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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. $$

DAISY DUKES121 Chartres St., 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.comOpen around the clock, this French Quarter eatery offers breakfast and Cajun favorites including omelets, grits, blackened catfish, alligator sausage, gumbo and daily specials. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

DAKOTA629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 992-3712; www.restaurantcuvee.com/dakotaDakota's crabmeat and Brie soup is a signature starter few can resist. Char-broiled oysters are topped with applewood-smoked bacon and Danish blue cheese. Entrees include grilled redfish with herbs, fried green tomatoes, frisee, courtboullion and scallion coulis. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DANNY & CLYDE'S Citywide; www.dannyandclydes.comThis local chain of convenience marts offers more than soda and snacks. Grab a large po-boy or other deli sandwich when filling up. Meat pies and breakfast sandwiches are available as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DANTE'S KITCHEN736 Dante St., 961-3121; www.danteskitchen.com Dante's presents contemporary Creole dishes with local farm vegetable selections. The redfish on the half shell is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and 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. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DAT DOG5031 Freret St., 999-6883; www.datdognola.comThis dog house serves hot dogs and sausages ranging from Polish kielbasa and German bratwurst to local hot links and alligator sausage. Topping choices include grated cheddar, diced onions, wasabi, sauerkraut and homemade chili. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

DE-NO SEAFOOD505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 15, Gretna, 362-4608De-No's serves an array of seafood dishes. The fried redfish De-No is topped with a crabmeat dressing and cream sauce. Char-broiled oysters on the half-shell are topped with garlic, Parmesan and butter, and crabmeat is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700Regulars at Deanie's know the menu is all about seafood. Daily lunch specials feature seafood platters overflowing with oysters, catfish and shrimp. Other options include gumbo, soup, stuffed crab or barbecue shrimp pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 931-4141; www.deanies.comBoiled and fried seafood dominate the menu at Deanie's. 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. Iberville Street: Lunch and dinner daily. Lake Avenue: Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.comBreakfast is served around the clock at this all-hours destination. Grab Louisiana classics like gumbo and jambalaya or try a pulled pork po-boy. Dinner specials are available Monday through Thursday, and a steak special is featured Tuesdays and Thursdays. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

DEL PIERO'S AT COSIMO'S 1201 Burgundy St., 525-5636 Del Piero's offers pizza and sandwiches from the back corner of Cosimo's bar. The California club pizza features grilled chicken breast, pesto, mozzarella, red onions, tomatoes, avocado and jalapenos. Spinach and artichoke pizza has garlic-butter sauce, spinach, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, roasted garlic, feta and mozzarella. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE DELACHAISE3442 St. Charles Ave., 995-0858; www.thedelachaise.comPommes frites (fried in goose fat) with malt vinegar aioli and a spicy satay dipping sauce is the perfect noshing item at this upscale lounge. There also are cheese plates and twice-cooked Cuban pork crisped in duck fat and served with orange mojo and fried yuca. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR300 Bourbon St., 553-2281; www.sonesta.comThis Bourbon Street stalwart features a menu of traditional and contemporary New Orleans seafood dishes. Oysters come on the half-shell, broiled, or fried and served with house-made barbecue sauce and blue cheese dressing. Shrimp and grits are made with tasso and topped with cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DESPERADOS PIZZA 801 Frenchmen St., 943-9900 The namesake Desperado pie has spicy sauce, mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheeses, cabbage slaw and jalapenos. Desperados also serves appetizers, po-boys, burgers and some seafood dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Mon., late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIAMOND CAFE1299 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0720Choose from a wide variety of New York-style pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. The namesake pie is loaded with ham, pepperoni, salami, onion and black olives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 994-9880; www.dickandjennys.comDick and Jenny's creative contemporary cooking includes dishes like pecan-crusted Louisiana redfish topped with crab, micro greens and Creole meuniere sauce with popcorn rice and Southern greens on the side. Deep-fried Gulf fish is served atop a hot pot of Thai coconut curry with shrimp, crab and calamari. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.comDickie Brennan's prefers Creole finesse to steak house largesse. The 14-oz. barbecue rib-eye is topped with Abita beer barbecued shrimp and served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Other cuts include the cast-iron seared USDA prime strip, the 24-oz. cowboy steak and the 24-oz. USDA prime porterhouse. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DICRISTINA'S 910 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 975-0160; www.dicristinas.comDiCristina's serves Creole and Italian dishes including meatballs, chicken bordelaise, fried seafood and eggplant medallions with crawfish sauce. Look for specials like trout Jacob with pasta with crawfish sauce. Baked macaroni is popular side item. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 367-0227; 6641 Westbank Expwy., Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com Home of a popular muffuletta, DiMartino's also offers burgers, po-boys and seafood platters. Entrees include shrimp etouffee, grilled Gulf fish, and spaghetti with meatballs or Italian sausage. Seafood gumbo is filled with crab legs, shrimp and okra. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DINO'S BAR & GRILL1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900Sandwiches and burgers anchor the menu at Dino's. There also are wraps, salads and bar-noshing sides including french fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DISH ON HAYNE 9734 Hayne Blvd., 301-0356; www.dishonhayne.com Dish on Hayne offers appetizers like crab cakes, Cajun chicken quesadillas and scallops a la Benny, blackened and topped with crawfish cream sauce. Entrees range from fried catfish to filet mignon topped with Gorgonzola cream sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DITALI'S PIZZA Northshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-5657; 9160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160 Ditali's offers pizza and much more. In addition to a wide range of thin-crust pies, Ditali's 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. $

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666Diners enjoy seafood, Italian and Creole dishes at this casual neighborhood restaurant. 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 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 wood-fired pizza and tagliatelle with rabbit ragu and porcini mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS5240 Annunciation St., 999-9126Neighborhood regulars swear by the roast beef po-boy at this institution. An "off the menu" special — a fried shrimp po-boy topped with Swiss cheese and gravy — is its worst-kept secret. Hot sausage po-boys also are popular choices. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DOMINIQUE'S ON MAGAZINE4729 Magazine St., 994-8881; www.dominiquesonmag.comChef Dominique Macquet's restaurant focuses on classic French techniques and creative flavors. Kobe beef meatballs are served over house-made spaghetti with oven-dried tomato and veal jus. Sauteed local flounder is served with risotto and mango and papaya salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DON' S SEAFOOD HUT4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 989-1550; www.donsseafoodmetairie.comDon's dishes up seafood, soups, sandwiches and pasta. Specialties include fried shrimp, shrimp etouffee and fried catfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT 14207 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 hub of activity for the Vietnamese-American community in eastern New Orleans. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT 2301 Orleans Ave., 921-0535 A Creole institution in Treme for more than six decades, Dooky Chase serves stuffed shrimp, gumbo, fried chicken, stewed okra and other classic New Orleans dishes. The popular lunch spot offers a buffet and takeout until 6 p.m. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

DOORS UPTOWN PIZZA 7537 Maple St., 961-0040; www.doorsuptownpizza.com Doors serves thin-crust pizza, salads, sandwiches and some seafood options, including raw oysters. Spicy wings are marinated in a blend of Asian barbecue sauce and oyster sauce and charred until crispy. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DORIGNAC' S710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 934-8216; www.dorignacs.comThe longtime Metairie grocery is known for its bakery, deli and large wine selection. The selection of prepared dishes includes fried chicken, lasagna, soups, sandwiches and daily specials, such as red beans and rice, bacon-wrapped pork filet, and baked macaroni. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283Noodle soup, pan-fried noodles and lo mein are popular at this Vietnamese eatery. For appetizers, try spring rolls or summer rolls. For entrees, the triple delight comes with chicken, shrimp, beef and mixed vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

click to enlarge Salsa, chips and margaritas start a meal at Tomasito's in the Warehouse District. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

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

THE DOUGH BOWL 1039 Broadway St., 961-2200 Just 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 People's burger smothers a half-pound of Angus beef beneath provolone, Swiss, bacon and sauteed mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DOWN THE HATCH1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.comThe Texas burger at this Garden District pub features an Angus beef patty topped with caramelized onions, smoked bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. Look for salads, wraps, wings and other casual fare. The bar also offers St. Louis baby back ribs. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BARHilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 988-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com Drago's is known for its signature char-broiled oysters topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. Char-broiled Maine lobster is served with spinach risotto. Other menu items include seafood pasta and the catch of the day, served with fresh vegetables and a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DRESS IT535 Gravier St., 527-0006Order a burger or sandwich and choose from an array of breads and toppings. There is everything from American to blue cheese, black olives and jalapenos to peanut butter or chili, and premium options include guacamole or a fried egg. For side dishes, choose from sweet potato fries, corn and cheese grits, salad or mac and cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DRY DOCK CAFE 133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com Located near the Algiers Point ferry landing, Dry Dock Cafe offers starters like potato skins, Buffalo wings and sweet potato fries. Entrees choices include burgers, salads and daily specials. For brunch, try steak and eggs or eggs Benedict. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING Loyola University, Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 961-5451 Located on Loyola's campus, Dunbar's kitchen serves signature New Orleans dishes like fried or smothered chicken, red beans and rice, stuffed bell peppers and sticky bread pudding. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

EAT NEW ORLEANS900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.comThis quaint cafe offers an original take on familiar Creole and Cajun dishes. Cheesecake made with Creole cream cheese, andouille, red peppers and green onions fills a pecan crust. Eggs de Provence is baked in a black iron skillet with cream and herbs and served with applewood-smoked bacon and a biscuit. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 780-2266The Edge Bar & Grill offers appetizers like cheese and chili-cheese fries. Lunch specials include sirloin steak served with vegetables and mashed potatoes, butter beans with smoked sausage, and baked chicken. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Sat. Credit cards. $

EIFFEL SOCIETY LOUNGE 2040 St. Charles Ave., 525-2951; www.eiffelsociety.com The Eiffel Society is an upscale watering hole in a landmark building on St. Charles Avenue. Small plates and tapas style snacks include Parmesan fries, lumpias, chicken and waffles, and smoked pork tostones. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Fri.-Sat. 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 tequilas. Guacamole is mixed tableside with avocados, pico de gallo, jalapenos, lime juice and sea salt. Chicken enchiladas feature chicken breast, Chihuahua cheese and sauteed onion, and come with corn tortillas, sour cream, orange-oregano salsa and rice and beans. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ELEVEN791179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.comClassic Italian dishes fill the menu at this intimate restaurant just outside the Warehouse District. Osso buco is a veal shank served Milanese style with pappardelle. Paneed oysters are served with white remoulade and caviar. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ELIZABETH'S601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.comThe eclectic menu at Elizabeth's includes everything from daily fish specials to homemade desserts. 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. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE700 Bourbon St., 595-3172; www.emberssteakhouse.comSteaks, fried seafood platters and classic Creole-Italian dishes like lasagna and Gulf shrimp marinara round out the options at this French Quarter establishment. A 28-oz. prime rib dinner includes salad and a baked potato. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.comA lavish charcuterie board features house-cured meats like bresaola, capocollo, chorizo, sausages and a daily terrine. The Eden Farms Berkshire pork chop comes with a sunny side up egg, pancetta, Swiss chard and polenta. The restaurant also serves steaks dry-aged in house. A happy hour menu features small plates of Delmonico favorites. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S RESTAURANT800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.comThe flagship of chef Emeril Lagasse's empire serves specials like etouffee of daily market Gulf fish, with Carolina rice grits, maritime mussels, Covey Rise tomatoes and scallion. For starters try the yellowfin tuna lettuce wraps. For dessert there is the lemon-tarragon ice box pie with Nilla Wafer crust and torched meringue. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM 734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 998-3988; www.englishtearoom.comA Covington cottage sets the stage for traditional English tea service, with options ranging from a simple pot of tea to a full spread of finger sandwiches, quiches, scones and sweets. The lunch menu features salads and sandwiches, and there is a ploughman's lunch of British cheeses, crusty bread and salad. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ERNST CAFE600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net Po-boys, sandwiches and wraps fill the menu at this Warehouse District cafe. Choose from appetizers like quesadilla rolls or spinach ravioli. The tomato-basil soup is also a popular choice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 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 club panino fills your choice of bread, roll or croissant with ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss, tomato and honey-mustard dressing. The Thai chicken wrap is filled with roasted chicken, carrots, cucumber, Monterey Jack cheese and sweet Thai chili sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

F&M PATIO BAR4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 995-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.comCollege kids and late-night noshers frequent F&M for the crispy waffle cheese fries and burgers. Order yours topped with bacon, chili and jalapenos. Chicken fingers and quesadillas also are available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE 3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9072; www.fairgrinds.comThis coffeehouse serves fair trade coffee and offers more than 30 organic teas. The locally made pastries include vegan breads, cookies and energy bars. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $

FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515; www.fairgroundsracecourse.comThe Grandstand buffet offers everything from shrimp Creole to fried chicken to General Tso's chicken to pepper steak. The double duck salad features smoked duck and duck confit. The bread pudding with rum sauce is a popular dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FAT HARRY'S4330 St. Charles Ave., 995-9582; www.fatharrysneworleans.comBurgers are popular choices at this Uptown bar. The Jazz burger feaures an 9-oz. ground beef and hot sausage patty with barbecue sauce and cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses on an onion roll. The Buffalo chicken wrap combines grilled or fried chicken in a tomato-basil tortilla with blue cheese and lettuce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT HEN GRILL 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 287-4581; www.fathengrill.com Fat burgers topped with Gorgonzola and patty melts are popular choices at this grill. Other options include Gulf shellfish salad "low and slow" barbecue prepared by chef and Texas native Shane Pritchett. There also are seasonal fresh squeezed juices. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAT MOLLY'S PIZZA & BEER 2400 21st St., Kenner, 305-1017; www.fatmollyspizza.comOyster Rockefeller pizza features Louisiana oysters, spinach, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. The barbecue shrimp pizza comes with Gulf shrimp, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses with a house-made Abita Amber barbecue sauce. Sandwiches include muffulettas and Philly cheese steaks. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAUSTO'S BISTRO 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 933-7121; www.faustosbistro.com Fausto's prepares Northern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Fried soft-shell crab is served with seafood ravioli in white wine garlic sauce. Parmesan-crusted Gulf fish is topped with crabmeat, tomato and white wine butter sauce and served with wilted spinach. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FAZZIO'S RESTAURANT 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.comTraditional Italian dishes and Louisiana seafood share the billing at Fazzio's. The Jimbob features shrimp stuffed with crabmeat and served over pasta with crabmeat cream sauce. The Rib-eye Good Lovin' is topped with fried oysters and bordelaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FEAST NEW ORLEANS200 Julia St., 304-6318; www.feastneworleans.comFeast specializes in rustic European fare, particularly traditional British dishes. Leek- and cheese-crusted fish and scallop pie is served with roasted Brussels sprouts. The "Cock-a-Leekie" appetizer features braised chicken with cream, leeks, bacon, plums and red potatoes. For dessert there is sticky toffee pudding. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

FEELINGS CAFE 2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.comExtending throughout an old plantation house, Feelings' dining rooms exude warmth and charm. Dine in the romantic courtyard and enjoy creative dishes like steamed mushroom boudin and Gulf fish Nicholas served with grilled shrimp and creamed spinach. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; 6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipesneworleans.comChoose from marinated pulled pork, steak, grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, spicy chicken (pollo tingo) or chorizo to fill tacos, burritos, chimichangas and other Mexican favorites. A salsa bar offers different varieties of salsa and pepper sauces. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.comIt's standing room only at the oyster bar at Felix's. Make your own sauce and order directly from the shuckers, or grab a table and choose from a full menu of New Orleans staples. There also is a fried and blackened alligator dish with homemade remoulade sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155; www.fellinisneworleans.comThis casual spot offers Mediterranean and Italian dishes, from hummus and pita to pastas, sandwiches and pizzas. Shrimp kebabs feature two skewers of shrimp, onion, bell peppers and black olives, served with hummus and salad. The chicken portobello lavash wrap is filled with chicken, mushrooms cooked in red pepper sauce, spinach, mozzarella and feta. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT133 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-0590; 1924 Airline Drive, Kenner, 468-2384; www.fiestalatinarestaurant.comThis family-owned Mexican eatery offers tacos, enchiladas, burritos and tamales. The huevos rancheros feature two eggs and two tostadas covered with ranchero sauce. The grilled carne asada is served with refried beans, salad, rice and fried sweet plantains. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FIVE HAPPINESS 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com For more than three decades, Five Happiness has served a wide array of Chinese dishes, including favorites like General Tso's chicken and ginger shrimp. Try grilled chicken salad and grilled shrimp salad. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT737 Octavia St., 995-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com The restaurant offers a menu of classic French and New Orleans dishes. Coq au vin features free-range chicken braised in red wine, and barbecue shrimp are prepared New Orleans style. The veal liver comes with fresh vegetables and a starch of the day. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP2600 Royal St., 947-8358 This eclectic coffeehouse offers French, Colombian and Ethiopian coffees. Flora 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. $

