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click to enlarge The Life on the Mississippi pie at Mark Twain's Pizza Landing in Old Metairie is bound to become a classic among diners who want it all.
  • The Life on the Mississippi pie at Mark Twain's Pizza Landing in Old Metairie is bound to become a classic among diners who want it all.


BABYLON CAFE7724 Maple St., 314-0010Vegetarian options abound at this bargain Middle Eastern cafe, from smoky baba ghanoush dip to falafel and baked vegetables. Marinated chicken, lamb and beef are available as well, served on platters or sandwiches on the cafe's crusty house-made bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BARCELONA TAPAS720 Dublin St., 861-9696Choose from 50 tapas, paella or a small selection of entrees at this casual cafe. For a tapa, the pork tenderloin canoe features a slice of tenderloin, roasted pepper and melted Gouda on French baguette. Cold tapas include ceviche, aged Serrano ham and cheese plates. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $$$

BASIL LEAF1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001; 4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 674-8585; www.basilleaf.webs.comClassic Thai flavors and creative twists balance the menu at Basil Leaf. For instance, the crabmeat eggplant Napoleon makes a towering appetizer while the traditional pad woon sen nestles roasted scallops and shrimp in glass noodles with vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOUCHERIE8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherie-nola.comSouthern flavors get creative updates at this cottage cafe, where chef Nathanial Zimet plates his pulled-pork cakes with potato confit and purple cabbage slaw. The duck confit po-boy is dressed with roasted garlic, arugula and pickles. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.comChef Frank Brigtsen's contemporary Louisiana cuisine adds new excitement to time-honored traditions. His paneed rabbit has a sesame crust and Creole mustard sauce, and the seafood platter features a changing variety of baked, sauteed and grilled seafood. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN 7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.comBruno's has been around since the 1930s, yet its kitchen keeps coming up with new twists on pub grub. The one-eyed jack burger is topped with bacon, fried onion rings, pepper Jack cheese and a fried egg. The firecracker salad features fried shrimp, blue cheese, bacon, carrots, tomatoes, spiced pecans, jalapenos and banana peppers tossed with greens in pepper jelly vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET 7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.comCafe Freret's large patio offers outdoor seating, and its menu has plenty of dining options. The voodoo burger is smothered with the house "bomb" sauce. The sirloin Benedict adds steak to the brunch classic of poached eggs, hollandaise and English muffins. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE GRANADA1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612; www.cafegranadanola.comGuests at Cafe Granada often share an array of tapas like sauteed calamari, grilled chorizo with fries and clams Catalan. Big pans of paella also are recommended. The cafe serves Spanish-style sandwiches at lunch. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE NINO1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-9200A few specialties from other cities make star turns at this old-school Italian joint. The pizza is modeled after the thin-crusted, floppy New York style. Philly-style cheesesteaks are sizzled on the grill and slipped into warm bread with onions and peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679; www.camelliagrill.netEach passing streetcar seems to deliver more patrons eager to get a taste of this landmark diner. Chili cheese omelets are legendary, while regulars all have their own favorite burger. Try a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHILL OUT CAFE729 Burdette St., 872-9628Traditional American breakfast in the morning gives way to spicy Thai soups and basil-steeped coconut curries at lunch and dinner. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINA ORCHID RESTAURANT704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428; China Orchid offers affordable Chinese-American dishes. The seafood hot pot simmers shrimp, crawfish, scallops, tofu and assorted Chinese vegetables in a tasty brown sauce. Spicy General Tso's chicken is a menu mainstay. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CIRO'S CÔTE SUD7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.comFilling a cozy nook along Maple Street, Cote Sud's version of steak frites is a grilled hanger steak served au jus with sauteed vegetables and french fries. Sauteed duck breast is complemented by a sauce of peaches, prunes, apricots and bourbon and served with mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

