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301 Decatur St. 522-4964;
The menu here is huge and covers the gamut from a prawn in a bird's nest to a crawfish po-boy. This combination of Asian and Cajun influences puts a nice spin on classic local dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

3125 Esplanade Ave. 945-1919
Things are coming back to life in Mid-City, and the folks at Asian Pacific Café are up and running. The restaurant's Hawaiian- and Philippine-inspired cuisine is based on fresh fish and lots of it. Ask Chef Victor to "feed me" and you'll relish mouthfuls of unagi, tuna tartare or whatever just came off the boat. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri., dinner Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

3900 Williams Blvd., Kenner 712-0899
It's buffet or bust at Asian Super Buffet, where steam tables are filled with scores of authentic Chinese dishes. The restaurant boasts more than 200 buffet items, with cuisine that spans the globe, focusing on Chinese, Japanese and American favorites. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-4383
If you come hungry, you will be pleased with the massive varieties of Chinese food on the buffet. Not everything is Chinese; Japanese sushi, Thai dishes and boatloads of seafood are available for your consumption as well. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

217 Camp St. (International House Hotel) 523-1200; www.lemongrassrest.comWithin the walls of a trendy boutique hotel sits this hip, contemporary Asian restaurant. Chef Minh Bui has returned to create his version of French-Vietnamese cuisine that made him famous, from delicate shrimp dumplings to wok smoked salmon in balsamic reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

500 St. Charles Ave. (Best Western Parc St. Charles) 299-8004Pad thai dishes take center stage and are offered with shrimp, chicken, beef or pork. The big windows of the restaurant offer a fish-bowl view of the world on St. Charles Avenue, while you twirl noodles with chopsticks. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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