FONG'S CHINESE AND CANTONESE RESTAURANT2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216Cantonese cuisine is Fong's specialty, and the options include chop suey, chow mein and egg foo yong. Specialties include Mandarin chicken and egg rolls made with vegetables, roast pork and shrimp served with special sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FOX AND HOUND1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.comBuffalo wings, cheese sticks and fresh-baked Bavarian pretzels are a great way to whet your appetite at this sports bar and restaurant. A large selection of beers on tap complements menu options such as the Black & Bleu peppercorn-seasoned burger topped with melted blue cheese and applewood-smoked bacon. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.comFrank's serves muffulettas, roast beef po-boys, meatballs, veal dishes and pasta. Entrees include shrimp or crawfish Gagliano with garlic, green onions and fresh sweet basil over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S321 Arabella St., 999-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.comThis neighborhood standby serves po-boys, gumbo, boudin balls and alligator soup. There are daily specials, and spring is the season for boiled crawfish. Look for fried bell pepper rings coated with Italian breadcrumbs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT1001 Decatur St., 525-7879; www.frenchmarketrestaurant.comPassers-by are lured into the French Market Restaurant by the sight of raw oysters and shrimp displayed in the windows. Order boiled or fried seafood, po-boys or a variety of Cajun favorites. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH PRESS COFFEEHOUSE3236 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 305-0276; www.frenchpresscoffeehouse.comChoose from specialty drinks like Southern pecan freeze, a pecan-flavored frozen latte topped with whipped cream and crushed pecans. The cookies and cream freeze is made with Oreos and espresso. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRENCH QUARTER PIZZERIA & BAR 201 Decatur St., 948-3287 This French Quarter pizzeria has hand-tossed specialty pies including the blackened chicken Alfredo pizza and the Big Easy five-pound pizza. There also are salads, sandwiches and specialty cocktails. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FRESCO CAFE AND PIZZERIA 7625 Maple St., 962-6363; www.frescocafe.us This college students' pizza haven serves crawfish etouffee pie topped with Louisiana crawfish, green peppers and green onions on an etouffee sauce base. A white pizza has an Alfredo sauce base with ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, garlic, mushrooms and red onions. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT 407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 945-7303; www.friendscoastal.com Along the Tchefuncte River, Friends serves casual Louisiana favorites like blackened catfish and humble sides like hushpuppies. Soup specials include shrimp and artichoke soup and gumbo topped with sweet corn grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.comChef Tenney Flynn's menu evolves daily. Scalibut — a portmanteau of scallops and halibut — consists of sauteed halibut topped with thinly sliced sea scallops, served with lobster risotto and pea shoots. Roasted swordfish comes with mashed potatoes, fried oysters, sauteed spinach, chili hollandaise and roasted corn butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com Galatoire's has been a bastion of Creole dining for more than a century. Start with the Grand Goute, a changing combination of shrimp remoulade, crabmeat maison and sometimes oysters en brochette. Pompano with crabmeat is a classic, and flaming cafe brulot makes a dramatic finale. Jackets required at dinner and on Sunday. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 932-0955Galley Seafood is known for its selection of seafood, including boiled shrimp or crabs and fried shrimp or catfish. Po-boys, salads, soups and sweet potato fries round out the menu. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT914 N. Peters St., 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.comSpanish cuisine and sweeping views of the Mississippi River distinguish Galvez as a dining destination. Tapas, steaks and seafood dishes share the menu. A quartet of paellas includes seafood, classic and vegetarian versions. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GAMBINO' S BAKERY300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 985-7500; www.gambinos.comIn addition to king cakes and doberge cakes, Gambino's bakes specialty cakes, pies and petit fours. The Metairie location serves soups, salads and muffulettas during lunch. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com Gattuso's serves gourmet salads, wraps, sandwiches, steaks and seafood platters. The shrimp club sandwich comes with grilled Gulf shrimp, crispy bacon, melted provolone cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and mayo on white or whole wheat toast. The portobello mushroom sandwich has melted provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and Creole mayo on an onion roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAUTREAU'S RESTAURANT1728 Soniat St., 999-7397; www.gautreaurestaurant.comChef Sue Zemanick presents original takes on Louisiana-French cuisine. Signature menu items include the duck confit, served with a salad of arugula, peaches, candied pecans and sherry vinaigrette. Roasted chicken comes with garlic mashed potatoes, wild mushrooms and haricots verts. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GAZEBO CAFE 1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola.com The 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. Reservations accepted. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342; www.georgesmexicanrestaurant.comIn addition to traditional Mexican favorites, George's serves specials like the tequila tuna topped with crawfish, onions and peppers. Huevos rancheros and chorizo omelets are served for Sunday brunch. 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.comSpecialties at this upscale Italian eatery include cioppino de mare, a stew of mixed seafood in rich broth. There is an array of veal dishes and steaks, like the 14-oz. orecchio di elefante, a thin veal cutlet shaped like an elephant ear. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 935-8593; www.giorlandos.comGiorlando's mix of casual Italian and Creole cuisine includes ravioli, meatballs and spaghetti. Mama G's eggplant features lightly fried eggplant slices over angel hair pasta with shrimp au gratin sauce. Grilled chicken is served with a side of tomato-basil pasta. Mashed potatoes with gravy is a popular side item. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE 921 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329; www.goodearthmarket.netThe kitchen at this neighborhood market offers salads and sandwiches, including a cochon de lait sandwich. The Greek salad features grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatos, cucumbers, feta cheese, black olives and tzatziki sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

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 barbecued salmon is brushed with Asian barbecue sauce and served with balsamic grilled red onion, spinach and sweet ginger rice. Teriyaki flat iron steak is served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www.gottgourmetcafe.comGott Gourmet puts a gourmet spin on diner fare, like a BLT wrap with Tabasco butter-sauteed shrimp, mozzarella, baby greens, roasted red pepper, avocado, applewood-smoked bacon and chipotle cream cheese. A Chicago-style hot dog is loaded with toppings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com Grand Isle serves up seafood platters and entrees like crawfish etouffee and gumbo. A duck debris po-boy is dressed with coleslaw and pickles. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE GREEN GODDESS 307 Exchange Alley, 301-3347; www.greengoddessnola.com The creative cooking at Green Goddess combines exotic ingredients and culinary wit. Try the mofongo de camarones, a grilled mashed plantain cake with sauteed honey-lime shrimp, topped with tequila crema and bacon. The Louisiana bangers and mash has Marciante's duck sausage and mashed sweet potatoes, with orange and roasted garlic, finished with Steen's cane syrup. No reservations. Lunch and brunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GREEN TEA1116 Louisiana Ave., 999-8005; www.greenteano.comGreen Tea serves a wide array of Chinese dishes including lo mein, fried rice, noodle soups, egg foo yong, moo shu items served with pancakes, sweet and sour chicken or pork, pepper steak with onions, shrimp with cashews and more. Appetizer options range from egg rolls and spare ribs to Buffalo wings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE GRILL ROOM AT THE WINDSOR COURT 300 Gravier St., 522-1994; www.grillroomneworleans.com Chef Drew Dzejak's frequently changing menu includes dishes like seared Maine diver scallops served on top of foie gras, lentils and shiitake mushrooms with warm bacon vinaigrette. Slow-cooked rack of Niman Ranch lamb is served with farro risotto, fiddlehead ferns and sofrito. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY 2854 St. Charles Ave., 995-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.com This deli sells pressed sandwiches, po-boys, chicken and sausage gumbo, and desserts. Look for Cuban sandwiches and Creole corned beef topped with provolone cheese, Creole coleslaw and Russian dressing pressed into French or rye bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I RESTAURANT11 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 367-9512; 1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060; 3124 David Drive, Metairie, 987-9449; www.groundpati.comGround Pat'i serves burgers, seafood and sandwiches. Burgers include the California Dreamin' dressed with Swiss cheese, guacamole, sprouts and ranch dressing. Side items include vegetables, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and spinach and artichoke dip. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY' S GROCERY3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 933-1390Guillory's offers po-boys, sandwiches, fried chicken and homemade New Orleans-style tamales topped with red sauce. Daily specials include a grilled 12-oz. hamburger steak served with onions and mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GUMBO SHOP 630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com Gumbo lovers have a choice of several varieties, including seafood, chicken and andouille, and vegetarian gumbo z'herbes. A popular entree is chicken espagnole, featuring a half chicken simmered in brown sauce with mushrooms, shallots, wine and garlic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUSTOThe Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, 581-5400; www.thetheatres.comOrder Gusto's flatbread pizzas, panini or small plates at the cafe or from inside The Theaters at Canal Place. 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. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566; Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., 378-2624; Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., phone n.a.; www.haagen-dazs.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. $

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT 9116 Hampson St., 965-1634Hana offers a variety of Japanese dishes including tuna tataki, which features seared tuna with vinaigrette, tobiko and vegetables. Hana's extensive sushi menu includes the Escolar Special Roll: crawfish with seared white tuna, green onions, fish row and eel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377; www.handsomewillys.comThis bar is known for Friday night events with free food like barbecue and crawfish boils, but it also offers a short dinner menu. Options include daily specials like pulled pork sandwiches. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL3024 17th St., Metairie, 935-6111Burgers, fries and po-boys make up much of the menu at Harbor Bar & Grill. Popular appetizers like fries and jalapeno poppers complement these staple items. The menu also includes seafood and Caesar salads. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARBOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454; www.fishermanscoveseafood.comHarbor Seafood's menu offers a cornucopia of seafood options, from raw oysters and boiled crawfish to tilapia dishes. Jambalaya is another option. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFE418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.comBurgers, sizzling fajitas and hearty appetizers are the greatest hits at Hard Rock. The Legendary burger is a 10-oz. patty topped with bacon, cheddar, an onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Twisted mac, chicken and cheese features a grilled chicken breast over corkscrew pasta tossed in three-cheese sauce with garlic, roasted red peppers and Romano parsley breadcrumbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com Award-winning chef Donald Link offers a French-inspired menu with Southern flair. Small plates include gnocchi with pancetta, oven-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, and house spaghetti with a poached farm egg and guanciale. Lamb neck is served with borlotti beans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HERITAGE GRILL BY RALPH BRENNAN111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 934-4900; www.heritagegrillmetairie.comRalph Brennan's newest restaurant serves creative contemporary cooking with Creole accents. Try barbecue oysters over spinach and frisee with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, or lobster and Gulf shrimp ravioli with smoked-tomato butter sauce. There also are burgers and roast beef po-boys. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

HEY! CAFE4332 Magazine St., 991-8682; www.heycafe.bizFresh, local and homemade snacks and light bites like muffins and quick breads fill the pastry case at this Uptown spot. There is homemade hummus and other vegan options. Try bagels with topping such as lox with dill and cream cheese or portobello mushrooms with Gouda. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033; www.hickorycafe.comSandwiches, salads and burgers top the menu at this cafe and grill. The focaccia burger is a patty topped with pepper Jack cheese, bacon, baby spinach, roasted peppers and basil mayo on focaccia bread. The Cuban sandwich combines garlic and peppercorn pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Creole mayonnaise. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.comAt Hillbilly the barbecue comes by the pound or on a platter. Options include boudin, brisket and spare ribs smoked with hickory wood. Daily lunch specials include the smoked chicken salad sandwich or a boneless pork loin with macaroni and cheese and green beans. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

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 over scallions arrives still steaming. Some dishes are cooked at the table, like paper-thin beef which can then be wrapped with lettuce and herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOBNOBBER CAFE5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448; www.hobnobbercafe.comThe corn and crab bisque is a popular starter 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. $

HONEYBAKED HAM Citywide; www.honeybaked.comHoneyBaked Ham makes sandwiches with 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. $

HOOTERS 2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7177; 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 989-0160; www.hooterslouisiana.comHooters offers a menu of burgers, salads and fried seafood. Chicken wings with hot sauce are a specialty with choices from mild to 911, Parmesan garlic and samurai. Budweiser-glazed barbecue wings, quesadillas and chicken strips are other popular choices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA 920 Poydras St., 561-8914 Horinoya provides an authentic taste of Japan, featuring familiar dishes including Kobe beef, tuna tataki, and more esoteric items like bluefin tuna sashimi and fermented beans. Teriyaki, tempura and buckwheat soba and udon noodles also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOSHUN RESTAURANT 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716; www.hoshunrestaurant.comHoshun's menu features Japanese and Chinese cuisine as well as some Vietnamese dishes. Crispy duck is sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and topped with plum sauce. Cajun egg rolls are filled with crawfish, shrimp and oysters. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, (225) 473-9380; www.houmashouse.comThis 18th-century plantation home offers three dining options. The casual Cafe Burnside serves Creole dishes like chicken and andouille gumbo. Latil's Landing focuses on Louisiana inspired-French cooking, including the lobster and Creole tomato risotto. Le Petite Houmas serves brunch specialties such as eggs Creole. Reservations required at Latil's. Cafe Burnside: lunch daily. Latil's Landing: dinner Wed.-Sat. Le Petite Houmas: Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

HOUSE OF BLUES225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.houseofblues.comThe House of Blues Sunday gospel brunch highlights Southern dishes like cheddar cheese grits, boiled shrimp and white chocolate bread pudding. Unlimited mimosas are included. Lunch and dinner entrees include oyster po-boys and seafood jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 989-2301; www.hillstone.comRibs, burgers and sandwiches are standard fare at Houston's. The Chicken & Friends sandwich includes cured ham, Jack cheese, tomato and arugula. The menu also includes seasonal fish specials. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

HUEVOS COFFEE & BREAKFAST4408 Banks St., 482-6264; www.crescentpieandsausage.comCrescent Pie and Sausage Company's sister restaurant offers pulled-pork tamales with poached eggs, ancho chili and salsa verde. Try house-made biscuits and gravy. The daily special omelette features produce from the Hollygrove Market and Farm. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

HUEY P'S PIZZERIA 139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 366-1818 Homemade 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 corn and crab chowder and bruschetta topped with diced tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE HUNGRY FORAGER 902 Coffee St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8883; www.thehungryforager.comStop in at lunchtime for a menu of sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips. The dinner menu includes dishes like roasted butternut ravioli with toasted pine nuts, sage butter, balsamic reduction, and fried sage leaves. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

IGNATIUS EATERY4200 Magazine St., 996-2225The menu at this casual cafe features updated New Orleans classics in a setting reminiscent of a corner grocery. One po-boy is stuffed with sauteed Gulf shrimp and remoulade. Creole crawfish etouffee is served over white rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR 4437 Magazine St., 991-6105This bar and burger joint serves noshing items including chicken nuggets, onion rings and jalapeno poppers. Order a burger seasoned with Tabasco or topped with melted cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM 2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811Whether you are waiting on your laundry to dry or relaxing with a drink, order a burger and choose from sides like cheese fries or onion rings. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IHOP 151 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; 933 Canal St., 593-0440; 3400 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 212-3280; 12150 I-10 Service Road, 244-0013; www.ihop.com While best known for its breakfast platters, this diner-style chain also offers a variety of lunch and dinner options. Grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. Breakfast options include omelets, French toast, waffles and combination platters. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE 4607 Dryades St., 995-2620; www.ilpostocafe-nola.comItalian meats and cheeses are the attraction at this cafe. The prosciutto panino features house-made basil pesto, creamy mozzarella and prosciutto on ciabatta. The Adventure grilled cheese sandwich combines Gorgonzola, honey and walnuts on multi-grain bread. Peach lemonade is a refreshing drink option. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.comImpastato's offers a five-course menu with your choice of appetizer and entree plus house-made pasta and salad. Try the pecan-smoked filet mignon or soft-shell crab. The osso buco is a slow-roasted veal shank served with gravy, vegetables and rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IMPERIAL GARDEN3331 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-5691Imperial Garden offers a wide range of Hong Kong-style dishes, including dumplings and egg rolls, as well as beef teriyaki and a few other pan-Asian dishes. Chef's specials include fried or baked tofu, fried pork with spicy sauce, pork dumplings and vegetarian spring rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

INDIA 4 U1703 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-5657; www.indiafood4u.comThe wide-ranging menu at India 4 U covers many specialties, including dishes from the tandoor oven and seafood such as lobster with coconut cream. The goat korma is simmered with yogurt and cream and served with cashew paste. Other specials include lamb chop masala and tandoori shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

IRENE'S CUISINE 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811Aromas 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. Lamb a la Provence features seared chops with rosemary-wine demi-glace. 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. Coconut soup comes with crabmeat, Gulf shrimp and caviar creme fraiche. The chicken breast and confit leg is served with Israeli couscous, baby greens, kale, fried red spring onion and roasted garlic jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA 1331 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 909-1900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 975-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net Isabella's Four Seasons pizza is divided into quarters, each filled with different sauces and toppings. The Mediterranean shrimp pasta combines lemon juice and olive oil over shrimp, onion, garlic, parsley, Parmesan and feta cheeses and is served with spaghetti. Salads, calzones and panini round out the menu. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

ITALIAN BARREL430 Barracks St., 569-0198; www.italianbarrel.comThis cafe by the French Market specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Bresaola, the cured, thinly sliced beef, is served as an appetizer or entree. Daily specials feature items like Chilean sea bass, fresh local shrimp, fettuccine with pesto, and Nova Scotia mussels and clams. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ITALIAN PIE Citywide; www.italianpie.comItalian Pie offers gourmet pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. Specialty pies range from an all-meat version 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. $

IZZO'S ILLEGAL BURRITO4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 989-5505; 70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 327-5114; www.izzos.comIzzo's offers burritos, quesadillas, nachos and tacos made to order. Diners pile on their choices of meat (chicken, steak, pork carnitas, ground beef, shrimp), vegetable toppings (roasted corn, pickled and fresh jalapenos, olives) and one of 10 sauces ranging from mild to spicy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

J'ANITA'S AT THE RENDON INN4501 Eve St., 926-5605J'anitas took over the kitchen at Rendon Inn after a stint at the Avenue Pub. The menu features upscale pub food and weekly specials. The St. Chuck duck sandwich has Cabernet-sauteed duck with cheddar and blue cheeses, Granny Smith apples and currant tapenade. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

JACK DEMPSEY'S 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914; www.jackdempseysllc.comThis Bywater steak and seafood house offers classic dishes like broiled redfish topped with crawfish Monica or crabmeat. The hefty J.D. seafood platter for two includes fried shrimp, oysters, gumbo, catfish and redfish, crab balls and crawfish pies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue. -Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JACKSON RESTAURANT 1910 Magazine St., 522-5766; www.jacksonnola.net The menu at Jackson includes savory appetizers like Gorgonzola cheesecake with a cheese cracker crust and toasted walnuts on top. Baked oysters Jackson are served on the half shell, topped with sauteed shrimp and finished with Worcestershire and Tabasco butter and Parmesan shavings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JACMEL INN903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.comThe Jacmel Inn presents a changing seasonal menu combining Caribbean, Creole and Italian influences. The Angels on Horseback appetizer features oysters wrapped in smoked bacon with sweet anise. Entrees include house-cured pork served with sweet corn polenta and smoked andouille-pork glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE8324 Oak St., 961-0886; www.jacquesimoscafe.comWith its exposed kitchen, swamp murals, boisterous bar and seating everywhere, Jacques-Imo's provides dinner and a show. The shrimp and alligator cheesecake features cream cheese, smoked Gouda, onions, peppers, shrimp and alligator sausage set in a breadcrumb-Parmesan crust. The Carpetbagger steak is a filet stuffed with poached oysters and topped with red onion, blue cheese and oyster-tasso hollandaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Diners enjoy lunch on the patio at Cafe Freret. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

JAEGER' S SEAFOOD AND BEER GARDEN901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 918-2200; www.jaegersseafood.comJaeger's serves raw, boiled, grilled and fried seafood. Favorites include raw oysters and stuffed mirlitons. The King's platter features Dungeness crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp, potatoes, corn, butter sauce and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP 933 Conti St., 525-9200; www.jager-haus.comThis Bavarian restaurant serves traditional German beer and a hearty spread of wursts and schnitzels, sauerbraten, sausage and cheese plates. Breakfast features 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. $$

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 933-5882Jam's is known for its po-boy made with home-cooked roast beef. All-you-can-eat catfish is offered from 2 p.m. to closing. On weekends, the breakfast menu includes eggs Benedict. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Wed.-Sun., lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE7808 Maple St., 966-4366Nestled on Maple Street's restaurant row, Jamila's features French-influenced Tunisian cuisine. Tajine of lamb is baked in terracotta dishes and simmers over saffron basmati rice. The whole red snapper with garlic and onion chutney is served over vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 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 hamburger steak is served with homemade gravy — and mushrooms and onions are optional additions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 982-7201 Grab a light lunch of chef's salad or Italian salad, or a seafood specialty like corn and crab bisque or grilled trout meuniere served with a white wine garlic sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

