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click to enlarge Signature shrimp Mosca features shell-on shrimp at Mosca’s Restaurant.

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Signature shrimp Mosca features shell-on shrimp at Mosca’s Restaurant.

Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles
5741 Crowder Blvd., Suite A3, (504) 244-0021; www.mamommashouse.com
Waffle sandwiches are filled with eggs, cheese and sausage. Grilled fish is served with herbed rice and sauteed green beans. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Magasin Vietnamese Cafe
4201 Magazine St., (504) 896-7611; www.magasincafe.com
Pho filet mignon includes chopped medium rare beef, rice noodles, cilantro, onions, basil, lime and bean sprouts. The Vietnamese crepe contains pork, bean sprouts and onions and is topped with grilled shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Magazine Po-Boy and Sandwich Shop
2368 Magazine St., (504) 522-3107
Daily specials include an eggplant Parmesan po-boy with provolone cheese and red gravy. The roast beef po-boy is topped with gravy and Swiss cheese on Ledenheimer bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mahony's Po-Boy Shop
3454 Magazine St., (504) 899-3374; www.mahonyspoboys.com
The slow-roasted lamb po-boy is dressed with arugula, tomato and feta salad and lemon mayonnaise. The short rib po-boy features Abita-braised short ribs, fried onion rings, garlic mayonnaise, arugula and tomato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mais Arepas
1200 Carondelet St., (504) 523-6247; www.facebook.com/
maisarepasThe selection of Colombian flatbread sandwiches includes the arepa carnicera with skirt steak, red beans, avocado and plantains. Ajiaco is an Andean potato soup with shredded chicken, corn, guascas and media crema, served with rice, capers and avocado. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mandina's Restaurant
3800 Canal St., (504) 482-9179; Azalea Shopping Center, 4240 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinas- restaurant.com
The menu of Creole and Italian dishes includes Gulf fish amandine served with french fries. Popular dishes include shrimp remoulade and traditional turtle soup topped with sherry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Manning's Eat — Drink — Cheer
519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8072; www.facebook.com/manningsnola
Cornmeal battered and fried Louisiana shrimp fill a po-boy dressed with ham, pickled okra, five pepper jelly and Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc. Deviled eggs are topped with Louisiana lump crabmeat, smoked paprika and caper dust. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mano's Po-Boys
6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, (504) 734-0922; www.manospoboys.com
Mano's Special po-boy features Cajun-seasoned turkey breast, Chisesi ham, roast beef and Swiss and American cheeses on Leidenheimer French bread and is served hot. The grilled shrimp po-boy is dressed with remoulade and served atop fried green tomatoes on Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar
715 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-6333; 4860 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 301-3848; www.marcelloscafe.com
Braised pork cheeks are served with mushrooms, dry Marsala, veal demi-glace and Parmesan polenta. The Palermo features veal, chicken or eggplant scaloppine, tomatoes, mushrooms, capers and lemon butter over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mardi Gras Zone
2706 Royal St., (504) 947-8787; www.mardigraszone.com
The deli offers lunch plates with jambalaya and chicken or tuna salad. Pepperoni pizza includes ricotta, basil and fresh tomatoes on a hand-tossed crust baked in a wood-burning oven. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Mariza
2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com
The Board of the Day features a variety of house-made salumi served with mustards, olives and garlic toast. Braised pork shank is served with house-made whole wheat linguine and pickled carrots, Brussels sprouts, jus and shaved pecorino fiore sardo cheese. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mark Twain's Pizza Landing
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-8032; www.marktwainpizza.com
The Innocents Abroad pizza is topped with Genoa salami, Italian sausage, Peruvian artichokes, Roma tomatoes and basil. The Mysterious Stranger pizza includes organic baby spinach, feta, choices of vegetables and Canadian bacon or spicy charisse sausage. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Market Cafe
1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.com
Gumbo features andouille, shrimp, crabmeat and Cajun seasonings. The muffuletta includes mortadella, salami, ham, provolone and Swiss cheeses and olive salad on a toasted Italian roll. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Martin Wine Cellar
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7350; 3827 Baronne St., (504) 894-7444; www.martinwine.com
The European salad includes baby arugula, prosciutto, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano with sherry vinaigrette. The Californian includes oven-roasted turkey, Havarti cheese, avocado, sprouts, cucumber, tomato, Creole mustard and mayonnaise on wheat bread or pita. No reservations. Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

