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click to enlarge Pho Hoa’s sliced beef pho comes with herbs, sprouts, limes and jalapenos on the side.

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Pho Hoa’s sliced beef pho comes with herbs, sprouts, limes and jalapenos on the side.

The PDR
St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave., (504) 491-4673; www.thepdrnola.com
The "cold fried chicken" sandwich is dressed with sharp cheddar, bacon, house-made pickles and garlic-thyme aioli. Brussels sprout salad combines thinly shaved Brussels sprouts, smoked beet puree, brulee goat cheese, apple and citrus vinaigrette. This location of PRD will close April 6. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

P&G Restaurant & Bar
345 Baronne St., (504) 525-9678
The menu includes po-boys, sandwiches, salads and daily specials. The seafood plate comes with fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed crab and potato salad or french fries. The one or two egg breakfast comes with hash browns or grits, ham, bacon or sausage and biscuits. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PJ'S Coffee
Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com
These coffee shops serve coffee drinks and baked goods such as muffins, scones, cookies and more. Granitas are slushy frozen coffee drinks available with chocolate or caramel. Velvet Ices are blended frozen drinks available in mocha, vanilla or chai flavors topped with whipped cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Palace Cafe
605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com
Chef Rene Bajeux's traditional French charcuterie selection includes cured meats, pates, terrines and rillettes. The andouille-crusted Gulf fish is served with vegetables, Crystal beurre blanc and chive aioli. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Paladar 511
511 Marigny St., (504) 509-6782; www.paladar511.com
Braised rabbit comes with sweet potato gnocchi, fried Brussels sprouts and rabbit jus. Tuna crudo is served with pistachios, avocado, fennel and navel oranges. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Palm Court Jazz Cafe
1204 Decatur St., (504) 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com
Grilled red snapper is topped with shrimp in coconut curry sauce and served with new potatoes and vegetables. Pork Maconnais is a 14-ounce chop served with white wine reduction, parsley mashed potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Palmettos on the Bayou
1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosrestaurant.com
Sauteed puppy drum is served over andouille maque choux and topped with Gulf shrimp pico de gallo. Catch Pontchartrain is the fish of the day pan-fried and served with crabmeat, fingerling potatoes, bacon, mushrooms, haricots verts and artichoke hearts. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047; www.parkwaypoorboys.com
The po-boy shop offers sandwiches filled with fried shrimp, oysters, hot sausage, corned beef, roast beef in gravy and more. The Surf-and-Turf po-boy tops fried shrimp with roast beef gravy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Parran's Po-Boys & Restaurant
3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-3416; 2321 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 305-6422; www.parranspoboys.com
The seafood muffuletta includes fried shrimp, catfish and oysters dressed with Cajun mayonnaise. House-cooked roast beef fills a po-boy on French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Parrot Pete's
Fountain Park Centre, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 362-9780; www.parrotpetes.com
The Dirty burger includes sauteed onions and mushrooms, pepper Jack cheese and ranch dressing. The overstuffed BLT sandwich contains bacon, romaine lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on white or wheat bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Pascal's Manale
1838 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-4877; www.pascalsmanale.com
Signature New Orleans barbecue shrimp features head-on Gulf shrimp in tangy, buttery sauce served with French bread. The combination pan roast is made with oysters, shrimp, crabmeat and herbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Patois
6078 Laurel St., (504) 895-9441; www.patoisnola.com
Hoecakes come with smoked Gulf fish, caviar, creme fraiche and Poirier's cane syrup. Louisiana wild boar loin is served with charred cabbage, local legumes, Steen's cornbread and wild boar jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Peche Seafood
Grill 800 Magazine St., (504) 522-1744; www.pecherestaurant.com
Chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt's James Beard Award-winning restaurant is a rustic-style seafood house. Whole redfish is grilled over an open flame and served with salsa verde. Spicy ground shrimp is served with noodles. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Pelican Cafe
3901 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 510-4367; www.pelicancafenola.com
The Cajun shrimp omelet is made with sauteed shrimp, smoked sausage, cheddar cheese and green onions. Pelican's Roost salad features boiled shrimp in crab boil mayonnaise on romaine lettuce with warm smoked sausage croutons.. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Pelican Club
312 Exchange Place, (504) 523-1504; www.pelicanclub.com
Rack of lamb is roasted with a rosemary pesto crust and served with truffled mashed potatoes, baby vegetables and port mint demi-glace. Whole crispy flounder is served with sea scallops, jumbo shrimp, citrus chili sauce, jasmine rice and baby vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Pepperoni's Cafe
8123 Hampson St., (504) 865-0336; www.pepperoniscafe.com
The chicken Caprese panino includes pesto aioli, tomato, spinach, fresh basil, chicken and mozzarella on bread baked in house. Crawfish pasta has crabmeat, crawfish, mushrooms and onions in creamy lemon-dill sauce atop fettuccine served with breadsticks and marinara. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Pere Antoine Restaurant & Bar
741 Royal St., (504) 581-4478; www.pereantoine.com
Crawfish and crab cake Pontchartrain features pasta topped with crawfish, crab cakes and lemon-butter sauce. Fried green tomatoes are served with fried shrimp and white remoulade. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Perry's Sports Bar & Grill
5252 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 456-9234
The house burger is a 10-ounce patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. There are $5 daily lunch specials such as a grilled or fried pork chop served with green beans or fries, or chicken wings served with a choice of dipping sauces. No reservations. Breakfast Fri.-Sat., lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Phil's Grill
1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-1705; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 324-9080; www.phils-grill.com
The build-a-burger plan offers choices of patty, bun, cheeses and a wide array of toppings. House-made fried meat pies are filled with ground beef and pork, charred corn and spices. The Philet burger is available with choices of toppings, sauces, bun and a side item. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ 