JAZMINE CAFE614 S. Carrollton Ave., 966-9301; www.jazminecafe.com Jazmine's pineapple crunchy salad mixes flavors and textures: crisp cucumber, crunchy peanuts, sweet fruit and spicy vinaigrette. Alongside Vietnamese staples like spring rolls, vermicelli salad bowls and banh mi are specialties like Sweet Heat noodles: a stir-fry of chicken, shrimp, sprouts and cilantro. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

JIGGERS BAR & GRILL 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 928-3555This bar and grill serves sandwiches, pizza, wraps and several salads. Dishes feature grilled shrimp, blackened tuna and fried chicken. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritavilleneworleans.comGulf Coast and Caribbean touches brighten the menu at Jimmy Buffett's restaurant. The Mother Ocean seafood platter comes with fried shrimp, catfish and conch fritters. The taco salad features chicken, shrimp or beef in a crisp tortilla shell filled with mixed greens, black bean and corn salsa, shredded cheddar and Jack cheeses, sour cream and guacamole. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner, and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

JOE SEPIE' S CAFE 4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613 This small cafe in Jefferson serves New Orleans classics like shrimp Creole, jumbo lump crab cakes, gumbo and seafood po-boys. The menu also offers soups, burgers, panini and pasta dishes. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Fri., early dinner Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOEY K'S3001 Magazine St., 991-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.comThis casual corner restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, seafood platters and daily specials. Shrimp Magazine features shrimp sauteed with garlic, artichoke hearts, ham and green onion and served over angel hair pasta. Eggplant Napoleon is layered with fried eggplant slices and fried shrimp and topped with crawfish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JOHNNY & JOYCE'S SEAFOOD1461 N. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 727-7727Boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs are served at this Northshore seafood spot. The seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, fish and soft-shell crabs. Seafood gumbo brims with shrimp, crab and okra. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY TRAUTH' S SEAFOOD BISTRO2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808This seafood bistro offers a series of weeknight specials: Tuesday features all-you-can-eat Dungeness and snow crabs; Wednesday features boiled shrimp; and Thursday has a one-pound lobster special with sides of corn, potatoes and salad. Paneed chicken is served with hushpuppies, coleslaw and fries. Steaks and ribs also are available. Reservations accepted. 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, shrimp Creole and hamburger steaks in addition to a long list of sandwiches. 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. $

THE JOINT801 Poland Ave., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.comThe Joint serves everything from home-smoked chaurice sausage to baby back ribs. The brisket plate features spicy brisket served with two sides. Homemade peanut butter pies are made with Creole cream cheese from the Mauthe Family Dairy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.comThese cantinas combine California-Mexican favorites and a rock 'n' roll attitude. Look for shredded pork tacos with coleslaw, or Mardi Gras Indian tacos topped with squash and roasted corn. The Flying burrito is loaded with 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. $

THE JUJU BAG CAFE5363 Franklin Ave., 972-0969; wwwthejujubag.comGet a turkey, salmon or vegan burger topped with mushrooms, onions, black olives, jalapenos, pickles and cheese. The Friday fish fry offers a choice of fried catfish or grilled salmon with mac and cheese, sweet potato souffle, peas and whole wheat French bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Fri., late-night Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFE & BAR 2483 Royal St., 945-6666; www.schiroscafe.comThe Little Kitchen at Schiro's grocery serves Indian dishes like spicy sauteed chicken, and lamb, chicken or shrimp curry. New Orleans fare includes a seafood combo featuring Cajun-spiced shrimp, catfish and oysters plus potato salad, vegetables, tartar sauce, hushpuppies and bread. Lunch specials are served all day. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON3009 Magazine St., 991-8280; www.jungsgoldendragon2.comFind Chinese and Korean dishes on the large menu at this Uptown restaurant. Slow-cooked Peking duck is served whole with green onions, cucumbers, pancakes, steamed buns and duck soup. Pork and vegetables fill homemade dumplings served with vinegar or pepper sauce or hot chili oil. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNIPER RESTAURANT301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.netChef Peter Kusiw's menu of innovative Creole cuisine includes dishes like homemade Louisiana wontons filled with shrimp and crawfish coconut curry, fried and served with spicy strawberry-mango chutney. Confit de canard features a Peking duck deconstructed over an apple pecan orzo, finished with a raspberry and black cherry demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN416 Chartres St., 596-2530; www.kpauls.comChef Paul Miller upholds the traditions of legendary founder Paul Prudhomme. Signature items include chicken and andouille gumbo, blackened drum and jalapeno and cheese muffins. The pork osso buco with rice and gravy is an affordable special, and there's deli-style lunch service. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.comRoll into K.Y.'s for po-boys filled with home-cooked roast beef, fried shrimp or oysters. Pasta and seafood entrees include oysters bordelaise, featuring fried oysters on spaghetti tossed with olive oil, butter, garlic, parsley and Parmesan. A children's menu is available. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. Checks. $

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR 3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730The large menu of sushi and rolls at Kanno features specials like the lobster dynamite roll with spicy tuna, lobster tail and wasabi cream sauce. The Godzilla roll is a rice-less roll with tempura shrimp, snow crab and spicy tuna. For appetizers, Kanno combines portobello mushrooms and calamari. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KATIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR3701 Iberville St., 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.comFavorites at this Mid-City restaurant include the Cajun Cuban with roasted pork, grilled ham, cheese and pickles pressed on buttered bread. The Boudreaux pizza is topped with cochon de lait, spinach, red onions, roasted garlic, scallions and olive oil. Katie's "barge" is a French loaf stuffed with oysters, shrimp and catfish. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 945-9940; www.keithyoungs.netFilets, strips and rib-eyes are all cut in house at this Northshore steakhouse. Seared duck breast is served over sauteed spinach with fruit chutney. Seafood specials include broiled redfish and grilled mahi mahi. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

KENNER SEAFOOD3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701; www.kennerseafood.netKenner Seafood dishes up seafood grilled, boiled, blackened or fried. For starters, try fried okra or fried pickles. Po-boy fillings include stuffed crab, turkey, hot sausage and roast beef. Crawfish Marie pasta features fried crawfish tails over pasta with creamy crabmeat sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KIM SON349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489; www.kimsonnola.comCantonese, Szechuan and Vietnamese dishes 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 Kentucky hot brown is an open-face turkey sandwich with hot Mornay sauce. Breakfast options include the green eggs and ham sandwich with baby spinach, scrambled eggs, ham and cheesy Mornay sauce on toasted ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KJEAN SEAFOOD 236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503The seafood market offers raw fish and shellfish and boiled seafood by the pound. The menu includes po-boys, stuffed crabs, gumbo and seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KOREA HOUSE3547 18th St., Metairie, 988-0654Order from a large menu of traditional Korean dishes served with an assortment of ban chan (pickled vegetables) such as kimchi. Some barbecue items can be cooked on tabletop grills. Popular items include barbecue ribs, and beef, seafood or vegetables over fried rice. Also try the seafood and vegetable soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 988-2010; www.koshercajun.comMetairie gets a taste of Manhattan with favorites like bagels and lox and deli 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 made with hot corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards and checks. $

KOZ' S515 Harrison Ave., 484-0841; 6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.comKoz's serves seafood platters, muffulettas and more than 15 types of po-boys. The roast beef po-boy is popular as is the homemade fried chicken. No reservations. Harrison Avenue: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Wilson Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

KRYSTAL116 Bourbon St., 523-4030; www.krystal.comThe Famous Krystal on Bourbon Street features a grilled beef burger dressed with tomatoes, mustard and a dill pickle on a square bun. Other menu items include chili cheese dogs and chicken wings. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

KUPCAKE FACTORY800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 267-4990; 919 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-8884; 6233 S. Claiborne Ave., 267-3328; www.thekupcakefactory.comChoose from a large selection of gourmet cupcakes. The Fat Elvis is made with banana cake and topped with peanut butter frosting. The Strawberry Fields tops strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream frosting. Other options include white chocolate raspberry and a banana cupcake. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

KYOTO4920 Prytania St., 991-3644; www.kyotonola.comThis Uptown sushi restaurant serves original rolls like the Taco Salad, featuring tuna, salmon, white fish, shrimp, crabstick, lettuce, tomato, smelt roe and margarita sauce in a fried spring roll topped with tangy vinaigrette. The shigure appetizer combines shrimp, snow crab and avocado in a quesadilla drizzled with jalapeno sauce and sweet teriyaki. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BAYOU RESTAURANT 208 Bourbon St., 525-4755; www.labayourestaurant.com Seafood stars in dishes like the Zydeco salad, featuring fried crawfish and shrimp over greens. Vieux Carre pasta features Gulf shrimp sauteed with tasso in Parmesan cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LA BELLA'S 2118 Third St., Kenner, 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com Stop in at this lunch spot for hot and cold overstuffed po-boys. La Bella's makes meatballs, sausages and roast beef in house. The toasted muffuletta is loaded with Genoa salami, Chisesi ham, provolone and homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA BOCA857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.comThis Argentine steakhouse serves hanger steak and a 22-oz. prime rib-eye. Beef empanadas are a popular appetizer. For a vegetable side, order flash-fried Brussels sprouts tossed with lemon butter. Crabmeat ravioli is among the daily specials. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOULANGERIE 4600 Magazine St., 269-3777This French bakery offers a wide array of fresh breads, pastries, fruit tarts, chocolate eclairs, lemon tarts and other items. The almond croissant is a buttery croissant filled with almond paste and topped with sliced almonds and powdered sugar. The menu also features Italian and Mediterranean panini, croissant sandwiches and quiches. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LA CARRETA107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.comBurritos, flautas, quesadillas, carne asada, chiles rellenos, tamales and other Mexican dishes are favorites at this chain. Ceviche al oregano is lime-marinated mahi mahi with avocado served on a crisp tostada. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA COTE BRASSERIE700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.comWith a marble bar bending through the dining room like a bayou, this spacious restaurant focuses on local seafood. Redfish on the half shell is served with tasso and shrimp couche couche. The char-broiled oysters are served with Herbsaint spinach and Parmesan. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA CREPE NANOU1410 Robert St., 999-2670; www.lacrepenanou.comSweet and savory crepes fill the menu at this quaint French bistro. Start with escargot with garlic, parsley and butter sauce, or try salad Tropical, with avocado, hearts of palm, artichoke and tomato. Jumbo lump crabmeat and creamed spinach fill a crepe topped with Mornay sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, 258-2115; www.ladivinagelateria.comHouse-made gelati and classic Italian-style panini fill the menu at these sweet shops. A muffalino features a muffuletta's fillings on pressed ciabatta. Find gelati flavors like creme brulee, Turbo Dog chocolate sorbetto and honey-sesame goat's milk. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA DOLCE NOLA SNACKERY AND GELATERIA200 Metairie Road, Metairie, Suite 100, 932-1122; www.ladolcenola.comLa Dolce Nola serves 24 flavors of house-made gelati and sorbettos including Louisiana strawberry-balsamic sorbetto, peanut butter cup, white chocolate s'mores and pistachio. There also are bagels, muffins and scones. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA & LATIN CAFE8120 Hampson St., 962-5252La Macarena serves El Salvadoran pupusas — stuffed, thick cornmeal patties — and a wide array of Latin American chicken, beef, seafood dishes and tapas. Other options include 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., 961-8662; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 918-2450; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.comThis chain of casual French cafes offers rustic Gallic cooking in a quick-serve format. Enjoy quiche Lorraine, a bowl of French onion soup or a crepe Romanoff with strawberries and brandy sour cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT 1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460 Order breakfast any time or choose from a menu of New Orleans classics and burgers at this Marigny diner. 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. There are local seafood dishes as well. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY4238 Magazine St., 991-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.comAt this upscale bistro located at the corner spot of a longtime neighborhood grocery, chef Justin Devillier focuses on Louisiana-French cooking. Blue crab beignets come with a spicy remoulade. Shrimp and grits are served with shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon and thyme. The market fish courtboullion is served with blue crab and Louisiana popcorn rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA PROVENCE25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.comChef John Besh's La Provence draws diners with dishes like slow-cooked lamb and rabbit grandmere, served with potato gnocchi and spring vegetables. Bouillabaisse features redfish, Gulf shrimp, mussels, clams, fennel and saffron broth. Crispy redfish is complemented by local oranges, jumbo lump crabmeat and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN4938 Prytania St., 999-8886; www.lathaiuptown.comLa Thai offers a mix of traditional Thai dishes and original creations using Thai herbs. A jumbo lump crab cake is topped with a lightly fried soft-shell crab and crabmeat and served with sauteed vegetables. Pad thai is a one of the traditional offerings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 987-9923; www.draftfreak.comLager's offers finger foods and traditional pub grub. The California chicken sandwich fills a cheddar-jalapeno wheat bun with grilled chicken breast, guacamole and applewood-smoked bacon with raspberry vinaigrette on the side. Tex-Mex egg rolls are filled with spicy grilled chicken, corn, peppers, onions, black beans and cheese and served with raspberry chipotle sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

THE LAKEHOUSE2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; www.lakehousecuisine.comThe Lakehouse puts its own spin on traditional dishes like barbecue shrimp over Parmesan polenta. Seared Gulf shrimp and crab ravioli is served with pine nuts, baby spinach and truffle jus. The shrimp Lafourche offers crabmeat stuffed shrimp topped with crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.comLakeview Brew offers gourmet coffees and teas and breakfast options including omelets and breakfast burritos. Try a roasted vegetable sandwich with peppers, zucchini, squash, baby spinach, red onions, mushrooms and feta and Romano cheeses. The avocado salad features organic spring mix topped with sliced avocado, Mandarin orange slices, walnuts, crumbled blue cheese and red onions tossed in homemade mango vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $ 

LAKEVIEW DELI & CATERING 972 Harrison Ave., 304-8501; www.lakeviewdelicatessen.com Lakeview Deli dishes out po-boys, sandwiches, burgers and salads. Popular items include the hot roast beef drizzled with gravy, the fried chicken tender po-boy and the crab cake sandwich. The Baltimore features fried oysters, bacon and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW GROCERY 901 Harrison Ave., 293-1201; www.lakeviewgrocery.com The Lakeview deli offers waffles and hot breakfast items in the morning and sandwiches and hot plates throughout the day. There are muffulettas and po-boys, and daily specials including meatballs and spaghetti, baked or fried chicken, roast beef with gravy, and sides like macaroni or sweet potatoes. Get boiled shrimp or crawfish daily. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeview-harbor.comLakeview Harbor specializes in big burgers and loaded baked potatoes. There are daily specials like prime rib on Sundays, and featured pizzas are topped with pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, bell pepper and olives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; 9000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafood.comFresh fish, soups, salads, po-boys and steaks are on the menu at Landry's. Stuffed flounder, jumbo coconut shrimp and crawfish etouffee are popular items. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 931-6682; 1330 Arabella St., 999-9283; www.langensteins.comLangenstein's offers local specialties, shrimp and crawfish etouffees and crawfish bisque. Favorites include shrimp salad and duck or rabbit sausage. The Better Cheddar mixes garlic, herbs and spices into double stuffed potatoes. Daily specials are available in family-size portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY 5433 Laurel St., 997-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.comFind breakfast pastries and bagels, pies, tarts and other baked goods at this cozy bakery. The patisserie offers ham and cheese croissants, smoked turkey sandwiches and muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LAZARO'S PIZZA4413 Banks St., 483-8609; www.lazaropizza.comLazaro's offers New York-style, hand-tossed, stone-cooked pizza. The T-Bird Special is an 18-inch pizza loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, herb-roasted chicken breast, roasted red peppers and asparagus. Or choose any five toppings from more than 26 options for the build-your-own special. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE CITRON BISTRO 1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.comLocated in a historic building, Le Citron offers a menu of Creole and Italian items. Popular dishes include duck gumbo, New Orleans barbecue shrimp and fried chicken served with red beans and rice. Specials include carpetbagger steak and stuffed pork chop served with sweet potato mash and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE FORET129 Camp St., 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.comThis elegant downtown restaurant offers updated New Orleans classics with a strong French influence. Champignons Le Foret is a shiitake mushroom confit with foie gras and hazelnut sauce. For an entree, try the trio of farm-raised rabbit, which 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. $$$

LE MERITAGE Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritagerestaurant.com Chef Michael Farrell organizes his menu around food and wine pairings. Light white wines are paired with pan-roasted striped bass with chive potato cake, applewood-smoked bacon and lump crabmeat. A fruity red is recommended for the duck two ways with fig compote, foie gras and butter potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Ropa Viejo is one of the Latin and Caribbean dishes served at Mojito's Rum Bar & Grill. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Ropa Viejo is one of the Latin and Caribbean dishes served at Mojito's Rum Bar & Grill.

