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ST. CHARLES TAVERN 1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823; www.stcharlestavern.comOrder New Orleans classics any time at this 24-hour diner. There are red beans and rice, po-boys, crawfish pies, pastas and breakfast plates. Wednesdays and Thursdays feature a rib-eye special with a loaded baked potato. For dessert, try the white chocolate bread pudding. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY 5004 Prytania St., 999-4737; St. James offers more than 100 varieties of cheese from around the globe. Cheese-centric sandwich choices include the Raclette made with house-smoked pastrami, and the Smokey Blue with roast beef and Worcestershire mayo. The ploughman's lunch comes with portions of cheddar, Stilton and goat cheese and a slice of pork pie. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge Frank and Maria Pyburn and Philip and Josie DiCristina serve Creole and Italian dishes at DiCristina's in Covington. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Frank and Maria Pyburn and Philip and Josie DiCristina serve Creole and Italian dishes at DiCristina's in Covington.

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE 535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 993-5553; Coffee drinks keep patrons perky at St. John's, and the lunch menu offers sandwiches like Le Grand Cochon with pulled pork and slaw and St. John's club with turkey, bacon and avocado. The weekend breakfast menu includes an open-face BLTE sandwich — bacon, lettuce and tomato topped with a fried egg. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

STE. MARIE930 Poydras St., Suite 101, 304-6988: www.stemarienola.comThis stylish new CBD restaurant serves refined Continental dishes. Liver Lyonnaise features buttermilk fried liver with toasted ciabatta bread, sherry and bacon jus with a fried quail egg and cippolini onions. Rabbit two ways combines mustard-braised legs and belly confit with crispy spaetzle, thin-sliced pickled fennel and German mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAINTS AND SINNERS CAFE91 French Market Place, 596-2022This Italian bistro serves up Old World classics and Creole dishes. Try traditional thin-crust or Sicilian pizza or house-made meatballs. New Orleans dishes include gumbo, red beans and rice and jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night Mon.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253Sake Cafe's sushi menu features staples such as the California roll, crunchy roll and spicy tuna roll. The New Orleans roll features spicy crawfish, crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna, snow crab and avocado eel sauce. Discount sushi rolls are offered during happy hour. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN 2830 Magazine St., 994-0033This stylish sushi parlor features a wide range of rolls and sashimi. Try the appetizer sampler of Asian barbecue ribs, crawfish spring rolls, rock shrimp tempura, gyoza and pork dumplings. The healthy rice paper roll combines tuna, salmon, masago, avocado, cucumber and lettuce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT 27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 982-9443For 40 years, family recipes have made Sal & Judy's a Northshore institution. Popular dishes include the house-made lasagna. The veal panne brucioloni is a round steak breaded, stuffed with cheese sausage and ground beef, topped with red sauce and served with pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALT 'N' PEPPER403 Iberville St., 561-6070Indian and Pakistani-style curries and kebabs made with halal meats are among the finds at this backstreet cafe. Start with an order of flatbread or potato-stuffed samosas. For a curry, try the spoon-tender goat masala. Pizza and sandwiches also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SALTWATER GRILL710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.comThis Riverbend eatery specializes in local seafood and comfort food prepared with Louisiana flair. Garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus accompany the fish of the day, and the shrimp and andouille pasta features grilled Gulf shrimp, andouille sausage and Creole mustard cream sauce tossed with penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALU3226 Magazine St., 371-5809; www.salurestaurant.comThe eclectic small plates at Salu find inspiration from the far reaches of the globe. Smashed avocado, salsa fresca and creme fraiche top duck and manchego flautas. Barbecue pulled pork is served on corn fritter cakes with cilantro and red onion salad, and grilled lamb lollipops come with roasted red pepper and fava bean hummus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALVATORE RISTORANTE 3226 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 455-2433Salvatore's veal dishes include osso buco, bruccilone rolled with Italian stuffing, and veal piccata, which is a cutlet sauteed in lemon butter and topped with Parmesan. The menu also features beef, eggplant, pasta, shrimp and other seafood specialties. