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ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; www.acmeoyster.comDuring a century in business, Acme has earned a reputation for oysters, whether raw, fried or grilled. But there's more than seafood, with specialties like the "10-napkin roast beef po-boy" and red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ALIBI BAR AND GRILL 811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.comThere's no excuse to go hungry at the Alibi, a bar that keeps the griddle cooking around the clock. In addition to burgers and sandwiches you'll find crawfish pies, salads topped with fried chicken and barbecue shrimp pasta. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE ALPINE 620 Chartres St., 523-3005; www.thealpinebistro.comA series of dining rooms surround an inner courtyard at the Alpine, which specializes in Creole and Cajun cuisine. Tuna la Boheme is topped with barbecue shrimp. Blackened duck Boudreaux is served with jambalaya on the side. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ANGELI ON DECATUR 1141 Decatur St., 566-0077Middle Eastern meets Italian at this colorful and eclectic eatery. Dip into hummus or spicy tomato spread before cutting into a calzone or gourmet pizza. The Mystical pie is topped with herbed garlic sauce and bacon. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ANTOINE'S ANNEX513 Royal St., 581-4422; www.antoines.comMaking use of its sprawling labyrinth of dining rooms and space, Antoine's opened a cafe space with doors on Royal Street. The nook offers pastries in the morning and a menu of light fare including salads and sandwiches like the pulled pork panino with provolone cheese and a relish of peppers, mushrooms, onions and garlic. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ANTOINE'S RESTAURANT 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.comThe city's oldest restaurant has a few new tricks up its sleeve, including brunch on Sundays and sandwiches like the oyster Foch po-boy, available from the special menu at the Hermes Bar. Of course, fresh pompano and baked Alaska remain classics. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ARNAUD'S RESTAURANT813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnauds.comThe menu at this Creole grand dame is filled with traditional specialties, from the smoked pompano appetizer to the chicken Pontalba to the praline crepes. Those who can't decide often turn to the sampler platter combining veal Chantal, a crab cake and crawfish O'Connor. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.comRoasted rack of lamb crowns the menu at this Middle Eastern tavern, which features hookahs and belly dancers on Saturdays nights. Dine on hummus, gyro sandwiches or kebab platters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

BACCO310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.comCreole and Italian flavors are the complementary influences at Bacco. Maine lobster ravioli are topped with Champagne butter sauce and caviar. Bacco shrimp are prepared with Abita Amber, garlic, rosemary and Creole seasonings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BAYONA 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.comChef Susan Spicer always has something new on the menu at her contemporary Creole cuisine flagship. Look for roasted flounder with smoked tomato butter and smothered greens or Bayona classics like grilled duck with pepper jelly. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BEGUE'S RESTAURANT AT THE ROYAL SONESTA 300 Bourbon St., 553-2278; www.beguesneworleans.comSunday brunch is a popular weekend event at Begue's, which rolls out egg dishes, local seafood and Champagne galore. The lush courtyard of the Royal Sonesta provides a beautiful backdrop as diners cut into dishes like crab cakes Benedict. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BENNACHIN 1212 Royal St., 522-1230Bennachin serves traditional West African dishes, including its spicy namesake, made with rice, chunks of beef and plenty of pepper. Akara, or black-eyed pea fritters, are a popular appetizer and there are many choices for vegetarians. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $$