LEBANON'S CAFE1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 962-6200; www.lebanonscafe.comThis casual cafe offers Mediterranean and Middle Eastern favorites. Try shrimp kebabs or falafel plates. A skinless half chicken is marinated in garlic, lemon juice and Mediterranean spices and grilled. Lamb is sauteed with onions and tomatoes and served with hummus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA 709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986; www.leonardonola.comLeonardo specializes in wood-oven pizzas and pasta made in house. There also are calzones, salads, seafood, veal and chicken dishes. Pasta choices include spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, Pecorino cheese, egg and creamy sauce. The namesake bruschetta Leonardo tops toasted focaccia with goat cheese, herbs and dried blueberries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFEThe Whitney Wyndham Hotel, 610 Poydras St., 212-5656; 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997These Creole restaurants serve trout Baquet, fried chicken, gumbo with house-made hot sausage, the 7th Ward pork chop, cheesy grits with brown gravy, and bread pudding. Monday through Saturday Li'l Dizzy offers an all-you-can-eat buffet. Reservations accepted. Poydras Street: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Esplanade Avenue: Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun.. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN 422 1/2 S. Broad St., 922-4011; www.libertyskitchen.orgIn the morning, Liberty's Kitchen offers baked goods, breakfast platters and croissants topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar and a choice of ham, turkey, andouille sausage or mushrooms. Shrimp and grits are served with salad and crimini mushrooms sauteed with white wine. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. 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 Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LILETTE RESTAURANT3637 Magazine St., 995-1636; www.liletterestaurant.comChef John Harris incorporates French and Italian influences on the menu at his bistro. Entrees include grilled hanger steak with fries, and saffron-infused bouillabaisse with lobster, a king crab claw, scallops, shrimp, cod, mussels, clams, fennel and a rouille crouton. The Alaskan king crab claws with passion fruit butter are popular. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE LITTLE PASTRY SHOPPE2309 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 934-2253; www.littlepastryshoppe.comThis bakery specializes in whole custom cakes, and serves an assortment of muffins, pastries and coffee. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.comHouse specials at Little Tokyo include the cowboy roll with beef, snow crab, lettuce and avocado and the tropical roll with coconut, avocado and fresh mango. Lettuce wraps filled with minced shrimp and mushrooms are a refreshing appetizer. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 931-6788; www.littletokyonola.comLittle Tokyo is known for its specialty sushi rolls, and the North Carrollton location has a hibachi grill. The FEMA roll contains fresh salmon, snow crab, asparagus and avocado with spicy tuna and sauce on top. The Burning Man has spicy tuna and crunchy flakes inside with tuna, avocado and barbecue eel sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR 1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 961-6088; www.littletokyonola.comThis contemporary Japanese bar and restaurant offers sushi rolls, ramen soups and an extensive menu of small plates. Pork gyoza dumplings, fried octopus, sweet potato fries with wasabi dipping sauce, and skewers of seafood, meat and vegetables are among the options. There are several private karaoke rooms. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888; www.liuzzabythetrack.comLiuzza's sweet potato fries make a great snack or side with the signature barbecue shrimp po-boy. The roast beef po-boy is topped with gravy and horseradish sauce. The portobello mushroom sandwich provides a vegetarian option. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.comRegulars flock to Liuzza's for lasagna and the Frenchuletta, a muffuletta served as a po-boy. Entrees include seafood platters and Italian specialties. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL 200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 940-0902; www.livebaitnola.comMenu staples at Live Bait include po-boys, burgers and seafood. Daily specials include red beans and rice, and other hearty dishes like meatloaf with gravy and mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOLA517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 992-4992; www.lolacovington.comSince 2006, chef/owners Keith and Nealy Frantz have been cooking creative dishes out of a 1940s-era caboose. The cochon de lait sandwich piles roast pork, ham, Swiss, coleslaw and Creole mayo on homemade focaccia. Gulf shrimp are served over corn grits with Creole tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOLA'S3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.comLola's carves out a small slice of Spain near Bayou St. John. Crabmeat tropical features crabmeat tossed with alioli and served over avocado. 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. $$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE 69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 975-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.comLonghorn offers steaks, chops and surf-and-turf combinations. Popular choices include the bacon-wrapped filet and crab-stuffed filet topped with spinach and creamy herb and cheese sauce. Side dishes include baked or mashed potatoes, rice and macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY 1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101; www.louieandtheredheadlady.comThings get cracking early at this Northshore neighborhood cafe. The roster of eggs Benedict variations includes eggs Buras with fried oysters. For dinner, eggplant Algiers features three fried eggplant medallions layered with Louie's crab cake, boiled shrimp and crabmeat, topped with light sherry cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LOUISIANA BISTRO337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.netThe restaurant offers a variety of Creole dishes including the BP-inspired "junk shot" jambalaya, featuring a changing mix of Louisiana seafood with andouille sausage in a Cajun-style tomato rice pilaf. The "Top Hat" surf and turf is a pan-roasted prime filet mignon topped with crawfish tail scampi on roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN 95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com Get gourmet wood-fired, crispy-crusted pies. The smoked-salmon pizza features Roma tomatoes, capers, caviar, red onions and mozzarella and cream cheese. Chicken piccata features paneed free-range chicken with lemon butter caper sauce, served over organic angel hair pasta. There also are salads, wraps, sandwiches and pasta dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN615 S. Carrollton Ave., 966-5900; www.lpkuptown.comThis Riverbend pizzeria offers wood-oven pizzas, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and more. Thai chicken pasta is tossed with red onions, mushrooms and spicy peanut and coconut sauce and topped with peanuts, carrots, scallions and cilantro. For brunch, try the rosemary chicken and goat cheese frittata served with potatoes and a biscuit. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.comLucy's combines surf shack decor and a menu of burgers and California-Mexican cuisine. Choose from quesadillas, seared tuna steak sandwiches, fish tacos or a po-boy filled with deep-fried Gulf shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUKE RESTAURANT 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.comLuke combines Old World French and German cuisines. Enjoy Prince Edward Island mussels steamed with garlic and thyme and served with fries. Luke's signature burger combines Allan Benton bacon, Emmentaler cheese and Creole tomatoes on an onion Kaiser roll. The raw bar offers oysters and chilled seafood dishes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

M BISTRO Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com The Ritz-Carlton's M Bistro serves contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Blackened redfish is served with saffron crab risotto, asparagus and blue corn bisque. Signature dishes include duck and Northshore mushroom gumbo and New Orleans barbecue shrimp with Papa Tom's smoked Gouda grits. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

M'S COFFEE & CAFE322 Lafayette St., 592-8244; www.mcoffeecafe.comStop in for breakfasts of pancakes or breakfast burritos and the house special blend coffee. Lunch options include a chicken panino filled with shredded chicken, roasted garlic and house-made basil pesto. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

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

MAGNOLIA GRILL 1122 Decatur St., 566-6003 Magnolia Grill is known for spicy Bloody Marys and diner food. Breakfast is served all day, and options include a country breakfast, French toast and 12 different omelets. Lunch and dinner options include salads, burgers, sandwiches, po-boys, and blackened or fried seafood. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP 3454 Magazine St., 999-3374; 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. Fried green tomatoes with grilled shrimp and remoulade fill another po-boy. The Peacemaker combines fried oysters, bacon and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MANDARIN HOUSE3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888The Mandarin House buffet has more than 200 items including Chinese dishes, sushi and seafood specialties. Honey chicken and sweet and sour chicken are popular. The boiled seafood options include crawfish, shrimp, king crab and more. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT 3800 Canal St., 482-9179; 4240 Hwy. 22, Suite 1, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinasrestaurant.com The original Mandina's is a Mid-City institution known for New Orleans dishes with Italian flair. Try eggplant sticks with marinara dipping sauce or thick onion rings for a starter. The trout meuniere, turtle soup and shrimp remoulade are popular choices. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MANO'S PO-BOYS6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922In the morning, diners order the Saints special, a breakfast sandwich on any type of bread or biscuit with two eggs, cheese and ham, bacon or sausage. Get a po-boy with shrimp, oysters, roast beef or meatballs. The daily lunch specials include fried chicken, stuffed bell peppers with lima beans and rice, and grilled boneless chicken with shrimp dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE7623 Maple St., 314-9003; www.maplestreetcafenola.comNew Orleans, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines fuse at this Uptown restaurant. Oysters amandine are fried and topped with roasted almonds and white wine lemon butter. Entrees include veal osso buco, pastas and seafood options including soft-shell crabs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MAPLE STREET PATISSERIE7638 Maple St., 304-1526This 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. $

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite D, Metairie, 987-2167; www.marbleslab.comCustomers choose their own sweet mixes from more than 15 ice cream flavors and toppings ranging from blueberries and Gummi Bears to Kit Kat and mint patties. Other creations include Tiramisu Crunch with yellow cake and Nestle Crunch. There also are cakes, shakes, floats and banana splits. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARDI GRAS ZONE 2706 Royal St., 947-8787; www.mardigraszone.com This former Mardi Gras supplies store stocks its shelves with fresh produce and an eclectic selection of groceries from across the globe. The deli serves po-boys and hot items like lasagna, brisket and baked or fried chicken. Pizza is now available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY BRASSERIE 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472; www.marignybrasserie.com This eatery offers a modern take on classic Creole and Italian cuisines. New Orleans barbecue shrimp come atop stone-ground grits with smothered collard greens studded with andouille sausage. There also are salads, soups, po-boys and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 932-8032; www.marktwainspizza.comDiners choose regular, whole wheat or gluten-free crusts at Mark Twain's. The Creole pizza is topped with sauteed shrimp, Gulf crab claw meat, andouille and zucchini. The Huck Finn combines green peppers, red onions, mushrooms and black olives, and artichokes are optional. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE MARKET CAFE 1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.com Indoors or out, dine on seafood fried for po-boys and platters or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee, gumbo and shrimp Creole. Red beans and rice and bread pudding are other classic New Orleans menu items. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly cheese steaks and gyros. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge At Olive Branch Cafe, Ehren Andrus and chef Michael Mayerchin present a Tuscan grilled sandwich. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • At Olive Branch Cafe, Ehren Andrus and chef Michael Mayerchin present a Tuscan grilled sandwich.

MARTIN WINE CELLAR714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.comThis gourmet emporium stocks wine, cheese, deli meats and prepared dishes. The smoked salmon BLT combines smoked salmon, bacon, arugula, tomatoes and wasabi mayo on sourdough bread. The European salad features prosciutto, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts and shaved Parmesan with sherry vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

MARTINIQUE BISTRO 5908 Magazine St., 991-8495; www.martiniquebistro.comFind a table on the patio or in the dining room at this French-Caribbean influenced restaurant. Prince Edward Island mussels are steamed in white wine with leeks, applewood-smoked bacon, Maytag blue cheese and cream. Radish sprouts and caperberries garnish Gulf shrimp sauteed with Meyer lemon and Champagne. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MAT & NADDIE'S 937 Leonidas St., 961-9600; www.matandnaddies.com Mat & Naddie's innovative cooking includes dishes like roasted corn and sweet pepper fritters with crawfish sausage. Or try sherry-marinated grilled quail and waffles. The nightly prix fixe wine dinner honors the culinary traditions of Jewish French immigrants — think matzo ball pot-au-feu and mocha-filled macaroons. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MATTINA BELLA 421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 992-0708 Many items on the large menu of breakfast dishes at this Covington cafe carry over to lunchtime. The California omelet is filled with mushrooms, avocados and Swiss, and the Florentine omelet is stuffed with creamed spinach and artichokes and topped with mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 985-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrenchpastries.comAlong with pastries, Maurice offers a wide selection of sugar-free baked goods. The most popular item is the kugelhopf, a specialty pound cake. No reservations. Hessmer Avenue: breakfast Mon.-Sat. West Napoleon Avenue: breakfast Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.comAn open kitchen allows guests to watch cooks prepare meals. Osso buco features a braised veal shank finished with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, served with grilled asparagus and roasted red potatoes. The house-made ravioli special changes daily. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MCALISTER'S DELI Citywide; www.mcalistersdeli.comMcAlister's signature sandwiches include the "big nasty," roast beef served on a toasted open-face 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. $

MEAUXBAR BISTRO 942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.comExpect new twists on bistro classics at Meauxbar. Appetizers include onion soup gratinee with Gruyere crouton. The mac and cheese is made with baked ziti, mushrooms duxelle, goat cheese, Gruyere and truffle oil. The poisson en papillote is a Louisiana or Gulf fish steamed in parchment paper. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR 1211 Village Walk, Covington, (985) 993-0406; 4700 Hwy. 22, Suite 11, Mandeville, (985) 945-1644; www.megumirestaurant.net Megumi's Yakimono's sushi bar creates new special rolls every week. The Dixie Chick roll is made with spicy tuna, snow crab, avocado and tempura flakes and topped off with white sauce. The Downtown Kicker Roll is comprised of tempura shrimp, both seared and spicy tuna, jalapeno, seared escolar, mango and eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MELIUS BAR & CAFE1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 928-9446; www.meliusbarbucktown.comStop in to Melius in the morning for a breakfast of eggs, sausage or bacon and Texas toast. For lunch, get grilled or fried chicken atop a salad with tomato, bacon, egg and cheese. Melius fries are covered in Swiss cheese and gravy. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri, lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MELLOW MUSHROOM 1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; www.mellowmushroom.com Offbeat pizza options include the red skin potato pie, which features red potatoes, bacon, caramelized onions, sour cream and ranch dressing. Mellow Mushroom also serves calzones, hoagies and salads. Gluten-free crusts are available. During spring, there are crawfish boils every Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE MELTING POT1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.comGrab a fork and go for a dip (or several) at this fondue favorite. Fontina and Butterkase cheeses fill a garlicky spinach and artichoke fondue. For dessert, try the white chocolate creme brulee, or choose from a decadent list of chocolate fondues. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MESON 923 923 S. Peters St., 523-9200; www.meson923.com Chef Baruch Rabasa's frequently changing menu combines Spanish and French flavors with classic New Orleans notes. The crudo section of the menu features hamachi with blood orange, fennel, pickled onion, radish and blood orange vinaigrette. Sauteed triggerfish is served with quinoa, jumbo lump crabmeat, sweet potato and smoked-tomato vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIDDENDORF'S 30160 Hwy. 51 S., Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.comFried thin-sliced catfish is this restaurant's most well-known dish. An entree salad includes mixed greens topped with boiled shrimp and spicy new potatoes. Hushpuppies, coleslaw and onion rings are among the side items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MIKE'S ON THE AVENUE628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600; www.mikesontheavenue.comChef Mike Fennelly's menu combines Southwestern and Asian influences. Salmon baked in banana leaves comes with basil couscous and lemongrass sauce. The New Orleans-style bouillabaisse includes Gulf shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops, corn, white wine, sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper rouille. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.comThis sushi bar has both room to dine in and a drive-through pick-up window. The carpaccio sashimi has white fish with red onions, olive oil, capers, basil, green onions and spicy sauce. The super niku maki features thin slices of fish with snow crab and green onions in teriyaki sauce on a sizzling plate. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MILA817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.comChefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing reinvent Southern and Creole dishes. Signature oysters Rockefeller "deconstructed" features poached Louisiana oysters, spinach, bacon chips and licorice root. Crispy-skinned red snapper is served with broccoli puree, wilted romaine and grapefruit sauce. Save room for a root beer float, with vanilla bean bavarois, ginger snap tuiles and Abita Root Beer sorbet. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MILANO'S PIZZERIA 3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500Along with pizza, subs and calzones, Milano's offers a variety of pasta dishes. The Mardi Gras pasta features shrimp and fresh vegetables tossed in spicy bisque cream sauce over linguini. Popular pies include a spinach and artichoke pizza. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MILK BAR1514 Delachaise St., 991-9361The Milk Bar is located inside Cafe Prytania. Gourmet sandwiches include Clooney's Choice, made with ciabatta from La Boulangerie and filled with grilled chicken, avocado, roasted red peppers, red onion, cilantro and mozzarella. Wash it down with a hand-dipped milkshake. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY2601 Royal St., 972-9868; www.myspace.com/mimisinthemarignyMimi's Spanish-influenced tapas take bar food to new heights. Hot items include goat cheese croquettas, calamari with chorizo in cream sauce, mushroom manchego toast and beef empanadas with aioli. Other options include plates of Spanish cheeses or marinated olives. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464; www.mimisriverridge.comEnjoy Italian and Creole cooking at Mimi's. Seared veal hanger steak is served over house-made spaghetti with onions and a soft-cooked egg. Braised lamb cheeks are tossed with pasta, fava beans, baby arugula and served with ricotta salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.comMr. B's is a modern Creole favorite in the French Quarter. Barbecue Gulf shrimp are served in New Orleans-style peppery butter sauce with French bread. 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. $$$

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 938-0022; www.austinsno.comMr. Ed's is known for fried chicken and Italian cuisine, and local dishes like trout amandine. Diners can choose red, white or lima beans with rice. Seasonal specialties include shepherd's pie, crawfish and soft-shell crab dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. GYROS GREEK RESTAURANT3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 933-9228; www.mrgyros.orgPita sandwiches come with your choice of chicken, souvlaki, falafel, vegetable or gyro meat (a combination of ground beef and lamb). Mr. Gyros also has kebabs and daily specials including pasta, fish and veal dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.comSteaks, seafood and Italian dishes round out this Uptown restaurant's menu. Options include New York strips, filets mignon, rib-eyes and porterhouse steaks for two. Crabmeat ravioli feature Dungeness crab in Asiago cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch 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 or fried catfish is served with Creole eggplant sauce, salad and potato salad or garlic potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 985-4010; www.mrroosdeli.comMr. Roo's serves po-boys and sandwiches including a muffuletta filled with salami, Chisesi ham, Swiss and mozzarella cheeses and olive salad. Grilled ahi tuna is served over angel hair pasta in garlic butter sauce with salad, bread and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIYAKO SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro.comMiyako offers a wide array of Japanese dishes from its sushi bar and hibachi grill. The hibachi special combines lobster, filet mignon and shrimp and comes with clear miso soup, salad, hibachi noodles and mixed vegetables. The Miyako roll is a batter-fried roll filled with salmon, white fish, crab, avocado, cucumber and tobiko. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MO'S PIZZA 1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.netMo's is known for its extra-large, hand-tossed pizzas served whole or by the slice. Specialty pies include a muffuletta version and chicken and spinach Alfredo. Pizza turnovers are filled with meat and cheese, and the Supreme includes black olives, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOJITO's RUM BAR & GRILL437 Esplanade Ave., 252-4800; www.mojitosnola.comMojito's serves a mix of Cuban, Caribbean and Creole dishes. Caribbean mac and cheese pie is filled with lobster, tomatoes, sauteed garlic and scallions and topped with cheese sauce. Shrimp ya ya features grilled Gulf shrimp over jalapeno cheese grits made with applewood-smoked bacon, garlic and shallots. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. 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 on your choice of seven-grain, tomato-basil or sourdough bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

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. Top off a dinner of shrimp scampi with homemade tiramisu. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 961-8175; 3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., 994-9800; www.monascafenola.comFind traditional Middle Eastern dishes across the city at Mona's locations. There are chicken, lamb and beef kebabs, lentil soup, falafel and gyro sandwiches and vegetarian platters. Appetizers include zaater bread topped with herbs and olive oil and safeiha topped with ground beef and lamb. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

MONDO 900 Harrison Ave., 224-2633; www.mondoneworleans.com Chef Susan Spicer's Lakeview restaurant offers upscale takes on comfort food from around the globe. Try an appetizer of baked oysters over artichoke bread pudding with bacon cream, or an entree of shrimp with curried cauliflower and basmati rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS 1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183Try a variety of homemade items such as gumbo and chicken or tuna salads, or the popular roast beef po-boy. Monster also serves shrimp, oyster, catfish, sausage and meatball po-boys. Grilled shrimp are served over rotini with butter garlic sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MONTREL'S BISTRO 1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747 This casual restaurant in the French Quarter serves Creole favorites such as crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for dessert. Outdoor seating is adjacent to Dutch Alley. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORNING CALL3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 985-4068When Morning Call moved from its French Market location in 1974, it brought all of the original furnishings. Beignets are made with a sourdough recipe. New Orleans classics like red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee are on the menu as well. Try the frozen cafe au lait. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 945-4970; www.mortonsseafood.comAdmire the view from the waterfront at Morton's while perusing a menu of fried, boiled and grilled seafood. Try the daily seafood casserole featuring a combination of fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, baked and topped with melted cheese. Steaks and chicken dishes also are available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S STEAKHOUSE1 Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com/neworleansThis Chicago-based chain is known for its cuts of prime-aged steaks, which include filets mignon, porterhouses, New York strips and rib-eyes. Savory small dishes like smoked salmon pizza and mini crab cakes are available at the bar. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MOSCA'S4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale, 436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.comMosca's hearty Italian cooking is perfect for family-style dining. Shrimp Mosca are Gulf shrimp sauteed with white wine and Italian seasonings. Chicken a la Grande features chicken sauteed with rosemary, whole garlic cloves and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT 401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.netAll Mother's meats — including the beef and ham for the Famous Ferdi special — are cooked in house. Mother's Creole soul food specials include Mae's file gumbo and Jerry's jambalaya. Start your day with a crawfish etouffee omelet. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.comLive Cajun music and traditional Cajun cuisine go hand-in-hand at this rustic-styled 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. $$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE 901 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com This attractive restaurant on the corner of Jackson Square boasts a menu of contemporary Creole cooking. The wood-grilled double-cut pork chop is topped with sugar cane apple glaze and served with pecan sweet potatoes and Southern-style greens. Crawfish and goat cheese crepes are topped with Louisiana crawfish in buttery Chardonnay sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Kosher Cajun New York Deli & Grocery serves knishes, matzo ball soup and deli sandwiches like the J&N. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Kosher Cajun New York Deli & Grocery serves knishes, matzo ball soup and deli sandwiches like the J&N.

