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1051 Annunciation St., (504) 324-3658;
Drum is served with black lemon honey and sassafras chimichurri. Cast iron-seared snapper court-bouillon is served with lemon parsley rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Saffron NOLA
505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 6, Gretna, (504) 363-2174;
Taramind shrimp features sauteed shrimp with onions and tamarind sauce. Grilled lamb chops come with khichdi (a rice and lentil mixture) and rogan josh curry sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards.  $$

St. Charles Tavern
1433 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-9823
The seafood plate features fried catfish, fried shrimp, a crab cake, french fries and coleslaw. White chocolate bread pudding is available for dessert. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

St. James Cheese Company
5004 Prytania St., (504) 899-4737; 641 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 304-1485;
Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions are served on Wild Flour multigrain bread with salad. The Cantal salad includes julienned French ham, sliced apples, walnuts, grated Cantal cheese, mixed greens and Dijon vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

St. Lawrence
219 N. Peters St., (504) 525-4111;
Three pieces of fried chicken are served with collard greens, mashed potatoes and chicken and tasso gravy. The soft shell BLT features a fried crab, green tomatoes, bacon, arugula and remoulade on a sesame Leidenheimer bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Saints & Sinners
627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307;
The crawfish dinner platter includes a pound and a half of crawfish, potatoes, sausage and corn. Pops' Banging shrimp po-boy is dressed with lettuce, tomato and pickles and served with french fries or coleslaw. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Mon., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Sake Cafe
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite B, Kenner, (504) 468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite A, Harahan, (504) 733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 779-7253;
The Tropical roll features tuna, salmon, yellowtail, snow crab, avocado and rice wrapped in soy paper with mango and sweet chili sauce. The summer roll features spicy tuna, snow crab and avocado wrapped in seaweed and topped with tuna, salmon and spicy mayonnaise. Lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. $$

Sake Cafe Uptown
2830 Magazine St., (504) 894-0033;
Thinly sliced ahi tuna and Fuji apple are served with goat cheese balls and ponzu-olive oil sauce. The New Orleans roll is stuffed with crawfish and avocado, topped with snow crab and spicy tuna and served with wasabi tobiko and eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Salon by Sucre
622 Conti St., (504) 267-7098;
Duck is served with pomegranate, caramel, watercress and a soft egg. The chicken and buttermilk waffles are served with spicy Steen's syrup. Reservations accepted. Brunch, lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

3226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5809;
Local jumbo shrimp are wrapped in bacon and served with butter pan sauce and green onions. Half a garlic-roasted chicken is served with butter-roasted fingerling potatoes, haricots verts amandine and natural jus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Salvo's Seafood
7742 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, (504) 393-7303;
The jumbo shrimp plate features a dozen butterflied shrimp, salad and fries, potato salad or coleslaw. The blackened catfish plate includes sauteed potatoes, corn on the cob, salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Sammy's Deli
3000 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 947-0675;
Black Jack chicken includes blackened chicken, chipotle Gouda and applewood-smoked bacon. The roast beef sandwich features slow-cooked garlic-stuffed roast beef with house-made gravy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sammy's Po-boys & Catering
901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-0916;
The Flickaletta is a muffuletta made with ham, salami, Swiss cheese and olive salad on French bread. The grilled shrimp platter features seasoned butterflied shrimp with two sides and French bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Samuel's Blind Pelican
1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9399
The fried green tomato stack includes three lightly battered tomato medallions, lump crabmeat, boiled shrimp and remoulade. The crawfish quesadilla is filled with sauteed bell peppers, garlic, crawfish tails and mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sandro's Trattoria
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7784;
Roasted chicken tops a salad of diced apples, roasted walnuts, olive salad and house dressing. Seafood cannelloni are stuffed with crawfish and crabmeat and served over angel hair pasta with seafood Alfredo sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Sassafras Creole & Seafood Restaurant
2501 Leon C. Simon Blvd., (504) 288-3939;
Smothered okra includes shrimp and smoked sausage in Creole tomato sauce served over rice with salad. St. Roch seafood pasta features sauteed crawfish tails and Gulf shrimp over angel hair pasta with cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Saucy's BBQ
4200 Magazine St., (504) 301-2755;
The two-meat combo plate includes a choice of two meats (beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork, alligator sausage, boudin or grilled chicken) and sides (goat cheese and macaroni, smoked beans, potato salad, coleslaw or grilled asparagus). The Smokeout burger is topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and Creole chipotle mayonnaise on a toasted brioche bun. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

4128 Magazine St., (504) 304-3667;
Sauteed Gulf shrimp are tossed with pappardelle pasta, grilled squash and zucchini and topped with lemon-basil vinaigrette. Local red snapper ceviche includes green papaya, cilantro, shaved red onions and leche de tigre. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

