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ALBERTA
5015 Magazine St., 891-3015
French and French-Louisiana cooking inspire chef Melody Pate's refined cooking at Alberta's. The menu frequently changes but may include dishes like seared yellowfin tuna with tomato-avocado salad and chive oil vinaigrette or roasted chicken with braised greens and a chorizo vinaigrette. Rich desserts play on classics such as creme brulee or chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ALEXANDER'S
2604 Magazine St., 895-4112
A newer addition to the Garden District, Alexander's has a large, open dining room where customers choose from a menu of traditional American staples such as hamburgers, pork sandwiches and steaks. Also on the menu are char-broiled oysters and the special Carpet Bagger Steak, a 14-oz. rib-eye stuffed with a half-dozen char-grilled oysters. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sunday. Cash only. $$

AUGUST MOON
3635 Prytania St., 899-5129
This Uptown restaurant truly believes in variety. With an extensive menu of Chinese and Vietnamese selections, it seems like there are few foods from these two countries that this menu doesn't cover. If you don't feel like reading, chuck the menu and order the crispy lemon grass shrimp: jumbo shrimp, onions, and minced lemon grass, pan-seared and served over vermicelli and nuoc cham sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BALCONY BAR AND CAFÉ
3201 Magazine St., 894-8888
The Balcony Bar's varied, extensive menu rivals the diversity of dozens upon dozens of beer options that make it a popular pub. There are gourmet pizzas, make-your-own pizzas, calzones, half-pound burgers, salads and appetizers such as chili-cheese fries and Buffalo wings. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BARCIA'S GROCERY
3633 Annunciation St., 899-9111
This quintessential New Orleans corner grocery specializes in po-boys and club sandwiches for neighborhood locals, workers on lunch breaks and busy folks on the go. Others get an early start with bargain breakfasts cooked up fast, while daily specials keep regulars coming back through the week for red beans and rice, fried pork chops or seafood plates. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

BLUEBIRD CAFÉ
3625 Prytania St., 895-7166
In addition to long-standing staples such as pancakes and a friendly staff that won't ignore your cup of coffee, Bluebird is known for items such as huevos rancheros: corn tortillas, black beans and eggs over ranchero sauce with cheese and salsa for $6.95. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Checks and cash only. $

BULLDOG
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; www.draftfreak.com
While there is a huge selection of beers on draft and in bottles, the Bulldog complements it with a small but hearty menu of bar food. Pick at nachos, Tex-Mex spring rolls or crawfish banditos — whole wheat tortillas filled with crawfish etouffee. You also can choose a sandwich made with grilled or blackened chicken or go south of the border for fish tacos. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun. dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BYBLOS
3218 Magazine St., 894-1233
Byblos takes familiar Middle Eastern favorites to new heights in its stylish and polished dining rooms. While kebabs, falafel and hummus dips are all well represented, Byblos also draws from wider eastern Mediterranean traditions with dishes like lamb tatatour drizzled with tahini sauce and a char-grilled lamb chop. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CC'S COFFEEHOUSE
900 Jefferson Ave., 891-4969; 2917 Magazine St., 891-2115; www.communitycoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CAFE ATCHAFALAYA
901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626Sunday brings a slew of innovative takes on classic Louisiana brunch items, but for dinner at Café Atchafalaya you'll find fare such as redfish in a crawfish cream sauce and a double-cut pork chop stuffed with andouille and cornbread with a root beer glaze. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Dinner Thu.-Mon., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ BANQUETTE
3445 Prytania St., 891-5773
Tucked away under the shadow of Touro Hospital, Café Banquette offers a casual menu of salads, burgers, wraps and po-boys. Try the shrimp Caesar wrap or order burgers topped with blue cheese or mushrooms and Swiss. The steak platter features a 10-oz. rib-eye served with French fries. Bar food for snacking includes onion rings, fried mushrooms and spinach and artichoke dip. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE LUNA
802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444
From the stately porch at Cafe Luna you can sip coffee or tea or watch Uptown stroll by the intersection of Nashville and Magazine. Enjoy sandwiches like the popular turkey and Swiss or vegetarian toast — Swiss and cheddar cheese, black olives and tomatoes on bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ NILE
3100 Magazine St., 897-0920
Café Nile is a relative newcomer among Middle Eastern restaurants Uptown. The cafe's atmosphere is casual but the kitchen takes special care with it's cooking, flavoring many lamb and beef dishes with its own spice blend. There also are fresh salads, kebabs, warm pita and many familiar dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ PONTCHARTRAIN AT THE PONTCHARTRAIN HOTEL
2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581; www.pontchartrainhotel.com
Café Pontchartrain offers breakfast and lunch in the dining room and an enhanced menu in the bar during the evening. Lunch includes dishes like blackened chicken quesadillas, seafood gumbo, catfish Creole, grilled petit rib-eyes and paneed chicken breast dusted with Cajun spices and breadcrumbs, pan-seared and served with a Creole hunter sauce. Nightly dinner specials might be dishes like trout Veronique or a fried seafood platter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ RANI
2917 Magazine St., 895-2500
There's a worldwide variety of healthy options for vegetarians and omnivores. Appetizers include the Mediterranean Medley (hummus, tomato Provençale, and black olive tapenade) and seared tuna accompanied by a Thai peanut dressing. Bring things back to the ranch with the Cowboy Steak, a 10-oz. steak seasoned with cumin and chipotle dry rub and topped with barbecue black beans and corn relish. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFÉ RECONCILE
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.com
The mission of this nonprofit Central City cafe is to help young people gain experience for productive careers in the hospitality business. It's no coincidence that along the way its patrons are treated to some amazing New Orleans comfort food in a cheerful, positive environment. Currently serving cafeteria style, the menu changes daily but some mainstays include southern-fried catfish topped with lemon and tartar sauce and country-style white beans and shrimp over rice, served with jalapeno cornbread, collard greens and smothered okra. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFÉ ROMA
1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

