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In New Orleans, you never have to go far for a good meal. Every neighborhood has notable restaurants, from corner po-boy shops to fine dining. The Gambit Weekly fall restaurant guide offers a handy reference to local restaurants, organized by neighborhood. From the West Bank to the Warehouse District, Carrollton to Covington, Marigny to Mandeville, the guide has the latest information on menus, house specialties, prices, hours of operation and more. Browse by neighborhood or find your favorite restaurant in the directory. Grab a table and meet some new neighbors. Enjoy.


Bywater


BYWATER BAR-B-QUE
3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445
Chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork aren't the only tempting combinations at this longtime neighborhood hot spot. Specials change daily, and the weekend brunch draws neighborhood regulars for morning meals like fluffy biscuits in rich sausage gravy. Be sure to check out the lush back patio during good weather. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Cash only. $


COFFEA COFFEEHOUSE AND GALLERY
3218 Dauphine St., 342-2484; www.coffeacoffeehouse.com
Coffea's kitschy ambience comes from mismatched tables and chairs as much as the artwork on the walls. It's a cozy coffeeshop as well as a neighborhood café, serving homemade biscuits, New York bagels, big, stuffed breakfast crêpes and changing daily specials. There's also a small courtyard with more seating. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $


The Country Club
634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com
Chef Miles Prescott has installed a new fall menu with appetizers like French onion escargot in a port wine demi-glace with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and puff pastry. Grilled flatbreads include boquerone and crab with pickled lemon peel, shaved fennel, roasted garlic and fresh herb salad. For an entrée, consider the cochon de leg: braised pork shank in a star anise jus with shredded pig's feet, bacon-bliss potatoes and rainbow chard. Dessert highlights include a black mission fig pot de créme served with a pernod rinse. There also is a poolside and bar menu available. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sun. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$


ELIZABETH'S
601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.com
Known for its brunches and its out-of-the-way location facing the Chartres Street levee in the Bywater, Elizabeth's secret ingredient is its praline bacon, a salty-sweet delight served alongside any brunch offering or on top of its blue-cheesy Dream Burger at dinnertime. Duck breast and fried chicken round out the dinner menu, which features a rotating cast of sides and specials. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


JACK DEMPSEY'S
738 Poland Ave., 943-9914
Jack Dempsey's is a heavyweight when it comes to seafood. The Jack Dempsey seafood platter serves a training-table feast of gumbo, shrimp, oysters, catfish, redfish and crawfish pies, plus two side items. It's enough for two — or maybe three if you're watching your weight. There are many broiled and fried seafood options. Every dinner comes with a choice of fries, potato salad or baked macaroni and cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat. and dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


THE JOINT
801 Poland Ave., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com
"Always smoking" is the motto of this homegrown barbecue operation, and the outdoor smoker perfumes both the backyard dining area and the block. Pull up a picnic-table bench indoors or outdoors for tender beef brisket or sweet, smoky pork ribs with a choice of classic sides, including spicy mac and cheese, coleslaw and baked beans. Check for homemade dessert specials like lemon pie. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $


THE NIGHTHAWK DINER
2529 Dauphine St., 342-2176; www.nighthawkdiner.com
A new diner with an attached bar in the Marigny, Nighthawk serves comfort food and cocktails at all hours and at low prices. A thick slab of macaroni and cheese is grilled in butter until crispy and brown at the edges and then made into a sandwich on Texas toast. The old-fashioned biscuits and gravy are adorned with rich, country-style sausage gravy, which can be added to anything else on the menu from eggs to fresh-cut french fries. Breakfast is served all day. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily, 24-hours Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $


SOUND CAFÉ
2700 Chartres St., 947-4477
This neighborhood barista brews high-quality coffee and tea and a wide selection of cookies and cakes beckon from within. There also are bagels and sandwiches made on fresh French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $


SUGAR PARK TAVERN
800 France St., 940-6226; www.sugarpark.com
Fans of New York-style thin-crust pizza come to Sugar Park Tavern for the real deal, but while the crust is a New York classic, some of the topping combinations are decidedly unusual. The "Who's Your Mama!" pizza is loaded with shrimp, corn and pineapple on top of hot adobe sauce. "A Pizza Named Desire" stars shrimp, andouille sausage and jalapeño peppers. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $


CBD

THE APPLE SEED SHOPPE
201 St. Charles Ave., 529-3442
A haven of fresh, healthy food tucked away in the food court of the Place St. Charles skyscraper, the Apple Seed Shoppe has long catered to the lunch crowd in the CBD. Grilled turkey on wheat bread or topping a salad with cheese, egg, lettuce and tomato is a house specialty. Cheese soup makes a tasty indulgence and fruit salad, fresh juices and fruit smoothies round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Checks. $


BAMBU AT HARRAH'S CASINO
4 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahs.com
Bambu has a winning combination of Asian-inspired specialties from sushi to hot entrées. The menu combines standards from Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisines, plus specialties like Cantonese barbecued duck and pecan-battered shrimp. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


BESH STEAKHOUSE AT HARRAH'S
4 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahs.com
It's high steaks and no risk at chef John Besh's steakhouse in Harrah's Casino. From the amber bar to the bright, open kitchen, the steakhouse sets the stage for decadent meals of generously sized steaks like the 38-oz. cowboy rib-eye and the big New York strip. Gulf seafood dominates the appetizer menu, and there are rustic elements like Jacob's andouille in the gumbo. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


BON TON CAFÉ
401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com
The Bon Ton has been a scion on the Creole and Cajun dining scene since 1953, though it boasts being the city's oldest Cajun restaurant. The kitchen uses all sorts of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and bayous. There are a variety of crab dishes along with seven classic Cajun preparations of crawfish. Menu classics include turtle soup, crawfish etouffée and fried crawfish tails with Alzina's special sauce. The namesake redfish Bon Ton is seasoned and broiled with lemon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$


THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal Street, at the River, 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com
Harrah's buffet has something for everyone from Pacific Rim dishes to Creole and French fare. Just a few of the offerings include Creole gumbo, Kolby steamship round, smoked salmon and Louisiana's famous turducken. The dessert bar has more than 40 items. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily, Sun. brunch. Credit cards. $$


CAFÉ MADEA'S
731 Common St., 558-3998
This tiny downtown café provides customers with huge portions of flavorful soul food staples. Dishes like red beans, gumbo, pork chops in gravy and fried catfish keep regulars coming back. Daily specials include the stuffed bell peppers (Tuesday) and the meatloaf with brown gravy, mashed potatoes and string beans or peas (Wednesday). Burgers, salads and sandwiches provide other options. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., early dinner Fri. Credit cards. $


CAJUN MIKE'S PUB 'N' GRUB

116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.com
The sandwiches at this local tavern pack a punch. The cochon de lait sandwich features roast pork piled on French bread and is served with french fries and pickles. The Cuban sandwich has roast pork, ham and Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard pressed on French bread for a toasted delight. Weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. features bargain-priced cocktails and beer, and it stretches to all day on the weekends. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


COVENANT CAFÉ
1515 Poydras St., 522-3335; www.covenanthouseno.org
Covenant Café offers a luncheon buffet on weekdays featuring seafood etouffée, blackened catfish, stuffed pork chops and Shrimp Ducky, a dish of shrimp and chicken in cream sauce poured over puff pastry. The Blue Mambo panini with grilled chicken breast, blue cheese and purple onion is a popular item. A range of sandwich, wrap and salad options are available with daily soup specials. The café supports Covenant House. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $


CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON

833 Poydras St., 581-3111; www.lepavillonhotel.com
The elegance of this Poydras Street hotel carries into its regal dining room, where hot and cold buffets, cook-to-order stations and a dessert bar offer a selection of food fit for a king. At breakfast, order a custom omelet or eggs Benedict. At lunch, choose from healthy salad options, New Orleans specialties and pasta dishes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


DIXIE GYRO
110 Carondelet St., 523-6614
Hot, fragrant beignets in the morning yield to a tasty selection of Middle Eastern classics for lunch at Dixie Gyro. Choose from beef, lamb or chicken sandwiches on pita bread or one of the many vegetarian options like the Greek salad or falafel. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $


ESPRESSO EXPRESS
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115
A popular lunch spot for workers in the Central Business District, Espresso Express rolls out a full line of panini sandwiches and wraps in addition to daily specials. Breakfast offerings include tacos, muffins and cinnamon rolls. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $


LAFITTE'S
300 Canal St., 212-3230; wwwlafittesneworleans.com
Lafitte's puts a familiar name on contemporary Louisiana cooking. In addition to po-boys and gumbo, diners can enjoy entrées like the Bourbon Street strip, a New York strip wth Creole butter on top. The Mardi Gras Mambo salad combines baby greens, pecans, Bermuda onions, kalamata olives, croutons, bacon, blue cheese and cane syrup vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT
321 Magazine St., 581-9680
A taste of Cuba and the ambience of an old Havana café await behind the door of this CBD institution. Weekly specials include Monday's Cuban beef hash with garlic, raisins and tomato sauce and Friday's seafood paella. Classic Cuban dishes include ropa viejo, stewed beef brisket and roast pork. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


LÜKE RESTAURANT
333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
German and French traditions combine to create a distinctive cuisine in Europe's Alsace region. John Besh does it one better by adding a big dose of Louisiana seafood at this modern brasserie. For starters, try the crabmeat maison or charcuterie plate, which features local sustainable meats from Besh's farm. The daily menu includes house-made German-style sausage, sauerkraut, veal, steak au poivre and cassoulet. Wash them down with one of Luke's three locally custom-brewed beers. There also are platters of chilled raw seafood, redfish court-boullion and Gulf shrimp. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


MCALISTER'S DELI
4 Canal Street (Harrah's Casino), 598-1930; www.mcalistersdeli.com
Sandwiches and sides like fully loaded baked potatoes draw diners to this national chain. The Patriot sandwich loads up turkey and Swiss on wheat berry bread with orange and cranberry sauce. The Big Nasty is an open-face mess of roast beef with gravy and melted cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


MIKE SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668
Mike Serio's has local flavor and color. Po-boys fill the menu, but LSU sports dominate the décor. The sandwich shop has served roast beef po-boys, fried seafood and plate lunches amid the purple and gold trappings for years. The muffuletta is a particular specialty, and daily lunch offerings include jambalaya and spaghetti and meatballs. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $


MILA
817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.com
A similar restaurant to the chef/proprietors' Longbranch restaurant in Abita Springs, MiLa brings its cosmopolitan interpretation of Southern cuisine to the CBD. Signature dishes include pan-roasted sweetbreads with creamy black truffle grits, oysters Rockefeller "deconstructed," pig cheeks with langoustines and New Orleans-style barbecue lobster. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net
Mother's famous roast beef debris po-boy comes dressed with shredded cabbage instead of lettuce, Creole or yellow mustard and pickles. The house special sandwich, the Ferdi, comes with baked ham and debris. Mothers also serves breakfast and Creole dishes like jambalaya, crawfish etouffée and hearty red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


THE NEW ORLEANS GRILL AT THE WINDSOR COURT
300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com
The Windsor Court is always an elegant spot to enjoy a refined meal. The New Orleans Grill features contemporary international cuisine with dishes like mint-crusted rack of lamb with caramelized cauliflower. The wine cellar is well stocked for any occasion. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. Credit cards. $$$


P & G RESTAURANT
345 Baronne St., 525-9678
There's no line at this bustling downtown diner, so step up and order a big po-boy stuffed with seafood. Daily lunch specials include fried shrimp or catfish platters and red beans and rice. Newer items include veal Parmesan, stewed chicken and lasagna. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


RESTAURANT AUGUST
301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.rest-august.com
Celebrated local chef and occasional Food Network personality John Besh frequently changes up his menu to showcase the flavors of local, seasonal ingredients. The signature gnocchi appetizer, tossed with blue crab and truffle oil, stays on the menu. New dishes include slow-roasted Kobe short rib entrée served with Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus and roasted tomato vinaigrette. Five-course tasting menus with wine pairings are always available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


RESTAURANT CUVEE
322 Magazine St., 587-9001; www.restaurantcuvee.com
As the name suggests, an extraordinary wine list draws oenophile patrons to Cuvee. Chef Bob Iacovone's contemporary menu combines Creole and continental flavors in dishes like the "Taste of Northern and Southern Shellfish," which matches ravioli stuffed, alternately, with shrimp and crabmeat, butter-poached lobster, "popcorn" lump crabmeat, truffled Parmigiano Reggiano cream and sauce etouffée. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


ROLY POLY SANDWICHES
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., 561-9800; www.rolypolyusa.com
The name is something of a misnomer, as healthful, tasty options are the order of the day at this popular wrap shop. Unique creations include the Peachtree Melt with baked ham, Swiss, Brie, peaches, pepper relish and a side of fresh dill horseradish sauce. The Santa Fe chicken is dressed with melted jalapeño Jack cheese, onion, tomato and ranch dressing. There are many vegetarian options stuffed with ingredients like spinach, pineapple, cheese and hummus. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $


ROUX BISTRO
500 Canal St., 595-5506; www.sheratonneworleans.com
Inspired renditions of New Orleans- and European-style dishes are the order of the day at this well-appointed restaurant in the Sheraton Hotel. Specialties include crawfish beignets in zesty remoulade sauce and a hearty, rib-sticking Louisiana cassoulet made with red beans, duck confit and duck sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$


SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE
614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.com
Former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula has two links to New Orleans: a Superbowl win and his steakhouse. The restaurant's game plan matches martinis and juicy, "Shula-cut" steaks like the featured 48-oz. porterhouse and the 32-oz. prime rib. Other entrées include the Florida red snapper, mahi mahi and twin cold-water lobster tails. Pair any entrée with a selection of sides ranging from sautéed mushrooms, asparagus and potato skins to crab mac and cheese and lobster mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


SINGHA THAI
413 Carondelet St., 581-2205
The concerns of the business day quickly fade away at lunchtime in this bustling CBD spot. The kitchen cooks classic renditions of popular Thai dishes like tom yum koong soup with shrimp and lemongrass, pad Thai and many rice and noodle dishes with beef, chicken or shrimp. At dinner, try the crispy ginger fish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$


STEVE'S DINER
201 St. Charles St., 522-8198; www. steves-diner.com
Steve's Diner offers a quick breakfast to those on the way into the office and gourmet deli sandwiches, healthy salads, coffee and sweets through the day. For lunch, try the skirt steak melt — grilled skirt steak sliced thin and served open faced with melted Swiss and a side of horseradish. The shrimp boat floats fried Louisiana shrimp on a bed of creamy slaw. On the lighter side, try the grilled chicken and pecan salad or the tangy Southwest salad combining grilled chicken, pepperjack cheese, tomato, black beans, tortilla chips and salsa dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $


THAT INDIAN PLACE
201 St. Charles Ave, second floor, 975-5664; www.thatindianplace.com
Though small, this take-out café loads its menu with traditional Indian dishes with options ranging from kicap chicken simmered in a dark soy sauce with peppers and curry leaves, to chicken curry and chili chicken. Vegetarian and daily specials are popular, as are the fragrant naan and dosa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $


VERANDA AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL
444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383
European flair and Southern hospitality mix at the flagship restaurant of the Hotel Intercontinental. The Sunday jazz brunch features live jazz, flowing bubbly, carving stations, made-to-order omelets and desserts. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


WELTY'S DELI
336 Camp St., 592-0223
For people working in the CBD, Welty's makes for a quick, casual lunch break with its freshly made dressings and sauces and deli meats piled high. The popular Reuben sandwich is layered with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. A lighter option is the veggie sandwich with roasted mushrooms, artichoke hearts, red peppers and eggplant. Meal-size salads, daily entrée specials, special lemonades and an array of coffee drinks also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and company checks. $


ZOE RESTAURANT
W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018
The tony ambience of the W Hotel effortlessly extends into its elegant, European-style bistro, ZoÉ. While the menu changes frequently, it is inspired by an approach blending Old World French techniques with regional ingredients. Tapas offerings include Spanish chorizo and potatoes and tomato salad with herbs, blue cheese and sherry vinegar. Braised Kobe beef short ribs are served with mushroom ragout and black truffle essence. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Carrollton/University

AUDUBON GOLF CLUBHOUSE
6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.org
The bucolic setting of Audubon Park makes for an appetizing backdrop at breakfast, lunch or tee time. At lunch, the clubhouse chicken salad platter delivers chunky diced chicken breast with pecans and red grapes on a bed of spring mix greens. The Newman Reuben is an open-face version of the classic sandwich with thin-sliced corned beef and choice of onion rings, fries or chips. Reservations accepted for six or more. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $


BABYLON CAFÉ
7724 Maple St., 314-0010
Babylon Café offers an array of familiar Mediterranean dishes including dips and grilled meats. There is hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and crusty rolls in addition to pita bread. For entrées, order kebabs, gyros, shawarma and vegetarian dishes. Diners are welcome to bring their own wine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


BASIL LEAF
1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001
A Carrollton area favorite, Basil Leaf prepares elegant Thai fare in a relaxed atmosphere. The whole coconut curry overflows with sea scallops and shrimp sautéed with coconut meat and eggplant in red curry, and it is served in a coconut shell with jasmine rice. Pad Thai is a classic, with spicy rice noodles wok-sautéed with shrimp, chicken, bean sprouts and peanuts. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT
723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.com
Frank and Marna Brigtsen welcome guests into their converted shotgun house for a tour de force of contemporary Louisiana cuisine. House specialties include roast pork tenderloin with sweet potato dirty rice and pork debris sauce, blackened yellowfin tuna is served with smoked corn sauce, red bean salsa and avocado sour cream. Brigtsen's seafood platter doesn't include a single fried item. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


BRUNO'S TAVERN
7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com
This tavern's ever-expanding menu is available throughout the day and includes such temptations as the firecracker salad with fried shrimp tossed in pepperjelly vinaigrette dressing with blue cheese crumbles, plus bacon, hot peppers, spicy pecans and a remoulade drizzle, all over greens. The debris fries are waffle cut and topped with roast beef gravy and horseradish cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


CAFÉ FRERET

7329 Freret St., 861-7890
Café Freret puts its own spin on familiar favorites in a casual and comfortable setting with plenty of outdoor seating. The chef's voodoo burger is a half-pound patty smothered in sautéed onions, mushrooms and the kitchen's own "bomb sauce," plus all the bacon, cheese and Creole mayo its toasted egg bun can handle. The muffuletta here is filled with homemade olive salad covering the mix of Italian meats and cheeses. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


CAFÉ GRANADA
1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612
The former Fiesta Bistro has refocused its menu on Spanish cuisine. The menu includes a wide range of hot and cold tapas, including many vegetarian choices. Fresh seasonal fish complements the classic paella with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, chunks of chicken and peas. Another popular dish is the lamb tajine topped with plums. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


CAFÉ NINO
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-9200
Chef/owner Nino Bongiorno makes everyone feel at home in his casual pizza restaurant. Diners also come for big, affordably priced portions of Italian favorites like chicken or veal Marsala, eggplant parmigiana and pasta with meatballs. Pizza options include thin-crust pizza or thick-crust Sicilian pies. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$


CAMELLIA GRILL
626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679
The counter at Camellia is a popular destination for college students, tourists and families. They all queue up at this landmark diner for inexpensive meals of omelets, sandwiches and hot pie off the grill. The chili cheese omelet may be the ultimate in decadence. For others, Camellia's cool milkshakes, called freezes, are tops. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $


CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT
702 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428
This Riverbend mainstay has been serving affordable American-Chinese dishes to students and neighbors for years. The empress chow mein has crispy, thin noodles topped with scallops, shrimp, chicken, beef and vegetables in brown sauce. Vegetarian options abound, and the budget-friendly prices appeal to families and college students alike. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


CIRO'S COTÉ SUD
7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com
T raditional French cuisine and pizza mix it up at this charming bistro located among the quaint storefronts of Maple Street. House favorites include the moules au bleu, a bowl of steamed mussels in blue cheese cream sauce. Other specialties include the magret de canard aux peches, a crispy-skin duck breast served on a bed of house mashed potatoes and topped with bourbon reduction sauce with prunes, apricot and peaches. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Checks. $$


COLD STONE CREAMERY
624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; www.coldstonecreamery.com
A huge variety of flavors are blended on the cool marble slab of this ice cream parlor. Mixing items include a wide assortment of nuts, fruit and candy. Shakes and smoothies also are available. One local hit is the Cheesecake Named Desire, a graham cracker-crusted cheesecake layered with ice cream and topped with raspberry sauce and whipped raspberry frosting. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


COOTER BROWN'S
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
Cooter Brown's offers hundreds of beers and two basic food options. There's an oyster bar and a kitchen with a menu of hot and cold sandwiches. The choices include specialties like spicy Cajun boudin and a po-boy stuffed with crawfish pies and dressed with remoulade sauce. University students and Riverbend neighbors settle in with beer and sandwiches to watch the nonstop stream of sporting events on the tavern's many flat-screen TVs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


CRÉPES á LA CART
1039 Broadway St., 866-2362; www.freewebs.com/crêpesalacarte
This casual eatery has all your cravings covered with a big selection of sweet and savory crêpes. The signature á la Cart crêpe is stuffed with grilled chicken, ham, spinach, broccoli, red onions, mushrooms and cheese with a drizzle of honey mustard. The sweet trifle crêpe has strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, chocolate chips and angel food cake sprinkled with brown sugar and cream. Breakfast, coffee and frozen drinks are available all day long. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


CURRY CORNER
1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-9033
Curry Corner offers an array of spicy favorites, including chicken in red Thai curry sauce. The spicy sauce is tempered by coconut milk, cilantro, mint and Thai basil. There are other Indian dishes like saag paneer, a dish of house-made cheese sautéed with spinach and spices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


DANTE'S KITCHEN
736 Dante St., 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com
A charming cottage in Riverbend sets the scene for contemporary Creole dining with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. While the menu changes with the seasons, there are some standbys. Start with the shrimp and stone-ground grits with andouille red gravy, or the barbecue shrimp made with Abita Turbodog beer, rosemary and garlic. For an entrée, consider the redfish "on the half shell" topped with crabmeat and soft herbs. Meat lovers tackle the Trois Mignon: three petite beef tenderloin filets served on caramelized onion mashed potatoes and topped with pork debris, Stilton cheese sauce and marchands de vin. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$


DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING
Loyola University Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 861-5451
Although it's tucked away uptown in Loyola's activities center, Dunbar's post-Katrina location is open to the public and still serves its popular fried chicken, red beans and rice, gumbo and other Crescent City soul-food favorites. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $


FELIPE'S TAQUERIA
6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipesneworleans.com
Patrons at this university-area taqueria can get served just as quickly as at any fast food joint but enjoy much better, fresher food. The chicken super burrito bulges with beans, rice, chicken and pico de gallo while the carnitas quesadilla is filled with marinated pulled pork. The complimentary salsa bar has a kaleidoscope of spicy options to dress up tacos, burritos and quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


FRESCO'S CAFÉ AND PIZZERIA
7625 Maple St., 862-6363; www.frescocafe.us
Fresco's Italian and Mediterranean menu features gourmet pizzas, salads, sandwiches on freshly baked bread, and new dishes like tortellini and ham, and the portobello ravioli. The chicken Caesar wrap is a popular menu item, perhaps preceded by the spicy Mediterranean tomato dip comprised of pepper paste, walnuts and feta cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


FRIAR TUCK'S BAR & GRILL
5130 Freret St., 891-4080; www.friartucksbar.com
Weekly drink specials and sports on the TV propel this Uptown college hangout. The kitchen offers plenty of choices to make sure drinks have a solid foundation on which to build. Philly-style cheesesteaks come with mushrooms, onions, peppers and Swiss cheese on hoagie rolls, or build your own quesadillas and nachos. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $


GELATO PAZZO CAFÉ
8115 Oak St., 304-6908; www.gelatopazzo.com
The café boasts fresh gelato and Italian country cooking. The grilled shrimp panino features large Gulf shrimp with mixed greens, grilled Roma tomatoes and house-made basil pesto on grilled ciabatta bread. Steak entreés with mushrooms and cheese round out the menu, and diners are welcome to bring their own wine. An array of gelati in nearly 20 flavors are made with fresh fruit, nuts and imported chocolate. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $


HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
8116 Hampson St., 865-1634
Hana is known for its comfortable neighborhood vibe and extra-large specialty rolls. Sushi chefs offer all sorts of combinations of salmon, tuna, snow crab, cucumber, avocado, egg and shrimp tempura. One particularly popular house special is the fried soft-shell crab roll with spicy mayo sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


JACQUES-IMO'S CAFÉ
8324 Oak St., 861-0886
A boisterous bar scene, funky murals and a spirited take on Creole cooking make Jacques-Imo's Café a perennial favorite with locals and visitors alike. The alligator sausage cheesecake is one of the café's classics, but from fried chicken to blackened fish to Cajun bouillabaisse, no dish is too down-home or too refined for this kitchen to work it into its repertoire. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE
7808 Maple St., 866-4366
This quaint Maple Street café dishes up exotic Tunisian delights like the merguez lamb sausage and zucchini bisque with crawfish. Add a couscous dish or a steaming clay pot of lamb tagine (Moroccan stew) to accent a hearty meal. A belly dancer lends an exotic touch to the venue on Saturday nights. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


JAZMINE CAFÉ
614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301
It's hard to say no to a bowl of pho, and Jazmine Café offers six different kinds, complete with noodles, fresh herbs, and beef, chicken or vegetables. The café's hot and tangy tamarind fish soup is another popular choice. The rest of the menu focuses on rice and noodle dishes, fresh spring rolls stuffed with rare tuna and other Vietnamese favorites. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $


LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; www.lamadeleine.com
There's a French accent to these convenient cafeteria-style cafés. There are always American and dark French roast coffees to choose from, and the kitchen prepares breakfast pastries, potato galettes, salads, rosemary rotisserie chicken, savory crêpes and sandwiches like the classic croque monsieur. The tomato-basil soup is a popular hot item. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


LEBANON'S CAFÉ
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com
Check the specials board at this Carrollton Avenue café for unexpected dishes like Indian-style samosas or a platter of musaha with beef, cheese, tomato sauce and vegetables over basmati rice. The regular menu features Middle Eastern standards like kebabs, falafel sandwiches, shawarma and tabbouleh. Lebanon's also offers lamb chops and hearty steaks straight off the grill. Diners are welcome to bring their own wine (no corkage fee). No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com.
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen is a casual hotspot for gourmet pizza and pasta. The jambalaya pizza is a cheese pizza with jambalaya sauce, shrimp, andouille and chicken. The Four Seasons pizza combines artichoke hearts, mushrooms, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. The chicken roulade is a chicken breast stuffed with andouille sausage and crawfish dressing served over fettuccine and topped with creamy tomato and basil sauce. There also is a large selection of salads, pita wraps, calzones and pasta dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


MAPLE STREET CAFÉ
7623 Maple St., 314-9003; www.maplecafe.net
For a fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine, stop by this intimate café in the heart of the Maple Street scene. The oysters amandine is served with white wine lemon butter. Lemon chicken is a popular dish of breaded chicken topped with lemon zest and served over fettuccini Alfredo. There also are daily fish specials. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


MAT & NADDIE'S
937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.com
This beautifully converted Riverbend shotgun home features two intimate and connected dining rooms inside and a spacious deck outside overlooking the levee. The kitchen creates intricate dishes like grilled venison medallions with Gruyere spaetzle, blanched carrots, green beans and a caraway veloute sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


MONA'S CAFÉ
1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175
Since opening as a single grocery/restaurant in Mid-City, Mona's has grown to encompass several cafés across the city. The affordable Middle Eastern menu includes gyro sandwiches and platters, falafel, and kebabs of chicken, lamb and beef. Soups and salads include a hearty lentil soup, tabbouleh, and yogurt and cucumber salad. The small plates include safeiha, essentially a small pizza of pita bread topped with ground beef and lamb, tomatoes, onions, parsley and spices. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


NINJA SUSHI
8433 Oak St., 866-1119
Guests wait in Ninja's ground-level bar before heading to the spacious dining room upstairs for meals. Fresh cuts of maguro, salmon and snapper issue forth from the long sushi bar, and the kitchen produces a full array of soups and cooked Japanese dishes, including broiled neck of yellowtail and ice cream balls in rice paper wrappers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


OAK STREET CAFÉ
8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.com
Live piano music often sets the tone at this laid-back Uptown eatery. One breakfast specialty is eggs Beauregard, a Southern twist on eggs Benedict featuring sausage on a fluffy biscuit smothered in light sausage gravy. For the more frugal diner, the café offers a $2.99 breakfast special. Po-boys, wraps and daily specials are offered for lunch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $


ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com
Seats at this Riverbend café perch on the edge of the open kitchen, and bar patrons get a good view of chef Scott Snodgrass' work. The menu changes frequently, but some consistently popular dishes include stewed country ribs in red wine demi-glace, and seared red grouper with basil pesto and smoked salmon. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


PEPPERONI'S CAFÉ
8123 Hampson St., 865-0336
Pepperoni's is a popular Riverbend spot for pizza and sandwiches. Specialty pies include a Hawaiian, a meat lover's and super vegetarian as well as a four-cheese pizza and a breakfast pizza with egg, mushrooms, onions and peppers. The shrimp pasta mixes Gulf shrimp with basil in Alfredo cream sauce over fettuccini. There also are calzones, po-boys, wraps and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


PYRAMIDS CAFÉ
3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602; www.pyramidscafe.net
Pyramids serves fresh, healthy, authentic Mediterranean cuisine to the Uptown crowd, including favorites like falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush. Try a grilled lamb gyro or chicken shawarma as a pita sandwich or as an entrée platter. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT
8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933; www.redstarchineserestaurant.com
Red Star is a favorite for delivery Uptown and in Mid-City, as well as for dining in. Szechuan and Mandarin specialties include the sizzling rice soup prepared for two or three, Peking duck, and beef with scallops in brown sauce. The kitchen also has a lighter menu of dishes prepared with no added salt, sugar or corn starch. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH
8124 Hampson St., 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.com
This casual café offers counter service for a quick cup of coffee while the kitchen turns out some interesting options for breakfast, lunch or brunch. The fish salad has seared salmon, crispy shallots and fried noodles on a bed of greens with wasabi vinaigrette. At brunch, the huevos rancheros layer corn tortillas with cheddar, black beans, eggs, guacamole and sour cream, plus fresh pico de gallo. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFÉ
7801 Panola St., 314-1810
A relaxed, family-style atmosphere welcomes patrons at this Uptown neighborhood café. Popular morning specials include the crawfish omelet, crab cakes Benedict, huevos rancheros, Belgian waffles and standard pancake and egg options. The lunch crowd shows up a bit later for hamburger steaks, fried catfish and burgers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $


ROMAN PIZZA
7329 Cohn St., 866-1166; www.eatromanpizza.com
Two friends of Roman Pizza who went above and beyond in community service post-Katrina, delivering food by canoe, now have a pizza named for them: the Juan and Deen's special combines pepperoni, jalapeños and extra cheese. The restaurant has "twofer" deals with discounts when ordering two pizzas at a time, and the kitchen prepares a range of sandwiches, salads and Italian dinners. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $


RUE DE LA COURSE
1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343
Fresh cupcakes, croissants, muffins and biscotti are among the baked goods at these comfortable coffeeshops. Caffeine cravers will find a full range of house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks, flavored iced coffees, and specialty teas. Iced café mocha combines chocolate, espresso and frothy chocolate milk. Sandwich options include a choice of bread, like dark black forest or seven-grain, meats like roast beef, turkey or chicken salad, a range of toppings like peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and sprouts, and choice of cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $


SALTWATER GRILL
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640
Saltwater Grill offers reliable renditions of all sorts of local favorites from gumbo with okra to po-boys and more. The menu at this family-friendly restaurant includes grilled or blackened fish selections, fried seafood po-boys, red beans and rice, hamburgers, and grilled chicken. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


SARA'S
724 Dublin St., 861-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.com
Sara's offers diners a taste of the far East with Indian and Asian specialties like saag paneer, a dish of homemade Indian cheese sautéed with baby spinach and spices. Korean barbecued beef features juicy strips of tenderloin marinated with tangy spices and grilled. The sesame-crusted salmon and Muscovy duck served with a port and plum wine reduction are local favorites. More local options include pepper-crusted stuffed pork chops, double-cut and served over Creole mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$


STATION 8801
8801 Oak St., 861-9293
This casual tavern in a converted gas station keeps the good times flowing with inexpensive draft beer. The menu features an 8-oz. Angus beef burger and a 10-oz. filet served with spicy potatoes. There also are chicken sandwiches and sides like onion rings and sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $


TED'S FROSTOP
3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615
The signature Lot-o-Burger is as good as ever. Fried seafood and plate lunches like baked chicken or pork chops provide square meals, as do the sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE

7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com
Italian dishes like osso buco and veal picatta are joined by locally inspired choices like the corn and crab bisque at this local Creole-Italian institution. Bracialoni is a classic of top round stuffed with bacon, artichoke hearts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Cannelloni is a house specialty prepared with homemade pasta stuffed with ground baby veal, puréed spinach and Parmesan cheese, baked and served on a bed of Alfredo cream and topped with a light red sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


WORLD'S HEALTHIEST PIZZA
6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; 8120 Hampson St., 865-0221; www.worldshealthiestpizza.com
For pizza with a purpose, sample the pies at this aptly named, growing local pizza chain. Both locations feature a special fiber-rich crust that the proprietors say can make eating pizza an exercise in better health. Salads and breadsticks made with the same high-fiber recipe are available, and the Hampson location offers "take-and-bake" pies for diners to prepare at home. A new offering is a pie topped with artichoke, arugula, spinach, bell peppers, squash, onions, garlic and mushrooms. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


YE OLDE COLLEGE INN
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.com
This Uptown family favorite still caters to its faithful clientele with seafood po-boys, burgers and veal cutlets. The kitchen has stepped out of its culinary box with an award-winning po-boy stuffed with fried green tomatoes and shrimp remoulade. The porterhouse pork chop is served with a side of duck and andouille jambalaya. Daily specials include fresh fish dishes, like the broiled redfish topped with lump crabmeat and amandine sauce. Reservations accepted for six or more. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


YOU-GURT
7638 Maple St., 304-8432; www.yougurt.net
Options are limitless at this do-it-yourself yogurt parlor, where guests can choose from 14 nonfat soft-serve yogurt flavors and dozens of fresh fruit and dry toppings. You-Gurt also serves sno-balls with a variety of flavors. Hummus, salads, edamame and chicken quesadillas add savory choices to the menu as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE
8210 Oak St., 861-2224
Surrounded by disembodied doll parts and other macabre wall ornaments, students and bohemians enjoy the unique ambience and offerings of Z'otz. The café offers organic, fair-trade coffee, super-sized cookies, vegan baked goods and exotic drinkables like bubble tea and yerba mate. A rotating lunch menu includes items like miso soup, stuffed grape leaves and grilled cheese sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only.

