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click to enlarge Dick & Jenny’s serves smoked duck breast over maque choux.

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Dick & Jenny’s serves smoked duck breast over maque choux.

d'Juice
8237 Oak St., (504) 302-1965; www.d-juice.com
The It's Not Easy Being Green smoothie is a blend of green apple, kale, spinach, cucumber, frozen mango, peaches and bananas. The Antioxidant juice combines beets, kale, spinach, ginger, carrot and orange. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Daisy Dukes
121 Chartres St., (504) 561-5171; 123 Carondelet St., (504) 522-2218; 308 St. Charles Ave., (504) 522-2233; 5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 883-5513; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com
The half-shrimp, half-oyster po-boy is dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise. Crawfish, shrimp, tomatoes and mushrooms fill an omelet topped with cheese. Delivery available from Carondelet Street location. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

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

The Dakota Restaurant
629 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com
Lump crabmeat and brie soup is a signature dish. Louisiana seafood stuffed soft-shell crab is topped with sauce Creolaise and served with jasmine rice pilaf. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante St., (504) 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com
Basque-style Gulf fish features Gulf shrimp, calamari, lemon zest, fresh basil, tomato sauce and Kalamata olives and is served with toasted bread. Seared duck breast is served with wild boar red beans, popcorn dirty rice, blackberry demi-glace and pickled corn relish. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Dat Dog
601 Frenchmen St., (504) 309-3362; 3336 Magazine St., (504) 324-2226; 5030 Freret St., (504) 899-6883; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (504) 304-7005; www.datdognola.com
The Bacon Werewolf features a Slovenian smoked pork sausage topped with sauerkraut, dill relish, grilled onions, tomatoes, bacon and Creole mustard. "White trash" fries are topped with chili, cheese, guacamole, onions, jalapeno, tomatoes and sour cream. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

De-No Seafood
505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, (504) 362-4608; www.de-noseafood.com
Blackened redfish is topped with lump crabmeat and drizzled with butter sauce. Shrimp De-No features fried shrimp over angel hair pasta in crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Deanie's Seafood
841 Iberville St., (504) 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 831-4141; www.deanies.com
The giant seafood platter includes shrimp, catfish, oysters, stuffed crabs, crawfish croquettes, french fries and coleslaw. Head-on New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp come with a baguette and salad. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Deja Vu Bar & Grill
400 Dauphine St., (504) 523-1931; www.facebook.com/dejavunolabar
The shrimp po-boy features Cajun-seasoned shrimp, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato with pickles on the side. Red beans and rice comes with a choice of smoked or spicy sausage. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Del Fuego Taqueria
4518 Magazine St., (504) 309-5797; www.delfuegotaqueria.com
Queso fundido con chorizo verde features sauteed spinach, house-made green chorizo sausage and broiled Chihuahua and Asadero cheeses. Enchiladas de tinga are made with chipotle-braised chicken, roasted poblano mezcal cream and queso Cotija. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Delachaise
3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com
Mussels are steamed in broth with lime leaf and Thai chili and served with goose-fat french fries. Mofongo relleno de pollo guisado is mashed fried plantain stuffed with stewed chicken in roasted poblano sauce. 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
Who Dat shrimp are stuffed with crabmeat, wrapped in bacon and served with sweet Thai chili sauce and chipotle remoulade. Blackened yellowfin tuna is served with house-made pickled cucumbers, avocado, Daikon sprouts and Sriracha and wasabi aiolis. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Desire Oyster Bar
Royal Sonesta New Orleans, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2281; www.sonesta.com/
desireoysterbarFirecracker oysters come with chili cream, maque choux and green tomato chow-chow. Bayou Benedict features poached eggs, fried green tomatoes and crawfish hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap
132 Royal St., (504) 309-4797; www.olesaint.com
A 12-ounce pork chop is served with molasses-glazed sweet potatoes, bacon and tasso mustard greens and Southern Comfort honey butter. The crab maison BLT features Louisiana crab salad, applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes and arugula on Leidenheimer multigrain bread. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.com
Black drum is coated in a smoked herb rub, sauteed and served with crawfish risotto and shaved asparagus. Smoked duck breast is glazed with thyme-infused Ponchatoula honey and served with local corn maque choux. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
6005 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 224-6810; www.dickeys.com
The three meat plate includes choices of smoked brisket, pulled pork, hickory-smoked ham, St. Louis ribs and other items and includes two sides and a roll. The Big Barbecue sandwich offers a choice of meat topped with pickles, onions and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. 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. Chateaubriand for two includes a 20-ounce tenderloin steak, grilled asparagus, au gratin potatoes, roasted vegetable gratinee, mushroom saute and three house-made sauces. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DiCristina's Italian and Seafood Restaurant
810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.com
Grilled shrimp and cheese ravioli are served with crabmeat cream sauce. Eggplant Drew features battered and fried eggplant medallions served over angel hair pasta with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 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. De Gaulle Drive, (504) 367-0227; 6641 Westbank Expressway, Suite A, Marrero, (504) 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com
The namesake muffuletta features cold cuts, cheese and house-made olive 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; www.dinosnola.com
Dino's bacon blue burger is an 8-ounce Angus beef patty topped with bacon and blue cheese and served with waffle fries, chips or salad. Seared tuna salad is dressed with signature feta vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Dis & Dem
817 St. Louis St., (504) 509-7092; www.facebook.com/disanddemfq
The Hawaii 5-0 burger includes a half-pound patty, a Patton's hot sausage patty, bacon, grilled pineapple, a fried egg, Roma tomato, red onion and spring greens. The Dis & Dem burger is topped with a hot sausage patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $$

