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click to enlarge The Stuffed Crab’s seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, fish and more.

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The Stuffed Crab’s seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, fish and more.

Sac-a-lait
1051 Annunciation St., (504) 324-3658; www.sac-a-laitrestaurant.com
Cajun-Creole offerings include "bone and bread," a bone filled with marrow bouille served with rosemary bread and pickled green strawberries. Cast iron-seared snapper is served with lemon parsley rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Saffron NOLA
505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 6, Gretna, (504) 363-2174; www.saffronnola.com
Sauteed shrimp are served with onions and tamarind sauce. Grilled lamb chops come with khichdi, a rice and lentil mixture and curry sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

St. Charles Tavern
1433 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-9823
The menu includes burgers, po-boys, sandwiches, salads and shrimp and andouille jambalaya. The seafood plate features fried catfish, fried shrimp, a crab cake, french fries and coleslaw. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

St. James Cheese Company
5004 Prytania St., (504) 899-4737; 641 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 304-1485; www.stjamescheese.com
Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions are served on Wild Flour multigrain bread with a side salad. The Cantal salad includes julienned French ham, sliced apples, walnuts, grated Cantal cheese, mixed greens and Dijon vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

St. Lawrence
219 N. Peters St., (504) 525-4111; www.saintlawrencenola.com
Crispy confit chicken wings are served with Crystal hot sauce pepper jelly and goat cheese ranch dressing. Red beans and rice comes with grilled andouille, collard greens and cornbread. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Saints & Sinners
627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; www.saintsandsinnersnola.com
The crawfish dinner platter includes a pound and a half of crawfish, potatoes, sausage and corn. Pops' Banging Shrimp po-boy is dressed with lettuce, tomato and pickles and served with french fries or coleslaw. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$

Sake Cafe
817 W. Esplanade Ave., (504) Suite B, Kenner, (504) 468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite A, Harahan, (504) 733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 779-7253; www.sakecafela.com
The tropical roll features tuna, salmon, yellowtail, snow crab, avocado and rice wrapped in soy paper with mango and sweet chili sauce. The summer roll features spicy tuna, snow crab and avocado wrapped in seaweed and topped with tuna, salmon and spicy mayo sauce. Lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

Sake Cafe Uptown
2830 Magazine St., (504) 894-0033; www.sakecafeuptown.com
Thinly sliced ahi tuna and Fuji apple are served with goat cheese balls and ponzu-olive oil sauce. The New Orleans roll is stuffed with crawfish and avocado, topped with snow crab and spicy tuna and served with wasabi tobiko and eel sauce. Lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

Salon Restaurant
622 Conti St., (504) 267-7098; www.restaurantsalon.com
Foieklawah features foie gras, pistachio, fig jam, yogurt and phyllo. Frittata is made with soubise, summer peas and country potato and served with prosciutto and Parmesan or gravlax and caper cream cheese. Reservations accepted. Brunch, lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Salu
3226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5809; www.salurestaurant.com
Local jumbo shrimp are wrapped in bacon and served with butter pan sauce and green onions. Half a garlic-roasted chicken is served with butter-roasted fingerling potatoes, haricots verts amandine and natural jus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Salvo's Seafood
7742 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, (504) 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.com
The seafood house serves a jumbo shrimp plate featuring a dozen butterflied shrimp with fries, potato salad or coleslaw. The blackened catfish plate includes sauteed potatoes, corn on the cob, salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Sammy's Deli
3000 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 947-0675; www.sammysfood.com
Black Jack chicken includes blackened chicken, chipotle Gouda and applewood-smoked bacon. The roast beef sandwich features slow-cooked garlic-stuffed roast beef with house-made gravy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sammy's Po-boys & Catering
901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-0916; www.sammyspoboys.com
The Flickaletta is a muffuletta made with ham, salami, Swiss cheese and olive salad on French bread. The menu also includes chicken and andouille gumbo, salads, roast beef, fried seafood po-boys, wraps and more. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Samuel's Blind Pelican
1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9399
The fried green tomato stack includes three lightly battered tomato medallions, lump crabmeat, boiled shrimp and remoulade. The crawfish quesadilla is filled with sauteed bell peppers, garlic, crawfish tails and mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sandro's Trattoria
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com
Seafood cannelloni are stuffed with crawfish and crabmeat and served over angel hair pasta with seafood Alfredo sauce. Beef bushaloni is stuffed with prosciutto, spinach, artichoke hearts, breadcrumbs and Parmesan and cooked in white wine marinara and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Sassafras Creole & Seafood Restaurant
2501 Leon C. Simon Blvd., (504) 288-3939; www.sassafrasnola.com
Smothered okra includes shrimp and smoked sausage in Creole tomato sauce served over rice with salad. St. Roch seafood pasta features sauteed crawfish tails and Gulf shrimp over angel hair pasta with cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Saucy's
4200 Magazine St., (504) 301-2755; www.saucysnola.com
Smoked beef brisket is available on a platter with two sides, on a brioche bun, on a French pistolette with pepper Jack and blue cheese and in a quesadilla. The Smokeout burger is topped with smoked Gouda, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Saveur
4128 Magazine St., (504) 304-3667; www.saveurnola.com
Grilled venison flank steak is served with wilted kale, balsamic-cured red onions, applewood-smoked bacon, potatoes dauphinoise and pinot jus. The 44 Farms Black Angus meatballs and spaghetti features oven-roasted tomatoes and shaved Reggiano cheese. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

