pound burger features focaccia bread loaded with pepper Jack, bacon, spinach, roasted peppers and basil mayo. The Cuban sandwich features slow-roasted pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese and pickles pressed between French bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q
208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.com Hickory wood adds flavor to Hillbilly Bar-B-Q's brisket, pulled pork, smoked boudin and alligator sausage. On Fridays, extra-thick pork chops are served with macaroni and cheese and green beans. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

JAEGER'S SEAFOOD AND BEER GARDEN
901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 818-2200; www.jaegersseafood.com Jaeger's serves fried seafood platters, stuffed crabs and grilled fish. Chargrilled oysters are topped with breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and garlic butter. Boiled one and a quarter pound lobsters are served with butter sauce, corn potatoes and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JOE SEPIE'S CAFE
4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613 The jumbo lump crab cakes with remoulade are a popular item at Joe Sepie's, which serves casual Creole and Italian dishes. Po-boys are loaded with everything from breaded veal to pastrami. A children's menu is available. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KOZ'S
6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.com Koz's offers local favorites like fried or grilled redfish, fried chicken plates and garlic-stuffed roast beef. Popular daily specials include pork chops and shrimp Creole. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE
5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464; www.mimisriverridgecom A menu of creative Italian and Creole dishes is complemented by a BLT salad with applewood-smoked bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, Bibb lettuce and garlic-avocado buttermilk dressing. A special of Zinfandel-braised beef brisket is served with Bloody Mary horseradish sauce and fingerling potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. POOR BOY
10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170 Mr. Poor Boy serves daily hot-plate specials like chicken-fried steak on Tuesdays and a catfish plate with gumbo on Friday. Po-boy choices include slow-cooked roast beef, shrimp or catfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.com Nacho Mama's serves Tex-Mex favorites and specialty margaritas. Mamachitas feature roasted jalapenos, serranos and habaneros mixed with tomatoes, cilantro and cheddar cheese, deep fried and served with habanero sour cream. Carla's cheesy enchilada is a deep-fried burrito stuffed with cheese and either chicken or beef. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
5608 Citrus Blvd., Elmwood, 818-0111; www.reginellis.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

RIVERSHACK TAVERN
3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com Rivershack's roadside honky-tonk has a kitchen that attracts lunchtime regulars as well as nightime revelers. Shack-a-tizers include Buffalo wings, nachos and a fried veggie platter. Burgers, a "see-food" platter (oysters, catfish, shrimp and alligator sausage) and a variety of chicken sandwiches complete the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Theo's Pizza (4024 Canal St., 302-1133; 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; - www.theospizza.com) - specializes in creative pies. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

SAKE CAFE
1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879 What stars in a New Orleans roll? Spicy crawfish, of course, tucked in with crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna and snow crab, topped with tobiko caviar and avocado eel sauce. If sushi isn't your thing, Sake's fried grouper fillet is sprinkled with sweet chilies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD
279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116; www.seitherseafood.com Start a meal at Seither's with a dozen raw oysters on the half-shell. For an entree, a fried jumbo soft-shell crab is served atop angel hair pasta with spicy shrimp sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK
1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442 Alligator sausage, crawfish strips, pickles and mushrooms are just a few of the fried appetizer options at Shimmy Shack. The blackened shrimp salad features shrimp on a bed of iceberg lettuce with tomatoes, egg and remoulade dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT
5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.com This 33-year-old Elmwood Park restaurant focuses on creative Italian fare. Veal Augie is topped with lump crabmeat and shallots in white wine sauce.. There also are steaks and Gulf seafood platters. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS
720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, 835-3035 The loaves at Southern are filled with everything from roast beef and gravy to fried shrimp, oysters, chicken-fried steak and veal. Crispy soft-shell crab is perched atop fettuccine with white wine cream sauce in one popular dish. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri. Cash only. $

TAQUERIA CORONA
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-672 See Uptown section for restaurant description. Lunch Mon.-Fri., and dinner Mon.-Sat.

TAVERN ON CITRUS
5708 Citrus Ave., Harahan, 218-5186 The Tavern offers a range of bar food options including hot wings with a choice of sauce, quesadilla rolls, loaded nachos and mozzarella sticks. From the grill, there's everything from the namesake burger to rib-eyes and petit fillets. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VENEZIA II
587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991 See Mid-City section for restaurant description. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat.

 

 

KENNER

ASIAN SUPER BUFFET 
3900 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 712-0899 Asian Super Buffet promises a wide selection of dishes from its various food stations. Mongolian barbecue is cooked to order and includes a choice of meat and vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Sun. Credit cards. $

BRICK OVEN CAFE
2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097 Pizza is the specialty at Brick Oven Cafe, and the menu includes many hearty Italian classics. The filet mignon alla Piemontese is topped with pancetta and served with mushrooms in Marsala sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO
4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2299 People on the go visit this Kenner cafe for a coffee drink and a light meal, like a Caesar salad with grilled chicken on its own or wrapped in a tortilla. The cafe's breakfast plate delivers eggs, grits and a choice of meat. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE
701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-1338; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, 465-9444 This coffeeshop serves pastries in the morning. Lunchtime brings a menu of wraps, burgers, quesadillas, sandwiches and salads. The grilled chicken salad is a spin on the Greek salad with spinach, tomato, cucumber, feta and black olives. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA EXPRESS & SMOOTHIE HOUSE
2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 465-0788 Dash in for a meal of traditional Chinese favorites including spicy kung pao shrimp, pork or chicken, or an order of Chinese vegetables. Burgers and a variety of po-boys also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COME BACK INN
3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1623 Daily specials, big sandwiches and children's meals star at this casual cafe. Tuesday's open-face roast beef dinner comes with mashed potatoes, vegetables and salad. For bigger appetites, there is a shrimp, oyster and catfish combination platter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DIA ROMA CAFE
3712 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6663 At Dia Roma, homemade sauces give pizzas and Italian dishes bold flavor. Artichoke pizza is topped with butter, garlic sauce, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and feta cheese. Entrees include lasagna and shrimp Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $$

DON VICTOR'S FINE LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT
3244 Georgia Ave., Kenner, 305-0826; www.donvictorsrestaurant.com Latin American dishes fill the menu at Don Victor's. There is Peruvian chicken soup and ceviche, Mexican dishes like chiles rellenos and enchiladas and Argentine-style steak dishes. The bar offers specials like pisco sours and caipirinhas. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., lunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

FAT HEN GRILL
2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 287-4912; www.fathengrill.com See Harahan section for restaurant description.

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT
1924 Airline Hwy., Kenner, 468-2384; www.fiestalatinarestaurant.com This family-owned Mexican eatery features everything from tacos to tamales. Breakfast items include eggs topped with ranchero sauce. For lunch and dinner, Fiesta serves pupusas stuffed with grilled pork and cheese and carne asada with refried beans, salad, rice and fried plantains. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FONG'S CHINESE RESTAURANT
2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216 No need to quibble over menu selections with Fong's Triple Threat as an option. The sampler combines shrimp, roast pork and chicken with an assortment of Chinese vegetables. General Fong's chicken is a twist on General Tso's. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I GRILLE AND BAR
1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060 Original burger options include the Smoking Ring burger, with barbecue sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheese and a deep-fried onion ring. For straight-up barbecue, combine a half-rack of ribs with chargrilled chicken breast smothered in barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARBOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR
3201 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454; www.fishermanscoveseafood.com Harbor Seafood serves everything from raw oysters and lobster specials to jambalaya. There's a catch of the day, and catfish stuffed with crabmeat is a signature dish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IMPERIAL GARDEN
3331 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-5691 Imperial Garden offers a wide range of Hong Kong style dishes, including dumplings, egg rolls and beef teriyaki. Chef's specials include fried and baked tofu, fried pork with spicy sauce, pork dumplings and others. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO
2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808 Head to Johnny Trauth's on Tuesday for the all-you-can-eat snow crab leg special. The menu's many po-boy options include a paneed chicken sandwich. The onion blossom is a popular starter. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

KENNER SEAFOOD INC.
3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701; www.kennerseafood.net Both a restaurant and a seafood market, Kenner Seafood serves fried, grilled or blackened seafood plates and sandwiches. Options include shrimp, oyster, crab, catfish, grouper and much more. Pasta dishes range from veal Parmesan to crawfish Marie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LE PARVENU
509 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-0534; www.leparvenu.com Chef/owner Dennis Hutley produces original culinary creations such as the broiled Louisiana crab cakes, which are browned and served with dill cream and pasta. The paneed lobster tail is topped with crabmeat and shrimp and served with a Cognac and cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MCALISTER'S DELI
1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A13, Kenner 466-1500; www.mcalistersdeli.com See CBD section for restaurant description.

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-6868; www.reginellis.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

RISTORANTE DA PIERO
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net Dining at Ristorante da Piero is like a trip to a refined Tuscan villa — in Kenner. The Grilliata mista features grilled lamb, pork, pancetta and chorizo. House-made gnocchi is topped with Gorgonzola. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

SAKE CAFE
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829 See Harahan section for restaurant description.

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD
2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647 If it swims, it's on the menu at this 20-year-old Kenner institution. the bar serves 50-cent oysters all day on Sunday and all-you-can-eat seafood platters on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL
4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069 Speakeasy's menu is anchored by the 10-oz. burger. There also are sandwiches and bar snacks such as jalapeno poppers, chicken quesadillas, chicken wings and egg rolls. Popular entrees include the 8-oz. filet and yellowfin tuna steak. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL
1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040; www.stringraysseafood.com Stingray's offers a wide selection of seafood options. Shrimp Nicole features angel hair pasta topped with shrimp in sauce. Soft-shell crab Pontchartrain combines a fried soft shell, angel hair pasta and cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CHILANGOS
2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 469-5599 Enjoy Mexican favorites at any meal. Breakfast starts with eggs and ham or chorizo. Menu mainstays include chile rellenos, burritos, tacos and brisket. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOKYO HIBACHI SUSHI RESTAURANT & BAR
3525 Williams Blvd., 464-8989 Tokyo Hibachi offers a wide range of Japanese dishes from the grill and sushi bar. Hand rolls include many vegetarian options as well as a lobster and avocado roll topped with spicy crab salad. Hibachi items include everything from steak to scallops and lobster. There is ice cream tempura for dessert. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

 

 

LAKEVIEW

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS
5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780; www.bittersweetconfections.com Along with coffee drinks, Bittersweet offers 36 varieties of flavored truffles plus cookies, fudge, s'mores, macaroons, candied orange peels, caramels, sugar-free chocolates and other sweets. La Divina gelati is available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BLAST SMOOTHIES & ICE CREAM
143 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 302-2956 Some people stop by Blast for baked goods like cinnamon rolls and banana bread, but many zero in on smoothies and ice cream items like malts, shakes, banana splits and sundaes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE NAVARRE
800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828 This casual corner cafe welcomes the morning crowd with dishes like the Mediterranean omelet, packed with spinach, artichoke and cheese. The roast beef po-boy and pressed Cuban sandwich are popular at lunchtime. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777 See Kenner section for restaurant description.

CHICKEN SUE'S
203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546 Fried chicken cooked to order is the specialty at Chicken Sue's. The menu also includes eggplant fries, hot tamales and stuffed artichokes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

KOZ'S
515 Harrison Ave., 484-0841; www.kozcooks.com See Harahan section for restaurant description.

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE
5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001 Lakeview Brew serves specialty coffees and many freshly baked items. The avocado salad features mixed greens, sliced avocado, mandarin orange slices, walnuts, blue cheese, red onions and mango vinaigrette. The club sandwich is a triple-decker combo of turkey, ham, bacon and American cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAGO
900 Harrison Ave., 486-8282; www.lagoneworleans.com Flat iron steak, fish and chips, and pasta Alfredo are just some of the options on Lago's menu. The braised brisket and grits are served with sauteed greens and crispy onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LAKEVIEW DELI
872 Harrison Ave., 304-8501 Among its many options, Lakeview Deli offers a hot roast beef po-boy drizzled with gravy, a hearty barbecued beef po-boy and a crab cake sandwich. The Baltimore features fried oysters, bacon and Swiss cheese. There also are burgers and daily specials like red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeview-harbor.com Lakeview Harbor does burgers big and loaded potatoes even bigger. The seafood-stuffed portobello cap is battered, deep-fried and served with a side of hollandaise. Pizzas are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S
8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafoodhouse.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

NOLA BEANS
726 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com Diners start their day at Nola Beans with a cup of joe and a breakfast sandwich on a bagel, biscuit, wrap or croissant. The lunch menu features salads, soups, wraps and sandwiches. The Marconi salad combines romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries and toasted almonds with poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PONTCHARTRAIN POINT WEST END
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-4233 Pontchartrain Point offers family friendly atmosphere and many popular seafood dishes. Creole crab cakes are served over penne pasta in spicy cream sauce. Redfish Pontchartrain is topped with crabmeat, mushrooms and green onion and lemon cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133; www.reginellis.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

ROBERT FRESH MARKET
135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-3428; www.robertfreshmarket.com See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9980 Breakfast is served all day at Russell's. Try eggs Benedict or a fluffy omelet. Lunch options include crispy fried chicken. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR
888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com The Lakeview steakhouse offers a range of steaks and a la carte sides. The yellowfin tuna steak is pan-seared, pepper-encrusted tuna with a soy-ginger reduction and wasabi sauce. Fork-tender veal osso buco is served with fettuccine Alfredo. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S
6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888 Order from a menu of classic Italian cuisine or let the kitchen plan your meal via the "Feed Me, Mr. Tony" special, a series of tasting portions selected by the chef. Eggplant Tina features eggplant medallions topped with Romano cheese and homemade tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WASABI
8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; www.wasabinola.com See Faubourg Marigny for restaurant description.