BISTREAUX1001 Toulouse St., 568-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/bistreaux.htmThe more casual bistro adjoining chef Michael Farrell's Le Meritage restaurant features New Orleans favorites such as jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, pressed cochon de lait sandwiches, and crab cakes with beurre blanc and micro citrus salad. Other options range from lump crab tacos to goat cheese and beet salad and there are pizzas and burgers as well. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOMBAY CLUB 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.comChef Ricky Cheramie is at the helm at this refined restaurant and lounge. The menu features dishes like Asian-style calamari with sweet chili sauce, steak frites with herb butter and wild mushrooms, and crab cakes with Creole mirliton salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BOURBON HOUSE144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.comBourbon House puts its stamp on local seafood classics. The plateaux de fruits de mer features a selection of Louisiana seafood: oysters on the half shell, local caviar, boiled Gulf shrimp, mussels, marinated crab fingers and seasonal seafood salads. Redfish on the half shell is a fillet grilled skin-on and served with new potatoes, balsamic-glazed red onion and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.comTradition abounds at this French Creole stalwart and the menu features many Brennan's originals. Tournedos Taylor has dueling sauces and the salmon Audubon is finished with Creole mustard and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.comThe dining rooms and courtyard exude old New Orleans charm at Broussard's, while the menu offers a mix of Creole and Continental flavors. The grouper is marinated in citrus and crusted with andouille. The fillet is braised with Abita beer. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.comInspired by the film Forrest Gump, this theme restaurant puts shrimp center stage. Get fried popcorn shrimp, shrimp sauteed with garlic butter, or boiled seafood served by the basket. There also are burgers, barbecue pork sliders and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AMELIE912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.comNestled in a restored French Quarter carriage house, this cafe offers a menu of contemporary Louisiana cooking. Slow-cooked lamb shank is served with local root vegetables, coriander and fennel-infused couscous. Rosemary and garlic season the oven-roasted pork chop served over creamy grits with corn and andouille maque choux. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE BEIGNET 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.comHearty 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, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ENVIE 1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.cafeenvienola.com This picturesque corner cafe welcomes early risers with either buttermilk biscuits or Southern-style grits smothered in house-made sausage gravy. Panini filled with roast beef and cheddar or turkey and Swiss make for satisfying lunches or light dinners. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FLEUR DE LIS 307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.comPatrons get a hearty start to the day with the Fleur De Lis omelet, filled with crawfish, cheese, peppers and onions and topped with 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 GIOVANNI117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.comChef Duke LoCicero puts a creative twist on Italian fare. Signature oysters Giovanni are lightly fried oysters served on a colorful bed of five sauces. A traditional option is spaghetti with homemade meatballs with marinara sauce. Duck classico is a garlic-glazed roasted half duck served with sweet Marsala sauce and mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Credit cards $$$

CAFE MASPERO 601 Decatur St., 523-6250Locals and visitors have been lining up outside this casual eatery for years, eager to take a stab at Cafe Maspero's enormous fried seafood platter or chow down on one of its many deli sandwiches. Muffulettas are served in regular and vegetarian versions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CAFE PONTALBA546 St. Peter St., 522-1180Holding down one corner of bustling Jackson Square, this eatery serves the most popular New Orleans dishes, including gumbo, po-boys and fried seafood. The shrimp and oyster platter piles on crispy shrimp and oysters with cocktail and tartar sauce on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CENTRAL GROCERY923 Decatur St., 523-1620There's only one Central Grocery, and there's only one thing to order at this landmark Italian deli and perfector of the muffuletta. Get in line, order sandwiches by the half or whole and make sure you have a stack of napkins at the ready. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE601 Chartres St., 586-8383; www.chartreshousecafe.com Enjoy traditional New Orleans fare at this corner cafe, located in the heart of the Quarter. The crawfish cakes come three to a plate and are topped with crawfish sauce. Red beans and rice are slow cooked and served with smoked sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CHATEAU MOANET VOILA 300 Decatur St., 581-2534; www.voilanola.com Choose from one of several varieties of po-boys or a huge assortment of seafood, burgers and appetizers at Voila. Breakfast includes a Cajun or shrimp omelet, biscuits and gravy, and a steak breakfast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CHECKERED PARROT 133 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com Checkered Parrot offers a Tex-Mex menu filled with quesadillas, burritos and nachos, as well as burgers, hot dogs, wraps, salads and New Orleans specialties. Red beans and rice with grilled smoked sausage and fried seafood platters add Creole flavor to the mix. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL 900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com Grill cooks slap a hubcap over savory burgers as they sizzle on the grill at this campy, retro diner where breakfast is offered around the clock. Massive omelets, meaty chili and a range of sandwiches are also available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE 1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net Blacked redfish is served with a house salad at this late-night joint. Local favorites like red beans and rice and jambalaya abound. For breakfast, the Coop omelet is served with shrimp, ham, Swiss cheese and Creole sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL 725 Conti St., 527-0869Traditional Creole dishes like gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice are barroom favorites at Copper Monkey. The menu also includes burgers, quesadillas, salads and steaks. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER BAR AND GRILL 500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.comCreole and Cajun flavors mix it up on the menu at Corner Oyster Bar. Blackened shrimp nachos are nachos loaded with cheese, salsa, jalapenos and sour cream. A marinated and grilled chicken breast is topped with crawfish in a thick roux with peppers and mushrooms. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME620 Iberville St., 522-1138Country Flame dishes up Cuban specialties like ropa vieja with shredded beef over a bed of rice. It also offers the classic Cuban sandwich of ham, roasted pork and cheese on pressed bread. The wide-ranging menu includes tacos, fajitas and ribs as well. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com Stop into the Court of Two Sisters any day for a jazz brunch complete with hot and cold buffet lines with everything from boiled seafood to salad and fresh fruit. For dinner, entrees include the corn fried Des Allemands catfish, served with jumbo lump crabmeat, Napa slaw and green onion. Reservations recommended. Lunch, brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Kollette Mandina makes diners feel at home at her family's Italian restaurant Tony Mandina's in Gretna.
  • Kollette Mandina makes diners feel at home at her family's Italian restaurant Tony Mandina's in Gretna.

