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345 Baronne St., (504) 525-9678
Fried shrimp can be ordered in a po-boy or on a platter with sides of potato salad, french fries or macaroni and cheese. For breakfast, house-made biscuits, omelets and hash browns are popular. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PJ's serves an array of hot and cold coffee drinks including cold-dripped iced coffee. Shops also offer granita, an icy, smooth frozen coffee drink, pastries, cookies and other baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661;
Crabmeat cheesecake is baked in a pecan crust and topped with wild mushroom sauce and Creole meuniere. Andouille-crusted fish is pan-roasted and served with Crystal butter sauce, chive aioli, rissole potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

1204 Decatur St., (504) 525-0200;
Oysters bordelaise are fried oysters served with chasseur or green peppercorn sauce. Shrimp Ambrosia features shrimp sauteed in a fennel-Pernod cream sauce with mushrooms served over spinach fettuccine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-4141;
The popular choices here include the Rueben on rye, featuring corned beef, sauerkraut, honey mustard and Swiss cheese. The double-decker club deluxe sandwich comes with ham, turkey, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047;
Go past the front barroom to the kitchen window to order from a long list of po-boys. The roast beef po-boy features beef cooked for 24 hours in its own gravy. The surf-and-turf po-boy tops fried shrimp with roast beef gravy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-3416;
The po-boys are the signature item here — with original options like grilled yellowfin tuna or prime rib. Parran's seafood muffuletta is filled with fried shrimp, catfish and oysters dressed with house-made Cajun mayo. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Fountain Park Centre, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 362-9780;
The Philly cheesesteak combines sauteed beef, onions and bell peppers and Swiss cheese on a hoagie roll. The Top of the Morning plate includes scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon on a buttered croissant and a choice of hash browns or grits. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1838 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-4877
A signature Pascal's dish is New Orleans barbecue shrimp featuring head-on Gulf shrimp in tangy, buttery sauce, served with French bread. Frutta del mar features pasta with scallops, crabmeat, oysters, shrimp and light marinara. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

5540 Crowder Blvd., (504) 240-6744
The seafood baked potato is stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish, green onions and cheese. Gumbo is a popular starter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

6078 Laurel St., (504) 895-9441;
Mississippi rabbit is stuffed with Italian sausage and served with stewed cannelini beans, braised greens and a natural reduction. Pan-seared scallops are served with green onion roti, spicy braised oxtail curry and Asian greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 888-9094;
Gluten-free eclairs are filled with chocolate mousse and drizzled with chocolate ganache. The gluten-free and vegan Neopolitan cupcake is a vanilla and chocolate cupcake layered with chocolate, vanilla and fresh strawberry filling and topped with sprinkles and chocolate chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

8123 Hampson St., (504) 865-0336;
The Nutella crepe is filled with fresh strawberries and chocolate hazelnut spread. Huevos rancheros includes two fried eggs, black beans, sour cream, guacamole and ranchero sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

E741 Royal St., (504) 581-4478;
Peel-and-eat barbecue shrimp are served with house-made barbecue sauce. Soups include oyster and artichoke and French onion. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Suit A9, Gretna, (504) 233-3020;
The king cake cupcake is topped with cream cheese icing and gold, green and purple sprinkles. Verry Berry Strawberry is a golden vanilla cake filled with strawberries and topped with cream cheese frosting and strawberry drizzle. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436;
Pecan-encrusted chicken is topped with praline sauce and served with jambalaya. Redfish Julis is topped with a creamy crawfish sauce and served with garlic-butter pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-1705; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 324-9080;
Build your own burger here, where your patty options include alligator, bison, Angus beef and the Philet (filet mignon). A variety of buns/breads, sauces, toppings, cheeses and sides round out a customized meal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-2094
Com tam bi suon cha trung is a grilled pork chop with rice, shredded pork, a fried egg and an egg cake made of pork, egg and mushrooms, served with broth and a side of lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Banh mi thit nuong is a Vietnamese-style po-boy with lemon grass, char-grilled pork, pickled vegetables and jalapenos. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 941-7690;
The Nola Roll is a crispy fried egg roll wrapped inside a spring roll with pickled carrots, cilantro, lettuce and vermicelli. There's also a house special bubble tea made with mango, lime juice, honey and a kick of cayenne pepper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 457-4188;
The namesake beef broth soup comes with lean eye-round steak or additions such as brisket, meatballs or tripe and a choice of rice, egg or clear noodles. Entrees include beef, chicken, shrimp or tofu curry and pork spare ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 368-9846
Pho Thai soup comes with medium rare beef and rice noodles. Banh mi come on fresh baguettes with house-made garlic aioli. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-9950
Popular dishes include seasoned and marinated chicken shawarma and the gyro plate with thin-sliced beef and lamb. The Phoenician plate includes tabbouleh, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, kebabs, salad and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Southern-style fried chicken is a staple at these cafeterias. Shrimp Diablo is shrimp simmered in spicy tomato sauce and served over rice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

