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New Orleans Winter Restaurant Guide 2015: Cafe 

Abita Roasting Company
504 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 246-3340; www.abitaroasting.com
Rosemary chicken salad is served on mixed greens with chopped almonds and blue cheese. The club sandwich is made with ham, turkey, bacon, tomato, lettuce and cheddar and Swiss cheeses on wheat toast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge Brent Belsom’s Abita Springs Cafe offers eggs Benedict, pancakes, burgers and more. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Brent Belsom’s Abita Springs Cafe offers eggs Benedict, pancakes, burgers and more.

Abita Springs Cafe
22132 Level St., Abita Springs, (985) 400-5025; www.abitaspringscafe.com
The menu includes soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees such as fried shrimp or catfish platters served with fries and coleslaw. For breakfast, crab cake Benedict features poached eggs, a crab cake and hollandaise over a buttermilk biscuit with grits or hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Angeli On Decatur
1141 Decatur St., (504) 566-0077; www.angelineworleans.com
The chicken divalo pizza is topped with red pepper sauce, chicken, garlic and onions, and jalapenos are optional. The chicken Caesar pita roll combines grilled chicken, lettuce and Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Another Broken Egg
607 Harrison Ave., (504) 301-4667; 2917 Magazine St., (504) 301-2771; www.anotherbrokenegg.com
The turkey, brie and pesto sandwich is served on rustic-style artisan bread. Kale and salmon salad is served with a choice of house dressings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Antoine's Annex
513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045; www.antoines.com
The breakfast platter combines scrambled eggs, grits, hickory-smoked bacon and a biscuit or toast. The Caprese sandwich features thick-sliced mozzarella, Creole tomato, pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a pistolette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Audubon Clubhouse Cafe
Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.org
Sunday brunch items include the spinach and berry bowl, a salad that combines tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, craisins, mandarin orange, feta, red onion, toasted almonds and raspberry vinaigrette in an herb tortilla flatbread bowl. Eggs Benedict features poached eggs, honey-smoked ham, an English muffin, hollandaise, fried green tomatoes and home-style hash browns. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Blue Tomato
4401 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 734-3000
The eclectic menu includes burgers, Mexican and Italian dishes and more. Baby back ribs are smoked in house, smothered in Thai or barbecue sauce and served with Caribbean coleslaw and pineapple baked beans. Thai tuna Baja features tuna, Caribbean coleslaw and pico de gallo on a flour tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Bakers prepare king cakes at Breads on Oak. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Bakers prepare king cakes at Breads on Oak.

Breads On Oak
8640 Oak St., (504) 324-8271; www.breadsonoak.com
Organic and vegan king cakes are filled with cream cheese, almond cream and locally grown figs and apples. The muffanada sandwich features olive salad, smoky maple tempeh and house-made cashew cheese on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Brick Oven Cafe
2805 Williams Blvd., Suite F, Kenner, (504) 466-2097; www.brickovencafe.biz
Brick Oven Chicken is grilled with artichoke hearts, mushrooms and scallions and served with lemon butter white wine sauce and angel hair pasta. The Brick Oven filet is a 10-ounce center-cut filet topped with minced garlic and served with spaghetti aglio e olio. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Caddyshack Cafe & Bar
3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, (504) 833-1799
Shrimp-stuffed peppers are served with vegetables. Seafood gumbo is loaded with shrimp, oysters and crab and served with French bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe 821
821 Baronne St., (504) 267-5456; www.facebook.com/cafe821
The cafe serves hot and cold coffee drinks, juices, muffins, bagels, French pastries, Belgian waffles and plain, praline and cream cheese king cakes. The lunch menu includes ham and croissant sandwiches, croque monsieurs, quiches and more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe at the Square
500 St. Charles Ave., (504) 304-7831; www.cafeatthesquare.com
Mediterranean salad features grilled redfish over artichokes, capers, feta and red onions. At brunch, andouille Benedict comes with grits or potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Beignet
311 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2611; 334B Royal St., (504) 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com
The andouille omelette is made with local andouille and white cheddar and served with grits and French bread. Cajun hash browns are country-style potatoes with andouille, bell peppers and onions served with scrambled eggs, grits and French bread. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Cafe Fleur-De-Lis
307 Chartres St., (504) 529-9641; www.nolalovescoffee.com
Shrimp and grits is a bowl of grits topped with seared shrimp and cheese. The Fleur-de-Lis omelet combines crawfish tails, provolone, bell peppers and onions. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Freret
7329 Freret St., (504) 861-7890; www.cafefreret.com
The menu features omelets, muffalettas, wings and "a la collar" options for canine customers. There is steak night every Wednesday, and breakfast is served all day. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Gentilly
5325 Franklin Ave., (504) 281-4220; www.facebook.com/cafegentilly
Piece-O-Meat tamales are stuffed with meat fillings and vegetable options such as poblano chilies. Crab cake Benedict features grilled French bread topped with a fried crab cake, crabmeat bechamel, poached egg and hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Luna
802 1/2 Nashville Ave., (504) 333-6833; www.facebook.com/cafeluna504
The Uptowner bagel is topped with turkey, avocado and farm cheese and comes with fruit and greens. The Luna Lox plate features a bagel with lox, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, capers and cream cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Shante Francois serves a muffuletta with french fries at Cafe Maspero. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Shante Francois serves a muffuletta with french fries at Cafe Maspero.

