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During springtime, local menus blossom with fresh produce, seasonal seafood, new dishes and old favorites. Gambit's spring restaurant guide has the latest information on menus and specials at restaurants throughout the New Orleans area, from corner coffeeshops to fine dining destinations. Listings are arranged alphabetically and contain information on hours of operation, reservation policies and prices.

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Gambit Restaurant Guide - Spring 2011

7 ON FULTON Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.comRefined and rustic cooking meet in dishes like alligator ravioli topped with sauce piquante. Breakfast options include the eggs Fulton, combining fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and bordelaise sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

13 517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.comA go-to spot for late-night diners, 13 offers a range of options for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The menu includes black bean veggie burgers, a baked tofu and herb sandwich on multigrain bread, plus salads and pizza. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

5FIFTY5 Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638Chef Mark Quitney puts an upscale spin on comfort food and gives Creole classics a twist. Acadian redfish is a fillet topped with jumbo lump crabmeat over spinach salad with lemon thyme vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. 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. The coniglio della casa is slow-cooked rabbit with oil-cured olives, roasted garlic and thyme. The pici all'aglione is hand-rolled pici pasta with garlic, parsley, olive oil and breadcrumbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ABITA BAR-B-Q 69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 992-0205Slow-cooked meat is the focus at Abita Bar-B-Q. Menu options include pulled pork, ribs, brisket, turkey legs and boudin. For a side, order cornbread, baked beans or potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 992-5837; www.abitabrewpub.comBurgers, salads and sandwiches make up the bulk of the menu at Abita Brew Pub. Entrees include an eggplant Napoleon topped with shrimp, mushroom and tasso sauce. Grilled chicken Abitafeller is served on a bed of creamed spinach and topped with fried oysters and herbed shrimp cream sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; www.acmeoysterhouse.comIn business for more than a century, Acme has earned a reputation for oysters, whether raw, fried or char-grilled. Don't miss the Peace Maker po-boy with fried shrimp and oysters and Tabasco mayo. The "10-napkin roast beef" po-boy is a house specialty. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ACQUISTAPACE'S COVINGTON SUPERMARKET 125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 993-7554; www.acquistapace.com A whole rotisserie chicken and a few sides from the deli case make a quick meal to go at this family-run grocery. There also are deli sandwiches and full slabs of ribs. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ACROPOLIS CUISINE 3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 988-9046The menu at Acropolis showcases traditional Greek and Italian fare like kebabs, gyro plates, moussaka, veal parmigiana and lasagna al forno. There are daily specials such as pan-seared fish. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ADAM'S CATFISH HOUSE 8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 392-0541Order fried or grilled catfish on a platter with coleslaw and hushpuppies. Adam's also serves all-you-can-eat whole catfish. Other options include po-boys, burgers and a signature catfish salad with lettuce and tomato. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ADOBE CANTINA & SALSA1905 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 419-0027; www.carretarestaurant.com The fully loaded parrillada serves two and features carne asada, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo grilled with onions, peppers and tomatoes, served with rice, beans, sour cream and guacamole. Try the Monterrey mixto a la Chipotle for a combination of mahi mahi and shrimp with steamed vegetables, rice and adobe queso. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ADOLFO'S 611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800This cozy Creole-Italian cafe serves steamed mussels as an appetizer, and stuffed cannelloni are a specialty. There are usually five different fish offered each night, including choices such as grouper, which can be prepared a number of ways and optionally topped with seafood-laden "ocean" sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT 1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 967-8292; www.albashabr.comPopular Mediterranean dishes get an extra dose of Greek flavor here, from the Grecian sauce drizzled over shawarma sandwiches to the feta salads served on the side. Specialties include traditional moussaka, which features layers of potato, eggplant and ground beef. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILL 811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.comThis late-night spot offers a large selection of beer and bar noshing items. Available options include cheese sticks, chicken fingers and spicy meat pies. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ALLEGRO BISTRO 1100 Poydras St., 582-2350; www.allegrobistro.comAllegro is a CBD lunch spot and lounge. The tenderloin and Brie sandwich topped with caramelized onions and roasted garlic aioli is popular. There are several entree salads, and the lounge offers cheese boards and other daily specials in the afternoon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

ALLIGATOR PEAR 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 281-4472; www.alligatorpearcafe.comAlligator Pear offers regional seafood dishes, po-boys and all-American comfort food like rotisserie chicken and baked potatoes. There also are soups, salads and sandwiches. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

AMERICAN PIE DINER 2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 468-2187 American Pie serves breakfast around the clock, burgers and other diner classics. The Reuben has melted Swiss over pastrami and sauerkraut and is served with fries or chips. Try the popular bananas Foster pancakes or a slice of one of the diner's fresh-baked pies. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE AMERICAN SECTOR The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.org Chef John Besh's restaurant inside the National World War II Museum re-invents Americana classics like meatloaf and chicken-fried steak, and there is a short rib Sloppy Joe. Kids' lunch boxes come packed with comfort foods like mac and cheese or mini cheeseburgers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA' S RESTAURANT 3100 19th St., Metairie, 934-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.comNorthern Italian cooking anchors chef Andrea Apuzzo's namesake restaurant. Speckled trout royale is sauteed, topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and served with lemon cream. Capelli D'Andrea features homemade angel hair pasta tossed with smoked salmon, flamed with vodka and served with light cream sauce and Louisiana caviar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANGELI ON DECATUR 1141 Decatur St., 566-0077; www.angelirestaurant.webs.comThis eclectic French Quarter restaurant offers Middle Eastern and Italian dishes like garlicky pasta salad, hummus and pita rolls. The Angeli special pizza has garlic-herb sauce, artichokes, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANGELO BROCATO 214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.comFor traditional Italian cannoli, head to Angelo Brocato. The pastries are hand-stuffed with chocolate and vanilla-flavored ricotta mixtures. There's a large selection of gelato and Italian ice flavors. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION 71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 909-7669; www.annadeles.comThis historic bed and breakfast also has a fine-dining restaurant. The mixed grill Bogue Falaya pairs lamb chops and quail with pepper jelly beurre blanc. Gulf fish Gabrielle is topped with sauteed shrimp, tomatoes and fresh basil in lemon beurre blanc, and served with wild rice pilaf and a vegetable. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

ANTOINE'S ANNEX513 Royal St., 581-4422; www.antoines.comAntoine's cafe opens directly onto Royal Street, providing a view of the bustling French Quarter street. Pastries are served for breakfast, and salads and sandwiches are available for lunch. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com Opened in 1840, Antoine's is the oldest restaurant in New Orleans. Signature oysters Rockefeller, pompano Pontchartrain and Baked Alaska remain classics. New twists include brunch on Sundays and a three-course prix fixe lunch menu for $20.11. Try the oyster Foch po-boy, available from the special menu at the Hermes Bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR Citywide; 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. $$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT 913 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com Dating back to 1918, Arnaud's is one of the great Creole restaurants of New Orleans. The menu is filled with traditional specialties, from the shrimp Arnaud with signature tangy Creole remoulade to speckled trout meuniere and crawfish O'Connor. Bartender Chris Hannah serves refined cocktails at the French 75 bar. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ASIAN SUPER BUFFET 3900 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 712-0899This sprawling buffet offers dishes from many Asian cuisines. Multiple food stations feature 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. $

