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FRENCH QUARTER RESTAURANTS 

5FIFTY5
New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., 553-5638; www.marriott.com
A fillet of wild Louisiana redfish is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and served over spinach salad with lemon-thyme vinaigrette. The seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab, andouille sausage, okra and file powder and served with a scoop of white rice, crabmeat and chopped herbs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
724 Iberville St., 522-5973; www.acmeoysterhouse.com
The oyster Rockefeller soup combines oysters, spinach, Parmesan and a touch of Herbsaint. The New Orleans medley includes gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice with grilled smoked sausage. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILL
811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com
The late-night favorite offers a long list of bar snacks. Barbecue shrimp tops rotini pasta. Alibi killer fries serve up a pound of fries smothered with chili, cheddar, mozzarella, jalapenos and onions. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE ALPINE
620 Chartres St., 523-3005; www.thealpinebistro.com
Redfish "Amer" is a sauteed fillet of redfish topped with Cajun crawfish cream sauce. Pepper-crusted duck comes with vegetables and roasted garlic potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANGELI ON DECATUR
1141 Decatur St., 566-0077; www.angelirestaurant.webs.com
The Virtuous Angel vegetarian pizza has spinach, artichokes, tomato, mushrooms, feta and mozzarella with garlic herb sauce. The chicken Diavolo pizza is topped with spicy red pepper sauce, mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, red onions and roasted garlic. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANTOINE'S ANNEX
513 Royal St., 525-8045; www.antoines.com
The cochon sandwich features Cajun-spiced pulled pork and Swiss cheese on ciabatta bread. The caprese sandwich combines fresh mozzarella and basil, Roma tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT
713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com
Opened in 1840, Antoine's is a historic restaurant sprawling with an array of themed dining rooms and the Hermes Bar. Lamb Alciatore features lamb medallions wrapped in bacon, topped with a bearnaise mushroom crown and served over sweet wine sauce. Oysters Foch features fried oysters on toast spread with pate, served with Colbert sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT
813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com
This nearly century-old Creole dining institution has an upscale cocktail bar and array of dining rooms on two floors. The shrimp Arnaud features Gulf shrimp in signature tangy remoulade. Oysters Kathryn tops oysters with artichoke hearts, garlic, Parmesan and extra virgin olive oil. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL
230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com
The linguini is topped with marinated and grilled chicken, artichokes and mushrooms in white wine cream sauce. The tomato Buffalo features baked tomato slices topped with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Chef Susan Spicer and sous chef Conrad Emerson check a dish at Bayona in the French Quarter before serving it to a guest. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chef Susan Spicer and sous chef Conrad Emerson check a dish at Bayona in the French Quarter before serving it to a guest.