Cafe Maspero
601 Decatur St., (504) 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.com
The muffuletta combines pastrami, salami, Swiss cheese and olive salad on a bun. The corned beef sandwich is dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickle and Creole mustard and served on a choice of bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe NOMA
New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 482-1264; www.cafenoma.com
The turkey bacon panino is made with Boar's Head turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise and tarragon Dijon mustard on ciabatta. Flatbread pizza features manchego, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and roasted garlic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe Pontalba
546 St. Peter St., (504) 522-1180
Catfish pecan is a paneed catfish fillet served with lemon-butter-pecan sauce, Cajun potatoes and vegetables. Spicy Cajun pasta is tossed with andouille and crawfish tails. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Royale
3343 Metairie Road, Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 304-8438; www.caferoyale.vpweb.com
Feta Fiesta salad features grilled chicken, spinach, feta, avocado, sun-dried cranberries, glazed walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette. The spinach artichoke panino is filled with grilled chicken, spinach, artichoke, provolone and Roma tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Caffe! Caffe!
3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com
Avocado salad features romaine lettuce, sliced avocado, Gorgonzola, walnuts, orange slices, red onions and mango vinaigrette. Grilled Caesar pita combines grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, seasoned croutons and Caesar dressing in warm pita bread. No reservations. Clearview Parkway: Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. N. Hullen Street: breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Caffe Fresca
4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-2010; www.caffefresca.com
Trout St. John is speckled trout topped with shrimp, crawfish and mushroom sauce over angel hair pasta. Fresca salad features greens, avocado, tomato, cucumber, carrots and artichoke served with pita sticks. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Caffe Latte Da
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, (504) 818-0051; www.caffelatteda.com
Avocado salad features sliced avocado, spring greens, red onions, sprouts, blue cheese, walnuts and orange slices, and optional additions include chicken, chicken salad and shrimp salad. The herbed focaccia club sandwich is filled with grilled chicken, ham, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato and served hot. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Canal Street Bistro
3903 Canal St., (504) 482-1225; www.canalstreetbistro.com
At brunch, the Bayou St. John crabmeat Napoleon features a potato cake, a crab cake, sauteed spinach, two sunny-side up quail eggs and poblano cream sauce. Duck enchiladas feature duck confit rolled in corn tortillas, topped with tomatillo-chipotle sauce and served with black beans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Carmo
527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132; www.cafecarmo.com
The Burmese tea leaf salad combines fermented young Burmese green tea leaves, shredded cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, chili peppers, sesame seeds, peanuts, dried beans and peas, crispy shallots, shrimp powder, fish sauce and lime. The raw menu features seafood and vegan selections including shima sashimi, Peruvian tiraditos, ceviches and more. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Chartres House
601 Chartres St., (504) 586-8383; www.chartreshouse.com
Cashew-crusted redfish is topped with praline-cashew sauce and served with Cajun potatoes and steamed vegetables. The Chartres burger combines a grilled half-pound Angus beef patty, a hot sausage patty, provolone cheese and garlic mayonnaise on a jalapeno-cheddar bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Chateau Cafe
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., (504) 286-1777; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 461-9819; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Suite E4, Kenner, (504) 465-9444; www.chateaucafe.com
The barbecue shrimp wrap fills a garlic-herb tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise. Southwestern chicken salad comes with corn, salsa, black beans, cheddar Jack cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, tortilla strips, romaine and ranch dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Chicken Sue's
203 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 371-5546; www.chickensues.com
The pork po-boy features slow-roasted pulled pork with house barbecue sauce. The Soprano po-boy includes fried eggplant, melted provolone and red gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Coffee Rani
234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; 3517 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com
The vegetable tortilla is filled with roasted vegetables, avocado and alfalfa sprouts and served with salsa. Thinly sliced tuna sashimi is served with greens and peanut dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

