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ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; www.acmeoyster.comSee French Quarter section for restaurant description.

ACROPOLIS 3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046The menu at Acropolis is a showcase of some of the most popular dishes of both Greece and Italy. Choose between dishes like kebabs, gyro plates and moussaka or the veal parmigiana and lasagna al forno. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ANDREA'S RESTAURANT3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.comNorthern Italian cooking anchors chef Andrea Apuzzo's namesake restaurant. The veal chop Valdostana is stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto and topped with mushroom sauce. Red snapper Crazy Water features a sauteed snapper fillet served with tomatoes, garlic, oregano and pepperoncini peppers. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT & STEAKHOUSE5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533; www.austinsno.com This upscale offshoot of Mr. Ed's stays faithful to Creole-Italian heritage. Crawfish crab cakes are fried crab cakes topped with crawfish in dill cream sauce served with potatoes and vegetables. Paneed veal is topped with lump crabmeat, button mushrooms and green onions and served with potatoes and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

THE BEACH HOUSE2401 N. Woodlawn St., Metairie, 456-7470The Beach House offers hearty fare like half-pound char-grilled burgers topped with cheese and served with french fries or sweet potato fries. The Big Ass grilled center-cut pork chop is served with potato salad, a baked potato or sweet potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEAR'S AT GENNARO'S 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226 Now open for lunch, the new Bear's at Gennaro's dishes up all types of po-boys, from the more common fried catfish and shrimp to grilled ham, french fries and barbecue. Appetizers include jalepeno and onion rings. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS3206 Metairie Road, 833-9226; www.bearsgrillandspirits.comThe slow-cooked roast beef and gravy has regulars beating a trail to Bear's, where it's made into po-boys, ladled over cheese fries and even draped over the 8-oz. New Orleans burger. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEIJING 2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 885-8881Beijing offers a wide array of popular Chinese dishes from kung pao shrimp to Mongolian beef. Namesake Beijing crispy chicken features lightly fried white meat in spicy sauce. Hot pepper triple delight combines chicken, beef, shrimp, onions, red pepper and mushrooms in spicy sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BELLA BREW2701 Airline Drive, Suite L, Metairie, 846-9930Stop by this coffeehouse for a blast of frozen coffee punch made with ice cream and espresso. Grilled chicken with pepper Jack cheese is a popular sandwich. Breakfast options include a mix of coffee drinks, juices and pastries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM3500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5656; www.benjerry.com Indulgences at this ice cream parlor include the "cookie cookie" sundae with your choice of ice cream surrounded by chocolate chip cookies. The strawberry kiwi smoothie made with non-fat sorbet and fresh fruit is a lighter treat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BISTRO 38 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 836-5253Nestled in the New Orleans Marriott, this bistro offers classic French dishes with many local touches. The Louisiana bouillabaisse combines local seafood in rich broth. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BLACK ORCHID BISTRO 3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444A combination of French dishes and Creole creations share the billing at this bistro. Choose from trout amandine, a filet with frites or Cornish hen served with lardons and paprika sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666; www.bozosrestaurant.comBozo's uses all local seafood in its platter of cornmeal-fried oysters, Des Allemands catfish, Gulf shrimp and baked stuffed crab. Its version of barbecue shrimp feature shrimp marinated in olive oil, garlic and Italian seasonings. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO CUCINA ITALIANA3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.comBravo's fans sing the praises of hearty Italian-style entrees like rigatoni tossed with grilled chicken and mushrooms. The meatless verduta pizza is topped with asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions and two cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE BREAKROOM CAFE3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607Breakfasts of eggs, waffles or burritos are served any time at the Breakroom. The breakfast platter rounds up two eggs, bacon and a hash brown patty. At lunch, the signature Breakroom sandwich piles on corned beef, pastrami, red onion, lettuce and tomato. There's also a selection of salads and a coffee bar. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BROOKLYN PIZZERIA4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288; 1809 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-1030; www.eatbrooklyn.netThis pizzeria lives up to the promise in its New York billing with huge, thin-crusted pies measuring up to 20 inches. Slices are served for more modest undertakings, and sandwich options range from muffulettas to cheese steaks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BYBLOS1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; www.byblosrestaurants.comMiddle Eastern standards are the bread and butter of Byblos, where gyros, lamb kebabs and falafel platters are served with warm pita bread. For something a little different, try roasted salmon with rice pilaf and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777; www.byblosrestaurants.comThose in the know duck into this Middle Eastern grocery and deli for quick meals that are still big on flavor. Gyros and chicken shawarma are wrapped in pita and drizzled with creamy garlic sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CADDYSHACK 3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799This tavern serves up plenty of hot grub to go with cold suds. The Original Caddy burger is topped with caramelized onions, and the Caribbean burger adds bacon, cheese and jerk sauce. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EAST 4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.comThis pan-Asian restaurant fuses contemporary and traditional cooking. Crispy orange peel beef is served with a tangy citrus-chili pepper sauce. Thai red snapper is pan roasted and served with artichoke and potatoes in green curry sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE EQUATOR2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772; www.cafeequator.comCafe Equator's Thai cooking includes many vegetarian options, and dishes can be adjusted for spicy heat. Popular items include skewered pork with cucumber sauce, fried rice, curries and an assortment of fresh rolls. Something in the Jungle features beef or chicken sauteed with Thai spices, vegetables and young peppercorns. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FRESCA 4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010Get a pastry and coffee in the morning at Cafe Fresca or pick from the menu of soups, salads and sandwiches at 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 ROYALE 3343 Metairie Road, Metairie, 304-8438Fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner choices make Cafe Royale a convenient stop for a meal on the go. One popular item, the 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. $