Citywide

APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR
Citywide; www.applebees.com
From soup/sandwich and salad/pasta lunch combos to a full menu of burgers, seafood and other assorted entrées, Applebee's provides a laid back, affordable option for a family dinner out or a tasty meal on the go. The Bruschetta burger offers a taste of the Mediterranean with zesty pesto and plenty of mozzarella. On the lighter side, Applebee's offers a full Weight Watchers menu, including chocolate raspberry layer cake. Not concerned with calories? The Maple Butter Blondie is a classic. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


BREAUX MART

Citywide; www.breauxmart.com
The deli at Breaux Mart offers a wide variety of dishes and changing daily specials. On Wednesdays, fried crispy or lemon-baked catfish are the specials of the day. Other popular dishes include ribs, savory beef brisket and seafood gumbo. Side items include macaroni and cheese, dirty rice, and candied yams. For dessert, try the apple or peach cobblers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


BUD'S BROILER
Citywide
Sure, you can go with the basic meat option: a flame-broiled patty with grated cheddar and hickory sauce. But why show restraint? Throw another patty on there, add some chili, then order a side of crispy onion rings. Other options include a grilled chicken sandwich and hot dog. Top it off with a frosty chocolate shake and dig into an apple, peach or cherry pie for dessert. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $


CC'S COFFEEHOUSE
Citywide; www.communitycoffee.com
You can find this local chain from the quarter to the universities to Metairie and the Northshore. New Orleans-roasted blends and both hot and iced specialty drinks are on offer. Quell the caffeine rush with a pastry or bagel. Most stores offer both useful table seating as well as comfy armchairs for reading a newspaper. Many locations also have wireless Internet. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


CAFÉ DU MONDE
Citywide; www.cafedumonde.com
The perfect place for the hopelessly indecisive is where there is really only one option. Café au lait and beignets are the fare that made Café du Monde world famous. While the original Decatur Street location remains a French Quarter landmark, satellite shops can be found scattered throuhgout the metro area, and CDM's signature beignet mix can be picked up at most local grocery stores. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $


CAFÉ ROMA
Citywide
Café Roma's original location was known for gourmet pies. Now there are several independent Café Romas that offer gourmet pizza as well as salads, pasta dishes and more. Delivery is available from locations in the Lower Garden District, North Causeway Boulevard, Gretna and in the French Quarter. A couple of common favorites you'll find at any location are the garlic chicken pizza and the Cajun crawfish pasta. No reservations. Delivery available from some locations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


COPELAND'S RESTAURANT
Citywide; www.alcopeland.com
The late Al Copeland's flagship restaurant showcases his take on many of the most popular Cajun and Creole dishes. There are traditional offerings like shrimp Creole and etouffée as well as seafood combinations like crab-stuffed catfish bordelaise. Pasta dishes include shrimp and tasso over bowtie pasta and chicken "Alfredeaux." No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$


DANNY & CLYDE'S
Citywide; www.dannyandclydes.com
Filling up the gas tank? Might as well fill up the belly, too. Super-sized po-boys are the featured item at Danny & Clyde's. Homemade meat pies and breakfast sandwiches are favorites of regulars. Pick a side item from the snack rack or get a fresh order of fries to go with your muffuletta or hot roast beef. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


DOT'S DINER
Citywide
Dot's offers diner-style comfort food, from bottomless cups of coffee at breakfast to lunch and hearty dinner specials like pork chops or bone-in ham steaks. Stop in any time of day for excellent deals on breakfast plates such as the B1 (two eggs, grits and toast). For lunch, there are a variety of popular diner classics, burgers and sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


ITALIAN PIE
Citywide; www.italianpierestaurants.com
Italian Pie offers all sorts of combos on pizzas and in calzones, and there are many salad, pasta and sandwich options. Specialty pies include the Italian All Meat Pie, loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, bacon and ham. The roasted garlic pie comes with chicken or shrimp. The Florentine calzone is stuffed with spinach and artichoke, a mix of cheeses and chicken or shrimp. Italian Pie also offers a small selection of wrap sandwiches. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


LEE'S HAMBURGERS
Citywide
Chopped onions give Lee's burgers a little extra zing. So even though you can get quick service, it's still got homemade appeal. The drive-through is convenient for days when you can't stand in line but must have the Works, a big cheeseburger dressed and served with onion rings or fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
Citywide; www.ohenrys.com
If it's comfort food you seek, O'Henry's might just be the place. So relaxed is the atmosphere that you're encouraged to drop your peanut shells right onto the floor. Burgers, fried seafood and barbecue ribs share the menu with five different entrée choices featuring O'Henry's creamy Monica sauce. Birthday celebrants get a free New York strip with valid ID. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS
Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com
PJ's has become a local standard for coffee connoisseurs. There is a full selection of dark to light roast flavors, plenty of frozen concoctions for hot days, and a variety of coffee companions from muffins to bagels to chocolates. Wireless Internet at most locations lets you keep up while you perk up. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA
Citywide; www.papajohns.com
Better ingredients is the claim made by Papa John himself. Some such ingredients cover the usual favorites, plus specialty pies like an Italian meat trio, barbecued chicken and bacon, Hawaiian barbecue, spinach Alfredo and the Works. Sides include garlic Parmesan breadsticks, cheese sticks, wings in spicy Buffalo or mild barbecue sauce and chicken strips. Papa John's now offers closure with chocolate pastry delights. Online ordering, take out, delivery and catering available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


PICCADILLY
Citywide; www.piccadilly.com
People just really shouldn't have to decide on a single entrée. The buffet sports American favorites like meatloaf, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and cornbread alongside local fare such as red beans and rice and shrimp etouffée. Desserts abound from pudding to pie to Jell-O. The cafeterias offer entire meals for takeout as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


PIZZA HUT
Citywide; www.pizzahut.com
In this age of home delivery, it's nice to know there's still a Hut to hang one's hat on. Classic toppings include pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, olives, bacon, pineapple, banana peppers, anchovies, jalapeños and chicken. The Meat Lovers pie is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon and ground beef. The Shrimp Supreme is studded with seasoned shrimp, fresh mushrooms, onion and green peppers. Extras include breadsticks, cheese sticks and cinnamon sticks. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


POPEYES
Citywide; www.popeyes.com
While Popeyes' patented blend of spices is well-known, the chain also serves thick and savory cups of red beans and rice. Mild and spicy blends of chicken seasoning are available for combo meals, in baskets of chicken strips and on sandwiches. Sides include mashed potatoes and gravy, Cajun rice, spicy battered fries and biscuits. Some locations serve fried shrimp as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


QUIZNOS
Citywide; www.quiznos.com
A fast-growing national franchise, Quiznos offers a full range of toasted subs as well as newer twists like mesquite-accented meats, smoky barbecue sauce and guacamole on its turkey and bacon sub. Meat lovers will be interested in the new Primo Meatball sandwich, or one of the Premium Steak options. Quiznos also offers many items in salad versions as well as Cobb and chicken Caesar salads. Breakfast items are available at some locations. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS
Citywide; www.raisingcanes.com
Once a campus craze in Baton Rouge, Raising Cane's has now taken a firm hold on the local chicken finger market. Variety is achieved through numbers at this one-entrée establishment. Chicken finger combos come in three-, four- and six-piece varieties, accompanied by coleslaw, Texas toast, fountain drink and Cane's signature dipping sauce. Boxed meals are available in many sizes, and there are tailgate packs and party platters of 100 chicken fingers as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


SMOOTHIE KING
Citywide; www.smoothieking.com
The city's largest smoothie chain has a blend for everybody, from calorie-conscious dieters to beach-ready body builders. Fine-tune your favorite smoothie by adding enhancers like Immune, Energy, Female Balance or Muscle Builder. Supplement your liquid intake with snacks like lean jerky, high-protein cookies or a wide assortment of protein bars. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


SUBWAY
Citywide; www.subway.com
Even in the land of the po-boy, you can find a Subway sub carrying its array of toppings, from olives and cucumbers to jalapeños and banana peppers. Try meatball or Italian cold-cut subs or the Veggie Delight with cheese and fresh vegetables. There are five types of bread to choose from, and subs can be served hot or cold. For a change of pace, Subway also offers personal pizzas. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


WING ZONE
Citywide; www.wingzone.com
With 25 different flavors to choose from, Wing Zone's got your every craving covered. Lemon Pepper Supreme and Asian Sesame are some of the newer options. Keep it cool with the classic mild sauce or strap yourself in for the Nuclear Honey Teriyaki. Chicken fingers, Buffalo shrimp and an array of salads and sandwiches are also available for dine-in or carry-out. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


WOW CAFÉ & WINGERY
Citywide; www.wingery.com
A sauce for every taste, a box for any event. WOW wings come with a choice of sauces including Key West citrus, honey barbecue, Thai peanut, various heat levels of Buffalo, coconut curry, sweet and sour, teriyaki, and many others. Quantities range from an eight-piece box up to the party-friendly 1,000-piece spread. The Wingery also serves wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas, chicken tenders and fajitas. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Faubourg Marigny

13 MONAGHAN
517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com
Healthy eaters need not despair in the wee hours of the morning: 13 Monaghan serves up a menu that's both wallet- and vegetarian-friendly in a late-night world of burgers and cheese fries. Spinach salad with red onion, pecans and goat cheese is a healthy option, though the tater tachos (crispy potato nuggets piled high with Mexican toppings) are hard to resist. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


ADOLFO'S
611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800
Above the bustle of Frenchmen Street, this intimate café run by chef/owner Adolfo Perez Palavicini offers Italian dishes and a variety of seafood. The menu features Italian specialties like eggplant Parmesan and veal piccata. Signature sauces like the verde — buttery spinach with a nutmeg bite — top chicken and veal. Reservations accepted for four or more. Dinner daily. Checks. $$


BUFFA'S LOUNGE
1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038
The barroom at Buffa's might not be the first place you'd think of for breakfast, but the neighborhood spot offers house-made biscuits topped with sausage gravy and build-your-own omelets with up to 10 fillings. At night, the "Border of the Quarter Café" serves up pub grub with a twist, including fresh salads and Cajun-seasoned steaks, plus burgers and sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $


CAFE NEGRIL
606 Frenchmen St., 944-4744
This Marigny hot spot showcases a mix of roots music and reggae on the improvised stage in front. The grill in the back is open during club hours and serves a limited-yet-satisfying menu of juicy burgers, tangy barbecue and tender ribs. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $


CAFÉ ROSE NICAUD
632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300
This Marigny café gives its patrons a choice between sidewalk seating and comfy armchairs indoors while lingering over espresso drinks, coffee and tea. The kitchen serves an array of lunch options with a healthy focus, like the veggie lasagna with ricotta cheese and marinara sauce. House-made quiches change daily but always feature a flaky crust. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $


CHECK POINT CHARLIE
501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847
Check Point Charlie anchors the corner of Esplanade and Decatur when it comes to late-night music, drinks, dining and doing a last load of laundry. Bite into a big Cajun burger or other bar-food standards off the grill. Cheese fries and grilled chicken sandwiches are popular options. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $


FEELINGS CAFÉ
2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com
Both cozy and elegant, Feelings is housed in a historic home in the Marigny with a distinctive old New Orleans vibe. The Gulf fish Nicholas is a grilled fillet brushed with Dijon mustard and topped with grilled shrimp, all served with creamed spinach and new potatoes. The blue cheese steak is a filet stuffed with melted cheese and sautéed mushrooms. Brunch features an endless champagne option. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP
2600 Royal St., 947-8358
This Marigny coffeehouse is surrounded by outdoor plants and filled with indoor art. Various coffee drinks, teas and fresh-squeezed juices complement a small menu that features lentil soup, large stuffed burritos and other eclectic offerings. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $


HOOKAH CAFÉ
500 Frenchmen St., 943-1101; www.hookah-cafe.com
Hookah Café offers local flavors to accompany its namesake water pipes full of aromatic tobacco. The kitchen produces creative contemporary dishes such as the Marigny Bouillabaisse, featuring drum, shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and mussels in a white wine sauce. The Black Angus Chateaubriand for two is an 18-oz. cut from tenderloin seasoned, blackened and cooked to medium rare and served with roasted potatoes, vegetables and béarnaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$


JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFÉ & BAR
2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schiroscafe.com
In addition to housing a bar, small grocery market, laundry machines and a guesthouse, Schiro's also features Indian cuisine at Julie's Little India Kitchen. Indian menu items include curry, vindaloo and chicken tikka masala, which is chicken sautéed in olive oil, onions, garlic, ginger and Indian spices and garnished with green onions and cilantro. Some local dishes include fried catfish, shrimp and oysters, burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


LA PENICHE RESTAURANT
1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460
Neighborhood color and a combination of diner classics and local New Orleans dishes have long made this Marigny corner café a standby. The seafood platter combines fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and soft-shell crab served with french fries. The house version of eggs Benedict assembles poached eggs, Canadian bacon, grilled tomatoes and hollandaise sauce on top of an English muffin. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$


LORETTA'S TOO
2101 N. Rampart St., 944-7068; www.lorettaspralines.com
This Marigny corner café bakes a variety of pastries in-house, including blueberry, chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed and signature carrot "sunrise" muffins. Stop by on Friday afternoons for the weekly fish fry and New Orleans-style lunch specials like fried and baked chicken and stuffed bell peppers. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Fri. Cash only. $


MARIGNY BRASSERIE

640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472: www.marignybrasserie.com
While the picture windows of this corner restaurant beckon from both sides, both into the comfortable bar area and out into the fray on Frenchmen, the spacious and elegant dining room beyond has its own exciting appeal. The kitchen puts innovative touches on contemporary Creole cuisine. Try barbecue shrimp prepared with Abita beer and nine spices. Bouillabaisse bathes local seafood in saffron broth and complements it with a risotto cake. There are also dishes like herb-roasted chicken and braised rabbit. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$


MARIGNY PERKS
2401 Burgundy St., 948-7401; www.marignyperks.com
This neighborhood coffeehouse offers many perks to its Marigny regulars. With free Wi-Fi and a dog-friendly atmosphere, patrons feel right at home as they sip coffee, surf the Web and enjoy one of the shop's signature desserts like red velvet or cookies & cream cupcakes, or the banana nut bread. The menu includes spinach quiche, sandwiches, salads and soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $


MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY

2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.com
Mimi's tapas menu is good for a nibble or a multi-course meal of Castilian snacks. Try a variety of hot and cold offerings, from the rich and savory mushroom Manchego toast to dessert-worthy honeyed goat cheese croquetas. Other small plates include ceviche, Spanish cheeses and cured meats, empanadas, grilled artichoke and shrimp and calamari dishes. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


MONA'S CAFÉ
504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115
See Carrollton/University listing for restaurant description.


NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFÉ & BAKERY
2440 Chartres St., 943-0010
This cozy bakery offers its own home-baked goods and full breakfast and lunch menus. Bagels, bread, cakes, Danishes and pastries are made on the premises. Creative takes on old favorites include an apple goat cheese king cake. For breakfast, try an omelet of spinach, bacon and Brie. Lunch sandwich options include fresh roasted turkey with roasted sweet red pepper aioli on a choice of house-baked bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $


PRALINE CONNECTION
542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com
Bow-tied wait staff serve down-home New Orleans Creole soul food at the Praline Connection. Rib-sticking dishes like red beans and rice, filé gumbo, jambalaya, stuffed bell peppers and savory stewed chicken satisfy big appetites. Other local favorites include home-style meatloaf, stuffed crab, crawfish and shrimp etouffée, fried chicken, fried okra, fried pickles and alligator sausage. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
Snug Harbor pairs some of the city's best jazz music with a diverse dinner menu, featuring items like steaks, burgers and crawfish etouffée. Entrées include the fish Marigny, a fried fish fillet topped with Gulf shrimp and creamy Creole sauce. Grilled yellowfin tuna is served with lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


SUKHO THAI
1913 Royal St., 948-9309; www.sukhothai-nola.com
This Marigny triangle Thai eatery tempts diners with an extensive selection of authentic dishes prepared to your preferred level of spice. Rice dishes include pineapple fried rice, cashew chicken and hot basil chicken, beef, shrimp or calamari. Try one of the curry dishes — red, green, Kaffir lime or pineapple — or one of the soups like tom yum, a hot-and-sour mélange of shrimp or fish and button mushrooms, lemongrass and exotic spices simmered in seafood broth. Seafood specialties include basil scallops, lime-steamed fish and the glass noodle shrimp bake with ginger, peppercorns, garlic and cilantro served over cabbage. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


SWEET LORRAINE'S JAZZ CLUB
1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654; www.sweetlorrainesjazzclub.com
Sweet Lorraine's doesn't just cook up hot jazz. It also dishes up delicious salads, pastas, sandwiches and burgers, and a wide range of signature entrées like the blackened catfish fillet topped with sautéed mushrooms and served over spinach. Chicken wings are battered with the kitchen's spicy blend of seasonings, fried golden brown and served with french fries. Or go with red beans and rice served with a boneless pork chop. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $


TOMATILLO'S
437 Esplanade Ave., 945-9997 www.tomatillosnola.com
With a large, lush courtyard, bubbling fountain and outdoor bar, Tomatillo's is a cool spot to enjoy spicy Mexican dishes. The Tomatillo's burrito is a combo of beef, chicken, pork and shrimp all stuffed into a tortilla with rice, beans and queso. The puerco entrée has two grilled pork chops stuffed with queso, jalapeños and rice and served with black beans and roasted corn. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


WASABI
900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; www.wasabinola.com
This Marigny sushi spot specializes in rolls, including common ones like the Philadelphia as well as original options like the money roll, which is made with snow crab, tuna, avocado, cucumber, asparagus and Romaine lettuce in rice paper, with fresh salmon tobiko on the outside. Entrées include the sautéed soft-shell crab, prepared with bell peppers, onions and jalapeño peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


YUKI IZAKAYA
525 Frenchmen St., phone n.a.; www.myspace.com/yukiizakaya
The back bar of Café Brasil has taken on a far Eastern twist with chic décor and DJs on weekend nights. The Japanese tavern offers a range of sakes, shochu, Japanese beers and exotic bar snacks. The menu changes frequently, but features small plates of treats like Japanese-style fried chicken with lemon juice and spicy sauce, grilled beef tongue and grilled pig ears. Specials change often. No reservations. Dinner and late-night service Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

French Quarter

5FIFTY5
Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638
The chefs at 5Fifty5 put a sophisticated touch on new and classic dishes. The 555 Slider Sampler of appetizers rounds up a crab cake, prime rib debris, lobster and duck and serves them on house-made rolls. Charbroiled Louisiana oysters are topped with garlic, butter and Parmesan cheese. The lobster mac and cheese is a Maine lobster tail in creamy marscapone and boursine cheese sauce with spinach and grilled crostini. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
724 Iberville St., 522-5973; www.acmeoyster.com
Fried, grilled, on the half-shell or spilling out of a dressed loaf of French bread, oysters are a main draw at Acme. Other options include seasonal boiled seafood, gumbo and platters of fried seafood. For something more land-based, dig into red beans and rice or try the aptly named Ten Napkin roast beef po-boy, which swims in gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


ALIBI BAR AND GRILLE
811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com
You can believe it when French Quarter denizens and service industry people say they head to the Alibi for late-night meals. Popular fixes include delectably greasy standards straight from the fryer, like cheese sticks, jalapeño poppers, and chicken fingers. Killer fries are topped with cheese, chili, bacon, onions and jalapeños. There's also a selection of salads, po-boys and burgers. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $


THE ALPINE
620 Chartres St., 523-3005; www.thealpinebistro.com
Despite a Continental-sounding name, Alpine's Creole and Cajun cuisine sticks close to its bayou origins. Original dishes range from the smoked duck to grilled ahi tuna La Bohemé, topped with spicy barbecue shrimp. Standards such as jambalaya, red beans and rice and etouffée are familiar Cajun/Creole options. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch and late-night Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


ANGELI ON DECATUR
1141 Decatur St., 566-0077
The large street-front windows at Angeli give diners a glimpse of the bohemian ambience bustling along Lower Decatur. The menu combines Middle Eastern and Italian cuisines with aplomb, topping pizzas with everything from standard pepperoni to feta, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic and artichoke hearts. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$


ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT
713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com
Tradition is always on the menu at Antoine's, the city's oldest restaurant, where the ambience, service style and menu all remain true to its 19th century French-Creole heritage. For an appetizer, the huitres á la Foch rests fried oysters on toast buttered with paté de foie gras and adds Colbert sauce. From the entrée list, the filet de truite aux ecrevisses/crevettes cardinal features grilled or fried trout with crawfish tails and shrimp in white wine sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. and Mon., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT
813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnauds.com
For more than 80 years, Arnaud's has served classic French-Creole cuisine in highly civilized form just steps from the rumble of Bourbon Street. The restaurant is known for its founder's signature spicy remoulade sauce. Dishes range from baked oysters to redfish and a decadent Sunday brunch. Arnaud's French 75 Bar is also open daily for cocktails. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


ATTIKI BAR & GRILL
230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com
In some Middle Eastern areas, tobacco accompanies the dessert course following an intimate dinner with close friends. Attiki heeds that tradition by offering a selection of flavored tobaccos to enjoy in imported hookah pipes. Regular dining options include Attiki kebabs of marinated tenderloin tips or seafood as well as other Mediterranean dishes and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$


BACCO
310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.com
Bacco combines Creole and Italian flavors in an elegant restaurant inside the chic W Hotel French Quarter. Popular dishes include lobster ravioli, which fills house-made ravioli with lobster and Gulf shrimp and bathes them in a champagne butter sauce. The garlic and rosemary pork tenderloin is hickory grilled and served with wilted escarole, rustic mashed potatoes and sweet-and-sour prune sauce. Many of the pastas are made in house. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


BAYONA
430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com
Since 1990, the historic Creole cottage on Dauphine Street has been home to chef Susan Spicer's blend of New Orleans and French culinary influences with some eclectic global flair. Signature dishes like the grilled duck breast with pepper jelly glaze and her renowned goat cheese croutons with mushrooms in Madeira cream anchor the menu. Fresh seasonal dishes might include venison with huckleberry sauce or smoked trout with celery root and potato pancakes, horseradish and baby beets. Bayona also serves fresh local oysters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


BEGUE'S RESTAURANT AT THE ROYAL SONESTA
300 Bourbon St., 553-2278: www.beguesrestaurant.com
Named for Madame Begue, a New Orleans culinary icon from the 19th century, this opulently appointed hotel restaurant features modern interpretations of Creole cooking. Off the á la carte menu, try classics like sherried turtle soup or something more exotic like the framboise-braised bison rack served with Parmesan potato gratin. Sunday brunch includes four stations including sushi. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


BENNACHIN
1212 Royal St., 522-1230
To taste the links between West African and Creole culinary traditions, head to Bennachin and sample dishes like the African version of jambalaya and okra-based stews. Other representative dishes include a stew of beef and ground nuts served with rice and black-eyed pea fritters. Vegetarian options abound and the BYOB policy keeps the tab low. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$


THE BISTRO AT MAISON DE VILLE
733 Toulouse St., 528-9206; www.hotelmaisondeville.com
If you haven't stopped by the Bistro lately, head over on Sunday morning for just added brunch service. Chef Greg Picolo offers creative Creole twists like frogs legs grillades served with apple-smoked bacon and cheddar cheese grits. Other Bistro dishes include a grilled scallop and lump crab "sandwich" with lemon truffle vinaigrette and venison osso buco served with spinach and Reggiano risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


BOMBAY CLUB
830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com
While the Bombay Club is still known for its 100-plus martini selection, the dinner menu also underscores the restaurant's stately English manor charm. Try the Duck Duet, a combination of baked, deboned duck breast in raspberry reduction sauce and duck leg confit. Also consider the Bombay Filet, an 8-oz. center-cut filet mignon with Stilton cheese on top. Live music is offered nightly. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


BOURBON HOUSE
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com
Bourbon House serves local seafood at both the raw bar and in a wide range of Creole dishes and is gaining a reputation for its selection of premium and small batch bourbons. The barbecue shrimp served in the shell with a peppery butter sauce and plenty of French bread. Redfish on the half shell is grilled skin-on and served with a side of lemon-butter sauce. Diners can sweeten the deal by adding crabmeat with a Chardonnay broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT
417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brenn ansneworleans.com
Breakfast is the signature experience at Brennan's, but it serves classic Creole cuisine all the time. Start the day with the brandy milk punch and ease into rich hollandaise-laden courses of poached eggs or veal and crabmeat. For dessert there is the restaurant's original creation, bananas Foster prepared tableside. In the evenings, classics like the trout amandine and crabs béarnaise shine in traditional Creole style. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT
819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com
This French Quarter institution is known for its pretty courtyard, elegant dining rooms and mix of Creole and continental dishes. Pompano Broussard's combines grilled pompano, scallops and shrimp in a phyllo pastry shell and tops it with mustard caper sauce. The Louisiana bouillabaisse simmers shrimp, scallops, mussels, fish and oysters in a savory saffron-tomato broth and is garnished with crabmeat and rouille croutons. The veal chop and the wild game grill are popular meat selections. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY
429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com
Based on the 1994 hit film Forrest Gump, this whimsical seafood restaurant is decked out in theme decor. The references even continue on the menu, where customers find the Run, Forrest, Run smoothie and the Mama Blue's Southern Charmed Fried Shrimp. Shrimp are served every way imaginable except in a box of chocolates. A gift shop and music from the film's soundtrack playing in the dining room complete the Gump experience. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


CAFE AMELIE
912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.princessofmonaco.com
A gorgeous courtyard and historic Creole carriage house offer romantic charm at this hidden gem in the heart of the French Quarter. Start a meal with the crab cake thick with local jumbo lump crabmeat and topped with a citrus drizzle. Entrée choices include dishes like roasted salmon with horseradish cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$


CAFÉ BEIGNET
311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; 819 Decatur St., 522-9929; www.cafebeignet.com
Café Beignet's three locations in the French Quarter offer a variety of New Orleans favorites including fresh beignets and crawfish cakes. Cajun hash browns combine andouille sausage, potatoes, bell peppers and red onion and come with French bread and scrambled eggs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


CAFÉ ENVIE
1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.myspace.com/envienola
Not far from the French Market, Café Envie is a comfortable spot to sip coffee drinks at an outdoor table or grab a bite to eat. The small menu includes sandwiches, bagels and a changing variety of pastries. Specials include the bagel and lox plate with a choice of bagel, smoked Atlantic salmon, cream cheese, tomato, onion and capers. There are several hot breakfast plates offered as well. Free Wi-Fi access. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $


CAFÉ FLEUR DE LIS
307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.caféfleurdelis.com
At this sunny French Quarter spot, the classic muffuletta gets a makeover as a hot, crispy pressed panini sandwich. Omelets stuffed with crawfish tails and other inventive takes on New Orleans classics highlight the early-morning menu. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $


CAFÉ GIOVANNI
117 Decatur St., 527-2154; www.cafégiovanni.com
Combining Creole flavors and Italian cuisine, chef Duke LoCicero takes an innovative approach at his romantic, upscale French Quarter café. The cioppino is a saffron tomato stew loaded with clams, mussels, shrimp, fish and scallops. For the Roman saltimbocca, a choice of either veal or chicken is stuffed with sage, proscuitto and Italian cheese and served with a sweet vermouth garlic sauce and roasted potatoes. The café has a large lounge and martini menu. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$


CAFÉ MASPERO
601 Decatur St., 523-6250
With its dining room windows open to Decatur Street, passersby have always gotten a preview of the café's big platters of seafood, fried shrimp po-boys and local dishes like jambalaya. Cool off with a signature fresh strawberry daiquiri, or warm up with a crock of French onion soup. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $


CAFÉ PONTALBA
546 St. Peter St., 522-1180
From its perch on the corner of Jackson Square, Café Pontalba offers a menu tour of New Orleans favorites. Dishes like etouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and po-boys are mainstays. Fried seafood options like shrimp, oysters and catfish also are popular choices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


CENTRAL GROCERY
925 Decatur St., 523-1620
Central Grocery exudes some Old World charm and the distinct aromas of an Italian deli. It's as famous for its range of spices as it is for its legendary creation, the muffuletta. The big, round sandwich is a symphony of cured Italian deli meats and cheeses topped off with freshly made olive salad. The shop also offers grocery staples and Italian specialty items. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $


CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE
601 Chartres St., 586-8383; www.chartreshousecafe.com
Erected in 1795, this landmark building has a particularly modern distinction. It's the first restaurant in New Orleans to offer spirits frozen at 5 degrees to impart an invigorating flavor. The Chartres House offers more than just cocktails, however, including a full menu of hearty pub grub like duck quesadillas, Tabasco hot wings and an eggplant Napoleon topped with spicy Cajun crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


CHECKERED PARROT
133 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com
The sister restaurant to the nearby Fire of Brazil, this eatery specializes in food that is a bit more familiar to the local palate. Oysters, served raw or fried, are popular appetizers, and red beans and rice, jambalaya and chicken and sausage gumbo are menu highlights. Entrée salads, burgers and Tex-Mex fajitas add more variety. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


CLOVER GRILL
900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com
This corner retro-styled diner offers fast-talking waiters serving up burgers, omelets and overstuffed sandwiches with a side of sass. The monster burgers are made with a full half pound of fresh beef grilled to perfection under a genuine hubcap. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Wed., open 24 hours Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $


CLUB DECATUR
240 Decatur St., 581-6969
Club Decatur is a busy bar for service industry people, and the back kitchen is a dependable late-night spot for big slices of pizza and sandwiches. One house favorite is the Fiesta Delight, a footlong sub with layers of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, salami, ham, black olives and onions all baked in the oven and dressed to order. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


COOP'S PLACE
1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.com
This oddly homey tavern has earned a loyal following for hearty Cajun-inspired eats at great prices, often served into the wee hours. Try the chicken Tchoupitoulas, topped with cream sauce packed with shrimp and studded with spicy andouille bits with a side of juicy green beans with bacon. Creative dishes include duck quesadillas, and the rabbit and sausage jambalaya is a mainstay. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL
725 Conti St., 527-0869
Swing on in any time, the Copper Monkey is open 24 hours serving cold drinks and hot food to a mix of Quarter locals, service industry workers and tourists. Quesadillas, salads, burgers and steaks are menu mainstays, and some specials include the penne á la Tina with sautéed mushrooms and sliced chicken breast in a creamy red sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $


THE CORNER OYSTER BAR AND GRILL
500 St. Peter St., 522-2999
This bar and grill offers a special sampler entrée for patrons who have trouble deciding between gumbo, shrimp Creole, red beans and jambalaya. The grill offers its own specialty dishes, including crawfish chicken, a marinated chicken breast topped with crawfish tails in a thick roux with peppers and mushrooms on a bed of white rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


COUNTRY FLAME
620 Iberville St., 522-1138
The ultra-casual Country Flame offers a surprisingly broad mix of Spanish, Mexican and Cuban dishes. It's a quick and affordable place to enjoy specialties like shredded beef over rice with black beans, pressed Cuban sandwiches, tamales, several types of fajitas, tacos and carne guisada, which is a Spanish version of beef bourguignonne. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


COURT OF TWO SISTERS
613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com
Jazz brunch is a daily affair at the Court of Two Sisters. The Seafood Orleans omelet is a mix of crawfish, crabmeat, shrimp, onions, red and green peppers and garlic with cream sauce on top. Buffet dishes range from boiled shrimp, pasta salads and hot entrées like grits and grillades to pies, cakes and ice cream. The á la carte dinner menu favors classic dishes like veal Oscar, cutlets of baby white veal crowned with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise. Or try the shrimp and grits with Creole meuniére sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE
527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
The beers that Crescent City brews on the premises may be German style, but the cuisine from the kitchen is contemporary Louisiana through and through. The Louisiana crab cakes are made with green onions, jalapeños and roasted garlic mayonnaise and served with both tomato and white remoulades. Redfish St. Louis is pan-seared, topped with fried oysters and smothered in a New Orleans-style barbecue sauce of butter and pepper. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


CROISSANT D'OR
617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663
It's a little bit of Paris in the heart of New Orleans. Croissant d'Or offers demi-baguette sandwiches enhanced with béchamel sauce, quiches, salads and homemade soups. Tantalizing pastries and sweets are a feast for the palate. Enjoy café au lait and fall weather while sitting in the interior courtyard alongside the soothing fountain. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $


DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
841 Iberville St., 581-1316; www.deanies.com
Deanie's giant seafood platter is a bounty of fresh shrimp, oysters, catfish, soft-shell crabs, crawfish balls and french fries, and it feeds four. Barbecue shrimp is a popular choice with jumbo head-on shrimp sautéed in Deanie's unique blend of seasonings. Other items include po-boys and the Bucktown Boil seafood pizza. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR
400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com
A late-night service-industry hot spot, Déjá Vu's wee-hours clientele is as varied and colorful as its extensive menu. From three-egg omelets to burgers to steaks, this bustling diner has dishes to satisfy comfort-food cravings at any hour. There's plenty of fried local seafood on po-boys and on platters. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $


DESIRE OYSTER BAR
300 Bourbon St., 553-2281
A flashing sign over the door has long served as an announcement of Bourbon Street's many temptations. Streetcrawlers trolling for fresh seafood often land here, where they can order bivalves raw or barbecued. Turtle soup is prepared the traditional way, but shrimp remoulade is given a twist and is served in a po-boy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE
716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com
This French Quarter steakhouse offers diners a variety of meaty cuts and seafood options as well. The house filet is an 8-oz. steak served with creamed spinach and Pontalba potatoes. The steak is also topped with flash-fried oysters and finished with a béarnaise sauce. The barbecue rib-eye is a prime 14-oz. steak grilled over an open flame and topped with Abita beer barbecue shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


DOMINIQUE'S RESTAURANT
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.dominiquesrestaurant.com
Chef Dominique Macquet combines French tradition with tropical ingredients and exotic global influences in his namesake restaurant's cuisine. Gulf tuna is paired with avocado, pineapple and grape-seed oil for a light first course. The Tanglewood Farm organic chicken is crusted with cumin and served with Creole Country boudin, wilted kale and shallot jus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


DONNA'S BAR AND GRILL
800 N. Rampart St., 596-6914; www.donnasbarandgrill.com
Donna's mixes up its musical offerings with jazz, brass bands and R&B, and the kitchen keeps things simple with a small menu of hearty dishes. Options can include burgers, barbecue and home-cooked New Orleans-style dishes like red beans and rice served with grilled smoked sausage. The Charlie burger is a half-pound patty grilled to order, dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo and served with fries. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sun. Cash only. $


EAT NEW ORLEANS
900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.com
This casual neighborhood spot offers New Orleans classics and creative dishes. Barbecue shrimp and fresh redfish filet are two popular dinner entrées. Original brunch offerings include the Fried Green Tomato Breakfast served with bacon, eggs, grits and a homemade biscuit. Diners are welcome to bring their own wine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


EL GATO NEGRO
81 French Market Place, 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.com
Start off an evening meal at this Mexican hotspot alongside the French Market with a specialty mojito or margarita including those flavored with raspberry, pomegranate or carrot. A full range of fish and meat dishes complement the more typical enchiladas, burritos and fajitas served with a variety of toppings. Weekend brunch diners have their choice of huevos rancheros and other egg and tortilla dishes, some of which include El Gato Negro's sizzling Mexican chorizo sausage. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE
700 Bourbon St., 595-3172; www.emberssteakhouse.com
As reliable as the ever-present neon lights on adjacent Bourbon Street, Embers serves a full range of steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. Popular cuts include T-bones and strip steaks, and the crawfish fettucine is a creamy Italian-style alternative to fried seafood dishes. The Cajun platter offers a sampling of fried catfish, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat.-Sun, dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


FELIPE'S TAQUERIA
301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; www.felipesneworleans.com
See Carrollton/University listing for restaurant description.
FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com
There's nothing Felix's won't do with an oyster. Start with a dozen on the half-shell, but also consider starters like oysters Rockefeller, Bienville or char-grilled. Order fried oysters on a po-boy, on top of a Caesar salad or on a platter with other seafood like shrimp and catfish. The rest of the menu includes crawfish etouffée, jambalaya and red beans and rice as well as a burger and some chicken breast sandwiches for landlubbers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


FIORELLA'S CAFE
45 French Market Place; 1136 Decatur St., 553-2155
The nautical décor at Fiorella's showcases its practiced hand with fried seafood plates and po-boys, although regulars know the real gem is the famous crunchy, but juicy, well-seasoned fried chicken. There are also salads and Italian dishes like lasagna and fettuccini Alfredo. Southern soul food, like liver and onions, is served late into the night with sides like potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese and crisp fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $


FIRE OF BRAZIL
725 Iberville St., 552-4446; www.fireofbrazil.com
Waiters tote skewers with generous cuts of meat around the dining room of this South American churascaria-style steakhouse. All cuts of meat are presented by waiters in gaucho garb, offering beef, chicken, turkey, pork and sausage, which are sliced directly onto your plate. Some of the offerings include rump steak flavored with garlic and carneiro, and leg of lamb sliced from the bone or served as chops. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


FRANK'S RESTAURANT
933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com
Originally opened as a storefront deli, Frank's has become a full-service Italian restaurant and sandwich joint. Classic Italian New Orleans sandwich, the muffuletta, is a house favorite, as is the crawfish Gagliano with garlic, green onions and fresh sweet basil over angel hair pasta. A Combination Gagliano features crawfish, shrimp and soft-shell crab. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$


FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT
1001 Decatur St., 525-7879
Grab a balcony table at this restaurant at the top of the French Market, listen to the street musicians and smell the boiling seafood wafting from the kitchen. The Bayou platter is a popular option to get a taste of classic local dishes, including red beans and jambalaya. The new surf-and-turf special features lobster with a filet or New York strip steak along with Cajun roasted potatoes and broccoli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


FRENCH QUARTER BISTRO AT THE MAISON DUPUY
1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/fqbistro.html
The twin delights promised here are the Creole cuisine for which New Orleans is famous and French Quarter ambience that always mesmerizes visitors. For a sample of the kitchen's traditional specialties, try the Taste of New Orleans combination meal with portions of jambalaya, crawfish etouffée, gumbo and red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


FRENCH QUARTER PIZZERIA & BAR
201 Decatur St., 948-3287; www.frenchquarterpizza.com
After a night of boozing on Decatur, the tasty array of pies, sandwiches and salads at French Quarter Pizzeria is a welcome sight. The muffaletta pizza includes pepperoni, salami, Canadian bacon, olive salad and mozzarella cheese. There is a heart-healthy roasted vegetable sandwich with melted provolone on top. Or try the roasted turkey sandwich with homemade chipotle mayo. At lunchtime, hit the all-you-can-eat pizza buffet. Delivery available in the French Quarter and limited areas. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GW FINS
808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com
There's always something new on the menu at this upscale seafood establishment. Chef Tenney Flynn adjusts his menu nightly as fresh seafood is flown in from around the world. Sample entrées include yellowfin tuna wrapped in Japanese nori, seared and served with ginger and wasabi. Sea bass is braised in hot-and-sour shrimp stock and served with enoki mushrooms, baby bok choy and sesame spinach. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT
209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com
Legendary Friday afternoon lunches at Galatoire's famed 100-year-old first-floor dining room are populated by a veritable who's who of New Orleans' society. Seeing and being seen take second place, though, to chef Brian Landry's touch with tried-and-true specialties like crabmeat á la maison, shrimp remoulade, escargots in butter and trout meuniere. Finish a meal with a festive flaming café brulot. Reservations accepted for the upstairs dining room. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GUMBO SHOP
630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com
A lush and breezy courtyard sets the scene at this French Quarter classic. Most meals begin with one of the kitchen's namesake gumbos. While the jambalaya, etouffée and po-boys are popular options, lesser-known gems include the chicken espagnole simmered in a brown sauce with mushrooms, shallots, wine and garlic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFÉ
418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com
The Hard Rock Café matches its classic rock vibe with classic American fare such as burgers, hickory-smoked barbecue and hot fudge sundaes. The Rock Chop, a smoked, center-cut pork chop brushed with maple-mustard glaze is served with cheddar mashed potatoes and Granny Smith-mango chutney. Alternatives include a veggie burger and some salad options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSE OF BLUES
225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com
The House of Blues has outposts all over the country, but the menu at the New Orleans restaurant pays respects to its host city. The pan-seared Voodoo shrimp appetizer is served with a Dixie beer reduction. Entrées include Creole jambalaya and a full rack of slow-smoked baby-back ribs served with mashed sweet potatoes and green beans. Desserts such as white-chocolate banana-bread pudding complete a feast. On Sundays, the return of Gospel Brunch features a live performance and all-you-can-eat Southern-style buffet. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

IRENE'S CUISINE
539 St. Philip St., 529-8811
You might miss Irene's unassuming corner spot were it not for the scent of roasting garlic emanating from its kitchen. Step inside and try the restaurant's Creole-tinged Italian cooking. The cioppino is an Italian fish stew featuring redfish, Gulf shrimp, clams and mussels in spicy, saffron-scented tomato and fennel broth. Cannelloni al forno is baked pasta stuffed with veal, pork, cheese or eggplant and finished with béchamel sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS
321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com
Iris fans will have to wait another week for the new location to open, but they can look forward to a more spacious dining room in the downtown location. Dishes on the menu include an appetizer of chilled Gulf shrimp with green papaya, jalapeño, mint and peanuts. For an entrée, try the lamb loin with goat cheese ravioli, roasted farmers market vegetables and basil oil. The bar mixes an array of creative cocktails with fresh fruit. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP
833 Conti St., 525-9200
For a taste of Bavaria in the French Quarter, pay a visit to this casual café. The Radegast schnitzel is sautéed pork tenderloin wrapped in a house-made garlic potato pancake, pan-fried and served with a side salad. The hearty pork and kraut goulash is a stew seasoned with marjoram, paprika and other spices simmered for at least 10 hours. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JAZZ TACOS
307 Exchange Alley, 872-0015
Familiar fare like tacos and tostadas are done Honduran style at this tiny, family-run operation nestled along a quiet, stone-lined pedestrian alley in the heart of the French Quarter. Enchiladas are made with tortillas bulging with beef and topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Fajitas, pupusas, quesadillas and burritos are also popular choices. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

JEAN LAFITTE'S RENDEZVOUS
240 Bourbon St., 523-6820; www.jeanlafittesrendezvous.com
This bustling eatery serves up treasure troves of seafood and other New Orleans dishes that visitors have come to expect, all within a bead's throw of Bourbon Street mayhem. Entrées range from zesty New Orleans barbecue shrimp served over garlic mashed potatoes to the Cajun rib-eye, which is seasoned with Cajun spices and blackened in a skillet. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFÉ
1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritaville.com
Taking its inspiration from Jimmy Buffett's travels, the menu at Margaritaville features dishes from Texas to the Delta to Key West to the Caribbean. The Cheeseburger in Paradise is topped with American cheese and served dressed. Broiled shrimp and andouille sausage top the red beans and rice. There also is a special menu of tropical and frozen drinks and top-shelf margaritas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS
511 St. Louis St., 524-8129
By starting with pillowy Leidenheimer's French bread, this French Quarter mainstay offers classic New Orleans po-boys. Fillings range from fried seafood to a burger to deliciously messy hot roast beef and gravy that'll melt in your mouth. Early in the day, try the full breakfast menu. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN
416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.com
The restaurant chef Paul Prudomme first opened in the early 1980s remains a popular destination for bold south Louisiana cooking. Some of the more famous dishes include blackened Louisiana drum prepared in a cast-iron skillet and served with fresh Louisiana crab meat, chipotle compound butter, potatoes and vegetables. Prudhomme's blackening technique also elevates the twin beef tenders served with a beef debris sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

KRYSTAL
116 Bourbon St., 523-4030; www.krystal.com
After a long night on Bourbon Street, grab a sack of tiny, Krystal burgers smothered with onions before you head home, or drop in any time for a meal combo. The Scrambler specials are breakfast items piled in a cup, and there are conventional options like sausage, eggs, bacon and pancakes on hand to end a long night or begin the day. No reservations. Open 24-hours. Credit cards. $

LA BOUCHERIE COFFEE HOUSE & CAFÉ
339 Chartres St., 581-6868
This coffeehouse and café strings together a host of interconnecting rooms, and there's always a quiet corner to relax with a cup of coffee and newspaper. A wide selection of coffees and teas is complemented by an array of sweets. Lunchtime brings daily specials like Tuesday's corned beef and cabbage, salads, soups, and sandwiches like the house special Conti Club, which layers house-roasted turkey breast, smoked bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheese on wheat bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

LA DIVINA CAFÉ & GELATERIA
621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com
See Uptown listing for restaurant description.

LANDRY'S
400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; www.landrysseafoodhouse.com
This family-friendly national chain offers a bounty of steaks and local seafood as well as Maine lobster and crab legs from Pacific waters. Try the bacon-wrapped shrimp en brochette with seafood stuffing, Jack cheese and jalapeños, or pick your own fresh lobster from the tank. Top your entrée with a selection of signature toppings like the Acadiana, a mixture of crawfish tails, pico de gallo and andouille cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LAZY RIVER
600 Decatur St., Suite 101, Jax Brewery Millhouse, 588-2853; www.patoBriens.com/lazyriverneworleans.html
Enjoy the river and a breeze on the terrace while sipping a Pat O'Brien's hurricane and sampling the daily gumbo. Feast on crawfish bread, fried pickles, spicy meat pies or a muffuletta on focaccia bread. Po-boy options include oyster, shrimp, catfish, roast beef and cochon de lait stuffed inside crisp French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LOUISIANA BISTRO
337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
Louisiana Bistro showcases contemporary Louisiana cuisine with a twist. Though the menu changes frequently, some popular dishes include the Creole surf and turf combining pan-seared filet mignon with crawfish scampi, and alligator tenderloin scallopini served with wine and lemon caper veloute. Crab-stuffed rainbow trout is complemented by jalapeño hollandaise. The grilled pork chop is served with crawfish jambalaya and Creole meuniere sauce. Just say, feed me, to order the chef's tasting menu. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com
See Carrollton/University listing for restaurant description.

MANGO MANGO
201 Bourbon St.; 236 Bourbon St.; 333 Bourbon St.; 400 Bourbon St.; 524-0114; www.mangodaiquiris.com
Bright lights and churning daiquiris in all colors draw crowds into Mango Mango locations on Bourbon Street, but there also are solid food options. Pizza slices and hot pretzels provide fuel for a night on the strip. The drink menu ranges from the namesake mango daiquiri to blue raspberry to the potent 190 Antifreeze. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL
1117 Decatur St., 586-8883
Maximo's is an elegant restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy different regional Italian dishes, particularly from northern Italy. Diners can even grab a seat at the marbletop bar overlooking the open kitchen and watch as chefs prepare dishes before their eyes. The menu includes signature dishes like crawfish Diablo, combining penne pasta and crawfish tails in garlic and green onion cream sauce. The menu ranges from crab claws bordelaise and angel hair Marsala to roasted whole fish, osso buco, rack of lamb and veal Fontina. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

MEAUXBAR BISTRO
942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com
This intimate corner café combines French bistro classics and Louisiana ingredients with Asian touches. First courses range from salad Lyonnaise to mussels in red curry broth to boudin blanc served with sugarcane Creole mustard sauce. The nightly menu now includes pan roasted salmon barigoule with an artichoke, cauliflower and mushroom stew. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MÉLANGE
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com
Melange combines classic New Orleans dishes with its own creations. The trio of crab combines crabmeat imperial, a crab cake with remoulade sauce, and a Napoleon of crabmeat with micro greens and truffled french fries. The new brazed short-ribs come with crawfish mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas. Blackened redfish is served with saffron crab risotto and an asparagus and shrimp bisque. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO
201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com
Mr. B's combines traditional and creative Creole cooking and is known for its version of New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp served in their shells in peppery butter sauce with French bread for dipping. The country-style gumbo ya ya with chicken and andouille in smoky roux is another popular dish. Dinner entrées range from Gulf fish cooked on a wood grill to filet mignon to duck risotto. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT
1212 Royal St., 522-6746
A French Quarter favorite for more than 20 years, Mona Lisa serves pizza and pasta in a cozy café setting. Specialty pizzas include barbecued chicken, and the Mediterranean, with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, black olives and garlic, and the Hawaiian, with pineapple and ham. Also popular are eggplant Parmesan, penne veal and pasta Bolognese. No reservations. Lunch daily and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S STEAKHOUSE
Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com
Morton's has a reputation for big cuts of USDA prime beef, like its new 48-ounce porterhouse. Maine lobsters are split down the middle of the tail, baked and served with drawn butter. Other steakhouse favorites range from iceberg salads with blue cheese dressing to Caesar salads, and for dessert, a chocolate Grand Marnier soufflé. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE
801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com
This restaurant on the corner of Jackson Square is a pretty spot to enjoy contemporary Louisiana cuisine. With more than 25 years of experience modernizing Creole cuisine at local fine-dining restaurants, chef Gus Martin unveils dishes such as seafood au gratin, and a redfish and crab entrée with wilted spinach in a Louisiana blue crab butter sauce. October features a host of special oyster dishes. Muriel's also boasts a very good wine selection. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

NAPOLEON HOUSE
500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com
Napoleon House features charming and classic French Quarter atmosphere, specialty drinks like the refreshing Pimm's Cup and relaxing classical music. Its version of the muffuletta is heated to draw out its flavor. The ratatouille calzone combines roasted seasonal vegetables in Dijon vinaigrette. Sandwiches include po-boys of roast beef, corned beef and pastrami as well as a variety of vegetarian paninis. The bar is now open Fri. and Sat. until midnight. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOLA RESTAURANT
534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.com
With its French Quarter address, central elevator and three floors, NOLA may be the most urbane setting for celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's cooking, but the cuisine has plenty of rustic accents. Appetizers include crispy veal sweetbreads and roasted clams with apple-smoked bacon in beer broth with focaccia bread. New entrées constantly appear, such as the blackberry stout-glazed hickory-smoked St. Louis pork ribs with prechiette pasta and Brie cream mac and cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat. and Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
OCEANA GRILL

739 Conti St., 975-7818; www.oceanagrill.com
Seafood reigns at this colorful café just off Bourbon Street. The redfish Amer is topped with crawfish cream sauce, and the chef's La Boheme special tops grilled ahi tuna with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. Oceana's crab cakes are smothered in crawfish mushroom sauce. Nonseafood options include blackened rib-eye steak and blackened duck. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

OLD COFFEE POT RESTAURANT
714 St. Peter St., 524-3500
Breakfast at this longtime French Quarter establishment features standard morning fare and original dishes like eggs Jonathan, a variation on eggs Benedict that adds tomato and shrimp. One of the house specialties is an order of traditional Creole rice cakes called calas, a breakfast treat sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with syrup. Lunch and dinner offer an array of fried local seafood and crowd pleasers like gumbo, crawfish etouffée, shrimp Creole, bread pudding and bourbon pecan pie. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT
204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.com
The proud traditions of Creole cooking are on elegant, edible display at Olivier's. Entrées include classic shrimp Creole, crawfish Creole and the perennial favorite, Creole rabbit with oyster dressing. Popular starters include a sampler of three different gumbos and new potatoes with caviar. Vegetarians can try the sautéed vegetable platter. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO
720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com
Tucked away behind St. Louis Cathedral, locals and visitors alike to seek out Orleans Grapevine for creative bistro cuisine and one of the city's largest selections of wine by the glass. Dig into a double-cut pork chop served with sweet potato and wild boar sausage hash on the side. Daily specials include three salad choices, plus gumbo and a soup of the day. Entrées range from rack of lamb and veal chops to bouillabaisse. Cheese plates are always available. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PAILLARD'S RESTAURANT
717 Orleans St., 523-2222 ext. 6001; www.bourbonorleans.com
The signature restaurant at the Bourbon Orleans hotel, Paillard's serves a combination of down-home Southern cooking and contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Dishes range from wild mushroom bisque with lump crabmeat to Asian-accented seared ahi tuna with sesame glaze over cucumber salad. Both blackened crawfish and lasagna are new to the menu and appear alongside old favorites like braised lamb shank with rosemary jus served with tabbouleh and grilled squash. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PALACE CAFÉ
605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com
An elegant standout among the bustle on lower Canal Street, Palace Café offers sidewalk café seating for pleasant al fresco dining in mild fall weather. One of Chef Darin Nesbit's signature dishes is the pepper-crusted duck breast fanned out over citrus confit salad and topped with seared Hudson Valley foie gras. The crabmeat cheesecake is a signature dish and has a pecan crust, mushrooms and Creole meuniere sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFÉ
1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com
The Palm Court offers traditional New Orleans jazz by some of the city's senior musicians in a supper-club setting. The Creole cuisine features starters like gumbo with chicken, andouille and okra and traditional dishes like shrimp Creole. Chicken sardou is served on a bed of creamed spinach over artichokes with oyster sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT
624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patoBriens.com
Pat O's kitchen offers food that's perfect for soaking up one too many hurricanes sipped in the courtyard and good enough to make the historical tavern's menu a reason to stop in by itself. Choices include traditional dishes like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée and penne pasta topped with Gulf shrimp. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PELICAN CLUB
312 Exchange Place, 523-1504; www.pelicanclub.com
Elegant dining rooms and a stately bar welcome guests at this contemporary Creole restaurant. A popular starter is the seafood martini, a fresh mix of Maine lobster, jumbo lump crabmeat and Gulf shrimp with a jicama salad and eight-herb ravigote, all served in a martini glass. The seafood fricassee entrée combines Gulf fish, diver scallops, shrimp, mussels and lobster with a fragrant saffron risotto. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PERE ANTOINE
741 Royal Street, 581-4478
In the heart of the French Quarter, this casual restaurant offers its take on Creole and Cajun cuisines. The Cajun crawfish pie entrée features two pies stuffed with spicy crawfish tails, deep fried, served on a bed of rice and topped with etouffée. St. Nona's Catch is the restaurant's daily fish special, which is served on crisp eggplant medallions and topped with crabmeat with lemon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Fri.-Sun., lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PETUNIA'S
817 St. Louis St., 522-6440; www.petuniasrestaurant.com
This cozy Quarter café specializes in overstuffed crêpes named after saints (St. Philip is roast beef and mushrooms; St. Francis is ratatouille and cheese sauce) each offering a choice of meats, sauces, cheeses and vegetables. Other offerings lean heavily on classic Louisiana ingredients, but with a twist — the shrimp Barataria is smothered in curried dill sauce and served over rice. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PORT OF CALL
838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.com
The patrons milling around outside Port of Call at any given dinnertime — even stretching into the wee hours — are testament to the appeal of its big, juicy burgers and steaks. Load up baked potatoes with everything from sour cream, chives, cheese and bacon bits to mushrooms sautéed in wine. Brave tipplers can wash it down with a king-sized tropical cocktail, like the Monsoon, at the nautically themed bar. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RALPH & KACOO'S
519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.com
This family-friendly Cajun seafood spot offers up tasty twists on New Orleans classics, like the Atchafalaya, a grilled Gulf fish fillet topped with crawfish etouffée. For landlubbers, there's also the chopped steak Lafitte, served with bell pepper, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms, and the spicy chicken K-Jun Bleu, with tasso ham and blue cheese. Po-boys are a lunch staple. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL
115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com
Fresh Gulf fish and shellfish prepared with a casual, contemporary flair are the main attractions at this end of Bourbon Street. The signature barbecued oyster appetizer features flash-fried P&J oysters tossed in a Crystal-spiked sauce and serves them with blue cheese dressing. Other dishes include bacon-wrapped catfish stuffed with dirty rice, served with stewed tomatoes and okra and topped off with Creole mustard beurre blanc. There's also an oyster bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

REF'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL
219 N. Peters St., 565-3087
Ref's offers burgers, sandwiches, salads, fried seafood platters and is the home of 20-cent wings served with a choice of dipping sauces from Xtreme challenge hot sauce to soy-ginger and garlic-Parmesan. Breakfast is served all day. Happy hour lasts from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RIB ROOM
621 St. Louis St., 529-7045; www.omniroyalorleans.com
The stately Rib Room recalls the golden age of grand hotel dining, delivering big meat-and-potato dishes in an elegant, Old World setting. Slow-roasted meats including prime rib and rotisserie chicken are house specialties. Tender roasted prime rib au jus is one of the classics. The sautéed seafood platter includes Gulf fish, crab cakes with meuniere sauce and wilted spinach. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE CARMELO
541 Decatur St., 586-1414; www.ristorantecarmelo.com
Carmelo has long been a popular French Quarter destination for its menu of richly sauced pasta, meats and seafood and a balcony offering panoramic views of riverfront bustle. One house specialty is the vitello alla Sorrentina with white veal, eggplant, proscuitto, mozzarella and a touch of tomato sauce. The ravioli is made in-house and is served with Louisiana crabmeat and shrimp in light cream sherry Aurora sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROYAL BLEND
621 Royal St., 523-2716
This cozy spot is perfect for working on a laptop, lazing away afternoons reading, or just people watching over espresso drinks in the courtyard. The baked potato salad and chicken salad sandwich with bacon and avocado are favorites with regulars. There's an extensive menu of sandwiches, salads, wraps and weekly specials, plus muffins, pastries and desserts. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SALT & PEPPER
400 Iberville St., 561-6070
This unassuming eatery tucked away behind the old Customs House buzzes late into the night, serving halal meals made with fresh meats, vegetables and plenty of spice. The biryani is made with long-grain basmati rice cooked with saffron, Indian spices and a choice of chicken or goat. Flaky, buttery samosas hit the spot after a late-night rock or jazz show on nearby Decatur Street. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER
627 Bourbon St., 525-8442
Naturally, the surf-and-turf combo is a popular choice at this Bourbon Street restaurant, and Sammy's version combines a 10-oz. rib-eye cooked over an open flame with a half lobster stuffed with crabmeat and Creole seasoning. The stuffed broiled flounder is a whole fish stuffed with crabmeat and accompanied by new potatoes and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI
239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.com
With choices like the Eel Sundae (eel with avocado and crushed macadamia nuts and drizzled with balsamic vinegar sauce), the sushi bar appetizers are as enticing as the sushi menu. Other exciting options include the salmon martini, salmon paired with avocado and mango and tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Specialty rolls include the aptly named Hurricane with fresh salmon and cream cheese tempura topped with thick eel sauce. The Decatur roll has crunchy crawfish and cilantro inside and seared white tuna and garlic on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SI SENOR AT COSIMO'S
1201 Burgundy St., 522-9715
Cosimo's offers locals a drinking lair with Spanish flair. Its Tex-Mex grill serves gourmet burritos such as the Mediterranean with spinach, tomato, olives and feta. The barbecued chicken burrito is stuffed with onions, mushrooms, peppers, cilantro, rice and beans. There are also Philly steak sandwiches and fajitas. For lighter grazing, patrons can snack on nachos, quesadillas, Buffalo wings and chili cheese fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night dining daily. Credit cards. $

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE
237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.com
Stop at Star Steak & Lobster House for dinner before catching a show at the House of Blues next door. The French Quarter restaurant offers prime rib, filet mignon stuffed with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and lobster stuffing, and oysters Rockefeller. Other house specialties include Redfish Amer, sautéed redfish topped with crawfish and mushroom cream sauce, and the aptly named Star Steamer, lobster, boiled shrimp and soft-shell crab served with a baked potato. An affordable favorite is the 16-oz. prime rib with baked potato, soup or salad for $16.95. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ
Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.com
When the calliope sounds, the Natchez heads out on the river for a breezy cruise complete with dinner and live jazz. Dishes include local seafood, beef and chicken entrées. Side items include spinach Southern style, a creamy casserole with a variety of fresh cheeses topped with toasted breadcrumbs. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

STELLA!
1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com
The restaurant's name may be a New Orleans literary reference, but local chef Scott Boswell's cuisine draws influences from around the globe, especially Asia. Recent highlights from the ever-changing menu include a porcini-crusted rack of lamb with a potato galette, sweet red onion confit, caramelized chanterelle mushrooms and petite root vegetables. Beer-battered Hawaiian sunfish with sweet potato purée, curried taro root chips and spicy red chili caramel is another exotic combination of flavors. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY MORAN'S RESTAURANT
240 Bourbon St., 523-4640; www.ruebourbon.com
Above the historic Old Absinthe House, Tony Moran's serves classic Italian favorites and New Orleans seafood. Oysters with pancetta combines local bivalves with Italian bacon for an irresistible appetizer. Popular entrées include pappardelle with mushrooms, peas, prosciutto and cream. Simple Creole dishes feature Gulf fish topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Reservations preferred. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TROPICAL ISLE
600 Bourbon St., 529-8986; www.tropicalisle.com
In the center of Bourbon Street, one might not expect to find food amid Tropical Isle's bright beach décor, big-screen TVs and live music, but the bar serves food all day. Menu items include burgers, pizza, nachos, sweet potato fries and taco salad. There's table seating, but orders must be placed with the bartender. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT
823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.com
Tujague's is one of the city's oldest restaurants, combining the patina of weathered elegance with a traditional Creole menu that adheres to a longtime prix fixe format. Among the entrée options are the chicken Bonne Femme, seasoned chicken pan-fried with garlic and served with cottage fries, and crawfish Bayou Teche featuring fried eggplant with crabmeat dressing. The brisket with tangy horseradish sauce is a signature dish. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

VERTI MARTE
1201 Royal St., 525-4767; www.vertimarte.com
French Quarter residents flock to this corner store for home-style cooking at all hours. The All That Jazz sandwich piles on grilled ham, turkey, shrimp, Swiss and American cheeses, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and Wow sauce on toasted French bread. Even simpler options like fried shrimp, garlic potatoes, jambalaya, and macaroni and cheese are tops. Limited delivery. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit Cards. $

WOLFE'S RESTAURANT
1041 Dumaine St., 593-9535; www.wolfesofneworleans.com
Chef Tom Wolfe infuses French and Louisiana cooking with bold flavors at this overhaul of Peristyle. Some menu favorites have remained from the old restaurant, but Wolfe ushers in a new style with appetizers like the slow-cooked egg with wild mushroom and salsify ragout, served with truffle aioli and Parmesan tuile. The chef's signature dish is Duck Duck Goose, a slow-roasted, cane syrup-steamed duck served with seared foie gras, homemade duck sausage, grilled asparagus, and kiln-dried cherry and tarragon duck demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

Gentilly/Lakefront/New Orleans East

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON
1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217
Even though it sits across from the Fair Grounds, Brooks isn't just for after Jazz Fest. Burgers and sandwiches are served from lunch through late night. Appetizers include cheese sticks, stuffed olives and egg rolls. The burger is a char-grilled half pound of ground sirloin. The grilled chicken sandwich is a marinated chicken breast dressed and served with a choice of fries or potato salad. Late-nighters can snack on corndogs. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S
7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700
New Orleans home cooking and seafood traditions are the stock in trade at Deanie's. Start with a stuffed artichoke or fried eggplant as an appetizer before moving on to the menu of sandwiches, fried seafood platters and salads. Deanie's Famous Boat is a loaf of old-fashioned sweet bread baked, buttered and filled with fried shrimp, oysters and catfish and served with fries and salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0214
Dong Phuong serves as restaurant, market and general culinary center for eastern New Orleans' Vietnamese-American community. Especially popular are banh mi sandwiches, homemade baguettes filled with vegetables, herbs and meats. Bowls of beefy pho and noodle dishes are among the menu offerings at Dong Phuong's sit-down restaurant section. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

JUJU BAG CAFÉ AND BARBER SALON
5363 Franklin Ave., 872-0969
Stop into this small, unassuming cottage for coffee, a quick bite or slide next door for a haircut. The café offers omelets and waffles in the morning. The lunch menu includes a short list of sandwiches, salads and soups. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

LAFITTE'S CAFÉ
6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 284-7878; www.lafittescafe.com
Lafitte's is a popular spot for wraps, burgers, salads and sandwiches near UNO. Thursday is steak night, featuring a 12-oz. rib-eye and two side dishes. The menu includes rib-sticking appetizers such as fried pickles and chili cheese fries and baskets of fried seafood. There's also free wireless Internet. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BAR-B-QUE
10828 Haynes Blvd., 241-8227
Walker's is known for its cochon de lait po-boy, dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. The smoked chicken salad is also popular. Walker's serves barbecue ribs, chicken, brisket and smoked sausage and side dishes like baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, mustard greens and string beans. For dessert there's bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Get there early, because Walker's closes when the food runs out. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

ZIMMER'S SEAFOOD
4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150
Gentilly's continuing recovery is affirmed with the lunchtime crowds that flock to Zimmer's for its fried and boiled seafood. This family-run seafood market uses bread from John Gendusa's Bakery next door for its po-boys, and the crabs, shrimp, crawfish and fish come fresh from local waters. The generously piled seafood combination platter featuring shrimp, fish and oysters with crinkle-cut fries, a side salad and bread makes the wait worth it. For dessert there is white chocolate bread pudding. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

 

 

 

Harahan/Jefferson/Elmwood/River Ridge

BLUE TOMATO
4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000
Popular for its eclectic mix of dishes and kitschy decor, this cantina features Mexican food such as fajitas and carnitas alongside classic American burgers, pizza and pasta. The menu also includes dishes like yellowfin tuna and smoked ribs served with a side of pineapple baked beans and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFÉ LATTE DA
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052; www.caffelatteda.com
Drop into the space formerly known as the Coffee Cottage for breakfast bagels, muffins or one of many special omelets. For lunch, start with an Oriental salad, with house greens, grilled chicken, tortilla strips tossed in pineapple mango dressing and topped with peanut sauce. A heart-healthy lunch offering is the California turkey wrap, with turkey, lettuce, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato, carrots and ranch dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE
1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 734-8455; www.cellarsrr.com
The deli at Cellars offers a large selection of sandwiches, salads, burgers, quesadillas and more. A traditional Reuben features corned beef piled high with grilled sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on the side. Daily specials range from baked ziti with chicken to stuffed bell peppers to shrimp remoulade on French bread. The Asian salad is topped with seared sashimi-grade tuna and sesame vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHUN LEE RESTAURANT
1100 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 733-8562
Chun Lee has served American-Chinese dishes for 25 years and is still going strong. Mandarin chicken and General Tso's chicken are both served with an eggroll and fried rice. The Chun Lee special platter includes balamaki, fried shrimp, rumaki shrimp, an eggroll, chicken, ribs, a fried wonton and barbecued pork. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRABBY JACK'S
428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722
Expect casual New Orleans cooking done with uncommon flair at this Jefferson Highway eatery run by Jacques Imo's chef Jack Leonardi. For instance, fried green tomatoes come in a po-boy with grilled shrimp and a dose of remoulade sauce. The duck po-boy uses slow-roasted duck stewed in brown gravy and is served on French bread. Side dishes include jambalaya, dirty rice and potato salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $
DECKBAR & GRILLE
1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 830-0104
Deckbar has a full menu of tasty bar food to snack on and entrées ranging from fried seafood platters to burgers. Its most popular items are brisket and homemade crab balls, which can also be ordered as platters with salad and fries. The Mississippi burger is served with grilled onions, mushrooms and cheese. Daily specials include chicken-fried steak, meatloaf, red beans on Mondays, and changing Friday seafood specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR
1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666
The grilled oysters are new at Dockside, but the shrimp, catfish and crab mainstay dishes aren't going away anytime soon. A range of steak and chicken entrées are served with accompaniments like sweet potato fries, hushpuppies and Dockside's special red potatoes that are first boiled then deep-fried. A popular dessert is bread pudding with rum sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAT HEN GRILL
5708 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 305-1980; www.fathengrill.com
The Fat Hen Grill features diner fare with Southern flair and boasts a breakfast menu served all day long. Omelets and waffles find a home alongside burgers, meatloaf and slow-cooked Italian pork roast. Chef Shane Pritchett was formerly executive chef at Emeril's Delmonico and left to open Fat Hen. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FOX AND HOUND
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 731-6000
Fox and Hound has 38 brews on tap and an extensive selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. The Black Forest sandwich is Bavarian pretzel bread piled high with grilled turkey, smoked bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, dressed and spiced with honey mustard. New crab cake slider sandwiches go great with sports on the restaurant's TVs. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q
208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.com
Hickory wood provides the distinctive flavor for Hillbilly Bar-B-Q's brisket, pulled pork, smoked boudin sausage links and the huge hamburger known as the Belly Buster. Diners can order a baked potato on the side or make one a meal by topping it with any of the barbecued meats. There also are smoked chicken halves and a chicken salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

KOZ'S
6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.com
While Koz's is earning a reputation for its po-boys, including the giant "Whole Loaf," the menu at this casual spot offers many other filling, bargain-priced renditions of local favorites. Fried or grilled redfish, fried chicken plates and garlic-stuffed roast beef are among the most popular options. Plates come with a choice of side dishes like baked macaroni and cheese, chili-cheese fries, mashed potatoes, onion rings, coleslaw or potato salad. Drop in for the Saturday-only special of barbecued ham po-boys. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE
5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com
See Carrollton/University listing for restaurant description.

