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Some of the best recommendations come from word of mouth. For our summer restaurant guide, Gambit asked local restaurants to recommend their own dishes, favorites, signature items and new concoctions. The guide includes 1,434 dishes to try, more than enough for a summer's worth of exploring new places and new items. There also is information on hours of operation, reservation policies and prices.

Prices

Dollar signs indicate the average price of a dinner entree.

$ = $1-$10

$$ = $11-$20

$$$ = $21-up

5FIFTY5 New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., 553-5638; www.marriott.com A fillet of wild Louisiana redfish is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and served over spinach salad with lemon-thyme vinaigrette. The seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab, andouille, okra and file powder and served with a scoop of white rice, crabmeat and chopped herbs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

7 ON FULTON Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans Hotel, 701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.com Oysters Brie features flash-fried oysters topped with melted Brie and drizzled with Crystal beurre blanc. The cake trio includes a crab cake, crawfish cake and shrimp cake along with two sauces. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

8 BLOCK KITCHEN & BAR Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 561-1234; www.neworleans.hyatt.com The roasted baby vegetable salad includes baby zucchini, sunburst carrots, asparagus, pearl onions, herb oil and burrata cheese. Comte cheese and spinach ravioli are served with artichoke barigoule, rapini, summer English radishes, yellow dandelion and Noilly Prat (vermouth) sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

13 517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com The sesame chicken salad sandwich on multigrain bread is dressed with spring greens and smoked almonds. The black bean veggie burger is dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, Dijon mustard and mayo and served on French bread with potato chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

A MANO 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 208-9280; www.amanonola.com The affettati misti includes an array of house-cured meats with accompaniments including house-made pickles and mos-tarda. The slow-cooked rabbit comes with oil-cured olives and roasted garlic. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ABITA BAR-B-Q 69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205Beef brisket is slathered in barbecue sauce and served with fresh-baked cornbread and two sides. Pulled-pork is slow-cooked. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com Baby back ribs are marinated in Abita Purple Haze and served with house-made sauce and a side of fries. The California burger is topped with avocado, sprouts and feta cheese. 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.acmeoysterhouse.com The Peacemaker combines fried shrimp and oysters in a po-boy dressed with Tabasco mayo. The Acme Poopa features the house gumbo served in a French bread bowl. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ACROPOLIS CUISINE 3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046Braised lamb chops come with vegetables or a baked potato. Moussaka features layers of baked vegetables and herbs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ADOLFO'S 611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800 Fresh fish of the day is covered in creamy ocean sauce with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp and capers. Rack of lamb is served with rosemary-mint-garlic butter. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT 1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.comThe vegetable plate includes a choice of five items such as spinach pie, hummus and baba ghanoush. The gyro plate features lamb, hummus, rice and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILL 811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.comBarbecue shrimp comes over rotini pasta. The chicken Caesar pita features char-grilled chicken, provolone and Romano cheeses and romaine lettuce wrapped in flatbread and served with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ALLEGRO BISTRO1100 Poydras St., 582-2350; www.allegrobistro.comThe barbecue shrimp po-boy features flash-fried Gulf shrimp served with New Orleans-style barbecue sauce. Veal is lightly battered and flash fried and served with Creole mustard and crawfish hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

THE AMERICAN SECTOR The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.org/americansectorDuck fried rice combines locally farmed duck and duck eggs with yellow Creole rice. The pan-roasted Gulf swordfish is served with tomato, avocado and Benton's bacon. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANCORA PIZZERIA & SALUMERIA 4508 Freret St., 324-1636; www.ancorapizza.comThe Filetti pizza is topped with cherry tomatoes, fior di latte mozzarella, basil and garlic. The affettati misti is a changing selection of house-cured meats and salumi. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.comAndrea's osso buco is a veal shank braised in brown sauce and served with angel hair pasta. The crab cake Andrea features Louisiana crabmeat cakes with sliced eggplant spiced with Italian seasonings and topped with crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ANGELETTO'S PIZZA 220 S. Robertson St., 581-3500; www.angelettospizzeria.comAngeletto's special pie is topped with chicken, garlic sauce, spinach, feta and roasted red peppers. Spinach lasagna is layered with spinach, caramelized onions, mozzarella and herb ricotta and topped with Alfredo sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ANGELI ON DECATUR 1141 Decatur St., 566-0077; www.angelirestaurant.webs.comThe Virtuous Angel vegetarian pizza has spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, mushrooms, feta, mozzarella and garlic-herb sauce. Spaghetti and meatballs is served Italian home-style. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ANGELO BROCATO 214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465; www.angelobrocatoicecream.comPeach ice is made with fresh drupes. Fresh ricotta fills a Sicilian cannoli. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.comCreole turtle soup is topped with a dash of sherry and some chopped egg. The veal Serena features veal topped with lump crabmeat, asparagus, angel hair pasta and bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

ANTOINE'S ANNEX513 Royal St., 525-8045; www.antoines.com The Caprese sandwich combines fresh mozzarella, pesto, Creole tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The ham and feta sandwich on a pistolette is garnished with watercress and honey-Dijon mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com Trout Cardinal features a grilled or fried trout fillet topped with crawfish tails in white wine sauce. For brunch, try Louisiana Gulf shrimp sauteed in garlic-tomato sauce and served with creamy buttered grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

APOLLINE RESTAURANT 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881; www.apollinerestaurant.comSeared diver scallops come with shrimp and corn maque choux and bacon. Char-broiled oysters are cooked with garlic-butter and piave cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT 813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com The shrimp Arnaud features Gulf shrimp in the restaurant's signature tangy remoulade. Oysters Kathryn tops oysters with artichoke hearts, garlic, Parmesan and extra-virgin olive oil. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ARTZ BAGELZ 3138 Magazine St., 309-7557; www.artzbagelz.comThe bagel and lox is served with cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato, onion and capers. The Downtown sandwich combines turkey, Swiss, bacon, avocado and sprouts. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2631 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.comCaponata features eggplant, onions, tomatoes and pine nuts on a bed of ziti pasta with mozzarella cheese baked on top. Oysters Neopolitan tops deep-fried oysters with lemon-cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

ATCHAFALAYA 901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626; www.atchafalaya-restaurant.comPan-roasted duck is served with duck fat-roasted fingerling potatoes, Swiss chard and blueberry duck gastrique. The sesame seed-crusted scallops come with corn risotto, pickled shiitakes and a sunflower sprout salad with Banyuls vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.comMarinated and grilled chicken is served over linguine with artichokes and mushrooms in white wine cream sauce. The tomato Buffalo features baked tomato slices topped with mozzarella, basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

AUDUBON CLUBHOUSE CAFE 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.orgThe Double Bogey breakfast includes two eggs, two bacon strips and two sweet potato pancakes. The Clubhouse spinach and berry salad bowl combines diced tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, raisins, mandarin oranges, feta cheese, red onion and toasted almonds in a spinach flatbread bowl topped with raspberry vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

AUGUST MOON 875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-7977; 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www.augustmoonneworleans.comCrispy lemon grass shrimp boasts a dozen jumbo shrimp pan-seared with onions and minced lemon grass, and served with rice vermicelli and nuoc cham sauce. August Moon's steak cubes feature a cubed 12-ounce rib-eye pan-roasted with sweet onions and fresh garlic and served with garlic bread and jasmine rice. No reservations. Prytania Street: lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat.; Manhattan Boulevard: lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

AVENUE CAFE 1907 St. Charles Ave., 301-2097; www.avenuecafenola.comThe Uptown Piggy breakfast sandwich piles scrambled eggs, bacon, ham and cheddar cheese on a croissant or H&H bagel with satsuma pepper jelly. The grilled chicken pesto panino combines chicken breast, provolone, red onions, roasted red peppers, mayonnaise and sun-dried tomato pesto on fresh-baked ciabatta and comes with fruit or chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

AVENUE RESTAURANT AND CATERING 3300 Fourth St., Harvey, 371-7850; www.avenuerestaurantandcatering.comLightly breaded and fried eggplant medallions are topped with crabmeat and crawfish sauce and served with salad and bread. The fried oyster au gratin stuffed potato is filled with mozzarella and covered with crabmeat au gratin. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

BABYLON CAFE 7724 Maple St., 314-0010; www.babyloncafe.bizGrape leaves are stuffed with rice, vegetables, ground meat or cracked wheat and served with Greek salad and hummus. The chicken shawarma salad features rotisserie-cooked chicken on a bed of tomato, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese and romaine lettuce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BACK TO THE GARDEN 833 Howard Ave., 299-8792The char-broiled chicken salad includes sliced chicken breast, leaf lettuce, avocado, tomato, cucumber and carrots. Vegetarian tacos are filled with vegetarian chili, Swiss cheese, lettuce and sprouts. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BALCONY BAR & CAFE 3201 Magazine St., 894- 8888The appetizer combo includes five buffalo wings, four jalapeno poppers, four mozzarella sticks and three dipping sauces. The pizza sub fills French bread with pizza sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, onions, mushrooms and green peppers and comes with a side of fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE 2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.comTom yum soup has mushrooms, onions and cilantro mingling in lemon grass-lime broth. Clams are served with spicy coconut-basil sauce and grilled bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BARCELONA TAPAS 720 Dublin St., 861-9696 The Avocado Tropical features a mixture of shrimp, capers and onions topped with tomato aioli vinaigrette and served in half of an avocado. Ceviche is available with drum or a mix of drum and shrimp, and is served on a bed of lettuce with a pico de gallo-like mix of tomatoes, onions and capers. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS 3700 Magazine St., 895-2225; www.barutapas.comQuinoa salad includes Peruvian olives, choclo (roasted corn), local vegetables and Salao cheese tossed in arugula vinaigrette. Jerk chicken is garnished with roasted kale and bacon and served over poblano and corn risotto. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue. Sun. Credit cards. $$

BASIL LEAF1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001; www.basilleafthai.comSiam beef tenderloin is sauteed in a wine-chili sauce with fresh vegetables, cashews and pineapple and served with jasmine rice. Ceviche is made with fresh seafood, seaweed salad, fish roe and cucumber and is served over spring mix greens with sesame seeds, scallions and spicy kimchi sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYONA 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com The quail salad features a tempura-fried smoked quail on top of greens tossed with bourbon molasses dressing and candied pecans. The goat cheese crouton is a toasted multigrain crouton topped with sauteed wild mushrooms and Madeira cream sauce. Reservations required. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BAYOU BEER GARDEN326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357: www.bayoubeergarden.comThe portobello mushroom sandwich features a garlic-marinated mushroom cap, provolone cheese, pesto aioli and red pepper strips on a ciabatta bun. The turkey club wrap is composed of oven-roasted turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato rolled in a tortilla. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BAYOU HOT WINGS 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 865-9464; www.bayouhotwings.comCreole-style jambalaya is loaded with Gulf shrimp, crawfish and sausage. Signature Bayou Sweet Heat wings are seasoned, fried and tossed in Crystal hot sauce glaze. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEACH HOUSE BAR & RESTAURANT 2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470; www.beachhousenola.comThe crab cake po-boy features a house-made crab cake and comes dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and crawfish cream sauce on Leidenheimer French bread and your choice of a side item. Beach House pasta combines smoked sausage and crawfish tails in cream sauce and is served with salad and bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL 4905 Canal St., 488-7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.comA grilled and marinated 8-ounce chicken breast is topped with cheddar, bacon and ranch dressing for a sandwich. The 10-ounce hickory cheddar burger is topped with house hickory sauce and sharp cheddar and is dressed to order. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEAN GALLERY 637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324- 8176Bagels and lox are served in the traditional style with capers, cream cheese and red onions. The Mid-City sandwich is packed with smoked turkey, red onions, spinach, peppers and mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS 550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; 1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226; www.bearsgrillandspirits.comThe Magnum burger is topped with Swiss cheese, grilled ham, grilled onions and homemade barbecue sauce and comes with fries. The Ferdie salad is made with slow-cooked roast beef, romaine lettuce, smoked ham, red onions, cherry tomatoes, croutons and shredded Swiss cheese. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

BEAR'S RESTAURANT 128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373The meatball po-boy is made with hand-rolled meatballs and red gravy. The barbecue beef po-boy features slow-cooked beef in house-made barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE 534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390; www.beckncallcafe.com Pilgrim salad combines mixed greens, red onions, dried cranberries, smoked turkey, blue cheese and walnuts. Crawfish cakes come with fries and coleslaw. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEEF CONNECTION 501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275Grilled Angus beef filets mignon are served with drawn butter and sides like potatoes au gratin or spinach au gratin. Salmon is grilled and comes with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BEIJING 2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 885-8881The Beijing duck is served with hoisin sauce, pancakes, scallions and cucumber. The Beijing crispy chicken is served with sweet brown sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BENNACHIN 1212 Royal St., 522-1230; www.bennachinrestaurant.comApricot lamb is baked in ginger and garlic sauce and served with broccoli and couscous. Ndole is a mixture of beef, spinach and ground peanuts in ginger and garlic sauce and is served with fried plantains and coconut rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S 8 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahsneworleans.comThe 20-ounce bone-in Kansas City strip is served with blue cheese butter and Abita Amber onion rings. The Louisiana seafood three ways appetizer includes shrimp remoulade, fried oysters with blue cheese dressing and crab maison with caviar. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE 2542 Canal St., 822-0213 Buttermilk pecan pancakes are popular in the morning. The breakfast special features two eggs, bacon, grits and pancakes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BIG MOMMA'S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES 5741 Crowder Blvd., 241-2548; www.bigmommaschickenandwaffles.comThe six-piece combination includes a half dozen chicken wings and a waffle. Hot sausage sandwiches come dressed on sesame seed buns with fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BIG SHIRLEY'S 5222 Elysian Fields Ave., 252-4835Nicondra's blackened catfish is pan-seared and comes with two sides. Red beans and rice is served with smoked sausage, Leidenheimer French bread, potato salad or garden salad and a canned drink. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BISTREAUX 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., 832-3838; www.maisondepuy.com/bistreaux.htmlThe tomato Napoleon features thick tomato slices stacked with blue cheese and topped with remoulade and black pepper. Barbecue shrimp are served over rice with extra sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO BYRONZ 1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595; www.bistrobyronz.com.Beef pot roast is slow-cooked and comes with mashed potatoes and snap beans. Tuna wasabi salad features sesame-crusted seared tuna, mixed greens, avocado, bell peppers and tomatoes in wasabi vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO DAISY 5831 Magazine St., 899-6987; www.bistrodaisy.comFor an appetizer, there is a salad of Belgian endive, Gala apple and Amish blue cheese dressed with white wine vinaigrette. Pan-roasted porcini mushroom chicken is served with roasted shallot and Parmesan risotto. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS 725 Magazine St., 523-2626; www.bittersweetconfections.comThe mint-chocolate cupcake is made from brute cocoa powder and Swiss dark chocolate and filled with mint chocolate pastry cream, then frosted with chocolate mint buttercream and a touch of ganache. The salted caramel cupcake is made from Tahitian vanilla batter and filled with salted caramel mousse, then frosted with caramel buttercream and sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BLUE DOT DONUTS 4301 Canal St., 218-4866; www.bluedotdonuts.com The maple-bacon donut is a maple-glazed long John with bacon sprinkled on top. A large apple fritter incorporates chunks of apple chopped into the dough, fried and topped with sugar glaze. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

BLUE PLATE CAFE 1330 Prytania St., 309-9500Shrimp and grits is made with jumbo Gulf shrimp, Parmesan, tomato, mushrooms, onions, garlic, parsley and cream and comes with toast on the side. A tequila-marinated chicken breast is served over cumin-seasoned corn, black beans and cilantro. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BOMBAY CLUB 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com A 16-ounce pork porterhouse is glazed with Steen's cane syrup and Creole mustard and served with bacon-smothered green beans, Brabant potatoes and fried shallot rings. Jumbo shrimp are stuffed with eggplant dressing and topped with shrimp and andouille Creole sauce and served over crispy popcorn rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE 401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.comLightly seasoned eggplant, Louisiana shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat etouffee are served over parsley rice. Oysters Alvin features lightly breaded bivalves served over rice and topped with a sauce made from lemon, beef broth and fresh mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

BONEFISH GRILL 4848 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9964; www.bonefishgrill.comThe Bang Bang shrimp features crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce. "Tokyo style" ahi tuna is grilled and served with Asian vegetables, jasmine rice and a choice of sauce. Reservations recommend. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOO KOO BBQ 3701 Banks St., 202-4741; www.bookoobbq.comBoudin egg rolls are stuffed with pork boudin, blue cheese and cilantro. The barbecue brisket burger is 8 ounces of ground brisket topped with Swiss cheese, barbecued smoked brisket and Boo Koo sauce (a sweet chili garlic aioli). No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $

BORGNE Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860; www.borgnerestaurant.comDuck poppers feature seared duck breast stuffed-pickled jalapenos wrapped in bacon, grilled, and served with cane syrup gastrique. Fish in the bag is local sheepshead cooked en papillote with blue crab butter, caramelized fennel and cherry tomatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOSCO'S ITALIAN CAFE 2040 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com Oysters Anthony are topped with sauteed prosciutto, garlic and green onions and baked with a crust of Italian breadcrumbs and Romano cheese. Pan-fried speckled trout is topped with artichoke hearts, fresh mushrooms, crabmeat and lemon-butter cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL 3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600The Ital plate combines callaloo, rice and peas, plantains, salad and bread. Stir-fried shrimp come with a side of rice and beans. The popular jerk chicken is served with callaloo, rice and peas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BOUCHE 840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485; www.bouchenola.com A seared duck breast is sliced into medallions, drizzled with balsamic sauce and served with arugula, diced tomatoes and crunchy flat bread. Seared diver scallops are served on a bed of creamy goat cheese and wild mushroom risotto topped with mushroom sauce and accompanied by grilled asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BOUCHERIE 8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherienola.comApplewood-smoked scallops are served with roasted beets, watermelon marinated in red wine vinegar and coriander, grilled avocados and goat cheese. Grilled ramp and pimiento cheese-stuffed artichoke is served with spring vegetable pilau. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

BOULIGNY TAVERN 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com Gouda beignets are airy puffs of fried cheese and dough. The bruschetta includes combinations such as roasted fennel, tapenade and lemon zest. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOURBON HOUSE 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.comThe plateaux de fruits de mer is a platter featuring a selection of raw oysters on the half-shell, boiled Gulf shrimp, mussels, marinated crab fingers and seasonal seafood salads. Redfish on the half shell is served with new potatoes and glazed red onions and topped with lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666; www.bozosrestaurant.comThe seafood platter combines cornmeal-fried oysters, Gulf shrimp, Des Allemands catfish and a stuffed crab. Broiled Gulf shrimp salad is served on a bed of mixed greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.comBravo's surf-and-turf combination includes a 5-ounce filet mignon, grilled shrimp, sauteed spinach, a Romano-crusted tomato, vegetables and Tuscan mashed potatoes. Mama's lasagna Bolognese is made with Alfredo and meat sauces. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRAXTON'S RESTAURANT 636 Franklin Ave., Gretna, 301-3166Braxton's is known for gumbo brimming with shrimp, crab, sausage and turkey. Another popular dish is the fried chicken platter with fries, salad, a vegetable and toasted bread. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAZILIAN MARKET & CAFE 2424 Williams Blvd., Suite N, Kenner, 468-3533Coxinha are deep-fried fritters made with spiced and floured shredded chicken. Feijoada is a traditional black bean and pork stew made with salted pork, smoked pork ribs and smoked sausage and served with collard greens, orange slices and rice sprinkled with tapioca flour (farofa). Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BREAUX MART Citywide; www.breauxmart.comAt the deli counter, crispy fried catfish with sides like mac and cheese or fried okra is a popular special. Monday's red beans and rice come with a baked or fried pork chop and side items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT 417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.-brennansneworleans.com Eggs Hussarde top Holland rusks with poached eggs, Canadian bacon, marchand de vin and hollandaise. Signature bananas Foster features bananas sauteed with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, flamed in banana liquor and rum, and served over vanilla ice cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRICK OVEN CAFE 2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097; www.brickovencafe.biz The Brick Oven filet is a grilled 10-ounce prime filet served with penne pasta. Grilled Brick Oven chicken is served with green onions, mushrooms and artichoke hearts over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT 723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.comCreole mustard-based remoulade coats Louisiana shrimp served with a deviled egg, guacamole, and mirliton corn relish. Sesame-crusted paneed rabbit is topped with Creole mustard sauce and comes with mashed potatoes and smothered mustard greens. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BROOKLYN PIZZERIA 4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288; www.eatbrooklyn.netThe Boss pizza is topped with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, garlic and extra cheese. The Brooklyn Maui pie is covered with Canadian bacon, pineapple and bell peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217The fried chicken sandwich is dressed with lettuce, onions and pickles. The house burger features an 8-ounce patty cooked to order. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BROTHERS OLE NEW ORLEANS CAFE 1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073New Orleans muffulettas are layered with ham, cotto and Genoa salami, provolone cheese, and olive salad. The Kelly shrimp burger features fried shrimp on a bun dressed with remoulade, Swiss cheese and red onion and served with sweet potato fries and dipping sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT 819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com Louisiana bouillabaisse combines Gulf fish, scallops, oysters, clams and mussels in tomato-saffron broth with crabmeat and rouille croutons. The restaurant's charcuterie plate boasts house-made pates, terrines, sausages, cured meats, mango-apple chutney, Dijon mustard and garlic croutons. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN 7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com Debris fries are Creole-seasoned and topped with pepper Jack and cheddar cheeses, bacon, sour cream and green onions. The flaming Bruno burger is an 8-ounce patty cooked and dipped in Crystal hot sauce then smothered with jalapeno and banana peppers and melted pepper Jack cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. 429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.comHush pups are deep-fried seafood cakes made with shrimp, mahi-mahi, rice and corn and come with remoulade. Shrimp and crawfish etouffee is served over rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER Citywide; www.budsbroiler.comThe No. 4 special is a charcoal-broiled burger topped with cheddar cheese and chili or hickory smoked sauce. Hot dogs are topped with chili and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Some locations accept credit cards. $