CANNON'S
4141 St. Charles Ave., 891-3200; www.cannonsrestaurants.com
Reopened on the Avenue, Cannon's menu is full of American and New Orleans favorites. Stop in for a Blue Roof Burger topped with — you guessed it! — blue cheese, one of its signature salads topped with fried oysters or Cajun popcorn shrimp, a fried seafood plate with slaw and fries, or a couple of crabcakes served with linguine and crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S
4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.com
If you aren't up for a dozen raw oysters on the half-shell, go for one of the hot soups like okra gumbo or oyster stew. Studded with golden-fried oysters on thick slabs of Texas toast, the oyster loaf is a star on the menu, or skip the bread and get the fried oyster platter. Shrimp, trout and other entrees also are available. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE
5701 Magazine St., 899-7303
For a quarter of a century, people have trusted Chez Nous as their one-stop shop for dinner, wine, and a few gourmet food selections. The menu, which can vary from coq au vin to crabmeat bisque to smoked chicken quesadillas, changes every two weeks. Most folks take their dinners to go, but there is a small dining counter available. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CLANCY'S
6011 Annunciation St., 895-1111
The bright and convivial atmosphere at Clancy's is a perfect compliment to its refreshing contemporary take on Creole cooking. The menu changes regularly and features such dishes as salads piled high with pearly crabmeat, veal sweetbreads in rich demi-glaces or thick veal chops. Occasional exotic elements like Asian or tropical accents add variety. Popular desserts include lemon ice box pie and homemade ice cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM
3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308
Morning is the perfect time to drop by the Columns for breakfast or Sunday brunch. Breakfast includes a short list of options like French toast, cheese omelets with bacon or sausage, buttermilk pancakes and eggs with the usual choice of sides. Brunch gets a bit fancier with dishes such as grits and grillades, eggs Benedict or entrees like pan-seared Gulf fish or beef brisket. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Mon.-Sat. brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COMMANDER'S PALACE
1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com
This renovated landmark haute Creole restaurant has just reopened with chef Tory McPhail back at the helm. Diners can expect to find dishes like the trio of chicory coffee-braised pork shoulder, housemade ham and smoky boudin blanc with Creole mustard Jack Daniels jelly. Another dish features salt-rubbed shrimp poached in lemon butter served over pasta with tasso, garlic, tomatoes and basil. For dessert, there's the popular bread pudding souffle. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CREOLE CREAMERY
4924 Prytania St., 894-8680
With a feel exuding the glory days of ice cream parlors from the 1950s found in decor and treats such as nectar soda, Creole Creamery scoops up all your traditional flavors, from chocolate to vanilla to cookies and cream. But there are plenty of original flavors to choose from, such as peppermint. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

DELACHAISE
3442 Delachaise St., 895-0858
Eating and drinking at Delachaise is truly a global event. The bar stocks fine single-malt Scotches along with wines from all over the world. The cuisine includes favorites such as the cheese plate, steak au poivre, and a fried oyster celery root salad. Reservations accepted. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

