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MUSIC & FOOD 

THE BEACH HOUSE
2401 Woodlawn Ave., Metairie 456-7470
Salty dogs come here for the Beach burger, a grilled half-pound of freshly ground burger. The kitchen also puts out bountiful platters of fried seafood and a host of popular appetizers. The owner, Bobby Cure, and his band, The Summertime Blues, can be heard several nights a week. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HOUSE OF BLUES
225 Decatur St. 529-BLUE (2583), 310-4999 (reservations); www.hob.com
House of Blues keeps it local with pan-seared Voodoo Shrimp with rosemary cornbread and a beer reduction, and slow-smoked baby back ribs with Jim Beam barbecue sauce. Save room for the HOB's famous white chocolate banana bread pudding with Jack Daniels créme anglaise, whipped cream and a caramel halo. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. (with limited hours). Credit cards. $$

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFÉ
1104 Decatur St. 592-2565; www.margaritaville.com
The crowds at the annual Pardi Gras block party are a sign that things are back to normal at Jimmy's place. The parrotheads come here for the famous Cheeseburger in Paradise and other song-title-named entrees. After dining, adjourn to the bar for a Caribbean cocktail and listen to live music by local bands. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MID CITY LANES ROCK 'N' BOWL
4133 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-3133; www.rocknbowl.com
This combination bowling alley and music venue doesn't overlook the culinary arts. Guests gather strength to pick up a spare with crawfish quesadillas and orders of the "Super Bowl," a hearty gumbo of andouille sausage, turkey, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Call for hours. Credit cards. $

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFÉ
1204 Decatur St. 525-0200; www.palmcourtcafe.com
Here's a place where traditional jazz and traditional Creole food meet. Dine on crawfish pie, gumbo, red beans and rice or oysters bordelaise in an elegant setting while listening to live jazz. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO
626 Frenchmen St. 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
A meal at the bistro at Snug Harbor is a classic prelude to an evening of jazz in the adjacent music venue. Candlelit tables offer diners a relaxed respite from the crowds on Frenchmen Street. Fresh seafood, juicy steaks and big burgers are on the menu as well as New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and fried chicken. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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