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New Orleans Restaurant Guide 2001 

Bennachin -- 113 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1313 -- This friendly, casual place specializes in cuisine from Gambia and Cameroon. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Major cards. $ (G-4)

Bluebird Café -- 3625 Prytania St., 895-7166 -- *Voted 'Best Breakfast Spot' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- An unpretentious joint with art on the walls and lots of hung-over locals. Hearty comfort food like pancakes and powerhouse egg dishes abound. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash, checks. $ (G-6)

Igor´s -- 2133 St. Charles Ave., 522-2145 -- Every Monday, the kitchen dishes up honey-baked ham slow-cooked with red beans and rice (hint: it's free at 7 p.m.). Did we mention the laundromat and game room? Open 24 hours. Major cards. $ (M-4)

American Contemporary
Angeli on Decatur -- 1141 Decatur St., 566-0077 -- Quarter dwellers converge on this café for late-night noshing on pitas, pizzas, sandwiches and shakes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $ (U-4)

Fellini´s Café -- 900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2147 -- Turkish family cooking emphasized with Italian and American accents? It works at Fellini's, a hip new spot whose fresh, free-spirited dishes are attracting eager diners in droves. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $$

Bayou Bagelry -- 1907 St. Charles Ave., 525-9400 -- A casual café that features 15 bagel varieties all made from scratch, as well as sandwiches, salads and gourmet coffees. No smoking. Breakfast and lunch daily. Visa, AMEX. $ (N-4)

Bywater Bar-B-Que -- 3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445 -- This homey spot is a great place to go for saucy, sizzling barbecue featuring meat as tender as the pig gods intended. Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun. Major cards. $ (X-7)

Café Rani -- 2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; 650 Poydras St., 525-3333 -- Café Rani serves clientele as diverse as its menu, which features tasty, healthful creations. No smoking. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (Magazine); breakfast and lunch weekdays only (Poydras). Major cards. $ (G-6) (Q-4)

La Madeleine -- 601 S. Carrollton Ave., Riverbend, 861-8662; 547 St. Ann St., Jackson Square, 568-0073; 1327 St. Charles Ave., 410-8500 -- Stop by this French outpost for delicious breads, pastries and coffees, plus soups, sandwiches and wine. No smoking. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $ (E-5) (T-4) (O-5)

Five Happiness -- 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935 -- *Voted 'Best Chinese Restaurant' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- How many times can one restaurant make us happy? Succulent pecan shrimp is a house specialty. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $$ (F-5)

Deli & Sandwich
Kosher Cajun Deli & Grocery -- 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010 -- Find specialty kosher items such as cheese, wine and gefilte fish here, along with favorites such as the Coney Island hot dog, an NYC import. Be sure to ask about the shabbat specials. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. until 7 p.m. Credit cards and checks. $ (D-3)

Martin Wine Cellar -- 3827 Baronne St., 896-7380; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350 -- *Voted 'Best Wine/Liquor Store' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- The gourmet deli counter is an unexpected surprise in this vast winery. Lunch daily, dinner Mon-Sat. Major cards, checks. $ (G-6)

Russell's Short Stop -- 19 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572 -- Just a slide off Airline and onto Transcontinental Drive will put you in the baseline of a great po-boy shop and delicatessen that's been a favorite in the neighborhood for years. (C-4)

Camellia Grill -- 626 S. Carrollton Ave., Riverbend, 866-9573 -- The comfort food at Camellia Grill makes it a favorite haunt of musicians and artists, who take advantage of the restaurant's late hours to refuel their creative juices. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $ (E-5)

Mo's Riverbend Café -- 614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301 -- Satisfy your hunger with any meal at any time at Mo's. New Orleans specialties abound, and their homemade milkshakes are always a favorite. (E-5)

Ted's Frostop -- 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615 -- Always a student favorite, Ted's is the place for plate lunches, burgers, fries and (especially) root beer shakes. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Sun. Cash only. $ (F-6)

