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R&O's Restaurant
216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, (504) 831-1248
The roast beef po-boy is served on a toasted sesame loaf with brown gravy or red gravy and cheese. Seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crawfish, crabs and oysters. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Radosta's Restaurant & Deli
249 Aris Ave., Metairie, (504) 831-1537
The Cajun Delight po-boy is filled with crawfish cakes and fried green tomatoes dressed with remoulade, romaine lettuce and scallions. Angela's special po-boy features boneless pork chops topped with sweet and sour sauce, grilled bell peppers and onions. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Citywide; www.raisingcanes.com
The Box includes four fried chicken tenders, tangy Cane's sauce, french fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. Fresh-squeezed lemonade is served over crushed ice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Ralph's On The Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com
"New" New Orleans shrimp and grits updates the classic dish with vadouvan spice, garam masala, broken rice grits, house-made chili sauce and fresh yogurt. Oyster liquor risotto is made with flash-fried panko oysters, preserved Meyer lemon, herbsaint, sorrel, Parmesan water and citrus butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Rare Form
437 Esplanade Ave., (504) 309-5628; www.rareformnola.com
Oyster po-boys are dressed with bacon-Sriracha mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and pickles on Leidenheimer French bread and served with Cajun-seasoned fries. For brunch, Gulf oysters are served over creamed spinach on an English muffin with Creole hollandaise on top. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Raw Republic
4528 Magazine St., (504) 324-8234; www.rawrepublicjuice.com
The all-organic Green Juice No. 1 features kale, cucumber, parsley, mint, celery, apple and lemon. Almond Mylk is made with sprouted almonds, dates, cinnamon, pink salt and spices. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Recovery Room Bar and Grill
1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, (504) 309-4975
The Recovery burger features a ground beef and hot sausage patty served on a Leidenheimer bun. Golden-fried crab balls are served with house dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com
Barbecue oysters are flash-fried and served with Crystal barbecue sauce and house blue cheese dressing. Hickory-grilled redfish is topped with sauteed jumbo lump crabmeat and served with lemon butter sauce and Pontalba potatoes with tasso and wild mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Red Gravy
125 Camp St., (504) 561-8844; www.redgravycafe.com
Florentine eggs features eggs baked with spinach and cheese and served with fruit. House-made quattro formaggi ravioli are filled with ricotta, mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan served with light pomodoro and basil sugo. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

The Red Maple
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com
Bacon-wrapped fried oysters are served atop coleslaw as an appetizer. Redfish Pontchartrain is a grilled fillet topped with mushroom sherry sauce and jumbo lump crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Red's Chinese
3048 St. Claude Ave., (504) 304-6030; www.redschinese.com
Kabocha squash soup features pea tendrils, red spinach, boiled peanuts and salted chilies. General Lee's chicken includes a fried half-chicken, bourbon soy, smoked peanuts, chilies and cilantro. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Redemption
3835 Iberville St., (504) 309-3570; www.redemption-nola.com
Bloody mary baked oysters are served with pickled okra and Asiago cheese. The steak salad features nine ounces of sliced New York strip over baby arugula with Maytag blue cheese and Roma tomatoes. The restaurant also serves raw oysters. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Refuel Cafe
8124 Hampson St., (504) 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.com
The three-egg Baja omelet is filled with applewood-smoked bacon, avocado and cheddar and served with Greek yogurt ranchero, a side and toast. Refuel also offers sandwiches and grits plates. Brioche French toast includes thick-cut brioche toast served with applewood-smoked bacon and two eggs prepared in any style. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Tue.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Reginelli's Pizzeria
Citywide; www.reginellis.com
The local pizza chain offers pies, calzones, baked pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads and more. Tony's Play pie is topped with pepperoni, pancetta, prosciutto, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, capers, mozzarella cheese and marinara. Avocado and asparagus salad is tossed with feta, artichoke, Roma tomatoes, croutons and honey-Dijon vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Remoulade
309 Bourbon St., (504) 523-0377; www.remoulade.com
A sister restaurant to Arnaud's, Remoulade features classic and contemporary Creole dishes. The Taste of Louisiana includes a bowl of turtle soup, a Natchitoches meat pie and crawfish etouffee. New Orleans-style stuffed crabs are topped with buttered breadcrumbs and baked in the shell. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Rendon Inn's Dugout Sports Bar & Grill
4301 Eve St., (504) 826-5605; www.facebook.com/rendoninn
Spinach artichoke dip is served with tortilla chips. The blackened chicken or shrimp wrap is dressed with lettuce, tomato and a choice of ranch, Caesar or balsamic dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Restaurant Cypress
4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 885-6885; www.restaurantcypress.com
Slow-roasted duck comes with huckleberry sauce and andouille and cornbread dressing. The fish of the day is pan-seared and served with asparagus and crabmeat butter. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Restaurant des Familles
7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, (504) 689-7834; www.restaurantdesfamilles.com
Alligator-stuffed mushrooms are served with alligator sauce piquante. Redfish Marcel is a lightly battered and fried fillet served with sauteed mushrooms, crabmeat and grilled shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Restaurant R'evolution
777 Bienville St., (504) 553-2277; www.revolutionnola.com
Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto offer an array of options including charcuterie and caviar tasting platters. Death by Gumbo features andouille- and oyster-stuffed quail finished tableside with a ladle of gumbo. Beer-battered crab beignets are served with remoulade. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Reuben's Soup & Sandwich Co.
920 Gravier St., (504) 373-6687; www.reubenssandwich.com
The cold roast beef sandwich is dressed with provolone, horseradish mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and shaved red onion on toasted wheat. The Reuben features house-made pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Rib Room
Omni Royal Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., (504) 529-7045; www.ribroomneworleans.com
Beef carpaccio is topped with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, horseradish creme fraiche, candied lemon zest, baby arugula and caper berries. Steen's Cane syrup slow-roasted duck is accompanied by bacon-braised Southern greens and Chambord duck reduction. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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

