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Faubourg Marigny 

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517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com
Stop by 13 at night for a lively, friendly crowd at the bar, or just about any time of the day for a meal. At breakfast, try the huevos rancheros, which feature two poached eggs on corn tortillas with ranchero salsa, black beans, cheese and sour cream. Later in the day, try the sesame chicken salad sandwich, which comes with smoked almonds and is served on multi-grain bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ADOLFO'S
611 Frenchman St., 948-3800
In this romantic, candlelit perch above the buzzing Frenchmen Street scene, you'll find hearty Italian classics, seafood and local flavors. Favorites include veal parmesan and the rack of lamb, pan-roasted with garlic butter, rosemary and mint. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Cash only. $$

BANK CAFÉ
2001 Burgundy St., 371-5260
Chef Chris Reel keeps his patrons happy at this Marigny restaurant serving a constantly changing menu of seafood and regional dishes in a casual atmosphere. Some regular diners' favorites include the mussels with fries and the pannéed rabbit. Reservations recommended on weekends. Dinner Tue.-Sun., late night Fri. and Sat. Credit cards. $$

BUFFA'S LOUNGE
1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038
Buffa's is better known as a corner bar just across the street from the French Quarter, but it is staking a claim to burger fame with its big, half-pound-after-it's-cooked burgers. The Buffa burger is a blackened cheeseburger, and there is always a small but changing menu of sandwiches like a Chicken Delmonico po-boy with mushrooms, peppers and cheese. Some of the hot plates include red beans, tamales or penne pasta dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFÉ ROSE NICAUD
632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300This charming café in the Marigny serves a variety of international coffees and teas, breakfast sandwiches, bagels and lox, cinnamon rolls and fresh baked muffins (including cranberry-orange and lemon-poppyseed). Dual quiches (meat laden and veggie friendly), soup du jour, and savory salads (optional topping of chicken or salmon) round out the menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE'S
501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847
People head to Checkpoint Charlie's to hear music, play pool, do laundry and for the burgers. The grill is open 24 hours a day and the small menu also includes bar food such as French fries, cheese sticks, chicken nuggets and cheese fries. A few other sandwich options include fish and chicken sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24-hours daily. Credit cards. $

FEELING'S CAFÉ
2600 Chartres St., 945-2222
Feelings has several intimate dining rooms and a covered courtyard in which to enjoy its Creole cooking. Dinner features chicken Clemenceau, pork tenderloin marinated in mustard and brandy, and a mix of shrimp, crawfish and sausage served over fried eggplant. Brunch offers eggs Benedict or Florentine, steak and eggs and some of the dinner entrees. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP
2600 Royal St., 947-8358
This funky Marigny coffeeshop offers pastries and full breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner items that range from Middle Eastern to Tex-Mex dishes. Take your pick between falafel or roast beef or chicken and bean burritos. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only $

HENRY'S BAKERY & DELI
2313 St. Claude Ave., 944-2622
Henry's offers everything from a snoball window to dining inside. The menu of hot lunch plates includes a stewed Cornish hen with butter beans or mustard greens. If you start early, a traditional breakfast of grits, eggs and ham may be in order, or even a homemade doughnut. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards $

HOOKAH CAFÉ
500 Frenchmen St., 943-1101; www.hookah-cafe.com
Exotic décor and the velvety aroma from gently smoking hookah pipes set the mood at this lounge and restaurant. Guests sink into deeply cushioned seats to peruse a menu of hot and cold tapas-style dishes, perfect for sharing and trying many different flavors. The popular chicken kebab comes with a unique roasted almond and pineapple sauce while the shrimp Adriatica is simmered in a sauce of lemon, lime, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and tomatoes. Belly dancers from the Sisters of Salome troupe perform on Sunday nights. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LA PENICHE
1940 Dauphine St., 743-1360
This popular Marigny diner in a corner Creole cottage offers breakfast, burgers and nightly specials. Drop by in the morning for eggs Benedict served with homemade hollandaise sauce, or three-egg omelets or waffles. Sandwiches include a BLT, a club, roast beef, turkey, ham or catfish. The Katherine Burger is a burger with ham, Swiss cheese and grilled onions. Entrees include chicken-fried steak, pork chops and evening specials. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $