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2631 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.comFor more than 20 years, Assunta's has served Neapolitan cuisine, such as Italian sausage and peppers over risotto. Veal Assunta is lightly breaded and topped with creamy shrimp baciamella sauce. Veal osso buco is served over bowtie pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ATCHAFALAYA 901 Louisiana Ave., 991-9626; www.cafeatchafalaya.comAtchafalaya puts a creative twist on contemporary Creole cooking. Atchafalaya's seared yellowfin tuna is served with green onion rice, port wine reduction, Abita mustard sauce and vegetables. For brunch, try the Treme, a boudin cake topped with poached eggs, Creole hollandaise and popcorn crawfish tails. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.comHookahs and belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights highlight the ambience at this Middle Eastern tavern. Roasted rack of lamb crowns the menu, and popular dishes include chicken artichoke pasta and seafood paella. Other options include hummus, gyro sandwiches and kebab platters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

AUDUBON CLUBHOUSE CAFE 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.orgEnjoy views from the Clubhouse while indulging in specialties like the Oak Grove fried green tomato BLT. The Clubhouse serves breakfast dishes like the Double Bogey featuring two eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, and two pancakes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

AUGUST MOON 3635 Prytania St., 999-5129; www.augustmoonneworleans.comAugust Moon offers a vast menu of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Appetizers include hot-and-sour soup, Chinese egg rolls and dumplings. The Triple Dragon features chicken, roasted pork and sauteed shrimp with vegetables. Vegetarians can order General Tso's tofu, featuring fried tofu glazed with spicy sweet and sour sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

AUSTIN' S RESTAURANT & STEAKHOUSE 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 988-5533; www.austinsno.comCrawfish and crab cakes topped with crawfish in dill cream sauce and served with potatoes and vegetables is among the Creole-Italian dishes at Austin's. Deep-fried shrimp spring rolls are filled with shrimp, roasted red peppers and spinach. Steak dishes include a blue cheese filet mignon, New York strip, rib-eye and bone in rib-eye. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE AVENUE PUB1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.comBar food at the Avenue Pub features more than just standard burgers and fries. The Cake Eaters plate includes a pan-seared sweet potato cake with brown sugar honey butter and andouille sausage, the potato cake topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and chives, and a risotto cake with feta, fennel and tomato. Other options include grilled cheese sandwiches and mini tacos. No reservations. Open 24-hours daily. Credit cards. $

AVENUE RESTAURANT AND CATERING 450 Laroussini St., Westwego, 371-7850; www.avenuerestaurantandcatering.comPopular items at the Westwego restaurant include the Willie Mae burger, featuring an oversized spicy beef patty, and a 12-oz. rib-eye served with salad, a baked potato, bread and dessert. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

BABYLON CAFE 7724 Maple St., 314-0010; www.babyloncafe.bizThe vegetarian options at this inexpensive Middle Eastern cafe include smoky baba ghanoush, falafel and baked vegetables. Other options include marinated chicken, filet mignon shish kebabs and rack of lamb. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BALCONY BAR & CAFE 3201 Magazine St., 994-8888Satisfy an after-hours craving at the upstairs kitchen of Balcony Bar. Cheese fries, burgers or pizza will hit the spot. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BAMBU AT HARRAH'S CASINO 9 Canal St., 525-3689; www.harrahsneworleans.comThis pan-Asian restaurant inside Harrah's New Orleans features a full sushi bar and Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Specialties include Cantonese barbecued duck and wok-fried lobster tail with ginger. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE 2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.comOrder spicy clams or lemongrass-scented tom yum soup for a starter at this casual cafe. The menu is divided into sections featuring curries, fried rice and noodle dishes, each with a choice of meat, tofu or 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. $$

BARCELONA TAPAS 720 Dublin St., 961-9696Diners can choose from 50 tapas dishes, paella or a small selection of entrees at this casual cafe. Popular dishes include grilled calamari and the restaurant's interpretation of a Caprese salad, which combines tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, mint and aioli. Cold tapas include aged serrano ham and shrimp avocado topped with tomato aioli sauce. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $$$

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS 3700 Magazine St., 995-2225Baru serves savory dishes from coastal Colombia like carne asada, a grilled skirt steak served with tomato sauce and chorizo sauteed with shrimp and peppers. Whole fried fish is served with coconut rice, smashed green plantains and red cabbage coleslaw with mango. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BASIL LEAF 1434 S. Carrollton Ave., 962-9001; www.basilleafthai.comClassic Thai flavors and creative twists fill the menu at Basil Leaf. The seafood-stuffed coconut features sauteed scallops and shrimp in red curry sauce with coconut and eggplant. A grilled 14-oz. pork chop is served with baby green beans in basil-cashew pesto sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYONA 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com Chef Susan Spicer's French Quarter restaurant combines the charm of an old Creole cottage with flavors from around the globe. Enjoy Bayona favorites like veal sweetbreads and peppered lamb loin. At lunchtime, try the smoked duck sandwich with cashew-peanut butter and pepper jelly. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE BEACH HOUSE 2401 N. Woodlawn St., Metairie, 456-7470Get fried or grilled shrimp, catfish or oysters on a platter or po-boy at the Beach House. Rib-eyes, filets and pork chops are served with salad and a baked potato. Dessert includes homemade bread pudding with Jack Daniel's sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL 4905 Canal St., 488-7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.yolasite.comThe 10-oz. Beach burger rules the menu at Beachcorner Bar & Grill. Popular versions include jalapeno and cheese, mushroom and Swiss, hickory smoked cheddar and the hot and spicy burger. Sandwiches include the grilled tuna steak, hot smoked sausage or fried shrimp. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEAN GALLERY 637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176; www.thebeangallery.netThe Bean Gallery offers coffee, pastries, croissants and muffins as well as a small menu of panini. The Anatolian has mushrooms, goat cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers and hummus. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS 550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; 1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; 3206 Metairie Road, 933-9226; www.bearsgrillandspirits.comBear's starters include gravy fries, Buffalo wings and fried dill pickles. Burger choices include the blue cheese burger topped with red onion and the New Orleans burger with roast beef debris and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEAR'S RESTAURANT 128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 992-2373Popular sandwiches at Bear's include the roast beef po-boy and barbecue beef po-boy and shrimp po-boy. The french fry po-boy is topped with roast beef debris. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE 534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 975-9390 Breakfast omelets and combos keep diners coming back to this Covington cafe bright and early. For lunch there are salads, wraps and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEEF CONNECTION 501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275This steakhouse makes no bones about its specialty. Big T-bones, marbled rib-eyes, filets mignon and New York strips are seared to order. Classic steakhouse sides like creamed spinach, broccoli and au gratin potatoes round out a meal. There are a few seafood options including Maine lobster, tuna and salmon. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BEIJING 2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 985-8881Beijing offers a wide array of Chinese dishes, including Beijing duck, spring rolls, kung pao chicken and vegetable bean curd soup, as well as Mongolian beef. 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 BREW 2701 Airline Drive, Suite L, Metairie, 946-9930Bella Brew offers a full coffee selection and a light breakfast and lunch menu. Breakfast features juices and pastries. Lunch includes sandwich and salad options like the grilled chicken salad with avocado and cucumber. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BENNACHIN1212 Royal St., 522-1230Bennachin serves West African dishes including many vegetarian options. Appetizers and sides include coconut rice, plantains and black-eyed pea fritters. Entrees include sauteed or baked lamb and several spicy beef dishes such as the Sauci Marine, served with potatoes in onion and ginger sauce over rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S 8 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahsneworleans.comGrab a table at chef John Besh's steakhouse and order an aged 18-oz. New York strip steak, prime rib or rib-eye served with blue cheese butter. Start with barbecue shrimp, stuffed crab shells or the roasted oyster casino with bacon, garlic and parsley. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE 2542 Canal St., 922-0213Betsy's breakfast menu offers eggs, omelets, pancakes and waffles. Lunch brings sandwiches filled with hot sausage, tuna, oysters, roast beef and other options. Lunch specials include chicken-fried steak, liver and onions, and red beans and rice with smoked sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BIG MOMMA'S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES 5741 Crowder Blvd., 241-2548; www.bigmommaschickenandwaffles.comBig Momma's serves combinations like the six-piece, a waffle and six fried wings served crispy or dipped in sauce. Specials include a baked leg quarter with red beans and rice on Mondays and a fish plate with salad, fries, hushpuppies and toast on Fridays. Choose from side items like barbecue baked beans or mac and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BIG SHIRLEY'S 5222 Elysian Fields Ave., 252-4835Big Shirley's offers Southern comfort food in a casual atmosphere. Try French toast for breakfast, or stop by for lunch or dinner for hearty portions of blackened catfish, southern fried chicken and baby back ribs. The menu also has po-boys and salads. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BISTREAUX 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/bistreaux.html The casual bistro serves New Orleans favorites such as jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. There is a cochon de lait sandwich, and crab cakes are served with beurre blanc and micro citrus salad. Other options range from shrimp tacos to truffle fries with Parmesan and fresh herbs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO 38New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway, 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 932-3838 Nestled inside the Marriott, this bistro offers classic French dishes with local touches. The Louisiana bouillabaisse combines local seafood in rich broth. Bistro's blackened tuna is served with the starch and vegetable of the day. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BISTRO DAISY 5831 Magazine St., 999-6987; www.bistrodaisy.comChef Anton Schulte constantly changes the menu at his intimate bistro. Porcini-dusted chicken is pan roasted and served over mushroom, Parmesan and roasted shallot risotto with thyme reduction. Handmade ravioli are filled with crawfish and mascarpone and served with wilted leeks and brandy, herb and oven-dried-tomato cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS 5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780; www.bittersweetconfections.comBittersweet offers handmade chocolate truffles with dark, milk and white chocolate. Other sweet treats include cookies, fudge, macaroons, candied orange peels, caramels, sugar-free chocolates, cakes, cupcakes and cookies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BLACK ORCHID BISTRO 3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 932-1444French dishes and Creole creations share the billing at this bistro. Choose from pork medallions with pepper sauce, seafood dishes like trout amandine, steak frites or Cornish hen served with lardons and paprika sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