click to enlarge Country Flame owner Loukia Christakis has a ball serving hearty meals to customers at her French Quarter restaurant.
  • Country Flame owner Loukia Christakis has a ball serving hearty meals to customers at her French Quarter restaurant.

CAFFE ANGELINA 5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770 This cafe's namesake roast beef Angelina is a ciabatta sandwich filled with roast beef, spicy peppers and avocado, and the Asian sesame chicken salad is topped with cilantro, sliced green onions and wonton strips with Asian sesame vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 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' wide-ranging menus. The chipotle chicken wheat wrap combines sliced chicken, Swiss cheese, lettuce and house-made chipotle sauce. Monday's soup and salad special features red bean and rice soup and a muffuletta. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CANSECO'S MARKET 1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979Head to the deli counter at this family-run grocery to find gourmet-to-go items, rotisserie-roasted chicken, cold salads, daily plate lunches and sandwiches. The Cuban sandwich is loaded with roasted pork and ham and pressed warm and crisp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CARMINE'S ITALIAN SEAFOOD & GRILL4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7904; www.carminesonline.comCreole and Italian cooking come together in dishes like Carmine's stuffed artichoke, which is filled with fried seafood and topped with dill cream sauce. Traditional dishes like baked ziti and chicken piccata are popular too. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CARRETA'S GRILL2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6696Where there's sizzle there's likely to be fajitas at this cantina. Other signature dishes include the pollo loco, or grilled chicken topped with spinach and asadero cheese and served with sauteed onions. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354Many Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos and quesadillas are available at Casa Garcia, along with seafood dishes like shrimp a la diabla served with spicy ancho chile sauce. The costillas de Monterrey are ribs with chipotle sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CASABLANCA3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209Moroccan flavor lends exotic spice to the offerings at Casablanca. The harira soup is a traditional blend of chickpeas, lentils, saffron and fresh cilantro. Chicken Marrakech is marinated with herbs and spices, grilled and char-broiled. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO RESTAURANT AND CATERING 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com Chad's offers an extensive menu of seafood, steaks, pastas, sandwiches and salads. The herb-crusted tilapia is pan sauteed and topped with Roma tomato sauce and served with roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU COFFEE HOUSE AND CAFE East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-0601See Kenner section for restaurant description.

CHATEAU DU LAC WINE BISTRO2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com Chef Jacques Saleun offers fine French cooking at his bistro. As an appetizer, petite marmite aux fruits de mer delivers a small pot of fresh seafood. The duck confit cassoulet comes with white beans and sausage and is served in a Le Creuset pot. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.- Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788; www.chevys.com Chevy's offers fresh Mexican fare and hand-shaken margaritas. Menu options include a new farmers market quesadilla with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted poblano peppers. Sizzling fajitas, tacos and enchiladas are staples. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHINA ROSE3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 887-3295China Rose regulars file in for generous combo plates of sweet-and-sour pork and Szechuan beef. The China Rose special features half of a duck marinated and sauteed with bell peppers and a tasty brown sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHOPS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 218-8967; www.chopsbistroandmartinibar.com Chops Bistro offers a menu of seafood and steaks. Twin grilled filet mignon medallions are served on fried green tomatoes, one topped with blue cheese demi-glace and the other with tasso hollandaise. Panko-coated, pan-seared grouper is served atop creamy lobster risotto. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHURROS CAFE3100 Kingman St., Metairie, 885-6516The namesake churro is a sweet, fried dough stick, Cuba's version of a beignet. The menu boasts a wide selection of Cuban dishes such as roast pork with congri and yucca. The Cuban sandwich and shredded beef with rice and tostones are other menu staples. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

