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105 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-0999;
Though it's in the heart of the construction going on at the mouth of the 17th Street Canal in Bucktown, II Tony's is serving up its Italian and seafood specialties as usual. Baked eggplant Samantha piles layers of fried eggplant with imported ham, mozzarella and Romano cheeses, fresh basil and cream sauce studded with shrimp. Daily fish specials include amberjack, speckled trout or redfish grilled or fried and topped with the chef's sauce of the day. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056;
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3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-9046
Offering Mediterranean dishes inspired by the countries of Greece and Italy, Acropolis gives diners a choice of both regions' most famed dishes. Together on the menu are pizzas, gyros, lasagna, moussaka, lamb chops and salads, such as the Acropolis — a concoction of field greens, bacon, tomato, blue cheese, cucumbers, Bermuda onions, kalamata olives and sunflower seeds. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583;
Chef Andrea Apuzzo's creative take on American and Northern Italian entrees has made Andrea's a perennial favorite. Try the scampi fra diavalo o caterina, a sauté ed shrimp dish flamed with brandy and served with tomato sauce or white wine garlic butter sauce, for a special taste of the Old World. Consider the chicken a la grande for something more down home. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 889-1212
Anselmo's covers all the Italian classics, along with a few original options that come inspired by local seafood. There are simple tastes such as the meatballs and red gravy served over angel hair pasta, or house specialties such as crawfish pasta Adrienne: penne pasta tossed in a crawfish and mushroom cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-0755;
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5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-5533;
The intimate dining room of Austin's offers charm that is sometimes hard to find outside the Orleans Parish line. Try the seared scallops or pecan-crusted trout if you have an appetite for the sea and the Veal Austin — pan — ed baby white veal topped with lump crabmeat, button mushrooms and green onions — if you're looking to stick to land. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470
Since the closest shoreline with ample surf and sand sits nearly 90 miles from New Orleans, the Beach House is a good choice to capture, at the very least, the flavor of the seaside boardwalk. Offering the Beach Burger, a half-pound patty with beef ground in-house and made to order, the Metairie grill is a laidback joint with a surfer's mentality. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $

3500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5656;
Part of the national franchise originated in Burlington, Vt., this Metairie ice cream parlor serves the company's most celebrated flavors. Aficionados will appreciate Cherry Garcia, cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes, and the always popular Super Fudge Chocolate. Try Key Lime ice cream on an especially hot day. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3010 Holiday Drive, Metairie, 394-2805
Offering an extensive menu with nearly 60 items ranging from fish 'n' chips to tempura-fried shrimp to cheese and bacon potato skins, Bennigan's is a good choice for families and finicky eaters. Also available for adults is a large selection of bottled and draft beers, including specials on Ireland's favorite export, Guinness. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666
In spite of the name, the seafood is serious at Bozo's. Start with chicken and andouille gumbo with okra or raw oysters on the half-shell, then move on to a hearty platter with two main items (choose from shrimp, oysters or catfish) served with French fries or potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828;
Of course Bravo offers traditional Italian fare such as lasagna, pasta and pizza. But this restaurant also offers its own unique creations, including an appetizer of fried shrimp topped with a charred tomato and lemon-butter sauce, and entrees like the hickory wood-grilled salmon, which comes with crispy potatoes, a lemon caper butter sauce and pesto crumbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

2701 Airline Drive, Metairie, 833-1288
New York-style crusts are obviously the choice at Brooklyn Pizza. Assemble your own pie with a selection of toppings such as pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian ham, black olives, banana peppers, salami and ricotta cheese. Brooklyn offers hero-style sandwiches, all available hot, and there's a Philly cheesesteak as well. Plus there are Italian salads and many pasta dishes to choose from. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

2008 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 889-2837; 2929 N. Casueway Blvd., Metairie, 833-3770
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1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773
Byblos takes familiar Middle Eastern favorites to new heights in its stylish and polished dining rooms. While kebabs, falafel and hummus dips are all well represented, Byblos also draws from wider eastern Mediterranean traditions with dishes like the lamb tatatour drizzled with tahini sauce and a char-grilled lamb chop. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-9777
For an authentic taste of the Middle East on the go, locals head to the deli counter at the back of this bright, airy market. Sandwiches are prepared to order from meats roasting on spits, while fresh salads, stuffed grape leaves and daily specials beckon. The gyros plate piles slices of meat high and pairs it with creamy hummus, a crisp salad and pita bread. Inside dining is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-1449; 3647 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-1200;
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3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799
For a casual lunch, head to Caddyshack for sandwiches or burgers and sides of French fries and onion rings. There also are daily specials from the kitchen like red beans on Monday, fried seafood platters on Friday and other dishes like spaghetti or fried chicken on the days in between. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8694; 4700 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9770;
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4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078;
Café East crafts an upscale and creative take on many traditional Chinese and southeast Asian dishes, presenting them artfully and complementing them with an extensive wine list. Entrees include coconut-poached salmon, honey walnut shrimp, marinated and wok-seared boneless duck served with ginger-soy glaze, and Thai-style red snapper. The menu picks up cues from Japan to Mongolia and many Chinese regional cuisines. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit Cards. $

