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Winter Restaurant Guide 2016: Cafe 

click to enlarge Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe serves a chicken salad sandwich.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe serves a chicken salad sandwich.

Abita Springs Cafe
22132 Level St., Abita Springs, (985) 400-5025; www.abitaspringscafe.com
Crab au gratin features blue crabmeat and is served with French bread. The "Choot 'Em" po-boy is fried Louisiana alligator dressed with remoulade on French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Angeli On Decatur
1141 Decatur St., (504) 566-0077; www.angelineworleans.com
The menu includes pizza, calzones, chicken wings and Mediterranean dishes. Chicken diavolo pizza is topped with red pepper sauce, chicken, garlic and onions. Jalapenos are an optional addition. The chicken Caesar pita roll features grilled chicken, lettuce and Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Another Broken Egg Cafe
607 Harrison Ave., (504) 301-4667; 2917 Magazine St., (504) 301-2771; www.anotherbrokenegg.com
House-made honey-roasted granola is served with blueberry quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, toasted coconut, crushed bananas, coconut milk and a drizzle of vanilla yogurt. Kale and salmon salad features Southwestern-spiced seared salmon with sliced almonds and carrots in local honey-jalapeno vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Antoine's Annex
513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045; www.antoines.com
The cafe serves pastries and coffee drinks. The breakfast platter includes scrambled eggs, grits, hickory-smoked bacon and a biscuit or toast. The Caprese sandwich features thick-sliced mozzarella, Creole tomato, pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a pistolette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