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

Richard Fiske's Martini Bar & Restaurant
Chateau LeMoyne, 301 Dauphine St., (504) 586-0972; www.richardfiskes.com
Cajun-seared Maine scallops are served with Louisiana crabmeat beignets, grilled corn relish and herb aioli. Chicken saltimbocca features chicken sauteed with wild mushrooms, sage, Marsala and demi-glace and served with Lyonnaise fingerling potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Ridge Bistro
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-4193; www.ridgebistro.com
The shrimp remoulade sandwich features Gulf shrimp tossed in remoulade and dressed with lettuce and tomato on French bread. Creole white beans and shrimp are served with smoked sausage in cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Ristorante da Piero
401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 469-8585; www.ristorantedapiero.net
House-made tagliatelle pasta is served with sauteed prosciutto and peas in light tomato sauce. Seafood pasta is topped with steamed mussels, clams and jumbo shrimp in white wine tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Rivershack Tavern
3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com
Braised pork shank is served with mashed potatoes and pork jus. Shrimp and redfish are served over pepper Jack cheese grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Rivista
4226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5558; www.rivistanola.com
Hand-rolled croissants come in four varieties: plain, almond, chocolate and prosciutto and fontina. The BBEAT is a house-made brioche bun filled with bacon, eggs, avocado, arugula and tomato. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Rock 'n' Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1700; www.rocknbowl.com
The house burger features an 8-ounce patty of house-ground beef on a Leidenheimer onion bun and comes with fries. Boudin Douzaine is a basket of a dozen boudin balls. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge A chef finishes a pair of sushi rolls at Rock-N-Sake. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • A chef finishes a pair of sushi rolls at Rock-N-Sake.

Rock-N-Sake
823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com
Kale and salmon sashimi features sliced fresh salmon with crispy dashi-fried kale, orange segments, candied walnuts, truffle ponzu and garlic aioli. The Margarita roll features tuna, asparagus and snow crab wrapped in soy paper and topped with yellowtail, lime, sea salt and Sriracha and served with ponzu sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Banh mi and beef pho are staples at Rolls N Bowls. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Banh mi and beef pho are staples at Rolls N Bowls.

