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You can have your cake and eat it too with the Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide. Hold onto the issue for a handy reference to new dining options and old favorites throughout the New Orleans area and Northshore. Restaurant listings are arranged alphabetically and include information about dishes, hours of operation, reservation policies and prices.



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Spring Restaurant Guide

7 ON FULTON 701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.com Chef Matthew Fultz prepares contemporary Creole dishes like alligator ravioli with sauce piquant and crispy duck breast with sweet potato gnocchi and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

13 MONAGHAN 517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com In the wee hours of the morning, 13 Monaghan serves a menu that's both wallet- and vegetarian-friendly. Tater Tachos are topped with nacho condiments. Veggie burgers, pita pizza and deli sandwiches abound. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

5FIFTY5 Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., 553-5638; www.marriott.com 5Fifty5 boasts a wide-ranging menu, from New Orleans classics like seafood gumbo to upscale comfort food like lobster macaroni and cheese. More exotic forays include pan-roasted Hawaiian sea bass and Moroccan spiced duck with spicy harissa. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ABITA BAR-B-Q 69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205 Abita gets to the meat of the matter with slow-cooked brisket and pork. Platter options offer slabs of ribs, turkey legs, smoked boudin, half chickens and pork steaks. For side items, try macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob or 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 Tap into Abita Brew Pub's steady supply of Abita beer and order from a large menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. Creative entrees include boudin-stuffed quail and double-cut pork chops served on andouille cornbread stuffing. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; www.acmeoyster.com The oyster bar made the original Acme famous. Start with a dozen raw and order from a menu full of local seafood options. The kitchen also offers dishes like gumbo, po-boys and red beans served in bread bowls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ACQUISTAPACE'S SUPERMARKET 125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-7554; www.acquistapace.com Acquistapace's has a gourmet deli department featuring sandwiches such as the popular hot roast beef. Daily specials include Thursday's fried chicken special and Friday's seafood option. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ACROPOLIS 3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046 Greek and a few Italian dishes fill the Mediterranean menu at Acropolis. The menu ranges from pizza and lasagna to gyros, moussaka, lamb chops and salads. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ADAM'S CATFISH HOUSE 8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 392-0541 Adam's serves up plenty of tasty catfish, either grilled or fried. The menu also includes hamburgers, chicken dishes, pork chops and steaks. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

click to enlarge At Bacco, chef Chris Montero prepares contemporary Creole and Italian dishes. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • At Bacco, chef Chris Montero prepares contemporary Creole and Italian dishes.

ADOBE CANTINA & SALSA 1905 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 419-0027; www.adoberestaurant.com Adobe serves many popular Mexican dishes. Chimichangas are fried burritos stuffed with steak, ground beef or chicken and served with rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ADOLFO'S 611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800 A longtime fixture on Frenchmen Street in the Marigny, Adolfo's specializes in Italian cuisine with a Creole sensibility. The catch of the day is pan-sauteed and topped with shrimp, crab and Creole sauce. Entrees include velvety-smooth cannelloni topped with marinara sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

AJA 3009 Magazine St., 309-4749 Chinese and Japanese dishes share the menu at Aja. There are bento boxes with teriyaki and Chinese combination platters with kung pao shrimp or Hunan beef at lunchtime. Menu options range from sushi and hand rolls to crab rangoons, spring rolls and fried rice and noodle dishes. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT 1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.com Albasha offers a wide range of Mediterranean dishes. Choose from chicken shawarma, vegetarian plates, seafood, gyro platters of mixed beef and lamb, or lighter fare such as salads topped with feta or tabbouleh. For dessert, there's baklava drizzled with honey. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILLE 811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com Quarter revelers and service industry workers don't need an excuse to stop by the Alibi for cheese fries, nachos, chicken fingers and a big menu of bar food favorites. Burgers, salads and po-boys also are served. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours 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 such as New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp in spicy sauce served over garlic mashed potatoes and crawfish carbonara. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

THE ALPINE 620 Chartres St., 523-3005; www.thealpinebistro.com Tucked away just off Jackson Square, the Alpine offers a menu of Creole and Cajun dishes. There are standards like jambalaya and etouffee plus signature dishes like smoked duck and grilled tuna La Boheme. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com Chef Andrea Apuzzo prepares an array of Northern Italian dishes. Oysters Nettuno are oysters on the half shell with remoulade and cocktail sauce. Trota Bayou LaFourche is a sauteed fillet of speckled trout topped with lump crabmeat in a lemon cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANGELI ON DECATUR 1141 Decatur St., 566-0077 A mix of Italian and Middle Eastern food and a dose of bohemian ambience make for eclectic meals at Angeli. There are pastas, sandwiches, wraps and dips. Lucifer's special pizza is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, red onions and jalapenos. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANGELO BROCATO 214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com Brocato's offers ice cream, spumoni, Italian ices and baked goods. There are 24 ice cream flavors made fresh with milk, cream, fruit, nuts and nut pastes. Sicilian cannolis with chocolate and nuts are popular. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION 71495 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.com Chef Ronald Bonnette focuses on traditional New Orleans Creole cuisine. Gulf fish Gabrielle is a sauteed Gulf fish fillet topped with shrimp sauteed with tomato and herbs in lemon beurre blanc and served with wild rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

ANSELMO'S 3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 889-1212 Anselmo's specializes in local seafood and Creole-inspired Italian dishes. Entrees include a catch of the day, and veal Fillipo, rosemary-breaded baby veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon butter sauce served over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com The city's oldest restaurant offers a glimpse of what 19th century French-Creole dining was like, with a labyrinthine series of dining rooms and a menu as traditional as the architecture. Oysters Rockefeller, pompano en papillote, crawfish Cardinal and baked Alaska are signature dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE APPLE SEED SHOPPE 201 St. Charles Ave., 529-3442 Nestled in the Place St. Charles food court, this health-conscious cafe caters to calorie-counters with items like grilled turkey or chunky chicken salad. Or try a salad topped with cheese, egg, avocado, lettuce and tomato. Fruit salad and smoothies round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR Citywide; www.applebees.com Applebee's incorporates a wide range of culinary modes into its menu, serving everything from steaks and burgers to fried seafood to fajitas and Italian-accented pasta bowls. There also are menus of drinks, desserts and kids' items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT 813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnauds.com Start an evening at Arnaud's in the French 75 bar, then step into the gilded world of Arnaud's many dining rooms, trimmed in polished woods and beveled glass. The kitchen produces a host of French-Creole classics, including shrimp Arnaud and oysters Bienville. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ASIAN SUPER BUFFET  3900 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 712-0899 A wide selection of Chinese dishes fill seven stations at Asian Super Buffet. Scoop up a taste of both sweet-and-sour chicken, beef and broccoli and more. Mongolian barbecue dishes are cooked to order and allow diners a choice of meat and vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Sun. Credit cards. $

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2631 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.com For more than 20 years, Assunta's has served classic Neapolitan cuisine including lasagna, eggplant Parmesan and chicken cacciatore. The veal Assunta features lightly-breaded veal topped with shrimp and served in a baciamella sauce with a side of fettuccine. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

ATCHAFALAYA 901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626; www.cafeatchafalaya.com A converted corner is a welcoming place to enjoy creative Creole cooking. Appetizers include fried green tomatoes and Louisiana crabmeat. Shrimp and grits in a subtle smoked-tomato andouille broth is a popular dish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com Attiki serves Middle Eastern dishes including hummus, shish kebabs, falafel sandwiches and entrees like rack of lamb. The soft-shell crab meuniere is served with sauteed vegetables and garlic potatoes. Attiki also offers a traditional seafood paella. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

AUDUBON GOLF CLUBHOUSE 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.org Fortify tee time with clubhouse fare like hamburgers and hot dogs or enjoy more creative items. The clubhouse chicken salad platter delivers chunky diced chicken breast with pecans and red grapes on a bed of spring mix. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

AUGUST MOON 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www.augustmoonneworleans.com Chinese and Vietnamese dishes share the menu at August Moon. Crispy lemongrass shrimp features wok-sauteed shrimp, onions and minced lemongrass served with vermicelli and nuoc cham sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT & STEAKHOUSE 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533; www.austinsno.com Austin's serves Creole-Italian cuisine and steaks. Austin's signature appetizer, Crabmeat Austin, features jumbo lump crabmeat and asparagus drizzled in Dijon remoulade. Specials include flash-fried frog legs, lobster remoulade and crabmeat-stuffed salmon. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

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BABYLON CAFE 7724 Maple St., 314-0010 Babylon Cafe offers familiar Mediterranean dishes including hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and pita bread. Home-baked najah bread is an alternative to pita. For entrees, try kebabs, gyros, shawarma, the eggplant sandwich or vegetarian dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BACCO 310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.com Bacco boasts a menu combining Creole and Italian culinary influences. Lobster ravioli is stuffed with Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp, tossed in Champagne butter sauce and garnished with caviar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BALCONY BAR & CAFE 3201 Magazine St., 894-8888 Enjoy spring weather outside on the balcony with typical bar bites. Menu items include the Balcony burger, a half-pound patty topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, green peppers, bacon and jalapenos. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BAMBU AT HARRAH'S CASINO 4 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahs.com Bambu offers a winning combination of Asian dishes ranging from sushi to hot entrees. Recipes hail from China, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. House specialties include spicy Hunan-style stir-fried grouper and honey-wasabi glazed shrimp. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS 3700 Magazine St., 895-2225 Chef Edgar Caro fuses elements from the cuisines of his hometown (Cartagena, Colombia) with those of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Baru offers tapas dishes like ceviche, as well as entrees like guava-braised duck breast and the lechon Cubano, a slow-roasted pork shoulder. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BASIL LEAF 1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001 This Carrollton-area favorite serves traditional Thai fare like pad Thai, spring rolls and curry as well as new twists on standard Thai dishes. The whole coconut curry overflows with sea scallops and shrimp sauteed with coconut meat and eggplant in red curry, served in a coconut shell with jasmine rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYONA 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com Chef Susan Spicer blends contemporary Creole cooking with ingredients and flavors from around the globe. Some mainstay dishes include smoked quail salad with pears, grilled shrimp with black bean cake and peppered lamb loin with goat cheese and Zinfandel sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BAYOU COFFEE HOUSE & CAFE 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 484-7390; www.bayoucoffeehouse.com Order a full breakfast or snack on sweet treats like brownies and bananas Foster cheesecake. Lunch features salads, panini and burgers. There is full bar service including daiquiris. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Fri.-Wed. Credit cards. $

THE BEACH HOUSE 2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470 Popular dishes include boiled 1 lb. lobster served with spicy corn and potatoes and a grilled 12-oz. pork chop served with french fries, a baked potato or sweet potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL 4905 Canal St., 488-7357 Beachcorner's trademark burger boasts a whopping 10 ounces of ground sirloin. Choose from toppings like blue cheese or sauteed mushrooms. For lighter options, order the grilled tuna steak or 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 Bean Gallery offers espresso, coffee drinks and thick Turkish coffee. Breakfast includes bagels, croissants and egg sandwiches. For lunch, try the prosciutto and asparagus panini, and finish with gelato for dessert. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BEAR'S RESTAURANT 128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373 Just outside downtown Covington, Bear's specializes in big sandwiches, and has served arm-sized po-boys for 30 years. The hot roast beef po-boys are perennial favorites. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE 534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390 At Beck-N-Call Cafe, 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 etouffee and homemade lasagna. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEEBE'S ON THE LAKE 7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 302-9657 Beebe's focuses on local seafood. One daily special features pan-seared Gulf fish topped with crawfish lemon butter and served with roasted potatoes and maque choux. Shrimp are served in saffron garlic sauce over pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

BEEF CONNECTION 501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275 As the name suggests, the West Bank eatery serves up T-bones, rib-eyes, filets and New York strip steaks. During lunch, steak entrees include a choice of sides like potatoes or broccoli au gratin. There are daily lunch specials. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

BEGUE'S RESTAURANT AT THE ROYAL SONESTA 300 Bourbon St., 553-2278; www.beguesrestaurant.com Chef Elizabeth Barlow's menu of small plates puts a sophisticated spin on classic New Orleans cuisine. Grillades and grits is a popular eye-opener, and the filet mignon with truffled fries is a rich dinner option. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. 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 sauteed mix of lightly battered and fried chicken slices with julienned carrots and celery in sweet and spicy brown sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and 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 and daily lunch specials. The frozen coffee punch is an ice cream and espresso drink. The 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 scoop shop offers Ben & Jerry's rich flavors packed with fudge chunks, cookie dough and other decadent debris. Other options include sorbet, fruit smoothies and low-fat frozen yogurt. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BENNACHIN 1212 Royal St., 522-1230 Bennachin offers spicy dishes, vegetarian choices and a taste of African cooking traditions. Okra-based stews and beans served over rice showcase ties between African and Creole cooking. Nsuki alise is a dish of shrimp, chicken and cashews over rice. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

BENNIGAN'S GRILL AND TAVERN 3434 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-0664; www.bennigans.com Bennigan's offers a mix of pub favorites including burgers, steaks, fish and chips, shrimp tempura and Guinness-glazed chicken and shrimp. Buffalo wings are popular as an appetizer. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BESH STEAKHOUSE AT HARRAH'S 4 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahs.com John Besh's steakhouse deals diners big cuts of beef like the 38-oz. rib-eye cowboy steak and 30-day-aged New York strip. There are also dishes with local seafood, Abita Amber onion rings and produce from Louisiana farms. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE 2542 Canal St., 822-0214 This popular neighborhood spot is known for breakfast plates with pancakes, waffles, eggs and omelets. Lunch features dishes like liver and onions and lima beans with big ham shanks. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BIG SHIRLEY'S OF NEW ORLEANS 1434 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5858 Favorites on the menu at Big Shirley's include Belgian waffles topped with pecans, strawberries or blueberries. Omelets are made with sausage, seafood or vegetables. There is also a short list of po-boys. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BISTRO 38 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 836-5253 Located in the New Orleans Marriott in Metairie, the bistro offers up a wide variety of New Orleans and French dishes for tourists and locals. The Louisiana bouillabaisse combines fish, shrimp, oysters and crawfish in rich seafood broth. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE BISTRO AT MAISON DE VILLE 733 Toulouse St., 528-9206; www.hotelmaisondeville.com Whether seated in the intimate dining room or in the lush courtyard, guests can expect a creative touch from chef Greg Picolo. Try appetizers like house-smoked catfish timbale or entrees like pan-seared scallops with truffle-scented sauce Forestier. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BISTRO DAISY 5831 Magazine St., 899-6987 Appetizers include the jumbo lump crabmeat in horseradish aioli with chilled roasted beets, croutons and chives. The filet mignon is served with with truffled red wine demi-glace, mushroom blue cheese compound butter plus haricots verts and Lyonnaise potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS 5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780; www.bittersweetconfections.com Along with coffee drinks, Bittersweet offers 36 varieties of flavored truffles plus cookies, fudge, s'mores, macaroons, candied orange peels, caramels, sugar-free chocolates and other sweets, including gelati from La Divina. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

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. Sandwiches, panini, salads and homemade soups are offered at lunch. There are specialty coffee drinks as well. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

BLAST SMOOTHIES & ICE CREAM 143 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 302-2956 Blast offers fruit smoothies and a variety of ice cream items from malts, shakes and floats to banana splits and sundaes. Stop by for homemade baked goods like cinnamon rolls and banana bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BLUE PLATE CAFE 1330 Prytania St., 309-9500 Blue ceramic-tile tables and decorative plates brighten this cute cafe. Lunch features a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Barbecued salmon is rubbed with seasonings, grilled and topped with barbecue sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

BLUE TOMATO 4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000 This kitschy cantina features fajitas and carnitas alongside classic burgers, pizza and pasta. Yellowfin tuna steaks and smoked ribs are served with a side of pineapple baked beans and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Delachaise offers entrees like Moroccan chicken tagine. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

BLUEBIRD CAFE 3625 Prytania St., 895-7166 The Bluebird offers breakfast staples such as waffles, bagels, eggs and huevos rancheros with corn tortillas, black beans, fried eggs, ranchero sauce, cheese and salsa. The lunchtime menu includes burgers, fish sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $

BOMBAY CLUB 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com The Bombay Club has a lengthy martini menu and a creative kitchen. Try braised pork shank slow cooked with Creole white beans and collard greens. Other dishes include the pan-seared Maine diver scallops with potato-corn hash and chimichurri sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE 401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com Originally founded in the early 1900s, the Bon Ton has served Cajun and Creole food continually since its second opening in 1953. The namesake broiled redfish Bon Ton is served with lemon butter sauce. The signature Rum Ramsey cocktail is a holdover from the original. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

BONEFISH GRILL 200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-0662; www.bonefishgrill.com Bonefish offers seafood from waters near and far, including tuna, mahi, sea bass, lobster and more. Start a meal with appetizers like the spicy bang bang shrimp or jumbo lump crab cakes with two sauces. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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. Weekday lunches are served buffet-style and generally includes items like jerk chicken, chicken stew, chicken curry, rice and beans and other dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOUCHERIE 8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherie-nola.com Boucherie is the home base for the chefs behind the rolling gourmet stand known as the Purple Truck. Smoked beef brisket is served with garlic butter and Parmesan french fries. Blackened shrimp and grit cakes are topped with bacon vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-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. An off-the-menu locals' special features three courses for under $30. Entree choices include redfish on the half shell. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com Bravo Cucina's Italian dishes include pasta Bravo, combining rigatoni, grilled chicken and mushrooms in red pepper cream sauce. A popular seafood dish is the tilapia topped with crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BREAUX MART Citywide; www.breauxmart.com Breaux Mart offers a wide variety of sandwiches and dishes. Changing daily specials include crispy fried or lemon-baked catfish on Wednesdays. Other popular dishes include ribs, savory beef brisket and seafood gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT 417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com There's no better way to start a decadent breakfast at Brennan's than with an eye-opening bourbon milk punch. In the evening, try classics like trout amandine or crabs bearnaise and finish with bananas Foster. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRICK OVEN CAFE 2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097 Brick Oven serves entrees of fish, beef, chicken and veal prepared in classic New Orleans-Italian style. Redfish piccata is a broiled fillet topped with crawfish lemon-butter sauce and capers, served over angel hair pasta in marinara sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT 723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.com Frank Brigsten serves updated Creole and contemporary Louisiana cooking in a beautiful, converted home. Game dishes like roast duck with cornbread dressing and tart dried-cherry sauce are house specialties. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BROOKLYN PIZZA 4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288; www.eatbrooklyn.net Create your own thin-crust, New York-style pies with toppings including Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, black olives, banana peppers, salami and ricotta cheese. Brooklyn also offers hero-style sandwiches, calzones, pasta dishes and desserts such as tiramisu and cannolis. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON 1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217 A Jazz Fest favorite, Brooks serves appetizers including cheese sticks, stuffed olives and egg rolls. Half-pound burgers, chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers and Brooks' fish sandwich all come with fries or potato salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE 1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073 Known for its specially seasoned fried seafood, the menu at Brothers features a hearty homemade oyster and artichoke soup. For dessert, bread pudding is topped with rich praline sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT 819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com Cognac and citrus enliven the signature Broussard's Smile cocktail. The French-Creole menu offers dishes like Louisiana bouillabaisse with shellfish and finfish in savory saffron-tomato broth. The veal chop and the wild game grill are popular dishes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN 7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com Bruno's is a university-area hangout with large-screen TVs and a lively bar. Buffalo Bruno is a fried chicken breast in Buffalo sauce topped with blue cheese and lettuce. The Firecracker salad combines fried shrimp, blue cheese and peppers in pepper jelly vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY 429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com Fried and boiled seafood star on the menu at this theme restaurant inspired by the film Forrest Gump. The menu is heavy on fried shrimp dishes and movie references, like Bubba's Far Out Dip with spinach and artichokes. The menu includes salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER Citywide Bud's built its reputation on flame-broiled burgers. Toppings include grated cheddar, hickory sauce, chili or a second beef patty. Other options include a grilled chicken sandwich and hot dogs. For dessert there are apple, peach and cherry pies. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

BUFFA'S LOUNGE 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038 The barroom at Buffa's might be the first place you'd think of for breakfast — if you've been there all night. The kitchen offers homemade biscuits with sausage gravy and build-your-own omelets with up to 10 fillings. The tavern serves salads, Cajun-seasoned steaks, burgers and sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S 8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com A wealth of options await at all hours at Harrah's multi-station buffet. Start with gumbo or shrimp cocktail and move on to pasta dishes made to order. Wednesday is steak night and Thursday features Dungeness crab. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

BULL'S CORNER 1036 W. Airline Hwy., Laplace, (985) 652-3544; www.bullscorner.com The eggplant Ponchartrain features crispy fried eggplant medallions, Gulf shrimp and Louisiana crabmeat with sauteed mushrooms and artichoke hearts on a bed of angel hair pasta. Daily and nightly specials include fried pork chops and roasted brisket. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE BULLDOG 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com The Bulldog is best known for its impressive line of import and domestic draught and bottled beer. It also serves sandwiches and bar food with original options like crawfish banditos. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S PLACE 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.net This oyster bar and restaurant offers many seafood dishes including crab and corn bisque, blue-crab cakes and platters of fried seafood. Chicken La Louisianne features marinated and grilled chicken breasts topped with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Sun.-Tue., Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BUSTER'S SOUL FOOD 2135 St. Charles Ave., 522-6602 Buster's specializes in home cooking, giving patrons a wide variety of options with mix-and-match platters. Smothered chicken can be paired with sides like cornbread, baked macaroni and cheese, mustard greens or jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUTCHER 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675: www.cochonbutcher.com Adjoining Cochon, chef Donald Link's Butcher offers house-butchered meats on muffulettas or other sandwiches and on charcuterie boards. Sausages and cured meats include andouille, boudin, tasso, chorizo, salami and others. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS 1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233 Byblos serves popular Mediterranean dishes including lamb kebabs, rotisserie chicken and chicken shawarma. The drunken halloumi appetizer is Cypriot cheese lightly pan-fried with ouzo and served over tomato slices with garlic aioli. 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 chicken kabobs are prepared to order from meats roasting on spits. Other items include salads, stuffed dolmas, and hummus and pita. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BYWATER RESTAURANT DELI & BBQ 3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445 Pizza and fresh seafood are not token anomalies at this brisket-and-pork emporium. If you're stuck, try the BBQ Piggy, a pulled-pork pie with jalapenos and cheese. The back patio is a prime destination during pleasant weather. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CC'S COFFEEHOUSE Citywide; www.communitycoffee.com This local chain of coffeehouses uses its own roasted blends in both hot and iced specialty drinks. Baked goods include muffins, pastries and bagels. Many locations also have wireless Internet. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CADDYSHACK 3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799 Caddyshack features a steady supply of New Orleans staple sandwiches including roast beef and shrimp po-boys. The restaurant also offers weekly specials such as Wednesday Steak Night and Friday seafood platters with oysters on the half shell, boiled shrimp and crawfish. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFE 59 1931 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 727-1120; www.cafe59mandeville.com Cafe 59 is known for its eclectic breakfast items like Alexis' Wake-Up Yogurt Banana Split and the giant croissant omelet. At lunch, Baja fish tacos feature grilled catfish topped with Baja sauce, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro and lime. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR 300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com Chris Lusk's Biscuit & Gravy — a cracklin' biscuit with duck confit and "foie gravy" — spotlights the chef's talent for reinventing Southern favorites. Classic New Orleans dishes include turtle soup, shrimp remoulade and Gulf fish entrees. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE AMELIE 912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.princessofmonaco.com Cafe Amelie has a romantic courtyard where diners can enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches and seasonal salads. Roasted oysters, rack of lamb with Scotch bonnet peppers and Louisiana crab cake with citrus drizzle are popular choices. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE BAMBOO 435 Esplanade Ave., 940-5546; www.cafebamboo.com Downstairs from the Dragon's Den, Cafe Bamboo offers a mix of Caribbean- and soul-food inspired vegetarian fare that even stretches into vegan territory with collard green egg rolls. The menu includes wraps, soups, rice bowls and pasta dishes. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFE BEIGNET 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; 819 Decatur St., 522-9929; www.cafebeignet.com Cafe 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. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge In the university neighborhood, Bruno's Tavern's full menu includes Cobb salad. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • In the university neighborhood, Bruno's Tavern's full menu includes Cobb salad.