Common Grounds
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 227-2200; www.commongroundsgretna.com
The Asian-Cajun wings are marinated, Cajun-spiced and deep-fried chicken wings served with sweet Thai chili sauce. Mushroom St. Trey comes overstuffed with artichoke in cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Corner Cafe
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 454-1008
The seafood platter for two includes two cups of gumbo, stuffed jalapeno poppers, onion rings, crab balls, stuffed shrimp, baby soft-shell crabs, popcorn shrimp, fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried catfish, salad and hushpuppies. The seafood platter po-boy is filled with shrimp, catfish, oysters, crab balls and french fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Crepes a la Cart
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-2362; www.crepecaterer.com
The salmon Benedict crepe is filled with smoked salmon, eggs, hollandaise and a choice of cheese. There are breakfast, dessert and build-your-own crepes, as well as ice cream, coffee and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Croissant D'or
617 Ursulines Ave., (504) 524-4663; www.croissantdornola.com
The bakery offers an array of croissants, fruit tarts, cookies, quiches and more. The ham and Swiss cheese sandwich is served on a flaky house-baked croissant. Almond croissants are filled with almond paste and topped with almond slices. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Daisy Dukes
121 Chartres St., (504) 561-5171; 123 Carondelet St., (504) 522-2233; 5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 883-5513; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com
The New Orleans sampler features red beans and rice, jambalaya, a cup of gumbo, fried green tomatoes and a biscuit. The seafood omelet contains crawfish, shrimp, tomatoes and mushrooms and cheese is an optional addition. Delivery available from Carondelet Street location. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Drip 'n Sip
701 David Drive, Suite G, Metairie, (504) 733-3747; www.dripnsip.com
The supreme BLT combines hickory-smoked bacon, mayonnaise, avocado, romaine lettuce and tomato on a warm croissant. The spicy Cuban sandwich is made with thin-sliced ham, slow-roasted marinated pork, pepper Jack cheese, pickled jalapenos and Creole mustard on pressed French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

The English Tea Room
734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.com
Coronation chicken salad is made with grapes, apples and a touch of cream and can be served on a salad or a sandwich. Windsor high tea includes a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, mini quiches, two mini cakes, a chocolate-dipped strawberry and scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Ernst Cafe
600 S. Peters St., (504) 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net
Fried green tomatoes are topped with sauteed shrimp and remoulade. Deep-fried crab cakes feature jumbo lump crabmeat, herbs, Creole spices and fresh breadcrumbs and are topped with shrimp remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Espresso Express
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116; 639 Loyola Ave., seventh floor; (504) 524-5115; www.facebook.com/espresso-express
The Club panino is made with thinly sliced ham and turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon, tomatoes and honey mustard on grilled grain bread. The grilled Thai chicken wrap is a tortilla filled with cucumbers, carrots, sweet Thai chili sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Fresco Cafe & Pizzeria
7625 Maple St., (504) 862-6363; www.frescocafe.us
The menu includes pizza, strombolis, sandwiches, pita wraps, salads and more. The Fresco special pie is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, caramelized onions and roasted red peppers. The roasted eggplant and pesto roll is made with red peppers, onions, Kalamata olives, feta, mozzarella and house-made pesto. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Gazebo Cafe
1016 Decatur St., (504) 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola.com
The menu features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daiquiris. The New Orleans sampler includes jambalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice. Other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Gracious Bakery + Cafe
1000 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., Suite 100, (504) 301-3709; www.graciousbakery.com
Tarragon chicken salad is topped with pickled red onions and comes on green onion ciabatta. Pretzel croissants come topped with coarse sea salt. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Hickory Cafe & Grill
1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 737-0033
The focaccia burger features an 8-ounce patty, pepper Jack cheese, roasted red peppers, bacon, spinach and basil mayonnaise on focaccia bread. For brunch, Cajun Benedict combines poached eggs, boudin, biscuits and hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