DICK AND JENNY'S
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.com
Dick and Jenny might have moved on, but the new owners, the Vandelay Restaurant Group (yes, the name is a tribute to the Seinfeld series), promise to uphold the high standards of service and food. Dig into the Duck Duet: pan-seared duck breast and crispy confit duck leg, or the blackened Gulf fish with a smoked oyster and Pernod sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS
5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126
Bliss is holding down a table at Domilise's, a frosty glass in hand, waiting patiently for the call. Soon, an angelic voice will sing: "Your sandwiches are ready!" Revered for its po-boys as much as its atmosphere, this Uptown institution has called out to hungry diners for generations. Roast beef, fried oyster and/or shrimp, and barbecue beef are only a few of the options available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

ELEVEN79
1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179
The menu of rich Italian food from Eleven79 recently returned to local dining options. It's much the same as the previous incarnation but under a new chef. The veal Eleven79 is back, accompanied by roasted peppers, asparagus and mozzarella. Regular appetizers include calamari and shrimp scampi. Classic pasta dishes include puttanesca and pasta Acciuga with garlic, olive oil, basil, parsley, vermouth, anchovies and capers. There are more than 10 options for veal and beef. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

F&M PATIO BAR
4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784
F&M's is a late-night hang-out first and foremost. But the grill is a good place to refuel with decadently cheesy cheese fries and other bar fare favorites. Burgers and chicken fingers keep the regulars happy, and the grill is open well past midnight. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FAT HARRY'S
4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582
With prime real estate on the Avenue, Fat Harry's attracts a crowd of passers-by, tourists, students and locals. To serve the lively crowds, the kitchen offers no-nonsense pub grub, including burgers, buffalo wings and cheese fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner, and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FELIX'S UPTOWN
4938 Prytania St., 895-1330
Just as it was at Felix's downtown, it's oysters, oysters, oysters — on the half-shell, char-grilled, Rockefeller, Bienville or fried and piled on a platter. The seafood pasta is a favorite, and there are always traditional dishes like crawfish etouffee and jambalaya. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., dinner Sun. Credit cards. $$

FIRE!
1377 Annunciation St., 566-1950
This stylishly converted firehouse has soaring ceilings and a menu of creative dishes informed by both the wine and cuisine of Napa Valley. They can range from reinvented homey dishes to more haute creations. The list of flatbreads and a trio dips are a good place to start for appetizers. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT
737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.com
A welcoming French bistro just off busy Magazine Street, the Flaming Torch invites patrons to stop in for relaxing lunches or romantic dinners. Coq au vin is a specialty of the house, with a free-range chicken slowly braised in Burgundy wine and apple-smoked bacon. Refined French classics like mussels in white wine and sweetbreads in mushroom sauce are among the appetizers. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S
321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.com
This neighborhood bar and restaurant couldn't be more casual and inviting. In season, boiled crawfish is a must, but year-round the alligator soup and a stuffed artichoke will hit the spot. Fried seafood on platters or dressed po-boys is always an option, and there's bread pudding for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE GROCERY
2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.com
Known as "the home of the pressed po-boy," this corner grocery in the Garden District presents some pressing decisions indeed for a fast and casual lunch. Pick the chicken pesto melt for sliced chicken breast, provolone, a housemade sun-dried tomato pesto, sauteed onions and Creole mayo all grilled in the press on Leidenheimer French bread. The Milan special — a roast beef po-boy pressed the same way with onions, garlic horseradish mayo and cheese is another sure bet. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GULFSTREAM RESTAURANT
1755 St. Charles, 524-1578
To complement the Oysters St. Charles, Gulfstream adds live jazz most evenings. Fried oysters on a bed of creamed spinach with a dash of hot sauce and aioli are a winning number, or select grilled red snapper with Gulfstream's signature zydeco sauce and rock shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards $$$

GUY'S PO-BOYS
5259 Magazine St., 891-5025
This popular neighborhood lunch spot offers fried shrimp and catfish po-boys, roast beef po-boys and chicken sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch Mon.- Sat. Cash only. $

HEAVENLY HAM
5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-5100; www.heavenlyham.com
Literally hog heaven, this sandwich shop and catering business specializes in ham, but box lunches include all sorts of gourmet options from smoked turkey to roast beef to ham salad on croissants, whole grain loaves or French bread. Box lunches come with a drink and a cookie. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