2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772
Thankfully you don't have to travel far to enjoy the Equator and its international cuisine, with house specialties of pad Thai and pad woon zen: clear noodles sauté ed with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, shitake mushrooms, onions and zucchini. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4441 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 887-2010
Café Fresca is a casual spot to drop in for homemade soup like the red bean soup, salads, sandwiches and regular specials such as fried chicken club salad with crumbled bacon, avocado, chopped egg, tomatoes and croutons over fresh greens, or the Sante Fe pita, which features marinated and char-grilled chicken breast meat topped with mashed avocado, tomato and onion relish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

2324 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-6343
The coffee craving can surface any time of day, and when it steers customers to Café Latte II they can indulge in breakfast, sandwiches or salads. The shrimp Mediterranean salad features cabbage, lettuces, carrots, artichoke hearts, asparagus, feta, tomatoes, beets and onions along with jumbo shrimp dressed with a Greek vinaigrette. Try the club sandwich for a traditional combo of cold cuts, bacon and vegetables with housemade honey-mustard dressing. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

2026 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-7662
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3343 Metairie Road, Metairie, 304-8438
Café Royale offers a variety of café staples with a huge display case showing pastries, cakes, bagels, donuts, scones, muffins and more, along with numerous coffee and tea options. The kitchen prepares a number of salads, paninis and daily specials as well. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444
Cafe Satora can speed up your drive across the Causeway with specialty coffees such as the iced mocha, or make your stomach happy with sandwiches, salads and hot, pressed paninis like spinach and feta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770
This casual, family-run Italian restaurant, serves homemade and fresh foods, which include a large selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees. Try everything from the meatloaf and lasagna to the shrimp or chicken Alfredo. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845;
Head to Caffe! Caffe! and you'll find much more than coffee. Savory salad options include one with grilled chicken, avocado, gorgonzola cheese and walnuts, topped with housemade mango vinaigrette. Sandwiches include chicken Caesar salad in a pita. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-7904
Carmine's has scaled back a bit to adjust to post-K, but don't let that stop you from enjoying such "surf" items as the seafood-stuffed artichoke or "turf" offerings like the stuffed pork chop or the 16-oz. rib-eye steak. Finish your meal with bread pudding. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. (Reopening on Mondays soon.) Credit cards and checks. $

2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6696
Caretta's offers a splendiferous array of Mexican favorites at its locations. Make your own meal a la carte, or sign on for a complete dinner. Appetizers include tortilla soup, cheesy-beefy nachos, and a variety of dips (guacamole, spinach and artichoke, and bean). For your main meal, choose from burritos, tacos, enchiladas and sizzling fajitas. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354
Tex-Mex staples and more creative Mexican fare are available. House specialties include seafood enchiladas, a spicy, creamy sauté of crab and shrimp wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with chili con queso sause. To accompany the dish, choose traditional rice and beans or more health-conscious grilled vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209
The Moroccan cuisine of Casablanca offers many delights, including the cous cous, which comes topped with vegetables such as carrots and cabbage, and is served with your choice of chicken, lamb or beef. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.- Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935;
There's something for everyone at Chad's Bistro. Options include pan-fried tilapia, baby back ribs, roast chicken, and pizza (including a muffuletta version!). One popular dish is a salad with jumbo crab, Boston Bibb lettuce, smoked gouda cheese, pecans and sun-dried cranberries served with a citrus vinaigrette. For lunch, the herb-marinated grilled (or fried) chicken sandwich is a stand-out. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

4747 W. Napoleon Ave., East Bank Regional Library, Metairie, 888-0601
Most people like to read at a coffee shop, so why not go directly to the source for reading material? This café is located in the East Bank Regional Library and has a variety of pastries and other baked goods, plus sandwiches, soups, wraps, and salads. About the only thing missing is a comfortable couch to crash on. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards and checks. $

3330 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788;
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111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 218-8969
The kitchen shows its chops with a menu that proves to be a carnivore's delight. Besides the long list of martinis in the bar, the attraction here comes from entrees like grilled veal chops, sirloins and rib-eyes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