ZACHARY'S BY THE LAKE
7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 872-9832; www.zacharysbythelake.com Zachary's serves salads, seafood platters and sandwiches like the Reuben featuring corned beef brisket, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread. For an appetizer, try cane syrup-marinated jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon, fried and served with pickled okra salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

METAIRIE

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; www.acmeoyster.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

ACROPOLIS
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046 Pita forms the foundation for this temple of Greek cooking, and a few Italian dishes add diversity. Gyros and lamb chops are popular standbys. Greek moussaka and the Italian lasagna are hearty comfort food options. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT
3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com Chef Andrea Apuzzo's northern Italian cooking anchors this Metairie destination. Cioppinoa alla livornese is a seafood stew with saffron, clams, mussels, shrimp, oysters, scallops and trout served over linguine. Veal chop valdostana is veal chop stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto served with a mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANSELMO'S
3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 889-1212 Creole and Italian cooking merge at Anselmo's. Rosemary-breaded baby veal Fillipo is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon butter sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT & STEAKHOUSE
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533; www.austinsno.com Austin's is known for steaks and Creole-Italian cuisine. Menu highlights include roasted duck with cherry demi glace and the crabmeat Austin appetizer of jumbo lump crabmeat and asparagus with Dijon remoulade. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE BEACH HOUSE
2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470 Boiled lobster is the special on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday means it's time for grilled pork chops with sweet potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEIJING
2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 885-8881 Start with a cup of hot and sour soup before moving on to crispy Beijing chicken in sweet and spicy brown sauce. The menu offers a wide range of Chinese dishes including many vegetarian options. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BELLA BREW
2701 Airline Drive, Suite L, Metairie, 846-9930 Stop by this coffeehouse for a blast of frozen coffee punch made with ice cream and espresso. At lunch, try shrimp salad stuffed in an avocado or one of the daily specials. Cafe options include a mix of coffee drinks, juices and pastries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM
3500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5656; www.benjerry.com Whether you're a Chunky Monkey or a Cherry Garcia fan, this Vermont-based chain has a creative flavor just for you. Its Vermonster sundae is an ice cream gauntlet: 20 scoops, four bananas, three cookies, one brownie and loads of caramel, hot fudge, candy and sweet satisfaction. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BENNIGAN'S GRILL AND TAVERN
3434 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-0664; www.bennigans.com Burgers, steaks and chicken wings lead the litany of dishes at this tavern chain. More recent menu additions include shrimp tempura and Guinness-glazed chicken and shrimp. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BISTRO 38
3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 836-5253 Nestled within the New Orleans Marriott, this bistro offers classic French dishes with many local touches. The Louisiana bouillabaisse combines Louisiana seafood in rich seafood broth. Sunday features a Champagne brunch. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BLACK ORCHID BISTRO
3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444 A last stop before crossing the Causeway, or first stop after it, Black Orchid offers salads and specials like red beans and rice and grilled pork chops. Check out the pressed sandwiches, such as the Cuban with ham, roasted pork and Swiss. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BOZO'S RESTAURANT
3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666; www.bozosrestaurant.com Bozo's uses all local seafood in its platter of cornmeal-crusted fried oysters, Des Allemand catfish, Gulf shrimp and baked stuffed crab served with a choice of potato side. The chicken and andouille gumbo is made with a light roux and okra. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com Bravo Cucina's dishes include Chianti-braised beef ravioli. Another popular choice is grilled chicken and shrimp pasta in a white wine lemon sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BROOKLYN PIZZERIA
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288; 1809 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-1030; www.eatbrooklyn.net Brooklyn Pizzeria prepares hero-style sandwiches, cheese steaks, calzones and pasta dishes, but there's no doubt its thin-crust, New York-style pies are the headline attraction. The newer location near Bonnabel Boulevard offers drive-through service. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BYBLOS
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233 Mediterranean classics like lamb kebabs, falafel and chicken shawarma are served in stylish settings at Byblos. The menu includes a thick cut of roasted salmon with sides of basmati rice and hummus. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777 Gyro sandwiches and chicken kebabs are popular at this Middle Eastern lunch spot. Other items include salads, stuffed dolmas, and hummus and pita. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CADDYSHACK
3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799 This Metairie tavern keeps regulars well fed with burgers, po-boys and daily specials, like red beans or white beans with rice and a choice of meat. The menu also includes Italian dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EAST
4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.com Tradition and creativity mingle on the sprawling Chinese and Southeast Asian menu at this colorful restaurant. While some opt for General Tso's chicken, others sample goat cheese spring rolls or grilled rack of lamb with mustard miso. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE EQUATOR
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772; www.cafeequator.com Soups and spicy curries enliven the Southeast Asian cuisine at Cafe Equator. Choose fried tilapia or pan-seared salmon with sauteed basil, squash and shrimp. Calarami is prepared with bamboo and Thai chili. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FRESCA
4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010 Cafe Fresca serves sandwiches like the Santa Fe, with grilled chicken breast and avocado, tomato and onion relish. The menu also includes soups, salads and daily specials like the fried chicken club salad with bacon, avocado and egg. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE LATTE II
2324 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-6343; www.cafelatte2.com Cafe Latte II prides itself on preparing fresh salads, like the Caribe with a dash of coconut mixed with baked chicken, blue cheese, bacon, walnuts and fruit over greens. Barbecue shrimp and sweet potato fries are new additions to the menu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROYALE
3343 Metairie Road, Metairie, 304-8438 The menu at Cafe Royale includes everything from Thai chicken salad to updated local classics like muffuletta panini. Daily specials include veal pot roast and crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE ANGELINA
5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770 Choose from salads, soups, sandwiches and hearty entrees at this family-run restaurant. The namesake roast beef Angelina is a ciabatta sandwich filled with roast beef, spicy peppers and avocado. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE!
4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com Soups, sandwiches, salads, quiche and daily specials cover this cafe's wide-ranging menu. Wheat wraps give a healthy shine to choices like chipotle chicken with Swiss, mixed greens and chipotle mayo. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Crab-crusted Gulf fish is one of the refined entrees at Vizard's - (5015 Magazine St., 895-2246). - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Crab-crusted Gulf fish is one of the refined entrees at Vizard's (5015 Magazine St., 895-2246).

CANSECO'S MARKET
1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979 In addition to meat and produce, Canseco's has a deli counter stocked with rotisserie-cooked chickens, cold salads, hot daily specials and sandwiches made to order. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CARMINE'S ITALIAN SEAFOOD & GRILL
4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7904 Creole and Italian cooking come together in dishes like the seafood-stuffed artichoke loaded with crawfish, shrimp and fish in dill cream sauce. Fried green tomatoes are topped with bronzed shrimp and jalapeno honey cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CARRETA'S GRILL
2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6696 Order a margarita with queso and chips for a starter at this cantina. Burritos, tacos and enchiladas are available a la carte or on combo plates. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354 Casa Garcia serves tamales, tacos, enchiladas and popular Mexican dishes. The seafood enchiladas are filled with lump crabmeat and shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASABLANCA
3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209; www.koshernola.com Casablanca offers Moroccan and Middle Eastern favorites like gyros, shawarma, hummus and falafel. The Tanzia fassi includes baked lamb sauteed with onions, prunes, almonds and Moroccan spices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO RESTAURANT AND CATERING
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com The restaurant prepares an extensive menu of seafood, steaks, pastas, sandwiches and salads. The Royal 9-oz. filet is topped with crabmeat bordelaise and served with a choice of garlic mashed potatoes or loaded baked potato and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-0601 See Kenner section for restaurant description. Breakfast and lunch daily.

CHATEAU DU LAC WINE BISTRO
2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com Chef Jacques Saleun offers fine French cooking at his bistro. As an appetizer, petite marmite aux fruits de mer delivers a small pot of fresh seafood. The duck confit cassoulet comes with white beans and sausage and is served in a Le Creuset pot. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.- Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788; www.chevys.com Californian-Mexican dishes and an array of specialty margaritas fill the menu at Chevy's. Fajitas come with mesquite-grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or vegetables. There also are combo plates and many salad options. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHINA MOON
7933 Airline Drive, Metairie, 738-1629; www.chinamoonrestaurant.biz Yatka mein soup is a slightly spicy house specialty featuring homemade broth, roast pork, shrimp, hard boiled egg, vegetables and noodles. Lime-marinated shrimp are sauteed in chili oil with peppers and other vegetables and served with white rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ROSE
3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 887-3295 China Rose regulars file in for generous combo plates of sweet-and-sour pork and Szechuan beef. Ask for the Chinese menu to explore more authentic dishes, like beef in hot pepper, slow-braised pork belly and a roster of noodle soups. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHOPS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 218-8967; www.chopsbistroandmartinibar.com This Heritage Plaza bistro is a suitable spot for a business lunch. A favorite is the blackened tuna nachos appetizer. Entree choices include pan-roasted, double-cut pork chops with cornbread dressing, braised red cabbage and brandy peaches-and-cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHURROS CAFE
3100 Kingman St., Metairie, 885-6516 This Metairie restaurant's namesake dish is a sweet, fried dough stick, and the menu boasts a wide selection of Cuban dishes. The ropa vieja is shredded skirt steak that is simmered in a red gravy. The roast pork is marinated in garlic, lemon and spices and then slow roasted. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CITY DINER
3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 831-1030; www.citydiner.biz City Diner serves both diner classics, including waffles, meatloaf and club sandwiches, and local favorites such as shrimp etouffee, crawfish pasta and hot sausage po-boys. Hash brown dishes feature a potato base with eggs, cheese and toppings like andouille or shrimp and cream sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CLUBHOUSE BAR & GRILL
4617 Sanford St., Metairie, 883-5905 Clubhouse keeps the grill open from lunch through closing time. Popular bar snacks include fried ravioli with either marinara or ranch dipping sauce. The black and blue burger is made with blue cheese mixed into the beef patty. Fried chicken is served in sandwiches and on top of salads. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COFFEE COVE
3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 780-9445 Coffee Cove offers a good jolt of caffeine straight up and in specialty drinks. Enjoy a cinnamon roll from the pastry case with a morning cappuccino. There's also a full lunch menu of sandwiches, wraps and salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COME BACK INN
8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316 See Kenner section for restaurant description. Lunch and dinner daily.

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com The Cheesecake Bistro offers much more than cheesecake. Try the stacked eggplant Napoleon or crawfish ravioli. Signature creamy cheesecake comes in flavors like bananas Foster, dulce de leche and praline, and white chocolate raspberry. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S SOCIAL CITY
701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-3437; www.copelandssocialcity.com Social City combines Copeland's bistro fare with live music, shareable small plates and a giant menu of martinis. Main courses include herb-crusted salmon with herb beurre blanc served with steamed asparagus. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CORKY'S RIBS & BAR-B-Q
4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbarbq.com This pulled-pork palace features sandwiches topped with coleslaw, dry or wet ribs and a wide variety of burgers, salads and appetizers. The Killer rounds up a slab of ribs and a choice of chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey, sausage or fried catfish, plus beans, coleslaw and a roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008 Corner Cafe offers straightforward hearty meals like pancakes and sausage for breakfast and a variety of seafood and po-boys for lunch or dinner. Desserts include bread pudding and turtle cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE
3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.net Johnnie's serves grilled steaks and seafood plates at affordable prices. Popular dishes include the Giant Dippin' Shrimp and the mainstay 8 1/2-oz. prime filet mignon with garlic butter and Crazy potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.com Deanie's offers local classics like crawfish etouffee, stuffed flounder and big platters of fried seafood, as well as seasonal boiled seafood options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT
4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550; www.donsseafoodmetairie.com Don's offers a menu of fresh catches served in a variety of dishes. Other options include salads, gumbos and pastas. Hot boiled shrimp are popular. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DORIGNAC'S
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com The longtime Metairie grocery is known for its bakery, gourmet deli and large wine selection. The menu of prepared dishes includes soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Stewed chicken is served with steamed rice and sweet peas. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com Diners head to Drago's for signature charbroiled oysters topped with Parmesan and garlic-parsley butter sauce. Drago's serves an array of local seafood as well as lobster, prime rib and pasta entrees. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL
3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 780-2266 Enjoy steaks and ribs at the Edge Bar & Grill. Grilled tuna is served over angel-hair pasta with vegetables. Popular sandwiches include hot sausage, fried oysters and veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT CITY DINER
3555 18th St., Metairie, 888-4940; www.fatcitydiner.com This down-home diner serves seafood platters, roast beef po-boys and hot sausage po-boys. Daily specials include red beans and rice, country fried steak and grilled pork chops. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

FAUSTO'S BISTRO
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com Fausto's prepares Northern Italian and Sicilian cuisine, including many traditional pasta dishes and seafood dishes. Fausto's osso buco is a slow-cooked veal shank served with vegetables and pasta in brown sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FURY'S
724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646 This casual neighborhood restaurant offers plenty of local seafood. The broiled seafood platter combines fish, soft-shell crab, shrimp, stuffed shrimp, oysters, french fries and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955 Galley Seafood's menu features a long list of Louisiana seafood. There are po-boys, salads, soups and sweet potato fries. Soft-shell crab dishes are popular. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3620; www.gambinos.info In addition to baking and shipping king cakes year-round, Gambino's bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes. Lunch options include muffulettas, salads and soups. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GENNARO'S
3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226 Gennaro's serves up po-boys, fried seafood platters and gumbo, as well as Italian dishes like chicken Parmesan and spaghetti. The grilled chicken Caesar salad is a crowd-pleaser. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

GIMCHI
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 454-6426 Try a traditional Korean clay pot dish: vegetables, shredded beef and egg served over rice in a hot clay bowl, with sides of spicy sauce. The Korean-style barbecue can be cooked on table-mounted grills. There also is a full sushi bar. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., Credit cards. $$

GIO'S PIZZA & SPAGHETTI HOUSE
4941 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 885-3515 Gio's serves a menu of pizza and Italian dishes. The spaghetti and meatballs are served in sweet homemade sauce with salad and bread. The cannelloni features two large noodles stuffed with cheese, ground meat and spinach, and topped with mozzarella cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT
741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593 Giorlando's home cooking includes everything from mashed potatoes and gravy to meatballs and spaghetti. Giorlando's also serves muffulettas, salads, po-boys and rib-eye steaks. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY'S DELI & TAMALES
3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390 Guillory's unique offerings include a tamale po-boy topped with chili and cheese. Fried chicken is popular and changing daily specials include hamburger steak with grilled onions and mashed potatoes, and spaghetti and meatballs. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL
3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111 Harbor Bar & Grill's 18-oz. steak is served with new potatoes and green beans. The blackened tuna salad is piled with tomato, bacon and artichoke hearts. Menu favorites include homemade roast beef po-boys. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HOOTERS
4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-0160; www.hooterslouisiana.com Hooters keeps its chicken wings on orange alert with sauces ranging in heat levels from mild to Three Mile Island and 911. The menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and seafood. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301; www.hillstone.com Houston's Thai steak and noodle salad features marinated beef with fresh noodles, avocado, mango and herbs in Thai dressing. The menu also includes steaks, sandwiches, barbecued ribs, seafood dishes and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT
3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.com The five-course dinner option at Impastato's features entrees such as roast veal d'Angelo, pecan-smoked filet mignon, trout Marianna and steamed Maine lobster. Or try a salad of asparagus, black olives, tomatoes, artichokes, hearts of palm and Louisiana crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING
612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882 Head to Jam's for home-cooked roast beef in gravy or any number of sandwich, salad and pasta options. The seafood-stuffed eggplant boat is a half eggplant fried with Italian breadcrumbs, filled with seafood dressing and served with garlic bread and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JIGGERS BAR & GRILL
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555 Choose from a menu of not-so-ordinary bar fare while you're catching a game at this Metairie grill. Blackened redfish is served on a bed of green onion rice and topped with meuniere sauce and fried Gulf shrimp. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON RESTAURANT
4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-6081 Chinese, Thai and Korean dishes share the menu at Jung's. Crispy whole Peking duck is served with honey sauce and pancakes. Honey pecan Gulf shrimp are sauteed and served with vegetables in a semisweet dark sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR
3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730 Kanno offers a wide selection of sushi and rolls, including the popular protein and rainbow rolls. Sample the smoked salmon neck or tuna tataki. There is a special chocolate dessert offered as lagniappe at the end of each meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KING BUFFET
601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383; www.kingbuffet.net King Buffet offers everything from fried shrimp, chicken wings and nuggets to dim sum, sweet and sour chicken, and scallops. Sushi options include the California roll, crunchy roll and salmon roll. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KOREA HOUSE
3547 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654 Korea House offers a wide range of Korean dishes including barbecue cooked on a tabletop grill and clay pot dishes. Traditional dishes include tofu stew and come with an array of kimchi, or side plates of spicy pickled cabbage. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY
3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com Manhattan in Metairie? At Kosher Cajun, matzo ball soup accompanies daily specials like red beans and rice. The J&N combines hot corned beef and pastrami on New York rye with mustard, horseradish, coleslaw and a barrel pickle on the side. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards and checks. $

