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click to enlarge Adolfo’s Restaurant serves stuffed flounder topped with ocean sauce.

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Adolfo’s Restaurant serves stuffed flounder topped with ocean sauce.

Abita Bar-B-Q
69399 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205;
Smoked brisket is cooked overnight and served on a platter with barbecue sauce on the side. House-cured smoked pastrami comes with two sides or on a bun with grilled onions, Swiss cheese and Creole mustard. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837;
Blueberry-glazed fried quail is stuffed with boudin and served with andouille cornbread stuffing, smashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Pasta Creole features chicken, andouille and shrimp in pesto cream sauce over fettuccine. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$

Abita Roasting Company
504 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 246-3340; 1011 Village Walk, Covington, (985) 246-3345;
The Cowboy omelet is made with smoked sausage, bacon, bell pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes. The Cuban panino features marinated pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese and Creole mayonnaise. No reservations. Covington: breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Madisonville: breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 708-2409;
The Peace Maker po-boy includes fried shrimp, oysters and Tabasco-infused mayonnaise on French bread. The "10 napkin" hot roast beef po-boy features house-cooked chuck roast served debris-style. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Acropolis Cuisine
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-9046
Grilled lamb chops are marinated with Greek herbs and spices. Chicken kebabs are served with sides such as Greek salad and hummus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Adolfo's Restaurant
611 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-3800
Roasted eggplant is topped with crabmeat and capers. Veal Ocean includes shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat, capers and pasta or salad. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant
600 Palace Drive, Hammond, (985) 345-3012; 1958 N. Highway 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 304-8441;
The chicken shawarma platter comes with feta salad, hummus and rice. The combination kebab plate includes a choice of kofta, beef tenderloin or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558;
The Cuban sandwich includes ham, citrus-braised pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and Creole mustard. The fried pork chop po-boy is dressed with blue cheese, pickles and cabbage slaw. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

The Alibi
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187;
Barbecue shrimp po-boys feature Gulf shrimp served dressed on French bread. The Alibi burger has a 10-ounce ground beef patty and is served with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Allegro Bistro
1100 Poydras St., Suite 150, (504) 582-2350;
Grilled salmon comes with sauteed spinach and Creole mustard hollandaise. The Asian sesame chicken salad includes wonton crisps, peanuts, carrots, scallions, cabbage and mixed greens with Asian sesame peanut dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards.  $$

The American Sector
945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940;
The oyster BLT features Parmesan-crusted fried oysters, pork belly, tomato jam and arugula. Chicken fried steak comes with macaroni and cheese, Southern greens, grits and gravy. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782;
Wings are served with fries, coleslaw and a choice of house-made sauces, such as Memphis barbecue, mild Buffalo, garlic-lemon or chipotle. The Ragin' Cajun burger is topped with cheddar, bacon, Tabasco onions and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250;
Mussels Amici is prepared with tarragon, white wine and garlic and served with garlic tomato sauce. Coal-fired pizzas include the broccoli rabe and salsiccia Italiana pie, which is topped with marinara, sauteed bitter Italian greens, Italian sausage and mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria
4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636;
Pizza Bianca is topped with fior di latte cheese, basil, olives, garlic, chilies and capers. Caramel ice cream is made in-house in small batches. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583;
Crab cakes made with Louisiana crabmeat, eggplant and Italian herbs are served with lemon butter sauce. House-made ravioli are stuffed with crabmeat and tossed in light cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Andy's Bistro
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, (504) 455-7363;
Wood-grilled oysters are topped with Louisiana crab claw meat, Reggiano-Parmigiano and peppercorns. Pan-seared jumbo scallops are served with grilled beets, roasted red pepper butter and fried capers. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

Angeli On Decatur
1141 Decatur St., (504) 566-0077;
The chicken Caesar pita roll features grilled chicken, lettuce and Caesar dressing. The Lucifer pizza has red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, red onions and roasted red peppers; jalapeno peppers are an optional addition. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Hotel Provincial, 1032 Chartres St., (504) 308-3106;
Fried cauliflower is served with olivade aioli and sheep's milk cheese. Mississippi rabbit milanese is lightly fried and served with smoked carrot puree, spoon bread, bacon-braised collard greens and tomato-pancetta gravy. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Mon.-Thu., dinner daily, brunch Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Angelo Brocato
214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-0078;
Sicilian cannoli are fried cinnamon pastry shells with ricotta filling, chocolate and pistachios. Stracciatella is an Italian version of chocolate chip gelato. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Annadele's Plantation Restaurant
71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669;
Garam masala-spiced New Zealand lamb chops are served with Israeli couscous, edamame and pomegranate gastrique. Braised, pulled wild boar meat is served with roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, leek and herbs over linguine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Antoine's Annex
513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045;
The breakfast platter includes scrambled eggs, grits, hickory-smoked bacon and a biscuit or toast. The Caprese sandwich features thick-sliced mozzarella, Creole tomatoes, pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a pistolette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Antoine's Restaurant
713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422;
Signature dishes include oysters Rockefeller topped with pureed greens and seasoned breadcrumbs. Alaska Antoine is baked Alaska: ice cream wrapped in pound cake and crowned with a toasted meringue shell and hot fudge. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881;
Pan-seared diver scallops are served with Gulf shrimp, roasted corn maque choux, San Marzano tomato sauce and bacon. A cold-smoked pork chop is served with marchand de vin, smashed red potatoes and fried onions. Reservations accepted except at brunch. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$$

