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click to enlarge Kevin LaCour serves a bagel burger at Bagels & Bytes.

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Kevin LaCour serves a bagel burger at Bagels & Bytes.

BB King's Blues Club
1104 Decatur St., (504) 934-5464; www.bbkings.com/new-orleans
The barbecue brisket melt features house-smoked meat, bacon, American cheese, Tabasco onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and house barbecue sauce. Shrimp and grits combines sauteed Gulf shrimp, tasso, okra, garlic and Cajun spices and is served over cheddar grits with diced tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Babylon Cafe
7724 Maple St., (504) 314-0010; www.babyloncafe.biz
Beef shawarma features beef marinated with garlic, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and Middle Eastern spices, served with hummus and salad. The appetizer sampler includes hummus, baba ghanoush, labneh, falafel, tabbouleh and grape leaves. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bacchanal Wine
600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com
Roasted fingerling potatoes are served with truffle oil, ricotta cheese and house-smoked almonds. Grilled bavette steak is served with strawberries, lebneh and steak frites. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Back to the Garden
833 Howard Ave., Suite 100, (504) 299-8792
The cheddar melt features tomato, melted cheese and a choice of sliced turkey breast, chicken salad or tuna salad on an English muffin. Seafood gumbo combines a thick roux, crabmeat, shrimp, okra and brown rice. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

Backspace Bar & Kitchen
139 Chartres St., (504) 322-2245; www.backspacenola.com
A shrimp remoulade wrap features spicy boiled shrimp, mirliton, lettuce and tomato. The Hemingway Cuban includes pulled pork, prosciutto, Swiss cheese, pickles and grain mustard on French bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

