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UGLY DOG SALOON
401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459
Barbecue aficionados will appreciate Ugly Dog's ribs, pulled pork and sliced brisket, all served in a casual bar atmosphere with pool tables and murals of swamp scenes on the walls. There are sandwiches, burgers and generous platters of barbecue meat that come with sides such as chili beans with sour cream, onions and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT
1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.com
With dining rooms that could double as small galleries of regional art, Upperline has been a colorful mainstay of the Uptown bistro scene for many years. The inventiveness is not limited to the artwork, however, as its kitchen has created some lasting contributions to New Orleans cuisine, such as fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade. Beloved dishes created by onetime Upperline chef Tom Cowman include roast duck with garlic port sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

UPTOWN CAJUN
7708 Maple St., 304-7256; www.uptowncajun.com
Open "till the crawfish go home," Uptown Cajun gives regulars plenty of reasons to stand up and shout "Aieeee!" The large bar keeps the good times rolling with drink specials through the week, and for $25, you can enjoy The Uptown Ragin' Cajun: an assorted platter of bayou delicacies like jambalaya, crawfish, oysters, catfish, frog legs, soft-shell crab and gator. A lagniappe menu provides corn dogs and chicken tenders for petite Cajuns. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

URBAN CUP CAFé
4861 Magazine St., 895-5858; www.urbancupcafe.com
Tucked away on Magazine Street near Le Bon Temps Roule, Urban Cup is an around-the-clock stop for coffee or a bite to eat. Some sandwich options include the chicken pesto panini, a grilled chicken breast topped with roasted peppers and provolone cheese, and the turkey club panini, which is layered with turkey breast, Swiss cheese and avocado. Both sandwiches are served hot on a choice of sourdough, panini or wheat bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

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