CITY DINER3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 831-1030; www.citydiner.biz City Diner serves everything from waffles, meatloaf and club sandwiches to local favorites such as fried shrimp, crawfish etouffee, crawfish pasta and hot sausage po-boys. The Bottom of the Bowl features a French bread bowl filled with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, cheese, green onions and Cajun cream sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CLUBHOUSE BAR & GRILL 4617 Sanford St., Metairie, 883-5905; www.theclubhousebarandgrill.com Salads, burgers and Louisiana classics round out this eatery's menu. Try the Clubhouse jambalaya with chicken, andouille sausage and shrimp. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COME BACK INN 8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316See Kenner section for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

CORKY'S RIBS & BAR-B-Q 4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbarbq.com Corky's offers home-style barbecue with all the fixings. Ribs come wet, dry or both. The barbecue pork, beef brisket and fried chicken sandwich are among the old-fashioned sandwiches available. Trimmings include beans, coleslaw, fries and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008Corner 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. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.netJohnnie's serves grilled steaks and seafood plates at affordable prices. Popular dishes include its version of New Orleans barbecue shrimp called Giant Dippin' shrimp. The grilled 8 1/2-oz. filet mignon is served with Crazy potatoes. Crawfish Johnny features crawfish tails, onions and mushrooms in cream sauce, served over rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE GRILLE 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992; www.thecreolegrille.comThe Creole Grille combines Creole and Americana cuisine. Appetizers include Louisiana blue crab dip and hot tamale chili nachos. Char-broiled bourbon-glazed pork chops are served with Creole blue potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005Cucos dishes up a wide variety of Tex-Mex staples. The fajita platter for two features shrimp, steak and chicken. The El Presidente combines beef and cheese enchiladas with a burrito, a taco, and rice and beans with ranchero sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.comBoiled and fried seafood dominate the menu at this longtime Bucktown institution. Shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat top the Bucktown boil pizza made with white sauce. Other options include crawfish etouffee and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550; www.donsseafoodmetairie.com Don's dishes up seafood, soups, sandwiches and pasta. The seafood platter comes with fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried catfish, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, shrimp etouffee and Cajun fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DORIGNAC'S710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.comThe longtime Metairie grocery is known for its bakery, deli and large wine selection. The menu of prepared dishes includes fried chicken, lasagna, soups, sandwiches and daily specials, such as red beans and rice. Order steak topped with grilled onions and peppers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com Known for its signature char-broiled oysters topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic, Drago's now offers char-grilled mussels. Other menu items include the catch of the day, served with fresh vegetables and a baked potato, and the seafood pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE EDGE BAR & GRILL 3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 780-2266Popular appetizers at this pub include cheese and chili-cheese french fries. Tuesday and Thursday are steak nights featuring $10 filets. Spaghetti and meatballs is a customer favorite. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FAT CITY DINER3555 18th St., Metairie, 888-4940; www.fatcitydiner.com This down-home diner serves seafood platters, fried chicken and roast beef and hot sausage po-boys. Daily specials include red beans and rice, country-fried steak and grilled pork chops. For side items, there are french fries, onion rings and jalapeno hushpuppies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $

FAUSTO'S BISTRO 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121; www.faustosbistro.com Fausto's prepares Northern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Veal saltimbocca features veal medallions sauteed with mushrooms and herbs, topped with prosciutto and mozzarella and flamed in Marsala. Pesce Siciliana is a fillet sauteed in lemon butter, flamed with white wine and topped with shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FURY'S724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646This neighborhood restaurant features fried chicken and plenty of seafood options, like trout with lump crabmeat and a broiled seafood platter with fish, soft-shell crab, shrimp, stuffed shrimp, oysters, french fries and salad. There also are Italian classics like eggplant and veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