BUFFA'S BAR & RESTAURANT 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038; www.buffasrestaurant.comSteak Delmonico is a flat iron steak po-boy layered with Swiss cheese, mushrooms, onions, and green bell peppers. The blackened Buffa burger is a half-pound patty topped with cheddar cheese and served with fries. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S 8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.comOn Sunday nights, Jonah crab claws are the special and come with melted butter, cocktail sauce or lemon wedges. Snow crab legs are the special on Thursday nights. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE BULLDOG 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.comCrawfish banditos are two fried flour tortillas filled with crawfish etouffee, cheese and roasted green chilis served with house-made salsa, sour cream and avocado. Grilled tuna is served on a sandwich or salad. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S PLACE 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.com.The crawfish pasta features crawfish tails in cream sauce topped with green onions and Parmesan and comes with salad and French bread. Char-grilled oysters are served with lemon-garlic butter and French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

BUTCHER 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.comThe barbecue pork sandwich features pulled pork in Carolina-style vinegar-based sauce and is served with coleslaw on a soft roll. House-made beef hot dogs served "all the way" are topped with chili, onion, coleslaw and mustard. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BYBLOS 1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233; www.byblosrestaurants.comGyro nachos combine gyro meat, tzatziki, red onion, tomato and feta atop pita chips. Lamb kebabs are served on platters with hummus and rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET 2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777; www.byblosrestaurants.comThe combo kebab includes chicken, beef and lamb skewered with vegetables. The chicken shawarma features boneless chicken marinated overnight in aromatic spices then broiled. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

C'EST LA VIE BISTRO 4206 Magazine St., 304-6497; www.cestlaviebistro.comMussels a l'Auvergnate are served with blue cheese sauce and french fries. Pork tenderloin is topped with creamy Dijon sauce and comes with ratatouille and potato au gratin. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CADDYSHACK 3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799Monday's traditional red beans and rice come with a choice of pork chop or chicken breast. The soft-shell crab plate features two crabs, potato salad and hushpuppies. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

CAFE 9191 French Market Place, 596-2022 Chicken Parmesan features Italian-seasoned chicken over pasta. The Fisherman's Platter includes shrimp, oysters, calamari, catfish or tilapia, and fries. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR 300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.comChar-grilled skirt steak is served with lime and chili tomatoes, hand-pulled mozzarella, basil chimichurri and jalapeno pepper jelly. Jumbo seared sea scallops come with beluga lentils, grapefruit, pancetta and brown butter vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE AMELIE 912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.comThe West Indies spiced pork tenderloin has a mango-pepper glaze and is served with creamed mashed potatoes and wilted baby spinach. The seared rack of lamb is served over baby arugula and organic cherry tomato salad with cucumber dressing and naan. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AT THE SQUARE 500 St. Charles Ave., 304-7831; www.cafeatthesquare.comThe hamburger steak comes with a potato and vegetable of the day. Crab cakes top a salad of cucumbers, boiled egg and tomato on mixed greens. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE B 2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 934-4700; www.cafeb.comThe hanger steak comes with garlic fries and bearnaise. Grilled Gulf fish is served with wild mushroom confit, vegetables and aged balsamic vinegar. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE BEIGNET 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334 B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com The Bourbon croissant is a sandwich of tuna, bacon and white cheddar on a toasted croissant with lettuce, tomato and pickles on the side. The Cajun hash browns are made with andouille, potatoes, bell peppers and red onions and served with a scrambled egg and French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO 4041 Williams Blvd., Suite B8, Kenner, 443-2299, www.cafedcappuccino.comThe club salad has romaine, turkey, ham, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, bacon bits, tomatoes and croutons. The chicken salad sandwich is dressed with lettuce, avocado and tomato on wheat bread and comes with a pickle spear and chips. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DEGAS 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafedegas.comThe roasted pork belly is served with creamy organic grits, watercress and pineapple chutney. The 14-ounce bone-in veal chop is served with fingerling potatoes, smoked Vidalia onions and ratatouille made with summer vegetables, fresh basil and garlic. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit Cards $$$

CAFE DI BLASI 1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 4, Gretna, 361-3106; www.cafediblasi.comBracioloni is veal round stuffed with meat and cheeses and simmered in tomato sauce. Crabmeat and spinach cannelloni features fresh pasta filled with creamy spinach and jumbo lump crabmeat with Italian cheese sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DITALI'S 2104 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, 361-0058; www.ditalis.com Pasta Ditali features a chicken breast sauteed with onions, fresh mushrooms and broccoli and served over penne pasta with white wine sauce and Parmesan. The Mediterranean pizza features chicken breast, Roma tomatoes, black olives, artichoke hearts, red onion, roasted red peppers, garlic-butter sauce and feta and mozzarella cheeses. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DU MONDE Citywide; www.cafedumonde.comThe main reason to go to Cafe du Monde is a trio of airy beignets loaded with powdered sugar. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CAFE EAST 4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.comThai red snapper is pan-roasted and served with artichokes and potatoes in green curry sauce. The Cafe East trio is a stir-fry combining shrimp, beef, chicken, mushrooms and okra in spicy sauce. Delivery available for dinner. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ENVIE 1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.cafeenvienola.com The spinach and feta wrap bundles a two-egg omelet with sauteed mushrooms, onions and spinach in a tomato tortilla. Breakfast in a go-cup combines two scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, sausage and gravy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EQUATOR 2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772; www.cafeequator.comLava beef or pork features sauteed slices of meat in Thai sauce. Ginger tori combines sauteed chicken, mushrooms and vegetables in ginger sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ETIENNE 423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072; www.cafeetienne.com Catfish pecan meuniere features a farm-raised fillet dusted in flour, pan-seared and drizzled with pecan meuniere sauce. Fried green tomatoes are topped with spicy poached shrimp and house-made remoulade. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FLEUR-DE-LIS 307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.comThe fleur de lis omelet combines crawfish tails, pepper Jack cheese, bell peppers and onions and is topped with Cajun crawfish sauce. Eggs Benedict features a large biscuit topped with sliced ham, poached eggs and hollandaise with a side of hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET 7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.comThe voodoo burger is a half-pound patty topped with provolone, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and Creole mayonnaise on a toasted ciabatta bun. The muffuletta features layers of mortadella, ham, provolone, Genoa salami and house-made olive salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE GIOVANNI 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.comGiovanni's cannelloni is stuffed with pork, veal, beef, cheese, eggplant and pine nuts. Chicken a la Roma is a chicken breast stuffed with Italian sausage, spinach and fontina and topped with rustic-style roasted tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE GRANADA 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612; www.cafegranadanola.comThe sea scallop brochette features flame-grilled scallops, cherry tomatoes, onions and bell peppers on a rosemary skewer. Seafood paella includes clams, mussels, jumbo shrimp and calamari cooked in seafood broth with saffron rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE LYNN 3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.comBaked eggplant is stuffed with shrimp, crabmeat, sauteed vegetables, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Pan-seared quail is served with demi-glace, vegetables and potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE MASPERO 601 Decatur St., 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.com Red beans and rice come with sausage. The muffuletta features layers of ham, salami, pastrami, Swiss cheese and olive salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MINH 4139 Canal St., 482-6266; www.cafeminh.comThe watermelon crabmeat martini is made with diced watermelon, Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, avocado, jalapenos and cilantro and comes with crispy shrimp chips. Seafood Delight combines grilled lobster tail, diver scallops, jumbo shrimp and grilled vegetables in a sake soy reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE NAVARRE 800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828The spinach artichoke panino is made with feta, mozzarella and tomatoes on sourdough and served with chips, fries or sweet potato fries. The sausage jalapeno Benedict piles poached eggs, jalapenos and sausage on English muffins with hollandaise and comes with grits or hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CAFE NOMA New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 482-1264; www.cafenoma.comThe beet and arugula salad is mixed with pickled carrots and fennel. The pepper-coated chicken slider is topped with apple-pear chutney and goat cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CAFE OPERA541 Bourbon St., 648-2331; www.innonbourbon.comNew Orleans bouillabaisse fills spicy Cajun broth with crawfish, sea scallops, oysters and shrimp and is served with rouille croutons and steamed potatoes. Roasted lamb chops are coated with goat cheese and persillade crumbs and served with rosemary reduction, potato gratin and ratatouille. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE PONTALBA 546 St. Peter St., 522-1180The Cajun combination features red beans and rice with smoked sausage, jambalaya and a cup of gumbo. Ragin' Cajun pasta includes shrimp, crawfish and andouille in spicy cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE RALPHIE 5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770; www.caferalphie.comThe Ralphie burger is a 7-ounce Angus chuck patty on French bread toasted with a sauce of Parmesan, garlic, oregano, beer and mayo. Optional toppings include bacon, guacamole and jalapenos. Grilled salmon is served over mixed greens with avocado, tomato, basil, Romano cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat., lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Thu., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CAFE RANI 2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; www.caferanimagazine.comGrilled redfish Chandeleur is topped with citrus shrimp and cream sauce. The Jamaican Jerk salad consists of chicken breast over spinach, apples, grapes, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes and blue cheese and tossed with pepper jelly vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.org White beans and shrimp are served over rice in creamy white sauce spiced with thyme and black, white and cayenne peppers. Eggplant Jennifer is eggplant stuffed with shrimp and breadcrumbs, topped with Parmesan cheese and served with sides like mac and cheese, smothered okra and jalapeno cornbread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA 1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.comThe Roma special sandwich is an Italian loaf filled with pepperoni, salami, ham, cheese, black olives and mushrooms. Chicken Caesar salad is tossed with house-made Caesar dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROSE NICAUD 632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.comThe herb-roasted portobello mushroom sandwich is made with tapenade, provolone and arugula on ciabatta bread. The alligator sausage sandwich has caramelized onions, lettuce, tomatoes and mustard on brioche. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROYALE 3343 Metairie Road, Suite 1, Metairie, 304-8438; www.-caferoyale.vpweb.comThe Philly Gentilly panino features ham, roast beef, onions and mushrooms with a choice of dressing. The Hawaiian chicken salad tosses together grilled chicken, pineapple, peppers, onions and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE SOULE 720 St. Louis St., 304-4636; www.cafesoule.comSalad crevette features sauteed Louisiana shrimp, carrots, red onions and julienne peppers on spring greens. The crepe de fraises et creme is filled with sliced strawberries and creme anglaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFFE! CAFFE! 3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com The avocado salad features Gorgonzola, walnuts, orange slices and red onions mixed with mango vinaigrette. The chipotle chicken wrap contains grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, crispy lettuce and house-made chipotle sauce in a whole wheat or spinach wrap. No reservations. Clearview Parkway: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. North Hullen Street: breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA 5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0051; www.caffelatteda.comThe avocado salad is a mixture of field greens, sugared walnuts, alfalfa sprouts, orange slices, blue cheese and red onions. The California turkey wrap features avocado, spring mix and tomatoes on a sun-dried tomato tortilla. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAJUN GRILL & BAR 2325 N. Hullen St., Suite 100, Metairie, 206-3575; www.cajungrillandbar.com The New Orleans sampler provides portions of jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp Creole, gumbo and fried catfish. The Super Seafood platter combines fried fish, shrimp, oysters and soft-shell crab, stuffed shrimp, salad, fries and a vegetable. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB AND GRUB 116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.comThe Cuban skirt steak sandwich is pressed with Swiss cheese and Ragin' Cajun sauce. The fried catfish po-boy can be paired with fries or onion rings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAMELLIA CAFE 525 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.comThe chef's salad comes loaded with turkey, cheese, tomatoes and bacon. The seafood pasta combines rotini noodles with shrimp and crawfish cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAMELLIA GRILL 540 Chartres St., 522-1800; 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309- 2679The chef's special omelet combines turkey, bacon, ham, potato, onions, Swiss and American cheeses and is topped with chili and served with hash browns or fries. Doc Brinker's special is a double-meat cheeseburger topped with American and Swiss cheeses and grilled onions on rye bread and served with coleslaw and chili. 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.comCampbell's serves Columbia Street Market sandwiches like tuna salad with cheddar and avocado on wheatberry bread. Turkey and cranberry salad comes on ciabatta bread. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CANAL STREET BISTRO 3903 Canal St., 482-1225; www.canalstreetbistro.com The Canal Street two-egg omelet combines chorizo, potatoes, spinach, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and bacon and comes with grits or potatoes and whole grain toast or a biscuit. The chipotle steak is a 9-ounce filet stuffed with grilled chipotle peppers, topped with chipotle tomato sauce and served on an open-faced quesadilla with wilted spinach on the side. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$  

CANSECO'S MARKET 1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979; 3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2595; 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., 218-7048; www.cansecosmarkets.comThe Cuban sandwich is loaded with roasted pork and ham and is pressed until it is crispy. The fried shrimp po-boy also is popular. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAPDEVILLE 520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.comThe strawberry salad combines local strawberries, spinach, mint, goat cheese and pecans in strawberry vinaigrette. Oysters Rockefeller etouffee is made with local oysters, bacon and shrimp rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$

CARMELO RISTORANTE 1901 Hwy. 190, Suite 7, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; www.ristorantecarmelo.comThe hand-cut veal Sorrentina is sauteed with eggplant and prosciutto and topped with fresh mozzarella in white wine sauce and served with vegetables. Grouper Leonora features a pan-roasted fillet topped with Louisiana shrimp, artichokes and mushrooms in light lemon-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CARMO 527 Julia St., 875-4132; www.cafecarmo.comThe rico is a grilled plantain patty topped with melted panela cheese, spicy pork, salsa fresca, avocado and tangy sweet rico sauce. The Esmeralda salad features quinoa, black beans, corn, peppers and cilantro tossed with coconut-chili-lime vinaigrette and topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and cotija cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAYOUDLE'S 10367 Airline Hwy., St. Rose, 466-8813The Cajun Cuban sandwich combines ham, turkey, salami and Cajun-style slow-roasted pork on an 8-inch toasted French roll. The bayou beef sandwich is dressed with bacon, jalapenos and melted Swiss cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CENTRAL GROCERY 923 Decatur St., 523-1620; www.centralgroceryneworleans.comThis Italian grocery serves its famous muffuletta on a half or whole loaf. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com The seafood Napoleon layers crabmeat between fried eggplant medallions on a bed of angel hair pasta topped with shrimp au gratin. Artichoke cakes are pan-seared seasoned artichoke hearts topped with crabmeat and bacon-Parmesan sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD 8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700; www.charliesseafoodrestaurant.comMustard-and-cornmeal fried catfish is served over cheddar cheese stone-ground grits and is topped with Creole sauce. The grilled fish comes with shrimp and crabmeat bordelaise. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE 4510 Dryades St., 895-9323; www.charliessteakhousenola.comThe wedge salad features iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, shaved onions and a house blue cheese dressing. The Charlie is a 32-ounce thick-cut T-bone served on a sizzling hot platter. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHATEAU CAFE 139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 461-9819; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Suite E4, Kenner, 465-9444; www.chateaucafe.comThe Chateau burger is a grilled 8-ounce lean beef patty dressed and served on an onion bun. The Cali melt is made with smoked turkey, melted Swiss cheese, avocado and honey-mustard on grilled whole wheat bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHATEAU DU LAC BISTRO 2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-3773; www.-chateaudulacbistro.comPan-roasted sea scallops are topped with fennel and shrimp sauce. The steak au poivre filet mignon comes with vegetables and french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHECKERED PARROT 133 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.comCream cheese-stuffed jalapenos are deep fried and served with ranch and marinara sauce. The Buffalo chicken sandwich is a fried chicken breast tossed in a choice of hot, medium or mild sauce and served with salad, fries, yellow rice or chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE 501 Esplanade Ave., 281- 4847 The grilled chicken breast sandwich is served on a bun. The garden burger is seasoned with Cajun spices and comes with fries or potato tots. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793 The cheese steak deluxe features grilled sirloin, onions, peppers, mushrooms and provolone on a seeded French loaf. Bistro eggs Benedict rest poached eggs atop grilled English muffins or French bread with ham and hollandaise and come with grits or a hash brown casserole. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHERRYBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SHAVED ICE 1901 N. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 231-7606; 1950 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 110, Harvey, 267-4764; 3348 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 322-2118; www.cherryberryyogurt.comSnow Ice is light and fluffy flavored ice topped with fruit and drizzled with condensed milk. The banana split features three flavors of yogurt topped with nuts, sauce, whipped cream and cherries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHIBA 8312 Oak St., 826-9119; www.chibanola.comThe satsuma-strawberry roll combines yellowtail, pickled jalapenos, mango and tempura flakes and is topped with scallops, strawberries, wasabi tobiko and satsuma-ponzu sauce. The New York strip is marinated in soy and mirin. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHICKEN SUE'S 203 W. Harrison Ave.,371-5546 The City Park po-boy combines roast beef and creamy baked mac and cheese topped with brown gravy. The Soprano is a fried eggplant po-boy with marinara and melted provolone. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINA ORCHID 702 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428; www.chinaorchidneworleans.com Sizzling black pepper beef is sauteed with onions and red and green peppers in brown sauce and served over rice. Lightly battered fried fish is topped with sweet-and-spicy sauce and served with steamed broccoli and shrimp fried rice. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ROSE 3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 887-3295 Dumplings are pan fried and crisped with egg. The China Rose special is a marinated half duck sauteed with bell peppers and served with brown sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ 

CHOPHOUSE NEW ORLEANS 322 Magazine St., 522-7902; www.chophousenola.comThe marbled 22-ounce bone-in rib-eye is cooked to order. Cold-water lobsters are broiled and served with drawn butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CHRISTOPHER'S ON CAREY 2228 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-4501; www.christophersoncarey.comPan-seared speckled trout is served either amandine or meuniere style with brabant new and sweet potato hash and green beans. The shrimp remoulade Napoleon features layers of heirloom green tomatoes, flash-fried eggplant and Gulf shrimp remoulade. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHURROS CAFE 3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie, 885-6516The namesake churro is a sweet, fried dough stick, Cuba's version of the beignet. The ropa viejo features shredded beef simmered in red gravy and served with white rice and black beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

CIRO'S COTE SUD 7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com Cotes d'Agneau grillees aux herbs de Provence is a grilled rack of lamb with Provencal herbs and vegetables. Les moules frites is a large bowl of steamed mussels served with pommes frites and a choice of marinieres, curry, Provencal or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

CITY DINER 3116 S. I-10 Service Road East, Metairie, 831-1030; 5708 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 309-7614; 7801 Airline Drive, Metairie, 941-7002; www.citydiner.biz Country-fried steak topped with gravy comes with two sides such as crawfish cornbread casserole or jambalaya. Crawfish and andouille hash browns are topped with Cajun cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CLANCY'S 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111; www.clancysneworleans.comPan-roasted chicken Tchoupitoulas is a deboned half chicken fried crispy and served on a bed of root vegetables with a mushroom au jus. The smoked soft-shell crab is served with crabmeat and a meuniere sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.comThe sayadia samak features tilapia or shrimp marinated in herbs, lemon and garlic, then sauteed with vegetables and served with rice. The baby lamb shank is cooked in tomato sauce with vegetables and served with couscous or pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL 900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.comThe open-faced biscuit comes smothered in country gravy. Battered chicken-fried steak comes with two eggs, toast and hash browns or grits. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

COCHON 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.comThe Louisiana cochon is pork served with turnips, cabbage and cracklings. Braised country-style ribs are served with brown rice, pickled mushrooms and beets. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; 3510 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com Spinach and artichoke dip is topped with Parmesan and tomatoes and served with warm pita chips. The black bean burger is a bean and corn patty on a wheat bun with grilled zucchini and eggplant, roasted red peppers, red onions, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, provolone and pepper Jack cheeses and chipotle mayo. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

COLD STONE CREAMERY 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 736-5037; 70380 Hwy. 21, Covington (985) 871-1470; www.coldstonecreamery.comThe Brownie a la Cold Stone features a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, pecans and whipped cream. The Birthday Cake Remix combines cake batter ice cream, fudge, rainbow sprinkles and a brownie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.comCrawfish Monica macaroni is made with penne pasta, sauteed crawfish and spicy Alfredo sauce. The Rock Cornish hen is stuffed with wild rice. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.comFire roasted Texas quail is stuffed with crawfish, pepper Jack cheese and boudin and served over pork belly braised greens, spicy red pepper jelly and steamed sugar cane glaze. Pecan-crusted Gulf fish is topped with Champagne-poached Louisiana blue crabmeat, crushed corn sauce and spiced pecans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COMMON GROUNDS 335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200 Lightly fried crab cakes are served with honey-mustard sauce or remoulade. Get a seared or grilled tuna steak with ginger butter, french fries and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THE COMPANY BURGER 4600 Freret St., 267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.comThe house specialty at this burger joint is the namesake Company Burger, assembled with two patties, bread-and-butter pickles, American cheese and red onions. The lamb burger is made with house-ground lamb, local feta and arugula, and chili-mint glaze on a toasted bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE 1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net Hearty rabbit and sausage jambalaya is made with tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and Cajun seasonings. Smoked duck quesadillas come with orange marmalade. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.comThe Radiators special sandwich includes shrimp, oysters and a combination of cheeses on French bread. The Bayou Philly combines alligator sausage, shrimp, peppers, onions and pepper Jack and American cheeses on open-faced French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S citywide; www.copelandsofneworleans.comJambalaya pasta combines shrimp, chicken, andouille, smoked sausage, mushrooms, peppers and bowtie pasta in spicy jambalaya sauce. Shrimp Ducky features strips of duck breast sauteed in burgundy-mushroom sauce over rice or linguine. 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.comBlackened shrimp fettuccine Alfredo is topped with shaved Parmesan and served in an herb-cheese pizza bowl. The cheesecake menu includes white chocolate-strawberry cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL725 Conti St., 527-0869 The peanut butter burger is a half pound sirloin patty served with a side of fries. The filet mignon comes with mashed potatoes or fries and a house or Caesar salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