biscuits & buns on banks
4337 Banks St., (504) 273-4600; www.biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com
French toast is topped with powdered sugar and served with caramelized bananas and pancetta. Fried andouille sausage hash cakes are topped with two eggs and Creole cheese sauce. Delivery available Tue.-Fri. No reservations. Brunch and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Blue Tomato
4401 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 734-3000
The shrimp, spinach and artichoke quesadilla is topped with sour cream and pico de gallo. Baby back ribs are smoked in-house, smothered in Thai sauce and served with Caribbean coleslaw and pineapple baked beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Brick Oven Cafe
2805 Williams Blvd., Suite F, Kenner, (504) 466-2097; www.brickovencafe.biz
The bourbon filet is grilled and topped with bourbon mushroom sauce and penne quattro formaggi. Brick Oven chicken is a grilled chicken breast with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, green onions and lemon-butter white wine sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Beignet
311 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2611; 334B Royal St., (504) 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com
Cajun-style jambalaya features chicken and andouille sausage and is served with French bread. The combo platter includes fried fish and shrimp, french fries and okra. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Cafe Fleur-De-Lis
307 Chartres St., (504) 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com
Shrimp and grits is a bowl of grits topped with seared shrimp and cheese. Seafood Benedict is a crab and crawfish cake topped with poached eggs and hollandaise served with hash browns or grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Luna
802 Nashville Ave., (504) 333-6833; www.cafeluna504.com
The Razzle Dazzle is a grilled tortilla filled with turkey, goat cheese, sprouts and smashed berries and comes with chips or fruit. The breakfast menu, available Friday through Monday, includes poached eggs over pulled pork with daikon radish slaw and cilantro on an open-faced banh mi. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Maspero
601 Decatur St., (504) 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.com
The cafe serves sandwiches and Creole staples such as jambalaya, gumbo and seafood platters. The muffuletta combines pastrami, salami, Swiss cheese and olive salad on a bun. The corned beef sandwich is dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and Creole mustard and served on a choice of bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Minh
4139 Canal St., (504) 482-6266; www.cafeminh.com
Smoked, five-spice lacquered duck is served with sticky rice, baby bok choy and natural jus. Vietnamese-style summer rolls feature shrimp, avocado, cucumber, cilantro and rice noodles in rice paper and are served with peanut sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Navarre
800 Navarre Ave., (504) 483-8828; www.cafenavarre.com
Eggs Cochon features poached eggs, slow-roasted pulled pork and hollandaise. The chicken pesto panino includes grilled chicken, Parmesan, Caesar dressing and pesto sauce on pressed sourdough bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe NOMA
New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 482-1264; www.cafenoma.com
The Mesquite brisket sandwich is topped with smoked Gouda and caramelized onion mayonnaise on a house-baked bun. Chili-lime shrimp salad features roasted corn, black beans, grape tomatoes, chipotle Gouda and creamy tomato dressing. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe Pontalba
546 St. Peter St., (504) 522-1180
The menu includes crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, fried seafood platters and more. The alligator appetizer features blackened alligator tails with remoulade. Blackened redfish is topped with crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Rose Nicaud
632 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.com
Rose Benedict features sunny-side up eggs over rosemary cheese grits, caramelized onions, portobello mushrooms, avocado, tomato, arugula and Asiago cheese. The turkey sandwich is dressed with apple, goat cheese, sprouts and balsamic vinaigrette on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Royale
3343 Metairie Road, Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 304-8438; caferoyale.vpweb.com/
The meatball panino features house-made meatballs with red sauce, mayonnaise and mozzarella. The King of Clubs salad includes romaine lettuce, ham, turkey, bacon and American and provolone cheeses. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Cafe Soule
720 St. Louis St., (504) 304-4636; www.cafesoule.com
Shrimp and eggplant Pierre features fried eggplant medallions topped with Gulf shrimp and white wine cream sauce. Wild-caught snapper is stuffed with crab, drizzled with lemon-caper beurre blanc and served with herb-roasted vegetables. Reservations accepted. Brunch, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Caffe Latte Da
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, (504) 818-0051; www.caffelatteda.com
Avocado salad features sliced avocado, spring greens, red onions, sprouts, blue cheese, walnuts and orange slices. Additions include grilled chicken, chicken salad, grilled shrimp or shrimp salad. The herbed focaccia club sandwich is filled with grilled chicken, ham, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, lettuce and tomato and is served hot. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Caffe! Caffe!
3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, (504) 885-4845; www.caffe-caffe.com
The grilled chicken sandwich features sliced chicken breast, bread and butter pickles, spinach, green cabbage and spicy aioli on a baked onion bun. The Asian grilled chicken salad features sliced chicken breast, edamame, crispy wonton strips, roasted almonds, carrots and red cabbage atop mixed greens with spicy peanut-lime dressing. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Carmo
527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132; www.cafecarmo.com
The Rico features smoked pulled pork on a grilled plantain patty topped with melted cheese, avocado, salsa fresca and tangy Rico sauce and a vegan version with vegan cheese is available. Esmeralda salad includes quinoa, black beans, organic corn, poblano peppers, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, Cotija cheese or vegan cheese, organic greens and coconut-chili-lime vinaigrette. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Chartres House
601 Chartres St., (504) 586-8383; www.chartreshouse.com
Cashew-crusted redfish is topped with praline-cashew sauce and served with Cajun potatoes and steamed vegetables. The Chartres burger features a grilled half-pound Angus beef patty, a hot sausage patty, provolone cheese and garlic mayonnaise on a jalapeno-cheddar bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Chateau Cafe
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., (504) 286-1777; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 461-9819; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Suite E4, Kenner, (504) 465-9444; www.chateaucafe.com
Southwestern chicken salad is made with grilled chicken, romaine, salsa, black beans, corn, cheddar Jack cheese, tomato, cucumber and crispy tortilla strips. Chicken quesadillas are filled with chicken, cheddar, black beans and scallions and topped with salsa and sour cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Ciro's Cote Sud Restaurant
7918 Maple St., (504) 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com
The restaurant focuses on French cuisine but also serves pizza, including the Olivier, topped with mozzarella, goat cheese, Greek olives, pesto, persillade and onions. Les moules frites is a bowl of steamed mussels served with fries and a choice of mariniere, curry, Provencale or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

