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Steve Vodonovich and Herman Clay shuck oysters at Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Steve Vodonovich and Herman Clay shuck oysters at Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House.

M Bistro
Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., third floor, (504) 670-2828
Fresh-caught redfish is blackened and served over dirty rice and black-eyed peas and topped with tomato gravy and fried okra. Pan-seared crab cakes are served over crawfish risotto. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Ma Momma's House
5741 Crowder Blvd., Suite A3, (504) 244-0021;
www.mamommashouse.com
Shrimp and grits is topped with American cheese and served with two eggs and toast. Gramudda's greens and rice is made with pork and mustard or collard greens over white rice and is served with a choice of sides. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Magasin Vietnamese Cafe
4201 Magazine St., (504) 896-7611;
www.magasincafe.com
Grilled salmon is served over brown rice with vegan sauce and salad. Lemon grass beef bun features assorted greens, mint, sprouts, peanuts and fish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Magazine Po-Boy and Sandwich Shop
2368 Magazine St., (504) 522-3107
Soft-shell crab comes either dressed as a po-boy on French bread or served as a platter with fries or a side salad. The eggplant Parmesan po-boy has Italian tomato sauce and provolone cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Magnolia Grill
1122 Decatur St., (504) 566-6003;
www.magnoliagrillofnola.com
The Magnolia Special is a triple-decker sandwich layered with turkey, bacon, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. The fried seafood platter includes shrimp, calamari, catfish, oysters and a house-made crab cake. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mahony's Po-Boy Shop
3454 Magazine St., (504) 899-3374;
www.mahonyspoboys.com
The Peacemaker layers fried oysters, bacon and cheddar cheese on Leidenheimer French bread. The Angus pot roast beef po-boy is served dressed on Leidenheimer bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mais Arepas
1200 Carondelet St., (504) 523-6247;
www.facebook.com/maisarepas
Ceviche de Camaron is made with jumbo shrimp, lemon and lime juices, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, jalapenos and avocado. The arepa carnicera is filled with skirt steak, red beans, avocado and plantains. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Maison
508 Frenchmen St., (504) 371-5543;
www.maisonfrenchmen.com
Apple rum-spiced bread pudding is drizzled with Sailor Jerry rum sauce. Jamaican pulled pork is slow-cooked in ginger beer, drizzled with barbecue sauce and served with coleslaw and mixed vegetables. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Mandina's Restaurant
3800 Canal St., (504) 482-9179;
www.mandinasrestaurant.com
The Creole-Italian menu features trout or catfish meuniere or amandine. Turtle soup gets a shot of sherry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Manning's
519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118;
www.manningsneworleans.com
The hamburger flatbread features a ground beef patty, pickled okra aoili, sharp cheddar, barbecue-flavored Zapp's and lavash bread. The yellowfin tuna burger features marinated and seared yellowfin tuna, pickled cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts and Sriracha aioli on a whole wheat bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Mano's Po-boys
6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, (504) 734-0922;
www.manospoboys.com
Mano's meatballs are house-made with beef and pork and simmered in red gravy. The seafood platter includes fried Louisiana shrimp and catfish, a crab patty, french fries and salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Maple Street Cafe
7623 Maple St., (504) 314-9003;
www.maplestreetcafenola.com
Oysters amandine are fried oysters topped with almonds and white wine butter sauce. Duck Jameel is a boneless pepper-crusted duck breast served with blueberry cognac sauce and comes with vegetables and potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Maple Street Patisserie
7638 Maple St., (504) 304-1526;
www.maplestreetpatisserie.com
Apple strudel puff pastry is made with walnuts, raisins and fresh apple. The selection of European breads includes traditional Jewish rye. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mardi Gras Zone
2706 Royal St., (504) 947-8787;
www.mardigraszonesupermarket.net
Wood-fired pizzas include the Eden vegan pie topped with avocado, zucchini, spinach, green bell pepper, shiitake mushrooms, fresh basil, Daiya vegan cheese and basil pesto. The deli counter offers chicken salad made with green onions, mayonnaise, sweet relish and eggs. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen St., (504) 945-4472;
www.marignybrasserie.com
Strawberry walnut salad is made with blue cheese, candied walnuts and spinach and is dressed with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Barbecue shrimp made with Abita Amber are served over roasted garlic and rosemary grits with collard greens and a biscuit. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mariza
2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700;
www.marizaneworleans.com
Mariza has a raw seafood bar and offers a mix of Italian and Creole dishes. House-made squid ink linguine is served with Gulf shrimp and crab, tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce. Duck confit risotto is made with cauliflower and cracklings. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mark Twain's Pizza Landing
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-8032;
www.marktwainspizza.com
The Innocents Abroad pie is topped with Genoa salami, Italian sausage, tomatoes, artichokes and fresh basil. The Mysterious Stranger comes with a choice of Canadian bacon or hot sausage as well as spinach, feta and a choice of vegetables. Gluten-free crusts are available. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Market Cafe
1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000;
www.marketcafenola.com
Crawfish beignets are deep-fried fritters filled with crawfish and served with Cajun dipping sauce. The Taste of New Orleans platter includes gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Marti's
1041 Dumaine St., (504) 522-5478;
www.martisnola.com
The grande plateau fruits de mer features whole Maine lobster, chilled shrimp, marinated crab claws, oysters on the half shell and scallop ceviche. Roasted veal bone marrow is seasoned with sea salt and fresh thyme, layered with sweet and sour shallot jam and served with grilled bread. Reservations recommended. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