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464
Begin a meal at Mimi's with traditional Italian fare like the Caprese salad, with fresh heirloom tomatoes layered with mozzarella, basil, olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. For a more contemporary appetizer, try the cornmeal-crusted oysters drizzled with Crystal hot sauce and crumbled blue cheese over a bed of fried spinach. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. POOR BOY
10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170
Mr. Poor Boy serves sandwiches and daily hot-plate specials. Po-boy choices feature the popular home-cooked roast beef as well as salami, different types of sausage, meatballs and fried seafood. Or dig into dishes like red beans and rice, catfish platters, chicken-fried steak, stewed chicken with rice and gravy, and gumbo on Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188; www.nachomamasneworleans.com
Nacho Mama's serves Tex-Mex favorites and sweet-and-tart margaritas. Mama's Nachos layer corn tortillas with a choice of chicken, ground beef, steak or pork then adds black olives, jalapeños, sour cream, fresh pico de gallo and melted Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses. The restaurant's new menu includes grilled tilapia tacos with vinegar cabbage and pico. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD COMPANY
1005 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 734-1122; www.nohsc.com
The menu includes much more than burgers and po-boys. There are entrées like barbecue ribs, grilled salmon, steaks, catfish pecan and crawfish etouffée. But true to the restaurant's burgers-and-seafood roots, the menu still features old favorites like half-pound burgers and the original one-handed barbecue shrimp po-boy. On the garden side is the Strawberry Fields salad with grilled chicken, fresh sliced strawberries, blue cheese and red onions in poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NICOLE'S ITALIAN CUISINE
124 Sauve Road, Jefferson, 287-4064
Despite a new location off Jefferson Highway, fans of Nicole's Italian Cuisine will be pleased to know the food hasn't changed a bit. Seafood selections are spiked with Creole flavor, such as the lump crab cakes dressed with a "special" (read: secret) house sauce, and traditional offerings such as lasagna are sauced with rich, beef-studded red gravy. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PJ'S COFFEE & WINEBAR
5359 Mounes St., Harahan, 731-2905; www.gourmet-ideas.com
This enhanced coffeeshop has all of the specialty coffees of the PJ's chain, plus a selection of beers and wines from around the world. Bagels, muffins and other baked goods coupled with a fresh cup of hot coffee are a pleasant way to start your morning. Paninis, soups, salads and small tapas-style dishes pair nicely with a drink in the evening. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
5608 Citrus Blvd., Elmwood, 818-0111; www.reginellis.com
See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

RIVERSHACK TAVERN
3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com
Rivershack offers good eats, good music and good times in a raucously fun honky-tonk atmosphere. Start out with a cold beer and a "shack-a-tizer" like alligator sausage or fried green tomatoes. Then move on to a hefty burger, deli-style sandwich or a savory, slow-roasted beef po-boy dripping with gravy and debris. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SAKE CAFÉ
1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879
Traditional Japanese flavor gets a little local flair in the New Orleans roll, which combines spicy crawfish, crunchy tempura bits, avocado, tuna and snow crab with tobiko caviar topped with avocado-eel sauce. The sweet chili crispy fillet is grouper served with sweet chili sauce. Sake Café features happy hour specials every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAM'S POBOYS
260 Brooklyn Ave., Jefferson, 835-0689
Sam's serves a wide variety of sandwiches and po-boys. Stop in Monday to Thursday for the breaded veal cutlet sandwich; Wednesday's headliner is a chicken Parmesan po-boy stacked with fried chicken breast topped with provolone cheese and homemade red sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Friday features fried shrimp or catfish with toast, salad and a choice of french fries or potato salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD
279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116; www.seitherseafood.com
Seither's offers an array of seasonal seafood. Glazed red snapper is grilled with herbs and spices on top and served with jambalaya and Cajun corn. Soft-shell crab pasta rests a soft-shell over angel hair pasta topped with shrimp cream sauce. The eggplant Harahan features eggplant medallions topped with crawfish cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK
1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442
Shimmy on down to the Shack for pub grub or for more elaborate selections like the fried oysters served atop sautéed spinach with creamy Brie and crispy bacon. The 20-Things chili boasts at least 20 ingredients, not counting the staple side of corn chips. Simpler fare includes an array of hearty half-pound hamburgers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT
5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.com
Smilie's offers a family-friendly atmosphere and specialties like beef brisket, baked eggplant Parmesan and Louisiana crab cakes. Classic staples appear alongside fancier fare like trout Lafitte, a fillet fried golden brown and topped with creamy crawfish sauce. Seafood St. Charles tops broiled or friend trout with two sauces — lump crabmeat mushroom sauce and shrimp and oyster sauce — and serves it with potatoes and a vegetable medley. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS
720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, 835-3035
Sandwiches at Southern Po-Boys are packed with everything from roast beef with gravy to fried shrimp or oysters, chicken-fried steak and veal. Hot plates include smothered pork chops with sautéed onions and brown gravy over stewed cabbage and rice, and stewed okra with shrimp over rice. Fried soft-shell crabs top fettuccine with a white wine cream sauce. Lighter options include spinach or Caesar salads. No reservations. Lunch Mon.- Fri., dinner Fri. Cash only. $

TAQUERIA CORONA
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722
Taqueria Corona's cozy cantinas offer tart margaritas and Mexican and Latin American fare with authentic flair. Fried fish tacos with shredded cabbage and tangy sauce, cebolitas and shrimp and cheese-filled flautas are specialties. Taco choices run the gamut with fillings from beef and cow tongue to chorizo and shrimp. Also try the Mexican pizza or big California-style burritos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAVERN ON CITRUS
5708 Citrus Ave., Harahan, 218-5186
A cozy spot to grab a beer and play a game of pool, the Tavern's grill is a sure shot. The namesake burger is a daunting 10-oz. beef patty grilled to order. Salads share space on the menu with pub grub standards like fried mushrooms and mozzarella sticks. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VENEZIA II
587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991
Venezia II proves a worthy sequel to its sister restaurant, serving pizzas and casual Italian cuisine that many locals will recognize from years of visits to the Mid-City original. The restaurant offers pasta dishes, fried seafood and daily specials like the trout Cynthia topped with shrimp and crawfish in cream sauce. The house special is a loaded pie with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onion and artichoke hearts. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE BAR
1915 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-1901; www.vitalityjuice.com
Vitality is body-conscious with its array of healthy options. Choose from organic coffees, smoothies, juices, teas, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Popular fruit smoothies include the Spunky Monkey, made with strawberry, orange and banana. The Caesar Gone Skinny salad is made with homemade low-fat Caesar dressing, grilled free-range chicken with Romaine lettuce and Parmesan cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
1655 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-0799; www.zearestaurants.com
Zea offers a casually elegant spot to dig into slow-roasted meats from the rotisserie or to try creative takes on new American and Asian favorites. Thai ribs are St. Louis-style ribs slow cooked with spicy soy and sweet chile glaze with Asian herbs. The portobello veggie panini includes mushrooms, basil pesto, tomatoes, spinach and Jack and Parmesan cheeses. The bar serves up micro-brewed beers specially made for Zea by Heinerbrau, a Covington brewer. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

Kenner

ASIAN SUPER BUFFET
3900 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 712-0899
Asian Super Buffet needs seven buffet lines to set out its array of Chinese dishes such as sweet-and-sour chicken and beef and broccoli. Special dishes change regularly. American fare like pizza, garlic bread and apple pie increase your options. Mongolian barbecue dishes are cooked to order and allow diners a choice of meat and vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner buffet all day Sunday. Credit cards. $

BRICK OVEN CAFÉ
2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097
For gourmet pizza or entrées of fish, beef, chicken and veal in classic New Orleans-Italian style, head to the family-friendly dining room at Brick Oven Café. Redfish piccata is a broiled fillet topped with a crawfish lemon-butter sauce with capers, served with angel hair pasta in marinara sauce. The Brick Oven filet is a 10-oz. steak grilled to order, topped with garlic butter and served with spaghetti. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ D'CAPPUCCINO
4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2299
This busy Kenner café's breakfast plate delivers eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and your choice of toast or biscuit. Dolph's wrap is filled with egg and cheese plus bacon or sausage. The lunch and dinner menus offer an array of wraps, sandwiches and salads as well as the popular homemade chicken salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFÉ PONTCHARTRAIN AT TREASURE CHEST CASINO
5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (800) 298-0711; www.treasurechest.com
The chips at these tables go for much lower stakes than elsewhere at the Treasure Chest. Stop by the buffet for hot daily specials like chicken-fried steak, hot tamales, red beans and rice or spaghetti and meatballs. Or try one of the daily specials like shrimp po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFÉ
3501 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, 465-9444; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., 465-1338
This local chain of coffeehouses serves freshly baked pastries as well as a wide range of lunch and dinner items including specialty wraps, burgers, quesadillas, salads and signature sandwiches. The southwest chicken salad mixes grilled chicken, corn, salsa, black beans, cheese and tortilla strips. The barbecue shrimp po-boy has shrimp marinated in barbecue sauce and sautéed. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

COME BACK INN
3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1623
The regulars do indeed keep coming back for daily specials, big sandwiches and children's meals at this casual café. The open-face roast beef dinner is a hearty platter of sliced beef over toast with mashed potatoes, vegetables and a salad. The shrimp, oyster and catfish combination dinner is another fitting match for big appetites. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DIA ROMA CAFÉ
3712 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6663
Dia Roma Café uses homemade sauces to prepare hearty, family-sized meals. The artichoke pizza is the signature gourmet pie topped with butter, garlic sauce, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and feta cheese. For lunch, try the Dia special sandwich with mozzarella cheese, Genoa salami, ham, pepperoni and grilled onions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DON VICTOR'S FINE LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT
3244 Georgia Ave., Kenner, 305-0826; www.donvictorsrestaurant.com
The diverse specialties of different regions in Latin America bring plenty of variety to both the kitchen and bar menus at Don Victor's. The camarones de Guatemala has shrimp sautéed in a chirmol sauce of tomatoes and garlic and served with rice and salad. The parrillada Don Victor is a grand mixed grill of rib-eye steak, chicken, Argentine sausage and shrimp served with tostones or fried plantains, plus rice and beans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT
1924 Airline Hwy., Kenner, 468-2384; www.fiestalatinarestaurant.com
To start off your day, Fiesta Latina serves traditional Mexican huevos rancheros, a hearty breakfast dish of fried eggs, tortillas and beans. For lunch and dinner, the carne asada is a popular choice — grilled beef served with refried beans, salad, rice and fried plantains. Fiesta Latina's pupusas are thick corn disks filled with cheese or crunchy pork and covered with tangy cabbage slaw. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

FONG'S CHINESE RESTAURANT
2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216
Fong's has long been a popular Kenner destination for Chinese cuisine. The triple treat platter includes beef, pork and chicken stir-fried with Chinese vegetables like bok choy, baby corn and snow peas. The lemon chicken is another popular choice with its fresh-tasting lemon sauce. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I GRILLE AND BAR
1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060
The namesake burger — made with ground chuck and grilled to order over an open flame — keeps this tavern's menu well grounded, but there's plenty more to choose from. The menu offers seafood entrées — fried catfish, tuna steaks and grilled or fried shrimp. There's a full selection from the grill that includes pork chops, rib-eyes, filets and T-bones. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARBOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR
3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454
Seafood draws customers to this busy Kenner restaurant and seafood market. Local favorites include the crabmeat-stuffed eggplant pirogues, seafood gumbo and raw oysters. Wash them down with a beverage from the fully stocked bar. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IRON POT SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE
2722 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-1112; www.ironpotseafoodandsteakhouse.com
Iron Pot serves an array of New Orleans seafood dishes and steaks. At lunch, diners often opt for fried seafood in po-boys or entrees like the Creole combo, which features chicken- and shrimp-stuffed peppers served over rice or pasta. Besides filet and T-bone steaks, the dinner menu features full and half racks of ribs, which can be ordered with a salad and sides like barbecue beans, french fries, sweet potato fries or string beans. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO
2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808
Johnny Trauth's serves plenty of seafood, especially on Tuesday nights when the restaurant runs an all-you-can-eat special of snow crab legs. The broiled catfish stuffed with crabmeat is a popular choice, or try broiled redfish topped with crabmeat au gratin. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

KENNER SEAFOOD INC.
3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701; www.kennerseafood.net
Kenner Seafood is both a market for fresh and boiled seafood and a restaurant. For those dining in, there are raw oyster specials on Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday and Thursday specials feature fried jumbo shrimp with a choice of any side item for $10.95. Entrées include a choice of redfish, grouper, tilapia or catfish served grilled, fried or blackened. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LE PARVENU
509 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-0534
Chef/owner Dennis Hutley loves to prepare innovative Creole cuisine, and the menu changes often at his Kenner restaurant. One of Hutley's culinary inventions is the oyster doubloon, a chopped oyster mixture that is cornmeal-crusted, cut into a disk, sautéed, topped with lump crabmeat and served with lemon fondue. For dessert, try the warm lemon crêpe topped with citrus sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MCALISTER'S DELI
1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A13, Kenner 466-1500; www.mcalistersdeli.com
See CBD listing for restaurant description.

PELLICANO RISTORANTE
4224 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 467-2930; www.pellicanoristorante.com
Chef Chris Cody tempts guests with entrées like butter-poached Caribbean lobster served with lemongrass, crab and asparagus succotash. A popular dessert is the Swiss chocolate cake infused with espresso and served with berries and candied orange zest. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-6868; www.reginellis.com
Reginelli's serves pizza, salads and sandwiches that blend Italian flavors with those of Italy's Mediterranean neighbors. A popular salad features marinated chicken breast on a bed of mixed greens with green apples, gorgonzola, Roma tomatoes and roasted pecans tossed in a balsamic citrus vinaigrette. Come in on Wednesday and pop a cork on the $10 bottle of wine special. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RISTORANTE DA PIERO
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net
Indulge in Italian hospitality at da Piero, where rum, cigars, robust wines and rustic Italian specialties are all on a menu. Start out with a flavorful beef carpaccio served with heirloom arugula, olive oil and lemon, then move on to secondi piatti like grilled lamb, pork, pancetta and chorizo with rosemary garlic oil and roasted cipollini onions. All pastas are made in-house with eggs from free-range chickens. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

SAKE CAFÉ
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829;
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL
4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069
Speakeasy's game plan presents mouth-watering 10-oz. burgers, sandwiches and bar munchies like jalapeño poppers, quesadillas, chicken wings and egg rolls. Full entrées include an 8-oz. filet and tuna steak. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAYS'S RESTAURANT & GRILL
1303 W. Esplanade, Kenner, 443-4040; www.stringraysseafood.com
For sheer variety, it's hard to beat Stingray's array of seafood. The zydeco catfish is a large fillet stuffed with crabmeat dressing, which is deep fried and topped with spicy cream shrimp sauce. The shrimp feast is a combination of boiled shrimp, grilled shrimp, fried shrimp, stuffed shrimp and shrimp Creole. No reservations. Lunch Sat. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CHILANGOS
2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 469-5599; www.taqueriachilangos.com
Loyal patrons had to chase the flavors of Taqueria Chilangos when it was a roving taco truck serving Jefferson Parish. Now the gourmet fare is anchored at a restaurant that boasts an expanded menu of Mexican dishes like chile rellenos, burritos, tacos and brisket. The stationary location also has a full bar. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-7733; www.zearestaurants.com
See Harahan listing for restaurant description. Kenner location serves brunch Sun.

 

 

 

Lakeview

BEEBE'S ON THE LAKE
7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 302-9657
At the Lakefront, Beebe's focuses on local seafood. A daily special features a Gulf fish fillet pan seared, topped with crawfish lemon butter sauce and served with roasted potatoes and macque choux. Shrimp are served in a saffron garlic sauce over pasta. Duck is braised in peach barbecue sauce and served with coleslaw on a baguette. Sunday's jazz brunch brings crêpes filled with Gulf shrimp and blue crab. For a final course, try the bread pudding with vanilla sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS
5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780; www.bittersweetconfections.com
Bittersweet offers 36 varieties of flavored truffles as well as cookies, fudge, s'mores, macaroons, candied orange peels, caramels, sugar-free chocolates and other sweets. It also serves coffee drinks and soft drinks. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ NAVARRE
800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828
The former location of Weaver's Po-boys is making new memories and building its own traditions as Café Navarre. The Cuban sandwich is a pressed combination of pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and mayonnaise. The Friday special is a po-boy with shrimp cooked in a spicy sauce of garlic, butter, green onions and red peppers with mozzarella and tomato. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFÉ
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777
See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

CHICKEN SUE'S
203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546
Chicken Sue's specialty is, of course, fried chicken cooked to order. The list of po-boys ranges from fried shrimp and hot roast beef with gravy to pulled pork and a buttered and pressed Cuban sandwich. Don't miss eggplant fries for an offbeat side order. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LAGO
900 Harrison Ave., 486-8282; www.lagoneworleans.com
Whet your appetite at this Lakeside dining establishment with one of Lago's specialty appetizers such as charbroiled oysters topped with stone-ground grits and Parmesan cheese. Entrées include twists on New Orleans seafood dishes like barbecue shrimp served over tomato cheese grits and redfish with lump crabmeat and lemon butter served with roasted potatoes and Brocollini. Pork tenderloin is complemented with root vegetable gratin, caramelized apple, sautéed greens and both Creole honey mustard vinaigrette and apple cranberry coulis. Reservations recommended. Brunch Sun., lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.- Sat. $$$

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFÉ
5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001
A coffee shop with much more, Lakeview Brew serves specialty coffee drinks and an original menu of healthy options. The Lakeview Brew club is a combination of turkey, smoked ham, crisp bacon and cheese stacked on three slices of toast. The avocado salad features spring mix greens tossed with sliced avocado, mandarin orange, walnuts, crumbled blue cheese and house-made mango vinaigrette. Save room for dessert. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeview-harbor.com
Dining choices at Lakeview Harbor include steaks, seafood and chicken, not to mention meal-sized, loaded baked potatoes and daily specials like stuffed bell peppers with macaroni and cheese, shrimp Creole and prime rib. The popular cheeseburger can satisfy any appetite. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S
8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafoodhouse.com
See French Quarter listing for restaurant description.

NOLA BEANS
726 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com
NOLA Beans starts the morning with coffee drinks and biscuit and croissant sandwiches topped with eggs, cheese, bacon and sausage. Lunch options include baked potatoes loaded with cheese, bacon, grilled chicken and vegetables. The vegetable and provolone sandwich is topped with avocado, turkey, sprouts, tomatoes and havarti cheese and can also be ordered as a wrap. Deli style sandwiches include a club and Reuben. There are also salads like the spinach and feta with warm bacon dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PONTCHARTRAIN POINT WEST END
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-4233
Pontchartrain Point is a family-oriented eatery serving big portions of local favorites. Creole crab cakes are served over penne pasta in spicy cream sauce. The shrimp and tasso Louise has linguine topped with lightly spicy cream sauce with plenty of shrimp and seasoned Cajun ham. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133; www.reginellis.com
See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9980
Start out with the crispy, golden fried whole onion, which whets the appetite for an array of inexpensive, tasty treats. Mornings start with classic, hearty dishes like eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce and old standards like scrambled eggs, grits and ham. At lunchtime, try the seared ahi tuna entrée with spicy plum sauce and a side of sweet potato fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR
888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com
Locals can rejoice now that the Steak Knife is back in its original Harrison Avenue location. serving its signature petit 6-oz. filet mignon and huge 20-oz. porterhouses. Entrée choices include fresh Gulf fish, shrimp and veal medallions topped with crabmeat and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S
6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888
Tony Angello's serves traditional Italian cooking in the heart of Lakeview and is known for its parade of small dishes, the "Feed Me, Mr. Tony," which represents the best the kitchen has on offer each night. Among the most popular entrées is the eggplant Tina, which tops eggplant medallions with Romano cheese and tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

Metairie

II TONY'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
105 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-0999; www.two-tonys.com
Perched on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain, Two Tony's has been specializing in Creole Italian seafood for many years. Grilled, fried or blackened seafood platters are served with a soup of the day or salad, plus side items. The grilled shrimp pasta Mediterranean starts with capellini pasta tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, capers, garlic and olives, all topped with fresh grilled shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056;
www.acmeoyster.com
See French Quarter for restaurant listing.

ACROPOLIS
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046
Acropolis offers some of the most popular Mediterranean dishes found in Greece and Italy. The eclectic menu includes pizzas, gyros, lasagna, moussaka, lamb chops and salads. The popular Acropolis salad is a medley of field greens, bacon, tomato, blue cheese, cucumbers, Bermuda onions, kalamata olives and sunflower seeds. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT
3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com
Chef Andrea Apuzzo's steak Pizziaola was named by Esquire magazine as one of the top 10 steaks in the U.S. Apuzzo also is known for his mastery of Northern Italian cuisine using fresh local seafood. Trota Bayou la Fourche is a fillet of speckled trout sautéed in olive oil and served with lump crabmeat in lemon cream sauce. Steaks, beef tenderloin and homemade pastas round out the offerings. A menu of decadent desserts offers everything from cannoli to zabaione with fresh berries. The early-bird dinner special, offered weekdays before 6:30 p.m., is a three-course dinner including appetizer, entrée and dessert as well as either a glass of house wine or a well brand cocktail — all for $25. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANSELMO'S
3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 889-1212
Locally inspired seafood entrées share the billing with traditional Italian cuisine at this family-oriented eatery. Eggplant Napoleon layers fried eggplant medallions with provolone cheese, tops it with a lively crawfish and mushroom cream sauce, and servies it with angel hair pasta. For a dose of straight-up Italian comfort food, order the meatballs and red gravy served over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT & STEAKHOUSE
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533; www.austinsno.com
The intimate dining room at Austin's offers charm one might not expect to find when parking in front of the small strip mall where it is located. But once inside, the setting is warm and inviting. Try the pecan-crusted trout, which is served with a meuniere sauce, potatoes and seasonal vegetables. If you're interested in steaks or chops, the veal Austin is panéed baby white veal topped with lump crabmeat, button mushrooms and green onions. Available for special events. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE BEACH HOUSE
2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470
The Beach House has a casual vibe and a mix of burgers, po-boys, steaks and seafood. The lobster dinner features a boiled 1-lb. lobster served with spicy corn and potatoes. The pork chop dinner includes a marinated and grilled 12-oz. chop served with salad, garlic bread and choice of french fries, baked potato or baked sweet potato. Live music nightly. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEIJING
2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 885-8881
Beijing offers a wide range of Chinese dishes including vegetarian options, noodle dishes and fried rice. Beijing crispy chicken is a sautéed mix of lightly battered and fried chicken slices with julienned carrots and celery in sweet and spicy brown sauce. General Tso's shrimp features flash-fried jumbo shrimp sautéed with red and green bell peppers, carrots and onions in a tangy sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BELLA BREW
2701 Airline Drive, Suite L, Metairie, 846-9930
This coffeehouse and lunch spot offers a mix of coffee drinks, juices, pastries, quiches and salads as well as daily lunch specials. The frozen coffee punch is an espresso drink of ice cream blended with chocolate and topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. The lightly spiced shrimp salad rests in half an avocado surrounded by greens, tomato and egg. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM
3500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5656; www.benjerry.com
The Vermont duo behind Ben & Jerry's mixed up an ice cream lover's dream that's equally rich, sweet and witty. In addition to ice cream in basic flavor varieties, there are specials like the waffle cone sundae filled with any flavor and topped with hot fudge or caramel, whipped cream and a choice of toppings. For something a little lighter, there's the strawberry kiwi smoothie made with non-fat sorbet and fresh fruit. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BENNIGAN'S GRILL AND TAVERN
3434 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-0664; www.bennigans.com
Bennigan's offers American pub favorites like grilled burgers and steaks and dishes ranging from fish and chips to shrimp tempura to Guinness-glazed chicken and shrimp. There's a wide range of appetizers and sampler platters with everything from Buffalo wings or shrimp to broccoli bites. When there's room, diners go for the Death by Chocolate for dessert: Oreo cookie crust with chocolate ice cream and chocolate chips, with Twix candy bar bits mixed in. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO 38
3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 836-5253; www.bistro38restaurant.com
Chef Dominique Macquet serves rustic French cuisine at his Metairie bistro housed in the New Orleans Marriott Metairie. The 12-oz. rib-eye is prepared with Dijon, parsley and butter and served with potato wedges and French green beans. Dominique's Louisiana bouillabaisse combines fresh fish, shrimp, oysters and crawfish in a rich seafood broth. For dessert, there are crêpes, bananas Foster and chocolate mousse. Lunch features New Orleans-style salads and sandwiches. Complimentary valet parking available. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BLACK ORCHID BISTRO
3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444
This bistro offers a full menu during the day, and the bar stays open in the evening with happy-hour specials. Sandwiches, panini, salads and homemade soups are offered at lunch. There's a choice of several daily specials. Popular iced cappuccinos and a host of specialty coffee drinks can handle any coffee fix. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com
This popular chain offers plenty of traditional Italian dishes and more. Along with such signature fare as the lasagna, pasta and pizza, Bravo receives applause for unique offerings that include fried shrimp topped with charred tomato and lemon-butter sauce. Hickory wood-grilled salmon is served with crispy potatoes and lemon-caper butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BROOKLYN PIZZA
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288; www.eatbrooklyn.net
Thin-crust, New York-style pies are the main attraction at Brooklyn Pizza. Assemble your own version with a selection of toppings including pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, black olives, banana peppers, salami and ricotta cheese. Brooklyn offers hero-style sandwiches as well as a hearty Philly cheesesteak, muffulettas, Italian salads and pasta dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BYBLOS
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773
Byblos combines a rotisserie with many popular Mediterranean dishes like chicken shawarma and lamb dishes. The drunken halloumi appetizer is Cypriot cheese lightly pan-fried with ouzo and served over tomato slices with garlic aoili. The menu also offers salads. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777
This quick-serve deli is a popular lunch spot for affordable Middle Eastern fare. Sandwiches and kabobs are prepared to order from meats roasting on spits. Fresh salads, stuffed dolmas and platters of meat with hummus and pita make complete meals. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CADDYSHACK
3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799
Caddyshack is a casual spot for a quick bite or a cool drink. The menu is loaded with sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads. Daily specials include spaghetti, red beans on Monday and fried seafood platters on Friday. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ EAST
4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.com
Traditional Chinese and southeast Asian recipes get upscale and creative treatment at this visually stunning restaurant. The kitchen's interpretation of grouper meuniere is a pan-seared fillet lightly touched with white wine sauce, shallots, lemon and parsley. The Café East trio combines shrimp, beef and chicken with mushrooms and okra for a spicy stir fry. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ EQUATOR
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772
Café Equator brings the flavors of the southeast Asia to south Louisiana. Try house specialties like pad Thai and pad woon sen, a dish of clear noodles sautéed with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, onions and zucchini. Reservations recommended for parties of five or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ FRESCA
4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010
Stop by Café Fresca for homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and regular specials like the fried chicken club salad with crumbled bacon, avocado, chopped egg, tomatoes and croutons served over a bed of fresh greens. If you're craving a taste of the Southwest, the Santa Fe mixes marinated and char-grilled chicken breast with mashed avocado, tomato and onion relish. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFÉ LATTE II
2324 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-6343; www.cafelatte2.com
It's easy to make this café part of your regular workday routine with breakfast in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. Check out the chicken quesadillas with red onions, black beans and tomatoes served in a wheat tortilla. The chicken salad wrap is filled with homemade chicken salad and fresh vegetables. Lunch combos offer variations of soups, salads, wraps and salads for $8.95. The café has free Wi-Fi as well. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ ROYALE
3343 Metairie Road., Metairie, 304-8438
Fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner choices make Café Royale a great stop whether you dine in or grab a bite to go. The Thai chicken salad is flavored with almonds and spicy peanut and ginger dressings over romaine lettuce. Tuesday's special is tender veal pot roast served with mashed potatoes, salad and garlic bread. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE ANGELINA
5420 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770
This casual, family-run Italian restaurant serves fresh, homemade foods, including a large selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and dinner entrées. Roast beef Angelina features tender roast beef dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, sprouts, sweet peppers, avocado and creamy horseradish sauce on ciabatta bread. The muffuletta is a traditional sandwich of imported salami, mortadella, ham, Swiss cheese and olive salad on Italian bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE!
4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com
It's not all about coffee at Caffe! Caffe! An expansive menu offers daily specials including soups, sandwiches, salads, quiche and teas. A favorite is grilled chicken avocado salad featuring romaine lettuce mixed with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, orange segments, red onions and mango vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CANSECO'S MARKET
1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979
Canseco's stocks fresh produce, meat, fish and a large selection of cheeses, beer and wine. There is also a deli counter for hot daily specials and sandwiches made to order. Some sandwiches and sides like pasta and potato salad are pre-made for people who need to grab something quickly. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CARMINE'S ITALIAN SEAFOOD & GRILL
4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7904
Carmine's menu pays homage to the intersection of Creole and Italian cooking with dishes combining elements of both traditions. The seafood-stuffed artichoke is a steamed artichoke loaded with shrimp and fish served with dill cream sauce. Veal Bucktown features panéed veal topped with crawfish cream sauce and served over angel hair pasta with red sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

CARRETA'S GRILL
2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6696
Margaritas, queso and chips start meals at this Mexican restaurant. Classics such as burritos, tacos, enchiladas and fajitas are available á la carte or as combo plates. The spicy shrimp will tantalize your tongue long after you head home. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354
Diners at this Tex-Mex cantina can go straight for familiar dishes like tamales, tacos and enchiladas or try some of the unique options. La Torta Loca is a south of the border po-boy made with your choice of beef, chicken or pork tenderloin dressed with lettuce, tomato and caramelized onions. Chile rellenos feature two lightly fried poblano peppers with different fillings. One is stuffed with cheese and covered with chili con queso sauce. The other is loaded with seasoned beef and raisins and topped with rich Spanish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASABLANCA
3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209; www.koshernola.com
Casablanca offers a unique variation on the Middle Eastern cuisine, blending traditional American fare like split-pea soup and coleslaw with an array of Moroccan options. A favorite is the Tanzia Fassi, a dish of baked lamb with sautéed onions, prunes and sliced almonds with Moroccan spices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com
Chad's Bistro offers casual dining in a refined atmosphere. Options include the chicken Parmesan, which features an 8-oz. boneless breast grilled or fried and served in an Italian herb sauce over angel hair pasta with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Appetizers take advantage of south Louisiana's seafood bounty with dishes like marinated crab claws and crab cakes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFÉ
East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-0601
See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

CHATEAU DU LAC WINE BISTRO
2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com
Chateau du Lac delivers French bistro classics by chef Jacques Saleun. Start with a salad featuring corn, orange vinaigrette, goat cheese crouton and tomato sorbet. Mainstay dishes include escargot bathed in garlic butter, seared foie gras with port, coq au vin and the timeless steak au poivre, an 8-oz. filet with a black-pepper crust. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.- Fri. dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788; www.chevys.com
Chevy's is a festive spot for California-Mexican dishes complemented by an array of specialty margaritas. The menu offers fish tacos, which feature two flour tortillas filled with grilled fish and served with fresh salsa, rice and beans. Fajitas come with mesquite-grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHINA ROSE
3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 887-3295
China Rose has an array of Chinese specialties and offers a second menu for those who prefer more authentic Chinese dishes. The Lomi Lomi dish features jumbo shrimp, pineapple and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon, fried golden brown and served on a bed of sautéed vegetables. The Seafood Festival is a roundup of shrimp, scallops and Chinese vegetables cooked in light white sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHOPS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 218-8969; www.chopsbistroandmartinibar.com
Located off the lobby of the Heritage Plaza building right on the Jefferson Parish line, Chops is a power-lunch destination during the day and a place for strong cocktails, steaks and seafood in the evening. For an appetizer, try the pan-seared crab cake with smoked jalapeño tartar sauce. Seafood entrées include blackened redfish and smoked salmon. There are classic desserts like vanilla bean créme brulée. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHURROS CAFÉ
3100 Kingman St., Metairie, 885-6516
Home of the sweet fried dough stick also known as a Cuban beignet, Churros offers an array of home-style Cuban favorites. The Cuban sandwich is piled high with ham, pork, pickles, mustard and cheese, and pressed on the grill. The congri yucca roast pork is marinated pork roasted and served with congri, rice cooked with black beans, and cassava root with garlic sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE COVE
3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 780-9445
Coffee Cove offers a good jolt of caffeine straight up or in specialty drinks and a range of lunch options. Enjoy a pastry or cookie with a frothy cappuccino in the morning. There is a full lunch menu of sandwiches, wraps and salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COME BACK INN
8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316
See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.alcopeland.com
The Cheesecake Bistro adds a little bit of flash to Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Specialty cheesecakes still include flavors like bananas Foster, Oreo cookies and cream, white chocolate macadamia, strawberry and fudge brownie. The dining menu rounds up many of the popular dishes from various Copeland restaurants. There is everything from Cajun and Creole dishes to chicken Marsala, Cobb salad and pot roast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CORKY'S RIBS & BAR-B-Q
4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbarbq.com
This pulled-pork palace features sandwiches topped with coleslaw, dry or wet ribs and a wide variety of burgers, salads, appetizers and sides. Even the most ferocious appetite will be sated by The Killer, a slab of ribs and choice of chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey, sausage or fried catfish, plus barbecue beans, coleslaw and a homemade roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFÉ
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008
Corner Café offers straightforward hearty meals like pancakes and sausage for breakfast and a good variety of seafood and po-boys for lunch or dinner. Tasty desserts include bread pudding and turtle cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE
3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.net
Johnnie's sanity is evident in its affordable prices and the quality grilled steaks and seafood dishes. Popular dishes include crawfish Johnnie and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. A house mainstay is the 8 1/2-oz. prime filet mignon with garlic butter and signature Crazy potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 834-1225; www.deanies.com
See French Quarter listing for restaurant description. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT
4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550
You can rely on Don's to have a good selection of whatever's been swimming around southern Louisiana's waterways, including shrimp, crab and crawfish. Don's seafood is served in bisques, gumbos and salads, and the grilled fish of the day is always a popular entrée choice. Fried seafood platters are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DORIGNAC'S
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com
This gourmet emporium is known for its bakery and wide selection of wines as well as its kitchen offerings. Juicy rotisserie chickens make an easy solution for lunch or dinner for two or more. Fresh daily soups, hot wings, sandwiches, quiche and lasagna provide quick meals to go. The cakes, pastries and breads have people crossing town again and again to satisfy a sweet tooth. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com
Drago's is the capital of charbroiled oysters. Its version features oysters shucked and grilled in their own juices and topped with grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses and a sauce of butter, parsley and garlic. There are many other fresh seafood options as well. Try out some of the restaurant's signature dishes like lobster Marco, stuffed with shrimp and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL
3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 780-2266
Grilled meat is a specialty at the Edge, from steak to ribs, but fish has also managed to swim onto the menu. The Edge's grilled tuna is served over angel hair pasta with vegetables. Popular sandwiches include hot sausage, fried oysters and veal Parmesan. Tuesday and Thursday are steak nights. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT CITY DINER
3555 18th St., Metairie, 888-4940
A quintessential American diner in every other way, Fat City has its diners place orders right at the counter and then rewards them with an ample size po-boys including shrimp, oyster and roast beef, grilled or fried seafood platters and an array of ham-and-eggs style breakfast dishes. Breakfast and Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

FAUSTO'S BISTRO
530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com
Fausto's rotating daily lunch specials include Monday's red beans and rice, which diners can order with a chicken breast instead of the traditional smoked sausage. An array of pasta dishes complement fusion dinner entrées like the chicken Louisiana, topped with straw mushrooms, zucchini, shrimp, crawfish tails and melted mozzarella, all in cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FURY'S
724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646
This casual neighborhood restaurant features Italian and seafood staples such as boiled and fried shrimp, fish dishes, veal parmigiana and stuffed manicotti. There's also fried chicken, red beans on Monday, gumbo, and peppers stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp and eggplant served with pasta salad and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955
Boiled seafood is a favorite at Galley, but there's a wide range of other preparations to choose from including fried and blackened items, Creole dishes, seafood-topped jumbo salads and gumbo brimming with shrimp. Galley's Louisiana soft-shell crabs with Alfredo are topped with crabmeat, and the pecan catfish is topped with crawfish etouffée. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3620; www.gambinos.info
A Crescent City institution for those with a serious sweet tooth, Gambino's bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes year-round. The café also is an intimate lunchtime haunt, boasting muffulettas, salads and gourmet soups. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GENNARO'S
3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226
Locals rely on Gennaro's for New Orleans favorites like po-boys and fried seafood. Pork roast with smothered green beans, corned beef, and hamburger steak with gravy and potatoes are popular daily specials. The chicken salad croissant also is popular, as are the delectable desserts. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GIMCHI
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 454-6426
When you hear the name Gimchi think kimchi, the spicy cabbage concoction that is a national staple in Korea. This Metairie restaurant specializes in all things Korean, including traditional table-mounted barbecue units where guests can grill their own meats. A full sushi bar adds more options from the Far East. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT
741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593
Fried seafood platters join Creole- and Italian-inspired entrées and a list of sandwiches at this casual eatery. Shrimp fettuccine and spaghetti and meatballs served with homemade sauce are designed for hearty appetites. Giorlando's over-sized muffuletta is a house favorite, and po-boys prepared on crusty French bread are reliable choices, especially with the homemade roast beef. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S PIZZA & SPAGHETTI HOUSE
4941 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 885-3515
Gio's offers gourmet pies and pasta dishes either to go or in its casual, family-friendly dining room. One popular dinner entrée is the veal Parmesan, which is breaded, fried and topped with provolone cheese and served with a side of pasta, a salad and garlic bread. Gio's thin-crust pizzas are prepared with hand-tossed dough. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY'S GROCERY
3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390
Homemade hot tamales, jambalaya and rotating daily specials like fried pork chops and red beans and rice with smoked sausage are just a few of the hearty dishes on the deli menu at Guillory's. The deli also offers a long list of po-boys, burgers and salads and is known as the home of the "krispy crunchy chicken." No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL
3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111
Harbor Bar & Grill is a casual hangout for surf and turf. There's fried seafood as well as the grill's big 12-oz. cheeseburger, which gets even bigger with extras like chili and bacon. A salad of tomato, bacon and artichoke hearts tossed with greens and topped with blackened tuna is a popular item. Meat pies and Harbor fries topped with cheddar, diced onions and roast beef gravy will satisfy your late night cravings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HOBNOBBER'S CAFÉ
5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448
This neighborhood eatery offers a signature catfish fillet with crawfish sauce and creamy corn and crawfish bisque. Red beans and rice on Mondays is a staple for regulars. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HOOTERS
4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-0160; www.hooterslouisiana.com
Hooters serves wings as hot as you can stand, with choices ranging from mild and medium to Three Mile Island or 911 sauce. Quesadillas or Buffalo chicken strips are a nice companion for sports or other distractions. A variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and seafood rounds out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301; www.hillstone.com
Steaks, sandwiches, barbecue ribs and seafood from Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific waters make Houston's a popular diner's destination. The spinach and artichoke dip is a standout starter. For something a little less traditional, try the Thai steak and noodle salad — a marinated steak with fresh noodles, avocado, mango and fresh herbs in Thai dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT
3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.com
Joe Impastato serves traditional Sicilian dishes and new creations. Old favorites include veal marinara, veal Parmesan and osso buco. Shrimp scampi, trout amandine, Maine lobster and soft-shell crabs are popular seafood entrées. Signature salads are named for famous local figures. The salad of asparagus, black olives, tomatoes, artichokes, hearts of palm and crabmeat is named for Saints owners Tom and Grace Benson. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JIGGERS GRILL
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555
This bar and grill has many large-screen TVs around the central bar for patrons to watch sports while they nosh on burgers and bar favorites. A special house marinade flavors Jiggers' chicken breast sandwich, and the spicy chicken wings are popular. Daily lunch specials are served Monday through Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON RESTAURANT
4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-6081
Under the same ownership for 30 years, Jung's offers generous luncheon specials starting at $5. The regular menu offers dishes like Empress chow mien, featuring shrimp, chicken, pork and beef sautéed with fresh Chinese vegetables in brown sauce served over pan-fried noodles. Gulf shrimp are sautéed with Chinese vegetables in a sweet brown sauce and garnished with crispy honey pecans. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JUST ITALY DELI & ITALIAN MARKET
708 Aris Ave., Metairie, 832-9292; www.justitalydeli.com
The best offerings of the deli case go into a long list of owner John Bellini's custom-designed panini and a gourmet muffuletta made with five meats and three cheeses. Try the homemade Italian sausage on a sandwich, over pasta with red sauce or even on a salad. Order antipasti platters a day in advance for memorable feasts for large gatherings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR
3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730
Japanese-born chef "Elvis" dreams up creative specialty rolls at the sushi bar he owns and runs with his wife, Lin. Spicy snow crab, lobster tail meat and wasabi cream sauce come together in the lobster dynamite roll. The lighter South Beach roll has tuna, crab and avocado but no rice. The spicy soft-shell crab soup is popular. Lin makes homemade chocolates for dessert. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KING BUFFET
601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383; www.kingbuffet.com
A variety of Asian cuisines are represented on the buffet at this restaurant. Chinese standards like beef with broccoli and sweet-and-sour chicken dominate the menu, but traditional American fare like fried chicken also is served. Entrées like boiled crab and jumbo shrimp also are available alongside a selection of dishes from Thailand and Japan, and there are plenty of sweet desserts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KOREA HOUSE
3547 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654
Tucked away in an unassuming strip off Severn Avenue in Metairie is a wealth of Korean cuisine. Some barbecue beef and meat dishes can be cooked on grills embedded in the tables. There is a large selection of seafood, like fried whole fish marinated in soy, garlic and onions, as well as specials like the kal bi, grilled short ribs marinated in a special house sauce. Dol sot bibimbob is a dish of beef and vegetables over rice served in a hot stone pot. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY
3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com
Kosher Cajun makes New York-style deli sandwiches and other specialties, bringing a bit of the Lower East Side to Metairie. Basics like matzo ball soup are always on hand next to daily specials like red beans and rice and jambalya. The J&N combines hot corned beef and pastrami on New York rye bread with deli mustard, horseradish and coleslaw and is served with a barrel pickle on the side. Deli side dishes include potato latkes and knishes of potato, sweet potato and broccoli. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit Cards. $$

KRANTZ'S SEAFOOD & PO-BOYS
1023 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 301-1907; www.bigdaddysseafoodllc.com
Krantz's opened two months ago in the former space of Big Daddy's Seafood, and it takes a home-cooked meal approach to fresh boiled and fried seafood. Homemade roast beef goes on Leidenheimer bread. Stuffed artichokes are a popular dish. Daily lunch specials include veal cutlets (Wednesdays) and hamburger steak with mashed potatoes (Tuesdays or Thursdays). Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LA MADELEINE
3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; www.lamadeleine.com
See Carrollton/University listing for restaurant description.

