The Victorian Lounge offers a step back into the late 19th-century — it was built in 1883 — with rich wood paneling, cozy seating areas and classic cocktails like the Pimm's Cup, Sazerac, Ramos gin fizz, mint julep and bloody mary. Outdoor seating on the front gallery overlooks the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. There's live music Monday through Friday, and a bistro menu is available. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Soft-shell crab is served with applewood-smoked bacon, Roma tomatoes, baby lettuce and brioche toast with tartar sauce and balsamic-cane molasses. Lemon-blueberry crepes are topped with spicy peach drizzle and chantilly cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$