814 S. Peters St., (504) 528-2743;
The Via Italia sandwich comes with pepperoni, prosciutto, onions, black olives and mozzarella, and is dressed with a sun-dried tomato aioli. The Samoan pizza has Canadian bacon, pineapple, peppers and onions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

424 Bourbon St., (504) 309-1574;
Blackened ahi tuna is served with citrus, horseradish wasabi aioli, bacon vinaigrette and tempura-fried vegetables. Pecan-crusted catfish is served with andouille, sweet potato and mirliton hash and Creole meuniere sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

300 Canal St., (504) 899-4260; 3460 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 612-7306; 5601 Magazine St., (504) 899-4260; 1212 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, (504) 899-4260;
Order the chocolate hazelnut yogurt with roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut wafer roll cookies on top. Pair the grapefruit Pinkberry with grapefruit-basil puree, caramelized almonds and grapefruit pieces. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

5800 Magazine St., (504) 899-4141;
The chicken souvlaki is dressed with spinach, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, feta and tzatziki. The jerk chicken pita is filled with grilled onions, green peppers, pineapples, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, cheddar and mango-pineapple vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

617 Piety St., (504) 676-8482;
This pizza parlor has a rotating selection of 20 specialty pies. Broccoli raab, pancetta, garlic and chili flakes top one favorite. The bucatini carbonara is made with speck, peas and Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-7888
Chicken is marinated in tomato vinaigrette, grilled and served on a sandwich with feta and mozzarella cheeses. The Philly steak pizza has light tomato sauce, steak, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874
This kid-friendly joint offers thin-crust classic and specialty pies, like the Board pizza, which has spinach, feta, onion, mushrooms and capicola ham. The Wow pie is topped with olive oil, garlic, artichokes, Romano cheese and crabmeat. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

141 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 872-0731;
Shrimp scampi features grilled Gulf shrimp in white wine-lemon sauce over spaghetti. Grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, mozzarella and onions make up the barbecue chicken wrap. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, Fri.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks.  $

3001 Tulane Ave., (504) 301-4823;
The pancetta and Brussels sprouts pie also has roasted garlic and white sauce. The Pepper pie gets spicy heat from peppadews, jalapenos and poblano peppers and hot sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1703 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1303;
This eatery serves po-boys and weekday lunch specials. The roast beef po-boy is dressed with lettuce, pickles, gravy and mayo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

838 Esplanade Ave., (504) 523-0120;
Half-pound burgers are served with a baked potato. The 14-ounce rib-eye is served with a baked potato, salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

542 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-3934;
The fried Gulf shrimp plate includes cornbread and a side item. Home-style meatloaf comes with creamed potatoes and green beans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3162 Dauphine St., (504) 301-1740;
The coffee-rubbed beef filet comes with a multi-pepper demi-glace, asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. Blackened redfish is served on a bed of sauteed spinach with cheddar cheese grits and caper-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 780-9970;
The smoked salmon BLT includes smoked salmon, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and Puccino's tangy remoulade spread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

2300 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 368-5724
Combination pupusas feature thick cornmeal tortillas stuffed with pork, cheese and beans. Tamal de elote is a corn tamale with cream. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

8108 Hampson St., (504) 864-8108;
Pure is celebrating its third-anniversary with the return of almond cake with other popular flavors. The Original Pure Tart flavor is made using nonfat, kosher-certified yogurt. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3151 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602
The combo kebab plate feature ground lamb, beef and chicken kebabs with a side of hummus. The lamb gyro wrap is dressed with lettuce and tomatoes and served with hummus, fries or salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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