Seed
1330 Prytania St., (504) 302-2599; www.seedyourhealth.com
Raw pad thai features shredded cucumber, carrots, cilantro, green onions, sprouts and creamy almond tamarind sauce. The fried eggplant po-boy is topped with grilled peppers and onions and garlic aioli on French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Seither's Seafood
279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-1116; www.seithersseafood.com
Blackened fish is served in fried tortillas with pico de gallo, sour cream and avocado. Boiled crawfish include mushrooms, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes and carrots. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Semolina
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, (504) 454-7930; www.semolina.com
Grilled chicken Alfredo is served over linguine with Parmesan. Shrimp Roban features sauteed shrimp in spicy cream sauce over shell pasta with green onions on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Shake Sugary
3304 St. Claude Ave,, (504) 355-9345; www.shakesugary.com
Vegan biscuits and gravy include gluten-free biscuits topped with mushroom gravy. A sweet potato biscuit is served with egg and provolone cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Shamrock
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938; www.shamrockparty.com
A 10-ounce Angus rib-eye comes with salad and mashed potatoes, fries or chips and grilled onions and mushrooms are optional additions. Buffalo wings are served with celery and french fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Shank Charcuterie
2352 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5281; www.shankcharcuterie.com
Chef and butcher Kristopher Doll cures meats and makes sausages in house. The charcuterie board includes a selection of salami, head cheese, sausages, cheese and accoutrements. Carolina-style pulled-pork sliders are topped with white remoulade. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Shaya
4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-4213; www.shayarestaurant.com
Chef Alon Shaya's modern Israeli cuisine includes lamb ragu served over hummus. Wood-roasted cabbage comes with muhammara, tahini and hazelnuts. Pita is baked in a wood-burning oven. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Shimmy Shack
1855 Dock St., Harahan, (504) 729-4442; www.shimmyshack.net
Blackened catfish is served with New Orleans barbecue shrimp and vegetable rice. The 8-ounce pressed Cuban burger is made with smoked ham, pepper Jack cheese, chipotle mayonnaise, mustard and pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Short Stop Po-Boys
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 885-4572; www.shortstoppoboysno.com
The meatball po-boy features beef meatballs topped with tomato sauce on Leidenheimer French bread. A po-boy made with a Todd's of Vacherie hot sausage patty is served on Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Shyan's Kitchen
3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 302-9901
The menu focuses on Indian and Pakistani dishes from Kashmir. Carrot and potato samosas get spicy heat from red chilies. Chicken tikka masala is served with raita. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Siamese Thai Cuisine
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-8752; www.siamesecuisine.com
Honey duckling is deep-fried marinated duck served with honey sauce. Pineapple fried rice features shrimp, chicken, egg and cashews served in a pineapple shell. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Sidelines Bar & Grill
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-4002
The house burger is a 10-ounce beef 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. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Silk Road
2483 Royal St., (504) 944-6666; www.silkroadnola.com
Thai red chicken curry is served with basmati rice. Samosas are potato and pea turnovers made with garlic and coriander and come with tamarind sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Slice Pizzeria
1513 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., (504) 897-4800; Loyola University, Carrollton Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., (504) 864-7492; www.slicepizzeria.com
The Sportsman's Paradise pie features Gulf shrimp, Cajun-Italian sausage, caramelized onions, green bell peppers, tomatoes and green onions. The Wicked Garden white pizza is topped with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions and roasted garlic. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Slim Goodies Diner
3322 Magazine St., (504) 891-3447; vdiner.com
The Guatemalan breakfast combo includes eggs, black beans, plantains, warm tortillas, avocado, sour cream and salsa. The one-eyed bacon cheeseburger is topped with a fried egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