Arabella Casa di Pasta
2258 St. Claude Ave., (504) 267-6108;
Shrimp piccata is served with arugula and fettuccine tossed in lemon-infused olive oil. Spicy beef, pork and andouille meatballs are topped with house-made red sauce and served with French bread. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Arana Taqueria y Cantina
3242 Magazine St., (504) 894-1233;
An open-faced tamale is topped with chicken tinga, chili-corn cream, pickled red onion and queso fresco. Chile rellenos are tortilla chip-crusted, stuffed with beef picadillo and served with rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Arnaud's Restaurant
813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433;
Shrimp Arnaud features Gulf shrimp in a signature tangy Creole remoulade. Potato-crusted Gulf fish is a pan-seared fillet served with sauteed fennel and Herbsaint butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711;
Crab Rangoon is cream cheese- and crabmeat-filled wontons served with tangy sauce. General Tso's chicken is glazed with sweet and spicy sauce and served with jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Asuka Sushi & Hibachi
7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555;
The Sumo roll is a spicy Dynamite roll (chopped salmon, tuna, yellowtail) topped with fresh salmon, tuna and garlic-chili oil. The Aloha roll features salmon, snow crab and avocado with mango sauce on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

901 Louisiana Ave., (504) 891-9626;
Two Run Farm lamb Bolognese comes with potato gnocchi, eggplant caponata and feta cheese. Duck hash features poached eggs, duck confit, blackberries, mango, hollandaise and bacon vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

Atomic Burger
3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-7474;
The signature green chile burger is a two-patty, extra cheese burger topped with roasted poblano peppers and mayonnaise and served with fries or edamame. Milkshakes feature house-made custard flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Attiki Bar
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756;
Paella includes shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, crawfish, sausage, chicken and rice simmered in saffron broth and topped with pine nuts. Gyro wraps feature thinly sliced lamb in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and tzatziki. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Audubon Clubhouse Cafe
6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5282;
Gnocchi are tossed with crawfish, blue crabmeat, pearl onions, carrots, celery, brown butter and citrus. Crispy duck is served with satsuma glaze, boudin, Creole mustard demi-glace and crispy Brussels sprouts. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Augie's Restaurant
6005 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 733-3000,
Baked chicken St. Charles is served with creamy shrimp sauce, potatoes, summer vegetables and salad. Grilled catfish Orleans is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777;
Heirloom beet salad is topped with blue crabmeat, horseradish and a crispy egg yolk. Foie gras and sweet breads are served with sweet potato agnolotti. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

August Moon
875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-7977;
; 3635 Prytania St., (504) 899-5129;
Lemon grass shrimp features tempura-fried shrimp with sweet onion, pepper, minced lemon grass and rice vermicelli. Tilapia is glazed in a tangy sweet-and-spicy sauce and served with bok choy. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

Austin's Seafood and Steakhouse
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533;
Two grilled filet medallions are served with barbecue shrimp and garlic mashed potatoes. Redfish is cooked in parchment paper with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat, caramelized onions and lobster butter. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243;
The Pub burger has a Two Run Farm beef patty and a choice of cheeses and is served with hand-cut fries. The Cajun croque monsieur features Bourree brown sugar-smoked ham made with Chappapeela Farms pork, shaved tasso and aged Swiss cheese and is served with spicy olive salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Avery's on Tulane
2510 Tulane Ave., (504) 821-4110;
The Pearl River sandwich features fried Gulf oysters, roast beef gravy, bacon, lettuce and mayonnaise. The barbecue shrimp po-boy is served dressed on Leidenheimer French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

5908 Magazine St., (504) 509-6550;
Charred octopus is served with whipped lardo, eggplant, marinated cranberries and black garlic. Pistachio-encrusted halibut is served with crema, okra, fava beans and king trumpet mushrooms. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

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