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com
Hearty pub grub accompanies the dizzying selection of beers from around the world at Lager's. For a starter, try the waffle fries, wings, crawfish pie or gumbo. Bigger appetites will be satisfied with sandwiches, salads and entrées including a 16-oz. rib-eye, grilled tuna, Argentinean hanger steak, and Acadian pasta, which is penne pasta served in spicy cream sauce. Fried catfish is the special every Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANGENSTEIN'S
800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; www.langensteins.com
In addition to premium cuts of all varieties of meats and gourmet specialty items, local market Langenstein's offers sandwiches and prepared dishes. Deli specialties include muffulettas, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffée. The gourmet-to-go selections are available in family-size portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
LAURENTINO'S RESTAURANT
4410 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 779-9393; www.laurentinos.com
Among the more than 20 tapas plates offered at Laurentino's are samfaina, a roasted eggplant casserole, and pork tenderloins. The paella Valenciana is rice cooked in a saffron broth with shrimp, mussels, calamari, chicken, andouille sausage and fresh vegetables. Popular meat dishes include the cowboy rib-eye steak with french fries and the lamb chilindron, which is stewed Castilian style with vegetables, Mediterranean herbs, hot peppers and Spanish wine, and served with saffron rice. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

LEGENDS PATIO BAR & GRILLE
2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 887-3877; www.legendsbarandgrille.com
Legends offers a limited menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches and other bar food, along with cocktails and frosty beers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO
1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788
Little Tokyo's large sushi bar features an extensive list of nigiri pieces and rolls. There's nothing little about the restaurant's signature Love Boat for two, which includes tempura shrimp and vegetables, chicken and beef teriyaki, sashimi, sushi and fresh fruit. Salads, noodle soups, teppanyaki and hibachi dishes offer diners plenty of alternatives to sushi. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL
200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.com
The rocking bar scene may be the lure at Live Bait, but the kitchen turns out hearty pub grub as well. Barroom fare includes staples like burgers, nachos and chili-cheese potato wedges, plus po-boys, ribs and salads. Local favorites include boudin bites, gumbo and red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MADDIE'S PLACE
3200 Severn Ave., Suite 108, Metairie, 456-7075; www.maddiesplace.net
Diners head to Maddie's for chicken salad made with grilled breast meat, eggs and mayo, which also is served in a wrap with cranberry sauce. This European-style coffeehouse serves a host of homemade sandwiches and salads, including the Swiss turkey salad with Romaine and spring mix, smoked turkey, Swiss cheese, alfalfa sprouts, cranberries and walnuts dressed with raspberry vinaigrette. Beverages include everything from cappuccino to iced chai. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MANDARIN HOUSE
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888
There are roughly 300 items offered on the buffet at Mandarin house. The restaurant is known for its seafood bar, which boasts boiled shrimp, crawfish, king crab and more. Besides Chinese dishes, the choices include everything from sushi to dessert. Meat dishes range from barbecued pork to teriyaki chicken. Cakes, cookies and fresh fruit satisfy the sweet tooth for dessert. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANO'S PO-BOYS
6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922
Mano's offers a full line-up of po-boy options from traditional selections to veal Parmesan, chicken deluxe, BLT and meatballs. Hot lunch plates change daily from red beans with pork chops or smoked sausage on Monday, stuffed bell peppers on Wednesday to all sorts of fried seafood options on Friday. Start your day with big biscuits topped with egg and ham, bacon or sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslabcreamery.com
Marble Slab is named for the cool marble slab used to blend ingredients. The ice cream parlor offers a very large selection of flavors and mix-ins like bits of cookies, candy, nuts, fruit, marshmallows and more. One popular flavor is the cheesecake ice cream with fresh strawberries. Or try the sweet cream ice cream with crushed Oreos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.com
This Metairie pizza parlor offers a pie inspired by one of namesake Mark Twain's classic stories, Innocents Abroad. The restaurant's signature crust is brushed with garlic butter and piled high with Genoa salami, fresh tomatoes, quartered artichokes and Italian sausage with basil. For a sweet treat, try homemade vanilla ice cream topped with caramel, whipped cream and a cherry all served in a sundae glass dunked in chocolate and garnished with walnuts and blueberries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR BISTRO, DELI & CATERING
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.com
One of the area's largest wine retailers also lures customers in for deli sandwiches, burgers and more ambitious bistro-style cooking in a casual setting. Don't miss salad selections like the coriander-crusted tuna loin served with a fresh cilantro, lime and avocado relish. The Sena salad features pulled chicken breast, toasted pecans, golden raisins and crumbled blue cheese tossed with mixed field greens in Tabasco pepperjelly vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and personal checks. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4951 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrenchpastries.com
Maurice's conjures up confectionery delights for any occasion. Owner/chef Jean-Luc Albin crafts a classic profiterole — a glazed pastry puff with chocolate ice cream and whipped cream on top. Fresh tarts and traditional English trifles of mixed fruit, fresh cream, custard and cake are popular choices as well. Traditional desserts include red velvet cake, tiramisu and carrot cake. No reservations. Sweets served all day Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MCALISTER'S DELI
2701 Airline Hwy., Suite T, Metairie, 830-4030; www.mcalistersdeli.com
See CBD listing for restaurant description.

MELIUS BAR & CAFÉ
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446
Breakfast and weekday specials at this eatery include a ham and Swiss po-boy, the Melius burger and the taco plate, the special on Thursdays. Patrons enjoy the breakfast sandwich of bacon, cheese and egg on thick Texas toast. Drink specials are offered on weekends. No reservations. Breakfast and dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MILANO'S PIZZA
3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500
Milano's magic lies in its gourmet dough, a canvas for a tasty series of options like the chicken Alfredo pizza and the artichoke pie, which has garlic sauce, feta, mushrooms, onion and artichokes. The grilled chicken salad includes marinated and grilled chicken breast served over romaine and iceberg lettuces, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, mushrooms and grated mozzerella cheese with honey-Creole mustard dressing. Milano's also makes specialty subs, calzones, chicken wings, tenders and salads as well as macaroni and cheese combining penne pasta and four cheeses. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MR. ED'S CREOLE GRILLE
5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 899-7992; www.austinsno.com
Mr. Ed's menu rounds up Italian, Southern and New Orleans dishes. There's everything from fried catfish and breaded pork chops to chicken Parmesan and spaghetti and meatballs. Burgers can be stuffed with blue cheese or topped with mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese. Po-boys range from shrimp and oyster to barbecued beef. There are also many salads and starters like Louisiana blue crab dip. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022; www.mredsno.com
Mr. Ed's serves seafood, po-boys, muffulettas, fried chicken and Italian dishes. Entrées include panéed trout topped with crabmeat and jumbo lump crabmeat au gratin. The new Pasta Orleans is rigatoni Alfredo with shrimp and crawfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

MR. GYROS
3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-9228; www.mrgyrosnola.com
Mr. Gyros specializes in the classic Greek lamb and beef mixture served up as a plate, a stew or on a sandwich with steak fries on the side. The menu also includes homemade spanakopita, Grecian pizza, calamari and mousaka, a dish of baked eggplant and ground lamb. Daily homemade soups include tomato basil and chicken and artichoke. For dessert, try tiramisu, strawberry cake or baklava. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010
Mr. Roo's always seems busy thanks to a menu of filling, inexpensive sandwiches and combination plates. The grilled shrimp plate offers a pile of angel hair pasta tossed with garlic butter sauce, topped with grilled shrimp and served with a salad, side vegetable and bread. Mr. Roo's club wrap rolls up turkey, ham, hot roast beef and bacon in your choice of flour, wheat, spinach or tomato basil tortilla. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MORNING CALL
3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068; www.morningcallcoffeestand.com
Morning Call has served coffee and beignets in Metairie since 1974, and its history goes back more than a century to its origins at the French Market. Now, along with beignets, the restaurant serves crawfish etouffée, gumbo and corn and crab soup. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $

MUFFULETTA'S DELI
3244 Severn Ave., Metairie, 889-1112
The namesake sandwich and classic Italian-New Orleans creation is prepared with layers of mortadella, ham, salami, provolone and olive salad. Muffaletta's roast beef po-boy features shredded homemade roast beef and gravy. A house favorite is the club po-boy of ham, turkey, bacon, roast beef and American cheese. Sandwiches now come in half-size portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NEW CITY GRILLE
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-8484; www.newcitygrille.net
Mixing Creole favorites with updated classics gives the menu at New City Grille its flavorful twist. Shrimp remoulade, jumbo lump crab cakes and oysters en brochette are familiar appetizers. Burgers, salads and sandwiches make appearances on the menu, as do more elaborate options like shrimp and grits with sun-dried tomato relish, and Pacific halibut with herb potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

NEW ORLEANS BREAKFAST & PANCAKE HOUSE
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 281-4510
This comfortable café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start the day with the Big House omelet made with four eggs, bacon, sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, open 24 hours Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD COMPANY
817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-8580; 6920 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-1272; www.nohsc.com
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

OKI NAGO
2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588; www.okinago.com
Oki Nago's buffet features a wide variety of new and traditional Japanese dishes including cold noodle salads, pickle salads, shrimp dishes, breaded and fried meats prepared katsu-style, yakimeshi, which is a Japanese version of fried rice, and a host of other popular dishes. Domburimono dishes feature bowls of rice topped with meat or omelets. A large selection of rolls and sushi are also available from the sushi bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540
Best known for juicy burgers and overstuffed baked potatoes, Oscar's is also renowned for its version of a local favorite sandwich: The Oscarletta combines olive salad, Italian salami, mortadella, ham, and Swiss and Monterey Jack cheeses on French bread. Large salads now also populate the menu, along with a new pulled-pork sandwich. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
2746 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-6850; www.outback.com
For more than two decades this steakhouse chain has served steaks the Australian way. Many dishes are familiar even if the names aren't, like the Bloomin' Onion or the Kookaburra chicken wings bathed in hot sauce. Entrées range from the 6-oz. steak with two sides to the Alice Spring quesadillas. No reservations. Dinner daily, lunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

PARADISE CAFE
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 888-4141
Homestyle cooking is the specialty here, from creamy soups to chunky cookies fresh from the oven. Breakfast is made to order, and popular lunch specials include white beans and rice with smoked sausage, chicken salad plates or sandwiches, rich gumbo and chicken tortilla soup. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PARRAN'S PO BOYS
3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416
This family-run restaurant offers a varied menu of New Orleans-style plate lunches like seafood pasta, panéed veal and red beans and rice, but the true star here is the sandwich. The seafood muffuletta tops shrimp with olive salad. There is a long list of po-boys and entrées like eggplant Parmesan and thinly sliced prime rib served with horseradish mayo. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat, dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

PHIL'S GRILL
3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.phils-grill.com
Phil's Grill invites patrons to build their own burgers from a long menu of options including 10 cheeses, six types of bun, 20 toppings and 20 sauces. Monthly burger specials could feature anything from turducken to foie gras. Try Angus beef or hot sausage-blended patties or portobello burgers. Sides include fried pickles, fried onion strings, sweet potato fries and others. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950
Phoenicia serves a wide variety of classic Middle Eastern fare like spicy shrimp, chicken or beef kebabs, lamb chops, grape leaves and vegetarian options like falafel, tabbouleh salad, hummus and baba ghanoush. The salmon kebabs, served with falafel balls and halloumi cheese, are a specialty. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIZZA FLORENCE
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.net
Pizza is the highlight at Pizza Florence, but there is much more on the menu for different moods and appetites including sandwiches, wraps and salads. The spinach and shrimp salad starts with a bed of baby spinach leaves with tomatoes, red onions, olives, artichoke hearts and feta cheese. The Mediterranean lavash is a wrap filled with eggplant onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and feta cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PUCCINO'S
Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Ave., Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.com
Beyond coffee drinks like the signature Frozen Puccino — a malted coffee and ice cream concoction — and other coffee and tea creations, Puccino's serves paninis, mini-muffulettas, loaded salads, soups and pastries until midnight daily. The breakfast menu features omelets, fritattas and Puccino's buttermilk waffle sandwich with two eggs, cheddar cheese and ham or bacon. The coffeeshops serve beer and wine as well. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PUPUSERIA & RESTAURANTE LA MACARENA
8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 464-4525
La Macarena's menu is always evolving. The runaway favorite is the namesake pupusa, a stuffed cornmeal treat that are to some Latin American cities what the hot dog is to New York. Tacos come with a variety of fillings, including Argentine chorizo and juicy spiced filet mignon. There also are seafood dishes and soups. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash and checks. $$

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT
613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456
Quarter View specializes in all the bounty of the sea, serving hot boiled local seafood and fresh Maine lobster, among other treats. The fried, boneless fillet of trout is stuffed with crabmeat dressing and topped with Cajun crawfish cream sauce. Grilled oysters with garlic butter sauce are served with French bread for mopping the plate clean. The fried seafood platter is heaped with shrimp, oysters, fish, stuffed crab and soft-shell crab. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

R & O'S PIZZA PLACE
216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248
R&O's serves everything from pizza and pasta soaked in red gravy to po-boys, fried seafood platters and the restaurant's famous hot tamales. Fries smothered in brown gravy and roast beef debris are a savory treat. Try the veal Parmesan or Italian roast beef po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Tue. and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RADOSTA'S FAMOUS PO-BOYS
249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 831-1537
Everything at this family establishment — owned by brothers Mark, John and Wayne Radosta — is homemade, from the spicy meatballs and hot Italian sausage to the roast beef and gravy on the po-boys. Other sandwiches on the menu include golden-fried seafood like shrimp, oysters and soft-shell crabs. Radosta's cooler is stocked with 75 imported and domestic beers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RAGUSA'S SICILIAN DELI
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 454-2723
Known as the "Home of the Original Artichoke Bread," Ragusa's also whips up a tasty artichoke soup. This deli also has a full menu of pizzas including the Mangia, which comes with olive salad, salami, ham and provolone. Po-boys, sandwiches and daily lunch specials are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

RED EYE GRILL
1057 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-6900; www.redeyegrill.net
Billed as "The last place you want to be," Red Eye Grill is a lunch spot that offers plenty of munchies to end a long night. The grill is open late and serves enormous burgers, jalapeño poppers and popcorn shrimp, plus other pub-food favorites. Health-conscious diners can dig into turkey burgers and salads topped with grilled tuna or chicken. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT CYPRESS
4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885
This suburban restaurant has a casual atmosphere and an upscale menu of contemporary Louisiana fare with a twist. Duck confit spring rolls feature a rich mixture of cream cheese and caramelized onions. For an entrée, try veal stuffed with crabmeat and portobello mushrooms. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266
Crab cake Benedict, A Louisiana take on the classic, features two poached eggs nested on blue crab cakes topped with hollandaise and is a star of the popular breakfast and brunch menu. The lunch menu features hearty entrées like roast pork with baked sweet potato, grilled amberjack and veal topped with crawfish sauce. Several low-carb dishes like the grilled chicken Caesar salad and shrimp salad with roasted tomato also are available. Riccobono offers Oktoberfest specials through this weekend. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO
1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008
Traditional Italian cooking gets a dose of New Orleans-style exuberance along with plenty of local seafood at Ristorante Filippo. Popular starters include oysters Originato, lightly dusted with Italian breadcrumbs and baked with Romano cheese, olive oil and fresh parsley. The crab salad features lump crabmeat, olives, marinated artichokes and vinaigrette dressing. A veal chop with risotto, rib-eye la pizziolla and a grilled pork chop finished with a savory sweet red wine sauce are popular choices from the meat side of the menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROBERT FRESH MARKET
5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005; www.robertfreshmarket.com
The kitchen at Robert Fresh Market is reliable for New Orleans favorites, like the Creole chicken Grand with lemon and roasted garlic over linguine. Changing specials include dishes like Jamaican jerk pork chops, and beef daube with spaghetti and red gravy. Cornmeal-crusted catfish with jalapeño tartar sauce is available every day. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROYAL BLEND
204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779
See French Quarter listing for restaurant description.

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.com
Where there's sizzle, there's steak at Ruth's Chris. The New York strip, which arrives in sizzling butter, remains one of the most popular choices on the menu, thanks to its USDA Prime beef and Ruth's infrared broilers. There are seafood entrées as well. For dessert, the créme brulee with fresh berries and mint is a classic. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SAKE CAFÉ
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

SALVATORE RISTORANTE
3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433; www.salvatorerestaurant.com
Salvatore Ristorante's dining room combines comfort and elegance, and its menu offers Italian and Creole dishes. Favorites include a juicy, mesquite-grilled petit filet and fried soft-shell crab drizzled with lemon-caper sauce. The osso buco is a veal shank simmered in veal stock till it's ready to fall off the bone and is served with fettuccine. Desserts range from spumoni and Italian ices to tiramisu and cannolis. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

SAMMY'S MARKET & DELI
801 Live Oak St., Metairie, 835-0916
This family restaurant serves a wide range of hot and cold po-boys, burgers, seafood platters and desserts. Entrée choices range from crawfish etouffée and red beans and rice to meatballs and spaghetti and chicken Parmesan. Off the grill, try the pork chop or catfish platter. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon. -Fri. Credit cards. $

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com
Whether it's pasta, padella or paninis, Sandro's offers the comforting tastes of an Italian family restaurant. A padella is pasta pan-fried with egg and cheese and served with salsa rosa, and Sandro's offers several different varieties. House specialties include mussels in tomato and garlic sauce served over pasta, and Aunt Vera's lasagna with handmade pasta and loaded with meat, cheese and sauce. Complete any meal with a cup of minestrone, lentil or tomato basil soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAPPORO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
5000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 779-1818
Sapporo serves delectable sushi and hot entrées from the kitchen, including a popular fried-rice dish. The extensive menu includes all the classic sushi specialties, plus signature creations like the Sapporo special roll with snow crab, salmon, tuna, vegetables and special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.com
Semolina offers pasta dishes from around the world, but some of the Italian recipes are the most popular. Tortellini Reggiano is cheese-filled tortellini tossed with plump shrimp, spinach and artichokes and smothered in creamy tomato sauce. Lasagna bolognese features layers of imported pasta mixed with a ricotta, fontina and provolone cheeses and meat sauce. The tender veal Marsala is sautéed with fresh mushrooms and Marsala wine sauce and served over pasta Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANY
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.com
Serranos spices up its Latin American fare with its own version of West Andes Shrimp, shrimp sautéed in Caribbean spices and served with bread for dipping. The dinner menu features Cuban steak marinated in tequila and lime, mango and scallion swordfish, and grilled quail, each served with a choice of two side items like mango sweet potatoes, refried pinto beans, chile-lime-roasted corn and jalapeño corn pudding. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE
2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477
Shogun features a full range of Japanese cuisine from raw fish to hibachi-grilled meats. Table seating is available, but regulars pack the hibachi tables where a colorful array of steak, shrimp, chicken and vegetables are sautéed right before diners' eyes by skilled hibachi chefs with a flair for presentation. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572
Short Stop Po-boys serves sandwiches, po-boys and wide assortment of other dishes. The seafood gumbo is made with okra, shrimp and crabmeat in a thick roux. Roast beef for po-boys is simmered in rich gravy, and sandwiches are served dripping with it. Fried crawfish tails offer a different spin on seafood po-boys. The four-meat special packs all the popular cold cuts together on one sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002
Sidelines puts hearty burgers, appetizers and wraps in centerfield for hungry patrons. Monday night is chop night, and 12-oz. bone-in pork chops are cooked to order and served with sides for $8. Drop by on Thursday for steak night, when filets are seasoned with Cajun dry rub and served with creamed potatoes for $10. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPITALE'S DELI & CATERING
2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912; www.spitalesdeli.com
Spitale's is a longtime Metairie lunch spot with a long menu of po-boys and sandwiches plus salads, hot plates and changing daily specials. On Thursdays, drop in for lasagna made from scratch with meat sauce and mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. Chicken Parmesan, featuring a breaded, boneless breast of chicken topped with red gravy and Parmesan cheese over angel hair pasta, is available every day. Seafood platters include fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS
2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-7783
Taters put the starch in the menu at Spudly's. Its signature cheese sauce graces many of the terrific tubers served here. Toppings include everything from diced roast beef to shrimp and crabmeat to chili. If carb loading isn't what you're after, burgers, salads and soups also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STEP BROTHERS LOUNGE & RESTAURANT
4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856
While burgers and po-boys top this menu, Step Brothers also features Tuesday steak nights. Cheese sticks, jalapeño poppers, egg rolls, chicken tenders and wings appease snackers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUN RAY GRILL
619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055; www.sunraygrill.com
Sun Ray Grill's décor is as fun and funky as its dishes are diverse. Kick off the evening with taqueria guacamole or chips and smoked jalapeño tomato salsa. Save room for entrées like the portobello mushroom quesadillas or the Singha roll, which features tempura-fried shrimp and onions with sweet chili sauce and pickled cabbage in a flour tortilla. Entrées include guava-glazed duck and chicken roulades wrapped in crispy bacon and served with rum-roasted sweet potatoes and veggies. The ahi tuna with two sesames tantalizes the tongue with sashimi-grade tuna crusted with sesame seeds and served with coconut rice, pickled ginger, ponzu sauce and cucumber salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SWEET FIRE & ICE
701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-3437; www.copelands-sfi.com
With the only oxygen bar in the New Orleans area, the atmosphere at Sweet Fire & Ice is just as exotic as the menu. Signature dishes include the Sweet Heat Chicken, crispy marinated chicken, onions, red bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, pineapple and red pepper flakes in a sweet and sour sauce. The Ricochet catfish is farm-raised, seasoned, battered, fried and topped with sesame pecans and Creole meuniere sauce. Hearty steaks, chicken and pasta abound, with choices ranging from the classic filet to herb-crusted salmon and garlic Romano chicken. For dessert, dig into two scoops of cheesecake served in a martini glass and topped a wide variety of sprinklings. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE
923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859
The oldest Indian restaurant in the area is still spicing things up after more than a quarter century in business. The tandoor oven remains the centerpiece of the operation, producing moist roasted chicken, lamb and shrimp, in addition to an array of delicious naan and stuffed breads. Traditional dishes include tikka masala with pieces of marinated chicken finished with tomato gravy. Bhindi masala is made with Louisiana okra, onions, tomatoes and Indian spices. The weekday lunch buffet is a bargain. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Tandoori Chicken
2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880
A showcase for traditional Indian cuisine, Tandoori offers specialties like chicken tikka, with breast meat marinated in yogurt and spices for 24 hours and cooked in the tandoori oven. The palak paneer features homemade cheese cubes and can be prepared as spicy or as mild as you like. Desserts include rice pudding. Lunch and Sunday dinner are served buffet-style. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA
3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

TAQUERIA RIO GRANDE
3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 888-6791
Rio Grande specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. There's everything from huevos rancheros in the morning to lunch and dinner options like quesadillas, burritos and tortas filled with chicken, carne asada, carne al pastor, chorizo, pork and more. Seafood options include ceviche and shrimp and fish dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TEA GARDEN
1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9455
The selection of classic Chinese dishes at Tea Garden includes favorites such as moo goo gai pan and General Tso's chicken. Family dinners such as kung bo shrimp and sweet-and-sour pork are a bargain at just over $10. There are many daily lunch specials as well. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY
3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832
Tucked away just off Veterans Memorial Boulevard, this Metairie eatery slow smokes its ribs, brisket and pulled pork and serves them on platters or as sandwiches. A signature dish is the smoked potato stuffed with chopped tangy barbecue beef and topped with extra sauce, cheese and chives. Steaks, burgers, fried seafood plates and po-boys round out the options. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $

THAT'S AMORE
4421 Clearview Prkwy., Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.com
Pizza lovers can bite into both New York-style thin-crust and deep-dish Chicago-style pies at this pizza parlor. Toppings beyond the usual suspects include pineapple, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach and artichoke mix. Other specialties include cheese or beef ravioli, calzones, lasagna and other pasta dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THEN, NOW & NEXT RESTAURANT
6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5700; www.fourpointsnola.com
An eclectic menu distinguishes this restaurant tucked inside the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. Specialties include shrimp fettuccine, grilled tilapia and grilled crab cakes with lemon-butter sauce. There are a number of low-calorie options as well. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFÉ
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com
Vega Tapas Café's dining room is a bright and sunny spot to enjoy a taste of Spain. Proprietor/chef Glen Hogh prepares creative tapas dishes from a simple and refreshing Creole tomato gazpacho or apple and Brie salad with cider vinaigrette to smoked Gulf shrimp with candied pecans, sweet potatoes and cinnamon-cider vinaigrette. Hot dishes include scallops wrapped in cured pork loin and empanadillo de cohinillo, or pulled cochon de lait in flaky pastry with pepper jelly. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com
See Carrollton/University listing for restaurant description.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET
3420 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; www.wholefoods.com
The nation's largest natural foods grocer has two local emporiums that offer a wide range of gourmet and organic products. Hot and cold food stations serve specialty dishes like citrus-marinated salmon, pasta salads, peppers and marinated olives. There is a large salad bar and many prepared items including soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches, baked goods, coffee drinks and more. There also are ample selections of imported cheeses, wine and beer. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO
531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705
Winston's Pub is a comfortable spot to grab a drink, a burger or any of the restaurant's platters. The grilled chicken Caesar pita is one of the more popular items. Pub-style fish and chips use beer-battered cod and comes with waffle fries. The Forrest Hills burger features a half-pound patty and is served with french fries or onion rings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9090; www.zearestaurants.com
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

ZEKE'S
1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133
Zeke's in Old Metairie has a reputation for serving casual seafood options like boiled shrimp and crawfish as well as raw and char-grilled oysters. Entrées like bratwurst and onions with warm German potato salad or sauerkraut add a Teutonic flair to the menu. The grilled fish of the day could be anything from mahi mahi to amberjack. The extensive selection of salads should satisfy diners looking for lighter fare. Dessert options include homemade bread pudding. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

Mid-City

ANGELO BROCATO
214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com
New Orleans' most famous purveyor of ice cream is a Mid-City sweet shop that also provides ice creams and pastries to restaurants all over town. Brocato offers 24 flavors made fresh with milk, cream, fruit, nuts and nut pastes, as well as Italian ice specialties like spumoni and cassata. Pastries and baked goods include Sicilian cannoli, which is crispy ricotta cheese-filled pastry shell with semi-sweet chocolate chips or dipped in pistachio nuts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ARABESQUE
127 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-7233; www.arabesque-nola.com
Housed in an artfully renovated shotgun home, Arabesque combines a cozy and intimate setting with an eclectic menu of tapas-style small plates and entrées drawing from Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Latin American traditions. Appetizer dips like hummus and baba ghanoush are served alongside marinated mushrooms, salmon croquettes and Italian-style antipasti. Entrées include Moroccan-style tagine chicken with olives, garlic, parsley and vegetable couscous. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ASIAN PACIFIC CAFÉ
3125 Esplanade Ave., 945-1919
Now a haven for sushi and many cooked Asian dishes, this one time Esplanade Avenue cottage beckons diners with intimate table settings on its pretty deck and side patio. Featured dishes include the Bayou Delight, crawfish in a pineapple and mango mixture with special sauce. For sushi, sample the mango blue crab roll, a soybean wrap bundling romaine lettuce, blue crab, mango and cucumber with sweet chili sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

BANKS STREET BAR & GRILL
4401 Banks St., 486-0258; www.banksstreetbar.com
See Sweet Eye Ree's for restaurant description.

BAYOU COFFEE HOUSE & CAFÉ
326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 484-7390; www.bayoucoffeehouse.com
The deck is an inviting reason to come enjoy the fall weather and café offerings at this Bayou St. John coffeeshop. Sample sweet treats like brownies and bananas Foster cheesecake as well as meal options. The $4.75 weekday breakfast consists of two eggs prepared to order, bacon, grits and a choice of toast or pancakes. Lunch features salads, panini sandwiches and burgers. A full bar is available offering beer, wine, mixed drinks and daiquiris. Patrons can use the free Wi-Fi. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Fri.-Wed. Credit cards. $

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL
4905 Canal St., 488-7357
Neon signs outside Beachcorner light up its otherwise quiet neighborhood by the Canal Street cemeteries. The bar's trademark 10-oz. burger of ground sirloin lures in a regular clientele. Choose blue cheese, Swiss or sharp cheddar for topping or add sautéed mushrooms. Lighter options include grilled tuna steak and grilled chicken served in a sandwich or on a salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BEAN GALLERY
637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176
Near City Park, Bean Gallery offers espresso, iced coffee drinks and strong, thick Turkish coffee. Breakfast features bagels, muffins, croissants and egg sandwiches like Italian sausage and eggs with cheddar cheese. For lunch, try the popular turkey and roasted red pepper panini, or the prosciutto and asparagus panini. There is a selection of gelato including old favorites like chocolate, pistachio, strawberry and coffee as well as more exotic flavors. Free Wi-Fi access is offered. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL
3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600
Boswell's offers Caribbean favorites like jerk chicken and pork, grilled fish and beef and vegetable patties. The weekday lunch buffet typically includes items like jerk chicken, brown chicken stew, chicken curry, rice and beans and other dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE BULLDOG
5153 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com
Beer would seem like the main food group at the Bulldog with its voluminous menu of brews from the world over, but there is a good selection of solid food. There are chicken sandwiches hot off the grill and more creative bar fare like the crawfish bandito, a mixture of crawfish, spices and cheeses rolled in a tortilla and fried. The chicken and sausage gumbo is served in a bread bowl. Mid-City: Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ DEGAS
3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafédegas.com
Whether it's the quintessential French bistro atmosphere, the inviting covered-patio dining area or the daily list of chef's specials, Café Degas draws regulars from across the city. Popular dishes include oven-roasted, Dijon-crusted rack of lamb served with hushpuppies, honeyed baby carrots and a rosemary demi-glace. The crab salad features jumbo lump crabmeat, shaved fennel, baby arugula, grapefruit, tarragon vinaigrette and crispy fried shallots on top. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ MINH
4139 Canal St., 482-6266
French-Vietnamese fusion dishes are the specialty at Café Minh. Chef Minh Bui's new offering is a grilled veal chop with artichoke au gratin. Be sure to start with the shrimp dumplings, coconut shrimp or crabmeat and sweet corn soup. Traditional Vietnamese spring rolls bundle shrimp, avocado, cucumber, cilantro and rice noodles in rice paper and serves them with peanut-citrus dipping sauce. For dessert, try the poached pear marinated in Shiraz and finished with Saigon cinnamon. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CANSECO'S MARKET
3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2549
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

COCO HUT
2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788
Caribbean flavors give Mother Nature's tiny but bright café sweet and spicy appeal. The menu is made of dishes posted on signs at the front. The jerk chicken is grilled dark meat chicken served with rice, peas and plantains. For seafood, try the grilled red snapper served with salad, vegetables and fried plantains. Other specials might include curry or stewed meats. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Checks. $$

CRESCENT CITY STEAKHOUSE
1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com
The Vojkovich Family has run this Mid-City favorite since 1934. Except for the interruption of Katrina, it's been business as usual. There are curtained booths available for privacy — all the better to gear up for the porterhouse for two. Other steaks include T-bones, New York strips and prime filets, all best accompanied by a signature side order of garlic and parsley bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DANIEL'S ON THE BAYOU BAR AND RESTAURANT
3443 Esplanade Ave., 940-5939
This new restaurant in the ground floor of the Esplanade at City Park apartment building features a menu of Creole cuisine with eclectic influences at moderate prices. Chef Daniel Tobar marinates and pan-roasts rack of lamb and serves it with roasted vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. His shrimp ceviche features fresh seafood marinated in lime juice, garlic, olive oil and seasonings served chilled over avocado. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $$

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE
135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283
Doson features a range of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes on its menu. The whole fish specials change by season, and there are always copious bowls of pho noodle soup served with herbs and other accompaniments. Chicken or shrimp stir-fry dishes come with rice and noodles. A popular entrée is the steamed black pepper shrimp. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE
3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9073; www.fairgrinds.com
Fair Grinds offers the all the warmth, quirks and color of an authentic neighborhood coffeehouse, plus some of the best coffee in town. Café au lait is prepared with scalded milk and chicory coffee. The chai shake is a more exotic tropical refreshment. Light fare includes ice cream and locally baked pastries, desserts and breads. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $

FELLINI'S CAFÉ
900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155; www.fellinisneworleans.com
This Mid-City eatery features a spacious outdoor patio perfect for dining in the mild autumn weather. The menu features pastas, sandwiches and pizzas. The chicken portobello lavash roll with spicy red pepper sauce is a favorite. Mediterranean kebabs are made with beef, chicken or shrimp and are served with hummus and a small Greek salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FIVE HAPPINESS
3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com
A Mid-City institution, Five Happiness offers a large selection of regional Chinese dishes. Daily lunch specials include a choice of soup, shrimp fried rice and fried wonton. For dinner, try the Triple Dragon, a trio of chicken, beef and shrimp simmering in hot garlic sauce. All dishes can be altered for preferred spice level. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
4724 S. Carrollton Ave.,486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com
Juan's offers Tex-Mex favorites including big stuffed quesadillas, burritos and fajita platters. Pork and slaw tacos combine barbecue tang with south-of-the-border bite. The veggie punk burrito is a meatless favorite. Rotating daily specials range from crawfish enchiladas to blackened redfish tacos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KJEAN SEAFOOD
236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503
Kjean is a Mid-City seafood market that makes the best of its daily catch. Fried shrimp, oysters and catfish are available in po-boys or on platters. There also are stuffed crab plates and soft-shell crabs. The sandwich list offers hot or cold ham or roast beef, burgers or meatballs on French bread or a bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $

LA FINCA
542 Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 512-1993
The most popular options at this Mid-City bar include burgers, but there are also south-of-the-border options like tacos and fajitas. Hot specials include stewed pork, shrimp etouffée, fried fish and New York strip steak. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

LA VITA
3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077; www.lavitapizza.com
Enjoy casual dining and a menu of pizza and Italian favorites including calzones, panini sandwiches and pasta dishes. The vegetarian Villa Franca pizza, which is topped with portobello mushrooms, is a customer favorite. La Vita also features extra-large salads that are perfect for sharing. Daily specials can range from lamb dishes to bouillabaisse. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO
310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK
1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888
Whether the horses are racing at the nearby Fair Grounds or not, the Creole gumbo is always a good bet at this corner bar with an impressive menu. The gumbo mixes chicken and sausage with a cornucopia of seasonings and fresh shrimp that are lightly sautéed just before being added to the bowl. The barbecued shrimp po-boy is a modern classic with rich butter and pepper sauce and shrimp poured into a hollowed-out pistolette of French bread. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
A renowned neighborhood restaurant, Liuzza's is known for home-cooked lasagna and the Frenchuletta, its version of the muffuletta. It comes with grilled Italian meats, melted cheese and house-made olive salad. The pasta spinach Lougia is an entrée with pasta, fresh spinach cooked in chicken stock and grilled chicken, sautéed shrimp or Italian sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946
Generous meat or seafood paellas anchor the menu at this lively neighborhood Spanish restaurant. Other popular offerings include tuna, trout, roast duck and rack of lamb. Starters include ceviche, garlic soup and calamari salad. Lola's wine menu includes selections from Spain and California, but diners may bring their own bottles (with a $5 corkage fee). No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT
3800 Canal St., 482-9179; www.mandinasrestaurant.com
Mandina's offers Creole classics like trout meuniere and amandine. Popular appetizers include stacks of fat onion rings and fried eggplant sticks with marinara sauce. House specialties also include starters like turtle soup with sherry. The seafood platter is big enough to feed two people. There are also po-boys and meatball sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

MID CITY LANES ROCK 'N' BOWL
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3123; www.rockandbowl.com
Late-night grill classics at Mid City Lanes complement the retro vibe of the bowling alley's décor. The burgers and cheese fries are available whether you're bowling or dancing to swing, Cajun or zydeco music. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.com
Mikimoto in Mid-City offers value-priced sushi pieces and pick-up window service. The sushi bar offers a large variety of raw and cooked fish creations, like the Paradise roll with tempura shrimp and cream cheese topped with mayo, avocado, smelt roe, eel sauce and pink sauce. Wine and sake is available. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFÉ
3901 Banks St., 482-7743
See Faubourg Marigny listing for restaurant description.