BAYONA
430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com
Chef Susan Spicer accents her cooking with ingredients from around the globe. Order a sandwich of smoked duck, cashew-peanut butter and pepper jelly on multigrain bread. The goat cheese crouton is a toasted 12-grain crouton topped with sauteed mushrooms and Madeira cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BENNACHIN
1212 Royal St., 522-1230West African dishes fill the menu at this casual restaurant. The black-eyed pea fritter features peas ground into a paste and fried like hush puppies, served with tomato and onion dipping sauce. The spinach jama jama is spinach sauteed with ginger and garlic. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BISTREAUX
1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; www.maisondepuy.com
The cochon de lait sandwich features pulled pork, pickles, provolone, basil aioli and hot mustard on ciabatta. Truffle mac and cheese combines pasta with Monterey Jack, gouda and Parmesan cheeses and a drizzle of truffle oil. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOMBAY CLUB
830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com
The "pork porterhouse" features a 16-oz. pork porterhouse topped with fried shallot rings and served with bacon, smothered green beans and brabant potatoes. Blackened Maine sea scallops are served with crushed corn sauce, brabant potatoes, tasso and crawfish hash. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BOURBON HOUSE
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com
There's a large selection of bourbons at the bar, but seafood is the specialty of the house. The plateaux de fruits de mer is a platter featuring a selection of raw oysters, boiled Gulf shrimp, mussels, marinated crab fingers and seasonal seafood salads. Redfish on the half shell is served with new potatoes and glazed red onions and topped with lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT
417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com
This Creole dining institution serves classic New Orleans turtle soup topped with sherry. Signature bananas Foster features bananas sauteed in butter with brown sugar and cinnamon, flamed in banana liquor and rum, and served over vanilla ice cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT
819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com
Pompano Evelyn is a grilled fillet of pompano with sauteed wild Gulf shrimp in a roasted poblano and red curry cream. The grilled Creole spice-crusted rib-eye is served with Broussard's sherry vinegar steak sauce, roasted shallot garlic butter and tri-pepper relish. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.
429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com
The popular film Forrest Gump spawned a chain of seafood houses. Hush pups are cakes made with shrimp, mahi-mahi, rice and corn, deep-fried and served with remoulade. Shrimp and crawfish etouffee is served over rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AMELIE
912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com
Walk through a pretty French Quarter courtyard to find Cafe Amelie. Crab cakes are made with Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat and served with a citrus drizzle. Slow-cooked lamb shank is served with local root vegetables, natural jus and organic stone-ground grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE BEIGNET
311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com
The western omelet is a French-style omelet with ham, bell peppers, red onion and white cheddar, served with grits and French bread. The Cajun hash browns are made with andouille sausage, potatoes, bell peppers and red onions and served with a scrambled egg and French bread. No reservations. Bourbon Street: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ENVIE
1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.cafeenvienola.com
Eggs Envie is a breakfast sandwich with a two-egg omelet, melted Brie and ham on a croissant. Breakfast in a go-cup combines two scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, sausage and gravy in a cup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FLEUR-DE-LIS
307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com
The fleur de lis omelet combines crawfish tails, pepper Jack cheese, bell peppers and onions and is topped with Cajun crawfish sauce. The Fleur-de-Lis salad is a mix of field greens, bacon, ham, turkey, tomatoes, red onions, cucumber and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE GIOVANNI
117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Chef Duke LoCicero dubs his cuisine New World Italian. Giovanni's cannelloni is stuffed with pork, veal, beef, cheese, eggplant and pinenuts. Chicken a la Roma is a chicken breast stuffed with Italian sausage, spinach and fontina and topped with rustic-style roasted tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE MASPERO
601 Decatur St., 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.com
Casual Creole favorites fill the menu at this French Quarter restaurant. The regular muffuletta features layers of ham, salami, pastrami, Swiss cheese and olive salad. The veggie muffuletta combines olive salad and melted Swiss cheese on an Italian seeded roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE PONTALBA
546 St. Peter St., 522-1180The Cajun combination features red beans and rice with smoked sausage, jambalaya and a cup of gumbo. Ragin' Cajun pasta includes shrimp, crawfish and andouille sausage in spicy cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL
540 Chartres St., 522-1800; www.camelliagrill.net
See Carrollton/University section for restaurant description.