BLUE DOT DONUTS 4301 Canal St., 218-4866Blue Dot's changing selection of donuts includes everything from regular glazed donuts to chocolate, strawberry and blueberry versions to orange and raspberry glazes with toppings like nuts or bacon. It also makes ice cream sandwiches with donuts, and they come with optional toppings and sauces as well. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

BLUE TOMATO 4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000Blue Tomato serves a variety of Mexican dishes and local seafood options. Starters include cheese nachos or chips with guacamole and pico de gallo. Main dishes include everything from burgers and shrimp fettuccini to quesadillas and chimichangas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOMBAY CLUB 930 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com Chef Ricky Cheramie is at the helm of this restaurant and martini lounge. The menu presents modern takes on Creole dishes such as eggplant-stuffed shrimp Creole and Bombay drum with sauteed crabmeat and grilled asparagus. The cowboy steak is a grilled 22-oz. bone-in rib-eye topped with foie gras butter, mustard greens and red-wine-braised mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE 401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com Since it opened in the 1950s, the Bon Ton has been a destination for Cajun flavor. Appetizers include fried oysters Alvin, served with Alvin sauce. 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. $$$

BONEFISH GRILL 200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 909-0662; www.bonefishgrill.comSeafood from around the globe turns up on the menu at the outpost of this national chain. There's everything from Alaskan halibut to Chilean sea bass to rainbow trout, and toppings like warm mango salsa or chimichurri. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOO KOO BBQ 3701 Banks St., 202-4741; www.bookoobbq.comThe Boo Koo burger is made with ground brisket and topped with boudin, melted pepper Jack cheese and Boo Bang dip (sweet chili garlic aioli). The BBQ Pulled Pork and Blue Cheese 'N' Cilantro Slaw Sammich tops smoked pulled pork with blue cheese and cilantro slaw. Deep fried mac and cheese balls feature Gouda and cheddar. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $

BOSCO'S ITALIAN CAFE 2040 Hwy. 59, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.comBosco's meatballs are served over pasta or stuffed into Italian bread with provolone and red sauce. Oysters Anthony features oysters sauteed with prosciutto ham, garlic and green onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL 3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600Head to Boswell's at lunchtime for a buffet featuring dishes like jerk chicken, curried chicken, mac and cheese and vegetable chop suey. The menu of Jamaican specialties also includes curried goat and oxtail stew with brown gravy. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOUCHE 940 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485; www.bouchenola.com This restaurant and wine bar specializes in contemporary Creole cooking. For an appetizer, try sesame-crusted rare tuna served with honey-garlic glaze, cilantro cabbage slaw, pickled ginger and wasabi. Entrees include a roasted garlic-stuffed pork chop served with truffled mashed potatoes, smoked Gouda, demi-glace and a vegetable. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BOUCHERIE 9115 Jeannette St., 962-5514; www.boucherie-nola.comSouthern flavors get creative updates at this cottage cafe. Kaffir coconut stew is served with mustard greens and smoked crab claws. Applewood-smoked scallops are served with a graham cracker crusted root vegetable tart and satsuma emulsion. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BOULIGNY TAVERN 3641 Magazine St., 991-1810; www.boulignytavern.com This elegant wine bar from chef John Harris is open late, serving small plates like gougeres with comte cheese, french fries with aioli, and charcuterie boards. Try the house-made duck liver pate with hushpuppies and tomato jam. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOURBON HOUSE 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.comDickie Brennan's seafood house puts its stamp on Creole favorites. Bourbon barbecue shrimp or escargot casino with bacon, butter and parsley are popular starters. Garlic-crusted fish is served with deviled crab dressing. There's a daily oyster happy hour at the raw bar. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT 3117 21st St., Metairie, 931-8666; www.bozosrestaurant.comBozo's makes the most of local seafood. Gulf shrimp topped with house-made remoulade are served on shredded lettuce. Des Allemands catfish fillets are breaded in cornmeal and pan-fried. Louisiana oysters are available fried or raw on the half shell. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 928-8828; www.bravoitalian.comHearty, Italian-style entrees like Romano-crusted chicken breast over a salad of chopped greens, egg, bacon, cucumber and tomato with creamy Parmesan dressing. Pork chops are glazed with herb-butter sauce and served with green beans and mashed potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRAXTON'S RESTAURANT 636 Franklin Ave., Gretna, 301-3166; www.braxtonsnola.comBraxton's serves a mix of salads, po-boys, deli sandwiches and entrees. Start a meal with oysters Louise, featuring fried oysters on a bed of spinach and cheese. The seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters, catfish strips, french fries, potato salad and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE BREAKROOM CAFE 3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607Egg sandwiches and burritos are served for breakfast or lunch at the Breakroom Cafe. Sandwiches come on a bagel, biscuit or croissant. Other choices include shrimp and grits or French toast. For lunch, there are deli sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta and more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BREAUX MART Citywide; 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. $