COQUETTE 2800 Magazine St., 265- 0421; www.coquettenola.comSoft-shell crab with pork belly is garnished with ramp kimchi. Cochon du lait is served with sweet potato puree, Brussels sprouts and apple marmalade. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CORKY'S RIBS & BAR-B-Q 4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbarbq.comMemphis-style ribs are either basted in sauce or dusted with dry rub, then hickory-smoked. Pulled pork shoulder comes with beans and coleslaw and is topped with Corky's sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE 3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008Catfish is stuffed with crabmeat dressing and topped with shrimp sauce. The seafood platter for two includes two cups of gumbo, two salads, stuffed jalapeno poppers, onion rings, crab balls, hushpuppies, shrimp, oysters, catfish, shrimp and two baby soft-shell crabs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CORNER OYSTER BAR 500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.comThe crawfish-chicken "homerun" is a chicken breast topped with crawfish, mushrooms and peppers served over rice. Zesty alligator sauce piquant is served over rice. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinospizza.comThe appetizer sampler features chicken wings and strips, eggplant and mozzarella sticks and garlic bread. House-made lasagna uses Italian sausage, ground beef, ricotta and whole milk mozzarella cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COULIS 3625 Prytania St., 304-4265 Eggs Benicio features jalapeno-cheddar corn cakes topped with pulled pork, poached eggs and hollandaise. The Coulis crispy is a grilled Cuban sandwich combining pulled pork, smoked ham, pickles, Gruyere cheese, mustard and chipotle mayonnaise on sourdough bread and is served with coleslaw. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE COUNTRY CLUB 634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com Shredded cochon de lait is served with pan-roasted apples, mashed potatoes, cracklings and apple and pork jus. The fried green tomato napoleon is layered with marinated mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, red onion and basil and served on arugula-pecan pesto with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME 620 Iberville St., 522-1138The ropa viejo is a traditional Cuban version of stewed shredded beef over rice. The classic Cuban sandwich features pressed ham, roasted pork and cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS 613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com Oysters Rockefeller features corn-fried Louisiana oysters served over baked Herbsaint creamed spinach with chopped bacon and bearnaise. The veal Oscar tops veal cutlets with asparagus, sauteed lump crabmeat and tasso hollandaise and comes with mashed new potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and brunch daily. Credit cards. $$$

COURTYARD GRILL 4430 Magazine St., 875-4165; www.courtyardgrillnola.comOne appetizer comes with layers of sliced eggplant and baba ghanoush topped with sauteed onions, fresh garlic, chopped tomatoes, mint and kalamata olives. For a taste of Persian cuisine, try zereshk polo, a dish of chicken with saffron sauce over basmati rice made with cranberry and barberries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

COWBELL 8801 Oak St., 298-8689; www.cowbellnola.comGrilled Gulf fish tacos are served with black beans, arroz verde and cilantro-lime crema. The Lawrence fish burger is a patty of redfish and Gulf shrimp topped with remoulade and served with fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CRABBY JACK'S428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722Remoulade tops the fried green tomato po-boy on Gendusa's French bread. Slow-roasted duck po-boys are served dressed and dripping with gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE 3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.netThe 12-ounce New York strip is topped with bordelaise and served with mashed skin-on red potatoes. The grilled 8-ounce ahi tuna steak is served with wild rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE CREAMERY4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 482-2924; www.creolecreamery.comA popular summer flavor is golden summer fig, combining saffron ice cream, orange blossom honey and Louisiana fig preserves. Nectar soda is a traditional New Orleans float mixing almond and vanilla flavored nectar syrup with cream and a scoop of ice cream such as vanilla or Creole cream cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE CREOLE GRILLE & BAR 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992; www.thecreolegrille.com The grilled pompano fillet is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and white wine-lemon-butter sauce and served with steamed vegetables. Andouille-crusted oysters are served with mixed greens and Crystal-honey-butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREPES A LA CART1039 Broadway St., 866-2362; www.crepecaterer.comChicken Cordon Bleu features chicken, ham, white asparagus, Swiss cheese and hollandaise sauce in a house-made crepe. The Heavenly Chocolate Delight crepe is filled with Nutella or chocolate chips, angel food cake and Bailey's Irish Cream. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.comThe seafood cheesecake made with crawfish, shrimp and imported cheeses is topped with Louisiana crabmeat, jumbo shrimp and roasted red pepper mayo. Gulf grouper is served with naan bread, avocado, tomato, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, cabbage, poblano peppers, mango mayo and sweet potato fries. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT CITY STEAK HOUSE 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.comThe 10-ounce filet mignon wrapped in bacon is served sizzling in butter. Bread pudding comes loaded with raisins and peaches and topped with brandy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT PIE AND SAUSAGE COMPANY 4400 Banks St., 482-2426; www.crescentpieandsausage.comThe duck and Brie pizza includes smoked mushrooms and truffle aioli. Bart's black jambalaya is made with braised pork, chicken, sausage and black-eyed peas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CRIOLLO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444; www.criollonola.comCurrently open for breakfast, Criollo will start serving lunch and dinner in June. The menu will include chilled Gulf shrimp, blue crab and avocado in spicy tomato coulis and herb oil. Grilled grouper will be topped with grilled hearts of palm, black bean-avocado salad, charred papaya and Creole maitre d' butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CROISSANT D'OR 617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663; www.crossaintdornola.comAlmond croissants are buttery, flaky pastries filled with almond paste and topped with almond slices. The broccoli and ham bechamel is a warm sandwich with bechamel sauce and melted cheese. No reservations. Breakfast Wed.-Mon., lunch Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON 833 Poydras St., 620-8899; www.lepavillon.com Herbsaint oysters are fried and served over grilled tomatoes with tasso and spinach cream. Baby rack of lamb is served with almond-mint pesto, a vegetable and a starch. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766; 5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005; www.cucosmex.com The large fajita burrito includes steak or grilled chicken, beans, rice, sauce and peppers. The El Presidente platter includes chimipoquitos, enchiladas, a taco, beans, rice and guacamole. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CURE 4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.com The roast pork and caramelized onion Frito pie features pork ragout, caramelized onions, Antiga sheep's milk cheese and fresh ramps on a bed of Fritos. The truffle butter poached shrimp is served with cassoulet puree, roasted tomatoes and toast. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

D'JUICE 8237 Oak St., 324-9933; www.djuice.comThe It's Not Easy Being Green smoothie combines frozen mango, peach and banana with vegetable juice made with kale, spinach, cucumber, bell pepper and green apple. The Thai-phoon is a blend of cranberry, pomegranate, orange and mango juices with orange and raspberry sherbert and frozen peaches, blueberries and strawberries. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DAISY DUKES 121 Chartres St., 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com Hot and spicy boiled crawfish are available all-you-can-eat or by the pound all year around. The Cajun omelet combines cheese, hot sausage, tomatoes, onion, parsley, paprika and cracked pepper and is served with hash browns or grits and toast or a biscuit. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

DAKOTA 629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com Signature Brie soup is topped with crabmeat. Steen's cane syrup lacquered duck comes atop a buttermilk cornmeal waffle with spring peas, carrots, creme fraiche and strawberry jam. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DANTE'S KITCHEN 736 Dante St., 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com "Roasted chicken under a brick" features half a deboned bird served with maple glaze. Redfish "on the half shell" is cooked skin-on and topped with a salad of soft herbs and crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DAT DOG 5030 Freret St., 899-6883; www.datdognola.comThe Irish Guinness sausage is pork bratwurst made with Guinness beer served with andouille sauce, cheddar cheese, white and green onions, yellow mustard and bacon on a toasted sourdough bun. German-style bratwurst is topped with a choice of grated cheddar, diced onions, wasabi, sauerkraut or house-made chili. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

DE-NO SEAFOOD 505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 15, Gretna, 362-4608Blackened redfish is topped with lump crabmeat and drizzled with butter sauce. Char-broiled oysters on the half shell are topped with garlic, Parmesan and butter, and crabmeat is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD 841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.comThe Creole spinach salad is topped with fried oysters, bacon, egg, red onion and Creole honey-mustard dressing. The stuffed flounder has crabmeat dressing sandwiched between two broiled fillets and comes with salad and a baked potato. No reservations. Lake Avenue: Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Iberville Street: Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR 400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com The seafood platter features fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and crawfish. Half-pound char-grilled burgers are topped with two strips of bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE DELACHAISE 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.comEggplant cannolis features slices of eggplant layered with a mix of ricotta, chevre and herbs, topped with muhammara, a Syrian red-pepper sauce. The flank steak bruschetta features grilled marinated beef, shaved manchego cheese and Peruvian garlic spread on ciabatta crostini. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DESIRE BISTRO & OYSTER BAR 300 Bourbon St., 586-0300; www.sonesta.com/royalneworleansShrimp and grits are made with tasso and topped with spicy cream sauce. The restaurant's signature oysters Desire are char-broiled with garlic butter and Parmesan. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.comMaui onion- and potato chip-crusted flounder is served with sauteed spinach, chipotle aioli and peppers stuffed with black beans, corn, cilantro and pepper Jack cheese. Stuffed pork tenderloin features pine nuts, basil and goat cheese with warm balsamic sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE 716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.comThe house filet is an 8-ounce steak served with creamed spinach, Pontalba potatoes, fried oysters and bearnaise. The 14-ounce barbecued rib-eye is grilled over an open flame, topped with Abita beer barbecue shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DICRISTINA'S 810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.comSoft-shell crab Emily features a fried soft-shell crab over angel hair pasta with crawfish cream sauce. Grilled shrimp are served with cheese ravioli in Alfredo sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIJON 1379 Annunciation St., 522-4712: www.dijonnola.comLump crabmeat in phyllo pastry is topped with grilled red onion vinaigrette. Pecan wood-smoked alligator goes in egg rolls with garlic, onion and peppers and is served with sweet and spicy sauce made with Abita beer. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS 700 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 276-6460; 1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 367-0227; 6641 West Bank Expwy., Suite A, Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.comThe muffuletta is served with house-made olive salad. Eggplant Parmesan is served over angel hair pasta with Alfredo or marinara sauce. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

DINO'S BAR & GRILL 1128 Tchoupitoulas St.,558-0900Dino's tops its signature burger with bacon and cheddar. The sirloin steak is served with Cajun potatoes. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DISH ON HAYNE 9734 Hayne Blvd., 301-0356; www.dishonhayne.comCatfish Charles features two deep-fried 9-ounce fillets on a panko-crusted potato cake with crawfish cream sauce, Parmesan, corn and peppers. The seafood platter features fried shrimp, oysters, scallops, catfish, coleslaw and french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DITALI'S PIZZA 8160 Belle Chasse Hwy., Belle Chasse, 393-1160; Northshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-5657; Oakwood Mall, 197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-2882; www.ditalis.comDitali's deluxe pizza features pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, onions, bell peppers, black olives and mushrooms. Spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce is a hearty home-style dish from restaurant cousin Cafe Ditali. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DMAC'S BAR & GRILL 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 304-5757; www.dmacsbarandgrill.comCaribbean-style seafood beignets are served with white remoulade. Dmac "donuts" feature coconut and crab in a pastry. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DOMENICA 123 Baronne St., 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com The thin crust margarita pizza is topped with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil. The whole roasted cauliflower is roasted in a wood oven and served with whipped feta cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS 5240 Annunciation St.,899-9126The fried oyster po-boy is dressed with lettuce, pickles, mayonnaise, house-made ketchup and hot sauce. The special fried shrimp po-boy is dressed with Swiss cheese and roast beef gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DON FORTUNATO'S PIZZERIA 3517 20th St., Metairie, 302-2674The Sicilian pizza is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives. The chicken portobello calzone is filled with grilled chicken breast, tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, portobello mushrooms and sun-dried tomato mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT 126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-7111; 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550; www.donsseafoodonline.comCrabmeat au gratin features lump crabmeat in Don's signature creamy au gratin sauce. An off the menu special is stuffed soft-shell crab topped with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DONG PHUONG ORIENTAL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., 254-0296 The No. 5 Viet grilled pork banh mi stuffs the bakery's French bread with carrots, jalapenos, cilantro and cucumbers. The restaurant's banh xeo, or Vietnamese crepe, is a crisp egg- and rice-flour crepe stuffed with pork, shrimp, lettuce and bean sprouts. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT 2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535Chef Leah Chase's gumbo is a staple of New Orleans Creole comfort food, with shrimp, crab, chicken, ham and sausage. The shrimp Clemenceau includes a garlic butter base and is served over a bed of mushrooms, peas and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

DOORS UPTOWN PIZZA 7537 Maple St., 861-0040; www.doorsuptownpizza.comThe Carnivore pizza is topped with pepperoni, bacon, alligator sausage, ham and Italian sausage. Baked chicken wings are smothered in spicy barbecue sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DORIGNAC'S 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.comThe deli's most popular items are the seafood gumbo and the seafood mirliton, and both are filled with shrimp and crabmeat. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE 135 N. Carrollton Ave.,309-7286 Chicken salad features shredded chicken, shredded cabbage, carrot and mint in house sauce with shrimp chips. Special spring rolls feature shrimp, chicken, ham, avocado, mint and cucumber in rice paper with house sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOT'S DINER Citywide; www.dotsdiner.com The Dotwich is a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, a sausage patty and cheese on a grilled buttermilk biscuit. The grilled hamburger steak is served with mushrooms, onions and brown gravy, plus salad, a vegetable, garlic bread and hash browns or mashed potatoes. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

THE DOUGH BOWL1039 Broadway St., 861-2200The Greek Freak pizza is topped with white garlic sauce, spinach, tomatoes, Greek olives and feta. The chicken Caesar wrap is filled with grilled chicken breast, romaine, bacon and creamy Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DOWN THE HATCH 1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.com The Texan burger features an Angus beef patty topped with grilled onions, smoked bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. The house-made veggie burger combines 15 vegetables and is served with sun-dried tomato pesto. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; www.dragosrestaurant.com Drago's is known for char-broiled oysters topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. Fried soft-shell crabs are served with shrimp and crabmeat stuffing and topped with seafood cream sauce. No reservations. North Arnoult Road: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Poydras Street: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DRESS IT Omni Royal Crescent Hotel, 535 Gravier St., 527-0006The Dress It burger is topped with garlic aioli, bacon, Brie and balsamic-glazed onion. Crab cakes are handmade, lightly buttered and sauteed. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DRY DOCK CAFE 133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp features a half pound of shrimp in peppery sauce with French bread for dipping. Crawfish Maureenica combines crawfish tails in creamy Parmesan sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

EAT NEW ORLEANS 900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.com Stuffed peppers are made with beef, shrimp, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs and served with salad. The blue cheese and fig torte features layers of blue cheese, pecans, figs and caramelized onion chutney and comes with toast points. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat., breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

EL GATO NEGRO 81 French Market Place, 525-9752; 300 Harrison Ave., 488-0107; www.elgatonegronola.comSauteed red snapper a la Cancun is topped with two jumbo shrimp, creamy pico de gallo and tequila-garlic-butter sauce and comes with rice and beans. Yellowfin tuna ceviche is mixed tableside with tuna, avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapenos and sea salt. No reservations. French Market Place: breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Harrison Avenue: lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ELEVEN79 1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.com Italian specialties include osso buco Milanese served with pappardelle pasta. Barbecue shrimp are jumbo Gulf shrimp sauteed in white wine and olive oil with rosemary, garlic, bay leaf and black pepper. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ELIZABETH'S 601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.comThe seared diver scallops are prepared with lemon blanc. The Dream burger is topped with blue cheese and the restaurant's signature praline bacon. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE 700 Bourbon St., 595-3172; www.emberssteakhouse.com The signature steak is an 8-ounce filet served with Louisiana shrimp in a demi-glace sauce, vegetables and mashed potatoes. The Cajun platter features shrimp and sausage atop Cajun rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.com The grilled Niman Ranch pork chop is served with caramelized sweet potatoes, tamarind glaze and green chili mole sauce. The andouille-crusted drum comes with grilled vegetables, shoestring potatoes, glazed pecans and Creole meuniere sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO 1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.com The confit duck leg is served with barley risotto, roasted beets, frisee and marinated sugar snap peas. Creole spiced Louisiana drum is complemented by fingerling potato lyonnaise, bacon stewed green beans and roasted pepper veloute. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM 734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.comThe Coronation chicken salad combines chicken, grapes, apples and walnuts in mild curry dressing and can be ordered on a salad or sandwich. The Windsor high tea includes a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, mini-quiches, two mini-cakes, a chocolate-dipped strawberry and scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ERNST CAFE 600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net Fried oysters, roast beef debris, gravy and mayo fill the Ernster po-boy. Steak tacos are flour tortillas filled with marinated beef and zesty slaw. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ESPRESSO EXPRESS One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115 The breakfast burrito features a white or wheat tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and cheese. Pepper jelly chicken salad features feta cheese, cranberries, walnuts and tomatoes on spinach or romaine lettuce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

F&M PATIO BAR 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com Waffle fries are smothered with a blend of three cheeses and green onions. The burger is topped with a choice of shredded cheese, bacon, mushrooms, chili, jalapenos or grilled onions and peppers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE 3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9072; www.fairgrinds.comIn the morning, the shop offers maple bacon sweet potato biscuits. The honey ham and Brie sandwich is dressed with pear slices. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

FAT HARRY'S 4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582; www.fatharrysneworleans.com Buffalo wings and drumettes are fried and dipped in Fat Harry's house wing sauce. The Jazz burger features a ground beef and hot sausage patty topped with barbecue sauce and cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT HEN GROCERY 7457 St. Charles Ave., 266-2921; www.fathengrill.com The crawfish benedict features poached eggs over crawfish patties topped with hollandaise. The Reuben sandwich combines corned beef, Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut on rye. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAT MOLLY'S PIZZA & BEER 2400 21st St., Kenner, 305-1017; www.fatmollyspizza.com The Skinny Molly pizza is topped with bell peppers, onion, artichoke, mushrooms, sliced tomato and spinach. The Cajun pizza combines boudin, red onion, green peppers, jalapenos and mozzarella on top of olive oil-garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FATOUSH New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 371-5074; www.fatoushrestaurantnola.com Moussaka, available in lamb and vegan varieties, features layers of grilled vegetables with tomato and bechamel sauce. The Gyro platter includes roasted lamb and grilled vegetables. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FAUSTO'S BISTRO 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com The veal saltimbocca features tender veal medallions sauteed with mushrooms and Italian herbs, crowned with prosciutto and mozzarella flamed in Marsala wine and served with angel hair marinara. Parmesan-crusted Gulf fish is topped with crabmeat, tomato and white wine lemon-butter sauce over wilted spinach and rosemary potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FAZZIO'S RESTAURANT 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.com Chef Jimbob's specialty is shrimp stuffed with crabmeat and served over pasta with crabmeat cream sauce. The 16-ounce rib-eye is topped with fried oysters and bordelaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FEELINGS CAFE 2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com Gulf fish Nicholas is a grilled fillet brushed with Dijon mustard and served with grilled shrimp, creamed spinach and new potatoes. A 6-ounce steak is topped with blue cheese and mushrooms and served with new potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA 301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; 6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipestaqueria.com The chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito filled with beans, rice, pico de gallo and a choice of meat or vegetables and is topped with queso dip. Fish tacos are double corn tortillas filled with fried fish, pickled cabbage, pico de gallo and seafood sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com The bayou platter sampler features red beans, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. The eggplant Napoleon features eggplant slices layered with shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE 900 N. Carrollton Ave.,488-2155 The pesto tortellini are filled with cheese, topped with Alfredo and pesto and served with salad. Ravioli stuffed with crab and cheese is served with bechamel sauce and salad. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIORELLA'S CAFE 1136 Decatur St., 553-2155This casual eatery off the French Market is known for chicken fried to order. House-made meatballs are served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FIVE HAPPINESS 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.comPecan shrimp are sauteed and topped with roasted pecans and sesame seeds. General Tso's chicken is served with shrimp fried rice and an egg roll. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ 

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT 737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com Moules frites features mussels sauteed with bacon, garlic and cream and come with fried potatoes. Redfish Oscar combines pan-seared redfish with jumbo lump crabmeat, grilled asparagus and Creole lemon beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FLEUR DE LEIS SEAFOOD 2320 3rd St., Kenner, 471-4760The Who Dat cheeseburger is a one pound burger dressed with cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos and grilled onions on a sesame seed bun. The shrimp omelet and grits is a grilled shrimp, cheese and green onion omelet served with grits and toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FONG'S CHINESE AND CANTONESE RESTAURANT 2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216 The Four Happiness combines roast pork, chicken, beef, shrimp and vegetables. General Fong's chicken features white meat chicken in slightly spicy sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FOX AND HOUND 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.com The Play-Action appetizer platter includes wings, pretzels, potato skins and breaded mozzarella sticks. The spicy jalapeno burger tops an 8-ounce patty with hot sauce and pepper Jack cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANK'S RESTAURANT 933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurant-neworleans.comShrimp and crawfish Gagliano features seafood tossed with garlic, green onions and fresh basil over angel hair pasta. The veal Marsala is veal sauteed with mushrooms and wine and served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S 321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.comFried bell pepper rings are coated with Italian breadcrumbs. Fried shrimp po-boys are popular. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT 1001 Decatur St., 525-7879; www.frenchmarketrestaurant.comChar-broiled oysters are topped with white wine-garlic-butter sauce. Traditional New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp is a favorite. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH PRESS COFFEEHOUSE 3236 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 305-0276; 3238 Severn Ave., Metairie, 598-5274; www.frenchpresscoffeehouse.com French Press serves the Southern pecan La Freeze, which is a pecan-flavored frozen latte. The turkey and avocado sandwich is topped with bacon, lettuce and tomato. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRERET STREET PO-BOYS & DONUTS 4701 Freret St., 872-9676; www.freretstreetpoboys.comThe roast beef po-boy features garlic-stuffed roast beef that has been slow-cooked in gravy. Baked chicken is served with garlic-roasted potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRESCO CAFE AND PIZZERIA 7625 Maple St., 862-6363; www.frescocafe.usThe Italian feast sandwich piles salami, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella and caramelized onions on house-made bread. The chicken portobello roll combines grilled chicken, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach and feta in creamy red pepper sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRESH BAR 6101 Magazine St., 309-9513; www.freshbarnola.comThe "Louisiana Fav" salad combines Louisiana strawberries, dried cranberries, Louisiana pecans and blue cheese with a choice of lettuce and dressing. The Asian Persuasian salad includes mandarin oranges, carrots, edamame, crumbled egg, tofu, broccoli, sprouts, almonds, crispy wontons and a choice of lettuce and dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT 407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.comThe Water Street barbecue shrimp features shrimp sauteed in rosemary and beer-butter sauce served over a corn grit cake with flash-fried spinach. Blackened catfish is topped with bronzed shrimp and crabmeat in Key lime beurre blanc. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FROSTBITE FROZEN YOGURT & TREATS 4700 Freret St., 265-8604; www.frostbiteonfreret.comRed velvet cake is a popular flavor and can be enhanced with items from the 60-item topping bar. A brownie sundae can be topped with one of 10 flavors. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FURY'S RESTAURANT 724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646; www.furysrestaurant.comTrout Carrie is a fillet topped with sauteed crabmeat and served with salad, a vegetable and choice of potato or spaghetti. The seafood platter combines fish, shrimp, oysters, soft-shell crab and stuffed shrimp. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

