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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.

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Dollar signs indicate the average price of a dinner entree.

$ Under $10
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$$$ $21+

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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

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; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com 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. $

 

 

 

BYWATER | CBD | CARROLLTON | CITYWIDE | EASTERN NEW ORLEANS / ST. BERNARD | FAUBOURG MARIGNY | FRENCH QUARTER | GENTILLY / LAKEFRONT | HARAHAN / JEFFERSON / RIVER RIDGE | KENNER | LAKEVIEW | METAIRIE | MID-CITY | NORTHSHORE & OUTSKIRTS | UPTOWN | WAREHOUSE DISTRICT | WEST BANK |

CBD

5FIFTY5Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638; www.555canal.comChef Mark Quitney puts an upscale spin on comfort food and gives Creole classics fresh twists. His pan-seared Gulf snapper is served with tomato okra stew and crawfish polenta while his lobster mac and cheese is a signature dish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BAMBU AT HARRAH'S CASINO4 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.comInside Harrah's New Orleans Casino, Bambu offers a full sushi bar and a large selection of pan-Asian dishes. Specialties from the kitchen include Cantonese barbecued duck, honey-wasabi shrimp and pecan-battered shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S4 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahsneworleans.comThose on a lucky streak can reward themselves with an aged 18-oz. New York strip steak served with blue cheese butter. For a good opening bet, try the oysters casino, roasted with bacon, garlic and parsley. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.comSince it opened in the 1950s, the Bon Ton has been a destination for traditional Cajun flavor. The crawfish etouffee is served over parsley rice. Namesake redfish Bon Ton is seared, finished in the broiler and served with lemon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S 8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.comThe regular lineup at this casino buffet includes pastas, boiled seafood, steaks and plenty of desserts, but watch for weekly specials too. Monday is football-themed tailgating night with favorites from the grill. Tuesday is taco night and Thursday is Dungeness crab night. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB 'N' GRUB 116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.comThis tavern has earned a loyal following with specialty sandwiches like Maria's Cuban with roasted pulled pork, ham, Swiss, mustard and pickles. The bar snacks range from onion rings to boudin balls. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COVENANT CAFE1515 Poydras St., 522-3335; www.covenanthouseno.org The Covenant House's cafe and job-training program offers breakfast, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Hot lunches are available daily, including the popular roasted half chicken with a choice of two sides. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON833 Poydras St., 620-8899; www.lepavillon.com Diners can feast on New Orleans and Southern favorites like gumbo and crab cakes at this elegant establishment. Locals and hotel guests alike enjoy the expansive breakfast buffet. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CUVEE 322 Magazine St., 587-9001; www.restaurantcuvee.com Cuvee serves contemporary Creole fare with hints of French and Spanish cuisine. The duck entree features Steen's-cured smoked breast, confit leg, walnut blue cheese risotto, Hudson Valley foie gras and pear glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DIXIE GYRO110 Carondelet St., 523-6614This casual Greek joint serves up gyros, kebabs, falafel, and other Mediterranean options. It also offers breakfast all day long. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOMENICA123 Baronne St., 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com Located in the Roosevelt Hotel, chef John Besh's rustic Italian dishes combine imported Italian cured meats and cheeses with local ingredients, such as pork from pigs raised on the Northshore for his restaurants. Dishes include tagliatelle with rabbit ragu and porcini mushrooms. Many pastas are made in house. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ESPRESSO EXPRESS One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115CBD workers appreciate breakfast burritos, pastries and quick lunch options like salads, wraps and panini. The turkey, Monterey chicken and club wraps are popular lunchtime meals. Deli sandwiches and soups also are offered. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

THE GRILL ROOM AT THE WINDSOR COURT 300 Gravier St., 522-1994; www.windsorcourthotel.comChef Drew Dzejak prepares dishes like lobster Parmesan gnocchi served with wild mushrooms, basil and beurre monte. For weekend brunch, try the grilled Ashley Farms chicken breast and white sausage gravy over a waffle, or the marinated Louisiana Gulf shrimp and crab salad with avocado, tomato and croutons. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377; www.handsomewillys.comThe site of an illicit 1930s nightspot, Handsome Willy's now offers simple pleasures like beer, hot dogs, and roast beef and pulled pork sandwiches. On Fridays, there is free food on the patio. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LE FORET 129 Camp St., 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.comThis elegant downtown restaurant serves updated New Orleans classics and has a deep repertoire of American and continental dishes. Entrees include caramelized American red snapper with lobster, and pan-roasted breast of Peking duck. The trio of farm-raised rabbit includes a roasted rack with almonds, a loin stuffed with chorizo and a braised leg over pasta with peeled grapes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT 321 Magazine St., 581-9680; www.liboriocuban.comLiborio specializes in dishes from old Havana. The bistec Cubana is seasoned with garlic, lime and herbs and served with onions, parsley, sweet green plantains, black beans and rice. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LUKE RESTAURANT333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.comLuke combines Old World French and German cuisines. Sample one of the restaurant's daily specials or enjoy the moules et frites, featuring Prince Edward Island mussels steamed with garlic and thyme and served with fries. The jumbo shrimp en cocotte comes atop creamy white corn grits with Poche's andouille. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$.

MILA817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.comChefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing reinvent Southern and Creole dishes. For an entree, try the roasted sweetbreads with black truffle grits and bacon jus. The lamb loin roasted over pine needles was recently featured in Food Arts. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.netThe line for counter service often stretches out the door at this downtown eatery. Creole soul-food specials include Mae's file gumbo and Jerry's jambalaya. Po-boys are dressed with shredded cabbage and Creole mustard. The Famous Ferdi Special is a po-boy filled with baked ham, roast beef debris and gravy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

P & G RESTAURANT345 Baronne St., 525-9678This CBD lunch spot boasts a large menu of po-boys stuffed with fried seafood and lunch plates of fried shrimp or catfish. The seafood platter comes with shrimp, oysters, catfish, crab cakes and a choice of potato salad, french fries or baked macaroni. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RAMBLA217 Camp St., 587-7720; www.ihhotel.comFind Spanish and French-inspired small plates at this restaurant in the International House hotel. House-made sausage meets duck confit cassoulet, and a blood sausage-topped flatbread is served with caramelized onions and arugula. Serrano ham and farmers cheese complement spiced red wine-poached pears. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT AUGUST301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.rest-august.comChef de cuisine Michael Gulotta heads this John Besh flagship restaurant featuring a seasonal menu of contemporary Louisiana dishes. A cast-iron roasted veal chop is paired with acorn squash tortellini and glazed baby root vegetables. Slow-cooked Mangalitsa hog is served with local satsumas, picholine olives and Tuscan kale. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROLY POLYOne Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., 561-9800; www.rolypoly.comA wide variety of gourmet wraps take the stage at this sandwich shop, from roast beef and turkey to vegetarian options and smoked pork. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ROOSEVELT HOTEL123 Baronne St., 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.comLive jazz accompanies Sunday brunch in the Blue Room, where diners will find everything from crabmeat omelets and banana nut waffles to roasted chicken and pork loin. For dessert, there's traditional bread pudding. Reservations accepted. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE SAZERAC RESTAURANTRoosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-5486; www.therooseveltneworleans.comThere's more than cocktails at the Sazerac. Try dishes such as Colorado lamb chops with creamed shallots and pepper jus, steak frites with green peppercorn sauce and grilled tuna with bean ragout and lemon and parsley relish. There also are tasting plates to share. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668 Mike Serio's LSU shrine is known for large po-boys and muffulettas. Order them with grilled chicken or corned beef or get a french fry po-boy with gravy. New Orleans classics like gumbo and spicy jambalaya round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.comOnly Prime Black Angus beef makes the cut at Hall of Fame coach Don Shula's namesake chain. Select from flash-fried lobster tail and barbecued shrimp to start, or tackle the three-pound porterhouse, whose conquerors are invited to join Shula's 48-oz. Club. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SINGHA THAI413 Carondelet St., 581-2205Businesspeople and downtown workers flock to Singha for a fast and satisfying midday Thai fix. The tom kha soup features lemongrass and white meat chicken in aromatic coconut broth. Yellow, green and red curries are prepared with a choice of beef, chicken or shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

STEVE'S DINERPlace St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198; www.steves-diner.com.Steve's offers breakfast, diner classics and char-grilled half-pound burgers. Slow-roasted beef brisket is served with gravy made with drippings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE STORE814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.comThis cozy CBD cafe serves creative sandwiches and burgers such as the Funky Blue, which tops Angus beef with crumbled blue cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish Dijon mustard on a Kaiser onion bun. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

TERRAZU Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., 287-0877This vegan-friendly cafe and coffeehouse keeps CBD diners caffeinated with coffee, tea and espresso drinks. The Chicago press, a sandwich of prime rib, caramelized onions, grilled red pepper and cheese, is a midday option, or choose from the selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and pastries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

VERANDA AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383Hourly second-line parades and unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys liven Sunday brunch at the Veranda. Seafood omelets and bread pudding are crowd favorites. A lunch buffet offers a different flavors (including Indian, Italian and various Asian cuisines) daily. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

WELTY'S DELI336 Camp St., 592-0223; www.weltysdeli.comThis funky CBD restaurant features daily specials like corn and crab soup and Cajun duck po-boys, but the real stars of the menu are the classic deli sandwiches. The traditional Reuben features thin-sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese and fresh sauerkraut served on marbled rye bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and company checks. $

ZOE RESTAURANTW Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018; www.starwoodhotels.comZoe serves up New Orleans-inspired contemporary entrees in a stylish setting. Popular entrees include spice-dusted redfish and Zoe pasta, which combines angel hair pasta, shrimp and crawfish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

BYWATER | CBD | CARROLLTON | CITYWIDE | EASTERN NEW ORLEANS / ST. BERNARD | FAUBOURG MARIGNY | FRENCH QUARTER | GENTILLY / LAKEFRONT | HARAHAN / JEFFERSON / RIVER RIDGE | KENNER | LAKEVIEW | METAIRIE | MID-CITY | NORTHSHORE & OUTSKIRTS | UPTOWN | WAREHOUSE DISTRICT | WEST BANK |

 

click to enlarge The Life on the Mississippi pie at Mark Twain's Pizza Landing in Old Metairie is bound to become a classic among diners who want it all.
  • The Life on the Mississippi pie at Mark Twain's Pizza Landing in Old Metairie is bound to become a classic among diners who want it all.

CARROLLTON / UNIVERSITY

BABYLON CAFE7724 Maple St., 314-0010Vegetarian options abound at this bargain Middle Eastern cafe, from smoky baba ghanoush dip to falafel and baked vegetables. Marinated chicken, lamb and beef are available as well, served on platters or sandwiches on the cafe's crusty house-made bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BARCELONA TAPAS720 Dublin St., 861-9696Choose from 50 tapas, paella or a small selection of entrees at this casual cafe. For a tapa, the pork tenderloin canoe features a slice of tenderloin, roasted pepper and melted Gouda on French baguette. Cold tapas include ceviche, aged Serrano ham and cheese plates. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $$$

BASIL LEAF1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001; 4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 674-8585; www.basilleaf.webs.comClassic Thai flavors and creative twists balance the menu at Basil Leaf. For instance, the crabmeat eggplant Napoleon makes a towering appetizer while the traditional pad woon sen nestles roasted scallops and shrimp in glass noodles with vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOUCHERIE8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherie-nola.comSouthern flavors get creative updates at this cottage cafe, where chef Nathanial Zimet plates his pulled-pork cakes with potato confit and purple cabbage slaw. The duck confit po-boy is dressed with roasted garlic, arugula and pickles. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.comChef Frank Brigtsen's contemporary Louisiana cuisine adds new excitement to time-honored traditions. His paneed rabbit has a sesame crust and Creole mustard sauce, and the seafood platter features a changing variety of baked, sauteed and grilled seafood. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN 7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.comBruno's has been around since the 1930s, yet its kitchen keeps coming up with new twists on pub grub. The one-eyed jack burger is topped with bacon, fried onion rings, pepper Jack cheese and a fried egg. The firecracker salad features fried shrimp, blue cheese, bacon, carrots, tomatoes, spiced pecans, jalapenos and banana peppers tossed with greens in pepper jelly vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET 7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.comCafe Freret's large patio offers outdoor seating, and its menu has plenty of dining options. The voodoo burger is smothered with the house "bomb" sauce. The sirloin Benedict adds steak to the brunch classic of poached eggs, hollandaise and English muffins. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE GRANADA1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612; www.cafegranadanola.comGuests at Cafe Granada often share an array of tapas like sauteed calamari, grilled chorizo with fries and clams Catalan. Big pans of paella also are recommended. The cafe serves Spanish-style sandwiches at lunch. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE NINO1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-9200A few specialties from other cities make star turns at this old-school Italian joint. The pizza is modeled after the thin-crusted, floppy New York style. Philly-style cheesesteaks are sizzled on the grill and slipped into warm bread with onions and peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679; www.camelliagrill.netEach passing streetcar seems to deliver more patrons eager to get a taste of this landmark diner. Chili cheese omelets are legendary, while regulars all have their own favorite burger. Try a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHILL OUT CAFE729 Burdette St., 872-9628Traditional American breakfast in the morning gives way to spicy Thai soups and basil-steeped coconut curries at lunch and dinner. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428; www.chinaorchidneworleans.com China Orchid offers affordable Chinese-American dishes. The seafood hot pot simmers shrimp, crawfish, scallops, tofu and assorted Chinese vegetables in a tasty brown sauce. Spicy General Tso's chicken is a menu mainstay. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CIRO'S CÔTE SUD7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.comFilling a cozy nook along Maple Street, Cote Sud's version of steak frites is a grilled hanger steak served au jus with sauteed vegetables and french fries. Sauteed duck breast is complemented by a sauce of peaches, prunes, apricots and bourbon and served with mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

COLD STONE CREAMERY624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; www.coldstonecreamery.comIce cream is made in house and mix-in items include nuts, fruit and candy. There also are shakes, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, ice cream cupcakes and ice cream cakes. Birthday Cake Remix features cake batter ice cream mixed with fudge, brownies and rainbow sprinkles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com Try one of more than 400 brands of domestic and imported beer at Cooter Brown's. Hungry patrons can sup on burgers, po-boys and seafood platters. Try the NOLA Philly, a sandwich stuffed with alligator sausage, green peppers, house made onion barbecue sauce and American cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CREPES A LA CART1039 Broadway St., 866-2362; www.crepesalacarts.com  College students flock to this casual eatery for sweet and savory crepes such as the chicken Florentine crepe. The crepe Imperial is filled with shrimp, mushrooms and asparagus. For dessert, try the strawberry shortcake crepe, filled with strawberries, angel food cake and cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CURRY CORNER1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-9033Curry Corner serves meals cafeteria style with choices including curried vegetables and Indian specialties. Thai green curry with vegetables is prepared with coconut cream. Chicken masala features breast meat cooked with ginger, garlic, tomato, cumin, turmeric and coriander. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DANTE'S KITCHEN736 Dante St., 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com Dante's presents contemporary fare with local farm vegetable selections. The redfish on the half shell is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and soft herbs. Chicken roasted under a brick is maple glazed and served with a potato and bacon hash cake and topped with a fried farm egg. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DOORS UPTOWN PIZZA7537 Maple St., 302-2547; www.doorsuptownpizza.com Door's offers a wide range of options including burgers, tacos, pizza and panini. The Hot Philly panino is loaded with Louisiana hot sausage and lean beef. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE DOUGH BOWL1039 Broadway St., 861-2200Just off Tulane's campus, the Dough Bowl serves thin crust New York-style pizza by the pie or slice as well as sandwiches and burgers. The Hawaiian is loaded with Canadian bacon and juicy chunks of pineapple. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKINGLoyola University, Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 861-5451Located on Loyola's campus, Dunbar's kitchen serves signature fried or smothered chicken, red beans and rice, stuffed bell peppers and sticky bread pudding. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipesneworleans.comChoose from marinated pulled pork, steak, grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, spicy (pollo tingo) chicken or chorizo to fill tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. A salsa bar offers different styles of salsa with varying levels of heat. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FRESCO CAFE AND PIZZERIA7625 Maple St., 862-6363; www.frescocafe.usThis college students' pizza haven boasts gourmet pies and stromboli. Choose shrimp or chicken for pesto pizza topped with mozzarella and feta cheeses, kalamata olives, red onion and sun-dried tomatoes. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIAR TUCK'S BAR & GRILL 5130 Freret St., 891-4080 This longtime Uptown tavern primarily serves burgers and sandwiches. The catfish with fries and salad is popular. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GELATO PAZZO CAFFE8115 Oak St., 304-6908; www.gelatopazzo.comThe family-owned cafe has an ever-shifting menu featuring pizza, sandwiches and approximately 20 flavors of fresh gelati. The Caliva is a panino made with grilled Gulf shrimp, sauteed baby organic greens, Roma tomatoes and homemade basil pesto. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT8116 Hampson St., 865-1634Hana offers a variety of Japanese dishes, including a large selection of sushi. Tuna tataki features seared tuna with vinaigrette, caviar and vegetables. The escolar special roll includes crawfish, white tuna, scallions and eel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE8324 Oak St., 861-0886With its fast-paced, exposed kitchen, swamp murals, boisterous bar and seating everywhere, Jacques-Imo's provides dinner and a show. The shrimp and alligator cheesecake is served with Creole mustard cream sauce. Chili hollandaise complements the blackened redfish. Reservations recommended for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE 7808 Maple St., 866-4366Part of the restaurant row on Maple Street, Jamila's features French-influenced Tunisian cuisine. The tagine of lamb is baked and marinated with lemon and garlic and served with basmati rice. The whole red snapper with garlic and onion chutney is served over vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAZMINE CAFE614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301; www.jazminecafe.comJazmine's pineapple crunchy salad is a play of flavors and textures: crisp cucumber, crunchy peanuts, sweet fruit and spicy vinaigrette. Alongside New Orleans Vietnamese staples like vermicelli salad bowls and banh mi are specialties such as Sweet Heat noodles: a stir-fry of chicken, shrimp, sprouts, cilantro and dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA & LATIN CAFE8120 Hampson St., 862-5252La Macarena serves El Salvadoran pupusas — stuffed thick cornmeal patties — plus a wide range of Latin American chicken, beef, seafood, tapas and some Spanish dishes. Other options include fresh soups, salads, seafood, carne asada, combination platters and vegan options. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Cash and checks. $$

LA MADELEINE 601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; www.lamadeleine.comThis country French cafe offers a large selection of breakfast items, plus lunch options such as the duet magnifique: a half sandwich with your choice of side and soup or salad. The beef crepe maison combines roast beef, broccoli, onions, rosemary-roasted potatoes and mushrooms in creamy cheddar sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEBANON'S CAFE1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.comThis casual cafe offers Mediterranean and Middle Eastern favorites. A skinless half chicken is marinated in garlic, lemon juice and Mediterranean spices, then grilled. The lamb is sauteed with onions and tomatoes and served with hummus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE MOROCCO7457 St. Charles Ave., 301-9184Little Morocco focuses on traditional Moroccan cuisine and serves some Middle Eastern dishes. Semolina couscous is offered with a choice of lamb, chicken or vegetables. Tagines, stew served in clay pots, include choices like lamb with plums or beef with sweet peas and artichokes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.comThis extension of the Little Tokyo chain serves sushi but in lesser proportion to a wide array of Japanese small plates and ramen soups. Pork gyoza dumplings, fried octopus and sweet potato fries with wasabi dipping sauce are among the options. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900; www.lpkuptown.comThis Riverbend pizzeria offers wood-oven pizzas, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and more. Roasted duck slices, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, mozzarella, grapes and grape demi-glaze top one original pie. Stuffed bell peppers are filled with andouille, ground beef and shrimp and served over angel hair pasta with Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE7623 Maple St., 314-9003New Orleans, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine fuse at this Uptown restaurant. Oysters amandine are fried and topped with roasted almonds and white wine lemon butter. Entrees include chicken, duck, veal, pasta and seafood dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MAPLE STREET PATISSERIE7638 Maple St., 247-7912This new bakery offers a range of breads, European pastries, croissants, fruit tarts, turnovers, Danishes and cakes. Three sandwiches are offered at lunchtime, including roasted turkey and Havarti on a choice of house-made bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MAT & NADDIE'S 937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.comIn the cozy dining rooms or on the patio overlooking the levee, this quaint and colorful cafe offers innovative cooking. Try Creole Country hogshead cheese with grilled peach vinaigrette, blanched almonds and balsamic reduction. Barbecued pork chops get an Asian kick from kimchee and a Korean spiced potato salad croquette with coconut lime mayo. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MONA'S CAFE1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175; www.monascafenola.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

NAKED PIZZA6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; www.nakedpizza.bizProbiotic- and prebiotic-rich, multi-grain crusts make Naked Pizza a healthy option for pies, but that doesn't mean the Uptown joint excludes meat. The Omnivore features pepperoni, ground beef, ham, bell peppers, mushrooms and black olives. The Superbiotic is topped with artichokes, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic, red onion and cilantro. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NINJA SUSHI8433 Oak St., 866-1119; www.ninjasushineworleans.comThis Japanese restaurant features an extensive list of sushi, sashimi, rolls, soba and udon noodles, soups, salads and other dishes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free items. The Smokey Bear roll bundles baked smoked salmon, green onions, cucumber, smelt roe and egg sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; www.ohenrys.comWith peanut shells littering the floor, O'Henry's is the most casual of restaurants. The menu is chock full of gourmet burgers, seafood platters, steaks, deli sandwiches and light options such as garden salads. Lunch specials include crawfish pasta and chicken Florentine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFE8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.comThis all-day breakfast joint serves classic New Orleans diner fare. The Florentine scramble mixes three eggs, spinach, basil, tomato, sun-dried tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, mozzarella and feta cheeses and is served with grits or potatoes and a biscuit or toast. The Gallina sandwich combines sliced chicken, guacamole, salsa fresca, feta cheese, lettuce, tomato and green onion on wheat toast or French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.comThis bustling Riverbend restaurant presents creative dishes such as grilled beef tenderloin with warm beef shoulder rillette and Stilton cheese. Starters include Louisiana crabmeat, mirliton and Vidalia onion au gratin. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PEPPERONI'S CAFE8123 Hampson St., 865-0336This Riverbend pizzeria offers specialty pizzas like the Masterpiece, served with a dozen toppings (including six meats) for the price of six. The Heart Smart pie is topped with feta, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PYRAMIDS CAFE3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602Just blocks from Tulane University, Pyramids is a casual spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. There are shish kebabs and gyro plates with tahini. Chicken lula features chicken marinated with herbs and spices. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933; www.redstarchineserestaurant.comRed Star's epic menu features Mandarin, Szechuan and other regional Chinese dishes. Popular items include General Tso's chicken, Peking duck, kung pao chicken and beef and scallops in brown sauce. There is a menu of lighter dishes prepared with no added salt, sugar or cornstarch. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH8124 Hampson St., 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.comGet your fill at this Riverbend breakfast spot. Weekend brunch menu includes classics like huevos rancheros and brioche French toast. Some lunch options include a Cuban sandwich filled with pork, ham and Swiss cheese and the Spring sandwich, with turkey, Swiss, alfalfa sprouts, spinach, tomato and avocado. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE 7801 Panola St., 314-1810Neighbors and students fill this sunny Uptown cafe where breakfast is always the specialty. Try eggs Benedict reworked with either crab cakes or Pontchartrain style with crawfish. There's steak and eggs or a version with a pork chop instead of beef. For a special sandwich, opt for mozzarella cheese on paneed veal served on a bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

ROBERT FRESH MARKET8115 S. Claiborne Ave, 488-0536; www.robertfreshmarket.comSee Lakeview section for restaurant description.

