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French fries are topped with cheese, bacon, onions and more at Old Rail Brewing Company.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

French fries are topped with cheese, bacon, onions and more at Old Rail Brewing Company.

O'Briens Grille
2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 391-7229;
www.obriensgrille.com
Parmesan-crusted grouper is served with whipped potatoes, sauteed baby spinach, jumbo lump crabmeat and buerre blanc. The truffled scallop salad combines scallops, diced candied pecans, crumbled goat cheese, pickled red onion and mixed greens in honey truffle vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'Henry's Food & Spirits
632 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 461-9840;
www.ohenrys.com
For an appetizer, broiled crawfish are drizzled with creamy Monica sauce. Catfish Lafitte is a fried catfish fillet topped with sauteed crawfish tails and Monica cream sauce and served with red beans and jambalaya. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Oak
8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485;
www.oaknola.com
Pork belly banh mi features sweet and savory pork belly, grilled scallions, radishes, pickled carrots and fresh herbs. Louisiana crab fritters are served with Meyer lemon dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Oak Street Cafe
8140 Oak St., (504) 265-0050;
www.oakstreetcafe.com
The croissant breakfast sandwich fills a flaky croissant with two scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese, smoked bacon and orange marmalade pepper jelly. Smoked salmon Benedict features smoked Nova Scotia salmon, poached eggs, an English muffin, hollandaise and capers served with grits or smothered potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Oceana Grill
739 Conti St., (504) 525-6002;
www.oceanagrill.com
Redfish Oceana is topped with mushroom crawfish cream sauce and served with vegetables and roasted garlic potatoes. Cajun jambalaya pasta features shrimp, alligator sausage and bell peppers in Creole sauce tossed with fettuccine. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Ohana Modern Fusion Sushi Bar
3559 18th St., Metairie, (504) 888-4568;
www.ohananola.com
Chicken and shrimp are fried crispy and then sauteed with honey sauce and topped with walnuts. Beef, chicken, shrimp, scallops and vegetables are stir fried in brown sauce and served in a nest of fried noodles. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Ohm Lounge
Barcadia, 601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1760;
www.ohm-lounge.com
Ohm is an Asian-styled lounge serving tapas and drinks in the back of Barcadia. O.M.G. Shrimp is served with sweet chili aioli and toasted coconut. Chicken karaage is brined chicken lightly fried and served with ginger-garlic vinaigrette and fresh herbs. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Old Rail Brewing Company
639 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 612-1828;
www.facebook.com/oldrailbrewingcompany
The brewpub serves burgers, po-boys, sandwiches and seafood dishes. French fries are topped with cheese, bacon, onions, jalapenos and more. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Olive Branch Cafe
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 348-2008; 5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 393-1107;
www.olivebranchcafe.com
. The spicy Cajun trio features crawfish, chicken and smoked sausage in a Cajun cream sauce. The Mediterranean wrap bundles chicken, house-made hummus, feta, roasted red peppers and black olives in a tomato basil tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Olivier's Creole Restaurant
204 Decatur St., (504) 525-7734;
www.olivierscreole.com
Eggplant Olivier features flash fried eggplant medallions served with shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage and crawfish tails in garlic, basil and brandy sauce. Braised Creole rabbit is served with Creole gravy, oyster dressing and rice pilaf. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Orange Couch
2339 Royal St., (504) 267-7327
Mocha masala latte is made with espresso, dark chocolate and house-ground masala spices. Affogato is a scoop of ice cream topped with a single shot of espresso. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Origami Sushi
5130 Freret St., (504) 899-6532;
www.sushinola.com
The soft-shell crab special appetizer is a whole soft-shell crab served on top of fried sushi rice with curry sauce and red onion. White fish carpaccio is served on a bed of red onions and cucumber with sea salt, red pepper, olive oil, basil, green onions and capers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Original Pierre Maspero's
440 Chartres St., (504) 524-8990;
www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com
French onion soup features a dark broth with smothered onions and a Swiss and provolone cheese crouton. Grilled chicken Caesar salad features marinated grilled chicken, romaine and seasoned croutons topped Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Fri-Mon, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro
720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930;
www.orleansgrapevine.com
Black mussels are steamed in saffron tomato broth with jumbo lump crabmeat, applewood-smoked bacon and basil aioli. Herb-scented rack of lamb is served with truffled mashed potatoes, baby vegetables and brandy-peppercorn demi-glaze. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Oscar's Restaurant & Bar
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540;
www.oscarsoldmetairie.com
The house burger features a hand-formed half-pound patty and comes with a stuffed baked potato. The meatball po-boy fills French bread with house-made meatballs and red gravy. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Oxalis
3162 Dauphine St., (504) 267-4776;
www.oxalisbywater.com
Korean bo ssam features pork belly, mushrooms or shrimp served with popcorn rice and kimchi on butter lettuce. Small plates include duck pate, sweet potato poutine, cheese plates and combinations of pickles and kimchi. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



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