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT 417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com Tradition abounds at this French-Creole stalwart. Brennan's original dishes include eggs Hussarde and bananas Foster. The turtle soup with sherry is a classic starter. Shrimp Samantha features shrimp and andouille sauteed with fresh mushrooms, garlic, green onions and white wine, served on a bed of parsley rice. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRICK OVEN CAFE2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097In addition to pizza, Brick Oven serves pasta, soup, salads and entree specials. Crabmeat ravioli is a seafood special. Kalamata olives, feta cheese, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto sauce and grilled chicken top the Celestial chicken pesto pizza. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge In the Roosevelt Hotel, the Sazerac Restaurant serves elegant dishes like the tuna au cru appetizer. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • In the Roosevelt Hotel, the Sazerac Restaurant serves elegant dishes like the tuna au cru appetizer.

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT 723 Dante St., 961-7610; www.brigtsens.comChef Frank Brigtsen's contemporary Louisiana cuisine adds new excitement to traditional dishes. The sesame-crusted paneed rabbit is served with spinach and Creole mustard sauce. The pan-fried flounder comes with sauteed shrimp, roasted pecans and Creole meuniere. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BROCATO'S EAT DAT 8480 Morrison Road, 309-3465This unassuming lunch spot serves seasoned Cajun fare. House favorites include blackened redfish with mashed potatoes and vegetables and the blackened chicken breast with pasta Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BROOKLYN PIZZERIA 1809 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 934-1030; 4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 933-1288; www.eatbrooklyn.netThin-crust New York-style pies are up to 20 inches wide and come in savory, foldable slices. The pizzeria also serves sandwiches, pasta, salads and desserts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON 1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217Stop in for a quick bite and a beer at this neighborhood tavern across from the Fair Grounds. There are regular burgers and veggie burgers off the grill. Sides include onion rings and fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE 1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073Brothers Ole' Cafe features daily Creole specials from red beans and rice on Monday to seafood on Friday. A variety of po-boys and salads also are available. For dessert, try bread pudding with praline sauce or rum brownies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT 919 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com The dining rooms and courtyard at Broussard's exude old New Orleans charm, while the menu offers an innovative take on French-Creole and Continental cooking. Choose from veal Broussard's, New Orleans bouillabaisse or the pompano Napoleon served with shrimp, scallops and Creole mustard-caper sauce. For steak eaters there's a Creole spice-rubbed rib-eye. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN 7538 Maple St., 961-7615; www.brunostavern.com Waffle fries, debris fries and cheese fries are among the many side options at this neighborhood tavern. The Boudreaux fries are sweet potato fries topped with roast beef debris, blue cheese, pecans and raisins. Salads, burgers and po-boys also are available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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

BUD'S BROILER Citywide; www.budsbroiler.comBud's built its reputation on flame-broiled burgers. Order a single- or double-patty burger and top it with grated cheddar, Bud's original hickory sauce or chili. The menu also offers grilled chicken sandwiches and hot dogs. The Clearview Parkway and 24-hour City Park locations offer seafood po-boys. For dessert there are apple, peach and cherry pies. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Some locations accept credit cards. $

BUFFA'S LOUNGE 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038; www.buffaslounge.comThis neighborhood mainstay is home to its namesake half-pound burger and a grilled Reuben, stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Other options include a tuna melt, and all sandwiches come with french fries. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S 9 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.comThe buffet is all in with pastas, boiled seafood, steaks, plenty of desserts and weekly specials. Thursday is all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab night. Praline treats are among the 40 items on the dessert bar. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE BULLDOG 3236 Magazine St., 991-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.comThe original Bulldog on Magazine Street is known for its extensive selection of draft and bottled beer. Both locations have patio seating, and both have a walk-up window offering burgers, fries and other bar food. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S PLACE 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 909-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.netThis downtown Covington eatery serves seafood dishes including blackened redfish Pontchartrain topped with crawfish sauce. The crawfish combo plate includes fried crawfish tails and crawfish etouffee. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

BUTCHER 930 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-cured meats. The Cochon muffuletta is a hot take on the classic with house-made meats, provolone, pickled peppers and olives. Bar plates include pancetta mac and cheese. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS 1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 934-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 994-1233; www.byblorestaurants.comMarinated rack of lamb is a popular dish at these Mediterranean restaurants. Warm pita bread makes for a great accompaniment to gyros, kebabs or a falafel platter. Chicken shawarma is marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and Lebanese spices and served on a platter with a choice of side items. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET 2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 937-9777; www.byblorestaurants.comThis deli offers quick meals of Middle Eastern favorites. Gyros and chicken shawarma are wrapped in pita and drizzled with creamy garlic sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BYWATER RESTAURANT, DELI & BBQ 3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445Check in for weekly specials like taco Tuesdays or Thursday's meatloaf and fried chicken, or stop by for brisket, ribs and pulled pork barbecue, all served with sides like baked beans, coleslaw or macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CC'S COFFEEHOUSE Citywide; 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 free wireless Internet. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CG'S CAFE AT THE RUSY NAIL 1100 Constance St., 722-3168; www.therustynail.bizInside the Rusty Nail, CG's offers a menu of sandwiches. The Piggly Wiggly features pulled pork on a sesame seed bun with coleslaw and pickle chips on the side. The Wild Turkey is layered with Granny Smith apple slices, provolone, bacon and garlic mayo. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