1330 Prytania St., (504) 302-2599;
Raw pad thai combines cucumber noodles, shredded carrots, cilantro, green onions, sprouts and almond-tamarind sauce. Loaded nachos feature cashew cheese, cashew sour cream, tomato, black beans, green onions and salsa. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Seither's Seafood
279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-1116;
Barbecue shrimp are served over linguine with grilled asparagus. Local fish is seasoned with lime, cilantro and jalapeno and served with avocado, pico de gallo and fried tortillas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, (504) 454-7930;
Shrimp Roban features sauteed shrimp in spicy cream sauce over shell pasta with green onions on top. Pasta jambalaya includes chicken, andouille, smoked Gouda cheese, Creole sauce, green onions and penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Shake Sugary
3304 St. Claude Ave., (504) 355-9345;
Vegan biscuits and gravy features gluten-free biscuits topped with mushroom gravy. Sweet items include apple-pecan-cinnamon muffins. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938;
A 10-ounce Angus rib-eye comes with salad and mashed potatoes, fries or chips; grilled onions and mushrooms are optional additions. The Philly cheese steak is served with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Shank Charcuterie
2352 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5281;
The charcuterie board includes a selection of salami, head cheese, sausages, cheese and accoutrements. Chicken and waffles is served as a sandwich with pimiento cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-4213;
Spicy lamb ragu is served with crispy chickpeas over hummus. Wood-roasted asparagus is served with red onion, tahini and dukka. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Shimmy Shack
1855 Dock St., Harahan, (504) 729-4442;
Blackened catfish is served with New Orleans barbecue shrimp and vegetable rice. The 8-ounce pressed Cuban burger is made with smoked ham, pepper Jack cheese, chipotle mayonnaise, mustard and pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Short Stop Po-Boys
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 885-4572;
The meatball po-boy features house-made beef meatballs topped with tomato sauce on Leidenheimer French bread. The roast beef po-boy is topped with debris sauce cooked with onions, garlic and spices and served on Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Shyan's Kitchen
3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 302-9901
Carrot and potato samosas get spicy heat from red chilies. Chicken tikka masala is served with raita. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Sidelines Bar & Grill
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-4002
Grilled tuna is served with a baked potato, vegetables and garlic bread. Grilled or fried mahi mahi tacos are served in flour tortillas with coleslaw, sour cream or cilantro sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Silk Road
2483 Royal St., (504) 944-6666;
Japanese-style sesame udon noodles are served with chicken, shrimp or tofu, shitake mushrooms and miso broth. Pan-seared black drum comes with mango sweet chili sauce and jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Slice Pizzeria
1513 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., (504) 897-4800; Loyola University, Carrollton Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., (504) 864-7492;
The Sportsman's Paradise pie features Gulf shrimp, Cajun-Italian sausage, caramelized onions, green bell peppers, tomatoes and green onions. The Wicked Garden white pizza is topped with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions and roasted garlic. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Slim Goodies Diner
3322 Magazine St., (504) 891-3447;
The Jewish Coonass features two potato latkes topped with grilled spinach, two eggs and crawfish etouffee. The Orleans Slammer includes hash browns, house-made chili, two thick strips of hickory-smoked bacon, two eggs and melted cheddar over toast or a biscuit. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

3300 Magazine St., (504) 342-2653;
The barbecue bacon cheeseburger features an Angus beef patty, Barq's barbecue sauce, haystack onions, applewood-smoked bacon and cheddar cheese on an egg bun. Spinach and goat cheese salad includes grilled or fried chicken, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cucumber, tomatoes, onions and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Smitty's Seafood
2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 468-1647
Smitty's seafood boat features fried shrimp, fish and oysters, stuffed crab, French bread and french fries. Barbecue shrimp are served in peppery butter sauce and come with salad and a choice of fries, baked macaroni, Cajun potatoes, potato salad or vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Smoke BBQ
1005 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 302-5307;
The Smokewich features sliced smoked brisket, house-made hot sausage and pimiento cheese on Weiss Guys Bakery bread. Smoke fries are hand-cut fries topped with burned brisket ends, smoked cheddar, house white sauce and green onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-0696;
Fish Marigny features a fried fillet topped with Gulf shrimp in Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style shell-on barbecue shrimp are sauteed with butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095;
Crispy whole Geaux fish features Louisiana Gulf fish, crawfish bouille and a creamy polenta cake with green onion aioli. Yellowfin tuna cones are served with pineapple ceviche and basil-avocado ice cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Southside Cafe
3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133;
Buffalo shrimp are served with a choice of wing sauces over a bed of lettuce with Ranch or blue cheese dressing. The grilled tuna steak sandwich features paneed, grilled or blackened yellowfin tuna topped with white remoulade on a sesame bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Speakeasy Bar & Grill
4345 Williams Blvd., Suite F, Kenner, (504) 466-4069
The Kenna burger features a ground beef and hot sausage patty. The grilled chicken sandwich is dressed with lettuce, pickles, onion and tomato and comes with fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Specialty Italian Bistro
2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 391-1090;
Shrimp scampi features shrimp sauteed in garlic, white wine, herbs and lemon butter over linguine with a choice of salad and garlic cheese bread. Deep-fried, pecan-crusted catfish is topped with pecan-maple sauce and served with sweet potato fries, salad and garlic cheese bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Splendid Pig
Roux Carre, 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 309-2073;
Por-ka-mein features lemon grass braised pork shoulder, rice vermicelli, slow-cooked egg, pickled vegetables and cilantro. The cochon de lait po-boy is dressed with roasted garlic mayonnaise, pickled turnips and arugula on French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Square Root
1800 Magazine St., (504) 309-7800;
The tasting menu features courses such as mussels with nasturtium and Calabrian chilies. Arctic char is served with onions, sunflowers and carrots. Reservations required. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