Trolley Stop Café -- 1923 St. Charles Ave. 523-0090 -- One of those places where we keep winding up at 4 a.m. The Trolley special breakfast, with two eggs and pancakes, is just the ticket to start (or end) your day. Open 24 hours. Major cards. $ (N-4)

Nirvana Indian Cuisine -- 4308 Magazine St. 894-9797 -- A beautiful ambience and excellent service complement authentic Indian dishes and drinks. Lunch and dinner Tue-Sun. Major cards. $$ (F-6)

Adolfo´s -- 611 Frenchmen St. 948-3800 -- Tucked in the upstairs portion of the Frenchmen Street building that also houses the Apple Barrel bar, cozy Adolfo's offers loads of affordable "Creole Italian" seafood dishes. Dinner Mon-Sat. Visa, MC, checks. $$ (V-4)

Irene´s Cuisine -- 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 -- *Voted 'Best Date Restaurant' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- You can always count on heaping portions of truly delicious Italian food -- and a knockout ambience. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $$ (U-4)

Asahi -- 709 St. Charles Ave., 528-9008 -- Tucked inside the CBD is this haven for Japanese dining, with a varied offering of sushi including Toshio: fresh avocado, crabstick, asparagus, tuna and fresh salmon, all rolled in a cucumber. (Q-4)

Kyoto II -- 5608 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0228 -- A local sushi favorite, Kyoto II's appetizers are a big part of the success, especially the white-fish carpaccio. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$ (C-5)

Mikimoto -- 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881 -- Friendly, unassuming Japanese dining at great prices. Lunch and dinner Sun-Fri, dinner Sat. Major cards. $$ (F-4)

Lola´s -- 3312 Esplanade Ave. , 488-6946 -- *Voted 'Best Mediterranean Restaurant' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- Grab a bottle of wine and get in line for great dining in a fun and funky place. Lunch Fri-Sun, dinner daily. Local checks and cash only. $$ (G-4)

Casa Garcia -- 8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354 -- Traditional Mexican dishes co-exist with new interpretations at this suburban favorite. On Sundays, get a group together for Family Fiesta, where you'll fill all your Mexican cravings for under $10. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ (C-3)

Juan´s Flying Burrito -- 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000 -- This hangout satisfies your craving for savory, eclectic, cheap Mexican food -- plus your desire to mix with the hipper-than-thou. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Major cards. $ (G-6)

Taqueria Corona -- 857 Fulton St.,524-9805, 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974 -- The place to go for authentic, inexpensive Mexican chow. The real deal is the "numero tres" platter, big enough for two. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat, dinner Sun. Visa, MC. $ (Q-5) (F-5)

Taquero's Taqueria-Cantina -- 2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 441-8888 -- You won't find Americanized versions of Mexican classics here, as taste adventures such as the steak stuffed with chipotle peppers abound. (B-3)

Vera Cruz -- 7537 Maple St., Riverbend, 866-1736 -- Staples at this Mexican hangout include margaritas and fajitas -- choose from beef, chicken, shrimp or vegetable -- all served with beans and rice or garlic mashed potatoes. Dinner Mon-Sat. Major cards. $ (E-5)

Middle Eastern
Jerusalem -- 4164 S. Carrollton Ave. 488-1450 -- Jerusalem's no-nonsense approach to Middle Eastern cooking results in flavorful dishes that will rock your Casbah. Lunch and dinner daily. Visa, MC, checks. $ (F-4)

Mona´s Café -- 3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 3151 Calhoun St., 861-2124 -- This café offers fresh fare that's tasty for many reasons, among them liberal use of our friend the garlic clove. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards, checks. $ (F-4)

Italian Pie -- 5219 Elysian Fields Ave., 288-0888; 5538 Magazine St., 894-0005; 417 S. Rampart St., 522-7552, 4840 Bienville St., 483-9949 -- Locals depend on Italian Pie for faves like chicken pesto pizza with Spanish onions, grilled chicken breast, red peppers and fresh mushrooms atop mozzarella. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $ (G-2) (F-6) (Q-3) (G-4)