CADDYSHACK 3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 933-1799Burgers are popular at Caddyshack. The bar serves them straight up or dressed with specialty toppings like bacon and caramelized onions. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR 300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.comCafe Adelaide features a frequently changing menu of contemporary Creole and Southern fare. "Shrimp on shrimp in grits" features dried-shrimp-crusted shrimp over oregano red grits with absinthe-basil butter. Opelousas sweet potato salad combines mixed baby greens, crispy green onions, shaved egg and roasted sweet peppers in warm mustard vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE AMELIE 912 Royal St., 412-8965Find your way through the pretty courtyard to this quaint carriage house cafe. Blackened rack of lamb comes with mango-scotch bonnet pepper jelly, creamy mashed potatoes and haricots vert. The pan-seared wild Pacific salmon is served with horseradish cream over roasted potatoes, asparagus and tomato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AT THE SQUARE 500 St. Charles Ave., 304-7831This centrally located cafe in the heart of downtown New Orleans offers quick breakfast items from sandwiches to fruit plates and yogurt with granola. The lunch menu features soups, salads and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE BEIGNET 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.comIn addition to beignets, the cafe offers heartier fare like Cajun hash browns with andouille sausage and scrambled eggs, or a ham and cheese omelet. Lunch options include po-boys, gumbo and jambalaya. No reservations. Bourbon Street: Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO 4041 Williams Blvd., Suite B8, Kenner, 443-2299Regular offerings include staple items like bagels and omelets. For lunch, choose from a menu of sandwiches and wraps. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DEGAS 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafedegas.comThis casual cafe specializes in classic French dishes. Duck foie gras with Armagnac and black truffles is served on toasted caraway brioche with Champagne gelee. A pan-seared veal chop comes with brabant sweet potatoes, shiitake mushrooms and cherry sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DIBLASI 1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 4, Terrytown, 361-3106; www.cafediblasi.comCafe DiBlasi's Italian cooking traces its roots to family traditions from Florence and Palermo. Crabmeat cannelloni is stuffed with creamed spinach and jumbo lump crabmeat and topped with Parmesan cream sauce. Bracioloni is round steak flattened and rolled with Italian meats and cheeses and simmered in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DITALI'S 2104 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, 361-0058Cafe Ditali's shows a knack for creative renditions of Italian classics. Crab cake Parmesan is served over angel hair pasta with creamy marinara. The basil Parmesan panino features a baked chicken breast, homemade pesto, roasted red peppers and provolone on ciabatta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DU MONDE Citywide; www.cafedumonde.comFor more than a century, the original Cafe Du Monde has served cafe au lait and beignets loaded with powdered sugar. There are satellite locations throughout the New Orleans area and drink options include iced coffee, fountain drinks and orange juice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CAFE EAST 4628 Rye St., Metairie, 988-0078; www.cafeeastnola.comThis restaurant fuses contemporary and traditional Asian cooking with flavors from around the world. Sesame-crusted tuna is pan seared and served with teriyaki sauce and sauteed eggplant. The Cafe East trio combines chicken, beef and shrimp with mushrooms in a stir fry served with spicy sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ENVIE1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.cafeenvienola.comCafe Envie offers a range of breakfast options from hearty omelets, biscuits and grits to croissants and baked goods. A full coffee bar complements any choice. Lunch options include a variety of panini. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EQUATOR 2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 988-4772; www.cafeequator.comCafe Equator's Thai dishes can be adjusted for preferred spicy heat. Popular items include pad thai, basil 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 ETIENNE 423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072This cottage cafe offers a unique take on traditional Creole dishes like fried green tomatoes with remoulade. Lunch and dinner choices range from po-boys to the 10th Street pork chop, which is grilled to order and served with sweet bourbon glaze, mashed sweet potatoes and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FLEUR-DE-LIS 307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.comHearty breakfast options served at Cafe Fleur-de-lis include omelets, eggs, hash browns and bacon. Pastries and coffee are a lighter choice. The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and the half-pound Cajun burger. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET 7329 Freret St., 961-7890; www.cafefreret.comCafe Freret offers outdoor dining on its large patio. The Crabby Benedict features crab cakes, poached eggs and hollandaise stacked on English muffins. Sweet potato fries are good for breakfast or as a side with lunch and dinner. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FRESCA 4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 987-2010Cafe Fresca serves pastries and coffee for breakfast and offers a menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials for lunch and dinner. The Fresca salad is loaded with char-grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, onions and croutons. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE GIOVANN I117 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 and 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 GRANADA 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 965-1612; www.cafegranadanola.comCafe Granada offers an array of hot, cold and vegetarian tapas, including baby calamari sauteed in garlic, parsley, lemon juice and white wine, and fried goat cheese balls served over mango-ginger sauce. The cafe features a fresh catch daily and bocadillos — Spanish-style sandwiches — at lunch. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE HOPE 1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 756-4673; www.cafehope.orgCafe Hope serves contemporary Creole dishes while providing at-risk youth with professional restaurant training and work experience. Pecan-crusted catfish is served with a praline meuniere sauce. There also are soups, salads and sandwiches. For sides try collard greens, eggplant casserole or sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE LUNA 802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444Cafe Luna offers breakfast sandwiches, pastries and bagels to complement its coffee and tea selections. For lunch, enjoy a panino while sitting on the front porch overlooking Magazine Street. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE LYNN 3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.comChef Joey Najolia prepares French bistro classics such as filet mignon au poivre with onion tarts and Gruyere and herbs. Pan-seared scallops are served with pistou. Many dinner entrees also appear on the Champagne brunch menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE MASPERO 601 Decatur St., 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.comThis busy French Quarter eatery serves fried seafood platters, deli sandwiches and a wide array of New Orleans favorites including jambalaya. There are traditional and vegetarian muffulettas featuring Maspero's house-made olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

click to enlarge Green Goddess has outdoor seating on Exchange Alley. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

CAFE MINH 4139 Canal St., 482-6266Chefs Minh Bui and Cynthia Vu Tran cook modern Vietnamese-inspired dishes with local flavor. Favorites include jumbo diver scallops with Japanese eggplant covered with sweet soy sauce. Other dishes are red curry shrimp over angel hair pasta and traditional spring rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE NAVARRE 800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828This casual cafe features creative specialty sandwiches like the roast beef debris po-boy filled with slow-cooked roast beef and covered with gravy. For breakfast, the Mediterranean omelet features sauteed spinach and artichokes with feta, mozzarella, onions and tomatoes and comes with hash browns or grits and a biscuit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