N'TINI'S2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.comN'tini's fish of the day ranges from pan-roasted tilapia with garlic beurre blanc to grilled mahi mahi. Seasonal soup options include seafood gumbo, French onion and red bean. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188; 3242 Magazine St., 999-0031; 6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 286-1805; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.comNacho Mama's serves Tex-Mex favorites and specialty margaritas. Mamachitas feature a spicy blend of roasted jalapeno, serrano and habanero peppers fried and served with habanero sour cream. Popular items include mahi mahi tacos with mango salsa, and tilapia tacos topped with pickled slaw. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAKED PIZZA6307 S. Miro St., 965-0244; 701 Metairie Road, 935-0066; www.nakedpizza.bizProbiotic- and prebiotic-rich, multi-grain crusts make Naked Pizza a healthy option for pies, but that doesn't mean there's no meat. The Omnivore features pepperoni, ground beef, ham, bell peppers, mushrooms and black olives. The Ragin' Cajun is loaded with chicken, sausage, garlic, peppers and onion. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.comThe charming and historic Napoleon House offers a slate of casual New Orleans favorites including po-boys, red beans and rice and chicken and sausage jambalaya. The specialty is the muffuletta, which is heated through, softening the cheese and blending flavors. Seafood gumbo is filled with shrimp, crab and okra. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late night Fri. and Sat. Credit cards. $$

NATHAN'S RESTAURANT 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; www.nathansrestaurant.net This Slidell restaurant serves a mix of seafood, Creole and Italian dishes. Tuesday's Italian night special includes Italian salad and small portions of spinach cannelloni, lasagna and chicken parmigiana. Wednesday's surf-and-turf special includes a 6-oz. steak, a lobster tail and a side of potatoes in bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., Sun. brunch. Credit cards. $$$

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.comFresh cakes, breads, bagels and biscuits are this cozy Marigny cafe's specialty. For breakfast, try dishes like boudin and eggs. Lunch specials include the crab sandwich with spinach, Brie and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD & SPIRITS208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 975-0432Voodoo eggrolls stuffed with crawfish start things off at this casual eatery. Catfish is fried or grilled and topped with crawfish etouffee. Blackened chicken is served with creamy Alfredo sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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

NEW YORK PIZZA4416 Magazine St., 991-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.comNew York Pizza serves thin-crust pies whole or by the slice. The Big Apple pie is loaded with everything, and anchovies and jalapenos are optional. Find borough-centric pies like the Brooklyn, Bronx or Queens, which has spinach, artichoke, mushrooms and mozzarella and feta cheeses. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEYOW'S CREOLE CAFE 3340 Bienville St., 927-5474 Smothered okra, jambalaya, barbecue chicken breasts and po-boys are menu staples at Neyow's. Daily specials include Southern fried chicken and Pasta on the Bayou featuring sauteed shrimp and crawfish in cheesy butter cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NINJA SUSHI8433 Oak St., 966-1119; www.ninjasushineworleans.com Ninja features an extensive list of sushi, sashimi, rolls, soba and udon noodles, soups, salads and other dishes. There also are 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. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE4308 Magazine St., 994-9797; www.insidenirvana.comNirvana offers traditional Indian curries and tandoori items as well as seafood, vegetarian and rice dishes. The lamb achar is a spicy and tart curry. Murgh sonya is a chicken breast stuffed with nuts, raisins, herbs and farmers cheese. Lunch is served buffet style. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NOLA BEANS762 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.comStop in for breakfast sandwiches, pancakes or an omelet at NOLA Beans. Lunch items include soup, salad, sandwiches and wraps, like the Argonne which is filled with roasted turkey, sprouts, Havarti cheese, avocado and tomato. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. 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. The grilled pork chop is served with 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 Thu.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NONNA MIA3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; www.nonnamia.netThis cafe and pizzeria serves gourmet pies, pasta, paninis and salads. The Divine Portobello appetizer combines mushrooms, grilled chicken and spinach with creamy, spicy red pepper sauce. The fish of the day might be mahi mahi, salmon or tilapia served with sauteed vegetables and lemon-caper sauce or lemon beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ ­

NONNA'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFFE2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite 5, Covington, (985) 993-1488; www.nonnarandazzo.comKing cakes are baked year-round at this Northshore bakery. Also available are fresh pastries, cookies, cakes and bread. The lunch menu features soups, panini and salads. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOR-JOE IMPORT COMPANY 505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 933-9240; www.norjoe.com Nor-Joe is an Italian grocery stocked with olive oils, cheeses and cured meats. It combines those items to create its only prepared food item, a muffuletta. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOSH219 Dauphine St., 581-6674; www.noshnola.comNosh offers pancakes, omelets and breakfast casseroles in the morning. For lunch, try the Reuben, with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss and Thousand Island dressing on griddled rye bread. Hand-cut fries are topped with home-made chili and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner and late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NUVOLARI'S 246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com Open since 1983, this Mandeville mainstay focuses on Creole cuisine. Try char-grilled redfish topped with lump crabmeat and citrus meuniere sauce or lobster, shrimp and crab served with sherry cream sauce over linguine. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.comO'Brien's is a steakhouse offering steaks, chops and seafood dishes. Savory artichoke cheesecake is topped with oysters sauteed in butter, garlic and white wine. Skin-on snapper is seared crisp and served with brabant new potatoes, grilled asparagus, lump crabmeat and Creole beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT131 S.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-4077O'Donnell's features contemporary Creole dishes like a grilled double-cut pork chop over a crisp potato cake with sauteed spinach. Seared Wisconsin duck breast is served with braised collard greens, baby sweet potatoes and blackberry cassis reduction. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS632 S. Carrollton Ave., 966-9741; 9859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; www.ohenrys.comO'Henry's offers seafood platters, sandwiches, salads and burgers. The classic deli patty comes topped with pastrami and melted Monterey Jack cheese and is dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Other specialty burger toppings and sauces include horseradish aioli and the southwest cilantro sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK8118 Oak St., 302-1485; www.oaknola.comThis wine bar offers small plates and live musical entertainment. Gulf shrimp fill tacos assembled in house-made corn tortillas with pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFE8140 Oak St., 966-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.comThis all-day breakfast joint serves classic diner fare. The Florentine scramble mixes three eggs, spinach, basil, 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 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. $

OCEANA GRILL 739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.com This restaurant puts a twist on seafood favorites. "Jazzy" crab cakes are topped with crawfish cream sauce. Eggs Melanzana features eggplant rounds with grilled ham and tomatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OKI NAGO JAPANESE SEAFOOD BUFFET2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588; www.okinago.comOki Nago's buffet includes some Chinese dishes in addition to the large selection of Japanese items, ranging from teriyaki, tempura-fried shrimp and vegetables, to cold noodle salads, sushi and rolls. Buffet meals include ice cream and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE OLD COFFEEPOT RESTAURANT 714 St. Peter St., 524-3500; www.theoldcoffeepot.com The Old Coffeepot is known for calas — Creole rice fritters sprinkled with powdered sugar. The Fleur De Lis chicken is served with crabmeat and crawfish dressing and topped with beurre blanc. The menu also offers gumbo, crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; 5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.comChoose from sandwiches, wraps and entrees like chicken and artichoke pasta with sauteed red onions and mushrooms over penne tossed with garlic and olive oil. Shrimp Carnival features Gulf shrimp, smoked sausage, red onions and green peppers in garlic cream sauce over penne. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.comOlivier's serves Creole dishes inspired by and named for family members and their recipes. Braised Creole rabbit is served with sage-seasoned oyster dressing. Crab ravioli are battered, flash fried with shrimp and crawfish, topped with spinach Alfredo and served with asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.comThis bustling Riverbend restaurant presents creative dishes such as pan-fried flounder atop spaghetti squash gratin, topped with julienned Brussels sprouts and Meyer lemon beurre blanc. Starters include char-grilled oysters with Roquefort cheese and red wine vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ORANGE COUCH 2339 Royal St., 267-7327; www.theorangecouchcoffee.comEnjoy coffee and baked goods such as fresh carrot cake. On Fridays, the cafe serves light Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls and bun. For an additional treat, try one of the Japanese mochi ice cream flavors like lychee or chocolate coconut. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S 440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com Pierre Maspero's updates local classics. The "hot and blue" oyster po-boy is dressed with Tabasco mayonnaise and blue cheese. The cochon de lait gets spicy heat from 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 BISTRO720 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 herb-crusted rack of lamb comes with truffled mashed potatoes, baby vegetables and brandy-peppercorn demi-glace sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 931-9540Oscar's offers standard pub grub, but it's known for the overstuffed baked potatos served with half-pound burgers. The restaurant also offers its take on the muffuletta, the Oscarlotta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE Citywide; 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, racks of New Zealand lamb and seafood items from tuna steaks to lobster tails. No reservations. Dinner daily, lunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

P & G RESTAURANT345 Baronne St., 525-9678This CBD lunch spot boasts homemade biscuits and gravy and other breakfast items in the morning. It is best known for its large menu of fried seafood po-boys and lunch plates of fried shrimp or catfish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS Citywide; www.pjscoffee.comThis locally founded coffeeshop chain offers a full range of coffee drinks, iced concoctions, bagels and a variety of baked goods. Some locations serve sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. 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 on grilled ciabatta. Shrimp Tchefuncte features shrimp in Creole meuniere sauce with roasted mushrooms and green onions over popcorn rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.comTraditional New Orleans jazz holds court at this music club and Creole cafe. Grilled red snapper is served with a mild shrimp curry sauce and new potatoes. The pork chop is served with herbed white wine cream sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and brocolli. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU 1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosonthebayou.net Palmettos features traditional Louisiana seafood dishes like seafood gumbo and corn and crab bisque. Other options include chicken Alfredo and a daily fish special. A children's menu is also available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA Citywide; 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. $

PARADISE CAFE3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 988-4141For breakfast, try Paradise Cafe's special with two eggs, two pieces of bacon, grits and toast. For lunch, try the Reuben or Paradise club, a double-decker sandwich layered with turkey and bacon. Daily hot lunch specials include red beans and rice, seafood gumbo and lentils. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047; www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola.comThis Mid-City favorite is famous for roast beef and fried shrimp po-boys, and the surf and turf features both in the same sandwich. The Caprese combines tomato slices, mozzarella and basil dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 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, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT1838 Napoleon Ave., 995-4877The calling card at this New Orleans classic is its barbecue shrimp, served in peppery butter sauce. There are other seafood options, such as the combination pan roast featuring oysters, shrimp and crabmeat with a blend of shallots and parsley baked in a casserole dish. Steaks also are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.comGrab a Hurricane and head to the Courtyard Restaurant for sandwiches, red beans and rice, and innovative Creole dishes. Shrimp and grits features sauteed shrimp with a trio of peppers, garlic and onions served with cheesy grit cakes. The spinach and strawberry salad comes with strawberries, spicy pecans, red onion, blue cheese and bacon over baby spinach. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PATIO RESTAURANT5540 Crowder Blvd., 240-6744The Patio Restaurant attracts patrons with its daily hot plates and Creole and soul food dishes such as red beans and rice and barbecue ribs. Signature dishes include the baked potato stuffed with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat, cheese and smothered cabbage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Proprietors Lee McCullough and chef Scott Snodgrass at One Restaurant and Lounge. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

PATOIS6078 Laurel St., 995-9441; www.patoisnola.comThis neighborhood bistro offers refined French-Louisiana dishes. For appetizers, try the crispy pork belly and seared scallop, with Steen's cane syrup and spicy mustard drizzle. Entrees include porcini-crusted Berkshire pork chop with creamed collard greens, polenta and kumquat reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PAUL'S CAFE100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-9581; www.paulscafe.netThis comfort food hotspot kicks off the day with big breakfasts like bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, omelets and pancakes. Lunch specials include red beans and rice with smoked sausage, open-faced roast beef sandwiches and grilled chicken salad. A children's menu is available. No reservations. Breakfast and Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PEPPERONI'S CAFE8123 Hampson St., 965-0336; www.pepperoniscafe.com This Riverbend pizzeria offers specialty pizzas and lunch specials during the day. Breakfast options include bananas Foster French toast and eggs Benedict. 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. $$

PERE ANTOINE 741 Royal St., 581-4478; www.pereantoine.com This French Quarter restaurant serves New Orleans fare with some Cajun spice. The bayou bowl features scampied, barbecued, and fried shrimp accompanied by the Cajun shrimp rice. Catfish Antoine is a blackened catfish fillet topped with crawfish reduction sauce and served with rice and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PETUNIA'S PLACE 2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436: www.petuniasplace.com This neighborhood restaurant cooks up hearty comfort food like bourbon pork tenderloin with baby potato cakes and grilled redfish with creamy crawfish sauce. Try house specialties like hand-battered onion rings or the Sunday special of barbecued chicken and homemade mac and cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

PHIL'S GRILL 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1705; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.phils-grill.comFor starters, Phil's Grill offers menu items like potato skins, cheese fries and barbecue wings. The main event is a build-your-own burger menu complete with multiple breads, toppings and sauces. A kid's menu is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094Order familiar dishes like spring rolls, banh mi or pho with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Also look for vermicelli noodle bowls filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, bean sprouts, crispy egg rolls and char-grilled beef, pork or shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO KING AT LOST LOVE LOUNGE 2529 Dauphine St., 944-0099; www.lostlovelounge.comThere's Pho King in the back of the Lost Love Lounge. The small menu features spring rolls with pork or shrimp, pho and vermicelli bowls. Dishes include fried tofu and curried beef over vermicelli. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO NOLA3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 941-7690; www.pho-nola.comPho NOLA's po-boys are New Orleans meets Vietnam versions of banh mi sandwiches. Try one filled with minced barbecue pork, roasted pork, ham, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and aioli. There's a banh mi and pho combo. NOLA rolls are crispy fried egg rolls stuffed inside rice paper spring rolls with vermicelli, pickled carrots and cilantro. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188; www.phoorchid.comPho Orchid serves pho and a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes. Get the staple soup topped with brisket, beef, chicken or other optional additions. Popular items include grilled duck bundled in rice paper and lettuce. Pho Orchid also offers family-sized portions of its entrees. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. 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 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. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 989-9950Shish kebabs of lamb, beef, chicken and kafta are served on platters with hummus, rice and salad. Chicken shawarma also is available on a platter. Vegetarian options include grape leaves and tabbouleh with tomatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PICCADILLY Citywide; 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. $

PIE PIZZA & PASTAS814 S. Peters St., 528-2743; 4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 985-5566Pie serves gourmet pizza, baked sandwiches on ciabatta bread and pasta dishes like lasagna and lobster ravioli with both cheese sauce and marinara. For local flavor, order the alligator and duck sausage pizza. The Greek pie is topped with roasted garlic, artichokes, black olives, spinach, tomato and provolone, feta and mozzarella cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PIER 4 Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 366-7711; www.boomtownneworleans.comSteak and seafood dishes rule the menu at Pier 4. Burgers also are popular choices and steamed lobster, barbecue shrimp and seafood platters round out the dinner options. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PINKBERRY5601 Magazine St.; 300 Canal St., 999-4260; www.pinkberry.comPinkberry offers frozen yogurt with many toppings to choose from. The Pinkberry fruit parfait mixes five layers of freshly cut fruit, all-natural honey granola and original Pinkberry yogurt. Lychee yogurt with a hint of lime is a new flavor. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun., late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PITA PIT 5800 Magazine St., 999-4141; www.pitapitnola.comThis pita parlor offers a wide array of meats, cheese, sauces and condiments. The Uptown club combines turkey, bacon, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, green peppers, provolone and honey mustard. The gyro is dressed with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, black olives, feta and tzatziki sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA FLORENCE 4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 988-7888; www.pizzaflorence.netBesides gourmet and build-your-own pizzas, Pizza Florence offers wraps, salads, pita rolls and calzones. The smoked turkey salad has turkey, bacon bits, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, corn and mozzarella cheese over lettuce with honey mustard dressing. Pita rolls include the classic gyro, turkey ranch and Philly steak. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON 1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 992-9874 Kids delight in watching the Pizza Man and his helpers twirl dough in the glassed-in kitchen. The finished results get plenty of attention too, especially the crab-laden Wow pizza and the Pizza Palace with pepperoni, Italian sausage, blanched green peppers, home-made meatballs and onions. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PIZZA NOLA141 W. Harrison Ave., Suite A, 972-0731; www.pizzanola.comPizza Nola serves New York-style thin-crust pies. The Pontchartrain pie is topped with mozzarella, Gulf shrimp, spinach, mushrooms and basil-roasted red pepper. The fleur-de-lis pie is topped with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil, bacon and blue cheese. Gelato from La Dolce Nola is available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

POMPEII PIZZERIA 1068 Magazine St., 708-4213; www.pompeiipizzeria.comGourmet 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 pie topped with onions, herbs and spices. There also are cheese steaks, salads and burgers. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

POPEYES Citywide; 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. $

PORT OF CALL838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.comMany people come to Port of Call for one thing: a thick burger served with a baked potato laden with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. The restaurant's half-pound burgers are ground fresh daily and served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onion on the side. Salads and steaks also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE PRALINE CONNECTION 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com Stick-to-your-ribs Creole soul food is the draw at this Marigny spot. Enjoy home-style red beans and rice, file gumbo, soft-shell crab po-boys, 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. $$