LORETTA'S TOO/HE-BREW
2101 N. Rampart St., 944-7068
Tucked away in the Marigny is the combined coffee shop and very affordable, casual restaurant Loretta's. From the bakery side, try treats like the banana bread, muffins, cookies and pralines. The daily lunch plates include specials like red beans with smoked sausage or garlic chicken with baked macaroni, and fried fish with jambalaya and potato salad on Fridays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY BRASSERIE
640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472; www.marignybrasserie.com
The menu at Marigny Brasserie delights as much as the lovely surroundings. Appetizers include a shrimp, mirliton and green apple casserole, Buffalo frog legs, and a gumbo with smoked chicken, duck and andouille. Entrees run the gamut from fish to fowl to veal, all creatively prepared. Stop in on Sunday for a restorative brunch, drink specials and entertainment from Pfister Sisters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MARIGNY PERKS
2401 Burgundy St., 948-7401
Tea and coffee and free wi-fi abound at this cute and cozy Marigny café. A wide variety of pastries are available, including gourmet varieties. For a heartier meal, stop in on Monday for red beans or any day for sandwiches, salads, soup and gumbo. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY
2601 Royal St., 872-9868
Spanish tapas by way of Latin America is the specialty at Mimi's. Try small plates of peppers stuffed with herbed goat's cheese or beef empanadas with a red pepper aioli. Dishes include mushroom toast with manchego, calamari and shrimp sauteed in white wine, garlic and parsley, salmon-wrapped asparagus, cheeses and Serrano ham. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

PRALINE CONNECTION
542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com
The Praline Connection serves up food that nourishes the soul along with the belly. Fried chicken, fried okra and fried pickles — a holy trinity of another sort. Red beans on Monday is de rigeur (though it's available every day), and best with smoked sausage and French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE RESTAURANT
801 Frenchmen St., 944-6854
While chips and salsa still start many a meal here, the new menu features the cooking of chef Robert Iaccarino. He crafts Southwestern style dishes such as the crispy roasted chipotle-rubbed duck, which is glazed with ancho-cherry raja sauce and served with spinach, roasted corn and grilled plantains. The chef's chimayo chile rub is applied to the grilled lamb chops and accompanied by a poblano pepper mango salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SCHIRO'S CAFÉ & BAR
2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schrioscafe.com
This Marigny corner store/caf — provides its neighbors with groceries, a bar, laundry machines and even a guesthouse for out-of-town visitors. But what brings regulars back to its colorful dining room and sidewalk tables are inexpensive renditions of New Orleans comfort food and specialties like the grilled chicken croissant sandwich with ham, bacon and Swiss cheese or the grilled rib-eye steak with baked potato and French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.- Sat. Credit cards. $

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
While the contemporary jazz greats cook up smooth tunes in the music hall, Snug Harbor's kitchen cooks up regional cuisine for diners in its bistro and front bar. The emphasis is on seafood and steaks, plus mammoth hamburgers served with loaded baked potatoes. Try the fried fish Marigny topped with shrimp and a Creole cream sauce or the generous portions of yellowfin tuna grilled with lemon butter. Reservations. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

SUKHO THAI
1913 Royal St., 948-9309
Back from a brief hiatus during the summer, Sukho Thai is once again summoning diners from across town to sample from its large menu of Thai cuisine. The menu offers a helpful range of spice levels for each dish, and vegetarians have many options from which to choose. The more omnivorous feast on Panang duck curry, a mildly spicy, aromatic dish with pan-fried duck strips, peppers and sweet basil topped with fresh coconut milk or the ginger fish steamed in a ginger, scallion and whiskey sauce. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WASABI
900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; www.wasabirestaurant.com
This Marigny mainstay serves up fresh, colorful sushi creations and cooked Asian favorites from its kitchen. The wasabi honey shrimp brings an addictive sweet-spicy crunch in a velvety cream sauce while the black bean mussels are spiked with jalapenos, bell pepper and onions. The light-tasting rice paper rolls and the Frenchmen roll offer offbeat sushi combinations, while the chef's special roll is always a generous serving. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Lance Pippin enjoys a morning coffee at Marigny Perks. - TRACIE MORRIS SCHAEFER
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