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE 527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.comLive jazz and German-style beers complement creative cooking at this brewpub. Pan-seared redfish St. Louis is topped with fried oysters and barbecue sauce. Starters include Brewhouse hot wings, baked oysters and fried calamari with spicy marinara. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR 617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663Diners flock to this cafe known for its delectable baked goods for its croissant sandwiches with ham and bechamel sauce, quiches and homemade soup. Others settle in to the Parisian ambience with a cafe au lait, the morning paper, and a pastry. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

DAISY DUKES121 Chartres St., 561-5171; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com This French Quarter eatery offers breakfast and Cajun favorites all day. Menu options include omelets, pizza, red beans and rice, and daily specials. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD841 Iberville St., 581-1316; www.deanies.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU RESTAURANT & BAR 400 Dauphine St., 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com Home-style platters of pot roast and pork chops mix it up with fried seafood and po-boys at this all-hours destination. Dinner specials are available Monday through Thursday, and Tuesdays and Thursdays feature steak specials. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

DESIRE OYSTER BAR300 Bourbon St., 553-2281This Bourbon Street stalwart features a menu of traditional and contemporary New Orleans seafood dishes. Oysters are fried and served with house-made barbecue sauce and blue cheese dressing. Red snapper is blackened and topped with crabmeat, capers and butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.comDickie Brennan's prefers Creole finesse over steak house largesse. The 14-oz. barbecue rib-eye is topped with shrimp in Abita beer barbecue sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes, The seared jumbo lump crabcake is served with roasted garlic and lemon aioli on tomato relish with salsa verde. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

EAT NEW ORLEANS900 Dumaine St., 522-7222; www.eatnola.comThis quaint cafe offers an original take on familiar Creole and Cajun dishes. Redfish is topped with lemon-garlic butter and served with fresh vegetables. The deep-fried crawfish boulettes are served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

