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P&G Restaurant
345 Baronne St., (504) 525-9678
The fried shrimp po-boy fills French bread with shrimp, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise and ketchup, cocktail sauce or tartar sauce. Red beans and rice come with French bread and a choice of smoked or hot sausage. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PJ'S Coffee
This locally founded coffee chain offers its own roasts in hot and cold coffee drinks and a selection of bagels, pastries, muffins and more. On the cool side, PJ's granita is a slushy frozen coffee drink. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Palace Cafe
605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661;
Palace Cafe serves creative Creole dishes. Crabmeat cheesecake is baked with a pecan crust and topped with wild mushroom sauce and Creole meuniere. Pan-roasted andouille-crusted fish is served with Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc and chive aioli. For dessert, there's white chocolate bread pudding. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Palm Court Jazz Cafe
1204 Decatur St., (504) 525-0200;
Creole beef Indienne is simmered with tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, onions and spices and served with mango chutney and rice. Chicken Ambrosia is a sauteed chicken breast served with fennel-Pernod cream sauce and spinach fettuccine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Paradise Cafe
3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-4141;
Grilled shrimp salad includes tomato, black olives, cheddar, egg and remoulade dressing. The double-decker club deluxe sandwich comes with ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047;
The roast beef po-boy features slow-cooked roast beef in gravy. The surf-and-turf po-boy tops fried shrimp with roast beef gravy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Parran's Po-Boys
3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-3416;
Parran's seafood muffuletta includes fried shrimp, catfish and oysters dressed with Cajun mayonnaise. Blackened shrimp fill a po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Parrot Pete's
Fountain Park Centre, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 362-9780;
Red beans and rice are a Monday special. Goin' Bananas pancakes are pancakes topped with flambeed bananas and brown sugar and whipped cream. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Pascal's Manale
1838 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-4877;
Signature New Orleans barbecue shrimp features head-on Gulf shrimp in tangy, buttery sauce served with French bread. The combination pan roast includes oysters, shrimp and crabmeat seasoned with parsley and shallots. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Patio Restaurant
5540 Crowder Blvd., (504) 240-6744
The seafood baked potato is stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish, green onions and cheese. Gumbo features house-made smoked sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

6078 Laurel St., (504) 895-9441;
Mississippi rabbit is stuffed with boudin, wrapped in crispy chicken skins and served with roasted fingerling sweet potatoes, braised kale with tasso and Creole mustard jus. Grilled octopus is served with white bean hummus and sprouts in harissa vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

The PeaceBaker
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 888-9094;
Baked goods include blueberry- and strawberry-filled scones and chocolate-filled eclairs. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Peche Seafood Grill
800 Magazine St., (504) 522-1744;
Chefs Donald Link and Ryan Prewitt present a refined take on a Louisiana fish house. The rotating selection from the raw bar includes oysters and tuna preparations. Grilled whole redfish with salsa verde is one of the changing daily whole fish specials for two or more to share. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Pepperoni's Cafe
8123 Hampson St., (504) 865-0336;
Strawberry Field salad features mixed greens, tomatoes, walnuts, onions, feta cheese, strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette. Chicken Caprese panino features grilled chicken breast, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and pesto aioli. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Pere Antoine Restaurant
741 Royal St., (504) 581-4478;
Crawfish and crab cake Pontchartrain features pasta topped with crawfish, crab cakes and lemon-butter sauce. The New Orleans sampler includes shrimp Creole, red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Petite Amelie
900 Royal St., (504) 412-8065;
This cafe serves cookies, coconut cream pies, Meyer lemon bars, eclairs, tea cakes and more. The menu includes sandwiches, salads and items such as panini waffle melts and house-made turnovers with local sausage, boudin and vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Petunia's Place
2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436;
Grilled redfish is topped with creamy crawfish sauce and served with garlic butter pasta. Breaded eggplant is topped with fried oysters, house-made artichoke dressing and creamy shrimp sauce and served with garlic butter pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards.  $$

