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Spring brings a festival of fresh seafood, produce and flavors. Preview what local restaurants are cooking up with Gambit's Spring restaurant guide. From corner po-boy shops to fine dining establishments to ice cream parlors, the guide includes all your favorite foods. Restaurants are arranged alphabetically and contain information on menu items, hours of operation, reservation policies and prices.

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2010 Spring Restaurant Guide

5FIFTY5 Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638; www.555canal.com This bistro combines updated Creole dishes and reinvented comfort food. The signature lobster mac and cheese incorporates lobster meat with Boursin, white cheddar and mascarpone cheeses and macaroni. Wild redfish is served with crabmeat and mache salad. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

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

13 MONAGHAN 517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com The menu at 13 offers diner favorites and vegetarian options. The tater tachos are crispy, baked Tater Tots smothered in melted cheddar cheese, jalapenos, black beans, salsa and sour cream. There also are salads, breakfast burritos, soups, house-made black bean burgers, vegetarian sandwiches and boudin sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

A MANO 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 208-9280; www.amanonola.com A Mano serves house-cured meats on charcuterie plates and in dishes. Gnocchi-like ricotta gnudi are prepared with local shiitake mushrooms and sage butter. Coniglio della casa is slow-cooked rabbit with oil-cured olives, roasted garlic and thyme. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ABITA BAR-B-Q 69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205 Boudin, ribs and brisket are the meat of the matter at this barbecue joint. Try a turkey leg, pulled pork or smoked boudin plate. Baked beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato salad and corn on the cob are a few of the side options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com A full range of Abita beers are available on tap at this tavern. The portobello sandwich features marinated portobello mushrooms topped with alfalfa sprouts, avocado, tomato and feta cheese on a whole wheat bun. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; www.acmeoyster.com Oysters rule at Acme, where you can slurp them raw at the bar, get them fried on a po-boy or platter or try them hot from the grill. Po-boys and Creole favorites round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

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

ADAM'S CATFISH HOUSE 8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 392-0541; www.adamscatfish.com Catfish is the specialty at Adam's, where fried or grilled fillets are served in large portions with sides of coleslaw or hush puppies. Try egg salad with fried catfish. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ADOBE CANTINA & SALSA 1905 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 419-0027; www.adoberestaurant.com The Cantina offers a variety of margaritas and Mexican favorites such as mixed grill fajitas, stuffed burritos, enchiladas and more. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ADOLFO'S 611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800 Head upstairs to this offbeat Marigny fixture to dine on casual Italian fare. Cannelloni stuffed with anything from spinach and sausage to crabmeat and corn is a popular special. Every night a choice of several fish can be ordered in a variety of preparations. One accompaniment is the house Ocean sauce, which blends crab, shrimp and crawfish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT 1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.com Mediterranean specialties include chicken shawarma plate. The Alabasha Platter is filled with grape leaves, kibbeh, hummus and a choice of lamb, beef or chicken kebab or chicken shawarma and gyro meat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILLE 811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com Alibi keeps the burgers, bar snacks and lighter fare coming around the clock. The meatball po-boy is made of house-ground meat covered with marinara sauce topped with provolone, mozzarella, cheddar or Swiss cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge At Marigny Brasserie, eggs Atchafalaya features poached eggs on creamed spinach topped with hollandaise and crawfish tails.
  • At Marigny Brasserie, eggs Atchafalaya features poached eggs on creamed spinach topped with hollandaise and crawfish tails.

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. Crab and Brie soup is a popular starter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

ALLIGATOR PEAR 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 342-2640; www.alligatorpearcafe.com An eclectic menu spans appetizers like crawfish spring rolls to Asian dishes like pad Thai and orange chicken. For a light lunch, try the crawfish spinach salad, a combination of fresh spinach, fried crawfish tails and onion rings topped with creamy tasso dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE ALPINE 620 Chartres St., 523-3005; www.thealpinebistro.com Dine on Alpine's Creole and Cajun dishes in one of the dining rooms or in the courtyard. Barbecue Gulf shrimp are cooked in olive oil with bay leaves, garlic and rosemary and flamed with white wine. Redfish Amer tops a sauteed fillet with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE AMERICAN SECTOR The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.org Chef John Besh deploys some updated Americana favorites at his restaurant inside the new wing of the National World War II Museum. Dishes include crispy buster crabs with jalapeno cheese grits and jumbo shrimp Creole with Louisiana jasmine rice. For dessert, try the black bottom pie. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com Northern Italian cooking anchors chef Andrea Apuzzo's namesake restaurant. The traditional osso buco is a veal shank braised in brown sauce and served with risotto or angel hair pasta. Red snapper Crazy Water features a snapper fillet topped with a broth made with garlic, tomatoes, oregano, pepperoncini and white wine. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANGELI ON DECATUR 1141 Decatur St., 566-0077 Start with the divine portobello appetizer with spinach, mushrooms and red pepper sauce with pita. Gourmet pizzas include the Virtuous Angel, featuring a garlic herb sauce, feta and mozzarella cheeses, artichokes, spinach and mushrooms. There also are sandwiches, salads and Middle Eastern dips. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANGELO BROCATO 214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com This traditional Sicilian sweet shop serves seasonal Italian ice and gelato made in house. Hand-filled Sicilian cannolis are popular. Other options include amaretti cookies and sponge cakes laced with sweet vermouth and strawberries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 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 char-grilled green onions and served with crawfish risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com The Hermes Bar is a post-Katrina innovation at Antoine's, but little else has changed at New Orleans' most senior Creole restaurant. Chateaubriand for two and pompano Pontchartrain are menu classics. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANTONIO'S RESTAURANT 7708 Maple St., 218-5457; www.antoniosrestaurantnola.com Dig into Creole Italian dishes at this University neighborhood eatery. Crawfish bowtie pasta is tossed in Parmesan cream sauce. Lobster and crabmeat take a dip in creamy garlic sauce served over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR Citywide; www.applebees.com Applebee's aims to please every palate with its menu of steaks, burgers, fried seafood, fajitas and pasta bowls. There also are menus of drinks, desserts and kids' items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT 813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnauds.com Arnaud's network of dining rooms may seem labyrinthine, but regulars at this grande dame know to head straight for house specialties like shrimp Arnaud and roasted quail Elzey, filled with foie gras mousse and wrapped in bacon. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ASIAN SUPER BUFFET  3900 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 712-0899 This pan-Asian buffet serves an array of dishes at its multiple food stations. Mongolian-style barbecue is cooked to order and includes a choice of meat and vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Sun. Credit cards. $

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2631 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.com The restaurant features a number of classic Italian dishes including osso buco, featuring a veal shank sauteed in olive oil with onions and tomatoes and served with bowtie pasta. Jumbo pasta shells are stuffed with ground sirloin and mozzarella and topped with marinara. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATCHAFALAYA 901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626; www.cafeatchafalaya.com Atchafalaya serves classic and creative Creole dishes. Shrimp and grits feature head-on Gulf shrimp in smoked tomato and andouille broth served over creamy grits. Boudin-stuffed quail is served on a shoestring potato nest with natural reduction sauce, collard greens and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com The Middle Eastern menu includes baba ghanoush, hummus, gyro sandwiches, rack of lamb and fried calamari. Saturday evening is international music night with an exotic belly dancer. Hookahs are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

AUDUBON GOLF CLUBHOUSE 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.org Head to the park early for a hot breakfast menu that includes The Under Par, a cheese omelet with your choice of peppers, onions, tomato or mushrooms served with grits or hash browns and toast. For lunch, try the grilled chicken wrap. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

AUGUST MOON 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129: www.moonnola.com The restaurant prepares Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, including many vegetarian selections. There are chef specialties like crispy lemon grass shrimp, which combines a dozen fresh jumbo shrimp pan seared with onions, minced lemon grass and served with rice vermicelli and nuoc cham sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT & STEAKHOUSE 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533; www.austinsno.com This upscale offshoot of Mr. Ed's stays faithful to Creole-Italian heritage. Buttery, bacon-wrapped seared sea scallops and paneed veal dressed in rich Marsala wine beg for repeat visits. Turtle soup and fried green tomatoes are popular starters. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BABYLON CAFE 7724 Maple St., 314-0010 Mediterranean specialties include dips such as hummus, lebna and baba ghanoush, and the kafta sandwich, which is ground lamb seasoned with parsley and spices. There also are baked vegetable sandwiches. Babylon does not serve alcohol but diners may bring their own. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BACCO 310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.com Creole and Italian flavors are the complementary influences at Bacco. The signature Gulf shrimp and Maine lobster ravioli are topped with Champagne butter sauce and caviar. Mr. Ralph's ice cream sandwich scoops sweet Creole cream cheese ice cream between red velvet cake and drizzles chocolate over the top. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

BALCONY BAR & CAFE 3201 Magazine St., 894-8888 Along with the view of bustling Magazine Street below, diners and drinkers can enjoy bar foods including quesadillas, pizzas, burgers, salads, Buffalo wings, jalapeno poppers and chicken fingers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BAMBU AT HARRAH'S CASINO 4 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahs.com Bambu is a sure bet for Asian cuisine at this bistro. The menu features kung pao chicken, Hunan-style hot-and-spicy 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. $$

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE 2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.com Lemon grass-scented tom yum soup is a popular starter. Glass noodles are wok-fried with sweet tamarind and a choice of chicken, beef, seafood or tofu. The massaman yellow coconut curry infuses steamed potatoes, onions and crushed peanuts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BARCELONA TAPAS 720 Dublin St., 861-9696 Choose from 50 tapas at this casual cafe. Piquillo peppers are stuffed with smoked salmon pate and topped with piquillo pepper piquant sauce and grated manchego cheese. A small selection of entrees is available. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $$$

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS 3700 Magazine St., 895-2225 Take a culinary tour of Latin America with Baru's assortment of flavorful small plates. Roasted corn provides the pop in mazorca, a shallow-dish casserole of creamy pink sauce, smooth salao cheese and crunchy potato sticks. Skirt steak is grilled, sliced and served on a wooden plank with garlic, parsley and olive oil. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BASIL LEAF 1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001; www.basilleaf.webs.com Basil Leaf updates classic Thai recipes with creative techniques. Diver scallops and jumbo shrimp spill over the lid of a young coconut. The Bird Nest holds seared scallops, shrimp, cashews and spicy ginger wine sauce in a crispy noodle basket. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYONA 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com Chef Susan Spicer merges contemporary Creole cuisine with international culinary inspiration at this French Quarter restaurant. Appetizers include sauteed sweetbreads with potatoes, mushrooms and Sherry Mustard sauce. For dinner, try the oyster and Italian sausage gratin with spinach, fennel and Parmesan breadcrumbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE BEACH HOUSE 2401 N. Woodlawn St., Metairie, 456-7470 The Beach House offers hearty fare like half-pound char-grilled burgers topped with cheese and served with french fries or sweet potato fries. The "Big Ass" grilled pork chop is served with potato salad, a baked potato or sweet potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL 4905 Canal St., 488-7357 The Beachcorner serves big burgers and sandwiches and baskets of fries. The hickory burger is a 10-oz. patty topped with onion, cheddar cheese and hickory sauce. The 8-oz. tuna steak can be served on a sandwich or a salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS 550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; 1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; www.bearsgrillandspirits.com Bear's serves burgers, po-boys, sandwiches, salads and seafood platters. Bear's prepares its own slow-cooked roast beef and serves it dripping with homemade gravy. Seafood platters of butterfly shrimp, oysters, catfish or soft-shell crabs are served with french fries, toast, lemon wedges and cocktail and tartar sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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, barbecue 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 Specialty sandwiches, soups, wraps, po-boys and salads are offered at this cafe. The Mandarin chicken salad features baby spinach, tomatoes, red onions, mandarin oranges, pecans, grilled chicken and fresh water mozzarella. The muffuletta and Buffalo chicken sandwiches are popular items. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEEF CONNECTION 501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275 Beef: It's what's for lunch at this West Bank favorite, where midday entrees come with a hearty side of potatoes or broccoli. From mammoth T-bones and marbled rib-eyes to seared filets and New York strips, Beef Connection has all the popular cuts. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

BEGUE'S RESTAURANT AT THE ROYAL SONESTA 300 Bourbon St., 553-2278; www.beguesrestaurant.com The lush courtyard of the Royal Sonesta is the backdrop for hearty breakfasts and lunch. Eggs Bienville features poached eggs, corned beef hash, corn maque choux and hollandaise. There's a Champagne brunch on Sunday. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BEIJING 2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 885-8881 Start with a cup of egg drop soup before moving on to an entree of scallop and shrimp with garlic sauce. For lunch, choose from one of several Chinese delights, including hot pepper shrimp and chicken with cashew nuts. 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, sample the shrimp salad stuffed in an avocado or one of Bella Brew's daily specials. Breakfast 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 Diners with a sweet tooth flock to Ben & Jerry's for ice cream, sundaes, sorbet, malts and much more. Original ice cream flavors include cake batter flavored with a chocolate frosting swirl, and Half Baked, which packs chocolate and vanilla ice cream with fudge brownie chunks and maple-caramel swirl. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BENNACHIN 1212 Royal St., 522-1230 The namesake Bennachin rice dish will be familiar to fans of jambalaya, as it is made of jollof rice and sauteed spinach. Try the Cope ni Makondo, marinated grilled chicken breast served with fried ripe plantains, sauteed spinach and coconut rice. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S 4 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahs.com Bet on beef at John Besh's casino steakhouse: 38-oz. bone-in rib-eyes, 48-oz. porterhouses. Local products like Gulf seafood, Abita-battered onion rings and produce from Louisiana farms also are big winners. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE 2542 Canal St., 822-0213 Betsy's breakfast special includes two eggs, bacon, grits and toast or pancakes. The breakfast menu also includes waffles and omelets. Lunch brings sandwiches with hot sausage, tuna, oysters, roast beef and other options. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge At Marigny Brasserie, eggs Atchafalaya features poached eggs on creamed spinach topped with hollandaise and crawfish tails. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • At Marigny Brasserie, eggs Atchafalaya features poached eggs on creamed spinach topped with hollandaise and crawfish tails.

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

BISTRO DAISY 5831 Magazine St., 899-6987; www.bistrodaisynola.com Chef Anton Shulte constantly changes the menu at the intimate Bistro Daisy. The Daisy salad combines mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula and pumpkin seeds with white wine vinaigrette. Tomato- and mint-braised lamb shanks are served over a saute of gnocchi, spinach and Nicoise olives with tomato-mint reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS 5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780; www.bittersweetconfections.com Bittersweet offers flavored handmade chocolate truffles, cookies, fudge, macaroons, candied orange peels, caramels, sugar-free chocolates and other sweets. Red velvet cupcakes are topped with cream cheese icing. Petit chocolate cakes have layers of chocolate ganache, mousse and drizzled milk chocolate on top. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BLACK ORCHID BISTRO 3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444 Before crossing the Causeway, check out Black Orchid's French dishes. Try the bouillabaisse Marseilles, prepared with pastis and served with saffron rouille. The Cornish hen is served with lardons and paprika sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BLUE PLATE CAFE 1330 Prytania St., 309-9500 Try one of the eye opening omelets for breakfast. The Uptown is a three-egg omelet with spinach, Swiss and shrimp served with hashbrowns or grits and toast. The Breakchetta features creamy scrambled eggs and goat cheese on crisp toast topped with tomato basil relish. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat. and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BLUE TOMATO 4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000 Blue Tomato serves a mix of burgers, barbecue, seafood, Mexican and Italian dishes. Mesquite-smoked or sesame Thai baby back ribs are served with pineapple baked beans and fresh coleslaw. Seared tuna is topped with grilled artichoke, shrimp and bearnaise or mango salsa and served with sauteed vegetables or seaweed salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOMBAY CLUB 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com Sink into one of this cloistered restaurant's deep booths to inspect the impressive cocktail list and the kitchen's diverse menu. The crawfish and asparagus pansotti is served with Boursin cream and topped with toasted pecans. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE 401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com Bon Ton is known for contemporary Cajun cooking and dishes such as crabmeat au gratin. Eggplant, shrimp and crabmeat etouffee is served with parsley buttered rice. For dessert, bread pudding is covered in whiskey sauce and pecan crunch ice cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

BONEFISH GRILL 200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-0662; www.bonefishgrill.com Seafood from waters near and far is fair game at Bonefish Grill. Choose from tuna, mahi, sea bass, lobster and more. Signature Bang Bang shrimp are crispy shrimp tossed in spicy cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOSCO'S ITALIAN CAFE 2040 Hwy. 59, suite D, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com Bosco's serves classic Italian pastas and dishes with local seafood. Oysters Anthony are sauteed with prosciutto, garlic and green onions and topped with Romano cheese. Crabmeat Buster features lump crabmeat dressing baked on top of an artichoke bottom and topped with sherry cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and local checks. $$$

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL 3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600 Caribbean favorites like jerk chicken and beef patties are the draw at Boswell's. A popular seafood selection, escovitch, features sauteed fish (grouper, tilapia or whole red snapper) and is seasoned with vinegar, tomatoes, onions and peppers. Chicken and shrimp curry are crowd pleasers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOUCHERIE 8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherie-nola.com With a new menu monthly, Boucherie updates Southern comfort-food classics with panache and some global accents. Steamed mussels bask in heady broth with collard greens. Smoked beef brisket is served with Parmesan french fries. Pasta dishes include fresh ravioli and gnocchi. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BOURBON HOUSE 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com Bourbon House puts its stamp on local seafood classics. The plateaux de fruits de mer features a selection of Louisiana seafood — oysters on the half-shell, local caviar, Gulf shrimp, mussels and more. Peel-and-eat barbecue shrimp come with a rosemary biscuit. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT 3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666; www.bozosrestaurant.com Bozo's uses all local seafood in its platter of cornmeal-fried oysters, Des Allemand catfish, Gulf shrimp and baked stuffed crab. Grilled redfish is a frequent weekly special. For starters choose raw oysters, stuffed artichoke or shrimp remoulade. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com Bravo dishes up pizza, pasta and classic Italian fare. Popular dishes include chicken, spinach and bacon flatbreads and the wood-grilled salmon salad. The signature pasta Bravo features rigatoni tossed with grilled chicken and mushrooms in roasted red pepper cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BREAUX MART Citywide; www.breauxmart.com Breaux Mart's deli counter offers a variety of sandwiches and hot entrees. 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. $

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT 417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com The bartenders at Brennan's get to work early, preparing eye opener cocktails for the restaurant's famously decadent breakfast service. In the evenings, classics like trout amandine and crabs bearnaise uphold New Orleans' Creole dining traditions. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRICK OVEN CAFE 2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097 Brick Oven Cafe is known for pizza and other hearty Italian classics. Grilled chicken breast is topped with sauteed artichoke hearts, mushrooms and green onions in white wine sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Chicken rolontini features a breast stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese served with light mushroom Marsala sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT 723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.com For years a popular Riverbend eatery, the restaurant offers a contemporary menu using fresh Louisiana ingredients. Chef Frank Brigtsen prepares roast duck with cornbread and honey-pecan dressing. Crawfish shortcake is a basil, black pepper biscuit topped with crawfish etouffee. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BROOKLYN PIZZERIA 4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288; 1809 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-1030; www.eatbrooklyn.net Brooklyn Pizzeria's 20-inch pie holds a variety of toppings. "Rolls" are stuffed with cheese and grilled chicken or pepperoni, sausage and beef. There also are calzones, salads and chicken wings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON 1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217 This Gentilly hotspot features half-pound burgers, chicken, barbecue sandwiches and veggie burgers. Brooks' fish sandwich keeps the regulars coming back for more at this neighborhood tavern. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE 1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073 Classic Creole dishes abound at this casual restaurant. There also are po-boys, club sandwiches and both seafood and regular muffulettas. The Who Dat burger is a half-pound patty topped with shredded cheddar and bacon and served with steak fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT 819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com Broussard's is an elegant spot for Creole and continental dishes, and there is patio dining as well. Try dishes such as stewed rabbit rigatoni and Sazerac shrimp and grits. A three-course prix fixe option is available for dinner. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Sunday brunch. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN 7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com Just off Tulane's campus, Bruno's is a longtime favorite for bar munchies, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Try the Black Jack chicken club or the chicken Cobb salad. Bar snacks include loaded baked potato fries and jumbo hot wings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY 429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com Shrimp stars in many dishes of fried, boiled or sauteed seafood at this theme restaurant inspired by the film Forrest Gump. Also look for crab legs steamed with garlic and herbs and served with drawn butter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER Citywide Bud's built its reputation on flame-broiled burgers. Order a single- or double-patty burger and top it with grated cheddar, hickory sauce or chili. 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. $

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

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S 8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com Some of the best tables at Harrah's are near the buffet. Selections range from pastas, seafood, steaks and roasted meats to an elaborate "Sweet Treats" dessert bar. Popular specials include Sunday's Champagne brunch with prime rib and Thursday's Dungeness crab night. No reservations. Open 24-hours daily. Credit cards. $$

BULL'S CORNER 1036 W. Airline Hwy., Laplace, (985) 652-3544; www.bullscorner.com Steaks and seafood are the draw at Bull's. The filet Pontchartrain is a 6-oz. filet mignon, grilled and topped with crabmeat and Gulf shrimp sauteed in butter sauce. The grilled salmon Murry features a grilled salmon fillet and asparagus, topped with shrimp in white wine rosemary sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE BULLDOG 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com Head to the kitchen window at The Bulldog for a menu of sandwiches, burgers, fries and other finger foods. The Dead Guy is a burger loaded with jalapenos, guacamole, ranch dressing, applewood-smoked bacon and cheddar and Jack cheeses. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun. and 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 blackened redfish and grilled tuna salad. Try the raw or char-grilled oysters, crab and corn bisque or seafood platters. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

BUSTER'S SOUL FOOD 2135 St. Charles Ave., 522-6602 Mix and match Southern favorites like smothered pork chops and gooey macaroni and cheese from Buster's soulful kitchen. The broiled ribs are finished on the grill and basted with house barbecue sauce sweetened with honey. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUTCHER 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.com Donald Link partners with fellow chefs Stephen Stryjewski and Warren Stephens to prepare a variety of artisan meats and sausages including boudin, andouille, Kurobuta bacon, salumi and tasso. There also are daily deli specials such as the pork belly on white bread with mint and cucumber. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS 1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233; www.byblosrestaurants.com The menu offers a variety of Mediterranean standards like gyro sandwiches and chicken kabobs. There also are specialties including milk-fed baby veal sauteed in wine and mushroom sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET 2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777; www.byblosrestaurants.com A tabbouleh salad or Greek salad can be a quick lunch on the go. For those with more time on their hands, there's Byblos' pasta topped with a blend of lamb, beef, tomatoes and Mediterranean herbs and spices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BYWATER RESTAURANT & BBQ 3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445 Bywater's barbecue selection includes brisket, ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Also look for Southern classics like chicken-fried steak with gravy or shrimp Creole, all served with sides such as potato salad and macaroni and cheese. Thursday and Friday lunch specials include meatloaf and a catfish plate. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CC'S COFFEEHOUSE Citywide; www.communitycoffee.com This local coffeehouse chain 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. $

CADDYSHACK 3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799 This Metairie tavern keeps patrons happy with a variety of soups, burgers, po-boys and daily specials like red beans and rice or crawfish pasta. The menu also includes spaghetti and meatballs and other Italian dishes. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR 300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com Cafe Adelaide features a frequently changing menu of contemporary Creole cuisine and Southern fare. Chef Chris Lusk's salt and pepper shrimp and grits use rosemary-toasted, stone-ground grits with lemon croustade and New Orleans barbecue sauce blanc. Soups include Louisiana shrimp and okra gumbo and a turtle soup with sherry. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE AMELIE 912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com Nestled in a restored French Quarter carriage house, the cafe offers a menu of contemporary Louisiana cooking. Louisiana Gulf shrimp with grits is a signature dish, and there are a variety of salads and specialty sandwiches like blackened catfish. For dessert, try the Ponchatoula strawberry shortcake. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Parkway Bakery and Tavern proprietors Jay Nix (left) and Justin Kennedy present a Caprese po-boy with grilled chicken. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Parkway Bakery and Tavern proprietors Jay Nix (left) and Justin Kennedy present a Caprese po-boy with grilled chicken.