The Backyard
244 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 309-8767; www.thebackyardnola.com
House-smoked brisket is served on a Weiss Guys bun with shaved onions, house-made pickles and barbecue sauce on the side. A burger features two ground chuck patties, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles, shaved onions and choices of cheese and other toppings. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Bacobar
70437 Highway 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 893-2450; www.bacobarnola.com
Spiced sesame Gulf tuna is served with fried brown rice, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potato puree and pickled vegetable slaw. A steamed bao is filled with chipotle-agave beef brisket debris, Brussels sprouts, lime-onion relish and shallots. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bagels & Bytes
1001 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-7968; www.bagelsandbytes.com
The selection of New York's Davidovich Bagels includes pumpernickel, whole wheat, onion, garlic, blueberry, cinnamon-raisin, poppy seed and more. A cheeseburger is served on a bagel dressed with lettuce, tomato and red onion and comes with fries. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Bakery Bar
1179 Annunciation St., (504) 265-8884; www.bakery.bar
A shrimp and grits waffle is served with black-bean cane syrup and lime scallion butter. The spicy chocolate pave features cayenne ginger ganache, Florentine crumble and ginger creme anglaise. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Balise
640 Carondelet St., (504) 459-4449; www.balisenola.com
Baked rigatoni features beef cheek ragout, shiitake mushrooms and fontal cheese. Gulf fish stew includes roasted peppers, charred tomatoes, mustard greens and tarragon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Bamboula's
514 Frenchmen St., (504) 944-8461; www.bamboulasnola.com
The Ultimate grilled cheese sandwich includes blackened shrimp and Gouda cheese on sourdough bread and is served with french fries. The seafood BLT features fried shrimp, a fried green tomato, bacon, lettuce, Parmesan and green onion remoulade on a brioche bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Banana Blossom
2112 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite 10, Gretna, (504) 392-7530; www.bananablossom504.com
The menu of Thai dishes includes Chiang Mai noodles, which is egg noodles, red onions, cilantro and curry sauce with crispy fried egg noodles on top. Fried coconut shrimp top spicy red curry over jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Banh Mi Boys
5001 Airline Drive, Suite B, Metairie, (504) 510-5360; www.bmbmetairie.com
"Cajun crack" fries are topped with chicken skin, applewood-smoked bacon, hot crackling crumbles and ranch dressing. The spicy Asian barbecue brisket banh mi features a hoisin-based house-made spicy Asian barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Bar Frances
4525 Freret St., (504) 371-5043; www.barfrances.com
Mushroom toast is made with Bellegarde Bakery country loaf, mushroom duxelle and grilled and pickled mushrooms. Grilled hanger steak comes with french fries, garlic aioli and arugula. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Bar Redux
801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.barredux.com
Slow-cooked Jamaican pulled chicken is dressed with jerk barbecue sauce and pickles on a roll and served with fries. The vegan burger features red quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans, spinach, Swiss chard, baby bok choy, carrots, habanero peppers, fresh ginger and spices and is served with pineapple fries. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Barcadia
601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1740; www.barcadianeworleans.com
The Black and Blue salad features blackberries, blue cheese, green onion, bacon and basil over spring greens with honey-balsamic vinaigrette. The Full Monty burger is topped with Swiss cheese, bacon, fried onions, avocado, lettuce and mayonnaise. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Barcelona Tapas
720 Dublin St., (504) 861-9696; www.barcelonanola.com
The menu includes paella and hot and cold tapas. Patatas bravas are fried potatoes drizzled with Catalan brava sauce or aioli. New Zealand lamb chops are rubbed with herbs, pan-seared and served with fries. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Barley Oak
2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com
The Reuben features corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. The cheese board includes smoked Gouda, manchego, brie, Havarti, fruit and focaccia bread. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Baru
3700 Magazine St., (504) 895-2225; www.barutapas.com
Chuzos are marinated skirt steak skewers served with chimichurri. Mazorca is grilled corn served with shoestring potatoes, salao cheese and salsa rosada. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Basin Seafood & Spirits
3222 Magazine St., (504) 302-7391; www.basinseafoodnola.com
Raine's Farm wagyu meatballs are served with tomato gravy, Parmigiano Reggiano and parsley in spaghetti pasta. Barbecue jumbo shrimp top stone-ground grits and are served with sauteed kale, bacon and Kay Kay's barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Bayona
430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455; www.bayona.com
King salmon is breaded, sauteed and served with choucroute, grilled Red Bliss potatoes and gewurtztraminer butter sauce. The smoked duck "PB & J" includes house-smoked duck, cashew butter and pepper jelly on Wild Flour multigrain bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Bayou Bar
Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., (504) 323-1456; www.bayoubarneworleans.com
Fried muffuletta spring rolls are filled with Chisesi ham, mortadella, salami and olive salad and served with remoulade. The 1&1 burger includes an 8-ounce beef patty, bacon, bone marrow butter, cheese curds, hickory sauce, pickles and Sriracha aioli and comes with house-cut fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com
The house burger is a 10-ounce beef patty served on a sesame seed bun. Disco fries are french fries topped with house-made beef debris, gravy and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Bayou Burger & Sports Company
503 Bourbon St., (504) 529-4256; 3226 Magazine St., (504) 224-6024; www.bayouburger.com
The Engine 29 features a ground beef and spicy sausage patty dressed with grilled jalapenos, pepper Jack cheese, coleslaw, red onions and Tabasco mayonnaise on a toasted brioche bun. Cochon nachos feature smoked pulled pork, melted cheeses, barbecue sauce, coleslaw, onions and sour cream over tortilla chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Bayou Hot Wings
6221 S. Claiborne Ave., Suite 104, (504) 865-9464; www.bayouhotwings.com
Hot wings and chicken tenders come with a choice of sauces such as garlic butter-Parmesan, chipotle barbecue, pepper jelly and spicy pepper with varying levels of heat. Side items include onion rings, sweet potato fries, jambalaya and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Bayou Market Buffet
Boomtown Casino New Orleans, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711; www.boomtownneworleans.com/dining/
bayou-market-buffetThe dinner buffet features Southern favorites such as fried chicken, shrimp and oysters. Boiled crawfish are a frequent special. At the brunch buffet, waffles are made to order. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards.  $$