ROMAN PIZZA 7329 Cohn St., 866-1166; www.eatromanpizza.com This Uptown pizzeria stays open (and delivers) late for college crowds and Italian cravings. Popular pies include a 14-inch spinach pizza, a garlic-butter-brushed pie with mozzarella, feta, spinach and veggies. The Roman is topped with pepperoni, salami, ham, black olives and onions. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343The Rue serves a range of hot and cold coffee drinks, teas and baked goods like fresh cupcakes, croissants, muffins and biscotti. Sandwiches include the Californian, layered with turkey, mayo, lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, sprouts and avocado on Dong Phuong French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

SALTWATER GRILL710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.comThis seafarer in the Riverbend specializes in Gulf seafood and local comfort food. The popular shrimp and grits dish combines both with cheesy grits topped with crumbled bacon, green onion, grilled shrimp and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S RESTAURANT 724 Dublin St., 861-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.comAsian and Creole flavors meet at Sara's. A popular appetizer is the samosa, an Indian appetizer made of coriander-spiced vegetables in a pastry turnover served with tamarind sauce. Pan-seared sesame-crusted salmon comes with wasabi beurre blanc with jasmine rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q8400 Oak St., 302-7370; www.squeal-nola.comFor starters, try the smoked pork cakes which are fried and topped with chili sour cream and pico de gallo. The barbecue meat sandwich includes your choice of hickory-smoked pulled pork topped with house-made barbecue sauce and coleslaw. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TARTINE7217 Perrier St., 866-4860; www.tartineneworleans.comThis quaint neighborhood cafe offers a little culinary savoir faire. The house pork rillette is served with toasted baguette, onion marmalade and cornichons. The tuna nicoise salad rests olives, potatoes, boiled egg, hearts of palm, roasted red pepper, anchovies and roasted tomatoes over butter lettuce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TED'S FROSTOP3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615Burgers, fries and milkshakes keep this greasy spoon packed with university students and those craving simple, tasty eats. Plate lunches include fried shrimp, pork chops and all-you-can-eat catfish. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comVincent's menu of classic Italian dishes and house-made pastas includes daily specials such as grilled rack of lamb topped with fresh mint demi-glace and brabant potatoes. Cannelloni stuffed with veal, pureed spinach and Parmesan is a house specialty. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE8210 Oak St., 861-2224Z'otz offers fair-trade coffees, teas, saucer-sized chocolate chip cookies and vegan pastries in an artsy, eclectic atmosphere. A changing menu features options like turkey chili and vegan yam and garlic soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

 

 

 

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CITYWIDE

APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BARCitywide; www.applebees.comApplebee's aims to please every palate with its menu of steaks, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, fried seafood, fajitas and pasta bowls. There also are menus of drinks, desserts, low-calorie and kids' items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BREAUX MARTCitywide; www.breauxmart.comBreaux Mart's deli counter offers a variety of sandwiches and hot entrees. Changing daily specials include crispy fried or lemon-baked catfish and hearty dishes like meatloaf and pot roast. Other popular dishes include ribs, savory beef brisket and seafood gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUD'S BROILERCitywideBud's built its reputation on flame-broiled burgers. Order a single- or double-patty burger and top it with grated cheddar, hickory sauce or chili. The menu also offers grilled chicken sandwiches and hot dogs. For dessert there are apple, peach and cherry pies. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CC'S COFFEEHOUSECitywide; www.communitycoffee.comThis local coffeehouse chain uses its own roasted blends in both hot and iced specialty drinks. There also are gourmet teas and fruit smoothies. Baked goods include muffins, pastries, brownies, scones and bagels. Many locations have wireless Internet. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CAFE DU MONDECitywide; www.cafedumonde.comCafe Du Monde is synonymous with cafe au lait and beignets loaded with powdered sugar. While the original Decatur Street location remains a French Quarter landmark, satellite shops are scattered throughout the metro area. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

COPELAND'S RESTAURANTCitywide; www.alcopeland.comCreative spins on classic Cajun and Creole dishes fill the menu at this local chain. Traditional offerings include shrimp Creole and etouffee as well as seafood combinations. There also are burgers and steaks and many locations offer barbecue platters with ribs, pulled pork or brisket and cornbread. A children's menu is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DANNY & CLYDE'SCitywide; www.dannyandclydes.comThis area chain of convenience marts offers much more than soda and snacks. Grab a super-sized po-boy or other deli sandwich when filling up. Homemade meat pies and breakfast sandwiches are popular as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DOT'S DINERCitywide; www.dotsdiner.comStop in for pancakes, waffles or breakfast platters served anytime. Classic diner options include meatloaf, country-fried steak and open-faced roast beef with gravy. For lunch, there are burgers, sandwiches, salads and a kids' menu. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIECitywide; www.italianpie.comItalian Pie offers gourmet pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. Specialty pies range from an all-meat pie with bacon, sausage and pepperoni to a Hawaiian pie with pineapple and Canadian bacon. Pasta options include spaghetti and meatballs, creamy Cajun chicken pasta and cheese-stuffed manicotti. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

MCALISTER'S DELICitywide; www.mcalistersdeli.comMcAlister's signature sandwiches include the Big Nasty, roast beef served open face on a toasted hoagie with Come Back gravy and cheddar Jack cheese. McAlister's is known for its baked potatoes and also serves wraps, salads and flatbread pizzas. A children's menu is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD COMPANYCitywide; www.nohsc.comThere are 10 different half-pound burgers to choose from, including the Ragin' Cajun topped with wing sauce, jalapenos, grilled onions, banana peppers and pepper Jack cheese. Specialty sandwiches, po-boys, salads and seafood platters and local favorites like red beans and rice round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSECitywide; www.outback.comThis Aussie-accented chain offers a Down Under approach to steaks and other dishes, but the Bloomin' Onion and spicy Kookaburra chicken wings should seem familiar. Entrees include T-bones and rib-eye steaks, rack of New Zealand lamb and seafood items from tuna steaks to lobster tails. No reservations. Dinner daily, lunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS Citywide; www.pjscoffee.comThis local coffeeshop chain offers a full range of coffee drinks, iced concoctions, bagels and a variety of baked goods. Some locations offer sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZACitywide; www.papajohns.comPapa John's delivers classic and specialty pies as well as wings, breadsticks and other items to complete a meal deal. Specialty pizzas include the spicy Italian pie, barbecue chicken and bacon, and a six-cheese pie. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PICCADILLYCitywide; www.piccadilly.comSouthern favorites fill the buffet at Piccadilly. There is everything from roast beef and pork to fried chicken and local favorites like crawfish etouffee. Extras include soups, salads, vegetables and desserts ranging from pecan pie to red velvet cake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA HUTCitywide; www.pizzahut.comPizza Hut offers pies to seduce cheese lovers, meat lovers, veggie lovers and a Supreme with a bit of everything. Other options include bread and cheesesticks, the calzone-like P'zone and cinnamon sticks for dessert. Some locations serve pasta dishes and chicken wings. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

POPEYESCitywide; www.popeyes.comPopeyes is known for spicy fried chicken. Whole pieces, nuggets and tenders are served in combo meals, baskets and sandwiches. Popular sides include red beans and rice, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, Cajun rice, spicy battered fries and biscuits. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Owner Randi Porobil stands ready to serve sandwiches, salads or freshly baked desserts at Lakeview Brew on Canal Boulevard.
  • Owner Randi Porobil stands ready to serve sandwiches, salads or freshly baked desserts at Lakeview Brew on Canal Boulevard.

QUIZNOSCitywide; www.quiznos.comSignature Quiznos subs include the chicken carbonara with bacon, mozzarella and mushrooms and the Baja with bacon, cheddar and chipotle mayo. There are many classic toasted subs as well as flatbread sandwiches, soups and salad bowls. Or choose from Cobb or chicken Caesar salads. Some locations offer breakfast. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERSCitywide; www.raisingcanes.comYou can count the meal deal options at Raising Cane's on a handful of chicken fingers. Try them in a three-piece combo or a sandwich. The Caniac Combo includes six fingers, french fries, coleslaw, Texas toast, a fountain drink and two dipping sauces. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIACitywide; www.reginellis.comBesides gourmet pies, Reginelli's offers soups, salads, focaccia and pita pressed sandwiches and calzones. The hand-tossed pizzas include the Saltimbocca with prosciutto and marinated chicken breast and the Parthenon with feta, artichokes and mushrooms. Baked pasta dishes include pesto tortellini. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIACitywide; www.rotolos.comRotolo's serves pies like the muffaletta, topped with all the makings of the famous sandwich, and the pesto Marguerite, topped with pesto, shrimp and tomatoes. Test your might (and your stomach) with the pizzeria's five-pound pie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROUSESCitywide; www.rouses.comRouses stores have a hot line for baked items, rotisserie chicken, fried chicken or fish, and daily specials such as red beans and rice. There also are po-boys, muffulettas and sandwiches as well as sushi, soup and salad bars. The coffee bar serves smoothies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUBWAYCitywide; www.subway.comSubway serves classic subs filled with turkey, Italian cold cuts, meatballs or tuna fish. Other options include a ham and turkey melt and chicken bacon ranch sandwich. The Veggie Delight with cheese is dressed to order. Complete a meal with chips or a cookie. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WING ZONECitywide; www.wingzone.comThe Zone serves chicken wings, fingers, wedge fries, fried mushrooms and spicy options such as Buffalo shrimp. Sauces vary in levels of heat, and choices include sweet and tangy barbecue varieties, Thai chili, garlic Parmesan and cool ranch. Salads and burgers also are available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WOW CAFE & WINGERYCitywide; www.wingery.comWow's dipping sauces round up a world of flavor, from teriyaki, peppery Santa Fe and Bombay coconut curry to Jamaican jerk spice and Buffalo sauce. The restaurant offers a similarly wide array of dishes including wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas, cheese fries, nachos, Southwestern egg rolls and some New Orleans dishes like red beans and rice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILLCitywide; www.zearestaurants.comZea's menu revolves around slow-roasted meats from the rotisserie and features creative takes on American and Asian favorites. There is everything from Thai ribs to American Kobe beef burgers to roasted crispy duck to local seafood dishes. Reservation policies vary by location. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

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EASTERN NEW ORLEANS / ST. BERNARD

BROCATO'S EAT DAT8480 Morrison Road, 309-3465Seasoned Cajun fare is the surprise find at this unassuming lunch spot. Order fried thin-sliced catfish served with crawfish etouffee. Smothered rabbit comes with rice and gravy, and roasted pork is complemented by eggplant dirty rice. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700The Showboat platter at Deanie's piles on fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed crabs and stuffed shrimp. Other entrees include the stuffed catfish St. Charles, topped with lobster cream sauce. The stuffed eggplant is filled with shrimp and eggplant dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat, dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

DISH ON HAYNE9734 Hayne Blvd., 301-0356Head to Dish on Hayne for an eclectic mix of burgers, salads and entrees ranging from fried catfish Charles with crawfish cream sauce to grilled shrimp pasta with mushrooms in spicy cream sauce and Parmesan. Pepper-crusted ahi tuna steaks are served with vegetables and salad. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0296Fresh-baked loaves encase spiced meats, pates, herbs and pickled vegetables in Dong Phuong's popular banh mi sandwiches. The combined restaurant and market is a culinary epicenter of the Vietnamese-American community in eastern New Orleans. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

IHOP12150 I-10 Service Road, 244-0013; www.ihop.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

RIVERBEND BISTRO8001-B W. St. Bernard Hwy., Arabi, 277-6996Riverbend Bistro dishes up Italian cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features fried seafood dishes, eggplant Napoleon and an Angus filet served either bordelaise (herbs, garlic and olive oil) or Pontchartrain (crabmeat and mushrooms) style. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROCKY & CARLO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 279-8323This Chalmette favorite is the neighborhood's go-to spot for dripping roast beef po-boys and crisp onion rings. Other popular items include decadently rich macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAG'S MEAT MARKET & DELI1207 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-6594Tag's is part deli and part butcher shop and makes its own Italian sausage. The menu features po-boys, muffulettas and burgers, including the enormous Papa Tag's, which weighs in at a pound and a half. Lunch specials include hot dogs and Philly cheese steak sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BAR-B-QUE10828 Hayne Blvd., 241-8227; www.cochondelaitpoboys.comThe cochon de lait po-boy is this barbecue joint's claim to fame. The po-boy is dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. Meat is sold by the pound, or you can feed the whole crew with the Family Feast, which includes ribs, chicken, brisket, pork and side dishes such as smothered mustard greens, baked beans, corn bread and candied yams No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

 

 

 

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FAUBOURG MARIGNY

13 MONAGHAN517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.comThe menu at 13 offers diner favorites and vegetarian options. The tater tachos are crispy baked Tater Tots smothered in melted cheddar cheese, jalapenos, black beans, salsa and sour cream. Sesame chicken salad is combined with mixed greens and toasted almonds and served on toasted multigrain bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ADOLFO'S611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800There's a bohemian vibe in the cozy dining room of this Creole-Italian cafe. Steamed mussels make a great appetizer, and stuffed cannelloni are a specialty. The many different fish offered each night can be ordered with seafood-laden "ocean sauce." Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

BUFFA'S LOUNGE 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038; www.buffaslounge.comThis tavern puts its name behind the Buffa burger, a half-pound patty cooked to order and dressed to spec. Reuben sandwiches are grilled crisp and crammed with corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.comWhile the nearby Frenchmen Street clubs hibernate by day, Cafe Rose Nicaud is hopping with regulars sipping coffee and enjoying light meals. Specialties include Belgian waffles with Steen's cane syrup and croissant sandwiches filled with spicy jerk chicken. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and daily dinner. Credit cards. $

CHECK POINT CHARLIE 501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847 Wash your clothes and satisfy your cravings at this corner club. The jalapeno poppers, tots and french fries are popular appetizers. Choose from a menu of burgers, sandwiches and specials. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

DESPERADOS PIZZA801 Frenchmen St., 943-9900The namesake Desperado pie has taco sauce and is topped with pulled pork, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, cabbage and lime. Desperado's also serves po-boys, dessert pizzas and appetizers including fried lobster ravioli. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FEELINGS CAFE2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.comExtending throughout an old plantation house, Feelings' dining rooms exude warmth and charm. The Gulf fish Nicholas is served with grilled shrimp and creamed spinach. Deep-fried Louisiana soft-shell crawfish are breaded with Italian seasonings and served with avocado butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP2600 Royal St., 947-8358This eclectic coffeehouse offers French, Colombian and Ethiopian coffees. Flora's also serves homemade falafel with pita bread, black bean burritos, chicken quesadillas and a changing selection of baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

J'S ISLAND BAR & GRILL437 Esplanade Ave., 252-4800Gulf Coast and Caribbean flavors meet at this new restaurant. Sauteed shrimp top smoked Gouda grits with applewood-smoked bacon, garlic and cream. Caribbean spices accent shrimp pasta in cream sauce tossed with garlic and tomatoes. Other options include fried seafood po-boys and platters. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFE & BAR 2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schiroscafe.comThe Little Kitchen at Schiro's grocery serves Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, and curries made with chicken, lamb or shrimp. New Orleans fare includes po-boys and dishes like a seafood combo platter with catfish, shrimp, oysters, red potato salad, hushpuppies, bread and a vegetable. Lunch specials are served all day. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT 1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460Order breakfast any time or choose from a menu of New Orleans classics and burgers at this late-night destination. Eggs Benedict sit on an English muffin with grilled tomatoes, Canadian bacon and homemade hollandaise. The Kathryn burger is a half-pound patty topped with grilled ham, onions and Swiss cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Tue, dinner and late-night Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

MARIGNY BRASSERIE640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472; www.marignybrasserie.comThis eatery offers a modern take on classic Creole cuisine. The gooey crawfish quesadilla has three cheeses and is served with smoked salsa. New Orleans barbecue shrimp come atop stone-ground grits with smothered collard greens with andouille sausage. There also are salads, soups, po-boys and specialty sandwiches. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.myspace.com/mimisinthemarignyMimi's Spanish-influenced tapas take bar food to new heights. Where else are goat cheese croquettas and salmon canapes available at 2 a.m.? Mushroom caps come floating in garlicky white wine broth or atop grilled bread with manchego cheese and sherry cream. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MONA'S CAFE504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; www.monascafenola.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.comFresh cakes, breads, bagels and biscuits are this cozy Marigny cafe's daytime specialty. Try French toast made with fresh challah served with homemade orange-pecan syrup for breakfast. Choose from a variety of lunch specials, including the crab sandwich with spinach, Brie and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ORANGE COUCH2339 Royal St., 267-7327; www.theorangecouchcoffee.comEnjoy coffee and baked goods such as fresh carrot cake. The cafe serves light Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls and bun for Friday lunches. For an additional sweet treat, try one of the exotic Japanese mochi ice cream flavors like lychee or chocolate coconut. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO KING AT LOST LOVE LOUNGE2529 Dauphine St., 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.comThere's Pho King in the back of the Lost Love Lounge. The small menu features spring rolls, pho and vermicelli bowls. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash only. $

PIE HO PIZZA AT HI-HO LOUNGE2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-9428Inside the Hi-Ho Lounge club is a pizza nook offering several gourmet pies, salads and cheesecake for dessert. The Kitchen Sink pie rounds up Italian sausage, pepperoni, Genoa salami, red onion, black olives, mushrooms, green onions and tomatoes. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner daily. $

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.comCatch a meal before one of Snug's two nightly shows. The menu features Creole dishes, burgers, Angus steaks and Gulf seafood. Chicken is served either Southern fried or char-broiled. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUKHO THAI1913 Royal St., 948-9309; www.sukhothai-nola.com Sukho Thai prepares curried meats, vegetables and stir-fried noodles. Specials include jumbo soft-shell crab topped with a choice of basil or "volcano" sauce, a blend of Thai chili and pineapple. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SWEET LORRAINE'S JAZZ CLUB1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654; www.sweetlorrainesjazzclub.comSweet Lorraine's cooks up hot jazz and Creole food. Entrees include blackened catfish topped with sauteed mushrooms served over spinach. There also are burgers, sandwiches and salads. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

THREE MUSES536 Frenchmen St., 298-8746; www.thethreemuses.comStep off the bustle of Frenchmen Street for creative small plates. Dishes include feta fries, ceviche, lobster egg rolls with sweet chili lime sauce, lamb sliders with tomato chutney and herbed goat cheese, and a bruschetta with arugula, olives, white beans and peppers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

WASABI900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; www.wasabinola.comChoose from sushi, tempura, noodle or rice dishes at this Japanese restaurant and bar. Appetizers includes tofu, steak, yakitori chicken and miso soup. Green tea ice cream is a chilly counterpoint to warm sake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA 525 Frenchmen St., phone n.a.; www.myspace.com/yukiizakayaThis Japanese-style tavern serves sake and shochu drinks and authentic Japanese items in tapas-size portions. Options include grilled beef tongue, salmon roe with shredded radish, shu mai dumplings, fried spring rolls, marinated octopus and fries with wasabi sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

 

 

 

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FRENCH QUARTER

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; www.acmeoyster.comDuring a century in business, Acme has earned a reputation for oysters, whether raw, fried or grilled. But there's more than seafood, with specialties like the "10-napkin roast beef po-boy" and red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILL 811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.comThere's no excuse to go hungry at the Alibi, a bar that keeps the griddle cooking around the clock. In addition to burgers and sandwiches you'll find crawfish pies, salads topped with fried chicken and barbecue shrimp pasta. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE ALPINE 620 Chartres St., 523-3005; www.thealpinebistro.comA series of dining rooms surround an inner courtyard at the Alpine, which specializes in Creole and Cajun cuisine. Tuna la Boheme is topped with barbecue shrimp. Blackened duck Boudreaux is served with jambalaya on the side. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ANGELI ON DECATUR 1141 Decatur St., 566-0077Middle Eastern meets Italian at this colorful and eclectic eatery. Dip into hummus or spicy tomato spread before cutting into a calzone or gourmet pizza. The Mystical pie is topped with herbed garlic sauce and bacon. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANTOINE'S ANNEX513 Royal St., 581-4422; www.antoines.comMaking use of its sprawling labyrinth of dining rooms and space, Antoine's opened a cafe space with doors on Royal Street. The nook offers pastries in the morning and a menu of light fare including salads and sandwiches like the pulled pork panino with provolone cheese and a relish of peppers, mushrooms, onions and garlic. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.comThe city's oldest restaurant has a few new tricks up its sleeve, including brunch on Sundays and sandwiches like the oyster Foch po-boy, available from the special menu at the Hermes Bar. Of course, fresh pompano and baked Alaska remain classics. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnauds.comThe menu at this Creole grand dame is filled with traditional specialties, from the smoked pompano appetizer to the chicken Pontalba to the praline crepes. Those who can't decide often turn to the sampler platter combining veal Chantal, a crab cake and crawfish O'Connor. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.comRoasted rack of lamb crowns the menu at this Middle Eastern tavern, which features hookahs and belly dancers on Saturdays nights. Dine on hummus, gyro sandwiches or kebab platters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

BACCO310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.comCreole and Italian flavors are the complementary influences at Bacco. Maine lobster ravioli are topped with Champagne butter sauce and caviar. Bacco shrimp are prepared with Abita Amber, garlic, rosemary and Creole seasonings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BAYONA 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.comChef Susan Spicer always has something new on the menu at her contemporary Creole cuisine flagship. Look for roasted flounder with smoked tomato butter and smothered greens or Bayona classics like grilled duck with pepper jelly. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BEGUE'S RESTAURANT AT THE ROYAL SONESTA 300 Bourbon St., 553-2278; www.beguesneworleans.comSunday brunch is a popular weekend event at Begue's, which rolls out egg dishes, local seafood and Champagne galore. The lush courtyard of the Royal Sonesta provides a beautiful backdrop as diners cut into dishes like crab cakes Benedict. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BENNACHIN 1212 Royal St., 522-1230Bennachin serves traditional West African dishes, including its spicy namesake, made with rice, chunks of beef and plenty of pepper. Akara, or black-eyed pea fritters, are a popular appetizer and there are many choices for vegetarians. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

BISTREAUX1001 Toulouse St., 568-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/bistreaux.htmThe more casual bistro adjoining chef Michael Farrell's Le Meritage restaurant features New Orleans favorites such as jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, pressed cochon de lait sandwiches, and crab cakes with beurre blanc and micro citrus salad. Other options range from lump crab tacos to goat cheese and beet salad and there are pizzas and burgers as well. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOMBAY CLUB 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.comChef Ricky Cheramie is at the helm at this refined restaurant and lounge. The menu features dishes like Asian-style calamari with sweet chili sauce, steak frites with herb butter and wild mushrooms, and crab cakes with Creole mirliton salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BOURBON HOUSE144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.comBourbon House puts its stamp on local seafood classics. The plateaux de fruits de mer features a selection of Louisiana seafood: oysters on the half shell, local caviar, boiled Gulf shrimp, mussels, marinated crab fingers and seasonal seafood salads. Redfish on the half shell is a fillet grilled skin-on and served with new potatoes, balsamic-glazed red onion and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.comTradition abounds at this French Creole stalwart and the menu features many Brennan's originals. Tournedos Taylor has dueling sauces and the salmon Audubon is finished with Creole mustard and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.comThe dining rooms and courtyard exude old New Orleans charm at Broussard's, while the menu offers a mix of Creole and Continental flavors. The grouper is marinated in citrus and crusted with andouille. The fillet is braised with Abita beer. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.comInspired by the film Forrest Gump, this theme restaurant puts shrimp center stage. Get fried popcorn shrimp, shrimp sauteed with garlic butter, or boiled seafood served by the basket. There also are burgers, barbecue pork sliders and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AMELIE912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.comNestled in a restored French Quarter carriage house, this cafe offers a menu of contemporary Louisiana cooking. Slow-cooked lamb shank is served with local root vegetables, coriander and fennel-infused couscous. Rosemary and garlic season the oven-roasted pork chop served over creamy grits with corn and andouille maque choux. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE BEIGNET 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.comHearty breakfasts and standard New Orleans fare are served at these French Quarter restaurants. In addition to beignets, there are Cajun hash browns with andouille sausage and scrambled eggs, and crawfish cakes with fries and fried okra. No reservations. Bourbon Street: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ENVIE 1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.cafeenvienola.com This picturesque corner cafe welcomes early risers with either buttermilk biscuits or Southern-style grits smothered in house-made sausage gravy. Panini filled with roast beef and cheddar or turkey and Swiss make for satisfying lunches or light dinners. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FLEUR DE LIS 307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.comPatrons get a hearty start to the day with the Fleur De Lis omelet, filled with crawfish, cheese, peppers and onions and topped with crawfish sauce. The lunch menu includes soups, salads and sandwiches, plus the half-pound Cajun burger. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE GIOVANNI117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.comChef Duke LoCicero puts a creative twist on Italian fare. Signature oysters Giovanni are lightly fried oysters served on a colorful bed of five sauces. A traditional option is spaghetti with homemade meatballs with marinara sauce. Duck classico is a garlic-glazed roasted half duck served with sweet Marsala sauce and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Credit cards $$$

CAFE MASPERO 601 Decatur St., 523-6250Locals and visitors have been lining up outside this casual eatery for years, eager to take a stab at Cafe Maspero's enormous fried seafood platter or chow down on one of its many deli sandwiches. Muffulettas are served in regular and vegetarian versions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE PONTALBA546 St. Peter St., 522-1180Holding down one corner of bustling Jackson Square, this eatery serves the most popular New Orleans dishes, including gumbo, po-boys and fried seafood. The shrimp and oyster platter piles on crispy shrimp and oysters with cocktail and tartar sauce on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CENTRAL GROCERY923 Decatur St., 523-1620There's only one Central Grocery, and there's only one thing to order at this landmark Italian deli and perfector of the muffuletta. Get in line, order sandwiches by the half or whole and make sure you have a stack of napkins at the ready. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE601 Chartres St., 586-8383; www.chartreshousecafe.com Enjoy traditional New Orleans fare at this corner cafe, located in the heart of the Quarter. The crawfish cakes come three to a plate and are topped with crawfish sauce. Red beans and rice are slow cooked and served with smoked sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU MOANET VOILA 300 Decatur St., 581-2534; www.voilanola.com Choose from one of several varieties of po-boys or a huge assortment of seafood, burgers and appetizers at Voila. Breakfast includes a Cajun or shrimp omelet, biscuits and gravy, and a steak breakfast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CHECKERED PARROT 133 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com Checkered Parrot offers a Tex-Mex menu filled with quesadillas, burritos and nachos, as well as burgers, hot dogs, wraps, salads and New Orleans specialties. Red beans and rice with grilled smoked sausage and fried seafood platters add Creole flavor to the mix. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL 900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com Grill cooks slap a hubcap over savory burgers as they sizzle on the grill at this campy, retro diner where breakfast is offered around the clock. Massive omelets, meaty chili and a range of sandwiches are also available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE 1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net Blacked redfish is served with a house salad at this late-night joint. Local favorites like red beans and rice and jambalaya abound. For breakfast, the Coop omelet is served with shrimp, ham, Swiss cheese and Creole sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL 725 Conti St., 527-0869Traditional Creole dishes like gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice are barroom favorites at Copper Monkey. The menu also includes burgers, quesadillas, salads and steaks. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER BAR AND GRILL 500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.comCreole and Cajun flavors mix it up on the menu at Corner Oyster Bar. Blackened shrimp nachos are nachos loaded with cheese, salsa, jalapenos and sour cream. A marinated and grilled chicken breast is topped with crawfish in a thick roux with peppers and mushrooms. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME620 Iberville St., 522-1138Country Flame dishes up Cuban specialties like ropa vieja with shredded beef over a bed of rice. It also offers the classic Cuban sandwich of ham, roasted pork and cheese on pressed bread. The wide-ranging menu includes tacos, fajitas and ribs as well. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com Stop into the Court of Two Sisters any day for a jazz brunch complete with hot and cold buffet lines with everything from boiled seafood to salad and fresh fruit. For dinner, entrees include the corn fried Des Allemands catfish, served with jumbo lump crabmeat, Napa slaw and green onion. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Kollette Mandina makes diners feel at home at her family's Italian restaurant Tony Mandina's in Gretna.
  • Kollette Mandina makes diners feel at home at her family's Italian restaurant Tony Mandina's in Gretna.