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen -- 615 S. Carrollton Ave., Riverbend, 866-5900; 95 French Market Place, 522-9500 -- LPK pies continue to set the standard. The roasted garlic pizza is proof enough. Pasta selections are plentiful as well. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $$ (E-5) (U-4)

Mystic Pizzeria & Café -- 3244 Magazine St., 895-7272 -- Enjoy savory Mediterranean/Italian fare inside or outdoors in a hip, bustling neighborhood. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $$ (G-6)

New York Pizza -- 208 N. Carrollton Ave., 482-2376; 5201 Magazine St., 891-2376 -- *Voted 'Best Pizza' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- The signature Big Apple pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage and veggies. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $ (F-4) (F-6)

Papa John's Pizza -- 4639 Magazine St., 896-9100; 3117 Calhoun St., 862-6020; 2627 David Drive, Metairie, 455-7272; 3624 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7400; 1531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-2353; 6861 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 738-8800; 2153 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 361-3636; 632 Terry Pkwy., Terrytown, 362-7272; 4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-4555; 3626 General de Gaulle Drive, 365-8100; 1 Canal St., 523-2644; 5009 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 349-0155; 9128 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 278-5757 -- Besides one of the best-known, student-approved hangover cures, Papa John's offers top-notch pizzas at cheap prices, along with the additional comfort of delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards, check. $

Rocky´s Old New Orleans Bar & Pizza Joint -- 3222 Magazine St., 891-5152 -- Rocky's is known for its knockout pizzas, but there are lots of other contenders here. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $$ (G-6)

Acme Oyster House -- 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 7306 Lakeshore Drive, 282-9200 -- The menu is a bit larger at the Lakefront location, where you can order grilled shrimp (on a salad, po-boy or plate) and the garlic bread seafood boat, packed with choice, crispy selections. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $ (R-3) (F-2)

Deanie´s Seafood -- 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 834-1225 -- *Voted 'Best Seafood Restaurant' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- When it comes to fried seafood, Deanie's beckons to metro diners from its perch in Bucktown like a searchlight guiding passing ships through the fog. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $$ (F-2)

Soul Food
Dooky Chase Restaurant -- 2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0600 -- Every dish at Dooky Chase's resonates with slow-cooked care, thanks to the influence of matriarch Leah Chase. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $$ (G-4)

Dunbar´s -- 4927 Freret St., 899-0734 -- *Voted 'Best Soul Food' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- Go for their combination plate of red beans and rice and fried chicken -- all you can eat for five bucks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Visa, MC. $ (F-5)

Bangkok Thai -- 513 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-3932 -- Fans of Asian fare come here for such favorites as the happiness tray, featuring an assortment of traditional appetizers sure to produce a smile. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Major cards. $ (E-5)

Basil Leaf -- 1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001 -- *Voted 'Best Thai Restaurant' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- The paht Thai here is some of the best in town, but don't make the tempting mistake of ordering it every time. Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat. Major cards. $$ (F-5)

Vegetarian/Health Food
Eve's Market -- 4601 Freret St., 891-4015 -- This locally-owned health food store has quick meals to go, along with organic fruits, veggies and other eats. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards, checks. $ (F-6)

Old Dog New Trick -- 307 Exchange Alley, 522-4569 -- *Voted 'Best Healthy Menu' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- You'll enjoy deciding between the meatless Ben burgers, polenta pizza and tempeh teriyaki. No smoking. Lunch and dinner daily. Major cards. $ (S-4)

Whole Foods Market -- 3135 Esplanade Ave., 943-1626 -- Hot lunches, wines and pre-prepared plate dinners make Whole Foods more than your average organic grocery store. Open 8:30 a.m. -9:30 p.m. daily. Major cards. $ (G-4)


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