Coffee Rani
234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; 3517 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com
Quinoa salad combines mixed greens, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, grape tomatoes, cucumber, Kalamata olives, feta and balsamic vinaigrette. The croissant club has turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

Crepes a la Cart
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-2362; www.crepecaterer.com
The menu of sweet and savory crepes includes the Crescent City (roast beef, mushrooms, red onions, Swiss cheese and horseradish) and the Elvis (peanut butter, banana and bacon). No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Drip 'n Sip
701 David Drive, Metairie, (504) 733-3747; www.dripnsip.com
The turkey, bacon and avocado croissant is dressed with hickory-smoked bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and Creole mustard on a toasted croissant and served with chips. Monday specials include smoky red beans and rice with sausage or grilled chicken and a grilled center-cut pork chop served with Italian salad and garlic bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

The English Tea Room
734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.com
Coronation chicken salad is made with grapes, apples, cream and curry and can be served on a salad or a sandwich. Shepherd's pie is filled with seasoned beef and vegetables and baked with mashed potatoes on top. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Espresso Express
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, (504) 524-5115; 639 Loyola Ave., seventh floor; (504) 576-2038
The turkey avocado panino is dressed with Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, red onions and honey mustard. The chicken wrap features grilled chicken, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, carrots, red onion and barbecue and ranch sauces in a wheat or white wrap. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Frank's Restaurant
933 Decatur St., (504) 525-1602
The menu includes muffulettas and Creole and Italian dishes. Veal Marsala is sauteed with mushrooms and wine and served over pasta. New Orleans-style barbecue jumbo Gulf shrimp is served with hot bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

French Press Coffeehouse
3236 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 305-0276; 3238 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 598-5274; www.frenchpresscoffeehouse.com
The chicken press sandwich features grilled chicken and pesto wrapped in a wheat tortilla with red peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and Swiss cheese. Pesto chicken salad is grilled chicken with spinach, lettuce, Parmesan, tomatoes, cucumber and creamy pesto-Parmesan dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Freret Street Po-Boy & Donut Shop
4701 Freret St., (504) 872-9676; www.freretstreetpoboys.com
The cafe serves comfort food, po-boys, donuts baked in-house daily and dark-roux gumbo with chicken, shrimp, smoked sausage and hot sausage. Red beans and rice is served with fried chicken, smoked sausage or hot sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Fresco Cafe & Pizzeria
7625 Maple St., (504) 862-6363; www.frescocafe.us
Mama Rose's lasagna features three layers of ground beef, house-made marinara, Italian sausage, ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella and is served with garlic bread. The shrimp pesto wrap combines grilled shrimp, feta, artichokes and house-made pesto sauce in a warm pita. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Good Karma Cafe
Swan River Yoga, 2940 Canal St., (504) 401-4698; www.swanriveryoga.com
The Malaysian curry bowl features vegetables and soy protein over brown or basmati rice. The Good Karma plate includes a selection of Asian and Indian vegetables, a cup of soup, salad with almond dressing and brown or basmati rice. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Sat. Credit cards. $$

Gracious Bakery + Cafe
1000 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, Suite 100, (504) 301-3709; www.graciousbakery.com
The house-made ricotta breakfast panino is made with fig jam and Covey Rise Farms honey and served with fresh fruit. The cheddar and green onion biscuit sandwich features house-cured ham and two scrambled eggs served with fruit. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Huck Finn's Cafe
135 Decatur St., (504) 529-8600; www.huckfinnscafe.com
The Honey Island alligator platter includes blackened alligator, alligator sausage and remoulade. The jambalaya wrap features smoked chicken, tasso and andouille jambalaya, cheddar cheese, green onions and Creole tomato dressing in a tortilla. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Jimmy J's Cafe
115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360; www.jimmyjscafe.com
The French toast Monte Cristo includes melted cheese, ham and bacon and is served with home fries. The Three Little Pigs sandwich features a lightly battered chicken breast, Nueske's ham and bacon, Swiss cheese and tasso bechamel on a brioche bun. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Juju Bag Cafe
5363 Franklin Ave., (504) 872-0969; www.thejujubagcafe.com
Salmon steak salad features avocado, sauteed onions, mushrooms, spinach and raspberry vinaigrette. Fried chicken is served with shrimp and okra simmered in Creole tomato sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Fri. and late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$