Bayou Wine Garden
315 N. Rendon St., (504) 826-2925; www.bayouwinegarden.com
The bacon and brie sandwich features cane syrup-laced bacon, brie and blueberry-black pepper compote on brioche. Diners can assemble cheese and charcuterie platters from menus of house-cured meats and imported cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Beach House & Kona Coffee
124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331; www.beachhousemandeville.com
The Aloha burger is topped with pineapple, Swiss cheese and teriyaki sauce. Street tacos can be filled with fish, shrimp, pork, chicken or steak and come with fries and black beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29
321 N. Peters St., (504) 609-3811; www.latitude29nola.com
Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's tiki bar has a Polynesian-inspired menu. Loco Moco is a beef patty topped with shiitake mushrooms, soy glaze, coconut rice and a fried egg. Bakwan jagung are Indonesian-style corn, leek and mirliton fritters served with sweet soy dipping sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., (504) 488-7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.com
The 10-ounce bacon cheeseburger is topped with shredded cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle and served on a white, wheat or jalapeno-wheat bun. A grilled 8-ounce tuna steak is served in a sandwich or on a salad with tuna sauce on the side. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Bear's Poboys at Gennaro's
3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 833-9226; www.bearspoboys.com
The alligator and pork sausage po-boy comes dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise on a bun or Leidenheimer French bread. The Suga burger features fried jalapenos, pepper Jack cheese and barbecue sauce on bun or French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Beef Connection Steakhouse
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, (504) 366-3275
A la carte steaks such as the Angus beef filet mignon are topped with hot drawn butter. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp are served in pepper sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

Belle's Diner
1122 Decatur St., (504) 566-6003; www.bellesdinerneworleans.com
The Bayou Bomber sandwich features hot sausage, egg and American cheese on brioche. Elvis waffles and pancakes are topped with chocolate, bacon and banana. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Credit cards. $

Bennachin
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-1230
The menu includes central and West African dishes. Domoda is a beef and ground peanut stew served over rice. Vegetarian kone ni makondo is black-eyed pea, onion and tomato stew with fried plantains and coconut rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Betsy's Pancake House
2542 Canal St., (504) 822-0214
The breakfast special features two eggs, bacon, grits and pancakes or toast. Monday's red beans and rice special comes with smoked sausage, a pork chop or a ham shank. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Bevi Seafood Co.
236 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7503; 4701 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 885-5003; www.beviseafoodco.com
The Cure po-boy features three hot sausage patties, eggs over-easy and pepper jelly mayonnaise. Head-on Gulf shrimp are smothered in Canebrake beer sauce and served with toasted Leidenheimer bread. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

The Big Cheezy
422 1/2 S. Broad St., (504) 302-2598; 3232 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 305-5349; Henry's Uptown Bar, 5101 Magazine St., (504) 258-4075; www.thebigcheezy.com
The Mac N' Cheezy is a grilled sandwich filled with four-cheese macaroni and cheese. The Juice is a grilled cheese sandwich with roast beef debris, caramelized onions and grilled bell peppers. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Big Easy Cafe & Daiquiris
1545 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, (504) 323-2111; 4517 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 323-2115; www.bigeasycafes.com
The Big Cheezy features pepper Jack, cheddar, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and tomato on Texas toast. The Big Easy Cajun burger combines an 8-ounce Angus beef patty, Patton's hot sausage, pepper Jack cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on a cheddar-jalapeno bun. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

