$ -- $5 to $10
$$ -- $11 to $20
$$$ -- $21 or more
American - More than just burgers and
not exactly diners, our American is as down-home familiar as all-day breakfasts,
chunky blue-cheese salads and super-stuffed potatoes.
American Contemporary - This is where fusion takes familiar ingredients into unimagined realms of flavor, such as salmon served with sauerkraut, scrambled eggs on pizzas and chipotle Caesar salads.
Bagels - If it's round and boiled with a hole in the middle, you're in the right place.
Bar & Grill - Where more drinks come from the tap than from a sommelier and where food tastes better in a pair of blue jeans.
Barbecue - Sticky and sweet, meaty and smoky, a pile of cole slaw and a ladle of beans ... you get the picture.
Brewpub - It's homebrew with a legitimate
label and contemporary American eats to match.
Burgers - All-American, all-beef, all day.
Cafe - They simmer a soup and build a sandwich as well as they pull an espresso and pour on the froth.
Cajun - The Acadiana roots show through in dark roux, while a Prudhommian flair for blackening counts, too.
Caribbean - Jerk chicken, curry goat, ackee and salt fish.
Chinese - The many ways of China are represented, from straight-up stir fries to dim sum for dinner.
Coffee & Dessert - A cup of java (or several) and a pastry make even Mondays and exam weeks bearable.
Creole - With many Cajun-Creole hybrids in the bunch, gumbos, turtle soups and paneed meats tend to rule the roost.
Deli - There's only a counter between you and the sliced meats and cheeses, plate lunches and prepared foods, olive salads and cheesecakes.
Diner - American-style eats with an attitude, often served late into the night
French - Coq au vin, moules, pate, Champagne ... bon appetit.
Gourmet-to-Go - Bring 'em in, pack it up, move 'em out in gourmet fashion ... unless they'd like to stay and eat for a while.
Greek - Sun-drenched salads and spit-roasted meats.
Indian - Try a mango lassi or steamy chai tea while you wait for heady curries, peppery lentils and soft, stuffed naans.
Intercontinental - Not exactly fusion cuisine, these restaurants tend to feature one continent per plate, but a worldly variety on the menu.
Italian - It would take years to taste all the red sauces, antipasti plates and wedges of tiramisu.
Japanese - Bring on the wasabi; sushi takes the day.
Korean - Opera singers and whole roasted fish, or tableside grilling for the wary.
Latin American - Guanabana juice, black beans with rice and tres leches cakes.
Louisiana Contemporary - Creole traditions meet cutting-edge ingredients and today's techniques, such as foie gras with lobster cream, Brie-stuffed duck breast and crabmeat with lemon confit.
Mediterranean - The cuisine of garlic and capers, lots of olive oil and roasted peppers.
Mexican & Southwestern - Tacos, burritos, flautas and quesadillas, all washed down with an ice cold Corona.
Middle Eastern - Vegetarians adore this category of fried chickpeas, stuffed grape leaves and tangy yogurt dips.
Music & Food - Where the music might be the reason for eating.
Neighborhood - Those places where red beans on Monday and a perfect brisket is sacred and where your father might have eaten before you.
Pan-Asian - Blending the influences of Chinese, Japanese, Korean dishes and beyond, the essence of Asian fusion.
Pizza - From caviar and capers to the plain cheese pie -- they're all here.
Sandwiches & Po-Boys - The heart and soul of comfort food.
Seafood - The prime suspects are the swimmers, the bottom trollers and the shell dwellers -- grilled, broiled, boiled or fried.
Soul - What real soul does to food: fried chicken, turkey necks, smothered okra and ham hocks.
Steakhouse - Let the meat speak for itself.
Thai - While paht Thai might have the final say, don't forget the coconut soups, the minty beef salads and that orangey bittersweet tea.
Vegetarian & Health Food - For the meatless, or when the rest of you have had your fill of cream sauces and can't eat another fried morsel.
Vietnamese - Steaming bowls of pho, stretchy spring rolls, tangy fish sauce, icy coconut desserts.