OLIVE BRANCH CAFÉ
3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; www.olivebranchcafe.com
Gourmet pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches are offered at this casual café. The pasta jambalaya has smoked sausage and chicken simmered in roasted garlic cream sauce and served over penne pasta. The citrus chicken wrap combines mandarin oranges, feta, bacon and chicken in a tomato basil wrap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PARKVIEW CAFÉ AT CITY PARK
City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474
Located in the Timken Center, or the old Casino Building, the café serves pastries and gourmet coffee in the morning and a full lunch menu till early evening. Items include salads, sandwiches, paninis, burgers and hot dogs. For dessert there's ice cream. The café also serves beer and wine. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN
538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047
Parkway Bakery & Tavern is home to one of the most popular roast beef po-boys in town. Other choices include meatballs, catfish, corned beef, shrimp, oysters and "Thanksgiving," with cranberry sauce and turkey gravy. Jambalaya, fries and bags of chips are some of the side items. The dining area is small but some patrons opt to eat at the bar or on the spacious patio. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

RALPH'S ON THE PARK
900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com
This historic and elegant building just across the street from City Park offers a contemporary Creole menu overseen by the Brennan scion. Try the signature baked oysters Ralph; plump P&J oysters on a bed of spinach, topped with béchamel and served with applewood smoked bacon, jalapeños, sweet peppers and tomatoes. Don't miss Sunday brunch for dishes like the Louisiana crabmeat frittata, or poached eggs with beef debris and chipotle grit cakes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE RUBY SLIPPER
139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; www.thetherubyslippercafé.net
This casual café is a perfect fit for the neighborhood. Breakfast offerings range from pastries and oatmeal to omelets and breakfast sandwiches on sourdough bread or multi-grain toast. Weekend brunches are a bit fancier, with migas, crab cake and eggs, and shrimp and grits. Lunch options include burgers, BLTs, club sandwiches, salads and a few starters like hummus and shrimp cocktail. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Fri., lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

SWEET EYE REE'S
4413 Banks St., 483-9349
The motto of this new lunch joint tucked in behind Banks Street Bar is "what cha' mama want cha' to eat," and most New Orleans moms would indeed recognize the daily line-up of plate lunch specials. The week begins with Monday's red beans and rice and continues on to steak with gravy on Wednesday, stewed chicken on Thursday and grilled chicken on Friday. Burgers, wings and nachos are available daily. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO
208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959
An inexpensive lineup of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas have made this a popular lunch spot in Mid-City. There's a big-screen TV constantly screening Mexican soap operas or soccer, but diners tend to pay closer attention to chips and spicy dips. The menu also offers fajitas and pupusas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VENEZIA
134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991
This old neighborhood favorite has been serving home-style Italian dishes since the 1950s and specializes in pizza pies with sausage, pepperoni, onions, artichoke hearts and mushrooms. A generous antipasti plate starts many a meal here. The popular eggplant Vatican is an eggplant cut in half, hollowed out, deep fried, filled with crawfish, shrimp and crab cream sauce and served with a side of fettuccine Alfredo. An array of pastas, seafood dishes and veal specialties keep customers coming back. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WIT'S INN
141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; www.witsinn.com
This Mid-City bar serves a full range of pizzas, calzones, subs and salads. The corn and crab bisque is served in a bread bowl. The shrimp calzone is a pizza dough turnover stuffed with shrimp, roasted mushrooms, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses and is served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. And with a flatscreen television on some tables, Wit's Inn is a great place to watch sports. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

 

 

 

Northshore

Abita Springs


ABITA BAR-B-Q
69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205
Abita gets to the meat of the matter with its slow-cooked brisket and pork. Sandwiches are filled with brisket, pulled pork, sausage or chicken breasts. Platter options offer slabs of ribs, turkey legs, smoked boudin, half chickens and pork steaks. For side items, there is everything from macaroni and cheese, cornbread and potato salad to coleslaw, corn on the cob and baked beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com
Abita Brew Pub, the local brewery's dining branch, is one of the more popular places to finish off a bike ride on the Tammany Trace. Along with daily specials and pub grub like burgers and hot wings, the brew pub gets creative with everything from pecan-crusted catfish and barbecue ribs to fried quail and crawfish pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFÉ
69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313
This family-friendly spot offers a menu weighted with local favorites, including the creamy corn and crab bisque loaded with shrimp, crabmeat and corn. The fried seafood platter comes piled high with golden-fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, stuffed crabs and stuffed shrimp. The 8-oz. filet mignon is available Monday through Thursday for $14.95. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$



Covington

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE
1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; www.acmeoyster.com
See French Quarter listing for restaurant description.

ACQUISTAPACE'S SUPERMARKET
125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-7554; www.acquistapace.com
Acquistapace is more than just a supermarket. It also offers signature deli sandwiches such as the popular hot roast beef. Customers also may pick from daily specials like Wednesday's spaghetti and meatballs, Thursday's fried chicken and Friday's seafood option. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT
1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.com
The Mediterranean mix at Albasha combines Greek and Lebanese favorites. Diners can choose from chicken shawarma, gyro plates of mixed beef or lamb, or lighter fare such as salads topped with feta or tabbouleh. The vegetarian plate is loaded with hummus, baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, tabbouleh and more. For dessert, there's baklava drizzled with honey and ashta, a phyllo pastry with cream cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION
71495 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.com
Guests flock to Annadele's for its pretty vistas of the Bogue Falaya River and the restaurant's gourmet menu. Chef Ronald Bonnette focuses on traditional New Orleans Creole cooking. Gulf fish GaBrielle is a sautéed Gulf fish fillet topped with shrimp sautéed with tomato and herbs in light lemon beurre blanc and served with wild rice. All desserts are homemade, including bread pudding. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BEAR'S RESTAURANT
128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373
This Northshore eatery specializes in oversized, overstuffed po-boys that could sate a hungry bear's appetite. The hands-down top seller is the home-cooked roast beef po-boy slathered with gravy or tangy barbecue sauce. Also available are shrimp, chicken and cheeseburger po-boys. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFÉ
534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390
At Beck-N-Call Café, a hickory-smoked turkey club comes layered with crisp bacon, Swiss cheese, romaine, tomato and honey mustard on soft honey-wheat bread. Daily specials include crawfish etouffée and homemade lasagna. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BUSTER'S PLACE
519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880
Named for the proprietor's grandfather, Buster's celebrates its anniversary this month. There is an oyster bar and a menu that ranges from crab and corn bisque, fried crawfish tails and crabmeat-stuffed jalapeños to fried seafood platters, burgers and po-boys. Don't forget the popular char-grilled oysters. Chicken La Louisianne features two grilled chicken breasts topped with creamy mushroom and crawfish tail sauce served over rice with salad. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL
326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-9676
The cuisine at Calypso brings a distinctly island vibe to New Orleans dishes with appetizers like the beer-battered coconut shrimp and crab cakes with white remoulade. The 12-oz. rib-eye is topped with Argentine chimichurri sauce and served with salad and choice of sides. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA
516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.com
At this Covington café, paninis with fillings like roast turkey, ham, artichoke and cheese are served on ciabatta bread. The muffulini is a hot pressed sandwich filled with olive salad, hard salami, ham, cheeses and pesto. Changing daily soups include chicken and dumpling, broccoli and cheddar, and shrimp and corn bisque. Campbell's is a micro-roaster, which means beans are roasted daily. In addition to specialty coffee drinks, the Mexican coffee-styled Café Olé is the signature house drink. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CASTLE CAFÉ
716 West 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 875-1123; www.castlecafela.com
The gyro plate at Castle Café is a heaping serving of beef and lamb with creamy hummus and a crisp green salad. The chicken shawarma plate consists of tender marinated rotisserie chicken breast. Other options include Moroccan couscous and kebabs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO
528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793
Cheesesteak Bistro is a hoagie haven located on the Northshore, dishing up beefy sandwiches dripping with a wide range of dressings. The Cheesesteak Deluxe comes dressed with mayo, green peppers, onions and mushrooms. Side-dish options include salads and baked potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE RANI
234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158
There's more than coffee being served at this heart-healthy Northshore café. Grilled shrimp are served on a bed of mixed greens with raisins, apples and curry dressing. Trying to slim down? There's a low-carb menu and Rani Watchers selections, which are rated on a Weight Watchers-like point system. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAPROOM & GRILL
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.columbiastreettaproom.com
Taking into account the expansive draft selection, it is easy for customers to focus more on the tap. From the kitchen, there are three-course dinner specials on Thursdays, which feature everything from prime rib to seared tuna. There also are a variety of gourmet burgers, including the Black 'n' Blue, a combination of juicy ground meat blackened in a skillet and served with blue cheese. Lunch options include daily fresh grilled-fish specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE DAKOTA RESTAURANT
629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com
A well-established Northshore destination for contemporary French and Louisiana cuisine, the Dakota shares a focus on wine with its CBD sibling Cuvee. The Brie and crab soup is a modern classic with its creamy base studded with jumbo lump crabmeat. The soft-shell crab is another Dakota mainstay, stuffed with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat, fried crisp and served over a wild rice blend tossed with toasted pecans and finished with Creole mustard hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ETOILE
407 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-4578; www.etoilebistro.com
This fancifully designed bistro, owned by artist James Michalopoulos, offers an artful take on modern Louisiana cuisine. The varied menu includes twists on classics like mussels steamed in spicy white wine and dill cream broth served with sweet potato fries. For a bistro mainstay, try the hangar steak with roasted shallot sauce, garlic fries and fresh asparagus. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

HERSHEY'S ICE CREAM PARLOR
70456 Hwy. 21, Suite 400, Covington, (985) 809-7445
This Covington ice cream parlor has nothing to do with the chocolate maker, but it does churn out its own sweet flavors. The local Hershey's boasts more than a century of experience, producing flavors such as Moose Tracks and Cappuccino Crunch as well as good old-fashioned vanilla. And it doesn't have to be your birthday to snag a scoop of the birthday cake flavor. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA
70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-7620
Isabella's believes you can't put too much on top of a pizza. The Four Seasons mixes it up with a quarter-pizza each of four different gourmet options. Pasta Cucina is linguine topped with shrimp, crawfish, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green onions and parsley. For starters, consider spinach, artichoke and shrimp dip with garlic breadsticks. Reservations accepted for large groups. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOLA RESTAURANT
517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992
Lola serves comforting, carefully prepared meals within the unique setting of a historic former train depot. The stuffed redfish Keith is baked and stuffed with local crabmeat and shrimp and served with spinach and Brabant potatoes. At lunch, the Bostonian sandwich piles turkey, bacon, avocado, provolone and sun-dried tomato aioli on pressed grain focaccia. Reservations recommended for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.com
If the simple taste of filet mignon served with sizzling butter isn't enough for you, try Longhorn's versions wrapped in hickory-smoked bacon or topped with pungent blue cheese. More traditional options like the rib-eye, New York strip and prime rib are equally popular. Fish, shrimp and chicken dishes round out the entrées, and Longhorn offers a separate children's menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MATTINA BELLA
421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 892-0708
Mornings are made just a little more bearable with eye-openers like Mattina Bella's Florentine omelet, prepared with three eggs, stuffed with creamed spinach and artichokes and topped with melted mozzarella. At lunch, the catfish Creole meuniere has a pecan crust and is served with creamy meuniere sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND SPIRITS
208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432
Smothered rabbit with white beans and rice is a popular lunch special at this casual café. Seafood choices include redfish on weekends, eggplant stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat topped with crawfish cream sauce. Voodoo rolls are stuffed with crawfish and cheese, flash fried and served with Creole honey mustard. Entrées include a fried seafood sampler and crab cakes Pontchartrain. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Tue., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
60 Park Place Drive, Covington, (985) 893-0505; www.outback.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON
1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874
This Northshore institution has served pizza for more than 30 years. Traditional and funky pie toppings include prosciutto, andouille sausage, crabmeat, eggplant and pesto. The Our Special pie features pepperoni, house-made Italian sausage and lightly blanched green peppers. The walls are covered with pizza boxes decorated with seasonal themes. No reservations. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

RESTAURANT AMIS
1950 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 893-9100; www.restaurantamis.com
Located just south of Covington, this Northshore destination offers refined city fare in a rustic country setting. Cuts of balsamic-grilled Cervena venison are paired with pepper-fried oysters and a hazelnut glace, and the fruits de mer — assorted shellfish, diver scallops and king-size prawns — is adorned with brie polenta and a seafood nage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RICK'S CATFISH CABIN
78461 Hwy. 437, Covington, (985) 893-7274
The humble catfish is elevated to star status on Rick's menu. Regular and jumbo size seafood platters include catfish, fried jumbo shrimp, oysters, stuffed crab and stuffed shrimp plus french fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw and tartar sauce. To-go boxes of crispy, golden fish come in 15-, 25- or 30-piece counts and are accompanied by fried hushpuppies, coleslaw and tartar sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.com
Fine Italian fare with a homemade touch is the specialty of this romantic café in the heart of Covington. The house-made tagliatelle is tossed with Gulf shrimp, sweet corn, local peppers, cherry tomatoes and basil pesto. The panéed center-cut pork chop Milanese is augmented with local peach-and-chili mustard, Napa cabbage and sweet onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE
535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553; www.stjohnscoffeehouse.com
Espresso drinks foamed with organic, fair-trade coffee match up perfectly with ice cream treats, pastries, wraps and sandwiches on nutty nine-grain bread. Try the Sedona, which layers roast turkey breast, fresh spinach, Roma tomatoes, Bermuda onion and provolone with a Southwestern-spiced cream cheese spread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

SAKE CAFÉ
126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 809-6689;
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

SEAFOOD GALLEY AND DELI
509 Tyler St., Covington, (985) 892-3287
Shrimp, oysters, catfish, crab and crawfish are served in po-boys or as platters. Lunch specials include popular dishes like red beans and rice, meatballs and spaghetti, chicken-fried steak and meatloaf. All are served with salad, vegetable and bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ
420 Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166
For nearly a decade, Sweet Daddy's has been doing it slow and steady for the kind of flavor that's worth waiting for. The dry-rubbed baby-back ribs and herb-scented pulled pork are both roasted and smoked for at least 12 hours. For dessert, try the homemade chocolate chip pie or the pecan island square pie, which is yellow cake mixed with pecans and cheesecake topping. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

VAZQUEZ RESTAURANT
515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336
An intimate family atmosphere welcomes diners to Vazquez. Latin dishes such as black beans and rice with roast pork, Cuban sandwiches and fried plantains keep the kitchen busy. Other dishes include red beans and rice, pork chops and stuffed crabs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT
323 N. New Hampshire Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-3840
An assortment of Japanese specialties and sushi rolls beckon at Yujin. The Burning Man roll combines spicy tuna, tempura crunch, hot pepper and avocado. Cooler heads prevail with the snow crab salad, a creamy, crabmeat-stuffed avocado served over greens with carrots and asparagus. Desserts include pineapple sorbet and exotic ice cream flavors like green tea, plum wine and red bean. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$


LaCombe


JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT
27207 Hwy. 90, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201
Lacombe mainstay Janie Brown's offers down-home cooking in the purest south-Louisiana sense. Seafood is the specialty of the house, and favorites include the trout Meuniere (flour-dusted fillets ladled with lemony browned butter) and the catfish Michelle (breaded cuts teamed with crawfish and cream). Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LA PROVENCE
25020 Hwy. 190 E., Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com
La Provence is part of restaurateur John Besh's expanding empire, and Northshore native chef Randy Lewis oversees a menu that changes frequently due to its focus on fresh seasonal ingredients. A three-course dinner is available for $30, while some á la carte selections include an assortment of patés and bouillabaisse with shrimp, mussels, clams, grouper, crabmeat and tuna in a fennel saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

NEW ORLEANS BISTRO
27431 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7282
Contemporary Creole cuisine is at the heart of this Northshore restaurant's menu. House specialties include rib-eye steaks, salads, wraps and fresh fish dishes like the Redfish Toulouse, a fried fillet topped with shrimp, artichokes and mushrooms in white wine cream sauce. The panéed pork is served with chipotle raspberry sauce and two sides. Reservations recommended on weekends. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SAL N JUDY'S RESTAURANT
27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443
This Northshore restaurant combines local seafood with Sicilian flair. Its version of crabmeat au gratin layers lump crabmeat and broccoli in a casserole dish and tops it with melted cheese. Traditional Italian dishes include brucioloni, a roll of steak round filled with cheese, ground beef and Italian sausage. More traditional New Orleans fare like a marinated crab claws appetizer and trout meuniere and amandine entrées round out the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


Madisonville


FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT
407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.com
Friends Coastal's Cajun Lobster is actually a Maine lobster boiled in bayou spices. The seafood lasagna layers sheets of pasta with spinach, Gulf seafood and béchamel sauce. The blackened "katfish" is seared in a hot iron skillet and topped with bronzed shrimp, crabmeat and key-lime butter. If your sea legs abandon you, dig into Caribbean jerk chicken or Quesadillas Gigante. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE
165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.net
Emphasizing consistency and simplicity, Keith Young's menu reflects the sign hung outside its doors: "Steaks — Chops — Gulf fish." Some popular menu items are the 14-oz. strip steak and generously portioned filet mignon. Seafood options include crab cakes and fried oysters. All main dishes are served with traditional steakhouse side items. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.com
Located on the Tchefuncte River, Morton's is a Madisonville landmark. Its seafood boats — hollowed bread loaves stuffed with shrimp, oysters or catfish — are a house specialty alongside charbroiled fresh catches that change daily. Fried seafood and creamy pasta dishes are balanced out by a few heart-healthy items such as Morton's signature salads. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $$

WATER STREET BISTRO
804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855
With the waters of the Tchefuncte River running just outside, this cozy café invites guests to linger on its picturesque front porch. They can dig into entrées like Mediterranean-inspired linguine with Gulf shrimp, spiked with the sharp, salty flavors of olives, capers and feta. Other highlights include entrées of duck, lamb and veal. There is homemade flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$


Mandeville


ANDREW JAEGER'S
4250 Hwy. 22, Suite B, Mandeville, (985) 624-2300; www.andrewjaegers.com
Andrew Jaeger's offers a mix of seafood dishes inspired by Louisiana and Italy. Crawfish etouffée and oysters en brochette wrapped in bacon are favorites. The menu also features steaks and veal entrées, including baby white veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat in garlic butter sauce. Italian specialties range from mussels in red sauce to seafood stew. A children's menu is available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

CAFÉ 59
1931 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 727-1120; www.café59mandeville.com
Café 59 in Mandeville serves eclectic breakfast items like Alexis' Wake-Up Yogurt Banana Split and the giant croissant omelet. Lunchtime's Baja fish taco with grilled catfish is topped with Baja sauce, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro and lime and served with beans, salsa verde and chips. Dinner features dishes like Asian-Cajun shrimp fried rice and crawfish pasta. Family meal platters include dishes like blackened tilapia on Cuban rice. Weekend nights feature Philippine specials. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Thurs.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ LYNN
3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.com
Classic French-Creole cuisine and a romantic atmosphere have established this relative newcomer to the Northshore dining scene. The chef's seafood stuffed eggplant is roasted and served with fresh tomato fondue. For a dish with Italian flair, the crabmeat and cheese cannelloni blend ricotta, goat, Swiss and Romano cheeses baked in homemade pasta with truffle cream sauce and jumbo lump crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA
800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8226
See Metairie listing for restaurant description. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.myspace.com/coscinospizza
Live music and American Idol viewing parties add to the fun at this Northshore pizzeria. Pizzas are New York-style, hand tossed pies. Choose your own toppings or try specialty meat, veggie or supreme pies. The Danni special is topped with grilled chicken, jalapeños, Canadian bacon and pineapple. Entrées include pasta, calzones and chicken, veal or eggplant Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

DARRYL'S
2625 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 727-9757; www.poboyman.com
The oyster po-boy is popular at Darryl's, but the roast beef po-boy is so sought after that diners in need of a roast beef fix can order the ingredients and have them shipped to their home on www.Poboyman.com. The po-boy features home-cooked beef sliced thin, piled high, lathered in gravy and dressed to order. Seafood items such as catfish and shrimp are also popular. Beef for burgers is ground in-house. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

FAZZIO'S
1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704
Offering an Italian take on Creole food, Fazzio's menu features a fettuccini Alfredo topped with crawfish and angel-hair pasta topped with crabmeat cream sauce. Appetizers include the sweet and spicy "bang bang" shrimp and the seared ahi tuna. Chicken, veal and steak entrées complete Fazzio's offerings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342
George's is a comfortable spot to enjoy Mexican favorites like fajitas. Flat irons of sizzling beef or chicken arrive at your table with guacamole, pico de gallo and flour tortillas. The shrimp á la Mexicana features butterflied shrimp sautéed in spicy sauce made with tomatoes, onions and sweet peppers. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S VILLA VANCHERI
2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597
Gio's is home to classic Italian dishes. Osso buco Milanese is a slow-cooked veal shank served over Italian saffron rice or fettuccine. Orecchio di Elefante, or "elephant's ear," is a breaded 12-oz. veal chop served with a sauce of Italian herbs, capers and white wine on a bed of fresh arugula. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND Café
821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329
Good Earth serves an array of natural, organic food with a Creole focus. Specialties include the mung bean sprout salad, a veggie focaccia sandwich and whole-wheat tortilla wraps with a variety of fixings. A savory cochon de lait po-boy is also popular. Daily specials range from soups and salads to tacos. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

HUGH'S WINE CELLAR
4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-0066; www.hughswinecellar.com
A menu that includes a large number of soups, salads and sandwiches complements the huge wine selection at Hugh's. The paté and cheese plate is a great match for any number of vintage bottles. Try the crab brioche filled with lump crabmeat, dill Havarti and topped with remoulade sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA
2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700
See Northshore (Covington) listing for restaurant description.

JUNIPER
301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.net
The menu of Creole cuisine constantly evolves at Juniper. One of the latest creations is the seafood vol-au-vent, which combines scallops, Gulf shrimp, lump crabmeat and lobster in white wine garlic cream sauce and serves it in a puff pastry shell. An option with Greek accents is the Aegean lamb, which is stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, roasted and served with mint demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LA CARRETA
1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990
A Southwestern take on Mexican cuisine makes this cantina a popular destination for burritos, fajitas and quesadillas. Fish tacos are filled with fresh mahi-mahi. The chimichangas, essentially fried burritos, are stuffed with steak, ground beef or chicken and served with rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. The dessert menu includes cheesecakes and more traditional Mexican sweets. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CASA GOMEZ
643 Lotus Drive, Mandeville, (985) 624-8667
La Casa Gomez offers a mix of Mexican and Cuban dishes and sandwiches. Its classic Cuban sandwich is layered with tender roast pork and layers of ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on pressed French bread. Dishes of roast pork, baca frita and fajita-style platters are also popular. On Friday nights, the restaurant offers free salsa dancing lessons. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE
3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.com
See Carrollton/University listing for restaurant description.

LITTLE TOKYO
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
For a local spin on sushi, Northshore diners can look to Little Tokyo. The Mandeville roll is made with whitefish, snow crab, asparagus and roe wrapped in seaweed and fried, served with chef sauce and eel sauce. The Twinny roll bundles tuna, fried shrimp, yellowtail, avocado and snow crab. For a little heat, try the Tamagochi roll with spicy salmon and snow crab wrapped in soy paper. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY
1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101; www.theredheadlady.com
Southern comfort food and Italian classics share the bill at this friendly, affordable eatery. The Jambalaya scramble introduces a Louisiana twist to a standard egg breakfast. For seafood lovers with an appetite, there are all-you-can-eat fried shrimp and catfish deals. Veal and eggplant Parmesan dishes are served in the traditional fashion — battered, fried crispy, doused in marinara, topped with mozzarella and served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Breakfast and dinner Wed.-Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT
4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinasrestaurant.com
See Mid-City listing for restaurant description.

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR
4700 Hwy. 22, Suites 11 and 12, Mandeville, (985) 845-1644; www.megumirestaurant.net
Along with new rolls every week, Megumi offers Japanese-style grilled items from the yakimono grill, which is the Japanese answer to Korean-style barbecue. Skewers of marinated meat, seafood or vegetables are carefully cooked on Megumi's special grill. There's also a list of noodle dishes, teriyaki dinners and, for a quick Creole fix, New Orleans-style crab cakes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.— Fri., and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS
1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183
Giant, overstuffed po-boys are not the only things offered at this Mandeville eatery. Lunch specials like lasagna, roast beef, fried veal and shrimp rotini cater to hearty appetites. The house-made roast beef, meatballs and fresh seafood are among the most popular choices. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

N'TINI'S
2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.com
Seafood and steak are served with a twist at N'Tini's. The popular soft-shell crab comes topped with crabmeat, and the beef tournedos feature two 6-oz. filets atop fried eggplant medallions. Match one of N'Tini's martinis with the crab cake Napoleon, two crab cakes and eggplant topped with lobster meat in brandy cream sauce. Every day brings a new chef's special, and weekends feature themed specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

NUVOLARI'S
246 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com
Formerly a country store dating back to the 1930s, Nuvolari's long ago evolved into a showcase for refined, Louisiana-influenced Italian cuisine. The menu changes regularly, and Nuvolari's deep wine list matches that variety. Pan-roasted mahi-mahi comes with blackened tomatoes and pan-fried potatoes. Rigatoni with spicy sausage and shrimp features baby spinach, marinara and Grana Radano cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PETUNIA'S PLACE
2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436
Petunia's Place has earned a kid-friendly reputation thanks to a craft area available to keep youngsters occupied making seasonal decorations for the restaurant's ever-present "festivity tree" while meals are prepared. Parents can order entrées like redfish Julia, a grilled redfish fillet with creamy crawfish sauce, or eggplant Darin, breaded eggplant topped with homemade artichoke dressing and fried oysters, both of which are served with garlic butter pasta. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $

PHIL'S GRILL
4700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 792-7380; www.phils-grill.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

RAG'S OLD FASHIONED PO-BOYS
4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 792-1744; www.ragsmandeville.com
Rag's has been serving a classic po-boy menu with all the usual suspects — fried seafood, hot roast beef and others — for decades. Daily specials, including blackened catfish and shrimp Parmesan, are also a treat. Go for the loaded-up Super Serious Seafood Platter, but save room for silky Creole cream cheesecake for dessert. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ROMA PIZZERIA
3441 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 674-3300
Roma Pizzeria bakes a savory, crisp crust pizza and Sicilian-style deep-dish crust with its stone-deck ovens. One popular pie is the Supreme, loaded with pepperoni, crumbled Italian sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella. An extra treat is the dessert pizza, available in cherry or apple with streusel topping and icing. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

SEMOLINA
2999 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-8923; www.semolina.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

STAR CAFÉ
2186 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-9920
The Kevin Bacon chicken sandwich features two chicken breasts served on fresh focaccia bread with tomato-garlic aioli, feta cheese and fresh vegetables. Try the mushroom-Swiss or jalapeño-cheddar burgers or build your own. There also are fresh soups. Kids (12 and under) eat free on Wednesdays. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ
2534 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-0208
See Northshore (Covington) listing for restaurant description.

THE TIMES GRILL
1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com
Although known for burgers (there are a whopping 20 specialty burgers on the menu), Times Grill also offers salads, sandwiches, wraps, fried seafood in po-boys, baskets, and pasta entrées. The popular Cheesie Weenie burger is topped with a grilled hot dog, cheddar cheese and chopped white onions. The Aloha has pineapple, teriyaki sauce and cheddar. The Buffalo burger is brushed with a mild wing sauce and finished off with provolone cheese and onion rings. Tuesday is steak night, and kids eat for free on Wednesday nights. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA
600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; www.treyyuen.com
It's easy to spot Trey Yuen with it's pagoda look and fishponds, but the restaurant built its reputation with a deft touch on Chinese regional dishes. There are plenty of favorites like egg rolls, pot stickers, fried wontons and hot-and-sour soup, but the kitchen creates original dishes as well. Try crawfish with spicy lobster sauce, which features crawfish tails, pork, peanut oil, garlic, ginger and egg sautéed in a wok and served over a bed of rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

VIANNE'S TEA SALON & CAFÉ
544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com
High tea is a three-course affair at this charming Old Mandeville spot. The meal consists of house-made scones served with lemon curd, cream and jam, tea sandwiches and canapés and an assortment of mini-desserts. The café serves more than 100 loose-leaf teas either hot or iced. The lunch menu includes items like peanut chicken salad, which pairs Mandarin oranges and crushed nuts with a panéed chicken breast. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE BAR
322 Dalwill Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.com
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.


Outskirts


ADOBE CANTINA & SALSA
1905 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 419-0027; www.adoberestaurant.com
A Southwestern take on Mexican cuisine makes this cantina a popular destination for burritos, fajitas and quesadillas. Fish tacos are filled with fresh mahi-mahi. The chimichangas, essentially fried burritos, are stuffed with steak, ground beef or chicken and served with rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. The dessert menu now includes cheesecakes and more traditional Mexican sweets. Lunch specials are Monday through Saturday. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BULL'S CORNER
1036 W. Airline Hwy., Laplace, (985) 652-3544; www.bullscorner.com
You can hit the road for a delicious surf-and-turf offering at Bull's Corner when you order the Route 66, a tender 6-oz. filet mignon served with six Gulf shrimp that come either grilled, sautéed or fried. Daily lunch specials include baby-back ribs. Make sure to save room for one of the special desserts such as bread pudding or Chocolate Overload, a hot brownie topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce and ice cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CATE STREET SEAFOOD STATION
308 S. Cate Ave., Hammond, (985) 340-3891
Cate Street specializes in seafood and also offers steaks and pasta. There is a full sushi menu and creative options like the New Orleans Saints roll with cream cheese, snow crab, jalapeño, avocado, fried escolar and eel sauce. Pan-fried redfish with Gulf shrimp, crab and seafood cream sauce satisfies heartier appetites. Grilled oysters and broiled Maine lobster also are popular. For serious beef cravings, there's Black Angus rib-eye steaks. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS
2000 S.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 345-2634; 5953 W. Park Ave., Houma, (985) 868-0800
Cucos restaurants offer a long list of Mexican favorites and a menu of specialty cocktails to go with them. The sound of sizzling fajita plates often fills the dining room. Many diners choose combination platters like El Presidente, which comes with beef and cheese enchiladas, a burrito, a taco and rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION
40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, (225) 473-9380; www.houmashouse.com
Located along the river, Houmas House is a stunningly renovated 18th-century plantation home. Casual lunches of sandwiches and salads are available at Café Burnside. At Latil's Landing, the focus is on elegant dinners. House specialties include appetizers such as crab cakes and a bisque of curried pumpkin with crawfish and corn. Many dishes use locally available seafood and produce. Reservations recommended. Café Burnside: lunch daily. Latil's Landing: dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

JACMEL INN
903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com
A fine-dining destination in Hammond, Jacmel Inn is known for its hand-trimmed steaks and roast duckling served with sweet potatoes glazed in sugar cane syrup, duck cracklins and blueberry wine gastrique. For a marriage of land and sea, try diver scallops paired with mushrooms and risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA CARRETA
107 Carrolwood Drive, Laplace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; www.carretarestaurant.com
La Carreta features a menu full of popular Mexican dishes like queso dip, quesadillas, fajitas, carnitas, enchiladas, chiles rellenos and spicy shrimp. The La Carreta Dinner is a big round-up of meat with a beef burrito, beef enchilada, beef taco and bean chalupa. There also is a good selection of specialty margaritas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MICHABELLE INN & RESTAURANT
1106 Holly St., Hammond, (985) 419-0550; www.michabelle.com
Michabelle is a country inn and restaurant offering a prix fixe menu. Entrées include uncommon seafood options like frogs' legs and gray snapper. The cedar-plank salmon is served with vegetables and new potatoes. Dessert is not included in the set meal, but dishes like cherries jubilee and fresh strawberries Romanoff are available for $5 extra. Reservations required. Dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT
131 S.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-4077; www.odonnells-restaurant.com
Louisiana flavors and a casual fine-dining approach are the calling cards at O'Donnell's. The crispy jumbo lump crab cakes are popular rendition of a familiar classic, with a panko crust and fire-roasted corn salsa. Maple Leaf duck breasts are pan-seared with roasted new potatoes, wilted spinach and blackberry cassis sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PAUL'S CAFÉ
100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-9581; www.paulscafé.net
Blue plate specials at Paul's Café feature dishes like stuffed crab with rice and gravy, grilled catfish, shrimp etouffée and roast beef. Homey sides include field peas or cauliflower with melted cheese. A popular weekend favorite is the homemade Ponchatoula strawberry daiquiri, whipped up with New Orleans Rum. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA
2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.com
See Northshore (Mandeville) listing for restaurant description.

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE & RESTAURANT
769 West 5th St., Laplace, 985-652-9990
The aromas of Wayne Jacob's famous andouille and other smoked meats season the air around this well-known smokehouse. Inside, the casual café's kitchen serves dishes like baby-back ribs rubbed with sweet and spicy seasoning and burgers mixing andouille and ground beef. The plantation catfish is a fried fillet topped with shrimp, mushroom and artichoke-basil cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun.