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE 527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.comLive jazz and German-style beers complement creative cooking at this brewpub. Pan-seared redfish St. Louis is topped with fried oysters and barbecue sauce. Starters include Brewhouse hot wings, baked oysters and fried calamari with spicy marinara. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR 617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663Diners flock to this cafe known for its delectable baked goods for its croissant sandwiches with ham and bechamel sauce, quiches and homemade soup. Others settle in to the Parisian ambience with a cafe au lait, the morning paper, and a pastry. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DAISY DUKES121 Chartres St., 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com This French Quarter eatery offers breakfast and Cajun favorites all day. Menu options include omelets, pizza, red beans and rice, and daily specials. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD841 Iberville St., 581-1316; www.deanies.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR 400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com Home-style platters of pot roast and pork chops mix it up with fried seafood and po-boys at this all-hours destination. Dinner specials are available Monday through Thursday, and Tuesdays and Thursdays feature steak specials. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR300 Bourbon St., 553-2281This Bourbon Street stalwart features a menu of traditional and contemporary New Orleans seafood dishes. Oysters are fried and served with house-made barbecue sauce and blue cheese dressing. Red snapper is blackened and topped with crabmeat, capers and butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.comDickie Brennan's prefers Creole finesse over steak house largesse. The 14-oz. barbecue rib-eye is topped with shrimp in Abita beer barbecue sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes, The seared jumbo lump crabcake is served with roasted garlic and lemon aioli on tomato relish with salsa verde. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

EAT NEW ORLEANS900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.comThis quaint cafe offers an original take on familiar Creole and Cajun dishes. Redfish is topped with lemon-garlic butter and served with fresh vegetables. The deep-fried crawfish boulettes are served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

EL GATO NEGRO81 French Market Place, 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.comWhet your appetite with a pineapple-cilantro margarita or any of the Mexican beers or premium tequilas. In addition to tacos, burritos and enchiladas, look for big fajita platters and seafood creations. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE 700 Bourbon St., 523-1485; www.emberssteakhouse.com "Medium" is a relative term at Embers, where the mid-size T-bone weighs in at a hefty 16 ounces. (The large tacks on another 5 ounces.) Fried seafood platters and Creole-Italian favorites like Gulf shrimp marinara and crawfish fettuccine balance out the options. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; www.felipesneworleans.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com The oyster bar at Felix's has no seats, and that's fine with the regulars who prefer their raw bivalves with a minimum of fuss. Make your own sauce and order directly from the shuckers, or order from a menu of New Orleans staples. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIORELLA'S CAFE1136 Decatur St., 553-2155 Fried chicken is the specialty at Fiorella's, which serves its fried-to-order bird with homey Southern sides like red beans. For seafood options, try the crab cakes with green onion remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FRANK'S RESTAURANT 933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com Frank's started out as an Italian deli and has grown into a full-service restaurant. The muffuletta remains a fixture on the menu. Entrees include shrimp Gagliano with garlic and butter sauce over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT 1001 Decatur St., 525-7879 Hungry pedestrians are lured into the French Market Restaurant by the sight of raw oysters displayed in the windows. Order boiled seasonal seafood. Po-boys and fried seafood also are served. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH QUARTER PIZZERIA & BAR 201 Decatur St., 948-3287; www.frenchquarterpizza.com This French Quarter favorite has hand-tossed specialty pizzas including the roast beef po-boy pizza and the Big Easy five-pound pizza. The menu also includes salads, sandwiches and specialty cocktails. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GW FINS 808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com One of the standbys on chef Tenney Flynn's constantly changing menu is blue crab pot stickers. The grilled butterfish might be finished with Flynn's pineapple basil glaze, and the soft-shell crab dishes are popular. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com Many Galatoire's regulars start with the grand goute, a combination platter of shrimp remoulade and crabmeat maison, often including oysters en brochette. Pompano with crabmeat is a fixture, and the flaming cafe brulot makes a dramatic finale. Jackets required. Reservations accepted for the second floor only. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT914 N. Peters St., 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.comTastes of the Spanish seaside and an unmatched vista of the Mississippi River are the twin draws at Galvez. The restaurant offers traditional tapas, steaks and seafood dishes, including a quartet of paellas and a fruits de mer bouillabaisse scented with saffron and sofrito. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GAZEBO CAFE1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola.comThe Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daiquiris. The New Orleans sampler rounds up gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE GREEN GODDESS 307 Exchange Alley, 301-3347; www.greengoddessnola.comThe creative cooking at Green Goddess combines classic techniques, exotic ingredients and culinary wit. At brunch, try the barbecued pork and corn flapjack, which combines smoky pulled pork with gravy and creamy slaw atop a corn-jalapeno pancake. No reservations. Lunch and brunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GUMBO SHOP 630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com Gumbo lovers have their choice of several varieties at the Gumbo Shop, including seafood, chicken and sausage and the meatless gumbo z'herbes. A popular entree is chicken espagnole prepared with garlic and shallot brown sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUSTO333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, third floor; www.thetheatres.comOrder Gusto's flatbread pizzas, panini or small plates from inside one of the Canal Place movie theaters or at the cafe. There are dips including hummus and caponata, salads and sandwiches such as a Spanish muffuletta with Serrano ham, chorizo and manchego cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFE418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com Burgers, sizzling fajitas and hearty appetizers are the greatest hits at the New Orleans edition of this international chain. The Legendary burger is a 10-oz. patty topped with bacon, cheddar, an onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSE OF BLUES 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com The House of Blues focuses on Southern and soul food dishes. Creole seafood jambalaya adds local flair. The Sunday gospel brunch features unlimited Champagne mimosas and dishes like Creole shrimp with cheddar cheese grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

IHOP 833 Canal St., 593-0440; www.ihop.com While best known for its breakfast platters, this diner-style chain also offers a variety of lunch and dinner options. The grilled tilapia is lightly seasoned and served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IRENE'S CUISINE 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 Aromas of garlic, rosemary and basil perfume the air inside this intimate eatery. Signature dishes include baked oysters Irene, topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta, mussels steamed in wine, and roasted chicken. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.comStart a meal with well-crafted original cocktails and settle in for Iris' new American cooking. The spicy tomato egg drop soup features a poached farm egg and fresh herbs. Seared sea scallops are complemented by grapefruit butter and Vietnamese greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. $$$

ITALIAN BARREL 430 Barracks St., 569-0198 This restaurant by the French Market specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Bresaola, the cured, thinly sliced beef, is served as an appetizer or entree. Popular entrees are the porcini and truffle ravioli served with creamy white wine sauce and the veal osso buco. There also are cheese boards and cured-meat plates. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP833 Conti St., 525-9200; www.jager-haus.comThis Bavarian restaurant dishes up a hearty spread of wursts and schnitzels. Mornings feature thin-crust German pizzas. The pork shank entree comes with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritaville.comGulf Coast and Caribbean touches brighten the menu at Jimmy Buffett's restaurant. Volcano nachos are topped with chili, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, tomatoes and scallions. Jamaican-style jerk chicken features two breasts served with rice and vegetables. Of course, there are burgers and sandwiches galore and a menu of frozen drinks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS511 St. Louis St., 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboy.comJohnny's serves plate lunches like fried chicken and hamburger steaks in addition to a long list of sandwiches. The Johnny's special combines roast beef, ham and Swiss and American cheeses on French bread. The seafood muffuletta includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.comChef Paul Miller upholds the traditions of legendary founder Paul Prudhomme. Blackened twin beef tenderloin medallions are served with slowly reduced debris sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetables. At lunch, the deep-fried flounder po-boy is dressed and served with caper dill tartar sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

KRYSTAL 116 Bourbon St., 523-4030; www.krystal.comA menu filled with burgers, fries, chicken wings and chili cheese dogs makes Krystal a haven for finger food fanatics. The Famous Krystal features a grilled all-beef burger topped with diced tomatoes, mustard and a dill pickle on a square bun. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

LA BAYOU RESTAURANT208 Bourbon St., 525-4755; www.labayourestaurant.comSeafood stars in dishes like the zydeco salad featuring fried crawfish and shrimp over greens. The crawfish pasta features sauteed crawfish tails in cream sauce, topped with crunchy fried crawfish tails. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

LANDRY'S400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; www.landrysseafoodhouse.comLandry's offers a wide selection of seafood from waters near and far. Along with daily fresh fish, Landry's serves barbecue shrimp and baked oysters. There also are steaks and pasta dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LE MERITAGE Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritage.comLe Meritage's menu is organized around food and wine pairings. Light white wines are suggested with dishes like the Gulf shrimp and grits and pan-roasted wild salmon with roasted tomato sauce, golden quinoa, and fennel and cucumber salad. The duck two ways includes confit with foie gras and a breast with potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA BISTRO337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.netThe restaurant prepares a variety of Creole dishes. Some reflect a BP oil disaster theme, such as boudin sausage links serving as "booms" to "protect a crouton beach from caramelized onion demi-glace." Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.comOrder gourmet wood-fired pies like the smoked salmon pizza with capers, caviar, red onions and cream cheese at this French Quarter pizzeria. Other favorites include the barbecue chicken pizza and roasted garlic pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and feta and mozzarella cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

M BISTRO Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.comThe Ritz-Carlton's M Bistro is named for executive chef Matt Murphy. He incorporates local ingredients in dishes such as Northshore wild mushroom and duck gumbo. Other Bistro delights include Murphy's Creole tomato barbecue burger and, for dessert, Louisiana Creole cheesecake. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAGNOLIA GRILL1122 Decatur St., 566-6003; www.magnoliagrillofnola.comMagnolia Grill is known for spicy Bloody Marys and diner food. Breakfast is served all day. Choose from 12 omelets, the country breakfast or pain perdu. Lunch and dinner options include salads, burgers, sandwiches, blackened and fried seafood, po-boys and more. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE MARKET CAFE1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.comIndoors or out, dine on seafood fried for po-boys, platters or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee, gumbo or shrimp Creole. Red beans and rice and bread pudding also are served. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly cheese steaks on po-boy bread and gyros. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.comThe open kitchen allows guests to watch as cooks prepare dishes like pasta bolognese, combining house-made fettuccine with a meat sauce studded with prosciutto, ground veal and Italian sausage. The osso buco features a braised veal shank finished with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, served with grilled asparagus and roasted red potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Alaina Shockley and Rajun Cajun Cafe and Lounge chef/owner Shawn Cahill show off a mushroom chicken and pasta dish that keeps customers coming back to the Metairie eatery.
  • Alaina Shockley and Rajun Cajun Cafe and Lounge chef/owner Shawn Cahill show off a mushroom chicken and pasta dish that keeps customers coming back to the Metairie eatery.

MEAUXBAR BISTRO942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.comExpect new twists on bistro classics at Meauxbar. Featured appetizers include onion soup gratinee with crouton and Gruyere. The bouillabaisse contains drum, lump crabmeat, shrimp and mussels with rouille. Duck confit is served with sauteed garlic potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, garlic confit and frisee salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.comMr. B's is a modern Creole favorite in the French Quarter. The barbecued Gulf shrimp are served in a New Orleans-style peppery butter sauce with French bread for dipping. The gumbo Ya Ya is a country style gumbo made with chicken and andouille sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT1212 Royal St., 522-6746Specialty pizzas and pasta dishes are featured at this bohemian French Quarter hideaway. Mardi Gras linguine includes andouille and shrimp in tomato cream sauce. A combination pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, black olives, onions, mushrooms and green peppers. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONTREL'S BISTRO1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747This casual restaurant serves Creole favorites. The menu includes crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for dessert. Outdoor seating is adjacent to Dutch Alley and the French Market. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S STEAKHOUSECanal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.comFilet mignon, porterhouse, New York strip and rib-eye steaks are the mainstays at this Chicago-based chain. Domestic double-rib lamb chops, Alaskan king crab legs and two types of lobster, Western Australian tail and whole baked Maine, are equally deserving of attention. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.comThis French Quarter restaurant boasts a menu of contemporary Creole cooking. Pecan-crusted puppy drum is served with oven-roasted pecans, Louisiana crabmeat relish and lemon butter sauce. The shrimp and goat cheese crepes are topped with Louisiana shrimp in a buttery sauce of Chardonnay, onions, tomato and bell pepper. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.comA charming and historic drinking and dining spot, Napoleon House offers a slate of casual New Orleans favorites including po-boys, gumbo, red beans and rice and chicken and sausage jambalaya. The specialty is the muffuletta, which is heated through, softening the cheese and blending flavors. Cool off with a signature Pimm's Cup. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NOLA RESTAURANT534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.comChef Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter restaurant serves a menu of modern Louisiana dishes and regional fare. The grilled pork chop is accompanied by brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes, toasted pecans and caramelized onion reduction sauce. The hickory-roasted duck is served with whiskey-caramel glaze, buttermilk cornbread pudding, haricot verts and fire-roasted corn salad, natural jus and candied pecans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OCEANA GRILL739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.comThis restaurant puts a twist on seafood favorites. Crab cakes are topped with crawfish and mushroom sauce. Char-grilled oysters are cooked with garlic cream sauce and finished with Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OLD COFFEE POT RESTAURANT714 St. Peter St., 524-3500; www.theoldcoffeepot.comThe Old Coffee Pot is known for calas — Creole fried rice cakes sprinkled with sugar. The menus offers classics like gumbo, crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole. The Fleur-de-Lis chicken is paired with grilled Gulf shrimp, and comes topped with crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish dressing on a bed of asparagus. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.comOlivier's menu gives props to the home kitchens of the relatives behind each dish. Braised Creole rabbit is served with sage-seasoned oyster dressing. Crab and salmon cakes combine poached salmon and blue crab and come with green onion aioli. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.creolecuisine.comMaspero's updates local classics. The "hot and blue" oyster po-boy is dressed with Tabasco mayonnaise and blue cheese. Cochon de lait is stuffed with garlic and jalapenos. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO718 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.comJust off Bourbon Street, this bistro offers an extensive selection of wines by the glass and a menu of French-inspired dishes. Black mussels are served in tomato saffron broth, and the chipotle crab cakes come with caramelized oranges. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PALACE CAFE605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.comPalace Cafe puts creative touches on contemporary Creole cooking. The fried oyster loaf combines corn-fried oysters, melted St. Andre cheese and sherry tasso cream sauce on ciabatta. Shimp Tchefuncte features shrimp in Creole meuniere sauce with roasted mushrooms and green onions over popcorn rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.comTraditional New Orleans jazz holds court at the jazz club and Creole cafe. Shrimp Ambrosia features shrimp sauteed with fennel and light Pernod cream sauce. Other options include pasta, jambalaya, and red beans and rice served with garlic chicken. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.comGrab a Hurricane and then head to the Courtyard Restaurant for sandwiches and innovative Creole dishes. The muffuletta on foccacia is served warm. Cancun shrimp are coconut-covered fried Gulf shrimp served with pina colada fruit salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PELICAN CLUB312 Exchange Place, 523-1504; www.pelicanclub.comContemporary Louisiana dishes highlight the menu at this elegant French Quarter restaurant. A whole crispy flounder is served with chili black bean sauce with sea scallops and shrimp. Barbecue shrimp is prepared in a clay pot. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PERE ANTOINE 741 Royal St., 581-4478; www.pereantoine.comThe New Orleans sampler is a meal of gumbo, shrimp Creole, red beans, jambalaya and bread pudding. St. Nona's catch of the day is served on eggplant medallions with crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PORT OF CALL 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.comThick burgers and baked potatoes are the calling cards of Port of Call. All the restaurant's half-pound burgers are ground fresh daily and are served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onion on the side. Salads and steak also are served. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PRALINE CONNECTION542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.comStick-to-your-ribs Creole soul food is the draw at this Marigny spot. Look no further for home-style red beans and rice, file gumbo, stuffed bell peppers and sides like mac and cheese, fried okra and fried pickles. Fried soft-shell crawfish are served with sweet and spicy cocktail sauce and fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RALPH & KACOO'S519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.comSeafood is served every way at this French Quarter restaurant. Go surf-and-turf with a 14-oz. steak topped with shrimp, or stay offshore with crabmeat-stuffed Maine lobster tails. Other dishes include seafood pastas and Southern-fried staples. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.comRed Fish Grill serves oysters on the half shell and seafood specialties including several redfish entrees. Rum-flamed shrimp come with blackened avocados, pickled beets and ginger-cucumber coulis. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RIB ROOM621 St. Louis St., 529-7046; www.ribroomneworleans.com Prime rib arrives sizzling at your table at this French-style rotisserie and prime rib juggernaut. Prime rib is roasted for three hours and served au jus with horseradish sour cream and a baked potato. There also is seafood, like Zapp's-crusted black drum with brown butter emulsion. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ROUX BISTRO500 Canal St., 595-5506; www.sheratonneworleans.comFind New Orleans specialties at this bistro inside the Sheraton New Orleans. Breakfast includes a buffet, with waffles, pancakes and eggs cooked to order. For lunch, try a redfish po-boy dressed with spicy remoulade sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

ROUX ON ORLEANSBourbon Orleans, 717 Orleans Ave., 523-2222; www.bourbonorleans.comRoux on Orleans focuses on Creole classics and Louisiana produce, from local seafood to Ruston peaches. Start a meal with gumbo or a crab cake. Entrees range from pasta jambalaya, to daily fish specials to steaks to a double-cut pork chop glazed with Steen's cane syrup. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROYAL BLEND 621 Royal St., 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

ROYAL HOUSE OYSTER BAR441 Royal St., 528-2601; www.royalhouserestaurant.comRoyal House serves oysters raw, Rockefeller, Royale or char-broiled, and you'll find more seafood options at this restaurant. Seafood tortellini is served with shrimp and scallops in cream sauce, and crab claws are sauteed in garlic butter sauce. Maine lobsters come in half-pound increments, from one to two-and-a-half pounds. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALT & PEPPER 403 Iberville St., 561-6070Pakistani-style curries and kebabs made with halal meats are among the finds at this backstreet cafe. Start with an order of flatbread or potato-stuffed samosas. For a curry, try the spoon-tender goat masala. Pizza and sandwiches also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER627 Bourbon St., 525-8442Sammy's thick-cut rib-eyes and lobster tails are a classic Bourbon Street combination. Other items include jambalaya, blackened fish and shrimp, and an assortment of gumbos. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI 239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.comCheck the sushi bar appetizers for offbeat specials like the ocean pyramid, molded from salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko, or the eel "sundae" with crushed macadamia nuts and balsamic vinegar sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SI SENOR AT COSIMO'S1201 Burgundy St., 525-5636Si Senor offers gourmet Tex-Mex options from the back corner of Cosimo's bar. The namesake burrito is a mix of grilled chicken, steak and shrimp with cheese, beans, sour cream, guacamole and salsa. American tacos are filled with spiced ground beef, lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese and your choice of beans. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STANLEY547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.comAt the casual companion to his high-end Stella!, chef Scott Boswell serves straightforward burgers and Reuben sandwiches alongside such exotic fare as Korean barbecue beef po-boys and the Breaux Bridge Benedict with boudin, hollandaise and poached eggs. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.comFor three decades, this upper-Quarter stalwart has tempted passersby with the smell of sizzling steaks and seafood. Popular items include whole Maine lobster served with drawn butter. The Cajun filet mignon is stuffed with seafood and topped with white wine sauce and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.comA meal aboard the Steamboat Natchez promises an ever-changing view as the vessel navigates the river. Gulf shrimp are sauteed with garlic, thyme, lemon and white wine. There is bread pudding with whiskey sauce for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STELLA! 1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com Chef Scott Boswell creates one-of-a-kind culinary experiences at his flagship Stella! Pan-roasted Hawaiian walu has a hot-buttered-popcorn crust, crawfish, local corn maque choux, sour cream and onion butter. Desserts include German chocolate cake with toasted coconut and pecan ganache, caramel sauce and milk chocolate mousse nitro. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY MORAN'S RESTAURANT240 Bourbon St., 523-4640Heir to Alfredo di Lelio's original recipe for fettuccine Alfredo, Tony Moran's serves up classic Italian classics like spaghetti and meatballs and veal Parmesan alongside beef cuts and New Orleans seafood. The New Orleans filet is topped with crabmeat. Lemon butter and crab stuffing liven up catfish fillets. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.comTujague's maintains Creole dining traditions with its six-course, table d'hote menu. Dinner includes the signature beef brisket with Creole sauce, shrimp remoulade, a choice of entree and bread pudding for dessert. Dark roast coffee, microbrewed Tujague beer and hot French bread complement the meal. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

 

BYWATER | CBD | CARROLLTON | CITYWIDE | EASTERN NEW ORLEANS / ST. BERNARD | FAUBOURG MARIGNY | FRENCH QUARTER | GENTILLY / LAKEFRONT | HARAHAN / JEFFERSON / RIVER RIDGE | KENNER | LAKEVIEW | METAIRIE | MID-CITY | NORTHSHORE & OUTSKIRTS | UPTOWN | WAREHOUSE DISTRICT | WEST BANK |

GENTILLY / LAKEFRONT

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON 1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217 Just across from the Fair Grounds Race Course, this neighborhood tavern keeps patrons well fed with a menu of bar snacks and sandwiches. The burger weighs in at half a pound and there's a veggie burger as well. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CANSECO'S MARKET 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., 218-7048See Metairie section for restaurant description.

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 286.1805; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

PIZZA MILANO5226 Elysian Fields Ave., 250-9290 The Milano supreme is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onion, olives and tomato. Pizza Milano also serves calzones, pasta dishes, salads, lavash wraps and sandwiches. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S FOOD SERVICE & DELI3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675; www.sammysfood.comThis former butcher shop trims its own steaks, makes Italian and hot sausages and grinds its own beef for burgers. Check for daily specials like homemade roast beef, seafood-stuffed shrimp or grilled redfish with shrimp and crab cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZIMMER'S SEAFOOD 4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150; www.zimmersseafood.webs.comGet po-boys, seafood plates or seasonal boiled seafood by the pound at this neighborhood market. Year-round menu staples include jambalaya, pasta dishes, gumbo and hamburgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

 

 

BYWATER | CBD | CARROLLTON | CITYWIDE | EASTERN NEW ORLEANS / ST. BERNARD | FAUBOURG MARIGNY | FRENCH QUARTER | GENTILLY / LAKEFRONT | HARAHAN / JEFFERSON / RIVER RIDGE | KENNER | LAKEVIEW | METAIRIE | MID-CITY | NORTHSHORE & OUTSKIRTS | UPTOWN | WAREHOUSE DISTRICT | WEST BANK |

HARAHAN / JEFFERSON / RIVER RIDGE

BLUE TOMATO 4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000Variety is the name of the game at the Blue Tomato, a colorful cantina where you can order chips and guacamole as an appetizer, lasagna for an entree and a hot chocolate chunk brownie for dessert. Seared tuna, shrimp chimichangas and burgers add to the options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA 5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052; www.caffelatteda.comThe breakfast menu at this sunny cafe includes scrambles, like the Western scramble with green pepper, onion, bacon, cheese and salsa. For lunch, the focaccia club sandwich combines grilled chicken with ham and bacon on Italian herb bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE 1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 734-8455; www.cellarsrr.comThe deli at this wine shop serves up hearty dishes and creative sandwiches like the "spicy bird" with smoked turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, pepper Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a croissant. The shrimp remoulade salad is served over romaine with cucumbers and tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700; www.charliesseafoodrestaurant.comCharlie's has an ample supply of po-boys, salads, soups and main courses featuring Louisiana ingredients. The catfish and grits are mustard and cornmeal-fried fillets served with stone-ground grits, topped with cheddar cheese and Creole sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHUN LEE RESTAURANT1100 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 733-8562 Chun Lee features American-Chinese dishes combining everything from fried rice to fried chicken. There also are a few Vietnamese items, including vermicelli bowls with grilled meats and savory pho soups with beef or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRABBY JACK'S428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722Jack Leonardi, the chef behind the popular Jacques-Imo's Cafe, puts his spin on casual New Orleans fare at this lunch joint. Fried oysters and shrimp tumble out of po-boys. Creative sandwich options include the paneed rabbit, roasted duck and fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade po-boys. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DECKBAR & GRILLE 1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 830-0104Big burgers and overstuffed po-boys are reliable offerings at this tavern. The beef brisket po-boy is a local favorite. Appetizers include house-made crab balls, Buffalo shrimp, fried mushrooms and sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DIAMOND CAFE1299 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0720; www.diamondcafeonline.com Sample a wide variety of New York-style pizzas at Diamond Cafe. The Cajun pizza features mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, shrimp and Cajun spices. Diamond also offers pasta, sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666Dockside offers a casual atmosphere to enjoy seafood, Italian and Creole dishes. Local favorites include the soft-shell crab bacon wrap served with remoulade. The seafood extravaganza for two rounds up fried catfish, shrimp and oysters, stuffed crabs, hushpuppies, fries, onion rings and garlic bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FAT HEN GRILL 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 287-4581; www.fathengrill.com Fat burgers topped with Gorgonzola and old-school patty melts are popular choices at this grill. The "womelet" is a formidable combination of a big omelet baked over a waffle with toppings like bacon, ham and cheese. The grilled and marinated center-cut pork chop is served with Tchoupitoulas sauce, mac and cheese and vegetable. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FOX AND HOUND 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.comTry potato skins topped with melted cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, bacon bits and green onions for an appetizer. Salads, soups, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches are available at this sports bar and restaurant. The taco salad is popular. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033; www.hickorycafe.comHickory serves a half-pound patty of fresh ground chuck on focaccia with pepper Jack cheese, bacon, spinach, roasted peppers and basil mayo. The Cuban sandwich features slow-roasted pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, Creole mustard and pickles pressed on French bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge The salmon salad entree at Cafe Rani Uptown is a well-balanced meal in a bowl.
  • The salmon salad entree at Cafe Rani Uptown is a well-balanced meal in a bowl.

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q 208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.com All of Hillbilly's meats, including boudin, alligator sausage and pork spare ribs, are smoked with hickory wood. Daily lunch specials include the Smokey Mountain hamburger and smoked chicken salad on a bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

JAEGER'S SEAFOOD AND BEER GARDEN 901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 818-2200; www.jaegersseafood.comJaeger's specializes in raw, boiled, grilled and fried seafood. Char-grilled shrimp and oysters serve as appetizers for dishes like The King's platter, which features Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp and potatoes, corn, butter sauce and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JOE SEPIE'S CAFE4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613Joe Sepie's menu of New Orleans classics includes shrimp Creole, jumbo lump crab cakes, gumbo and seafood po-boys. The restaurant also offers soups such as the crab and Brie with fire-roasted corn and peppers, as well as sandwiches, including a muffuletta panino. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KOZ'S 6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.comLouisiana favorites such as seafood platters, muffulettas and more than 15 types of po-boys, ranging from hot sausage to cheeseburger, are available at Koz's. The Will's Chamber of Horrors sandwich features roast beef, ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheese, Italian dressing and hot mustard. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464; www.mimisriverridge.comMimi's gives a creative flourish to Italian and Creole standards. Grilled Gulf fish is served with a tomato seafood broth studded with crabmeat and shrimp. The veal spiedini special features veal rounds rolled with garlic, onion, parsley and breadcrumbs and served with lemon garlic demi-glace and pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. POOR BOY RESTAURANT 10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170Mr. Poor Boy offers sandwiches filled with shrimp, catfish or slow-cooked roast beef dripping with gravy. Grilled catfish is served with Creole eggplant sauce, sauteed spinach and two side dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

PHIL'S GRILL 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1705; www.phils-grill.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

RIVERSHACK TAVERN3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.comThis roadside tavern is good for lunch and late-night eats. Favorite sandwiches include a roast beef po-boy slathered with debris gravy, and a chicken sandwich fried in Italian breadcrumbs and topped with ranch dressing. A seafood platter is loaded with oysters, shrimp, catfish and alligator sausage. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SAKE CAFE1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879See Metairie section for restaurant description.