Mat & Naddie's
937 Leonidas St., (504) 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.com
The grilled root vegetable salad includes arugula, parsnip, beet and celeriac, shaved manchego and sherry vinaigrette. The crispy catfish green curry comes with fingerling potatoes, carrots and pickled fennel. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

Mayas
2027 Magazine St., (504) 309-3401; www.mayasrestaurantnola.com
Brazilian moqueca, or stew, is made with a choice of jumbo shrimp, mahi mahi, scallops or eggplant sauteed with onions, tomatoes, garlic, lime juice, coconut milk and piri piri sauce and served with rice or French bread. Arroz mariscado features grilled mahi mahi, tempura lobster and shrimp over saffron rice with scallops, shrimp, calamari, Spanish chorizo and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

McAlister's Deli
Citywide; www.mcalistersdeli.com
The club sandwich features smoked turkey, Black Forest ham, bacon, sharp cheddar and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato, honey mustard and mayonnaise on sliced wheat bread. Savannah chopped salad includes grilled chicken breast, dried cranberries, Gorgonzola, honey-roasted almonds, tomatoes, cucumbers and sherry-shallot vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Meauxbar
942 N. Rampart St., (504) 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com
For a Sunday dinner special, yakamein features beef broth, wonton noodles, a soft-boiled egg and a meat such as chicken thigh, house-cured bacon or shrimp and a small side of Sambal chili paste. French onion grilled cheese features braised beef and onions with melted Gruyere on brioche and is served with salad. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Melba's Old School Po-Boys
1525 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 267-7765; www.eatatmelbas.com
The chicken wing platter comes with two sides. Shrimp po-boys are dressed with shredded lettuce and pickles. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Melius Bar & Grill
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-9446; www.meliusbar-bucktown.com
The Buffalo chicken wrap includes a fried or grilled chicken breast tossed in house Buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and cheddar. The Melius melt comes with a choice of an 8-ounce sirloin patty or a chicken breast, Swiss and American cheeses and grilled onions on Texas toast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mellow Mushroom
1645 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4155; 8227 Oak St., (504) 345-8229; www.mellowmushroom.com
Kosmic Karma pizza features tomato sauce, feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, Roma tomatoes and pesto. The House pie is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, applewood-smoked bacon, mushrooms, black olives, Roma tomatoes, green peppers and onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Melting Pot
1820 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-3225; www.meltingpot.com/new-orleans
The Classic features Angus beef sirloin, pork tenderloin, Pacific white shrimp, herb-crusted chicken breast and teriyaki-marinated sirloin. The French Quarter includes filet mignon, chicken breast, Cajun-seasoned Pacific white shrimp and andouille that you can cook at your table. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MeMe's Bar & Grille
712 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 644-4992; vbarandgrille.com
Barbecue shrimp are served over stone-ground grits. Filet mignon is served with MeMe's steak sauce and a side item. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mena's Palace
200 Chartres St., (504) 525-0217; www.menaspalace.com
Baked chicken is served with dirty rice and beet salad. The muffuletta features house-made olive salad and is served warm on French bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Messina's Runway Cafe
6001 Stars & Stripes Blvd., Suite 126, (504) 241-5300; www.messinasterminal.com
The breakfast menu includes boudin patties topped with fried eggs and hollandaise, served with potatoes. Jimmy Wedell pasta features shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish in basil cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Mid City Pizza
4400 Banks St., (504) 483-8609; www.midcitypizza.com
The meatball sandwich features house-made meatballs, marinara, mozzarella, Parmesan and fresh basil on Amoroso Italian bread. T-Bird pizza is a hand-tossed, thin-crust pie topped with Terranova Brothers' Italian sausage, pepperoni, herb-roasted chicken, asparagus and roasted red peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mid City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.com
Stir-fried shrimp and vegetables is served with white rice and also is available with chicken. The Lucky burger, Boozy burger and Yacht Club burger feature Angus beef patties topped with American, pepper Jack, cheddar or blue cheese, bacon, mushrooms and house-made pickles. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Middendorf's
30160 Highway 51 S., Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.com
Chef Horst Pfeifer's seafood house is known for thin-sliced, cornmeal-crusted fried catfish, served with fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies. Barbecued oysters are served on the half shell. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Midway Pizza
4725 Freret St., (504) 322-2815; www.midwaypizzanola.com
The pizzeria is known for deep-dish pies and also serves flatbreads and salads. Top Shelf margherita pizza features an olive oil-brushed thin crust, mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, basil and shaved Parmesan. Uptown Meatdown pizza includes pepperoni, Italian sausage, house-made meatballs, Chisesi ham and applewood-smoked bacon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli
133 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-2668
Slow-cooked roast beef is served dressed on Binder's French bread. The muffuletta features ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, Swiss and provolone cheeses and house-made olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mikimoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.com
The Bayou roll combines seaweed salad and cucumber in seaweed paper topped with tuna tataki, red snapper and chili ponzu sauce. Baked yellowtail neck is served with soy tempura sauce and lemon wedges. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Milano Pizzeria
3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, (504) 780-7500; www.ordermilanosmetairie.com
Artichoke pizza is topped with garlic sauce, mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, mozzarella and feta. Grilled chicken breast tops a salad of lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella with honey-mustard dressing. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Milk Bar710 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-3310; 1514 Delachaise St., (504) 891-9361
The Thai chili roasted lamb sandwich is dressed with mozzarella, tomatoes, red onion, Thai sweet chili sauce and sour cream. Roasted sweet potato and blue cheese salad includes baby spinach, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, basil and balsamic dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mimi's in the Marigny2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868; www.mimismarigny.com
Hot tapas selections include goat cheese croquettas and toasted French bread topped with manchego and mushrooms in cream sauce. Cold dishes include marinated olives, Spanish cheeses and figs and dates with blue cheese. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Mint5100 Freret St., (504) 218-5534; www.mintmodernbistro.com
Mint combo pho includes brisket, New York strip steak, meatballs, rice noodles, cilantro, onion, basil, lime and bean sprouts. Noodles and chicken is served with house-made sauce and chicken broth on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Mr. B's Bistro 201 Royal St., (504) 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com
Barbecue Gulf shrimp are served shells-on with butter and Worcestershire sauce and French bread for dipping. Gumbo Ya Ya is a country-style gumbo with chicken and sausage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House serves shrimp over a fish fillet with jambalaya and vegetables. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House serves shrimp over a fish fillet with jambalaya and vegetables.

Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House
512 Bienville St., (504) 309-4848; 3117 21st St., Metairie, (504) 833-6310; www.facebook.com/mredsoysterbar
The Fish House seafood platter for two includes butterflied shrimp, Gulf oysters, Des Allemands catfish, stuffed crab and onion rings. Char-grilled oysters are topped with garlic, butter and Parmesan and served with toasted French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mr. Ed's Seafood and Italian Restaurant
910 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A, Kenner, (504) 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, (504) 838-0022; www.austinsno.com
Seafood-stuffed bell peppers are filled with shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish and served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The fried chicken plate includes chicken breast, a wing, a leg, a thigh, salad and fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mr. John's Steakhouse
2111 St. Charles Ave., (504) 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com
Seared New York strip steak is served on a hot plate with sizzling melted butter. Fried green tomatoes are topped with crabmeat and remoulade. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mr. Poor Boy Restaurant
10202 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge, (504) 737-1170
Grilled or fried catfish comes with two sides such as garlic or regular potato salad or vegetables. The roast beef po-boy features slow-cooked roast beef on Leidenheimer French bread and is dressed to order. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steak House
1403 St. Charles Ave., (504) 410-9997; www.miyakonola.com
The Po-Boy roll features shrimp tempura, soft-shell crab tempura, spicy Cajun crawfish, lettuce and avocado wrapped with soy paper and topped with eel sauce and spicy mayo. The Louisiana roll combines fried spicy crawfish, cucumber, avocado and jalapeno topped with snow crab, boiled shrimp, spicy mayo and Cajun seasoning. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mizado Cocina
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 885-5555; www.mizadococina.com
Skinny Tuna "tacos" feature raw Gulf tuna, cucumber, melon, cilantro, seaweed, citrus-soy dressing and roasted jalapeno crema in romaine lettuce leaves. Shrimp ceviche is mixed with tomato, grapefruit, cucumber, avocado, red onion, cilantro and lime. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mo's Pizza
1112 Ave. H, Westwego, (504) 341-9650; www.mospizzanola.com
The muffuletta pizza is topped with olive oil spread, mortadella, Genoa salami, ham and olive salad. Lasagne is filled with cheese and house-made meat sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mojo Coffeehouse
1500 Magazine St., (504) 525-2244; www.facebook.com/mojo.on.magazine
; 4700 Freret St., (504) 875-2243; www.facebook.com/mojofreret
Ham, apple and brie fill a sandwich dressed with Creole mustard on sourdough or seven-grain bread. The selection of baked goods includes almond croissants. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Mona Lisa
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746
Mardi Gras pasta features shrimp and spicy red cream sauce over linguine. Paneed veal is seasoned with Italian herbs and served with linguine Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Mona's Cafe
504 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8175; 3901 Banks St., (504) 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., (504) 894-9800; www.monascafeanddeli.com
The Lebanese menu features falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, chicken shawarma, kebabs and more. Gyro plates come with tahini, hummus, salad and pita. Za'atar bread is a small flatbread topped with olive oil, oregano, sumac and sesame seeds. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Mondo
900 Harrison Ave., (504) 224-2633; www.mondoneworleans.com
Prince Edward Island mussels are steamed with house-made Italian sausage, grape tomatoes and white wine butter. Masa-battered Mexican chorizo corn dogs are served with jalapeno-mustard aioli. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Monster Po-Boys
1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 626-9183
Grilled shrimp rotini is served with garlic butter sauce. Roast beef po-boys are filled with house-cooked roast beef. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MoPho
514 City Park Ave., (504) 482-6845; www.mophonola.com
Cast-iron fried sticky rice paella features shrimp, octopus, mussels, pork hock, cuttlefish ink, coconut cream and lime leaf aioli. Som tam salad includes local vegetables tossed in palm sugar-lime vinaigrette, sweet cured sausage, candied peanuts, cilantro, spicy peanut puree and Thai peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Morning Call
3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-4068; City Park, Timken Center, 56 Dreyfous Drive, (504) 300-1157; www.morning- callcoffeestand.com
Beignets are made with the same recipe Morning Call has used since the original coffee stand opened in the French Market in 1870. The short menu of Creole dishes includes red beans and rice, jambalaya and gumbo. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

