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VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT 515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 993-9336 This family-run cafe and po-boy shop also is known for seafood. Daily lunch specials include seafood gumbo and country-fried steak. A pressed Cuban sandwich filled with roasted pork, ham and cheese is among the traditional Cuban dishes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

VENEZIA RESTAURANT134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.comVenezia serves classic Italian dishes with pasta, seafood and veal. House specialties include eggplant Vatican, fettuccine Alfredo and steaks. Get a pizza made with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, artichoke hearts or other favorite toppings. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE VERANDA AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL NEW ORLEANS444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383; www.ichotelsgroup.comSecond-line parades, live music and unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys enliven Sunday brunch at The Veranda. Seafood omelets and bread pudding are crowd favorites. A lunch buffet offers different flavors (including Indian, Italian and various Asian cuisines) everyday. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

VIANNE'S TEA HOUSE 544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; Walk into Vianne's and you will see the Great Wall of Tea: The shelves hold more than 120 different types of tea that are offered at the teahouse. It also serves changing daily soups, including classics like lentil, gumbo and portobello mushroom. The brunch menu includes gourmet sandwiches and salads. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329Vic's menu offers patrons a taste from Down Under with options like shepherd's pie stuffed with minced beef and vegetables. Appetizers include baked Brie with mango chutney. The barbecue sandwich features pulled pork with hickory sauce on a Kaiser roll. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VILLAGE INN9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610This family dinner spot features seafood and Italian dishes like crawfish Veronica — crawfish in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Boiled seafood, salads, pasta dishes, pizza and sandwiches are other options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 985-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 966-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comVincent's serves a menu of classic Italian dishes, house-made pastas and daily specials such as grilled rack of lamb topped with mint demi-glace and brabant potatoes. Seafood dishes include crawfish bisque and herb-crusted salmon. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VINE AND DINE141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine.comThis wine shop has seating for guests to open a bottle of wine to drink with a selection of gourmet cheese boards, house-made pates and ciabatta bruschettas. There also is a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and quesadillas. The toasted triple-creme Brie and crab au gratin is popular. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITALITY JUICE, JAVA & SMOOTHIE BAR4350 Highway 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.comChoose from organic coffees, smoothies, juices and teas. The menu includes soups, salads, quiches, sandwiches and wraps. A free-range turkey burger is served with a choice of toppings. Vegetarian chili uses fire-roasted tomatoes instead of beans as a base. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

VIZARD'S5015 Magazine St., 995-2246; www.vizards.netChef/owner Kevin Vizard presents a menu of creative Creole small plates. The soft-shell crab and trout flan are popular. The Half Nelson features crispy eggplant, jumbo lump crabmeat, crimini mushrooms, green onions and bearnaise sauce. The Vizard's cut rib-eye cap comes with asparagus, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes and Creole bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482Germanophiles rub shoulders with Gulf seafood fans at this Lafitte eatery. Popular dishes include spicy bratwurst, wiener schnitzel and seafood pizza piled with Louisiana shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL Citywide; www.voodoobbqandgrill.comVoodoo serves brisket, pulled pork and ribs that have been slow-smoked over pecan and oak wood for up to 18 hours. Meats are served platter-style or on po-boys with homemade sauce. Side items include macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. Other menu options include salads, baked potatoes and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BBQ10828 Hayne Blvd., 241-8227; www.cochondelaitpoboys.comWalker's is known for its cochon de lait po-boy dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. Meat is sold by the pound or platter, and the Family Feast includes a sampling of everything from ribs, chicken, brisket and pork to side dishes like mustard greens, baked beans, candied yams and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sat. Cash only. $

WASABI 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 9550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; Choose from sushi, tempura, noodle or rice dishes at this Japanese restaurant and bar. Appetizers include tofu, steak, yakitori chicken and miso soup. Try green tea ice cream for dessert. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

WASHINGTON AVENUE HOUSE OF CATFISH4600 Washington Ave., 482-6565Choose from platters featurine lemon-pepper catfish, blackened catfish, fried catfish or fried chicken. For sides, there is a choice of potato salad or french fries. Red beans and rice is the special on Mondays. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

WATER STREET BISTRO804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 945-3855; www.waterstreetbistro.comHoused in a cottage in Madisonville, this bistro focuses on Louisiana flavors. Shrimp Chardonnay is sauteed in wine, finished with butter sauce and served over pasta. Roast duck is accompanied by fig and port reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT769 W. Fifth Street, LaPlace, (985) 652-9990Wayne Jacob's serves its own smoked sausage and a menu of Creole-inspired dishes. Its signature Smokehouse sandwich features grilled andouille, smoked turkey, ham, bacon and American cheese on Texas toast. Plantation pasta combines shrimp, artichokes and mushroom cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

WELTY'S DELI AND CATERING 336 Camp St., 592-0223; This CBD lunch spot features gourmet sandwiches and daily specials like homemade meatballs and Italian sausage with spaghetti. The New Orleans A.K. (After Katrina), is a big sandwich layering four meats and four cheeses on a muffuletta bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 988-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 999-9119; www.wholefoods.comThis grocery chain offers hot dishes such as couscous, stuffed mirlitons and rotisserie chicken. There are separate stations for pizza, sandwiches, soups, freshly baked bread, desserts, sushi and coffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WHOLE HOG CAFE639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.comOrder pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket or pork loin in a sandwich or on a platter. Side items include baked beans and coleslaw. There is a selection of barbecue sauces with varying degrees of spicy heat. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