Hobnobber Cafe
5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, (504) 734-8448; www.hobnobbercafe.com
The Hobnobber po-boy features hot roast beef, ham and Swiss cheese. Monday's red beans special comes with smoked sausage or a breaded pork chop. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Horn's
1940 Dauphine St., (504) 459-4676; www.hornsnola.com
The waffle Cochon features a cornbread waffle with pulled pork, chimichurri, and house-pickled peppers. The Creole Cuban is made with pork, ham grilled, house-made Creole mustard and house made pickles. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Il Posto Italian Cafe
4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620; www.facebook.com/ilpostocafe
Prosciutto panino includes prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and house-made pesto. Chez Brussels sprouts salad consists of shaved Brussels sprouts, toasted almonds, Parmesan and lemon-herb vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Jimmy J's Cafe
115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360; www.jimmyjscafe.com
The Three Little Pigs sandwich features a lightly battered chicken breast, Neuske's ham and bacon, Swiss cheese and tasso bechamel on a brioche bun. Eggs Lafitte features two poached eggs over deep-fried andouille grit cakes topped with crawfish hollandaise and served with sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Juju Bag Cafe
5363 Franklin Ave., (504) 872-0969; www.thejujubagcafe.com
The Juju spicy fried oyster po-boy comes dressed with honey-sweet pepper sauce, blue cheese, lettuce, pickles and tomato on whole wheat french bread. Fried chicken is served with shrimp and okra simmered in Creole tomato sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Fri. and late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$

Kelley's Village Inn
9201 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, (504) 737-4610
The menu includes pizza, Italian dishes, lunch specials and boiled crawfish. The seafood muffuletta contains catfish, shrimp and oysters. Char-grilled oysters are topped with Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

La Divina Gelateria
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; Loyola University, 501 Pine St., (504) 865-2011; www.ladivinagelateria.com
Thick-crust Neapolitan-style pizza features mozzarella baked into the dough and is topped with marinara and Pecorino Romano cheese. The porchetta panino features slow-roasted pork marinated with fennel, herbs and balsamic vinegar and served in its own gravy with tomato on ciabatta. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

La Madeleine
601 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, (504) 456-1624; 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com
Baked goods include croissants, turnovers, muffins, cookies and breads. The hot chicken Parisien features balsamic chicken, bacon, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato and mayonnaise on a sourdough roll and is served with chips or pasta salad. Strawberry spinach salad is tossed with strawberry vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com
The Fleur de Lis panino includes oven-roasted turkey, smoked Gouda, asparagus and applebutter spread on a grilled ciabatta baguette or multigrain or wheat bread. The chicken-avocado wrap is an herb-garlic, tomato-basil or wheat tortilla filled with grilled chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and mango vinaigrette and topped with fruit relish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Liberty's Kitchen
300 N. Broad St., (504) 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org
Students in the workforce development program prepare traditional and creative versions of local favorites. The Cajun Cobb salad features pan-seared shrimp, smoked sausage and blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Maple Street Patisserie
3138 Magazine St., (504) 309-9283; 7638 Maple St., (504) 304-1526; 8300 Earhart Blvd., (504) 265-8905; www.facebook.com/maplestpatisserie
Baked goods include muffins, turnovers, brownies, cupcakes, croissants and breads such as ciabatta, sourdough and whole wheat. Menus vary by location, and sandwiches include Black Forest ham and brie at the Maple Street location and house-smoked pastrami at the Magazine Street location. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Meals From the Heart Cafe
1100 N. Peters St., Suite 13, (504) 525-1953; www.mealsfromtheheartcafe.com
Crab cake Passion is lump crabmeat served with mixed greens, tomatoes and garlic-lemon remoulade. Gluten-free, low-sodium gumbo combines okra, shrimp, turkey sausage and chicken in organic broth with tomatoes, red onions, bell pepper, garlic and celery. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