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO 4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2299 This busy Kenner cafe's breakfast plate delivers eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and your choice of toast or biscuit. The lunch and dinner menus offer an array of salads and sandwiches like the new grilled chicken Caesar wrap. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DEGAS 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafedegas.com This breezy and casual French-style cafe serves classical dishes like mignonettes de veau au Parmesan, Parmesan-crusted veal medallions with caper beurre blanc and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DIBLASI 1801 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown, 361-3106 This traditional Italian eatery's signature dish is veal DiBlasi, breaded, pan-fried veal topped with lump crabmeat and lemon cream sauce and served with salad. Other entrees include bracioloni, beef round stuffed with meats and cheeses and simmered in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DITALI 2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-0058 Diners keep going back to Ditali for dishes like chicken Pomodori, which is loaded with onions, bell peppers and sun-dried tomatoes and covered in two sauces. Specials include the crab cake Parmesan and changing soups of the day. Meat-filled calzones also are popular. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DU MONDE Citywide; www.cafedumonde.com Cafe Du Monde serves cafe au lait and hot beignets topped with mounds of powdered sugar. While the original Decatur Street location remains a French Quarter landmark, satellite shops can be found scattered throughout the metro area. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CAFE EAST 4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.com Traditional Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes get creative treatment at this pretty restaurant. Specialties include General Tso and sesame chicken dishes and gyoza dumplings. Other items include spring rolls, soups and Mongolian beef. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ENVIE 1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.myspace.com/envienola Regulars come for casual meals, a quick coffee drink or to linger at one of the sidewalk tables at this cafe near the French Market. The menu includes Southern-style breakfast dishes, bagels and fresh pastries, sandwiches and vegetarian options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EQUATOR 2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772 Cafe Equator offers Southeast Asian cuisine with southern hospitality. Try house specialties like pad Thai, drunken noodles and pad woon sen, a dish of clear noodles sauteed with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, onions and zucchini. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FLEUR DE LIS 307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com Waffles, pancakes and heartier fare like steak and eggs greet the morning crowd at this casual cafe. The Fleur de Lis omelet is packed with crawfish, onions, bell peppers and pepper Jack cheese and topped with crawfish etouffee. Lunch brings a lineup of salads, burgers and panini. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET 7329 Freret St., 861-7890 Freret's Black and Blue Voodoo burger doesn't stop at just beef and cheese. Piled high on toasted ciabatta are an 8-oz. patty, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, vegetables and garlic mayo. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FRESCA 4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010 Cafe Fresca serves homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials like the fried chicken club salad with crumbled bacon, avocado, chopped egg, tomatoes and croutons. The Santa Fe features marinated grilled chicken breast with mashed avocado, tomato and onion relish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE GIOVANNI 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com Chef Duke LoCicero calls his culinary style New World Italian. Oysters Giovanni are fried oysters on a bed of five sauces. There are nightly dinner specials. The lounge and martini bar offers finely crafted cocktails with fresh ingredients. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily and brunch Sun. Credit cards $$

CAFE GRANADA 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612 Cafe Grenada offers a wide range of hot and cold tapas, including many vegetarian options, inspired by Castilian and Mediterranean flavors. The classic paella is made with seasonal fish, shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, chicken and peas. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ 

CAFE LATTE II 2324 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-6343; www.cafelatte2.com Start the day at Caffe Latte with a breakfast burrito and come back for 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. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE LUNA 802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444 Cafe Luna's cooler spring offerings include matcha green tea lemonade and sweet summer teas. For light lunch, try a vegetable panino with pesto and avocado. Pastries include fresh-baked muffins, scones, bagels and pound cakes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE LYNN 3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.com The chef's seafood-stuffed eggplant is served with fresh tomato fondue. The crabmeat and cheese cannelloni is a blend of ricotta, goat, Swiss and Romano cheeses baked in homemade pasta with truffle cream sauce and jumbo lump crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MADEA'S 731 Common St., 558-3998 This tiny downtown cafe serves large portions of flavorful soul food staples. Dishes like red beans, gumbo, pork chops and fried catfish keep regulars coming back. Rib-sticking daily specials include the stuffed bell peppers (Tuesday) and pasta tossed with chicken and shrimp (Wednesday). No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE MASPERO 601 Decatur St., 523-6250 It's common to see a line of hungry patrons waiting for a table along Decatur Street outside Maspero's. It is known for overstuffed deli sandwiches — pastrami and corned beef are popular. Both conventional and vegetarian muffulettas are offered. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE MINH 4139 Canal St., 482-6266 Chef Minh Bui's Vietnamese cuisine incorporates inventive French and Creole influences. Vietnamese spring rolls are bundles of shrimp, avocado, cucumber, cilantro and rice noodles in rice paper, served with peanut-citrus dipping sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE NAVARRE 800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828 Stop in for omelets and breakfast plates in the morning or for salads, panini, po-boys and burgers at lunch. The Mediterranean omelet is packed with sauteed spinach, artichoke, feta, mozzarella, onion and tomato. Roast beef po-boys are filled with slow-cooked debris. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

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 menu of burgers, tangy barbecue and tender ribs. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE NINO 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-9200 Cafe Nino has more than just pizza. The menu features Italian favorites like chicken or veal Marsala, eggplant parmigiana, sandwiches and pasta with meatballs. Pizza options include thick or thin crusts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$

CAFE PONTALBA 546 St. Peter St., 522-1180 New Orleans favorites are standard fare at this bustling cafe with open French doors looking out on Jackson Square. Diners can choose from etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE PONTCHARTRAIN AT TREASURE CHEST CASINO 5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (800) 298-0711; www.treasurechest.com The cafe offers quick and casual diner fare like burgers, sandwiches, salads and changing daily specials. No reservations. Lunch, dinner daily and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE RANI 2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; www.caferanimagazine.com This Garden District cafe features a diverse menu, including curried chicken salad, blackened redfish po-boys, burgers and sophisticated entrees. The Rani Watcher menu identifies the cafe's lighter options. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.org Designed to train young adults for jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry, this Central City cafe offers a lunch menu of soul food entrees, Creole dishes and daily specials like creamy crawfish pasta with salad. Don't miss the bananas Foster bread pudding for dessert. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA UPTOWN 1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.com Cafe Roma's gourmet pies include a margherita pizza with sliced tomato, basil, garlic, oregano, olive oil, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Other options include pasta entrees, sandwiches, salads and desserts like tiramisu and turtle cheesecake. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD 632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300 This Marigny cafe has sidewalk seating and comfy armchairs indoors. Linger over espresso drinks, coffee, tea and exotic sodas. Choose from a selection of cookies, biscuits and other pastries. Quiches are made fresh daily. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROYALE 3343 Metairie Road., Metairie, 304-8438 Cafe Royale serves daily specials like veal pot roast with mashed potatoes, salad and garlic bread on Tuesdays and crawfish etouffee on Fridays. Popular menu items include Thai chicken salad and muffuletta panini. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE ANGELINA 5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770 This family-run restaurant serves a large assortment of salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees. Roast beef Angelina features roast beef with lettuce, tomato, spicy peppers and avocado on ciabatta bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE! 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com An expansive menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads, quiche, daily specials and a selection of teas. A favorite is grilled chicken avocado salad with romaine lettuce tossed with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, orange segments, red onions and mango vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA 5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052; www.caffelatteda.com Drop in for breakfast bagels, muffins, omelets and coffee. Healthy lunch options include the Oriental salad or California turkey wrap. The Lenten menu includes seafood po-boys and crab cakes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB 'N' GRUB 116 Baronne St., 566-0055 Cajun Mike's serves po-boys and panini-pressed versions of chicken Parmesan and Cuban sandwiches. Bar snacks include broccoli bites, mini muffulettas and chicken wings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL 326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-9676 Get a taste of the Caribbean with clusters of Dungeness crab boiled in the chef's special spice mix and served with corn medallions and roasted new potatoes. Shrimp nachos makes a tasty appetizer. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFE 525 W. Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313 This family-friendly spot offers a menu of local favorites, including creamy corn and crab bisque. The fried seafood platter comes piled high with golden-fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, stuffed crabs and stuffed shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679 For years, New Orleanians have waited in line for a seat at the counter to enjoy chocolate freezes, omelets or fries topped with chili and cheese, and cheeseburgers with grilled onions. Pecan pie is served hot off the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA 516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.com At this Covington cafe, panini with fillings like roast turkey, ham, artichoke and cheese are served on ciabatta. There are specialty coffee drinks, including the Mexican coffee-styled Cafe Ole. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CANNON'S RESTAURANT 4141 St. Charles Ave., 891-3200; www.cannonsrestaurants.com Cannon's presence on St. Charles Avenue is as familiar as live oaks and streetcars. As cars rumble by, diners enjoy local favorites like the blackened catfish with a grilled crab cake and creamy Creole crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CANSECO'S MARKET 1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979; 3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2549 Canseco's stocks fresh produce, meat, fish and a large selection of cheeses, beer and wine. There is also a deli counter for rotisserie chickens, cold salads, hot daily specials and sandwiches made to order. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CARLOS MENCIA'S SUAVE NUEVO LATINO GRILL 200 Magazine St., 595-3211 This grill offers a range of Mexican favorites and Latin American dishes. Texas-style beef fajitas are served with homemade tortillas and the usual accompaniments. Paella marinara is seafood cooked with saffron rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CARMINE'S ITALIAN SEAFOOD & GRILL 4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7904 Creole and Italian cooking come together in dishes like the seafood-stuffed artichoke loaded with crawfish, shrimp and fish in dill cream sauce. Fried green tomatoes are topped with bronzed shrimp and jalapeno honey cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CARRETA'S GRILL 1340 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 847-0020; 2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6696 Order a Margarita with queso and chips for starters at these cantinas. The menu features fajitas and burritos, tacos and enchiladas are available à la carte or on combo plates. No reservations. Metairie: lunch and dinner daily. Slidell: lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA 800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8226; 8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354 Casa Garcia serves tamales, tacos and enchiladas and more distinctive dishes like the La Torta Loca. It's a Mexican-inspired po-boy with your choice of beef, chicken or pork tenderloin dressed with lettuce, tomato and caramelized onions. No reservations. Mandeville: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Metairie: Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASABLANCA 3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209; www.koshernola.com Casablanca combines Moroccan and Middle Eastern favorites like gyros, shawarma, hummus and falafel. Chicken Marrakech features a marinated and grilled boneless chicken breast. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.com A neighborhood institution since 1919, Casamento's serves oysters on the half shell, in seafood dishes and in oyster stew. The oyster loaf is a sandwich of fried oysters on thick toast. Other seafood choices include shrimp, soft-shell crabs and fried crab claws. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Local checks. $$

click to enlarge At Smitty's Seafood, boiled seafood options include shrimp and crawfish with corn, potatoes and sausage. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • At Smitty's Seafood, boiled seafood options include shrimp and crawfish with corn, potatoes and sausage.

CATE STREET SEAFOOD STATION 308 S. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 340-3891 Some of the freshest seafood at Cate Street comes in its sushi rolls. The tempura house special is filled with tuna, salmon, yellowtail and snow crab. There also are many Louisiana seafood dishes and a full and eclectic menu for landlubbers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE 1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 734-8455; www.cellarsrr.com The deli at this wine shop offers soups, salads, specialty sandwiches and half-pound burgers. The Mexican Wrap features blackened shrimp or chicken topped with sauteed onions and peppers, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CENTRAL GROCERY 925 Decatur St., 523-1620 Central Grocery is a holdover from when the lower French Quarter was home to a large Italian population and was full of groceries and coffee shops along the riverfront. The muffuletta sandwich was invented here and is the only sandwich made. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHAD'S BISTRO 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com Chad's Bistro prepares dishes like chicken Parmesan: an 8-oz. boneless breast grilled or fried and served in an Italian herb sauce over angel hair pasta. For seafood, try the soft-shell crab platter, fried and served with sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S STEAKHOUSE 4510 Dryades St., 895-9705; www.charliessteakhousenola.com A young owner carries on an old tradition at Charlie's. Diners can choose between T-bones in one of three sizes or the filet. For side items, there are onion rings and potatoes au gratin. Angelo Brocato's spumoni is available for dessert. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE 601 Chartres St., 586-8383; www.chartreshousecafe.com The bar offers very cold cocktails thanks to a system that keeps spirits chilled at five degrees. The kitchen brings the heat with dishes like Tabasco hot wings, eggplant Napoleon topped with spicy crawfish sauce and platters of fried seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE 139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, 465-9444; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-1338; East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-0601 This local chain of coffeehouses serves pastries as well as a wide range of lunch and dinner items including specialty wraps, burgers, quesadillas, salads and signature sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

CHATEAU DU LAC WINE BISTRO 2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com Chef Jacques Saleun offers fine French cooking at his bistro. As an appetizer, petite marmite aux fruits de mer delivers a small pot of fresh seafood. Coq au vin is a red-wine braised hen in a stew with with mushrooms and bacon.  Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.- Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHATEAU MOANET VOILÀ 300 Decatur St., 581-2534; www.voilanola.com At Voilà, diners will find everything from fried pickles and crab rangoon to fried crawfish balls and barbecued Alligator sausage on a stick. French fries are served with a variety of toppings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CHECK POINT CHARLIE 501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847 Whether you go to Check Point to hear a band, do laundry or grab a drink, the grill is always hot. Try the spicy Cajun burger, grilled chicken sandwich or bar-food standards like cheese fries. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CHECKERED PARROT 132 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com Checkered Parrot's specialty is Tex-Mex fare like quesadillas, taco salads and loaded nachos. It also offers sandwiches, wraps, burgers and a large kids' menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793 The Northshore meets Philadelphia at this eatery. The Cheesesteak Deluxe comes dressed with green peppers, onions, mushrooms and mayo. New Orleans-style roast beef po-boys are served dripping with gravy. Side dishes include salads and baked potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX 1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 368-2100; 3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788; www.chevys.com California-Mexican dishes and an array of specialty margaritas fill the menu at Chevy's. Fajitas come with mesquite-grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or vegetables. There also are combo plates and many salad options. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE 5701 Magazine St., 899-7303 Every month, Chez Nous plans a full calendar's worth of meals to go, available in individual and family size portions. Seafood gumbo and quiche are perennial favorites. There also is a selection of wine. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHICKEN SUE'S 203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546 Fried chicken cooked to order is the specialty at Chicken Sue's. The menu also includes eggplant fries, hot tamales and stuffed artichoke. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CHICKIE WAH WAH 2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com This bar and music club is open for lunch and the kitchen stays open for live music shows. Sandwich choices include pulled pork dressed with tangy coleslaw. Marinated pork is pressed on French bread with sliced ham and pickles in the Cuban sandwich. Sides include fries, chili, beans and soup. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

CHINA DOLL 830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-8822 China Doll offers Chinese staples like Emperor's lo mein and crab rangoons, which are fried wontons filled with cream cheese and crabmeat. Comfort food favorites include sweet-and-sour chicken and wonton soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINA EXPRESS & SMOOTHIE HOUSE 2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 465-0788 Dash in for a quick meal of traditional Chinese favorites including spicy kung pao shrimp, pork or chicken, or a serving of Chinese vegetables. Burgers and a variety of po-boys also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT 704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428 Affordable American-Chinese favorites have made loyal fans of area students and neighbors. Empress chow mein features crispy thin noodles topped with scallops, shrimp, chicken, beef and vegetables in brown sauce. Spicy General Tso's chicken is a menu mainstay. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ROSE 3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 887-3295 China Rose regulars file in for generous combo plates of sweet-and-sour pork and Szechuan beef. Ask for the Chinese menu to explore more authentic dishes, like beef in wild and hot pepper, slow-braised pork belly and a roster of noodle soups. No reservations. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHOPS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 218-8967; www.chopsbistroandmartinibar.com A convenient location in Heritage Plaza makes this bistro a popular meeting spot for business lunches. New dishes include charbroiled oysters en brochette over Rockefeller sauce and pan-roasted, double-cut pork chops with green apple and Riesling jus. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHOW DOWN! 500 Poydras St., basement, 272-0932 This sandwich shop serves chicken and andouille gumbo and a short list of entrees. Joanie's eggplant casserole features baked eggplant and sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA 429 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-3939; www.empressofchina.net Christina Tsang's restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Chinese dishes as well as specialty entrees such as the Emperor's lo mein, boneless chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CHUN LEE RESTAURANT 1100 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 733-8562 Chun Lee serves Chinese favorites and some dishes with Vietnamese accents. It offers vermicelli dishes and beef, chicken and shrimp soups. The Chun Lee special platter includes balamaki, fried shrimp, rumaki shrimp, egg rolls, chicken, ribs, fried wontons and barbecued pork. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHURROS CAFE 3100 Kingman St., Metairie, 885-6516 Home of the sweet fried dough stick known as a churro, this Cuban restaurant serves traditional dishes like lechon asado, slow-roasted pork marinated in sour orange juice, garlic and herbs. Try the sirloin marinated in sour orange juice, garlic, onions and cilantro. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

CIRO'S CÔTE SUD 7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com Nestled in the Carrollton area, this cafe offers a small taste of France. Mussels are served in garlic, parsley and butter sauce in one signature dish. Crevettes et Courgette a la Provencale features sauteed shrimp with zucchini, onions and roasted garlic over fettuccine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Checks. $$

CITY DINER 3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 831-1030 City Diner serves diner classics including waffles, meatloaf and club sandwiches as well as shrimp etouffee, crawfish pasta and hot sausage po-boys. Hash brown dishes feature a potato base with eggs and cheese with toppings like andouille or shrimp and cream sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CLANCY'S 6118 Annunciation St., 895-1111 Clancy's menu changes frequently but always features a mix of steaks, chops and local seafood. One popular regular dish features fried oysters with Brie on a bed of wilted spinach. Lemon icebox pie is a popular dessert. Spring brings specials using crawfish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT 2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995; www.bistrogallerie.com Share one of the bistrot's four tasty mussel dishes for a classic taste of Belgium. Both entree and dessert crepes are popular. There also is a good selection of Belgian beers. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com At Cleopatra, white linen tablecloths, Syrian lamps and Egyptian decor set the stage for Mediterranean favorites like hummus, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. The tahini salad combines cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, tahini and lemon juice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL 900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com Whether you're finishing up a long night, or kicking off the day, Clover Grill offers a stick-to-your-ribs menu of big omelets, hubcap grilled burgers and other items. The retro diner ambiance and sassy service just add to the effect. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

CLUB DECATUR 240 Decatur St., 581-6969 Late-night revelers and service industry workers find common ground near the pizza counter at this corner bar. Pizza is served by the slice or whole pie. Other options include po-boys, cheesesteaks, salads and sides like french fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CLUBHOUSE BAR & GRILL 4617 Sanford St., 883-5905 Clubhouse keeps the grill open from lunch through closing time. Popular bar snacks include fried ravioli with either marinara or ranch dipping sauce. The Black and Blue burger is made with blue cheese mixed into the beef patty. Other items include fried chicken in sandwiches and on top of salads and a Caesar salad wrap. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COCHON 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com Cochon puts pork to use in a myriad of Cajun and Southern recipes, from boudin balls to pork ribs. Entrees include crawfish pie, rabbit and dumplings and mushroom salad with fried beef jerky. The bar has a selection of legal moonshine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COCO HUT 2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788 Caribbean flair and spice make the jerk chicken — grilled dark meat chicken served with rice, peas and plantains — a regular favorite. For seafood, try the grilled red snapper served with salad, vegetables and fried plantains. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Checks. $

COFFEA COFFEEHOUSE AND GALLERY 3218 Dauphine St., 342-2484; www.coffeabywater.com Coffea offers big breakfast crepes with a variety of fillings. Biscuits, muffins and quiches are baked in house. Lunch options include pressed Cuban sandwiches and roast beef debris po-boys. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

COFFEE COVE 3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 780-9445 Coffee Cove offers a good jolt of caffeine straight up and in specialty drinks. Enjoy a cinnamon roll from the pastry case with a morning cappuccino. There's also a full lunch menu of sandwiches, wraps and salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158 At this Northshore cafe, grilled shrimp salad features a bed of mixed greens with raisins, apples and curry dressing. 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. $

COLD STONE CREAMERY 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; www.coldstonecreamery.com The marble slabs at this ice cream chain are a cool canvas for a myriad of flavors. Mix-in items include an exhaustive list of nuts, fruit and candy. The Cheesecake Named Desire is a graham cracker-crusted cheesecake layered with ice cream, raspberry sauce and frosting. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAPROOM & GRILL 434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0353; www.columbiastreettaproom.com Columbia Street offers three-course dinner specials on Thursdays, featuring anything from prime rib to seared tuna. The regular menu includes gourmet burgers and lunchtime grilled fish specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com Built in 1883, the Columns is a Gilded Age treasure housing a hotel, bar and restaurant. Drop in for a classic American breakfast or for brunch with Southern flair. The evening bistro menu includes mini-burgers topped with sauteed onions. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COME BACK INN 3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1623; 8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316 Daily specials, big sandwiches and children's meals star at this casual cafe. Tuesday's open-face roast beef dinner comes with mashed potatoes, vegetables and salad. For bigger appetites, there is a shrimp, oyster and catfish combination dinner. No reservations. Metairie: lunch and dinner daily. Kenner: Lunch and dinner: Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COMMANDER'S PALACE 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com Chef Tory McPhail keeps evolving Commander's Palace's menu of contemporary Creole dishes. Grilled Breaux Bridge crawfish tails are prepared with Hennessy Cognac, black trumpet mushrooms and served with andouille cracked-corn grits. Reservations required. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COMMON GROUNDS 335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200 Check out Common Grounds' regular breakfast specials with boudin sausage and short stacks. For lunch and dinner, you can't go wrong with the artichoke Amelia, a well-seasoned casserole-like dish with artichoke hearts, breadcrumbs and cream. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE 1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net Late-night hours and a menu of Cajun-influenced dishes have earned this tavern a loyal following. The jambalaya is loaded with rabbit, sausage, shrimp and smoky tasso. Redfish is blackened in an iron skillet. Duck quesadillas are topped with pepper jelly. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com Stop in for a dozen raw oysters, a sandwich or Cooter's hot dog, or just to watch sports and socialize. The Tavern has hundreds of beers in a bottles and on tap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com The Cheesecake Bistro offers much more than cheesecake. Try the stacked eggplant Napoleon or creamy crawfish ravioli. Signature creamy cheesecake comes in flavors like bananas Foster, dulce de leche and praline, and white chocolate raspberry. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT Citywide; www.alcopeland.com Copeland's menu features many of the late Al Copeland's signature takes on popular Cajun and Creole dishes. Traditional offerings include shrimp Creole and etouffee as well as seafood combinations like crab-stuffed catfish bordelaise. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S SOCIAL CITY 701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-3437; www.copelandssocialcity.com Copeland's Social City couples live music with bistro-style fare and savory spirits. Main courses include herb-crusted salmon with herb beurre blanc and served with steamed asparagus. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL 725 Conti St., 527-0869 Just off Bourbon Street, the Copper Monkey is popular with service industry workers for cold drinks and hot food. Pub grub includes burgers, quesadillas, salads, steaks and fried or grilled seafood. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COQUETTE 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421; www.coquettenola.com Coquette's menu flirts with Creole dishes and contemporary Louisiana cooking. Appetizers include pumpkin pasta with duck confit. Or try seafood dishes like oysters baked with Parmesan cream or redfish topped with crabmeat and baby beets. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., 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 and appetizers. The Killer rounds up a slab of ribs and a choice of chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey, sausage or fried catfish, plus beans, coleslaw and a roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE 3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008 Corner Cafe 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. $