LA FAMIGLIA
541 Oaklawn Drive, Metairie, 833-8877 La Famiglia offers a host of pasta, chicken and veal dishes. Veal medallions topped with mushroom brandy cream sauce is a signature item. Braciolone is made with pounded veal stuffed with egg, pine nuts, raisins and cheese and is served with pasta in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA MADELEINE
3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; www.lamadeleine.com See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com Hearty pub grub accompanies a dizzying selection of domestic and imported beer. Menu selections include steaks, sandwiches, salads and waffle fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANGENSTEIN'S
800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; www.langensteins.com Langenstein's offers deli specialties like muffulettas, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffee. The gourmet-to-go selections are available in family-size portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAURENTINO'S
4410 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 779-9393; www.laurentinos.com Laurentino's traditional tapas dishes include lamb stew casserole, pork tenderloin medallions and Spanish potatoes. The seafood paella features shrimp, calamari, mussels and fresh vegetables slowly cooked in a saffron broth with Valencia rice. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LEGENDS PATIO BAR & GRILLE
2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 887-3877; www.legendsbarandgrill.com Pair cocktails or beer with burgers and sandwiches at Legend's. Entrees include fish and chips, and sirloin charbroiled over an open flame. The Mediterranean pasta includes artichoke hearts, red onion, mushrooms, red peppers and broccoli with a sprinkle of feta cheese. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO
1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788; www.littletokyorestaurantnola.com Tempura, teriyaki and sushi are the triple delights at Little Tokyo. The sushi bar features an extensive list of nigiri pieces and rolls. The Love Boat for two consists of tempura shrimp and vegetables, chicken and beef teriyaki, sashimi, sushi and fresh fruit. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL
200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.com The bar scene may be the lure at Live Bait, but patrons also come to savor bar favorites like nachos and chili-cheese potato wedges. Other options include burgers, po-boys and red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MADDIE'S PLACE
3200 Severn Ave., Suite 108, Metairie, 456-7075; www.maddiesplace.net This European-style coffeehouse serves a host of homemade sandwiches and salads, including a chicken salad wrap with cranberry sauce and Swiss turkey salad. Beverages include everything from cappuccino to creamy iced chai. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Wed.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MANDARIN HOUSE
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888 Diners choose the Mandarin House buffet for its bounty of seafood. Sample boiled shrimp, crawfish, King crab and much more. Among the prepared dishes are honey-garlic chicken and the sweet-and-sour pork. The sushi bar offers a variety of rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANO'S PO-BOYS
6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922 Daily hot plate lunches include dishes such as red beans with pork chops, smoked sausage-stuffed bell peppers and many fried seafood options. Start your day with big biscuits topped with egg and ham, bacon or sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslab.com Marble Slab offers a large selection of original ice cream flavors. Flavors include chocolate and peanut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin and black cherry. Snacks include banana splits, apple pie, floats, shakes and malts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.com Mark Twain's offers a menu of gourmet pies as well as a gluten-free crust option. The Huck Finn pizza is topped with mushrooms, green pepper, red onion and black olives. The Mysterious Stranger features spinach, feta cheese, Canadian bacon or hot sausage and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR BISTRO, DELI & CATERING
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.com This fine-food emporium stocks wines, cheeses, deli meats and prepared dishes. The Sena salad combines mixed field greens, oven-roasted chicken, toasted pecans, golden raisins and blue cheese tossed in Tabasco pepper jelly vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4951 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrenchpastries.com Head to Maurice's for breads and pastries, including turtles, orange and cranberry scones, and guava and cream cheese turnovers. Le croquembouche is a cone-shaped cake assembled with caramel-glazed cream puffs filled with flavored custard. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MCALISTER'S DELI
2701 Airline Hwy., Suite T, Metairie, 830-4030; www.mcalistersdeli.com See CBD section for restaurant description.

MELIUS BAR & CAFE
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446; www.meliusbar.com Breakfast and weekday specials at this eatery include po-boys, taco plates and the namesake Melius burger. In the morning, patrons can order a breakfast sandwich of bacon, cheese and egg on Texas toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., dinner Sat. Credit cards. $

MIKE'S AMERICAN GRILL
4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5566 Chef Michael Uddo's menu includes everything from creative small plates to steaks off the grill. Trout is served with crabmeat and avocado. Rockefeller casserole is a rich side dish. Brunch features frittatas, egg dishes, salads and more. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

MILANO'S PIZZERIA
3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500; www.milanometairie.com This pizzeria offers specialty subs, calzones and salads. The muffaletta pizza is topped with all the makings of the sandwich. Mardi Gras pasta features Gulf shrimp in creamy bisque-like sauce tossed with linguine. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards.

MR. ED'S CREOLE GRILLE
5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992; www.mredsno.com Mr. Ed's combines Creole and Americana cuisine. Appetizers include Louisiana blue crab dip and hot tamale chili nachos. Charbroiled bourbon-glazed pork chops are served with Creole blue potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022; www.mredsno.com The restaurant combines Creole seafood, comfort food and Italian dishes. Choose from red beans and rice, white beans or lima beans. The fried chicken liver entree comes with mashed potatoes and gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

MR. GYROS
3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-9228 The signature Greek sandwich at Mr. Gyros features slow-roasted rotisserie lamb and beef in pita bread, served with a side of roasted potatoes. For dessert, try the galaktoboureko, which is flour, egg, sugar and milk baked in phyllo dough. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010; www.mrroosdeli.com Mr. Roo's serves sandwiches and hot plate specials. Monday's fried chicken special features half a bird, french fries, salad, bread and the vegetable of the day. On Tuesday, the roasted turkey plate includes turkey, mashed potatoes, oyster dressing, vegetable, salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MORNING CALL
3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068 The original Morning Call stood in the French Market for more than a century. The relocated Metairie location served solely coffee and beignets for years, but it now offers a menu of red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo, and corn and shrimp bisque. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

NEW CITY GRILLE
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-8484; www.newcitygrille.net New City Grille presents a menu of steaks, seafood and local favorites such as oyster po-boys and a blackened chicken po-boy. The grilled salmon is served over fettuccine with lemon butter sauce and sun-dried tomatoes. Desserts include flourless chocolate cake and creme brulee. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; www.ohenrys.com See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

OKI NAGO
2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588; www.okinago.com Oki Nago's buffet features a wide variety of Japanese and Chinese dishes including cold noodle salads, shrimp dishes and tempura-fried items. The sushi bar offers a selection of rolls and nigiri. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540 Oscar's half-pound hamburger is challenged in girth only by the overstuffed baked potato at its side. The roast beef po-boy is made with pulled, home-cooked meat, and the Oscarlotta is a version of a muffuletta served on French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Cane River shrimp get a Latin twist at Serranos Salsa Company (4436 - Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.com). - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

PARADISE CAFE
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141 Paradise serves homemade items like creamy soups and fresh baked cookies. Popular lunch items include Reubens, chicken and tuna salad sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PHIL'S GRILL
3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.phils-grill.com At Phil's, diners build their own burgers from the bun up. Choose from 10 kinds of burgers (from Black Angus to bison or alligator) and a wide spate of cheeses, vegetable toppings and sauces. Sides include fried pickles, fried onion strings, sweet potato fries and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID
3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188 Pho Orchid serves a wide array of Vietnamese dishes from pho soups to rice and noodle dishes. Nuong vi items are cooked on tabletop braziers and include plates of meat, shrimp or squid, herbs, and lettuce to wrap them in. Other options include banh mi sandwiches and Vietnamese crepes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950 Phoenicia serves Middle Eastern favorites including chicken or beef kebabs, kibbeh and grape leaves. Falafel, tabbouleh, creamy lebna and baba ghanoush are some of the vegetarian options. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIZZA FLORENCE
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.net Pizza Florence serves gourmet pies topped with shrimp, chicken and other items. There are Hawaiian and vegetarian pizzas as well. The menu also includes pasta dishes, lavash wraps and toasted sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PUCCINO'S
Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Ave., Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.com Besides coffee and tea, Puccino's serves panini, mini-muffulettas, salads, soups and pastries until midnight. For breakfast, try the buttermilk waffle sandwich with two eggs, cheddar cheese and ham or bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT
613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456 Quarter View serves a wide range of seafood dishes. There is everything from lobster to stuffed trout. The fried seafood platter is a big catch of shrimp, oysters and soft-shell crab. On Tuesdays, try the all-you-can-eat boiled crab. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

R & O'S PIZZA PLACE
216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248 R & O's serves pizza and much more. There is a large seafood menu and seasonal boiled shellfish. The seafood platter is a pile of oysters, shrimp, fish and soft-shell crab. Fries smothered in brown gravy and roast beef debris are a messy treat. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Tue., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RADOSTA'S FAMOUS PO-BOYS
249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 831-1537 The family po-boy stop's fame lies in its popular roast beef and fried shrimp po-boys. Other sandwiches include muffulettas and Italian sausage po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RAJUN CAJUN CAFE
5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 883-5513; www.rajuncajuncafe.com Choose from a long list of po-boys or a muffuletta layered with Genoa salami, ham, provolone, mozzarella and Swiss cheese and olive salad. Crabby Ashley features a fried soft-shell crab on a bed of pasta with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT CYPRESS
4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885; www.restaurantcypress.com Cypress offers contemporary Creole cooking in a casual atmosphere. Duck confit spring rolls with cream cheese and caramelized onions are a signature dish. Also try the jumbo lump crab cakes with a citrus beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266 Breakfast is king at this Metairie eatery. The crab cake Benedict features two poached eggs draped over blue crab cakes topped with hollandaise. Crabmeat Angelique is a dish of angel hair pasta topped with crabmeat in Alfredo sauce with Roma tomatoes and basil. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO
1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008 Filippo uses Louisiana seafood in many Creole-Italian preparations. Oysters al Oregante are baked with breadcrumbs, herbs and Romano cheese. Jumbo lump crabmeat is piled onto a tomato half with marinated artichokes, balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of remoulade. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROBERT FRESH MARKET
5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005; www.robertfreshmarket.com See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES
3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 872-0957; www.rolypoly.com See CBD section for restaurant description. Lunch and dinner daily.

ROYAL BLEND
204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; www.royalblendcoffee.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.com There's nothing quite like the sound a steak makes when it's approaching your table at Ruth's Chris. Prime cuts of filet, rib-eye and New York strip announce their arrival by sizzling in a hot bath of butter. They're even more delicious paired with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SAKE CAFE
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253 See Harahan section for restaurant description.

SALVATORE RISTORANTE
3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433; www.salvatorerestaurant.com Salvatore's serves veal in a variety of dishes: bruccilone (rolled with Italian stuffing), osso buco (a braised shank) or classic Parmesan. The house oyster starter is baked with bread crumbs, olive oil, prosciutto, sausage and peppers. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

SAMMY'S MARKET & DELI
801 Live Oak St., Metairie, 835-0916 New Orleans po-boy favorites are the order of the day at Sammy's. Try the roast beef bathed in gravy or a fried shrimp or oyster sandwich. For a change of pace, the veal Parmesan, hearty spaghetti and meatballs, and fried seafood platters are available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com Sandro's homey Italian cafe pays homage to Aunt Vera with her namesake lasagna. The rest of its dishes pay homage to classic Italian cuisine: Tuscan filet mignon, veal or chicken Marsala, portobello panini. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAPPORO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
5000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 779-1818 Fresh sushi and sashimi creations are Sapporo's specialty. The house roll combines snow crab, salmon, tuna and vegetables. Among a wide variety of Japanese standards, the fried-rice dishes stand out. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.com On Semolina's menu pasta rules the world. There's pasta jambalaya (penne with andouille, chicken and tasso), Chicago (angel hair with Italian sausage, onions and peppers in red gravy) and a mac and cheese cake (a standing wedge of tubes draped in creamy cheese sauce). No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANY
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.com This pan Latin eatery fuses local ingredients and an exhaustive list of tequilas and rums. There's Ecuadorian ceviche, chile spiced oysters are a nod to colonial Spain in the casserole Seville. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE
2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477 A hybrid of samurai showmanship and dinner theater, Shogun is the area's grandfather of hibachi. Table seating and an extensive sushi menu are available, but regulars pack the cooking tables where a colorful array of steak, shrimp, chicken and vegetables are prepared before diners' eyes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572 At Short Stop, the roast beef po-boy drips with its own jus. Dark-roux gumbo features chicken and andouille every day and there is a shrimp and crab version on Fridays. Drinks and dessert are equally classic: Barq's in the bottle and a Hubig's Pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002 Sidelines offers a spate of sandwiches and burgers to accompany nonstop sports viewing. Spicy Buffalo chicken is wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with ranch or blue cheese dressing. The bacon barbecue cheeseburger gets a coat of Sweet Baby Ray's sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPITALE'S DELI & CATERING
2408 North Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912 Don't be dismayed by Spitale's Dirty Turkey sandwich — heaped with grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese, it's delicious. Rotating specials like hearty lasagna, home-style meatloaf, baked macaroni and cheese, and seafood platters keep the regulars coming. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS
2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudleys.com When the word "spud" appears twice in the title, there's little mystery as to what's on tap. It's the toppings that might surprise: crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish on the Super Duper, hit with house cheese sauce, cheddar and chives. For a Tex-Mex kick, the El Toro has beef chili, cheddar and jalapenos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STEP BROTHERS LOUNGE & RESTAURANT
4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856 There's a dish to suit any craving at this casual Metairie lounge, from po-boys and burgers to cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers, chicken tenders and egg rolls. Wash them all down with a frosty pint of Abita. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

SUN RAY GRILL
619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055; www.sunraygrill.com Sun Ray serves global coastal cuisine in a funky-but-refined atmosphere. Fresh fish is fixed either Pacific Rim (fresh herbs, citrus, Thai spices), Riviera (red wine butter), Gulf Coast (blackened with crawfish mushroom ragout) or Key West (tarragon lobster butter). Sticky Thai ribs are a sinful alternative. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TACOS SAN MIGUEL
3517 20th St., Metairie, 267-4027 This casual taqueria offers familiar options like nachos, chicken quesadillas and burgers with peppers for spicy heat. Authentic Mexican dishes include cow tongue and stewed pork skins. The choice of fillings for tacos and burritos include several sweet or spicy pork options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE
923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859 Fire and ice is the prime dynamic at Taj Mahal. Raging curries laden with chicken, lamb or shrimp are tempered by cool, sweet, creamy lassi. For a change of pace, try the masala dosa, a thin rice crepe stuffed with potato, onion, herbs and mustard seeds and topped with coconut chutney. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Tandoori Chicken
2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880 The restaurant features traditional Indian dishes including a variety of curries, masalas, korma with chicken, lamb or shrimp as well as namesake tandoori entrees. Sheek kebabs feature ground lamb cooked in a clay oven. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA
3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088 See Uptown section for restaurant description. Lunch and dinner daily.