G.B.'S PATIO BAR & GRILL 8117 Maple St., 861-0067The G.B. burger is an 8-ounce Angus beef patty ground in house and served with melted cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, bacon, jalapenos and barbecue sauce. The 12-ounce rib-eye is served with salad and a choice of side such as a baked potato or sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS 808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com Parmesan-crusted flounder is served with jumbo lump crabmeat and asparagus. Lobster dumplings with fennel and tomato concasse is served with lobster butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com The Galatoire goute is a cold seafood sampler featuring signature items like shrimp remoulade, crabmeat Maison and oysters en brochette. Redfish meuniere is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. Jackets required at dinner and on Sunday. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

GALLAGHER'S GRILL 509 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 892-9992; www.gallaghersgrill.comThe 10-ounce marbled Chicago USDA prime rib-eye is cooked to order and arrives sizzling. Sauteed pompano is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and citrus beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE GALLEY RESTAURANT 2535 Metairie Road, 832-0955Fried soft-shell crabs are topped with crabmeat and served over pasta Alfredo with salad. Blackened or grilled redfish is topped with shrimp and crabmeat and served with new potatoes and vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT 914 N. Peters St., 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.comPan-seared scallops are served atop a potato cake with crispy serrano ham, asparagus, lemon beurre blanc and a dash of mint-pea pesto. Gulf shrimp are sauteed with garlic, chorizo, lemon and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500; www.gambinos.com The chocolate Doberge cake nestles chocolate between six layers of butter cake. King cakes are made from scratch with Danish sweet dough, and one popular version has pecan praline filling. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com The crawfish queso dip is served with fresh tortilla chips. The Italian sausage po-boy features Grandma's red gravy, onions, peppers and melted provolone on toasted French bread and served with fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAUTREAU'S RESTAURANT 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397; www.gautreausrestaurant.com Sauteed snapper is served with Creole mustard vinaigrette, yellow foot mushrooms, corn, Brabant potatoes and julienne snow peas. The arugula, quinoa and mint salad is tossed with pickled red onions, fava beans, radishes, feta cheese and preserved lemon vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342; www.georgesmexicanrestaurant.com Shrimp fajitas are served with pico de gallo, tortillas and house-made guacamole. The Sizzlin' Pork Plate features citrus-marinated pork, sauteed onions, black beans, Mexican rice and tortillas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT 741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593; www.giorlandosrestaurant.comMama G's eggplant features lightly battered eggplant medallions over angel hair pasta topped with Mama G's shrimp au gratin sauce. The shrimp, bacon and avocado salad is mixed with greens, cheese, eggs and house-made croutons. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

GORDON BIERSCH 200 Poydras St., 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com Barbecue salmon is brushed with Asian barbecue sauce and served with grilled balsamic red onions, spinach and sweet ginger rice. Teriyaki flatiron steak is served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579 The crab and Brie omelet is topped with lobster-cognac cream and grilled asparagus. The St. Patty's Day breakfast includes two eggs, corned beef potato hash with chaurice sausage, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, garlic and herbs. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

GRAND ISLE 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com The Isle sampler, available as a half or full dozen, is a combination of three varieties of stuffed oysters: tasso, Havarti and jalapeno; house-made bacon, white cheddar and caramelized onions; and olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. The baked Gulf fish is topped with compound chili butter and served with local vegetables and herb-roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE GREEN BURRITO NOLA 3046 St. Claude Ave., 949-2889; www.facebook.com/the-green-burrito-nolaThe steak burrito features Cajun-spiced beef slow-cooked with bell peppers, banana peppers, onion and squash and rolled in a flour, spinach, whole wheat or tomato-basil tortilla with basmati rice and beans. Spicy fish tacos are dressed with house pico de gallo. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

THE GREEN GODDESS 307 Exchange Alley, 301-3347; www.greengoddessnola.com The Stuffed Young Coconut is filled with sauteed tuna, sea beans, crabmeat, watermelon, tomatoes and onions with coconut vinaigrette. The Green Goddess' new sno-ball lineup features an absinthe and lime juice sno-ball. No reservations. Lunch and brunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GREEN TEA 1116 Louisiana Ave., 899-8005; www.greenteano.com Chicken with garlic sauce combines sauteed white meat, broccoli, baby carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts, celery and zucchini in spicy garlic sauce. Singapore mai fun features thin rice noodles sauteed in yellow curry sauce with chicken, shrimp, pork, green onions, egg and Chinese cabbage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE GRILL ROOM Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-1994; www.www.grillroomneworleans.comSeared Hudson Valley foie gras is served with speck, brioche and grape tomotoes. Bronzed diver scallops are accompanied by red quinoa, prosciutto, Spanish black truffles and sweet onion bisque. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY 2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.comThe pressed chicken Philly sandwich combines chicken, provolone and American cheeses, mushrooms, sauteed onions, roasted peppers, mayo and Italian seasonings on Leidenheimer French bread. The house chicken and sausage gumbo is made with a rich, dark roux. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I RESTAURANT Citywide; www.groundpati.com The Smoking Ring burger is topped with barbecue sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheese and a fried onion ring and is served with fries. The barbecued rib and chicken combo includes half a rack of ribs, a mesquite char-broiled chicken breast, salad, coleslaw, Texas toast, baked beans and a choice of potato or other vegetable. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY'S GROCERY 3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390The hot tamale sandwich is served on French bread and topped with chili and cheese. Shredded cheddar cheese can be added to the hamburger po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GUMBO SHOP 630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com Chicken espagnole features half a chicken simmered in brown sauce with mushrooms, shallots, wine and garlic and is served over rice with a side of vegetables. Crawfish etouffee is made with crawfish tails simmered in a spicy sauce of onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic and wine. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUSTO The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, 581-5400; www.thetheatres.com The chef's platter includes zucchini agrodolce, marinated olives, hummus, tzatziki and herbed feta. The Spanish muffuletta is made with serrano ham, chorizo and manchego cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., 378-2624; Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566; Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 212-5418; www.haagen-dazs.comThe vanilla bean espresso sundae features espresso-swirled vanilla ice cream topped with espresso syrup and whipped cream. The brownies a la mode sundae is topped with hot fudge and caramel. No reservations. Open daily. Credit cards. $

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT 8116 Hampson St., 865-1634 Tuna tataki presents seared rare tuna topped with vinaigrette, tobiko and vegetables. The Who Dat roll combines spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and snow crab on the inside and is topped with salmon, tuna, avocado and crunchy tempura flakes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR 218 S. Robertson St., 460-7365; www.handsomewillys.comThe Handsome Burrito is filled with beans, ground beef, pork, chicken, salsa rojo, salsa verde, lettuce, cheddar and sour cream. Tacos are topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce and Mexican slaw. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL 3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111 The Harbor burger boasts a 12-ounce patty topped with shredded cheddar. The blackened tuna steak is served with French-style green beans and red new potatoes. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARD ROCK CAFE 418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com The Legendary burger is a 10-ounce patty topped with bacon, cheddar, an onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles. The Haystack chicken salad combines mixed greens, carrots, corn, pico de gallo and shredded cheddar topped with fried chicken, ranch dressing and pecans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAYDEL'S BAKERY 4037 Jefferson Hwy., 837-0190; www.haydelbakery.comCajunnoli are cannoli shells filled with praline cream cheese and covered in pecans. The Cajun kringle is a halo of flaky pastry with praline filling topped with caramel icing and pecans. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com The house-made spaghetti features guanciale and a fried poached farm egg. Baby squash and feta cheese accompany the Louisiana shrimp and grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HERITAGE GRILL 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 934-4900; www.heritagegrillmetairie.comThe gumbo combines duck and andouille in a dark roux. Bronzed redfish is served with sauteed smoked corn and crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

HEY! CAFE 4332 Magazine St., 891-8682; www.heycafe.biz Order a bagel with lox, dill and cream cheese. House-made vegan hummus is served on a bagel or in a pita. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL 1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033; www.hickorycafe.com The Cuban sandwich combines slow-roasted pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Creole mayo on grilled French bread. The Uptown chicken sandwich is topped with melted Brie, bacon, spinach and tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HIGH HAT CAFE 4500 Freret St., 754-1336; www.highhatcafe.comFried farm-raised catfish is served with fresh-cut fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies. Spicy Gulf fish is served with potato and shrimp hash. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q 2317 Hickory Ave, Harahan, 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.com The pork and beef combo platter includes pork shoulder, beef brisket and two side items. The pulled-pork sandwich can be topped with a scoop of hand-shredded coleslaw. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HOA HONG/9 ROSES 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665 Vietnamese hot-and-sour soup features a choice of fish, shrimp, or chicken in a tangy broth with tomatoes, pineapple and okra. Grill marinated sliced beef at your table and wrap it in lettuce or rice paper with herbs and pickled carrots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOBNOBBER CAFE 5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448; www.hobnobbercafe.com The crawfish and corn bisque is served with French bread. The grilled chicken breast is paired with grilled tomatoes and broccoli and served with salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

HORINOYA 920 Poydras St., 561-8914 The seafood salad combines seared tuna, salmon, white fish, crawfish, cucumber, avocado and baby radishes in house dressing. The bluefin toro, or fatty tuna, is a Japanese delicacy served as sashimi or in sushi. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HOTEL MOTELEONE CAROUSEL BAR AND LOUNGE 214 Royal St., 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.comThe Meanie Paninis is a trio of small sandwiches, featuring proscuitto, Parma ham and olive tapenade. The crawfish beignets are topped with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSE OF BLUES 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com Meatball sliders feature slow-braised beef short rib simmered in fresh tomato sauce, topped with Cotija cheese and served on potato buns. The lobster mac and cheese is a gourmet twist on the comfort food. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT 1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301; www.hillstone.com The Thai steak salad features beef, noodles, fresh herbs and vegetables in spicy Thai dressing. Rotisserie chicken is slow-roasted and served with dirty rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

HUCKLEBERRY'S RESTAURANT AND BAR1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-6066Slow-cooked roast beef goes in a po-boy topped with marchands de vin sauce. The oyster burger is a surf and turf option topping a half-pound beef patty with fried oysters. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HUEY P'S PIZZERIA139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 366-1818The Who Dat pie features ground beef, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoncini, cheddar and mozzarella. The bruschetta is topped with diced tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HUEY'S 24/7 DINER 620 Decatur St., 267-0244; www.hueysneworleans.comBayou crawfish etouffee features tomatoes, onions and bell peppers simmered with plump crawfish tails in a blond roux and served over rice. The Monte Cristo sandwich is made with thin-sliced ham, chicken breast, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses on Texas toast, then battered, fried and dusted with powdered sugar. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

HURRICANE BBQ & SEAFOOD CO. 4011 Airline Drive, Metairie, 315-4227; www.hurricanebbq.comThe pulled pork platter comes with two side times, such as sweet potato fries and smothered green beans. The ribs are prepared with a dry rub and are slow-cooked. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

IGNATIUS EATERY 3121 Magazine St., 899-0242The crawfish Ignatius features fettuccine tossed in seasoned crawfish cream sauce with fresh mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and green bell peppers topped with grated Parmesan. Oysters bordelaise features sauteed oysters layered on top of Creole pasta bordelaise. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR 4437 Magazine St., 891-6105 The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and hot sauce and served with fries or onion rings. Jalapeno poppers are battered and fried cheese-stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM 2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811 The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with a blend of Cajun spices and topped with hot sauce. Get shoestring fries topped with American cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IHOP Citywide; www.ihop.com The breakfast sampler includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. Grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE 4607 Dryades St., 895-2620; www.ilpostocafenola.com The pesce grilled cheese features tuna salad, avocado, red onions and fontina cheese on pressed multigrain bread. The classic prosciutto panino is made with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto pressed on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT 3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.com The fresh fish Payton features a pan-fried fillet topped with crabmeat, crawfish, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, lemon and Dry Sack sherry sauce. Pecan-smoked filet mignon is a 10-ounce steak smoked over pecan wood. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IRENE'S CUISINE 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 The signature baked oysters Irene are topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta. The lamb a la Provence features seared chops with rosemary-wine demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS 321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.comThe spicy Vietnamese tomato soup comes with a poached farm egg. Sauteed hake fish is served with beluga lentils, pancetta, beet greens, legumes and spring onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IRISH HOUSE 1432 St. Charles Ave., 595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.comSmithwick's beer-battered Atlantic cod is fried crisp and served with thick potato fries, house-made tartar sauce and malt vinegar. Braised lamb shanks are served with apple brandy broth over Papa Tom's stone-ground grits and roasted Covey Rise Farms root vegetables. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA 200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; 1331 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-1900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.netSpinach-artichoke-shrimp dip is served with garlic bread. The pasta Cucina combines linguine, shrimp, crawfish, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green onions, parsley and a splash of lime. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

ITALIAN BARREL 430 Barracks St., 569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com Porcini and truffle ravioli are served with white wine cream sauce and a drizzle of truffled olive oil. The osso buco is a baked 16-ounce veal shank served with red sauce and polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ITALIAN PIE Citywide; www.italianpie.comThe Mediterranean pizza features artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Fettuccini is topped with creamy Alfredo sauce with an optional choice of grilled chicken or shrimp. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

IZZO'S ILLEGAL BURRITO 4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite A, Metairie, 889-5505; 70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 327-5114; www.izzos.com The Illegal salad features romaine lettuce, cheese, tortilla strips and Izzo's house salsa or dressing. The Illegal burrito is served on a 26-inch tortilla with a choice of meat, Mexican rice, beans, shredded cheese or melted queso, guacamole, and a choice of eight house salsas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JACK DEMPSEY'S RESTAURANT 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914; www.jackdempseysllc.com The Jack Dempsey seafood platter serves a training table feast of gumbo, shrimp, catfish, crab balls and two side items. Broiled redfish Pontchartrain is topped with lump crabmeat. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JACMEL INN 903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com The crawfish tamale features sweet corn polenta, Acadiana crawfish tails, and a drizzle of chipotle. The vanilla-cured duck breast and five-spice duck leg confit is served with sweet potatoes, duck cracklings and Amato's orange wine gastrique. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE 8324 Oak St., 861-0886; www.jacquesimoscafe.comPaneed rabbit is served over shrimp and tasso pasta. Eggplant Jacques-Imo's features fried eggplant topped with oyster dressing and shiitake mushroom cream sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN RESTAURANT & BAR 833 Conti St., 525-9200; www.jagerhaus.com Kassler rippchen is a German-style smoked pork loin cooked with cabbage and potato dumplings. Oktoberfest meatloaf is made from ground beef, pork, applewood-smoked bacon and pork belly, topped with mushroom demi-glace and served with a choice of potato salad, spaetzle, red cabbage or sauerkraut. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING 612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882; www.jamspoboys.comStewed chicken is served with gravy, rice, salad and bread. Amy's signature seafood-stuffed eggplant boat comes with steamed vegetables and bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JAMBA JUICE 930 Poydras St., 304-4210: www.jambajuice.comOne popular juice blend combines orange, strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. Watermelon Splash is a mix of coconut water and watermelon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE 7808 Maple St., 866-4366 Tunisian-style tagine of lamb is baked in a terra-cotta pot and served with saffron basmati rice. Whole red snapper with garlic and onion chutney is served over vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT 4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748 Jan's dark-roux gumbo packs spicy heat. The hamburger steak is served with house-made gravy, and mushrooms and onions are optional additions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201 Trout meuniere is served with lump crabmeat or grilled oysters. Pan-fried honey chicken is covered with Italian breadcrumbs and served over fettuccine Alfredo. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

JAZMINE CAFE 614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301The spicy mango salad is made with julienned mango, jicama, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, peanuts, fried shallots and sesame vinaigrette. Tamarind soup comes with a choice of shrimp, fish or tofu in tangy lemon grass broth with celery, pineapple, okra and tomato. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ 

JOE SEPIE'S CAFE 4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613The roast beef po-boy is a house specialty. Italian sausage and peppers are served over angel hair pasta in cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

JOEY K'S RESTAURANT & BAR 3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.comThe eggplant Napoleon is a tower of breaded and fried eggplant medallions with layers of fried shrimp and creamy crawfish sauce on top. Trout Tchoupitoulas is a lightly floured and pan-fried fillet topped with shrimp and crabmeat and served with new potatoes and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY & JOYCE'S SEAFOOD 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-7727 The seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, fish and a stuffed crab. The shrimp po-boy is dressed with lettuce, tomato, mayo and a pickle. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS 511 St. Louis St., 524-8037; www.johnnyspoboys.comThe shrimp po-boy features deep-fried shrimp with all the fixings. The seafood muffuletta includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO 2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808Jumbo lump crabmeat au gratin is served with salad and garlic rounds. Broiled catfish is cooked in lemon, butter, wine and seasonings and topped with crabmeat stuffing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE JOINT 701 Mazant St., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.comThe sausage plate features three links of locally made smoked chaurice sausage seasoned with garlic and jalapenos and served with a choice of two house-made sides. The dinner salad is an organic mix of greens dressed with house-made smoked tomato and onion dressing then topped with your choice of pulled pork, chopped brisket or smoked chicken sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.comMardi Gras Indian tacos combine Jack cheese, spicy slaw, roasted corn, pinto beans and grilled squash. The Jerked Nachos feature jerk chicken, two cheeses, black beans, avocado, chipotle sour cream and pineapple salsa atop chips. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUICY LUCY'S 133 N. Carrollton Ave., 598-5044; 3320 Houma Blvd, Metairie, 309-8767The Juicy 9th Ward Blues features a patty stuffed with mushrooms, onions, garlic and blue cheese. The Juicy All American incorporates aged cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon and thick barbeque sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE JUJU BAG CAFE 5363 Franklin Ave., 872-0969Grilled wild Alaskan salmon tops a salad with sauteed mushrooms, red onions, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. Jamaican jerk chicken wings are served on a bed of romaine lettuce with avocado, tomato, Caribbean potato salad and whole wheat French bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S COMMUNITY CAFE & BAR 2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.julieslittleindia.comSaag paneer is sauteed spinach with paneer cheese and vindaloo sauce and comes with naan, basmati rice and papadam chips. Salmon Benedict features poached eggs on a biscuit with cream cheese, lox and hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280; www.jungsgoldendragon2.comA crispy fried fish fillet is served with sweet-and-spicy garlic, ginger and green onion sauce. Salt and pepper fried oysters come with Chinese vegetables and brown sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNIPER RESTAURANT 301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.netThe pork osso buco is braised in garlic Creole sauce and served atop oyster and andouille dressing. Bouillabaisse brims with clams, langoustine shrimp and scallops in saffron tomato broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN 416 Chartres St., 596-2530; www.kpauls.comBeef tenderloin medallions blackened in a cast iron skillet are topped with debris and served with vegetables and potatoes. For dessert, the sweet potato pecan pie with chantilly cream is a popular choice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP 2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.comFried and grilled seafood platters combine shrimp, catfish, oysters, hushpuppies and two sides. Roast beef is slow-cooked in-house for K.Y.'s po-boy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR 3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730Sauteed calamari is served with portobello mushrooms. One special sushi roll combines salmon, mango and cucumber. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KATIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.comScottie's blackberry and jalapeno ribs feature slow cooked baby back ribs marinated in a spicy blackberry and jalapeno sauce and is served with two sides. The Atchafalaya pizza is topped with sauteed shrimp, oysters, crawfish and crabs, roasted garlic, bell peppers and Tabasco marinara. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue. -Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.netPan-broiled redfish is topped with crabmeat in citrus beurre blanc and fresh basil. The hand-cut 14-ounce filet mignon is served with a baked potato and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

KENNER SEAFOOD 3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701; www.kennerseafood.netCrawfish Marie is topped with crabmeat and cream sauce. Barbecue shrimp are served over grits. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KIM SON 349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489; www.kimsonnola.comCharcoal-broiled beef is served over rice. Steamed Gulf fish comes with black bean sauce in a clay pot. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KOREA HOUSE 3547 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654The bul go gi is beef marinated with six kinds of vegetables. The dolsot bibimbap is a stew of beef, vegetables and rice served in a hot stone pot. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.comMatzo ball soup is a clear seasoned broth with light and fluffy matzo balls. The kosher fried shrimp po-boy features imitation shrimp served with cocktail sauce, lettuce and tomato. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

KOZ'S 515 Harrison Ave., 484-0841; 6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.comChicken is fried to order all day, and an order comes with two sides. Koz's roast beef po-boy features home-cooked roast beef on Gendusa Bakery bread. No reservations. Wilson Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Harrison Avenue: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KUPCAKE FACTORY 800 Metairie Road, Suite Q, Metairie, 267-4990; 819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-8884; 6233 S. Claiborne Ave., 267-3328; www.- thekupcakefactory.comThe wedding cake cupcake is almond cake with vanilla butter cream icing and white chocolate sprinkles. The Turtle Soup cupcake is chocolate cake with mixed caramel-peanut debris topped with chocolate, caramel and peanuts. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