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WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE 2401 St. Ann St., 922-9503Willie Mae's secret recipe for wet-battered fried chicken has brought this eatery acclaim for more than 50 years. Red beans and rice and veal dishes round out the menu. Side items include fries, salad, cornbread and greens. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

WING ZONE Citywide; www.wingzone.comWing Zone serves chicken wings and fingers, wedge fries, fried mushrooms and spicy options such as Buffalo shrimp. Sauces vary in levels of heat, and choices include sweet and tangy barbecue varieties, Thai chili, garlic-Parmesan and cool ranch. Salads and burgers also are available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 931-8705This Old Metairie tavern offers hearty bar-fare like half-pound cheeseburgers, grilled chicken Caeser pitas, onion rings and fried mozzarella sticks. Fish and chips feature beer-battered cod served with fries and malt vinegar. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSEMarriott New Orleans, 959 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2844; www.wolfesinthewarehouse.comWolfe's puts a contemporary spin on Creole cuisine. Barbecue Gulf shrimp are served over a rosemary French bread rusk. Try the panko-crusted redfish with pan-fried crab toast, smoked-Gouda veloute, sauteed spinach and fried garlic cloves. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

WOW CAFE & WINGERY Citywide; www.wowcafe.comOrder wings with a choice of dipping sauces including teriyaki, peppery Santa Fe, Bombay coconut curry, Jamaican jerk spice and Buffalo. The restaurant offers a similarly wide array of dishes including wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas, cheese fries, nachos, Southwestern egg rolls and some New Orleans dishes like red beans and rice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 966-3683; www.collegeinn1933.comYe Old College Inn uses Leidenheimer bread for po-boys filled with everything from shrimp to chicken-fried steak. A popular po-boy combines oysters, Havarti cheese and bacon. Steaks, gumbo, seafood and chicken entrees also are available. Try fried bread pudding for dessert. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; www.youngssteakhouse.comFamily-owned and -operated since 1969, Young's Restaurant serves hand-cut steaks and grilled fish specials. Try grilled lobster or tuna. Side dishes include steamed vegetables, sauteed onions and baked potatoes. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT 323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 909-3840; Yujin prepares sushi favorites and an array of Japanese dishes. Original rolls include the Latin-inspired ceviche sushi roll. Yaki udon combines thick noodles with beef or chicken and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA 525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122; modern Japanese-style tavern serves sake and shochu drinks and authentic Japanese items in small portions. Options include grilled beef tongue, salmon roe with shredded radish, shu mai dumplings, fried spring rolls, marinated octopus and fries with wasabi sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

YUMMY YUMMY220 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-9122Chinese staples like lo mein, shrimp curry, fried rice and General Tso's tofu star in Yummy Yummy's all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, or diners can order an entree from the menu. Pay by the pound for buffet meals to go. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE 9210 Oak St., 961-2224; www.zotzcafe.comZ'otz offers fair trade coffees, teas and vegan pastries in a bohemian atmosphere featuring works by local artists. The changing menu features sandwiches like curried tuna and portobello mushroom with mozzarella. Seasonal soups include crawfish bisque. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

ZACHARY'S BY THE LAKE7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 972-9832; www.zacharysbythelake.comThis Lakeview bar and grill combines Creole favorites with a fresh twist. Louisiana jumbo shrimp are marinated with cane syrup, wrapped in bacon and fried, and served with pickled okra salad. The mango salad combines mango, pecans, red onion and Havarti cheese with greens tossed in mango vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ZARA'S MARKET4838 Prytania St., 995-0581; www.zarasmarket.comThe market's deli counter serves fried chicken, sandwiches, soup and daily specials. Mondays feature red beans and rice with sausage. Chicken and sausage gumbo and corn and crab chowder are among the soup choices. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL Citywide; www.zearestaurants.comZea's menu revolves around slow-roasted meats from the rotisserie and features creative takes on American and Asian favorites. There is everything from Thai ribs to American Kobe beef burgers to roasted crispy duck to local seafood dishes. Reservation policies vary by location. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

ZEKE'S RESTAURANT1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 932-1133; www.eatatzekes.comZeke's Louisiana seafood options include oysters, catfish, shrimp and crab, and it also has po-boys, salads and steaks. Chicken and andouille gumbo is a fixture on the menu. Daily specials include dishes like seafood gumbo, crab cakes, Cajun chicken and shrimp pasta, and mahi mahi with crawfish hollandaise sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ZIMMER' S SEAFOOD4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150; www.zimmersseafood.webs.comPo-boys, seafood platters and seasonal boiled seafood by the pound are staples at this neighborhood market. The menu includes crawfish pie, corn and crawfish bisque and stuffed artichokes. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ZOE RESTAURANTW Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5018; www.starwoodhotels.comZoe serves up New Orleans-inspired contemporary entrees in a stylish setting. Popular entrees include the spice-dusted redfish and Zoe pasta, which combines shrimp and crawfish angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


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