Smashburger
3300 Magazine St., (504) 342-2653; www.smashburger.com
The barbecue bacon cheeseburger features an Angus beef patty, Barq's barbecue sauce, haystack onions, applewood-smoked bacon and cheddar cheese on an egg bun. Spinach and goat cheese salad includes grilled or fried chicken, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cucumber, tomatoes, onions and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Smitty's Seafood
2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 468-1647
Smitty's seafood boat features fried shrimp, fish and oysters, stuffed crab, French bread and french fries. Boiled seafood options include crabs, shrimp and crawfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
Fish Marigny combines fried filet of fish and Gulf shrimp in Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style shell-on barbecue shrimp are sauteed with butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SoBou
310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095; www.sobounola.com
Crispy whole Geaux fish features Louisiana Gulf fish, crawfish bouille and a creamy polenta cake with green onion aioli. Yellowfin tuna cones are served with pineapple ceviche and basil-avocado ice cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Southside Cafe
3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net
The French dip features thinly shaved grilled rib-eye steak with Swiss cheese on po-boy bread served au jus. Killa fries are topped with chili, melted cheddar cheese, chopped onions and jalapenos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Speakeasy Bar & Grill
4345 Williams Blvd., Suite F, Kenner, (504) 466-4069; www.speakeasybargrill.com
The Kenna burger features a ground beef and hot sausage patty. The grilled chicken sandwich is dressed with lettuce, pickles, onion and tomato and comes with fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Specialty Italian Bistro
2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com
The menu includes pizza, calzones, pasta dishes and more. Shrimp scampi features shrimp sauteed in garlic, white wine, herbs and lemon butter served over linguine. A paneed chicken breast is served with a lemon piccata sauce and capers over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Splendid Pig
Roux Carre, 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 309-2073; www.splendidpig.com
Crawfish and andouille sliders are served with roasted poblano aioli and Creole potato hash. The cochon de lait po-boy is dressed with roasted garlic mayonnaise, pickled turnips and arugula on French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily and dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SquareROOT
1800 Magazine St., (504) 309-7800; www.squarerootnola.com
The tasting menu features courses such as the Southern Picnic on a Plate, including a fried chicken cracker, fried chicken mousse, fried chicken cotton candy and watermelon pickle. The Magical Muffuletta features disappearing bread meringue, provolone piccata, wild boar mortadella, olive salad and house-cured proscuitto. Reservations required. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Steak Knife Restaurant & Bar
888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com
Shrimp bordelaise features jumbo Gulf shrimp sauteed with mushrooms, white wine and garlic butter and flamed with brandy. Pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna steak is served with lemon-caper beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Steamboat Natchez
Toulouse Street Wharf, 400 Toulouse St., (504) 569-1401; www.steamboatnatchez.com
Penne quattro formaggi features a blend of mozzarella, fontina, Asiago and BellaVitano cheeses. Natchez bread pudding is a souffle of La Louisiane Bakery French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with Callebaut Belgian white chocolate sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Stein's Market & Deli
2207 Magazine St., (504) 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net
The Sam sandwich includes pastrami, Swiss cheese, house-made coleslaw and Russian dressing on Jewish rye. The Mumbler sandwich is made with prosciutto di Parma, arugula, Taleggio cheese and aged balsamic vinegar on house-made ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