IGNATIUS
4200 Magazine St., 896-2225
There's enough New Orleans hearty fare — seafood gumbo, roast beef po-boys, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and bread pudding — to make even the infamously snooty Ignatius J. Reilly of Confederacy of Dunces fame happy to eat here. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S
2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9786
Igor's is old reliable with its kitchen open around the clock to cook burgers and pour beer. The menu is limited to burgers, chicken and fish sandwiches and some bar food. Straight out of the fryer, French fries and jalapeno poppers are popular. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

ITALIAN PIE
5538 Magazine St., 894-0005; www.italianpierestaurants.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

JACKSON
1910 Magazine St., 529-9599; www.Jacksonnola.com
Chef Michael Brewer presents creative New American cooking on his ever-changing menu with dishes like pork medallions over sweet corn with saffron butter and cilantro oil, or salmon stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, cream cheese and dill. Louisiana inspirations include an appetizer of fried mirlitons with crabmeat hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. , brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$.

JIN JEANS LOUNGE
1700 Louisiana Ave., 894-8970; www.jinjeansjazz.com
This Uptown jazz club now has a full restaurant that is adding lunch service soon. The dinner menu features everything from fried alligator to grilled oysters on the half-shell to Creole pepper wings. Entrees range from steaks to seafood. There's crawfish etouffee, seafood pasta and a marinated and grilled 20-oz. prime rib. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JOEY K'S
3001 Magazine St., 891-0997
Joey K's treats diners to all the classic local dishes they've come to expect: white beans and rice with a fried pork chop, bell peppers stuffed with spices and seafood, and much more. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Sat., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE JOINT
4113 Magazine St., 899-4227
"Always smoking'" is the motto of this homegrown barbecue operation and it isn't kidding. The rack of ribs comes out of the smoker savory and delicious, with juicy, well-seasoned meat falling off the bone. The staff will give you napkins, but you probably will prefer to lick the your fingers clean. The pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw is another popular choice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. dinner Wed.-Sat., Credit cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
2018 Magazine St., 519-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.com
Juan's puts a Creole spin on its Mexican cuisine and serves Louisiana shrimp in dishes from tacos to quesadillas to wraps. You can build your own burrito, eat chips or sip margaritas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KYOTO
4920 Prytania St., 891-3644
Named for the historic capital and cultural center of Japan, Kyoto offers a range of Japanese cuisine options, including udon and soba noodles, tempura, chicken and beef teriyaki, plus sushi and sashimi. Special Kyoto rolls include the Sara roll with spicy, crunchy shrimp and avocado with chili sauce, or the Jones roll with white tuna, green onion, avocado, chili sauce and sprouts with ponzu on top. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$

LA BOULANGERIE
4526 Magazine St., 269-3777
La Boulangerie is a traditional French bakery, and you should plan on getting there early to enjoy its flaky, fresh-baked croissants and other pastries. There is also a good selection of fresh-baked loaves of bread. Some lunch options, such as roast beef or turkey and brie on ciabatta bread, also are available, and there is limited seating inside and on the sidewalk. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

LA CREPE NANOU
1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com
The cozy French cafe Uptown has long been a popular spot for the bistro classic of steamed mussels piled in a bowl of white wine cream broth served with a side of French fries. Other traditional French fare includes a Nicoise salad of tuna, egg, potatoes green beans, black olives and anchovies served over Boston lettuce and onion soup with a melted cheese crouton. For dessert, there is a wide selection of sweet crepes. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$