EL GATO NEGRO81 French Market Place, 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.comWhet your appetite with a pineapple-cilantro margarita or any of the Mexican beers or premium tequilas. In addition to tacos, burritos and enchiladas, look for big fajita platters and seafood creations. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE 700 Bourbon St., 523-1485; www.emberssteakhouse.com "Medium" is a relative term at Embers, where the mid-size T-bone weighs in at a hefty 16 ounces. (The large tacks on another 5 ounces.) Fried seafood platters and Creole-Italian favorites like Gulf shrimp marinara and crawfish fettuccine balance out the options. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA301 N. Peters St., 267-4406; www.felipesneworleans.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com The oyster bar at Felix's has no seats, and that's fine with the regulars who prefer their raw bivalves with a minimum of fuss. Make your own sauce and order directly from the shuckers, or order from a menu of New Orleans staples. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIORELLA'S CAFE1136 Decatur St., 553-2155 Fried chicken is the specialty at Fiorella's, which serves its fried-to-order bird with homey Southern sides like red beans. For seafood options, try the crab cakes with green onion remoulade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FRANK'S RESTAURANT 933 Decatur St., 525-1602; www.franksrestaurantneworleans.com Frank's started out as an Italian deli and has grown into a full-service restaurant. The muffuletta remains a fixture on the menu. Entrees include shrimp Gagliano with garlic and butter sauce over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT 1001 Decatur St., 525-7879 Hungry pedestrians are lured into the French Market Restaurant by the sight of raw oysters displayed in the windows. Order boiled seasonal seafood. Po-boys and fried seafood also are served. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH QUARTER PIZZERIA & BAR 201 Decatur St., 948-3287; www.frenchquarterpizza.com This French Quarter favorite has hand-tossed specialty pizzas including the roast beef po-boy pizza and the Big Easy five-pound pizza. The menu also includes salads, sandwiches and specialty cocktails. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GW FINS 808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com One of the standbys on chef Tenney Flynn's constantly changing menu is blue crab pot stickers. The grilled butterfish might be finished with Flynn's pineapple basil glaze, and the soft-shell crab dishes are popular. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com Many Galatoire's regulars start with the grand goute, a combination platter of shrimp remoulade and crabmeat maison, often including oysters en brochette. Pompano with crabmeat is a fixture, and the flaming cafe brulot makes a dramatic finale. Jackets required. Reservations accepted for the second floor only. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT914 N. Peters St., 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.comTastes of the Spanish seaside and an unmatched vista of the Mississippi River are the twin draws at Galvez. The restaurant offers traditional tapas, steaks and seafood dishes, including a quartet of paellas and a fruits de mer bouillabaisse scented with saffron and sofrito. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GAZEBO CAFE1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola.comThe Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daiquiris. The New Orleans sampler rounds up gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE GREEN GODDESS 307 Exchange Alley, 301-3347; www.greengoddessnola.comThe creative cooking at Green Goddess combines classic techniques, exotic ingredients and culinary wit. At brunch, try the barbecued pork and corn flapjack, which combines smoky pulled pork with gravy and creamy slaw atop a corn-jalapeno pancake. No reservations. Lunch and brunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GUMBO SHOP 630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com Gumbo lovers have their choice of several varieties at the Gumbo Shop, including seafood, chicken and sausage and the meatless gumbo z'herbes. A popular entree is chicken espagnole prepared with garlic and shallot brown sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUSTO333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, third floor; www.thetheatres.comOrder Gusto's flatbread pizzas, panini or small plates from inside one of the Canal Place movie theaters or at the cafe. 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. $$

HARD ROCK CAFE418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com Burgers, sizzling fajitas and hearty appetizers are the greatest hits at the New Orleans edition of this international chain. The Legendary burger is a 10-oz. patty topped with bacon, cheddar, an onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSE OF BLUES 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com The House of Blues focuses on Southern and soul food dishes. Creole seafood jambalaya adds local flair. The Sunday gospel brunch features unlimited Champagne mimosas and dishes like Creole shrimp with cheddar cheese grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