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

click to enlarge Diners enjoy lunch at Messina’s Runway Cafe at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Diners enjoy lunch at Messina’s Runway Cafe at New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

Messina's Runway Cafe
6001 Stars & Stripes Blvd., Suite 126, (504) 241-5300; www.messinasterminal.com
The breakfast menu includes a crab and brie omelet and Cajun style pain perdu. Daily specials include burgers, salads and Creole favorites. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery
2440 Chartres St., (504) 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com
The crab sandwich features local crabmeat, bacon, melted brie and sauteed spinach on a choice of bread. There's also a selection of baked goods including chocolate cupcakes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

NOLA Beans
762 Harrison Ave., (504) 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com
The triple-decker Magic club sandwich layers ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and house-made spread on a choice of bread. The Spanish Fort salad combines grilled chicken, romaine, avocado, pico de gallo, corn, black beans and avocado ranch dressing. The breakfast menu is available all day Sunday. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

The Nutrition Company
4350 Hwy. 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.facebook.com/thenutritioncompany
All juices and smoothies made here are completely organic. Fire-roasted vegetarian chili is meatless, beanless chili made with roasted tomatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

The Munch Factory
6325 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 324-5372; www.themunchfactory.net
Nola Crab Cakes feature three sauteed jumbo lump crab cakes topped with remoulade. Uncle Joe's pasta is thin spaghetti tossed with andouille, crawfish and Gulf shrimp cream sauce, topped with breaded chicken and served with garlic bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Pagoda Cafe
1430 N. Dorgenois St., (504) 644-4178; www.pagodacafe.net
Baked goods include pastries, Terranova sausage rolls and kale, garbanzo bean and feta turnovers. Salmon mousse is served on Bellegarde Bakery bread crostini with capers and red onions. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Paradise Cafe
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-4141; www.paradisecafeandgifts.com
The Paradise club sandwich is filled with turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato and mayonnaise. The chef's salad is topped with ham, turkey, bacon, tomato, egg and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Petite Amelie
900 Royal St., (504) 412-8065; www.cafeamelie.com
Spiced lamb meatloaf is served on a pressed flatbread sandwich dressed with peppers and harissa mayonnaise. The Petite Amelie Cubano features thinly sliced, garlic-roasted pork, local ham, Swiss cheese and poblano peppers on pressed ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Refuel Cafe
8124 Hampson St., (504) 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.com
Brioche French toast includes thick-cut brioche toast served with applewood-smoked bacon and two eggs any style. The three-egg Baja omelet is filled with applewood-smoked bacon, avocado and cheddar and served with Greek yogurt ranchero, a side and toast. Refuel also offers sandwiches and grits plates. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Riccobono's Peppermill
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-2266; bwww.riccoonos.com
Eggplant Madelaine features pan-fired eggplant medallions topped with stewed Roma tomatoes and Pecorino Romano cheese and served with spaghetti. Jumbo lump crab cakes are topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise and served with potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Ridge Bistro
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-4193; www.ridgebistro.com
Creole white beans and shrimp are served with smoked sausage in cream sauce. The Peppery Pig sandwich features layers of smoked ham, provolone cheese, baby spinach, tomato and Tabasco pepper jelly on a toasted croissant. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Rivista
4226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5558; www.rivistanola.com
The selection of turnovers includes baklava and Nutella with orange marmalade. The BBEAT is a house-made brioche bun with bacon, eggs, avocado, arugula and tomato. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