LA PETITE GROCERY
4238 Magazine St., 891-3377
Under chef Anton Schulte, La Petite Grocery has gained a reputation for focused, uncluttered contemporary Louisiana cooking. Taking its name from a former corner grocery in the same location, the restaurant offers a friendly but elegant ambience to enjoy dishes like pan-seared foie gras, onion tart and duck, and grilled Gulf and freshwater fish. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S
1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.com
This gourmet grocery store offers some prepared items and catering. The deli has sandwiches like ham and cheese, turkey and egg salad and muffulettas. Some of its specialties include seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee and more. The gourmet-to-go selections are available in family-sized portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY
5433 Laurel St., 897-0576
It's a great way to greet the day: a cup of freshly brewed coffee, a newspaper and a bagel hot out of the oven. This bakery offers lots of cakes, pies, muffins and other baked goods, so you could splurge and get something for your friends at work to enjoy. It also serves sandwiches and focaccia pizzas for lunch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LE BON TEMPS ROULE
4801 Magazine St., 895-2600
The best thing on the menu at Le Bon Temps is the festival of free oysters at Friday happy hour, beginning at 7 p.m. You'll have to foot the bill, but bar food includes chicken fingers, Buffalo wings, onion rings and nachos. On bread, there are several burgers, Philly steak sandwiches, veggie subs and po-boys. On tortillas, there are quesadillas and wraps. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LE CITRON BISTRO
1539 Religious St., 566-9051
Though it's located in one of the neighborhood's oldest buildings you may want to sidestep the history and dine on the patio. The menu changes regularly and offers some creative dishes as well as more homey ones, like fried pork chop served with mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Slightly more delicate dishes might include jumbo lump crabcakes or pan-seared Gulf fish with lemon-butter sauce. Burger and sandwich options also are usually available. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LILETTE
3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com
Lilette features chef/proprietor John Harris' refined French cooking combined with Italian and Spanish influences. Appetizers range from Alaskan king crab claws to escargots in Calvados cream to tuna carpaccio with orange segments, mint and olives. Entrees include bistro classics like a hangar steak with fries as well as roasted pork belly with a tomato-cucumber salad and changing seafood dishes with fish such as cod, red snapper and wild salmon. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MAGAZINE POBOY SHOP
2368 Magazine St., 522-3107
Po-boys aren't the only thing cooking at this bright, welcoming corner joint. White beans and rice are a popular Thursday lunch special, served with smoked sausage and a choice of mustard greens or salad with French bread. For lunch on a loaf, the beef and ham po-boy combines two layers of meat, hot gravy, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo on French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO
5908 Magazine St., 891-8495
With its quaint patio and cozy dining room, Martinique is like little getaway tucked away Uptown. The creative menu changes every six weeks and features dishes like Gulf shrimp and eggplant Napoleon with roasted red pepper and herbed goat's cheese or a jumbo lump crabcake with mango-chipotle vinaigrette. Recent entrees featured molasses cured over roasted duck breast with a confit leg quarter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE MELTING POT
1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.com
The Melting Pot is not simply a meal — it's an experience. The traditional fondue is a rich blend of Gruyere and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, enhanced with white wine, minced garlic, lemon juice, herbs, and brandy, served with three kinds of bread, apples, and vegetables. For dessert, choose among an indulgent array of chocolate fondues, served with fruit. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIYAKO
1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro.com
This Japanese seafood and steak house offers a dizzying array of land and sea options from the hibachi grills. Can't choose between them? Don't. Surf-n-turf entrees include lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, filet mignon, chicken and steak. Pick two and you're good to go. Sashimi and sushi balance out the menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE
1500 Magazine St., 525-2244
Get up and go with coffee from Mojo, a newcomer to the cafe scene and housed in the original Rue de la Course location. Free wi-fi, affordable coffee, sandwiches and sidewalk tables make for happy lingerers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA'S CAFÉ
4126 Magazine St., 894-9800
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

MR. JOHN'S RISTORANTE
2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.johnssteakhouse.com
Mr. John's originally opened as a steakhouse and that's why beef entrees comprise so much of the dinner menu. But the restaurant expanded on its original offerings with a host of Italian dishes including fried calamari with tomato sauce, an antipasto of imported cured meats and salami, and pasta dishes such as spaghetti with clams in a garlic and white wine sauce or gnocchi with Italian sausage in tomato sauce. There also are classic dishes like veal saltimbocca, which presents sauteed veal with sage and prosciutto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nachomamasneworleans.com
The playfulness of this Mexican grill's name extends to the menu. There you'll find the "Tijuana lift my skirt steak" — a 10-oz. marinated steak grilled and smothered in crumbled blue cheese, onions and peppers. Get tangy with the lime-tequila shrimp skewers served with squash, zucchini, tomatoes and peppers grilled and plated with Spanish rice, beans and tortilla chips. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NARDO'S TRATTORIA
6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; www.nardostrattoria.com
Though its building for years housed a corner bar called Norby's, this intimate Italian restaurant quickly made itself right at home in the heart of its Uptown neighborhood. Inside the freshly renovated dining rooms and bar, patrons enjoy hearty Italian dishes like veal Marsala with a sauce made from wild mushrooms, wine and demi-glace while the bouillabaisse is a celebration of seafood with fish, shrimp, oysters, mussels and crawfish all served with saffron aioli toast. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NEW YORK PIZZA
5201 Magazine St., 891-2376
This Uptown mainstay offers thin-crust pizza and a wide variety of toppings. If you're having trouble choosing, just order up the Super Big Apple, which includes everything except tomatoes. The dining area is small, but there is sidewalk seating. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE
4308 Magazine St., 894-9797
The varied lunch buffet offers a healthy and hearty meal for diners on a budget. The regular menu includes standard Indian fare and some inventive specialties such as the Flag of India (butter chicken, malai kebab, and saag paneer, to represent the colors on India's flag). Bhindhi (saut — ed okra with spices, tomatoes, and onion) is only one choice among 20-odd vegetarian dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2533 Constance St., 899-2054; www.parasols.com
This well-loved local watering hole is jam-packed for football games, but offers ample seating in the back room. The legendary roast beef po-boy is a juicy mess worth every gravy stain. Crisp oysters and shrimp can be combined or fried and served on their own. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT
1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877
Known as the home of New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, this venerable Creole/Italian restaurant has served local seafood and Italian fare for more than 90 years. The oyster bar in the front lounge is a classic, while in the dining rooms patrons happily don bibs to dig into the spicy, tangy shrimp. Another specialty is frutta del mare, a combination of scallops, crabmeat, oysters and shrimp in a light marinara sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS
5432 Magazine St., 895-2202; www.pjscoffee.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

