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ANTOINE'S ANNEX 513 Royal St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com Making use of its sprawling labyrinth of dining rooms and space, Antoine's cafe space opens its doors onto Royal Street. The nook offers pastries in the morning and a menu of light fare including salads and sandwiches, like the barbecue pulled pork panini with provolone cheese and a relish of peppers, mushrooms, onions and garlic. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE 534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390 This casual Covington spot gets busy early with regulars dropping in for omelets and breakfast combos. The lunch menu features salads, wraps and sandwiches like the pressed Cuban and traditional Reuben. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BELLA BREW 2701 Airline Drive, Suite L, Metairie, 846-9930 Stop by this coffeehouse to warm up with a hot latte or tea and grab a bite to eat. Breakfast options include coffee drinks, juices and pastries. Grilled chicken with pepper Jack cheese is a popular sandwich. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE 2542 Canal St., 822-0214 Betsy's breakfast menu offers eggs, omelets, pancakes and waffles. Lunch brings sandwiches filled with hot sausage, tuna, oysters, roast beef and other options. Lunch plates include chicken-fried steak, liver and onions, and red beans and rice with smoked sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BLUE TOMATO 4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000 Variety is the name of the game at the Blue Tomato. Baja tacos feature grilled mahi mahi and are topped with pico de gallo, coleslaw, jalapenos, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Shrimp and eggplant Parmesan is served with angel hair pasta in red sauce with mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOUCHERIE 8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherie-nola.com Southern flavors get creative updates at this cottage cafe, where chef Nathanial Zimet plates pulled-pork cakes with potato confit and purple cabbage slaw. Or try the smoked Wagyu beef brisket or applewood-smoked scallops. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE BREAKROOM CAFE 3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607 The Breakroom offers eggs, waffles, and burritos for breakfast or lunch. Get a breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, tomato, bell pepper and onions served with a side of salsa. At lunch, the East Jefferson club is layered with turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss and cheddar on your choice of bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BROTHERS OLE NEW ORLEANS CAFE 1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073 Serving traditional Creole cooking since 1975, this neighborhood cafe features daily specials from Monday's red beans and rice to Friday's fried seafood. Seafood gumbo is filled with shrimp, crabmeat and okra. For dessert, try bread pudding with praline sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE AT THE SQUARE 500 St. Charles Ave., 304-7831 Downtown denizens count on this cafe for quick morning meals, like the breakfast melt with over-easy eggs, bacon, cheese and spinach piled on sourdough bread with grits or hash brown casserole. The lunch menu features soups, salads and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE BEIGNET 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com Hearty breakfasts and standard New Orleans fare are served at these French Quarter restaurants. In addition to beignets, there are Cajun hash browns with andouille sausage and scrambled eggs, and crawfish cakes with fries and fried okra. No reservations. Bourbon Street: Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO 4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2299 Regulars stop by this convenient cafe for their morning coffee and breakfast items like bagels, Belgian waffles and omelets. For lunch, try the veggie wrap or spinach salad with grilled chicken. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE ENVIE 1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.cafeenvienola.com This picturesque corner cafe welcomes early risers with breakfast fare like eggs Envie, a mini omelet filled with melted Brie, topped with ham on a toasted croissant, and served with hash browns and grits. The Caprese panino is filled with fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes and pesto sauce on a sourdough hoagie. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ETIENNE 423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072 This cottage cafe exudes homey charm, and the menu offers creative takes on Creole standards like fried green tomatoes with remoulade. Coconut-crusted lollipop shrimp are served with sweet chili glaze. For an entree, try a braised lamb shank served with white truffle polenta. Sunday features a cochon de lait pig picking. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FLEUR DE LIS 307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com Patrons get a hearty start to the day with the Fleur De Lis omelet, filled with crawfish, cheese, peppers and onions and topped with Cajun crawfish sauce. The lunch menu includes soups, salads and sandwiches, plus the half-pound Cajun burger. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET 7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.com Cafe Freret has an eclectic menu and large patio for outdoor dining. The voodoo burger is smothered with the house "bomb" sauce. The sirloin Benedict adds steak to the brunch classic of poached eggs, hollandaise and English muffins. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FRESCA 4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010 Get a pastry and coffee in the morning at Cafe Fresca or choose from the menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials for lunch or dinner. The portobello deluxe combines char-grilled eggplant and mushrooms with sauteed onions, provolone and feta on eight-grain bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE HOPE 1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 756-4673; www.cafehope.org Cafe Hope serves contemporary Creole dishes while providing at-risk youth with professional training and work experience. The menu includes dishes like quesadillas filled with blackened shrimp and topped with citrus salsa. Pecan-crusted catfish is topped with praline meuniere sauce. There also are soups, salads and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE LUNA 802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444 Cafe Luna's breakfast ciabatta comes with scrambled eggs, bacon, pesto mayo and Swiss and cheddar cheese with a side of roasted rosemary potatoes. For something sweet try the honey lavender French toast. The turkey panino is topped with mustard, bacon, tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts. There also is a selection of tea, coffee and pastries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE NAVARRE 800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828 This casual cafe features creative specialty sandwiches, like the spinach and artichoke panino filled with feta and mozzarella. For breakfast, the "health plate" features scrambled egg whites with avocado, grilled turkey and wheat toast. The cafe serves mimosas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE RANI 2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; www.caferanimagazine.com This Garden District cafe offers several vegetarian and low calorie options, like the grilled portobello sandwich with sauteed onions. Favorites also include gourmet salads like the Magazine, featuring chopped egg, bacon, almonds and chicken salad on a bed of romaine lettuce. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.reconcileneworleans.org This nonprofit opened as a job training program for at-risk youth. Teenagers learn to cook and manage a restaurant. Their efforts have paid off with food that is both hearty and deeply satisfying, like the pot roast served on Wednesdays or the creamy crawfish pasta on Tuesdays. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROYALE 3343 Metairie Road, Metairie, 304-8438 This casual cafe offers a menu of local favorites and zesty options. Thai chicken salad combines almonds and spicy peanut and ginger dressings with chicken breast over romaine lettuce. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE ANGELINA 5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770 The namesake roast beef Angelina is a ciabatta sandwich filled with roast beef, grilled peppers and avocado. Pasta and meatballs come with red sauce, Italian cheese, French bread and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFFE! CAFFE! 3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com Soups, salads, quiche and daily specials fill these cafes' menus. The Greek wrap bundles grilled chicken, greens, feta, red onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, kalamata olives and Greek dressing. The avocado salad is topped with Gorgonzola, walnuts, red onion, orange slices and mango vinaigrette. No reservations. Clearview Parkway: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. N. Hullen Street: breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA 5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052; www.caffelatteda.com The breakfast menu at this sunny cafe includes sandwiches, Danishes, waffles and pancakes. Soups, salads and sandwiches are featured on the lunch menu, as are burgers, quesadillas and wraps. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAMELLIA CAFE 525 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.com The extensive menus at these family-oriented eateries are full of local flavor. You can go the comfort food route with seafood platters and po-boys or opt for the fish of the day topped with a creamy blend of shrimp, crab and crawfish. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE 139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-1338; East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-0601 Choose from a menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads and quesadillas. Specials include catfish plates, turkey and bacon salad, and burgers topped with cheese. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