THE CORNER OYSTER BAR AND GRILL 500 St. Peter St., 522-2999 Raw and cooked oysters abound at this Jackson Square cafe. The kitchen piles fried seafood into big combination platters. Burgers and po-boys offer more options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.myspace.com/coscinospizza Coscino's makes New York-style, hand-tossed pies. The Danni special is topped with grilled chicken, jalapenos, Canadian bacon and pineapple. Entrees include pasta, calzones and chicken, veal or eggplant Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE COUNTRY CLUB 634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com The kitchen at this Bywater pool and lounge includes dishes like tasso-stuffed pork loin with thyme beurre blanc and green beans amandine. Try the chipotle-lime marinated chicken sandwich with cheddar and bacon. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sun. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME 620 Iberville St., 522-1138 Latin American dishes from Mexico to Cuba fill the menu of this inexpensive cantina. There are fajita platters, Cuban sandwiches, pork chops, steaks and ribs. Spanish-inspired dishes include traditional ropa viejo. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS 613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com The Court of Two Sisters offers jazz brunch and Creole favorites every day. Hot and cold buffet items are complemented by made-to-order omelets and eggs Benedict for brunch. For dinner, a la carte entrees including shrimp and grits with a Creole meuniere reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

COVENANT CAFE 1515 Poydras St., 522-3335; www.covenanthouseno.org Try dishes like panino-style Ya Ya chicken topped with Swiss and cheddar cheeses and honey-mustard dressing. On Thursday the special is Lafayette crab cakes served over crawfish tails in penne pasta with grated Parmesan cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CRABBY JACK'S 428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722 Chef/owner Jack Leonardi runs a busy lunch counter offering po-boys, lunch plates and sides like Cajun dirty rice and jambalaya. For a sandwich, try a po-boy with either slow-roasted duck or fried green tomatoes. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE 3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.net Johnnie's serves grilled steaks and seafood dishes at affordable prices. Popular dishes include crawfish Johnnie and the mainstay 8 1/2-oz. prime filet mignon with garlic butter and Crazy potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CREOLE CREAMERY 4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; www.creolecreamery.com Cool down at this gourmet Uptown parlor, where warmer weather brings seasonal flavors like strawberry balsamic sorbet. Or heat up with a Caribbean Scotch bonnet pepper and citrus ice cream, made with orange, lemon and lime zest. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE CREOLE SKILLET 200 Julia St., 304-6318; www.thecreoleskillet.com The Creole Skillet serves contemporary Creole dishes such as duck breast stuffed with sausage, sauced with Steen's Creole mustard glaze and paired with sweet potatoes and collard greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CREPES A LA CART 1039 Broadway St., 866-2362; www.crepesalacarts.com This casual eatery serves all sorts of sweet and savory crepes. The s'mores crepe is filled with melted chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallow. The Italian is stuffed with mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, basil and tomato sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE 527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com Crescent City brews German-style beers to accompany contemporary Louisiana cooking. Tuna Orleans features grilled ahi tuna topped with shrimp and lemon beurre blanc. Jambalaya pasta is made to order with shrimp, crawfish, chicken, spicy andouille and linguine. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY STEAKS 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com A Mid-City institution, Crescent City Steaks serves T-bones, New York strips and prime filets. Side dishes and sauces like garlic and parsley bordelaise are available a la carte. The curtained privacy booths are a throwback to old New Orleans dining. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CROISSANT D'OR 617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663 The ambience of this coffee shop offers a virtual field trip to Paris. Sweet or savory pastries, baguette sandwiches with bechamel sauce, quiches, salads and homemade soups provide inexpensive breakfasts and lunches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON 833 Poydras St., 581-3111; www.lepavillon.com With its grand chandelier and classical decor, Le Pavillon's dining room epitomizes elegance. At breakfast, order eggs Benedict or a bananas Foster waffle. Weekday lunches feature salad, soup and pasta bars. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CUCOS 1300 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 641-4706; 2000 S.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 345-2634; 5953 W. Park Ave., Houma, (985) 868-0800 Cucos serves Mexican favorites and a menu of specialty cocktails. Many diners choose combination platters like El Presidente, which includes beef and cheese enchiladas, a burrito, a taco and rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CURRY CORNER 1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-9033 A sister restaurant to nearby Sara's, Curry Corner serves meals cafeteria style with numerous selections of curried vegetables and other Indian specialties. The Thai curry chicken combines chicken and vegetables in red curry sauce with coconut milk. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CUVEE 322 Magazine St., 587-9001; www.restaurantcuvee.com Chef Bob Iacovone's menu is a reinvention of New Orleans and Southern cooking. The crawfish and rrtichoke gift box features crawfish and artichoke hearts sauteed in citrus and herb brown butter served in a housemade pastry bowl. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DAISY DUKES 121 Chartres St., 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com "As Southern as sweet potato pie," Daisy Dukes serves breakfast all day, along with po-boys, wings, salads and more. The Cajun omelet is made with hot sausage, cheese, onion, parsley and tomato. The New Orleans sampler combines gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

THE DAKOTA RESTAURANT 629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com This elegant Northshore destination melds contemporary French and Louisiana cuisines. Fresh local ingredients are used in dishes like tomato tartine with farmers' cheese and olive oil-poached salmon with asparagus cannelloni. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DANIEL'S ON THE BAYOU 3443 Esplanade Ave., 940-5939 Chef Daniel Tobar's restaurant serves affordable Creole-Italian fare. Pan-roasted rack of lamb is served with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes and herb demi-glace. Seafood options include shrimp ceviche. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DANNY & CLYDE'S Citywide; www.dannyandclydes.com Danny & Clyde's means more than convenience. Grab a super-sized po-boy or other deli sandwich when filling up. Homemade meat pies and breakfast sandwiches are popular as well. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DANTE'S KITCHEN 736 Dante St., 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com A charming garden patio greets diners at Dante's. Dinner temptations include Ponchatoula strawberry salad with shaved goat cheese and seared diver scallops with aged balsamic vinegar. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DARRYL'S 2625 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 630-0407; www.poboyman.com The roast beef po-boy features home-cooked beef sliced thin, piled high, lathered in gravy and dressed to order. Side dishes include sweet potato fries and onion rings. Burger patties are made with beef ground in-house. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

DE-NO SEAFOOD 505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 362-4608 De-No's seafood platter features shrimp and catfish. The restaurant also serves rib-eye steaks and pasta plates. Consider starting a meal with some smoky charbroiled oysters. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR 7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700 Deanie's Showboat Platter for two piles up fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed crabs, stuffed shrimp, stuffed oysters, onion rings, fries and salad. Besides seafood entrees like shrimp Creole and fried trout, there are dishes like chicken Parmesan and red beans and rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD 841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.com Deanie's offers local classics like crawfish etouffee, stuffed flounder and big platters of fried seafood, as well as seasonal boiled seafood options. No reservations. Bucktown: Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. French Quarter: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DECKBAR & GRILLE 1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 830-0104 This tavern offers snacking items like fried pickles and french fries and entrees ranging from burgers and fried seafood to the fried vegetable platter. Popular items include brisket and homemade crab balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR 400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com No matter if it's day or night, Déjà Vu is open to diners looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The pot roast plate is served with a choice of two sides. Chicken fried steak is breaded Angus beef covered in country gravy. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

THE DELACHAISE 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com This boxcar-shaped wine bar offers a distinctive selection of wines, liquor and beer from around the world. The kitchen offers cheese plates, Middle Eastern dips with vegetables and french fries cooked in duck fat as well as a few entree choices. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

DESIRE OYSTER BAR 300 Bourbon St., 553-2281 It's the bar named Desire, but kind strangers come in for the seafood. The menu includes Gulf seafood, raw and grilled oysters, turtle soup, gumbo and po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIA ROMA CAFE 3712 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6663 At Dia Roma, homemade sauces give pizzas and Italian dishes bold flavor. Artichoke pizza is topped with butter, garlic sauce, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and feta cheese. Entrees include lasagna and shrimp Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.com Dick and Jenny's serves creative Creole dishes amid the casual charm of a converted bargeboard home. Popular dishes include bronzed Louisiana flounder with crawfish Dynamite and the shrimp and corn chowder with Tabasco sour cream. Low markups make wine list prices very friendly. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE 716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com Dickie Brennan's combines surf and turf on some of its signature dishes. The 8-oz. house filet is served with flash-fried oysters, bearnaise sauce, creamed spinach and Pontalba potatoes. An off-the-menu, three-course special for locals includes entrees like prime rib-eye topped with Gulf shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS 1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-1150; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Ave., 392-1150; 6641 Westbank Expwy., Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com DiMartino's is known for muffulettas and roast beef sandwiches but also serves specialties like fried green tomatoes and a turkey and giardiniera sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DINO'S BAR & GRILL 1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900 Burgers, chicken Caesar wraps and an Italian chicken sandwich are some of the diverse offerings at Dino's. Good items to share include creamy spinach and artichoke dip served with crunchy tortilla chips. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DISH ON FIRST 2142 First St., Slidell, (985) 781-1440 Creole, Italian and Caribbean culinary styles mingle at Dish on First. Try the Cajun chicken pasta with spicy tomato cream sauce or pepper-crusted ahi tuna served with a pineapple-mango sauce. Appetizers include fried asparagus with blue cheese dip. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DITALI'S PIZZA 8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160 This classic pizza restaurant is a cousin to Cafe Ditali. In addition to thin-crust pies, Ditali's serves favorites from the cafe's menu like Philly cheesesteaks and chicken Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DIXIE GYRO 110 Carondelet St., 523-6614 Dixie Gyro serves Middle Eastern lunch classics like falafel, hummus and lamb or chicken gyros to the CBD lunch crowd. Breakfast features items like grits, eggs, bacon and beignets. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666 Dockside serves oysters raw, grilled and fried. Other seafood options include a variety of shrimp, catfish and crab dishes, most of which are served with signature boiled and fried red potatoes. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS 5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126 Everyone in New Orleans has a favorite po-boy joint, and Domilise's appears on many locals' shortlists. Tender roast beef po-boys are slathered with gravy and Creole mustard. Other options include seafood and hot sausage with gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $

DON VICTOR'S FINE LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT 3244 Georgia Ave., Kenner, 305-0826; www.donvictorsrestaurant.com Latin American dishes fill the menu at Don Victor's. There is Peruvian chicken soup and ceviche, Mexican dishes like chile rellenos and enchiladas and Argentine-style steak dishes. The bar offers drinks like pisco sours and caipirinhas. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., lunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550; www.donsseafoodmetairie.com Don's changing menu of fresh fish includes options like stuffed and broiled flounder. Regular options include salads, gumbos and pastas. Hot boiled shrimp remain a popular choice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0296 This restaurant, market and general culinary center in the middle of eastern New Orleans' Vietnamese-American community is popular for banh mi sandwiches, bowls of pho and noodle dishes. Reservations for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DONNA'S BAR AND GRILL 800 N. Rampart St., 596-6914; www.donnasbarandgrill.com Don't miss a meal when you're out listening to music. Donna's backs up its music schedule with a grill offering barbecued ribs, red beans and rice, fried fish on Fridays and other changing specials. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Mon. Cash only. $

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT 2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535 Chef Leah Chase cooks Creole classics, including stuffed shrimp, fried chicken, stewed okra and rich gumbo thick with seafood and sausage. As her Creole-dining landmark continues to rebuild, lunch is served in the restaurant and takeout is available until 7 p.m. Friday lunch is served buffet style. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

DORIGNAC'S 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com This gourmet emporium is known for its bakery, wide selection of wines and gourmet deli. Rotisserie chickens make an easy meal to take home. The menu includes soups, hot wings, sandwiches, quiche and lasagna. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE 135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283 Doson's menu has a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. There are always bowls of pho served with herbs. Appetizers include crab rangoons, spring rolls and dumplings. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOT'S DINER Citywide Dot's offers diner-style comfort food, from bottomless cups of coffee to hearty dinner specials like pork chops or bone-in ham steaks. Stop in any time for bargains on breakfast plates. For lunch, there are burgers, sandwiches and entrees. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DOUBLE DRAGON 8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 433-4333 Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese cuisines shine at Double Dragon. Lunch and dinner specials augment a large menu highlighted by General Tso's chicken and spicy kung pao shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com Diners head to Drago's for signature char-broiled oysters topped with Parmesan cheese and garlic butter sauce. Drago's serves an array of local seafood as well as pasta entrees and prime rib. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DRY DOCK CAFE 133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com Take the ferry to Algiers Point and Dry Dock's casual menu of burgers, sandwiches and entrees. Order a burger topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Crawfish Maureenica features tossed crawfish tails with pasta in Parmesan cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKING Loyola University, Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 861-5451 Tucked away in Loyola's Activities Center, Dunbar's post-Katrina location is open to the public. The menu includes fried chicken, red beans and rice, smothered chicken and other Crescent City soul-food favorites. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

EAT NEW ORLEANS 900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.com Bright colors and contemporary design reflect this Quarter cafe's approach to casual Southern standards. Chicken-fried steak and smoked beef brisket are served with salad and a side dish. The fried green tomatoes and eggs are a weekend brunch favorite. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL 3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 780-2266 Enjoy steaks and ribs at the Edge Bar & Grill. Grilled tuna is served over angel-hair pasta with vegetables. Popular sandwiches include hot sausage, fried oysters and veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

EL GATO NEGRO 81 French Market Place, 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.com This cozy cantina offers Mexican dishes like enchiladas, burritos and fajitas and an array of top shelf tequilas in unique drinks like the carrot or pineapple margaritas. Guacamole is made tableside and dishes include chicken mole and pulled-pork tacos. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ELEVEN79 1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.com Eleven79's standouts include the filet Rossini perched on a crouton with culatello ham, Gruyere cheese, broiled tomato, Marsala sauce and slivers of truffle. Namesake veal Eleven79 features sauteed veal with roasted peppers, asparagus and mozzarella. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ELIZABETH'S 601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.com Elizabeth's is a neighborhood joint boasting a wide-ranging menu. Options include blue cheese oysters and fried green tomatoes. Main dishes range from burgers and po-boys to entrees like seared duck breast with port cherry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE 700 Bourbon St., 523-1485; www.emberssteakhouse.com The Embers offers a full range of steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. The Bourbon House special is an 8-oz. filet served with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and mashed potatoes. The 28-oz. prime rib and fried seafood platter are popular specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ 

EMERIL'S DELMONICO 1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.com Chef Emeril Lagasse reworks classic dishes and serves them with a little extra flair at Delmonico. Dishes like Caesar salad and bananas Foster are prepared tableside. Entree choices include prime steaks, pan-fried redfish and a thick Niman Ranch pork chop. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S RESTAURANT 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.com Chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant has a wide range of options on its menu, wine list and specials. Signature items include andouille crusted redfish, barbecue shrimp with rosemary biscuits and banana cream pie. Stop in during the day for the $19.50 three-course "Lunch Crunch" menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ERNST CAFE 600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net Ernst Cafe is a downtown watering hole offering drinks and hearty fare. Po-boys, sandwiches and wraps are mainstays. Starters include spinach ravioli and mozzarella sticks. Look for the gumbo du jour and changing specials like ribs. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ESPRESSO EXPRESS One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115 A popular lunch spot for workers in the CBD, Espresso Express rolls out a full line of panini and wraps in addition to daily specials. Quick breakfast options include bagels, cinnamon rolls and other pastries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

ETOILE 407 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-4578; www.etoilebistro.com Artist/owner James Michalopoulos' paintings are only the first things you'll notice about this Covington bistro. The eclectic menu includes classics like head-on New Orleans barbecue shrimp and moules Étoile with sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

F&M PATIO BAR 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com Cap off a night of reveling at F&M's grill. The short menu includes spicy egg rolls and quesadillas filled with cheese, grilled onions and peppers. The waffle fries are available solo or layered with cheese. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. The grill is cash only. $

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE 3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9073; www.fairgrinds.com The cafe au lait at Fair Grinds is prepared with scalded milk and chicory coffee. The chai shake offers an exotic, tropical refreshment. Light fare includes pastries, desserts, breads, ice cream and homemade vegan options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $

FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515; www.fairgroundsracecourse.com The Grand Buffet offers everything from egg rolls and General Tso's chicken to smothered pork chops, lasagna and fried shrimp or chicken. Dishes are prepared to order at the pasta station. Dessert items include lemon squares, carrot cake and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAT CITY DINER 3555 18th St., Metairie, 888-4940; www.fatcitydiner.com Fat City keeps its customers coming back for po-boys, grilled or fried seafood platters and an array of breakfast dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

FAT HARRY'S 4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582 This popular Uptown hangout offers sandwiches and po-boys. The shrimp po-boy is smothered in remoulade sauce. The specialty burgers are made with a blend of beef and Italian sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT HEN GRILL 5708 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 305-1980; 2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 287-4912; www.fathengrill.com Chef Shane Pritchett displays culinary flair in twists on classic American breakfast items like blueberry and pecan buttermilk pancakes with bacon and Mascarpone whipped butter. The ricotta meatball sandwich is dressed with roasted tomatoes and mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FAUSTO'S BISTRO 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com Fausto's prepares Northern Italian and Sicilian cuisine, including many traditional pasta dishes. The Fausto's frutti di mare serves a combination of shrimp, crab claws, mussels, calamari, oysters and fish with seafood reduction sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FAZZIO'S 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704 call Fazzio's serves Creole- and Italian-accented dishes like fettuccine Alfredo topped with crawfish and angel-hair pasta in crabmeat cream sauce. Appetizers include sweet-and-spicy "bang bang" shrimp and seared ahi tuna. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FEELINGS CAFE 2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com Feelings' dishes are imbued with the same classic New Orleans charm as the Faubourg Marigny building that houses them. The Gulf fish Nicholas is served with grilled shrimp and creamed spinach. The filet is stuffed with blue cheese and topped with mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA 301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; 6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipesneworleans.com These twin taquerias feature salsa bars full of spicy options. Menu items include al pastor (marinated pork) tacos in corn tortillas filled with pineapple, onion and spices. There also are burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and more. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com Diners can't miss the oyster bar at this French Quarter institution. Order a dozen on the half shell and move on to the menu's classic lineup of New Orleans dishes including oysters Rockefeller or Bienville, fried shrimp po-boys, crawfish etouffee and jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE 900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155; www.fellinisneworleans.com This Mid-City eatery features a spacious outdoor patio perfect for dining in warm weather. The menu features pastas, sandwiches and pizzas. The chicken portobello lavash roll with spicy red pepper sauce is popular. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT 1924 Airline Hwy., Kenner, 468-2384; www.fiestalatinarestaurant.com Start the day with eggs topped with ranchero sauce at this family-owned Mexican eatery. For lunch and dinner, Fiesta serves pupusas stuffed with grilled pork and cheese, and carne asada with refried beans, salad, rice and fried plantains. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

FIORELLA'S CAFE 1136 Decatur St., 553-2155 The fried chicken is the most popular dish at Fiorella's, but New Orleans, Southern and Italian dishes share the menu. Choose from lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, liver and onions, fried pickles, po-boys and gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FIRE OF BRAZIL 725 Iberville St., 552-4446; www.fireofbrazil.com Brazilian churrascaria is done to a turn at this French Quarter meat market. Diners pay one price for an unlimited array of skewered beef, pork, chicken and other meats, which are sliced directly onto their plates. A buffet of salads and vegetable dishes is included. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

FIVE HAPPINESS 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com Five Happiness is a Mid-City institution for to Chinese cuisine. Daily lunch specials include an entree, choice of soup, shrimp fried rice and fried wonton. The Triple Dragon entree features a trio of chicken, beef and shrimp in hot garlic sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT 737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com Flaming Torch offers fine French cooking. The redfish Le Lavandou is redfish with Louisiana lump crabmeat in passion-fruit sauce. The Magret Canard Avignonaise is a roasted duck breast topped with a three-berry sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP 2600 Royal St., 947-8358 This Marigny coffeehouse is surrounded by outdoor plants and filled with art. Various coffee drinks, teas and fresh-squeezed juices complement a small but eclectic menu featuring kebabs, stuffed burritos and homemade soups. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

FONG'S CHINESE RESTAURANT 2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216 Fong's Four Happiness platter combines roast pork, chicken, shrimp and beef with an assortment of Chinese vegetables. Honey glazed chicken is popular. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FOX AND HOUND 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 731-6000; www.trentcorp.com Fox and Hound's creative menu includes the Firecracker Pizza Melt, fried chicken topped with pomodoro sauce, mozzarella cheese and a choice of sausage or pepperoni. Other items include baby back ribs, pot roast and an array of soups, salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT 933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com This onetime Italian deli offers much more than sandwiches. There are fried crab claws, seafood po-boys, muffulettas, blackened rib-eye steaks and more. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S 321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.com Alligator, crawfish and shrimp pies are classic starters at Franky & Johnny's. This casual Uptown eatery offers classic New Orleans seafood gumbo, po-boys, muffulettas, fried seafood platters and pork chops. Boiled crawfish are available in season. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT 1001 Decatur St., 525-7879 Tourists and their local guides can sit down for a hot meal after finishing a day of souvenir shopping at the market. The restaurant offers New Orleans staples like red beans and rice, jambalaya, shrimp Creole, and innovate twists like lobster etouffee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Diners enjoy breakfast at Riccobono's Peppermill Restaurant. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