CAFE AT THE SQUARE 500 St. Charles Ave., 304-7831 Try the cafe's sandwiches and salads. The homemade meatloaf, fried green tomato BLT and grilled eggplant sandwich are popular lunchtime options. For breakfast, there is andouille sausage Benedict. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE BAMBOO 435 Esplanade Ave., 940-5546; www.cafebamboo.com Caribbean and soul cuisine are transformed into an entirely vegan menu at this restaurant. Try caramelized cauliflower crustini for an appetizer. Rice bowls are popular entrees. Vindaloo is a southern India-style hot curry with tofu, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFE BEIGNET 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com Hearty breakfasts and standard New Orleans fare are served at this restaurant's French Quarter locations. In addition to beignets, get Cajun specialties, sandwiches, omelets and Belgian waffles. No reservations. Bourbon Stret: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., late-night Fri.-Sat. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO 4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2299 Regulars stop by this Kenner cafe for cappuccino and a light meal, such as the veggie wrap or grilled chicken spinach salad. Breakfast items, like bagels, Belgian waffles and omelets, also are served. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.- Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DEGAS 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafedegas.com This casual cafe serves classical French dishes like hanger steak with roasted garlic demi-glace, pommes frites and steamed broccoli. A country-style duck liver pate is served with figs, mustard, cornichons and baguette croutons. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DIBLASI 1801 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown, 361-3106; www.cafediblasi.com Cafe Diblasi offers a taste of Italy on the West Bank. For an appetizer, crispy fried oysters are served on a bed of greens tossed with jalapeno remoulade. Crabmeat cannelloni features pasta stuffed with creamed spinach topped with crabmeat and mozzarella cheese sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DITALI'S 910 W. Esplanade Blvd., Kenner, 464-9895; 2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-0058 Dishes like mini crawfish calzones, spicy shrimp and penne pasta, and chicken Parmesan keep diners coming back to Cafe Ditali's. The chicken cacciatore features baked chicken breast, onions, bell peppers and herbs in house-made marinara sauce served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DU MONDE Citywide; www.cafedumonde.com Cafe Du Monde keeps it simple with cafe au lait and beignets dusted with powdered sugar. While the original Decatur Street location remains a French Quarter landmark, satellite shops are scattered throughout the metro area. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CAFE EAST 4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.com This pan-Asian restaurant fuses contemporary and traditional cooking. There are classics like General Tso's chicken, pad Thai and teriyaki dishes. Thai red snapper is pan roasted and served with artichoke and potatoes in green curry sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ENVIE 1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.cafeenvienola.com Begin the day with the Big Breakfast Wrap, a grilled tomato-basil tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese, sauteed bell peppers and onions. For lunch, try the panini Caprese, which includes fresh basil, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and pesto sauce on a sourdough hoagie. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EQUATOR 2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772; www.cafeequator.com Cafe Equator's innovative dishes include skewered pork with cucumber sauce, fried shrimp blanketed in rice paper and an assortment of fresh rolls. Something in the Jungle features a choice of beef or chicken sauteed with Thai spices, vegetables and young pepper corns. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ETIENNE 423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072 This cafe's menu ranges from local classics such as barbecue shrimp and red beans and rice on Mondays to steaks and original creations. Wicker's crab cakes are served over angel hair pasta with remoulade sauce. Chicken a la Lucian is a grilled breast with crawfish and andouille dressing served over linguine with Alfredo sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FLEUR DE LIS 307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com More than 10 kinds of omelets are served at this casual Quarter cafe. The seafood omelet combines crawfish, shrimp, mushrooms, green onions, bell peppers and cheddar cheese. The lunch menu includes a host of soups, salads and burgers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET 7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.com The Freret Egg Sandwich is a mouthful of scrambled eggs and cheese and bacon or sausage served on toasted white or wheat bread or an English muffin. Try one of the signature sandwiches, including the Chef's Voodoo Burger, muffuletta or Cuban po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FRESCA 4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010 Cafe Fresca offers pastries and coffee in the morning and soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch and dinner. The Greek grilled chicken sandwich includes two char-grilled chicken breasts, fresh avocado, black olives, tomatoes and house-made Greek sauce served on toasted pita bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE GIOVANNI 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com Chef Duke LoCicero puts a Louisiana twist on Italian fare. Signature oysters Giovanni are lightly fried oysters served on a colorful bed of five sauces. A traditional option is spaghetti with homemade meatballs and marinara sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Credit cards $$$

CAFE GRANADA 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612; www.cafegranadanola.com Cafe Granada's menu is a South Carrollton portal to coastal Spain. Hot and cold tapas are highlighted by mussels in spicy Diablo tomato sauce and filet mignon carpaccio with caper berries and manchego. The crunchy-bottomed paella sports fish, shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, chicken and peas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE LUNA 802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444 Inside or on the porch of this Victorian cottage house, patrons can enjoy fresh coffee, tea and a selection of baked goods and pastries. For lunch, the cafe offers panini sandwiches such as the roasted turkey with Swiss cheese, onion sauce and tomatoes on a multi-grain roll. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE LYNN 3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.com Chef Joey Najolia prepares French cuisine infused with New Orleans flavor. Seafood-stuffed eggplant features a blend of local seafood stuffed in roasted eggplant. Try the chef's French onion tart for an appetizer. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MASPERO 601 Decatur St., 523-6250 Cafe Maspero's meatless version of the muffuletta has been the salvation for many a hungry vegetarian roaming the French Quarter. The jambalaya with shrimp, chicken and sausage also is popular. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE MINH 4139 Canal St., 482-6266 Creole and Vietnamese influences merge gracefully on chef Minh Bui's menu. Ga Roti features seared, marinated chicken cubes served with steamed vegetables, mixed baby greens, sticky rice and jasmine rice. Other entrees include red curry shrimp and oven roasted rack of lamb. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE NAVARRE 800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828 This casual corner cafe beckons in the morning with breakfast items like the Mediterranean omelet, packed with spinach, artichoke, tomato and feta and mozzarella cheese. The Cuban sandwich features slow-roasted pork, ham and mustard on hot French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE NINO 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-9200 Cafe Nino prepares both thick or thin crust pizza and many classic Italian pasta dishes and daily specials. Look for chicken or veal Marsala, eggplant parmigiano and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$

CAFE PONTALBA 546 St. Peter St., 522-1180 Located in one of the namesake Pontalba buildings, this corner cafe serves casual New Orleans classics, including gumbo, po-boys and fried seafood. The indecisive may find relief in combination platters combining crawfish pie, crawfish Caesar salad and crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.reconcileneworleans.org This Central City restaurant offers a menu of satisfying dishes and daily specials such as fried chicken with jalapeno corn bread and garlic mashed potatoes. Enjoy po-boys and salads or bananas Foster bread pudding. The restaurant trains low-income young adults for careers in the restaurant industry. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA UPTOWN 1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.com There are a number of gourmet pies offered at Cafe Roma, including the margherita pizza prepared with tomato slices, fresh basil, olive oil, oregano, mozzarella and aged Romano cheese. The gorgonzola walnut salad is served on seasonal mixed greens with raspberry vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD 632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300 Rose Nicaud regulars can keep tabs on the Frenchmen Street scene from sidewalk tables while enjoying coffee drinks, tea and exotic sodas. Huevos rancheros scrambles three eggs with salsa and beans and serves them on corn tortillas topped with melted cheddar. Chicken sandwiches are served with barbecue or jerk sauce on croissant or seven grain bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and daily dinner. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROYALE 3343 Metairie Road, Metairie, 304-8438 The menu at Cafe Royale includes everything from hamburger steaks, lasagna and baked chicken to crawfish etouffee. Try the spinach and Thai chicken salads for lighter options. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE ANGELINA 5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770; www.caffeangelina.com The namesake omelet is a big breakfast of four eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, onions, peppers and mushrooms. The Asian sesame chicken salad features grilled chicken breast, romaine and baby greens, cilantro, sliced green onions and wonton strips with Asian sesame vinaigrette dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE! 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com Soups, salads, quiche and daily specials fill this cafe's wide-ranging menu. The chipotle chicken wheat wrap is a blend of sliced chicken, Swiss cheese, mixed greens and house-made chipotle mayonnaise. The chicken and tuna salads are popular items. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA 5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052; www.caffelatteda.com In addition to assorted danishes, muffins and bagels, the morning menu includes scrambles like the Cajun crawfish scramble, a mixture of crawfish, green pepper, onion, cheddar and Cajun seasoning. At lunch, choose from salads, sandwiches or specialties like spinach and chicken quesadillas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB 'N' GRUB 116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.com Cajun Mike's features snacks such as mozzarella sticks, boudin balls and cheese fries with roast beef gravy. Try the barbecued pulled pork or hot roast beef po-boys. The restaurant also offers burgers and New Orleans classics like seafood gumbo and mini muffulettas. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL 326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-9676 The patio fills with patrons knocking back drinks and digging into platters of chicken quesadillas, shrimp nachos and coconut shrimp. The Calypso burger is dressed with honey-ginger sauce and topped with grilled pineapple and pepper Jack cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFE 525 W. Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.com Enjoy stuffed artichoke or fried crab fingers for an appetizer at these friendly Northshore spots. Fried seafood platters are piled high, and entrees like eggplant Napoleon are served with sides and salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679; www.camelliagrill.net This landmark diner has introduced some new items, including deep-fried bite-sized nuggets of macaroni and cheese. Some regulars go right to the steak plate with fries. Other dishes include cheeseburgers, omelets, chili cheese fries, and pecan pie warmed on the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA 516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.com This quaint coffee shop uses its own fresh-roasted house blend in coffee and espresso drinks. Caffeine-free, green and black iced teas add variety to the beverage menu. Scones, cinnamon rolls, muffin tops and other pastries are baked daily. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., Credit cards. $

CANNON'S RESTAURANT 4141 St. Charles Ave., 891-3200; www.cannonsrestaurants.com Looking out on St. Charles Avenue, the restaurant offers burgers, steaks, pasta dishes, seafood and salads. Blackened catfish bouillon features blackened catfish topped with crabmeat stuffing and crawfish sauce and is served with mashed sweet potatoes and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CANSECO'S MARKET 1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979; 3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2549; 5217 Elysian Fields, 218-7048 In addition to meat, produce and gourmet items, Canseco's has a deli counter stocked with rotisserie-roasted chickens, cold salads, hot daily specials and sandwiches made to order. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge Dick & Jenny's serves filet mignon topped with lobster, Brie and green peppercorn demi-glace. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Dick & Jenny's serves filet mignon topped with lobster, Brie and green peppercorn demi-glace.

CARLOS MENCIA'S MAGGIE RITA'S TEX MEX GRILL AND BAR 200 Magazine St., 595-3211 Carlos Mencia revels in off-color humor, but his restaurant aims to please with creative takes on Mexican and Latin American dishes. Beef fajitas come with homemade tortillas and the usual accompaniments. Paella marinara is a saffron rice dish cooked with seafood. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CARMINE'S ITALIAN SEAFOOD & GRILL 4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7904; www.carminesonline.com Carmine's Creole and Italian cooking come together in dishes like the seafood-stuffed artichoke, which is loaded with crawfish, shrimp and fish in dill cream sauce. Other house specialties include baked ziti, barbecue shrimp and osso buco. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CARRETA'S GRILL 1340 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 847-0020; 2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6696 The grill provides an array of Mexican dishes, but the fajitas are the signature dish, and are prepared with shrimp, beef, chicken, mushroom or any combinations of these. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA 800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8226; 8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354 The menu offers a variety of Mexican staples such as tamales, tacos, burritos and quesadillas. The enchiladas can be filled with cheese, chicken, shredded beef, ground beef or spinach and artichoke. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., dinner Sun. Credit cards. $$

CASABLANCA 3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209; www.kosherneworleans.com Casablanca blends Moroccan and Middle Eastern favorites. Appetizers include spinach pie, stuffed grape leaves and falafel tahini, which features balls of ground chick peas seasoned, deep fried and topped with tahini sauce. The couscous plate is a signature dish made with semolina, a variety of garden vegetables and Moroccan spices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.com Generations of locals have flocked to this old favorite. Oysters come raw on the half shell, in stews, on thick oyster loaf sandwiches and in other dishes. Fried crab claws and calamari are featured appetizers, and entrees include catfish and trout dinners. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Local checks. $$

CATCH 3226 Magazine St., 371-5809; www.catchseafoodpub.com Specials change daily at this seafood pub, where dishes range from fried catfish, seafood gumbo and curry-spiked fish and chips to shellfish stew and barbecued Gulf shrimp. Other options include burgers, po-boys and pasta dishes. Reservations accepted. 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 fried oyster roll contains snow crab, avocado and asparagus topped with tempura crunchies and Tabasco cream sauce and eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE 1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 734-8455; www.cellarsrr.com Quesadillas from the kitchen of this Harahan wine shop put a new spin on the notion of wine and cheese pairings. The crawfish and andouille quesadilla is loaded with roasted corn and peppers. There also are burgers, deli sandwiches, salads and other options. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CENTRAL GROCERY 923 Decatur St., 523-1620 Central Grocery claims the distinction of having created the muffuletta, and it remains the one and only sandwich prepared at the foodie landmark. Grab a Barq's and a stack of napkins and bite in to history. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHAD'S BISTRO RESTAURANT AND CATERING 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com Chad's offers an extensive menu of seafood, steaks, pastas, sandwiches and salads. The lump crabmeat salad is tossed Boston lettuce with citrus vinaigrette topped with dried cranberries and roasted pecans. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD 8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700 Charlie's has an ample supply of po-boys, salads, soups and main courses featuring Louisiana ingredients. The catfish and grits are mustard and cornmeal-fried catfish fillets served with stone-ground grits with cheddar cheese and Creole sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE 4510 Dryades St., 895-9323; www.charliessteakhousenola.com The eponymous Charlie is a 32-oz. T-bone served on a sizzling-hot platter. The wedge salad is served with thin-cut onions, sliced tomatoes and blue cheese, Italian or Thousand Island dressing. Side dishes include au gratin potatoes, steamed vegetables, mushrooms or onion rings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE 601 Chartres St., 586-8383; www.chartreshousecafe.com Enjoy old New Orleans standards at this corner cafe, or check out the kitchen's specialty dishes. Try the roasted duck quesadillas or crawfish cakes topped with creamy crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE 139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-1338; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, 465-9444; East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-0601 Come lunchtime, choose from a menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads and quesadillas. Specials include catfish plates, turkey and bacon salads and burgers topped with pepper Jack. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

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 Mon.- Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHATEAU MOANET VOILA 300 Decatur St., 581-2534; www.voilanola.com Choose from one of 15 varieties of po-boys and a huge assortment of seafood, burgers and appetizers at Voila. Fried dill pickles, double battered in buttermilk and served with ranch dressing, are one of Voila's specialties. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CHECK POINT CHARLIE 501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847 While your clothes dry in the laundromat of this corner club, try the jalapeno poppers, Tater Tots or french fries for an appetizer. Then choose from a menu of burgers, sandwiches and specials, such as red beans and rice and hot sausage. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CHECKERED PARROT 132 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com A Tex-Mex menu filled with quesadillas, burritos and nachos also finds room for burgers, wraps, salads and New Orleans specialties. Red beans and rice with grilled smoked sausage and fried seafood platters add some Creole flavor to the mix. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793; www.thecheesesteakbistro.com The Northshore meets Philadelphia at this eatery. The traditional cheese steak features sliced sirloin grilled with green peppers, onions, mushrooms and topped with provolone cheese. Breakfast options include omelets, pancakes, quesadillas, banana beignets and croissants. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX 1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 368-2100; 3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788; www.chevys.com Start your trip to Mexico with a hand-shaken Margarita, and then move on to any number of dishes including nachos, flautas or spicy wings. For the main course, there are a number of entrees including sizzling fajitas, grilled tacos or enchiladas. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE 5701 Magazine St., 899-7303; www.gotocheznous.com The menu changes every two weeks, but there always are specialty quiches and salads ready for pickup at this gourmet-to-go spot. The spinach salad has caramelized walnuts, blue cheese, cranberries and pepper jelly vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHICKEN SUE'S 203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546 Fried chicken cooked to order is the specialty at Chicken Sue's. Other popular dishes include the Cuban sandwich, muffulettas, eggplant fries, hot tamales and fried seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CHICKIE WAH WAH 2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com The kitchen at this smoke-free venue offers sandwiches, salads and noshing items like Dixie frites, which are hand-cut fries seasoned with rosemary and garlic and served with dipping sauces. There are daily specials, and the smoked chicken or barbecued pork can be dressed up as a sandwich or a platter. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Sat. Cash only. $

CHILL OUT CAFE 729 Burdette St., 872-9628 Bacon and eggs in the morning and drunken noodles at night — such is the singular domain of the Chill Out Cafe. Traditional American breakfast service gives way at lunch and dinner to spicy Thai soups and basil-steeped coconut curries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINA DOLL 830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-8822 China Doll offers Chinese staples like Emperor's lo mein and crab rangoons — 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. $

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. Complement any dish with an order of Chinese vegetables. Burgers and a variety of po-boys also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHINA MOON 7933 Airline Drive, Metairie, 263-0405; www.chinamoonrestaurant.biz Yat ka mein soup is a slightly spicy house specialty featuring homemade broth, roast pork, shrimp, hard boiled egg, vegetables and noodles. Shrimp spring rolls, crabmeat Rangoon, wonton soup and egg drop soup also are served. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT 704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428; www.chinaorchidneworleans.com Local students and neighbors are fans of China Orchid's affordable Chinese-American dishes. 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. $

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 long list 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 Chops Bistro offers a menu of seafood and steaks. A duo of grilled filet mignon medallions are served on fried green tomatoes, one topped with blue cheese demi-glace and the other with tasso hollandaise. Panko-coated pan-seared grouper is served atop creamy lobster risotto. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-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 specialties such as the Emperor's lo mein, which includes chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CHUN LEE RESTAURANT 1100 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 733-8562 Chun Lee features American-Chinese dishes combining everything from fried rice to fried chicken dishes. There also are a few Vietnamese items, including vermicelli bowls with grilled meats and pho soups with beef or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHURROS CAFE 3100 Kingman St., Metairie, 885-6516 The namesake churro is a sweet, fried dough stick, Cuba's version of a beignet. The menu boasts a wide selection of Cuban dishes such as roast pork with congri and yucca. Shredded beef with rice and tostones is an other staple dish. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

CIRO'S CÔTE SUD 7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com Filling a cozy nook along Maple Street, Cote Sud's version of steak frites is a grilled hanger steak with bordelaise and roasted shallot glaze served with mixed vegetables and french fries. Steamed mussels are served with fries and a choice of sauces. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Checks. $$

CITY DINER 3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 831-1030; www.citydiner.biz City Diner serves everything from waffles, meatloaf and club sandwiches to local favorites such as fried shrimp, crawfish 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. $

CLANCY'S 6110 Annunciation St., 895-1111 This bustling Uptown gathering place 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. There is lemon icebox pie for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT 2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995; www.bistrogallerie.com With four styles of steamed mussels on the menu, Clementine's offers classic Belgian cuisine. The Moule Provencal features fresh tomato, onion and garlic, while the Moule Vin Blanc is seasoned with onion, celery, white wine and cream. Entrees include seared yellowfin tuna. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com The chef's vegetarian plate is a formidable meal: soup, tabbouleh, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, hummus and two falafels. The restaurant also serves an Angus beef rib-eye that comes with onion rings, baked potato and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL 900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com Grill cooks slap a hubcap over burgers as they cook at this campy, retro diner, claiming the unusual technique helps lock in flavor and natural juices. Massive omelets and meaty chili are other specialties. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Desperados Pizza serves black-and-gold striped lobster ravioli with spicy roasted tomato sauce. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Desperados Pizza serves black-and-gold striped lobster ravioli with spicy roasted tomato sauce.