3100 Kingman St., Metairie, 885-6516
This lunch spot near the Clearview Shopping Center offers an array of Cuban comfort food choices, including empanadillas (stuffed with beef, chicken or vegetables), fried plantains and pressed sandwiches (on French bread or a croissant). The revered Cubano (ham, pork and melted cheese on French) is a popular favorite. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 780-9445
For hot or iced frozen coffee drinks, slip into the Coffee Cove. Frozen drinks include regular iced coffee as well as cappuccinos. Add a pastry or cookie and you'll be raring to go. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 467-9316
Regulars keep coming back for daily specials like the shrimp Creole, crawfish pasta or crawfish etouffee. Come Back is also well known for its overstuffed muffulettas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620:
There's no better place to rush to dessert and dig into cheesecakes like bananas Foster, Oreo Cookies and Cream, white chocolate macadamia, strawberry or fudge brownie. But you would be bypassing a large menu off salads, steaks, sandwiches, burgers and wraps as well as entrees such as jambalaya pasta, paneed chicken over crawfish linguine and almond-crusted trout meuniere. In addition to cheesecake, there are desserts of banana splits and sundaes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000
This pig palace features old-fashioned sandwiches (topped with cole slaw), ribs (wet or dry) and a wide variety of dinners, salads, appetizers and sides. Even the biggest appetite will be sated by "The Killer" — a slab of ribs and your choice of chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey, sausage or fried catfish, served with barbecue beans, coleslaw and a homemade roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008
Knock it out of the park with the Grand Slam sandwich — stuffed with roast beef, ham and cheese. On a date? Cozy up to the seafood platter for two: two cups of gumbo to start, plus fried shrimp, oysters and crab, along with stuffed jalepenos and hush puppies. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641;
Regulars at this hopping Fat City steakhouse and tavern do go crazy for the "giant dippin' shrimp," the house version of traditional barbecue shrimp with a rich and very spicy sauce served with plenty of French bread for dipping. But it's serious business when it comes to the steaks, like the filet mignon served with seasoned potatoes for $15.95. Come between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the price drops to $12.95 as an early bird special. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

2201 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-1332; 4320 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 888-0129;
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1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141;
The Giant Seafood Platter is aptly named; this bounty of fresh shrimp, oysters, catfish, soft-shell crabs and crawfish dressing balls feeds four. (Only two of you? Get the half-order.) Other menu options include stuffed flounder, barbecue shrimp pasta and the Bucktown Boil Pizza — seafood and spices with mozzarella cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550
Don's has everything under the sea — at least what us locals crave. There are the pre-requisite fried seafood platters; seafood salad with boiled shrimp, crawfish tails, and lump crab; a featured grilled fish of the day and soft-shell crab broiled or fried. Make sure to begin your meal with one of the savory gumbos or crawfish bisque. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216;
Juicy rotisserie chickens offer a quick meal solution for lunch or dinner, while fresh daily soups, hot wings, sandwiches, quiche and lasagna all provide quick meals on the go. Don't pass up the landmark grocery's bakery near the prepared food section. Cakes, pastries and breads have people crossing town again and again for repeat visits. Plus the store has an excellent selection of wines. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

6633 Airline Drive, Metairie, 734-0301
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3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 888-9254;
The legendary char-grilled oysters have their fans for hundreds of miles around, but you'd be remiss if you stopped there. The menu is packed with local seafood dishes and live lobsters shipped in from Maine. Non-aquatic entrees include Shuckee Duckee (blackened duck breast over linguini with an oyster cream sauce) and sautéed portobello mushrooms with beef tips. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121
This cozy Metairie bistro features Italian fare with a Sicilian flair. A rich marinara accompanies spaghetti and meatballs, cheesy lasagna and eggplant parmigiana. Entrees include veal and chicken dishes as well as a red fish limone with penne bordelaise. The lunch menu includes po-boys filled with meatballs, roast beef or smoked ham. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3400 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 888-9600
Frosty's signature bubble tea is a popular favorite with sweet, gummy tapioca balls floating in the sweet liquid. Not to be missed is the jasmine green tea with jellied lychee or the avocado shake. For more solid fare, the café has sandwiches and salads as well as Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

724 Martin Berman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646
This casual neighborhood restaurant features a familiar line-up from fried seafood to fried chicken to red beans on Monday, gumbo all the time and specialty dishes like veal parmesan. Other Italian favorites include stuffed manicotti. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955
In spring, the Galley is known for its soft-shell crabs at Jazz Fest, but year-round diners can get a comfortable table on the patio or inside this casual restaurant. A bounty of seafood is prepared in all manners from blackened to fried, grilled to boiled (particularly crawfish when in season). There's also a seafood gumbo studded with shrimp, oysters and okra. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500;
Gambino's has a cake for any occasion, particularly king cakes at Mardi Gras. But year-round, Gambino's bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes. The Café at Gambino's offers muffulettas, sandwiches, paninis, salads and slices of cake and other baked items. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8593
Po-boys served on crusty French bread are among the highlights at Giorlando's, which also offers shrimp fettuccine and other Creole and Italian-inspired favorites. There are fried seafood platters, and pasta like spaghetti with meatballs served with a homemade sauce. Giorlando's cooks its own roast beef for po-boys. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