Stepbrothers Bar & Grill
4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 889-9856
The super club sandwich combines ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on three slices of Texas toast. The cowboy burger is topped with bacon, cheddar, fried onion rings, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and pickles. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Stingray's Restaurant
1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 443-4040; www.stingraysseafoodrestaurant.com
Sweet potato hushpuppies are topped with brown sugar and condensed milk. Cajun seafood pasta combines sauteed oysters, shrimp, crawfish tails and crabmeat in spicy Alfredo sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Store
814 Gravier St., (504) 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.com
The chopped Cobb salad includes lemon-marinated turkey, avocado, bacon, tomato, blue cheese, egg and red wine vinaigrette. The Cuban po-boy features pulled pork, Chisesi ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Creole mustard on French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

The Stuffed Crab
3431 Houma Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, (504) 510-5444; www.thestuffedcrab.com
Crab au gratin features crabmeat in cream sauce topped with cheddar cheese and is served with garlic bread and soup or salad. The menu includes seafood platters, po-boys, burgers, salads and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Sucre
3025 Magazine St., (504) 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-2277; www.shopsucre.com
The confectioner makes French-style macarons, chocolates, eclairs and more. Gelato is available in flavors including chocolate, raspberry, pistachio, brown butter pecan, coconut and others. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sugar Park
3054 St. Claude Ave., (504) 942-2047; www.sugarparknola.com
A Pizza Named Desire is topped with shrimp, andouille and jalapeno peppers. The big Kahuna burger features bacon, pineapple, provolone cheese and chipotle mayonnaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Suis Generis
3219 Burgundy St., (504) 309-7850; www.suisgeneris.com
The changing menu features dishes such as short ribs slow-braised with red miso and served with stir-fried ginger, lotus root, peanuts and bok choy. A baked brie and apple fritter is served with basil, pear and Herbsaint puree. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SukhoThai
2200 Royal St., (504) 948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., (504) 373-6471; www.sukhothainola.com
Panang duck curry features strips of pan-fried duck breast with vegetables, sweet basil and coconut milk and is garnished with kaffir lime leaves. Drunken noodles are rice noodles stir-fried with egg, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, sweet basil and roasted chili paste. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Sun Ray Grill
2600 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite A, Gretna, (504) 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.com
The Orleans features a choice of fish, which is pan-seared and served with brown butter, green onions, mushrooms, jumbo lump crabmeat, spinach and tasso dressing. Plaquemines oyster bread features sauteed local oysters, artichokes, spinach and tomatoes in garlic cream sauce topped with fried oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Superior Grill
3636 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-4200; http://neworleans.superiorgrill.com/
The menu includes nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, combination platters, salads and more. Mesquite-grilled quail is served with macaroni and cheese and salad. Dos Equis-braised short ribs are served on an open-faced tamale with rice and beans and topped with braised carrots, potatoes and celery. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
4338 St. Charles Ave., (504) 293-3474; www.superiorseafoodnola.com
Char-grilled oysters are topped with garlic, herbs, butter and Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Big Easy barbecue shrimp are sauteed with onions, garlic, herbs, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce and served with French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar
1418 Magazine St., (504) 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., (504) 895-5757; www.surreysnola.com
Bananas Foster French toast is filled with banana cream cheese and topped with bananas, brown sugar rum sauce and powdered sugar. Shrimp and grits features Gulf shrimp atop a bowl of grits with bacon, scallions and French bread croutons. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Sweet Daddy's BBQ
420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.com
The pork taco special features two soft tacos dressed with chipotle mayonnaise, cheese and sour cream. The selection of meats includes Black Angus beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and smoked sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sylvain
625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com
Chilled Louisiana Gulf shrimp are served with cucumber-horseradish emulsion, radish and rye croutons. Scrambled egg toast features thick brioche topped with house-smoked fish, creme fraiche and olives. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


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