Martin Wine Cellar
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7350;
www.martinwine.com
The wine emporium's deli counter offers sandwiches, burgers, salads, cheese plates and more. The smoked salmon BLT is made with arugula and wasabi mayonnaise on toasted sourdough. European salad features baby arugula, prosciutto, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano and sherry vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Martinique Bistro
5908 Magazine St., (504) 891-8495;
www.martiniquebistro.com
Pan-roasted Gulf grouper is served with yuzu and lemon grass brown butter sauce and comes with edamame, fried rice noodles and watermelon radish. A popular salad features Ponchatoula strawberries, watercress, frisee, Cazelle de Saint Affrique cheese and strawberry basil vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Mat & Naddie's
937 Leonidas St., (504) 861-9600;
www.matandnaddies.com
Grilled scallops wrapped in prosciutto are served with greens and shoestring potatoes dressed in a tomato caper basil vinaigrette. Wild mushroom and Gruyere roulade is served with porcini marinara and truffle oil. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Maurepas Foods
3200 Burgundy St., (504) 267-0072;
www.maurepasfoods.com
Roasted goat tacos are served in corn tortillas with cilantro harissa and pickled green tomatoes. Oatmeal tart comes with strawberry jam, cinnamon ice cream and milk chocolate. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Tue., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Maximo's Italian Grill
1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883;
www.maximosgrill.com
Veal Marsala is a veal chop served with Marsala sauce, crimini mushrooms and sauteed Brussels sprouts with pancetta. Risotto is served with crimini mushrooms, Romano cheese, asparagus, grape tomatoes and truffle oil. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Mayas
2027 Magazine St., (504) 309-3401;
www.mojitoland.com
Lechon roasted pork is marinated in garlic, orange, pineapple and beer and roasted for 14 hours. Brazilian moqueca comes with shrimp, scallops and mahi mahi in a sauce made with coconut milk, piri piri, garlic, onions and citrus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

McAlister's deli
Citywide;
www.mcalistersdeli.com
The club sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard on toasted wheat bread. The Spud Max potato is loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses, olives, green onions and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Meals From The Heart Cafe
1100 N. Peters St., Suite 13, (504) 525-1953;
www.mealsfromtheheartcafe.com
Crab Cake Passion is lump crabmeat served with mixed greens, ripe tomatoes and garlic-lemon remoulade. Gluten-free, low-sodium gumbo combines okra, shrimp, turkey sausage and chicken in organic broth with tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, garlic and celery. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