FUSION CAFE5000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 309-4991Fusion Cafe serves Vietnamese cuisine, sushi rolls and New Orleans seafood dishes. Try a banh mi sandwich filled with char-grilled pork, pickled carrots, radish, cucumber, jalapenos, cilantro and Vietnamese mayo. Pan-seared rib-eye cube steak is served over jasmine rice with lettuce, cucumbers and fish sauce. There are fried shrimp po-boys and seafood platters as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955Galley Seafood's menu features a long list of Louisiana seafood, including boiled crabs and shrimp as well as char-broiled oysters. There are po-boys, salads, soups, pasta dishes and sweet potato fries. Soft-shell crab dishes are popular. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3620; www.gambinos.infoIn addition to baking and shipping king cakes year-round, Gambino's bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes. The lunch menu includes muffulettas, salads and soups. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GIORLANDO'S RESTAURANT741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593; www.giorlandos.comGiorlando's mix of casual Italian and Creole cuisine includes everything from mashed potatoes and gravy to meatballs and spaghetti. Chicken, shrimp and sausage pasta is made with penne and tomato-basil sauce. Lightly battered eggplant medallions are served over angel hair pasta with shrimp sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

GUILLORY'S DELI & TAMALES3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390Guillory's offers po-boys, sandwiches, fried chicken and homemade New Orleans-style tamales topped with red sauce. Daily specials include a 12-oz. grilled hamburger steak served with onions and mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL 3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111Along with the restaurant's signature three-quarter pound hamburgers and fries, Harbor Bar & Grill serves tuna steak and po-boys. Popular appetizers include chicken drumettes, jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, meat pies and oysters bordelaise. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HOBNOBBER CAFE5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448Start with homemade corn and crab bisque 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. $$

HOOTERS 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-0160; www.hooterslouisiana.comHooters turns up the heat on chicken wings with sauces ranging from mild to Three Mile Island, 911 and spicy garlic. The menu also features burgers, sandwiches, salads and fried seafood. Cheese sticks, quesadillas and Buffalo shrimp are among Hooter's top starter dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301; www.hillstone.comHouston's is known for its selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, barbecue ribs and seafood dishes. The wood-grilled artichokes and spinach and artichoke dip are popular appetizers. The sashimi tuna salad features pan-seared ahi with cilantro-ginger vinaigrette, mixed greens, avocado and mango. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545; www.impastatos.comImpastato's combines traditional Italian cooking and Creole dishes such as trout amandine. House-made egg noodle fettuccine is tossed with imported cheeses, cream and fresh cracked pepper. Veal shank osso buco is slowly roasted and served with a light gravy, vegetables and rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IZZO'S ILLEGAL BURRITO4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-5505; www.izzos.comMeals at Izzo's are assembled to order. For burritos, tacos or quesadillas, diners choose from lists of tortillas (flour, spinach, wheat), meats (chicken, steak, pork carnitas, shrimp), vegetable toppings (roasted corn, pickled jalapenos, olives, etc.) and house-made sauces (salsa, habanero, ancho barbecue and others). No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882Jam's offers home-cooked roast beef in gravy, plus many other sandwiches, salad and pasta options. Appetizers include green bean-stuffed artichoke and fried pickles. The seafood-stuffed eggplant boat features a fried half-eggplant, filled with seafood dressing and served with garlic bread and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JIGGERS BAR & GRILL 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555; www.jiggersgrill.comNosh on pub grub while watching your favorite teams at this sports bar and grill. Pizza is now served at every meal, and Mondays and Thursdays are steak nights. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR 3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730Kanno offers a wide selection of California-style sushi and rolls, including the carb-friendly protein roll and the rice-less Godzilla roll with tempura shrimp, snow crab, cream cheese and spicy tuna. Sample prepared fish dishes including smoked salmon and tangy tuna tataki. Kanno offers a complimentary chocolate dessert at the end of each meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KING BUFFET601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383King Buffet offers everything from fried shrimp and chicken wings to dim sum, sweet and sour chicken and scallops, and all-you-can-eat blue crabs, oysters, crawfish and snow crab legs. A sushi bar offers California rolls, crunchy rolls and salmon rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KOREA HOUSE3547 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654Korea House offers a wide range of Korean dishes including barbecue cooked on a tabletop grill and dishes cooked in clay pots. Traditional tofu stew comes with an array of kimchi. Those looking for something different can try the seafood pancake with green onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.comMetairie gets a taste of Manhattan with favorites like bagels and lox and deli-style sandwiches. The J&N combines hot corned beef and pastrami on New York rye with mustard, horseradish, coleslaw and a barrel pickle on the side. The Reuben is a deli classic sandwich made with corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Chef/owner Diana Chauvin shows one of the many tempting dishes on the menu at La Thai Uptown.
  • Chef/owner Diana Chauvin shows one of the many tempting dishes on the menu at La Thai Uptown.