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116 Adjoining a seafood market, Jason Seither's namesake eatery serves traditional boiled platters or innovative dishes, like crispy eggplant medallions laden with lump crab and shrimp cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SEYMOUR'S RESTAURANT2216 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-3148Seymour's serves Creole and Italian dishes. Order a fried soft-shell crab atop crabmeat fettuccine or grilled mahi mahi topped with shrimp and crabmeat. The Chill Down plate rounds up shrimp salad, shrimp cocktail, shrimp remoulade and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

SHIMMY SHACK1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442Come in for burgers or entrees like the blackened catfish served over shrimp cheese grits. Alligator sausage, crawfish strips, pickles and mushrooms are just a few of the fried appetizer options at Shimmy Shack. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.comThis 33-year-old Elmwood Park institution focuses on creative Italian fare and seafood. Veal Augie is topped with lump crabmeat and shallots in white wine sauce. Smilie's also offers steaks and Gulf seafood platters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, 835-3035The loaves at Southern are filled with everything from roast beef and gravy to fried shrimp, oysters, chicken-fried steak and veal. Crispy soft-shell crab is perched atop fettuccine with white wine cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., early dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

TAQUERIA CORONA 1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722; www.taqueriacorona.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

TAVERN ON CITRUS 5708 Citrus Ave., Harahan, 218-5186; www.myspace.com/taverncitrusWatch sports on nine flat-screen televisions while noshing on appetizers like chili cheese fries, Buffalo chicken tenders, onion rings and jalapeno poppers. On Mondays, wings are 25 cents. Top a grilled black Angus beef burger with jalapenos, chili and cheese, mushrooms and Swiss, or Buffalo sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

 

 

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KENNER

AMERICAN PIE DINER2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 468-2187American Pie serves breakfast around the clock and a menu of burgers and Americana classics. The Reuben has melted Swiss over pastrami and sauerkraut and is served with fries or chips. Chicken quesadillas with provolone and sauteed onions and peppers are one of the changing daily specials. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ASIAN SUPER BUFFET 3900 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 712-0899More is the mantra at this sprawling buffet, where multiple food stations offer many noodle, fried rice, chicken and seafood dishes. Mongolian-style barbecue is cooked to order. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BRICK OVEN CAFE2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097Customers keep the namesake brick oven busy cooking pizzas, including the Sicilia, topped with house-made sausage, peppers, mushrooms, onions and herbs. The veal chop Liberta is stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO 4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2299Regulars stop by this convenient cafe for their morning coffee and breakfast items like bagels, Belgian waffles and omelets. In the afternoon, a cappuccino lends a boost after a light meal, like a veggie wrap or spinach salad with grilled chicken. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DITALI'S 910 W. Esplanade Blvd., Kenner, 464-9895Cafe Ditali's shows a knack for creative renditions of Italian classics. Crab cake Parmesan is served over angel hair pasta with marinara. Shrimp carbonara combines bacon, sauteed shrimp and Alfredo sauce over penne. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-1338Choose from a menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads and quesadillas. Specials include catfish plates, turkey and bacon salads and burgers topped with cheese. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

COME BACK INN 3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1623Pizza, crawfish etouffee and a wide variety of sandwiches and po-boys are available at this casual cafe. Specials like shrimp Creole and red beans and rice with hot sausage are customer favorites. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DIAMOND CAFE3712 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 467-1864; www.diamondcafeonline.com See Harahan section for restaurant description.

FAT MOLLY'S PIZZA & BEER2400 21st St., Kenner, 305-1017; www.facebook.com/fatmollysFat Molly's loads a hand-tossed pizza with garlic sauce, boudin, red onions, green bell peppers, mozzarella and jalapenos. Roast beef is slow-cooked in house and served with gravy on po-boys dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT 1924 Airline Drive, Kenner, 468-2384; www.fiestalatinarestaurant.com This family-owned Mexican eatery offers everything from tacos to tamales. Breakfast items include eggs topped with ranchero sauce. For lunch and dinner, Fiesta serves pupusas stuffed with grilled pork and cheese and carne asada with refried beans, salad, rice and fried plantains. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FONG'S CHINESE RESTAURANT2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216Cantonese cuisine is Fong's specialty, and the many options include chop suey, chow mein and egg foo young. The Triple Threat is a stir-fried mix of shrimp, roast pork, chicken and Chinese vegetables. General Fong's chicken is served with a lightly spicy, tangy sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I GRILLE AND BAR1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060 Burger options include the smoking ring burger, a patty topped with barbecue sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheese and an onion ring, served with fries. The barbecue rib and chicken combo includes half a rack of ribs, mesquite-grilled chicken breast, salad and choice of fries, baked potato or vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARBOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3201 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454; www.fishermanscoveseafood.com Harbor Seafood serves everything from raw oysters and lobster specials to jambalaya. Eggplant stuffed with crabmeat is a signature dish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IMPERIAL GARDEN 3331 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-5691 Imperial Garden offers a wide range of Hong Kong-style dishes including dumplings and egg rolls. There's also beef teriyaki. Chef's specials include fried and baked tofu, fried pork with a spicy sauce, pork dumplings and vegetarian spring rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO 2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808Among Johnny Trauth's satisfying meal options are all you can eat fried catfish or country-fried chicken with hushpuppies, coleslaw and fries. Order fettuccine with chicken, shrimp or crawfish topped with cream sauce and Parmesan. Other options include po-boys, steaks and ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

KENNER SEAFOOD3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701; www.kennerseafood.netKenner Seafood has an oyster bar and serves boiled seafood (shrimp, crabs or crawfish) and big platters of fried seafood. Soups include gumbo, crabmeat and mirliton, and crawfish and corn. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LABELLAS2118 3rd St., Kenner, 466-4675; www.labellascatering.comStop in at this lunch spot for big sandwiches. The slow-roasted, thinly sliced roast beef po-boy oozes with gravy. LaBella's toasted muffuletta is loaded with Genoa salami, Chisesi ham, provolone and homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 463-3030; www.austinsno.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

RISTORANTE DA PIERO401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net Opera singers perform on weekends at Ristorante da Piero, where the menu combines original dishes with those of the Romaga region of Northern Italy. Pastas are made in house, including the popular crabmeat ravioli served with lobster sauce. Or try the free-range duck. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SAKE CAFE817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829See Metairie section for restaurant description.

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647At this two-decade old Kenner mainstay, happy hour means unlimited boiled shrimp and crabs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Po-boys, fried seafood and grilled fresh catches round out the daily menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069; www.speakseasysports.comBefore singing karaoke or playing pool, grab an order of hot wings, egg rolls or chicken quesadillas. Entrees include the 10-oz. burger, homemade hot tamales and sandwiches with grilled or fried chicken. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040; www.stingraysseafood.comStingray's offers a wide selection of seafood dishes as well as daily specials. Shrimp Nicole features shrimp and angel hair pasta topped with spicy cream sauce. Chicken Atchafalaya is a crawfish-dressing-stuffed breast topped with spicy crawfish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL 2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 305-4704; www.sunraygrill.comSun Ray is known for Southwestern and Asian dishes, seafood, steaks and small plates. Guacamole with blue corn chips is a signature appetizer, and other noshing items include ribs, spring rolls and nachos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CHILANGOS2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 469-5599Enjoy Mexican favorites at any meal at Taqueria Chilangos. Kick-start the day with eggs and ham or spicy chorizo. Menu mainstays include chile rellenos, burritos, tacos and brisket. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TARKA3207 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-6141Tarka serves Indian and Pakistani dishes including many options made with halal meats. There is naan bread and assorted meats from the tandoori oven. Other options include curries, stews and lentil dishes made with chicken, goat, lamb or shrimp. Lunch is served buffet style. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TOKYO HIBACHI SUSHI RESTAURANT & BAR3525 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 464-8989Try innovative takes on sushi, like the Who Dat roll, filled with spicy crawfish, snow crab and black tobiko. Order steaks or lobster cooked on the hibachi grill. The shrimp tempura roll features lightly fried shrimp with snow crab and cream cheese wrapped with soybean paper, with mango and avocado on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

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LAKEVIEW

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS 5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780; www.bittersweetconfections.com Bittersweet offers flavored handmade chocolate truffles, cookies, fudge, macaroons, candied orange peels, caramels, sugar-free chocolates and other sweets. Red velvet cupcakes are topped with cream cheese frosting. Petit chocolate cakes are dark chocolate cakes filled with chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate ganache. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE NAVARRE800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828This casual cafe features creative specialty sandwiches, like the spinach and artichoke panino filled with feta and mozzarella. At breakfast, the "health plate" features scrambled egg whites with avocado, grilled turkey and wheat toast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE 139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777See Kenner section for restaurant description.

CHICKEN SUE'S 203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546Fried chicken cooked-to-order is the specialty at Chicken Sue's. Other dishes include the Cuban sandwich, muffulettas, eggplant fries, hot tamales and fried seafood platters. Chicken Sue's also serves barbecue rubs and assorted wraps. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

KOZ'S 515 Harrison Ave., 484-0841; www.kozcooks.comSee Harahan listing for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.comLakeview offers gourmet coffees and teas, breakfast items, homemade pies, soups, salads and sandwiches. Try a roasted vegetable sandwich with peppers, zucchini, squash, baby spinach, red onions, mushrooms and feta and Romano cheese. Fresh organic lettuce tossed in raspberry vinaigrette with candied walnuts, blue cheese, mushrooms and sliced apples comprise the Lakeview Brew Salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW DELI872 Harrison Ave., 304-8501; www.lakeviewdelicatessen.comIn addition to usual po-boy fare like hot roast beef drizzled with gravy, Lakeview Deli offers a fried chicken tender po-boy and a crab cake sandwich. The Baltimore features fried oysters, bacon and Swiss cheese. Burgers and daily specials like red beans and rice also are available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeview-harbor.comLakeview Harbor makes its burgers big and its loaded potatoes even bigger. The House pizza features pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, bell pepper and olives. Daily specials include Tuesday's stuffed bell pepper served with macaroni and cheese and Sunday's prime rib with soup or salad and a vegetable. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafoodhouse.comSee French Quarter section for restaurant description.

MONDO900 Harrison Ave., 224-2633; www.mondoneworleans.comChef Susan Spicer's Lakeview cafe offers upscale takes on comfort food from around the globe. There's everything from hot and sour soup to Latin-style roast pork to baked polenta with garlic and spinach. Redfish is served with "muddy waters" sauce, a New Orleans-style meuniere with jalapenos and anchovies. Pork migas are a popular brunch item. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., bunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

NOLA BEANS762 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.comWarm up with a cup of joe and a breakfast sandwich. For lunch, try the Spanish Fort salad, a bed of romaine lettuce, topped with avocado, grilled chicken, pico de gallo, corn and black beans, served with avocado ranch dressing. The Argonne sandwich has roasted turkey, sprouts, Havarti, avocado, tomatoes and a custom spread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

ROBERT FRESH MARKET135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-3428; www.robertfreshmarket.comRobert can help you make groceries or get a meal to go. Choose from rotisserie chicken, an extensive salad bar, sushi bar, daily soup specials, po-boys made-to-order and deli items. The fried fish dinner includes two side items and rolls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9999Breakfast is served all day at Russell's, but some dishes straddle the divide, like the West End waffle topped with chicken strips and spicy sauce. The crab cake wrap is filled with two crab cakes, romaine lettuce, tomato and Sriracha sauce. The turkey wrap combines roasted turkey, bacon, pepper Jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and honey Dijon. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.comThe Lakeview steak house offers a range of steaks and a la carte sides. Order a 14-oz. New York strip or 14-oz. rib-eye served with house-made steak sauce. Escargots are stuffed inside mushroom caps and served with garlic butter laced with white wine and brandy. Crabmeat au gratin is available as an appetizer or entree. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888Ordering from this Lakeview institution's menu of Creole-Italian dishes is a no-brainer when you select the "Feed Me, Mr. Tony" option, a series of tasting portions selected by the chef. The lobster cup and eggplant Tina (eggplant medallions topped with Romano cheese and homemade tomato sauce) are popular dishes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WASABI8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; www.wasabinola.comSee Faubourg Marigny section for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ZACHARY'S BY THE LAKE7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 872-9832; www.zacharysbythelake.comA patio provides al fresco dining at this Lakeview bar and grill, while flat-screen televisions entertain sports enthusiasts indoors. Salads, soups, seafood platters and sandwiches like the crab remoulade grilled cheese are popular choices. Specials include all-you-can-eat catfish on Mondays and an 8-oz. filet on Wednesdays. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

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METAIRIE

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; www.acmeoyster.comSee French Quarter section for restaurant description.

ACROPOLIS 3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046The menu at Acropolis is a showcase of some of the most popular dishes of both Greece and Italy. Choose between dishes like kebabs, gyro plates and moussaka or the veal parmigiana and lasagna al forno. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.comNorthern Italian cooking anchors chef Andrea Apuzzo's namesake restaurant. The veal chop Valdostana is stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto and topped with mushroom sauce. Red snapper Crazy Water features a sauteed snapper fillet served with tomatoes, garlic, oregano and pepperoncini peppers. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT & STEAKHOUSE5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533; www.austinsno.com This upscale offshoot of Mr. Ed's stays faithful to Creole-Italian heritage. Crawfish crab cakes are fried crab cakes topped with crawfish in dill cream sauce served with potatoes and vegetables. Paneed veal is topped with lump crabmeat, button mushrooms and green onions and served with potatoes and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

THE BEACH HOUSE2401 N. Woodlawn St., Metairie, 456-7470The Beach House offers hearty fare like half-pound char-grilled burgers topped with cheese and served with french fries or sweet potato fries. The Big Ass grilled center-cut pork chop is served with potato salad, a baked potato or sweet potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEAR'S AT GENNARO'S 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226 Now open for lunch, the new Bear's at Gennaro's dishes up all types of po-boys, from the more common fried catfish and shrimp to grilled ham, french fries and barbecue. Appetizers include jalepeno and onion rings. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS3206 Metairie Road, 833-9226; www.bearsgrillandspirits.comThe slow-cooked roast beef and gravy has regulars beating a trail to Bear's, where it's made into po-boys, ladled over cheese fries and even draped over the 8-oz. New Orleans burger. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEIJING 2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 885-8881Beijing offers a wide array of popular Chinese dishes from kung pao shrimp to Mongolian beef. Namesake Beijing crispy chicken features lightly fried white meat in spicy sauce. Hot pepper triple delight combines chicken, beef, shrimp, onions, red pepper and mushrooms in spicy sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BELLA BREW2701 Airline Drive, Suite L, Metairie, 846-9930Stop by this coffeehouse for a blast of frozen coffee punch made with ice cream and espresso. Grilled chicken with pepper Jack cheese is a popular sandwich. Breakfast options include a mix of coffee drinks, juices and pastries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM3500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5656; www.benjerry.com Indulgences at this ice cream parlor include the "cookie cookie" sundae with your choice of ice cream surrounded by chocolate chip cookies. The strawberry kiwi smoothie made with non-fat sorbet and fresh fruit is a lighter treat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BISTRO 38 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 836-5253Nestled in the New Orleans Marriott, this bistro offers classic French dishes with many local touches. The Louisiana bouillabaisse combines local seafood in rich broth. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BLACK ORCHID BISTRO 3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444A combination of French dishes and Creole creations share the billing at this bistro. Choose from trout amandine, a filet with frites or Cornish hen served with lardons and paprika sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666; www.bozosrestaurant.comBozo's uses all local seafood in its platter of cornmeal-fried oysters, Des Allemands catfish, Gulf shrimp and baked stuffed crab. Its version of barbecue shrimp feature shrimp marinated in olive oil, garlic and Italian seasonings. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.comBravo's fans sing the praises of hearty Italian-style entrees like rigatoni tossed with grilled chicken and mushrooms. The meatless verduta pizza is topped with asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions and two cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE BREAKROOM CAFE3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607Breakfasts of eggs, waffles or burritos are served any time at the Breakroom. The breakfast platter rounds up two eggs, bacon and a hash brown patty. At lunch, the signature Breakroom sandwich piles on corned beef, pastrami, red onion, lettuce and tomato. There's also a selection of salads and a coffee bar. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BROOKLYN PIZZERIA4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288; 1809 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-1030; www.eatbrooklyn.netThis pizzeria lives up to the promise in its New York billing with huge, thin-crusted pies measuring up to 20 inches. Slices are served for more modest undertakings, and sandwich options range from muffulettas to cheese steaks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BYBLOS1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; www.byblosrestaurants.comMiddle Eastern standards are the bread and butter of Byblos, where gyros, lamb kebabs and falafel platters are served with warm pita bread. For something a little different, try roasted salmon with rice pilaf and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777; www.byblosrestaurants.comThose in the know duck into this Middle Eastern grocery and deli for quick meals that are still big on flavor. Gyros and chicken shawarma are wrapped in pita and drizzled with creamy garlic sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CADDYSHACK 3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799This tavern serves up plenty of hot grub to go with cold suds. The Original Caddy burger is topped with caramelized onions, and the Caribbean burger adds bacon, cheese and jerk sauce. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EAST 4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.comThis pan-Asian restaurant fuses contemporary and traditional cooking. Crispy orange peel beef is served with a tangy citrus-chili pepper sauce. Thai red snapper is pan roasted and served with artichoke and potatoes in green curry sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE EQUATOR2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772; www.cafeequator.comCafe Equator's Thai cooking includes many vegetarian options, and dishes can be adjusted for spicy heat. Popular items include skewered pork with cucumber sauce, fried rice, curries and an assortment of fresh rolls. Something in the Jungle features beef or chicken sauteed with Thai spices, vegetables and young peppercorns. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FRESCA 4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010Get a pastry and coffee in the morning at Cafe Fresca or pick from the menu of soups, salads and sandwiches at lunch or dinner. The portobello deluxe combines char-grilled eggplant and mushrooms with sauteed onions, provolone and feta on eight-grain bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE ROYALE 3343 Metairie Road, Metairie, 304-8438Fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner choices make Cafe Royale a convenient stop for a meal on the go. One popular item, the Thai chicken salad, combines almonds and spicy peanut and ginger dressings with chicken breast over romaine lettuce. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Country Flame owner Loukia Christakis has a ball serving hearty meals to customers at her French Quarter restaurant.
  • Country Flame owner Loukia Christakis has a ball serving hearty meals to customers at her French Quarter restaurant.

CAFFE ANGELINA 5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770 This cafe's namesake roast beef Angelina is a ciabatta sandwich filled with roast beef, spicy peppers and avocado, and the Asian sesame chicken salad is topped with cilantro, sliced green onions and wonton strips with Asian sesame vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE! 3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com Soups, salads, quiche and daily specials fill these cafes' wide-ranging menus. The chipotle chicken wheat wrap combines sliced chicken, Swiss cheese, lettuce and house-made chipotle sauce. Monday's soup and salad special features red bean and rice soup and a muffuletta. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CANSECO'S MARKET 1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979Head to the deli counter at this family-run grocery to find gourmet-to-go items, rotisserie-roasted chicken, cold salads, daily plate lunches and sandwiches. The Cuban sandwich is loaded with roasted pork and ham and pressed warm and crisp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CARMINE'S ITALIAN SEAFOOD & GRILL4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7904; www.carminesonline.comCreole and Italian cooking come together in dishes like Carmine's stuffed artichoke, which is filled with fried seafood and topped with dill cream sauce. Traditional dishes like baked ziti and chicken piccata are popular too. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CARRETA'S GRILL2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6696Where there's sizzle there's likely to be fajitas at this cantina. Other signature dishes include the pollo loco, or grilled chicken topped with spinach and asadero cheese and served with sauteed onions. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354Many Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos and quesadillas are available at Casa Garcia, along with seafood dishes like shrimp a la diabla served with spicy ancho chile sauce. The costillas de Monterrey are ribs with chipotle sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASABLANCA3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209Moroccan flavor lends exotic spice to the offerings at Casablanca. The harira soup is a traditional blend of chickpeas, lentils, saffron and fresh cilantro. Chicken Marrakech is marinated with herbs and spices, grilled and char-broiled. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO RESTAURANT AND CATERING 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com Chad's offers an extensive menu of seafood, steaks, pastas, sandwiches and salads. The herb-crusted tilapia is pan sauteed and topped with Roma tomato sauce and served with roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-0601See Kenner section for restaurant description.

CHATEAU DU LAC WINE BISTRO2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com Chef Jacques Saleun offers fine French cooking at his bistro. As an appetizer, petite marmite aux fruits de mer delivers a small pot of fresh seafood. The duck confit cassoulet comes with white beans and sausage and is served in a Le Creuset pot. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.- Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788; www.chevys.com Chevy's offers fresh Mexican fare and hand-shaken margaritas. Menu options include a new farmers market quesadilla with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted poblano peppers. Sizzling fajitas, tacos and enchiladas are staples. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHINA ROSE3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 887-3295China Rose regulars file in for generous combo plates of sweet-and-sour pork and Szechuan beef. The China Rose special features half of a duck marinated and sauteed with bell peppers and a tasty brown sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHOPS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 218-8967; www.chopsbistroandmartinibar.com Chops Bistro offers a menu of seafood and steaks. Twin grilled filet mignon medallions are served on fried green tomatoes, one topped with blue cheese demi-glace and the other with tasso hollandaise. Panko-coated, pan-seared grouper is served atop creamy lobster risotto. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHURROS CAFE3100 Kingman St., Metairie, 885-6516The namesake churro is a sweet, fried dough stick, Cuba's version of a beignet. The menu boasts a wide selection of Cuban dishes such as roast pork with congri and yucca. The Cuban sandwich and shredded beef with rice and tostones are other menu staples. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

CITY DINER3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 831-1030; www.citydiner.biz City Diner serves everything from waffles, meatloaf and club sandwiches to local favorites such as fried shrimp, crawfish etouffee, crawfish pasta and hot sausage po-boys. The Bottom of the Bowl features a French bread bowl filled with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, cheese, green onions and Cajun cream sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CLUBHOUSE BAR & GRILL 4617 Sanford St., Metairie, 883-5905; www.theclubhousebarandgrill.com Salads, burgers and Louisiana classics round out this eatery's menu. Try the Clubhouse jambalaya with chicken, andouille sausage and shrimp. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COME BACK INN 8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316See Kenner section for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

CORKY'S RIBS & BAR-B-Q 4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbarbq.com Corky's offers home-style barbecue with all the fixings. Ribs come wet, dry or both. The barbecue pork, beef brisket and fried chicken sandwich are among the old-fashioned sandwiches available. Trimmings include beans, coleslaw, fries and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008Corner Cafe dishes up hearty meals like pancakes and sausage for breakfast and a variety of seafood and po-boys for lunch or dinner. The seafood platter for two includes gumbo, salad, an appetizer platter, stuffed shrimp and fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner Tue.-Sun., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.netJohnnie's serves grilled steaks and seafood plates at affordable prices. Popular dishes include its version of New Orleans barbecue shrimp called Giant Dippin' shrimp. The grilled 8 1/2-oz. filet mignon is served with Crazy potatoes. Crawfish Johnny features crawfish tails, onions and mushrooms in cream sauce, served over rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE GRILLE 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992; www.thecreolegrille.comThe Creole Grille combines Creole and Americana cuisine. Appetizers include Louisiana blue crab dip and hot tamale chili nachos. Char-broiled bourbon-glazed pork chops are served with Creole blue potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005Cucos dishes up a wide variety of Tex-Mex staples. The fajita platter for two features shrimp, steak and chicken. The El Presidente combines beef and cheese enchiladas with a burrito, a taco, and rice and beans with ranchero sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.comBoiled and fried seafood dominate the menu at this longtime Bucktown institution. Shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat top the Bucktown boil pizza made with white sauce. Other options include crawfish etouffee and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550; www.donsseafoodmetairie.com Don's dishes up seafood, soups, sandwiches and pasta. The seafood platter comes with fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried catfish, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, shrimp etouffee and Cajun fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DORIGNAC'S710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.comThe longtime Metairie grocery is known for its bakery, deli and large wine selection. The menu of prepared dishes includes fried chicken, lasagna, soups, sandwiches and daily specials, such as red beans and rice. Order steak topped with grilled onions and peppers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com Known for its signature char-broiled oysters topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic, Drago's now offers char-grilled mussels. Other menu items include the catch of the day, served with fresh vegetables and a baked potato, and the seafood pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL 3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 780-2266Popular appetizers at this pub include cheese and chili-cheese french fries. Tuesday and Thursday are steak nights featuring $10 filets. Spaghetti and meatballs is a customer favorite. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT CITY DINER3555 18th St., Metairie, 888-4940; www.fatcitydiner.com This down-home diner serves seafood platters, fried chicken and roast beef and hot sausage po-boys. Daily specials include red beans and rice, country-fried steak and grilled pork chops. For side items, there are french fries, onion rings and jalapeno hushpuppies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $

FAUSTO'S BISTRO 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com Fausto's prepares Northern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Veal saltimbocca features veal medallions sauteed with mushrooms and herbs, topped with prosciutto and mozzarella and flamed in Marsala. Pesce Siciliana is a fillet sauteed in lemon butter, flamed with white wine and topped with shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FURY'S724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646This neighborhood restaurant features fried chicken and plenty of seafood options, like trout with lump crabmeat and a broiled seafood platter with fish, soft-shell crab, shrimp, stuffed shrimp, oysters, french fries and salad. There also are Italian classics like eggplant and veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

FUSION CAFE5000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 309-4991Fusion Cafe serves Vietnamese cuisine, sushi rolls and New Orleans seafood dishes. Try a banh mi sandwich filled with char-grilled pork, pickled carrots, radish, cucumber, jalapenos, cilantro and Vietnamese mayo. Pan-seared rib-eye cube steak is served over jasmine rice with lettuce, cucumbers and fish sauce. There are fried shrimp po-boys and seafood platters as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955Galley Seafood's menu features a long list of Louisiana seafood, including boiled crabs and shrimp as well as char-broiled oysters. There are po-boys, salads, soups, pasta dishes and sweet potato fries. Soft-shell crab dishes are popular. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3620; www.gambinos.infoIn addition to baking and shipping king cakes year-round, Gambino's bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes. The lunch menu includes muffulettas, salads and soups. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593; www.giorlandos.comGiorlando's mix of casual Italian and Creole cuisine includes everything from mashed potatoes and gravy to meatballs and spaghetti. Chicken, shrimp and sausage pasta is made with penne and tomato-basil sauce. Lightly battered eggplant medallions are served over angel hair pasta with shrimp sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY'S DELI & TAMALES3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390Guillory's offers po-boys, sandwiches, fried chicken and homemade New Orleans-style tamales topped with red sauce. Daily specials include a 12-oz. grilled hamburger steak served with onions and mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL 3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111Along with the restaurant's signature three-quarter pound hamburgers and fries, Harbor Bar & Grill serves tuna steak and po-boys. Popular appetizers include chicken drumettes, jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, meat pies and oysters bordelaise. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HOBNOBBER CAFE5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448Start with homemade corn and crab bisque at this neighborhood cafe. Other dishes include catfish with creamy crawfish sauce, grilled chicken with vegetables and a range of overstuffed po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-0160; www.hooterslouisiana.comHooters turns up the heat on chicken wings with sauces ranging from mild to Three Mile Island, 911 and spicy garlic. The menu also features burgers, sandwiches, salads and fried seafood. Cheese sticks, quesadillas and Buffalo shrimp are among Hooter's top starter dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301; www.hillstone.comHouston's is known for its selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, barbecue ribs and seafood dishes. The wood-grilled artichokes and spinach and artichoke dip are popular appetizers. The sashimi tuna salad features pan-seared ahi with cilantro-ginger vinaigrette, mixed greens, avocado and mango. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.comImpastato's combines traditional Italian cooking and Creole dishes such as trout amandine. House-made egg noodle fettuccine is tossed with imported cheeses, cream and fresh cracked pepper. Veal shank osso buco is slowly roasted and served with a light gravy, vegetables and rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IZZO'S ILLEGAL BURRITO4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-5505; www.izzos.comMeals at Izzo's are assembled to order. For burritos, tacos or quesadillas, diners choose from lists of tortillas (flour, spinach, wheat), meats (chicken, steak, pork carnitas, shrimp), vegetable toppings (roasted corn, pickled jalapenos, olives, etc.) and house-made sauces (salsa, habanero, ancho barbecue and others). No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882Jam's offers home-cooked roast beef in gravy, plus many other sandwiches, salad and pasta options. Appetizers include green bean-stuffed artichoke and fried pickles. The seafood-stuffed eggplant boat features a fried half-eggplant, filled with seafood dressing and served with garlic bread and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JIGGERS BAR & GRILL 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555; www.jiggersgrill.comNosh on pub grub while watching your favorite teams at this sports bar and grill. Pizza is now served at every meal, and Mondays and Thursdays are steak nights. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR 3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730Kanno offers a wide selection of California-style sushi and rolls, including the carb-friendly protein roll and the rice-less Godzilla roll with tempura shrimp, snow crab, cream cheese and spicy tuna. Sample prepared fish dishes including smoked salmon and tangy tuna tataki. Kanno offers a complimentary chocolate dessert at the end of each meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KING BUFFET601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383King Buffet offers everything from fried shrimp and chicken wings to dim sum, sweet and sour chicken and scallops, and all-you-can-eat blue crabs, oysters, crawfish and snow crab legs. A sushi bar offers California rolls, crunchy rolls and salmon rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KOREA HOUSE3547 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654Korea House offers a wide range of Korean dishes including barbecue cooked on a tabletop grill and dishes cooked in clay pots. Traditional tofu stew comes with an array of kimchi. Those looking for something different can try the seafood pancake with green onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.comMetairie gets a taste of Manhattan with favorites like bagels and lox and deli-style sandwiches. The J&N combines hot corned beef and pastrami on New York rye with mustard, horseradish, coleslaw and a barrel pickle on the side. The Reuben is a deli classic sandwich made with corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Chef/owner Diana Chauvin shows one of the many tempting dishes on the menu at La Thai Uptown.
  • Chef/owner Diana Chauvin shows one of the many tempting dishes on the menu at La Thai Uptown.