IHOP 833 Canal St., 593-0440; www.ihop.com While best known for its breakfast platters, this diner-style chain also offers a variety of lunch and dinner options. The grilled tilapia is lightly seasoned and served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IRENE'S CUISINE 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 Aromas of garlic, rosemary and basil perfume the air inside this intimate eatery. Signature dishes include baked oysters Irene, topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta, mussels steamed in wine, and roasted chicken. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.comStart a meal with well-crafted original cocktails and settle in for Iris' new American cooking. The spicy tomato egg drop soup features a poached farm egg and fresh herbs. Seared sea scallops are complemented by grapefruit butter and Vietnamese greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. $$$

ITALIAN BARREL 430 Barracks St., 569-0198 This restaurant by the French Market specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Bresaola, the cured, thinly sliced beef, is served as an appetizer or entree. Popular entrees are the porcini and truffle ravioli served with creamy white wine sauce and the veal osso buco. There also are cheese boards and cured-meat plates. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JAGER HAUS GERMAN BISTRO & COFFEE SHOP833 Conti St., 525-9200; www.jager-haus.comThis Bavarian restaurant dishes up a hearty spread of wursts and schnitzels. Mornings feature thin-crust German pizzas. The pork shank entree comes with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CAFE1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritaville.comGulf Coast and Caribbean touches brighten the menu at Jimmy Buffett's restaurant. Volcano nachos are topped with chili, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, tomatoes and scallions. Jamaican-style jerk chicken features two breasts served with rice and vegetables. Of course, there are burgers and sandwiches galore and a menu of frozen drinks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS511 St. Louis St., 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboy.comJohnny's serves plate lunches like fried chicken and hamburger steaks in addition to a long list of sandwiches. The Johnny's special combines roast beef, ham and Swiss and American cheeses on French bread. The seafood muffuletta includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

K-PAUL'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.comChef Paul Miller upholds the traditions of legendary founder Paul Prudhomme. Blackened twin beef tenderloin medallions are served with slowly reduced debris sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetables. At lunch, the deep-fried flounder po-boy is dressed and served with caper dill tartar sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

KRYSTAL 116 Bourbon St., 523-4030; www.krystal.comA menu filled with burgers, fries, chicken wings and chili cheese dogs makes Krystal a haven for finger food fanatics. The Famous Krystal features a grilled all-beef burger topped with diced tomatoes, mustard and a dill pickle on a square bun. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

LA BAYOU RESTAURANT208 Bourbon St., 525-4755; www.labayourestaurant.comSeafood stars in dishes like the zydeco salad featuring fried crawfish and shrimp over greens. The crawfish pasta features sauteed crawfish tails in cream sauce, topped with crunchy fried crawfish tails. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

LANDRY'S400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; www.landrysseafoodhouse.comLandry's offers a wide selection of seafood from waters near and far. Along with daily fresh fish, Landry's serves barbecue shrimp and baked oysters. There also are steaks and pasta dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LE MERITAGE Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritage.comLe Meritage's menu is organized around food and wine pairings. Light white wines are suggested with dishes like the Gulf shrimp and grits and pan-roasted wild salmon with roasted tomato sauce, golden quinoa, and fennel and cucumber salad. The duck two ways includes confit with foie gras and a breast with potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA BISTRO337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.netThe restaurant prepares a variety of Creole dishes. Some reflect a BP oil disaster theme, such as boudin sausage links serving as "booms" to "protect a crouton beach from caramelized onion demi-glace." Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.comOrder gourmet wood-fired pies like the smoked salmon pizza with capers, caviar, red onions and cream cheese at this French Quarter pizzeria. Other favorites include the barbecue chicken pizza and roasted garlic pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and feta and mozzarella cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