COLD STONE CREAMERY624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; www.coldstonecreamery.comIce cream is made in house and mix-in items include nuts, fruit and candy. There also are shakes, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, ice cream cupcakes and ice cream cakes. Birthday Cake Remix features cake batter ice cream mixed with fudge, brownies and rainbow sprinkles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; Try one of more than 400 brands of domestic and imported beer at Cooter Brown's. Hungry patrons can sup on burgers, po-boys and seafood platters. Try the NOLA Philly, a sandwich stuffed with alligator sausage, green peppers, house made onion barbecue sauce and American cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CREPES A LA CART1039 Broadway St., 866-2362;  College students flock to this casual eatery for sweet and savory crepes such as the chicken Florentine crepe. The crepe Imperial is filled with shrimp, mushrooms and asparagus. For dessert, try the strawberry shortcake crepe, filled with strawberries, angel food cake and cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CURRY CORNER1200 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-9033Curry Corner serves meals cafeteria style with choices including curried vegetables and Indian specialties. Thai green curry with vegetables is prepared with coconut cream. Chicken masala features breast meat cooked with ginger, garlic, tomato, cumin, turmeric and coriander. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DANTE'S KITCHEN736 Dante St., 861-3121; Dante's presents contemporary fare with local farm vegetable selections. The redfish on the half shell is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and soft herbs. Chicken roasted under a brick is maple glazed and served with a potato and bacon hash cake and topped with a fried farm egg. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DOORS UPTOWN PIZZA7537 Maple St., 302-2547; Door's offers a wide range of options including burgers, tacos, pizza and panini. The Hot Philly panino is loaded with Louisiana hot sausage and lean beef. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE DOUGH BOWL1039 Broadway St., 861-2200Just off Tulane's campus, the Dough Bowl serves thin crust New York-style pizza by the pie or slice as well as sandwiches and burgers. The Hawaiian is loaded with Canadian bacon and juicy chunks of pineapple. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DUNBAR'S CREOLE COOKINGLoyola University, Broadway Activities Center, 501 Pine St., 861-5451Located on Loyola's campus, Dunbar's kitchen serves signature fried or smothered chicken, red beans and rice, stuffed bell peppers and sticky bread pudding. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776; www.felipesneworleans.comChoose from marinated pulled pork, steak, grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, spicy (pollo tingo) chicken or chorizo to fill tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. A salsa bar offers different styles of salsa with varying levels of heat. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FRESCO CAFE AND PIZZERIA7625 Maple St., 862-6363; www.frescocafe.usThis college students' pizza haven boasts gourmet pies and stromboli. Choose shrimp or chicken for pesto pizza topped with mozzarella and feta cheeses, kalamata olives, red onion and sun-dried tomatoes. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

FRIAR TUCK'S BAR & GRILL 5130 Freret St., 891-4080 This longtime Uptown tavern primarily serves burgers and sandwiches. The catfish with fries and salad is popular. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

GELATO PAZZO CAFFE8115 Oak St., 304-6908; www.gelatopazzo.comThe family-owned cafe has an ever-shifting menu featuring pizza, sandwiches and approximately 20 flavors of fresh gelati. The Caliva is a panino made with grilled Gulf shrimp, sauteed baby organic greens, Roma tomatoes and homemade basil pesto. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT8116 Hampson St., 865-1634Hana offers a variety of Japanese dishes, including a large selection of sushi. Tuna tataki features seared tuna with vinaigrette, caviar and vegetables. The escolar special roll includes crawfish, white tuna, scallions and eel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JACQUES-IMO'S CAFE8324 Oak St., 861-0886With its fast-paced, exposed kitchen, swamp murals, boisterous bar and seating everywhere, Jacques-Imo's provides dinner and a show. The shrimp and alligator cheesecake is served with Creole mustard cream sauce. Chili hollandaise complements the blackened redfish. Reservations recommended for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE 7808 Maple St., 866-4366Part of the restaurant row on Maple Street, Jamila's features French-influenced Tunisian cuisine. The tagine of lamb is baked and marinated with lemon and garlic and served with basmati rice. The whole red snapper with garlic and onion chutney is served over vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JAZMINE CAFE614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301; www.jazminecafe.comJazmine's pineapple crunchy salad is a play of flavors and textures: crisp cucumber, crunchy peanuts, sweet fruit and spicy vinaigrette. Alongside New Orleans Vietnamese staples like vermicelli salad bowls and banh mi are specialties such as Sweet Heat noodles: a stir-fry of chicken, shrimp, sprouts, cilantro and dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA & LATIN CAFE8120 Hampson St., 862-5252La Macarena serves El Salvadoran pupusas — stuffed thick cornmeal patties — plus a wide range of Latin American chicken, beef, seafood, tapas and some Spanish dishes. Other options include fresh soups, salads, seafood, carne asada, combination platters and vegan options. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Cash and checks. $$

