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click to enlarge Arabella Casa di Pasta serves spaghetti and meatballs.

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Arabella Casa di Pasta serves spaghetti and meatballs.

Abita Bar-B-Q
69399 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205; www.abitabbq.com
Smoked brisket is cooked overnight and served with barbecue sauce on the side. House-cured smoked pastrami comes with two sides or on a bun with grilled onions, Swiss cheese and Creole mustard. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com
Blueberry-glazed fried quail is stuffed with boudin and served with andouille cornbread stuffing, smashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Pasta Creole features chicken, andouille and shrimp in pesto cream sauce over fettuccine. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Abita Roasting Company
504 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 246-3340; 1001 Village Walk, Covington, (985) 246-3345; www.abitaroasting.com
The Cowboy omelet is made with smoked sausage, bacon, bell pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes. The Cuban panino includes marinated pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese and Creole mayonnaise. No reservations. Covington: breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Madisonville: breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 708-2409; www.acmeoyster.com
The Peace Maker po-boy piles fried shrimp and oysters on French bread and dresses it with Tabasco-infused mayonnaise. The "10 napkin" hot roast beef po-boy features house-cooked chuck roast served debris-style. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Acropolis Cuisine
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-9046
Grilled lamb chops are marinated with Greek herbs and spices. Eggplant is stuffed with tomatoes, onions and garlic and baked in tomato sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant
600 Palace Drive, Hammond, (985) 345-3012; 1958 N. Highway 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 304-8441; www.albashabr.com
Mediterranean favorites include hummus, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, kibbeh, baba ghanoush and more. The chicken shawarma platter comes with feta salad, hummus and rice. The combination kebab plate includes a choice of kafta, beef tenderloin or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Ale
8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558; www.aleonoak.com
The Cuban sandwich includes ham, citrus-braised pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and Creole mustard. Shrimp fritters are served with sweet chili dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Alibi
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com
The late-night spot serves sandwiches and bar snacks such as fries with different toppings. Barbecue shrimp po-boys feature Gulf shrimp served dressed on French bread. The Alibi burger has a 10-ounce ground beef patty and is served with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Allegro Bistro
1100 Poydras St., Suite 150, (504) 582-2350; www.allegrobistro.com
Roasted rosemary chicken is marinated with garlic and rosemary and served with garlic mashed potatoes and natural jus. Crawfish carbonara includes peas, Parmesan and smoky bacon in cream sauce over penne pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

The American Sector
945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.org/american-sector
The oyster BLT features Parmesan-crusted fried oysters, pork belly, tomato jam and arugula. Sugarcane-glazed, bacon-braised duck comes with candied pork belly and jalapeno cream cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782; www.theamericansportssaloon.com
Wings are served with fries, coleslaw and a choice of house-made sauces, such as Memphis barbecue, mild Buffalo, garlic-lemon or chipotle. The Ragin' Cajun burger is topped with cheddar, bacon, Tabasco onions and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250; www.amicinola.com
Mussels Amici are prepared with tarragon, white wine and garlic and served with tomato and garlic sauce. Coal-fired pizzas include the broccoli rabe salsiccia Italiana pie, which is topped with marinara, sauteed bitter Italian greens, Italian sausage and mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria
4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636; www.ancorapizza.com
The restaurant is known for Neapolitan pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven. Pizza bianca is topped with fior di latte, basil, olives, garlic, chilies and capers. Caramel ice cream is made in house in small batches. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com
Chef Andrea Apuzzo serves Northern Italian cuisine incorporating an array of local seafood. Speckled trout crabmeat royale is served with lemon butter sauce. Louisiana Gulf shrimp scampi is served with arrabbiata sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Andy's Bistro
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, (504) 455-7363; www.andysbistro.com
Wood-fired oysters are topped with Louisiana crab claw meat, Parmigiano-Reggiano and peppercorns. Pan-seared jumbo scallops are served with grilled beets, roasted red pepper butter and fried capers. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Angeli On Decatur
1141 Decatur St., (504) 566-0077; www.angelineworleans.com
The chicken Caesar pita roll features grilled chicken, lettuce and Caesar dressing. The Lucifer pizza has red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage red onions and roasted red peppers, and jalapeno peppers are optional. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Angeline
Hotel Provincial, 1032 Chartres St., (504) 308-3106; www.angelinenola.com
Crispy cauliflower is served with olivade aioli and sheep's milk cheese. Mississippi rabbit Milanese is lightly fried and served with smoked carrot puree, spoonbread, bacon-braised collard greens and tomato-pancetta gravy. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Angelo Brocato
214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com
Sicilian cannoli are fried cinnamon pastry shells with ricotta filling, chocolate and pistachios. Cool treats include Italian ices made with fruits such as blood orange and lemon and gelato flavors such as stracciatella, St. Joseph chocolate almond and zuppa Inglaise. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Annadele's Plantation Restaurant
71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.com
Garam masala-spiced New Zealand lamb chops are served with Israeli couscous, edamame and pomegranate gastrique. Wild boar linguine is braised, pulled boar meat served with roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, leek, herbs and linguine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Antoine's Annex
513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045; www.antoines.com
The cafe serves pastries, coffee drinks and a breakfast platter with scrambled eggs, grits, hickory-smoked bacon and a biscuit or toast. The Caprese sandwich features thick-sliced mozzarella, Creole tomato, pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a pistolette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Antoine's Restaurant
713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www.antoines.com
Signature dishes include oysters Rockefeller topped with pureed greens and seasoned breadcrumbs. Alaska Antoine is baked Alaska: ice cream wrapped in pound cake and crowned with a toasted meringue shell and hot fudge. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Apolline
4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881; www.apolline- restaurant.com
Pan-seared diver scallops are served with Gulf shrimp, roasted corn maque choux, San Marzano tomato sauce and bacon. A cold-smoked Beeler's pork chop is served with marchand de vin, smashed red potatoes and fried onions. Reservations accepted except at brunch. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Arabella Casa di Pasta
2258 St. Claude Ave., (504) 267-6108; www.arabellanola.com
The Lambotomy includes Two Run Farm lamb, spicy tomato pesto, feta cheese and roasted red pepper rigatoni. John Belu-Cheese features chicken, Jack Daniel's whiskey sauce, blue cheese, green onions and fried chicken cracklings over rigatoni pasta. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Arana Taqueria y Cantina
3242 Magazine St., (504) 894-1233; www.facebook.com/arananola
The menu includes tostadas, nachos, quesadillas, tortas, burritos and tacos with a variety of creative fillings. An open-faced tamale is topped with chicken tinga, chili-corn cream, pickled red onion and queso fresco. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Arnaud's Restaurant
813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com
Shrimp Arnaud features Gulf shrimp in a signature tangy Creole remoulade. Potato-crusted Gulf fish features a pan-seared fillet on a bed of sauteed fennel with Herbsaint butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Asia
Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711; www.boomtownneworleans.com/
dining/asiaThe menu features Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Dungeness crab is pan-seared with ginger and scallions or black pepper sauce. The seafood family special includes a lobster, a Dungeness crab, fried rice, vegetables and a cup of hot-and-sour tamarind soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Asuka Sushi & Hibachi
7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555; www.asukaneworleans.com
The Sumo roll is a spicy Dynamite roll (chopped salmon, tuna, yellowtail) topped with fresh salmon, tuna and garlic-chili oil. The Aloha roll features salmon, snow crab and avocado with mango sauce on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Atchafalaya
901 Louisiana Ave., (504) 891-9626; www.atchafalayarestaurant.com
Two Run Farm lamb Bolognese comes with potato gnocchi, eggplant caponata and feta cheese. Duck hash features poached eggs, duck confit, blackberries, mango, hollandaise and bacon vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