The Ruby Slipper Cafe
139 S. Cortez St., (504) 309-5531; 200 Magazine St., (504) 525-9355; 1005 Canal St., (504) 525-9355; 2001 Burgundy St., (504) 525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.net
Catfish St. Peter features pan-seared Mississippi farm-raised catfish over cheese grit cakes topped with poached eggs, a skewer of grilled shrimp, spinach and Creole mustard hollandaise. House-smoked salmon Benedict combines salmon, poached eggs, red onion, capers and dill hollandaise on a buttermilk biscuit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Sassafras Creole & Seafood Restaurant
2501 Leon C. Simon Drive, (504) 288-3939; www.sassafrasnola.com
Smothered okra features shrimp, smoked sausage and okra in Creole tomato sauce served over rice with salad. Crabellini features fried crab cakes over capellini tossed with sauteed crawfish tails, mushrooms and pesto sauce and comes with salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Satsuma Cafe
3218 Dauphine St., (504) 304-5962; 7901 Maple St., (504) 309-5557; www.satsumacafe.com
The egg, fruit and bacon breakfast plate comes with toast, a biscuit or black beans. There's a selection of fresh squeezed juices, such as grapefruit and beet juices. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Sneaky Pickle
4017 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5651; www.yousneakypickle.com
The breakfast flatbread with eggs or tofu is topped with local mustard greens, roasted potatoes and chipotle spread. The all-vegan Reuben features marinated tempeh, Thousand Island dressing, caramelized onions and sauerkraut on sourdough bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Somethin' Else Cafe
620 Conti St., (504) 373-6439; www.somethinelsecafe.com
The shrimp burger features an 8-ounce ground Louisiana shrimp patty topped with pepper Jack cheese, avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and special sauce on a bun, served with chips. Baked French toast is topped with creamy pecan-praline sauce and powdered sugar. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

Tartine
7217 Perrier St., (504) 866-4860; www.tartineneworleans.com
Tuna nicoise salad features tuna, hearts of palm, egg, anchovies, new potatoes, olives, haricots verts, piquillo peppers, roasted tomatoes and house vinaigrette. Salmon rillettes are served with capers, egg, onion marmalade and toasted baguette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Toast
5433 Laurel St., (504) 267-3260; www.toastneworleans.com
Aebleskivers are egg-battered Danish pancakes with toppings such as lemon curd and powdered sugar. Biscuits and sausage come with eggs, grits and Mornay sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Vianne's Tea House
544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com
House-baked scones are available in flavors such as cinnamon spice. The strawberry turkey panino has smoked turkey, strawberries, fresh basil, brie and red pepper jelly and comes with salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Village Coffee & Tea Company
5335 Freret St., (504) 861-1909; www.villagecoffeenola.com
The village salad features organic spinach, grated cheese, strawberries and walnuts and is topped with grilled chicken. The Freret club sandwich includes turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and honey mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Vine and Dine
141 Delaronde St., (504) 361-1402; www.vine-dine.com
Verde pizza is topped with pesto spread, spinach, beets, walnut and feta. Truffled portobello pizza is topped with portobello, prosciutto, Alfredo sauce and a drizzle of truffle oil. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

W.I.N.O.
610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000; www.winoschool.com
The fruit and cheese plate includes two cheeses, grapes and sliced apple. Sweet items include Debbie Does Doberge chocolate-covered red velvet cake balls. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Well
Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 593-6955; www.wellcompany.com
The Green smoothie combines lemon, spinach, celery, apple, parsley, avocado and banana. The Well smoothie is available in vanilla or chocolate with a base of almond milk or coconut water and fruits such as mango or strawberry. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Who Dat Coffee Cafe
2401 Burgundy St., (504) 872-0360; www.facebook.com/whodatcoffeecafe
The Marigny sandwich features crab and shrimp salad in remoulade served open-faced on ciabatta. Not Yo Mama's corn cakes feature jalapeno corn cake topped with creamy egg sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Z'otz
8210 Oak St., (504) 861-2224; www.zotzcafe.com
The sandwich options include roast beef or turkey dressed with Swiss cheese and mixed greens. The vegan muffuletta is made with tempeh and olive salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $





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