Pho Cam Ly
3814 Magazine St., (504) 644-4228; www.phocamly.com
Vietnamese staples include pho, banh mi, rice and vermicelli dishes and more. Grilled shrimp come with rice, pickled carrots and a bowl of soup. Beef pho features eye of round and brisket served with cilantro, onions, bean sprouts and basil. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Pho Hoa Restaurant
1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-2094; www.dinevietnamese.com
The char-grilled lemon grass pork sandwich is dressed with pickled carrots, daikon, cucumbers, jalapenos and cilantro on French bread. Beef noodle soup includes rice noodles, cubes of slow-cooked beef and carrots. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Pho NOLA
3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 941-7690; www.pho-nola.com
Bun bo hue is hot and spicy Hue-style beef noodle soup with brisket, pork, Vietnamese ham and tendon. Vietnamese cabbage salad features chicken, shrimp or pork over shredded purple and white cabbage, pickled carrots, daikon radish, cilantro, roasted peanuts and fried shallots in sweet chili vinaigrette and is served with shrimp chips. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Pho Orchid
1401 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 301-3368; 2135 St. Charles Ave., (504) 609-3710; 3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 457-4188; www.pho-orchid.com
Pho comes with fresh basil, sprouts and lime and can include eye-round steak, meatballs, tendon or other items. Bo tom muc nuong vi features marinated sliced beef, shrimp and squid served on a hot plate with lettuce, cucumber, pickled carrots, rice paper and sauce. Reservations accepted at Houma Boulevard location only. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Phoenicia Restaurant
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-9950; www.phoenicianola.com
The lunchtime gyro platter features thinly sliced beef and lamb served with tahini sauce, rice and hummus. Rotisserie chicken is served with garlic sauce and choices of hummus, rice, fries, sauteed vegetables or salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$

Pie, Pizza & Pastas
814 S. Peters St., (504) 528-2743; www.piepizzaandpastas.com
Swamp Thing pizza features Cajun tomato sauce, alligator and duck sausages and sweet onions. Shrimp Isabella features Gulf shrimp, red and green bell peppers, red onions and fettuccine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Pier 4
Bar & Grille Boomtown Casino New Orleans, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711; www.boomtown- neworleans.com/dining
/pier-4 The menu includes ribs, steaks, lobster and more. Wednesday's prime rib special includes a loaded baked potato, cauliflower gratin, creamy horseradish sauce and beef jus. Fried crab claws are served with Mississippi mayonnaise. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Pier 24 Seafood Market
424 Bourbon St., (504) 309-1574; www.pier24seafoodmarket.com
Oysters are served raw and char-broiled. The blackened fish of the day is served with vegetables and chicken and andouille jambalaya. Boiled shrimp and crawfish are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