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALVO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.comSeafood is the star here, but there's also steak on the menu. Grilled tuna comes with sauteed potatoes and corn on the cob. The butterfly shrimp plate features 12 jumbo shrimp with fries or potatoes. The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat boiled seafood extravaganza. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SAMMY' S FOOD SERVICE & DELI 3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675; Sammy's menu includes po-boys, burgers and sandwiches, fried seafood plates and salads. Try the roast beef po-boy, or check for daily specials like seafood stuffed catfish or jumbo stuffed shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SAMMY'S PO-BOYS AND CATERING901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 935-0916; www.sammyspoboys.comSammy's serves sandwiches, seafood platters and Italian dishes. The Flickaletta is a twist on the muffuletta featuring ham, salami, Swiss and olive salad served hot on French bread. Veal Parmesan includes two cutlets topped with red sauce and mozzarella cheese over angel hair pasta. Get a po-boy filled with roast beef, meatballs or chicken Cordon Bleu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER627 Bourbon St., 525-8442; www.sammysseafoodrestaurant.comThe surf and turf options at Sammy's include crawfish etouffee, platters of fried seafood and thick-cut rib-eyes. Blackened stuffed flounder features crabmeat stuffing sandwiched between two flounder filets and topped with butter. Jambalaya is a hearty option. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SANDRO'S TRATTORIA 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 988-7784This eatery offers a local spin on traditional Italian dishes. Meatless eggplant lasagna features thin slices of fried eggplant with spinach, Italian cheeses and salsa rossa. The pork shank osso buco is cooked with garlic, onions and mushrooms and served over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077Santa Fe offers a menu of Southwestern, Spanish and Portuguese dishes. Bolinhos de bacalau are dried salted codfish cakes seasoned with parsley, cilantro and lemon. Chicken Maximilian is a chicken breast roulade stuffed with roasted Anaheim peppers, chorizo, manchego and Asiago cheeses. Traditional menu items include tamales and enchiladas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE TAPAS1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915This new restaurant offers traditional tapas and entrees. Seared jumbo scallops feature caramelized sea scallops with mango-green tomato pico de gallo. Gambas al ajillo is a dish of jumbo shrimp prepared with garlic, shallots, japones chilis and cognac. Reservations recommended. Brunch Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun., late night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SARA'S RESTAURANT724 Dublin St., 961-0565; www.sarasrestaurant.comCreole technique meets Indian, Mediterranean and Thai flavors at Sara's. Popular dishes include honey-glazed scallops and a grilled, pepper-crusted pork chop served with crab and cream salsa. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SATSUMA CAFE 3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962; www.satsumacafe.comLocal seasonal produce rule the chalkboard menu at this Bywater cafe and juice bar. Popular breakfast items include the pesto-infused "green eggs and ham" sandwich. Beet and strawberry salad is topped with crumbled goat cheese and toasted walnuts. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE SAZERAC RESTAURANT Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-5486; The Sazerac offers more than its namesake cocktail. Try dishes such as Colorado lamb chops with creamed shallots and pepper jus, steak frites with green peppercorn sauce or red snapper with bean ragout and lemon-parsley relish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116Adjoining a seafood market, Jason Seither's namesake eatery serves boiled seafood platters and dishes like fried green tomatoes topped with jumbo shrimp, remoulade and Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SEKISUI SAMURAI 239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.comCheck the sushi bar appetizers for offbeat specials like the ocean pyramid, molded from salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko, or the eel "sundae" with crushed macadamia nuts and balsamic vinegar sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEMOLINAClearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7930; www.semolina.comSemolina presents pasta dishes from around the world. Pad Thai features stir-fried shrimp, mushrooms and tofu. The barbecue chicken pasta includes bell peppers and onions and is topped with provolone cheese and cilantro. