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click to enlarge Fried chicken is a house specialty at Willie Mae’s Scotch House.

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Fried chicken is a house specialty at Willie Mae’s Scotch House.

WOW Cafe
Citywide; www.wowcafe.com
The Shanghai fried shrimp po-boy is dressed with Asian slaw, cilantro, Shanghai Foo's gold sauce and ranch dressing. Santa Fe chicken tacos feature fried or grilled chicken topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and Santa Fe sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Wakin' Bakin'
4408 Banks St., (504) 252-0343; www.wakinbakin.com
The Big John is a sausage and cheddar biscuit served with coffee. House-baked biscuits are served with sausage gravy, eggs and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com
The menu includes fried seafood platters, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and more. Cajundillas are tortillas filled with chicken, boudin, pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, andouille and rice. Uncle B's buttermilk-dipped chicken fingers are served with waffle fries and honey mustard. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Walker's Southern Style BBQ
10828 Hayne Blvd., (504) 241-8227; www.cochondelaitpoboys.com
The cochon de lait po-boy comes with house dressing and shredded cabbage and is served on French bread. The brisket po-boy is dressed with house sauce and cabbage and served on French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Cash only. $$

Wasabi
900 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 267-3263; www.wasabinola.com
Wasabi honey shrimp are served in creamy, sweet honey sauce. The sashimi dinner includes tuna, salmon, whitefish, yellowtail, octopus, mackerel and crab stick. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Wayfare
4510 Freret St., (504) 309-0069; www.wayfarenola.com
The Southern fried pork chop is served with garlic and roasted corn grits, collard greens and red-eye gravy. The pulled chicken Dijon sandwich is dressed with tomato confit, Kalamata olives, bread-and-butter pickles, arugula, red onion and Dijon mustard on ciabatta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse & Restaurant
769 W. Fifth St., LaPlace, (985) 652-9990; www.wjsmokehouse.com
The Smokehouse platter includes half a slow-smoked chicken, brisket, ribs, smoked sausage, house-made barbecue sauce and cheddar grits. Stuffed crab Benedict features blue crab stuffing, poached eggs, hollandaise, grits and a crackling biscuit. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Well
Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 138, Metairie, (504) 593-6955; www.wellcompany.com
The Immune smoothie is made with coconut water, honey, probiotics, vitamin C, orange, banana, mango and pineapple. The Well smoothie features unsweetened almond milk, coconut water or alkaline water mixed with chocolate or vanilla UltraMeal and a choice of fruit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Welty's Deli & Catering
336 Camp St., (504) 592-0223; www.weltysdeli.com
The New Orleans AK sandwich features choices of four deli meats, cheddar, provolone, pepper Jack and Swiss cheeses on a warm muffuletta bun. Shrimp remoulade salad features boiled Louisiana shrimp, romaine lettuce, parsley, tomatoes, green onions, boiled egg and remoulade. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Who Dat Coffee Cafe
2401 Burgundy St., (504) 872-0360; www.whodatcoffeecafellc.com
Da Crab Bene features two crab cakes topped with poached eggs and Creole hollandaise on ciabatta and is served with fruit. The Veggie Da'Light sandwich includes spinach, Roma tomatoes, red onions and feta cheese on grilled ciabatta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Whole Foods Market
300 N. Broad St., (504) 434-3364; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-8225; 3450 Highway 190, Suite B, Mandeville, (985) 231-3328; 5600 Magazine St., (504) 899-9119; www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Prepared food options include pizza, baked goods, sandwiches, a salad bar and more. Couscous primavera is available as a side or an entree with vegetables. Chicken wings come with sauces such as spicy Buffalo, Sriracha, sweet chili and barbecue. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Willa Jean
611 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 509-7334; www.willajean.com
New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp top grilled sourdough bread with melted burrata cheese. Willa Jean chocolate chip cookies are served with vanilla milk. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Willie Mae's Scotch House
2401 St. Ann St., (504) 822-9503; Willie Mae's Grocery & Deli, 7457 St. Charles Ave., (504) 417-5424; www.williemaesnola.com
Willie Mae's is known for its fried chicken. Vegan and vegetarian sides include red beans and rice, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Bread pudding is served with chocolate rum sauce. No reservations. St. Ann Street: Lunch Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Wink's Bakery & Bistro
500 Port of Orleans Place, (504) 309-2481; 1218 Decatur St., (504) 309-2481; winksbakery.com
The bakery is known for its buttermilk drops and also serves donuts. Breakfast sandwiches include eggs and a choice of meat on toast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Wit's Inn
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600; www.witsinn.com
Barbecue chicken pizza features chicken topped with herb sauce, mozzarella, green peppers, red onions, jalapeno barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. Daily lunch pizza specials include pepperoni, chicken combo pies and a salad pie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse
404 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 281-4893; www.woodpizzaneworleans.com
Tutti carne pizza features applewood-smoked bacon, prosciutto, coppa, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella and tomato sauce. Baked bruschetta is two pieces of toasted pistolette topped with pesto goat cheese, balsamic tomatoes, roasted garlic oil, chopped basil and arugula. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

World of Beer
300 Julia St., (504) 299-3599; www.worldofbeer.com
/locations/warehousedistrictThe menu includes snacks, burgers, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, chicken wings, salads and more. Giant Bavarian soft pretzels are served with house-made, stone-ground mustard. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$



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