CLUB DECATUR 240 Decatur St., 581-6969 This busy, late-night French Quarter hotspot dishes out pizza by the slice or the whole pie. The kitchen also prepares po-boys, cheese steaks and fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CLUBHOUSE BAR & GRILL 4617 Sanford St., Metairie, 883-5905; www.theclubhousebarandgrill.com Flatbread sandwiches, salads, burgers and Louisiana classics round out this Metairie eatery's menu. Try the Clubhouse jambalaya with chicken, andouille sausage and shrimp. For lighter fare, try the shrimp remoulade, which features grilled Gulf shrimp dressed in remoulade atop iceberg lettuce with garlic croutons. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COCHON 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com Steeped in rustic Cajun cuisine, the menu boasts small plates like fried rabbit livers with pepper jelly toast and oyster meat pies. For main courses, the rabbit and dumplings are popular, as is the smoked beef brisket with horseradish potato salad. The bar features a selection of legal moonshine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COCO HUT 2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788 Caribbean flair and spice make the jerk chicken — grilled dark meat served with Spanish rice, peas and fried plantains — a menu favorite. For seafood, try the tilapia, red snapper or yellowfin tuna. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Sat. Credit Cards. $$

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; 3510 Hwy. 90, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com At this Northshore cafe, the cuisine is fresh and healthy. The Magazine salad features chopped egg, bacon, almonds, cheddar and provolone cheeses, accompanied by a hearty serving of chicken salad, topped with toasted almonds and bleu cheese dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COLD STONE CREAMERY 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; www.coldstonecreamery.com Ice cream is made in house and mix-in items include nuts, fruit and candy. There also are milk shakes, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, cupcakes and ice cream cakes. Cheesecakes, dark chocolate cakes, cookies and cream, and all other ice-cream cakes are offered by the slice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAP ROOM & GRILL 434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.columbiastreettaproom.com Specialty sandwiches are available on sour dough bread, sesame bun, herb tortilla wrap, wheat bun or Leidenmeimer French bread. Fill your sandwich with Buffalo shrimp or chicken, fried catfish, grilled chicken, hot roast beef or grilled portobello mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com On Sundays, The Columns offers a fixed-price jazz brunch menu with a variety of dishes including crab-stuffed portobello mushroom with sauteed sweet peppers and onions, poached eggs and bearnaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COME BACK INN 3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1623; 8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316 Pizza, seafood dinners and more sandwiches and po-boys than you can count star at this casual cafe. Specials like red beans and rice with hot sausage, and shrimp Creole, are customer favorites. No reservations. Kenner: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Metairie: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COMMANDER'S PALACE 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com Chef Tory McPhail highlights Louisiana seafood and wild game in his contemporary Creole cooking. Shrimp and tasso Henican is served with Crystal beurre blanc, pickled okra and five-pepper jelly. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COMMON GROUNDS 335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200 Common Grounds offers a variety of breakfast, sandwich and seafood dishes. The artichoke Amelia features artichoke hearts, Italian spices and Parmesan cheese. Shrimp Julia is the restaurant's version of the shrimp cocktail. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE 1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net Rabbit and sausage jambalaya is simmered with tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, boneless rabbit and smoked pork sausage at this raffish late-night joint. For breakfast, try the Hangtown Fry omelet, which includes fried oysters, bacon, cheddar cheese and green onions. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com Try one of more than 400 brands of domestic and imported beer at Cooter's. Hungry patrons can enjoy raw oysters, burgers and po-boys. Try the NOLA Philly, a sandwich stuffed with alligator sausage, green peppers, house made onion barbecue sauce and American cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com Chocolate praline, fresh banana fudge and white chocolate macadamia are just a few of the restaurant's signature creamy cheesecakes. Classic bistro dishes include barbecue shrimp linguine, which features jumbo shrimp sauteed in green onion, Creole seasoning and lemon butter garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT Citywide; www.alcopeland.com Creative spins on classic Cajun and Creole dishes fill the menu at this local chain. Traditional offerings include shrimp Creole and etouffee as well as seafood combinations. There also are burgers and steaks. No reservations. 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 and a giant menu of martinis. Main courses include pecan-crusted stuffed shrimp and blackened redfish. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL 725 Conti St., 527-0869 Local diners and tourists form a lively crowd at Copper Monkey. Traditional Creole dishes like gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice are barroom favorites. The menu includes burgers, quesadillas, salads and steaks. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COQUETTE 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421; www.coquette-nola.com The menu changes often at Coquette, but the tempura-fried Gulf shrimp with grapefruit and sambal vinaigrette is a favorite. The grilled pork chop is served with Brussels sprouts, honey-crisp apples and Anson Mills grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CORKY'S RIBS & BAR-B-Q 4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbarbq.com "A Taste of Corky's" includes your choice of two of the following: barbecue chicken, barbecue pork shoulder, barbecue beef brisket, turkey or sausage. Try a barbecue stuffed baked potato or hot tamales with chili and cheese. A children's menu is available. 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. Catfish is stuffed with crabmeat and topped with crawfish sauce. The seafood platter for two includes gumbo, salad, an appetizer platter, stuffed shrimp and fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER BAR AND GRILL 500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.com Guests can get a taste of the town with a "New Orleans sampler" combining gumbo, shrimp Creole, red beans and jambalaya. Gumbalaya combines gumbo and jambalaya. Crawfish Corner pasta features linguine tossed with crawfish, peppers, onion, mushrooms and garlic in spicy cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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. Try the signature Danny pie with grilled chicken, Canadian bacon, jalapenos and pineapple, or go for the meat lover piled with all the meat fixings. Entrees include pasta, calzones and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COULIS 3625 Prytania St., 304-4265 Coulis' version of steak and eggs features grilled tenderloin medallions with fried eggs, onion gravy and hash browns. The warm Cuban sandwich is loaded with pulled pork, smoked ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard, mayo and coleslaw. Spice up a dish with one of the house-made hot sauces. No reservations. Breakfast, brunch and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

THE COUNTRY CLUB 634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com The kitchen at this Bywater pool and lounge serves dishes like tasso-studded meatloaf with dry sack sherry mushrooms. Try the 10-oz. pork chop glazed with Steen's cane syrup and Creole mustard and duck fat potatoes on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME 620 Iberville St., 522-1138 Cuban specialties like ropa vieja with shredded beef over rice and a classic Cuban sandwich of ham, roasted pork and cheese on pressed bread are among the specialties at this Quarter cantina. The wide-ranging menu includes tacos, fajitas and ribs. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS 613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com Jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters is an institution, and each day the restaurant fills its hot and cold buffet lines with everything from boiled seafood to salad and fresh fruit. At dinner, entrees include the seared duck breast a l'orange with confit dirty rice and candied pecans. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

COVENANT CAFE 1515 Poydras St., 522-3335; www.covenanthouseno.org The Covenant House's cafe and job-training program offers breakfast, sandwiches, salads and wraps. The Mediterranean vegetable sandwich features sprouts, Roma tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta cheese and Greek dressing served on toasted wheat bread. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CRABBY JACK'S 428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722 Jack Leonardi, the chef behind the popular Jacque-Imo's Cafe, puts his spin on casual New Orleans fare at this popular lunch joint. Fried oysters and shrimp tumble out of po-boys, while the paneed rabbit and roasted duck po-boys are offbeat offerings. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-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 its version of New Orleans barbecue shrimp called Giant Dippin' Shrimp. Crawfish Johnny features crawfish tails, onions and mushrooms in cream sauce over rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CREOLE CREAMERY 4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; www.creolecreamery.com A favorite among neighborhood children, this boutique ice cream shop constantly creates new flavors. There also are old-fashioned ice cream parlor specialties like banana splits, sundaes, milk shakes and floats. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE CREOLE SKILLET 200 Julia St., 304-6318; www.thecreoleskillet.com The Skillet offers contemporary Louisiana dishes such as North Peter's Pork, which is pork tenderloin with roasted garlic demi-glace and caramelized apples, served with sweet potato casserole and collard greens. Tchefuncte chicken is blackened chicken breast stuffed with oyster and crawfish dressing and served with jambalaya and spinach risotto. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. 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 Crepe Imperial is filled with shrimp, mushrooms and asparagus. For dessert, try the strawberry shortcake crepe, a treat filled with strawberries, angel food cake and cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE 527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com Live jazz and creative New Orleans cooking are offered at this brewpub. Start with baked oysters three ways, featuring a half-dozen shucked oysters topped with crab, saffron, spinach, herbsaint and spicy eggplant. Follow up with beef brisket or Brewhouse ribs. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT CITY GRILL 101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272 For under three dollars, enjoy the breakfast special which includes two pancakes, two eggs, grits and bacon. The menu also features the Fisherman's platter, which combines oysters, shrimp and fried fish. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge A young diner enjoys mamachitas at Nacho Mama's Mexican Grill. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

CRESCENT CITY STEAKS 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com The curtained booths at this septuagenarian Mid-City steakhouse are like prosceniums for prime T-bones, New York strips and filets. Garlicky bordelaise adds a piquant, herbaceous kick to any cut. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT PIE AND SAUSAGE 4400 Banks St., 482-2426; www.crescentcitypieandsausage.com Sample the namesake house-made sausages on a mixed-grill plate. Or try a trio of meat pies filled with duck confit, ricotta and mushrooms, and leeks with pepper jelly on the side. A Mediterranean pizza is topped with baba ghanoush, lamb sausage, red peppers, olives, mint and goat cheese crema. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

CROISSANT D'OR 617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663 Devotees of this quaint cafe line up for croissant sandwiches with ham and bechamel sauce, quiches and cups of homemade soup. Others settle in to the Parisian ambience with a cafe au lait and the morning paper. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON 833 Poydras St., 581-3111; www.lepavillon.com The Crystal Room with its chandeliers and stately columns bespeaks elegance, and diners can feast on New Orleans and Southern favorites like gumbo and crab cakes. The jambalaya pasta comes with shrimp, chicken and sausage and is served in a spicy Creole marinara over penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS 5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766 Cucos offers a menu of Tex-Mex favorites. The fajita platter for two combines shrimp, steak and chicken. The El Presidente features beef and cheese enchiladas, a burrito, a taco, and rice and beans with ranchero sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CURRY CORNER 1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 250-5668 A sister restaurant to nearby Sara's, Curry Corner serves meals cafeteria style with numerous selections of curried vegetables and Indian specialties. Thai green curry with vegetables is prepared with coconut cream. Chicken masala features a breast cooked with ginger, garlic, tomato, cumin, turmeric and coriander. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CUVEE 322 Magazine St., 587-9001; www.restaurantcuvee.com Cuvee's classic dishes stem from contemporary Creole fare with hints of French and Spanish cuisine. For dinner, the duck entree features Steen's-cured smoked breast, confit leg, walnut bleu risotto, Hudson Valley foie gras and pear glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DAISY DUKES 121 Chartres St., 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com This all-night eatery serves up a slice of the South. The Cajun omelet is loaded with spicy sausage, onions, parsley, paprika and cracked pepper. At lunch, there are fresh Louisiana boiled crawfish. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

THE DAKOTA RESTAURANT 629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com This fine dining destination on the Northshore features a menu of contemporary French and Louisiana cooking. Crabmeat and Brie bisque is a signature starter. The Veal Three Sauce tops paneed veal with crabmeat and bearnaise, bordelaise and beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DANNY & CLYDE'S Citywide; www.dannyandclydes.com This chain of convenience marts offers much more than candy, 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. $

DANTE'S KITCHEN 736 Dante St., 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com The restaurant presents a creative, contemporary menu including local farm vegetable selections such as seared broccoli with soy sauce, roasted pine nuts and sesame seeds. Chicken roasted under a brick is maple glazed and served with a potato and bacon hash cake and topped with a fried farm egg. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DE-NO SEAFOOD 505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 362-4608 De-No's redfish is 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. $$

DEANIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR 7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700 Split the Showboat Platter, which piles up fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed crabs and stuffed shrimp. Entrees include the stuffed catfish St. Charles, which is topped with a lobster cream sauce. The stuffed eggplant is filled with shrimp and eggplant dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat, dinner Friday. Credit Cards. $

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD 841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.com The fried seafood platter anchors down the menu and raw oysters and boiled seafood are popular. Try the Bucktown boil pizza topped with seafood and white sauce. No reservations. Metairie: lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. French Quarter: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DECKBAR & GRILLE 1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 830-0104 Big burgers and over-stuffed po-boys are reliable offerings at this tavern. The Mississippi Burning burger is topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, sliced jalapenos and pepper Jack cheese. Appetizers include house-made crab balls, Buffalo shrimp, fried mushrooms and sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR 400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com Home-style platters of pot roast and pork chops mix it up with fried seafood and po-boys at this all-night destination. The steak dinner special on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the Monday fried chicken special have earned regular followings. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

THE DELACHAISE 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com Complementing the wine bar's well curated selections of beer and wine, the kitchen serves appetizers including smoked salmon Johnny cakes, which are roasted corn griddle cakes with smoked salmon, vodka creme fraiche and caviar. The Cuban twice-cooked pork is stewed in broth, then crisped in duck fat. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR 300 Bourbon St., 553-2281 The menu of this Bourbon Street stalwart features traditional dishes and distinctive preparations. Oysters are fried and served with house-made barbecue sauce and blue cheese dressing. Red snapper is blackened and topped with crabmeat, capers and butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DESPERADOS PIZZA 801 Frenchmen St., 943-9900 Desperados pushes a new frontier in pizza, skipping conventional tomato sauce on many pies. The namesake Desperado has taco sauce and is topped with pulled pork, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, cabbage and lime. There also are po-boys, dessert pizzas and appetizers including fried lobster ravioli. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ DIAMOND CAFE 3712 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 467-1864; 1299 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0720; www.diamondcafeonline.com Sample a wide variety of New York-style pizzas at Diamond Cafe. The namesake pizza combines ham, salami, pepperoni, onion and black olives. Large salads, such as the artichoke salad, are served with Italian or cheese bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.com Occupying an old barge-board house, Dick and Jenny's exudes rustic charm. Seared ahi tuna is served on a carrot and black sesame rice cake with grilled asparagus, wasabi aioli and soy reduction. The lobster and Brie topped filet mignon is served with garlic mashed potatoes and green peppercorn demi-glace. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE 716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com Dickie Brennan's prefers Creole finesse over steakhouse largesse. The 8-oz. house filet is dressed with creamed spinach, fried oysters and bearnaise and served with Pontalba potatoes. The 14-oz. barbecue rib-eye is topped with shrimp in Abita beer barbecue sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DICRISTINA'S 810 N. Columbia St., suite C, Covington, 985-875-0160; www.dicrsitinas.com DiCristina's serves a mix of Creole and Italian dishes including po-boys, seafood and steaks. Veal Parmesan is served with either baked macaroni or spaghetti. Stuffed bell peppers come with a choice of baked macaroni, spaghetti, french fries, potato salad or mashed potatoes. Desserts include spumoni ice cream pie. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS 1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 392-7589; 6641 West Bank Expwy., Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com Besides sandwiches like the muffuletta and roast beef po-boy, DiMartino's offers salads, burgers and seafood platters. Entrees include shrimp etouffee and spaghetti with meatballs or Italian sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DINO'S BAR & GRILL 1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900 Dino's offers everything from fresh salads to half-pound burgers. From the grill, there is an Italian chicken sandwich and wraps such as the Buffalo chicken, chicken Caesar and chicken bacon ranch. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DITALI'S PIZZA 150 Northshore Blvd., Northshore Square Mall, Slidell, (985)-649-5657; 8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160 This classic pizza restaurant is a cousin to Cafe Ditali's. Thin-crust pies include the classics and the deluxe, topped with the works. Ditali's also serves favorites from the cafe's menu including spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and chicken Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DIXIE GYRO 110 Carondelet St., 523-6614 This casual Greek joint serves up much more than gyros. Dixie serves breakfast standards all day, and the selection of Mediterranean dishes includes kebabs, falafel and other Mediterranean options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666 The red potatoes, boiled in spicy seasoning mix before being fried, are a house specialty and a favorite side item to accompany seafood options including shrimp, crab and catfish. Oysters are available raw on the half shell, fried or grilled. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOMENICA 123 Baronne St., 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com Located in the Roosevelt Hotel, chef John Besh's rustic Italian dishes combine local ingredients, such as pork from pigs raised on the Northshore for his restaurants, with imported cheeses. Dishes include grilled whole redfish stuffed with herbs and topped with bread crumbs. Many pastas are made in house. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS 5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126 Domilise's has been a neighborhood institution for years. The messy roast beef po-boy is covered in homemade gravy and Creole mustard. The "Off the Menu" special is a fried shrimp po-boy topped with Swiss cheese and gravy. Other options include fried oysters and hot sausage with gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550; www.donsseafoodmetairie.com Don's dishes up seafood, soups, sandwiches and pasta. A variety of seafood platters offer mixes of fried shrimp, oysters and/or catfish. The spicy fish of the day is battered and topped with crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0296 Fresh-baked loaves encase spiced meats, pates, herbs and pickled vegetables in Dong Phuong's calling-card banh mi sandwiches. The combined restaurant and market is a culinary epicenter of the Vietnamese-American community in eastern New Orleans. Reservations for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DONNA'S BAR AND GRILL 800 N. Rampart St., 596-6914; www.donnasbarandgrill.com Creole classics and New Orleans favorites take the stage at this jazz and brass band venue. Look for daily specials like barbecue ribs, fried pork chops and beef brisket, or choose from a menu featuring fried chicken, jambalaya and red beans. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sun. Cash only. $

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT 2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535 Chef Leah Chase cooks Creole classics, including stuffed shrimp, fried chicken, stewed okra and gumbo thick with seafood and sausage. The local dining landmark serves lunch buffet style and offers takeout until 5 p.m. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

DOORS UPTOWN PIZZA 7537 Maple St., 302-2547; www.doorspub.com This new pizza stop serves thin-crust pies, burgers, chili and egg rolls. Vegetable ingredients for pizzas are sauteed before they are baked on top of pies. Zesty Asian hot wings are marinated and baked. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DORIGNAC'S 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com The longtime Metairie grocery is known for its bakery, deli and large wine selection. The menu of prepared dishes includes fried chicken, lasagna, soups, sandwiches and daily specials, such as red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE 135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283 Noodles are just the start at this Mid-City eatery, which excels at vinegary chicken salad over shredded cabbage as well as bowls of steaming pho. Vegetable-laden wonton soup and spring rolls the size of a baby's arm make a refreshing, satisfying meal. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOT'S DINER Citywide Stop in for pancakes, waffles or breakfast platters served anytime. Dinner specials include pork chops and bone-in ham steaks. For lunch, there are burgers, sandwiches, salads and a kids' menu. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DOUBLE DRAGON 8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 433-4333 Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese cuisines 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. $

THE DOUGH BOWL 1039 Broadway St., 861-2200 Just off Tulane's campus, the Dough Bowl serves thin crust New York-style pizza by the pie or slice as well as sandwiches and burgers. The Boot burger is dressed with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and red onion. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DOWN THE HATCH 1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909 Down the Hatch offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches. The Texas burger is an all Angus beef patty topped with fried onion rings and eggs and is served with french fries or onion rings. The Reuben features corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Sat., dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com Drago's is best known for its signature char-broiled oysters, which are topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. It just introduced char-broiled Maine lobster served with spinach risotto. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DRY DOCK CAFE 133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com Take the ferry to Algiers Point and disembark at Dry Dock for a menu of soups, salads, New Orleans classics and sandwiches. Hamburger steak is topped with onions, mushrooms and gravy and is served with fries and cole slaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING Loyola University, Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 861-5451 Dunbar's moved on campus after Hurricane Katrina, and all of Loyola said "thank you." The kitchen serves signature fried or smothered chicken, red beans and rice, stuffed bell peppers and sticky bread pudding. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

EAT NEW ORLEANS 900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.com This quaint cafe offers a wide array of Cajun and Creole dishes such as the redfish fillet topped with lemon-garlic butter and served with fresh vegetables. The crawfish boullettes feature crawfish and green onion covered in breadcrumbs, deep fried and served with remoulade sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL 3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 780-2266 Popular appetizers at this pub include cheese and chili cheese french fries. Enjoy catfish, shrimp, oyster, hot sausage, ham and roast beef po-boys any day of the week. Spaghetti and meatballs is a customer favorite. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

EL GATO NEGRO 81 French Market Place, 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.com Whet your appetite with a pineapple-cilantro margarita or any of the Mexican beers or premium tequilas. In addition to tacos, burritos and enchiladas, look for big fajita platters and seafood creations. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ELEVEN79 1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.com The menu features classic Italian dishes like appetizers of sausage, peppers and onions with fresh mozzarella, and shrimp scampi sauteed with lemon, butter and rosemary. The veal Oscarini is paneed veal with lemon beurre blanc, lump crabmeat and asparagus. Pasta Bolognese is popular. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ELIZABETH'S 601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.com The eclectic menus at Elizabeth's include boudin balls, blue cheese oysters and fried green tomatoes for appetizers. Main dishes include seared duck breast with cherry port, and a burger topped with blue cheese and the restaurant's signature praline bacon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE 700 Bourbon St., 523-1485; www.emberssteakhouse.com "Medium" is a relative term at Embers, whose midsize T-bone weighs in at a hefty 15 ounces. (The large tacks on another 5 ounces.) Fried seafood platters and Creole-Italian favorites like Gulf shrimp marinara and crawfish fettuccine balance out the options. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO 1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.com It may have classical decor, but the menu at Emeril Lagasse restaurant is anything but staid. The Moroccan spiced lamb sirloin features merguez sausage and is served with chickpea socca ratatouille. Rabbit crepes come with pancetta, mushrooms and mascarpone. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

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EMERIL'S RESTAURANT 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.com The flagship of chef Emeril Lagasse's empire serves a number of signature creations including warm Mississippi rabbit remoulade with fried green tomatoes, Benton's bacon, local citrus salad and horseradish gastrique. The andouille crusted Texas redfish comes with grilled vegetables, shoestring potatoes, glazed pecans and Creole meuniere. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM 734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.com The Windsor High Tea presents an array of finger sandwiches, mini-quiches, cake bites, chocolate dipped strawberries, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd and a pot of tea. Lunch items include a shepherd's pie made with ground beef, carrots, peas and gravy topped with mashed potatoes and served with green beans or salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Checks. $$

ERNST CAFE 600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net This downtown tavern is known for fried seafood, po-boys and wraps. To whet your palate, choose from a host of appetizers, including spinach ravioli, Southwest egg rolls, chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks. Other options include the grilled tuna fillet sandwich and the fried chicken wrap. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ESPRESSO EXPRESS One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115 CBD workers appreciate breakfast burritos, pastries and quick lunch options like salads, wraps and paninis. The turkey, Monterey chicken and club wraps are popular lunchtime meals. Deli sandwiches and soups also are offered. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

F&M PATIO BAR 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com The kitchen bustles from night into early morning. Enjoy egg rolls, quesadillas, seasoned waffle fries and deluxe cheese fries topped with bacon, chili and jalapenos. Top a hamburger with your choice of shredded cheese, bacon, mushrooms, jalapenos, grilled onions and peppers or chili. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE 3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9072; www.fairgrinds.com Fair Grinds boasts a selection of fair trade coffee and more than 30 organic teas. Snacks and desserts like vegan treats 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. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FAT CITY DINER 3555 18th St., Metairie, 888-4940; www.fatcitydiner.com This downhome 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. For side items, there are french fries, onion rings and jalapeno hush puppies. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

FAT HEN GRILL 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1980; www.fathengrill.com Fat burgers topped with Gorgonzola and old school patty melts are popular choices at this updated diner. The "womelet" is a formidable combination of a big omelet baked over a waffle with toppings like bacon, ham and cheese. Marinated and grilled skirt steak is served with chimichurri sauce, potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAT HARRY'S 4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582 Fat Harry's features burgers, sandwiches and other casual eats. The jazz burger is an 8-oz. patty made with hot sausage and ground beef topped with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and barbecue sauce. The toasted Uptowner features turkey, roast beef and provolone on Leidenheimer muffuletta loaf. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT'S 587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991 This neighborhood favorite has served home-style Italian cooking since the 1950s. There are pasta and seafood dishes and several veal specialties. Filets are available in 6-oz. and 10-oz. cuts. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tue.- Sat. Credit cards. $$

FAUSTO'S BISTRO 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com Fausto's prepares Northern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Veal Saltimbocca features veal medallions sauteed with mushrooms and herbs, topped with prosciutto and mozzarella and flamed in Marsala. Fettuccine carciofo features shrimp and artichoke hearts sauteed with black olives and Italian herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FAZZIO'S 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.com Start with crab cakes or shrimp cocktail for an appetizer. Follow up with filet Fazzio, filet mignon topped with sauteed shrimp, red and yellow peppers, mushrooms and black olives in light cream sauce. The speckled trout and soft-shell crab are popular dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 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 blue cheese steak is a 6-oz. filet of beef topped with blue cheese and sauteed mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA 301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; 6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipesneworleans.com At these taquerias, choose from marinated pulled pork, steak, grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, spicy (pollo tingo) chicken or chorizo to fill tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. A salsa bar offers different styles of salsa with varying levels of heat. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com The oyster bar at Felix's has no seats, and that's fine with the regulars who prefer their raw bivalves with a minimum of fuss. Make your own sauce and order directly from the shuckers, or order from a menu of New Orleans staples. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE 900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155; www.fellinisneworleans.com Grab a table on the outdoor patio and choose from a menu of pastas, sandwiches and pizzas. The appetizer sampler includes hummus, spicy tomato dip and a portobello cap stuffed with red pepper and feta cheese. 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; 1924 Airline Drive., 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. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FIORELLA'S CAFE 1136 Decatur St., 553-2155 Fried chicken is the specialty at Fiorella's, which serves its fried-to-order bird with homey Southern sides like red beans. For seafood options, try the large crab cakes with green onion remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FIVE HAPPINESS 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com For 31 years, Five Happiness has served up Chinese cuisine, including popular dishes like General Tso's chicken and ginger shrimp. Grilled chicken salad and grilled shrimp salad are recent additions to the menu. Delivery available. Reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT 737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com The restaurant features a menu of classic dishes including coq au vin, imported cheese plates, and l'escargot ivre, which are "drunken" escargots braised in stock, garlic lemon and butter. Steak Diane features two pan-seared petit filet mignons topped with peppercorn cream sauce and served with sauteed mushrooms flamed in brandy. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP 2600 Royal St., 947-8358 This eclectic coffeehouse offers French, Colombian and Ethiopian coffees. Flora's also offers homemade falafel served with pita bread, black bean burritos, chicken quesadillas and a changing selection of baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

