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Habaneros
69305 Highway 21, Suite 600, Covington, (985) 871-8760; www.habaneroscovington.com
Pollo Diablo features grilled chicken breast, chipotle peppers, bacon, grilled Oaxaca cheese, sauteed spinach, steamed broccoli and rice. The taco selection includes Apache (skirt steak, sauteed cactus, Oaxacan cheese, chili), Vaqueros (bacon-wrapped shrimp, fried potato, Mexican barbecue sauce), Playeros (shrimp, bacon, cream cheese-stuffed jalapeno, chipotle mayonnaise) and others. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Halal Guys
301 St. Charles Ave., (504) 302-2918; 5001 Freret St., (504) 533-9410; www.thehalalguys.com
The combination platter includes gyro meat, chicken, rice, pita bread and white sauce or hot sauce. Falafel sandwiches are dressed with white sauce or hot sauce on pita bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill
3101 Esplanade Ave., (504) 298-0504; www.halfshellneworleans.com
The menu includes baked oysters, fried seafood, po-boys, burgers and more. Oysters harvested in Hopedale in St. Bernard Parish are shucked to order. Fried shrimp, oyster or catfish platters come with fries, hushpuppies and a side item. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Hana Japanese Restaurant
8116 Hampson St., (504) 865-1634
The mango salmon roll includes roe, shrimp tempura, snow crab and fruit. The No Name roll features tuna, salmon, eel, tamago, snow crab and smelt roe in soy paper topped with crunchy flakes, eel sauce and Hana sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Handsome Willy's Cafe & Bar
218 S. Robertson St., (504) 525-0377; www.handsomewillyscafe.com
The Flying Pig burrito is stuffed with ginger beer pulled pork, applewood-smoked bacon, house-made barbecue sauce, jalapenos and cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses served with salsa and sour cream. The Dragon chicken sandwich features grilled chicken, pepper Jack cheese, Thai apricot sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Happy Italian Pizzeria
7105 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 305-4666; www.happyitalian.com
The Northern Italian pizza is topped with chicken breast, mushrooms, peas and Alfredo and pesto sauces. Four cheese ravioli are served with pesto, marinara or meat sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

The Harbor Bar & Grill
3024 17th St., Metairie, (504) 832-4117; www.theharborbarandgrill.com
Hot boiled crawfish are served Fridays starting at noon through May. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, seafood platters, salads and more. For a Thursday night special, a 10-ounce rib-eye is served with mashed potatoes and salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar
3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 443-6454; www.fishermanscoveseafood.com
Mirlitons are stuffed with shrimp, crabmeat and sausage and served with potatoes, salad and French bread. A fried eggplant half is topped with eggplant crabmeat dressing, smothered with crawfish cream sauce and served with French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Hard Rock Cafe
125 Bourbon St., (504) 529-5617; www.hardrock.com/cafes/new-orleans
The honey-mustard grilled chicken sandwich is topped with smoked bacon, melted Jack cheese, Dijon mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes on a brioche roll. Grilled salmon is served with barbecue sauce, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Heads & Tails Seafood & Oyster Bar
1820 Dickory Ave., Suite A, Harahan, (504) 533-9515; www.headsandtails.com
Blackened or sauteed redfish Pontchartrain is served with crabmeat, mashed potatoes and lemon beurre blanc. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp are served with thick toast and barbecue sauce made with Abita Amber beer. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant
701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com
House-made spaghetti is topped with guanciale and a fried poached egg. Muscovy duck leg confit is served with dirty rice and citrus gastrique. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Heritage Grill
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 934-4900; www.heritagegrillmetairie.com
The Heritage Grill burger is topped with sharp cheddar cheese, local tomatoes, lettuce and grilled red onions and served on a house-made onion bun with fries. Asian chicken salad features romaine lettuce, Napa cabbage, cilantro, roasted peanuts, crispy wontons and hot mustard vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

Hey! Cafe & Coffee Roastery
4332 Magazine St., (504) 891-8682; www.heycafe.biz
The cafe serves bagels from Humble Bagel with vegan spread or vegetable, scallion or plain cream cheese. Gluten-free blueberry muffins from Girls Gone Vegan are available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Hickory Cafe & Grill
1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 737-0033; www.hickorycafe.com
Cajun Benedict features two poached eggs, boudin and hollandaise on a house-baked buttermilk biscuit. An 8-ounce burger patty is topped with pepper Jack cheese, bacon, spinach, roasted red peppers and basil mayonnaise on focaccia bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$

High Hat Cafe
4500 Freret St., (504) 754-1336; www.highhatcafe.com
. Spicy Gulf fish is tossed in chili oil, seared on the grill and served with shrimp and potato hash made with red onion, thyme, green onion and garlic. Gumbo Ya-Ya is a dark roux gumbo made with chicken, andouille and okra. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Hillbilly Bar-B-Q
2317 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.com
The Super Stuffed Tater is a potato loaded with smoked beef, pork or chicken, butter, cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream. Baby back ribs are dry-rubbed with house seasoning and served with house sauces and sides. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Hobnobber Cafe
5928 W. Metairie Ave., Suite 8, Metairie, (504) 734-8448; www.hobnobbercafe.com
A catfish fillet is served with creamy crawfish sauce over pasta. Monday's red beans and rice special comes with smoked sausage or a breaded pork chop. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Horn's
1940 Dauphine St., (504) 459-4676; www.hornsnola.com
Eggs Dauphine features two poached eggs over slow-cooked pulled pork and jalepeno cornbread with hollandaise. The Crabby Wife features two eggs over a house-made crab cake topped with crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Hoshun Restaurant
1601 St. Charles Ave., (504) 302-9716; www.hoshun-restaurant.com
Grilled rib-eye teriyaki comes with bell peppers and onions on a hot plate with teriyaki sauce. Kung pao chicken is cooked with peanuts and chilies, served over rice and celery, and it comes with soup. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans/restaurant
Voodoo shrimp are sauteed in Abita Amber beer and served over jalapeno cornbread. Char-grilled Voodoo oysters are seasoned and topped with Voodoo sauce, applewood-smoked bacon and freshly grated Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Houston's Restaurant
1755 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-1578; www.hillstone.com/houstons
The Hawaiian rib-eye steak is marinated with pineapple, sesame and ginger and served with a loaded Idaho baked potato. Fried oysters St. Charles are topped with aioli and served over creamed spinach. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

The Howlin' Wolf Den
907 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844; www.thehowlinwolf.com
Smoked bacon and sharp cheddar beignets are made with Abita beer batter, grilled peppers, onions and jalapenos and served with chipotle crema. The Cuban sandwich features pork, Chisesi ham, pickles, Creole mustard and mozzarella. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Humble Bagel
4716 Freret St., (504) 355-3535; www.humblebagel.com
The New York-style bagel shop serves house-made bagels with cream cheese, lox sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Hummus & More
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-9228; www.hummusandmore.com
"Nachos" are pita chips topped with gyro meat, feta and Jack cheeses, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and tzatziki. Lamb, beef, shrimp or kafta kebabs are served with two sides such as hummus, rice pilaf, tabbouleh and french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



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