4941 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 885-3515
Classic New Orleans Italian cuisine distinguishes this longtime Metairie favorite. The spaghetti and meatballs with Gio's famous homemade red gravy are great comfort food. Or thicken the comfort with the four layered meat lasagna with ricotta cheese, angel hair pasta and the marinara sauce. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

3613 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 838-8311
It may be known as "junior" but this smaller version of the Ground Pat'i delivers flavors big enough for the most hearty appetite. Choose from the restaurant's "Hall of Flame" combos, like the Jr. cheeseburger with fries and a drink for less than $5. For a lighter meal, get the grilled chicken sandwich, cooked juicy with mesquite flavor. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390
In addition to serving its customers as a meat market, Guillory's Grocery's kitchen — home of the "krispy crunchy chicken" — also prepares a long list of po-boys, burgers and salads, plus tamales and rotating daily specials such as fried pork chops and red beans and rice with smoked sausage. No reservations. Open lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 734-8448;
The creamy corn and crawfish bisque is a winner at this neighborhood eatery. The other signature dish is the catfish fillet with crawfish sauce. And there is always red beans and rice on Mondays. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat, dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 393-7177;
The chain advertises the wings, but there is a whole menu of "Hooterstizers" to graze on while hanging out and watching sports. Dig into platters of nachos, quesadillas, Buffalo chicken strips or a combination platter. Or go for the chicken wings served with either a mild, medium, Three Mile Island or 911 sauce. For main courses, there are burgers, a variety of sandwiches, salads and seafood. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards $$

4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, 889-2301
Houston's is renowned for its spinach and artichoke dip, a menu of steaks, barbecue ribs, seafood and sandwiches. The selection of seafood hails from the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific waters. Houston's also has a large wine list. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards $$

1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-0050
Perhaps the only use of the word hurricane that doesn't refer to Katrina is Hurricanes Sports Bar & Grill, which does so out of allegiance to the University of Miami Hurricanes. It's a good place to catch college or pro sports and dig into a Hurricane burger, quesadilla or a chicken sandwich straight from the grill. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545;
Not all the names at Impastato's sound like traditional Italian and Sicilian folks or dishes. Salads are named for both Bum Phillips (asparagus, artichokes, hearts of palm) and Tom Benson (asparagus, black olives, tomatoes, artichokes, hearts of palm and crabmeat). But diners can still dig into veal marinara, veal parmesan, pecan-smoked filet mignon and veal chops topped with sautéed mushrooms. Seafood entrees include shrimp scampi, trout almondine, Maine lobster and soft-shell crabs when available. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 832-1121; 5406 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9977;
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4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-6081
Jung's luncheon specials offer generous combination plates with fried or steamed rice plus an egg roll or fried wonton for less than $7. Specialties from the regular menu include General Tso's chicken cooked with a sweet and spicy sauce and served with steamed broccoli, or the sautéed shrimp with Chinese vegetables in brown sauce and garnished with homemade honey pecans. Reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $

601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383
This bustling buffet restaurant claims the title of king because there are so many dishes from a wide variety of Asian cuisines. Chinese standards comprise the greatest number of dishes, with such standards as beef with broccoli and sweet-and-sour chicken. But there also are dishes from Thailand and some Japanese specialties as well. And there are plenty of sweet desserts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010;
Kosher Cajun is your connection for New York-style corned beef, hot pastrami and chopped liver delicatessen sandwiches. Or match up a matzoh ball soup and a reuben or a Rachel, which serves turkey on toasted rye with sauerkraut and Russian dressing. The side dishes include cole slaw, potato latkes, barrel pickles and knishes of potato, sweet potato and broccoli. Entrees include grilled chicken breasts, lamb chops and steaks. No reservations. Lunch daily, and early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit Cards. $

933 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3080
Louisiana treats with a Thai touch include sautéed shrimp with asparagus and mushrooms. Or try one of the curries, like spicy panang curry with shrimp, chicken or crawfish. Some fusion dishes yield such exotica as the Red Hot Chili Pepper, which features butterflied jumbo shrimp and spicy green beans accompanied with jasmine steamed rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.- Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923;
The main attraction at Lager's is the selection of beers in a wide variety of styles from around the world. But there also is a good spread of hearty pub grub, including waffle fries, meat pies, Buffalo wings, chips and salsa, spinach dip and crawfish spring rolls, plus gumbo and potato and bacon soup. There are salads and sandwiches, plus entrees including a 16-oz. rib-eye, pot roast, grilled tuna, baby back ribs and, of course, Guinness stew made with beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and celery. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682;
The gourmet grocery store offers both prepared foods and catering. The deli has sandwiches and some of its specialties include muffulettas, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffee. The gourmet-to-go selections are available in family-sized portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4410 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 779-9393;
The Spanish cuisine at Laurentino's is a mix of traditional paella dishes and tapas. The paella Valechia uses Valechia rice cooked in a saffron broth with shrimp, mussels, calamari, chicken, andouille sausage and fresh vegetables. Among the many small plates of tapas is the garlic shrimp, which features Gulf shrimp sautéed in olive oil with roasted garlic, cayenne pepper, Spanish paprika and flamed with Spanish sherry. Traditional Spanish soups include gazpacho, lentil soup, garlic soup and fabada, made with white beans sausage, ham and chorizo. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

