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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. $$$

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