FRENCH QUARTER BISTRO AT THE MAISON DUPUY 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/fqbistro.html Hotel guests need not travel far to find a menu blending Cajun and Creole dishes. For appetizers, try the chicken and andouille gumbo or crab and crawfish cakes. Entrees include New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH QUARTER PIZZERIA & BAR 201 Decatur St., 948-3287; www.frenchquarterpizza.com The pizzeria offers a lunchtime all-you-can-eat buffet with pizzas, salads, pastas, soup, chicken wings, red beans, spinach dip and desserts. The a la carte menu includes cheesy bread, wraps, stromboli and more. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FRESCO'S CAFE 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, lavash rolls and pasta entrees. Try the cheese tortellini served in gorgonzola cream sauce with ham and broccoli. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIAR TUCK'S BAR & GRILL 5130 Freret St., 891-4080; www.friartucksbar.com Good drinks, good friends and good grub keep this university neighborhood tavern packed. Menu items include hamburgers, veggie burgers and wraps. Appetizers include chicken tenders, nachos, onion rings and french fries. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT 407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.com Friends offers a number of fresh catch specials along with the redfish on the half shell and Cajun lobster. The Jack-Leg chicken entree features a fried chicken breast with jambalaya smothered with melted pepper Jack cheese. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FUEL COFFEE HOUSE 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757; www.fuelcoffeehouse.net This coffeehouse offers full breakfast and lunch menus. Kickstart your day with eggs any style. Lunch specials include alligator cheesecake, shrimp and grits, fresh vegetarian soups, Cuban and pulled-pork sandwiches and seasonal salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

FURY'S 724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646 This casual neighborhood restaurant offers a broiled seafood platter combining fish, soft-shell crab, shrimp, stuffed shrimp and oysters served with salad and french fries. Fury's also serves crawfish au gratin and crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS 808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com Chef Tenney Flynn constantly changes his menu as fish arrive daily. Sample dishes include sauteed black cod served with duck confit, peking duck stock and braised bok choy. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com Galatoire's is a century-old Creole institution known for seafood dishes like speckled trout meuniere amandine, combining two classic presentations. The signature shrimp remoulade appetizer gets its spicy kick from horseradish, Creole mustard and a touch of paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955 Galley offers batches of boiled crawfish and shrimp in addition to raw oysters. It also serves a soft-shell crab Alfredo po-boy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT 912 N. Peters St., 595-3400 Located in the former site of Bella Luna, Galvez offers tapas, paella and a Spanish-accented bouillabaisse. Besides seafood, entrees include grilled Black Angus sirloin and roasted chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3620; www.gambinos.info Gambino's bakes pies, petits fours and doberge cakes year-round. The Metairie location also serves lunch with options like muffulettas, salads and gourmet soups. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com Try the ever-popular sloppy roast beef po-boy filled with slow-cooked cuts dripping with gravy and topped with melted Swiss cheese. Gattuso's also offers an extensive menu of wraps, salads, burgers and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S RESTRAURANT 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397; www.gautreausrestaurant.com Chef Sue Zemanick puts her talent on display in appetizers like the citrus-poached Gulf shrimp with grapefruit, jicama and cilantro vinaigrette. For her spring menu, Zemanick offers halibut with chanterelle mushrooms, spinach, fingerling potatoes and bearnaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GELATO PAZZO CAFE 8115 Oak St., 304-6908; www.gelatopazzo.com The cafe boasts pizza, Italian country cooking and roughly 20 flavors of homemade gelato. Gulf shrimp Felicia is prepared with roma tomatoes, fennel pollen and Pernod and served over linguine. The Italian muffalini is a pressed version of a muffuletta on ciabatta bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GENNARO'S 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226 Gennaro's serves New Orleans favorites like po-boys, fried seafood and chicken and sausage gumbo. Specials include corned beef, pork roast with smothered green beans, and hamburger steak with gravy and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342 This casual Northshore eatery offers Mexican favorites and original dishes. Shrimp à la Mexicana features shrimp sauteed in spicy sauce made with tomatoes, onions and sweet peppers. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GIMCHI 3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 454-6426 Named for the national dish of pickled and spiced cabbage, Gimchi serves a mix of Korean dishes. Prepare your own Korean-style barbecue at table-mounted grills. A full sushi bar provides more Far Eastern options. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S PIZZA & SPAGHETTI HOUSE 4941 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 885-3515 Gio's bakes gourmet pies and pasta dishes. Veal Parmesan is breaded, fried and topped with provolone cheese and served with pasta, salad and garlic bread. Thin-crust pizzas are made with hand-tossed dough. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT 741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593 Giorlando's menu features Creole cooking and Italian entrees like shrimp fettuccine and spaghetti and meatballs. Giorlando's also serves sandwiches, including a roast beef po-boy and an overstuffed muffuletta. There are daily specials. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE 821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329 Good Earth serves an array of natural, organic food with a Creole focus. The savory cochon de lait po-boy is a popular choice. Daily specials include soups and salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

GORDON BIERSCH 200 Poydras St., 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com Gordon Biersch brews several different styles of German and Czech beers. The large eclectic menu ranges from pot stickers and egg rolls to flatbread pizzas, burgers and steaks. The brewpub has an outdoor beer garden on Fulton Street. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www.gottgourmetcafe.com Looking for a Chicago-style hot dog in New Orleans? Get to Gott. Try a burger, a panino or go for something a little lighter like the curry chicken salad with toasted pine nuts, sauteed peppers, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, tarragon, grapes and tomatoes. Lunch Tue.-Sun., Dinner Tue.-Sat., breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com Grand Isle offers a mix of local seafood dishes like New Orleans barbecue shrimp, marinated crab claws and gumbo as well as meat dishes like pot roast. Fried seafood is available in po-boys as well. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE GRILL ROOM AT THE WINDSOR COURT 300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com At the elegant Grill Room, Chef Drew Dzejak prepares dishes like Scottish salmon with couscous, Raineri olive oil, zucchini, squash and cherry tomatoes. Lunch is served buffet style in Le Salon. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY 2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.com This Uptown deli specializes in pressed po-boys (a cross between panini and Cuban sandwiches). Try the chicken pesto melt or the mushroom Brie soup. The Cuban sandwich features roasted pork tenderloin with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I GRILLE AND BAR 11 Westbank Expressway, Gretna, 367-9512; 1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060 The namesake burger keeps this tavern's menu well grounded, but there's plenty more to choose from, including fried catfish, tuna steaks and grilled or fried shrimp. From the grill there are pork chops, rib-eyes, filets and T-bones. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY'S GROCERY 3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390 Guillory's likes to combine unusual ingredients to create unique dishes like the tamale po-boy topped with chili and cheese.  Daily specials include hamburger steak with grilled onions and mashed potatoes, and spaghetti and meatballs. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GUMBO SHOP 630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com The breezy courtyard is a pleasant spot to enjoy a menu of Creole dishes. Start with one of the restaurant's gumbos, and then move on to an entree such as alligator sauce piquant with alligator tenderloins in a light and spicy tomato sauce. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT 8116 Hampson St., 865-1634 Hana offers a variety of Japanese dishes and a large selection of sushi. One of the house specials is the mango salmon roll, which combines salmon and mango slices with sweet sauce and shrimp tempura. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR 218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377: www.handsomewillys.com Handsome Willy's offers creative tweaks on familiar dishes for its daily specials. Dirty Red Beans are served with hot Italian sausage on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday feature hot dogs, and there are tacos on Thursday. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL 3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111 Harbor Bar & Grill's 12-oz. cheeseburger is loaded with extras like chili and bacon. The blackened tuna salad is piled high with tomato, bacon and artichoke hearts. Late night menu favorites include the meat pies and Harbor fries topped with cheddar, diced onions and roast beef gravy. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARBOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454; www.fishermanscoveseafood.com Adjoining the Fisherman's Cove market, Harbor Seafood serves a catch of the day special as well as seafood gumbo and raw oysters. Blackened catfish Randolph is a signature dish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFE 418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com Like its sister restaurants around the world, the local Hard Rock is known for Americana favorites like burgers and sizzling fajita plates. The restaurant also serves hickory-smoked ribs, chicken and beef brisket. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HEAVENLY HAM 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-5100; www.heavenlyham.com Heavenly Ham makes sandwiches with the namesake ham, smoked turkey, roast beef or ham salad 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. $

HELIX RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0903; www.helixwb.com Located in the lobby of the chic Hotel Le Cirque, Helix complements a menu of small plates and rustic pizzas with more than 35 wines by the glass. Lamb Pops feature three grilled New Zealand lamb chops on a bed of sauteed spinach with orange-mint gastrique. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com James Beard Award-winner Donald Link cooks modern Creole cuisine imbued with European flair. Savor olive oil-seared gnocchi with lemon and Parmesan or sauteed jumbo shrimp with creamed corn and tomato confit. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 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. It boasts more than a century of experience and currently makes flavors such as Moose Tracks and Cappuccino Crunch. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL 1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033 Hickory offers a hot-pressed Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Creole mayonnaise. The Uptown chicken sandwich features melted Brie on top of a grilled chicken breast with spinach and tomatoes on a sesame seed bun. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q 208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.com Hickory wood adds flavor to Hillbilly Bar-B-Q's brisket, pulled pork, smoked boudin sausage and the huge hamburger known as the Belly Buster. Diners can make a baked potato into a meal by topping it with any of the barbecued meats. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HIPSTIX ASIAN KITCHEN 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-2858; www.hipstixasiankitchen.com Hipstix draws on a wide range of Asian cuisines. Try the Korean-style short ribs, Chicken Saigon Salad, Siam Street Noodles or Tchoup Chow Mein. The fish of the day is grilled and served in a tomato, pineapple and mushroom sauce with fresh ginger. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOA HONG/9 ROSES 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665 Many of 9 Roses' special entrees involve tableside preparation and many plates of ingredients likes greens and herbs. Barbecue beef kabobs are made at your table. Freshly wrapped spring rolls and heaping bowls of vermicelli-noodle soup are also popular choices. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS 2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7177; 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-0160; www.hooterslouisiana.com Hooters stakes its name on chicken wings served with sauces ranging in heat levels from mild or medium to Three Mile Island and 911. The menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and seafood. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA 920 Poydras St., 561-8914 Horinoya offers patrons many unique tastes from Japan. Aside from some of the more familiar sushi items, the menu includes monkfish liver, natto (fermented beans) and Japanese vegetables not found at most local sushi restaurants. Reservations accepted for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOSHUN RESTAURANT 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716; www.hoshunrestaurant.com Hoshun draws on the cuisines of China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. The menu features everything from pho soup and Vietnamese spring rolls to pad Thai and five-pepper calamari. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HOSTEL RESTAURANT & ULTRA LOUNGE 329 Decatur St., 587-0036; www.hostelnola.com A native of south Louisiana, chef Richard Richardson adds rustic hints to refined contemporary cooking. Try his signature pate or dishes like the dry-rubbed duck breast served with Lyonnaise potatoes and port and duck demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION 40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, (225) 473-9380; www.houmashouse.com Houmas House is a renovated 18th-century plantation home. Casual lunches of sandwiches and salads are available at Cafe Burnside. At Latil's Landing, house specialties include bisque of curried pumpkin with crawfish and corn. Reservations recommended. Cafe Burnside: lunch daily. Latil's Landing: dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

HOUSE OF BLUES 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com Southern cooking and local accents fill the menu at the House of Blues' restaurant. Smoked chicken is served with Jim Beam barbecue sauce, mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The Gospel Brunch features live music and a buffet. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT 1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301; www.hillstone.com Steaks, sandwiches, barbecued ribs, seafood and bistro salads make Houston's popular. For something less traditional, try the Thai steak and noodle salad: a marinated steak with fresh noodles, avocado, mango and herbs in Thai dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

HUEVOS 4408 Banks St., 482-6264 Huevos offers a short but original menu of breakfast items in the morning. Poached eggs are served over pork tamales and topped with tomatillo salsa. Lunch brings changing options like a BLT using tomato salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Tue. Cash only. $

IGNATIUS EATERY & GROCERY 4200 Magazine St., 896-2225 The walls are lined with familiar local brands at this corner grocery-styled restaurant. Meatloaf is given a spicy twist by boudin stuffing. Casual Creole staples include jambalaya and crawfish-and-shrimp-stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Pupuseria & Restaurant La Macarena serves a mix of Latin dishes featuring roast pork and grilled shrimp. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • Pupuseria & Restaurant La Macarena serves a mix of Latin dishes featuring roast pork and grilled shrimp.

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR 4437 Magazine St., 891-6105 This corner tavern has a good jukebox and a busy grill. The Igor burger features a specially seasoned half-pound patty. The Cajun burger adds a kick of Tabasco and Creole seasonings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM 2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811 Whether you're shooting a game of pool or waiting on a load of laundry, Igor's bar and grill are always serving. The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Crystal hot sauce and Cajun spices. Other sides and snacks include Cajun cheese fries and jalapeno poppers. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT 3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.com Ipastato's serves a mix of traditional Sicilian and New Orleans seafood dishes. Try veal marinara, veal Parmesan, shrimp scampi or trout amandine. 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. $$

IMPERIAL GARDEN 3331 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-5691 Order off the regular menu designed for American tastes or request the more authentic Chinese version. Besides popular Cantonese dishes there are chef's specials of fried and baked tofu, fried pork with spicy sauce, pork dumplings and more. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRENE'S CUISINE 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 Baked oysters Irene are topped with a blend of cheese and pancetta. It's one of the signature dishes at this long-time favorite, where Creole flavors liven Italian classics. Mussels marinara and roasted chicken also are popular. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS 321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com Iris is a stage for well-crafted original cocktails and new American cooking. Veal cheek ravioli is served with wild mushrooms and cream. Changing entrees include dishes like monkfish with wilted greens and Kobe beef shortribs. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IRON POT SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE 2722 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-1112; www.ironpotseafoodandsteakhouse.com Iron Pot serves a variety of New Orleans po-boys and entrees, including shrimp and crawfish fettuccine. The dinner menu also features T-bone steaks, full and half racks of ribs, and salmon with pastalaya and red beans and rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net The Four Seasons Pizza combines a quarter each of four different gourmet options. Pasta Cucina is linguine topped with shrimp, crawfish, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green onions and parsley. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

ITALIAN BARREL 430 Barracks St., 569-0198 Northern Italian dishes using imported cured meats and cheeses fill the menu at this cozy cafe near the French Market. Paneed chicken is topped with fontina cheese and lean, cured ham. Also try beef lasagna or vegetable-filled ravioli and tortellini. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN PIE Citywide; www.italianpierestaurants.com Italian Pie offers gourmet pies as well as calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. Specialties include an Italian all-meat pie and a roasted garlic pie topped with chicken or shrimp. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

J'ANITA'S AT THE AVENUE 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243 The Avenue Pub is the new home for the cuisine of the recently closed J'Anita's. Popular items like the brisket, pulled pork and fish sandwich are offered. Other choices include guacamole and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner. 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. Dinners come 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. $$

JACMEL INN 903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com Jacmel Inn is known for dishes like roast duckling served with glazed sweet potatoes, duck cracklin' and blueberry wine gastrique. Grilled Alaskan salmon Oscar is served with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, jumbo lump crabmeat and hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE 8324 Oak St., 861-0886 Owner/chef Jack Leonardi brings a let-it-all-hang-out approach to the dining room and whimsical Creole cuisine of Jacques-Imo's. Start with savory alligator cheesecake and choose from entrees like oyster-stuffed Carpet Bagger Steak and spicy Cajun bouillabaisse. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP 833 Conti St., 525-9200; www.jager-haus.com Specializing in authentic Bavarian and bohemian cuisine, the restaurant offers a menu of wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, Jäger schnitzel, spaetzle, potato pancakes, Hungarian goulash, and sauerkraut and red cabbage. There's also a wide selection of European beers to complement your meal. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE 7808 Maple St., 866-4366 This quaint Maple Street cafe dishes up French-Tunisian delights like merguez lamb sausage and zucchini bisque with crawfish. A steaming clay pot of lamb tagine (Moroccan stew) or mustard-crusted salmon fillet make for hearty and exotic meals. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING 612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882 Head to Jam's for home-cooked roast beef in gravy or any number of sandwich, salad and pasta options. The seafood-stuffed eggplant boat is a half eggplant fried and filled with seafood dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 90, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201 Janie Brown's specializes in seafood and pasta dishes. Crabmeat Pontchartrain is a combination of shrimp, lump crabmeat and butter-bacon stuffing. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT 4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748 Jan's offers a variety of seafood in Cajun dishes. The fried seafood platter is served with french fries and salad. Stuffed shrimp are prepared with crabmeat dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JASMINE FRENCH RESTAURANT 1768 Front St., Slidell, (985) 645-9700 Jasmine serves traditional French cuisine, including dishes like steak Diane, beef tenderloin flambeed with garlic and shallots in red wine reduction sauce. The roasted duck is served with orange sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAZMINE CAFE 614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301 Jazmine Cafe offers six different kinds of pho — beef broth soup with noodles, fresh herbs and beef, chicken or vegetables. Summer rolls are popular fried rice-paper rolls filled with ground pork and vegetables. Spring rolls feature rare tuna wrapped in rice paper. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

JEAN LAFITTE BISTRO 240 Bourbon St., 523-6820; www.jeanlafittesrendezvous.com This upscale bistro offers Creole classics and Italian dishes. The fish Rockefeller is a pan-fried fillet of Gulf fish. For dinner, order bananas Foster prepared tableside. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JIGGERS GRILL 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555 Catch a game on one of the many large-screen TVs while snacking on burgers and bar favorites. A special house marinade flavors Jiggers' chicken breast sandwich. Spicy chicken wings are also popular. Lunch specials are served Monday through Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritaville.com Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is the only place to go for a Cheeseburger in Paradise. Jimmy likes his with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french-fried potatoes. Naturally, there's a special menu of tropical frozen drinks and top-shelf margaritas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOE SEPIE'S CAFE 4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613 Try the jumbo lump crab cakes with remoulade sauce at this cafe, which serves casual Creole and Italian dishes. Po-boys are filled with everything from breaded veal to pastrami. A children's menu is available. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JOEY K'S RESTAURANT 3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com Joey K's serves daily specials alongside menu favorites such as trout Tchoupitoulas featuring pan-fried trout topped with shrimp, crabmeat and served with mixed vegetables and new potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY & JACKIE'S CAFE & GRILL 326 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 362-8690 The seafood platter features shrimp, oysters, catfish and fries and is served with salad. The special combo po-boy features sliced roast beef cooked in brown gravy plus ham, Swiss and American cheeses. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO 2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808 Tuesdays remain Johnny Trauth's most popular nights due to the all-you-can-eat snow crab leg special. The menu's many po-boy options include a paneed chicken sandwich. The onion blossom is a popular starter. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS 511 St. Louis St., 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboy.com Dine in or grab a sandwich to go at this bustling lunch spot. Po-boy and sandwich options include hot sausage patties, home-cooked roast beef, "surf and turf" po-boys and seafood muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

THE JOINT 801 Poland Ave., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com At the Joint, slow-smoked meats like ribs and chicken fall off the bone. Side items include peppery mac and cheese and crisp, vinegary coleslaw. Lemon pie tops a list of homemade desserts. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com Juan's offers Tex-Mex favorites including big, stuffed quesadillas, burritos and fajita platters. Unique options include the jerk chicken burrito, bacon and beef quesadillas and the occasional special of roasted pork nachos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUJU BAG CAFE AND BARBER SALON 5363 Franklin Ave., 872-0969 This cafe cooks no beef or pork, doesn't fry anything and serves all its sandwiches on whole wheat bread. Omelets and waffles are served in the mornings. The lunch menu includes Caribbean shrimp, chicken salad and a chicken-and-French onion soup. Reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFE & BAR 2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schiroscafe.com In addition to housing a bar and small grocery, Schiro's features Indian cuisine alongside its more traditional New Orleans menu. Choices include lentil soup, curries, the spinach and cheese dish saag paneer, and chicken tikka masala. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON RESTAURANT 4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-6081 Chinese, Thai and Korean dishes share the menu at Jung's. Try the homemade dumplings or specials like sesame fish with broccoli, the seafood combo or grilled fish with vegetables. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNIPER 301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.net Modern Creole cooking is reflected in dishes such as Louisiana wontons filled with shrimp, crawfish and coconut curry. The duck confit is smothered in shallot gravy and served with sweet potato casserole and corn maque choux. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

JUST ITALY DELI & ITALIAN MARKET 708 Aris Ave., Metairie, 832-9292; www.justitalydeli.com This deli presents a menu of Italian cuisine including salads, sandwiches, soups and pasta dishes. The Giovanni sandwich is prosciutto with grilled onions and provolone cheese served on foccacia or ciabatta bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN 416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.com Executive chef Paul Miller upholds the traditions of restaurant founder Paul Prudhomme, while the legendary chef himself continues to develop new recipes for the kitchen's repertoire. A new deli-style lunch menu offers the ultimate homage: a blackened hamburger po-boy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP 2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911 This casual eatery offers sandwiches with roast beef slow cooked in house and grilled Gulf seafood served in sandwiches or on platters. For dessert, try the bread pudding with buttered rum sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR 3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730 Whether Kanno takes cues from the West Coast or Far East, it offers a variety of creative rolls. Popular items include the dragon roll and crunchy roll. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.net Keith Young's menu reflects the sign hung outside its doors: "Steaks — Chops — Gulf fish." Some popular menu items are the 14-oz. New York strip and the generously portioned filet mignon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

KENNER SEAFOOD INC. 3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701; www.kennerseafood.net Kenner Seafood is both a restaurant and seafood market. Redfish, grouper, tilapia and catfish are available grilled, fried, stuffed or blackened. The soft-shell crab Marie pasta is a unique twist on an old favorite. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

KIM SON 349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489 Kim Son offers both Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, particularly Cantonese and Szechuan dishes. A seasonal favorite is the salt-baked crab with scallops, which is served with onions and cracked black pepper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KING BUFFET 601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383; www.kingbuffet.net King Buffet offers everything from Chinese standards like beef with broccoli and sweet-and-sour chicken to Japanese dishes. Other options include Mongolian beef, dim sum and Louisiana-style boiled seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KJEAN SEAFOOD 236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503 Stop into this Mid-City seafood market for a sandwich or seafood to cook at home. Fried shrimp, oysters and catfish are available in po-boys or on platters. The sandwich list offers burgers, hot or cold ham or roast beef, and meatballs on French bread or a bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $

KOREA HOUSE 3547 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654 Korea House has tables with inset grills for diners to cook their own barbecued beef. For seafood, choices include the fried whole fish, which is marinated in soy, garlic and onions. Kal bi are the house special marinated and grilled short ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com Kosher Cajun brings a taste of Manhattan to Metairie, where matzo ball soup accompanies specials like red beans and rice. The J&N combines hot corned beef and pastrami on New York rye with mustard, horseradish, coleslaw and a barrel pickle on the side. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

KOZ'S 6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.com The menu at this casual spot boasts filling, bargain-priced renditions of local favorites like fried or grilled redfish, fried chicken plates and garlic-stuffed roast beef. Popular daily specials include pork chops and shrimp Creole. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