904 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 836-6804; 3516 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-4291; 4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-0110
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2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 887-3877
Legends has a no-nonsense menu of fried shrimp or catfish, roast beef, grilled chicken, ham, turkey, smoked sausage offered on a po-boy or bun, plus hamburgers and chicken or tuna salad. The shrimp and catfish are also available as platters with a salad and choice of sides like French fries, potato salad, cole slaw or vegetables. Wednesday night is steak night. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788
Little Tokyo presents a long list of sushi and rolls as well as other Japanese cuisine from the kitchen. Sea choices include popular tuna, yellowtail and salmon as well as eel, grouper, octopus, sea urchin and mackerel. Special rolls include many creative spicy and crunchy options. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888
The buffet at Mandarin house offers roughly 300 items between its Chinese dishes, some sushi, the seafood bar and dessert bar. The seafood bar has boiled shrimp, fried and steamed fish, blue crabs and more. Meat dishes range from barbecue pork to teriyaki chicken. Desserts feature cakes, cookies and fresh fruit. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

541 Oaklawn Drive, Metairie, 833-8877
By expanding from its original Uptown restaurant location, folks in Metairie can now enjoy the tasty offerings of the original Maple Street Café in their own backyard. Lunch and dinner patrons can depend on a variety of salads, appetizers — try the steamed mussels — and main entrees like the filet mignon topped with Portobello mushrooms and balsamic demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit Cards. $$

2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032
Come ashore at this Metairie landmark and fill up on any of the house specialty pizzas. Most curious is the "Mysterious Stranger" — topped off with feta cheese, Canadian bacon or hot sausage, and a choice of vegetable — a secret to the kitchen until you decide (could that be the mystery?). No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300;
The deli counter at Martin's offers specialty sandwiches like the Californian with turkey, avocado, havarti cheese, sprouts, cucumbers, tomato, mayo and Creole mustard on wheat or pita, or the deli deluxe sandwich of corned beef and pastrami with Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and Creole mustard served on an onion roll. There also are vegetable sandwiches, salads, kosher pickles and a small children's menu. Sunday features a limited menu with some brunch items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

4951 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830
The coffee is simply regular or decaf, but as for pastries and cakes, there's nothing plain about them. The choices are many—profiterolles, a glazed chocolate puff with chocolate ice cream and whipped cream; fresh tarts; English triffles, mixed fruit, fresh cream, custard and cake; and old favorites like red velvet cake, tiramisu and carrot cake. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Credit cards and checks. $

2701 Airline Hwy, Suite T, Metairie, 830-4030;
See "CBD" listing for restaurant description.

3837 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-6475;
This Japanese seafood and steak house offers a dizzying array of land and sea options from the hibachi grills. Can't choose between them? Don't. Surf-n-turf entrees include lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, filet mignon, chicken and steak. Pick two and you're good to go. Sashimi and sushi balances out the menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1507 Metairie Road, Metairie, 837-8990
There's far more than the signature custard at this Metairie restaurant. Breakfast options include egg and cheese sandwiches and assorted muffins and cinnamon rolls. For lunch or dinner, choose among hot or cold sandwiches, paninis, and a variety of salads, all of which are available as a wrap. The frozen custard rivals traditional ice cream, and Mojo warns that one taste will hook you. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $

3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068
Morning call is one of two legendary and rival coffee shops that started serving coffee and beignets in the French Market more than a century ago. Eventually Morning Call relocated, but the tried-and-true menu remains the same. Beignets come hot and airy, covered in powdered sugar. The steaming hot coffee comes black or café au lait. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, 838-0022
Mr. Ed's serves seafood, sandwiches, Italian dishes and fried chicken. Stuffed artichokes, bell peppers and eggplant are among the selections as well as regular sandwiches and po-boys. The restaurant preserves a neighborhood feel and serves dishes locals grew up with. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards $

3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-9228;
Go Greek with Mr. Gyros as you indulge in house specialties such as spanikopita spun in phyllo, Grecian pizza, calamari and mousaka (baked eggplant and ground lamb), along with several choices of gyros, all served with steak fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010
Hop on over to Mr. Roo's for shrimp remoulade salad served over lettuce with shredded cheddar cheese. Pasta with butter and garlic sauce provides the foundation for dinners with your choice of chicken, shrimp or tilapia, served with a vegetable, side salad and bread for between $7.95 and $9.95 each. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-8484
The newest white table cloth dining spot in Old Metairie is the New City Grill. The menu ranges from burgers to steaks and includes entrees like grilled redfish with crabmeat in a lemon-butter sauce. The Cobb salad piles on grilled chicken, bacon, tomato and chopped eggs with a choice of dressings. Or go for the decadent burger with Maytag blue cheese and smoked bacon. On the dessert side, flourless chocolate cake is complemented by a Grand Marnier cream. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-3382; 6920 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-1272;
For more than 20 years, the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company has offered "something for everyone." Half-pound burgers share the burden with one-handed po-boys, blue plate specials, and seafood platters. All locations now offer free wireless. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5566
Italian specialties and a mix of steak, chops and seafood invite big appetites to the New Sal & Sam's. The double-cut pork chop is marinated with garlic and herbs, grilled and served with potatoes au gratin. The osso buco of slow-roasted veal is served with a light tomato sauce and angel hair pasta. Seafood options include barbecue shrimp, grilled tuna and crabmeat au gratin. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-9383; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540
Oscar's is best known for its juicy burgers and baked potatoes, but also notable is the bar and grill's version of a local favorite sandwich. In addition to olive salad, the Oscarletta features Italian salami, mortadella, and ham, plus Swiss and Monterey jack cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2746 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-6850;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141
In between all the options for soups, salads and sandwiches at Paradise Café , finishing touches stand out, like adding bacon and/or tomato to your grilled cheese, or picking smoked sausage or pork chop for the white beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416
The self-proclaimed home of the seafood muffuletta, Parran's has a huge range of sandwiches, from the club to chuck burgers to traditional po-boys such as ham and cheese, shrimp and oyster. But you'll find po-boys such as tuna steak, grilled Genoa salami and more that are hard to find on menus around town. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Sat., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-2353; 2625 David Drive, Metairie, 455-7272; 3624 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7400;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950
Phoenicia's extensive menu travels the tastes of the Mediterranean. Greek salads, gyros, lamb kebabs and chicken shawarma are just a few of the favorites. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

2222 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 454-6271; 4150 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Algiers, 392-7030;
Hearty, affordable, dependable fare is the rule at Piccadilly Cafeteria. The menu features local, southern, and American staples, including crawish etouffee, fried chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, and a delectable array of pies (apple, pecan, and cherry — oh my!). No reservations. Lunch and dinner buffet daily. Credit cards. $

4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888
For a taste of the Mediterranean right in their backyards, regulars head to the corner of Clearview and Veterans for the pizza, pasta, sandwiches and big salads of Pizza Florence. The namesake Florence Supreme specialty pizza loads on the pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, olives and green peppers, while the chicken Caesar wrap pairs grilled chicken breast, dressing, mozzarella and crunchy lettuce in Mediterranean-style lavash bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-1460;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Lakeside Shopping Center), Metairie 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 780-9970;
Puccino's boasts the real coffee of Italy and serves it straight or in any number of espresso concoctions. Free wireless and bright lights make it a great study spot. Menu varies by location, but all serve pastries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 464-4525
A change of address isn't the only thing new at this Latin American restaurant known for its namesake pupusas, those savory disks of stuffed cornmeal. The menu has also seen a significant redo, with featured dishes now including Spanish garlic shrimp over saffron rice and cheese ravioli served in a chipotle pepper and tomato cream sauce with mushrooms and a salad. The restaurant now has a bar serving beer, wine and cocktails. Reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash and checks. $$

613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 887-3456
Seafood is the specialty at the Quarter View, where the platter of fried shrimp, oysters and fish is built upon a foundation of stuffed crab and soft-shell crab. Or, opt for the grilled oysters with garlic butter sauce served with French bread for mopping the plate clean. Still hungry? Try the trout stuffed with crabmeat dressing and topped with crawfish cream sauce. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

605 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-8734; 701 David Drive, Metairie, 733-8817; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-9010; 4704 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3788;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248
R&O's has an extensive menu, everything from pizza and traditional Italian dishes to po-boys and fried seafood platters, and it does it right. The gravy fries, brown gravy with bits of roast beef over French fries, is a local legend, but probably should come with a pillow for the required nap afterwards. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

249 Aris Ave., Metairie, 831-1537
Yes, it's a po-boy shop, but it is an eatery with a number of original po-boys including Don's Special Po-boy, chopped olive salad over homemade Italian sausage patties. Not to be outdone is the Joan's Special, shrimp sautéed with butter and herbs. The soups, white bean and shrimp and corn shrimp, are not to be missed. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