KYOTO 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644; www.kyotonola.comPoke salad is a mix of tuna, avocado and cucumber with spicy vinaigrette dressing. The Sara roll is packed with spicy shrimp and avocado and covered with a crunchy chili mixture outside. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BELLA'S 2118 Third St., Kenner, 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com The savory pork roll is a baked and sauteed boneless pork loin filled with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, spinach, prosciutto, Romano and provolone cheeses, roasted garlic and Creole Italian seasoning. New Orleans chicken praline features deep-fried boneless chicken breast with a dipping sauce of caramelized brown sugar, chopped pecans and bourbon. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA BOCA 857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.comEntrana fina con la Piel is a slow-cooked 14-ounce outside skirt steak. Noqui La Boca is a dish of potato dumplings with pancetta, peas and cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOUCHERIE COFFEEHOUSE & CAFE 335 Chartres St., 324-6656Angel hair pasta is served with sauteed red and green bell pepper, onion, garlic and spinach, tossed with olive oil and topped with feta. The oven-roasted turkey and hummus wrap includes spinach, tomatoes, avocado and ranch dressing. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LA BOULANGERIE 4600 Magazine St., 269-3777The ham and Swiss cheese sandwich is dressed with butter and pickles on a French baguette. Chocolate croissants are flaky, buttery pastries filled with chocolate. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LA CARRETA 107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 NW Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.comShrimp brochettas include a half-dozen bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with jalapenos, peppers, and cheese. The steak fajita platter comes with vegetables, tortillas, rice and beans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CREPE NANOU 1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.comLa fondue consists of Emmentaler melted with white wine and Kirsch cherry liqueur, served with a French baguette and fresh fruit. Grilled lamb chops come with cognac reduction, seasonal vegetables and pommes frites. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA 621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, 258-2115; www.ladivinagelateria.comBlueberry basil sorbetto is made from fresh blueberries and homegrown basil. The peach and Prosecco sorbetto is crafted from local peaches and Italian white wine. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA DOLCE NOLA SNACKERY AND GELATERIA 200 Metairie Road, Suite 100, Metairie, 832-1122; www.ladolcenola.comSalted caramel gelato features swirls of salty caramel. Fresh peach sorbetto is a dairy-free mixture made with locally grown peaches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA AND LATIN CAFE 8120 Hampson St., 862-5252; www.pupusasneworleans.com The NOLA special breakfast burrito is filled with a hot sausage patty, hash browns, eggs and American cheese. It's served with refried black beans and sweet plantains or tropical salad. The house guacamole is made with organic avocados and lime juice and is served with corn chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Checks and 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.comThe chicken Parisian sandwich combines bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, and is served with chips, pasta or a Caesar salad. Tomato-basil pasta features chicken over bowtie pasta in tomato-basil cream sauce with mushrooms, spinach and pesto. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT 1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460 The grillades and grits features slow-cooked cube steak simmered in rich brown gravy served over baked cheese grits. Eggs Benedict La Peniche is made with poached eggs, Canadian bacon, tomatoes and hollandaise on a toasted English muffin. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.comPaneed rabbit is served with lemon-caper brown butter and spaetzle. For a small bite, try blue crab beignets with Old Bay aioli. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA PROVENCE 25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.comQuail gumbo is an appetizer of dirty rice-stuffed whole quail with gumbo jus. Slow-cooked pastured baby lamb from Two Run Farm features panisse, cherry tomatoes, black trumpet mushrooms, Covey Rise Farms vegetables and sage jus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.comLouisiana seafood Chauvin combines pecan-crusted redfish, grilled shrimp, crawfish, red curry and wasabi mashed potatoes topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. Steamed mussels are served in spicy green basil curry with pommes frites. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.comAcadian pasta features penne in Acadian cream sauce and can be topped with a choice of chicken or shrimp and crawfish. The Dead Guy burger is topped with guacamole, bacon, jalapenos, cheddar and Monterey Jack and is served with ranch and a side item. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.comThe fleur de lis panino includes oven-roasted turkey, smoked Gouda, asparagus and apple butter spread on grilled multigrain, wheat or ciabatta baguette. The chicken avocado wrap features a herb-garlic, spinach, tomato-basil or wheat tortilla filled with a grilled chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, romaine and mango vinaigrette and fresh fruit relish on the side. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW DELI & CATERING 872 Harrison Ave., 304-8501; www.lakeviewdelicatessen.com DK's Big Fish is a fried catfish po-boy dressed to order. Mike's gut buster is a one-pound burger with pepper Jack, cheddar and provolone cheeses between two beef patties on French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW GROCERY 801 Harrison Ave., 293-1201; www.lakeviewgrocery.comThe fried seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters, fish and french fries. The roast beef debris po-boy features tender roast beef in au jus served dressed on French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeviewharbor.comThe crab feast features stuffed crab, crab cake, soft-shell crab, crab fingers and comes with two sides. The grilled honey-glazed center-cut pork chop comes with a choice of two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S 400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafood.comBarbecue shrimp are sauteed in New Orleans-style peppery butter sauce and served on a French bread pirogue. The Ultimate platter combines crab fingers, and fried shrimp, oysters, fish, soft-shell crab and deviled crab. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.comSeafood gumbo is made with blue crabs, Louisiana shrimp, vegetables and okra in a dark, rich roux. Stuffed mirliton is a roasted locally grown mirliton filled with Louisiana shrimp and Cajun-seasoned stuffing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY 5433 Laurel St., 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.comStart the day with a cranberry-walnut bran muffin. Roasted garlic potato bread is one of the house-baked specialties. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LAZARO'S PIZZA & POBOYS 4413 Banks St., 483-8609; www.lazaropizza.comWings are recommended with ranch, blue cheese or honey-mustard dipping sauce. The T-Bird pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, herb-roasted chicken, roasted red peppers and asparagus on a New York-style thin crust. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LE BAYOU RESTAURANT 208 Bourbon St., 525-4755; www.lebayourestaurant.comOysters Ya Ya features oysters topped with Parmesan cheese and ya ya sauce, which combines heavy cream and pesto. The shrimp and grits Napoleon features three fried green tomatoes stacked with sauteed Gulf shrimp and Old Bay cream sauce over bayou grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LE CITRON BISTRO 1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.lecitronbistro.comThe fried green tomato Benedict is topped with tangy hollandaise. Paneed duck breast is covered with a glaze of pineapple, sweet pepper and onion and is served with jambalaya and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE FORET 129 Camp St., 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.comPan-roasted Louisiana snapper comes with asparagus, wild mushrooms and herb vinaigrette. Grilled quail with potato gnocchi is accented with pancetta, pine nuts, natural jus and Creole mustard. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LE MERITAGE Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritagerestaurant.com Pan-seared jumbo lump crab cake is served with crawfish and creole seasonings. The baby cabbage salad is prepared with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and truffle vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LE VIET CAFE 2135 St. Charles Ave., 304-1339Pho is available with a choice of chicken, brisket, rare beef or meatballs and comes with a basket of basil, bean sprouts and jalapenos. Vietnamese-style grilled beef ribs come with a special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEBANON'S CAFE 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.comThe chicken is marinated with vegetables, olive oil, Mediterranean spices, lemon juice, garlic and yogurt, grilled on skewers and served with hummus and salad. Char-broiled rosemary lamb chops are marinated in olive oil, Middle Eastern spices and rosemary. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA 709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986; www.leonardonola.comWood-fired pizza Briante is layered with ricotta cheese, roasted red peppers and Italian sausage. Wood-fired oysters are shucked P&J oysters baked with Parmesan, breadcrumbs, extra-virgin olive oil and herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997; The Whitney Wyndham Hotel, 610 Poydras St., 212-5656Trout Baquet is topped with lump crabmeat, lemon-butter garlic sauce and served with salad and a side item. Southern fried chicken is served with red beans, greens or potato salad. Reservations accepted. Esplanade Avenue: breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Poydras Street: breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN 422 1/2 S. Broad St., 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.orgThe MVB burger is a grilled ground chuck and brisket patty served on a potato bun with house dressing, chopped romaine, arugula, shaved onions, tomato and pickles. Shrimp and grits feature Gulf shrimp sauteed with white wine and smoked crimini mushroom sauce and served over stone-ground grits. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LILETTE RESTAURANT 3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.comWhite truffle Parmesan toast is a rich appetizer combining wild mushrooms, marrow and veal glace. Sauteed spiced drum is served with artichoke, roasted tomato, haricots verts and lemon-oregano yogurt. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LILLY'S CAFE1813 Magazine St., 599-9999This Vietnamese restaurant's staple pho is served with a basket of basil, bean sprouts and jalapeno slices. Spicy tofu is stir-fried with ginger, scallions and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO 590 Ashbury Drive, Mande-ville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.comThe Tiger Roll is a combination of tuna, yellowtail, barbecued eel, fresh salmon and avocado. The Burning Man roll has crunchy tuna inside and pepper tuna on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788; www.littletokyonola.com The Burning Man roll combines spicy tuna, pepper tuna, avocado and barbecue eel sauce. An appetizer of tuna tartare features diced tuna mixed with green onions and smelt roe, topped with house-made chili sauce and served with wonton chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR 1340 S. Carrollton Ave, 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.comThe sushi pizza panino features spicy tuna, crawfish, snow crab and mozzarella cheese on bread baked in the oven. Tonkotsu ramen pork bone soup contains green onions, bean sprouts, fish cake patties, boiled egg, chashu pork and bamboo shoots. Reservations accepted for private room. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK 1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888The barbecue shrimp po-boy features shrimp sauteed in a New Orleans-style barbecue sauce stuffed into a hollowed-out pistolette. The "Breathtaking beef" po-boy features in-house baked roast beef and creamy horseradish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.comThe jumbo soft-shell crab plate is served with a choice of side. The smothered pork chop is served with a choice of rice and gravy or mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL 200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.comThe Bucktown seafood platter includes shrimp, catfish, oysters, soft-shell crab, fries and Texas toast. For an appetizer, nachos are dressed with ground beef, salsa, jalapeno, sour cream and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOLA 517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992The Pig is a sandwich of cochon de lait, ham, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Creole mayo on house-made focaccia bread. Pecan-crusted black drum is served with braised collard greens, andouille and poached Louisiana oyster broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOLA'S 3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.comGrilled yellowfin tuna comes in with spicy mojo sauce, basmati rice and mixed vegetables. The seafood paella combines scallops, calamari, mussels and shrimp in saffron rice. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE 69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.comThe surf-and-turf dinner includes a lobster-stuffed baked potato, a 7-ounce grilled filet and crab-stuffed mushrooms. Bananas, rum sauce, whipped cream and pecans top the bananas Foster cheesecake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOST LOVE LOUNGE 2529 Dauphine St., 944-0099; www.lostlovelounge.comBeef-topped pho comes with a basket of bean sprouts, basil, lime wedges and jalapeno peppers. Bun is a Vietnamese salad of vermicelli noodles, house-made fish sauce, lettuce, meat or tofu, and a topping of pickled vegetables, nuts and basil. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044; www.louieandtheredheadlady.comOysters La Luzianne are fried oysters topped with garlic, parsley, butter and cheese. Eggplant Algiers features three fried eggplant medallions, layered with a crab cake, boiled shrimp, crabmeat and topped with light sherry cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA BISTRO 337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.netThe dirty bird entree combines duck leg confit with dirty rice and a special sauce. The seafood courtbouillon is a traditional Louisiana seafood stew. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN 95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.comSmoked salmon pizza comes with Roma tomatoes, capers, red onions, mozzarella, cream cheese and caviar. Lobster ravioli are served with spinach, Parmesan, grilled asparagus and cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN 615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900; www.louisianapizzakitchenuptown.comPotato gnocchi features dumplings sauteed with pesto, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes topped with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Roasted chicken pizza is made with sliced chicken breast, black beans, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella, jalapenos, sour cream and cilantro. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretired-surfers.comTodo santos fish tacos feature fried or grilled mahi mahi on flour or corn tortillas with shredded cabbage and avocado relish served with beans and rice. Cabo shrimp and grits are made with honey-jalapeno-chili-marinated jumbo shrimp served over poblano-pepper Jack cheese grits. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUKE 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.comJumbo Louisiana shrimp "en cocotte" combines McEwen & Sons' creamy white-corn grits and Poche's andouille. The Luke burger is topped with Allan Benton's bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes and Emmentaler cheese and is served with house-made fries. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

M BISTRO Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., 670-2828; www.ritzcarlton.comThe pork chop is served with jalapeno and andouille macaroni and cheese and house-made hot pepper jelly. The BLT features bacon and onion marmalade on house-made brioche. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAGASIN VIETNAMESE CAFE4201 Magazine St., 896-7611; www.magasincafe.comPanko-coated shrimp balls top a vermicelli bowl with lettuce, basil, mint, bean sprouts and peanuts and there's dipping sauce on the side. Rare steak tops pho served with a basket of basil, mint, lime, bean sprouts and sliced jalapenos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP 2368 Magazine St., 522-3107The fried soft-shell crab po-boy is served dressed on French bread with fries. Eggplant Parmesan features fried eggplant medallions served over spaghetti with house-made red sauce and comes with salad and French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAGNOLIA GRILL 1122 Decatur St., 566-6003; www.magnoliagrill-ofnola.com The seafood omelet is cooked with crawfish, shrimp, onions and tomatoes. Grilled sirloin is paired with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed green beans. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP 3454 Magazine St., 899-3374; www.mahonys-poboys.com The Peacemaker is made with local fried oysters, bacon and cheddar cheese on Leidenheimer French bread. The cochon po-boy with Creole slaw combines slow-cooked pork and house-made slaw on French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MAISON 508 Frenchmen St., 371-5543; www.maisonfrenchmen.comStuffed peppers feature two red bell peppers filled with ground beef and dirty rice and topped with marinara and Parmesan and come with sweet potato fries and a vegetable. Stuffed chicken breast is filled with mozzarella and mixed greens, topped with marinara and served with potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT 3800 Canal St., 482-9179; www.mandinasrestaurant.comFried eggplant sticks come with marinara for dipping. Fried trout is served with either meuniere sauce or amandine-style. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MANNING'S 519 Fulton St., 593-8118; www.harrahsneworleans.comA cast iron skillet-fried filet mignon is served with two-potato hash, fried onions and Southern Comfort pan sauce. The Crawtator-crusted fish features black drum crusted in Zapp's Crawtator crumbs and is served with Crystal beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MANO'S PO-BOYS 6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922The Saints special comes with two eggs and choice of meat (ham, bacon, hot sausage or pork sausage) and cheese on a choice of bread. Chicken-fried steak with rice or mashed potatoes and a vegetable is a lunch special on Wednesdays and Fridays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE 7623 Maple St., 314-9003; www.maplestreetcafenola.comVeal osso buco comes over angel hair pasta with a side of broccoli, turnips and red cabbage. Duck Jameel is a boneless breast topped with blueberry cognac sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MAPLE STREET PATISSERIE 7638 Maple St., 304-1526Bear claws are puff pastry flavored with almond paste, raspberry and cinnamon. The black-and-white cake is finished with buttercream and chocolate ganache. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $ 

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite D, Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslab.comBanana ice cream is made with bits of banana and a sweet cream base. Mango sorbet is a popular non-dairy choice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARDI GRAS ZONE 2706 Royal St., 947-8787; www.mardigraszone.comVegetable lasagna combines spinach, eggplant, zucchini, ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, creamy bechamel sauce and rustic-style marinara. The Voodoo pizza features a thin crust topped with red sauce, mozzarella, feta, chicken, sausage, tomatoes, red peppers, jalapenos, garlic, Tabasco and cilantro. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY BRASSERIE 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472; www.marigny-brasserie.comThe Frenchmen po-boy combines fried green tomatoes and Gulf shrimp in house-made remoulade. Blackened Gulf fish is served over dirty rice with lump crabmeat and Tabasco hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwains-pizza.comThe Creole pizza is topped with sauteed shrimp, Gulf crab claw meat, andouille and zucchini. The messy sundae has three scoops of vanilla ice cream, caramel, whipped cream, a cherry, chocolate, blueberries and walnuts. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE MARKET CAFE 1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.comThe muffuletta combines ham, salami, mortadella, provolone and olive salad and is served warm. The Taste of New Orleans platter includes gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.comThe Southern-style shrimp and grits features smoked sausage and green onions. The Cuban sandwich is made with sliced ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and yellow mustard on a pressed onion roll. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

MARTINIQUE BISTRO 5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.com Caribbean red curry Gulf shrimp is served with a plantain crepe, Louisiana crawfish tails, coconut and micro-sprouts. Pan-roasted Dulac flounder is prepared with roasted wild mushrooms, wilted spinach and a pinot noir reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MAT & NADDIE'S 937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.comThe thick-cut, crouton-layered Knife and Fork Vietnamese pork belly banh mi features duck liver pate, mayonnaise, pickled daikon, carrot, cucumber, jalapeno and cilantro oil and Sriracha. Salmon and leeks are served en papillote with tarragon thyme butter, new potatoes, grape tomatoes and mushrooms. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MAUREPAS FOODS 3200 Burgundy St., 267-0072; www.maurepasfoods.comGoat tacos are served in soft corn tortillas with pickled green tomatoes and cilantro harissa, a Tunisian hot chili sauce. A chicken leg quarter is served with market greens, a slow-poached egg and grits. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL 1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.comChili-glazed scallops are diver scallops drizzled with sweet and spicy chili glaze and served over a green pear and baby spinach saute. Duck pappardelle is house-made crushed-red pepper pappardelle served with duck confit, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and wild mushrooms tossed in mascarpone-duck demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAYAS 2027 Magazine St., 309-3401; www.mojitoland.comBaked Chilean sea bass is topped with a soft-shell crab, sweet and savory soy sauce and served with jumbo Gulf shrimp, asparagus, rice and jalapeno sazon sauce. Brazilian moqueca combines sauteed jumbo Gulf shrimp, scallops or mahi mahi, baked onions, tomatoes, garlic, fresh lime juice, coconut milk and piri piri (spicy chili sauce) and comes with rice or French bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MCALISTER'S DELI Citywide; www.mcalistersdeli.comThe club sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard on toasted wheat bread. The Spud Max potato is loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses, olives, green onions and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MEAUXBAR BISTRO 942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.comCrispy veal sweetbreads are served with crawfish tails, morel mushrooms and asparagus spears. Sauteed Florida frog leg Provencal comes with fennel slaw. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MELANGE 2106 Chartres St., 309-7335; www.melangenola.comLapin au vin is braised rabbit served with white wine demi-glace, tomatoes, roasted shallots, potatoes and crispy pancetta. Duck duet includes duck confit on braised Napa cabbage and roasted duck breast with cayenne-lavender-balsamic-hoisin sauce and crispy fried onions. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MELIUS BAR & CAFE 1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446; www.meliusbarbucktown.comThe half-and-half burger features a quarter-pound sirloin patty on top of a quarter-pound hot sausage patty served on a sesame seed bun. The Buffalo chicken wrap is made with grilled chicken tossed in house-made buffalo sauce and rolled in a tortilla with shredded cheese, lettuce and tomatoes and served with a side of ranch dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MELLOW MUSHROOM 1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; www.mellowmushroom.comThe Greek salad tops iceberg lettuce with feta, red onions, tomatoes and kalamata olives. The muffuletta pizza is topped with salami, pepperoni, ham, freshwater mozzarella and caramelized onions and comes with a spring greens salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE MELTING POT 1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.comBoston Lager cheddar cheese fondue contains Sam Adams Boston Lager, cheddar and Emmentaler cheeses seasoned with Nueske's applewood-smoked bacon, onion, Dijon mustard, Tabasco and scallions. The Fondue Feast includes Angus sirloin, shrimp, Buffalo chicken, Memphis-style pork tenderloin and wild mushroom sacchetti. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MENA'S PALACE RESTAURANT 200 Chartres St., 525-0217; www.menaspalace.comThe Cajun tasso omelet features house-made smoked tasso. The muffuletta combines ham, salami, mozzerella, Swiss cheese and house-made olive salad on French bread and is served warm. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MERCHANT 800 Common St., 571-9850; www.merchantneworleans.comThe pancetta crepe includes roasted tomato, basil and mozzarella. The prosciutto croque baton is a sandwich dressed with Italian cheeses and red onion. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MIA'S BALCONY 1622 St. Charles Ave., 301-9570; www.miasbalcony.comPan-seared duck breast is served with black cherry-bourbon glaze. The Gulf Napoleon features a fish fillet and dill cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MIDDENDORF'S 30160 Hwy. 51 S., Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.comThe fried seafood platter includes oysters, shrimp, thin-sliced catfish and hushpuppies. The catfish dinner includes fried catfish, coleslaw, hushpuppies and fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE MIDWAY 4725 Freret St., 322-2815; www.midwaypizzanola.comThe Money pie is loaded with spinach, cheese, pepperoni, meatballs, roasted garlic, grape tomatoes and basil. The Green Charter salad is a medley of romaine lettuce, roasted chicken, bacon, tomato, red onion and Green Goddess dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MIKE'S ON THE AVENUE 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600; www.mikesontheavenue.comThe Pacific blue prawns and seared sea scallops special features a scallop and Tabasco souffle, asparagus, baby carrots and white wine-cognac-tarragon cream sauce. The togarashi seared Mississippi speckled trout yakisoba includes Hawaiian sweet lump crabmeat, tomato-ginger salsa, vermicelli, stir-fried vegetables, soy-mirin brown sauce and crispy shallots. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.comThe deluxe roll features fried shrimp and cream cheese with snow crab, tuna, salmon, avocado, pink and eel sauces and tempura flakes on top. The Tiger roll features spicy tuna inside a seaweed wrap and is topped with salmon, avocado, pink and eel sauces and tempura flakes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily, lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