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668 Mike Serio's LSU shrine is known for large po-boys and muffulettas. Order sandwiches with grilled chicken or corned beef, or get a french fry po-boy with gravy. New Orleans classics like gumbo and spicy jambalaya round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SERRANOS SALSA COMPANYClearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354; www.serranossalsacompany.comEntrees at Serranos come with your choice of sweet fried plantains, poblano cheese grits, jalapeno corn pudding, refried pinto beans or other sides. The fish tacos filled with grilled or fried tilapia and topped with avocado, cabbage, pico de gallo, cheese, Serramoulode and cilantro avocado salsa. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SEYMOUR' S RESTAURANT 2216 Hickory Ave., River Ridge, 737-3148 Seymour's specializes in Creole and Italian fare. Menu options include fried soft-shell crab atop crabmeat fettuccine and grilled mahi mahi topped with shrimp and crabmeat. The Chill Down Plate combines shrimp salad, shrimp cocktail, shrimp remoulade and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SHANE'S RIB SHACK 1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.comShane's serves barbecue in sandwiches and on platters. Popular choices include rib platters, and there also are salads, wings and chicken tenders on the menu. Choose from sides like stuffed potatoes and fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442Shimmy Shack's sandwiches include either fried oysters or sauteed shrimp tossed with barbecue sauce and served in a po-boy. The Blarney burger is a ground beef and hot sausage patty topped with corned beef hash and a fried egg. Fried appetizer options include alligator sausage, crawfish tails, pickles and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 933-7477; www.shogunneworleans.comEnjoy dinner and a show at Shogun's hibachi grill. Pick from steak, chicken, scallops, shrimp or calamari as the chefs chop, flip and cook your meal in front of you. All specials come with a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad and hibachi vegetables. The menu also includes sushi, teriyaki and other Japanese dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE 614 Canal St., 586-7211; www.shulas.comHall of Fame coach Don Shula's namesake chain boasts aged Black Angus beef. Blackened beef tips and crab cakes are popular appetizers, and the three-pound porterhouse is a formidably hefty entree. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 985-4572; www.shortstoppoboys.comShort Stop Po-boys' classic roast beef sandwich features roast beef cooked in house and served dripping with its own juices. The barbecue roast beef is marinated in barbecue sauce. Short Stop also offers chicken and andouille gumbo and jambalaya, and seafood gumbo on Fridays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 931-9541; www.sidmarsrestaurant.comSid-Mar's specializes in seafood ranging from shrimp and catfish dishes to grilled amberjack or tuna. Starters include hushpuppies, fried pickles, onion rings and gumbo. Sandwiches and po-boys are available, and sides include coleslaw, fries, and baked macaroni. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL 1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 931-4002Watch sports on Sidelines' flat-screen TVs while enjoying sandwiches, burgers or wraps. The Philly cheese steak sandwich combines eight ounces of chopped sirloin, Swiss cheese, peppers, onions and Sidelines' homemade spicy sauce on French bread. Every Wednesday, Sidelines offers all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish with corn, potatoes, mushrooms and garlic. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SINGHA THAI 413 Carondelet St., 581-2205Downtown diners with a craving for Thai cuisine in a casual cafe can head to Singha. Traditional pad thai is a favorite. Pad woon sen features fried glass noodles with chicken, shrimp and vegetables. Yellow, green and red curries are prepared with a choice of beef, chicken or shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SLICE1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., 997-4800; www.slicepizzeria.comBoth of these Uptown pizzerias have large bars and serve pies whole or by the slice. A white pizza loads mozzarella, ricotta and Romano cheeses, bacon, basil and roasted garlic on a thin crust. Light tomato sauce, prosciutto, Gorgonzola, organic arugula and mozzarella top another special pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER 3322 Magazine St., 991-3447 Slim Goodies' creative breakfast plates include the Crabby Wife, featuring three small crab cakes topped with eggs and etouffee. The New Orleans Slammer's hash browns come topped with bacon, chili, cheese and eggs. The Guatemalan breakfast features two eggs, avocado, plantains, tortillas, black beans and homemade salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

