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Doson Ha serves lemon grass tofu at Doson Noodle House.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Doson Ha serves lemon grass tofu at Doson Noodle House.

d'Juice
Patchworks Market, 8237 Oak St., (504) 202-6720;
www.d-juice.com
The Berry-Berry Good smoothie blends beets, kale, spinach, green apple, pear, oranges, strawberries, blueberries and mango. The Super Charge is a combination of carrots, apple, parsley and ginger. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Daisy Dukes
121 Chartres St., (504) 561-5171; 123 Carondelet St., (504) 522-2233; 5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 883-5513;
www.daisydukesrestaurant.com
The New Orleans sampler features red beans and rice, etouffee, a cup of gumbo, fried green tomatoes and a biscuit. The Cajun omelet includes cheese, hot sausage, tomatoes, onion, parsley and paprika and is served with hash browns or grits and toast or a biscuit. The breakfast menu is available all day. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Daiwa Japanese Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine
5033 Lapalco Blvd., Suite B6, Marrero, (504) 875-4203;
www.daiwasushi.com
Kimchi seafood yaki udon is seafood pan-fried with thick udon noodles and served with spicy Korean kimchi sauce. The Cowboy roll features crawfish and marinated beef seared in eel sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Dakota Restaurant
629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakota-
restaurant.com
Za'atar-crusted lamb lollipops come with mint pesto, ghost pepper jelly, heirloom tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and naan. Spring salad is made with bibb lettuce, blue cheese vinaigrette, candied pecans, pickled spring vegetables and heirloom tomatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante St., (504) 861-3121;
www.danteskitchen.com
Mussels are cooked in New Orleans crawfish boil-style shrimp stock with roasted corn, mushrooms and andouille sausage. Roasted duck breast is served atop dirty bread pudding drizzled with pumpkin gastrique and served with fennel and citrus salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Dat Dog
3336 Magazine St., (504) 324-2226; 5030 Freret St., (504) 899-6883; 601 Frenchmen St.;
www.datdognola.com
Local duck sausage is dressed with blackberry sauce, bacon and mustard. Anna's White Trash fries are loaded with cheese, chili, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