Attiki Bar
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com
Paella includes shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, crawfish, sausage, chicken and rice simmered in saffron broth and topped with pine nuts. Gyro wraps feature thinly sliced lamb in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and tzatziki. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Atomic Burger
3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-7474; www.theatomicburger.com
The burger shack serves burgers (including turkey or portobello patties), hot dogs, fries and milkshakes. The signature Jamburger is topped with bacon-onion jam. Atomic Burger milkshakes feature house-made ice cream flavors such as Nutella-marshmallow. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Audubon Clubhouse Cafe
6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.org
Smoked beef belly is served with potato hay, a fried egg, beef roti and kumquat jam. Crispy duck is served with satsuma glaze, boudin, Creole mustard demi-glace and crispy Brussels sprouts. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Augie's Restaurant
6005 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 733-3000 Baked chicken Romano features an 8-ounce boneless breast coated with Italian breadcrumbs and Romano cheese and served with chardonnay sauce. Grilled catfish Orleans is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

August
301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777; www.restaurantaugust.com
Chef John Besh's flagship restaurant serves heirloom beet salad with blue crab, horseradish and crispy egg yolk. Foie gras and sweet breads are served with sweet potato agnolotti. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

August Moon
875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-7977; www.moonnola.com
; 3635 Prytania St., (504) 899-5129; www.augustmoonuptown.com
The menu includes Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. Lemon grass shrimp features a dozen tempura-fried shrimp with sweet onion, pepper, minced lemon grass and rice vermicelli. Tilapia is glazed in tangy sweet-and-spicy and sauce served with bok choy. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Austin's Seafood and Steakhouse
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533; www.austinsno.com
Two grilled filet medallions are served with barbecue shrimp and garlic mashed potatoes. Redfish is cooked in parchment paper with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat, caramelized onions and lobster butter. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com
Boucherie chef Nathanial Zimet created a menu featuring a cheese plate, cauliflower hummus and toast aux champignons. The Pub burger has a Two Run Farm beef patty and comes with a choice of cheese and hand-cut fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Avery's on Tulane
2510 Tulane Ave., (504) 821-4110; www.averysontulane.com
The Pearl River features fried Gulf oysters, roast beef gravy, bacon, lettuce and mayonnaise. The seafood platter includes catfish, oysters, shrimp, fries, a side dish and remoulade, tartar and cocktail sauces. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Avo
5908 Magazine St., (504) 509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com
Chef Nick Lama's Italian restaurant makes pastas in house. Charred octopus is served with whipped lardo, eggplant, marinated cranberries and black garlic. Slow-braised short rib lasagne is made with bechamel and house-made San Marzano tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


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