KRANTZ'S SEAFOOD & PO-BOYS 1023 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 301-1907 At Krantz's, homemade roast beef is served on Leidenheimer bread. Popular dishes include stuffed artichokes and daily lunch specials like a veal cutlet and both raw and boiled seafood. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KRYSTAL 116 Bourbon St., 523-4030; www.krystal.com Krystal keeps its menu simple and portable. Scramblers feature breakfast items like eggs, sausage patties, grits and pancakes served in a cup. A sack of tiny Krystal burgers is also handy for a meal on the go. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

KYOTO 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644 This intimate Uptown sushi bar serves appetizers like stuffed shiitake mushrooms. Sushi rolls include the funky maragarita roll, which combines crawfish, strips of tuna and salmon in a crunchy wrap, topped with jalapeno guacamole. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BAYOU 208 Bourbon St., 525-4755; www.labayourestaurant.com La Bayou offers a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes. The eggplant Napoleon layers fried eggplant medallions with crawfish sauce. The seafood platter combines fried catfish, shrimp, crabs, oysters, crawfish, hush puppies and french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOCA 857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com This Argentinean steakhouse serves rib-eyes, domestic Kobe beef, flatiron steaks and hanger steaks as well as veal sweetbreads. The Gaucho plate is a sampler of chorizo, meat skewers, empanadas and sweetbreads. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOUCHERIE COFFEE HOUSE & CAFE 339 Chartres St., 581-6868 The coffee and tea selection is complemented by an array of baked goods at this spacious cafe. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LA BOULANGERIE 4600 Magazine St., 269-3777 This French bakery is known for its fresh pastries and flaky croissants. The menu also features panini sandwiches, soups and small pizzas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Checks. $

LA CARRETA 107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.com Enjoy favorites like chiles rellenos, spicy shrimp, fajitas, carnitas and enchiladas. The La Carreta Dinner features a beef taco, bean chalupa, beef burrito and beef enchilada. There is a large selection of specialty margaritas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CASA GOMEZ 643 Lotus Drive, Mandeville, (985) 624-8667 Popular entrees at La Casa Gomez include roast pork, baca frita and fajita-style platters. The specialty is the Cuban sandwich layered with tender roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on pressed French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LA CÔTE BRASSERIE 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.com Seafood finds an attractive showcase in the Warehouse District Arts Hotel. The raw bar sports platters of fresh-shucked Louisiana oysters, and a whole fish special comes with andouille-okra-tomato stew and cayenne beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA CREPE NANOU 1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrêpenanou.com The restaurant has a loyal following of diners who enjoy classic offerings such as the moules marinieres, a large bowl of fresh mussels steamed in garlic, cream and white wine and served with pomme frites. Dessert crepes include crepe Belle Helene with vanilla ice cream, pears and chocolate sauce. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA 621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., 258-5313; www.ladivinagelateria.com La Divina serves more than just house-made gelati. It also offers breakfast and lunch options like the muffelino, a panino-style muffuletta made with imported cold cuts on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast daily at St. Peter Street location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA FAMIGLIA 541 Oaklawn Drive, 833-8877 La Famiglia offers a host of pasta, chicken and veal dishes. The signature veal entree features veal medallions topped with wild mushroom brandy cream sauce. Braciolone is made with pounded veal stuffed with egg, pine nuts, raisins and cheese and is served with pasta in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA FINCA 542 Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 512-1993 This Mid-City bar offers burgers, sandwiches, tacos and fajitas. Hot dishes include stewed pork, shrimp etouffee, fried fish and New York strip steak. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

LA MADELEINE 601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com These cafeteria-style cafes offer French roast and milder American coffee and an array of baked goods. The kitchen also prepares potato galettes, salads and savory crepes. The roast turkey sandwich is topped with bacon, provolone and sun-dried tomato pesto sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT 1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460 With its diner classics and New Orleans dishes, this Marigny corner cafe anchors the neighborhood. Burgers, fried seafood, fried chicken, po-boys and breakfast any time are popular with midnight revelers and morning brunch crowds alike. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

LA PETITE GROCERY 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com This former corner grocery is a gourmet restaurant serving regional specialties like spicy tomato braised redfish with Louisiana popcorn rice. For a close-to-home lunch, try the seafood bouillabaisse: Gulf shrimp and shellfish in saffron broth with aromatic herbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA PROVENCE 25020 Hwy. 190 E., Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com Under John Besh's stewardship, La Provence continues to prepare the elevated French cuisine that made the late chef Chris Kerageorgiou's restaurant popular. Pate still greets diners in place of butter, and the chicken is still premium, imported poulet rouge. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA ROSETTA 348 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-9003; www.mylarosetta.com A range of Italian dishes shares the menu with Creole favorites like New Orleans barbecue shrimp. The filet Italiano is an 8-oz. steak that has been aged 21 days served over breaded eggplant. Lamb chops are served with sweet mint sauce with a hint of cloves. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.com This Uptown eatery offers Thai favorites and innovative entrees. Traditional pad Thai is a popular choice, but if you are looking for something different, try the pecan-crusted redfish fillet, pan-seared with lemon-garlic-basil sauce and served with jumbo lump crabmeat atop a bed of spinach. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAFITTE'S 300 Canal St., 212-3230; 2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581; www.lafittesneworleans.com Lafitte's serves creative as well as classic New Orleans and creative dishes. There are favorites like gumbo and jambalaya. The Mardi Gras Mambo salad is topped with kalamata olives, blue cheese and Creole pecans in cane syrup vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LAFITTE'S CAFE 6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 284-7878; www.lafittescafe.com Lafitte's is a popular spot for wraps, burgers, salads, sandwiches, baskets of fried seafood as well as fried pickles and chili cheese fries. There are daily specials during the week, and Thrusday is steak night. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com Hearty pub grub accompanies a dizzying selection of domestic and imported beer. Menu selections include steaks, sandwiches, salads and waffle fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LAGO 900 Harrison Ave., 486-8282; www.lagoneworleans.com Lago's offers dishes like hickory-smoked ribs with shoestring potatoes and greens. Braised brisket is served with grits, greens and crispy onions. Other fare includes fried seafood po-boys, burgers and daily lunch specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards $$$

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001 Lakeview Brew serves specialty coffees and a variety of house-baked items. The Brew-Rito is a gourmet tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bell peppers and bacon, ham or sausage. Breakfast is served all day Saturday. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat., breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW DELI 872 Harrison Ave., 304-8501 Lakeview Deli serves hot roast beef po-boys with gravy, barbecued beef po-boys and crab cakes in a sandwich. The Baltimore features fried oysters, bacon and Swiss cheese. There also are burgers and specials like red beans and rice on Monday. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeview-harbor.com Lakeview Harbor serves steaks, seafood, salads, chicken and big hamburgers. The seafood-stuffed portobello cap is battered, deep-fried and served with a side of hollandaise sauce. The loaded baked potato is almost a meal by itself. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Mimi's Italian and Seafood Restaurant serves salmon tartare. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

LANDRY'S 400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafoodhouse.com Blackened catfish fillets are topped with crawfish tails sauteed with capers in lemon butter and served over dirty rice. There is everything from Alaskan crab legs to lobster, as well as salads, pasta dishes, steaks and chicken. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.com These two venerable local markets offer deli specialties like muffulettas, plus seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffee. The gourmet-to-go selections are available in family-size portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY 5433 Laurel St., 897-0576 Head to Laurel Street for fresh, hot muffins, and while you're there pick up a cake, quiches or house-made bagels. In addition to standard bakery items, the patisserie offers a sandwich menu. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LAURENTINO'S 4410 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 779-9393; www.laurentinos.com Laurentino's offers traditional tapas dishes like sauteed garlic shrimp, scallops casserole with eggplant, Spanish garlic soup. There are several different types of paellas, or a heartier option is a 20-oz. bone-in rib-eye served with french fries and aioli. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LAZY RIVER 600 Decatur St., Suite 101, Jax Brewery Millhouse, 588-2853; www.patobriens.com/lazyriverneworleans.html Catch a refreshing breeze off the river at this Jax Brewery eatery. It's a sister establishment to Pat O'Brien's, so tall Hurricane cocktails are served. Menu highlights include roast beef po-boys, crawfish bread and a muffuletta on foccacia. No reservations. Lunch daily, early dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LE BON TEMPS ROULE 4801 Magazine St., 895-2600; www.myspace.com/4801magazine Le Bon Temps serves bar bites with a New Orleans kick. Take your pick from burgers, french fries, po-boys and quesadillas. The bar draws crowds for free oysters every Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LE CITRON BISTRO 1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com Le Citron fries chicken to order and offers dishes like Louisiana frogs legs. Other seafood options include pan-seared pompano drizzled with herb sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE MERITAGE Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritage.com Chef Michael Ferrell presents a menu focusing on complementing flavors and wines. Try Champagne with fried oysters topped with horseradish and citrus. Robust red wines go with braised short ribs or filet of beef. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LE PARVENU 509 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-0534; www.leparvenu.com Chef/owner Dennis Hutley produces original culinary creations such as the broiled Louisiana crab cakes, which are browned and served with dill cream and pasta. The paneed lobster tail is layered with crabmeat and shrimp and is served with a Cognac and cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LEBANON'S CAFE 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com Standards such as lamb, kibbeh and tabbouleh are popular at Lebanon's. Regulars also enjoy unique dishes such as the Musaha appetizer of sauteed eggplant with roasted garlic, red, yellow and jalapeno peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, onions and celery marinated in olive oil and white vinegar. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEE'S HAMBURGERS Citywide Chopped onions give Lee's burgers a little extra zing. 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. $

LEGENDS PATIO BAR & GRILLE 2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 887-3877; www.legendsbarandgrill.com Pair cocktails and beer with burgers and sandwiches. Entrees include mesquite-smoked pork loin, fish and chips and a chicken finger platter. Happy hour and brunch specials are available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LENNY'S SUB SHOP 4038 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-9424; www.lennys.com Lenny's specializes in hot Philly-style cheesesteaks and submarine sandwiches made with Italian cold cuts, tuna salad and chicken salad. Green options include a chef's salad and Philly salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEONARDO TRATTORIA 709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986; leonardonola.com Leonardo offers everything from individual pizzas and pasta dishes like spaghetti carbonara to rigatoni with fried eggplant and ravioli filled with lobster or duck confit. The passport menu features rotating specials from different regions of Italy. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ 

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE 610 Poydras St., 212-5656; 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997 The Baquet family serves Creole soul food to Treme neighbors and downtown visitors alike. The list of favorites includes trout Baquet, fried chicken, po-boys and Creole file gumbo with sausage. Reservations recommended. Esplanade Avenue: breakfast and lunch daily. Poydras Street: Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT 321 Magazine St., 581-9680 Old Havana beckons from the CBD with classic Cuban dishes including ropa viejo, roast pork with black beans, and a grilled flank steak with onions and plantains. Daily specials offer flavorful windows on Cuban cuisine. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. 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. Popular appetizers include Alaskan king crab claws with passion fruit butter and grilled beet salad with walnuts and goat cheese. Entrees range from Kurobuta pork belly to fish dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LITTLE TOKYO 310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788; www.littletokyorestaurantnola.com Tempura, teriyaki and sushi are the triple delights at Little Tokyo's twin restaurants. The sushi bar features an extensive list of nigiri and rolls. The Love Boat for two consists of tempura shrimp and vegetables, chicken and beef teriyaki, sashimi, sushi and fresh fruit. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO 590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com For a local spin on sushi, Northshore diners can go to Little Tokyo. The Mandeville roll is made with whitefish, snow crab, asparagus and roe wrapped in seaweed and fried, served with both the chef's special sauce and eel sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK 1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888 This corner bar near the race track offers a menu of local favorites. The gumbo features hefty slices of andouille, and the po-boys will leave you full. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com Liuzza's is known for home-cooked lasagna and the Frenchuletta with homemade olive salad. Entrees range from shoft-shell crabs to calf liver with onions and brown gravy to the creamy pasta dish, crawfish Telemachus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL 200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.com The bar scene may be the lure at Live Bait, but patrons also come to savor favorites like nachos and chili-cheese potato wedges. Other options include red beans and rice, burgers and po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOLA RESTAURANT 517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.com Lola offers a historic setting and contemporary cooking. The redfish Keith is stuffed with Louisiana crabmeat and shrimp and served with spinach and Brabant potatoes. Reservations recommended for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOLA'S 3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946 Meat and seafood paellas are the mainstay of this Spanish restaurant. Vegetarian options include portobellos stuffed with a Castillian mix of eggplant, pimento, onions, squash, garlic and tomatoes. Ceviche, garlic soup and calamari salad are popular starters. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE 69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.com Longhorn serves steaks prepared in a variety of manners: slow roasted, char-grilled, wrapped in hickory bacon, smothered in portobello mushrooms and Bordelaise sauce, topped with pungent blue cheese, or paired with lump crabmeat. Fish, ribs, shrimp, chicken and chops round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LORETTA'S TOO 2101 N. Rampart St., 944-7068; www.lorettaspralines.com This Marigny corner cafe bakes a variety of pastries in-house including blueberry, chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed and carrot muffins. Stop by on Friday afternoons for the weekly fish fry. Lunch specials include fried and baked chicken and stuffed bell peppers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY 1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com This neighborhood restaurant serves breakfast specials like Voodoo eggs Benedict. Seafood specialties include blackened redfish, crab cakes, shrimp remoulade salad and all-you-can-eat shrimp. Breakfast and dinner Wed.-Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

LOUISIANA BISTRO 337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net This contemporary Creole bistro applies a creative touch to classic dishes. The "feed me" menu is a multi-course sampling option determined nightly by the chef and could include anything from crawfish beignets to blue crab gumbo. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN 95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com. The Pizza Kitchen is a casual spot for gourmet pizza and pasta. The jambalaya pizza is a cheese pizza with spicy sauce, shrimp, andouille and chicken. There is a large selection of salads, pita wraps, calzones and pasta dishes as well as a large wine list. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN 615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900; www.lpkuptown.com. Louisiana Pizza Kitchen offers wood-oven pizzas, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and more. Roast duck pizza is topped with Roma tomatoes, grapes, mushrooms and mozzarella. The roasted lamb pita wrap is dressed with garlic-mint vinaigrette, feta, tomato and onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LUCKY'S LOUNGE 1625 St. Charles Ave., 523-6538; www.luckysnola.com Lucky's is a casual spot to shoot a game of pool or sit on the porch and enjoy a drink. The grill is open late and offers a menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and cheese sticks. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com Lucy's draws crowds for tropical cocktails, surf-shack ambience and a menu California/Mexican dishes. Jamaican jerk chicken, Tavura seared tuna, and California Caesar salad are a few popular dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUKE RESTAURANT 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com Lüke focuses on the cuisine of Alsace, a border region of Germany and France. Start with a truffled pate of Louisiana rabbit and duck livers served with a country bread crouton. Daily specials include a braised shoulder of local lamb with tomatoes, almonds, currants and pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MADDIE'S PLACE 3200 Severn Ave., Suite 108, Metairie, 456-7075; www.maddiesplace.net This European-style coffeehouse serves a host of homemade sandwiches and salads, including the chicken salad wrap with cranberry sauce and the Swiss turkey salad. Beverages include everything from cappuccino to creamy iced chai. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Wed.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MAGAZINE PERKS 4332 Magazine St., 899-2911; www.magazineperks.com Enjoy fresh red velvet cake, banana bread or homemade biscotti with your coffee at this neighborhood gathering place. A selection of light lunch options is available, including a selection of panini sandwiches. 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 sandwiches including roast beef, sausage, veal and fried seafood po-boys. In the morning, try a bacon, egg and cheese po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP 3454 Magazine St., 899-3374; www.mahonyspoboys.com Mahony's prepares classic po-boys and some originals. The fried chicken liver po-boy is dressed with coleslaw. Fried oysters are topped with bacon and cheese. Classic roast beef and fried seafood options are also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MANDARIN HOUSE 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888 Mandarin House's bountiful seafood buffet boasts boiled shrimp, crawfish, King crab and more. Among the prepared dishes are honey-garlic chicken and the sweet-and-sour pork. The sushi bar offers a variety of rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT 3800 Canal St., 482-9179; 4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinasrestaurant.com Mandina's serves Creole classics like trout meuniere and amandine and big seafood platters. Popular appetizers include stacks of fat onion rings, fried eggplant sticks with marinara sauce and turtle soup with sherry. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

MANGO MANGO 201 Bourbon St.; 236 Bourbon St.; 333 Bourbon St.; 400 Bourbon St.; www.mangodaiquiris.com Mango Mango daiquiri shops offer two quick food options to revelers: hot pretzels and pizza slices with toppings like pepperoni, sausage or mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MANO'S PO-BOYS 6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922 Hot lunch plates change daily from red beans with pork chops, smoked sausage and stuffed bell peppers to many fried seafood options. Start your day with big biscuits topped with egg and ham, bacon or sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE 7623 Maple St., 314-9003 This neighborhood cafe offers tastes of New Orleans, Italy and the Mediterranean. Try the eggplant and lump crab cake appetizer and the chicken Alfredo. Mediterranean dishes include shrimp in phyllo with lemon beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslab.com Marble Slab offers a large selection of original ice cream flavors and ice cream treats. Flavors include lemon custard, chocolate amaretto, banana rum and butter pecan. Savory snacks include banana splits, apple pie, floats, shakes and malts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARDI GRAS ZONE 2700 Royal St., 947-8787; www.mardigraszone.com Mardi Gras Zone stocks its shelves with groceries and fresh produce, and there also are deli sandwiches, po-boys and hot items like lasagna, brisket, baked and fried chicken. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY BRASSERIE 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472: www.marignybrasserie.com Chef Miles Prescott brings a creative touch to French and Louisiana classics. Try the French onion escargot to start. The paella is prepared with Gulf shrimp, redfish, squid, mussels and basmati rice with saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MARIGNY PERKS 2401 Burgundy St., 948-7401; www.marignyperks.com This neighborhood coffeehouse offers perks like free Wireless Internet and a dog-friendly atmosphere. Signature desserts include red velvet or cookies-and-cream cupcakes and banana nut bread. Light lunch options include vegetarian spinach quiche. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.com Mark Twain's offers a menu of gourmet pies and recently added a glutten-free crust option. There also are salads, sandwiches, po-boys and chicken wings. The Innocent's Abroad pie features Genoa salami, tomato, artichoke and Italian sausage and is sprinkled with basil. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MARKET WEGO 100 Westbank Expwy., Westwego, 436-9966; www.marketwego.com Located in the Westwego Shrimp Lot, Market Wego is all about po-boys, homemade sausage and freshly boiled crawfish. Fried seafood po-boys are house specialties. Sandwiches with green onion sausage patties are another option. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARTIN WINE CELLAR BISTRO, DELI & CATERING 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.com This fine-food emporium stocks wines, cheeses and deli meats and prepared dishes. Sandwich selections include the Cedric, a roasted chicken breast with Swiss cheese, spinach, tomato and mayo on toasted seven-grain bread. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards and personal checks. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO 5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.com This bistro offers a cozy dining room and lush courtyard. Prince Edward Island mussels are steamed in white wine with chorizo, fennel, tomato and saffron. Also try grilled duck sausage or braised rabbit Provencal style. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MAT & NADDIE'S 937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.com This converted Riverbend shotgun features two intimate dining rooms and a spacious deck overlooking the levee. Local ingredients get new life in innovative dishes like New Orleans black-bean barbecue shrimp and soda-cracker crab cakes with cucumber slaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MATTINA BELLA 421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 892-0708 Mattina Bella's florentine omelet, is made with three eggs, 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 and 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. Stock up on breads and pastries, including apple turnovers and croissants. Traditional desserts include tiramisu, red velvet and carrot cake. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL 1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com Maximo's offers a contemporary take on Italian cooking. Lamb chop lollipops are prepared with rosemary and garlic and served with pepper jelly. Entrees include beef short ribs with risotto and the ossu buco with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

MAYAS RESTAURANT & BAR 2027 Magazine St., 309-3401; www.mojitoland.com This Lower Garden District eatery gives Latin-American standards a creative kick. Vera Cruz scallops feature sauteed scallops with Sauvignon Blanc, cilantro and garlic sauce served with zucchini and squash over rice. Tuna tartare is served with sliced avocado and pico de gallo. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MCALISTER'S DELI 4 Canal Street (Harrah's Casino), 598-1930; 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A13, Kenner 466-1500; 2701 Airline Hwy., Suite T, Metairie, 830-4030; www.mcalistersdeli.com This deli chain distinguishes itself with gourmet options and sides like fully loaded baked potatoes. The signature Sweetberry chicken sandwich tops a chicken breast with Swiss cheese and cranberry-orange sauce on wheatberry bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MEAUXBAR BISTRO 942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com Chef Matthew Guidry creates a menu of contemporary French bistro fare. The Trout Grenobloise is pan-fried whole boneless brook trout served in lemon caper beurre noisette with parsley potatoes and haricorts verts. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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. For a quick Creole fix, try the New Orleans-style crab cakes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.– Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MÉLANGE Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com Mélange presents its own creations as well as dishes made famous by notable local restaurants. The pappardelle pasta is served with Cajun shrimp, asparagus and crawfish cream sauce. Sage-fried chicken and buttermilk waffles are drizzled with warm maple syrup. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MELIUS BAR & CAFE 1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446; www.meliusbar.com Breakfast and weekday specials at this eatery include po-boys, taco plates and the namesake Melius burger. In the morning, patrons can order a breakfast sandwich of bacon, cheese and egg on Texas toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., dinner Sat. Credit cards. $

THE MELTING POT 1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.com It's all about the dipping at this fondue restaurant. There are traditional fondue blends as well as new creations like the quatro formagio — fontina, Gruyere, gran queso and fresh mozzarella. The tiramisu espresso cream blend is a popular dessert. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MID CITY LANES ROCK 'N' BOWL 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133; www.rockandbowl.com At Mid City Lanes, late-night grill classics complement the retro vibe of the bowling alley's decor. 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. $

MIKE'S AMERICAN GRILL 4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5566 Chef Michael Uddo's menu offers everything from creative small plates to steaks off the grill, entrees like trout with crabmeat and avocado and sides like Rockefeller casserole. Brunch features frittatas, egg dishes, salads and more. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

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

MILA 817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.com Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing take an inventive approach to Southern cuisine at their CBD restaurant. Seasonal ingredients and fresh local produce star in dishes like oysters Rockefeller Deconstructed, prepared with bacon chips and licorice root. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MILANO'S PIZZA 3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500 Milano's makes pizzas, specialty subs, calzones, chicken wings, tenders and salads. Macaroni and cheese is baked with penne pasta and four cheeses. The artichoke pie is loaded with garlic sauce, feta, mushrooms, onion and artichokes. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Felipe's Taqueria serves a large menu of Mexican favorites - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