CHILL OUT CAFE 729 Burdette St., 872-9628 Traditional American breakfast in the morning gives way to spicy Thai soups and basil-steeped coconut curries at lunch and dinner. Drunken noodles is a popular Thai dish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COME BACK INN 3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1623; 8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316 Pizza, crawfish etouffee and a wide variety of sandwiches and po-boys are available at this casual cafe. Specials like shrimp Creole and red beans and rice with hot sausage are customer favorites. No reservations. Williams Boulevard: Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. West Metairie Avenue: Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COMMON GROUNDS 335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200 Start the day with a Common breakfast featuring two eggs, toast, grits or hash browns, and ham, bacon or sausage. The lunch and dinner menu features sandwiches and seafood dishes. Artichoke Amelia is a dish of Italian-seasoned artichoke hearts topped with Parmesan. Shrimp Julia is the restaurant's version of shrimp cocktail. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE 3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008 Corner Cafe dishes up hearty meals like pancakes and sausage for breakfast and a variety of seafood and po-boys for lunch or dinner. The seafood platter for two includes gumbo, salad, an appetizer platter, stuffed shrimp and fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner Tue.-Sun., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COULIS 3625 Prytania St., 304-4265 Coulis' gourmet diner fare combines Creole and Latin American accents. Huevos rancheros feature eggs and tortillas topped with melted pepper Jack cheese, house-made salsa and Creole sauce. Coulis' eggs Benedict are assembled with corn cakes and pulled pork. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. Checks $