FONG'S CHINESE RESTAURANT 2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216 Fong's Triple Threat combines shrimp, roast pork and chicken with an assortment of Chinese vegetables. Popular dishes include spicy hot garlic shrimp and shrimp egg foo young with bean sprouts and Chinese vegetables. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FOX AND HOUND 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.com Try the classic potato skins topped with melted cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, bacon bits and green onions for an appetizer. Salads, soups, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches are available at this sports bar and restaurant. The taco salad is popular. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT 933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com Frank's started out as an Italian deli and has grown into a full-service restaurant. The muffuletta remains a fixture on the menu. Entrees include shrimp Gagliano with garlic and butter sauce over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S 321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.com This neighborhood standby in Uptown serves casual Creole fare like po-boys, gumbo, boudin balls and alligator soup. The seafood platter includes shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed shrimp, toast and salad. Look for daily specials like red beans and rice, and chicken with onion gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT 1001 Decatur St., 525-7879 Hungry pedestrians are lured into the French Market Restaurant by the sight of raw oysters displayed in the windows and the aroma of crawfish wafting from the boiling pots. Po-boys and fried seafood also are served. 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 The more casual of the two restaurants inside the Maison Dupuy Hotel blends traditional Creole and Cajun flavors with creative touches. Entrees include jumbo lump crab cakes with frisee salad and wild mushroom and fontina thin-crust pizza. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH QUARTER PIZZERIA & BAR 201 Decatur St., 948-3287; www.frenchquarterpizza.com Hand-tossed specialty pizzas name-check Central Grocery and Kermit Ruffins — his signature pie features barbecued chicken, naturally. The menu includes pastas, salads, sandwiches and stromboli, and there's an all-you-can-eat buffet at lunchtime. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FRESCO CAFE AND PIZZERIA 7625 Maple St., 862-6363; www.frescocafe.us This college students' pizza haven boasts gourmet pies and stromboli. Choose shrimp or chicken for pesto pizza topped with mozzarella and feta cheeses, kalamata olives, red onion and sun-dried tomato. 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 This longtime Uptown tavern serves everything from cheese quesadillas to healthier options like veggie burgers and chicken Caesar wraps. Burgers and chicken sandwiches also are served. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT 407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.com Friends' favorites include quesadillas, Caribbean jerk chicken and char-broiled tenderloin, but the real star is seafood. Blackened catfish is topped with sauteed crabmeat and Key lime butter sauce. Jackleg chicken is jambalaya topped with fried chicken, Jack cheese and a ladle of gumbo. Reservations accepted daily. Credit cards. $$

FUEL COFFEE HOUSE 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757 The morning menu includes a breakfast panini with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and a choice of grilled vegetables, bacon or ham. For lunch, try the Cuban sandwich of pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and chipotle aioli. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

FURY'S 724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646 This neighborhood restaurant features fried chicken and offers plenty of seafood options, like trout with lump crabmeat and a broiled seafood platter with fish, soft-shell crab, shrimp, stuffed shrimp, oysters, french fries and salad. There also is Italian fare like eggplant and veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS 808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com Some of chef Tenney Flynn's standbys include blue crab pot stickers and smoked, sizzling oysters. Grilled butterfish might be finished with a sauce like Flynn's pineapple basil glaze. Soft-shell crab dishes are popular in spring. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com Many Galatoire's regulars start with the grand goute, a combination platter of shrimp remoulade, oysters en brochette and crabmeat maison. Pompano with crabmeat is a fixture, and the flaming cafe brulot makes a dramatic finale. Jackets required. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

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

GALVEZ RESTAURANT 914 N. Peters St., 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.com Tastes of the Spanish seaside and an unmatched vista of the Mississippi River are the twin draws at Galvez. The restaurant offers traditional tapas, steaks and seafood dishes, including a quartet of paellas and a fruits de mer bouillabaisse scented with sofrito and saffron. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; 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. The Metairie location serves lunch, and the menu includes muffulettas, salads and soups. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com Gattuso's serves everything from gourmet salads, wraps and sandwiches to filet mignon and seafood platters. The popular grilled shrimp wrap features grilled shrimp, grilled onions, melted mozzarella cheese, Creole mayonnaise, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S RESTRAURANT 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397; www.gautreausrestaurant.com Chef Sue Zemanick's menu presents original takes on Louisiana-French cuisine. The roasted guinea hen comes with fettuccine, arugula and spicy tomato and sausage ragout. Sauteed snapper is served with chorizo, clams, butternut squash and Swiss chard. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GAZEBO CAFE 1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola.com The Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daiquiris. The New Orleans sampler rounds up gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GELATO PAZZO CAFFE 8115 Oak St., 304-6908; www.gelatopazzo.com The family-owned and operated cafe has an ever-shifting menu featuring pizza, sandwiches and approximately 20 flavors of fresh gelati. The Caliva is a panini made of grilled Gulf shrimp, sauteed baby organic greens, Roma tomatoes and homemade basil pesto. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342 George's offers favorites such as chicken, beef and shrimp fajitas. Try the sizzling pork or crawfish quesadillas. 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, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S VILLA VANCHERI 2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597; www.giosvillavancheri.com A popular item at this restaurant is the 14-oz. breaded veal topped with spices and capers. Gio's also serves osso buco Milanese, made with a veal shank. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT 741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593; www.giorlandos.com Giorlando's mix of casual Italian and Creole cuisine includes everything from mashed potatoes and gravy to meatballs and spaghetti. Chicken, shrimp and sausage pasta is made with penne and tomato-basil sauce. Lightly battered eggplant medallions are served over angel hair pasta with shrimp sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE 821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329; www.goodearthmarket.net The menu at this cafe includes grilled tilapia sandwiches and focaccia muffulettas. Popular sandwiches include the cochon de lait and Cuban po-boys. There are vegetarian and organic options as well as a children's menu. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GORDON BIERSCH 200 Poydras St., 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com This chain brewpub offers German and Czech-style beers and a diverse menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and pizza. The barbecued salmon is brushed with Asian barbecue sauce and served with balsamic grilled red onion, spinach and sweet ginger rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www.gottgourmetcafe.com Build an omelet with ingredients like feta, American cheese, roasted peppers, avocado, jalapenos, andouille and applewood-smoked bacon. Try the cochon de lait Cuban panini, a sandwich piled with slow-braised pulled pork, Dr Pepper-honey baked ham, sliced pickle, Gruyere, ancho-honey slaw, honey mustard and chili mayonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com Grand Isle serves up oysters on the half-shell and seafood dishes like chili butter baked fish, crawfish etouffee and gumbo. Try the spicy bouillabaisse, which features fish, oysters and shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Chef Mike Baskind prepares fried soft-shell crab over shrimp, crab and lobster Creole at Rivershack Tavern. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Chef Mike Baskind prepares fried soft-shell crab over shrimp, crab and lobster Creole at Rivershack Tavern.

THE GREEN GODDESS 307 Exchange Alley, 301-3347; www.greengoddessnola.com The creative cooking at Green Goddess combines classic techniques, exotic ingredients and culinary wit. At brunch, try the barbecued pork and corn flapjack, which combines smoky pulled pork with gravy and creamy slaw atop a corn-jalapeno pancake. No reservations. Lunch and brunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE GRILL ROOM AT THE WINDSOR COURT 300 Gravier St., 522-1994; www.windsorcourthotel.com Chef Drew Dzejak prepares dishes like sauteed local redfish, accompanied by Gulf shrimp, fennel, pearl onions and shellfish broth. For a weekend brunch, try the bananas Foster pain perdu, which combines cinnamon brioche French toast, caramel banana sauce and toasted pecans. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY 2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.com The Uptown deli sells pressed sandwiches as well as a po-boys, chicken and sausage gumbo and decadent brownies. The Creole corned beef is piled with corned beef, provolone cheese, Creole mustard and Russian dressing and is pressed on French or rye bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I GRILLE AND BAR 11 West Bank Expwy., Gretna, 367-9512; 1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060 Seafood lovers can opt for a fried shrimp and catfish dinner served with coleslaw, salad, Texas toast and a choice of fries, baked potato, sweet potato or steamed vegetables. The steak and shrimp dinner combines a 10-oz. rib-eye and fried or grilled shrimp, salad, Texas toast and choice of potato or vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY'S DELI & TAMALES 3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390 Guillory's offers po-boys, sandwiches, fried chicken and homemade, New Orleans-style tamales topped with red sauce. Daily specials include a 12-oz. grilled hamburger steak served with onions and mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GUMBO SHOP 630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com Gumbo lovers have their choice of several varieties at the Gumbo Shop, including seafood, chicken and sausage and the meatless gumbo z'herbes. A popular entree is chicken espagnole prepared with garlic and shallot brown sauce. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566 Haagen-Dazs offers 30 signature flavors including mainstays such as rocky road, mint chocolate chip and java chip. Milkshakes, smoothies and coffee drinks round out the menu of sweet treats. No reservations. Lunch daily. 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 escolar special roll includes crawfish, white tuna, scallions and eel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR 218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377; www.handsomewillys.com The former site of a notorious 1930s nightspot, Handsome Willy's now offers simple pleasures like beer and hot dogs. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, enjoy two-for-one hot dogs. Daily specials include red beans on Monday, jambalaya on Tuesday and free food on Friday. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL 3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111 Along with the restaurant's signature three-quarter pound hamburgers and fries, Harbor Bar & Grill serves tuna steak and po-boys. Popular appetizers include chicken drumettes, jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, meat pies and oysters bordelaise. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night 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. On Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays enjoy oysters by the dozen for $3. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFE 418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com Burgers, sizzling fajitas and hearty appetizers are the greatest hits at the New Orleans edition of this international chain. The grilled Granny Smith apple and provolone burger is dressed with sweet maple mustard, lettuce, grilled Granny Smith apple slices, caramelized onions, bacon and provolone cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. 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. $

HELIX RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 2 Lee Circle, 962-0903; www.helixwb.com This chic lounge offers a menu of small plates and many wines by the glass. Small plates include Asian nachos topped with pork, cheese, pickled cucumber and cabbage slaw, peanut sauce and wasabi sour cream. A variety of pizzas and desserts also are served. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com Award-winning chef Donald Link creates a French-inspired menu with Southern flair. Small plates include antipasto, gnocchi with ham and Maitake mushrooms, and grilled calamari and octopus with squid ink risotto. For entrees, try the slow-roasted Kurobuta pork belly with sticky rice and grilled date agrodolce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HEY! CAFE 4332 Magazine St., 891-8682 Grab a specialty coffee drink and a homemade vegan dessert such as cinnamon roll, chocolate chip cookie, pumpkin raisin muffin or piece of chocolate banana bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL 1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033; www.hickorycafe.com Hickory serves a half-pound patty of fresh ground chuck on focaccia with pepper Jack, bacon, spinach, roasted peppers and basil mayo. The Cuban sandwich features slow-roasted pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, Creole mustard and pickles pressed on 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 All of Hillbilly's meats, including boudin, alligator sausage and pork spare ribs, are smoked with hickory wood. Daily lunch specials include the Smoky Mountain Hamburger and smoked chicken salad on a bun. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HOA HONG/9 ROSES 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665 The menu at 9 Roses is a compendium of Chinese and Vietnamese delicacies, from vermicelli noodle bowls to ground shrimp speared on sugarcane and grilled. Whole fish arrive still steaming over scallions, and paper-thin beef is served with fresh herbs and a burner for tableside searing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOBNOBBER CAFE 5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448 Start with a homemade corn and crab bisque at this Metaire neighborhood cafe. Other dishes include catfish with creamy crawfish sauce, grilled chicken with vegetables, and a range of overstuffed po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS 2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7177; 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-0160; www.hooterslouisiana.com Hooters turns up the heat on chicken wings with sauces ranging from mild to Three Mile Island, 911 and spicy garlic. The menu also features burgers, sandwiches, salads and seafood. Fried pickles, quesadillas and Buffalo shrimp are among Hooter's top starter dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA 920 Poydras St., 561-8914 Horinoya offers patrons an authentic taste of Japan, featuring well-known dishes made with Kobe beef, tuna tataki and more esoteric items like fish from Tsukiji market and natto (fermented beans). Teriyaki, tempura and buckwheat soba and udon noodles also are available. Reservations accepted for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOSHUN RESTAURANT 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716 Japanese and Chinese flavors abound at this Uptown destination. The Playboy roll, an inside-out spicy tuna and shrimp tempura roll with mango, is seared tableside. Other popular items include pad Thai, pecan prawns and fried tofu dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

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 lobster and Creole tomato risotto. Try the jumbo lump crab cake and mango salad at Cafe Burnside. Reservations recommended. Cafe Burnside: lunch daily, brunch Sun. Latil's Landing: dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

HOUSE OF BLUES 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com The House of Blues focuses on Southern and soul food dishes. Creole seafood jambalaya adds local flair. The Sunday gospel brunch features dishes like fried shrimp with cheddar grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT 1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301; www.hillstone.com Houston's is known for its selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, barbecued ribs and seafood dishes. The wood-grilled artichokes and spinach and artichoke dip are popular appetizers. The sashimi tuna salad features pan-seared ahi with cilantro-ginger vinaigrette, mixed greens, avocado and mango. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

HUEVOS COFEE & BREAKFAST 4408 Banks St., 482-2426; www.crescentpieandsausage.com This home-style diner presents a chalkboard menu of breakfast plates. The huevos con tamal features two tamales and a grilled chile drizzled with ancho sauce, along with poached eggs with house-made salsa verde. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Tue. Cash only. $

THE HUNGRY FORAGER 902 Coffee St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8883: www.thehungryforager.com Entrees include pan-seared scallops with cauliflower puree, roasted asparagus, fondant potato and sherry caramel. For brunch, the crab Benedict includes jumbo lump crabmeat, poached eggs and fried green tomatoes on a toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and personal checks. $$$

IGNATIUS EATERY 4200 Magazine St., 896-2225 The menu at this casual bistro features updates New Orleans classics. The sauteed shrimp remoulade po-boy is stuffed with Gulf shrimp and topped with blonde remoulade. Meatloaf is stuffed with Poche's pork and jalapeno boudin and served with horseradish sauce and crawfish potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR 4437 Magazine St., 891-6105 This tavern keeps the beer cold and the grill hot. Choose from several burgers, including The Igor burger, the Cajun burger and the barbecue burger. The Cajun burger adds a kick of Tabasco and Creole seasonings. Chicken nuggets and onion rings are popular munchies. 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. Igor's burger features a char-broiled half-pound patty. Try the chicken and fish sandwiches. Other snacks include Cajun cheese fries and jalapeno poppers. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IHOP 151 West Bank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; 833 Canal St., 593-0440; 12150 I-10 Service Road, 244-0013; www.ihop.com While best known for its breakfast platters, this diner-style chain also offers a variety of lunch and dinner options. The grilled tilapia hollandaise features lightly seasoned grilled tilapia, topped with hollandaise sauce and served with red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE 4607 Dryades St., 895-2620; www.ilpostocafe-nola.com Italian meats and cheeses are the draw at this cafe. For lighter fare, try one of the panini sandwiches or the antipasti platter. The Italian tuna salad is nestled on a bed of Bibb lettuce with avocado, red onions, tomatoes and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT 3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.com The five-course dinner option features entree choices 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. $$

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

IRENE'S CUISINE 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 Aromas of garlic, rosemary and basil perfume the air inside this intimate eatery. Signature dishes include baked oysters Irene, topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta, plus mussels steamed in wine and roasted chicken. 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. The smoked duck confit salad is made with baby greens, snow peas, baby beets and sherry vinaigrette. The American Kobe beef hanger steak is served with foie gras-marrow butter and Parmesan french fries. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. $$$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net Isabella's Suprema is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers and mozzarella. Diners also can choose from an extensive menu of calzones, sandwiches and pastas, like the shrimp and andouille ravioli. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

ITALIAN BARREL 430 Barracks St., 569-0198 This restaurant by the French Market specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Bresaola, the cured, thinly-sliced beef, is served as an appetizer or entree. The porcini and truffle ravioli is served with creamy white wine sauce. There also are cheese boards and cured-meat plates. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN PIE Citywide; www.italianpie.com Italian Pie offers gourmet pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. Specialty pies range from an all-meat pie with bacon, sausage and pepperoni to a Hawaiian pie with pineapple and Canadian bacon. Pasta options include spinach lasagna and cheese-stuffed manicotti. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

J'ANITA'S AT THE AVENUE 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com The pub grub at this 24-hour bar goes beyond typical saloon fare. "Appeteasers" include sirloin bites served with house-made chimichurri sauce, guacamole and chips. The Swamp Reuben features pulled pork and beef brisket on toasty sourdough and house-made barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

J GUMBO'S 817 D W. Esplanade Ave., 464-3774; www.jgumbos.com J Gumbo serves Cajun- and Creole-inspired dishes and namesake chicken and smoked sausage or seafood gumbo, brimming with crawfish and shrimp. The drunken chicken po-boy fills French bread with chicken slow-cooked with beer, garlic and tomatoes. Crawfish cheese dip is a popular appetizer. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JACK DEMPSEY'S 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914; www.jackdempseysllc.com Heavyweight seafood house Jack Dempsey's serves dishes like Dungeness crab and lobster stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat. The namesake fried seafood platter is a feast of gumbo, shrimp, oysters, catfish, redfish and crawfish pies, plus two side items. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JACKSON 1910 Magazine St., 522-5766; www.jacksonnola.net At Jackson, gnudi — spinach and ricotta dumplings — bathe in a fresh sage and brown butter sauce, with a choice of sides like truffle fries and whipped Boursin sweet potatoes. Gourmet burgers include a chipotle bacon cheeseburger. For appetizers, try a Gorgonzola cheesecake, or shrimp in spicy butter sauce on broiled oysters Jackson. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Credit cards. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. $$

JACMEL INN 903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com The restaurant presents contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Duck two ways includes a pan-seared breast and confit of leg over a melange of butternut squash, apples, beets and bacon, spiced cracklin's and gastrique of Amato's orange wine. Louisiana shrimp and grits features barbecue shrimp over Wilmer Mills stone ground grits with smoked Gouda cheese, plus roasted red peppers and pickled okra. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE 8324 Oak St., 861-0886 With its fast-paced, exposed kitchen, swamp murals, boisterous bar and seating everywhere, Jacques-Imo's provides dinner and a show. The carpetbagger steak is a filet mignon served with poached oysters, blue cheese and tasso hollandaise. The shrimp and alligator cheesecake is served with Creole mustard cream sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAEGER'S SEAFOOD AND BEER GARDEN 901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 818-2200; www.jaegersseafood.com Raw, boiled, grilled and fried seafood is served at Jaeger's. The King's platter features Alaskan King crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp and potatoes, corn, butter sauce and salad. Combination dinners include fried shrimp and catfish, as well as stuffed mirliton, crab and eggplant. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAGERHAUS 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 Munich plate for two includes Wiener schnitzel, a pork chop, bratwurst, knackwurst, meatloaf, spaetzle, German potato salad, sauerkraut and red cabbage. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING 612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882 Jam's offers home-cooked roast beef in gravy, plus many other sandwiches, salad and pasta options. The seafood-stuffed eggplant boat features half an 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. $

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE 7808 Maple St., 866-4366 Part of the restaurant row on Maple Street, Jamila's features French-Tunisian cuisine. The tagine of lamb is baked lamb marinated with lemon and garlic and served over basmati rice. Shrimp and mussels are prepared with tarragon and served in a seafood reduction over linguine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT 4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748 Jan's offers a variety of seafood and Creole-Italian dishes and po-boys. The shrimp and sausage gumbo has a touch of spicy heat. Chicken Parmesan is covered in homemade sauce and mozzarella cheese and served over spaghetti. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge The New Orleans Wing Co. serves wings in a zesty Asian sauce with roasted sesame seeds. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • The New Orleans Wing Co. serves wings in a zesty Asian sauce with roasted sesame seeds.