De-No Seafood
505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, (504) 362-4608
The seafood platter comes with fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, stuffed crab and two sides. Blackened redfish also comes with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Deja Vu Bar & Grill
400 Dauphine St., (504) 523-1931;
www.dejavunola.com
The Cajun omelet combines spicy sausage, bacon, onions, bell peppers and jalapeno Jack cheese and comes with toast. Marinated barbecued pork is served on a bun or French bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Del Porto Ristorante
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006;
www.delportoristorante.com
Seared sea scallops are served with a spaghetti squash cake, wilted baby spinach and local satsuma-honey vinaigrette. Lamb osso buco is served with creamy roasted garlic polenta, roasted carrots and mint gremolata. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Delachaise
3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858;
www.thedelachaise.com
Mussels are steamed with Thai chili and kaffir lime leaf. Chicken mofongo features plantains stuffed with stewed chicken. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Desi Vega's Steakhouse
628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-7600;
www.desivegasteaks.com
Hand-cut 12-ounce New York strip steaks are topped with butter and served sizzling. Blackened tuna Napoleon features yellowfin tuna, avocado, daikon sprouts and wasabi aioli. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar
300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0300;
www.sonesta.com/royal
neworleansShrimp and grits are served with tasso and spicy cream sauce. Char-broiled oysters Desire are topped with garlic butter and Parmesan. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap
132 Royal St., (504) 309-4797;
www.olesaint.com
This casual eatery's menu features a long list of Louisiana craft beers as well as dishes such as the soft-shell crab BLT, dressed with garlic aioli on multigrain bread. Grilled 12-ounce strip loin is served with house-made andouille steak sauce and french fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 894-9880;
www.dickandjennys.com
Slow-braised veal shank osso buco is served with saffron pea risotto and baby carrots. Pork tenderloin is stuffed with goat cheese and pine nuts and served with balsamic-infused pork jus, sauteed spinach and stone-ground grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467;
www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com
The house filet mignon is served with creamed spinach, flash-fried oysters, Pontalba potatoes and bearnaise. Roasted Chappapeela Farm duck is served with Louisiana citrus duck demi-glace over sweet potato and andouille rice pilaf and a citrus arugula salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DiCristina's
810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160;
www.dicristinas.com
Veal cutlets are served with crabmeat cream sauce, baked macaroni and sauteed greens. Eggplant Drew features battered and fried medallions served over angel hair pasta with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Dijon Restaurant
1379 Annunciation St., (504) 522-4712;
www.dijonnola.com
Crispy Gulf oysters are served with flash-fried kale, radicchio and smoked oyster butter. Grilled hanger steak is served with potato leek gratin, grilled asparagus puree and sauce perigourdine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DiMartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas
700 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 276-6460; 1788 Carol Sue Ave., Gretna, (504) 392-7589; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 367-0227; 6641 Westbank Expwy., Suite A, Marrero, (504) 341-4096;
www.dimartinos.com
The 5-inch po-boy combo includes a po-boy, a cup of gumbo and potato salad. Chicken parmigiana features fried chicken breast topped with cheese and red sauce served over pasta. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Dino's Bar & Grill
1128 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 558-0900
Grilled tuna is served atop a salad of mixed greens dressed with feta vinaigrette. The Philly cheese steak features slices of sirloin and grilled onions and peppers wrapped in a spinach tortilla. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Dis Taco
Molly's at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., (504) 717-7070;
www.eatdistaco.com
The house-made chorizo taco comes with pickled onion and Cotija cheese. The dessert taco combines Nutella and grilled banana with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Thu.-Sun. Cash only. $

Dish On Hayne
9734 Hayne Blvd., (504) 301-0356;
www.dishonhayne.com
The seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters, scallops, catfish, coleslaw and french fries. Catfish Charles features two deep-fried catfish fillets, roasted corn, peppers and a panko-breaded potato cake topped with Cajun crawfish cream sauce and Parmesan. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

District: Donuts. Sliders.Brew
2209 Magazine St., (504) 570-6945;
www.donutsandsliders.com
New donut flavors include Vietnamese iced coffee and brown-butter pistachio. The pork belly slider combines roasted pork belly with pickled onions, radish sprouts and roasted garlic on a toasted anise bun. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Ditali's Pizza
8160 Belle Chasse Hwy., Belle Chasse, (504) 393-1160; Northshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-5657; Oakwood Center, 197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 366-2882;
www.ditalis.com
The pizza turnover is a calzone stuffed with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, ham, mozzarella and marinara. Classic Italian lasagna is made with house-made meat sauce layered with mozzarella and Romano cheese. Reservation and delivery policies and hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Dmac's Bar & Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 304-5757;
www.dmacsbarandgrill.com
Dmac's offers daily specials such as fried catfish with french fries, hushpuppies and coleslaw on Friday and country fried steak with mashed potatoes and sausage gravy and green beans on Thursday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Dolce Vita Pizza
1205 St. Charles Ave., (504) 324-7674;
www.dvpizzeria.com
Wood-fired pizza options include the margherita pie topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano, buffalo mozzarella, garlic, basil and house-made sauce. The solo carne pizza features Italian prosciutto, capicola, salsiccia secca, sopressata and pancetta, Parmigiano-Reggiano and house-made sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Domenica
The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020;
www.domenicarestaurant.com
Margherita pizza is topped with tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. Gianduja budino is a chocolate and hazelnut pudding with candied hazelnuts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar
5240 Annunciation St., (504) 899-9126
The roast beef po-boy is smothered in gravy and dressed with Creole mustard. The fried shrimp po-boy can be ordered dressed with Swiss cheese and roast beef gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Dominique's on Magazine
4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-9282;
www.dominiquesonmag.com
. Turks and Caicos wild conch salad is served with cucumber, tomato and Scotch bonnet peppers. Grilled island-spiced pork chop is served with local kale, leeks and sweet potato. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Don's Seafood Hut
126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-7111; 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-1550;
www.donsseafoodonline.com
Don's seafood platter includes stuffed crab, stuffed shrimp, fried shrimp, fried catfish, fried oysters, shrimp etouffee and french fries. Don's Original Jacked Up Oysters are char-broiled with bacon, jalapenos and pepper Jack cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., (504) 254-0296;
www.dpbanhmi.com
The grilled pork banh mi is dressed with carrots, jalapenos, cilantro and cucumbers on French bread. The banh xeo crepe is stuffed with pork, shrimp, lettuce and bean sprouts. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Dooky Chase's Restaurant
2301 Orleans Ave., (504) 821-0600;
www.dookychaserestaurant.com
Chef Leah Chase's Creole gumbo features a medley of shrimp, crab, chicken, ham and sausage. Shrimp Clemenceau is a combination of shrimp, garlic, peas and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