MILA 817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.comThe barbecue lobster features half a lobster tail, a claw and a toasted garlic-butter baguette. The crispy baby French chicken is a whole young chicken served with fingerling potatoes and red wine reduction. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MILANO'S PIZZERIA 3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500The spinach and artichoke pizza features garlic-butter sauce, spinach, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes and mozzarella and feta cheeses. The Greek salad combines lettuce, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, green pepper and feta cheese in house-made sun-dried tomato dressing. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MILK BAR 1514 Delachaise St., 891-9361The maple pecan and feta salad includes red onions, feta, sauteed mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, maple pecans and spring mixed greens in citrus-balsamic vinaigrette. The Thai-chili chicken po-boy is dressed with Thai sweet chili sauce, sour cream, red onions, tomatoes and mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY 2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.netThe empanadas are filled with a mixture of ground beef, golden raisins, olives, pepper and garlic and served with roasted red pepper aioli. The ensalada a la plancha is made with grilled romaine, boqueron vinaigrette and manchego cheese. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MR. B'S BISTRO 201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com The gumbo ya ya combines chicken and andouille sausage in a dark roux. The shrimp and grits feature sauteed pecan-smoked bacon-wrapped jumbo Gulf shrimp with stone-ground grits and red-eye gravy. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. GYROS GREEK RESTAURANT 3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 833-9228; www.mrgyrosnola.comGyro plates of lamb and beef come with lemon-roasted potatoes, tzatziki sauce and pita bread. The baked moussaka is made with layers of eggplant, potatoes and seasoned ground beef topped with creamy bechamel sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com The 12-ounce USDA prime New York Strip is cooked in an ultra-hot broiler and arrives sizzling with butter. The twin lobster tails entree features two broiled 6-ounce tails and a side item. Reservations required. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. POOR BOY RESTAURANT 10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170Fried soft-shell crab is served with a crab cake and house-made eggplant sauce with two sides. The roast beef po-boy features house-made slow-cooked roast beef dressed with all the fixings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010; www.mrroosdeli.comFried or grilled chicken tops Caesar salad. The Mr. Club sandwich features turkey, ham, American cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato on white or wheat toast. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.miyakonola.comThe Shaggy Dog roll combines snow crab, shrimp tempura, avocado, spicy mayo and eel sauce. The Volcano roll features cucumber, crabmeat and avocado inside and shrimp, crab, octopus and eel and special sauce on top. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MO'S PIZZA1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.netThe muffuletta pizza tops an olive oil-brushed crust with ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, cheese and olive salad. Lasagna features layers of ricotta, mozzarella and meat sauce and is served with garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOJITO'S RUM BAR & GRILL 437 Esplanade Ave., 252-4800; www.mojitosnola.com Jamaican grilled pork chops come with mango applesauce, black beans and rice. Pan-seared Aruba scallops are served with white chocolate-chipotle sauce, vegetables and jalapeno cheese grits. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE 1500 Magazine St., 525-2244 Mojo offers locally baked strawberry mint scones. One popular drink is iced coffee made with non homogenized Smith Creamery milk. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA LISA RESTAURANT 1212 Royal St., 522-6746 Paneed eggplant Parmesan is topped with Creole red sauce, mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan cheeses. The Mardi Gras linguine is topped with andouille sausage, shrimp and tomato cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., 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., 894-9800House-made hummus is served with pita bread that's made fresh daily. The chicken shawarma is marinated in olive oil, lemon and spices, then roasted. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

MONDO 900 Harrison Ave., 224-2633; www.mondoneworleans.comSteamed mussels feature house-made chorizo and tomatoes in garlic-sherry broth. The fire-roasted vegetable pizza is baked in a wood-burning oven and made with spinach and ricotta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS 1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 626-9183 Grilled shrimp are served over rotini pasta in garlic-butter sauce. The Monster po-boy includes ham, turkey, roast beef cooked in-house and cheese and is served smothered in gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

MONTREL'S BISTRO 1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747Traditional crawfish etouffee features red sauce made with onions and green peppers. Louisiana crab cakes are topped with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORNING CALL 3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068; Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-5348; www.morningcallcoffeestand.comBeignets are made with a 140-year-old recipe. Crawfish etouffee is one of the classic Creole items offered on the brief menu. No reservations. Severn Avenue: open 24 hours daily. Clearview location open during mall hours. Cash only. $

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.-mortonsseafood.com The steamed Cajun Dungeness crab legs are served with drawn butter, french fries or a baked potato, and a house salad. The combination seafood boat features a hollowed-out Leidenheimer loaf stuffed with shrimp, oysters and catfish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE 1 Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com/neworleans Center-cut filets mignon are available in 6-, 8- and 12-ounce sizes. Morton's molten chocolate cake is a signature dessert. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MOSCA'S RESTAURANT 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, 436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.comOysters Mosca features Louisiana oysters baked with Italian seasoning and bread crumbs. Chicken a la Grande is chicken sauteed with rosemary, Italian seasonings, whole cloves of garlic and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT 401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net The Famous Ferdi po-boy includes roast beef debris, baked ham, gravy, shredded cabbage, sliced pickles, mayo and yellow and Creole mustards. The jambalaya is studded with chicken and sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT 201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.comThe catfish Mulate's is a fillet topped with crawfish etouffee. For dessert, there's bread pudding made with raisins and topped with butter-rum sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE MUNCH FACTORY 5339 Franklin Ave., 324-5372; www.themunchfactory.netThe Gentilly chicken salad features mixed greens topped with fried or grilled chicken, bacon, shredded cheese, tomatoes, roasted corn and honey-mustard dressing. Blackened redfish is served with mashed potatoes and the side item of the day. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE 801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.comThe wood-grilled double-cut pork chop is topped with Louisiana sugar cane-apple glaze and comes with Southern-style greens and pecan-glazed sweet potatoes. Pecan-crusted puppy drum is served with lemon-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

N'TINI'S 2891 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.comThe Cajun breakfast includes a grilled English muffin topped with crawfish cornbread casserole, poached eggs and Hollandaise and a choice of hash browns or grits. The Mediterranean redfish is seared in a cast iron skillet, topped with house-made olive salad and served with spinach-artichoke orzo risotto. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1016, Harahan, 736-1188; 3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nacho-mamasmexicangrill.comThe vegetable torta features grilled portobello mushrooms, zucchini, fresh spinach, Roma tomatoes, red onions and black bean puree drizzled with roasted red and ancho pepper aioli and covered with melted Chihuahua cheese on a toasted bolillo bun. The Itsalotta Enchilada Verde features three stuffed tortillas filled with ground beef, chicken or pork carnitas and covered with diced onions, homemade salsa verde and cheddar Jack cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAKED PIZZA 701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A105, Metairie, 835-0066; 6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; www.nakedpizza.bizThe Superbiotic pizza features artichoke, spinach, bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, mushrooms and garlic. The Omnivore includes ham, pepperoni, hamburger, black olives, mushrooms and bell pepper. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE 500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.comA salad option is the house-made shrimp remoulade stuffed avocado. The house specialty is the muffuletta made with ham, Genoa salami, pastrami, olive salad, Swiss and provolone cheeses and served warm. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NATHAN'S RESTAURANT 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; www.nathansrestaurant.netBlackened tuna is served on a bed of tasso and potato hash topped with Creole honey butter. Char-broiled Louisiana oysters are topped with garlic butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

NEW ORLEANS BREAKFAST AND PANCAKE HOUSE 101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272Char-broiled oysters are served with French bread. The chicken and waffle combination includes half a fried chicken. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY 2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.comCrab, Brie, spinach and bacon fill a sandwich on house-made challah. The tofu sandwich is dressed with cucumber, pesto and roasted tomato. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER & SEAFOOD CO. Citywide; www.nohsc.comThe catfish plate features thin-cut fried catfish, coleslaw, sweet cornbread hushpuppies and wedge fries. The Baja burger is topped with avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, red onions and chipotle sauce and is served with wedge-cut garlic-herb fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEW YORK PIZZA 4418 Magazine St., 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.comThe Big Apple pie features pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, Italian sausage and black olives. The Queens pizza tops an olive oil base with spinach, mozzarella and feta cheeses, mushrooms and artichokes. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

NEYOW'S CREOLE CAFE 3340 Bienville St., 827-5474; www.neyowscreolecafe.netThe Southern fried chicken is made with Creole-seasoned batter and is fried golden brown. Pasta on the Bayou features sauteed crawfish and Gulf shrimp in cream sauce over penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE 4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.comMushroom masala features mushrooms sauteed in onion and tomato cream sauce. The Flag of India trio includes saag paneer, butter chicken and a chicken kebab with cashew sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NOLA BEANS 762 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.comThe Spanish Fort salad combines avocado, grilled chicken, pico de gallo, corn and black beans atop romaine lettuce with avocado ranch dressing. The Argonne, which can be ordered as a sandwich or wrap, includes roasted turkey, Havarti cheese, sprouts, avocado, tomatoes and a house spread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOLA RESTAURANT 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.comMaine lobster tops a salad of celery root and roasted beets in green onion-buttermilk dressing. The shrimp and grits presents sauteed Gulf shrimp over smoked-cheddar grits with red chili-Abita beer butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NONNA MIA 3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; www.nonnamia.netPasta Capri is fettuccine tossed with shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach and white wine-garlic-butter sauce. The Roma pizza is topped with prosciutto, Roma tomatoes, mixed greens and fresh mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NONNA'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFE 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite F, Covington, (985) 893-1488; www.nonnasrandazzo.comNonna's specializes in Italian pastries including cannoli with house-made filling and shells. House-made chocolate eclairs are popular. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOR-JOE IMPORT COMPANY 505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 833-9240; www.norjoe.comMuffulettas are piled with imported meats and cheeses and olive salad. A vegetarian version substitutes artichokes and roasted red peppers for the meat. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOSH 219 Dauphine St., 581-6674; www.nolanosh.comCorned beef hash features house-cooked corned beef, hash browns and two eggs any style. Biscuits and gravy feature country-style sausage gravy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE NUTRITION COMPANY 4350 Hwy. 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.comThe Rudy smoothie is a protein-rich, sugar-free coffee and chocolate-flavored drink. The chicken sandwich is dressed with wilted spinach, red onion and Dijonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

NUVOLARI'S 246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.comThe pesto-crusted salmon is served with smoked tomato risotto, grilled asparagus and basil-pesto butter. The veal is served over wild mushrooms, Alfredo pasta and topped with jumbo lump crabmeat in a lemon beurre blanc. All entrees come with soup or salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE 2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.comThe Parmesan tomato bread pudding is made with French bread and savory custard and topped with fried crawfish tails and hot sauce hollandaise. The oysters O'Neil features baked Louisiana oysters topped with a blend of cheeses, breadcrumbs and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; www.ohenrys.comThe Tex-Mex burger is topped with chili, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and bacon on a jalapeno-cheddar bun. Crawfish Monica combines sauteed crawfish tails, creamy sauce and penne pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK 8118 Oak St., 302-1485; www.oaknola.comGulf shrimp tacos combine pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema in house-made tortillas. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFE 8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.comFrench toast is stuffed with baked Brie and topped with New England maple syrup coulis and fresh blueberries and served with two eggs and ham, sausage or bacon. Crawfish Boudreau features two poached eggs atop a split biscuit with Roma tomatoes, crawfish and hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

OCEANA GRILL 739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.comCrab cakes are rolled in breadcrumbs, herbs and Parmesan cheese, deep fried and served with crawfish cream sauce. Eggs Melanzana are fried eggplant rounds topped with ham, grilled tomato, poached eggs, hollandaise and Parmesan. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE 1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com The pasta jambalaya combines smoked sausage, grilled chicken breast, onion and bell pepper in Cajun cream sauce with penne pasta. The Muffuletta pizza features olive salad, provolone cheese, ham and salami. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT 204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.comBraised Creole rabbit is served with sage-oyster dressing. The eggplant Olivier appetizer features crawfish tails and andouille in basil-garlic sauce atop flash-fried eggplant slices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tues.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.onesl.com The duck confit leg quarter is served grilled chicken sausage, applesauce, heirloom potatoes and baby carrots. Louisiana crab cakes are served with mirliton frites and basil pesto. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ORANGE COUCH 2339 Royal St., 267-7327; www.theorangecouchcoffee.comThe Mocha Masala is a latte made with espresso, dark chocolate and house-ground masala spice. For a sweet bite, try the Japanese Mochi ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ORIGAMI 5130 Freret St., 899-6532, www.origami5130freret.jimdo.com Chicken yakisoba features stir-fried egg noodles and chicken. The Funky Margarita roll is made with either crawfish or spicy tuna and spicy guacamole. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S 440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com Seafood-stuffed pistolettes combine creamy shrimp, crab and crawfish stuffing in Leidenheimer bread. Fettuccini corn maque choux features blackened chicken over pasta tossed with sauteed corn, peppers and tasso in cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930;-www.orleansgrapevine.com Flounder is stuffed with Pontchartrain blue crabmeat, topped with crawfish-tasso cream sauce and served over pecan popcorn rice with baby vegetables. The herb-scented rack of lamb is served with brandy peppercorn demi-glace and truffled mashed potatoes. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR 2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540 House-cooked roast beef goes into a po-boy, which is served hot. The half-pound burger comes with an overstuffed baked potato. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

P & G RESTAURANT 345 Baronne St., 525-9678Baked chicken is served with baked macaroni and a vegetable. Lasagna is served with a house salad and corn. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PALACE CAFE 605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com Crabmeat cheesecake is baked in a pecan crust and topped with sauteed wild mushrooms and Creole meuniere. Pepper-crusted duck breast is served with seared Hudson Valley foie gras, parsnip mashed potatoes, citrus-confit salad and sauce au poivre. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE 1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.comThe oysters Bordelaise features fried oysters in garlic-parsley sauce served with new potatoes and broccoli. Crawfish Nantua features tail meat flamed in brandy cream and is served over rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PARADISE CAFE 3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141; www.paradisecafeandgifts.comThe club deluxe sandwich combines ham, turkey, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Chicken salad is served scooped onto an avocado. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047; www.parkwaypoorboys.comThe Surf and Turf po-boy combines slow-cooked roast beef and fried shrimp on Leidenheimer bread. The Reuben combines corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. Reservations for large parties accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

PARRAN'S PO-BOYS 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416 The seafood muffuletta features fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and Parran's Cajun mayo on seeded bread. The prime rib po-boy is served au jus and comes with a side of horseradish. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PARROT PETE'S 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780; www.parrotpetes.com The Best Banker sandwich is a toasted croissant filled with roasted turkey, bacon, cheddar, avocado, and honey-mustard dressing. The Pete's Plate breakfast platter includes two eggs any style, sausage or bacon, grits or hash browns, and toast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT 1838 Napoleon Ave.,895-4877A signature Pascal's dish is the New Orleans barbecue shrimp with tangy, buttery sauce and French bread. Veal Gambero is paneed veal served with peeled barbecue shrimp and a side of barbecue sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PATIO RESTAURANT 5540 Crowder Blvd.,240-6744The seafood baked potato is stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish, green onions and cheese. Smothered cabbage is make with Creole seasonings. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PATOIS 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; www.patoisnola.com Spiced Muscovy duck breast is served with lacinato kale, cotechino sausage, duck confit, wild rice calas and chestnut-honey reduction. Pan-seared grouper is served with crispy parsnips, spinach, and Pernod-scented leek and fennel oyster stew. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE PEACEBAKER 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 1, Metairie, 888-9094; www.thepeacebaker.comThe vegan pink lemonade cupcake is a lemon cupcake topped with tart lemonade buttercream. The red velvet whoopee pie has fluffy cream cheese frosting and is both vegan and gluten-free. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

PEPPERONI'S CAFE 8123 Hampson St., 865-0336; www.pepperoniscafe.comHuevos rancheros feature two fried eggs on flour tortillas topped with black beans, sour cream, guacamole and ranchero sauce. The Nutella crepe combines fresh strawberries and chocolate-hazelnut spread. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PERE ANTOINE 741 Royal St., 581-4478; www.pereantoine.comBarbecue shrimp are served shelled with house barbecue sauce. Oyster and artichoke soup is a popular starter. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PETITE CUPCAKES & EVENTS 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 233-3020; www.petitecupcakes.comRed velvet cupcakes are topped with cream cheese icing, and Very Berry Strawberry cakes feature golden cake filled with fresh strawberries and topped with cream cheese icing and strawberry drizzle. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PETUNIA'S PLACE 2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436; www.petuniasplace.comEggplant JoAnn features breaded eggplant medallions topped with artichoke dressing, sauteed crawfish and Alfredo sauce and is served with garlic buttered pasta. Pecan-crusted redfish is topped with meuniere and served with chicken and sausage jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

PHIL'S GRILL 1640 Hickory Ave., Suite C, Harahan, 305-1705; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.philsgrill.comThe Philet mignon features 100 percent ground filet mignon. Irish Channel Nachos feature potato skin chips topped with chili, cheddar, sauteed jalapenos, tomato and come with sides of avocado-tomato relish and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT 1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094 One traditional pho is topped with tripe and served with a basket of herbs. Char-grilled pork tops a vermicelli bowl filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, bean sprouts and crispy egg rolls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID 3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188; www.phoorchid.comGrilled pork and shrimp spring rolls are bundled with lettuce, bean sprouts, cucumbers and vermicelli in rice paper. The namesake Orchid pho includes steak, brisket, meatball, tendon and tripe and noodles. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO NOLA 3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 941-7690; www.phonola.comThe Crispy Bird's Nest includes stir-fried beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetables over egg noodles drizzled with house sauce. The NOLA combination banh mi fills a baguette with roast and barbecued pork, Vietnamese ham, pickled carrots, cucumber, daikon and aioli. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY 113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846The spicy fish broth-based bun bo hue includes pork, beef and rice noodles. The PTB wonton soup comes with homemade pork-and-shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950Marinated chunks of chicken are skewered on kebabs and come with hummus, rice and salad. The kafta shish kebab platter comes with hummus, rice and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PICCADILLY Citywide; www.piccadilly.comSouthern-style fried chicken is a staple at these cafeterias. Shrimp Diablo features shrimp simmered in spicy tomato sauce and served over rice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PIE PIZZA & PASTAS 814 S. Peters St., 528-2743; 4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5566; www.piepizzaandpastas.comThe Swamp Thing pizza is topped with alligator and duck sausage, sweet onions and Cajun tomato sauce. Sauteed Gulf shrimp tossed with red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and mixed greens fill a lavash wrap. No reservations. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: lunch and dinner daily. South Peters Street: lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PINKBERRY 300 Canal St., phone n.a.; 5601 Magazine St., 899-4260; 3460 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 612-7306; www.pinkberry.comFresh peach slices and cinnamon streusel are a popular pairing for the yogurt shop's seasonal peach flavor. The original flavor is tart and is made with real nonfat milk and yogurt. No reservations. Canal Street: Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Magazine Street: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PITA PIT 5800 Magazine St., 899-4141; www.pitapitnola.comThe roasted red pepper hummus sandwich is served with your choice of fresh or grilled vegetables, cheese and sauce. The Aloha is made with chicken, Black Forest ham and pineapples grilled in teriyaki sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA FLORENCE 4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.netThe barbecue chicken pizza swaps barbecue sauce for traditional tomato and is topped with chicken, mozzarella, green peppers and red onions. The Florentine wrap is filled with creamy spinach, artichoke, shrimp and mozzarella. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON 1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874The Wow pie features a hand-tossed, olive oil-brushed crust topped with artichoke hearts, crab, garlic and Romano cheese, and asparagus and eggplant are other options. The Pizza Palace is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, onions and house-made meatballs. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PIZZA NOLA 141 W. Harrison Ave., Suite A, 872-0731; www.pizzanola.comGoat cheese crisps feature flaky homemade dough topped with rosemary, goat cheese, prosciutto, olive oil and sea salt. The Fleur de Lis pizza features a garlic-infused olive oil sauce, mozzarella and blue cheeses, basil, bacon and tomatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIZZICARE 3001 Tulane Ave., 301-4823; www.pizzicare.comThe NOLA Green Roots pie is loaded with local vegetables and mozzarella on a crust brushed with pesto and tarragon oil. The charcuterie pizza is topped with salami, pancetta, sopressata and fresh arugula. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PORT OF CALL 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallnola.comPort of Call is known for its thick half-pound burgers served with a baked potato on the side. Mushrooms sauteed in wine sauce is an a la carte side dish. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE PRALINE CONNECTION 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.comCreole soul food staples include red beans and rice and the fried Gulf shrimp plate both served with cornbread and a choice of side such as collard greens, mac and cheese or potato salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PRAVDA 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; www.pravdaofnola.comDeep-fried devil's food cupcakes come with whipped cream and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Two local classics are combined in bananas Foster beignets. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PRESS IT BISTROT & AUTOMAT 935 Gravier St., (800) 204-8810; www.pressitbistrot.comThe Creole cochon de lait panino combines pulled pork, Creole coleslaw, pickles and red onion on wheatberry bread. Get a pizza topped with herb-infused oil, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PUCCINO'S COFFEEHOUSE Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Avenue, Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.comThe eggs Puccino breakfast sandwich includes egg, ham and cheese on a warm English muffin. Grits Your Way offers a choice of cheeses and fillings like bacon, ham or Italian sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PUPUSERIA DIVINO CORAZON 2300 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 368-5724The large sweet corn tamales are served with a generous dollop of creme fraiche. Combination pupusas are thick cornmeal tortillas filled with pork, beans and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PURE YOGURT CULTURE 8108 Hampson St., 864-8108; www.pureyocult.com The custom blend of Original Pure Tart uses nonfat, all-natural, kosher-certified yogurt that tastes like Creole cream cheese. Raspberry tart is a popular seasonal flavor. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PYRAMIDS CAFE 3149 Calhoun St., 861-9602Vegetarian grape leaves blend rice and seasonings and come with creamy yogurt sauce. The lamb gyro wrap is dressed with lettuce and tomatoes and served with hummus, fries or salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

QUARTER MASTER DELI 1100 Bourbon St., 529-1416; www.quartermasterdeli.comSlow-cooked pork ribs are coated in house barbecue sauce and served with two sides. Slow-roasted beef is sliced thin, doused in gravy and served on 10-inch French loaves. No reservations. 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

R & O'S RESTAURANT 216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248Roast beef po-boys are topped with your choice of red gravy or cheese. The muffuletta includes ham, salami, Swiss and mozzarella cheeses, and olive salad and is served on toasted bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RADOSTA'S RESTAURANT & DELI 249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 831-1537Cajun delight sandwiches are loaded with crawfish cakes, fried green tomatoes, remoulade, lettuce and green onions and served on French bread, bun or white or wheat bread. House-made roast beef goes in a po-boy or on a bun or sliced bread. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS Citywide; www.raisingcanes.comThe Box combines four fried chicken tenderloins, tangy Cane's sauce, French fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. Wash it down with Cane's fresh-squeezed lemonade served over crushed ice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S 519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.comCatfish Cocodrie features a grilled or fried fillet topped with crawfish etouffee and served with braised potatoes and mixed vegetables. At lunch, the crabmeat Louie salad combines iceberg and romaine, hardboiled egg, red peppers, olives and purple onions in house-made seafood dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RAMBLA 217 Camp St., 587-7720; www.ramblanola.comGrilled sweetbreads en brochette are served with a tangy mushroom and cider reduction, crisp arugula salad and bacon. Steamed mussels are served with white wine-garlic broth and french fries. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RED EYE GRILL 852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.netRed Eye's classic cheeseburger features a patty dressed with tomato, onion and lettuce and is served with Cajun fries or onion rings. The grilled tuna steak sandwich is similarly dressed and comes with Cajun fries. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

RED FISH GRILL 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.comA frisee and spinach salad is topped with warm bacon vinaigrette, egg and pork belly croutons. The shrimp and grits feature peppery barbecue Gulf shrimp and Creole cream cheese grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RED GRAVY 125 Camp St., 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.com House-made cannoli cream is spread between pancakes topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips. The bruschetta burger features a beef patty topped with provolone cheese, chopped tomatoes, red onion and basil. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