PUCCINO'S
3128 Magazine St., 894-8988; www.lovepuccinos.com
Puccino's boasts the real coffee of Italy and serves it straight or in any number of espresso concoctions that go well with the fresh assortment of pastries. Free wireless and bright lights make it a great study spot. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

QUIZNOS
2801 Magazine St., 897-1747; www.quiznos.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

REGINELLI'S PIZZERIA
741 State St., 899-1414; 3244 Magazine St., 895-7272; www.reginellis.com
Reginelli's serves up an array of pizzas with different international flavors as well as salads and appetizers. The hefty Mediterranean pizza is loaded with roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, spinach and roasted red peppers with a garlic herb sauce. Among the most popular salads is one featuring marinated chicken breast on a bed of mixed greens with green apples, gorgonzola, roma tomatoes and roasted pecans tossed in a balsamic citrus vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RISTORANTE CIVELLO
5831 Magazine St., 899-6987
The tastes of Italy are found here in such soups as the minestrone with Italian sausage, entrees like the veal osso buco with gorgonzola and Ma Ma Mary — meatballs and Italian sausage. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROCKY'S OLD NEW ORLEANS BAR & PIZZA JOINT
3222 Magazine St., 891-5152
Like any good joint, Rocky's knows the neighborhood. How else could it come up with specialty pizzas like the Magazine Street: pepperoni, sausage, tasso, and mushrooms; or The Irish Channel: shrimp and crawfish sauteed in onions and butter and topped with feta cheese? In addition to pizza, the menu also features panini sandwiches and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY SANDWICHES
5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypolyusa.com
The options are dizzying at this sandwich shop, making lunch a difficult choice. For example, the Peachtree Melt comes with baked ham, Swiss and brie, peaches and pepper relish, and is served with a side of fresh dill horseradish sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE
3121 Magazine St., 899-0242
The coffee shop offers a full range of house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks, layered lattes and specialty teas. There is also a selection of pastries, croissants, cakes, biscotti and cookies. Sandwich options include roast beef, turkey or chicken salad and a range of toppings like peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and sprouts and a choice of cheeses. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

SAKE CAFÉ
2830 Magazine St., 894-0033
Sake Café 's sleek, modern elegance is home to all manner of Japanese fare, which pairs nicely with the restaurant's extensive wine and sake list. House specialty sushi rolls include the Hard Rock Roll: barbecue eel, shrimp tempura, crab, avocado and masago all wrapped in rice pancake with a housemade special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAVVY GOURMET
4519 Magazine St., 895-2665; www.savvygourmet.com
A modern culinary mecca for cooking classes, kitchen tools and events ranging from cocktail parties to after-school programs, Savvy Gourmet's daily lunch and Sunday brunch specials are good enough to school even the most learned epicurean. The beef debris po-boy with cheddar cheese on French bread is in a class all its own, while the combination of fried oysters and king oyster mushrooms with celery hearts, broccoli sprouts and Creole mustard vinaigrette is an educational experience. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