Dorignac's
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-8216;
www.dorignacs.com
The grocery store has a deli with sandwiches and Jezz's Kitchen serves daily lunch specials. Artichokes are stuffed with Parmesan, toasted breadcrumbs, extra virgin olive oil and lemon. Hand-battered and fried chicken livers are available on a lunch plate. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Doson Noodle House
135 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-7283
Lemon grass tofu features stir-fried tofu and vegetables served over vermicelli. Grilled chicken salad is grilled chicken over shredded carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, mint and house sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Dot's Diner
Citywide;
www.dotsdiner.com
The Dotwich is a breakfast sandwich of scrambled eggs, a sausage patty and cheese on a grilled buttermilk biscuit. Grilled hamburger steak is topped with mushrooms, onions and brown gravy and comes with salad, vegetables, garlic bread and hash browns or mashed potatoes. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

The Dough Bowl
1039 Broadway St., (504) 861-2200;
www.facebook.com/pages/the-dough-bowl
Barbecue items include pulled pork and brisket served with house-made coleslaw on a brioche bun. Smoking Wings are hickory smoked, deep-fried and tossed in a spicy barbecue wing sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Chicken shawarma is served at Down the Hatch. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chicken shawarma is served at Down the Hatch.

Down The Hatch
1921 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 522-0909;
www.downthehatchnola.com
Beef and chicken shawarmas feature meat marinated in vinegar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and spices and served with couscous and pita. The Asian-Cajun burger is topped with tomatoes, bacon, jalapenos, pepper Jack cheese, caramelized onions and sweet ginger soy sauce and served with thinly sliced house-made onion rings. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Drago's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, (504) 888-9254; Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., (504) 584-3911;
www.dragosrestaurant.com
Lobster can be ordered char-broiled, stuffed, boiled or Empire-style, which is stuffed and served with pasta, oysters and mushroom and onion cream sauce. Drago's signature char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. No reservations. N. Arnoult Road: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Poydras Street: Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Dress It
Omni Royal Crescent Hotel, 535 Gravier St., (504) 527-0006;
www.omnihotels.com
The Dress It burger features a patty topped with garlic aioli, bacon, brie and balsamic-glazed onions. The Friday special fried shrimp and oyster platter comes with horseradish sauce and a salad of baby greens, carrots, tomatoes, onions and house vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Drip 'n Sip
701 David Drive, Metairie, (504) 733-3747;
www.dripnsip.com
The turkey, bacon and avocado sandwich is dressed with lettuce, tomatoes and spicy spread and served as a wrap or on a croissant or French bread. Roast beef and gravy are served hot on French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

Dry Dock Cafe
133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240;
www.thedrydockcafe.com
Crawfish Maureenica is served over pasta with garlic cream sauce. Seafood Delaronde combines grilled shrimp, oysters and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$



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