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201 The restaurant's menu of seafood and pasta dishes includes trout meuniere served with a choice of baked potato or chilled asparagus. Pasta jambalaya combines shrimp, chicken and sausage in a marinara sauce served over penne pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

JASMINE FRENCH RESTAURANT 1768 Front St., Slidell, (985) 645-9700; www.jasminefinedining.com Jasmine serves a mix of Asian, American and Creole dishes. Crabmeat crepes feature Louisiana crabmeat in lobster cream sauce with shallots, white wine and curry and are topped with cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JAZMINE CAFE 614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301; www.jazminecafe.com Jazmine's pineapple crunchy salad is a play of flavors and textures: crisp cucumber, crunchy peanuts, sweet fruit and spicy vinaigrette. Alongside Vietnamese staples like vermicelli salad bowls and noodle soups are specialties such as caramelized shrimp with fish sauce and seared tofu in tangy tamarind broth. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JIGGERS BAR & GRILL 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555 Nosh on pub grub while watching your favorite teams at this sports bar and grill. Or order an entree such as blackened redfish topped with meuniere sauce and fried Gulf shrimp and served on a bed of green onion rice. Boiled crawfish are available on Friday evenings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritaville.com Gulf Coast and Caribbean touches brighten the menu at Jimmy Buffett's restaurant. Coconut shrimp are served with orange marmalade, horseradish, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Of course, there are burgers and sandwiches galore and menu of frozen drinks from the bar. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOE SEPIE'S CAFE 4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613 Classic New Orleans cuisine is served at Joe Sepie's. The menu includes shrimp Creole, jumbo lump crab cakes, gumbo and seafood po-boys. The restaurant also offers panini sandwiches, including a muffuletta version, and pastrami with provolone cheese. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JOEY K'S RESTAURANT 3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com Joey K's offers home-style daily specials, all-you-can-eat catfish and fried seafood platters. Shrimp Magazine features lightly floured butterflied shrimp sauteed with garlic, artichokes, ham and green onions and served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. 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 appetizer. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS 511 St. Louis St., 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboy.com Johnny's serves plate lunches like fried chicken and hamburger steaks in addition to a long list of sandwiches. The Johnny's special combines roast beef, ham and Swiss and American cheeses on French bread. The seafood muffuletta includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

THE JOINT 801 Poland Ave., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com There are many smoked meats to choose from at The Joint. The dinner salad (available all day) tops organic spring mix with your choice of smoky pulled pork, chopped brisket or shredded chicken and comes with a house-made smoked tomato and onion dressing. Homemade desserts include pecan pie, Key lime pie and peanut butter pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com Dubbed the "Creole taqueria," Tex-Mex meets rock 'n' roll at these cantinas. The signature burrito combines grilled steak, Gulf shrimp, chicken, cheese, black beans, yellow rice, salsa, guacamole and sour cream in a grilled tortilla. Fish tacos are filled with grilled fish, mango salsa and jalapeno remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFE & BAR 2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schiroscafe.com The Little Kitchen at Shiro's grocery serves Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, and curries made with chicken, lamb or shrimp. There is also New Orleans fare, sandwiches, po-boys, and dishes like a seafood combo platter with catfish, shrimp, oysters, red potato salad, hush puppies, bread and a vegetable. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON RESTAURANT 4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-6081 Chinese cuisine is the main attraction but there are also Thai and Korean dishes at Jung's. Empress chow mein contains sauteed beef, chicken, shrimp or pork with fresh vegetables and crispy thin noodles. Honey-pecan Gulf shrimp are sauteed and served with vegetables in semisweet dark sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNIPER 301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.net Pork osso buco features a shank braised in garlic Creole sauce, topped with Jack Daniels cane sauce and served over oyster and andouille dressing. The eggplant pirogue features Gulf shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish tails simmered in garlic cream and served in a fried eggplant cup laced with Choron sauce. A coffee bar was added recently. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN 416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.com Chef Paul Miller upholds the traditions of legendary founder Paul Prudhomme. Louisiana drum is blackened in a cast-iron skillet and served with drawn butter, potatoes and a vegetable. At lunch, the fried oyster po-boy is served with oyster mayo. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP 2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.com The restaurant offers a menu of hearty items including fried seafood platters and pasta dishes. Burgers are handmade and served on sesame buns with french fries. The roast beef po-boy features slow-roasted beef dripping with gravy on French bread dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, pickles and mustard. No reservations. Lunch daily dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR 3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730 Kanno offers a wide selection of California-style sushi and rolls, including the carb-friendly protein roll. Sample the savory smoked salmon or the tangy tuna tataki. Kanno offers a complimentary chocolate dessert at the end of each meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KATIE'S RESTAURANT 3701 Iberville St., 484-0580 Open again in Mid-City, this neighborhood spot serves a familiar mix of po-boys and Italian dishes. Deli sandwiches include a Reuben, and an original po-boy is the fried shrimp version topped with crabmeat dressing. The Boudreaux pizza is a white pie topped with cochon de lait, roasted garlic, spinach, red onion and a drizzle of olive oil. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.net Angus beef rules Keith Young's menu three nights a week, but Thursdays and Fridays feature two-and-a-half-pound Maine lobsters. Veal or lamb chops, pan-seared duck and a char-grilled fish entree are regular enticements. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

KENNER SEAFOOD 3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701 The range of options at Kenner Seafood includes an oyster bar, boiled seafood (shrimp, crabs or crawfish) and big platters and boats filled with fried items. Soft-shell crab Marie rests a fried crab on a bed of angel hair and tops it with crabmeat cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KIM SON 349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489 Cantonese, Szechuan and Vietnamese cuisines share space on Kim Son's pan-Asian menu. Fresh Gulf fish comes adorned with black bean sauce, and the seafood platter boasts an assortment of scallops, lobster and salt-baked shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KING BUFFET 601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383 King Buffet offers everything from fried shrimp, chicken wings and nuggets to dim sum, sweet and sour chicken and scallops. A sushi bar offers California rolls, crunchy rolls and salmon rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KJEAN SEAFOOD 236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503 The smell of fresh seafood emanates from Kjean's, which 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. There's also po-boys and other sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $

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 dishes cooked in clay pots. Traditional dishes include tofu stew and come with an array of kimchi, which are side plates of spicy pickled cabbage and other vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com Metairie gets a taste of Manhattan with favorites like bagels and lox and deli-style sandwiches. 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. $

KOZ'S 515 Harrison Ave., 484-0841; 6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.com Louisiana favorites, such as seafood platters and muffulettas, are offered at Koz's. More than 15 types of po-boys, ranging from hot sausage to cheeseburger, are available. Stop in for popular specials such as white beans and rice with sausage. No reservations. Lakeview: Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., Harahan: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

KRYSTAL 116 Bourbon St., 523-4030; www.krystal.com A menu filled with burgers, fries, chicken bites and chili cheese dogs makes Krystal a haven for finger food fanatics. The Famous Krystal features a grilled thin, all-beef burger, topped with diced tomatoes, mustard and a Dill pickle served on a square bun. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

KYOTO 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644; www.kyotonola.com Kyoto offers an array of Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura and noodle soups. The Sara roll has spicy shrimp and avocado on the inside and chile sauce on top. The ceviche roll combines vegetables and whitefish and is drizzled with lime-cilantro vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BAYOU 208 Bourbon St., 655-1806; www.labayourestaurant.com Seafood stars in dishes like the zydeco salad featuring fried crawfish and shrimp over greens. The crawfish pasta features sauteed crawfish tails coated in cream sauce, all topped with crunchy fried crawfish tails. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOCA 857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com Choose your steak carefully at this Argentine beef shrine, where marbled rib-eyes and bone-in filets are brightened by chimichurri sauces. For the curious, the Gaucho Plate combines chorizo, beef skewers, sweetbreads and empanadas. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-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. The menu also features Italian and Mediterranean paninis and soups like shrimp and corn chowder and gumbo. No reservations. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Checks. $

LA CARRETA 107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.com Big burritos, flautas, chili rellenos and other Mexican dishes are favorites at this cantina chain. The pollo loco is chicken breast with mushrooms, spinach and cheese with vegetables and bean soup. Grilled seafood also is available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CÔTE BRASSERIE 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.com Located in a century-old former warehouse, the restaurant offers a menu of fresh Louisiana seafood and contemporary dishes. Redfish on the half shell is served with tasso and shrimp couscous and butter sauce. The blackened cowboy rib-eye comes with tasso, goat cheese macaroni and brasserie steak sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA CREPE NANOU 1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com Enjoy the seafood dishes at this Montmarte-inspired bistro. Popular items include crepes stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat in Mornay sauce with creamed spinach. Big bowls of steamed mussels are a signature item and there are whole grilled fish dishes. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA 621 S. Peter St., 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., 342-2634; 7712 Maple St., 861-4114; www.ladivinagelateria.com These cafes serve house-made gelati and a limited menu. Panini include a muffalino, featuring all the makings of a muffuletta on pressed ciabatta. The signature Azteca chocolate gelato has an exotic and spicy kick to it. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA FAMIGLIA 541 Oaklawn Drive, Metairie, 833-8877 La Famiglia specializes in 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 served over pasta with tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA FINCA 216 N. Charlton., 512-1993 This Mid-City bar offers burgers, sandwiches, tacos and fajitas. Seafood, chicken and beef soup also are available. Hot dishes include stewed pork, shrimp etouffee, fried fish and New York strip steaks. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA & LATIN CAFE 8120 Hampson St., 862-5252 La Macarena serves El Salvadoran pupusas — stuffed thick cornmeal patties — plus a wide range of Latin American dishes, tapas and some Spanish dishes. Other options include fresh soups, salads, seafood, carne asada, combination platters and vegan options. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Cash and checks. $$

LA MADELEINE 601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com This country French cafe offers a large selection of breakfast options, soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts. The beef crepe Maison combines roast beef, broccoli, onions, rosemary roasted potatoes and mushrooms in creamy cheddar sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT 1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460 Order breakfast any time or choose from a menu of New Orleans classics and burgers at this late-night destination. Eggs Benedict sit on an English muffin with grilled tomatoes, Canadian bacon and homemade hollandaise. The Kathryn burger is a half-pound patty topped with grilled ham, onions and Swiss cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

LA PETITE GROCERY 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegroceery.com If only all grocers presented gourmet food like this upscale eatery. Baked blue crab and Brie with chives is served au gratin and as an appetizer. The grilled beef tenderloin comes with potato gratin, spinach and roasted shallot demi-glace. The Gulf fish court-bouillon is served with a blue crab beignet and popcorn rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA PROVENCE 25020 Hwy. 190 E., Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com Part of John Besh's collection of restaurants, La Provence tantalizes diners with dishes like slow-cooked lamb and rabbit grandmere, which is served with potato gnocchi and spring vegetables. Bouillabaisse features redfish, Gulf shrimp, P&J oysters, mussels, clams, fennel and saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.com La Thai lends an artistic touch to its selection of familiar and updated Asian recipes. Swirls of sriracha give the cilantro- and lime-dressed spicy beef salad its bite. Chilean sea bass is crusted in panko and bathed in coconut green curry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LABELLAS 2118 Jefferson Hwy., Kenner, 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com Stop in at this lunch spot for big sandwiches. The slow-roasted, thinly sliced roast beef po-boy oozes with gravy. LaBella's toasted muffuletta is loaded with Genoa salami, Chisesi ham, provolone and homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LAFITTE'S CAFE 6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 284-7878; www.lafittescafe.com Across from the University of New Orleans, Lakefront pride is on display at this neighborhood eatery adorned with patrons' photographs. The cafe serves sandwiches, wraps, burgers, soups and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com Cajun classics and pub grub accompany an enormous selection of beer at Lager's. Crawfish pie baked in a flaky pastry is served atop a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and covered in crawfish etouffee. Steaks, chicken, sandwiches and other finger foods also are offered. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE LAKEHOUSE 2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; www.lakehousecuisine.com On the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, The Lakehouse serves contemporary Creole cuisine. Blackened shrimp are served on Brie and cheddar cheese grits with Crystal hot sauce butter. Seared sea scallops are served with sweet potato puree, andouille, grilled asparagus and sauce Americaine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com Gourmet coffees and teas, breakfast items, baked goods, soups, salads and sandwiches are featured on this restaurant's menu. Fresh organic lettuce tossed in raspberry vinaigrette with candied walnuts, crumbled bleu cheese, mushrooms and sliced apples comprise the Lakeview Brew Salad. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW DELI 872 Harrison Ave., 304-8501 In addition to the usual po-boy fare like hot roast beef drizzled with gravy, Lakeview Deli offers a hearty barbecued beef po-boy and a crab cake sandwich. The Baltimore features fried oysters, bacon and Swiss cheese. Burgers and daily specials like red beans and rice also are available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeview-harbor.com Lakeview Harbor makes its burgers big and its loaded potatoes even bigger. The House pizza features pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, bell pepper and olives. Daily specials include Tuesday's stuffed bell pepper served with macaroni and cheese and Wednesday's spaghetti and meatballs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S 400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafoodhouse.com Whether in the French Quarter or at the Lakefront, Landry's offers a wide selection of seafood dishes. Baked oysters Steve are prepared with scampi, and blackened redfish is topped with crawfish etouffee. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.com In addition to groceries, Langenstein's offers gourmet 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. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY 5433 Laurel St., 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com Head to Laurel Street for breakfast fare, individual desserts, cookies, quick breads, pies and tarts. Each item on the menu is baked from scratch using only natural ingredients. In addition to baked goods, the patisserie offers ham and cheese croissants, smoked turkey sandwiches and muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LE BON TEMPS ROULE 4801 Magazine St., 897-3448; www.myspace.com/4801magazine Le Bon Temps serves bar bites with a New Orleans kick. Take your pick from burgers, french fries, po-boys or quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LE CITRON BISTRO 1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com Choose a table indoors or on the patio and enjoy a menu of Creole and Italian dishes. Duck gumbo, New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp and an array of seafood and pasta dishes are available. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE FORET 129 Camp St., 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.com This elegant downtown restaurant serves updated New Orleans classics and has a deep repertoire of American and continental dishes. Entrees include caramelized American red snapper with lobster, as well as pan-roasted breast of Peking duck. The latter features warm duck confit and pasta terrine turnip, rutabaga, caramelized apple and Calvados jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LE MERITAGE Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritage.com Light white wines are suggested for the Gulf shrimp and grits, as well as the pan-roasted wild salmon with roasted tomato sauce, golden quinoa, and fennel and cucumber salad. Gulf Coast tuna tartare with avocado, sesame and spicy aioli calls for a fruity red. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LE PARVENU 509 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-0534; www.leparvenu.com Chef/owner Dennis Hutley creates dishes reflecting his take on American Creole cuisine. His oyster doubloons come with wilted fresh spinach, crabmeat and lemon fondue. Sauteed snapper is served with spicy crawfish cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LEBANON'S CAFE 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com A skinless half chicken is marinated in garlic, lemon juice and Mediterranean spices, then grilled. The hummus with lamb features lamb sauteed with onions and tomatoes served on a bed of hummus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEE'S HAMBURGERS Citywide Grilled onions give Lee's burgers 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 served with onion rings or fries. Chicken sandwiches also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LENNY'S SUB SHOP 4038 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-9424; www.lennys.com Lenny's regular 7 1/2-inch sandwiches hold a half-pound of meat and cheese, and the larger size doubles in length and load. Choices include the Philly cheese steak and a chef's salad. A kids' menu is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Owner and chef Mario DiBlasi presents Creole Italian dishes at Cafe DiBlasi. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Owner and chef Mario DiBlasi presents Creole Italian dishes at Cafe DiBlasi.

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

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE 610 Poydras St., 212-5656; 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997 Li'l Dizzy favorites include trout Baquet (named for the owner's family), fried chicken, po-boys and Creole file gumbo with house-made hot sausage. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner daily at CBD location only. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN 422 1/2 S. Broad St., 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen. org Liberty offers baked goods and some breakfast platters in the morning. House-made black bean burgers are topped with cheddar cheese and lime-cilantro mayo. A dollop of guacamole is optional. A Friday special features sauteed shrimp and mushrooms served over stone-ground grits with vegetables or a salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT 321 Magazine St., 581-9680; www.liboriocuban.com Liborio specializes in Cuban dishes from old Havana. The Bistec Cubana is seasoned with garlic, lime and herbs and served with onions, parsley, sweet green plantains, black beans and rice. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LILETTE RESTAURANT 3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com French and Italian culinary influences meld at this intimate bistro. Entrees include garlic-, thyme- and saffron-infused bouillabaisse with lobster, a King crab claw, scallops, shimp, cod, mussels, clams, fennel and a rouille crouton. Sweet and sticky fried beef ribs are served over fresh hearts of palm and cucumber dressed with lime-ginger vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LITTLE TOKYO 310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; 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. $$

LITTLE TOKYO 590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com Sassy sushi items abound at Little Tokyo. Rolls include the Dancing Tuna roll with spicy salmon and crunchy on the inside and sliced tuna and avocado on the outside. The Fat J roll has tempura shrimp and snow crab wrapped in soy paper and tuna, boiled shrimp and crunchy on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK 1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888 Just steps from the Fair Grounds, this neighborhood corner spot features a menu of Creole favorites, like gumbo with thick slices of andouille sausage. Po-boys are loaded with a variety of fillings, 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, a muffuletta on French bread toppped with homemade olive salad. Entrees range from soft-shell crabs to calf liver with onions and brown gravy to the creamy crawfish Telemachus served over vermicelli with coleslaw and garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL 200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.com The bar scene may be the draw at Live Bait, but patrons also come to savor the seafood platters, burgers, barbecue, wraps and po-boys. The Bucktown platter features fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, soft-shell crabs, shoestring fries and Texas toast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOLA 517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.com Cooking in a 1940s train caboose, chef/owners Keith and Nealy Frantz present a creative menu of contemporary dishes. The stuffed flounder is prepared with crabmeat dressing, snap beans and lemon butter. The Depot sandwich is piled with roasted chicken, barbecue sauce, coleslaw, cheese and pickles on pressed focaccia bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOLA'S 3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946 Lola's carves out a small slice of Spain in Bayou St. John. Pisto is a portobello mushroom stuffed with eggplant, peppers, onions, squash, tomatoes and garlic and served with black beans, rice and asparagus. Seafood paella is a garlic and saffron rice dish teeming with shrimp, fish, calamari, scallops, mussels and vegetables. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE 69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.com New York strips come Texas-sized at this chain meat market. The bone-in Outlaw rib-eye bellies up at 18 ounces, but it's modest in size compared to the fire-grilled 22-oz. porterhouse. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY 1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com For breakfast, try the eggs Nouvelle, the restaurant's spin on eggs Benedict with crab cakes, poached eggs and Hollandaise. Lunch specials include all-you-can-eat catfish and shrimp. Eggplant Algiers sandwiches a crab cake between eggplant slices and tops it with boiled shrimp and crabmeat cream sauce. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

LOUISIANA BISTRO 337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net The restaurant prepares a variety of Creole dishes. The drum meuniere is Gulf puppy drum is pan fried and served with bourbon mashed sweet potatoes and Creole meuniere sauce. Chicken Creole features chicken and andouille sausage with Creole-style tomato sauce over rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN 95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com Order gourmet pies like the smoked salmon pizza with capers, caviar, red onions and cream cheese at this French Quarter pizzeria. Other favorites include the barbecue chicken pizza and roasted garlic pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and feta and mozzarella cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN 615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900; www.lpkuptown.com This Riverbend pizzeria offers wood-oven pizzas, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and more. Barbecue chicken pizza is loaded with chicken, corn, scallions and mozzarella cheese. For a taste of everything, order the Kitchen Sink pizza. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LUCKY'S LOUNGE 1625 St. Charles Ave., 523-6538; www.luckysnola.com Order one of Lucky's signature burgers while playing pool and enjoying a drink. The menu of half-pound burgers include garden, barbecue and Cajun versions. Fish and chicken sandwiches cheese fries and chicken nuggets also are offered. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com The Warehouse District surf-shack features casual fare including fish tacos — choose grilled or fried grouper, served with black beans and Mexican rice — and ceviche with black bean salad. Top the Juicy Lucy burger with cheese, sauteed mushroom and onions, avacado, bacon or jalapenos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUKE RESTAURANT 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com Luke combines old world French and German cuisines. Sample one of the restaurant's daily specials or enjoy the moules et frites, featuring Prince Edward Island mussels steamed with garlic and thyme and served with fries. The choucroute garnie combines house-made sauerkraut, bratwurst, slow-cooked pork shin and creamed potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$.

M BISTRO Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com The Ritz-Carlton's M Bistro is named for executive chef Matt Murphy. He incorporates local ingredients in dishes such as Fisherman Joey's Crab Cakes with pickled okra and mushroom in Acadian sauce. Other Bistro delights include Murphy's Creole Tomato Barbecue Burger. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MADDIE'S PLACE 3200 Severn Ave., Suite 108, Metairie, 456-7075; www.maddiesplace.net This European-style coffeehouse has a large selection of salads and sandwiches. Menu options range from chicken salad and cranberry wraps to Greek salad with tomatoes, red onions, kalamata and black olives, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Wed.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP 2368 Magazine St., 522-3107 Start your day with a breakfast po-boy or stop by later for a wide selection of sandwiches. The oyster salad features fried oysters on romaine lettuce with tomotes and remoulade sauce. The fried soft-shell crabs are served in po-boys dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAGNOLIA GRILL 1122 Decatur St., 566-6003 Magnolia Grill is known for spicy bloody Marys and diner food. The Western omelet rounds up ham, bell peppers, onions and American cheese and is served with hashbrowns. Lunch and dinner options include salads, burgers, sandwiches, blackened and fried seafood, po-boys and more. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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 Creole slaw. Other popular po-boys include grilled shrimp and fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce, and the Peacemaker, combining fried oysters, bacon and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 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. $

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT 3800 Canal St., 482-9179; 4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; 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 trout amandine, hefty seafood platters and steaks. Turtle soup and shrimp remoulade are popular appetizers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

MANGO MANGO 201 Bourbon St.; 236 Bourbon St.; 333 Bourbon St.; 400 Bourbon St.; www.mangodaiquiris.com Pizza by the slice keeps the party moving. Hot pretzels are an even easier grab-and-go snack at these French Quarter daiquiri outposts. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MANO'S PO-BOYS 6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922 Mano's produces a handful of breakfast items like the Saints Special, which is two large eggs, cheese and ham, bacon or sausage on a bun or toast. Po-boys feature everything from shrimp and oysters to veal Parmesan, meatballs or country fried steak. There are daily plate lunch specials as well. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE 7623 Maple St., 314-9003 New Orleans, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine fuse at this Uptown restaurant. Fried oysters topped with roasted almonds and white wine lemon butter sauce make up the Oysters Almondine appetizer. Entrees include chicken, duck, veal, pasta and seafood dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. 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. Popular options include caramel peanut butter crisp and cherries jubilee. Other snacks include banana splits, apple pie, floats, shakes and malts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. 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's also a deli that serves sandwiches and po-boys or hot items like lasagna, brisket and baked or fried chicken. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY BRASSERIE 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472; www.marignybrasserie.com The duck and andouille spring rolls are served with peach-chili sauce, wasabi aioli and cucumber salad. The grillades and grits include pork grillades, stone-ground grits, collard greens and onion rings. There also are salads, soups, po-boys and specialty sandwiches. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.com Mark Twain's offers gourmet pies on a regular crust or one made with whole wheat. The Mysterious Stranger features spinach, vegetables, feta cheese and Canadian bacon or hot sausage. There's also the Danno, the restaurant's take on the Hawaiian pie. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ $$

THE MARKET CAFE 1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.com Indoors or out, dine on seafood either fried for po-boys or platters or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee or shrimp Creole. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly steaks on po-boy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARKET WEGO 100 Westbank Expwy., Westwego, 436-9966 Located in the Westwego Shrimp Lot, Market Wego offers everything needed for boiled seafood — from equipment to the seafood itself. The market also sells house-made sausage, boiled seafood, po-boys and deboned chickens stuffed with crawfish, cornbread or jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARTIN WINE CELLAR BISTRO, DELI & CATERING 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.com This fine-food emporium stocks wine, cheese, deli meats and prepared dishes. The Steamboat piles corned beef, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, red onions and Creole mustard on a toasted onion roll. Martin's special salad features bacon, avocado, tomato, boiled egg, radish and blue cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

MARTINIQUE BISTRO 5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.com The saffron gnocchi a la Parisienne is served with goat cheese and sundried tomato brown butter. Seared sea scallops are accompanied by sauteed spinach, goat cheese grits and blood orange and tarragon beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MAT & NADDIE'S 937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.com In the quaint dining room or on the patio overlooking the levee, try mushroom, roasted red pepper and hazelnut-stuffed artichoke with saffron and roasted garlic sauce for a starter. Follow with pistachio-crusted Gulf tuna loin with sauce chasseur. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. 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. $

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. The Metairie location offers a full range of hot breakfast items on Friday and Saturday mornings including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes and grits. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MAYAS RESTAURANT & BAR 2027 Magazine St., 309-3401; www.mojitoland.com Mayas combines Latin and Caribbean influences. The baked Chilean sea bass is topped with avocado, lump crabmeat and sweet and savory soy sauce. Traditional dishes include salmon Moqueca, sauteed and finished in the oven with onions, tomatoes, garlic, coconut milk and lime juice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL 1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com The open kitchen allows guests to watch as cooks prepare dishes like confit duck with house-made pappardelle in mascarpone demi-glace. The osso buco features a braised veal shank finished with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, served with grilled asparagus and roasted red potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MCALISTER'S DELI 4 Canal Street, Harrah's Casino, 598-1930; 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 684-6002; 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A13, Kenner 466-1500; 2701 Airline Hwy., Suite T, Metairie, 830-4030; www.mcalistersdeli.com McAlister's signature sandwiches include the Big Nasty, roast beef served open face on a toasted hoagie with Come Back gravy and cheddar Jack cheese. McAlister's is known for its baked potatoes and also serves salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MEAUXBAR BISTRO 942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com Expect new twists on bistro classics at Meauxbar. Crawfish dumplings are seasoned with ginger, cilantro, sambal olek (spicy chili paste) and served with sesame dipping sauce. Catfish is crusted in cornmeal with remoulade and nappa-celeriac slaw. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR 4700 Hwy. 22, Suite 11, Mandeville, (985) 845-1644; www.megumirestaurant.net Along with new special rolls created every week, Megumi offers Japanese-style grilled items from the yakimono grill, 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.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MELIUS BAR & CAFE 1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446 The namesake french fries are topped with Swiss cheese and brown gravy. In the morning, patrons can order a breakfast sandwich of bacon, cheese and egg on Texas toast. For lunch, try the Lake Avenue grilled chicken sandwich. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., dinner Sat. Credit cards. $