biscuits & buns on banks
4337 Banks St., (504) 273-4600; www.biscuitsand- bunsonbanks.com
A waffle is topped with triple-cream brie and blueberry compote. Chicken tenders are served with andouille and chorizo sausage gravy. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Bistreaux
Maison Dupuy, 1001 Toulouse St., (504) 586-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/dining
Seafood linguine features shrimp, crabmeat, house-made linguine, butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, oyster mushrooms and crab butter. A pairing of roasted and confit duck includes a seared duck breast, Brussels sprouts and beet confit duck leg hash, sweet potatoes and fig glaze. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Bistro Byronz
1901 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595; www.bistrobyronz.com
Artichoke cakes are topped with sauteed spinach Alfredo, diced tomatoes and Parmesan and feta cheeses. Chicken and shrimp are optional additions. Grilled fillet of rainbow trout is served with asparagus and a potato cake. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bistro Daisy
5831 Magazine St., (504) 899-6987; www.bistrodaisy.com
Gulf seafood bouillabaisse features saffron and Herbsaint broth and a rouille crouton. Gala apple and Belgian endive salad includes toasted walnuts, Amish blue cheese and white wine vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Bistro Orleans
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 304-1469; www.bistroorleansmetairie.com
Thin-cut wild Des Allemands catfish is served with french fries, coleslaw and French bread. Char-grilled oysters are topped with Parmesan and garlic butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bittersweet Confections
725 Magazine St., (504) 523-2626; St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave., (504) 523-2626; www.bittersweetconfections.com
The breakfast bowl features a buttermilk biscuit topped with sausage gravy, cheese grits, bacon, an egg and green onions. The menu also includes soup, quiche, baked goods and espresso drinks. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Blaze Pizza
611 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 325-2169; 5001 Freret St., (504) 603-2195; www.blazepizza.com
Build-your-own pie options include sauces (tomato, spicy tomato or cream), cheeses, meats, vegetables and additions such as pesto or barbecue sauce. The Green Stripe pie features chicken, red bell peppers, arugula, mozzarella and garlic. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Blind Pelican
1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9399
The menu includes raw and char-grilled oysters and boiled crawfish with sausage, potatoes and corn. The Blind Pelican pizza is topped with Italian sausage, grilled shrimp, applewood-smoked bacon, peppers, roasted garlic, black olives and house marinara. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri-Sat. Credit cards. $

The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar
7900 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 284-2898; www.thebluecrabnola.com
The Blue Crab platter features fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, fried crab claws and choice of fried stuffed crab or seasonal fried soft-shell crab. Ponchartrain pasta is sauteed shrimp or chicken tossed with penne in Alfredo sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Blue Dot Donuts
4301 Canal St., (504) 218-4866; www.bluedotdonuts.com
Original doughnut flavors include banana cream, orange cream, peanut butter and jelly, blueberry, wedding cake and chocolate coconut. There also are maple-glazed long johns, doughnut holes, buttermilk drops, eclairs, bear claws, maple bars and more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Blue Line Sandwich Co.
2023 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 309-3773; www.bluelinesandwichco.com
The cochon de lait biscuit consists of slow-cooked pork and grilled tomatoes smothered in red-eye gravy and served open-faced with two fried eggs. Crab Louie salad features Louisiana crabmeat, avocado, tomato, chopped eggs, chopped romaine lettuce and remoulade. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Blue Oak BBQ
900 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 822-2583; www.blueoakbbq.com
The combo includes three meats such as brisket, ribs or smoked wings and two sides, including roasted garlic macaroni and cheese and Brussels sprouts. Barbecue nachos feature a choice of meat served over tortilla chips with pico de gallo, jalapenos, queso and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Blue Tomato Restaurant and Cantina
4401 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 734-3000
Sweet Thai salmon is served with Caribbean slaw and smothered green beans. The Blue Ribbon burger is a 12-ounce ground steak patty topped with smoked bacon, grilled jalapenos and melted Jack and cheddar cheeses on a toasted seeded bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon
4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 324-6841; www.bobbyheberts.com
Bobby & Deke's Mardi Gras pasta features shrimp, crawfish tails, bell peppers and onions in Alfredo sauce. JoJo's salad includes grilled shrimp, avocado, tomato, hearts of palm, Parmesan, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bombay Club
Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., (504) 577-2237; www.bombayclubneworleans.com
Fried Brussels sprouts are served with bacon jam and orange-based Maltese sauce. Ginger beer-braised beef short ribs are served with brown butter, ginger and garlic fried rice, caramelized savoy cabbage and curry-roasted peanut and herb salad. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St., (504) 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com
Redfish Bon Ton is a sauteed black drum fillet served with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Oysters Alvin are deep-fried Louisiana oysters served over rice with a beef stock reduction and lemon. Reservations for dinner only. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