LA MADELEINE 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; www.lamadeleine.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.comCajun classics and pub grub accompany an enormous selection of beer at Lager's. Crawfish pie baked in a flaky pastry is served atop a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and covered in crawfish etouffee. Steaks, chicken, sandwiches and finger foods also are offered. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LANGENSTEIN'S800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; www.langensteins.comIn addition to groceries, Langenstein's offers gourmet deli specialties like muffulettas, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffee. The gourmet-to-go selections are available in family-size portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LITTLE TOKYO1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788; www.littletokyorestaurantnola.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL 200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.comThe bar scene may be the draw at Live Bait, but patrons also come to savor the seafood platters, burgers, barbecue, wraps and po-boys. Other items include Cuban sandwiches and fried green tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MANDARIN HOUSE3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888Diners choose the Mandarin House buffet for its more than 200 items and bountiful seafood selection. Sample boiled shrimp, crawfish, king crab and more. Among the prepared dishes are honey-garlic chicken and sweet-and-sour pork. The sushi bar offers a variety of rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANO'S PO-BOYS6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922Mano's produces a handful of breakfast items like the Saints Special, which is two large eggs, cheese and ham, bacon or sausage on any type of bread or biscuit. Po-boys feature everything from shrimp and oysters to veal Parmesan, meatballs or country-fried steak. Daily plate lunch specials range from red beans with pork chops to veal cutlets with rice or mashed potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslab.comMarble Slab offers a large selection of original ice cream flavors. Popular options include caramel peanut butter crisp, sweet cream and birthday cake. Other treats include cakes, banana splits, apple pie, floats, shakes and malts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.comMark Twain's offers gourmet pies on a regular crust, whole wheat or gluten-free. Try the Italian accented Innocents Abroad, with Genoa salami, Italian sausage, tomatoes, artichokes and fresh basil. There's also the (Book 'em) Danno, a Hawaiian pie inspired by the TV show Hawaii Five-O. Gluten-free Redbridge beer also is available. Reservations for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR BISTRO, DELI & CATERING714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.comThis fine-food emporium stocks wine, cheese, deli meats and prepared dishes. The Reuben is a grilled sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread. Martin's special salad features bacon, avocado, tomato, boiled egg, radish and blue cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrenchpastries.comHead to Maurice's for breads and pastries including turtles, orange and cranberry scones, and guava and cream cheese turnovers. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat. at Hessmer Ave. location, Tue.-Sat. at West Napoleon. Credit cards and checks. $

MELIUS BAR & CAFE1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446Melius' namesake french fries are topped with Swiss cheese and brown gravy. In the morning, patrons can order a breakfast sandwich of bacon, cheese and egg on Texas toast. For lunch, try the Lake Avenue grilled chicken sandwich. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MILANO'S PIZZERIA 3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500This pizzeria offers specialty subs, calzones and salads. Macaroni and cheese is a creamy combination of penne pasta and four cheeses. Mardi Gras pasta features Gulf shrimp in cream sauce tossed with linguine. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MR. ED'S SEAFOOD AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022; www.austinsno.comMr. Ed's combines Creole seafood, comfort food and Italian dishes. Choose from red beans, white beans or lima beans and rice. The fried chicken liver entree comes with mashed potatoes and gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. GYROS GREEK RESTAURANT3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-9228; www.mrgyros.orgThe signature Greek sandwich at Mr. Gyros features slow-roasted rotisserie lamb and beef in pita bread, served with french fries. For dessert, try the galaktoboureko, which is flour, egg, sugar and milk baked in phyllo dough. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010; www.mrroosdeli.comMr. Roo's serves sandwiches and hot plate specials. Muffulettas are assembled with Genoa salami, Chisesi ham, Swiss and provolone cheeses and olive salad. Ahi tuna is grilled to order and served over pasta in garlic-butter sauce with salad, vegetables and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MORNING CALL3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068; Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-5348; www.morningcallcoffeestand.comThe original Morning Call stood in the French Market for more than a century. The relocated shop on Severn served only coffee and beignets for years, but it now offers a menu of red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish etouffee and corn and shrimp bisque. No reservations. Severn location open 24 hours daily; Clearview location open breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