Kelley's Village Inn
9201 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge, (504) 737-4610
Crawfish Veronica features veal or eggplant with crawfish cream sauce over angel hair pasta. The menu also includes fried seafood platters, po-boys, muffulettas and some Italian entrees. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

La Boulangerie
4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777
Now run by chef Donald Link, the French bakery offers many types of bread, a wide selection of pastries, tarts, croissants and more. Le Parisien features Cochon Butcher ham and cheese on a house-baked baguette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

La Madeleine
601 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, (504) 456-1624; 3434 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com
These cafes offer baked goods, pastries and rustic French fare. The French country breakfast includes two eggs, potato galette, bacon or sausage and a croissant. Roasted salmon is topped with garlic dill sauce and served over rice Provencal with roasted asparagus. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com
Eggs florentine features poached eggs, sauteed organic baby spinach, feta and hollandaise over an English muffin served with grits or hash browns. The grilled Reuben includes thin-sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on marbled rye. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S. Broad St., (504) 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com
The Brooklyn bagel sandwich features smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, red onion and capers. Roast beef, Gouda, caramelized onions and Creole mustard are served on house-baked ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Fish tacos are dressed with guacamole and pico de gallo at Liberty’s Kitchen. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Fish tacos are dressed with guacamole and pico de gallo at Liberty’s Kitchen.

Liberty's Kitchen
300 N. Broad St., (504) 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org
Liberty's salad features mixed greens, roasted chicken, Granny Smith apples, blue cheese, sugared pecans, green onions and tarragon vinaigrette. The turkey burger is topped with caramelized onions, roasted tomato, provolone and red bell pepper aioli on a toasted brioche bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Manhattan Jack
4930 Prytania St., (504) 897-5551; www.manhattanjack.com
The coffee shop and bakery has a sandwich menu including a French dip with eight ounces of rare roast beef and provolone on a crusty baguette served au jus. The NYC Rueben features eight ounces of corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and house-made Thousand Island dressing on house-baked rye bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

The Market Cafe
1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.com
Gumbo features andouille, shrimp, crabmeat and Cajun seasonings. The muffuletta includes mortadella, salami, ham, provolone and Swiss cheeses and olive salad on a toasted Italian roll. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Meals From the Heart Cafe
1100 N. Peters St., Suite 13, (504) 525-1953; www.mealsfromtheheartcafe.com
Crab cake Passion is a gluten-free dish featuring lump crabmeat, mixed greens, tomatoes and garlic-lemon remoulade. Raw avocado and beet salad includes mixed greens, vegetables, pistachios and honey vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Messina's Runway Cafe
6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., (504) 241-5300; www.messinasterminal.com
Chef Leon's Louisiana blue crab cakes are topped with poached eggs and hollandaise and served with brabant potatoes. Eggs Hussarde features Canadian bacon, two poached eggs, marchand du vin sauce and hollandaise atop English muffins and is served with brabant potatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mister Gregory's
806 N. Rampart St., (504) 407-3780; www.mistergregorys.com
Croissants are made in house every day. The French dip sandwich features rare roast beef, caramelized onions and Gruyere on a toasted French loaf and is served au jus. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

The Munch Factory
6325 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 324-5372; www.themunchfactory.net
Tuna tacos are fried wonton shells filled with sushi-grade tuna, Sriracha aioli, toasted sesame seeds and cilantro. Blackened redfish is topped with crawfish cream sauce and served with fried grit cakes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery
2440 Chartres St., (504) 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com
The crab sandwich features local crabmeat, bacon, melted brie and sauteed spinach on a choice of bread. Apple and goat cheese king cakes are available in large and mini sizes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