Bonefish Grill
4848 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, (504) 780-9964; www.bonefishgrill.com
Bang Bang shrimp features fried shrimp with spicy cream sauce. Wood-grilled shrimp and scallops are served with a choice of sauces such as herb pesto, lime-tomato-garlic, mango salsa or lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Bop's Frozen Custard
2660 Florida St., Suite K, Mandeville, (985) 727-5003; www.bopsfrozencustard.com
A Snappy Turtle is a sundae layered with hot fudge, caramel and pecans. Bop's Favorite concrete is a thick frozen custard blended with chocolate and strawberries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Borgne
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 613-3860; www.borgnerestaurant.com
Black drum a la Plancha is served with brown butter, pecans, and jumbo lump crabmeat. A fried oyster BLT includes pork belly, lettuce, tomato and Tabasco mayonnaise on Texas toast and is served with french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Bosco's Italian Cafe
2040 Highway 59, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com
A muffuletta includes salami, mortadella, smoked ham, mozzarella and provolone cheeses and olive salad. Pan-fried redfish Giovanna is topped with crabmeat, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and lemon-butter cream sauce and served with sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Boswell's Jamaican Grill
3521 Tulane Ave., (504) 482-6600
Jerk chicken comes with plantains and two sides. Oxtail stew is served with broad beans and plantains. Lunch is served buffet-style. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Boucherie
1506 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-5514; www.boucherienola.com
Smoked wagyu beef brisket is served with garlic Parmesan fries. Blackened shrimp come with a grits cake and house-made bacon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Boulevard American Bistro
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-2301; www.boulevardbistro.com
The pressed Cuban sandwich features braised pork belly, ham, Jack cheese and bread-and-butter pickles on buttered French bread and is served with coleslaw. Slow-roasted prime rib au jus is served with a loaded baked potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Bouligny Tavern
3641 Magazine St., (504) 891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com
Chef John Harris' tavern offers a menu of small plates, cheese and charcuterie. Fried Brussels sprouts are served with pickled red onion, toasted hazelnuts and shallots in brown butter. The sirloin burger is a 7-ounce beef patty dressed with herb aioli, roasted Roma tomato, arugula and garlic. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com
The Gulf seafood Showcase sampler features char-broiled oysters, grilled jumbo shrimp, meuniere-crusted fish, crab claws bordelaise, crab-boiled red potatoes and grilled onions. Redfish on the half-shell is a skin-on fillet topped with red onion and frisee salad and served with crab-boil red potatoes and lemon beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Bourree
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 510-4040; www.bourreenola.com
A spicy fried chicken sandwich is topped with house-made pickles and served on a Dong Phuong milk bun. House-made spicy sausage and cheddar cheese fill a meat pie. There are crawfish boils during Sunday lunch in spring. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks.  $