LA MADELEINE 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; www.lamadeleine.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.comCajun classics and pub grub accompany an enormous selection of beer at Lager's. Crawfish pie baked in a flaky pastry is served atop a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and covered in crawfish etouffee. Steaks, chicken, sandwiches and finger foods also are offered. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LANGENSTEIN'S800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; www.langensteins.comIn addition to groceries, Langenstein's offers gourmet deli specialties like muffulettas, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffee. The gourmet-to-go selections are available in family-size portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LITTLE TOKYO1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788; www.littletokyorestaurantnola.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL 200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.comThe bar scene may be the draw at Live Bait, but patrons also come to savor the seafood platters, burgers, barbecue, wraps and po-boys. Other items include Cuban sandwiches and fried green tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MANDARIN HOUSE3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888Diners choose the Mandarin House buffet for its more than 200 items and bountiful seafood selection. Sample boiled shrimp, crawfish, king crab and more. Among the prepared dishes are honey-garlic chicken and sweet-and-sour pork. The sushi bar offers a variety of rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANO'S PO-BOYS6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922Mano's produces a handful of breakfast items like the Saints Special, which is two large eggs, cheese and ham, bacon or sausage on any type of bread or biscuit. Po-boys feature everything from shrimp and oysters to veal Parmesan, meatballs or country-fried steak. Daily plate lunch specials range from red beans with pork chops to veal cutlets with rice or mashed potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslab.comMarble Slab offers a large selection of original ice cream flavors. Popular options include caramel peanut butter crisp, sweet cream and birthday cake. Other treats include cakes, banana splits, apple pie, floats, shakes and malts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.comMark Twain's offers gourmet pies on a regular crust, whole wheat or gluten-free. Try the Italian accented Innocents Abroad, with Genoa salami, Italian sausage, tomatoes, artichokes and fresh basil. There's also the (Book 'em) Danno, a Hawaiian pie inspired by the TV show Hawaii Five-O. Gluten-free Redbridge beer also is available. Reservations for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR BISTRO, DELI & CATERING714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.comThis fine-food emporium stocks wine, cheese, deli meats and prepared dishes. The Reuben is a grilled sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread. Martin's special salad features bacon, avocado, tomato, boiled egg, radish and blue cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrenchpastries.comHead to Maurice's for breads and pastries including turtles, orange and cranberry scones, and guava and cream cheese turnovers. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat. at Hessmer Ave. location, Tue.-Sat. at West Napoleon. Credit cards and checks. $

MELIUS BAR & CAFE1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446Melius' namesake french fries are topped with Swiss cheese and brown gravy. In the morning, patrons can order a breakfast sandwich of bacon, cheese and egg on Texas toast. For lunch, try the Lake Avenue grilled chicken sandwich. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MILANO'S PIZZERIA 3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500This pizzeria offers specialty subs, calzones and salads. Macaroni and cheese is a creamy combination of penne pasta and four cheeses. Mardi Gras pasta features Gulf shrimp in cream sauce tossed with linguine. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022; www.austinsno.comMr. Ed's combines Creole seafood, comfort food and Italian dishes. Choose from red beans, white beans or lima beans and rice. The fried chicken liver entree comes with mashed potatoes and gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. GYROS GREEK RESTAURANT3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-9228; www.mrgyros.orgThe signature Greek sandwich at Mr. Gyros features slow-roasted rotisserie lamb and beef in pita bread, served with french fries. For dessert, try the galaktoboureko, which is flour, egg, sugar and milk baked in phyllo dough. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010; www.mrroosdeli.comMr. Roo's serves sandwiches and hot plate specials. Muffulettas are assembled with Genoa salami, Chisesi ham, Swiss and provolone cheeses and olive salad. Ahi tuna is grilled to order and served over pasta in garlic-butter sauce with salad, vegetables and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MORNING CALL3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068; Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-5348; www.morningcallcoffeestand.comThe original Morning Call stood in the French Market for more than a century. The relocated shop on Severn served only coffee and beignets for years, but it now offers a menu of red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish etouffee and corn and shrimp bisque. No reservations. Severn location open 24 hours daily; Clearview location open breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

NOR-JOE IMPORT COMPANY505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 833-9240; www.norjoe.comNor-Joe is primarily an import company stocking items like cheeses, cured meats and olive oil, but those are just the right ingredients for muffulettas, which are available for lunch. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; www.ohenrys.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

OKI NAGO JAPANESE SEAFOOD BUFFET2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588; www.okinago.comOki Nago's buffet features a wide variety of Japanese and Chinese dishes, including cold noodle salads, shrimp dishes and tempura-fried items. The sushi bar offers a selection of rolls and nigiri pieces. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540Oscar's half-pound hamburger is accompanied by an overstuffed baked potato. The roast beef po-boy is made with pulled, home-cooked meat, and the Oscarlotta is a version of a muffuletta served on French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily, lunch and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PARADISE CAFE3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141This lunchtime hot spot serves soups, sandwiches and salads. Popular lunch items include chicken salad or tuna salad served in an avocado, and the cafe's signature spins on club and Reuben sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PHIL'S GRILL 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.phils-grill.comSelect from a mind-boggling array of possible combinations of burger, bun, sauce and toppings at Phil's. Choose a patty made with Black Angus or bison and add items ranging from pickles to pineapple slices. The preconceived Fat City burger is stuffed with cheddar cheese, battered, fried, and topped with a fried egg. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO NOLA3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 941-7690; www.pho-nola.comHead to Pho NOLA for staples such as banh mi sandwiches, pho soups and vermicelli dishes. The NOLA po-boy is filled with barbecued minced pork, roasted pork, ham, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and aioli. Char-grilled pork and crispy eggrolls top a bowl of vermicelli, lettuce and cucumbers drizzled with nuoc nam (fish) sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188; www.phoorchid.comPho Orchid's popular items include beef noodle soups and vermicelli and rice bowls. House specialties include thin crepes with fillings like marinated beef or seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950; www. phoeniciarestaurant.netPhoenicia's Middle Eastern dishes include marinated and grilled lamb chops rubbed with herbs and spices, and a combination kebab with your choice of chicken, beef, kafta or lamb. There also are vegetarian dishes and shawarma. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIZZA FLORENCE 4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.netThe gourmet pizza choices include chicken pesto and Philly steak pies. Other options include calzones, wraps, salads and sandwiches like the Florence special, filled with mozzarella, salami, pepperoni, ham, black olives and onions. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PUCCINO'S COFFEEHOUSELakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Ave., Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.comBreakfast options include an Italian sausage, roasted red pepper and Gorgonzola omelet, and Puccino's buttermilk waffle sandwich, which is filled with two scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, ham or bacon, then pressed on the grill and served with fresh fruit. Wash it down with a frozen cappuccino. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456Quarter View's stuffed trout is filled with crabmeat and topped with crawfish cream sauce. Grilled redfish is topped with crabmeat au gratin. There also are pastas and fried seafood platters. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

R & O'S RESTAURANT 216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248Besides R & O's famous meatball pizza, the restaurant offers an impressive seafood menu featuring seasonal boiled shellfish. The seafood platter is a pile of oysters, shrimp, fish and soft-shell crab. Other options include po-boys with fillings ranging from fried seafood to veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RADOSTA'S FAMOUS PO-BOYS249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 831-1537The Radosta legacy lives on in its roast beef and fried shrimp po-boys. Its signature sandwiches include the Don, filled with Italian sausage, provolone and olive salad, and the Wayne special, a veal Parmesan sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RAJUN CAJUN CAFE5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 883-5513; www.rajuncajuncafe.comChoose from a variety of seafood dishes, muffulettas and po-boys. Crabmeat-stuffed Cajun catfish features a fried fillet served with crab stuffing, creamy crawfish sauce and fries or Cajun potatoes. Grilled redfish is topped with lemon butter and served with crabmeat, garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT CYPRESS4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885; www.restaurantcypress.comThis Metairie restaurant serves contemporary Creole cuisine in an intimate, casual setting. Crabmeat ravioli is served with sauteed baby veal. Slow-roasted duck breast is served with a duck leg confit and an andouille and cornbread dressing with huckleberry glaze. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL 3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266; www.riccobonos.comBreakfast is king at this Metairie eatery. Stop in for eggs Benedict or crab cakes Benedict served with potatoes. There are changing daily lunch specials including dishes like red beans and rice and fried chicken or catfish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008Filippo's menu features Italian fare, from veal and seafood to steaks and pastas. Veal chops are served with mushroom Marsala. Chicken spiedini is stuffed with prosciutto, tomato and Italian breadcrumbs, then baked and served with spaghettini with garlic and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROBERT FRESH MARKET5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005; www.robertfreshmarket.comSee Lakeview section for restaurant description.

ROLY POLY3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 872-0957; www.rolypoly.comSee CBD section for restaurant description.

ROYAL BLEND 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; www.royalblendcoffee.comIn addition to the cafe's large selection of coffees and teas, Royal Blend offers pastries, scones, salads and sandwiches. Weekend breakfast specials include eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, omelets and blueberry and bananas Foster waffles. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.comSizzling butter announces the arrival of steaks at Ruth's Chris. Choose from Prime cuts including filets, rib-eyes and New York strips. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp bathed in a sauce of white wine, butter, garlic and spices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SAKE CAFE4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253What stars in a New Orleans roll? Spicy crawfish, of course, tucked in with crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna and snow crab, and topped with tobiko caviar and avocado eel sauce. Sake's fried grouper fillet is sprinkled with sweet chilies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE 3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433Salvatore's serves a variety of veal dishes including bruccilone (rolled with Italian stuffing), osso buco (a braised shank) and classic veal Parmesan. The Sicilian-style oyster appetizer features bivalves char-broiled with garlicky white wine, and a topping of Romano and Parmesan cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.comSandro's homey Italian cafe pays homage to Aunt Vera with her namesake lasagna. Other dishes include pork osso buco with angel hair pasta, veal or chicken Marsala and portobello panino. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINAClearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.comSemolina features a wide array of pasta dishes. The double cheeseburger pasta rounds up Angus beef, onions, barbecue marinara sauce, cheese sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles with french fries on the side. Mediterranean nachos top tortillas with crumbled Italian sausage, meatballs, onion, peppers, marinated grape tomatoes, provolone and fontina cheeses and fresh basil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Frank Wong displays one of the many dishes that have made Trey Yuen in Mandeville successful for 30 years.
  • Frank Wong displays one of the many dishes that have made Trey Yuen in Mandeville successful for 30 years.

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANY Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.comThis pan-Latin eatery fuses local ingredients with Latin American dishes and offers an exhaustive list of tequilas and rums. There's Ecuadorian ceviche, and chili-spiced oysters in the Seville casserole are a nod to colonial Spanish roots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.comShogun introduced many New Orleanians to Japanese cooking. Table seating and an extensive sushi menu are available, but regulars pack the seats surrounding open hibachi grills where a colorful array of steak, shrimp, chicken and vegetables are prepared before diners' eyes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572; www.shortstoppoboys.comAt Short Stop, the roast beef po-boy drips with its own juices. Dark-roux gumbo features chicken and andouille every day, and a seafood version is offered on Fridays. For dessert, grab a Hubig's pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 831-9541; www.sidmarsrestaurant.comThis former Bucktown mainstay features a wide array of seafood. Tuna is marinated, grilled and served with vegetables, new potatoes or salad. The hot sausage sandwich special is topped with brown gravy and your choice of cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL 1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002Watch the game on Sidelines' flat-screen TVs while enjoying its selection of sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Spicy Buffalo chicken is wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with ranch or blue cheese dressing. Thursday is steak night. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPITALE'S DELI2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912; www.spitalesdeli.comGo big with the Spitale's Dirty turkey sandwich heaped with grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese. Rotating specials of hearty lasagna, home-style meatloaf, baked macaroni and cheese and seafood platters keep the regulars happy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudlys.comWhen the word "spud" appears twice in a title, you probably should order a potato. From crawfish to fried chicken, the toppings are endless. The fajita spud features chicken smothered in onion, bell pepper, cheddar, mozzarella and chives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STEP BROTHERS BAR & GRILL 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856Popular appetizers include chicken, steak and beef quesadillas, nachos, chicken wings, and chips and dip. Burgers and sandwiches, wraps and steaks also are served. The Step combo is a sandwich combining ham, turkey, roast beef and cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SUN RAY GRILL 619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055; www.sunraygrill.comSee Kenner section for restaurant description.

SUNSHINE CAFE111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 834-6040; www.sunshinecafenola.comHeritage Plaza employees start their work days with the Sunshine breakfast, a combination of scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and a biscuit. For lunch, daily specials include the barbecue pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and pork and beans. Soup, sandwiches, salads and desserts also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

TACO SAN MIGUEL3517 20th St., Metairie, 267-4027; www.tacossanmiguel.comThis casual taqueria offers authentic Mexican dishes as well as familiar options like nachos, chicken quesadillas and burgers with peppers for spicy heat. Choose from dishes with cow tongue and stewed pork skins or tacos and burritos made with homemade tortillas filled with one of several sweet or spicy pork options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859; www.insidenirvana.comThis longtime Metairie fixture features an array of well-spiced classic Indian dishes, including dhania ghosht — tender lamb chunks in spicy coriander curry. Vegetarian dishes include roasted eggplant with onions, garlic and ginger. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TANDOORI CHICKEN RESTAURANT2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880; www.tandoorichickennola.comThe restaurant serves traditional Indian dishes including a variety of curries, masalas, korma with chicken, lamb or shrimp as well as namesake tandoori entrees. The spinach and cheese tikka masala is a popular dish. Sheek kebabs feature ground lamb cooked in a clay oven. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088; www.taqueriacorona.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

TEA GARDEN1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9455Happy Tea Garden, a dish combining shrimp, beef, chicken, scallops and vegetables sauteed in a brown sauce, is the most popular among the restaurant's host of traditional Chinese dishes. Other choices include lo mein, imperial pork chops and fried rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY 3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832Slow-smoking with hickory wood imbues baby-back ribs and pork shoulder with flavor. The combination plate features brisket and sausage, and the char-broiled Dusty burger is a half-pound of beef with a touch of barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THAT'S AMORE4421 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.comThat's Amore prepares both New York thin-crust and Chicago style deep-dish pies. Toppings range from pineapple to sun-dried tomato. There also are calzones, pasta dishes and po-boys with fillings including roast beef cooked in house. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 371-5195; www.tfyogurt.comThis self-serve yogurt parlor offers 14 flavors daily and more than 40 toppings, including nuts, candies and fresh fruit. Popular flavors include its original tart version, New York cheesecake and cake batter. There are sugar-free, nondairy, nonfat and gluten-free varieties as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TWO TONYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT105 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-0999; www.two-tonys.comCreole-Italian cooking and regional seafood come together at Two Tonys. Stuffed shells Florentine is pasta filled with sauteed spinach, ricotta, Romano, Parmesan and herbs, baked with mozzarella and topped with both Alfredo sauce and zesty Sicilian marinara. Grilled redfish is topped with crabmeat, capers and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.comThis vegetarian-friendly tapas spot serves many hot and cold small plates, with specials that change nightly. Spicy curried mussels, strawberry and blue cheese salad with vanilla and mint vinaigrette, and Roman artichokes with feta relish are three popular items. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705This Old Metairie tavern offers hearty bar-fare standbys like half-pound cheeseburgers, onion rings and fried mozzarella sticks, as well as lighter lunch and dinner options including grilled chicken Caeser pitas. The Southwest egg rolls are filled with black beans, red peppers, cheese and onions and are served with ranch sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ZEKE'S RESTAURANT1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133; www.eatatzekes.comSeafood, salads, po-boys and hearty New Orleans staples like red beans and rice are on this casual, family-friendly restaurant's menu. Each day brings a new home-style special, like black-eyed peas, chicken-fried steak or lasagna. Daily seafood specials include char-grilled scallops. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

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MID-CITY

ANGELO BROCATO214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com Folks come from all around for the cannoli — hand-filled with chocolate or vanilla-flavored ricotta mixtures — at this traditional Sicilian sweet shop. It's also known for gelato and Italian ice. Seasonal fall flavors include pumpkin. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL4905 Canal St., 488-7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.yolasite.comBeachcorner serves big burgers, sandwiches and baskets of fries. The hickory burger is a 10-oz. patty topped with onion, cheddar cheese and hickory sauce. The spicy Beachburger gets heat from jalapenos and hot sauce and is topped with pepper Jack cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEAN GALLERY637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176; www.thebeangallery.netYou'll find students and remote-office types slurping espresso on the front deck or inside this bright cafe. When hunger strikes, there's a full array of baked goods, desserts and Italian-style panini. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE2542 Canal St., 822-0214Betsy's breakfast menu offers eggs, omelets, pancakes and waffles. Lunch brings sandwiches filled with hot sausage, tuna, oysters, roast beef and other options. Lunch plates include chicken-fried steak, liver and onions, and red beans and rice with smoked sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL 3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600The lunch buffet is a popular option at this casual Caribbean cafe, where regulars help themselves to jerk chicken, curried chicken and rice and peas. Check out the menu for more specialties like Gulf fish escovitch seasoned with vinegar, tomatoes, onions and peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE BULLDOG 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

CAFE DEGAS 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafedegas.comThis sunny cafe offers classical French dishes like traditional French boudin noir served with apple choucroute with Dijon mustard. Flash-fried jumbo soft-shell crab is served with bacon, sweet pea and roasted corn ragout and bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MINH 4139 Canal St., 482-6266Chef Minh Bui combines Creole and Vietnamese flavors for a unique fusion dining experience. Braised Asian short ribs are served with garlic mashed potatoes. The chef's bouillabaisse is a large bowl of poached seafood with angel hair pasta in a light saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CANSECO'S MARKET 3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2594See Metairie section for restaurant description.

CHICKIE WAH WAH2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com Chickie Wah Wah's new menu includes banana leaves stuffed with Louisiana drum fish on a bed of shredded green mango topped with roasted banana-coconut cream. The pulled, smoked jerk pork is served with mango barbecue sauce over cilantro hoe cake and topped with slaw. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash only. $

COCO HUT 2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788Caribbean spice and flair make the jerk chicken — grilled dark meat served with Spanish rice, peas and fried plantains — a menu favorite. For seafood, choose from tilapia, red snapper or yellowfin tuna. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY STEAK HOUSE1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com This Mid-City steak house offers an assortment of cuts, including rib-eyes, filets mignon, strip sirloins, T-bones, and porterhouses. Side items include salads, hand-cut potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT PIE AND SAUSAGE COMPANY4400 Banks St., 482-2426; www.crescentcitypieandsausage.com Sample the house-made sausages on a mixed-grill plate, gumbo, or go for pizza or a sandwich. New menu items include a Cuban calzone. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon., Wed.-Sat.; dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535Chef Leah Chase cooks Creole classics, including stuffed shrimp, fried chicken, stewed okra and gumbo thick with seafood and sausage. The local dining landmark serves lunch buffet style and offers takeout until 5 p.m. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283Noodles abound at this Mid-City eatery, which excels at vinegary chicken salad over shredded cabbage, as well as bowls of steaming pho. Vegetable-laden wonton soup and thick spring rolls make a refreshing, satisfying meal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE 3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9072; www.fairgrinds.comFair Grinds boasts a selection of fair trade coffee and more than 30 organic teas. Snacks and desserts like vegan treats and bagels round out the menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $

FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515; www.fairgroundsracecourse.com Everything from shrimp Creole and fried chicken to General Tso's chicken and pepper steak is available at the Grandstand Buffet. Dessert items include homemade lemon meringue pie, chocolate doberge cake and eclairs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155; www.fellinisneworleans.comGrab a table on the outdoor patio and choose from a menu of pastas, sandwiches and pizzas. Kebabs of chicken or shrimp are served with hummus and salad. Try the pulled pork sandwich served with french fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT 133 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-0590 See Kenner section for restaurant description.

click to enlarge Katey Hoffpauir (left) and Jessica Parsons show off a Blue Plate Special at American Pie Diner in Kenner.
  • Katey Hoffpauir (left) and Jessica Parsons show off a Blue Plate Special at American Pie Diner in Kenner.

FIVE HAPPINESS 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com For 31 years, Five Happiness has served up Chinese cuisine, including popular dishes like General Tso's chicken and ginger shrimp. Grilled chicken salad and grilled shrimp salad are recent additions to the menu. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HUEVOS COFFEE & BREAKFAST4408 Banks St., 482-6264; www.crescentpieandsausage.comThis small home-style diner presents a chalkboard menu of breakfast plates. The huevos con tamal features three pulled-pork tamales drizzled with ancho sauce, along with two poached eggs and house-made salsa verde. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credits cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.comSee Uptown listing for restaurant description.

KATIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR3701 Iberville St., 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.comThis Mid-City neighborhood spot serves a familiar mix of po-boys and Italian dishes. Deli sandwiches include a Reuben and an original po-boy of fried shrimp topped with crabmeat dressing. The crawfish beignets are sweet but not as decadent as the white chocolate bread pudding. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

KJEAN SEAFOOD 236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503The smell of fresh seafood emanates from Kjean's, which is a seafood market that offers a menu of prepared dishes like stuffed crabs, gumbo and boiled shrimp by the pound. Fried shrimp, oysters and catfish are available in po-boys or on platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997Li'l Dizzy favorites include a brisket-topped baked potato, trout Baquet (named for the owner's family), fried chicken, po-boys and Creole file gumbo with house-made hot sausage. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN 422 1/2 S. Broad St., 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen. orgIn the morning, Liberty's offers baked goods, breakfast platters and the breakfast croissants topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar and ham, turkey, andouille sausage or mushrooms. House-made black bean burgers are topped with cheddar cheese and lime-cilantro mayo. Shrimp and grits are complemented by crimini mushrooms sauteed with white wine. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; www.littletokyorestaurantnola.comTempura, teriyaki and sushi are the triple delights at Little Tokyo. The sushi bar features an extensive list of nigiri pieces and rolls. The Carrollton location features a hibachi grill and back room karaoke. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888; www.liuzzabythetrack.comJust steps from the Fair Grounds, this corner bar features a menu of local favorites including gumbo and po-boys. The barbecue shrimp po-boy fills a hollowed-out pistolette with shrimp in sauce. Horseradish mayo adds bite to the gravy-soaked roast beef po-boy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com Liuzza's is known for home-cooked lasagna and the Frenchuletta, a muffuletta on French bread with homemade olive salad. Entrees range from soft-shell crabs to calf liver with onions and brown gravy to paneed baby veal served Parmesan style or over fettuccine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LOLA'S3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.comLola's carves out a small slice of Spain in Bayou St. John. Red pepper, paprika and garlic season sauteed shrimp. A whole rack of lamb is marinated in romesco sauce, grilled and served with Gorgonzola sauce. Seafood paella is cooked with saffron rice, shrimp, fish, calamari, scallops, mussels, garlic and vegetables. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT3800 Canal St., 482-9179; www.mandinasrestaurant.comCombining Creole and Italian classics, Mandina's offers a variety of poultry, fish and steak entrees. Menu options include trout meuniere and trout amandine, hefty seafood platters and steaks. Turtle soup and shrimp remoulade are popular appetizers. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.comMikimoto serves sushi and has a pick-up window for speedy to-go meals. For an appetizer, scallops are baked with lemon and garlic and served with enoki mushrooms. The Geaux Saints Maki wraps crawfish, spicy tuna, snow crab and avocado inside rice and soy paper and has salmon, escolar and tobiku on top. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE3901 Banks St., 482-7743; www.monascafenola.comOne of the city's oldest Middle Eastern restaurants, Mona's features an array of traditional dishes including chicken, lamb and beef kebabs, lentil soup, falafel and gyro sandwiches and platters. There is baklava for dessert. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

NEYOW'S CREOLE CAFE3340 Bienville St., 827-5474Neyows serves Creole comfort food including dishes such as gumbo, fried pork chops, fried chicken and smothered okra. Shrimp are tossed with penne pasta in garlicky cream sauce. Po-boys also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

NONNA MIA3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; www.nonnamia.netThis Mid-City cafe serves pizza, pasta, panini and salads. The Roma pizza is topped with prosciutto, tomatoes, greens, fresh mozzarella and olive oil. Three-cheese tortellini is served with Alfredo sauce and Roma tomatoes. All bread and crusts are made in house. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; www.olivebranchcafe.comThe cafe offers gourmet pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and Creole-inspired pastas. Pasta jambalaya features smoked sausage, chicken, onions and bell peppers tossed with penne pasta in garlic cream sauce. Caesar salad is made with grated Parmesan and homemade croutons and dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ON THE BAYOU RESTAURANT3443 Esplanade Ave., 298-1755This cozy cafe is tucked inside The Esplanade at City Park apartment building. Popular items include sauteed calf liver with onions served over garlic-mashed potatoes. Barbecue pulled-pork shoulder is served on an open-face kaiser roll. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

PARKVIEW CAFE AT CITY PARKCity Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474This cafe in the old-casino building serves casual fare like burgers, salads and sandwiches, including hot sausage and fried shrimp po-boys. Order ice cream and coffee for dessert. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047; www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola.comThis Bayou St. John mainstay has a full menu of classic po-boys and sandwiches including the popular fried shrimp and roast beef po-boys. Get the best of both worlds with the surf and turf, a fully loaded po-boy dripping with both roast beef and fried shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

RALPH'S ON THE PARK 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.comRalph's offers contemporary Creole-American cooking in its two-story space overlooking City Park. The classic turtle soup is finished with sherry. The "scallop-wrapped bacon" is a terrine of diver scallops, pork belly, cauliflower puree and roasted asparagus served with veal reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RENDON INN BAR & GRILL4501 Eve St., 826-5605Find hot wings, burgers, fried pickles and onion rings at this bar's grill. Look for daily specials from pork chops to hearty slabs of macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCK 'N' BOWL3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.rockandbowl.comBowl a few frames and dine on New Orleans classics at this Mid-City institution. There's boudin, crawfish etouffee, turkey gumbo and shrimp remoulade on French bread. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; www.therubyslippercafe.netThis neighborhood spot housed in a ruby red building serves up breakfast favorites and lunch specials. Barbecue shrimp and grits are Gulf shrimp with an Abita Amber and rosemary reduction served with stone-ground grits and a biscuit. Eggs Blackstone features poached eggs with grilled tomato, applewood-smoked bacon and hollandaise on a biscuit, served with fresh fruit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RUE 127127 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-1571; www.rue127.comThe contemporary American cuisine at this recently opened restaurant includes a double-cut pork chop that's brined overnight, grilled and served with roasted corn and Jack Daniels coush-coush and roasted red pepper jus. For dessert, try vanilla bean and Medjool date cake topped with toffee sauce and served with clover honey ice cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077Sante Fe's creative take on Mexican cooking includes dishes like the ruedas de huevos (egg wheel) with mashed sweet potatoes, chicken, guacamole, tomatoes, sour cream, Creole sauce and a fried egg piled on flour tortillas. The house ceviche features fresh fish, calamari and jumbo shrimp marinated in lemon and lime juices with Mexican herbs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959Chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers), homemade tamales, burritos and tacos filled with everything from beef to cactus make for a solid menu of traditional Mexican fare. Wash down chips and spicy guacamole and salsa with cold bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola (made with sugar instead of corn syrup). No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.- Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Share a toast with chef/owner Vanessa Thurber at her Algiers Point wine shop and cafe Vine & Dine.
  • Share a toast with chef/owner Vanessa Thurber at her Algiers Point wine shop and cafe Vine & Dine.