SEMOLINA ITALIAN BISTRO
3226 Magazine St., 895-4260; www.semolina.com
Of course, this Semolina offers pasta, but it focuses primarily on Italian dishes throughout the menu. Pastas include penne pasta with mushrooms, garlic and basil, angel hair marinara and linguine Alfredo. Off the rotisserie, try chicken Marsala with mushrooms in wine sauce over polenta. The Pesce Milanese features parmesan-crusted rainbow trout with a lemon, garlic caper sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SLICE
1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437
Start with a slice at Slice, and you might just want to stick around for a whole pie. The New York-style thin-crust pizza served at this stylish café comes in just about any variety you can dream up using the long list of available toppings. Choose Sicilian-style for a thicker crust or alternate between red and white sauces when ordering by the slice. Paninis and pasta dishes offer more choices still, and a kid's menu with noodles and cheese or penne and butter accommodate aficionados in training. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER
3322 Magazine St., 891-3447; www.slimgoodies.com
Slim Goodies was able to get back in the saddle fast after Hurricane Katrina, dishing up eggs and burgers to early returnees. The diner is back to its usual tricks with classic and offbeat breakfast combos, sandwiches and salads. The "Jewish Coonass" special, for instance, combines potato latkes, fresh spinach, eggs and crawfish etouffee. The "Stalt" delivers smoked tempeh, avocado spread, lettuce and tomato on your choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

SMOOTHIE KING
5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-4340; 1901 St. Charles Ave., 523-2030
See "Citywide" listing for description.

SOPHIE'S GELATO
1912 Magazine St., 561-0291; www.sophiesgelato.com
Nestled among the shops and restaurants of Magazine Street is this blast from the past, a fresh rendition of the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. The creamy Italian-style gelato can be scooped into cups and cones or dished up as sundaes and the ever-popular banana split with a variety of toppings. Gelato isn't the only thing on the menu though — Sophie's also serves pastries, hot dogs, soups and sandwiches like chicken salad with walnuts, raisins and apples. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ST. CHARLES TAVERN
1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823
The St. Charles Tavern is no stranger to late nights, serving up classic dinner fare and New Orleans specialties until the wee hours. Somewhere along the way, it acquired its proudly declared claim to being "world famous and locally notorious." The catfish Lafayette could be one reason, with its crawfish etouffee smothering a grilled catfish fillet, or one might chalk it up to the white chocolate bread pudding dripping with spiced rum sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

STILL PERKIN'
2727 Prytania St., 899-0335
With coffee drinks and tea to keep folks perky in the heart of the Garden District, this sunny shop also serves up plenty to eat throughout the day. Start the morning with an iced mocha and a muffin or brioche then head back at mid-day for an icy granita and a Crescent City chicken salad. Sneak back later on for a gigantic cookie. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUBWAY
1420 Annunciation St., 529-7141; 2000 St. Charles Ave., 524-0801; 5601 Magazine St., 897-5044; www.subway.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

SUPERIOR GRILL
3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200
Margaritas start meals at this bustling cantina nearly as often as chips and salsa. From there, the house specials beckon, especially the sizzling fajitas available with chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetables or as combination platters. Mesquite-grilled fish comes with rice, vegetables and soup. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFé AND JUICE BAR
1418 Magazine St., 524-3828
While the great morning light pouring into Surrey's is perfect for admiring the local art lining its walls, the focus here is food. You'll find Spanish- and seafood-laced egg dishes and traditional breakfast classics such as pancakes, along with organic, fresh-squeezed juices. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

