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R&O's Restaurant
216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, (504) 831-1248
The roast beef po-boy is served on a toasted sesame loaf with dark gravy or red gravy and cheese. Seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crawfish, crabs and oysters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Radosta's Restaurant & Deli
249 Aris Ave., Metairie, (504) 831-1537
Shrimp Parmesan features fried shrimp with red gravy and provolone cheese. The Grand Slam po-boy features sliced rib-eye steak with grilled onions and mushrooms in wine sauce. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Citywide;
www.raisingcanes.com
The Box includes four fried chicken tenders, tangy Cane's sauce, french fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. Fresh-squeezed lemonade is served over crushed ice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Ralph & Kacoo's
519 Toulouse St., (504) 522-5226;
www.ralphandkacoos.com
Mahi mahi Bourbon Street is served with grilled shrimp, creamy hollandaise, braised potatoes and vegetables. Crawfish nachos come topped with pepper Jack cheese, poblano pepper-infused queso, sauteed crawfish tails, tomatoes, green onions and sour cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Ralph's On The Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000;
www.ralphsonthepark.com
Flash-fried, cornmeal-crusted oysters are topped with Buffalo Trace tomato jam and white remoulade. Seared rib-eye filet is served with poached veal marrow, shiitake and port wine-beef sauce, asparagus and turnip puree. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Recovery Room Bar and Grill
1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, (504) 309-4975
The Recovery burger features a ground beef and hot sausage patty served on a Leidenheimer bun. Golden-fried crab balls are served with house dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200;
www.redfishgrill.com
Barbecue oysters are flash-fried and served with Crystal barbecue sauce and house blue cheese dressing. Hickory-grilled redfish is topped with sauteed jumbo lump crabmeat and served with lemon butter sauce and Pontalba potatoes made with tasso and wild mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Red Gravy
125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844;
www.redgravycafe.com
Pork belly and vegetables are simmered in tomato sauce, topped with a duck egg and served over house-made pappardelle. Sauteed Gulf shrimp and sweet Italian sausage is served with basil cream sauce on top of polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and brunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Red Maple
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 367-0935;
www.theredmaple.com
Veal scallopini is topped with crabmeat. Redfish Pontchartrain features a broiled fillet topped with crabmeat and mushroom sherry sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Red Palace
1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 366-7071
Soft-shell crab can be ordered with crawfish sauce. Soft-shell crab Cantonese features soft-shell crab simmered in spicy garlic sauce with onions and topped with egg sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Redemption
3835 Iberville St., (504) 309-3570;
www.redemption-nola.com
Flash-fried Louisiana oysters are served over oven-roasted corn and edamame succotash. Dijon- and herb-crusted rack of lamb is served with mint jus and andouille and caramelized onion smothered potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Refuel Cafe
8124 Hampson St., (504) 872-0187;
www.refuelcafe.com
Nutella French toast is topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar. The breakfast burrito is stuffed with potatoes, cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs and andouille and served with grits. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Reginelli's Pizzeria
Citywide;
www.reginellis.com
Tony's Play pie is topped with pepperoni, pancetta, prosciutto, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, capers, mozzarella cheese and marinara. Avocado and asparagus salad is tossed with feta, artichoke, Roma tomatoes, croutons and honey-Dijon vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Remoulade
309 Bourbon St., (504) 523-0377;
www.remoulade.com
The Taste of Louisiana includes a bowl of turtle soup, a Natchitoches meat pie and crawfish etouffee. New Orleans-style stuffed crabs are topped with buttered breadcrumbs and baked in the shell. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Rendon Inn's Dugout Sports Bar & Grill
4301 Eve St., (504) 826-5605;
www.facebook.com/rendoninn
Crawfish quesadillas are filled with crawfish tails, cheddar Jack cheese and bell pepper and served with salsa and sour cream. Fried catfish is topped with crawfish cream sauce and served with rice. Crawfish boils occur every Friday. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777;
www.restaurantaugust.com
Chef John Besh's flagship restaurant offers a refined approach to contemporary Creole cooking. Potato gnocchi are tossed with blue crabmeat and preserved black truffles. Roasted Chappapeela Farms duckling is served with fried rice, a cured yard egg, kimchi and duck and cherry jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Restaurant Cypress
4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 885-6885;
www.restaurantcypress.com
Slow-roasted duck comes with huckleberry sauce and andouille and cornbread dressing. The fish of the day is pan-seared and served with asparagus and crabmeat butter. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Restaurant des Familles
7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, (504) 689-7834;
www.restaurantdesfamilles.com
Alligator-stuffed mushrooms are served with alligator sauce piquante. Redfish Marcel is a lightly battered and fried fillet served with sauteed mushrooms, crabmeat and grilled shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Restaurant R'evolution
777 Bienville St., (504) 553-2277;
www.revolutionnola.com
Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto's extensive menu combines rustic Louisiana dishes and refined indulgences including caviar tasting selections. Death by Gumbo features andouille- and oyster-stuffed quail finished tableside with a ladle of gumbo on top. Beer-battered crab beignets are served with remoulade. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Reuben's Soup & Sandwich Co.