Morton's The Steakhouse
The Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal St., (504) 566-0221; www.mortons.com/neworleans
The traditional steakhouse's 12-ounce bone-in filet is topped with blue cheese butter and served with caramelized onions. For an appetizer, butterflied jumbo shrimp are served with beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Mosca's Restaurant
4137 Highway 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950; www.moscasrestaurant.com
Baked oysters Mosca features Louisiana oysters covered with Italian seasonings and breadcrumbs. Shrimp Mosca includes a dozen shrimp sauteed with Italian seasonings and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

Mother's Restaurant
401 Poydras St., (504) 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net
Diners head to the counter to order po-boys and Creole staples such as crawfish etouffee and red beans and rice. The Ferdi po-boy is loaded with roast beef debris, baked ham, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayonnaise and yellow and Creole mustards. Jerry's jambalaya is made with chicken, sausage, vegetables, tomatoes, herbs and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mulate's Cajun Restaurant
201 Julia St., (504) 522-1492; www.mulates.com
Catfish Mulate's is grilled catfish topped with crawfish etouffee and served with jambalaya, coleslaw and a twice-baked potato. Catfish Cecilia features a grilled catfish fillet stuffed with crabmeat dressing and served with jambalaya, coleslaw and a twice-baked potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Muriel's Jackson Square
801 Chartres St., (504) 568-1885; www.muriels.com
Pecan-crusted puppy drum is served with roasted pecans and Louisiana crabmeat relish. A grilled double-cut pork chop is topped with Louisiana sugar cane apple glaze and served with candied pecan sweet potatoes and Southern-style greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


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