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1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 737-8455;
This neighborhood wine shop features a gourmet deli. See Herb'an Spice Company listing below.

3860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052
Start your day here with a range of coffee and breakfast items, or come back later in the day for local fare such as catfish pecan, pan-fried catfish with a Creole pecan butter sauce, or crawfish pasta with a spicy pepper cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan 734-8455;
Herb'an Spice is known for its shrimp remoulade po-boy or the Dirty D, a chipotle braised pork loin sandwich dressed with shaved fennel slaw. The sandwich list includes many unique options like the meatloaf and provolone po-boy. There are also daily lunch specials, and an adjoining wine store offers plenty of accompanying wines if you are getting gourmet to go. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards $

5650 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 734-3333;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933;
Koz's offers a wide selection of po-boys, plus soups, salads and dinner specials, especially with fried seafood. Garlic-stuffed roast beef is cooked daily for po-boys, which are served with gravy. Fried chicken plates come with a choice of white or dark meat and a choice of side dishes like baked macaroni, chili cheese fries, onion rings and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450;
Start your day with strong French roast coffee or a milder American blend. La Madeleine offers a selection of breads and pastries, plus a cafeteria-style service of salads, sandwiches like a variation on the croque monsieur, and meats and vegetable combinations cooked in puff pastries, like the chicken and mushroom Friand. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

6861 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 738-8800;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

7105 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-2588;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116
Po-boys and fried seafood platters are the mainstays of this casual local eatery, but the chef's specialties menu is where to look for the most adventuresome fare. Spicy barbecue shrimp are served over angel hair pasta, blackened shrimp are paired with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled fish is served with jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000
Dishing up the classic combination of home-style Italian fare and New Orleans seafood specialties, Smilie's is a favorite for generations of families. It's hard to pass up the golden brown onion rings as an appetizer. And the beef brisket salad offers a whole new motivation to eat your greens. Try the namesake catfish Smilie for a filet of fish rolled in Italian breadcrumbs and topped with shrimp, all served with a white wine and butter sauce. Steak and pasta dishes are other mainstays on the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722
Taqueria Corona is a popular Mexican eatery with chips and pico de gallo to start along with tart margaritas. A wide selection of tacos includes a fish taco with fine ribbons of red cabbage and a tartar sauce, while more traditional fillings include beef, chicken, chorizo sausage and even cow's tongue. Flautas fill fried tortillas with beef or shrimp and gooey melted cheese. Grilled green onions or cebollitas are another unique offering. No Reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 739-9875
A mix of Italian classics and local New Orleans favorites share the bill of fare at Verona. Choose between fried ravioli or shrimp and corn bisque to start, while the chef's signature entrees cover a range from veal scallopini and fettuccini Alfredo to shrimp Esplanade, made with local shrimp sautéed in olive oil and fresh herbs with a light tomato sauce over pasta. Other seafood specialties include trout Florentine and shrimp or catfish platters. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

1915 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-1901;
Vitality gets you going with organic coffee, smoothies, juices, teas and dessert shakes all in a wide variety of flavors. Fruit smoothies come with blends of everything from strawberry to pomegranate to green tea. Lunch includes the Fleur de C salad with grilled chicken, feta cheese, cranberries and pecans plus many healthy soups, salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

1655 Hickory St., Harahan, 738-0799;
Zea puts a zing on standard American favorites by adding Asian flavors to create several signature dishes, such as the Thai ribs, St. Louis-style pork ribs covered in a sweet-and-spicy glaze, and the Asian almond shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge A diverse collection of Indian dishes at Taj Mahal. - TRACIE MORRIS SCHAEFER


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