TABLE ONE
2800 Magazine St., 872-9035
Table One boasts an impressive pedigree with executive chef Gerard Maras, formerly of Ralph's on the Park and Gerard's Downtown. Table One features country French cooking in a casual and comfortable environment, with spacious seating on two floors and on the sidewalk. The braised duckling sweetened with currants has caused a buzz. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA
5932 Magazine St., 897-3974
Taqueria Corona is a popular Mexican eatery with chips and pico de gallo to start along with tart margaritas. A wide selection of tacos includes a fish taco with fine ribbons of red cabbage and a tartar sauce, while more traditional fillings include beef, chicken, chorizo sausage and even cow's tongue. Flautas fill fried tortillas with beef or shrimp and gooey melted cheese. Grilled green onions or cebollitas are another unique offering. No Reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TAQUEROS COYOACAN
1423 St. Charles Ave., 525-9996
New Orleans' premier Mexican restaurant serves authentic renditions of high-end cuisine made with the recipes and raw materials of chef Guillermo Peters' native Mexico City. For instance, the chile relleno de mixiote is a celebration of flavor stuffed with seasoned, slow-baked lamb served over blackberry-habanero coulis, griddled Mexican cheese and pecan cream sauce. The steak chilpotle satisfies meat cravings with a 9-oz. filet topped with a spicy chilpotle-tomato sauce and garnished with cotija cheese over an open-face quesadilla. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THEO'S PIZZA
4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.com
A thin, cracker-like crust is a trademark of Theo's pizza and provides a delicious foundation for a huge number of toppings. The Eccentric specialty pie packs garlic, chicken, spinach, peppers, feta, jalapenos, yellow squash, spicy tomatoes, pepper-Jack, parmesan and mozzarella. There are also salads with veggies only or with meat, and a selection of sandwiches. Come Monday or Tuesday for $1 beers or Wednesday for $10 bottles of wine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TOKYO BISTRO
1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449
Pull up a seat at the sushi bar to watch the talented and fast-moving chefs craft their delicious creations at this low-key Japanese restaurant. Some house favorite rolls include tiger's eyes made with baked salmon and crabmeat, Johnny's hand roll bulging with fish and vegetables and the baked salmon roll with no rice. Try the "FEMA" roll, "Bye-Bye Katrina" roll or "Levee Voice 1" roll for sushi with a touch of contemporary events. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

UPPERLINE
1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.com
An Uptown mainstay for years, Upperline is known for its hospitality and the colorful art collection decorating just about every foot of its wall space. Chef Ken Smith works up his own art in the kitchen, with signature dishes like Cane River country shrimp made with saut — ed shrimp, mushrooms, garlic and bacon smothered in shrimp bisque over creamy grits. A newer dish, oysters St. Claude, is an homage to a dish served at Restaurant Mandich in the Bywater and pairs fried oysters with a spicy lemon-garlic sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

URBAN CUP CAFÉ
4861 Magazine St., 895-5858
A newcomer to Uptown's bustling strip of restaurants and cafes on Magazine Street, the Urban Cup pours plenty of coffee, tea and other drinks but also serves a menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads and desserts. The grilled veggie or grilled chicken pesto panini are popular choices, while the Thai chicken salad spices things up with a peanut dressing. Soups ranging from gumbo to miso to chicken and wild rice rotate on the changing menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VIZARDS ON THE AVENUE
2203 St. Charles Ave., 529-9412; www.vizardsontheavenue.com
Fans of veteran New Orleans chef Kevin Vizard knew they could expect fine-tuned fine dining when he opened his newest venture earlier this year. The menu at his stylish St. Charles Avenue restaurant specializes in the unexpected, with nuanced technique and creative pairings. Start a meal here with the fried oysters bruschetta — moist, crispy bivalves with balsamic marinated tomatoes, basil and manchego on crostini — before exploring the redfish, served pan-seared with summer corn, oyster mushrooms, crab salad and truffle vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL
1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647; www.voodoobbqandgrill.com
Voodoo BBQ slow cooks its meats for up to 18 hours. Diners can choose from brisket, pulled pork and pork ribs, and sides like rattlesnake beans, corn pudding, macaroni and cheese and French fries. Off the grill, Voodoo also has burgers and chicken sandwiches. Overstuffed potatoes are packed with anything from brisket, hot sausage, jerk chicken or shrimp to cheese, sour cream and chives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET
5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoods.com
The nation's largest natural foods grocer has a long history in New Orleans, and its two newly-built stores Uptown and in Metairie bring its offerings to another level altogether. Whether picking up a catering order or dropping by for an in-store meal, the various food stations and deli cases offer dishes like grilled portobello mushroom salad with balsamic vinaigrette, soups, pizza, sandwiches and much more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WOW CAFÉ & WINGERY
5961 Magazine St. 895-0240; www.winger.com
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

ZARA'S MARKET
4838 Prytania St., 895-0581
This old-time neighborhood grocery store offers a lot more than kitchen staples. The deli in the back turns out plenty of hot food for a meal on the go or to take home, including specials like red beans on Mondays, Italian meatballs on a po-boy or over spaghetti, eggplant or veal parmesan and muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL
1525 St. Charles Ave., 520-8100; www.zearestaurants.com
Zea puts a zing to standard American favorites by adding a bit of Asian flavor to create several signature dishes like the Thai ribs, St. Louis-style pork ribs covered in a sweet-and-spicy glaze, and the Asian almond shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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