SMILIE' S RESTAURANT5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.comSmilie's serves creative Italian fare and seafood. Fried pecan catfish is topped with meuniere. Smilie's also offers steaks and Gulf seafood platters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647This Kenner seafood mainstay features fried seafood platters, po-boys, grilled fish entrees, boiled seafood, gumbo and daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.comThe menu at this Frenchmen Street jazz institution features Creole dishes, burgers, Angus steaks and Gulf seafood. Chicken is served either Southern fried or char-broiled. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUND CAFE 2700 Chartres St., 947-4477 This Marigny coffee shop and bookstore serves cold-drip iced coffee. Gourmet sandwiches include a combination of turkey, Brie and apple, and the mozzarella and tomato sandwich includes house-grown basil. Sandwiches are served on Dong Phuong's French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE 1714 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 646-1205South Seas features a large Chinese-American menu with a variety of lunch specials like Mandarin chicken, chop suey and garlic pork. The restaurant also has a full sushi bar. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, 935-3035; www.thesouthernpoboy.comSouthern Po-Boys fills its sandwiches with everything from shrimp, oysters or fish to roast beef, smoked sausage or meatballs. The daily lunch specials include red beans and rice, hamburger steak and fried catfish. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., early dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

SPEAKEASY SPORTS BAR & GRILL4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-4069 Before singing karaoke or playing pool, grab an order of hot wings, egg rolls or chicken quesadillas. Entrees include the 10-oz. burger, homemade hot tamales and sandwiches with grilled or fried chicken. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090This bistro serves local seafood in its classic Italian dishes. The seafood calzone is stuffed with a creamy etouffee with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. The shrimp scampi features Gulf shrimp sauteed with garlic white wine, herbs and lemon butter and is served over penne pasta. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPITALE'S DELI 2408 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 937-9912; Spitale's serves sandwiches, salads and daily specials of Italian classics like chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna. The "dirty" turkey sandwich is topped with grilled onions, brown gravy and provolone cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250; www.spudlys.comBaked potatoes are the specialty at Spudly's. The Super Duper Spud is topped with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, cheese sauce, cheddar cheese and chives. Soups include the baked potato cheese soup topped with bacon bits and chives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q8400 Oak St., 302-7370; www.squeal-nola.comSteak quesadillas, duck cracklings and boudin balls offer a good start to a meal at Squeal. Barbecue tacos and sandwiches filled with pulled pork or beef brisket are served with your choice of sides like corn maque choux, coleslaw or collard greens. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

STANLEY547 St. Ann St., 587-0093; www.stanleyrestaurant.comChef Scott Boswell's Jackson Square cafe serves burgers and Reuben sandwiches alongside such exotic fare as Korean barbecue beef po-boys. The new service bar features a menu of homemade ice creams and desserts. No reservations. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE237 Decatur St., 525-6151; www.starsteak.comSteak and seafood star on the menu at this French Quarter eatery. Seafood platters and crab cakes are both popular dishes. Filets mignon, porterhouses, New York strips and prime rib are among the steak options. Red wine mushroom sauce tops the filet mignon. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.comThe Lakeview steakhouse offers a range of steaks and a la carte sides. Order a 14-oz. New York strip or a 14-oz. rib-eye served with house-made steak sauce. Escargot are stuffed in mushroom caps and served with brandy-laced garlic butter. Pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna is served with wasabi, soy and ginger reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZToulouse Street Wharf, 586-8777; www.steamboatnatchez.comA meal aboard the Steamboat Natchez promises an ever-changing view as the vessel navigates the river. Gulf fish Louisianne is topped with a dark-roux etouffee sauce. For dessert, the bread pudding is finished with candied pecans and Jim Beam bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.netNew Orleans' answer to a Big Apple deli features sandwiches like the Rachel with hot pastrami, Swiss, sauerkraut and house-made Russian dressing on rye bread. Thursday's special piles slow-roasted, Italian-seasoned pork, sauteed broccoli raab and aged provolone on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STELLA! 1032 Chartres St., 587-0091; The menu at chef Scott Boswell's Stella! changes often but diners can always expect globally influenced cooking with Louisiana flair. Try miso and sake-glazed Japanese Mero sea bass with udon, green tea and soba noodles, Canadian lobster, blue crab and shrimp broth. A seven-course tasting menu also is available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STEP BROTHERS BAR & GRILL 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 989-9856; www.stepsbarandgrill.comStep Brothers' daily specials include hearty favorites like meatloaf and chicken-fried steak. There also are burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. The long list of appetizers includes mini tacos and crawfish poppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STEVE'S DINER Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198;'s offers breakfast, diner classics, char-grilled half-pound burgers, fried catfish, chicken tenders and po-boys. The Parmesan and herb-crusted baked chicken is complemented with two sides. Slow-roasted beef brisket is served with gravy made from its drippings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Terrazu, inside the CBD's Place St. Charles, serves breakfast and lunch items. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