PRAVDA!1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; www.pravdaofnola.comPravda! is known for its Soviet kitsch aesthetic and its large selection of absinthes. The kitchen offers Eastern European-style pierogies, or dense dumplings, with a variety of fillings. Also on the menu are vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as daily specials made using locally grown produce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

PUCCINO'S COFFEEHOUSELakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Avenue, Metairie, 935-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.comThe cafe serves sandwiches, salads, soup and pizzas. For breakfast, the eggs Puccino sandwich features an egg, ham and cheese on an English muffin. The create-your-own grits can be mixed with your choice of five different cheeses, bacon, turkey, ham or Italian sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PURE YOGURT CULTURE8108 Hampson St., 964-8108This frozen yogurt shop offers a changing selection of seasonal flavors, plus pomegranate, "Pure Tart" and the "Who Dat" mystery flavor. No sugar is added to the chocolate, vanilla or peanut butter flavors, and yogurts are nonfat and kosher. Topping choices include chopped fruit, berries, almonds, walnuts, toasted coconut, chocolate, caramel and granola. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PYRAMIDS CAFE3149 Calhoun St., 961-9602Pyramids Cafe is a casual spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. There are shish kebabs and gyro plates with tahini. Chicken tikka is a marinated and grilled skinless half-chicken. Lamb is sauteed with olive oil and spices and served with hummus. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 987-3456The Quarter View offers a variety of seafood specialties. The stuffed lobster comes with homemade crabmeat dressing, and any entree can be topped off with crabmeat au gratin. The menu also features pastas and fried seafood platters. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

QUIZNOS Citywide; 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 serve breakfast. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

R&O'S RESTAURANT 216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 931-1248R & O's offers pizza, po-boys, hot tamales, Italian salads and muffulettas. The seafood platters feature combinations of shrimp, fish, oysters and soft-shell crabs. The most popular pizza is topped with meatballs and onion. The po-boy selection includes roast beef and chicken Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RADOSTA'S FAMOUS PO-BOYS249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 931-1537Roast beef and fried shrimp po-boys are among the most popular options at Radosta's. The Cajun Delight features a crawfish cake, green onions, remoulade and fried green tomatoes. The Jones Special is a po-boy assembled with grilled shrimp. Radosta's daily lunch specials include red beans and rice and pasta with meatballs. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RAGS SEAFOOD & SPIRITS 4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 792-1744; www.ragsmandeville.comRags serves seafood platters and po-boys as well as burgers, sandwiches and salads. Side orders include sweet potato fries, zucchini and potato tots. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS Citywide; www.raisingcanes.comChicken fingers are the main focus of Raising Cane's. Get 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. $

RAJUN CAJUN CAFE5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 983-5513; www.rajuncajuncafe.comSeafood platters of shrimp, oysters, trout, catfish and soft-shell crabs are served with hushpuppies and french fries. Fried catfish comes with crawfish cream sauce, fries and hushpuppies. For a sandwich, a fried chicken breast topped with grilled ham and Swiss is served on a bun with fries or onion rings. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.comThis French Quarter seafood house serves everything from classic shrimp au gratin and seafood pasta to exotic dishes with alligator. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp with Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and garlic is served over French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RALPH'S ON THE PARK 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.comRalph's offers contemporary Creole and American cooking. Try the crabmeat ravigote Napoleon, which features Israeli couscous and roasted corn, jumbo lump crabmeat and ravigote, tomatoes, cucumbers and salsa verde. The Disgruntled Shrimp is tempura shrimp teriyaki with spicy chile-garlic creme fraiche. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RAMBLA217 Camp St., 587-7720; www.ramblanola.comFind contemporary European fare at this tapas restaurant in the International House Hotel. The menage a foie (or foie gras three-way) features a foie gras lollipop and foie gras cotton candy. Artichoke and olive flat bread is complemented with burrata cheese and micro basil. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RED EYE GRILL 952 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.netBurgers, fries, chicken tenders and other pub grub favorites are popular choices among the lunch crowd and late-night revelers alike. Other options include popcorn shrimp, turkey burgers and salads. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

RED FISH GRILL115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.comThis colorfully decorated restaurant serves a range of seafood including many oyster and redfish dishes. Hickory-grilled redfish is served with lump crabmeat, lemon butter and tasso and wild mushroom Pontalba potatoes. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RED GRAVY125 Camp St., 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.comOrder a sandwich dressed New Orleans-style, or Parmesan-style with mozzarella and red sauce or Italian-style with sauteed greens and provolone. Pasta is served with the house sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil — and meatballs are an optional addition. For brunch, try creamy polenta topped with sausage, peppers, tomatoes and an over-easy egg, with garlic bread on the side. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

RED MANGO1640 Hickory Ave., Suite B, Harahan, 575-3576; www.redmangousa.comRed Mango offers self-serve frozen, nonfat, probiotic yogurt, as well as smoothies and iced teas. Ghiradelli chocolate, peach, Key lime pie, pumpkin spice and wildberry hibiscus are among the 50 flavors offered in changing rotations. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.comFind signature seafood specialties at this Gretna institution. Redfish Pontchartrain is a pan-seared fillet topped with lump crabmeat and mushroom-sherry cream. Fried mirliton comes with shrimp, andouille, lump crabmeat and fried oysters in bordelaise sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE RED PALACE1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071An extensive menu includes pot stickers, lo mein dishes, curries and more. Other items range from soft-shell crabs topped with crawfish tails in spicy sauce to a duo of sesame-coated fried chicken breasts served with a spicy soy-based sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT8330 Earhart Blvd., 961-1933; www.redstarchineserestaurant.comRed Star's large 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 with no added salt, sugar or cornstarch. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REDEMPTION3835 Iberville St., 309-3570; www.redemption-nola.comRedemption serves creative contemporary dishes like Chambord roasted duckling with pan-fried potatoes, dark cherry preserve and brown butter cherry vinaigrette. Crabmeat-stuffed flounder is served atop fried green tomatoes with cocoa beurre blanc and roasted oak drizzle. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH 9124 Hampson St., 972-0187; www.refuelcafe.com Get your morning fill at this Riverbend spot. The weekend brunch menu includes huevos rancheros, Belgian waffles and Cuban and club sandwiches. Specials include crabmeat omelets and burritos packed with black beans, avocados and vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA Citywide; www.reginellis.comBesides gourmet pies, Reginelli's offers soups, salads, calzones, pressed focaccia and pita sandwiches. 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. $

RESTAURANT AUGUST301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.chefjohnbesh.comChef John Besh's flagship restaurant offers a seasonal menu of contemporary Louisiana dishes. Hand-made potato gnocchi tossed with blue crab and Perigord truffle is a signature appetizer. Breaded speckled trout is served with Louisiana crab, white shrimp, toasted almonds and mousseline sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT CYPRESS4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 985-6885; www.restaurantcypress.comCypress serves dishes like lobster ravioli with mascarpone cream and dill sauce, and crawfish and crabmeat Parma, a casserole topped with white wine butter sauce and Parmesan. Entrees include eggplant cakes topped with sauteed shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat butter sauce and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; www.desfamilles.comSituated on the outskirts of Jean Lafitte National Park, this restaurant serves seafood dishes like catfish amandine. Barataria stuffed crab features crab shells filled with seasoned crabmeat and broiled until the top browns. Pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

RIB ROOM 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046; www.ribroomneworleans.com The house specialty at this French-style rotisserie restaurant is slow-roasted prime rib served au jus with horseradish sour cream and a baked potato. Blackened Atlantic salmon is served over stone-ground grits with sweet and spicy Tabasco butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Cured salmon is one of the small plates at Santa Fe Tapas in Uptown. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE 7801 Panola St., 314-1810Neighbors and students fill this sunny cafe, where breakfast is served all day. The menu boasts everything from liver and onions to huevos rancheros. Try eggs Benedict reworked with either crab cakes or served Pontchartrain-style with crawfish. For a sandwich, try paneed veal with mozzarella served on a bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RICK'S CATFISH CABIN78461 Hwy. 437, Covington, (985) 993-7274The humble catfish gets star treatment at this seafood joint. Order it baked, fried, broiled or grilled with lemon butter. Fried oysters, seafood platters, stuffed shrimp and sides of hushpuppies and fries round out the menu. There also are burgers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri. and Sun., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

RIOMAR 900 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.comSeasonal seafood gets a Latin American twist at this Warehouse District restaurant. Gulf escolar is grilled and topped with peppers and capers and served with sides of pan-roasted zucchini, garlic and squash. Plaintains, black beans and rice accompany the five-hour roasted pork. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE CARMELO1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; www.ristorantecarmelo.comRistorante Carmelo serves traditional Italian dishes. House-made pastas include mushroom ravioli and tortellini served with meat sauce. House-cut meats include the veal chop Valdostana, which is stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese. For dessert, try the homemade ice cream or chocolate panna cotta. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE DA PIERO401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.netThe menu at Ristorante Da Piero combines original dishes with those of the Romagna region of Northern Italy. Pastas are made in house and meat dishes include the molasses-glazed maple leaf duck with cultivated mushroom saute, and goat cheese ravioli and onion marmalade. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 975-1006; www.delportoristorante.comAt Ristorante del Porto, Tuscan flavors inspire contemporary Italian dishes such as braised Eden Farms osso buco with creamy herb polenta, baby spinach and gremolata. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 935-4008Filippo specializes in traditional Italian dishes like pasta and meatballs, osso buco, and veal, chicken or eggplant Parmesan. For something a little different, try one of the signature crabmeat dishes or the oysters oregano, which are lightly dusted with Italian breadcrumbs and finished with Romano cheese, garlic and rosemary. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RIVERBEND BISTRO8001 St. Bernard Hwy., Suite B, Arabi, 277-6996Riverbend Bistro dishes up Italian cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features seafood dishes like soft-shell crab over seafood pasta, and catfish Acadiana topped with crawfish etouffee. The Angus filet is served either bordelaise — herbs, garlic and olive oil — or Pontchartrain — crabmeat and mushrooms — style. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RIVERSHACK TAVERN3449 River Road, Jefferson, 934-4938; www.therivershacktavern.comFavorites at this tavern by the river are seafood platters and po-boys. Appetizers include fried green tomatoes, Buffalo oysters, onion rings and cheese fries. A variety of burgers, salads and deli sandwiches fill out the menu. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

RIVERSIDE GRILL7933 Airline Drive, Metairie, 287-4152Seafood and Tex-Mex dishes are served at Riverside Grill. Try the chicken, steak or shrimp fajitas, or can-can snapper, a fillet topped with shrimp, pico de gallo and Jack cheese, and served with rice and vegetables. Soups, salads and po-boys also are available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROBERT FRESH MARKET135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-3428; 5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 985-7005; 9115 S. Claiborne Ave., 488-0536; www.robertfreshmarket.comChoose from rotisserie chicken, an extensive salad bar, sushi bar, soup, 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. $

ROCK 'N' BOWL3016 S. Carrollton Ave., 961-1700; www.rockandbowl.comBowl a few frames and dine on New Orleans classics at this Mid-City institution. Shrimp remoulade is served over fried green tomatoes. Order fried bread pudding served in a po-boy. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS 923 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com This hip Warehouse District spot serves sushi and other Japanese favorites. Mushroom crepe maki is crepes rolled with creamy mushrooms and cheese compote, topped with enoki and shiitake mushrooms. Rainbow seafood salad features tuna, yellowtail and salmon with cucumbers, avocado, smelt roe, green onions and ponzu sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROCKY & CARLO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR 613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 279-8323; www.rockyandcarlos.com This Chalmette eatery offers traditional New Orleans fare like seafood platters heaped with fried shrimp and oysters, as well as popular Italian items like veal Parmesan and spaghetti and meatballs. Side items include baked macaroni, garlic bread and stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA3222 Magazine St., 991-5152Rocky's offers many original gourmet pies. The smoked pulled-pork barbecue pizza has caramelized onions, maple-glazed bacon and barbecue sauce. Pepperoni, Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and jalapenos top the spicy Wild Tchoupitoulas pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., 561-9800; 916 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 992-2462; 3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 972-0957; 5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 991-8373; www.rolypoly.comRoly Poly offers endless options for gourmet wraps with fillings like smoked pork, Santa Fe chicken and vegetarian options. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ROMAN PIZZA 7329 Cohn St., 966-1166 This Uptown pizzeria stays open (and delivers) late for college students and others with Italian cravings. Popular pies include the spinach pizza, a garlic-butter-brushed pie with mozzarella, feta, spinach and vegetables. The Roman is topped with pepperoni, salami, ham, black olives and onions. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROOSEVELT HOTEL BAR116 University Place, 566-9444; www.roosevelthotelbar.comThe Roosevelt Hotel Bar offers gourmet bar food with an elegant twist. Menu options include pomme frites with Parmesan aioli, deep-fried Gruyere cheese puffs and shrimp corn dogs. Sandwiches include a smoked pork and apple chutney on ciabatta. For dessert, try beignets with mocha syrup. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIA Citywide; www.rotolos.comRotolo's pizza options include pies like the muffuletta, topped with all the ingredients found on the sandwich. The pesto Marguerite features shrimp, pesto and tomatoes. Other options include calzones, sandwiches, wraps, pastas and salads. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROUSES Citywide; www.rouses.comRouses grocery 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 a salad bar. The coffee bar serves smoothies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROUX BISTRO500 Canal St., 525-2500; www.sheratonneworleans.comFind New Orleans specialties at this bistro inside the Sheraton New Orleans. Breakfast options include a buffet and waffles, pancakes or 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 Hotel, 717 Orleans Ave., 571-4604; www.bourbonorleans.comRoux on Orleans focuses on Creole classics and Louisiana produce. Start a meal with Creole turtle soup or Louisiana shrimp and goat cheese crepes. Entrees range from pasta jambalaya to pecan-crusted puppy drum to a double-cut pork chop glazed with Steen's cane syrup. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE 244 Metairie Road, Metairie, 935-7779; 621 Royal St., 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.com The food selection at this coffee and teahouse features breakfast pastries, sandwiches and salads. There are hot breakfast items, and during weekends, the menu includes eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, grillades and grits, and blueberry or bananas Foster waffles. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL HOUSE OYSTER BAR441 Royal St., 528-2601; www.royalhouserestaurant.comRoyal House serves oysters raw, stuffed, fried or char-broiled. The seafood pescatore is an assortment of mussels, shrimp and scallops tossed with linguini in a garlic and tomato sauce. Order Maine lobster boiled in Cajun crawfish seasonings and served with butter, corn and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL PALM 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 644-4100; www.royalpalmrestaurant.com At this fine dining restaurant on the West Bank you'll find appetizers like crispy calamari and zucchini laced with freshly grated Parmesan and lump crab cakes with corn maque choux and spicy mayonnaise. The Royal One is a bone-in 22-oz. certified Angus beef rib-eye served with mashed or baked potatoes and sauteed asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE ROYAL SONESTA 300 Bourbon St., 553-2278; www.royalsonesta-neworleans.com The Sunday brunch buffet at the Royal Sonesta offers standard breakfast fare and elaborate New Orleans dishes like eggs Sardou and Creole crab Benedict. The lush courtyard provides a beautiful backdrop as diners sip champagne cocktails. Reservations recommended. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; 200 Magazine St., 525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.netEnjoy Southern and Creole dishes at these casual cafes. Eggs Blackstone features poached eggs with grilled tomato, applewood-smoked bacon and hollandaise on a biscuit. The barbecue shrimp and grits are cooked in Abita Amber rosemary reduction. No reservations. Cortez Street: breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Magazine Street: breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUE 127 127 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-1571; www.rue127.com French onion soup and steamed mussels in white wine sauce are specialties at this cozy bistro. Citrus-glazed duck is served with caramelized fennel, potato puree and orange supremes in a Louisiana citrus jus. Diver scallops come with sour cream whipped potatoes, roasted fennel and oyster mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

RUE DE LA COURSE1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 961-4343; 3121 Magazine St., 999-0242Rue serves a range of hot and cold coffee drinks, teas and baked goods like cupcakes, croissants, muffins and biscotti. Sandwiches include the Caprese with tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil and balsamic vinaigrette on Dong Phuong French bread. Try a breakfast wrap stuffed with eggs, cheese, ham and Crystal hot sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

THE RUM HOUSE3128 Magazine St., 941-7560; www.rumhousenola.comThis Caribbean cantina offers a mix of tropical and south of the border flavors. The "two dat" offers a choice of two tacos and two side items. Tacos include the "duck duck goose," filled with slow-roasted spiced duck, snow peas and carrot slaw, and the calypso beef taco with marinated steak, guacamole, avocado, lime and sour cream. Sides include coconut mango rice, fried plantains and roasted poblano and manchego polenta. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RUSSELL' S MARINA GRILL8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9999; www.russellsmarinagrill.comRussell's serves up home-cooked fare in a casual, lakeside setting. There are big burgers, po-boys and seafood, like grilled tuna with remoulade and sweet potato fries, and pesto salmon with homemade potato salad. For breakfast, there's eggs Benedict with grilled tomato and smoked sausage, or order your choice of sweet potato or multi-grain pancakes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 988-3600; www.ruthschris.comThe steak is king at Ruth's Chris, crowned only with butter. The cuts include filets, rib-eyes, T-bones and New York strips. Order a 6-oz. filet with blackened grilled shrimp. Reservations accepted. Fulton Street: Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ST. CHARLES TAVERN 1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823; www.stcharlestavern.comOrder New Orleans classics any time at this 24-hour diner. There are red beans and rice, po-boys, crawfish pies, pastas and breakfast plates. Wednesdays and Thursdays feature a rib-eye special with a loaded baked potato. For dessert, try the white chocolate bread pudding. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY 5004 Prytania St., 999-4737; www.stjamescheese.com St. James offers more than 100 varieties of cheese from around the globe. Cheese-centric sandwich choices include the Raclette made with house-smoked pastrami, and the Smokey Blue with roast beef and Worcestershire mayo. The ploughman's lunch comes with portions of cheddar, Stilton and goat cheese and a slice of pork pie. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge Frank and Maria Pyburn and Philip and Josie DiCristina serve Creole and Italian dishes at DiCristina's in Covington. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Frank and Maria Pyburn and Philip and Josie DiCristina serve Creole and Italian dishes at DiCristina's in Covington.