TAQUERIA RIO GRANDE
3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-8580 Rio Grande serves popular Mexican dishes like enchiladas, burritos and tortas. The parrillada mixta is a platter featuring fajita-style steak, chicken and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TEA GARDEN
1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9455 Tea Garden serves a host of classic Chinese dishes including lo mein with a mix of chicken, beef and shrimp, imperial pork chops and General Tso's chicken. Other choices include egg foo yong, soups, fried rice dishes and more. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY
3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832 Texas can get a little messy at this barbecue joint serving slow-smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork on platters or sandwiches. Even the potatoes are smoked, and then topped with tangy barbecued beef, extra sauce, cheese and chives. Steaks, burgers and fried seafood plates round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THAT'S AMORE
4421 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.com That's Amore splits its allegiances, offering both New York City thin-crust and Chicago-style thick-crust pies. Toppings range from pineapple and sun-dried tomato to spinach and artichoke. There also are calzones and pasta dishes like lasagna and ravioli. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

TWO TONYS' SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
105 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-0999; www.two-tonys.com Creole-Italian cooking and regional seafood come together at Two Tonys'. The signature Montalbano entree features chicken or veal smothered in mozzarella and mushroom meuniere. Platters of shrimp, oysters, catfish and crab cakes are available grilled, fried or blackened. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com Creative tapas dishes include shrimp and gnocchi carbonara, ceviche, empanadilla de cohinillo (empanada with roast pork) and sauteed sweatbreads with Serrano ham and mushrooms. The Vega dog is a chorizo link topped with grilled onions. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com Italian classics like osso buco and veal picatta are joined by locally inspired dishes like corn and crab bisque at this Creole-Italian institution. Bracialoni is top round steak stuffed with bacon, artichoke hearts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WHOLE FOODS MARKET
3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; www.wholefoods.com This national chain grocer offers a wide array of gourmet and organic products. Hot and cold food stations serve dishes like citrus-marinated salmon, pasta salads, pizza and marinated olives. There is a large salad bar, bakery and coffee counter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO
531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705 For casual pub grub with an across-the-pond vibe, try Winston's traditional beer-battered cod and chips with malt vinegar and tartar sauce. The Forrest Hills burger boasts a half-pound patty grilled on an open flame. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ZEKE'S
1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133; www.eatatzekes.com It's not just Oktoberfest that adds German accents to the menu at Zeke's. Bratwurst and onions with warm German potato salad and sauerkraut are regular items. Other dishes include hamburger steak, fried crab claws, po-boys and oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

MID-CITY

ANGELO BROCATO
214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com This traditional Sicilian sweet shop is a throwback to the old days of Italian confections with 24 gelato flavors made in-house. Hand-filled Sicilian cannolis are calling cards. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL
4905 Canal St., 488-7357 The stars on Beachcorner's menu are the 10-oz. burgers, such as the hot-and-spicy burger loaded with hot sauce, jalapenos and pepper Jack cheese. There's also a hickory-smoked barbecue burger. For smaller appetites, there is an 8-oz. hickory chicken sandwich. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BEAN GALLERY
637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176 Espresso, coffee drinks and thick Turkish coffee are the pours at this Mid-City cafe. Breakfast includes bagels, croissants and egg sandwiches. The prosciutto and asparagus panino is one of the popular pressed-sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE
2542 Canal St., 822-0214 Pancakes are the specialty of the house at Betsy's. There also are waffles, eggs and omelets. Lunch dishes include liver and onions and lima beans with big ham shanks. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL
3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600 Caribbean favorites like jerk chicken, grilled fish and beef patties are the draw at Boswell's. Weekday lunches are served buffet-style with items like jerk chicken, chicken stew, chicken curry, rice and beans and other dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE BULLDOG
5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

CAFE DEGAS
3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www. degas.com This breezy and casual French-style cafe serves classical dishes like mignonettes de veau au Parmesan: Parmesan-crusted veal medallions with caper beurre blanc and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MINH
4139 Canal St., 482-6266 Creole and Vietnamese influences merge gracefully on chef Minh Bui's menu. Local seafood and light saffron flavors play through bouillabaisse while beef short ribs are aromatic with star anise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CANSECO'S MARKET
3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2549 See Metairie section for restaurant description.

CHICKIE WAH WAH
2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com This bar and music club is open for lunch and the kitchen stays open for live music shows. Sandwich choices include pulled pork dressed with tangy coleslaw. Marinated pork is pressed on French bread with sliced ham and pickles in the Cuban sandwich. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

COCO HUT
2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788 Caribbean flair and spice make the jerk chicken — grilled dark meat chicken served with rice, peas and plantains — a regular favorite. For seafood, try the grilled red snapper served with salad, vegetables and fried plantains. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Checks. $

CRESCENT CITY STEAKS
1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com A Mid-City institution, Crescent City Steaks serves T-bones, New York strips and prime filets. Side dishes and sauces like garlic and parsley bordelaise are available a la carte. Curtained privacy booths are a throwback to old New Orleans dining. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DANIEL'S ON THE BAYOU
3443 Esplanade Ave., 940-5939 Chef Daniel Tobar's restaurant serves affordable Creole-Italian fare. Pan-roasted rack of lamb is served with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes and herb demi-glace. Seafood options include shrimp ceviche. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT
2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535 Chef Leah Chase cooks Creole classics, including stuffed shrimp, fried chicken, stewed okra and rich gumbo thick with seafood and sausage. The Creole dining landmark serves lunch buffet style and offers takeout until 6 p.m. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE
135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283 Doson's menu a mixes Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. There are always bowls of pho served with herbs. Appetizers include crab rangoons, spring rolls and dumplings. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE
3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9073; www.fairgrinds.com Fair Grinds boasts a selection of fair trade coffee and more than 30 organic teas. Snacks and desserts like vegan key lime pie and bagels round out the menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $

FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE
1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515; www.fairgroundsracecourse.com Everything from shrimp Creole and fried chicken to General Tso's chicken and pepper steak is available at the Grand Buffet. Dessert items include homemade lemon meringue pie, chocolate doberge cake and eclairs. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE
900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155; www.fellinisneworleans.com This Mid-City eatery features a spacious outdoor patio perfect for dining in temperate weather. The menu features pastas, sandwiches and pizzas. The chicken portobello lavash roll with spicy red pepper sauce is popular. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT
133 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-0590; www.fiestalatinarestaurant.com See Kenner section for restaurant description.

FIVE HAPPINESS
3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com For 31 years, Five Happiness has served up Chinese cuisine, including dishes like fried rice, General's Chicken and ginger shrimp. Grilled chicken salad and grilled shrimp salad are recent additions to the menu. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GARAGE PIZZA
220 S. Robertson St., 569-1599 Garage offers a mix of pizza and vegetarian fare, so besides pies, calzones and sandwiches there are tofu bowls combining curried bean curd, squash, peanut-ginger sauce and sprouts. One specialty pie blends mozzarella and feta cheese and adds chopped shrimp and arugula. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HUEVOS
4408 Banks St., 482-6264 Stop by Huevos for traditional breakfast standbys presented with a creative twist: shrimp boulettes with chorizo hash are served over fried grit cakes. Poached eggs are topped with tomatillo salsa and served over pork tamales. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Tue. Cash only. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

KJEAN SEAFOOD
236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503 Kjean's offers a menu of prepared dishes and raw fish and shrimp by the pound. Fried shrimp, oysters and catfish are available in po-boys or on platters. The sandwich options also include hot or cold ham or roast beef, and meatballs on French bread or a bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $

LA FINCA
542 Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 512-1993 Located in Mid-City this bar offers burgers, sandwiches, tacos and fajitas. Hot dishes include stewed pork, shrimp etouffee, fried fish and New York strip steak. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE
1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997 Li'l Dizzy favorites include trout Baquet (after the owner's family name), fried chicken, po-boys and Creole file gumbo with sausage. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO
310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; www.littletokyorestaurantnola.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK
1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888 Locals flock to this corner bar for its menu of Creole favorites. The gumbo features thick slices of andouille sausage. Po-boys are loaded with a variety of toppings, and the garlicky oyster po-boy is a signature sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com Liuzza's is known for home-cooked lasagna and the Frenchuletta with homemade olive salad. Entrees range from soft-shell crabs to calf liver with onions and brown gravy to the creamy pasta dish, crawfish Telemachus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946 Lola's carves out a small slice of Spain in Bayou St. John. Romesco-marinated rack of lamb with gorgonzola cheese sauce and crunchy-bottomed seafood paella, teeming with shrimp, fish, calamari, scallops and mussels, are two specialties of the house. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT
3800 Canal St., 482-9179; www.mandinasrestaurant.com Combining Creole and Italian classics, Mandina's offers a variety of poultry, fish and steak entrees. Menu options include trout meuniere and amandine, hefty seafood platters and filet mignon. Fried eggplant, crab fingers in wine sauce and shrimp remoulade are popular appetizers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.com Mikimoto's drive-through takeout window should be implemented at all sushi restaurants. Snag an avocado deluxe, halved and stuffed with spicy tuna and snow crab, or a tempura and sushi paired dinner. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE
3901 Banks St., 482-7743 See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

NONNA MIA
3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; www.nonnamia.net The cafe serves pizza and Italian dishes. The Divine Portobello appetizer features mushroom, chicken and spinach sauteed in spicy red pepper cream served with homemade bread. All bread and crusts are baked in house. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE
3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; www.olivebranchcafe.com The cafe offers gourmet pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and Creole-inspired pastas. Jambalaya pasta is made with penne pasta instead of rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PARKVIEW CAFE AT CITY PARK
City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474 Located in the casino building, the cafe serves gourmet coffee in the morning and a menu of sandwich and salads. There is ice cream for a sweet treat. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN
538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047; www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola.com Parkway Bakery & Tavern is home to some of the most popular po-boys in town, including a lineup of weekly specials like the one-handed soft-shell crab. Regular menu choices include catfish, corned beef, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Le Citron Bistro (1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com) occupies - a historic building in the Lower Garden District. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

RALPH'S ON THE PARK
900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com Ralph's offers contemporary Creole-American cooking in its spacious two-story space bordering City Park. The Cajun Scotch egg is a flash-fried, soft-boiled egg wrapped in boudin. Crispy leeks garnish house-made ravioli with garlic Boursin cheese and wild mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ROCK 'N' BOWL
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133; www.rockandbowl.com Late-night grill classics complement the retro vibe of this bowling alley's decor. Simple but hearty fare includes burgers and cheese fries. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE
139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; www.therubyslippercafe.net No place like home? Hardly. This Mid-City neighborhood joint dishes up a variety of breakfast and lunch plates: eggs Blackstone (poached with tomato, bacon, biscuits and hollandaise) or fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

SANTA FE
3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077 Sante Fe's creative take on Mexican cooking includes dishes like chicken Maxamillian, which is stuffed with chorizo, Anaheim peppers and asadero cheese. Other dishes include seafood nachos, shrimp or crawfish fajitas, and pork tenders sauteed with apple, nuts and herbs and flamed with brandy. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO
208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959 Dip chips into spicy dip while looking over the taqueria's menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and fajitas. El Salvadoran pupusas add a little extra variety. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THEO'S PIZZA
4024 Canal St., 302-1133; www.theospizza.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

TWO SISTERS RESTAURANT
223 N. Derbigny St., 524-0056 Two Sisters specializes in soul food cooking. Daily specials include red beans and rice on Mondays and fried catfish with macaroni, peas and potato salad on Fridays. Soul food favorites include chitlins and stuffed peppers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

VENEZIA
134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991 This neighborhood favorite has been serving home-style Italian dishes since the 1950s. There are pasta and seafood dishes and several veal specialties. Pizzas toppings include pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onion and artichoke hearts Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE
2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503 Willie Mae Seaton made her modest eatery into a landmark with fried chicken and Creole soul food dishes. Her granddaughter Kerry Seaton keeps the tradition alive. The menu also includes daily specials like red beans, butter beans, smothered veal, stewed chicken, fried catfish and trout. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

WIT'S INN
141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; www.witsinn.com This neighborhood tavern serves pizzas and a full range of salads and sandwiches. The Wit's Works is a pizza loaded with sausage, pepperoni, ham, black olives, mushrooms, green peppers, artichoke hearts, red onions and anchovies and jalapenos on request. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

YUMMY YUMMY
220 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-9122 This new Chinese restaurant offers a lunch buffet for dining in or to go. The extensive menu includes everything from roast pork lo mein to beef chop suey to shrimp curry to General Tso's chicken or tofu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit Cards. $

 

 

NEW ORLEANS EAST/ST. BERNARD

DEANIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR
7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700 Deanie's Showboat Platter for two piles up fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed crabs, stuffed shrimp, onion rings, fries and salad. Besides seafood entrees like shrimp Creole and fried trout, there are dishes like chicken Parmesan and red beans and rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0296 This restaurant, market and general culinary center in the middle of eastern New Orleans' Vietnamese-American community is popular for banh mi sandwiches, bowls of pho and noodle dishes. Reservations for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

IHOP
12150 I-10 Service Road, 244-0013; www.ihop.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

RIVERBEND BISTRO
8001-B W. St. Bernard Hwy., Arabi, 277-6996 A post-Katrina Arabi arrival, Riverbend Bistro dishes up Italian cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere. The menu ranges from fried seafood dishes to eggplant Napoleon to a popular Angus filet served either bordelaise (herbs, garlic and olive oil) or Pontchartrain (crabmeat and mushrooms) style. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROCKY & CARLO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 279-8323 Crispy onion rings start many a meal at this Creole-Italian eatery. On Fridays, try the special crab cakes, seafood gumbo or seafood Creole. Veal Parmesan or a dripping roast beef sandwich are good bets anytime. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BAR-B-QUE
10828 Hayne Blvd., 241-8227 Walker's is known for its annual Jazz Fest favorite, the cochon de lait po-boy dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. The restaurant also serves barbecued ribs, chicken, brisket and smoked sausage. Sides dishes include baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, mustard greens and string beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

 

 

NORTHSHORE

ABITA SPRINGS

ABITA BAR-B-Q
69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205 Slow-cooked brisket and pork get to the meat of the matter at this barbecue joint. Order a platter built around a slab of ribs, turkey leg, smoked boudin or half chicken. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com The tavern boasts the full range of Abita beers on tap. Pair one twith a big burger, pasta dish or entree like seafood-stuffed eggplant. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFE
69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamellia .com Local favorites abound at this family-friendly Northshore spot. Fried seafood platters are piled high while entrees like catfish Camellia are served with sides and salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

 

COVINGTON

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; www.acmeoyster.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

ACQUISTAPACE'S SUPERMARKET
125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-7554; www.acquistapace.com The deli department at this local grocery serves daily specials like Thursday's fried chicken and Friday's varying seafood options. The deli also fixes sandwiches with filling such as hot roast beef. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT
1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.com The popular range of Mediterranean dishes, from hummus to shish kebab, make this Baton Rouge-based chain a hit in Covington. Specialties include the lamb shank plate and the souvlaki sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION
71495 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.com The restaurant at this elegant bed and breakfast features chef Ronald Bonnete's interpretation of Creole cuisine. Grilled Gulf fish Fourchon is topped with mushrooms and chargrilled green onions and served over crawfish risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BEAR'S RESTAURANT
128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373 Just outside downtown Covington, Bear's serves po-boys and homemade sides. The hot roast beef, barbecued beef and shrimp po-boys are perennial favorites. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE
534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390 Regulars check in at the Beck-N-Call Cafe for daily specials like crawfish etouffee and lasagna. Some grab a quick breakfast and return at lunch for sandwiches like the hickory-smoked turkey club. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BONEFISH GRILL
200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-0662; www.bonefishgrill.com Seafood from waters near and far is all fair game at Bonefish Grill, where the menu includes tuna, mahi, sea bass, lobster and more. Start with Bang Bang shrimp or crab cakes with two sauces. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUSTER'S PLACE
519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.net This oyster bar and restaurant offers many seafood dishes including one dubbed crawfish Heaven for its combination of etouffee and fried tails. Try the crab and corn bisque, crab cakes or seafood platters. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Sun.-Tue., Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL
326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-9676 The shady patio fills with patrons knocking back drinks and digging into dishes like shrimp nachos. Clusters of crab boiled in a Caribbean spice mix offer a taste of the islands. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA
516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.com Some regulars plan their week around Campbell's soup selection, from potato soup on Monday to shrimp and corn chowder on Friday. Cinnamon rolls, muffin tops and other pastries are baked daily. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO
528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793 The Northshore meets Philadelphia at this eatery. The deluxe cheese steak comes dressed with green peppers, onions, mushrooms and mayo. New Orleans-style roast beef po-boys are served dripping with gravy. Side dishes include salads and baked potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE RANI
234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; www.coffeerani.com At this Northshore cafe, grilled shrimp salad features a bed of mixed greens with raisins, apples and curry dressing. There's a low-carb menu and Rani Watchers selections, which are rated on a Weight Watchers-like point system. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAPROOM & GRILL
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0353; www.columbiastreettaproom.com Columbia Street offers three-course dinner specials on Thursdays, featuring anything from prime rib to seared tuna. The regular menu includes gourmet burgers and lunchtime grilled fish specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE DAKOTA RESTAURANT
629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com This elegant Northshore destination melds contemporary French and Louisiana cuisines. Fresh local ingredients are used in dishes like tomato tartine with farmers' cheese and olive oil-poached salmon with asparagus cannelloni. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA
70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net The Four Seasons Pizza combines a quarter each of four different topping options. The Mediterranean salad is piled with romaine lettuce, Italian parsley, feta cheese and kalamata olives, all tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOLA RESTAURANT
517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.com Lola's menu features entrees such as black drum Lola, pan seared with roasted pecans, local crab and snap beans beurre noisette. Shrimp and grits are served with Creole tomato sauce. Reservations recommended for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.com Longhorn's steak dishes include portobello peppercorn filet topped with fresh portobello mushrooms sauteed in a Cabernet glaze. Other cuts include New York strips, porterhouses and rib-eyes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MATTINA BELLA
421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 892-0708 Mattina Bella's florentine omelet is prepared with three eggs, creamed spinach and artichokes, and is topped with melted mozzarella. For lunch, try the catfish Creole meuniere, which is pecan-crusted and served with creamy meuniere sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND SPIRITS
208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432 Menu highlights include catfish Lafayette: is catfish stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat and topped with creamy shrimp sauce served over angel hair pasta. The paneed chicken special features an Italian breadcrumb-crusted breast topped with Monterey Jack cheese and marinara sauce served over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON
1248 Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874 Pizza Man offers a mix of traditional and specialty pies. The Wow pie is topped with artichoke hearts, crabmeat, fresh garlic and Romano cheese. The Pizza Palace rounds up pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, onion and homemade meatballs. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