THE MELTING POT 1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.com This might be the one place where it's acceptable to double dip. The Signature Selection features filet mignon, shrimp, teriyaki marinated sirloin, chicken and cedar-plank salmon prepared tableside in one of four fondue options. For dessert, try the white chocolate apple cobbler fondue, which is white chocolate with seasoned apples, streusel topping and spices. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIDDENDORF'S 30160 Hwy. 51, Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.com Though this 75-year-old institution survived hurricane flooding and is now run by chef Horst Pfeifer, but it is still known for fried, thin catfish. Enjoy catfish with homemade coleslaw, hush puppies and french fries. Broiled whole flounder is stuffed with herbs, bread crumbs, celery, green onions and crabmeat. No reservations. Lunch and Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MIKE'S AMERICAN GRILL 4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5566; www.mikesamg.com Steaks and seafood abound at this Metairie restaurant. Paneed pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna is served with parsley, Romano cheese and fettuccini carbonara. Grilled items, like filets, rib-eyes and pork chops, are served with garlic butter, parsley and a choice of crabmeat or crawfish tails. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MIKE'S EAST WEST 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600; www.mikeseastwest.com The menu includes a mix of southwestern and Asian influences. Abita Amber flash-fried oysters are served with casino butter, creme fraiche and Louisiana caviar. For dinner, try Thai chicken and red coconut curry with asparagus, red peppers, mizuna greens and penne pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.com Mikimoto serves sushi and has a pick-up window for speedy to-go meals. For an appetizer, scallops are baked with lemon and garlic and served over enoki mushrooms. The Geaux Saints Maki wraps crawfish, spicy tuna, snow crab and avocado inside rice and soy paper and has salmon, escolar and tobiku on top. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MILA 817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.com Chefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing reinvent Southern and Creole dishes. For an entree, try the sweet-tea brined rotisserie duck with wilted spinach, roasted beets and date jus. The smoked pepper-seared yellowfin tuna includes Japanese eggplant, honshimeji mushrooms and molasses soy. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

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

MILK BAR 1514 Delachaise St., 891-9361 The Milk Bar is located inside Cafe Prytania. Gourmet sandwiches are served on housemade ciabatta loaves. The Cattle Fodder Sandwich is made of cream cheese, roasted red peppers, sauteed mushroom, avocado, tomato, carrots and alfalfa sprouts. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY 2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.com Mimi's Spanish-influenced tapas take bar food to new heights. Where else are goat cheese croquettas and salmon canapes available at 2 a.m.? Mushroom caps come floating in a garlicky white wine broth or atop grilled bread with Manchego and sherry cream. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464; www.mimisriverridgecom Mimi's gives a creative flourish to Italian and Creole standards. Drum fish is seared on a cast iron grill and served with sweet corn and tomato sauce. For an appetizer, try grilled jumbo Gulf shrimp served atop paneed eggplant with herb aioli. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. B'S BISTRO 201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com Mr. B's is a modern Creole favorite in the French Quarter. Barbecued shrimp are Gulf shrimp served in New Orleans-style peppery, butter sauce, served with French bread for dipping. The gumbo Ya Ya is a country style gumbo made with chicken and andouille sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. ED'S CREOLE GRILLE 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992; www.austinsno.com Mr. Ed's combines Creole and Americana cuisine. Appetizers include Louisiana blue crab dip and hot tamale chili nachos. Char-broiled 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 910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022; www.austinsno.com Mr. Ed's 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; www.mrgyrosnola.com The signature Greek sandwich at Mr. Gyros features slow-roasted rotisserie lamb and beef in pita bread, served with a side of french fries. 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. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com Mr. John's Montague broiler ensures every aged Prime steak gets an 1,800-degree crust. The Italian half of the menu entices diners with an herb-marinated Tuscan veal chop and crabmeat ravioli in Asiago cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. POOR BOY RESTAURANT 10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170 Mr. Poor Boy offers sandwiches filled with shrimp, catfish or slow-cooked roast beef dripping with gravy. Grilled catfish is served with Creole eggplant sauce, creamed spinach and choice of side dish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 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. Muffulettas are a new addition to the menu. Ahi tuna is grilled to order and served over pasta in garlic-butter sauce with salad, vegetables and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

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

MO'S PIZZA 1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.net Mo's is known for its extra-large pizzas served whole or by the slice. Barbecue beef po-boys and chicken Parmesan are daily specials, and there are standbys like Mo's signature homemade lasagna and muffulettas piled high and served warm. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE 1500 Magazine St., 525-2244; www.myspace.com/mojocoffee Mojo serves coffee and tea drinks as well as 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 LISA RESTAURANT 1212 Royal St., 522-6746 Specialty pizzas or pasta dishes are featured on the menu at this Bohemian French Quarter hideaway. Mardi Gras linguine features andouille and shrimp in tomato cream sauce. A combination pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, black olives, onions, mushrooms and green peppers. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE 504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175; 3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., 894-9800 One of the city's oldest Middle Eastern restaurants, Mona's features an array of traditional dishes including chicken, lamb and beef kebabs, lentil soup, falafel and gyro sandwiches. There is baklava for dessert. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

MONSTER PO-BOYS 1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183 Po-boy options include shrimp, oyster, roast beef, ham and cheese. 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. $

MONTREL'S BISTRO 1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747 This casual restaurant serves Creole favorites. The menu includes crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for dessert. Outdoor seating is adjacent to Dutch Alley and the French Market. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 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 solely served coffee and beignets for years, but it now offers a menu of red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish etouffee and corn and shrimp bisque. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.com Morton's features an ever-changing menu of seafood entrees. The seafood fettuccine comes with any combination of shrimp, crawfish or mushrooms. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S STEAKHOUSE Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com Filet mignon, porterhouse, New York strip and rib-eye steaks are the mainstays at this Chicago-based chain. Domestic double-rib lamb chops, Alaskan king crab legs and two lobsters, Western Australian tail and whole baked Maine, are equally deserving of attention. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge A family shares dishes from China Rose's special menu of authentic Chinese dishes. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • A family shares dishes from China Rose's special menu of authentic Chinese dishes.

MOSCA'S 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale, 436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.com Mosca's hearty Italian cooking is perfect for family-style dining. Oysters Mosca are fresh, local oysters cooked with breadcrumbs and Italian seasonings. Chicken a la Grande features chicken sauteed with rosemary, special seasonings, whole garlic cloves and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT 401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net The line for counter service often stretches out the door at this Downtown eatery. Creole soul-food specials include Mae's file gumbo and Jerry's jambalaya. Po-boys are dressed with shredded cabbage and Creole mustard. The Famous Ferdi Special is a po-boy filled with baked ham, roast beef debris and gravy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT 201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.com Live Cajun music and traditional Cajun cuisine go hand-in-hand at this restaurant. A popular special is the crabmeat au gratin, jumbo lump crabmeat in a spicy blend of cheese and cream and topped with more melted cheese. Gumbo, pasta, burgers, chicken and salads round out the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE 801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com This French Quarter restaurant boasts a menu of contemporary Creole cooking. Pecan-crusted puppy drum is served with oven-roasted pecans, Louisiana crawfish relish and lemon butter. The crawfish and goat cheese crepes are topped with Louisiana crawfish in a buttery sauce of Chardonnay, onions, tomato and bell pepper. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

N'TINI'S 2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.com N'Tini's is a steakhouse with local seafood options and a martini bar. Try bacon-wrapped pork fillets or shrimp or oysters tossed in sweet and spicy Fleur de Lis sauce. Signature sides include mashed sweet potatoes and risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188; 3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; 6325 Elysian Fields Ave.; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.com Nacho Mama's serves Tex-Mex favorites and specialty margaritas. The shrimpalada burrito is a large tortilla stuffed with sauteed shrimp, poblano peppers, red onions, corn, spinach and cheese and smothered with enchilada sauce. Popular dishes include mahi mahi tacos with mango salsa. Lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

NAKED PIZZA 6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; www.nakedpizza.biz Probiotic-and-prebiotic-rich, multi-grain crusts make Naked Pizza a healthy option for pies, but that doesn't mean the Uptown joint excludes meat. The omnivore features pepperoni, hamburger and ham. The Superbiotic is topped with artichokes, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic, onion and cilantro. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE 500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com A charming and historic drinking and dining spot, Napoleon House offers a slate of casual New Orleans favorites including po-boys, gumbo, red beans and rice and jambalaya. The specialty is the muffuletta, heated through, softening the cheese and blending flavors. Cool off with a signature Pimm's Cup. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NATHAN"S RESTAURANT 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-6668 Nathan's serves a mix of seafood, Creole and Italian dishes. For an appetizer, oysters are fried in a smoked batter and served with honey butter and crumbled blue cheese. Gulf fish amandine features changing daily fish and is served with a vegetable. The lunch menu includes burgers and wraps. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY 2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com Fresh cakes, breads, bagels and biscuits are this cozy Marigny cafe's specialty. Try French toast made with fresh challah served with homemade orange-pecan syrup for breakfast. Choose from a variety of lunch specials, including roasted vegetable and grilled tuna sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND SPIRITS 208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432 From the shrimp and grits to the grilled stuffed catfish, the restaurant offers a range of classic Louisiana dishes. The Taste of N'awlins features jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

NEW ORLEANS WING COMPANY 1377 Annunciation St., 558-3995 There's an array of 20 sauces to accompany wings at this restaurant. In addition to hot sauces, choose from honey and roasted garlic, sweet heat barbecue and Asian roasted sesame flavors. Other menu items include crab cakes, char-broiled oysters, burgers, pizzas, chicken wraps and quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NEW YORK PIZZA 4416 Magazine St., 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.com New York Pizza specializes in thin-crust pies served whole or by the slice. Other options include meatballs, soups, pasta and muffulettas. Meat lovers will stick with the Bronx, but the Big Apple pie is topped with everything but the kitchen sink. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEYOW'S CREOLE CAFE 3340 Bienville St., 827-5474 Neyows serves Creole comfort food including dishes such as gumbo, fried pork chops, fried chicken and smothered okra. Shrimp are tossed with penne pasta in garlicky cream sauce. Po-boys also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

NINJA SUSHI 8433 Oak St., 866-1119; www.ninjasushineworleans.com This Japanese restaurant features an extensive list of sushi, sashimi, rolls, soba and udon noodles, soups, salads and other dishes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free items. The Smokey Bear roll bundles baked smoked salmon, green onions, cucumber, smelt roe and egg sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE 4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com Nirvana offers traditional Indian curries and tandoori as well seafood, vegetarian and rice dishes. The lamb achari is lamb in tart, spicy curry. Specialty dishes include the Flag of India — butter chicken, malai kebab and saag paneer, a creamy spinach and mustard leaf curry with cheese. Lunch is served buffet style. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NOLA BEANS 726 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com Warm up with a cup of joe and a breakfast sandwich. For lunch, try the Spanish Fort Salad, a bed of romaine lettuce topped with avocado, grilled chicken, pico de gallo, corn and black beans and served with avocado ranch dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOLA RESTAURANT 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.com Chef Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter restaurant serves a menu of modern Louisiana dishes and regional fare. The grilled pork chop is accompanied by brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes, toasted pecans and caramelized onion reduction sauce. The hickory-roasted duck is served with whiskey-caramel glaze, buttermilk cornbread pudding, haricot verts and fire-roasted corn salad, natural jus and candied pecans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NONNA MIA 3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; www.nonnamia.net This Mid-City cafe looks to Italy for inspiration. The Roma pizza is topped with prosciutto, tomatoes and fresh arugula. For pasta, try the off-menu special lobster fettucini. All bread and crusts are baked in house. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$

NONNA RANDAZZO'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFFE 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Ste. 5, Covington, (985) 893-1488; www.nonnarandazzo.com Savor confections such as petits fours, turtles, brownies, eclairs and cream puffs. Order birthday cakes or king cakes any time of year. Sandwich options include the Caprese panini with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and a dash of garlic-infused olive oil. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOR-JOE IMPORT COMPANY 505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 833-9240; www.norjoe.com Nor-Joe is primarily an import company stocking items like cheeses, cured meats and olive oil, but those are just the right ingredients for muffulettas, which are available for lunch. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE NUTRITION COMPANY 4350 Highway 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. A free-range turkey burger can be topped with barbecue sauce. The Wild Ponchatoula salad combines Cajun-spiced chicken, candied pecans and strawberries over mixed greens with poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

NUVOLARI'S 246 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com The restaurant creates Creole-Italian dishes. The seafood risotto features bay scallops, Gulf shrimp, asparagus, baby spinach, Parmesan, black truffle shavings and white truffle oil. The char-grilled redfish is served with wild rice, haricots verts and pecan, crabmeat and Louisiana Satsuma meuniere. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE 2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.com O'Brien's is a steakhouse offering hearty portions and big flavors. Try the oyster and artichoke cheesecake, a savory slice topped with oysters sauteed in butter, garlic and white wine. The mahi mahi fillet is wrapped in potato strips, fried and topped with Creole beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT 131 S.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-4077; www.odonnells-restaurant.com The restaurant features contemporary Louisiana dishes for casual diners. Eggplant medallions are fried, topped with tasso, sweet pepper and shrimp sauteed in garlic Parmesan cream and served with angel hair pasta and vegetables. Roasted duck breast comes with baby sweet potatoes, braised collard greens and blackberry cassis reduction sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; www.ohenrys.com With peanut shells littering the floor, O'Henry's is the most casual of restaurants. The menu is chock full of gourmet burgers, seafood platters, steaks and features healthier options such as garden salads and deli sandwiches. Lunchtime specials include crawfish pasta and chicken Florentine. 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 New Orleans diner fare. The Florentine scramble mixes three eggs, spinach, basil, tomato, sun-dried tomato, mushrooms, mozzarella and feta cheeses and is served with grits or potatoes and a biscuit or toast. Crawfish tails are sauteed with garlic, peppers and onion and served over a biscuit topped with hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

OCEANA GRILL 739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.com This restaurant puts a twist on seafood favorites. Crab cakes are topped with crawfish and mushroom sauce. Char-grilled oysters are cooked with garlic cream sauce and finished with Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

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 pieces. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLD COFFEE POT RESTAURANT 714 St. Peter St., 524-3500 The Old Coffee Pot is known for calas — a Creole dish of fried rice cakes sprinkled with sugar. Lunch and dinner menus offer classics like gumbo, crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE 3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; 5163 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com The cafe offers gourmet pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and Creole-inspired pastas. Pasta jambalaya features smoked sausage, chicken, onions and green peppers sauteed and tossed with penne pasta in cream sauce. The muffuletta pizza comes with ham, salami, cheese and olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT 204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.com Olivier's menu gives props to the home kitchens of the relatives behind each dish. These range from Creole rabbit with oyster dressing from Mama Jeanne's kitchen to the pork medallions with pineapple-plum mint sauce from Armand Olivier's repertoire. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ON THE BAYOU RESTAURANT 3443 Esplanade Ave., 298-1755 This cozy cafe is tucked inside The Esplanade at City Park. The peppercorn steak po-boy uses thinly sliced steak sauteed in brown gravy with mushrooms and red onion, all topped with creamy garlic-mashed potato spread and served on Italian bread. The spinach and artichoke-stuffed chicken breast is topped with mozzarella and served with pasta bordelaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com This bustling Riverbend restaurant presents creative dishes such as grilled Louisiana redfish served with herbed risotto and shiitake mushroom sherry beurre blanc. Mussels are served with garlic and white wine sauce and mustard greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ORANGE COUCH 2339 Royal St., 267-7327; www.theorangecouchcoffee.com Enjoy coffee and baked goods such as fresh carrot cake. The cafe serves light Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls and bun for Friday lunches. For an additional sweet treat, try one of the exotic ice cream flavors like guava or red bean. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S 440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com Maspero's updates local classics. The "hot and blue" oyster po-boy is dressed with Tabasco mayonnaise and blue cheese crumbles. Cochon de lait is stuffed with garlic and jalapenos. 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 Just off Bourbon Street, this bistro offers an extensive selection of wines by the glass and a menu of French-inspired dishes. Chipotle crab cakes are served with caramelized oranges. Crispy lobster and Boursin ravioli are topped with wild mushroom and sweet vermouth reduction. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS SEAFOOD 3301 S. Claiborne Ave., 821-5007 Creole or Chinese? At Orleans Seafood, Asian favorites like cashew chicken and beef with broccoli are served beside steaming plates of red beans and rice with pork chops or smoked sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR 2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540 Oscar's half-pound hamburger is accompanied by an overstuffed baked potato. 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. Dinner daily, lunch and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE Citywide; www.outback.com This Aussie-accented chain offers a Down Under approach to steaks and other dishes, but the Bloomin' Onion and spicy Kookaburra chicken wings should seem familiar. Entrees include T-bones and rib-eye steaks, rack of New Zealand lamb and roast pork. No reservations. Dinner daily, lunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

P & G RESTAURANT 345 Baronne St., 525-9678 This CBD lunch spot boasts a large menu of po-boys stuffed with fried seafood and lunch plates of fried shrimp or catfish. The seafood platter comes with shrimp, oysters, catfish, crab cakes and a choice of potato salad, french fries or baked macaroni. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com This local coffeeshop chain offers a full range of coffee drinks, iced concoctions, bagels and a variety of baked goods. Some locations offer sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PALACE CAFE 605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com A fried oyster po-boy is royally dressed at this hub of contemporary Creole cooking — corn-fried oysters, St. Andre cheese and sherry-tasso cream fill grilled ciabatta. The andouille-crusted fish is served with Crystal beurre blanc, chive aioli, rissole potatoes and vegetable du jour. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE 1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com Traditional New Orleans jazz holds court at the jazz club and Creole cafe. Shrimp Ambrosia is sauteed in light fennel and Pernod cream sauce. There also is pasta, jambalaya and red beans and rice served with garlic chicken. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU 1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosonthebayou.net Palmettos offers a menu using fresh Louisiana seafood. Eggplant Palmettos features fried eggplant medallions and shrimp and crab seafood sauce. The seared duck breast is served with wild rice and a blackberry reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA Citywide; www.papajohns.com Papa John's delivers classic and specialty pies as well as wings, breadsticks and other items to complete a meal deal. Specialty pizzas include barbecue chicken and bacon, Hawaiian barbecue and spinach Alfredo. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PARADISE CAFE 3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141 This lunchtime hotspot serves soups, sandwiches and salads. Reubens, grilled shrimp wraps and chicken and tuna salad are popular items. For a heartier meal, try the barbecue brisket on a bun with a side of cole slaw. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR 2533 Constance St., 899-2054; www.parasols.com Gravy drips from the roast beef po-boy at this corner pub. A full menu of hearty sandwiches, including shrimp and oyster po-boys, is complemented by bar snacks like cheese fries and boudin balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. 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 sandwiches and salads. Blue Bell ice cream is available 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 an array of popular po-boys, including a thick roast beef version. Weekly specials like the Cubano, a Cuban-style roast pork, ham and Swiss sandwich, offset a menu of classics. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

PARROT PETE'S 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780: www.parrotpetes.com The cafe specializes in fresh-baked pastries and cakes. Choose from beignets, waffle cones, Triple Berry Cake, Chocolate Doberge Cake, brownies and croissants. Parrot Pete's breakfast options include a menu of omelets, pancakes, grits and biscuits. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877 Manale's is home to New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp in 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. $$$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT 624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.com Grab a hurricane and then head to the Courtyard Restaurant for sandwiches and innovative Creole dishes. The focaccia bread muffuletta is served warm. Cancun shrimp are coconut-covered fried Gulf shrimp served with pina colada fruit salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PATOIS 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; www.patoisnola.com This corner cafe serves French cuisine with New Orleans flavors. Sauteed Sweetbreads are served with beluga lentils, wilted spinach and country ham reduction. Roasted pheasant breast and confit leg is served with sunchoke puree, cippolini onions, roasted baby carrots and spiced foie gras emulsion. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ 

PAUL'S CAFE 100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-9581; www.paulscafe.net Paul's serves up home-style plates and hearty lunch specials. For breakfast, there are biscuits and gravy, omelets and shrimp and grits. Lunch specials include red beans and rice with sausage, over-stuffed shrimp po-boys and other hearty entrees. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PELICAN CLUB 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504; www.pelicanclub.com Chef/owner Richard Hughes offers a menu of contemporary Louisiana dishes. The seafood martini includes Maine lobster, Gulf shrimp, jumbo lump crab meat and Yukon Gold potato salad. Paneed Gulf fish is topped with jumbo lump crab meat with Creole meuniere sauce, jalapeno hollandaise, baby vegetables and roasted new potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PEPPERONI'S CAFE 8123 Hampson St., 865-0336 Pepperoni's offers specialty pizzas like the Masterpiece, with a whopping 12 toppings (including 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. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PERE ANTOINE 741 Royal St., 581-4478; www.pereantoine.com The New Orleans sampler includes stuffed mushrooms, fromage Creole and eggplant medallions with Creole sauce. St. Nona's catch of the day is served on eggplant medallions with crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PHIL'S GRILL 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.phils-grill.com There are more than 1 million possible combinations of burgers at Phil's, as customers choose from a seemingly endless selection of cheese, sauces and other toppings. The Uptowner is a turkey burger with honey mustard, spinach, shredded cabbage, avocado and havarti cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT 1308 Manhattan Blvd., 302-2094 Pho Hoa serves its staple beef broth with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Bun, or vermicelli noodle bowls, include lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, bean sprouts and crispy egg rolls and can be topped with char-grilled beef, pork or shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID 3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188 Pho Orchid makes staple items like pho soup and banh mi sandwiches. More rare Vietnamese options include nuong vi presentations of beef and squid served with fresh romaine leaves, carrots and cilantro. Thin-shelled crepes with various fillings are a house specialty. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY 113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846 House-made herbal mayonnaise moistens banh mi sandwiches at Pho Tau Bay. Beef for eponymous pho is available fully cooked or ruby-rare. Choose from more than 20 pho varieties and dozens of rice and noodle dishes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950 Phoenecia prepares an array of Middle Eastern dishes including beef or chicken shawarma, beef kebabs, kibbeh and grape leaves. Gyro is a mixture of lamb and beef ground together and served on a sandwich or platter. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PICCADILLY Citywide; www.piccadilly.com Piccadilly's buffet is stocked with everything from roast beef and pork to Southern-style fried chicken and 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. $

PIER 4 Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 364-8816; www.boomtownneworleans.com Steak and seafood dishes are good bets at Pier 4. The seafood platter includes speckled trout, a jumbo lump crab cake, Gulf shrimp, oysters, a shoft-shell crab and spicy onion rings. For surf and turf options, try the filet mignon topped with crabmeat or the grilled rib-eye served with barbecue shrimp. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PITA PIT 5800 Magazine St., 899-4141; www.pitapitnola.com This pita parlor offers a wide array of meats, cheese, sauces and condiments. The Uptown club combines turkey, bacon, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, green peppers, melted Swiss cheese and honey mustard. The gyro is topped with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce and vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA FLORENCE 4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.net Pizza Florence offers gourmet creations such as garlic shrimp or spinach and artichoke pizzas. The shrimp salad is tossed with romaine lettuce and mixed vegetables and is served with hot breadsticks. The turkey ranch pita roll gets extra flavor from bacon bits and is served with salad, pasta salad or potato chips. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PIZZA HUT Citywide; www.pizzahut.com Pizza Hut offers pies for cheese lovers, meat lovers and veggie lovers and a Supreme with a bit of everything. Other options include the calzone-like P'zone. Some locations serve pasta dishes and chicken wings. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON 1248 N. 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 Board pizza rounds up fresh garlic, imported capacolla, spinach, fresh mushrooms, onions and feta cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PIZZA MILANO 5226 Elysian Fields Ave., 250-9290 The Milano supreme is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onion, olives and tomato. Pizza Milano also serves calzones, pasta dishes, salads, lavash wraps and sandwiches. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

POMPEII PIZZERIA 1068 Magazine St., 708-4213; www.pompeiipizzeria.com Pompeii offers a range of specialty pizzas, sandwiches, chicken wings and salads. The barbecue bacon cheeseburger is topped with ground beef, applewood-smoked bacon, onions and smoky barbecue sauce. The Beau-rantula is a Philly cheese steak loaded with vegetables and ranch dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 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, green onion and lemon cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

POPEYES Citywide; www.popeyes.com Popeyes' is synonymous with spicy fried chicken. Whole pieces, nuggets and tenders are 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. $

PORT OF CALL 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.com Massive burgers and baked potatoes are the calling cards of Port of Call. All the restaurant's half pound burgers are ground fresh daily and are served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickle and onion on the side. Salads and steak also are served. No reservations. 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. Fried green tomatoes are topped with spicy remoulade sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge At Iris Restaurant, chef Ian Schnoebelen serves seared duck breast over Brussels sprouts. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • At Iris Restaurant, chef Ian Schnoebelen serves seared duck breast over Brussels sprouts.