Melius Bar & Cafe
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-9446;
www.meliusbarbucktown.com
Cordon bleu burger features a half pound patty slathered with Creole mustard and layered with ham and Swiss cheese. The jalapeno burger is piled high with jalapenos and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mellow Mushroom
1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4155; 8227 Oak St., (504) 345-8229;
www.mellowmushroom.com
The Holy Shiitake pie is made with shiitake and portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella and Montamore cheeses and drizzled with garlic aioli and black truffle oil. The Righteous Portobello Reuben has grilled portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing and is served on a rye roll. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Melting Pot
1820 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-3225;
www.meltingpot.com
The Classic is a four-course meal that includes Angus sirloin, Memphis-style barbecued pork medallion, Pacific white shrimp, herb-crusted chicken breast and teriyaki-marinated sirloin. The French Quarter entree includes filet mignon, Cajun-seasoned shrimp, andouille and Cajun-seasoned chicken. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MeMe's Bar & Grille
712 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 644-4992;
www.memesbarandgrille.com
Pasta Lafitte is blackened Gulf shrimp or chicken served in Creole cream sauce with spinach and tomato over bow tie pasta. Shrimp and grits feature New Orleans barbecue shrimp over stone-ground Carolina grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mena's Palace
200 Chartres St., (504) 525-0217;
www.menaspalace.com
Baked chicken is served with dirty rice and beet salad. Shrimp Creole is served over rice with a side of potato salad. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Middendorf's
30160 Hwy. 51 S., Akers, (985) 386-6666;
www.middendorfsrestaurant.com
This casual seafood restaurant is known for its thin-sliced, cornmeal-crusted fried catfish, served with fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies. Barbecued oysters on the half shell are topped with house barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Midway
4725 Freret St., (504) 322-2815;
www.midwaypizzanola.com
This pizzeria offers a large selection of specialty deep-dish pies. The Thunderbird has roasted chicken, Chisesi ham, bacon, caramelized onions and green onion topped with roasted red pepper aioli. The Larry flatbread features prosciutto, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, tomato-basil relish, balsamic reduction and extra virgin olive oil. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli
133 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-2668
The slow-cooked roast beef is made in-house and served dressed on Binder's French bread. The muffaletta comes with ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, Swiss and provolone cheeses with homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mikimoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881;
www.mikimotosushi.com
Baked scallops are served over enoki mushrooms and topped with garlic lemon aioli. The Super niku maki features baked thin sliced beef rolled with shrimp, snow crab, green onion and asparagus and topped with teriyaki sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MiLa
817 Common St., (504) 412-2580;
www.milaneworleans.com
Braised Niman Ranch pig cheeks and collard greens are served with rutabaga gnocchi and shaved truffle in pot liquor sauce. The root beer float features vanilla bean Bavarois, ginger snap tuiles and Abita root beer sorbet. Reservations recommended. Breakfast. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Milano's Pizzeria
3012 Cleary Ave., Metairie, (504) 780-7500;
www.ordermilanosmetairie.com
Spinach pizza features garlic-butter sauce, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and mozzarella and feta cheeses. Greek salad includes lettuce, tomato, red onion, bell pepper, Kalamata olives, feta and sun-dried tomato dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Milk Bar
710 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-3310; 1514 Delachaise St., (504) 891-9361
The Yam I Am vegetarian sandwich features pesto, roasted sweet potato, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onion and spring greens tossed in balsamic vinaigrette on ciabatta. Mediterranean lamb salad combines romaine, roasted red peppers, roasted eggplant, Kalamata olives, feta, red onion, Roma tomatoes and warm lamb drizzled with mint vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868
Mimi's serves a selection of hot and cold Spanish tapas. Goat cheese croquetas are fried goat cheese puffs served with caramelized onions and honey. Beef empanadas are topped with roasted red pepper aioli. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St., (504) 523-2078;
www.mrbsbistro.com
Gulf shrimp are barbecued and served in their shells with butter, Worcestershire sauce and French bread for dipping. Pecan-smoked, bacon-wrapped Gulf shrimp come over stone-ground yellow grits with red eye gravy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House
3117 21st St., Metairie, (504) 833-6310;
www.mredsoysterbar.com
The Fish House seafood platter for two includes butterflied shrimp, Gulf oysters, two stuffed crabs, Des Allemands catfish, onion rings and jambalaya, potato salad or french fries. Char-broiled oysters are topped with garlic butter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mr. Ed's Seafood & Italian Restaurant
910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, (504) 838-0022;
www.austinsno.com
Stuffed bell peppers are filled with shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish. The fried half chicken plate includes a breast, thigh, wing and leg plus salad and french fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mister Gregory's
806 N. Rampart St., (504) 407-3780;
www.mistergregorys.com
The Vieux Carre cold French sandwich tops Gulf shrimp with dill, garlic aioli and fried shallots. The Boeuf features local roast beef, caramelized onion, Swiss cheese and horseradish cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mr. Gyros Greek Restaurant
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-9228;
www.mrgyros.org
Moussaka combines eggplant, potatoes and meat sauce in creamy bechamel. The gyros platter comes with roasted potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mr. John's Steakhouse
2111 St. Charles Ave., (504) 679-7697;
house.com
The Who Dat shrimp appetizer features four bacon-wrapped, crabmeat-stuffed Gulf shrimp served over mixed greens with Thai chili sauce and chipotle remoulade. A 12-ounce New York strip arrives on a sizzling plate with clarified butter and parsley. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mr. Poor Boy Restaurant
10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, (504) 737-1170
This casual eatery serves sandwiches, salads, fried seafood platters and daily specials. The grilled catfish plate comes with house-made eggplant sauce and two sides. The roast beef po-boy features slow-cooked roast beef dressed to order on Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mr. Roo's Deli & Catering
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-4010;
www.mrroosdeli.com
The club sandwich features turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on white or wheat bread. The shrimp and catfish platter includes toast, fries and salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Miyako Hibachi & Sushi Bar
1403 St. Charles Ave., (504) 410-9997;
www.japanesebistro.com
The Spicy Girl roll features deep fried white fish, snow crab and cucumber topped with pepper tuna, green onions and ponzu sauce. The Dream roll includes snow crab, barbecue eel, avocado and crunchy flakes layered with spicy tuna, wasabi tobiko and eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mizado Cocina
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 885-5555;
www.mizadococina.com
The menu includes new takes on traditional Mexican and South American dishes. Creative tacos feature fillings such as Peking duck confit, smoked pork belly and charred rare tuna. Ceviche offerings include tuna with citrus ponzu, melon and avocado. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mo's Pizza
1112 Avenue H, Westwego, (504) 341-9650;
www.mospizzanola.com
Mo's muffuletta has layers of house-made olive salad, Italian cold cuts and provolone cheese and is served toasted. The all-meat pizza features pepperoni, Italian sausage and sliced meatballs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mojo Coffee House
1500 Magazine St., (504) 525-2244;
www.facebook.com/mojo.on.magazine
; 4700 Freret St., (504) 875-2243;
www.facebook.com/mojofreret
Mojo serves pour-over or hand-dripped coffee. The Magazine sandwich features ham, apples, brie and Creole mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Mona Lisa Restaurant
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746
Paneed veal is seasoned with Italian herbs and served with linguine Alfredo. Pasta primavera features seasonal vegetables sauteed with basil, oregano, garlic and served with a choice of sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mona's Cafe
504 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8175; 3901 Banks St., (504) 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., (504) 894-9800
Lamb shank is baked with onion, carrot, celery, mushrooms and spices, and is served with rice and salad. Cornish game hen is stuffed with chickpeas and rice and served with pine nuts, salad and hummus. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Mondo
900 Harrison Ave., (504) 224-2633;
www.mondoneworleans.com
Roasted beet salad features skordalia Greek spread, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet onions and lemon-dill vinaigrette. The Cuban sandwich is made with smoked ham, roasted pork, Gruyere cheese, pickles and plantains. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Monster Po-Boys
1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 626-9183
The fried seafood plate comes with pickle chips, Cajun fries, potato salad and bread. The Monster special includes hot ham, hot turkey, roast beef and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