THEO'S PIZZA 4024 Canal St., 302-1133; www.theospizza.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

TWO SISTERS RESTAURANT 223 N. Derbigny St., 524-0056Each day brings a different classic dish to Two Sisters' diners, including red beans and rice on Monday, chitlins on Wednesday, stuffed peppers and ribs on Thursday and fried catfish on Fridays. Sides include potato salad and macaroni and peas. Homemade bread pudding ends a meal on a sweet note. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

VENEZIA134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.comThis neighborhood restaurant cooks up the same classic recipes that made it popular when it opened in the 1950s, such as pasta and seafood dishes and several veal specialties. Pizzas are topped with pepperoni, chicken, veal, mushrooms or other toppings and cooked in a stone oven. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE 2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503Classic soul-food dishes like wet-battered fried chicken, red beans and rice, corn bread and smothered veal chops have made this 7th Ward restaurant a popular lunch spot for more than 50 years. Sides include fries, salads, greens and red beans or butter beans with rice. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

WIT'S INN 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; www.witsinn.comThis neighborhood tavern serves pizzas, calzones and a full range of salads and sandwiches. Thursday nights are pizza nights, when $5 gets you a regular, one-topping pizza. Spinach, artichokes, ricotta and feta cheese and roasted garlic fill the vegetarian calzone. Appetizers include bean dip and bruschettas. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.comAn institution since 1933, this restaurant and bar is renowned for seafood po-boys on Leidenheimer bread, burgers and veal dishes. Weekly specials include the Creole Caprese, which consists of sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and andouille sausage. Bread pudding is a popular dessert. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YUMMY YUMMY220 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-9122Chinese staples like lo mein, shrimp curry, fried rice and General Tso's tofu star in Yummy Yummy's all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, or you can order an entree off the menu. Pay by the pound to get buffet meals to go. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

 

 

 

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NORTHSHORE

ABITA SPRINGS

ABITA BAR-B-Q 69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205Where there's smoke there's meat at this rustic barbecue stand. Options like turkey legs and smoked boudin join the traditional options of ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork. Try a combo plate for tastes of several barbecue items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.comThis tavern was the original home of Abita Brewing Company Today it offers the full range of that local company's beers alongside a menu of sandwiches, burgers, salads and entrees like ribs or pecan-crusted catfish. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFE69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.comA family-friendly atmosphere and local flavors are calling cards of Camellia Cafe. The Riverbend platter is a feast of catfish, shrimp, oysters, crab fingers, soft shell crab and hushpuppies. The Monterey chicken is grilled and topped with onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

COVINGTON

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; www.acmeoyster.comSee French Quarter section for restaurant description.

ACQUISTAPACE'S COVINGTON SUPERMARKET 125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-7554; www.acquistapace.com The smoker at this grocery store's deli turns out full slabs of ribs, pulled pork and rotisserie chicken. Pick up dinner-to-go entrees like stuffed bell peppers and pasta salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.comYou can choose from the most popular Mediterranean dishes at Albasha or simply order the Albasha meze, a sampler platter for two with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, kibbeh and cabbage rolls. Other options include chicken shawarma, gyros, rice and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.comThe restaurant at this bed and breakfast offers creative Creole cuisine. Grilled Gulf fish Fourchon is topped with oyster mushrooms, roasted red peppers and char-grilled green onions and served with crawfish and Parmesan risotto. Creole barbecue shrimp, mushrooms and rosemary top onion and smoked shrimp cheesecake. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

BEAR'S RESTAURANT 128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373Overstuffed po-boys and homemade sides are the calling cards at Bear's. The hot barbecue beef and shrimp po-boys are perennial favorites. The french fry po-boy is topped with roast beef debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE 534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390 If you're looking for lunch, this casual cafe has you covered with specialty sandwiches, soups, wraps, po-boys and salads. Grilled chicken, ham and Swiss team up on a croissant for the chicken cordon bleu sandwich. Shrimp remoulade is served in a wrap or on a salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BONEFISH GRILL200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-0662; www.bonefishgrill.comBonefish Grill takes an international approach to seafood. Look for fall specials like wood-grilled Atlantic swordfish over pumpkin ravioli or clams and linguine cooked with lemon, wine and garlic. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUSTER'S PLACE 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.netBuster's serves oysters raw on the half shell or broiled with a bubbling mix of garlic, butter and seasonings. Jill's crawfish fettuccine is topped with creamy Parmesan sauce, and soft-shell crabs are packed into a po-boy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL 326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-9676Calypso offers island flavors, an inventive drink menu and a large, lush patio. Shrimp nachos make an offbeat appetizer and the Calypso burger gets plenty of zing from honey-ginger sauce, grilled pineapple and pepper Jack cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA 516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.comScones, cinnamon rolls, muffin tops and other pastries are baked daily and served fresh at this down-home coffee shop. The drink menu includes an array of iced, frozen and hot coffee beverages and a wide variety of loose teas. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793; www.thecheesesteakbistro.com The Northshore meets Philadelphia at this eatery. The traditional cheese steak features sliced sirloin grilled with green peppers, onions, mushrooms and topped with provolone cheese. Breakfast options include omelets, pancakes, banana beignets and croissants. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; www.coffeerani.com At this Northshore cafe, the cuisine is fresh and healthy. The Magazine salad features chopped egg, bacon, almonds, cheddar and provolone cheeses, accompanied by a hearty serving of chicken salad topped with toasted almonds and blue cheese dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAP ROOM & GRILL 434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.columbiastreettaproom.com Specialty sandwiches are available on sourdough bread, sesame or wheat bun, herb tortilla wrap or Leidenheimer French bread. Fill your sandwich with Buffalo shrimp or chicken, fried catfish, grilled chicken, hot roast beef or grilled portobello mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DAKOTA 629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com  This fine dining destination features a menu of contemporary French and Louisiana cooking. The crabmeat and Brie bisque is a signature starter. One veal dish features paneed veal served with crabmeat and bearnaise, bordelaise and beurre blanc sauces. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DICRISTINA'S 810 N. Covington St., Suite C, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.comDiCristina's serves a mix of Creole and Italian dishes including po-boys, seafood and steaks. Veal Parmesan is served with either baked macaroni or spaghetti. Stuffed bell peppers come with a choice of baked macaroni, spaghetti, french fries, potato salad or mashed potatoes. Desserts include spumone ice cream pie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM 734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.comThe Windsor high tea presents an array of finger sandwiches, mini-quiches, cake bites, chocolate dipped strawberries, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd and a pot of tea. Lunch items include a shepherd's pie made with ground beef, carrots, peas and gravy topped with mashed potatoes and served with green beans or salad. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA 70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net Isabella's Suprema is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onions, black olives, green peppers and mozzarella. Diners also can choose from an extensive menu of calzones, sandwiches and pastas, like the shrimp and red pepper spaghettini. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOLA517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.comCooking in a 1940s train caboose, chef/owners Keith and Nealy Frantz present a menu of creative dishes. The stuffed flounder is prepared with crabmeat dressing, snap beans and lemon butter. The Depot sandwich is piled with roast chicken, barbecue sauce, coleslaw, cheese and pickles on pressed focaccia bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE 69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.comNew York strips come Texas-sized at this chain meat market, as do the baby back ribs. The bone-in Outlaw rib-eye bellies up at 18 ounces, but it's modest in size compared to the fire-grilled 22-oz. porterhouse. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MATTINA BELLA421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 892-0708Mattina Bella's Florentine omelet is prepared with three eggs, creamed spinach and artichokes and is topped with melted mozzarella. Try the lump crab cake Benedict special on weekends. For lunch, try the catfish Creole meuniere, which is pecan-crusted and served with creamy meuniere sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR1211 Village Walk, Covington, (985) 893-0406; www.megumirestaurant.netSee Northshore — Mandeville section for restaurant description.

MELLOW MUSHROOM1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-3407; www.mellowmushroom.comThe pizza chain offers pies, calzones, hoagies and salads, and gluten-free crusts are available. The Bayou Bleu is topped with blue cheese, shrimp, andouille, mozzarella and chives. The Shrunken Head salad features shrimp, applewood-smoked bacon, blue cheese and spinach tossed with sweet and tangy "zydeco" sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND SPIRITS208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432; www.neworleansfoodandspirits.comFrom the shrimp and crabmeat stuffed redfish Pontchartrain with garlic new potatoes to the grilled stuffed catfish, the restaurant offers a range of classic South Louisiana dishes. The Taste of N'awlins features jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NONNA'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFFE2033 N. Hwy. 190, Ste. 5, Covington, (985) 893-1488; www.nonnarandazzo.comSavor confections such as petits fours, turtles, brownies, eclairs and cream puffs. Order birthday cakes or king cakes any time of year. Sandwich options include the Caprese panino with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and a dash of garlic-infused olive oil. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON 1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874 Pizza Man offers a mix of traditional and specialty pies. The Wow pie is topped with artichoke hearts, crabmeat, fresh garlic and Romano cheese. The Board pizza features garlic, imported capacolla, spinach, mushrooms, onions and feta cheese. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

RICK'S CATFISH CABIN78461 Hwy. 437, Covington, (985) 893-7274You won't have a problem finding catfish at this Covington seafood joint, where it's baked, fried, broiled and grilled. There's also stuffed shrimp, seafood platters and family-size portions for the whole crew. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.comEnjoy Tuscan-inspired contemporary Italian cooking at this Northshore restaurant. Rustic lasagna complements braised beef short ribs with local kale and Montasio cheese fonduta. Seared Muscovy duck breast is served with farro risotto, wilted baby spinach, natural jus and roasted plum. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROLY POLY816 Hwy. 90 Suite C, Covington, (985) 892-2462; www.rolypoly.comSee CBD section for restaurant description.

click to enlarge Owner Frieda Wilkerson serves a platter of ribs with sides of coleslaw and a corn muffin that will put a smile on any carnivore's face at Abita Bar-B-Q on the Northshore.
  • Owner Frieda Wilkerson serves a platter of ribs with sides of coleslaw and a corn muffin that will put a smile on any carnivore's face at Abita Bar-B-Q on the Northshore.

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553; www.stjohnscoffeehouse.comCappuccino, macchiato, chocolate au lait, iced mocha and fruit tea smoothies are just a few of the specialty drinks at St. John's. There also are pastries and a variety of sandwiches, and daily specials include house-made corned beef. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., early dinner Sun. Checks. $

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ 420 S.Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.comSlow cooking is the rule at Sweet Daddy's. Choose from chicken and rib platters with hearty sides like jambalaya, gumbo, barbecue beans and macaroni and cheese. Or try sandwiches filled with chopped pork, brisket, smoked sausage or chicken salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT 515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336 This family-friendly restaurant offers daily specials, Cuban dishes, muffulettas and po-boys. Country-fried steak comes with a side of mashed potatoes and is covered in gravy. The pressed Cuban sandwich consists of roasted pork, ham and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT 323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 809-3840; www.yujinjapaneserestaurant.comAn extensive selection of sushi and sashimi is the focus at this Northshore restaurant, with noodle soups, tempura and teriyaki dishes rounding out the offerings. The Boston Hand roll consists of shrimp, snow crab, lettuce and avocado. The Crunchy Dynamite roll features tuna, salmon, yellowtail, crunchy tempura bits and spicy wasabi sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

 

 

 

MADISONVILLE

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT 407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.com Friends' favorites include quesadillas, Caribbean jerk chicken and char-broiled tenderloin, but the real star is seafood. Blackened catfish is topped with sauteed crabmeat and Key lime butter sauce. Jackleg chicken is jambalaya topped with fried chicken, Jack cheese and a ladle of gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.netAngus beef rules Keith Young's menu three nights a week, and Thursdays and Fridays feature two-and-a-half-pound Maine lobsters. Veal or lamb chops, pan-seared duck and a char-grilled fish entree are regular options. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.comMorton's features an ever-changing menu of seafood entrees. The fried seafood boats are a signature item. Choose from shrimp, catfish or oysters served in a hollowed-out loaf of French bread. The seafood fettuccine comes with any combination of shrimp, crawfish or mushrooms. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

WATER STREET BISTRO 804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855; www.waterstreetbistro.comThis quaint Madisonville bistro serves lunch, dinner and Champagne brunch on Sundays. Red onion, capers and cracked black pepper spice up the Scotch smoked salmon, and paneed veal is served with fettuccine and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

MANDEVILLE

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; www.bearsgrillandspirits.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

BOSCO'S ITALIAN CAFE2040 Hwy. 59, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.comItalian traditions are front and center at Bosco's. Paneed chicken is sauteed to golden brown. Lasagna blends five cheeses and beef with tomato basil sauce. Try the muffuletta with an extra layer of fine prosciutto. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

CAFE LYNN 3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.comElegant meals often begin with chef Joey Najolia's classic French onion tart or escargot Cerveau in garlic cream sauce. The seared scallops are served with persillade and pistou and the duck is glazed with orange and honey. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8226See Metairie section for restaurant description.

COFFEE RANI 3510 Hwy. 90, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com See Northshore — Mandeville for restaurant description.

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinospizza.com Coscino's makes hand-tossed New York-style pies. Try the signature Danny pie with grilled chicken, Canadian bacon, jalapenos and pineapple, or go for the meat lover piled with all the meat fixings. The menu includes pasta, calzones and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FAZZIO'S 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.comStart with crab cakes or shrimp cocktail for an appetizer. Follow up with filet Fazzio, a filet mignon topped with sauteed shrimp, red and yellow peppers, mushrooms and black olives in light cream sauce. The speckled trout and soft-shell crab are popular choices. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342; www.georgesmexicanrestaurant.comGeorge's offers favorites such as chicken, beef and shrimp fajitas. Try the sizzling pork or crawfish quesadillas. The ceviche features diced tilapia marinated in lime juice with cilantro, jalapenos and green bell pepper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S VILLA VANCHERI 2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597; www.giosvillavancheri.comA popular item at this restaurant is the 14-oz. breaded veal topped with spices and capers. Gio's also serves veal shank osso buco milanese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE 821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329; www.goodearthmarket.netThe menu at this cafe includes grilled tilapia sandwiches and focaccia muffulettas. Other choices include the cochon de lait and pressed Cuban po-boys. There are vegetarian and organic options as well as a children's menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE HUNGRY FORAGER 902 Coffee St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8883: www.thehungryforager.comEntrees include pan-seared scallops with cauliflower puree, roasted asparagus and sherry caramel. For brunch, the crab Benedict stacks jumbo lump crabmeat and poached eggs on fried green tomatoes and a toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

INDIA 4 U1703 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-5657; www.indiafood4u.comA wide selection of Indian dishes ranges from biryani to tandoori specialties. Start with cheese or vegetable pakoras, deep-fried chickpea batter fritters. Lamb vindaloo is a Goan-style spicy curry. Seafood, including lobster, calamari and shrimp, is prepared with masala spice blends in a variety of dishes. Lunch is served buffet style. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; www.isabellaspizzeria.net See Northshore — Covington section for restaurant description.

JUNIPER 301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.net Pork osso buco features a shank braised in garlic Creole sauce, topped with Jack Daniels cane sauce and served over oyster and andouille dressing. The duck confit comes with raspberry demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LA CARRETA 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.comBig burritos, flautas, quesadillas, carne asada, chiles rellenos and other Mexican dishes are favorites at this cantina chain. The pollo loco is a chicken breast served with mushrooms, spinach, cheese, vegetables and bean soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA MADELEINE 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

THE LAKEHOUSE2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; www.lakehousecuisine.comOn the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, the Lakehouse serves contemporary Creole cuisine. Crispy tempura shrimp are served over pickled slaw with roasted chili aioli. Seared sea scallops are served with sweet potato puree, andouille, grilled asparagus and sauce americaine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO 590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.comSassy sushi items abound at Little Tokyo. Rolls include the Burning Man roll with spicy pepper tuna and avocado. The Fat J roll has tempura shrimp and snow crab wrapped in soy paper with tuna, boiled shrimp and tempura crunchy on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY 1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101; www.louieandtheredheadlady.comFor breakfast, try the eggs Nouvelle, the restaurant's spin on eggs Benedict with crab cakes, poached eggs and hollandaise. Lunch specials include all-you-can-eat catfish and shrimp. Eggplant Algiers sandwiches a crab cake between eggplant slices and tops it with boiled shrimp and crabmeat cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge Bountiful po-boys and a side of fries provide a hearty casual lunch at 5 Fifty 5 restaurant in the Marriott Hotel in the Central Business District.
  • Bountiful po-boys and a side of fries provide a hearty casual lunch at 5 Fifty 5 restaurant in the Marriott Hotel in the Central Business District.

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinasrestaurant.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant listing. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR4700 Hwy. 22, Suite 11, Mandeville, (985) 845-1644; www.megumirestaurant.netThe sushi bar creates new special rolls every week. Megumi is also known for its yakimono grill, the Japanese's answer to Korean-style tabletop barbecue grills. For a quick Creole fix, try the New Orleans-style crab cakes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183Po-boy options include shrimp, oyster, roast beef and ham and cheese. One of the changing daily seafood specials features fried shrimp, oysters and fish with fried pickle chips, Cajun fries, potato salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

N'TINI'S2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.comN'Tini's is a steak house with local seafood options and a martini bar. Try bacon-wrapped pork filets or shrimp or oysters tossed in sweet and spicy fleur-de-lis sauce. Signature sides include mashed sweet potatoes and risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE NUTRITION COMPANY4350 Highway 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.comChoose from organic coffees, smoothies, juices and teas. The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. A free-range turkey burger is topped with barbecue sauce. The Wild Ponchatoula salad combines Cajun-spiced chicken, candied pecans and strawberries over mixed greens with poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

NUVOLARI'S 246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com The restaurant creates Creole-Italian dishes. Pork osso buco is slowly braised and served au jus with wild mushrooms and Parmesan risotto. Genoa shrimp feature Gulf shrimp tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, candied pecans, penne pasta and basil pesto cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

PETUNIA'S PLACE2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436: www.petuniasplace.comPetunia's serves Creole and Southern dishes in a casual atmosphere. Pecan-crusted pork chops are served with praline sauce. Creamy shrimp sauce covers a fried catfish fillet served over pasta with red sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RAG'S SEAFOOD & GRILL 4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 792-1744; www.ragsmandeville.comRag's serves seafood platters and po-boys like its popular grilled shrimp po-boy. Specials include crab cakes and chicken Pontchartrain topped with shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

RISTORANTE CARMELO1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; www.ristorantecarmelo.comThis former French Quarter restaurant is now a Mandeville mainstay. The house specialty is tender veal piccata. Carmelo's also serves seafood, house-made pizzas and pasta, including seafood pasta with shrimp, fish and calamari. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE TIMES GRILL 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com Char-grilled burgers play the starring role on this family-friendly chain restaurant's menu. More than 20 types of burgers, including the Mediterreneo burger (topped with feta cheese, romaine lettuce and kalamata olives) and a grilled portobello cap veggie burger. The eatery also offers seafood platters and grilled chicken. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA 600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; www.treyyuen.comFor 30 years, Trey Yuen has served Chinese fare like egg rolls, hot and sour soup, lemon chicken and lo mein. Coconut shrimp, a new appetizer, consists of coconut tempura-battered shrimp topped with house-made sweet and spicy chili sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

VIANNE'S TEA SALON & CAFE 544 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com An ever-shifting brunch menu, gourmet sandwiches, salads and house-made soups make Vianne's more than a tea salon. Vianne's tea experience features made-from-scratch scones served with lemon curd, traditional cucumber sandwiches and an assortment of mini-desserts. One popular panino is filled with roasted red pepper jelly, turkey, Brie and fresh basil. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL2999 Hwy. 190 E., Mandeville, (985) 629-2021; www.voodoobbqandgrill.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

 

 

 

OUTSKIRTS

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION 40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, (225) 473-9380; www.houmashouse.comDine in antebellum splendor at this renovated 18th-century plantation home. At Latil's Landing, specials include lobster and Creole tomato risotto. Try the jumbo lump crab cake and mango salad at the more casual Cafe Burnside. Reservations recommended. Cafe Burnside: Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Latil's Landing: Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

JACMEL INN 903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.comThe restaurant presents contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Duck two ways is a pan-seared breast and confit of leg over a melange of butternut squash, apples, beets and bacon, spiced cracklins and Amato's orange wine gastrique. Prime steaks and fresh Gulf seafood are always available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201The restaurant's menu of seafood and pasta dishes includes trout meuniere served with a choice of baked potato or chilled asparagus. The catfish Michelle is fried and topped with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LA CARRETA 107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; www.carretarestaurant.comSee Northshore — Mandeville section for restaurant description.

click to enlarge You'll never walk away hungry from Elizabeth's in the Bywater, whether you choose a made-from-scratch breakfast, po-boy, burger or seafood dish.
  • You'll never walk away hungry from Elizabeth's in the Bywater, whether you choose a made-from-scratch breakfast, po-boy, burger or seafood dish.

LA PROVENCE 25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.comPart of John Besh's portfolio of restaurants, La Provence tantalizes diners with dishes like slow-cooked lamb and rabbit grandmere, which is served with potato gnocchi and spring vegetables. Bouillabaisse features redfish, Gulf shrimp, mussels, clams, fennel and saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MIDDENDORF'S30160 Hwy. 51 S, Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.comThis 75-year-old institution survived hurricane flooding and is run by chef Horst Pfeifer, but it is still known for fried thin-sliced catfish. Enjoy catfish with homemade coleslaw, hushpuppies and french fries. A meal of two stuffed crabs also is served with coleslaw, hushpuppies and fries. No reservations. Lunch and Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT131 S.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-4077The restaurant features contemporary Louisiana dishes for casual diners. Fried eggplant medallions are topped with tasso, sweet pepper and shrimp sauteed in garlic Parmesan cream. It's served with angel hair pasta and vegetables. Roasted duck breast comes with baby sweet potatoes, braised collard greens and blackberry cassis reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PAUL'S CAFE100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-9581; www.paulscafe.netPaul's serves home-style breakfast plates such as omelets and homemade biscuits with gravy. Red beans and rice with sausage, fried chicken and stuffed crabs are among daily lunch specials that round out a menu of po-boys and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PHIL'S GRILL 1610 Palace Drive, Hammond, (985) 340-5225; www.phils-grill.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.comSee Northshore — Mandeville section for restaurant description.

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT 27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443If you like Sal & Judy's sauces in a jar, you'll love them fresh out of the pot. Pan-fried trout Nicky is served with shrimp, mushrooms and crabmeat in white wine sauce. The double-cut veal chop is topped with sauteed mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE & RESTAURANT769 W. Fifth St., LaPlace, (985) 652-9990For brunch, Wayne's Belle Terre eggs feature a split cracklin' biscuit topped with grillades, poached eggs and tasso hollandaise with creamed spinach on the side. Plantation catfish features a fried fillet topped with mushrooms, artichoke and shrimp in basil cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

 

 

 

SLIDELL

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT2631 Gause Blvd. W, Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.comSeafood lovers dive into Assunta's frutti di mare, a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, mussels, clams and scallops in marinara. The veal osso buco is prepared with olive oil, onions and tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BAILEY'S ON THE FRONT1768 Front St., Slidell, (985) 649-0121 Bailey's serves a Gaelic 6-oz. sirloin with brandy peppercorn sauce. Seafood items include soft-shell crab sandwich. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; www.bearsgrillandspirits.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

CAMELLIA CAFE525 Gause Blvd. W, Slidell, (985) 649-6211; www.thecamelliacafe.comSee Northshore — Abita Springs for restaurant description.

CARRETA'S GRILL1340 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 847-0020 See Metairie section for restaurant description.

DITALI'S PIZZANorthshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985)-649-5657See West Bank — Other for restaurant description.