LA MADELEINE 601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; www.lamadeleine.comThis country French cafe offers a large selection of breakfast items, plus lunch options such as the duet magnifique: a half sandwich with your choice of side and soup or salad. The beef crepe maison combines roast beef, broccoli, onions, rosemary-roasted potatoes and mushrooms in creamy cheddar sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEBANON'S CAFE1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.comThis casual cafe offers Mediterranean and Middle Eastern favorites. A skinless half chicken is marinated in garlic, lemon juice and Mediterranean spices, then grilled. The lamb is sauteed with onions and tomatoes and served with hummus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE MOROCCO7457 St. Charles Ave., 301-9184Little Morocco focuses on traditional Moroccan cuisine and serves some Middle Eastern dishes. Semolina couscous is offered with a choice of lamb, chicken or vegetables. Tagines, stew served in clay pots, include choices like lamb with plums or beef with sweet peas and artichokes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.comThis extension of the Little Tokyo chain serves sushi but in lesser proportion to a wide array of Japanese small plates and ramen soups. Pork gyoza dumplings, fried octopus and sweet potato fries with wasabi dipping sauce are among the options. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900; www.lpkuptown.comThis Riverbend pizzeria offers wood-oven pizzas, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and more. Roasted duck slices, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, mozzarella, grapes and grape demi-glaze top one original pie. Stuffed bell peppers are filled with andouille, ground beef and shrimp and served over angel hair pasta with Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE7623 Maple St., 314-9003New Orleans, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine fuse at this Uptown restaurant. Oysters amandine are fried and topped with roasted almonds and white wine lemon butter. Entrees include chicken, duck, veal, pasta and seafood dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MAPLE STREET PATISSERIE7638 Maple St., 247-7912This new bakery offers a range of breads, European pastries, croissants, fruit tarts, turnovers, Danishes and cakes. Three sandwiches are offered at lunchtime, including roasted turkey and Havarti on a choice of house-made bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MAT & NADDIE'S 937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.comIn the cozy dining rooms or on the patio overlooking the levee, this quaint and colorful cafe offers innovative cooking. Try Creole Country hogshead cheese with grilled peach vinaigrette, blanched almonds and balsamic reduction. Barbecued pork chops get an Asian kick from kimchee and a Korean spiced potato salad croquette with coconut lime mayo. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MONA'S CAFE1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175; www.monascafenola.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

NAKED PIZZA6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; www.nakedpizza.bizProbiotic- and prebiotic-rich, multi-grain crusts make Naked Pizza a healthy option for pies, but that doesn't mean the Uptown joint excludes meat. The Omnivore features pepperoni, ground beef, ham, bell peppers, mushrooms and black olives. The Superbiotic is topped with artichokes, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic, red onion and cilantro. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NINJA SUSHI8433 Oak St., 866-1119; www.ninjasushineworleans.comThis Japanese restaurant features an extensive list of sushi, sashimi, rolls, soba and udon noodles, soups, salads and other dishes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free items. The Smokey Bear roll bundles baked smoked salmon, green onions, cucumber, smelt roe and egg sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; www.ohenrys.comWith peanut shells littering the floor, O'Henry's is the most casual of restaurants. The menu is chock full of gourmet burgers, seafood platters, steaks, deli sandwiches and light options such as garden salads. Lunch specials include crawfish pasta and chicken Florentine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFE8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.comThis all-day breakfast joint serves classic New Orleans diner fare. The Florentine scramble mixes three eggs, spinach, basil, tomato, sun-dried tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, mozzarella and feta cheeses and is served with grits or potatoes and a biscuit or toast. The Gallina sandwich combines sliced chicken, guacamole, salsa fresca, feta cheese, lettuce, tomato and green onion on wheat toast or French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; bustling Riverbend restaurant presents creative dishes such as grilled beef tenderloin with warm beef shoulder rillette and Stilton cheese. Starters include Louisiana crabmeat, mirliton and Vidalia onion au gratin. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PEPPERONI'S CAFE8123 Hampson St., 865-0336This Riverbend pizzeria offers specialty pizzas like the Masterpiece, served with a dozen toppings (including six meats) for the price of six. The Heart Smart pie is topped with feta, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PYRAMIDS CAFE3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602Just blocks from Tulane University, Pyramids is a casual spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. There are shish kebabs and gyro plates with tahini. Chicken lula features chicken marinated with herbs and spices. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