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE 535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 993-5553; www.stjohnscoffeehouse.com Coffee drinks keep patrons perky at St. John's, and the lunch menu offers sandwiches like Le Grand Cochon with pulled pork and slaw and St. John's club with turkey, bacon and avocado. The weekend breakfast menu includes an open-face BLTE sandwich — bacon, lettuce and tomato topped with a fried egg. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

STE. MARIE930 Poydras St., Suite 101, 304-6988: www.stemarienola.comThis stylish new CBD restaurant serves refined Continental dishes. Liver Lyonnaise features buttermilk fried liver with toasted ciabatta bread, sherry and bacon jus with a fried quail egg and cippolini onions. Rabbit two ways combines mustard-braised legs and belly confit with crispy spaetzle, thin-sliced pickled fennel and German mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAINTS AND SINNERS CAFE91 French Market Place, 596-2022This Italian bistro serves up Old World classics and Creole dishes. Try traditional thin-crust or Sicilian pizza or house-made meatballs. New Orleans dishes include gumbo, red beans and rice and jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night Mon.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253Sake Cafe's sushi menu features staples such as the California roll, crunchy roll and spicy tuna roll. The New Orleans roll features spicy crawfish, crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna, snow crab and avocado eel sauce. Discount sushi rolls are offered during happy hour. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN 2830 Magazine St., 994-0033This stylish sushi parlor features a wide range of rolls and sashimi. Try the appetizer sampler of Asian barbecue ribs, crawfish spring rolls, rock shrimp tempura, gyoza and pork dumplings. The healthy rice paper roll combines tuna, salmon, masago, avocado, cucumber and lettuce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT 27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 982-9443For 40 years, family recipes have made Sal & Judy's a Northshore institution. Popular dishes include the house-made lasagna. The veal panne brucioloni is a round steak breaded, stuffed with cheese sausage and ground beef, topped with red sauce and served with pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALT 'N' PEPPER403 Iberville St., 561-6070Indian and Pakistani-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. $

SALTWATER GRILL710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.comThis Riverbend eatery specializes in local seafood and comfort food prepared with Louisiana flair. Garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus accompany the fish of the day, and the shrimp and andouille pasta features grilled Gulf shrimp, andouille sausage and Creole mustard cream sauce tossed with penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALU3226 Magazine St., 371-5809; www.salurestaurant.comThe eclectic small plates at Salu find inspiration from the far reaches of the globe. Smashed avocado, salsa fresca and creme fraiche top duck and manchego flautas. Barbecue pulled pork is served on corn fritter cakes with cilantro and red onion salad, and grilled lamb lollipops come with roasted red pepper and fava bean hummus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE 3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433Salvatore's veal dishes include osso buco, bruccilone rolled with Italian stuffing, and veal piccata, which is a cutlet sauteed in lemon butter and topped with Parmesan. The menu also features beef, eggplant, pasta, shrimp and other seafood specialties. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., 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. Grilled tuna comes with sauteed potatoes and corn on the cob. The butterfly shrimp plate features 12 jumbo shrimp with fries or potatoes. The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat boiled seafood extravaganza. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SAMMY' S FOOD SERVICE & DELI 3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675; www.sammysfood.com Sammy's menu includes po-boys, burgers and sandwiches, fried seafood plates and salads. Try the roast beef po-boy, or check for daily specials like seafood stuffed catfish or jumbo stuffed shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S PO-BOYS AND CATERING901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 935-0916; www.sammyspoboys.comSammy's serves sandwiches, seafood platters and Italian dishes. The Flickaletta is a twist on the muffuletta featuring ham, salami, Swiss and olive salad served hot on French bread. Veal Parmesan includes two cutlets topped with red sauce and mozzarella cheese over angel hair pasta. Get a po-boy filled with roast beef, meatballs or chicken Cordon Bleu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER627 Bourbon St., 525-8442; www.sammysseafoodrestaurant.comThe surf and turf options at Sammy's include crawfish etouffee, platters of fried seafood and thick-cut rib-eyes. Blackened stuffed flounder features crabmeat stuffing sandwiched between two flounder filets and topped with butter. Jambalaya is a hearty option. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 988-7784This eatery offers a local spin on traditional Italian dishes. Meatless eggplant lasagna features thin slices of fried eggplant with spinach, Italian cheeses and salsa rossa. The pork shank osso buco is cooked with garlic, onions and mushrooms and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077Santa Fe offers a menu of Southwestern, Spanish and Portuguese dishes. Bolinhos de bacalau are dried salted codfish cakes seasoned with parsley, cilantro and lemon. Chicken Maximilian is a chicken breast roulade stuffed with roasted Anaheim peppers, chorizo, manchego and Asiago cheeses. Traditional menu items include tamales and enchiladas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE TAPAS1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915This new restaurant offers traditional tapas and entrees. Seared jumbo scallops feature caramelized sea scallops with mango-green tomato pico de gallo. Gambas al ajillo is a dish of jumbo shrimp prepared with garlic, shallots, japones chilis and cognac. Reservations recommended. Brunch Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun., late night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S RESTAURANT724 Dublin St., 961-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.comCreole technique meets Indian, Mediterranean and Thai flavors at Sara's. Popular dishes include honey-glazed scallops and a grilled, pepper-crusted pork chop served with crab and cream salsa. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SATSUMA CAFE 3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962; www.satsumacafe.comLocal seasonal produce rule the chalkboard menu at this Bywater cafe and juice bar. Popular breakfast items include the pesto-infused "green eggs and ham" sandwich. Beet and strawberry salad is topped with crumbled goat cheese and toasted walnuts. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE SAZERAC RESTAURANT Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-5486; www.therooseveltneworleans.com The Sazerac offers more than its namesake cocktail. Try dishes such as Colorado lamb chops with creamed shallots and pepper jus, steak frites with green peppercorn sauce or red snapper with bean ragout and lemon-parsley relish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116Adjoining a seafood market, Jason Seither's namesake eatery serves boiled seafood platters and dishes like fried green tomatoes topped with jumbo shrimp, remoulade and Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. 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. $$

SEMOLINAClearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.comSemolina presents pasta dishes from around the world. Pad Thai features stir-fried shrimp, mushrooms and tofu. The barbecue chicken pasta includes bell peppers and onions and is topped with provolone cheese and cilantro. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. 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 sandwiches 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.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANYClearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.comEntrees at Serranos come with your choice of sweet fried plantains, poblano cheese grits, jalapeno corn pudding, refried pinto beans or other sides. The fish tacos filled with grilled or fried tilapia and topped with avocado, cabbage, pico de gallo, cheese, Serramoulode and cilantro avocado salsa. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEYMOUR' S RESTAURANT 2216 Hickory Ave., River Ridge, 737-3148 Seymour's specializes in Creole and Italian fare. Menu options include fried soft-shell crab atop crabmeat fettuccine and grilled mahi mahi topped with shrimp and crabmeat. The Chill Down Plate combines shrimp salad, shrimp cocktail, shrimp remoulade and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SHANE'S RIB SHACK 1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.comShane's serves barbecue in sandwiches and on platters. Popular choices include rib platters, and there also are salads, wings and chicken tenders on the menu. Choose from sides like stuffed potatoes and fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442Shimmy Shack's sandwiches include either fried oysters or sauteed shrimp tossed with barbecue sauce and served in a po-boy. The Blarney burger is a ground beef and hot sausage patty topped with corned beef hash and a fried egg. Fried appetizer options include alligator sausage, crawfish tails, pickles and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 933-7477; www.shogunneworleans.comEnjoy dinner and a show at Shogun's hibachi grill. Pick from steak, chicken, scallops, shrimp or calamari as the chefs chop, flip and cook your meal in front of you. All specials come with a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad and hibachi vegetables. The menu also includes sushi, teriyaki and other Japanese dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE 614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.comHall of Fame coach Don Shula's namesake chain boasts aged Black Angus beef. Blackened beef tips and crab cakes are popular appetizers, and the three-pound porterhouse is a formidably hefty entree. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 985-4572; www.shortstoppoboys.comShort Stop Po-boys' classic roast beef sandwich features roast beef cooked in house and served dripping with its own juices. The barbecue roast beef is marinated in barbecue sauce. Short Stop also offers chicken and andouille gumbo and jambalaya, and seafood gumbo on Fridays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 931-9541; www.sidmarsrestaurant.comSid-Mar's specializes in seafood ranging from shrimp and catfish dishes to grilled amberjack or tuna. Starters include hushpuppies, fried pickles, onion rings and gumbo. Sandwiches and po-boys are available, and sides include coleslaw, fries, and baked macaroni. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL 1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 931-4002Watch sports on Sidelines' flat-screen TVs while enjoying sandwiches, burgers or wraps. The Philly cheese steak sandwich combines eight ounces of chopped sirloin, Swiss cheese, peppers, onions and Sidelines' homemade spicy sauce on French bread. Every Wednesday, Sidelines offers all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish with corn, potatoes, mushrooms and garlic. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SINGHA THAI 413 Carondelet St., 581-2205Downtown diners with a craving for Thai cuisine in a casual cafe can head to Singha. Traditional pad thai is a favorite. Pad woon sen features fried glass noodles with chicken, shrimp and vegetables. Yellow, green and red curries are prepared with a choice of beef, chicken or shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SLICE1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., 997-4800; www.slicepizzeria.comBoth of these Uptown pizzerias have large bars and serve pies whole or by the slice. A white pizza loads mozzarella, ricotta and Romano cheeses, bacon, basil and roasted garlic on a thin crust. Light tomato sauce, prosciutto, Gorgonzola, organic arugula and mozzarella top another special pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER 3322 Magazine St., 991-3447 Slim Goodies' creative breakfast plates include the Crabby Wife, featuring three small crab cakes topped with eggs and etouffee. The New Orleans Slammer's hash browns come topped with bacon, chili, cheese and eggs. The Guatemalan breakfast features two eggs, avocado, plantains, tortillas, black beans and homemade salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

SMILIE' S RESTAURANT5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.comSmilie's serves creative Italian fare and seafood. Fried pecan catfish is topped with meuniere. Smilie's also offers steaks and Gulf seafood platters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647This Kenner seafood mainstay features fried seafood platters, po-boys, grilled fish entrees, boiled seafood, gumbo and daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.comThe menu at this Frenchmen Street jazz institution features Creole dishes, burgers, Angus steaks and Gulf seafood. Chicken is served either Southern fried or char-broiled. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUND CAFE 2700 Chartres St., 947-4477 This Marigny coffee shop and bookstore serves cold-drip iced coffee. Gourmet sandwiches include a combination of turkey, Brie and apple, and the mozzarella and tomato sandwich includes house-grown basil. Sandwiches are served on Dong Phuong's French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE 1714 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 646-1205South Seas features a large Chinese-American menu with a variety of lunch specials like Mandarin chicken, chop suey and garlic pork. The restaurant also has a full sushi bar. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, 935-3035; www.thesouthernpoboy.comSouthern Po-Boys fills its sandwiches with everything from shrimp, oysters or fish to roast beef, smoked sausage or meatballs. The daily lunch specials include red beans and rice, hamburger steak and fried catfish. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., early dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069 Before 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. $

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090This bistro serves local seafood in its classic Italian dishes. The seafood calzone is stuffed with a creamy etouffee with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. The shrimp scampi features Gulf shrimp sauteed with garlic white wine, herbs and lemon butter and is served over penne pasta. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPITALE'S DELI 2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 937-9912; www.spitalesdeli.com Spitale's serves sandwiches, salads and daily specials of Italian classics like chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna. The "dirty" turkey sandwich is topped with grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudlys.comBaked potatoes are the specialty at Spudly's. The Super Duper Spud is topped with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, cheese sauce, cheddar cheese and chives. Soups include the baked potato cheese soup topped with bacon bits and chives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q8400 Oak St., 302-7370; www.squeal-nola.comSteak quesadillas, duck cracklings and boudin balls offer a good start to a meal at Squeal. Barbecue tacos and sandwiches filled with pulled pork or beef brisket are served with your choice of sides like corn maque choux, coleslaw or collard greens. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

STANLEY547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.comChef Scott Boswell's Jackson Square cafe serves burgers and Reuben sandwiches alongside such exotic fare as Korean barbecue beef po-boys. The new service bar features a menu of homemade ice creams and desserts. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.comSteak and seafood star on the menu at this French Quarter eatery. Seafood platters and crab cakes are both popular dishes. Filets mignon, porterhouses, New York strips and prime rib are among the steak options. Red wine mushroom sauce tops the filet mignon. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.comThe Lakeview steakhouse offers a range of steaks and a la carte sides. Order a 14-oz. New York strip or a 14-oz. rib-eye served with house-made steak sauce. Escargot are stuffed in mushroom caps and served with brandy-laced garlic butter. Pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna is served with wasabi, soy and ginger reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZToulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.comA meal aboard the Steamboat Natchez promises an ever-changing view as the vessel navigates the river. Gulf fish Louisianne is topped with a dark-roux etouffee sauce. For dessert, the bread pudding is finished with candied pecans and Jim Beam bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.netNew Orleans' answer to a Big Apple deli features sandwiches like the Rachel with hot pastrami, Swiss, sauerkraut and house-made Russian dressing on rye bread. Thursday's special piles slow-roasted, Italian-seasoned pork, sauteed broccoli raab and aged provolone on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STELLA! 1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com The menu at chef Scott Boswell's Stella! changes often but diners can always expect globally influenced cooking with Louisiana flair. Try miso and sake-glazed Japanese Mero sea bass with udon, green tea and soba noodles, Canadian lobster, blue crab and shrimp broth. A seven-course tasting menu also is available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEP BROTHERS BAR & GRILL 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 989-9856; www.stepsbarandgrill.comStep Brothers' daily specials include hearty favorites like meatloaf and chicken-fried steak. There also are burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. The long list of appetizers includes mini tacos and crawfish poppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STEVE'S DINER Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198; www.steves-diner.com.Steve's offers breakfast, diner classics, char-grilled half-pound burgers, fried catfish, chicken tenders and po-boys. The Parmesan and herb-crusted baked chicken is complemented with two sides. Slow-roasted beef brisket is served with gravy made from its drippings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

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STILL PERKIN' 2727 Prytania St., 999-0335Still Perkin' serves coffee drinks and has a counter stocked with pastries, bagels, wraps and salads. The mixed greens salad features chicken, broccoli, grape tomatoes and sweet and sour dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040; www.stingraysseafood.comDaily specials and a selection of seafood dishes give Stingray's menu variety. Crawfish Boudreaux combines crawfish tails, Parmesan, garlic and mushrooms in spicy cream sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE STORE814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.comThis cafe serves creative sandwiches like the barbecue shrimp po-boy and burgers such as the Funky Blue, which tops Angus beef with blue cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish Dijon mustard. The recently opened taco bar features a selection of meats such as blackened chicken, chorizo, Cuban chicken and carnitas, and a wide array of toppings. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STORYVILLE RESTAURANT808 Iberville St., 565-5520Cajun fare and Louisiana seafood are served at this French Quarter restaurant. Order Cajun egg rolls stuffed with crawfish and rice. The soft-shell crab po-boy features two jumbo soft-shells. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night Tues-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUBWAY Citywide; www.subway.comSubway serves classic subs filled with turkey, Italian cold cuts, meatballs or tuna salad. 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. $

SUCRE 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 934-2277; www.shopsucre.com Assorted macaroons, homemade marshmallows, decadent chocolates, and ice cream sundaes are just some of the treats available at this high-end sweet shop. For an Easter indulgence, try sweets from the the dark chocolate caramel bunny collection. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

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

SUKHOTHAI1913 Royal St., 948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., 373-6471; www.sukhothai-nola.com Sukhothai serves curried meats, vegetables and stir-fried noodles. Wild herb flounder comes with a medley of herbs and tamarind dipping sauce. Volcano soft-shell crabs are served on a sizzling hot plate with spicy chili, garlic and pineapple sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL619 Pink St., Metairie, 937-0055; 1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.comSouthwestern accented dishes at Sun Ray Grill include nachos and guacamole with blue corn chips and the Baja shrimp quesadilla. Gulf fish specials and Cajun dishes are found on the menu. The Annunciation Street locations offer sushi items like the Spicy Mermaid filled with salmon, cucumber, crab stick, unagi and spicy mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUNSHINE CAFE111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 934-6040; www.sunshinecafenola.comThe Sunshine breakfast features scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and a biscuit. Lunch specials include dishes like chicken fajitas with yellow rice and black beans; crab cakes with potato salad and green salad; and brisket with green bean and artichoke casserole and garlic mashed potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL 3636 St. Charles Ave., 999-4200; www.superiorgrill.comSuperior Grill offers Mexican favorites and a wide selection of margaritas. Order a fajita plate with mesquite grilled chicken, beef or shrimp. The sizzling shrimp brochetas features bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with poblano pepper and Monterey jack cheese, served over a bed of marinated green onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 995-5757; www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.comSurrey's blends organic juices to order and offers Southern and Latin breakfasts. The caramelized-apple French toast features Leidenheimer bread topped with carmelized apple cream cheese and candied pecans. Salads and sandwiches are lunchtime options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SURREY'S LA PLAYA1200 Carondelet St., 525-4300 For a juice fix head to La Playa for Surrey's signature fresh-squeezed concoctions. Try the cafe's homemade pastries, scones, cakes or quiches. One sandwich special combines baked Brie with avocado, plantains and pineapple chutney. The cafe also serves coffee drinks. 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 Brothers roll wraps fresh salmon tempura with cream cheese and has layers of salmon and avocado on top. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Thu., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ 420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 998-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.comGet Sweet Daddy's barbecue in sandwiches, on platters or by the pound for takeout. Side items include coleslaw, barbecue beans, corn fritters and gumbo. For dessert, try homemade brownies or chocolate chip pecan pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SYLVAIN625 Chartres St., 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.comThis gastropub offers craft cocktails and gourmet pub fare. The menu features hearty dishes like beef cheeks braised with white wine and beef stock and served with rosemary potato puree, sweet onions, peas and spinach. A salad of thin-shaved Brussels sprouts and apples is topped with hazelnuts and pecorino cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch and late-nite Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TAG'S MEAT MARKET & DELI 1207 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-6594 Tag'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. Chicken fingers also are offered. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE923 Metairie Road, Suite C, Metairie, 936-6859This longtime Metairie fixture features an array of well-spiced Indian dishes. Masala dosa is a large rice and lentil crepe filled with a spicy blend of potatoes, onions and herbs. Lamb xacuti comes with coconut and golden masala. Chicken pasanda features tender chunks of boneless chicken in cashew-almond sauce with fresh herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TAN DINH 1705 Lafayette St., Suite A, Gretna, 361-8008 This Gretna favorite can satisfy a pho fix, and its menu offers a wide array of Vietnamese dishes. One 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. $