 

 

 

St. Bernard

NATZ CAFÉ
2101 Paris Road, Chalmette, 278-1998; www.flourpowernola.com
Natz Café offers salads, wraps and daily specials. The Izzy salad is piled with ham, turkey, bacon, tomato and mixed greens with honey-mustard aioli, and can also be ordered as a wrap. The equally popular Flour Power salad features mixed greens, goat cheese, fresh sliced strawberries, candied pecans and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. The café is still in the Flour Power family, offering Flour Power cakes, pastries and king cakes year round. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

RIVERBEND BISTRO
8001-B W. St. Bernard Hwy., Arabi, 277-6996
From the owners of the Camellia Café (in Abita Springs and Slidell) comes this upscale seafood and Italian restaurant serving St. Bernard Parish since 2006. Consider that there are fried seafood dishes and even more steaks than at the Camellia Café locations (including Prime Angus steaks). There are plenty of soups, salads and appetizers to start off with before digging into such New Orleans favorites as the eggplant Napoleon — fried eggplant stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat dressing and topped with crawfish etouffée. Desserts include homemade bread pudding with rum sauce and an array of cheesecakes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROCKY & CARLO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 279-8323
Lucky interlopers in the know head to this restaurant for casual and hearty Creole-Italian fare. Diners mix it up with onion ring appetizers, stuffed peppers, veal cutlet Parmesan and fried chicken. The famous mac 'n'cheese is best sinfully soaked in rich, flavorful red gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

 

 

 

Slidell

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
2631 Hwy. 190, Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.com
Osso buco is a highlight of Assunta's classic Italian-American menu. The veal shank is sautéed with diced tomatoes, onions and olive oil and served over bowtie pasta for a hearty meal. Another popular choice is the entrée of pasta shells stuffed with ground sirloin and topped with baked mozzarella and marinara. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAMELLIA CAFÉ
525 W. Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-6211
See Northshore (Abita Springs) listing for restaurant description.

CARRETA'S GRILL
1340 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 847-0020
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

CUCOS
1300 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 641-4706
See Outskirts listing for restaurant description.

DISH ON FIRST
2142 First. St., Slidell, (985) 781-1440
At Dish, Creole cooking is fused with Italian and Caribbean culinary styles to create contemporary dishes like the Cajun chicken pasta with a spicy tomato cream sauce and pepper-crusted Ahi tuna served with a pineapple-mango sauce. Appetizers include fried asparagus with blue-cheese dip and eggplant medallions complemented by crawfish cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JASMINE FRENCH RESTAURANT
1768 Front St., Slidell, (985) 645-9700
The French specialties at Jasmine include the chicken Chasseur — sautéed chicken breasts with a sauce of garlic, shallots, sliced mushrooms, diced tomato, tarragon and dry white wine. The crabmeat au gratin features a pound of crabmeat cooked with white wine and cream and then broiled with a top layer of breadcrumbs and grated cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP
2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911
Prepared with slow-roasted beef cooked in house, sliced thin and dressed to order, the roast beef po-boy is reason enough to head to K.Y.'s Old Towne Bicycle Shop. There also are burgers and fresh grilled seafood from the Gulf such as amberjack, yellowfin tuna and mahi mahi, available on sandwiches and platters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA ROSETTA
348 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-9003; www.mylarosetta.com
This Slidell restaurant serves a range of Italian dishes with some Creole favorites like New Orleans barbecue shrimp. Pollo La Rosetta is a boneless breast of chicken stuffed with spinach, mozzarella cheese, ham and sweet basil, topped with mushroom and basil cream sauce. The filet Italiano is an 8-oz. 21-day aged steak placed over breaded eggplant and topped with sautéed wild mushrooms and a red wine rosemary sauce. Lamb chops are grilled to order and served with sweet mint sauce with a hint of cloves. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
830 E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell, (985) 649-4329; www.outback.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU
1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosonthebayou.net
The deck overlooking the cypress-lined bayou that creates so much of the only-in-Louisiana ambience of Palmettos hosts live music on Sunday nights until 8p.m. Specialty dishes include soft-shell crab amandine and grilled amberjack topped with barbecue shrimp. Eggplant Palmettos features crispy eggplant topped with shrimp- and crab-laden seafood sauce. Steaks, fish and other Louisiana specialties complete the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE
1714 Hwy. 190 West, Slidell, 985-646-1205
Chinese-American dishes and a full sushi bar double the Asian dining options at South Seas. The Cantonese chow mein fills a fried nest of Chinese egg noodles with sautéed vegetables. The sushi chefs assemble house specialties like the Spartan roll made with tempura shrimp and cream cheese in rice, topped with snow crab, tuna and avocado and drizzled with eel sauce and sesame seeds. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHSIDE CAFÉ
3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafé.net
In addition to the usual fare of burgers and sandwiches, Southside Café is known for its yellowfin tuna remoulade, a half-pound tuna steak panéed or blackened to medium rare and served with white remoulade sauce. For sandwiches, the Pontchartrain Pig is thinly sliced center-cut pork tenderloin, grilled and served with barbecue sauce and melted Swiss cheese served on Texas toast dressed with coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TIMES GRILL
1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; www.timesgrill.com
See Northshore (Mandeville) listing for restaurant description.

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT
850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331
An old-fashioned steakhouse, Young's hand cuts its meat in house. Entrées range from a petite filet and sirloin up to a 14-oz. rib-eye. Steaks are served with a green salad and baked potato. Seafood options include yellowfin tuna and several shrimp dishes. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

 

 

 

Treme

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT
2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535
This Creole soul food landmark, in business since 1941, returned last fall for takeout and private events thanks to a massive renovation featuring colorful dining rooms and a new bar. Chef Leah Chase still delivers the classic items, including stuffed shrimp, fried chicken and rich Creole gumbo thick with seafood and sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner takeout Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFÉ
610 Poydras St., 212-5656; 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997
The Creole soul-food legacy of the Baquet family continues to win new fans and delight old friends. For breakfast, try the waffles topped with strawberries or bananas and served with a side of ham, bacon or sausage. The lunchtime crowd can expect po-boys, Creole file gumbo with sausage and seafood and plates such as trout Baquet gilded with butter and topped with crabmeat. Seventh Ward pork chops are inch-thick tender chops served with bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Cash only. $

TWO SISTERS RESTAURANT
223 N. Derbigny St., 524-0056
New Orleans-style soul food and down-home cooking are the hallmarks of this long-time breakfast and lunch joint just off Canal Street. Classic, comforting red beans and rice are served with crispy fried chicken. Greens abound and the smothered okra is studded with shrimp over rice. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE
2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503
Willie Mae Seaton is passing the torch to her granddaughter Kerry Seaton at her iconic, award-winning restaurant, which was renovated and reopened after Katrina. The restaurant was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as an "American Classic." Kerry serves all the favorites, including the renowned fried chicken. Familiar rotating daily specials include red beans and butter beans, smothered veal, stewed chicken, fried catfish and trout. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

 

 

 

Uptown

AUGUST MOON
3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www.augustmoonneworleans.com
From curry to moo shu pork to Szechuan dishes, August Moon offers a wide array of popular Chinese and Vietnamese specialties. The crispy lemongrass shrimp features jumbo shrimp pan seared with onions and minced lemongrass and served with vermicelli and nuoc cham sauce. The extensive menu is broken down into helpful categories such as chef's specialties, Chinese dishes and low-cholesterol items. Brown rice is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE AVENUE PUB
1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243
The grill is always hot at the Avenue Pub. Stop in any time for big half-pound burgers, po-boys, BLT sandwiches, chicken wings or a range of bar food options. Munchies include jalapeño poppers, mini-tacos covered in melted cheese, fried mushrooms and meat pies. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

BALCONY BAR & CAFÉ
3201 Magazine St., 894-8888
The Balcony Bar is known for its huge selection of beers on draft and as a late-night draw for the Uptown party set. Belly up to the kitchen window to order tavern grub like the Balcony Burger, a half-pound patty with sautéed onions, mushrooms and green peppers topped with bacon and jalapeños. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BARCIA'S GROCERY
3633 Annunciation St., 899-9111
The corner store is a fixture in New Orleans neighborhoods, and Barcia's stands out with its po-boys, club and roast beef sandwiches and hot plate items. Breakfast sandwiches are available in the morning for those on the go. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.- Fri. Cash only. $

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS
3700 Magazine St., 895-2225, www.barubistro.com
Chef Edgar Caro is inspired by his hometown, Cartagena, Colombia, along with influences from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. He's fused those elements to create tapas dishes such as Mazorca, grilled corn with Salao cheese, pink sauce and crunchy potato sticks. His Uptown café also offers entrées like Lechon Cubano, slow-roasted pork shoulder served with sides like coconut rice and ensalada de Papas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BIG AL'S SEAFOOD
1377 Annunciation St., 265-0324; www.bigalsneworleans.com
A renovated firehouse is the setting for Big Al's, a purveyor of Louisiana-style seafood dishes. Big Al's barbecued shrimp are sautéed in Abita Amber garlic butter sauce and served with bread for dipping. The combo is a big catch of deep-fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, shoft-shell crab and choice of side like boiled or stuffed potatoes, onion rings or sweet potato fries. Dishes range from sautéed frog legs to po-boys to crawfish etouffée and pasta dishes. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO DAISY
5831 Magazine St., 899-6987
The cheery brightness of the restaurant's facade suggests its floral namesake, while inside offers an intimate dining atmosphere. Try the signature Daisy salad, composed of fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, baby arugula, pine nuts and white balsamic vinaigrette. Entrées are equally elaborate, and dishes include the ravioli with roasted garlic and goat cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BLUE PLATE CAFÉ
1330 Prytania St., 309-9500
Blue ceramic-tile tables and decorative plates brighten this cute café, but the real eye-opener is the food. The shrimp and grits dish features Gulf shrimp simmered with tomato, mushroom, onion, parsley, garlic and green onion served over creamy grits. Lunch features homemade soups and daily specials. For instance, the barbecue salmon is rubbed with seasonings, grilled and topped with barbecue sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

BLUEBIRD CAFÉ
3625 Prytania St., 895-7166
Breakfast staples such as buckwheat pancakes, waffles and eggs taper off into a lunchtime menu of burgers, fish sandwiches and salads at this casual café. The popular huevos rancheros piles up corn tortillas, black beans and fried eggs with ranchero sauce, cheese and salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $

THE BULLDOG
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; www.draftfreak.com
See Mid-City listing for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S SOUL FOOD
2135 St. Charles Ave., 522-6602
Buster's Soul Food offers a taste of downhome cooking on the edge of the Garden District. The smothered pork chops are a popular choice, as is the rack of ribs grilled to order. Both come with a choice of two sides, like mustard greens, jambalaya, corn bread, fries or macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS
3218 Magazine St., 894-1233
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

CAFÉ ATCHAFALAYA
901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626; www.caféatchafalaya.com
Tucked away on the edge of the Garden District, the bright and spacious interior of this café is a pretty spot to enjoy creative Creole cooking. Stuffed flounder features fillets wrapped around Louisiana oyster dressing, complemented with a spicy sriracha butter sauce. Redfish Barataria is a breaded and pan-seared fillet topped with shrimp, crab and smoked tomato cream, resting on a bed of artichoke and fennel relish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ LUNA
802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444
Pastries and panini sandwiches are served from the small counter inside this cozy coffeehouse. Many Café Luna regulars are partial to a perch on the grand porch overlooking Magazine Street to relax with a book and their choice of coffee drinks or loose-leaf and herbal teas. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ PRYTANIA
3445 Prytania St., 891-5773
For a casual lunch or dinner, amble into this comfortably appointed tavern formerly known as Café Banquette. The focus now is on po-boys and sandwiches. The most popular po-boy is the barbecue shrimp po-boy with spicy shrimp served in a hollowed-out piece of French bread with extra sauce on the side. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ RANI
2917 Magazine St., 895-2500
Café Rani offers an extensive and eclectic menu. The portobello mushroom and smoked Gouda quesadilla is served on a bed of Caesar salad. The Soprano salad features mixed greens, artichoke hearts, pesto chicken, olive salad, feta cheese and creamy Parmesan dressing. The menu also offers a range of sandwiches, burgers, salads and pasta dishes. Low-carb items also are available. Dine inside or take advantage of the large, shaded courtyard. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ RECONCILE
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.caféreconcile.org
This Central City café offers hearty Creole cooking served cafeteria-style as it helps young people gain experience for productive careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries. The menu changes daily, but some of the regular dishes include smothered pork chops, fried catfish, shrimp etouffée, shrimp Creole and white beans and shrimp. For dessert, try the bananas Foster bread pudding. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CANNON'S RESTAURANT
4141 St. Charles Ave., 891-3200; www.cannonsrestaurants.com
Cannon's has a stately presence on St. Charles Avenue. Streetcars rumble by while diners enjoy American classics with a New Orleans twist like the crab cakes Salvatore served over linguine with crawfish sauce. The Blue Cheese burger is topped with melted blue cheese and dressed with all the fixings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S
4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.com
Fall brings the seasonal return of Casamento's, which has been a New Orleans fixture since 1919. Oysters are served raw on the half shell, in gumbo or on an Oyster Loaf — fried and served on thick slabs of Texas toast. Other seafood like shrimp, soft-shell crabs and fried crab claws share the menu. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $$

CHARLIE'S STEAKHOUSE
4510 Dryades St., 895-9705; www.charliessteakhousenola.com
Although it was reopened by a new owner, Charlie's retains its traditional approach to steaks. There aren't many choices, but the T-bones come in three sizes, or try the filet. The small range of accompaniments include onion rings and potatoes au gratin. For dessert, there's spumoni and a couple of other sweet options from Angelo Brocato's ice cream parlor. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE
5701 Magazine St., 899-7303
Chez Nous is a one-stop shop offering wine and packaged gourmet-to-go meals in individual or family-size portions. The kitchen's ever-changing menu fills a complete monthly calendar of tempting choices. For those who just can't wait to get it home, a few small tables allow for dining in. Seafood gumbo and quiche are favorites. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CLANCY'S
6118 Annunciation St., 895-1111
Clancy's has earned a reputation as a bastion of modern Creole cooking deep in the heart of Uptown. The entrées change frequently, but stay focused on local seafood and high-quality steaks and chops. One classic appetizer pairs fried oysters with Brie on a bed of wilted spinach. A popular entrée is the smoked pork loin served with green peppercorn demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM
3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
You don't need to be friends with the rich and famous to enjoy a leisurely meal in this stately St. Charles Avenue landmark. The Columns is a Gilded Age treasure built in 1883 and houses a hotel and restaurant. Drop in for a classic American breakfast or for brunch with Southern flair and live music. Bistro plates include buttery escargot with toasted croutons as well as "retro burgers" — mini-burgers with sautéed onions. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE
1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com
Chef Tory McPhail's menu is a vast and ever-changing modern Creole affair that has grown increasingly contemporary and even playful. The foie gras "du monde" is a riff on the famous New Orleans coffee stand: seared foie gras over bourbon-braised fig and foie gras beignets with vanilla-cracked coffee beans, foie gras café au lait and chicory coffee mist. A classic from the Commander's menu is the shrimp and tasso Henican — sautéed in Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc. Reservations required. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; www.alcopeland.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

CREOLE CREAMERY
4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; www.creolecreamery.com
This Uptown ice cream parlor offers nostalgic décor but very modern tastes in the freezer cases. Beyond the large selection of chocolate variations, the menu boasts exotic flavors such as mascarpone with lemon zest and hibiscus with sweet cranberry. The Black and Gold Crunch — French vanilla accented with chicory, Oreos and chocolate chips — is a favorite. Flavors change regularly. Ask about the Tchoupitoulas Challenge. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE DELACHAISE
3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com
A narrow boxcar of a boisterous, fine-dining bar room, Delachaise offers a wide array of distinctive wines, liquor and beer from around the world, and the kitchen matches the selections with its own creative menu. There is everything from french fries cooked in duck fat to Mediterranean vegetable dishes to pasta specials. There are creative small plates, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie boards. No reservations. Late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.com
Housed in a humble, bargeboard cottage, Dick and Jenny's culinary chops draw a crowd that willingly braves a no-reservations policy for a table in its quirky dining room. They know the menu will include dishes like savory pain perdu of duck confit with apples, Brie and mango chutney. Another highlight of the current menu is the grilled Louisiana flounder topped with crawfish dynamite, Southern greens and stone-ground grits. The menu also offers a vegetarian plate and children's entrées. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS
5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126
Everyone in New Orleans has a favorite po-boy joint, and Domilise's has been known to appear frequently on locals' shortlists. In addition to its tender roast beef po-boys slathered with gravy and Creole mustard, fried seafood from shrimp to oysters to catfish are part of Domilise's classic selection. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $

ELEVEN79
1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.com
Upscale Italian cuisine is served on the edge of the Warehouse District at Eleven79. The namesake veal Eleven79 features tender sautéed veal complemented by roasted peppers, asparagus and mozzarella. Classic pasta dishes include the simple puttanesca and pasta Acciuga with garlic, olive oil, basil, parsley, vermouth, anchovies and capers. Monday through Thursday there are happy hours with an antipasti table and early dinner specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO
1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.com
Classic and contemporary cooking intersect at this St. Charles Avenue institution where New Orleanians dined for a century before chef Emeril Lagasse took the helm. Start dinner with beef tartare, the Delmonico charcuterie plate or a classic Caesar salad prepared tableside. Entrée choices include prime steaks, pan-fried redfish and the duo of lamb, featuring a Colorado lamb chop and garlic fennel lamb sausage. Desserts such as traditional bananas Foster and café brulot are finished tableside. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

F&M PATIO BAR
4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com
F&M's grill menu has a good amount of alchohol-absorbing bar dishes to satisfy the late-night cravings of Uptown revelers. Among its more exotic options are golden-brown spicy egg rolls and quesadillas filled with cheese, grilled onions and peppers. The waffle fries are available on their own or layered with three cheeses. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only at the grill. $

FAT HARRY'S
4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582
This Uptown watering hole has been sustaining patrons through the day and long into the night for many years. The Cajun burger is an old standby for regulars, blending beef and Italian sausage. The shrimp po-boy is smothered in remoulade sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT
737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com
Traditional French bistro dishes and creative, original compositions share the menu at this romantic restaurant just off Magazine Street. Shrimp Sazerac features jumbo shrimp with red bell peppers, herbs and saffron served with toasted baguette slices. The steak Diane pairs two pan-seared petit filets with mushrooms flamed in brandy and topped with peppercorn cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S
321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.com
Start off your meal at this casual Uptown eatery with an alligator, crawfish or shrimp pie. Franky & Johnny's po-boy menu features the usual New Orleans classics like fried crawfish tails and an ample muffuletta. Modestly priced dinner entrées include fried seafood platters, pork chops and crab steak. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FUEL COFFEE HOUSE
4807 Magazine St., 895-5757; www.fuelcoffeehouse.net
Breakfast sandwiches of scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese on toasted English muffins provide fuel for the day at this Uptown coffeehouse. In addition to a range of coffee drinks, Fuel also serves bacon and mushroom quiche, and fresh vegetarian soups like split pea or black bean. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S RESTRAURANT
1728 Soniat St., 899-7397; www.gautreausrestaurant.com
A fine-dining enclave on an Uptown side street, Gautreau's has been a popular dining spot and home to many budding kitchen talents. Chef Sue Zemanick's refined touch is behind an ever changing menu of dishes like sautéed sweatbreads or a crisp salad of watermelon, fennel and greens. Or sample dishes like pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon and seared red snapper. Desserts range from sorbet to fine cheeses to a vanilla bean créme brulée. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY
2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.com
Pressing decisions await customers at the counter of this Uptown corner deli, which specializes in hot pressed sandwiches. The chicken pesto melt features sliced chicken breast, provolone, sun-dried tomato pesto, sautéed onions and Creole mayo on French bread. The Cuban presses roasted pork tenderloin with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. The muffuletta boasts homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

HEAVENLY HAM
5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-5100; www.heavenlyham.com
One would expect to find a ham sandwich at this Uptown eatery, but there's plenty more to choose from. Smoked turkey, roast beef and ham salad, among other selections, are available on croissants, whole grain or French bread. Box lunches come complete with a drink and a cookie. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HOSHUN RESTAURANT
1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716
Drawing on the cuisines of China, Japan, Vietnam and other south Asian countries, Hoshun offers pho soup and Vietnamese spring rolls, pad Thai, sushi and much more. For entrées, try the General Tso's chicken, Hunan steak, kung pao shrimp and other regional Chinese specialties. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT
1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; www.hillstone.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

IGNATIUS EATERY & GROCERY
4200 Magazine St., 896-2225
Cans and boxes of familiar local staple products line the walls at this fun eatery with old corner-grocery charm. The cooking is serious business though, with specialties like bayou country crawfish etouffée, a rich, creamy stew flavored with Creole spices and crawfish tails. The grilled alligator sausage po-boy is piled with sautéed onions and peppers on a length of Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR
4437 Magazine St., 891-6105
This Magazine Street tavern has a rocking jukebox and busy bar and grill, plus a laundromat and gameroom. The Buddha burger features a specially seasoned half-pound patty. The Cajun burger adds a kick of Tabasco, Creole seasonings and an optional dose of pepper-blended spice mix. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM
2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811
An ideal place for multi-taskers and late-night revelers alike, this all-hours lounge and game room has a mini laundromat and serves big, fat burgers around the clock. The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Crystal hot sauce and Cajun spices, grilled, dressed and served with fries. Other sides and snacks include Cajun cheese fries and jalapeño poppers. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

J'ANITA'S
1906 Magazine St., 373-5337; www.janitas.com
J'Anita's is making a name for itself with inexpensive breakfasts and a unique fish sandwich. Redfish is served on a sandwich with feta cheese, bacon, tomato and Caesar dressing. Breakfast is an á la carte assembly of eggs, meats, cheeses and whatever else you want on the plate. The lunch menu features slow-smoked, pulled pork served with Killer Cajun Coleslaw and a choice of sides. There are also burgers and creative items. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JOEY K'S RESTAURANT
3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com
Creole pot cooking, fried seafood and 18-oz. frozen schooners of beer and margaritas are the usual fare at this popular Uptown restaurant, where neighbors and families gather for inexpensive meals. Choose one of several daily specials from the blackboard. Tuesday gives diners veal cutlet or stewed chicken with creamed potatoes and green beans, and Friday features all-you-can-eat catfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.com
See Mid-City listing for restaurant description.

KYOTO
4920 Prytania St., 891-3644
Kyoto is an intimate restaurant with a sushi bar and small dining room. The menu features a full range of Japanese cuisine including tempura, udon noodle soup and creative handrolls from the sushi bar. The Sara Roll features spicy shrimp and avocado topped with crunchy bits and chili sauce. The ceviche roll wraps fresh vegetables and sprouts in fresh whitefish and tops it with lime cilantro sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOULANGERIE
4600 Magazine St., 269-3777
Fresh baked breads and French pastries are the hallmark of La Boulangerie, one of the city's most popular bakeries. While it's known for flaky croissants, the menu also offers a host of panini sandwiches, small pizzas and salads. It's a little bit of France on Magazine Street. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Checks. $

LA CRePE NANOU
1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrêpenanou.com
La Crêpe Nanou offers classic bistro cuisine in dining rooms that feel as if you've stepped into a Left Bank café. The moules marienieres are mussels steamed in white wine with garlic and fresh herbs and served in a big bowl with pommes frites on the side. The rich fondue makes a great starter to share. Entrées include savory crêpes, steak, roasted chicken, grilled quail and whole fish off the grill with a sauce of capers and lemon butter. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
3005 Magazine St., 258-5313; 621 St. Peter, 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com
Gelato and sorbets are made fresh daily from local ingredients like strawberries and citrus and imported items like Sicilian pistachios and French chocolate. Try the popular créme brulée gelato or the new sweet potato pie sorbet. If you need a quick bite, panini choices include prosciutto and chévre cheese with spicy pepper sauce and the muffulino, a panini version of the muffuletta, both served on ciabatta bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY
4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com
Located in what used to be a corner grocery store, La Petite offers an elegant setting for contemporary bistro cooking overseen by chef Justin Devillier. The potato gnocchi appetizer is served with Reggiano Parmesan, chives and bacon, and the gratin of crab is blue crab baked in Brie cream. A signature entrée is the crispy duck breast served with caramelized turnips, arugula and fig reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI CUISINE
4938 Prytania St., 899-8886
La Thai serves a mix of traditional and innovative Thai dishes. Entrées include panko-crusted Chilean sea bass with spicy coconut green curry, jumbo lump crabmeat, sautéed veggies and jasmine rice. Those seeking more traditional Thai dishes are well served with dishes like pad Thai, pan-seared scallops, and Panang curry with shrimp, chicken or crawfish. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAFITTE'S
2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581; wwwlafittesneworleans.com
See CBD listing for restaurant description.

LANGENSTEIN'S
1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

LAUREL STREET BAKERY
5433 Laurel St., 897-0576
Home to the "hottest muffins in town," this patisserie serves a variety of classic bakery fare: bagels (boiled and baked daily), cinnamon rolls, quiche, scones and quick breads including zucchini and banana. Cakes are prepared for all occasions. Lunch choices include sandwiches such as ham and cheddar on a homemade croissant and smoked turkey with caramelized onions. Enjoy outdoor seating on sunny days. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LE BON TEMPS ROULE
4801 Magazine St., 895-2600; www.myspace.com/4801magazine
This Uptown bar, pool hall and music joint also provides fuel for the late-night tank. The tavern kitchen in back offers burgers, po-boys and quesadillas among its specialties. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LE CITRON BISTRO
1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com
Housed in one of Uptown's oldest buildings, the bistro combines classics of the past like fried chicken with a nod to the present in entrées like the General Ripley, a soft-shell crab served on top of a filet of beef with a horseradish Creole mustard sauce. The classic New Orleans dish pompano en papillote features pompano cooked in parchment paper and served with vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LILETTE RESTAURANT
3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com
Lilette features chef/proprietor John Harris' refined French cooking with Italian and Spanish influences. Start with an appetizer of crispy duck confit, Alaskan king crab claws with passion fruit butter or potato gnocchi with sage brown butter and parmigiano cream and move on to entrées such as grilled hanger steak or sautéed grouper with steamed fennel, baby beets and Lillet rouge butter. A seared Kobe burger is among the new dishes on Lilette's recently expanded lunch menu, which also includes a new chicken salad with port-plumped figs, celery, pine nuts and baby greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
MAGAZINE PERKS

4332 Magazine St., 899-2911; www.marignyperks.com
This neighborhood coffeehouse offers many perks to its regulars. With free Wi-Fi and a friendly atmosphere, patrons feel right at home as they sip coffee, surf the Web and enjoy one of the shop's signature desserts like red velvet or cookies and cream cupcakes, or the banana nut bread. The menu includes spinach quiche, sandwiches, salads and soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP
2368 Magazine St., 522-3107
On the edge of the Garden District, this po-boy shop offers a long list of classic po-boys that includes shrimp, roast beef, Italian sausage, hot sausage, catfish, oyster and veal cutlet. In the morning, there are many breakfast options like omelets, breakfast burritos and combination plates. Lunch service extends through late afternoon. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAHONEY'S PO-BOY SHOP
3454 Magazine St., 899-3374; www.mahoneyspoboys.com
The bright décor at Mahony's should tip diners off that the kitchen has a little creative flair. Oyster po-boys are topped with bacon or cheese. The ham is glazed with root beer for a little extra sweetness and bite. Or try the fried chicken liver po-boy topped with coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO
5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.com
Enjoy cooler days and evenings on the lush, walled patio at this unique Uptown bistro blending French cuisine with Creole and Caribbean influences. Appetizers include Louisiana blue crab cake with mango, lime and chipotle vinaigrette. Some tempting entrées are the seared sea scallops with leeks, garlic and bacon in whiskey cream sauce. Sautéed drum is topped with satsuma and jumbo lump crab hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MAYA'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2027 Magazine St., 309-3401; www.mojitoland.com
A Latin American restaurant with a Caribbean influence, Maya's features cocktail specials and two-for-one appetizers for the early dinner crowd. The lechon-roasted pork is marinated overnight in bitter orange juice and garlic mojo sauce, slow roasted and served with ranchero black beans over white rice. Maya's paella features green and white mussels, shrimp, prawns, clams, calamari, garlic, peas and tomatoes cooked together and ladled over saffron rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE MELTING POT
1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.com
The Melting Pot offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes like garlic and herb chicken and balsamic sirloin, but the fondues are the clincher. The cheese fondue consists of a rich blend of Gruyere and Emmenthaler cheeses enhanced with white wine, minced garlic, lemon juice, herbs and brandy, served with three kinds of bread, apples and vegetables. For dessert, the chocolate fondue is perfect for dipping chunks of fruit. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MR. JOHN'S RISTORANTE
2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com
Half of the menu at Mr. John's reads like that of a classic New Orleans steakhouse, the other half is a tour of northern Italian specialties. From shrimp scampi to crabmeat-stuffed ravioli to grilled seafood dishes, the kitchen satisfies a wide range of cravings. When it comes to steaks, Mr. John's broils strips, filets, rib-eyes and the porterhouse for two and serves them sizzling with butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIYAKO SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE
1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro.com
Miyako patrons can reserve a seat at the hibachi grill for a dramatic cooking presentation of specials like hibachi filet mignon and chicken, which comes with Japanese clear miso soup, house salad with ginger-carrot dressing, mixed vegetables, hibachi noodles, filet mignon, chicken and ice cream for dessert. For a sushi selection without the guess work, two people can share the Miyako boat and prepare for a progression of soup, salad, 15 pieces of sashimi, 10 pieces of sushi, tuna roll, California roll and salmon sushi box. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
MOJO COFFEE HOUSE

1500 Magazine St., 525-2244; www.myspace.co/mojoco
This lower Garden District corner spot brews up coffee and more. Sidewalk tables make for fine social sipping of bubble teas and a variety of limeades and lemonades. There also is an assortment of fresh baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA'S CAFÉ
4126 Magazine St., 894-9800
See Faubourg Marigny listing for restaurant description.

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nachomamasneworleans.com
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

NEW YORK PIZZA
5201 Magazine St., 891-2376
New York Pizza serves thin-crust pies or individual slices with a wide variety of toppings. The Super Big Apple pizza piles on almost every ingredient in the kitchen. The Queen's pizza pairs spinach, artichoke, mushrooms and feta with a white olive oil-based sauce. Grab it to go or enjoy the Magazine foot traffic at one of the sidewalk tables. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE
4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com
The lunch buffet is such a consistent draw at this Uptown go-to for curry and naan, that its hours have been extended for dinner on Thursday and Sunday nights. Specialties include butter chicken, a roasted chicken breast in tomato and butter sauce. The saag paneer is a dish of curried spinach made with Indian cheese. For dessert, try rice pudding or saffron kulfi and Indian-style ice cream. Reservations recommended for five or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS SEAFOOD
3301 S. Claiborne Ave., 821-5007
Inside Orleans Seafood lies a flavorful array of soul food and Chinese cuisine including gumbo, po-boys and local seafood dishes. Asian specialties like General Tso's chicken, pepper steak, and shrimp and broccoli can be adjusted for preferred levels of spiciness. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2533 Constance St., 899-2054; www.parasols.com
This laid-back neighborhood pub is an institution for both St. Paddy's Day and po-boys. Roast beef with debris and gravy is a favorite, as are fried shrimp and oyster plates and loaves. There also are bar snacks like crispy, tangy fried pickles and meaty boudin balls. Wash it all down with an icy Barq's or Abita at the bar. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT
1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877
Identifiable by bright curlicues of neon that glow on its leafy Uptown avenue, Manale's is well known for its creation — head-on New Orleans barbecue shrimp in buttery, peppery, messy sauce. The rest of the menu is classic upscale Creole and Italian fare. The combination pan roast features oysters, shrimp and crabmeat with a blend of shallots, parsley and seasoning. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PATOIS
6078 Laurel St., 895-9441
Nestled at the corner of Laurel and Webster streets, Patois is as welcoming as a neighborhood bar. The inventive menu is based in haute French cuisine — spoken with the patois of the Gulf coast via locally sourced seafood, cheeses and produce. Start out with a jumbo lump crab salad with fried sweet potato chips and avocado. Move on to entrées like the panéed Mississippi rabbit or roasted duck breast with bacon potato apple hash. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PITA PIT
5800 Magazine St., 899-4141; www.pitapit.com
Uptown's newest Mediterranean-oriented restaurant is the sandwich shop Pita Pit. The large array of pita fillings and toppings stretches well beyond Greek and Lebanese options. Besides hummus and baba ghanoush, there's avocado, fresh spinach, pickles, pineapple, mushrooms, jalapeños and sauces like tzatiki, barbecue, ancho chipotle, teriyaki and ranch dressing. Breakfast pitas are filled with ham and eggs or tomato and avocado. Meat pitas range from gyros and souvlaki to Philly steaks and crawfish with Cajun Monica sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

RAW
3009 Magazine St., 322-2888
Although Japan and China are close geographically, their cuisines differ greatly. Raw bridges the gap under one roof. On the Sino side, diners can try classic Chinese entrées like General Tso's Chicken, deep-fried with spicy/sweet sauce, or crispy tangerine prawns. From Japan, there's a variety of sushi, including sea urchin, and beef negamaki, thinly-sliced beef broiled with scallions in a teriyaki sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
741 State St., 899-1414; 3244 Magazine St., 895-7272; www.reginellis.com
See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA
3222 Magazine St., 891-5152
Amid the décor of salvaged New Orleans architectural elements, Rocky's serves pizzas like the Wild Tchoupitoulas pie, which has red sauce, pepperoni, sausage, red peppers and jalapeños. Rocky's also prepares large sandwiches, such as the grilled chicken breast panino with mozzarella, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized onions and garlic mayo all stuffed in pita bread and served with a side salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES
5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypolyusa.com
See CBD for restaurant descritption. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
3121 Magazine St., 899-0242
See Carrollton/University listing for restaurant description.