J GUMBO'S1169 Robert Blvd., Suite 1, Slidell, (985) 646-0017; www.jgumbos.comJ Gumbo serves Cajun- and Creole-inspired dishes, chicken and smoked sausage gumbo or seafood gumbo brimming with crawfish and shrimp. The drunken chicken po-boy fills French bread with chicken slow-cooked in beer with garlic and tomatoes. Crawfish cheese dip is a popular appetizer. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.comThe restaurant offers a menu of hearty items including everything from nachos to fried seafood platters to pasta dishes. The burgers are handmade and served on sesame buns with french fries. The roast beef po-boy features slow-roasted beef dripping with gravy on French bread dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, pickles and mustard. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LENNY'S SUB SHOP4036 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-9424; www.lennys.comLenny's regular 7 1/2-inch sandwiches hold a half-pound of meat and cheese, and the larger size doubles in length and load. Choices include the chicken salad sub, the Philly cheese steak and a chef's salad. A kids' menu is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NATHAN'S RESTAURANT36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-6668; www.nathansrestaurant.netNathan's serves a mix of seafood, Creole and Italian dishes. For an appetizer, oysters are fried in smoked batter and served with honey butter and crumbled blue cheese. Gulf fish amandine is served with a vegetable. The lunch menu includes burgers and wraps. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosonthebayou.netLouisiana seafood highlights this tucked-away bayou restaurant. Flash-fried soft-shell crab is topped with Palmettos' seafood sauce, a mix of shrimp, crab and crawfish tails. Other options include veal Palmettos, paneed veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, shiitake mushrooms and meuniere. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE1714 Hwy. 190 W, Slidell, (985) 646-1205South Seas features a full sushi bar as well as an extensive Chinese-American menu that includes a variety of moo shu dishes and egg foo young. The Spartan roll features tempura shrimp, cream cheese, snow crab, tuna and avocado, and is topped with eel sauce and sesame seeds. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHSIDE CAFE3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.netThe extensive menu features more than 15 po-boys, as well as burgers, salads, fried seafood, deli sandwiches, Italian dishes and desserts. The Southside muffuletta salad is topped with ham, mortadella, Genoa salami and provolone cheese and is finished with house-made olive dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SPECKLED T'S158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728Speckled T's serves a mix of steaks, seafood, sandwiches and salads. A fried eggplant Napoleon is layered with crab stuffing and topped with crawfish etouffee. Pier 158 bayou pasta combines shrimp, crab and crawfish in cream sauce with rotini. The bayou fondue features crabmeat with melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE TIMES GRILL 1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; www.timesgrill.com See Northshore – Mandeville section for restaurant description.

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; www.youngssteakhouse.comThis family-owned restaurant serves up thick, hand-cut steaks, seafood specials and appetizers ranging from shrimp remoulade to escargot. Lump crabmeat and cream sauce top the redfish. Sides include sauteed mushrooms, baked sweet potato and grilled asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

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Uptown

ATCHAFALAYA901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626; www.cafeatchafalaya.comAtchafalaya serves classic and creative Creole dishes. Pork tenderloin is complemented by mango au jus, market vegetable, bourbon corn pudding and applewood-smoked bacon. Boudin-stuffed quail is wrapped in bacon and served with collard greens, mashed potatoes and natural reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

AUDUBON GOLF CLUBHOUSE 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.orgHead to the park early for a hot breakfast menu that includes the Double Bogey: two eggs cooked to order, plus two pancakes and bacon or sausage. For lunch, the Lowerline chicken sandwich tees off with sliced breast meat, Swiss cheese, avocado and bacon on a toasted croissant. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

AUGUST MOON 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www.augustmoonneworleans.comThe menu at August Moon features both Chinese favorites and a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes. Noodles, crisp vegetables, shrimp and pork fill the rice paper spring rolls. Roasted Cornish hen is served with fried rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BALCONY BAR & CAFE3201 Magazine St., 894-8888Belly up to the kitchen window to order tavern grub including quesadillas, cheese fries and the Balcony burger, a half-pound patty with sauteed onions, mushrooms and green peppers topped with bacon and jalapenos. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS3700 Magazine St., 895-2225 Baru features the flavors of coastal Colombia on its menu of light tapas and hearty entrees. Guacabello is a combination of grilled portobello mushrooms and cool avocado. The skirt steak is grilled and served with chimichurri and roasted garlic potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO DAISY5831 Magazine St., 899-6987; www.bistrodaisy.comChef Anton Shulte constantly changes the menu at this intimate bistro. The Daisy salad combines mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula and pumpkin seeds with white balsamic vinaigrette. Porcini-dusted chicken is served over gnocchi with roasted peppers and artichokes in thyme reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BLUE PLATE CAFE 1330 Prytania St., 309-9500Breakfast standards get a cheeky twist at this colorful cafe. Scrambled eggs and goat cheese balance on crisp toast for the Breakchetta and the Sin City pancakes are topped with chocolate sauce and ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BOULIGNY TAVERN3641 Magazine St., 895-1810Chef John Harris opened this wine bar next to his Lilette restaurant. It serves gourmet finger food such as fries and aioli as well as charcuterie boards. Small plates include Gouda beignets, duck confit and Kobe pigs-in-a-blanket with mustard. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BULLDOG 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; www.draftfreak.comFolks head to the Bulldog patio on nice autumn evenings for pints and pitchers and platters of cheese fries, nachos, burgers and sandwiches. The cheese steak wrap packs the classic Philly sandwich fillings in a tortilla. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S SOUL FOOD2135 St. Charles Ave., 522-6602 Buster's serves soul food classics like smothered pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy. Red beans and rice come with smothered mustard greens and cornbread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS3218 Magazine St., 894-1233; www.byblosrestaurants.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

CAFE LUNA802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444This attractive Victorian cottage has long served as a cozy lounge and study den for patrons seeking strong coffee, aromatic tea, baked goods and pastries. For more substantial noshes, the cafe prepares panini filled with deli meats, cheeses and vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE RANI2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; www.caferanimagazine.comPopular items at this Garden District cafe include toasted sandwiches made with ciabatta from La Boulangerie. Other dishes include several vegetarian and low-calorie options, such as the veggie mushroom burger and grilled portobello sandwich. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.reconcileneworleans.orgThis nonprofit cafe serves as a training ground for tomorrow's restaurant staffs while it serves customers some deeply satisfying dishes. Daily specials include smothered pork chops on Tuesdays and white beans and shrimp on Thursdays. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.comCafe Roma's kitchen turns out gourmet pies, like grilled shrimp pizza with onions, tomatoes, basil and garlic herb butter sauce. The Gorgonzola walnut salad is served on seasonal mixed greens with raspberry vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CASAMENTO'S4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.comIn business since 1919, Casamento's became an institution and a local destination for oysters. Get them raw on the half shell, cooked into stews, or fried and piled on thick bread for its famous oyster loaf. Soft-shell crabs are also a popular special. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Local checks. $$

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE4510 Dryades St., 895-9323; www.charliessteakhousenola.comThe Charlie is a 32-oz. T-bone served on a sizzling hot platter with mushrooms bordelaise or potatoes au gratin. The wedge salad is served with thin-cut onions, sliced tomatoes and blue cheese, Italian or Thousand Island dressing. For dessert, there is Torroncino ice cream with biscotti. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE5701 Magazine St., 899-7303; www.gotocheznous.com The menu changes every two weeks at this gourmet to-go and catering hot spot, which always has specialty quiches and salads ready for pickup. The spinach salad has caramelized walnuts, blue cheese, cranberries and pepper jelly vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CLANCY'S6110 Annunciation St., 895-1111This bustling Uptown gathering place has a changing menu that features a mix of steaks, chops and local seafood. Menu standards include fried oysters with Brie on a bed of wilted spinach. Smoked soft-shell crab is treated to changing toppings such as crabmeat or pico de gallo. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.comA menu of contemporary Creole cooking includes pan-fried crab cakes made with Louisiana lump crabmeat served with lemongrass beurre blanc. Eggplant St. Claire is an eggplant roulade stuffed with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, St. Andre cheese and herbs and topped with sherry oyster sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.comChef Tory McPhail highlights Louisiana seafood and wild game in his contemporary Creole cooking. Foie gras "Du Monde" includes seared foie gras over roasted pecan and foie gras beignets foie gras cafe au lait, warm sugarcane syrup and chicory coffee mist. Dry-aged duck tops a salad with fire-roasted apples and figs, harvest greens, grilled leeks, pecans, blue cheese and hard cider vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com Chocolate praline, fresh banana fudge and white chocolate macadamia are just a few of the restaurant's signature creamy cheesecakes. Entrees include barbecue shrimp linguine and stacked eggplant Napoleon. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COQUETTE2800 Magazine St., 265-0421; www.coquette-nola.com The menu changes often at Coquette, but the tempura-fried Gulf shrimp with grapefruit and sambal vinaigrette is a favorite. The New York strip is served on a bed of ratatouille with Parmesan emulsion. Crab cakes and sea scallops are popular choices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Get the seafood you want, prepared just the way you like it at Grand Isle Restaurant in the Warehouse District.
  • Get the seafood you want, prepared just the way you like it at Grand Isle Restaurant in the Warehouse District.

COULIS3625 Prytania St., 304-4265The steak and eggs at Coulis feature grilled tenderloin medallions with fried eggs, onion gravy and hash browns. The warm Cuban sandwich is loaded with pulled pork, smoked ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard, mayo and coleslaw. Spice up a dish with one of the house-made hot sauces. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CREOLE CREAMERY4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; www.creolecreamery.com This boutique ice cream shop constantly creates new flavors. There also are old-fashioned ice cream parlor specialties like banana splits, sundaes, milk shakes and floats. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CURE4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.comAlong with a regularly changing menu of craft cocktails, Cure offers a variety of small plates. Crawfish boudin empanadas come with pickled ginger and remoulade sauce. Almondigas sliders feature house-made spicy pork meatballs with tomato chutney and baby spinach. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE DELACHAISE 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.comComplementing the bar's well curated selections of beer and wine, the kitchen serves snacks, including the ever popular pommes frites with malt vinegar, garlic aioli and peanut dipping sauce. The steak bruschetta is popular, and there's a steak frites dish as well. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DICK AND JENNY'S4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.com The Louisiana flounder spring roll is stuffed with Napa cabbage, red peppers, cilantro, shiitake mushrooms and garlicky Beluga lentils and is served with lemon crab beurre blanc. Stuffed Mississippi quail comes with alligator sausage cornbread dressing, braised cabbage and Steen's cane syrup butter. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126This neighborhood institution serves a roast beef po-boy covered in homemade gravy and Creole mustard. The "off the menu" special is a fried shrimp po-boy topped with Swiss cheese and gravy. Other options include fried oysters and hot sausage with gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DOMINQUES ON MAGAZINE4729 Magazine St., 894-8881Chef Dominique Macquet's new restaurant focuses on classic French techniques and creative flavors. Roasted and cured leg of lamb Farci is served with oven-dried tomatoes, leeks and olive oil-whipped potatoes. For an appetizer, try fennel-cured pork belly with mojito-spiked watermelon. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DOWN THE HATCH1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.comDown the Hatch offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches. The Texas burger is an Angus beef patty topped with caramelized onions, smoked bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. The Reuben features corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ELEVEN791179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.comClassic Italian dishes fill the menu at this elegant restaurant just outside the Warehouse District. Osso buco is a veal shank served Milanese style with pappardelle. The tomato and crab salad features balsamic vinaigrette drizzled over vine-ripened tomato slices and jumbo lump crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO 1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.comIt may have classical decor, but the menu at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant is anything but staid. The Moroccan spiced lamb sirloin comes with merguez sausage and chickpea socca ratatouille. Rabbit crepes come with pancetta, mushrooms and mascarpone. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

F&M PATIO BAR4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.comThe kitchen bustles from night into early morning. Enjoy egg rolls, quesadillas, seasoned waffle fries and deluxe cheese fries topped with bacon, chili and jalapenos. Top a hamburger with your choice of shredded cheese, bacon, mushrooms, jalapenos, grilled onions and peppers or chili. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

FAT HARRY'S4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582Fat Harry's features burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and other casual eats. The jazz burger is an 8-oz. patty of hot sausage and ground beef topped with cheese and barbecue sauce and dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and pickles. Slow-roasted pulled pork is coated with barbecue sauce and served on an onion roll with a side of fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.comThe restaurant offers a menu of classic French and New Orleans dishes. Magret canard Avignonaise is a roasted duck breast served with three-berry sauce. Barbecue shrimp are sauteed with butter, garlic, herbs and seasonings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.comThis neighborhood standby serves casual fare like po-boys, gumbo, boudin balls and alligator soup. The seafood platter includes stuffed crab, oysters, shrimp, catfish, toast and salad. Look for daily specials like red beans and rice, or chicken with onion gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S RESTRAURANT 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397; www.gautreausrestaurant.com Chef Sue Zemanick's menu presents original takes on Louisiana-French cuisine. The crispy sweet breads with crawfish tails come with braised greens in spicy butter sauce. Sauteed tripletail is served with oyster mushrooms, hearts of palm, sugar snap peas and citrus beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www.gottgourmetcafe.comThe creative diner fare at this cafe includes a shrimp BLT wrap with Tabasco butter-sauteed shrimp, mozzarella, baby greens, roasted red pepper, avocado, applewood-smoked bacon and chipotle cream cheese. The cochon de lait Cuban panino combines slow-braised pulled pork, Dr. Pepper honey-baked ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, ancho honey slaw, Creole mustard and chili mayo. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun, dinner Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THE GROCERY2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.comThis deli sells pressed sandwiches and po-boys as well as chicken and sausage gumbo. The Creole corned beef is topped with provolone cheese, Creole coleslaw and Russian dressing pressed into French or rye bread. For dessert try red velvet cupcakes or decadent brownies. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HEY! CAFE4332 Magazine St., 891-8682; www.heycafe.bizGrab a specialty coffee drink or tea and choose from homemade vegan desserts like a cinnamon roll, chocolate chip cookie, pumpkin raisin muffin or chocolate banana bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun-Thu. Credit cards. $

HONEYBAKED HAM5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-5100; www.honeybaked.comHoneyBaked Ham makes sandwiches with the namesake ham, chicken salad, smoked turkey, roast beef or ham salad on croissants, whole grain or French bread. Traditional spiral-sliced ham and glazed turkey breast are popular menu items. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HOSHUN RESTAURANT 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716Japanese and Chinese flavors abound here, including the Playboy roll, an inside-out spicy tuna and shrimp tempura roll with mango. Other popular items include pad Thai, pecan prawns and fried tofu dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT 1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; www.hillstone.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

IGNATIUS EATERY4200 Magazine St., 896-2225The menu at this casual cafe features updated New Orleans classics. The sauteed shrimp remoulade po-boy is stuffed with Gulf shrimp and blonde remoulade. Meatloaf is stuffed with Poche's pork and jalapeno boudin and served with horseradish sauce, parsley potatoes and corn maque choux. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR 4437 Magazine St., 891-6105This tavern keeps the beer cold and the grill hot. Choose from several burgers, including the Igor, the Cajun or barbecue burger. The Cajun burger adds a kick of Tabasco and Creole seasonings. Chicken nuggets and onion rings are popular munchies. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM 2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811Whether you're shooting a game of pool or waiting on a load of laundry, Igor's bar and grill are always serving. Igor's burger features a char-broiled half-pound patty. Try the chicken and fish sandwiches, Cajun cheese fries or jalapeno poppers. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE 4607 Dryades St., 895-2620; www.ilpostocafe-nola.comItalian meats and cheeses are the draw at this cafe. For lighter fare, try a panino or the antipasti platter. The Italian tuna salad is nestled on a bed of Bibb lettuce with avocado, red onions, tomatoes and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

J'ANITA'S AT THE AVENUE 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.comThe pub grub at this 24-hour bar goes beyond typical saloon fare. "Appeteasers" include sirloin bites served with house-made chimichurri sauce, guacamole and chips. The Swamp Reuben features pulled pork on toasted sourdough and house-made barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

JACKSON1910 Magazine St., 522-5766; www.jacksonnola.netThe updated menu at Jackson features hand-rolled tortellini filled with duck and wild mushrooms and topped with duck demi-glace. For an appetizer, try oysters Jackson, a flaky pastry stuffed with sauteed Gulf oysters, shrimp, toasted garlic and Tabasco butter with a spike of Worcestershire sauce and a crispy Parmesan tuile. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JOEY K'S RESTAURANT3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.comA true neighborhood restaurant with satisfying red beans, Joey K's also offers home-style daily specials, all-you-can-eat catfish and fried seafood platters. Shrimp Magazine features lightly floured butterfly shrimp sauteed with garlic, artichokes, ham and green onions, served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.comDubbed the "Creole taqueria," Tex-Mex meets rock 'n' roll at these cantinas. Diners come for the shredded pork tacos with coleslaw. The signature burrito combines grilled steak, Gulf shrimp, chicken, cheese, black beans, yellow rice, salsa, guacamole and sour cream in a grilled tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON RESTAURANT3009 Magazine St., 891-8280; www.jungsgoldendragon2.comChinese cuisine such as mushu pork and steamed bun are Jung's main attractions, but there also are Thai and Korean dishes. Empress chow mein contains sauteed beef, chicken, shrimp or pork with fresh vegetables and crispy thin noodles. Honey-pecan Gulf shrimp are sauteed and served with vegetables in semisweet dark sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KYOTO4920 Prytania St., 891-3644; www.kyotonola.comKyoto offers an array of Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura and noodle soups. The Sara roll has spicy shrimp and avocado on the inside and chili sauce on top. The ceviche roll combines vegetables and whitefish, and is drizzled with lime-cilantro vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOULANGERIE 4600 Magazine St., 269-3777This French bakery serves fresh pastries, fruit tarts, chocolate eclairs, lemon tarts and more. The menu also features Italian and Mediterranean panini, croissant sandwiches and quiches. No reservations. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Checks. $

LA CREPE NANOU1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.comEnjoy the seafood dishes at this Montmarte-inspired bistro. Popular items include crepes stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat in Mornay sauce with creamed spinach. Big bowls of steamed mussels are a signature item, and there are grilled whole fish dishes. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA3005 Magazine St., 342-2634; www.ladivinagelateria.comThese cafes serve house-made gelati and a limited menu of sandwiches, soups and salads. Panini include a muffalino, featuring all the makings of a muffuletta on pressed ciabatta. The signature Azteca chocolate gelato has an exotic and spicy kick to it. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegroceery.comIf only all grocers presented gourmet food like this upscale eatery. Baked blue crab and Brie with chives is served au gratin as an appetizer. The grilled beef tenderloin comes with potato gratin, spinach and roasted shallot demi-glace. The shrimp and grits are served with shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon and thyme. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.comLa Thai lends an artistic touch to its selection of familiar and updated Asian recipes. Swirls of Sriracha give the cilantro- and lime-dressed spicy beef salad its bite. Redfish Chauvin is pecan-crusted and ladled with a spicy crawfish curry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LANGENSTEIN'S1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

LAUREL STREET BAKERY 5433 Laurel St., 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.comHead to Laurel Street Bakery for breakfast fare, individual desserts, cookies, quick breads, pies and tarts. Each item on the menu is baked from scratch using natural ingredients. In addition to baked goods, the patisserie offers ham and cheese croissants, smoked turkey sandwiches and muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LE CITRON BISTRO1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.comChoose a table indoors or on the patio and enjoy a menu of Creole and Italian dishes. Duck gumbo, New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and ravioli stuffed with lump crabmeat are among the dishes served. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

LILETTE RESTAURANT3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.comFrench and Italian culinary influences meld at this bistro. Entrees include garlic-, thyme- and saffron-infused bouillabaisse with lobster, a king crab claw, scallops, shrimp, cod, mussels, clams, fennel and a rouille crouton. Grilled hanger steak with fries is a bistro classic. For an appetizer, try chilled sweet corn broth with crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE LUCKY LADLE1906 Magazine St., 304-6090Get breakfast all day at this Lower Garden District eatery. The Eggcelent breakfast rounds up three eggs any style, a choice of bacon or sausage, grits or hash browns and sourdough or multigrain toast. At lunch, the Crescent City club croissant stacks turkey, ham, roast beef, bacon, Swiss cheese, tomatoes, spinach and honey mustard. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUCKY'S LOUNGE 1625 St. Charles Ave., 523-6538; www.luckysnola.comWhile playing pool, order one of Lucky's pizzas or signature burgers. Pop in on Mondays for free red beans and rice with a drink purchase. The menu of half-pound burgers includes garden, barbecue and Cajun versions. Fish and chicken sandwiches, cheese fries and chicken nuggets also are offered. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.comCoq au vin Piedmontese is new to the menu for fall. Chicken is braised in red wine, with pancetta, cremini mushrooms, pearl onions, and rosemary and sage au jus. Seared sea scallops come in a yuzu Champagne beurre blanc with Thai pea shoots and Louisiana bowfin caviar. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP2368 Magazine St., 522-3107Start your day with a breakfast po-boy or stop by later for a wide selection of sandwiches and daily specials. The eggplant Parmesan po-boy features fried eggplant medallions with red sauce and Swiss cheese on French bread. The seafood platter is a big catch of fried shrimp, oysters and catfish served with vegetables and a baked potato or french fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP3454 Magazine St., 899-3374; www.mahonyspoboys.com Mahony's prepares classic po-boys and some original sandwich creations. The fried chicken liver po-boy is dressed with Creole coleslaw. Other popular po-boys include grilled shrimp and fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce. The Peacemaker combines fried oysters, bacon and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MAYAS RESTAURANT & BAR2027 Magazine St., 309-3401; www.mojitoland.comMayas fuses Latin and Caribbean influences. For an appetizer, try the mango crab stack featuring avocado, mango, lump crabmeat and jumbo Gulf shrimp drizzled with asweet and savory sauce and served with green plantain chips. Specials include Havana sea bass sauteed in Riesling with capers, diced tomatoes and olives, served over rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE MELTING POT1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.comThis might be the one place where it's acceptable to double dip. The Signature Selection features filet mignon, shrimp, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, chicken and cedar-plank salmon that diners prepare at the table in one of four fondue options. For dessert, try the white chocolate creme brulee. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MILK BAR1514 Delachaise St., 891-9361The Milk Bar is located inside Cafe Prytania. Gourmet sandwiches are served on house-made ciabatta loaves. The Cattle Fodder sandwich is filled with cream cheese, roasted red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes, carrots and alfalfa sprouts. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.comMr. John's serves a mix of steaks and Italian dishes. Popular steaks include the New York strip and the porterhouse for two. The veal pane features veal breaded with Italian seasonings and served with lump crabmeat, lemon butter and linguine bolognese. Side items include thin-cut onion rings. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIYAKO SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.miyakonola.comMiyako offers a wide array of Japanese dishes from its sushi bar and hibachi grill. Grilled entree specials include soup, salad, an appetizer, rice, noodles and ice cream. The baked seafood special is a blend of broiled scallops and crab. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE1500 Magazine St., 525-2244; www.myspace.com/mojocoffeeMojo serves coffee and tea drinks as well as a menu of soups and sandwiches. The Magazine sandwich features ham, apple and Brie served on your choice of seven-grain, tomato-basil or sourdough bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA'S CAFE4126 Magazine St., 894-9800; www.monascafenola.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.comNacho Mama's serves Tex-Mex favorites and specialty margaritas. The sweet and spicy barbecue pork burrito has shredded pork with Spanish rice, black beans, red onions, cheese and tomatoes stuffed inside a 12-inch sun-dried tomato tortilla topped with barbecue sauce and melted cheese. Popular dishes include mahi mahi tacos with mango salsa. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEW YORK PIZZA4416 Magazine St., 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.comNew York Pizza specializes in thin-crust pies served whole or by the slice. Other options include meatballs, salads, pasta and muffulettas. Meat lovers may stick with the Bronx, but the Big Apple pie is topped with everything but the kitchen sink. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.comNirvana offers traditional Indian curries and tandoori items as well as seafood, vegetarian and rice dishes. The lamb achar is a very spicy and tart curry. Specialty dishes include the Flag of India, with a sampling of three entree items — butter chicken, malai kebab and saag paneer, a creamy spinach and mustard leaf curry with cheese. Lunch is served buffet style. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS SEAFOOD3301 S. Claiborne Ave., 821-5007Creole and Chinese cuisine mix at Orleans Seafood. Asian favorites like cashew chicken and beef with broccoli are served alongside steaming plates of red beans and rice with pork chops or smoked sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877Home to New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, Pascal's Manale serves the classic dish in a buttery, spicy sauce. Other seafood selections include frutta di mare, pasta with scallops, crabmeat, oysters and shrimp in a light marinara sauce. The restaurant also serves veal and steaks. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PATOIS6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; www.patoisnola.comThis corner cafe serves French cuisine with New Orleans flavors. Sauteed sweetbreads come with beluga lentils, wilted spinach and country ham reduction. Roasted pheasant breast and leg confit is served with sunchoke puree, cippolini onions, roasted baby carrots and spiced foie gras emulsion. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ 

PITA PIT 5800 Magazine St., 899-4141; www.pitapitnola.comThis pita parlor offers a wide array of meats, cheese, sauces and condiments. Da Caprese is a grilled pita filled with chicken, spinach, tomatoes and feta and Parmesan cheeses. The jerk chicken features grilled chicken with Caribbean spices, onions, green peppers and pineapple. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA3222 Magazine St., 891-5152Rocky's offers many original gourmet pies. The pulled smoked pork barbecue pizza is topped with caramelized onions, maple-glazed bacon and barbecue sauce. The seafood au gratin combines shrimp, crawfish, garlic and onions sauteed in spicy cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypoly.comSee CBD section for restaurant description.

RUE DE LA COURSE3121 Magazine St., 899-0242See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

THE RUM HOUSE3128 Magazine St., 941-7560; www.rumhousenola.comThis Caribbean cantina offers a mix of tropical and south of the border flavors. Red curry shrimp are served over coconut mango rice with sauteed spinach. Mr. Biggs' taco plate includes a beef patty, a side and four tacos from choices such as barbecue rib meat, fried mahi mahi, calypso marinated steak or jerk chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ST. CHARLES TAVERN 1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823Order New Orleans classics any time from the menu at this 24-hour diner. There are red beans and rice, po-boys, crawfish pies, pastas and breakfast plates. For dessert, try the white chocolate bread pudding. No reservations. Delivery available. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.comWith more than 100 varieties from around the globe, this emporium is an homage to fromage. It's showcased in sandwiches (smoky blue with roast beef, Beecher's cheddar and turkey) and salads (manchego and arugula with almonds and pears, Parmesan with Fra' Mani salami and mixed greens) and paired with Aztec-style chocolates. No reservations. Lunch daily, early dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN 2830 Magazine St., 894-0033; www.sakecafeuptown.usThis stylish sushi parlor features a wide range of rolls and sashimi. For an appetizer, try yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and citrus salsa and citrus sauce. Never Bored Tuna mixes thin-sliced tuna and cucumber topped with chili-soy sauce, masago and scallions. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALU3226 Magazine St., 371-5809Salu draws inspiration for small plates from around the globe. There's everything from coriander-seared tuna to beef tartare to smoked salmon pate. Mascarpone-stuffed Medjool dates are wrapped in bacon and served on arugula with lemon caper vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SLICE1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5528 Magazine St., 897-4800; www.slicepizzeria.comSlice's gourmet pies include white pizza with bacon, basil and roasted garlic on a thin crust brushed with olive oil and topped with mozzarella, ricotta and Romano cheeses. A rotating selection of salads, soups, pastas and desserts round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER 3322 Magazine St., 891-3447Slim Goodies' creative breakfast plates include the Jewish Coonass, a New York/New Orleans mix of potato latkes topped with grilled spinach, eggs and crawfish etouffee. The Guatemalan breakfast features two eggs, avocado, plantains, tortillas, black beans and homemade salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.netThe New Orleans answer to a Big Apple deli features sandwiches like the Sam with hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and house-made Russian dressing on Jewish rye bread. The Italian hoagie is layered with Genoa salami, hot coppa, mortadella, provolone, lettuce, tomato and onions with garlic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STILL PERKIN' 2727 Prytania St., 899-0335Still Perkin' serves coffee drinks and has a counter stocked with pastries, bagels, wraps and salads. Try the mixed greens salad with broccoli, chicken, grape tomatoes and sweet and sour dressing. Other lunch options include chicken Caesar wraps. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUCRE3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; www.shopsucre.comThe Garden District sweet shop sates the sweet tooth in young and old alike. One mature milkshake comes with double-dark chocolate gelato, Bailey's and Godiva liquors. The All Things NOLA sundae stacks brown butter pecan gelato, bread pudding pieces, candied pecans, whipped cream and bananas Foster. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUKHO THAI4519 Magazine St., 373-6471; www.sukhothai-nola.com See Faubourg Marigny section for restaurant description.