CENTRAL GROCERY
923 Decatur St., 523-1620 This French Quarter grocery serves its famous muffuletta by the half or whole round loaf. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHECKERED PARROT
133 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com
Cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos are deep fried and served with ranch and marinara sauce. The Buffalo chicken sandwich is a fried chicken breast tossed in your choice of hot, medium or mild sauce and served with salad, fries, yellow rice or chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL
900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com
Stop into this retro-styled diner anytime. Its version of biscuits and gravy features an open-faced large Southern-style biscuit smothered in country gravy. Battered chicken-fried steak comes with two eggs, toast and hash browns or grits. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE
1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net
Hearty rabbit and sausage jambalaya is made with tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and Cajun seasonings. Fried crawfish are served with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER HOUSE BAR AND GRILL
500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.com
The seafood sampler includes boiled shrimp, crawfish and oysters on the half-shell. The New Orleans sampler rounds up gumbo, shrimp Creole, red beans and jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME
620 Iberville St., 522-1138Country Flame is an inexpensive cantina offering a mix of Mexican and Cuban favorites. The ropa viejo is a traditional Cuban version of shredded beef over rice. The classic Cuban sandwich features pressed ham, roasted pork and cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS
613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com
Fried oysters Rockefeller features corn-fried Louisiana oysters served over baked Herbsaint creamed spinach and topped with chopped bacon and bearnaise sauce. The veal Oscar tops veal cutlets with asparagus, sauteed lump crabmeat and tasso hollandaise and comes with mashed new potatoes on the side. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE
527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
The brewpub serves flash-fried calamari tossed with pepperoncini peppers, kalamata olives and roasted garlic, and drizzled with red pepper aioli. Gulf grouper is served on naan bread, avocado, tomato, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, cabbage, poblano peppers and mango mayo with sweet potato fries. Nightly Oktoberfest specials are offered during October. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR
617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663Grab a table in the cafe or the courtyard patio and enjoy coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and more. Order flaky, buttery croissants with almond paste or fruit fillings. Quiche Lorraine is a frequent quiche of the day. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DAISY DUKES
121 Chartres St., 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com
The Cajun omelet combines cheese, hot sausage, tomatoes, onion, parsley, paprika and cracked pepper and is served with hash browns or grits and toast or a biscuit. Blackened alligator sausage is served over jambalaya with a cup of gumbo, fried green tomatoes 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. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR
400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com
The seafood platter comes with catfish, shrimp, oysters and crawfish. Get a half-pound char-grilled burger topped with two strips of bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR
300 Bourbon St., 586-0300; www.sonesta.com
Shrimp and grits are made with tasso and topped with spicy cream sauce. The jambalaya skillet features scrambled eggs with chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp, potatoes, tomato, onion, peppers and melted cheddar on top. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE
716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com
This steakhouse focuses on Creole culinary finesse instead of steakhouse largesse. The house filet is an 8-oz. steak served with creamed spinach, Pontalba potatoes, masa-fried oysters and bearnaise. The 14-oz. barbecued rib-eye is grilled over an open flame, topped with Abita beer barbecue shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

EAT NEW ORLEANS
900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.com
The breakfast trio includes portions of eggs, grillades and shrimp and grits and comes with a biscuit. The cochon and greens features slow-cooked shredded pork pressed into cakes and grilled and served with mustard greens topped with cranberry Creole mustard sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