CAFE PONTALBA 546 St. Peter St., 522-1180Holding down one corner of bustling Jackson Square, this eatery serves traditional New Orleans dishes like gumbo, po-boys and fried seafood platters with cocktail and tartar sauces on the side. Fried and blackened alligator is available as well. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RANI 2917 Magazine St., 995-2500; www.caferanimagazine.com Cafe Rani serves several vegetarian options like the grilled portobello sandwich with sauteed onions, as well as a number of gourmet salads loaded with vegetables, fruits or nuts. Club sandwiches, burgers and pasta dishes round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.reconcileneworleans.orgThis nonprofit opened as a job training program for at-risk youth and teaches teenagers to cook and manage a restaurant. The menu features dishes like the Thursday special of slowly simmered white beans with shrimp. For dessert there is bananas Foster bread pudding. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA 1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.comBest known for gourmet pizza, Cafe Roma turns out popular appetizers such as Gorgonzola walnut salad, plus main events like barbecue chicken pizza with sliced tomatoes, red onions, green peppers and tangy barbecue sauce. Fettuccini Alfredo is topped with grilled chicken. The dessert selection includes tiramisu. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD 632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.comCafe Rose Nicaud stays 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. There also are homemade chocolate and cheesecakes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROYALE 3343 Metairie Road, Suite 1, Metairie, 304-8438This casual cafe offers a variety of iced and hot coffee options and a substantial menu. Breakfast features eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits and more. Sandwich options include the Royale muffuletta, artichoke and chicken, and Hawaiian chicken panini. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE! 3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 985-4845; www.caffecaffe.com Soups, salads, quiches and daily specials fill these cafes' menus. The Greek wrap bundles grilled chicken, greens, feta, red onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, kalamata olives and Greek dressing. There also is a shrimp remoulade wrap. No reservations. Clearview Parkway: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. N. Hullen Street: Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFE ANGELINA 5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 989-7770 The namesake roast beef Angelina is a ciabatta sandwich filled with roast beef, grilled peppers and avocado. Pasta and meatballs come with red sauce, Italian cheese, French bread and salad. Wednesday is steak night: For $12.95 choose a rib-eye, filet mignon or New York strip with a vegetable, salad and bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA 5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 918-0051; www.caffelatteda.comThe breakfast menu at this sunny cafe includes sandwiches, Danishes, waffles and pancakes. The lunch menu features soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and quesadillas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB AND GRUB 116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.comThis tavern has earned a loyal following with specialty sandwiches like Maria's Cuban, which combines roasted pork, ham, Swiss, mustard and pickles. The cochon de lait po-boy includes roasted pork, gravy, hot sauce and french fries. Fried boudin balls are served with remoulade. Lunch delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL 326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 975-9676; www.calypsopatio.comGulf seafood meets Caribbean flavors at Calypso. The menu includes beer-battered coconut shrimp served with mango chutney, and seared tuna tostada served with black bean salad, pico de gallo, avocado-wasabi sauce and raspberry-chipotle glaze. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFE 525 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 909-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.comThe extensive menus at these family-oriented eateries are full of local flavor. You can go the comfort food route with seafood platters and po-boys or opt for the fish of the day topped with a creamy blend of shrimp, crab and crawfish. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL 540 Chartres St., 522-1800; 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679; www.camelliagrill.net The original Riverbend location has long been a popular destination for diner food and friendly counter service. The chili cheese omelet is popular at breakfast. Lunch offers choices like catfish and turkey sandwiches. Order a freeze with a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA 516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.comCustomers queuing for their morning mug at Campbell's find some tempting options at the counter. There are cinnamon rolls and scones made with white chocolate and raspberries. Sandwiches from Columbia Street Natural Market are available at lunch. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE CANDY BAR908 Bourbon St., 522-2639With layers of homemade sauce, ground beef, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, a square of beef lasagna is big enough for two. Spicy peanut chicken pasta features the Candy Bar's homemade Southwestern-style peanut sauce and white meat chicken tossed with linguine. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CANSECO' S MARKET 1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 935-5979; 3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2594; 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., 218-7048Head to the deli counter for meals of rotisserie chicken or sandwiches featuring special cuts of meat and sides like house-made meat pies and cold salads. The Cuban sandiwich is loaded with roasted pork and ham and pressed warm and crisp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAPDEVILLE 520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.comThis stylish pub attracts a business lunch and after-work crowd. Try a duck confit club sandwich with duck cracklings, lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic aioli on brioche or sourdough bread. The caramel apple salad combines romaine lettuce, Pink Lady apples, bacon, blue cheese and caramel cider vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CARMO 527 Julia St., 975-4132; www.cafecarmo.comThis cafe blends local and exotic ingredients in Latin American dishes. The rico is a grilled plantain patty topped with melted cheese, spicy smoked pulled pork, salsa fresca and rico sauce. The Carmo salad combines rice, pineapple, avocado, cashews, almonds, raisins, cucumber and smoked ham on a bed of mixed greens, tossed in citrus mango vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CARRETA' S GRILL 1340 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 947-0020; 2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 937-6696; 70380 Hwy. 21, Suite 6B, Covington, (985) 971-6674There's a wide array of Mexican favorites at Carreta's. Fajita platters arrive sizzling. 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 GARCIA 800 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 1C, Mandeville, (985) 951-8226; 9814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 9, Metairie, 464-0354Many Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos and quesadillas are available at Casa Garcia. Seafood dishes include 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. $$

CASABLANCA 3030 Severn Ave., Suite 2, Metairie, 988-2209Moroccan spice lends exotic flavor 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 and char-broiled. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S RESTAURANT 4330 Magazine St., 995-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.comFor more than 90 years, this Uptown eatery has been renowned for oysters. Get a dozen on the half shell or order an oyster loaf with fried oysters piled on thick bread. Oyster stew and seafood gumbo with okra are popular starters. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

CAYOODLE'S 10367 Airline Hwy., St. Rose, 466-8813Cayoodle's offers foot-long hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches and salads. The Venice Beach sandwich features prosciutto, turkey, provolone, cucumber, spinach, tomato, guacamole and Italian dressing. The Cayoodle Dawg is a beef frank topped with bacon, cheddar, avocado, lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE 1801 Dickory Ave., River Ridge, 734-8455; www.cellarsrr.com The deli at this wine shop serves hearty dishes and creative sandwiches like the Spicy Bird, a smoked turkey sandwich served on a croissant with applewood-smoked bacon, pepper Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CENTRAL GROCERY 923 Decatur St., 523-1620 This landmark Italian deli is known for its muffuletta, the only item on its menu. Get in line, order sandwiches by the half or whole round loaf and make sure you have a stack of napkins ready. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 938-9935; www.chadsbistro.com Chad's offers an extensive menu of seafood, steaks, pastas, pizza, sandwiches and salads. The seafood boat features fried shrimp, oysters and catfish in a bread bowl. Try the lobster special served with new potatoes and corn on the cob. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD 8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700; www.charliesseafoodrestaurant.comCharlie's offers an array of po-boys, salads, soups and entrees featuring Louisiana seafood. The catfish and grits are mustard and cornmeal-fried fillets served with stone-ground grits, and topped with cheddar cheese and Creole sauce. The unfried seafood platter combines grilled fish, shrimp and crab bordelaise, baked oysters and shrimp cornbread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE 4510 Dryades St., 995-9323; www.charliessteakhousenola.comA dining institution since 1932, Charlie's menu caters to the steak-and-potatoes set. It features a 32-oz. T-bone or a 10-oz. filet. Sides include onion rings, potatoes au gratin, hand-cut wedge fries, steamed vegetables and mushrooms bordelaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE 601 Chartres St., 586-8383; www.chartreshousecafe.com Enjoy traditional New Orleans fare at this corner cafe in the heart of the French Quarter. Crawfish cakes come three to a plate and are topped with crawfish sauce. Red beans and rice is served with smoked sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE 139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 461-9819; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, 465-9444Choose from a menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads and quesadillas. Specials include catfish plates, turkey and bacon salad, and burgers topped with cheese. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CHATEAU DU LAC WINE BISTRO 2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 931-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.comCheese plates are among the starters at this traditional French bistro. Diners also can choose escargot or steak tartare. For a main course, try the red-wine-braised beef short ribs with pearl onions and Cabernet jus. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHECKERED PARROT 133 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.comCheckered Parrot offers a mix of casual American favorites, including burgers, hot dogs, wraps and wings, as well as Tex-Mex quesadillas, burritos and nachos. There also are local seafood dishes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE 501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847 Do your laundry, drink and eat all at the same time. Choose from appetizers like tots or fries, and follow with a burger or chicken sandwich. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 975-9793; www.thecheesesteakbistro.com It's easy to guess the Philly-inspired specialty here, but the menu also includes chicken cheese steaks and cheese steak wraps. There's even a cheese steak stuffed potato. The homemade chicken tortilla soup is another favorite. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHERRYBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SHAVED ICE 1950 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 110, Harvey, 267-4764; 3348 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 322-2118; www.cherryberryyogurt.comCherryberry serves shaved ice treats and all-natural frozen yogurt in a wide variety of flavors. Both can be topped with fruit, candy, nuts, crushed cookies, flavored syrups or drizzled condensed milk. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE 5701 Magazine St., 999-7303; www.gotocheznous.com Chez Nous' daily gourmet-to-go menu offers salads, quiches, sandwiches and entrees. Hot appetizers include soups like crawfish or crabmeat bisque, seafood cakes and cheese puffs made with cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan and chives. Entree choices might include dishes like shrimp Creole, beef Bourguignon and veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHICKEN SUE'S203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546Though fried chicken is Chicken Sue's specialty, the diverse menu at this Lakeview eatery also features a Cuban sandwich, muffulettas, eggplant fries, hot tamales, stuffed artichokes and fried seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CHICKIE WAH WAH 2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.comThis Mid-City music club has a kitchen nook serviced by Taceaux Loceaux. Maribeth del Castillo and husband Alex, aka "Taceaux Man," have brought their taco truck's Creole-Mex cuisine indoors. Choose from soup and appetizer specials or gourmet tacos filled with smoked beef brisket and Korean-style barbecue chicken. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash only. $