RED MANGO 70415 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 893-0255; www.redmangousa.comPomegranate yogurt is made from POM Wonderful juice, and white peach is a popular flavor. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE 1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.comLarge Gulf shrimp are rolled in shredded coconut and fried to a golden brown. Redfish Pontchartrain is topped with lump crabmeat and served with mashed potatoes, vegetables and mushroom-sherry cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE RED PALACE 1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071Fried soft-shell crab is topped with crawfish tails in spicy sauce. The Shanghai chicken features sesame-crusted chicken served with spicy tung cho, a soy-based sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

REDEMPTION 3835 Iberville St., 309-3570; www.redemptionnola.comRoasted duck breast is served with red onion, yam and andouille sausage hash, sauteed spinach and Kadota fig jus. Louisiana crawfish remoulade fills a crispy avocado cup. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH 8124 Hampson St., 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.comThe California omelet combines eggs, avocado, bacon and cheese and comes with a side of fruit, potatoes or grits. The Spring sandwich features turkey, Swiss cheese, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, alfalfa sprouts and Creole mustard on seven-grain bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA Citywide; www.reginellis.comThe saltimbocca pizza features prosciutto, marinated chicken breast and garlic-herb sauce. The Parthenon pie is loaded with feta, artichokes, Roma tomatoes and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT AUGUST 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777; www.restaurantaugust.comSignature house-made gnocchi are tossed with blue crab and Perigord truffles. Breaded trout Pontchartrain is served with wild mushrooms, jumbo lump crabmeat and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT CYPRESS 4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885; www.restaurantcypress.com Stewed rabbit sauce piquant features spicy tomato broth and andouille rice pilaf. Sauteed veal is served with portobello-crabmeat stuffing, asparagus and sherry beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES 7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; www.restaurantdesfamilles.comRedfish Marcel is lightly battered, fried and served with sauteed mushrooms, crabmeat and grilled shrimp. Broiled Barataria stuffed crab features crab shells filled with seasoned crabmeat dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT R'EVOLUTION777 Bienville St., 553-2277; www.revolutionnola.comDeath by Gumbo is a reinvented dish featuring a whole semi-boneless quail stuffed with oysters, andouille and rice with gumbo poured around the bird, which is then carved tableside. Crawfish-stuffed flounder Napoleon features the fish filled with crawfish and shrimp mousse, cooked sous-vide and served with artichoke and oyster stew and fried crawfish boulettes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RIB ROOM 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046; www.ribroomneworleans.comPrime rib is seasoned with sea salt and roasted with herbs, and an 11-ounce cut is served au jus with salad and a baked potato. Duck confit is seasoned with herbs, garlic and black pepper and served with lavender-honey glaze. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE 7801 Panola St., 314-1810Huevos rancheros are flour tortillas topped with eggs, black beans, salsa, cheddar and guacamole. Crab cakes replace English muffins in a seafood version of eggs Benedict. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL 3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266; www.riccobonos.comOysters Riccobono are baked with mushrooms, garlic, olive oil, breadcrumbs and cheese, and served with spaghetti bordelaise. Mirliton is stuffed with Gulf shrimp tossed in tangy Creole dressing and comes with roasted brabant potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE RIDGE BISTRO1827 Hickory Ave., 305-4195; www.ridgebistro.comThe Madame Cristo layers grilled ham, melted cheddar and sweet fruit preserves on a toasted croissant. Braised beef is slow-cooked in natural jus and served with potatoes au gratin. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RIOMAR 800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.comSteamed mussels are served with a garlicky broth seasoned with spicy chorizo. Grilled hanger steak comes with sweet yuca fries and chimichurri sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE DA PIERO 401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.netThe grilliata mista includes lamb leg, a pork chop, pancetta and Italian sausage. House-made gnocchi are topped with Gorgonzola cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.comThe house-made ravioli are stuffed with local Swiss chard, ricotta, lemon butter and parmigiano Reggiano. The red-wine braised beef short ribs come with creamy herbed polenta and market greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008Veal Marsala features sauteed veal topped with mushrooms and wine sauce. Ravioli Russo are filled with ricotta cheese and smothered in marinara. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RIVERSHACK TAVERN 3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.comThe soft-shell crab po-boy is served with a side of regular or sweet potato fries. The Tex-Mex burger is topped with sauteed mushrooms, onions, pepper Jack cheese and bacon. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROCK 'N' BOWL 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700; www.rockandbowl.comBeef hot dogs come from Louisiana's Straight Stick Ranch Burger Co. The barbecue burger is topped with house-made sauce, bacon, cheese and onion rings. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCK-N-SAKE 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com Rare beef tataki is garnished with sliced green onions and served with tangy vinegar sauce. The Fulton Street roll combines tuna, snow crab, avocado and house-made eel sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA 3222 Magazine St., 891-5152The seafood au gratin pizza is topped with crawfish, shrimp and white garlic sauce. The French Market pizza has mushrooms, roasted red peppers, onions and broccoli. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 121, 561-9800; 816 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-2462; 3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 872-0957; 5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypoly.com The pressed Key West Cuban sandwich combines smoked pork, turkey, ham, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, pickles, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and honey-mustard. The spa salad features plum tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries, alfalfa sprouts and mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards.

ROMAN PIZZA 7329 Cohn St., 866-1166The chicken Alfredo pizza has a white sauce base topped with chicken, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and fresh tomato slices. The pizza sub is a sandwich filled with pepperoni, black olives, onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROOT 200 Julia St., 252-9480; www.rootnola.comChorizo-dusted, Cohiba-smoked scallops are served on a bed of caramelized cauliflower and fennel choucroute. The Menage A Foie appetizer rounds up the chef's daily preparations, including such creations as foie gras mousse coated with Pop Rocks and foie gras cotton candy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROTOLO'S PIZZERIA Citywide; www.rotolos.comThe parma rosa pasta features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato sauce. The barbecue chicken pizza has barbecue sauce, grilled chicken and red onions on a hand-tossed pie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROUSES Citywide; www.rouses.comThe hot line includes daily specials like Monday's red beans and rice with smoked sausage. Friday's fried fish is served over white beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ROUX ON ORLEANS Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Ave., 571-4604; www.bourbonorleans.comThe wedge salad features pecans, tasso and iceberg lettuce drizzled with blue cheese and balsamic dressing. Redfish is pan-seared and served with jambalaya and a vegetable medley. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE 244 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; 621 Royal St., 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.com The Executive club sandwich features turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and honey-mustard dressing. Eggs Benedict features poached eggs and Canadian bacon on English muffins drizzled with hollandaise and served with hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE 139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; 200 Magazine St., 525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.netEggs Sardou rests poached eggs on bechamel-creamed spinach with a splash of Herbsaint, artichokes and a drizzle of hollandaise. The Ruby Slipper club features turkey, ham, bacon, arugula, tomato, avocado, Swiss cheese and mayonnaise on brioche. No reservations. South Cortez Street: Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Magazine Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUE 127 127 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-1571; www.rue127.comBraised oxtail is served over pappardelle pasta with Swiss chard and oxtail broth. Herb- and panko-crusted salmon is served with roasted vegetable couscous and Dijon-lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RUE DE LA COURSE 1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343The Mediterranean sandwich features tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella and prosciutto with balsamic vinaigrette. The Californian sandwich is made with turkey, avocado, Swiss cheese, tomato, alfalfa sprouts and mayonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE RUM HOUSE 3128 Magazine St., 941-7560; www.rumhousenola.comGuacamole gets a sweet twist with mango and is served with salsa and house-made chips. Cornmeal-dusted fried oysters go in tacos topped with cool caper relish and spicy remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL 8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9980; www.russellsmarinagrill.netEggs 9th features two lump crab cakes served with poached eggs, shrimp and hollandaise. Eggssaints 33 is a grilled biscuit served with alligator sausage, grilled tomatoes, poached eggs and house-made country gravy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

THE RUSTY PELICAN 500 Girod St., Mandeville, (985)778-0364; www.sippinstation.comA fillet of mahi mahi is grilled, fried or blackened and served atop a salad of romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes and red onions. Crab cakes are fried with panko breadcrumbs and served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.comThe filet mignon is seared in an 1,800-degree oven and served in sizzling butter. The crabtini features jumbo lump crabmeat tossed in vinaigrette and served in a chilled martini glass with remoulade. Reservations recommended. Fulton Street: lunch and dinner daily. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SAFFRON NOLA 505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 5, Gretna, 363-2174; www.saffronnola.comSaffron Nola adds curry to its version of seafood gumbo. The Khyber pass lamb chops are marinated in rum, grilled to order and served with traditional khichdi, a combination of rice and lentils. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

ST. CHARLES TAVERN 1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823; www.stcharlestavern.comThe Primanti burger is a 9-ounce patty served on French bread with coleslaw and French fries. The boudin po-boy is dressed with house-made remoulade and served with fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. COFFEE 2709 St. Claude Ave., 872-9798; www.stcoffee.comThis coffeeshop serves white chocolate scones from The Shake Sugary. Black bean and banana empanadas come from the Empanada Intifada food truck. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Cash only. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com The Gruyere sandwich combines caramelized onions and melted Gruyere cheese on toasted multigrain bread. The Ploughman's lunch includes wedges of cheddar, goat and Stilton cheeses, pate, green salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

STE. MARIE 930 Poydras St., Suite 101, 304-6988; www.stemarienola.comThe tempura-fried soft-shell crab sandwich is served on brioche toast with lettuce, tomato, arugula, Benton's bacon and aioli and served with fries or salad. Corriander-crusted sea scallops are served in a light tomato broth with corn relish. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner and late-night nightly, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN 2830 Magazine St., 894-0033; www.sakecafe-uptown.usGoat cheese gyoza are a lightly fried dumplings served with sweet lemon grass-cheese sauce. The Uptown roll contains spicy scallops, chopped tuna, salmon and yellowtail, sprinkled with tobiko, scallions and crunchy bits. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT 27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443; www.salandjudysrestaurant.comVeal is coated in breadcrumbs, pan-fried and served with house-made pasta and Mr. Sal's tomato gravy. Crabmeat au gratin features lump crabmeat baked with broccoli, mushrooms and provolone cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALSAS POR EL LAGO124 Lake Marina Drive, 286-3057; 1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-7742Traditional menudo is a spicy soup made with beef tripe. The Veterans location offers breakfast burritos, like the egg, chorizo and cheese. No reservations. Lake Marina Drive Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: Breakfast Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALT 'N' PEPPER 400 Iberville St., 561-6070Samosas are chickpea fritters and come with salad and raita. Pepperoni pizza ia available by the slice or whole pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALTWATER GRILL 710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.comSatchmo's red beans and rice comes with andouille sausage and French bread. The cochon de lait po-boy is dressed with creamy horseradish sauce and coleslaw. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALU 3226 Magazine St., 371-5809; www.salurestaurant.comThe paella is cooked to order and made with Arborio rice, mussels, shrimp, scallops, crawfish, mushrooms, red peppers and peas. Smoked ham and manchego croquettes are made of potato mash, manchego cheese and house-smoked ham formed into balls, rolled in panko, deep-fried and served on top of manchego cheese cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SALVO'S SEAFOOD 7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.comA trio of blackened catfish fillets is served with corn on the cob, sauteed potatoes, green salad and French bread. The combo po-boy includes shrimp, oysters and stuffed crab. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SAMMY'S FOOD SERVICE & DELI 3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675; www.sammysfood.com The three-egg Kitchen Sink omelet combines sausage, bacon, onion, tomato, peppers and Swiss cheese. The Mama Mia po-boy is filled with house-made meatballs provolone and red gravy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S PO-BOYS AND CATERING 901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-0916; www.sammyspoboys.comCreole seafood gumbo is loaded with crab, shrimp and okra. The Greek salad wrap is a honey, whole wheat or spinach tortilla filled with grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, feta cheese, purple onion, candied walnuts, kalamata olives and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 627 Bourbon St., 525-8442; www.sammysseafoodrestaurant.comBlackened redfish Sammy is topped with crawfish cream sauce and comes with sauteed vegetables and garlic-roasted red potatoes. Grilled tuna LeBlanc is topped with barbecue shrimp and served with sauteed vegetables and garlic-roasted red potatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.comOstriche al forno features oysters in a creamy ragout of leeks and white wine topped with lump crabmeat, Parmesan and Italian breadcrumbs. It's served with pasta. Daube is beef brisket slow-cooked with onions, garlic and red wine and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE 3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077; www.santafenola.comSanta Fe ceviche is made with fresh fish, jumbo shrimp, calamari, avocado, red onion, radish, tomato and cilantro and is served over greens. The tuna tostada features seared yellowfin tuna on crisp tortillas topped with lettuce, beans, guacamole, corn salsa, sour cream and cilantro. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE TAPAS 1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915; www.santafetapas.comPintxos are skewers of grilled beef tenderloin drizzled with chimichurri. Lobster crab enchiladas are stuffed with Maine lobster and jumbo lump crabmeat and topped with creamy lobster reduction. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SARA'S RESTAURANT 724 Dublin St., 861-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.comCoconut shrimp features prawns simmered in coconut cream and served with red and green curries over rice noodles. Louisiana crawfish egg rolls come with sweet chili oyster dipping sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SASSAFRAS CREOLE & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 2501 Leon C. Simon Drive, 288-3939; www.sassafrasnola.comThe stuffed bell pepper is filled with beef, shrimp and crabmeat and served with baked macaroni, green beans and salad. The shrimp trio includes fried shrimp, shrimp jambalaya and grilled shrimp on a bed of fried rice with a side salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

SATSUMA CAFE 3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962; www.satsumacafe.comThe roasted pear and Brie melt is dressed with caramelized onions, walnut spread and balsamic glaze on sourdough or wheat. The Thai noodle salad comprises noodles, shredded carrots, Napa cabbage, cherry tomatoes, peanuts, avocado, fresh mint and peanut dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

THE SAZERAC RESTAURANT Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com In the lobster BLT sliders, brioche is topped with Maine lobster salad, pancetta, Bibb lettuce and tomatoes. Garlic roasted giant prawns come with saffron Carnaroli rice paella and are served over a cognac-shellfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Thu., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD 279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116The seared Asian tuna salad boasts thinly sliced tuna topped with sesame seeds and Asian herbs and spices atop a bed of mixed greens, carrots and tomatoes. Alternating layers of fried eggplant medallions and crabmeat dressing are drizzled with crawfish cream sauce in the Eggplant Harahan. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI 239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.comThe Decatur roll is filled with crawfish, crunchy bits and cilantro, and is topped with seared white tuna and garlic. The Ocean Pyramid is made up of layers of avocado, tuna, salmon, yellowtail and various roe and is molded into a pyramid. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINA Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.comMuffuletta pasta features Genoa salami, Mortadella ham, olive salad, fontina and provolone cheeses over penne pasta with sprinkles of sesame seeds. Chicken enchilada pasta consists of penne pasta, chicken, sauteed onions, bell peppers and black beans tossed in tortilla cheese sauce and topped with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and tortilla strips. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI 133 St. Charles Ave.,523-2668The Big Mitch features grilled ham and Swiss cheese with grilled onions on crusty French bread. The roast beef po-boy is stuffed with fresh garlic and rubbed with special seasonings. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANY Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.comCasserole Seville provides flour tortillas, Monterey Jack and asadero cheeses, and chorizo, chicken or beef. Diners roll the ingredients together themselves. Stuffed jalapenos are packed with Gulf shrimp, cheese and onions and are served with pepper jelly and cream cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SEYMOUR'S RESTAURANT2216 Hickory Ave., River Ridge, 737-3148 The Crab on Crab features a soft-shell crab on top of crabmeat fettuccine and is served with salad. The paneed veal po-boy is served with fries, a baked potato or a sweet potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SHAKE SUGARY 3600 St. Claude Ave., 355-9345; www.shakesugary.comKey lime pie has a graham cracker crust and is topped with whipped cream and Key lime slices. Tomato-basil-Florentine is a popular quiche. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

SHAMROCK 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938; www.shamrockparty.comThe 10-ounce Angus rib-eye comes with salad and either fries or mashed potatoes. Half-pound burgers come with fries, chips or slaw and can be dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, jalapenos, cheese, mushrooms, bacon or chili. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SHANE'S RIB SHACK 1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.comThe Shack sampler includes a quarter rack of ribs, two chicken tenders and either a half pound of pork or barbecue chicken, plus two sides and Texas toast. The Big Dad sandwich features chopped pork slathered in Shane's sauce on grilled Texas toast. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK 1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442; www.theshimmyshack.netBaked oysters are served on pita bread and topped with Brie, applewood-smoked bacon and a balsamic glaze. The "soft-shell oysters" po-boy is a hollowed-out Leidenheimer loaf filled with lightly fried oysters and barbecue shrimp sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.comThe hibachi steak dinner is served with hibachi shrimp, soup, Shogun salad with house dressing, hibachi vegetables and steamed rice. Baked seafood features shrimp, green mussels and crabsticks served in a creamy au gratin sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572; www.-shortstoppoboys.comA popular po-boy features roast beef debris cooked in-house with garlic, onions and Worcestershire sauce. The deep-fried catfish po-boy is made with catfish breaded in corn flour. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SHUCK N JIVE SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 643 Lotus Drive, Mandville, (985) 626-1534; www.-shucknjivemandeville.comCatfish Manchac features a fried fillet topped with crawfish-andouille sauce and is served with a vegetable. Buffalo frogs' legs includes four pairs of fried legs topped with spicy sauce on a bed of lettuce with blue cheese sauce on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.comThe 12-ounce filet mignon is one of the premium Black Angus trademarked Shula Cuts of beef. Florida red snapper is served blackened. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SIBERIA 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855; www.siberianola.comThe Russki Reuben features corned beef, Swiss cheese, kapusta (spicy cabbage) and Russian dressing on grilled rye bread. Potato and cheese pierogies are served with fried onions and sour cream. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR 3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 831-9541; www.sidmarsrestaurant.comGrilled Amberjack comes with french fries, new potatoes or steamed vegetables. The Bucktown Special sandwich is stuffed with gravy-soaked roast beef, ham and cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL 1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002The grilled chicken sandwich is dressed with bacon, barbecue sauce and Swiss cheese on French bread and is served with french fries. The grilled chicken club comes with a side of garlic-Parmesan fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SINGHA THAI CAFE 413 Carondelet St., 581-2205 Carondelet Shrimp features stir-fried jumbo shrimp served over fried eggplant with vegetables and spicy basil sauce. Tom tum koong is a lemon grass soup brimming with shrimp, mushrooms and chili pepper. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SLICE 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., 897-4800; www.slicepizzeria.comThe barbecue shrimp po-boy features Leidenheimer bread and sauce made with Abita Amber. An Italian-inspired gourmet pie is topped with prosciutto, Gorgonzola and arugula. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER 3322 Magazine St., 891-3447; www.facebook.com/slimgoodiesnolaThe Orleans Slammer consists of hash browns topped with two eggs, chili, bacon and cheddar cheese and is served with toast or a biscuit. The Dizzy Chick salad features grilled chicken over baby greens tossed with carrots, raisins, red onions and blue cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT 5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.comTrout Orleans is a pan-fried fillet topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and shallots served with chardonnay sauce, potatoes and vegetables. Caribbean salad features almond-crusted chicken breast, romaine lettuce, blue cheese, fruit and nuts tossed in pepper jelly dressing. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD 2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647The Hamper is packed with boiled shrimp, crawfish, crabs, potatoes, corn, mushrooms, sausage and garlic. Seafood artichoke pasta features penne pasta, fried seafood and artichoke hearts in dill cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.comGumbo brims with shrimp, chicken, sausage and okra and is served with seasoned rice. Char-broiled chicken breast is served with cream sauce and rice, steamed vegetables or a baked potato. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOMETHIN' ELSE CAFE 620 Conti St., 373-6439; www.somethinelsecafe.comThe shrimp burger is a patty of ground Gulf shrimp topped with pepper Jack cheese, avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato and house sauce and comes with Zapp's potato chips. The Vice po-boy features four fried boudin balls and is dressed with lettuce, tomato and a house sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SOUND CAFE 2700 Chartres St., 947-4477The Bird's Grocery salad includes mixed greens, turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, red onion and chopped egg and is served with a sliced baguette. The goat cheese, red pepper and artichoke heart sandwich comes on baguette, ciabatta, wheat, sourdough or croissant and is served with chips. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun, early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE 1714 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 646-6085Sushi poppers are tempura-fried jalapenos stuffed with fresh salmon and cream cheese and drizzled with eel sauce. The Pontchartrain roll bundles tuna, salmon, yellowtail, roe, avocado and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO 2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.comSeafood stuffed mushrooms are baked in garlic-butter meuniere sauce. The eggplant and shrimp Cavalino features creamy seafood sauce ladled over sliced, breaded eggplant and shrimp topped with Parmesan and served with salad, pasta and garlic-cheese bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPITALE'S DELI 2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912; www.spitalesdeli.comThe stuffed tomato is filled with either chicken or tuna salad and olives, pickles and red onion. The grilled shrimp sandwich is dressed with spinach, tomatoes, red onions and honey mustard on a wheat bun. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudlys.comBaked potato cheese soup brims with potato, bacon bits, chives and cheddar cheese. The Bucking Bronco is a baked potato loaded with chopped beef, barbecue sauce, Swiss cheese and chives. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q 8400 Oak St., 302-7370; www.squeal-nola.comSmoked pork cakes are topped with chili sour cream and homemade salsa. DBLT tacos are packed with chipotle-glazed duck, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and wasabi mayonnaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STANLEY 547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.comEggs Stella features cornmeal-crusted soft-shell crab, poached eggs, Canadian bacon and hollandaise on a toasted English muffin. Two toasted French bread rounds are topped with boudin, smoked ham, American cheese, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce in Breaux Bridge Benedict. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.comThe Cajun filet mignon is an 8-ounce filet stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish tails and topped with red wine mushroom sauce. The steak and lobster combo includes a whole Maine lobster and an 8-ounce filet. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch Fri.-Sun, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR 888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steakknife-restaurant.comShrimp Bordelaise features sauteed jumbo shrimp and mushrooms in a garlic butter, wine and brandy sauce and is served with potato and a vegetable. Smoked salmon is garnished with capers, red onion, herbed cream cheese and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZToulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.comBlackened Paddlewheel pork loin is served with either Creole mustard sauce or Caribbean butter infused with Steen's cane syrup. All dinner entrees come with Creole creamed spinach which is prepared with onions, cream cheese, Parmesan and feta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.netThe Sam sandwich is made with hot pastrami, imported Swiss and coleslaw with house-made Russian dressing served on Jewish rye. The Italian hoagie is made with imported mortadella, Molinari genoa, Molinari hot coppa, aged provolone, lettuce, tomatoes and red onions with house-made garlic vinaigrette on a Philadelphia Amoroso hoagie roll. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STELLA! 1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com A "Composition of Heirloom Beets" includes pickled beet carpaccio, baby beet confit, roasted beets, beet chips and mixed greens tossed in citrus-beet dressing. Bone marrow-crusted beef tenderloin comes with hickory-smoked fingerling potatoes, grilled ramps, cherry tomatoes and porcini bordelaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEP BROTHERS BAR & GRILL 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856Not-so-Stepchild-Fries are smothered in gravy, sour cream, chives, bacon and cheddar. The shrimp Po-Girl sandwich features fried shrimp, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and chipotle ranch sauce and comes with chips, fries or onion rings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STEVE'S DINER Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198; www.steves-diner.comThe diner's signature dish is the baked chicken quarter with herbs. On Thursdays, the slow-roasted beef brisket with brown gravy is served with two sides as a special. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STILL PERKIN'The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 899-0335; www.stillperkinneworleans.comThe Asian wrap is filled with grilled chicken, carrots, lettuce and Thai peanut sauce. Bagels and lox are served with chive cream cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAY'S GRILL & BAR 1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040Redfish Creek is a grilled, red sauce-smothered redfish fillet topped with crabmeat and served with garlic bread and two sides. Seafood wraps are filled with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat and creamy crawfish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE STORE 814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.comThe Sloppy Man sandwich is a onion Kaiser roll stuffed with pulled pork, ancho barbecue sauce and sweet potato fries. Asian shrimp and avocado salad features boiled Gulf shrimp, avocado, tomato, julienned carrots, wontons and black sesame seeds tossed in soy vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STREETCAR CAFE 110 Carondelet St., 523-6614Greek salad combines lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese and house dressing. The chicken and sausage jambalaya plate is served with Greek salad, pita bread and rice or fries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUGAR PARK 3054 St. Claude Ave., 942-2047; www.sugarparknola.comThe Zephyr pie is a spicy vegetarian pizza with adobo sauce, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic. Pub-style fish and chips features fried cod with thick-cut fries and malt vinegar. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