The Steak Knife Restaurant & Bar
888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981;
Shrimp bordelaise features jumbo Gulf shrimp sauteed with mushrooms, white wine and garlic butter and flamed with brandy. Pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna steak is served with lemon-caper beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Steamboat Natchez
Toulouse Street Wharf, 400 Toulouse St., (504) 586-8777;
Penne quattro formaggi features a blend of mozzarella, fontina, Asiago and BellaVitano cheeses. Natchez bread pudding is a souffle of La Louisiane Bakery French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with Callebaut Belgian white chocolate sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Stein's Market and Deli
2207 Magazine St., (504) 527-0771;
The Sam sandwich includes pastrami, Swiss cheese, house-made coleslaw and Russian dressing on Jewish rye bread. The Mumbler sandwich is made with prosciutto di Parma, arugula, Taleggio cheese and aged balsamic vinegar on house-made ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

Stepbrothers Bar & Grill
4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 889-9856
The super club sandwich combines ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on three slices of Texas toast. The cowboy burger is topped with bacon, cheddar, fried onion rings, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and pickles. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Stingray's Restaurant
1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 443-4040;
Eggplant sticks are battered in breadcrumbs, fried, topped with olive oil and Parmesan cheese and served with marinara. The Zydeco fish features fresh Gulf fillets stuffed with crabmeat dressing, deep-fried and topped with spicy Alfredo sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Store
814 Gravier St., (504) 322-2446;
The roasted turkey and brie sandwich is topped with caramelized onions and served on pressed sourdough or wheat. Shrimp nicoise salad features feta, green beans, shaved red onions, boiled Gulf shrimp, mixed greens, Kalamata olives, diced tomatoes, boiled egg and croutons with Creole mustard vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

The Stuffed Crab
3431 Houma Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, (504) 510-5444;
TSC crab salad features lump crabmeat salad placed in half of an avocado with lettuce. Crab au gratin features crabmeat in cream sauce topped with cheddar cheese and served with garlic bread and soup or salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

3025 Magazine St., (504) 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-2277;
French-style macarons are airy cookie sandwiches filled with mousseline. Gelato is available in flavors such as brown butter pecan. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sugar Park
3054 St. Claude Ave., (504) 942-2047;
The Billiburg pizza is topped with bacon, pineapple and jalapeno. The Brooklyn Bridge pie features spinach, mushrooms and fresh garlic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Suis Generis
3219 Burgundy St., (504) 309-7850;
The changing menu features dishes such as ricotta and spinach gnudi with porcini mushroom puree and shaved Romano cheese. Southern-style cheesecake is topped with fresh berries. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$

2200 Royal St., (504) 948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., (504) 373-6471;
.Grilled Waterfall duck is prepared with lime juice, onions, roasted rice powder and sweet basil and served over mixed greens. Soft-shell crabs are battered in panko, fried and served with vegetables and pineapple-chili Volcano sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Sun Ray Grill
2600 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite A, Gretna, (504) 391-0053;
The Orleans features a choice of fish that is pan seared and served with brown butter, green onions, mushrooms, jumbo lump crabmeat, spinach and tasso dressing. Plaquemines oyster bread features sauteed local oysters, artichokes, spinach and tomatoes in garlic cream sauce topped with fried oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Superior Grill
3636 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-4200;
Crawfish quesadillas feature tomato-basil tortillas and are topped with margarita sour cream. Grilled shrimp enchiladas are topped with tomatillo sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
4338 St. Charles Ave., (504) 293-3474;
Char-grilled oysters are topped with garlic, herbs, butter and Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Big Easy barbecue shrimp are sauteed with onions, garlic, herbs, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce and served with French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar
1418 Magazine St., (504) 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., (504) 895-5757;
Bananas Foster French toast is filled with banana cream cheese and topped with bananas, brown sugar rum sauce and powdered sugar. Shrimp and grits features Gulf shrimp atop a bowl of grits with bacon, scallions and French bread croutons. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Sweet Daddy's BBQ
420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166;
The pork taco special features two soft tacos dressed with chipotle mayonnaise, cheese and sour cream. Catfish Friday is a weekly special featuring thin-fried catfish strips served with two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123;
Shaved Brussels sprouts are tossed with apples, Pecorino Romano cheese and hazelnuts. Shiitake mushroom bruschetta is served with Gorgonzola dolce and charred green onion relish. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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