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2 Poydras St. (Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel) 584-3880;
Kabby's on the River reopened with its Sunday champagne jazz brunch, a longtime weekend destination for New Orleanians. The food and the music are local traditions, and the champagne will make you a bit dizzy, but it's the sweeping view of the Mississippi River from Kabby's elegant dining room that will knock you off your feet. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

2 Poydras St. (Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel) 561-0500;
Kabby's Sports Edition isn't loud and obnoxious, as some sports bars tend to be. Instead, this "open" bar at the Hilton Ñ it has waist-high walls Ñ is urbane and almost sophisticated as suits and other well-heeled types check out box scores while nursing po-boys, sandwiches and New Orleans cuisine. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

I3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie 455-5730
Excellent sushi invades Fat City as Chef Hidei Suzuki — also known as "Elvis" — prepares his specialties. Ask the chef to feed you — you'll have to believe in the element of surprise here in this Japanese take on chef's choice — and know that you're eating authentically. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville (985) 845-9940
Madisonville, a town of fewer than 700 people, is home to some serious eating. House-cut filet mignon and rib-eye steaks at Keith Young's are served with crabcakes and other appetizers and side items in a relaxed restaurant on an almost-rural highway. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

3140 W. Loyola Drive, Kenner 466-4701;
Any seafood wish can be granted here: fish choices include catfish, grouper, tilapia and redfish, for example, and a shrimp-and-fish plate combines the two ingredients in case decision-making skills plateau. The boiled seafood is very popular here. Order your fish in one of numerous preparations, and plan a return trip to try something new. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

349 Whitney Blvd., Gretna 366-2489
Kim Son advertises Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine to appeal to more diners, but the Vietnamese specialties really shine here. A long menu with vegetarian entrees, a multicourse beef meal, a delicious beer-steamed crab, and the curative/restorative pho are popular with diners. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-4383
Asian foods with a Chinese-heavy slant are on the buffet at this Metairie eatery. But be prepared to move, and dine, fast. No one's looking over your shoulder as you eat, but King Buffet diners tend to move quickly, skirting the steam tables with almost professional efficiency. They choose from Chinese standards such as beef with broccoli and sweet-and-sour chicken, to Thai and some Japanese specialties, as well as desserts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3519 Seven Ave., Metairie 888-2010; www.koshercajun.comThis New York-style deli specializes in sandwiches, including corned beef and pastrami that come straight from the Bronx. The Reuben features corned beef with Russian dressing and sauerkraut on toasted rye bread, served with barrel pickles. Fresh matzoh ball soup is prepared every day. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

6215 Wilson St., Harahan 737-3933
Koz Gruenig, the driving force behind the Katrina-shuttered Po-Boy Bakery in Gentilly, moved out to Harahan in November and set up his own shop and has been doing crazy business ever since in serving his popular combination of New Orleans favorites like roast-beef po-boys, fried chicken, red beans and rice, country-fried steak and gumbo. Keep an eye open for a breakfast menu at some point. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

116 Bourbon St. 523-4030;
Do you want some Chiks or some Pups? Krystal offers the ultimate in hangover/guilty-pleasure/dine-and-dash food, with its cute square hamburgers, loaded hot dogs, corn dogs, and Chik'n bites. For breakfast on the go, the Breakfast Scrambler is packed into one small container, while the country breakfast is served on a plate so you can dine while surveying the late-night stragglers on Bourbon Street. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4920 Prytania St. 891-3644
Kyoto's darling dining room is spare yet comforting, small and warm while the sushi chefs prepare rolls, sashimi and salads. "Box" sushi is a favorite here, with more than 25 rolls, including the Dynamite roll with diced tuna. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


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