STILL PERKIN' 2727 Prytania St., 999-0335Still Perkin' serves coffee drinks and has a counter stocked with pastries, bagels, wraps and salads. The mixed greens salad features chicken, broccoli, grape tomatoes and sweet and sour dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040; www.stingraysseafood.comDaily specials and a selection of seafood dishes give Stingray's menu variety. Crawfish Boudreaux combines crawfish tails, Parmesan, garlic and mushrooms in spicy cream sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE STORE814 Gravier St., 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.comThis cafe serves creative sandwiches like the barbecue shrimp po-boy and burgers such as the Funky Blue, which tops Angus beef with blue cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish Dijon mustard. The recently opened taco bar features a selection of meats such as blackened chicken, chorizo, Cuban chicken and carnitas, and a wide array of toppings. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

STORYVILLE RESTAURANT808 Iberville St., 565-5520Cajun fare and Louisiana seafood are served at this French Quarter restaurant. Order Cajun egg rolls stuffed with crawfish and rice. The soft-shell crab po-boy features two jumbo soft-shells. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night Tues-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUBWAY Citywide; www.subway.comSubway serves classic subs filled with turkey, Italian cold cuts, meatballs or tuna salad. Other options include a ham and turkey melt and chicken bacon ranch sandwich. The Veggie Delight with cheese is dressed to order. Complete a meal with chips or a cookie. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

SUCRE 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 934-2277; Assorted macaroons, homemade marshmallows, decadent chocolates, and ice cream sundaes are just some of the treats available at this high-end sweet shop. For an Easter indulgence, try sweets from the the dark chocolate caramel bunny collection. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUGAR HOUSEEmbassy Suites, 315 Julia St., 525-1993; www.embassyneworleans.comSugar House combines Cajun and Creole influences. The Cajun sampler combines crawfish pie, jambalaya and file gumbo. Steak Delmonico is either grilled or blackened, and meat falls off the bone of the baby back ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUKHOTHAI1913 Royal St., 948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., 373-6471; Sukhothai serves curried meats, vegetables and stir-fried noodles. Wild herb flounder comes with a medley of herbs and tamarind dipping sauce. Volcano soft-shell crabs are served on a sizzling hot plate with spicy chili, garlic and pineapple sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL619 Pink St., Metairie, 937-0055; 1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.comSouthwestern accented dishes at Sun Ray Grill include nachos and guacamole with blue corn chips and the Baja shrimp quesadilla. Gulf fish specials and Cajun dishes are found on the menu. The Annunciation Street locations offer sushi items like the Spicy Mermaid filled with salmon, cucumber, crab stick, unagi and spicy mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUNSHINE CAFE111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 934-6040; www.sunshinecafenola.comThe Sunshine breakfast features scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, grits and a biscuit. Lunch specials include dishes like chicken fajitas with yellow rice and black beans; crab cakes with potato salad and green salad; and brisket with green bean and artichoke casserole and garlic mashed potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL 3636 St. Charles Ave., 999-4200; www.superiorgrill.comSuperior Grill offers Mexican favorites and a wide selection of margaritas. Order a fajita plate with mesquite grilled chicken, beef or shrimp. The sizzling shrimp brochetas features bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with poblano pepper and Monterey jack cheese, served over a bed of marinated green onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 995-5757; www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.comSurrey's blends organic juices to order and offers Southern and Latin breakfasts. The caramelized-apple French toast features Leidenheimer bread topped with carmelized apple cream cheese and candied pecans. Salads and sandwiches are lunchtime options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SURREY'S LA PLAYA1200 Carondelet St., 525-4300 For a juice fix head to La Playa for Surrey's signature fresh-squeezed concoctions. Try the cafe's homemade pastries, scones, cakes or quiches. One sandwich special combines baked Brie with avocado, plantains and pineapple chutney. The cafe also serves coffee drinks. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS 1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.netSushi Brothers produces a wide selection of original rolls and sashimi. The Levee Voice roll features blue crab, spicy roe and wasabi-mayo on top of a roll of spicy crawfish, avocado, asparagus and wasabi. The Brothers roll wraps fresh salmon tempura with cream cheese and has layers of salmon and avocado on top. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Thu., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ 420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 998-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.comGet Sweet Daddy's barbecue in sandwiches, on platters or by the pound for takeout. Side items include coleslaw, barbecue beans, corn fritters and gumbo. For dessert, try homemade brownies or chocolate chip pecan pie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SYLVAIN625 Chartres St., 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.comThis gastropub offers craft cocktails and gourmet pub fare. The menu features hearty dishes like beef cheeks braised with white wine and beef stock and served with rosemary potato puree, sweet onions, peas and spinach. A salad of thin-shaved Brussels sprouts and apples is topped with hazelnuts and pecorino cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch and late-nite Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TAG'S MEAT MARKET & DELI 1207 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-6594 Tag's is part deli and part butcher shop and makes its own Italian sausage. The menu features po-boys, muffulettas and burgers, including the enormous Papa Tag's, which weighs in at a pound and a half. Chicken fingers also are offered. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE923 Metairie Road, Suite C, Metairie, 936-6859This longtime Metairie fixture features an array of well-spiced Indian dishes. Masala dosa is a large rice and lentil crepe filled with a spicy blend of potatoes, onions and herbs. Lamb xacuti comes with coconut and golden masala. Chicken pasanda features tender chunks of boneless chicken in cashew-almond sauce with fresh herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