M BISTRO Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.comThe Ritz-Carlton's M Bistro is named for executive chef Matt Murphy. He incorporates local ingredients in dishes such as Northshore wild mushroom and duck gumbo. Other Bistro delights include Murphy's Creole tomato barbecue burger and, for dessert, Louisiana Creole cheesecake. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAGNOLIA GRILL1122 Decatur St., 566-6003; www.magnoliagrillofnola.comMagnolia Grill is known for spicy Bloody Marys and diner food. Breakfast is served all day. Choose from 12 omelets, the country breakfast or pain perdu. Lunch and dinner options include salads, burgers, sandwiches, blackened and fried seafood, po-boys and more. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE MARKET CAFE1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.comIndoors or out, dine on seafood fried for po-boys, platters or highlighted in dishes such as crawfish pie, crawfish etouffee, gumbo or shrimp Creole. Red beans and rice and bread pudding also are served. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly cheese steaks on po-boy bread and gyros. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.comThe open kitchen allows guests to watch as cooks prepare dishes like pasta bolognese, combining house-made fettuccine with a meat sauce studded with prosciutto, ground veal and Italian sausage. The osso buco features a braised veal shank finished with garlic, thyme and white wine demi-glace, served with grilled asparagus and roasted red potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Alaina Shockley and Rajun Cajun Cafe and Lounge chef/owner Shawn Cahill show off a mushroom chicken and pasta dish that keeps customers coming back to the Metairie eatery.
  • Alaina Shockley and Rajun Cajun Cafe and Lounge chef/owner Shawn Cahill show off a mushroom chicken and pasta dish that keeps customers coming back to the Metairie eatery.

MEAUXBAR BISTRO942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.comExpect new twists on bistro classics at Meauxbar. Featured appetizers include onion soup gratinee with crouton and Gruyere. The bouillabaisse contains drum, lump crabmeat, shrimp and mussels with rouille. Duck confit is served with sauteed garlic potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, garlic confit and frisee salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. B'S BISTRO201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.comMr. B's is a modern Creole favorite in the French Quarter. The barbecued Gulf shrimp are served in a New Orleans-style peppery butter sauce with French bread for dipping. The gumbo Ya Ya is a country style gumbo made with chicken and andouille sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MONA LISA RESTAURANT1212 Royal St., 522-6746Specialty pizzas and pasta dishes are featured at this bohemian French Quarter hideaway. Mardi Gras linguine includes andouille and shrimp in tomato cream sauce. A combination pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, black olives, onions, mushrooms and green peppers. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONTREL'S BISTRO1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747This casual restaurant serves Creole favorites. The menu includes crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for dessert. Outdoor seating is adjacent to Dutch Alley and the French Market. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S STEAKHOUSECanal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.comFilet mignon, porterhouse, New York strip and rib-eye steaks are the mainstays at this Chicago-based chain. Domestic double-rib lamb chops, Alaskan king crab legs and two types of lobster, Western Australian tail and whole baked Maine, are equally deserving of attention. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.comThis French Quarter restaurant boasts a menu of contemporary Creole cooking. Pecan-crusted puppy drum is served with oven-roasted pecans, Louisiana crabmeat relish and lemon butter sauce. The shrimp and goat cheese crepes are topped with Louisiana shrimp in a buttery sauce of Chardonnay, onions, tomato and bell pepper. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.comA charming and historic drinking and dining spot, Napoleon House offers a slate of casual New Orleans favorites including po-boys, gumbo, red beans and rice and chicken and sausage jambalaya. The specialty is the muffuletta, which is heated through, softening the cheese and blending flavors. Cool off with a signature Pimm's Cup. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NOLA RESTAURANT534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.comChef Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter restaurant serves a menu of modern Louisiana dishes and regional fare. The grilled pork chop is accompanied by brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes, toasted pecans and caramelized onion reduction sauce. The hickory-roasted duck is served with whiskey-caramel glaze, buttermilk cornbread pudding, haricot verts and fire-roasted corn salad, natural jus and candied pecans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OCEANA GRILL739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.comThis restaurant puts a twist on seafood favorites. Crab cakes are topped with crawfish and mushroom sauce. Char-grilled oysters are cooked with garlic cream sauce and finished with Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OLD COFFEE POT RESTAURANT714 St. Peter St., 524-3500; www.theoldcoffeepot.comThe Old Coffee Pot is known for calas — Creole fried rice cakes sprinkled with sugar. The menus offers classics like gumbo, crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole. The Fleur-de-Lis chicken is paired with grilled Gulf shrimp, and comes topped with crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish dressing on a bed of asparagus. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.comOlivier's menu gives props to the home kitchens of the relatives behind each dish. Braised Creole rabbit is served with sage-seasoned oyster dressing. Crab and salmon cakes combine poached salmon and blue crab and come with green onion aioli. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.creolecuisine.comMaspero's updates local classics. The "hot and blue" oyster po-boy is dressed with Tabasco mayonnaise and blue cheese. Cochon de lait is stuffed with garlic and jalapenos. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO718 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.comJust off Bourbon Street, this bistro offers an extensive selection of wines by the glass and a menu of French-inspired dishes. Black mussels are served in tomato saffron broth, and the chipotle crab cakes come with caramelized oranges. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PALACE CAFE605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.comPalace Cafe puts creative touches on contemporary Creole cooking. The fried oyster loaf combines corn-fried oysters, melted St. Andre cheese and sherry tasso cream sauce on ciabatta. Shimp Tchefuncte features shrimp in Creole meuniere sauce with roasted mushrooms and green onions over popcorn rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