RICK'S CATFISH CABIN
78461 Hwy. 437, Covington, (985) 893-7274 The restaurant pays tribute to the whiskered fish by baking it, frying it and grilling it. The menu also includes oysters and stuffed shrimp with sides like hush puppies and french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.com Fine Italian fare shines at this romantic cafe in the heart of Covington. Homemade spaghettini, Gulf shrimp and shaved fennel grace a primi piatti. Braised short ribs with sweet corn pastina form a superb secondo. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE
535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553; www.stjohnscoffeehouse.com Espresso, chocolate au lait, iced cappuccino and Italian cream soda are just a few of the specialties at St. John's, a favorite coffee fix in Covington. Pastries dominate breakfast, and the lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads and a new selection of wraps. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash and checks. $

SAKE CAFE
126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 809-6689 See Harahan section for restaurant description.

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ
420 Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166 Slow cooking is the rule at Sweet Daddy's. The dry-rubbed baby back ribs, brisket and herb-scented pulled pork are smoked for at least 12 hours. Meats are served in sandwiches or on platters with two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

TAPATINI'S RETAURANT
1950 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 893-9100 This new restaurant offers a tapas-inspired menu, and offers selection of wine and cheese pairings. Small plates include grilled oysters, baby back ribs in cinnamon-fig glaze and Angus beef sliders. For dessert, try the trio of walnut, pistachio and pecan creme brulees. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT
515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336 Vazquez's large menu rounds up everything from hot plates to two dozen po-boys, sandwiches and muffulettas. Lunch and dinner specials inlcude pork chops, lasagna, breaded veal, seafood plates and roast pork with black beans, plantains and rice. No reservations. Breakfast Sat., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT
323 N. New Hampshire Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-3840 Yujin serves a full range of Japanese cuisine, from sushi and sashimi to noodles and tempura. The Burning Man roll combines spicy tuna, tempura crunch, hot pepper and avocado. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

 

 

MADISONVILLE

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT
407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.com Friends' favorites include quesadillas, Caribbean jerk chicken and charbroiled tenderloin, but the real star is seafood. Friends boasts fresh-catch specials, as well as blackened catfish and redfish on the half shell. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE
165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.net Start your meal with pan-seared scallops served with beurre blanc sauce and move on to one of the many prime cuts of meat. Steaks include house-cut filets, petite filets with shrimp, and rib-eyes. Top off any selection with crab and mushrooms or blue cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.com Morton's features an ever-changing menu of seafood entrees. Crabmeat St. Francis is lump crab meat in a seasoned white sauce with tri-color bell peppers, topped with Parmesan cheese and Italian bread crumbs. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

WATER STREET BISTRO
804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855 Enjoy views of the Tchefuncte River from the front porch of Water Street Bistro. Seafood options include Mediterranean-inspired linguine with Gulf shrimp, olives, capers and feta cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

 

 

MANDEVILLE

CAFE LYNN
3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.com Chef Joey Najolia prepares French cuisine infused with New Orleans flavors. Roast duckling with orange sauce is a tribute to his mentor, the late chef Chris Kerageorgiou. Fried eggplant Gabriel is topped with crab, shrimp and oysters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA
800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8226 See Metairie section for restaurant description.

COFFEE RANI
3510 Hwy. 90, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com See Northshore — Covington section for restaurant description.

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.myspace.com/coscinospizza Coscino's makes New York-style, hand-tossed pies. The Danni special is topped with grilled chicken, jalapenos, Canadian bacon and pineapple. Entrees include pasta, calzones and chicken, veal or eggplant Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FAZZIO'S
1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704 Start with an appetizer like sweet-and-spicy Bang Bang shrimp and seared ahi tuna. Move on to one of Fazzio's Creole/Italian-accented dishes. Fettuccine Alfredo topped with crawfish and angel hair pasta in crabmeat cream sauce are popular choices. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342 George's offers Mexican favorites such as marinated steak with guacamole, rice and beans. The ceviche features diced tilapia marinated in lime juice with cilantro, jalapenos and green bell pepper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S VILLA VANCHERI
2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597 The Gorgonzola prosciutto ravioli is a popular menu item at this Italian restaurant. Gio's also serves osso buco, a slow-cooked veal shank, with saffron rice. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE
821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329 Original daily specials at this organic cafe include a fried green tomato po-boy with homemade remoulade sauce and mahi mahi tacos with coleslaw. The portobello mushroom barley soup is a vegetarian option. Catering available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

THE HUNGRY FORAGER
902 Coffee St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8883; www.thehungryforager.com Entrees include dishes such as baked herb-crusted grouper with port-shallot sauce, asparagus, jumbo lump crabmeat and sauteed spinach. For brunch, the breakfast sampler includes one egg Benedict, one egg Sardou and corned beef hash topped with roasted asparagus. Reservations not accepted for brunch. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

IL GIARDINO TRATTORIA
2186 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3969; www.ilgiardinotrattoria.com This Italian eatery serves a wide array of pastas and sauces. Seafood dishes include bacon-wrapped shrimp in brandy sauce served with steamed vegetables. Golden-fried eggplant is topped with mozzarella, Parmesan and pomodoro sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA
2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; www.isabellaspizzeria.net See Northshore — Covington for restaurant description.

JUNIPER
301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.net Creative contemporary cooking yields dishes like grilled ahi tuna served over fried green tomatoes topped with Brie. Pork osso buco features pork shanks braised in Creole sauce and served over oyster-andouille dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LA CARRETA
1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.com Enjoy traditional Mexican favorites at La Carreta, including enchiladas, fajitas and burritos. The Pollo Loco is a grilled chicken breast topped with mushrooms, spinach and Mexican white cheese. The La Carreta Dinner features a beef taco, bean chalupa, beef burrito and beef enchilada. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CASA GOMEZ
643 Lotus Drive, Mandeville, (985) 624-8667; www.lacasagomez.com This Mandeville hot spot offers Mexican and Cuban specialties, fajitas, tacos and enchiladas. Entrees include the bistec Cubano, thin sirloin steak topped with grilled onions and served with black beans, rice and plantains. The Cuban sandwich of pork, ham, cheese and pickles is also popular. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE
3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.com See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

LITTLE TOKYO
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com Sassy sushi abounds at Little Tokyo. Rolls include the Burning Woman roll with snow crab, pepper tuna, avocado, green onion and hot sauce, and the Fat J roll with tempura shrimp and snow crab wrapped in soy paper on the inside and tuna, boiled shrimp and crunchy on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY
1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com Eggs Nouvelle Orleans consists of two crab cakes topped with poached eggs and creamy hollandaise sauce. For dinner, try the fried oyster platter or the all-you-can-eat fried shrimp or catfish. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT
4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinasrestaurant.com See Mid-City for restaurant description.

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR
4700 Hwy. 22, Suites 11 and 12, Mandeville, (985) 845-1644; www.megumirestaurant.net Along with new rolls every week, Megumi offers Japanese-style grilled items from the yakimono grill, which is the Japanese answer to Korean-style barbecue. For a quick Creole fix, try the New Orleans-style crab cakes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS
1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183 Po-boy options include shrimp, oyster, ham and cheese, and roast beef. One changing daily seafood special features fried shrimp, oysters and fish with fried pickle chips, Cajun fries, potato salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge Proprietor Mitch Rotolo serves loaded pizzas at Rotolo's (339 - Chartres St., 587-0990; 514 S. Rampart St., 528-2556; www.rotolos.com). - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

N'TINI'S
2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.com Steaks are the prime focus at this martini lounge and restaurant. N'Tini's also serves stuffed shrimp, yellowfin tuna and the chicken N'tini, a breaded chicken breast topped with crawfish sauce and served on angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE NUTRITION COMPANY
322 Dalwill Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.com Choose from organic coffees, smoothies, juices and teas. The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Popular fruit smoothies include the Spunky Monkey, made with strawberry, orange and banana. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

NUVOLARI'S
246 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com Nuvolari's serves contemporary Louisiana cuisine with Italian influences. The butter-breadcrumb-crusted jumbo sea scallops are served over creamy risotto with prosciutto and asparagus tips. Seafood bouillabaisse is filled with Canadian cove mussels, Gulf fish, shrimp and crab in fennel-tomato broth. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PETUNIA'S PLACE
2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436; www.petuniasplace.com A family-friendly restaurant where kids have a coloring table of their own, Petunia's Place offers a variety of seafood dishes. There also are burgers and a list of entrees ranging from grilled catfish topped with shrimp sauce to chicken parmigiana. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $

RAG'S OLD FASHIONED PO-BOYS
4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 792-1744; www.ragsmandeville.com Rag's serves po-boys and daily specials such as blackened catfish and shrimp Parmesan. The Super Serious Seafood Platter is a bountiful combination of fried seafood. The value menu features 6-inch po-boys and combo plates. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES
3960 Florida St., Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-4892; www.rolypoly.com See CBD section for restaurant description. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri.

ROMA PIZZERIA
3441 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 674-3300 Crispy crusts and Sicilian-style deep dishes vie for supremacy in Roma's stone-deck ovens. Both bow to the Supreme, a kingly pie crowned with pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SEMOLINA
2999 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-8923; www.semolina.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ
2534 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-0208 See Northshore – Covington section for restaurant description.

THE TIMES GRILL
1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com Order from a list of more than 20 specialty burgers or build your own from a selection of cheeses, chili, hickory-smoked bacon and sauteed mushrooms or onions. Times Grill also offers salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta dishes, fried seafood in po-boys or baskets, and decadent desserts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA
600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; www.treyyuen.com Trey Yuen has long been the bastion of Chinese dining on the Northshore. Classic items include pot stickers and hot-and-sour soup. Original dishes include honey-glazed pecan chicken and stir-fried pork and eggplant. Local specialties like Szechuan alligator round out the menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

VIANNE'S TEA SALON & CAFE
544 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com House-made scones served with lemon curd, cream and jam, tea sandwiches, canapes and an assortment of mini-desserts compose the Vianne's Tea Experience. For classic brunch fare, the six-egg French omelet is filled with onion, tomato, spinach, cheddar, mushroom and bacon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

 

 

OUTSKIRTS

ADOBE CANTINA & SALSA
1905 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 419-0027; www.adoberestaurant.com Margaritas start many meals at this sister cantina to the La Carreta restaurants. Popular main events include fajita plates and chimichangas. Some go for the whole enchilada, stuffed with carne asada. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BULL'S CORNER
1036 W. Airline Hwy., Laplace, (985) 652-3544; www.bullscorner.com Steaks are the big draw at Bull's, where the rib-eyes range from the 10-oz. petit filet to 28-oz. bone-in cuts. The pasta St. John combines chicken and andouille in creamy white wine sauce over penne pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CATE STREET SEAFOOD STATION
308 S. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 340-3891 Some of the freshest seafood at Cate Street comes in its sushi rolls. The signature Cate Street roll is filled with tuna, salmon, yellowtail and snow crab. There are many Louisiana seafood dishes and a full and eclectic menu for landlubbers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS
2000 S.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 345-2634; 5953 W. Park Ave., Houma, (985) 868-0800 See Slidell section for restaurant description.

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION
40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, (225) 473-9380; www.houmashouse.com Dine in antebellum splendor at this renovated 18th-century plantation home. At Latil's Landing, specials include yellowfin tuna marinated in sesame oil and soy sauce. The bisque of curried pumpkin with crawfish and corn is a signature dish. Reservations recommended. Cafe Burnside: lunch daily. Latil's Landing: dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

JACMEL INN
903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com Jacmel Inn is known for its contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Louisiana shrimp and grits is served with smoked Gouda cheese and New Orleans-style barbecue sauce. Appetizers include bacon-wrapped oysters and hand-made ravioli with brown butter and garden oregano. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT
27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201 Janie Brown's offers seafood and pasta dishes. The crabmeat Pontchartrain is a combination of shrimp, lump crabmeat and butter-bacon stuffing. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LA CARRETA
107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; www.carretarestaurant.com See Northshore — Mandeville section for restaurant description.

LA PROVENCE
25020 Hwy. 190 E., Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com La Provence tantalizes diners with dishes like the rabbit Grandmere, served with potato gnocchi and winter vegetables. Ma bouillabaisse features redfish, Gulf shrimp, P&J oysters, mussels, clams, fennel and saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT
131 S.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-4077; www.odonnells-restaurant.com Eclectic flavors and a casual fine-dining approach are the calling cards at O'Donnell's. Redfish is topped with New Orleans-style barbecue sauce. Crispy eggplant medallions are topped with tasso, shrimp, garlic and Parmesan cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PAUL'S CAFE
100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-9581; www.paulscafe.net Home-style plates and portions highlight this neighborhood cafe. Specials include red beans and rice, grilled catfish and other hearty entrees. For early risers, there are country-style breakfast plates. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT
27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443 If you like Sal & Judy's sauces in a jar, you'll love them fresh out of the pot. Sauteed crab claws are draped in velvet cream, and paneed veal is blanketed in grated cheese with pasta marinara. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA
2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.com See Northshore — Mandeville section for restaurant listing.

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE & RESTAURANT
769 W. 5th St., Laplace, (985) 652-9990 House-made andouille adds extra flavor to dishes at Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse. The kitchen slow cooks baby-back ribs rubbed with sweet and spicy seasoning. Burger patties are made with a combination of ground beef and sausage. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

 

 

SLIDELL

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
2631 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.com Assunta's serves Italian classics such as veal shank osso buco smothered with diced tomato and onion over bowtie pasta. The frutti di mare combination includes mussels, clams, oysters, shrimp, crawfish and calamari sauteed with garlic and diced tomato and served over fusilli pasta. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFE
525 W. Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; www.thecamelliacafe.com See Northshore — Abita Springs for restaurant description.

CARRETA'S GRILL
1340 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 847-0020 See Metairie section for restaurant description. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.