TAN DINH 1705 Lafayette St., Suite A, Gretna, 361-8008 This Gretna favorite can satisfy a pho fix, and its menu offers a wide array of Vietnamese dishes. One house specialty combines seared goat meat and lemongrass-infused goat curry with crushed peanuts, cilantro and basil. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

TANDOORI CHICKEN RESTAURANT2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 989-7880; www.tandoorichickennola.comGet chicken, fish, shrimp or lamb cooked in a tandoori oven or choose from an array of traditional Indian dishes. Chicken tikka masala is cooked in a clay oven and served with creamy gravy. Shrimp biryani is served with basmati rice with raisins and herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CHILANGOS2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 469-5599Enjoy Mexican favorites at Taqueria Chilangos. Menu mainstays include chiles rellenos, burritos, tacos and brisket. There also are daily specials. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959The menu at this casual cantina features traditional Mexican dishes including chiles rellenos, homemade tamales, burritos and tacos. Cool down your taste buds with flan for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

TARKA3207 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-6141Tarka serves Indian and Pakistani dishes including many options made with halal meats. Chicken tikka biryani features chicken marinated overnight, steam cooked and served with rice and herbs. Both goat and lamb curries are cooked with yogurt and nuts. Lunch is served buffet-style. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TARTINE 7217 Perrier St., 966-4860; www.tartineneworleans.comThis quaint neighborhood cafe offers a littles culinary savoir faire. Pork rillette is served with toasted baguette, onion marmalade and cornichons. The grilled steak sandwich is served with blue cheese butter on ciabatta bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TAVERN ON CITRUS5708 Citrus Ave., Harahan, 218-5186; Daily drink specials and happy hour deals accompany pub grub at the Tavern on Citrus. Appetizers include chili cheese fries, onion rings and jalapeno poppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

TEA GARDEN1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 933-9455Popular dishes include Singapore noodles, which are stir-fried in curry sauce with pork and shrimp. Cantonese lo mien features pan-fried egg noodles topped with beef and mixed vegetables. Rumaki combines fried chicken livers with water chestnuts and bacon. Lunch specials are available weekdays. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Diners order lunch at Emeril's. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