NOR-JOE IMPORT COMPANY505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 833-9240; www.norjoe.comNor-Joe is primarily an import company stocking items like cheeses, cured meats and olive oil, but those are just the right ingredients for muffulettas, which are available for lunch. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; www.ohenrys.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

OKI NAGO JAPANESE SEAFOOD BUFFET2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588; www.okinago.comOki Nago's buffet features a wide variety of Japanese and Chinese dishes, including cold noodle salads, shrimp dishes and tempura-fried items. The sushi bar offers a selection of rolls and nigiri pieces. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540Oscar's half-pound hamburger is accompanied by an overstuffed baked potato. The roast beef po-boy is made with pulled, home-cooked meat, and the Oscarlotta is a version of a muffuletta served on French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily, lunch and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PARADISE CAFE3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141This lunchtime hot spot serves soups, sandwiches and salads. Popular lunch items include chicken salad or tuna salad served in an avocado, and the cafe's signature spins on club and Reuben sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PHIL'S GRILL 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; www.phils-grill.comSelect from a mind-boggling array of possible combinations of burger, bun, sauce and toppings at Phil's. Choose a patty made with Black Angus or bison and add items ranging from pickles to pineapple slices. The preconceived Fat City burger is stuffed with cheddar cheese, battered, fried, and topped with a fried egg. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO NOLA3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 941-7690; www.pho-nola.comHead to Pho NOLA for staples such as banh mi sandwiches, pho soups and vermicelli dishes. The NOLA po-boy is filled with barbecued minced pork, roasted pork, ham, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and aioli. Char-grilled pork and crispy eggrolls top a bowl of vermicelli, lettuce and cucumbers drizzled with nuoc nam (fish) sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO ORCHID3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188; www.phoorchid.comPho Orchid's popular items include beef noodle soups and vermicelli and rice bowls. House specialties include thin crepes with fillings like marinated beef or seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950; www. phoeniciarestaurant.netPhoenicia's Middle Eastern dishes include marinated and grilled lamb chops rubbed with herbs and spices, and a combination kebab with your choice of chicken, beef, kafta or lamb. There also are vegetarian dishes and shawarma. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PIZZA FLORENCE 4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888; www.pizzaflorence.netThe gourmet pizza choices include chicken pesto and Philly steak pies. Other options include calzones, wraps, salads and sandwiches like the Florence special, filled with mozzarella, salami, pepperoni, ham, black olives and onions. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PUCCINO'S COFFEEHOUSELakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Ave., Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.comBreakfast options include an Italian sausage, roasted red pepper and Gorgonzola omelet, and Puccino's buttermilk waffle sandwich, which is filled with two scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, ham or bacon, then pressed on the grill and served with fresh fruit. Wash it down with a frozen cappuccino. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

QUARTER VIEW RESTAURANT613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456Quarter View's stuffed trout is filled with crabmeat and topped with crawfish cream sauce. Grilled redfish is topped with crabmeat au gratin. There also are pastas and fried seafood platters. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

R & O'S RESTAURANT 216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248Besides R & O's famous meatball pizza, the restaurant offers an impressive seafood menu featuring seasonal boiled shellfish. The seafood platter is a pile of oysters, shrimp, fish and soft-shell crab. Other options include po-boys with fillings ranging from fried seafood to veal Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