CUCOS
1300 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 641-4706 Family-friendly Tex-Mex is Cucos' specialty. The fajita platter for two combines shrimp, steak and chicken. Or just order El Presidente, which includes beef and cheese enchiladas, a burrito, a taco, and rice and beans with ranchero sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DISH ON FIRST
2142 First St., Slidell, (985) 781-1440 Creole, Italian and Caribbean culinary styles mingle at Dish on First. Try the Cajun chicken pasta with spicy tomato cream sauce or pepper-crusted ahi tuna served with pineapple-mango sauce. Appetizers include fried asparagus with blue cheese dip. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JASMINE FRENCH RESTAURANT
1768 Front St., Slidell, (985) 645-9700 Traditional French cuisine shines at Jasmine's. Entrees include steak Diane, a beef tenderloin flambeed with garlic and shallots in red wine reduction. Roasted duck is served with orange sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP
2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.com This casual eatery offers burgers, sandwiches and po-boys. Pasta entrees include oysters Bordelaise and spaghetti and meatballs. Sample a wide variety of omelets or dine on an entree of fresh grilled fish. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LENNY'S SUB SHOP
4038 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-9424; www.lennys.com Locals come to Lenny's for the hot Philly-style cheese steaks and submarine sandwiches made with Italian cold cuts. Other sandwich fillings include tuna and chicken salad. Green options include a chef's salad and Philly salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU
1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosonthebayou.net The tucked-away bayou bistro features duck confit with fig-Bourbon glaze and sweet potato pudding. A filet mignon is served with a burgundy-shiitake mushroom demi-glace and Brie cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch and early dinner Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE
1714 Hwy. 190 West, Slidell, (985) 646-1205 A true pan-Asian eatery, South Seas offers a choice of Chinese-American dishes to go with a full sushi bar. Peking duck takes top billing among the former, and the Spartan roll (tempura shrimp, cream cheese, snow crab, tuna and avocado) rules the latter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHSIDE CAFE
3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net Southside's extensive menu includes sandwiches such as the grilled, thin-sliced, center-cut pork loin with barbecue sauce and melted Swiss cheese on Texas toast with coleslaw. A half-pound yellowfin tuna steak can be flash fried, grilled or blackened and comes with white remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TIMES GRILL
1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; www.timesgrill.com See Northshore – Mandeville for restaurant description.

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT
850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331 Steaks are handcut in-house at this traditional steakhouse. Entrees range from a petit filet paired with a grilled quail to a 14-oz. rib-eye. Steaks are served with salad and a baked potato. Seafood options include yellowfin tuna, shrimp dishes and lobster. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

 

 

UPTOWN

ATCHAFALAYA
901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626; www.cafeatchafalaya.com This artfully remodeled former corner store is now a setting for creative Creole cooking. Specialties include grilled redfish with crabmeat and lemon buerre blanc and sweet and spicy fried shrimp with Asian glaze. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

AUDUBON GOLF CLUBHOUSE
6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.org Fuel up before tee time with clubhouse fare and big breakfasts like the Double Bogey — buttermilk pancakes, eggs and toast with bacon or sausage. Sunday's brunch buffet has a carving station, an omelet bar, fruit and lunch options. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

AUGUST MOON
3635 Prytania St., 899-5129: www.moonnola.com August Moon serves a mix of Chinese and Vietnames dishes. Crispy lemon grass shrimp features a dozen shrimp pan seared with onion and lemon grass and served over vermicelli with nuoc cham sauce. Pan-fried seafood and noodles is studded with crabmeat, scallops, squid, shrimp, mushrooms and vegetables in wine sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE AVENUE PUB
See J'Anita's at the Avenue.

BALCONY BAR & CAFE
3201 Magazine St., 894-8888 The namesake balcony at this hopping tavern provides a perch above Magazine Street to enjoy bar snacks and take in fall weather. Pizzas and half-pound Balcony burgers should satisfy the biggest appetites. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS
3700 Magazine St., 895-2225 Take a culinary cruise to Cuba, Colombia and other Caribbean locales via the tapas menu at Baru. The pescado frito is whole fried fish served with coconut rice, patacones and curtido with mango. The carne asada is grilled skirt steak with hogao sauce, chorizo and potatoes sauteed with cilantro. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BLUE PLATE CAFE
1330 Prytania St., 309-9500 Burgers and diner-style dishes are mainstays at this colorful cafe. The kitchen's down-home renditions of more ambitious fare include stuffed pork tenderloin, barbecued salmon and pain perdu with Brie. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

BISTRO DAISY
5831 Magazine St., 899-6987; www.bistrodaisynola.com Chef Anton Schulte's cuisine is in full bloom at this cottage bistro. Poached oysters with onion-filled crepe make an elegant start. Smoked duck breast with duck confit, shallots and dried cherries is a house specialty. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE BULLDOG
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; www.draftfreak.com Imported and domestic brews aren't the only tempting choices at this popular tavern. The kitchen serves waffle-cut cheese fries, an array of burgers, and snacks like crawfish banditos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S SOUL FOOD
2135 St. Charles Ave., 522-6602 Southern soul food cooking is Buster's specialty. The wide variety of menu options can be mixed and matched for customized platters, like smothered chicken teamed with sides of cornbread, baked macaroni and cheese, mustard greens or jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS
3218 Magazine St., 894-1233 See Metairie section for restaurant description.

CAFE FRERET
7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.com Freret's muffuletta is not to be trifled with. Brunch promises creations like poached eggs on portobello caps over English muffins. More sharable appetizers, such as tuna kebabs and chicken satay, are on the menu on weekend nights. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri. and Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE LUNA
802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444 Regulars stake out turf on the broad porch and sunny rooms of this Victorian cottage coffee shop. There is a selection of pastries and baked goods to accompany coffee or tea. For a light lunch, try the vegetable panino with pesto and avocado. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE RECONCILE
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.org The nonprofit restaurant designed to train young adults for jobs in the hospitality industry just celebrated its ninth anniversary. Creole soul food dishes include weekly specials like barbecued chicken and creamy shrimp and white beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA UPTOWN
1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; www. romauptown.com The list of gourmet pizzas here starts with the garlic chicken pie, loaded with roasted garlic, garlic sauce and sauteed chicken strips. Other options include pastas, sandwiches and salads. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CANNON'S RESTAURANT
4141 St. Charles Ave., 891-3200; www.cannonsrestaurants.com Cannon's overlooks the live oaks and historic streetcars of St. Charles Avenue. Inside its dining room, patrons choose from dishes like catfish Etienne with creamy crawfish sauce and chicken Reginald with mushrooms and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S
4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.com This neighborhood institution serves oysters on the half shell, in seafood dishes and in oyster stew. The oyster loaf is a sandwich of fried oysters on thick toast. Other seafood choices include shrimp, soft-shell crabs and fried crab claws. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Local checks. $$

CHARLIE'S STEAKHOUSE
4510 Dryades St., 895-9705; www.charliessteakhousenola.com Diners at this reincarnated Uptown institution can choose between filets and T-bones in one of three sizes, topping out at the massive 32-oz. Charlie. Popular sides include crispy onion rings and creamy potatoes au gratin. Angelo Brocato's spumoni is the preferred dessert. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE
5701 Magazine St., 899-7303 Every month, Chez Nous plans a full calendar's worth of meals to go, available in individual and family-size portions. Seafood gumbo and quiche are perennial favorites. There also is a selection of wine. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CLANCY'S
6110 Annunciation St., 895-1111 This gathering place for Uptowners has a changing menu that features a mix of steaks, chops and local seafood. Menu standards include fried oysters with Brie on a bed of wilted spinach, and lemon icebox pie for dessert. Fall signals dishes featuring soft shell crabs. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM
3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com The Columns is an elegant site for drinks, a light dinner or brunch. The evening bistro menu includes Cajun-accented mini-burgers. At brunch, Columns eggs Benedict nestles poached eggs in puff pastry and tops them with creamed spinach and applewood-smoked bacon. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE
1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com Chef Tory McPhail keeps evolving Commander's Palace's menu of contemporary Creole dishes. The Hook-n-Line Redfish and Shrimp is served with andouille corn grits and a voloute of soft-shell crab. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

COQUETTE
2800 Magazine St., 265-0421; www.coquette-nola.com The menu of Creole and contemporary Louisiana dishes at this new favorite changes weekly. A current dish is a wagyu sirloin with Parmesan, black truffles and chanterelle mushrooms. For dessert, the beignets with caramelized bananas and pralines are a favorite. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CREOLE CREAMERY
4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; www.creolecreamery.com This gourmet ice cream shop offers a selection of fall flavors. Look for butternut squash with woodchuck cider and creme fraiche, gorgonzola with toasted walnut, and butterscotch pumpkin pound cake. There also are seasonal sorbets and special flavors for Halloween. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE DELACHAISE
3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com This boxcar-shaped wine bar offers a distinctive selection of wines, liquor and beer from around the world. The kitchen offers cheese plates, Middle Eastern dips with vegetables and french fries cooked in duck fat as well as a few entree choices. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.com Dick and Jenny's serves creative Creole dishes amid the charm of a converted bargeboard home. A dish on the recently revised menu is a burgundy-braised lamb shank with smothered white beans, sauteed kale and Madeira-mint jus. Low markups make wine list prices very friendly. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS
5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126 Everyone in New Orleans has a favorite po-boy joint, and Domilise's appears on many locals' shortlists. Tender roast beef is slathered with gravy and Creole mustard on a po-boy. Other options include seafood and hot sausage with gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $

DOWN THE HATCH
1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909 This new restaurant has the burger down pat. Patties are made with 100 percent Black Angus beef and there are lamb and veggie burgers as well. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ELEVEN79
1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.com Eleven79's standouts include the filet Rossini perched on a crouton with culatello ham, Gruyere cheese, broiled tomato, Marsala sauce and slivers of truffle. Namesake veal Eleven79 features sauteed veal with roasted peppers, asparagus and mozzarella. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Heavyweight platters of fried seafood are served at Jack Dempsey's - (738 Poland Ave., 943-9914). - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Heavyweight platters of fried seafood are served at Jack Dempsey's (738 Poland Ave., 943-9914).

EMERIL'S DELMONICO
1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.com At his elegant restaurant on the Avenue, chef Emeril Lagasse reworks classic dishes and offers everything from a selection of small plates to house-aged steaks. Entree choices include pan-fried redfish, Mississippi rabbit pot pie and a thick Niman Ranch pork chop. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

F&M PATIO BAR
4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com F&M is the last stop for many a late-night reveler. Spicy egg rolls and quesadillas filled with grilled onions and peppers tame even the most ravenous appetites. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. The grill is cash only. $

FAT HARRY'S
4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582 Finish a night out Uptown with the Uptowner, Fat Harry's notorious sandwich piling ham, turkey, gravy-soaked roast beef and provolone into a seeded muffaletta loaf. Buffalo wings are fried and dipped in a Crystal-based sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT
737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com Flaming Torch offers fine French cooking and a seasonally updated menu. For fall, try the osso buco, a braised veal shank, or the seafood soup, a light combination of shrimp, clams, mussels, fish and scallops. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S
321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.com Diners flock to Franky & Johnny's for hearty Louisiana fare: po-boys, gumbo, alligator soup and red beans and rice. Beef stews appear on the menu when the weather turns crisp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FUEL COFFEE HOUSE
4807 Magazine St., 895-5757; www.fuelcoffeehouse.net At Fuel Coffee House, chef Mary Beth Delcastillo serves up shrimp and grits, eggs Benedict with pulled pork, and vegetarian options like Moroccan chickpea stew. Fresh muffins and pastries are baked from scratch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S RESTRAURANT
1728 Soniat St., 899-7397; www.gautreausrestaurant.com Chef Sue Zemanick puts her talent on display in appetizers like the crispy pork belly with roasted peaches and pickled onions in mint and basil salad. For her spring menu, Zemanick offers seared sea scallops with sweet potato puree. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE
3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www.gottgourmetcafe.com Gott Gourmet is known for Chicago-style hot dogs, but the menu also features salads, wraps and burgers. Gott's signature salad is topped with seasonal berries, fried Brie, candied pecans and panko breadcrumbs. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Fri., breakfast Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THE GROCERY
2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.com This Uptown deli specializes in pressed po-boys — a cross between panini and Cuban sandwiches. The pressed muffuletta is stuffed with ham, salami, provolone, Swiss cheese and homemade olive salad. Chicken andouille gumbo is made with a smoky dark roux. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HEAVENLY HAM
5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-5100; www.heavenlyham.com Heavenly Ham makes sandwiches with the namesake ham, chicken salad, smoked turkey, roast beef or ham salad on croissants, whole grain or French bread. Traditional spiral sliced hams and glazed turkey breast are popular menu items. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HOSHUN RESTAURANT
1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716 Chinese and Japanese flavors mingle at Hoshun. Pumpkin seed duck served with plum sauce is a popular item on the menu, as are the Vietnamese spring rolls, pad Thai and five-pepper calamari. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT
1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; www.hillstone.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

IGNATIUS EATERY & GROCERY
4200 Magazine St., 896-2225 Familiar local food brands line the walls at this corner grocery-themed restaurant. Meatloaf gets a spicy twist from boudin and jalapeno. Crawfish Ignatius features crawfish cream sauce with mushrooms, peppers, onions and tomatoes over fettuccini sprinkled with fresh-grated Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR
4437 Magazine St., 891-6105 This corner tavern keeps the beer cold and the grill hot. The Igor burger features a specially seasoned half-pound patty. The Cajun burger adds a kick of Tabasco and Creole seasonings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM
2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811 Whether you're shooting a game of pool or waiting on a load of laundry, Igor's bar and grill are always serving. The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Crystal hot sauce and Cajun spices. Other sides and snacks include Cajun cheese fries and jalapeno poppers. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE
4607 Dryades St., 895-2620; www.ilposto -nola.com This cozy cafe features a short menu built around imported Italian meats and cheeses. Pesto and red peppers enliven panini, and other sandwich options include grilled cheese on ciabatta. There is a Caprese salad and a salad of beets and walnuts over mixed greens. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

J'ANITA'S AT THE AVENUE
1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com Avenue Pub offers brisket, pulled pork and fish sandwiches, as well as tomato basil soup, chilled cucumber soup and smoked cheese platters. Specialty selections include the Swamp Reuben with pulled pork and brisket on grilled sourdough bread. Lunch and dinner. Credit cards. $

JOEY K'S RESTAURANT
3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com Joey K's offers all-you-can-eat catfish, chicken fried steak and fried seafood platters. The shrimp Magazine features large butterflied shrimp that are lightly floured, sauteed with garlic, artichoke hearts, ham and green onions and served over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.com Burritos aren't the only dishes flying at this Tex-Mex eatery, which offers tacos, salads, quesadillas, burritos and nachos. The Flying Fajitas round up steak, shrimp and chicken with grilled peppers and onions, beans and rice served with guacamole, sour cream, salsa, limes and a stack of warm tortillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KYOTO
4920 Prytania St., 891-3644 Kyoto's appetizers include stuffed shiitake mushrooms and fried eggplant. The Funky Margarita roll combines crawfish, strips of tuna and salmon in a crunchy wrap, topped with jalapeno guacamole. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOULANGERIE
4600 Magazine St., 269-3777 This French bakery serves fresh pastries, flaky croissants, fruit tarts, chocolate eclairs, lemon tarts and more. There also is a large selection of freshly baked breads. The menu features panini sandwiches, soups and small pizzas. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Checks. $

LA CREPE NANOU
1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com Enjoy a petit taste of France in Uptown. Menu items include a crab crepe stuffed with fresh jumbo lump crabmeat in Mornay sauce with creamed spinach. The namesake Crepe Nanou features vanilla, chocolate and coffee ice cream adorned with almonds and chocolate sauce. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
3005 Magazine St., 342-2634; www.ladivinagelateria.com In addition to artisan gelato crafted from scratch daily, La Divina also offers breakfast and lunch options. A Panino is packed with thick slices of portobello mushroom, sun-dried tomato pesto and Parmesan cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY
4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com Savory dishes at La Petite include Louisiana blue crab baked in Brie cream, spicy tomato braised redfish, and hand-made spaghetti with shrimp. The grilled lamb shank is served with pappardelle, fresh herbs and heirloom carrots. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN
4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.com This Uptown eatery offers Thai favorites and original dishes. Menu options include Thai-Coon, jumbo shrimp and crawfish mixed in spicy garlic basil sauce with vegetables and fried eggplant. The tom kha gai, with chicken, Thai herbs and coconut, is a popular selection. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAFITTE'S CAFE
2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581; www.lafittesneworleans.com See CBD section for restaurant description.

