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3635 Prytania St. 899-5129;
To the popular litany of Chinese classics, August Moon adds house specialties like August Moon egg foo young with patties of egg, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, vegetables, bean sprouts, onions and seasonings, topped with gravy, crushed nuts and green onions. August Moon also features Vietnamese specialties such as pho beef noodle soup. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4628 Rye St., Metairie 888-0078;
Familiar Chinese fare is available at Café East, but the extensive, adventurous menu offers so much more. The kitchen produces innovative delights. Examples include the Escargot East Style, cooked with mushrooms, garlic and black bean sauce in puff pastry and tournedos of beef cooked with grapefruit, Serrano chiles, leeks and sweet potato. Café East also boasts an extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 366-8822
A consistent kitchen turning out inexpensive fare with fresh ingredients adds up to many happy regulars at this fixture of the West Bank dining scene. The afternoon is especially busy when the lunch crowd descends for its favorites from the long list of specials. Lo mein is especially popular. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 8, Gretna 361-4598
China Blossom's minimalist Asian decor creates a simple, modern, Zen-like setting to enjoy spicy specialties like the signature grilled shrimp, sauteed with fresh mushrooms in a dry wok. Also recommended are the pecan-glazed shrimp, served with crispy rice noodles. Reservations recommended. Call for hours. Credit cards. $$

8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse 433-4333
Quality seafood and sauces distinguish the kitchen at Double Dragon. Fans of lobster can have it here five ways: plain steamed, Cantonese style, "salt-and-pepper" or with ginger or garlic sauces. The whole Hunan fish and steamed fish are large enough to provide communal dining. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1635 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 951-8686
For a buffet of imperial proportions, hungry Northshore denizens march to this restaurant where there are more than 80 dishes available at various self-serve stations, including many seafood varieties, chicken, beef, vegetables and desserts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner 467-9928
Families have flocked to Fong's for nearly 30 years for budget-friendly Chinese food and customer-friendly service. At dinner, try Fong's Triple Treat with succulent pork, fresh shrimp, savory chicken, snow peas and bamboo shoots, and hoist a Dr. Fong, Mai Tai or any other of the Polynesian drinks from the bar. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1545 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 263-5333; 3401 Holiday Drive, Algiers 362-9941; 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie 779-0888
A trip through the Mandarin House buffet could start with egg rolls and fried rice and move right on to baked salmon and fried chicken. The key here is variety, with both Chinese and American dishes sharing the spotlight on the buffet line. Reservations accepted at Metairie location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

408 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 951-8888;
Whether for lunch or dinner, Sesame Inn's popular canon of Chinese classics is delicious bargains. Try the shredded beef with garlic sauce, squid with vegetables or moo goo gai pan. There are plenty of vegetarian options and even a light menu. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-9455
For good food at great prices in a friendly setting, locals have long steered down Veterans Memorial Boulevard to the Tea Garden. Look for evidence of Louisiana influences in some dishes, like the seafood worbar with crawfish, crab and shrimp together with scallops in a light brown sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. $

600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-4476;
At Trey Yuen, the Wong brothers operate the Northshore's premier Chinese dining destination and maintain their reputation with their innovative melding of ingredients and techniques from the Chinese and Louisiana traditions. Guests feast on Trey Yuen soft-shell crab, Szechuan spicy alligator and crawfish or trout in the house special Tong Cho sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$


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