Phil's Grill
748 Camp St., (504) 309-7702; 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-1705; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 324-9080;
These burger joints offer build-your-own burgers with many bun and topping options, as well as a menu of specialty burgers. The Fat City features a battered and fried Black Angus patty stuffed with cheddar cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato and a fried egg. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Pho Cam Ly
3814 Magazine St., (504) 644-4228;
The array of rice paper spring rolls include goi cuon bo, filled with vermicelli, avocado and vegetables. Pho dac biet features beef broth, eye of round, brisket, meatballs and vermicelli and comes with cilantro, basil, bean sprouts, lime and jalapeno. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Pho Hoa Restaurant
1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-2094;
Bun bi is a vermicelli noodle salad of lettuce, sprouts, cucumbers, cilantro, fried onions, peanuts and fish sauce, topped with shredded pork tossed in rice powder and garlic. Crab rangoons are fried wontons stuffed with cream cheese, crabmeat and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 941-7690;
The Saigon crepe includes shrimp, pork and sprouts and is served with lettuce, cucumbers, herbs and fish sauce. Vietnamese chicken salad combines shredded chicken, cabbage, pickled vegetables, cilantro, peanuts, green onions, chili vinaigrette and shrimp chips. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Pho Orchid
1401 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 301-3368; 2135 St. Charles Ave., (504) 609-3710; 3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 457-4188;
Bo tai chanh features lemon-marinated medium-rare sliced beef, onion, lime and plum sauce. Bun bo hue is a spicy beef noodle soup served with basil, bean sprouts, limes and jalapenos. Reservations accepted at Houma Boulevard. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Pho Tau Bay
113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 368-9846
Pho tai soup comes with medium-rare beef and rice noodles. Combination pho includes sliced beef and pork in beef broth with noodles and herbs. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Phoenicia Restaurant
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-9950
Chicken shawarma features chicken breast marinated with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs. T-bone steak is marinated overnight with a house blend of seasonings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pie, Pizza & Pastas
814 S. Peters St., (504) 528-2743;
Carnivore pie is topped with bacon, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, ham and pepperoni. Traditional Italian lasagna is made in-house. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

Pier 424 Seafood Market
424 Bourbon St., (504) 309-1574;
A grilled drum fillet is topped with blue crabmeat and served with vegetables, brabant potatoes and grenobloise. Panzanella salad features tomato, avocado, red onions, smoked pecans, toasted French bread, preserved lemon oil, balsamic vinegar and blue cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Pinkberry offers frozen and Greek yogurt in cups or waffle cones with a large selection of toppings. Pinkberry shakes are made with frozen yogurt and can include combinations such as mango-pineapple and chocolate-peanut butter. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Pita Pit
5800 Magazine St., (504) 899-4141;
The chicken Caesar pita has grilled chicken, bacon and romaine lettuce. The Philly steak pita comes with thinly sliced beef and grilled onions, mushrooms and green peppers. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Pizza Delicious
617 Piety St., (504) 676-8482;
New York-style thin crust pizza is available by the slice or whole pie. The margherita pie is topped with fresh mozzarella, olive oil, Parmesan and basil. The vegan Campanelle comes with tomatoes, kale, red peppers and roasted eggplant puree. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Pizza Florence
4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7888;
The chicken Caesar lavash wrap combines grilled chicken, mozzarella, Parmesan, romaine and Caesar dressing. Classic lasagna comes with a Caesar or Italian salad and garlic bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pizza Man of Covington
1248 Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874;
Wow pizza features an extra-virgin olive oil base, crabmeat, artichoke hearts, garlic and Romano cheese. Pizza Palace has thinly sliced pepperoni, Italian sausage, house-made meatballs, green peppers and onion. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Pizza NOLA
141 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 872-0731;
The Pontchartrain pizza tops a garlic and olive oil base with shrimp, basil, mushrooms, spinach and red peppers. The California club sandwich features bacon, turkey, lettuce, tomato and avocado on a homemade focaccia roll. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Pizzicare Pizzeria
3001 Tulane Ave., (504) 301-4823;
Pulled pork and bacon barbecue pizza comes with cheddar cheese and red and green onions. Build-your-own salads feature vegetables from local farmers markets and dressings by Liberty's Kitchen. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $

The Poboy Company
1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 778-2460;
The Surf-n-Turf po-boy is made with fried shrimp topped with roast beef debris, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Roast beef is dipped in jus and dressed with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles for a po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar
Spanish Plaza, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 80, (504) 247-9265;
The Cajun burger is a char-grilled patty seasoned with Cajun spices, topped with cheese and served with Cajun fries. The Slugger is a triple-decker sandwich with layers of turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese and pickles on rye bread, served with Cajun fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave., (504) 523-0120;
The 14-ounce rib-eye is served with a baked potato, salad and bread. Half-pound burgers are served with a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Porter & Luke's1
517 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 875-4555;
Roasted ham shank is served with red beans and rice. Soup choices include the gumbo du jour and turtle soup. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Praline Connection
542 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-3934;
File gumbo is made with shrimp, crab and smoked sausage. Crawfish etouffee features crawfish tails smothered in tomato-based gravy served with rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Puccino's Coffeehouse
3544 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 309-4322; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 780-9970; Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-3151;
The iced Puccino mocha is an iced latte mixed with Ghirardelli or white chocolate. The smoked salmon BLT includes smoked salmon, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and tangy remoulade. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Pure Yogurt Culture
8108 Hampson St., (504) 864-8108;
This shop offers a changing selection of yogurts, but popular flavors include salted caramel and German chocolate cake. Patrons always have the option of ordering the Who Dat mystery flavor. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Pyramids Cafe
3151 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602;
Lamb chops are marinated with olive oil, herbs and spices, grilled and served with hummus and salad. The vegetarian plate features hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh and falafel. All plates come with white or whole wheat pita. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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