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In a fall busy with election campaigns, football fanaticism and festivals galore, Gambit's fall restaurant guide stirs up local pride. Arranged by neighborhood, the guide lists corner spots, sandwich shops, fine dining, late night eats and much more. Wherever you go, there's an old favorite or new culinary adventure just around the corner. Use the guide to find menu descriptions of dining destinations throughout the New Orleans area. Listings include information on reservation policies, hours of operation and prices.

Dollar signs indicate the average price of a dinner entree.

$ Under $10
$$ $11-$20
$$$ $21+


click to enlarge Elegant dishes served artfully is what diners expect from Dakota in Covington.
  • Elegant dishes served artfully is what diners expect from Dakota in Covington.



BYWATER RESTAURANT & BBQ3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445Brisket, ribs, chicken and pulled pork are the usual suspects at this barbecue restaurant. Get them individually with sides like beans and jalapeno cornbread or pick your favorites for a combo platter. Daily specials include steaks and fried catfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE COUNTRY CLUB634 Louisa St., 945-0742; The kitchen at this Bywater pool and lounge serves salads, sandwiches and pizza. Entrees include tri-color cheese tortellini and boneless fried chicken. Try the 10-oz. pork chop glazed with Steen's cane syrup and Creole mustard with duck fat potatoes on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ELIZABETH'S601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.comThe eclectic menus at Elizabeth's include boudin balls and fried green tomatoes for appetizers. Main dishes include seared duck breast with cherry port and a burger topped with blue cheese and the restaurant's signature praline bacon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JACK DEMPSEY'S738 Poland Ave., 943-9914; www.jackdempseysllc.comHeavyweight seafood house Jack Dempsey's offers dishes like steamed Dungeness crab served with garlic butter and choice of baked macaroni, french fries or potato salad. The namesake J.D. platter for two is a feast of gumbo, fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and redfish, crab balls and crawfish pies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE JOINT801 Poland Ave., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.comThere are many smoked meats to choose from at The Joint. Locally made chaurice sausage gets spicy heat from garlic and jalapeno and is served in a sandwich or on a combo plate. Smoked baby back ribs are always popular. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MARDI GRAS ZONE2700 Royal St., 947-8787; www.mardigraszone.comMardi Gras Zone stocks its shelves with groceries and fresh produce, and there's a deli that serves po-boys and hot items like lasagna, brisket and baked or fried chicken. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SATSUMA CAFE3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962Satsuma's menu changes often to reflect local and seasonal availability. The roasted beet and fig salad with arugula, goat cheese and toasted walnuts is topped with a balsamic vinegar reduction and Steen's cane syrup vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

SOUND CAFE2700 Chartres St., 947-4477This Faubourg Marigny coffee shop offers gourmet sandwiches such as turkey, Brie and apple on baguette. Bagels are served with sliced lox, capers, red onions, tomatoes and cream cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

YELLOW MOON800 France St., 944-0441The Yellow Moon changes its menu daily. Sample dishes include the meatloaf burger topped with mozzarella or cheddar and served with spicy home fries. Bell peppers stuffed with a mix of ground beef, rice and cheese are served with salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Cash only. $




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