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O'Brien's Grille
2020 Belle Chasse Highway, Terrytown, (504) 391-7229;
Crawfish boil risotto features crawfish, potatoes, corn, garlic, andouille and onions. Slow-roasted prime rib is served au jus with horseradish. 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;
Fried crawfish balls are drizzled with Monica cream sauce. Grilled Bourbon Street chicken is topped with hickory, bacon, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485;
Grilled flatbread comes with burrata, roasted tomatoes, basil and aged balsamic vinegar. Pork poutine is topped with Hook's cheddar and pepper jelly. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Oceana Grill
739 Conti St., (504) 525-6002;
Fried or blackened alligator tail bites are served with remoulade. The St. James crepe is filled with shrimp, Louisiana crabmeat, cheese, bell peppers and onions. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Old Rail Brewing Company
639 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 612-1828;
oldrailbrewingcompany Irish nachos feature bacon, cheddar, red onions, jalapenos, lime sour cream and tomatoes over house fries. Fried catfish po-boys are dressed with lettuce, house-made pickles, tomatoes, ham, cheese and house sauce on Leidenheimer bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Olive Branch Cafe
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 348-2008; 5145 General De Gaulle Drive, (504) 393-1107;
Hummus is topped with black olives, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes and served with pita. Cajun trio pizza features smoked sausage, chicken, crawfish and zesty sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$

Opal Basil on the Trace
690 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 778-2529;
Queso fondue features Louisiana shrimp, crab, roasted poblano peppers and spinach crisps. Beef fajitas come with chopped romaine lettuce, caramelized onions and ancho chili ranch. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $$

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro
720 Orleans St., (504) 523-1930;
Black mussels steamed in saffron tomato broth are served with jumbo lump crabmeat, applewood-smoked bacon and basil aioli. Crab cakes are served with chipotle peppers, wilted spinach and caramelized oranges topped with house remoulade. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Oscar's Lounge & Restaurant
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540;
Meatballs and red gravy are served on a choice of bread and come with chips. The Oscalotta sandwich combines meats, mozzarella and olive salad on hot French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3162 Dauphine St., (504) 267-4776;
Mussels are prepared with coconut milk, lemon grass, togarashi spice and lime and served with baguette. Roasted bone marrow is served with bacon jam, shallots and mustard. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

9428 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 400-5663;
Fried frog legs come with hot sauce butter, buttermilk dressing and pickled celery. Grilled Colorado lamb is served with Moroccan spiced lentils, harissa curry and mint and pine nut gremolata. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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