CHILL OUT CAFE 729 Burdette St., 972-9628Traditional American breakfast in the morning gives way to spicy Thai soups and basil-steeped coconut curries at lunch and dinner. Drunken noodles is a popular Thai dish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINA DOLL830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-8822China Doll serves Chinese staples like Emperor's lo mein and crab Rangoon — fried wontons filled with cream cheese and crabmeat. Other dishes include sweet-and-sour chicken and wonton soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT 704 S. Carrollton Ave., 965-1428; www.chinaorchidneworleans.com China Orchid offers affordable Chinese-American dishes. The seafood hot pot simmers with shrimp, crawfish, scallops, tofu and assorted Chinese vegetables. Spicy General Tso's chicken is a mainstay, along with dishes like peppery redfish. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ROSE 3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 987-3295Regulars file in for combo plates of sweet-and-sour pork and Szechuan beef. The China Rose special features a marinated half duck sauteed with bell peppers and served with brown sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHOPS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 218-8967; www.chopsbistroandmartinibar.comChops' menu of seafood and steaks includes specialties like seared redfish topped with lump crabmeat and citrus butter, served with zucchini and squash. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

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CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA 429 Wall Blvd., Suite 9, Gretna, 392-3939 Christina Tsang's restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Chinese dishes, including specialties such as Emperor's lo mein, which combines chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHUN LEE CHINESE RESTAURANT 1100 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 733-8562Chun Lee features American-Chinese dishes combining everything from fried rice to fried chicken. There also are a few Vietnamese items, including vermicelli bowls topped with grilled meats and pho with beef or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHURROS CAFE 3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie, 985-6516The 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 ropa viejo and roast pork with congri and yuca. The Cuban sandwich and tostones are menu staples. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CIRO'S COTE SUD 7918 Maple St., 966-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.comFilling a cozy nook along Maple Street, Cote Sud's version of moules frites is a large bowl of steamed mussels complemented with blue cheese cream and a side of house-made fries. Roasted duck is served with a sauce of peaches, prunes, apricots and bourbon, and a side of mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

CITY DINER 3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 931-1030; www.citydiner.biz The "bottom of the bowl" features a French bread bowl filled with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, cheese, green onions and Cajun cream sauce. Other menu items include waffles, meatloaf and club sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CLANCY'S 6100 Annunciation St., 995-1111This bustling Uptown gathering place has a changing menu that features a mix of steaks, chops and local seafood. Fried oysters are served on a bed of wilted spinach and topped with Brie. Crabmeat Remick is a version of crabmeat au gratin with spicy seasonings. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT 2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995; www.bistrogallerie.com At Clementine's, Belgian beers complement the menu of classic Belgian dishes. Appetizers include onion soup and escargot. Mussels come in a variety of preparations, and pasta, crepes and other lighter fare round out the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (866) 940-3013; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.comThe chef's vegetarian plate is a formidable collection of soup, tabbouleh, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, hummus and two pieces of falafel. A kebab trio rounds up skewers of chicken, kafta and beef tenderloin. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL 900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.comOpen around the clock, this French Quarter grill offers traditional diner fare. Staple items include breakfast omelets, sandwiches, burgers, fries and shakes. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CLUBHOUSE BAR & GRILL 4617 Sanford St., Metairie, 983-5905; www.theclubhousebarandgrill.comSalads, burgers and chicken dishes complement a menu of local favorites like red beans and rice, jambalaya and gumbo. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COCHON 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.comChefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewksi cure and smoke all the meats and sausages in-house. Cochon's menu of updated Cajun cuisine boasts small plates like fried alligator with chili-garlic aioli, as well as entrees like the smoked beef brisket with horseradish potato salad. The bar offers a selection of legal moonshine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COCO HUT 2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788The Caribbean staple jerk chicken served with plantain chips is the most popular item on the menu at this casual cafe. Also try vegetarian tamales, avocado sandwiches or fish specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $$

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 993-6158; 3517 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com The large menu at these casual cafes includes creative salads and sandwiches. The tandoori tuna sandwich has a chutney-mayo spread. The shrimp and pesto salad serves shrimp, pesto, purple cabbage and bowtie pasta over a bed of Caesar salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COFFEE'S BOILIN' POT 305 Covington St., Madisonville, 985-845-2348Coffee's offers many seafood specials. Fried or grilled catfish Madisonville comes with crawfish, mushroom and green onion cream sauce. The seafood pasta has shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat topped with cream sauce. Every Wednesday is lobster night; call ahead to reserve a lobster. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COLD STONE CREAMERY 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 736-5037; www.coldstonecreamery.comCold Stone's ice cream is made in house and mixed with nuts, fruit and candy at the counter. 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. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAP ROOM & GRILL 434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 998-0899; www.columbiastreettaproom.com Lunch and dinner are more substantial than typical barroom appetizers at this Northshore grill. Starters include mozzarella sticks, sauteed crab claws, sweet potato fries and a daily soup. Entrees include daily specials like the local organic pork loin with honey glaze or the grilled mahi mahi with crawfish lemon butter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM 3811 St. Charles Ave., 999-9308; www.thecolumns.comA menu of contemporary Louisiana cooking includes pork belly braised with Abita root beer, soy sauce and lemongrass, served with organic mustard greens and Abita root beer demi-glace. Crab cakes are made with Louisiana crabmeat, herbs and shrimp mousse and served atop fried green tomato slices with lemongrass beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COME BACK INN 3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1623; 9016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316Pizza, 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. Williams Boulevard: Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. West Metairie Avenue: Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COMMANDER'S PALACE 1403 Washington Ave., 999-8221; www.commanderspalace.comChef Tory McPhail highlights Louisiana seafood in his innovative Creole cooking. "The Pig and the Peach" features sticky Abita Root Beer braised pork belly over Cajun boudin with peaches, honey and smoky jus. Creole cream cheese gnocchi with crawfish combines hand-rolled gnocchi with grilled crawfish tails, mushroom "bacon," toasted shallots, brandy and imported Parmesan. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COMMON GROUNDS 335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200Start the day with a Common breakfast featuring two eggs, toast, grits or hash browns, and ham, bacon or sausage. The lunch and dinner menus feature sandwiches and seafood dishes. Artichoke Amelia is a dish of Italian-seasoned artichoke hearts topped with Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE 1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net Rabbit and sausage jambalaya is a mainstay at this casual bar and Cajun-inspired eatery in the French Quarter. The smoked duck quesadilla is a popular starter. Other options include Cajun fried chicken, redfish meuniere, shrimp Creole, red beans and rice, and pasta Opelousas. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 966-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com This Riverbend-area sports bar broadcasts a variety of games on multiple flatscreen TVs and boasts more than 400 brands of beer. The kitchen offers fan fare including burgers, alligator sausage po-boys, meat pies, raw oysters and chili cheese dogs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.comAppetizer favorites like crawfish egg rolls and fried onion strings offer a good prelude to bistro specials like crawfish ravioli or eggplant Napoleon. Homestyle dishes include meatloaf, pot roast or a rib-eye. Cheesecakes served in pecan crust include bananas Foster and dulce de leche. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT Citywide; 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 kid's menu is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL725 Conti St., 527-0869Copper Monkey serves traditional Creole fare such as jambalaya and red beans and rice. Staple items also include burgers, salads, steaks and potatoes. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COQUETTE2800 Magazine St., 265-0421; www.coquette-nola.comThe menu at this intimate bistro evolves on a daily basis. Starters include fried quail over iceberg lettuce and buttermilk dressing with habanero vinegar. For an entree try a lightly fried soft-shell crab over chitarra pasta with market vegetables such as white and green asparagus and pickled green onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CORKY' S RIBS & BAR-B-Q4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 987-5000; www.corkysbarbq.comCorky's offers rib platters, sandwiches and plenty of sides. Ribs are served wet, dry or both. Sides include beans, steamed vegetables, coleslaw, sweet potato fries and corn on the cob. 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 dishes 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. No reservations. Breakfast and dinner Tue.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Sat., breakfast Sun. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER HOUSE BAR AND GRILL 500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.comCreole and Cajun flavors mix it up on the menu at the Corner Oyster House. The seafood sampler offers boiled shrimp, crawfish and oysters on the half-shell. The New Orleans sampler includes gumbo, shrimp Creole, red beans and jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinospizza.com Coscino's serves Italian-style comfort food and casual fare, from veal Parmesan to chicken wings to New York-style thin-crust pizza. The Boyer special pizza has garlic herb sauce, pepperoni, sausage, feta and jalapenos. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COTTON CLUB1104 Canal St., 525-4445; www.cottonclubnola.comCotton Club serves salads, po-boys and pizzas as well as home-style dishes and entrees like pan-seared cod with black beans and pineapple-habanero salsa. Louisiana crawfish cakes are served with Jack Daniel's corn sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COULIS3625 Prytania St., 304-4265 Coulis' gourmet diner fare combines Creole and Latin American accents. Huevos rancheros feature eggs and tortillas topped with melted pepper Jack cheese, house-made salsa and Creole sauce. Coulis' eggs Benedict are assembled with corn cakes and pulled pork. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. Checks. $