LANGENSTEIN'S
1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.com See Metairie location for restaurant description.

LAUREL STREET BAKERY
5433 Laurel St., 897-0576 Head to Laurel Street for gourmet muffins, cakes, quiches and freshly baked bagels. In addition to baked goods, the patisserie offers a sandwich menu. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LE BON TEMPS ROULE
4801 Magazine St., 895-2600; www.myspace.com/4801magazine Le Bon Temps serves bar bites with a New Orleans kick. Take your pick from burgers, french fries, po-boys and quesadillas. The bar draws crowds for free oysters every Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LE CITRON BISTRO
1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com The Catfish St. Jean Baptiste features fried catfish topped with lump crabmeat salad, fried sweet potato chips and papaya sauce. The fried green tomatoes and duck and andouille gumbo are popular. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LILETTE RESTAURANT
3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com This intimate bistro incorporates French and Italian culinary influences. Entrees include roasted Muscovy duck breast with Tuscan kale, butternut squash and Satsuma-coriander jus. Escargot with mushrooms and Calvados cream and the sashimi-style raw fish plates are popular appetizers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LUCKY'S LOUNGE
1625 St. Charles Ave., 523-6538; www.luckysnola.com Shoot some pool or hang out with friends on the porch while enjoying a drink. The grill is open late and offers a menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and cheese sticks. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP
2368 Magazine St., 522-3107 Po-boys aren't just for lunch anymore. At this corner store on the edge of the Garden District, bacon, egg and cheese line a French loaf for a filling breakfast. Fried shrimp, cold cuts and hot sausage are popular standbys, or try the eggplant Parmesan, layered with Swiss cheese and red gravy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP
3454 Magazine St., 899-3374; www.mahonyspoboys.com Mahony's prepares classic po-boys and some original sandwich creations. The fried chicken liver po-boy is dressed with coleslaw. Fried oysters are topped with bacon and cheese. Classic roast beef and fried seafood also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO
5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.com Dine inside or on the courtyard at this quaint bistro. Prince Edward Island mussels are steamed in white wine with chorizo, fennel, tomato and saffron. Also try grilled duck sausage or braised rabbit Provençal. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MAYAS RESTAURANT & BAR
2027 Magazine St., 309-3401; www.mojitoland.com Mayas combines Latin and Caribbean influences. The Mariscada is a saute of jumbo shrimp, green mussels, clams and calamari in red curry coconut sauce served with rice. Other entrees include Caribbean fish and coconut curry shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE MELTING POT
1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.com The restaurant's entree selections feature filet mignon, shrimp, teriyaki marinated sirloin, chicken breast, lobster and other proteins ready to cook at your table. For dessert, the white chocolate apple cobbler fondue features a selection of strawberries, pound cake, brownies and bananas for dipping. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MILK BAR
3445 Prytania St., 891-9361 The Milk Bar is located inside Cafe Prytania. Gourmet sandwiches, salads, po-boys, smoothies and milk shakes are served. The Thai-chili lamb po-boy is filled with roasted Australian leg meat, mozzarella, Roma tomato, red onion, Thai sweet chili and sour cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE
2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com Diners can expect steaks and Italian dishes such as linguine with meat sauce and garlic-rubbed roasted chicken. Steaks are seared at 1800 degrees in a Montague broiler and topped with melted butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIYAKO SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE
1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.miyakonola.com Miyako features a wide array of Japanese dishes from its sushi bar and hibachi grill. Grill entree specials include soup, salad, appetizer, rice, noodles and ice cream. The baked seafood special is a blend of scallops and crab broiled and served in a bowl. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE
1500 Magazine St., 525-2244; www.myspace.com/mojoco Coffee and tea lure in customers, and there also is a menu of soups and sandwiches. The Magazine sandwich features ham, apple and Brie served on your choice of seven-grain, tomato-basil or white bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA'S CAFE
4126 Magazine St., 894-9800 See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.com See Harahan section for restaurant description.

NEW YORK PIZZA
4418 Magazine St., 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.com New York Pizza specializes in thin-crust pies served whole or by the slice. Other options include chicken wings, salads and calzones. The Big Apple pie is topped with everything. At the new location there is a full bar. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE
4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com The menu offers traditional Indian dishes like chicken curry, shrimp vindaloo and vegetable korma. Specialty dishes include lamb achar, lamb in a very tart and spicy curry. Lunch is served buffet style. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS SEAFOOD
3301 S. Claiborne Ave., 821-5007 Orleans Seafood is home to soul food, Chinese dishes and comfort foods like gumbo, po-boys and local seafood. Asian specialties like General Tso's chicken, pepper steak and shrimp and broccoli can be adjusted for preferred levels of spicy heat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2533 Constance St., 899-2054; www.parasols.com Gravy overflows the roast beef po-boy at this neighborhood pub. There also are fried shrimp and oyster plates and bar snacks like tangy fried pickles and boudin balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT
1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877 Manale's is home to New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and all its buttery, peppery, messy glory. There also is an oyster bar and menu of Creole and Italian fare. A combination pan roast features oysters, shrimp and crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PATOIS
6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; www.patoisnola.com This neighborhood eatery features French food accented with New Orleans flavors. Sauteed sweetbreads are served atop Beluga lentils, wilted spinach and country ham reduction. Almond-crusted wild redfish comes with roasted potato galettes, buttered green beans and satsuma meuniere. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ 

PITA PIT
5800 Magazine St., 899-4141; www.pitapitusa.com Choose from a wide range of fillings at this make-your-own pita parlor. Go for a classic gyro pita with gyro meat, feta and tzatziki sauce. The Uptown club combines turkey, bacon, avocado, Swiss cheese, spinach, tomato, green pepper and honey mustard. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

RANI CAFE
2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; www.caferanimagazine.com The diverse menu at this Garden District cafe features sandwiches like grilled or blackened redfish po-boys and entrees like veal pot roast. The new Rani Watcher menu identifies the cafe's lighter options. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
741 State St., 899-1414; 3244 Magazine St., 895-7272; www.reginellis.com Italian and Mediterranean inspired plates share the menu alongside gourmet pizzas. The Parthenon combines garlic herb sauce, mozzarella, artichokes, Roma tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and feta on a baked pie. There are calzones, salads and pasta dishes as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA
3222 Magazine St., 891-5152 With pepperoni, sausage, red peppers and jalapenos, Rocky's Wild Tchoupitoulas pie has plenty of spicy heat. The Irish Channel combines crawfish, shrimp and feta cheese. Pastas, sandwiches and salads also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES
5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypoly.com See CBD section for restaurant description. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat.

RUE DE LA COURSE
3121 Magazine St., 899-0242 See Carrollton/University section for restaurant description.

click to enlarge Vianne's Tea Salon & Cafe (544 Gerard St., Mandeville, - 985-624-5683; www.viannes.com) - offers a multi-course tea service. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

ST. CHARLES TAVERN
1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823 St. Charles Tavern offers a slew of New Orleans entrees including crawfish pies, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. The white chocolate bread pudding is a popular dessert. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY
5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com The cheese does not stand alone. Keeping it company are a spate of gourmet sandwiches (smoky blue with roast beef, Beecher's cheddar and turkey) and salads (Cantal and arugula with almonds and pears, Parmesan with Fra' Mani salami and mixed greens). No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN
2830 Magazine St., 894-0033; www.sakecafeuptown.us This stylish sushi parlor features a wide-range of rolls and sashimi. The New Orleans roll wraps crawfish and avocado and tops them with snow crab, spicy tuna, wasabi tobiko and eel sauce. The Kurumi shrimp features jumbo shrimp stuffed with snow crab served with peanut wasabi sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SLICE
1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; www.slicepizzeria.com Slice's PGA is a hole-in-one — combining prosciutto, gorgonzola and arugula on one pie, it's the holy trinity of pizza perfection. Salads, sandwiches like the barbecue shrimp po-boy, and pasta such as bacon basil chicken ravioli round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER
3322 Magazine St., 891-3447 Slim Goodies' creative breakfast plates include the Jewish Coonass, a New York/New Orleans mix of potato latkes topped with grilled spinach, eggs and crawfish etouffee. The Guatemalan breakfast features two eggs, avocado, plantains, tortillas and homemade salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI
2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net There's a wide selection of New York-style specialty deli meats at this sandwich shop. The Rachel sandwich features hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and house-made Russian dressing on Jewish rye bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STILL PERKIN'
2727 Prytania St., 899-0335 Still Perkin' serves coffee drinks and has a counter stocked with salads, sandwiches, pastries and bagels. Its blended cream cheeses incorporate tomato and basil or onion and chive. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUCRE
3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; www.shopsucre.com Confections are elevated to an art form at this Garden District sweet shop and gelateria. Creations like Parisian macaroons, multicolored chocolates and seasonal marshmallows are available in gift boxes. There are sandwiches and wine by the glass at lunchtime. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL
3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com Superior Grill offers Mexican favorites and a wide selection of margaritas. Golden-fried flautas are filled with chicken and tomato, and topped with guacamole and sour cream. Quesadillas combine chicken and Monterey Jack cheese and are served with guacamole and sour cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR
1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com Surrey's serves organic juices like orange-pineapple-mango and a menu of Southern and Latin breakfasts. The Montana Plate is built for a cowboy, with ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, a biscuit with sausage gravy, and hash browns or grits. The Costa Rican combines eggs, pico de gallo, avocado, cheddar and rice. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS
1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.net Sushi Brothers offers a variety of Japanese specialties including soba and udon noodles, tempura, grilled meats and teriyaki dishes. Its special rolls reflect local sentiments like the "Bye-Bye Katrina Roll," which has an outside of snow crab, soybean paper and eel sauce, and eel, shrimp, tempura, avocado and smelt roe inside. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA
5932 Magazine St., 897-3974 Taqueria Corona's bright cantinas offer tart margaritas, beef tongue or fried fish tacos, cebolitas (grilled green onions) and shrimp and cheese-filled flautas among other specialties. Try the Mexican pizza or big California-style burritos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THEO'S PIZZA
4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.com Theo's dishes up crisp-crust pizzas with a large selection of toppings, as well as salads and toasted sandwiches. The Expert pizza is loaded with garlic, spinach, mozzarella, crumbled bacon and sliced tomatoes. The spinach salad combines purple onions, cranberries, walnuts, goat cheese and pepper jelly vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TROLLEY STOP CAFE
1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090 Rumble into The Trolley Stop for breakfast any time. Daily specials include red beans on Mondays, spaghetti on Tuesdays and smothered pork chops on Wednesdays. There also are seafood dishes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner and late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT
1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.com JoAnn Clevenger's Upperline Restaurant offers an inviting mix of creative Creole cooking and the eccentric charm of a large folk art collection spread throughout. She invented the city's now-classic fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade. Another signature dish is the roast duck served with garlic-port or ginger-peach sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VIZARD'S
5015 Magazine St., 895-2246 Kevin Vizard's bustling Uptown restaurant gets creative with familiar Creole cuisine. Gulf fish is dressed with bechamel, studded with crabmeat and torched for a seafood brulee. For the Crabmeat Nelson, a hollow round of eggplant is fried and filled with crab, mushroom and bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL
1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647; www.voodoobbqandgrill.com Voodoo gets its Mojo sauce working on slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork and ribs. Voodoo also serves burgers and chicken sandwiches off the grill and loaded potatoes. Side dishes include Rattlesnake Beans, corn pudding, coleslaw, Gris Gris Greens and creamy macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET
5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoods.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

ZARA'S MARKET
4838 Prytania St., 895-0581 The market's deli counter serves sandwiches and lunch plates. Monday features red beans and rice with sausage. Other dishes include eggplant or veal Parmesan, muffulettas and Italian meatballs on a po-boy or with spaghetti. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

 

 

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

7 ON FULTON
701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.com Chef Matthew Fultz prepares contemporary Creole cuisine, with signature dishes like seared scallops with smoked tomatoes and hollandaise sauce and duck breast with bacon lardons. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BUTCHER
930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.com This butcher shop and deli adjoining chef Donald Link's restaurant Cochon proves a gold mine of house-made meat products, from andouille and boudin to pastrami and salami. Try them in the sandwiches like the Butcher muffuletta or on charcuterie boards. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR
300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com Chef Chris Lusk reinvents Southern favorites in unique dishes like praline-encrusted pork tenderloin with Opelousas sweet potato-turnip hash. Cayenne five spice-rubbed tuna is served with blue crab fried sticky rice and Muscadine-ginger jam. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

COCHON
930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com Pork finds its way into many of Cochon's Cajun and Southern recipes, like in boudin balls or spicy grilled pork ribs served with watermelon pickles. A new small plate features artichoke-stuffed crab. The bar has a selection of legal moonshine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE SKILLET
200 Julia St., 304-6318; www.thecreoleskillet.com The Creole Skillet serves contemporary Creole dishes such as duck breast stuffed with sausage, sauced with Steen's Creole mustard glaze and paired with sweet potatoes and collard greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DINO'S BAR & GRILL
1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900 Burgers, chicken Caesar wraps and an Italian chicken sandwich are some of the diverse offerings at Dino's. Good items to share include creamy spinach and artichoke dip served with crunchy tortilla chips. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; www.dragosrestaurant.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

EMERIL'S RESTAURANT
800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.com Chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant has two large dining rooms and a handful of coveted seats at the tasting bar. Signature items include andouille crusted redfish, barbecue shrimp with rosemary biscuits and banana cream pie. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ERNST CAFÉ
600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net Po-boys, sandwiches and wraps are mainstays at the Ernst Cafe, a downtown watering hole known for its hearty burgers. Look for 25-cent wings on Mondays and game days. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GORDON BIERSCH
200 Poydras St., 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com This chain brewpub offers house-brewed beers and a large and eclectic menu. Appetizers include bratwurst, homemade pretzels and chicken wings. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT
575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com Grand Isle serves up seafood dishes like chili butter baked fish, crawfish etouffee and gumbo. The bar menu features a chicken melt consisting of pulled chicken, Havarti cheese and ham. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS
Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566 Haagen-Dazs features 30 flavors of ice cream, including such mainstays as Rocky Road, Mint Chocolate Chip and Java Chip. Milkshakes, smoothies and coffee drinks round out the menu of sweet treats. No reservations. Credit cards. $

HELIX RESTAURANT & WINE BAR
2 Lee Circle, 962-0903; www.helixwb.com This chic lounge complements a full menu with an extensive list of wines by the glass. Try the duck quesadillas or bacon-wrapped shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT
701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com At this French American bistro, James Beard Award-winner Donald Link cooks specials such as olive oil-seared gnocchi with ham and asparagus and sauteed jumbo shrimp with fried eggplant and tomato confit. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HORINOYA
920 Poydras St., 561-8914 Horinoya offers patrons an authentic taste of Japan, featuring well-known dishes with Kobe beef and tuna tataki as well as more esoteric items like Tsukiji fish and natto (fermented beans). Reservations accepted for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOCA
857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com This Argentinean steakhouse serves rib-eyes, domestic Kobe beef, flatiron steaks and hanger steaks as well as veal sweetbreads. Appetizers include the empanadas Criollas, an Argentinean baked meat pie, and provoleta, grilled Argentine cheese with oregano and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA CÔTE BRASSERIE
700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.com Seafood finds an attractive showcase in the Warehouse District Arts Hotel. The raw bar sports platters of fresh-shucked Louisiana oysters, and a whole fish special comes with andouille-okra-tomato stew and cayenne beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA
709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986; www.leonardonola.com Leonardo offers pizza, calzones, pasta and salads. Pasta dishes include spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, Parmesan cheese and creamy egg sauce. The namesake bruschetta Leonardo is toasted focaccia topped with goat cheese, herbs and dried blueberries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE
610 Poydras St., 212-5656 See Mid-City section for restaurant description. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun.

