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2535 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-0955
In a small, unpretentious building on Metairie Road, the Galley restaurant serves fried, grilled, boiled and blackened seafood and New Orleans favorites. Every spring, they take their act on the road, so to speak, in a stint at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where they serve soft-shell crabs. The patio is a good place to be during Friday dinner. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

8117 Maple St. 861-0067
The Riverbend is seeing increasing traffic as a dining destination, but restaurants such as G.B.'s Patio Bar and Grill, which has been open since the mid-1990s, helped lead the way. Grilled fish, baked potatoes and bar food such as nachos and Buffalo wings keep regulars coming back. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

435 Huey P. Long Drive, Gretna 368-1114
This Gretna deli is known for bargain prices and generous portions. The huge muffuletta with homemade olive salad is a house specialty, and wraps, sandwiches, and appetizers are also on the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $

741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie 835-8593
Poor-boys served on crusty French bread are among the highlights at Giorlando's, which also offers shrimp fettucine and other Creole and Italian-inspired favorites. The seafood is fried expertly, the roast beef melts on the tongue, and the dining room — in a converted bar — is always crowded. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

4941 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie 885-3515
Viva la red sauce! Gio's prides itself on its housemade marinara and the fresh vegetables it uses for pizza toppings, as well as its Italian specialties — eggplant, veal or chicken Parmesan and manicotti, for example. It's a local landmark-in-the-making deep in Metairie. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

838 Derbigny St., Gretna 374-9620
Entrees change from day to day, but you can always get a range of salads and sandwiches, including a grilled yellowfin tuna fillet on your choice of sourdough, multi-grain or chiabatta bread with mixed greens and your choice of dressings. All the greens are organic here, and everything is made fresh daily. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

200 Poydras St. 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.comGordon Biersch brews beers that satisfy the adventurous of palate, but its lengthy lunch and dinner menus are as sturdy and tasty as its libations. Seafood, burgers, pizza, pasta — bring a big group and taste a bit of everything. Appetizer sampler platters make the decision that much easier. Validated free parking is available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

814 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 893-4208; 3124 David Drive, Metairie 887-9449
Ground Pat'I has come a long way since its burger-heavy early days, but the namesake menu item is still the main attraction, an 8-ounce patty grilled as you request it. For a change of pace, try a salad and baked Pat'ato with barbecued pork. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

640 St. Peter St. 525-1486; www.gumboshop.comGumbo and New Orleans classics such as crawfish etouffee dominate the menu here, and with good reason. Their earthy, spicy flavors meld into a dish that represents the city's best cooking and redefines comfort food. The line often trails out of the brick entrance onto St. Peter Street. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

808 Bienville St. 581-3467;
The bounty of the sea is always on the menu at GW Fins, steered by award-winning Chef-owner Tenney Flynn. Choose from crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, scallops and more kinds of fish than you can shake a cane pole at! The menu changes daily in this large, well-lit place, but one typical entr — e is the chilean sea bass with white shrimp, and lobster two ways — as dumplings or split, fried and served with honey-Creole mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

709 St. Charles Ave. 528-9008;
A casual, friendly restaurant close to the Central Business District, Gypsy's Caf — features a regular menu (gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice) and daily specials such as the Gypsy chicken, a grilled chicken breast and garlic-lemon sauce over angel-hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Late breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


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