SUKHO THAI 4519 Magazine St., 373-6471; 1913 Royal St., 948-9309; www.sukhothainola.comWhole deep-fried redfish is topped with fried shrimp and scallops and served with vegetables and three-flavored chili sauce. Pineapple seafood curry includes either shrimp or a seafood combination in spicy red coconut curry with crushed pineapple, bell pepper, broccoli, zucchini and sweet basil. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUPERIOR GRILL 3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.comQuesadillas are flour tortillas filled with slow-roasted brisket and Monterey Jack cheese served with sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole. Sizzling shrimp brochetas features grilled jumbo shrimp stuffed with poblano pepper and cheese and wrapped in bacon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUPERIOR SEAFOOD 4338 St. Charles Ave., 293-3474; www.superiorseafoodnola.comFlounder Marigny is a pan-seared fillet topped with sauteed crabmeat and lemon-caper-parsley-butter and served with fingerling potatoes and haricots verts. Seared jumbo scallops are served with pancetta-sage-white wine butter, fingerling potatoes and haricots verts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757; www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.comBananas Foster French toast is stuffed with banana cream cheese and topped with bananas Foster sauce. Shrimp and grits feature Gulf shrimp sauteed in New Orleans-style barbecue sauce made with Abita Amber and garnished with bacon, green onions and croutons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ 420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.comThe two-meat combo plate includes a choice of pulled pork, brisket, chicken, baby back ribs or smoked sausage and two sides. The smoked sausage sandwich platter comes with two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SWEET NOLA CUPCAKES7901 Earhart Blvd., 309-7109Red velvet cupcakes are made with chocolate butter batter and topped with cream cheese frosting. The praline cupcake is brown sugar buttercake topped with brown sugar meringue and a praline. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE SWEET PALATE519 St. Louis St., 522-5150; www.thesweetpalate.comStracciatella is house-made vanilla bean gelato topped with chocolate shavings. Mascletas are hazelnut pralines with Pop Rocks enclosed in a milk or dark chocolate shell. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. Credit cards. $

SYLVAIN 625 Chartres St., 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com Shaved Brussels sprouts are featured in a salad with Gala apples, hazelnuts, Pecorino Romano cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette. Seared scallops are served with farro, roasted grapes, sliced almonds and sherry brown butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TAG'S MEAT MARKET & DELI 1207 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-6594The Butcher po-boy is a half-pound burger served on French bread. House-made hogshead cheese is available by the pound. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAJ MAHAL 923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859Chicken tikka masala is a roasted chicken breast with bell peppers in spicy cream sauce served over basmati rice. Shrimp curry is made with spicy coconut and vegetable sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TAMARIND BY DOMINIQUE Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0908; www.thehotelmodern.comA five-spice Morgan Ranch Wagyu beef coulette is served with fennel, bok choy and rice noodles. A Maple Leaf Farms duck leg confit is prepared with citrus, fleur de sel, apple cider-hoison sauce and bok choy salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TAN DINH 1705 Lafayette St., Suite A, Gretna, 361-8008 Tender slices of goat fill a curry served over rice or noodles. Marinated and roasted quail is served with noodles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

TANDOORI CHICKEN RESTAURANT 2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880; www.tandoorichickennola.comThe palak paneer is fresh spinach cooked with house-made paneer cheese and Indian spices. The chicken tikka masala is boneless chicken cooked in tomato cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA1827 Hickory Ave., 738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088; 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974; www.taqueriacorona.comFish tacos are filled with tempura-battered fish topped with spicy tartar sauce, red onion and cilantro. Cebollitas are bundles of char-broiled green onions sprinkled with seasoned salt. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TARTINE 7217 Perrier St., 866-4860; www.tartineneworleans.comPork rillette tops a toasted baguette with onion marmalade and cornichons. Tuna Nicoise salad includes olives, potatoes, boiled eggs, hearts of palm, roasted tomatoes, anchovies and vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN 505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 10, Gretna, 265-8946; www.toc504.comGoat meat is marinated for 24 hours and served in a stew with onions, potatoes, bell peppers and garlic. Rice, salad and plantains are served on the side. Fried or grilled whole red snapper is served with peppers, onions, rice, salad, plantains and lime wedges. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TASTE OF TOKYO10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-0688; www.tasteoftokyorr.comCajun tuna sashimi is Cajun-seasoned tuna seared on the hibachi grill, sliced thin and served with house-made sweet wasabi-soy sauce. The Upside Down roll combines salmon, snow crab, pepper tuna and garlic-jalapeno sauce in seaweed wrap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TED'S FROSTOP 810 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 302-2195; 3300 Claiborne Ave., 861-3615The Loto burger combo features a burder dressed with lettuce, tomato and onions, french fries and a mug of Frostop root beer. Ted's uses its root beer in old-fashioned root beer floats. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TENNOU SUSHI BAR1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, 366-3898; www.tennousushi.comTopped with eel sauce and spicy mayo, the tempura-fried Tennou roll combines red snapper, snow crab, avocado, cream cheese and smelt roe. The Sexiest Man Alive roll features snow crab, spicy tuna, fresh tuna, salmon, avocado and asparagus topped with spicy mayo, eel sauce, smelt roe and scallions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TERRAZU Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 129, 287-0877; www.terrazu.netThe BBLTA sandwich layers whole wheat toast with Brie, bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado and is dressed with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. The Terrazu shrimp salad features butter lettuce, chopped romaine, hearts of palm, tomato and avocado topped with house-made tarragon vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH RESTAURANT 131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678 The Asian grilled chicken salad features grilled chicken, spring mix and romaine lettuces, cucumbers, pickled carrots, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, red onions, vermicelli and peanut vinaigrette. Choose between chicken or shrimp for Mama's pad thai, served over flat rice noodles stir-fried with onions, garlic, bean sprouts, peanuts and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THAT'S A WRAP 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-0009; www.thatsawrapnola.comThe Southwest chipotle chicken wrap swaddles lemon-pepper chicken, bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, romaine, organic spring greens, tomatoes and spicy chipotle mayo. The cranberry turkey wrap combines Cajun-spiced turkey and house-made cranberry spread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THAT'S AMORE 4421 Clearview Pkwy., Suite A, Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.comThat's Amore makes Chicago-style deep-dish pies with crust on top and bottom and filled with your choice of pizza toppings. The roast beef po-boy features house-made Black Angus-certified roast beef. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Sun, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THEO'S PIZZA4024 Canal St., 302-1133; 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.comBreadsticks stuffed with pepper Jack cheese, jalapenos and garlic are among the appetizers. The cheeseless Vegan-ator pizza features tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, yellow squash, purple onions, whole garlic, fresh mushrooms, jalapenos, pineapple, kalamata olives and crushed red pepper flakes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THREE HAPPINESS1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, 368-1355; www.threehappiness.comThe seafood hot pot includes squid, scallops, shrimp, crabmeat, Chinese greens, mushrooms and clear rice noodles. Crispy Peking duck is served with special sauce and a steamed bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THREE MUSES 536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801; www.thethreemuses.comSteak and cake is grilled Harris Ranch hanger steak over a crab cake topped with bearnaise. The crawfish beignet features local crawfish tails fried in batter and served with sweet-and-sour remoulade. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

THE TIMES GRILL 1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.comThe Sweet Heat bacon cheeseburger features melted cheddar, hickory barbecue sauce and hickory smoked bacon. Catfish Tchefuncte is a fried catfish fillet over seasoned rice, topped with creamy crawfish sauce and served with salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOMAS BISTRO755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942; www.tomasbistro.comThe lobster cocktail is made with Maine lobster, avocado and traditional New Orleans ravigote. Bouillabaise Marseilles features saffron broth with mussels, shrimp, lobster and red snapper served with a garlic rouille crouton. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S CUISINE746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysnew-orleans.comCrabmeat Sardou is made with jumbo lump crabmeat, steamed artichokes, spinach and hollandaise. Lightly battered and fried soft-shell crabs are served over linguine with fresh basil, Roma tomatoes and Reggiano-crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S RESTAURANT6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888Eggplant Tina is paneed eggplant baked with cheese and a light tomato sauce and served with capellini pasta and red sauce. The lobster cup appetizer features chopped shrimp and oysters in a cream sauce served on a lobster base. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MANDINA'S 1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 362-2010; www.tonymandinas.comThe Italian salad is mozzarella cheese, shredded Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, olive salad and pepperoni in Italian dressing. Chicken Lindsey Grace is a breaded chicken breast topped with cream sauce served with angel hair pasta Alfredo. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TOUP'S MEATERY 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999; www.toupsmeatery.comThe Meatery Board is a selection of house-made sausages and cured meats with condiments. Brazed spare ribs are coated with a cafe brulot glaze and served with root vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TOUT DE SUITE CAFE 347 Verret St., 362-2264 The Atchafalaya is a grilled buttermilk biscuit topped with crawfish etouffee, poached eggs and sauce piquant. A quinoa and goat cheese patty is served with roasted red pepper sauce and roasted vegetables or spring salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

TRACEY'S 2604 Magazine St., 899-2054; www.traceysnola.com The muffaletta combines ham, salami, prosciutto, mortadella, olive salad and provolone on a toasted sesame roll and is served warm. House-made boudin balls are breaded and deep-fried clusters of pork, liver, rice, celery, onions and bell pepper. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA 600 N. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.com Honey-glazed pecan shrimp features large Gulf shrimp in sweet cream sauce served with honey-roasted pecans and sesame seeds. The Cantonese-inspired seafood and eggplant includes shrimp, scallops and crawfish stir-fried with Chinese eggplant in bean sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

TRU BURGER 8115 Oak St., 218-5416; www.truburgers.com The Tru burger comes with an Angus patty ground in-house topped with Swiss cheese, thin-fried onions and house Tru sauce. The Deep South burger comes with an Angus patty topped with house-made pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, lettuce and onion. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT 823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.com Chicken bonne femme is pan-fried chicken seasoned with garlic and parsley and served with potatoes. Boiled brisket is served with Creole horseradish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TWO TONYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-0801; www.twotonys.comThe soft-shell crab amandine is lightly battered in a blend of corn flour and seasonings then fried and topped in brown butter meuniere sauce with toasted almonds. Stuffed shells Florentine are made with fresh spinach and a ricotta cheese blend, stuffed in jumbo pasta shells and served on a bed of Sicilian marinara drizzled with Alfredo sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON 401 Andrew Higgins Drive, 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.net The pulled pork is smoked for 12 hours over hickory and oak and is served on a Kaiser roll, French bread or as a platter. The homemade coleslaw is made with a secret recipe incorporating dry rub seasonings and molasses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.comGrilled redfish is topped with Muddy Waters sauce and served with crispy cauliflower. Two-day slow-roasted duck has crisp skin and tender meat. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

UR WAY YOGURT AND COFFEE BAR 3001 Tulane Ave., Suite 1A, 304-1556; www.urwaynola.comThe chicken Caesar wrap is made with whole white meat chicken, vegetables from Nola Green Roots and can be served chilled or pressed in a panino. For dessert, try rich New York-style cheesecake. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VACHERIE Hotel Ste. Marie, 827 Toulouse St., 207-4532; www.vacherierestaurant.comCornish hen is stuffed with boudin, deep-fried and served with braised collard greens. For a small plate, try the pan-fried pimento cheese grit cake served atop smothered greens seasoned with smoked pork belly. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE 2051 Metairie Road, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.comCreole tomato gazpacho combines tomato, cucumber and other vegetables and is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. Butternut squash ravioli are served with cardamom-scented Gulf shrimp and roasted shallot butter. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE VELVET CACTUS 6300 Argonne Blvd., 301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.comDeep South tacos are filled with crispy fried chicken, bacon, agave-Creole mustard, cheese and avocado. Lou Lou shrimp enchiladas are topped with jalapeno sour cream. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VENEZIA RESTAURANT 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.com The eggplant Vatican is a fried eggplant shell stuffed with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat cream sauce, served with pasta. The 8-ounce center cut filet mignon comes with a choice of sides. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VERANDA RESTAURANT Intercontinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383; www.ihg.com The Marrakesh-style lamb burger is dressed with olive pepper-relish and tzatziki sauce. Gumbo ya ya includes shrimp, crawfish, sausage and okra. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE 636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329Chicken and sausage jambalaya is made with wild rice. The shepherd's pie is made with savory minced beef and vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VILLAGE INN 9201 Jefferson Hwy.,737-4610The VIP seafood platter includes fried catfish, oysters, shrimp, a stuffed crab, a cup of soup, coleslaw, garlic toast and fries or macaroni and cheese. The seafood muffuletta features catfish, oysters and shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.- vincentsitaliancuisine.comThe veal and spinach stuffed cannelloni is served on a bed of cream sauce and topped with house-made red sauce. Veal Roberto is made with sauteed veal, portobello mushrooms and jumbo lump crabmeat, all topped with sherry beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VINE AND DINE 141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vinedine.comThe Brie and crab au gratin is made with triple creme Brie blended with lump crabmeat. The lemon grass shrimp and artichoke panino is served with the restaurant's tangy Parmesan sauce. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITASCOPE HALL Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 561-1234; www.neworleans.hyatt.comThe potato chip-crusted Vitascope burger is topped with Brie and caramelized onions and served with hand-cut fries. Char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan butter and served with toasted French bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

VIZARD'S 5015 Magazine St., 895-2246; www.vizards.netThe barbecue shrimp and crab appetizer is covered with a sauce made with Abita beer, lemon, garlic and Worcestershire. Pan-seared speckled trout is drizzled with thyme-brown butter sauce and served with lump crabmeat and brabant potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482The Voleo's Big Boy platter for two is piled with crawfish, shrimp, oysters, fish, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, frog legs and soft-shell crab. Deep-fried flounder Lafitte is stuffed with crawfish, crabmeat and provolone and topped with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL Citywide; www.voodoobbqandgrill.comThe Graveyard platter includes a choice of two meats from brisket, pulled pork, sausage, jerk chicken or barbecued chicken. The Voodoo combo features St. Louis-style barbecue pork ribs and barbecued chicken. Delivery available from some locations. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

W.I.N.O.610 Tchoupitoulas St., 324-8000; www.winoschool.comVegetarian stuffed grape leaves come with feta and mint. The red pepper jelly goat cheese is served with a sliced baguette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

WALK-ON'S BISTREAUX & BAR 1009 Poydras St., 309-6530; www.walkons.comCatfish Atchafalaya features blackened or fried fillets smothered with crawfish etouffee and topped with fried crawfish. Cajundillas are quesadillas filled with chicken, pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, andouille and Cajun rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

WASABI 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; www.wasabinola.comThe yellow dragon roll features snow crab, cucumber, avocado and smelt roe inside, and is topped with fresh salmon, lemon, green onions and special sauce. The firecracker roll bundles snow crab, spicy tuna, smelt roe and crunchy batter. Reservations accepted. Frenchmen Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WATER STREET BISTRO 804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855Grilled Gulf shrimp are served with kalamata olives, garlic, capers, artichoke hearts, leeks and red onion. Grilled rack of lamb is topped with balsamic rosemary-infused olive oil and served with creamed potatoes and a vegetable medley. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT 769 W. Fifth Street, LaPlace, (985) 652-9990; www.wjsmokehouse.comHouse-made andouille goes in the andouille burger which combines sausage, ground beef and roasted pecans. Plantation veal is fried and served over a bed of pasta topped with shrimp, artichoke and mushroom-basil cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

WELTY'S DELI 336 Camp St., 592-0223; www.weltysdeli.com The Asian chicken salad tops baby greens topped with roasted chicken, carrots, Mandarin orange segments, fried rice noodles and toasted almonds tossed in ginger-soy dressing. The AK (After Katrina) sandwich is assembled with a choice of four deli meats topped with cheddar, Swiss, pepper Jack and provolone cheeses and served on a warm muffuletta bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WHO DAT COFFEE CAFE 2401 Burgundy St., 872-0360Savory items include dishes such as Not Yo Mama's Cornbread — jalapeno cornbread topped with creamy sauce, cheddar and bacon bits. The Vieux Reuben is corned beef, house-made sauerkraut and remoulade on toasted rye bread with a choice of chips, fruit or potato salad. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoodsmarket.comThe smoked mozzarella pasta salad features penne toasted with spinach, roasted red pepper, Parmesan, parsley and a dressing of white wine vinegar, honey, garlic and cayenne. The turkey loaf combines celery, onions, bread crumbs, spices, basil, carrots, spinach and tomato glaze. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WHOLE HOG CAFE 601 Loyola Ave., 561-1234; www.neworleans.hyatt.comBarbecued pork shoulder comes with a baked Russett potato topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions. Chicken gets a dry rub of seasonings, is smoked over pecan wood and served in a sandwich on a wheat bun with colelsaw. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE 2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503The renowned fried chicken is wet-battered and cooked according to an old family recipe. Bread pudding is available for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

WIT'S INN 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; www.witsinn.comA Hawaiian pizza includes an herb sauce, ham, pineapple, greens, red peppers, applewood-smoked bacon, mozzarella and jalapenos. The Aegean shrimp sandwich combines seasoned boiled shrimp, red sauce, feta cheese, roasted mushrooms and spinach pesto on toasted garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE Marriott New Orleans, 859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882; www.wolfesinthewarehouse.comThe shrimp carbonara features sauteed shrimp, diced bacon, peas and linguini topped with shaved Parmesan Reggiano. Barbecue-glazed wild salmon is roasted on a cedar plank and served with andouille-potato hash, spicy fried onions and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

WOW CAFECitywide; www.wowcafe.comWings are available in various quanities and the sampler platter includes three pounds (18-24 pieces) and four sauces. The Shanghai shrimp po-boy features shrimp topped with Foo's sauce, ranch dressing and an Asian slaw of carrots, cucumbers and cilantro. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.comGulf shrimp are served on Papa Tom's stone-ground Gouda grits topped with green tomato chow-chow and Monica sauce. Broiled redfish is topped with Louisiana lump crabmeat and roasted corn sauce and served over garden vegetable maque choux. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT 850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; www.youngssteakhouse.comA petit filet is served with crabmeat, crawfish or grilled or boiled shrimp and mushrooms. A fried or grilled soft-shell crab comes with angel hair pasta tossed in crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT 323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 809-3840The Chocolate Roll contains spicy tuna, snow crab and crunchy bits wrapped in sesame soybean paper and topped with avocado and peppered tuna. The Lion Roll is filled with tempura shrimp and snow crab and topped with crabstick and boiled shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE 8210 Oak St., 861-2224; www.zotzcafe.comFlaky croissants are stuffed with spinach and feta. A portobello mushroom and mozzarella sandwich is served on a warm homemade bagel. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

ZACHARY'S BY THE LAKE 7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 872-9832; www.zacharysbythelake.comCrab and remoulade grilled cheese comes with white cheddar on multigrain bread. Sugarcane shrimp are breaded, wrapped in bacon, fried, topped with powdered sugar and served with cane syrup sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ZADDIE'S TAVERN 1200 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 832-0830 Zaddie's fills hot tamales with beef. Thursday is steak night, which features a 12-ounce rib-eye with a salad and dessert. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ZARA'S MARKET 2042 Prytania St., 523-3658; 4838 Prytania St., 895-0581; www.zarasmarket.comA hot roast beef po-boy with gravy comes fully dressed with the option of Swiss cheese. St. Louis-style barbecue ribs are slow-cooked in house sauce and are served with macaroni and cheese. No reservations. 4838 Prytania St.: breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sun.; 2042 Prytania St.: breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL Citywide; www.zearestaurants.comSlow roasted duck is crisped and served with Asian herbs and honey-soy sauce. Atlantic salmon is grilled over hardwood and served with sweet balsamic glaze. Reservation policies and hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

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