THE COUNTRY CLUB 634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com The kitchen at this Bywater pool and lounge serves salads, sandwiches and pizza. Appetizers include sweet potato gnocci. Try the 8-oz. Black Angus rib-eye over arugula and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY GRILL 101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272 Crescent City Grill's 1-2-3 special features one egg, two strips of bacon and three pancakes for less than $5. The fisherman's platter combines fried fish, oysters and shrimp. Crawfish bisque is a popular soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR 617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663 Diners flock to this quaint cafe known for baked items. In the morning, settle into the Parisian ambience with a cafe au lait, the morning paper and a pastry. There are croissant and baguette sandwiches, quiches and homemade soup for lunch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch. Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DIAMOND CAFE 1299 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0720; www.diamondcafeonline.com Sample a wide variety of New York-style pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. The namesake pie is loaded with ham, pepperoni, salami, onion and black olives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS 1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 367-0227; 6641 Westbank Expwy., Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com Home of the famous muffuletta, DiMartino's also offers burgers, po-boys and seafood platters. Entrees include shrimp etouffee, grilled Gulf fish, and spaghetti with meatballs or Italian sausage. Seafood gumbo is filled with crab legs, shrimp and okra. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ELIZABETH'S 601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.com The eclectic menu at Elizabeth's includes everything from fresh daily fish specials to homemade desserts. Main dishes include seared duck breast with cherry port and a burger topped with blue cheese and the restaurant's signature praline bacon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Tue.-Fri., lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ESPRESSO EXPRESS One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115 CBD workers appreciate breakfast burritos, pastries and quick lunch options like salads, wraps and panini. Creole crusted pork loin is a daily special served with dirty rice and a vegetable. Meatloaf with baked macaroni is the special every other Tuesday. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

GAMBINO'S BAKERY 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3620; www.gambinos.com In addition to king cakes and doberge cakes, Gambino's also bakes specialty cakes, pies, and petit fours. The Metairie location serves soups, salads and muffulettas during lunch. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE 821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329; www.goodearthmarket.net The kitchen at this neighborhood market offers salads and sandwiches, including veggie burgers and a grilled shrimp remoulade wrap. In the morning, order pork or beef debris over grits. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

GOTT GOURMET CAFE 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www.gottgourmetcafe.com Gott Gourmet puts a gourmet spin on diner fare, like a BLT wrap with Tabasco butter-sauteed shrimp, mozzarella, baby greens, roasted red pepper, avocado, applewood-smoked bacon and chipotle cream cheese. A Chicago-style hot dog is loaded with toppings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun, dinner Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

GUSTO 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, third floor; www.thetheatres.com Order Gusto's flatbread pizzas, panini or small plates at the cafe or from inside The Theaters at Canal Place. There are dips including hummus and caponata, salads and sandwiches such as a Spanish muffuletta with serrano ham, chorizo and manchego cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HEY! CAFE 4332 Magazine St., 891-8682; www.heycafe.biz Fresh, local and homemade snacks and light bites like muffins and quick breads fill the pastry case at this Uptown spot. There is homemade hummus and other vegan options. Flip through crates of vinyl records while sipping on fair trade coffees. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL 1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033; www.hickorycafe.com Sandwiches, salads and burgers top the menu at this cafe and grill. Dishes include the roasted vegetable sandwich, cobb salad and blackened redfish po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HOBNOBBER CAFE 5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448; www.hobnobbercafe.com The corn and crab bisque is a popular starter at this neighborhood cafe. Other dishes include catfish with creamy crawfish sauce, grilled chicken with vegetables and a range of overstuffed po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

HUEVOS COFFEE & BREAKFAST 4408 Banks St., 482-6264; www.crescentpieandsausage.com Crescent Pie and Sausage Company's sister restaurant offers pulled-pork tamales with poached eggs, ancho chili and salsa verde. House-made biscuits and gravy. The daily special omelette features produce from the Hollygrove Market and Farm. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE 4607 Dryades St., 895-2620; www.ilpostocafe-nola.com Italian meats and cheeses are the attraction at this cafe. For lighter fare, try a panino or the antipasti platter. The prosciutto panino features house-made basil pesto, creamy mozzarella and prosciutto on ciabatta. The "adventure" grilled cheese sandwich combines Gorgonzola, honey and walnuts on multi-grain bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOULANGERIE 4600 Magazine St., 269-3777 This French bakery serves a wide array of fresh breads, pastries, fruit tarts, chocolate eclairs, lemon tarts and more. The menu also features Italian and Mediterranean panini, croissant sandwiches and quiches. Fougasse is bread baked with kalamata and Mount Athos olives. No reservations. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE 601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.com This chain of casual French cafes offers rustic Gallic cooking in a quick-serve format. Enjoy quiche Lorraine, a bowl of French onion soup or a crepe Romanoff with strawberries and brandy sour cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT 1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460 Order breakfast any time or choose from a menu of New Orleans classics and burgers at this late-night destination. Eggs Benedict sit on an English muffin with grilled tomatoes, Canadian bacon and homemade hollandaise. The Kathryn burger is a half-pound patty topped with grilled ham, onions and Swiss cheese. There are local seafood dishes as well. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Tues. Credit cards. $$