TANDOORI CHICKEN RESTAURANT2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 989-7880; www.tandoorichickennola.comGet chicken, fish, shrimp or lamb cooked in a tandoori oven or choose from an array of traditional Indian dishes. Chicken tikka masala is cooked in a clay oven and served with creamy gravy. Shrimp biryani is served with basmati rice with raisins and herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CHILANGOS2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 469-5599Enjoy Mexican favorites at Taqueria Chilangos. Menu mainstays include chiles rellenos, burritos, tacos and brisket. There also are daily specials. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959The menu at this casual cantina features traditional Mexican dishes including chiles rellenos, homemade tamales, burritos and tacos. Cool down your taste buds with flan for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

TARKA3207 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-6141Tarka serves Indian and Pakistani dishes including many options made with halal meats. Chicken tikka biryani features chicken marinated overnight, steam cooked and served with rice and herbs. Both goat and lamb curries are cooked with yogurt and nuts. Lunch is served buffet-style. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TARTINE 7217 Perrier St., 966-4860; www.tartineneworleans.comThis quaint neighborhood cafe offers a littles culinary savoir faire. Pork rillette is served with toasted baguette, onion marmalade and cornichons. The grilled steak sandwich is served with blue cheese butter on ciabatta bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAVERN ON CITRUS5708 Citrus Ave., Harahan, 218-5186; www.myspace.com/taverncitrus Daily drink specials and happy hour deals accompany pub grub at the Tavern on Citrus. Appetizers include chili cheese fries, onion rings and jalapeno poppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

TEA GARDEN1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 933-9455Popular dishes include Singapore noodles, which are stir-fried in curry sauce with pork and shrimp. Cantonese lo mien features pan-fried egg noodles topped with beef and mixed vegetables. Rumaki combines fried chicken livers with water chestnuts and bacon. Lunch specials are available weekdays. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Diners order lunch at Emeril's. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

TED'S FROSTOP3100 Calhoun St., 961-3615Burgers, fries and milkshakes keep this fast food restaurant packed with university students and those craving simple, filling eats. Plate lunches include fried shrimp, pork chops and all-you-can-eat catfish. Ted's Frostop also offers doughnuts and soft-serve ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TENNOU SUSHI BAR1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, 366-3898; www.tennousushi.comThis Japanese restaurant offers a full range of sushi and cooked dishes like grilled salmon teriyaki and crispy fried fish fillets. The Tennou boat for two includes assorted sashimi, teriyaki, vegetables and sides. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TERRAZU Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., 287-0877This vegan-friendly cafe and coffeehouse keeps CBD diners caffeinated with tea, coffee and espresso drinks. The fontina press combines turkey, fontina cheese, spinach, tomato and basil-pesto mayo. Or choose from the lunchtime selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and pastries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY 3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832The Texas Bar-B-Que company offers hickory-smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage. Sides include items like baked beans and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH 131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678; www.t2restaurant.com Thanh Thanh's pan-Asian menu includes Vietnamese dishes and pad thai, the noodle dish topped with crunchy bean sprouts, carrots and peanuts. The pho and made-to-order spring rolls can be customized with the addition of basil, jalapenos or bean sprouts. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THAT'S A WRAP4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 985-0009; www.thatsawrapnola.comChoose from white, wheat or spinach tortillas at this wrap shop. The Southwest chipotle chicken wrap has pan-broiled chicken, bacon, sharp cheddar, romaine and organic spring mix lettuce and tomatoes with spicy chipotle mayo. The shrimp and sweet beet salad mixes Gulf shrimp with remoulade, organic spring mix lettuce, red onions, eggs, tomatoes and roasted beets. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Sun.

THAT'S AMORE 4421 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.comThat's Amore serves thin-crust New York-style pies and Chicago deep-dish pies. Toppings range from andouille sausage to sun-dried tomatoes. Other options include po-boys and muffulettas. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Sun, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THEO'S PIZZA 4024 Canal St., 302-1133; 4218 Magazine St., 994-8554; www.theospizza.comOrder a crisp thin-crust pie with your choice of toppings or select from 14 specialty pizzas. The Expert includes olive oil, garlic, spinach, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, purple onions and bacon. Other menu items include sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THREE HAPPINESS1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, 368-1355; www.threehappiness.comThree Happiness serves a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. There's everything from hot-and-sour soup to pho dac biet, a rice noodle soup with medium-rare beef, meatballs and brisket. The large menu includes rice and vermicelli dishes and a variety of seafood. There also are vegetarian options and Vietnamese juices. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THREE MUSES536 Frenchmen St., 298-8746; www.thethreemuses.comStep away from the bustle of Frenchmen Street for creative small plates and live music. Dishes include feta fries, ceviche, lobster egg rolls with sweet chile-lime dipping sauce, and a bruschetta with arugula, olives, white beans and peppers. Lamb sliders are dressed with tomato chutney and herbed goat cheese. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

THE TIMES GRILL 1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.comThis family-friendly chain is famous for its char-grilled burgers, from loaded half-pound patties to Mediterranean, veggie and chili-topped versions. Barroom favorites include fried pickle chips and cheese fries. Kids eat free on Wednesdays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TOMASITO'S755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942Tomasito's serves Mexican favorites in a refined cantina setting in the Warehouse District. Chiles rellenos features two poblano peppers stuffed with ground beef, raisins and almonds, topped with spicy cream cheese sauce. Seafood cazuela combines lobster, shrimp, mussels, fish, garlic, onion, cumin and cilantro in spicy tomato-coconut chile sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOMMY'S CUISINE 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.comTommy's serves Creole-Italian cuisine incorporating a bounty of local seafood. Soft-shell crabs are served with linguini in crawfish sauce. The daily fish special features a sauteed fillet topped with grilled shrimp and beurre blanc and served with roasted red peppers. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.comHungry patrons at the wine bar can order dishes from the adjoining restaurant, Tommy's Cuisine, or nibble on plates of pates and cheeses. There are approximately 150 bottles on the wine list, and 20 are available by the glass. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S RESTAURANT6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888 Say, "Feed me, Mr. Tony," and the chef will deliver a selection of small tasting portions of a variety of dishes. Popular menu choices include the lobster cup and eggplant Tina, which features eggplant medallions topped with house-made tomato sauce and Romano cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MANDINA'S1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 362-2010; www.tonymandinas.comThis restaurant offers a mix of Creole and Italian dishes. Eggplant Dominic Jude features fried eggplant medallions layered with shrimp and crabmeat topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce. The brociolone Sicilian steak is stuffed with Italian cheeses and breadcrumbs and served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MORAN' S RESTAURANT 240 Bourbon St., 523-4640Tony Moran's got its fettuccine Alfredo recipe from the dish's namesake, chef Alfredo di Lelio. The restaurant also serves classic Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and veal Parmesan. Gumbo, seafood and some New Orleans specialties also are available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOUT DE SUITE CAFE347 Verret St., 362-2264This cafe and coffeeshop serves stick-to-your ribs breakfast fare like the Atchafalaya, which features two crawfish cakes topped with poached eggs and sauce piquant. Sweet breakfast items include almond-crusted French toast with orange zest. The menu also features vegan, vegetarian and organic items. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TRACEY'S2604 Magazine St., 999-2054; www.traceysnola.comThe current home to the former Parasol's roast beef po-boy dripping with gravy is Tracey's, which is owned by the former manager of Parasol's. Daily specials include soft-shell crabs and jalapeno-horseradish coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.com Trey Yuen serves traditional Chinese cuisine like hot-and-sour soup and Mandarin chicken. Popular items include the Choo Choo chicken, stir-fried chicken served with a Polynesian sauce made with bell peppers, carrots and onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

THE TROLLEY STOP CAFE 1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090 Standard diner fare like omelets, pancakes and biscuits are the cornerstone of this cafe's extensive menu. Lunch and dinner options include fried seafood, red beans and rice, gumbo and po-boys. Daily specials range from white beans and smothered pork chops on Wednesdays to seafood specials like stuffed shrimp on Fridays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, open 24 hours Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TUJAGUE' S RESTAURANT 923 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.com Tujague's embraces time-honored Creole dining traditions with its multi-course table d' hote menu. Dinner includes its signature beef brisket with Creole sauce, shrimp remoulade, a choice of entree and bread pudding for dessert. Microbrewed Tujague beer and hot French bread complete the meal. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TULLY'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991; www.tullyspizza.comTully's offers pizza cooked in a stone oven and an array of sandwiches, salads and pastas. Crabby ravioli is quattro formaggi ravioli topped with lump crabmeat in cream sauce. Dr. Seuss pizza is topped with eggplant and ham. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Cooks prepare flame-broiled hamburgers at Bud's Broiler. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT 4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, 371-5195; www.tfyogurt.net The local outpost of this self-serve frozen yogurt chain offers 14 flavors, including options with no sugar added, as well as nondairy, nonfat and gluten-free choices. The original tart version, yellow cake batter and Death by Chocolate are popular choices. Pile on fruit, nuts and candy toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TWO TONYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT105 Old Hammond Hwy., 931-0999; www.two-tonys.comCreole-Italian cooking and regional seafood come together at Two Tonys. Shrimp pasta Mediterranean features grilled shrimp over angel hair pasta tossed with red wine, kalamata olives and capers. The blackened seafood platter includes catfish, crab cakes, shrimp and oysters coated with a special blend of seasonings and cooked in a cast-iron pan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON 401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.netUgly Dog Saloon serves barbecue sandwiches and platters with your choice of two sides such as potato salad and coleslaw. Other entree options include grilled chicken, burgers and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT 1413 Upperline St., 991-9822; www.upperline.comOwner JoAnn Clevenger's menu features Creole classics such as turtle soup and gumbo. The popular fish piquant with "hot and hot" shrimp is grilled baby drum accompanied by shrimp cooked with jalapeno peppers and served with a side of habanero sauce. The P&J Oysters St. Claude plates fried bivalves on a sauce of lemon, paprika and garlic. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT 515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 993-9336 This family-run cafe and po-boy shop also is known for seafood. Daily lunch specials include seafood gumbo and country-fried steak. A pressed Cuban sandwich filled with roasted pork, ham and cheese is among the traditional Cuban dishes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

VENEZIA RESTAURANT134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.comVenezia serves classic Italian dishes with pasta, seafood and veal. House specialties include eggplant Vatican, fettuccine Alfredo and steaks. Get a pizza made with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, artichoke hearts or other favorite toppings. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE VERANDA AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL NEW ORLEANS444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383; www.ichotelsgroup.comSecond-line parades, live music and unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys enliven Sunday brunch at The Veranda. Seafood omelets and bread pudding are crowd favorites. A lunch buffet offers different flavors (including Indian, Italian and various Asian cuisines) everyday. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

VIANNE'S TEA HOUSE 544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com Walk into Vianne's and you will see the Great Wall of Tea: The shelves hold more than 120 different types of tea that are offered at the teahouse. It also serves changing daily soups, including classics like lentil, gumbo and portobello mushroom. The brunch menu includes gourmet sandwiches and salads. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329Vic's menu offers patrons a taste from Down Under with options like shepherd's pie stuffed with minced beef and vegetables. Appetizers include baked Brie with mango chutney. The barbecue sandwich features pulled pork with hickory sauce on a Kaiser roll. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VILLAGE INN9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610This family dinner spot features seafood and Italian dishes like crawfish Veronica — crawfish in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Boiled seafood, salads, pasta dishes, pizza and sandwiches are other options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 985-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 966-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comVincent's serves a menu of classic Italian dishes, house-made pastas and daily specials such as grilled rack of lamb topped with mint demi-glace and brabant potatoes. Seafood dishes include crawfish bisque and herb-crusted salmon. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. 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 to drink with a selection of gourmet cheese boards, house-made pates and ciabatta bruschettas. There also is a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and quesadillas. The toasted triple-creme Brie and crab au gratin is popular. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE BAR4350 Highway 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.comChoose from organic coffees, smoothies, juices and teas. The menu includes soups, salads, quiches, sandwiches and wraps. A free-range turkey burger is served with a choice of toppings. Vegetarian chili uses fire-roasted tomatoes instead of beans as a base. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

VIZARD'S5015 Magazine St., 995-2246; www.vizards.netChef/owner Kevin Vizard presents a menu of creative Creole small plates. The soft-shell crab and trout flan are popular. The Half Nelson features crispy eggplant, jumbo lump crabmeat, crimini mushrooms, green onions and bearnaise sauce. The Vizard's cut rib-eye cap comes with asparagus, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes and Creole bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482Germanophiles rub shoulders with Gulf seafood fans at this Lafitte eatery. Popular dishes include spicy bratwurst, wiener schnitzel and seafood pizza piled with Louisiana shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL Citywide; www.voodoobbqandgrill.comVoodoo serves brisket, pulled pork and ribs that have been slow-smoked over pecan and oak wood for up to 18 hours. Meats are served platter-style or on po-boys with homemade sauce. Side items include macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. Other menu options include salads, baked potatoes and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BBQ10828 Hayne Blvd., 241-8227; www.cochondelaitpoboys.comWalker's is known for its cochon de lait po-boy dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. Meat is sold by the pound or platter, and the Family Feast includes a sampling of everything from ribs, chicken, brisket and pork to side dishes like mustard greens, baked beans, candied yams and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sat. Cash only. $

WASABI 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 9550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; www.wasabinola.com Choose from sushi, tempura, noodle or rice dishes at this Japanese restaurant and bar. Appetizers include tofu, steak, yakitori chicken and miso soup. Try green tea ice cream for dessert. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WASHINGTON AVENUE HOUSE OF CATFISH4600 Washington Ave., 482-6565Choose from platters featurine lemon-pepper catfish, blackened catfish, fried catfish or fried chicken. For sides, there is a choice of potato salad or french fries. Red beans and rice is the special on Mondays. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

WATER STREET BISTRO804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 945-3855; www.waterstreetbistro.comHoused in a cottage in Madisonville, this bistro focuses on Louisiana flavors. Shrimp Chardonnay is sauteed in wine, finished with butter sauce and served over pasta. Roast duck is accompanied by fig and port reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT769 W. Fifth Street, LaPlace, (985) 652-9990Wayne Jacob's serves its own smoked sausage and a menu of Creole-inspired dishes. Its signature Smokehouse sandwich features grilled andouille, smoked turkey, ham, bacon and American cheese on Texas toast. Plantation pasta combines shrimp, artichokes and mushroom cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

WELTY'S DELI AND CATERING 336 Camp St., 592-0223; www.weltysdeli.com This CBD lunch spot features gourmet sandwiches and daily specials like homemade meatballs and Italian sausage with spaghetti. The New Orleans A.K. (After Katrina), is a big sandwich layering four meats and four cheeses on a muffuletta bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 988-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 999-9119; www.wholefoods.comThis grocery chain offers hot dishes such as couscous, stuffed mirlitons and rotisserie chicken. There are separate stations for pizza, sandwiches, soups, freshly baked bread, desserts, sushi and coffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WHOLE HOG CAFE639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.comOrder pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket or pork loin in a sandwich or on a platter. Side items include baked beans and coleslaw. There is a selection of barbecue sauces with varying degrees of spicy heat. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

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WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE 2401 St. Ann St., 922-9503Willie Mae's secret recipe for wet-battered fried chicken has brought this eatery acclaim for more than 50 years. Red beans and rice and veal dishes round out the menu. Side items include fries, salad, cornbread and greens. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

WING ZONE Citywide; www.wingzone.comWing Zone serves chicken wings and 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. $

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 931-8705This Old Metairie tavern offers hearty bar-fare like half-pound cheeseburgers, grilled chicken Caeser pitas, onion rings and fried mozzarella sticks. Fish and chips feature beer-battered cod served with fries and malt vinegar. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSEMarriott New Orleans, 959 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2844; www.wolfesinthewarehouse.comWolfe's puts a contemporary spin on Creole cuisine. Barbecue Gulf shrimp are served over a rosemary French bread rusk. Try the panko-crusted redfish with pan-fried crab toast, smoked-Gouda veloute, sauteed spinach and fried garlic cloves. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

WOW CAFE & WINGERY Citywide; www.wowcafe.comOrder wings with a choice of dipping sauces including teriyaki, peppery Santa Fe, Bombay coconut curry, Jamaican jerk spice and Buffalo. 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. $

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 966-3683; www.collegeinn1933.comYe Old College Inn uses Leidenheimer bread for po-boys filled with everything from shrimp to chicken-fried steak. A popular po-boy combines oysters, Havarti cheese and bacon. Steaks, gumbo, seafood and chicken entrees also are available. Try fried bread pudding for dessert. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; www.youngssteakhouse.comFamily-owned and -operated since 1969, Young's Restaurant serves hand-cut steaks and grilled fish specials. Try grilled lobster or tuna. Side dishes include steamed vegetables, sauteed onions and baked potatoes. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT 323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 909-3840; www.yujinjapaneserestaurant.com Yujin prepares sushi favorites and an array of Japanese dishes. Original rolls include the Latin-inspired ceviche sushi roll. Yaki udon combines thick noodles with beef or chicken and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA 525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122; www.myspace.com/yukiizakayaThis modern Japanese-style tavern serves sake and shochu drinks and authentic Japanese items in small 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. $

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 diners can order an entree from the menu. Pay by the pound for buffet meals to go. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE 9210 Oak St., 961-2224; www.zotzcafe.comZ'otz offers fair trade coffees, teas and vegan pastries in a bohemian atmosphere featuring works by local artists. The changing menu features sandwiches like curried tuna and portobello mushroom with mozzarella. Seasonal soups include crawfish bisque. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

ZACHARY'S BY THE LAKE7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 972-9832; www.zacharysbythelake.comThis Lakeview bar and grill combines Creole favorites with a fresh twist. Louisiana jumbo shrimp are marinated with cane syrup, wrapped in bacon and fried, and served with pickled okra salad. The mango salad combines mango, pecans, red onion and Havarti cheese with greens tossed in mango vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ZARA'S MARKET4838 Prytania St., 995-0581; www.zarasmarket.comThe market's deli counter serves fried chicken, sandwiches, soup and daily specials. Mondays feature 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. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL Citywide; 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. $$

ZEKE'S RESTAURANT1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 932-1133; www.eatatzekes.comZeke's Louisiana seafood options include oysters, catfish, shrimp and crab, and it also has po-boys, salads and steaks. Chicken and andouille gumbo is a fixture on the menu. Daily specials include dishes like seafood gumbo, crab cakes, Cajun chicken and shrimp pasta, and mahi mahi with crawfish hollandaise sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ZIMMER' S SEAFOOD4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150; www.zimmersseafood.webs.comPo-boys, seafood platters and seasonal boiled seafood by the pound are staples at this neighborhood market. The menu includes crawfish pie, corn and crawfish bisque and stuffed artichokes. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and 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 the spice-dusted redfish and Zoe pasta, which combines shrimp and crawfish angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

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