RADOSTA'S FAMOUS PO-BOYS249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 831-1537The Radosta legacy lives on in its roast beef and fried shrimp po-boys. Its signature sandwiches include the Don, filled with Italian sausage, provolone and olive salad, and the Wayne special, a veal Parmesan sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RAJUN CAJUN CAFE5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 883-5513; www.rajuncajuncafe.comChoose from a variety of seafood dishes, muffulettas and po-boys. Crabmeat-stuffed Cajun catfish features a fried fillet served with crab stuffing, creamy crawfish sauce and fries or Cajun potatoes. Grilled redfish is topped with lemon butter and served with crabmeat, garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RESTAURANT CYPRESS4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885; www.restaurantcypress.comThis Metairie restaurant serves contemporary Creole cuisine in an intimate, casual setting. Crabmeat ravioli is served with sauteed baby veal. Slow-roasted duck breast is served with a duck leg confit and an andouille and cornbread dressing with huckleberry glaze. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RICCOBONO'S PEPPERMILL 3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266; www.riccobonos.comBreakfast is king at this Metairie eatery. Stop in for eggs Benedict or crab cakes Benedict served with potatoes. There are changing daily lunch specials including dishes like red beans and rice and fried chicken or catfish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RISTORANTE FILIPPO 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008Filippo's menu features Italian fare, from veal and seafood to steaks and pastas. Veal chops are served with mushroom Marsala. Chicken spiedini is stuffed with prosciutto, tomato and Italian breadcrumbs, then baked and served with spaghettini with garlic and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROBERT FRESH MARKET5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005; www.robertfreshmarket.comSee Lakeview section for restaurant description.

ROLY POLY3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 872-0957; www.rolypoly.comSee CBD section for restaurant description.

ROYAL BLEND 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; www.royalblendcoffee.comIn addition to the cafe's large selection of coffees and teas, Royal Blend offers pastries, scones, salads and sandwiches. Weekend breakfast specials include eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, omelets and blueberry and bananas Foster waffles. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.comSizzling butter announces the arrival of steaks at Ruth's Chris. Choose from Prime cuts including filets, rib-eyes and New York strips. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp bathed in a sauce of white wine, butter, garlic and spices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SAKE CAFE4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253What stars in a New Orleans roll? Spicy crawfish, of course, tucked in with crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna and snow crab, and topped with tobiko caviar and avocado eel sauce. Sake's fried grouper fillet is sprinkled with sweet chilies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE 3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433Salvatore's serves a variety of veal dishes including bruccilone (rolled with Italian stuffing), osso buco (a braised shank) and classic veal Parmesan. The Sicilian-style oyster appetizer features bivalves char-broiled with garlicky white wine, and a topping of Romano and Parmesan cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7784; www.sandrostrattoria.comSandro's homey Italian cafe pays homage to Aunt Vera with her namesake lasagna. Other dishes include pork osso buco with angel hair pasta, veal or chicken Marsala and portobello panino. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINAClearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.comSemolina features a wide array of pasta dishes. The double cheeseburger pasta rounds up Angus beef, onions, barbecue marinara sauce, cheese sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles with french fries on the side. Mediterranean nachos top tortillas with crumbled Italian sausage, meatballs, onion, peppers, marinated grape tomatoes, provolone and fontina cheeses and fresh basil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Frank Wong displays one of the many dishes that have made Trey Yuen in Mandeville successful for 30 years.
  • Frank Wong displays one of the many dishes that have made Trey Yuen in Mandeville successful for 30 years.

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANY Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.comThis pan-Latin eatery fuses local ingredients with Latin American dishes and offers an exhaustive list of tequilas and rums. There's Ecuadorian ceviche, and chili-spiced oysters in the Seville casserole are a nod to colonial Spanish roots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.comShogun introduced many New Orleanians to Japanese cooking. Table seating and an extensive sushi menu are available, but regulars pack the seats surrounding open hibachi grills where a colorful array of steak, shrimp, chicken and vegetables are prepared before diners' eyes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572; www.shortstoppoboys.comAt Short Stop, the roast beef po-boy drips with its own juices. Dark-roux gumbo features chicken and andouille every day, and a seafood version is offered on Fridays. For dessert, grab a Hubig's pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 831-9541; www.sidmarsrestaurant.comThis former Bucktown mainstay features a wide array of seafood. Tuna is marinated, grilled and served with vegetables, new potatoes or salad. The hot sausage sandwich special is topped with brown gravy and your choice of cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL 1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002Watch the game on Sidelines' flat-screen TVs while enjoying its selection of sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Spicy Buffalo chicken is wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with ranch or blue cheese dressing. Thursday is steak night. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPITALE'S DELI2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 837-9912; www.spitalesdeli.comGo big with the Spitale's Dirty turkey sandwich heaped with grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese. Rotating specials of hearty lasagna, home-style meatloaf, baked macaroni and cheese and seafood platters keep the regulars happy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudlys.comWhen the word "spud" appears twice in a title, you probably should order a potato. From crawfish to fried chicken, the toppings are endless. The fajita spud features chicken smothered in onion, bell pepper, cheddar, mozzarella and chives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STEP BROTHERS BAR & GRILL 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856Popular appetizers include chicken, steak and beef quesadillas, nachos, chicken wings, and chips and dip. Burgers and sandwiches, wraps and steaks also are served. The Step combo is a sandwich combining ham, turkey, roast beef and cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SUN RAY GRILL 619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055; www.sunraygrill.comSee Kenner section for restaurant description.