THE COUNTRY CLUB634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com The kitchen at this Bywater pool and lounge serves salads, sandwiches and pizza. Appetizers include sweet potato gnocchi. Try the 9-oz. Black Angus rib-eye over arugula and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME620 Iberville St., 522-1138Country Flame dishes up Cuban specialties like ropa viejo 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 SISTERS 613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com The Court's daily jazz brunch features hot and cold buffet lines offering everything from boiled seafood to salad and fresh fruit. Crabmeat au gratin features lump crabmeat in Mornay sauce topped with Parmesan and is served with asparagus drizzled with hollandaise. Veal Oscar comes atop mashed potatoes with crabmeat, asparagus and tasso hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

COURTYARD GRILL4430 Magazine St., 975-4164; www.courtyardgrillnola.comTurkish and Persian influences take Courtyard Grill's Middle Eastern cuisine beyond the familiar. There are large platters with lamb and beef kebabs. The Iskandar kebab is a platter of lamb and beef skewers with buttery tomato gravy. For dessert, try the poached pear stuffed with walnuts and drizzled with chocolate. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

COWBELL 9801 Oak St., 298-8689; www.cowbell-nola.com At his new restaurant, Chef Brack May gets creative with American comfort food. The natural beef burger is topped with Gruyere and a Zinfandel, bacon and onion compote and served with hand-cut fries and agogo sauce. Grilled skirt steak is served with black bean sauce, roasted plantains and Fidel's mango salsa. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CRABBY JACK'S428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 933-2722Jack 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 slow-roasted duck with gravy and fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade po-boys. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE3520 18th St., Metairie, 987-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.netJohnnie's serves grilled steaks, including an 9 1/2-oz. prime-cut filet mignon, and seafood plates, as well as specials such as Dungeness crab clusters and crab cakes made with local blue crabs. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE CREAMERY 4924 Prytania St., 994-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 482-2924; www.creolecreamery.com This old-fashioned-style ice cream parlor offers specialties like milkshake floats and traditional ice cream sundaes. There is a changing roster of ice cream and sorbet flavors, including cafe au lait and creme brulee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE CREOLE GRILLE & BAR 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 989-7992; www.thecreolegrille.com Appetizers at the Creole Grille include Louisiana blue crab dip and hot tamale chili nachos. The char-broiled bourbon-glazed pork chops are served with Creole blue potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREPES A LA CART1039 Broadway St., 966-2362Crepes made to order can satisfy sweet or savory cravings at any meal. The salmon Benedict crepe features smoked salmon, hollandaise, egg and melted cheese. On the sweet side, the strawberries Romanoff comes with chocolate chips or Nutella, fresh strawberries and a splash of Grand Marnier. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.comCrescent City Brewhouse offers local favorites like pan-seared redfish St. Louis topped with fried oysters and barbecue sauce or the Southern crispy duck served with homemade andouille cornbread dressing and pepper jelly au jus. Starters include crab cakes, baked Brie and mussels. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY GRILL101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272Crescent City Grill's 1-2-3 special features one egg, two strips of bacon and three pancakes for less than $5. The fisherman's platter combines fried fish, oysters and shrimp. Crawfish bisque is a popular soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY STEAK HOUSE1001 N. Broad St., 921-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.comHead to this Mid-City steakhouse for rib-eyes, filets mignon, strip sirloins, T-bones and porterhouses. For side dishes, choose from salads, potatoes and vegetables. Seafood options include shrimp cocktail, salmon and tuna. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT PIE AND SAUSAGE COMPANY4400 Banks St., 482-2426; www.crescentpieandsausage.comGet house-made sausages on pizza or in sandwiches. Bad Bart's black jambalaya includes braised pork, chicken, sausage and black-eyed peas, and on Friday there is a seafood boil. Meat pies and vegetarian pies are popular. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663Diners flock to this quaint cafe known for croissants and other baked items. For lunch there are croissant and baguette sandwiches, quiches and homemade soups. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON 933 Poydras St., 620-8899; www.lepavillon.com Locals and hotel guests alike enjoy the expansive breakfast buffet at this elegant dining room in the Le Pavillon hotel. At lunch and dinner, guests can feast on New Orleans and Southern favorites like gumbo, crab cakes and shrimp cocktail. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 393-7766; 5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005; www.cucosmex.comCucos serves traditional Mexican fare like tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and taco salads. The El Presidente combines beef and cheese enchiladas with a beef taco, two chimipoquitos, and rice and beans with ranchero sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CURE 4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.com Gourmet bar snacks, cheese boards and small plates complement the menu of craft cocktails at this sleek modern lounge. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CURRY CORNER1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 961-9033 Curry Corner serves meals cafeteria-style with choices including curried lamb, pork, beef, shrimp and vegetables, plus other 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. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CYRUS RESTAURANT612 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-2477Cyrus Restaurant specializes in Persian cuisine, with dishes such as sheeshleek, pieces of lamb marinated, grilled and served with vegetables and basmati rice. The soltani is a combination of char-grilled tenderloin and seasoned ground beef served with vegetables and basmati rice. Try lemon berry mascarpone cake or tiramisu for dessert. Reservations accepted. Lunch and Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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