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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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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. $$

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