RED STAR CHINESE RESTAURANT8330 Earhart Blvd., 861-1933; www.redstarchineserestaurant.comRed Star's epic menu features Mandarin, Szechuan and other regional Chinese dishes. Popular items include General Tso's chicken, Peking duck, kung pao chicken and beef and scallops in brown sauce. There is a menu of lighter dishes prepared with no added salt, sugar or cornstarch. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH8124 Hampson St., 872-0187; www.refuelcafe.comGet your fill at this Riverbend breakfast spot. Weekend brunch menu includes classics like huevos rancheros and brioche French toast. Some lunch options include a Cuban sandwich filled with pork, ham and Swiss cheese and the Spring sandwich, with turkey, Swiss, alfalfa sprouts, spinach, tomato and avocado. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RICCOBONO'S PANOLA STREET CAFE 7801 Panola St., 314-1810Neighbors and students fill this sunny Uptown cafe where breakfast is always the specialty. Try eggs Benedict reworked with either crab cakes or Pontchartrain style with crawfish. There's steak and eggs or a version with a pork chop instead of beef. For a special sandwich, opt for mozzarella cheese on paneed veal served on a bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

ROBERT FRESH MARKET8115 S. Claiborne Ave, 488-0536; www.robertfreshmarket.comSee Lakeview section for restaurant description.

ROMAN PIZZA 7329 Cohn St., 866-1166; This Uptown pizzeria stays open (and delivers) late for college crowds and Italian cravings. Popular pies include a 14-inch spinach pizza, a garlic-butter-brushed pie with mozzarella, feta, spinach and veggies. The Roman is topped with pepperoni, salami, ham, black olives and onions. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343The Rue serves a range of hot and cold coffee drinks, teas and baked goods like fresh cupcakes, croissants, muffins and biscotti. Sandwiches include the Californian, layered with turkey, mayo, lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, sprouts and avocado on Dong Phuong French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

SALTWATER GRILL710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.comThis seafarer in the Riverbend specializes in Gulf seafood and local comfort food. The popular shrimp and grits dish combines both with cheesy grits topped with crumbled bacon, green onion, grilled shrimp and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S RESTAURANT 724 Dublin St., 861-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.comAsian and Creole flavors meet at Sara's. A popular appetizer is the samosa, an Indian appetizer made of coriander-spiced vegetables in a pastry turnover served with tamarind sauce. Pan-seared sesame-crusted salmon comes with wasabi beurre blanc with jasmine rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q8400 Oak St., 302-7370; www.squeal-nola.comFor starters, try the smoked pork cakes which are fried and topped with chili sour cream and pico de gallo. The barbecue meat sandwich includes your choice of hickory-smoked pulled pork topped with house-made barbecue sauce and coleslaw. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TARTINE7217 Perrier St., 866-4860; www.tartineneworleans.comThis quaint neighborhood cafe offers a little culinary savoir faire. The house pork rillette is served with toasted baguette, onion marmalade and cornichons. The tuna nicoise salad rests olives, potatoes, boiled egg, hearts of palm, roasted red pepper, anchovies and roasted tomatoes over butter lettuce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TED'S FROSTOP3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615Burgers, fries and milkshakes keep this greasy spoon packed with university students and those craving simple, tasty eats. Plate lunches include fried shrimp, pork chops and all-you-can-eat catfish. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comVincent's menu of classic Italian dishes and house-made pastas includes daily specials such as grilled rack of lamb topped with fresh mint demi-glace and brabant potatoes. Cannelloni stuffed with veal, pureed spinach and Parmesan is a house specialty. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE8210 Oak St., 861-2224Z'otz offers fair-trade coffees, teas, saucer-sized chocolate chip cookies and vegan pastries in an artsy, eclectic atmosphere. A changing menu features options like turkey chili and vegan yam and garlic soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $


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