920 Gravier St., (504) 373-6687;
www.reubenssandwich.com
The Reuben features pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye. The 920 club layers turkey, bacon, avocado, tomato and lettuce on toasted wheat bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Rib Room
621 St. Louis St., (504) 529-7045;
www.ribroomneworleans.com
Prime rib is seasoned with sea salt, roasted with herbs and served au jus with salad and a baked potato. Roasted grouper is served with cauliflower steak, leeks, fingerling potatoes and brown butter vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe
7801 Panola St., (504) 314-1810;
www.riccobonos.com
Crab cakes Benedict features two poached eggs atop crab cakes with hollandaise and brabant potatoes. The Mediterranean omelet is filled with creamed spinach and artichoke, tomato and onion, topped with feta and mozzarella cheeses and served with potatoes or grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Riccobono's Peppermill
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-2266;
www.riccobonos.com
Oysters Riccobono is a casserole of oysters, mushrooms, garlic and olive oil topped with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Jumbo lump crab cakes are topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise and served with potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Ridge Bistro
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-4195;
www.ridgebistro.com
Creole white beans and shrimp are served with smoked sausage in cream sauce. The Peppery Pig sandwich features layers of smoked ham, provolone cheese, baby spinach, tomato and Tabasco pepper jelly on a toasted croissant. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RioMar
800 S. Peters St., (504) 525-3474;
www.riomarseafood.com
The menu includes Latin American dishes and several styles of ceviche. Cau cau de mar y montana is seared scallops with pork belly lancones, sweet potato, hominy, fresh peas and aji Amarillo chilis. Louisiana black drum is served with maduro relleno, chayote-coconut relish, salsa criolla and Gulf shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Ristorante da Piero
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 469-8585;
www.ristorantedapiero.net
Sauteed soft-shell crab is served with sherry wine sauce with a touch of cream. Veal shank osso buco is braised in brown sauce and comes with risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Rivershack Tavern
3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938;
www.therivershacktavern.com
"Fwench fwied fwog legs" are tossed in lemon-garlic brown butter and served with baby French beans "pecandine" and sticky rice. The Shank-You burger includes an 8-ounce beef patty and a hot sausage patty and is served with fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Rivista
4226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5558;
www.facebook.com/rivistanola
The selection of turnovers includes baklava and Nutella with orange marmalade. The steak and eggs breakfast includes scrambled farm-raised eggs, flank steak, hash browns and Romesco sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Rock 'N' Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1700;
www.rocknbowl.com
The house burger features house-ground, grass-fed beef from Straight Stick Ranch and comes with fries. Fried pickles are served with Crystal hot sauce-based Boss Sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Rock-N-Sake
823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253;
www.rocknsake.com
Tuna ceviche is mixed with chili sesame oil, Sriracha, green onions, smelt roe, sesame seeds and house-made ponzu sauce and served with wonton chips. The Margarita roll includes tuna, asparagus and snow crab wrapped in soy paper, topped with yellowtail, slices of lime, sea salt and Sriracha and served with ponzu sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Rolls-N-Bowls
605 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 309-0519;
www.rollsnbowls-nola.com
Spring rolls fill rice paper with vermicelli, lettuce, carrots and a choice of meat, tofu, seafood or vegetables. Pork, chicken or vegetables fill steamed or fried dumplings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Roly Poly
citywide;
www.rolypoly.com
The Spa salad includes plum tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries, alfalfa sprouts, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette. The pressed Key West Cuban sandwich combines smoked pork, turkey, ham, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, pickles, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and honey mustard. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Romano Italian Street Food
4620 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 872-9992;
www.myromano.com
