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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. $$

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  • St. Claude Second Saturdays @ St. Claude Arts District
    2820 St. Claude Ave.

    • Second Saturday of every month
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