S3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, 837-5620; 4036 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 297-1652
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885
Restaurant Cypress is a cozy and almost casual spot to enjoy some fancier contemporary Louisiana cooking. Dishes include a pair of crabcakes that come with a pair of sauces, both a champagne beurre blanc and a bouillabaisse sauce echoing the crab's flavors. Or try the baby white veal stuffed with portobello mushrooms and crabmeat. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266
Riccobono serves all three of the day's meals, but is a favorite breakfast spot for many, whether you're in the mood for an "Eye Opener" like a bloody Mary or Irish coffee, or a tasty special like the crabcake Benedict: two poached eggs nested on blue crab cakes topped with hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

1917 Ridge Lake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008
It's a classic Italian restaurant with a number of mouth-watering dishes including veal piccata, cooked with buttered lemon capers and served over linguine, and shrimp scampi. For seafood lovers, the Oysters Oreganate, baked and breaded oysters with herbs, garlic and Romano cheese, shouldn't be missed. There is a fresh fish special daily, and the restaurant doesn't leave out the meat eaters with a filet mignon and rib-eye. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 885-7005
Getting the gang together for tailgating this fall? Consider stopping by Robert for a party tray of finger food, including popular mini-muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779
Both locations offer plenty of ways to get your java fix — and an original food menu as well, highlighted by baked potato salad, and the chicken salad sandwich with bacon and avocado. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600:
Steaks at Ruth's Chris go from the petit filet up to the porterhouse for two, and in between there are New York strips, rib-eyes and bone-in cowboy steaks. Just add a little sizzling butter, a side of asparagus with hollandaise and steak fries or mashed potatoes. Ruth's also serves ahi tuna and Maine lobster and lets vegetarians enjoy the meaty rich flavors of grilled portobello mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 777-7253
If you can't decide between the offerings of the sushi bar or the kitchen at this stylish Japanese restaurant, go for the Rocky Two crunchy roll, which wraps shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado and seaweed in a soybean sheet with eel sauce on top. Chicken teriyaki is also a bestseller, while a full menu of raw fish, soups and cooked appetizers is on hand. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3544 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 779-9288
Offering the full range of popular sushi choices and cooked Japanese dishes, Sapporo also has a few offbeat tricks up its sleeves. For instance, the restaurant features barbecue grills at the table that you can use to cook your own meats. Or, turn over the tongs to the staff and watch them prepare the meal before your eyes. There also is a low-carb menu for sushi with roll options including seaweed, thin-sliced cucumber or rice paper wrappers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7930; 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., Metairie,
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant information.

4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-2354;
Festive, colorful d — cor sets the mood at Serrano's, which features traditional fare with a twist from across Latin America. A variety of carne asada dishes offer grilled baby back ribs, orange and lime marinated pork roast, tenderized skirt steak or a combination of meats. Seafood specials feature Gulf shrimp while burritos, tacos and other crowd-pleasing Mexican classics are also served. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1855 Dock St., Metairie, 729-4199
If hunger gives you a case of the shimmies, the Shimmy Shack should steady you with its burgers, po-boys and fried appetizers. The "hot shimmy" burger is a mixture of hot sausage and ground beef for a distinctive half-pound burger, and the Buffalo chicken po-boy is pretty hot stuff itself. The classic spinach and artichoke dip awaits your dunking and salads are on hand for lighter fare. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477
Shogun offers the full range of Japanese cuisine. Plus, it has hibachi grills which come with a little dramatic presentation as the chef chops, cooks and flips small tastes in all directions. There also is a full range of sushi, noodle soups and other dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572
Long on flavor and tradition, Short Stop Po-boys does the New Orleans classics proud. The roast beef is prepared in-house with a rich gravy or barbecue sauce, and there are four different types of sausage from which to choose. Fried crawfish tails provide a different spin on seafood po-boys and the four-meat special puts all the most popular cold cuts together on one sandwich. Stop in Fridays for seafood gumbo or any day for the chicken and sausage variety. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002
Burgers and appetizers in the grand tradition of bar food take center stage at Sidelines. Some other memorable players joining the fray are the Creole pork sandwich served on ciabatta bread with Creole sour cream, red onion and pepperjack cheese or the California chicken sandwich with raspberry chipotle mayo and pepperjack cheese on a Kaiser roll. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-8033; 901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-1818; 2222 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-8002; 2701 Airline Drive, Metairie, 837-4020; 2725 Mississippi Ave., Metairie, 469-5624; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 838-8344; 3400 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 887-5006; 3515 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-8444; 3908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 456-2015; 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-6686; 5022 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 887-7780; 6313 B Airline Drive, Metairie, 733-8956
See "Citywide" listing for description.