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com Lakeview Brew offers gourmet coffees and teas, a full breakfast including omelets, brew-ritos, quiches, as well as homemade pies, soups, salads and sandwiches. Try a roasted vegetable sandwich with peppers, zucchini, squash, baby spinach, red onions, mushrooms and feta and Romano cheeses. Fresh organic spinach tossed in raspberry vinaigrette with candied walnuts, blue cheese, mushrooms and sliced apples comprises the Lakeview Brew salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ 

LAUREL STREET BAKERY 5433 Laurel St., 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com Find breakfast pastries and bagels, pies, tarts and other baked goods at this cozy bakery. The patisserie offers ham and cheese croissants, smoked turkey sandwiches and muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE The Whitney Wyndham Hotel, 610 Poydras St., 212-5656; 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997 This popular lunch spot features trout Baquet, fried chicken, gumbo with house-made hot sausage, the 7th Ward pork chop and cheesy grits with brown gravy. Reservations recommended. Poydras location: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Esplanade location: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN 422 1/2 S. Broad St., 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org In the morning, Liberty's Kitchen offers baked goods, breakfast platters and breakfast croissants topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar and a choice of ham, turkey, andouille sausage or mushrooms. Shrimp and grits are complemented by crimini mushrooms sauteed with white wine and served with salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY 1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com Things get cracking early at this Northshore neighborhood cafe where the roster of eggs Benedict variations includes eggs Buras with fried oysters. At dinner, the pasta Finnan has your choice of chicken or shrimp with artichoke hearts in sherry cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

MAPLE STREET PATISSERIE 7638 Maple St., 304-1526 This new bakery offers a range of breads, European pastries, croissants, fruit tarts, turnovers, Danishes and cakes. Three sandwiches are offered at lunchtime, including roasted turkey and Havarti on a choice of house-made bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MILK BAR 1514 Delachaise St., 891-9361 The Milk Bar is located inside Cafe Prytania. Gourmet sandwiches include Clooney's Choice, made with ciabatta from La Boulangerie and filled with grilled chicken, avocado, roasted red peppers, red onion, cilantro and mozzarella. Wash it down with a hand-dipped milkshake. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE 1500 Magazine St., 525-2244; www.myspace.com/mojocoffee Mojo serves coffee and tea drinks as well as a menu of soups and sandwiches. The Magazine sandwich features ham, apple and Brie on your choice of seven-grain, tomato-basil or sourdough bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MORNING CALL 3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068; www.morningcallcoffeestand.com When Morning Call moved from its French Market location in 1974, it brought all of the original furnishings. Beignets are made with a sourdough recipe. New Orleans classics like red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee are on the menu as well. Try the frozen cafe au lait. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE 500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com The charming and historic Napoleon House offers a slate of casual New Orleans favorites including po-boys, red beans and rice and chicken and sausage jambalaya. The specialty is the muffuletta, which is heated through, softening the cheese and blending flavors. Seafood gumbo is filled with shrimp, crab and okra. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY 2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com Fresh cakes, breads, bagels and biscuits are this cozy Marigny cafe's daytime specialty. The boudin and eggs make the perfect Louisiana breakfast. Choose from a variety of lunch specials, including the crab sandwich with spinach, Brie and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NOLA BEANS 762 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com Wake up to a breakfast sandwich, pancakes, or an omelet at NOLA Beans. Lunch items include soup, salad, sandwiches and wraps, like the Argonne with roasted turkey, sprouts, Havarti cheese, avocado and tomato. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

OAK STREET CAFE 8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.com This all-day breakfast joint serves classic New Orleans diner fare. The Florentine scramble mixes three eggs, spinach, basil, tomato, sun-dried tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, mozzarella and feta cheeses and is served with grits or potatoes and a biscuit or toast. The Gallina sandwich combines sliced chicken, guacamole, salsa fresca, feta cheese, lettuce, tomato and green onion on wheat toast or French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE 1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; 5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com The Algiers and Marrero locations offer gourmet pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and pasta. The Mid-City restaurant offers a larger menu. Red snapper Oscar is topped with asparagus, crab and hollandaise sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