Rolls-N-Bowls
605 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 309-0519; www.rollsnbowlsnola.com
The menu includes spring rolls, pho, banh mi, vermicelli bowls and more. Brisket goes in pho with vermicelli, onions and cilantro. The grilled shrimp vermicelli bowl includes lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, roasted peanuts and cilantro. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Roly Poly
Citywide; www.rolypoly.com
The Spa salad includes plum tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries, alfalfa sprouts, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette. The pressed Key West Cuban sandwich combines smoked pork, turkey, ham, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, pickles, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and honey mustard. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Roman's Greek Express
3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 875-3444; www.romansgreekexpress.com
The combination plate features hummus, Greek salad, basmati rice, chicken shawarma, gyro meat and house-baked pita. Chicken shawarma tops a Greek salad bed of romaine lettuce, feta, Roma tomatoes, Kalamata olives, cucumber and garlic-mint dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Root
200 Julia St., (504) 252-9480; www.rootnola.com
Chef Phillip Lopez's contemporary cooking incorporates molecular gastronomy and colorful presentations. Crispy black lacquered duck is served with wild mushrooms and snap beans. Pan-seared, chorizo-dusted, Cohiba-smoked scallops are served with caramelized cauliflower, patatas bravas and black garlic fennel choucroute. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Rotolo's Pizzeria
Citywide; www.rotolos.com
Parma Rosa pasta features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato sauce. Barbecued chicken pizza tops a hand-tossed crust with barbecue sauce, grilled chicken and red onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Rouses
Citywide; www.rouses.com
The markets offer soup and salad bars, sandwiches, pizza, sushi, Asian noodle dishes, burritos and more. Some locations serve the Zydeco Fest panino with roast beef, blue cheese, tomato, greens and Worcestershire aioli. Mediterranean pizza is topped with black olives, artichoke, spinach and feta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Roux on Orleans
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-2222; www.bourbonorleans.com/roux-on-orleans
The menu features traditional and creative contemporary New Orleans dishes. Catfish shrimp and grits features a fried fillet and blackened shrimp topped with crawfish etouffee sauce over white cheddar stone-ground grits. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Royal Blend Coffee & Tea
204 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-7779; www.royalblendcoffee.com
Mandarin chicken salad combines chicken breast, tomato wedges, red onion, toasted almonds, Mandarin oranges, spring greens and citrus vinaigrette. The Mid-City panino features avocado, turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce and honey mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Royal House Oyster Bar
441 Royal St., (504) 528-2601; www.royalhouserestaurant.com
Seafood beignets feature fried redfish or oysters topped with Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc, cane syrup and powdered sugar. Baby spinach salad is tossed with dried cranberries, pecans, Granny Smith apples and blue cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

The Ruby Slipper Cafe
139 S. Cortez St., (504) 309-5531; 200 Magazine St., (504) 525-9355; 1005 Canal St., (504) 525-9355; 2001 Burgundy St., (504) 525-9355; www.therubyslippercafe.net
Catfish St. Peter features pan-seared Mississippi farm-raised catfish over cheese grit cakes topped with poached eggs, a skewer of grilled shrimp, spinach and Creole mustard hollandaise. House-smoked salmon Benedict combines salmon, poached eggs, red onion, capers and dill hollandaise on a buttermilk biscuit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Rue 127
127 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 483-1571; www.rue127.com
Sweetbread risotto features lemon-Parmesan risotto, enoki and beech mushrooms, pine nuts and demi-glace. Herb-marinated, braised lamb shank is served with speckled beans, butter beans, broccoli rabe and tzatziki. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Rue de la Course
1140 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-4343; www.ruedelacourse.com
Breakfast sandwiches feature eggs, bacon, sausage or ham and choice of cheese on locally made bagels. The Treme sandwich combines roast beef, provolone, red onions and horseradish on a choice of bagel and comes with chips, potato salad or coleslaw. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Rum House
3128 Magazine St., (504) 941-7560; www.therumhousenola.com
Red curry jumbo shrimp are served with coconut mango rice. Chopped jerk chicken is served on a salad with avocado, papaya, mixed greens and guava vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Russell's Marina Grill
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 282-9980; www.russellsmarinagrill.net
Eggs Pontchartrain includes poached eggs, fried green tomatoes, pecan wood-smoked bacon, an English muffin and hollandaise. The Mr. America special tops two multigrain pancakes with bananas, blueberries, oatmeal and pecans and serves them with five egg whites and a grilled chicken breast. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Rusty Pelican
500 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 778-0364; www.sippinstation.com
The Girod Street burger is topped with pepper Jack cheese, barbecue sauce and two fried onion rings. Panko-crusted crab cakes are served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Ruth's Chris Steak House
3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-3600; Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., (504) 587-7099; www.ruthschris.com
Steaks such as the signature filet mignon are seared in an 1,800-degree broiler and served with sizzling butter. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp features shrimp sauteed in reduced white wine, butter and garlic and served over garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Poydras Street: Lunch and dinner daily. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$



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