EL GATO NEGRO
81 French Market Place, 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.com
This cantina is known for its inventive margarita menu and authentic Mexican fare. Diners can order tacos and burritos or opt for entrees like the Mexican-style rib-eye steak, center-cut pork chops or snapper a la Cancun. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE
700 Bourbon St., 595-3172; www.emberssteakhouse.com
The Embers Bourbon House special is an 8-oz. filet mignon topped with jumbo Louisiana shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The lasagna is stuffed with ground beef, Italian sausage, ricotta cheese and tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA
301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; www.felipesneworleans.com
The super burrito is a 12-inch tortilla filled with melted Monterrey Jack cheese, rice, beans and a choice of meat or grilled vegetables. The flautas are fried corn tortillas filled with chicken or pork and served with pico de gallo and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com
Belly up to the oyster bar and order a raw dozen directly from the shuckers. The Louisiana alligator is blackened or fried and served with remoulade. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FLEUR DES LIS CAFE
91 French Market Place, 274-9926Chicken Parmesan features Italian-seasoned chicken served over pasta. The chicken fettuccine Alfredo combines chicken, pasta and creamy cheese sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT
933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com
Shrimp and crawfish Gagliano features seafood tossed with garlic, green onions and fresh basil and served over angel hair pasta. The veal Marsala is veal sauteed with mushrooms and Marsala wine and served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT
1001 Decatur St., 525-7879; www.frenchmarketrestaurant.com
The boiled seafood is a seasonal mix of crawfish, shrimp and crabs boiled with a house-made seasoning blend. The lobster "etouffee" features a white wine-poached lobster served over rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH QUARTER CAJUN
403 Iberville St., 561-6070Pakistani, Cajun, Indian and Italian cuisines share space on a diverse and extensive menu. A large selection of vegetarian dishes includes yellow lentil dahl served with naan bread, salad and house-made raita. Pizza toppings include pepperoni, sausage, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GW FINS
808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com
GW Fins offers a wide array of seafood from local waters and around the globe. The three-course lobster feast features dishes including crab-stuffed baked lobster, lobster dumplings, chilled lobster and mango salad and a lobster po-boy. The smoked sizzling oysters are presented on the half-shell. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT
209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com
The Galatoire goute is a changing combination of seafood items like shrimp remoulade, crabmeat maison and oysters en brochette. The redfish meuniere is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. Jackets required at dinner and on Sunday. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT
914 N. Peters St., 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.com
Galvez serves Spanish cuisine, including many vegetarian dishes. Paella Valenciana combines mussels, chorizo, chicken, Gulf shrimp, fish and vegetables in saffron-infused arborio rice. Rack of lamb is marinated and grilled and served with red wine fig sauce, sauteed mushrooms and a pan-seared potato cake. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GAZEBO CAFE
1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola.com
The appetizer sampler includes popcorn shrimp, popcorn crawfish, gator bites and spicy cocktail sauce. The ice cream daiquiris come in flavors like mudslide, strawberry-banana and pina colada. Reservations accepted. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE GREEN GODDESS
307 Exchange Alley, 301-3347; www.greengoddessnola.com
The crispy pressed crab sandwich fills Dong Phuong French bread filled with Lafitte blue crab, Robiola cheese and remoulade and is served with salad. Bruleed apple French toast is filled with brandied apple filling and finished with melted manchego, bruleed sugar and chicory cane syrup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and brunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GUMBO SHOP
630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com
The Gumbo Shop offers Creole favorites including a few different types of gumbo. Chicken espagnole features a half chicken simmered in brown sauce with mushrooms, shallots, wine and garlic and is served over rice. Spicy crawfish etouffee is served over rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUSTO
The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, 581-5400; www.thetheatres.com
This gourmet eatery has cafe seating and offers service inside the Theatres at Canal Place. The chef's platter comes with zucchini agrodolce, marinated olives, hummus, tzatziki and herbed feta. The Spanish muffuletta is made with serrano ham, chorizo and manchego cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS
Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., 378-2624; www.haagen-dazs.com
See Warehouse District section for restaurant description.

HARD ROCK CAFE
418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com
The Legendary burger is a 10-oz. patty topped with bacon, cheddar, an onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles. The "twisted mac, chicken and cheese" features a grilled chicken breast over corkscrew pasta tossed in three-cheese sauce with garlic, roasted red peppers and Romano-parsley breadcrumbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSE OF BLUES
225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com
The voodoo shrimp features peeled shrimp in Abita beer reduction with cornbread and rosemary. The Elwood blackened chickened sandwich is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and jalapeno sour cream dressing and is served with french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

IHOP
833 Canal St., 593-0440; www.ihop.com
The breakfast sampler includes two eggs, two bacon strips, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. The grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IRENE'S CUISINE
539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 Signature baked oysters Irene are topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta. The lamb a la Provence features seared chops with rosemary-wine demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS
321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com
Iris offers a menu of craft cocktails and chef Ian Schnoebelen's creative cooking. Fresh tagliatelle is served with house-made guanciale, red onion, tomato and Pecorino sardo. Duck leg confit and air-dried bacon are served with Louisiana legumes and house-pickled vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ITALIAN BARREL
430 Barracks St., 569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com
The porcini and truffle ravioli are served with creamy white wine sauce and a drizzle of truffled olive oil. The Italian-style osso buco features a 16-oz. veal shank oven-baked with red sauce and served over polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

JAGERHAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP
833 Conti St., 525-9200; www.jager-haus.com
The Jager schnitzel is a veal cutlet sauteed in mushroom cream sauce and served with spaetzle. The Munich plate is a sampler of sausages, German meatloaf, veal schnitzel and traditional German side dishes like potato salad and sauerkraut. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE
1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritavilleneworleans.com
Gulf Coast and Caribbean dishes fill the menu at Jimmy Buffett's place. Volcano nachos are topped with chili, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, tomatoes and scallions, and grilled chicken or beef are optional additions. Jimmy's Jammin' Jambalaya is loaded with shrimp, chicken, turkey and andouille sausage and served with French bread. No Reservations. Lunch, dinner, and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS
511 St. Louis St., 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboys.com
The fried chicken plate is served with baked macaroni, green beans, salad and bread. The seafood muffuletta includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

click to enlarge Chef Paul Miller shows just two of the dishes he could make for you at K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen. It's the perfect time of year for dining al fresco on the restaurant's balcony. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chef Paul Miller shows just two of the dishes he could make for you at K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen. It's the perfect time of year for dining al fresco on the restaurant's balcony.