MILK BAR 3445 Prytania St., 891-9361 The Milk Bar is located inside Cafe Prytania. Cleverly named and inventive sandwiches are served hot from the oven on either ciabatta bread or po-boy loaves. There also are smoothies and milkshakes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY 2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.com Mimi's bohemian bar scene is often fueled by live music and tapas dishes. Hot and cold offerings include Spanish cheeses and cured meats, mushroom manchego toast, ceviche and dessert-worthy honeyed goat cheese croquettas. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464; www.mimisriverridgecom Mimi's Creole-inflected Italian cooking includes dishes like paneed eggplant with jumbo Gulf shrimp and pecorino Romano. The Caprese salad features heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese. Try liqueur-flavored panna cotta for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. B'S BISTRO 201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com Mr. B's serves creative contemporary Creole dishes and classics like New Orleans barbecue shrimp in a peppery sauce. The country-style gumbo ya ya (chicken and andouille in smoky roux) is a popular mainstay. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. ED'S CREOLE GRILLE 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992; www.mredsno.com Ed McIntyre's newest restaurant serves a menu of American and Creole dishes, including burgers and fries and seafood po-boys. The crabmeat au gratin is jumbo crabmeat in cheese sauce with vegetables. The grilled pork chops come with homemade macaroni and cheese and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022;  www.mredsno.com This neighborhood restaurant serves fried chicken, po-boys and muffeletas in addition to Italian dishes and seafood. Entrees include paneed trout topped with crabmeat and seafood-stuffed bell peppers. The 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 Mr. Gyros' offers homemade spanakopita, Grecian pizza, calamari and mousaka, a dish of baked eggplant and ground lamb. For your after-dinner sweet tooth, try the baklava, tiramisu or strawberry cake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com Mr. John's serves steaks and Italian favorites like eggplant Parmesan, veal piccata and fried calamari. USDA prime steaks range from New York strips and filets to the porterhouse for two. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. POOR BOY 10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170 Mr. Poor Boy serves daily hot-plate specials and po-boys filled with home-cooked roast beef, sausage, meatballs and fried seafood. Regular specials include 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. $

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010 Mr. Roo's serves sandwiches like grilled turkey club wrap with a choice of white, wheat, spinach or tomato-basil wrap. The grilled seafood plate includes shrimp, catfish and oysters grilled with garlic butter and served over pasta with a vegetable, salad and bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIYAKO SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro.com Miyako offers surf-and-turf options from its sushi bar and hibachi grill. The namesake hibachi special includes clear miso soup, a shrimp appetizer, salad with ginger dressing, noodles, vegetables, lobster, shrimp and beef off the grill, and ice cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MO'S PIZZA 1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.net Mo's serves pizza by the pie or slice, po-boys, sandwiches, muffulettas, lasagna and hot entrees like chicken Parmesan. Bread pudding is the dessert special on Thursdays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE 1500 Magazine St., 525-2244; www.myspace.com/mojoco Coffee is king, but this casual coffeehouse also serves an assortment of teas and fresh-squeezed lemonade and limeade. Mojo also serves soups and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA LISA RESTAURANT 1212 Royal St., 522-6746 Various renditions of the namesake painting adorn the walls at this long-time French Quarter cafe. Pizzas, pastas and calzones are popular. The Mediterranean pizza is topped with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, black olives and garlic. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE 504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175; 3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., 894-9800 Mona's Cafe servers affordable Middle Eastern fare including falafel and gyro sandwiches and platters. Kebabs of chicken, lamb and beef are served with hummus and salad. Appetizers include hearty lentil soup, tabbouleh, and yogurt and cucumber salad. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

MONSTER PO-BOYS 1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183 In addition to overstuffed po-boys, Monster serves lunch specials like lasagna, fried veal and shrimp with rotini pasta. Popular items include house-made roast beef, meatballs and seafood dishes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

MORNING CALL 3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068 Morning Call's history dates back more than a century to its origins at the French Market. Now, along with coffee and beignets, the restaurant serves crawfish etouffee, gumbo and corn and crab soup. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.com Morton's offers changing daily seafood dishes. Grilled wahoo is topped with broiled tomato slices and served with sauteed crabmeat and mozzarella. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $$

MORTON'S STEAKHOUSE Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com Morton's is a Chicago steakhouse offering big steaks and chops. Classic starters include a wedge of iceberg lettuce topped blue cheese and seafood dishes. Steaks are USDA prime beef and range in size from the relatively modest filet to the enormous porterhouse. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MOSCA'S 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale, 436-9942 Mosca's Italian and Creole menu is designed to share family style. Try signature dishes like Oysters Mosca, spicy chicken cacciatore, roasted game hen, spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad with crabmeat and more. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards $

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT 401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net A New Orleans mainstay since 1938, Mother's is renowned for dishes such as the stuffed peppers and the roast beef debris po-boy. It also serves a selection of daily specials like baked spaghetti pie and shrimp jambalaya. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MUFFALETTA'S DELI 3244 Severn Ave., Metairie, 889-1112; www.muffulettasdeli.com The deli makes its namesake specialty in sizes up to a massive muffuletta that can feed 15 people. Other options include sandwiches, soups and salads. The Meat-A-Balla features Viennese meatballs on French bread with mayo and red gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT 201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.com Cajun bands perform every evening at this rustic-styled Cajun eatery. Original dishes include grilled catfish Mulate's topped with crawfish etouffee. The menu also features chicken and sausage jambalaya, shrimp and corn bisque and crawfish and alligator pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE 801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com From its perch on the corner of Jackson Square, Muriel's serves an array of contemporary Creole dishes. Try goat cheese crepes topped with crawfish and Chardonnay cream or pecan-crusted puppy drum with crawfish relish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

N'TINI'S 2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.com There's retro appeal in the restaurant's combination of steakhosue and martini lounge. N'Tini's also offers a variety of seafood and pasta dishes. The house specialty is slow-roasted, herb-crusted prime rib served with horseradish cream sauce and choice of side. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188; 3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nachomamasneworleans.com Nacho Mama's serves Tex-Mex favorites and specialty margaritas. The chicken fajita sandwich tops a brioche bun with chicken, sauteed onions and peppers and melted cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAKED PIZZA 6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; 8120 Hampson St., 865-0221; www.nakedpizza.biz The Naked people make pies with a special fiber-rich, probiotic multi-grain crust that can make eating pizza a healthier option. Toppings include all the usual suspects. Gluten-free crust also is available. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE 500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com Napoleon House features French Quarter charm, specialty drinks like the Pimm's Cup and classical music. Its muffuletta is heated to draw out flavors, and other menu items include seafood gumbo, jambalaya, soups, salads and po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NEW CITY GRILLE 2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-8484; www.newcitygrille.net One of New City Grille's signature dishes is grilled redfish with lump crabmeat in lemon butter served with asparagus. Fresh Gulf fish pecan features a fillet fried in pecan flour, topped with meuniere butter and toasted pecans and served with sweet potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

NEW ORLEANS BREAKFAST & PANCAKE HOUSE 101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272; 4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 281-4510 Dare to start the day with the Big House omelet, packed with four eggs, crispy bacon, sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Metairie location open 24 hours Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY 2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com This cozy Marigny cafe features house-baked items like cakes, bagels, breads and more. There also are omelets for breakfast. Lunch brings sandwiches like grilled tuna topped with teriyaki, wasabi and Asian slaw on house-made bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND SPIRITS 208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432 Daily specials like Thursday's smothered rabbit with white beans and rice are popular lunch items at this neighborhood cafe. Seafood options include shrimp and crawfish pastas with cream sauce, corn and crawfish bisque and popcorn shrimp salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER AND SEAFOOD COMPANY 817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-8580; 1005 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 734-1122; 6920 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-1272; www.nohsc.com Beyond burgers and po-boys, the menu here includes ribs, grilled salmon, steaks, catfish pecan and crawfish etouffee. The Strawberry Fields salad combines grilled chicken, fresh sliced strawberries, blue cheese and red onions in poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEW YORK PIZZA 5201 Magazine St., 891-2376 New York Pizza offers thin-crust pies whole and by the slice. The Big Apple is loaded with everything. The menu also includes Buffalo wings, salads and muffulettas. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NICOLE'S ITALIAN CUISINE 124 Sauve Road, Jefferson, 287-4064 Nicole's fills a seafood crepe with crabmeat stuffing and serves it with a side of hollandaise sauce. Traditional Italian dishes include lasagna and chicken Parmesan. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch Wed.-Fri., Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NINJA SUSHI 8433 Oak St., 866-1119; www.ninjasushineworleans.com Ninja offers a large menu of sushi, sashimi and sushi rolls, soba and udon noodle dishes, soups, salads with seafood, tempura and combination dinners. The house roll combines tuna, yellowtail, salmon, shrimp, crabstick, eel, snow crab, smelt roe and four vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE 4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com Specialties include butter chicken in rich tomato sauce and classic yogurt-marinated tandoori chicken. Accompaniments include naan, basmati rice and chutneys. Lunch service is buffet style. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NOLA BEANS 726 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com Grab a cup of java with a breakfast sandwich with a choice of eggs, bacon, sausage or cheese served on a biscuit or a croissant. For lunch, the menu includes salads, sandwiches and wraps. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOLA RESTAURANT 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.com Chef Emeril Lagasse puts chic accents on rustic Southern dishes at his French Quarter digs. Hickory-smoked St. Louis ribs are glazed with blackberries and stout beer. Redfish is cured with garlic and cooked in a wood-burning oven. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NUVOLARI'S 246 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com For more than 25 years, Nuvolari's has served contemporary Louisiana cuisine with Italian influences. Pan-roasted mahi-mahi is served with blackened tomatoes and pan-fried potatoes. The butter crumb jumbo sea scallops are served over creamy risotto with prosciutto and asparagus tips. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE 2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-7229 O'Brien's is a steakhouse offering contemporary Creole flavor and hearty portions. Aside from beef entrees, try the potato-crusted fillet of mahi mahi served with roasted vegetables and Creole beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT 131 S.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-4077; www.odonnells-restaurant.com Eclectic flavors and a casual fine-dining approach are the calling cards at O'Donnell's. A crunchy beef spring roll is finished with a drizzle of sweet sesame sauce. Crispy eggplant medallions are topped with tasso, shrimp, garlic and Parmesan cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; 710 Terry Pkwy., Gretna, 433-4111; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840: www.ohenrys.com With peanut shells littering the floor, O'Henry's is the most casual of restaurants. Stop in for sandwiches, ravioli and pasta dishes, ribs, steaks and burgers with a large selection of toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFE 8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.com Alongside a bevy of creative breakfast options, Oak Street offers something so simple it's brilliant: an open-face, Big Sunrise po-boy topped with scrambled eggs, American cheese, ham, bacon and sausage all smothered in gravy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

OCEANA GRILL 739 Conti St., 975-7818; www.oceanagrill.com The French Quarter eatery serves a mix of seafood dishes and New Orleans favorites. Entrees range from local standards like crawfish etouffee to creative combinations like grilled ahi tuna La Boheme, which is topped with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

OKI NAGO 2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588; www.okinago.com Oki Nago's buffet features a wide variety of Japanese and Chinese dishes including cold noodle salads, shrimp dishes, breaded and fried cutlets of pork and chicken and tempura-fried items. The sushi bar offers a good selection of rolls and nigiri pieces. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

OLD COFFEE POT RESTAURANT 714 St. Peter St., 524-3500 For breakfast, the restaurant offers calas, a Creole dish of fried rice cakes sprinkled with sugar. Lunch and dinner menus offer entrees like the French Quarter chicken, which is a chicken breast stuffed with crab and shrimp and topped with crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE 1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; 5163 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com Gourmet pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and Creole-flavored pastas are the hallmarks of this casual cafe. Shrimp Carnival recalls a backyard boil with smoked sausage, gulf shrimp, onion and bell pepper bathed in a roasted garlic cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT 204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.com Olivier's offers a Creole menu of dishes such as new potatoes filled with ginger dill sour cream and topped with caviar. The poulet au fromage features marinated chicken breasts topped with a blend of five cheeses and mushroom roux. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com Snag a seat overlooking the open kitchen at this Riverbend cafe and watch as dishes are prepared before your eyes. Crab cakes with Creole mustard vinaigrette rest on a salad of cabbage and basil. Grouper is topped with smoked salmon and basil pesto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ORANGE COUCH 2339 Royal St., 267-7327 This corner coffee spot is unassuming on the outside and modish on the inside. To go with coffee, there are pastries, bagels and quiches from local bakeries. For a sweet treat, try one of the exotic Japanese ice creams like mango or tiramisu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S 440 Chartres St., 524-8990 Maspero's serves contemporary Louisiana cooking. The Hot and Blue oyster po-boy tops fried oysters with Tabasco mayonnaise and blue cheese crumbles. Cochon de lait is slow-roasted pork stuffed with garlic and jalapenos. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Thu.-Mon., Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com Grapevine offers one of the city's largest selections of wine by the glass. The seafood bouillabaisse combines Gulf fish, mussels, shrimp, and crawfish stew in a saffron lobster broth and is served with tarragon garlic. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS SEAFOOD 3301 S. Claiborne Ave., 821-5007 Orleans Seafood offers a combination 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 spicy heat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR 2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540 Oscar's half-pound hamburger is challenged in girth only by the overstuffed baked potato at its side. A roast beef po-boy with pulled, home-cooked meat provides a worthy alternative. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and late-night Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 60 Park Place Drive, Covington, (985) 893-0505; 830 E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell, (985) 649-4329; 1601 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 341-5544; 2746 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-6850; www.outback.com This chain serves steak the Australian way. Many dishes are familiar even if the names aren't, like the Bloomin' Onion and the Kookaburra chicken wings bathed in hot sauce. Entrees include T-bones and rib-eyes, rack of New Zealand lamb and roast pork. No reservations. Dinner daily, lunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

P & G RESTAURANT 345 Baronne St., 525-9678 Located in the CBD, this busy lunch spot has an extensive menu of po-boys stuffed with fried seafood, lunch plates with fried shrimp and catfish platters and red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com With numerous locations throughout the metro area, coffee lovers don't have to travel far to enjoy PJ's full selection of coffees, from dark roast to flavored roasts, iced concoctions and a variety of baked goods. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Chef Hai Nguyen prepares a mix of Asian dishes at Hipstix Asian Kitchen. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

PAILLARD'S RESTAURANT 717 Orleans St., 523-2222 ext. 6001; www.bourbonorleans.com The Bourbon Orleans hotel's restaurant is open for breakfast only and serves Southern favorites. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily. Credit cards. $$$

PALACE CAFE 605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com Palace Cafe chef Darin Nesbit's signature dishes include an oyster loaf of corn-fried oysters on grilled ciabatta with melted St. Andre cheese and sherry cream sauce. Ask about the off-the-menu three-course special for locals, featuring dishes like andouille-crusted redfish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE 1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com Traditional New Orleans jazz and Creole cooking share the spotlight at this supper club. Shrimp ambrosia features a fennel and Pernod cream sauce. Creole pasta combines shrimp, oysters, sausage and chicken. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU 1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosonthebayou.net Palmettos serves seafood dishes like soft-shell crab amandine and grilled amberjack topped with barbecue shrimp. Other options include grilled duck breast and the filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms and demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch and early dinner Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA Citywide; www.papajohns.com Papa John's courts pizza traditionalists with double-pepperoni pies and other classics. Specialty pizzzas include a barbecued chicken and bacon, Hawaiian barbecue and spinach Alfredo. Sides include garlic Parmesan breadsticks, wings and chicken strips. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PARADISE CAFE 3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141 Paradise serves homemade items from creamy soups to fresh baked cookies. Popular lunch items include white beans and rice with smoked sausage, chicken salad plates and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR 2533 Constance St., 899-2054; www.parasols.com The roast beef po-boy dripping with gravy is a mainstay at this neighborhood pub. There also are fried shrimp and oyster plates and bar snacks like tangy fried pickles and boudin balls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PARKVIEW CAFE AT CITY PARK City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474 The Parkview Cafe serves pastries and gourmet coffee in the morning and a full lunch menu till early evening. Items include salads, sandwiches, panini, burgers and hot dogs. For dessert there's ice cream. The cafe also serves beer and wine. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. 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 and oysters. Jambalaya, fries and chips are side options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877 Manale's created New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp in buttery, peppery, messy sauce. Start with a dozen on the half shell at the oyster bar before moving onto the menu of Creole and Italian fare. The combination pan roast features oysters, shrimp and crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PAT FANNIE'S 7537 Maple St., 302-2547 For pub food with Irish flair, dig into Irish Nachos: potato skins loaded with chili and corned beef. The Blarney Stone burger is topped with Swiss cheese, bacon, corned beef hash and a fried egg. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT 624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.com Pat O'Brien's is known for its bar but don't drink on an empty stomach. Cancun shrimp are battered in pina colada mix and coconut flakes and served with fruit salsa. Local favorites include muffulettas, red beans and rice, jambalaya and more. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PATOIS 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; www.patoisnola.com This neighborhood eatery features French food accented with New Orleans flavors. Sauteed sweetbreads are served with Beluga lentils, wilted spinach and country ham reduction. Almond-crusted wild redfish comes with roasted potato galettes, buttered green beans and satsuma meuniere. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ 

PAUL'S CAFE 100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-9581; www.paulscafe.net Stuffed crab with rice and gravy, grilled catfish, and shrimp etouffee are favorite blue plate specials at Paul's Cafe. Other specials include grilled catfish, roast beef and other hearty entrees. Try country-style breakfast plates or a Ponchatoula strawberry daiquiri. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PELICAN CLUB 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504; www.pelicanclub.com Stroll down picturesque Exchange Place to this elegant haven for contemporary Creole dining. Some of chef Richard Hughes' signature dishes include crispy whole flounder with sweet chili sauce and jasmine rice, clay-pot Asian style barbecue shrimp and the seafood martini. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PEPPERONI'S CAFE 8123 Hampson St., 865-0336 Pepperoni's offers a range of specialty pies include a gooey four-cheese pizza. The shrimp pasta mixes Gulf shrimp with basil in Alfredo sauce and is served it over fettuccine. The menu also includes calzones, po-boys, wraps and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PERE ANTOINE 741 Royal St., 581-4478 Pere Antoine offers a variety of Cajun and Creole-inspired dishes like the Ragin' Cajun omelet, which is filled with bell peppers, andouille sausage and ham and topped with Creole sauce. The blackened catfish is topped with crawfish etouffee. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Fri.-Sun., lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PETUNIA'S 817 St. Louis St., 522-6440; www.petuniasrestaurant.com Petunia's serves a mix of Cajun- and Creole-inspired dishes. The Cajun pasta features shrimp, andouille and Parmesan served over angel hair pasta. Oversized sweet and savory crepes are a house specialty. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PETUNIA'S PLACE 2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436 A family-friendly restaurant where kids have a coloring table of their own, Petunia's Place also offers a menu of seafood dishes. Crawfish Jake is fettuccine Alfredo topped with fried crawfish and eggplant. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $

PHIL'S GRILL 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.phils-grill.com Phil's puts you in the driver's seat. Choose from 10 kinds of burgers (beef to turkey to veggie) and a selection of buns, cheeses, vegetable toppings and sauces. Sides include fried pickles, fried onion strings, sweet potato fries and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY 113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846 Pho Tau Bay specializes in pho (Vietnamese soup), offering 20 different varieties with beef, pork or seafood. Popular menu items include spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce and other Vietnamese rice and noodle dishes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950 Phoenicia specializes in classic Middle Eastern dishes like spicy shrimp, chicken or beef kebabs, kibbeh and grape leaves. Falafel, tabbouleh, creamy lebna and baba ghanoush are some vegetarian options. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PICCADILLY Citywide; www.piccadilly.com Piccadilly's big buffet offers everything from sliced roast beef and Southern-style fried chicken to local favorites like crawfish etouffee. There are many salads and vegetable dishes to choose from and desserts range from pecan pie to red velvet cake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PITA PIT 5800 Magazine St., 899-4141; www.pitapit.com Assemble your own pita sandwich from a wide range of meats, toppings and sauces. Besides hummus and baba ghanoush, there's avocado, fresh spinach and jalapenos and sauces like tzatziki, barbecue and ancho chipotle. Breakfast pitas are served in the morning. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA FLORENCE 4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.net Pizza Florence tops pies with a variety of combinations including garlic and shrimp and spinach and artichoke. There also are pasta dishes, wraps and toasted sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIZZA HUT Citywide; www.pizzahut.com After years spent reconfiguring the sizes, shapes and crusts (thick, thin, stuffed) of pies, Pizza Hut has expanded its offerings to include a calzone-like P'zone and pasta dishes. Some locations serve chicken wings. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON 1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874 Pizza Man's mix of traditional and unconventional pie toppings includes prosciutto, andouille, crabmeat, eggplant and pesto. The popular Board pizza is loaded with spinach, feta and capicola ham. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

PIZZA MILANO 5226 Elysian Fields Ave., 250-9290 Milano offers everything from gourmet pies, calzones and pasta dishes to burgers and sandwiches. The Milano Supreme is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onion, olives and tomato. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PONTCHARTRAIN POINT WEST END 8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-4233 Pontchartrain Point offers a family-friendly atmosphere and many popular seafood dishes. Creole crab cakes are served over penne pasta in spicy cream sauce. The shrimp and crabmeat au gratin is another tasty choice. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

POPEYES Citywide; www.popeyes.com Popeyes' reputation is built on spicy fried chicken and hearty red beans and rice. Ther are combo meals, baskets of chicken strips and sandwiches. Popular sides include mashed potatoes and gravy, Cajun rice, spicy battered fries and biscuits. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PORT OF CALL 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.com This popular French Quarter bar and grill is known for thick burgers and the signature Monsoon cocktail. The menu also includes steaks, and entrees come with a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PRALINE CONNECTION 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com Home-style New Orleans Creole soul food is the attraction at this Frenchmen Street spot. Rib-sticking dishes like red beans and rice, file gumbo, stuffed bell peppers and savory stewed chicken satisfy big appetites. Side dishes include mac and cheese, fried okra and fried pickles. Reservations accepted for large parties. 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 Besides coffee and tea, Puccino's serves panini, mini-muffulettas, salads, soups and pastries until midnight daily. For breakfast, try the buttermilk waffle sandwich with two eggs, cheddar cheese and ham or bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PUPUSERIA & RESTAURANTE LA MACARENA 8120 Hampson St., 862-5252 La Macarena serves pupusas — stuffed thick cornmeal patties — and a range of Latin American dishes. Other options include fresh soups, salads, ceviche, combination platters and seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

PYRAMIDS CAFE 3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602 Pyramids serves sandwiches filled with falafel, gyro meat, chicken shawarma or eggplant. Dips like hummus and baba ghanoush are offered as appetizers. Entrees include lamb, beef or chicken kebabs, lamb chops, a shrimp plate and vegetarian platters. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT 613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456 Quarter View serves a large fried seafood platter with shrimp, oysters and soft-shell crab. Grilled oysters topped with garlic butter is a popular appetizer. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

QUIZNOS Citywide; www.quiznos.com Quiznos offers a range of toasted subs as well as specialty items like mesquite-grilled meats, smoky barbecue sauce and guacamole on the turkey and bacon sub. Green options include Cobb and chicken Caesar salads. Some locations serve breakfast. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