Bratz Y'all!
617 B Piety St., (504) 301-3222; www.bratzyall.com
The Nuernberger is a pork bratwurst topped with sauerkraut, caramelized onions and mustard on a pretzel bun. The NOLA schnitzel is a breaded pork loin topped with crawfish remoulade slaw on a seeded bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Bravo! Cucina Italiana
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com
A trio of grilled double lamb chops is served with mushroom Marsala over stone-ground polenta with balsamic roasted mushrooms and shallots. Spicy scallop marinara combines bay scallops, basil, caramelized onion, artichoke and spinach over angel hair pasta. It's topped with pesto breadcrumbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Brazilian Market & Cafe
2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 468-3533
Beef churrasquinho is a beef kebab served with rice, beans, onions, salad and fries. Traditional feijoada — a black bean stew with pork sausage, ribs and shoulder and served with collard greens, orange slices and farofa — is a Saturday special. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Breads on Oak
8640 Oak St., (504) 324-8271; www.breadsonoak.com
Cashew-ricotta tarts are made with organic spinach and artichoke. The Friendly Pig sandwich features vegan Chao "cheese," smoky tempeh, roasted tomato and pickled jalapenos with house-made remoulade. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Breaux Mart
Citywide; www.breauxmart.com
The deli counter's rotating lunch specials include red beans and rice with a pork chop, chicken-fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, fried shrimp or catfish with macaroni and cheese and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Brennan's New Orleans
417 Royal St., (504) 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com
Eggs Hussard is made with house-baked English muffins, coffee-cured Canadian bacon, hollandaise and marchand de vin. Slow-baked Gulf fish is served with butter-poached crab, oysters and shrimp, fennel-potato puree and Herbsaint nage. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Brewster's
8751 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 309-7548; www.brewstersrestaurant.com
The 10-ounce filet mignon is topped with garlic butter and comes with two pieces of garlic bread and a side. The Brewster burger features a 10-ounce patty topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles and is served with a choice of fries, a baked potato, jambalaya, chili, sweet potato fries, salad or vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St., (504) 861-7610; www.brigtsens.com
Roasted duck is served with dirty rice, tart dried-cherry sauce and pink-eyed peas. Blackened yellowfin tuna comes with smoked corn sauce, red bean salsa and roasted red pepper sour cream. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant & Bar
7400 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 304-4125; www.brisbisrestaurant.com
Fish Pontchartrain is topped with crabmeat and hollandaise and served with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. Two 4-ounce beef filets are drizzled with hollandaise and served over fried eggplant. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Brooklyn Pizzeria
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-1288; www.eatbrooklyn.net
The Boss pie is topped with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, garlic and extra cheese. The spinach calzone includes ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Brothers Cafe
1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, (504) 366-1073; www.brotherscafe.net
The Kelly shrimp burger features fried shrimp, Swiss cheese, remoulade, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayonnaise and is served with sweet potato fries and raspberry-chipotle sauce. A breakfast platter includes two eggs, grits, a choice of meat and a biscuit. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Broussard's
819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866; www.broussards.com
Grilled Gulf fish amandine is served with chive beurre blanc, toasted almonds and lyonnaise potatoes. A grilled filet mignon is served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and house-made Worcestershire glaze and grilled shrimp or crabmeat are optional additions. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar
231 N. Carrollton Ave., Suite C, (504) 609-3871; www.brownbutterrestaurant.com
Vinegar-braised grilled beef short ribs are served over stone-ground yellow grits with arugula and boiled peanut salad. The Brunch burger features a brisket and short rib patty topped with bacon, brie, a fried egg, onion jam and arugula on a brioche bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Bruno's Tavern
7538 Maple St., (504) 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com
Creole-seasoned waffle fries are topped with roast beef debris, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses and horseradish cream sauce. Buffalo chicken salad combines fried chicken breast tossed in Buffalo sauce, lettuce, blue cheese, tomatoes, red onions, garlic croutons and bacon. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
429 Decatur St., (504) 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com
Shrimp New Orleans features peeled shrimp broiled with butter, garlic and Creole spices and served with rice. Bourbon Street mahi mahi is seasoned with Cajun spices and served with grilled shrimp, mashed potatoes and bourbon sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bud's Broiler
Citywide; www.budsbroiler.com
The menu features char-broiled burgers, hot dogs, french fries, onion rings and fruit pies. The No. 6 Broiler burger is topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mustard or mayonnaise. Smoked sausage is dressed with hickory sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayonnaise. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Some locations accept credit cards. $

Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffasbar.com
The menu includes pasta, deli sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings, salads and a few Creole favorites. Bratwurst jambalaya is made with beer-soaked bratwurst. The Reuben features corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on rye and is served with fries. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

The Bulldog
3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com
Crawfish Banditos are flour tortillas filled with crawfish, cheese, sauteed onions, green peppers and garlic and served with avocado sour cream. The Cuban wrap is a tortilla stuffed with pulled pork, applewood-smoked bacon, melted Swiss, pickles and honey Dijon mustard. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Buster's Place Restaurant & Oyster Bar
519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.com
The Colossal burger is topped with bacon, sauteed onions and mushrooms and American, cheddar and Swiss cheeses on a sweet mesquite bun served with fries. Blackened redfish Pontchartrain is served with crawfish-mushroom sauce over rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Byblos
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 834-9773; www.byblosrestaurants.com
Drunken Halloumi is cheese sauteed in ouzo and olive oil and served with tomatoes and garlic sauce. Gyro platters include hummus and salad with tomatoes and feta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Byblos Market
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-9777; www.byblosrestaurants.com
Grilled chicken salad features feta, black olives, tomato, cucumber and Greek dressing with hummus, pita bread and basmati rice pilaf. The combination kebab plate includes chicken, lamb meatballs, a beef kebab, hummus, salad, rice, pita and tzatziki. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $



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