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN
416 Chartres St., 596-2530; www.kpauls.com
Chef Paul Miller presides over the kitchen at Paul Prudhomme's landmark restaurant. Blackened drum comes with jalapeno and cheese muffins. Pork osso buco is served with rice and gravy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA BAYOU RESTAURANT
208 Bourbon St., 525-4755; www.labayourestaurant.com
Shrimp ya ya features sauteed Gulf shrimp in Cajun pesto cream sauce with garlic toast. The shrimp and grits Napoleon is a tower of fried green tomatoes stacked with Gulf shrimp and cream sauce on top of creamy grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com
See Uptown section for restaurant description.

LANDRY'S
400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; www.landrysseafood.com
Landry's offers a wide selection of seafood plus steaks and pasta dishes. Barbecue shrimp are sauteed in Cajun butter sauce and served on a toasted baguette. Fried green tomatoes are topped with crawfish, andouille and corn pico de gallo. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LE MERITAGE
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritagerestaurant.com
Le Meritage organizes its menu around wine and food pairings, and dishes are available in both small and large portions. The tuna tartare Napoleon features layers of rare tuna, guacamole and corn on top of a tortilla. Lobster ravioli are served with asparagus, peas, tomato and corn. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA BISTRO
337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
The Dirty Bird features duck confit on dirty rice with a special sauce — a dish that landed on Louisiana Bistro's menu after the BP oil disaster. The puppy drum Pontchartrain is pan-roasted puppy drum with blue crab meat and lemon-caper beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
 95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com
 Smoked salmon pizza comes with Roma tomatoes, capers, red onions, mozzarella, cream cheese and caviar. Lobster ravioli are served with spinach, Parmesan, grilled asparagus and cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

M BISTRO
Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., 670-2828; www.ritzcarlton.com
Off the third floor lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, M Bistro offers creative and refined versions of Louisiana favorites. Try bananas Foster French toast for breakfast. Red bean and rice hummus is an original starter. Other options include jambalaya fritters and tuna tartare. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAGNOLIA GRILL
1122 Decatur St. 566-6003; www.magnoliagrillofnola.com
This French Quarter spot offers hearty diner fare. The blackened rib-eye steak comes with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The seafood omelet includes crawfish, shrimp, onions and tomatoes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL
1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com
Grab a table or booth or sit at the counter overlooking the open kitchen where chefs prepare meals in front of diners. Chili-glazed scallops are served on a bed of sauteed vegetables. The osso buco comes with garlic potatoes and asparagus. Reservation recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MEAUXBAR BISTRO
942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com
On the edge of the French Quarter, Meauxbar serves continental cuisine with creative touches. Herbed rabbit terrine is served with pistachios, cornichons and mostarda. Sauteed frog legs Provencal is served with saffron-fennel dikon slaw. Reservations requested. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO
201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com
 Barbecue Gulf shrimp are served in New Orleans-style peppery butter sauce with French bread. Chicken and andouille sausage fills the gumbo ya ya. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT
1212 Royal St., 522-6746 Mardi Gras linguine features andouille sausage and shrimp in tomato cream sauce. The eggplant Parmesan is paneed eggplant topped with Creole red sauce, provolone, mozzarella and Parmesan and is served over linguine. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONTREL'S BISTRO
1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747Just off the French Market, Montrel's serves Creole cuisine. Louisiana crab cakes are served with crawfish cream sauce. Bread pudding is topped with rum sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE
1 Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com/neworleans
 Morton's is a classic Chicago-style steakhouse offering big cuts of beef. A 16-oz. Cajun rib-eye is marinated for up to 60 hours and grilled. On Friday and Saturday nights, there are 26-oz. to 28-oz. cuts of USDA prime rib. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE
500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com
Napoleon House is known for its historic charm, Pimm's Cup and muffuletta, which is heated through to melt the cheese. Seafood gumbo brims with shrimp, crab and okra. There also are po-boys and salads. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., late night Fri. and Sat. Credit cards. $$