PALM COURT JAZZ CAFE1204 Decatur St., 525-0200; www.palmcourtjazzcafe.comTraditional New Orleans jazz holds court at the jazz club and Creole cafe. Shrimp Ambrosia features shrimp sauteed with fennel and light Pernod cream sauce. Other options include pasta, jambalaya, and red beans and rice served with garlic chicken. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.comGrab a Hurricane and then head to the Courtyard Restaurant for sandwiches and innovative Creole dishes. The muffuletta on foccacia is served warm. Cancun shrimp are coconut-covered fried Gulf shrimp served with pina colada fruit salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PELICAN CLUB312 Exchange Place, 523-1504; www.pelicanclub.comContemporary Louisiana dishes highlight the menu at this elegant French Quarter restaurant. A whole crispy flounder is served with chili black bean sauce with sea scallops and shrimp. Barbecue shrimp is prepared in a clay pot. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

PERE ANTOINE 741 Royal St., 581-4478; www.pereantoine.comThe New Orleans sampler is a meal of gumbo, shrimp Creole, red beans, jambalaya and bread pudding. St. Nona's catch of the day is served on eggplant medallions with crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PORT OF CALL 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.comThick burgers and baked potatoes are the calling cards of Port of Call. All the restaurant's half-pound burgers are ground fresh daily and are served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onion on the side. Salads and steak also are served. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PRALINE CONNECTION542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.comStick-to-your-ribs Creole soul food is the draw at this Marigny spot. Look no further for home-style red beans and rice, file gumbo, stuffed bell peppers and sides like mac and cheese, fried okra and fried pickles. Fried soft-shell crawfish are served with sweet and spicy cocktail sauce and fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RALPH & KACOO'S519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.comSeafood is served every way at this French Quarter restaurant. Go surf-and-turf with a 14-oz. steak topped with shrimp, or stay offshore with crabmeat-stuffed Maine lobster tails. Other dishes include seafood pastas and Southern-fried staples. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.comRed Fish Grill serves oysters on the half shell and seafood specialties including several redfish entrees. Rum-flamed shrimp come with blackened avocados, pickled beets and ginger-cucumber coulis. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RIB ROOM621 St. Louis St., 529-7046; www.ribroomneworleans.com Prime rib arrives sizzling at your table at this French-style rotisserie and prime rib juggernaut. Prime rib is roasted for three hours and served au jus with horseradish sour cream and a baked potato. There also is seafood, like Zapp's-crusted black drum with brown butter emulsion. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

ROUX BISTRO500 Canal St., 595-5506; www.sheratonneworleans.comFind New Orleans specialties at this bistro inside the Sheraton New Orleans. Breakfast includes a buffet, with waffles, pancakes and eggs cooked to order. For lunch, try a redfish po-boy dressed with spicy remoulade sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

