The Pat O’s shrimp and grits are pan-seared Gulf shrimp simmered in espagnole sauce and served with deep fried cheese-grit wedges. The Cajun shepherd’s pie features beef debris, carrots, celery, garlic and onions topped with cheddar cheese and mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Since 1933, the motto of this venerable French Quarter standard has been "Have fun!" — and bridal parties to international tourists have followed that rule with the aid of Pat O'Brien's signature Hurricane, served in a large souvenir glass. The old carriageway entrance takes guests to the "heart and soul" of the bar's patio, the flaming fountain. One guest is chosen nightly to light it. Visitors can place requests at the piano bar. During the holiday season Santa visits every Saturday night. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.