TED'S FROSTOP3100 Calhoun St., 961-3615Burgers, fries and milkshakes keep this fast food restaurant packed with university students and those craving simple, filling eats. Plate lunches include fried shrimp, pork chops and all-you-can-eat catfish. Ted's Frostop also offers doughnuts and soft-serve ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TENNOU SUSHI BAR1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, 366-3898; www.tennousushi.comThis Japanese restaurant offers a full range of sushi and cooked dishes like grilled salmon teriyaki and crispy fried fish fillets. The Tennou boat for two includes assorted sashimi, teriyaki, vegetables and sides. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TERRAZU Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., 287-0877This vegan-friendly cafe and coffeehouse keeps CBD diners caffeinated with tea, coffee and espresso drinks. The fontina press combines turkey, fontina cheese, spinach, tomato and basil-pesto mayo. Or choose from the lunchtime selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and pastries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

TEXAS BAR-B-QUE COMPANY 3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832The Texas Bar-B-Que company offers hickory-smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage. Sides include items like baked beans and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH 131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678; Thanh Thanh's pan-Asian menu includes Vietnamese dishes and pad thai, the noodle dish topped with crunchy bean sprouts, carrots and peanuts. The pho and made-to-order spring rolls can be customized with the addition of basil, jalapenos or bean sprouts. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THAT'S A WRAP4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 985-0009; www.thatsawrapnola.comChoose from white, wheat or spinach tortillas at this wrap shop. The Southwest chipotle chicken wrap has pan-broiled chicken, bacon, sharp cheddar, romaine and organic spring mix lettuce and tomatoes with spicy chipotle mayo. The shrimp and sweet beet salad mixes Gulf shrimp with remoulade, organic spring mix lettuce, red onions, eggs, tomatoes and roasted beets. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Sun.

THAT'S AMORE 4421 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaonline.comThat's Amore serves thin-crust New York-style pies and Chicago deep-dish pies. Toppings range from andouille sausage to sun-dried tomatoes. Other options include po-boys and muffulettas. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Sun, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THEO'S PIZZA 4024 Canal St., 302-1133; 4218 Magazine St., 994-8554; www.theospizza.comOrder a crisp thin-crust pie with your choice of toppings or select from 14 specialty pizzas. The Expert includes olive oil, garlic, spinach, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, purple onions and bacon. Other menu items include sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THREE HAPPINESS1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, 368-1355; www.threehappiness.comThree Happiness serves a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. There's everything from hot-and-sour soup to pho dac biet, a rice noodle soup with medium-rare beef, meatballs and brisket. The large menu includes rice and vermicelli dishes and a variety of seafood. There also are vegetarian options and Vietnamese juices. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THREE MUSES536 Frenchmen St., 298-8746; www.thethreemuses.comStep away from the bustle of Frenchmen Street for creative small plates and live music. Dishes include feta fries, ceviche, lobster egg rolls with sweet chile-lime dipping sauce, and a bruschetta with arugula, olives, white beans and peppers. Lamb sliders are dressed with tomato chutney and herbed goat cheese. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

THE TIMES GRILL 1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.comThis family-friendly chain is famous for its char-grilled burgers, from loaded half-pound patties to Mediterranean, veggie and chili-topped versions. Barroom favorites include fried pickle chips and cheese fries. Kids eat free on Wednesdays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TOMASITO'S755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942Tomasito's serves Mexican favorites in a refined cantina setting in the Warehouse District. Chiles rellenos features two poblano peppers stuffed with ground beef, raisins and almonds, topped with spicy cream cheese sauce. Seafood cazuela combines lobster, shrimp, mussels, fish, garlic, onion, cumin and cilantro in spicy tomato-coconut chile sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOMMY'S CUISINE 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.comTommy's serves Creole-Italian cuisine incorporating a bounty of local seafood. Soft-shell crabs are served with linguini in crawfish sauce. The daily fish special features a sauteed fillet topped with grilled shrimp and beurre blanc and served with roasted red peppers. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.comHungry patrons at the wine bar can order dishes from the adjoining restaurant, Tommy's Cuisine, or nibble on plates of pates and cheeses. There are approximately 150 bottles on the wine list, and 20 are available by the glass. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TONY ANGELLO'S RESTAURANT6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888 Say, "Feed me, Mr. Tony," and the chef will deliver a selection of small tasting portions of a variety of dishes. Popular menu choices include the lobster cup and eggplant Tina, which features eggplant medallions topped with house-made tomato sauce and Romano cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MANDINA'S1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 362-2010; www.tonymandinas.comThis restaurant offers a mix of Creole and Italian dishes. Eggplant Dominic Jude features fried eggplant medallions layered with shrimp and crabmeat topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce. The brociolone Sicilian steak is stuffed with Italian cheeses and breadcrumbs and served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