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com The place to be after work, Lucy's surf-shack ambience and California/Mexican dishes draw a crowd. Jamaican jerk chicken, seared ahi tuna and California Caesar salad are a few popular dishes on the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT
201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.com This rustic-styled restaurant features live Cajun bands and a large dance floor. The menu includes Cajun favorites like country-style gumbo, fried alligator, boudin,and crawfish etouffee. There also are steaks, burgers, chicken and pasta dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED EYE GRILL
852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.net With afterhours dance clubs as its neighbors, this grill, billed as "The last place you want to be," offers just the right late-night fix. Fill up with cheese fries, jalapeno poppers and big burgers. Combination deals include fries and a drink. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RIO MAR
800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.com This seafood restaurant serves a range of Spanish and Latin American dishes. Weekday lunch features tapas, pressed Cuban-style sandwiches and Boqueronas, or white anchovies in vinegar. The zarzeula de mariscos is a Spanish variation of bouillabaisse with a saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS
823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com Sip saketinis at the bar before dining at this contemporary Japanese hotspot. The tuna ceviche features slices of lemon-and-lime-marinated tuna with green onion and ponzu and Sriracha sauce. Choose from chicken, seafood or vegetables in yakisoba noodles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
228 Poydras St., Harrah's Hotel, 587-7099; www.ruthschris.com See Metairie section for restaurant description. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun.

SUGAR HOUSE
315 Julia St., Embassy Suites, 525-1993 Sugar House patrons enjoy Cajun and Creole cuisine in a dining room looking out on the Warehouse District. The Cajun sampler consists of crawfish pie, jambalaya and file gumbo. Steak Delmonico is either grilled or blackened, and meat falls off the bone of baby-back ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL
1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; www.sunraygrill.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

TOMMY'S CUISINE
746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com Italian and Creole cuisine mingle on Tommy's eclectic menu. Baked oysters Tommy are topped with pancetta, roasted red pepper and Romano cheese. Crabmeat Sardou features steamed artichoke, spinach and jumbo lump crabmeat with hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR
752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.com The wine bar offers an artisanal cheese plate or items from the menu of the adjoining restaurant Tommy's Cuisine. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Diners dig into breakfast plates at IHOP (151 West Bank Expwy., - Gretna, 366-4177; 833 Canal St., 593-0440; 12150 I-10 Service Road, - 244-0013; www.ihop.com) - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Diners dig into breakfast plates at IHOP (151 West Bank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; 833 Canal St., 593-0440; 12150 I-10 Service Road, 244-0013; www.ihop.com)

UGLY DOG SALOON
401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.net The saloon's grill offers a large selection of sandwiches, burgers and platters of barbecue served with sides like chili beans with sour cream or sweet and spicy coleslaw. Pulled pork is slow-cooked shoulder roast brushed with the saloon's tangy sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE
636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329 Reflecting the spirit of the proprietor's native Australia, this friendly pub offers hearty meals like shepherd's pie with Guinness gravy, a daily sandwich special, chicken and sausage jambalaya and other hearty fare. The bar serves many Aussie wines and beers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE
859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882; www.wolfesinthewarehouse.com Chef Tom Wolfe combines a refined touch and rustic dishes at his elegant Warehouse District bistro. Foie gras tops house-made duck sausage in one appetizer. Signature entrees include panko-crusted redfish with spinach and smoked Gouda-infused crab veloute. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

WESTBANK

ALGIERS

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS
3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 392-1150; www.dimartinos.com DiMartino's is known for muffulettas and roast beef sandwiches. Other options include salads, burgers, seafood platters and hot plates such as shrimp etouffee, chicken parmigiana, and spaghetti and meatballs or Italian sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DRY DOCK CAFÉ
133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com Take the ferry to Algiers Point disembark at Dry Dock for a casual menu of burgers, sandwiches and entrees. Order a burger topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Crawfish Maureenica features crawfish tails tossed with pasta in Parmesan cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE
5163 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com See Mid-City section for restaurant description.

RENDEZ VOUS CAFE
3001 Gen. de Gaulle Drive, 367-6013: www.myrendezvouscafe.com Rendez Vous offers an extensive menu rounding up everything from taco salad to Mediterranean dishes like chicken shawarma and shish kebabs. Dinner entrees include steaks, fried chicken and chicken Alfredo pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, open 24 hours Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TOUT DE SUITE
347 Verret St., 362-2264 This Algiers Point eatery offers changing breakfast specials such as sweet potato pancakes. Lunch and early dinner fare include options like chicken panino with applewood-smoked bacon, provolone, basil aioli and grilled peppers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

 

 

GRETNA

BEEF CONNECTION
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275 The Beef Connection is known for thick-cut T-bones and rib-eyes, filets and New York strips. During lunch, steak entrees include a choice of sides like potatoes or broccoli au gratin. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAFE DIBLASI
1801 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown, 361-3106; ww.cafediblasi.com Grilled sausage and peppers and chicken Parmesan are favorites at this traditional Italian café. For something special try signature dishes like veal DiBlasi, a pan-fried cutlet topped with crabmeat and lemon cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ETIENNE
423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072 This new cafe's menu ranges from local classics such as barbecued shrimp and red beans and rice on Mondays to steaks and original creations. Amberjack is topped with a trio of sauces. Desserts include dense coconut cake. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA
429 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-3939; www.empressofchina.net Christina Tsang's restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Chinese dishes as well as specialty entrees such as the Emperor's lo mein, boneless chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT
2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995; www.bistrogallerie.com Share one of the bistrot's four tasty mussel dishes for a classic taste of Belgium. Both entree and dessert crepes are popular. There also is a good selection of Belgian beers. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COMMON GROUNDS
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200 Check out Common Grounds' regular breakfast specials with boudin sausage and short stacks. For lunch and dinner, you can't go wrong with the artichoke Amelia, a well-seasoned casserole-like dish with artichoke hearts, breadcrumbs and cream. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

DE-NO SEAFOOD
505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 362-4608 De-No's redfish and crab cake dishes are topped with crawfish cream sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Other entrees include a 14-oz. rib-eye, half a fried chicken and a grilled chicken platter, all served with your choice of sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY
300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; www.gambinos.info The bakery serves pies, petit fours, doberge cakes and more. King cakes are available year-round. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com Try the Courthouse Special: a half-pound burger piled with corned beef and melted Swiss cheese. Salads, sandwiches and wraps satisfy those with lighter appetites. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I GRILLE AND BAR
11 West Bank Expwy., Gretna, 367-9512 See Kenner section for restaurant description.

HOA HONG/9 ROSES
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665 Savor exotic dishes at 9 Roses, such as the vermicelli noodle bowl or sugar cane shrimp (ground shrimp wrapped around a stalk of sugarcane). Grilled beef, shrimp and squid can be cooked right at your table. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS
2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7177; www.hooterslouisiana.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

IHOP
151 West Bank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; www.ihop.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

JOHNNY & JACKIE'S CAFE & GRILL
326 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 362-8690 The seafood platter at Johnny & Jackie's features shrimp, oysters, catfish and fries and is served with salad. The special combo po-boy comes with sliced roast beef cooked in brown gravy plus ham, Swiss and American cheeses. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

KIM SON
349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489 Kim Son offers both Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, particularly Cantonese and Szechuan dishes. Popular menu items include hot-and-sour soup, Gulf fish seasoned in a special black bean sauce, and salt-baked shrimp, scallops and lobster. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS BREAKFAST & PANCAKE HOUSE
101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272 Breakfast diners can choose from a large menu including omelets, pancakes, sausage, and liver and onions. The lunch menu features po-boys and entrees such shrimp pasta, which features shrimp in white sauce served over fettuccine. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE
2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-7229 O'Brien's is a steakhouse with hearty portions and big flavors. Aside from beef entrees, try the honey-soy glazed salmon served with stir-fried vegetables and balsamic reduction. The potato-crusted fillet of mahi mahi comes with roasted vegetables and Creole beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
710 Terry Pkwy., Gretna, 433-4111; www.ohenrys.com See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

PHO TAU BAY
113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846 Pho Tau Bay ladles more than 20 different varieties of pho, the flavorful Vietnamese soup, with beef, pork or seafood. Other popular menu items include goi chon, spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce, and other Vietnamese rice and noodle dishes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE RESTAURANT
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com This West Bank eatery has been serving steaks and Louisiana seafood since 1963. Daily specials include all-you-can-eat king crab and boiled shrimp. Thursdays brings 25-cent raw or 50-cent charbroiled oysters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RED PALACE RESTAURANT
1025 West Bank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071 This Chinese restaurant's extensive menu includes lo mein dishes, curries, pot stickers and more. Soft-shell crab is served with crawfish sauce. Other dishes include the Red Palace steak with onions and mushrooms. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

click to enlarge Bread pudding is one of the desserts on the buffet at the Fair - Grounds Race Course (1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515; www.fairgroundsracecourse.com). - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO
2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090 This West Bank bistro serves familiar Italian dishes like spinach lasagna with creamy Alfredo sauce. For the less traditional, try the Philly cheese steak pizza, with onions, bell pepper and roast beef layered on a cheesy pie. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL
2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

TAN DINH
1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 361-8008 Tan Dinh offers an extensive menu of Vietnamese cuisine, including beef- and chicken-broth soups with vermicelli noodles. Special dishes include pan-seared goat with lemon grass in spicy peanut sauce and slowly simmered goat curry topped with assorted nuts and Vietnamese herbs. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678 Thanh Thanh prepares a wide array of Vietnamese dishes and some other Asian favorites. There are five different types of rice paper-wrapped spring rolls. Pho soups are popular. The restaurant also offers some Thai dishes include pad Thai and some American breakfast options in the morning. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

 

 

HARVEY

ALLIGATOR PEAR
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 342-2640; www.alligatorpearcafe.com The eclectic menu stretches from burgers, po-boys, salads and pizzas to Asian-inspired wok dishes. The large seafood platter holds a pile of fried oysters, shrimp, catfish, french fries and hush puppies with cocktail and tartar sauces on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE
1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073 Downhome New Orleans classics share Brothers' menu with some distinctive dishes, like the fried seafood muffuletta and homemade chili. Thursday's plate lunch is white beans with pork chops, sausage or catfish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DITALI'S
2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-0058 Dishes like crab cake Parmesan and meat-filled calzones keep diners coming back to Cafe Ditali's. Specials include chicken pomodori, which is loaded with onions, bell peppers and sun-dried tomatoes and covered in two sauces. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 368-2100; www.chevys.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

CHINA DOLL
830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-8822 China Doll offers Chinese staples like Emperor's lo mein and crab rangoons, which are fried wontons filled with cream cheese and crabmeat. Comfort food favorites include sweet-and-sour chicken and wonton soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com At Cleopatra, white linen tablecloths, Syrian lamps and Egyptian decor set the stage for Mediterranean favorites like hummus, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. The tahini salad combines cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, tahini and lemon juice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PARROT PETE'S
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780: www.parrotpetes.com The Pete's Plate breakfast includes two eggs any style, toast and choices of ham, bacon or sausage and grits or potatoes. The Southwest wrap bundles avocado, black beans, corn salsa, pepper Jack cheese, lettuce and tomato in a flour tortilla and chicken is an optional addition. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ROYAL PALM
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 644-4100; www.royalpalmrestaurant.com For an appetizer, try the tasso and shrimp in garlic cream sauce and pepper jelly grits. The surf and turf entree pairs an 8-oz. filet with demi-glace and half a Maine lobster served with drawn butter and julienne vegetables and mashed potatoes on the side. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TENNOU SUSHI BAR
1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-3898 Tennou serves a full range of sushi, creative rolls and cooked Japanese dishes. The Hawaiian roll features shrimp tempura, snow crab, mango and smelt roe. For entrees, try the fish fry with sushi rice, which comes with spicy tuna, eel sauce and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TODARO'S RESTAURANT
2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-8522; www.todarosrestaurant.com Todaro's shrimp Anthony features shrimp tossed with marinara, bacon and green onions served over angel hair pasta. Homemade Italian classics include spaghetti with Italian sausage and roasted red peppers and onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

OTHER

ADAM'S CATFISH HOUSE
8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 392-0541; www.adamscatfish.com Catfish is the name of the game at Adam's, where the fried or grilled fillets are served in daunting portions with sides of coleslaw or hush puppies. The catfish salad with egg and tartar sauce is a must-try. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS
1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-1150; 6641 West Bank Expwy., Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com See Westbank — Algiers section for restaurant description.

DITALI'S PIZZA
8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160 This classic pizza restaurant is a cousin to Cafe Ditali's. In addition to thin-crust pies, Ditali's serves favorites from the cafe's menu like Philly cheese steaks and chicken Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOUBLE DRAGON
8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 433-4333 Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese dishes shine at Double Dragon. Popular dishes include General Tso's chicken and spicy kung pao shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT
4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748 Jan's offers a variety of seafood dishes. The seafood platter combines fried shrimp, oysters and catfish, stuffed crab, stuffed shrimp and french fries. Chicken Parmesan features a fried breast topped with mozzarella and homemade sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Kim Son (349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489) serves Chinese and - Vietnamese cuisine - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Kim Son (349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489) serves Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine

MARKET WEGO
100 Westbank Expwy., Westwego, 436-9966 Located in the Westwego Shrimp Lot, Market Wego offers po-boys, homemade sausage and freshly boiled crawfish. Fried seafood po-boys and sandwiches with green onion sausage are house specialties. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MO'S PIZZA
1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.net Mo's serves its extra-large pizzas by the pie or slice. Muffalettas are stacked with Italian cold cuts, provolone and homemade olive salad and served warm. Daily specials include hot sausage po-boys on Wednesdays and bread pudding on Thursdays. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOSCA'S
4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale, 436-9942 Mosca's menu isn't large, but the individual entrees are, so be prepared to share them family style. Try signature dishes like oysters Mosca, spicy chicken cacciatore, and spaghetti and meatballs. The whole chicken in pieces is pan fried with olive oil, garlic, rosemary and white wine. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only.

NEW ORLEANS BREAKFAST & PANCAKE HOUSE
1673 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 267-0752 See Westbank — Gretna section for restaurant description.

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; www.olivebranchcafe.com See Mid-City section for restaurant description.

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES
7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; www.desfamilles.com This house on the edge of Jean Lafitte National Park specializes in local seafood. The soft-shell crab Foster is topped with artichoke bottoms and white wine. Shrimp Diane is served over angel hair pasta with green onions, mushrooms and garlic butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482; www.voleosrestaurant.com The variety at Voleo's ranges from sandwiches and pizza to Bavarian specials like bratwurst and Wienerschnitzel. The seafood pizza is topped with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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