NOLA Beans
762 Harrison Ave., (504) 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com
The NOLA Eat Fit menu of lighter dishes includes the Spanish Fort salad with grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, avocado, pico de gallo, corn, black beans and avocado ranch dressing. The triple-decker Magic club sandwich includes ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and house-made spread on a choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

The Original Pierre Maspero's
440 Chartres St., (504) 524-8990; www.originalpierremasperos.com
Two pan-fried crab cakes are served on a bed of sauteed spinach, heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms and onions with tangy sauce. Chicken and waffles features a Southern-fried chicken breast atop a Belgian waffle with honey-Tabasco glaze. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Pagoda Cafe
1430 N. Dorgenois St., (504) 644-4178; www.pagodacafe.net
The coffeeshop's menu includes fig toast featuring rosemary-poached figs, ricotta and toasted walnuts on Bellegarde Bakery bread. Mushroom, sweet potato and brown rice turnovers are made with ginger, sesame and red chilies. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Paradise Cafe
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-4141; www.paradisecafeandgifts.com
The grilled shrimp wrap includes lettuce, cheddar, tomato and black olives. Chicken salad fills a split avocado served on a bed of lettuce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Pepperoni's Cafe
8123 Hampson St., (504) 865-0336; www.pepperoniscafe.com
The chicken Caprese panino includes pesto aioli, tomato, spinach, fresh basil, chicken and mozzarella on bread baked in house daily. Crawfish pasta has crabmeat, crawfish, mushroom and onion in creamy lemon-dill sauce atop fettucine and is served with breadsticks and marinara. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Petite Amelie
900 Royal St., (504) 412-8065; www.petiteamelienola.wordpress.com
Spiced lamb meatloaf is served with tomato, cucumber salad and tzatziki on brioche. The Petite Amelie Cubano features thinly sliced, garlic-roasted pork, locally sourced ham, Swiss cheese and poblano peppers on French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Press Street Station
5 Press St., (504) 249-5622; www.pressstreetstation.com
The cochon de lait breakfast plate features slow-roasted pork shoulder over grits with jus and sunny-side up eggs. Pan-roasted Gulf drum is served with lemon beurre noisette, sauteed Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sat-.Sun. Credit cards. $

Refuel Cafe
8124 Hampson St., (504) 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.com
The three-egg Baja omelet is filled with applewood-smoked bacon, avocado and cheddar cheese and served with Greek yogurt ranchero, a side and toast. Refuel's creamy stone-ground grits plate is available as an entree with toppings including cheese, meat, vegetables and eggs. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe
7801 Panola St., (504) 314-1810; www.panolastreetcafe.com
Crab cakes Benedict features two poached eggs atop crab cakes with hollandaise and sides such as brabant potatoes, grits or fruit. The Mediterranean omelet is filled with creamed spinach and artichokes, tomato and onion, topped with feta and mozzarella cheeses and served with potatoes or grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Riccobono's Peppermill
3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-2266; www.riccobonospeppermill.com
Eggplant Madelaine features pan-fried eggplant medallions topped with stewed Roma tomatoes and Pecorino Romano cheese and is served with spaghetti. Jumbo lump crab cakes are topped with poached eggs and hollandaise and served with potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Ridge Bistro and Deli
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-4195; www.ridgebistro.com
A grilled pork chop comes with smothered cabbage and crispy fried onions. Creamy Creole white beans and Gulf shrimp are served with smoked sausage. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Rivista
4226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5558; www.facebook.com/rivistanola
The French onion chicken sandwich is made with confit chicken, Gruyere and caramelized onions on house-made brioche. The market salad changes weekly to feature the best seasonal ingredients from local farmers' markets. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Royal Blend Coffee & Tea
204 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-7779; www.royalblendcoffee.com
The Metairie Ridge panino includes smoked turkey breast, roasted red bell pepper, provolone, spring greens, tomatoes and chipotle mayonnaise. The Old Metairie features chicken salad with bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Ruby Slipper
139 S. Cortez St. (504) 525-9355; 200 Magazine St., (504) 525-9355; 2001 Burgundy St., (504) 525-9355; 1005 Canal St., (504) 525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.net
Catfish coubion features fried Mississippi catfish served with sauteed spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, tasso and court-bouillon. Chicken St. Charles is a chicken breast served atop a buttermilk biscuit with poached eggs and tasso cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