SUNSHINE CAFE111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 834-6040; www.sunshinecafenola.comHeritage Plaza employees start their work days with the Sunshine breakfast, a combination of scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and a biscuit. For lunch, daily specials include the barbecue pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and pork and beans. Soup, sandwiches, salads and desserts also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

TACO SAN MIGUEL3517 20th St., Metairie, 267-4027; www.tacossanmiguel.comThis casual taqueria offers authentic Mexican dishes as well as familiar options like nachos, chicken quesadillas and burgers with peppers for spicy heat. Choose from dishes with cow tongue and stewed pork skins or tacos and burritos made with homemade tortillas filled with one of several sweet or spicy pork options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859; www.insidenirvana.comThis longtime Metairie fixture features an array of well-spiced classic Indian dishes, including dhania ghosht — tender lamb chunks in spicy coriander curry. Vegetarian dishes include roasted eggplant with onions, garlic and ginger. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TANDOORI CHICKEN RESTAURANT2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880; www.tandoorichickennola.comThe restaurant serves traditional Indian dishes including a variety of curries, masalas, korma with chicken, lamb or shrimp as well as namesake tandoori entrees. The spinach and cheese tikka masala is a popular dish. Sheek kebabs feature ground lamb cooked in a clay oven. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088; www.taqueriacorona.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

TEA GARDEN1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9455Happy Tea Garden, a dish combining shrimp, beef, chicken, scallops and vegetables sauteed in a brown sauce, is the most popular among the restaurant's host of traditional Chinese dishes. Other choices include lo mein, imperial pork chops and fried rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY 3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832Slow-smoking with hickory wood imbues baby-back ribs and pork shoulder with flavor. The combination plate features brisket and sausage, and the char-broiled Dusty burger is a half-pound of beef with a touch of barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THAT'S AMORE4421 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.comThat's Amore prepares both New York thin-crust and Chicago style deep-dish pies. Toppings range from pineapple to sun-dried tomato. There also are calzones, pasta dishes and po-boys with fillings including roast beef cooked in house. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 371-5195; www.tfyogurt.comThis self-serve yogurt parlor offers 14 flavors daily and more than 40 toppings, including nuts, candies and fresh fruit. Popular flavors include its original tart version, New York cheesecake and cake batter. There are sugar-free, nondairy, nonfat and gluten-free varieties as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TWO TONYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT105 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-0999; www.two-tonys.comCreole-Italian cooking and regional seafood come together at Two Tonys. Stuffed shells Florentine is pasta filled with sauteed spinach, ricotta, Romano, Parmesan and herbs, baked with mozzarella and topped with both Alfredo sauce and zesty Sicilian marinara. Grilled redfish is topped with crabmeat, capers and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.comThis vegetarian-friendly tapas spot serves many hot and cold small plates, with specials that change nightly. Spicy curried mussels, strawberry and blue cheese salad with vanilla and mint vinaigrette, and Roman artichokes with feta relish are three popular items. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705This Old Metairie tavern offers hearty bar-fare standbys like half-pound cheeseburgers, onion rings and fried mozzarella sticks, as well as lighter lunch and dinner options including grilled chicken Caeser pitas. The Southwest egg rolls are filled with black beans, red peppers, cheese and onions and are served with ranch sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ZEKE'S RESTAURANT1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133; www.eatatzekes.comSeafood, salads, po-boys and hearty New Orleans staples like red beans and rice are on this casual, family-friendly restaurant's menu. Each day brings a new home-style special, like black-eyed peas, chicken-fried steak or lasagna. Daily seafood specials include char-grilled scallops. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

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