District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew
2209 Magazine St., (504) 570-6945; www.donutsand- sliders.com
Blackened chicken sliders are dressed with romaine slaw, boiled egg, Parmesan and Caesar dressing. Dough a la mode is a griddled doughnut filled with Creole Creamery ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

District: Hand Pie & Coffee Bar
5637 Magazine St., (504) 313-1316; www.districtcoffeebar.com
The Carnitas Pie is filled with slow-roasted pork and topped with refried beans, guacamole, sour cream and cold queso. The Lunchbox Pie is filled with roasted peanut ganache and topped with peanut butter mousse, raspberry jelly and peanut butter raspberry brittle. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Dmac's Bar & Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 304-5757; www.dmacsbarandgrill.com
The Classic burger features a half-pound beef patty topped with American cheese and bacon on a brioche bun and is served with fries. The breakfast burger is a beef patty topped with a fried egg, cheddar and bacon on a brioche bun and is served with fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

Dolce Vita Wood Fired Pizzeria
1205 St. Charles Ave., (504) 324-7674; www.dvpizzeria.com
Imported Italian pepperoni tops a pie baked in a wood-fired oven. Garlic-Parmesan wings are baked whole chicken wings coated in garlic, Italian seasonings and Parmesan. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Domenica
The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com
Fried Gulf shrimp and artichoke are served with gremolata and bagna cauda. Prosciutto pizza includes tomatoes, mozzarella and arugula. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$$

click to enlarge A shrimp po-boy is dressed with lettuce at Domilise’s Po-boys & Bar. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • A shrimp po-boy is dressed with lettuce at Domilise’s Po-boys & Bar.

Domilise's Po-Boys & Bar
5240 Annunciation St., (504) 899-9126; www.domilisespoboys.com
The half-and-half seafood po-boy features fried shrimp and oysters, lettuce, pickles, mayonnaise, hot sauce and ketchup. The roast beef and Swiss po-boy is dressed with mayonnaise, lettuce, pickles, two mustards and roast beef debris on Leidenheimer bread. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Don's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-7111; 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-1550; 1915 S. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-8550; www.donsseafoodonline.com
Zydeco shrimp features fried shrimp on a bed of cabbage topped with sweet and spicy pepper jelly sauce. 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 Bakery & Restaurant
14207 Chef Menteur Highway, (504) 254-0296; www.dpbanhmi.com
Dac biet pate thit nguoi banh mi features cold cuts dressed with carrots, jalapenos, cilantro and cucumbers on Vietnamese bread. Banh hoi are vermicelli pancakes served with sugarcane-wrapped shrimp, grilled pork, beef or chicken. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Dooky Chase's Restaurant
2301 Orleans Ave., (504) 821-0600; www.dookychaserestaurant.com
Chef Leah Chase offers a lunch buffet featuring items such as fried chicken and shrimp and lima beans. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

Dorignac's Food Center
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com
Crawfish etouffee is made with crawfish tails and dark roux. On Mondays, red beans and rice are served with smoked sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

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

Down the Hatch
1921 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.com
Pulled-pork nachos features barbecued pulled pork, tomatoes, red onions, scallions, bacon and fried jalapenos. The Asian-Cajun burger is topped with tomatoes, bacon, jalapenos, pepper Jack cheese, caramelized onions and sweet ginger-soy sauce and is served with fries, sweet potato fries, salad or 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
Drago's signature char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. Lobster Empire is a Maine lobster stuffed with sauteed oysters and mushrooms in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. No reservations. N. Arnoult Road: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Poydras Street: Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Dry Dock Cafe
133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com
House-made red beans and rice are cooked with ham hocks. Seafood Delaronde features grilled shrimp, oysters and crabmeat topped with cheese pesto sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$



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