Build your own wrap, chopped salad, pasta or pizzetta from dozens of toppings, meats and house-made Italian sauces. Rotolos are baked wraps with fillings such as pepperoni and creamy artichoke mix, topped with Romano cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Root
200 Julia St., (504) 252-9480;
www.rootnola.com
Cohiba-smoked, chorizo-dusted scallops come with caramelized cauliflower, pimenton patatas bravas and black garlic fennel choucroute. Sweet tea country-fried chicken wings are served with smoked onion buttermilk dressing and a miso-butterscotch country biscuit with sweet potato sorghum butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Rotolo's Pizzeria
Citywide;
www.rotolos.com
Parma rosa pasta features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato sauce. Barbecued chicken pizza tops a hand-tossed crust with barbecue sauce, grilled chicken and red onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Rouses
Citywide;
www.rouses.com
Get items cooked to order at the grill or Asian noodle bar or choose from sandwiches, baked goods, pizza, a salad bar and a hot line with items such as fried chicken, ribs, lasagna, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Royal Blend Coffee & Tea House
204 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-7779; 621 Royal St., (504) 523-2716;
www.royalblendcoffee.com
The California salad includes turkey, Swiss cheese, cucumber, avocado, sprouts and fresh vegetables. The Old Metairie sandwich features chicken salad, bacon and avocado combined on seven-grain whole wheat bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Royal House Oyster Bar
441 Royal St., (504) 528-2601;
www.royalhouserestaurant.com
Puff pastries are filled with creamed spinach dressing and topped with fried oysters and Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc. Baked shrimp tortellini features Gulf shrimp in seafood cream sauce topped with breadcrumbs. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

The Ruby Slipper Cafe
139 S. Cortez St., (504) 525-9355; 200 Magazine St., (504) 525-9355; 1005 Canal St., (504) 525-9355; 2001 Burgundy St., (504) 525-9355;
www.therubyslippercafe.net
Enjoy breakfast all day with options such as the barbecue shrimp and grits, featuring Gulf shrimp sauteed in amber beer and rosemary reduction over creamy, stone-ground grits and served with a buttermilk biscuit. Bananas Foster pain perdu is French toast topped with classic bananas Foster and raisins and served with applewood-smoked bacon. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Rue 127
127 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 483-1571;
www.rue127.com
Saffron risotto is accented by oyster mushroom fricassee, demi-glace and olive oil. Pan-seared duck breast comes with smoked sweet potato puree, broccoli rabe, pickled beets, orange-braised fennel and garlic. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Rue de la Course
1140 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-4343;
www.facebook.com/ruedelacourse
Soup choices include tomato basil, mushroom and brie and red pepper and Gouda. The Downtown sandwich features turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce, sprouts and mayonnaise on a choice of bagel and comes with chips, potato salad or coleslaw. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

The Rum House
3128 Magazine St., (504) 941-7560;
www.rumhousenola.com
The brisket melt features beef brisket with house-made chimichurri, house barbecue sauce, fried shallots, horseradish aioli and Jack cheese. Spicy lamb shank comes with garlic mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Russell's Marina Grill
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 282-9980;
www.russellsmarinagrill.net
The egg white omelet features eight egg whites, salmon, cream cheese, capers and red onion. Eggs Gentilly tops an English muffin with wilted spinach, fried oysters, poached eggs, Hollandaise and smoked pecans. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Rusty Pelican
500 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 778-0364
The Girod Street burger is topped with pepper Jack cheese, barbecue sauce and two fried onion rings. Panko-crusted crab cakes are served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Ruth's Chris Steak House
3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-3600; Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., (504) 587-7099;
www.ruthschris.com
Steaks such as the signature filet mignon are prepared in an 1,800 degree broiler and served with sizzling butter. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp features shrimp sauteed in reduced white wine, butter and garlic and served over garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Fulton Street: lunch and dinner daily. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$



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