R & O'S PIZZA PLACE 216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248 Start with spicy boiled crawfish and move on to anything from pizza and pasta with red gravy to po-boys, fried seafood platters and 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., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RADOSTA'S FAMOUS PO-BOYS 249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 831-1537 Everything at this family establishment 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 po-boys filled with fried seafood like shrimp, oysters and soft-shell crab. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RAG'S OLD FASHIONED PO-BOYS 4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 792-1744; www.ragsmandeville.com Rag's serves po-boys and daily specials such as blackened catfish and shrimp Parmesan. The Super Serious Seafood Platter is a big combination of fried seafood. A new value menu features 6-inch po-boys. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS Citywide; www.raisingcanes.com Cane's keeps the options simple by focusing on chicken fingers. Three-piece combos come in a box or as a sandwich. The Caniac Combo includes six fingers, french fries, coleslaw, Texas toast, a fountain drink and two dipping sauces. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S 519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.com This family-friendly restaurant offers plenty of local seafood and a kids' menu. The Ruby features broiled redfish fillets topped with crabmeat and hollandaise. Shrimp specials include stuffed shrimp, boiled shrimp and shrimp scampi. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RALPH'S ON THE PARK 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com Across from City Park, Ralph's is a spacious two-story restaurant offering contemporary Creole and American cooking. Baked oysters Ralph feature oysters bathing in bechamel with smoked bacon, jalapenos, sweet peppers and tomatoes on a bed of baby spinach. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RAMBLA 217 Camp St., 587-7720; www.ramblanola.com Rambla offers classic Spanish tapas and French-inspired small plates. Patatas Bravas feature crispy Yukon gold potatoes seasoned with allioli. Medjool dates are stuffed with almonds and blue cheese, wrapped in bacon and roasted. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RED EYE GRILL 852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; 1057 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-6900; www.redeyegrill.net Billed as "The last place you want to be," Red Eye Grill doubles as a lunch spot and late-night fix. After dancing the night away, curb your hunger with cheese fries, jalapeno poppers and big burgers. Combination deals include fries and a drink. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RED FISH GRILL 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com Before wading into the thick of Bourbon Street, stop into Red Fish Grill for oysters on the half shell or seafood specialties including several namesake redfish entrees. Barbecue oysters are flash fried and tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with house-made blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE RED MAPLE RESTAURANT 1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com This West Bank eatery has been serving steaks and Louisiana seafood since 1963. Redfish Pontchartrain features pan-seared fillets topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, mushrooms and sherry cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RED PALACE RESTAURANT 1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071 This Chinese restaurant's extensive menu includes lo mein dishes, Cantonese beef, curry shrimp, pot stickers and more. War Sell Op is a fried duckling atop a bed of mixed vegetables, Chinese mushrooms, bamboo shoots and pea pods topped with shredded ham. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT 8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933; www.redstarchineserestaurant.com Szechuan and Mandarin specialties include sizzling rice soup, Peking duck and sweet and sour chicken. The restaurant also has a menu of lighter dishes prepared with no added salt, sugar or cornstarch. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REF'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 219 N. Peters St., 565-3087 Breakfast served all day and an extended happy hour (till 10 p.m.) are among the attractions at this tavern. Chicken wings come with a choice of dipping sauces including garlic-Parmesan, soy-ginger and Xtreme Challenge. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH 8124 Hampson St., 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.com This casual cafe offers counter service for a quick cup of coffee and the kitchen turns out innovative options for breakfast, lunch or brunch. The Prime sandwich tops shaved prime rib with pickled onions, roasted peppers, blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese aioli. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA 741 State St., 899-1414; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-6868; 874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133; 3244 Magazine St., 895-7272; 5608 Citrus Blvd., Elmwood, 818-0111; www.reginellis.com Reginelli's serves pizza, salads and sandwiches that blend Italian and Mediterranean ingredients. The Nor'easter combines spicy red sauce with Italian sausage, green peppes, caramelized onions and capers. There are calzones, salads and pasta dishes as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RENDEZ VOUS CAFE 3001 General de Gaulle Drive, 367-6013: www.myrendezvouscafe.com Rendez Vous serves Mediterranean dishes including chicken shawarma, shish kebabs, tabbouleh and falafel. Dinner entrees also include steak, fried chicken and chicken Alfredo pasta. Reservations accepted. Open 24 hours Sat.-Sun. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT AMIS 1950 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 893-9100; www.restaurantamis.com This Northshore bistro offers refined city fare in a country setting. The market fish is bronzed and served with marinated red lentils, coconut lobster fritter and an orange-honey gastrique. The blackened cowboy steak is served with whipped butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT AUGUST 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.rest-august.com Celebrated local chef John Besh showcases the flavors of local, seasonal ingredients. Lean filet is complemented by oxtail marmalade and smoked marrow. Heirloom beets meet their match in crabmeat, cherrywood bacon, quail eggs and crispy black-eyed-pea croutons. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT CYPRESS 4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885; www.restaurantcypress.com Cypress offers contemporary Creole dining in a casual atmosphere. Try items like roasted garlic soup and rabbit piquante. Duck confit spring rolls with cream cheese and caramelized onions are a signature dish. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES 7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; www.restaurantdesfamilles.com On the edge of Jean Lafitte National Park, this seafood house specializes in dishes like shrimp Diane, featuring shrimp and mushrooms in spicy garlic butter over angel hair pasta. Pasta Lafitte combines crabmeat and shrimp in spicy cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Diners enjoy steaks at Crazy Johnnie's Steakhouse. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

RIB ROOM 621 St. Louis St., 529-7045; www.omniroyalorleans.com The stately Rib Room with its large French-style rotisserie is an old favorite for everything from power lunches to leisurely brunches. Crab cakes with remoulade and ravigote are a popular starter. Entrees include slow-roasted prime rib and rotisserie chicken. Reservations recommended. Breakfast lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE 7801 Panola St., 314-1810 This sunny Uptown cafe is a popular breakfast spot with everything from simple stacks of pancakes to specials including crawfish omelets, crab cakes Benedict, huevos rancheros and Belgian waffles. At lunch, choose from hamburger steaks, fried catfish and burgers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT 3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266 Breakfast is king at this Metairie eatery. The crab cake Benedict features two poached eggs draped over blue crab cakes topped with hollandaise. Peppermill also serves traditional Creole and Italian dishes for lunch. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RICK'S CATFISH CABIN 78461 Hwy. 437, Covington, (985) 893-7274 Rick's is a catfish shrine, and the restaurant pays tribute to the whiskered fish by baking it, frying it and grilling it. The menu also includes oysters and stuffed shrimp with sides of hush puppies and fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

RIOMAR 800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.com Rio Mar serves a range of Spanish and Latin American dishes. Appetizers include a selection of ceviches, an oyster-and-spinach roast and more. Five-hour roast pork with black beans, avocado and cabbage salad is a popular entree. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE CARMELO 541 Decatur St., 586-1414; www.ristorantecarmelo.com Carmelo serves a variety of classic Italian dishes including house-made pastas, veal and seafood. Appetizers include antipasti and bruschetta with different toppings. The osso buco is a 14-oz. veal shank braised in its own juices. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE DA PIERO 401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net Ristorante da Piero is like a refined Tuscan villa — in Kenner. The are ornate decorations, opera singers on some nights and pillow-soft, homemade pastas. Tagliatelle alla Romagnola marries speck and peas in a delicate tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO 501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.com Attention to detail enlivens the fine Italian fare at this romantic cafe in the heart of Covington. The pan-roasted monkfish is dressed with local sweet potatoes, lemon-braised artichoke hearts and tomato vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008 The crab salad at this Italian mainstay features lump crabmeat, olives and artichoke hearts in vinaigrette. The house-specialty veal chop is served with risotto. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RIVERBEND BISTRO 8001-B W. St. Bernard Hwy., Arabi, 277-6996 Riverbend Bistro offers family-friendly upscale dining. The seafood and Italian restaurant opened in 2006. The menu ranges from fried seafood dishes to prime Angus steaks to eggplant Napoleon. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RIVERSHACK TAVERN 3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com Rivershack offers good eats and good music in a roadside honky-tonk. Start out with a cold beer and a "shack-a-tizer" like meat pies or fried green tomatoes. Then move on to a burger or po-boy of slow-roasted beef dripping with gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROBERT FRESH MARKET 5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005; 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-3428; 8115 S. Claiborne Ave, 488-0536; www.robertfreshmarket.com Robert offers homemade soups and gumbos and a long list of entrees including jambalaya, crawfish fettuccine, and shrimp and tasso pasta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com Start with a saketini, then venture into a mix of creative and traditional Japanese dishes. The Fulton Street roll combines tuna, snow crab and avocado drizzled with eel sauce and a dash of sesame seeds. The Killer Scallops are large scallops sauteed in garlic butter. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROCKY & CARLO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR 613 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, 279-8323 This Creole-Italian eatery serves everything from onion rings to stuffed peppers, veal Parmesan and fried chicken. Lenten observers can order peppers stuffed with seafood and substitute shrimp or eggplant in other entrees. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA 3222 Magazine St., 891-5152 Rocky's serves gourmet pies like the Wild Tchoupitoulas, which is topped with pepperoni, sausage, red peppers and jalapenos. The Irish Channel combines crawfish, shrimp and feta cheese. Other options include pastas, sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., 561-9800; 3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 872-0957; 3960 Florida St., Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-4892; 5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypoly.com This chain of offers wraps with everything from roast beef, ham and turkey to tuna salad and vegetables. There are changing daily soups and salads, and extras including chips, pasta salad, potato salad and cookies. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ROMA PIZZERIA 3441 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 674-3300 Roma Pizzeria bakes crisp-crust pizzas and Sicilian-style deep-dish versions in its stone-deck ovens. One popular pie is the Supreme, loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

ROMAN PIZZA 7329 Cohn St., 866-1166; www.eatromanpizza.com This university-area pizzeria offers everything from pizza, salads and sandwiches to pasta dishes. The Juan and Deen's pie combines pepperoni, jalapenos and extra cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIA 339 Chartres St., 587-0990; 514 S. Rampart St., 528-2556; www.rotolos.com Rotolo's muffuletta pie is topped with marinara, mozzarella, provolone, salami, Canadian bacon, pepperoni and olive salad. Cheese sticks are topped with bacon, pepperoni and a blend of cheddar, Italian and Greek cheeses. Reservations accepted for large parties at the French Quarter location. Hours vary by location. Credit cards $

ROUSES Citywide; www.rouses.com Rouses has a large hot line with baked items, fried and rotisserie chicken. There are also sandwiches and a sushi bar. Soup and salad bars offer more choices .The coffee bar also serves smoothies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROUX BISTRO 500 Canal St., 595-5506; www.sheratonneworleans.com Located in the Sheraton Hotel, this bistro offers contemporary Louisiana cooking. Mornings feature continental breakfast. Entrees include Louisiana-style cassoulet made with red beans, duck confit and duck sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL BLEND 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; 621 Royal St., 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.com Besides a wide range of coffee, espresso and tea, Royal Blend offers a menu of baked goods including scones, croissants and muffins. There also are salads and sandwiches like the Executive Club with layers of turkey, ham and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROYAL HOUSE RESTAURANT 441 Royal St., 528-2601; www.royalhouserestaurant.com Royal House's creative seafood dishes include oysters Royale, a half-dozen oysters topped with creamy shrimp and crawfish dressing. Seafood Pescatori features clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops sauteed with garlic and fresh herbs and served over linguine with marinara. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE 139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; www.therubyslippercafe.net Click your heels three times and say, "There's nothing like the home cooking at Ruby Slipper." Eggs Blackstone is a southern Benedict: poached yolks and hollandaise atop tomato, applewood-smoked bacon and home-style biscuits. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

RUE DE LA COURSE 1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343; 3121 Magazine St., 899-0242 Rue serves a range of specialty coffee drinks and baked goods like fresh cupcakes, croissants, muffins and biscotti. Sandwiches are prepared on a choice of dark black forest or seven-grain bread with meats like roast beef, turkey or chicken salad and your choice of cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL 8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9980 Russell's serves breakfast all day, which is good news for late risers looking for eggs Benedict or grits and ham. Fresh fish entrees include ahi tuna with spicy plum sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Harrah's Hotel, 228 Poydras St., 587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.com At Ruth's Chris, USDA prime steaks arrive sizzling in butter. The Chop Salad combines greens, mushrooms, olives, bacon, egg, hearts of palm and blue cheese in lemon-basil dressing with fried onions on top. Reservations recommended. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge General manager Jessica Moore pours wine at Bayona. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

ST. CHARLES TAVERN 1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823 St. Charles Tavern offers a slew of New Orleans entrees including crawfish pies, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. The white chocolate bread pudding is a popular dessert. 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 gourmet cheeses as well as cured meats like prosciutto, salami and duck pastrami. The English ploughman's lunch includes cheeses, salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE 535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553; www.stjohnscoffeehouse.com St. John's offers hot and cold drinks ranging from espressos and chocolate au lait to iced cappuccino and Italian cream sodas. There are pastries for breakfast. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, wraps and salads. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash and checks. $

SAKE CAFE 126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 809-6689; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253 Sake's New Orleans roll combines spicy crawfish, crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna and snow crab, all topped with tobiko caviar and avocado-eel sauce. A crispy grouper fillet is spiked with sweet chili sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN 2830 Magazine St., 894-0033; www.sakecafeuptown.us Upscale Japanese cuisine is on parade at this stylish destination. Among the more inspired creations is the TNT, which layers yellowtail and tuna tartare with tobiko and sushi rice, all crowned with a quail egg. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT 27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443 Sal Impastato prepares New Orleans Italian dishes. Sauteed crab claws are topped with cream sauce. Paneed veal is served with grated cheese over pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALT & PEPPER 400 Iberville St., 561-6070 Tucked away in the French Quarter, Salt & Pepper serves pizza, sandwiches and a menu of Pakistani-style curries and kebabs made with halal meats. Try buttery samosas and hot flatbreads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALTWATER GRILL 710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.com Saltwater Grill serves a wide range of seafood dishes and New Orleans favorites. Po-boys are filled with everything from fried seafood to cochon de lait. Entrees range from Louisiana catfish and crawfish etouffee to glazed pork chops. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE 3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433; www.salvatorerestaurant.com Salvatore offers a vibrant take on Creole-Italian classics. The restaurant's namesake trout entree features grilled trout topped with jumbo lump crab and shrimp sauce. Baked oysters are topped with prosciutto and olive oil-drizzled breadcrumbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

SAMMY'S MARKET & DELI 801 Live Oak St., Metairie, 835-0916 Sammy's dishes up a menu of New Orleans po-boy favorites, including roast beef with gravy. There also are hot dishes like veal Parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs and fried seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon. -Fri. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER 627 Bourbon St., 525-8442 Sammy's offers al fresco dining on a patio overlooking Bourbon Street. The bar makes signature cocktails like the Yellow bird, a white rum drink with creme de banane, galliano and pineapple juice. Entrees include crabmeat-stuffed half lobster, stuffed shrimp and flounder. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.com Sandro's offers Aunt Vera's lasagna layered with sheets of pasta and loaded with meat, mozzarella and marinara. The grilled onion and Bambino Swiss panino is a lunchtime favorite. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE 3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077 The former Marigny Sante Fe restaurant has reopened in Faubourg St. John. It features the same mix of Mexican dishes like enchiladas and burritos and French dishes like coquilles St. Jacque and pork and apples. There is a list of margaritas and homemade desserts like chocolate mousse. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAPPORO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 5000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 779-1818 Sapporo's extensive menu includes classic sushi items and fresh sashimi, plus signature creations like the Sapporo special roll with snow crab, salmon, tuna, vegetables and special sauce. Fried rice dishes are another option. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S 724 Dublin St., 861-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.com Sara's offers a taste of the Far East and India. Korean barbecued beef features grilled strips of tenderloin marinated with tangy spices. Other choices include crawfish egg rolls, Indian saag paneer and coconut-curry shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SEAFOOD GALLEY AND DELI 509 Tyler St., Covington, (985) 892-3287 Served in po-boys or on platters, seafood is the main draw here. Lunch and dinner specials include red beans and rice, meatballs and spaghetti, chicken-fried steak and meatloaf. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD 279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116; www.seitherseafood.com Some of Seither's new menu items include crawfish pies, gumbo and grilled red snapper. The boiled seafood platter packs on a pound each of crawfish, shrimp and crabs. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SEKISUI SAMURAI 239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.com Samurai's Hornet roll is a New Orleans original. It features bundles of crab, crunchies and Thai sauce topped with shrimp and jalapeno sauce. The New Orleans roll perches blackened soft-shell crab atop a log of crawfish. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA 2999 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-8923; 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.com Semolina's crab-stuffed sea bream is a crab cake sandwiched between two thin layers of pan-seared fish topped with sauteed shrimp and lemon caper sauce. The Original Macaroni & Cheese Cake is a wedge of mac and cheese covered in creamy cheese sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA'S BISTRO ITALIA 3226 Magazine St., 895-4260; www.semolina.com Italian dishes take center stage at this variation of the popular chain. A host of pasta dishes are matched by creative fish and meat presentations like crab-stuffed sea bream and bistro sausage and peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI 133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668; www.seriosdeli.com This downtown sandwich shop is decked out in LSU colors and memorabilia. It serves classic po-boys, jambalaya, spaghetti and meatballs and other plate lunches. Sandwich options range from the french fry po-boy to the muffuletta. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANY 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.com Serranos' West Andes shrimp features shrimp sauteed with Caribbean spices. Entrees range from the the tequila- and lime-marinated Cuban steak to mango and scallion swordfish. Side items include mango sweet potatoes, refried pinto beans, chili-lime roasted corn and jalapeno corn pudding. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHANE'S RIB SHACK 1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 324-9701; www.shanesribshack.com The Big Daddy is a must-try at Shane's. It's a classic pulled-pork sandwich slathered in house sauce. Ribs, chicken strips and barbecued chicken round out the menu. A lengthy list of side dishes include baked beans and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK 1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442 Alligator sausage, crawfish strips, pickles and mushrooms are just a few of the fried appetizer options at Shimmy Shack. The blackened shrimp salad features shrimp on a bed of iceberg lettuce with tomatoes, eggs and remoulade dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477 Bring a big appetite and your aerial-shrimp-tail-catching skills to Shogun, New Orleans' grandfather of hibachi. Table seating is available, but regulars pack the hibachi tables where a colorful array of steak, shrimp, chicken and vegetables start sizzling before diners' eyes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572 The seafood gumbo at Short Stop is made with okra, shrimp and crabmeat simmered in a thick roux. The seafood po-boy options include fried crawfish tails. For dessert, have a Hubig's Pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 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 Super Bowl win and his steakhouse. The lineup includes martinis and big steaks like the 48-oz. porterhouse and 32-oz. prime rib. Other entrees include Gulf fish and twin lobster tails. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SI SENOR AT COSIMO'S 1201 Burgundy St., 522-9715 The Tex-Mex grill tucked away in the back corner of this neighborhood bar can take care of a case of the munchies or provide a full meal. Nachos are piled high with cheese, beans, hot peppers and a choice of meat. Gourmet burritos are packed to bursting. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night dining daily. Credit cards. $

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL 1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002 Sidelines satisfies hungry patrons with hearty burgers, appetizers and wraps. Drop by on Thursday for steak night, when filets seasoned with Cajun dry rub are served with creamed potatoes for $10. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SINGHA THAI 413 Carondelet St., 581-2205 This CBD eatery offers Thai favorites for a quick lunch and a large menu of entrees for a more leisurely dinner. Tom yum koong soup with shrimp and lemongrass and pad Thai draw diners at lunch. The menu includes many rice and noodle dishes with beef, chicken or shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SLICE 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; www.slicepizzeria.com Slice is a casual spot to grab slices, whole pies, calzones, pastas dishes, po-boys, salads and appetizers like bruschetta. The kitchen also serves changing weekly gourmet appetizers and entrees like mussels and Gulf fish entrees. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER 3322 Magazine St., 891-3447 Slim Goodies offers breakfast specialties like the Little Goat: three eggs scrambled with goat cheese and marinated roasted red and yellow peppers and served with black beans and avocado. The Grilled Wop features grilled spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and provolone cheese on toasted wheat bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT 5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.com Enjoy Smilie's specialties like beef brisket, baked eggplant Parmesan and Louisiana crab cakes. Sunday brunch features free unlimited Champagne with any entree and live music by Julio & Cesar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD 2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647 Smitty's offers big boiled seafood platters and popular seasonal items like soft-shell crabs. The menu also includes pasta dishes and salads. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SMOOTHIE KING Citywide; www.smoothieking.com Whether you're looking for cool refreshment or a drink that suits a fitness plan, Smoothie King has a range of options. Enhance smoothies with Immune, Energy, Female Balance or Muscle Builder. Snack items include energy bars and cookies. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com There's no need to listen to some of city's best jazz music on an empty stomach. The bistro offers seafood, steaks, chicken entrees and burgers like the steak burger, a half-pound Angus beef burger served with an Idaho baked potato with your choice of toppings. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, lunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SOUND CAFE 2700 Chartres St., 947-4477 This Faubourg Marigny coffee shop throws its turkey and Brie sandwich for a delightful loop with slices of Granny Smith apple and fresh pesto. A vegan option combines hummus, tomato, cucumber and sprouts on your choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 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 dining options at South Seas. Peking duck stars among Chinese dishes. The Spartan roll is made with tempura shrimp, cream cheese, snow crab, tuna and avocado and drizzled with eel sauce and sesame seeds. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS 720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, 835-3035 Southern's sandwiches are packed with everything from roast beef with gravy to fried shrimp or oysters, chicken-fried steak or veal. For an entree platter, try fried soft-shell crabs atop fettuccine with white wine cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri. Cash only. $

SOUTHSIDE CAFE 3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net The seafood muffuletta — stuffed with fried or grilled shrimp, oysters, catfish and topped with olive salad — is a favorite at Southside Cafe. On Thursdays, it's steak night. Get a 12-oz. Angus steak, loaded baked potato and salad for $13.95. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL 4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069 Speakeasy serves big 10-oz. burgers, sandwiches and bar munchies like jalapeno poppers, chicken quesadillas, chicken wings and egg rolls. There are boiled crawfish and oysters on Fridays. Entrees include an 8-oz. filet and tuna steak. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO 2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090 This traditional Italian eatery serves familiar dishes like lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, chicken scampi, pizzas and calzones. Specials include shrimp and alligator bisque and crabmeat stuffed flounder served with fettuccine Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPITALE'S DELI & CATERING 2408 North Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912 Spitale's offers a variety of specialty sandwiches like the Dirty Turkey sandwich, which comes with grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese. There are also daily specials like lasagna, meatloaf and baked macaroni and cheese as well as seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudleys.com Spudly's signature is potato, and plenty of it. Try the Super Duper, loaded with crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish and topped with Spudly's original cheese sauce, cheddar and chives. The El Toro is topped with beef chili and cheddar, and jalapenos are optional. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q 8400 Oak St., 302-7370 Barbecue flavor comes more from sauce than smoke at Squeal, but pork, brisket and ribs are slow-cooked in-house. Order them on platters with side dishes like roasted corn and cheddar grits. There also are sandwiches of pulled pork and chopped brisket, as well as salad options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STANLEY 547 St. Ann St., 587-0093 Chef Scott Boswell proves he's skilled in more than just fine dining. The corn-crusted oyster po-boy is served with coleslaw. The Eggs Benedict po-boy is another favorite and the banana Fosters French toast is served with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STATION 8801 8801 Oak St., 861-9293 This casual tavern, located in a converted gas station, keeps the good times flowing with inexpensive draft beer. The menu features steaks, burgers, chicken sandwiches and sides like onion rings and sweet-potato fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STELLA! 1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com Chef Scott Boswell draws on a world of flavors as well as his Louisiana roots. His menu changes daily. Sample dishes include pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras with toasted brioche, wild huckleberry puree, caramelized bananas and a crisp apple walnut spring roll. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEP BROTHERS LOUNGE & RESTAURANT 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856 Step Brothers offers a variety of dishes from po-boys and burgers to cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers, chicken tenders and egg rolls. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $

STEVE'S DINER 201 St. Charles St. Suite. 210, 522-8198; www.steves-diner.com You can get your breakfast on the run with Breakfast-In-A-Cup, filled with scrambled eggs, grits, crumbled sausage patty and grated cheddar cheese. Daily specials include the slow-roasted beef brisket on Thursdays with the choice of two side dishes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STILL PERKIN' 2727 Prytania St., 899-0335 Still Perkin' is a good place to grab a coffee and a corner table and take advantage of free Wireless Internet. Lunch items include salads, sandwiches, pastries and bagels with house-made blended cream cheeses like tomato basil or chive. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL 1303 W. Esplanade, Kenner, 443-4040; www.stringraysseafood.com Stingray's offers a wide selection of seafood options. Get started with crawfish skins, a twist on potato skins with crawfish dressing and cream sauce. For an entree, try the fried soft-shell crab platter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUBWAY Citywide; www.subway.com Subway serves sandwiches filled with turkey, Italian cold-cuts or tuna fish. The Veggie Delight with cheese is dressed to order. Toasted subs include the chicken bacon ranch, meatball marinara and steak and cheese. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

SUCRE 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; www.shopsucre.com Sucre specializes in sugary confections. The Tiffany tantalizes with layers of chocolate raspberry sponge cake, raspberry mousse and gelee encased in a chocolate dome. For lunch, the cashew chicken salad with tarragon aioli and baby sprouts is served on a homemade croissant. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUGAR HOUSE 315 Julia St., Embassy Suites, 525-1993 Sugar House serves New Orleans cuisine in a dining room looking out on the Warehouse District. Entree choices include salmon florentine, blackened prime rib, shrimp Alfredo and vegetarian black bean soup. For dessert, try the bananas Foster cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL 619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055; 1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.com Regular menu items include twin tortilla-crusted crab cakes with smoky roasted-corn remoulade. Two Tails and Spicy Grits features grilled shrimp in creamy jalapeno cheese grits, smothered in crawfish and mushroom pan sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL 3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com Superior Grill's seafood combo platter includes a crawfish enchilada, grilled fish taco and grilled shrimp served with rice and soup. Huevos rancheros and Bloody Marys are popular brunch items. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com Fresh-squeezed juice and breakfast entrees make Surrey's a good place to start your day. Migas feature shredded cheddar cheese, corn tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, sauteed peppers, onions and tomatoes and pico de gallo. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS 1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.net Sushi Brothers' namesake roll wraps crunchy salmon tempura, cream cheese and avocado inside seaweed, with more salmon and avocado wrapped around the outside. Other Japanese specialties include soba and udon noodles, tempura, grilled meats and teriyaki dishes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE 237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.com This French Quarter restaurant has been serving steaks and seafood for three decades. Menu choices include slow-roasted 16 oz. prime rib as well as whole Maine lobster served with drawn butter. The Cajun filet mignon is stuffed with seafood and topped with white wine mushroom sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR 888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com There is a good variety of char-grilled steaks and seafood at this Lakeview steakhouse. Entrees include veal osso buco served with fettuccine Alfredo.  Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.com Enjoy lunch or dinner on the Steamboat Natchez as it cruises the Mississippi. Dinner options include prime rib with honey horseradish sauce and praline chicken topped with Southern pecan sauce. Reservations recommended. Hours vary with cruise schedule. Credit cards. $$$

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net There's a wide selection of New York-style specialty deli meats at this sandwich shop. The Rachel sandwich features hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and housemade Russian dressing on Jewish rye bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

SUKHO THAI 1913 Royal St., 948-9309; www.sukhothai-nola.com Sukho Thai serves authentic Thai dishes in a casual atmosphere. All dishes on the menu are prepared to preferred levels of spice. Curry options include red, green, yellow, Kaffir lime and pineapple. Sukho Thai also serves fresh spring rolls and mango sticky rice. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ 420 Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; 2534 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-0208 Sweet Daddy's does 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. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

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 serves a wide range of entrees including blackened catfish topped with sauteed mushrooms and served over spinach. There also are burgers, sandwiches, salads and daily lunch specials. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge In Covington, Coffee Rani serves coffee drinks and a full menu of healthy options. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE
  • Photo by Susan Snee
  • In Covington, Coffee Rani serves coffee drinks and a full menu of healthy options.

TACOS SAN MIGUEL 2120 N. Claiborne Ave., 940-1883; 3517 20th St., Metairie, 267-4027 These casual taquerias have a large selection of meats including several pork options to fill burritos and tacos. Authentic Mexican dishes include cow tongue and stewed pork skins. There's even a poblano burger. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE 923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859 Taj Mahal's tandoor oven remains the centerpiece of the restaurant, producing roasted chicken, lamb and shrimp, and an array of naan and stuffed breads. Traditional dishes include tikka masala, a dish of marinated chicken finished with tomato gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TAN DINH 1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 361-8008 Tan Dinh serves beef- and chicken-broth soups with vermicelli noodles and dishes with sticky rice. Special dishes include pan-seared goat with lemongrass in spicy peanut sauce and slowly simmered goat curry topped with assorted nuts and Vietnamese herbs. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Tandoori Chicken 2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880 The restaurant features traditional Indian dishes including a variety of curries, masalas, korma with chicken, lamb or shrimp as well as namesake tandoori entrees. The mixed-grill dinner lets diners sample a range of entrees. Lunch and Sunday dinner are served buffet-style. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CHILANGOS 2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 469-5599; www.taqueriachilangos.com Enjoy an expanded menu of Mexican favorites like chile rellenos, burritos, tacos and brisket at this Kenner eatery. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA 1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088; 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974 Taqueria Corona's bright cantinas offer tart margaritas, beef tongue or fried fish tacos, cebolitas (grilled green onions) and shrimp and cheese-filled flautas among other specialties. Try the Mexican pizza or big California-style burritos. No reservations. Lunch Mon.–Fri, and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO 208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959 A menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas have made this a popular Mid-City lunch spot. Enjoy chips, spicy dips, fajitas and pupusas while watching Mexican soap operas on the big-screen TV. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TAQUERIA RIO GRANDE 3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-8580 Rio Grande serves everything from huevos rancheros in the morning to lunch and dinner options like enchiladas, burritos and tortas with choice of fillings. The parrillada mixta is a platter featuring fajita-style steak, chicken and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TAVERN ON CITRUS 5708 Citrus Ave., Harahan, 218-5186 At Tavern on Citrus, the namesake burger is a 10-oz. beef patty grilled to order. The menu also includes salads and pub-grub standards like fried pickles and mozzarella sticks. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

TEA GARDEN 1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9455 Classic Chinese dishes at Tea Garden include lo mein with a mix of chicken, beef and shrimp, imperial pork chops and General Tso's chicken. Other choices include egg foo young, soups, fried rice dishes and more. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TED'S FROSTOP 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615 This university neighborhood eatery conjures a bit of nostalgia for an era of carhop burgers and milkshakes. Plate lunches include dishes like baked chicken, fried seafood and pork chops with red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TENNOU SUSHI BAR 1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-3898 Sushi enthusiasts flock to this West Bank restaurant for bargain-priced Bento boxes. The Hawaiian Roll features shrimp tempura, snow crab, mango and smelt roe. For entrees, try the fish fry sushi rice, which comes with spicy tuna, eel sauce and a spicy sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY 3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832 This Metairie eatery features slow-smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork on platters or sandwiches. Try the smoked potato stuffed with tangy barbecued beef and topped with extra sauce, cheese and chives. Steaks, burgers and fried seafood plates round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH 131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678 Thanh Thanh prepares five different types of Vietnamese spring rolls with fillings like shrimp, beef, pork and vegetables. Pho soups are popular. The restaurant also offers some Thai options like Mama's Pad Thai and a variety of American breakfasts. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THAT'S AMORE 4421 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.com Whether you love New York City thin crust or Chicago thick crust, That's Amore has a pie that satisfies. Toppings include pineapple, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach and artichoke. Ravioli and lasagna are pasta options. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

THEN, NOW & NEXT RESTAURANT 6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5700; www.fourpointsnola.com Tucked inside the Four Points by Sheraton, this restaurant's cuisine adds an eclectic touch to an array of home-style favorites. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THEO'S PIZZA 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.com Theo's dishes up pizzas, toasted sandwiches and salads. The Expert Pizza is topped with garlic, spinach, mozzarella, crumbled bacon and sliced tomatoes. The Sweet Spinach Salad combines purple onions, cranberries, walnuts and goat cheese with pepper jelly vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TIMES GRILL 1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; 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 and fried seafood in po-boys, baskets and pasta dishes. Tuesday is steak night, and kids eat for free on Wednesday nights. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TODARO'S RESTAURANT 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-8522; www.todarosrestaurant.com Todaro's Shrimp Anthony features shrimp tossed with marinara, bacon and green onions served over angel hair pasta. Homemade Italian classics include spaghetti with Italian sausage and roasted red peppers and onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TOMATILLO'S MEXICAN JOINT 437 Esplanade Ave., 945-9997 Enjoy a mix of Mexican and Southwestern favorites like tortilla soup, fajitas and combination plates with enchiladas. You'll also find 300 flavors of margaritas. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TOMMY'S CUISINE 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com Italian dishes pick up a local accent and Creole dishes get some worldly flair on Tommy's eclectic menu. Jumbo lump crabmeat is baked with fresh herbs and imported cheeses. Seared lamb chops are served with garlic mashed potatoes and rosemary port wine demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR 752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.com This sophisticated wine bar offers small plates from the kitchen it shares with Tommy's Cuisine. Dishes include vine-ripened Creole tomatoes with basil and fresh mozzarella or blue cheese. Oysters Bienville is baked with crawfish, shrimp and herbs. No reservations. Light dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S 6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888 Tony Angello's "Feed Me, Mr. Tony" special is a meal made up of tasting portions of the kitchen's nightly offerings. Among the most popular entrees is the eggplant Tina, which tops eggplant medallions with Romano cheese and tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MORAN'S RESTAURANT 240 Bourbon St., 523-4640; www.ruebourbon.com Tony Moran's combines classic Italian dishes and New Orleans seafood with French Quarter ambience. The Fresh Fish New Orleans Style is served with sauteed lump crabmeat in lemon butter sauce. The pork chop Valdostana is stuffed with bacon, spinach and mozzarella. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOUT DE SUITE 347 Verret St., 362-2264 This Algiers Point eatery is popular for its breakfast specials. Lunch and early dinner fare includes options like chicken panino with applewood-smoked bacon, provolone, basil aioli and grilled peppers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA 600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.com Trey Yuen has long been a bastion of Chinese dining on the Northshore. Classic items range from pot stickers to hot-and-sour soup. Original dishes include crawfish tails, pork, garlic, ginger and egg sauteed in a wok and served with lobster sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

click to enlarge In Gretna, Kim Son serves a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

THE TROLLEY STOP CAFE 1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090 The Trolley Stop offers breakfast all day long. Changing daily specials include red beans on Mondays, spaghetti on Tuesdays and smothered pork chops on Wednesdays. There also are seafood options. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner and late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TROPICAL ISLE 600 Bourbon St., 523-1927; www.tropicalisle.com Drinks, music and island-themed decor set the scene at the Bourbon Street nightspot Tropical Isle. Head to the bar to order from a menu of burgers, pizza, nachos, sweet potato fries and taco salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT 823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.com A landmark restaurant in the French Quarter, Tujague's features signature dishes like beef brisket served with horseradish sauce. The shrimp remoulade features a piquant sauce. Garlic roasted chicken bonne femme is always an option. Dinner features a prix fixe menu with a choice of entree. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TWO SISTERS RESTAURANT 223 N. Derbigny St., 524-0056 Two Sisters specializes in soul food and Cajun cooking. Aside from daily specials like red beans and rice on Mondays and gumbo on Fridays, the menu includes chitlins, grits and stuffed peppers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

TWO TONY'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 105 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-0999; www.two-tonys.com Two Tony's specializes in Creole-Italian seafood dishes. Grilled amberjack amandine is topped with toasted almonds and Creole meuniere sauce. Shrimp Pasta Mediterranean features grilled shrimp over Roma tomatoes, olives and capers tossed with capellini pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON 401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.net Bypass the pool tables and head to the grill for sandwiches, burgers and generous platters of barbecue served with sides like chili beans with sour cream or sweet and spicy coleslaw. Pulled pork is slow-cooked shoulder roast brushed with the saloon's tangy sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.com Proprietor JoAnn Clevenger shares a menu of Creole classics and a large collection of folk art at her Uptown restaurant. She invented the city's now-classic fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade. Another signature dish is the roast duck served with garlic-port or ginger-peach sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT 515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336 Vazquez offers more than two dozen po-boys, sandwiches and muffulettas. Lunch and dinner specials include pork chops, lasagna, breaded veal, seafood plates and roast pork with black beans, plantains and rice. No reservations. Breakfast Sat., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

VEGA TAPAS CAFE 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com Creative tapas dishes include shrimp and gnocchi carbonara, ceviche, empanadilla de cohinillo (empanada with roast pork) and seared salmon with bacon-balsamic vinaigrette. A Moroccan-style rabbit stew is served over almond couscous. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VENEZIA 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991 This neighborhood favorite has been serving home-style Italian dishes since the 1950s. A generous antipasto plate starts many a meal here. 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. $$

VENEZIA II 587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991 Venezia II, like its sister restaurant, serves casual Italian dishes such as shrimp scampi and pizzas loaded with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onion and artichoke hearts. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VERANDA AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL 444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383 Veranda's Sunday brunch draws a crowd for live jazz, flowing bubbly, carving stations, made-to-order omelets and rich desserts like Miss Dorothy's famous bread pudding. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VERTI MARTE 1201 Royal St., 525-4767; www.vertimarte.com Sandwiches and meals to go are offered until midnight at this French Quarter hub. Order entree platters of Creole chicken topped with spicy sauce. Sides include jambalaya, macaroni and cheese and vegetables. Limited delivery. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards $

VIANNE'S TEA SALON & CAFE 544 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com High tea is a three-course affair that consists of house-made scones served with lemon curd, cream and jam, tea sandwiches, canapes and an assortment of mini-desserts. The lunch menu includes items like peanut chicken salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE 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 barbecued beef platter with garlic and cheddar mashed potatoes. The bar serves many Aussie wines and beers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com Italian classics like osso buco and veal picatta are joined by locally inspired dishes like corn and crab bisque at this Creole-Italian institution. Bracialoni is top round steak stuffed with bacon, artichoke hearts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE BAR 322 Dalwill Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.com Choose from organic coffees, smoothies, juices and teas. The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, veggie burgers and regular burgers. Popular fruit smoothies include the Spunky Monkey, made with strawberry, orange and banana. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge At Jack Dempsey's, Sam Baiamonte prepares a fried seafood platter. - PHOTO BY SUSAN SNEE

VIZARD'S 5015 Magazine St., 895-2246 New warmer-weather dishes at Kevin Vizard's bustling Uptown restaurant include roasted red snapper with Israeli couscous, crabmeat salad with creamy Creole vinaigrette, and a butcher's plate with assorted pates. The house-made ice creams range from classic coffee to nostalgic Dreamsicle. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482; www.voleosrestaurant.com The variety at Voleo's ranges from sandwich and pizza to Bavarian specials like the Wienerschnitzel. There are changing daily specials. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-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 its special spicy Mojo sauce. Side dishes include Rattlesnake Beans, corn pudding, coleslaw, Gris Gris Greens and creamy macaroni and cheese. Voodoo also serves burgers and chicken sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BAR-B-QUE 10828 Haynes Blvd., 241-8227; www.cochondelaitpoboy.com Walker's cochon de lait po-boy is dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. Barbecued ribs, chicken, brisket and smoked sausage come with sides like baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, mustard greens and string beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT PIZZA 1068 Magazine St., 529-1466 Diners at Warehouse District Pizza have their choice of 10- and 14-inch pies with either traditional red sauce or the house's spicy sauce and an array of familiar toppings. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WASABI 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; www.wasabinola.com Now with two locations, this popular sushi spot has twice the manpower to craft original rolls like the Rock-n-Crunchy or the French Quarter. Nabeyaki udon is a noodle soup with thick udon noodles, assorted seafood, vegetables, egg and shrimp tempura. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WATER STREET BISTRO 804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855 Enjoy local seafood while looking over the Tchefuncte River on the front porch of Water Street Bistro. Entrees include Mediterranean-inspired linguine with Gulf shrimp spiked with olives, capers and feta cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE & RESTAURANT 769 W. 5th St., Laplace, (985) 652-9990 House-made andouille adds extra flavor to dishes at Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse. The kitchen slow cooks baby-back ribs rubbed with sweet and spicy seasoning. Burger patties are made with a combination of ground beef and sausage. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

WELTY'S DELI 336 Camp St., 592-0223; www.weltysdeli.com Welty's specializes in classic deli sandwiches as well as its own creations like the New Orleans AK, a one-and-a-half-pound sandwich with a choice of four meats, cheddar, Swiss, provolone and pepper Jack cheese on a warm muffaletta bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and company checks. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoods.com The two local locations of this grocer offer a wide range of gourmet and organic products. Hot and cold food stations serve dishes like citrus-marinated salmon, pasta salads, pizza and marinated olives. There is a large salad bar and coffee counter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WHOLE HOG CAFE 639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.com At this cafe, eating high on the hog means barbecue sandwiches topped with coleslaw. Entrees include pulled pork, brisket, full and half slabs of ribs, pulled chicken and half chickens. The Whole Hog Platter rounds up pork, brisket, three beef ribs, baked beans, coleslaw and rolls. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE 2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503 Willie Mae Seaton's granddaughter Kerry Seaton keeps the tradition alive at this iconic restaurant. Seaton is best known for her fried chicken, but the menu also includes daily specials like red beans, butter beans, smothered veal, stewed chicken, fried catfish and trout. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

WING ZONE Citywide; www.wingzone.com Go to the Zone for chicken wings or fingers and other options like spicy Buffalo shrimp. Sauces vary in levels of spicy heat and options include sweet and tangy barbecue varieties, several hot garlic selections and cool ranch. Salads and burgers also are available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO 531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705 Winston's Pub is a casual spot to enjoy a large menu of pub standards like beer-battered fish and chips, which are crispy waffle fries. The Forrest Hills burger boasts a half-pound patty. The back patio is perfect for sunny day, happy-hour dining. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WIT'S INN 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; www.witsinn.com This neighborhood tavern serves pizzas and a full range of salads and sandwiches. The Wit's Works is a pizza loaded with everything from sausage, ham and black olives to artichoke hearts. Weekend brunch features three-egg frittatas and Bloody Marys. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE 859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882; www.wolfesinthewarehouse.com Chef Tom Wolfe's Warehouse District bistro features an elegant and spacious dining room. Entrees include panko-crusted redfish with spinach and smoked gouda-infused crab veloute. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

WOLFE'S RESTAURANT 1041 Dumaine St., 593-9535; www.wolfesrestaurant.com Chef Tom Wolfe's bold-flavored contemporary Louisiana cooking is expressed in dishes like seared Maine scallops with smoked bacon and Marsala-shiitake cream sauce. The grilled lamb T-bone is served with herb and tasso lentils, portobello mushrooms and rosemary and lavender demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

WOW CAFE & WINGERY Citywide; www.wingery.com WOW's selection of dipping sauces includes Key West citrus, honey barbecue, Thai peanut, various heat levels of Buffalo, coconut curry, sweet and sour, teriyaki and many others. Besides wings, the chain offers wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas and fajitas. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.com This Uptown favorite is known for seafood po-boys, burgers and veal dishes. The fried green tomato po-boy is topped with shrimp remoulade. Daily specials include broiled redfish topped with lump crabmeat amandine. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YOU-GURT 7638 Maple St., 304-8432; www.yougurt.net This do-it-yourself yogurt parlor offers a choice of 14 nonfat soft-serve yogurt flavors and dozens of fresh fruit and dry toppings. There also are sno-balls and a handful of lunch options like hummus and chicken quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT 850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331 Young's is an old-fashioned steakhouse where meat is hand cut in house. Entrees range from a petite filet with grilled quail to a 14-oz. rib-eye. Steaks are served with salad and a baked potato. Seafood options include yellowfin tuna, shrimp dishes and lobster. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 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. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA 525 Frenchmen St., phone n.a.; www.myspace.com/yukiizakaya Japanese tavern-style dining has a hip home at this urbane spot. Most dishes are appetizer-size and easy to share. Choices include shumai dumplings, fried spring rolls, clams in sake butter and fries with wasabi sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE 8210 Oak St., 861-2224 Z'otz offers bohemian ambience, fair-trade coffees, super-sized cookies, vegan items and exotic beverages like bubble tea and yerba mate. A changing lunch menu includes items like quiches, bagels and vegan soups and sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $

ZARA'S MARKET 4838 Prytania St., 895-0581 While making groceries, head to the deli to pick up sandwiches or lunch plate specials. Monday features red beans and rice with sausage. Other dishes include eggplant or veal Parmesan, muffulettas and Italian meatballs on a po-boy or with spaghetti. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL 1525 St. Charles Ave., 520-8100; 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-7733; 1655 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-0799; 4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9090; 110 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-0520; www.zearestaurants.com Zea offers slow-roasted meats from the rotisserie and creative takes on American and Asian favorites. The twice-cooked crispy duck is slow roasted then crisped, seasoned with Asian herbs and served with honey soy sauce. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Kenner location serves brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

ZEKE'S 1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133; www.eatatzekes.com Entrees like bratwurst and onions with warm German potato salad or sauerkraut add a Teutonic flair to Zeke's menu. Regular items include hamburger steak, fried crab claws, po-boys and oysters. Zeke's also offers daily specials. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ZIMMER'S SEAFOOD 4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150 Zimmer's is a carry-out place known for fried and boiled seafood. While the staff is busy scooping your crawfish, consider a side of the potatoes, marinated crab salad or stuffed artichokes. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards, checks. $

ZOE RESTAURANT W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018 The elegant Zoe Restaurant maintains the contemporary-chic vibe of its W Hotel location. The fusion tapas menu features dishes like fried eggs with chorizo and potatoes and tomato salad with sherry vinaigrette and blue cheese. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge At Bacco, chef Chris Montero prepares contemporary Creole and Italian dishes.
  • At Bacco, chef Chris Montero prepares contemporary Creole and Italian dishes.
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