ST. CHARLES TAVERN
1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823
This round-the-clock Lower Garden District institution is a popular spot for breakfast, po-boys and burgers as well as some original cooking. The crab cakes Jean Lafitte delivers two meaty cakes atop a bed of fettuccine tossed with a sherry and red pepper-infused cream sauce. For dessert, the white chocolate bread pudding promises a large portion of moist bread pudding with chunks of white chocolate and spiced rum sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY
5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com
St. James offers more than 100 varieties of fine cheese from around the world, plus a tempting array of rarefied cured meats. The menu includes combinations of the above on cheese boards and charcuterie plates and simple, delicious sandwiches and salads. Try the classic English ploughman's lunch, which offers a selection of cheeses with a green salad and hearty bread. Pop into the wine shop next door for the perfect pairing for your meal. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SAKE CAFÉ UPTOWN
2830 Magazine St., 894-0033
The facade of a former pharmacy might not suggest the elegant design inside, but Sake Café is a refined and hip spot for inspired Japanese cuisine. For an appetizer, try the pan-seared scallops with a sake martini. Stand back for the TNT sushi special, which pairs yellowtail and tuna mixed with a layer of tobiko and sushi rice, topped off with a quail egg. The sizzling teriyaki salmon, chicken or fish all arrive with a sputtering flourish. The restaurant just added outdoor seating on a deck overlooking Magazine Street. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA ITALIAN BISTRO
3226 Magazine St., 895-4260; www.semolina.com
This variation on the local pasta chain focuses on Italian dishes. Rosemary Tuscan chicken is half of a chicken fire-roasted with essences of rosemary and fennel and served over a bed of sun-dried tomato polenta. The Pistachio Citrus Aioli Salmon features pan-seared salmon glazed in pistachio citrus aioli and served with sautéed zucchini. Fennel-crusted salmon is another popular dish. The menu also includes some pasta di shes from around the globe. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SLICE
1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; www.slicepizzeria.com
Build your own pie or calzone from wide selection of meats and vegetables or enjoy chef Paul's wine prix fixe. Each week, he offers an off-menu appetizer, entrée and dessert, complete with two glasses of wine and a cup of coffee or tea. Weekly pie specials include innovative concoctions like the salmon special pie — grilled salmon, goat cheese, red onions and capers — or the andouille special pie — corn, shrimp, caramelized onions, andouille sausage and diced tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER
3322 Magazine St., 891-3447
Pull up a perch in the bright, funky retro dining room or ask for a seat on the relaxed backyard patio for Slim Goodies' interpretation of diner dishes. Breakfast specialties include the meatless Creole Slammer with hash browns, veggie chili, cheddar cheese, eggs and smoked tempeh. The Jewish Coonass tops potato latkes with spinach, eggs and crawfish etouffée. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI
2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.com
The Garden District has its own outpost for New York delicatessen food. Try the Fernando with prosciutto de Parma sliced to order and combined with house-made mozzerella and basil pesto and served on warm ciabatta bread. The Italian hoagie is layered with Molinari Genoa salami, hot coppa, mortadella and aged Italian provolone and dressed with tomato, lettuce, onions and house-made garlic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STILL PERKIN'
2727 Prytania St., 899-0335
With cooler air coming, cozy up by a corner window with a fragrant latte or cappuccino and watch the world go by. Take time for lunch with menu items including a wide array of salads, sandwiches, pastries and bagels, complete with homemade blended cream cheeses like tomato basil or chive. This java house offers free Wi-Fi. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STOP 9 REFUELING STATION
1432 St. Charles Ave., 267-3028; www.stop9nola.com
Chef Guillermo Peters offers casual and affordable breakfast and lunch options in the restaurant space that formerly held his combined cantina and fine dining restaurant. For lunch, try dishes like Cuban sandwiches, stuffed burgers, salads and daily specials. Omelets and egg dishes fill the breakfast menu along with a few Mexican specialties, like tortillas stewed in tomato sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SUCRE
3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; www.shopsucre.com
Conveniently located in the heart of the Magazine Street shopping strip, Sucre offers delectable French macaroons, sugary confections and a sophisticated collection of chocolates. The English trifle tantalizes with a moist sponge cake accented by a hint of cream sherry, and topped with fresh cream, berries and custard. After lunching on a portobello mushroom sandwich on foccacia bread, there's no reason not to reward yourself with a serving of gelato with flavors ranging from Tahitian vanilla, rum raison and cinnamon red hot to chicory coffee and mint chocolate chip. Only sweets and coffee are offered in the evening. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL
3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com
Superior Grill's vibrant crowd packs in early for its daily happy hour margarita and drink specials from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Stay for dinner and dig into the Superior parillada mixta for two: a platter of mesquite-grilled beef and chicken fajitas, shrimp and baby back ribs. With options like huevos rancheros and Bloody Marys, Superior's weekend breakfast is a sure-fire way to jumpstart the day. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sat. and Sun. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFÉ & JUICE BAR
1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com
Fresh-squeezed juices and gourmet food, including vegetarian and vegan fare, draw regulars out to Surrey's, where every day feels like Sunday. Breakfast selections include migas with chorizo, huevos rancheros, and the Brat 'n' Eggs — beer boiled and grilled bratwurst served over onion and apple hash browns with two eggs and a biscuit or toast. Lunch includes foccacia melts with grilled chicken or portobello, a barbecue shrimp po-boy and the lox BLT. The bananas Foster-stuffed French toast is a dessert favorite. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS
1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.net
Sushi Brothers offers a wide range of sushi, sashimi and special rolls. The namesake roll wraps crunchy salmon tempura, cream cheese and avocado inside seaweed, with more salmon and avocado wrapped around the outside and is topped off with the house special sauce. The Sunshine roll binds tuna, salmon, yellowtail, barbecued eel, snow crab, asparagus and avocado with soy wrap. Other Japanese specialties include soba and udon noodles, tempura, grilled meats and teriyaki dishes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Takumi RESTAURANT & Lounge
2800 Magazine Street, 265-0421;
Takumi offers a range of refined Japanese cuisine. There is sushi, sashimi and marbled Kobe beef as well as specialty dishes like Ise-Ebi Taraba, grilled Japanese spiny lobster stuffed with shrimp and wild mushrooms and king crab with sea urchin paste, all served with wasabi steam rolls and vegetables. For a New Orleans spin, try the spicy miso gumbo that brims with oysters, shrimp, fried soft-shell crab, okra, cilantro and Cajun and Japanese spices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TAQUERIA CORONA
5932 Magazine St., 897-3974
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

THEO'S PIZZA
4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.com
With a big selection of meats, vegetables and cheeses, and a gourmet thin crust, building your own pizza is easy. The Eccentric specialty pizza packs garlic, chicken, spinach, peppers, jalapeños, yellow squash, spicy tomatoes and Parmesan, mozzarella, and feta cheeses. The aptly named Meathead is loaded with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, hamburger and mozzarella. Theo's also dishes up toasted sandwiches and salads and entices diners with weekly drink specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT
1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.com
Upperline is home to nouveau Creole cooking and to an impressive collection of proprietor JoAnn Clevenger's eclectic folk art. Besides being the impresario behind the restaurant, she also created the city's now classic fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade. Another of the kitchen's signature dishes is the roast duck served with garlic-port or ginger-peach sauce. The "Taste of New Orleans" gives guests samples of the menu's best options. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VIZARD'S
5015 Magazine St., 895-2246
The third time really is the charm for Kevin Vizard, whose most recent namesake restaurant on Magazine Street — he's had two others — is shaping up to be a mainstay. Signature dishes include the Gulf fish amandine, crabmeat Nelson and spectacular dark-roux gumbo. Newer draws are led by the Spinalis, a buttery rib-eye cap seared and sauced with Creole bordelaise, and the Greens, Egg and Ham salad: baby spinach strewn with crispy bits of pork belly and topped with a "panéed" (soft-poached, then flash-fried) egg. The distinctive Black and Blue dessert is a bittersweet mini chocolate cake stuffed with a nugget of Maytag blue cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL
1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647; www.voodoobbqandgrill.com
Voodoo works its magic with slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork and ribs, using a special blend of spicy seasonings in its mojo sauce. Side dishes include Rattlesnake Beans, corn pudding, coleslaw, Gris Gris Greens and creamy macaroni and cheese. Voodoo also offers burgers and chicken sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WEST INDIES CAFÉ
1600 St. Charles Ave., 571-2015
West Indies offers tantalizing dishes from Colombia's Caribbean coast. Naturally, ceviche is a house specialty and white fish is marinated in lime juice with cilantro, onions and avocados. The mahi mahi medallions are also marinated and served with a salad of mango and avocado, sweet plantains and coconut rice. There also are salads, steaks and Caribbean rum drinks. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

WHOLE FOODS MARKET
5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoods.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

ZARA'S MARKET
4838 Prytania St., 895-0581
Zara's is a one-stop shop. Visitors can purchase groceries and pick up sandwiches and hot meals from the market's deli. Monday's red beans and rice with sausage is a regular special. Other favorites include eggplant and veal Parmesan, muffulettas, and Italian meatballs served piping hot on a po-boy or over spaghetti. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
1525 St. Charles Ave., 520-8100; www.zearestaurants.com
See Harahan listing for restaurant description.

 

 

 

Warehouse

District 7 ON FULTON
701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.com
Located inside the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 7 on Fulton may be the best kept secret on Fulton Street. The menu features creative contemporary Louisiana cooking. Appetizers include fried oysters Rockefeller, warm spinach and bacon salad, and Creole tomatoes with goat cheese, anchovies and sherry vinaigrette. For an entrée, consider the pan-seared tuna with white bean purée and asparagus-crawfish béarnaise, or braised short ribs with whipped potatoes. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ALLEGRO BISTRO
1100 Poydras St., 582-2350
This upscale CBD lunch spot aims high with soups, pastas and sandwiches like the tenderloin and Brie sandwich. Weekly specials include dishes like New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, featuring peeled shrimp smothered in spicy sauce over garlic mashed potatoes. The restaurant is open on Sundays when the Saints play at home. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR
300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.caféadelaide.com
Shrimp and tasso corndogs with a five-pepper jelly, pickled okra, chicory greens and Crystal hot sauce butter showcase Café Adelaide's knack for turning Southern favorites into something new. Another eye-catching dish on the wide-ranging menu is the tea-smoked duck "BLT" with duck bacon, fried green tomatoes, baby arugula and goat cheese aioli. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

COCHON
930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com
Under the direction of chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon is living high on the hog. The kitchen puts pork to use in all sorts of Cajun and Southern recipes, from large boudin balls to pork ribs with watermelon rind pickles. Entrée options include whole fish specials and rabbit and dumplings with braised Mississippi rabbit and vegetable stew baked in a cast iron skillet. The bar has a selection of legal moonshine. Reservations Recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE SKILLET
200 Julia St., 304-6318; www.thecreoleskillet.com
The Creole Skillet offers contemporary Louisiana cuisine courtesy of chef Chris Broussard. Signature dishes include Creole mustard-glazed boneless duck breast stuffed with andouille dressing and served with sweet potatoes and collard greens. The blackened 14-oz. rib-eye is topped with Louisiana shrimp bordelaise and served with duck and andouille jambalaya. For seafood, try the pine nut-crusted salmon drizzled with lemon caper butter accompanied by spinach and herb-roasted tomatoes. Sunday brunch is new this fall. It features seafood crêpes with creamy shrimp and crab drizzled with caramelized onion cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DINO'S BAR & GRILL
1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900
This Warehouse District bar offers hearty food at affordable prices. Burgers, chicken Caesar wraps and an Italian chicken sandwich are some of the diverse offerings. The grilled tuna salad uses sushi-grade tuna which is grilled with feta vinaigrette glaze and served over greens with tomatoes and croutons. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; www.dragosrestaurant.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

EMERIL'S RESTAURANT
800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.com
A brush with fame is one draw to the flagship restaurant of New Orleans' best-known celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse, and the kitchen lives up to the superstar reputation. The menu showcases the eclectic and well-traveled tastes for which Lagasse is known. Entrée choices include andouille-crusted redfish with Creole meuniére sauce, grilled filet of beef with red onion marmalade, marrow butter and oxtail jus, and duck schnitzel with roasted shallots. The banana cream pie is the restaurant's signature dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ERNST CAFÉ
600 S. Peters St., 525-8544
For more than a century, Ernst Café has been serving downtowners drinks and hearty fare. Burgers, chicken and fried seafood are mainstays that make it a busy lunch spot. Look for the gumbo du jour and changing specials like ribs. There's plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy during pleasant weather. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GORDON BIERSCH
200 Poydras St., 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com
Half beer garden/half sports bar, Gordon Biersch offers outdoor tables and large-screen TVs in the bar. The brewpub serves several of its own beers on draft. The large menu of hearty dishes includes a flatiron steak served on a nest of crispy fries drizzled with zesty homemade steak sauce. Gourmet pizzas are made with homemade dough. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT
575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com
Named for the famed Louisiana fishing community, Grand Isle specializes in local seafood from the Gulf and bayous. The shrimp Romesco features shrimp in a Spanish Romesco sauce with fresh spinach and manchego cheese croutons. The menu also offers plenty of non-seafood dishes, including a panéed pork chop served with potato hash, braised cabbage and mustard butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS
Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566
Easier to say than spell, Haagen-Dazs is nonetheless synonymous with luscious ice creams. This Riverwalk location also offers cold coffee drinks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT
701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com
Donald Link cooks modern Creole cuisine infused with European influences at this casually elegant restaurant. Savor seared Kurobuta pork belly with white bean pistou, or sautéed Louisiana jumbo shrimp with creamed corn and tomato confit. The menu also features excellent small plates, including Dijon-horseradish beef short ribs and fried frog legs. The restaurant offers afternoon service between lunch and dinner during the week. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HIP STIX ASIAN FUSION RESTAURANT & BAR
870 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-2858
Tastes and traditions from a wide variety of Asian cuisines inform the menu at Hip Stix. An order of Mama Pham's Asian wings is a popular first course thanks to a long marinade in a special house-made sauce. The stir-fried beef and eggplant appeals to hearty appetites with both sweet-and-sour flavors. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA
920 Poydras St., 561-8914; www.horinoya.com
Artistic presentations of sushi, hard-to-find delicacies like monkfish liver and Japanese favorites like natto are the hallmarks of this chic downtown Japanese restaurant. Horinoya's lunch specials are ideal for a quick midday meal, but its extensive menu of raw and cooked cuisine that is worth exploring come dinnertime. Horinoya's menu includes Japanese ingredients not found in many local sushi restaurants. Reservations accepted for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOCA
857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com
Argentina is renowned for its beef, and this chic steakhouse brings a taste of Buenos Aires to the Warehouse District. Generous cuts of steak are served with piquant chimichurri sauce. Other menu favorites include the Gaucho plate, an appetizer sampler of chorizo, meat skewers, empanadas and sweetbreads. Another popular appetizer is grilled cheese with herbs and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA COTE BRASSERIE
700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.com
The lobby of the Warehouse District Renaissance Arts Hotel flows gracefully into this seafood restaurant, where the contemporary art theme continues in the design of its dining area, marble bar and exposed stainless-steel kitchen. Chilled seafood tasting platters featuring oysters, king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, ceviche and mussels are a house specialty. For entrées, try brick-wrapped redfish served with crawfish boudin and tomato gastrique or the pan-seared salmon glazed with Tabasco and Steen's cane syrup and served on a bed of roasted mirliton and shrimp ragout. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA
709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986
Leonardo serves pasta dishes like spaghetti carbonara, meat lasagna, rigatoni with fried eggplant and ravioli filled with lobster or duck confit. The fish of the day is served in a choice of preparations and chicken or veal are treated to classical Marsala, piccata and parmigiano versions. There also are individual gourmet pizzas and calzones. Leonardo is open on Sundays when the Saints play at home. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
LI'L DIZZY'S CAFÉ

610 Poydras St., 212-5656
See Tremé listing for restaurant description. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Cash only. $

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
Spirits run high at this quirky downtown hangout. The Todo Santos fish tacos offer a pair of flour tortillas filled with either fried or grilled grouper, shredded cabbage, cheese and the house "secret shrimp sauce," plus rice and beans. The eggs Monterey make a good brunch choice with a crab cake topped with two poached eggs with both crawfish sauce and creamy hollandaise served over a bed of fresh spinach. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MICHAUL'S LIVE MUSIC RESTAURANT
840 St. Charles Ave., 522-517; www.michauls.com
Michaul's reopened with a wider mix of food and music than it had before Katrina. The new crawfish pie made with phyllo dough is topped with remoulade sauce. The menu still includes old favorites like seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffée, New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and alligator sauce piquant. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT
201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.com
At this rustic-style Warehouse District destination, Cajun bands perform for the evening crowd as the kitchen dishes out classic and innovative dishes like grilled catfish Mulate's topped with crawfish etouffée. Mulate's also serves chicken and sausage jambalaya, shrimp and corn bisque, crabmeat au gratin and crawfish alligator pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PANASIA
500 St. Charles Ave., 525-4555
Panasia blends Thai, Vietnamese and American cuisine. Favorites include pad Thai, Thai-style curries and spicy soups. Vietnamese vermicelli noodle dishes and rice plates also are available. A marinated and grilled pork chop is served with a horseradish sauce, sautéed mushrooms, onions, rice and salad. Louisiana-inspired dishes include the seafood, shrimp or fish platters. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RED EYE GRILL
852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.net
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

RIOMAR
800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.com
Rio Mar offers a Spanish and pan-Latin perspective on the bounty of the sea. The ceviche selection includes Ecuadorian, Panamanian and Peruvian takes on the refreshing seafood dish. Tapas options are plentiful, and for fans of Castilian cuisine who prefer dishes from dry land, the five-hour roast pork with black beans, avocado and cabbage salad is a sumptuous treat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS

823 Fulton St., 589-7253; www.rocknsake.com
This urbane sushi restaurant has long been a hot spot for creative Japanese food and a lively bar scene. The popular Fulton Street roll combines tuna, snow crab and avocado drizzled with eel sauce and a dash of sesame seeds. For a different seafood spin, the "killer scallops" are large sea scallops sautéed in the house special garlic butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Harrah's Hotel, 228 Poydras St., 587-7099; www.ruthschris.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

SUGAR HOUSE
315 Julia St., Embassy Suites, 525-1993
Named for the hotel built on the site for the 1984 World's Fair, Sugar House pays homage to Louisiana's sugar trade with dishes like sautéed trout with candied lemon and sides of jambalaya and red beans. The New York strip is served with Creole butter. For dessert, there is bananas Foster cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL
1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; www.sunraygrill.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

TOMMY'S CUISINE
746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommyscuisine.com
Italian dishes pick up a local accent while Creole dishes get some worldly flair on Tommy's eclectic menu. Oysters Tommy are baked in their shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. The soft-shell crab is fried and served over linguini with fresh basil and tomatoes in Reggiano crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR
752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790
This sophisticated wine bar can deliver its patrons a lot more than bar snacks thanks to the kitchen it shares with the adjacent restaurant Tommy's Cuisine. The crabmeat canapé has jumbo lump crabmeat folded in béchamel sauce with green onions and fresh herbs, all baked with Parmesan cheese. The pecan praline bread pudding is a rich indulgence with a classic bananas Foster sauce and vanilla ice cream. No reservations. Light dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TUCKER'S TAVERN
869 Magazine St., 522-0440
This CBD bar and grill is renowned for its deep-fried burger. The Big Al is a half-pound patty stuffed with pepper Jack cheese and mushrooms. The Big Tuck loads bacon, pepper Jack and American cheeses on the inside and cheddar and barbecue sauce on top. Appetizer options include fried pickles, nachos, spicy Buffalo oysters and wings. The extensive menu also features homemade soups and salads, po-boys, sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas and entrée platters of grilled fish and steak. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON
401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.net
Ugly Dog is a casual spot to dig into some barbecue and watch sports or play pool. There are sandwiches, burgers and generous platters of barbecue meat that come with sides such as chili beans with sour cream, onions and cheese, and sweet and spicy coleslaw. The juicy pulled pork is slow-cooked shoulder roast brushed with the saloon's tangy sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFÉ
636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329
Reflecting the spirit of the proprietor's native Australia, this friendly pub offers hearty meals like shepherd's pie with Guinness gravy and Ms. Cathy's barbecue beef platter with garlic and cheddar mashed potatoes. Jambalaya, pizza, meatball subs and bar snacks like nachos offer flavors closer to home. All meats are slow roasted on the premises. Complement your meal with a frothy pint of any one of several imported Aussie draughts. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT PIZZA
1068 Magazine St., 529-1466
Diners at Warehouse District Pizza have their choice of 10- and 14-inch pies with either a traditional red sauce or the house's spicy sauce and a wide array of deliciously oddball toppings like duck, pheasant sausage or barbecue chicken. Kick start the taste sensation with one of the salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WHOLE HOG CAFÉ
639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.com
At this café, eating high on the hog means barbecue sandwiches topped with coleslaw. Start with the barbecue nachos or get barbecue on top of salads. For entrées, the selection includes pulled pork, brisket, full and half slabs of ribs, pulled chicken meat and half chickens. The Whole Hog Platter rounds up pork, brisket, three beef ribs, baked beans, coleslaw and dinner rolls. The selection of barbecue sauces on the table ranges from sweet to tangy to spicy, but you have to head to the counter and request the super-hot Volcano sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE
859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882
This stylish Warehouse District space looks like a mix between an elegant bistro and clubby steakhouse. Fittingly, the cuisine is chef Tom Wolfe's big, bold-flavored contemporary Louisiana cooking. The signature Duck-Duck-Goose combines a crispy leg of duck confit, slices of pastrami-cured duck breast over a warm bacon lardon-frisee salad, seared foie gras and a dried cherry and fresh tarragon duck demi-glace. Scallop ceviche floats in a tomato gazpacho with a dollop of candied lemon-chive sour cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

 

 

 

Westbank

ADAM'S CATFISH HOUSE
8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 392-0541
Adam's serves catfish in just about every way imaginable. It comes grilled, fried or served atop salad greens tuna salad-style. The whole fish platter is an entrée of three fresh fish served with french fries, hush puppies and coleslaw. Adam's also offers a children's menu and appetizers like a fried whole onion, fried vegetables and fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEEF CONNECTION
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275
West Bank beefeaters know to go to the Beef Connection for large New York strips, rib-eyes and T-bones. Lunch is a bargain because steaks come with a selection of two sides such as creamy potatoes au gratin or the vegetable of the day. The steakhouse also cooks seafood like grilled salmon, tuna or Maine lobster. Catfish is the special on Fridays. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFÉ
1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073
For more than 32 years, Brothers' kitchen has turned out signature fried food made with a special batter. The seafood gumbo is made in house with okra, tomato and a blend of crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish. For dessert, the bread pudding is topped with rich praline sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFÉ DIBLASI
1801 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown, 361-3106
Café DiBlasi offers traditional Italian dishes in a casual setting. Popular choices include veal DiBlasi, pan-fried veal topped with lump crabmeat and lemon cream sauce. Tournedos á la DiBlasi includes two baby filets topped with Marsala wine and porcini mushroom cream sauce. Italian favorites such as lasagna and spaghetti are also available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ DITALI
2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-0058
The only requirement to dine at this West Bank Italian eatery is a healthy appetite. Regulars love the chicken Pomodori served with onions, bell peppers and sun-dried tomatoes cooked in butter and covered in both Alfredo and marinara sauces. Calzones include meat-heavy options like a mix of pepperoni, ground beef, sausage and Canadian bacon with mozzarella and marinara. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX
1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 368-2100; www.chevys.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

CHINA DOLL
830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-8822
China Doll specializes in Cantonese cuisine but serves other popular Chinese dishes as well. House specialties include the crab rangoon, a fried wonton filled with crabmeat, spices and velvety cream cheese. Lunch combinations abound, complemented by shrimp fried rice and a choice of egg roll or cho cho, a crispy wonton made from pork and shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA
429 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-3939; www.empressofchina.net
Elegance and comfort converge at Christina Tsang's restaurant. Chef's creations include the Empress poached salmon served atop fresh ginger and scallions. The Tangeri beef is flash-fried beef and orange peel served with a sweet, peppery sauce. Christina's also offers lunch specials of sweet-and-sour chicken (with sides of either fried or steamed rice, egg roll and tea) and family-style suppers built around dishes like moo shu pork with plum sauce. Reservations recommended for four or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT
2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995; www.bistrogallerie.com
Proprietor Clementine Desmet brings a warm smile and a touch of Belgium to the West Bank. Crisp Belgian fries accompany classic steamed mussels served with white wine cream sauce, one of four different mussel dishes. Light salads are tossed with a light mix of olive oil and vinegar. The salad Liégoise mixes warm and cold elements with warm potatoes and bacon topping cool greens. Crêpe selections include one made with baby spinach, goat cheese and Parmesan. Stay refreshed with 16 different Belgian beer selections. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com
The tangy kibbe and falafel give this Mediterranean restaurant its popular reputation. The kebab barg is a feast of charbroiled beef tenderloin, grilled tomato, hummus, rice and salad. A vegetarian plate includes portions of couscous, hummus, falafel, vegetarian dolma and tabbouleh. Complement any dish with a side of creamy lebna or thick, garlicky hummus. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COMMON GROUNDS
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200
Downtown Gretna's Common Grounds is a casual spot for a meal any time of day. There's everything from eggs and bacon to pancakes and bagels in the morning. Later in the day, there's fried seafood and sandwiches, tuna steaks and beef steaks hand-cut in-house. The spacious patio has plenty of room for a relaxing meal during pleasant weather. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

DE-NO SEAFOOD
505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 362-4608
Now featuring oysters on the half-shell, this family-friendly restaurant is the pride of Dennis and Norean Rojas. The couple offers a variety of seafood platters including shrimp, oyster and catfish as well blackened or grilled redfish, rib-eye steaks and pasta dishes. Try shrimp Alfredo or crawfish Monica served with angel hair pasta. There's also a kids' menu and desserts such as apple cobbler and pecan pie. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS
1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-1150; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Ave., 392-1150; 6641 Westbank Exwy., Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com
Dimartino's has made a name for itself with muffulettas piled high with sopressetta salami, ham, mortadella, Swiss and provolone cheeses and house-made olive salad on seeded loaves. Other sandwiches include the roast beef po-boy made with slow-cooked beef and served on a crusty French bread or the muffuletta loaf. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DITALI'S PIZZA
8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160
In addition to its specialty New York-style thin-crust pizza, Ditali's allows you to try three of its most popular dishes with the Taste of Italy sampler plate. The Shrimp Carbonara is a new entrée and there are some new burger additions to the menu, including one that comes topped with applewood smoked bacon. Classic pasta dishes round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DOUBLE DRAGON
8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 433-4333
In addition to its popular mainstay General Tso's chicken, Double Dragon offers a variety of seafood dishes from the popular whole deep-fried red snapper with Hunan sauce to salt-and-pepper soft-shell crabs. Tasty Chinese standards make up the rest of the menu. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DRY DOCK CAFÉ
133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com
Located a hop, skip and jump away from the Algiers ferry landing, this amiable locals bar serves up a mixture of bar food and entrées. The oyster and artichoke salad comes topped with remoulade sauce and there is creamy crawfish Monica. Dry Dock serves its bread pudding with a whiskey sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$

EASY DOGS
307 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 367-1001; www.neworleanseasydogs.com
With frankfurters ranging from the Chirren's Dog — "Plain for the kiddies" — to the Katrina, which comes topped with chili, slaw, cheese, onion and cheddar fish crackers, it would be difficult to run out of choices at this West Bank, Cajun hot dog joint. Burgers, fries and Alice's homemade cake round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GAMBINO'S BAKERY
300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; www.gambinos.info
A Crescent City institution for those with a serious sweet tooth, Gambino's bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes year-round at its Gretna location. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT
435 Huey P. Long Drive, Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com
Gattuso's has been a Gretna institution for years, serving burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and ice cold beer. The menu boasts six different types of club sandwiches, plus tasty appetizers including spinach and artichoke dip, fried avocado and crab and corn bisque. Featured entrées are baby-back ribs served with watermelon barbecue sauce, spaghetti and meatballs and seafood platters. Side dishes include loaded baked potatoes and sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and business checks. $

GROUND PAT'I GRILLE AND BAR
11 Westbank Expressway, Gretna, 367-9512
See Kenner listing for restaurant description.

HOA HONG 9 ROSES
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665
Diners head to 9 Roses for Vietnamese dishes like sugarcane shrimp and vermicelli bowls with fresh cucumber, mint, cilantro and shredded lettuce with your choice of beef, chicken or pork on top. Starters include seafood soup and hot-and-sour soup with okra and pineapple. Some items are cooked at the table, such as strips of beef that are then wrapped in rice paper with herbs, vegetables and sauces. The restaurant also offers a few vegetarian entrées. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS
2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7177; www.hooterslouisiana.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

KIM SON
349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489
Kim Son is a Vietnamese restaurant that also offers Chinese cuisine, particularly Cantonese and Szechuan dishes. A seasonal favorite is the soft-baked crab with scallops. Among other Vietnamese mainstays are rice and noodle soups and vermicelli dishes. The Bo 7 Mon is a seven-course feast of Vietnamese beef dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MARKET WEGO
100 Westbank Expwy., Westwego, 436-9966
Located in the Westwego Shrimp Lot, Market Wego specializes in boiled and fried seafood in addition to po-boys. Try one with freshly made green onion sausage patties hot off the grill on French bread. The fried catfish platter features deep-fried catfish fillets on top of French bread and served with fried okra and french fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MOCHACCINO'S
Oakwood Mall, 197 Westbank Expwy., 366-1711; www.mochaccinos.com
Mochaccino's is a quick stop for a caffeine jolt or sweet treat. The menu offers an array of coffee drinks, flavored coffees, pastries and baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MO'S PIZZA
1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.net
Measuring almost 21 inches across, Mo's pizzas rank among the biggest in the area, and they come with an equally impressive list of topping options. Carnivores enjoy the meat pizza loaded with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs and ham. The kitchen also prepares sandwiches, including a muffuletta available in whole or half rounds, loaded with Italian meats and cheese and homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOSCA'S
4137 Hwy. 90 W, Avondale, 436-9942
Mosca's Italian and Creole cooking draws diners to its bright dining rooms for family-style meals of signature dishes like oysters Mosca, spicy chicken cacciatore, roasted game hen, and spaghetti and meatballs. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

NEW ORLEANS BREAKFAST & PANCAKE HOUSE
101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272
See Metairie for restaurant description. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE
2020A Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-7229
O'Brien's Grille offers big steaks and an array of gourmet salads and sandwiches at lunch. Among the entrée-sized salads is the marinated duck over greens dressed in honey mustard and served with goat cheese croutons. The Irish dip sandwich features corned beef and bacon with honey Dijonaise sauce. Many of the dinner menu's steaks are oversized, bone-in cuts, like the popular 32-oz. rib-eye. Fish dishes include potato-wrapped mahi mahi served with roasted mixed vegetables, potatoes and lemon beurre blanc. For dessert, try the triple chocolate mousse cake with chocolate sauce and gold flakes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFÉ
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 5163 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com
See Mid-City listing for restaurant description.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
1601 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 341-5544; www.outback.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

PHO TAU BAY
113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846
Pho Tau Bay may be the area's reigning king of pho, offering more than 20 different beef broth soups with various accompaniments ranging from sliced beef to pork. Seafood can also be added to soups. The huge menu lists everything from fresh spring rolls made with rice paper and served with peanut sauce to vermicelli salads topped with your choice of shrimp, pork, tofu or egg rolls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE RESTAURANT
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com
Red Maple has been a West Bank dining destination since 1963, serving steaks and Louisiana seafood in a cozy atmosphere of exposed brick, rough-hewn beams and German beer steins hanging from the ceiling. The redfish Pontchartrain is pan-seared, topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, mushrooms and sherry cream sauce, and served with fingerling potatoes and the vegetable du jour. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RED PALACE RESTAURANT
1025 Westbank Espwy., Gretna, 366-7071
In a neighborhood marked by Vietnamese restaurants, Red Palace focuses on Chinese cuisine, particularly Cantonese dishes. Try boneless, marinated chicken in a herb sauce over a bed of garlic-butter noodles. Soft-shell crabs fried golden brown are served with a spicy garlic cream sauce studded with crawfish tails. War sell op is a Cantonese-style dish of fried boneless Long Island duckling atop a bed of mixed vegetables, Chinese mushrooms, bamboo shoots and peapods topped with shredded ham. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and personal checks. $$

RENDEZ-VOUS CAFÉ
3001 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 367-6013; www.myrendezvouscafe.com
Mediterranean cuisine is the focus of this West Bank eatery, featuring chicken or beef shawarma, hummus, tabbouleh and baba ghanoush. There are espresso drinks as well as wine and beer. A hookah café with a choice of flavored tobaccos adds to the exotic vibe. There's an outdoor patio to take advantage of in warmer weather. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES
7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834
Located on the edge of the Jean Lafitte national park, this longtime dining destination offers incomparable bayou views and a menu of regional seafood specialties. Shrimp Diane features shrimp sautéed in spicy garlic butter with mushrooms and green onions over a bed of angel hair pasta. Soft-shell crab Foster is a lightly battered crab topped with green onions, artichoke bottoms and mushrooms sautéed in butter and wine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SHANE'S RIB SHACK
1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 324-9701; www.shanesribshack.com
Shane's specializes in pulled-pork sandwiches, slow-cooked baby-back ribs and barbecue chicken. The menu includes grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders and wings, combo platters and sides like french fries, fried okra, baked beans, and mac and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO
2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090
Classic Italian comfort food is the specialty at this West Bank bistro. The lasagna comes as a thick, generous slab of ground beef, marinara and a mix of cheese between four layers of pasta. The chicken Italia is a boneless chicken breast served over creamy fettuccine Alfredo. Both come with side salad and garlic cheese bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL
2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

TAN DINH
1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 361-8008
Tan Dinh takes an authentic and upscale approach to Vietnamese dishes. The chicken-and-beef rice-noodle soup comes with a side of sprouts, jalapeños, basil and lime so diners can season it to their liking. Marinated and roast duck with sticky rice is also popular. Also try the Korean-style beef short ribs. The restaurant serves wine, beer and sake. Rich, thick Vietnamese iced coffee is made with condensed milk. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

TENNOU SUSHI BAR
1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-3898
Fans of this West Bank sushi bar often opt for combinations of sushi, cooked meats and soups. There are also bargain-priced bento box dinners. In addition to large sushi rolls and sashimi, dishes such as baked green mussels and fried dumplings are popular choices. The New Orleans roll and the West Bank roll are a must-try. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THANH THANH
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678
In addition to the popular beef noodle soup at Thanh Thanh, you'll find five different types of Vietnamese spring rolls with fillings like shrimp, beef, pork and vegetables. Pho Ga, a rice noodle soup with chicken in an aromatic broth, is served with a basket of fresh basil, bean sprouts, jalapeño slices and limes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TODARO'S RESTAURANT
2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-8522; www.todarosrestaurant.com
Check out Todaro's comfortable dining room and wide-ranging menu for Italian dining on the West Bank. The osso buco features three petit veal shanks with rich pecan and jalapeño gravy served over buttered fettuccine. Seafood lovers favor the fried calamari and gnocchi, and the ahi tuna, which is pepper-crusted and served with sherry mushroom risotto and balsamic vinegar reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TOUT DE SUITE
347 Verret St., 362-2264
Enjoy a leisurely meal in the heart of Algiers Point. There's an array of rotating breakfast dishes and specials featuring fresh soups, salads and sandwiches. Tout de Suite offers huevos rancheros and a chicken panini with apple-smoked bacon and Swiss cheese. For dessert there are pastries and cakes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge John Duplessis shucks oysters at The Red Maple in Gretna. - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
click to enlarge Chef Daniel Esses prepares innovative contemporary dishes at Marigny Brasserie - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
click to enlarge Monique Bagnetto dishes up boiled shrimp at Galley Seafood Restaurant in Metairie - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
  • Photo by Eugenia Uhl
  • Monique Bagnetto dishes up boiled shrimp at Galley Seafood Restaurant in Metairie
click to enlarge Samantha Nash serves diners on the patio of Calypso Bar & Grill in Covington - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
click to enlarge Steve Muth serves a po-boy at Iron Pot in Kenner. - PHOTO NBY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo nby Cheryl Gerber
  • Steve Muth serves a po-boy at Iron Pot in Kenner.
click to enlarge Manager Karim Taha and server Lena Thurston offer Mediterranean dishes at Mona's Cafe in Mid-City - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Manager Karim Taha and server Lena Thurston offer Mediterranean dishes at Mona's Cafe in Mid-City
click to enlarge Sous chef Elma Manaiza prepares a 20 oz. cowboy rib eye at Laurentino's in Metairie - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
  • Photo by Eugenia Uhl
  • Sous chef Elma Manaiza prepares a 20 oz. cowboy rib eye at Laurentino's in Metairie
click to enlarge Diners await tapas dishes at Vega Tapas Cafe in Old Metairie - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
click to enlarge Marisa Demasiliere serves a funky butt sandwich at Sweet Eye Ree's at Banks St. Bar & Grill - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Marisa Demasiliere serves a funky butt sandwich at Sweet Eye Ree's at Banks St. Bar & Grill
click to enlarge Dine in or take out or get pizza delivered from Italian Pie in Mid-City (pictured) and locations throughout the area. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Dine in or take out or get pizza delivered from Italian Pie in Mid-City (pictured) and locations throughout the area.
click to enlarge Diners enjoy a view of the French Quarter at Muriel's Jackson Square - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
click to enlarge Lauren Schmidt, Randie Porobil and Kim Duplantier offer baked goods and more at Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
  • Photo by Eugenia Uhl
  • Lauren Schmidt, Randie Porobil and Kim Duplantier offer baked goods and more at Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe
click to enlarge Jiggers Grill in Metairie serves burgers and waffle fries - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
click to enlarge Proprietor Joe Segreto and chef Michael Capiton offer a menu of fine Italian cuisine at Eleven 79 in the lower Garden District - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Proprietor Joe Segreto and chef Michael Capiton offer a menu of fine Italian cuisine at Eleven 79 in the lower Garden District
click to enlarge Mia Nicaud enjoys a slice of pizza at French Quarter Pizzeria & Bar - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
click to enlarge Diners enjoy sushi at Kyoto in Uptown - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
click to enlarge Proprietor Doug Stephenson serves ribs at Fat City Diner in Metairie - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
click to enlarge Monica Moore serves a couple of burgers at Columbia Street Taproom & Grill in Covington - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Monica Moore serves a couple of burgers at Columbia Street Taproom & Grill in Covington
click to enlarge Marguerite Scott and Leigh Hanemann prepare breakfast plates at Dot's Diner in Jefferson - PHOTO BY EUGENIA UHL
  • Photo by Eugenia Uhl
  • Marguerite Scott and Leigh Hanemann prepare breakfast plates at Dot's Diner in Jefferson
click to enlarge Mohan Singh and Father-in-law Jernail Singh cook over the Tandoori oven at Tandoori Chicken in Metairie - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Mohan Singh and Father-in-law Jernail Singh cook over the Tandoori oven at Tandoori Chicken in Metairie
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