PUCCINO'S Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Ave., Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.com Breakfast options include sausage and pepper frittatas and Puccino's buttermilk waffle sandwich, which features two scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, ham or bacon pressed on the grill and served with fresh fruit. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PYRAMIDS CAFE 3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602 Just a block from Tulane University, Pyramids is a casual spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. There are shish kebabs and gyro plates with tahini. Chicken lula features chicken marinated with herbs and spices. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT 613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456 Quarter View serves everything from stuffed trout to lobster. The fried seafood platter is a big catch of shrimp, oysters and soft-shell crab, and Tuesday features an all-you-can-eat boiled crab special. Crabmeat au gratin is a popular appetizer. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

QUIZNOS Citywide; www.quiznos.com Signature Quiznos subs include the chicken carbonara with bacon, mozzarella and mushrooms and the Baja with bacon, cheddar and chipotle mayo. There are many classic toasted subs as well as flatbread sandwiches, soups and salad bowls. Or choose from Cobb or chicken Caesar salads. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

R & O'S PIZZA PLACE 216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248 Beyond R & O's famous meatball pizza the restaurant offers an impressive seafood menu featuring seasonal boiled shellfish. The seafood platter is a pile of oysters, shrimp, fish and soft-shell crab. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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

RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS Citywide; www.raisingcanes.com Raising Cane's keeps it simple with a menu of chicken fingers in different meal deal arrangements. Try them in a three-piece combo or 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. $

RAJUN CAJUN CAFE 5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 883-5513; www.rajuncajuncafe.com Choose from a variety of seafood dishes, muffulettas and po-boys. The Crabby Ashley features fried soft-shell crab on a bed of pasta, topped with creamy crawfish sauce with corn and French bread. Breaded pork chops with macaroni and cheese are a Wednesday special. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S 519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.com Order fish grilled, char-broiled, blackened or fried at this seafood hub. The crawfish special teams crispy tails with creamy etouffee. Beef, chicken and pasta dishes will appease the landlubbers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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 fried oysters Rockefeller features spinach custard and bacon breadcrumbs. The Painted Hills hanger steak is served with pommes frites, cucumber salad and Korean-style barbecue sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RAMBLA 217 Camp St., 587-7720; www.ihhotel.com Rambla offers continental French small plates and Spanish tapas. Hand-chopped steak tartare is served with capers and Dijon mustard, and pulled brisket and braised greens fill the flaky empanadas. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RANI CAFE 2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; www.caferanimagazine.com Popular items at this Garden District Cafe include pesto-crusted chicken on toasted ciabatta with pesto yogurt, marinara, Parmesan, lettuce and tomato. The restaurant also offers several vegetarian and "Rani Watcher" options, such as the veggie mushroom burger and the grilled portobello sandwich. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RED EYE GRILL 852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.net This bar and grill is billed as "the last place you wanna be." Choose from a selection of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Order a sandwich with grilled tuna steak, chicken breast, smoked sausage and catfish, among others. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Fri. 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, jumbo lump 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, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE RED MAPLE RESTAURANT 1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com Surf and turf have settled their differences at the Red Maple for 47 years. Filets, rib-eyes and New York strips are better when served with spicy bronzed shrimp. A crispy mirliton shell is filled with Gulf shrimp, jumbo lump crab, andouille and fried oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

RED PALACE RESTAURANT 1025 West Bank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071 An extensive menu includes lo mein dishes, curries, pot stickers and more. For an entree, try the Red Palace steak with onions and mushrooms. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT 8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933; www.redstarchineserestaurant.com Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine stand out at Red Star. Popular items include Peking duck, kung pao chicken 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. $

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH 8124 Hampson St., 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.com Enjoy a quick cup of coffee at this casual cafe or a dish from the innovative breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Try Southwestern breakfast options like huevos rancheros and migas or brioche French toast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Thu., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA Citywide; www.reginellis.com Besides gourmet pies, Reginelli's also offers soups, salads, sandwiches and calzones. The hand-tossed pizzas include the Mediterranean and the Smokin' Chicken. Baked pasta dishes include pesto tortellini. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RENDEZ VOUS CAFE 3001 Gen. de Gaulle Drive, 367-6013; www.myrendezvouscafe.com Rendez Vous' extensive menu offers everything from chicken quesadillas and popcorn shrimp to traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Tabbouleh is a salad made of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and green onion with lemon juice and olive oil dressing. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, open 24 hours Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RENDON INN BAR & GRILL 4501 Eve St., 826-5605 Snack on appetizers such as chicken tenders, hot wings or onion rings. Daily specials include pork chops, beef stew, lasagna and baked macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT AUGUST 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.rest-august.com Chef John Besh creates a contemporary menu with Louisiana ingredients. The heirloom beet salad is prepared with greens tossed with house-cured bacon, crab ravigote and sugarcane vinaigrette. The sugar and spice duckling is served with stone-ground grits, roasted duck foie gras and candied quince. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT CYPRESS 4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885; www.restaurantcypress.com The restaurant offers a menu of contemporary Creole cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The duck entree combines a pan-seared breast, duck leg confit and andouille and cornbread dressing with huckleberry glaze. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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 and offers a view of the bayou. Soft-shell crab Foster is a fried crab topped with artichoke, mushrooms, green onion and white wine sauce and is served with potatoes and vegetables. Angel hair pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

RIB ROOM 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046; www.ribroomneworleans.com Prime rib and the French-style rotisserie are at the heart of the Rib Room. Prime rib is roasted for three hours and served au jus with horseradish sour cream and a baked potato. Jumbo lump crabmeat is pan sauteed and served with remoulade on a micro herb salad with pickled onions. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE 7801 Panola St., 314-1810 Neighbors and students fill this sunny Uptown cafe which offers everything from spaghetti and meatballs to specials like garlic shrimp and oyster penne pasta, Angel hair Angelique and paneed white veal served with Fettuccini Alfredo. At lunch, choose from soups, salads, sandwiches and grilled seafood. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT 3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266; www.riccobonnos.com Breakfast is king at this Metairie eatery. Eggs Benedict is served with brabant potatoes and your choice of salad or soup. Veal Josephine is pan-sauteed baby white veal topped with lump crabmeat, shrimp and bearnaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RICK'S CATFISH CABIN 78461 Hwy. 437, Covington, (985) 893-7274 Rick's fries a lot of catfish, of course, but the Covington restaurant is just as happy to broil it or grill it. Keep the fillets company with oysters, stuffed shrimp and crispy sides like hush puppies or french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

RIOMAR 800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.com This Warehouse District seafood specialist combines dishes from Spain and Latin America. Start with one of five ceviches and move on to the cod, which is offered in a Spanish-style fritter or filleted, cured in salt and served with raisins, almonds and sweet and sour tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE CARMELO 1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-624-4844; www.ristorantecarmelo.com After many years in the French Quarter, Carmelo's moved to Mandeville in 2009. As always, tender veal piccata is a specialty of the house. The menu includes dishes like truffle pizza with spinach and ricotta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE DA PIERO 401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net Ristorante da Piero combines original dishes with those of the Romaga region of northern Italy. Gnocchi is served with a Bolognese sauce made with veal, pork and pancetta. Molasses-crusted duck is served with onion marmalade and duck confit and chevre ravioli. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO 501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.com Fine Italian fare shines at this romantic cafe. House-made tagliatelle, Gulf shrimp, tomato confit and braised radicchio grace an appetizer. For an entree, try pan-roasted Gulf fish with sauteed local cabbage and little neck clams served with herb salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008 Filippo uses Louisiana seafood in many Creole-Italian preparations. Oysters al Oreganate are baked with breadcrumbs, herbs and Romano cheese. For an appetizer, 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. $$

RIVERBEND BISTRO 8001-B W. St. Bernard Hwy., Arabi, 277-6996 A post-Katrina 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 and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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 alligator sausage, catfish fingers, sweet taters and meat pies. "The Usual Suspects" deli-style sandwich combines corned beef, pastrami and roast beef with cheese on toasted rye. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROBERT FRESH MARKET 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-3428; 5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005; 8115 S. Claiborne Ave, 488-0536; www.robertfreshmarket.com Robert can help you make groceries or get a meal to go. Rotisserie chickens, an extensive salad bar, sushi bar, sandwiches and deli items are among the regular prepared food options. The fried fish dinner includes two side items and rolls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROCK 'N' BOWL 3016 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.rockandbowl.com Late-night noshes at this bowling and music institution include simple but hearty fare like burgers and cheese fries. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com Dine on sushi and Japanese dishes in a hip setting. The red dragon roll is filled with spicy tuna and crunchy tempura flakes and topped with more tuna, spicy mayo, green onions and smelt roe. The pan-fried noodle dish yaki soba is offered with a choice of vegetables, seafood or chicken. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. 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 dripping roast beef sandwiches are good bets anytime. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA 3222 Magazine St., 891-5152 A spin on a local favorite, the muffuletta pizza is topped with olive salad, peppers, salami and provolone cheese. The barbecue pulled-pork pizza also features maple-glazed bacon and caramelized onions with barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., 561-9800; 3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 872-0957; 3960 Florida St., Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-4892; 5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypoly.com Roly Poly boasts myriad wraps and daily soup specials. Fillings include chicken, smoked turkey or pork, tuna salad, hummus and more. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

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

ROMAN PIZZA 7329 Cohn St., 866-1166; www.eatromanpizza.com This Uptown pizzeria caters to late-night pizza and Italian cravings. Go with the 14-inch spinach pizza, a garlic-butter-brushed pie with mozzarella, feta, spinach and veggies. Sandwiches include the Roman special, a toasted sub stuffed with pepperoni, salami, ham and mozzarella. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROOSEVELT HOTEL 123 Baronne St., 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com Brunch is the only meal served at the Blue Room, but what a meal it is. Along with live jazz, it features everything from crabmeat omelets and banana nut waffles to roasted chicken and pork loin. Order traditional bread pudding for dessert. Reservations accepted. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIA 339 Chartres St., 587-0990; 514 S. Rampart St., 528-2556; 3741 Jefferson Hwy., 833-7054; www.rotolos.com The unconventional Pesto Marguerite pie includes pesto, shrimp and fresh tomatoes. Non-pizza offerings include four-cheese ravioli and boneless Buffalo wings. Reservations accepted for large parties. CBD: lunch and dinner Sun.-Fri. French Quarter: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROUSES Citywide; www.rouses.com Rouses stores have a hot line for baked items, rotisserie chicken, fried chicken or fish and daily specials such as red beans and rice. There also are po-boys, muffulettas and sandwiches as well as a sushi, soup and salad bars. The coffee bar serves smoothies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROUX BISTRO 500 Canal St., 595-5506; www.sheratonneworleans.com The bistro presents New Orleans and American dishes. The menu includes a redfish po-boy, club sandwiches, muffulettas, salads and meatloaf. The fresh fish catch of the day can be grilled or blackened. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL BLEND 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; 621 Royal St., 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.com In addition to the cafe's large selection of coffees and teas, Royal Blend offers pastries, scones, salads and sandwiches. The stuffed tomato salad consists of a vine-ripened tomato and a bed of baby greens topped with chicken or tuna salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL HOUSE OYSTER BAR 441 Royal St., 528-2601; www.royalhouserestaurant.com From briny raw oysters to spicy boiled crawfish, Royal House is equipped to satisfy many seafood cravings. Maine lobsters come in half-pound increments, from one to two-and-a-half pounds. The oyster trio serves up baked bivalves Rockefeller (spinach and bacon), Royale (assorted seafood) and pepperino (chipotle and Parmesan). Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL PALM 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 644-4100; www.royalpalmrestaurant.com The spring menu features appetizers like calamari Italiano, which is fried calamari and zucchini sprinkled with fresh-grated Parmesan and served with marinara dipping sauce. Royal One is a bone-in 22-oz. certified Angus beef rib-eye served with roasted garlic, red-skinned mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE 139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; www.therubyslippercafe.net This Mid-City neighborhood joint dishes up a variety of breakfast and lunch plates. Bananas Foster pain perdu comes with applewood-smoked bacon and is topped with bananas Foster topping. Barbecue shrimp and grits are Gulf shrimp with Abita Amber and rosemary reduction with stone-ground grits. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Fri., lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE 1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343; 3121 Magazine St., 899-0242 The Rue serves a range of hot and cold coffee drinks, teas and baked goods like fresh cupcakes, croissants, muffins and biscotti. Sandwiches include the Politician, which is full of bologna, and the Sicilian, layered with ham, salami, prosciutto, provolone cheese and olive salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL 8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9999; www.russellsmarinagrill.com Breakfast is served all day at Russell's, which dishes up fluffy omelets and Eggs Pontchartrain, featuring fried green tomatoes, bacon, two poached eggs hollandaise and potatoes. Try the crawfish balls for a seafood dish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 228 Poydras St., Harrah's Hotel, 587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.com Sizzling butter announces the arrival of steaks at Ruth's Chris. Choose from Prime cuts including filets, rib-eyes and New York strips. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp are a seafood option. Reservations recommended. Metairie: lunch Fri., dinner daily. Warehouse District: lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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, crawfish pasta and po-boys. The white chocolate bread pudding is a popular dessert. No reservations. Delivery available. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com With more than 100 varieties from around the globe, this emporium is an homage to fromage. Sandwiches (smoky blue with roast beef, Beecher's cheddar and turkey) and salads (manchego and arugula with almonds and pears, Parmesan with Fra' Mani salami and mixed greens) showcase the deli's offerings. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE 535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553; www.stjohnscoffeehouse.com Cappuccino, macchiato, chocolate au lait, iced mocha and fruit tea smoothies are just a few of the specialty drinks at St. John's. Pastries are offered for breakfast, and the lunch menu includes a variety of sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

SAKE CAFE 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253 What stars in a New Orleans roll? Spicy crawfish, of course, tucked in with crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna and snow crab, and topped with tobiko caviar and avocado eel sauce. 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. $$

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 wok-seared ginger duck is half of a boneless duck brushed with soy-ginger glaze and served with garden vegetables. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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. Pan-fried trout Nicky is served with shrimp, mushrooms and crabmeat in white wine sauce. Paneed veal is blanketed with grated cheese and served with pasta marinara. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SALT & PEPPER 400 Iberville St., 561-6070 Pakistani-style curries and kebabs made with halal meats are among the finds at this backstreet cafe. Start with an order of flatbread or stuffed samosas and then choose from chicken, lamb and vegetarian entrees. It also serves pizzas and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALTWATER GRILL 710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.com This seafarer in the Riverbend specializes in Gulf seafood and local comfort food. Platters center around any combination of shrimp, catfish, crawfish, crab cakes and oysters. Hand-battered onion rings and the crawfish-spinach boat make great buoys until the main course arrives. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

SALVO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.com The Boiled Seafood Extravaganza is a big catch of seven boiled seafood items including crawfish and blue crabs. The grilled catfish plate features three pieces of fish basted with olive oil and lightly dusted with blackening seasonings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S FOOD SERVICE & DELI 3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675; www.sammysfoods.com This former butcher shop trims its own steaks, makes Italian and hot sausages and grinds its own beef for colossal burgers. Check daily specials for dishes like smothered beef ribs or grilled redfish with crawfish sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER 627 Bourbon St., 525-8442 Sammy's thick-cut rib-eyes and succulent lobster tails are a classic Bourbon Street combination. Other items include meaty jambalaya, creamy crawfish pie and an assortment of gumbos. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. 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. Other dishes include Tuscan filet mignon, veal or chicken Marsala and a portobello panini. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE 3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077; www.santafewneworleans.com Sante Fe's creative take on Mexican cooking includes dishes like the ruedas de huevos (egg wheel) with mashed sweet potatoes, chicken, guacamole, tomatoes, sour cream, Creole sauce and a fried egg filling two flour tortillas. The house ceviche features fresh fish marinated in lemon and lime juices with Mexican herbs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SAPPORO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 5000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 779-1818 Sapporo's prepares sushi, sashimi, fried rice dishes and other popular Japanese dishes. The red dragon roll has fried shrimp tempura and snow crab surrounded with tuna and covered in barbecue eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S 724 Dublin St., 861-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.com Asian and Creole flavors meet at Sara's. A popular appetizer is the samosa, an Indian dish made of coriander spiced vegetables in a pastry turnover with tamarind sauce. Pan-seared sesame-crusted salmon is served with wasabi buerre blanc with jasmine rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SATSUMA CAFE 3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962 Satsuma Cafe reconfigures the BLT with applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, sprouts, avocado spread and goat cheese. For a salad, try the exotic mix of Lacinato kale, rainbow chard, shaved fennel, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, avocadoes and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD 279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116 Adjoining a seafood market, Jason Seither's namesake eatery can do traditional (boiled platters) or innovative (crawfish pistolettes) dishes. In one favorite, medallions of crispy eggplant are enriched with lump crab and crawfish cream. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SEKISUI SAMURAI 239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.com Check out the sushi bar appetizers for offbeat specials like the ocean pyramid, molded from salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko, or the eel "sundae" with crushed macadamia nuts and balsamic vinegar sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.com Pasta is king at Semolina, but the kitchen also offers dishes like the redfish Chauvin, with a grilled fillet topped with shrimp in spicy cream sauce served on a bed of spinach, mushrooms and garlic tossed with angel hair pasta. No reservations. 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 large po-boys and muffulettas. Order them with grilled chicken or corned beef or get a french fry po-boy with gravy. New Orleans classics like gumbo and spicy jambalaya round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

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

SHANE'S RIB SHACK 1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.com The ribs get top billing, but Shane's chicken is a worthy understudy. The Big Dad sandwich features slow-smoked, hand chopped pork on Texas toast topped with Shack sauce, a spicy version of remoulade. A gluten-free menu contains a variety of barbecue dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. 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, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477 Shogun introduced many New Orleanians to the thrill of Japanese cooking. 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 for large parties. 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 juices. Dark-roux gumbo features chicken and andouille every day, with a shrimp and crab version offered on Fridays. For dessert, grab a Hubig's pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE 614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.com Only Prime Black Angus beef makes the cut at the Hall of Fame coach's namesake chain. Select from flash-fried lobster tail and barbecued shrimp to start, or go straight to the three-pound porterhouse, whose conquerors are invited to join Shula's 48-oz. Club. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SI SENOR AT COSIMO'S 1201 Burgundy St., 525-5636 Si Senor offers gourmet Tex-Mex options from the back corner of Cosimo's Bar. The namesake burrito is a mix of grilled chicken, steak and shrimp with cheese, beans, sour cream, guacamole and salsa. American tacos are filled with spiced ground beef, lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese and your choice of beans. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT 3322 N. Turnbull Drive, 831-9541; www.sidmarsrestaurant.com Sid-Mar's serves a wide array of local seafood. This former Bucktown mainstay features everything from fried and boiled shellfish to grilled tuna or amberjack. Grilled Gulf shrimp are served over lettuce with tomatoes, celery, green onions and a choice of dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL 1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002 Sidelines offers a variety of sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Spicy Buffalo chicken is wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with ranch or blue cheese dressing. Stop in on Thursdays for steak night. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SINGHA THAI 413 Carondelet St., 581-2205 Businessmen and downtown workers flock to Singha for a fast and satisfying midday Thai fix. The tom kha soup features lemon grass and white-meat chicken in an aromatic coconut broth. Yellow, green and red curries are prepared with a choice of beef, chicken or shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Proprietor Lawrence Dodds welcomes diners at The Hungry Forager. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

SLICE 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5528 Magazine St., 897-4800; www.slicepizzeria.com Slice's gourmet pies include white pizza with bacon, basil and roasted garlic on a thin crust brushed with olive oil and topped with mozzarella, ricotta and Romano cheeses. Salads, sandwiches and pastas 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. $

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

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD 2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647 At this two-decade Kenner veteran, happy hour means unlimited boiled shrimp from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Po-boys, fried seafood and grilled fresh catches round out the daily menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com Catch a meal before one of Snug's two nightly shows. The menu features Creole dishes, burgers, Angus steaks and fresh Gulf seafood. Chicken is served either Southern fried or char-broiled. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, lunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SOUND CAFE 2700 Chartres St., 947-4477 This Faubourg Marigny coffee shop offers gourmet 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. $

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE 1714 Hwy. 190 West, Slidell, (985) 646-1205 South Seas features a full sushi bar as well as an extensive Chinese-American menu that includes a variety of moo shu dishes and egg foo young. The Spartan roll features tempura shrimp, cream chese, snow crab, tuna and avocado, and is topped with eel sauce and sesame seeds. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. 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. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