2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-7783
With more stuffed potato combinations than you can shake a spud at, Spudly's lives up to its reputation as the area's destination for terrific tubers. Spudly's own cheese sauce graces many of the choices, and from there, everything from diced roast beef to shrimp and crabmeat to chili can go on top. "Spud skins" come with an equally expansive list of topping choices, while burgers, salads and soups offer spud-free dining. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3941 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 454-6266
This bar and grill near East Jefferson Medical Center is the place to go when your appetite needs urgent care. Open-face roast beef sandwiches smothered with Swiss cheese and gravy should be just what the doctor ordered, and not even your cardiologist could resist the bacon mushroom Swiss burger — with fries, of course. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 832-1800; 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-1040; 2110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-6600; 2222 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 455-2205; 2701 Airline Drive Metairie, 831-9350; 3301Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-0602; 3303 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-8920; 3818 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-2392; 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, 454-3181; ;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055;
Stylish yet casual d — cor sets the mood at Sun Ray Grill, where an eclectic menu provides a melting pot of dishes from around the globe and close to home. Signature dishes include Thai barbecue chicken in a spicy glaze with coconut rice and cucumber salad, ahi tuna steaks crusted with black and white sesame seeds and the Sierra Madre pork chop — a 16 oz. cut basted with Grand Marnier and ancho chili glaze, served with potatoes and roasted corn. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-3437;
Drawing inspiration from many of Al Copeland's restaurant creations, Sweet Fire & Ice adds a breath of fresh and seasoned air with an oxygen bar. The extensive menu includes creative appetizers such as crab Rangoons, Buffalo spring rolls and garlic-Tequila shrimp. Entré e choices range from barbecue ribs to Southwestern chicken salad to shrimp and tasso pasta to rotisserie items like chicken and duck. For dessert, dig into a rich scoop of any one of more than 20 cheesecakes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

933 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859
This temple of the tandoor offers a variety of breads cooked in it, from the whole-wheat roti to the traditional naan. For meat lovers, there's a number of slow-roasted lamb curries. There's plenty of curries for vegetarians as well, like the bhindi masala: sautéed okra sprinkled with mango powder. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed. -Sat. Credit cards. $$

3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088
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 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. $

1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9455
Enter the Tea Garden if you want to feed just yourself or the entire family. All the Chinese classics can be found on the menu, from daily lunch specials such as moo goo gai pan and General Tso's chicken. You pay $10.95 per person for family dinners such as Kong Bo shrimp and sweet and sour pork. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832
Specializing in ribs, brisket and pulled pork, Texas Bar-B-Que also cooks up steaks, burgers and plenty of other vittles. Try a smoked potato stuffed with chopped barbecue beef and topped with sauce, cheese and chives. A variety of barbecue meats is available on a bun or as a po-boy, and there's even fried catfish for a change of pace. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007;
Starting with red or white sangria, Vega Tapas Café indulges in Spanish flavors and creative cooking. The wide selection of hot and cold dishes includes seared raw tuna, ceviche, potato gratin, grilled asparagus with romesco sauce, pork empanadas and nightly specials. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

587 Central Ave., Metairie, 734-3991
Serving New Orleans since 1957 at its Mid-City location, this Jefferson expansion site is the only place to go for Venezia's famous pizza pies and casual Italian fare while the original restaurant is being rebuilt after sustaining flood damage. It's the same family at the helm, so the pizzas feature the same distinctive crust and sauce. Try the house special with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onion and artichoke hearts or go for trout Cynthia topped with shrimp and crawfish in cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984;
Guests are greeted at Vincent's with the welcoming scent of roasting garlic, fresh herbs and simmering sauce. Golden fried eggplant sticks with red sauce are a popular starter, as are fried oysters with roasted almonds, lemon cream sauce and fresh tarragon. Entré e specialties range from traditional lasagna and eggplant parmigiana to cannelloni stuffed with veal, spinach and cheese or sautéed Italian oysters over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

2309 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3488;
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 Fleur de C salad with grilled chicken, feta cheese, cranberries and pecans, plus there are many healthy soups, salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225;
The nation's largest natural foods grocer has a long history in New Orleans, and its two newly built stores Uptown and in Metairie bring its offerings to another level altogether. Whether picking up a catering order or dropping by for an in-store meal, the various food stations and deli cases offer dishes like grilled portobello mushroom salad with balsamic vinaigrette, soups, pizza, sandwiches and much more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3100 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-1322; 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9693;
See "Citywide" listing for restaurant description.

4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9090;
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. $$

1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133
Serving casual New Orleans classics in the heart of Old Metairie, Zeke's is well-known for its raw oysters and boiled shrimp or crawfish, according to the season. Start a memorable meal with fried crab claws or a fried oyster Caesar salad, then move on to hamburger steaks with grilled onions and mashed potatoes or country-fried pork chops. A kids' menu offers smaller portions of youthful favorites, while few can pass up desserts like peanut butter pie or bread pudding with rum sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Seafood Gumbo is one of the specialties at the Gumbo - Shop. - TRACIE MORRIS SCHAEFER


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