MoPho Mid-City
514 City Park Ave., (504) 482-6845;
www.mophomidcity.com
Vietnamese pho can be ordered with roasted tofu or grilled greens. One salad combines jicama, pears, shrimp, sausage, pecans and mint. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Morning Call
3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-4068; City Park, Timken Center, 56 Dreyfous Drive, (504) 300-1157;
www.morningcallcoffeestand.com
Beignets are made with the same recipe as when Morning Call opened in the French Market in 1870. Other dishes include jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee and red beans and rice. The City Park location has an expanded menu and serves alcohol. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

Morton's The Steakhouse
The Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal St., (504) 566-0221;
www.mortons.com/neworleans
A 12-ounce bone-in filet is crusted with porcini mushrooms and served with Madeira demi-glace and roasted garlic. Hickory-smoked pork belly is served with cracked peppercorn maple syrup reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Mosca's Restaurant
4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950;
www.moscasrestaurant.com
Baked oysters Mosca features Louisiana oysters covered with Italian seasoning and breadcrumbs. Shrimp Mosca are shell-on shrimp sauteed with Italian seasonings and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

Mother Land Cafe
1535 Basin St., (504) 342-2996
This cafe's West African cuisine focuses on the dishes of Gambia and Senegal. Thiebou guinar features lamb, chicken, fish or beef served with sauteed spinach, tomato, sweet peppers, cucumber and sauce. Foufou is palm grain stew served with mashed plantains. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mother's Restaurant
401 Poydras St., (504) 523-9656;
www.mothersrestaurant.net
Diners line up at the counter to order from a menu of po-boys and Creole staples such as etouffee and red beans and rice. The Ferdi po-boy is loaded with roast beef debris, baked ham, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayonnaise and yellow and Creole mustards. Jerry's jambalaya is studded with chicken and sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mulate's Cajun Restaurant
201 Julia St., (504) 522-1492;
www.mulates.com
Catfish Mulate's is grilled catfish topped with crawfish etouffee and served with jambalaya, sauteed vegetables and a twice-baked potato. Blackened fish of the day is served with a skewer of grilled Gulf shrimp, sauteed vegetables and a twice-baked potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Munch Factory
6325 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 324-5372;
www.themunchfactory.net
Pan-seared red snapper comes with coconut rice, black beans, citrus salsa and tostones. Classic shrimp and grits combines sauteed shrimp in Worcestershire reduction over creamy stone ground grits. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Muriel's Jackson Square
801 Chartres St., (504) 568-1885;
www.muriels.com
Blackened redfish is served with house-made tomato jam, braised fennel, peppers, onions and basil vinaigrette. Three wood-grilled tournedos of beef are topped with choron, au poivre and chasseur sauces and served with smoked blue cheese mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

My Thai Cuisine
2104 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, (504) 365-5525; www.my-
thaicuisine.com
The NOLA Deluxe includes shrimp and crawfish in creamy roasted chili sauce topped with soft-shell crab and lump crabmeat. Laska noodles features egg noodles with coconut yellow curry topped with crunchy noodles and Thai slaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$



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