SOUTHSIDE CAFE 3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net The extensive menu features more than 15 po-boys, as well as burgers, salads, fried seafood, deli sandwiches, Italian dishes and desserts. The Southside muffuletta salad is topped with ham, mortadella, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and finished with house-made olive dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL 4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069; www.speakseasysports.com Before performing karaoke or playing pool, grab an order of hot wings, egg rolls or chicken quesadillas. Entrees include the 10-oz. burger, homemade hot tamales, and grilled or fried chicken sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO 2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090 This Westbank bistro serves familiar Italian dishes such as veal Parmesan, featuring breaded veal served over pasta with marinara and cheese. Spinach lasagna is layered with pasta, spinach, a blend of cheeses and creamy Alfredo sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPITALE'S DELI & CATERING 2408 North Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912 Go big with the delicious Spitale's Dirty Turkey sandwich heaping with grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese. Rotating specials of hearty lasagna, home-style meatloaf, baked macaroni and cheese and seafood platters keep the regulars happy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudlys.com When the word "spud" appears twice in the title, you should probably try the potato. From crawfish to fried chicken, the toppings are endless. The Fajita Spud features chicken smothered in onion, bell pepper, cheddar, mozzarella and chives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q 8400 Oak St., 302-7370; www.squeal-nola.com Start with pepper smoked wings at this Uptown barbecue joint. The barbecue smoked meat sandwich includes your choice of hickory smoked pulled pork, chopped brisket or chicken and is topped with house-made barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STANLEY 547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.com At the casual companion to his high-end Stella!, chef Scott Boswell serves straightforward burgers and Reuben sandwiches alongside such exotic fare as Korean barbecued beef po-boys and eggs Breaux Bridge with boudin, hollandaise and poached eggs. 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 whole Maine lobster served with drawn butter. The Cajun filet is stuffed with seafood and topped with white wine sauce and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner 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. Order a 14-oz. New York strip or 14-oz. prime rib-eye served with house-made steak sauce. Seafood options include yellowfin tuna and shrimp bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.com A meal aboard the Steamboat Natchez promises an ever-changing view as the vessel plies the riverfront. Chicken Toulouse is a baked boneless chicken breast finished with maître d'hotel butter. Reservations recommended. Hours vary with cruise schedule. Credit cards. $$$

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net The New Orleans answer to a Big Apple deli features sandwiches like the Rachel, with hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and homemade Russian dressing on Jewish rye. The Shaggy Joe features beef tongue, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing on Jewish rye. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STELLA! 1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com Chef Scott Boswell draws inspiration from around the globe for one-of-a-kind culinary experiences at Stella! Pan-roasted Hawaiian Walu is served with hot buttered popcorn crust, crawfish, local corn maque choux, sour cream and onion butter. Choose from several desserts, including chocolate cake with hot buttered pink lemonade. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEP BROTHERS LOUNGE & RESTAURANT 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856 Popular appetizers include chicken, steak and beef quesadillas, nachos, chicken wings and chips and dip. Burgers and sandwiches, wraps and steaks also are served. The Step Combo is a sandwich combining ham, turkey, roast beef and cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. 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. $

STILL PERKIN' 2727 Prytania St., 899-0335 Still Perkin' serves coffee drinks and has a counter stocked with pastries, bagels and wraps. Try the Asian chicken wrap with Thai peanut sauce, the Buffalo chicken or chicken Caesar wraps for lunch. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL 1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040; www.stingraysseafood.com Stingray's offers a wide selection of seafood dishes as well as daily specials. Shrimp Nicole features shrimp and angel hair pasta topped with spicy cream sauce. Chicken Atchafalaya is a crawfish-dressing-stuffed breast topped with spicy crawfish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE STORE 814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.com This cozy CBD Cafe serves creative sandwiches, such as the Funky Blue, which tops Angus beef with crumbled blue cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish Dijon mustard on a Kaiser onion bun. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SUBWAY Citywide; www.subway.com Subway serves classic subs filled with turkey, Italian cold cuts, meatballs or tuna fish. Other options include a Philly cheese steak and chicken bacon ranch sandwich. The Veggie Delight with cheese is dressed to order. Complete a meal with chips or a cookie. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

SUCRE 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; www.shopsucre.com Located in the Garden District, this sweet shop and gelateria offers pastries, cakes, chocolates and croissant sandwiches. There are macaroons and chocolates inspired by local flavors such as bananas Foster. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUGAR HOUSE 315 Julia St., Embassy Suites, 525-1993 Sugar House combines Cajun and Creole influences. 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. $$

SUKHO THAI 1913 Royal St., 948-9309; www.sukhothai-nola.com This Marigny corner restaurant prepares heaping helpings of curried meats, vegetables and stir-fried noodles. Specials include whole fried redfish dressed with shrimp, scallops and three-chili sauce. For those who can't take the heat, Sukho offers every dish in gradients of spice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL 619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055; 1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053; 2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 305-4704; www.sunraygrill.com Sun Ray serves coastal dishes from around the world. Thai barbecue chicken features two grilled chicken breasts basted in spicy Thai barbecue sauce and is served with sushi rice and Thai cucumber salad with peanut dressing. Seafood, steak, burgers and sushi are other popular items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUNSHINE CAFE 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-6040; www.sunshinecafenola.com Stop in for the Sunshine Breakfast, a combination of scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, grits, and a biscuit. For lunch, try specials such as Italian baked chicken with Mediterranean orzo pasta salad. Soup, sandwiches, salads and dessert also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL 3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com Superior Grill offers Mexican favorites and a wide selection of margaritas. Sizzling fajitas feature mesquite-grilled skirt steak, shrimp, chicken or beef. Weekend brunch items include huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. 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 blends organic juices to order and offers Southern and Latin breakfasts. Huevos rancheros feature creamy black beans sandwiched between corn tortillas and topped with two eggs, cheddar cheese, mole sauce and pico de gallo. Salads and sandwiches are lunchtime options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS 1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.net Sushi Brothers produces a wide selection of original rolls and sashimi. The Levee Voice roll features blue crab, spicy roe and wasabi-mayo on top of a roll of spicy crawfish, avocado, asparagus and wasabi. The Special Brothers roll wraps fresh salmon tempura with cream cheese and layers of salmon and avocado on top. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ 420 S.Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; 2534 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-0208; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.com Slow cooking is the rule at Sweet Daddy's. Choose from chicken and rib platters with hearty sides like jambalaya, gumbo, barbecue beans and macaroni and cheese. Or try the chopped pork, brisket, smoked sausage or chicken salad sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SWEET LORRAINE'S JAZZ CLUB 1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654; www.sweetlorrainesjazzclub.com Sweet Lorraine's cooks up hot jazz and Creole food. Entrees include whole suffed flounder with seafood dressing and blackened catfish topped with sauteed mushrooms served over spinach. There also are burgers, sandwiches and salads. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TACOS SAN MIGUEL 3517 20th St., Metairie, 267-4027; www.tacossanmiguel.com This casual taqueria offers authentic Mexican dishes as well as familiar options like nachos, chicken quesadillas and burgers with peppers for spicy heat. Choose from dishes with cow tongue and stewed pork skins or tacos and burritos made with homemade tortillas and filled with several sweet or spicy pork options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

TAG'S MEAT MARKET & DELI 1207 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-6594 Tag's is part deli and part butcher shop and makes its own Italian sausage. The menu features po-boys, muffulettas and burgers, including the enormous Papa Tag's, which weighs in at a pound and a half. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE 923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859; www.insidenirvana.com This longtime Metairie fixture features an array of well-spiced classic Indian cuisine, including dhania ghosht — tender lamb chunks in spicy coriander curry. Vegetarian dishes include roasted eggplant with onions, garlic and ginger. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TAN DINH 1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 361-8008 This Gretna favorite can satisfy a Vietnamese noodle craving, but its voluminous menu is packed with rewards for the curious. One popular house specialty combines seared goat meat and lemon-grass-infused goat curry with crushed peanuts, cilantro and basil. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

TANDOORI CHICKEN 2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880; www.tandoorichickennola.com The restaurant serves 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 and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

TAQUERIA CORONA 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974;1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088; www.taqueriacorona.com Taqueria Corona's bright cantinas offer tart margaritas, beef tongue or fried fish tacos, cebollitas (grilled green onions) and shrimp and cheese-filled flautas among other specialties. Try the Mexican pizza or big California-style burritos. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO 208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959 Start with chips and spicy dips while looking over a menu of Mexican staples such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and fajitas. There also are chili rellenos and homemade tamales. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TAQUEROS 1432 St. Charles Ave., 267-3032; www.taquerosnola.com Chef Guillermo Peters serves updated and original Mexican dishes. The grilled chipotle steak is topped with tomato-chipotle sauce and served over a quesadilla with a side of sauteed spinach with roasted almonds. Queso fundido is melted cheese stuffed with a choice of chorizo, shrimp or vegetables and comes with tortilla chips. Reservations accepted for larger parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

TASTEE BONES BBQ 1901 Second St., Slidell, (985) 726-5050 Tastee Bones lightly smokes chicken, ribs, brisket and pork. Foot long po-boys featuring brisket, pulled pork, catfish, shrimp or hot dogs are served with coleslaw. Try the barbecued chicken or pork with sides like fried okra, potato wedges and fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

TAVERN ON CITRUS 5708 Citrus Ave., Harahan, 218-5186; www.myspace.com/taverncitrus Appetizers include chili cheese fries, Buffalo chicken tenders, onion rings and jalapeno poppers. From the grill, try a black Angus beef burger with topping choices of jalapeno, chili and cheese, mushroom and Swiss or Buffalo sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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

TED'S FROSTOP 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615 Burgers and milkshakes are the type of simple hearty fare that have kept this university neighborhood eatery hopping. All-you-can-eat catfish is a new daily special. Other plate lunches include baked chicken, fried shrimp and pork chops with red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TELLO'S BISTRO 3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 454-6618; www.cortello.net Classic Italian and Creole dishes and some sandwiches and po-boys fill the menu at Tello's. Pan-fried veal Parmesan is topped with homemade marinara and a blend of cheeses and served over pasta. Seafood brocioloni features veal stuffed with crawfish and eggplant dressing topped with seafood cream sauce and is served over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-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 crispy fish fillet, which comes with spicy sour sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TERRAZU 201 St. Charles Ave., 287-0877 Located in Place St. Charles, Terrazu serves coffee, tea and a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries. Try the shrimp salad or the Mandarin chicken salad for lunch. The Brie cheese press and veggie wrap are other midday options. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY 3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832 Baby back ribs, chicken and pork shoulders are smoked with hickory wood for up to 10 hours. The signature char-broiled 8-oz. Dustyburger is made of fresh ground beef with a hint of barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH 131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678 Pan-Asian offerings from Vietnam and Thailand are Thanh Thanh's specialty. Made-to-order spring rolls and pho soups come in multiple permutations, the latter always accompanied by a raft of basil, jalapenos and bean sprouts. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THAT'S AMORE 4421 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.com That's Amore prepares both New York City thin-crust and Chicago-style deep dish pies. Toppings range from pineapple to sun-dried tomato. There also are calzones, pasta dishes and a muffuletta piled high with ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, provolone cheese and house-made olive salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THEO'S PIZZA 4024 Canal St., 302-1133; 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.com Theo's crisp, thin-crust pies come with a variety of toppings. The Expert is loaded with garlic, spinach, mozzarella, bacon and sliced tomatoes. Other menu items include sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TIMES GRILL 1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com Order from a list of more than 20 char-grilled burgers, including the Blue Ribbon chili burger, which features a half-pound patty topped with house-made chili and shredded sharp cheddar. The menu also offers entrees such as Times fettuccini Alfredo and Creole crawfish pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TOKYO HIBACHI SUSHI RESTAURANT & BAR 3525 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 464-8989 Tokyo Hibachi offers grilled items including steak, scallops and lobster. The Tokyo roll has shrimp tempura inside with smoked salmon and spicy mayonnaise on top. The Who Dat roll has spicy crawfish on the inside and snow crab, fried tilapia and black tobiko on the outside. Try tempura-fried ice cream for dessert. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOMATILLO'S MEXICAN JOINT 437 Esplanade Ave., 945-9997; www.tomatillosnola.com Tomatillo's has a Nuevo Latino focus incorporating Mexican and Latin American dishes. For an appetizer, Mayan sopes are fried masa cakes topped with black beans, onions, cheese and citrus-marinated pork. For dinner, try banana-wrapped drum topped with crawfish, black olives, tomatoes, onions and cilantro served over tequila rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TONY MORAN'S RESTAURANT 240 Bourbon St., 523-4640; www.ruebourbon.com Italian classics and New Orleans seafood get along just fine on the menu at Tony Moran's. The oysters Napoli casserole combines sliced eggplant and fried oysters under a blanket of marinara and mozzarella. The pesce Siciliano is a breaded fish fillet with tomato, raisins and pine nuts. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TOMMY'S CUISINE 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com Italian and Creole cuisine mingle on Tommy's eclectic menu. Fish Capri is pan sauteed with crabmeat, crawfish, capers and artichokes and served with beurre blanc. Crabmeat sardou combines crab with steamed artichoke and spinach and tops it 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 and items from the menu of the adjoining restaurant, Tommy's Cuisine. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S 6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888 Order from a menu of classic Italian dishes 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. $$

TOUT DE SUITE 347 Verret St., 362-2264 This eatery offers hearty breakfast fare and light lunch options. Try the classic Reuben with corned beef, sauerkraut and mustard. All sandwiches are served with potato salad or chips. The veggie burger panini is served on a thin multi-grain bun. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA 600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.com The original Trey Yuen has long been the bastion of Chinese dining on the Northshore. Classic items include pot stickers and wonton soup. Original dishes include stir-fried alligator, fried soft shell crab with tong cho sauce and crawfish in spicy lobster sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

THE TROLLEY STOP CAFE 1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090 Rumble into The Trolley Stop for daily specials such as red beans on Mondays, spaghetti on Tuesdays and smothered pork chops on Wednesdays. Breakfast is served any time and the extensive menu includes eggs, pancakes, waffles and omelets. There are fried seafood platters for dinner. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, open 24 hours Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT 823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.com Tujague's is one of the city's old-line Creole institutions and maintains one of its dining traditions. Dinner is served in a prix fixe format that includes the signature beef brisket, shrimp remoulade, a choice of entree and bread pudding for dessert. Garlic-roasted chicken is a popular choice. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TWO SISTERS RESTAURANT 223 N. Derbigny St., 524-0056 Clocks can be set by Two Sisters' weekly specials. Monday's red beans and rice means the workweek is just beginning, and Friday's fried catfish, served with macaroni, peas and potato salad, signals the start of the weekend. Soul-food classics like chitlins and stuffed peppers are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

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 grilled seafood platter rounds up catfish fillets, Gulf shrimp, oysters sauteed in garlic butter, crab cakes and a choice of side dish. Or try eggplant or zucchini Parmesan topped with mozzarella and marinara sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON 401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.net This downtown barbecue joint offers pork spare ribs, boneless chicken breast, beef brisket and pulled pork platters with a choice of two sides and a sesame seed bun. Side dishes include potato salad, Idaho smoked potato, chili beans, broccoli and cole slaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.com Inventor of the classic fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade, owner JoAnn Clevenger shows off her folk art collection throughout the restaurant's dining rooms and presents a menu of Creole cuisine. The fish piquant with "hot and hot" shrimp is topped with shrimp in jalapeno sauce and comes with a side of shrimp reduction sauce with habaneros. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT 515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336 Vazquez serves daily specials, Italian dishes and po-boys. Country-fried steak is covered in gravy and comes with mashed potatoes. Other dishes include lasagna, cheesy veal or chicken Parmesan and grilled or breaded pork chops. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

VEGA TAPAS CAFE 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com Vega's menu offers many hot and cold small plates. Try Roman artichokes with feta relish, coriander-crusted ahi tuna with avocado tomato relish or Moorish pork tenderloin with flash-fried spinach and horseradish sour cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

VERANDA AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL 444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383 The restaurant offers a buffet focusing focusing on a different cuisine (for example, Indian, Italian and various Asian cuisines) each day. The Sunday brunch features live jazz and desserts like the warm molten mocha cake, bread pudding and cheesecake. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

VERTI MARTE 1201 Royal St., 525-4767; www.vertimarte.com The grill is always working at this offbeat French Quarter hub. In addition to breakfast sandwiches, omelets and po-boys, there are entrees like roasted or fried chicken and chef's specials like the stuffed pork chops with Cajun dirty rice. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

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

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE 636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329 This spacious pub offers a taste of Australia. The garlicky feta, spinach and tomato pie is baked in a flaky puff pastry. Sandwiches are served on Kaiser roll, multi-grain wheat roll or garlic-herb focaccia. No reservations. Lunch, Mon.-Fri, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com Vincent's features a menu of classic Italian dishes as well as its own creations. Grilled rack of lamb is topped with fresh mint demi-glace and served with brabant potatoes. Lobster ravioli served with seafood cream sauce is flamed with brandy. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VIZARD'S 5015 Magazine St., 895-2246; www.vizards.net Chef/owner Kevin Vizard presents a menu of re-imagined Creole cuisine. Barbecued shrimp and crab fingers are prepared with garlic, rosemary and Abita Amber. The roasted chicken is served with rosemary au jus, roasted garlic, pomme frites and asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482 At this eclectic Lafitte eatery, seafood pizza comes loaded with local shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. German specialties include spicy bratwurst and savory Wiener schnitzel. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL 1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647; 2999 Hwy. 190 E., Mandeville, (985) 629-2021; www.voodoobbqandgrill.com Voodoo serves barbecue on platters and po-boys and there also are salads and burgers. Homemade sauces get the mojo working on slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork and ribs. The Voodoo Burger is topped with smoked bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, sauteed onions and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BAR-B-QUE 10828 Hayne Blvd., 241-8227; www.cochondelaitpoboys.com The cochon de lait po-boy is this eastern New Orleans restaurant's claim to fame. The po-boy is dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. Also try the pork, sausage, chopped beef and chicken salad sandwiches. Side dishes include mustard greens, baked beans, potato salad and cole slaw. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

WASABI 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; www.wasabinola.com Wasabi offers a full range of Japanese cuisine from creative rolls to tempura to rice and noodle dishes. Appetizers includes gyoza dumplings, edemame, mussels and wasabi-honey shrimp in cream sauce. The Marigny Roll combines tempura shrimp, tuna and snow crab. No reservations. Marigny: Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; Lakeview: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WATER STREET BISTRO 804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855; www.waterstreetbistro.com Grilled Gulf shrimp are sauteed with sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, garlic, capers, artichoke hearts, leeks and red onions, served on baby spinach and topped with feta cheese and pine nuts. Dijon-crusted rack of lamb is served with lyonnaise potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE & RESTAURANT 769 W. 5th St., LaPlace, (985) 652-8990 For brunch, Wayne's Belle Terre eggs feature a split cracklin' biscuit topped with grillades, poached eggs and tasso hollandaise with creamed spinach on the side. Plantation catfish features a fried fillet topped with mushrooms, artichoke and shrimp in basil cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

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. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; 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 an extensive salad bar, bakery and coffee counter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WHOLE HOG CAFE 639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.com This barbecue spot offers slow-cooked smoky meats, including pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken and pork loin. Barbecue sauces include mild molasses, a traditional vinegary tomato version, rich mustardy sauce and a spicy Southern style. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE 2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503 Willie Mae's serves the crunchy, spicy, wet-battered fried chicken that made the restaurant famous. Other entrees include veal chops. Sides include fries, salad and green, red or butter beans with rice. No reservations. Lunch daily. Cash only. $

WING ZONE Citywide; www.wingzone.com The Zone serves chicken wings, fingers, wedge fries and spicy options such as Buffalo shrimp. Sauces vary in levels of heat, and choices 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. $

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 or tartar sauce. The Forrest Hills burger boasts a half-pound patty topped with cheddar or Swiss cheese and is served with waffle fries or onion rings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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. A Mediterranean pizza layers mozzarella and feta cheese, roasted red peppers, spinach, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and herb sauce. For lunch, try a Caprese salad drizzled with honey-balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE 859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882; www.wolfesinthewarehouse.com Chef Tom Wolfe creates a menu of contemporary American dishes. The cedar plank wild King salmon is barbecue glazed, oven roasted and served with andouille potato hash, spicy fried onions and Hollandaise. The dry-rub grilled rib-eye is paired with Southern braised greens, roasted fingerling potatoes and topped with roasted garlic demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

WOW CAFE & WINGERY Citywide; www.wingery.com Wow's dipping sauces offer a world of flavor including teriyaki, peppery Sante Fe, Bombay coconut curry, Jamaican jerk spice and spicy Buffalo sauce. The chain also serves wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas, fajitas and some New Orleans favorites like fried catfish and red beans and rice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.com This neighborhood institution is known for seafood po-boys on Leidenheimer bread, burgers and veal dishes. A breaded and fried veal cutlet is smothered in brown gravy and served with your choice of sides. Bread pudding is a popular dessert. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT 850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; www.youngssteakhouse.com This family-owned restaurant has been cutting thick steaks by hand for more than four decades. Half-pound filets are paired with a choice of crawfish and mushrooms, broiled or grilled shrimp, sauteed crabmeat or char-grilled boneless quail. Other entrees include lamb, veal and double-cut pork chops. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT 323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 809-3840 Yujin serves sushi, sashimi, noodle soups, tempura and more. The Chef's Special roll combines fresh salmon, tuna and yellow tail with asparagus and avocado. The Downtown roll features spicy salmon and crunchy tempura bits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA 525 Frenchmen St., phone n.a.; www.myspace.com/yukiizakaya This Japanese-style tavern serves sake and shochu drinks and authentic Japanese items in tapas-size portions. Exotic options 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. $

YUMMY YUMMY 220 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-9122 This 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. $

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE 8210 Oak St., 861-2224 Z'otz offers 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. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

ZACHARY'S BY THE LAKE 7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 872-9832; www.zacharysbythelake.com Zachary's serves salads, seafood platters and sandwiches like the barbecue shrimp po-boy which fills Leidenheimer bread with shrimp in homemade sauce. Louisiana jumbo shrimp are marinated in cane syrup, wrapped in bacon, fried and served with pickled okra salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ZARA'S MARKET 4838 Prytania St., 895-0581 The market's deli counter serves sandwiches and lunch plates till early in the evening. 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. Soup choices typically include chicken and sausage gumbo and corn and crab chowder. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL Citywide; www.zearestaurants.com Zea's menu revolves around slow-roasted meats from the rotisserie and also features creative takes on American and Asian favorites. There is everything from Thai ribs to barbecued chicken to roasted crispy duck to local seafood dishes. Reservation policies vary by location. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

ZEKE'S 1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133; www.eatatzekes.com Local oysters get first billing on Zeke's menu, and with good reason. They're available raw on the half-shell, char-grilled with butter and Parmesan, or fried and served on crusty po-boy loaf. Daily specials include home-style dishes like smoked brisket, hearty meatloaf and chicken-fried steak. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ZIMMER'S SEAFOOD 4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150 Oyster binges give way to a cornucopia of crab and crawfish at this neighborhood market, which focuses on seasonal harvests of local shellfish. Year-round fixtures include po-boys, gumbo and house specialties like marinated crab salad and stuffed artichokes steamed over seafood boils. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ZOE RESTAURANT W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018; www.starwoodhotels.com With its contemporary tapas cuisine of local and diverse flavors, Zoe maintains the chic vibe of the W Hotel's design. The mini crabmeat and Brie grilled cheese is made with shiitake mushrooms, leeks and lemon butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Chef Keith Theard presents raw oysters at Desire Oyster Bar in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Chef Keith Theard presents raw oysters at Desire Oyster Bar in the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
click to enlarge Diners share a carafe of margaritas on the patio at Santa Fe. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
click to enlarge At Dot's Diner, the Big Dot breakfast includes two eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, grits and pancakes. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • At Dot's Diner, the Big Dot breakfast includes two eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, grits and pancakes.
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