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL 3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.comSuperior Grill offers Mexican favorites and a wide selection of margaritas. Graze on house-made guacamole or chile con queso with spicy heat from jalapenos before moving on to fajita platters featuring mesquite-grilled skirt steak, shrimp, chicken or beef. Other options include enchiladas, tacos and mesquite grilled steaks. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757 www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.comSurrey's blends organic juices to order and offers Southern and Latin breakfasts. Huevos rancheros feature creamy black beans sandwiched between corn tortillas and topped with two eggs, cheddar cheese, mole sauce and pico de gallo. Salads and sandwiches are lunchtime options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SURREY'S LA PLAYA1200 Carondelet St., 585-1501 For a juice fix head to La Playa, where Surrey's signature fresh-squeezed creations are available at the counter. Try the cafe's homemade pastries, scones, cakes and quiches, as well as coffee drinks and sandwiches like the exotic baked Brie with avocado and plantains. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS 1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.netSushi Brothers produces a wide selection of original rolls and sashimi. The Levee Voice roll features blue crab, spicy roe and wasabi-mayo on top of a roll of spicy crawfish, avocado, asparagus and wasabi. The Special Brothers roll wraps fresh salmon tempura with cream cheese and layers of salmon and avocado on top. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974; www.taqueriacorona.comStart a meal with homemade chips and pico de gallo. Popular items include tacos filled with beef tongue or fried fish and cabbage, cebollitas (grilled green onions) and shrimp and cheese-filled flautas. Meatless black bean soup and gazpacho appeal to hungry vegetarians. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

TAQUEROS1432 St. Charles Ave., 267-3032; www.taquerosnola.comChef Guillermo Peters serves updated and original Mexican dishes. Sauteed shrimp are served with tequila butter. Pork chilaca features pork loin sauteed with corn, jalapenos and red onions, served with tortillas, rice and black beans, and chorizo is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THEO'S PIZZA 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.comOrder a crisp, thin-crust pie with your choice of toppings or select from one of 14 specialty pizzas. The Eccentric is a flavorful hodgepodge of toppings, including garlic, spinach, Anaheim peppers and pepper Jack cheese. Other menu items include sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TRACEY'S2604 Magazine St., 897-5413; www.traceysnola.comAnyone thinking about a roast beef po-boy dripping with gravy from Parasol's will have to adjust their aim by one block. The former manager of the corner pub took the menu with him to this new spot. Other options include fried seafood and some bar noshing items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TROLLEY STOP CAFE1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090Standard diner fare like omelets, pancakes and biscuits are the cornerstone of this cafe's extensive menu. Savory lunch and dinner options include fried shrimp, catfish and oyster platters, gumbo and po-boys. Daily specials range from red beans and rice on Mondays to white beans and smothered pork chops on Thursdays and seafood specials like stuffed shrimp on Fridays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, open 24 hours Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.comOwner and Alexandria native JoAnn Clevenger's menu weds down-home country dishes like turtle soup and gumbo with sophisticated Creole classics like sweetbreads. Roast duck is complemented by two sauces, one harnessing the pungent flavor of garlic, the other capturing port wine's subtle sweetness. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VIZARD'S5015 Magazine St., 895-2246; www.vizards.netChef/owner Kevin Vizard presents a menu of re-imagined Creole cuisine. Some of the small plates on the menu include the Vizard's cut, a rib-eye cap served with asparagus, truffled potatos and Creole bordelaise. Crabmeat Nelson features crispy eggplant, jumbo lump crabmeat, crimini mushrooms, green onions and bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647; www.voodoobbqandgrill.comBrisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs are slow-smoked for up to 18 hours over pecan and oak wood, then served up with homemade sauces on platters or in po-boys. Side dishes include macaroni and cheese, steamed vegetables and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoods.comRotisserie chicken, Greek-style stuffed peppers, raspberry-chipotle chicken wings and pesto tofu are just a few of the offerings at this national organic grocer's hot and cold food stations. Seasonal produce rounds out the salad bar, and there also is a bakery and coffee counter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ZARA'S MARKET4838 Prytania St., 895-0581The market's deli counter serves fried chicken, sandwiches, soup and daily specials. Monday features red beans and rice with sausage. Chicken and sausage gumbo and corn and crab chowder are among the soup choices. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

 

 

 

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WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

7 ON FULTON 701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.comRefined and rustic cooking meet in dishes like alligator ravioli served with sauce piquante and sauteed vegetables. Duck three ways combines crispy pan-seared duck breast, duck confit pie and duck dirty rice served with duck jus. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

A MANO870 Tchoupitoulas St., 208-9280; www.amanonola.comA Mano takes a hands-on approach to regional Italian cuisine. A wide variety of cured meats are made in house and featured on tasting plates or in pastas. The rabbit two ways — roasted and fried — is popular. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ALLEGRO BISTRO1100 Poydras St., 582-2350Midday is the time to head to Allegro, whether for a business lunch or Saints pregame meal. Try tenderloin and Brie sandwiches, pastas and petit filets mignon. The cocktail lounge offers snacks for the happy hour set on weekdays. Allegro opens before every Saints home game. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

THE AMERICAN SECTOR The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.orgInnovative updates of Americana classics are the focus at chef John Besh's restaurant inside the National World War II Museum. House-made bologna is topped with spicy chowchow on rye bread. Fried trout is coated with crushed potato chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOUCHE840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485; www.bouchenola.comThis wine bar and restaurant serves an array of contemporary Creole dishes. The duck three ways appetizer includes tastes of pate, duck rillettes and confit. Cheese plates feature cheeses from St. James Cheese Company. Entrees include changing fish specials and classics like grits and grillades. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BUTCHER930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.comThis upscale butcher shop attached to Cochon doubles as a casual cafe and "swine" bar, where sandwiches and bar snacks are prepared using house-made meats. The Gambino sandwich combines salami cotto, sopressata and coppa. Smoked duck and mushrooms top the fresh pasta. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.comCafe Adelaide features a frequently changing menu of contemporary Creole cuisine and Southern fare. "Shrimp on shrimp in grits" features dried shrimp-crusted shrimp over oregano red grits with absinthe-basil butter. Parmesan-cured breast of Muscovy duck is served with Yukon Gold gnocchi, balsamic smoked duck bacon and snap beans with beurre blanc au poivre. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE AT THE SQUARE500 St. Charles Ave., 304-7831Downtown denizens count on this cafe for quick morning meals, like the breakfast melt with over-easy eggs, bacon, cheese and spinach piled on sourdough bread with grits or hash brown casserole. The lunch menu features soups, salads and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAPDEVILLE520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.comThis stylish pub attracts a business lunch crowd and after-work scene. Try a duck confit club sandwich with cracklins, lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic aioli on brioche or sourdough bread. The steak frites combine a grilled 8-oz. hanger steak, garlicky mushrooms bordelaise and fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COCHON 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com Cochon's menu of updated Cajun cuisine boasts small plates like fried rabbit livers with pepper jelly toast and oyster meat pies, as well as entrees like the oyster and bacon sandwich. The bar features a selection of legal moonshine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DINO'S BAR & GRILL 1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900Dino's Bar & Grill offers a range of tasty bar food and healthy fare. Dishes vary from fresh salads and sandwiches to half-pound burgers. Wraps are filled with Buffalo chicken, chicken Caesar or chicken bacon ranch. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BARHilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; www.dragosrestaurant.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

EMERIL'S RESTAURANT 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.comThe flagship of chef Emeril Lagasse's empire serves a number of signature creations including warm Mississippi rabbit remoulade with fried green tomatoes, Benton's bacon, local citrus salad and horseradish gastrique. The andouille-crusted Texas redfish comes with grilled vegetables, shoestring potatoes, glazed pecans and Creole meuniere. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ERNST CAFE600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net This downtown tavern is known for fried seafood, po-boys and wraps. To whet your appetite, choose from appetizers like Southwest egg rolls, chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks. Other options include the grilled tuna fillet sandwich and the fried chicken wrap. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FEAST NEW ORLEANS200 Julia St., 304-6318; www.feastneworleans.comThere's plenty of rustic European fare at Feast. Crispy roasted pork belly is served with braised red cabbage and a potato cake. Fish and scallop pie is crusted with leek and cheese mash potatoes and served with Brussels sprouts. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GORDON BIERSCH 200 Poydras St., 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com This chain brewpub offers German and Czech-style beers and a diverse menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and pizza. The barbecue salmon is brushed with Asian barbecue sauce and served with balsamic grilled red onion, spinach and sweet ginger rice. The garlic fries are a popular side. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com Grand Isle serves up oysters on the half shell and seafood dishes like chili-butter baked fish, crawfish etouffee and gumbo. The lobster St. Malo features Maine lobster, mussels and shrimp doused in Slap Your Mama sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566; www.haagen-ddazs.comHaagen-Dazs offers 30 signature flavors including mainstays such as rocky road, mint chocolate chip and java chip. Milkshakes, smoothies and coffee drinks round out the menu of sweet treats. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com Award-winning chef Donald Link creates a French-inspired menu with Southern flair. Small plates include antipasto, gnocchi with pancetta and oven-dried tomatoes, maitake mushrooms, and beef short rib with potato rosti and salsa verde. For entrees, try the slow-roasted Kurobuta pork belly with cream corn and pickled chiles. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HORINOYA 920 Poydras St., 561-8914 Horinoya offers patrons an authentic taste of Japan, featuring well-known dishes made with Kobe beef, tuna tataki and more esoteric items like fish from the Tsukiji market and natto, or fermented beans. Teriyaki, tempura and buckwheat soba and udon noodles also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOCA857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.comChoose your steak carefully at this Argentine restaurant, where marbled rib-eyes and bone-in filets are brightened by chimichurri sauces. An entrana fina skirt steak is a good main course for a finish of a dessert pancake crepe covered in condensed milk sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA CÔTE BRASSERIE700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.comLocated in a century-old former warehouse, the restaurant offers a menu of fresh Louisiana seafood in creative dishes. Redfish on the half shell is served with tasso and shrimp couscous and butter sauce. The whole Cajun lobster comes with corn lobster beignets and pickled mirliton slaw. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986; www.leonardonola.comLeonardo serves seafood, veal and chicken, plus pizza, pasta, calzones and salads. Pasta choices include spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, Parmesan cheese and creamy egg sauce. The namesake bruschetta Leonardo tops toasted focaccia with goat cheese, herbs and dried blueberries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFEThe Whitney Wyndham Hotel, 610 Poydras St., 212-5656See Mid-City section for restaurant description. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.comThe Warehouse District surf shack features casual fare like fish tacos — choose grilled or fried grouper served with black beans and Mexican rice — or ceviche with black bean salad. Appetizers include calamari with shrimp sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MESON 923923 S. Peters St., 523-9200; www.meson923.comThe Meson 923 menu changes often and features refined dishes like wild halibut dusted with ground chorizo and served with potato crawfish stew. Duck confit is paired with pappardelle pasta and peaches, pistachio and brandy cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIKE'S ON THE AVENUE628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600; www.mikesontheavenue.comThe menu at this revitalized Warehouse District restaurant includes a mix of Southwestern and Asian influences. Old favorites include blackened tuna Napoleon with tamari vinaigrette. Mike's crispy duck is served with Vermont maple dipping sauce, broccoli and brown rice with andouille, tasso and shiitake mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.comLive Cajun music and traditional Cajun cuisine go hand-in-hand at this restaurant. Try grilled alligator, fried seafood platters or crabmeat-stuffed catfish. Gumbo, pasta, burgers, chicken and salads round out the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

POMPEII PIZZERIA1068 Magazine St., 708-4213; www.pompeiipizzeria.comSpecialty pies at this pizzeria include E's Special, with barbecue sauce, chicken, pineapple, bacon, jalapenos and extra cheese. The pizza Bianco is a signature white pizza topped with onions and a blend of herbs and spices. There also are cheese steaks, salads and strombolis. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RED EYE GRILL 852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.netRed Eye will help you close out a long night with a menu of bar snacks, big burgers and sandwiches. Order a sandwich with grilled tuna steak, or grab a beer and a plate of hot wings or french fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

RIOMAR 800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.comSeasonal seafood dishes are the specialty at this Warehouse District hub for Spanish and Latin American specialties. Choose from a menu of four ceviches to start, then find a selection of Gulf fish. The five-hour roasted pork with plantains and black beans and rice is a popular dish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com This hip warehouse district spot serves sushi and Japanese favorites. The red dragon roll is filled with spicy tuna and crunchy tempura flakes and topped with more tuna, spicy mayo, green onions and smelt roe. The pan-fried noodle dish yakisoba is offered with a choice of vegetables, seafood or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 228 Poydras St., Harrah's Hotel, 587-7099; www.ruthschris.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

SUGAR HOUSEEmbassy Suites, 315 Julia St., 525-1993Sugar House combines Cajun and Creole influences. The Cajun sampler consists of crawfish pie, jambalaya and file gumbo. Steak Delmonico is either grilled or blackened, and meat falls off the bone of baby-back ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL 1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; www.sunraygrill.comSee Kenner section for restaurant description.

TOMMY'S CUISINE 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.comCreole-Italian cuisine with a heavy focus on seafood is offered at Tommy's. The daily fresh fish filet is sauteed, topped with grilled shrimp and served with roasted red peppers and beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.comThe full bar is complemented by a wine list with more than 150 bottles, with 20 available by the glass. Diners may order food from the adjoining restaurant, Tommy's Cuisine, or nibble on plates of pates and cheeses. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

UGLY DOG SALOON 401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.netThis barbecue joint offers pork spare ribs, boneless chicken breast, beef brisket and pulled-pork platters, along with lighter fare like chicken Caeser salad and steamed broccoli. Daily lunch and dinner specials include meatloaf and 14-oz. New York strip steaks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329This pub offers a taste of Australia. Hearty options include chicken and sausage jambalaya and shepherd's pie made with minced beef, vegetables and mashed potatoes and topped with melted cheddar. There's a daily sandwich special and some noshing items. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE HOG CAFE639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.comPulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken and pork loin fill sandwiches or dinner plates. Choice of sides include salad, baked beans and coleslaw. An array of barbecue sauces ranges from mild molasses to spicy Southern style. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882; www.wolfesinthewarehouse.comChef Tom Wolfe puts a contemporary spin on Creole cuisine. Try a pressed chicken sandwich or yellowfin tuna salad for lunch. The dinner menu features pan-seared filet mignon with garlic-buttermilk mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

 

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ALGIERS

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 392-7589; www.dimartinos.com See West Bank — Other section for restaurant description.

DRY DOCK CAFE 133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com Take the ferry to historic Algiers Point and disembark at Dry Dock for a menu of burgers, soups, salads, New Orleans classics and sandwiches. The Best Bank burger is grilled to order and topped with cheese, bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

RENDEZ VOUS CAFE3001 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 367-6013; www.myrendezvouscafe.comRendez Vous' extensive menu covers Mediterranean cuisine as well as wraps, sandwiches and salads. Popular items include hummus, chicken shawarma and chicken Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, open 24 hours Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TOUT DE SUITE CAFE347 Verret St., 362-2264This cafe and coffee shop serves up stick-to-your ribs breakfast fare like the Farmer Brown's, a hearty meal of diced potatoes seasoned with onions and topped with cheddar cheese and salsa. There are lighter lunch and early dinner options including sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VINE AND DINE141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine.comThis wine shop has seating for guests to open a bottle of wine and drink with a selection of gourmet cheese boards, house-made pate and ciabatta bread pizzas with toppings including cheese, pesto, prosciutto, salami, vegetables and more. There also is a menu of sandwiches and quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

GRETNA

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.comOrder pan-fried dumplings or lemongrass-scented tom yum soup for a starter at this casual cafe. The menu is divided into sections featuring curries, fried rice or noodle dishes, each with a choice or meat, tofu of shrimp. The massaman yellow coconut curry with potatoes, onions and crushed peanuts is a vegetarian option. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEEF CONNECTION501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275This steak house makes no bones about its specialty. Big T-bones, marbled rib-eyes, filets mignon and New York strips are seared to order. Classic steak house sides like creamed spinach, broccoli and au gratin potatoes round out a meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAFE ETIENNE423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072This cottage cafe exudes homey charm, while the menu offers creative takes on Creole standards. The pecan-crusted flounder is pan-roasted, topped with crabmeat and served over barbecue onions and sauteed spinach. Stuffed artichoke is filled with fried seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA429 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-3939; www.empressofchina.net Christina Tsang's restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Chinese dishes as well as specialties such as the Emperor's lo mein, which includes chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT 2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995; www.bistrogallerie.com Clementine's offers classic Belgian cuisine in a bistro setting. Popular items on the menu include moules au curry — steamed mussels in creamy curry sauce served with Belgian fries. New on the menu is seared redfish with meuniere sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COMMON GROUNDS 335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200Common Grounds offers breakfast in the morning and sandwich and seafood dishes later in the day. Artichoke Amelia features artichoke hearts, Italian spices and Parmesan cheese. Shrimp Julia is the restaurant's version of shrimp cocktail. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY GRILL101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272Crescent City Grill's 1-2-3 special features one egg, two pancakes and three strips of bacon less than $5. The fisherman's platter combines fried fish, oysters and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CUCOS MEXICAN CAFE2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766See Metairie section for restaurant description.

DE-NO SEAFOOD505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 362-4608De-No's blackened redfish is topped with crabmeat and garlic butter. Soft-shell De-No consists of a crab over angel hair pasta with cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; www.gambinos.comIn addition to baking and shipping king cakes year-round, Gambino's bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com Gattuso's serves everything from gourmet salads, wraps and sandwiches to steak and seafood platters. Sloppy roast beef po-boys are topped with Swiss cheese and served on Leidenheimer bread. Spaghetti and meatballs are served with French bread and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I RESTAURANT11 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 367-9512Burger options include the smoking ring burger, a patty topped with barbecue sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheese and an onion ring with fries on the side. The barbecue rib and chicken combo includes a half rack of ribs, mesquite-grilled chicken breast, salad and your choice of fries, baked potato or vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOA HONG/9 ROSES 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665The menu at 9 Roses includes a wide array of Vietnamese dishes plus some Chinese specials. Vermicelli noodle bowls come with char-grilled pork, crunchy spring rolls and sprouts. Whole fish overe scallions arrives still steaming. Paper-thin beef is served with fresh herbs and a burner for tableside cooking. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS 2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7177; www.hooterslouisiana.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

HUEY P.'S PIZZERIA139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 366-1818Homemade dough is baked into thin-crust pies like the Who Dat, topped with ground beef, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoncini, cheddar and mozzarella. Starters include fried eggplant sticks with marinara and corn and crab chowder. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IHOP 151 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; www.ihop.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

KIM SON349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489; www.kimsonnola.comCantonese, Szechuan and Vietnamese cuisines share space on Kim Son's pan-Asian menu. Fresh Gulf fish comes with black bean sauce. The seafood platter boasts an assortment of scallops, lobster and salt-baked shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KINGFISH GRILLE500 Lafayette St., Gretna, 309-0680Kingfish offers classic sandwiches and originals like the Velvet Elvis, a burger patty between a pair of grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches. The "hot brown" is an open-face turkey sandwich with hot Mornay sauce. Other options include po-boys and a pepper weiner. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846Choose from more than 20 pho varieties and dozens of rice and noodle dishes. Pho ap chao is a combination of pan-fried noodles and marinated stir-fried beef with vegetables and pineapple. "P.T.B." wonton soup features house-made pork and shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE RESTAURANT1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.comFind signature seafood specialties at this Gretna institution. Redfish Pontchartrain is a grilled 8-oz. fillet topped with mushroom-sherry cream and lump crabmeat. A crispy mirliton shell is filled with Gulf shrimp, jumbo lump crabmeat, andouille and fried oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

RED PALACE RESTAURANT1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071An extensive menu includes pot stickers, lo mein dishes, curries and more. Other items include soft-shell crabs topped with crawfish tails in spicy sauce, and chicken Shanghai, two sesame-coated fried chicken breasts served with a spicy soy-based sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090This bistro serves familiar Italian dishes such as veal Parmesan, featuring breaded veal served over pasta with marinara and cheese. Spinach lasagna is layered with pasta, spinach, a blend of cheeses and Alfredo sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.comSee Kenner section for restaurant description.

TAN DINH1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 361-8008This Gretna favorite can satisfy a pho fix, but its voluminous menu is packed with rewards for those exploring Vietnamese cuisine. One popular house specialty combines seared goat meat and lemongrass-infused goat curry with crushed peanuts, cilantro and basil. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678Thanh Thanh's menu of pan-Asian offerings includes Vietnamese dishes as well as pad thai, the noodle dish topped with crunchy bean sprouts, carrots and peanuts. The pho and made-to-order spring rolls can be customized to suit your palate with the addition of basil, jalapenos or bean sprouts. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

 

 

Harvey

ALLIGATOR PEAR 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 342-2640; www.alligatorpearcafe.comThe wide-ranging menu of this eclectic restaurant includes Asian dishes like Mongolian beef and pad thai, New Orleans favorites like seafood po-boys, and a creation called the "monster Cajun burger," which piles on mushrooms, bacon, onions and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073Serving traditional Creole cooking since 1975, this neighborhood cafe features daily specials from Monday's red beans and rice to Friday's fried seafood. Come early for the Big Deal breakfast combo, which includes eggs, a meat, pancakes and grits. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DITALI'S 2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-0058See Kenner section for restaurant description. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 368-2100; www.chevys.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

CHINA DOLL830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-8822China Doll serves Chinese staples like emperor's lo mein and crab rangoons — fried wontons filled with cream cheese and crabmeat. Other classic Chinese dishes include sweet-and-sour chicken and wonton soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com The chef's vegetarian plate is a formidable meal: soup, tabbouleh, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, hummus and two falafels. The restaurant also serves an Angus beef rib-eye that comes with onion rings, baked potato and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PARROT PETE'S 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780: www.parrotpetes.comThe cafe specializes in fresh-baked pastries and cakes. Choose from beignets, waffle cones, triple berry cake, brownies and croissants. Parrot Pete's breakfast options include a menu of omelets, grits and biscuits, plus unlimited pancakes on weekdays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094Order beef broth pho with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Also look for banh mi and vermicelli noodle bowls filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro and bean sprouts as well as crispy egg rolls and char-grilled beef, pork or shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIER 4 Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 364-8816; www.boomtownneworleans.comSteak and seafood dishes are good bets at Pier 4. The seafood platter includes speckled trout, a jumbo lump crab cake, Gulf shrimp, oysters, a soft-shell crab and spicy onion rings. For surf-and-turf options, try the filet mignon topped with crabmeat or the grilled rib-eye served with barbecue shrimp. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL PALM1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 644-4100; www.royalpalmrestaurant.comTry appetizers like calamari Italiano, which is fried calamari and zucchini sprinkled with fresh-grated Parmesan and served with marinara dipping sauce. Royal One is a bone-in 22-oz. certified Angus beef rib-eye served with roasted garlic, red-skinned mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TENNOU SUSHI BAR1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-3898; www.tennousushi.comA full range of fresh, affordable sushi and cooked dishes like grilled salmon teriyaki and crispy fish fillets make this West Bank eatery a popular lunch or dinner spot. Bento box lunches include soup, salad and an appetizer. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

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ADAM'S CATFISH HOUSE8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 392-0541The specialty of the house is no surprise at Adam's Catfish House, where the South's most popular fish is fried or grilled and served on platters with coleslaw and hushpuppies on the side. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAFE DIBLASI 1801 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown, 361-3106; www.cafediblasi.comFamily traditions carried from Florence and Palermo inspire the menu at Cafe DiBlasi. Chicken is pan fried with capers and artichokes in lemon butter sauce for one house specialty. Bracioloni is steak flattened out and rolled with Italian meats and cheeses and simmered in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589; 6641 Westbank Expwy., Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com Home of the famous muffuletta, DiMartino's also offers burgers, po-boys and seafood platters. Entrees include crawfish etouffee, grilled Gulf fish and spaghetti and meatballs or Italian sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DITALI'S PIZZA8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160Ditali's offers pizza and much more. In addition to a wide range of thin-crust pies, Ditali's also serves favorites from the cousin Cafe Ditali's menu, including spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and chicken Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOUBLE DRAGON8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 433-4333Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese cuisines are the specialties at Double Dragon. Popular dishes include General Tso's chicken and spicy kung pao shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748Jan's offers a variety of seafood, Creole-Italian dishes and po-boys. Both shrimp and sausage gumbo and chicken gumbo have spicy heat. The stuffed crab plate includes fries, salad and toast. Sauteed shrimp comes with a baked potato and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MO'S PIZZA 1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.netMo's is known for its extra-large pizzas served whole or by the slice. Mo's muffuletta is piled high with ham, salami, provolone, mozzarella and homemade olive salad and served warm. Layers of meat sauce, ricotta and mozzarella pack blocks of lasagna, which are served with garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOSCA'S4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale, 436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.comMosca's hearty Italian cooking is perfect for family-style dining. Oysters Mosca are fresh, local oysters cooked with breadcrumbs and Italian seasonings. Chicken a la Grande features chicken sauteed with rosemary, seasonings, whole garlic cloves and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.comO'Brien's is a steak house offering hearty portions and big flavors. Fried rabbit tenderloin is served with baby spinach, caramelized onions and Creole mustard sauce. The crawfish boil risotto incorporates crawfish, potatoes, corn, onions, andouille and garlic. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; www.olivebranchcafe.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; www.desfamilles.comThis house on the edge of Jean Lafitte National Park specializes in local seafood and offers a view of the bayou. Soft-shell crab Foster is a fried crab topped with artichoke, mushrooms, green onion and white wine sauce and is served with potatoes and vegetables. Angel hair pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALVO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.comSeafood is the star here, but there's also steak on the menu. The boiled seafood "Extravaganza" is a big catch of seven boiled seafood items including mussels and blue crabs. The butterfly shrimp plate features 12 jumbo shrimp served with fries or potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SHANE'S RIB SHACK 1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.comThe ribs get top billing, but extras like stuffed potatoes and fried pickles fortify the menu. The Big Dad sandwich features slow-smoked, hand-chopped pork on Texas toast topped with Shack sauce, a spicy version of remoulade. A gluten-free menu contains a variety of barbecue dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482Huge seafood platters and blackened flounder are popular dishes at this eclectic Lafitte eatery. Spicy bratwurst and Wiener Schnitzel appeal to Germanophiles, and seafood pizza comes piled with local shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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