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808 Bienville St., 581-FINS (3467);
Chef-proprietor Tenney Flynn prepares fresh local seafood as well as fish flown in from around the globe. GW Fins features popular appetizers such as the wood-grilled shrimp and tempting entrees like horseradish-crusted drum. The bar offers a menu of 30 specialty martinis. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

209 Bourbon St., 525-2021;
Jackets are still required at dinner and all day Sunday at this century-old Creole landmark. The menu features its signature shrimp remoulade and crabmeat Maison, or a round-up of chilled seafood appetizers in the Galatoire grand goute. Classic Creole specialties include trout meuniere amandine, oysters Rockefeller, lamb chops bŽarnaise and fried soft-shell crabs in season. Chef Brian Landry crafts desserts like a sweet potato cheesecake and banana bread pudding. Reservations accepted for the upstairs dining room. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955
In Spring, the Galley is known for its soft-shell crabs at Jazz Fest. The restaurant offers a bevy of Italian dishes like paneed veal. A bounty of seafood is prepared in all manners from fried, to grilled to blackened. The blackened redfish is served with crawfish sauce. Boiled crawfish are available in season. There's also a seafood gumbo studded with shrimp, oysters and okra. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500; Known for its February infusions of heavenly cinnamon-laced King Cakes, this Crescent City institution also bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes year-round. The cafŽ at Gambino's (Metairie location only) offers muffulettas, sandwiches, panini, salads and slices of its many baked goods. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

435 Huey P. Long Drive, Gretna, 368-1114;
Gattuso's offers burgers with additions like blue cheese and portobello mushrooms. There's an extensive sandwich and wrap menu. Appetizers include calamari, fried pickles, and crab and corn bisque. Entrees feature choices like baby back ribs served with a watermelon barbecue sauce, spaghetti and meatballs and fried seafood. Side dishes include loaded baked potatoes and sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

8115 Oak St., 304-6908;
Italian flavors inform the menu at Gelato Pazzo, from the housemade gelatos to the panini sandwiches. While the cafŽ always offers new gelato flavors, some of the regulars include chocolate chip, vanilla, blood orange and Fruits of the Forest, which blends blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Panini sandwiches are grilled on ciabatta bread and include the Caprese with tomato, mozzarella and basil on toasted bread. The prosciutto, mozzarella and cappicola ham is a popular sandwich. There are also salads and daily hot specials like eggplant Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342
George's offers a full line of Mexican dishes and is particularly proud of its famous fajitas made with either beef or chicken which arrive at your table still sizzling, complemented by guacamole, pico de gallo and flour tortillas. The shrimp á la Mexicana features butterflied shrimp sautŽed in a spicy sauce made with tomatoes, onions and sweet peppers. It's served with guacamole salad, rice and beans. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4941 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 885-3515
Classic New Orleans Italian cuisine distinguishes this longtime Metairie favorite. The spaghetti and meatballs with Gio's famous homemade red gravy is a great comfort food. Or thicken the comfort with the four-layered meat lasagna with ricotta cheese, angel hair pasta and marinara sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593
Po-boys served on crusty French bread are among the highlights at Giorlando's, which also offers shrimp fettuccine and other Creole and Italian-inspired favorites. There are fried seafood platters and pasta dishes like spaghetti with meatballs served with a homemade sauce. The muffuletta is popular, and Giorlando's cooks its own roast beef for po-boys. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

838 Derbigny St., Gretna, 374-9620
The Bayou Burger is a combination of andouille sausage and ground beef topped with Creole mustard sauce. It stands alongside the Big Blue burger with Maytag blue cheese crumbles and salads with grilled tuna served over greens tossed with your choice of housemade dressings. On the seafood side, go with grilled yellowfin tuna on organic greens tossed with wasabi vinaigrette. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

200 Poydras St., 552-2739;
The beer garden of Gordon Biersch beckons with its outdoor perches for a mug of beer brewed on premises. In April, the brewery taps its amber-style maibock beer. Inside, the kitchen cooks up a menu with choices ranging from pizza and salad to sandwiches, pastas and meatloaf to local dishes like red beans and rice and gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524;
Pressing decisions await at the counter of this Uptown corner deli, which specializes in hot, pressed sandwiches. The chicken pesto melt pays off with sliced chicken breast, provolone, sun-dried tomato pesto, sautŽed onions and Creole mayo on French bread. The Milan special is a roast beef po-boy pressed the same way with onions, garlic horseradish mayo and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 466-8060
Ground Pati is famous for its namesake burger -- the Ground Pat'i -- made with ground chuck, grilled to order over an open flame and served open face on a toasted bun with fries and all the fixings. Barbecue fans can chow down on the rib and chicken combo with slow-cooked ribs and mesquite-grilled chicken breast covered in sauce and served with salad, Texas toast, coleslaw, beans and a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3613 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 838-8311;
It may be known as "junior" but this smaller version of Ground Pat'i delivers flavors big enough for the most hearty appetite. The cheeseburger combo includes a fresh ground-chuck patty grilled, dressed to order and served with a drink and choice of side. The grilled beef brisket combo includes slices of seasoned brisket topped with barbecue sauce, dressed and served with a side and soft drink. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390
In addition to serving its customers as a meat market, Guillory's Grocery's kitchen -- home of the "krispy crunchy chicken" -- also prepares a long list of po-boys, burgers and salads, plus homemade hot tamales, jambalaya and rotating daily specials such as fried pork chops and red beans and rice with smoked sausage. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578;
This stylishly designed St. Charles Avenue restaurant reels in the crowds with a seafood-focused menu, a lively bar scene and live music nightly. Try oysters St. Charles, a combination of fried oysters on a bed of creamed spinach with hot sauce and aioli or go for grilled snapper topped with shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards $$$

640 St. Peter St., 525-1486;
Springtime is high season for a seat in the courtyard with one of the Gumbo Shop's signature blender cocktails in hand. The restaurant's namesake gumbos never fail to please. Try the jambalaya, etouffŽe, or alligator sauce piquant. Po-boys and Southern sides like turnip greens are also popular. Desserts include hot bread pudding with whiskey sauce and Southern pecan pie. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

5259 Magazine St., 891-5025
Guy's is a popular lunch spot on the edge of the university neighborhoods. Hot roast beef po-boys feature home cooked beef and homemade gravy. Other popular po-poys include a familiar range of fried seafood options. For a change of pace, there are daily specials. Wednesday brings homemade meatballs over spaghetti served with a salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $


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