ROUX ON ORLEANSBourbon Orleans, 717 Orleans Ave., 523-2222; www.bourbonorleans.comRoux on Orleans focuses on Creole classics and Louisiana produce, from local seafood to Ruston peaches. Start a meal with gumbo or a crab cake. Entrees range from pasta jambalaya, to daily fish specials to steaks to a double-cut pork chop glazed with Steen's cane syrup. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ROYAL BLEND 621 Royal St., 523-2716; www.royalblendcoffee.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

ROYAL HOUSE OYSTER BAR441 Royal St., 528-2601; www.royalhouserestaurant.comRoyal House serves oysters raw, Rockefeller, Royale or char-broiled, and you'll find more seafood options at this restaurant. Seafood tortellini is served with shrimp and scallops in cream sauce, and crab claws are sauteed in garlic butter sauce. Maine lobsters come in half-pound increments, from one to two-and-a-half pounds. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALT & PEPPER 403 Iberville St., 561-6070Pakistani-style curries and kebabs made with halal meats are among the finds at this backstreet cafe. Start with an order of flatbread or potato-stuffed samosas. For a curry, try the spoon-tender goat masala. Pizza and sandwiches also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER627 Bourbon St., 525-8442Sammy's thick-cut rib-eyes and lobster tails are a classic Bourbon Street combination. Other items include jambalaya, blackened fish and shrimp, and an assortment of gumbos. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI 239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.comCheck the sushi bar appetizers for offbeat specials like the ocean pyramid, molded from salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko, or the eel "sundae" with crushed macadamia nuts and balsamic vinegar sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SI SENOR AT COSIMO'S1201 Burgundy St., 525-5636Si Senor offers gourmet Tex-Mex options from the back corner of Cosimo's bar. The namesake burrito is a mix of grilled chicken, steak and shrimp with cheese, beans, sour cream, guacamole and salsa. American tacos are filled with spiced ground beef, lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese and your choice of beans. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STANLEY547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.comAt the casual companion to his high-end Stella!, chef Scott Boswell serves straightforward burgers and Reuben sandwiches alongside such exotic fare as Korean barbecue beef po-boys and the Breaux Bridge Benedict with boudin, hollandaise and poached eggs. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.comFor three decades, this upper-Quarter stalwart has tempted passersby with the smell of sizzling steaks and seafood. Popular items include whole Maine lobster served with drawn butter. The Cajun filet mignon is stuffed with seafood and topped with white wine sauce and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ Toulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.comA meal aboard the Steamboat Natchez promises an ever-changing view as the vessel navigates the river. Gulf shrimp are sauteed with garlic, thyme, lemon and white wine. There is bread pudding with whiskey sauce for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STELLA! 1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; www.restaurantstella.com Chef Scott Boswell creates one-of-a-kind culinary experiences at his flagship Stella! Pan-roasted Hawaiian walu has a hot-buttered-popcorn crust, crawfish, local corn maque choux, sour cream and onion butter. Desserts include German chocolate cake with toasted coconut and pecan ganache, caramel sauce and milk chocolate mousse nitro. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY MORAN'S RESTAURANT240 Bourbon St., 523-4640Heir to Alfredo di Lelio's original recipe for fettuccine Alfredo, Tony Moran's serves up classic Italian classics like spaghetti and meatballs and veal Parmesan alongside beef cuts and New Orleans seafood. The New Orleans filet is topped with crabmeat. Lemon butter and crab stuffing liven up catfish fillets. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TUJAGUE'S RESTAURANT823 Decatur St., 525-8676; www.tujagues.comTujague's maintains Creole dining traditions with its six-course, table d'hote menu. Dinner includes the signature beef brisket with Creole sauce, shrimp remoulade, a choice of entree and bread pudding for dessert. Dark roast coffee, microbrewed Tujague beer and hot French bread complement the meal. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

 

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