St. James Cheese Company
5004 Prytania St., (504) 899-4737; 641 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 304-1485; www.stjamescheese.com
The artisan cheese shop's sandwich menu includes the Lomo Bocadillo, with cured pork tenderloin, manchego, pimiento aioli, arugula and a fried egg on ciabatta. The Raclette has Alpine-style washed rind cow's milk cheese melted over spiced red potatoes, grilled onions and cornichons. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Satsuma Cafe
3218 Dauphine St., (504) 304-5962; 7901 Maple St., (504) 309-5557; www.satsumacafe.com
A tofu scramble features local tofu, black beans, kale, sweet potatoes, coconut milk, cilantro and choice of toast; a vegan version also is available. The roasted eggplant sandwich includes oven-roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic spread, spinach, basil, toasted walnuts and lemon vinaigrette on ciabatta and is served with salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

The Standard
4206 Magazine St., (504) 509-7306; www.facebook.com/thestandardeatinghouse
Dry rubbed Atlantic salmon is served with root vegetables and pumpkin and corn chowder. Buttermilk fried chicken is served with mashed potatoes, a biscuit and black pepper gravy. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar
1418 Magazine St., (504) 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., (504) 895-5757; www.surreysnola.com
Bananas Foster French toast is filled with banana cream cheese and topped with bananas, brown sugar rum sauce and powdered sugar. Shrimp and grits features Gulf shrimp atop a bowl of grits with bacon, scallions and French bread croutons. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Toast
5433 Laurel St., (504) 267-3260; www.toastneworleans.com
Hanger steak and eggs comes with lyonnaise potatoes and aioli. Aebleskivers are puffed pancakes served with toppings such as powdered sugar, lemon curd, maple syrup, jam, caramel, chocolate and Nutella. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Two Chicks Cafe
901 Convention Center Blvd., Suite 109, (504) 407-3078: www.twochickscafe.com
The Kickin' omelet includes chicken breast, red onion, mushrooms, spinach, goat cheese, Creole mustard and salsa. Grown Up grilled cheese features Gruyere, smoked Gouda, pickled beets, Creole mustard and jalapeno cornbread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and brunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Village Coffee & Tea Company
5335 Freret St., (504) 861-1909; www.villagecoffeenola.com
Grilled chicken salad features avocado, mango and lime vinaigrette. A tuna salad sandwich is served with Sun Chips, salad or soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Vine and Dine
141 Delaronde St., (504) 361-1402; www.vine-dine.com
Prosciutto salad includes field greens, dates, Parmesan, bread crisps and balsamic vinaigrette. Truffled portobello pizza is made with Alfredo sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto and truffle oil. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Who Dat Coffee Cafe
2401 Burgundy St., (504) 872-0360; www.facebook.com/whodatcoffeecafe
Baked goods include apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, scones, brownies, muffins and more. The open-faced Marigny sandwich features crab and shrimp salad with remoulade on ciabatta. Not Yo Mama's corn cakes are jalapeno corn cakes topped with creamy egg sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Willa Jean
611 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 509-7334; www.willajean.com
The bakery and cafe serves crawfish etouffee over griddled cornbread. Chicken and dumplings is made with root vegetables and cheese biscuits. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$




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