P & G RESTAURANT 345 Baronne St., 525-9678 This CBD lunch spot also boasts homemade biscuits and gravy and other breakfast items in the morning, but is best known for its large menu of po-boys stuffed with fried seafood and lunch plates of fried shrimp or catfish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PARADISE CAFE 3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141 For breakfast, try Paradise Cafe's special with two eggs, two pieces of bacon, grits and toast. For lunch, the Paradise Club is a double-decker sandwich with turkey and bacon. The Reuben features the cafe's own sauce. Daily hot lunch specials include red beans and rice, seafood gumbo and lentils. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PARROT PETE'S 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780: www.parrotpetes.com The cafe specializes in fresh-baked pastries and cakes. Choose from beignets, waffle cones, triple berry cake, brownies and croissants. Parrot Pete's breakfast options include a menu of omelets, grits and biscuits, plus unlimited pancakes on weekdays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RENDEZ VOUS CAFE 3001 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 367-6013; www.myrendezvouscafe.com Rendez Vous' extensive menu covers Mediterranean cuisine as well as wraps, sandwiches and salads. Popular items include hummus, chicken shawarma and chicken Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, open 24 hours Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE 7801 Panola St., 314-1810 Neighbors and students fill this sunny Uptown cafe where breakfast is always the specialty, with a menu boasting everything from liver and onions to huevos rancheros. Try eggs Benedict reworked with either crab cakes or Pontchartrain style with crawfish. For a sandwich, try paneed veal with mozzarella served on a bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE 139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; 200 Magazine St., 525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.net This breakfast and lunch place features Southern and Creole menu options. The eggs Blackstone features poached eggs with grilled tomato, applewood-smoked bacon and hollandaise on a biscuit. The barbecue shrimp and grits are cooked in an Abita Amber rosemary reduction. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE 1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343; 3121 Magazine St., 899-0242 The Rue serves a range of hot and cold coffee drinks, teas and baked goods like fresh cupcakes, croissants, muffins and biscotti. Sandwiches include the Caprese with tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil and balsamic vinaigrette on Dong Phuong French bread. Try a breakfast wrap stuffed with eggs, cheese, ham and Crystal Hot Sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

STILL PERKIN' 2727 Prytania St., 899-0335 Still Perkin' serves coffee drinks and has a counter stocked with pastries, bagels, wraps and salads. The mixed greens salad features broccoli, chicken, grape tomatoes and sweet and sour dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUNSHINE CAFE 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 834-6040; www.sunshinecafenola.com The most popular item is the Sunshine breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and a biscuit. Lunch specials include dishes like chicken fajitas with yellow rice and black beans, crab cakes with potato salad and green salad, and brisket with green bean and artichoke casserole and garlic mashed potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757 www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com Surrey's blends organic juices to order and offers Southern and Latin breakfasts. The carmelized apple French toast features Leidenheimer bread topped with carmelized apple cream cheese and candied pecans. Salads and sandwiches are lunchtime options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SURREY'S LA PLAYA 1200 Carondelet St., 525-4300 For a juice fix head to La Playa, where Surrey's signature fresh-squeezed creations are available at the counter. Try the cafe's homemade pastries, scones, cakes and quiches, as well as coffee drinks and sandwiches like the exotic baked Brie with avocado, plantains and pineapple chutney. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

TERRAZU Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., 287-0877 This vegan-friendly cafe and coffeehouse keeps CBD diners caffeinated with coffee, tea and espresso drinks. The fontina press combines turkey, fontina cheese, spinach, tomato and basil pesto mayo. Or choose from the lunchtime selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and pastries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

TOUT DE SUITE CAFE 347 Verret St., 362-2264 This cafe and coffee shop serves stick-to-your ribs breakfast fare like the Atchafalaya, which features two crawfish cakes topped with poached eggs and sauce piquant. Sweet breakfast items include almond-crusted French toast with orange zest. The menu also features vegan, vegetarian and organic items. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VIANNE'S TEA HOUSE 544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com Walk into Vianne's and you will see the Great Wall of Tea: The 20-foot wall features more than 120 different types of tea offered at the tea bar. The cozy teahouse also serves changing daily soups, including classics like lentil, gumbo and portobello mushroom soup. The brunch menu offers gourmet sandwiches and salads. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

VINE AND DINE 141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine.com This wine shop has seating for guests to open a bottle of wine and drink with a selection of gourmet cheese boards, house-made pate and ciabatta bruschettas. There also is a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and quesadillas. The toasted triple-cream Brie and crab au gratin appetizer is popular. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE BAR 4350 Highway 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.com Choose from organic coffees, smoothies, juices and teas. The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. A free-range turkey burger is served with a choice of toppings. Vegetarian chili uses fire-roasted tomatoes instead of beans as a base. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

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