Pierre Maspero's
440 Chartres St., (504) 524-8990; www.originalpierremasperos.com
The menu includes Cajun and Creole favorites, and the Crescent City Sampler features small bowls of jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and chicken and andouille gumbo. Fried shrimp po-boys are dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and Tabasco mayonnaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pinkberry
Citywide; www.pinkberry.com
Yogurt flavors include a wide variety of sweet and tart fruit and chocolate flavors served in smoothies and in cups. Toppings include chocolate sauce, strawberries, raspberries, mango, toasted almonds, Nutella, chocolate chips, granola and more. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Pirogues
2565 Bayou Road, (504) 948-6349; www.piroguesnola.com
Crawfish sausage is topped with banana peppers, sauerkraut and mustard on a toasted bun. The portobello panino is dressed with brie, caramelized onions, arugula and basil mayonnaise on rosemary ciabatta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Pita Pit
5800 Magazine St., (504) 899-4141; www.pitapitnola.com
The jerk chicken pita wrap includes chicken marinated with Caribbean spices, onions, bell peppers and pineapple. The gyro features lamb, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onions, feta and tzatziki. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Pizza Delicious
617 Piety St., (504) 676-8482; www.pizzadelicious.com
Menu mainstays include garlic knots, pepperoni pies and margherita pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, basil and a drizzle of garlic- and thyme-infused olive oil. Bucatini carbonara is tossed with pancetta, peas, an egg and Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Pizza Domenica
4933 Magazine St., (504) 301-4978; www.pizzadomenica.com
Chef Alon Shaya and John Besh's upscale pizzeria serves smoked chicken wings with Calabrian chili peppers, Gorgonzola and celery. Tutto carne pizza features fennel sausage, bacon, salami, Chisesi ham and tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Pizza Florence
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.net
Feta cheese sticks are wrapped in phyllo dough and come with marinara sauce. Barbecue chicken pizza is house-made dough topped with barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, red onions, green bell peppers and diced tomatoes. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pizza NOLA
141 W. Harrison Ave., Suite A, (504) 872-0731; www.pizzanola.com
The Fleur de Lis pizza has a garlic and olive oil base, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, bacon and blue cheese. The California club sandwich combines house-roasted turkey, avocado, bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise on house-baked bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Poboy Company
1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 778-2460; www.facebook.com/poboyco
The Surf & Turf po-boy is made with roast beef debris and fried Gulf shrimp. The fried oyster po-boy is dressed with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes and ketchup. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Poppa's Poor Boys
720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, (504) 832-8114
Po-boys feature fried seafood, hot sausage, fried pork chops and house-cooked, garlic-stuffed roast beef on Gendusa French bread. Italian specials include home-style spaghetti and meatballs. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave., (504) 523-0120; www.portofcallnola.com
The ground chuck cheeseburger is topped with grated cheddar and served with a baked potato. The 14-ounce rib-eye is served with a potato, salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Porter & Luke's
1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 875-4555; www.porterandlukes.com
Battered and fried local soft-shell crab is served over angel hair pasta with crawfish and shrimp cream sauce. Char-grilled redfish is served with asparagus and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Praline Connection
542 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com
Fried shrimp and chopped tomatoes top salad tossed with a choice of dressing. Crawfish etouffee features crawfish tails smothered in tomato gravy over rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Press Street Station
5 Press St., (504) 249-5622; www.pressstreetstation.com
The Bywater Benedict comes with tasso-braised mustard greens, fried boudin patties, poached eggs and smoked paprika hollandaise on house-made biscuits. Mussels steamed with butter, thyme, shallots and white wine are served with spicy Worcestershire cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat-.Sun. Credit cards. $

Primitivo
1800 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 881-1775; www.primitivonola.com
Beef coulette is smoked for five hours and served with pimiento cheese grits and scallion jus. Braised pork cheeks, smoked pork butt and house-made ricotta cheese dumplings are served with carbonara sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Puccino's
Coffee Citywide; www.lovepuccinos.com
The Campagnola panino features grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato, provolone and pesto aioli on sourdough or wheat bread. Blended, iced frappes are available in flavors such as vanilla-creme caramel. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Purloo
Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 324-6020; www.nolapurloo.com
Pan-seared drum comes with cardamom stone-ground grits, artichoke barigoule and fried pickles. Low-country boil features shrimp, clams, blue crab, local corn, Conecuh sausage and baby potatoes in lemon and cayenne broth. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Pyramids Cafe
3149 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602; www.pyramidscafeonline.com
Grilled lamb chops are marinated in olive oil, herbs and spices and served with hummus, salad and pita. The combination plate includes shawarma, gyro, hummus, salad and pita bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


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