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8116 Hampson St. 865-1634
Hana is a Riverbend staple known for its fresh fish. But sushi isn't all that's on the menu: Japanese dishes such as tempura are favorites here, and the artful presentations on the plate are often too pretty to eat — well, almost. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-6454
New Orleanians might know Harbor Seafood as the busy place near the Esplanade Mall sign on Williams Boulevard in Kenner. Dine in or take out from an extensive menu of fresh seafood. Platters are popular here, and the packed dining room is lively and talkative. Stop in at the store to buy some of the accompaniments to take home. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

614 Canal St. (JW Marriott Hotel) 527-6712
Henri recently changed its meals to breakfast and lunch only when a new restaurant, Shula's, opened for dinner service in the JW Marriott Hotel. A breakfast buffet and a la carte menu are available in the mornings, and workers near Canal Street and tourists show up for the early meal. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$$

1801 Dickory Ave., River Ridge 734-8455;
Chef Brendan O'Donnell, formerly of Bacco and Red Fish Grill, is the culinary force behind this catering and gourmet-to-go company. Look for the house special Dirty D po-boy with chipotle-braised pork with shaved fennel slaw on Leidenheimer's seeded French bread, shrimp remoulade and daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

701 St. Charles Ave. 524-4114;
Executive chef Donald Link has collected accolades for his powerful and memorable cooking at Herbsaint. His cuisine is French-inspired — frog legs, pommes frites, eggs prepared beyond the breakfast hour — but local touches creep in, such as grits and shrimp. Shrimp with a green-chili grits cake is a small-plate specialty. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards $$$

4700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 845-1000;
Bring your "heroic appetite" to this all-American Northshore grill, which features burgers, overstuffed po-boys (such as drippy, tangy barbecued beef) and sandwiches served on Texas toast. Diners with appetites more Underdog than Superman will appreciate wraps and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

70456 Hwy. 21, Suite 400, Covington (985) 809-7445
Seems like folks named "Hershey" have a way with sweets — but the ice cream parlor founder was no relation to the makers of That Candy Bar. Nonetheless, the makers of this ice cream have 112 years of experience in churning out today's flavors such as Cappuccino Crunch and Smores, and Old-Fashioned Vanilla for the ice cream fans who like no frills. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge 738-1508
A taste of Appalachia in Jefferson Parish, family-owned Hillbilly Bar-B-Q smokes its meats over Kentucky hickory. Pulled pork or ribs, smoked chicken salad, corn-and-red-pepper salad, and "Hobo Taters" — a hot potato salad topped with sour cream, green onions, cheese and bacon prove that Greater New Orleans does have great barbecue. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

827 1/2 Toulouse St. (Hotel St. Marie) 571-2888;
Hillery's is more than a hotel restaurant. Louisiana touches are evident in the signature dishes, including spinach salad with blue-cheese-blueberry vinaigrette, corn-and-shrimp chowder and Cajun meatloaf with sun-dried tomato ketchup. Desserts such as the "Chocolate Felony" are all made in-house. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 734-8448
New Orleans-area neighborhood eateries develop devoted followers, and Hobnobber's is no different. Well known for its stick-to-the-ribs selections, Hobnobber's offers something for the whole family, from the lazy crawfish bisque and shrimp remoulade to trout amandine and red beans and rice, a Monday staple. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

500 Frenchmen St. 943-1101;
The Hookah Café is heavy on entertainment, as patrons smoke hookah pipes, drink from mulitple bars, and sometimes watch a belly-dance revue. The Indian-leaning menu includes chicken tikka masala and lamb biryanyi, as well as small plates. Reservations accepted for large parties before 8:30 p.m. Dinner and late-night daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$

2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 393-7177; 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-0160;
Hooters is perhaps best-known for its owl theme (where'd ya think they got that name, anyway?), its saucy chicken wings, and oh yeah, its orange-shorted wait staff who serve burgers, quesadillas and Buffalo platters of shrimp, wings and chicken strips. The Metairie location is newly open. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily at Gretna, dinner daily at Metairie. Credit cards. $

920 Poydras St. 561-8914;
Downtown workers and tourists know about this five-year-old restaurant that serves traditional Japanese food, such as teriyaki. Locals like it too, showing up for the sushi, which one staff member proudly claims is "the very best in town." Reservations accepted for dinner. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

225 Decatur St. 310-4999;
Due to Hurricane Katrina, House of Blues has had to abbreviate its restaurant's operating hours, which unfortunately means the popular brunch is on hiatus. But the restaurant is open for lunch through most of the week and for dinner later in the week as well as whenever there is live music. So there's still plenty of time to catch the Pan-Seared Voodoo Shrimp with Rosemary Cornbread and the always-popular Creole Seafood Jambalaya. The Line Program provides diners with show tickets priority access into the Music Hall. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-2301
Remember the first time you heard the phrase "big salad"? Well, Houston's was one of the first restaurants to introduce that option to local diners. Big salads are really big here, but if you still equate "salad" with "rabbit food," know that heartier alternatives are available. Ribs, burgers and steaks are among those offerings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HUEY'S 24/7
200 Magazine St. 598-4839
Old-fashioned comfort food is a diner staple, and Huey's dishes it out, seven days a week. Mac and cheese, meatloaf, sandwiches and all sorts of local specialties, plus desserts, make this a destination if only for the novelty of a diner atmosphere in the CBD. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-0066;
Wine, lunch and gourmet-to-go are on the menu at Hugh's Wine Cellar, an inviting little shop and dining room in Mandeville. Lunch includes sandwiches, salads and soups, such as the seafood gumbo, which is "full of onions, okra, shrimp, celery, and lots of spicy love," Hugh's proclaims. Diners can order a pate and cheese plate or build their own from a selection of cheeses, and a special bar menu is prepared every day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-0050
A bar named after a tropical disturbance? Think again! University of Miami fans who couldn't make it to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl flocked here to watch LSU thrash their team. No hard feelings, though — especially after you sink your teeth into a Hurricanes burger, quesadilla or a chicken sandwich straight from the grill. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


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