NOLA RESTAURANT
 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.com
Chef Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter restaurant combines rustic accents and refined touches. Maine lobster meat and celery root top a roasted beet salad with arugula, spiced walnuts and green onion-buttermilk dressing. The hickory-smoked duck is coated with whiskey-caramel glaze and served with buttermilk cornbread pudding, haricots vert and fire-roasted corn salad, natural jus and candied pecans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NOSH
219 Dauphine St., 581-6674; www.nolanosh.com
Sliders are the specialty at this cozy diner. In addition to standard burger patties, the slider list includes ground turkey, buffalo, seared fish, pulled pork, portobello mushroom and a BLT. Nosh also serves salads, hand-cut fries and breakfast fare. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OCEANA GRILL
739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.com
Oceana's signature "jazzy" crab cakes are topped with crawfish cream. For breakfast, the eggs Melanzana features eggplant rounds topped with grilled ham and tomatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT
 204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.com
Braised Creole rabbit is served with sage-seasoned oyster dressing. Eggplant is lightly breaded, deep fried and topped with brandy sauce and served with andouille sausage and crawfish. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S
 440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com
New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp in spicy sauce is served with coleslaw or Cajun french fries. Blackened redfish come with steamed vegetables and sausage jambalaya. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO
720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com
Flounder is stuffed with Pontchartrain blue crabmeat, topped with crawfish-tasso cream sauce and served with pecan popcorn rice and baby vegetables. Herb-scented rack of lamb is topped with brandy-peppercorn glaze and served with truffled mashed potatoes and baby vegetables. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PALACE CAFE
 605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com
 Crabmeat cheesecake is baked in a pecan crust and topped with sauteed wild mushrooms and Creole meuniere. Pepper-crusted duck breast is served with Hudson Valley foie gras, parsnip mashed potatoes, citrus-confit salad and sauce au poivre. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE
1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com
Shrimp Ambrosia features shrimp sauteed in fennel and Pernod cream sauce and is served with spinach pasta. Herbed white wine cream sauce tops a pork chop served with garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT
624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.com
Shrimp and grits features shrimp sauteed with peppers, garlic and red onions, deglazed with French brandy, simmered in espagnole sauce, and served over fried cheesy grit cakes. The Cajun shepherd's pie is a twist on the Irish classic featuring layers of seasoned beef debris with carrots, celery, garlic and onions and topped with cheddar mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PATRICK'S BAR VIN
730 Bienville St., 200-3180; www.patricksbarvin.com
A longtime familiar face as both a sommelier and restaurant manager, Patrick van Hoorebeek opened his own elegant wine bar in the St. Louis Hotel. There's a small selection of cheese and charcuterie plates and olives. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