TONY MORAN' S RESTAURANT 240 Bourbon St., 523-4640Tony Moran's got its fettuccine Alfredo recipe from the dish's namesake, chef Alfredo di Lelio. The restaurant also serves classic Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and veal Parmesan. Gumbo, seafood and some New Orleans specialties also are available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOUT DE SUITE CAFE347 Verret St., 362-2264This cafe and coffeeshop serves stick-to-your ribs breakfast fare like the Atchafalaya, which features two crawfish cakes topped with poached eggs and sauce piquant. Sweet breakfast items include almond-crusted French toast with orange zest. The menu also features vegan, vegetarian and organic items. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TRACEY'S2604 Magazine St., 999-2054; www.traceysnola.comThe current home to the former Parasol's roast beef po-boy dripping with gravy is Tracey's, which is owned by the former manager of Parasol's. Daily specials include soft-shell crabs and jalapeno-horseradish coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; Trey Yuen serves traditional Chinese cuisine like hot-and-sour soup and Mandarin chicken. Popular items include the Choo Choo chicken, stir-fried chicken served with a Polynesian sauce made with bell peppers, carrots and onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

THE TROLLEY STOP CAFE 1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090 Standard diner fare like omelets, pancakes and biscuits are the cornerstone of this cafe's extensive menu. Lunch and dinner options include fried seafood, red beans and rice, gumbo and po-boys. Daily specials range from white beans and smothered pork chops on Wednesdays to seafood specials like stuffed shrimp on Fridays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, open 24 hours Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TUJAGUE' S RESTAURANT 923 Decatur St., 525-8676; Tujague's embraces time-honored Creole dining traditions with its multi-course table d' hote menu. Dinner includes its signature beef brisket with Creole sauce, shrimp remoulade, a choice of entree and bread pudding for dessert. Microbrewed Tujague beer and hot French bread complete the meal. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TULLY'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD587 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-3991; www.tullyspizza.comTully's offers pizza cooked in a stone oven and an array of sandwiches, salads and pastas. Crabby ravioli is quattro formaggi ravioli topped with lump crabmeat in cream sauce. Dr. Seuss pizza is topped with eggplant and ham. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Cooks prepare flame-broiled hamburgers at Bud's Broiler. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT 4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, 371-5195; The local outpost of this self-serve frozen yogurt chain offers 14 flavors, including options with no sugar added, as well as nondairy, nonfat and gluten-free choices. The original tart version, yellow cake batter and Death by Chocolate are popular choices. Pile on fruit, nuts and candy toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TWO TONYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT105 Old Hammond Hwy., 931-0999; www.two-tonys.comCreole-Italian cooking and regional seafood come together at Two Tonys. Shrimp pasta Mediterranean features grilled shrimp over angel hair pasta tossed with red wine, kalamata olives and capers. The blackened seafood platter includes catfish, crab cakes, shrimp and oysters coated with a special blend of seasonings and cooked in a cast-iron pan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON 401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.netUgly Dog Saloon serves barbecue sandwiches and platters with your choice of two sides such as potato salad and coleslaw. Other entree options include grilled chicken, burgers and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT 1413 Upperline St., 991-9822; www.upperline.comOwner JoAnn Clevenger's menu features Creole classics such as turtle soup and gumbo. The popular fish piquant with "hot and hot" shrimp is grilled baby drum accompanied by shrimp cooked with jalapeno peppers and served with a side of habanero sauce. The P&J Oysters St. Claude plates fried bivalves on a sauce of lemon, paprika and garlic. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$


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