PERE ANTOINE
741 Royal St., 581-4478; www.pereantoine.com
Catfish Antoine is a blackened catfish fillet served with crawfish sauce, rice and vegetables. Gaige's crawfish chicken features a chicken breast topped with crawfish tails in a thick roux-based sauce served with rice and a vegetable. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PORT OF CALL
838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120Half-pound 100 percent Choice steak burger patties are ground fresh daily, cooked to order and served with a baked potato laden with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. For a side item, order mushrooms sauteed with wine and garlic. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PRAVDA
1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; www.pravdaofnola.com
This bar decorated with Soviet kitsch offers cupcakes made with cocktail themes and some other dessert items. Signature cupcakes include the Car Bomb and White Russian. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RALPH & KACOO'S
519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.com
The 14-oz. Cajun rib-eye is topped with teriyaki glaze and served with sauteed mushrooms, grilled shrimp, crawfish tails, crabmeat and a side item. The shrimp St. Charles features shrimp stuffed with crabmeat dressing and served with more crabmeat on top, hollandaise and a side item. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL
115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com
Hickory-grilled redfish is served skin on with tasso and wild mushroom Pontalba potatoes and topped with sauteed Louisiana jumbo crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROUX ON ORLEANS
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Ave., 571-4604; www.bourbonorleans.com
The Louisiana crawfish crepe is filled with Louisiana crawfish and goat cheese and topped with Creole chardonnay cream. The pasta jambalaya features Creole Country andouille, shrimp and chicken and is served over penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Mon-Sun, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE
621 Royal St., 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.com
The Old Metairie sandwich features Royal Blend's signature chicken salad, thick-cut smoked bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato. Eggs Benedict feature poached eggs and Canadian bacon on English muffins drizzled with hollandaise and served with hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER
627 Bourbon St., 525-8442; www.sammysseafoodrestaurant.com
Broiled shrimp are stuffed with crabmeat, onions and peppers. A 10-oz. rib-eye steak is cooked over an open charcoal flame and served with a baked potato and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI
239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.com
Wrapped in rice paper and topped with spicy mayonnaise, the joy roll consists of snow crab, avocado, smelt roe, salmon and yellow tail. The samurai dinner includes shrimp and vegetable tempura, beef teriyaki, a California roll and a sauteed lobster tail. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOMETHIN' ELSE CAFE
620 Conti St., 373-6439This French Quarter eatery serves sandwiches including a BLT with chicken-fried bacon and a cochon de lait sandwich topped with coleslaw and honey-mustard. Try battered and fried boudin balls served with the house special sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STANLEY
547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.com
Chef Scott Boswell adds gourmet twists to classic diner fare. The Breaux Bridge Benedict features two toasted French bread rounds topped with boudin from Breaux Bridge, cheese, poached eggs and hollandaise. A trio of sliders includes chicken club, oyster po-boy and barbecue beef po-boy versions. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE
237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.com
Cajun seasonings accent the surf-and-turf options at this restaurant. The Cajun filet mignon is an 8-oz. filet stuffed with crabmeat, lobster, shrimp and crawfish tails and topped with red wine mushroom sauce. A half-pound of steamed Maine lobster is served with drawn butter and a side item. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ
Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.com
The Natchez serves Creole cuisine while cruising the Mississippi River. Gulf fish Louisianne is topped with a dark-roux etouffee sauce served with pecan rice pilaf and salad. Bread pudding is topped with candied pecans and bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STELLA!
1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com
Chef Scott Boswell combines exotic ingredients and a refined touch at this elegant restaurant. The duck five-ways includes Szechuan seared duck breast, a lacquered leg and thigh, duck miso broth, and foie gras wontons with cassis reduction. Pan-seared scallops and shrimp are served with truffled andouille and caviar butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STORYVILLE RESTAURANT
808 Iberville St., 565-5520Alligator bites are lightly breaded, deep fried and served with two house sauces. A soft-shell crab po-boy is features a deep-fried crab on crusty French bread. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Mon.; breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SYLVAIN
625 Chartres St., 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com
This gastropub serves dishes like crispy duck leg confit with black eyed peas, Maras farm sprouts and bourbon mustard glaze. Shaved Brussels sprouts salad combines raw Brussels sprouts, gala apples, hazelnuts, Perorino Romano cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT
823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.com
Tujague's serves a prix fixe menu with a choice of entree plus shrimp remoulade, soup, brisket, dessert and coffee. The chicken bonne femme is a pan-fried chicken generously seasoned with garlic and parsley and served with potatoes. The signature boiled brisket is served with Creole horseradish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

VACHERIE
Hotel Ste. Marie, 827 1/2 Toulouse St., 207-4532; www.vacherierestaurant.com
Vacherie works rustic ingredients into updated Louisiana cuisine. Louisiana crawfish fill a fritatta with fontina cheese and green onions, cooked to order in a black iron skillet. The rabbit cassoulet features braised rabbit with white beans, leeks, carrots and gravy and is served with smothered collard greens made with smoked pork belly. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$




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